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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My New Holiday Dishes on Mod Podge Rocks Today . . . Really.

DIY Dinner Plates with Outdoor Mod Podge at my3monsters.com
So . . . this week I really am sharing my new DIY Christmas plates on Mod Podge Rocks.  One thing you may or may not know about me is that when I get an idea in my mind I will make it happen, come hell or high water.  That was the case this year when I decided I needed red plaid dinner plates to coordinate with my white embossed snowflake salad plates on our Christmas table.  Once I had the vision, nothing else was going to suffice, even though I couldn't find any red plaid plates in my price range.  No worries!  I just decided to make my own with clear glass plates {$1.50 each at Walmart}, some fabric, and Outdoor Mod Podge.  I'm sharing the full tutorial over at Mod Podge Rocks today, which is, like, a blogging Christmas miracle for me.  I hope you'll stop by and check it out!! 

Plus, I'm debuting photos from my new-to-me camera, an early Christmas gift.   I'm so excited to figure this bad boy out.  {But, really, even a bad image from this camera beats a good one from the oldie.  Let's be honest.}

DIY Holiday Plates with Outdoor Mod Podge at my3monsters.com

Happy Holidays, friends!

Amy


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My New DIY Holiday Dishes Today on Mod Podge Rocks

DIY Dinner Plates with Outdoor Mod Podge at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  One thing you may or may not know about me is that when I get an idea in my mind I will make it happen, come hell or high water.  That was the case this year when I decided I needed red plaid dinner plates to coordinate with my white embossed snowflake salad plates on our Christmas table.  Once I had the vision, nothing else was going to suffice, even though I couldn't find any red plaid plates in my price range.  No worries!  I just decided to make my own with clear glass plates {$1.50 each at Walmart}, some fabric, and Outdoor Mod Podge.  I'm sharing the full tutorial over at Mod Podge Rocks today, which is, like, a blogging Christmas miracle for me.  I hope you'll stop by and check it out!! 

Geeze Louise, you guys! I am losing my ever-loving mind.  I've been burning the candle at both ends lately and got my weeks mixed up in my planner. You won't be seeing my new dishes until next Tuesday.  Well, except for the sneak peek you just got here, of course.  Come back next week, okie doke?  In the mean time, I have a wreath and a recipe that would make a perfect neighbor gift (with a free printable} to share with y'all.  I'm going to go get a little bit of sleep now. . .

DIY Holiday Plates with Outdoor Mod Podge at my3monsters.com

Have a great day, friends!

Amy


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Monday, December 8, 2014

New Christmas Jammies with Joe Boxer

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Hi guys!  Like most families, one of our favorite family traditions is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve.  Our kids LOVE cuddling up in soft new jammies every year while they drift off to sleep hoping that Santa will come. I used to make all our pajama pants myself, but in recent years, I have become a little more limited with my time.  So I welcomed the opportunity to partner with  Joe Boxer this year and tell y'all how I made sure my kiddos will still get their favorite gift on Christmas Eve and I can keep my sanity. {And how you can, too!}

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Decked out in their Joe Boxer jammies from Kmart, my now-teenagers decided to recreate some of their favorite Christmas Eve pajama photos from years past.  It was super- fun to hear them giggling with each other as they ran back and forth from the Christmas tree to the computer trying to perfect their poses and facial expressions.  At one point my daughter said, "Why did we used to touch each other so much?!"  I guess teenage brothers are not as sweet and cuddly as baby brothers were . . .

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It cracks me up to see how big they are now compared to how little they used to be.  And why, pray tell, is D wearing jeans in the 2005 "pajama picture"?  We had really relaxed as parents by the time the third one came around, I guess.

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This was the year we went to Houston for Christmas at my parent's house.  The photo was taken just minutes before I sent all my kids to bed in tears because, after conferring with their cousins, they wanted to change their wish lists for Santa and I just about blew a gasket politely told them they couldn't because he had already left the North Pole and they would just have to pretend to be happy enough with the gifts they had originally asked for, and it was too stinkin' late, and how could you do something like that to a very nice person like Santa Claus?!  In my defense, we had just driven 18 hours straight from Phoenix to Houston with those same three little kids.  I'm a bad mom.

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 I don't know what happened to all their cute new jammies in this old picture.  They look like a hot mess of flood-water sweat pants and orange t-shirts here.  Surely that's not what I bought for them, right? Right?  Yikes. 

Y'all know Joe Boxer, right?  Surely you've seen their memorable commercials on TV:





Joe Boxer is silly and fun to wear, with a variety of products so every member of our family found something that they loved. You’ll find prints and patterns of all kinds: everything from cupcakes to camo, traditional plaid to snowmen. They also had a style to easily suit each of my vastly different children -- microfleece pants and a long-sleeved shirt for D, knit cargo pants and a t-shirt for Ri with funny boxers to wear underneath, and traditional plaid PJ bottoms for Sis.  The hard part is going to be getting them back from the kids to wrap up after they have already tried them on and fallen in love. 

Happy Holidays, friends!

Amy


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Joe Boxer available at Kmart.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Guest Posting at Tatertots & Jello Today!

DIY carved antler art at Tatertots and Jello by my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  After spending the day yesterday dealing with a wicked stomach bug going around my elementary school and getting splattered in the face with vomit {yeah, you read that right}, I am super excited to be sharing a pretty wintery craft project over at Tatertots & Jello today as part of Jen's Happy Holidays series.  I'm telling you, this -- this here blogging and the making of the whatnots -- are what keep me sane. 

This project was extra fun for me because, duh, it was for Tatertots & Jello, my most favorite creative blog. Plus, it is something my 14-year-old son was excited to work on with me.  I drew out the design and he helped me carve it out with a Dremel and stain the wood.  I never imagined my boys would want to share in this whole craft blog experience, so it was sweet time we spent together.  Hop on over to see how we rocked it out!  It's my favorite new Christmas decoration.

DIY carved antler art at Tatertots and Jello by my3monsters.com

Have a wonderful, puke-free day, my friends!

Amy


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Savings and Free Printable Gift Tags!




Hi guys!  It's starting to really feel like Christmas around our home.  The tree is up and decked out.  The portrait of Santa Claus has taken it's usual place on the living room wall.  Our Christmas cards arrived from the printer yesterday and the "Sparking Berry Garland" wax is amelt in the warmer.  {We simply overlook the fact that temps are still in the mid-80's every day.}  As much as I love the decorations, another tell-tale sign that the holidays are here is my return to ONLINE SHOPPING!!!  It is a pretty well established fact that my "love language" is gifts.  It brings me unparallelled joy to really think about the people that I love so much and find just the right things for each of them.  If I can do all that in the glow of my pretty Christmas tree while wearing my jammies, so much the better!

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