My Very First Giveaway!

Thanks so much  for stopping by!  As the title of this  post state there is in fact a  giveaway,  which is super exciting because it’s my very first one.   I  love my blog, small though it may be and I am hoping that  it is a place  people will enjoy coming.  I  really like  sharing the projects I am working on and  hearing what my readers are doing too.  So  in a shameless attempt to grow my  little blog I  am doing a giveaway.

When I  hit 25 subscribers to my blog and 50 to my facebook page I  will be giving away a copy  of  The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Debt and Save Thousands a Year.  I  stumbled upon this  gem a few months ago and  preordered it immediately.  I  will be purchasing the  book from Amazon.ca and mailing directly to the winner.  I  have not been paid in anyway to  do this giveaway. I love this book and I  know that you  will see big differences in your financial life if you try even a few of the suggestions.

Money Saving Mom has a fantastic blog.  If you haven’t  checked it out you really should.  Mom or not  she  has a ton of ideas for saving money and  making your home run smoothly.  In  her book she offers  advice on a  whole bunch of topics from setting financial goals to  decluttering your home.  I have  read and reread this book and  I can’t wait to  give it to  one of my readers.

The really good news for you is that due to the low numbers I am looking for  your chances of winning are really good.  If  you would like to enter you need to do one of two things (although if you do both you will get 2 entries)

1. Follow my  blog, there is an email subscription button at the top right hand side of my  blog and leave a comment. Leave a  comment by clicking the  conversation bubble beside the title of my post.

2. Like Little Pink Cupcakes on Facebook  (I  promise I won’t  junk up your facebook page with a unnecessary posts) and leave a comment.

Easy Peasy right? As soon as we hit those magic numbers I  will use random.org to determine the winner and I  will mail the book directly to the lucky person.  It  might speed things up if you  pass this along to anyone  you know who might be interested in reading my little blog.   Thanks again for stopping by and good luck!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

The Sock Solution!

I  know you have one too.  A chore that  you hate to deal with.  A job in your home that never quite gets done. Being a large family  means that there are certain areas that desperately need to be organized  so I  don’t lose my mind and so that our house functions better.  Usually these are the things that I never get around to but this week I  tackled one of the many.  Allow me to introduce you to my biggest frustration:

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At any given time in our house we have a FULL laundry basket  of socks.  While it’s great for building early math concepts (sorting and matching) and for starting  sock wars it is seriously annoying to deal with every laundry day. Because this  has been a problem in our house for so long I  decided we needed a better system for our socks and I  came up with a great one.  Rather than  going through  the  hassle of  pairing up socks every Sunday (the only time I seem to get around to finishing the 12 loads of laundry our  family generates) when I  am folding everything,  I  decided to implement a  snap system.

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I  assigned each girl in our house a color (we used brown, pink, aqua and green) and  attached snaps to  each of their socks.  The socks  remain snapped together  when not in use, and they get  snapped back together after they are taken off  and put into the laundry (hopefully!).  Voila! No  more  sock matching.  This will also help to cut down on the fighting over socks (yes, my  kids fight over socks, they fight over a lot of things).  Easy Peasy.

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All I needed to  do it were the socks we already owned, snaps, and a snap setter.  As my girls get older I  am going to  just buy a specific sock style for each girl and  continue to apply the snaps.

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When I applied the  snaps I  made sure the  smooth flat part of the snap was on the inside of the  sock so little feet wouldn’t  be irritated buy a pokey part rubbing on ankles.  I  also placed them  on the inner ankles and not the heel, so that the  heel of the shoe wouldn’t rub on the snap.   Hopefully I will never see a  full basket of socks again.

Do you  have laundry issues? Something  in your home that needs to be tackled?

Goodbye Christmas!

I  love Christmas.  Like seriously love it.  My tree goes up mid-November, which  drives my poor  husband  crazy, so we I can  enjoy the  season for as long as possible.  So  when  Christmas  is  over I always feel a  little bit sad.  We  had a  wonderful Christmas but when boxing  day is here I want to take the tree down and put my  Christmas goodies away.  I want to  get  my home  back in order.

Along with the end  of  the  Christmas season comes the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions.  While  it is a  time  for new beginnings I seem to fall into the same  patterns that most of  us do when It  comes to  resolutions: Go  big or go home.

This  time around I  am trying a new approach. I  have a few things that I  am going to work on this year. Things beyond the  lose weight and  get healthy resolutions of  years past. Here’s  my list:

Bloggy Goals:

I  am  shooting for 45 posts this year.  I have a ton of ideas for posts and I have started  a list of  crafts and  cooking projects I am  going to try.  Plus I  got a  serger and I am  super excited to  learn how to  use it.

Family Life:

This is always a  tough one for me.  Being the mom of  4  little girls doesn’t allow me too much time  to  do  Mommy dates with my  girls but my  goal is  to do a Mommy date with each of  my girls once a month.   Daddy gets  2 dates a  month  which will work out  well  because  for  Christmas the wonderful man  planned and  paid for 6 dates for us (ranging from  his and hers massages to a cooking class for us to do together – yes I  know I am lucky!)

Personal Goals:

Ok yes  losing weight is  on the list for this  year but not in  the crazy Biggest loser way that I  always think  I  will.  I  am  committed to  moving more and  eating less.  That’s it.  Easy peasy – Right? lol

How about you? Any resolutions you would like to share?  Goals for the  new year?

 

Bloggers Choice!

I know it’s been a while  since my last post  but I came across this “blogger’s Choice giveaway” and I  just couldn’t help myself.   I  am a fabric junky.  I never thought  those words  would come out of  my  mouth  but the more  sewing I do, the  more I find  myself  drooling over fabric.  In fact I  have a ton of  fabric in my  possession.

When I saw this  giveaway I  thought it would  be a  great opportunity to  get back to  my  blog and possibly add to my  fabric stash.

If  you are a sewist and  have a  bit of time, head over  to Quokka Quilts and check out  how to enter.  At the very least it will give you a chance to  drool over the huge selection of  fabric at the Fat quarter shop.

Here’s my submission:

FQS Giveaway

Here’s a  list of the fabrics I  chose:

Hoo’s in the Forest Cute little Blue Trees

Hoo’s in the Forest Green Sweet Trees

Hoo’s in the forest Pink  sweet trees

Hoo’s in the forest Pink Plaid

Meadow Friends Cotton Posie Pink and lotsa dots

Meadow Friends Cotton Pond Blue and lotsa dots

Hall of fame Yellow Game

Stella Pink Solid

Stella Yellow Solid

Stella  Turquoise Solid

Bella Solids Light Pink

Enjoy  your  search.  I  hope you have as much  fun as I did!