Free Baby Shower Invitations + a Giveaway

Many thanks to GraphicStock for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to create my own invites!

Even before they make their grand entrance into this world, babies can be extremely expensive. How can such a little person need so much stuff?! While some things are good to splurge on, your baby shower invitations shouldn’t be one of them. All you need to make your own gorgeous baby shower invitations is paper, a printer and the free graphics below!

Baby Shower Invite #1

Free baby Shower Invitations

Baby Shower Invite #2

Free Baby Shower InvitationsGet the Graphics

Right now, GraphicStock is offering a free 7 day trial. Simply sign up, and you can download these baby shower invitation graphics plus many more for free. They have over 250,000 images and graphics to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect visual for all your projects. Bonus – scroll down to the end of this post to win a whole year of free images!

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Make Your Free Baby Shower Invitations

  • Go to GraphicStock and sign up for your free trial.
  • Next, choose your image. The owls in the baby shower invite #1 are here. The pink bird and flower graphic is here.
  • Using a photo editor, add your desired text. I like to use the free web program, PicMonkey.
  • Print your finished graphic onto the card or paper of your choice.

Giveaway

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How To: Find Your Skin Type

This story has been sponsored, yet all thoughts and opinions are my own. I hope you enjoy!

There are a lot of choices when it comes to skincare. Selecting the right products for your skin is essential to creating an effective skincare regimen. There are creams and serums for normal, dry, oily, and combination skin, but what if you aren’t sure what your skin type is?

Find Your Skin Type

Since understanding your individual needs is the key to healthy, beautiful skin, Paula’s Choice has put together this easy test. Check out the infographic below and then go to the Paula’s Choice website for more information!

What is your skincare type? Find out with this simple test.

Talk to Me: Did you take the test? What is your skin type?

DIY Nail Art: Easy Geometric Style

Easy diy nail art featuring a geometric design.
It is time for another Pinterest remake! This month I was inspired by this particular pin:



Painting my nails has always been a favorite pastime of mine. The concentration it takes is almost meditative. I am not, however, overly talented when it comes to nail art. So one afternoon, as I sat wasting my time on Pinterest (yet again), I came across this design and became excited. I loved the look and it seemed easy enough for a nail art beginner like me.

What you’ll need:

  • your choice of two nail polish colors
  • white nail polish
  • dull pencil for the dots
  • clear top coat

Directions:

  1. Leaving the ring fingers bare, paint all other nails with your choice of colors. I used a light purple for my thumb, and turquoise for the other three fingers.
  2. Now it’s time for the real fun! Use the first color to create a diagonal swipe across the top of each of your ring fingers.
  3. Making sure the first color is dry, use the second color to create another diagonal swipe from the opposite direction.
  4. Next, take the dull pencil and dip the tip into the white nail polish. Use this to make the dots underneath your design. *Tipreapply the white paint after every dot for a more consistent look.

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There you have it! An easy nail art design perfect for spring and summer. For more Pinterest Remakes, visit a few of my favorite blogs:

How To: Get a Sparkly Clean Flat Iron

Whether you have a casual relationship with your flat iron or you are a dedicated fanatic, maintaining a clean iron is necessary for achieving great looking hair. After years of using my flat iron with no upkeep what-so-ever, I looked down and realized my favorite styling tool had become disgusting with layer upon layer of product buildup. More importantly, I realized my iron just wasn’t working as well as it once had.

Since buying a new high quality flat iron was not in my budget, I looked around for a DIY method to revive my beloved iron.
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Get a Sparkly Clean Flat Iron

After trying several different cleaning methods, I have found the following two solutions to be the best for cleaning ceramic flat irons.

For minimal buildup:

Use paper towels dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove light product buildup and dust. This is a great technique to use for weekly cleanings.

clean flat iron
For heavy buildup:

If cleaning your flat iron is a new concept or you simply have lots of buildup from daily use, baking soda is a great heavy-duty solution.

  • Place a damp rag in the microwave and heat until it is hot.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the damp rag and place directly on one of the ceramic plates.
  • Let the baking soda rag sit for a few minutes and then wipe off the loosened buildup.
  • Finally, use a clean, damp towel to remove all baking soda.

Warning – Do not use dripping wet towels. You don’t want water to ruin the electrical system of your flat irons.
clean flat iron

Talk to Me: How often do you clean your flat iron? What method do you use?

Spring Fashions With U by Kotex

Many thanks to U by Kotex for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to become an #UnderWarrior!

The arrival of spring has been a joyous occasion for my family. With days spent at the park, daily picnics, and countless bottles of bubbles, my daughter, Ella, and I have been taking full advantage of the longer days and warm sunshine.

In nature, spring is a time for new beginnings. This feeling, a need to refresh my home and life, always seems to overtake me as well. This is especially true when it comes to my closet. Few things excite me more then packing away the woolen coats and sweaters to make room for the colorful clothing of spring.

Spring Fashion

Green sweetheart dress / Hermès beige shoes / Vera Bradley logo bag / Ciner gold shell earrings

Above, I put together a little inspiration collage featuring my favorite colors for Spring 2015. Bright, sunny yellow is a big trend right now. Yellow is such a fun color to wear, but this bold shade can clash with certain skin tones. Make sure to try different color variations until you find one that flatters your particular coloring.

Mint and coral are back again this spring. This perpetually popular duo look great on everyone, and are an easy way to add a bright pop of color to your outfits.

Protect Your Spring Fashions

Spring fashions are all about light colors. So if you are like me and avoid wearing white pants during your “time of the month”, then there is something you need to try. U by Kotex Ultra Thin Pads (click for free sample) with 3D Capture Core, a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks, are comfortable, light-weight protection that you can count on.

U by Kotex Free Sample

Try U by Kotex Free!

Love free samples? Of course you do! Now is your chance to try U by Kotex with 3D Capture Core for free. Click the image below to get your U by Kotex Sample and save your spring fashions!

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