This Little Pig Stayed Home & Family Fun Pack

Hey guys! I’m going to derail a little today from the usual DIY to show off my best friend’s blog and my sister in law’s youtube channel. I’m giddy excited about this and I hope you love the blog and youtube channel as much as I do!

Are you a school teacher? And/or do you have kids in preschool? My best friend in the entire universe is a former school teacher and has a blog loaded with tons of free printables and all around excellent ideas and tips for teaching and organizing your children. Here are a few of my favorites:

Make a Family Calendar with a Dropcloth

FREE lesson planner printables!

FREE school calendar printables!

And my personal favorite, food turned into inanimate objects to encourage little kids to eat their darn food. For more lunch ideas, click here.

In addition, she also has entire curriculums for various aged children. Check out This Little Pig Stayed Home and follow her on pinterest, facebook, instagram, and twitter.


Speaking of little kids, my sister in law has a crazy popular youtube channel where she shares ah-dorable videos of her 5 small kids (two of which are identical TWINS! Can we get an awe?!).

Her channel, Family Fun Pack, started with an adorable video of her small twins putting themselves to bed and has just blown up since then. Her first video now has over 13 MILLION views! Her channel is at almost 19k subscribers and has a grand total of more than 29.5 MILLION views. Holy smokes!

Here is her most popular video (Twins Putting Themselves To Bed) which has received national attention from a variety of sources. Be prepared to be overloaded with cuteness. These little guys are just adorable.

(If you are reading from a reader and can’t view the video, see it here.)

If you are like more than the other 18K+ people that just can’t get of these adorable little toe-headed kids, subscribe to their channel, and follow them on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Have fun heading down both these rabbit holes today!


Kirkland’s Grand Opening recap + a $100 gift card giveaway!

When I talk about my blog in relation to my life, I always say something is in my “blog life” versus my “real life”. I don’t do this intentionally, it’s just that it isn’t very often that these two worlds cross paths. Last Saturday I had the rare opportunity to have these two worlds come together and it was weird. Fun, and awesome, and weird.

As I mentioned Friday, I was asked (along with Beth from Free Stylin’) to help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Kirkland’s store in the Austin area. It was so fun to get to be a part of an event! They had a preview party the night before and several of my local blog friends came. We also got to each bring a guest to the preview party friday night, so I brought my (very pregnant) sister (I bet you can’t guess which girl is my sister in the photo below! lol We look like twins).

Front Row: Kat (from Kirkland’s), Annie (Jamie’s friend), Jamie, Lindsay, Beth, Me, Jenn, and Lindsey (my sister)
Back Row: Danielle (from Kirkland’s), Ruth (Lindi’s friend), Ellie (Lindsay’s friend), Lindi, Gina, Reeta (Beth’s sister)

Kirkland’s asked Beth and I if we would each bring a favorite holiday treat to the event on Saturday so on Friday we set up a tablescape with room for our treats. I think it turned out really nice! Good thing Beth is a pro at tablescapes.

Here we are on Saturday during the event. Beth made 3 Ingredient Cookies and I made some Chocolate Bar Toffee that I will share with you guys later this week.

Kirkland’s went all-out for Beth and I. They made some tags for us to “tag” our favorite things around the store.

Here we are posing in front of all our favorite things. I chose the chicken wire shelf, the mirror behind me, and a big lantern next to Beth. (I ended up buying that mirror for my daughter’s room!)

Kirkland’s also printed out these flyers and placed them around the store. I laughed out loud when I read “Free Design Consultations!” because I certainly am not a professional designer. I do enjoy blogging about decorating my own house, but to see someone else consider me an expert had me in a fit of giggles (and totally flattered). I do honestly prefer just tinkering in my own home as a hobby though.

It was a really fun weekend and it was very exciting for this boring stay-at-home mom to be treated like a star for a couple days. I generally shy away from the spotlight, but I’ll admit it was nice to be validated by such a big brand who I like so much. I have put a lot of time and hard work into this blog, so it was very exciting to be recognized for it. (I do feel extremely awkward even writing this post though because I get embarrassed by publicity and generally don’t toot my own horn.)

When they asked me to be a part of the Kirkland’s big Grand Opening event, I told them I absolutely would love to be a part of it, but under two conditions; 1) I wanted Beth to co-host with me, and 2) I wanted a gift card to give away to one of my readers. They happily obliged to both requests, so now is the fun part for you!

To enter the giveaway, simply follow the directions below which are very easy (leave a comment. Done.). I hate jumping through hoops for giveaways as I’m sure you do too, so I try to keep ’em light and easy. You’re welcome. xoxo

  • PRIZE: One $100 gift card redeemable at any Kirkland’s store, online or in person. One winner.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Monday, November 25th at 10pm CST
  • PLEASE NOTE: The gift card is redeemable at Kirkland’s stores AND online.
  • USUAL STUFF:One entry per e-mail address permitted. The winners will be selected using and announced on Tuesday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

And as a side note, now that we are entering Black Friday shopping territory, I’ve scheduled another awesome giveaway for you guys tomorrow (a Silhouette!). So come back tomorrow to enter that one as well.


Kirkland’s Grand Opening Event in ATX

You guys, I have some really fun news! Kirkland’s is opening a new store in Austin, Texas (Pflugerville to be exact) and they have invited Beth from Free Stylin’ (one of my besties) and I to host the Grand Opening Event THIS Saturday, November 16th! Pinch me. Seriously.

The store is located in Pflugerville at the Stone Hill Town Center (130 & 45). Beth and I will be in the store Saturday from 1-4 hanging out and sharing our favorite holiday treats with everyone. I would love to meet you!

While you are there, you can shop for amazing home decor (including Christmas decor) and register to win a $500 gift card. Next week I’ll share all the deets about this awesome hosting opportunity. I still can’t believe they think I’m cool enough to host a party for them. 😉

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