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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Huge Paper Crafting Giveaway

I've teamed up with Sew Crafty Angel
to bring you a fantastic blog candy giveaway.
This is truly a paper crafting extravaganza.
We've put together a huge lot of goodies valuing $200 USD!

 Here's some close ups:

There's paper, prima flowers, butterflies, gemstones, brads and so much more.

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December Candy Time

This year is just flying by,
can you believe November is already coming to a close?
It seems like it was just yesterday when I posted the Nov. candy and now it's already time to chose a winner.
And add some new candy too.

And the winner of the November Candy is:

Robin C. from Robins Reflections


Email me at
and I'll get your goodies on their way to you.

And now it's time for some new goodies.
This month I have a beautiful purple lot of Bo Bunny embellishments. I just love these little treasures. They are so pretty.

Here's what's included:
2 packages of flowers
1 package of lace

To be included in the drawing please be a follower of Cuddlebug Cuties

and add your name below.

Everyone is welcome to enter.

You do not have to post a pic of this candy on your sidebar to enter, but I would love it if you do.
Good luck everyone.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for, but this holiday season one thing rises above;
 I am thankful for sleepless nights.
Yes you read that correctly,
sleepless nights.

Let me take you back a little and explain why this is what I am thankful for.
My wonderful son is now two years old and I adore everything about him.
He is my world, my everything, I love him more than life itself.

But long before he was here, I found myself excited and pregnant with another child.
I wanted my baby more than anything, but sadly I miscarried  and lost my little angel.
It completely tore me apart. It seemed I cried endlessly. The emotional pain was far worse than any physical pain that I have ever endured. Time passed and I mourned, as I still do today, but I healed a little too. I began to pick up the pieces of my life and started trying to live again.

Several months later, I was on the phone with one of my girlfriends. It started out like so many  others; "how've you been ..." and such. Then she said something that touched my heart.
She meant no harm, but it stung badly.

Here's what she said, "I'm so tired, my little guy kept me up all night and I'd give anything to get some sleep."

Not horrible words, we all get exhausted raising children. It was a completely understandable comment.
But at that very moment sadness overtook me. What I wouldn't give to have my angel keeping me up all night. Holding her in my arms and snuggling.

That day I promised myself, if I was ever blessed again with another child I would enjoy every sleepless night. Every moment would be a gift no matter how tired I was.

And luckily I was blessed with another miracle, and we've had so many sleepless nights together.
I love every moment of it. I usually hold and rock my little guy and quitely cry.
They're happy tears.
Grateful tears.

I am thankful to be blessed with a wonderful little boy,
and I love our sleepless nights.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Isabelle Digital Stamp

Throughout the years I've  come to find that I love to color.
I find it so peaceful and relaxing.
Markers, colored pencils, ballpoint pens, and even crayons all have a special place in my creative heart.
I think that's one of the reasons I love this blog so much.
It's my little place in blogland where I can share one of my favorite passions and hopefully inspire others to follow their own passions too.
I think we are all amazingly talented artists.

The biggest hugs,



Enjoy coloring and crafting with Isabelle but please give me, Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties, credit for drawing her.
Have a wonderful day everyone.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Someday Dreams Smashbook Layout...Sewing Room

In my someday craft studio,
 I would love to have a little corner of the room dedicated to sewing.
Sewing is not my finest craft, but I love to create quilts.
They are such amazing works of art.
And it's fun to decorate a room based on a quilt that you created.

So someday, I hope to have a great craft room with space to paper craft and sew. Spools of thread on one wall and markers on another.
Doesn't that sound like fun?

I found the photos for this smash set out of a Romantic Homes magazine.
Every page full of beautiful photography,
but I just fell in love with the soft colors of this sewing room.
 So open, with beautiful fabrics lining the walls and sweet dressforms decorating every corner.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Prefer Paper

I have 2 tablets, 2 e-readers, a smartphone and I've put great consideration into just about every other gadget on the market as a maybe someday item; but when it comes right down to it 
I prefer paper.
Guess I'm a bit old fashion.
I have apps for notes, calendars, recipes, books and more,
but I love having all of these things wrote down in a book too.
It makes me feel more organized and I like being able to add a personal touch to things.
A little sketch here, an adorable sticker there, just sweet embellishments that make me smile while I go through my little book of to - dos. 

I've found a great little 3 ring binder book that I can do all these things in.
It's called Misc Me Life Journal by Bo Bunny.
And I am so loving this little book.

It has everything I need and then some.
You purchase the binder and all the accessories separately, giving you an awesome amount of choices on exactly what's going on inside your life journal.
Mine contains a monthly and daily calendar, beautiful vintage note paper, a section for family favorite recipes, a handful of sentiment cards with some of my favorite sayings, and some pretty paper pages to decorate and add photos to later.
And my favorite part.
The cover looks like a vintage book, but I see it as a blank canvas just waiting to be embellished.

These little books are so versatile.
It's a little bit like a planner, a little bit of a recipe book, and a little bit of a scrapbook.
I Love it, totally just adore it actually.
This is my new go to book.

Life Journal

Favorite quotes and room to scrap.

Monthly calendar with a pocket.

Weekly calendar. Aren't the coffee stains cute?

Pretty note paper.

A pretty page to scrap on later.

More quotes and scraps.

Recipe cards and a bookmark.

Full page recipe card.

And my soon to be decorated blank canvas.

Loving everything thing about this new treasure.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Climb Blog Hop

Hello everyone,
I've teamed up with a pair of wonderful ladies who have an amazing monthly blog hop.
Each month I'll be posting a hop on the second week
and I hope you guys will join in on the fun by
  adding your blog to the linkup.
It's a fun and great way to find awesome blogs, make new friends with similar interests, and share your own wonderful posts.

And now I'd like to introduce you to my friends
and they'd love to tell you a bit more about this wonderful month long hop.

God’s Growing Garden
The Chain "Linky" CLIMB is a blog hop that lasts one month long for ultimate networking possibilities.
"Networking" is a word heard often in the digital world but what is it really? 
Meaning of "Networking" -  the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically :  the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business
 ( definition from

That's what the CLIMB is all about - making blog friends and helping each other grow our blogs!!

Each month The CLIMB starts off with these 2 hosts:

                                Angie           &                         Angel
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two people who became blog friends months ago

During week#2 of each CLIMB up to two co-hosts are added

During week#3 of each CLIMB up to three co-hosts are added

& during week#4 of each CLIMB up to four co-hosts are added

That means there are 11 hosts/co-hosts each month!!
Link your blog to the CLIMB once a month. 

Giveaways have been added to the CLIMB!!

Now if you co-host you have the opportunity of participating in the Giveaway the next month! - That gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!  And it gives "Climbers" blog growing opportunities & the chance to win cool stuff!

So join us any time of the month & grow with us - help us climb to new heights each month!

(Click here to join the CLIMB hop)

Melanie Digital Stamp and Gift Set

I have had so much fun creating this new little set.
I got a few new toys from We R Memory Keepers, and they are so amazing.
Box Scoring Board

They help you make gift boxes and bags with super simple photo instrustions. All you do is score the paper add a few punches, then fold. Such a fun product, and it truly was easy.

It only took a few minutes for me to create this adorable box and bag to go with this cute little tag.

Melanie Cuddlebug Cuties

 Enjoy coloring and crafting with Melanie but please give me, Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties, credit for drawing her.

Have a wonderful day everyone.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Little Crafty Place

I love to see other peoples craft studios. I find it so inspiring to see how others store all their treasures. And I'm always looking for new ideas of things that I can do to my little crafting place.

When my husband and I brought our first home I had the second largest bedroom as my craft room.
It was amazing. It was pink and tan and had so many nifty storage shelves. People would visit and every single girl always told me they wanted that room. It was comfy and inviting, the perfect place to create all day.

Fast forward a few years and our family has grown just a little bit.
I has happy to paint my craft room green, add some fun curtains and a brightly colored foamy alphabet rug; and hand the second biggest room in the house over to my son.
I wanted him to have plenty of room to play and a space that he loved growing up in.

Nowadays, I have a much more condensed space. And I've learned to go up the wall for ample storage. And the funny thing is I still love my little corner space just as much as the huge room.
It's my favorite place to go relax and unwind.

So today I thought it would be fun to show you where all the magic happens.

I love this corset jewelry holder. It works great for storing my ribbon. It's pretty and functional, and I love being able to see what I have instead of having to dig for it.

Jars...tons of jars to store my flower collection.

Brads, pins, beads, and charms.

Then I have my desk underneath and it's full of additional storage.
From pencil holders to a spice rack to shelving and drawers.

Copic storage.

And the most important cabinet of my desk, 
toys because my little guy is always with me and he needs something fun to play with while I craft :)

 Hope you guys enjoyed the photos.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Candy Time

Hello everyone,
It's the beginning of a new month 
and it's time to draw a candy winner 
and post the new November candy.

 The winner of Octobers Candy is:

KT Fit Kitty of KT Designs


email me your address and I'll get Octobers candy on its way to you


This is one of my favorite parts of blogging.
I put great efforts toward selecting the best goodies I can find.
And I get so excited every month when I post the goodies.

 This month I've found a great little lot of treasures for Christmas.
And it has some of the prettiest flowers.

Here's what's include:
1 pad of paper
1 package of flowers
2 packages of dimensional stickers
1 tag pad
1 package gemstones embellishment stickers

To be included in the drawing please be a follower of Cuddlebug Cuties
and add your name below.
Everyone is welcome to enter.

You do not have to post a pic of this candy on your sidebar to enter, but I would love it if you do.
Good luck everyone.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Christmas Cash Giveaway

What would you do with an extra $1000 to spend this holiday season? How about I make the answer to that question a little easier with your chance to win $1000 cash in the Christmas Cash Giveaway event! Thanks to some amazing supporters of Raising Reagan and some all around awesome bloggers and shops, we were able to come together collectively with a CASH PRIZE of $1000!
Raising Reagan | Win $1000 in the Christmas Cash Giveaway Event
And who do we have to thank for this amazing cash prize? Meet your phenomenal co-hosts!
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From Top Left:
Sara | Confessions of a Redheaded Mama ♥ Angel | Sew Crafty Angel
Sarah | Life in a Break Down ♥ Krystal | My Life of Travels and Adventures
Dara | Not in Jersey ♥ Anna | Cuddlebug Cuties
Alex | Munchkins and the Military ♥ Rebecca | A Day in the Life of Calleigh Emma
Josi | That Suburban Momma ♥ Dawn | Dawn's Disaster
Kera | Nugget on a Budget ♥ Debra | Deliciously Inspired
Janine | Confessions of a Mommyaholic ♥ Cathy | A Peek into My Paradise
And let's not forget to thank the other blogs and shops that have sponsored this giveaway! Please be sure and stop by and thank them for such a phenomenal giveaway.
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Our amazing participants:
Holly | Back Home Again Blog ♥ Rachel | Sultry Indulgences ♥ Sandy | Mother of Imperfection ♥ Katie | He Calls Me Grace ♥ Anyonita | Anyonita Nibbles ♥ Tiffani | Tiffani Goff at Home ♥ Natasha | Serenity You ♥ Natalie | At Home with the Hinkleys ♥ Renee | Getting Fit Fab ♥ Noel | High Heeled Mama ♥ Alison | NYC Recessionista ♥ {Enjoy the View} ♥ Brittnei | Homemaking with Style2 Crochet Hooks ♥ Jamie | Handling with Grace ♥ Leslie | Violet Imperfection ♥ Jamie | Love Bakes Good Cakes ♥ Lisa | Chronically Content ♥ Jenn | Bad Luck Jenn ♥ Jodi | The Noise of Boys ♥ Monica | Redefining Mom ♥ Ann Marie | Growing Up Madison ♥ Michelle | A Little Moore From My Kitchen ♥ Wanda Ann | Memories By the Mile ♥ Angie | God's Growing Garden ♥ Nichi | The Mandatory Mooch ♥ Deb | Kneaded Creations ♥ Jeanie |Create and Babble ♥ Kristin | Dizzy Busy and Hungry ♥ Tina | Classic Children's BooksWest Street Story ♥ Betty | Losing My Gut and Gaining My Insanity ♥ Natasha | Lovely You Blog ♥ Evelyn | My Turn for Us ♥ Laura | The Rookie CookParenting With Parents ♥ Beth | The First Year Blog ♥ Ida | Second Chances Girl ♥ Glenneth | Let's Talk and Walk ♥ Katy |Experienced Bad Mom ♥ Melissa | Dreams and ColoursLearn Like a Mom ♥ Sarah | Girlfriends Are Like Shoes ♥ Andi | The Weary Chef ♥ Tamara | Tamara (Like) Camera ♥ Melissa | Deliciously Savvy ♥ Brooke | Wide Open Spaces ♥ Barb | Second Chance to Dream ♥ Koren | My Full Time Fit LifeSpit and Sparkles ♥ Tiffany | Daydreaming Realist ♥ April | 100lb Countdown ♥ Monica | Happy and Blessed HomeReagan's Toy Chest
Now you know the players! Are you ready to win some CASH? It's the kickoff of Holiday Season and we are celebrating with a

$1000 Giveaway!

Please read the official rules of all sweepstakes and contests held at Raising Reagan.
Giveaway is open worldwide to participants with a verified PayPal account.
All entries will be verified. In the event an entry can not be verified participant chooses to forfeit that entry and another winner will be chosen.
Winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email.
Giveaway will run from November 1st, 12 AM Eastern Time to November 22nd, 12 AM Eastern Time
Any taxes or fees associated with the winnings of this contest are the sole responsibility of the winner according to their county, state and/or country laws.
CASH prize is in US Dollars and will not be converted to any foreign currency.
Void where prohibited by law.
Prize to be distributed by Lanaya from Raising Reagan
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