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Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry
State Tic Tac Toe Craft #tictactoe
You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift
Project Inspire{d} : Link Party
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Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

My Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

Hi, my name is Malia and I am addicted to {fake} jewelry.

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

I ‘m not much of a “real” (as in authentic) jewelry girl. It’s not that I don’t like sparkly things. I sure do. It’s that I can’t imagine spending much money on jewelry when there may be braces x 2 in our family’s future, or our IKEA couch (it’s vintage… from the year 2002!) might die one day… or there might be an unexpected event of some sort and we need to be prepared. What I do love and have so much fun with is faux/statement jewelry.

I like wearing necklaces when I do TV segments but I have a couple stipulations. 1. They necklace has to be fun. 2. The necklace has to be CHEAP.

Over the years, I’ve amassed a decent collection. Here are my SECRET Sources!

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

1. The “Brass Plum” Juniors Department at Nordstrom: This area of the store is meant for teens and tweens but this {ahem} mature woman has found oodles of great items there– especially in the accessories department. You’ll find a great assortment of scarves, hats and bags. PLUS very reasonably priced earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

2. Forever 21: I may be more like “Forever 31″ but there are steals and deals to be nabbed at this store. Tons of trendy clothes, bags, shoes{!} and yes, jewelry. You can really stretch your dollar here! The selection can greatly vary, but if you hot F21 on the right day (as in the day the stock the jewelry) you can score all sorts of treasures. Tip: Carefully inspect each piece before you buy, there can be marks/flaws sometimes but Hey… it’s cheap and trendy stuff you can afford!

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

3. Francesca’s: I like to think of Francesca’s as F21′s slightly older  “cool” sister. They have wonderful stuff that’s good quality and reasonably priced. I have found so many great tops there and they tend to be polyester… which is AWESOME– no ironing! This is also a hot spot of affordable and cool jewelry. As a matter of fact, the necklace in the photo above is a Francesca’s score from last weekend (so is the top!) There are sales quite often. In fact I think there’s a BOGO jewelry sale going on right now.

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

4. Stella & Dot: Hold on now… I know what you’re thinking, “Stella and Dot has beautiful things but they’re also expensive.” Listen, S & D’s products aren’t cheap but they are very well made and stylish. Their pieces tend to be a bit more versatile in terms of style. And… they can be inexpensive. Let me explain. If you have a Stella & Dot stylist that you work with, you’ll receive emails every so often about what they have in stock. When the seasons change, those stylists don’t want to hang on to all the jewelry that they’ve been featuring for the past few months so they’ll mark it down. That’s how I got this fun gum ball necklace for half off!

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

5. GroopDealz: Oh so many tempting deals here! I once bought 3 of the same necklace (in different colors of course) in about five seconds flat! Groopdealz is a fantastic place to but super trendy jewelry online (and maybe even nab a few extras for gifts). Check the site often to keep tabs on what’s for sale and don’t dilly dally if you see something you like. Things can get sell out fast!

Where do you find fantastic jewelry? Let me know in the comments!


State Tic Tac Toe

State Tic Tac Toe

State Tic Tac Toe Craft #tictactoe

Tic Tac Toe is a game for all ages. That’s why is the perfect craft to make in anticipation of a road trip and/or camping trip!

Tic 1

Materials: Wooden box with insert, Americana Acrylic Paint in Bright Green, white acrylic paint, Glass Drop from Sierra Pacific Crafts, 2 inch circle punch, 1 piece of 12 x 12 Lime Green and White Ribbon Stripe scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp, 1 piece of 12 x 12 inch Blush Double Dot Paper by Bo Bunny, Adhesive Corkboard Circles from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, Mod Podge. Five pink and four white vinyl states from Decorating Your Life. All supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Tic 2

Punch out the circles from the scrapbook paper. You need nine game pieces for a Tic Tac Toe game. I made five pieces from each piece of scrapbook paper.

Tic 3

Brush the paper with Mod Podge and adhere to the glass beads.

Tic 4

Stick the cork on the bottom.

Tic 6

Paint the wooden box white.

Tic 9

And paint the wooden insert white too.

Tic 7

While the box is drying, add the state vinyl. I used contrasting colors– so white vinyl on the pink pieces and pink vinyl on the green pieces.

Tic 8

Paint the box green.

Tic 10

When everything is dry, place the insert back in the box. Place the Tic Tac Toe pieces inside.

State Tic Tac Toe Craft #tictactoe

Hope this project leads to fun family memories!

Washington State themed Decor Ideas

For more state craft ideas, check out this Wonderful Washington Ideas post.


“You Write Up My Life” Teacher’s Gift

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents

“You Write Up My Life” Teacher’s Gift

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

Can you believe it’s time for school to start? This time of year brings back so many memories for me. Growing up, my mom was a teacher. I remember how much time, energy (and her own money) that Mom invested in her classroom each year. No that I’m mom myself, I like to do what I can to help the teachers out, especially at the beginning of the year.

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachers gift

I decided to hit my local Office Max and do some back to school shopping… for my daughter’s teacher! My idea was to create a “Write On” Pen Caddy that Mia can give her on the first day of school.

I headed right to the pen aisle and grabbed some Sharpie, Mr. Sketch and Expo Neon Window Markers. I LOVE pens and I was so excited to make something cool for the teacher where she could store these pens.

Supplies: Sharpie, Mr. Sketch and Expo Neon Window Markers, wooden caddy, blue craft paint, white letter stickers, three Mason Jars and free printable tags.

You Write Up My Life Tags

Grab Your Free “You Right Up My Life” Tags here. Just click the link and save to your computer.

Project Directions

1. Tape off (if you’re a nervous Nellie like me) the burlap on the caddy and paint it blue.

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

2. Fill up the jars with pens

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

Can you believe they fit perfectly?

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

3. After the paint dries, add letter stickers “Write On.”

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

4. Then print and cut the tag out. Slip some ribbon through the tag and tag it to the caddy.

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

Your child’s teacher will love an appreciate your thoughtful gift!

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift with free printable

Teachers do LIGHT UP and WRITE UP our kid’s lives!

You Write Up My Life Teacher's Gift #teachersgift

There are great Back to School deals going on right now at Office Depot and Office Max (while supplies last)

- Save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (Papermate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch)

- Weekly savings from (Aug 17-23): All Sharpie Singles are $.25

Plus, don’t forget to check out Office Depot Rewards

Happy Back to School!


Project Inspire{d}

Project Inspire{d}

Project Inspire{d} : Link Party

Thanks for joining us at Project Inspire{d}, the weekly party I get to co-host with Cupcakes and Crinoline and The Silly Pearl. Diane from An Extraordinary Day is taking some time off hopefully she’ll be back soon. If you missed our Project Inspire{d} features post yesterday, you can check it out here.

Project Inspire{d} : Link Party

My Features: How to Make a Plain Candy Pretty (and a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Frozen Ideas///Fresh & Fruity Kid’s Jewelry and a GIVEAWAY for a $100 Amex Gift Card!

Please visit my dear friends Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline and Steph from The Silly Pearl to see what they’ve been working on.

Party Guidelines

  We’d love for you to include the Project Inspire{d} button code in the footer, somewhere on your blog or a link back to this post  so that others can join in on the inspiration.

PI 8pm

Posting to our party means you are giving us the right to post your project and photos and promote via social media ~ links will be pinned to our  Party Board throughout the week and can be seen here: ♥Project Inspire{d} Party Pins♥. Let’s link up!


Chair Revamp

National Thrift Store Day: Chair Revamp

National Thrift Store Day Blog Hop

Hi Friends! Do you shop at thrift stores? I have scored some of my favorite things at my local thrift shops. Today is National Thrift Store Day (yay!) and to celebrate, some friends and I are participating in a inspiring blog hop. You can catch all the info about the hop below.

Chair Revamp

For my project, I decided to tackle a chair revamp.

Chair - Before

 I found this chair at my local Value Village. The price was $6.99 but I had a 30% coupon so it was a good deal. It wasn’t in terrible shape but with a boring cushion and a plain metal frame, it wasn’t anything to write home about either.

Chair - Stain

In addition to the boring color, the cushion had an icky mystery stain on it. Yuck! I was psyched to give this chair a revamp.

Chair - Supplies

Supplies: DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax, a paint brush and a brush for the wax (you could also use a rag), a screwdriver, a staple gun and some fabric.


1. Using the screwdriver, I removed the cushion.

Chair - Screws

Luckily, the screws and the metal base were in good shape and it was a cinch to get the cushion off.

Chair - Cushion Removed

2. Next I folded the fabric around the cushion.

Chair - Covering Cushion

3. My piece of fabric happened to be a big square to I just pulled it and messed with it until the image looked even.

Chair - Staple Cushion

4. Then I stapled it down.

Chair - Painted Black

5. Meanwhile, I painted the chair black (it took a few coats to get all the nooks and crannies).

Chair - Wax

6. Next I applied the wax and rubbed it in. It gave the piece a pretty sheen.

Chair - Seat Replaced

7. Then it was time to screw the cushion back on the chair.

National Thrift Store Day Blog Hop

8. That’s all there was to it! This is an easy weekend project.

Catch all the Thrift Store action!

Chair Revamp

Here are all the participating blogs. Swing by to see the amazing transformations they did on their thrift store finds!

National Thrift Store Blog Hop Participants:

Domestically Speaking’s TV Tray
Debbie Doo’s Lazy Susan
Cupcakes and Crinoline’s DIY World Globe
Yesterday on Tuesday’s Chair Revamp
Setting for Four’s Painted Bench
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Frame Makeover
At the Picket Fence’s Pumpkin Topiary

Happy National Thrift Store Day!


Project Inspire{d} Pretty Features

Project Inspire{d} Features

Happy Saturday, Friends! We are doing things a bit different around here for our weekly Project Inspire{d} Party. We party hostesses are going to take turns choosing features  and then we’ll be sharing those fabulous features on Saturday. This week it was Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline who picked these pretty features.

What a Great Idea! Project Inspired Features Feature Banner

Project Inspire{d} Features

Preserve the Harvest: Blueberry Marmalade from Pure Grace Farms /// Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake from Swanky Recipes

Decorating with Empty Thrift Store Picture Frames via Anderson and Grant /// Coffee Station Makeover from One More Time Events

Painted Cork Tin Can Vases via View From the Fridge  /// Reclaimed Wood Key Holder from Edea Smith

Easy DIY Watercolor Abstract Art from Setting for Four /// Office Chair Makeover from Remodelando la Casa

Steamer Trunk Turned Coffee Table from All Things With Purpose /// French Graphic and Lucious Coral Color Dresser Makeover from Art is Beauty


Join us Monday night at 5pm Eastern for the Project Inspire{d} Party!


Pinterest Party: One Krieger Chick

Pinterest Party: One Krieger Chick


Yay, it’s time to start the party… The PINTEREST Party that is! Thanks for joining me, The Scrap Shoppe, Flamingo Toes and Mine for the Making as we feature a AMAZING pinner each week.

One Krieger Chick

This week’s Featured Pinner is Ariean from One Krieger Chick!


Yay Ariean!

Ariean’s Pinterest Account has 113 Boards and 8427 Pins.

Holiday Summer

There’s still plenty o’summer left… so you should check out Ariean’s Holiday: Summer Board!


I am always on the hunt for good housekeeping tips, that’s why I’m all over her Home: Cleaning Board!

Home: Word Art & Printables

And Ariean has gathered some great printables on her Home: Art & Printables Board.

Let’s get up close and person with some of this Krieger chick’s pins!

Beach Ball Sugar Cookies

Love these Beach Ball Sugar Cookies pinned to Ariean’s Food: Cookies & Bars Board from This Silly Girl’s Life.

Craft Room

Check out this Monogrammed Pegboard pinned to her Home: Craft Room Board from Organizing Made Fun.

DIY State Pillow

I am so into state crafts right now, that why this adorable DIY State Pillow  caught my eye! It’s on Ariean’s Let’s Get Crafty Board and it’s from Michelle Lea Designs.

Lace Chair

And here’s another incredible project: Doily Design Chair by Roadkill Rescue also pinned to her Let’s Get Crafty Board.

Key Lime Pie Dip

Oh boy– this Key Lime Pie Dip looks dee-lish! It’s pinned to her Food: Appetizers & Dips Board from Life With The Crust Cut Off.

Striped Nautical Stool

I am in a nesting state of mind and this adorable stool would be so fun to make: Striped Nautical Stool Revamp by Lolly Jane pinned to Ariean’s Home: Interior Ideas Board.

Thanks for having such awesome boards Ariean! I hope you’ll grab a featured button.

Pinterest Feature

Have you joined the Pinterest Master List… ’cause you should! YOU just may be our next feature.



Fresh & Fruity Kid’s Jewelry

This post was sponsored by Consumer Crafts as part of the Crafty Hangouts series.


This month we’re creating crafts under $10… I got to focus on Kid’s Crafts.

Fresh & Fruity Kid's Jewelry #craftsunder10hoa

Recently my 8-year daughter Mia and I got to create a super fun bunch of crafts. We like to call these pieces “Fresh & Fruity Kid’s Jewelry.”

Here’s our video:

Consumer Crafts is also generously sponsoring a HUGE Giveaway!

Consumer Crafts Giveaway Prize

Check out all this amazing goodies. WOWZA!

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You can see all the other incredible projects at


What Comfort Means to Me


How I Get Comfortable

Hey Ladies! We can all relate to not always feeling awesome “that time of the month.” It can come on when you least expect it, leaving you feeling cranky and uncomfortable. And in my case, acne ridden and bloated.

It’s such a bummer to feel junky. Luckily, there are things that you can do to make yourself feel better.

When the cramps and grumpiness get to be too much, I write myself a prescription… for COMFORT!

How I Get Comfortable

The most important thing I need is my comfy chair. It’s just roomy enough to fit a pillow behind my back. The next must-have is a cozy blanket. Being able to snuggle up is essential. If I really want to treat myself, I also brighten up my nook with some fresh flowers. Even the most inexpensive flowers make me feel cheerier.

The next item on my list is very important: chocolate. I don’t think calories count during this time of the month! Enjoying a nice box of chocolates always makes me feel good. If you’re going to munch chocolate, you need some fun magazines to read too. I like to kick back with a few of my faves.

I also like to light to a candle to set the mood for relaxation. The fun part is, I embellish the candle myself. And doing a crafty project can also be a great way to get my mind off of what’s going on in my body!

How to Make a Plain Candle Pretty

Transform a plain candle into a pretty one!

Supplies: Plain candle, Mod Podge, Paper Napkin, small sharp scissors and a paintbrush.

Candle 1

Step 1: Carefully cut the shapes you like out of the napkin.

Candle 2

Step 2: If it’s a nicer napkin, it may have two layers. Separate the top and bottom layers.

Candle 3

Step 3: Lightly brush the back of the paper shapes with Mod Podge and place on candle.

Candle 4

Step 4: Cover the empty areas with cutouts.

Candle 5

Step 5: Do another layer of Mod Podge on top of the shapes.

Candle 6

Voila! You have a pretty calendar to enjoy.

Transform a plain candle into a pretty one!

Now you have a lovely candle to enjoy! And you got your mind off of that “business” for a while. I promise that if you follow my prescription for comfort (comfy chair, cozy blanket, flowers, chocolate, magazines AND a crafty project/pretty candle) you will feel better during that time of the month!

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