Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's Giveaway Time!


It’s official!  Blue Goose Boutique, Lauren McKinsey’s newest shop, is open for business!   Blue Goose Boutique is a dream come true for them as they begin to sell what they fondly refer to as physical products.  What does this mean?  It means that you will now start to see the cute designs that they offer in their printable shop appearing on things such as a notepad!  Currently, you will find seven notepad designs in their boutique. They are so excited to be CELEBRATING their grand opening of the shop with a wonderful giveaway!

The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive: {total value of $194}

  • $50 gift certificate to Blue Goose Boutique
  • One year CUTE CLUB membership to Lauren McKinsey {value $89}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • Mongramed tumber from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $15}
  • $25 gift certificate to Paper + Pop {a printing & cutting service for printables}
The SECOND place winner will receive: {total value of $65}
  • $25 gift certificate to Blue Goose Boutique
  • One month CUTE CLUB membership to Lauren McKinsey {value $12.99}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • One set of 3 monogram decals from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $12}
The THRID place winner will receive: {total value of $43}
  • Choice of 1 notepad set from Blue Goose Boutique {value $18}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • Sheet of 20 monogram return address stickers from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $10}
The notepads make the perfect gifts for:
  • teachers
  • moms AND dads
  • birthday gifts
  • graduations
  • holidays
  • and just FOR YOU
Each notepad was lovingly designed by Theresa of LM and then made in their home. YES, for now, they are making their own notepads.  So, every notepad you order was designed by them, made by them, wrapped by them and sent to you with lots of love! They have a fun variety of sizes and quantities of notepads.  Four out of our seven notepads come in packs of two with an adorable pencil picked out to match your pad.  The notepads are beautifully packaged in a clear cello bag, wrapped with pretty twine and have a matching gift tag attached.  They make the perfect gifts, and all the pretty packaging is already done for you.  Three of the notepads are single pads.  You will find the description for each notepad on the website, but each tear off notepad is filled with high quality paper and backed in thick recycled chipboard making the notepads extra sturdy.  Several of our notepads come with a magnetic strip so that you can hang them on the refrigerator or other magnetic surfaces.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: ABC notepad

I am the proud owner of  this A to Z notepad !  It is adorable! Each page in the pad has a different letter of the alphabet.  The notepad has 52 pages in all.  This notepad is inspired by the ABC collection Lauren McKinsey created a few months ago that is just adorable!   To see an image of what each page looks like click here.  This 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: Always be Sunshine

The Always be Sunshine notepad.  This 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: Dream Big

The dream BIG notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: Little Bookworm

 The Little Bookworm notepad.  This 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: Shopping List

The To Do list is another personal favorite.  I LOVE the 15 lines for writing and the HAPPY graphic at the top of the page.   This 5 1/4 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets of cuteness.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: To Do List

The Shopping List.  This 3 1/2 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets perfect for making your grocery and shopping list.  It comes with a magnet for the back as well if you want to hang it on your refrigerator or another magnetic surface.

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey :: Superhero Dad SUPER list

And just in time for father’s day, this adorable Superhero Dad SUPER list is perfect for that special dad!  this 3 1/2 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets that will make dad smile as he tracks his lists of things to do!

Blue Goose Boutique notepads from Lauren McKinsey

I just had to show you the sticker that “sits” on the back of each notepad.  isn’t it fun?
for the next 30 days, you can use the coupon code GiveAway-10 for 10% off your Blue Goose Boutique purchase.


Lauren Mckinsey is also excited to be giving away two CUTE CLUB memberships as part of their grand opening celebration.  The CUTE CLUB is an EXCLUSIVE membership program that allows you to download EVERYTHING {yes, i said EVERYTHING} in the Lauren McKinsey store.  They have over 1200 printables and add a new collection every week.  Sometimes they even add two new collections.  They offer an annual or a monthly membership.  You can learn more here!  You can even use the coupon code GiveAway-10 for 10% off your CUTE CLUB membership.
Thank you for celebrating with us!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Glam Camping Birthday Party (Glamping)

Glam camping parties for girls are all the rage!  My daughter and I had a great time dreaming up the fun girly details of her 9th birthday party.  We found lots of inspiration from the fabulous invitation and printable décor first seen in the glamping birthday party for Bachelorette star Emily Maynard's daughter, Ricki, styled by Anders Ruff.  I set out to put my own unique twist on an already very popular theme. With vibrant hues of lavender, hot pink and lime green paired with eye-catching polka dots, stripes and chevron, it was fun to mix glittery and glamorous with some rustic, outdoorsy ideas. Welcome to "Camp Kaylee" where I hope the beautiful photos by A Fresh Take Photography will help you feel inspired to bring the outdoors in and celebrate your little girl in style! (Huge thanks to Print My Picture Online for printing all of the printable designs.)



Here in Washington, the month of March definitely "comes in like a lion". Counting on beautiful outdoor weather for a camping birthday party is not practical. When my daughter told me she wanted an overnight camping themed party for girls, so many fun ideas starting swirling in my head, but I knew we'd have to be able to accomplish them indoors. Immediately, I knew I wanted to create a mini campground with ruffled tents, pillows & blankets for guests to enjoy.



Brenda of Great Stitch took this idea and ran with it, sewing & appliqueing 6 beautiful blankets & pillowcases & masterminding the designs behind 3 coordinating tents. A custom Camp Kaylee felt sign by Linckids, inspired by Anders Ruff's printable designs, provided a festive backdrop.


The sleeping quarters were a definite highlight of the party! Dolled up in their adorable glam lounge wear by All Ribboned Out, with coordinating necklaces by Weil'd Hair & Accessories and felt flower hair clips by Great Stitch, the girls played, watched movies, danced and sang in this area, with a little sleeping mixed in for good measure.

Glamping Party Lounge Wear


They loved playing with the contents of their messenger bags by SookEe Designs. Of course, they were filled to the brim with all of the necessary glam camping gear-- eye masks for sleeping, a Glam Aid Kit (with supplies for manicures, bottles of polish remover from Vinyl Eloquence, chapstick, loofa, gum, hand sanitizer, etc.), a pink flashlight, stuffed pink poodle and custom water bottle with cute vinyl accents from Creative Designs by Toni.




Our little glam campers feasted on a dinner of hot dogs, baked beans, chips and fresh fruit at their stylish dining table, with adorable place settings comprised of fun products from several wonderful companies. I love layering color coordinating fabrics, chargers & bright plates for a custom look. Mason jars from Oriental Trading Company were glammed up with ribbon, glittered cardstock backed printables & chevron paper straws from Painting Paris Pink. Stamped wooden cutlery and polka dotted napkins were housed in mini paper sacks from


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Since camping isn't really camping without S'mores, I decided to incorporate them in an adorable way at our dining table by putting together a little last minute DIY centerpiece. Using a wooden planter box, some spray painted rocks & pinecones and sterno gel fuel cans, I had the idea to put together an indoor S'mores roasting station. I added a mini ripped fabric bunting to some dowels and a printable chevron bunting to make it fabulous! I put together a display of S'mores roasting sticks for the girls to use.



Smores Glam Camping



Mini S'mores kits were packaged in darling mini gable boxes ( and dressed up using printable tags and labels from Anders Ruff's glam camping printable package. Cute stacks of graham crackers and marshmallows were packaged up with twine from The Twinery, and mini Hershey bars from Candy Galaxy were made even more appealing with coordinating printable wrappers. We added a couple of lanterns from Hobby Lobby to carry the campout vibe.



The dessert table is always a much anticipated part of any of our Banner Events celebrations. I bet you'd be hard pressed to find a dessert table like this one out in the woods! I wanted this table to really shine and with glittered custom laser cut wood designs from Ten23Designs inspired by the printable décor, I think we achieved the glamorous camping look we were hoping for.



We brought in some fun natural elements with artificial pine trees & wood tree rounds. We sprinkled the table with some pine cones, added a bundle of wooden sticks, as well as a moss runner. To add some pizzazz, we hung paper fans from Oriental Trading Company around our backdrop. We spray-painted wood crates to help showcase some of our custom dessert creations and add some levels to our dessert display. In the center of our table, we showcased various apothecary jars with colorful candy from Candy Galaxy, and displayed them in a custom laser cut box (Ten23Designs).


Candy is a great dessert table option as it adds much needed pops of color & functions as a tasty treat! Campers were encouraged to fill up the too-cute-for words tent favor boxes from Piggy Bank Parties with lots of sweet treats.



Christina of 4 Kids Cakes is my go-to cake designer. Her two-tiered ruffle cake with edible flowers was a stunning addition to our dessert table. In addition to the cake, Christina also custom designed chevron accented chocolate Oreos to match the party décor & baked fresh chocolate cupcakes. They were unbelievably cute displayed in printable cupcake wrappers topped with the most adorable fondant camping themed designs by Sweet Hearts Desire.


Ruffle fondant cake







My daughter and her friends are big fans of cake pops & cookies, and these little tent and campfire pops by OMC Bakeshop and super cute marshmallow-on-a-stick cookies by Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design really hit the spot.
Marshmallow camping cookies

And finally, trail mix was served in small dessert jars with cute tags and wooden spoons.


Fueled up for the long night ahead, our little glamour girls were ready to make some camp crafts.


Crafting baskets were put together for each girl and contained exciting materials from Oriental Trading Company for making loom band bracelets & earrings, decorating a custom "Gone Glamping" print by Anders Ruff in a frame from Print My Picture Online , and decorating personalized camp journals using vinyl accents from Creative Designs by Toni. Products from helped to keep each camper's supplies in order.





Glamping crafts
Morning came early, which meant time for breakfast! We kept our breakfast menu simple, serving up some easy no-bake options that we glammed up with cute products from and more printable elements from Anders Ruff's collection. Purple "to go" boxes sat ready to be filled for any guest who needed to eat on the run.


There were delicious blueberry muffins and donuts.



Fruit & yogurt parfaits in mason jars looked adorable all dressed up for the party.


Juice was ready for drinking in these farm stand milk bottles. Little fresh fruit cups were also a popular option.



It was a weekend full of fun that definitely left my daughter and her friends as happy campers!




-Party Styling, Production & Concept: Jen Carver, Banner Events
-Glam Camping Invitation & Printable Graphics: Anders Ruff Shop
-Professional Photography: A Fresh Take Photography (Facebook Page here)
-Professional Printing & Custom Picture Frames: Print My Picture Online


-Custom Laser Cut Wood Tent, Letters & Name Signs: Ten23Designs
-Custom Vinyl (For Water Bottles & Camp Journals): Creative Designs by Toni
-Favor Bottles with Vinyl Initials: Vinyl Eloquence
-Custom Felt Banner: Linckids
-Custom Sewn & Appliqued Tents, Pillowcases & Blankets: Great Stitch
-Chevron Straws: Painting Paris Pink
- Gable boxes, Balloons, Cupcake Wrappers, Chevron Sacks, Muslin Favor Bags, Fry boxes, Stamped Wood Cutlery:
-Mason Jars, Paper Fans, Fun Bands, Paper flowers, Felt Butterflies, Earring Display Cards, Earring Wire Keepers, Earring Wires, Plush Poodles, Purple Glow Sticks, Dinner/Dessert Plates: Oriental Trading Company
-Pink Cake Stands & Dessert Jars: SmashCake Studio
-Tent Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
- Ruffle Tablecloth: Candy Crush Events


-Ruffle Cake, Chocolate Covered Oreos, Cupcakes: 4 Kids Cakes
-Gumballs, Rock Candy, Sixlets, Sassy Candy Balls, Suckers & Cylinders: Candy Galaxy -Campfire Marshmallow Cookie Pops: Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design
-Cake Pops: OMC Bakeshop -Custom Fondant Toppers: Sweet Hearts Desire


-Lounge Wear: All Ribboned Out
-Chunky Bead Necklaces: Weil'd Hair & Accessories
-Felt Hair Clips: Great Stitch
-Custom Eye Masks & Messenger Bags: SookEe Designs