Sunday, July 14, 2013



So I have just spent a week in Indianapolis, Indiana learning, growing, and discovering at the Scentsy Family Reunion!

I absolutely love my business. I don't think that that's a secret to anyone that knows me! But after reunion (the warm fuzzy name we Scentsy sisters have for our annual convention), I always feel rejuvenated and more ready than ever to work my business and share the Scentsy brands with everyone. Honestly, we have something for every person... It's unreal.

Aaaaanyway, I wanted to share my experience at reunion here, and slowly unveil some of the pictures that I took of new product that's coming out in the fall. I'm particularly fond of these guys...

Me and my new friend Barnaby the Owl!
He is so soft and snuggly....
and will clearly be living with me.

and, if you love Whoot - like I do! - you're going to love this little egg that hatched at the reunion!

Whoot and Whoot jr!
Our fine feathered friend looks great as a plug in!
Who doesn't love an owlet? I know I do...

Keep checking back as I reveal more everyday about what I saw and smelled while I was away. There are some incredible new things coming your way, and I can't wait to share with all of you!

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Little Birds Nest

I'm really proud of what we did with the nursery for Little Bird, and since everyone loves nursery photos, I thought that I would share them here with all of you! I'll do my best to remember where we got everything!

crib; target
  bedding; target/amazon
 lamp; kirklands (no longer for sale on the website)
 paint colors: ballet pink and fairytale pink (both from valspar); 
decal; zulily
[Please disregard the lamps on the floor... they're still there and still homeless. Whoops.]

Amazing artwork inspired by pinterest
but made especially for the little bird by our dear friend EM
who should soon be opening her own Etsy Shop!!
(She makes excellent burp cloths too!)

glider and ottoman; babies 'r us
[which caused us much grief... the glider is/was discontinued AFTER we got the ottoman as a gift. 
Really Babies R Us? Really?]
lamp; ikea (about 5 years ago. I don't think they carry it anymore)
curtains and sheers; ikea
little rug; lenox

yeah... I think I went over all of this already...

changing table/dresser; storkcraft (though we scored it on craigslist!)
lenny the lamb; scentsy
prints; zulily
frames; ikea
shelving; lowes
diaper pail; amazon 
(we cloth diaper and this pail is just the perfect size for one load of laundry in our machine)
diaper pail liner; planetwise (the pink that we have isn't available at the moment)
some other awesome stuff.

bookshelf close up of all of our favorite books!
vases; ikea

custom made shadow box is by our very dear friend SH
who has her own Etsy Shop! 
You can have one of these too at Owl House Designs!

tall dresser; storkcraft
laundry hamper; thirty-one
humidifier; target
polka dot toy bin; babies 'r us
frames; ikea
[They're $2, and we got a trillion of them.]

There is actually an entire wall that I don't have pictures of, with another really cool decal. I would go back and take pictures of it right now, but the Little Bird's room is a disaster mess because I've got some BumGenius all in ones laid out to finish drying... and I haven't picked up since one of the cats had a zoomie overnight and rearranged EVERYTHING. I blame Sookie.

All in all, I love her nursery, and she does too. The best part of her day is when she gets to be naked on her changer. She's all laughs and smiles. This doesn't bode well for her as a teenager, but for now, it's the best part of my day too.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Dragon Bink Love or Why we love Paci-Plushies!

Holy new favorite thing, batman.

So, we have a love/hate relationship with pacifiers here in the nest. Little Bird loves to work on her binks, and I hate having to put them back into her mouth when they fall out and she immediately screams. I was having to rush back to her during naps (on the rare occasion that she takes one) and more often, stop working or eating every 60 seconds, and when one hasn't eaten for all day, those moments are sacred!

I had been pointed in the direction of Wubanubs by a friend in nursing clinic, but Little Bird doesn't really love the soothie pacifiers - she seems to prefer the shape of the Nuk brand - so it seemed ridiculous to invest in something that she wouldn't really enjoy, no matter how cute and functional.

Enter Nookums Paci-Plushies!

I stumbled on these guys completely by accident (Thank you, Amazon for playing matchmaker!) when I was looking for something completely unrelated, and was SO EXCITED when I saw that they were Nuk compatible, and even better than the pacifier could be removed to be sanitized. I paged through the website and settled on....

Dimples the Dragon!

Every single little cutie is adorable, however, we have a special nickname for Little Bird here at home that makes her having a dragon with her all the time pretty cute. I definitely also love the elephant though!

I promptly ordered, through Amazon since we have an AmazonMom account and live for the free shipping, and got the shipping confirmation email very shortly after. I was stoked that it would be here so quickly! It arrived two days after I ordered, which was awesome. I loved the packaging when it arrived also. Very very cute.

I opened it immediately, and found that poor Dimples was damaged!! Poor fellow looked like he had had his throat cut - shanked in plushie jail! I was disappointed and prepared to pack him back up and return him to Amazon, but something stopped me and told me that I needed to contact the company and let them know that there was a problem. So I did. I emailed them through Amazon, and they wrote me back within minutes. I sent photographs of the damaged item, and was told promptly that a replacement would be shipped out that day after a sincere apology (which I totally didn't need... I just wanted them to know that there was a quality control slip up. I would appreciate someone telling me that if it was my business!). Impressive! We received the replacement within two days, attached our favorite Nuk pacifier, and the love affair began!

We started calling it the "Dragon Bink", mostly just for ease of asking each other where it was. M loves to hold onto the legs and wings (which have two different textures, so she gets to do a little exploring.), and I love that her bink is held in place even if she spits it out and immediately wants it back - the dragon holds it right there for her to grab back into her mouth!

It's gone on many a trip in the car with us, and definitely keeps the bink from falling (being thrown) on the floor of the car or onto the floor at Target, and has definitely saved it from a toss to the ground when we are out for walks in the stroller.

It's so cute that we get comments all the time when we're out. I (literally) ran into a gal (with the shopping cart) in the baby section of Target, and she (stared daggers at me until she saw M and) started cooing over her and asked where I got "such a cute paci clip"! Apparently, she has the same problem as I with a bink tosser, so I told her the website, we both agreed it was a genius idea, and went our merry ways.

We absolutely love it. I even got a picture of it with the bink in her mouth! Little Bird moves very quickly when she wants to.

Thanks for an excellent product. WE LOVE IT!

Oh, and just to be clear, I wasn't paid for this review nor did I get anything for free - although I do love free things! - this is a completely honest and unsolicited review of something we couldn't live without!

It seems like naptime is over... the Little Bird is chirping!

Friday, April 26, 2013

the great return of friday letters.

The last couple of days have been interesting. My mom left on Wednesday morning, after being here for a week. It was a tough transition back to just me and the little bird. It was so nice to be able to hand her to someone when I had to pee and walk the dogs without having her strapped to my chest, but we're back in the swing of things now. I'll shut up now and get to the letters...

Friday Letters... oh how I have missed you.

Dear Ameda, While I appreciate getting the Purely Yours double electric pump for free with my health insurance (see below letter), I hate it. It doesn't drain me well and I end up with more milk on my hand than I do in the bottles, especially when I double pump. I've been doing single side recently, and having more success, but it takes FOREVER. I'm thinking of just sucking it up and buying the Medela to see if it works better.
Dear President Obama, Thanks for the free pump, bro. Good work on being the leader of the free world and still thinking of the breastfeeding mama. You're no President Bartlet, but hey... no one is.
Dear Netflix and Aaron Sorkin, Thank you for The West Wing. There are no words for my gratitude.
Dear Mary Louise Parker, Your performance in Weeds is to die for. I love you as Amy on West Wing. I love you in general. Remember that one time we met and I panicked and hid from you? *sigh* Its probably better this way. I only would've embarrassed myself more if I'd allowed myself to speak.
Dear M, Thank you for being such a good sleeper today! You've been a doll so far today... I hope it sticks! 
Dear Cotton Babies, I am in love with you. Flip Diapers are my fave. BumGenius ain't too shabby either. Please give me free diapers to review here on the blog.
Dear Lexi and Conrad, My beautiful, fabulous dogs... thank you for not barking at the roofers and allowing M, and in turn mama, to get some rest. I promise you a nice long walk this afternoon.
Dear Laundry, I'm gonna crush you today.

I think that's all for me today folks. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

a visit with great-grandma and "have I always been cross eyed?"

Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday, my mom (who is visiting from Pennsylvania) and I took the Little Bird on an adventure! We drove two hours to southern NJ to meet my Nana, who will be 93 in August. It's not the longest road trip we've made with her, but it wasn't long enough for her to really settle in and sleep - too much stop and go traffic and not long enough to really nap. So, it was a very screamy trip, but well worth it so that my Nana could meet her 4th great-grandchild!

We snapped a few pictures of the oldest and the youngest member of our clan! (for now anyway, K and D are due to have their third little boy any day now!)

2 months and 92 years!
Both in fancy outfits.

I just can't deal with M's face here.
or her hair.

Me, the Little Bird, my Mom, and Nana
Also, my Uncle B photobombing in the background.

I need to know...
Have I always been cross eyed?
I don't think so. I feel like this is just a fluke.
But I'm definitely cross eyed here.

I also took the opportunity while in suburbia to stop at WalMart (keeping is classy, as always) and pick up a few sewing notions that I needed to start my next project! I'll be posting the progress of my project here, but it should be a good one. Here's a hint: It's a functional thing for baby!

The car trip back was a little better. M didn't scream as much, until we got about a mile from home in intense Brooklyn traffic - that is to say that there was a premium amount of honking and insane delivery bikes weaving between cars. I am not the most composed driver, in fact as soon as Little Bird can start mimicking language or repeating things that I say, I probably shouldn't be allowed to drive with her in the car, or her first words will have four letters.

We were both annoyed and tired, my mom seemed fine though.

In completely unrelated news, I have a lot of really great stuff coming up. I have a feature in a HUGE giveaway, I'm making some fun stuff for M, and we're working on our plans for summer. Exciting!

And now, a bonus for all of you that made it to the bottom of the page.

I'm so cool.

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