Lindsay Gill: November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Etsy Shop Goodies Giveaway: a $175 value!

Let's celebrate Black Friday by supporting Etsy Shop owners with a huge giveaway valued at $175!  We truly have such a great group of ladies here that have made this giveaway possible!  Please, grab a cup of coffee, meet these hardworking and creative shop owners, and check out what each adorable shop has to offer!

1. Amanda from Bangles & Bauble is giving away two pairs of handmade earrings! Bangles and Bauble is a jewelry line which creates fashionable handmade pieces.  Using the latest trends as inspiration, Amanda likes to create her pieces to give a unique vibe that will accentuate outfits in a new way.  Amanda uses durable material and purchases the majority of her supplies from Etsy retailers, which adds another element of "handmade" to her pieces! 

2. Lena from Root and Blossom is giving away a handmade fabric bunting! Lena is a teacher turned SAHM who blogs over at Root and Blossom.  Lena makes everything from buntings to headbands to baby mobiles and bibs!  Lena's blog and shop are all about owning where you're at in life's journey and flourishing in it!

3. Jessica from A Little Loka is giving away two sets of coffee stained stationary!  Jessica creates art prints, jewelry, holiday items, and more!  She started her shop when she received overwhelmingly positive responses to her artwork.  Jessica also blogs over at Living La Vida Holoka! She is also offering 20% off now through December 28th with code WRTR20!

4. Chelsea from Marion Claire Stationery is giving away five holiday cards of your choice! This shop is named after Chelsea's grandmothers.  She creates greeting cards with a perfect blend of heart and sass.  Chelsea is inspired by her desire to keep snail mail alive, and she never misses an opportunity to send her friends and family a card.

5. Andrea from On Your Wall Prints is giving away $25 store credit towards her original prints! Andrea makes words come alive on paper and can turn words into decorations.  Andrea sells downloaded artwork that is easy to print.  They are excellent gift ideas or perfect for the days when you want to add some life to your walls!

6&7. Tabitha from Tiny Wishes Creations is giving away a custom birthstone necklace and a hand painted wine glass! Tabitha's shop features hand painted, heat cured glassware and jewelry.  She is happy to work on a custom order with you, too.  Tabitha is also a mom, wife, lover of pink moscato, and amateur photographer.  Tabitha also blogs over at A Hundred Tiny Wishes!

8.  Liz from After Dinner Designs is giving away a beautiful pair of earrings!  She and her husband handcraft one of a kind pieces of jewelry, accessories, and home decor from bits of recycled plates, cups, and saucers.  They love to create custom pieces from your own heirloom china, so contact them to discuss custom orders!  Liz always blogs over at Liz Fresh Plate focusing on faith, food, family, and home!

9.  Ashley from Ashley Lorren Designs is giving away a handmade "live laugh love" metal stamped key chain! Ashley specializes in metal stamped key chains, accessories and jewelry.  All items are made to order, and custom orders are always welcome!

Now for the chance to win all 9 prizes, a $175 value! All entries will be verified. Prizes may vary from images shown. Winner must be US resident for shipping purposes. Winner will be notified within two days of selection by e-mail. Winner must respond to e-mail within two days of receipt or a new winner will be randomly selected. Sponsors of raffle are eligible to participate.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

An Amazon and Pocket Sous Chef Giveaway from Your Life After 25

This Amazon and Pocket Sous Chef giveaway is brought to you by Your Life After 25.

It's the start of the most wonderful time of the year! Along with the holidays often comes lots of spending!  Whether it is gifts for the family or food for the gatherings, it can really add up.

There are so many holiday savings and coupons that you do not want to miss out on! Great coupons, discounts and deals.  We all want to avoid that last minute shopping so check out Your Life After 25's coupons & discounts page and get started early!

Whether you're shopping for a new mom or baby, looking for the right present for the kids or trying to find something for co-workers or in-laws, you're sure to find coupons and deals to help! And the savings isn't just for the holidays, you can save tons on groceries and everyday items...start clipping coupons now.

Not only are we spreading the word about all of those amazing deals, but we are also giving you the chance to Win: Your Life After 25 Holiday Savings and Coupon Giveaway!
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What will I do with the savings?  We are currently working on our #gillrenovation!  I have been eyeing some new tile for the back splash and a new counter top to update the kitchen.  We will need new utilities in the near future.  With all of the coupons available, you can usually get a discount on almost everything!

Your Life After 25 Holiday Savings and Coupons Giveaway

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

6 Steps to Cheap and Easy "We've Moved" Postcards

I'm so proud of the "We've Moved" postcards I made!  I think they came out really nice, and the price beat everything else out there! Here's how I made them, and how you can too!

1.  Download the Waterlogue App.  I've wrote about this App a few times already, because I think it's awesome and I use it all of the time.  Take a picture of your new home and instantly turn it into a watercolor painting.

2.  Go to VistaPrint.  Search for "postcards."  Click "Use your complete Design."  We used Standard Size and Size. Choose the orientation (we used horizontal).

3.  Open PicMonkey or another editing program.  In PicMonkey, I opened in design and chose a 5.5 x 4.2 in size to match the postcard formatting.  On the front, I added some text that said "home.sweet.home" in Geo Sans Light font and "the Gill family has moved" in La Belle Aurore font. 

4.  On the backside, using the same method, I put a photo of us taken by Ashley Largesse and faded it.  I added a "to" area with 3 lines and signed our names at the bottom.  In retrospect, I didn't leave enough room for my return address stamp and it does cover some of my head. Leave enough room!

5. Upload the image to the front and back of your VistaPrint postcard.

6.  I used recycled matte stock.  I had already purchased an address ink stamp from The Vinyl Company that I knew I wanted to use.  The other stock is glossy, and I had read in the reviews that this is difficult to write on.  If you plan on writing on the postcards, use the recycled matte stock.

I'd love to see your creations! 
Use my VistaPrint link above and we each get $10 off our next purchase!

Monday, November 3, 2014

A shout out to my friends, and a prayer for Luke's friends

I remember sharing a grilled cheese with Christopher.  I remember riding in a car with Jared.  I remember playing on the playground with Sarah.  I remember doing arts and crafts with Rebecca.  I remember walking to school with Cait.  I remember doing a group project with Ashley.  I remember dancing in Home Ec. with Meghan.  I remember running track with Geetha.  I remember straightening my hair with Erin.  I remember doing Biology homework with Jess.  I remember laughing with Taylor and Kellen.

I remember talking to Dan when my parents dropped me at college for the first time.  I remember visiting the nursing home with Ali.  I remember stomping out heels and singing with Lauren and Lauren.  I remember studying with Marissa.  I remember exploring Buffalo with Amanda.  I remember hanging and organizing clothes at the Loft with Beth.  I remember meeting my husband for the first time at Jack Astor's bar.  I remember Jen standing next to me as I got married.  I remember Cheryl helping me acclimate to my new job when pregnant.

What I didn't understand until now is how a mom feels when their child has a good friend.  Until I dropped off Luke and Julianna came up to him, thumb in mouth, looking into Luke's eyes and smiling.  As I walked away, he was crying, but he had Julianna next to him.  Each morning, she greets him with her raggity pillow and smile.  Somehow, this is such a comfort to me.  A familiar face.  Someone who is also supposed to be independent at a mere 20 months old.

Of course I pray for Luke's future spouse.  But possibly more relevant right now, I pray for Luke to have great friends.  Friends that keep him company throughout the day when mommy and daddy are working.  Friends that are gentle and don't hit.  Friends that love to learn, that are enthusiastic.  There will be evil, sadness, sickness in the world.  But I pray that especially when I am not by his side, he has wonderful friends along the way.  I certainly did, and I thank every single one of them!  And I'm sure my mom does too.