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The Collective Monthly Social Blog Hop #68

Welcome to THE monthly blog hop party! Every 1st Monday of the month, link up all of your social media and blogging accounts with me. If you're looking for your blogging tribe, this is it!

Grow your blog followers and social media accounts with The Collective Monthly Social Blog Hop with Bre Pea.

These guidelines are in place so that we can all have a successful experience with The Collective. Please do your best to abide by each one, there are only 2:

1. Follow the host: (first link in each list) If you leave a comment letting me know that you did and what method you are following with, I'll return the favor :) I greatly appreciate each and every one that does.

2. Get social: This hop is about creating community. Looking for your blogging tribe? This is it. Visit as many blogs as you can and make sure you say hello!

*Please make sure that you are linking up under each category appropriately. Any links that are not appropriate for the category may be deleted.

The following are optional yet encouraged (they only help us all in the long run):

Grab a button: Using the code provided in the box, display the Collective button on your sidebar or wherever you list your link ups. The more people that do this, the more help there'll be to keep the popularity of the hop going.

Follow the host on social media: I am so grateful for your follow via social media. If you leave me a short message/post letting me know, I'll be sure to return the favor.

Spread the word about The Collective via social media: Pin, Tweet, post about it on Facebook, whatever you can do to help spread the word about The Collective and what it has done for your blog is awesome!
Let's get social :)



Back to School, Back to the Studio

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #4KPhoto #4KFun

If I had to select the one decision that has most impacted Bean for the better, it is hands down deciding to send her to preschool at a young age. She's one of those kids with an awkward birthday (August) so she'll either be the youngest or the oldest in her grade, depending on when we send her to Kindergarten.

We decided to put Bean in preschool last year because of her separation anxiety and to get her socializing with more kids her age. She made huge progress in both areas, and going back to school this year was so different than the last.



DIY Milk Jug Lunch Box [TUTORIAL]

This DIY milk jug lunch box tutorial complete witJif™Bars is a sponsored post thanks to Socialstars #TeamJif

Confession: now that Bean is back to school, a lot of her lunches are on the go. She goes to preschool twice a week (which just so happen to be the two busiest workdays for me) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

By the time I pick her up from school, it's prime lunch time. I don't exactly have the time to drive back home and make lunch after picking her up, so I usually bring it with and we have a picnic.

This is why I was SO EXCITED to hear about a trick: making a portable (and disposable, depending on how many times you want to use it) lunch box out of a milk jug! It's the perfect size to fit Bean's favorite lunch foods, including her newest favorite: Jif™ Bars Crunchy Peanut Butter.

Here's how you can make your own...


  • Clean milk (or water) jug
  • Sharp scissors
  • Velcro or foam tape (it was what I had on hand, it worked perfect!)

This DIY milk jug craft is super easy and useful. Make a DIY milk jug lunch box for back to school!


Weekend Wanderlust [003]

Here I sit, on my bed, fresh off an afternoon of shopping with birthday money, looking forward to a fun evening of gallivanting around the northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis with friends.

Our first stop? A place that dubs itself a "country club on crack" including a ferris wheel known as "The Danger". Good times will be had.

All of this carefree-ness is giving me a fresh whiff of inspiration. I haven't tackled a crafty project in awhile, shame on me for having a creative blog. I've spotted a few projects I would like to put my own spin on that I wanted to share with you (these posts used to be known as "I actually want to make this").

Crate Bookcase via Burkatron
For my birthday this year, my husband got me a nice record player so that I could do justice to the record collection that I had. I bought one of those bookshelves with the canvas storage boxes that you see in EVERY HOUSE to store my records and set the player on top of. I wish I had stumbled upon this tutorial beforehand because this is a million times more creative.


So much food, so many memories. [GIVEAWAY]

This post was sponsored by AT&T. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Ah, the "Great Minnesota Get Together". It's known as the Biggest State Fair in the Country based on daily attendance, dontcha know ;) We're not ones that go every year traditionally (especially since we live an hour away), but we thoroughly enjoy taking a trip to the Minnesota State Fair every few years. 

This was the first time that we have ever taken Bean, which added another element of fun! We decided to celebrate our last weekend before back to school and back to regularly scheduled programming with splurging on fried food and ogling gigantic farm animals (hello, 1,000 pound hog). 

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