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GIVEAWAY :: Personalized + Durable Labels by KiDECALS

With summer camps just around the corner, it’s time to start labeling sweaters, backpacks and water bottles. But, I didn’t want to use just any old label. That’s why when the folks at KiDECALS asked if I wanted to try their personalized, durable labels, I jumped at the chance! I selected a fun, colorful chevron pattern and personalized it with our family name & email. This way if items get passed down to other kids in the family, the label doesn’t need to change.

personalized kids labels giveaway @simplifiedbee KiDECALS’ name labels stick to any surface (including clothes) and better yet are waterproof, dishwasher & washing machine safe! With 80+ delightful designs to personalize, there is bound to be a style for everyone! KiDECALS also offers so much more including allergy alert labels (perfect for school lunches), keyboard stickers (fun for teens and to brighten up your laptop!) and chalkboard labels (great for kitchen & playrooms).

kidecals giveaway

 I would love for you to have the chance to try these labels out too! Here’s how to enter to win $21 worth of labels from KiDECALS:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post (provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you).
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s BlogTwitterPinterest or Facebook Page.
  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, Facebook link, tweet or pin an image from this post, then leave a comment letting me know.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.

Entry period closes at midnight PST on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The winner will be chosen by and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Best of luck & happy organizing!


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Read full story By on May 15, 2013 in baby and children, back-to-school, Features, Giveaways, monograms, Organization, product review

Shades of Green Bridal Shower Ideas

Recently I hosted a casual bridal shower luncheon for my future sister-in-law who’s a real sweetie with the kindest heart. She loves the color green and that was enough to get my creative juices flowing!  Here are a few images from the event…


The invitation sets the mood for a party. I always recommend doing it the old fashion way too… sending a printed invite in the mail. In this digital day and age, receiving an invite in the mail is just more special.  The sweet invitations with the brides’s monogram framed in a leafy wreath were from Minted.


Because the event was casual, we served lunch buffet style. The table was covered in a crisp white table cloth and shades of green ribbon in varying widths ran down the middle to create the table-runner  .

Ranunculus and green Hypericum berry flowersFresh flowers are always a must for an bridal shower event. Providing contrast and a burst of vivid color, I selected fuchsia ranunculus for the centerpieces. The ranunuculus were paired with green hypericum berry flowers and place in a trio of grass green ceramic vases.

boxwood+urn table centerpiece

For more visual interest,  a pair of forest green boxwood balls on top of mini silver urns were placed between the floral arrangements.

green+white bridal shower ideasorchid floral arrangement for bridal showerglittered initials and streamer garlandglitter+letter+initial+garlandFor a personal touch, the engaged couples’ initials hung in the window. I actually made these myself. I downloaded the italic monograms here, cut them out on heavy card stock and added glitter. Well, so much glitter I ran out on the third letter and my hubby was nice enough to run to Michael’s the morning of the party for more glitter. Isn’t that sweet? I have the best hubby.

dessert+table+bridal+showerxoxo dessert

I was too busy being a hostess to snap a shot of the yummy salads we shared, but did manage to capture an image of the beautiful desserts. I think having a variety of mini cakes like this is so fun! We all loved the XOXO detail on the side of the mini cheesecake pictured above.


No guest should go away without a little gift.  To celebrate my sister-in-law joining the Bisbee family soon, we selected these beautifully packaged organic worker bee balms to remember the afternoon.  It’s a good think my further sister-in-law like bees… it would be hard to become a Bisbee if not!

Happy day!


* photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on March 18, 2013 in DIY, Entertaining, flowers, food, invite, monograms, Parties, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized

Friday Find :: Monogram Jewelry Box

I’m always on the lookout for beautiful decorative boxes. They are a great way to store keepsakes and person items in style. I came across a sleek monogram jewelry box  in lacquer green the other day on Pinterest and just can’t seem to get it out of my mind! I love the initial clasp in gold. It’s a personal touch that’s so chic. It also comes in four colors to coordinate with any color palette.

monogram lacquer jewelry boxes

It’s clearly been a popular item because most of the letters have sold out! Yet, the letter P is still available. Hmmm. Better grab mine now!


Happy Friday!


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Read full story By on December 14, 2012 in Features, Friday Finds, home accessories, monograms, Organization, storage

Friday Find :: Monogrammed Gifts from Mark & Graham

Yesterday Williams Sonoma, Inc. launched it’s newest retail brand, Mark and Graham and you are going to love it. Specializing in “next-generation personalization” of products, Mark and Graham delivers a collection of custom monograms and a variety of fresh fonts, colors and formats  (from embroidery to engraving).

We believe that a mark is more than a symbol; It’s an artful mingling of typography and design that turns a gift into a personal gesture. It can be bold and boisterous or subtle and refined. It can join families together or celebrate individuality. It can be an inside joke or honor the literal beauty of a name. When it comes to making your mark, we hope you think of us for unique typefaces and beautiful objects. – Mark and Graham

With the holidays coming up, Mark and Graham is a great shopping destination for you to create unique and deeply personal gifts… the kind your loved ones will cherish for years to come. Here are some of my picks…

monogrammed gifts from mark & graham

Mint Julip  | Towels  | Horseshoe Key Fob with Locket  |  iPhone Case |  Dinner Napkins

Monogrammed gifts are the best, don’t you think?

Happy Friday!


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Read full story By on November 9, 2012 in Bathroom, friday find, gift guide, monograms