Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Pop Art: Guest Post from Jenna at 2027

Today I get to be apart of the Bundle of Joy Series over at Nap Time Crafters while Amy gets to spend time with her new little one. Come check out the fun Spring decoration I made!


While I'm over there I've got a REALLY fun guest post for you! Jenna and I "met" when we were paired to be "package pals" and I have loved reading her blog ever since! She comes up with the cutest stuff and I love seeing how creative she is. She has a really fun guest post for us today-take it away Jenna!

Eeeee! I'm so excited to be here on Newlyweds on a Budget today! I'm Jenna and I blog over at 2027 about all sorts of things, but mostly crafting and DIY decor. I first met Kari when we were matched up as Package Pals and she sent me the cutest burlap pillow cover. I'm resurrecting one of my very first crafty posts for you guys today, my Pop Art Canvases. If you like it, I hope you'll stop by 2027 and say hi! Thanks so much Kari for having me today!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Feature You Friday #17

For today's Feature You Friday I took the giant stack business cards I received from SNAP-dumped them on my couch and picked a random one.



Everyone say hello to Kristy from The Diary of Dave's Wife-

The Diary of DavesWife

Thursday, April 26, 2012

All about SNAP Part 2: The classes

Where to even begin. The classes, the people, the atmosphere, all of it was awe-inspiring and amazing. I'm going to be doing a very broad overview of the classes I took but if you can check out The Snap Blog for more details on all of the classes taught at SNAP.

The number one thing I took away from SNAP was the amazing connections with other bloggers just like me. The second thing I took away from SNAP was the classes! Saturday night driving home I was exhausted beyond belief and ready to sleep in my own bed again BUT I was also extremely motivated to become the very best ME I can be! That's what I took away from SNAP this year-that no matter how big or how small you are-YOU ARE IMPORTANT!

Photo Credit goes to Shelly from House of Smiths

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fun Summer Wreath

One of the best parts of SNAP last weekend was finally being able to meet some of the friends I've "met" online in real life! It was so great to be surrounded by such crafty people and to be inspired by them. I just wish I could have met ALL my online friends! Including the girl I do a monthly "craft night" with. Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama, Marilyn from 4 You with Love, Anna from Directions Not Included, and Laura from Smallgood Hearth.

If you're new here you can check out the Crepe Paper Shamrock I made for last months craft. This month we decided to be inspired by something we found on Pinterest-we went with this wreath-

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #50

I'm so glad it's Tuesday! I get to have one of my very favorite posts of the week. I absolutely love getting to go through all of the amazing projects linked up and being able to feature you!

Each week you amaze me with your creativity and awesomness and this week is no different! Check out these fun projects-

Sewing Printable from Pincushion Creations

Monday, April 23, 2012

All about SNAP! Part One

So some exciting news around these parts-WE GOT THE HOUSE! That's right. We're doing the inspection sometime this week but other than anything going wrong with that-we got it! I'm SUPER excited and already have big plans for the whole house.

And, I made it through my very first blogging conference. It was fantastic and SO inspiring! I loved finally being able to meet the girls I've gotten to know online so well over the last few months, like Kristyn from Lil' Luna, Camilla from First Lady of the House , and Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings . Today is a day for pictures-so if you're more interested in the classes I got take-be sure to come back on Thursday for all the awesome things I learned!

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings and I

Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest Post-Marilyn from 4 You with Love

Hey ya'll I can't believe the time as finally come and I'm at SNAP!! I am having a blast finally being able to meet all the wonderful bloggers I've gotten to know and I'm learning a TON from all the amazing speakers. be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for all the up-to-date information!


Now I've got a really great guest post for you today everyone say hello to my friend Marilyn-

Hi!  I'm Marilyn from 4 You With Love and Kari has given me the honor of guest posting for her today.  I'm a mom with three kids (two in college and one in high school).  I blog about ways I show love to those in my life:  care packages, recipes, home improvement, crafts, knitting....you name it! I don't know about you but I like a bargain.  I'm always trying to find those killer deals.  As an example, I always stock up on office supplies in August when all the back to school sales are in full swing.  You know when they have pencils for $0.01 or pens for $0.50. The downside is when I am out and about, I will grab a pen from my purse to write a check.  No problem until I've completed my check and I can't remember whether the pen I just used was mine or the store's.  Not anymore!  I'm going to share with you a quick and easy way you can personalize those "cheap" pens.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Guest Post-Kali from The Vintage Milk House

It's here-it's finally here. After months and months of waiting, I FINALLY get to spend 3 days with some of my favorite bloggers and my closest on-line friends!! I'm at SNAP and enjoying every. single. minute of it. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on all the fun things going on.

Now I get to introduce you to an awesome blogger who I absolutely love! Take it away Kali-

So EXCITED to be here guest posting today! Thanks for having me Kari!!!

I'm always looking for "Non-Traditional" way to do things. And when it comes to storage I'm all about re-using items not only because it saves money but because I get a kick out of making storage look good! Why should it have to be a boring old plastic container from the super store? Re-using and re-pourposing items also helps give a little personal touch and flair all your own!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Don't miss out on all the fun-

We're down to counting hours instead of days before the SNAP Conference! After months and months of waiting, a few weeks of stressing, and a couple days of craziness it is finally here!

Tomorrow morning at 11:00 MST I'll be registering and trying not to look awkward or out of place. This is my first conference and I have a million and one emotions going through me right now...

I'm so excited to finally get to meet the girls I've come to know so well-but I have this overwhelming feeling that I'll be the odd man out or that we won't click as well in real life as we do online.

Anywho-it's going to be fantastic no. matter. what. AND even though a lot of you aren't able to come this year there are tons of ways you can participate in the fun!

Join us for a Craft Night!

Do you ever wish that you could get together with your best blogging friends and have one awesome craft night? Well so do I. I know I would have a blast spending time with all of you and would love creating with you. Maybe one day-when I have limitless amounts of money I can make that happen.

But until then Felicia from All Things Fee and I have come up with a new solution-



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #49

Welcome to another awesome Tutorial Tuesday. Today the whole state of Utah will participating in the "Great Utah Shakeout" as way to prepare for a real Earthquake. So while you guys are linking up all your fun projects I'll be reliving the elementary school earthquake drills.

But for now-lets take a look at some of the fun projects linked up last week-

Painted Keyboard from Doodle Craft

Monday, April 16, 2012

Some exciting things are happenin' round these parts

First off-today I get to announce the winner of the Color Me Rad giveaway. Congrats to Lizzie M! I'll be sending you an email soon!

I want to welcome all the new followers and visitors from the Ultimate Blog Party! I'm so excited to have you be apart of the fun we have around here.

For those of you who are familiar with how things are run around here you'll notice that things haven't been as consistent as usual. First I want to apologize for that, and second I want to let you know why.

I love blogging. I love creating. And I love the friendships I've made with all of you. I never realized when I started this blog last year that it would grow so much and become a very active part of my life. I never ever thought I would have the opportunities I've had or the be able to go to the places I'm going. But I also never realized the time and effort that would be put into staying on top of things.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party Post

I can't believe it's time for another Ultimate Blog Party! I participated in this last year and I had  BLAST with it! If you're not sure what I'm talking about-check out all the details {here}.


Ultimate Blog Party 2012


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What I've been crushing on lately

So before I get into my regularly scheduled post I want to say congrats to Andrea! For winning the 300 Awesome Followers Giveaway! Email me within 48 hours to claim your prize!


So the last few weeks my crafting has been kind of pathetic. Despite what you see on the blog I have in fact been getting things done-they've just been for guest posts that aren't coming up till later this month. But still-I was doing those to meet a deadline not because I actually wanted to sit down and work on something.

If you follow Newlyweds on a Budget on Facebook or Twitter then you know last week I was working hard on my second skirt-the first one was a total fail. Well I finished the skirt just in time for Easter Sunday. I put it on-everything looked great-until I turned around. Because of the way I placed my pleats in the back it made my butt look HUGE! We're talking 3 times it's usual size. So ya-we're going to chalk that one up to another sewing fail. Thankfully my sweet MIL (who provided my awesome sewing machine) also got me sewing lessons to go with it-I start those tonight and can't wait!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #48

First off a couple of things-don't forget to enter the 300 Awesome Readers Giveaway that ends tonight! And the Color Me Rad Giveaway that has super low entries so you have an AWESOME chance of winning!

We didn't quite hit 50 link ups last week but it was still a fantastic party thanks to all of you!









Here were a few of my favorite-


Storm Trooper buckets from I Love Doing All Things Crafty

Monday, April 9, 2012

Breathing Space Retreat and Color Me Rad 5k

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mojo and I spent time celebrating with friends and family and enjoying the holiday.

I've talked a little bit about the awesomeness that is Breathing Space the wonderful blogging retreat going on here in South Jordan, Utah at Daybreak-May 4-5-but I want to dive into it a little bit more and I've got a fun surprise for you...

First off-Breathing Space is aa wonderful weekend put on and hosted by the beautiful Daybreak community located in South Jordan, UT. Everyone could use a weekend away but bloggers especially understand the importance of breathing space. Often times we're trying to juggle a full-time job, a husband, kids, and coming up with great content to bring to our readers.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Financial Series Week Five: Aubrey from Sweetness of the Everyday

Good Morning! First off-don't forget to enter the Awesome Readers Giveaway going on right now-and a reminder that Tutorial Tuesday is open till Saturday so keep linking up your stuff. Today as part of our Financial Series I have Aubrey from Sweetness of the Everyday sharing 10 things here family does to save money. Take it away Aubrey-



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

300 Awesome Readers Giveaway from Gathered & Sown

****GIVEAWAY CLOSED CONGRATS TO ANDREA T.!!*******


You. Guys. Are. Awesome. Period.

Seriously-your amazing. I don't know where this little blog of mine would be without the best readers in the world! (I'm not biased I promise).

Because your all so awesome I have a really fun giveaway for you today. So everyone knows Angie right?


Of course you do-because she's freaking awesome. For those of you who don't know Angie yet-let me do a little intro-well actually Angie is going to introduce herself-

I am a Mom. A wife, a friend, sister, daughter, and child of the King and a dreamer. I am following my dreams in ways I never thought I could.

I love spending time with my 2 young daughters, and my husband, who has followed my dream chasing since we got married on Sep 30,2000. Oh, and we love our dog, our designer mutt, Spencer!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #47

First off-WE MADE 50 LINKS (and then some) last week! I am beyond happy! A big thanks goes out to all my awesome readers who helped promote this party last week. I'd love it if you guys wouldn't mind grabbing my button again this week and spreading the word-




Since we reached 50 I decided to feature more than the usual 4 features so, without further ado let's take a look at this week's features-

Monday, April 2, 2012

We won the lottery....

First off-holy cow as of Sunday we are only 4 people away from hitting 300 GFC! You guys are awesome-I'm always so grateful to the wonderful people who help promote my little blog. Once we do I've got a really fun giveaway in the works for you guys-

Since it's officially April (does anyone else feel like this year is FLYING by?) I wanted to take the time to thank some of the people who have helped Newlyweds on a Budget grow.

Highest referring url (besides Pinterest)-Road Kill Rescue
Highest referring site (besides Pinterest)-Artsy Fartsy Mama
The most viewed link this month was my All you need is LOVE pallet art
The wonderful reader who comment the most-Marilyn from 4 You With Love

Thanks for all the love-you guys are awesome!