Tuesday, January 30, 2007
19: the number of times I put 40 lb. Kayden in and out of his car seat
2: black puddles Kayden fell in
3: postal workers laughing at me as I tried in vain to open the locked door, sure they were not closed as the clock said 4:58pm
30: minutes it took to drive to the other post office
2: products I completely cut through on my quest to expedite packaging
0: minutes in Kayden's nap
and finally- 10: feet I ran after my car. Nothing has scared me more than my car hurling in reverse up the neighbor's yard with Kayden strapped in and me not in it.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
A boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had not phoned in sick one day. Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper,"Hello.""
Is your daddy home?" he asked.
"Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with him?"
The child whispered, "No."
Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?"
"May I talk with her?"
Again the small voice whispered, "No."
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman"
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?"
"No, he's busy", whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to Daddy, Mommy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer.
Growing more worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A helicopter " answered the whispering voice.
"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
Again, whispering, the child answered, "The search team just landed the helicopter."Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, "What arethey searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle: "ME!"
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, a wonderful organization for moms that have children prior to preschool age. Really, it's a time to get away and socialize with other moms. Breakfast is eaten hot, and conversations are not interrupted every five minutes. It is wonderful. There are many of them around the US, so check the MOPS organization (http://www.mops.com/) to find the one nearest you.
During regular MOPS meetings, time is varied between crafts and speakers. However, once a year when massage therapists, facial and makeup experts, and all other sorts of spoils are available to moms. It is a great time to connect with other moms and relax, especially on spa day.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Anyway, one of the articles talked about people who do not get enough sleep. A survey showed that lask of sleep contributed 16 extra pounds over 30 years. Disturbing! I am the epitamy of nocturnal. The suggestion is to get at least eight or nine hours of sleep per night. I do not know about you, but when is the last time a mom has gotten that? This is not good news.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Rectangular cardboard box
White self-adhesive shelf paper
Stickers, stamps, and other decorations
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Glue the box lid closed and cover the entire box with several layers of white self-adhesive shelf paper (enough to block out any writing on the box).
Even now, I could be inputting numbers and instead I am blogging. I guess there is always tomorrow...
Saturday, January 20, 2007
As my business grew, so did my idea of what it would look like. First, it was just a seasonal hobby during craft shows, then came the website I naively thought could be built in two hours. After a few months, I had over fifty items offered for sale.
Over the next few weeks, you will be noticing a few more changes. I am going to return to making fewer items, as it has gotten too crazy to make everything myself and offer so many choices. Right now, I am thinking the following will still be offered:
- Breastfeeding Buddy
- Burp Cloths
- RuffleButt onesies
- Diaper Bags
- Wet Bags
- Dress Up Robes
- and the Dedication Line
Thanks to all of you who have ordered the other items. It certainly has been fun to make them!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
One of the firsts blogs I came across was tebs page. Thirty years old, just had a baby, diagnosed with stage four melanoma. Life kicked her in the gut. What did she do? Started a blog to chronicle her life and cancer journey with other people. Her experiences make me so grateful for my own family. She had so little time left with her family, so many unknowns, and she faced it all publicly. Let strangers go through it with her. If you get a minute and have a few boxes of kleenex, take a look at her blog. I challenge you to read it and not feel lucky to be alive.
One of my friends summed it up perfectly, "I don't intend to make my blog a complete revelation of my life, just a window into it." Blog on, friends.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
"The EMT's pronounced me dead as son as they arrived at the scene. They stated that I died instantly. According to the report, the collision occurred at 11:45am THe EMT's became so busy working with the others involved, that it was about 1:15 before they were ready to move me. Again, they checked for a pulse. I was still dead."
A minister came to the scene and felt God telling him to pray for Don Piper. He knew it was crazy, but hopped into the car to pray with him. 90 minutes after he was pronounced dead, he came back to earth. This book chronicles his time in heaven and his recovery here on earth. An inspirational and uplifting book, wonderful for anyone who has recently lost a loved one.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
The Zaky pillow. Do these hands freak you out? I have never seen such a thing. Seems like they wouldn't even be that comfortable. They say it works really well, but I am not sure I would want the memories of waking up next to them.
The thudguard. Seriously? "While there are babies out there with genuine medical conditions that require protective gear, this is marketed toward the average baby. Better safe than sorry! Keep a hardhat on your baby at all times, and she'll never get hurt!This is just as humiliating as the child leash. We all want to keep our babies safe. But if you're going to do something like this, you might as well wrap them in bubble wrap and keep them in a padded room until they're 18. Sure, accidents happen. But there's a difference between an ounce of prevention and a pound of it."
The redneck pacifier. Okay, my cousin has one of these for her baby. Cute for a joke, perhaps. But for everyday use? Might be a good foretelling of what they will be as adults....
The baby toupee. Enough said.
Finally, the worst baby product of all time. The man breastfeeder. Made popular by Meet the Fockers, this is a real product. I am all for men sharing in the responsibilities, but this is one occasion that is better left to mom.
I hope you get as much of a chuckle out of these as I did. For the other 5, read the full article here.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
This afternoon, I came across a couple of really great articles about the idea of sacrificial mothering. It struck me that I fall into this category. You know the mom that can never say no to any committee, volunteer project, outing, or task for ever loving hubby? Yep, that's me. Add in all of kiddos needs and you've got yourself the sacrificial mother. We don't ask for help, we don't say a word, we just are secretly (or not so secretly) exhausted.
I do not pretend to know the why's of sacrificial mothering. Perhaps it is that no one can take care of my son like I can. I want his best in everything. Surely other's can never see that I cannot "do it all". Somewhere along the line, with all of the judging us mom's do back and forth (admit it, you do it!), we think we need to be perfect at everything.So, I have a challenge for all my fellow sacrificial moms out there. Take one night this week, and reserve an hour or two to relax. In the past when I have commited to this, I am refreshed and ready to tackle mommyhood again. Take a step back, relax, and let's begin to bring a little balance into our lives.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Paper Bag books are the perfect solution! Stitched together and then bound with ribbon- all you have to do is add your pictures! Inside you will find ten pages with unique places to add photos- including horizontal and vertical pullouts. The sides open up to reveal three spots for additional picture pull outs. Lots of ribbons, tags, buttons, and embellishments make these my new favorite.
I have had a lot of requests for instructions on how to make paper bag scrapbooks. Following are detailed instructions:
~3 paper lunch sacks, extra large size
~Double sided, very sticky tape
~stickers, ribbons, buttons, mini-brads, and other embellishments.
~Paper cutter, Corner Cutter,Circle Punch
~Sewing Machine (for binding, can use hole punch)
First, take out your three lunch sacks. Make sure the openings for the lunch sacks are alternating so that the cover of the paper bag book does NOT have a lunch sack opening. Line them up, and fold them in half. Press down so there is a middle line, and that will be the center of your book. Sew the binding, or take a hole punch and punch through all three layers. If you decide to hole punch the layers, you should have three holes total, about an inch and a half apart. Slip ribbons through the holes and tie so that the book stays in place while you work on it.
Now comes the fun part! Next, cut (12) 6 by 6 pieces of paper. This will serve as the background for your scrapbook. I like to decorate and scrapbook on all my pages before I actually place them in the book. So, decide what page will be your cover, which will be your back page. A couple examples of pages:
Many more examples for front and inside pages at MiniMeBabygear.com. The possibilities are endless! Pockets, inserts, minibrads, and cute sayings make each page special and unique.
Once you have finished scrapbooking all of the pages, staple ribbons to the top of the page and pullouts. I like to hot glue buttons to various pages. What once was the top of the lunch sack is now a spot for additional pictures or journaling. Cut (3) 5 by 5 pieces of paper. Attach two circles (about 1 1/4 and 1 inch in diameter) to the middle for an easy pullout.
Tape down the pages you just scrapbooked to the paper bags, making sure you get the edges really well. If you sewed the binding, tie a ribbon around the spine and add six more ribbons down the outside spine.
One note about paper bag books- The lunch sacks are NOT acid free, and have not been tested over time to see if they will break down photos. These are not meant to replace scrapbook preservation albums, rather they are just a fun little brag book or present.
- The books are put together faster if you cut all of the pullouts you are going to use at once
- Sewing the pockets on is an easy way to add depth and character to a page
- Don't scrap so much on one page that you lose the focus- the picture!
- Tape down the front cover last. It keeps it from getting bent