too legit.

So...after being in business for over two years I finally decided on a logo. And believe me...I had to think about it A LOT. I have toyed with ideas since opening but never came up with something I knew I wouldn't get sick of really fast. Then one day it hit me...the little guy above popped into my head and sweet Renee over at Thompson Designs was somehow able to put together EXACTLY what I had in my head!! :) I just love it. It is simple and classic but still very me at the same time. I highly recommend her for any kind of design service you need...she is super to work with and I got my design really quickly. I couldn't be more pleased. :)
Now I just have to decide where to implement my new cards and tags for sure...but I would love to work it into some sort of goody to go into orders too...
And in case you haven't noticed...there is a new gift set for babies in the shop...this one is obviously for the boys...I'll be giving away a girl one soon...
This skirt is new too...I call it "Christmas in L.A."...cause, well, you'll have to live somewhere warm to wear this at Christmas time. :)
And finally, an initials only alternative to the name pillow. :) I hope to giveaway a girl version of this item, too. :)

Speaking of giveaways...the winner of the wire monogram from l'alfabeto
is Angie Mae. :)
Congrats to you! Let me know you saw this, then contact l'alfabeto to claim your prize!

I hope to make giveaways a weekly occurrence...if you are interested in sponsoring just let me know!

Happy Monday!

almost free.

We made sidewalk paint. It was free for me because I had the stuff.
If you don't have it already it will be a cheap activity. :)
You need:
1/4 cornstarch
1/4 water
food coloring
Mix them all together. Adding as much color as you are brave.
They look especially fun in my favorite bowls.
A tip for you...don't use those foam brushes. Next time we will use bristle brushes.
These photos make me smile.
So colorful and happy.
Moses enjoyed it.
He was thrilled to paint...and on the sidewalk at that. :)
It was almost quiet for a bit.
If not least pretty.
I'm running out of captions for these photos.
You should try it...and be ALL washed away with the hose.

Today I am thankful husband, my toddler(or is he a pre-schooler?), my baby, my business, my husbands great job, my lovely home and so much more. :)
What are you thankful for?


food for thought.

Thirty days from tomorrow I will be thirty.
I LOVE birthdays.
But I am dreading this one.
Thirty doesn't sound so nice.

However...thirty will be much better to me than twenty was.
I am older, wiser and much more gung-ho about my convictions.

For instance.
I refuse to shop at Wal-mart. Solely on principal.
And, no, it is NOT because my husband is a Target executive.
Our boycott of Wal-mart did not begin until well into his career.

Wal-mart is like a plague.
It swoops in and kills off all sorts of American businesses in its manhunt for the lowest price.

Not only do they move into a town and make it impossible for small business to survive...but they take out large businesses as well...several large name businesses have gone bankrupt or nearly so trying to bend to Wal-mart buyer requests (ie. selling them an item at a price so low that profit is nearly impossible)...either they meet the request or Wal-mart will often refuse to do ANY business with them. Take a look at this article HERE.

You know how Wal-mart claims to buy American? Not so much...the sweat shop rumors are true. They treat their overseas workers like dirt...making them live in dirty dorms...and taking rent out of their pay whether they live in them or not. They are paid pennies on the dollar for the junk they make for Wal-mart. And they aren't all adults. Many are children. Most can't do any better.

HERE's a great resource on learning more about the dirty side of saving a buck at Wal-mart.

And I don't base my beliefs about Wal-mart on ONE article...or ONE blog or ONE documentary. There are tons out there...hundreds maybe.
Even if only 10% were true (and I believe much more than that is) I would still feel the way I do.

Yes I used to shop there. Guilt free. I'm not judging you if you do. But the more I learned the less I felt comfortable in supporting them on any level.
Ignorance WAS bliss. Now I know better.

After doing some research on your own...can you really say that it is WORTH saving a few bucks to support not only the death of small business and large corporations but to also support a thriving sweatshop industry?

And before someone else says it...No, Target does not allow bell ringers from the Salvation Army to stand in front of it's stores, HOWEVER, Target is one of the largest contributors to the Salvation Army and several other charities.
(This is usually the biggest anti-Target argument that people can come up with).

As usual I would love to hear your thoughts.


EDITED TO ADD: I failed to mention...since I was finishing up that post with a baby bouncing on my knee...that once upon a time, I worked at Wal-mart...and experienced first hand how "great" they treat their employee's. Getting over part time hours was met with big way they were going to have to give you benefits. There are many testimonies of former employees and how badly they were treated in the name of keeping the price down.

I am not anti big business. I am anti dirty business. Wal-mart USED to stand for the American dream but since Sam Walton passed away, the line was crossed. Now it is get the lowest matter the cost.

I also was not talking about Wal-mart stores in other countries necessarily...but the production warehouses in other countries owned by Wal-mart...where people and children are poorly paid and treated.

Just wanted to clarify a bit.

No company is perfect...but Wal-mart is the e

hot fun!

Wanna keep your toddler/preschool/self busy for at least an hour?
Then I have the activiity for you! :) I first saw this in one of my parent magazines...then April at Janesays did it last year with her daughter...I knew Moses would love it!
Basically, you round up some little water-proof toys...
Fill a shallow bowl with water...the one I used was about three inches deep...if you have older or younger kids you could adjust the depth to increase/decrease the challenge level...
Then arrange the toys in the water filled bowl...
And freeze overnight.
I gave Moses a squirt bottle and a small screwdriver...he LOVES any reason to use a screwdriver!
He went to town...
I helped him when he needed it...
Making it a fun activity for the both of us...
And he loved the power of having his OWN squirt bottle...
Nothing like FREE, cold fun on a hot summer day!
And like I kept him busy for at least an hour. :)

If you think about it...say a prayer for my husband...he goes tomorrow for the interview of his life! :) Pray for confidence and wisdom! :)



Ok...just to warn you...this is not a happy fuzzy post.

But there are some things I just don't get.
Like...Why people go swimming with sharks. Why anyone would get a tattoo with someones name in it. Why taxes are so high...why Al Gore thinks he invented the internet...why the shower curtain billows in...why my kids can't nap at the same time every day.
Among others.

I also don't get that when a celebrity dies...regardless of what they have done in their lives...they are suddenly martyred. Like if you accomplish enough fame in your life, you are excused from being a good human being. If you are a good enough athlete you can get away with rape...or murder even. Right? That's what society tells us. If enough people like you, you don't have to follow the rules.

Today I am saddened that people are SO fixated on the death of ONE human being that they are not paying attention to the fact that North Korea threatened on Wednesday to "wipe out" the United States if we dared to intercept the transport of illicit weapons.

Today I am saddened that people celebrate someone accused of being a pedophile among other things. Even if he was a great musician. That doesn't make him worthy of a pardon.
If the una bomber was a great musician would we have pardoned him?

I am REALLY saddened by celebrity fanfare.
I hate to break it to the world but...being an actor or musician does not make you special or more important than the checkout girl at Target. Especially if you look at how little it takes to be a "celebrity" these days...people will do anything to be a "celebrity"...lie,cheat, steal and more...just look at all those smutty reality shows...because our society tries to tell us that celebrities are more important than that your average person.

It makes me sad that people will go to a concert or baseball game and raise their hands to celebrate but they won't lift a finger let, alone raise their hands to celebrate the One who put them on the planet in the first place.

I get really concerned when anyone but Jesus is put on a pedestal.
Even if (especially if?) it is an evangelist of some sort. Kind of creeps me out how obsessed I have seen some get with a certain evangelist or author even. There is a fine line between inspiration and false idols. In my opinion.

And I even get saddened by the fact that it seems that everyone and everything is to be tolerated...
...except seems.

I am finding that I have to purpose myself to find the good in the world...because it really feels like a whirlpool...where things are getting worse and worse. The world is really so messy. I am homesick for Heaven more than ever in my life.

I look inward a lot to find the happy my kids, my family and friends.

It may have taken me until near 30 to figure it out but I think I know the purpose of life.

Love God, Love others. It's as simple as that.

Everything else is a waste. Especially worshiping false idols.

It's not that celebrities aren't worthy of love...just no more so than you...or me...or anyone else you know. It's just when you have to angle your eyes to look up to anyone but Jesus that there is a problem.

Make sense?

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