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Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend Wander #28

Ack!  I got so caught up in the 1000 Followers Giveaways, I forgot to post the link party!  Eek!  Sorry, friends! Well, here are a couple of features from last week's party (which was kinda sad, understandable with the holiday, so a SUPER HUGE THANKS to everyone who did link up)!

Check out these cute seasons blocks at One Hot Crafty Mama!

Look at this yummy snack mix over at Cannary Family.  Mmmmm.  Delicious!

My Wonderfully Made shares a cool way to update your ceiling fan.

Grab your featured button, ladies!  Congrats!  Thanks for linking everyone!

Ok, here's the party for this week!  You know the rules.  Family friendly links only and no commercial sites!
Ready? GO!




Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Simple Solution

I’m sure you’re all very aware of my vinegar obsession…  I can see your head nodding through the screen… Or maybe you read yesterday’s post…?  Anyhow, I have since gotten over the smell of vinegar as I find it’s cleansing and other useful characteristics more advantageous than the smell annoying.  However, for those of you that really, REALLY don’t like the smell here is a simple solution.  Literally.

Infused Vinegar Water
2 cups water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
2 cups of vinegar

Heat the water and lemon juice on the stove until boiling.  Turn the heat to medium low and let the water and lemon juice continue at a rolling boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar.  Let the mixture cool and then pour into a spray bottle.  Label and store in a cool, dry place. 
Solution can be reheated if desired.  For a stronger cleaning solution, reduce the amount of water to 1 cup or eliminate all together.  If you eliminate it, boil your lemon juice with the vinegar.
You can also use lemon peels, orange peels, lime peels, rose petals, mint leaves or extract (1 Tbs for every 2 cups water), or essential oils to scent your vinegar.  With those options you can make your vinegar solution smell like just about anything! 

Krista

Simple Elegance Necklace Giveaway

Well, only two more giveaways left in this week long event.  Have you entered for the WHWN Original Printable of your choice?  Or the Digital Date Kit or your choosing?  Or what about the Vinyl Quote of your choice?  Well, go get your entries in!

Today’s giveaway is for………………………………………………………………

This little beauty!  Simple, yet elegant and versatile.  It can dress up or dress down.  
   
The rules are simple:
1)  You must be a public follower of While He Was Napping.
2)  Leave a SINGLE comment telling me how you follow AND what your all time favorite post on While He Was Napping is.

You must leave both pieces of information to qualify in ONE comment.  Each person gets one entry.  Comments missing information will be disqualified.  And I will verify following before awarding any prizes.  If I can not contact the winner, a new one will be chosen, so consider leaving an email address.
Good Luck!

Krista

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Vinegar Obsession

A couple months ago I planted some herbs.  Spearmint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, parsley, basil and chives.  The spearmint, rosemary and oregano have yet to sprout… I’m thinking they probably won’t.  That’s what I get for planting them in February…
If you haven’t gathered by now, I have a thing for vinegar.  It’s my go-to cleaner.  It’s cheap, safe for my family and economical.  And it’s SOO multi-purpose. 
With the weather getting warmer, I’m taking my obsession outdoors.  Here’s a few of my favorite things to use vinegar for outside the home:
- My parents have ants something terrible.  We stop ants from gathering by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.  Get rid of anthills by pouring full strength vinegar on them.

- Little Monkey has a fun little sandbox he loves to play in.  It’s actually a small plastic swimming pool.  And there are several cats in my parent’s neighborhood.  UGH, right?!  Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.  Pour two cups of vinegar in to the sandbox and let the sand dry.
- Flowers are expensive, and thus, reserved for special occasions.  I help preserve any flowers I get by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.  This will also help liven any droopy heads.


- Keeping those flowers around for a while can cause that icky line on the vase.  Get rid of the water line by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.  Or soak a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuff it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.
- Remove crusty rim deposits on house planters or attached saucers by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full-strength white distilled vinegar.
- We just got some new patio furniture at a garage sale.  It’s perfect for our patio.  Clean and sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.  Let air dry.
- My husband’s family is from Northern Idaho and are big into berry picking in the summertime.  We often plan entire huckleberry picking days while we’re up visiting.  This can leave stains like you wouldn’t believe though.  Remove berry stains on your hands by rubbing them with white distilled vinegar.

- Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.  If your furniture is especially gross, mix in a tablespoon of baking soda.
See?  Isn’t vinegar AHHH-MAZE-ING!?  Now, go clean something outside!
Krista

Vinyl Quote Giveaway

Have you entered the Printable of your choice Giveaway?  ENTER HERE.

Have you entered the Digital Date Kit of your choice Giveaway?  ENTER HERE.

 

Today’s giveaway is……  your choice of vinyl quote!

 

Some examples include:

Peel and Stick Vinyl Bathroom Quote

Peel and Stick Vinyl Quote

Peel and Stick Vinyl Father Quote

The finished product will be 8x10” (or 10x8”).  If you choose the subway art, you will get to choose 7 phrases, names or dates.  You may choose any quote you’d like.  Vinyl will be a matte black.  Just a heads up on this one: I won’t get this shipped until after Mother’s Day.  My family will be out of town next week.  Sorry.  If you need something before then, let me know… I’m really, REALLY good at custom orders.  I’m fast, cheap and easy to deal with.  =]  After Saturday, nothing will ship until Monday, May 9th.

 

The rules are simple:

1)  You must be a public follower of While He Was Napping.

2)  Leave a SINGLE comment telling me how you follow AND what vinyl you want, if you win. 

You must leave both pieces of information to qualify in ONE comment.  Each person gets one entry.  Comments missing information will be disqualified.  And I will verify following before awarding any prizes.  If I can not contact the winner, a new one will be chosen, so consider leaving an email address.

Good Luck!

 

Krista

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Help Wanted: Summer Daze Giveaways!

I live for summer.  Like literally.  I love the sunshine, the flowers, the warmth, the flip flops, the birds, the flowers, the fresh fruit, the county fairs, the farmer’s market, the camping and hiking, picnics, family gatherings, trips t the beach, traveling… I could go on and on and on and on.

I have something exciting up my sleeve… but I need some help.  Remember the Spring Fling Giveaways that April at Wildflowers and Whimsy hosted in April?  Well, I had a lot of fun.  I also had a couple people ask about being a part of the next big giveaway event.  But, there wasn’t really one in the works, as far as I know of.  SOOOOO…



Why not combine the two?!  That’s right, a GIVEAWAY event in celebration of SUMMER!  But, here’s where you come in.  I can’t afford to host a big giveaway event on my own.  If you are interested in hosting a giveaway for the Summer Daze Giveaways, please email me: whilehewasnapping[at]gmail[dot]com.  I will send you an email with all the details.  Want some easy advertising?


Krista

Guest Post: Time Well Spent

Today we are lucky to have the talented Suze from Time Well Spent here to show us how to make a ca-ute headband and hair bow holder.  I'll keep this short and simple and turn the time over to Suze:


Hello Everyone,


My name is Suze, and I am originally from Haiti. In an interesting turn of events, I found myself living in the Mountain West of the United States. Being in a different environment took a little time for adapting, but I'm loving it here. I have two beautiful children(a 3 years old boy and an 18 months old sassy & bossy girl) who keep me busy most of the time and married to the most amazing men(November 2006). I love making bows, photography, sewing ( just started) and scrapbook
Actually, let me tell you when I started making bows. It all began when our family had a bit of a shock! Our second child was supposed to be another boy, but lo and behold, the doctor pulled out a girl! From that moment I have enjoyed the process of raising a little princess. In anticipation of when she would have a head of hair... (She is getting there)... I started to make hair bows and all things girly. 
Today I am going to show you how to make an easy  hair bows and headband holder using a canvas
                                                                         Materials need

  • Canvas ( size of your choice)
  • Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Ribbons
I use my hot glue gun to cover the canvas with your choice of fabric, you can also use staples. It is brown and pink to match baby girl's other hair bow holders.
Then measure you ribbons to go across ( don't forget to burn the end of you ribbons), you can pick how far apart you want them to be from each other. I even add a cute bow on top because I am crazy and want to put a bow on anything. The brown ribbon in the left, I use velcro to keep it together so it can be detachable to put Pony'O and the one in the left I also use velcro and it is for headbands.
And here is the finishing product, really happy about how it turned out and plus I can make even more bows for baby girl!
Let me know if you have any questions. I also will love to see if you make one, so send me a link or pictures.
I also make lot and lot of bows . . . Some will even say I am a bit  addicted. Recently, I have been learning to sew and made a few skirts and ties. Hope you guys will come by Time Well Spent and visit for a bit :)
Thank you Krista, hope you a having a fabulous day!!!!!!
XOXO Suze

Happy Crafting Everyone!


Thanks, Suze! Oh, my goodness, adorable!  I love everything about that... the polka dots, the colors, the simplicity.  Awwe.  Love.  Make sure you head over to visit Suze and check out her other great projects!

Digital Date Kit Giveaway

Have you entered yesterday's giveaway for a FREE Original WHWN printable?  ENTER HERE.

Today's giveaway in our 1000 Followers Giveaway Celebration is for a digital date kit.  There are five options to choose from:
- Hit the Books
- Let's Get Drinks
- Thrift Store Treasure Hunt
- Italian Destination Date
- Rest and Relaxation Date

Thrift Store Date Night - Digital Kit
Let's Get Drinks Date Kit
Hit the Books Date Kit
Italian Destination Date Digital Kit
Rest & Relaxation Date Night Digital Kit

Details on each of these kits can be found in my Etsy Shoppe.

The rules are simple:

1)  You must be a public follower of While He Was Napping.
2)  Leave a SINGLE comment telling me how you follow AND what kit you want, if you win.  

You must leave both pieces of information to qualify in ONE comment.  Each person gets one entry.  Comments missing information will be disqualified.  And I will verify following before awarding any prizes.  If I can not contact the winner, a new one will be chosen, so consider leaving an email address.

Good Luck!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Mother's Quote Printable


Mother's Day is coming up.  Two weeks.  Have you thought of ideas for your Mother's Day gift?  Well, if not, here's an idea.  Print out this great quote (isn't it such a true quote!?) and get your favorite photograph of you and your mom.  In a two opening collage frame, put your photo and quote in there.  Mom's love stuff like that.  And how easy was that?!?

Download the full size, watermark-free image of the Mother's quote HERE.

Enjoy!

Original WHWN Printable Giveaway

Ok, remember back a couple weeks ago when we hit 1000 followers and I said we'd have a giveaway?  And then remember when I took a poll and asked if you wanted a big giveaway with one winner or several small giveaways with several winners?  You (overwhelmingly) said you wanted several winners...

So, let's get the celebration started!

This week, everyday, I will announce a new giveaway.  That's right, five giveaways.  That means five chances to win.  A new giveaway will open each day.  All giveaways will close Friday, April 29 at midnight PDT.  That means that Friday's giveaway will only be open for 24 hours!  Friday's giveaway will be the biggest package, so just a heads up on that.  

Today's giveaway is................................ drum roll, please.............................


Family Themed Subway Art Printable - Great Home Decor
Digital LDS Subway Art Posters Collection - Home Decor - Free Shipping
Digital LDS Subway Art Posters Collection - Home Decor - Free Shipping
Digital LDS Subway Art Posters Collection - Home Decor - Free Shipping
Girl Themed Activity Coupons
Boy Themed Kid's Coupons
Your choice of a single Original WHWN printable.  Images can be seen in my Etsy Shoppe.  Some images are sold in bundles.  If you win, you may choose one singular image, regardless of how it is sold.  The only exception is the kid's coupons.  You will receive the entire set (boy's or girls), if you choose this option.

The rules are simple:   
1)  You must be a public follower of While He Was Napping.  This is a giveaway celebrating my followers, after all.  Google Friend Connect is the easiest way to do this.
2)  Leave a comment telling me how you follow AND what printable you want, if you win.  You must leave both pieces of information to qualify in ONE comment.  Each person gets one entry.  Comments missing information will be disqualified.  And I will verify following before awarding any prizes.

If I can not contact the winner, a new one will be chosen, so consider leaving an email address.

Good Luck!

Guest Post: Hairstyles By Mommy

Today we have a fun guest!  I met Melissa when she volunteered to help out during our move.  Melissa is the mommy of SEVEN kiddos, FIVE of them are adorable girlies.  Lucky Duck!  I love Little Monkey to pieces, but I am excited for the day when I get to play dress up and do hair and make cutsie tutus and hair bows.  Melissa has an awesome blog where she shares the hairstyles her girls sport.  What a cool idea!  So, here is Melissa from Hairstyles By Mommy...

Hi there! My name is Melissa from Hairstyles By Mommy! I am so excited to be here posting for Krista! I love her blog! She has tons of GREAT ideas and tips! I am a Stay At Home Mom of seven with one more coming in June!! Five of the kids are girls with LOTS of hair!! Growing up a tom boy who only put her hair up in a ponytail I was at a loss as to how to do my girls' hair. What I did know was I hated that their hair was always in their cute faces! So I started! I started experiementing and doing hair and then started hairstylesbymommy.com to share with others.

Most of my do's are quick and easy because I don't have a lot of time! Since I have a variety of ages, I have hair do's for all different ages. You might even find a hairstyle or two for YOU!! I give you step by step instructions, with pictures, so that anyone can do hair!!

So lets get started!!! One of my absolute favorite do's is called Thin Knots. This is great for all ages and any type of hair!

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Here is a do that puts a new twist on ponytails. I call it Double Knotted Ponytails.

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This fun do is perfect for teens/tweens and Moms. I do the Twist often at my house!!

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There are fun up do's that would be perfect for prom, a flower girl or any fancy occasion, like this Curly Up Do!

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My kids love crazy hair day at school because they get some Crazy Hair!!

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There are hair do's for holidays too. like these cute Valentine's Hearts! You don't have to wait until Valentine's Day to try this one out!

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Thanks again Krista for the chance to be a guest blogger on your blog. And don't forget to stop by hairstylesbymommy.com for lots of hair inspiration!!


Thanks for visiting, Melissa!  Head over there are check out all the cute and easy-to-follow tutorials Melissa shares for these and other amazing hairstyles.  And if you don't have girls, even mommas and all cute girls need some great hairstyle ideas.  Go check them out!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blogging: Custom Background on Blogger

Ok, I am definitely not a pro at this blog thing.  I'll be the first to admit it.  But, I am the sole force behind While He Was Napping.  I design my background, my buttons, my links, the navigation bar, my logo and icon, and the favicon (the little icon next to the URL in the address bar).  Everything you see, I did.  Now, I'm not trying to toot my own horn or anything, just giving you an idea of how much time and work I put into this.  Because I spend so much time doing these things, I have learned a thing or two.  I thought I'd share some of my findings with you.

When I want to do something to While He Was Napping, I typically have to Google it.  I know a little HTML code, but definitely not enough to just sit down and write out a new element in HTML.  Ha, that stuff can be really confusing!  You miss one period or bracket and it messes up EVERYTHING!  So, pre-written code will totally be your friend.  Just make sure you copy every little thing.

There just weren't enough pictures in the top half of this post....


Today, I'm gonna walk you through designing your own background:
I cheat when I do my backgrounds.  I just don't have time to make them from scratch, so I will use digital kits I find on the internet (I always give credit to the designers, although I should probably post it permanently instead of in a post).  Or I take photos of scrapbook paper/elements I actually have, upload them and then edit and use them that way.  My current background is from the Chore Day kit and the Courage kit available at Summertime Designs computerscrapbook.com.  Ok, the kit isn't by Summer.  Correen Silke is actually the author.  But both of these ladies are SUPER talented.  Seriously, these girls are Ah-MAZE-Zing!

Ok, first, you'll have to download the kits or upload your photos.  Then, open up PhotoShop or another editing software.  PhotoShop is my preferred program.  Open a new project.  There isn't really an industry 'standard' as for dimensions on your site.  It depends on screen size and since everyone has different size screens, it will vary.  You have to decide what you want.  The two most common dimensions are 800x600 pixels and 1024x768 pixels.  Not very many people have a screen resolution of 800x600, but there are some.  It all depends on what you want. Anyway... good luck with that decision (I use 1024x768, in case you care).

Layout your design as you wish.  It's just like scrap booking on the computer!  With less mess!  That's my favorite part.  If you don't know how to do this, do some Googling on "digital scrap booking".  Or email me.  I'll answer what I can.  When you get it laid out like you want, save it as a .jpg image.

Now, you will need somewhere to host your image.  Photobucket or Flickr work well, I use Photobucket just because I had that account before I had Flickr and all my stuff is already there.  Photobucket also provides the code is an upfront and easy to access html code for your image.  I'm not sure if Flickr provides all that or not.  After you sign in, upload the image from your computer to your Photobucket.  Save the image to your account.  On your home screen, hover over your image.  A box should pop up with a bunch of different html codes.  Click on the "Direct Link" code and copy.
  Click the photos for larger images.

After you copy the code, log into Blogger.  On your dashboard, select the "Design" tab.  Once that tab opens, select "Edit HTML" in the navigation bar under the tabs.  Then look for the code snipet "body { background".  It should be right under your template definitions code.  Ctrl+F will let you search for it.  When you find the code, look for the tag "url".  If it isn't there, type it in.  Then, paste your code inside parenthesis and quotation marks.  


Once that code is in there, hit the preview button to make sure it worked.  In editing your blog, the preview button will become one of your most treasured friends.

A new window or tab will open, showing what changes your code has made.  In the preview, you should see your new background.  If it's not there, double check your code and make sure it looks exactly like mine does in the photo above.

If everything looks good, make sure you save your template in order for the changes to take effect.  Now go visit yourself and admire all your hard work!  =]


Good Luck!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Weekend Wander #27

Welcome to this week's party!  Real quick, I'll give ya'll a couple features and then we'll get right along to the party!  Last week was a great party, there were soo many cool things.  I hope you checked them out.

I had to give Joy at Momma's Kinda Crafty a shout out for her link up to Momma's Tool Box.  Every momma woman needs one of these.  My life would be soo much easier right now if I didn't have to go hunting for a tool every time I need one.

Becky at Rub Some Dirt on It shared this ca-ute Easter garland.  She tells it as a "how not to" tutorial, but I think it turned out just adorable.  Perfection is over-rated anyway.  This has some personality to it.

Thanks for sharing, ladies!  Grab a featured button from the side bar.  
And THANKS to everyone who linked up!

On with the party!  There are no rules, except to keep it family friendly.  I'd love for you to link back or grab a button though.  Help get your projects out there.  I'd also love for you to follow, but you don't have to.  Please no commercial sites.  And please visit each other.  By linking, you are granting permission for me to use a photo in a feature with credit and a link back to you.  Let's Party!




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