my condition worsens. :)

If you have been here a while you will recall that I have a dish issue...
I LOVE dishes...what can I say.
Since admitting to my problem I have gotten better
and actually let go of some of the sets I just didn't LOVE.

But then I added a new set.
And now another new one...
When I found the ones above, I think I stopped breathing...
my favorite plate form!
I bought a set of six.
It took me days to post this...because I can hear a certain friend in L.A. giggling at me.
But I had to have them, right?
They fit right in with the other fun and color in my kitchen.
My kitchen is all white...
And slowly being dipped in color... the form of bowls, and tea kettles, and dishes, and mugs...
...and pots and pans...
Basically any kitchen good I can find in a fun color. :)

In fact, I told Doug, for my birthday...I want all sorts of fun kitchen supplies in bright fun colors...spoons, measuring cups, spatulas, etc.

These dorky things make me happy.

What dorky things make you happy?

You still have time to enter the giveaway...I'll choose a winner later on today.


five months...

I can't believe it!
How is he FIVE MONTHS already!
So crazy!

We are in the midst of a crazy busy weekend...painting bathrooms and potty training far so good.
We are thankful that he is cooperating so well and showing all sorts of good signs of improvement!

Hope your weekend is awesome!

laugh so hard you cry.

be sure to turn off my music below...and don't forget about the challenge below!

i triple dog dare you.

something that strikes me as very sad...
a woman who refuses to be seen without makeup.
to me...someone who thinks that they are so unattractive "as is" that they simply must "fix" themselves before being presentable to the world.
so sad.

the Lord made you perfect, no?

what got me thinking on all of this was THIS post by a blogger I read.
i was so struck by how stunning she was...first thing in the morning...i couldn't help but wonder if she thought the same.
if women everywhere could or would think the same about themselves.

i am not saying you should never wear make-up...i get that it is fun and all that.
i am just yourself without it first.

LOVE God's design for your face.
He made you to look JUST LIKE THAT.
He makes no mistakes.
He made your eyelashes not so full.
He puts His own blush on your cheeks.
He gave you those freckles.
He did not make your eyelids blue.

HE thinks you are beautiful first thing in the morning.
without makeup.
do you know better than the Lord?

even a little more sad...what does that message tell your children?
specifically your daughters?
if you can't love yourself the way God made do you expect them to?
if you are so embarrassed about yourself without do you teach them that it is OK to be just who God made you?
you have to believe it AND live it.
let them see you without it.
let them see you showing yourself without it.
to family.
to friends.

just a thought.

so i have a dare for you.
take your camera.
put it by your bed.
first think in the morning...
take a self-portrait.

no face washing.
no hair brushing.
no de-mussing.
just you.
the way God sees you all the time.
fresh from sleep.
before you are self-conscience.

just take a photo of you, beautiful you.
and post it on your blog.
for all the world to see.
to declare to all:
i am beautiful...just how God made me.
He doesn't make mistakes.
the second part of the dare:
believe it.

come here and link to your post in the comments.
i can't wait to see how stunning you are.


so dangerous.

Lots of things can be dangerous.
Chocolate cake in less than five minutes can be very dangerous.
You can probably do this right now.
In a LARGE coffee mug, mix together:
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
To that add:
1 egg (add this first and mix thoroughly)
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional-as if you would opt out)
A small splash of vanilla extract
Microwave on 1000 watts for 3-4 minutes.
I had to do 4 minutes.
Top with a good size dollop of pre-made chocolate frosting
(one of the ONLY times you will hear me recommend that)

I recommend eating it right out of the mug ...less clean up.
And eat it when it is warm...much better than when it is cold.
Would also be great with ice cream.
Very, VERY tasty when warm. Unexpectedly so.

Thanks to my mother in law who sent me this recipe.
Totally makes nap time all the better, right?

Go make it...and tell me how much you unexpectedly enjoyed it. :)

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! :)

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