DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Printables and a HUGE giveaway.  I'm so excited to participate in the Printing the Holidays Blog Hop.  I can't believe it's already December.  The end of the year.  Christmas is coming.  I have always loved Christmas and remember being just as excited now as when I was growing up trying to stay up all night to see Santa.  Ha!
This advent calendar will leave you and your family excited about your holiday season.  Our advent countdown cards are perfect.  I attached mine to a 24 inch embroidery hoop.  You can use a frame or even just place on a wall or mantel using ribbon or twine.

Super easy.  Cut the cards out with scissors, use a corner rounder to round corners (optional) and use decorative clothespins to hang your cards.

Click here to print the entire card set.
Please note this printable is FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY | NOT FOR RESALE.

Hope you enjoy...Now time to share the rest of the projects and give details on the giveaway!

Looking for more printable to enjoy this holiday season?  Check out all of the awesome bloggers participating inthe Printing The Holidays Blog Hop!  From gift tags to bookmarks to other countdowns, we've got something for everyone. And, don't forget to enter the giant printing crafts bundle giveaway below!

Below is the link for the giveaway, here is the prize package!
Drum roll... the Prizes:
• $100 GC from Consumer Crafts
• $100 GC from Expressions Vinyl
• 1 Color Ink Jet Printer HP Envy 5660 + Various printing material
• 1 Cricut One Cutting Machine + Various Printable cutting material
• $200 Paypal Cash

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DIY Jello Lip Gloss

I wanted to share a project I shared on the Seven Thirty Three blog last summer. 
I picked up just a few items to make lip gloss. Plus, who doesn't love JELLO
Jello (any flavor)
Lip Gloss Containers
Coconut Oil
Petroleum Jelly
Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons
I scooped out the coconut oil and petroleum jelly and used a 1 to 1 ratio into a microwave safe bowl. 
(We used 1/2 cup each, and it makes lots)
Then put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then just mixed the mixture until almost smooth with a spoon. 
( sure jello has dissolved as much as possible - if not your lipgloss won't be completely smooth)
Then I used a separate bowl and measured out 4 teaspoons of the oil and jelly mixture and 1 teaspoon of the powdered jello.  This amount fit my containers perfect. 
Let them set up over night and you have lip gloss.  Please note, these will not add color to your lips, they do however have a slight flavor.  You can add more jello to make the flavor more intense.

Why I Love Southwest Airlines

This is not a sponsored post or a paid ad - I just feel I need to give Southwest Airlines a little love.

I was invited to an amazing blogging event (more details on that later) and I needed to book travel. Southwest happened to be one of the airlines I looked at.  One day they were having a sale and I got the best price I had seen in a few I booked the trip.  Now I'm a happy blogger.  I'm excited about my trip.  I'm continue to work on my upcoming craft show for tisa's creations and continue to get ready for the trip.
My craft show is over and 5 days before the conference Southwest runs another sale.  So I check my flight to make sure the price isn't even lower....I see horror!  Horror!!!  My event is scheduled in San Diego, I booked my flight to San Jose!  YES - SAN JOSE - that's a 7 hour drive from San Diego. WHAT!?!?!?  I need to remind myself to breathe...again and again and again.  And again!

Long story short -I called Southwest Airlines just to talk about my options and find the cheapest way to get to San Diego in less than 5 days. I called - the wait was just 4 minutes...ok, I'll take it.  And the most wonderful person answered the phone...we reviewed my options and worked it all out.  I was re-routed and the situation was fix.  No, not for free, but for a lot less than I thought I was going to pay.

I honestly have a great experience each time I flight Southwest.  Now I can say, when I need to speak with a customer service rep with Southwest it's also just as great!

Thanks Southwest!  Great job - love your team.

Nuun Friends and Family code anyone?

As summer season is upon us, staying hydrated is more important than ever! 

Nuun would like to share some #nuunlove with my friends and family, so you can stay hydrated too!
Now through 7/23/15 you can get Nuun for 20% off with the coupon code NuunSummer15.  
Simply go to Nuun for 20% off most items! Feel free to share this code with your friends, family, teammates, and even on your blog and social media.

I love using Nuun to stay hygrated on my runs and even in boot camp.  The packaging is amazing and the wide variety of flavors are awesome.  With less than 8 calories per drink and no added sugars...Nuun's perfect.  

Disclaimer:  This post is no way sponsored by Nuun, however, I'm currently a 2015 Nuun ambassador. 

National Running Day

Happy National Running Day - 2015

Yesterday was National Running Day - did you get your miles in?   I didn't run miles but I did go to boot camp in the morning and then yoga in the evening.  Before last week I had not run in about 25 days.  Life has been beating me up pretty well.  For last couple of weeks and I just needed a break.

 People ask me all the time...WHY DO YOU RUN?  Here is my answer. 

national memo day

did you get the memo?
today is national memo day!!
What national memo day, yup, a paper-lovers DREAM

tisa's favorite things: day 21

{things making me happy today}

I've had a stressful couple of weeks and I'm surrounding myself with things that only make me happy. Here are a few of my faves!

Starbucks Straws - Summer Collection
I'm so in love with these straws, really I feel like using these make my water taste better

Studio C Laptop Cover - I purchased this a few weeks ago and I smile each time I reach for my laptop.  So much color - so much fun! (and it's almost 50% off at Best Buy)

If you have not had this tea, you much try it - I think I've drank a 2 gallon in the last 2 days.  So yummy.  

I still must work, right?  And right now I'm in love with Levenger Dotted Paper!  I use this for my corporate job and I find myself taking better notes and staying a bit more organized.  It's just a preference, sometimes I want to write small - other times larger.  I don't feel limited with dots and my writing is still perfectly in line.

tisa's favorite things: day 20

{creative ways to use mason jars}

I love mason jars.  I love their vintage feel and modern ways to use them.
here are a few of my faves!  enjoy

super cute mini pot pies

what an amazing way to package a cupcake.
Great idea!

Mason Jar Garden from Pinerest love, love - love!

How about these cute little banana nut bread made in mason jars - from the girls over at Made From Pinterest

And what about these - the cutest gift ever!
 From Something Turquoise
Head on over and check out the rest of the combos

tisa's favoriate things: Day 19

{kitchen redesign}

we are thinking of change the decor in our kitchen.  the counter tops and adding new tile to the back splash.  I'm wanting to keep the appliances, cabinets, counter tops and floor modern.  but I want to decorate with all things vintage. I think it might all work.  these are the items I'm looking at.

mason jar soap dispenser

subway tile

vintage scale - I think adding kitchen towels will make this perfect, right next to the kitchen sink.

tea towels

decorating with vintage muffin tins, this is an amazing picture from the songbird blog.  Love this.

Light cleaver. Photo from the intriguerie blog

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day

tisa's favorite things: day 18

{Beauty supplies}

I wanted to share items that I use every day.  I'm no fashion or make-up expert, I'm just sharing what I like.  

                         They're Real Mascara                                                                                                                        Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara
I love these both and I alternate when I purchase them.  this month I'm buxom, but the last three months I used they're real.

I have had a hard time with acne since high school.  I recently switched to this after receiving a sample and it works pretty well.  
mary kay eye makeup remover...the rest thing EVER!  I love this stuff.

I do currently use mac foundation and powder

carmex this is one of my all time faves.  I have carmex at my desk, one in my car, one in my purse and another one in my running basket near the front door.  

have a great day!

tisa's favorite things: day 17


this is my all-time favorite coffee EVER!  hands down.  
it's only available in January, that is the only thing that sucks about this coffee.
It has hints of citrusy brightness and a lingering cocoa finish…ahhhhh, the best thing ever!

I stock up on this but I do run out - so for the rest of the year I do drink Starbucks Pike Place everyday