April 30, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - Bissell

Remember how I asked you guys for some vacuum advice a while back after my Shark stick vac died?  I wrote Shark to explain my frustration and never heard back.  However, later I got a really nice e-mail from Bissell, offering me two of their sweepers to try out.  I was thrilled to give them a shot and more than happy with the products.  Here are the two they sent me to try.

So, we divided into teams and tried them both out. 

Both sweepers got a real work out from my boys.  They were both really light and maneveured easily.  So, here's my run down on what I liked about each sweeper.

The Natural Sweep is really eco-friendly.  You don't plug anything in.  It just sweeps as you move it.  To be honest, I didn't think I was going to like this one.  I was wrong.  It's awesome for a quick clean up - especially when my kids are napping.  It doesn't make any real noise, since you don't plug it in.  It worked well on the hardwood and the rug.  You do have to roll a bit past the crumbs you are sweeping up in order to pick them up.  Since there's no suction you can't just barely go over them.  You have to push about a foot beyond the mess.  I love that there's no replacing bags.  Just empty the container.  No charging, no complications.  I think I'll have this forever.

The Perfect Sweep Turbo was also really good.  I think it picks up a little better than the other one because the brushes turn even when you're not pushing it.  It has these little brushes on the side that help when you're sweeping along the wall.  It's also easy to empty out.  It's a lot more quiet than the old Shark one I had, which is a bonus. 

So which one do I prefer?  Well, my answer is BOTH.  It's honestly a split tie for me.  I am really pleased with both sweepers.  They are great products.

Thank you Bissell for letting me try them out and for solving my under the table dilemma.

And thank you for reading.

April 29, 2011

Feature Friday - Pick Your Plum

Today is Feature Friday and while that usually means I try out someone's tutorial, we're doing something a little different today.  Instead I'm featuring a new site I think you're going to LOVE.  It's called Pick Your Plum.  It's a daily deal web site that sells hip, swanky crafting supplies!  Sweet, huh? 

This is their 2 week birthday today so they are celebrating with a $0.25 deal.
pick your plum
Three sheets of vinyl for $0.25!   It's the nice kind that's used all over blogland. 
Let's take a look at some of the things they've offered in the last few days.

pick your plum

They sold out of their vinyl sheets, Metal Handles, No Soliciting Signs, and Vintage knobs.  The products go really fast.
pick your plum
They showed me their line up of supplies and goodies and  I'm thinking they're going to rock your crafting world.   The upcoming products for sale will include hand painted vintage inspired knobs, retta ring table runners, metal plate holders, and treat bags.  Plus, their prices are AWESOME.
pick your plum

Can't you see these mounted on a worn piece of wood, used as a coat rack?  Oh yeah.

pick your plum
They have limited quantities, so you have to act quickly.  You do have to pay shipping, but it always very reasonable. 
Want to hear about their deals ahead of time?  Be one of the first to sign up on their email list
and FB page and you'll know what's up and how fast you have to act.  For now they are posting one item per day. Good Stuff.
pick your plum

So, head on over now and Pick Your Plum (before they're gone)!
Thanks for stopping by.

April 28, 2011

Guest Post: Quiet Book from iCandy

Hey guys!  I have another awesome guest post for you today.  A few months ago I fell upon a very new blog and I was impressed by all the fun ideas.  If you aren't following it yet, I'd add it to your list.  It's called iCandy Handmade and Autie and Jen are the authors.  Their ideas are creative, smart, and not overly complex - which I really like.  Today we have Autie in the house with a tutorial I am anxious to try out myself.  Here she is:

Hey guys!  I'm Autie (short for Autumn) from over at our new blog iCandy handmade. I'm a mom of two little kids and I LOVE to create things for them and for my home! I'm so excited about being over here at I am Momma today while Cheri is out of town to share one of my little creations...and I hope that my project will inspire you to create something similar for your kids!

I'm always on the hunt for QuIeT things for my kids to do in church, that are more...church-y.  
It's not my favorite to bring monster trucks to church, but most of the time, that and marshmallows are what will keep my 4 year old quiet (ish).  So, one of my cute sisters came up with this...and I put together my own little version of the
Dry Erase Quiet Book
for my kids to use in church.
{This is the project I chose to make my kids for Easter this year!}
Have you seen these crayons?  I got these at Wal-mart.  They are amazing!  We've gotten a few packs for friends for birthday presents, coupled with a mini white board, and I've heard that they've been a big hit!  

Here's the stash you'll need to make you're own church-y dry erase quiet books (but you for sure could print out some letter tracing, coloring pages, etc from workbooks, or their favorite coloring books! 
-Skinny 3-ring binder
-Package of clear sheet protectors (make sure they are the really clear ones!)
-A few back issues of the friend (an LDS magazine) OR activities or workbook pages of your choice
-Box of Dry Erase Crayons

I started off by making a cute cover for my quiet book...(mostly just to please me)  I took some old paper and coordinating embellishments and stickers, and with the help of my Cricut to cut out their names, went from this:
 to this:
After I finished the covers, I went to work skimming through my older copies of the Friend Magazine to find all the mazes, coloring pages, connect the dots and hidden picture pages.  I wasn't able to tear out a ton from our magazines because they have been WELL-loved, but I was able to find and just print the pages I wanted from this website, which actually was better because the computer paper is more solid than a magazine thickness of paper, and it fit exactly in the page protectors, (rather than having a torn-out page which could shift a little.)  

I also google-image-searched for things like CTR, Missionary, Temple, Thomas S. Monson Coloring Page, etc.  There are so many fun things you could put in these books!  Once you've gathered a nice stash of church-friendly activities, stuff them in the sheet protectors!

For the torn-out pages, I found that gluing them onto a solid piece of cardstock, and then putting it in the sheet protector works better.  Who wants a picture that shifts around when you're coloring it?!  
I also thought it would be fun for my kids to be able to color a picture of themselves...and then to make it church-y of course, we just plugged in the text: 'I am a Child of God'.  I recruited my friend Kim from Tickled Pink Studios to figure out how to turn a picture into a coloring page using photoshop...She's a whiz with that program!

Here's a little tut from her on how to personalize your book:
1-Open your picture in photoshop
         Right away-- I always "Save As"-a different file name (just so you don't accidentally save over the original and lose the copy of the real pic)

2-Crop as 8 1/2 x 11.. Resolution doesn't matter too much.

3-reset your colors to default black and white
4-select "Filter" from menu bar
     --select "Filter Gallery"
     --select the "Sketch" Section
     --then select "Photocopy"
            --I did mine at Detail: 16 and Darkness: 18 (but you can adjust to whatever you think looks best)
     --Select "OK"

5-You can be finished or you can edit a little more and get rid of lines that you don't like by using your brush tool and painting over any spots you don't want in the default white color (just to save ink alone I like to do this step ;)

And Voila! You have a fun coloring page!
{thanks so much, Kim!}
The box of dry erase crayons comes with a little mitt that erases their coloring perfectly!
Half the fun is just erasing!
So, basically, this little quiet book is a re-color-able version of The Friend Magazine, omitting the fun stories that my kids can't read themselves yet, and adding a few month's extra activities and a few more pictures to color.  And...they can do this one all by themselves!
Both of my kids LOVED it during church!

 I can't wait to see what you guys do to make it your own!

Thanks so much Autie.  I can't wait to make one for Rex.  That way we might be able to reduce the amount of Superhero sounds effects he makes during church :)  Be sure to check out iCandy for more fun ideas.  You can leave a comment here or there.  Thanks for dropping in!

April 27, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to do something for Earth Day.  I thought it would be fun to switch things up a bit and hear from someone else.  I have a niece who is really conscious of being green.  For some reason, she just really gets it and finds a lot of joy in taking care of the earth.  I love that about her.  So here's a little report on the challenge from her.  Here's an old picture of her taking care of Rex.

"Hi!  My name is Breckyn and I'm going to tell you about some of the things I've done for Earth Day.  Once I picked up garbage around a forest by my house.  There's a lot of garbage in the forest.  We took bags and walked around.  It was fun.  My mom also bought a water purifier to purify our water so we could use less bottled water.  Everyone can work on recycling.  You can use a a milk jug to make a mobile for your room.  You can reuse styrofoam cups and make flowers as decorations.  All these things help our earth stay clean for people in the future.  I'm ten and if I can do something to help the earth, YOU can too." - Breckyn

Isn't it awesome that she's so young and so passionate about being green?  She rocks. 
This week's challenge is to share your talent with someone else.  If you're good at cooking, make someone dinner.  If you're good at photography, offer to take pictures for someone.  If you're good at teaching, teach someone a skill you have.  And if you think you're not good at much - think harder.  We all have something to offer and something to give.  Your contribution could be exactly what someone else needs.  There's a plethora of possibilities.
Alright, how did Earth Day go for you?  Did you get to do anything?  I can't wait to hear about it.  Thanks for reading.

April 26, 2011

Guest Post - An Amazing Pirate Room

First of all, I wanted to say thank you SO much for all the kind comments about my music.  It really meant a lot to me.  Music has been something that hasn't really fit into my life in the last couple of years, so I'm really excited to be getting to do a lot with it this week.  It's also fun to be back in my home town.

Today I have a guest post that will not disappoint.  Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs is in the house.  She is super cute, really kind, and Canadian.  (Frankly, I don't think I've even met a Canadian I didn't like.)  She placed second in our Let's Hear It for the Boys Contest with her rocker t-shirts.  She recently finished a pirate-themed room for her kids and she's going to give you a tour today.  Welcome Heather!

Hi everyone! 
I can't even begin to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am to be Guest Posting here at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar!!  Cheri is one amazingly creative momma ~ I am constantly inspired by her fabulous tutorials and thoughtful posts. She has rocked my world with her Cool Cuff Tutorial, Good Deed Advent Calendar and Freezer Paper Stenciling.  Are you with me?  I love being here.

Dragonfly Designs
My name is Heather and my little corner of the blog-o-sphere is Twin Dragonfly Designs.  I am a Program Coordinator with a passion for Inspiring Creativity.  I love all things home made.  If you grab a warm fuzzy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and browse around awhile you will find;  crazy party ideas, tried and true recipes, epic craft projects and tutorials for just about all of it.  Oh and did I mention?  I have twin, three year old boys {so they're involved in pretty much everything}.
I would like to give you a little tour of the Pirate Ship Room that we created for our boys. 
Welcome Aboard!

Before {March 2010} After {March 2011}
This room has been about a year in the making.  I started by painting and decorating last winter.  My handy husband and I just completed it with a set of DIY Toddler Beds this spring.
{I'm not the only one with projects that seem endless right?}

I began by painting the room to look like a Pirate Ship.  There is a lot of inspiration on the Internet and it was really quite easy once I had an idea in mind.  I created the wooden boards by first painting a base coat of brown.  Then I added a little bit of yellow and white to my brown and dry brushed it onto the wall.  I left spaces between the 'boards' and added my original brown colour for the little nails afterwards. 

Then {the truly fun part} I decorated with a sail, pirate flag, wheel, netting and other nautical accessories.
Sail ~ an old curtain, stapled to a bulletin board
Pirate Flag ~ gift from Grandma
Wheel ~ purchased at Michaels and painted
Netting ~ a fab find from a fisherman {say that three times fast}

The boys finally grew out of their cribs so we made these fabulous toddler beds for them!
I have some cute video on my blog of the boys' candid opinions of their new room.
{And I will be posting a full tutorial for these beds soon}

Of course, I had to make personalized throw pillows to match. I even snuck some ruffles in there!  {Seaweed right?}

After a few other fab finds my guys have a completed Pirate Ship Room.
Arrg me matey!

I have become a bit of a vlogger {if 'vlogger' were a word}. So conveniently, I have this video with a complete 360 degree tour.  Now try not to laugh at my "questioning" inflection.  "Here's the sail?" lol

If you watch the video you'll see this little unfinished cubby hole {oops I guess this project is endless} that I'm looking for help with.  Do you have any suggestions for what to do with it?  Or have you decorated something like this for your children?  Please share!
Well thank you Cheri, for having me.  I am so grateful to be able to share this project with your readers!  Please stop by Twin Dragonfly Designs for more photos, videos and tutorials from this fun Pirate Ship Room.
Or just pop in to say hi and browse around a bit ~ you might like what you see ;)  Have a wonderful day! 

Thanks for sharing your fabulous room with us Heather.  You can leave comments for Heather here or you can visit her blog HERE to share some comment love.  Thanks for dropping in.

April 25, 2011

In Another Life

I am out of town this week, but I have some fun things planned.  I have a couple of guest posts in the next few days and I today I thought it would be fun to share something totally different with you.
I am currently in Wisconsin (where I grew up) doing a week long music program with the students at my former Middle School.  For those of you who don't know, music is what I did full time before I started having children.  So today I'm going to play a few songs for you.  I'm a bit rusty and my camera isn't really made for good sound, but I thought it still be fun to show you part of me you haven't seen.  Here are a few tunes for you.

Now days when I get a chance to play I only get requests for "Transformers" or the "Super Hero Squad" theme song.  While I recently cancelled my music web site you can still find me HERE or you can look up Cheri Magill on iTunes.  Thanks for listening :)

April 24, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - Easter

There is nothing I could post today that I am more grateful for than my Savior.  His life, atonement, and resurrection are more important than anything else.  I hope you all have a beautiful Easter filled with meaning and memories.
Thanks you for dropping in.

April 23, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - Skye Reve Fabrics

Today we're welcoming a new sponsor.  Skye Reve Fabrics has an amazing collection of gorgeous fabrics to choose from.  They sell bundles and precuts as well.  This shop makes me want to lock myself in my sewing room and never come out (except to make my kids try on the clothes I'd sew so I could photograph them).  Just for fun I'm going to show you some of my favorites and tell you what I would make with them.

Are you kidding me?  This gnome fabric rocks my world.  I would make a tie out of this for Baden (because he kind of looks and acts like a grumpy gnome.)

I would a make little girl's skirt out of this skull fabric and then pair it with pink Converse high tops.  Ah!  So fun!

I would sew a little boy's hat with this fabric.  Doesn't every little guy have a helicopter phase?

I would seriously base a whole room around this cute dog fabric.  It cracks me up.

I would find a vintage dress pattern and make a dress for myself in this fabulous damask.

Lastly, I would make a fun tote out of this pretty sparrow fabric.  I love the color combo of it.

So next time you have a fabric need, be sure to check out Skye Reve Fabrics.  You'll find a lot to fall in love with.  Thanks for dropping in.

April 22, 2011

Feature Friday - Resurrection Rolls for Easter

I got an e-mail from Kim at Feather From My Nest the other day, showing me her Resurrection Rolls.  I had been trying to find some fun Easter activities that would teach my boys about the real meaning of Easter and this was perfect.  Plus, the recipe is super simple, using pre-made frozen rolls.  I've been super busy lately so this made it very doable.
Here are Kim's rolls.  (I can't get the link for the actual post and I don't know why, but you have to just scroll down a little and click on them on her blog.)  See?  They are empty inside like the tomb.
Besides having a special meaning, these rolls were seriously tasty.  Rex declared that they were the yummiest thing he'd ever eaten.  I made two pans of them so I could take some to neighbors.  Everyone thought they were really cool.
It's a little hard to get the dough to seal around the marshmallow.  We had a couple ooze out, but they still tasted amazing and they were still hollow.

See?  They worked.  They're hollow!  (I'm not really gifted in the baking area, so I was excited that they worked.)

You'll find Kim's recipe HERE and you still have enough time to make some for Easter.
Thanks for dropping in.

April 21, 2011

Monogrammed Rhinestone Tee and Silhouette Deal

I got the chance to try out Silhouette's rhinestone kit this week.  I've never really worked with rhinestones before, so I picked a simple project.  I made this sweet monogrammed tee for a niece.  (It kind of reminds me of Laverne and Shirley with the "L" on it.  If you don't know what I'm talking about you're probably too young.  I'm getting up there you know :)

Paired with a cute skirt, this makes an easy and inexpensive personalized outfit.  (It's hard to tell, but the rhinestones are pink like the skirt.  They are tricky to photograph.)  I really enjoyed the rhinestones.  The Silhouette's instructions and methods are easy to follow.  Here's a quick run down if you've never used them before.

  Let's break it down.  See the light blue sheet on top?  It's like really thick, sticky vinyl.  You cut the vinyl using one of the rhinestone templates in the Silhouette online store.  (The templates are 99 cents.)  Then you peel back the vinyl and stick it to the white board you see underneath in the picture.  It's a thicker board and it's essentially your work space.  (The awesome thing is that you can use the board again and again with the same vinyl.  For example, I can reuse this "L" template again.) 

Then you use your tools to round up those little rhinestones and put them in the holes.  The brush helps get them into the right spots, but I really liked the pick up tool.  It's a little sticky and helps you grab those rhinestones that don't want to cooperate.

Alright.  Everybody in?  Those little rhinestones can be fiesty.

Once you've got them all ready you take a little bit of the transfer tape and stick it to the top. That will pick them all up so you can place them on your shirt.

You just place them on the shirt and follow the instructions.  (Put a cloth over the transfer tape, iron on wool setting for 45 seconds, turn the shirt inside out and iron the back.)  That's it.

Fun, huh?  Now here's the current deal you can get in on:
A Silhouette SD
The Rhinestone starter kit
3 additional packs of rhinestones
And 1 Pick Me Up tool
ALL FOR $229!

This Rhinestone Bundle includes:

The Silhouette SD
2 sheets of rhinestone template material
2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape
2 rhinestone backing boards
1 rhinestone placement brush
1 CD of rhinestone images
1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones
1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones
1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones
1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestones
and 1 Pick-Me-Up tool

(This is a rockin' deal worth $125 in savings!)  To get this promotion click HERE and then use the code "ROAR." This promotion will run from April 21st-April 26th.
Also, if you already have a Silhouette, all rhinestone products are currently 30% off!  No code needed.

Thanks for dropping in.


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