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Top 10 ‘Gracias’ Cards on Etsy.

I don’t know why, but it’s WAYY more fun to say ‘gracias’ for all the things than ‘thanks’ for all the things. See:

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So in favor of screaming ‘Gracias’ and having more parties with pinatas, here are my favorite ‘Gracias’ thank you cards on etsy:

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Continue reading “Top 10 ‘Gracias’ Cards on Etsy.”

Velociraptor Fossil Cookies PLUS 4 Generations of (super cute) Skiers

My baby turned 3, and to celebrate, went skiing with her 84 year old great-grandpa!! How cool is that!!?? As she chased him down the mountain, she had the biggest smile and heartiest giggles. Actually, we were all trying to chase him down the mountain. He skis like he’s still 20. It was a magical night.

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She  got a gajillion gifts at her birthday party, we’re spoiled! Many had a dinosaur theme, including a velociraptor cookie cutter from Whitney. Naturally, we had to make cookies, and after a quick pinterest search, decided on fossil cookies. Check it out!

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We grabbed a sugar cookie recipe from pinterest. For the frosting, we threw some powdered sugar and milk in a bowl until it was pretty thick. Put that in a ziplock, cut off a tiny corner and pretended we had a fancy frosting bag. Thank you ziplock for making my life easy. The dirt is some smooshed up graham crackers, butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips. Dig in! (Ha, couldn’t resist – #sorrynotsorry for the pun Mitz.)

5 Reasons You Should Send a Card for Leap Year

It’s leap year guys!! It only happens once every 4 years! Are you celebrating? Are you having a party? Are you sending out greeting cards? I know what you’re thinking. Who sends greeting cards? And for leap year, at that. Here are 5 reasons you should!

5 reasons to send a leap year card

  1. It will help you sleep. gratitude-sleepNo, really, stay with me. If inside your card, you include some gratitude (ex. Mom! Thanks for raising me to be crafty, I’m so happy I have an extra day to craft this year!), you’ll receive many benefits, like better sleep, less pain, improved mood and more. Check out this graphic for more.
  2. Karma. karmaYou get what you give. Nothing happens by chance. What goes around, comes around. You know the gig.
  3. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Want a more loving, more thoughtful, more caring world? Send a loving, thoughtful and caring card to someone you like.
  4. business-cardIf you’re a business, it will help build customer loyalty. A Leap Day card will stand out among the barrage of traditional holiday cards (and the bills!)
  5. Maintain relationships. Do you have friends you think about, but rarely make the time to call/text/email? Take an extra 5 minutes to send them an obscure Leap Year card. It could start a fun conversation.
  6. BONUS! You get to practice your hand-writing!

So what kind of card do you get for leap year? Here’s a BreastCardEver that works for birthdays, Christmas, graduation, Valentine’s day, Leap Day, and more. In fact, it works for EVERY holiday. But it may not be appropriate for MIL. Recipient should probably, maybe have some sort of sense of humor.

Happy Leap Year!

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Ocean Room Decoration with over 40 Movable Pieces

It’s penguin awareness week! Well, at least at the Living Planet Aquarium! To celebrate, we made an ocean with … you guessed it – FELT! These felt walls are such fun toys for my kids. It’s great entertainment for both of us, and easy for me because there’s minimal mess!! Much better than the day I attempted a mess-free activity. 🙂

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We ended up with over 40 pieces! Ocean life, sea shells, eyes and bubbles. Lots of bubbles. Not sure what it is about toddlers and bubbles. Blowing bubbles might account for over 50% of the job description of mom. Turns out felt bubbles are almost as cool.

My oldest is starting to tell stories with all the sea life. Some days the jellyfish likes the shark, others not so much. It’s magical.

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So, how does this magic all come together? The felt scenes stick to the wall with a few command strips (included). The easy-to-move felt pieces stick right to the felt wall. The pieces are so easy for toddlers to play with, and it’s amazing to see them use their crazy wild imaginations. I love watching my babies re-arrange their underwater world over and over.

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SPECIAL!! If you use code ‘penguin’ you’ll get 5% off AND a free felt penguin to swim through your ocean!

Promo code valid through Feb 29, 2016.

The 3 cutest monsters you’ll see today. Fun kid craft.

 

Some days I make time to do fun things with my babies. Today was one of those days.

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We made monsters!! And they’re super versatile. Did you know that felt sticks to felt! And it’s the perfect hold for toddlers to move all the legs and arms and eyes around to build wonderful creations! I LOVE watching my babies and their imaginations. We’ve come up with some pretty fun guys.
Continue reading “The 3 cutest monsters you’ll see today. Fun kid craft.”

Holy Moly! Look what we did!

You bought 350 crafts from EmIsCrafty in November 2015, and together we sent $700 to help new mamas and babies get human milk! The money went to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation (RMCHF), Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB). It’s all part of the cause, and I can’t wait to see what we do in December!! Thank you to everyone who bought a craft! Thank you to everyone who helped make crafts (family, neighbors, friends, and fellow etsy sellers)! Thank you to the supportive hubs who helped package crafts until it was almost time to go to work the next day. I love you all!!

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November best seller:

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Other crafts from Em:

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12 Facts About Micro-Preemies, Preemies and Full-Term Babies

Did you know that a micro preemie sometimes eats only 1 oz of milk a day!!? That means in 8 days, they’ll have consumed 1 cup of milk! I am lucky enough to have 2 full-term babies that eat much more than that. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky, and I wanted to find a way to help. Keep reading to learn more about micro preemies, and learn about my cause!

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What is a micro preemie?

A baby born before 26 weeks or weighing less than one pound, 12 ounces is considered a micro preemie. Sometimes, this definition includes babies weighing less than Continue reading “12 Facts About Micro-Preemies, Preemies and Full-Term Babies”

Lots of Indians died. Lots of Turkeys died. But don’t worry. I won’t kill you. Happy Thanksgiving.

That’s what my sister told me to put on my thanksgiving cards hahah! She is hilarious. Perhaps it isn’t appropriate for a greeting card? So this instead. 🙂

An addition to the BreastCardEver series, this turkey helps you say ‘Happy Thanksgiving!” Then it helps a NICU baby get human milk!

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The BreastCardEver helps NICU babies get human milk! Read all about the BreastCardEver.

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Printable also helps NICU babies get human milk! Read all about the cause.

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Infographic to help decide if you should paint with breast milk.

Have you ever asked yourself if you should use oil paint, a sharpie, or breast milk to make art? Wait, you haven’t? Oh. Well, I realize this is a little weird! It’s kind of an extreme form of art. But it’s okay! Because it’s all going to a greater cause: getting human milk to NICU babies in need! Buy a card, feed a baby.

Should you paint with breast milk? Infographic

Still want to know more about the BreastCardEver? Read the FAQs! Then buy a card today from my Etsy shop!

 

The Ana Bear!

EEE! The Ana bear is the cutest! We’re all going to be Brave characters this year for Halloween! Jess and I will be Merida (you can never have too many princesses!) And Papi and Ana are going to be bears. I hired my crafty friend Whitney to do the crocheting for the Ana Bear, so this post should be called WhitneyIsCrafty. Seriously, she’s got crochet skills.

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The Jess bear had to test out Papi’s outfit for him.

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Can’t wait to update this with a pic of all of us in our costumes, we’re going to be adorable!

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Sarcastic or Sincere? You Decide. And Good Luck With That!

New baby? New promotion? Friend who has decided to date a coworker? Tell them ‘good luck’ with the latest BreastCardEver.

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The BreastCardEver helps NICU babies get human milk! Read all about the BreastCardEver.

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How to be a Fox for Halloween

The super-easy, ready-to-go, last-minute Halloween costume. Buy a costume, feed a baby! Your purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk!

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I Used 1/4 Teaspoon Breast Milk to Make a ‘Thank You!’ Greeting Card

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I’m a little nervous to put this into the universe, but it’s so awesome, I have to. Go easy, haters.

I learned that you can paint beautiful things with milk. And since I love making prints without a computer, I was totally going to do it. Then my genius hubs said “Would it work with breast milk?” Continue reading “I Used 1/4 Teaspoon Breast Milk to Make a ‘Thank You!’ Greeting Card”

DIY Inexpensive Canvas Print

How to build an inexpensive canvas print.

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Step 1: Have cute kids.

Step 2: Find an amazing photographer like Sara Lleverino. Continue reading “DIY Inexpensive Canvas Print”

BreastCardEver FAQs

I’m confused. What is a BreastCardEver?

It’s a greeting card that supports NICU babies that need human milk. Did you know that 90% of donated human milk goes to premature or ill babies? Every sale helps feed a baby! Continue reading “BreastCardEver FAQs”

Kitchen Bar Thingy with Hooks. To Hang Things.

I’m really good at writing, as the title of this post obviously shows. Okay, okay, I’m much better with pictures. Hence my real gigs doing graphic design. 🙂 So let’s just keep this post to pics:

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Stuffie Zoo!

Let’s pretend this is not for me to have an organized, cute house. Let’s pretend it’s for my kids to have a fun childhood. 🙂 Thank you pinterest, how did people survive motherhood before you?

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Kitchen Remodel!!

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Haha, okay I thought I could do this in a day. I shared my hopes and dreams with my family, they laughed. Supportively. Then I realized it would take about 3 days. 2 weeks later, we finished. HUGE credit to hubs for his patience, mom for her painting and babysitting help, and bro Jake for just knowing how to do everything. Seriously, even how to start a business selling hammocks.

15 easy steps (give or take, I probably missed like 9 steps):

  1. Pretend you can do things (this is the secret to everything).

Continue reading “Kitchen Remodel!!”

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