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  • Link Up Your Best DIY, Craft and Food Posts at Wonderfully Creative Wednesday Week 17

    Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays Week 17.jpg Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Did you have a lovely Easter? I’m headed to SNAP conference in the morning. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! Please follow along on Instagram to see my whole trip unfold! It’s my very first blog conference, so if you have any words of advice I’d love to hear them in the comments section. 

    Last week 243 creative links were shared! Thank you all so much for coming back week after week after week to share your favorite creative posts and to visit other people’s links. We hope to have even more of you share your fabulous posts this week. So without further ado, let’s get this link party started!

    Last Week’s Most Clicked Link Was:


    Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding from Delightful E Made 

    The links that made me want to click and pin them were: 

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    Triangle Tote Bag from Fynes Designs

    Gift Wrap Pockets from Button Mad

    Simple Chocolate Truffles from Little House Living

    Green and Gold Earrings from Suburble


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    What Does It Mean To Be A Girl? With Sears Canada

    What Does It Mean To Be A Girl With Sears Canada.jpg What does it mean to you to be a girl? To be a woman? To be female? If you had asked that question when I was a teenager my answer probably would have been very different from my answer now.

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    Me at age 19 & Me at age 35.

    To me, being female means I am strong, I have birthed children, I have labored for 4 days, fighting for the VBAC that I so desperately wanted, refusing to go under the knife for another c-section. Accomplishing this made me believe that I could move mountains.


    The kiddos and me. 12 hours after my successful VBAC when the kids met for the first time.

    It means I can juggle countless balls and keep them all in the air– Mother, homemaker, full time employee, blogger, networker, friend, daughter, sister. No one knows how to multitask like a mother. 

    It means that I will fight for what I believe in. If I see someone being treated unjustly, I will not remain silent. I will be a voice for the voiceless. I am woman, hear me roar. 

    Sears also believes in being a voice for those who are struggling to be heard. They have teamed up with Because I Am A Girl in an ongoing partnership to improve the lives of girls in developing countries and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, independence and an opportunity to participate in society.

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    This spring Sears has collaborated with Plan Canada to create limited edition t-shirts and totes made in Bangladesh. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds of the sales will be given to Because I’m a Girl to be invested back into Bangladesh to provide education and community programs for girls. The shirts are now only $14.97 and the totes are $9.97.  


    So what kind of things will your money go towards? Do you know any young teenage girls? In Bangladesh 66% of girls under the age of 18 are being forced into arranged marriage. The average age of the girls getting married is 15 years old. Children as young as 10 are being placed into marriages with older men. Many have children of their own by the time they are 13. These girls are being pulled out of school and abandoning their education and dreams to become wives, mothers and homemakers. 

    Groups of Bangladeshi children are starting to band together to form councils to stop child marriages. Watch this touching video about how one group has stopped 7 child marriages in their community.

    Shop the rest of the Girl Confidential collection, all year long and 1% of the proceeds will be donated to Because I’m am a Girl. Just check out all of these great clothes for girls!

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     Sears is also having a Newborn Nesting Event! If you have a little one on the way, make sure you check it out. 

    Tell me… What does it mean to you to be a female? What have you done recently to give back to our global community?

    “Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.” 

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    Kid Friendly Web Streaming With Kidoodle.TV and a Coupon Code!

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    I’ll confess, there are times when Turtle is napping and I REALLY need to get a blog post finished, dinner prepared or 15 minutes of “me time” so I turn on the TV and let the TV babysit 5 year old Bean while I get my work done. Do I feel like a horrible mom admitting this? Kind of… but I know that I’m not the only one. 

    My kiddo loves TV. She doesn’t get to watch it constantly but sometimes after she’s played with her Barbies, read a pile of books, cleaned the playroom and colored some pictures I let her watch a bit of TV as a reward/to keep her occupied.

    That’s why I was so excited to test out Kidoodle.TV, a new kid friendly web streaming service from a Calgary creator.

    Kidoodle.TV is just $4.99 a month. Parents can create profiles for up to 5 children on 1 account. Within each child’s profile parents can choose an avatar for their child, what age group of television programming they want their child to have access to and there is an option to turn off specific shows if you don’t want your child to watch them (very handy after you have listen to your child watch the same show 5 times within 5 days.)

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    Making Kids Easter Crafts With Kinder

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    Bean has been anxiously counting down the days until Easter for months now. It’s one of her favorite holidays and it’s one of mine too. When I was a kid my mom would go all out for Easter. We had boxes and boxes of Easter decorations in our basement. I remember coming home from school and our house had been turned into an Easter wonderland. It wasn’t even that my mom was an Easter fanatic, she just loved to decorate. 

    I find it’s hard to go as “all out” as my mom did while I’m working full time and writing part time, but I do like to create little handmade touches for Easter. Last year, Bean and I decorated our whole front window in an Easter garden theme using handmade contact paper window clings

    This year, Bean and I decided to make an army of chick and bunny Kinder Surprise wraps to go on all of our window sills. Bean made me extra proud when she told me that she went to school and made a few of these for friends in her kindergarten class during art time!

    We love making kids Easter crafts and I hope you do too! This is a fun and easy craft to do with your kiddos to get them in the Easter spirit. 

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    Kinder Surprise Egg Wraps:

    What you need:

    • Construction paper in white and yellow
    • Markers
    • Scissors
    • Glue (I used my hot glue gun so I wouldn’t have to worry about dry time, but you can use Elmer’s glue too.)

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    • Cut out a strip of paper approximately 7 inches in length by 2 inches high. Cut a rounded “bump” in the center for the bunny or chick’s head.
    • If you are making a bunny cut out some 2 ear shaped pieces. Color the center of the ear in using markers and then glue to the back of the bunny’s head.
    • Draw a face on your bunny and chicks using a marker.
    • Wrap the paper around a Kinder Surprise egg to figure out how tight to wrap your paper. You should have a slight overlap with your paper ends, approximately 1/2 inch.  Put a line of glue where the wrap should close and then pinch shut. 
    • Leave to dry. If using Elmer’s glue or a glue that doesn’t dry as fast you may want to paper clip shut until the glue dries. 
    • Once your wraps are dried, stick a Kinder Surprise inside the wrap and put out on Easter morning or decorate your window sills. 

    I feel so lucky to be a Kinder Mom! My kids are going to have an eggs-tra special Easter this year because Kinder sent them a bunch of Kinder treats for Easter. 

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     Kinder isn’t just showing my kids some extra joy on Easter, they are also spreading the joy to sick kids. Once again, Kinder has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 baskets to  CMN hospitals.  As well, Kinder will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America.

    Happy Easter everyone! What is your favorite craft project to do with your kids?

    “Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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    Link Up Your Best DIY, Craft & Food Posts at Wonderfully Creative Wednesday Week 16
    Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays Link Party Week 16

    Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Mine went by much to quickly. I’m headed to SNAP in just over a week and I feel like there is SO MUCH TO DO before I leave!!! Yesterday the fabulous Lindsay Faber … Continue reading

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    Weekly Inspiration- Adorable Easter Crochet Patterns Perfect For Easter Baskets
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    Easter is next weekend! Do you know what that means? Time to get your Easter Basket Stuffers ready! I love putting a couple of handmade gifts in Turtle and Bean’s Easter baskets. I’m currently crochet crazy so today I thought … Continue reading

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    Throwback Thursday- Paint Chip Easter Egg Garlands

    Happy throwback Thursday! We can’t believe how quickly this week is going! The weekend is going to be here before we know it. I have a busy few days ahead of me with some fun blogger events, getting headshots taken … Continue reading

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    Cast Iron Skillet Chai Tea Bread Pudding Recipe
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    One of my favorite treats in the whole world is a steaming mug of chai tea. Sweet, spicy, warm… it does the soul good. A few weeks ago when I shared my Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe, … Continue reading

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    Easter Edition- Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays Link Party Week 15
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    I can’t believe that it’s time for Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays again already! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! My weekend went by in a blink of an eye. It was a weekend filled with crafts, baking, thrifting … Continue reading

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    Dani’s Habitat for Humanity Trip To Thailand and Cocoze Kickstarter Project
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    My good friend, Danielle, took a trip to Thailand recently. She went to do work for Habitat for Humanity, to clear her head and to refocus. There is an image that has been floating around Tumblr recently. The quote says … Continue reading

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    Crochet It! Amigurumi Plastic Easter Egg Birds for Easter Baskets
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    Each year I like to make a little handmade gift for Turtle and Bean’s Easter baskets. Last year I felted yellow dryer balls and needle felted chick faces on them. This year I am amigurumi and crochet obsessed so I … Continue reading

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    Throwback Thursday- Easter Project Inspiration

    It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging over a year already! I posted some great content last year as I started to build my blog following… but honestly, some of my first posts very few people saw! So I decided … Continue reading

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