April 30, 2011

New Item {Sneak Peek!}

I told you I was working on a new item for my shop,
but tonight I thought I'd share a few pictures!

I'd like to introduce you to
The Ruffled Zippy Pouch!


This pouch measures approximately 7.5" by 5"
and has two pockets inside





The Ruffled Zippy Pouch
Is perfect for:
holding make up
storing ID or other cards
keeping your phone, keys and sunglasses
using as a mini purse/clutch on the go
taking to the gym

Really, the possibilities are endless!




These lovelies
{along with a few more}
will be making their way to the shop
in just a few days.
Eeeeep!


April 29, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday

I suppose this should be titled
Fabulous Finds Friday - Royal Wedding Edition
because today is all about the royal wedding!
I mean really, what's more fabulous anyway?!

Don't worry, I'm not a die hard.
I didn't wake up at 1am to begin the festivities,
but I did record it and watched the parts I liked best
{while fast forwarding through the rest}
and I have to say that I think everything looked beautiful!
{especially all the guests who wore hats! Is that just common wedding wear?!}

Anyway, here are some snapshots of the big day!

The dress, by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
{gorgeous}


The ring


The kiss

 {I especially love the grumpy toddler because I can totally relate}

The getaway car


The second dress
Also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
{and also gorgeous}


And, my personal favorite
Prince Harry


Because let's face it,
he's the better looking,
more fun, outgoing and spunky one
and that's more my style.

Hope you enjoyed the Royal Wedding!


April 28, 2011

Awkward & Awesome...Because it's Thursday

This week has been crazy!
There's lots going with my work that has been a tad bit stressful,
{if you live in this area I'm sure you know what's going on}
but fate never seems to give me a shortage of awkward or awesome moments
no matter what's going on
and for that, I am thankful.

Here's what happened to me this week
{but first, some pictures}







Awkward:

I forgot to put a new bar of soap in the shower, and I used my husbands body wash instead. I kept catching whiffs of Old Spice all day.

Spending Easter evening in the ER {really, soooo thankful my little guy is such a trooper}

Looking like I just rolled out of bed after I've taken a shower and gotten ready {this happens more often than I care to mention}

Driving the same speed as somone who is riding a bike and looking over and making eye contact...multiple times.



Awesome:

Hubby received an amazing promotion at work and I could not be more proud of him!

Daddy & baby coffee and hot chocolate dates

Working on a new item for the shop! {hopefully I'll have some listed this weekend!}

The fact that we have a real deals in town, and today is Thursday, which means I get to go check it out {I'm a little too excited about this}

Watching my hubby read to our sweet baby...they melt my heart

Yogurt Hut {need I say more?!}


Hope you had a fantastic week!
What was awkward?
and what was awesome?

April 26, 2011

Guest Blogger {And How Nick Jr. Saved Her Life}

Hi guys!
I'm sure you remember Jesse.
She hosted the Sugar and Spice giveaway last week!

Here she is!


{gorgeous, huh?!}

So, you already know she's an amazingly creative jewelry maker,
but what you may not know,
is that she is a wonderful and hilarious momma.

Here are her little ones



















How cute are they?!

Today, she's here to share a glimpse into her life of mommyhood
{and can I just say, I totally relate?!}

Take it away, Jesse!

We’ve all heard of them… mom’s who don’t allow their children to watch T.V. Perhaps you know a few? Or maybe you are one? And if so, more power to you!  But, I am not one of “those mom’s”.  Oh, I had every intention of being one… I mean, God forbid my precious daughter Sophie’s highly intelligent brain instantaneously turn to mush the second I hit that power button! Too big of a risk to take, right? So, for the first year and a half of my little ones life, she didn’t watch T.V.  

She had, of course, been around television when my husband or I were watching something, but she was never placed in front of it as a means of entertainment and it was never set to a channel that would have remotely been of any interest to her. So, she paid it no attention and rather, kept herself busy with books and toys. This worked out quite well for our little family, until…. one fateful Easter Sunday, when my daughter was just 18 months old and I found out….. I was pregnant.  

Yes, bold, italicized, underlined.. pregnant! As you can most likely tell, this pregnancy was unexpected and shocking and my husband and I were terrified! But, that’s another story ;)

Anyway, after getting over the initial disbelief of seeing those 2 pink lines on that little white stick, life resumed to normal… until, it hit.. morning sickness. Why they call it morning sickness, I do not know, because I had all day sickness. We’re talking nausea, vomiting, migraines, the whole enchilada. Granted, it would let up every once in awhile, but would then strike again, holding me captive on the bathroom floor, hovering over the toilet, wondering how in the world I could possibly throw up again. 

Now, being mother to an almost two year old is hard enough without feeling like you are going to toss cookies every 5 minutes and by the time I would get home from a full day of work, I would be so sick and so tired that I hardly had enough energy to climb up my front steps and open the door, let alone have enough energy to comply with the demands of a toddler!

As previously stated, my little girl is great at entertaining herself (for the most part), but she is LOUD when she plays and in constant need of affirmation that she is amazing.  So, though I would lie down immediately upon coming home in the hopes of getting some much needed rest, my attempts were futile. Seriously… you try taking a nap with a small child standing at your bedside, inches away from your face yelling, “Mama, Mama!”, every time she builds a tower, or colors a picture, or sees the cat, or puts on a bracelet, or spots  something on the floor that the vacuum didn’t pick up (I’m pretty sure she’s OCD).  This, coupled with the medley of falling blocks, singing toys and one of those stupid popper push toys that no matter where I hide, she always seems to find, didn’t provide for a very good napping environment.

So, one day, after suffering from a particularly horrible migraine with no relief in sight and no hope that my little miss would quiet down any time soon… I did it. I grabbed the remote, I turned on the T.V. and tuned it to the first cartoon channel I was able to see through my swollen, blood shot, migraine eyes….. Nick Jr.

And then… I heard it… a sound so beautiful that it was comparable to angel’s singing… SILENCE  (well except for the creepy guy in the orange jumpsuit.. have any of you seen Yo Gabba Gabba? Strange… but it’s growing on me).  Yes, my girl was mesmerized and officially hooked. And I… well, I got some much needed sleep!

From that day on Nick Jr. has been a dear friend to me. It not only got me through my morning sickness which lasted a majority of my pregnancy, but even after my second child was born (Owen.. he’s 4 months old and super cute) I still turned to Nick Jr. for help…  because sometimes  Nick Jr. allows me to sleep in,  sometimes it provides me with a moment of quiet so that I don’t completely lose my mind,  and  sometimes Nick Jr. allows me to take a shower that lasts longer than 5 minutes during which I might even have the chance to shave my legs (you’re welcome husband).

So, thank you Nick Jr., for saving my life and for being like preschool on T.V.!

Alex here!
Thanks so much for sharing, Jesse!

I know I only have one child,
and have not yet had to experience morning sickness while having a toddler,
but I already adore Nick Jr. and how much my child loves Moose and Zee
...I have a feeling I'll have a whole new appreciation for it after baby #2 :)




April 25, 2011

Easter Snapshots {and a visit to the ER}

It's been a super crazy day,
a lot has happened,
but I promised some Easter pictures,
and pictures I shall deliver!

We had a wonderful weekend...
spent time with family,
ate lots of food,
and had a visit from the easter bunny
{and the ER doctor...}

here are a few pictures from our weekend


this is a super awkward photo...
...we weren't having the best picture-taking day,
but it made me smile :)





And on to the ER
I've been told  that since Isaiah got stitches
I'm officially in the
I'm-a-mommy-of-a-boy club...
but I don't remember asking to be a member of that club!

I'm so lucky he was a trooper...



Thank goodness for Ratatouille!




 I hope you had a wonderfully blessed
{slightly less eventful than mine}
Easter!




April 24, 2011

Our Easter Weekend {and a giveaway winner}

So, the title of this post should really be edited,
but that is what I intended to post about...
so I suppose I'll leave it.

However, our night took a bit of a detour
{which happened to involve going to the emergency room and getting stitches}
...no biggie...

But it didn't leave much time for blogging



Anyway, no fiasco could prevent me from revealing
the winner of the $20 Sugar and Spice shop credit!
{I know, dedicated, huh?!}


Drum roll please!!
 
True Random Number Generator
  
  28 


And, the winner of the $20 shop credit to
is
Betsy!
Betsy, email me with your contact information within the next 48 hours
and I'll get you in touch with Jesse to claim your prize!

I hope you all had a happy and blessed Easter!
I can't wait to share some pictures from our weekend with you tomorrow!


Here's a precious moment from our day to tide you over :)


Matching daddy & baby shoes make my heart melt...


April 21, 2011

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

It's been a fun week,
with lots of giveaways, and discounts!

If you haven't entered yet,
click here for your chance to win one of my market tote bags {today is the last day to enter!}
go here to enter the Sugar and Spice giveaway and you could win a $25 credit to her etsy shop
and click here to get a MONDO discount code to use at the My Bella Baby shop!

Now, onto this week!

Awkward:

Getting my hair stuck in my son's hot wheel...like, really stuck.
See:


Having an onion scented car. Ick.

Cleaning pee off my floor that is not from an animal.



Awesome:

We have swim class again tonight, but last week, Isaiah went under water 4 times!! Yep, my screaming baby is turning into Michael Phelps!
{I'm also pretty sure he has as crush on his swim teacher...I imagine that helps}

Animal crackers...the kind in the box. Mmmmm.

A few spring-y walks. Yay for sunshine. I need it!

Popcorn. It's just awesome.






How about you?!
What was awkward and what was awesome?


April 20, 2011

Blog Love {and a HUGE discount}

You may remember that I introduced you to my new bloggy buddy
and fellow Etsian
{I still think that sounds really funny}
Kayla
the owner and creator of
My Bella Baby
{here she is with her sweet baby, Eliana}


But, just in case you don't,
{shame, shame on you}

I included some amazing pictures
of a few of the items in her Etsy shop!


I seriously adore these Bella Booties...
How adorable are they?
{Better watch out when I have baby number two...I'm gonna clean out the shop!}


And how perfect are these super soft
Little Washies?
Simply slip them on over your hand for a luxurious way to bathe your baby!
Plus, how fun for your little one to practice washing?!

Needless to say
{or maybe I already gave it away}
I'm in LOVE
with My Bella Baby

And, lucky for you,
Kayla is offering up a
Huge, mondo, ginormous
discount to you!

Just enter the code
AROSE30
at checkout
to receive 30% off your entire order!
{see, HUGE}

And, just in case that's not quite enough for you,
head on over to the
My Bella Baby blog
and enter the giveaway that Kayla is hosting
for a chance to win a $25 credit to her shop!

Ready, set, start shopping!

Happy Wednesday
{you're welcome :)}


April 19, 2011

Crafty Clothespins {a tutorial}

In case you didn't know,
I have a small obsession with clothespins...

I just think they're so.....cute!
{and not to mention, functional!}

take a peek at these cutie patooties


{I call these crafty clothespins}
oh, you'd like to know how to make some of your own?!


Ok then...let's get started! 
First, gather your supplies!

you'll need mod podge {or other decoupage} clothespins, a paint brush, cute scrapbook paper and scissors

And before we get too far into this, you should all be reminded that
I'm a fan of really simple craft projects
mmmmkay?
ok. we can proceed.



Line up your clothespin with the scrapbook paper you'll be using,
and cut around the edges.

You'll end up with a piece of paper that is a perfect fit! 


Next, apply Mod Podge all over one side of the clothespin
{it really doesn't matter which is the top}


Then, lay your perfectly fit piece of paper on top and press down.
Brush on a generous layer of Mod Podge over the entire thing
{it dries clear and will give it a nice little finish}

Now here's the fun part!
Cut out shapes from your scrapbook paper {I also used ribbon}
And use the Mod Podge to glue them on!
{remember to spread a layer over the entire thing once you have it all on}
And then you let it dry!

See, I said it would be simple!

And while it's drying, you make more!
{this step is absolutely necessary}



Once they're all dry,
you can glue magnets on the back




or, leave 'em plain and love them just the way they are!
{we don't discriminate against clothespins here}


TaDa!
In just a few minutes you've created lots of
adorable doodah's

I hope you enjoy them!
{I'm thinking they'd make some super cute gifts}

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