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Make your own Fixer Upper style Kitchen sign with your Cricut Explore

March 27, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Create your own Fixer Upper style sign with your Cricut ExploreMaterials

magnolia homes kitchenFirst begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.

Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black to begin with and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.

The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great for your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??

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How to pick the perfect diaper bag. Explore the different types of bags for different mamma’s.

July 11, 2016

This post is brought to you by our friends at The Baby Cubby.Want to know what diaper bag you should choose? See all the questions and answers on how to pick the perfect diaper bag.Diaper bags are so hard for me to get right. I’ve had several through the years and I finally made the perfect choice with the Ju-Ju-Be Be Classy and guides like this one from The Baby Cubby helped in that search. I’m going to be answering questions that I’ve often wondered about in how to pick the perfect diaper bag. I’d love to hear some of your feedback as well.Want to know what diaper bag you should choose? See all the questions and answers on how to pick the perfect diaper bag.How many pockets will you need? You definitely want one or two on the exterior to hold your bottle. I like that the Ju-Ju-Be has insulated pockets so that you don’t have to take a separate insulated bag to keep your water warm. I also like them to be easily accessible for everyone involved. If you have to dig through your bag just to find the bottle, it’s not worth it. On the interior it’s great to have 2-4 more so that diapers, medicine, Copper Pearl bandanna bibs and pacifiers all have their own dedicated space.

How large should it be? I am a big bag lady – not the Erika Badu kind – the larger the purse is, I’ll buy it. I personally think that no bigger than 18″ on the base is really needed when it comes to diaper bags. You want it to be large enough to carry all your essentials and yet easy enough to carry. 

Should I get the backpack or purse style? I prefer backpack style so that your arms are free to do the heavier duty things. Backpack style bags are great for traveling and walking around but it’s a little harder to keep on if you don’t have both straps around each arm. Purse style diaper bags are great for convenience. Their zippers are easily reachable and you can grab and go and not worry about other straps dragging on the ground. Look for a purse style that has a strap that can be added to convert it into a tote, I think you’ll love that.

What will I put in it? Your life! It’s so important to have the little things available when you need them and you’re not always going to be home. I like to stock up my bags with at least 10 diapers and a pack of wipes. I always have an extra change of clothes on hand because they’re babies we’re taking care of. I also keep some medicine and always a spare pacifier because I lose those all the time. I’ve already lost 4 pacifier clips and I’m surprised I haven’t lost my baby…yet. Want to know what diaper bag you should choose? See all the questions and answers on how to pick the perfect diaper bag.What material is best? I go for a material that I know will not get holes easily (that’s obvious) but there are so many options when it comes to material it just is really about preference. I’ve had a real leather bag that to-be-honest wasn’t worth spending all that money on. I have a faux leather backpack style one and I do appreciate that one because the pleather is on the inside and out. I personally prefer the Teflon protection that the Ju-Ju-Be bag offers. It’s easily cleaned and it has my favorite ‘crumb drains’. You have no idea how much you’ll use that feature. Get one that can be wiped down or washed easily, that’ll make life so much easier than having to walk around with a giant stained bag. 

Should I buy a gender-neutral bag or go all in on patterns? When you invest in an item, you want it to be timeless. The same thing is true when buying diaper bags. Get one that suites your style and can be carried by both you and your partner. Get one that most people can’t tell it’s a diaper bag. You’re already tired from having a baby, you might as well feel like your style is somewhat amped up with a stylish bag. 

How much should I pay? I would rather pay once for a good quality bag than have to buy 2-3 bags at $50 a pop. You end up getting the one you want in the end anyways. Be sure to try it before you buy it. Don’t be afraid to see if there is a local boutique that carries the bag and try and bring what you think you’ll carry in it to give you an idea of functionality. If you buy online like I do, be sure to buy from a company that has a good return policy and don’t throw anything away until you’re sure it’s the right one. 

Will I use it as much as I think I will? Answer for me was yes. I did opt for the neutral patterned bag and so I use t as my purse and my diaper bag at the same time. Look for bags that serve a dual purpose and ones that have places for mom, not just baby. Be sure to get the style that you will like as in the tote style, backpack style or purse style. Get one that you actually want to carry around and your investment will be well used. Want to know what diaper bag you should choose? See all the questions and answers on how to pick the perfect diaper bag.

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Wassail Inspired Oatmeal Recipe

January 12, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Target #CollectiveBiasOatmeal with Cranberries, Walnuts and ApplesWhen the server on your blog has been down for 30+ hours, you need to be creative besides watching Netflix. Quaker® Instant Oats have been one of  my go to snacks considering that it’s hearty and I feel better making this choice over chips. When we were in Tonga a few years ago, I had to go to the hospital. In the morning they fed me some oatmeal and it was the best thing I had eaten in three weeks. It was mainly cause I had starved myself and that it was something that finally tasted satisfying.
Brown Sugar Oatmeal RecipeI decided to make a few tweaks to the recipe so that it would have a more seasonal taste. I used the Maple & Brown Sugar flavor of the Quaker® Instant Oats and instead of water or milk, I used apple juice. What a difference that tiny thing can make. They now have an indicator to fill up the liquid in the packet so you’re not wasting dishes.Oatmeal and Apple RecipeI used 2/3 cup for each packet and used a total of two to fill me up. Add some dried cranberries and microwave on high for about 1.5 minutes, then stir.cranberry oatmeal recipeOnce you’ve removed it from the microwave, add in your walnuts, dash of cinnamon and about 1/8 tsp. of fresh orange zest. Easy peasy.

Wassail Inspired Oatmeal Recipe
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 1
Make this delish Wassail Inspired Oatmeal using cranberries, cinnamon, orange zest and walnuts.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkt Quaker® Instant Oats in Maple & Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 c. Apple Juice
  • 1/8 c. Dried Cranberries
  • 1/8 c. chopped Walnuts
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 4 scrapes of Orange Zest from the Microplane
Instructions
  1. Empty your packet of Quaker® Instant Oats and add the apple juice and dried cranberries.
  2. Microwave for 1.5 min. and stir
  3. Add the walnuts, cinnamon and orange zest

Target Oatmeal EndcapOne of the main reasons I was so excited to be able to do this shop was the Bring Your Best Bowl contest that you can win up to $250,000. You can head over to Target to get all your ingredients. It’s super convenient because they have these end caps so you can grab all that you need to make some other yummy varieties. To see all the rules, click here. You can enter your recipe online like me and the winner will have their recipe sold this coming fall for a limited time.

So tell me, what is your favorite oatmeal additions?

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Bringing Home Baby Giveaway

January 11, 2016

If your new to reading the blogsy, I had a baby 3 months ago and he’s been in the NICU ever since. I’ve had other kids but the style game has changed A LOT in the last five years. I’ve teamed up with some killer shops to giveaway some essentials for the babe when bringing them home. I do own these products and I chose shops that I love and that I know are crutial to looking good together.

To enter, head to my Instagram account and tag some friends, be sure to follow all the accounts, too. Take a screenshot and repost with the hashtag #WelcomeHomeMalakai for another entry. Good luck!

Here are the prizes:

Copper Pearl – Bandana Bibs and a Multi Use Cover

Copper Pearl cover Copper Pearl bibs

Their bibs are seriously the best. So soft and high quality. The best feature is the double button so you can adjust the sizing. The cover, WHOA! Just as soft as the bibs and it fits me. I have a hard time with covers like this because they don’t fit a heavy honey like me, not this one.

Rags to Raches – $50 credit to their shop

RagsYou can’t go wrong here. Rachel also had a preemie so I feel like we’re bonded just in that sense but she also has killer style. You can get hooded ones, short sleeve ones, pink, blue, black, acid wash – whatever your heart desires.

Nena and Co. – Clutch

NenaAndCoAli always makes sure her items are up to her standards. They make such high quality bags, camera straps, clothing, etc. that it’s hard to not to want everything. They’re giving away a clutch to carry all your money, cards and keys so they don’t get lost in the good ole diaper bag.

Freshly Picked – soft sole moccs

FP MoccsI’ve talked about my love of Freshly Picked a lot. There are a lot of knock-offs out there and there is really only one difference, your Freshly Picked moccs will outlast those others 10 to 1. They come in sizes up to 10 and every pair we’ve owned has seen its fair share of brutality and there has never been an incident of holes or loose threads. I really love these shoes.

Tubby Todd – $25 credit to their shop

TubbyToddWho doesn’t want the best possible thing on their baby’s skin? All natural and award winning soaps FTW. I know lots of moms who use this for themselves, too.

Solly Baby – a wrap of your choice

SollyBabyMine came in the mail before I even delivered him. I knew I needed one of these so I could actually get some housework done while catering to his needs. These are super soft and versatile, any good reason to own anything.

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DIY Hairpin Leg End Table

April 6, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KleenexStyle #CollectiveBiasDIY End TableThis DIY Hairpin Leg End Table was just as easy as my other DIY Side Table and costs were around the same except when it came to the legs. The longer the legs, the more expensive it’s going to get but you can for sure get away with only using 2 just like Alison with Two Thirty-Five Designs did with her table. That’s where I got the inspiration from for mine but I wanted mine to be portable and change locations whenever I felt the need!KleenexFirst things first. I headed to Home Depot and grabbed the essentials. A 12″ board of Poplar wood and had them cut it on site. They cut two 22″ sections and 2 6″ sections. I grabbed some Rustoleum stain in the mini jars and the color that I chose is called Driftwood, a perfect washed grey. I needed some Gorilla Glue and some 1 1/4″ screws for my Hairpin Legs. Speaking of the legs, I grabbed mine here off Etsy. They were made to order, fast shipping and I was really pleased with the quality.

I began first with sanding and staining the wood. Of course the parts where the saw left those brittle cuts on the wood, those were going to be the inside of the table. However, I wanted to be sure and get a good covering on the wood. I only did one coat and this was my first time using this stain. I really liked it. I just wiped it on and let it sit for 2 minutes to get the look I wanted and then took a lint free cloth and wiped it off. I set it aside to dry for about 2 hours. Ryobi Air StrikeThen it was time for the assembly. It’s literally a box. I started with a piece of the 22″ board and a 6″ piece. I placed some glue along both edges that were going to be touching and I then used my Ryobi AirStrike nail gun and nailed them in place with 1 1/2″ finishing nails. I did the 6″ sections on both ends of the 22″ base and then laid the other 22″ top on top of the other pieces.

Gorilla GlueThis is when they say clamps are necessary but did I have them, no. I picked them up at the store but I didn’t know what size to get, if I’d ever use them again so I put them back. Get some so you don’t strain yourself. Even though these pieces were cut square, they weren’t nailing together square so I had to do some maneuvering. I got it into place but it’s not perfect and I’m ok with that, you may however not be. It’s completely up to you. Ryobi Drill TableNow that the box is assembled, go ahead and grab your drill and hairpin legs. You want to be sure that your screws will be able to penetrate the wood so begin by marking the holes. Then take an awl and dig into the wood a bit or hit the awl with a hammer to create a divot. Now if you want you can take the extra step and use some liquid nails to really secure the hairpin legs or just screw it directly to the wood like I did.

I just used some spray poly and allowed it to dry for 48 hours in my garage and now it’s up in my master bedroom. I’ve got plans to paint my walls a creamy white and to add some accessories. Robin’s Egg Blue sort of weighs on you after a while…it’s still a pretty color though, it’s just time for a change. Hairpin Leg TableI really like my weaving that I did with some fabulous bloggers one night, Remodelaholic, Amy Robison, and The Project Girl. We had so much fun together and we got a little wild. Speaking of wild, check out the new tissues that Betsey Johnson has designed for KLEENEX®! They are available as KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.) and KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3 Packs and available at select Kroger stores. There is also a promotion at Kroger Stores for Kleenex which you can learn about below.

Available in select Kroger and Kroger banner stores. Purchase two specially marked packages of Kleenex® Tissues in one transaction at Kroger stores and receive a reward code valid for a $5 Visa Digital Rewards Virtual Account via text message between 4/1/15 – 4/30/15. Reward code must be activated by 5/31/15 and is void if not activated by expiration date. Virtual Account expires 2 months from the date of activation and will be void if not used by the expiration date. Virtual Account can be used online wherever Visa debit is accepted for digital content purchase(s) up to $5 and use governed by terms in Account holder Agreement https://www.activaterewards.com/Kleenex/terms_and_conditions. Digital content may not be available for all devices. No cash value. Not for resale; void if sold or exchanged. Cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Not valid with any other offer. Offer and Virtual Account valid only in the U.S., excluding U.S. territories. For full participation instructions, go towww.activaterewards.com/Kleenex. Issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Digital Reward is powered by Fandango Loyalty Solutions, LLC. ©2015 Fandango Loyalty Solutions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.  For some more décor inspiration, visit KLEENEX®. I’d love to hear how you are inspired and what projects you’d like to take on. DIY Side Table

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5 Ways to Make Your Travel Less Stressful

March 31, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

5 Must HavesI am programmed to be high stressed. I don’t know what it is but I can’t take it easy and it’s not an automatic thing for me and my family suffers. I’ve learned throughout the years to travel near and far with certain essentials (for me) that make my life a little easier and I wanted to share with you these 5 tricks on how I make travel less stressful for me.

  • A Brush – Yes. Brushing your hair is something you probably shouldn’t have left the house without doing but with three kids of my own, it doesn’t get done no matter how many times I’ve asked…yelled, really. Usually the detangling ones are the best and sometimes the more money you spend, it isn’t always the better.
  • Lipstick and Mascara – again, things you shouldn’t have left the house without doing but I find myself doing it all the time. With my ginger hair, my eyelashes are non-existent and really making myself look just a little bit put together, I feel a little better.
  • A change of clothing for everyone – I am not the best example of this but I have many times found myself either wishing or stopping at an actual store buying clothing or underwear. I’d suggest just an overnight bag in the back or trunk with also a plastic bag of sorts to keep the soiled laundry in while it’s waiting to be cleaned. If it’s something that it pretty repulsive (mom’s ;))…toss it. Your dignity is worth more than a $1 saved.
  • Cash – I’ve talked before about how my husband can be a bit of a stickler and sometimes I do appreciate it. I have my sneaky ways of spending money but cash has really become an essential way to learn how to manage money for me. You are more conscious when you are spending cash rather than using a card. You can actually see your funds dwindling away. If you are going to use a card, I would most definitely recommend you take your check register with you so that you can balance your account to also see those dollars dwindling.
  • Chocolate – Last but most definitely not least is some chocolate. I’m not talking any old stuff though…the good stuff, SNICKERS® Almond. Have you found that you’ll buy the less expensive chocolate thinking it’ll satisfy your cravings and it never does. It all goes hand in hand with giving in to your indulgences. SNICKERS® is my chocolate indulgence and I love their new campaign slogans, “You’re not you when you’re hungry”. I most definitely get the most peace when I can find a moment away to myself and relaxing and pretty much chocolate is that sense of relief for me. I usually always grab them from Walmart because I can get the best price there, too.  

Travel less stressfulI know for myself, motherhood has been a learning experience and I have to take it day by day. In life, nobody is perfect and I hope that no one makes you feel that you have to compare your weaknesses to their strengths. The world of the internet can make you feel like you don’t have it together but if you take it one day at a time, things all work out.

Snickers Almond

Also regarding SNICKERS®, they are having an awesome contest where you can submit a photo or a .gif about how you’re not yourself – I told you this campaign is awesome! See the details below cause I know I’ll be doing it myself cause I think it’s so fun and they are always some of my favorite commercials. You can also get delish SNICKERS® recipes on the SNICKERS® Social Hub

  

 

Holidays - Home - Valentine's Day

Eye Love You – Free Printable

January 29, 2015

I created this super cute I Love You free printable today and I’m in love. I saw this really cute art print on craftgawker and thought it would be fun to create a printable for all year round but especially Valentine’s Day. And who knows, one of these days I’ll really learn the proper way to upload a printable but for now it’s working!I love you free valentines printableHello Lidy had done hers in watercolor and for those who may be watercolor challenged, I figured this would be easier. Just print it out! I however really love hers too!

Grab this 'Eye" Love You free printable on frenchiewraps.com. Perfect for Valentine's Day or anniversaries, just all year round gift for someone special in your life!

I Love You Print – Frenchie <=== FREE PRINTABLE HERE

This to date is my favorite Valentines Day I love you printable. Tag me on social media so I can see yours! @seelindsayblog

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You Can’t Erase My Love #DIYValentine

January 21, 2015

Create these cute and easy kids valentines for less than $5 for the whole class! Only on frenchiewraps.comI’m obsessed with everything lately. I love corny Valentines like you wouldn’t believe so when I saw these pencils and erasers in the dollar bin at Target, I thought of something catchy and wanted to it share with you! I mean how can you see erasers and not think of “erasing” something and not making an eraser valentine?

Create these cute and easy kids valentines for less than $5 for the whole class! Only on frenchiewraps.comSupplies:

  • Free Printables (available at the bottom of the post)
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Hole punch

This was a charm to put together. Just cut out the printable, I sized them to be 1.5″x3″ or even shorter and then punch a hole, thread your ribbon or twine through and tie it to the top of your pencil with the eraser attached. My niece was with me while I was putting these together and she kept asking if these were for her class or if she could have one. Of course, I make to please!

Create these cute and easy kids valentines for less than $5 for the whole class! Only on frenchiewraps.com

Make sure you’re checking out the other fab Valentine gifts in the Valentine hop that Abbey with The Cards We Drew put together, I don’t have the time or patience to put together any of these things so a small blogger like me is sure grateful for sweet ladies like her!

Don’t forget to grab your
FREE PRINTABLES HERE!! ===>You can’t erase my love
You can’t erase this kind of love

XOXO, Lindsay

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