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Make Shit Happen Coffee Mug Giveaway

Make Shit Happen Coffee Mug Giveaway by Pretty Collected and The Friend You Need Podcast
In honor of our recent podcast episode, I have teamed up with the girls from The Friend You Need Podcast to do a giveaway! Since the episode was all about entrepreneurship, we thought it would be very fitting to give one lucky winner this "Make Shit Happen" coffee mug! Not a coffee lover? That's totally fine, we all have "friends" who love to drink tea, water, and their favorite liquor out of coffee mugs!! (where's the girl raising her hand emoji)
How to Enter To Win:

Good luck!!

Interview About Entrepreneurship on The Friend You Need Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Ali and Ang, the super fun hosts from The Friend You Need Podcast! This was my very first interview and podcast experience, and I must say I totally had a blast! I was not nervous leading up to the interview, but once that mic was in my face I got sweaty palms!! (Annoying, right?!) BUT, nothing a little vodka can't help!! I squashed all my nerves with a drink with Ang, and I was all set!

The Friend You Need Podcast Interview with Pretty Collected Owner Michelle Solano

Anyway, I hope you find some inspiration and a bit of advice on how to take that leap into entrepreneurship, because it's really not as scary as one might think.

The Friend You Need Podcast Interview with Pretty Collected

In this interview we dive into:
  • What inspired me to start my own business
  • How I got started on Etsy
  • Why I started my business on Etsy first
  • Why I BELIEVE you should intend to have your own website as the end goal (if you want to be an online seller)
  • And my advice for anyone wanting to start their own business and be their own boss!! 

If you love podcasts, then please do subscribe to The Friend You Need podcast on iTunes! You can also listen to their episodes on PodBean and Stitcher! While you're here, click the play button below and listen away!! 

DIY Unicorn Hot Chocolate

Unicorn Hot Chocolate Recipe - Pretty Collected

Want to join in on the unicorn hot chocolate craze? Perfect, cause I've got a quick and easy recipe for you! Right about now the world is going crazy for unicorns. Hosts are hosting unicorn parties. Guests are drooling over unicorn costumes and decorations!! Bakers are obviously creating dreamy unicorn cakes and desserts! Soooo here's your chance to get in on the fun! 

What you'll need
  1. Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in White - 7 oz
  2. Hot Chocolate Mix
  3. Food Coloring
  4. Mug (Optional: Gimme Some Sugar Coffee Mug)
  5. Sprinkles
  6. Whipped Cream
  7. 2 Plates
  8. Spoon
How To Make Unicorn Hot Chocolate
  1. Squeeze 3.5 oz of icing (half the tube) onto each plate.
  2. Add about 4-6 drops of red food coloring onto the first plate of icing. The number of drops will all depend on your desired shade of pink. Keep mixing and adding in more drops if you want a richer shade of pink. If you prefer a lighter shade, then you will need just a few drops. 
  3. Add about 3-4 drops of blue and 1 drop of red food coloring onto the second plate of icing. Mix until you reach the desired color.
  4. Dip the lip of the mug onto each plate of icing. If you love a mixed color effect, then feel free to combine both colors onto one plate, but keeping them side by side. Then dip the mug into the colors and you will see a pretty blended color!
  5. Sprinkles on the sprinkles quickly, as the icing will start to dry and slightly harden. 
  6. Make your hot chocolate. Since I used a solid white mug, I didn't worry about the color of the hot chocolate. 
  7. Pour in your hot chocolate.
  8. Shake up the whipped cream and layer it on.
  9. Add a pretty dose of sprinkles!
  10. Enjoy your sweet unicorn hot chocolate!

If you're thinking about hosting a unicorn party, do check out my Unicorn Party Pinterest board. I think you'll love it!

If you love this recipe, don't forget to share it on Pinterest or save it for later!

DIY Unicorn Hot Chocolate Recipe - Pretty Collected

 

You Got This & FREE Printable!

You Got This Printable - Free Printable - Pretty Collected

Meaning Behind this Quote - "You Got This"

My journey to owning my own business started around this time 3 years ago! I was freshly married and fully inspired from all the pretty things I purchased on Etsy for my wedding. There were two things I knew for sure at that time - that I wanted to be my own boss and the time was now. I literally had many sleepless nights trying to figure out WHAT business I wanted to start. I scoured the internet for ideas and inspiration, and then one day I read about a book recommendation - The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. It was then that I had my "AHA" moment... I realized you don't need a storefront, business plan, or a  an insane amount of products to get started. What you need is a product or service, passion and way for people to pay you!

How Pretty Collected Was Born

To make a long story short, I bought myself a Silhouette Cameo, watched some tutorials on how to design products and use the machine, and started making products. My very first products were cake toppers, banners, and photo booth props. They were easy to make, my customers loved them, and I was making a profit in less than two months! I have obviously evolved since then, and I no longer make or sell any of those products, but one thing is for sure..... that is where I got started and that will never change!

From Side Hustle to Full Time Job

At that time I was doing this as a side hustle with the goal of turning it into my full time job. When times got tough and I was exhausted from working two jobs, being a mom, and a wife I would silently tell myself "you got this". If you ever feel like you want to start your journey to being your own boss, I want to tell you "you got this". If you are just having a bad day and need a pick me up, I want to tell you "you got this"!! If you just want to make sure you kick ass today, then again "you got this"!

Never Stop Believing in Yourself

Being that this quote has so much meaning in my life, I want to share it with you with this printable. I designed it with the thought of people like you in mind! All you have to do is click the link below to download the file, save it to your computer, print, cut, and frame it! If you love it, then don't forget to SAVE it to Pinterest, and you can always download it later! 

Download Your Free "You Got This" Printable

You Got This Printable - Pretty Collected

Unicorn Baby Shower

I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a unicorn baby shower for one of my best friends, and it was by far one of my favorite! It truly was a fun themed shower to plan. We got to run wild with all the colors of the rainbow and create some really pretty decorations. I hope you feel inspired by our baby shower photos and have fun planning a unicorn party too! If you need additional baby shower inspiration feel free to follow my baby shower board on Pinterest

What's Your Unicorn Name?

What's Your Unicorn Name Sign Printable - Unicorn Party Decor - Unicorn Baby Shower Printable - Pretty Collected

Invite guests to use the first letter of their name and the month they were born to create their "unicorn name"! This is a creative way to get guests involved and have a little fun! Who doesn't want to know their unicorn name? I found this idea online and created my own unicorn version for our shower! 

Get this "What's Your Unicorn Name" Printable Sign

Unicorn Treats That'll Make You Drool!!

Unicorn Themed Candy for a Unicorn Baby Shower - Pretty Collected

If you're a fan of rice krispy treats just like me, then you'll love these colorful rainbow treats! How cute are the unicorn droppings too? My girlfriend went to town on all the desserts and made all these colorful unicorn treats!

Name That Sweet Unicorn Mess!

Guess the Sweet Mess - Unicorn Baby Shower - Pretty Collected

Guess the Sweet Mess is a classic baby shower game! You just can't go wrong with chocolate at baby showers!

 Red Velvet Unicorn Cupcakes - YES PLEASE!

Unicorn Cupcakes - Red Velvet Unicorn Cupcakes - Pretty Collected

 Pass Me a  Mom-Osa!

Unicorn Straws for Mom-Osa Bar - Pretty Collected

How cute are these unicorn straws? I just so happened to find them at Target! Let's just say there were perfect, and I scored!

Mom-Osa Bar - Unicorn Baby Shower - Pretty Collected
Late Night Diapers - A Baby Shower Must
Late Night Diapers - Unicorn Baby Shower Printable - Pretty Collected

Encourage guests to write the parents-to-be a funny message on the diapers, so they can get a good laugh during their late night diaper changes!

Get this Late Night Diapers Unicorn Printable Sign

The Parents-to-be

Parents-To-Be - Unicorn Baby Shower - Pretty Collected

No shower is complete without some fun photo booth style pics!

Unicorn Baby Shower - Guests - Pretty Collected

Dad-to-Be - Unicorn Name Tag - What's Your Unicorn Name - Pretty Collected
DIY EOS Baby Shower Favors!
EOS Baby Shower Favor - Pretty Collected

Everyone loves EOS chopsticks, so you just can't go wrong with these cute EOS favors!

Unicorn Cake 
Unicorn Baby Shower Cake - Pretty Collected

How dreamy is this unicorn cake?! It was almost too cute to eat, but that would't have been so fun! No party is complete without a cake!

Don't forget to PIN your favorite pics to Pinterest!  

Unicorn Baby Shower Ideas and Inspiration - Pretty Collected

It's You're Lucky Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you're feeling lucky on this magical day! Today only we are offering 20% off everything in our shop! To top it off, we are giving away a free "feeling lucky" printable! Click the link below to download your printable. 

Enjoy your free St. Patrick's Day printable! If you love it please share it with your friends, and don't forget to tag @pretty_collected and use #prettycollected on instagram!

Click here to download your "feeling lucky" printable

Free St. Patrick's Day Printable - Pretty Collected

How to Make a DIY Spring Flower Wreath

DIY Spring Floral Wreath

With spring just days away I couldn't wait to bring some color into our home. I figured no better way than a colorful wreath! While scrolling through my Pinterest Crafts board, I found some really fun tutorials, so I decided to give it a shot! I hope you enjoy making your wreath just as much as I did! 

SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED:
WHAT TO DO:

Step 1: Take three 18 gauge floral stem wires and shape them. You just want to round them out so together they can form a wreath.

Step 2: Twist together the wires to form one full circle. You will likely start in the middle of each wire.

Step 3: Adjust the shape of your wreath once the wires are all intertwined.

Step 4: Cut a piece of floral tape and wrap it around the step of one of your flowers. This will help the wire grip onto it.

Step 5: Cut a piece of 20 gauge stem wire 

Step 6: Wrap part of the wire around the stem of the flower 

Step 7: Wrap the other part of the wire around your wreath. You want to make sure the wire secures the flower onto your wire wreath. 

Repeat steps 4 through 7 until you have filled your whole wreath! Layer in your greenery and you are all done!  

Shipping

PRODUCTION  & PROCESSING TIME:

Printable Orders:

Printable files will be emailed right after you place your order. Production time on custom orders, such as baby shower welcome signs or bridal shower welcome signs, is 1-2 business days. Your proofs will be sent to the email address you provide at checkout.

Mugs: 

Production time is 2-5 business days. 

Jewelry: 

Production time is 2-3 business days. 

Tees: 

Production time is 2-3 business days. 

 

SHIPPING TIME:

Shipping rates are based on weight and your location. 

Jewelry Orders are shipped via First Class Mail or Priority Mail depending on weight, and will arrive in 2-3 business days from the date it is shipped. 

Mug & Tee Orders are shipped via First Class Mail for a single mug and will arrive is 2-5 business days from the date your order is shipped. Orders of 2 mugs or more are shipped via Priority Mail, and will arrive in 2-3 business days from the date your order is shipped.