Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back to School with Rack Room Shoes

Posted by Devin & Tara


School is almost here for our kiddos and they are super excited! As are we. ;) With the start of school comes lots of gearing up and shopping, including new shoes for everyone. Whether they're growing out of them or wearing holes through them, our kids go through shoes like nobody's business and are always in need of a fresh pair to start the school year. So today we are teaming up with Rack Room Shoes to show you some great shoe options that our kids picked out this year!

Connor


Connor was in need of a good pair of athletic shoes that he could wear to school daily. Something he could run and jump and do all of the ordinary day-to-day kid stuff in. Connor's a pretty no-nonsense sort of guy with a head for practicality so he chose this blue pair of Adidas athletic shoes with breathable mesh. A great choice for comfort and fun during and after school, plus they look great!

Neela


Miss Neela wanted a pair of sturdy school shoes with a girly flair. Aren't these pink Converse adorable?! We love her pick and know she will not only be able to be active in these kicks, but styling as well!

Kade


We like to refer to Kade as the little George Clooney in our troop of kiddos. He has this suave and charming air about him with a little touch of mischievousness thrown in there. And these shoes fit his personality. Cool and casual all the way.

Caden


Caden is Mr. Athletics. He's always looking for a basketball or a football and ready for a pick-up game any time. He attended basketball camp over the summer and can't wait for the winter sports season to roll around so he can play some more b-ball. So of course he wanted a new pair of basketball shoes to begin the school year. Have to start practicing now!


We love all of our kids' shoes choices and this back to school season Rack Room Shoes is raising funds for families in need through their annual Shoes That Fit Campaign. Through this campaign they provide new shoes to at-risk children for their first day of school. How awesome is that?! Rack Room Shoes makes it easy for shoppers to make a difference in their community by allowing customers to donate to Shoes That Fit at the register upon check out in-store or online at Shoes That Fit.

  • 100% of the donations will be distributed in the local area where the shoes were purchased. 
  • Local school liaisons will identify children needing new footwear in the area and supply them with new shoes. So all of the donations benefit students right in your community!
  • To amplify the impact of customer donations, Rack Room Shoes has committed to match 100% of all donations made up to $300,000.
  • Every year, children head back to school with ill-fitting or damaged shoes because they don’t have any other option. Even worse, some children aren’t able to attend school because they have no shoes at all – this program combats that issue. Over the last two years, Rack Room Shoes has donated more than $1 million to Shoes That Fit through the annual fundraiser.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Athleta Tankini

Posted by Devin


Finding a great swimsuit that I feel comfortable in can be a challenge. I think most of you ladies know what I'm talking about. But picking out this suit from Athleta was a cinch. It didn't take me long to know I had found the suit I was looking for.


The first thing that drew me to this suit was it's athletic look and feel. I love swimming and being active with my kids and I don't want to be constantly re-adjusting things or worrying about coverage. This suit is a great choice for active play at the pool or the beach.


My favorite detail of the tankini is probably the mesh top. It's not a look I've seen before and it's very flattering and fun while keeping it modest. 


I also love the simple blue and black design of the suit. Black tends to be my go-to color for my swimwear and this suit is no exception. Love it!


What I Wore:
Tankini Top & Bottom - Athleta
Panama Hat - Target
Sunglasses & Sandals - Gift

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So //

Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Number Sign

Posted be Devin


I love graphic signs with numbers and letters and ampersands and such. So when I was needing a little more artwork for my entry wall, I decided to whip up a quick and easy #6 sign! That's how many people are in our family so it seemed like a good number to go with. ;) This sign literally took me about 15 minutes so get ready for a quick tutorial!

Materials Needed:
Wooden slatted sign or canvas (I got my little wooden sign from the craft section at Walmart for under $4)
White and yellow craft paint (or whichever colors you prefer)
Full sheet shipping labels (8 1/2 x 11")
Printer
Sponge brush
Clear finishing spray

Step 1
Paint your sign white.


Step 2
Using Microsoft Word, insert WordArt into a blank document and type in the number of your choice. Scale the number so it it large and will fit across your sign. I used Arial for my font. Print out your number onto one of the shipping labels.


Step 3
Cut out your printed number on the shipping label. Peel the paper backing off of the number and stick it onto your sign, making sure to center it and press the edges firmly down to prevent the paint from bleeding. Paint 2-3 coats of your chosen color (yellow, in my case) on the sign, around the sticker.


Step 4
Once you have a solid coat of paint on the sign, simply peel the label off of the sign. When the paint is dry, spray a quick coat of a finishing spray on the sign to protect the paint from fading, peeling, etc. Your sign is done and ready to hang!



To see tutorials for the other items in my entryway, click on the following links: DIY Painted Lockers, Simple Silhouette Tutorial, Wood Slice Chalkboard Tutorial

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Creative Collection //

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #39



LinkyMain2-04 It’s time for another Friday Finds Linky Party where we celebrate all things creative and fun! Thanks so much for sharing your great projects with us, we can’t wait to see what awesomeness you’ve been up to this week! Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Green Chili Enchilada Cups from My Name is Snickerdoodle
Laura
Caramel Macchiato Poke Cake from Kleinworth & Co
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Simple Summer SuckersMy Name is Snickerdoodle
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Curbside Table Makeover from My Creatibe Days
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Easy Way to Display Flairi from Tombow Blog
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Printable Chalkboard Tags from clementine creative
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Plum Blueberry Ginger Granita from Honey & Birch
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DIY Citronella Candle with Lavender from The Casual Craftlete

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Homemade Back To School Magnets

Posted by Tara


School is in full swing is some parts of the state this week! It came too fast! For me, I feel like as soon as school starts I am bombarded with papers and art work. Today I am sharing a simple craft that the kids will love and can be used as gifts as well.

You will need:
Glass Gems
Clip Art of your choice or scrapbook paper
Magnets
Glue or Glue Gun
Scissors
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Colored Paper


You will first want to cut out your clip art or pieces of scrap book paper. You can trace around the gem, just make sure when you cut the paper to do it smaller than the line. 


Step 1- After you have cut your paper, you will want to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to your gem. 
Step 2- Apply paper cut out and smooth out. Let Dry 15-20 mins. Then apply another layer of Mod Podge. Let dry. 
Step 3- Once dry, put a dab of glue in the center of the gem. 
Step 4- Add magnet to glue and let cure 24 hours. If using glue gun, you can use immediately. 


After it has dried start using these adorable magnets! You can add whatever images you want.. school mascot, designs and pictures of your kids. You can gift them to your child's teacher or even better to the grand-parents (they love hanging art on their refrigerators). 


The kids will love participating in this craft and picking out what they want their magnets to look like! Let me know if you have any questions and HAPPY CRAFTING!!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Swim Suit with Athleta

Posted by Tara


I just got back from an amazing trip to California.  The cool ocean breeze, local food and family kept me content all week. One thing that makes for a good beach trip is the perfect swim suit!

Finding the right suit can be tricky. Either the top is too snug or the bottoms don't fit... And the list goes on. When looking for a suit I want quality material. I hit the pool lots while at home and head to the beach twice a year, so my suits get used a lot! They need to keep their shape and not lose their smooth texture.


Athleta in Scottsdale, has quality suits, and super cute styles. They are currently having killer online sales right now (seriously you will thank me later!) One of the things I loved most is their swim top has amazing support and comes in bra sizes! Did I mention my bottom are reversible? If I want a solid colored suit I can flip my bottoms and use only the navy blue side. I loved the bright colored print and stuck with that for my trip!

I was able to swim, play games likes smash ball and even do some yoga stretches without falling out of my suit. That's always a bonus!


I absolutely loved wearing my suit in California this past week! This photo shoot was so much fun. I was super nervous about taking pictures in a suit (who wouldn't be?) but I had my sister as my photographer and she helped me feel comfortable and confident!

What I Wore

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #38

LinkyMain2-04 It’s Friday! What have you been working on this week? We can’t wait to see it and feature YOU! Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Easy Lemon Pie The Casual Craftlete.
Laura
Minion Party Poppers from Liz on Call
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Shark Candy Cups Hoopla Palooza
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DIY Concrete Stool from The Casual Craftlete
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Vintage Wood Tool Box from Woodland Flower
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Honey Dijon Baked Salmon from Sweet Love & Ginger
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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Colorful Hoop Earrings from Jewels of Sayuri

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