Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com DIY decorating and crafts Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Link Party Palooza — and RubyClaire Boutique Giveaway!! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/link-party-palooza-rubyclaire-boutique-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/link-party-palooza-rubyclaire-boutique-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:00:31 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63299 It’s Friday!!

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We’ve combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap TimeLil’ LunaSomewhat SimpleTatertots & Jello and Today’s Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts –  just like we always have!

So be sure to check with each site to see which of the amazing ideas were featured! I’ll have two “great ideas” posts this weekend!

This week’s giveaway is from RubyClaire Boutique!

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 RubyClaire Boutique is an adorable family-based business that is dedicated to bringing you the cutest clothes and latest trends at prices you love! Plus they have excellent customer service and love to interact with their customers using Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

They’re a new business that just started last November and they’ve already begun to pay it forward — on the 10th of every month they donate 10% of their sales to the Cache Valley for Hope Cancer Foundation!

 This week I’ve teamed up with this amazing family to give away two $50 gift cards to RubyClaire Boutique!

Find out more, link up your projects, and enter to win after the break:

Here are some of the amazing clothes currently available at RubyClaire Boutique!

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I love the simplicity and visual texture of this I Heart You Sweater!

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This Champagne Crochet Cardigan is perfect for the next few months of late summer and early fall!

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If you’re looking for something that can be formal and casual, I love the design of this Aztec Pencil Skirt — and there are plenty of other similar designs if you’re willing to browse a bit — I know I was!

RubyClaire Boutique has even given you all the perfect thing for when you find something you love,

if you use the code TTAJ20 on checking out, you’ll receive 20% off your purchase from now through August 9th!

 I’m so excited to be teamed up with RubyClaire Boutique for this week’s giveaway:

Two lucky readers will receive a $50 gift card to RubyClaire Boutique!

Here’s how to enter to win:

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Now it’s time to link up your projects! I can’t wait to see YOUR ideas and feature YOU!

 

Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site through the weekend! We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of the fabulous ideas!   (When you add a link,  please mention on your site that you linked up at Tatertots and Jello (here’s a link: Tatertots & Jello).

 

 Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit.   {We all love comments!}

 

xoxo

 

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P.S.: Here’s what you might have missed from this very busy week at TT&J:

 

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I shared my new to-die-for recipe for Roasted Pepper Caprese Sandwiches!

 

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I also shared my new, geometric Be KIND and Choose HAPPY Printables!

 

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Plus I talked about the newest addition to the Tween Hangout Room — the striking and super cute Puzzle of Life Photo Frames!

 

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And I was lucky enough to share a Sneak Peek at Outlander, the new TV series based on my favorite books of all time!

 

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To wrap this exciting week up, Ursula from Home Made by Carmona dropped by and shared her Custom DIY Magnetic Tins!

 

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How to Make Custom DIY Magnetic Tins http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/how-to-make-custom-diy-magnetic-tins.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/how-to-make-custom-diy-magnetic-tins.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:00:40 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63292 How+To+Make+Custom+DIY+Magnetic+Tins]]> Hey there lovers of Tatertots and Jello (the blog not the food…well, sure why not, the food too). Forgive me, I’m a bit silly sometimes… My name is Ursula, and I blog at Home Made by Carmona. I’m falling all over myself with excitement to be here on TT&J today! I’m a homeschooling mom to 3 adorable girly girls, a lover of all things organized (although my house didn’t seem to get that memo), and I’m a bit of a DIY junkie (well you have to be when your decor budget is pretty much pocketbook fumes). 
 
Today I’ll be showing you how to make custom DIY magnetic tins. Why you ask? Because I say organization should be as beautiful as it is functional, and lets face it…the really beautiful magnetic tins (the ones I drool over on Pinterest) are waaaaaaaaay outside of my price range. So, for those of you whose budget consists of $1/tin, this is for you. Hmmm, it’s also for those of you who simply couldn’t find anything you really loved, or find that perfect hue to match your office…
 

The best part of creating custom magnetic tins is being able to have tins in your favorite colors! I match each set of storage tins to the colors of the room I’ve decorated. Oh, and how would you like to make your own fabric covered magnet board? Well you can learn how to make a dual magnet & cork board here on my blog.

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Party favor tins: I found mine on sale at a party store at $5 for a 10 pk.  
  • OR Unpainted metal tins: Found at any craft store, usually under $1/ea.
  • OR Small plastic containers: Found at the dollar or craft stores for 50 cents to $1/ea.
  • High gloss spray paint: In your favorite colors, plus Clear spray paint for sealing. 
  • Magnetic adhesive sheets: Look for 8.5 x 11″ sheets, 60mm thick. $9-$15 for a 5-10pk.

 

Spray Paint

Start by removing any clear plastic window inserts (if applicable). Spray paint your tins with the lid still on…this ensures the inside lip isn’t painted so it will continue to open and close easily. Before each painting session clear your spray can’s nozzle by spraying away from your tins first. Spray in short bursts keeping a little distance so the coverage is thin and the paint doesn’t pool. Allow it to dry completely between coats, and finish with a clear protective coat of paint.

Trace & Cut Magnetic Sheets

You can find 8.5″ x 11″ 60mm magnetic sheets at craft & fabric stores, or (a much easier option) online. I purchased my 5 pack on Amazon for $9 + free shipping.

Make sure the area of circle you are cutting is smaller than the area of the tin’s base. You want to be able to recess the magnet so it isn’t visible. Then simply peel the backing and adhere to your tin.

 
If you are using the party favor tins with a clear window, then pop the clear plastic window back in place, and you’re ready to store all your little knick knacks! 
Whatever your colors of choice, whatever your room’s decor, you’ll love having storage to match! Oh, and a little trick for the rooms without a magnetic board…cut extra circles to adhere to the surface you want to store your tins. Neat huh?
 
Who Say’s It Has To Be Metal Tins?
The best part of creating your own custom magnetic tins is being able to think outside the box! Don’t limit yourself to metal tins…use plastic containers, wooden or cardboard boxes of every shape! And yes, that is my refrigerator.
 
Bring On The Wow Factor!
Be creative with your designs! I love using rub-on transfers, creating spray painted designs, washi tape, and more! You are only limited by your imagination.

There you have it fellow DIY’ers. Perfectly suited to it’s task, easy, cheap, and what a looker! ;)
Thanks for having me here today TT&J!

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Thanks Ursula! Those tins are all so beautiful. I love how you can customize them for whatever you need, and the ones inside the fridge are so smart. Ursula has awesome ideas on her blog, Homemade by Carmona. Here are a few of my favorite projects of hers:

Make Creative Accordion fold Business Cards

I love this tutorial for How to Make a Fold-Out Business Card. I love how you can put so much information on them!!

Front Door Paint

And her Front Door Paint Over project will amaze you and probably inspire you to paint your own front door!

Before & After

She has also transformed so much of her house and every room is so inspiring! Just look at this before and after of her Hallway Makeover. If you think her hallway is pretty, you have to check out the rest of her house. It’s seriously gorgeous!!

Urusla has tons of inspiring projects on her blog. I love all of them! I’m thrilled she was here today to share her cute magnetic tins. Make sure to follow Homemade by Carmona and

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Display Family Memories with Puzzle of Life (Plus, win a $100 credit!) http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/save-family-memories-puzzle-life-plus-win-100-credit.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/save-family-memories-puzzle-life-plus-win-100-credit.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:13:45 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63278 puzzle of life sibling wall art at tatertots and jello diag]]> Tracking PixelThis post sponsored by Personal Creations

It’s always hard to find quality ways to display family memories!

I was introduced to Personal Creations’ Puzzle of Life product, and it’s a fun addition to the kids “hangout room!”

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It’s easy to select the sets and pieces, easy to put together and helps you tell your family’s story. Add and rearrange pieces as your family changes — their quality will last for many years since they’re handmade by Amish woodworkers. I thought it would be fun to display images of each of my kids and the definition of Siblings on the inside part of the puzzle. I love the way it turned out!!

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I’ll show you how you can win a $100 credit for your own Puzzle of Life after the break!

I wanted to make a Puzzle of Life set that reflected the theme I’d created for this room — and I love the way it looks!

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I tried to create a theme that matched the Teen/Tween hangout room’s selfie wall, and  since that decor featured a “selfie” definition, I decided to feature a similar approach with a definition of the word “sibling.” I wanted to feature the kids — since it’s their room — and the word “sibling” seemed to fit the best. I chose the elements of online definitions that best fit what I wanted to communicate. Then I decided I should feature the birth years and names of each of the kids. Notice that each puzzle piece style has a slightly different layout, which adds some visual variety. It’s not at all confusing when you order, though — it’s obvious how they all fit together and easy to choose the layout and finish you like best. (I chose these wood finishes because they match the decor — you could choose any of several attractive finishes!)

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I love also that I can switch out the pictures so easily too!! I love this idea as a different way to create a family gallery wall.

Ordering was quick and easy and I was very pleasantly surprised at how quickly the puzzle pieces arrived! The wood and the finish work was also high-quality.

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This would also make such a cute wedding gift. Or a gift for grandparents – showing all of their grandchildren. I love that pieces can be added on later too!!

 

Here’s how you could win a $100 credit to create your own Puzzle of Life!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway begins July 31 and ends August 8; one winner will receive a $100 credit for Puzzle of Life.

And you can get 20% off your Puzzle of Life order when you use this special discount code: PCSM20!

 

 

How would you make your family’s story using the Puzzle of Life?

xoxo

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This post was sponsored by Personal Creations but the content and design ideas are mine. See my disclosures.

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Choose Happy and Be Kind Today FREE Geometric Printables! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/choose-happy-and-be-kind-today-free-geometric-printables.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/choose-happy-and-be-kind-today-free-geometric-printables.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:14:12 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63259 be kind and choose happy geo printables at tatertots and jello]]> be kind and choose happy geo printables at tatertots and jello

 

With school starting soon, I thought it would be fun to make a couple free printables that can inspire our kids and ourselves with a couple positive messages.  Choose HAPPY and be KIND today FREE Geometric printables.

 

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I have created them in four different colors, two different sizes and two different sayings.

Be Kind and Choose Happy Geometric Printables at Tatertots and Jello

 

You can either cut out just the geometric shape and put it up on your fridge or on a locker with a magnet. Or cut it out in a square and frame it. I love the simple messages. It’s a great positive message for kids or ourselves to see every day. Frame it and give it as a gift too!! There are two different sizes that are perfect for an 8×10 frame or a 5×7 frame!

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And here are the printables!

Here are the larger ones — in two colors. Right-click this link or the picture below and choose “save as” to download the PDF.

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And here are the smaller ones — in four colors! Right-click this link or the picture below and choose “save as” to download the PDF.

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As always, these are for personal use only.

Have a HAPPY day!! 

xoxo

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And in case you are looking for a few more FREE Back to School Printables:

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Free Back to School Printable Interviews from Kiki and Company 

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Instagram Hashtag Back to School FREE Printables

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Back to School Breakfast Chalkboard Printables from Dimple Prints 

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Back to school FREE Apple Stickers from Me & My Insanity 

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Baked Roasted Pepper Caprese Sandwiches Recipe! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/baked-roasted-pepper-caprese-sandwiches.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/baked-roasted-pepper-caprese-sandwiches.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:05:54 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63249 roasted red pepper caprese baked sandwich at tatertots and jello]]>  

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My kids can’t get enough of sandwiches. And while PB&J are a staple and yummy, it’s fun to come up with something new that kids and adults can both enjoy! So when Mezzetta sent me a box of their amazing products and asked me to create a sandwich, I couldn’t turn down such a fun challenge. And what’s better this time of the year than a caprese sandwich? Adding some Mezzetta roasted peppers, chili sauce and garlic spread. Yum!

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And my favorite part of making this sandwich is how fast and easy it is!! It only takes 10 minutes to assemble and 10 minutes to bake. And you end up with a crunchy, flavorful and delightful creation. It’s perfect for lunch, dinner or even picnics!

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I also love to use Mezzetta products to make salads. Yummy! And since I’ve been on a health kick this past year, I also love that their products pack a TON of flavor but are also gluten-free, vegetarian, low-calorie, low-carb and low-fat. They are a great way to add flavor to almost any dish.

And see how YOU can win $25,000 in Mezzetta’s “Make That Sandwich” Contest! So fun.

Here’s how to make these easy sandwiches: 

Total Time: 20 minutes

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield – 6 servings

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Ingredients: 

3 large Hoagie or Ciabatta Bread, halved.

Mezzetta Roasted Bell Peppers

Mezzetta Red Hot Chili Pepper Spread

Mezzetta Savory Garlic Spread

Mozzarella Cheese, sliced.

12-15 Large Basil Leaves

2 Medium Tomatoes, sliced.

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Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350-degrees

Half the bread and lay both sides on your work surface.

Spread one side of the bread with the Mezzetta Hot Chili Pepper Spread and spread the other with the Mezetta Savory Garlic Spread.

Then place the Mezzetta Roasted Peppers on top of the half with the Mezetta Hot Chili Pepper Spread.

Lay the mozarella slices, tomatoes and basil on top of the side with the Savory Garlic Spread.

Combine both sides of the sandwiches together and place them on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes — when the cheese starts to melt.

Take the sandwiches out and cut them in half and serve.

 

And your sandwich recipe can help you win!

The Mezzetta “Make That Sandwich” grand prize winner receives $25,000, and two runner-up winners receive $1,000. 

 

 

And check out Mezzetta on Twitter @MezzettaFoods

on Facebook

on Pinterest

and on Instagram!

(sharing this post? don’t forget the #makethatsandwich hashtag!)

What’s your favorite sandwich recipe?

Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mezzetta. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Outlander Sneak Peek: My Favorite Books on TV! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/outlander-sneak-peek-favorite-books-now-tv.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/outlander-sneak-peek-favorite-books-now-tv.html#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:36:58 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63137 jamie-clare2.small]]> This post sponsored by STARZ and Time Warner Cable For the last 18 years, my favorite books have been the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I have literally (literarily?) worn out three copies of the first book, Outlander, and they’re always on my Kindle. (I’m reading the latest, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, now.) So I jumped at the chance to see the new Time Warner Cable Series on Starz, Outlander, and see how they brought my favorite books to life. Could they cast actors who could do justice to the characters I could see in my mind? Could they include the historical and psychological detail that I love in the books? And would I even enjoy it after spending so much of my life with the books? The short answer is “yes.” image001

I had the chance to see the first episode of the new Outlander series and I’m so excited! (It premieres Saturday, August 9, at 9 PM EST/PST.)

 

(I’m featuring some behind-the-scenes pictures in this post!)

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They cast the characters very well, especially the main character, Clare. She’s always been my favorite: she’s a strong, intelligent woman. And Diana Gabaldon has done such an excellent job creating complex, multi-dimensional characters that I was worried about who would play them. (And yes, I’ve been following the casting process on Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page for the last year!)

See why I’m so excited? I’ve loved not only the characters in the books, but how dimensional they are. I feel like I know them well, and that I understand them and their lives. Judging from the first episode, the new Outlander series has captured that.

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I’ve also loved the historical settings for the novels as well as the depth of knowledge Diana Gabaldon brings to the characters, whether it be medical knowledge (Clare’s a nurse) or zoology.

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While I think any movie or TV series adapted from books faces huge challenges, based on the first episode, the producers and writers are moving in the right direction. For example, there’s a great scene in the Outlander book where Clare, on a trip with her husband in Scotland after being apart for 5 years during the war, looks in a store window. She thinks about how she’s never owned a vase like those displayed in the window, since she and her husband have been busy fighting the war (in her case, as a nurse). It’s an important scene for her character, but it could easily have been overlooked. Its being included speaks volumes to me about the quality of the production!

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Check out the new Outlander series on the Web (looks like you can stream the first episode starting August 2!)

 

and get ready to watch the whole series starting August 9!

 

I can’t wait to watch the whole series. Yay!!!!

Do you have a favorite book or series?? Share your favorites with me in the comments!

 

Have an Awesome Day!!

 

xoxo

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable, but I am a major Diana Gabaldon fan too. The opinions and text are all mine. Anyway, also see my disclosures.

 

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Great Ideas — 20 DIY Party Ideas! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/great-ideas-20-diy-party-ideas.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/great-ideas-20-diy-party-ideas.html#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:58:19 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63215 20 DIY Party Ideas]]> There are so many reasons to throw a party!! 

20 DIY Party Ideas

No matter what kind of party you are planning, these 20 DIY Party Party Ideas will make your occasion even more festive! 

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Easy Ice Cream Bar @ A Night Owl

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 1st Birthday Celebration @ Crowning Details

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Movie Night Popcorn Cake @ I Dig Pinterest

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Pineapple Party Cocktails @ Jaco’lyn Murphy 

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Good Start Tags @ Bloom Designs Online 

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S’moregasborg Party @ Free Time Frolics 

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Easy Brownie Treat Cups @ Club Chica Cups 

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Paint Your Own Frozen Puppets @ Sunshine and Hurricanes 

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Outdoor Movie Night @ Day2Day SuperMom 

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Butterfly Party Ideas @ Pam’s Party & Practical Tips 

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Superhero Comic Book Party Invitation @ My Paper Craze 

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 Mini S’mores Brownie Bites @ White Lights on Wednesday

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Lego Birthday Party @ The Happy Scraps 

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Printable Popcorn Box @ Persia Lou 

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The Caroline Party Dress @ Sugar Tart Crafts 

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Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake @ Inside BruCrew 

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Copycat Cosmic Brownies @ Cincy Shopper

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Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party @ Persia Lou

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Tie Dye Party @ Chaotically Creative 

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Fireman Party @ Crowning Detail

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s giveaway! 

This week’s giveaway is from Fabric Expressions!

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 Fabric Expressions is a unique line of fusible fabrics ranging from embellishment sheets to burlap and canvas banners! They’re perfect for iron-on projects but also work with any sewing machine!

This week’s giveaway is a Fabric Bundle including:

  • 4 packs of White Canvas Rectangular Banners (3 pre-sewn flags in each pack)
  • 3 packs of Fusible Fabric Bundles in themes Baby, Party, and Wedding. (6-10″ x 12″ pieces)
  • 3 packs Fusible Fabric Embellishments in Baby, Party, and Wedding (1-9″ x 10″ sheet)

 Here’s how to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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What you been creating in your free time lately?

Let me know in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

xoxo

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Great Ideas — 20 DIY Home Decor Projects! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/great-ideas-20-diy-home-decor-projects.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/great-ideas-20-diy-home-decor-projects.html#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:53:41 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63187 20 home decor projects at tatertots and jello]]> There’s something so satisfying about making a beautiful project for your home!!

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Here are 20 DIY Home Decor projects to inspire you!!! 

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DIY Locker System @ Two Thirty-Five Designs

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Brickmaker’s Table @ AKA Design

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Gold Duct Tape Accent Curtains @ For MyLove Of 

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DIY Floating Shelves @ Simply Organized 

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DIY Wall Mounted Television @ Two Thirty-Five Designs 

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Stripe-Painted Porch @ Creatively Living 

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 Guest Room Reveal @ Remodelando La Casa

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Succulent Centerpiece @ Mabey She Made It 

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DIY Striped Coasters @ The Casual Craftlete

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Master Hallway Makeover @ Two Thirty-Five Designs 

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Farmhouse Bathroom Decorating Tips @ Thistlewood Farms 

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DIY Custom Wooden Sign @ Frenchie Wraps 

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Rustic Wooden Crate @ Clean and Scentsible

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Kitchen Storage and Display Bookcase @ Setting for Four

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Marble Painted Succulent Planter @ Making Home Base 

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Pegboard Organizer & Magnetic Chalkboard @ Addicted 2 DIY 

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Painted Patio Umbrella DIY @ Bigger Than the Three of Us

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DIY Nautical Wall Art @ Restoration Beauty 

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DIY Herringbone Canvas Art @ Messes to Memories

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Galvanized and Rusted Tin Tutorial @ Homework 

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s giveaway! 

This week’s giveaway is from Fabric Expressions!

Fabric Expressions Banner

 Fabric Expressions is a unique line of fusible fabrics ranging from embellishment sheets to burlap and canvas banners! They’re perfect for iron-on projects but also work with any sewing machine!

This week’s giveaway is a Fabric Bundle including:

  • 4 packs of White Canvas Rectangular Banners (3 pre-sewn flags in each pack)
  • 3 packs of Fusible Fabric Bundles in themes Baby, Party, and Wedding. (6-10″ x 12″ pieces)
  • 3 packs Fusible Fabric Embellishments in Baby, Party, and Wedding (1-9″ x 10″ sheet)

 Here’s how to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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What you been creating in your free time lately?

Let me know in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

xoxo

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Link Party Palooza — and Fabric Expressions Giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/link-party-palooza-and-fabric-expressions-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/link-party-palooza-and-fabric-expressions-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:00:25 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63170 Fabric Expressions Banner]]> It’s Friday!!

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We’ve combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap TimeLil’ LunaSomewhat SimpleTatertots & Jello and Today’s Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts –  just like we always have!

So be sure to check with each site to see which of the amazing ideas were featured! I’ll have two “great ideas” posts this weekend!

This week’s giveaway is from Fabric Expressions!

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 Fabric Expressions is a unique line of fusible fabrics ranging from embellishment sheets to burlap and canvas banners! They’re perfect for iron-on projects but also work with any sewing machine!

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Their fabric bundles are perfect for so many different projects — I love this banner made with the Baby Fusible Fabric Bundle.

This week I’m excited to be partnered with Fabric Expressions to be giving away a Fabric Bundle!

Link up your projects and enter to win after the break:

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There are so many projects that can be made with the fabrics from the new Fabric Expressions packs!

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And it’s so easy to work with iron-on fabric!

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This week’s giveaway is a Fabric Bundle including:

  • 4 packs of White Canvas Rectangular Banners (3 pre-sewn flags in each pack)
  • 3 packs of Fusible Fabric Bundles in themes Baby, Party, and Wedding. (6-10″ x 12″ pieces)
  • 3 packs Fusible Fabric Embellishments in Baby, Party, and Wedding (1-9″ x 10″ sheet)

 Here’s how to win:

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Now it’s time to link up your projects! I can’t wait to see YOUR ideas and feature YOU!

 

Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site through the weekend! We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of the fabulous ideas!   (When you add a link,  please mention on your site that you linked up at Tatertots and Jello (here’s a link: Tatertots & Jello).

 

 Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit.   {We all love comments!}

 

xoxo

 

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P.S.: Here’s what you might have missed this week at TT&J:

 

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I shared some Locker Decorating Tips for when your kids start to go back to school!

 

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I also shared my Flower Decor & Printables that I created with Shutterfly!

 

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My contributors have had some fun projects as well!

 

On the left is Bombshell Bling’s scrumptious Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake,

 

and on the right are K-12 Back to School Printable Interviews from Kiki and Company!

 

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Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/cream-cheese-strawberry-shortcake.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/07/cream-cheese-strawberry-shortcake.html#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:16 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63160 Cream-Cheese-Strawberry-Shortcake-by-Bombshell-Bling-for-TTJ]]> Hello, Tatertots & Jello readers! This is Sarah from Bombshell Bling, and I am beyond thrilled to be guest posting here at TT&J! Back in my pre-blogging days a crafty friend of mine introduced me to her blog obsession: Tatertots & Jello. When I called her last year to tell her how much fun I had having lunch with the lovely Jen at her darling cottage she almost died! She now thinks I am a big deal just because Jen is nice enough to let me be her fangirl. Haha. Little does she know! ;)

Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake by Bombshell Bling for TT&J

Anyway . . . aside from being here to gush about the fabulousness that is Jen and her bomb creative blog, I want to share a summer recipe with you that is majorly delish: Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake. In the past I have always made individual strawberry shortcakes that have an almost biscuit-like consistency, but WOW is this simpler! A woman at my church gave me this recipe, which she had tweaked a bit from the original, and then I tweaked it a bit farther. We ended up making it for our entire church congregation and it was a huge hit. I hope that you enjoy it too!

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Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake

Cake

3 cups Bisquick mix (12 oz.)
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 (3.5 0z) box French Vanilla pudding mix (3.5 oz)

Topping

1 cup whipping cream
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 cups (about 2 lbs) fresh strawberries, sliced

Heat oven to 335 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan.

In a large bowl, beat together all of the cake ingredients until mixed together. Pour into the greased pan.

Bake 35-45 minutes.

Pour the whipping cream into a small bowl and mix until there are soft peaks. Set the whipping cream aside.

In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Fold the whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture.

Frost the cooled cake and top with strawberries. Refrigerate cake if needed.

Serve and enjoy!

Adapted from Betty Crocker.

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I hope that you enjoy this Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake as much as we did, and I hope that you will take the time to visit me on my site, Bombshell Bling, for more ideas and inspiration. I share everything from jewelry design and sewing to kid crafts and recipes, especially s’mores recipes. If you love s’mores then you will REALLY love my S’mores Saturdays series!

Have a lovely day!

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Thanks Sarah! That looks amazing. I love strawberry desserts in the summer. Sarah’s blog, Bombshell Bling has so many great ideas. Here are a few of her recent projects that I love:

Strawberry Themed Birthday Party at Bombshell Bling

Strawberries are such a fun theme for summer parties. I love these adorable Strawberry Themed Birthday Party!!

Free Back To School Printables at Bombshell Bling

These Back to School Printables are so fun too. They would be the perfect way to document the first day of school.

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She also shared these gorgeous Coffee Filter Flowers she made for her table setting. So pretty!

Isn’t she amazing? Make sure to follow Bombshell Bling and

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