Category: Mom Stuff

Legging Love and a Giveaway!

Leggings, thick socks, and chill.


It’s funny how things come back around, especially in fashion. I remember in late middle school, early high school when leggings, known then as “stirrup pants” were all the rage. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pair of black stirrup pants, so off to Maurices we went where black stirrup pants and a long dark green v-neck tunic sweater were procured. I threw on a white scoop neck shirt under the sweater and a long ankh necklace (probably from Contempo Casuals), and I was good to go. That was my favorite outfit. I even had a black Debbie Gibson-esque hat to go with it. Ah, the early-nineties. Gotta love it.

These days when someone mentions leggings, the first name that comes to mind is Lularoe. This company seems to have single-handedly brought leggings back into vogue through their hundreds of consultants now pushing the product on Facebook. I can’t tell you how many LLR Facebook groups I’m currently in, because not all consultants carry the same selection. If you don’t have fast fingers when you see something you like, you’re out of luck. The purchase process is kind of annoying; you can’t just go to one website and buy what you want. You have to stalk at least eight different consultants to find what you’re looking for, then you have to “Claim” it, fill out a form, then wait for an invoice to pay. Annoying.

Leggings, thick socks, and chill.

You have options. I recently found a company called Legging Army offering leggings that are practically the same as the Lularoe version. Super soft, super comfy, the same fabric content, fun patterns AND solids (yes, black is currently available), always FREE shipping, and the best part: you can order from a website and they’ll show up at your door! No more stalking, no more waiting for an online “pop up shop” to see what the selection is. It really is a One Stop Legging Shop. Check out all they have to offer here.

Now that I’ve found these awesome leggings, I’m offering a giveaway! See below for details..and good luck!

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Loving This: The Create 365 Happy Planner – A Review

TheHappyPlannerHave you met the NEW Create 365 Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas? If you’re a planner nut like me, you’re going to love it. When I first saw pictures of it surfacing on Instagram, I fell in love, and immediately wanted one. This response was very similar to what happened when I first met the Erin Condren Life Planner last year, but I think I was a little more excited about the Happy Planner, if that’s even possible. Part of the excitement was that I couldn’t even get my hands on it right away. This is BRAND NEW.

Monthly View - with a little decoration for July 4th
Monthly View – with a little decoration for July 4th

The Happy Planner was released in April, I believe, but then there was the whole port embargo or something crazy on the west coast, so it wasn’t actually available to ship to stores until May. Luckily, Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) has their own online shop, and the planners were available there first. Was I one of the first to order on the very first day? No, but it was hard. I think I waited about 5 days before I took the plunge. I wasn’t sure about buying it, even though I wanted it; I already had an ECLP that’s good through December of this year. But when have I ever let something like that stop me? Yeah. Never.

Notes/Birthday Page Before Monthly Divider
Notes/Birthdays Page Before Monthly Divider

I couldn’t wait to get it, and it actually didn’t take long to ship, hurrah! I’ve been spoiled by Amazon, and now can’t stand to wait more than 2 days for anything I order to get to me. I didn’t do an unboxing video or anything crazy like that, but here are my first thoughts and reasons why I love this planner.


  • It’s so pretty! Love the gold foil, even though I wasn’t sure about it.
  • Removable pages.
  • Ability to add pages/inserts (oh, the possibilities).
  • Interchangeable covers.
  • Expandable – larger rings/discs can be purchased, which equals more pages!
  • Monthly/weekly views.
  • Lays flat.
  • Daily morning/day/night divisions.
  • You can fold it over on itself, like a notebook.
  • Tabs for each month.
  • The discs have hearts in the center!
  • The weekends in the weekly view are shaded, setting Saturday and Sunday apart from the rest of the week. As it should be.
Weekly View

Love a little less:

  • The monthly tabs aren’t laminated, BUT, the front and back covers actually lay over them, so that should help keep them from getting bendy. I may still get tab covers just to be on the safe side.
  • No personalized covers unless I make them myself. Don’t think I won’t.
  • You have to get a special hole punch in order to add your own pages and inserts. A standard 3-hole punch won’t work (at least not that I’ve discovered).
  • It’s printed in China.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my Erin Condren, and will continue to use it. I haven’t actually used the Happy Planner yet, as it doesn’t start until July 2015, and I haven’t gotten the extension pack with customizable extra pages to go ahead and start using it now, but I will soon.

Overall, I’m really happy with this planner and excited to use it.

I’ll be doing a full-on comparison between the Erin Condren Life Planner and The Happy Planner in my next post, so stay tuned!


FREE PRINTABLE Inspirational Stickers for Erin Condren Life Planner

InspirationalStickersTitleHave I mentioned how much I love the Erin Condren Life Planner? I love the flexibility, the SPACE (there’s TONS), the fact that I can look at my entire week and month to see what’s going on, and that I can use STICKERS! The calendar on my iPhone won’t let me use fun stickers and washi tape. Don’t get me wrong, my paper planner can’t send me reminders, but I can live with that. If you take a look every day, you don’t need reminders to pop up. 😉

I use all kinds of stickers and washi in my planner, and I’ve started making my own stickers to fit my needs. I recently went back to school, so I have stickers with my classes and times, as well as “Homework”, “Study”, “Test”, and important dates to remember. More on those later.

I also created fun inspirational stickers to add in, with my favorite quotes and motivational sayings. These are sized perfectly to fit in the weekly view boxes in the Life Planner, and are a great reminder to stay motivated. Some weeks I really need it!


So, since they’ve helped me so much, I decided to offer my Inspirational Sticker Sheet FREE for you to download! All you have to do is download, print, cut, and add adhesive to stick them in your planner. I cut them all apart, then run them through my Xyron sticker maker with repositionable adhesive (just in case I need to move the stickers).InspirationalStickers

Go ahead, Download Now! You’re welcome.

If you like these, be sure to check out my shop for more great stickers that are perfect for your ECLP. Don’t have a planner yet? Go here to sign up and get $10 off your first Erin Condren purchase!


Saturday Steals: Get $10 at!



Now THIS is a steal! is offering a $10 gift card, just for signing up! There are tons of fun things you can get for $10 or less, and you’d only have to pay shipping. The only downside I can see so far is that you are ordering directly from sellers in China, so shipping may take a while. I ordered two packs of washi tape (for a total of 20 rolls) and only had to pay $2 for shipping. If it takes a while to get to me, that’s okay, because it was only $2! I’ll update this post when I receive my fun package.

Don’t miss out on this deal. There are craft items,  jewelry, apparel, shoes, home decor, craft items like washi tape and punches (above), and so, so much more. Click here to sign up!




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Saturday Steals: Famous Footwear BOGO – Great for Back to School

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Yes, it’s Back to School time! School starts for us on Monday, August 4, which seems super-early, but really, it can’t come fast enough in my opinion! But that’s another post.

Back to School time means shopping to get the kids geared up and ready to go – time to replace all the clothes and shoes they outgrew and/or ruined over the summer! Shoes are always the most expensive in our household, as I refuse to buy used shoes for the kids. Clothes, fine. Shoes, no way; they need the support only new shoes, especially sneakers, can offer, in my opinion.


Famous Footwear is currently running their BOGO deal: Buy one pair of shoes, get another pair of equal or lesser value for half price. I love this deal. And, to top it off, if you join their Rewards program, you get a coupon for an ADDITIONAL 20% off! If you don’t want to join, but why wouldn’t you, you can still get a coupon for 15% off. Still a great deal.

I ended up getting a pair of Skechers Light-Up sneakers (they both insisted) for each of the kids for a grand total of $40. TWO pairs of SKECHERS for $40. You can’t beat that. They’re happy, I’m happy.

Fun Finds Friday: The Erin Condren Life Planner


I’ve always been a paper planner kind of girl. I just love paper. I posted a while back about creating my own blog planner, and I am still excited about that thing (I just need to use it!). In that post I mentioned about creating my own personal daily planner, but that hasn’t happened yet. Then, just recently, I discovered the Erin Condren Life Planners, and I’m kind of obsessed. This planner looks exactly like what I would have created for myself! It’s like it came from my brain, it’s that scary.

It is a little pricey, starting at $50, but there are so many ways to customize the planner to fit your needs. I love looking at how others are using their planners – just search for #erincondren on Instagram or Pinterest, and you’ll see thousands of different ways people are using them. From daily planners, to fitness tracking, to meal planning – so many options. All of the washi tape and cute stickers just make me go ooohh and ahhhh constantly.

In spite of the price, I do plan on buying one very soon. I just can’t resist all of the cuteness! These planners are so pretty and cheerful, how could I not use it?



Crafty Fun Friday: Sticky Note Cover from Coasters Tutorial


I love papercrafting. I haven’t done much of it lately because I’ve been so wrapped up in the world of vinyl personalization (need a decal?), but today I was so happy to get my fingers dirty again. I love playing with paper! I have so much scrapbooking paper, you might say I’m a hoarder. It’s probably nothing compared to what others might have, but I feel like it’s a ton.

Today I finally completed something I’ve wanted to do for a while: a snazzy cover for one of my many Sticky Note Pads (yes, Post-Its). I also used a tool that I’ve had for a while, but haven’t used much: The Cinch from We R Memory Keepers. Actually, I think the main reason I bought the Cinch was to make these sticky note covers. The Cinch is a bookbinding tool that’s pretty much just awesome. You can use wire coil binding or spiral binding to bind together books or papers, or even chipboard coasters. It punches the holes (round holes, no less, unlike some similar tools), lines up your coil and materials, then presses together the coil. Fast and easy!

I started with 2 coasters that I stole borrowed from a restaurant that are 4 inches square. 

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Then, I ran the coaster through my Xyron machine to make one side sticky. You can also use a glue stick or a tape runner; whatever you have on hand is fine.

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Put the sticky side down on the bottom of your scrapbook paper, and trim closely around it with a sharp craft knife. 

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 I need to change the blade on my knife; it took a few swipes to cut through the paper.

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Once the paper is trimmed, run the coaster through the Xyron again, to make the other side sticky. Trim the paper from the other side. (I used two-sided paper on this project, in case you’re confused – kitchen tools on one side, and the blue/yellow/green stripes on the other)

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Repeat with other coaster.

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Once the paper was adhered, I used a fine grit sanding paper to smooth out the edges on the coasters, and to clean them up a bit. 

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Next, I used my distress ink and a sponge to darken the edges.

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When the ink was dry, I was finally ready to break out The Cinch! I lined it all up and punched 7 holes at the top. 

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I used 3/4 inch Book Binding Wires to bind it all together… 

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…and voila! My snazzy sticky note cover was done. I’m so happy with how it turned out; I can’t wait to make more!



Give it a try! My daughter immediately claimed the pink book, so I made the cooking book for myself. Enjoy!

The Cookies are Coming, The Cookies are Coming!


I’ve been at it again! After my first round of Girl Scout printables (which are still FREE, by the way), I decided to whip up some more fun printables for my daughter to use for her cookie orders. I was so happy with how they turned out, I decided to offer them for sale. I found the super cute little girls from an amazing artist (sorry, keeping this one a secret) and I was just so tickled with how all of the cards turned out.

Cookie deliveries will start this weekend, and I love that these cards will help us keep things straight as far as who ordered what, how much they owe, and how many boxes should be in their orders. Plus, they add a little extra to the deliveries, in my opinion.

These Cookie Receipts are the same size as the free Thank You Notes I posted: 4.25×5.5. To make it super easy, you can buy Avery Postcards that come four to a page and are perforated. Or, print on card stock and cut them apart yourself on the guidelines. Easy peasy!

These are currently available in my Etsy shop; go check them out!




It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!


So, I might be going a little overboard with this whole Girl Scout Cookie thing. This is my daughter’s first year as a Girl Scout, she’s a Daisy, and I am so excited that she’s decided she wants to be a part of this. I was a Girl Scout for practically my entire childhood, and I have so many fond memories. I hope she has as much fun as I did! But back to the overboard part.

My daughter’s troop consists of Kindergarten and First Grade-aged girls. Suffice it to say, they’re not too excited about the whole cookie booth sales thing. I’m trying to explain to my girl that it’s important to sell a lot of cookies because it helps the troop, it helps you, blah blah blah. And, everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, and they love to see cute little faces selling them.

When the other moms and I were talking about setting up the booths, we decided to keep it simple; we would handle making the signs since our little girls can barely write legibly at this point. And me, being the overachieving, vinyl-cutting, personalization-business mom, said I would take over the sign-making. Here’s what I came up with:

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I thought they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. And yes, that is glitter vinyl on the Troop sign. We can all use a little extra bling! The girls all signed their names on the Troop Thank You sign, and it looks great.

Is it too much, yet? Am I a normal Girl Scout Mom?

So then I was thinking, it would be nice to give each customer who buys cookies from our cookie booths a little Thank You card with our troop information on it; you know, in case they needed more cookies. Plus, it teaches the girls that a simple Thank You is a wonderful thing. I’ll also be making personalized Thank You notes for my daughter to put with her pre-orders. I’m generally not the best when it comes to writing Thank You notes, but maybe I can at least teach my children how to show their thanks. Of course, after I thought of the cards, it was all I could think about, so off I went to Photoshop to get busy.

I was so happy with how the notes came out, that I decided to share them here, free to download, for whomever may find them useful. Let’s try to teach our children the art of being grateful! And so many people buy Girl Scout cookies, and support the organization; they especially need to be thanked.

Daisy Thank You Notes
Generic Girl Scout Thank You Notes
Generic Girl Scout Thank You Notes

To download, just click on the picture, then right-click and select ‘Save As’. Print the cards full size and borderless (if you have that option) on card stock, then cut apart on the lines. Or, you can purchase the Avery Postcards 8387. Super simple! Terms: PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not sell the design or the finished product. Print as many times as you need. Design © Shannon Moore, 2014, 

Here is an example of the personalized card I did for our troop. If you would like personalized cards for your troop, please contact me for pricing!


And of course, if you need cookies. I’ll hook you up. :)

Last-Minute Mom: DIY Ninja Valentines


Well, I guess it’s not really last minute since I still have almost a week to get these done, but still. I feel like I should have been done with my kids’ Valentines last week. I finally, just now, finished designing them, so now all I have to do is get them all printed, cut, and folded. And, then, I have to do the same for my daughter. Sure, I could go to any store and buy Valentines for both of my kids, but where’s the fun? What’s the challenge? I feel that as a ‘crafty’-type person, I should put a little more thought into these silly things. Plus, I love to see my kids’ eyes light up when I present them with the finished product. Its nice to hear “Wow, Mom, that’s awesome!” every now and then.

Unlike last year, when I made what seemed like a million embroidered felt lollipop lips and mustaches, this year I decided to tone it down a notch, and stick with designing cards. A friend of mine had been asking if I could make her some matchbook sticky note holders, so as I was researching those to see exactly what she meant, I came across some matchbook treat cards. Ding! A light bulb went on above my head. I found some super cute clip art on Etsy here and here (so many great illustrators out there!), some printable papers, fired up Photoshop, and I was off. 

I really loved the ninjas I found, and my 4-year old son has recently been claiming that he wants to be a ninja when he grows up, so these were perfect. Done. The owls I also loved, and my 7-year old daughter did, too, so that was easy. Done. The rest was up to me.

Outside of Ninja Card
Outside of Ninja Card
Front Flap
Front Flap
Sweet Treat Inside!
Sweet Treat Inside!

Yes, I know that pack of M&M’s has been opened. I couldn’t resist!

See how the front flap tucks into the bottom part? Matchbook. I was so tickled with how these turned out, I thought I would share them with the world. I made them into a printable file, which is now available in my shop. Right now, I only have the ninjas available, but I’ll post the owls as well, when I have that set finished. There is some assembly required; you’ll have to print them, borderless works best, cut on the vertical lines, fold on the horizontal lines, then staple your treat in. The “From” field is blank on the printable, so you’ll just have to fill in your little ninja’s name, and that’s it! These are specifically designed to hold the fun size packs of m&m’s, but I’m sure other treats would fit nicely, too. The printable file looks like this:

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What do you think? Are you making your kids’ Valentines this year, or are you doing store-bought?

Can’t get enough  ninjas? My sis-in-law has some awesome printable Ninja Activity Packs for Early Elementary over on her blog. And they’re FREE! The preschool pack is coming tomorrow, so I’ll be downloading that for my ninja-loving son. Go check it out!