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Some of us are late to the game.

Sure you know what Groupon is. You might even use it on a weekly basis.

You click through those emails with the awesome local deals, or head on over when there's a new service or restaurant you want to try, hoping to score a discount. You see Groupon started as a place where people could purchase extreme deals by paying a fraction of the retail value in exchange for a voucher or code redeemable with the originating brand/retailer. It was a great way for new brands, restaurants, and entertainment to get their name out there and draw new customers in while offering amazing deals on quality goods and services.

But Groupon has come a long way since the days before it was a common household name- and yet I am still surprised at the number of people I meet that don't know all of the amazing OTHER ways one can save with Groupon.
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Of course if you're a Groupon pro then you already know about Groupon Goods and Getaways. But, just in case you don't-

Groupon Goods is a marketplace where you can browse thousands of items, across hundreds of categories, for amazing slashed prices on name brand, and even designer, gifts and household buys. Whenever I have a birthday or event coming up which requires a unique, or specialized, gift I browse the Groupon Goods page. There's always something one of a kind or limited edition to get my hands on at an amazing price. Of course there are also less fancy goods, such as mainstream team merchandise, plush favorites for the kids, and name brand kitchenware too- it just depends on what you're in the mood to shop for. Purchase your Groupon goods right on the Groupon site and have them sent direct to your door for total savings convenience from the comfort of your couch.

Groupon Getaways is the place you go to discover vacations you never knew you needed to take- or to score an amazing price on every aspect of vacation from hotels and spa treatments to actual real life adventures and multi-day getaway itineraries. Whether you're looking for somewhere fun to escape for a last minute weekend adventure, or trying to score an amazing deal on a one-of-a-kind room for your upcoming anniversary you need to check out the slashed prices and amazing bundles on Groupon Getaways.
But what if you're not looking to save on a vacation, and you really only want to buy that one specific something sold exclusively at your favorite online retailer?

Groupon is hooking you up with their new Groupon Coupons tab!

You'll spot the Groupon Coupons tab on the main page of your Groupon landing screen- simply click on over to view the hottest exclusive deals, as well as some of the Internet's most popular savings on websites you use and surf everyday. From promo codes to sales and even in-store offers you can navigate up to hundreds of great coupons and deals for your favorite retailers, no voucher required.

That's right you can save on pretty much anything online with the FREE Groupon Coupons section, and their constantly updated list of ongoing sales, discount codes, special offers and more. It's kind of like having a robot read all of those annoying emails your favorite retailers send you, and organize them for easy viewing, categorized, in one nice neat space!
Save money with the FREE Groupon Coupons database of savings, sales, promo codes and more. Find your favorite retailers at Groupon Coupons and begin saving today! #AD
For example, I make, on average, 4+ Amazon.com transactions in a week. Yes, I know.

Groupon Coupons currently has over 53 promo codes and 110 sales filed under Amazon- from special Pantry coupon code savings to exclusive deals on the ever so useful Amazon Prime membership. All I need to do is click on the offer that appeals to me, read the 'fine print' of the discount/promo and click on over to shop and take advantage of the savings directly on the retailer's website. It's absolutely FREE and it's something you should be using!

Now, tell me, did you already know about Groupon Coupons? Have you used Groupon Coupons before? What retailers might you hope to find savings for with this new Groupon feature?







This post was written on behalf of Groupon. All opinions and shopping experiences are my own.

What I'm Streaming: Casual A Hulu Original (Seasons 1-2)

Casual a Hulu Original, Streaming Seasons 1-2 Now on Hulu
Momma Told Me: Humans, by nature, are complicated.

I took almost 3 months off from television this year-

When I say 'television' of course I mean 'streaming' programming, as you may recall our family does not have traditional cable. The only time I get to watch something 'live' is at a viewing party or family get together, so I am typically behind at least several episodes on my favorite shows. My purge, of sorts, really wasn't a conscious decision. I simply found that I didn't have the physical or emotional time to invest in TV while I sorted through some big life events in the first half of 2016. In a sense my life became the drama I was hooked on, and I couldn't handle that of anyone else, even if they were fictional.

But now Summer is here- and I have cleared my schedule to do nothing but relax. Okay, blog and relax- I have some recipes and projects I look forward to tackling and sharing in my own time. But the truth remains- streaming, and binging is back in my life and I look forward to sharing some of my finds!
Casual a Hulu Original, Streaming Seasons 1-2 Now on Hulu
I started high school at a very young age, which just so happened to be around the time Gilmore Girls had just begun airing on the CW. It was my mother, actually, who insisted I watch the show, and instantly I became hooked. Well, we became hooked, as we'd tune in every week to see the latest saga of Rory and Dean or Loralei and Luke. I've always been drawn to shows with quirky characters that seem to have a myriad of personal life obstacles, yet still manage to great each day with enthusiasm, no matter how calamitous the outcome.

Casual, a Hulu Original, reminds me very much of classic Gilmore Girls mixed with (Amazon Prime's Original) Transparent. It is a modern family tale of a single mother, recently divorced and moved in with her emotionally complicated (yet brilliant) brother whilst navigating the complicated world of casual relationships. And, if you think 'Casual' refers merely to one night stands and hook-ups, I have to say that the show's title really covers a wide range of human relationships and the complicated struggles to maintain them.
At the core of Casual there are 3 strong lead characters- Valerie (Michaela Watkins) and her extremely raw, but endearing relationship with her high school aged daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) and Valerie's brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) the online relationship mapping tech startup failure (think Match.com) with emotional insecurities and destructive behaviors. Much like Gilmore Girls, viewers are drawn into the unique and impressively symbiotic relationship these three characters build, as each learn from and grows with each-other while tackling sticky family issues.
Casual a Hulu Original, Streaming Seasons 1-2 Now on Hulu
However the show is NOT a family program- and should be enjoyed by adults. While it does stream on Hulu as an Original series there is ample 'Sex And The City' style content covered through the adult cast's various escapades into single-dom, parenting, and beyond. While recently divorced, one love of her life, Valerie is awkward and even clumsy in her dating story, bold and modern Alex is inquisitive and exploratory in his. At the end of the day, Casual wraps the calamities and trials with raw insight that truly mirrors the struggles of what it means to be human, and searching for companionship (whether connecting with a new friend, or looking for a long term relationship) in this complex modern world.
Casual a Hulu Original, Streaming Seasons 1-2 Now on Hulu
If you enjoy shows such as Parenthood and Transparent, give this show a go. Some of the scenarios may seem outright shocking, while others all too relate-able, and it's almost impossible not to begin building your own relationship with the characters. Casual is currently in it's second season- which means you can stream all of Season 1 on Hulu now (binge time!) and catch up to the first half of Season 2 before it ends.

P.S. Season 3 of Casual begins streaming next week (May 26, 2017)!


What Daughter Says: 'Casual' much like 'Normal' are settings for clothing and the dryer. Every relationship is richly complex- that's what makes life so enjoyable!

How To Live Life #MoreInspired + D.I.Y Necklace Organizer Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and LIFEWTR. All opinions are mine alone. #ThirstInspiration #CollectiveBias
My mother always told me the toughest person to be is yourself.

As a young girl, my best friend was a boy. My mother spent nearly every free minute she could with me, typically quizzing me on the dictionary or going over scholastic flashcards. I graduated early, with no idea of who I was or what I wanted to be, and moved clear across country at age17. My early 20's were amazing. I like to think of myself during those years as fearless. There's a fine line between fearless and reckless, of course, fearless means you understand risks and find the potential outcome of higher value. I was 50 lbs lighter, working 3 jobs to pay the bills, staying out on Friday nights and making the most of every minute of life.

Older me might be inclined to be jealous of younger me, but older me is wiser.
I'm a strong believer that you can choose to create happiness. That ordinary days can be extraordinary. Choose LIFEWTR from 7-Eleven to be inspired.

I went through a bit of a slump heading towards 30. It wasn't even about my age, I simply allowed myself to fall victim to excuses. I'd spent the majority of my adult life playing by the rules, working hard, and taking care of others. Often times both physical and mental reflections made me feel overwhelmed and even sorry for myself.

Then, one day after turning 30, I woke up to a revelation. Most of the happiness I recalled, and had created in my young adult years was actually the result of trying to mold myself into roles that didn't fit. Today I might be a little curvier, my hair may not be as long and lush, and I might declare bedtime before 5 am, but that doesn't mean life is over. In fact, I rather choose to think it's just beginning.

That's right, I finally learned to embrace me. And me is colorful. Me is loud. Me is creative. Me is bold.
I like to think I'm a lot like LIFEWTR, and- if I'm being honest as I'm encouraging you to be, I'll admit I was first drawn to this product purely on looks. I know, I know, it's awful of me to judge my water by the bottle it comes in but LIFEWTR uses cool graphics and catchy colors to attract like-minded consumers. Consumers that are just ad-driven to push boundaries, express themselves, and explore life as their positive styling and vibes impress. Their bottles of delicious purified, pH balanced (with electrolytes for taste), water stand out in the cold case of my local 7-Eleven. Their premium packaging isn't just inspiring, it's an expression of who I am.
I've always loved bold, bright colors and busy prints - but only recently have I embraced them in my journey of self-expression through my wardrobe and even home decor choices. For me the thought of being the center of attention has always been a bit frightening, but I've found expression myself in accessories or apparel gives me confidence. If someone is staring, they're probably staring at my purple hair or my rainbow leggings. And, suddenly the nervous woman who felt so exposed once before now feels confident - let them stare. This is me, take it or leave it.

When you make decisions focusing on your own happiness it's hard not to feel confident and bold.
Whenever I reach for my tall bottle of LIFEWTR from 7-Eleven, I always smile just a little. The colors, the prints, the beautiful designs on the front, remind me to act boldly in everything I do. They also make me feel a little bit like I'm accessorizing without even trying!

Speaking of accessorizing - my bestie has recently begun making jewelry featuring gemstones and organic mineral formations. While her focus is on educating people about the importance of positive focus and potential metaphysical properties, I rather find the small pieces of Earth quite inspiring and grounding. That may sound contradictory, but the bright and gorgeous colors really engage my vivid and creative personality, while the physical weight, touch, and shapes of the stones remind me to keep calm and stay grounded throughout the day.
I have tons of these necklaces - seeing as I might be her best customer, so I've been itching to make something just as gorgeous to organize and display them on. As a family, we made a day of searching for the perfect base to inspire my creation. We scoured the weekly Swap Meet, complete with doggy backpack and a bottle of LIFEWTR, then headed up to downtown Santa Barbara for a gorgeous afternoon, and back towards our local harbor and beach in search of driftwood. You can use pretty much anything for your board - I knew I wanted something with a story. Something with age and personality, so we brought back a tar covered piece of driftwood.
Whether you're using an old piece of fence or a knotted block of driftwood, you'll want to ensure that your base sits out in the sun for several days to kill any moisture that may be hiding in the pores.

You then have a few options to really personalize the base. I chose to stain the wood without entirely changing the personality or presence of it. For this, I used something called a Pickling Wash- but you can achieve the same results typically by making an acrylic solution that is watered down 1:1 parts water and paint.

Lightly brush the color in key areas, typically raised areas, edges, and crannies where the color will act as a highlight. Then take a damp cloth and wipe the color away. Allow your base to again sit in the sun for an afternoon to ensure the staining has dried. Add a clear top coat to seal your base if desired.
While you may find hooks the natural progression for this project I actually had a bit of fun hunting down some mismatched knobs. In order to secure the knobs to the base I 'drilled' a screw slightly larger than the knob's threading circumference into my wood by hand. Because the wood was soft I could essentially use a bit of force to screw into and out of the wood effectively creating a hole to thread my knob into. You could also use a drill to make the process a bit easier, but you would then likely need to glue your knobs into the created holes.

A single bracket screwed into the back (keeping weighting in mind for positioning) was all I needed to call my project done.
I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with how my necklace organizer turned out. It's definitely a focal point on my wall, and now I don't have to worry about the cat coming across my necklaces and doing cat things (eating/hiding/mauling) to them. In fact, I've been doing a lot of DIY lately. I take on a lot of projects where I begin with absolutely no plan outside of a vision and time after time I'm impressed with how they turn out. If only I had learned to be this fearless sooner!
There's no magic elixir for confidence, of course, but I can remind you that you are the most powerful resource to your own success. And I'm not talking about the number of dollars reported on your income tax, or how large a house you live in. No, success is directly related to happiness. If you can learn to be happy with what you have, while still striving to constantly be greater and never compromise who you are, you'll surely be the biggest success story there ever was.
It's not easy to be bold and fearless. It's human nature to question and second guess. After all, if there weren't risks to every decision what fun would life truly be? My biggest advice, to living a brighter, bolder, more truer you is to start in your own home/office/car. Slowly express yourself and live out your true desires where you feel most comfortable and confident. Then, when you're ready, let the world see you shine like you were born to, even if it's just a little at a time.

When I stopped focusing so much on how others were seeing me and started focusing on what I wanted to see and experience my entire world expanded instantly. I began creating without hesitation, spoke up where I'd otherwise been silent before, and most of all I learned to embrace life.

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The Masks We Wear- Featuring Imagine By Rubie's

Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Momma Told Me: Masks are an accessory, only you can define the person behind them.


With all of the Marvel and superhero hype over the past few years the topic of superheroes is constantly brought up in discussions with friends, as well as during the children's free play. Girl or boy, the kids in our group can't get enough of superheroes. But an interesting question was asked by the 8 year old, and promptly answered by the 5 year year old just the other day;

Daisy (8): "If superheroes are so awesome, why do they need a disguise to cover up who they really are?"

Lynnsey (5): "Because nobody would believe they had super powers if they didn't wear their uniforms!"

Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Of course any self respecting nerd knows that superheros commonly devise a uniform, or disguise, as a way to ultimately protect their identity from the villains who seek to harm them. More specifically, to protect the identity of those they love and care for most. But this did bring up an interesting theme for a conversation. Most modern day superheroes follow a universe story-line in which their identities are quite public. Sure, some people need their mask to function as part of a suit (Ant-Man, Iron Man, etc) but do superheroes need a uniform in order to be super?
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
The answer is, of course, no.

When I was a little girl Momma forbid masks in the house. While I suspect this was party due to a -minor- incident involving a Halloween mask, the upstairs hallway, and my father's lack of appropriate timing in something that was otherwise humorous (long story,) she maintained that "While you will wear many hats in your life, you need never wear a mask." It was her argument that I could be whatever I wanted, no matter what I wore. She was right, of course.
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
But are masks always used as a crutch, something to hide behind?

For a long time I struggled with this myself. As a blogger I find I am almost constantly wearing some form of mask- whether it's a touched up photo, or simply the best angle of my home on camera. My physical impression is loud, dramatic, and strong- but it's just the surface of what I have to offer, and what lies beneath. At the same time, the socially awkward, anxious, introvert that first put on this mask 5 years ago has found confidence and strengths behind it. Strengths I take with me when the mask is off. The person I am when the camera is away, when I'm 'on my own,' has tremendously benefited from the mask I wear.
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Our masks in life are our accessories. They don't define our superpowers, and we are no less fantastic once we take them off. Okay, it would be a little strange watching a man in a button down and jeans fly through the sky to rescue a woman from a burning building- but that's only because we're conditioned to look for something flashy and different in the first place. Clark Kent doesn't become Superman, he is always Superman, uniform or not, his powers, his heart, his determination, don't go away. So, the next time in your life you feel as though you are naked, caught without a mask, remember it was you who conquered and overcame every single time before.
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Of course, us modern day superheroes have to make due without all the glitz and glamor of custom outfits, cascading capes, and glittered masks. It's just not practical on a blogger's budget, you know? But you and your little ones can enjoy authentic DC licensed masks and costumes from Imagine by Rubies. No, this is not a sponsored mention, we just happened across 2 of their masks and have thoroughly enjoyed them. You'll find the My Super Best Friends (glitter) kid's mask and DC Batman mask made by Imagine by Rubie's seen above on Amazon and at a variety of toy retailers nationwide. Regardless, let's discuss what it means to be your own superhero and what types of masks we wear in the real world today!


What Daughter Says: Be your own superhero, no matter the uniform.


Why I'm #TeamDishCloth + D.I.Y Burner Covers + Photo Transfers Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MySpringClean #TeamDishCloth #CollectiveBias
Tips to keep your kitchen and home clean with #TeamDishCloth and how to transfer photos onto hard surfaces tutorial. #MySpringClean #AD
 We have 2 basic rules of the kitchen in our house:

#1: Unless you cooked the meal you cannot complain about what is in it or how it tastes.

#2: Dessert cannot be served until all dishes are done, and put away.

It's funny, really. As many of you know we recently moved from our tiny condo into our new (to us) house and we have quite the gorgeous new stainless steel dishwasher. It came with the house. We've been here 5 months and I have yet to use it.

What can I say? The thought of dishes sitting, even rinsed, partially dirty in a metal box in my kitchen just doesn't feel right. So long as I've lived on my own (or attached without kids) I've always just done my dishes after each meal. It's habit, really. But, when you do all those dishes by hand you get a little....particular about the way you want them done.
Tips to keep your kitchen and home clean with #TeamDishCloth and how to transfer photos onto hard surfaces tutorial. #MySpringClean #AD
Momma actually raised me to be loyal to one brand when it came to my dishes and the kitchen sink. Scotch-Brite™ has been a trusted name in our family for generations (I have the photos from pot lucks and baking marathons to prove it). There wasn't a night that passed where our bright green or blue Scotch-Brite™ sponge didn't get put to good use scrubbing up the night's culinary experiment messes.
But I, I am #TeamDishCloth. What is Team Dish Cloth? Well it's the kitchen debate almost as heated at the bathroom's 'over or under' toilet paper argument. There's no right or wrong answer, of course, it's all personal preference- and, in my house the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is the hero of our kitchen. In fact, I'd say it's the hero of the house- there's no cleaning task our scrubbing dish cloths won't conquer since they're machine washable and feature both a gentle cloth side and a tough textured scrubbing side. I use my scrubbing dish clothes in crafts, annual cleaning sprees, and, of course for tough kitchen messes.
Naturally I want our kitchen to have as much personality as the rest of our house. We're still 'settling in' on the whole 'turning a house into a home' front, but small additions here and there really help make things more personal and cozy. You guessed it- I crave pops of color in my kitchen, too. And the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths come in beautifully rich colors such as Navy, Coral, and Mint, when you shop them at Target. You'll find them in the cleaning supplies aisle next to an assortment of other modern design friendly kitchen and home cleaning aid innovations from Scotch-Brite®. As we move into Spring I've been really inspired by the Coral color and love how it matches the fresh Spring blooms we pull in from the garden!
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In fact my scrubbing dish clothes even inspired me to dress up my kitchen and stove a little. While on my most recent shopping trip to Target I happened to pick up a new set of white burner covers and some classic white coffee plates. I've been wanting to play with image transfers to hard surfaces for a while and, with Mother's Day coming up, this seemed like the perfect time. After all, my photo albums were still at easy access from the move.
Transfer photos and images with freezer paper and an injet printer- custom photo plates. #MySpringClean #TeamDishCloth #AD
My initial idea of custom coffee plates, with vintage photo transfers, required minimal supplies:

Freezer Paper
Old Photos in Color or Black and White
Clean White Plates
Large Metal Spoon
Scissors

I researched this technique a lot, like a lot a lot, before attempting it- I didn't find much information. The concept of transferring an image to a shiny/sealed surface without a bunch of chemicals or special transfer paper is overwhelming but the Freezer Paper technique will work.

Yes you really can cut freezer paper to the same size as printer paper (8.5" x 11") and run it through your printer and print with no problem. I suggest using a sharp edge (box cutter) to make sure you have precisely cut 'pages' and have found that an ink jet printer works best. You can scan old photos to your printer, or print directly from digital files on your PC. Keep in mind the grainy quality of older photos will contribute to the nice handmade look of the finished product, and darker images tend to work better- but dark backgrounds may wash out your transfer.

Print directly onto the waxy (shiny) side of your  freezer paper. Allow the printed images to dry for 2-3 hours. They will fade, this is normal. Carefully cut out/around your images keeping in mind the ink will smear if touched. Gently lay your image on top of your plate, printed side down, where you want it positioned. With force hold the image down and in place as you use the back of a wide spoon to rub/transfer the image. Keep in mind any movement may cause the image to distort, or the transfer to move. This technique takes practice and patience but clear and whole transfers can be achieved.

If you mess up or feel your transfer wasn't sharp enough simply wash off the ink with some dish soap, dry, and try again. The image will NOT remain permanent unless sealed.

***There are very few 'sealants' that will preserve your image while making the plate safe to touch food. Research your seal/top coat before buying- Shellac is my preferred type of seal as it dries safe enough to seal children's toys and kitchen surfaces for food contact.

To transform my kitchen with a little bit of sass and style I knew I wanted to put that empty space on my stove to good use. I've always thought burner covers to be quite useful, but generally unattractive. Of course, for those of you with infrared stoves, this doesn't apply to you- but this transfer technique will work on pretty much any hard surface. Best of all, this technique can be made permanent, or considered temporary depending on whether you seal and finish or not. This makes it a great technique for holidays and parties. You will need:

A Clean White, Hard Surface (In Our Case, Burner Covers)
A Black And White Image/Design Printed By An Inkjet Printer***
Matte Waterbase Craft Sealer
Water
Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth 
Scissors

***Grab our FREE Cupcake template here, our FREE Eat Or Starve template here, and our FREE Fun Phrases template here. Please note the templates are inverted so the words transfer legibly onto your projects.
There is a bit of debate as to whether you need to let your ink settle before beginning the transfer process. I allowed my pages to settle overnight THEN realized I hadn't inverted my templates and had to rush to re-print. So, I didn't really allow my pages to dry much more than 15 minutes before beginning- this seemed to work fine.

I also want to note that I printed on high quality color- you're going to want to print on high quality black and white- I found that some 'red' tones of color bled during the last steps of this process as a result of my printer 'mixing' the black color, rather than just using black ink.

Trim your image as close as you can to allow for minimal work later on.
D.I.Y Burner Cover Transfers- How To Transfer Printed Images to Hard Surfaces Tutorial #TeamDishCloth #MySpringClean #AD
Brush a light layer of your matte waterbase craft sealer directly onto the printed side of your image. You don't have to go 'super thin' but you don't want gobs of the sealer buckling the paper and creating bubbles, either.

Carefully lower the printed/sealer side down in position on your surface and gently smooth out any bubbles/ripples. Allow the paper to dry entirely (so as to create complete resistance if you attempt to peel it up). This took about 45 minutes outside in direct sun. Leaving the paper to dry overnight will not harm it, if desired.
D.I.Y Burner Cover Transfers- How To Transfer Printed Images to Hard Surfaces Tutorial #TeamDishCloth #MySpringClean #AD
Next is the magical part- removing the paper to reveal the 'transferred' image beneath! With a clean bowl of water gently dab the corner of your scrubbing cloth in water and begin rubbing away the paper. Make slow circular motions with light pressure. If you feel you are removing too much paper at once, or it is gumming up, flip to the soft side of your cloth and continue. I specifically prefer Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths for this project thanks to the dual sides and the fact that they will NOT scratch up my surfaces. This process will take 30 minutes or more for projects similar in size to these burner covers.

 Patience will reveal a nice clean, solid image so take your time and feel free to change sections when you feel you are beginning to overwork. Ideally you will remove all of the paper layer of your transfer, leaving the thin, hard and dry, layer of sealer with the ink trapped inside. Keep in mind the sealer is water-based and WILL rub off of you work your way down through the layers too fast/rough.
D.I.Y Burner Cover Transfers- How To Transfer Printed Images to Hard Surfaces Tutorial #TeamDishCloth #MySpringClean #AD
I really enjoyed this technique of transferring images with printer paper and craft sealer- it's definitely something that looks very sharp and can be perfected over time. Since I liked the minor imperfections in my images (where I got a little overzealous with my rubbing) I decided to seal my burner covers with a food-safe Shellac coat. I guess you could say they cover up my 'ugly' burners quite nice- but you and I both know those burners are spotless underneath thanks to my Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth!.
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Both the freezer paper and printer paper techniques can be used on a variety of hard surfaces- they're especially great for coffee mugs and handmade gifts. If you still need a little inspiration feel free to grab out funny phrases, inspired by Mother's Day, and play around with the techniques yourself! Click HERE to grab the fun FREE printable from above!
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So there you have it- how I'm dressing up, and cleaning up, my kitchen this Spring with a little help from #TeamDishCloth and the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth. Not convinced scrubbing dish cloths are the side for you? Check out more fun recipes and projects to inspire you to declare a side on this great kitchen debate- visit the Social Hub! Even more exciting enter the Scotch-Brite Scrubstakes for your chance to win $20,000 towards a kitchen makeover and grab a special printable coupon good for $1 off 2 Scotch-Brite products (While supplies last) and iBotta rebate offer! Now, tell me what you would do with $20k to renovate your kitchen!