My 1st Victim

Last night, as I lay in bed (…or is it lie in bed???  Ugh, I never know…)  Anyway, last night, as I lay in bed, I COULD NOT stop the gears from turning in my head.  I am so flipping excited about my new sewing adventures — and my machine hasn’t even arrived.  Ha ha ha.  I don’t even know if I’m going to like sewing.  Regardless, I’m feeling pretty confident…and a bit over zealous.  Today, I went down to the {cutest} sewing boutique and found this fab.u.lous fabric.  I’ve decided that

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my first victim, ahem…I mean project, will be a pillow case.  How hard can a pillow case be?  It’s a square for heaven’s sake.  (Professional sewers:  If you happen to be reading this and know that pillow cases are one of those “seemingly-easy-yet-actually-quite-difficult” projects, now would be a great time to interject!)

Allow me to back up a bit.  The FIRST thing I’m going to do is “play” with my new sewing machine.  (You can read about the model I chose here.)  Exploring and playing with things is {i.m.o.} one of the best ways to learn.  I am going to sew every stich and button hole possible.  I do, however, think you’d find it funny that I couldn’t (notice I said “couldn’t” not “didn’t”) even use proper sewing “lingo” when talking with my mother this morning.  I think I called it bobbin threading and it’s bobbin tightening.  Anywhoo…I’ll learn.

Oh, and, as a sidenote, I Googled lay vs. lie before finishing this post (I couldn’t help myself) and found: “The past tense of lie (to recline) is lay.”  Turns out, I was right — score!  Sarah: 1, Grammar: 5,789.  

FabFind(s)

Surprise!  It’s FabFind Day.  Even better, it’s a two-for-one FabFind Day.  I couldn’t help but post these  together.  I love {love, love} them and they are in the same family: hygiene — one of my personal favorite categories.  Mommas {and grandmommas} will really like these…

Numero Uno:

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disposable, stick-in-place placemats

Pretty self-explanatory…just stick the placemat to the restaurant table for feeding and then leave it behind as trash!  Brilliant!  While I have actually surprised some people with my not-so-germaphobic-approach to motherhood, restaurant table tops still bother me.  To be honest, they are pretty unsanitary.  This solution is {i.m.o.} perfect.  Not to mention, they are BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-Free, and biodegradable!  They come in several different designs like Winnie the Pooh, Cars, Baby Einstein, Sesame Street.  This product definitely gets five stars from me!

Numero Dos:

Boogie Wipes 

Boogie Wipes are uh-mazing!  They are soft, all-natural saline wipes that are super gentle on little noses.  I use them all.the.time.  They are especially useful when G is sick {and lots of wiping is required} or when we are out-and-about and I need to clean his face, hands, bottom,

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utensils…whatever needs a good wipe!  Typically, I buy the unscented wipes, but we’ve used the grape scent as well.  I can tell G thinks the grape wipes smell yummy, but he doesn’t necessarily prefer them.  (They also come in Minty Menthol and Fresh scents, which we’ve yet to try.)  They come in packages of thirty wipes or little boxes containing wipes that are individually wrapped.  And, rumor has it that sometime this month they’ll be offered in bulk canisters – woohoo!  As a former teacher, I imagine these would be a great addition to a classroom hygiene stash.  (Boogie Wipes also makes Saline Soothers, an “adult” version of the wipe, but they aren’t yet readily available — I’ve only seen them in one small, boutique shop.)  Boogie Wipes are alcohol-, phthalate- and paraben-free {score!} and, in my book, a momma must-have!   

Until the next FabFind…

Pumpkin Patch 2013

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If there is any way to brush the dust off an old blog, why not do it with Pumpkin Patch photos. Right?

This year, we, along with some friends, went back to Grady’s very first pumpkin patch, Hidden Creek Farms. We’ve been to some of the bigger farms — with tons of rides, food, games, etc, — but, honestly, I prefer the smaller, more quaint farms. :-)

Let the pictures begin!

I can’t help but start with this picture. Why? Because we took the EXACT same picture of Grady

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and his (girl)friend, Abby, when they were but four months old!!

 

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How crazy is that?!? After seeing that before-and-after, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to smile or cry. Why is time passing so quickly?

Here are some of my favorites, including some amazing shots taken by my awesome hubby!

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That was a seriously fast slide!

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We had an absolute blast. My only regret…where are the pictures of Daddy?!?!? Too often, he mans the camera and we both forget to capture him on the other side.

XOXO

Sarah

 

HELLO!

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Man oh man…has it been a while, or what??  I’m not even sure I remember my way around this rusty ol’ blog.  More importantly, is anyone out there?  :-)

So much has (and has not) transpired in the past several months!  We’ve been busy, busy!  For starters, let’s chat about what has NOT happened.  As crazy as it sounds, we thought we were moving.  Not once, but twice.  While the last few months felt like quite the roller coaster — enter: prepping the house, re-organizing, purging, calculating, yada, yada, yada — we are thrilled to be staying put…for now, anyway.

As for what HAS been going on…well, my babies have been growing like weeds.  Every new milestone, every new found level of maturity, is beautiful and exciting.  Though that comes with the sadness that they are growing WAY TOO FAST, I try to focus on the former and not so much on the latter.

Our little G-man is almost three years old.  THREE!  Did you hear that?  At two-and-a-half months shy of his third birthday, our oldest is SO MUCH FUN.  A toot?  Definitely.  Brilliant, funny, energetic, fascinating, independent, loving?  Yes, yes, yes and yes.  (Not enough yes’s, huh?)  He is absolutely wonderful to be with.  I love running errands with him and all of our silly and awesome conversations.  I could listen to him talk for hours and find fascinating the way his little mind works.  And, he and daddy are starting to do a lot of father-son outings like hitting balls at the driving range, going to the soccer fields, having batting practice and so much more.  Watching that relationship develop is so rewarding.

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As for the little Nugget?  Brace yourself.  He is about to turn ONE!  Plain and simple, I can not believe that he is already 10 1/2 months old.  I absolutely love getting to know him.  To mention just a few, our little spitfire started walking at about 9 months, is really starting to “talk,” and is on the heels of his big brother (AT ALL TIMES).  He is into everything — especially if G is.  He’s a loud little booger (gee, I remember writing that about G) and definitely makes himself heard.  Fortunately, he’s been much easier on us than G in the sleeping department.  No, he wasn’t one of those “magical” babies that sleeps through the night from day one, but he’s older now and has matured into a pretty acceptable sleep pattern.  On a typical night, I don’t have to get up with him until 4:30 or 5 am and that makes me happy.  :-)

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The hubbster is doing phenomenal as well, both personally and professionally.  He is a very hard worker and is just as committed in his daddy role.  I couldn’t be luckier.  (Don’t be fooled by the measly two lines of this post I’ve dedicated to him…he is one of the ties that bind and he knows it!)

Aside from taking care of our little foursome, I’ve had my hands in a gazillion around-the-house projects.  See, when we thought we were moving, we started preparing the house for the market; i.e. doing ALL of the things we’d talked for years about doing (re-painting, new blinds, repairing a few things, etc, etc).  When we realized we weren’t moving, we decided that it is really no fun to live in a house full of “I’d love to change that’s.”  So…we charged forward.  With new paint colors comes new decor, right?  Yay!  The entire house has been transformed to a clean light gray color palette.  My happy place.  And, I’ve been having a lot of fun redecorating.  It takes a loooooong time with two kids in tow, but it’s coming along.

Not to mention, I’m loving my blossoming little stationery business, Dapper Prints.  My new Etsy shop keeps me extra occupied but it has been a great addition to my word-of-mouth business.

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I’m going to do my very best to be a better blogger.  I have a few things I’m dying to share, including a wonderful (LONG OVERDUE) book review by my dear blogging friend Robin at Pink Dryer Lint.

Have a blessed weekend.

Birchbox | A Few Faves

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Hello there!  Yes, it has been a while.  I’m sorry!  Life is busy — and doesn’t afford me much time for the blog — but things are going great!  Family as a foursome is fantastic and we are settled into a nice little routine.  For now, anyway.  Not to mention, in my not-so-spare time, I’m working on the start-up of my new stationery shop.  This has me very excited and I can’t wait for my samples to be ready.  Patience, patience.

In the meantime, I thought I’d pop in to share a few of my faves from my recent Birchboxes.  Are you familiar with Birchbox?  It’s super fun.  For $10 a month (less if you pay for the year up front), members receive a little goodie box each month filled with samples of beauty and lifestyle products — creams, polish, makeup, snacks, etc.  The idea is pretty simple: Birchbox provides members with the latest products in sample size, so we can try them, first, without buying an entire tube or jar.  Perfect.  Additionally, if you find an item you love, you can buy the actual size from the Birchbox website at a discounted price and they ship free!  Awesome, right?

While it seems like I don’t have a ton of time for hair and/or makeup these days, it’s a lot fun to receive this little treat each month and – as sad as it is to say – reminds me to take a little time to paint my toenails or apply eye liner.  :-)  And, much to my surprise, I have actually found a few things I’d like to buy.

Here are a few of my recent faves:

Blue-Ming polish by Color Club.

Love this shade.  Even though summer is technically over, I can see myself wearing this for a while longer.

Stainiac by theBalm

I’m not a big lipstick wearer.  Truthfully, I never wear it.  I’m more of a clear gloss kind of gal.  However, this seems to be a good compromise.  It does NOT have the look of lipstick or even gloss.  Literally, it just stains your lips with a bit of color.  After it sets in, lips are dry.  I like the fact that it gives my lips a little color without looking like I’m wearing lipstick.  It lasts a long time, too.  If I’m headed out, I like to apply a clear gloss over the top.  If I purchase it, I will probably buy the Rosy Pink shade, instead of my sample shade which is Berry Pink.  Rosy Pink appears to be a little less bright and more my style.  (Oh, and this product is for cheeks, too, though I’ve yet to try it that way.)

Uber Bar (Roasted Nut Roll) by Larabar

Leave it to me to include one of the food items, right?!?  Hey, I like a healthy snack just as much as the next gal.  Now that I’m nursing again, I’m on a constant lookout for healthy, quick snacks.  I like nuts, so, for me, this was scrumptious.  G-man liked it, too.

I’m looking forward to this month’s box.  I’ll try to pop in and share what I loved.  :-)