Monthly Archives: February 2012

Claire’s Flair Review


Baby girl headbands have been a must this time around for my little Josie girl. As always Etsy has a wonderful selection of shops that offer handmade girly pieces for the hair or for the head. (For those bald babes out there like mine.) I came across Claire’s Flair and fell in love with her felt flower headbands. Her style is different and unique and I love the felt, something different from those huge satin flowers I see so often these days. Josies head is far too tiny for those giant flowers right now, so these seemed perfect and very fitting for my girly.

Andrea a former  Neonatal ICU nurse before  her darling daughter was born, got into this business when she ordered a beautiful felt flower headband from someone on Etsy for her babies baptism.  She went back to the same shop a few months later to order something else and the owner  had stopped making them. Andrea loves to use felt to make the headbands.  Her customers being 100% happy is VERY important to her and she trys to get all her orders out within 48 hours of receiving them so they usually arrive within a week or less.

Andrea also loves custom orders, and is happy and excited to create something that she may  have not thought of.  She can match outfits, nurseries, big/little sisters ect. And will work with a customer until they are completely happy with the end result!

I love the headbands Andrea sent. They turned out gorgeous and I love that she even did a matching one for Finley as well. So cute and so sweet!

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Whats for dinner?


Lately I have been struggling coming up with new ideas for dinners throughout the week. I love to cook, but I feel like I’m in such a slump on coming up with good dinners these days. Maybe because I have 2 toddlers and a newborn? Hmm..that could be it! Anyhoo, I decided that meal planning is probably something I should jump on board with. This way I know what to grab at the grocery store without having to run down in the middle of making a meal because I don’t have one ingredient. Plus it makes me so much more organized knowing what is ahead of me for the day and how much prep time I need to get dinner ready.  tonight’s dinner, is PW’s Comfort Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes and a salad. These meatballs were so easy to put together, took me about 20 minutes in the kitchen while the kids napped, and now I have time to grab The Hunger Games and get to reading before the movie comes out. Again with the 3 babes thing, it is kind of hard to sit down and read a book, takes me a bit to get through one. Jeesh these darn cute kids, keeping me from my me time. Ha! All I need to do now is pop them in the oven 45 minutes before dinner and prepare the mashed potatoes. Easy Peasy and something my kiddos and Hubs will actually eat!

 

Heres the Recipe, enjoy!

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Photo and recipe from  PW.

Ingredients

  • FOR MEATBALLS
  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 3/4 cups Oats
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Very Finely Minced Onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Plenty Of Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • _____
  • FOR COOKING MEATBALLS
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour (coating For Frozen Meatballs)
  • Canola Oil
  • _____
  • FOR SAUCE
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 4 Tablespoons (to 6 Tablespoons) Onion
  • 1 dash Tabasco

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all meatball ingredients. Roll into medium-small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place sheet in freezer for five minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove meatballs from freezer and immediately dredge in unseasoned flour.

Brown meatballs in canola oil until just brown. Place into a baking dish.

Combine all sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

 

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Hot Mama Gowns


I got the extremely awesome pleasure of wearing a Hot Mama Gown, this go around during labor! Owner Deidrea makes these beauties for every mama looking to be comfortable and practical, yet stylish at the same time. Each gown is handmade and is pure quality down to the very last detail. My favorite part of the gown is how easy it is to breastfeed in. I always felt like the hospital gowns that were given by the hospital were so uncomfortable and hard to get situated in. I felt naked in them and my bum is  always showing, you are fumbling with it while going to the bathroom, laying down, trying to feed. Not in a Hot Mama Gown though! From the beginning of labor to my post partum recovery the gown has been a dream. So easy to walk around the hospital in, labor in and nurse in. The snap buttons on the back were easily undone to reach the epidural site.

I received the Cynthia, and was so pleased with the quality and the print. All of the nurses raved about how darling I looked in my gown. How nice is that while you are sweating and in pain? At least I looked adorable and fashionable right? LOVE! I have included a little info on the Cynthia below:

  • 100% Organic Cotton dyed using only 100% natural or low-impact dyes
  • Hospital / Birthing Center friendly with short sleeves and a full coverage snap-open back
  • Two ribbon-tied panels allow for quick and easy access for discrete nursing

I’m so excited that I got to enjoy one of these gowns for my labor experience. I’m so thrilled that Hot Mama has a new gown design coming out, called the Genevieve. It is gorgeous and I know so many mamas who would LOVE to have this gown. Head on over to Hot Mama Gowns website to look at all these beauties and to receive news, giveaways and updates subscribe to the Hot Mama Newsletter and also “like” them on Facebook and twitter.

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Vyssan Lull Winners


WINNER OF THE STURE & LISA ONESIE IS JAMIE V.
WINNER OF THE $40 GC IS RACHEL A.
LADIES Please email me at jhil2626@yahoo.com to claim your prize
Also if you have not yet please be sure to follow me! Up in the left hand corner of the blog there is a follow button, hit that and you will be notified of all the new posts via email. Thanks so much.
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Moving to WordPress!


Hi everyone, I don’t know about you but I’m kind of sick of blogger and google changing everything up all the time. So I will be moving over to wordpress. Once we are up and running I will share the link here on this blog and then shut this one down shortly after! Hope to see you over on wordpress! Thanks so much to all my loyal followers new and old!
Jenn

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Vyssan Lull Review and Giveaway


I always love working with Vyssan Lull, the prints, the quality, the customer service. All of it is outstanding!

Johanna of Vyssan Lull sent this adorable Sture & lisa heart onesie for Josie. These are 100% organic and fair trade certified. Josie looks adorable in it and stays nice and cozy as well. I love the colors and this print, I love that it’s not overly girly!

Johanna also sent Plastisock lounge wear for Ezra. Which he practically lives in. These are so nice for daytime lounge wear or as PJ’s. Any chance Ezra gets to wear this comfy set or the comfy pants he does! I love the print and color, it’s so fun and bright. Ezra and I love to search for the little critters all over his legs and back. He gets a hoot out of what is hiding on there!

100% oekotex certified cotton, Free from harmful substances

Designed in Denmark. Ethically Produced In Turkey

Machine Washable

<div><b>  Plastisock Comfy Cuff Pants Brown</b></div><div>Baby/Toddler<div><b>OekoTex</div><div><b>Plastisock Forest Long Sleeve </b></div> <div>Toddler/Kids<div><b>OekoTex</div>

<div><b>Plastisock Forest Long Johns </b></div> <div>Toddler/Kids<div><b>OekoTex</div>
Oeko-Tex certified cotton, Free from harmful substances
Designed in Sweden, Ethically made in Turkey
Machine Washable

Vyssan Lull is also having a 40% off sale at this time, so be sure to check that out as well!

Giveaway Time: There will be two winners chosen for this Giveaway, One winner will receive a sture lisa onesie and one winner will receive a $40 GC towards Plastistock Wear. For your entry head on over to Vyssan Lull and then come back here and tell me what Plastistock Item or Sture & Lisa Onesie you would choose if you won. For an Extra entry “Like” Vyssan Lull on Fb, please leave a comment saying you did so. Giveaway ends Feb 14th, Winner announced the 15th.
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Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio Review and Giveaway


GIVEAWAY CLOSED: WINNER CHOSEN #7 HOMEBODY.

I love Etsy, we all know this. I love looking for adorable headbands, hats and other cute girly items for photos for Josie. I came across Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio and fell in love with her hats. They are beautiful, handmade and of course the perfect prop for newborn photos.

Pink Pumpkin Crochet is Nikki and Samantha, two sisters that love to crochet. Crocheting is a hobby that has turned in to a business for these two lovely sisters. They love to create adorable baby props that consist of  beanies, hats, cocoons, diaper covers, stork sacksso. These one of a kind items make baby’s first photos fun and adorable, giving parents many options from style to color and texture.

They sent Josie this adorable multi-colored bear hat for her newborn photos and I just love the way they turned out. Not only is she cute in general, but this hat makes her extra cute!
GIVEAWAY TIME:
One lucky reader will win this same hat. They will be able to choose from this same one Josie is wearing or Blue. Head on over to Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio then come back here and tell me in a comment your favorite item in their shop. Giveaway ends Feb 7th, winner announced the morning of the 8th. Be sure to share this blog post with your friends and family for an extra entry. (leave a comment saying you did so)
Goodluck!
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Pearly Girl’s Newborn Photos


Here are a few of Josephine’s Aka Pearly Girl’s Newborn photos. At Ten days old. More to come soon! Photos Courtesy of Tangled Roots Photography.

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