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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Online Boutique

Boutique Sui Numeris is one of my sponsors this month! They are a new modern online boutique that sells dresses for all types of occasions and ships to anywhere in the US! They carry a mix of luxury designer dresses. My favorite part about their boutique is they only carry two of each dress, so the inventory always changes and you know you won't end up with the same dress as someone else!

Below are some of my recent favorites on their site:



 



 
 
{Palmer, Dulce, NYX}
 
What do you think, do you have a favorite?!

Make sure to check out their {website} {twitter} and {facebook}! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Tried.

Last year army cargo pants were all the rage. So when I found a cheap pair at Marshalls I had to get them. But I have been having such trouble finding new ways to wear them. Last week when it was a bit cooler I decided to try the white and green combo. After wearing it for a full day, I was not thrilled but I am glad I tried it! Not sure how much longer I will get use out of those pants though. Any suggestions?







Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Father's Day Giveaway.

When I was younger me and my sister used to always make coupon books for my mom or dad for mothers/fathers day. So when I was contacted by Datevitation I was super excited to try out their book! I made a fun date book for my husband and I was thrilled with the process and quality when I got it! The packaging it comes in is sooo great! I loved the date options I choose a zoo day, sushi date, wine and cheese date and other fun options like that! I think it would also be a really fun wedding gift for a couple!






Datevitation is the first online website where you can create a custom love coupon book. The best part is that you can pick your own dates or chores and you can customize the text, and it even has a cute intro page where you can write what ever you want! Their date library contains over 350 ideas and there are over 100 covers to choose from.

They just added a bunch of fun activities for kids and parents. It such a fun unique gift to get for Dad or your husband for Fathers day! The books start at $20.00 but you can use the promo code 'ANDPEARLS' to get $10.00 off your purchase from now through June! If you are looking to get one for fathers day make sure to 
order it by June 6!


Datevitation is also going to give one of my readers a book for free! Perfect for father's day on a budget :) Use the rafflecopter below to enter, and remember if you don't win you can still order a book for $10.00 off using the code 'ANDPEARLS"


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Monday, May 20, 2013

#SplashesofColor for Crocs

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crocs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I'm entering the Crocs Instagram Sweepstakes because, seriously who wouldn't want to win a $3,000 shopping spree? If you enter comment below with a link to your photo so I can check it out and with the reason why you are entering!

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Warm Lace.

Yesterday was HOT! Oh my lanta! Michigan weather is so fun and annoying at the same time. There was a frost earlier this week and yesterday it probably reached at least 90 degrees!

I had a great weekend. Friday we went out on Lake Michigan fishing. Super fun, caught some huge salmon  Spent Saturday pricing out new front doors lol with a bonfire at night. And Sunday we super cleaned our cars. It felt super productive!

Snagged the top below of ROMWE I didn't think it would fit, but I am super glad that it did. I love it. And I got a bunch of complements on it! I also think it would be soo cute as a beach coverup!

How was your weekend?? Ps. Im still in catchup mode. But welcome to all my new followers :) I am slowly going through all your comments from last week and getting back to you!






Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Alternative to Photoshop.

For the past few weeks my mom and I have been planning an engagement party for my brother and his fiance when they come to town in a few weeks. We decided to go all out and have invites and place cards ect. So I have been working on coming up with cute invites for their party, and it was fun and difficult!


I don't own photoshop, in reality I have no use for it or at least time to learn it and use it properly! But to make the card we were going for I needed something that would let me layer images and input my own fonts ect. So after much trial and error one day with different software I discovered that Powerpoint works perfect for these types of things!!

I am a windows girl, so I love all microsoft office tools, I personally think they are intuitive and easy to use! So I thought I would give you all a few tips/tricks that I have learned, for those of you that enjoy the occasional collage or blog button ect but don't have photoshop!

I don't want to make this post tooo long so I am just going to start with the basics of why I think it is a great tool and then I will get into a few subtopics in some up-coming posts!

1. You Can Resize your Slide to Any-Size to Make a Template
              This is a really great feature if you are working on making a button or picture for you blog. There         are tons of sites that give you a size guide you would need for all things bloggy related and you can resize your slide to fit those so you get the best quality!













2. You Can Save Your Slide as a jpg
           within each slide you can layer images and text, when  you get it to be perfect you can save it as a jpg so it is easier to import that layered image in future slides!


















3. You can Import Many Fonts
             Bloggers love using a variety of fonts, and there are tons of sources out there to download free ones. I used to think I could only use those in photoshop but that is not the case! You can import different fonts in to power-point with a few easy steps!

Use this how to guide: Add New Fonts to Use with Office

4. You Can Lock, Center, Move, Overlap items super easy - without having to "insert layer"
          Ive used gimp before (the free alternative to photoshop) and I have found the layer thing to be super hard to grasp. I just don't get it. I love that in powerpoint it is super easy to adjust your layers, it doesn't take tons of time!

5. Duplicating Slides
        When I was making the card for my brother I found this tool to be key! Once I knew where I wanted text and images I duplicated that image and could play around with different fonts. That way the card was the same but a quick fix gave it a new look and you could view them side by side!

I hope this was a helpful post. Please comment with questions and opinions, id love to continue this post with a few other more in depth tips if requested!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Friend Connect!

It's Tuesday which means it's time for the Friend Connect Blog Hop!
I am pretty excited to be co-hosting this week!!!
It's the time to meet new friends and find new blogs. You can choose to follow the cohosts in whatever way is best for YOU! Here are some of my favorite ways: GFC, BlogLovin', HelloCotton, RSS, Twitter, Facebook.
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host 
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts 
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop
6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!
There are cohost spots available! Email Melissa if you're interested at melissa@thelifeofanotsoordinarywife.com

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Life Updates and Party Planning.

Last weekend was crazy! My sister, her fiance and my sister in law all graduated from college (congrats you guys) and on top of that we threw an engagement party for my brother and his fiance!

I spent last week Monday through Friday prepping for the big party, planning for 50+ people was so fun and hard!

I wanted to share with you a few pictures of the party, tune in later this week to see how I made the invitations and food cards (my alternative to photoshop!)



















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