Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday

Enjoy free shipping today on all purchases in the shop.  Enter code freeship2011 at checkout.  Happy shopping! 

We are heading off on a farm field trip!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love everything about it.  The food, the season, the weather.  Love. It. All.  This year was no disappointment.  We were able to spend a rare day together as a family (my husband is a full time student, so he essentially lives at school.)  We traveled over the desert highway and through the cactus to my in-laws home.  We enjoyed a fantastic dinner (which I had absolutely no part in preparing...I did the dishes comparison as I definitely know how many hours go into preparing a meal of the sort.  Thank you Marilyn and Aunt Janet -- it was delicious!!!)  We enjoyed lots of relaxing and visiting.  We even got to Skype with Uncle Steve (my husband's brother who is home for the next couple weeks on his R&R leave -- he is in the military and currently fulfilling his deployment in Afghanistan.)  He surprised his wife and children last Sunday with his arrival.  So exciting!!!

For the past few years, Thanksgiving night always ends with a few pieces of pie, and Black Friday shopping.  Yes, my friends, I participate in the madness.  Traditionally, we only hit the outlet malls, but this year, we stopped in at Target too.  Madness!!!  Lynsee was not into the craziness of the crowds (the line wrapped almost all the way around our Target store).  She decided to wait outside and let my friend Tricia and I brave the masses.  We were an excellent team -- she manned the cart as I darted in and out of aisles grabbing our goods.  We were done and out of there in 25 minutes flat.  Then, it was off to the outlets.  We were slightly disappointed with the sales, but somehow I ended up coming home with a few shopping bags full of stuff.  At one point I remember talking to Lynsee and fully realizing that I could no longer make rational decisions about what I was buying.  Do you think that is why the stores stay open all night?  They know you will buy because you literally cannot think straight??  It was amazing.

Biggest score of the night?  My rotating waffle iron from Kohls:  $9.99 -- originally $69.99.  Oh yeah!

Overall, I love Thanksgiving, not only for the traditions, but because I love having another reason to reflect upon my life and how blessed I am.  I love my family, both immediate and extended.  We are healthy.  Our basic needs are met.  We are surrounded by wonderful friends.  Nothing to complain about at all.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

BNNB Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the BNNB giveaway!  The winner of the ruffle bottom bloomers and baby legs is:

Comment #8:  Pie!  Who said

...I follow BNNB (andI  love it!!!)

Contact Tricia at to claim your prize.

Don't forget to check our her shop and follow her blog for lots of great tutorials and Christmas gift ideas!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Giveaway extended for one more day

I've decided to extend the giveaway for BNNB for one more day!  I will announce the winner in the morning! Don't forget to enter if you haven't already.   Details here.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of me with 3 chins.  We went to the Breaking Dawn midnight showing last night.  We stuck out like a sore thumb -- us moms with our cardigans amid a sea of teenagers.  We still had a wonderful time!  Now, we're just excited for March to get here so we can see the Hunger Games!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Free stuff!

Hi friends!

I have been working like mad getting my shop updated for the holidays.  There is a never ending stream of products to photograph and upload to Etsy.  I could literally spend all day long working at it.  But, in an attempt to achieve work/life balance, I have tried to only work on it for designated segments each day.

To celebrate all of the new stuff being added, I wanted to let you wonderful blog readers know about a little sale I am about to introduce.  I have lots and lots of colorful little flower earrings coming down the pipeline.  They make great gifts, and are fun accessories to have for yourself or your daughter as well!

Purchase any three pairs of earrings this week, and receive the fourth pair for FREE!  Just mention in the "message to seller" box at checkout which pair you would like to receive free of charge (the free pair must be some that I have in stock.  Don't worry, I have a lot!)

Also, if you purchase my current favorite necklace for sale in the shop (designed by Lynsee!), you can receive a free pair of earrings as well.  Follow the same procedure and just mention which pair you would like in the "message to seller" box upon check out.

Yay!  Fun free stuff!  Happy shopping.

P.S.  We are LOVING the new and improved cooler weather in our neck of the woods.  Makes for lots of fun outside playtime. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

BNNB Giveaway

Today is rainy and I have a handful of sick kiddies on my hands.  We are staying put and declaring a movie day today!  I am actually very excited.  I haven't stayed home with nothing to do for a really long time.  It's going to be wonderful.

Doesn't today feel like a giveaway day?  I think it does.  Tricia from Baby Night Night Boutique is generously giving away a pair of her infamous baby ruffle bloomers and a pair of baby legs. A very cute outfit for you little one!  Seriously, though.  Cute.

How to Enter (Leave a separate comment for each entry)
1.  Follow Baby Night Night Boutique Craft Blog 
2.  Follow The Pretty Blog and/or FB page
3.  Tell me your favorite holiday tradition

I'll announce the winner this Friday (the 18th).  Sometime after I recover from Breaking Dawn midnight madness.  Am I going at midnight you ask?  Of course I am.  Of course.  It's not necessarily for the movie, but more for the girls night out.

{Some of you may have previously been followers of the BNNB blog.  However, the blog has changed (it got hacked so Tricia had to create a new blog).  Be sure to follow her new blog.  She shares lots of great tutorials that you won't want to miss!  She loves her followers and treats them right.}

Photos via BNNB Etsy

Thursday, November 3, 2011

For my Mom

My cute mom has been waiting patiently to see pictures of the children from Halloween.  My regular camera battery was dead (of course), so all I have are phone pictures. 

This year, we had a Robin:

A Super Mario:

And a Rapunzel:

All of them had very specific ideas about what they wanted to be.  There was no hope for coordinating costumes.  They loved them though.  Super Mario ended up being the most commented on costume of the evening.  I heard at least 10 people say, "Look, it's Mario!"  They had a lot of fun trick or treating to all the non-scary homes.  A lot of people in our neighborhood create haunted houses.  Cool for the older kids, but terrifying for mine.  After an hour of canvassing the neighborhood, we have enough candy to last for DAYS. 

Finally, the classic group shot.  This is what I get when I asked the kids to pose like their character.  Still figuring out how 7 fingers represents Rapunzel. 

How was your Halloween??

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Emmett's Fight Button Battery Awareness Fundraiser

Today is the kick off for the Emmett's Fight Fundraising Event for button battery ingestion awareness.  (I blogged about it here.)  I am so excited and honored to be a part of it.  For the next 12 days, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of any of these products will be donated to the Emmett's Fight campaign.  The Pretty Poppy is offering necklaces and keychains.  Baby Night Night Boutique has super cute t-shirts available in all sizes.  Apple Avenue is offering darling hair flowers.  And finally, you can even support through the purchase of Scentsy candles!

Visit the Emmett's Fight blog for more details.

Even if you aren't able to purchase any of the products, just simply spreading the word is a wonderful way to contribute.  Awareness is everything and can save lives!