Thursday, November 20, 2014


I'm so excited about this new promotion - GIFT OF GRATITUDE! Available for 48 hours only from Thursday, November 20 (9am MST) to Saturday, November 22 (9am MST)!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jolly Holiday Surprise Adventure | The Storybook

THE STORYBOOK

So one of the fun things that Joey and I planned for our kids, is a special storybook.  We decided we wanted to put together a storybook that little by little revealed the surprise trip for our kids! I have LOVED doing this project with Joey. He wrote the story and I illustrated the book - it was so fun doing this together!  We just picked up the books today and I'm so excited with how they turned out!

So we will be waking the kids up early on Friday, December 6th and saying MERRY CHRISTMAS and have them open up the books.  Each part of the book (3 parts), will be sealed so that they can only read the pages when we want them to read them.  As they read each page of the story, they will be going on an adventure and doing what the pages say. The adventure will take us all the way to California and on the shuttle (on the way to the hotel), the last page will reveal that we are going to Disneyland!

**We will be covering the front and back with kraft paper, so the kids won't see the cover until later, or it will totally spoil the surprise.  :)

I'm excited to share this storybook with you! I'd love to hear what you think about it!
(Click on the image to see it larger)

Front Cover



After reading this page, the kids will use the image to go on a scavenger hunt.
They will search all the places in the image and will discover "treasure."
The treasure is things to take on the trip like activity books, crayons, snacks, etc.
In the Scavenger Hunt, one of the things that the kids will find
is a cipher that will help them decode this message that tells them
basically to get in the car, we are going on an adventure.


Note: We call our van, "Appa," from the show "Avatar: The Last Airbender"







The "Day" Pages are so the kids can write down a few
of their favorite moments of each day we are there!





Back Cover


What do you think? I'm so proud of this little book and I can't wait for the kids to see it!

We got them printed from PaperKiwi and we are really impressed with the quality - plus we got them for 50% off which is just awesome!




The Smith Family's Jolly Holiday Adventure
I'm so excited to share my family's magical Christmas adventure of 2014 with you!
To see all the postings in this series go HERE.

Jolly Holiday Surprise Adventure | Intro


For those of you who don't know - I'm a bit of a Disney Geek. I love the movies and I love the history and I just love it. Once I had children, I think that love has just grown. Sharing these special movies with my kids has been incredible and it has cemented that love for Disney in my heart. Growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy, so I enjoyed Disney movies but the Princesses never meant much to me. Now that I have a daughter, that has really changed and I love it all - especially the Princesses. I love that Disney brings out the magic of fairytales and using your imagination and I love that my kids get to experience that - you know what its even more than that  - I love that I get to experience it too. It brings out the kid in all of us - the wonder and the magic - and I think that is a wonderful thing!

I love Disneyland too. I have been there a total of 4 times.  The first time was in 1990, when I was 11 years old and we went with my mom's side of the family. It was a great trip and I will always remember the time we had with my uncle's family. We didn't get to see them much so this was amazing to spend so much time together and it just felt really special. I'm not sure how many days we actually spent in Disneyland, but my brother got sick and had to be in the hospital for awhile, so our trip was extended, so I think we spent several days inside the park.

The next time I went was on my Senior Trip in 1997 and it was only one day. I remember really enjoying spending that day with my parents and it was so fun to have them all to myself.

My 3rd Trip to Disneyland was also just one day. I actually went on my sister's senior trip with her and my parents in 2000. My sister spent the day with her friends, so once again I got to hang out with my parents and it was nice.

My last trip was in 2009 and I got to bring my kiddos and my husband for their first trip to Disneyland! My mom's side of the family got together again and we went to California - together on a bus! We also did Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, and Sea World, so we only had 2 days to experience Disneyland and California Adventure. It was an awesome trip and even though my kids were younger, they still talk about it. They loved it and even my husband said then that we should come back someday.

Eight months ago, I decided that this had to be the year that my family went to Disneyland again. My kids are getting older and they might soon grow out of their Disney phase (I hope they don't). My daughter still loves dressing up and being a Princess and JJ loves Cars and Star Wars, etc. So it just seemed like the time.

I discussed it with Joey and he agreed, so I started planning. I pretty much immediately decided that I wanted to give my kids something that I always wanted when I was young - A DISNEYLAND SURPRISE TRIP! I knew that it would be amazing and I just wanted to do it. And then the next decision - when to go.....it didn't take me long to realize another dream. I wanted to see Disneyland at Christmastime. Once we made that decision, I have just been so excited! It has been a long 8 MONTHS! I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't done some planning or something for this trip. Disboards.com has been an amazing resource! I want so much for this trip to be completely magical and wonderful for my family.  Joey and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this year and instead of doing anything, we decided to go all out on this trip. We have scrimped and saved and planned to make this happen. It has been our anniversaries, our birthdays, and will be our Christmas!

There were a couple of things that Joey insisted on that I completely love that we get to do. He wanted to stay in the Disneyland Hotel and he wanted to fly there! Of course, I wholeheartedly agreed to both of those things!  :)  So we are spending 7 nights in the Disneyland Hotel, 5 days in Disneyland, and we are flying with JetBlue (first class, no less)! Now after all the time and planning - it is finally almost here! In 21 days, we will be at Disneyland and I can't wait!

Anyways, I can't wait to share this amazing adventure with you! I hope you won't mind all the posts in the coming weeks as I share all the details with you!


The Smith Family's Jolly Holiday Adventure
I'm so excited to share my family's magical Christmas adventure of 2014 with you! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Product ReviewZ | Wise Company

Wise Company - Quality Prepared Foods
Wise Company

I recently discovered an amazing place called the WISE COMPANY.  This company provides a huge selection of Food Storage and Emergency Supplies. They even have ready-made meals that have an amazingly long shelf life of 25 years! Their prices are very reasonable and they always seem to have great deals going on!

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and one of the things that is taught by the leaders of my church is that it is important to have food and emergency supplies stocked and ready to provide for your family in times of crisis. I admit that I have struggled putting this together for my own family. Several years ago, I had a pretty good stock of basics stored up for my family, but we had our own little emergency of my hubby losing his job and we used it all up. Since then, I have not made it a priority, but I'm working on changing that.  

I don't have a huge amount of cash reserves to put toward supplies at this time, but I really believe in doing a little at a time. The Wise Company makes it pretty easy. You can purchase small amounts or whole collections at a time - make it work for you!
Wise Company | Ready-made Meals
I got a sample of various ready-made gourmet outdoor meals to try with my family.  I was pretty impressed with the flavors and their use of real meat.  All I had to do was add hot water and I could even add it right to the bag! My family and I sampled several different meals - some were better than others, but all-in-all, I really was impressed with the flavors. They are perfect for camping or long-term food storage. These certain selections have a 7-year shelf life. I really love all the different options that Wise Company has and it really makes it convenient to be able to order it all online.

Check out the great deal going on right now! Also don't miss your chance to get A FREE SAMPLE and try it for yourself!


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If you are looking to provide food storage and emergency supplies for your family, you should look no further than the WISE COMPANY! So many different choices and great prices!


This product is DeDe Approved!
Disclosure: I personally use this product. I have become an affiliate of this company, by my own choice and will receive compensation if you use the link(s) above to purchase this product (but it won't cost you any more). I also received a sample package of products to try out for free.

This product is DeDe APPROVED and I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All About Baby Expo and Toddler Fest

All About Baby Expo and Toddler Fest


I am so excited for the All About Baby Expo and Toddler Fest that will be happening in Provo, Utah this weekend!  I am thrilled to be a vendor for the event - I will have an Origami Owl Booth as well as be showcasing my DesignZ by DeDe Digital Scrapbooking Products! If you are in Utah - I really encourage you to come and hang out and check everything out! The General Admission tickets are FREE, so if you have a baby or going to have a baby or toddler (or lots of kids) - please come on over and check it out! Lots of fun activities and booths!

You can get your free tickets at this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-all-about-baby-expo-toddler-fest-utah-valley-tickets-11572261947.

So I hope to see you there - please come by my booth!

http://www.AllAboutBabyExpo.com
FB - https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutBabyExpo
Twitter - @AllAboutBabyXpo


Friday, October 3, 2014

High/Low + Freebie | October 3, 2014

My LOW this Week is that there is still a continuation of my life balance issues. Anyone have it figured out - I could really use some hints. I have got to get a schedule going so I can start to accomplish things!

My HIGH for this Week is probably last night. My hubby and I sat down and watched a movie together and its been a little bit since we have done that - and I just enjoyed spending time together.


I do have a freebie for you today! It's a COASTER DOODLE that goes along with my upcoming kit, CARNIVAL SPECTACULAR!
Carnival Spectacular | Coaster Doodle by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)
DOWNLOAD LINK

Have a great weekend!


High/Low & Freebie Friday | www.designzbydede.com
High/Low + Freebie Posts | Each Friday, I get a little personal and share my high and low points of the week and then I offer a digital scrapbook freebie for everyone to download for FREE.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pinners Conference and Expo - Discount Code!!!

Pinners Conference and Expo - http://www.pinnersconference.com/
Friday and Saturday | November 7-8, 2014
South Towne Expo Center
Sandy, Utah


You've pinned lots of cool stuff on all those boards, haven't you? Now come to Pinners Conference and see it all come to life!


I'm so excited about this Conference and Expo that is coming to Utah in November! This show is about two cool things - fun classes and lots of shopping! I can't wait to learn more about "what's new" and how to use Pinterest in the best way possible! I can't wait to meet all the wonderful bloggers and presenters and Pinterest posters that I follow too! Now I just have to decide what classes to take - there are SO MANY great ones! I definitely have to go to Becky Higgins (Project Life). Ooh and there's the Six Sisters, Chari Pack (Persnickety Prints), Pebbles in My Pocket, and so many more! 

So GO HERE to sign up (The Expo is free admission and then you can purchase tickets for classes). At the website you can also see the class and presenter list and all other information! 

And I have a promo code for you that will get you $5 off your tickets!

Pinners Conference - PROMO CODE: dbd-pin - http://www.pinnersconference.com/
promo code: dbd-pin


Let me know if you are going to be there! 
I'd love to meet up with you!