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Tuesday Giveaway: $25 Fandango Giftcard!

Hello! We haven’t done a giveaway in awhile, and I thought as summer is just around the corner and the big movies are starting to come out that now was a perfect time! Enjoy a movie or two on us with this Fandango giftcard and be sure to keep coming back for articles and more giveaways!

 

To enter, leave us a comment telling us what movie you want to see most this weekend. Then, go like our page on Facebook.

 

To gain additional entries, do any of the following:

1.) Follow us on Twitter.

2.) Tweet about the giveaway mentioning @inspiringpretty.

 

Please only leave one comment telling us everything you did to enter. Entries are open until 11:59 PM PST May, 16, 2011.  We will be picking a winner at random on May 17 and will announce it then! Good luck to everyone. We hope you enjoy your summer!!


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Veronica Garrett - May 16, 2011 - 11:18 pm

I want to see Rio. I liked you on Facebook.

Charlene Kuser - May 16, 2011 - 11:11 pm
Charlene Kuser - May 16, 2011 - 11:07 pm

I am following you on Twitter (@Swtlilchick)

Charlene Kuser - May 16, 2011 - 11:00 pm

I would like to see Bridesmaids this weekend and I liked your page on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

Julie Jones - May 16, 2011 - 10:36 pm

twitter follower
brebysmommie

Julie Jones - May 16, 2011 - 10:35 pm

I like you on FB
I want to see Rio with my kids

Stephanie Adkins - May 16, 2011 - 8:59 pm

I want to see Hangover Part 2.

Chrysa - May 16, 2011 - 8:37 pm

I’m following you on Twitter (I’m @LuckyJinxy).

Chrysa - May 16, 2011 - 8:35 pm

I want to see “Something Borrowed”

Helen Stockwell - May 16, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Tweeter follower: @helyn4

Helen Stockwell - May 16, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Facebook follower

Helen Stockwell - May 16, 2011 - 6:13 pm

I liked to go see Bridesmaids! I hear it is hilarious!

Emma Peel - May 16, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Following you on Twitter as Emma__Peel
emmaspeel(at)gmail.com

Emma Peel - May 16, 2011 - 5:49 pm

The Last Boy Scout, I liked your facebook page as Emm Enger
emmaspeel(at)gmail.com

Joanne Schultz - May 16, 2011 - 5:38 pm
Joanne Schultz - May 16, 2011 - 5:38 pm

i follow you on twitter – js22222222 .

Joanne Schultz - May 16, 2011 - 5:37 pm

We’ll go see Bridesmaids.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy Delong - May 16, 2011 - 5:24 pm

follow you on twitter
amyhd29
ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy Delong - May 16, 2011 - 5:23 pm

want to see fast five
fb fan-amyd
ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

susan smoaks - May 16, 2011 - 5:18 pm

i want to see bridesmaids

Heather W - May 16, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Something Borrowed
Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

tina reynolds - May 16, 2011 - 4:30 pm

follow u on twitter @eaglesforjack

forgot to leave my facebook name in last post (mrstinareynolds

tina reynolds - May 16, 2011 - 4:30 pm

I really want to see Thor, my youngest is named Thor thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Samantha - May 16, 2011 - 2:40 pm

I really want to see Thor!

I like you on FB. Samantha M.

Serife Norfleat - May 16, 2011 - 2:37 pm
Serife Norfleat - May 16, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Following you on twitter (@snorfleat)

Serife Norfleat - May 16, 2011 - 2:33 pm

I most want to see Bridesmaids! I also liked you on Facebook under Serife Norfleat.

Melanie D - May 16, 2011 - 2:14 pm

I like you on FB and I wanna see Something Borrowed

Jennifer Apell - May 16, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Pirate of the Caribbean (liked on FB.
Followed on Twitter.

Carol F - May 16, 2011 - 9:58 am

I would like to see Water for Elephants
carolkfoster at comcast dot net

Angie Boss - May 16, 2011 - 9:45 am

Water for Elephants looks fun!
I followed you on FB and twitter!

Happi Shopr - May 16, 2011 - 9:03 am

I’d like to see Thor and like you on FB – happi shopr.

barbara wright - May 16, 2011 - 6:01 am

Sorry! NOW that I get to the last extra entry, you tell me that you wanted it all in one comment, but it’s too late :-(

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/70111303208931328

barbara wright - May 16, 2011 - 5:59 am

I follow you on twitter – bsw529

Oops – and I was so excited about May 20th that I forgot to say I like you on facebook – barbara wright

barbara wright - May 16, 2011 - 5:58 am

I don’t even have to think – we’ve been counting down the days for Pirates of the Caribbean for MONTHS now!

ashley - May 16, 2011 - 12:33 am

like you on facebook & looking forward to going to see hesher next weekend.

amie d - May 15, 2011 - 10:21 pm
amie d - May 15, 2011 - 10:19 pm

follow you on twitter @amied027.

amie d - May 15, 2011 - 10:19 pm

I most want to see Bridesmaids. Liked you on FB under Rene Denning.

Kiara - May 15, 2011 - 9:41 pm

I want to see Jumping The Broom. I like you on Facebook.
austma7@aol.com

Angela Winesburg - May 15, 2011 - 9:30 pm

I would love to see Hesher this weekend, liked on FB (AngelaWinesburg) Thanks

mistysunrise - May 15, 2011 - 9:09 pm
mistysunrise - May 15, 2011 - 9:08 pm

follow on twitter as @mistysunrise

mistysunrise - May 15, 2011 - 9:07 pm

i would like to see rio. i like you on facebook as misty sunrise

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

Jill L - May 15, 2011 - 7:40 pm
Jill L - May 15, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Follow you on Twitter @chipdip2010

Jill L - May 15, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Really want to see ‘There Be Dragons’. Like you on FB.

Marcia Goss - May 15, 2011 - 7:35 pm
Marcia Goss - May 15, 2011 - 7:33 pm

I follow on Twitter @mgoss123.

Marcia Goss - May 15, 2011 - 7:32 pm

I’d like to see Water for Elephants. I like you on Facebook.
Marcia Goss
marcia.goss@gmail.com

freebies city - May 15, 2011 - 7:11 pm

something borrowed

jdmimi at gmail dot com

Debra F - May 15, 2011 - 6:04 pm
Debra F - May 15, 2011 - 6:03 pm

I like you on Facebook and I really want to see Thor.
Debra Ford

Allison Nagel - May 15, 2011 - 10:26 am

I would most like to see Something Borrowed

Stephen Brown - May 15, 2011 - 9:43 am

I want to see Thor.

Brittney - May 15, 2011 - 7:12 am

fb fan (brittney p)
Well it’s not on yet, but I can’t wait to go see the new Transformers!
brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

lauren chan - May 14, 2011 - 11:44 pm

I want to see Thor. I liked you on fb!
-lauren chan
lil_bunnie_goez_mewatyahoodotcom

Sarah L - May 14, 2011 - 10:56 pm

FB like you: Slehan
I want to see Bridesmaids
Twitter follow you: slehan
http://twitter.com/slehan/status/69641088113184768
Thanks for the contest.

Carolsue - May 14, 2011 - 1:26 am

I follow you on Twitter (Cezovski)
Digicat {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

Carolsue - May 14, 2011 - 1:26 am

I want to see Water for Elephants
I like you on Facebook:
Name: Carol Anderson
Digicats @ sbcglobal.net (my FB e-mail)
Digicat @ sbcglobal.net (my regular e-mail)

Erica C. - May 12, 2011 - 5:39 pm

We want to see Rio. I like you on fb :)

Jill McCabe - May 11, 2011 - 9:52 pm

I would like to see Water for elephants or Something borrowed! If my husband had his way we would go see Thor! :)

Charity S - May 11, 2011 - 5:42 pm
Charity S - May 11, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Follow on twitter

@ccboobooy

Charity S - May 11, 2011 - 5:39 pm

I really want to see Priest. I liked your Facebook page.

charity s

shel - May 11, 2011 - 9:36 am

Twitter follower @auntiethesis
and I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/auntiethesis/status/68353553051295745

shel - May 11, 2011 - 9:33 am

Huge horror movie fan here so I’m dying to see “Insidious”

I like you on Facebook: Michelle Hudak

Small Footprints - May 10, 2011 - 3:26 pm

I tweeted today:
http://twitter.com/#!/smallftprints/status/68076804635766784
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

Ellie W - May 10, 2011 - 12:02 pm
Ellie W - May 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm

I follow you on Twitter @eswright18
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Ellie W - May 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm

I like you on FB (Ellie W) and I’d like to see Fast 5 this weekend.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Janna Johnson - May 9, 2011 - 7:32 pm

liked you on fb and i want to see the new Madea movie
Thanks for the entry!
Janna Johnson
jannajanna@hotmail.com

michelle robbins - May 9, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Thor – I liked you on FB.

Ashley Kennedy - May 9, 2011 - 8:50 am

I’ve been wanting to see Thor! Liked you on facebook!

Monique Rizzo - May 8, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Water for Elephants.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@yahoo.com

angie - May 8, 2011 - 6:34 pm

I want to see Thor.

Throuthehaze - May 8, 2011 - 4:08 pm

I want to see Something Borrowed
Like you on Facebook-Rae Pavey

follow on twitter @throuthehaze

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Dee - May 8, 2011 - 1:29 pm

ahh sorry! I should have left one comment but then decided to do all the extras!

mamotts - May 7, 2011 - 7:52 pm

thor

tracy davis - May 7, 2011 - 8:23 am

I’d like to see Rio

Saron Harmon - May 7, 2011 - 8:02 am

I want to see “Hop”! The bunny is irresistably cute! ;)

Tracie Trump - May 7, 2011 - 6:26 am

LIke on FB and follow you on twitter@tmt121172 and would LOVE to see Something Borrowed! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Dee - May 7, 2011 - 5:25 am

New twitter follower @twoofakind

Dee - May 7, 2011 - 5:24 am

I want to take my kids to see Rio! :) I’m a new fan on facebook – Dee Twofakind

Jeff - May 7, 2011 - 3:27 am
Jeff - May 7, 2011 - 3:26 am

Following on twitter.
mrcheapo

Jeff - May 7, 2011 - 3:25 am

Liked your FB page!
mrcheapo

I would like to see THOR this weekend.

Andrew Gordon - May 6, 2011 - 6:54 am

I want to see Rio

Cynthia C - May 6, 2011 - 5:33 am
Cynthia C - May 6, 2011 - 5:32 am

Following on twitter (clc408)

Cynthia C - May 6, 2011 - 5:30 am

Like you on fb (Cynthia Conley)
I’m looking forward to seeing Something Borrowed

Anne - May 6, 2011 - 5:22 am

I want to see Thor! I think that opens this weekend, but maybe it is next weekend.

Susan Ladd - May 5, 2011 - 6:07 pm

love to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan varney - May 5, 2011 - 1:50 pm

rio would be my choice mverno@roadrunner.com i like on facebook susan v mverno@roadrunner.com

Dee - May 4, 2011 - 8:02 pm
Dee - May 4, 2011 - 8:01 pm

I follow you on twitter @deegee13

Dee - May 4, 2011 - 8:01 pm

I like you on fb as Dee G and would love to see Water for Elephants! :)

Tabathia B - May 3, 2011 - 9:39 pm

like on fb (michelle barrett)
would like to go see thor
twitter follower @chelleb36
tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/65636609776820224
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn - May 3, 2011 - 3:05 pm

I’m sorry I forgot to state that I like you on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

tweet-http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/65537439338479616

Mami2jcn - May 3, 2011 - 3:04 pm

I’d like to see Rio with my sons this weekend.

Small Footprints - May 3, 2011 - 12:29 pm

I RTd your tweet about this giveaway (I’m @smallftprints)
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

Small Footprints - May 3, 2011 - 12:26 pm

I’m a twitter follower (I’m @smallftprints)
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

Small Footprints - May 3, 2011 - 12:25 pm

I’d like to see either “Source Code” or “Water for Elephants”. I’m a facebook fan (I’m Sml Footprints). Thanks for this opportunity!
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

Fabulous Etsy Finds: Lilies

Springtime is a celebration of flowers. And now that Spring is in full swing there are flowers abounding everywhere we look. There are daisies, daffodils and, one of my favorites, lilies. Lilies come in so many diverse varieties, but they all have an unique beauty that makes you stop and stare. This week I was excited to see what kind of lovely lily treasures could be found on Etsy. Here are a few Etsy finds that made me do a double take.

$26.50

This white gold necklace is adorned with a calla lily pendant.  It is so simple, yet so elegant and unique.  It could be just the thing to perk up a ho-hum outfit.

$42

I love this modern yarn wreath!  I tend to lean towards live wreaths.  The fake flower ones always feel so cheesy.  That is until now.  This wreath adds a touch of sophistication and style.  And it can adorn your door or wall year round.

$22

This throw pillow is so pretty and chic.  It brings a grown-up flowery feel and because it is so neutral it can blend with almost any decor.

$14.59

For the most part, I have a mature style.  I like a clean, sophisticated look.  But there are times that I fall for something that is just unadulteratedly girly and dainty.  Such is the case with these darling little earrings.  One could not help but feel pretty from the moment they grace your lobes.

$6

Here is an eclectic take on plant markers.   This seller added original artwork and writing to vintage spoons so that there will be no doubt what is springing up in your garden.  I have highlighted the lily marker, but there are several other flowers to choose from as well.

$9

This ring will be quite the conversation starter.  It is so original and eye-catching, every person you see will want to know where you got it.  I just love pieces like this.  The ones that I have are never very expensive, but they are priceless to me.

$12

Who ever thought that white could make such a statement?   This hair clip is so exotic yet so understated.  I love this for dressing up a simple bun or braid.  It exudes effortless sense of fashion.

$4.25

The first word that comes to mind when I see this coin purse is ‘zen’.   It just looks so relaxing and spa-like.  And if there is ever a time when you need a little extra zen these days, it is when you are forking over your hard earned cash for life’s necessities.


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How to Let Out the Wild Side of Your Indoor Cat

I happen to always be around a rambunctious 1 year-old beast. She is so wild that she gallops like a horse everywhere she goes and walks up and bites ankles and wrists for fun. Like normal cats, she kills flies, scales anything she can get claws into and stalks anything that moves. The problem is that she is an indoor cat that lives in an apartment, where her playroom is confined and her damages have to be limited. How can you let out your cat’s wild side that wants to hide in tall grass and chase birds, while still keeping your house intact? There are a few simple things you can do and buy to help your cat love their home.

What cats crave the most is the wild of the outdoors. This could be as simple as letting them in the backyard, but if that’s not possible, you must bring the nature to them. Even the most comfortable house cat needs to go outside. To help your cat, keep plenty of plants where they can reach them. The more the better. They will add some life to your house, make it prettier and smell better on top of giving your cat a taste of nature. Choose leafy plants that give off a good scent. That way cats can gnaw on the many leaves and easily hide behind them. The smell will also peak the cat’s curiosity every time they go near it just as it would outdoors. If you have space, put a few large pots together to create some great hiding spots, because cats can never have too many.

There are a plethora of cat toys out there, but cats are the epitome of finicky. The best toys are those that mimic real prey. Feathers are always a clear winner as they bring out the bird hunter in felines. As house cats are the most efficient hunters on the planet, a nice canary here and there is perfect. But since you don’t want them to kill birds, get a string wrapped in fur with feathers along it or on the end of it. A cool toy I found is a fur glove with feathers on a string at the end of each finger. Your cat will have a ball and you will actually play with your cat yourself rather than just giving them something to play with. Another thing that may spur their inner hunter is cat nip. If you can find a a bird covered in feathers with catnip inside which you can pull on a string, then,  you have found the ultimate toy! Your cat is an animal with instincts and wants to act like one, so choose toys that make them believe they are hunting a worthy opponent.

Lastly, give them a perch. Cats love to climb trees and scope out the area from up high. They love getting to impossible spaces, so let them. They ideally want window space, so always have at least one windowsill for them (that opens preferably). If you have a high window, make sure they have a way to reach it. It may seem dangerous, but don’t worry, cats are resilient and can handle themselves. If they can’t reach the window they crave, they will get creative. Cats often sit on the tops of doors if that’s all they can find, but that can be dangerous. If you don’t see them there, you may get their paw or tail stuck in the door when you close it. And a doorway isn’t satisfying as they want to survey nature, so have a window for them, preferably one high up that opens :) If they can’t go outside, they can at least watch it and listen to it. Cats usually stalk birds from the windows and make warning attack noises as they do. It’s cute and entertaining and is just letting your cat be a cat.

Everything else you can provide for your cat is homely pampering, which they may like, but the tips above they will love the most as it feeds their wild side. Don’t let them become a cooked up or lazy house cat. They will be confined and won’t be as happy as they could be. Always do what you can to let your cat be a cat first and foremost.


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Why My Cat is Annoying » Inspiring Pretty - February 6, 2012 - 7:49 am

[...] have a cat. Most people love their pets and find everything they do to be adorable. That’s not me. [...]

Socialite - May 2, 2011 - 11:06 pm

That cat is so freakin cute its rediculous! Too bad I’m allergic :(

Handmade Wednesdays: Spring Table Runner

Since the Spring has sprung and I have not been sharing crafts that will make your home florally, colorful and all together more fresh I’ve decided to step away from the scrapbooking layouts for now.  As I was trying to turn my home into just what I mentioned, I have been trying to find a spring table runner.  Most runners these days are either way too expensive or cheap and cheesy looking. So, I wanted to make one.  But how to make one that is pretty, simple and casual? Well, Kaboose.com has some super simple and easy instructions for one that I think is soooo cute!  So lets grab our paint, flowers and runner to get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Hemp table runner
  • Washable fabric paint
  • Plastic plate
  • Daisy Mum flowers with stems attached for handling purposes

How To Create It:

  1. Put your paint color choice on the plastic plate
  2. Dip the flower face down into the paint making sure the petals and center get an even amount of paint but don’t put too much paint.  It would be too heavy and thick.
  3. Firmly press the flower face down onto the runner in whatever pattern you wish.  This image shows straight lines down each sides, what do it however you’d like!  If you want to test your action or ability (I know I would) bust out some newspaper or another paper plate to try it out.
  4. Let the runner dry completely.  It should only take about an hour.  Then put it in the dryer for about 10 minutes to set the colors.  Once you’ve used it and then if you desire to wash it, you can do so as you usually would.

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Pretty Thought of the Day

Happy Easter everyone! We hope you have a lovely, blessed day with those closest to you!


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