Monday, April 21, 2014

Money Monday- Etsy Graphics and New Blog Design


I have been thinking about a new blog design for a few months.  I love graphic design but I have always been intimidated by it.  I designed late Saturday night that "I am going to do this!"

I thought about the look that I wanted, edited a new profile picture but couldn't decide what I wanted to do about graphics.  Finally I typed in "Southwest Graphics" in Etsy and picked a few of my favorites.  Seriously ya'll I did my whole blog design for $13.  I created my own headers, side bars, etc.  Considering I do not consider myself a coding genius I think I did an ok job.  :)

I would like to share where I purchased my graphics from.  I did pay for my graphics with my own money but I would HIGHLY recommend checking out these 2 Etsy shops.

I purchased all the southwest graphics from Digital Dollface.  She also has a great buy 2 get 1 free deal going on!  I got 3 sets for $6!


I am also loving my new gold social media icons!  Ya'll know how obsessed I am with gold right now! The icon set I chose was $7.  I am loving Karen Thring Designs!

These two shops were instant downloads so I was able to work on the designs as I went.  I am loving my new blog design!

For anyone who is considering paying someone to do your blog design I would suggest playing around with a design yourself.  You would be surprised what you can do!

Now, I totally understand paying someone to do it too!  This took me all.day.long!

So what do you think of the new Mandy Jean Chic?  Have you designed your own blog before?  Where is your favorite place to get graphics?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Money Monday- Target Dollar Bins

Please tell me I am not the only one who will get sucked into Targets dollar area??

It is like someone whispers my name and off I go.  Tossing things into my cart. 


I think back to all of my dollar bin Target purchases and you know what?  I don't feel bad!  I think I've actually saved $!  

These are a few of my recent dollar bin purchases.  
*Yellow, Pink and White bins- These were only $1!!  Good luck finding super cute bins for $1 (please don't challenge me on this.. I am trying to make myself feel better ;)
*Super cute labels-  Seriously... packs of labels for $1!  I love the style of them too! 
*Various expandable wallets- $1-$3-  I love the look of these and they are really sturdy. Also, pink and mint chevron!  Come on!  Who would pass that up??  

Here is my suggestion.  Raid the dollar section at Target for items that are of value.  Some of their kleenexes, pens, etc may not be worth it but you do find some gems!  

Now if Target would just remove their head from their behind and start putting Plus Size women's clothing back in the store I would be a happy girl!  Hear that Target??  I am waiting......



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Inspiration- Yellow Maxi Skirt

I recently purchased a yellow maxi skirt and I have been looking for a little outfit inspiration.  Am I the only one who does this?

Side note, I will get back to a regular blogging schedule this week.  The month of March was not kind to me and I am not ready to share the drama on the virtual world yet but everything is ok now.  Things have calmed down, Mattie the new Bloodhound is here, and I've got extra time now.  :)  The smile is back on my face. April will be a amazing month!

Anyways....  Here are a few of my favorite inspiration pictures

Normally I do not post pictures without correct link backs but I am having a really hard time finding the owners of these pictures.  If you know the correct links please let me know and I will gladly update my source.  I do love some of these pictures and want to inspire you too!

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I think i might be obsessed with maxi skirts!!  How would you style a yellow maxi skirt?





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tax Day Giveaway! Win $650!!!


Enter for your chance to win $650 from a great group of bloggers in the Tax Day Cash Giveaway...but hurry just like your taxes it all ends at midnight on April 15th, 2014!!

Amazing cohost are:


Linda @ Crafts a la Mode  
Mandy Jean  @  Mandy Jean chic 
Evelyn @ My Turn for us 
Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me
Anna  @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel  @ Sew Crafty Angel 
Katherine @ Katherines Corner 
Tiffany @ Style Honestly 
Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby
Karen @ Giveaway Hunt 
Natasha @ Serenity You 
Inspired Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer 
April @ 100lb Countdown
Myrna @ UndecidedMamas

Giant shout out to other participants 
(because without everyone we would have never reached $650)


Jackie@  Jade and Oak 
Joy @ Yesterfood 




Must be 18 years or older to participate in this giveaway. Must have a verified PayPal account for monies to be transferred to the winner. The winning entry will be verified. Once the winner is notified they have 72 hours to reply back or a second winner will be selected and the first one will have no claim to the prize.  This giveaway is open worldwide but prize money is valued on the US dollar and any taxes is at the sole responsibility of the winner and not of anyone who contributed to this giveaway.   
If you have any questions please contact Mice In The Kitchen BEFORE entering the giveaway.

Good luck!!