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Happy New Year

One more year has come and gone and here we are again hoping that the new year will bring wonderful things. I have to say that 2013 was a very interesting and very eventful year. One of the many things I am grateful for is our new addition to our little family. I am also very thankful for all my wonderful readers that inspire me to keep creating and sharing my crafts. I hope that the new year brings all of you wonderful things and that its always a little better than the last year. 

Hope you all join me tomorrow for the best post of 2013!


Loren
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The Gift of Sleep through Pampers and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

This is part of a sponsored promotion with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
As most mothers will tell you bringing home a new baby is joyous and demanding. If you might as well forget about having a full night sleep because you will never get one again. When I first brought my son home I had not slept for two days and their was no sleep in my near future. However, with out the help of my mom and mother-in law I could have never gotten through those few weeks. 
 
Now that I am expecting my second child and have few friend also expecting new babies. I am excited to share with you the new Pampers gift of sleep campaign.  Pampers is the first brand I used with my first child and it never let me down. Now I am able to give the same gift to a deserving mother who is expecting like me! Since I love pampers I wanted to share it with her too.

Does she seem excited?!
• New Pampers goes beyond ordinary diapers to deliver our best for babies.  Today we
are celebrating the launch of major upgrades across our entire line of diapers, training
pants and wipes.

• By interviewing over 9,000 moms about what was important for their baby, Pampers
found the number one unmet need is a diaper that provides superior overnight dryness. 


• Pampers incorporated this firsthand insight, as well as the brand’s deep understanding.

• Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers’ softest diaper and the #1 choice of hospitals, is now available
through size 5.
(which is true! My hospital gave me pampers to bring home.)
As all mom discover is having the right diaper is very important to a child’s good night sleep and even avoiding diaper rashes or even worse, explosions. You all know what I am talking about, diaper blow outs are the worst especially if you are out in public. 
 • Pampers Baby Dry is up to three times drier than ordinary diapers and provides up to 12 hours
of overnight protection and three layers of absorbency.

• Pampers Cruisers are now more absorbent and offer Pampers’ best fit for all the ways babies
play freely. 

I  gave the gift of sleep to my good friend Dinah who is expecting her second child and who works very hard. The new baby was unexpected and exciting news! I decided to make her a gift baskets with Pampers new diapers and goodies for the new baby! 

I gave my friend a warm cozy blanket with lullaby CD for her little one when it come to help with sleep and a few other goodies.

Now I have something especially for of you! Pampers also want to give one of my lucky readers a cozy blankets for mom and baby and sleep sheep sound machine + a $100 gift card so that someone you know can also have the “gift of sleep.” 

Stay Crafty everyone and good luck! 
 

Loren
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SoCal Social Blogger Conference With Flamingo Toes and The V spot

I have attended the SoCal Social blogger conference again this year and I had a blast. I believe I had more fun this year than the last. Last year I was new to blogging and had just moved to Cali but now I know a lot more bloggers and had a blast getting to know new ones and see some old faces. Socal Social is an event where bloggers can come together and get to know each other while swag walking and shopping. The event is held by Bev from Flamingo Toes and Viv from The V spot
 

As you can see my pregnant self was walking around and holding my own with everyone else. Okay maybe you can’t really notice my belly but I am 35 weeks, almost there! I got to meet Eva La Rue from CSI Miami and All my children. I also got to see Mark Montano again this year, who is designer and crafter. 
We got to walk around and get to see great stores in Orange circle in Cali. Here are some of my favorite finds. Sorry for the pics. They all came from my instagram. If you don’t follow me yet you can @mypandorascraftbox .
My grandmother use to have one of these vintage sewing machine and I loved playing with it as a child. I hope to one day own one too.
 
We also got wonderful swag from the wonderful shops we visited.
   
We also got swag from sponsors!
I was the happiest girl ever with all my swag but I also won something every special at the SoCal which they do every year. 
So guess who is going to SNAP 2014? Its ME!!! I could not believe it, especially since I have the worst luck in the world. I never win anything. So now I have do to fundraiser to pay for my plane ticket and room. 
If you are in the Cali areas should come next year. Its a blast and you are able to make great connection with other bloggers. Want to see what I did last year at SoCal click here!
Stay Crafty everyone!
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Creative Tea Time in Sunny California

I had the wonderful time at Creative Tea Time and who would not loved to spend the entire day crafting with follow craft lovers. I rarely get the chance to spend the day on my own without the worries of a baby, hubby and home. Just going out with one of my good friends and sipping tea and eating the most amazing finger food. 
 

 
When we first arrived they had the most fantastic set up for the tea party. They had a long tea table set up with beautiful flowers and vintage inspired tea sets and napkings and of course we had pretty little goody boxes and bags for everyone. 
 
 

 
The sponsors where very generous and we get got the most fantastic goodies. If you want to see some of the thing we did and goodies I got check out my Instagram feed @liveloren.
 
I will be posting some of the wonderful crafts we did at the creative tea party with my little spin on it during the week. If you craft you know its never really fininshed, right? hehe.
 
Stay Crafty everyone,
 

Loren
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Energy Delights of LED Lighting

The majority of people will always buy traditional lighting as it’s what they know to be safe and

trying something new makes them uncomfortable; but there are so many benefits to choosing LED

lighting over traditional lighting. When we think of saving money and cutting costs we tend to leave

lights on for shorter periods of time, reduce the amount of heat within our houses and try to use

only as much electricity as we really need; but when do we take into account the type of lighting

that we are using and whether or not it’s cost effective?

 


Why Choose LEDs?

Efficiency

LED lighting is much cost effective and energy efficient when compared with contemporary and

traditional lighting; an LED bulb will use approximately 80%-90% of the electricity that it is provided

with and transform it into light energy. This high efficiency means that only 20% or less of the

electricity is being used to create heat and kinetic energy, due to this efficiency LED bulbs cost a lot

less to light a room that traditional bulbs.

Intensity

Due to the efficiency of the LED they produce a great deal more light that that of the traditional light

bulb; this means that they can light a room effectively even in the earliest hours of the morning. The

more energy that is being used to light the room rather than heat it also makes LED lights much safer

than traditional bulbs as don’t heat up to the same degree that traditional bulbs do.


Endurance

Led lights can endure up to 11 years of constant use without breaking, and LEDS do not break in the

same manner as other light bulbs. Traditional light bulbs will simply blink out when they have met

their end, LED lights will gradually dim over a period of years until the filament can no longer create

light energy. Due to this, LED lights are considered better as you experience a period of warning

whereas with a traditional bulb there is no warning at all; you could be without light in an instant.

Where Are LEDs Used?

Outdoors

Led lights are suitable for a number of different areas within the household, and outside of the

household. As evening approaches the garden can become an eerie place; in this respect an LED

placed over the veranda or outdoor porch can make sitting outdoors at dusk much more relaxing

and even pleasant.

LED lights are also used within most outdoor lighting features, such as solar lights and water

features; so LEDs are suitable to light the path from your garden to your house so that you may cross

your garden in the dark without incident.

Indoors

There are many different places within the interior of your house where Led lights can be used,

kitchens and bathrooms are ideal host for LED lights as it makes these often cramped areas feel

spacious and relaxing, as a lot of light gives the impression of a larger space.

LED lights can also be used to comfort children that still require a light, they can be used in the form

of fairy lights and wrapped around a bed frame, taped to a ceiling or placed around a door frame;

these are all methods of making subtle changes within your household whilst integrating the use of

LEDs.

Author: Simon Calvin is part of the team at UK Christmas World where he spends the majority of his

time playing with all sorts of different LED lights and Christmas accessories.

 
 
Thank you for Simon for stopping by and giving us an insight into LED’s
 
Stay Crafty everyone,
Loren 
 
 
**This is a compensation post**
 
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San Diego Comic Con 2013 Recap!!!

I was super excited to have gone to San Diego Comic Con 2013. It might have not been the best for me to go while I am pregnant but it was my first time attending and all day event. I got see all my favorite artist and some amazing cosplay costume. I had the best time just people watching. 
 

 
Guess what we found while at comic con this year? The hobbit booth! The statues are so realistic and can be really scary. 
 
I love stopping by the Blizzard booth and seeing this awesome guy standing there. I think this was the best cosplay I found at comic con!

 While running to go see Patrick Rothfuss book signing I got stopped by this beauty! I do love the sexiness cat woman brings.
How can it be a comic con with out seeing something Doctor Who! I love the creativity people have while attending comic con.
Ironman also made his presence known at comic con and he looks battle worn. All the kids loved him.
Frankensine monster is so unique and she did a fantastic job painting. I just stopped in my tracks just to look at her.
The Joker statue looked so realistic and creepy, I would hate to have it in my house. 

We also stopped by the big bang booth and got to see some cute art work of the cast.

We enjoyed getting out books sign by Patrick Rothfuss the author of The name of the wind. He is so down to earth and super nice. My hubby is on the right posing with him.
I hope you all had a great weekend like I did. I hope to show you all the goodies that I got at San Diego Comic Con. I got a few thing for out new addition to our family her room is going to super cute. 
Stay Crafty!
 
 
Loren
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My Mothers Words of Wisdom

Growing up I always admired my mother. She is a strong independent woman who has always known what she wants and need in her life. Now that I am all grown up and a mother I remember the wisdom that my mother has passed down to me and I wish to pass on to my children. My mother made sure our health came first and even thou I am 30 years old and pregnant with my second child she is still telling me to drink a lot of water because the importance of hydration. Water is key for our health especially when you are pregnant. You have no idea how many times I get a random phone call from my mom asking me if I drank enough water today? My mom really take healthy family hydration seriously, haha.
 

 
 
So tell me do you have enough water in your diet? I have found that at times drinking just water all day can be boring to add a little bit of taste you can add lime or lemon. The best part is that their are no calories!Also I have found my son will drink a lot more water through the day if he sees me drinking water. We don’t want to fill our kids with sugar all day. My son has enough energy for three kids!

Here are a few more tips!

Mom probably gave you some pure wisdom to help you live a healthy life. That’s why Nestlé® Pure Life® wants to help you share some wisdom on how to stay hydrated this summer.

– Did you know that 60% of an adult body is water? Keep it well hydrated by drinking enough water!

– In addition to drinking plain water every day, eating foods with high moisture content—such as fruits and vegetables—could be a good way to increase total water consumption. Water constitutes 90% of most fruits and vegetables and about 50% of meats.

– Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you’re thirsty. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain added sugar. To manage your daily calorie intake, sip water or other drinks with few or no calories.

– Drink water with and between your meals. Adults and children take in about 400 calories per day as beverages—drinking water can help you manage your calorie intakes.

– Water is a great choice when it comes to daily hydration.  Have ready-to-go containers filled with water available in the refrigerator. Place them in lunch boxes or backpacks for easy access when kids are away from home. 

 

 
Please visit the Nestlé® Pure Life® Facebook page to become a fan to receive more words of wisdom and tips to stay hydrated. I also encourage you to take the pledge and join the Hydration Movement and share your story too!
 So tell me what will you do to keep hydrated?
 
*This has been a sponsored post all opinion are mine*

 
Loren
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Tips for Creating a Modern and Sleek Kitchen


Tips for Creating a Modern and Sleek Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home; a place to refuel, relax and socialize. It’s no wonder then that homeowners are willing to spend thousands of pounds on their kitchen interior. If modern and sleek kitchen is the object of your design affection, here are a few simple tips on how to achieve the look of class and simplicity:

Clean lines

Modern kitchen interiors focus on clean, crisp lines with vast granite or quartz worktops and minimalist cupboard units. Ornate details are out – finishing touches like drawer handles and sink fittings are contemporary and uncomplicated, usually finished in Chrome or brushed steel. Plenty of storage space is essential to a modern kitchen design, so clutter can be kept to a minimum. If you want the ultimate in sleek kitchen units, choose handle-less cupboards.

Fresh colors

White kitchens have increased in popularity over recent years, but fresh, bright colors are an ongoing favorite – often contrasted with black kitchen worktops. Pick a kitchen design that offers plenty of contrast between wall color, unit color and flooring, to create the illusion of space.

Modern tiling

The use of tiling will not only provide a practical splash back, but can add a sleek and modern decorative feature. Glass tiles are a modern choice, whilst traditional square mosaic tiles can complement any kitchen interior. If you want to add a pop of color, make your tiling a focal point by picking a bright shade.

Integrated appliances

The integration of kitchen appliances is one of the most costly yet important features of any sleek and modern kitchen. Integrated appliances are those that are hidden behind kitchen unit doors or built sleekly into your worktops. Common kitchen appliances such as your fridge-freezer and ovens can all be fitted, whilst those who want the latest in high tech gadgets can opt for in-built coffee systems and warming drawers.

Strategic layout

The placing of the three most important kitchen features is vital to the workings of a sleek kitchen. Consider the ‘work triangle’ in your design, which places the fridge, sink and cooker at three equal points. If you have the luxury of a large kitchen, consider kitchen work zones to ease the way you use your kitchen space – areas for storage, food preparation, drinks and casual dining can all be beneficial.

Modern lighting

Lighting should not be an afterthought. Ill-considered kitchen lighting can be frustrating and even dangerous. Make sure that you have plenty of light for food preparation and the option of dimmed lighting for atmospheric dining. Natural lighting is another highlight of modern kitchen, use minimal blinds and reflective surfaces to make the most of this.
There’s a lot to consider when creating a sleek and modern kitchen interior. If you aren’t sure how to go about fitting a sophisticated contemporary design yourself, browse the ready-made designs of professional kitchen fitters.
James Rooney is a home and garden blogger with a particular interest in great kitchen design. He has a love of high-tech ovens and any kitchen tech that makes cooking more enjoyable.

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loren

Budget Envelope Saving System

Budget has begun to be a big part of our lives mostly because of the new addiction to our family arriving this November also due to living in one of the most expensive cities. I went online in search for a budget system that would work for our family. Guess what I found?
 
Jordan from The Fun, Cheap or Fun Queen  has a great envelope saving system that might just work for your family. She even made a video with a simple instruction on how to get started.
 
                              

I started this budget system at the beginning of May and I won’t lie to you I am already doing bad. I do have to say it takes a lot of self control and commitment to do this kind of budgeting. However, this week so far I am doing better than last week. I am hopping by next month I have it down.

Are you going to try it or do you have a system that works better for you?

Loren