Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Girls Must Have ~ The Skirty

I came across this company last year and fell in love. In love, seriously!

I can't believe I didn't review this sooner, I swear I did but I was checking through things & could not find it.

My youngest (just turned 8) wears skirts and dresses all the time. We used to just stick tight shorts under it, but now we only use the Skirty. This thing is so stinkin' cute and functional!

If you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter you have to buy one of these things. They are just adorable on. Normally you can't see it, but at times when my daughter is really playing, you can see the lace and it looks like a nice addition to the outfit.

The Skirty is made by Rebekah Merkle. She makes an adorable line of girls clothes including dresses, shirts, skirts, accessories and of course the skirty!

Her philosophy ~

Amoretti is a company that has grown as an extension of my life. It began with the clothes I design and sew for my own three lovely daughters. I believe that you shouldn't have to choose between beautiful clothes and practical clothes. That dressing up should be easy. That being a lady isn't old fashioned. And that "ladylike" most emphatically does not mean "fussy." And since Amoretti is so tied to my life, you could sum up the design philosophy as good old, down-home, American... but with just a touch of an English accent.

The Skirty comes in a wide range of sizes from 2 - 12. The way it is made, you should get many years out of it. My daughter has had her for awhile now and I can see her wearing it at least another year maybe two. It is 95% cotton, 5% lycra and best of all, made in the USA!

You can also find Rebekah on her blog, The Fortnightly Purse.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

The Pajamas Diaries ~ Flashback to Pregnancy!

THE PAJAMA DIARIES has struck a chord with newspaper readers who relate to the strip’s stressed-out protagonist, Jill Kaplan. Starting July 6, Jill and her husband, Rob, will embark on a funny yet poignant trip down memory lane in a five-week series that tells via flashback the story of Jill’s first pregnancy and the Kaplans’ journey towards impending parenthood. The special series, which runs through August 8, is sure to touch the hearts of many readers who have or are expecting children of their own.

Created by cartoonist Terri Libenson, The Pajama Diaries currently appears in more than 100 newspapers across the country, as well as online at Comics Kingdom™, King Features’ online comics portal. Libenson, a married mother of two daughters, ages 9 and 6, admits that her life at times parallels that of her “Pajama Diaries” alter ego Jill Kaplan.

“With my own children growing quickly before my eyes, I have wanted to do a flashback series like this for a while. While drawing the Mother’s Day-themed strip I recently did that showed Jill in the delivery room as a flashback, I realized the time to do it had arrived,” said Libenson. “The strip’s diary-style format lends itself perfectly to creating a flashback series about the birth of Jill’s first daughter, Amy.”

The series begins with Jill looking through an album of baby photos, which gets her reminiscing with her husband, Rob. “It’s been 10 years since I first got pregnant, can you believe it?,” she says incredulously. From there, the series focuses on the couple as they recall the day when Jill discovers that she is pregnant and follows them as they anxiously await and prepare for the arrival of their first child.

From the life-changing, first sonogram that prompts Jill to rethink her career to the inevitable labor and delivery, Libenson deftly crafts a storyline about the progression of a pregnancy with the warmth, insight and humor that only true experience can inform.

The touching series ends with Jill lovingly looking at her baby daughter as she sleeps peacefully in her crib. In the next panel, the baby has morphed into a sleeping 9-year-old little girl. Jill quietly asks Rob, “How did Amy grow up so fast?” Rob replies, “We blinked.”

If you haven't read the Pajama Diaries yet, you can check out some samples here.


The Pajama Diaries centers on Jill Kaplan, a young, independent and introspective suburban mother, as she balances her career as a freelance graphic artist and family life with her husband, Rob, and their two young daughters, Amy and Jess. A relatable protagonist who speaks in diary-like first person, Jill narrates her day-to-day adventures in her journal and on a blog. From laundry and carpooling to juggling her freelance work schedule with family obligations, Jill’s diary and blog entries provide readers with an intimate and candid view of modern marriage, work and motherhood.


King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines Hearst Corporation’s cable network partnerships, television programming activities and newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King Features is the world’s premier distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games, distributing in print and online some 150 features to nearly 5,000 newspapers around the globe. It is one of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment. Among its most beloved and successful classic characters are “Popeye” and “Betty Boop.”

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