getting creative with graphicstock {and a giveaway!}

 Thank you to GraphicStock for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to unlock the unlimited image possibilities!

As you all well know by now, I am a crafty being at heart. A little less know fact, perhaps, is that I love online sites and tools that inspire and nurture my creativity…Pinterest, design seeds, craft gawker…all help make it a little easier for me to be my most creative self. Today, I want to share one other site with you all that I love…GraphicStock! GraphicStock is an affordable, subscription-based stock media site that gives you unlimited access to stock graphics, vectors, infographics and more (over 250,000 images at last count)! On my GraphicStock homepage, here is a screenshot of some of the images recommended to me…


GraphicStock is offering a free 7 day trial, so you can access images for your business, Summer get together, or crafty lifestyle. But before we get into the details, I wanted to share something I created with one of my GraphicStock downloads…

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Cute, right? I started at GraphicStock and searched for “wreaths.” Here’s a screenshot of the one I chose…



I opened it up in Photoshop Elements, opened a new 8×10 document, and dragged the wreath onto the page…


I then typed in my text and added a gold overlay, though that is completely optional…I think any of the colors in the wreath would be great for the text as well!


And that’s it! An easy project that’ll add a fun dose of spring to my home decor.

Ready to get your creativity rolling? Here’s a few more facts about GraphicStock’s simple, unrestricted licensing…

• Everything is 100% royalty-free
• Unrestricted usage rights for personal or commercial projects
• Keep what you download and maintain usage rights forever
• Start a 7 day free trial – Download up to 140 grahpics from the library during your trial
• Automatically rolls into monthly plan after the trial ends, so don’t forget to set a reminder to cancel your membership after the 7 days if you don’t want to continue

And we have a giveaway!

One lucky reader who signs up for the 7-day free trial will be selected to win a free 1-year account with GraphicStock. To qualify, please…

1. Sign up for the 7-day free trial
2. Visit GraphicStock website and locate an image they would like to use on a project of your own
3. Comment on this post, sharing a link to the image that you would base your project around if you won the 1-year account (a $588 value)!


Good Luck!


free printable {she believed she could so she did}



click here to download

Today’s free printable combines a few of my favorite things–I love the colors, simple design and saying…this printable is perfect for girls of all ages! Save to your computer, print out and frame! Enjoy!


3 tips for smarter spring snacking

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OutshineSnacks #CollectiveBias

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I don’t know about you, but every year when spring comes around I find myself trying to find ways to eat healthier and snack smarter. You, too? Well then you’re in the right place. Today, I’m sharing my three favorite tips on how to snack smarter this spring!

My favorite tip for smarter snacking is one that’s fairly obvious, but often neglected–keep smarter options on hand so they’re easily accessible when hunger strikes. On a recent trip to Walmart, I discovered an easy and delicious way to ensure I always have a satisfying snack on hand-Outshine Bars! For more than 18 years, Outshine has been making delicious, frozen fruit bars out of things like strawberries, peaches and coconuts. What really impressed me, though, was the variety of Outshine Bars available! Here’s a few that I picked up…

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Yum, right? Outshine uses simple, honest ingredients that taste as good as they make you feel – and refresh from the inside out.


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A second tip for smarter spring snacking is to remember to always snack mindfully. Forget endless bowls of chips while watching TV or reading. Portioning out healthy portions and paying attention to what you’re eating is one of the smartest ways I know to snack smart! Outshine Bars, with their individually-wrapped portions, is a great way to be mindful of your portion size.

Other portion controlled snacks include fruits like bananas and apples, mini bags of popcorn, or containers of yogurt.

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Lastly (and this tip is my personal favorite)-indulge in an occasional treat. A treat here and there will prevent you from binge-eating later on. There’s nothing fun about feeling deprived of your favorite foods, and your smart snacking habits probably won’t last long if you feel like your favorite snacks are being withheld from you.

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So where does your smart snacking journey begin? Right here at Walmart! This is where you can find all of these great varieties of Outshine Bars…

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Be sure to check out Outshine on their social media channels for product news and more!
Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram

Also, be sure to check out the “Outsmart Your Snack” quiz and sweepstakes for your chance to win one of these great prizes…

First 100 Winners receive a Fitbit Charge
Next 150 winners will receive a Outshine Beach Tote with, towel, tumbler and free product coupon

Next 300 winners will receive a year’s supply of Outshine product delivered via 12 free product coupons

They’ll also be a demo of Outshine Bars at 2000 Walmart locations (click here to see if your location is listed)! The demos will take place at the same time as Walmart’s Berry Festival!