Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Not a fan of winter!

It's March and we are currently freezing, some of us digging out of snow!

Remember last month when we were wearing Tshirts outside and boat shoes?!?

OK Mother Nature, who pissed you off? Gather up your friend Elsa and both of you go somewhere else!

With all this cold though, I have to say, it really has helped my shop! I had already marked down all my winter inventory to move it and make room for my Spring and Summer inventory. I don't have a warehouse, in fact my sewing area shares space with our laundry room, hubby's bar and the kids TV room and sleepover space. So keeping inventory is hard.

So I have marked down all the Sherpa's and boot cuffs to move those out!
Order yours here!

2 Styles and Lots of colors, order here!

Thanks to Mother Nature, everyone has been cold the past week and has been shopping for warmer clothes. Yay for me!

I still have items left, still have a number of Sherpas as well as boot cuffs. So if you are wanting to stay warm, I would head over and grab yours.

None of us know what Mother Nature is doing. I'm not friends with Elsa, she knows she is not welcome at my house!! But when she comes, I am nice and warm in my Sherpa and boot cuffs!!

So stay warm, and dream of days we can get away with cute monogram Tees and Tanks!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

#likeagirl

It's March 8, 2017 and it's International Women's Day. Women all over are wearing red in support of this powerful movement. It's not about not showing up to work, it's more powerful then that.

Being a strong, independent woman, I have made it a point to raise my girl's to be the same way. I fight for them to be equal. I have stressed that they not let anyone walk all over them, that they not let anyone use the words "you're a girl".

We have all heard stories of women in our lives, the struggles they go through to get to where they currently are in their lives. Why? Shouldn't we be equals by now? Heck, we push out those babies, shouldn't we be better then them?!?! All jokes aside, I have worked hard in my life to be where I am, I shouldn't then have to fight to be paid the same salary as the guy next to me who could care less! That's what today is about!

I have a son, he is in first grade this year. It's the year that kid's start realizing boys and girls are different in more ways then just long hair and short hair. He often comes home with little rhymes about boys smarter and girls stupider. He tells me often that he is smarter then the girls, simply because he is a boy. This results in nice long talks. I don't let him get away with it! We talk often about other difference between boys and girls, and I explain to him that girls can do anything boys can do, sometimes better! He has a best friend who has been his friend since preschool and he is pretty protective of her. She has played on his bassketball team and we make it a point to make him realize how well she is when she plays sports.

I believe in order for our world to change, it starts at home. It starts with parents making it a point to raise their girls strong, to make them feel comfortable to stand up for themselves. To make them feel proud to raise their hands in class, yell out the answeers and pass their report cards around because they got all A's! It's our job to raise our boys as an equal, not superior to their female counterparts. We need to make sure our boys see women as a competition in life and not as a rung on the ladder for them to climb.

My girls are raised pretty modest. I am very strict with the clothes they wear, how late they stay out and who they hang out with. I raise them to know that their beauty comes from within, not what we are wearing or how much skin we are showing. I raise my son in the same manner. He makes comments about how pretty a girl is, we make sure he also comments on how well she reads (remember he is in first grade, that's what they are learning) or how great her manners are. We make sure that he asks any girl if he can hug them before he gets near them. Girl's have rights, and it's important that boys of all ages know this!!

My oldest daughter will be applying to college in the next year and a half. Right now, she has made all A's in high school. She is proud to be a nerd. She is proud to tell anyone and everyone that she is number 1 in her class. She doesn't hide it. We have never let her be embarrassed about being smart. She works hard and should be rewarded. Today I stand for her, for her future that she will one day be paid the same as her male counterpart. That she will have a life filled with success because she's smart and hardworking, and not struggle because she's a female in whatever field she chooses.

Use today, not as a day to take off from work and lay on the couch, but as a day to start an important conversation. A day to thank a women who made a difference in your life. A women who gave you the courage to take a stand and make a difference in someone elses life. Talk to your daughters, talk to you sons. This world is full of amazing women! Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Princess Di, Oprah, Ellen, Malala, and so many more who paved the road for us and those ahead of us who will widen the road for us. You never know, the first female president may be sitting on the couch next to you, and your commitment to making her believe anything is possible may lead her to the White House!

And most important, don't just do it today! Make this your way of life. Empower all women, everyday! #likeagirl

Monday, March 6, 2017

Holiday Items

2 of my favorite holidays are in the month of March and April. We don't do much in the way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day, usually hubby is at the firehouse. But I do love the color and green, so who wouldn't love a day devoted to wearing it! 

And as a Christian, Easter is a huge holiday for us. In our house, the Easter bunny visits but it's not a big deal. We have egg hunts, we spend all day at church, usually at sunrise service as well as a number of others. And we have dinner with family. It's a big deal for us. So I love celebrating. 

With both the holidays nearing, I thought I would take some time to share some of the items in my shop(s) for these holidays. Because who really needs a great holiday as an excuse to buy super cute clothes?!? But if you do, here you go!

Who needs luck?
All trouble

And when you're ready for Easter, I have a lot of bunnies!!
Simply bunny

Bunny Heads
And don't forget all the handmade dresses and skirts I have listed in the shop, perfect for Easter and those spring weddings! 

So make sure you head over to the shop! Make sure you place your St. Patrick's Day orders by Friday March 10 to gaurantee delivery in time for the holiday! 

Happy Shopping!



Saturday, March 4, 2017

Special Sale

Did you k now that I have a closed business group on Facebook?!? In this group is where I post my items first, run special sales, and get new ideas.

I wanted to share here about my group for any fans who are not members, but are on Facebook and would like to be a part of the group.

Here's a little sneak peak to intrigue you to come join my group.

This weekend only, until Sunday night, I have placed 3 girls boutique outfits on drastic sale! It's only available to those who are members of my group!

These are boutique girl's outfits, we are talking ruffles, sparkles, polka dots. So if you would like to join my group so you too can be a part of this amazing sale, click here.

Come join us and get exclusive notices of specials and items!!

See you there!!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Meet Me Friday

I haven't posted a Meet Me post in, well, I think forever on this blog! So I thought I would take today to post a little about me!

I know I talk about myself in my blog posts, but there's a lot I don't talk about too. There's also a lot of things I love in life, that would totally explain a lot about me!

My husband and I met in high school, but never dated!

I was a competitive gymnast when I was younger, until I got to high school. I was also a dancer and danced in our studios company. In high school, I was on the gymnastics team (given, duh), cheered, and played soccer my junior and senior year.

I never enjoyed school, only liked (and excelled) in math. School did not connect with my until I reached college.

I'm not a big movie person; however, I love all Disney movies.

I LOVE Gilmore Girls and can probably tell you about any and all episodes.

I love corny shows, like Hart of Dixie, Arrow, Super Girl. I call them mindless shows I can get lost in without really thinking.

I love to watch PBS! Masterpiece Theater is my favorite but I really love any of their shows.

My best friend and I met when we were in Kindergarten together. We've been friends ever since, still are and only live about 2 minutes from each other. Our kids are now best of friends and our husbands actually like each other (they hang out without us).

I have lived in the same town my whole life, live around the corner from my parents in the same neighborhood I grew up in. I taught at the high school my husband and I met at, and now our oldest daughter goes to the same school!

I am a vegetarian. I don't like meat, never really have. I don't cook meat anymore either. My kids are happy with soy and now eat that when I cook. I LOVE pasta and would eat it every night if I could.

I hate to workout! I feel like it's a job. I will do yoga every now and then, I enjoy it, but I don't schedule workouts. I will walk with friends, but mainly because we talk the whole time! I have trained for races several times in my adult life, but only really because I need to lose weight! LOL

I LOVE ice cream! In fact, during the summer, my kids and I will get ice cream on the way home from the beach, and that's our dinner (dairy and fruit!).

I LOVE the beach. I have since I was little! My husband and I got married on the beach. I will take my kids to the beach everyday during the summer if I could. We live within 45 minutes of 6 different beaches and my dream is to one day retire at the beach.

Well I know that's a lot, and a huge smorgasbord of items but it was fun! Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Our kids: pains or loves?!?

Have you ever scrolled through Facebook (or any social media) and read posts and thought "What the heck?" Have you counted the number of posts about our kids, how they have tried our patience, the number of timeouts that day, how we can't take it any more!!

I find myself complaining a lot too.

This past weekend I was asked to speak at one of our church services about being an Upward basketball parent. Both my youngest kids play basketball at church for this amazing program. I typed up my "speech", practiced it so I knew it was in my time limit and didn't have any problems, or so I thought. Sunday morning I got up and started to talk and lost it! I started to cry! After service friends came up to me and we talked about it. And I looked at a good friend of mine and asked her, why in the world did I get so emotional!! Her response was simple, you love your kids!

We put on display so much of the negative, complaining about the stress they create. I try to avoid all those prideful, bragging posts about my kids, cause we all know we get tired of those too. But I feel like we should be more positive in the life of being a parent.

I love my kids dearly. They each have their own struggle's in life, they each have their strength's, they all have good days and bad days; just like us! So, if our kids walked around in life, telling all their friends, teachers, and neighbors all the negative things we do, wouldn't we be upset? Aren't we hurt when they tell us we are so mean? (I actually smile and tell my kids I had to sign a contract in the hospital that I would be mean!) Our hearts fill when our kids hug us and tell us how much they love us, when our kids get older and tell us how great a parent we are. So shouldn't we be doing the same with them? Not just when they do something great, you know those report card posts, but all the time!

My goal for the month of March is to post once a day on social media about my kids and their great qualities. I want my social media to be something that would make my kid's hearts burst with happiness and not lower their heads shamefully.

Will you join me? Will you help make our kids lives a happy, joyful, loving world?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mommy Time, a much needed time!

I've been a mom now for a long time. I've been through all the stages of motherhood, you know the exhausted from staying up with a crying baby; frustrated from answering the 101 "why" questions from a toddler; puzzled by the things you say as a parent that you thought you never would say; anxiety over a teen out with friends. I've been through everything (well in my mind it's everything, but I know there are going to be more to come).

I read articles, blogs, and Pinterest posts about the importance of mommy time, taking time for yourself. And in the motherhood of my life the only quiet mommy time I get is the 30 seconds I get to use the bathroom before the kids realize I am in there. Once in a blue moon I may get an evening out with a friend for drinks and dinner. But that's totally it. I have to honestly say I am the worse person when it comes to mommy time.

I have friends who go on weekend long trips with their girlfriends. Friends who schedule mommy lunches or dinners once a month, if not weekly. Mom friends who get together for wine nights, book clubs and bible studies.

Is time alone, or time with friends best for us as mommies? Do we need to have this time with friends or by ourselves to be the best person, mom that we can be? What does this time alone or with friends make us the best we can be?

I've read articles about the importance of destressing. The importance of regrouping ourselves. I don't get this alone time much, especially since my hubby works so much. But I find the weeks when I don't have my alone mommy time, I get ugly! I mean frustrated, angry at stupid things, agitated at the small things. All this makes me realize I do need the time.

Let's talk girl time, you know all those mommy night's out, weekends away, lunches, wine nights and book clubs (do they really read the books and talk about it, or just use that as an excuse???). When I do get my dinner's out with friends, I find that after the dinner's I feel so much better. I feel refreshed. Do you find that you can talk with your friends about things you can't talk to family, including your husband. I love my husband, we have been friends for over 20 years, and he is truly my best friend, so I tell him everything, but I can't complain about his underwear and dirty socks on the floor to him, right?!? I also feel so much better, because let's be honest, our friends complain to us and it makes us feel better about ourselves and our relationships, I know you're thinking it, I just said it!

As mom's we give ourselves to everyone all day, everyday. From the minute we wake up in the mornings (usually to a crying or talking child) to the minute we hit the pillows (and if you are anything like me, your mind races all night long too) we are at the beckon call of everyone. As we continue this throughout the weeks, and the weeks turn into months, we start to burn out. The time away from giving ourselves is the time we need to refuel ourselves so that we can go back to giving ourselves to our families again.

Over the time of being a mom, I have felt all the emotions of coming with being a mom. I've had the excitement of mommy nights, I've had the excitement of being with friends, I've gone through the guilt trip of leaving my kids for the evening/weekend, I've also had the anxiety over complaining/spilling the beans to friends. But despite all these emotions I also have learned that I need that time away, whether it's 30 minutes or 3 days. I need that time to know that all the emotions of stress, joy, and anxiety of being a housewife and mother is normal. And that I am not alone in this roller coaster of life called motherhood.

There will be a time in my life when my kids are gone, my husband will still be working and I will have all the time to go to the bathroom by myself. I won't have the stress and the anxiety of being a mom. The friendships I hold so dear now in my life I will look forward to the days when we get coffee together, shopping dates and weeks instead of weekends away with no soccer practices, pickup lines or meals to make. My girl's nights now aren't just to keep my current sanity but building foundations for my future.

So call your girlfriends, plan your next night out or weekend away and get your stress level down! Your mommy time is important, and so needed! Enjoy!