Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Free Fonts!

Are you a font junkie like me? If so you are gonna love this site, Free Fonts from Kevin and Amanda! They have tons and tons of free fonts! And if you want, they even have a link to download them all. What is even cooler about this site is that they will even take your own handwriting or doodles and make a font for you absolutely free! Such as the one pictured here.

Isn't that just the cutest! So go check out Kevin and Amanda's Free Fonts and get your font on! And tell them Favors With Love sent you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pirate Party - Tip

Photo from Target.
Get your decorations NOW! If you are planning on a pirate theme party within the next year, now is the time to get your decorations! With all the current Halloween decor out right now there are plenty that coordinate great with the pirate theme. Have you ever tried to find pirate decorations any other time of year? Well let me tell you it is hard. Not much selection. So now is the time, and if you wait til the day after Halloween they all go half off, but you have to get there early and you do have less to choose from. But you can't beat half off! Target has a great selection to fit this theme! Just check out this link here! I am loving the skull cookie jar, he is wearing a crown. And how about the spreader set, salt and pepper, place card holders and the mugs pictured above? They even have a skull fog machine! All the stores have great stuff for pirate theme right now in the Halloween section!

Monday, September 28, 2009

We have Winners!

3 of them to be exact! So how many fishie are in this jar.......


And the 3 with the closest guess to 95 are,

jeccica simpson (off by 4) said... My guess 99

Gaggles N Giggles (off by 6) said... My guess is 101

Anne (off by 9) said... 86! I'm sure of it :)

Congrats to the winners! We will be in contact with you soon!
Hope you have fun making your fish soap, please send us a picture when they are done!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Did you get your guess in for the Fishie Contest?

Contest will close on Sunday and winners (yes I said winnerS) will be announced on Monday. Click on the photo below to enter!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

How About This - Custom Wedding Cake Topper

How cute! Found these on etsy by Lollipop Workshop. You get to choose all of the details for this cake topper! Select details for hair & eye color, dress & suit colors, as well as bouquet & detail colors. And they offer other cute cake toppers for wedding and birthday. Click on over to Lollipop Workshop and go see which one you would be!

This one here would be me and my hubby! :)

Really! Could you get any cuter?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DIY - Personalized Hand Sanitizer

Got a germ-a-phobe on your hands that you are hosting an event for? Like the scene in the Cat in the Hat where the new guy shakes the hand of the germ-a-phobic boss and gets fired. LOL!  If you ask my friends they would say that's me. Hee hee!

I just found the neatest blog called The Idea Room. What rock have I been hiding under to just have found it? Anyway there you will find tons of great ideas and I'm talking tons! I wanted to share this one with you, Personalized Hand Sanitizer & Soaps! What a great idea for a wedding or bridal shower favor? Click here to head on over to The Idea Room where you will find the tutorial and the download-able template. I really want to make these!

You probably want to pause the music at the bottom of our blog before playing this funny video.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fishie for the Fish Soap - Contest

This is gonna be fun! Remember this tutorial here for the Fish in a Bag Soap? Well, we have some extra supplies left over. And lucky for you we wanna share them! See the fish below, aren't they colorful? Can you guess how many fish are in that jar?


Well, the first one to guess or the closest one, will win 24 fish in various colors. And 24 of the bags needed to make them. And as a bonus, we will also include 24 of the little hang tags as pictured below or personalized with the text of your choice. And there will be more than one WINNER! So keep the guesses coming!
Note: A 5 lb. block of soap yields about 24 Fish soap.


Good luck! I told you this was gonna be fun! We will announce the winners next Monday. Open to the US only.
Christmas is coming soon! These make a wonderful stocking stuffer or a great little handmade gift!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What in the world?

Check back on Monday to see what this is all about!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Best Friends Necklace

We have just added this Best Friends Necklace to our site! The really neat thing about this necklace is that the heart comes attached only to be broken apart by the best friends themselves! The flowers come in your choice of 8 colors. So you can get a bit of a personal touch by selecting the favorite colors of the 2 friends. Stop by today and check it out here! On Sale Now!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Proud of my brother's weight loss success!

Hi everybody! I know this is a bit of a long post but I just wanted to share my brothers inspiring story of  determination and great weight loss. The all natural way! It will be worth your time especially if you struggle with weight yourself.

For as long as I can remember my younger brother David has been heavy and over weight. And I will admit I even remember picking on him and calling him names because of it. (Oh don't worry, he got in his fair share of picking on me too though! We are only 2 yrs apart.) As we grew up and became adults the picking on him turned into concern. I worried about his health because at his weight it was a health concern. I prayed that he would find a nice girl to marry. A girl that would see through the weight and see the Dave I know. I would pray that besides all of the extra weight God would keep him healthy.

Well, Dave did find a nice girl! Jen has been by his side through the hard work and determination and countless baked/grilled chicken dinners. And she is here to share his story. But first I want to say Dave I am so proud of you and I love you and I am so happy that you have lost so much weight and are now healthier because of it!

Now here is Jen and the rest of this post is in her words.

David has taken persistence and self-discipline to a whole new level. David decided in March 2008 to lose weight. He weighed in at around 420 lbs. He started w/ Weight Watchers and lost 60 lbs. in 6 mos. He met Trainer Tom in Sept. '08 and has transformed his body. In one year w/ Trainer Tom Strongin, David has lost a total of 150 lbs. He was 357 lbs. last Sept. 15th, and today, he weighs in at 207 lbs.

The following is a photo journey of Dave's transformation w/ his words of encouragement, emotions, and mindset to reach this goal!

Dave, before making the decision to change his life and lose weight. Yet, we still were a happy couple! Dave thanks me for believing in him, but most of all, for not giving up in prayer. I prayed daily starting in April '06 when he began to pack on weight after our wedding. I did not believe it was God's will that my husband stay obese and die young from heart disease or diabetes. I prayed and prayed & knew God would do a work in Dave's heart for the sake of him and our family. The more Dave refused to go to the gym, the more I prayed. And then one day, Dave came home to tell me he would be starting personal training. Let's just say there were tears and a super grateful heart towards what God did in my husband's heart. "With God all things are possible"...Matthew 19:26

Dave w/ Daniel - July '07 -  420 lbs. Daniel 5 mos. old. Our first family vacation. (Just got to mention....our son is such a cutie!!!)

Dave - October 13, 2007 - 420ish lbs. Making the decision to lose the weight was the hardest thing he had ever done, but the pain had become greater than the pleasure! He had a disorder in his feet (plantar fasciitis) where it was just agonizing to stand/walk. He was always complaining of lower back pain, tired, and didn't get very good sleep. He made the decision to lose the weight before he was prescribed high blood pressure medicine, which he was on his way to.

Here's Dave, Christmas morning 2007, still around 420 lbs. This was Daniel's first Christmas. His desire for his son to NEVER know him huge helped Dave decide to make the commitment!

Dave - Christmas morning 2008 - 304 lbs. (Weight loss of 123 lbs. here.) At this point he had been working out with his trainer, Tom Strongin, for 3 mos. and had lost a total of 63 lbs. with Tom. (He lost 60 lbs. in 6 mos. on Weight Watchers, but what he did in 6 mos. on his own, he did in 1/2 the time w/ Tom.) Go Dave!

Dave - Jan. 3, 2009 - 297 lbs. Dave says that he has experienced the pain of being heavy & extremely obese in the physical, mental, and spiritual sense. This experience is so fresh to him and he wants people to know that they can overcome their battle w/ their weight! You can reach your goals! (If you never try, you'll never achieve it!)

The NEW & IMPROVED DAVID!!!! Pic taken Wed. Aug. 26, 2009 - weighing in at 214 lbs. w/ a total of 206 lbs. lost in 1 year & 5 months. Beginning waist size: 48, waist size today: 34. He's shrunk from a 4X t-shirt (that was starting to get snug) to an XL. And some XL shirts are starting to get baggy on him! THANK YOU TOM STRONGIN FOR THE YEARS OF LIFE YOU ADDED TO DAVE'S LIFE!!

Here's Dave flexing his long lean muscles! Aug. 2009 - 214 lbs. Dave told me that his trainer Tom told him in the beginning (9/08), " I can see the skeletal structure under all that weight. If you could only see what I can see, you would see an athletic stud".....and that's just what Dave is becoming! (Thank you Tom for my super hot husband!!!)

Dave - 214 lbs. No, he's not sucking it in. He's standing up straight. He works out 1 hr./day, Mon. - Fri. and does extra cardio most of the time. Wow Dave! Dave lost the 204 lbs. the "ALL NATURAL, NON-SURGICAL, LIFESTYLE CHANGED" way! (The Tom (Team) Strongin way.)

How much hotter can he get! That smile, those eyes, the dimple, the spiky hair, and the goatee. He still wants to lose about 15-25 lbs. And Tom Strongin plans to see him through to the end.

And here is the final pic of Dave I wanted to add. He's planning to go deer hunting in September and this will be his getup, he plans to hike around the mountains for 6-8+ hours. Lord knows he is in shape to do this hunting trip. I think this gun weighs 7 lbs. unloaded, or something. He's in such great shape!
Because of Team Strongin/Trainer Tom Strongin, David now understands the importance of nutrition and the power of personal training. David remembers thanking Tom for all that he has done for Dave, and Tom replied, "It's you that has done the work". In John Maxwell's words: TO BE MORE YOU HAVE TO BECOME MORE; IN THE MIRROR YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE PROBLEM & THE SOLUTION.

"Thank you Tom for believing in me and pushing me. And thank you God for the strength to conquer my old lifestyle of food addiction."

Dave trains at a local Body Xchange ph #: 661-477-5004 w/ Tom Strongin, Mon. - Fri., 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and follows a strict diet plan w/ a food log. Dave is dedicated to expanding his lifespan and being strong and available to his family.
I am Dave's BIGGEST FAN! - Jen

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where are your flags?

I'm a little bummed. When I made my first trip out and about today I was very disappointed in the lack of American flags being displayed this Sept. 11 anniversary! Will you do this here? We did! See our picture above! God bless America and God bless you! Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Also thank you all that entered our Faith, Hope and Love 1 Corinthians 13:13 Sterling Silver Ring giveaway!
And the WINNER is

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Little Tip - Free Magazines

Here is a quick little tip for you! Have you ever heard of Rewards Gold? Well they offer up some free magazines just for filling out a short little survey! The magazines vary from time to time and are only available for limited times. I have gotten a full 1 year (WOW!) subscription to each of these, Martha Stewart Living, Popular Photography and Metropolitan Home! Just by doing their short little surveys! Right now they are offering Business Week and Golf Digest (great gift for someone).  If you are interested click here! Don't know how long they will last though! So hurry!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Birds Nest Place card Holder as seen on Martha Stewart

This cute Birds nest is perfect for for place cards, egg-shaped chocolates, Jordan Almonds etc.... Color of nest may vary slightly. Made of twig. Available in 3 inch diameter from end-to-end. Almonds and banner not included. Measurements: 3" diameter. Click here to view ideas for this favor on the Martha Stewart Weddings website.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Diy - Cookies in a Jar

These are so beautiful! The ones pictured here would make a most wonderful favor for a baby girl shower. Or what an awesome way to spread the word about breast cancer awareness. October is breast cancer awareness month. Make up some of these and gift them to the amazing women in your life.

The neat thing about this gift is at the different holidays the m&m's come in holiday theme colors. Ooh wouldn't the Halloween colors be perfect for a fall wedding or event? All those rich dark colors! And you could always make up your own label to match any theme you decide to go with.

We found these over at the awesome Bakerella! Click on over there to find the recipe, the how to and some downloadable labels to make your gift complete. Be sure to tell them Favors With Love sent you! Oh and if you decide to make them feel free to send us one! (wink wink!)

Monday, September 7, 2009

(CLOSED) Faith, Hope and Love 1 Corinthians 13:13 Sterling Silver Ring. Win one!

Just added to our site! I love it! All sterling silver ring with Faith + Hope imprinted into the side and a fanciful Love coming out of the front. Imprinted on the inside of this ring is 1 Corinthians 13:13, so you will always know where to find this verse in your bible. There are three things that will endure faith, hope, and love and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Lets give one away! Go visit this product on our website here and see what sizing options are available, then come back here and tell us what size you would need. (Hope that is not too personal for y'all! Lol!)
Open to US and Canada. Winner will be posted here on our blog.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Will you do this on 9/11?

I got this email as I am sure many of you did. I don't usually forward many emails. But this one got my attention and after reading it I thought it was a good idea. So check it out and copy and paste it into an email and spread the word!

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this eighth anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail.
Action Plan: So, here's what we need you to do.

(1) Forward this email. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

DIY - Candy Bar Favors

These would make great favors for any event you may be having! Who doesn't like chocolate? The ones in the picture were used for teacher appreciation gifts but you could personalize them and customize the colors to fit your needs. Click on over to Stamping and Stuff for the tutorial and tell them Favors With Love sent you!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

How About This - Fun Processional

This looks so fun! If you are a fun couple looking to add some fun to your wedding ceremony, you must see this video! This couple is for real! Also see them here, where they have recreated the entrance for the Today Show! (You may want to pause the music playing on our blog before viewing this.) Enjoy!