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Band Aid & Neosporin Back to School:Sponsored Giveaway

Guess what?  Band Aid and Neosporin want to give one lucky reader of my other blog, So You Think You’re Crafty, a gift to help with those inevitable cuts and scraps that come along with every new school year.

That right there is a first aid kit valued at $40 to help beef up your current supply.  And there is some pretty  cool stuff in there.

Click here to see what you would get if you were to win and the full details of how to enter.

Relax…It’s Only a Girls Room

Remember when I went to New York for BlogHer ’12 a few weeks ago?  While I was there, I attended an event sponsored by Carpet One. It was such a fun night!  I’m going to apologize in advance for not having any photos of the night.  I was so busy that I totally spaced taking any.  What kind of a blogger am I?

Carpet One wanted to show us their new line of stain resistant carpets by Relax…it’s Lees®.  And what better way than cocktails (or mock-tails in my case) and mini pedicures!  At the bar, the bar tender would mix up the drinks pour some in our glasses, then dump the rest right on the carpet.  And we’re talking drinks containing orange juice, Kool-Aid and pomegranate juice.  They weren’t messing around.

These carpets are amazing guys.  The spill didn’t even soak in!  She just wiped it up with water and a clean rag.  Water!  And a Rag!  That’s it! It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. If we weren’t renting I’d run out right now and carpet the house in this stuff. It’s their new EverTex™ technology.  The fiber itself is stain resistant, not just a coating that will wear off like most carpets, so you’ll be worry free for a long time. And it’s so soft and plush.  It really is great.

So after I learned about this carpet and realized the benefits that could be gained from having it in a house with a 4 year old that has no concept of food staying at the table no matter how many times I tell her, I decided to put together a little mood board for her room using the new Lees EverTex™ carpet as the starting point.

Our bedrooms are the only rooms in our small apartment that I haven’t gotten around to decorating yet. I figure it’s high time I start on Abbi’s.  Especially since it probably won’t get done until Spring if I don’t start soon; there’s a good amount of furniture painting that needs to be done and I have to do that outside while the weather is still good.

1 – Curtains – I love the neutral gray-ish dots.
2 – Striped Bedding – This bedding from Lands End is a little pricey for me so I’m going to work on a knock-off to achieve the same look.  I love that it’s girly without being too princessy.
3 – Paint Chip Chandelier – I love the look of this and it’s so easy!  I could even have Abbi help me punch out the paint chip circles.
4 – Expedit Shelving – The people that lived in our last apartment before us left a black one of these behind.  I gladly accepted, but I’m going to put a shiny new coal of white paint on it.
5 – Dorna Boxes – I currently have the white one (which may not be available anymore??) in the expedit.  I’m going to cut out some little pictures on my Silhouette to put on the front of them for labels so that Abbi will know better where to put things away.
6 – Jenny Lind Bed – I found on of these at the thrift store for $20 last summer.  I know, right?!  Even though it’s a nasty burnt orange color I snatched that right up.  I was going to paint it pink, but I’m leaning towards a nice clean white now.
7 –  Table Lamp – I already have a lamp very similar to this one only reversed; it has a pink base and white shade.  It’s lacking the ruffles though.  But that is a very easy fix.
8 – Time of Your Life carpeting in Mojito by Relax…It’s Lees® – Like I mentioned before, we’re renting so I can’t put this in the whole room.  An area rug will just have to do for now.

I can’t wait to get going on it (so be looking for a bunch of these projects in the next few weeks)!

Have you guys found a carpet that can withstand the wear and tear of kids? 

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I did, however, receive a super cool sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

New York City {lovelies via pinterest}


When I go on vacation I always buy two things. 1 – a perfume or lotion so that every time I wear it, it will bring back memories of the trip and 2 – a piece of art with my destination as the subject.  I like the idea that I can buy something beautiful to remind me of my vacation that I will actually use in my home.  Since I’m spending the weekend in New York City I’ll be on the hunt for the perfect piece.  Here are three I found through Pinterest that I wouldn’t mind having.


New York Loves You from Jessica Illustration on Etsy via Prachi R on Pinterest

New York City from Voka via Robet Horvath on Pinterest


New York City Lithograph from Famille Summerbelle via Pernille Bahn on Pinterest

What is your favorite souvenir?

Olympic Treats



The Olympics are finally here!  Who’s going to be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight?  My husband ran track in college and swam during the off season so the summer games are always a favorite at our house.  I’m pretty sure our TV will be tuned to the Olympics for the next 2 weeks.  Here’s a few snacks to help you get even more in the spirit of the games while watching.


Cheetos Torch from UCreate Parties via Kasey Boone on Pinterest


Gold Medal Donuts from Make & Takes via Sarah Lenz on Pinterest

Olympic Rings Pizza from Taste of Home via Me on Pinterest


Olympic Bagels from Baby Budgeting via Lindsay Jarrett on Pinterest


Olympic Snacks from Kayepants on Flickr

What will you be munching while you cheer on your home team?

My name is Missy and I’m a Bibliophile

There is one thing I’m sure of.  I could not live without books in my life.  I can get lost in a good story and I love it.  I will start a book, forget about life, and just read until it’s over.  This creates a major problem though.

When I say I forget about life I really mean that.  I forget that I have a husband and child that need loving attention and food.  I forget that I have a home that needs to be cleaned and look presentable.  I forget that I have other responsibilities and obligations on my time.  Basically I forget about EVERYTHING until I close the back cover. The sad thing is…that’s not an exaggeration.  The only upside is that I’m a pretty fast reader (I studied Literature in college – Medieval Literature to be exact.  That sort of forced me to learn to read a lot in a short amount of time)  so I’m not lost to the world for more than a day or two at most :)

After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it.  Then I saw a monthly post that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.”  What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading!

So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I will update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound?

Here are the two books I’ve got going right now.  One’s a re-read and one I’ve had on my list a long time. 

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin.  I’m sure some of you have heard of this one.  I used to have an etsy shop that actually did pretty well.  Then our family started our trek of cross country moves (3 states in less than a year) so I had to close up shop and put it all on hold for a while. I bought this book right after I closed the shop so I could read up on how to do it probably and maybe get into some shows and boutiques when I re-opened.  Well, I’ve re-opened under a new shop and name, MissyDear, but I sure haven’t done it the right way (I knew that if I didn’t just do it, it would never get done).  I’m only a short way into the book, but I’ve already learned a TON of stuff on how to run a handmade business.  I can’t wait to finish.

Frederica by Georgette Heyer.  Are you a fan of Jane Austen?  Then you’re a fan of Georgette Heyer.  Believe me.  This woman is a genius.  Her novels are charming and witty and so much fun.  In this story Frederica, how considers herself an old maid, takes her younger sister to London in the hopes of securing a good husband for her.  She coerces a distant cousin into sponsoring them into society and it’s just one mishap after another.  Such a fun read.

How about you?  What are you reading right now?

Beautiful Bunting {lovelies via pinterest}

I’ve got a project in the works that I’ll show you guys in just a few days.  Part of that project involves a pretty bunting.  Aren’t bunting’s so fun?  There are so many different styles you can make them and things you can put them on.  And they’re so simple!  A prefect way to add some fun to anything. For a little inspiration for my project I ran over to Pinterest to get a few ideas.  Here are 5 of my favorite ways to use a bunting.

Party Flag Bunting Dress from April Scott Kids on Etsy

Summer Bunting Embroidery by Little Lovelies

Multicolor Flag Necklace by Scott Holiday on Etsy

Washi Tape Bunting from Poppytalk

Tissue Paper Bunting from Project Wedding

Do you have any fun projects planned that could use a little bunting to pretty it up?



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