Monday, February 28, 2011

These Kids Are My Whole World

And that is why I am going to post a gazillion pictures in this post!  And you will love them all, just as much if not more than I do.  Okay that was a lie, but I think you'll like them. A lot.

Levi has an obsession with shoes. He loves any kind of shoe, especially boots.  He's wearing my little sister's faux Uggs.


"The best part about having kids is dressing them any way you want." So says my husband.
 Who says baby legs and fleece sweater vests aren't cool?
 She's rockin' that fashion mess all the way.

Levi's no stranger to unique clothing choices either.
Yeah, those are fake crocs that he insists on wearing all the time. I swore I wouldn't let my kid wear shoes like that, but look...there he is making me eat my words.  At least we didn't buy them, they were a gift from his Mimi.

It's not often that I actually take the time to wear make-up, so you know I had to document it.

This is my attempt at getting her to eat homemade sweet potatoes. This girl wants nothing to do with baby food though.
 Her brother decided teething biscuits weren't just for babies.

She's got one good skill. She can sit up on her own. She can actually get herself into a sitting position all on her own. I'm a proud mama.
 You see how she gives me attitude already?

Finally, enough hair to make a little mohawk.

Her brother is one handsome little boy.
 I don't know why he has a different smile in every photo.  He is nothing if not predictably unpredictable.

And finally, we took advantage of the beautiful weather today and went outside to play.
 Look at that junk in her trunk.









Knowing that I had a hand in making those two little miracles...nothing feels better than that.

And yet another mom fail moment...

Levi's second MRI to check on his shunt was set for today. WAS being the key word. 

He had a crappy night.  I let him go to bed too early, 9 PM.  Some might say that's too late for a 2 year old, but not for my kid.  If he goes to sleep that early he doesn't usually sleep through the night.  Last night was no exception.  He woke up when I was able to come to bed around midnight.  He laid there tossing and turning for hours.  I tried to ignore him, I tried to get him to go to sleep by threatening to send him to his room, I tried holding him.  Nothing worked.  Around 3 AM Rian woke up, and that meant I had to go feed her.

Levi was still awake and asked for milk.  It was just a reflex, something so automatic that Justin and I didn't even think about him not being able to have any. The rules for his early morning MRI and general anesthesia were no food or drink after 12 AM. Ooops. 

I didn't realize the mistake until we had to get up and get ready to go, but it was too late to say anything, and I was so gosh darn tired.  I thought it might be okay, or at least I hoped it would. 

We went ahead and went to the hospital, and then I had to tell them about the milk.  She even asked what kind of milk he drank, as if that would have made a difference.  One phone call to the Anesthesiologist later and I was having to reschedule his appointment. Ugh.  Now we get to look forward to his MRI a couple of weeks from now.

March 17th, St. Patrick's Day.  Maybe the luck of the Irish will be with us then, right? 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

GIVEAWAY WINNER-Eclectic Whatnot Camera Strap Cover

Ugh, let me just say so sorry for the delay.  Today was my day to be completely lazy. And boy was I.  I basically nursed the baby then handed her off to Justin while I slept.  I was SOOO TIRED!  Like first trimester tired. And before you freak out, HECK NO, I am NOT pregnant. Just an insanely tired mom to two littles.

Here is the winner of the GIVEAWAY for the Eclectic Whatnot camera strap cover


Number one was


This is one time where it paid to be number one.  Yay! 

As always I wish I could give every single one of you a prize.  Maybe someday, right?  A blogger can dream.

Okay "Joon" you've got 48 hrs to claim your prize! Email me at Alwaysinwonder@aol.com.

But y'all don't go away mad cause you didn't win, I love every single one of you whose comments brighten my day.  And because I love you all and have so much fun giving stuff away, I have another awesome giveaway coming in March.  Just think, March is only a day or two away.  Hint: This little giveaway will be useful in the kitchen.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Finds- Pip and Bean & Rags to Stitches Raffle

For this Friday Finds, I bring you the delightful and adorable etsy shop, PIP and BEAN

Pip and Bean make super hero capes for kids!  See I told you they were adorable.  You can buy a one of a kind cape for your little super hero, and customize it to fit their unique personality. 

What cute little girl wouldn't love to be a a super hero with a cape that had hearts and her initial?

And what little boy wouldn't love to be Superman or Batman, or Levi the great? 

Pip and Bean was created by Alyssa Wolfe.  I have nothing but kind things to say about her too. She rocks!  Anyone with this kind of creativity does, right?  Alyssa was so kind and patient when I communicated her.  She makes purchasing from her etsy store easy peasy.

Here's what Alyssa has to say about the Pip and Bean Capes:

"All our capes are two sided satin cape measuring 29 inches long. This will fit kids starting at 2 years old and grow with them. The emblem is made from recycled polyester material and the closure is velcro to provide a quick release to keep your child safe. Our capes are a wonderful way to foster imaginative play which is the building blocks to fundamental learning."

I found out about Pip and Bean from reading Kelle Hampton's blog, Enjoying the Small Things.  Seeing her daughter Lainey in her cape made me want to give a cape to every kid I know.  How fun would it be to have little supers running around everywhere?

What's even neater, is you have an opportunity to get your own little super hero a cape to wear.  

Remember how I mentioned that Alissa from Rags to Stitches is having a raffle to help the Miller Family raise funds for their international adoption?   I decided to help by donating some items to her raffle.  One of those cool items is a cape from Pip and Bean!  Winner gets to choose either a red and blue cape (think Superman) or a green and yellow cape (think Robin, Batman's sidekick).  Both are reversible, and gender neutral capes.  How cool would it be to win one? 

The Rags to Stitches Raffle to help the Miller Family begins next week! EEEEEEE! February 28th, 2011 is the big day. There are some really great people and companies involved in donating items. Some of them are:

Pretty exciting right?  I feel blessed to be able to help and can't wait to see how God uses this wonderful event to help such an inspirational family. 

So remember, February 28th head over to Rags to Stitches and you'll have a chance to win some great prizes, and help a family adopt a child worthy of parents and love. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do you ever have Mom failure moments?

You know, the times where you feel like you messed up, or forgot something really important about your child or their schedule? 

I just got a call from the Children's Hospital reminding me and giving me instructions for Levi's MRI appointment on Monday. Come again?  MRI? Monday?  Uh, okay...if you say so...wait, why wasn't I notified of this earlier?

Apparently I was notified, back in January. Just a few days after his two week post-op appointment.  At least that's what they have on file.

MRI appointments are not fun.  They require general anesthesia, and that means I don't get to be with Levi when they administer it.  It's one of my biggest concerns as a mom, not being with him when he needs me.  And I hate having to hand him off to strangers and then walk away to wait in the Imaging Waiting room.

After that phone conversation I looked around our house and then gave myself a lecture about organization. You see, today and almost everyday, it looks like a small tornado struck in each room of our house.  And I fully believe that all this clutter and chaos is messing with my head and my ability to remember important appointment, like Levi's MRI.  Ugh, so no more putting it off...this weekend I am cleaning out our garage and cleaning our house from top to bottom. 

Hopefully those words will actually give me the motivation to follow through, because goodness knows I need it.

**update- I was actually able to give both kids baths at the same time tonight, do 3 loads of laundry and wash all of our dishes, within a 2 hour period.  It's amazing what one can accomplish when they give themselves a mental butt whooping for being lazy. ;)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And yet another Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

Gail from My Repurposed Life is also having an awesome Silhouette giveaway.  Hot dang I want to win one soooo bad!

Click HERE to enter.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The DIY Show Off is having a Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

That's right, a SILHOUETTE!! This is like the cream of the crop as far as crafty products go.  So enter my giveaway (hehe), then head over there to enter one of the best giveaways around!

Click HERE to head over to The DIY Show Off.

Homemade Facial Tutorial: Using Egg Yolk

Okay so let me start off with this warning: This facial is a little messy, and my egg yolk covered face is more than a little comical.  Enjoy looking at my enlarged pores, and blemish filled face, knowing full well that your skin is probably way better than mine.

PRE FACIAL FACE:

 You see that red blemish in between my eyes? Yeah, Rian attacked my face with her sharp-as-knives baby nails.  It's amazing how pale the flash makes my face look!?!

Step 1- gather your supplies. 1 egg, a small bowl, a spoon or fork, a wash cloth, and a towel.


Step 2- crack open that egg and separate the egg white from the egg yolk. We'll be using the egg yolk only.  Maybe you can save the egg white for breakfast? I don't know, I'm wasteful and threw mine in the trash.


Step 3- use warm/hot water to rinse your face off.  The warm water allows your pores to open up.  It's a good thing, I promise.


Step 4- stir up the egg yolk, then apply to your face.  All over, just like you would any other mask.  And don't say I didn't warn you about the messiness of it.



Step 5- for the next 10-15 minutes go watch TV, tweet to all your friends, blog hop...basically anything that will not require talking or lots of facial movement, okay?  The egg yolk is going to dry and then feel tight on your face.  This means it's working. 


 It's dry, and is cracking since I am smiling for y'all.

Step 6- has it really been 15 minutes?  Dang that went fast.  Now you're going to use your wash cloth and warm/hot water to rinse/wash the egg yolk off of your face.  Make sure you get it all, you don't want to see dried/hardened yellow yolk in your hair or an your face the next day. Trust me, it's not pretty.

Step 7- Pat your face dry with your clean towel and admire how smooth your skin feels. And gosh darn it if it doesn't look brighter, cleaner, fresher. 


Step 8- Come back here and thank me for sharing the secret of the best egg yolk facial you've ever had!

Well, what are you waiting for, go get crackin'. Haha. You know that was funny and lame.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy President's Day- GIVEAWAY!

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*

I was planning on holding off till March to do another giveaway, but thought I would throw this one in, in addition to the one I am having for March. 

Last week I won this pretty camera strap cover by Ruthanne from Eclectic Whatnot.

Isn't it lovely? 

Well, since I am all about sharing things that I love, I have decided to "share" with one of you lucky readers. 

One of you will actually get to win this very camera strap. Yay!

Here's how you ENTER to WIN
**Leave a separate comment for each entry you complete**

**YOU MUST BE AN ALWAYS IN WONDER FOLLOWER** If you would like to become a follower and enter this giveaway, I'd love to have you.
But please, only follow if you like what my blog is about and plan on sticking around. 

Required Entry:
1.  Be or Become a public follower of my blog. Leave me a comment letting me know you follow.

Want extra entries? Here's how you can get them:
2. Follow me on twitter.
3. Follow me on Facebook.
4. Like Eclectic Whatnot on Facebook, and leave a comment telling Ruthanne that Jennifer from Always In Wonder sent you.
5. Blog, tweet, or share on Facebook about this giveaway, and post the link. (up to 3 entries available!) 

TWEET:

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Okay, that's a whole lot of chances to win.  Good luck everyone!

GIVEAWAY STARTS MONDAY February 21, 2011  AND ENDS SATURDAY February 26, 2011 11:59 pm.  

Winner will be announced Sunday, February 27, 2011.
**ONCE CHOSEN, THE WINNER WILL HAVE 48 HOURS FROM THE TIME THEY ARE ANNOUNCED TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE, OR A NEW WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.

My Stella and Dot knock-off bracelet

I haven't done a crafty project in a while, and I thought, "It's about time you did one, people are getting bored over here."

So here goes... my first attempt to make my own jewelry. (Other than that one time I thought I was cool in 8th grade and made myself a button bracelet. Haha. I was lame.)

I have been lusting over this bracelet from Stella and Dot.
The front:

 The back:

It's currently $34...Not bad considering some of prices for their other jewelry.

As much as I liked it, I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much money on one bracelet.  So I thought I would try to make one that looked similar to it for a fraction of the cost.

Here's mine:  (Ignore my hairy wrist...this picture makes me wish I still shaved my arms. Yes, I used to shave my arms. Deal with it.)

And here is the Stella and Dot Version:

Not bad right?

I used different colored beads and leather cording, but the great thing about doing something yourself is getting to customize it to look how you want it to look.

Okay so here are the supplies I used.

Collapsible Eye Needles (Heavy)
 Black leather cording (but you could use brown or another color)
 Glass Pearl Beads (I bought two different colors, one gray and one a taupe color)
 Smaller black beads (Again, you could buy any color you want, and any shape)
 Embroidery Thread ( I used black to match the leather cording)
 Buttons (I didn't have fancy ones like Stella and Dot, but I'm okay with that.)
First thing I did was cut off a piece of leather cording long enough, and then I threaded it through the button.

I then made sure my the ends were even, and I tied multiple knots at the end of the cording.
Then I tied one end of the embroidery thread to the leather cording where my button was and started stringing the smaller black beads first.

This picture is after I have already strung a few beads, but you can kinda see how I am doing it.
I pull the bead all the way down the thread until it's at the leather cording, then I wrap it around the top and pull it back through the bead.
Then I wrap the thread twice around the leather cording to hold the bead in place.

Then I pull it tight and add another bead.  I did this to 7 of the black beads before I started adding the glass pearl beads.  The glass pearly beads are all strung the same way as the black beads.




When I got to the end, where my cording was knotted I just tied off the string in a knot onto the cording.
I used about 13-14 glass pearl beads.
And this is how the bracelet looks from the back, on the wrist.

 Since there are two spaces in between the knots, you can make it looser or tighter on your wrist.  And it will fit different size wrists.
 I made two bracelets, using the different colors of beads and two different colored buttons.






Okay, so here is the cost breakdown
Leather cording from Michael's $2.99
Collapsible Eye Needles from Michael's $2.99
Embroidery Thread from Joann's $0.49
Glass Pearl Beads from Joann's $2.00 for each color =$4.00
Small black beads from Michael's $1.99
Buttons free
TOTAL COST = $12.46 (not counting sales tax)

Totally worth it to me.  I have 2 bracelets for less than half the cost of the Stella and Dot bracelet, and plenty of supplies to make others, or to use for something else.

Hope you like my project, and don't be afraid to try something new yourself.

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