25 Days of Good Deeds Challenge

It’s that time of the year again. Where the holiday music is blasting, the lights are shining everywhere and everyone is in a hustle to go Christmas shopping…. but, there’s also the other side of it too. The other side which I have encountered so much more of this year that leaves me with a heavy heart. I have bumped into so many people who are without jobs, barely getting by on the jobs they do have, homeless, and many that are just very alone in life. It is suppose to be the season of giving but sadly, the unfortunate end up feeling so much more pain and loss.

I talked to my husband and felt awful because I believe I was meant to meet these people for a reason. Not to just turn my backs on them and act like nothing happened. I can give money to the homeless and donate food and clothes to the shelters but it still doesn’t seem like enough. So this is where my challenge comes in and I want all of you to help me in joining and sharing.

Please note that I am not asking you to follow my blog, or to like my page, or to follow me on Social Media, or to subscribe to my email. All I want is for you to do the challenge with me. So here it is:

25 Days of Good Deeds Challenge!

  1. Print my FREE Advent Calendar (link at the bottom of the post) or give a donation by purchasing it on my Etsy shop where all the profits will go to a charity.
  2. Gather with your kids and family and talk about how you will do one good deed for each day of December until Christmas.
  3. Get out there and change lives.
  4. Share this with anyone and everyone!
  5. Hashtag #25daysofgooddeeds and tag @ladesignboutique to share what you are doing and see what others are doing to spread some cheer and love.

That’s it! It might seem hard to think of one thing a day but it really isn’t. And once you start doing it, you may realize it’s pretty easy and something you can carry on through the new year or make it an annual tradition.

But just to get you on the right foot, here are some ideas:

  • give someone a compliment
  • spend time with someone you haven’t seen in a while
  • give someone a hug
  • smile at someone or everyone!
  • share something
  • hold the door open for someone
  • leave a heads up pennies on the sidewalk
  • invite a friend to the house
  • pick up trash on the floor
  • tell a joke
  • say thank you
  • write a christmas card or thank you card to someone
  • give to the poor
  • donate canned foods
  • donate a toy
  • visit your local convalescent home or shelter and see if they need help
  • do something around the house
  • do something for your parents
  • donate blood
  • participate or help out at a marathon or charity
  • go to your church and see if they need any help
  • participate in Operation Christmas Child and donate a shoebox of goodies (refer to Hobby Lobby)

The possibilities are endless and it can be the smallest of gestures that changes someone’s life. But, remember one thing, for every act of kindness you do, you should not expect anything in return. This will be such an important lesson to teach your kids and if I can change the life of one person or family, I have already done my job.

Please, please, please join me in this challenge and spread the word.

Again, if you would like to make a donation to The Charity House of Mother Theresa in Vitulazio, Italy, please click this link here or the button below to be directed to our Etsy shop and make your donation by placing an order for the printables. You will also be given two extra calendars with that purchase for 25 Days of Gratefulness where you can write down everything you are grateful for. Another great lesson and tradition to do with your kids.

Otherwise, the FREE printables are below. Thank you so much for participating in the challenge! Let’s change lives and bring some cheer!

8″x10″ Advent Calendar – Click to download for FREE

11″x14″ Advent Calendar – Click to download for FREE

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DIY Christmas Advent Calendars

It is that time of the year again! Getting ready for the holidays and wanting to decorate your house to get into the holiday spirit. December is just around the corner and one of the first things you will need, that you probably don’t have already, is an Advent Calendar! And not just any advent calendar, I am talking about a modern, put it on the wall, write whatever you want on it and reuse every year kind of advent calendar. Best of all, this is great for the adults and kids. Let’s be honest, the kids have been counting down to Christmas since last Christmas, so when they ask you one more time, “how many more days mommy?”, all you have to do is point them to this calendar! To kick it up a notch, you can make it into a lesson. Decide with your kids if you want to use them as just a countdown, or perhaps to remember holiday events, or even better, write down one good deed or something you are grateful for everyday! The possibilities are endless. Choose from our many styles where you get three sizes with every purchase 8×10, 16×20 and 24×36 so you can decide later what frame and size you want it to be. Start the countdown to Christmas right!

Step by step DIY Advent Calendar process:

  1. Pick your style:

 

2. Purchase on Etsy at just $7.95, download and print in any of the three sizes you want (all included with purchase!)

3. Pick out a frame to match your fabulous Christmas decor.

4. Voila! You have instantly made your own dry erase advent calendar. Find a dry erase marker to start filling it out!

5. Decide with your family how you want to use this calendar among the following merry ways:

  • Cross off each day as you countdown to Christmas
  • Write down all your holiday activities
  • Write down one thing you are grateful for each day
  • Make it a family activity and teach your kids to do one good deed each day
  • Make it a desk calendar

6. Complete it, celebrate Christmas, be grateful, and put it away to reuse next year!

I hope this may start a new special tradition in your family. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

If you want to share another way to use this calendar or even share your actual calendar and how you are using it with your family, please feel free to tag us on Instagram or Facebook at #ladesignboutique.

More Minions Mayhem Party

We got to work on a Minions birthday which only means that it was full of fun, bananas and these crazy little guys. Here are some of the things we did which were a huge hit.

A party never has a beginning without the invitation! These invitations were loved by all the guests with the minions face on the booklet cover and banana envelope liners of course!

Here is the entire backdrop complete with large minions and birthday banner and dessert table.

The cake was customized with, of course, more minions!

Party favors included hostess cakes, and small minions surprises and complete with personalized thank you tags and monograms that say “You are one in a minion”.

And what is a Minino party without the party rules???? I never get sick of seeing this! You will not cry or whine or laugh or giggle or sneeze or burp or fart, no annoying sounds! Haha

More personalized Minions signage include a “Thanks a Minion” sign and “Assemble the Minions, it’s Party time” sign.

And what is any party without photo booth props!!!! These were a blast with the kids and the adults.

Hostesss Twinkie Minions are no brainers and so easy to make and yummy in the tummy too.

And look down below for even more details to satisfy any Minion lover and fan.

 

Featured Vendor: In the Clouds Events

In every wedding we have the happy couple and their supportive wedding party, but behind the scenes of every successful wedding there’s a superstar running around and making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Weddings are expensive to say the least, and every couple wants to cut costs somewhere, but if there is one advice I can give you… do NOT cut costs with the wedding coordinator! Everyone aims for that fairy tale wedding and having a coordinator is like having your own fairy godmother – they will deal with vendors, relieve your stress, save you time, and above all, save your lives! And trust me, this is all still an understatement. When there are hiccups, and there will be, they are there to fix everything. In other words, your wedding coordinator will do everything in their power to make sure your special day is nothing short of perfect.

This is where Tina comes in! I had to take this time to blog about one of the best people I have ever worked with in this huge wedding industry. Tina from In the Clouds Events is the wedding coordinator to go to if you are planning a wedding in beautiful, sunny Southern California. We have worked together on numerous weddings and every single time, she never fails to amaze me. She goes above and beyond her job to truly make everything perfect. She is down to earth and easy to talk to, she will give you the best advice and options to choose from, she will work late nights to help you meet your deadlines, and on top of all that, she is super organized and computer savvy in every application and program possible. When it comes to the day of your wedding, she is prepared for anything that comes her way. Am I talking about a wedding coordinator or super woman? I think both.

So, if you are undecided about whether or not you need a wedding coordinator, let me clear that up for you – EVERYONE needs a wedding coordinator. It also goes unnoticed that most venues actually require you to have a wedding coordinator. Tina is great at what she does and has been in the industry for years. Are you unsure if she will match your taste? Tina has done numerous weddings that cover different styles, traditions, and cultures. Just check out her website and her other social media pages to see! She has experience working with an extensive list of vendors, and there is no doubt that she will do everything in her power to find a perfect fit for you in all areas.

As a vendor, she has been such a pleasure to work with and oftentimes has been a wonderful liaison between my company and the couples that I design for. You definitely will no­­­­t be disappointed in working with In The Clouds Events!

Contact her now for a consultation:

Tina Li

Email: tina@inthecloudsevents.com  //  Telephone: (626) 408-2860

And be sure to follow her on social media to see all her beautiful work:

Website: http://inthecloudsevents.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntheCloudsEvents/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inthecloudsevents/

Pinterest: https://it.pinterest.com/tinaintheclouds/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinaintheclouds

Still on the fence? Check out all the amazing reviews she has received:

Wedding Wire: https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/in-the-clouds-events-los-angeles/3a39c4da4815b2f1.html

Tina in action:

Below are just a few of the weddings she has worked on. As you can see, she is extremely flexible and can work with so many different styles.

Photography: Lily Tapia Photography   // Venue & Catering: The Sunset  // Floral Design: Florals by Isabelle // Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery

Photography: Lily Tapia Photography   // Venue & Catering: The Sunset  // Floral Design: Florals by Isabelle // Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery

Photography: Tiffany Wu Photography

 

Featured in Borrowed and Blue!

This beautiful Malibu wedding we worked on has just got featured on Borrowed and Blue! So exciting. The invitations featured shell cutouts and pearl embellishments on a metallic pearl cardstock and mounted on metallic fuchsia cardstock. It was the perfect colors and style for an elegant beach wedding.

Click the link below to check it out!
https://www.borrowedandblue.com/us/weddings/erica-david–2

Credits:

Planning: In the Clouds Events
http://inthecloudsevents.com/

Venue & Catering: The Sunset Restaurant Malibu
http://www.thesunsetrestaurant.com/event/weddings

Photography: Lily Tapia Photography
http://www.lilytapiaphotography.com/

Floral Design: Florals by Isabelle
http://www.floralsbyisabelle.com/

Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery
http://mwokajicakery.com/

DJ & MC: DJ Q-Nice
http://djqnice.com/

Hair & Makeup: C.A.S. Experience
http://www.casexperience.com/

Invitation: La Design Boutique
http://ladesignboutique.com/

Officiant: Wedding Officiant Jon
http://www.weddingofficiantjon.com/

Dress Alteration: Folklore Dress Studio
https://folkloredressstudio.com/

The Tassel Was Worth the Hassle!

There is nothing more rewarding than celebrating after years and years of studying and hard work.  To say good bye to exams! To go on to the next chapter of your life. The celebration is bitter sweet in emotions but all fun with loved ones!

We topped off the party with the following items:

  1. A “Thank You” fan which came in real handy on this hot Summer day in LA
  2. Candy Party Favors with custom tag
  3. “Life is Sweet” Sweets Table Signage
  4. Custom Water Bottle Labels
  5. Jenga Guest Sign-in Table and memorable keepsake
  6. Other miscellaneous signage

Congratulations to all the graduates of Class of 2017 and especially to Jakob!

 

Little Mermaid Birthday Party

We got to work on a beautiful Little Mermaid birthday party for a special little girl, Ella, who turned 3. She loves the Little Mermaid and the color purple, so we went with Ariel’s signature red and teal color and added in a glittery purple to the mix.

The invitation was special to us because we tried something new and thought out of the box, or the treasure chest in this case! The invitation featured a scallop shape and was mounted on beautiful purple glitter cardstock. Ariel and the banner were raised as pop-ups to add dimension to the invitation.

Mermaid Invitation

Little Mermaid Birthday Invitation

The biggest hit at the party was the backdrop we created. It featured individual scalloped papers layered onto the wall and topped with a large image of Ariel and her friends and instead of the usual banners we do, we went ahead and cut out each individual letter of “Happy 3rd Birthday Ella” directly onto the backdrop.

Little Mermaid Party

Little Mermaid Birthday Party Backdrop and Banner

We made another backdrop that featured the words “Eat, Drink, Be a Mermaid” and added balloons and draped it with our seashell garlands.

Little Mermaid Birthday Party

Eat, Drink, Be a Mermaid Backdrop

We also made another photo op area with an arched balloon installation which was the main entrance to the party area as well.

Birthday Balloon Installation

Little Mermaid Birthday Balloon Installation and Photo Area

For party favor giveaways, we made tags for bubble wands for the kids. The tags featured the mermaid quote, “Be a mermaid and make some waves”.

Be a mermaid

Mermaid tag for giveaways

Bubble wands party favors

“Be a Mermaid and make some Waves” Bubble wand giveaways

We also designed additional monograms to use for table decor, cupcake toppers and party favors.

Mermaid Party Monograms, Tags, and Toppers

Little Mermaid Party custom monograms and cupcake toppers

Happy Birthday Scallop Monograms

Happy Birthday Scallop Monograms

Last but not least, we made food signs and signage for the party with clever names that related back to the Little Mermaid theme. Click on the images to see a slideshow.

Here are some more photos from the party! We hope you like it as much as us!

Little Mermaid Birthday Cake

Little Mermaid Birthday Cake

Treasure Chest for Mermaid Party

Little Mermaid Treasure Chest for utensils, napkins and plates

Wedding Invitation By the Sea

We got to work on a beautiful wedding with an Ocean Theme because the wedding was going to take place on the oceanfront.  They wanted to incorporate seashells, pearls and have fuchsia and ivory accent colors. This is the invitation suite that we came up with.  It featured sand dollar cutouts and pearl embellishments on shimmer opal cardstock.

Beach Ocean Wedding Invitation Suite

Beach Ocean Wedding Invitation Suite

The envelopes featured our Signature Strip custom address labels.

Beach Wedding Custom Address Labels

Beach Wedding Custom Address Labels

The Save the Date Card included beautiful conch shell, sand dollar, and seashell cutouts to bring a little dimension to a normal Save the Date Card and to set the tone.

Ocean Save the Date

Save the Date with Seashell Cutouts

The invitation had a beautiful pearl wraparound with a sand dollar cut out in the center which brought a uniqueness to the invitation and a nice change from traditional seashells.

Sand Dollar and Pearl Invitation

Sand Dollar and Pearl Invitation

 

This was a beautiful wedding to work on and we love getting new challenges to work on.

Congratulations to Erica and David and may you live happily ever after.

 

Vendors that were part of this event include:

Planning: In the Clouds Events

http://inthecloudsevents.com/ 

Venue & Catering: The Sunset Restaurant Malibu

http://www.thesunsetrestaurant.com/event/weddings 

Photography: Lily Tapia Photography

http://www.lilytapiaphotography.com/

Floral Design: Florals by Isabelle

http://www.floralsbyisabelle.com/

Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery

http://mwokajicakery.com/

DJ & MC: DJ Q-Nice

http://djqnice.com/

Hair & Makeup: C.A.S. Experience

http://www.casexperience.com/

Invitation: La Design Boutique

http://ladesignboutique.com/

Officiant: Wedding Officiant Jon

http://www.weddingofficiantjon.com/

Dress Alteration: Folklore Dress Studio

https://folkloredressstudio.com/

Firetruck Birthday Party Fired Up

We got to do a Firetruck/Fireman Themed Birthday Party in all it’s red, black and gold!  It was fun channeling our inner fireman in us to get this little boy feeling like a hero that he will probably become.  We designed a custom backdrop with banner, firetrucks, fire flames and ladder.  The table consisted of happy hour finger foods and showcased the little boy’s personalized invitation that we did for him.  The invitation was done chalkboard style with firetruck, cones, alarm and fire flame icons to match the theme. Happy Birthday Avery!

Happy International Women’s Day Freebies

Happy International Women’s Day!  This day is special to me…. more special than Valentine’s Day or my birthday because this is the day that celebrates EVERY SINGLE WOMAN there is on this earth and all that we do… and we do A LOT!  It’s the human race thanking us for our contributions, recognizing our hard work, strength and commitment and above all, respecting us.  I have so many women in my life that I admire and look up to.  Every day, I come across one that just AMAZES me… in all sense of the word.

So just to say thank you, and even this isn’t enough, but what would be enough for all you do? … I would like to offer some of my prints free for download.  Print them, frame them, and put them on your wall to be reminded of how special and amazing you are.

Thank you for being YOU.

Just click on the links and view the full size on the bottom right corner to save to your computer.

Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook for latest news and products!  And follow our blog for more freebies and tips.  Also, visit our Etsy shop for more printables!

Take a picture of how you frame our art and have the chance to be featured on our blog or website!

This will be available for a limited time only!

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Free Printable Art  Below:

Sorry! These prints are available for free anymore but you can still purchase them for only $5!

 

Other Items You May Like on our Etsy Shop:

Personalized Nursery Typography Art with Child’s Name

Personalized First Home Memories

 

Customized Graduation Banner on Vinyl

Little Giraffe Family Set of 3 Nursery Art

 

Personalized Football

Personalized Baseball

Personalized Basketball

Personalized Soccer