Friday, September 19, 2008

My Find of The Day

So right now I am really, really, really addicted to reading many different blogs, and I'm sure lots of you can relate with me on this one. I mainly enjoy family type blogs, where us mommies talk about anything and everything under the sun. I also like funny ones, or the crazy ones that swear alot, or the modest ones that would never swear. I don't discriminate... I like them all.

Well today, I stumbled upong this really super cool blog (thanks to Becky ) Ok. So the writers are a married couple: a self-made home designer and her husband, lol (she kids on a post about how her husband typed in 2 sentences while she stepped away from her computer and now hubby insists that it's their blog since he writes too! Plus, he helps her with some of her projects ). If you're into crafting and/or looking for good ideas to decorate your home, I encourage you to go visit her. Her blog is awesome!!! And I LOOOOVE craft projects. I'm such a dork, I swear. I don't know if it's due to getting older or the fact that I finally have my own house and am looking ofr ideas to decorate it, but as soon as I read a couple of the posts on her blog, I had to run to the store! And I got some really good finds, thanks to her ideas.

Just don't tell hubby, 'cause I'm not supposed to be spending any money right now!!!! Shhhh!
Well, I'm off to craft.
I'll be sure to post pics when I'm done!

I'm still here!


Looks like I've been a bad blogger and not posted on this here blog for a while. But that will soon change. I've been busy learning how to make clippies and hair bows and some other really cool projects.

It's a love hate relationship with me and crafts.

I LOVE doing them, but then I HATE how they consume sooooo much of my time ( and $$Money$$ especially since I don't have any of that right now! ) Yet, once I make something that I love, well... that's just my reward ! That sense of accomplishment !

I'll be posting pictures pretty soon.



Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How is life different for your children than when you were growing up?

Today is the day that I have my weekly report to do from Ms. Kathy over at

Who does she think she is giving me MORE work to add to my ever increasing, yet never decreasing to-do list ? Who I ask? Well, a wonderfully funny person, that's who. One that is so nice & is willing to share the *luv* with us that not only is she giving us ideas of what to write, but she's letting us link from her site to ours, meaning that more than 1 person will likely be visiting. WoooooHooooo! That's exciting! So on to my assignment.

How is life different for your children than when you were growing up?

As a child myself, my mother never lied to me.

She believed in not lying to us EVER!
What she really meant was that she would not lie to us about Santa Claus.
She always clearly and distinctively told us he didn't exist.
She never lied about the Easter Bunny.
Again, doesn't exist.
She never lied about the Tooth Fairy either.
She made it very clear that we understood that she herself would give us money for our teeth, since other parents just put it under their kid's pillows anyways, pretending to be the tooth fairy because again, the tooth fairy doesn't exist.
I was a sad little kid that was taught that Santa never existed.
I was a sad little kid that was not taught how to believe.

The presents I received at Christmas were given to me by my mother, not by Santa.
She made sure we understood that.

The Santa that went to our school every year and gave us a present was not the real santa like I so wanted to believe.
He was just Mrs. So&So's husband dressed up in a Santa Suit.
She made sure we understood that.

Why Oh Why would she do that?

Why would she not just let us believe?

I love my mother to death, but what a way to crush a kid's heart.
She didn't know that unknowingly she raised and taught us not to believe. Not to imagine. Not to hope.

But don't go hating on my mother thinking of her as a cruel woman. She was not a bad mother at all. On the contrary, she's a great mom and was only trying to protect us. The reasoning behind her truthfulness is this. She grew up in a family of 12 brothers and sisters. As you may well imagine, having so many kids to feed and clothe, my grandparents didn't have much money.... Yes, they always provided the basics but couldn't afford much more. Well, my mother had girl cousins whose family was better off than her own. So when she was a child, she couldn't understand why Santa would always give her cousins such beautiful dolls and toys, while he only left her pieces of candy or cookies.
Year after year the story repeated itself. When she questioned my grandma, she would tell her this story about how Santa would start his route over by her cousin's house, and unfortunatley by the time he got over to their house he'd ran out of the good toys. Well, my mom's heart was broken year after year. Even though her mother tried explaining the situation, she couldn't understand why he couldn't change his route and start at her house so she could get a doll just like she'd ask him to in her letters to him.
It never happened.
And her heart was crushed.

Santa never did give her the doll she always wanted. Then she grew up & was told the truth that there was no Santa Claus, and she realized how year after year she'd been disappointed and her heart was broken, and she swore that whenever she had children she would never lie to them about Santa. Her children would not know the heartbreak of wanting and not receiving the toy her cousins or friends received from Santa. Her children would not question themselves on why Santa didn't like them, or liked their cousins more. Her children would know that the gift they received, be it a toy or a candy, was from their mother, because that was what their mother could afford, and not from Santa. Because Santa didn't exist, and she made that very clear to us. Her children would know that the gift they receive is what their mother could afford to give then, and not what Santa thought they deserve.

So when I had children, what was I to do? Grandma lied to mother telling her Santa was real, only to crush her spirit when she never got the toys she asked for.

Mother never lied, telling us Santa was not real, only to crush our spirit by not allowing us to believe.

Well guess what I decided to do as a mother ? To lie of course.... Yes, little white lies.
This mother does have her children believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. The Easter Bunny not so much, 'cause I never understood that one! But what a cruel little world where kids don't believe in Santa. What a cruel little world where kids don't believe in the tooth fairy. That's the world in which I lived. And that is the world that I chose not to let my daughters live in.

Sure, they've tried calling me out. After all, Monkey is 10 already and started doubting Santa ever since she started school and those stupid kids try telling her the truth. The truth! Don't you see, my baby can't handle the truth~ I like seeing my daughters live in the real world, yet mixed in with a little bit of magic. Because surely Santa requires at least a little bit of magic to make it all over the world in one night~ And it requires a little bit of magic for the tooth fairy to be able to fly each and every night, making her rounds, collecting all those baby teeth. And I see nothing wrong with little white lies that will provide my daughters with that little bit of magic in their lives. That little bit of hope. That little bit of make believe.

Plus, it's great to be able to say " Santa's watching. If you want a nice gift then you better behave!" which they do! Because they believe............

Let's Try to Turn a Hobby Into Cash !

Sound like a plan?

I'll show you my homemade crafts & you all show me the money !

I really like the sound of that!
Now if only it was really that easy, right?

Well just a little fyi... I have my mind running around in circles.
We recently bought our very 1st home (Woooooohooooo!),
only to lose my job less than a month later !
bummer =0(
Thank God my husband has a good job where there's lots & lots of overtime, or else I just don't know what we would do! If at all interested, you can get a little bit more info in my other blog and he just told me yesterday that come next week they'll be cutting on overtime. They'll still have it, but not as much. I'm happy for him 'cause he surely works waaaaaaaaay too much! But then come paycheck day, we'll have less... but oh well. That brings me to the point of this here post.

I would love to help hubby with our little money issue, and being that I have little interest (lol) in getting a real job because I'm enjoying being here at home for my girls (AND the 7 hrs of complete and total silence in the house all by myself!) and the lack of after school care, and this and that... I would totally just LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to be able to make some $extra cash$ for much needed food & such to help hubby out a bit. All from my lovely little home.
A girl can dream can't she?
So I came up with a plan. Since I blog (hahahhaha, excuse me while I laugh at myself) NOT that I'm a professional blogger by ANY stretch of the imagination, I thought that I could post pics here and there of things I make, and if by any little miracle anybody would be interested, then we can do an even exchange.
My crafty products for your hard earned money!

I told you I'm nuts! But hey, it's worth a chance.
Now mind you I have a miniscule amount of readers, but you are out there.
I know you are!
And I love you for even taking the time of looking and even coming back!
And surprisingly enough, I have readers outside of the US, how cool is that?
So please, don't be shy!
If you like me... Speak up.
If you don't... hmmmm, why wouldn't you, lol.
and if you like my products, then don't let your wallet be shy, 'k?

*edited to add
Please, please, please, please, please, please, please..............
DO NOT ( and I repeat) DO NOT take this as a pitty party post.
I will be showing you items that I make, and if you like them, I would surely love to sell them to you. But please, DO NOT ( and I repeat ) DO NOT think that my children will not have dinner on the table if you don't purchase anything! although we might have steak if you do! ;D
Ok, let me stop rambling and get things straight!
Basically I would like the ability to work from home.

Yup! That's it. Pretty much!
I will show be showing some items I make.
And if you like such items, then you will be buying them...
If and only if you like them. Not because I'm asking for a handout, because I'm not.
It's just that re-reading my post, it somewhat seems like that.
Maybe I should have just erased it and started all over, but I was too lazy to do that, PLUS, it's almost time for school to let out and I have to at least do something in the house. Throw in a load & wash the dishes, so they think I've been productive & not spent all day on the computer, lol.

** sorry for the technical difficulties people... I will be back as soon as I figure out how to post a picture on here =0D

haha! how about just clicking the button that says 'add image'? Duh!

Ok, so here's my first project that Im sharing with you all.

Newborn Baby Gift Candle

Did somebody you know just have a baby? Are you looking for a unique gift that will be sure to stand out from the rest? Sure, baby clothes is A-do-ra-ble!!! But they just outgrow it. Give them a gift they will be sure to become a keepsake & they will treasure forever! ( Seeing that they don't actually burn the candle!) It's a beautiful 6 inch candle, either in pink for a little girl or blue for a little boy. What I do with the candle is personalize it with the baby's birth information which is the following:

Baby's Name ( first and last or first only. Your choice)

Baby's Date of Birth

Baby's Weight

Baby's Length

and color of choice (pink or blue)

All the info goes into the text box that has the bow & cute baby footprints! Just like the picture above. I have sold these locally to friends & such, and they LOVE them. Although the idea is mainly for newborns, I have had friends order for their own grown children as a keepsake. So dont' be shy that you want one for somebody born in 1998. That's okay! It's just how often do you see such cute and unique personalized items at such an affordable price? Something the parents surely will love and treasure.

Oh, almost forgot... The price. I am willing to stop reading my favorite blogs & start making your candle for the super reasonable price of.................................................... $15.00 (US)

PLUS, add the matching album (shown in bottom picture) for only $5.00 more. The personalized album has baby's name & Date of Birth. And of course, I am custom making these items for you, so if you'd like to tweak it a little bit (not the design but the name & dob) just let me know.

So all in all, for only $20.00, you'll get both the candle AND the album!

What a GREAT gift (imho) for only $20.00.

$20.00 for matching candle & album (personalized)

I would really appreciate any comments, be it to ask questions, comments, suggestions..... Especially from anybody that might actually want to order.

( I haven't gotten to the part of how I'm actually going to do that. Maybe ebay or etsy... We'll cross that bridge once we get to it)

Look forward to getting to work for you!