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Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer

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This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Annie Selke. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.

Happy Pops of Color For Your Patio This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

Every year I get excited about summer. My favorite part is being able to enjoy outdoor activities with the family, and also spend more time on our patio, sitting down with fresh squeezed juice while my toddler plays in his mini pool. It’s so peaceful!

When ANNIE SELKE invited me to help spread the word about their new Palm Springs Summer Collection, an exploration of Palm Springs style and happy, bright pops of color, I knew that their products would be the ideal accessories for my home and patio!

I was really happy reading more about the Annie Selke Companies. Their philosophy and goals resonate deeply with me. I appreciate the fact that they are committed to customer satisfaction, employee well-being, and the world, making ethical and socially responsible choices and decisions. Plus the products are beautiful, the perfect timeless lifestyle products that celebrate creativity, color and happiness.

Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

 

This is how my patio looks this summer, doesn’t it make you smile? I selected a few items from Annie Selke’s Palm Springs Collection for this space. First, a COLORFUL RUG that is fun and functional. It’s now the perfect place to sit and read magazines while my toddler is playing on the patio. I got PILLOWS too, which are now my new obsession, the prints are simple, timeless and the quality of the textiles is truly amazing. I have been wanting to get a STORAGE HAMPER for a long time, this one is perfect to store the outdoor pillows next to the patio door every night. Other things I’m excited to have from Annie Selke’s Palm Springs Catalog are two of their vibrant and ULTRA SOFT TOWELS, the colors are just fantastic!

Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

Happy Pops of Color For Your Patio This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

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Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

Happy Pops of Color For Your Patio This Summer with Annie Selke | Live ColorfulHappy Pops of Color For Your Patio This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

I invite you to sign up to receive your Annie Selke Palm Springs Catalog or take a peek at the digital version here! Truly, this catalog is such an inspiration for my lifestyle and home decor goals.

If you are thinking that your home needs more color, Annie Selke’s Summer 2017 Palm Springs collection is just what you need! Sign up for Annie Selke e-mails to RECEIVE 15% OFF your first purchase. Happy decorating!

Happy Pops of Color For Your Home This Summer with Annie Selke | Live Colorful

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Annie Selke . The opinions and text are all mine.

The Cutest Personalized Family Portrait Illustrations

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Personalized family portrait illustrations by Karen Thaco | Live Colorful

You might already know that I’m a huge fan of Instagram! My favorite part of the community is being able to connect with other creatives and color lovers from around the world. That’s where I met Karen Thaco, a graphic designer, mama, illustrator and chocolate lover. She has an adorable Etsy shop and Instagram account, and we were able to connect pretty easily because we are both from Mexico and love color, art, and design.

Recently she created the cutest illustration of my whole family! with Jax, my hubby and even our dog Kyra. It’s just too cute! I’m planning on framing it and hang it on the living room :)

Karen is offering a special discount on her Etsy shop for all Live Colorful readers, 20% off with the code: BEHAPPY.  A lot of her products are personalized illustrations, just like the family portrait she made for me.  I’m sure you will find something cute for you and your kids!

Personalized family portrait illustrations by Karen Thaco | Live Colorful

Personalized family portrait illustrations by Karen Thaco | Live Colorful

How to Make a Rainbow Mermaids Shoebox Puppet Theatre

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How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

It’s so important for me to spread joy and creativity with all the projects I create for this blog, but also with the products I promote. That’s why I love collaborating with artists and illustrators. I enjoy the uniqueness and the personal touch they put in their art, it makes it more special. This time I’m partnering with Tara and Gill (“Jill”) McBarnet, the mom and daughter duo at Hawaiian Children’s Books.

They sent me a wonderful copy of their book named “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii” The book makes learning to count a fun experience, while the kids listen a wonderful story about the blue ocean, its colorful coral gardens, rainbow mermaids and sea animals.

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

To make the story interactive I decided to create a craft inspired by the story, and it occurred to me that a shoebox puppet theatre would be a wonderful idea!

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

MATERIALS:

  • Recycled shoe box
  • Paper sheets in a variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Sequins
  • Black pen or marker
  • Wood clothespins

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

STEPS:

  1. Perforate a rectangle in the middle of the shoe box.
  2. Decorate the shoe box. You can paint it blue to simulate the sky and water or use blue paper sheets.
  3. Make a few semicircles in different colors to create a rainbow (like the one in the story), you can also sketch the sun and a few animals to make the puppet theatre more fun.
  4. To make the mermaids, draw and cut a few mermaid tails in different colors. Glue them into the clothespins. Use sequins to simulate their top and a pen or marker to draw their happy faces.

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

When your puppet theater is ready you can start reading the amazing story of “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii”, and put the cute mermaids, one by one, in the scenario. What a great way to make counting fun for the little ones!