Brit + Co x Target: Metal Stamp a Necklace Kit

16 May

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about Brit + Co before. I was a part of the Brit + Co-Op when they had one and also had the opportunity to meet Brit herself a few years ago.

When I saw the Brit + Co was partnering with Target to launch a line of craft kits, I was super excited. I love how the company makes cool craft sets for grownups and couldn’t wait to see what kinds of kits they would offer. I reached out to Brit and she was nice enough to send me one to try:

That’s right, they sent it over with cute little puff-balls inside. Adorable!

The kit they sent me is the Brit + Co Metal Stamp a Necklace Kit and retails at Target for $24.99. The kit contains: 2 necklace chains, 2 gold bar pendants, stampers, stamping block, hammer, practice piece, tape, pliers, and instructions.

I started out by practicing my stamping skills on the practice piece and I highly recommend lots of practice before you try it on the gold bar pendant.

Here is my practice piece:

Once I felt confident I wasn’t going to ruin the final necklace (spoiler: I totally ruined my first one), I taped my gold piece down to the stamping block.

I wanted to line my letters up to the right, so I started with the last letter and worked my way backwards. As I mentioned, I ruined my first one…I accidentally held the “e” backwards. So, my recommendation is to stamp a letter on the practice piece and then go ahead and stamp that final letter once you know it’s perfect.

This is my second try:

Once I completed “Joules” with no mistakes, I used the included set of pliers to open the jump rings and slide them into the pre-drilled holes in the bar. I really love the way it turned out and I’m kicking myself for ruining the other one, because I want to make like a million of these now!

The cool thing is that now I have the equipment I need to make as many necklaces as I want. All I need is some more stamping blanks and chains. I found some assorted blanks on Amazon and also on etsy, so I’m going to have to re-stock up soon to keep stamping. I’m also thinking I want to try a cute project like stamping a spoon (I found a cute tutorial here).

What word or name would you stamp on your necklace?

 

Disclaimer: Brit + Co provided me with a kit for no charge. All thoughts, comments and mistakes on stamping letters backwards are all mine. This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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Scheduling Fun

15 May

A few weeks ago I was working on planning out some blog posts and put a status update up that asked you all what you want me to write about. I know, super lazy blogger over here.

One of my favorite people in the world (hi Jessy!) commented and said that I should write about how I juggle all my responsibilities and still have time for fun. To which I replied, “what is this ‘fun’ thing that you speak of?”

I’m only partially kidding.

Some days, it feels like I’m constantly late and running from task to task. I hate it when people list all their tasks and whine about how busy they are (This post still makes me giggle. And yes, I know how lame it is to giggle at my own blog posts) so I’m not going to list all the miscellaneous stuff that is on my day-to-day schedule. Just know, that I don’t have a lot of down time.

And that includes time to do fun stuff, like hang out with my friends.

I’ve been covering extra campuses at work, so I’ve been working late pretty much one night each week. On weeks that I work late, I don’t make any other plans with friends. I don’t think it’s fair to Travis and Jack for me to be gone more than once a week and frankly, I get tired too. Weekends get super busy too with kid stuff, family stuff, random work events, etc. I was out of town last week on vacation — which was wonderful — but as you know, sometimes coming back to real life is even harder when you allow the emails and loads of laundry to build up!

I try to make plans with my friends a few times a month, but they are busy too. So, by time I look at open dates on my calendar and open dates on their calendars… I’m planning a month or two out.

And yes, it’s a little ridiculous. But that’s what works for my life right now.

Frankly, I’ve had some friends decide that this isn’t enough for them and leave my life. And that’s okay. Because once you have a kid, people tend to fade out anyways. However, some of those awesome friends not only stay in your life, but they understand the craziness. They are okay with being scheduled in and they understand why you want to cry when they have to cancel on you at the last minute. Those friends are keepers, and I’m lucky to have a few of them that will stand by me through anything.

Someday, I may have more time for fun.
But right now, I schedule it in.
And that’s okay.

Do you have to schedule in fun? Have you lost friends because you have other priorities in your life?

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Movie Talk: Cramming for our Universal Studios Trip

11 May

I mentioned that we had been watching a bunch of movies to get Jack ready for our trip to Universal Studios. We knew he’d have an awesome time on the rides – the kid is a roller coaster fanatic, just like his mommy – but we thought it would be even more fun if he was familiar with some of the characters that he’d see.

Well, RIGHT THIS MOMENT we are in Orlando (hopefully) running from ride to ride and screaming our heads off (in a good way)! So, I wanted to share with you some of the movies we watched before we left on our trip:

The ride: ET Adventure
The movie: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

I know ET has some scary parts, but it was rated PG so we decided to try it out. Jack really liked the little alien and now he will totally understand all the sights we see when we ride the ride!

The ride: Despicable Me Minion Mayham
The movies: Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and Minions

Credit: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

 

We already loved all of the minions movies, so it wasn’t unpleasant to re-watch them all! We can’t wait to see the minions up close and personal when we ride their new ride. I’m crossing my fingers for a photo opp at some point in the park too!

The ride: Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
The movie: Spider-Man

I remember the Spider-Man ride being one of our favorites when Travis and I visited Universal Studios last time and I can basically guarantee that Jack is going to LOVE it too. He is super familiar with Spider-Man, as well as a bunch of other characters from the comic books, so we are hoping for some superhero sightings!

The ride: Everything in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The movies: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Available on video and DVD from Warner Home Video. All rights reserved.

 

Jack is a little young for some of the more recent Harry Potter movies, but he really enjoyed the first two. He is super excited about seeing the castle and has already told me 10,783 times that he wants a wand. Me too, little dude. Me too.

So yeah, this is probably us right now riding the roller coasters:

Credit: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

 

If you have any Universal Studios Orlando questions, let me know and I’ll make sure to answer them when I get home!

 

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School Update: 1/3 of the way through!

9 May


I shared with you all back in the winter that I had decided to go back to school to get my Master’s degree. I’m working on an online program where I will earn my Master’s in Management with a focus on Marketing.

I started the program last summer with a required 0 credit class, followed by a 6 credit course in the fall and two 3 credit courses in the spring. I also stacked on a 0 credit pre-requisite in the spring which lasted 5 weeks to prepare me for one of my summer courses.

As of this week, I am officially done with my spring classes… which means I’m 12 credits down with just 24 credits to go! With a full 1/3 of the program behind me, I wanted to give you a little update.

First off, I’m still embracing my inner nerd and enjoying each of my classes.

It was more challenging to juggle two 3 credit courses (and a 0 credit course) than just to do the 6 credit course. Dueling syllabuses meant that some weeks were super crazy with multiple papers and projects due at the same time (while still working my full-time job and wrangling my blog, husband and kid). It was do-able though and I got through it.

The one complaint I have is the whole idea of group projects for an online program. I had one in the fall and it was such a pain the butt; however the group project I did for one of my spring classes was absolute hell. There were four of us in the group, so we split the project up between each of us. Some people followed the timeline and had their poo together… some did not. I ended up having to rewrite a whole section because one of the group members did his part wrong. I probably could have gone all Type A on the paper and rewrote the whole thing, but I didn’t. I guess I should have though, because it was 30% of my grade and really brought down my total points for that class.

However, with that being said… I’m still carrying a 4.0 so far in the program! My husband is my biggest cheerleader and I’m super proud of myself for somehow keeping all the balls juggling in the air with this program and everything else going on. I don’t know if I’ll keep my GPA through the summer because one of the Finance classes is totally going to kick my butt, but I’ll try!

Do you have a success that you want to share in the comments? Come on, brag a little!

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