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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Review~Doodletopia: Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More

Hey lovies! I'm so happy to post a book review about Doodletopia: Manga. I am one of the biggest fans of Christopher Hart. His illustrations are just amazing and the way he teaches are not only easy with his instructions but they are completely doable. My daughter and I have purchase quite a few drawing books and we are always drawn back to Chris' books. Each illustration comes with roughly four steps that one simply follows to obtain a similar images. Not only are the facial images adorable but the clothing and hair on each character is so sweet as well. 

My daughter is twelve years old and she has had her artistic abilities strengthened by following the steps in this book. At first she began by tracing the finished image. From there she began going backwards and doing the steps. I know that may be a different approach but it has greatly worked for her. 

We both especially loved the extras that are in the back of the book. The bookmarks are our faves. 

I am so grateful to have been given a complimentary copy to review this book, through blogging for books, for my honest opinion. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review~Wonderland

Hey crafties!

We've been road tripping and enjoying our summer over here and I couldn't think of a book that I pack more than this little gem. The kids and I are always drawn to this book for coloring to help us de-stress and relax during those long drives. It actually sits in our car with a pack of colored pencils. The pages are so beautiful and they absorb color so well. Each design is unique and creatively sequences some of the best scenes from Wonderland. We are giant fans of The Mad Hatter in this house and the illustration for this guy is so adorable in this one. The natural elements are also very beautiful tiny details as well as larger images. This makes it so nice because it spans a large age gap and the kids and I are able to color together. We are so grateful to have received this book from in order to review it. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIY using Craft Bond and fixing your less than stellar sticky notes

Hey y'all. I wanted to share how to get my sticky notes that aren't so sticky to work again. Here is a quick DIY video on how I get that done. ;) 

~Also, watch for a new (super easy) giveaway!

Sending love,

March Midori Giveaway winners and April giveaway information

Hey y'all. We are so grateful for the support we've received over the last three months. Just last month in March we started doing a monthly giveaway. 

(That face though ;/  )

Please take a look to see what this months new giveaway is and for your way to qualify. 

All our love,

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Book review~ Hairstyled by Anne Thoumieux

Y'all, are any of you super into hair and makeup? Yeah no, me either. I'm gonna be honest and tell you that I can rock a bun and sweat pants and call it good. But, I have daughters; gasp! Yup and one is just like me and the other, not so much. She is constantly watching YouTube videos and trying to figure out how to do new styles. Essentially I decided to request this book to review from for her. It would be a win, win she could read it do her hair and the world would be at peace again and maybe I could get my ipad back. Well I was enthralled. I opened the book and learned quite a few things that I hadn't ever seen before. I'm all for easy and fast way to get ready and this book made some beautiful hair styles look fast and easy. So of course I had to try them out because we've done a few hair styles in our home that were advertised as "fast and easy" but the phrase false advertising doesn't even begin to cover it. We were able to mark pages that we wanted to go back to and flip through in the morning before school to get creative ideas. This book is so great and I love the example pictures. 

Negatives: Some of the hairstyles don't show the front of the hair. That is so difficult for me because I have a hard time figuring out how the front is suppose to look. I know that could sound really silly to some people but I'm a visual learner and so this isn't helpful to not see the front. Often times I will just ignore or skip the hairstyle all together if it doesn't have a picture of the front of the hair. :/ 

Positives: I personally have curly hair. It's not the easiest to find cute curly hairstyles and this book did focus on curly hair. Having it's own section made it easy to bookmark so that I can easily go to that section. I do straighten my hair on occasion so it was nice to see all of the straight hairstyles as well; it was a good balance. 

Great table book as well. I'm grateful to for being able to receive this book for my honest review. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Flash Sale!!!

Hey beauties!!!

I just marked down a ton of Faudori's that are ready to ship for $15.00 in the shop; limited quantities. I also have a special code I wanted to share with you all...INSTAWESOME25 for 25% off all purchases through Friday. ;)

Also, I'm planning on doing a fun plan with me post. Do any of you do crazy fun things inside of your traveler's notebook? I'd love to feature you on here. Shoot me an email thatsmerb at gmail dot com. ;)

With love,

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful fabric goodness

Y'all I'm so excited that today is Monday! Do you ever have those just days where you are so excited and grateful to be alive?!?! I feel so blessed for all of the wonderful and not so wonderful parts of my life I can't even express my gratitude. 

I also have recently opened up my etsy store ( and I've decided to do Monday specials. Today's special is a beautiful fabric passport sized faudori. 

YUP you read that right. This little gem is available for $12.50 until Midnight tonight or until it sells out. I can't wait to package these little goodies. 

Thank you for your love and support. 

With love,

P.S. Would you be interested in videos on how I set up my faudori or on how to make them yourselves? ;)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

What a Great Read :Book Review~Spark Joy

Hey gals & guys,

I have had the pleasure of reading the fantastic new book by Marie Kondo. I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing all three of her books thus far and I think this is my favorite. If you haven't yet been introduced to the KonMari method of organizing and declutter then this is the book you want to start with. The first book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was great but this surpasses the first. The 280 pages include illustrations as well as detailed reasons as to why we hang onto our possessions. Every single category that you can think of is included in this book. I've tried to pin every single blog post and idea onto Pinterest but having the physical book seemed to really help me work through our clutter. We are a family of five and our "Stuff" has taken over our house. Our biggest tackle was by far the laundry. Being able to go through it piece by piece we have given away over 10 bags to charity. I still find such an attachment to stationery supplies so I'm working through that one but this is such a great read for even the youngest reader. If I could go back in time and learn all of her methods from childhood I think I would have been more successful in school and in life. I know that sounds drastic but her methods are honestly life changing. I feel like our home is calm and relaxed now due to our changes. We have a place for everything and a system that really works for our household. I wish you all luck in your decluttering adventures. If you haven't already... 

I'm grateful to for allowing me to read this book for review. 

What do you all think of the KonMari method? Have you used it in your home, office, school etc.? How is it going for you?

With love,

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review~ Doodletopia Cartoons

How stinkin adorable is this cover? I desperately wanted to review this book because it is adorable and I've been into doodling for so long but I am just NO good at drawing. When it came in the mail the girls took it from me because they loved the cover so much. I had to pull it away in order to go through it. Let me first start by telling you what I liked about this book. I love that it's not only a guide book but its also an activity book of sorts. I love the encouraging words throughout. The illustrations are really adorable. The commentary is great especially when it comes to expressions. The artist really shows you why he is doing what he is doing with each character. I also love that the lettering section is so animated. Lettering is such a big deal right now in the crafting community and bible journaling so I really enjoyed that element of the book. The fun facts are also great, "Scientists don't know why, but there seems to be something about the combination of fat and fluff that makes pandas irresistible." LOVE those little tidbits of information. My one and only con of this book is that it's not longer. The book is long with 160 pages but honestly I was left wanting more! I sure do hope there is another book in this series.

I received this book for review purposes from blogging for books. The opinions are my own account of this little gem. 

Hope you all are having a great week! 

Happy Crafting & Drawing!