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Moms Monday: Sticking to a Budget

Image from: sharonbryant5

My mom has always been good about sticking to a budget. Not perfect but good. She was a single parent for several years and she’s been the breadwinner from the time I was 7 on. That is a huge responsibility.

As I mentioned last week, I’m not a mom. I actually still live at home, and although I am putting forth every effort to become completely self-sufficient, I have less experience sticking to a budget than maybe you might.

How does your family stick to a budget? Please share in the comment section below.

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Saturday Sales: Time for a Little Monkey Business

I went through a phase where I was obsessed with making my bedroom into a jungle. I think I was 11 or 12. I had a bunch of monkey stuffed animals that I would try to hang and prop in different corners of my room. I even had a monkey that screeched “OOOOOH EEEEAHHH AHHH AHH AHHHHHHH!” or something like that. In one of my windows I strung up some puppet/mobile animals I made. I had an ostrich, a slender loris, a bush baby, and lemurs. I had other animal pictures in different parts of my room, too.

Do you have a little one like that, or are you yourself into the jungle theme? Check out the treasury below, and see if you can spot the on sale wallinspired item 🙂

‘In the Jungle…’ by piecesofelises


Monkey Gurumi Crochet P…

$4.00

Jungle Safari 8 x 10 Ar…

$20.00

Toucan Bird Pendant, Pa…

$15.00

Orangutan Librarian – G…

$20.00

Tiger wall stencil. Ste…

$6.50

ON SALE Kids vinyl wall…

$89.00

Zebra Finch Art – Happy…

$16.00

sumatran rhino – wool f…

$64.00

Chimpanzee Monkey Finge…

$5.00

Vintage Style Wooden To…

$10.50

125R Retro Owl with All…

$15.00

Children Baby Toddler G…

$14.00

M2M Mud Pie Turquoise L…

$18.00

Large 58mm relaxed lemu…

$4.50

Cute Clay Hippo Miniatu…

$32.00

Lion Sewing Pattern PDF…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Moms Monday: I know you are but what am I?

First, I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting on, following, and supporting this blog! It really means a lot to me and it has boosted my confidence in my writing and ability to network with others. I have learned so much just by interacting with you all here.

Have you read the about page here on the blog? If you’ve ever wondered who is the person writing this stuff? you can find some answers there, but I’ll also provide some answers here.

Me – Elise

You may have discovered this already, but I’m not a mom. Is that shocking? I hope not. I guess I should be flattered if you are shocked. You see I’m just shy of 20 and began writing this blog not because I think I’m some sort of parenting expert, but due to my collaboration with wallinspired.

Wallinspired has a great business going on Etsy and if you run a small, but growing business yourself, you can understand that managing every aspect of your business can be difficult, very difficult. So that’s where I come in. I also run an Etsy shop, Pieces of Elise’s (because my name is Elise – hi there!), and even though my shop is by no means flourishing just yet, I have learned a lot about marketing, social networking, and E-Commerce through the research I’ve done over the past 2 years.

I also write on Squidoo, Yahoo! Voices, and just started my own blog. Craig with wallinspired approached me to promote their shop through this blog, social networks, and elsewhere. If you’ve visited wallinspired‘s shop on Etsy, you probably noticed that their vinyl wall decals are for kids, tweens, and teens. So I’ve really focused my efforts on this blog to reach you, the parents of the kids, tweens, and teens, as well as anyone else who is interested.

I’d like to think that writing for this blog has been going pretty well and that you all are enjoying your time spent here. Would you like to give some feedback?

Click here to take survey and you will be added to a drawing where 1 winner will be chosen. The winner has the choice of getting a free advertising spot on the blog (a 150 x 150 image linking to their blog or website on the right over there –>),  a chance to write a guest blog post here on the wallinspired blog about a topic of their choice, or a free handmade item from my own Etsy shop Pieces of Elise’s. So please take the survey for a chance to win!!!

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Sunday Fun day: Open the Photo Albums

Photo credit: Safe and Secure Vintage Photo from RomanceWriter

When was the last time you got out the old family pictures and talked about them with your parents, kids, or other loved ones?

I read two separate articles online that made me think about poring over the photos in my family photo albums. The first one I spotted on the Etsy blog. It was A Legacy of Style by Gabriella Cetrulo. She talked about the style of her mother in the 1970s, her grandmothers in the 50s and 60s, and her great grandmother in the 40s and 50s. She posted some great old pictures of each woman and it got me thinking about taking a look at my mom and aunts with their afros in the 70s. We also have photos from the early 1900s of family members whose names we don’t even know.

The second article I came across was Grandma’s Will from Yahoo! Voices contributor Amanda Barber. It is a good read about her spunky grandmother who inspired her to write. Reading her grandmother’s story made me think of my own grandmother, who would be 2 years older than hers. I know very little about her childhood and background. I would love to do some digging for more information about my grandparents and great-grandparents.

What about you? Do you know a lot about your family? How often do you look at you photo albums?

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Friday Faves: Baby Pink

For Friday Faves: I came across this treasury and wanted to share it with you 🙂

I love soft baby pink things. There’s a vintage feel to it. It’s soft and dreamy 🙂

‘Be pink’ by reevpapercuts


Pink Mid Century Pitche…

$28.00

Plush pink sea shell br…

$8.00

Mother Day SALE Floral …

$6.00

Posh Petals Large Bar S…

$6.50

Gold Filled Pink Jade &…

$28.50

Rosort fairytale sheer …

$24.00

Pink sapphire tension r…

$140.00

Light Pink Vintage Vase…

$25.00

Beach Photography-Sprin…

$25.00

Home decor, pink wall a…

$30.00

Baby Shower Decoration …

$20.00

Pink Bug (or CHOOSE you…

$28.00

Paradise Soap – tropica…

$5.75

Mother’s Day Pink C…

$17.50

Linen tablecloth in lig…

$18.00

Tea Rose & Chocolate (P…

$5.94

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Moms Monday : Aprons for Moms

Have you seen the featured seller post on Etsy today?

It’s about Creative Chic which is a collaborative effort of  5 women to create very cute aprons.

Here is the interview:  Featured Seller: Creative Chics

I really thought it was an interesting read. It’s nice to see mothers running their own business with their creative interests. I hope one day my mother will do that 🙂

Here are some of their aprons:

 Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron

Retro Ruffled Apron

Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron – Floral

 Sexy Womens Halter / Beautiful Retro Floral

Thanks for reading my post today! Please share any thoughts or comments below!

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Sunday Funday with a little bit of Saturday Sales

Sorry I missed posting yesterday. Did you miss Saturday Sales?

Well, you’ll still get a chance to see what’s on sale in wallinspired. But first a little Sunday fun. Click the link below to read the cute article on the Etsy blog about pet furniture that stylishly fits with your home’s decor.

Get the Look: Dapper Dogs and Classy Cats | The Etsy Blog.

Do you match your animals’ beds and dishes to the style of your home?

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Now on to what’s on sale.

Can you find the on-sale wallinspired item?

‘March, April, May, June…’ by piecesofelises


Felt Butterfly hair Cl…

$8.00

Big Hand sculpted acorn…

$20.00

CUSTOM Butterfly Mobile…

$98.00

organic yarn – crochete…

$25.00

Light Purple Girl Peony…

$2.00

Ring Sling Baby Carrier…

$60.00

24 Edible Butterflies -…

$9.95

Circles follow squares …

$17.50

CROCHET PATTERN PDF-Lit…

$4.25

ON SALE Kids tree vinyl…

$50.00

Baby pink flowers bouqu…

$20.00

Spring Summer Wedding S…

$33.00

Hippo stuffed animal- b…

$31.50

Baby Felt Flower Headba…

$5.90

Rocket to the moon hand…

$20.00

blue butterfly watercol…

$18.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Dads

This is my follow up post to my post last week on Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Moms

Yeah. Dad’s usually aren’t so into the fashion scene and spring style trends probably sound like a bunch of hoopla to men – but take a look at these cool picks for men. Hey – you won’t have to shop! All the links to these great items are provided so you can zoom right to the one that catches your eye. 🙂

For the Quirky Dad

 I work with a very fun and  quirky lawyer who just had a new baby boy. He wears bow ties to work with a plaid suit and suspenders. Oh and he gave his son the middle name “Stucky”. I made these picks with his taste in mind.

1. Check out this sweet New Dad and Baby Boy Set of 2 Tie Shirts from ChicCoutureBoutique

2. Nifty Sherlock Holmes Cufflinks from BeautySpot

3. 3 snazzy Vintage 1950s Bowties from vntagequeen

4. A playful Ecofriendly Dad Wooden Key Fob from Ireneagh

For the Dapper Dad

This is the kind of dad I have personal experience with. My dad wore dress shoes very often as I recall. He also wore rings and old-fashioned hats. He wore nice suits and ties, and I’m pretty sure he owned tie clips. My step-dad, also quite dapper, has a good collection of suits, ties, shoes, shirts… I’ll have to see if he has tie clips. He’s also a fan of rings and brief cases.

1. Cool engraved Boss Dude Tie Clip from ManoyMetal

2. Handsome Multi Stone Mens Ring from thesilverman

3.  Classic Rockport Mens Wing Tip Oxfords from RetroVintage123

4. Fashionable Briefcase in Dark Navy Leather from jennyndesign

For the Outdoorsman Dad

My older brother has become quite the outdoorsman of his own making (oops I misspelled it on the picture – but you get the point). Just the other day I watched him build a fire on the shore of a lake with branches and dry grasses. It certainly wasn’t a huge feat, but it was something our parents never taught him to do. I made this collection with him in mind.

1. Every man needs a good Flannel Shirt Checked Black/Green from BlackboardLabel

2. A tough pair of Vintage Herman Survivors Mens Boots in Oxblood from RabbitHouseVintage *

3. A casual Brown and Cream Plaid Cotton Fedora from rocksandsalt

4. A sturdy Vintage Oversized Caramel Leather Duffle Bag from claudedonohoshop

*RabbitHouseVintage  created a 10% off coupon just for you wallinspired readers. It’s wallinspired   🙂

For the Chill Dad

This actually is also based on my brother (he’s not a dad but I’ve seen dads with this look). He’s into rock (bands like Coheed and Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, and Sevendust) and I think the other side of his style comes from his love of music. He wears a lot of neutral colors all year round, which isn’t odd for a man (or a woman in my opinion – since I do the same thing). He wears a lot of tee shirts with a sort of Grunge look. He likes aviators (sunglasses) and the ring in the picture reminds me of his wedding ring.

1. A masculine For Him Bracelet Aluminum Wire and Waxed Cotton from Kosmika

2. Edgy My Moon My Man mens t shirt from blackbirdtees

3. Sleek Aviator Sunglasses Black Frames and Yellow Lenses from DontUWantMe

4. A rustic Copper Wood Grain Tree Bark Mens Band from tinahdee

Stay tuned for more look book features next Friday!

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Thursday Food for Thought: Your Earliest Memory

Last week I had a discussion with my mom and brother about what our earliest memories were.

I remembered riding around the neighborhood with my brother in our red toy corvette. I also remembered an old lady that lived down the street from us in a green house. I could also picture that a park that we used to call “Green Hill” had a carousel. It doesn’t anymore. My mom told me, “you were about 2 when all those things happened”. I was surprised I could remember back that far.

What about you? What is your earliest memory? Please share!

Photo credit: Thinking about Love from yardia

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Sunday Funday: How Big is Your Dog?

Do you ever get online to check your e-mail and accidentally get sucked into a video or article because of the headline.

That’s what happened to me when I saw this…

Just something fun I wanted to share with you, since it is Sunday Funday 🙂

Do you have pets? Are any of them close to the size of George?

Please share!

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