Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Back to School Already?

Yup, that's right. To ease the pain and suffereing of back to school, I am offering 15% off all back to school bags.





Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner....

When Josh told me how many t-shirts he actually owns, I replied that even I was surprised.

"There is no such thing as too many t-shirts, dear"

All of you were LOW!

Drumroll, please....

163 shirts.

The closest was Cara with 145 t-shirts. I will contact you today for your free babylegs. Check back Friday for the next useless fact giveaway:-)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tomorrow

TOMORROW at 9AM is your last chance at the useless fact friday contest.

The t-shirt hoarding amount will be unveiled then.

Off to count. I honestly have no clue, but I am thinking more than 100.

Will post in the AM with the winner.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pipette Tops

One of my customers sent me the following pictures. I wanted to wait until Tuesday to give Jamie Rae Pipette Tops and Matching Flower Hats a little "Toot of Approval". However, I simply can't wait any longer to share them.



Isn't she adorable?
I can't take it. She is too cute.

Made my week


I love getting feedback from customers, especially when it reads like this:

"Hi Jamie!

Once again thank you for exceeding my expectations! Every product I have purchased from you is not only top quality but extremely adorable and helpful! I look forward to many more purchases! Keep up the good work!" K.T.

I love it when customer take the time to write- it is so uplifting. Thank you again, K.T.!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Useless Fact Friday Contest

My husband has a serious love for t-shirts.
All of them possess one of the following:
  • a Nike logo
  • a pro Sports Team
  • a college sports team
  • a high school sports team
  • American eagle graphic

You would think there would be a limited amount of t-shirts that meet this criteria, but there are many stacked and sorted on the shelves of his closet.

So here's your mission: Guess how many t-shirts {total} my husband owns.

Winner to receive one pair of babylegs (you choose girl or boy).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Toot Toot Tuesday: Personalized Fabric Frames

One of my friends recently suffered a late term miscarriage, and I looked all around for something great to give her as a remembrance.
I thought of a Julian and Co. necklace, but she already had one. I ended up getting her a "In Memory Of" photo frame from Hallmark, but when I came across these personalized photo frames, I knew I needed to carry them.

I am inspired by all the work that goes into these frames. The process of embroidering the material/ribbon, securing batting to the frame, miter edges of both the fabric and the trim---the attention to detail and love put into these is what makes them really special.

They can be personalized with any wording you choose- the name, date, size, grandma and grandpa's name, Brothers...the possibilities really are endless. The fabric, style of ribbon bow and also ribbon, and the personalization options are all customized.

There are three different sizes, ranging from $46-56, and they would make a great gift or a cherished keepsake for yourself.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Excessive?

They are so happy, can't you tell?


We decided to take a day trip to Traverse City this past Thursday for something fun to do with the kids.

I packed all of our kid's toys, bathing suits, and enough clothing for two days of sun, rain, heat, or cold. Have I mentioned it has been in the 50's here?
Sigh.

Anyway, as I was unpacking in the hotel, I counted how many Wet Happened bags I used to pack all of my essentials.

8 bags.
Oh my word.

I seriously overpack. I mean, really, did I need to bring both kid toothpastes? Was it necessary to pack both Josh and my shampoo?

I admit, it is a problem. How about you? Overpack?

Although I just added these new styles of Wet Happened?, and I could easily add three more to my mix of rotating Wet Happened? bags.



Hollywood








Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I felt like pulling a Brittany.

Spending four hours in the car with two children under 5 is not always that fun.

Okay, really, it is no fun at all. Whatever would possess us to think it would be fun to road trip for treasures with two small children is beyond me.
About two hours into the ride, my 1 year old spilled soda all over his lap. Not one to like being covered head to toe in sticky wetness, he started screaming and gesturing that he wanted out of the car seat. His hand accidentally touched my other son's arm, and the slapping match of all slapping matches ensued.

Kayden would hit Bryce; Bryce would start screaming. He would just start to calm down, and I would see his little arm reach over to hit Kayden back. More screaming. Back and forth this went until both of them were wailing. Mouths wide open, alligator tears pouring down their face, looking to me to comfort them.

At that very moment my husband took a slight wrong turn...ending up in another thirty minutes in the car.

I felt like pulling a Brittany and letting them sit in my lap.
We did score a pretty sweet pool slide for $50 though.

Now that they are both tucked in bed sleeping quietly....it was worth it.


How about you? Kids travel well?

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Product?

Kayden is an avid Cars lover. Specifically of the Lightening McQueen variety. He pretty much loves any type of die cast car- hot wheels, trucks, etc.

One of the things I have been wanting to make for a while was a portable car mat because he loves the large car rug in his playroom. This is what I came up with:



  • it measures about 36" by 45 "
  • folds up and then has handles for easy transportation
  • the striped pocket shuts with Velcro so that a few cars can be stashed inside
Since I made this, I am surprised already all the places it has been- a wedding reception, the doctor's office, July 4th while we were waiting for fireworks.

As I am thinking about putting this into production, the questions I have are:

1) Is this something you would purchase?
2) How much do you think I should offer it for?
3) How important is the personalization?

Thanks, as always , for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it so much!

Housekeeping

My two sons were playing together this weekend in the playroom. My oldest, Kayden, hit Bryce in the chest. I told him to go to timeout, which is the steps leading to upstairs. He hung his head and sat down without complaining.

Once the time was up, I gestured him to come back to play with us.

He started walking towards me and said, "That's fine, mom, but next time I go to time out, I am going to be really lippy."

Later in the evening, he saw a TV infomercial for the InStyler. "Mom, Mom! You need this. Come here quick! It curls your hair and then makes it straight!" he says.

I love working from home and being there for these moments.
Thank you for your business and allowing me to do this.

Insert awkward shift of topics

Also, here is a video of the Wet Happened? bags on the morning BT television show.

Baby Travel Gear from Baby Gear on Vimeo.



Finally, I put up a few Wet Happened? bag seconds, if you are interested. Generally, they are marked down because the top selvage is showing or there is a dirt spot on them. You can view them here.

Mega Heart Monday:Ja*Lu organics

When my son was a baby, I tested out a Ja*Lu swaddle blanket.

I have to admit, I never swaddled my first son. I understood the point of it, but I could never get the blanket wrapped tight enough and the blankets were always falling out of the swaddle.


Then I got this blanket.
I adore it because of the stretchiness and the lightness. It is the perfect weight, with a breathable quality that other blankets do not possess.
Enough gushing. On to the charity.



Ja*Lu's owner Deanna is so committed to philanthropy, the give to three organizations. One of which is The Mary House, a home for expectant mothers who are alone or are living on the streets.

In her words "We feel so fortunate to be able to provide each mother at the Mary House with a “welcome baby” gift set of ja*lu products."

If you would like to learn more about this charity, go to http://www.maggiesplace.org./
I guarantee those ladies at Mary's House are thrilled when they see the Ja*Lu people coming.
I am always inspired by companies that take their community role seriously.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Introducing...





the first clutch, made specifically for cloth.

Features:

~generous in size- built to carry multiple cloth diapers
~handle for easy carrying
~zippered pocket for wipes/solution
~pocket to store your Wet Happened? wet bag (sold separately) or additional wipes.


This clutch is perfect for carrying all the cloth diapering supplies you need. The roomy interior easily fits four stuffed diapers. Once the diapers are used, simply put them in the wet bag and back into the clutch.
Available now for $29.99 in three colors

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Toot Tuesday: Ally Zabba

Soft, luxurious minky.

Adorable and smooth colored satin.

Need I go on?




The AllyZabba Blanket is made of raised plush fabric and silky satin backing and is machine washable.

The large is approx. 34" x 28" and the small travel size is 16" x 14".

Here are two of our favorite customers cuddling with their Ally Zabba blankets:




Thank you Stephanie for sending in the adorable pictures!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mega Heart Monday:The Meanest Mom

I have read this blog for a while; the mom that writes it has a gift for taking the everyday and making it hilarious--probably because I can relate. Life with kids is never boring.



Like this post- cracks me up every time I read it.

Why The Meanest Mom has Mega Heart: A lot of blogs I know charge for advertising. Those little banners on the side are all paid for by companies like myself. In essence, it is a pretty great way to advertise if the blog has a lot of readers.

The Meanest Mom could charge for her banner spots, but she doesn't. Instead, she allows the company to give to someone in need as opposed to paying her. For example, this month my family to give to is Lindsay, a little one year old that was born with only half a heart.

Her only rule is that we give with a generous heart.

That, in itself, is pretty darn cool.

Even better is that she does not advertise she is doing it. She does it all just out of the goodness of her heart.

Her Mega Heart :-)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

NY Times


Thanks to The NY Times for mentioning the Wet Happened? bag.

You can read the full article here.

Thanks to Margie Zable Fisher of Zable Fisher Public Relations for thinking of me and also Kelly Spors for the great interview. I appreciated you investigating the entire process of setting up an account with Target and thank you also writing such an interesting article.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009