tips for blogging when you're working full time

Ever feel like everyone around you "has a blog" and wonder where they find the time to maintain it? I've been there. Twinklefarts has been around for almost half a decade now (YIKES!) and I still find myself going back and forth between "I can DO this" and "where do I find the time?!"

Trying to keep up with a blog and a full time job is definitely hard (I won't lie to you), but with a little bit of planning your blog can be consistent and plentiful!

saving lives with a 9-5: how to get started with fostering

Recently, I've found myself wanting to do more to help the overpopulation of animal shelters. During the summer, kitten season is in full swing... especially in warm climates like Florida.

A few months ago, I signed my fiancé and I up for foster orientation at a local shelter. Not thinking we'd get into it for a while, we just wanted to have the option available should a viable kitten candidate pop up.

We're both huge animal lovers. We send cute pet videos back and forth to each other constantly. It came as no surprise when the first few foster requests came rolling in... within a month we had picked up our new temporary residents.

The video below is just a quick overview of why it's important and a real-world example of how you can foster while still maintaining your sanity and a 9-5 job. Plus plenty of kitten clips, because really, that's what most people are here for. We both work, but we both make small sacrifices to give these precious critters a chance at life.

If you think you'd be interested in fostering, I urge you to contact your local animal shelter, humane society, or cat/dog rescue. Many are in constant and desperate need of foster parents!

To get you through your first foster, I highly suggest the Kitten Lady's resources. I'm not sure what I would've done without her.

Fostering saves lives. Thanks for considering it.

Silhouette Sunday: DIY Heidi Swapp Lightbox Inserts

If you've spent more than ten minutes in the craft world over the past year, chances are you've seen one of Heidi Swapp's adorable light boxes (or some variation of it). But... did you know you could use your cutting machine to make custom inserts for it? It's so easy!

First, because I have two (the mini and the full-size) lightboxes, I took out an existing insert I had and measured it. This is the size that I'll cut my transparency sheet to. Remember transparencies?! Overhead projectors were so much fun years ago-- now you have a use for those sheets you stashed! Don't worry if you didn't save any, I got a pack of 6 on Amazon for around $5.

silhouette sunday: using vinyl scraps to make nail decals

It's been a while since I wrote a blog post about nail art! But today I'm rekindling an old flame and bringing it to life with something almost every craft vinyl user has laying around-- scraps.

the DIY guide to home improvement store hacks: ways to save money on upgrades, crafts, and more!

Home Depot used to be the bane of my preteen existence. Going to the obnoxious orange store with my dad on the weekend usually meant being dragged around every aisle while being promised a hotdog and tiny bag of Lay's afterwards.

I seldom got the snack, but I did (somehow) develop a deep adoration for the ever-present sawdust and concrete floors of that place. Now, at 24, I don't mind frequent trips to home improvement stores and hey, neither should you! So I put together a small list of ways I pinch pennies at these money-sucking black holes. Good luck 😉