Friday Finds – Pet-Friendly Gardening

  • April 01, 2016

Spring is here and what better way to welcome this new season than with a pet-friendly garden! Whether your idea of a garden is a lush expanse of outdoor foliage or a few indoor potted plants (that you pray survive longer than a week) gardening is the perfect Spring activity. For those of us with pets, it is important to choose plants that are safe for our beloved companions. Here are some resources on pet-safe plants that you can incorporate into your Spring gardening this weekend.

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  1. Check out this adorable blog by Jojotastic on choosing beautiful, pet-friendly indoor plants.
  2. Smart Living Network gives a great list of cat-friendly herbs and grasses, many of which can be enjoyed by both you and your kitty.
  3. This article by Good Dogs & Co. offers a wonderful list of health benefits and remedies for dogs using herbs grown in your own garden.
  4. HubPages has tons of tips on creating a garden with dog-friendly landscaping (not to mention lots of cute pictures of dogs.)

Why not spend some quality time gardening with your furry best friend this weekend? Happy planting! :)

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Fun with Polka Dots!

  • March 22, 2016

Here at Wallums we are going crazy for POLKA DOTS! There is no other pattern as adorable and fun. Here are some of our favorite ideas on how to incorporate polka dots into your life :)
Polka Dot Wall Decals

Wallums decals are the perfect way to give your walls some polka dot pizzazz without the commitment of paint.

DIY Polka Dot Door

Sarah Hearts shows us another fun use for vinyl decals (not to mention an adorable dog.)

Polka Dot Bedding

These black and white polka dot sheets featured on Style Caster give this bed a fun and cozy look.

Confetti Balloons

These balloons by Kojo Designs are sure to liven up any celebration.

Polka Dot Cupcakes

Why not polka dot cupcakes like these ones featured on Best Friends for Frosting for your next party?

Polka Dot Washi Tape

This adorable polka dot washi tape from SimplyGildedCo can add polka dot fun to anything!

Polka Dot Tote Bag

Show your love polka dots to the World with this lovely bag by allbyFEDI.


“I rock a lot of polka dots.” – Jess (New Girl) :)

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Friday Finds – Celebrate World Sleep Day

  • March 18, 2016

Did you know that March 18th, 2016 is World Sleep Day!? Celebrate this glorious occasion with this dreamy list and a nice LONG nap :)

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  1. How cute is this kitty sleeping mask by StitchLabMinnesota? Cats are the heroes of sleep, so it’s only right that you look like one while you snooze :)
  2. Sleep is very important to us here at Wallums, and this “always kiss me goodnight” decal is just one of our many sleep themed designs.
  3. This dream catcher diy from Pattern Revolution is sure to help you sleep soundly under its beauty.
  4. Greatist.com offers this list of helpful tips and tricks for better sleep.
  5. A new throw blanket may be just what you need to catch some much-needed z’s. Society 6 has TONS of gorgeous throws printed in any style you can imagine.

 


Sleep tight!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

  • March 15, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for both kids and adults. Whether you’re Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect reason to throw a party! Here is some inspiration to give your party planning a little luck :)

Decor

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St. Patrick’s Day DIY Shamrock Streamers

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Live Clover Pots 

Wallums Shamrock Circle Wall Decal

Activities 

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This relay is a super fun party game for all-ages.

Rainbow Relay

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 Here’s a fun list of St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions, and you could always add your own!

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia

Drinks

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No St. Patrick’s Day party is complete without delicious beverages.

Shamrock Juice

Drunken Leprechaun

Shamrock Shake 

Guinness Beer Floats

Food

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Irish soda bread is a lovely addition to your St. Patrick’s Day party. It can be enjoyed simply with butter or dipped into your delicious homemade beef stew! This recipe only has FOUR ingredients so even the baking-challenged can pull it off.

Recepie: Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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Colcannon is a yummy side dish consisting of potatoes, kale, green onion and LOTS of butter :)

Recepie: Colcannon

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Beef stew is hearty and delicious which makes it the perfect St. Patrick’s Day meal! (Bonus: It’s super easy to make and feeds lot of people)

Recepie: Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Desserts

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 Ranging from cute to traditional, here are some fun St. Patrick’s day dessert ideas. Because what’s a party without dessert?

Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting 

Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Rice Krispie Treats with Lucky Charms Marshmallows

Irish Coffee Pudding


 “May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.” -Traditional Irish Saying

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Introducing Our Newest Addition

  • March 06, 2016

Our sweet little girl is here! After 25 hours of labor, she made her way earth side safely and with so much love at the Thrive Birth Center in Santa Rosa. It was an amazing experience and Steve and I are so in love with her. I worked up until the contractions started which happened to be on my due date. She’s a punctual little thing! That morning, I installed a new set of printed birch tree decals in her nursery corner because I realized we were running out of time. I was convinced we’d have another week until her arrival because the first baby is usually late, right? Wrong! I’m so glad I did it because now it’s lots of bed rest and I have something gorgeous to look at while we lay in bed. I’ll try to post pictures of her corner soon!

xx Michele

 

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Friday Finds – Cat DIY Projects

  • March 04, 2016

Itching for a fun DIY project to do this weekend? Why not make something fun and stylish for your favorite feline! There is no reason that your cat’s favorite things can’t fit into your design aesthetic and here are some simple DIY projects to prove it.

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1. A Beautiful Mess creates this adorable colorblocked scratching post using just a few simple items. This scratching post it a cute alternative to the traditionally boring ones stocked at the pet supply store. The beauty of this project is that you can dye the rope to match your own home’s color scheme!

2. Local Adventurer shares instructions for making a sweet little cat teepee for your favorite kitty. The best part about this DIY is that it only requires 4 materials. Cats love to cozy up in warm spaces, so why not upgrade him from the laundry pile to his very own teepee!

3. Think.Make.Share offers a step-by-step guide to making a fun pom pom cat wand. These pom poms are so cute you may want to make some extras to decorate with!

4. Instructables gives super simple instructions on growing your own healthy cat grass at home! Not only is this cat-friendly wheat grass extremely healthy for your feline friend, but it also makes an adorable centerpiece or decorative plant… it’s a win win! Wheat grass isn’t just for smoothies anymore :)


Now it’s time to DIY with your fur-babies this weekend!

 

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Valentines Day Party

  • January 28, 2016

We’ve been struck by cupids arrow here at Wallum’s and can’t get enough heart themed decor! Whether you have special plans with your S.O., are having fun with your friends, or celebrating how amazing YOU are, you will have a blast with these DIY tutorials, enchanting eats, and captivating cards.

Decor
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Practice your kissy face on these Pucker Up Balloons by Studio DIY. A charming way to spice up your decor.

 

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Show your valentine a “heart felt” greeting with this cheap and easy Felt Heart Garland by Oopsey Daisy.

 

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When I think Valentines Day I think hearts, flowers, and eating endless chocolates. This DIY Floral Hearts by Design Improvised is a soft and feminine way to bring the love to your home decor.

 

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I don’t know about you,  but I want this Hanging Hearts Valentines Mobile by Girl In The Garage in my home all year round!

 

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Who doesn’t love sunshine? Capture some rays with this Rainbow Heart Suncatchers by Fireflies and Mudpies.

 

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Bring any wall to life with these inexpensive Wall of Paper Hearts by How About Orange.

 

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We clearly love LOVE here at Wallums. Choose from a ton of Valentines inspired decals to celebrate the big L word all year round.

 

Food

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Nothing is too decadent on Valentine’s Day! Treat yourself with these adorable heart shaped hors-doeuvres.

Nutella French Toast
Heart Watermelon Salad
Bacon Roses
Heart Shaped Pizza
Valentine’s Sushi
Vegan Heart Ravioli
Chocolate Berry Cheesecakes
I Love You Smore’s
Raspberry Cream Treats

 

Printable Cards

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Picking the perfect card can be difficult! We are a huge fan of these FREE printable Valentines Day Cards.

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Don’t feel down if you don’t have a significant other to spend Valentines day with! Take time to reflect on the ones in your life that you truly love and make the most of the discount candy on February 15th.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year

  • January 28, 2016

Chinese New Year is February 8th and 2016 is a year of the quick witted, intelligent, and very curious monkey. We have gathered some great DIY crafts and traditional foods to help you and your loved ones celebrate new beginnings!

 

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Teach your kids (or yourself) something new with these beautiful and educational Printable Chinese Characters by Activities for Kids.

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Predict the year to come and have some fun in honor of the Monkey with these DIY Paper Fortune Cookies via E-Vite!

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Scare unwanted spirits away with these noisy and joyous Chinese New Year Firecrackers from A China Family Adventure!

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The dragon is an important symbol and a huge part of the Chinese New Year celebration. Bring good luck with these Chinese Dragon Mask by Itsy Bitsy Fun.

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Born pranksters, monkeys are known to cause a raucous. Shake things up with this Monkey Plate Shaker by Make and Takes.

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Red symbolizes good luck in the Chinese culture and you’ll be plenty lucky to hang these Chinese Lanterns from Nurture Store in or outside of your home.

 

Food

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  1. Spare Ribs
  2. Pomelo Salad
  3. Cucumber Salad
  4. Longevity Noodles
  5. Steamed Pork And Mushroom Shumai
  6. Lettuce Wraps

We hope you and your family have fun celebrating the Chinese New Year and honoring the year of the Red Monkey!

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Star Wars Birthday Party

  • January 26, 2016

Star Wars seems to stand the test of time and a whole new generation is going crazy for the newest space adventure flick! Keep your kids from going to the dark side and throw a party their friends will remember! Here are some of the best invitation ideas, decor inspiration, and food fit for a Jedi.

 

Invites

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4. The Force Awakens Invite

 

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No Jedi is complete without their very own light saber! Defend the galaxy with these DIY Light Sabers via E-How.

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Quench your guest thirsts with everyone’s favorite droid! These R2D2 Party Cups via Hello Society are a inexpensive way to add a lot of flair to your Star Wars Party.

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Protect your home from those pesky Storm Troopers with these Lightsaber Balloons by Birthday Express!

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Ok, so this DIY project is a tad bit labor intensive… but how cool is this DIY Millennium Falcon Cockpit Playhouse from Instructables?! Kids young and old will be battling to have a turn in this one of a kind space craft!

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These Star Wars Flags Printables by Skona Hem are sure to impress anyone from Jakku to D’Qar!

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We all know how messy little Jedis in training can be! Keep your ship in tip top shape with this festive R2D2 Trashcan from Jonesing 2 Create.

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Stuck in a black hole? Light up the night with these Star Wars Tin Can Lanterns by Frugal Fun 4 Boys!

 

Food

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  1. BB 8 Popcorn
  2. Ewok Granola Bars
  3. Star Wars Macarons
  4. Storm Trooper Marshmallows
  5. Star Wars Bento Box
  6. The Fighters Snack

May the force be with you!

 

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Pink and Gold Baby Shower

  • January 20, 2016

Congratulations… you’re hosting a baby shower! Finding the right theme, sending out invitations, decorating on a strict budget, and feeding you guests is overwhelming and enough to make anyone go into labor. We are happy to bring you a complete guide to hosting a classic and elegant Pink and Gold Baby Shower.

Etsy Invites

cardsEtsy is a great source for one of kind invitations and a gold mine for anything baby related.

Twinkle Twinkle by Prettiest Print Shop
Chalkboard & Tassles by Sarah Harris Designs
Pink Black and White by Carousel Printables
Pink and Gold by Live a Life By Design

 

Decor

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Every occasion needs a festive garland and these Pink White & Gold Tassles  by Craftiness is not Optional add the perfect amount of flair.

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Light up the room with these DIY Pink Candles and Glitter Candle Holders by Birds Party! A great candle tutorial with a glittery twist.

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One of the funnest baby shower activities is a good old fashioned photo booth! There is nothing like looking back and seeing the joy you experience while waiting for a tiny human to enter the world. This DIY Pink and Gold Photo Booth by My Momma Told Me is sure to stand out at your baby shower.

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This sparkling sign by Jent By Design would make a great decoration and/or gift for a girl that’s destined to be a star.

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Baby shower decorations are all about the small details. This easy DIY idea from Karas Party Ideas is beautifully re-purposable for any glittery occasion.

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Another Etsy gem! These Baby Shower Balloons from ModParty will add some pop to any expecting mothers room.

Food & Drinks

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1. Cotton Candy Cocktail
2. Pink & Gold Bow Macarons
3. Pink Champagne Pops
4. Pink Gold Rice Crispy Pops
5. Pink Heart Rice Crispies
6. Rose in Gold Rimmed Glass


Pink and Gold is a fun, pretty, and classic, just like your future baby girl will be! Remember to relax and have fun celebrating your new bundle of joy.

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