Wednesday, March 31, 2010

You've Been Egged!

With Easter just days away
here is a fun activity to start with your family,
neighborbors or coworkers!
Attach this note to a basket of goodies
and leave it on someone's door step or desk!
{very similar to "Booing" at Halloween}

Click on over to Eighteen25 and download this for free!

This is a great little idea for Easter...

The hardest part is picking who is going to get EGGED!!

Happy Easter,
BigSis LilSis


as miss Cadee would say!

What toddler doesn't love
goldfish crackers?

I think these are Cadee's favorite,
she asks for them so much that we have
moved up to buying the Costco size!

I came across this recipe {from cupake project}
to make your own
and wanted to share it with the rest of the Moms!
{and so I didn't lose the recipe ;}

Make sure to come back and
let me know how they turn out :}


BigSis LilSis

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Twihards...It's not over...

{In stores)

For those of us that LOVE the Twilight Saga
and were so disapointed when Midnight Sun
was not going to be released :(

has decided to release a short story {novella} 
that is a follow up to Eclipse called:
Telling her side of the story

It will also be available for FREE download!!
{starting at noon June 7th thru July 5)

Mark your calendars to get your copy ;}

Happy Birthday Brady!


We hope you have a perfect day
and take some time for fun!

We had a great time celebrating
with you over the weekend!!

You know I think you are starting
to catch up to me ;)

You are great guy and stepbrother,
keep up the good work!

Love ya,
Big Sis
(Adam & Cadee too!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Never Ending Lists...

I know I am not the only one who has
endless lists around the house!
Just when I get things done on one,
there is something else to add to another.

This is my way of staying sane ;}
If I don't write it down, it is lost forever!

So when I stumbled across this blog...
I was so surprised to see these lists
that you can download and print for yourself, for free!

There are the basics like, TO DO's, GROCERY,
but the BLOG TOPICS  are what caught my eye ;}
{I have different topics I want to add to my blog, but write them down all over the place}

So I of course printed some for myself,
now I can be a little more organized!

Check them out and print some for yourself ;}

BigSis LilSis

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Deal of the Day: Free Pastry at Starbucks

Today is your day!

Get a FREE pastry with the purchase of a beverage

Just go to their website to print your COUPON 
or show it to the barista on your phone
{you gotta love technology!}

But get there EARLY because the offer only lasts until 10:30am
{or until the goodies are gone!}

Have a great day,
BigSis LilSis

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Emily!

{sorry for the day late posting, but did you notice I used PURPLE!}

{Funny Girl}

I just wanted to make sure you know
how great you are
and special to us!

Cadence absolutely adores her Auntie Em
and you are just so sweet with her!

She is so lucky to have and Auntie like you
and I am just as lucky to have a
Lil Sis like you!

We hope you had a fabulous BIRTHDAY weekend
and we can't wait to celebrate the
with you next year!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Crafty: Hair Bows

Having a little girl is so much fun,
especially when they like wearing hair bows.

Since these bows can be pricy at times,
I decided to start making my own!

And with two little girls,
it will be double the fun :}

First up...

{click on the picture to see it closer}
I just made bows out of ribbon and then used elastic thread
to attach them to the hair tie.
{I have also used these types of bows to attach to alligator clips wrapped in a coordinating ribbon}

Next up...

{I don't think my model was in the mood to pose}

I have seen these little cuties everywhere!
But most or the time they run $2-5 a pair
and now that I know how to make them,
I can make a dozen for that price!!
{Check out the tutorial here so you can make your own!}

I changed mine up a bit,
using hair ties instead of clips and mine have less ribbons.
{I assume you can make them with as many ribbons as you want}
Most of the time I find my ribbon in the $1 section at Target.
{They have some really cute one right now for Spring!}

These would make great gifts or
just have fun adding to your little girls collection!

Be Crafty,
BigSis LilSis

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Deal of the Day: Bargain Betty

Who loves a great bargain?!

I know I DO!

I am going to share some of my
to getting the best bang for your buck!

With the slow of the economy
I have been noticing that stores are starting to compete
with prices much more than before:

*Offering price matching
*Coupons / Double Coupons
*Special Day Deals
*Giftcards with purchase

One of my absolute favorite places to shop is TARGET
The great thing about Target is that they will take
 1 store coupon {which you can find and print from their website} 
along with 1 manufacturer's coupon 
so you can get DOUBLE the savings!

They also price match,
so if you find an item cheaper somewhere else,
they will give you that price!

If an item you bought goes on sale the next week,
go to customer service and ask for a price adjustment!
{If you are like me, I am there every week so I am not making a seperate trip
 each time to do this}

Another great way to save is to stock up!
Target often offers gift cards with purchase 
on certain items for you to use
on your next purchase and save even more!

Many of the Target stores are now expanding their
grocery items and I have found a huge difference
in prices on their store brand
compared to other store brands {i.e. Safeway}
Especially for dairy {milk, cheese, eggs}, cereals,
frozen food and even produce!

One thing Safeway has that Target does not are
 Special Deal Days
they frequently highlight items for a reduced price
on specific days!
{just check your weekly mailer}
They will have coupons for FREE items
with a minimum purchase
{We once got a free O.J., english muffins, dozen eggs, and bacon!}

*One EXTRA tip for those coupons you just can't seem to find:
Go to the manufacturer's website
and find their contact information,
Take a minute to write them a quick email, letter
or give them a call.
Let them know that you LOVE their products,
but notice the items are not on sale very often
or rarely find coupons.
Most likely you with find coupons in your mail box
within a week or two!
I have personally had success with this many times :)
*I owe thanks to my 6th grade teacher Mr. Clarkson, he had us write letters to our favorite candy company and everyone received coupons or candy in return! ;}

So take a little extra time to compare prices,
cut coupons, or check your weekly ads
you could be saving more than your think!

A penny saved is a penny earned, right?!

BigSis LilSis

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fabulous Find: Baby Jogger City Select

I am absolutely in LOVE with this stroller!
{I know... the things that excite me as a Mom}

I wish this was available when we had Cadence,
there would be no need for any other stroller!!
{instead we ended up with 3 different ones that probably added up to the cost of this one!}

If you or someone you know is having
a little one,
this is a must have!!


{click above for more info}

"For Parents on the Grow"

The City Select offers parents the unique opportunity to customize their stroller into 16 different combinations to suit their family needs.

*Patented Quick-Fold Technology - allows you to fold your stroller in
one simple step
*Innovative multi-functional design allows you to select your seating arrangement up to 16 unique combinations
(with double conversion kits – sold separately)
*Hand operated parking brake
*12" forever-air rear and 8" lightweight front wheels with front wheel suspension and sealed ball bearings
*Swivel front wheels lock into place for long distance strolling
*Multi-position seat recline for passenger comfort
*Multi-position sun canopy with peek-a-boo window and adjustable head height
*Adjustable 5-point safety harness with shoulder pads and buckle cover
*Multi-position foot well tilt adds leg support for smaller children
*Telescoping handlebar with wipe clean grip
*Seat back storage compartment and large under seat basket
*Secure fold latch to keep stroller folded for transportation or storage
*45 lb. per seat weight capacity

This stroller has everything we have been looking for!
Throughout our stroller search we have often said,
"This one would be perfect if it just had this too,
or that like the other one."

I think my favorite feature is that it doesn't always have to be
a double stroller...

Or maybe that you can attach the infant car seat and a
second seat and still fit through a regular size doorway...

Or maybe that the seats can swivel so the kiddos can face eachother...

Or maybe it's just everything!!

One thing I do know,
this is going on my wish list for baby #2,
along with tons of diapers ;}

I would love your feedback on this Fabulous Find,
especially if you already have this stroller or also considering it!!

BigSis LilSis

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Nancy!

Happy Birthday to the
a girl could ask for!!

You are beautiful inside and out!
Thank you for all that you do for
our family!!

I hope you enjoy your day
and Cadence can't wait to see her
Grammy :}


Happy Birthday Benny!

Wishing a very
to my wonderful baby Brother!

I just want you to know
how proud of you I am,
you are doing great things!

Make sure to take a break
from studying today to
have a great birthday!!

We love you and wish you the
best year yet :}

Big Sis
{Adam and Cadence too!}

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shannon Cline Photography

We recently got the opportunity to take some family photos
with a new photographer named

Her specialties are maternity, newborns,
children, families, and weddings.
She posted a message on a family forum
that she was looking to add some new families to her portfolio.
She had a huge response to her offer for a free photo shoot
and we were lucky enough to be chosen!

The last time we had family photos
was when Cadence was 6 months old.

We met her at Vasona and had a great time.
I love how playful the shots came out.
Shannon was very easy going and
a pleasure to work with.

Here are some of the shots from the day!

I believe she is looking for couples to do
engagement photos next!
Check out her website and shoot her an email
if you are interested in finding out more :}

Thank you again Shannon!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I just came across this website
and thought it was a pretty great idea!

The website works like a registry,
where friends and family can sign up
to bring you food after having a baby!
{or recovering from surgery, a loss in the family, etc.}

It is a free website and super simple to use.

Just enter your contact information to sign up
and then follow the quick easy steps
to enter information for
specified dates and meal preferences.

Also, if you have family or friends out of town 
they can purchase gift cards for you
to local restaurants as well!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Toddler Bed Success!

So Cadee is 20 months now
and we thought it would be a good time to transition her
to her new toddler "Big Girl Bed" {this one}.
That way when Aria arrives
she won't feel like we are taking it away from her.

A few months ago, we had tried converting her crib
to a toddler bed,
but she definitely wasn't ready {and honestly, either were we}.
This time seemed to be a lot easier
and she seems to like the little bed better
{I personally like that it is closer to the ground}
and she looks so darn cute in it!

Here she is taking her first nap, looks pretty cozy to me!
To me this was a success because it only took
15 minutes of crying :(
and putting her back down 1 time
before she decided to just get in bed and crash out!!
The funny thing was, she wanted her two teddy bears with her,
which she never asked for in her crib!
So what the heck, I guess they made her feel safe :}

The evening went similar, but she was a little more tired
so I just stayed with her until she closed her eyes {about 30 min.}
 She woke up at about 3:30am,
so we just brought her in bed with us!
{I know bad habit, but they are only little once} 

Last night was heaven, she didn't get up until 7:30am!!


Toddlers can be tough at times,
but there is nothing sweeter than watching your little one 
sleep like a little angel.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to MY BigSis!


We are not biological sisters, but have grown up together as sisters. We met each other when we were only 11 years old. I had moved to a new school and she was nice enough to ask me to have lunch with her!

As we grew up, we were constantly asked if we were SISTERS {we both have dark hair and blue eyes},
so we thought it was easier to just tell people YES!

And that is how we became BigSis and LilSis!
So when I started this blog I thought it was a great sentimental name since it would have multiple meanings for me!

Now as we are both Wives and Moms
we have shared so many great moments
and I know there are many more to come!

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for being the wonderful sister I never had!

Love you,
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