Monday, December 14, 2009

14 December 2009

On Thursday, we took M to get her pictures taken for our holiday cards. I can't believe how expensive pictures are nowadays, but we did like the way they came out. She met Santa, too (and wiped her nose on his sleeve!). It's really hard for me to choose a favorite picture because I like them all so much. haha.

I have to say though, if you have 4 kids and you can't control them, then you probably shouldn't take them to get their pictures taken if you don't have anyone to go with you. This one woman kept letting her 2 youngest kids runs around like crazies and then the oldest one kept chasing after the two younger ones. The little girl kept screaming at the top of her lungs and the youngest boy kept chasing her around the lobby, knocking the other kids over. Very annoying. I also didn't like the 2 teenagers (who were there by themselves) who kept looking at my daughter and laughing. The Little Monster wasn't even doing anything, she was cuddling her Elmo doll. We ended up waiting a long time for the photos to 'develop' even though they said that someone would be with us in 'a few minutes'. All in all, though, the experience was a good one. We really liked our photographer and M had a blast. She kept trying to get the red ball ornament. haha.



We got this one in a 10x13 for our living room. I personally think it's adorable.

This is a good one of her in the red tutu dress. You can barely tell that it's actually a halter.

This one is our Christmas card picture.





haha, she got tired of her hat.

Monday, December 7, 2009

7 December 2009

I did it! I managed to make the Little Monster 2 outfits for her Christmas pictures... which I scheduled for this Thursday. We might also get her pictures in 1 other outfit, too. I still need to make her some shoes to match the red one, but here it goes:

She's making a funny face in this one, haha.


I'm in love with this pink one. I used a 25yd roll of hot pink and about half of each 25yd rolls of light pink and white tulle. I also used a roll of hot pink glittery ribbon. The santa hat was $1 at Target, the boa was leftover from the red dress. I already had the elastic, the shirt & the pants. All in all, this outfit cost a grand total of $13 to make!



I still need to get a black ribbon and make her a belt for the red one. I ended up using 2 25yd rolls and 1 15yd roll of red for this dress. Plus, 1 roll of white ribbon, the boa and a roll of red ribbon. It ended up costing somewhere around $20 to make, but I still like it!! :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2 December 2009

I was browsing through Etsy today for some ideas for things I'd like the Princess to have or wear for Christmas this year (since it will be her first) and hopefully that I can make since the time is coming up quickly! (Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Etsy listing!)

I absolutely love this Santa Baby tutu dress by TuTuCuteBaby:


If I can figure out how to get the fun fur on there, I might try to make it. Of course, her Santa hat is hot pink with sequins, so they wouldn't exactly match. haha.

I also really love this peppermint tutu and bow set by Bowquet:


I really wish that I could become a bow master, but my fingers really hate making the loops and making them stay that way. haha.

Here are a few of my other favorites:


Christmas Present outfit by Magabys


The Holiday Fluffcake tutu by MainStreetBowtique


The Christmas Tree Pageant Set by Rococokidz

I wish I had money to buy all of it!! haha. What are some of your favorite holiday etsy items?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1 December 2009

Congratulations to Chrisy our giveaway winner!
She'll be receiving a pair of earrings from Vivilian.

For those of you who remember back in October when we managed to raise over $2000 for Rose (aka 2kute) so that she could purchase a new air conditioner, we're now trying to raise money for another very worthy cause! Baby Peyton is 7 months old and suffers from cardiomyopathy. She is in dire need for a heart transplant. Her mother has already used up all of her paid time off and the medical bills are hitting their family hard. So, Team2kute is trying to raise some money for their family, in hopes of helping them out at least a little bit this holiday season. We're also offering paid advertising on the blog, so go ahead over and take a look. Even if you can't donate anything, we'd really appreciate all the help we can get spreading the word, so please help us by posting to your twitters, facebooks, myspaces, blogs, etc! If you'd like to offer a giveaway to help out the Team2kute blog or offer a percentage of each of your sales, we'd be happy to accept that, too!

Peyton could also use some Christmas gifts (and maybe her parents, too), if anyone's interested in sending presents instead!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

28 November 2009

My birthday has come and gone. Thanksgiving is over. Now it's time to get out the Christmas decorations, turn on the Christmas music and get ready for my favorite holiday of the year.

Our Thanksgiving plans ended up changing a bit and it wound up being just me, the boy and the baby. It was okay. The turkey turned out really well, so I'm glad about that. It was my first time cooking a bird by myself. :) I cooked it breast side down for 2 hours and then flipped it for the next hour and a half. There weren't really enough drippings to consistently baste it, so I rubbed butter on the outside for the first 3 hours and basted for the last hour. At 3.5 hours, the bird was at 177 degrees. Since I need it at 180, I cooked it for 15 minutes longer and then let it rest for 20 minutes. It was definitely a tasty bird!


The vegetables weren't great, the carrots & potatoes were worthless. The zucchini & squash, on the other hand were tasty.


The Princess liked it, she kept dipping everything in her potatoes. haha.

On Black Friday, we got to Target at 7am. It wasn't really as crowded as I thought it'd be. Yes, it was crowded, but we were out of the store by 7:45am, after shopping and paying. We spent around $127, but we saved $153. Go us! I found a 100pc mega blocks set for $10. That was a good find. Afterwards, I took J to work and headed to Joann's. They had this ADORABLE stuffed giraffe. I was holding it, letting Maddie touch it to see if she liked it and some little old lady stole it out of our hands! And it was the last one. I was so sad and M started pouting. I wasn't going to put up a fight about a stuffed animal, but come on, who rips a toy out of a kid's hands.

How'd your Thanksgiving end up? Did you go shopping for Black Friday?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend Giveaway!! [CLOSED]

I was browsing Etsy the other day and came across this one Etsian who seems to be a hidden treasure! Vivilian is a jeweler from San Francisco and I have fallen in love with her store!

My absolute favorite piece is this White Tulip necklace...



But this double heart necklace is a close second!



And the best part is, Vivilian would like to offer these, Star Long Line earrings as a gift to 1 lucky reader!


They are approximately 2.5" long and are made from gunmetal.

To enter...
Go to Vivilian's shop, pick out your favorite item and leave a comment on this post!

For additional entries:
1. Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment saying that you are.
2. Blog, twitter or facebook about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link (1 entry per promo/link; you can do this once per day for each).
3. Make a purchase from Vivilian's shop and show me the transaction id (1 entry per purchase)!


Winner will be chosen on 11/29/09.

Friday, November 20, 2009

20 November 2009

This year, I'm in charge of Thanksgiving. We're having Jesse's mom and sister over and I'm cooking. I've cooked Thanksgiving foods by myself before, but never the whole meal, so I'm feeling a little.... anxious? nervous?

Anyway, for the past week and a half I've been thinking and strategizing (is that even a word?? haha) and planning. I never knew that there we so many different ways to cook a turkey! And why in the world do all of the turkey recipes require a 12+ lbs bird?? I'm still not done planning yet, but here's what I've got figured out so far...
  • Roasted turkey (cooked breast down for the first hour) with roasted vegetables (I'm thinking carrots, zucchini and squash)
  • Stuffing (cooked outside the bird)
  • Asparagus
  • Mashed potatoes (from real potatoes, not flakes, mmmmm)
  • Green Beans
  • Pumpkin Pie & Vanilla Ice Cream
So that's it so far for what I'm making. His mom, I think, is bringing that dish with the marshmallows on top... what is that?? Sweet potatoes? Yams?? We're also considering picking up some broccoli and cheddar soup from Panera for an appetizer.

What are you making for Thanksgiving?? What are your plans for the holiday?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

19 November 2009

So, over the past month and a half, I've been trying to come up with some awesome new ideas for the Little Monster and for the shop.

I've got a couple things on my plate right now, the first being the sweater dress I'm making for M.



The pattern is from Anjibeane (click the picture to get to her etsy shop). I'm making this one without the appliques though. Maybe the next one I make will have them. :)
I also have a hoodie pattern from her shop that I'm working on, too.

I just finished writing and creating the Monster's O Tannenbaum hat (the pattern and custom hats are available in my shop). What does everyone think?


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Featured!

My eco-friendly tampons were featured in a lovely little blog today! Well, really it was yesterday, but she convo'd me about it today! :)

The blog is about healthy finds for women on etsy, so please check it out and leave her a nice little comment!
Folk Craft! Etsy Finds: Healthy Ladies

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Giveaway!!!

Team 2kute is giving away an awesome gift basket - 3 Caramel Apples of your choice, given by DoubleDippedSweets.



Check it out and enter: http://team2kute.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 10, 2009

10 August 2009

We've been busy busy busy. The Little Monster turned 6 months on the 6th. She's getting so big! She can sit fully unsupported, and has been able to for about a month and a half now. She can crawl backwards and in a circle. Recently, she's been getting on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth before hopping her legs forward. I love it! She's also been trying to pull herself up to standing on her own.

We went to the cardiologist for the baby about 2 weeks ago because her pediatrician heard a heart murmur in June. She does have a benign heart murmur and a weird clicking (according to the cardiologist), but her echo was normal. We have to go back in a year, but they told us not to worry or do anything differently. M's almost 18lbs and is over 27" long!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

17 June 2009

Lately, I've been feeling a little cut off from the rest of the world. It feels like all I do is work and clean. And what do I have to show from it? A house that still looks like a tornado blew through it. No matter how much I clean, there still seems to be the same amount of filth that was there before I cleaned and after waking up sometime between 4:30 and 7:00 & working from 8:30 to 4:30, I just don't have the will power to keep at it. I wish I could afford to pay someone to come clean my house even if it's just once or twice a month. Thank god we're moving soon - that is, if we can find some place that's not a hole in the wall... otherwise, we might be living in a box in the park.

To top it all off, I don't even remember the last time I saw.... or even spoke to any of my friends from school. Alright, maybe I'm exaggerating, but most of them are on summer break from school and go back in the fall... whereas I'm working full time and have little extra time on my hands. I think the thing I miss most about college is having my friends near me all the time. I think it's worse because I rarely see anyone since I've been working from home for the last few months. I tried to see if I could find a playgroup or a group for baby & mommy in our area, but I've had no luck. I would love to find another couple of mom's with kids around M's age that we could spend time with.

Speaking of M, she's been doing really well. She's routinely eating Stage 1 fruits & veggies once or twice a day now. I even got her to eat some peas today. She also started sitting up unsupported last week - it started out only being able to sit up for a second or two, but now she can sit up just fine as long as she doesn't lean to one of the sides (though she can lean forward pretty well). It makes me a little nervous when she's on the couch in her boppy now, though, because she tends to wiggle a lot and almost rolls off the couch. So, I try to keep her in her exersaucer or her pack n play. I'm starting to make her take her naps in her crib now, too. Hopefully that will be her permanent sleeping place soon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

27 may 2009

The Monster and I both had ear infections this week - she got hers first and mine followed a few days later. Early last week she kept pulling and grabbing at her ear. I assumed it was because she's been teething since she didn't have a fever. On Saturday, we went to my mom's house to go to the May Fair when she told me Arthur just got an ear infection on Friday. Lo and behold, my ear starts killing me later that night. Still no fever in either of us though and the doctor's would be closed until Tuesday. Early Sunday morning, I ran to Walmart and picked up some baby tylenol and ear drops for all ages. I hate giving the baby tylenol because it makes her sleep all day, but I wanted to make sure she was fixed up quickly. You could tell she felt better by Monday - she wasn't pulling her ear, she was sleeping better at night. Me on the other hand, my ear is definitely better, but there's still a little pressure.

The May Fair was fun. M enjoyed it. She loved looking at all the colors of the different cars. We were there for a good 3-4 hours and she slept for a little bit, but not very much. She wore her cute little sunglasses that I bought her since it was about 90+ degrees out. I wish I had brought her sun hat though because she didn't want to stay in her stroller. Richard won a goldfish (which our mom almost killed later in the sink) and Josh & Arthur made some sand art (even though the woman selling it was a jerk).

We bought M an exersaucer last night. We went all out and bought her this really nice one with lots of toys. It's cute - it's jungle themed. It took Jesse and I about 2-3 hours to put the whole thing together, but the best part about it is it's a 3 stage toy. I wish we had bought it a few months ago because it starts out as a play mat. Right now she's in stage 2, which is the regular exersaucer (the seat spins, haha). When she outgrows the saucer (which has 3 height levels), it turns into a play table. I like it, too, because the whole thing can rock (she's too little to make it do this right now though, so we have the feet out so it'll stay still). She loves the toy, especially the 3 birds with instruments. She can't make them play their instruments (except the one that spins), but she still loves grabbing at them.

We started the baby on solids last week, too. So far she loves apples, pears, bananas and carrots and hates peas.

Monday, May 18, 2009

18 may 2009

M's been pretty whiny today.... not really cranky, just whiny. I can't tell if it's because she's sick or because she's teething. She slept 13 hours last night (minus 10 minutes to eat at 7:20am) before I woke her up. And even then, I changed her, fed her and she fell right back to sleep. She's been sleeping pretty much the entire day, in fact. I did have to wake her up one other time though because she was screaming in her sleep like she was being hurt.

Jesse went away from Friday to Mother's Day - he stayed at his mom's. I stayed home with the baby. She was pretty good, though she definitely missed her daddy. You could tell from the stunned expression she had on her face for about 10 minutes.



I actually made M that dress and headband just for the occasion. She looked adorable. The dress is so much better in person and it was the first clothing piece I've sewn. :)

I made her a pouch sling, too. I love it because it's so much easier to carry her in than the front to back carriers and she can use it up to about 35lbs since there are so many different carrying positions. She loves it, too, because it's so comfortable for her.


You can see more pictures here

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4 may 2009

We took M for her first big round of vaccines 2 weeks ago. The poor little girl. I felt bad because she actually slept through the night and was so happy when she woke up (she slept from like 11-8) and of course, we had to take her to go get shots. It was our first visit to the new doctor and we actually liked this office way more than the other one.

The nurse started out with her height - 23" - a whole 3" taller than when she was born. Then she was trying to take her temperature, but M wanted nothing to do with that and ended up pooping all over the nurse - it was funny. She weighed in at 13.5 lbs, too, which is on the larger side, but still common for her age.

I can't believe she's 3 months old already, time is going so fast.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

08 april 2009

Jesse and I bought a sewing machine the other day. I played with it for the first time yesterday and I figured out how to thread the upper needle and wind the bobbin all by myself. I practiced some simple stitches but the bottom of the stitch kept coming loose. I was so disappointed with myself.

So today I tried again, hoping to have some better luck and I did!! I made this little hat out of an old t-shirt I had for exousia's son. He was born about a month prematurely, so I wanted to send her a gift for him since she mentioned not having anything for a preemie.



I'm so proud of myself. :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

01 april 2009

I can't believe M's almost 2 months old already! Time is going so fast. She laughs at us now, which is adorable. She especially loves when we make smacking sounds with our lips. She thinks it's hilarious. This is her trying to do it:





And I absolutely love this picture:





I've been crafting away lately, too.
Two of my latest creations:





Check them out here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

16 march 2009

I got 3 bows from Bowquet the other day and they're adorable! They're still a little too big for M's tiny little head, but I hope she grows into them soon.

How cute are these?




Everyone should go visit their shop and show them some love!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gigantic Giveaway

Lianna & her husband over at http://bethouaknight.blogspot.com/ are trying to raise money for IVF (in vitro for those who don't know). So, they're having a huge giveaway! There are many great packages available to the winner(s) and I highly suggest you go check it out.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

07 march 2009

I listed a new pair of slippers today on etsy!
Pretty cute, if I may say so myself. They'll fit a newborn.

I also won some great baby blocks from MyMotherMary!
I got them in the mail yesterday and they're definitely adorable. I highly suggest checking out her shop!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

24 february 2009

I posted a ton of new stuff on etsy this week! Okay, well... maybe not a TON of new stuff, but some new stuff. haha.

The one I'm most proud of is my baby cocoon. I wrote the pattern myself, made it and had a photo shoot with M all in the same day. :) Go me!

Here are some pictures from our photo shoot:

You can check out more pictures here.
I also listed some more cupcake washcloths and hat patterns. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

welcome to the world


Little Monster.
02/06/2009. 10:39am.
7lbs 5oz.

And she's perfect. :)