The Party Bunch–Linky Party

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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorites!

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Heather’s Favorite

Printable Mason Jar Recipe Cards from
I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

These cards are absolutely adorable!

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Mique’s Favorite

Easy Cocktail Napkin Tassels from My 3 Monsters.

Super cute tassels that would make a party.

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Amy’s Favorite

Organizing a Camping Kitchen from Echoes of Laughter.

What a cool post for camping this summer!

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Desiree’s Favorite

Twisted Half Up from Ma Nouvelle Mode.

This is so pretty and simple. Perfect for summer!

As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up here!

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The Party Bunch Favorites on Pinterest.

We are featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

Now it is time to party!

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Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

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Recipe Book Printables

Yesterday I shared with you these customizable Recipe Books that you can download and print to organize your recipes in a pretty way.  Today, I am sharing with you the actual downloads.

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These Recipe Books would be the perfect gift for the women in your life, and with Mother’s Day coming…you might want to make one right now!  I LOVE that you can totally customize these books to how YOU like to organize your recipes.

Simply grab a 3 ring binder (in your favorite color and thickness) and some plastic sheet paper covers from your local office supply store, or order some from Amazon and have them delivered right to your front door.

Plastic Sheet Protectors
3 Ring Binder
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The nice thing about the protective sheets is that you can slip any size of recipe in them and keep them organized in a pretty manner so that you can keep your recipes clean and easy to find!  You can also keep those sentimental recipes that have your grandmother or mother’s handwriting on them.

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You can also add new recipes as you find them on various websites too!  I will be sharing more recipes here too in the upcoming months in order to get MY recipes organized and I will be sharing them here for you to add to your recipe binders as you wish.

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I will also be continuing to add to this recipe binder.  I have some different aspects and organizational features I would like to add to keep it organized and functional.  Some of these items are some conversion pages and some tabs for easy referencing.  I will also add a link to the sidebar so that you can check on all the updates in one easy click!

If you would like to download the first Recipe Book Index Printables, click on the link below:

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Parenting and Time Outs

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It goes by a million names. “Time out”, “Go to your room”, “stand in the corner”, “sit in the time out chair”… The list goes on and on. What ever phrase you use to send your child away when they are misbehaving is what we are talking about.

About 30+ years ago, in an attempt to get parents to step away from spanking, “time out” was introduced. The goal was to have children sit in time out, so that they weren’t getting parental interaction and so they could take time to work through what they were upset about. It is now a common parenting practice that when children disobey, start to cause problems, and refuse to listen, that we send them away to be alone, in a time out.

But, The next time you are ready to send your children to a time out, take a minute to think about a few things. Time outs aren’t nearly as helpful as we think they are. Nor do they strengthen our relationships with our kids or teach them long term skills that are helpful as adults. (Now, don’t misunderstand, there are obviously times when distance and space is necessary, but here are a few things to think about. A new perspective.)

First, when we send our kids to time out, we are sending a message that how they feel doesn’t matter. We are telling them we don’t care about how they feel, we want them to shut their feelings off and go away.

Second, sending kids to time out sends a message that you want your children to get away from you. (I know, sometimes we really do feel this way, but…) This message says “I don’t care about you, please leave.” Our children need to feel love and when we send them away, the last thing they feel is love.

Lastly, time outs don’t teach our children to deal with their problems. By sending them to be on their own, they don’t get any help learning how to manage their feelings and emotions. By acting out, it shows they already don’t know how to handle how they are feeling and the situation they are dealing with. Sending them to time out doesn’t help them learn to manage anything.

This might sound silly, but let me suggest an alternative to a “time out”. It is time for a “Time In.”

What is a “time in”? A “time in” is gathering your child into your arms and giving them a big hug, instead of sending them away. When their behavior is horrible, when they start throwing a fit, or they hit, or they won’t listen, instead of sending them to their rooms, go to them, get down on their level, and  gather them up in your lap and hold them. Just sit and hold them. As you wrap your arms around them, let them experience the feelings. Let them be angry or sad. And let them say what they want to say.

How are you going to hug a child that is causing so much trouble? Entertain a new perspective…Maybe they are throwing a fit, or talking back. But think of it this way. Instead of getting angry, think… my child must be really really upset to be acting out this way. They must be hurting in some way. Distraught in some way to be willing to throw the fit and talk back. So instead of sending them away, realize that they are in some sort of distress and are just asking, in fact yelling, for help. Simply changing our perspective will make us want to keep our children near instead of sending them away.

Imposing a “time in” will show your child how much you love them. It teaches them you want to be connected and care about how they are feeling. It also gives you an opportunity to teach them how to deal with their emotions and feelings.

Now, it might not work right away. You might try to hug or hold your child and they pull away, or fight or yell “don’t touch me”. That is okay. It will take time for your child to accept this new practice also. Don’t quit. Stay close to your child, and express “you are having a hard time right now aren’t you. That is okay, let me hold you and we can talk about it.”

Remember that as you are working through a “time in” with your child, they will have a hard time expressing themselves for fear it might get them in trouble. Be open to their true thoughts and allow them to be honest. The more they push you away, the more they need you to stay close. Just continue to stay as close as they will let you and ensure them that you won’t leave them alone, feeling this way.

SO… the next time you are ready to call for a time out, STOP, don’t send them away. Instead, wrap your arms around your child, hold them close and give him/her a minute to regroup, feel loved and understood, and start over. Let the love pour out over them and watch their behavior change. In fact, you will see much greater and more successful results by disciplining with “time in’s” than “time outs”.

When it comes to discipline, love will always prevail.

When was the last time your child was misbehaving and you gave them a big hug instead of getting mad at them?

Do you think it would be hard to use “time in’s” instead of “time out’s”?

Have a question or just want to say hello.



The Party Bunch–Linky Party

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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Today we are featuring some of our favorite recipes from the link party!

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Heather’s Favorite

Italian Chicken Flatbread at Place of My Taste.

Perfect for lunch or a light dinner… Looks delicious!

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Mique’s Favorite

Reese’s Cup Fudge Recipe at The First Year Blog.

This recipe had me at Reese’s Cup!

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Amy’s Favorite

Double Chocolate Turtle Bars at Delightful E Made.

Double yum!

Double Chocolate Turtle Bars by Delightful E Made

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Desiree’s Favorite

Chocolate Badka at French Press.

This recipe should have my name on it!

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As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up here!

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Also we want to invite you to click here and follow

The Party Bunch Favorites on Pinterest.

We are featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

Now it is time to party!

TPB Party Bunch Link Up... Every Friday to Sunday link up your projects over at  theidearoom.net , thirtyhandmadedays.com , whipperberry.com or the36thavenue.com Four bloggers = ONE BIG PARTY! We can't wait to see your projects!

Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

  • Please make sure to share the love and grab a button here to let your readers know that you linked up with us!
  • By linking up with The Party Bunch, you are giving permission to any of us to feature your projects and recipes on our social media with a link back to you. Thanks!


Big Giveaway

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Spring is around the corner and let’s celebrate it by giving away some AWE.SOME. prizes.

Win a Cedar Play Set or a Canon Camera or one of five cotton candy machines.

That’s a total of 7 winners. SEVEN.

Enter in below for your chance to win. If you don’t have an instagram account…go make one. They are FREE and super easy to set up.

 

Good Luck Friends!

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Pantone Color of the Year 2014

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s, however all opinions and statements are my own.

The Lowe’s Creative Bloggers were challenged to use Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 in a project.  The Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid.  Now…I LOVED the color, but for the life of me couldn’t find a way to incorporate it into my current home décor color scheme.  I thought of several things I could make…just to make…but I really don’t like to make something that I am not going to really use…or have to repaint.

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So, I decided to add the color in my daughter’s room with some fun accent pieces.  I simply painted some mason jar lid rings with Radiant Orchid paint (which you can pick up at Lowes).  Then I filled the jars with some colored pencils and school supplies that she can use when she is creating at her desk or working on her homework.

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I also made a little wooden bead necklace and then painted it with the bright and fun paint.  I really LOVE this and love that it made my daughter so happy.  She can use it as a fun colorful pop of color for her room when she is not wearing it too.

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I love that the color is so bright and fun.  It makes me feel like #SpringIsCalling.  What about you?  How do you feel about the Pantone Color of the Year—Radiant Orchid?  Do you love it?  What would you use this paint color on?

Have you had a chance to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.



Valentine’s Day Projects from The Idea Room

I can’t even believe that Christmas has come and gone. Where did it go? I feel like the older I get, the faster time goes…like some kind of weird time warp. (And now I am giving you a peek at my weird inner science geek…)

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon…and a with a crazy, hectic life schedule yesterday and today, I thought I would just share with you some links to my past Valentine’s Day projects. You may have just joined us and might want to see some of the past Valentine’s Day projects I have shared.

This list is always accessible by clicking on “projects” on my top header and then selecting “Valentine’s Day” in the drop menu. In fact, you can find most of my past projects this way (in case you didn’t know) by simply selecting a category you are interested in. Today I will share it with you here in a post. Hope you have a great day! Thank you so much for stopping by and for always being a great support to what I share here with you. You will never know how much your kind comments and interactions mean to me! xo –Amy

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Olaf Finger Puppet | Olaf Valentines

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Valentine’s Day Necklace | Movie Night | Red Velvet Cookies

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Felt Heart Wreath | Kissing Ball Wire Crate | TIssue Paper Kissing Balls

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Sealed with a Kiss | Candy Cane Heart Suckers | Love Potion no. 9

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Just a Little Crush | Heart Bottles and Cookies | Tic Tac Valentines

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I Chews You Valentine | Three Valentine Printable’s | Chalk Board Mug

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Framed Heart Decor | Valentine’s Be Mine Décor | Valentine’s Day Game

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Valentine’s Day Card Ideas | Valentine’s Candy Rings | Valentine’s Day Bingo


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Sugar Cookie Recipe | Handprint Valentine’s | Homemade Sucker Recipe

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops | Valentine’s Candy Bark | Heart Shape Pancakes


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Heart Wax Paper | Stenciled Love Towels | Valentine’s Day S’mores

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Valentine’s Day Subway Art | Swirl Cookie Pops | Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

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Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears | Valentine’s Décor | Valentine’s Heart Art


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DIY Heart Crayons | Heart Suckers | Sugar Scrub Cubes


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Heart Hair Clips | Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub | Chocolate Sugar Scrub

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Lemon Sugar Scrub | Bath Salts Recipes | Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

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The Party Bunch—Linky Party

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing projects and goodies.  So many amazing goody entries this time!  I hope you all had an amazing Holiday filled with making memories with your families and friends!
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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorites!

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Heather’s Favorite

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Cupcakes 

at Beyond Frosting!

These look so amazing!

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Mique’s Favorite

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge at I Dig Pinterest!

Oh…my…goodness! I love Peppermint! Can’t wait to try this!

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Amy’s Favorite

Deer Towel Hook at Rain on a Tin Roof.

This is a great tutorial and such an easy project!

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Desiree’s Favorite

Gilded Paper Balls at Architecture of a Mom!

I love a great paper craft project!!

Christmas Craft perfect for you Christmas decorating ideas. Make your own decorative gilded balls out of paper. Tutorial. #Christmas #Crafts #Decorating #Ideas

Thank you so much ladies for all of these adorable Christmas diy projects!

We hope you take a minute and button up here!

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Also we want to invite you to click here and follow

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We are also featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

TPB Party Bunch Link Up... Every Friday to Sunday link up your projects over at  theidearoom.net , thirtyhandmadedays.com , whipperberry.com or the36thavenue.com Four bloggers = ONE BIG PARTY! We can't wait to see your projects!

Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

        • Please make sure to share the love and grab a button here to let your readers know that you linked up with us!
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Arm and Hammer Simply Saline & a Giveaway

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Recently I was sent some Arm and Hammer products along with their Simply Saline to review.  With cold and flu season right around the corner, and a busy family of seven, we don’t have a lot of time to be sick.  We live in a desert and deal with dry air with very little humidity.  Even though we live in a dryer climate, my husband still struggles with sinus infections.  So when I was recently sent some Arm and Hammer products to review, we thought we would give the ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ Nasal Relief a try to see if it helped him with his sinus congestion.

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My husband tried it out for a couple of weeks and did notice a difference in how his sinuses felt.  I noticed that he seemed to snore a bit less at night as well…which is a huge benefit for me and helps him to sleep better.

It was also helpful for our entire family after we ran together in a 5k that filled our nasal passages with unwanted chalk dust :)!

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I love it because Simply Saline™ Nasal Relief is made from only purified water and salt. It poses no known side effects, is non-addictive and can be used as often as needed.  It can also be used in combination with oral, cold, allergy or other over-the-counter medicines for fast relief from congestion.

Today Arm and Hammer would like to give one Lucky Idea Room Reader a fun Prize Pack that includes some fun Arm and Hammer Products and a  $100 Visa Gift Card!!

If you would like to be entered for a chance to win, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box below.  If you are on a mobile device, you may have best results by entering on a computer.  The Rafflecopter widget my load a bit slower so you may need to wait for it to fully load.

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Have you tried #ARMANDHAMMER Simply Saline?

Visit ARM & HAMMER’s website to explore ARM & HAMMER products and find out WHERE TO BUY IT.

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**Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on Saturday, September 7, 2013 . One winner will be chosen and given an Arm and Hammer Prize Pack and $100 Visa Gift Card.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Dell Laptop Review

*This is a sponsored post.  Staples provided me a laptop for review.  However, all statements and opinions are my own.

I was recently contacted by Staples about possibly reviewing one of their laptops.  Ummm….yes please! My husband and I had just been discussing the need for another computer or laptop in our home.  I have one that I use for working here on The Idea Room, but we don’t have one that the kids have been able to use for school and their homework. 

Up until this point, they have just borrowed mine when they needed to research something or type up a school report.  Well, up until now that has worked out fine for us, but my oldest son is entering High School in a couple of weeks and we needed something that would be suitable for the kids.

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My son has also been working for me and doing a lot of the backend work on my site which has freed up a lot of my time to be with the family more and to work on more projects.  So another laptop has been really helpful.

We chose to review the Dell Inspiron i14RM-7500sLV 14" Touch Screen Laptopdell laptop

We found the Dell Inspiron really easy to set up and learn how to use.  Windows 8 is new to us so that took a bit of time to figure out and get used to but we are really liking the updates.

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One of our favorite things about this laptop is the amazing touch screen.  You can use the screen as a touch screen which includes a touch keyboard, or you can use it as a traditional laptop with the regular keyboard.  It is the best of both worlds.

The laptop is the perfect size with a 14 inch screen. It is very light weight weighing just over 4.5 lbs.  This makes it very portable and will be the laptop I think I will end up traveling with.  It is also nice to be able to use the laptop in several different areas of my home depending on what I am doing or what the kids are doing.  

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We took a trip to Bryce Canyon and had a four hour drive.  The kids were able to watch a couple of movies on the laptop.  I did notice that the screen resolution was really nice and you had a good viewing experience from viewing the screen at an angle just as you would looking straight at the screen. 

 

All in all we are very happy with this new laptop and think it will be a great addition to our home.  If you are interested in some more specifics you can find them here: Dell Inspiron i14RM-7500sLV 14" Touch Screen Laptop.

*Disclosure—Staples provided me with a Dell Inspiron i14RM-7500sLV 14" Touch Screen Laptop to review.  However, all opinions and statements are my own.  Staples has a lot of different laptops to choose from.  Feel free to view them online at Staples.com.

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