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Chalk Paint- Jaded Love Bird-New!

DSC_1872 Look what's new at the shop!  CHALK PAINT!  This is the ONLY jar of chalk paint available right now and I figured that perhaps one of you will like to have the opportunity to buy it.  It is inspired by Annie Sloan Chalk paint and paints on beautifully.
Here are a couple of links on tips on how to use chalk paint on furniture, you may view them here and here.

Are you ready to give chalk paint a try, or do you already love it and want to paint something to give it new life?  Look at how the table below turned out?  Did I mention no sanding required?  Got to love it!

This piece of wood has one coat only, painted just to give you an idea on the color.
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Pretty isn't it?  What so you think about chalk paint?  Have you tried it and do you love or hate it?

Puerto Rico All Star Vacation Island

This post brought to you by Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you ever vacationed in the Caribbean Islands?  I have mentioned that we have traveled a couple of times down to the islands.  Today I will share with you one of the many islands to visit, Puerto Rico.  It is a wonderful vacation destination filled with world class attractions. Whether you're a golfer, foodie, the adventure type, or a beach hopper, Puerto Rico has everything that you want in a nice relaxing vacation.

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Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and featured in the Top 10 beaches from Travel Channel -- including Flamenco Beach in Culebra, often cited as one of the best beaches in the world. You can glow like an angel in the water in the Bioluminescent bays. You can visit the only rain forest under US national park service, El Yunque, and climb to the clouds. History Buffs can enjoy old world charm of San Juan. Adventurers can enjoy horse back riding or the magnificent Camuy caverns that runs through the 3rd largest subterranean river in the world. Foodies can experience the delicacies of Puerto Rican gastronomy and it’s famous Rums.

El Yunque is the only subtropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest Service, a place so indescribable that it must be seen, heard and felt. It’s one of our must-visit destinations.

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With 25 courses around the island to choose from, there are fairways suited for any experience level, from beginner to pro in Golf.  In fact, The Puerto Rico Open has been part of the PGA Tour since 2008.

Toro Verde features the longest Zip Line on Earth: La Bestia. It uses a specially designed harness to soar through the air across 4,745 feet of terrain.  

There is so much to do and see in this island and if you want to read more about it, visit where you will be shown the best itineraries for your next vacation.  The best part of visiting this island is that you don't need a visa or passport or foreign currency.  It is part of the states, so you just take a photo ID and hop on the plane to your dream get away.

Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.  Visit and tell me in your comments, why you will like to check out this 5 star island vacation and what type of vacationer you are, beach hopper, adventurer...I am looking forward to reading your comments.   Follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter.   Like on Facebook    Click Here

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DIY: Pipe Cleaner & Cupcake Liner Flowers for Kids

pipe cleaner flowers
I am sneaking in a post before Easter y'all.  Around these parts trees are blooming and flowers are growing, birds are chirping and we are finally feeling the warmth.  The kids are excited about going outside to play, explore and hunt for nature's treasures. But there are other ways to share in the season, lets take the time to create with our kids and make spring flowers with their own flower pots to celebrate the Spring. crafting
For this little project all you will need are the following:

1. Plastic cups or small plastic flowerpots
2. Pipe cleaners (fuzzy sticks)
3. Floral foams
4. Basket filler
5. Small cupcake liners.
6. Pencil
and the children.
pipe cleaner flowerspipe cleaner flowers The foams that I used were the size I needed, about 3.5 inches in diameter.  I just made extra by slicing them into 3 to have enough for the kids to insert into the cups like so. Then we covered the top with the Easter basket filler (grassy shredded plastic).pipe cleaner flowers  pipe cleaner flowers
Then we made the flower stems.
Using the fuzzy sticks/pipe cleaners, make a loop on the top and bend it as seen on number 1 & 2.  This will not allow the flower to slide off the top.
3. Slide a cupcake liner through the stick making sure that the design is on the inside, so it looks like number 4.
5. Slide another cupcake liner making sure the design is on the outside.
6. Shape them to form a lovely tulip.
 cupcake liner flower

Now it's time to make the leaves.  Cut one of the pipe cleaners in half and overlap it on the stem forming a cross like the image below.  Secure it by twisting it around the stem.
To form the leaf, make a loop like the second image and secure by twisting the end and do the same to the other side.
Now you have a tulip flower.
pipecleaner leaf Another flower they may create with the pipe cleaners are zinnias.  I recommend a pencil for this one rather than a finger as seen below.  Grab a pencil and wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil similar to image (A).  When the pipe cleaner is completely wrapped on the pencil, slide it off.
Curve it like image (C) and close it in like image (B).  I know I went out of order in the photo, yikes!  But you see what I mean.  When it is closed, slide it through the stem like the image (D).
And there you have your zinnia!
Continue to make more flowers and let the children get creative in forming their own version of flowers.
PIPECLEANERFLOWERpipe cleaner flowers Once a handful is completed, insert them into the foam in the flower pot and voila! Now they will have their own Flower Pot for Spring.  Thank you for joining us today and Happy Spring!

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