Monthly Archives: November 2010


I’m grumpy, I’m tired, I’m having a day. You know one of those days where you just want to crawl in bed in a dark room and shut out the whole world? That is me today. I have been fighting a cold for the past few days that little miss Fin has decided to share with the whole family. I have a horrible fever blister and my skin is breaking out…what is going on? Ugh
I also have a bad case of the “I don’t wannas.” I don’t want to clean the kitchen, do the laundry, make dinner, or even get dressed in normal clothes. I have a feeling this is going to be me all week. It’s almost bedtime, the kids are in bed and I still feel like I don’t want to do anything, I want to climb in my bed with a hot cup of tea and then go to bed and not wake up until tomorrow evening. I just want to be alone. For two seconds, no one demanding juice, yogurt or a banana, and then not eating it. No one telling me that Frankie boy (ezra) took away their toy. And I could do without said Frankie boy freaking out when I say no and then running around the room stomping his feet crying for just one day.
I need to be alone

In a dark room

In a quiet dark room

Did I say alone?

Just for a couple of hours
or a day, whichever?

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Bath Time

I Adore this boy!

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Little Belties Review

Finley is super tall for her age, but also very thin. I always have a hard time finding pants that fit her. She needs the length of a 4t but the width of a 2t. I hate jean shopping for her, and usually only have one store option. Which can get pretty spendy, since Baby Gap is the only place that carries jeans that somewhat fit. But spending around $30.00 a pair for jeans that she will grow out of in a short amount of time just isn’t really worth it. Then I found Little Belties. Belts for toddlers and kids. As soon as I saw the pink dinosaur belt I about died. Fin adores anything dino related right now. This was the perfect belt for her. Melanie of Little Belties sent us the pink dino belt in size 2-4yrs. All her belts come in sizes from 0 months to 8 years. They are very durable, washable, easy to use & of course so darling! I’m very impressed and cannot wait to purchase a couple more for stockings this year. I love the camo print for Ezra and I also love the Owl or Sheep print for either kiddo. I really like how they are neautral so when Fin is done with them Ezra would be able to use them.

These belts really are going to be the perfect addition to the kids’ stockings this year. I love stuffing stockings, and I’m always looking for something fun and different every year. Head on over to Little Belties Etsy shop or Little Belties website and have fun picking out these adorable little belts for your little one’s stocking!

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The Cookie Cutter Guy WINNER

And the Winner chosen by is giggedygeekmum Who said…
I wrote about this on facebook.

Congrats! Please e-mail me to claim your prize. You are going to love these cookie cutters. You have 48hrs to contact me @ or I will have to choose a new winner!
Thanks to everyone who played. Don’t forget to enter The Sweet Sugar Beet giveaway!

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I’m so very Thankful

I’m thankful for my beautiful children, my husband, my parents and sister and all the many blessings God has given us….and SNOW! It has been snowing all day and has been so VERY beautiful!!! Everything was covered and the snow came down all day. Ezra staring out the window oohhing and aawwing was absolutely adorable. This is his first snow, he was so thrilled about this new white cold stuff and couldn’t wait to get out in it. We did go out, but not for long. Ezra would have stayed out a lot longer then we did, but sissy was cold and has a cold too so she didn’t last long.
This eveing I got Finley all bundled up to go out and build a snowman with Aaron and she didnt even barely step out the door before she said it was way too cold and she was back in bed watching tv with me. Aaron stayed out and build a gynormo snowman- pictures to come.
All in all, today was a great Thanksgiving, now bring on CHRISTMAS!!!!

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Tea Coolection Giveaway on MSM

Just wanted to share that over on My silly Monkeys there is a $100.00 GC giveaway to Tea Collection!!!

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The Sweet Sugar Beet Review and {Giveaway}

I’m really excited to share The Sweet Sugar Beet with you. Haley of The Sweet Sugar Beet is a 29 year old mom of 3 babes. A 3 year old daughter and 19 month old twin boys. As a busy mom she still finds time to create these fun cosmetic bags. Haley says her true passion is creating, although she would love to “relax” after the kids go to bed at night she finds sitting in front of her sewing machine is the best way for her to wind down. Haley started the business when her daughter was 9 months old. She says “Ever since I was little I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating something or thinking about what I was going to create next.”
Haley is also a self taught crafter. Her husband bought her, her first sewing machine for Easter. She litterally did not even know how to thread a needle. Her first project was a pair of pajama pants. Then came the cosmetic bags. She wanted a new cosmetic bag and so she found some fun fabric, read the back of the zipper package and so became The sweet Sugar Beet after everyone in her family fell is love with her crafting and prompted her to sell these wonderful bags. Haley grew up on a farm and worked in the sugar beet fields with her dad and brothers every summer, thats where the name of her shop comes from. Which I love and think is so neat that she incorprated a peice of her childhood into what she loves to do!

Haley sent me one of her beautiful large cosmetic bags. I love it, it is very well made and so pretty. It fits all my make-up, but is still small enough to fit into any overnight bag.

Black Pretty Petals

You can even design your own cosmetic bag.

Haley is offering one of my readers a $25.00 credit to her shop. She wants you to get creative with what you buy. So Head on over to The Sweet Sugar Beet, look around a bit then come back here and leave a comment saying what you would buy if you won.
For extra Entries (leave a seperate comment on this post for each you complete)
1. Share this giveaway by Blogging, posting on your Facebook status or Twittering about this giveaway. Leave a comment for each of these you complete with a link to where I can find where you shared.
2. Follow H is for Hillman
3. See my Button over there on the right hand sidebar? Grab it and tell me where to find it.
4. Follow Haley’s blog
5. “Like” The Sweet Sugar Beet on Facebook

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Haley is also offering all my readers 20% off from now until Dec 5th. Etsy now allows you to use coupon codes so you can enter the code Hillman20 right at checkout to receive the 20% discount. How great is that?
Giveaway Ends Sunday Dec 5th, Winner announced Monday Dec 6th. Good luck everyone!!!

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Sprout Candle Shop

I love candles, especially the kind of candles that fill your home with wonderful aromas. I found Sprout Candle Shop on Etsy, (of course on etsy where else? I fear I may have an unhealthy obsession) and was immediatly attracted to the soft colors of these beauties and the scents that Jill offers in her candle shop. Jill sent me four beautiful candles that are currently lit by my bedside and filling my room with the sweet smell of vanilla and fresh cut christmas tree.
All of Jill’s candles are made by hand when your order is placed. The candles are made with all natural ingredients which includes premium wax, fragrance oils, and cotton wicks. Soy candles burn completely clean, so the jar is reusable when the candle is done. Also if you spill soy wax, it comes up easily with hot water. Easy clean up! I know we all have probably spilled candle wax and had a super hard time getting it up. I have ruined table clothes due to store bought candles. So these are perfect for me.

Jill also sent me a Clean Cotton scented candle and let me tell you, it smells so fresh and vibrant, but not overwhelming. That is what I love about these new amazing candles of mine. Although they smell wonderful and fill my house with their delicious aroma they are not over powering or make you feel sick after a while. I have had many different brands of candles but have yet to find the perfect balanced candle until now. Jill has so many scents, I personally think the coconut scent and the peppermint eucalyptus sound heavenly. I highly reccomend you head on over to Sprout Candle Shop and do some holiday shopping for the candle lovers in your life. I hope you enjoy Jill’s candles as much as I do.

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Little Twig, Petunia Pickle Bottom and Tea Collection Cyber Monday Deals!

Just got this e-mail from the Marketing Director of these awesome companies, enjoy!!!!

little twiglittle twig is offering 40% off Gift Sets & Free Shipping on Black Friday and 40% off Individual Products (not gift sets) & Free Shipping on Cyber Monday for purchases made on No promo codes needed.

Petunia Pickle BottomFree Shipping Nov. 26th – 29th for purchases on Use promo code HOLIDAY. $50 Min purchase.

Tea CollectionShop Local. Purchase 3 Tea styles at a participating Tea retailer and recieve a 4th style free. Offer from 11/22 – 11/28. Click here for list of participating retailers:

Tea online: Cyber Monday (beginning Sunday 11/28)
– 6 Daily Tea dresses will be offered at $15 with a variety of collection dresses at $29. Great markdowns for boy styles as well! Sale ends 11/30.

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Winks and Daisies WINNER

First off I want to say I woke up this morning to some entries for this giveaway that were submitted early this morning and the contest ended the 19th, winner announced today so I could not accept those entries, I’m so sorry but I have to follow my own rules.
Now for the Winner chosen by is #8 Alyssa.
alyssa said…
jenn- i am loving the peace love and happiness. so fresh, clean and simple. black and white photos are my fav esp w a pop of color, red and green for xmas or silver and tiffany blue!

Alyssa please e-mail me at to claim your prize. You bhave 48hrs to respond or I will have to choose a new winner. Thanks you everyone who played. The Cookie Cutter Guy Giveaway is still running so go enter!

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