$50 Anthropologie Giveaway!

july-giveaway-anthropologieHi friends! Are you a fan or great fashion, home decor, and accessories? Then I am sure you love Anthropologie as much as the friends and sponsors of illistyle. That is why we have come together for a great giveaway: a $50 Anthropologie giftcard! Enter to win via the rafflecopter below. Best of luck to all!

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Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #8

Can you believe it’s almost the end of July? Where is this summer going? Before we know it, it’s going to be back to school and scarves and pumpkin spice everywhere! But for now, we’re soaking up the sun, sitting by the pool, and eating as many popsicles as possible.

Join us every Tuesday for the Caffeinated Crafters Linky Party!

Meet Our Lovely Guest Host!

Today is our first link up with a Guest Host! Please welcome Sara from Major Hoff Takes a Wife!

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Sara has a wonderful blog with DIY and crafty goodness, as well as lots of good information about raising kids (she has four boys!). We particularly liked her post about traveling with kids — truly helpful information for anyone taking trips with littles!

5 tips for traveling with kids

We’d love it if you’d stop by her blog, and give her a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus!

If you’d like to guest host the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party, please fill out our form!


Once again, we were blown away by all the great projects that were linked. We’re now picking THREE projects to feature!

First up is this amazing Urban Outfitters knockoff Prisma Wall Decor by Delineate Your Dwelling. She made these for $4! Say what?!

Prisma Decor by Deliniate Your Dwelling

We also loved these handwriting printables that Crystal & Co. had for teaching your kiddos how to write!

Handwriting Practice by Crystal & Co

And how could we not feature these Kid-Made Watermelon Slushies from Kids Activities Blog? We love how simple but summery they are.

Watermelon Slushies by Kids Activities Blog

If you’re featured, we’d love for you to grab our button:

I was featured on the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party!

Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects — crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes — whatever you make, we want to see it!

Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!

Please share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We encourage supporting your fellow bloggers.

By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit!

NEW: By linking up, you also give us permission to email you a friendly reminder each week to link up! You can remove yourself from this mailing list at any time.

Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties.

Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!

Thank you for joining along with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!

27 DIY Concrete Projects

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I’m loving concrete projects as of late and there are some great ones out there.  You have to check these 27 Concrete Projects and see for yourself just how easy it is to work with concrete.


 1.) DIY Lace Votives by Say Yes.


2.) Concrete Pendant Lamps by Brit & Co.


3.) Concrete Bookends by Homemade-Modern.


4.) Drawer Pulls by Projektila.


5.) Concrete Planters by BHG.


6.) DIY Concrete Fire Bowls by Shelterness.

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7.) DIY Flower Concrete Votives by Artzy Creations.


8.) Geo Cement Coasters by Tuts Plus.


9.) Concrete Numbers by Love and Lavender.


10.) Concrete Door Stoppers by Home Makeovers.


11.) DIY Concrete Bucket Stool by My Lifebox.


12.) DIY Concrete Letters by Wit & Whistle.


13.) Easy DIY Concrete Vase by Madigan Made.


14.) DIY Cube Earrings by Meli Melo.


15.) Make Mexican Concrete Tiles by Funkytime.


16.) DIY Concrete Vases by Handmade Charlotte.


17.) DIY Concrete Garden Planters by Ciburbanity.


18.) DIY Concrete Tumblers by Monster Circus.


19.) DIY Copper and Concrete Lamp by Look What I Made.


20.) DIY Concrete Love Heart Necklace by Fall For DIY.


21.) DIY Stepping Stone with Numbers by Chez Larsson.


22.) DIY Concrete Clock by Instructables.


23.) DIY Wall Hook by Instructables.


24.) DIY Concrete Stool or Table by The Paper Mama.


25.) Concrete Paper Weights by Monster Circus.


26.) DIY Concrete Lamp by Esmeralda.


27.) DIY Concrete Magnets by At Home In Love.

There you have it!  27 Awesome Concrete Projects.



If you like DIY Projects…check this one out!

Succulent Initial Wreath

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Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!


 It’s been sweltering hot up here in the Pacific Northwest.  I don’t know about you guys but my family has been eating ice cream by the bucket fulls.  Wouldn’t it be fun to make your own ice cream with your family and make your own flavors?  I have the perfect giveaway for you.  Enter for your chance to not only win one Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream maker, but for the chance to win two.  You can keep one and give one away.  How fun is that! Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Contest ends on Monday so enter while you can.

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#19 Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds

Friday Fab Pinterest Finds

Hi guys!  It’s Friday again.  I hope the summer is treating you well and you are having the chance to really enjoy it.  Well, here’s another quick little round up of cute Pinterest inspiration ideas that I have found for you.  I hope you enjoy it!


1.) Make your own DIY Fruity Print Zipper Pouches by The Lovely Drawer.


2.) Make these super cute Ice Cream Cups by Persia Lou.


3.) Cute DIY Feather Mobile by Wonideeen.


4.) Make these cute Nesting Doll Pouches by Polka Dot Chair.


5.) Make these Pin Loom Coasters by Purl Bee.

There you have it!  Another Friday’s Fabulous Pinterest Finds.  Hope you’re inspired to make something this weekend.

If you would like more Pinterest inpiration ideas, you can follow my Pinterest boards here.


DIY Concrete Flower Votives

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Do I have a great DIY project for you.  Look at these DIY Flower Concrete Votives. They are so simple and easy that you might just end up making them for family, friends, & everyone inbetween.  This has to be one of my favorite projects as of late and is PER-fect for beautiful summer evenings.  I hope you like them just as much as I do.

Here’s What You Need:

  • Wilton Mini Flower Silicone Mold 
  • Pam Nonstick Spray
  • *Mortar- not concrete
  • (6) Tea Light Candles
  • Container to Mix Mortar
  • Trowel to mix the Mortar
  • Sand Paper (Fine or 150 grit)
  • Spray Paint (Optional)

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I know, I know. I say concrete in the title and now I’m saying Mortar. Well, there’s a good reason why I’m using mortar and not concrete. Technically concrete is made up from 3 things… sand, aggregate (which are different sized rocks) & cement which is the binding agent. Because of the filler rocks in concrete, it’s not the best material for these small molds. Mortar is made up of cement and fine sand which fills in the molds better and will produce a lot less air bubbles. Concrete is just a better known term and sounds better in a DIY project title :)

Anyways, here is what you do…

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Step 1:  Start with about 6 medium trowels of Mortar. It’s a little better to have extra than to have to mix more up, but this was enough for the 6 votives with a little left over. Slowly add your water, mixing while adding. There;s a fine line between not enough and too much, so once it gets close, add little bits at a time until it’s a pretty thick soup.

Step 2:  Generously spray your silicone mold with some nonstick cooking spray.  You might not have to do this but I wanted them to come out of the mold pretty easily and it worked great. Once sprayed, fill each mold with the mortar mix. Don’t fill them all the way though. Keep the level to about 1/4″ from the top of the mold. This leaves room & keeps the mortar from overflowing the mold when you push the tea light candles in place. Lightly tap the sides of each cup in your mold to try to get out any air bubbles. This is a very important step or you will end up with holes in your votives after they dry, and do it a few times over the course of the next 10-15 minutes.

Step 3:  First, inspect your tea light candles and make sure the sides aren’t flattened or crushed or whatever. You want a nice round one, so once you burn through the first one, it’s easy to pull it out & replace it with a new one.  Set the candle as close to the center of the mold as possible and SLOWLY press it into your mixture while wiggling it back and fourth a little bit. This is honestly a little easier said than done, but it’s really not that difficult with a little patience. Notice how the one in the lower right of mine isn’t exactly centered. Once you insert them, it’s a little too late, but they still turn out cute, and maybe they add that little extra hand made look ;) Push the candles down until the rim is flush with the mortar and let them set up some more. I found that every 10-15 mins over the next hour or so I was going back and pushing the candle back down into the mortar. it seemed to sort of want to float, plus as the mortar dries, it shrinks, so keep checking for a bit. Then I let these set up over night.

Step 4:  Carefully take them out of the mold. You should notice that the tops have a little lip on them from the shrinking/drying process. That’s why I went back with some fine sand paper and LIGHTLY sanded the edges. I also took out the tea light candle and sanded the sides and bottom of the impression. You probably don’t have to do this, but I did because I think it gives it a really nice finished look.

Step 5:  AND THAT’S IT! A completed tea light votive that you made yourself. They’d be absolutely perfect for camping or super cute just on the center of a picnic table.

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I LOVE the raw- concrete look of these, but since I made six of these tea light candles, I decided to add a little color to a few by lightly spray painting them. I didn’t want to cover them too much because I still wanted to be able to see the porous nature of the concrete. I still haven’t decided which ones I like best and fortunately, I don’t have to decide since I have both options!

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 PS… If you liked this DIY project, maybe you’d like this one too!

The Succulent Initial Wreath

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Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #7

Hi Everyone!  I am loving all the creativity that’s being linked up each week! It’s so fun to see all the awesome out there, and it’s time for another round!


This week, we’re featuring Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling and her DIY Wedding Invitations.

3 DIY Wedding Invitations

How gorgeous are they?!? They make me want to get married again just so I can make something as lovely!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! If you’ve been featured on The Caffeinated Crafters Link Party, please snag our button!


It’s time to link up your creative posts!

Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects — crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes — whatever you make, we want to see it!

Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!

Please share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We encourage supporting your fellow bloggers. By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit! Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties. Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!

Thank you for joining along with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!

New Mobile App From BJ’s Restaurant

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and BJ’s Restaurants, but all my opinions are my own. #DineInOrderAhead #pmedia                  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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My family has been enjoying the food and atmosphere at BJ’s Restaurant for quite a few years now. They are extremely kid friendly restaurants, their food is excellent, the deep dish pizzas are delicious and my husband LOVES their selection of handcrafted beers. Well, anyone that has young kids knows what a challenge it can be going to a restaurant on a busy night and having to wait for a table, then food and drinks, dessert and finally the check.  Well, Bj’s Restaurants just made dining in SO much easier with their new Dine in Order Ahead mobile app and super quick Mobile Pay feature.

Last Saturday I was out with my family doing some shopping and other errands. I realized it was getting late & my family was getting hungry. We wanted something easy, so from the comfort of my own car, I immediately went to my BJ’s Restaurant Dine in Order Ahead mobile app. From there I was able to order ahead and get onto their preferred wait list. My family and I drove over to the restaurant, knowing that we wouldn’t have to wait forever outside for a seat and that our food order would already be in the system.

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When we arrived at the restaurant, we simply told the hostess that we used the Dine in Order Ahead app and were on the preferred waitlist. We were seated almost immediately. When our server Daniel came bye, he briefly had us confirm that the items we ordered ahead of time were correct and before my daughters could finish their word search puzzles, our food arrived. WOW that was fast!

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We were able to enjoy our families favorite deep dish pizza… grilled chicken with artichokes & tomato.

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It’s so Gooood!

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The Girls were really excited when we surprised them with the Triple Chocolate Pizookie. WOW, DELICIOUS!  This was so yummy that I could hardly get a bite because the girls were devouring it so quickly. It was also really fun. Since we ordered it ahead of time using the app, my chocolate hound girls had no idea it was coming, which made it a big surprise!

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After the girls seemingly licked the Pizookie plate clean, we used the BJ’s Mobile Pay feature to skip the whole… waiting for our server to return with our check, take our card, & bring it back steps. It was so quick and easy. We were in & out having had a delicious and hassle free meal in no time flat.

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It really was simple, convenient & fast. Try it for yourself & download the Dine in Order Ahead App now and find out what hassle free family dining is all about. Your family won’t be disappointed.

You can download the app for Android or your iPhone here, and of course you can follow BJ’s Restaurant at the following… Facebook   Twitter   Instagram &  Google+


#18 Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds

Friday Fab Pinterest Finds

 I hope everyone had a wonderful week!  It’s that time again.  Here’s another great roundup of Pinterest Finds for this Friday.


Makeover your plain Vans into these cute Floral Vans by Always Rooney.

watermelon coastersMake these cute DIY Sliced Watermelon Coasters by Kittenhood.


Make these really cute DIY Fruit Kabobs by Creative Live.


Make these cute Popsicle Holders by Tonya Staab.


Make this DIY Stitched Leather Bracelet by Blitsy.


Hope you got some Pinteresting ideas for the weekend.  If you would like more great ideas for things to make, you can follow me on here on Pinterest.

Straw Weaving

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 Growing up during the summers, I would make tons of bracelets.  There could never be enough string or yarn around the house.  It was one of the best summer boredom busters for me.  My daughter is now showing the love for making bracelets too, so, I introduced her to these Straw Weaving Bracelets.  Straw weaving is a great way to make bright chunky bracelets that are perfect for the kids. The best part is that they are inexpensive to make.

Here’s What You Need For Straw Weaving:

  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Yarn in Different Colors
  • Tape

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Step 1: Decide how wide to make your bracelet 3, 4, or 5 straws wide.  Cut the straws 5″ in length.  This length of straw works well for my daughter who is 9.  If you have a child making this that might have a larger wrist, increase to 6″ or 6.5″.  Tape the ends of the straws together to hold them in place. Step 2:  Cut three pieces of string that are roughly double the length of the straws and thread each string through a straw.  At one end, tie all three strands together in a knot like seen above.  Step 3: Choose a color of yarn that you would like to begin weaving with.  Tie it to the first straw.  I always double knot mine to make sure it’s going to hold.  Step 4: Begin weaving in an under & over pattern. Over the first straw, under the next, back over the next. You get the idea.  When going in the opposite direction, make sure to do the opposite pattern of the one before it. After your band of color is the thickness desired, tie on your next colored piece of yarn and continue.  Step 5: When you get to the end of the straws, wrap the yarn around the end of the straw and make a loop.  Pull the end of the yarn through the loop to make a knot.  Step 6: Pull this tight and double knot it to tie it off.  Carefully, push your weaving up to expose the straws and begin to slide the straws out untill they have been removed.  Push the weaving together and straighten it up as needed.  Tie it onto your wrist and trim the excess yarn.

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 So easy and simple!  Yet, it will literally keep your kiddos occupied for hours.

This was initially posted on Design Dazzle on June 17, 2014


Take a look at these other posts if you like the straw weaving bracelets.

Ice Cream & Popsicle Necklaces (w/template)

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