Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blog Stalkers Issue # 8



Happy Back to School!! Ugh, that statement sends chills down my spine when I think of homework time with the kids. The time usually includes tears and fist pounding. Not all of it by my 3rd grader either. There is this little element added to schoolwork that I know you have all heard about. Common Core. This isn't a post for it or against it. It is a post to help you as a parent deal with it. This months blog find is actually a website that is very helpful in all things Math. Khan Academy is a great site to go to for yourself or for your kids. Khan Academy Common Core Map https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore/map Khan Academy- https://www.khanacademy.org/





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunshine to someones life.......

My Pinterest WIN!!!

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I love Pinterest. Not as much as my husband, who pins daily, but I am on there a lot. About 4 months ago I came across the “Sunshine in a Box” gift idea. I knew I wanted to make one for my best friend. She moved back home with her mom so she could go to school full time and while I am super excited for her, I miss her dearly as it meant she moved out of state. She is nearing the end of her journey at the college level and this summer she moves on to a state university (and even further away). This semester has been challenging and I wanted to lift her up with some California Sun and love from me.

So I was on the prowl for lots of “yellow” goodies to fill her box. I found lots of fun stuff in the Odds ‘n ends bins at Michael’s and Target.

1. Mini Golden Oreos

2. EOS lip balm

3. Yellow note cards

4. Initial Note Cards

5. Hand Lotion

6. Makeup Mirror

7. Peeps (Easter is coming up)

8. M & M’s

9. Hawaiian deodorant (her dream vacation location)

10. Juicy Fruit gum

11. Lemonhead

12. Soap with Initial


14. Yellow Picture Frame (added a picture of us)

I use a “Priority Mail- Flat Rate Medium Box”

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I found this perfect “You are my Sunshine” print out here  Send a “Box of Sunshine”

There are lots of yellow items out there. If you are on pinterest you can look up “sunshine box” for a lot of ideas. Don’t want to send “sunshine” you can send the persons favorite color. Make it a “Purple Box” or “Pink Box” and include all purple or pink items. The possibilities are endless.

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Sunshine to someones life.......

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blog Stalkers- Issue #2

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Here we are at the end of February. The Blog Stalkers have been battling the sickies within each of their homes. Resulting in being a little behind on stalking blogs. However, we have some goodies for you.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/blogstalkers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blog Stalkers- Issue #1

blog stalkerWelcome to our first ever blog stalkers!


What are we? Stalkers… only not the creepy kind! We’re a group of 3 stalkers, taking the first few weeks each month looking for the perfect post we’d like to share with you! But these posts will be about a variety of things. Yes, that’s right! The three of us love crochet but we won’t be bringing you just crochet related things.

This month we’ve found some pretty interesting things! Check out what we found below. Found a post that you love? Share it with us in the comments! Be sure to check out our Facebook page and drop links to your posts or posts you love!Stephanie Smalltown Dreamz





“Hi there Stephanie here one of your friendly blog stalkers. Normally I would share a particular post but I honestly love everything Esther writes. As many of you know I just had a baby this past October. I felt it so refreshing to read a blog about parenting and family life that was so “real”. I think that anyone that goes to this blog and reads her stories they would be able to relate to at least one of them. Please take a look I promise you it is worth the read. http://www.storyofthislife.com/







lisa“Lisa here with my Blog find for the month. This is a recipe post that I found while looking for the perfect pie to take to my families Thanksgiving Dinner. It is the Chocolate pie from Pioneer Woman. Since then I have made it for my husband’s birthday and probably making it for Super Bowl. Yes, it’s that good!

However, I do have a few tips to share on my experience.


The recipe is for 1 pie using 6.5 oz of chocolate baking bar. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bars come in 4ozs, so I doubled the recipe and bought 3 bars totaling 12 oz(I didn’t add an additional ounce) . This made 3 pies as the single recipe gives you a pie and some extra. I used 2 bittersweet and one semi-sweet bar.

My only problem was in the directions she writes “The second it starts to bubble and thicken (note: It should be thick like pudding!) remove it from the heat.” When it started to bubble I quickly removed it. Well….. it was not thick enough (it was sorta thick but I was more worried about “when it starts to bubble” part. I ended up putting it back on the stove after I had mixed it all to thicken more. So… since that first time, I let it bubble longer and I make sure it is “really like pudding” but keep stiring so it doesn’t burn the bottom of the pan.

I hope you all enjoy and I would love to see your pies. Feel free to post the pictures on my Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/PinkSnailBoutique

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“Hey there!! It’s Crystal! Crochet is my favorite craft but I also like to stay organized. I am very much a list person, you’ll find them all over my house along with calendars, notes, scratch pads and much more. But this month I wanted to share with you a blog I found perfect for anyone that likes print outs. I know I do! Each year I print off one of Mom’s Budget‘s Crochet Project Tracker and fill out what unfinished projects I have. Each year I TRY to complete those on the list. I add to the list throughout the year when I remember as well. Those projects that I have no desire to finish after a year, I decided to unwind them unless I really feel I will complete it… eventually! This site has many great print outs but also much, much more! Take look and let me know what you think!”





Until next month,

Stephanie, Lisa, & Crystal


Blog Stalkers- January 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 2015 Blog Hop

Hello Blog hoppers, Welcome to Pink Snail Boutique. My name is Lisa and I look forward to giving one of you a copy of my first pattern for 2015. Since Facebook doesn’t like me using words like free, giveaway, or the very dirty…. win, I will say it all here! I have a GIVEAWAY below. The winner of my GIVEAWAY will WIN a copy of my latest Pattern for FREE along with yarn, a hook, stitch markers, and a sewing needle.


What is the pattern you will win? Well, let me tell you a little about it. I held a naming contest on my Facebook Page and it was tough. Overall it came down to 2 choices. Gracie and Peekaboo Picot. I loved them both but in the end I am going with Peekaboo Picot Slouch. Two fans actually picked the name so they will both be receiving a copy of the pattern for free. One fan chose Peekaboo and the other said Peekaboo Picot. Only fair to congratulate Serena and Jennifer, both. Thank you ladies, very much. I look forward to adding more pieces to the collection.


 Peekabook Picot Slouch Pattern releases on Monday, Jan 19th. picotcollageNow, to get to the fun part…. you are all here to enter to win….


What is a blog hop? A blog hop takes you from one blog to the next. For this blog hop each designer is offering up a giveaway. Each designer has included a link to the next designer on the list. This makes it every easy for you to hop along. Be sure to check back on Tuesday to see if you are a winner!


1. 3 Boys & A Ball of Yarn

2. SnApPy ToTs

4. Pink Snail Boutique

5.  Simply Collectible Crochet

6.  MNE Crafts – Crochet Patterns & More

7.  Blackstone Designs

8.  Glamour4You

9.  Harvester Products

10.  Little Luvies Shop

11.  Crafting Friends


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January 2015 Blog Hop

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Monthly Crafty Link-UP

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 Happy New Year!!! This year I am adding a Monthly Crafty Link-Up to my blog. Each month I will have a different theme. These themes will include upcoming Holidays and events. I would like to offer the themes in advance to allow time to either make or purchase the items.

JANUARY’S THEME IS “LOVE and LUCK”

Please include links to your Valentines, Love, Anniversary, Wedding, St. Patrick’s Day items.

A few rules to posting links:

  •  ITEMS MUST BE YOUR WORK, SOLD BY YOU
  •  I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU BE A BLOG FOLLOWER
  •  I ASK THAT LINKS TO SPECIFIC ITEMS BE USED. NOT GENERAL SITE URLS.
  •  NO GIVEAWAY, PROMOS, SPONSORED LINKS ALLOWED
  •  POST UP TO 3 LINKS THAT FIT INTO THE THEME
  •  LINKS CAN BE TO PATTERNS, FINISHED ITEMS, KITS, OR SUPPLIES
  •  I’D LOVE NETWORKING WITH OTHER BUSINESSES. YOU FOLLOW ME, I WILL FOLLOW YOU. JUST LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME YOUR PART OF THE CRAFTY LINK-UPS.
  •  LINKING AUTHORIZES ME TO USE IMAGES IN BLOG POSTS OR SOCIAL MEDIA VENUES YOU WILL BE CREDITED PROPERLY FOR YOUR WORK.
  •  I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANY LINKS THAT DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE GUIDELINES, ARE OFFENSIVE, OR INAPPROPRIATE IN ANY WAY.
  •  SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW CROCHETERS BY CLICKING ON THEIR PROJECTS, ADDING THEM TO YOUR FAVORITES OR LEAVING A COMMENT!
Thank you very much and Happy New Year~ I look forward to working with each of you. Share this post on your social media and lets get people shopping.