Summer-Patriotic Themed Pinterest Party


This month's Pinterest party was in California and the theme was summer + patriotic. Keep reading to see what we ate and made!

Pinterest Party Chili Recipe







My neighbor brought this yummy chili recipe for the May Pinterest Party. It looks pretty easy, here is how she made it:


Ingredients: 
1 lb ground beef, 
1 can low sodium kidney beans, 
1 can chopped tomatoes, 
1 McCormick Mild Chili seasoning packet (the 30% less sodium option)
Water
A few extra dashes of garlic powder. 

Steps are basic: 
1. Grill meat and drain and rinse canned items (helps to reduce sodium content). 
2. Once the meat is cooked, mix all ingredients in pan. (I use a lower-fat content beef, but if there is a lot of grease, it should be drained before adding the other ingredients.) 
3. Add a bit of water, enough to have some "juice." I don't recall how much water I added, maybe a cup. 

That is it!

California Self-Care Pinterest Party

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May Pinterest Party!
Theme ~ Self Care

This is a brand new theme and I was really excited about it because I found lots of good crafts to make. So many actually, that I couldn't narrow it down and we did 5 crafts. 2 were fairly simple and the rest took slightly longer. 

Keep reading to see what we made and ate!

Easy String Art

   

 Melissa brought this craft - string art! to the April Pinterest party.

Here is the step by steps on what we did. ((This post contains affiliate links))

Pinterest Party Updates **Important**



I'm going to get straight to the point here, after a little back information. Some months with Pinterest parties are great (attendance wise) and others, not so much. The months that have a poor turnout, really affect things. My time and money (and sanity) are all on the line. The goal of making the Pinterest parties work was to partner with brands and sponsors so that my out of pocket cost wasn't much but that has been tricky because I usually end up picking crafts not too far in advance and companies aren't able to work with my timeline.  Ever since starting Pinterest parties in 2013, it has been a struggle to get people to commit to come and not cancel last minute. I know stuff happens and sometimes that stuff makes people change their plans at the last moment. 

SO.

With all that being said, I've finally decided I need to start charging for the Pinterest parties (after encouragement from quite a few people). A small fee to hold your spot and help people commit to come. Most people don't have a problem sticking with their commitment but there's been enough of an issue to cause me to not know what else to do to solve this problem except by doing this. I've been told by various people for a long time now I need to do this but have not wanted to because it's something I truly enjoy doing and just want people to come have fun for free. 

BUT.

It's time for a change and I hope it goes over well. So far the feedback by my post on Facebook has been positive. Fingers crossed it doesn't deter people from coming!

April Pinterest Party ~ Utah

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Welcome to the March Pinterest party! It took place in West Jordan, Utah this time around since that is where it worked out best. Keep reading to see what we made and what we ate!

Snap Blog Conference - Day 1



This is my 3rd? or 4th time attending Snap Conference in Utah which is a conference for bloggers and creative people. It's full of business classes, some crafty classes, keynote speakers, parties and lots of networking. I have a pretty fun time and am so glad I got to attend again.