Friday, December 5, 2014

My Brother, The Eagle Scout

When we went back to Illinois in August to celebrate Myles' 2nd birthday, we also celebrated a huge milestone in our family's life; my brother officially became an Eagle Scout. This was really emotional for me as I have been really close to my brother since he was a little and I am so proud of him (and my mom for making him finish it!)

But enough talking.... 
(sorry for some of the poor quality pictures. I had a toddler clinging to my hip while I was trying to capture these.)

Mother pinning son:

Son pinning mother:

Of course Myles spotted the derby cars and had to play:

A special kind of love:

Aunt and nephew:

Best friend:

Some more aunt love:

The proud parents:

The best photo with everyone looking and the bro had to give the bunny ears!

My everythings (minus a few)

My mother and her sisters:

It was such a great day celebrating my brother and I am so glad we were able to be there to watch him become a man! Next stop.. high school graduation!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza

December is here and the holiday season is finally upon us! The trees are starting to go up, the lights are being hung and now, we're bringing on the presents! That's right! This year, we wanted to take the time to not only support the small business owners this holiday season, but to give back to our readers for making 2014 such an amazing year.
Holiday Giveaway

Brought to you by Rose Uncaged, Probably Crafting, From ABCs to ACTs, The Mad Mommy, View From the Fridge, The Everyday Momma, Chaos & Kiddos, and Gym Craft Laundry, this giveaway is one winner takes all and includes over $700 in prizes!
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Now, let's get to the prizes!

Inspired Apparel

Inspired Apparel
$25 to spend in store! Inspired Apparel sells athletic apparel that is bold and modern in design, inspired by Scripture. Wear the truth, be inspired!

House Mountain Natural

House Mountain Natural
Wooden Holiday Baking Set From the owner of House Mountain Natural: From initial design, to creation, to packaging. Every item in my shop starts with me and is shipped by me. I am a one person team from start to finish. Many hours a day and often seven days a week. I am doing what I love and loving what I do! My toys: I embrace both the Montessori theory of learning through play and the natural beauty of Waldorf. My toys are designed with the guidance of my sister, a certified preschool teacher with a Master's in Early Childhood Education. Each piece I make is carefully sanded and left in its natural state, or painted with Eco-friendly soy paint. Then sealed with my own blend of organic oils and local organic beeswax.

Girl with a Frog Tattoo

Girl with a Frog Tattoo
Essential oil Aromatherapy Diffuser Pendant Gorgeous on its own - but it's useful as well! The pendant doubles as an Aromatherapy pendant. Simple place 1-10 drops of your favorite essential oils on the back on the pendant and allow to soak in. You add the amount of oil to suit your personal needs. I recommend you do this right before you retire for the night, and put your pendant on in the morning. The heat from your body will start to release the scent of the oil. Circular pendant measures approximately 1 1/2" in diameter.

Oh Pudge

Oh Pudge
One gorgeous collar from the shop. Any collar, any size. From the owner of Oh Pudge: All collars are made by ME in my home in Texas. Each collar is made with 100% cotton fabric with two layers of medium weight fusible interfacing inside to add strength. No nylon is used, for my nylon allergic friends. All seams are made with a durable box stitch with 100% polyester thread. Each different size is adjustable with a coordinated quick side release buckle. Collars are machine washable (YAY!), on the delicate cycle, lay flat to dry.

Eternal Girl

Eternal Girl
Winner's choice necklace. Any necklace from the shop. Eternal Girl jewelry is made from hand drawn designs. All images are created with a unique henna inspired pattern. It is secured in an antique styled, bronze pendant with a round glass covering. The necklace is made with a bronze metal chain. Black and colored designs available, as well as custom orders.

Antidote Skin Care Company

Antidote Skin Care Company
"Mama Bear" Holiday Gift Box The Holiday Gift box was created with Mother and Child in mind. We've chosen three of our most popular products for you to enjoy. Our Immortal Skin Reparative Oil is specifically designed for Mama Bear, for all of the 'natural effects' that pregnancy has on the skin. Our Neutralizing Baby Bum Ointment helps baby avoid the dreaded diaper rash (this helps Mama too!). Our Soothing Goats Milk Artisan Soap satisfies everyone in the family; it's creamy texture and luscious lather pampers skin of all ages. Stylishly packaged in a black gift box with red satin ribbon, perfect for any occasion. From the owner of Antidote Skin Care Company: Not your typical handmade skin care company. We ditched the common flowery designs in favour of a more edgy image to reflect who we are and what we're all about. We're in your face, we're on your face, we're serious about our products but don't take ourselves too seriously. All of our products are handcrafted in Canada by a trained Chef, using all natural organic oils, essential oils, and wild harvested botanicals infused through a tested culinary technique (not everyone can say that!). All of our products are 100% non-toxic, paraben, GMO and cruelty free. As much as possible we use organic ingredients and a large number of our products are vegan friendly. Rock on!

In the Leafy Treetops

In the Leafy Treetops
Mom On the Go Planner This planner is perfect for any mom who wants cuteness and functionality as they plan their busy lives on the go. This version of the planner is non-denominational and will work for any religion or belief system. It has the same great features as the LDS, Mothers Who Know version but without all of the LDS elements.


16x20 Rectangle Aluminum Print Get your favorite photo aluminyzed to display on your furniture piece, mount it on your wall, stick it onto a photo album - or just about create it into an amazing work of art. Aluminyzed photos stand out for their vibrancy, sophistication, professionally modern look and durability.


Set of 4 Limited Edition Moisture Plus® Designer Tubes Now the ultra-moisturizing, satin-shine, SPF 15 formula you love is available for a limited time in four super stylish new designs, for the fashion lover in all of us. New patterns will be released periodically, and these current patterns won't be around for long.

Noonday Design

Noonday Design
Buddy the Elf Quote Pillow From the owner of Noonday Design: As a family, we love the movie Elf! We find ourselves quoting the movie all year round. I wanted to do some designs that reflected Buddy's fun and happy Christmas spirit. This 16"x16" pillow features Buddy's famous quote, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." It features a distressed ivory/cream background with brightly colored letters in a fun unique style.I am a freelance graphic designer and run a successful design business from home. I have recently started designing items for sale on Etsy, Society6, Redbubble, and Zazzle. My designs include personalized art, children's designs, home decor, and even some apparel and accessories.

DelilahIris Unique Sewing Patterns

Mini Felt Doll with Sewing Pattern Bundle Winner will receive a one of a kind handmade mini felt doll by DelilahIris with a Feltie Sewing Pattern Bundle including the best selling unicorn pattern and flower pixies.

Haloopa Joop

Haloopa Joop
Women's Slouchy Beanie Hat From the owner of Hallopa Joop: This slouchy hat has been a firm favorite with Haloopa Joop customers since 2010, but I recently launched it again in a new yarn. The yarn is made from 65% wool and 35% alpaca, which makes it a gorgeous combination of warm and soft. This slouchy hat is very flattering, and the deep ribbed brim will fit a wide range of head sizes. The hat in this giveaway is in dark grey - other colors can be found in my Etsy shop or by custom order.

Plum Paper Designs

Plum Paper Designs
Meal Planner in the design of your choice. This 12 month Meal Planner is 7.5" by 9" and includes the following details: 12 monthly laminated tabs, personalized cover, week, month, and year at a glance pages, 2 Notes pages per month, meal section for each day, weekly grocery list, contacts page, holidays, and 2 sided pocket folder.

I See Me!

I See Me
Personalized Christmas Prize Pack 1 My Very Merry Christmas Board Book, 1 My Very Merry Christmas Coloring and Activity Book, 1 My Very Merry Christmas Personalized Stickers, 1 A Christmas Tree for Me Personalized Place Mat. From the owner of I See Me!: Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of our books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.

SparrowFall Designs

SparrowFall Designs
Item of winner's choice from SparrowFall Designs, value of $17.50 or less. SparrowFall Designs note cards are made with beautiful pen and ink drawings and quality linen paper. Each set of six blank note cards comes with six linen paper envelopes. Note Card size: 5 1/2"x4 1/4", Envelopes: A2.

Trinkets by Dana

Trinkets by Dana
Christmas Prize Pack Includes an Origami Star Filled Christmas Ornament, 3 Original 5x7" Fine Art Prints by Dana, Silver Plated Leaf Necklace.

Birds Fly Studio

Birds Fly Studio
$15 towards anything in the shop. Custom invitations by Birds Fly Studio. All items can be custom made to fit your colors, fonts, etc. All products with images will be replaced with your own!


Handmade, one of a kind toddler purse and coin purse. This cute, tiny purse makes a great baby or toddler present! It's made from a pretty pastel print and closes with an adorable red heart button. This purse is meant to be carried in a little girl's hands and not over her shoulder. Machine washable! Dimensions: 5" wide at the rim, 6.5" wide at the base, 5" high handle. The tiny coin purse makes an adorable companion to the toddler purse. It is 3.5" wide by 3" high. Both the coin purse and toddler purse have been hand sewn with cotton fabrics from an original pattern designed by Meghan of MegExpressions.

Tiffani's by Design

Tiffanis by Design
Bracelet and Earrings from Tiffani's by Design. Red Cultured Sea Glass Bracelet, accented with gold. Variety of shapes of sea glass linked together with gold plated findings. Lobster style clasp. Black and White Mother of Pearl Shell Earrings with Tibetan Silver. Silver Plated Lever back style.


Ankle Warmers with Deer Ornament Cozy and unique, handmade from hand spun yarn ankle warmers. Beautiful Fall Winter boot cuff, leg warmers, ankle warmers, knit wool women accessory. Would make a wonderful Christmas gift for teens and adults.

Create Ur Plate

Create Ur Plate
$75 to Create Ur Plate. After having her significant other bring home another stack of paper plates for a holiday celebration, Create Ur Plate founder Sandy Casey decided she had no room for more leftover plates and came up with the idea of having one plate, with interchangeable and customizable decals for any holiday or event. Make one set of plates perfect for any occasion with our unique Plate-Ables™ system. Switch up glass plates with reusable Plate-Ables™, or create your own personalized disposable plates with ease. Or, choose from hundreds of designs we have available. Make it your table, your way. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, November 28, 2014

Myles Monthly: 22

As you may know, I didn't decide to start my blog until my son Myles was about 8 months old. And well... now he is over 2 years old! I'm still trying to get caught up with the monthly updates and monthly favorites, so I can get, and hopefully stay, up to date. 

 May 15th- June 14th, 2014

Pretty good month health wise, but we had another 24 hour sickness. This seems to be becoming a trend around here. I don't like seeing him sick, but luckily it only lasted a day again and I'm not going to lie, the cuddles were pretty amazing! It is a completely different Myles from his regular non-stop, go-go-go personality. Tons of cuddles, movies, and sleep and he was feeling 70% better the next day. The craby and clinginess still lingered around for a couple days after, but it was never anything that stuck around too long. 

Watching The Lion King.. gets me every time!

  Last month I touched a little bit on his new flair for the drama and it decided to stick around this month as well. I really can't complain as it wasn't a daily occurrence. However when it did happen, it was intense. This particular day he wanted to see his friend Cammy. He kept saying "door, car, Cammy." When I told him he couldn't play, meelllttttdddooowwnn:

Steadily trying more foods and adding more to each meal. Still no breakfast food, just milk, but lunch and dinner were going good. Nothing new in the breastfeeding department. Same schedule as last month: once in the morning, at nap time, and before bed.


After the slight hiccup during our vacation back home last month with the new big boy bed, we were back to our regularly scheduled program this month. Bed time being from 9pm-8am and one nap still from 1pm-3/4pm.

For some reason I didn't write down that many new words this month: 
He calls nursing 'drinks', whenever he was tired and wanted to nurse and sleep, he would say 'I drinks'
 'Hold me', 'Oh man'
'Come on mommy' while grabbing my hand and taking me places
He will only call himself baby, He will not say his name. Whenever you asked what his name was, he would say 'baby'. We tried so hard everyday to get him to say Myles, but he wouldn't do it. I think it became a game to him, knowing we wanted him to say it so bad, so he wouldn't.
And lastly, this....

Proud mommy moment :)

  • Fair season officially started and I was all over it! I found out about a children's festival 30 minutes away from us and had to check it out. I couldn't believe how many awesome things were at the festival, some of them actually being FREE! I loved the animals the best (kitten sleeping with baby pigs!) and Myles was all about the air ball blow-up and train ride!

He also got his daddy to take him on this strange, but fun looking motorized horse ride:
  • I also found a little amusement park 20 minutes from us. By this time, I knew that we would be moving to a new city within a couple months, so I wanted to make sure we did everything kid related around us. Now that I have Myles, I have an obsessive need to check out every possible kid activity around us. This place was small, but had a couple fun rides, a little creek, two playgrounds, a train, and lots of grass to run and play on. This was the first ride we went on. The cool thing about Myles' age was that he hadn't quite figured out fears yet, so he didn't hesitate to go on this. It went pretty high, but he liked it and actually went on a couple times. He wanted to hold my hand too :)
The bottom left picture is so funny. I captured it just at the right moment because he wasn't ever scared or wanting to get down, so I really don't know what was going on there!

And a little carousal action:
  •  I was not expecting it so get so hot in the Bay Area. Before we moved, I figured it would be like San Fransisco weather. Boy was I shocked when I got to the east bay to see that it regularly gets into the high 90s the whole summer. Not complaining at all though; just need a little splash pad action and we are good to go!

  • When we went to the children's festival, Myles rode his first real fair ride. There is a picture above of him riding the train and here is a video. I bought a bunch of tickets thinking he would want to try out all the rides, but he kept saying no to all of them. He went on the big slide once, but wouldn't go on anything else... until we found this train. We used all of our tickets on this train and he rode it like 5 or 6 times!  

  • First time riding an escalator. We were at the mall eating lunch and Myles was super antsy waiting for the food, so I took him out to walk around. We were right next to a set of escalators and Myles was super intrigued. So I let him go on it.. game over! He seriously would not stop... down, up, down, up... at least 25 times! I don't know how I got him away from it... maybe the lure of fries.

Funnies and Favorites
  •  Loves to check the mail and get the newspaper everyday
  • Loves to walk the dog
  •  Funny poop stories:
    Myles had a weird infatuation with finding our dog's poop outside. Every single time he went out back (multiple times a day), he had to come running to me yelling "poo poo" as soon as he happened upon even the smallest turd. Then I, of course, had to instantly go pick it up or else he would not stop telling me about it.

      I let Myles go diaper free for an hour or so in the afternoon when we would be mostly playing outside. Two days in a row he ran inside telling me "poo poo". Thinking it was the usual dog poop I didn't think much of it until I went to go pick up the 'dog poop' and realized it was Myles poop on the ground outside. Not exactly potty training but hey at least I didn't have to clean up a diaper!
  • Messy play of course; we can never get enough of it in our house. This month we made Foamy Bathtub Paints! Messy and clean at the same time; parenting win!
  • This may come as a surprise, but the trampoline is still a favorite :) After Myles would not get off of the trampoline during our trip back home, I knew he would love the trampoline park! These things are so awesome.. why didn't they have them when I was young!?!?   
  • I got Myles a life vest for when we went to the outdoor pool at our gym. He actually wore it most times and did really well with it. I had to take a picture when I saw him put it on like this one day:
  • This kid.. I don't even know what to say. I bought him a sucker to keep him entertained on a longer car ride. I heard him keep saying 'stuck' in the back seat. I finally look back and see this:
  • And lastly, a favorite of mine. I went to the gym one night for an hour long class and came back to this:

What are some of your children's favorites and funnies?