Sunday, October 15, 2017

DESIGN :: Halloween Invite

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Happy (almost) Halloween my friends!
Today I am excited to be sharing a brand new INVITATION with you that I designed for my daughter's Halloween party! Now that she is getting older, I needed a more sophisticated style design, ya know, one that can be used for teens but also for us adults too! ;)

I had created this chalk art pumpkin design for another project last year and decided to make it a part of this invite since it gives it that 'moody' feel that I was going for but keeping it fun all at the same time! ;)

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Halloween Party INVITE

This is the perfect design for a night out with the girls, a sleepover or even a teen party! As you can see, it has the hand lettered element added with the boox as well as the chalk art pumpkin illustration. I even added some slasher marks to the edges to give it that Halloween vibe.
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I love working on new chalk art designs and invitations and I do have quite a few that I still need to share with all of you. But that will have to wait a little while longer so in the meantime, we have this one to enjoy!

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You can now find this Halloween invitation in my Etsy shop! Your kids will LOVE this theme if they love social media and texting as it's the perfect theme for smaller kids to those tween and teen parties!

As always, if you EVER have any special custom design party collection idea requests, PLEASE feel free to email me anytime & I can design one for YOU!

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EATS :: On-The-Go Organic Snack Ideas

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Hello FALL!

I love this time of year as it is my fave season but let's be honest, it also brings about a lot of busy living. Do you find yourself juggling some days in an effort to get everything accomplished? Or is it pretty much every day, like me? ;)

Now that my daughter is well into her first year of high school, I find that our schedule is a little more full than it used to be. I still somehow manage to get it all done, on most days, but I think the way to stay focused on what is important is being prepared. What is important for me and my family is making sure we are fitting in quality time together every day, making sure we are eating right, and finding time (even if it's only for 5 minutes) to just relax with no distractions and recharge our minds.

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For me, I look forward to sitting down to create something in my sketchbook every day, even if it's simply sketching out some ideas for my next project. Taking the time to focus on my lettering and practice is so important to me as it enables me to do what I love, perfect my craft, and know I am offering my clients the best version of me. Having a snack I enjoy is an important part of that process. I admit it, it really helps. Just being honest.

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I learned several years ago when I took the time to educate myself on what food choices were better for me, that being prepared was the key. Making a list before going to the grocery store keeps me focused. Choosing organic products, as much as I can, to put in my body makes me feel better. Preparing snacks ahead of time prevents me from eating something I shouldn't. That is why I wanted to share this with you today. I make a couple of tasty snacks that I really enjoy and are super easy to incorporate into my already busy schedule plus keeps me on track to eating food that is better for me. These are the perfect solution when you are on-the-go as I am and can easily be prepackaged ahead of time so you can just grab them and go on with your day!

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On my latest trip to Kroger, I picked up all of these products I am sharing here with you today. I love the Simple Truth® product line they sell as everything I have ever purchased I've really enjoyed. It's amazing how much flavor a good organic snack food can have! And my other fave, that pairs so well with my snack ideas is Honest Tea® because it's just a tad sweet and comes in some really good flavors that I keep stocked in our fridge - even my family loves them all.

So let's talk snacks! 

I have a few ideas here but feel free to check out what they carry at Kroger and mix up your own combo because that's half the fun. 

1. My first Simple Truth organic snack idea is mixing up a combo of this Sea Salt & Black Pepper Popcorn and sprinkling in some of the flavored nuts. This combo has Roasted Cashews, Roasted Peanuts, and Roasted Almonds. I am telling you, this is so tasty and the peppercorn and nut combo is just so good! Promise! ;)

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There is no set amount to mixing this up but for this bowl that I made here, it's about two cups of the popcorn to 1/3 bag each of the nuts, mixed together.

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2. Perhaps on occasion, you enjoy something with a little fruit in it or perhaps a good chocolate option, then this one is for you! I simply mixed together some of the Simple Truth Freeze-Dried Strawberries and the Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. And YES, I love almonds, can you tell? lol

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I believe the key is being prepared with a quality snack and these are my go-to snack options and pairing them with my fave Honest Tea drink is the perfect snack combo. I personally love the Peach tea as well as the Half Tea & Half Lemonade but they are all good and I am pretty sure I've tried them all.

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Like I said, I always grab these items during my weekly trip to Kroger and noticed for the month of September, they celebrated National Organic Month. It reminded me why I already support brands that are authentic, organic, believe in fair trade and are transparent about what goes into their products in an effort to make the world a better place for us all. Honest Tea is real brewed with real ingredients and is a great way to ensure we make better choices for our families.

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The next time you are shopping at Kroger, pick up some Honest Tea and give it a try - the truth is in the bottle and I bet you will find it as refreshing as I do. It is a convenient quality solution for your family that they will love.

I would love to hear which is your favorite flavor of Honest Tea and what is your on-the-go snack idea? Want more recipe and project inspiration? Check out the ideas here!

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