free printable {she believed she could so she did}



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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

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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!
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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!


felt bow garland {a tutorial}

felt bow garland by burlap+blue

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Sharing a repost from (hard to believe) THREE years ago. Where does the time go? Enjoy!

First, gather your felt, scissors, hot glue, embroidery floss and some cardstock to create your template. I made my template business card size (maybe a tad longer), but create yours however you like.

(See the magazine peeking out in the corner of the photo? It’s the new BHG, which is where I totally stole the color palette inspiration, btw)

So, first things first. Using your template, cut a rectangle from each piece of felt, as well as a skinny piece to wrap around the middle of each bow.

Fold each rectangle, accordian style, and pinch it in the middle. Tie each with a length of embroidery floss down the middle. I tried both hot glue and my sewing machine to hold these together, the floss was quickest and easiest for me.

After each bow is tied (or glued or stitched), hot glue your skinny piece around the middle of each bow, hiding the ends in the back.

After you’re done, you’ll have a group of these pretties….

Next up-you’ll need to connect the bows together. My original thought was to use embroidery thread to stitch them together. I knew, though, that I did not want the thread to show, and, because each bow is a different color, that would be difficult with embroidery thread. So, my solution was this…

Using a small piece of felt and hot glue, I had a simple and invisible solution. Lastly, take two skinny pieces of felt to create loops for hanging. Attach to each end of your garland.

And you’re done!

So tell me, what color combinations would you create this in? Personally, I’d love to see all white, or maybe one with shades of gray and white!

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