Weekender Handbag, Amber Train Case and Notebook in Dreamcatcher from Capri Designs

With the summer in full force, we are making it a goal to fit in as many springs trips, beach trips and even mini vacations as possible. Refusing to be the mom with five very unorganized and unappealing beach bags (or reusable grocery bags since let’s just admit it we all do it) I’m bringing my Weekender bag everywhere we go. Read Mommies Gone Mad’s full post here

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Gentleman’s Box

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 Gentleman’s Box is the first subscription service to cater exclusively to the modern gentlemen. Each month they honor a gentlemen from the past or the present and fill their boxes with 4-5 items, included with your monthly subscription is a subscription to GQ Magazine sent directly to your home separately from the box.

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The June 2016 Gentleman’s Box including the following items:

~Sock Fancy Socks ($12) – Sean has another pair of socks from Sock Fancy and wears them often to school and church. The quality and texture is superior to just about any brand out there and the price is great. He loves the color, plus he didn’t have any green socks so that was a bonus!

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~ Something Strong Striped Tie ($30) – Sean absolutely loves to wear ties whether it be to school, church, dinner or just going out with friends. As with the socks, he didn’t have a green tie, so the color and the striped style was a nice bonus.

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~ Harry’s Razor ($18) – This is the first the Gentleman’s Box included a razor in their boxes and wow they chose wisely with Harry’s. This is not your dollar store blade and razor, this razor has weight and a slick handle. Harry’s makes their own blades and razors as well as accessories on their website which allows for their low prices.

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~ Woodchuck USA Wooden Tie Clip ($30) -Nothing looks more sharp on a nice looking tie than a fancy looking Tie Clip and Woodchuck USA has quality, real stainless steel and real wood face tie bars/clips. We have received products by Woodchuck USA before in previous months boxes and were really impressed, this month no different. He wore it yesterday and received 3 complements.

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~ La Fresh Sunscreen Wipes ($1.66) – Here in North Carolina our temps already reaching the upper 90’s before the heat index. Sunscreen is a must, these wipes have SPF 30 and are guaranteed to protect you in the sun for hours. Sean used his wipes when he went to beach, he said they weren’t greasy and just as stated didn’t irritate his skin. Easy to apply.

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What an stylish box for our Dapper Sean, this month’s box from Gentleman’s Box had a total of $97.66 which included the GQ magazine & the wipes that they didn’t include in their total.

What do you think of this month? Do you want to subscribe to Gentleman’s Box then head over to their website and sign up!

Sean’s video review:

Worldly Box Monthly Subscription

I never thought I would find myself anxiously waiting each month for a monthly subscription box that was jewelry themed, that was until I found Worldly Box on Instagram. Worldly Box allows you customize your box by filling out a short survey when subscribing, telling them what you like and prefer. They also support Fair Trade, which I am very passionate about, as well as Empowering Women Globally. I have been getting Worldly Box for months now, and sadly due to my other site crashing I lost all my other reviews/post for my previous months, but I wanted to catch you up on my June box. Here are a few previous favorite items.

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I am never without one of their pieces of jewelry or items on me daily.

Here is my February box from Worldly Box

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WorldyBox is $19.99 per month or for 3 months it is $50.97

Since each item I was not able to locate online and their are unique to each Country their is no finding out how much each item is, but I can tell you after months of getting WorldlyBox you are definitely more than $20’s worth each month. Each month you receive at least 5 items and Mary who curates my box lol knows my taste in jewelry better than my husband does!!! I have never been disappointed in any item or box!

This month all items came from Peru. I love the Llama keychains which are made from sustainable llama fur as well as the beautiful mix stones necklace.

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Also included in this month’s Worldlybox was: How amazing and beautiful are all these items!

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Be sure to check my out my youtube video review as well:

Let me know what you think of Worldly Box, Which piece did you like best? Do you love Fair Trade as well?

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Me who isn’t bracelet girl LOVES this bracelet that came in their March Box!

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Milk Bottle Craft

Being able to sit down, relax and enjoy my night crafting is a night well spent! I try to escape to my craft room or take over a section by the recliner in the living room and craft while as a family we watch a movie or America’s Got Talent. Two weeks ago I painted three mason jars and loved how they turned out. So when I saw these cute mini milk bottles at Walmart in their craft section I just I had to paint them! I only ended using 3 (4th one broke during hand drying it)

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After I cleaned them inside and out…and hand dried them, well 3 😉 it was time to pick the colors. I chose to do 1 in black & white, 1 in a light pink with dark pink spots and the last one in a light tan with a darker shade for the spots. I love when Michaels Craft Store has their 20% off your entire order AND 40% one item plus their paints were on sale, perfect timing! These are the colors I chose..  Craft Smart White, Black, Apple Barrel Cameo Pink, Paradise Pink, Toasted Marshmallow, and Little Mocha

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Each bottle received a bottom coat, which I would let completely dry before applying the second coat. Once the second was on the spots could then be outlined and filled in. You can have fun with this steps, by where you place them and the size. Each spot will also need two coats and be sure to let each coat of the paint dry completely before apply the next one.

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The final couple steps after all the drying will be the protective step and the decorating step. You may want to put a clear gloss over your bottles to help protect it from chips and give it a smooth feeling and look. Krylon makes a Colormaster Crystal Clear Gloss Spray Acrylic that goes on clear and dries clear. Once that is dried you can decorate the top, I did not paint or spray the top due to what I am using it for…

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They make a fun addition to our coffee tables. I love how the spots bounced off the light bottom coat on each of them. I am a huge fan and lover of paper straws so of course that is what we are using to hold just some of them, lol I have 3 other containers holding more…I told I love paper straws!!!

What crafts do you enjoy doing? And have you painted these mini dairy/milk bottles, if so what color scheme did you use & what are you using them for? cow

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Packages of Pretties

We all know Facebook as the huge social media network for sharing photos, personal updates, posting our daily activities, checking on friends and more. Instagram what was started as a place to share just photos has become a place where small businesses thrive, people with similar hobbies can connect and where we can still share our personal photos with the world. On IG (Instagram) you will find a lot of small shops selling their handmade items, one account that helps bring many of IG’s small shops together is @EarthCookieCreates, on her page you can find her amazing handmade items as well so many other shops creative and lovingly made items. Each month @EarthCookieCreates put together a box called Packages of Pretties which contains 5-8 items and each month has a new theme. Not only are you getting 5-8 handmade items each month but you are being introduced to new shops and getting some of the most cutes, amazing, and prettiest items from the most talented women on IG. Here is a look at my April Packages of Pretties.

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How pretty are all of those handmade items. So you can be sure to check them out here is a list of who made each amazing item. The Oh Happy Day sign was handmade and painted by Krista over @TheSpottedChevron , the cute Heart Coin Purse Keychain was handmade by Karen over @Manghammade , the two Heart Paperclips were crocheted by @YarnFreak , the Compliment Cards were designed and made by @AngelineKayDesigns , the Vintage Bottle Cap Magnet was made by Sonya over @StashedAndCrafted , the very pretty Flower Pendant was made by Amanda @KOfColors and Jessica @EarthCookieCreates made the set of Rainbow Cards

Pricing (prices include shipping in the US) for the Packages of Pretties are:
1 month $17
3 months $48
6 months $80

The spots fill up fast! But if you miss your chance be sure to follow her and all the talented shops she post daily, not only are you supporting small businesses, moms, the crafting community but you will also see so many handmade items that are unique and one of a kind.

My March Packages of Pretties

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@_That_Blessed_Momma_of4_ , @BayouVue , @ReKindledPleasures , @PinkRobynDecor

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What do you think of this all handmade items subscription box? Would you jump at the chance each other to be one of 8 to get it?

A visit to Cupcake War’s winner Happy Cakes Cupcakery

Flip on The Food Network and you probably will catch one of their number one rated shows Cupcake Wars and if you are like my girls and I you know why. Not only is it about CUPCAKES, it has bakers racing and competing against each other to win the ultimate prize being named ‘Cupcake Wars Winner’ plus a check for $10,000. During the show you see 3 sets of teams race to make their best cupcakes under one theme and using ingredients some might never think to even use ever, let alone in a cupcake! And if the pressure of having to compete isn’t frightening enough there is that looming time frame you have to get all your cupcakes done, decorated and plated under.  Oh did I forget to mention they have to taste DELICOUS!!!!

Angela Diaz and her daughter-in-law, Kaylee were selected to compete in a mother/daughter episode in June and “Season 9: Episode 6: LA Bridal Bash” aired on the Food Network on October 12, 2013. My girls and I watched that episode as it aired and we were all pulling for them to win! They were are mother/daughter team from Morehead City, NC just 45 minutes away from us — how could we not be home on the edge of our seats rooting for them!! When they won my girls, Faith & Megan were jumping up and down not only did their pick win but someone from Eastern North Carolina won!

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The big day came when I took the girls for the first time to visit HappyCakes Cupcakery and as soon I turned the corner and they saw the huge sign that read “WINNERS OF CUPCAKE WARS” they knew where we were and my SUV began to shake with excitement! As soon as I put the car in park Megan and Faith were on the sidewalk jumping up and down waiting for me LOL. Megan, who is the BIGGEST Food Network Star fan was starstruck and couldn’t contain her excitement. Before even entering the shop she was recalling the episode with her younger sister. When we opened the door to their Cupcake ‘Heaven’ Shop you are hit with the smells of fresh baked ingredients and my favorite their HUGE (I swear they are the size of my head) Cookies!

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HappyCakes Cupcakery prides themselves on what they DON’T put their cupcakes! Yes, I worded that correctly…what they DON’T add. Once you taste their cupcakes you will never want or even like store bought or box cupcakes every again, the reason why is because of all the artificial colors, flavors and ingredients they don’t add. The sign behind Megan ‘Butter Makes Everything Better’ is just one hint to the standards they have for all their bake goods. As stated on their HappyCakes Cupcakery Facebook page

We make deliciously moist, made-from-scratch cupcakes. We do not use food coloring or packaged products when they can be avoided. We feature homemade caramel, fruit fillings, Swiss meringue buttercreams, and so much more.
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 Pictured above is their Vanilla Bean (vanilla bean cake, vanilla bean buttercream), Chocolate Mousse (chocolate cake, milk chocolate mousse filling, vanilla buttercream, chocolate shavings), and Strawberry Cream (vanilla cake, fresh strawberry buttercream). My favorite is there HUGE Chocolate Chip cookies. Fresh baked daily just so happen that when we arrived the were still warm (insert heart eyes emjoi)!!
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Actual size! Be sure to pair your cupcake or cookie with their fresh brewed coffee.
Of course we couldn’t leave without a sneak peak and finger swoop! Faith double checking her cupcake was still here there CHECK!
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Oh did you notice the missing cupcake too? Your mission is to go to Happycakes Cupcakery and walk out without eating one of their daily delicious cupcakes! It isn’t easy!
When storing your cupcake at home their boxes have instructions to help keep them fresh longer. Since I had the cookie, which took me two days to finish…yes it is that HUGE, I stored my in non other than a glass cupcake stand!
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Very fitting for this Vanilla Bean Cupcake! Stayed fresh for 3 days, though the icing didn’t last…as in it didn’t last my every once in a while finger swoop! ;)!
And what better way to celebrate turning 17 years old than a Chocolate Indulgence (chocolate cake, rich chocolate buttercream, chocolate shavings) Cupcake
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happy cakes 9   I am not sure that cupcake lasted 5 minutes before it was just the wrapper and crumbs! It was a surprise trip to the Happycakes Cupcakery Shop in Morehead City, NC. and the girls thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and every moment of eating their Famous Cupcakes. It was a surprise when we brought back  enough for their 3 brothers and dad to celebrate Eric’s 17th birthday, and needless to say everyone picked their favorite and tried each others and there were non left over! Kevin had the Tiramisu (Irish cream cake with Irish cream and espresso glaze, Irish cream mascarpone buttercream, cocoa dusting), Sean tried the Cookie Dough (vanilla cake, homemade chocolate chip cookie dough center, vanilla buttercream with mini chocolate chips, homemade mini chocolate chip cookie topping), and dad/George tried the Chocolate Strawberry (chocolate cake, fresh strawberry buttercream). Tummy’s were full and happy!

If you are in our area be sure to make the trip to Happycakes Cupcakery, if your not in the area….what are you waiting here is the address quick put it in Google Maps and make the trip!

278 HIGHWAY 24 SUITE A
MOREHEAD CROSSINGS
SHOPPING CENTER

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Why I love to support local businesses. Not only does Happycakes Cupcakery make my now all time favorite cookie but they donate 10% of their purchases to Wipe Every Tear ! If you walk in see them wearing one of the shirts above that say “Refuse To Do Nothing” that is the Happycakes Cupcakery Family showing their support for Wipe Every Tear, which  helps rescue beautiful people trapped in human trafficking in the Philippines and Thailand.

Watch their Cupcake War’s Episode :

You can check out Happycakes Cupcakery on their

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Happycakes Cupcakery Instagram

Wipe Every Tear Facebook Page

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*Happycakes Cupcakery did not endorse this post, I wrote this review as a show of support for a local business we are proud of here in Eastern, NC and in our house rooted for during the show Cupcake Wars on the Food Network*

Rainbow of DumDums

Ever have a crazy thought pop in head around 1 am and next thing you know you and your son are on the couch sorting your jar Dum Dums Lollipops into piles of coordinating colors? Or is it just me?! I had a tall glass apothecary jar filled to the top with Dum Dums that I had just dumped in there, no method just pure madness. After going on Instagram and seeing on of the post made @RaisingUpRubies (if you aren’t following her you definitely should be, she has her own shop and post colorful uplifting post) had made with her DumDums all neat and organized I couldn’t get that image of my messy unorganized jar of them out of my head. So yes, at 1 AM it was turn the jar over and dump them out time and let the color crazy madness begin! Bring on the late night Rootbeer Floats, John Oliver episodes and an extra bag of Dum Dums!

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We started with the mystery flavor (which there is way too much of lol) at the bottom, doing two rows of them, then one row grape, a row of cotton candy, two rows of blue raspberry, a row sour apple, lemon-lime, a row of peach, orange, fruit punch, cherry and this is where having the second bag came in handy since the best flavors even though they were up top and only needed one row didn’t come with as many as other flavors we now have abundance of. After the row of cherry we did a row of watermelon and then took the pink bubble and stood them up straight at the very top!

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To make all the rows even I would stick the root beer and cream soda dum dums sideways but out of sight which would allow the rows to be more sturdy and stay even as we stacked them. I am so thrilled how it turned out and love looking it each day when I am sitting at my office desk.

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Everyone likes to ask is it hard not to eat them….I guess the good thing about doing it this way is, I love the pretty rainbow look and if I ate my favorite, which happens to be right at the top, the watermelon, there would go my pretty rainbow and having to buy the extra bag LOL I had plenty of leftovers to toss in a bowl…..

BUT THEN I HAD ANOTHER IDEA…….