Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Party Print Express Review

Ok Ladies & Gents its crunch time... Our Rustic Barn Wedding is right around the corner!!! 3 months 6 days and 23 hours to be exact! I want this day to be as magical as I envisioned it in my dreams...and I'm getting there! The most important part besides my Groom is the details, details, details! I have searched high and low for the best of the best! In the months coming I will be sharing with all of you how you can achieve your very own dreamy rustic wedding!! Taking place in the Heart of New England here is a sneak peek of our day!

RUSTIC WEDDING PROGRAMS


"Get the cottage chic Wedding Programs you’ve been looking for, for your joyous occasion, custom designed with the colors of your choice; Stick with the classic brown, or mix and match the colors! See the last photo for color swatches. This design works great for rustic, western or even 70's style. This retro wedding program is professionally printed on thick commercial stock. These programs are sure to put a smile on your guests face when they receive them! Each program is approx. 4x9", printed on BOTH sides, produced quickly and with high quality for your special occasion!"

Here is my Layout Template Information that I used....although Party Print Express is super accommodating and can make any customizations that you may need!! Not to mention they are Shipped quickly & FREE by USPS First Class Mail (2-5 days)!!! Perfect for last minute peeps too ;)

✔Front:
Couple's Name
Wedding Date, time, venue, location
Processional Song
Officiant's Name
Any Solo/Song/Music/Poem -- Style & Name
Recessional Song

Wedding Quote or Bible Verse

✔Back:
Parents of the Bride
Parents of the Groom
Matron of Honor
Bridesmaids
Best Man
Groomsmen
Flower Girl
Ring Bearer
Usher


What the peeps at Party Print Express had to say, "Custom high-quality party supplies for all party occasions! Birthdays, Baby Shower, weddings, Sweet 16, Quinceanera. Favors, invitations, thank you cards, cupcake toppers, bag toppers and more! Also selling high-quality custom gift prints and artwork. Note on Turn Times: Items ordered & approved by noon central time, will normally go out the next business day. If approved after noon, it will go out the next day (2 days from order date). Items do ship on Saturday, so if you order and approve by noon on Friday, they will ship on Saturday. Any questions, please ask!"

I can't rave enough about this company! The quality is remarkable and truly the best prices around! I really believe it is the little details that make each and every event special. I want Ralph and I's day to be unforgettable. Party Print Express is that key component to make any event unforgettable!

You can purchase your Rustic Wedding Program guides HERE or shop around for other adorable items HERE! Don't forget to check them out on FACEBOOK!


If you're looking for a great Wedding gift or Print, please visit Party Print Express' other store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PreciousMomentos

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Brave Breastfeeding Momma


I went into this whole mommy hood thing pretty open minded. It didn't take long before people started to show me a whole new kind of ugly. The kind of ugly that exist in the mommy world... that I obviously knew little about! You know the democrat or republican kind of politics which became the breastfeeding vs. formula, cloth diapering vs. disposable, homemade baby food vs. pre-made, vaxing vs. not vaxing and really that's the tip of the iceberg.

I always envisioned breastfeeding my babies so I just assumed I would. In the event that it didn't work out (because TRUTH: some people just cant! Whether it be because of preference, health issues or a number of other reasons.) I had hoped it would go well but the "planner" I am also had formula on stand by. Sophia caught on and I loved nursing my baby...weeks went by and reality started to set in. When you leave the bubble of your home aka Safe Haven you found how difficult the world can be. Especially for a first time mom that needs to feed a crying baby when you are out!!

Here it comes.... the awkward "Where do I feed my hungry baby" oh that's right in a filthy target bathroom stall because I'm a new mom and I fear the stares as if I'm committing a crime because my sweet little baby is hungry. Or my car with the heat cranked in an empty parking lot (safe I know)...better yet I will just be a hermit until my child no longer requires breastmilk as a means to survive. That's basically how I lived my life for the first 6 months of Sophia's life.

Then the tired I don't give a shit mommy came out! The one that realized who really cares what these people think. And how in the heck are we going to normalize breastfeeding if we are all hiding in dirty bathroom stalls?!?

Time to brave the world...I bought SEVEN super rad nursing covers. What a little hipster mommy I will be...rocking these cool duds while being able to feed my baby in a now sanitary environment!

Or so I thought. Truth: who designed these non breathable sweat shops! Sophia HATED to have her head covered. So much so that she would scream bloody murder and would rather not eat then be stuck under the dark sauna of a cloth. Well ladies and gents...guess I'm back to sitting on a public toilet seat or better yet just never leaving my house but that's not reality...we have to live life.

 Get ready here comes the strangers (the people that really have no bearing in your everyday life but still want to have input) with their fabulous advice.... "Why don't you just pump and bottle feed when you are out?" Great Idea, Why have I waited 6 months to think of this! (Totally being sarcastic) Lets see because I have to put that breast milk in a cooler so it will not spoil. Which in turn leaves me with cold milk when it comes time to feed my hungry baby and because I do not have a microwave or stove in my purse to boil water and heat this bottle and I'm out of luck. Not to mention Sophia has rarely ever had a bottle in her life so she does not take well to them. But thanks for your words of wisdom stranger.

The day had finally come...We were at Long Horns restaurant and even though I had fed Sophia before we left the house she was hungry again. I had officially had it up to here with feeding my baby in a smelly public bathroom stall, I hated the thought of leaving the restaurant before our food even came out and I did not want to go out in the pouring rain to feed Sophia in the car! So I did the unthinkable, I grabbed my sweet faced baby, put her on my lap and lifted up my shirt. In ten minutes she was done, she was happy and all smiles! I was elated, my baby was fed, I didn't have to run around like a crazy woman and no one noticed nor cared.

Life has been easy. Then Sophia turned ONE! The age where lots of people believe it's time to automatically stop breastfeeding. I had a hard time with that, I didn't feel Sophia was ready and I really started to feel the pressure around me! Luckily this mamma has some pretty awesome family & friends that are super supportive! The best saying I've heard yet from a soon to be momma and Doula friend... Cows milk is for baby calves not baby humans. So I'm going to stick with my mommy instincts and we are still going...15 months strong! And boy do I have one, happy, healthy baby girl!!




We will continue to spread the word and normalize breastfeeding!! I couldn't be more happy to be doing that with these killer rags from Ratticle Baby!! They have Pregnancy announcement onesie, personalized onesies, custom baby clothes, breastfeeding onesies and shirt, attachment parenting apparel and more. We are totally OBSESSED!!They have the BEST customer service and are eager to help in any way! Here is a little bit about how Ratticle Baby came about, "So often, with my own kids, I have thought, "I wish they made a onesie/shirt that says..." and that is how Ratticle Baby was born. I decided if I couldn't find those shirts, I would make them, then later sell them. I am a parent educator and teacher of breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, cosleeping, no-cry sleep solutions and more, and I wanted to find clothing that celebrated that. It became an opportunity for me to help support our family while being able to stay home and homeschool my boys. I also love that I can advocate for things like co-sleeping, breastfeeding, etc., in a fun way. It's also a fun to be able to say, "There's a onesie for that..."

As a breastfeeding, baby wearing, co-sleeping mama myself I was psyched!! Sophia received some amazing shirts and with her bold personality sports them proudly!!

Want to know the best part...Ratticle Baby is giving one of my Lucky readers a $15 Gift Certificate to purchase any Ratticle Baby item they want!!! Enter Now!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway To Purchase/Browse Ratticle Baby go HERE, don't forget to check them out on Facebook!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dorkfood Review

I am just going to say it.... I'm the Queen at OVERCOOKING Meat!! There has been more nights then I care to share that Ralph has joked about his jaw hurting from chewing. No its not a complement. My dry, overcooked chicken, steak and pork is not a fan in this house. That was until Sous vide arrived on my doorstep!!     

What is that you ask????? "Sous vide is a method of cooking that helps to bring food to exact temperature, without overcooking, keeping the food juicier than other methods. The Dorkfood DSV is a plug-n-play device that transforms your favorite kitchen equipment into a sous vide cooker, without the fancy equipment, loss of counter space, or costly investment. Essentially, dinner can be ready when you are when you use sous vide! As an increasingly popular method with top chefs and food hackers alike, the Dorkfood DSV offers the average home cook the ability to sous vide at home without sacrificing quality or flexibility! As an affordable device with fantastic accuracy, the Dorkfood DSV can bring sous vide dishes to your own kitchen."

So it has happened... I have turned into the master chef (Ralph likes to take credit) He is just as excited for this device as I am! We have been using it every night! Here is some more info from the peeps over at Dorkfood:

What is Sous-Vide?

"Sous-vide is one of the most precise cooking methods available.  Cooking (in the literal sense) is done to provide flavor, modify texture, and kill microorganisms. Most cooking methods require lots of heat and a little bit of guesswork: if you've ever over or under-cooked anything, you can attest to that!
 
Sous vide is different: you heat the food at the desired final temperature - there's no guesswork.  For example, if you want to prepare a medium-rare steak (with a center of 130°F) your sous-vide water-bath would be set to 130°F.  The result is extremely consistent, whereby the temperature and 'doneness' of the food is exactly the same from the outside to the center - perfect every time.
 
Sous-vide requires a water-bath with precise temperature control.  Food is placed in the water-bath, typically after being vacuum-sealed (exceptions include eggs or cooking in brine).  Sealing the food allows it to fully retain flavor, moisture and nutrients during cooking, makes for easy cleanup, and allows for painless transfer between fridge (or freezer) and water-bath."
 
Our First Time using the DSV we made steaks! They we cooked perfectly! Ralph took them out and seared them and with in seconds we had the two most Unbelievable Steaks we have ever had AT HOME!!!!



 
 
Ralph and I had a Vacuum Sealer so we lucked out when we did the water bath in the Crockpot. Although it is Not Required! You can use Ziploc bags!! Although I have to admit after using our vacuum sealer for a few months we can really see a difference in our food. Not to mention now that we are OBSESSED with our Dorkfood Sous-Vide! It's crazy to think we are cooking food to perfection as if we had a personal chef in our own home!! And for only $99!!! CRAZY!!! This is a MUST HAVE for all kitchens! I have brought it over to friends houses over the holidays and it was a dream!!
 
If you are a Fan of Whole Foods or Trader Joes like us you can purchase your meats already in vacuum sealed bags! Or if you are friends with your butcher they may even do it for you, doesn't hurt to ask and it really keeps your food fresher and tastier!
 
You have to check out the OTHER Uses....we are SUPER excited to be making our own Homemade Yogurt this weekend!!
 
 
ORDER YOUR Dorkfood DSV HERE
 
You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter where they post new recipes too!!!

Happy New Year from Lotus Bumz


Here we go...Time to buy crazy amounts of gifts that will hopefully be used. Do you know what was on my Wish List? Practical. I wanted gifts that make my heart pitter patter at the sheer fact that they will get used and ALOT! Cloth Diapers being one of them. Yes it's True, I'm excited to open up these fun packages, the real surprise... To see which rocking designs Sophia will get next. Knowing that they are such amazing quality that baby #2 #3 and well... lets not go overboard here. ;) But That baby two and three will be using these same cloth diapers BONUS!!!! These make the perfect gift anytime of year, I'm telling you, you cant loose with this gift ;)
 I Can't even with the Lotus Bumz design....not only is it adorable with the ruffles, but it matches her BEDROOM! Swooon!


Why Lotus Bumz??? I think they answer this best, "Why Use Lotus Bumz Cloth Diapers? There are significant environmental benefits that come with reusable diapers. Did you know that over 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the US alone? They will take centuries to decompose. Plus, the amount of carbon emitted in the production of one disposable diaper is roughly the same as that emitted after washing a cloth diaper 200 times (in cold water). Some babies may be sensitive to the chemicals and plastic used in disposable diapers. Cloth is a gentler, and more natural option. Cost is a large factor for many people. Lotus Bumz Cloth diaper system will help you save a lot of money! The initial outlay for Modern Cloth Diapers may seem large – they may cost you $250-$600 initially. However, if you calculate the cost of disposable diapers over a period of 2-3 years (the average baby is in diapers for 2.5 years, costing $2500-$4500), they will save you lots of money! If you have more than one child, then the savings will be huge!"

It is time to start thinking about the earth and our babies futures!! I love that my family is saving money and the environment all at the same time! Not to mention Sophia's sensitive skin, she really needs the best of the best and Lotus Bumz is it! I can't wait to get her in the matching cloth diaper and legwarmers soon! You have to go check out what they have, you can purchase HERE!

**STAY TUNED....Sophia will be Sporting another LOTUS BUMZ Design this week!!***

Happy New Year Y'all

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ya Filthy Animal


Still looking for a holiday party Ugly Christmas Sweater? Get these Officially Licensed Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Sweatshirt or T-shirt today! Along with tons of other great holiday designs to choose from in all different styles and colors.  They ship fast from the USA!

Seriously the perfect gift to give this Holiday Season!!! It has for sure made our Gift Guide this year....and will every year after!!!

It is no secret that Ralph and I are HUGE Home Alone fans. In fact we have it on DVR and occasionally watch it in the summer months! It gets us amped up for the Holiday season. When I first saw Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals on these sweaters, shirts and onsies I was Hooked!! When I got the opportunity to review them I went crazy, one because I'm obsessed and two because I had already sent out our Christmas cards and was beside myself that this wouldn't adorn the card! It really shows are rebellious side and we need that seeing's in the scheme of things we are pretty boring (Yes we still have bottles of wine untouched from 5 Christmas ago sitting in a wine fridge that we will probably never open.) LAME. I get it, but these shirts ROCK!

The quality is fabulous and I'm super excited that every year we can buy a size up in Sophia's shirt and see how she changes each year in a Filthy Animal Christmas photo! ;) Even better, if I want to skip out on getting dolled up on Christmas morning after over indulging on Christmas Eve (on sweets that is ;) ) I will still looked festive and can rock my sweatshirt throughout the day!
************** Stay Tuned...Family Pictures COMING SOON! (Yes we are seriously Rocking these Christmas DAY!***********************
 
You really have to head on over to see all they have to offer, check them out on Etsy HERE or STOP OVER AT DONKEY T's HERE No Lie....I could Go Nuts over at Donkey Tee....Lets just say EVERYTHING over there kicks ass!

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals!!!

Holmes Stamp & Sign

Well the Holidays are bringing on TONS of things that needed to get checked off of the "To Do" List! One of them being our Holiday Cards!! 



Something that Ralph and I have yet to buy since moving into our Home was address stampers! I have no idea why we have put it off for so long. I never seem to think about it until I'm filling out my return address on bills or writing it on HUNDREDS of Christmas Cards! I was elated when I received the opportunity to try out Holmes Stamp & Sign!! We received the Basic Address stamper that will come in handy ALL year long and also the Holiday Stamper that I just adore!!!! Let me tell you Christmas cards was a breeze (dare I say fun!) thing to do this year! The stampers work wonderfully and are really quality made! I know that we will have them for years and years to come!

If you are like me and absolutely stumped on what to get certain people for Christmas, why not something they can use all the time! Not to mention think of you every time they pull it out!! Head over and order your family and friends some STAMPS! Holmes Stamp and Sign also carry amazing gifts! You really have to see for yourself!

Sometimes you want to just add a little Flare to your mail/packages. So we also received this beautiful Decorative Surname Monogram Stamp...The fun part you can pick the color ink you want, not just for this one but for all!!!


BROWSE AND PURCHASE HERE!!!

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Woolly Whimsy


If you are looking for an amazing gift for your little one, who seems to have more toys, books and clothes than you know what to do with, you have to check out WOOLLY WHIMSY! They take cuteness to a whole new level in the most amazing Baby pieces I have ever seen! They are the Original home of baby "BootLeggers" and we are OBSESSED! Sophia received the 12-18 month Original BootLeggers with the leather sole! I cant lie I haven't taken them off of her! They are so cozy! She loves them! Not to mention how trendy they are. I'm pretty picky when it comes to what Sophia wears on her feet. Most of her life she has sported her Freshly Picked Moccs so it is nice to be rocking something we love just as much!! It's chilly here in New England and these couldn't have come at a more perfect time!



The owner of Woolly Whimsy is Fabulous! They have great costumer services and she will answer any questions you may have! The quality is like no other, each handmade item is Beautiful!! This is the perfect gift not only this holiday season but for baby showers, birthdays, you name it!!!

Original "BootLeggers" (a boot and leg warmer combination) in size 12-18 months. They are made with genuine soft leather soles (lined with thick woolly fleece) to make them better for a toddler learning to how to walk, without the extra slickness of a yarn sole.

The sole is 4.75 inches long - equal to a US size 5.

If you are looking for smaller sizes, (made without the walking soles) please check my shop!

The leather is not machine washable. They are not water proof, and are intended mainly to be used for walking indoors.


I can't help but get emotional when I see Sophia in these amazingly detailed handmade boots. Wondering if she will be passing them down to her daughter or son one day. Just knowing that I have started our Family Heirloom that will be passed down from generation to generation totally gets me. We will treasure these boots!

This mama has also fallen head over heels for these Plum Ruched Wristwarmers!! Head over to Woolly Whimsy HERE to browse and shop!! Don't forget to Like on Facbook HERE

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