Create Your Own Bag Toppers using PicMonkey

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DIY calendar

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Younique 3D Fiber Mascara Review

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Create Your Own Bag Toppers using PicMonkey

Halloween is approaching fast and it hit me during dance class on Tuesday night that I needed a quick treat for the Halloween party. Usually when I post these tutorials, I get a lot who has time for that? I’m here to tell you, this is super quick and easy. Best of all? It’s free! That’s right, you don’t need fancy software, you can use the PicMonkey website and create your own personalized treat bag labels.

Start by heading over to PicMonkey. Once you get there, click on the collage icon at the top of the screen. It might ask you to pick an image from your computer to proceed, just go ahead and do this, to get the collage open. Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 10.11.24 AM

It will open up a collage like the one you see on the screen shot below. Click the “x” in the upper right hand corner of the longer photo box to take it out of the collage.

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Your workspace should look the screen shot below and you’re ready to begin creating your bag toppers.

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Fill the photo spots with a background. Just click on the image in the toolbar for swatches and chose a ready made design, create your own background, or upload one from your computer. The upload option is great if you’ve downloaded a free background and want to use it for your bag toppers. For mine, I just chose one of the swatches that came up in the menu.

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Once you’ve decided on your background, click on the edit option above the collage. The menu to the left of your work space will change and should look like the one below. Here is where the real fun begins. You can add text, overlays, graphics, edit your image, and so much more. I like to play around with this menu if I don’t have something specific in mind. The site is always updating their options based on holidays and seasons.

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Here’s what I did to create the label you’ll see in the photo at the bottom:

I started by adding a label (click on the butterfly icon, then scroll down to find the labels header). I wanted a nice big space to add text for the bag toppers, so I picked a fun label to serve as a background for my text.

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Next, I personalized the label with a cute Halloween saying and name.

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That’s it! The topper is complete! Finally, I saved the label to my computer and opened the image in Microsoft word. I changed my paper orientation to landscape to fit more on the page and printed the toppers from the Word document.

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For the final product, I used Wilton clear plastic bags (from the cake decorating aisle at Wal-Mart), cut in half. I cut the toppers out, folded them in half, and stapled them to the top. The final product was cute, simple, and cheap!

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DIY calendar

For the past few weeks, we’ve spent most of our free time (which less face it, it’s pretty much nonexistent) putting the finishing touches on my office work space downstairs. I don’t actually know whether to call it an office or a craft room. It’s really a little of both. As we finish projects, I’ll be sharing some of my favorites on the blog, and I’ll be sharing the whole space, too!

One thing I knew I wanted was an editorial calendar to keep track of blog posts for both my personal blog and Every Day Cheer. I know Google has a fantastic calendar that syncs with my phone and can be accessed anywhere, but I’m a paper and pencil girl. I like to look at it and be able to put my hands on it. I also know that blog content tends to get moved around depending on when sponsored posts come back to me from editors, and when I need to stick a review or giveaway in the mix.

I did a good bit of brainstorming before coming up with the final product, but I must say that it turned out exactly as I had envisioned. It’s also fully functional and on the wall right beside my desk, so I can look over at it while I’m working and see my schedule at a quick glance.

The calendar is good for five weeks, at the end of each week, I just pull those stickies off and move everything up. I mark the actual date on the sticky note, it’s easy to mark through if things change, and I don’t have to worry about rewriting the dates on the actual white board.

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Here’s the thing, you can use this same calendar template for so many other things in your home. You could color coordinate the sticky notes for different members of your family, or whatever your personal schedule lends itself to.

The process is quick and easy, here’s how the wall calendar came to life.

I started with white board we already had and removed the trim for the actual calendar. You can have Lowe’s or Home Depot cut a piece of shower board for you for a fraction of the cost of a white board. If you want it to be magnetic, I would just go with a white board from an office supply store. You can choose your size and remove the frame for this project, it’s an easy step and pops right off without much force. For reference we used a 35″x23″ white board for the project.

Start by measuring your grid lines for the calendar. I just created a calendar grid to one side, and used the extra space for ideas, you could even use it as a notes section. I knew that each of my squares needed to accommodate a standard sized Post-It! note, so I used that as a guide for creating the grid. I used washi tape to create the grid lines.

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Once your grid is complete, use your board to mark the trim and cut the pieces to size to ensure an accurate fit.

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Hold the dry erase board in place and trace around the entire board, giving yourself a guide for attaching the trim pieces. Attach all four sides and corner pieces to the wall using finishing nails.

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Using adhesive caulk, glue the dry erase board in place. Fill in nail holes and joints with caulk and paint to finish the board. I used the Silhouette to cut out the words for the calendar.

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Once the board has dried and the final coat of paint has been applied, you’re ready to start planning!

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Younique 3D Fiber Mascara Review

I was recently sent Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash mascara to try. I’ve seen several people rave about this product, so I was interested to give it a try. You should know that my lashes are terrible. BK has better lashes than me, times ten. I wish I was joking about that, but I’m definitely not. I was a little skeptical because my eyes tend to be very sensitive, but I was pleasantly surprised when this product didn’t cause any sensitivity at all.

Younique 3D Fiber mascara has several steps to long and full lashes, but if done correctly, it makes a huge difference. You have to apply your normal mascara, then transplanting gel, then fibers, then transplanting gel to secure the fibers in place.

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Here’s a closer look at the product. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it and see what works best with your lashes, then it’s simple!

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Here’s a look at my eyelashes, the top with just my normal mascara and the bottom with one coat of fibers.

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Overall, I was super pleased with the way they made my lashes look. They were very noticeably longer and fuller and I love the look it gave me. I’ve definitely never been able to achieve this length and fullness with any other mascara I’ve used. There’s a $29 price tag on the kit, but I think it’s a great investment, because mascara usually lasts me months! I won’t use this on a daily basis, so it’ll last even longer considering I don’t need full on makeup for MDO pick-up.

I think it’s a great tool to have in your make-up bag!

I’m hosting a little Facebook party for the next few days and you can order online, if you’re interested in trying the product for yourself. Just send me an email (jgreen0905@gmail.com) if you want to be added or need any other information. Or you can order straight from this link. They also have some other products that I’m excited to try out!

Erin Condren Holiday Collection 2014 {and a giveaway}

For the past several years, I’ve looked to Erin Condren for my holiday cards. Ordering holiday cards and sending them out to our friends and family is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. It says a great deal about the quality of the product that I keep coming back to Erin Condren season after season. What’s not to love? Her designs always feature bright colors and fun prints, coordinating envelopes and address stickers, and the paper quality is top-notch.

I was able to take a closer look at the cards in the collection this year and I think this might make my decision even harder.

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I’m super excited to bring you a fun preview of the holiday collection from Erin Condren, and share a few of my picks for holiday gifts with you.  I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite picks from the 2014 Holiday Collection. And if you order yours by October 31, you can use the code BEJOLLY30 and take 30% off your cards. I’ll be using our recent beach pictures and ordering mine soon (it’s always nice to get a head start on the busy holiday season).

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Let’s start with the classic collection.

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How fun are the colors? It’s nice to step outside the traditional color scheme, and I also love the collage aspect. I love a card with several fun photos.

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I love the idea of the post card holiday card. The personalized note makes it incredibly meaningful, and you can save a step without the envelope.

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And I will forever love the golf foil design. It’s ultra glamorous, the paper is double-thick, this card is just a beauty. There’s also a silver paisley option that is equally as glamorous.

The Holiday Collection isn’t limited to cards, there are also tons of great gifts ideas and holiday must-haves on the site, too!

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The lucite trays are no doubt one of my favorite products, and I’m loving this holiday version. I think it would be adorable for holiday parties and for leaving milk and cookies for Santa!

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There are so many options! Great gifts like personalized notebooks, Life Planners for the New Year, iPad cases, I could go on and on about the fun gifts you could buy! And think of all the things you could buy from the Holiday collection with a $200 gift card…

I’ve got 2- $200 gift cards up for grabs that you can use for the Holiday collection!! You can enter below!

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I’ll choose a winner next week… Good Luck!! 

My Whole 30 Story

Caroline, from Olive You Whole is posting my Whole 30 story today on her blog. Head over to check it out. Her blog is full of other success stories and great food inspiration. I’m starting another round of Whole 30 tomorrow and you can follow along on my new Instagram account, @jenngdoeswhole30. Hello, eggs, sweet potatoes, and ghee. My, oh my, I’ve missed you!

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