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How to (Really) Get Your Toddler to Sleep

Let your little one sleep with the easy tips I'll give you!

How to Make a Mosaic Heart Box

Making a heart box is easy! Check out how you can make one.

Dads Don't Just Wear Ties

Dads play a vital role for child development. Find out how so you'll get to love your Dad even more!

Earth Needs Moms

We love our moms but let us find out what they can really do for us and why Earth needs moms.

20 DIY Loom Bands Bracelet + 15 Creative Ideas

Still can't move on from the loom band craze? Get some more ideas here.

Charlotte Victoria Collection's Couture Dresses and Tutus

Dresses and tutus from Charlotte Victoria are indeed high fashion. Get one for your little love and look as fab as this little girl.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

37 DIY Pendat Lights to Illuminate Your Homes



I am back. I had been away for a very long time because my daughter got sick and was brought to the hospital. Good thing she is okay now and I am trying to go back to blogging again after two weeks of being away. I have created a round-up of DIY pendant lights before but wasn't able to share it to you at once. So, I will be sharing it with you today. I know you will be surprised and impressed of this list!

Cup Lights

1. Cute teacups and saucers from Gregory Bonasera that will lighten up your space!


Gummy Bear Chandelier
2. The gummy bears aren't the yummy ones but these are acrylic bears that Kevin Champeny used. Looked real!


Recycled Cardboard Pendant Lights
3. Sugar and Cloth shows us that a cardboard can be as gorgeous as this!


DIY Quilt Light
4. Here is another pendant light made from cardboard. A brilliant idea from The Design Files!


Paper Orb Lights
5. Featured in Design Sponge, this one uses paper cups to create a lovely lighting!


Pom-Pom Pendant
6. Gather pompom yarns together and you will get a light like this one from A Subtle Revelry.


DIY Yarn Pendant Light
7. Yarns can also look as fab as this by wrapping it around a balloon. Made by Girl


Paper Starburst Pendant Light
8. Make one for yourself using paper! Gabrielle Guy was very creative indeed to come up with this lighting!


Drum Chandelier
9. Music lovers will be happy with what Ludwig metals have done to this drum set!


D.I.Y. Oversized Fabric Garland Chandelier
10. A Beautiful Mess always impressed me with her DIYs just like this one made from different fabrics!


DIY Recycled TetraBox Lamp
11. Eskayel teaches us to recycle and turn those food and beverage containers into a pendant light!


Lace lamp/Doiliy Lamp – DIY
12. Overlap doilies around a balloon and you will get a pendant light like what Dosfamily did.


DIY Rope Pendant Lamp
13. Love Maegan brought in a beach-y or nautical feel to her home with this lighting using ropes.


Plastic Bottle Chandelier
14. Another way to recycle is to use plastic bottles to make a fab lighting! Thanks to Michelle Brand for the idea!

Hanger Lights
15 Natalie Sampson showed us that putting together some hangers can turn it into a lighting!


Soda Can Tab Diagonal Pendant
16. Don't throw away the tabs from canned beverages because you can turn it into a beautiful piece like this from The 3rs Blog.


DIY Metal Sheet Light
17. Be Cleverly Inspired and give your home an industrial feel using metal sheets!

DIY Geometric Light
18. Weekday Carnival used bended metallic tube to create a geometric light for modern touch.

Plastic Cup Lamp
19. You will feel Bit of Green by combining plastic cups together for your pendant light!


Globe Pendant Lamp
20. Stacie gave us an idea on how to create lighting fit for a travel themed bedroom.


Mason Jar Lights
21. Anyone who loves mason jars will like this one from We Design Studios.


DIY Pendant Lamp Of Enameled Colander
22. If you have a colander that you no longer use, Shelterness teaches us how to make use of them.

Bright Beads Pendant Lights
23. Marzdesigns shows us a tutorial on how to make this beautiful bright beads pendant light.

Fresh Flower Pendant Light DIY
24. Give your home some fresh aura with this pendant light from Paper n Stitch Blog

Paper Scraps
25. Another lighting made from paper as featured in Design*Sponge.

Wooden Chandelier
26. Brit + Co. is one of my fave blogs especially for DIYs because they are just awesome like this wooden beads pendant light.

Utensil Holder Pendant
27. Bring your utensil holder to your ceiling by turning it into a pendant light. Thanks toTake the Side Street for the idea!
West Elm Inspired Globe Pendant
28. A West Elm Inspired Globe Pendant by Mad in Crafts using two salad bowls.
Cube Pendant Light
29. Pretty party lights using wood to form the shape designed by Vintage Revivals
Halo Light Pendant
30. Quirky halo lights that go around the bulbs! Another one from A Beautiful Mess.
Pendant Tassel Light
31. If you love tassels then you will like what A Subtle Revelry did to this one!
>Concrete Pendant Lamps
32. If you haven't tried making something from concrete, this one from Brit + Co. might urge you to try!
DIY Artichoke Pendant Light
33. Zipper Lighting has different lighting like this that are covered by paper scallops.
Dollar Pendant Light
34. Mark Montano used two bowls in making this one and added butterflies for more fun!
DIY Eames Inspired Bohemian Pendant Lamp
35. DIY Eames Inspired Bohemian Pendant Lamp from Love Maegan that is really a true charmer!
DIY Button Pendant Light
36. Sew buttons together and make a pendant light like this from Pretty Handy Girl.
Ombre Pendant Lamp
37. Inexpensive white paper lanterns can look this great! Know how Design Love Fest did it!

What a list! You can really make whatever you want to make with just anything you find in the house as long as you are creative! I am working on my bedroom and I was looking for DIY lighting to make. That is why I decided to make this round-up for you. Which is your favorite lighting? Which one would you give a try?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Welcome to the

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights

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Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

 I can't believe it's that time of year again! It's time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers - and their kids - we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway! One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students. Here is what is included:
  • Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
  • The winner's choice of one activity kit:  I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!, I Can Pound!, I Can Build Uppercase! or I Can Build Lowercase! from Fundanoodle (Retail Value: $32.99) 
Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details
  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
  • Open to residents in the continental US, 18 years or older.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Winner will have 24 Hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org.
  • The winning entry will be verified.
  • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment.
If you agree to the above terms, then enter using the Giveaway Form below. Good Luck!!
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Good Luck!

Disclosure:  This blog did not receive compensation and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This post may contain affiliate links. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these rules and the decisions of Failing Perfect ("Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Failing Perfect is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, andor any other social media. Please contact michelle@failingperfect.com with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. 
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Two New Lalaloopsy Episodes on Nick Jr. + Lalaloopsy Color Me Dolls

I know that you still can't move on from the release of the lovely girls from L.A.L.A. Prep (Lalaloopsy Academy for Learning Arts) because I feel the same way too. But let us take a hiatus from that because on August 9 and 16, you can sit back and relax and enjoy two new episodes of Lalaloopsy in Nick. Jr.

That would definitely be sew awesome! And you know what is even awesome-r?Lol! I'll be sharing to you the video clips right here on my very blog.

Spot's New Masterpiece

The first episode is airing on NICK JR this Saturday on August 9 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT). 

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 In this episode, "Spot's New Masterpiece," Spot sculpts a Lalaloopsy out of white clay, who comes to life as Squiggles 'N' Shapes. She's a blank slate, literally, and tries to be just like each of her new Lalaloopsy friends, so she fits in. She ultimately learns they'll like her just fine for being herself.

Spot Draws the Line 

The second episode will air the following Saturday on August 16th at 10:00 a.m. (PDT).

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In this episode, "Spot Draws the Line," Spot draws a new friend, Trace E. Doodles, out of chalk, and goes on an adventure with her in an all-chalk world, drawing themselves in and out peril.
 

Exciting right? So, go prepare your popcorns and your coloring materials too so you can join Spot with here new masterpieces. But you would enjoy it even more if you have your own Lalaloopsy Color Me Squiggles N' Shapes Doll and Lalaloopsy Color Me Trace E. Doodles Doll. 

Lalaloopsy Color Me Squiggles N' Shapes Doll  photo color2_zps3e824e77.jpg Lalaloopsy Color Me Trace E. Doodles Doll  photo color_zps47979605.jpg Release that Picasso from your little ones through their favorite Lalaloopsy dolls. Who would expect that they can play,learn and develop artistic skills at the same time? Wouldn't it be fun we can do all those artistic activities to a pretty Lalaloopsy doll? I think, it wouldn't just be fun but it would be totally awesome or even aweso
me-r!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Press Release: Scholastic Inc. Awards Educators in Readers Cup 2014

Scholastic, the publishing company behind Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and other great titles, has spearheaded an interschool literacy contest poised to become one of the premiere literacy awards in the country.

The Readers Cup aims to recognize literacy educators (teachers, librarians, principals and schools) for outstanding work in improving literacy in their school. 

The winners of the Readers Cup will be chosen from over 100 schools participating in Scholastic’s literacy programs—Assessment and Enrichment Program (AEP) and Independent Reading Program (IRP).  AEP and IRP are a premiere end-to-end literacy solution programs that schools subscribe to, producing remarkable and measurable improvements in students’ reading abilities.  

The passion of helping students read well and meaningfully is a shared purpose of Scholastic and its school partners.  It is that common objective that fuels the vision for the Readers Cup: a tribute to the tireless teachers, librarians and principals whose work and leadership paved way for students to become better readers and learners.

The Readers Cup is a perfect opportunity for Scholastic to pay homage to the noble educators who have been helping shape the future of students by improving their reading skills through AEP.

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 Father Miguel Samaniego, School Head of St. Thomas Academy in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, commented on AEP’s impact in their school, “We have seen significant changes in our kids. Since they have been reading more books, they have a wider vocabulary and better comprehension skills. Their communication skills have improved too.  They now appreciate that reading is enjoyable.”

Father Noel B. Magtaas, President of the Oblates of St. Joseph Schools, a consortium of nine schools, also shares his experience with AEP. “When I was visiting schools before Scholastic came in, I would often visit the libraries, and I would see empty libraries.  But when we enrolled with Scholastic, the love for reading became very evident among our students.  Right now we have a very happy problem.  We have overflowing libraries, and there is an emergent need to create more space in our libraries.  We’re very happy to see a change in the lifestyle of our students.”

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The Scholastic  Readers  Cup will award the top three schools in varying categories including “Highest Increase in Total Number of Books Read per school”, “Highest Average number of Books Read per Child”, “Highest Average Lexile* Growth per student” and the “Highest Average Number of Books Read per Student”.

With prestige and honor on the line for over 100 schools nationwide, the Scholastic Readers Cup is set to raise the bar for literacy in the Philippines.  No matter what schools end up winning the Readers Cup however, it is clear that the real reward lies in being able to influence each student to become a better reader giving way to a better life.

*The Lexile growth refers to Lexile scores; reading scores used by Scholastic to gauge reading levels. 
**The Scholastic Readers Cup 2014 will be held on August 19, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Rockwell Tent

Disclaimer: Text and images of press release was provided by Scholastic Inc. through email.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tips and Techniques to Put Up a Vinyl Wall Art



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Updating our home's interior may seem to be a tedious job. Just think of what you need to do from updating your furniture to adding more life to the walls. But you really don't need to spend much time, money and effort just to revamp the look of your home. There is an easy way to do it. You can just  decorate your walls and your interior will surely look new, better and livelier!

Speaking about wall decors, you can choose from wallpapers, paint, and even vinyl wall art. You can also put up some wall sculptures, frames and others to give a personal statement to your space. But if you want an easy way to give your home a new look, some really cool vinyl wall art works best. Because of how easy it can be installed and how beautiful the wall stickers are, it is in demand these days especially the wall decals for living rooms since it is the space in the house that welcomes guests and would be the first to be seen.

What's good about vinyl wall stickers is that you can reuse it whenever you want to. When you got tired of looking at it in your living room, peel it off and transfer it to your bedroom without destroying its quality. Once it is up on a new wall, your beautiful wall sticker will look new again and you'll get a fresh interior too!

Tips and Techniques to Follow

I know I told you it is easy to use but there are some essential tips that you need to bear in mind to make the sticker installation process "really" easy and to get the most of your vinyl wall decals. So, here are some tips that you must follow to make sure your wall sticker will stay long in place and it will not be ruined.

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1. Apply sticker with the right room temperature. Never put up your sticker in extreme temperatures. When it is too hot, the sticker will get stretched and will spread all over the wall. This is because the hot temperature will soften the sticker. When it is too cold, the sticker may stick on the wall but it will come out easily or it will not stick there for a long time because of the humid atmosphere. So, see to it that when you apply it to your way, the temperature isn't too hot or too cold.

2. Never use alcohol for sticking. I actually didn't know that alcohol are used by some people to stick wall arts. But if you plan of using it, don't. It will just completely ruin the glue of the vinyl wall art and it will be impossible for you to it on your walls. Instead of an alcohol, try using car wash products which are safer for wall stickers.

3. Do not touch the adhesive. We all know that the sticker comes with an adhesive on its back. Never touch it because the moisture from your skin will damage the sticking properties of the glue. Your wall art might never stick to the wall or it would be hard to do so.

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4. Do not use ice scrapers and car nozzle. The wall sticker will break if you use ice scrapers on it. It will also break into pieces if you use a car nozzle because of the high amount of pressure on it for a long duration.

5. Avoid using wax over the art. If you do this, you will ruin your wall sticker. So never place wax on art especially if it contains petroleum distillates. Keep the wall free from wax and products having rainx because these will make it hard for the glue to stick.

6. Always check walls before installation. Make sure that your walls are clean and free of dust before sticking wall art. Avoid sticking on patched walls too for it will look uneven and it will be quite difficult to stick it also. If you will stick the wall art on a wall with a wallpaper, see to it that the wallpaper is properly bonded with the wall. Do not stick it on a wall with a new paint too. Allow 2 to 3 weeks curing first before you apply a vinyl wall art.

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7. Use squeegee to release bubbles. If you already installed it and found some bubbles under it, you can use your fingers to release bubbles but it would be better to have a squeegee with you. This will make work a lot easier. If the bubbles don't go away, peel the part with bubbles and stick again. Then use a squeegee to ensure that the sticker is flat on the wall.

I know you love looking at the wall stickers above because I love it too! I am always a fan of wall decals because of their beautiful designs and how it could give your space a new look in an instant. I like it that you can choose different designs. You can add blossoms to your space to mimic a park's aura. You can put up city maps or buildings to make you feel like you are always with the urban life. You can add fun decals for your kids bedroom. You can also spice the room with a beautiful wall sayings or quotes. Isn't it nice? But we have to see to it that we follow the tips above because if not, our pretty wall sticker might not stay long on our walls and I'm sure you don't want that to happen.