Archive | April, 2012

Hello world!

14 Apr

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I’m Taking the WordPress Jump!!

13 Apr

I’m FINALLY doing it!!  I’m really excited. I’ve heard the good and the bad and well, honestly I’ve heard A LOT more good.  I know it’s going to be trying (read Beth’s post about her switch) and I know I will have a lot to learn but I LOVE being challenged.

Now that I’m doing this I DO NOT want to lose you!!!  Since WP no longer uses Google Friend Connect, I really need my sweet awesomest readers to make sure you’re subscribed to my feed.  You can follow on BlogLovin.
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I can’t wait to get it all set up.  I’ll keep everyone updated on Facebook too! Make sure you LIKE me there!! AND while the blog is under construction I have a giveaway going on at Truly Lovely! Make sure you check that out! AND I have one on this blog too! You can enter here, but don’t worry I will keep it open until after the switch. 

OH, you’d like to know if I’m doing this myself? HA!! NO WAY! Allison with the House of Hepworths super awesome hubby is helping me with it.  If you’d like help with the switch let me know and I’ll put in a good word for you with him!! 

1 quick word of advice….if you haven’t already purchased your blogs name….DO IT! It’s what 10 bucks a year!  It will save you from being in tears when you discover that some jackwagon already purchased it, along with several variations of it in hopes of making a profit from you.  It’s happened to several other bloggers including Allison with HOH!!  I was in TEARS!! SO, now I will be AliLilyBlog! Lily with only one L now instead of 2 and sadly you can not change your FB page name if you have more than 100 likes!  But, I do have an alarm set in my calender to go off the day my original name is available again, considering said jackwagon doesn’t renew it!! 

So, with that, wish me luck!! I’ll see ya soon….on the other side! HAHAHA! 

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Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix Review & Giveaway

13 Apr

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

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I’ve mentioned here before that our yard is in DIRE need of a make over.  This is what the front yard looks like right now.

See what I mean?  While we are tackling the no grass thanks to the TX drought, we have also made a lot of plans to beautify the yard.  See that nice framed “I really want to be a flower bed” area.  THIS is where the new Miracle-Gro  Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix comes into play.  If you click that link back there you will learn what it is, how to use it, benefits and results.  In the how to use it explains how to use it in soil. It seems really easy to prep your area for it.  Here are some of the benefits

• Up to 3X the Flowers and Vegetables!* *versus native soil

• Significantly improves soil for multiple years

• Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is
added
• Feeds for up to 6 months
• All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting
soil

The difference between Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix and regular potting and garden soils is their unique blend Miracle-Gro® plant food and coconut coir fiber. Creating a plant mix that expands up the 3x when mixed with water, feeds plants for 6 months,makes native soil more workable and retains 50% more moister than regular potting soil. 

Whether in ground or in pots, the honey combed shaped, sponge like cell structure of the coir fibers help ensue that water is used efficiently.  The re-expansion of coir offers several benefits for plant growth, included moisture control and bulk density. And because coir contains a slow decomposing organic polymer called lignin, it continues to benefit native soil for years after it’s first been added. 

Here is a video to show you how it works. 

I’m really excited to give this a try.  I’ll have to show y’all the progression of our yard make over.  And that framed just waiting to be a flower bed area will hopefully start to look something like this.

Would you like a sample to try for yourself?  I have one Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix sample to giveaway to one lucky AliLilly follower. To enter just leave me a comment below.  Advertisement

Shoebox Parade Float Tutorial

10 Apr

Last month on my sweet daughters school calender there was a Friday marked with Shoebox Spring Parade.  I thought “oh how fun!”  Then I thought “wait….what is a shoe box parade”  I googled and really didn’t get much info.  Just a lot of pictures posted from other parents.  I didn’t find was a lot of tutorials or how to’s.  There is a picture-less one on ehow but this mama needs pictures.  After looking through what I could find, I figured out how to put one together.  It’s really not hard which I guess is why there aren’t a lot of tutorials out there.  BUT….HELLO! I am a BLOGGER!  Light-bulb goes off and TAH-DAHHH!  


The Shoebox Parade Float Tutorial is born! 

There are many many different ways to make a shoebox parade float.  For a float like mine you will need:
a shoebox or small box
paper to cover the box
scissors
mod podge or glue
flower embellishments 
paint for details
lots of colorful tissue paper

I didn’t get a before pic of the shoebox.  I actually had the blog post tutorial epiphany when I finished covering the box with paper.  I was really surprised with how great it looks.  I just used some colorful printer paper.  I used mod podge to adhere it to the box and then put a coat on the outside. 


I braided yellow yarn for the pull string.  Ya know, like Rapunzel’s hair.  Now, I put the box together before I attached the pull string.  OOPS!  I had to tear the box open a little bit to get it in there.  I made an anchor like thing-a-mah-bob out of thick cardboard.  I strung the pull string through it.  Globbed on a bunch of hot glue and attached it in the box and puledl the pull string through a hole I made.  I made the cardboard anchor in hopes that the pull string wouldn’t come out during the parade.  It worked great!  She’s STILL pulling the float around the house.  

I used some more cardboard to make a lil seat for Rapunzel to sit on. 
 After gluing the cardboard seat onto the box I painted it. 
 Once it was dry I went over the with some gold glitter to add a little princess glam to it!!
While I was working on the float I was actually drinking from a Rapunzel cup and I noticed this pretty detail.  I got out my paints, matched the color the best I could and tried to add some pretty detail. 
 Not perfect but not so bad huh? 
I made a bunch of my tissue paper rosettes and added them here and there. 
 Next I used my bead reamer and punched whole in the box here and there. 
Alice and I collected some old fake flowers we had and pulled off the flowers.  After punching holes in the shoebox I had Alice attach all the flowers.  It was really nice giving her the reigns on the decorating.  She loved it.  
While she decorated I took some tissue paper and made a ruffle like piece to glue to the bottom.  I just folded up the tissue paper horizontally inch by inch.  After I glued the strip around the bottom of the shoebox  I made some little cuts and fluffed them up a bit. 
After we were finished we sat Rapunzel down.  I put on a seat-belt made from a purple pipe cleaner around her, pulled the ends through the back and tied them. 
 You can hardly see the seat-belt huh?
I added some more flowers to the back to hide the pipe cleaner seat-belt and the painted pink skewer that added a little stability. 
I attached a little Pascel doll too.  Cuz, you can’t have Rapunzel without Pascel right?
And here she is! Alice’s Spring Parade Shoebox Rapunzel Float!!
Someone decided they weren’t getting enough attention!

Here are a few pictures from the parade.  I pixel-ed the other kiddo’s faces. 

Here are few other cute floats the kids brought.
And there is my sweet Alie again! 🙂


Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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Thank you, MY Precious Savior

6 Apr
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:30

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Tulip Time Review

2 Apr

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

For my spring mantel, David bought me tulips to add to the decor. I must say I absolutely LOVE the way they look.  The really accentuate the beauty of spring.  

Roses are gorgeous, they are no one can deny that, but I think a bouquet of tulips would be so unique.  Ya know for us women, it would really show that the giver went that extra step further to do something different for us.  It would show how much they really care.  I know when I saw the tulips David picked out for my mantel that is how I felt.  It was sweet, different and unique.  

Now that he has me interested in tulips, I would love to add some tulip decor around the house.  Maybe even plant some in our garden.  There is a great website that is FULL of all the information you need for planting, decor and maintaining tulips.  It’s an all in one education resource for tulips.  You can see more here cut tulips.

There are so many inspirational tips for decor on this site.  Inspiration like this…

There are also great Easter ideas like this…

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I’m really excited to decorate with tulips this spring and summer.  Alice and I are going to work on the bunny can tulip project next week. 

Go check out the website I linked above.  You will also find a couple tests that will help you discover which bulbs match your lifestyle and decorating style of your home.