Tuesday Toot: Blog Makeover

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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What is the Tuesday Toot Meme? Mommy Community says, "Well, it means every Tuesday, you get to post an accomplishment that you have done. As moms sometimes, we are quick in praising our kids and others about their accomplishments but we are 'shy' when it comes to our achievements so … here is your chance."

My toot for this week is that I managed to give my blog a makeover somewhat. It's not exactly what I'm looking for, but it's a step in the right direction.

I found a lot of tips to spruce it up. For example: how to use Google docs to create a form, how to create a horizontal navigation bar in blogger, and downloaded PaintNet to create my own header and buttons.


Website Review: Girly Things

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Jay and Deb, hosts of Tuesday Tribute, is offering a new spin on this weekly meme: a prompt. Each week participants will be given the choice of doing a tribute of their own chosen subject or one suggested.

This week's Tuesday Tribute prompt is to recommend a website.

As a crafter, I've chosen Girly Things; a website offering free hair bow making instructions along with other neat craft projects!

I especially like this site because the information found there is very detailed, helpful, and FREE. As the site says, "Why pay for what should be free?"

At Girly Things, visitors will find over 50 bow or other craft projects along with information on how to start a bow business and creating a website for that business.

If you love making hair bows or other girly crafts, you'll love Girly Things!


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Tuesday's Tribute
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Not Me! Monday!

Monday, March 30, 2009

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Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

What have I not been doing this week. Hmmm, let's see.....

  • I did not have a second child enter his teenage years this week.

  • I did not have a two month old start sleeping all through the night (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.!!!)

  • I did not manage to go a whole week without at least one dinner meal being fast food.

  • I did not back the minivan into a trailer sitting in the yard and do a bit of damage.

  • I did not lose 2 pounds in just one week!!!! (Could be because of #2, you think? lol)


How To Make Candles and Wax Tarts

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Candles, wicked and wickless, and wax tarts seem are a product that is always high in demand.

The nose-pleasing products come in a wide variety of fragrances, shapes, and styles and have just as many uses; thereby making them a perfect gift for close friends and family or casual acquaintances that you have an occasion to gift.

Of course, purchasing a candle or their counterpart wax tarts can be an inexpensive endeavor or a rather pricey expenditure; all depending on the brand, quality, size and various other factors.

Why not creating your own? By creating your own candles or wax tarts, you can determine the fragrance, strength of the scent, the size, the container (or not, if you prefer pillar style), the color, and the type of wax used (soy, paraffin or a blend of both).

The first thing that one must do if they decide to become a chandler (the old English term for a candle-maker), is to decide what type of wax they wish to use. There is a wide variety of waxes available on the market but the three main types are: paraffin, a petroleum based wax that is used in most commercial sold candles and tarts; soy, an all-natural wax extracted from soy beans and is more enviromentally friendly than paraffin; and the blended wax which is a combination of paraffin and soy wax that offers the smoothness of paraffin with the cleaner burn offered by soy. These waxes can be purchased in small one pound sizes to up to fifty pound boxes and ranging in price from seventy cents per pound to over $2.00 per pound.

Now you've taken the first step and chosen the wax. Next you get to choose the fragrance or fragrances that you would like to scent your product. There are thousands upon thousands of scents available online from which to choose. The most popular fragrances available at the lesser cost of $1.00 to $2.00 per ounce and these are called "synthetic oils"; meaning that they are chemicals mixed to create a scent. Secondly, you have the more expensive version known as "essential oils" which are all natural fragrances. Essential oils vary extensively in price, ranging from $3.00 per ounce to as much as $10.00 per ounce depending on the fragrance you choose. I would recommend purchase only one or two ounces fragrance oils until you know which scents you actually prefer.

If you wish to color your candle product, you will need to purchase either dye blocks, dye flakes or liquid dye. The prices for these products vary greatly. Take a little time to research how each type of dye is used and choose the one you feel best suits you. When making candles and tarts, I personally found that I preferred dye blocks, which were less expensive and allowed me to have greater control of the richness of color.

Next is choosing to create the wicked candle, wickless candle (used on a hot plate) or tarts (wickless and used in burners). If you choose to create the wicked candle, you will need to do the research on the type of wick you need for the style of candle you will be creating. There is many websites out there that offer the information provided by other candlemakers; however, wicking is something that each individual must test for themselves and make their own choices; the information out there simply provides a starting point. There are hundreds of types of wicks to choose from, so research carefully.

If you choose to create tarts or pillar style candles, you will next need to purchase a mold. There are many types of molds available for both of these candle products, so everyone is sure to find something to their liking.

If you decide to create a container candle, you need to decide the type of container you wish to use. The wider the mouth of the container, the easier the candle is to burn; so keep this in mind when choosing. The most popular container used for candles is the jelly jar available at most discount department stores worldwide. The second most popular style is the apothecary jar which, like the jelly jar, is available in a variety of sizes. Many candle-makers take pride in choosing unique containers. These containers are generally purchased from places such as flea markets, yard sales, antique stores, domestics section of eBay, Goodwill, thrift stores, and various other "hole in the wall" places. They may have only one candle in this type of container, or on the rare occasion two; but the uniqueness offers something special to the buyer or the receiver, if gifted.

Once you have all of your products together, you are ready to create your scented product.
First, read the directions that came with the wax you have chosen and follow those directions to the letter.

Secondly, at the temperature that the directions provide, you are ready to color (optional) and scent (optional) your product. Choose you color and determine how light or dark you wish the color to be. (Tip: light colored candles are easier to burn than darker colored candles.) Slowly add coloring. Little by little, place a small drop on a piece of cardboard and allow to dry (less than 1 minute in most instances). If the coloring is still too light, add a bit more dye then repeat until you have reached the desired color depth.

Next, you will be adding your fragrance oil. Just as with dyes, the lighter the fragrance, the easier the product will burn. A general rule of thumb is to use 1.5 ounces (by weight, NOT by liquid measurement; so use digital scales not a measuring cup) per pound of wax. For example, if you melted three pounds of wax for use, then you would need to use 4.5 ounces of fragrance oil.
And now you are ready to pour your beautifully colored, heavenly scented wax into your mold or container. If you are using molds, make sure you have followed any directions for preparation (i.e., spraying, wicking); then pour and allow to set for the recommended curing time.

If you have chosen to create container candles, be sure that you have wicked your container before pouring. Once you pour the wax, use a clothespin or other wicking device to keep your wick perfectly scented until the candle is completely cured. Once the curing process has occurred, apply the lid and allow an additional 72 hours of curing time for the best fragrance results.

Candlemaking is a fun hobby if you have the initial investment and the patience. If this is you, it can also be a profitable hobby.

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Product Review & Giveaway: Trumpette Pixies for Newborn Baby Girls (Closed)

Sunday, March 29, 2009


As I've said many times before here, I was thrilled when I was blessed with a daughter in January 2009, after having three boys.

Even before her arrival, I was filling closets and drawers with frilly little outfits, lacy socks, and hair bows. My house was (and still is) an ocean of pinks, purples, yellows, and greens.

One of the most favorite items that I had when our bundle of joy arrived home was a pair of the Trumpette Pixie Booties in black and white.

Since it can be pretty impractical to put real shoes on a newborn's feet, these adorable booties give you the best of both worlds: the appearance of Capezios while actually only wearing socks!

Pixies come in a variety of colors. These booties are size 0 to 12 months, so your little one is sure to sport her classy "shoe socks" for quite some time!

Each pair comes in their own gift box. Trumpette Pixies make a perfect baby shower gift too!

Buy It! A selection is available at the Trumpette website and even greater selections can be found at one of their many retailers such as Anna Bean, Baby Bella, Trenditikes, Missfitz, and many others!

Win It! Win a pair of Trumpette's black and white Pixies! Here's all you need to do:
  • Visit the Trumpette website to see their complete line of products. Come back and leave a comment telling me which Trumpette product is your favorite along with their name and email address (if not in your profile).

For extra entries (be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra entry):

  • Add my button to your website with a return link. Already added it? Just let me know in your comment. 1 extra entry.

  • Become a follower on blogger. 5 extra entries.

  • Blog about this giveaway with a link to The Pacifist Mom and Trumpette. 10 extra entries. (daily)

  • Follow me on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway. 5 extra entries. (daily)

  • Subscribe. 5 extra entries.

The Fine Print: Contest ends at 11:59:59 PM Central Time on Friday, April 24, 2009. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to U.S. and its territories residents only. Winner will be notified via email on Saturday, April 25, 2009 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be chosen.


Sunday Stealing: The Ginormous Meme

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1. Are you single?

Nope, but I wish I were somedays!

2. Are your parents still married?

Yep, 37 years.

3. Are you in love?

Yes! (Except for those few hours on those rare days that I wish I was single....lol)

4. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Only when you're a preteen or teenager

5. Who ended your last relationship?

Before my husband, that would have been my ex-husband. I ended it because he was a lying, cheating &^%$!

6. Have you ever been hurt by a break up?

Who hasn't? lol

7. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

I wish I could say no, but there was one guy....I feel bad now, even though it's 19 years later.

8. Have you ever had a secret admirer?

Yes, and I still have no idea who it was. (Truthfully, I think it could have been practical joke!)

9. Prefer love or lust?

Prefer love but lust is nice!

10. Prefer a few best friends or many regular friends?

I prefer a small circle of best/close friends.

11. Wild night out or romantic night in?

Most frequently I prefer a romantic night in. But about once a year, I really want to have that wild night out (which to most would be pretty dang tame! lol)

12. Back in the day: Been caught sneaking out?

If I had been, I wouldn't be here to respond to this meme.

13. Ever wanted something/someone so badly it hurt?

I can't say that I have.

14. Who are/is your best friend(s)?

My husband is my best friend. After that, I have some very good girl friends. But at 35, do you really have best friends?

15. Ever wanted to disappear?

I have four children and a husband, what do you think? lol

16. First attraction: Smile or eyes?

Neither. Personality.

17. Prefer intelligence or attraction?


18. Last phone call you received?

Last last night, from my oldest son.

19. Last thing you drank?


20. Before your current one, when was your last relationship?

6+ years ago.

21. Do you and your family get along?


22. Would you say you have a "screwed up life"?

There was a time I would have answered "Yes." But now, no.

23. Have you ever gotten kicked out somewhere? If yes, do tell.

No, thank goodness.

24. Do you trust all your friends?

Yes, otherwise they wouldn't be friends.

25. Who knows the most about you?

My mother.


Small Talk Six Gets Naked....And Alone!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Small Talk Six is a weekly meme hosted by Mom Dot. Each week participants are asked to list six things about a specific subject. It can be listed in six paragraphs, six sentences or six photos...just needs to be six.

Head on over to Mom Dot to join in the fun!

Now, Mom Dot wants to know what six things you would do naked if you lived alone for this week's Small Talk Six.

This one was a hard one for me as I do not like being naked. After all, I've had four children - do you know how saggy things can get after that many??!!

But, if I lived alone, I would do these things naked:

  • Jump on the couch while eating pizza (borrowed this one from Doug on King of Queens)

  • Clean

  • Paint some of the rooms that I've been wanting to redo

  • Make a withdrawal in all ones and roll around in it (seen it on the movies, just looks fun...lol)

  • Exercise (being naked might be a motivator)

  • Take a bubble bath (boring, I know, but it was the best I could come up with)

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The Best Baby Girl Giveaways

Friday, March 27, 2009

It's a rainy Friday here and that puts me in the mood to cruise around the blogs checking out the giveaways. And since I'm always on the lookout for cutsy li'l girl things for my two month old daughter, I thought I'd share the best of the best I found with you today:


A Thousand Words Thursday: Bigger Brother and Biggest Brother at Hollywood Studios

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bigger Brother and Biggest Brother tolerating the heat at
Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. June 2008.

(Note: There are three brothers and one little sissy in our home. As a joke, to distinguish brothers, we call them big brother, bigger brother, and biggest brother.)

Cheaper Than Therapy


Wordful Wednesday: Uh Oh

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Yesterday was not a good day!

Since my daughter was born in January, I've kept her in (with the exception of pediatrician appointments) due to it being cold and flu season.

But yesterday it was sunny and a high of 75 degrees and cold and flu season has pretty much run it's course, so we decided to venture out.

We started our day by taking my 4 year old to preschool. The baby seemed pretty amazed at all the little people running around!

Then later, just before we had to pick her brother up, she and I headed out to Walmart to grab a few items we needed. And that is where the misery began....

Baby girl doesn't seem to like Walmart. She screamed the entire 30 minutes or so that we were there! No matter what I did: talking, bouncing, walking fast. Nothing worked! So I grabbed things as quickly as I could and got the heck outta there!

Overstimulation or what, I have no idea. But even when we got in the car, she didn't let up. I sang. I talked. I reached back (so dangerous, I know!) and (gently - I swear!)) shook the carrier. I turned the radio to several different genre stations. Again...nothing!

Even when we went into preschool, the little people had no effect this time.

Needless to say, after loading up both kids, I was ready to get home.

For some idiotic reason, I decided to take the time to back into the driveway. I have no clue why. After all, I've got a jabbering preschool and a screaming baby. Wouldn't the most logical thing been to whip in as quickly as possible and get out? Sure, but yesterday was destined to be a bad day; and on bad days, you do stupid, unexplainable things.

So as I back into the drive, I remember the trailer my husband used while roofing our house is back there. Even though I remember it, I assume (and you know what they say about ASS-U-ME-ing...lol) I'm not even close to it.


Next there I know, I hear a "screeeeech" and feel a rocking.

And, well, you can see the result.

Wish me luck that today is a better day!


Wordless Wednesday: Will Smile For Food

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Tuesday Tribute:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The more I listen to and watch the news, the more disgusted I become. So for this week's Tuesday Tribute, I'd like to give a shout out to the United States Congress:

Dear Congress,

As a taxpaying, property owning, voting and law-abiding citizen of the United States of America, I want to thank you for all of your recent hard work as it relates to the finances of our country.

I want to give you this heartfelt thank you for passing out bailouts like it's dime store candy. Bailouts that are sure to indebt not only our children and grandchildren, but our great-great-great grandchild. That's assuming that America is still its own country.

I want to thank you and Miss Hilary Clinton personally for recently promising the Palestinians $900 million dollars. After all, they should be rewarded for burning our flag and dancing in their streets immediately following the events of September 11, 2001.

I want to thank you for handing out billions of dollars to the CEOs of huge corporations that flew in with their hands out in big corporate jets. I may have given you the benefit of the doubt if these executives had flew coach; a lot more credit if they had gone "green" (as you and our new president like to tout so loudly) and pedaled in on a bike.

There just aren't enough appropriate words to express my heartfelt appreciate to you for essentially placing our country in what will result in bankruptcy.

I hear through the grapevine that Washington is being bombarded with tea bags these days. If you're as dense as I believe you are, you may not be getting the message: your approving taxation without representative (it's not what your constituents want you to do) and come next election...YOU'RE FIRED!

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.


Tuesday Toot for March 24, 2009

It's time again for the Tuesday Toot, hosted by Mommy Community!

Last week, I had a list of toots. So this week, I'm not going to toot my own horn, but my hubby's. (lol)

A few weeks ago, we suffered quite a bit of roof damage during some late winter thunderstorms. After finally getting the insurance to pay off, my husband worked all of this past weekend (along with 3 of his buddies) replacing our old shingled roof with our new tin roof!! It looks so nice and so professionally done...and hubby is not a roofer (nor were his friends)!

So thank you, honey (and your buddies too!) for working so hard and making our house look so nice! I really, really, really (you get the picture) appreciate it!


How to Make Korker Ribbon for Hair Bows

Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Thousand Words Thursday: I Loved Her First

Thursday, March 19, 2009

But I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep....
     -Heartland, I Loved Her First


You Capture Week Four: Shadows

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Well, my son would kill me if he knew I was posting this here. (lol) This was actually taken with a cellphone as he looked out his bedroom window.


Wordless Wednesday AND Wordful Wednesday: First Captured Smile

This week I decided to combine both Wordless Wednesday and Wordful Wednesday because this photo was just too special not to tell about!

First Captured Smile

Since my daughter was born in January 2009, she has blessed me daily with quick, heartfelt smiles. And daily I have tried to capture them on camera. But as quickly as they appeared, they disappeared.

Until this past Monday when I caught one just before it disappeared.

I've been a mom for 17 years. Until January, I was a mom to only boys - three of them. And while I cherished their every smile, there is just something about seeing your daughter's face light up.

Maybe it's because I never expected to have a daughter. Maybe it's because a void has been filled. Maybe it's because she was a miracle baby.

Maybe it's simply because....she's my daughter.

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Tuesday Tribute: My Mom

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

First my first Tuesday Tribute, I thought I'd do a nice tribute...to my mom.

I choose my mom because who better to pay tribute to than the person who gave you life.

And not only did she give me life, but she has stood beside me every step of the way. Even when I didn't deserve it.

She raised me to know right from wrong. To be a good person. To be independent and strong.

And I know I disappointed her during my teenage years. Boy, was I a handful.

I remember when she learned that at the age of 17 that I was going to be a mother myself. She was so disappointed in me. She'd had such high hopes for my future - college, a wedding, then children.

In a split second, I was destroying all her dreams.

I had never seen my mother so devastated. I thought she would never forgive me.

Five months later, I gave her a grandson. While her hopes had been crushed, you could never tell the way she held her grandson and looked at him.

And each and every time I have had a child (four times in all), she has been there by my side; she has been my strength in the most difficult of parental situations. She has loved her grandchildren without conditions, even when they too have disappointed her with choices they made (well, the oldest two - the only ones old enough to be held accountable).

After having my first child, she once told me that once you are a parent, you are a parent for life. I'm not quite sure that at 18 I understood that, but I do now. Because even as life hands me lemons, she is there to remind me how to make lemonade.

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.


Tuesday Toot: A List of Accomplishments!

It's time for the Tuesday Toot again from Mommy Community! The idea behind the Tuesday Toot is that each week mommy bloggers get an opportunity to "Toot their Own Horn!"

So join us each week to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

My toot(s)for this week:

I've got several toots!

  1. I finally started my M2MG (made to match gymboree) color guide!

  2. I got a second contest listed!

  3. I finally captured a smile on camera from my two month old daughter!

  4. I'm more than halfway done with listing my ribbon from where I'm shutting down my business.

  5. And, last but not least, finally found time to go with my 17 year old son to get fitted for his prom tux! (He wanted to go alone, but hey...it's a first and Mom wanted to go! lol)

It's been a busy week!


Made to Match Gymboree (M2MG) Color Guide

Monday, March 16, 2009

Creating hairbows, purses, and other accessories to match the Gymboree clothing lines is one of today's hottest crafting fads!

Looking for color recommendations for Gymboree lines to make your own unique M2MG fashions? Use a variety of sizes, styles, and patterns (such as dots and stripes) to create one-of-a-kind accessories!


You Can Make This!

2009 Lines
  • FASHION FLOWER: Apple Green, Aquamarine, Dark Royal, Light Navy, Lime, White
  • FLOWER GARDEN: Apple Green, Emerald, Hot Pink, Navajo Turquoise, Pink, Pistachio, White, Wild Orchid
  • HAPPY RAINBOW: Light Pink, Misty Turquoise, Nora, Spring Moss, White, Yellow
  • PRETTY LADY: Apple Green, Lemongrass, Pink, Shocking Pink, Yellow, White
  • SPECIAL OCCASION: Light Ivory, Pistachio, Rose Pink
  • SOCIAL BUTTERFLY: Creamsicle, Lemongrass, Pink Passion, Tomato, White, Yellow

2008 LINES

  • CANDY SHOPPE: Dark Navy, Light Ivory, Moss, Orange, Pansy, Pink, Pistachio, Orange, Shocking Pink, Yellow
  • DAISY DAYS: Creamsicle, Dark Navy, Emerald, Neon Orange, White, Yellow
  • DOTS OF FUN: Azalea, Brown, Festive Fuchsia, Light Ivory, Wild Orchid
  • FULL OF HEART: Baby Pink, Hot Pink, Pink Passion, Red, White
  • ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Rose Pink, Blue, Oatmeal, Pistachio, Wild Orchid, and White.
  • SPRING RAINBOW: Banana Cream, Misty Turquoise, Light Blue, French Pink, Wild Orchid, Creamsicle, Lemongrass, and White.
  • WILD ONE: Black, Hot Pink, Light Ivory, Shocking Pink
  • WINTER SNOWFLAKE: Brown, Cranberry, Light Blue, Light Ivory, Pink

2007 LINES

  • CANDY APPLE: Apple Green, Lime, Azalea, Sapphire, Robins Egg Blue, Pink and White.
  • CORAL REEF: Mauve, Coral, Old Rose, Apricot, Papaya, Yellow Gold, Maroon, Celadon, Spring Moss, Olive, and Light Ivory.
  • PARISIAN ROSE: Hot Pink, Pink, Rose Pink, Dark Navy, and White.
  • ISLAND GETAWAY: Papaya, Sugar Plum, Red, Blue, Banana, Oatmeal, White, Olive, Turftan, and Lime.
  • LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Wisteria, Celadon, Yellow Gold, Yellow, Old Rose, Light Pink, Hot Pink, Dark Royal, Capri Blue, Red, Apple Green, Olive, and White.
  • MIXED DOUBLES: Millennium Blue, Pink, Apple Green and White.
  • STRAWBERRY FARM: Red, Millennium Blue, Blue, Banana, Rose Pink and White.
  • SUNFLOWER FIELDS: Taupe, Apple Green, Spring Moss, Yellow, Yellow Gold, Pink and White.
  • TEA GARDEN: Dark Orchid, Tropic Lilac, Apricot, Coral, Olive, Celadon, Cranberry, Aquamarine and White.

2006 LINES

  • AUTUMN HIGHLANDS: Beet, Dark Orchid, Deep Purple, Lemonade, Festive Fuchsia, Light Ivory, Maroon, Olive, Orange, and Pecan.
  • CALYPSO: Pecan, Hot Pink, Light Pink, White and Rose Pink.
  • CHERRY PIE: Cranberry, Rose Pink, Emerald, Light Ivory, Light Navy, Dark Navy and Oatmeal.
  • DAISY CHAIN: Apple Green, Celadon, White and Yellow.
  • FAMILY PORTRAIT: Beet, Black, and Light Ivory.
  • FIESTA DEL SOL: Black, Tomato, Celadon, Festive Fuchsia, Yellow, Gold, Light Ivory and Apricot.
  • FRESHLY PICKED: White, Hot Pink, Orange, Apricot, Celadon and Apple Green.
  • GARDEN BLOOM: Celadon, Old Rose, Yellow, White, Lemonade and Hot Pink.
  • IMAGINARY FRIENDS: Aquamarine, Light Ivory, Festive Fuchsia, Clay Red, Apricot, Shocking Pink, Pink, Lime, Apple Green, Forest Green and Black.
  • LA BELLE EPOQUE: Evergreen, Maroon, Williamsburg Blue, Blue, Mauve, Rose Pink and Light Ivory.
  • MIX 'N MATCH: Light Ivory, Brown, Sapphire, Orange, Sarsaparilla, Celadon, Olive, Dark Orchid, Deep Purple and Light Pink.
  • PALM SPRINGS: Light Blue, White, Apple Green, Apricot, Neon Green, Copen, Tropic Lilac, Hot Pink and Light Pink.
  • PARK CITY LUXE: Light Ivory, Taupe, Brown, Rose Pink, Pink, Celadon, Blue, Light Blue, Apricot and Maroon.
  • PRETTY IN PLUMS: Olive, Light Pink, Pink, Beet, Azalea, Sea Mist, Jade Blue, Deep Purple, Dark Orchid, Dark Navy and Light Ivory.
  • PRIMROSE: Celadon, Olive, Rose Pink, Old Rose, Beet, Brown, Taupe and Light Ivory.
  • PERUVIAN DOLL: Olive, Currant, Orange, Festive Fuchsia, Cranberry, Dazzle Pink, Light Pink, Hot Pink and Light Ivory.
  • PRINCESS SNOW DROP: Light Ivory, Millennium Silver, Light Blue, Pink and Rose Pink.
  • SNOW BLOSSOM: Brown, Light Ivory, Orange, Apricot, Millennium Blue, Neon Green, Festive Fuchsia, Dark Orchid and Shocking Pink.
  • SUMMER SAFARI: Yellow Gold, Papaya, Rose Pink, Old Rose, Sarsaparilla, Light Blue, Sea Mist, Celadon, Olive, White, Oatmeal, Light Ivory and Brown.
  • SWEETHEARTS: Hot Pink, Pink, Azalea, Shocking Pink, Celadon, Emerald and Mint.
  • TUTTI FRUITY: White, Celadon, Mystic Blue, Yellow, Shocking Pink, Rose Pink, Lemonade and Apricot.
  • UNIFORM SHOP: White, Oatmeal, Light Navy and Dark Navy.
  • WISH YOU WERE HERE: Light Navy, Blueberry, Blue, Red, Yellow, Old Rose, Spring Moss, White, Apple Green and Celadon.

2005 LINES

  • A BIRD'S LIFE: Old Rose, Wisteria, Celadon, and White.
  • ALOHA WAHINE: Celadon, Light Coral, Light Ivory, Light Pink, Orange, Old Rose, and Papaya.
  • BONJOUR PROVENCE: Dark Orchid, Yellow, Aquamarine, Olive, White, Orange, Light Blue, Maize, Light Coral, and Jungle Green.
  • HOMETOWN PARADE: Red, White, Navy, and Light Blue
  • IT'S A GIRL THING: Light Pink, Black and White
  • MIAMI VACATION: Light Blue, Blue, Apple Green, Orange, and Yellow
  • PETIT FOUR: Wisteria, Seamist, Millennium Blue, Light Blue, Celadon, Light Pink, and Rose Pink.
  • POOL PARTY: Royal Blue, Blue Magic, Maize, Mystic Blue, Apple Green, and White
  • SPRING FUN: Apple Green, Tutti Fruitti, Hot Pink, Celadon, White, Orange, and Light Blue
  • SUGAR COOKIE: White, Dazzle Pink, Apricot, Pink, Neon Green, Blue, Hot Pink, and Celadon.
  • WILDFLOWER FIELDS: Apricot, Maize, White, Celadon, Apple Green, Emerald, Yellow, and Orange.
  • WINTER PRINCESS: Rose Pink, Pink, Celadon, Tropic Lilac, Wisteria, Mauve, Festive Fuchsia, Light Ivory, and Olive.


Baby Girl's Spring and Summer Wardrobe for Less Than $100

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I love the consignment sales that appear locally twice a year (spring and fall). Hosted by a few individuals who bring moms together for great savings, these consignment sales are my answer to affordably buying brand name clothing for my kids without breaking the bank.

This year was even more fun since I finally got to shop the little girls' section! And let me just say this: I thought I was saving money when shopping for boys' clothing, but I never saved like I did until I shopped the girls!

It would appear that many moms are like me, eager to purchase their little girls all the adorable clothing they can find. Unfortunately little ones grow so fast, that half the stuff doesn't get worn but once or twice. That, however, creates awesome bargains for the next over-eager shopping mother.

Consignment Bargains:  Gap 3 Piece

One example of the great bargains I found this past week at a local consignment sale is this 3 piece Gap dress ensemble. This adorable little size 0-3 month outfit is in like new condition. As a matter of fact, the tag stated that it had only been worn once. The price paid? One dollar! No kidding! And that was on half price day - so it would have only been two dollars on any other sale day!

What a bargain!

I was able to purchase a total of 60 outfits - including dresses, 2 piece pant/shirt groups, jumpers, pajamas, onesies, shorts, and shirts (all of them like new or new with tags) - for a grand total of $66.50. And this will essentially cover everything needed for my baby girl through spring and summer since I made sure to purchase plenty of bigger sizes for her to grow into.

Don't think I forgot about shoe shopping either! (lol) I love shoes and purses - that's my thing - and I have to teach my daughter the same thing, right?

I found some great deals on shoes too (sorry, no purses...yet!); like a pair of new with tags and box Reebok Weeboks in lavender. Price paid? $4.00! Original retail would have been at least $29.99, a savings of $25.99!

I also purchased two pairs of sandals that have no wear to them at all for $1.00 each pair!

And last, but not least, I purchased a Jeep Wrangler stroller in excellent used condition for only $8.00! It was such a great deal, I didn't even wait until half price day! All it needed was to have the wheels cleaned (and did it really need that?!).

I guess that I should really mention my boys too. (Unfortunately for them, I've discovered such how boring and redundant boy clothing is) I purchased 2 pairs of Abercrombie jeans (teens) for my 12 year old at $7.00 each (retail minimum $49). And for the four year old, I was able to get an assortment of jean shorts and cute t-shirts for a total of $15.50. (This age and size is a bit hard to get good clothing in when it comes to boys, because of the wear.)

I could write for hours about consignment shopping. Like I said, I love them! For me, I brag not about how much I paid for an outfit, but how little I paid.

I encourage you, if you have never shopped on before, take the time to visit at least one sale. You may become a consignment junkie like me!

Visit http://www.kidsconsignmentsales.com/ to find a sale in your area!


Small Talk Six for Saturdays: 6 Green Things That I Love

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mom Dot encourages bloggers each week to a challenge. With each new theme, bloggers must answer the question with their "six."

To learn each week's theme and how to play, just visit Mom Dot.

Now on to this week's challenge....

Six Things I Love That Are Green:

  1. Kermit the Frog

  2. Ferns

  3. Freshly mowed grass

  4. Apples (Granny Smith - YUM!)

  5. Easter Eggs (truthfully I like all the colors!)

  6. Ribbon (Especially Apple Green, it is my most favorite of the greens!)


Tell Me Thursday: Hulk Excited

Thursday, March 12, 2009

For yesterday's Wordless Wednesday, I posted a pic I titled Hulk Excited. Here's the story behind that pic for Tell Me Thursday...

It was Christmas morning 2008. My youngest son, 4 years old, was running around like a rabid squirrel waiting for his mom and dad and two older brothers (at 12 and 17, even Christmas isn't an occasion to get out of bed early) to get up so that we could begin the gift opening.

When finally we were ready to open gifts, he immediately grabbed the largest gift he had. Little did he know that this "big gift" contained the Fisher Price Smart Cycle that he had been asking to have for months.

When finally the wrapping paper was off enough for him to see the picture on the front, I captured this photo just as he was letting out a scream that eventually led to screaming and jumping!

I think it goes without saying that he enjoyed the gift tremendously...and still is!

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You Capture Week 3: Korker Ribbon

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The You Capture Challenge for this week is "Texture."

This is my first attempt at the You Capture Challenge....

This is the one of the korker ribbon groups from my ribbon business that I am in the process of closing. Having four children leaves little time for being a WAHM anymore. I'm really going to miss all the bright, pretty ribbons!


Tuesday Toot: Closing Out A Ribbon Business

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It's Tuesday again and that means it's time for the Tuesday Toot hosted by Mommy Community.

Each Tuesday, take time to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done with the Tuesday Toot...then come on over and share it with others!

And don't forget to visit others and find out what they've accomplished this week!

For my Tuesday Toot this week, I want to give myself a pat on the back for finally starting the shut down of my ribbon business, Weebons.

While it was an extremely good business, I just can't manage it with 4 kids at home: a teen, a tween, a preschooler, and a newborn.

I had already had to put it on hold when I was pregnant and put on bedrest beginning in October. I finished up the orders I had, then just let it sit. But now I realize that I just don't have the time to return.

So, yesterday I began organizing the ribbon I had. Cutting it into five yard sections and listing it on an eCrater store (my "rent" will be up on current store at the end of the month - no sense in paying that expense).

So that's my toot for this week! Hoping that my toot next week will be that I'm finished! lol


Small Talk Six: 6 Places I'd Like To Travel If I Had a Trustworthy Babysitter

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It's time again for Small Talk Six on Saturdays hosted by MomDot.com. Come join in the fun each and every Saturday by telling us your six for that day's topic. You can tell it with 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, or 6 photos...but just tell it!

And when your done, submit it then read what others have to say!

Today's topic is 6 places I would like to travel if I had someone trustworthy to watch my children and pets.

Hmm, this may take a minute, but let's see....

  1. The Poconos (I really want to find one of those resorts that has the huge champagne glass hot tubs and give that a try!)

  2. Las Vegas (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?)

  3. The Florida Keys

  4. New York City (more like Manhattan)

  5. Hollywood

  6. Any of the New England states

Am I the only one who has no places listed outside the country? lol I'm terrified of flying, so I have to stay within driving distance. lol


Win A $50 Bundle From YouCanMakeThis.Com at Mommy23Monkeys.com

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Have you ever seen something that you just adored and thought about trying to make it yourself but never did because you just weren't sure how?

I know I have - too many times. Then I discovered YouCanMakeThis!.

I love instantly downloadable, easy to follow guides on a wide variety of crafting projects.

Even better is that now through March 12, 2009, visitors to Mommy23Monkeys.com has a chance to win a $50 bundle from YouCanMakeThis!.

What better way to give YCMT a try than with a free $50 bundle? Once you try it, I can promise you'll be addicted!

Just visit the You Can Make This! Giveaway at Mommy23Monkeys.com and follow the directions on how to enter. It's that simple!

Remember: Contest ends March 12th, so hurry!


Tell Me Thursday: Exhausted

For yesterday's Wordless Wednesday, I posted a pic I titled Exhausted.

This photo was taken of my daughter when she was one week old; a time when (most) newborns still sleep easily and anywhere.

I had just finished changing her diaper and was preparing to feed her. I turned my back for just a second and she had managed to turn herself on her side and fling her arms above her head, as you can see. The pose was so adorable and so natural that I had to grab the camera!


Wordless Wednesday: Exhausted

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Join in the Wordless Wednesday fun!

And be sure to come back for Tell Me Thursday!


Tuesday Toot: Preparing for the Spring/Summer Consignment Sale

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Everyone deserves a pat on the back....even if we have to give it to ourselves. Join us at Mommy Community each Tuesday to toot your own horn about your accomplishments for the week!

For this week's toot, I want to brag about my accomplishment in getting all of my stuff ready for the upcoming local Spring/Summer children's consignment sale.

This may not seem like much of anything to brag about on the surface, but I managed to do it through all six of us having the stomach flu and tending to the daily needs of a six week old infant (which is, amazingly, 5x that of the other kiddos! lol).


Product Review & Giveaway: Especially For Baby Inclined Sleep Positioner

Monday, March 2, 2009

When my first child was born in 1992, there was still a great debate between tummy sleeping and side sleeping.

But we've come a long way since 1992 and we now know that the risks of SIDS is increased with tummy sleeping, and even somewhat elevated with side sleeping; leaving the back position as best for a sleeping baby.

Though sometimes our little sleeping angels won't quite cooperate, leaving Mom to find a creative and productive way to keep her tiny tot on her back.

Before my daughter's birth in January 2009, we researched several baby sleep positioners and decided to purchase the Especially for Baby Inclined Sleep Positioner, a Toys 'R Us exclusive item.

We made an excellent choice!

We've used this easy-to-use sleep positioner in our daughter's bassinet since the day she arrived home from the hospital. Keeping her slightly inclined yet still comfy helps reduce spit up and puts a Mom's worried mind at ease.

One of my most favorite features about this product is that it is adjustable; allowing plenty of room for baby to grow.

And don't let me forget to mention the ease of cleaning!

The Especially for Baby Inclined Sleep Positioner, available only at Toys 'R Us Stores or Online, retails for $24.99 (prices may vary in some locations).

Would you like to have a Especially for Baby Inclined Sleep Positioner? If so, just leave me a comment letting me know how you think I did on my first review (good or bad).

Earn extra chances to win! Earn 2 extra entries if you become a follower, Earn 2 extra entrees for adding us to your blogroll, and earn 1 extra entry for Twittering this giveaway.

This giveaway runs through Sunday, March 7, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 8, 2009, and contacted via email for shipping information.


Thanks to Everyone for Playing!


Cast of Characters at The Mom Trap

Sunday, March 1, 2009

This list of characters will come in handy when reading about our life here at The Mom Trap.

Some of those whom you may meet includes:

Brian (a.k.a. Daddy): The world's biggest University of Tennessee Volunteers fan, his whole wardrobe consists of nothing but orange and white along with jeans. Saturdays from late August until January are scheduled around college football.

Aside from college football, he can usually be found building something, piddling in the yard, or playing with the kids (Mama actually considers him her 5th child).

Kim (a.k.a. Mama): It will her point of view from which this blog is written - so it will be a bit biased. As a mom to four (or five, depending) ranging from teens to infants, she has very little time for herself; blogging is her escape.

When she's not herding children or blogging, she can usually be found curled up with a good true crime book or trying her hand at some new craft she discovered (if successful, you'll find it here; if not, well....).

Biggest Brother: Unfortunate enough to be the oldest child (or our canary in a coal mine, as George Lopez likes to say), he's been an experiment of sorts.

As a current high school student, his preference would be that his mother did not post his face worldwide on her Mom Blog; but we don't always get what we want, do we?

Bigger Brother: As the second child of four, this swing-by-the-seat-of-pants guy exhibits numerous traits of Middle Child Syndrome.

If he's not roaming in the woods or riding his motorcycle, you'll find him zoned out in front of his Xbox. (Although he doesn't like to admit it, girls are quickly replacing the other things as a favorite pastime.)

Big Brother: Obviously the one who's going to be too smart for his own good, this little guy keeps us on our toes.

Commonly referred to as Daddy Jr. around here because he mimics everything Daddy does. The only time he's not acting as Dad's shadow is the hours when Dad is at work (and if they had their way, he'd go there too!).

Most of the kidisms you'll find here will come from this one!

Princess A: Bless her little heart! Born into a family with three older brothers, we're commonly told that she'll never have a boyfriend because they'll run them off (which Dad is okay with).

Being the baby of the family, she's constantly doted on and seldom can be found not on someone's lap or being toted.

Always indulged - that's how she got the nickname Princess.


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