birthday linky party and giveaway!

i don’t know about you, but one of the times i am most on pinterest, is when i am planning a party!  birthday parties these days seem to be all about the ‘theme.’  how am i capturing this stage in my child’s life?  what do they love?  sock monkeys?  princesses?  soccer?  whatever it is…there are a gazillion pieces of inspiration out there for us as parents planning ‘the shin-dig of all shin-digs’ for our tots ‘n taters, right?

i’m one of those moms who would love to go all-out, but alas, reality sets in, and i realize i don’t have an immeasurable amount of time or money to put into these big days.  but i ‘pin’ ideas like nobody’s biz-ness.  you?  ๐Ÿ˜‰

in all seriousness, though, i have gotten so much inspiration and motivation from all of the ideas, posts, and products i’ve been exposed to through blogs and shops i’ve found over the years.  i have a ton of creative bones in my body, but not always the ‘superhuman’ package to go with them, so our parties are usually middle-of-the-road as far as cost and effort.  i’ve learned, through some trial and error, that what matters most is that little one you are celebrating, so don’t put an insane amount of pressure on that big day or yourself.  i hope you find some things here that make the whole process even easier for you come party time!

that said…welcome to the birthday linky party, where we’ll be linking up all of our birthday-related posts and pins.  link to a post from your blog, or a pin, or even an entire pinterest board.  i’ll be linking up my posts and boards as well!

i am certain you’ll find something helpful / wonderful / interesting here!  i’ve got a princess party coming in december, so i’ll personally have an eye out for those links!  thanks in advance for sharing!

in honor of my very first party (and quite the learning experience) as a mom…we will be ‘gifting’ some adorable, handcrafted ‘minnie mouse’ inspired items created exclusively for this giveaway by the artisans, rosella bella and la bambina couture!  just see the rafflecopter form below!  one lucky winner takes all!

so here’s where the good times started for klover house

the ‘minnie mouse’ party:
where were you, pinterest???  
that day.  oh, that day.  i’d like a re-do, please.  ๐Ÿ™‚

the ‘elmo’ party:

the ‘pinkalicious’ party:
the ‘sunshine’ party:
in lieu of cards, guests brought dollar gift items 
to be donated to our local children’s hospital.
the ‘beauty and the beast’ party:

a BIG thank you to rosella bella and la bambina couture for creating these one-of-a-kind pieces for us!
(check out rosella bella’s facebook page for a glimpse at even more adorable products!)
*this is not a paid or sponsored post.*
a Rafflecopter giveaway

**giveaway ends august 3rd at 11:59 PM EST. open to residents of the US only.  prizes cannot be shipped to PO boxes.  winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. please note that klover house is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.  we have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. the products provided for the giveaway were free of charge from the companies, and each item offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. my opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  facebook and pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway.

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weekend pin-it party #5!

welcome back to another linky party!  i am loving these!  so many good things to see!
speaking of, here are a few pin-worthy posts that jumped out at me from last week.
um, hello!  do i even have to explain why i love this so much?  (pssst.  scroll up.)  ๐Ÿ™‚  
my love for my ‘love’ anthro mugs is ever-present on da blog.
great job, girlwifemom! this centerpiece is so perfectly lovely!
another favorite of mine, would be the 
i am always up for a glass and i’ve never quite figured out that perfect mix!  
well, here you go!  enjoy!

and, although, i looked at nearly every pin, and they were all great, 
(and i confess i broke one of the ‘rules for mom at the park” and thought of this post), 
i have to give a shout-out to life with the crust off for being a big help in the kitchen!  
i adapted her recipe for chicken fajita quesadillas, based on what we had handy, 
and it was sooo tasty, that i made quesadillas TWICE this week!  
and my hubs was happy about it!  yep.  thank you so much for the inspiration!

ok, now that i’m both thirsty and hungry & longing to sit at that pretty little table for a snack…
back to this week’s link party!  link away, ppl!  and once again, thank you so much 
for coming by and linking up your best finds!  ๐Ÿ™‚  
this mama is very grateful for all of these new little treasures.  
i hope you find inspiration here as well!

ok, here are the very simple rules:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please remember to follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

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weekend pin-it party #4

wow!  there are some really awesome things out there!  every week, since joining in these pin-it parties, i have been amazed at the number of really great posts, tips, ideas, recipes, and projects everyone has to share!  God has made a lot of creative beings!  well, actually, i think He made us ALL creative beings; it’s just unfortunate that only a handful share their *stuff* online!  ๐Ÿ™‚

so, one of my favorite things from last week’s party was “lovey lane.”  i think this idea is adorable and fun!  i plan on sharing ava’s ‘claire.’  ‘claire,’ named by my husband, has been with us since before ava’s arrival.  i spotted her at the children’s clothing store crazy 8’s that fall/winter of 2009, and i thought she was sooo cute!  had i known that ava would cherish her so, i would’ve bought out the entire stock!  (we’ve lost her a few times, and mommy was in panic mode!)  but, then again, all of her little stains and stitch-ups make her even more precious to us, so i don’t know that a stand-in would’ve ever done the job anyway.

ava and ‘claire’ are never too far from each other, and she has probably slept without her ‘claire’ maybe like twice in the last three years!  and that’s only b/c she likes to stash ‘claire’ in hiding spots, and then, we can’t find her!  like tonight, ava remembered that she tucked her away in the drawer where we keep our electronics and playing cards.  yeah…wouldn’t have thought of that hiding spot too easily!

preciousness…

anyway, THANK YOU for linking up each week!  i am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity and exposure to such wonderful content!  you are all awesome!

have a great weekend, everyone!

here’s the run-down once again:
the pins that you add here will be seen on ALL of the following blogs!!! you are going to find a LOT of inspiration here!
all that you need to do is to share your favorite pins for everyone to see!  i’m looking forward to visiting you on pinterest!

the rules for linkers are:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

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all about summer link-up!

thanks sooo much for joining us this past week for our summer series:  the ultimate mid-summer survival guide & giveaway!   did you come across anything you especially liked?  i know i did, and i’ll be applying several ideas here at our home as we get ready to plunge into august!  if you missed a day (or the series altogether), you can access each day’s post by using the links provided here in this post!

on monday (7/8) your modern family shared some fantastic ideas for free (or almost free) summer activities for your kids and family! who doesn’t need or love free?! i know we do! summer can be expensive!

on tuesday (7/9) mamagab explained how to host a busy bag swap, and she threw in some great examples as well!  all you need to do now is pull a few friends together!

on wednesday (7/10) beauty in the mess shared outdoor activities for preschoolers and beauty through imperfection shared indoor activities for preschoolers! between these two, you’re good-to-go!

on thursday (7/11) we, klover house, shared some of my favorite ideas for summer-living in small places. this is how we survive roll.

on friday (7/12) smartter each day let us in on how to start and host a neighborhood bible club. i’ll definitely be attempting this!

on saturday (7/13) snippets of inspiration shared some great summer recipes with us! from breakfast to dessert…she covered it all!

and now, it’s sunday (7/14), and you’re back here i hope to link-up some of your favorite summertime ideas, recipes, etc., and to enter this great giveaway! we are each contributing to the giveaway package, which means that one of you will win all of these prizes! i’d say it’s a pretty sweet deal!

the winner will receive: a pink summer necklace with earrings, another beautiful jewelry set, a personalized ipad/e-reader slipcover case, bottle of essential oil, a scentsy warmer, scents and an extra light-bulb, pampered chef products, the book, a familiar shore, and primal pit paste (you can read my lil’ ditty on the pit paste here).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ok, without further delay…link away!

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beat the boredom! summer series and giveaway!

hello, lovie bugs! can i call you that? that’s what i call my kiddos, and they like it, so…

anyway! good things in store this week! starting TODAY, we (six fantastic bloggers and i) are teaming up to bring you the ultimate guide to surviving the summer! it’s flying by, and maybe your fuse is already fizzled, or you feel like, “whoa, mama, i didn’t even get to get this thing started, and it’s almost august!” we’ve got it covered. we’re there too – wherever ‘there’ is – i’m sure we’re there with you. kids climbing the walls…bank account draining faster than that sixth pot of spaghetti noodles you made this month already…dreading yet another night of trying to plan a meal that might not involve the oven – can’t we all just live off of watermelon until september???

yep. we’re there too! and we’ve got some awesome things in store for you this week. loads of ideas! worst case scenario…you’ll find some inspiration that will kick-start your own creative juices and get you enjoying the rest of the hot, summer days ahead! (or the rain. yes, we’ll also address the rain. bleh.)

oh, and on top of that…there’s a generous giveaway coming up on sunday, july 14th!

here’s an easy schedule for you to follow. just stop by klover house every day this week, and follow the links below to check out each day’s post! hop on over to that blog, and while you’re there, make sure you peruse some of the other writings. these ladies know their stuff, and i admire each one of them! true gems.

monday (today! 7/8) your modern family is bringing you some fantastic ideas for free (or almost free) summer activities for your kids and family! who doesn’t need or love free?! i know we do! summer can be expensive!

tuesday (7/9) mamagab will be showing you the ins and outs of a busy bag swap, and (i love how she puts it) keep them away from the heat and away from the tv!” oh you know we’re there…”moooommmm, can i watch cinderella [for the twelfth time this week]???” “noooooooooo. go find a caterpillar.” huh? yep. i need a busy bag.

wednesday (7/10) beauty in the mess is sharing outdoor activities for preschoolers and beauty through imperfection will be posting about indoor activities for preschoolers! woot! woot! i need this one too…

thursday (7/11) here at klover house, i’ll be sharing ideas for summer-living in small places & spaces. (we are currently townhouse owners with three small kids, and we are also in the process of home staging/selling, so i’ve got some sanity-savers for ya!)

friday (7/12) smartter each day is talking about starting and hosting a neighborhood bible club. daunting? nope! not after reading this! ๐Ÿ™‚

saturday (7/13) snippets of inspiration is sharing some great summer recipes with you! hallelujah. a meal that someone else has already planned out for me and may not involve watermelon. we will all sing your praises, danielle, here at the klover house.

sunday (7/14) stop back here to link-up some of your favorite summertime ideas, recipes, etc., and for a chance to win these great products. we are each contributing to the giveaway package, which means that one of you will win all of these prizes! not too shabby!

the winner will receive: a pink summer necklace with earrings, another beautiful jewelry set, a personalized ipad/e-reader slipcover case, bottle of essential oil, a scentsy warmer, scents and an extra light-bulb, pampered chef products, the book, a familiar shore, and primal pit paste.

(the primal pit paste is our contribution here at klover house. i personally use this product and will rave about it until my stink comes back! haha which i hope is never! seriously though, this is the first product i have found in nearly sixteen years ~since everyone smelled like ‘teen spirit’~ that has eliminated my arm pit odor! unreal. but real. totally real. and the ingredients are all natural! i am not a fan of chemicals in and on my body, so this made me especially happy. only four simple, clean, organic ingredients and zero stink. i’d say that’s enough to make you want to happy dance, right? and it’s your’s if you win! and if you don’t win, still go check out their website and buy this stuff up! i plan to write a review post at a later date with more details. and, no, i am not receiving anything in return for this stellar review. ha! i just like it that much and love to share about it! and the company graciously is gifting the product to you on our behalf! no need to smell ferociously after a day of chasing littles at the park! you’re welcome!)

*fyi* for anyone new to klover house, our site is still being referred to as “ava.n.isla” on the rafflecopter form below. once you click on the link, you will see our new name. oh lovely technicalities…

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weekend pin-it party #2

hi! welcome back to our weekend pinterest party! i’m co-hosting again with these lovely ladies, so thanks so much for stopping by and joining in!

the pins that you add here will be seen on ALL of the following blogs!!! you are going to find a LOT of inspiration here!

all that you need to do is to share your favorite pins for everyone to see! i’m looking forward to visiting you on pinterest, where we can share our ideas.

here’s a pin that i particularly loved from last week. thank you, seasons of homemakers, for this revelation! we can use everyday, mundane “mommy chores” as a way to spend time with the Lord and pray for the people we love and have been called to serve…our family!

“laundry basket prayers”

i hope that you can find the inspiration that you need right here too! enjoy!

 

the rules for linkers are:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

 

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration
Snippets of Inspiration
kathrynann from singing through the rain
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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

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weekend pinterest party!

hi! welcome to our weekend pinterest party! this is my first time co-hosting with these lovely ladies, so thanks so much for stopping by and joining in!

the pins that you add here will be seen on ALL of the following blogs!!! you are going to find a LOT of inspiration here!

all that you need to do is to share your favorite pins for everyone to see! i’m looking forward to visiting you on pinterest, where we can share our ideas. i am finding pinterest to be SO helpful with life these days. you have to wonder what we ever did without it! (well, i know what i did – i had every edition of martha stewart living from 2000 to 2011 & domino magazines piled high in a corner ‘just.in.case.’ you? sweet liberation from paper-hoarding!)

i hope that you can find the inspiration that you need right here! enjoy!

 

the rules for linkers are:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

Pin It Link Party

 

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration
Snippets of Inspiration
kathrynann from singing through the rain
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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

My Photo

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