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Monday, February 27, 2012

Pinterest Pro Tip #1
When hungry, stay off the Pinterest site!

Ugh, yes, I ate dinner but I am still hungry. But I glance at the clock and it is 8:48pm and I can not possibly eat at this hour.
So I belly up to my desk, getting ready to log into work for the night and thought I would do a some light pinning beforehand. #FAIL. Because my board has blown up with super yummy pictures for food.
Who's bringing me a snack?
dang you jenny o. for pinning homemade soft pretzels
tpo pinning asian bacon lettuce wraps.  and you live with-in a 3 min. drive, so i'll take two.
susan w. -Curry Shrimp with Spicy Mango Quinoa by dashofeast: With Thai basil yogurt dip!
This should have been my dinner.
hilary, spin mac & cheese made in a muffin pan!
mac in cheese, in a single muffin serving - sold! 
this about just killed me jennie s. ; nutella & banana stuffed french toast

and you jenny ray for pinning carmel brownies.  look at the gooeyness!

I hold each of you responsible for me raiding my pantry at 9:18pm - and nothing I eat is gonna be a good as thee above.
Anyone else noshing?



Planning Session : Summer Camps 2012


And just when I think I was slowing it down,  I realize that summer camp schedules are out, so that means it's time to start planning for the summer. Now, I love planning things. I am a born planner. But the task of planning out the entire summer, in March, is overwhelming. Summer camps can be expensive and with 3 children in 3 different age groups, no 2 go in the same direction or same place.  I have thought about bailing on all summer camps, but I know I will regret that decision week one of summer.

I have created three printables to aid in planning out the summer.

1. Our Not So Bummer of a Summer List ::
free printable
 I sat down with the girls to make our summer list and yes, they were slightly confused as to why we were discussing summer in February.  We proceeded on and LP & myself wrote down some summer fun ideas (we'll continue to add on)


2. Summer Camp List ::
free printable
I wrote down all the camps I thought would be good fits for my kids. This is a master camp list. We were not doing even camp on this list but it's good to see all the options for camps plus their dates, times and cost.



3.The Weekly Breakdown::
free printable
Here is it.  To be sure I wasn't' over/under doing it. I plugged in the camps I am seriously considering signing up for in the appropriate week. Also making on this sheet our vacations and long weekend trips.

I am very, very happy with my breakdown and wish I would have created these last summer.  I hope you can find them useful too.  Let me know how your summer is shaping up ;)



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry"

If you are at all familiar with literature or can recall your english class reading requirement Of Mice and Men, then you are familiar with this quote from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse".
At the present time, this quote sums it for me. I plan and create my editorial calendar. I have more ideas to design, create, write than can fit in my head.(And not only for kippy p. designs but for my e-commerce site, for my kids, for my house, for my wardrobe and for my husband.)But at the end of the day, I fall short of getting them onto the blog. 
The fact is I have three kids (an elementary schooler, a pre-schooler & a toddler), a husband, a dog, a house an e-commerce site... responsibilities. 
There is only 24 hours in a day and I need at least six of those to sleep.  I am not sure where to go from here.  How to structure a site that I just launched but am failing miserably to keep up with.



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

my valentine wedding
{wedding wednesday}

No, I did not get married on Valentines Day but if I did, I believe it would have looked a lot like this.....

Invitation available from Polka Dots Stationery

available (& affordable!) at David's Bridal




photos courtesy of (from top left clockwise)
Zara Dresses,  The Wedding Source, The Pink Cake Box,
Men's WearhouseStacy Able Photogrphay



Monday, February 6, 2012

LOVE {printable monday}

Everyone gearing up for Valentines Day?
free printable 

Free printable sign. Dress up with a decorative frame . More colors available through my Esty Shop.
Note: Print on matte or glossy photo paper. 8.5 x 11. 


I'll be spreading more love this week, so check back.


Friday, February 3, 2012

{free printable} ;) valentine

free printable valentines: pink & blue
Need super quick, cute, free valentines? {wink,wink} 
Free valentine printable for the kiddies.  
Sign & attach a candy on the back & send them off.

Note: Print on 8.5 x 11 matte or glossy photo paper. 
Cut into fours. Leave some of the white border.









H  A  P  P  Y    F  R  I   D  A  Y  !

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Holly's Save the Date
{wedding wednesday}

available from Polka Dots Stationery
Holly (a 2012 kippy p. feature bride) Save the Dates went out in December. Rather than send out a save the date & a holiday card, Holly worked with Polka Dots Stationery wedding stationery consultant (hehe, that is me in case you didn't know!) to come with this great Save the date/Christmas Card combo for her destination wedding.