Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy DIY Fall Poncho

So I've been loving the look of a camel poncho for fall, and came across this one on Pinterest (the photo of the girl on the left). 

When I clicked to find out where to get it, I saw that this particular poncho is 100% cashmere and is on sale for $220 (it was originally $389). 

After some sticker shock, I went on the hunt for a similar poncho for less.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find one that I really liked, so I decided I would take the plunge and try to make one myself. 

Disclaimer: I am NOT a seamstress! I can sew buttons and straight edges on things if I have to, but I'm not the best at it. However, knowing a poncho is 1-2 pieces of fabric at the most, I figured it couldn't be that hard.

I went to my local Hancock Fabrics actually looking for cashmere (which they did not have), but instead found a warm, camel color wool. It also was 50% off, so that was a plus! I also found a cute wooden button that I wasn't sure how I was going to use it.

I came home and found this tutorial online from a blog called Cut Out And Keep.
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  I didn't follow it exactly, but this is a great tutorial for anyone wanting to make a poncho.

Here's what I did:

  • I cut out a 40"x40" piece of wool (in hindsight, I wish I had cut it just a tad bigger).
  • Fold the fabric in half and then fold that in half to make a square.
  • I skipped the directions about the belt, as I didn't want to do that.
  • I also didn't want my poncho rounded so I skipped that part.
  • Follow the directions about cutting out the hole for your head...and be conservative. Don't make it too big. You can always go back and make it bigger.
  • I then took the scrap circle from where I cut out the opening for the head, cut that in half and made a peter pan collar. I folded the collar fabric around the opening for the head and glued it all around the inside of the opening with my glue gun. 
  • I then hand sewed the wooden button to the front of the collar. 

So this is the finished poncho, and I'm rather happy with it. It would be 100% no-sew if I hadn't attached the button...but you could always glue the button on if you really wanted to.
It looks great with boots and I also like how it looks with a scarf. And since it's wool, it's rather warm as well.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I'd love to see your own DIY fall ponchos! Post them to my Facebook wall!
Happy Fall Y'all!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall 2014 Hair

It's that time of year again. I'm still keeping my inverted bob, but added a few peek-a-boo lowlights.  I also stacked it a bit higher in the back. I don't like a ton of lowlights on top because I don't want to look too stripey, so my stylist put these peek-a-boo lowlights in. I can show them off by making my hair piecey, or I can cover them with my blonde on top if I want. 

If you have any questions, just comment below and I'll try my best to answer them.
My hair is cut and colored at Designer's Edge Hair Studio, and Bobbie Jean Hasbrouck is my stylist.




My instagram pic:

(My lights in my bathroom are so yellow. This filter helped a bit)










Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Buddha Handbag Instagram Giveaway!


Hey beautiful! I've got an Instagram giveaway for you!

How would you like to WIN this fabulous Big Buddha Vallora Crossbody Bag?!?!?!

Make sure to get on your phone and head over to Instagram and follow @LifeSongsOfABusyMom.

Then repost this photo above using the hashtag: BigBuddhaBagLove.

That's it!

I'll randomly chose a winner October, 24th!

GOOD LUCK!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

LeapFrog LeapBand Giveaway!


I recently was able to review the LeapFrog Leapband. 
(Check out my review HERE).

As promised, I'm giving away a LeapBand to one lucky reader! YAY!

All you have to do is enter below.

I received a LeapBand free of charge from LeapFrog, however, my opinions are completely my own.
Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and over.
I am not responsible for prize delivery.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Get Your Kids Up And Moving With the LeapFrog LeapBand!

The LeapFrog LeapBand is an activity tracker made for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges. The LeapBand is easy to program, easy to wear, and the challenges are a lot of fun for your child.
Your child picks his/her animal, its name and its color. They then perform movement challenges for joules. The more joules they collect, the more levels and animal rewards they can unlock.
Your child can also care for his/her pets by feeding and bathing them...which kinda reminded me of the Giga Pets you remember from the 90's...but of course way more advanced :) 
The band also gives the time like a normal watch, and when you register your LeapBand online, you can track your child's activities and joules using LeapFrog Connect.
 You can also program school and quiet/bed times where the LeapBand will become locked. Your child will only be able to see the clock during those programmed times. (I LOVE this feature).

With the LeapFrog LeapBand, I love that my child isn't sitting with a tablet all day, but gets up and moves. This was my concern with all the new tablets out there. Don't get me wrong, I love tablets, but kids need to work on their gross motor skills, as well as get daily exercise.

Here's a quick tutorial on how the LeapBand works"



I received this LeapBand free of charge from LeapFrog, however my opinions are certainly my own.

  Let me know in the comments below if you'd like a chance to WIN a LeapBand for your child!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paw Patrol Birthday Party

My twins just turned 4 and they are obsessed with Paw Patrol!
Currently there isn't much out there for Paw Patrol party supplies, so I had to get creative when I planned this party.
Etsy and Pinterest are your best friends when planning a party (as well as Amazon).
Thankfully you can find a ton of party ideas on Pinterest and lots of cute, handmade items on Etsy.
Amazon, Ebay, Oriental Trading Co, Walmart and the Dollar Tree were also great places to find party decor.
Here's how it all turned out, and also where I purchased/found everything.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

The entrance:
Walking through the door, you immediately followed these cute paw print floor decals.
They cling to any smooth surface and come off easily after use.
I purchased them here from Oriental Trading Co.

The cake/buffet table:
The balloons were all purchased on Amazon.com, as well as the table cloth and party hats. 
The red, blue and yellow banner was purchased at Walmart.
The red dog bowls were each $1 at the Dollar Tree.

The Food:
The cake was made locally by the talented Susan Patt of Cake Art in Salisbury, MD.
 I purchased the little Paw Patrol toys at ToysRUs.com
(My twins love Chase and Rubble from Paw Patrol)
The cupcakes were also made by Cake Art, and the Sugar Cupcake Toppers were made by
 The fire hydrant cupcake holder was from Oriental Trading Co.
 The cutlery, plates and napkins were from Walmart.
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 The Paw Patrol food label cards (printable) were from Etsy.
The food was all purchased from Walmart, Sams Club or Amazon and (if needed) made at home.
The Scooby Snacks were ordered on Amazon (but are available in some Walmarts).
The blue cotton candy was purchased at Sams Club.

The drink area:
For the drinks, I made lemonade and filled glass mason jars with daisy cut lids.
I covered the holes in the lids with Paw Patrol (printable) stickers from Etsy.
The paper straws were purchased on Amazon.

Paw Patrol Shirts and puppy noses:
These adorable, embroidered Paw Patrol shirts were purchased on Etsy.
The Paw Patrol personalized cups were purchased on Etsy &
the puppy noses were from Oriental Trading Co.

The gift area:
The Paw Patrol Happy Birthday Banner (printable) was purchased on Etsy, and the balloons were all purchased on Amazon.

The pinata:
 The bone pinata was purchased on Ebay.


Well there you have it! 
I hope you enjoyed this Paw Patrol birthday party and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.










Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Unwined Candles Giveaway!

A long time ago, I was introduced to Unwined Candles
Ever since then, they have become one of my favorite candles to have in my home.

I recently was sent their featured candles and also the featured wickless blocks (which I am a huge fan of).
I was sent 5 O'clock Somewhere, Raz & Grapefruit candles and the Eastern Amber wickless blocks.
5 O'Clock Somewhere is just what you'll need after a long day. Classically tropical pineapple, orange, and cranberry mix perfectly with subtle yet enticing notes of peach schnapps and vodka for a candle that is bold and sweet.
  Raz is an awesome blend of sweet raspberry, grapefruit and a touch of orange. If that wasn't perfect enough, we top of this fresh scent with a splash of red wine. Raz is sure to be a customer favorite!!

The Grapefruit candle is back again by popular demand! Enjoy the invigorating scent of tangy grapefruit, blended perfectly with orange, mango and a hint of peach. You're going to love this one!! 
Experience the enticing and complex herbal aroma of Eastern Amber. A rich base of vanilla, musk, and sandalwood is livened up with subtle hints of jasmine, lavender and orange.
   
Unwined Wickless blocks are one of longest lasting ways to enjoy your favorite Unwined fragrances. Simply break off a square or two, place in your tart warmer (sold separately) and allow the wax to melt. These highly scented blocks have been packed with as much fragrance as our wax will allow, leaving you with hours upon hours of room-filling fragrance. These blocks are especially great for homes with children and pets, as you do not have to have an open flame. Give Unwined Wickless a try today!!
The good people at Unwined Candles are offering all 4 featured scents in a giveaway! 
So make sure to check out Unwined Candles and enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway open to US residents ages 18 and over.
I am not responsible for prize delivery.
I received candles from Unwined Candles, however the views expressed in my review are solely my own.
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