Friday, August 31, 2012


This is going to be a regular feature I call "Sponsor Lovin", where I bring you the latest & greatest from all of my FABULOUS sponsors! Love 'em! xoxo
I will normally be showcasing my sponsors on Saturday - so I can bring you some 'Saturday Sponsor Lovin'' but today is the LAST day of August & wanted to give my girls an appropriate 'shout out' for the month! You can look forward to discovering about new sponsors, any deals they have to pass on to you + other goodies we are planning. Hope you'll join us for this! ;)


Meet Sheri from Blondie's Treats! I adore this chick as she is so super fun & we are great friends plus she's crazy talented as well. She designs cake pops & other treats to match any theme you would like & she LOVES custom work. Make sure to keep her in mind for your next party. 
As a BONUS, she is offering all E.C.E.D. readers 10% off off of 2 dz or more cake pops! Book now to reserve your spot with her.


Christina founded Moodylicious Children's Spa & Boutique! Talk about talent - this girl is a go-getter. She is a momma and an entrepreneur in the health care industry for the past 20 years! She has created & designed some amazing product lines - including some that are paraben free! I especially LOVE the kids line & so does my daughter. Her products are a great source of Vitamins A and D which help nourish your skin. She has a few different product lines & is also helping companies create their OWN private label products.  
Make sure to visit her pages & contact her if you are interested in quality products!


Luci from I Love Candy by Luci has a little bit of everything in her shop! I love working with her since she is ALWAYS up to something new. She creates wonderful treats for your parties . . .from chocolate covered pretzel stix for your next football game to chocolate suckers to match a party theme! Plus she recently started carrying party products! You MUST check out all the party goods in the shop!


I was so excited to meet Michele as her business is sharing products from Biltmore Inspirations!  They have an outstanding collection of exclusive tabletop products, chef-inspired foods, home decor, wine accessories, and regional artist-inspired products, all inspired by the unique beauty of Biltmore.
She is offering a ONE DAY ONLY SALE TODAY for 20% off (retail) regularly priced items, there is still time to get in on the Customer Specials for August, as long as you order by 9:00 pm Friday, Aug. 31st. !!


Did you find some new pages to follow? I hope so!
Hopefully you LOVED meeting my August sponsors & will show them some love & say you saw them here please - they love to know those kind of things. ;)
 These ladies will be around AGAIN for next month as well as they took advantage of my 2 month advertising special here on the blog.

I currently am accepting sponsors for the month of September & have a couple spots left. 
 If you are looking to increase your traffic to your blog or just would like some more FB followers, then contact me at & I will send you all the info you need to decide.

Have a great LONG weekend everyone & I will have some giveaways, more deals & info about all the sponsors you have met here today coming in September!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

SIPS :: THE Perfect Shower Punch Recipe

Happy day, friends!

Today I'm throwing you all for a loop...
this week's recipe is delicious...and contains NO Alcohol {GASP}

I know, I know...but have no fear. You could easily give this Punch a kick
by adding your favorite alcohol. I think it would be yummy with a little
champagne or rum ,)

I used this particular punch recipe at a recent PINK & GREEN Lil Ladybug Baby Shower.
It was the perfect shade of lime green & it was so delicious & easy!

1 Package Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
4 Cups Cold Water
2 1/2 Cups Pineapple Juice (chilled)
1- 2 Liter Bottle of Ginger Ale (chilled)
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Can Pineapple Rings

Add all ingredients to a large serving pitcher/ punch bowl
Mix well
Float pineapple rings for garnish
*Add Coconut Rum for an adult kick*


Guest Contributor: Cineca Keck

Cineca is a mommy,lover of music and traveling, and a self-proclaimed food junkie. When not experimenting with new recipes, watching cooking shows, and building tent forts, she’s a busy wedding and event planner. 

You can follow Cineca
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

COLLECTION :: Lil Ladybug Baby Shower

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I love an adorable theme for a baby shower. I love creating something that you can't find anywhere else which has a lot to do with why I do what I do. Having a custom theme, tailored to your requests is just so personal and it really brings your event to life!

Babies are awesome. Babies are amazing. Personally I love baby girls just a tiny wee bit more than the boys (hey I'm biased and own it!) so I was especially excited to design this girls baby shower theme for a friend and I love everything about it. The color palette of pinks and greens, the cute ladybug graphics and just the fun pieces that were requested for this collection.

I am happy to say that it is now available in my shop for everyone to enjoy . . . .
'Lil Ladybug" baby shower collection!

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Here's what you get in this collection . . . 
(pictured above}

1. banner - the banner included is the 'circle style' & says "BABY SHOWER" & includes the ladybug character - these circles can also be cut out & used for hanging decor or centerpieces since they are 4" circles

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2. tags / toppers/ circles - use for accents on your table decor & food table - simply cut them out or use a punch, glue to lollipop stick/toothpick, jar - pretty much anything & done! Also can be used to make a mini banner bunting.

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3. drink flags - comes in 2 different designs with the pink dot pattern & the green stripe pattern - attach these to straws or toothpicks for a fun way to coordinate the party decor.

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4. food / drink / decor labels - comes with 4 different designs  - each will have plenty of room so you can write in whatever you need to label

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5. 'Imagine' cards - a PERFECT keepsake for the momma. Have guests write anything that they "imagine" the baby will be. What color eyes will she have? Who will she look like? What will she be when she grows up?

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6. thank you card from baby - this is a fun & adorable idea to use as a token to the guests as a "thank you" for 'showering' the parents at the shower

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7. Welcome sign / framed art - 8 x 10 print can be framed to use as decor on your table or a welcome sign for the guests. Says "Welcome Lil Ladybug"
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8. Ladybug Graphics - use these to decorate around the party or as photo props or even centerpiece decor.

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Also available in the shop: 
coordinating Lil Ladybug INVITE & Baby SUBWAY ART!!

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Lil Ladybug INVITE available in the shop.

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BABY Subway Art available in the shop

Hope you love this collection as much as I do! 
You can find the Lil Ladybug Baby Shower collection in my Etsy shop!

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!

Special THANKS to Cineca for the photos / styling! - Visit Cineca at her page.

Hope you enjoyed the 'eye candy'!

Are you loving the "eye candy" here? 

Then join me over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter & Instagram so you never miss out on an exclusive deal or any behind the scenes photos!

Check out my designs, artwork & decor in my Etsy shop

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

{CRAFTY Tip Tuesday} Wooden Pom Utensils


Hey everyone!!
It’s me, Staci from lizard & ladybug.  I was super excited when Laura invited me to join Team Eye Candy!
I’m happy to be spending some time here with you!

I’ve fallen (hard) for wooden utensils lately.  I don’t know what it is about them but I just have to have them!  I picked up a collection from Very Jane last month.  I didn’t really have a need for them, at the time, but I knew I needed them :)

When I got them, I immediately knew what I was going to do with them.

I dig neon too so it was a no-brainer.

Cute, right?

And for those who don’t have wooden utensils
or those who just want to pretty-up your plastic silverware

Why shouldn’t your plastic be pretty?!?!

I am a big fan of simple and cute projects. 
Especially projects that are easy on the wallet.

Love it or hate it,
I’d love to hear what you think of this idea.

Thanks Laura, for trusting me with your awesome blog today!!
Have a great Tuesday everyone!

~ staci ~


Want to see MORE crafty ideas? Head on over to Staci’s blog post over at Lizard and Ladybug! While you are there, join her blog so you can see all of her amazing craft ideas that she creates!

Crafty Tips Contributor: Staci Golden

Here I am in a nutshell:
~ I'm a stay-at-home mom to the lizard & ladybug
~ I love to craft
~ I can not sew
~ I exercise to keep sane
~ I would like to eat Reese's all day
oh and my family has a tough time taking a serious picture ;)

You can follow Staci

Monday, August 27, 2012

REAL PARTY :: Lil Ladybug Baby Shower

Hello! It's Cineca & I was so excited to work on this adorable Lil Ladybug baby shower!  
PINKGREEN is such a fun color combination...and honestly who doesn't love all of the sweet baby girl details?! :) This shower definitely kicked my baby fever into high gear!

I knew that I wanted a unique printable collection for this shower, so I turned to
my talented friend Laura at Eye Candy Creative Studio. All I told her was that I wanted a sweet & girly ladybug theme with touches of frills & daisies, and then let her run with it. As usual, I was blown away by the cuteness! Laura designed a collection based on a sweet Lil Ladybug, complete with pearls, bows & the longest eye lashes ever!     

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I wasn't sure how I would feel about a traditional diaper wreath, but I wanted to give it a shot. And I couldn't have been happier! I love how it turned out. It was the perfect way to greet guests and would look so cute hanging in the baby's room.

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The Welcome Table with 'Thank You' Notes from baby Ellie, 'Imagine' Cards,
and the first picture of baby Ellie (her sonogram picture)

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Instead of a guestbook, I wanted to provide the mom-to-be with a
fun keepsake that would also double as an activity for the guests. As soon as I saw the green, polka-dot 'Imagine' sign, I knew it would be fun to have the guests fill out 'Imagine What I'll Be' cards. They wrote what they thought baby Ellie would be when she grew up, what color eyes she would have, and how much she would weigh. Momma had a cute pink & green scrapbook to save all of the 'Imagine' cards.  

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A variety of food was served, including queso, cucumber dip, southwest dip,
veggies, southwest egg rolls, mini tacos...and a delicious array of sweets. 
The desserts included individual strawberry cheesecakes that were served in
large baby food jars, fruit kabobs with strawberry yogurt dip, custom chocolate covered oreos with fondant toppers, lime & strawberry petits fours, ladybug & daisy cookies, and an adorable watermelon 'baby carriage' filled with fruit that the momma-to-be made. Mimosas were offered to the guests, as well as a lime green punch for the kiddos & preggos (there were 3 pregnant women at the shower)  

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Congrats to the parents-to-be & Welcome Lil EllieBug!

Custom Ladybug Printable Collection: Eye Candy Creative Studio
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Love & Sugar Kisses
Custom Straws & Flags: Go Against The Grain
Ladybug & Daisy Petits Fours: Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe 
Ladybug & Daisy Cookies: Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design

Thanks so much Cineca for allowing me to design this party collection for you! I LOVE this collection & you made it look absolutely FABULOUS! 

This collection could easily be used for any birthday party as well as a shower.

So what do you think of this collection? If you LOVED it, stay tuned & watch my FB page this week as it will be coming to the shop in a couple days!

Hope you enjoyed this party & all the 'eye candy'.