Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Very Own #SheetOutOfLuck Story #spon

I've talked more about toilet paper in the last month than maybe ever before in my life.  I went to California and talked toilet paper at BlogHer.  I took pictures on an actual toilet and yes, talked about toilet paper some more.  I even gave a year's supply of toilet paper away (congrats to Kristen, the giveaway winner!).  

One of my favorite pictures from the Angel Soft® booth at BlogHer (Angel Soft® was a sponsor).

I've been working with Angel Soft® to promote their #SheetOutOfLuck video campaign to discuss embarrassing #SheetHappens moments and how Angel Soft® can prevent them.

Now I'm joining in on the video fun.  Check out my #SheetHappens moment.  


  (To watch the video, click here.)

I got the whole family involved in this one.  

You know the old saying "A family that vlogs together becomes YouTube stars together...." That's a saying right?  Well, anyway, I know we definitely had fun together making this video.

Watch our behind-the-scenes reel.


(To watch the video, click here.)

This whole campaign has been fun.  Not only does it have THE best hashtags on Twitter, but I also got to laugh and have fun talking about something that we all use....toilet paper. 

I love a company that provides a useful product and has a sense of humor.  Kudos to Angel Soft®.

Check out some of the Angel Soft® #SheetOutOfLuck videos too.

(Click here to watch the video.)



(Click here to watch the video.)
To learn more about Angel Soft® check out their web site, Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.



I received financial compensation for this post from Angel Soft® however all opinions contained are my own.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Storage Situation- A Pinterest Poser Challenge



My kids play a lot of sports and have a lot of equipment.  And since I am not the most organized mother-person, I have been looking for some sort of storage situation to help keep up with all the equipment.  Last week, I found it-- old-school lockers! 

We looked on Craig's List for lockers to put in the basement.  We found some that were perfect, or so we thought.  Tim drove out to get them, but they were too big.  We looked again online and so many of them were very expensive.  We thought about going back and buying the too-big lockers as an investment (you know, clean them up and sell them online).  But we didn't.  Instead my brother-in-law heard me talking about our storage situation and locker disspointment and said he had some lockers we could have. For free!  What?! Awesome.

For this week's Pinterest Poser Challenge* I attempt to fix our storage situation and spruce up some lockers for the kids' room.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week I attempt and detail a project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.  
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

Tim picked up the lockers and bought some spray paint on the way home.
The Before-We-Painted picture.
My love of spray paint has been well-documented here and here and here.  I think it is such a fun, inexpensive way to make anything looke better.



After the paint dried, it was time to move them inside.  I think a good counseling exercise for marriage would be moving furniture.  It takes a lot of patience and communication.


And a sense of humor.  I think I said "Pivot!" 15 times going up the stairs, referencing the old Friends episode.  Remember that one? Click here to watch it again.


I am so happy with how the lockers turned out that there's no way we could put them in our ugly, unfinished basement.  We took them directly to the boys'room. The kids started putting their equipment in immediately. 


The paint job isn't perfect, but I don't do perfect.

Yeah, I know it might get smelly, but with three boys sharing a room it kind of already smells anyway.  
This hangs on their wall.  We had it done this summer, I think it is fabulous.

When we said put all your important stuff in the lockers, Wade put Woody, Buzz and Jessie inside (and a football).
 I love that he is four years old.


Storage situation fixed, at least for sports equipment.  Now on the hunt for something to help me manage/organize/contain all the school papers/homework/equipment. 



Here are a few projects that I've tried.  Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest?  Tell us about them in the comments or on my Facebook page.

Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelette--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here

Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's Football Season In Our House

This post is part of a series called Family Fanatics from Fanatics.com The series highlights how athletics is one of the best ways to bring families together.  
Fanatics.com is the leading online retailer for everything sports.  
Check out their football jerseys, click here.
It is football season in our house.  And that makes me feel all kinds of emotions.  I'm nervous about my boys getting hurt.  Like really nervous.  But the joy that I see in my boys overrides that nervousness most of the time.  They love it.  


Peyton looking very teenager-y after a scrimmage.
They love playing and working hard, and competing.    They love spending time with their friends.  They love spending time with their dad who is one of the coaches.

This is the first year that JT has played real tackle football, with gear, shoulder pads and a helmet.  He is so excited.  Since school hasn't started yet, it's sort of all he thinks about.  I tell him to go get dressed in the morning and he comes downstairs with his football gear on, seven hours before practice.  
JT ready for his day.
When I tell him he can't keep it on all day, he keeps it close by all day.


JT wants to be like his big brother.  He wants to play football.  

Football is all toughness and tenacity, life lessons, grit, teamwork, speed and sportsmanship.  It's a love of the game thing, it's a brother thing. 

They have been practicing for a few weeks now and their first games are this weekend.  I'm still nervous about them getting hurt or disappointed with playing time or a loss.  I'm nervous about those things everyday though.  So this Sunday, I will be in the bleachers with the rest of the family to watch my boys play because it's football season in our house.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Anonymous & What I Know For Sure


I got the email last January.  It was on what felt like day 78 of snow days during the Polar Vortex.  It was cold and dark and we had played every damn game in our house and listened to Let It Go 5,865 times.  I got the email and I cried.  

The email said "that someone bought you a family session" with a photographer.  Just because they thought we were a nice family.  That someone was named anonymous.  

I cried because it was so nice and thoughtful and sweet and amazing.  I cried because this wasn't something we could afford to do.  I cried because someone anonymous thought my family was pretty cool.   I cried because it felt good to be thought of and loved.  I cried because it was just so damn nice.

"What's wrong?," my kids asked after they realized I had stopped yelling at them to quit fighting.

"Nothing, I'm just so happy, people can be so nice," I said crying into my hands.  

Fast forward six months and we finally sat down for our family session with Sarah Beth Photography.





We loaded up the kids and had our picture taken as a family.  As you can imagine it wasn't calm or quiet or fancy, because not one of us is calm, quiet or fancy.  Instead it was loud and wrestle-y and some of us forgot our shoes and some of us smelled from football practice.  But not one of those things bothered me, it's just who we are.  

This is our special kind of chaos.
Luckily we had a compassionate, funny and easy-going photographer, Sarah, and she wasn't too appalled by our family.  She even told us we weren't the rowdiest family she'd photographed, but I think she might have lied which just made me love her more.

Sarah was a miracle worker.  She patiently talked to my kids and made them smile and laugh.  The shots she got made me cry again.  The shots captured my kids' personalities right now so perfectly.

To learn more about Sarah Beth Photography click here.





I'm not sure how anonymous feels, but I can tell you how I feel...I feel loved and hopeful and grateful.  I want to do what I can to help others know this feeling.  


In a world that feels lost and in pain and angry, I want to make small differences where I can to help people feel good--paying for people in drive-thrus, leaving a note for the kind waitress, telling people thank you more, reaching out to my neighbors, telling the overwhelmed mom or dad at the grocery store that their kids are adorable. In a world where I feel powerless about so much I know for sure that I want to pay forward kindness and love and hope one small difference at a time.

Thank you anonymous.  Thank you Sarah.  


Here's what else I know for sure this week:
  • I loved Jimmy Fallon's tribute to Robin Williams.



  • I am going to learn to sew.  And when I do, I am going to sew all the patterns from the 1970s that my mother in law gave me last week.  Yup, I'm bringing bell bottoms back.


  • I WILL have 100 YouTube Subscribers before the first day of school (September 2).  Okay, at least I hope I do.  Help me out.  Click here to subscribe.  And here's sort of a re-introduction to my YouTube channel.

(Click here to watch.)
  • Sunshine makes almost everything better. At the very least it makes my mood 100 times better.


  • I will be watching Dallas on Monday night.  Ya'll Southfork was on fire in the mid-season cliff hanger...not my beloved Southfork.  I have to see what will happen.  New episodes are back on TNT on Monday night. It's good soapy escapism fun.



  • Summer is not over and I am still forcing my family to eat dinner on our porch.  I love my front porch.


What do you know for sure this week, right now?  Share it with me in the comments or on my Facebook page.

To learn more about Sarah Beth Photography click here and check out her Facebook page.  She is a miracle worker with a lot of patience and a very talented photographer.

Come play with me on Instagram, click here.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

My YouTube Channel


I vlog.  And I love it.  It is seriously so much fun.

If you ever wondered what the heck my YouTube channel is all about, I have made a new video that sort of explains it.  Check it out.


(Click here to watch.)

I would love to grow my channel a bit, so please head on over and subscribe. Click here.

Here are few topics I've covered on my vlog:

Meeting (and embarrassing myself in front of) celebrities:

(click here to watch)

Changing clothes in a parking lot:


(click here to watch)

Putting on (and failing) false eyelashes:

(click here to watch)

I even did a little slam poetry once:

(click here to watch)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Catching Light & Hope (A Simple Pinterest Poser Challenge)

There is so much bad happening in the world.  It is overwhelming.  It's not just bad, it's scary, heartbreaking and gut wrenching.  I feel powerless and afraid.  I turn off the news, say a prayer, sign an online petition, tweet an activist hashtag, volunteer with a group trying to create real change, talk to my kids about compassion and justice. I try to make sense of some of the bad/sad stuff happening in the world and do my small part to make some sort of difference.  

But sometimes, the only way to make sense of a world of hurt and confusion, is to stop trying.  It's then that I simply want to spend time with my children and quietly do a craft with them or read books to them.  I soak up their curiosity, honesty, silliness, love, the good and I feel hopeful.

I am generally a person that always tries to look for the good.  Not everyone feels that way.  Years ago when I was trying to help my mother with a particularly challenging time in her life by looking for the good, she  famously said "Quit being such a f#*ing Pollyanna."  

I am not naive, I fully understand being a Pollyanna doesn't fix the bad.  Looking for the good, remembering the good means I find and remember hope.  Hope is my fuel to get back up and say more prayers, sign more petitions, tweet more activist hashtags, volunteer more of my time, and keep talking about compassion and justice to my kids and my community and anyone who will listen.

This week's Pinterest Poser Challenge* is inspired by all the f#&ing Pollyanna's of the world.  I'm not sure if you are familiar with the amazing classic movie, but in it the young girl plays a Glad Game when she feels down.  The games consists of listing things she is grateful for and it always makes her feel better.   It's brilliant.  Pollyanna also loves crystals that she hangs in the window to catch light.  She explains it in the movie like this, "The sun comes through here and paints a rainbow."


(Click here to watch Pollyanna play the glad game.)

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week I attempt and detail a project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.  **My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

This week, the kids and I took a break from the mad, mad world and made a suncatcher out of melted beads. 

It's a simple, inexpensive and something we could all do together.  


  • We placed the beads in a cake pan.  I let the kids put whatever colors they wanted, wherever they wanted.
  • We preheated the oven to 450 degrees while we filled our pans.
  • Once the pans were filled, we opened every window in our small home, turned on the oven fan and put the pans in the oven.  This is a very smelly project.  The smell of melting plastic is bit alarming and I recommend playing outside while cooking.
  • We baked our beads for 15 minutes.
  • I took the pans out of the oven and sat them on the back porch to cool.
  • After another 15 minutes, I popped them out of the pans. 

  • We then drilled a small hole and tied a string through the plate/suncatcher/melted bead platter, tied a string through the hole.



Now this Melted Bead Suncatcher hangs in my kitchen window.  It is there to catch the sun and make rainbows of hope and love and goodness on my walls.  It is there to remind me of a sweet afternoon with my children.  

It is there to remind me to carry on with the praying and the tweeting and the telling and the shouting and the protesting and the fighting for change and compassion and justice and peace.

Come follow me on Pinterest, click here.

Here are a few projects that I've tried.  Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest?  Tell us about them in the comments or on my Facebook page.

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelette--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here

Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

  Head on over and follow my Pinterest boards-click here!


Oh yeah, and come follow me on Twitter @AngelaYBlood and subscribe to my YouTube channel here.