Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cricut Explore Air™ for Mother's Day

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Looking for the perfect gift for a crafty mom for Mother's Day? Well look no further than Cricut! Their incredibleExplore Air™ machine takes cutting, writing, and scoring to a whole new level. It'll be the Mother's Day gift that keeps on giving!

For starters, it has built-in Bluetooth technology, which makes it wireless. That means that mom can take her projects wherever she goes and save her projects to the cloud. It's also compatible with Cricut's Design Space iPad app, so mom can lay all of her cuts in the Design Space and see everything she's cutting all at once on her iPad. Adios paper-based handbooks! 

Here are a few other neat notables of the Explore Air™ machine:
  • It can cut over 60 different materials, including leather, balsa wood, fabric, vinyl, tissue paper, craft foam, and even silk! Mom just sets the dial to the material that she needs to cut and the machine keeps track of the settings.
  • For cutting layers, mom can just print them on her printer and have the Explore Air™ cut it out.
  • Fonts and images can be uploaded for free so projects can have writing on them that looks just like handwriting.
The Cricut Explore Air™ machine has an unbelievable amount of helpful, time-saving features. And if that weren't impressive enough, Cricut is taking $50 off their Explore Air™, officially making this one of the best gifts to give crafty Mom's this Mother's Day!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NEW Limited Edition Camp Combo at Mabel's Labels

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Even though Summer is still a few months away, now is the perfect time to purchase Mabel's Labels Limited Edition Camp Combo. You'll get 10% off if you order them by April 30th!

These camp combo labels are perfect for helping campers keep track of all their gear - from clothes and shoes, to sleeping bags and flashlights. These labels will also help them focus more on all the fun camp activities and less on trying to find their stuff! 

The Limited Edition Camp Combo includes:
  • 10 Sticky Labels
  • 24 Skinny-Minis™
  • 50 Tag Mates™
  • 8 Shoe Labels
  • 2 Bag Tags

The Camp Combo also comes with a choice of 3 solid palettes or 40+ multi-coloured designs, including 5 new limited edition motifs. Shop Now >>

The Camp Combo is available until 7/31/2015, but if you want to get 10% off, be sure and purchase them by April 30th!

As always, remember - Mabel's Labels offers free shipping to the US on all orders! 


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Get Creative with Blurb Tools!

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So last week I shared a bit of the Blurb story and how they came to unleash the power of self-publishing. But Blurb is actually way more than a self-publishing platform. They are really a tour de force of creativity that strives to help give your story – your inspiration – a stage. And they provide some really incredible tools to make that possible.

Here are a few of my faves:
1. Free book making tools – This one may be obvious, but there’s more here than meets the eye. Blurb offers multiple easy-to-use bookmaking tools and templates to give you complete creative control and customization: 
  • BookWright: The only desktop publishing software built for creating professional-looking print books, magazines, and ebooks. It’s super simple to use, which means you won't need to hire a fancy designer, know a line of code, or buy expensive software.
  • BookSmart: A user-friendly book-making tool that allows you to create beautiful, professional-quality photo books, notebooks, and planners.
  • Adobe InDesign Plug-In: If you use Adobe® InDesign® then this Blurb plug-in is for you. It lets you create and lay out books and magazines directly within InDesign and output in both print and digital formats. It also includes free professionally designed starter templates for photo books, cookbooks, portfolios, and magazines.
  • Adobe Lightroom: This book creation tool is fully integrated into Lightroom, so users can make a gorgeous photography book without needing to leave the Lightroom workflow. It also includes 5 paper choices, including high-end photo-quality paper from Mohawk Fine Papers®.

2. Online photo books – With this tool, you can create your very own online photo book in less than an hour. The online templates and layouts are gorgeous. All you have to do is drag & drop your photos from your computer, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. 
  • Instagram Photo Book: Blurb allows you to make a little 7 x7 book that’s as unique as your Instagram feed. You can start with up to 60 images and go up to 240 pages! It’s like a tiny museum devoted to your style!
  • Facebook Photo Book: Now you can turn those favorite socially-shared memories into a book-store quality book! You just curate your photos and any Facebook comments you want to include and voilà! You’ve got a beautiful 60-page book of shared experiences.

3. Step-by-step Tutorials & Webinars – If you ever get stuck on how to do something or just need some creative inspiration, you’ll definitely appreciate Blurb’s interesting and informative Webinars and Tips and Tutorials sections. So helpful.

4. Free Tools to Use - Not sure what size book you want? Blurb shows you what a 10 x 8 book would look like versus a 13 x 11 with their creation and layout tools. You can also see what different paper types would look like, such as Premium Matte or Proline Uncoated and what makes them different.

5. Pricing ToolBlurb’s Pricing Calculator will save you from pricing surprises. You just select your book type, number of pages, type of cover, and paper you want and this tool calculates what your book will cost. They also have special pricing on large orders (e.g. 300+ books).


I encourage you to take some creative time for yourself and explore Blurb’s unique and valuable book-making tools. And remember that from now through 4/30 you can get 20% off any book you create, just use code: APRILLIGHTS

If you are thinking of self-publishing or starting a fundraiser use code: BIGAPRIL and get 20% off 20 or more books! 

What are your favorite Blurb tools? 





Saturday, April 25, 2015

Give Her Caviar for Mother's Day!

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The Food You Love, Delivered - Order Now!

It's hard to believe it's already time to start thinking about Mother's Day gifts. This year, let Caviar help you be the shining star of your favorite lady's day by letting Caviar deliver the food. 

Let Caviar surprise your mom with a meal she loves from her favorite restaurant, with no cleanup, shopping or preparation! Hands down, you'll be her favorite this year! Whether it's tacos from La Calaca Feliz in Philadeplia or fried chicken from Son of a Biscuit in Portland, she will be thanking you for months to come. You can start pre-ordering your Mother's Day surprise this Sunday! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Avengers Age of Ultron Birthday Party Ideas

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avengers age of ultron birthday party supplies

Pull together a fun-filled, adventurous birthday party with the best team around - the Avengers! With the Avengers Age of Ultron movie in theaters starting May 1st, you're little superhero will be super excited to celebrate with their favorite character! 

Avengers Party Supplies - The first superhero strategy for throwing a party your child will "Marvel" at is to make sure you have all the important birthday supplies on hand. The Avengers Assemble Value Party Pack from Birthday Express has got you covered. It includes everything you need, including cups, plates, birthday invitations and more. Your child will be thrilled to see all of the Avengers — including Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Hawkeye — on these awesome supplies at their celebration. 

Avengers Decorations - What better way to unite the whole team than by giving each guest their own Avengers Masks? Add some red, white, and blue balloons, ceiling streamers, and the Avangers Assemble Wall Decorating Kitand your superheros will feel right at home.

Avengers Games & Favors - What's a party without games?! Pick up the Avengers Assemble Party Game. Instead of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, it's stick the Arc Reactor to Iron Man's chest! Whoever gets closest could win a The Avengers PEZ Dispenser And don't forget the party favors! Birthday Express has everything a budding superhero would need, including Avengers Assemble Tattoos, paper masks, erasers, and bracelets! 

Top the party off by dressing the guest of honor as their favorite Avengers hero. Birthday Express has a full assortment of Avengers costumes for toddlers, kids, and even adults!


Avengers Assemble Value Party Pack

The Avengers PEZ Dispenser

Avengers Assemble Party Game


Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Birthday Sweets Chalkboard Party Theme

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Sweeten up the celebration with the new Birthday Sweets party theme from BirthdayExpress.com! This chalkboard-inspired theme features a black background with "Birthday Girl" written on it in white and pink. Birthday Express has all the party goodies you'll need to fit any size party and budget to make your chic little girl's day super special.
Birthday Sweets Party Supplies - Try Birthday Express' brand-new Birthday Girl Sweets Value Party Pack. It has everything you need including polka-dot invitations and candy stripe candles, to pink crepe paper. Or you might feel like creating more of a customized, one-of-a-kind celebration with chalkboard placemats and the David Tutera Chalkboard Party Design Kit (326 pieces).

Birthday Sweets Chalkboard Decor - Chalk it up to girls just wanting to have fun! The Birthday Sweets party theme includes black chalkboard sheets in a variety of sizes that you can decorate with chalk (not included), or make permanent with chalkboard markers (sold separately). And don't forget the sweet hanging swirl decorations,Chalkboard Drink Labels (13), Birthday Sweets flag banner, and colorful balloons!

Birthday Sweets Party Favors - What's sweet birthday girl would do without party favors? The Birthday Sweets party theme includes cute pint size favor pails, favor boxes, or personalized treat bags that you could fill with sweets (of course!), pink nail polish, party straws, chalk, and silly Chalkboard Photo Booth Props (10) for endless fun!
When you're planning your sweetie's next birthday party, head over to BirthdayExpress.com and pick up all of the Birthday Sweets Party Supplies you need for her special day!


Birthday Girl Sweets Value Party Pack


Chalkboard Drink Labels (13)



Chalkboard Photo Booth Props (10)








Blurb: How It All Started

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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurb's Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig. 

She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever. 

In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price. 

Everyone from award-winning photographers, to couples wanting to commemorate the birth of their child started using Blurb – and they continue to do so today. Even after almost a decade, people are still blown away by Blurb’s user-friendliness, quality, and affordability. People trust Blurb to create every kind of book imaginable, including:

Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:
  • Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
  • Write a compelling book description
  • Customize a preview of their book
  • Share their book with others on social media

Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books. 

There are so many remarkable things to share about Blurb – too much for just one post! So keep an eye out for next week’s post because I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Blurb tools and tips -- which, if you’re like me, will leave you thinking … “I didn’t know Blurb could do all that!” 

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that now through 4/28 you can get 20% off any book you create! 

Can’t wait to see what kind of book you create!





Friday, April 17, 2015

Caviar now delivers in Miami

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The Food You Love, Delivered - Order Now! 

Miami has long been known for Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches, vibrant people, and crave-worthy cuisine. That's why it should come as no surprise that Caviar recently launch their delivery service there! With so many incredible restaurants -- plus plenty of people who appreciate great food -- it's a match made in Little Havana!

Currently, the restaurants in Caviar's Miami delivery region include: Blue Collar, Doraku Sushi, Ms. Cheezious, Proof Pizza & Pasta, Momi Gyoza, Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop & Cafe , LOBA, Made in Italy Gourmet, Miami Smokers, Miam Café & Boutique, Hannya, Bryan in the Kitchen, Viva Mexico y Algo Mas, NOA Catering, Kone Sushi and PM Steak and Seafood

So if you live in south Florida and are in the mood for an artisanal grilled cheese sandwich, an organic salad, authentic Mexican, or even a world famous pie - all delivered directly to you - then download Caviar's app and start planning your meals! There is plenty to choose from!




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Frozen Fever has Arrived at Cricut!

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Forget spring fever ... Disney® Frozen Fever is heating things up at Cricut! Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and friends can all be printed in 50 beautiful, full-color images! You simply print the colorful, fun Disney® images that you want, and then cut them with Cricut Explore®.

You can also try out the images in Cricut Design Space™ before you buy! Design Space® gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad so you have the creative freedom to design just about anything! You can use the new Disney® Frozen Fever images to make party invitations, decorations, and favors -- even embellishments to your favorite photo memories!




With the Cut What You Want® tool in Design Space®, you can easily convert your Disney® Frozen Fever images -- or even your own design -- into a cuttable image in just a few clicks! Upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer.

Print full color images, such as the new Frozen Fever images, with Cricut Design Space™ and your printer; then cut with your Cricut Explore® machine! Print then Cut gives you flawless results with color bleed, precision cutting and over 50,000 printables. 

With Cricut, you'll be able to design your favorite Frozen-themed crafts in less time than it takes to sing "Let It Go!"


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dine Al Fresco with Caviar!

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Caviar: For The Love of Food. Order Now!
One of the best things about spring, in addition to the warmer weather, is the you can finally start eating outside again! Dining al fresco (as it's known it Italian), adds a lively and enjoyable dimension to dining. And thanks to Caviar's home delivery, you can dine on some of the best foods from your local area restaurants - all from the comfort of your backyard. So set-up those tables and chairs, select some great music, perhaps put up some festive lights, order delicious food from Caviar, and invite good friends over to join you.

If you're in Chicago and in the mood for Greek food, check out Pegasus. Does some friend chicken and donuts for dessert sound like it would hit the spot? If you're in the University City area of Philly, don't miss out on Federal Donuts West. Seriously. Best fried chicken and donuts of your life. If you're in Santa Monica and craving authentic Japanese food, you won't be able to get enough of Jinya Ramen Bar.

You and your friends will be able to enjoy a great meal, with pleasant, outdoor ambiance, at a great price. All you need to bring is your appetite! 




Friday, April 3, 2015

Hop on Over to Caviar to get an exciting treat!

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Caviar: For The Love of Food. Order Now!
To get in the spring mood, Caviar is having an egg hunt on their site!

They have hidden a promo code within the menu of one restaurant in each of their cities. Find the code in your market, place your order, and enter the promo code at checkout to enjoy a springtime surprise from 
Caviar. Happy hunting!

Hop on over here to see which restaurant pages the codes are listed on:
http://blog.trycaviar.com/2015/04/hop-over-to-caviar-for-spring-savings/

The fun ends Sunday, 4/5/15 at 11:59pm PT.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Little Passports Early Explorers

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Little Passports is offering $15 off of their 12month Early Explorers by entering REVIEW15 upon checkout. Buy your subscription today by clicking on the below banner or text link. This offer is valid until April 30th.

Sign up for a Little Passports Early Explorers 12 month subscription 

Fine print: *Offer valid on new Early Explorer subscriptions only and cannot be combined with any other offers and/or applied retroactively to previously placed orders. Offer applies only to the 12-Month Plan. Offer not valid on Personalized Products or the World Coin Collection. Offer excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid from April 2nd, 2015 at 8:00AM EST to April 30th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.

Interested in learning more about how to use Early Explorers with your kids? Read the Little Passports Early Explorers Blog Post for some of Little Passports favorite Early Explorers reviews giving great ideas for using this subscription with your young adventurers!




Wedding Paper Divas Sitewide Sale!

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Plan your wedding as early as now with Wedding Paper Divas. Feel free to personalize your dream wedding invitation and choose from hundreds of designs of their Vintage to Watercolor themed invitation. You can even create your own design and have it printed with them!

Now the good news is, Wedding Paper Divas are having a huge sitewide sale for this week, April 01-07, that you will want to take advantage of! You'll get 20% Off your invitations with no minimum purchase OR 25% off orders of $149 or more using the code LOVEGROWS25 at checkout.

 And because it is already Spring, here are some of my favorite floral finds.


Blossoming Amour Wedding Invitations (Red Lantern)


Flowering Affection Wedding Invitations (Chenille)


Softly Gilded Wedding Invitations (Sorbet)


Sweet Peonies Wedding Invitations (Sky Martini)


Offer expires 4/7/2015 (11:59 P.M. PT). This offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account, household and/or billing address. This particular offer code can only be redeemed once. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, photo books, calendars, personalized postage stamps, items from our William Arthur Collection, and Engraving collections. Offer is only valid on Weddingpaperdivas.com and is not applicable on third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, Wedding Paper Divas reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.

How to Throw the Perfect Avengers Themed Birthday Party

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Avengers Birthday Party Supplies

Not even Loki can stop you from throwing the best birthday ever when you order Avengers Party Supplies from Birthday Express. Invite Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk and the rest of the team to your little superhero's celebration! Speaking of superheroes ... you'll be the hero of the day with these Avengers birthday party ideas!
Invitations - Invite friends and thank them for coming with Avengers Assemble Invitations & Thank-You Postcards. Inside each invitation you could add Avengers Assemble Tattoos which are non-toxic and easy to apply and remove. With each thank you card you could include a photo of the birthday boy or girl and their heroic friends together! Guests will love having a memento from the party to remind them of the fun time they had. 

Party Decor - What better way to unite the whole team than by giving each guest their own Avengers Masks? Add some red, white, and blue balloons, ceiling streamers, and the Avangers Assemble Wall Decorating Kit and your superheros will feel right at home.

Food & Drink - All superheros need to replenish their powers, and what better way to do so than with a snack tray of fruits and vegetables with little labels that tell each hero how it strengthens them (e.g. carrots = "super vision;" blueberries = "super mind"). And we all know what a mess those Avengers can sometimes make, so the Avengers Assemble Plastic Tablecover is a must for any party.


Avengers Assemble Value Party Pack


Avengers Pinata Kit