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Thanks for all of you who supported my Groopdealz Valentine’s Day Collection. I really appreciate all of the support and a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who purchased my new collection! If you weren’t able to take advantage of this amazing deal, then today is your LUCKY day!!! I am giving away ONE FREE set of my Chevron Ombre collection!

That’s not all, I am also happy to introduce Totes in Tow by Julie Leach. Julie is the most amazing seamstress and a dear friend on mine. She is kind enough to give away ONE of her Valentine’s Day bags too. You can choose between either “Buttons” or “Flutter By” shown below. She is also responsible for sewing all the cute bags that I’ve been giving away as favors at my little one’s parties, which are now available in my shop!

GIVEAWAY STARTS NOW and ENDS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd at 11:59pm PST To enter to win (leave a separate comment for each entry):

1. Like Modern Moments on Facebook (come back and leave a comment, if you already like me that’s fine too) 2. Share this giveaway on Facebook 3. Visit Totes in Tow, pick your favorite tote, and leave a comment on my blog telling which one you like. 4. Make a purchase at Totes in Tow and apply coupon code MODERNMOMENTS in your shopping cart for 10% off your total purchase (offer only good during giveaway)

I am a huge follower of Groopdealz. I buy WAY too much stuff from their site. I decided to contact them and see if they’d be interested in selling one of my collections. They politely agreed so I threw together just a little Valentine’s Day printable collection. Three days and a big mess later, I finally had my collection done. Since I threw this together so last minute (I’m really not a planner), I had to use some local vendors. In addition, as you may know, I am also pregnant and didn’t feel like making everything so I ended up buying a few items that I would have normally made. Normally I try and do everything, but this pregnancy I am listening to my body a lot more and cutting myself some slack- even if that means buying cookies, instead of making them!

I’m totally in love with the ombre look and chevron stripes and wanted to create a collection that was both sweet and stylish all at the same time. I’m really into pink and teal right now (I’m using the same colors for my gender reveal party next month) and thought those would be the perfect Valentine’s Day colors to focus on! Once I have an idea, the pieces usually start to fall into place.

I wanted a very sweet, yet simple display-nothing too over the top. I put up my backdrop stand which I created for Skyler’s Lego Party last year. If you’d like to make your own, here are the instructions. Then I grabbed my drapes from upstairs and hung them to create a soft flowing backdrop. I went to my local hardware store, which shall remain nameless, since I “lifted” 50 or so paint swatches and don’t want to incriminate myself any further. I was inspired by a DIY Paint Swatch Ombre Chandelier that I had seen on pinterest. My plan was to create heart shaped ombre garland which I attached on top of the drapes and was ready to go.

For the table itself, I always start with my fabulous tablevogue table cloth. Then I used my white dish ware and a white picture frame from Goodwill that my husband painted for me. It was the perfect centerpiece. The menu consisted of candy, cupcake cakes, powdered donuts, cookies, and milk- everything sweet just the way I like it.

I had a ton of fun creating candy necklace charms. I thought this would make a fun Valentine’s Day gift. I took my Fiskers Scalloped Heart Shaped Punch and punched out little tags. Then I used my eyelet punch and put an eyelet into the heart and used wire to attach the charm to the candy necklace. Super simple, yet adorable.

My printable collection includes everything you see here (except the invitations, which are available in my shop) and more.You can buy it for the next 48 hours for 55% off at!!

11″ x 17″ Placemats, one in each color (2 total) 4″ x 6″ Mini Signs (4 designs) 4.25″ x 4″ Fold over bag toppers (one page of each color) 4″ x 3″ Place cards/Food labels (when folded 3″ x 2″)- blank (one page of each color) 3″ long Gift Tags (9 designs, one page of each color) 2″ Cupcake Toppers/Party Circles (4 designs, 12 per sheet) 3″ x 3.5″ Happy Valentine’s Day Bag Labels/Tags Double-sided fill in Valentine Drink/Straw flags (4 designs, 16 per page) Water bottle labels (4 designs, one page of each color) Candy Bar Wrapper (2 designs) Candy Necklace Charms (6 designs, 3 of each color)



Printables, Styling, and Photography: Modern Moments Designs Chevron Bags, Straws, and Rock Candy : Fancy That White Footed Round Bowl, Cupcake Liners: Shop Sweet Lulu Table Cloth: tablevogue Cookies: Beaverton Bakery Cakepops: Modern Moments Designs, inspired by Sweet Lauren Cakes Mini White Frames: Ikea Heart Shaped Plates: Target

So, I’ve been MIA, but for good reason, I promise. Work has been crazy busy (remember you can always find me blogging for Hostess with the Mostess blog weekly, on pinterest, and on Facebook), I had two December birthday parties to plan, Christmas/Holiday cards to design, and everything else that comes with the holiday season. My poor blog suffers, I know! I am trying to make it my New Years resolution (though I don’t really believe in them) to blog more. Something entirely do-able, like once a week.

I’ve also had another good reason to be MIA. I am proud to OFFICIALLY announce that we (and when I say “we” you know I’M the one not sleeping, battling morning sickness, weight gain, and everything else, but my hubby deserves some credit, right?) are just over 12 weeks pregnant with our fourth child. As many of you know, we already have 3 amazing boys. Everyone keeps speculating whether we are having another boy, or alas that elusive little girl. Frankly, I’m not very patient so, as soon as I can find out what we are having, I will let you all know!!!

I can’t ever do anything easy and that goes for announcing to our friends and family that we are expecting again. I found a couple good ideas on pinterest and adapted them for our situation. I used the film strip wedding invitation and this film strip style baby announcement. Just minutes after I took a pregnancy test, I made the boys pose for pictures. Yes, Jackson is holding the “pee stick” in the one photo. His face cracks me up! Let me know what you think? It was super cheap to do and everyone seemed to really enjoy opening them!

Just a side note, I went to the photo center at Costco and asked for their empty film canisters. I used a bottle opener and carefully pried off the bottom. You can also buy empty fill canisters that you have to assemble.

Happy New Year! I hope to “see” you all more this year!!!!