Showing posts from September 21, 2008

Shopping with Grandma

My grandma took us out today for Alli's 11th birthday (this tuesday!). We went to JC Penney to get the girls some shoes. Plus Alli got to pick out a couple tops. Cami got that pink shawl in the picture below. She would not leave the store without it, lol. Alli got that blue sweatshirt + a beautiful gray sweater & green/gray striped tank to go under it. Then we stopped at Claire's. Alli got fake glasses, she is obsessed with wearing them. I think she is crazy, lol. Cami ended up getting a sparkly gold headband & then a clip that has pink braided hair on it. Then we went to eat at Olive Garden. My favorite restaurant, worked out good the girls wanted to go there :) After, we went back to my grandma's. She ended giving the girls a bunch of costume jewelry necklaces. They had so much fun!
Here are the shoes I got, I LOVE them! Aren't they adorable? I wear a 7 & that is the hardest size to find. I ended up having to go up to 7.5. Hopefully they …

Review ~ Ma Motherhood with Attutude

When I came across this website, I fell in love. Ma Motherhood with Attitude sell high quality products with attitude!
‘MA! motherhood with attitude’ creates cards and gifts that help moms express the myriad emotions they face. Janalee and Tiffany, founders of the company, believe that ‘perfect parenting propaganda’ is detrimental to mommy sanity. Motherhood is absolutely the most joyful and magical thing a woman can experience. And, simultaneously, it is a messy, daily slog-fest of diapers, sibling fights and mind-numbing repetition.
MA! products include cards for the Terrible Twos, Potty Training, and Sleep Deprivation, which are as much a part of Mom’s reality as the snuggles, smiles and kisses.
MA! celebrates motherhood in all its messy, confusing, frustrating beauty.Isn't this the greatest idea for a company? So many moms struggle with being a mom. When you are down, or having a hard time with your kids ... A lot of women then start putting themselves down. Feelings of wha…

Review ~ Kids Klutter Katchers

I came across this website awhile back and fell in love with little bags called Kids Klutter Katchers.

From the website ~
BENEFITS OF ZIPPERED MESH FABRIC TOY BAG SOLUTIONMaintainable organization: Thanks to the zipper, the pieces don't fall out of the bag and mix with others when your child rummages through the toy chest. Easy content identification: Thanks to the mesh fabric, children can see-through the bags and easily identify what's inside. Child safety: Compared to storage alternatives like open bins or ziploc plastic bags, these zippered mesh fabric toy bags are a clear winner. Keeping small parts that are choking hazards enclosed in zippered bags rather than in open bins makes them less accessible to infants. Also, mesh bags do not pose a suffocation hazard to younger siblings and playmates like plastic or thicker fabric bags could. Teaches responsibility: Making clean-up easy with mesh toy bags encourages child development by promoting responsibility.Space-savi…

Shopping for Baby Gifts & Birthday Party

My daughter just got invited to a boys birthday party. Honestly I don't care much for the boy and not at all for the parents. I hate spending money on him, but she plays with him quite a bit and wants to go. I ended up finding some nice little action figures at Meijer on clearance.

My close friend just had a baby. At her shower I found a cute newborn baby gift for her, but what I really wanted to get, I had to wait till she named her little baby. I just love giving customized baby gifts, but that is impossible at the shower. Even if they think they know what they are having, there is always that chance of a surprise, lol. I did end up making her a generic scrapbook as part of her baby shower gift. That is the closest I could think of for personalized without actually seeing baby.

Now that she had her adorable baby girl, I can get her these cute custom leather baby shoes. I'm getting the pink with babies name plus adding on the adorable froggy pail. I love using pals f…

Wordless Wednesday ~ Deck your Head Day

Today was Deck your Head day at Allie's middle school. We didn't have any spray on hair day, so I had to come up with something else.

Wordless Wednesday

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Family Event at Borders

Bring the family for games, storytimes, activities, and more! Show the kids your skills at "Hokey Pokey" or just sit and enjoy a storytime together. While you're enjoying the event, kids get a free cookie with any large beverage purchase at our Seattle's Best Coffee cafe. There's fun for all ages of kids:
Age 0-5: Join us for storytime and other fun activities
Age 6-8: Come play fun games and enjoy special treats
Age 9-12: Participate in a super-cool scavenger hunt Click here to find a Borders store near you

Review ~ Sara Rose Tutus

Being the mom of 2 dancers, tutus are one of my all time favorite things. When I came across Sara Rose Tutus months ago, I fell in love with Stacy's tutus. What drew me to her tutus, was the gorgeous ribbon around the waste! It just adds so much to the tutu. Stacy named her company after her adorable one year old daughter, Sara Rose. Not only does Stacy make gorgeous tutus, she also works full time and also does reviews over at Busy Mommy Product Reviews.

Stacy was kind enough to make a tutu for my daughter Cami, during her vacation no less. She custom made a pink and yellow tutu with pink ribbon. Cami was delighted when she saw it, thought it was so pretty. She finally got a chance to wear it to ballet class yesterday. We got so many compliments on it! The quality is great, and again that satin ribbon waste just adds such a nice extra touch. The fit was perfect for her, the length was as well.

You can check out all the adorable tutus on Stacy's blog, Sara Rose Tutus,…

Compiling a Christmas Guide

I'm in the process of compiling a HUGE Christmas shopping guide. I'm including my favorite products that I have reviewed, plus other favorite products that are great for gift giving.

If you have a product that would make a great gift, and you are interested in my reviewing it for inclusion into the guide please email me scrappydesigns {at} gmail {dot} com

I'm really looking for unique Tween gift ideas and more ideas for boys and men. Of course anything for girls and women is welcome as well.

Only 93 days till Christmas, wow! Today 100 days of Christmas talks about voting, go check it out!

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It's Fall ~ Thoughts, Favorites, Crafts

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I used to say it was my favorite, but with the girls in school, Summer has actually taken that place. I love not having those homework fights! Plus in Michigan, even summer isn't the warmest, so I now treasure any warm weather we get.

Fall though is real close to the top of the list. I love the crisp cool air, the leaves changing, the new beginnings. Like January, September has all those starting fresh feelings you get. Back to structure, which is good in doses. I love going to the Cider Mill, picking out pumpkins. When I took photography classes, trees were my all time favorite thing to photograph. My favorite day trip was hitting all the cider mills getting pictures.

Some of my favorite fall activities ~

Going to the Cider Mill {pumpkin patch}Walking the corn mazehay ride {with tons of allergy meds first, lol}
Going to the park ~ you can enjoy it since it isn't so hot!Apple picking
Leaf collectingFall craftsLeaf rubbings
On th…

100 Days to Christmas Blog

I'm a few days late, but there is a great blog for the 100 day to Christmas Countdown. Which started on the 16th of September.

The first challenge is a Christmas binder. I was actually going to talk about this in my Holiday Grand Plan Week 4 post. I have a red binder just for Christmas. It is plain though, I really need to get myself motivated this week to make a prettier binder.

Honestly, I don't have much to do for Christmas. We don't have much money & I hardly have anyone to send cards to, etc. Oh well, maybe through all these blogs I can find some cheap/free ways to celebrate Christmas. My kiddos love crafts, so that is one of my favorite thing to do during the holiday season! I'm sure there are tons of out there in similar predicaments, so maybe all together we can come up with great ways to enjoy the holidays together.

One great way to help your holiday expenses, enter my Tiny Prints contest for a $50 Gift certificate. Their cards are so nice, what a n…

Holiday Grand Plan Week 4

Wow week 4 already. You can join the yahoo group here.

Feels funny getting ready for Christmas, Halloween is my favorite time of year. I'm hoping to get my Halloween totes out of the attic today. Organized Christmas, also has Halloween ideas in case you aren't ready for Christmas just yet ~

Grand Plan Week 4 Tasks

[ ] Write and address one-fifth of Christmas Card list this week.

[ ] Complete one-fourth of gifts to make this week.

[ ] Fill out holiday menu planner form for each remaining holiday meal that you
will serve in your home. Check serving pieces, and write the contents on a
Post-It note. Make it easy for others to help.

[ ] Inventory the freezer, and record contents on the freezer inventory form.
Plan to eat from the freezer this week and next week, making room for holiday
meals and holiday goodies. Use food budget savings to stock up on holiday

[ ] Start planning holiday baking with the baking planner form, and be alert
for supermarket specials. Try to buy nonperishabl…

Review ~ Sam feels better now

I was given the opportunity to review the book Sam Feels Better Now! An Interactive Story for Children through Parent Reviewers. This book was written by author Jill Osborne for children 4 - 7.

Product Description
Sam saw something awful and scary! Ms. Carol, a special therapist, will show Sam how to feel better. Children can help Sam feel better too by using drawings, play, and storytelling activities. They will be able to identify and manage their own feelings and difficulties in their lives following a traumatic event, crisis, or grief.

In Jill Osborne's own words : Sam's trauma is left open so that when a child is working with this book he or she can use his or her own experiences in defining what experience Sam has had. Sam's trauma could be a variety of things, sexual abuse, physical or verbal abuse, natural disaster, war, dog bites. I left it open for the child to decide, and for therapists and caregivers to decide if the child they are working with could benefit. I …