Friday, January 23, 2015

SILHOUETTE AMERICA CREATIVE TEAM CALL

CALLING ALL SILHOUETTE LOVERS!
SILHOUETTE AMERICA is having a CREATIVE TEAM call.  

Here is all the information that I took right off their blog.  

Do you love creating with your Silhouette, and sharing your ideas with other creatives? We may be looking for you!

We are excited to announce the call for Silhouette’s 2015 Creative Team!

Here’s the scoop…

Creative team responsibilities:
  • create and submit 3-4 new projects monthly, using the Silhouette, that showcase our products {including at least 1 full tutorial}
  • post projects to online galleries and social media
  • have great attention to detail
  • take great photos of your work
  • be willing to commit to one year starting April 2015
  • have fun!
  • be awesome!
What you’ll receive: 
  • A box of happy mail, filled with Silhouette products to work with each month
  • a premium subscription to the Silhouette online store {wowza!}
  • a link to your personal blog in each of your posts and other social media shout outs
  • sneak peeks of new products before they are released

How to apply:

Submit the following information in an email to blog@silhouetteamerica.com with DESIGN TEAM in the subject line.

Name:

Address:

email address:

In a short paragraph tell us a little bit about yourself and your crafting history:

Links to your website/blog and other social media sites, ie. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, G+:

If you are currently on a design team, please list them: [previous design team experience not required]

Tell us why you think you’d be a good fit for our team:

How would you describe your crafting style:

List which of the following categories you are most interested in.
  • parties
  • apparel/accessories
  • quilting/sewing
  • home decor
  • scrapbooking
  • cards
  • projects for the classroom/kids crafts

Attach 5 of your best projects created with the Silhouette for each of the categories you listed. [ example: If you list that you are interested in parties and home decor, you will send in 10 projects total, 5 from each category ]

**Please be sure to include all required information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.**

The deadline for applications is midnight {MST} February 13, 2015. Previous design team experience is not required.  If you are selected for the design team you will be notified by email on or before February 20, 2015. Open to US & Canada residents only.  Receipt of email confirmations will not be sent, but if your email is sent with DESIGN TEAM in the subject line, we will get it. Email is pretty good that way these days. :) 

Good luck everyone. We look forward to seeing your applications!


I have loved being on the CREATIVE TEAM so much.  I can't wait to also see all the new members and all the inspiration that comes from them.  Best of luck to all those that apply!
~NICOLE

Monday, January 19, 2015

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY CHLOE!

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HAPPY HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY 
to this sweet girl of ours!
She is growing up into such an amazing little girl.
I am a bit sad that she is growing up so fast, but I am also really enjoying watching her turn from a little babyish girl into a young lady little girl.  
She is such a daddys girl so much and I love that about her. 
She loves to be crafty, she loves to play in the dirt and also loves purses and nail polish too. 
She is so excited to start school this coming year, and I just don't know if daddy and I are ready for this yet.
She LOVES to help do laundry and our nightly chores around the house.  She is going to be very responsible that is for sure.  
Time sure has flown by from the day I had her.  


This is her on her 3rd birthday, 4th birthday and 5th bithday.  No more baby face, but a sweet little girl face.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL!

I hope your day has been great!

~NICOLE

Friday, January 16, 2015

VALENTINES DAY GLITTER 3D LETTERS


Well now that Christmas is over, we can start to think about all of the other holidays coming up here so quickly.  Valentines Day is just around the corner.  I don't decorate a lot for many other holidays, but I thought these would be a fun cute little way to add some love decorations to our living room. 

So today I am over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing this fun LOVE project with you. You can check it out HERE.  

Do you decorate for Valentines Day?  Id love to see your handmade decorations as well. 

~NICOLE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS

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G O A L S  and  R E S O L U T I O N S 
PERSONAL . BLOG . BUSINESS 

     One thing I always think about at the first of the year is goals and resolutions I have in mind for myself.  This year I started thinking about goals not only for myself but also for my blog and for my business.  So I thought I would share some of my goals and resolutions with you.  Now I am not one to make all these "Resolutions" because I never stick to them and I feel like sometimes they are over rated because there is some unspoken rule that at New Years you have to make all these resolutions, which not many people stick to anyways.  So I think to myself is there things I want to change about myself, my life etc...  I think that it is always to have goals in mind, something to strive for something to work hard for.  So while mine are more goals, I guess you could call a few resolutions too because there are things I want to change too.  

P E R S O N A L : 
~ I really want to loose weight.  But by achieving this GOAL  I need to put in some hard work with it. So my GOAL to get to this destination is to 
  • EAT HEALTHIER
  • EXCERSIZE MORE (WELL OK EXCERSIZE PERIOD!)
  • DRINK MORE WATER AND LESS SODA
~ Stop and enjoy the kids while they are this age.  Many days I feel like I yell way to much or get irritated about things that really aren't that big of a deal.  I am really trying to focus on MOMENTS.  Moments that matter.  Like Chloe staying up to help me with our nightly "chores" of folding laundry, doing the dinner dishes and making brothers lunches.  Im trying to take note of the things the kids say and do and live in the moment more.  

~ Keep up on the laundry and house chores.  For anyone that knows me well, knows how much I HATE doing laundry and it can often be found in a HUGE overflowing pile on the desk in our room or in 3 laundry baskets on our bedroom floor and we dig through them on a daily basis to find what we need because there is an even bigger pile out in the garage of stuff that needs to be washed.  But it feels so good to have it all done and just a peace of mind knowing it is all clean and put away.  This is a HUGE GOAL for myself this year.  ( I do want to make a note here that my husband is wonderful about helping out with the laundry ALL the time, he will wash it, dry it and put it all away and he will never know how much I really do appreciate him).  Our house is never thrashed messy, but I want to stay on top of the regular day to day chores along with the laundry.  

~ Send more cards and personal hand written notes out in the mail.  

~ Send out a few more sunshine boxes to un-expecting recipients this year. 

~ Have more family movie nights.  I want us to pick a movie, make popcorn and all pile in the living room.  

~ Play more board games with the kids as a family. 

~ Get started on my Christmas shopping early (well I am making several things this year so I want to get started now)

~ Get ALL our credit cards paid off this year.  We don't have many but the few we do have I want to get them paid down to $0.  

~ A few years ago we had something come up and we needed some extra cash right at that moment.  So through our credit union we took out a title loan on our Expedition.  I want to get this paid off this year as well.  (This one I already know is going to happen because it will be paid off in July, but it is still fun to put it on my list since I will be able to check it off once it is done.) 

~ Save money.  Weather we put away $5 each paycheck or $100, my GOAL is to save some from each paycheck.  

~ Get outside more, weather it is just playing in the front yard or taking the kids to the park.  Just get outside more. 

~ READ.  I want to read a book or two or three.  I miss reading and although it may take me a long time to read one book at least I can say I am currently reading a book. 

~ Eat out less.  Not that we eat out tons but sometimes it is just easier so I want to use my crockpot more and just eat out way less in general. 

~ Get back into couponing. 

~ Go on more date nights with Jacob.  This is often hard with his crazy rotating work schedule but I want to make sure we make time for it more often.  We went out just a few times in all of 2014 so I want to do it more this year.  Even if we don't "go" anywhere but have a date night at home.  Take the kids to my moms like we would if we were going out and then have a date night at home.

~ FOCUS.  I think if I was to play along with Ali Edwards' one little word this year my word would be FOCUS.  To focus on the bigger picture of things.  Not stress about the tiny little things I cannot change, focus on the bigger things, the end GOAL.  Focus on being a good wife and mom.  Focus on a business plan.  Focus on paying off those credit cards. Focus on living in the moment. Focus on being happy.  Focus on my family.  Focus on staying organized for 2015.  Focus on breathing through the hard times.  Focus on GOD and know that he has a plan for my life and trust in him that he will carry us through everything life has to offer.  

~ Stop being a procrastinator. I don't know how this one will go, since I have been this way all my life and sometimes I work best under pressure, but sometimes I even annoy myself when I wait until the last second to get things done. 

~ Make a recipe scrapbook/or just a recipe album this year with all our favorite family recipes.  Something that I can eventually give a copy to each of the kids when they get older. 

~  Get caught up on Project Life 2014.

~ Get caught up on the kids school albums. 

I am sure there are more things I have said to myself that I want to change or do personally in 2015 but I think this is a good list to go by at least for now. I think part of being human is that we are constantly changing and growing as we live and go through things and as we get older and more mature.  We learn lessons and That which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger! So to myself I also tell myself it is ok if I don't live up to all my personal GOALS and standards I set for myself.  We all know we are our own worst critics and I know that is so true for myself.  

B L O G :
  • Blog more often and more on a regular basis.
  • Blog every SUNDAY RAMBLINGS 
  • Gain new subscribers
  • Share more real life stories


B U S I N E S S :
This kind of has 2 parts.  I have my photography business and the end of last year I started my online etsy store called noticeablyNICOLES.  I was so swamped with orders and I loved every minute of it.  I have a lot of ideas for wood signs and wood projects in mind for my shop this year.  
  • I would love to start my GOAL of 5 sales a month.  
  • Stay organized with all my orders and profit
  • Maybe make it to one craft fair or show this year. 
  • Advertise my photography and etsy store more.
  • Order new business cards for both.
Do you have any GOALS and RESOLUTIONS for the new year?  

~NICOLE

Monday, January 12, 2015

IT'S JUST PHOTOSHOPPED

Conversation between Chloe and Caleb at dinner tonight. 

CALEB : "Mom, I saw an ad on the internet about a boy having a baby!?"

CHLOE : " Um Caleb, don't you know boys can't have babies. It is fake, it is just photoshopped"

So funny.  

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