second birthday

I cannot believe that Made by Cristina Marie is celebrating its second birthday! Things have been very busy around here, stay tuned for an update! I am so excited to announce the birthday sale that will run today until midnight tonight. Take 20% off your entire purchase with the code TWOYEARS at checkout.


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The Great Grand Glittery Giveaway

I am so excited to be a part of the Great Grand Glittery Giveaway hosted by the one and only Purple Pug! I have to admit this glittery giveaway is pretty special! Kristy, the owner of The Purple Pug, has gathered up 72 amazing businesses for this giveaway and there is a lot of magic in this giveaway (like usual with her giveaways :). We are helping her celebrate 14,444 Facebook fans, so there are many ’4s’ all throughout this giveaway!

The great grand glittery giveaway

THREE randomly chosen winners will each receive $444 USD via PayPal
TWO randomly chosen winners will each receive $44 USD via PayPal

Contest is open from June 23, 2014 at 12:00am EST to July 4, 2014 at 12:00am EST. The winners will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. The odds of winning depend on the number of people who enter. Giveaway is open worldwide to all participants 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes, duties or reporting as required by law. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email thepurplepug [at] thepurplepug [dot] com is on your “safe list” as we would hate for you not to get your prize!


Use the Rafflecopter form to enter to win! Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

+++ there’s a special twist to this glittery giveaway, read about it here

Disclosure: This is an independent blogger giveaway. It is in no way associated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media network. I did not receive money to be part of or promote this giveaway. Should you have any questions, please contact Kristy at The Purple Pug via email at thepurplepug[at] thepurplepug [dot] com.
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10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad Printable

This year Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. I have updated the year on the popular 10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad printable from last year. This printable makes the perfect gift for any dad! Simply download the file, print it out on the paper of your choice, cut along the border, have your child(ren) fill it out, and then place it in a frame! Click below to download the file:

10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad

Click here to download the 10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad printable.

Click here to view other free Father’s Day printables!

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Penguin Party Food

Are you throwing a penguin party? Here are some penguin party food ideas that are pretty creative (check out the penguin meatballs)! Of course each of these fun food ideas have tutorials, so if you would like to learn how to make one, or all of these penguin treats click below.

penguin party food

1. Penguin Cupcakes via Spoonful
2. Igloo Cheese Ball via Savvy Mom
3. Penguin Oreos via Gourmet Mom on-the-go
4. Penguin Meatballs via Betty Crocker

Looking for penguin party printables? Click here to head on over to the shop! Looking for inspiration for your penguin party? Click here to view the penguin party inspiration board on Pinterest!

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Penguin Baby Shower

Another new baby shower collection has been added to the shop! Back when I first opened my shop, a customer reached out to me with a request to design a penguin baby shower invitation and ever since then I have been eager to design a penguin baby shower collection. Well, the day has finally come and the collection has been designed! You may have noticed a slightly different version of this cute penguin, and that is because it has appeared in these thank you cards in the shop, which have been pretty popular!

penguin baby shower

Click here to view the entire penguin baby shower collection. Be sure to view the Party Printables FAQ and if you have a question feel free to contact me. Just remember, the text is completely customizable, this means that if you are throwing a penguin birthday party the wording can be changed to whatever you would like!

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10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom Printable

Last year for Mother’s Day I designed a set of free printables that were perfect for gift giving! The printables included the following: a ’10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom’ 8×10 file, an ‘I Love My Mom Because _____’ 8×10 file, and a Happy Mother’s Day card. You can see these printables and download them for free by clicking here.

10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

This year I decided to change the colors, font and the design of the ’10 Reasons Why I love My Mom’ 8×10 print just a tiny bit and updated the date. This printable makes a great keepsake! You could have your child fill this out each year and eventually create a keepsake book. In the meantime, just print it out and help your child fill it out and frame it! It makes an easy and meaningful gift for any mom this Mother’s Day!

Click here to download the 10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom Printable

Supplies Needed:
• Scissors or Paper Trimmer
• 8.5×11 White Cardstock or Photo Paper
• 8×10 Frame (optional)

1. Download and print the printable on the paper of your choice
2. Cut along the border
3. Place into an 8×10 frame (optional)

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may desktop calendar

Happy May! You know how the saying goes .. “April showers, bring May flowers!” We have sure seen a ton of rain here in Pennsylvania, so if the saying holds truth we will sure be seeing a ton of flowers here in Pennsylvania this month! Brighten up your desktop this month with a floral pattern desktop calendar! Click below to download May’s desktop calendar:

may desktop calendar To download the desktop calendar above, simply right click on the picture and save it to your desktop. You can also use the image for your iPhone and iPad. Be sure to check back each month for a new calendar to spruce up your desktop!

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groupon activities

Anyone who knows me knows that I love going on adventures! I love traveling, and seeing and doing new things! I have even gone skydiving! There is truly just so much to do and see in this world! Unfortunately I do not get to travel to a new place each weekend, but I do try to do something new and exciting each weekend. Whether it is going to the Philadelphia Flower Show, going to a new park to run, or going to a new restaurant, I try to do or see something new. I first discovered Groupon a few years ago when I purchased a Groupon to go horseback riding. Horseback riding was definitely a scary experience for me; it was my first time horseback riding, however I would definitely go again!

groupon activities

What I love about the Groupon Activities section is that there are always so many fun activities for all ages! Best of all, these activities are usually relatively inexpensive. I usually will go on the website outside of Groupon where the activity is from to price it out to make sure I am getting a good deal before purchasing from Groupon. However, I have never had a problem with Groupon. Just yesterday, I purchased Groupons for Philadelphia Segway Tours! I have never been on a segway before, so I am definitely looking forward to this experience!

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Do you purchase Groupons often? Have you ever purchased a Groupon for a vacation? That is something I am thinking about doing but have not done yet. Do you have any other websites that you go onto for deals for activities? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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april desktop calendar

Happy April! I am so glad that spring is finally here! Now that another new month is here, you know what that means – new wallpaper to brighten up your desktop! The April desktop calendar is filled with yellow and pink perfect colors for spring!

april desktop calendar

To download the desktop calendar above, simply right click on the picture and save it to your desktop. You can also use the image for your iPhone and iPad. Be sure to check back each month for a new calendar to spruce up your desktop!

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bunny cakes

Easter will be here before we know it! Take a look at these adorable bunny cakes! I have found four completely different bunny cake tutorials. Each tutorial has step-by-step instructions on how to make these adorable rabbit cakes! Whether you want to go for a sheet style cake, or a more three dimensional style cake, there is a bunny cake for you! Serve up a bunny cake to guests after Easter dinner, or if you are throwing an Easter party this would make the perfect touch to your dessert bar! As always, click below for the tutorial links:

bunny cakes

1. bunny cake via McCormick
2. bunny butt cake via Betty Crocker
3. bunny cake via Food Network
4. peter rabbit cake via Taste of Home

Other Easter posts:
FREE Easter Party Printables
Easter Crafts
Easter Treats
Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Be sure to check out Pinterest for loads of Easter and Spring inspiration!

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