April 30, 2012

The Joyful Life Library Fundraiser and Giveaway!


Are you ready for a birthday fundraiser and giveaway? I am so stinking excited to be bringing you awesome sponsors and a great giveaway all for the love of kids and children's books. Did you know I used to be an elementary school teacher? I have a passion for reading and the ability reading has to bring parents and children together.



I have been following Heathers blog Life Made Lovely for ever, and she has a wonderful project to put books into children's hospitals all over the country. Here is a little more about the project in her own words:

"We feel strongly that reading a favorite story to a child is an act of love that's comforting to the child and the caregiver alike, and is especially important when your life has been turned upside down because of a little one's critical illness.  As a parent of a hospitalized child, you often feel helpless because there is so little comfort and care you can offer.  Being able to sit and read a book, just like you would do at home, helps to make the entire family feel a little bit better.  Because of this we have set out to put books in as many PICU's as we possible can."


I have chosen to have the books sent to CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange, California, which is very close to where I live. I know several people who have been seen there as kids and have taken their own children for various procedures. It is a wonderful place where children go for life saving procedures.


I was so moved by Heathers passion I knew I had to get involved! So how will this work? I have created a wishlist at Amazon.com via Barnes and Noble. This is how I will keep track of who buys what books. I have included the shipping info for CHOC Hospital so it's SUPER easy to complete the transaction! All you do is click on the link at the bottom of this post, purchase a book or books, and come back to leave your comments!
Here is what you can win:


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Package #1:
One months advertising at these blogs:





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Package #2:

Prints of YOUR choice at these shops:




AND
A set of customized printable thank you cards from:






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Package #3:

A $20 store credit to
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Package #4:
A $25 store credit to







Holy smokes that's a lot huh? A big thank you to all the sponsors who donated their products! I truly appreciate it!

HOW TO ENTER:
1. You get one free entry for being so sweet! Leave a comment telling me your favorite children's book.
2. For each book you purchase you get one entry! So 3 books equals 3 separate comments.
3. If you link this post to Facebook you get another entry!

With so many chances to win I hope you will enter!


Go HERE to purchase books from my WISHLIST!


Thank you again, let's do some good and celebrate!
This fundraiser will run until May 6th. I will choose a winner via random.org, this giveaway is open to all residents within the U.S.
You do not need to be a follower of Gingerbread to enter, I want everyone to share the love!
Have an awesome week!
april
xoxo
Check out my sponsors:
Marigold Road
Knot Just Beanies
Along for the Ride
Home is With You
Live Laugh Rowe
Blossom and Vine
The Letter 4
The Fontenot Four

April 29, 2012

Yay for MAY!


Are you looking to advertise your blog or shop?
Now accepting May sponsorship.
It's gonna be a great fundraising, birthday, Mothers Day celebrating month! 
Email me for details at:
gingerbreadgirlblog{at}yahoo{dot}com

april
xoxo

April 27, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.36

Are you ready for more baby cuteness? Last week we had a false alarm, but this week I get to share more pictures of my niece Leila! I am still on a baby high, and loving every minute! I sewed up a quick headband for Leelee, and I almost died when I put it on her, totally swoon-worthy! Can you tell this girl is gonna be spoiled? Ha!




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Here are a few features from last week:

Crochet Baby Gladiator Sandal Pattern

Strawberry Jam Recipe

Washi Tape Coasters

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pound Cake

If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the button link.
Congrats!

Here are the details:
*Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!
Thank you so much!
Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo




This Little LeeLee Is Now In Charge

My heart grew bigger yesterday.
Watching my niece being born pretty much blew my mind, and I cut the cord, but that's another post. 

Congrats sissy, I'm so proud of you!
Now I'm going to sleep, because I am delirious. Ha!
april
xoxo

April 25, 2012

Would You Like To Donate?


On May 5th I will be 33. Yikes I know! While thinking about what I wanted my birthday to be like I started thinking about about what I wanted to do and what gift I would ask the boys for. But I couldn't think of anything. Ok wait, that's not true, we would all like an Ipad, camera or new phone, but to be honest I don't need those things.
This year I'm choosing to use my birthday as an opportunity to do good for someone else, and I'm hoping you will help me. I will be raising money, actually children's books for a local hospital near me in Southern California. CHOC Hospital is a wonderful place where children go for life saving treatments. How did I get the idea you may be asking yourself? Well I have been reading Heather's blog Life Made Lovely for ever, and she has a program called The Joyful Life Library where people can donate books to hospitals all over the country. This opportunity spoke to my heart and I knew I had to get involved.
Here is a little about the project in Heathers' words:

"We feel strongly that reading a favorite story to a child is an act of love that's comforting to the child and the caregiver alike, and is especially important when your life has been turned upside down because of a little one's critical illness.  As a parent of a hospitalized child, you often feel helpless because there is so little comfort and care you can offer.  Being able to sit and read a book, just like you would do at home, helps to make the entire family feel a little bit better.  Because of this we have set out to put books in as many PICU's as we possible can."

How can you help?

You can help by donating any product from your ETSY or Storenvy shop. If you don't sell a product but have a blog you can offer up free advertising space or perhaps a gift card to a coffee house or store. Any little bit helps. 
Any blogger who donates will get a free months advertising in May for FREE here at Gingerbread! You will also be included in the fundraising post with links to your blog and shop.
You can also help by adding the event button to your blog to spread the word!

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I'm hoping you will be as moved as I am!

Feel free to email me with any questions at gingerbreadgirlblog{at}yahoo{dot}com.

You can find out more about Heathers blog HERE.
Thank You!
april
xoxo

April 23, 2012

Recipe >> Peanut Cereal Treats

I have been on lockdown the past few days waiting for my little sister to go into labor. I have been baking, sewing and giving my home a generally good cleaning. One of the recipes I made while on house arrest was these yummy peanut butter treats! This recipe came from one of my vintage BH&G cards I bought via the thrift store and I'm kinda all about them. Dylan helped me with the dry ingredients while I cooked the syrup mixture.


You will need:
> 3 Cups Crisp Rice Cereal
> 1 Cup Salted Peanuts
> 1/2 Cup Sugar
> 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
> 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
> 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Mix cereal and peanuts together, set aside {I let Dylan do this part}. Combine sugar and syrup in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, till mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Immediately pour syrup over cereal mixture, stirring gently to coat. Pat cereal evenly into a buttered 8x8x2-inch pan. Cool; cut into bars. 
ENJOY!
This would be a perfect holiday recipe, so you better believe I will be making it in the fall. Take note family members, I will be bringing a dessert.
april
xoxo


April 20, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V. 35


I'm posting Sweet Saturday early this morning with a nervous heart. I am getting ready to take my sister to have her baby, like right now. I picked her up yesterday and we walked like crazy trying send her into labor. She's already 4 cm dilated but her contractions were coming and going. She has asked me to be in the delivery room and I am crazy nervous but excited to see my niece being born. EEK! 
Here she was yesterday when I picked her up from my dad's house, are you ready for the cuteness?

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Here are a few features from last week:

Chevron Quilt
By: Stars and Sunshine

Fold Over Clutch DIY

Stenciled Corkboard

Dishtowel Pillow



>> Baby Update:
We were sent home. False labor sucks, but it was good practice. Hope you have a great weekend! I'm going to take a nap, I'm EXHAUSTED!
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If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the button link.
Congrats!

Here are the details:
*Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!
Thank you so much!
Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo






April 19, 2012

The Gram

I'm starting to wonder what I did without Instagram. Kinda like when you bring a new baby home and wonder what your life was like without your new bundle of joy. Ya, it's like that. Ha!
I swoon for you Instagram, and all the new friends I have made. Here is the doings of my life recently via "the gram".

Be afraid of my crafting activities.

I bought, washed and wore that Transformers shirt in two days, I was that excited!


This dog is the biggest diva EVER! She just lounges around like she pays the bills.

I ordered and received my moo mini cards this week. I consider myself legit now.

This kid drags me outside every day the temperature is over 75 degrees, somehow he just knows.
Do you do the gram?
Look me up at april orozco, can't wait to meet you!
april
xoxo

April 17, 2012

Bugs and Bow Ties >> A DIY Photo Canvas

Life has been buzzing by so fast I'm finding it hard to keep my blog updated with the daily doings. So here is my attempt to catch you up and pass along a DIY project.
HERE GOES.
My sister is crazy pregnant, like she is chillin' at one centimeter dilated RIGHT NOW! We toured the hospital yesterday and I have a new found respect for my husband. My sister was "grumpy" to put it nicely and there was nothing I could say about it, I just had to put a smile on my face and change the subject. But truth be told I was afraid of her, my little sister. Seriously scured! Enter the "bad moods" I'm sure my husband received from me, I gave him a big hug when I came home. My eyes were definitely opened to a new perspective. Ha!
Before Easter I took the kids for a little photo session for the good ol' grandparents. They looked for bugs while wearing bow ties, I thought those two always go together.




I sent the pictures I wanted to put on canvas to Costco and coordinated the sizes, this project does take some organization peoples. Ha!

You will need:
> Canvas
> Mod Podge
> Black Paint
> Paintbrush
> Photo

First you will need to paint the edges of your canvas black making sure to paint up and over the edge so you can't see any white when you glue on your photo. After the paint dries smear on a THIN layer of Mod Padge to your canvas, I had huge canvases so I just used my hand to smear on the glue, that stuff dries super quick. Lay your photo gently onto the canvas and lightly center it, this may take a little pulling of your photo, no worries it should slide easily from the glue.
Let dry and you're done! You may want to apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of your photo to seal it but be warned it may warp the photo, I have seen other bloggers have great results and horrible results with a top coat, so I chickened out. Better safe than sorry for me.  I loved the way my photo canvas turned out, and so did my mom.


Swoon right?
Please say a little prayer for my sissy, she should deliver any day now! EEK! A prayer for me as well, I will be able to mark off birth coach from my bucket list!
april
xoxo

April 15, 2012

Recipe >> Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

Let me tell you this cake is rediculous! I made it and the entire cake was gone the same day! It is sooooo good! I found a stack of about 100 vintage 1950's Better Homes and Gardens recipe cards at the thrift store a few weeks back, and this gem was one of them. Why I havent had this before is just a travesty. Ha! This one is a keeper friends!


You will need:

Cake:
> 2 Cups Flour
> 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
> 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
> 1 Teaspoon Salt
> 1 Cup Milk
> 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
> 1/4 Cup Shortening
> 2 Eggs

In mixer, stir flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then add milk and peanut butter, shortening and beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat mixture for another 2 minutes. Pour into greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Cool for about 15 minutes. Break up jelly with a fork and spread evenly over cake.

Topping:
> 1 Jar Preserves {Any Flavor You Choose}

Icing:
> 1/2 Cup Butter Softened
> 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
> 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
> 3 Tablespoons Milk

Beat butter in electric mixer and gradually add powdered sugar until smooth. Mix in milk and vanilla extract. You add more milk to make the consistency you want.

I hope you are having an awesome weekend!
Happy Baking 1950's style.
april
xoxo




April 13, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.34

Hola, is it raining in your neck of the woods? It's POURING here, only in Southern California will it be 84 degrees on Wednesday and pour Friday and be freezing. You have to be ready for anything, I'm pretty used to trading my flip flops for rain boots.

Welcome to Sweet Saturday,
a link party where you get to share your latest projects! Feel free to share any recipes, crafts or DIY goodness.
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Nutella Filled Sugar Cookie Cups

Ostrich Egg Planter

Vintage Inspired Gift Wrapping

Lattitude and Longitude Pillows

If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the button link.
Congrats!

Here are the details:
*Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!
Thank you so much!
Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo