Sunday, August 31, 2008

sold for $270.00!!!

wow! my heart is full of joy! i am just so amazed at the generosity and willingness to help from all of you! it is wonderful! i am so grateful for this opportunity for service. boy it feels good, doesn't it!

jessicas mom (not my mom by the way :)), will be getting this lovely quilt in the mail! be sure to pay for the quilt here. remember to email me the paypal receipt( and i will send the quilt your way!

Thank you so much everyone! this was really fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Let the bidding begin!!

Its Nie Nie Day! What a wonderful way to get people together and help those in need! I love it!

First off, some info and rules...
** The money for this bid will be going to the Nie Recovery Fund. After the bid is over, the winner will send the money straight to the fund, not to me.

** To bid, you just leave an amount as a comment. Check back often to see if someone has outbid you!

** You may only bid in dollar amounts. such as $25.00 or $33.00. not in cents or change, such as $40.35. Get it? am i confusing you?

** The bidding will end on Sunday the 31st. @ 5 p.m. MST

** for more items to bid on, check out a list at designmom.

** also, check out the Nie Recovery site for more ways you can help.


you are bidding on a vintage style quilt made by me. it measures 34" by 29". it is quilted and washed to give it that lovely puckered vintage look. it is a perfect quilt to wrap your little one up in, with the upcoming cooler seasons on their way. or a wonderful gift anyone would be happy to recieve.

**** remember to check back tomorrow for the auction!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

a few more...

from addies photo shoot.

Monday, August 25, 2008

take a ride in our crazy van

Saturday, August 23, 2008

balloon wishes for nie and an auction

nies sister invited all to participate in a balloon launch, so to speak. it has been a family tradition of theirs to tie birthday wishes to a balloon and let them fly. so we joined in and attached our wishes for nie her family. "cjane" will be posting pics on monday of everyone that participated. check back to her blog on mon.
also, designmom had a grand idea to make thursday aug. 28th "Nie Nie Day". she is setting up a live auction and sending the money to the nie donation fund. such a great idea. she invited all to set up their own auction. so i am going to do just that! on thursday, i will be auctioning off a loverly item. you stop by my blog, and in the comment section you will bid for the item. the highest bidder gets the item and their money will go to the fund to help pay for their medical bills. so fab. you dont want to miss it! tell all your family and friends to stop by and bid! see you thursday!


for cooler weather.

Friday, August 22, 2008

how do you save?

today i woke up and decided to make pancakes for breakfast. i went to the pantry and , o darn, we are out of pancake mix. then i thought, well why do i need a pre mix to make pancakes? i will just make them from scratch. so i pulled out my cookbook and started to make. then i got to the baking powder part. o darn, im out of baking powder. well i remembered that i had read somewhere you can make your own. (ya, no joke. you can! :) so i ran to the computer and found it... 1/4 C. cream of tarter, 2 tbls. baking soda. they turned out to be some of the best pancakes! ya, it took me a little longer, but worth it. i dont think i will by pancake mix again! later i was making my shopping list of a few things i needed. tortillas being on the list. then i thought again, i could make them! so i whipped out an old relief society cookbook my mother-in-law had given me and sure enough i found a recipe (and it was my sister-in-laws). it was so easy. i am trying to be a little more self sufficient and trying to find more little ways i can save money. making little things like tortillas, salad dressing, cake frosting, baking powder are a few things i figured out i could do. when the weather gets a little cooler i would like to master homemade bread. i just cant get it for some dang reason!? i also try to save a little by not letting my gas tank get past half. it is suppose to help with mileage. i turn up our thermostat at night. (80 deg. to be exact. i am crazy!) i am also really cheap when it comes to name brand vs. store brand. i always will by the store brand when it comes to household items and food. (except yogurt and mac and cheese) i personally think its a waste to by the WAY more expensive brands if you are just going to wipe your butt with it and flush it down the toilet! and why buy name brand foods when the store brand has the same ingredients. there are exceptions, yes, but usually no. :) and everyone has their own opinion.
but the point of this post was to find out how you save a buck? what do you do to save? im curious and would love your input, i love saving a buck!:)

flour tortillas
3 tbsp. shortening
1 tsp. salt
2 c. flour
3/4 c. water
Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut in shortening. Add water to make dough. Take handful of dough and roll out on a lightly floured board, as thin as you can. Bake on a lightly greased griddle. Turn to brown.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


donate to the nie fund. i did. ever little dollar will help this family out. we will receive blessings as we do service for those in need. it will feel good. :)

click on the "donate to nie nie" button on my side bar. put in the amount. that simple!

today she turns 3 !

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

i am feeling

my heart is full of thanks. so full. stephanies story has really effected me. i dont know her personally. but i feel like i have a connection to her. i am a young mother. we share the same faith. she has been inspiring to me for so long. since i have started blogging. this experience has made me realize how much i have. and that i cant take my children, my husband, and my good life for granted. i have been. i have been in a slump. today i laughed with my children. i saw past the piles of toys and dishes and saw their smiles and heard their laughter! life is short. and i will cherish every day with my children. i will try and give them a great life with happy memories of a happy mother. i hope to have this feeling with me for a long time and not forget it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Grosgrain: Garden Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: Garden Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

the friends.... (the best pic i could get of all of them. :)

pizza, fruit, pink lemonade, cupcakes

silly kids with silly faces!

sun bathers,

the girls were so excited about a princess present! their expressions kill me!

happy birthday addie! we love you so much! you are so smart and make us laugh. i am so proud of you. you amaze me everyday at how bright and sweet you are. i love to cuddle with you when its just you and me at night before bedtime. i love that you love to read books and want to learn. i love your help in the kitchen and that you always want to help with the cooking and the cleaning! you are so creative and are always wanting to "do a craft." you make us so happy and i could not imagine life without you. when i look at your face, i wish i could take you to neverland so you could never grow up. then you would be my little girl forever!

a sad p.s.
I hate to spoil this fun post, but i just heard that the local blogger and loved by all, Stephanie Nielson , (aka Nie Nie) was in a private plane crash with her husband. Pray for her and her sweet family. i am so sad. i am glad they made it.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Grosgrain: Summer by the Lake Swimsuit GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: Summer by the Lake Swimsuit GIVEAWAY!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

to die for cute! check it out!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

random thoughts of my day...

** yes, these are my daughters real baby blues with little editing. just alittle sharpening.
** i made this headband today to go with a new outfit of hers. i love it. i love the navy blue and green together. i have been waiting to find the right thing to make with the green floral fabric, and i think i found it. i was thinking it would be cute to make a patchwork scarf with the same fabrics!
** i so want fall to be here! i am tired of being hot and yucky. i want to cook in the oven and on the stove and not have my house heat up to 1 million degrees! and to go to the park. oh the park! how nice it will be!
** callie face planted it today at the mall. poor thing. i hope her teeth werent affected. it just looks like her gums to me. we will see as time passes i guess.
** i finally got my bathroom and floors cleaned. i have to clean things like bathrooms and floors and things like that when my kids are asleep. otherwise i have a 3 year old wanting to help and will sneak and pour comet all over the toilet and bathroom floor. so great. but its done and it feels good!
** i am kinda p.o.ed that gymnastics is on so late. i dont think i can stay awake.
** i wore two different flip flops to the store today, and didnt notice until i got home and took them off at the door! oh boy, i am scaring myself! :)
** have a good weekend for all of you whose weekend it is! :O)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

vintage linens

some vintage linens in the shop. great for sewing projects like quilting, skirts/clothing, bunting/banners, tote bags, scarves, crayon rolls. etc. the list goes on!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

family fun

today we enjoyed some homemade pizza for dinner. ( i seem to be blogging a lot about food! and my chin is starting to show it! :))
afterward we meandered outside and had a family water fight! addie chased us with the hose. then mark jumped in the play pool and kinda sprained his ankle and the fun was over! he was off to laying on the couch with ice on his foot!

Monday, August 11, 2008


just blogged here!

start the day off with a smile

this morning i woke up to addie asleep and snuggled in on marks side of the bed. mark wasn't there. i figured he was laying with callie on one of the other beds, she was up a lot last night. when i came down the stairs it was quiet. no one to be found. i heard the hose and looked outside.

i had to chuckle. mark was picking weeds and callie, bare bum and all, diaper in her hand, playing in the sprinkler! it made my day.
we all got dressed and headed over to the gym. we got the car washed. then headed over to target to do get some little things we needed, diapers, milk. everyone is taking a nap at the moment. then i am sure there will be more water play in the backyard. bbq for dinner and then watch more olympics tonight.
its our weekend!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008


when i was growing we always watched the Olympics. it is something i really enjoy. especially women's gymnastics. i am really excited to watch it throughout the week! addie was really interested, and love to mimic what they were doing. she would go up to mark and do the little fake pat hug. it was hilarious to watch her!


Friday, August 8, 2008

i think this will work!

first of all, thank you for all of your kind comments! i love this blogging world, that us gals can connect and share our ideas and thoughts, and learn from one another. its great!

so today i tried the grazing tray. (thank you ashley!) it worked out wonderfully so far. i didnt have very much produce in my fridge, since we have been out of town, but i did find some things that addie likes that she can snack on. here is a list of other foods that are great for the tray. i printed it out and put in on my fridge(like the article suggested). as soon as i put it on the table, she was chowing! and i am loving the idea that i can just leave it on the table, and when she wants a snack or something to eat, she can get it herself and has many options to choose from. and i am not wasting my time and energy making her all these meals that she isnt going to eat! so great! i think this will be a hit.

**have you read this yet? i seriously love this gal! she is so real and insightful (is that a word?) i just admire her so much! i loved this post, it was what i needed. i said amen to everything she said in that post! go over and read it right now! loooove iiiit!