Saturday, April 2, 2011

Car Seat giveaway!

Would you like to win a great safe carseat? This car seat is great for extended rear facing, and will last longer as your child grows! Just go here, and enter for your own chance to win!

Car Seat giveaway!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am becoming a hoarder!

Okay, so I've been told that hoarding is the act of keeping things you don't need or won't use. So maybe I'm just taking up too much space in my too small house. I guess I can handle that!
I've recently discovered all the great things on Amazon. Including Amazon Mom. Between the price reductions and coupons, I can't keep these huge packages from showing up on my doorstep!

This was my third delivery this week ::insert embarrassed face:: And that huge bundle of diapers only cost me $1.92. For that price, it's hard to not hoard buy them, right? They WILL be used eventually, and diapers cost a fortune, so I'm saving us money! However, I'm running out of space. Mason has one of the biggest closets in the house, but I'm still running out of room!

I'd like to be able to say that I only stash diapers (and wipes too, I'm guilty of that), but my sewing stash would beg to differ. I have a whole 4 drawer storage container overflowing with fabrics just waiting to be cut and made into something pretty. I guess I'll have to show you my journey towards the craft fairs this year. That should be interesting!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

For Dear Maddie

I ran across this story today, and I sat here and sobbed. It's the one thing a parent never wants to go through, and this poor couple is going through it FAR too soon. Please pray for them. They need comfort and peace above all else. Today, at their request, Breleigh wore a big pink bow in her hair. And after explaining it was for Maddie, who turned into an angel, she asked "Maddie is in heaven?" and I told her yes. 
You'll be an amazing angel to your parents, Maddie.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

This is what happens when she refuses to take a nap all day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's all about the children!

Having two young children, I find myself saying "how" a lot. How will I pay for those diapers? How will I make sure I save enough for college? How will I make sure they're safe? All things we worry about as parents, right? What if I had to worry about where to get clean water to drink, or how to keep them from bad neighbors, or even how I was going to feed them, just once for the whole day? As Americans, some of us don't realize how easy life is for us. Worrying about whether to go through the drivethru, or whether to pick something up at the store for dinner.

As someone who promotes World Vision on a daily basis, I wanted to give a little insight into what sponsoring a child means to these families. For anyone not familiar with World Vision, they are a nonprofit organization who "sponsors" children, supporting the child, his family, and his community. I could go on and on about great their organization is, but if you go to you can read it for yourself. 85% of all monies given to World Vision last year went directly into programs that helped that child and his surrounding community. 

We're given the task where I work (a Christian bookstore) of getting these children sponsored. Last night we finally had another little girl sponsored. It weighs heavily on our hearts when these children sit and don't get sponsored, so I thought this would be a great way to get the word out about this amazing program. On top of all that, you get to interact with your sponsored child. You can send letters, they will send you letters, and you are kept up to date on all of the things happening in your child's life. Proof of your giving, changing this child's life forever. Awesomely, if you sponsor through our store, you get a $20 gift certificate to spend however you choose in the store. I'm also hoping, that if someone who sees this through my blog wants to sponsor a child, I will also be adding in any item that you want from my shop. Be it a wallet, dress, blanket, anything you would like. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Take some time and go through their website and check out any questions you may have. I'm hoping that my 15 minutes of typing this out will help us get another child sponsored. Get a gift certificate, hand crafted item from my shop, and most importantly - change a child's life. As someone who has supported a child, and being around a lot of families who sponsor children, no one has ever regretted the decision to do so!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Phew, still alive!

I'd like to say our life is organized chaos, but some might think otherwise! Life with an almost three year old and a two month old is no less than constant craziness fun! Let's see if I can recap without forgetting something important.

Mason had his two month appointment on Thursday. We found out that he went from the 25th percentile in weight to 3rd percentile, and he only weighs 9 pounds 2 ounces. So we were given the option of supplementing with formula, or breastfeed him more. I usually feed him as long as he wants, so it seemed like formula was the only option. But I've decided I'm going to buckle down and make this breastfeeding stuff work, regardless of what I need to do.

Last night was the Superbowl. I LOVE the Superbowl. I love football already, but add awesome commercials, and you've got one of the most awesome entertainment days of the year! And as most of you know, we are a VERY serious Packers household. I had to convince Luke that we didn't have the money for him to fly to Arlington for the Superbowl. So he settled for a Superbowl party instead. We ended up with about 15-20 people, and some of them had to sit on the floor because we had no room! But we had so many yummy treats, and I got a lot of compliments. So I'll take it! We were all decked out in our festive colors, so there was no question as to who we were rooting for!

Before the masses.

The aftermath!

Isn't he adorable? Although the company I took his onesie to to have his name put on, put his name on the front. I was disappointed, but it's still cute!

She was a hit in her dress :) I'm glad I took the time to make it!