Raising Dick and Jane

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#ad Vintage Inspired Toys are Making a Come Back

Disclosure: This product was provided to me free of charge via myfbm for review purposes. 

Do you remember spending hours creating friendship bracelets for your friends back in grade school? I sure do. I think I used to try and peddle my work off on unsuspecting grown up for a quarter a piece too. It was my first experience with being creative and my first taste of crafting for profit. I never really ever did stop creating after those days. It all started with these bracelets and I am super excited to announce that they are starting to make a comeback. 

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The other day a package arrived on my doorstep (one of my favorite things about blogging) and inside I found the cutest friendship bracelet maker I've ever seen. WAY much better than the string and safety pin I used to use. :) Come on, who else remembers pinning your bracelets to your pant legs to work on them? Either way, my daughter and I were thrilled. She was thrilled to have a new craft project (cuz she gets it from her mama) and I was thrilled to be able to teach her something that was such a big part of my childhood. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Chores Suck Less

We all have tasks or "chores" that we must complete on a daily basis. We all know that these "chores" suck. Most of the time I find myself rushing to throw in a load of laundry before I run out the door or quickly throwing my sink full of dishes into the automatic washer before company comes over. While these modern appliances are helpful, I have found that in my life when I simplify my everyday tasks and stop rushing, that I enjoy them more. Seriously? Enjoy housework? No way! :)

Way! By simplifying my tasks I mean by going back to the way things used to be done, when there was no rush and no quick fix. I must say that there is something fulfilling about doing work with my hands. While, yes, I do use my hands to toss dishes into the automatic washer it's just not the same. I used to loathe these chores, the dishes go in, the dishes come out, the dishes get put into the cupboard. Its systematic, but put me in front of my sink with an open window in front of me, a cool breeze and a moment with my thoughts and suddenly I don't hate it anymore. There is just something about simplifying my everyday tasks that I love.

After finding that I actually enjoy doing things "old school" so much better, I started looking for other ways to de-modernize my life. Each time I ditched a modern appliance and did things the way they used to be done, I found myself creating joy. Here are several of the ways I have changed my chores from mundane tasks into something I actually enjoy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tie Dye Kit {Flash Giveaway} #ad #tiedyeyoursummer

Disclosure: I received the products in this giveaway from a previous sponsored post 

Since I love all of my friends so much, I wanted to take this opportunity and give something back to you. When the sponsor from my last feature sent me products to use, they sent me more than I needed for my article. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to share. I hope you have fun and be sure to let me know how you choose to #tiedyeyoursummer!

Simply click on "ENTER ME" to put your name in the drawing. Easy Peasy. Plus, if your a Facebook fan you get a special extra entry just for being awesome. :)

Here's what you can win!
1- 3 piece tie dye kit
4- large white t-shirts
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