Happy Harry Potter 2017 Kick Off Giveaway

It's time once again for my most favorite two weeks of the year: my Happy Harry Potter series! This is the time where I convince my wizard loving friends to get geeky and create brand new Harry Potter tutorials, party ideas, book lists, recipes and more.

Harry Potter gift ideas. Great Christmas and birthday presents for Harry Potter fans

We have an amazing line up this year but before we get to all the new DIY Harry Potter ideas I've got a fabulous giveaway for you. This is full of must have gift ideas for Harry Potter fans of all ages! To enter scroll to the bottom of this post and remember to check in every day since we'll have new ways to enter added through the next two weeks! We're starting off with a $50 Amazon Gift card because well there's so much amazing HP stuff out there these days that I want you to be able to pick! Whether you are waiting for the Illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban, or maybe you want your very own Harry Potter bathing suit, or just a Potter trivia to play while on the go there is something fun for everyone. Harry Potter swag fun Make Love Not Horcruxes bag and Hogwarts House necklaces Next I'm giving away one of my Make Love Not Horcruxes Totes and a Hogwarts Tie Necklace. For the necklace you can pick which Hogwarts House you want and I'll make sure to make one in the colors that corresponds to your house!

cratejoy fandom subscription boxes make amazingly thoughtful presents

On Wednesday I'll be sharing one of my favorite gift ideas for Harry Potter fans: fandom subscription boxes! Because what is better than a monthly surprise on your doorstep. Whether it's book related or full on Harry Potter focused CrateJoy subscription boxes have LOADS of fun option that would delight Potter fans. I'll be unboxing a bunch of them live on my Facebook page and picking some of the contents to send to the giveaway winner!

alohomora harry potter printable

I firmly believe every Harry Potter fan needs some nod towards the magic in their homes. What better way to do that than with some Wizarding art? Here are four amazing Harry Potter Printables to chose from and the lucky winner doesn't even have to choose how about that for fun.

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by jamie Harrington

Did you know there is a whole craft book just for Potterheads? Jamie Harrington's The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is fun and perfect for tweens to do on their own or pick a craft as a family and bond over crafty magical love. This is one of my favorite gifts for new Potter lovers because it's so fun, not sized and kind of unique!

Hogwarts School Quilt for Harry Potter Fans

And last and definitely the most awesome, the winner will receive a Harry Potter quilt from our vary own Polly. You have probably drooled over her quilt for years, I know I have. She is generously giving away one of her amazing Hogwarts Houses quilts! SO gorgeous. Too bad I can't enter I'm gonna be crazy jealous of the winner that's for sure! And if you are a quilter be sure to check out her amazing quilt patterns.

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including:  

Spreading the Joy $400 GIVEAWAY

I think it's time to spread some joy so how about a nice fat $400 cash giveaway. Yup you read that right.

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I've teamed up with a bunch of blogger friends that have just felt like there's a serious need to spread a little extra joy right now. To do that we're giving away $400 to one lucky winner and we've collected over $175 to donate to Toys for Tots so far (see the widget below to enter). As a part of this giveaway we're supposed to share ways to spread joy but to be honest I feel like I need help.

With all the nastiness that was brought out with this past election season I've really been thinking of concrete ways to try and to be example of joy and kindness and ways to instill those traits and values in the kids. I wish I was here with some great list of tips and activities for how to do that but honestly I feel like this is something I'm really struggling with. But I do want to get better at that as both a person and as a mom. In the past we've helped with little service projects or bought toys and clothes for things like Angel Tree but I'm just not seeing it click yet in the kids heads and I'm just feeling like I need to do more.

So I'm coming to you , do you guys have any ideas of ways to approach being more joyful and kind as well as how to go about raising children that are joyful and kind? I'd love to hear your ideas and experiences. I want it all every thing from one time activities you've done with the kids, to ways that you think in your head, to books you've read, even silly little things. I really feel like I personally need to make this a priority in my life.

We are hoping this giveaway can bless someone and give them a little extra joy this holiday season. We're doing it just in time so that the winner can spend the money on Cyber Monday if they wish so that it goes even further! Enter the giveaway through the widget below (or click here if you don't see the widget) a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway starts at 12:00 a.m. on November 21st and ends at 12:00 a.m. on November 26th. Winner be selected via Rafflecopter and winning entry will be verified. Winner will be EMAILED from thecardswedrew@yahoo.com and will have 48 hours to respond via email. If no response is given, a new winner will be selected. Winner must have a valid PayPal account as the money will be sent via PayPal. You also might like:

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18 Must Have Harry Potter Gifts

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It is here! The time we look forward to all year long, Happy Harry Potter time! That's right it's time for my annual Harry Potter series where over 50 awesome bloggers join me in bring the best Harry Potter crafts, tutorials, recipes, book lists, giveaways and more.

Great list of UNIQUE Harry Potter gifts. So many bookish things perfect for any reader.

This year's series will run until August 1st and every day from now until them we'll have a bunch of bloggers sharing awesome Harry Potter inspired creations. Every afternoon starting tomorrow I will do a round up of the posts from the day before. And every day you'll have more chances to enter the fabulous giveaways! Scroll all the way down to enter the giveaways.

The ultimate list of Harry Potter gifts. Perfect for any book lover.

Every year I round up a collection of fabulous Harry Potter goodies that I would love myself and that would make the best gifts for any Potterhead and I throw them into a giveaway. This year I'm doing TWO prize packs. And if you follow me on Instagram you might find that I might actual do more than two, wink wink. But let's kick off the series by showing the fun Potter finds that I have for you this year!

1. Magic Wand Holsters and Wands

How awesome, magic wand holsters. Perfect for Harry Potter lovers. This would be great to take to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Every Potter fan should have his or her very own wand and what better way to carry it around than with a wand holster. These holsters from Rae Gun Shop are light weight and have a zipper compartment perfect for toting around a few cards, some chap stick and even a couple galleons. Choose from toddler, child, and teen/adult sizes. Each prize pack contains one wand holster and wand set! One in classic black and the other in Gryffindor colors. I wish I had one of these when I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year!

2. Hogwarts House Scarf

Love these fabulous fleece Harry Potter inspired Hogwarts House scarves

Once you have your wand you'll be needing that iconic Hogwarts House Scarf. Pick from Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Hufflepuff colors with an awesome (and might I add cozy, I have my own) scarf from Pieces by Polly. And if you are into American Girl Dolls (or other 18 inch dolls) you should totally check out the matching scarf set and full Hogwarts robes for your doll!

3. The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter

Darling book full of Harry Potter crafts. This would make a great gift and tons of fun kid activities for the Summer or Winter break.

We don't want to be the only ones crafting. You should totally join in on the fun and this awesome book,The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington has 30 simple and easy crafts that you can do with the kiddos to join in on wizarding fun! The book is so cute and I love that most of the projects are really quick and easy and perfect for school age children to do or even younger kids with some help. Learn more about Jamie on Instagram and Snapchat: @alsoknownasmom .

4. Hogwarts Graduation Year Shirt

DIY Ikat knit skirt and Harry Potter shirt

Whether you've got a little wizard or witch at home with eyes set on attending Hogwarts like mom and dad or you just want to celebrate your alma mater, these Hogwarts Graduation year shirts are the best. They come in ones for the babies or tees for the kids (pictured in the giveaway photos) and adults and you get to request your year. I have some some darling birth announcements done with the baby onesies but I honestly wear my own a few times a month!

5. Owl Crate Bookish Box

Owl Crate young adult literature bookish subscription box this sounds awesome and like a great gift idea.

I love my subscription to Owl Crate. If you're not familiar it's a bookish subscription box. Every month a box arrives on your door step filled with a new release novel and a bunch of related bookish goodies. If you look at the pictures where you see the Owl Crate box all the stuff under and on it came in my "steampunk" box a couple months ago. It's SO much fun in fact it's so much fun my sister and I (we both subscribe) have taken to live unboxing our Owl Crates together. See us unboxing our "Royal" Boxes from last month and you'll be able to see what kind of goodies they send! If you're looking for a fabulous gift for a young adult book lover a Subscription to Owl Crate would be a total hit!. Follow Owl Crate on Instagram.

6. Personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

How fun get a personalized Hogwarts acceptance letter. Great gift idea.

Know what else you Potterheads need? A personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter. Oh yes they do exist! I have one for Teddy and it's so awesome and sweet and fantastically geeky. This is such a fun gift idea but also a really sweet memento or photo prop. We used Teddy's in his Teddy Potter pictures from a few years ago. So fun right?

7. Book Nerd Pillows

Awesome book nerd pillows. Love the J.K. Rowling quote! Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic

Let's be honest what a book lover really wants is time to read and short of baby sitting (although that would be a great gift idea) a cozy reading spot might just make things happen. How fun are these awesome book nerd pillows? Nothing says bliss like curling up with a great book and a fun pillow. Each prize pack contains one awesome pillow. One lucky person will get the fun Librarian Glasses Pillow and the other winner will receive the Words are Magic J.K. Rowing Quote Pillow! I made the pillowcases and the awesome folk at Fairfield World provided the pillow forms!

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition

Love the illustrated edition of the Harry Potter books!

Have you seen the gorgeous illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books? Oh man I love them I can't wait for all of the books to come out. They are so nice and big and they have the ribbon bookmark thing and they just feel special. Your HP fan will for sure want this fun edition of the books!

9. Lit Joy Crate Book Box

Fun reader gift. Lit Joy Crate bookish box. Monthly subscription box

Next on the list is the Lit Joy Crate bookish box. This is another monthly subscription box and so far I have LOVEDDDDD everything I've received in my boxes from them. They have 3 fun options one is a new release YA book box, a picture book box, and a board book box. I've been able to check out several of their YA book boxes (see me unbox the May box here) as well as the board book box. Let me just say I love these girls' tastes. They pick fabulous books and the swag included is just my style. Each prize pack contains a box one winner will get the May box pictured above and one will get the June box (you can see that in prize pack #2 collage) Learn more about their different options and follow them on Instagram.

10. Hogwarts House Neck Tie Necklace

Subtle and cute Hogwarts house neck tie necklaces

I have a weakness for bookish jewelry and my Gryffindor Tie Necklace is one of my all time favorites. It's so easy to wear and it's subtle but still totally geeky that any fellow Harry Potter fans will recognize it a mile away. And if you're not one of the brave the Hogwarts House neck tie necklace comes in Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff colors as well!

11. Harry Potter Cookies

Sweet Jenny Belle's Harry Potter Cookies

One very necessary component of a good reading time is a great treat and what better that these darling Harry Potter cookies from Sweet Jenny Belle Bakery. You might recognize her amazing work from Instagram! But yeah they are real and I just think they would be such a fun gift for your favorite Potterhead I mean look at them ahhhh have you seen anything cuter? Check out her whole shop!

12. World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

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Prove you are the king or queen of all things Harry Potter with this fun compact World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game. This would be a blast to play during a Harry Potter themed party or as they are called in our house Thursdays. But really how fun is this. I bought two one for the giveaway and one for me because I just couldn't resist. Who wants to come over and play?

13. Favorite Harry Potter Character Shirt

Snape is my homeboy and Hermione Library and Luna shirts. Great Harry Potter tees for the whole family

Be not so subtle with your love for Luna or whichever of J.K. Rowling's wizards and witches is your favorite. Wear your love for Hermione's bookishness across your chest or bond with other Snape supporters by donning your little one in a Severus onesie. Something for everyone with these fun Harry Potter character Shirt!

14. Hedwig Owl Post Necklace

Love this Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Post necklace

We can't forget Hedwig now can we? Honor our feathered friend with this delicate Hedwig Owl Post Necklace. I've had one for years and I love it. It's so easy to wear and the silver goes with pretty much anything. If you're looking for a little trinket for your favorite book nerd this necklace would be perfect.

15. Harry Potter Swimsuit

I know I know you were like "WHERE'S THE HARRY POTTER SWIM SUIT EVERYONE NEEDS A HARRY POTTER SWIM SUIT" and of course you are right and hold your horses because I was getting to it! Make yourself an awesome Harry Potter swimsuit with the Classic Maillot Swimsuit SEWING PATTERN

16. Harry Potter Funkos

So cute love these little Harry Potter character toys. They have TONS of characters.

I can't get enough of all the freakishly cute big head Harry Potter Funko Pop figures. I NEED them all. Like really need them. They are all so cute and they have tons of the side charactes and they keep on adding more. I want Neville so so so bad. I want all of them really. Oh I already said that but really this is such a fun and easy gift idea and every time your little Potter loving pal looks at her funkos she's smile. I know I do!

17. Harry Potter Art Print

Awesome Harry Potter art print book list

Every Harry Potter fan deserves an awesome Harry Potter Art Print. I love this one from Have A Laugh. But there are other great ones too. Grab an inexpensive frame and pop the print in and you've got a super thoughtful and unique present.

18. Harry Potter Book Bag

make love not horcruxes book bag great harry potter gift

Because I know you need something to carry your library haul home in the last item on my Harry Potter must haves list is a Harry Potter Book Bag. My personal favorite is this sassy Make Love Not Horcruxes Book Bag but you might also love this Accio Books bag!

Okay now go enter the giveaways!!!

PRIZE PACK #1

Harry Potter everything. Great book nerd gifts and book swag.

Prize Pack #1 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. a Rafflecopter giveaway

PRIZE PACK #2

So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers Prize Pack #2 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. a Rafflecopter giveaway  

40+ Best Organizational Tools

I NEED to get organized this year want to join me? Today I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to give you over 45 home organizing solutions for your household! Each blogger is sharing their favorite organizational products.

I need these all! SO many great organizational tools I never new existed. Time to organize the whole house.

**NOTE: Each link contains affiliate links to Amazon. These posts are not sponsored and each blogger has selected their items based off personal preferences and experiences. The bloggers participating, nor Amazon and their vendors, can't guarantee that the prices won't change during or after the publishing of this post and are hereby released of any price matching guarantees or liability. Please understand, these are personal recommendations from popular bloggers in the industry. Enjoy! Abbey from The Cards We Drew struggles with keeping weekday outfits organized, so it's easy to get her kids out the door quickly in the morning. Abbey suggests this awesome Fashion Organizer off Amazon. With the organizer, you can set out your whole week's worth of outfits all at one time...even labeling the sides of the organizer with the day so that your kids and family with have five outfits pre-selected before the weekday chaos even starts. No more sorting through the laundry or through closets and drawers looking for socks, underwear, and matching clothes...be one step ahead of the game and get everyone's fashionable week ahead in gear for the new year. Purchase it HERE. Closet Organization Ideas Sarah from Life on Virginia Street has recently become obsessed with using mint julep cups in various sizes for organizing. Not only do they help corral miscellaneous items all over your home, but they look beautiful and help add a bit of bling to otherwise bland spaces like bathrooms or office desktops. Ranging from $10-30, they are a fairly affordable way to add some glamour to your home. Sarah finds them most useful for Q-Tips, cotton balls, pens/pencils, and other small objects. Better yet, they can double as beautiful vases for flower arrangements! You can find her favorite one here. Organizing with Mint Julep Cups - Life On Virginia Street Valerie from Occasionally Crafty has the hardest time keeping her linen closet organized. Everything seems to spill into everything else! Her favorite solution is metal shelf dividers. They look classy, keep towels and sheets in their own spots, and are even customizable with some printable labels! Better yet, you can use them in your clothing closet to keep your clothes and purses organized too! There are many different types of shelf dividers, and you'll need to choose the kind that fits your shelf best, but she recommends these ones for standard wooden shelves.  photo Organization Post and Giveaway.jpg Ashley from Simply Designing recently completely a makeover on her Laundry Room to help make it a beautiful and functional space. She got rid of her wire shelf and replaced it with beautiful new shelving. But once the new shelving was in place, she realized that she didn't want to put her "ugly" plastic laundry containers back up on her pretty shelves. Her solution was to purge what she didn't need, then transfer necessary laundry products into beautiful glass jars and pretty containers making the space both functional and beautiful! There are so many beautiful options of pretty containers out there, but she particularly loves and recommends this Glass Canister (set of 3) with Hermetic Seal Bail & Trigger Airtight Lock ! laundry room organization - best organizational products Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings has a hard time keeping schedules and the kitchen organized without a meal plan. She is so grateful for when she takes the time to sit down and plan out the meals for the week. It makes shopping, keeping the kitchen in shape, and juggling meal time all easier. Marissa loves the "What to Eat" Meal Planning sheets. With spots for each dinner of week and more as well as a magnet that can stick right on your fridge you never have to have that battle with your hungry tummy and brain about what to make for dinner. Plus it makes it so much easier to make sure you have what you need in your kitchen when you need it. Get your on it for just HERE! affiliate-giveaway Debra from Housewife Eclectic loves a clean and organized pantry. Debra suggests these fantastic chalkboard labels and jars for each of your pantry items. No more looking for the sugar or grabbing the wrong container. If you change your mind about what is in the container, no problem, simply wipe off the label and start again. These labels are awesome for kids toys, offices, and so much more. They are cute too! Purchase them HERE. Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas can't even find her glasses when they are on her face....so can you imagine how hard it is to find something that doesn't have a "spot" for it to live? So the fact that these organization cubes are smaller in nature so they can fit virtually anywhere, yet accomplish complete organization, makes them one of the most perfect organizational products. Purchase it on Amazon and you can make single cubes or up to 4 in a square. Imagine putting all the kids stuffed animals, sports balls or even their clothes in each of the cubes. The ideas and organizational ideas are endless with these cubes! Purchase your own Our Thrifty Ideas. Home organizational cubes for just $21.13 Michele from The Scrap Shoppe love to keep things organized, especially small, easy to lose things. Michele suggests this 26 drawer cabinet for less than $20 to keep little items organized! This drawer system is not just for the garage. Bring it into the house and keep little items in the craft room, kitchen, or even the kids' Legos in order. Purchase it for HERE! Get organized! Vanessa from Tried & True absolutely loves each and every masterpiece her boys create but is, quite honestly, overwhelmed with the piles and piles of artwork all over her small house! Framing some of the really special pieces was great but she also needed a quick and easy solution to display and appreciate a large amount of children's art at once and found salvation in the unlikeliest of items...an Aluminum Slide Check Rack! They come in a huge variety of sizes (most under $20) to fit any wall space from the smallest corner to a large blank wall. You can even put multiple sliders together to cover a really really large space! Check out how I put one to use to create an easy easel for an art space and buy your own HERE! Use a Slide Check Rack to organize your kids' artwork! Tracie from Cleverly Inspired would be lost in the kitchen without her iPad. It is a go to tool for figuring out what's for dinner, making a new recipe, ordering a new kitchen gadget right away on Amazon. This chic iPad holder keeps it protected, provides 3 viewing angles for the iPad to rest on and is great looking to boot! It has a card holder and a magnetic clasp to....so many days it doubles as my purse! It has held up great, for a great price! Comes in many colors but I really do like a gold. Click on this link to purchase! tool giveaway cleverlyinspired Kylie from Made by a Princess loves her pink girly office. It is full of cute jars, cake stands, crafts, ribbons, and a pink chair she calls "Dolly". One thing she cannot live without in this pretty pink space is her 4ft folding table. This table is where she creates her Sizzix designs and hand embellished invitations, pays bills, and occasionally enjoys a glass of champagne listening to the Justins (Timberlake & Bieber) while sketching out a party design. Before her husband bought it for her she was crafting at the dining room table (as so many of us do). Now she can craft her heart out and have all she needs at her finger tips...and can close the doors so no one can see the mess! The best thing about this little table is that it is lightweight and portable which means it can easily be used folded up and transported to the party location or a photo shoot. Also, when not in use it collapses quickly and can be hidden behind a door or in a closet. It is very affordable...you can pick up your own adjustable folding table HERE. kylie pick folding table 2 700 Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. has a slight obsession with vertical organization! Her secret weapon: Command Hooks! These handy dandy hooks can help you get every room in your house organized! See how she turned a door into a vertical storage kitchen masterpiece using the hooks. She also used them to organize all things school and kids and hang towels on doors. But, y'all these are also awesome for hats, scarves, robes, backpacks, and jackets. Oh and best of all, they don't rip paint off of the wall when you're ready to take them down, and they are re-useable! At a great low price for a pack of 6, I suggest getting 2 packs! Click this link to purchase. ORGANIZE CRAFT Britni from Play. Party. Pin. doesn't have enough cabinet space in her kitchen and pantry for all of her baking supplies and spices. Britni suggests these awesome under shelf hanging baskets for $10.99 (medium size) or $17.99 (large size) off Amazon. With the under shelf hanging baskets, you can double the amount of space you have in your cabinets hanging a basket from each of the shelves. They're perfect for smaller things like spices, measuring cups, kid sized cups, and more! Or use them in your craft room for paints, washi tape, or any other small supplies. Never run out of storage again! Purchase baskets HERE! Over 50 of the best organization products from top bloggers! Use these under shelf baskets to organize small things in your kitchen, bathroom, or even craft room! Melanie from Reasons To Skip The Housework struggles with all of the little things that get shoved into the junk drawer. There are push pins all over in three separate drawers because there's no ONE place to put them. Melanie suggests these Stainless Steel magnetic containers from Amazon. With the organizer, you can have a place for all of the little things. You don't have to use them as magnets, but if you put up a magnetic strip (you can buy them at Home Depot) you can have all the little things in easy reach! Purchase it HERE! The best way to store all of the little things around the house, all in one place. These Stainless Steel containers are magnetic and come six to a pack. Susan from Oh My! Creative needs help with kitchen organization. Last year she discovered these OXO Good Grips Turntables can keep her refrigerator organized as well as a few kitchen cabinets. Susan recommends two for the refrigerator one on each shelf. Place those items not used every day like extra sauces, olives, capers, and other recipe ingredients. When they are needed to make a recipe just give the turntable a whirl and you will easily locate the ingredient needed. This is also a great way not to have things pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again! They also work well in kitchen cabinets. Buy a few today to get organized - OXO Good Grips Turntables! Susan recommends two for the refrigerator one on each shelf. Place those items not used every day like extra sauces, olives, capers, and other recipe ingredients. When they are needed to make a recipe just give the turntable a whirl and you will easily locate the ingredient needed. This is also a great way not to have things pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again! They also work well in kitchen cabinets. OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

Gina from Kleinworth & Co. shares a lot of recipes with her readers. That means she loves to cook & is in the kitchen all the time. This means she needs things to be organized & efficient when she's working on recipes. So what could be more perfect than all her spices organized beautifully in mason jars? Gina suggests these Ball Mason Jars at Amazon.com. With these it makes it so simple because you can see exactly what's in each one & they fit so nicely together too. No more mess in the spice cabinet with multiple sizes & shapes - just pretty little jars full of all your favorite seasonings. Purchase them HERE!

Organizing-Spices-with-Mason-Jars-700 Nat & Holly from My Sister's Suitcase are both busy mamas who love a good solution to a cluttered counter full of baby stuff: bottles, pacifiers, baby spoons...you know the mess! This drying rack is both beautiful and functional and has been well-used by both sisters (and Holly's new addition is coming any day!) If you're looking for a unique and useful baby gift idea - this is it! You can get the Boon Grass drying rack HERE and the Boon Flower that holds bottle nipples and pacifiers HERE . It fits right into the grass and the whole unit is so easy to clean! boon-grass-kitchen-organization Sydney from Tastefully Frugal is on a mission this year to get her tiny home organized. She has started in her office with her craft supplies (since they are taking over her entire home). Not only was she wanting to have things put away and organized but having them easily accessible was important too. Her secret for keeping all her vinyl for her Cameo organized; a dress pants hanger! You can slide your rolls of vinyl on each arm and then swing it close. When you need a roll all you have to do is pull it off that arm; no more digging through all your rolls to find one color. You can buy one here. Vinyl-Organizer-Main Randi from Dukes and Duchesses has five kids and is always looking for stylish ways to keep the family organized. Randi thinks locker baskets not only look great but kids can quickly stash things in them and keep their rooms {somewhat} clean. While vintage baskets are a favorite, Amazon can help mimic the style with this Locker Basket. Slide them into shelves and cubbies to hold books and toys, use them in closets for hats and gloves, or set one on the kitchen counter to hold your favorite cookbooks. Buy it HERE! amazon blog hop
Stephanie from Somewhat Simple is a mom of 5 and has been on a constant quest to clear the clutter in her home. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up outlines a step-by-step process to simplify and organize that takes tidying up to a new level! Get rid of all the piles of "stuff" in your home FOREVER! Grab a copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up HERE! Somewhat Simple KonMari Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, was tired of fighting the small storage she had for storing spices, constantly dropping bottles as she was searching for the spice she needed. She found the You Copia Spice Stack to fit perfectly in her small cabinet. She grabbed two 18 bottle stacks and put them one on top of the other. She marked each spice with a labeler, and now she never struggles to find spices by just pulling the drop down drawer out to grab the spice she needs. Purchase it HERE . SpiceStorage_700_3 Jillene from inkhappi believes pretty packaging is almost as important as the gift itself. Even the simplest of gifts seem extraordinary when they have that extra wow factor on the outside! It makes them more desirable. The only problem? Who has time to dig through the closet to find the perfect bow and tag? That's why Jillene likes to keep her wrapping organized and easy to grab when she has very little time before running out the door with her gift in tow. This gift wrap organizer is her quick and simple solution for wrapping a pretty gift in a hurry. But there's more this can do! This multi-purpose organization tool has many functions. With some creativity, it can be used for toys or even cleaning supplies and will easily hang on a door or in a closet. You can check out what Jillene did with her gift wrap organizer HERE. You can also pick up some cute, free printable tags and several tips to get you on your way to some ""pretty packaging"" yourself!
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Andrea from Andrea's Notebook has more craft and sewing supplies than space in her craft closet. Her pegboard wall helps organize all the supplies she likes to keep close at hand, like her scissors, ribbons, thread and vinyl! These pegboards are easy to attach to any wall and with the use of J Hooks or other pegboard hooks you can hang almost anything. You can buy giant sheets of pegboard at most hardware stores but this pegboard kit from Amazon gets delivered to your door. Grab it HERE, for a good price! Use pegboards to organize your crafts! Organization tip from http://andreasnotebook.com The girls from My Mommy Style have a lot of kids and that means a lot of shoes! I am sure you can relate with this problem and the fact that shoes seems to appear in any corner of the house or right in the middle of your kitchen. We love this Stackable shoe organizer because you can adapt it to fit any shoe size or space that you need it to fit (you can change the pieces to be more vertical or horizontal, whichever you prefer.) This shoe organizer is a little more expensive, but the cost is worth it because it is more sturdy and adaptable to whatever space you may need. Another good idea is to use a label maker to make each cubby specific to its owner or shoe type. Buy it HERE. Stackable Shoe Organizer Jenn from My Fabuless Life struggles with ample storage space and hates piles and clutter. Her favorite way to create extra storage space and keep the piles of clutter at bay is with a silverware caddy (like this one you can purchase on Amazon). They're great for kids art supplies (including paper and coloring books in the large back compartment), desktop organization for things like mail, scissors, and pens, or a sewing or craft room for fabric, scissors, and sewing supplies, or even in the bathroom for magazines, cotton swabs, and lotions...the possibilities are really endless--anything you can fit in these compartments and want to group together. And the best part: it's portable organization! They look pretty left out, but keep things together and tidy if you have the space, or can be tucked away in a cupboard or closet. And one last bonus tip: they're great for taking on the road and keeping projects organized! Purchase it here . How to Organize Clutter MyFabulessLife.comRaquel from Organized Island has saved lots of valuable time by labeling storage with her DYMO LabelMaker 160. With its easy use and font variations it is a great deal! You can find it on Amazon. DYMO-labelers-e1452447373747
Katie from The Casual Craftlete loves making paper crafts and pretty packaging. Her favorite way to store large 12 x 12 paper pads is with an Essential Storage Box. This box is not only great for keeping paper safe from damage, but it can easily hold a variety of crafting tools and supplies such as scissors, punches, ribbon, and embellishments. This light weight-light heavy duty large open box securely closed with two latches and has a molded in handle that makes carrying easy. Perfect for taking to a scrapbook retreat crop-hop. Grab an Essential Storage box for HERE!
The-Casual-Craftlete-Amazon-Organizational-Giveaway- Chelsea from Two Twenty One swears by these drawer organizers. They're perfect for keeping smaller items organized in dresser drawers. Chelsea's favorite place to use them is in her son's nursery dresser. She rolls up his clothes and puts them into their designated organizer, making those tiny clothes easier to find. The drawer organizers are also great for curtailing socks, burp cloths, bibs, pacifiers, travel-size toiletries, baby accessories, and more. But they aren't limited to only baby items. The organizers can also be used for adult socks, underwear, belts, and more. They also fold to save space when not in use, making them an organizational must have. You can purchase a 12 pack set of drawer organizers here! drawer-organizers Cori from Hey, Let's Make Stuff is a new mom of twins and can't believe how many toys two tiny babies can have! To wrangle all those toys, Cori suggests this cute Elephant Toy Box from Amazon. With this toy box, you can store your baby's (or babies'!) toys out of the way but still accessible. Plus, it's cute but not baby-overload. Not into elephants? There are a bunch of options! Purchase one HERE . Toy-Box Marie from Blooming Homestead loves finding practical ways to stay organized. This Rotating Storage Caddy found on Amazon is not only pretty but functional too. Marie suggests using this to organize anything from managing make-up, to kid's craft supplies, not to mention it is perfect to keep desk clutter minimized. These are a great way to keep your home functional and organized and you can purchase the Rotating Storage Caddy here. Blooming Homestead Organizational Product Pick Camille from Growing Up Gabel got tired of searching for a lost TV remote! Camille loves this Remote Control Organizer from Amazon. The organizer is huge and will hold a lot more than just a remote. Put the media caddy in a central location in any room with a device that has a remote. Not only will it corral remotes, but it also looks classy, too. The caddy comes in brown or white so it will match any decor. Purchase the media caddy HERE! Organizational-Tools Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers LOVES this simple Kitchen Organizer from IKEA. Easily add this steel rail to the end of your kitchen cabinet and store pot holders or dish towels. It provides easy access to things you use multiple times a day and it looks pretty too! You can get TWO rails for a great price..purchase HERE. DDD Organizing Pick Christina from Christina's Adventures is working on getting her kids to help with their never-ending dirty laundry (and trying to figure out a better system for herself!). She suggests this durable 3-bag laundry sorter. These heavy duty canvas bags will hold a load of laundry each, and can be easily unhooked from the organizer and carried using the handles to the washing machine. So much easier for us moms, but also kid-friendly when trying to carry this down two flights of steps to the washing machine! Purchase it HERE! laundry-organization-Christinas-Adventures Mariah from Giggles Galore loves to make lists to keep up with her busy schedule. With so many details and schedules to juggle she prefers to keep a sticky pad for every type of t0-do handy so she can tackle organization and those lists one task at a time. Mariah suggests these creative and witty Knock Knock To Accomplish Sticky Notes off Amazon. With these sticky notes, you'll be able to tackle everything from your grocery list to those tasks you just want to put off. Start the new year off right and make everyday a productive one with a few funny and functional t0-do lists. Purchase it HERE! Amazon Sticky Notes Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe is a fanatic about tidy closets. Kelly suggests using these awesome Stackable Crates of various sizes at Amazon. With these stackable crates, you can make the most use of your closet space. They work great in the pantry, linen closet, laundry room and more! No more random piles and having to rummage through disorganized closets. Start that New Years resolution of getting organized right with these clever stackable storage solutions! Purchase a set of these Large Stackable Crates !

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Hi! I'm Stacy from Not Just A Housewife. Let's discuss paper clutter for a minute. I have always struggled with homework and school papers cluttering up my kitchen. The kids come home from school and unload their backpacks on the counter. Important papers and assignments would get lost. The problem was, there really wasn’t a good place to put it. I tried a basket once. I tried a drawer. But if it was out of sight, it was out of mind. When I was at IKEA and I saw the magazine racks, I thought that might just be the answer I was looking for. We have used it for a few years now and it has saved us! No more lost homework and no more piles on my counters. IKEA-paper-organizer Aniko from Place Of My Taste used to struggle to keep her daily mail overflow and paperwork that came home from school each day organized. But not anymore. She found an excellent way to keep her entryway organized and clutter free. She found this amazing magazine rack that (she spray painted it, so it goes with her entryway decor), and now she uses it on a daily basis. She drops in, and outgoing mail, magazines, folders, paperwork from school and it keeps her life organized. Purchase this awesome magazine rack HERE Stationary organization image Hello there! I'm Kristen Duke from Capturing Joy, and I love to share on my site all about the fun family adventures in life, and how we create joy. I'm currently trying to manage the shoe situation in my small closet. Piles of shoes end up on the floor, and I'm worried I'm going to snap a heel, or pierce it into my foot! Which is worse?!? Hmmmm.... I love this hanging shoe carousel, and think it's a great solution for shoes and bags! Kristen Duke closet organizer information Kimbo from A girl and a glue gun has 3 kids and a busy schedule--she loves to be able to see whats going on with a quick glance! Use this fun chalkboard calendar to write the menu on, get one for each kid and write their chores on it, or use it to help keep you straight on soccer practice, dance practice, meetings etc! Pair it with some fun chalk markers and get organized! Get your chalkboard calendar HERE! organization giveaway--chalkboard calendar Lindsay from Frenchie picks the Stair Basket with Handle from Amazon. How easy is clean up with a basket on the stairs that you can take up each night? Each one of my kids have these and when they leave something downstairs, instead of nagging them, I just throw it in there. They’re responsible to clean it out once a week and it has been life changing. Grab it here. Frenchie's pick Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane love organizing. It seems to help keep them organized if it's pretty organization! The twins suggest this darling American Crafts diagonal printed clipboard from Amazon. There are several coordinating clipboards if you wanted to keep different family member's papers organized in style, have all your to-do's neatly layed out in coordination, etc. Purchase this gold plated clipboard! Use gold clipboards for organization ideas! Mique from Thirty Handmade Days has learned the power of a slow cooker in her life. This is one thing that has helped her keep organized with a crazy busy schedule and shuttling her big(ish) kids around in the afternoon and evenings. She especially likes make ahead freezer meals and to help with that she uses freezer meal baggy stands. They hold up the bags so that you can pour ingredients into the bags without making a mess. Life changing!! You can purchase them HERE. miquespickSara from Mom Endeavors knows how crazy mornings can get when trying to get everyone out the door. Making lunches just adds to the busyness. To help, Sara recommends Easy Lunchboxes! Her family has been using them for the last 5 years and LOVES them!! With these awesome stacking bento boxes, you can just grab a box and fill in the divided containers. No messing with baggies or various different sized plastic containers. They stack beautifully in the cupboard, helping you stay organized and making lunch prep a breeze! Purchase a set HERE!
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How to Teach Yourself to Knit

I have wanted to learn how to knit for a while. In fact I have tried a few times over the last few years. But I finally was able to learn how to knit and actually make a finished project!

This is how I learned to knit (after trying other ways a few times).

In the past I've tried to learn with a book and a different time I had a knitting friend sit down with me but it just never clicked. I couldn't get the feel of it from the book. And while I could do the stitches when my friend was around I found that on my own I was hopeless. I think it was just so easy for her to correct me or start me off that I didn't really get it enough. But this last week I finished my Downtown Snood kit from We Are Knitters, it's a kit that comes with EVERYTHING you need for the project (yarn, directions, needle, carrying case) and gives you access to tons of online videos that walk you through every step.

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I honestly think the difference this time for me was that I was set up for success. This is why I think I finally had my knitting breakthrough.
  • I had EVERYTHING I needed. With the kit you know you have everything and enough of everything. There's no question that you'll have enough yarn to finish the project or got the right type and size needles or anything else you might need.
  • I could practice at my pace. It might seem crazy that I watched two videos over and over for hours that combined were just a few minutes each but that's what it too for me. Watching and doing watching and doing. With a friend I'd be to embarrassed to have them repeat that many times.
  • I was able to review at my convenience and speed. I didn't have a lesson and then had to remember it in my head and muscle memory. Nor did I have to worry about putting someone out asking them to show me again. I reviewed the video each time I thought I wasn't sure. And at the beginning that was A LOT. If I had gotten stuck though I could have emailed them for help (this is something they offer all their customers).
  • It was a project I wanted to finish. The wool is SO gorgeous and soft. Even nicer than the pictures show. And the style is really cute. Before I just tried making long strips that I thought eventually would be a scarf but that didn't motivate me.
The We Are Knitters Kits really set you up so that you will be able to and excited to finish your project. If you have been wanting to learn how to knit I HIGHLY suggest picking up the Downtown Snood kit. I'm so excited because they have LOTS of kits kits from beginner through expert (they have 4 skill levels). I have the little bear hat and scarf waiting for me now. The projects are all very on trend stylewise too which I reallllllly like. You can buy them without the needles if you already have your own stash.Teach yourself to knit. THis is how I did it and loveeed it! And if you have been wanting to learn how to knit I HIGHLY suggest picking up the Downtown Snood kit. I'm so excited because they have LOTS of kits kits from beginner through advanced. I have the little bear hat and scarf waiting for me now. The projects are all very on trend stylewise too which I reallllllly like. You can buy them without the needles if you already have your own stash but I love that you can buy them with (no risk of not having enough yarn or the wrong needles).

These knitting kits are so cool and would make awesome gifts for knitters or people wanting to learn how to knit.

I'm so used to speedy crafting but knitting is out of my comfort zone and it took me a while to "get it". I watched the "casting on" and basic stitch videos, just replaying and retrying the stitches for about 2 hours before I felt comfortable going on. Once I got that though I was good to go. Still not as fast as you knitting pros but I was able to make this awesome infinity scarf that I'm totally obsessed with. These knitting kits are super cool. Make great christmas gifts or fun for people learning how to knit or who already love knitting Any ways if you are interested in learning to knit, a new knitter, or even a seasoned knitter who doesn't have to time to dig around for awesome patterns and go to the store to find the best yards and supplies you should definitely check out these kits. You can enjoy 15% off through Jan. 1st if you use the coupon code RAEGUNWAK when you check out at We Are Knitters. And one lucky person gets to win their choice of kit (up to $149 value most are by far below that!) GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Love these great knitting kits makes learning to knit so easy and learning new skills after too

Thanks so much to We Are Knitters for providing the awesome kits for me to review and sponsoring this giveaway!

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Babylock Sewing Machine + 100$ of Fabric GIVEAWAY

giveaway Hey gang today I’m hangout out at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Decorate series. I am sharing a Circular Gift Card Pouch, these are quick to whip up for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas. And as a part of that awesomeness I get to share a fabulous giveaway with you!

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Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) and $100 Worth of Fabric from Riley Blake Designs.
Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, and she's here to help you. This computerized sewing machine is equipped with 50 stitches and push-button features to make every project easier. The value is $799. Click here for more details.
Riley Blake Designs colorful fabrics include cottons, flannels, sparkle cottons, organic cotton, knits, dreamy, and laminates in a range of designer and basic prints. You will love this beautiful fabric.
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Happy Harry Potter Giveaway

Awesome Harry Potter Giveaway

I have one last giveaway for you guys before we bring the Happy Harry Potter series to a close for the year. The fun part is that a lot of the prizes are some of the projects we have seen shared during the series and others are provided by the bloggers! The winner will receive: Enter to win with the rafflecopter widget below. If you don't see the widget try refreshing the page or go here to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Shhhh! There’s another Instagram Giveaway

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Hey guys just a quick note to let you know about another Instagram giveaway I have going on. Head to my Instagram account, and find this picture to enter. ANd if you haven't entered Monday's giveaway yet. YOu might as well do that while you're there!

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Great Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans!

Fabulous Harry Potter Gift Ideas for your favorite wizard and book lover.

It's finally here, my favorite 2 weeks of blogging in the whole year! Today I'm kicking off my annual Happy Harry Potter series. I am SOOOO excited to share with you tons of amazing Harry Potter related craft tutorials, party ideas, recipes, book reviews, giveaways, and more. This year we have over 40 fabulous bloggers and sponsors joining us. I've been getting teaser pictures in from the bloggers and let me tell you this year is going to be the best yet! Every day from now until July 31st, Harry Potter's birthday, I will be sharing a Harry Potter themed post in the morning and then in the afternoon I'll be back with a round up of the day's posts from all the other bloggers. We've got 4-7 posts a day friends eep I can't wait. To start things off let me introduce our sponsors. Make sure to check back in later today though to see what the first round of posts were, I promise you they are all amazing. PLEASE NOTE: the giveaway is now closed

Appraising Pages bookish box. Awesome reader subscription box. Fun gift idea for book lovers

The first sponsor is Appraising Pages. They are giving one lucky winner their September Bookish Box. The Bookish box is a mail subscription for book lovers. Every month subscribers get a shirt by Appraising Pages Shop in the size of your choice and 3-5 feminine home, beauty, and fashion items with bookish themes. I just signed up for my own subscription yesterday eeeep I can't wait to get my first box. In addition to the fun subscription box Appraising Pages also had tons of awesome shirts, jewelry and other things great for readers and non-readers a like. I have this Harry Potter ring and I absolutely adore it.
Harry Potter I solemnly swear I am up to no good necklace from booksphere
The next sponsor, Book Sphere makes absolutely gorgeous book inspired jewelry. Special for us she designed a fun Harry Potter themed piece. Our winner will get the I Solemnly Swear That I am Up to No Good necklace. See some of my other favorite pieces above.
Super cute stacking marauder's map harry potter stacking mugs
A Bird in the Hand Crafts makes really cool hand painted mugs. You are sure to love the wit and humor that go into some of these. For the giveaway she is offering a set of her very popular Marauder's Map Stacking Mugs. I personally have this Veronica Mars Harry Potter mug and I LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOVE it. So so fun!
This tiny the fault in our stars book necklace is SO cute. Great gift idea
When I saw Tiny Book Town's amazing jewelry I went gaga. They are little tiny wearable books like this super cute The Fault In Our Stars necklace. All the heart eyes. The giveaway winner will receive a 25$ shop credit for in stock items which will easily cover 2 pieces.
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Regular blog readers know my pal Polly, she's a cohost of the Block Party and has participated in all my Harry Potter series! She's offering a bunch of goodies today. A Deathly Hallows Necklace (seriously I want this necklace too cute), a Personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter (she sent Teddy one last year and I just adore it), and a Golden Snitch Ornament which can be made with any house colors. Make sure to check out her store since she's got all kinds of Potter awesomeness.
Super cute hermione costume. Gryffindor student inspired baby outfit.
I'm giving a 40$ credit to my Rae Gun Etsy shop. You can get whatever you like but my top sellers are my baby harry potter costumes and I have a bunch of different versions. But if it were me and I was getting something for myself or my favorite HP loving grown up the House Elf Apron or the Hogwart's House Tie Necklace are really fun! I do have non-potter stuff too which is fair game, whatever you want from my shop (except custom orders).
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And since I want to make sure you're reading to your hearts content I'm also giving away a 20$ Amazon.com gift card. I'll be sharing some of my favorite books for Harry Potter fans later in the series but I thought we needed some book money!
Owl Crate. perfect gift idea for book lovers.
And finally I am so excited to have  Owl Crate on board for the giveaway. They are giving one of their August Owl Crates. Owl Crate is another fun subscription box geared at readers. The picture above is one of their past crates. I have had a subscription for a few months now and I look forward to my adorable box arriving every month. They sell out fast so you want to buy it when they go on sale or put yourself on the wait list. The august month theme is all about Mystery. I'm so excited to see what goodies are in the box! (GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED)

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Huge My Favorite Things Giveaway Hop (26 Different Gift Baskets)

Favorite things giveaway

I'm so excited to have teamed up with 25 other bloggers for a fun a "My Favorite Things Easter Basket Giveaway!" Each of us chose our favorites in crafting, food, beauty, home decor and more, put them into a basket of goodies and decided to thank YOU, our readers, for sticking with us! I put together a fun Book Bag full of great books to read over Spring Break since one of my favorite things to do on Easter after church and brunch are through is to lay out in the sun with a good book! The winner of my basket will receive (scroll to the bottom of this post to enter on the rafflecopter): Each giveaway is individual, so click through all the bloggers participating below, sign up for 26 chances to win tons of goodies, and maybe meet some new bloggers in the process! Have fun and enjoy!

Our Favorite Things Easter Basket Giveaway Collage 11. The Cards We Drew 2. Yesterday on Tuesday 3. Gingersnap Crafts 4. Simply Designing 5. Housewife Eclectic 6. Maybe I Will 7. Liz on Call 8. Growing up Gabel 9. Organized Island 10. Happiness is Homemade 11. Shaken Together Life 12. Poofy Cheeks 13. Commona My House

26 Bloggers share their favorite things14. Key Lime Digital Designs 15. Tried and True 16. One Krieger Chick 17. Made by a Princess Blog 18. Play Party Pin 19. Persia Lou 20. Raegun Ramblings 21. Stuffed Suitcase 22. Giggles Galore 23. Gallamore West 24. Our Thrifty Ideas 25. A Pumpkin and a Princess 26. Make Life Lovely

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. All winning entries will be verified and if not complete entry will be voided. Winner will be notified by email that they won and has 48 hours to respond via email before a new winner is selected. Facebook and all social media channels are in no way affiliated with this giveaway and are hereby released of any liability.

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