Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Maddie*Kate Listing "Flutter By Butterfly"

We are so excited to list this sweet little butterfly set for the Boutique Polkadotz guest launch!! We got to match up with some amazing accessory designers, Angie of doodlesbowtique, and Tracy of Creme*de*la*gems!!
You can find our listing by clicking HERE.

Also, they are having a great contest that you can enter, just by bidding on any Free2Be auction, including ours!

Love this picture of Mal :-)

Monday, February 23, 2009

One More Week...

7 more days...168 more hours...10,080 more minutes...until we find out where Mallory will be attending kindergarten next year!! In our county, we have the choice of going to our neighborhood school, going to a private school, or applying for a magnet school or a fundamental school (which are both public). When you apply for a magnet or fundamental school, your student ID# gets put in to a lottery. Only a certain amount of students will get accepted, based on the number of openings the school that you apply for has. We applied for a fundamental school, the same school that my sister and I went to, and the same school that my niece and nephew have gone to. There are 78 openings in kindergarten this year, which is a BLESSING for us, as normally there are only about 30 openings. They are adding a 5th kindergarten class this year, as they moved to a larger campus AND only 12 siblings of current students will be coming (as compared to 25-30 that they normally get). Fundamental schools are more strict with behavioral issues and require more parental involvement. The parents MUST attend all the PTA meetings. If you miss 2 of them, your child will be kicked out of school. I think all schools should require more parental involvement and be strict with behavioral issues...

I asked the principal when I went on a tour, how many people normally apply for her school, and she said usually about 200-250. Mallory has about a 1 in 3 chance of getting in. So....we wait....with our fingers crossed.

The other day we had a little cold front come through with a rain shower. It was still quite warm outside, so I let the kids put on their rainboots and have some fun.

Mallory did not want to get her skirt wet. LOL

Jack is my anal child. He does not like to be dirty or wet, so he lost his mind when he got water and leaves in his boots.

That was the end of playing in the puddles!

Mallory got the opportunity to model this sweet little set, by our friend, Debbie of Little*Noel. It's the perfect outfit for Easter! You can find the listings by clicking HERE and HERE.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Euro Spring Listing from Maddie*Kate

We just listed this sweet Lili and Lola dress, perfect for Spring and Summer.
Custom sized 3T-8.
You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Prayers for this Family

Hold your babies close tonight. This family's journey started with a routine visit to the doctor for their daughter for an ear infection.

You can read their story here.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

All sugared out...

So it started Thursday night at the Florida State Fair...lots of "fair" food and then the overload of Valentine's candy from the kids parties at school on Friday, followed by cupcakes Friday afternoon and more candy from Nate and my mom Saturday morning...then the cookies covered in icing, sprinkles and conversational heart candies that they made Saturday night at our church's babysitting service...topped off with cake today at a birthday Sunday. Starting tomorrow morning, the only sugar my kids are going to consume will be all natural from fruits!!

Here are the kids right before school on Friday, ready for their parties!

Even though the kids (and I) had WAY too much sugar this weekend, we had so much fun at the fair with my parents and my niece and nephew. The weather was perfect, the crowds were light and the food was yummy!!
These pictures were taken with Nate's phone, so please excuse the quality :-)

Friday after school, I invited some of my great friends over with their kids to play in the backyard and enjoy some juice boxes and "mommy" juice. The house was destroyed by the time Nate got home from work, but after the 3 Sangrias I had, I really didn't care if the house was messy.

Saturday we ran a few errands as a family, which was surprisingly not a terible thing and then we dropped the kids off at church for the wonderful babysitting service that they offered for Valentine's day. Nate and I drove down to the beach and met up with another couple, watched the sunset over the water and enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Sand Pearl.

Here is a new listing from last week that I just forgot to blog about. It's OOAK and is 5 pieces!! It's only got one bid, so go check it out here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Playing in the leaves

So I know that most of you have leaves to rake up throughout September and October, well our leaves don't fall until February and March. We live right on the curved part of our street, so when people drive by, they push the leaves up in to our yard from the street. I had a few of Jack's little friends here on Saturday, so we decided to rake up some of the leaves and jump in them. The kids had a blast covering me up in the leaves and I had fun covering them up too!

This is hilarious. Jack thought he was going to "surf" in the leaves, so of course, he needed Mallory's mermaid goggles and his Spiderman boogie board. And don't forget about posing like a Power Ranger too. That makes you surf even better!! Those goggles aren't very flattering, are they? :-)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Yummy Sheperd's Pie Recipe!

A friend of mine just sent out an email asking for a few recipes to get her out of a recipe rut! Once she gets everyone's receipes back, I will post them here, just in case you all are having receipe rut too!

Here is what I sent in:

Sheperd's Pie

1 sm onion
2 tbsp butter
1.5 pounds lean gr beef
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1.5 cups of mixed frozen vegetables
Salt and pepper
8 to 10 med potatoes
1.5 cups of milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups instant baking mix (bisquick)

Beef layer: course chop onion. Sauté in 2tbsp butter. Add ground beef and brown. Add tomato sauce. Throw the frozen veggies in the microwave and cook for 5 minutes in 2 tbsp water. Drain water and add veggies to beef mixture. Salt and pepper to taste.

Potato layer: peel and slice potatoes. Cook in boiling water until fork tender. Drain and mash potatoes. Start with 1/2 cup milk. Add 1/4 cup butter, sour cream and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to mash until well blended. Add milk as needed to adjust thickness of potatoes.

Biscuit layer: combine baking mix with 1 cup milk. Dough will be thinner than regular biscuit dough.

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray 9x9x2 inch casserole dish. Layer of potatoes, a layer of vegetables, layer of meat. Pour/spread biscuit mixture over the top. Drizzle with melted butter, if desired. Bake 35-45 minutes until top is golden brown.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Maddie*Kate New Oilily Dress Listed!!

Sorry I have been gone for so long! Mallory was sick for a few days and I just haven't caught myself all the way up with things around the house or all the custom orders sitting in my sewing room!! Thankfully, she is all better now, with the exception of a FAT LIP from a playground accident at school. My poor mom came down with a flu-like thing this week too, and has been lying in bed most of the week!! AND it's been FREEZING here all week! Where are the 80 degree days??? It's February in Florida!! We've had frost on the ground every morning for the past 3 days. I know it's nothing compared to the snow and -15 degrees up north, but our thin blood can't take it!!

Here is a brand new listing for us tonight! Made with this darling Skipping Rope Oilily fabric, lots of embroidered designs and ruffles! One-of-a-kind design will best fit size 4-6.
You can find the listing by clicking here!

Jack had his little birthday party with his best-est friend, Anna, last Sunday. They are only 1 week apart in age. We had the party at a great park not far from our house. The weather was perfect!! There was a face painter, pizza, cake, kites, and bubbles, and of course, the huge playground!!
Everyone had a great time (except Mallory, as she started feeling yucky that day).

Anna was the princess and Jack was her prince ;-)

And, I got my hair chopped off last week!! I love the new style and feel like a hip mommy now! LOL!

Check out this FAT LIP!! OUCH!!!
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