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Bloglovin Following

I was talking to my sister who runs her own business and is a tech savvy girl (for the most part) the other day. She loves to read home decor blogs and I asked what she planned to do when Google Reader shut down. She admitted that she hadn’t been using it at all – she types in the web address each day to the blogs she likes and visits each one! I couldn’t believe it! So, I got out my phone and introduced her to bloglovin (I love the app on my phone for it). I showed her how it keeps all of the blogs you love in one neat and tidy place and only shows those who have added a post to the feed. She was pretty excited and I was too – think of the time she’ll save by not having to visit each site just to see if they’ve posted an update!!

So, it got me thinking, have you switched over yet? Are you even using a blog reader? It’s super simple. I have used google reader for years and when they announced they were shutting down I tried out a few different readers until I landed on bloglovin and I haven’t turned back. It has all the things I loved about google, but so many features I didn’t even know I was missing!

It is really simple to get an account. Go to www.bloglovin.com and click “sign up” in the upper right corner, then follow the steps to create an account. It lets you search for your favorite blogs and add them to your reader list and even lets you put them into folders that you get to name (like craft blogs, friends, family, food blogs, etc.). I love this feature because so many times I just want to check in to see how my family is doing or look at my friends. Other times I want to look at the food blogs that I drool over. Then you’ll notice after you’ve added the blogs you want to follow that posts will appear in the right column. Those are the blogs that have recently added a post and you can click on the ones you want to read the full post on or just scroll through and mark all of them as read. It’s awesome!

This post isn’t sponsored by bloglovin, I really just love it that much and thought I’d tell you about it. I’d love if you followed Events To Celebrate on bloglovin. 🙂

Happy Reading!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Teachers and Friends

I still remember coming home one Valentine’s Day afternoon when I was a freshman in high school to find a flower on my dresser with a note, scribbled on a 3 x 5 card in my Dad’s signature felt tip pen and barely legible hand writing, “I love you”.  There was one there for two of my sisters as well, which meant that the bouquet on the kitchen table for my mom only had 9 stems instead of 12. I’m sure she didn’t mind. It made me feel so special, especially because it meant that my father, who is blind, had taken a bus to the store to purchase the flowers and had to ask for help in selecting the flowers and finding the right money to pay with. My parents still pass out valentines to the grandchildren, a small treat with a store bought card expressing their love. It is simple, but means so much to me. I want to carry on this tradition and so even though my daughter is only 1 1/2 we wanted to make a few valentines for her to give away to those she loves.

I got the idea for these from the Silhouette blog. My sweetheart bought me a new Silhouette for Christmas this year and I LOVE it! It was a little bit of an investment, but I am having so much fun with it! If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine (come borrow mine) you could also put treats in little plastic cups and they would be just as cute! I saw valentines themed cups at Maceys grocery store 2 for $1 – or you could even use red Solo cups.

I cut out the french fry boxes from patterned scrapbook paper. IMG_8941

Then I took a page from my sisters decorating book (see Monday’s post) and added some newspaper pinwheels. I finished them off with a heart cut from cardstock. IMG_8942

I slid some tissue paper in them and filled them with sweet treats like ju-ju hearts, cinnamon lips, salt water taffy and sour balls and put them in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. I can’t wait to take her around to deliver these to her grandparents and her little friends. IMG_8947

I also wanted to make some treat baskets to take to some of the women in my neighborhood (wink, wink, nudge, nudge – visiting teaching) so I made a stop at my dollar store to pick up some supplies. I found these cute baskets there in the garbage can section and they were the perfect size and shape! Then I bought lots of fun goodies to fill them with like: popcorn, cream soda, a candle, suckers, candy jewelry, Little Debbie snacks (I miss Hostess so much!) and conversation hearts. IMG_8925

I added some tissue paper and wrapped them in cellophane (all found at the dollar store) and I think they turned out really cute! These would be great to give school teachers or your significant other! Each basket only cost $5 for everything!

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If you haven’t purchased the valentines your kids are going to distribute in school, don’t spend any money – here are links to 5 really cute FREE valentine printables that you can print right at home!

Free Printable Valentine - ARMY - events to CELEBRATE!

 

Army Valentine Printable

Colorful and fun valentine

Colorful and fun printable

Valentine kisses

Kisses bag topper printable

Treats for the Sweet valentine

Treats for the Sweet printable

You Rock valentine

You Rock! printable

Welcome!

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I’m so excited to enter the world of party blogs! I love and follow so many sites that give me inspiration and ideas for the parties and festivities we have at our house. My main objective for this site is to be center for ideas that don’t cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. The sites I love to look at showcase parties that gorgeous and over the top, but in many ways they are impractical for me. I think there are many of us out there that are looking for ways to elevate our typical balloons and streamer party to something more personal and unique. So, stick around and we’ll discuss everything from wedding and shower celebrations to holiday and birthday bashes!

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