back to school with johnson & johnson and target {plus free printables}

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Johnson & Johnson and Target. I received a gift card to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

target back to school

Seems hard to believe, but back to school is right around the corner (if it hasn’t already started for you, that is). I’ve spent the last week gathering essentials and getting organized to help us start our school year on the right foot. This included, as most things do, a trip to Target to not only fulfill our supply lists, but also to stock our bathrooms for those busy school mornings (and evenings)! I don’t know about you, but our home just runs more smoothly when I have all our necessary toiletries on-hand for getting ready for the day.

Now, we all have our Target favorites, and one of mine is, hands-down, the Target Cartwheel App. Not familiar with it? It’s a mobile savings app where you can scan items, search the app or browse for coupons that you then add to your Cartwheel barcode (which is then scanned at checkout).

If you’re anything like me, you love saving money, but hate the endless coupon-cutting and organizing of discount codes that usually comes with it. Target’s Cartwheel App makes saving money and finding great deals easy!

cartwheel app

Through the 15th, there are some great deals on back-to-school basics, including products by Neutrogena, Listerine, Aveeno, Desitin, and Johnsons Baby! We already buy and use many of these items, and I love getting these savings on things that we already buy, use and love!

Among other things, I purchased the NEUTROGENA® Body Oil, which is a sheer sesame formula that I like to add to our baths, as well as apply after showers to keep skin feeling soft. Also? It smells absolutely amazing and feels so good on my skin.

We also purchased (and love) AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion, which goes on feather-light to hydrate skin for 24 hours. This will be perfect to have on hand once colder weather hits!

Love Target like I do? You’re in luck! They’re giving you a chance to win a $100 e-gift card!

Back to School with J&J at Target

And, just for fun, I’m sharing these four free printables to help you get your bathroom ready for the year ahead! Just download, add a frame, and hang for easy, affordable art!

bathroom printables

Download the files by clicking on the following links:
Brush Your Teeth
 Flush the Toilet
Hang Your Towel
Wash Your Hands

I’d love to hear! What do you do to prepare for the new school year?


1000th post giveaway!

giveawayIt’s crazy to think that we’ve made it this far. When I started this journey, 1000 posts seemed so far off in the distance, a far-off goal that wasn’t even worth thinking about. But we did it and are so grateful to you all, my sweet readers, for helping me get this far. Because, honestly, if it wasn’t for you, we really wouldn’t be here today.

So to say “thank you”, how about a little giveaway?!

I have two prizes to give away to two lucky readers!

prize 1

One reader will win a beautiful monogrammed pillow cover from my talented mother-in-law’s shop, Do Wah Diddies, plus an 8×10 custom house print from my shop, paper+palette!

prize 2 copy

And, because everyone loves Target, another reader will win a $50 Target gift card!

There are lots of ways to enter–Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends in a week. Due to shipping costs, open to US only. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to get back to me before another winner is chosen.


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…

hello spring frame

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!