Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa was here...


It was the first year that Cadee understood what 
Santa was all about!
We left out the cookies and milk 
and few carrots for the reindeer,
in the morning she was so excited to see
 they had been nibbled on and 
very happy to see the gifts left under the tree!
Thank you Santa :)

They got right to work on check out their new toys!
{in their matching pj's of course ;}
Just love those little sleepy faces!

After that our day was off and running,
lots of grandparent to visit 
and presents for the girls to open!
Now that our house looks like a toy store 
we need some serious Christmas clean-up 
and clearing out of old toys ;)

~ ~ ~

I am clearing out my Etsy shop too!
TODAY ONLY
Use code CHRISTMAS30
for 30% ALL ITEMS
These items will be gone after today,
I am working on new things for the NEW YEAR
so stay tuned!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas
and now on to a wonderful New Year!!

Cheers,
Erica
xo




Sunday, December 19, 2010

Somewhat Simple's 12 Giveaways of Christmas


Pop on over to Somewhat Simple for 12 days of fabulous giveaways.
You could win this makeup bag set from my Etsy Shop!


Happy Holidays,
Erica
xo

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Item of the week & Etsy Shop Holiday Hours


My FAVORITE item of the week!
Just gave one of these as a baby shower gift for a dear friend!!
Baby Boy Tie Onesie w/ Matching Burpcloth

Holiday Schedule:
BigSis LilSis Boutique
Dec. 13-19 Open 
Dec. 20-25 CLOSED (MERRY CHRISTMAS)
Dec. 26 OPEN (After Christmas SALE)
Dec. 27-Jan. 1 CLOSED 
(Working on new items for the NEW YEAR!)

Just updating my shop hours for the last few weeks of the year!
I am also offering a 10% discount on all you last minute shoppers ;)
10% off all orders until Dec. 19th ~ Use code HOLIDAY10




~Erica
xo


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Hunger Games...


Who has read this book?
If you have not, go out and get it right NOW!!!
But don't just get this one, get the other two in the trilogy
{Catching Fire and Mocking-jay}
If you don't you will be wishing you did!
This book pulls you in and leaves you wanting more :)

Here is the synopsis:

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


Oh and one more thing, 
they are making the movie too! 
Coming in 2011!!
Check out a tidbit here!

Happy reading,
Erica
xo

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Countdown Begins...

Only 25 DAYS until CHRISTMAS!!

This is so exciting :)

I love Christmas,
all the decorating, candles, baking, gift giving!!
This is the most joyful holiday and you can feel the energy in the air :)

If you still have things to check off your Christmas List
Here are a few great gift ideas!!
Baby Boy Tie Onesie

Baby Leg Warmers

Make-up Bags

I have added some new items to my shop
 in honor of the first 
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
I am also offering a 10% discount on your total purchase 
free shipping on each additional item
{US only}
from Dec.1 - Dec.12
Use code HOLIDAY10


Happy Holidays,
Erica

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sale!!

Here is a fun little craft for the kids this Thanksgiving!
They make great table scape additions, 
take homes for your guests 
and keep the kiddos busy while you are cooking!


Candy Turkeys
What you will need:
Royal icing (The glue)
Peanut Butter Cup Minis (Belly)
Vanilla Waffer cookies (Backside to hold Feathers and Belly)
Chocolate Covered Pretzels (Feet)
Candy Corn (Feathers and Beak)
French Burnt Peanuts (Gobbler)
Maple Nut Goodies (The head)
Red Sugar Sprinkles (Eyes)


1. Start with the Vanilla Wafer 
and put an arch of icing along the flat side. 
Place (6) candy corn pointing toward the center along the arch.
Add a little more icing to the center of the wafer 
to attach the peanut butter cup.
Set aside to dry.
2. Take the Maple Goodie (head) add three small dots of icing.
Place the two eyes in the icing.
take of the larger end of the candy corn to make the beak 
and attach it in the center of the Maple Goodie.
3. Attach the head to the top of the peanut butter cup.
4. Add the Gobbler below the beak.
5. Attach the chocolate covered pretzel to the bottom last,
 when the body is stable.




Black Friday is just around the corner,
how many of us will be up before the sun ready to shop?!

Truthfully, I have always wanted to do this, 
but never quite go my bum out of bed in time ;)

This year I am really going to give a go though!!


I hope everyone has a delicious Thanksgiving 
with family and friends 
and safe travels if you are heading out of town :)

Since I am so THANKFUL for my wonderful followers 
I am offering 20% OFF all items in my Etsy boutique 
through Sunday 11/28,
Just use the code THANKS20!!

So Thankful,
Erica


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy "Handmade" Holidays with Sew, Mama, Sew!


Come check out all the great handmade items featured on 
for the month of November!! 
I am so honored to be featured this year :}


Happy "Handmade" Holidays,
Erica


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Mom, Happy Home


A friend found this great article 
and I just had to share its contents 
with as many moms as I know. 

So many times we get stuck in the day to day 
taking care of everyone else but ourselves. 
If we don't take care of us, who will?
We are just as important as the rest of our family! 

Here a few reminders,
 that it is more than okay to put yourself first 
once in a while 
to keep you and your family HAPPY!! 
Happy Mom = Happy Home!!


Here are 10 things happy moms do--
so remember these tips in your day-to-day life!


1. Find time for yourself
Happy moms know they deserve a little time to themselves. When you know you're going to have a little room to breathe later on in the day, it's easier to take on everything that's in front of you. Our formula? Take 2 hours out for yourself every 3 days.
{This is so true, if you worked a 72 hours shift, don't you deserve AT LEAST a 2 hour break?}

2. Don't make a happy baby, happier!
We all do it...you see your baby's head at what you're sure is an unnatural angle snoozing in their car seat. You just know they'll be happier if their head was straight.  So you move them. And they wake up. Then they scream. Or, you see them playing happily in the sand. You just know they'll be happier if they played on the slide. So you interrupt them and move them to the slide.  And they're angry. And they let you know they're REALLY angry.  Here's the thing, they were happy. It can be hard to do, but if your kid's not complaining, leave them be! 
Happy baby = Happy Mommy.
{Didn't understand how effective this was until baby #2}

3. Embrace the mess
So your house doesn’t look like something out of a magazine. That just means it’s cozy! Your children have hands coated in dirt from the playground and faces coated in spaghetti from dinner. It’s not gross—it’s an adorable photo op! Life is about how you look at things. Next time that pile of laundry that’s been sitting on the chair for three days starts to get you down, just remember… 
it’s probably feng shui.
{I like to think our house is cozy too!}

4. Make time for your friends
Your family can survive without you while you 
make time to see friends. You are a woman with your own identity and its imperative that you and that identity go out for some margaritas once in awhile!
{GIRLS NIGHT!!!}


5.  Stop blowing yourself off
While you may be the one taking care of everyone, it doesn't mean you can't also get what you want. Help your family realize your needs are as important as theirs and when mom is happy, everyone is happy, but when mom is not....
{no one is happy, especially Daddy!}

6.  Get in the zone
Take 10 minutes to do absolutely nothing but rest. Take a break from your day, close your eyes, breath in slowly and deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  Repeat several times. Think about a place you love that is relaxing, spend 10 minutes there in your mind.
{This works really well when you about to pot your top after your little one has dumped applesauce on top of their head!}

7.  Remember your dreams and goals
 Everyday we are encouraging our children to reach their full potential. But sometimes in the midst of being a parent we forget about our own dreams and goals. The best thing you can do to encourage a child is to lead by example –happy moms hold on to their dreams and goals and don’t let go.
{Have a hobbie, find a creative outlet, stay active!}

8.  Be lighthearted
Don't be the uptight mom. Be silly and dance with your kids to their music or tv show tunes. Be romantic and pull your partner into a waltz. Dance in slippery socks in your kitchen while making dinner.
{Thanks for dancing on the coffee table with us Mom ;}

9.  Bend the Rules
One of the best parts of making the rules is occasionally breaking them. Maybe it’s taking your child out of school for half a day on their birthday, or waking them up in the middle of the night to see a sky of shooting stars.  Happy moms know how to turn the mundane into fun.
{This one always made me feel special, I look forward to making those memories with my little ones}

10.  Mind your own business
Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Stop seeking the validation of others and be confident in yourself.
{10 years from now... 
Cadee: But Mom, Bella's Mom lets her... 
Me: I am not Bella's Mom, I am your Mom! 
I heard this conversation many times growing up 
and I am sure I will be having it many more with my girls ;}


What do you do for yourself that makes you a happy mom?

Happy Mom,
Erica
xo

Friday, October 29, 2010

BOO who?!

This week has been filled with Halloween fun!!
Last night we went BOOing,
tonight we are carving pumpkins
and earlier in the week I took the little ones 
trick-or-treating at our local outdoor mall!
My girly giraffe checking out her goodies!!

It was the cutest darn thing seeing all the kids in their costumes :}
I think Cadee had a great time, 
because she hasn't stopped asking to go "ticker teeting"!!

What is BOOing you ask...



Last year what the first time I had been 
BOOED!
I thought it was a great idea 
and couldn't wait to do my BOOing this year :}

I found these cute BOO sheets over at TomKat Studio!
Just print them out and add it to the goody bag,
but hurry you only have a couple of days left before Halloween!!


BOO who?!
BOOing {like EGGing} is a great way to celebrate Halloween 
with your neighbors, coworkers, family and friends!!


Happy Booing,
Erica


Monday, October 25, 2010

Hooter Hider

Isn't that a funny name?! 
But these things sell like crazy and for $30!!
{I bought one before I knew how to sew! ;}
I have been procrastinating wanting to make a 
nursing cover since I was pregnant with my second 
and talked about it on my very first post of this blog!
{well my baby is now 6 months old and other projects have had priority :}
BUT...
A friend asked me if I could make her one,
so now the pressure was on ;}
{just kidding, I was happy you finally got me to do it!}

I believe breast is best for baby and when my baby is hungry 
she doesn't care if we are in the middle of Time Square! 
So since not everyone is comfortable with 
Moms breastfeeding in public, these covers offer a 
"I have to feed my baby, 
but I am trying to be considerate of how others feel" option!

I found a great tutorial {there a ton out there} that I liked best 
and it helped me step-by-step.
This way I could go back and forth between my computer 
and sewing machine to make sure I had it just right!!
{that's the perfectionist in me ;}

I am actually very happy with the final product 
and excited to make more in different prints :}
It was easier and quicker than I thought it would be 
and I can't believe I waited so long to make one! 



I am planning on adding these to my Etsy shop
{as long as I get a good review from my guinea pig piece ;}


Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite print/color would be?
Thanks :}


Happy Nursing,
Erica

Linking to these parties!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fabulous Find: Ella's Kitchen ~ Organic Baby Food

We all know toddlers can be picky,
but my toddler will not even touch a veggie!

As an infant she ate all the pureed veggies so well, 
the moment she hit toddlerhood, 
she wanted nothing to do with them!

I suspect
I am not the only Mom trying to sneak a veggie or two 
any chance I get 
{most of the time very unsuccessful}
I have tried hiding them in her food, 
telling her they are candy, 
but I think when it comes down to it 
the taste and texture just doesn't work for her.
So the struggle continues... 


Or not,
I may have found the answer to our veggie problems...

Organic Baby Food


I gave her the 
Broccoli, Pears and Peas
{I know it doesn't sound very good, but it isn't bad, I tried it too}
and
she LOVED it!!! YAY!!
She even asked for more when she was done,
 that is a complete success in my book! :}}}

I think she likes the packaging too
because she can sit in her playroom 
and drink it with the little straw!


Needless to say, 
{I am so desperate to get her to eat veggies}
we will be having these on hand from now on!
I found them at Babies R Us on sale for $1 each.

If you have a picky little eater like me,
maybe give these a try, 
there are a bunch of flavors!!

Sneaky {and proud of it} Mommy,
Erica



Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch & Laundry Day

This weekend was super fun and relaxing!
We made a trip to the pumpkin patch,
where Cadee got to ride the train and carousel,
walk through the corn maze 
and pick out pumpkins!!

When it came to taking pictures,
she was a little camera shy ;)

I loved this shot the best because we were just having a good time
being silly...

Sunday we just relaxed after our busy Saturday
sooooo, that means today is 
laundry day!!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend 
and starting your week off with fun activities! ;)

xo,
Erica
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