black friday with cricut

Friday, November 28, 2014

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and includes affiliate links. That means that if you click a link that takes you to Cricut and you buy something - a little bit of the money ends up in my pocket.

I have so many good memories of shopping with my mom like a crazy person on Black Friday. Drinking coffee at midnight, slipping in puddles, standing in line talking for hours, and then wrapping presents in anticipation for Christmas. I miss that. I miss witnessing my mom's excitement and eagerness amid a crowd of shoppers. There is no such thing as Black Friday in my small town, but without my mom, I wouldn't want to go anyway.

And besides, there is the internet! So as promised, I have some amazing Black Friday deals just for you - right here!

If you seriously want to buy the Cricut Explore, then now is the time. The price has never been this low and it won't last long. Use these three codes at checkout to get the lowest price I have ever seen at $214.99. You have until Monday and then poof, the party is over. So if I were you, I would put this on a Christmas list and email it to all the Santa's in your life! And if you are Santa, then don't delay!

For the first-time Cricut-er, here is a list of companion items that are nice to have when getting started:
Here is a list of things I love to use, but are not absolutely necessary:
And here are the checkout codes to get yourself the best deal possible! Make sure that you are are signed in with an account to get the deals. And the $10 off only works when buying the Bluetooth, Deluxe Starter Set, or Best Selling Font Set Cricut Explore bundles. I am sorry if you had any problems with this.
  • CRICUTBF5 $5 off
  • FREESHIPNOV Free Shipping any order!
Enjoy! And thank you so much for your support!

happy happy turkey day

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today our plans were bamboozled, but we are surrounded by each other, cooking lots of food, and, most of all, feeling full of gratitude!

Speaking of gratitude, my friend Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus asked me to write a little something for a series that she is kicking off about living a grateful life. So please head on over there and check it out!

Thank you, thank you to all of my readers. Your comments, emails, and kindness mean so much to me. Your friendship has seen me though the most difficult moments of my life and I never once felt alone. You were all right here, by my side cheering me on. So thank you. I hope you know I really mean that.

Now go and have a happy happy turkey day!

let it snow

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I had to have a heart to heart with myself last week. It was the first time in my life that the first snowfall didn't give me the giggles. Last year was hard - a cooped up, stuck at home, stranded kind of hard. In Montana snow was snow and you go about doing everything you would otherwise. But the circumstances are different here, which makes it much more lonely.

So when those first snowflakes began to fall, my heart sunk. I felt like the magic of it was lost in the gloom of last winter.

And then I opened my eyes. I saw my children, I saw their excitement, I saw their giggles of joy. The magic wasn't lost, it was misplaced. It was given a better home. The best part of all is that they took my magic, multiplied it among themselves, and transferred it back over to me.

A world without children would be awfully lonely, glum, and so so serious. My children are here to remind me of the important bits in life, to remind me to rejoice and sing - let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

10 reasons why you need a cricut explore

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and includes affiliate links.

I have been working with Cricut for about a year now, and the thing is, I have been waiting to do a post like this until I really felt comfortable with the machine, trusted its integrity, and felt my readers would be interested to learn more.

Here are my top ten reasons to buy a Cricut Explore:
  1. It's a Solid Investment: Yes, it is expensive. But, anyone could very easily recoup the cost by setting up a simple booth at a local farmer's market selling banners, gift tags, cards, etc or from the savings from making gifts, cards, etc. instead of buying them. 
  2. Endless Possibilities: With the wide variety of materials (leather, felt, cardboard, balsa wood, even wax paper) there doesn't seem to be a limit to what you can think up and create. 
  3. It's Easy: I had never used a machine like this and was intimidated at first. But the Cricut team really works hard to make things as simple as possible. 
  4. It Writes: I really don't like my handwriting. It sounds silly, but it often holds me back from completing projects. Now, I can have that handmade look, without ruining a project with my chicken scratch. 
  5. It's the Best: I was envious for years of a friend who owned a Silhouette. Not any more - Cricut Explore vs. Silhouette
  6. Flexible Software: Although they provide an online software program for free, I am not bound to using it while creating my projects. I can upload any jpgs, svgs, or pngs into the program and cut for free.
  7. Vast Image Bank: For $9.99/month you have unlimited access to 25,000 images or can choose to buy specific images for $0.99 each. And those images can be altered or changed.
  8. Time Saver: When I am making projects in bulk (Cloudy Day Craft Packs) the Cricut Explore saves me so much of time.
  9. Moving Forward: I have been impressed with the innovation that this company continues to work toward. Since the Explore was released (end of January 2014) they have continued to develop new machine compatible upgrades such as the Make it Now app, wireless cutting bluetooth adapter,  print and cut features, and now an iPad app (coming very soon) with full design capabilities.
  10. Best CEO Ever: Mostly, I believe in this company and know that at the core they are made up of really good people trying their best to spread happiness through crafting. The CEO, Ashish, is such a kind and friendly man. So much so that when Matilda's Ulive video was released he wrote to me personally and shared the video on his personal channels, as well as through Cricut. That kind of generosity and willingness to enhance community outlook cannot be bought. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community.
And one more thing.

I have Black Friday Sale information for you and it is go-ood! So get your pocket books ready and check back here on Friday!

first haircut

Monday, November 24, 2014

I gave Matilda her first haircut over the weekend. It was only a snip to even things out in the back, but as I held her curls in my hand I could not help but cry. This little tuft of hair that I now held in my hand was with her as she entered the world. It stayed tucked safe in the back when sickness took all her other hair away. And it held tight after her transplant, this one little patch right on the back of her head. It has been with her through everything and now it is gone.

But you see, it is not really about the hair. It is about that feeling, that feeling that we hold onto as mothers, as parents. That feeling that we bring these perfect little things into the world. Into this not so perfect world. And that feeling that we expose them to things hoping they are the best things. Hoping that we are enhancing their perfect, not spoiling it with imperfection. That feeling that we sometimes fall short and they slip and scrape their knee or form an ignorant opinion or learn to love sugar more than nutrition.

It is that feeling that I just lost a piece of that perfect and sweet baby born into my arms. And, I can't put it back. I can't tape it back on. I can only move forward.

Matilda was full of joy as she always is. She wanted a cut just like her brother and papa had earlier that day. She was proud. She was excited. She was perfect. And as tears dripped uncontrollably while I cleaned up the mess, she hopped over to me and held my face with both her little hands, looked me right in the eyes, and for the first time ever she said, "Love you, Mama."

I would trade a snip of hair to hear that any day.

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