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Sunday, December 14, 2014
Be the Good Printable Greeting Cards {Design by My Sister's Tee}

Be the Good Printable Greeting Cards {Design by My Sister's Tee}


Everyone loves a pretty greeting card.  I especially love these greeting cards. You see, this is one of my favorite designs ever! Mostly because it was a joint effort between my sister and me. We own My Sister's Tee together and this is our most popular design. So, as a gift to you, we are giving you these free downloadable, printable Be the Good greeting cards.  


Free printable greeting cards. These look like gold foil. Love this Be the Good design by My Sister's Tee.
How to build a custom frame. entirelyeventful.com

I printed them on photo paper with my home printer and it worked just great. I love that it looks like gold foil, without the cost of gold foil!


Free printable greeting cards. These look like gold foil. Love this Be the Good design by My Sister's Tee.

This is what one of our My Sister's Tee Be the Good gold foil tee shirt looks like... (lots of other styles)!

Gold foil Be the Good dolman style tee by My Sister's Tee

These are formatted to print two at a time on a 8.5x11" piece of paper. I recommend matte or gloss photo paper or card stock.



Free printable greeting cards. These look like gold foil. Love this Be the Good design by My Sister's Tee.

Wishing you a golden Christmas....
& a happy new year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Giveaway! Holiday Cheer - Karl Malone Toyota

Happy Holidays!
I'm excited to share some extra fabulous fun with you today.

Our Spreading Holiday Cheer Giveaway with Karl Malone Toyota!

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Karl Malone Toyota Giveaway on www.cookingwithruthie.com

A group of Utah Bloggers and Karl Malone Toyota have come together to bring a little extra Holiday Cheer to 7 lucky families.
We're sharing over $2200 in prizes and lots of love...
Spreading Holiday Cheer with Karl Malone Toyota Giveaway on www.cookingwithruthie.com
Karl Malone Toyota are group of wonderful people who genuinely care about you and your families~ they've sponsored this event and we're just so thrilled to bring it to you!
Check out these awesome prizes:

Grand Prize:

$500 "Pimp your Ride" at Karl Malone Toyota Service Center
Get Away to Green Valley Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2 night/3 days stay in St. George, Utah
A signed basketball by Karl Malone

4 Runner Up's:

2 winners: $500 "Pimp your Ride" at Karl Malone Toyota Service Center
2 winners: Get Away to Green Valley Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2 night/3 days stay in St. George, Utah

Holiday Family Cheer:

2 families: 6 tickets to the NEW Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah

Plus: mention this event with any new car purchase through December 31, 2014 and receive 6 FREE tickets to the Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Karl Malone Toyota Giveaway on www.cookingwithruthie.com
Just fill out this simple form to get entered:
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Twenty Affordable Rugs for your Home

Twenty Affordable Rugs for your Home

Rugs are very important to me. I recently got new carpet. My mom was over helping put the furniture back. She didn't want me to put my beloved rug back over my carpet. I indulged her and didn't lay the rug back down. I stepped back and took a look. I was not in love! She didn't want me to cover up the nice new carpet. I explained that rugs aren't for covering up carpet stains, they are for creating a space, drawing the eye, adding color and texture. Rugs are pretty and they can also cost a pretty penny. That's why I created this little list of over 20 affordable rugs to beautify your home.

A great list of super cute and affordable rugs. Must pin!

I will try to keep this list updated. Just click on a rug to view the sizes and prices.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Black Friday Deals for Everyone on your List

Black Friday Deals for Everyone on your List

I'm not a "deal blogger" but I'm going to pretend to be because I am just so excited about the deals I am seeing! Keep checking back on this post because I am going to be updating it. Pin it and check back :).




J. crew Factory is doing 50% off! Here are a few of my favorites!
For the man in your life!
Kate Spade New York is having a sale and you can save up to 75% off and $5 shipping in the US!


It's the perfect time to get that bag you've been lusting over! Use code "GIFTON" to save 20% on the Madewell website through the 30th
Fro the kids... get them something special!
Other great sales!
Remember to check back for more great deals!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Home for the Holidays Fundraiser & Bog Hop

Home for the Holidays Fundraiser & Bog Hop

Today I have a very special post for you. Yes, I have rounded up some really gorgeous hand-made Christmas ornaments for you... but that's not all! I want to introduce you to a very special family. I also want to give you the opportunity to do some good this Christmas season...




Imagine leaving everything you know for the possibility of a better life. Saving and working for 18 years to make it a reality. That's exactly what Priscila did. It was her dream to bring her little family, husband Marcos and young son Adam, from Brazil to the United States. They spent months filing papers, she left her teaching job and he left his career and came with only with what they could fit in their luggage. With only days to find housing and not knowing the area, they rented an apartment very quickly only to discover that it was in an "undesirable" part of town. Police are constantly in and out of the complex, knocking on the neighbor's door. Their small son isn't safe playing outside.

We have found them an apartment in a great, family-friendly area. The landlords are willing to pay them the $2000 it will cost to get out of their lease if they clean and fix up the apartment. However, they will loose $1000 of their deposit. We are trying to raise $2000 to help them this Holiday Season!  The money raised through this campaign will all go to finding furniture for the family and giving them a cozy "home for the holidays."


I just love the girls that are helping me with this little project! They are all posting something that means "Home for the Holidays" to them so please make sure you go check out their blogs. They are all so talented and beautiful!



Kristen: Capturing Joy  |  Andie: Maybe I Will  |  Aly: Entirely Eventful Day  |   Mallory & Savannah: Classy Clutter  |  Steffany & Melanie: Find it, Make it, Love it  |  Landee: Landee See, Landee Do

Meet the Tabosa Family! Priscila, Marcos, and Adam.  Priscila was a teacher and Marcos was a chemical teach in Brazil. She's pretty fluent in English while her husband and son speak very little. 


Adam, such a sweet boy, looks forward to learning English. He loves it here in the U.S. You should have seen him at Halloween! He gazed in amazement at the festivities.



Family is the most important thing to the Tabosas. They are forever thankful for any help you are able to offer. They are such a humble and loving family.


Wishing you all Happy Holidays from the Tabosa Family!

Monday, November 24, 2014
Luxe Gifts for Her... Under $50

Luxe Gifts for Her... Under $50

'Tis the season for gift giving! I know it's always hard to find just the right gift for just the right person on your list! Plus, I have been compiling my own little wish list. I can't help myself... there are just so many pretty little things this season. I compiled a few (ok, more than a few) that I thought you might love!

Really luxurious gifts for under $50. I think I'll just email this to my husband...

Faux Fur Infinity Scarf  |  Kate Spade Necklace  |  Pearl Comb  |  Horseshoe Bangle  |  Reversible Tote Bag  |  Eyeshadow Palette  |  Leather Gloves  |  Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings  |  Fabulips Kit

And here are some great necklace ideas (again, all under $50!)
More fun ideas! I would love to have any... I mean ALL of this!
I am just too in love with fur scarfs right now! Here are a few I love...
Happy Shopping! You know what... you should probably just send this post to your husband right now... make it easy on the poor guy!

Friday, November 21, 2014
DIY Wood Transfer Sign for Thanksgiving

DIY Wood Transfer Sign for Thanksgiving

Here's the thing, I love Fall, a lot! I love crisp air and touch football at the park. I love the sound of wind blowing leaves down the street. I love boots and sweaters and amazing Fall sunsets. I also love the idea of celebrating gratitude... which is why I seriously love Thanksgiving! I have so many things to be thankful for... and to show it I created this wooden sign that I printed with my home printer! This project was originally posted on 30 Handmade Days.

DIY Wood Transfer Thanksgiving Sign.

You need a piece of unfinished, smooth wood (mine is 10x6.5 inches). I also used parchment paper and my home ink jet printer (this is the kind of parchment paper I used).

DIY Wood Transfer Thanksgiving Sign.

First, cut the parchment paper to the size of an 8.5x11 inch piece of paper.

DIY Wood Transfer Thanksgiving Sign.

Print the inverse image of the printable on your parchment paper.


DIY Wood Transfer Thanksgiving Sign.

Once it's printed  you have to act quickly and apply the transfer while the ink is still wet. Use a smooth object, like a credit card, to apply pressure to the parchment paper and evenly transfer the ink from the paper to the wood.

You may have noticed that I trimmed my wood piece after I applied the transfer. I wasn't sure what size I wanted it to be initially. But, like I said earlier, it ended up being 10x6.5 inches.

DIY Wood Transfer Thanksgiving Sign.

I added a coat of clear finish spray paint (like this one).  Let it dry and there you have it... a super adorable Thanksgiving sign. I am planning on using mine in a Thanksgiving-themed center piece.

DIY Wood Transfer Thanksgiving Sign.

I hope  you try this project... there are just so many possibilities!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Outfit Ideas for Busy Moms

I never want to look like I'm trying too hard. I want to look like getting dressed is the easiest thing I ever do... it's not... but that's how I want it to look. My style icons are Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. It was Coco who said, "Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror and take one thing off." Just like in decorating, editing is as important in dressing as accessorizing. It's easy to over do it. It's easy to under do it too. The happy medium... it's what we're all looking for.

Cute and comfy outfits for moms on the run. Fight the frump!

I'm a mom and I buy clothes that I can wear at home, on a field trip to the museum, to a meeting with clients, and for a night out with my handsome husband or girlfriends.


Cute and comfy outfits for moms on the run. Fight the frump!

Shop this look...
I love clothes that are simple, comfortable, and stylish... not trendy. I love classic accessories like big black sunglasses and tortoise shell jewelry. On this particular day, I might as well have been wearing my PJs, this outfit was amazingly comfy.

Cute and comfy outfits for moms on the run. Fight the frump!

Don't get me wrong, I still buy into trends to some extent... but if I do, I mix them with classic pieces that will always be in style. I have a few key pieces of jewelry that I like to mix and match. Keeping my jewelry organized makes it really easy to accessorize.

Some of my favorite camel cardigans! (click to shop)
Cute and comfy outfits for moms on the run. Fight the frump!

I get so many compliments on this bag! Here are some similar... (click to shop)
I don't wear heels often. I am almost 6 feet tall and so I don't need the height (to say the least) but sometimes they are just too cute to pass up. I love these classic suede pumps.

Cute and comfy outfits for moms on the run. Fight the frump!

Easy, simple, comfortable, stylish. 


Monday, November 17, 2014
Free Christmas Cupcake Printables {Peace & Joy}

Free Christmas Cupcake Printables {Peace & Joy}

I am excited to share these fun printables with you! They are just the thing to satisfy your cravings for simple and easy Christmas decorations. love Christmas! I love everything about it. Well... almost. I don't love red and green. I've tried to like it, I really have. But when I decorate my house for Christmas there isn't a bit of red or green in sight. Which is why I opted to make these prints in a lovely mint and pink. {These were originally posted on The Crafting Chicks}

fFree Christmas Cupcake Printables. Love the pink and mint.



I just printed these using my home printer and some photo paper. They look super cute in these inexpensive IKEA picture frames. Don't you just love IKEA?


Free Christmas Cupcake Printables. Love the pink and mint.

These prints would look adorable in your kitchen, on your front door, on your entry table... anywhere really.



Free Christmas Cupcake Printables. Love the pink and mint.

They are formatted to print 8.5x11 inches.

 Free Christmas Cupcake Printables. Love the pink and mint.

Thanks for letting me stop by! I hope you print them up and enjoy them!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What?

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What?

Accessorizing is hard. You've picked the perfect paint color, you love your sofa and you're pretty sure that table looks incredible there... but now what? What about the little details that really draw the eye around the space and make it feel special? How do you mix family heirlooms with IKEA treasures? Well, I'm am here answer all your burning questions. Err, or at least your questions about accessorizing.

* PS... all the photographs in this post were taken by me at an Ivory Homes model home in Draper, Utah. Mia Chipman is the talented designer who made it all come together. Swoon! I'm sharing it with you just because I love it!

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Accessorizing is my favorite part of decorating. But it can also be the most challenging, especially if you have a limited budget. I am super happy for you if "money is no object" but for the purpose of this post, let's say that it is, let's say its a big object. :)


I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.


Step One: Work with what you have!

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Go around your house and figure out what you have and what you can possibly use. And please, please, don't ever forget about the magic of spray paint, rub n' buff, and gold leaf. You don't have to spend a fortune at Crate and Barrel, get creative, be resourceful. For instance, the books pictured above are store-bought but you can get the same effect with Mod Podge and wrapping paper. Or a simple tea set can make the perfect statement.


I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Step Two: Start with the walls.

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Your walls define your space. Accessorizing the walls will animate the space. There are so many options when it comes to dressing walls... framed photographs, paintings, shelves, sconces, plates, the options go on and on. Just keep in mind that what you hang on your wall should be proportionate to your space. So many people make the mistake of hanging a piece that they love on a wall that is much too large for the piece.


I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Grouping similar, simple pieces together makes a great statement, fills the space, and looks cohesive and clean.

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Step Three: Show your personality!

First, use accessories that mean something to you and then add upon them. Your home should say something about you, about who you are and about what you love. It is a little more work but strategically accessorizing with "signature accessories" will showcase your personality and you will love your space that much more. Don't be afraid to overlap pieces and uses a variety of shapes and sizes in order to encourage the eye to move from side to side. Ideally your space will please the eye and yourself at the same time!


Step Four: Bring nature inside!

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Enliven your room (literally) by incorporating flowers and foliage into your design. Years ago I watched an episode of Oprah, her guest that day was Nat Burkus and they were talking about how terrible it is to decorate with faux flowers. Now, in an ideal world we would all have our gardner or personal assistant replace our fresh flower arrangements daily. I don't know about you but I have three kids and a busy life. Plus fresh flowers are expensive. Sometimes I have to remind myself, "You're not Oprah, Aly." ;) (not really). I kill plants like it's my day job, so while I would love to have a bonsai tree in every room, I get real and get faux blooms like these.


I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

 I like to include scent in this step. To me, decorating isn't only about how looks but also how it feels. I love scents like fresh cotton. I also stay away from arisol can sprays, which tend to smell manufactured.

Step Five: Lighting.

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

My husband commented the other night how great the house felt with the lamps on. He felt like the ambient lighting made the house feel more cozy, inviting, and relaxing. Think about placing lamps on side tables next to chairs and on sofa tables to create warm pools of light that make the space feel cheerful and add dimension. When a lamp is the tallest item on the table the shade acts as a sort of boundary for the accessories below and defines the outline of the arrangement, making it feel cohesive and put-together.


I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.

Working with what you have and starting with the walls, showing your personality through signature accessories, bringing nature inside, and using lighting to warm up and define your space and will allow you to create gorgeous spaces that might just look magazine-worthy... but more importantly, they will feel more like home.

I Suck at Accessorizing... Now What? Helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home.



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