sunnyd book spree program {+ free printables}

sunnyd book program

As the principal shopper in our household, I am always looking to purchase products and support companies whose values align with mine. As a mom and former teacher, supporting and encouraging reading, especially in the classroom, is definitely at the top of my values list.

kids bedroom

My children both enjoy drinking SunnyD, and when I heard about their Book Spree Program, it was just one more reason to add it to my shopping list. This program is easy and hassle-free; just collect SunnyD labels and send to your child’s teacher. Teachers will then send the labels into SunnyD to get free books. For every 20 labels received, SunnyD will donate 20 free books. (expires on 11/30/15 or while supplies last)

sunny d

I have many friends who homeschool, and I love that they are also able to participate! This is SunnyD’s ninth year running this program, and any classroom, K-7th grade, is eligible.


Lately, we’ve been pairing SunnyD with our afternoon reading time. The kids (and myself), love taking a few minutes of quiet to read and look through books. Adding a delicious SunnyD (I purchase mine at Kroger) is a fun way to help my kids look forward to this time together.

book corner
I took a few minutes to refresh our reading corner, and created a few free printables with some of my favorite quotes from children’s literature.

childrens literature

Just click each link below to download, print, and frame. These make perfect pieces for your children’s bedrooms, playroom, or as gifts for your child’s teachers.

Roald Dahl Quote Download
Shel Silverstein Quote Download
Peter Pan Quote Download


Again, it’s so easy to earn free books for your child’s classroom!

      • Step 1: Parents clip and collect eligible SunnyD UPC labels.
      • Step 2: Parents send UPC labels with their child to a participating teacher.
      • Step 3: Teachers collect UPCs, fill out the entry form and mail both to SunnyD.
      • Step 4 – SunnyD sends books to participating classrooms (limit of 20 books/classroom). Don’t Delay – Book Spree ends 11/30/2015

You can also find SunnyD here:

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and SunnyD, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #keepitsunny


our new gray and white kitchen–before and after

This post has been over a year in the making, and it’s quite the understatement to say that I am so glad to finally be able to share it! At the same time, though, it’s a difficult post to write because how, (how?!) can I adequately explain all the time, decisions, paint swatches, trips to IKEA, gallons of paint, demo hours etc. that went into redoing this kitchen? It’s hard to do it justice, so we’ll let pictures speak for themselves…

kitchen reno

gray white kitchen

gray white kitchen

gray white kitchen ideas

Is it enough to say that I love (LOVE!) our new kitchen? Here are a few before pictures so you can see where we started…

kitchen before burlap and blue

kitchen before burlap and blue

Go ahead, you know you want to pin ’em. :)

We started in January (that’s January 2014, mind you) by tearing down the two walls that separated the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. When I say, “we”, I mean my husband and his father. I just tried to keep out of the way and not complain about the dust.

Just over a year later, we were finished!


gray white kitchen

Some of the highlights and sources:

– The cork floors were put in about a year prior, and we really wanted to keep them

-Farmhouse sink and counters are from IKEA

-Light fixture over the sink is from Lowes, the semi-flushmount fixture is from Home Depot, and the two pendants over the island are Pottery Barn

-The white subway tile is MINI! I love it so. The grout is dark gray.

-We’ll eventually switch over all appliances to stainless, though I’m in no rush.

-My husband and his dad built ALL the cabinets. And installed them. And removed the old cabinets. Plus they demoed the walls.

-Did I mention how much I love it? And how we’re not {ever} doing this again?

Thanks for reading!


living room gallery wall + canvaspop giveaway

gallery wall

Friends-this post has been a long time coming. The wall you’re looking at has been blank since we moved into this house–8 years ago this August.

What makes it tricky is 1) it’s huge, and 2) it’s both the staircase wall and overlooks our living room. Here’s the before that I posted on Facebook last week…


I got some great ideas from friends such as add wallpaper, stencil it or hang vintage window panes. I also was crushing on these window pane mirrors from Target. And while I love the idea of stenciling or wallpapering, I needed something I could change quickly as the mood strikes (as it often does).

Enter Canvaspop, creator of awesome, high-quality wrapped canvas pieces, photo mosaics, and more. Canvaspop sent me this amazing canvas print, and, just like that, the gallery wall started to come together.

gallery wall

wrapped canvas

I found this inexpensive set of white frames, added a few art prints from my Etsy shop, some decorative mirrors and all the elements were in place. I cut templates for each frame/canvas, taped them to the wall, and started hammering in nails.

wrapped canvas

I liked the idea of keeping all the frames white, but adding in lots of color with the photographs.


Have a wall in your home that you’d like to add some life to? Canvaspop has generously agreed to give one burlap+blue readers a free 16×20 canvas with a .75″ deep wrap (an $80 value)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

US and Canada only. Cannot be combined with other promotions. If you wish to order a larger sized canvas, the winner will be able to use the code to take $80 off your order. Winner will have 48 hours to get back to me. Good Luck!