Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Holiday Design Challenge

The Halloween Design challenge I held a few months ago was such a huge hit; I decided to run it again for the winter holidays!


This design challenge is exactly the same as the fall challenge and super easy!  Here's what you need to do:

  • Pick 3 or 4 fabrics that you would like to see bibs in for the upcoming holidays.  (You can choose from fabric companies such as Spoonflower, Hawthorne Threads or Fabric.com)
  • Add your fabric choices in one collage 
  • Post that collage on Instagram, tagging @kadydiddesigns and using #kddholidaydesigns (your account must be made public so I can see your tags)
  • Post your choices by October 10 - that's when I will repost them for voting!  


The design choices with the highest number of votes will win free bibs in all of their selected fabrics!  
Good luck and have fun!


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween has started at Disneyland and Disneyworld, and I have been reminiscing about our trip to Disney last fall for Mickey's Halloween Party.  My kids have been asking (repeatedly) if we are going again this year; however, we just bought a house and are in the middle of packing and moving, so no trips to Disney for us this year.  Fingers crossed for next year, though!

If you have never been to Mickey's Halloween Party, here are just a few tips - and need to knows.  It is definitely NOT a comprehensive list, but you'll get a good idea.  (Full disclaimer?  The Halloween Party sells out weeks in advance.  If you do not have tickets for this year, start planning for next year!)


 The Halloween party is a separately ticketed event.  Your normal Disney admission ticket will NOT get you into the party.  Nor will your party tickets get you regular admission for a day at Disney.  They are two totally separate things.  However.  Your party ticket does get you into Disney a few hours before the party officially begins, and you'll want to take full advantage of those extra hours!  If you are planning  a trip to Disneyland during their Halloween season (September - October), be sure to avoid going to the park on any of the party days if you do not plan on attending the party. Why?  You will get kicked out of the park early!  Nobody wants to spend massive amounts of money for Disney tickets just to get kicked out of the park early.

Dress up!!  This is the one time Disney will allow adults to enter the parks in costume.  There are a few safety regulations that your costumes must meet, but they're fairly simple and require just basic common sense.  Obviously, our family went with a Disney theme, however use your imagination and have fun!  I would suggest making children's costumes relatively easy:  you want them to be safe, comfortable and be able to make it to the bathroom easily enough.  I would also skip lots of accessories.  Even our face masks were getting annoying by the end of the day.  Little kids get tired of carrying them and end up devastated if their sword/crown/whatever ends up broken or lost.


When you arrive, all party guests will line up in a perfectly, Disney-organized fashion.  You will receive a wristband and a trick or treat bag.  Once you enter the park, do NOT worry about hitting all the trick or treat stations first!!  (We learned this the hard way).  Enjoy the rides, wander around, eat some yummy food.  The candy lines are ridiculously long at the beginning of the party.  At the end of the night, the lines are non-existent and you can get as many treats as your heart desires.   And obviously, because it's Disney, they are good treats.  The best Halloween candy options you could ask for.  Suggestion?  Bring an extra bag for everybody.  I'm not kidding when I say you'll end up with more treats than you could possibly use in one Halloween season.  And that's per person.  Not per family. (**While the rest of my family was stocking up on all the candy, I opted to get the "healthy" treats each time.  I used those treats for school lunches and/or after school snacks for months after we got home).

As far as scheduling goes, try to avoid fall break times!  We went during our school's fall break, and it was insanely busy.  I will never do that again.  If we go in the future, I will take my kids out of school for a couple of days.  This is how we spent this particular Disney trip:
                         Day 1:          Morning at Downtown Disney
                                              Afternoon/Rest of the Night at Mickey's Halloween Party
                         Days 2 & 3: Park Hopper passes to split between Disneyland & California Adventure.

Next time, we will do:
                        Day 1: Disneyland regular admission
                        Day 2: Downtown Disney/Halloween Party
                        Day 3: Disnelyand OR California Adventure regular admission

I feel like the second schedule will be easier for my kids (who are younger), and makes it a bit less overwhelming for them.  It also allows a bit of a down time on the second day.  With small kids, I feel like park hopper passes are a waste of money; you can't really move fast enough to fully enjoy both parks with little legs.

I think I hit all the biggest lessons we learned during our first Halloween Party trip.  If you are wanting to plan a Disney trip, I highly suggest Get Away Today Vacations.  They make it so easy! And, if you're just looking for everyday tips and suggestions about getting the most out of your trip to Disneyland, I suggest following Disney Land Tour Guide on Instagram.  I have been to Disney MANY times, but I keep learning new tips and tricks from her!


Do you have any super important tips to share?  Or have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment!



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Halloween Design Contest


🎃 I know it's still July, but it's time to start thinking about Halloween/Fall bibs for your littles!

Every year, I am asked what options I will have for Halloween, and this year, I need your help!
Visit our friends at Hawthorne Threads, Spoonflower and/or Fabric.com and pick out 1 - 4 prints that you would LOVE to see on a bib for the Autumn/Halloween season. Post them (all in ONE photo collage) on your Instagram feed with the hashtag #kddhalloween (accounts MUST be public!). At the end of the entry period, I will repost your choices on my feed and we will let everybody vote. The person with the highest amounts of votes will win their fabric choices in bibs AND those will be the bibs I will carry for this season.

Got it? Good!! Hurry and choose your fabrics! This entry round will close on July 30. Tag your friends as well...the more that participate, the more fun it will be!! 🎃

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

How I Pay for Christmas (without spending any extra money)

I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time.  I'm not sure why it took me so long, but here it is.

While my husband was building his business, money was tight.  Like SUPER tight.  As in I had to raid my children's piggy banks to scrounge up enough money to buy bread and milk (don't worry.  They've been paid back - with interest).  That Christmas was so incredibly stressful for me; trying to figure out how to provide a magical holiday with zero funds.  However, I managed to have a normal Christmas without spending ANY extra money (and I still do Christmas the exact same way!). Let me tell you how.

There are a few money saving/earning apps I use religiously.  I started using these apps and opened a new PayPal account that I don't use for anything else.  The money saved/earned from these apps goes directly into that PayPal account, where I save it all up and use it for my holiday spending.  Now.  I know it doesn't earn any money in PayPal, but I found it the easiest way to stash it, forget about it and not have direct access to it.

Here are my go-to apps/websites:

Ibotta*.  Ibotta is simply a coupon app that gives you money back for specific purchases you make at pretty much any grocery store/drug store/etc.  You can also earn money back from movie tickets, online purchases and eating out.  You can also earn bonuses based on a) how many coupons you redeem and b) how much money you save alongside any friends you have on your "team" (i.e. friends  you have who also use the app).  My first year using the app I saved over $200.00.

Ebates*.  Ebates is another site that gives you cash back on purchases made online.  Depending on the website and the day, you get anywhere from 1% to 10% of your purchase back.  Obviously, I buy a LOT of fabric.  Luckily, one of my vendors is a partner with Ebates.  So every fabric purchase I make with them gives me 3% back.  Hotels.com, Walmart, Etsy, Ebay...all websites that partner with Ebates.  It's super easy to use and the money can add up quickly.  I've also earned well over $200.00 on Ebates.

WalMart Savings Catcher. Rumor has it that this might be going away.  I don't know if it's just the in store matching that they're doing away with, or the entire program.  But.  Until then, I keep on going!  All you have to do is download their app and scan your Walmart receipt after every trip.  They do the rest!  Any money you saved (by price matching the ads of all nearby competitors) is then transferred to an American Express Bluebird card or use it with Walmart pay.  I save up all those savings and don't touch them until the end of the year.  I easily have enough each December to cover all the little stocking stuffers and candy for my 3 kiddos and my husband.

Acorns.  This one is brand new to me, but I'm excited to see how it does!  Simply link any accounts that you'd like and Acorns rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and saves that pocket change for you.  Once you hit $5.00 (less than a day for me!), you can start investing it.  One of my friends saved $1500.00 his first year.  I saved $100 in my first 30 days, so I have high hopes for this addition to my holiday savings plan!

We have 7-ish months until Christmas.  I know that's much time, but at least you can get a jump start on saving for it!  Or maybe start now and start saving for next year.  What about you?  Do you have any quick and easy money saving tips?



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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Styling your tot with Kadydid Designs

Are you looking for ideas on how to style your Kadydid gear?  
Luckily, I have some awesome customers that love to share their ideas!

Flatlay: @_donovanjames_
This flat lay features one of our trendy bunny teethers, which you can find HERE


Flatlay: @lifewith.savvy
Our panda bear bandana bib is so cute and can be found HERE;


Flat lay: @lifewith.savvy
The safari bandana bib featured in this flat lay can be found HERE.


Flatlay: @_donovanjames_
This flat lay features one of our traditional baby bibs in the modern cloud print, 
which can be found HERE.

Flat lay: @rocothreads

This pacifier clip is a Kadydid Designs exclusive for Roco Threads and can be purchased HERE.
You can find our other pacific clips HERE.


Flat lay: @kadydiddesigns

This is one of our most popular bandana bibs, which you can find HERE.

Do you love designing flat lays?  If you use any items from Kadydid Designs, I'd love to see how you styled them!  Tag me @kadydiddesigns or use #kadydiddesigns.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Shake off the Dust

Hello, there!

It's been....well...ages since I've posted anything here.  I've been considering dusting off my blog for awhile now; I keep thinking of things I want to share that just won't fit in a little 3x3 Instagram square, ya know?

So, in case you've totally forgotten who I am, let me give you a quick run down.  My name is Alyssa. I run my little Etsy shop, Kadydid Designs out of my home with the help of my amazing husband and my three littles.  My husband is from Idaho, I'm from South Dakota.  We met while at Weber State University in Utah.  He is a financial advisor for Edward Jones (an AMAZING company to work for, btw.  If you, or anybody else you know is looking for a career change - send them my way.  I could sing the praises of EJ for hours).  Our little ones are 8, 6 and 3.


I am all about helping other momprenuers and have a serious love affair with supporting small businesses.  I love my family, my faith, reading, chocolate, traveling and creating!!  I'm not so fond of cleaning or doing my hair. Lol. Or rude, judgmental comments/people. I just love it when everybody is nice. :)

I hope you'll stick around - I promise to try to make it worth your while! Money saving tips, everyday Mom stuff, some yummy food and a few awesome women and small shops! 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Let Me Help You!! :)

I'm still here!! 
 Shocking, I know!!  
Now that I've shooed away the crickets and the cobwebs, I want to give you a quick update.

Most of you have been visiting my blog looking for the Etsy Start Up Guide.  


You may have noticed that most of it is now missing.  It's not missing...it just moved.  Here's the deal. Because the guide has been so tremendously popular and I have received so many emails with comments and questions, I decided it was time to condense everything into one document and add a bit more information.  I have now put all the info from my blog into a pdf available in my Etsy shop. It contains all the information I had here, INCLUDING the 40 free listings with additional information (Hello, tax questions!!) for $5.00.  The free listings more than pays for the fee of the guide; I didn't want the guide to be a financial detriment to your shop.  However.  If you just want the 40 free listings, you can still get those HERE.

So.  
If you want the entire Etsy Start Up Guide + 40 free listings, go HERE.

If you want just the 40 free listings?  Go HERE.

In the mean time, I hope to be back here on a regular basis.  What do you want to see more of?  Products?  Etsy tips?  Recipes?  Home life?  Let me hear from ya!!


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