Friday, April 30, 2010

Fancy That review!

     

{It amazes me everything that is made on Etsy!}

Judy over at Fancy That, makes {adorable} 'super hero sets' and made one for Chase. His face lit up when the package came in the mail. He ripped open the package to find this adorable cool 'Super Chase' set.


  
 (He wore this for hours straight, when we got it)
{Chase said super hero's don't smile}

 
Here are two other capes that I plan on getting for gifts, from Fancy That!
http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.138816783.jpg http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.137636289.jpg 
     
Look at all the colors she has!!
http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.137679112.jpg

http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.139474759.jpg
 
Her capes are made very well and snap around your child neck. The eye mask has two elastic straps, to stay on their head better. (they work great) The arm bands are made of shiny stretchy fabric to fit any size wrist.

Why have your child dress up like Batman or super man...when they can be their own super hero?!


Not only does Judy make amazing cape sets, she makes other adorable things....
 Here are some of them...
http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.77358385.jpg  http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.71689797.jpg 
http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.36081863.jpg

Judy has offered to give one of my readers their own 'Super hero cape set'
{Finally a giveaway for all you mommies of boys (or girls)}

Go over to Fancy That and pick out what color Super Hero Cape set you'd get, then come back here and leave me a comment. Also, let me know who you'd get it for.


Want some more entries?!

1 extra entry- follow my blog or let me know you do
2 extra entries- add my button to your blog, or let me know you have it already
2 extra entries- Twitter about this giveaway and leave me a link
3 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link
6 extra entries- Buy something from Fancy That and let me know what you bought.

***Be sure to leave a comment for EACH separate entry you are entitled***

This giveaway will end  Friday May 7th and the winner will be chosen with random.org

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Divorce these days

   
 I just can't believe it!

To think that 7 of my friends that I graduate High School with, have gotten a divorce.
WOW!

My belief is that when you say your vows and sign that marriage contract, the two of you are in it for life. Through thick and thin, good and bad....all the way to 'till death do us part.' 

I read that the divorce rate in our country is 51% {WHAT?}
Why are people getting married if they aren't sure it will last and they aren't willing to 'take on another job'. Marriage is like a job, you have to work at it daily!
(I do realize that there can be those once an awhile occasions when serious things happen)

When you marry someone, most people, do it because they are in love and want to spend the rest of their life with their partner. I don't believe that all that just goes away. It DOES take work and commitment, but the love was there to begin with, so there is no doubt in my mind, it can be there again, if you just work at it.

Marriage does not come easy. There ARE ups and downs, there are hard times, but if there is trust and love, it will work.
I understand that one person in the marriage can decide that the marriage is over, leaving the other person with little fighting power. There are times that I do agree with divorce. I believe {trust} is the number one thing in a relationship/marriage. If there is no trust, you shouldn't be getting married. If trust is lost in a marriage, due to being unfaithful, I believe that your marriage contract and vows have been broken.

Divorce is sad itself, but when it hits home and it starts happening to your friends, it is painful to watch your friends go through. 
There are ways around divorce, counseling is one of them. I'd have to say that if my marriage ever got to that point (and I pray it never does) I would do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in my power to fight for it. Not only for me, but my kids also.

I have been talking to a lot of friends, that are going through this and I really wish I could help, but I can't. It isn't my 'boat' to jump in, to try and keep it a float. If they got married for the wrong reasons, or weren't 100% sure they wanted to be with their partner FOREVER, they shouldn't have gotten married. 

Marriage isn't just something you do. (some people just think after a long relationship, you get married.) NOT TRUE! You get married out of love and trust for someone that you want to be with 'till death till you part.'

With all that being said.
I am sorry to all my friends that have to ever go through divorce!
 {Brian...I love you to the moon and back!}

(this is all my opinion and my statistics are found on the web)

JBF Sale!

      
I have a new addiction, well, an {old} one turned {new}!
I {love} garage sales! You can find the best deals on everything, {new} and {used}!
Well, when the JBF (Just Between Friends) sale was brought to my attention...I was in {heaven}!

It is a huge garage sale, where you can sell stuff, buy stuff, or a little of both. It's {amazing} and the biggest sale I have ever been to.

This is what the inside looks like...
 that is {huge}

It definitely did not surprise the hubby when I came home with this (plus the toys and clothes the kids already grabbed from me)
I am {addicted}!

This bag was so heavy, my arm was turning purple, towards the end of my 2 hours shopping spree

But, the best thing is...no matter if it was new or used, I got {GREAT} prices on everything!
Take a look at most of the stuff I got...
(the kids grabbed some stuff before I got the pictures)

(Dora Horse Truck, rattle, talking purse, Dora DVD, bag of baseball cards, Alphabet talking fridge magnets...I also got a doll for Abby, that was new the box, a pair of PJ's for each kid, that were new from Carters and a Playmobil set for Chase)

(Abby's feet grew, so she needs all new shoes...this will put her well on her way. Plus a pair for Makenzie and Chase)

(Clothes for Makenzie)

(Clothes for Makenzie and pants and a bikini for Abby)

There were a ton of toys there {big} and {small}, but I knew we had a very full play room, so I sadly passed up most of the the great deals!

Megan, thanks for introducing me to this awesome sale! 
I am addicted!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Winners & updated family room

The winner for the
      giveaway is...#2
Leann over at Magical Memories
 
Congrats Leann, please e-mail me your address, so I can get it to Amanda.

&
 
The winner for the 
 
giveaway is... #62
Brandi over at Brandi's Blessings

Congrats Brandi, please e-mail me your address, so I can get it to Darlene.
 
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Remember when I asked for your help on my family room??
This blah room...
  
Well, here is the start to a better looking room....


Now, should I do blinds, with a drape over a rod or just drapes with a lining {to not let in light, to see the TV}
I am so bad at this and would love some more input. 
I will also be on the search for a chunky blue throw for the love seat.


Should I do something like this over the sliding door?
http://blindsgalore.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/drapes.jpg
  
{keep in mind, this is my hubby's sports room, so I have no say in the pictures on the walls or the decor on the bookshelves. I am just doing as much as I can, before he says 'Stop!'} :)
 I didn't get to the bathroom the other day, so that is my project to get done before the weekend.
Wish me luck, painting bathrooms is not fun!

Followers!

**UPDATE**
Anna over at Life as a Stewart is my 200th follower....Congrats and THANK YOU!!

**

 Almost 200 followers! Wow, thanks everyone! I am glad you like to see pictures of my kids, hear me ramble, watch my house turn into a home and give me advice when I need it most. 

Thank you!

I have 199 followers, there is a prize for the 200th follower! 
Who will it be?!
A new follower, an old reader coming out of hiding....?!

Stay tuned to see who wins. 

Meanwhile, my busy day yesterday, turned even busier. Never take this mama to Home Depot...I get too many project ideas! 
Off to tape the rest of the family room, to paint my accent wall.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Magens Bay Designs

 
Brooke over at Magens Bay Designs is giving away a set of her alphabet wooden blocks. These are adorable and would be a great gift, photo shoot, decoration, or just for fun. 
  
Brooke got the name Magens Bay, from a place in the virgin islands, that is her little piece or paradise. She started making these blocks for her son and her business grew from there. Brooke opened up her Etsy shop in late 2009 and I didn't want all of you to miss out on her great product! 
Take a look at some of her designs...
  
http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.109723622.jpg   http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.137311208.jpg 
   
 http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.137140725.jpg    http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.133367011.jpg 
  
and my personal favorite...
http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.98014188.jpg
 Each one of her block sets comes with 30 blocks- upper and lower case letters (26 blocks) and the numbers 0-9 (4 blocks).
The blocks are sealed and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Each set is sent in a canvas bag for storage too!
   
Brooke is offering one of my readers a set of their choice.
All you have to do it go to Magens Bay Designs and tell me which set you would choose and who your set would be for, come back and leave me a comment.

 Who wants some extra entries?!

1 extra entry- follow my blog or let me know you do
1 extra entry- 'Heart' Magens Bay Designs
2 extra entries- add my button to your blog, or let me know you have it already
2 extra entries- Twitter about this giveaway and leave me a link
3 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link
6 extra entries- Buy something from Magens Bay Designs and let me know what you bought.

***Be sure to leave a comment for EACH entry you are entitled***

This giveaway will end  Monday May 3rd and the winner will be chosen with random.org
  

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lots to do!

   
We have a busy day ahead of us....
  
My hubby has the rest of his softball tournament today, I am going to attempt church with all 3 kids, then come home and paint this bathroom...


and changing some things around, for the daycare.
(you won't believe what I am adding)
Then I am going to make Abby some new drapes, cause the blah cream ones they had in there when we moved in, don't cut it.
{I am by no means a great sewer, but I do know how to make drapes and window coverings}
  
 
A possible trip to Home Depot is in store for tonight, to return some stuff and get a fan for Abby's room.

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Man, my day is full!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend and not getting all the rain that we are!
(It makes for not fun softball games)

(my posts aren't complete without some adorableness! {that's a word in my book}
  
  

 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Darcey Lane Designs review/giveaway!!

   
 

Darlene from Darcey Lane Designs Makes adorable clothes and outfits for little girls. I don't have enough words to express how cute they all are and would love for my daughters to wear all of them.
Her fabrics are adorable and bright and would make any girl look like a princess.

 These are some of the cute things she makes...

http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.136367847.jpghttp://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.133003991.jpghttp://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.133667517.jpg

and this oh so gorgeous monogrammed dress!

 
Darlene sent me this adorable Diaper cover and I am in {LOVE}
     It is so adorable and prefect for Makenzie's little tush...see for yourself...

I mean really, Makenize already had a cute tush...but with this diaper cover, it is simply {ADORABLE}


This diaper cover is perfect for pictures of matched with a cute dress or cute little top.
When I receive it in the mail and opened it up, I was so impressed be the way it was made and how well it fits. Most diaper covers I have bought are not true to size and the 3-6 months usually ends up fitting my little Abby.
She has a fabulous shop and I am excited to tell you that Darlene is offering a $25 gift certificate to her Etsy shop...to one of you {lucky} readers!!

Go over to Darcey Lane Designs and then come tell me what you would spend the gift certificate on and leave it in a comment.

Want some more entries??

1 extra entry- follow my blog or let me know you do
1 extra entry- 'Heart' Darcey Lane Desgins Etsy shop 
1 extra entry- Join Darcey Lane Designs Facebook page-
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Darcey-Lane-Designs/10150112990400481?ref=ts
2 extra entries- add my button to your blog, or let me know you have it already
2 extra entries- Twitter OR Facebook about this giveaway
3 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link
6 extra entries- Buy something from Darcey Lane Designs and let me know what you bought.

***Be sure to leave a comment for EACH entry you are entitled***

This giveaway will end  Tuesday April 27th and the winner will be chosen with random.org
(****ending date changed****)


 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Help Please!!

    
I {REALLY} need your help! I am not a great decorator, nor am I creative {with decorating}. 
Look at my family room.....


  
{the only thing cute about this room are the adorable children on the couch..ready for nap}

These are the colors of the pillows in this room, and my hubby likes the blue color {he might be saying that so I don't go buy new pillows} either way, I want to bring that blue color in somehow.


Does anyone have any ideas to spice up this room?? I am open for {ANY} ideas. This is my weak area...decorating!
What would you do to this room!?

On a different note!
I am {SO} glad we didn't decided to remove this berry tree....look at it now!
 {GORGEOUS!!}

 What is your opinion on landscape brinks around trees??


Here is my neighbors tree...I like it and want to do it to our other tree out front...what do you think?

Thanks for any ideas you may have!

Happy Friday!! 


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