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Monday, June 30, 2014

DIY | Studded Geometric Wall Art

Hello guys!  I hope you had a good weekend!

My weekend was great!  I had some small projects done.

You know when The Mr. and our son went to watch Transformers.

It's time for my daughter & I to have some quick craft-time!

One of the crafty things that I did was to make a studded geometric wall art.
I did not spend anything for this project because all the things that was used were already in hand.

It started with a blank canvas (affiliate link).

I did not have a specific pattern in mind but was just inspired with geometric shapes.  

So based on that, using a painter's tape (affiliate link), I started taping off the canvas.
Using a copper and black craft paint.  I started painting the canvas using a sponge brush.

Quickly but carefully remove the tape while the paint is wet.

Let it dry under the sun for about an hour.

A little bit of touch up on the blots and I have this.
I'm fine with a little bit of imperfections because that's what makes it mine.

Love it!  

But it was not yet done.  I'd like to give it a finished look.

So I bordered it with gold thumbtacks (affiliate link).

If you are going to do this, be prepared for some thumb action.
So cool how this looks.
Totally worth the sore thumb!♥
like it? pin it for later
What do you think?  

If you are looking for more studded (thumbtacks) project inspiration, see this one.
via Two Thirty Five Designs
Or maybe this one?
via Mad in Crafts
No kidding right?  Exquisite!

Hey thanks for always stopping by and until then!
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rent a Book Instead of Buying | Campus Book Rentals

I grew up being poor.

Things we NEED were hard to get.
I have 5 siblings from the same parent, yeah that's me in orange shirt.  

My parents are very hardworking and they taught us to be like that too.  So my siblings and I helped our parents a lot to get through it.

gosh! just writing this post gave me teary eyes..

We sell all different kinds of stuff that my parents make at home.

from peanut butter to salted peanuts

to kutsinta to yema (both Filipino dessert)

it was tough

life was tough

but education in our family is IMPORTANT

even it was tough

my siblings and I all finished our college degrees

not easy

But I remembered back in my college days that I've never purchased my books.  

Why? it was expensive and we cannot afford.

All were either borrowed from a friend who was finished with that subject 

or spend hours and hours reading in the library and taking down notes

It may not be legal but we used to also make copies of books by bringing it to a copying center and they will book bind it for us too. 

Renting a book would have been helpful if it was available back then in the Philippines.

But it was NOT

Lucky you, it is now available!

Calling all the college-goers and moms of college-goers out there!  

Let me introduce you to CampusBookRentals.com, a company that actually rents textbooks.
Let me point out the perks of renting textbooks from them:
♥ save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
♥ free shipping both ways
♥ can highlight in the textbooks
♥ flexible renting periods
♥ rent your textbooks without risk of your books becoming devalued at the end of the semester

You asked? How does it work?


And the best thing that I like about CampusBookRentals is that they donate to Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit with each textbook rented.  Operation Smile is an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it.

They also have a new program called RentBack, they will rent your books to another student and you get paid everytime it is being rented.  
Like it yet?☺

Imagine the money you can make from the textbooks you own, 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options!

Isn't that awesome?!  Go check them out.  Thank you!
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Friday, June 27, 2014

[Fashion Friday] All Geometric

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The SuperBlogger | The Art Bug

The spotlight is on to Cassandra of The Art Bug's Garden Chairs Re-Do!

How about some easy update on your garden chairs with your favorite color now that it is summer.

According to Cassandra 

"Turn old and dull bargain buy garden chairs into something fab and stylish just by a coat of fresh bright paint."

I love the color - it definitely makes the space bright!
But how can you appreciate this beauty if we don't take a look at these before the transformation?
For details how she made this transformation, go to The Art Bug's blog and you might want to say hello for me too!

Thank you Cassandra!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

[Guest Post] Be Wary on the Web

About the Author: Sam Bowling - As senior infrastructure engineer, Sam maintains many high availability clusters to ensure prompt delivery of web services and resolve issues within clusters as well as resolve issues with clients that are complex and require in-depth knowledge of Linux and services associated with Linux. He also assist with fulfilling preservation requests, internal operations, monitoring, automation and other various aspects of system administration.

Be Wary on the Web
In a world that is increasingly connected through the Internet, it is ever more important for you to be mindful of your online security.  With such noteworthy cyber crime attacks as the Target security breach and Heartbleed, many people are looking to improve safety for themselves and their families.  It might seem daunting, but there are some easy ways for you to protect yourself.  The following common vulnerabilities are easy and important to fix.

Financial Information
Online shopping and banking has become a major part of Internet usage.  Internet predators have found ways to prey upon this, through phishing scams, hacking, and other methods.  A stolen credit card number can lead to years of damage control for your credit line, a frustrating task to say the least.  Only use your credit card number on secure, encrypted sites of trusted sources.  Make sure you understand how the information is handled and stored once entered.  

Copyrights to Usage on Social Media
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are a great way for friends and family to stay connected.  However, people fail to realize that many of these sites state in their privacy policies that anything you post is their property.  If you have a picture, text post, or video that you share privately with your friends and followers, it is not really being shared privately.  At any time, the site can use any of those posts in promotional materials without notifying you.  After all, they already received your consent upon checking the “I Agree” box at sign-up.  And realize that just because you delete something, it doesn’t mean it’s out of the company’s grasp. It is still being hosted on a dedicated server somewhere, more than likely.  That being said, secure dedicated servers are a safer option for companies looking for hosting with an outside company like SingleHop. We offer a wide variety of dedicated server options that range in price, capacity, and location, so that we can customize based on your specific needs.

Privacy in Social Media
Besides being a great way to stay connected, social media can also be a great place to get information on someone.  This can be as innocent as looking someone up that you just met, or as malicious as a criminal using information to orchestrate an attack.  It is easy to find such information as birthdays, current and previous employment, education level, relatives’ names, children’s names, and even when you are away from your house.  Always check your security settings, and be wary of what information you are sharing in your posts.
On the Internet, you are constantly exposed to risk.  However, you can easily reduce this risk.  The guidelines above will help you immensely, but there is always more to learn about protecting yourself online.  For your sake, and for the sake of your family, make Internet security a top priority.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reuse | Pill Bottle to Carry Little Things


If you have not noticed yet or this is your first time here, I like to reuse or repurpose a lot.

While I was cleaning up some drawers over the weekend, I've found some pill bottles, so ready to throw it away but decided to reuse it.
Just removed the labels and wash it clean.

Spray painted the caps with gold...uhm...okay why not glamorized this pill bottle right? ☺
Spray painted the bottles with white.

Finish it off with a clear coat spray paint on both the caps and the bottles.

Found some cute pink pink dotted ribbon to accessorize it a bit.

Please don't call me crazy for spending some time to make a pill bottle look cute when I can easily use it as is.

But don't you think these are super cute?!
But I like to carry around some cute stuff and pretty things in my purse ♥

So these bottles can carry your little things such as cotton buds, hair scrunchies & clips, bandaids, ear buds, etc.  

Especially when you go out of town or overnight somewhere, these little cuties would definitely come in handy.

How can you not be thrilled with this right?♥
Well, what do you think?
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Get Inspired | 10 Super Adorbs Lemonade Stands


You already have seen our lemonade stand and I have shared the diy lemonade stand banner for you guys as well.

Well today, I rounded up 15 super adorbs lemonade stands that will truly inspire you!

Enjoy!

by Lowes
by Cul De Sac Cool

by Chasing Fire Flies
by Home For4 Sweet Home
by Lindsey Bonnice
by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
by VO Photographers
by MeghanWeisman via Inspire Me Baby
by See Vanessa Craft
by Skip to my Lou

Oh so much inspiration!
So which one is your favorite?

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

[DIY] Lemonade Stand Banner Printable | super cute yet easy

The other day I posted about the story of our Small Business Owners, and I hope you enjoyed reading that story.

As promised, here's the quick diy on the lemonade stand banner that was used for the kids business.
I used picmonkey to make the letters with details below:
                   font style: budmo jiggler
              font size: 1029
              font color: ffffff (white)
              canvas color: 3d3d3d
I love this new thing that picmonkey has, when you click on frames - you can now see shape cutouts, which is totally awesome!  I chose, the circle cutout.

If you want to download the letters, you can do so by clicking here.  I've saved everything on pdf files for easier downloads.
PRINT IT.

CUT IT.

ADHERE IT.
I just placed it on this super cute green and yellow chevron scrap paper, using a double-sided tape.  
I am hoping to recycle the chevron scrap paper and come up with something cutesy.

Punch a hole on each of the paper then attached it to a yellow string and we now have the lemonade stand banner.
I hope you find this helpful and if you would like to use the template, you can find it here.

Tip: When printing in your own computer, under page sizing & handling - choose "fit".
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