Albion Fit Giveaway and EVENT

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I was recently given the chance to try out Albion Fit and their fitness line.Talk about perfect timing. After having a baby the the last thing I wanted to do was put back on my old work out clothes! I have been in desperate need of new fitness ware because all my old stuff was either stretched out from me trying to wear while pregnant or still too tight because I saved my “good” stuff the embarrassment of trying to fit over my growing belly.

Albion Fit to the rescue! This amazing line of fitness clothing is perfect for any body, any fitness level and for anyone who is looking for the motivation to get active! It’s so much easier to get moving when you look totally cute doing it!

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I am in love with my Optimum Capri pant in graphite and my Love Racer top in Neon Pink. The pants are my new favorite! They hold you in and make your butt look fantastic! I can say that right? I love how they fit and the top white band was the perfect touch and helps hold in your tummy. The top had fun details like structured stitching and  a ruching detail on the sides that are flattering and adds a bit of style. The top is also long so you’re not always having to tug at it while you’re working out!

These clothes in action are amazing! I wore them to my workout and after lots of bending over, lifting, running, and anything else I’d do in a normal workout they rose to the occasion. They aren’t just pretty, they can get the job done!

albionThe hardest part for me was narrowing down what I wanted! It is all so cute! Shorts, jackets, tanks, crops, full length pants, skirts and more! I was beyond impressed with their selection and lucky for me their store was down town so I even had the chance to go in and hand pick what I wanted to try out. The online selection is just as great so if you aren’t in the Salt Lake area no worries! Jump online and take advantage of their amazing selection.

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Albion Fit also has a huge selection of beautiful vintage inspired swim wear! So many beautiful style!

Now it’s your turn to give Albion a try!

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Albion Fit is going to give one lucky reader a $100 gift card to online! To enter use the rafflecopter below! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residence. Winner will be announced on the Blue Cricket Design facebook page on Sept. 8th.

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AND… if you are in the Salt Lake City area join Albion Fit for an awesome event! I’ll be there too and would love to meet you! The event is taking place Friday September 13th from 10 am to 2pm. It will feature one-on-one makeovers from professional hair stylist and makeup artist Christie Somers (her clients include Rachael Ray and Ann Romney), beauty DIY’s, and a pretty prize package with gifts from Albion (including a Gift Card to use in store that day) and goodies to help you get even more gorgeous! Send them a message on Facebook to reserve your spot!

*** I was given product to review by Albion Fit but the opinions shared are my own.

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“Back to School” dinner

My kids just went back to school yesterday but with many of you still soaking up the very last bit of summer I thought I’d still share this fun “Back to school” themed dinner idea. By combining a creative meal with a little back to school shopping you and your family will spend an evening together that will soon become a new family favorite tradition.

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“Back to School” is the theme for the night! A cafeteria inspired meal and fun school themed decorations will help set the mood for a night to remember!

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Create a fun center piece by displaying school items. Things like books, a map or globe, rulers… The skies the limit! Don’t you just love my President Washington busk! Happy to put him to good use in this school themed vignette!

Once the table is set it’s time to move on to the menu and a few more table details…

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For dinner it’s all about creating a cafeteria style meal! Set up a buffet station to simulate walking through the cafeteria and filling your tray with a variety of food.

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Pizza, fresh veggies, fruit cups, an apple, cookies and a juice box or milk carton all fill your styrofoam trays for the perfect school meal! I found the fun trays at my local dollar store.

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And don’t forget to add a place card! These desk name cards are the perfect touch to make your table ready for any soon to be student!

Dinner conversation can be a fun one on a night like tonight! Talk about your past first days of school or what you looked forward to as a kid when it came to returning to school! Share past school memories with your family as you dine cafeteria style!

title3After dinner it’s time to cross some back to school shopping off your “to do” list! Grab a pen and make a list of what school supplies your kids are in need of! Pens, paper, note books, back packs. It’s time to hit the store to stock up on supplies! This family outing is fun together time!

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This FREE printalble makes your shopping even easier! Each kid has a list in hand and is eager to shop along side you. If you’ve got the supplies already covered take the time to shop for that always exciting “First day of school” outfit!

I am convinced that “Family Date Nights” are worth the effort! Just like investing in dating your spouse, investing in creative special time as a family is just as important! You are setting the stage for a healthy relationship with your kids. They will feel your enthusiasm and feel loved and important and what more could we want for our kids!

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For more fun dinner ideas like this one that include a theme, menu, activity and FREE printable be sure to check out our “The Family Dinner Project” eBook! This eBook has 12 dinner ideas that you and your family are sure to love!

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Target Wedding “Be Yourself, Together!”

This is a sponsored post by Target but all of the opinions shared are my own. Follow the fun #TargetWedding

Oh, there is just something about weddings that turn on my gushy romantic side! I LOVE a good wedding and there is nothing more fun then to celebrate with a couple in love and shower them with gifts and best wishes for their future!

Target  makes it so easy to pair amazing gifts that help compliment a couple! “Be Yourself, Together!” is Targets Wedding theme this year and with endless possibilities, gift giving has never been so fun! Taking into account the bride AND the happy groom, you can combine two personal gifts together to create an “oh so perfect” paired gift! Think, think, think!! Is she soft and feminine while he’s adventurous and daring? BINGO! The perfect gift…

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 See how easy that was! I paired just the perfect gift for her with a spot on gift for him and together they compliment each other just as well as the happy couple!

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This gorgeous and inviting Threshold Gully Gold Duvet Set is all about luxury and comfort and that to me screams “Here comes the bride!” It’s perfect for that pampered gal who knows what she loves. This beautiful gift has style and comfort and helps make waking up next to her man a dream!

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tentAnd for the adventurous, thrill seeker in the bunch why not upgrade his weekend adventures under the stars with an EMBARK Dome Tent with room for him AND his blushing bride! This fun gift is right up his alley and maybe just what he needs to convince his pretty lady to join him more often for some out door fun!

Together both of these gifts help celebrate the unique personalities of our bride and groom but also are meant to be enjoyed together! Target has endless gift ideas that help create the perfect pairing for your wedding gift giving! Get creative and get thinking how you too can create a fun wedding gift that starts by jumping off of the couples Target  gift registry!

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Target Influencer Network. This could include the Target Influencer Network providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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Back to School

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! I LOVE back to school! Such a great time to get back on tract, get into routines and stock up on must haves to help me and my family stay organized and productive! Here are a few of my favorite must haves this year for back to school success…

13332262 I don’t think I could survive a school year without Post It Notes! Perfect for notes to the teacher, lunch box love notes and keeping me on track with schedules and lists! I stock up on these bad boys and love that they come in so many cool varieties.

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If your kids teachers allow water bottles at their desks you have to send a Camelbak eddy bottle back to school with your little ones! These are amazing. Spill proof and durable and they come in endless colors! Staying hydrated helps little ones learn better and these water bottles will be a perfect back to school companion.

 

 

 

 

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We are always looking for new fun lunch time containers. Some lunches are best packed in fun reusable containers like the Stayfit Lunch 2 Go container from Target! I love that it has a compartment for utensils on top!

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Back to school also means back to a messy car! Seems like my car gets trashed all school year long so a handy car trash can will help me and the kids keep on top of the mess. There are tons of cute trash cans available on etsy an amazon! I’m still looking for the perfect one for my van.51RKG5LPNoL._SL1000_

I love these plastic storage bins for the refrigerator and pantry. They are perfect for helping me organized pre-bagged lunch snacks. Making lunched in the morning is simple when I have things ready to grab out of these bins.

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Mornings are hectic so having a healthy grab and go bar for me int he morning as we head out the door is going to be a life savor. I love these Clif Crunch bars that are packed with organic whole grains, protein and fiber.

So that’s my list og back to school must haves. What’s on yours?

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OJ Pancakes and IKEA love

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Confession: We love Breakfast for dinner over her at the Blue Cricket Design house so pancakes, waffles and omelettes make it onto the menu quite often! I’m often looking for new ways to put a twist on our family favorites and with little effort we now have a new take on the classic pancake.

Homemade waffles are my favorite but when we need a fast meal pancakes are my go to of choice and simple is better when it comes to getting a fast yummy meal on the table.

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I’m not above using a pancake mix. I think it’s a great starting point for fun recipes. We’ve added oatmeal, cinnamon, applesauce, pumpkin and anything else we feel in the mood for. This go around we tried adding a little orange flavor in the form of Orange Juice!

I followed the instructions but instead of adding water I substituted it for Orange Juice! BAM! The perfect splash of flavor to mix us the taste!

And have you guys fallen in love with the new IKEA catalog! I am in love! My mixing bowl, plate and placemat int eh photos above are all recent scores from IKEA that I am loving! My entire catalog is dog eared with my wants!

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This Karlstad Orange couch now at IKEA is my favorite! I super want it and HELLO!… it goes great with my OJ Pancakes! Wink, wink!!! Get a hold of the new catalog now and swoon over all the goodness! Flip pages over pancakes! You wont regret it!

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Incredibundles giveaway

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Now that’s one happy baby!!! Thanks to Incredibundles my little Gunner is being spoiled with amazing new toys and learning to explore his world around him! Gaining control of your arms and hands is an exciting thing around here and with some new toys to grab at I’m sure he’ll master this new found ability in no time!

I was recently given the chance to try out Incredibundles, a fun company that created beautiful and fun boxes filled with developmental toys, books and other great baby essentials.

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There are many different bundles to chose from and I got to sample the Learn and Grow Elite…

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Our adorable box was filled to the brim with amazing toys, books and snuggly things! Gunner was immediately curious and eager to discover his new collection.

IncrediBundles.com, the home of extraordinary baby gifts, redesigned the baby gift basket to create gifts that are as practical as they are stylish.  The company got rid of the cellophane and wicker and replaced them with chic reusable storage containers filled with the best books, toys and products for babies.  IncrediBundles.com features a line of foolproof baby gifts, allowing gift-givers to give the nursery essentials every new parent wants and needs.

Want to give a new mom a supply of diapers? It’s easy with an IncrediBundles.com Diaper Bundle!  IncrediBundles.com will send a beautiful announcement package to your recipient featuring a cuddly bear and a certificate for a 3, 6, 9 or 12-month Diaper Subscription.  Then, each month, mom and dad can select the brand and size of diapers they would like delivered straight to their door!

Why not fill the new baby’s nursery with all of the best books for a child’s first year and beyond?  An IncrediBundles.com Book Bundle is the ultimate in baby book gifts.  Give a whole Year of Books for a truly spectacular present.You can also provide countless hours of playtime for the new little one!  Give a Learn and Grow Bundle or A Year of Toys.  An IncrediBundles.com toy gift stocks a baby’s nursery with must-have toys for lots of imaginative play in that first important year of learning.

Now, IncrediBundles.com has partnered with Blue Cricket Design for a Classic Children’s Books Giveaway!
This Custom Classic Children’s Book Bundle is valued at over $100 and includes the

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titles:
Room on the Broom
The Little House
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The Velveteen Rabbit
Pete’s a Pizza

The Three Little Pigs
The Monster at the End of This Book
Where The Wild Things Are

 

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Parade of Homes, Daybreak: PART 2

There were so many amazing homes at Daybreak that I had to break them up into two post! Are you ready for some more Parade of Home goodness?!? Shall we…

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House #26 by David Weekley Homes: This home had my #1 most favorite feature out of all the homes I toured in DAybreak! Every single door inside this home was painted a beautiful blue! Front and back, the doors were amazing! The blue color worked in every room because of the great complimentary color pallet that was used throughout the home! You will adore this! The kitchen was also a highlight with it’s sunny dining room that had killer windows and a built in desk/task area that would be perfect for homework time or blogging!

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Home #27 by Bangerter Homes: If you loved the blogger home last year by Bangerter Homes you will swoon over this year home by the same builder! It’s bright and open floor plan is so inviting! I was in love with the laundry room off the master closet and it’s added built in storage. This home has darling details with herringbone tile work in the kitchen, beamed ceilings in the great room and large bedrooms in the basement. I am very impressed with this builder and their attention to detail and quality!

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Home #28 by Garbett Homes: Garbett Homes can be spotted a mile away! I love their modern design and unique approach to home building. Not only are Garbett Homes beautiful but they are also green! This home is packed with great earth friendly features like solar panels and smart technology. I was blown away at the size of the master bedroom and loved the cool wall color and paint job! Did you notice the paint lines in the master! Soooo cool! This entire home is flooded with light and feels young and inviting.

Parade of Homes is a design lovers dream! So many beautiful things to look at and be inspired by. If you get a chance to tour this years homes be sure to not miss the 8 great homes found out at Daybreak!

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Parade of Homes: Daybreak!

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It’s my all time favorite time of year! It’s Parade of Homes time in the Salt Lake Valley (Aug. 2nd-17th) and I am in HEAVEN! It feels like Christmas, the Super Bowl (if I liked the Super Bowl!) and my birthday all rolled into one! I’m a model home junkie! I love walking through homes to see the latest design trends and to gather inspiration for my own home. It’s also a great way to fall in love with areas and neighborhoods and to see home builders showing off their best skills!

Lucky for me I live close to one of my favorite neighborhoods, Daybreak! This master planned community is like a dream! Homes that are vibrant and charming and all boast porches and uniqueness. Daybreak is all about the experience. It offers endless parks and green space and a lake that opens up doors for beauty and recreation. It’s SoDa row hosts darling shops, restaurants, conveniences like a salon, dry cleaner and nearby bank and open air festivals and events.

This year Daybreak is home to 8 parade homes. Each and every one of them highlight amazing builders, fun features and the enjoyable lifestyle of living in Daybreak. Since all of you can’t visit in person I’m happy to show off the homes and share some of my favorite details from each of them…

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Home #21 by Sego Homes: This amazing town home is perfect for someone looking for quality and endless living space indoors and out. I was blown away at the amount of balcony and porch space. You definitely are spoiled with outdoor space and I’m not just talking a dinky ledge to gaze at stars on! 4 separate outdoor living spaces only help compliment the indoor openness. Loved the bright kitchen and I was totally surprised by the bonus room on the 3rd floor! So much room to spread out in. This town home feels so spacious that you’ll forget it’s a town home!

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Home #22 by Ivory Homes: Ivory Homes has always been one of my favorite builders. You can feel the quality of this build in all the details. Daybreak offers a 55+ neighborhood that has it’s own clubhouse, pool, green space and has some of the most beautiful rambler floor plans I have ever seen. This home is that neighborhood! I am in love with it’s large living spaces and the open kitchen. It’s master bedroom is tucked away and has a dreamy sitting area and spacious master bath!  This is a beautifully decorated home with a killer formal dinning and living space.

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Home #23 by Destination Homes: I’m a sucker for a yellow house and it’s outside is as beautiful as it’s inside! Everyone loves a great kitchen and this one with its two tones cabinets and open view from the second floor were very impressive. I really loved the windows in the great room and how it flooded the first floor with light. You can really get a great taste for the popular small floor tile trend in all the bathrooms and laundry room! Fun kids rooms and a spot on master bath make this one a must see!24

Home #24 by Holmes Homes: This one spoke to me! I was decked out in all my favorite tones and had some fun charm that just made me smile! I think I mentally moved into the kitchen! A sea of clean white and stainless steal! The farm house sink was a detail that any happy home owner would love! This home also put to use some GORGEOUS gray exposed brink! Jaw dropping for sure! The master bath was probably my favorite of the bunch with a beautiful inlay tile runner and claw foot tub. Every bathroom had some really cool tile work that is so on trend…the builder and designer really nailed it!

 

I have more homes to share so stay tuned!

Don’t forget to grab your own Parade of Homes ticket at any Model home or online at Parade of Homes. And learn more about Daybreak HERE!

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