Thursday, April 28, 2011

mothers day giveaway!

** Sorry, this giveaway has ended**

Dear mothers, 

Because you're amazing and you totally deserve it, please pick an Anthropologie apron... 

A Mother's Day Giveaway!

An Anthropologie apron of your choice!
{click here for more beautiful aprons to choose from}

Here are the requirements and how to enter:

1. You're a mother {expectant or adopting counts too!}
2. Like the blog on FB or Follow the blog {via Blogger, RSS or Email}
3. Leave a comment saying what you love most about being a mother {or what you're most looking forward to if you're expecting}

The winner will be announced on Mother's Day {May 8th}

Please have all entries in by May 7th.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

small business {from home} 101

I really want to start my own business. Anyone out there feel the same?

Here's the thing- I love being at home with my girls, but at the same time I still have a desire to work, and a need for our family to earn more income. I don't think I'd ever go 'back' to work {my heart is here in the home}, but oh how I'd love to start a business from home. 

Many mom's have done it and have been successful- in fact I think mom's can make some of the best products. After all, they are the ones in the day to day seeing what product needs to be made to fit their needs {and the needs of thousands of others}.

But I don't think I {or you} need a super amazing invention to start our own businesses {although that'd be sweet!}. We just need something we love to do, and we're good at. 

Here are my tips on how to start your own business from home:

G E T   A N   I D E A

Get an idea you love and that's original enough to be yours, and can be differentiated from the competition. Do something you love: card making, sewing, designing, etc. Ask yourself: "what is something I would do without getting paid?" That's your passion and will be the best route for you in business. Don't we all want to do something we love? I've found it's also helpful to talk to people. What's something they'd like to see in a product?

C R E A T E   A   P L A N

Come up with a plan for what you want your product to aspire to. For example: I want to start making baby blankets. First I will sell them on Etsy, next I'll launch a few more related products- baby carriers, and nursing covers. My end goal is to sell them in stores like Macy's. {Or perhaps your goal will be to own your own boutique with all your products in it?} I know this is thinking big, but do it, you never know where you'll go, and it's always fun to dream!

M A K E   A   B R A N D

I was a marketing major in college so I think know branding is very important. Think about your favorite brand: why do you like it? What do you think about when you see it? Now why do you think that way? Guess what- the people behind that brand wanted you to think that way about their brand, they succeeded. What do you want people to think about when they see your brand? How will you make that come across?

For example: I want people to see my blankets and think, "classy, elegant, beautiful" in order to create those feelings my logo will be vintage pink with scrolling font. My name will be chic sounding. My prices will be higher. My website will be simple and sophisticated. My packaging will be boutique style. All this is part of my brand.

P R E P A R E 

Next are some practicals: protect your ideas and brand by copywriting or patenting {I know patenting is expensive, but it will definitely be worth it if your idea is good enough}. Get a bank account under your business name to keep everything separate for tax purposes. I don't recommend a small business loan {after all who wants to start out a business in debt?} Save or find an investor. If you already have a an idea and brand it will be easier to cast your vision.

Start making products. Get your inventory up {obviously this will depend on your product}. Get business cards. Get your website up. Create some 1 inch ads to put on some blog side bars. {Blogs are some of the best ways to advertise for a small business. You will find your target market easy based on content, and generally it's much cheaper than other options}

L A U N C H 

Host an open house showcasing your new products. Put them up on Etsy. Tell all your family and friends. Start handing out business cards, and take your products everywhere. {Pull them out at just the right time, you'll be amazed how many customers you'll find from people asking you, 'where'd you get that baby carrier?'}


And there you go. You're on your way! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

easter & winners

I hope you had a wonderful Easter! 

We spent the day with the girls, my sister and brother-in-law, and a few good friends. 

{My sister and her husband with Zuriah}

{Anah in her Easter dress on Easter morning}

{Z in her Easter dress}

Zuriah's most anticipated event of the year: the helicopter candy drop and egg hunt!

Oh and we met a new friend! My good friend Stephanie {who I threw the baby shower for} had her beautiful Eliyah on Good Friday!


Here are the winners from the Easter giveaway! {using to select the winners}

{Susanna is the winner of the Jesus Storybook Bible & Aneliz is the winner of the Word of Promise Audio Bible}


Don't worry if you didn't win, I'm having another fantastic giveaway coming up again next week for MOTHERS DAY! You won't want to miss it! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

a {little} announcement

Want to know why I've been so slow at getting posts up lately {or not at all?} 

Morning sickness. 

That's right...

Coming sometime mid-December!

The girls are very excited for another sister. No we don't know the gender yet, but it's already been decided by Z that yes in fact we will have a girl. {I hope she won't be too disappointed if it's a boy...}

I've been battling sickness, forgetting everything, cravings, all that typical pregnancy stuff I've never had in the past. In fact I want to thank my dear husband who ran out at midnight last night to grab me a few tacos from Taco Bell {I normally can't stand Taco Bell} but it was the only thing that sounded good and somehow calmed my tummy.

We would love your prayers for a good pregnancy, that baby will be safe and grow well. 

We will have a 4 1/2 year old, 2 1/2 year old, and an newborn right in time for Christmas this year! What a good gift! 

Yay! Another little one! We're so excited! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

happy easter week {& a giveaway}

*The giveaway has ended click here to see the winners!*

I'm so excited for this week.

I always love "Holy Week." It's sobering to say the least.

Zuriah and I were reading her Jesus Storybook Bible and talking about why Jesus died for us- it's pretty amazing how much a three year old can process. Afterward we prayed and she asked God to break her heart over sin just like Jesus' heart was broken. Wow!

Which brings me to a very special {and appropriate Easter}...

Two of my all time favorite things!

{See here in my review, "Mommy Must-have"}

The Jesus Storybook Bible {Deluxe edition with the -amazing- audio CD's} Friends, I am blessed by this children's Bible. No kidding!


The Word of Promise Audio Bible {MP3 New Testament}

I cannot say enough good things about both of these!

Can you tell I love audio Bibles? I am certain you will be SO blessed by these!

OH and if you already have them, they are GREAT gifts! 


Here are the ways to enter:

No. 1 Follow the blog {via Blogger, RSS, or email} or Like it on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did.

No. 2 If you're already a Follower or Liker {ha} go ahead and just leave a comment letting me know you'd like to be considered for the giveaway. 

No. 3 For additional entries share the giveaway on Facebook or your blog and leave a comment letting me know you did!

The winner will be chosen on Monday April 25th at 9 am {central time}

Monday, April 18, 2011

my favorite types of antiques

I love antiques of all kinds, I think it's so fun when I can bring something old into my home and give it new life. 

This weekend I visited an architectural antique shop in town that had multitudes of antique doors {and lots of other lovely things}. Unfortunately {being an adorable antique store in the middle of a huge city} the prices were not so much in my range. Sad. 

So I'm turning to a few different sources for antique doors and things {like Craigslist, Ebay, and out of town antique stores}- here's what's on my "antiques to buy" list.

No. 1 Interior doors

Like this one from The Lettered Cottage. So pretty.

These are a few doors from Architectural Salvage in Kansas City. Love them! Especially that pocket door that could be used as a "barn door":

I'm adding a bedroom in our sort-of basement area but will use it for an office. I'm thinking an antique door will be perfect, and since we're creating the space, size doesn't matter too much so we're not so limited. {The perfect time to think "old door"}

No. 2 Cast Iron Mailbox

Actually... this isn't an antique but it's too pretty, and definitely has an antique feel:

I've been wanting to replace our mailbox outside, {I know, a little detail, but could make a big difference}. As I was looking at Lowes and finding nothing too spectacular I started thinking about how pretty old mailboxes are. Pretty indeed.

No. 3 Planters

Like more of this one {in front of my house}

There's a reason why I didn't photograph the top- no flowers yet- but I'm very anxious to get out and garden!

No. 4 Hardware

Pulls, latches, handles...

So much character!

What are your favorite types of antiques?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

craft room collecting

Look what I found there the other day at Michaels {for super cheap I might add}

Some things to put in my craft room to create inspiration:

A massive book of amazing scrapbook paper {$15 for 54 sheets, pretty good deal and I'm sure I'll use every bit of it!}

All of it reminds me of the fabulous Amy Butler {especially the Peony} 

Perhaps some time I'll own an amazing rug by her to finish it off!

I'm excited to get going on the craft room. Mom and Dad will be in this weekend and the plan is to help us finish the craft room. Ben and I are taking a trip today to an antique shop downtown that carries vintage doors- I'm hoping to find one to fit our space- how fun would that be!

I shall let you know what we find!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

a little girl's room

The other day my sweet little 3 {going on 13} year old asked me if I could re-paint her room.

Wait, you're asking me to... re-design... your room? OK! What color?


Hmm... ok well...

Here's some inspiration I have so far- care to see?


I love the idea of a built in bed. And those drawers? Wonderful- extra storage and even better, no cleaning under the bed! {a MUST for us!}

I love the detail on the bed, although we will need bunk beds unless we can figure out a play room someday soon. 

I love this chandelier {from Pottery Barn Kids}. Don't you think a chandelier would be perfect in a little girls room? Even if it's not a light chandelier, something like this will work just as nice.

Again with the detail. So pretty. {Notice the chandelier?} And paneling? Lovely but I think we're paneled out for now.

Oh and that trundle is a nice touch.

Nothing says princess like pink walls and draped fabric!

I love all the pink, lots of pink, but not on the walls. Also an option.

The style of this one is far from what I want, but how fun are the 4 built in bunk beds??

Or something like this might work... with pink of course!

A very pretty rug!

We're throwing around the idea of putting in a window seat. I love the look of them.

Stripes... love. And that 3/4 wall rail? Perfect.

So here are things that I feel would make a perfect room for my girls:
  1. Bunk beds {built ourselves}
  2. Storage or trundle under the bed so toys stay out!
  3. Window seat
  4. Book shelves {aka toy storage}
  5. Chandelier
  6. Lots of pretty fabric
  7. A big beautiful rug
{but we all know this won't happen until mommy can finish her other projects... }

But I can dream and plan!

What do you think? Is there anything I'm missing for a perfect little girl's room?

Monday, April 11, 2011

the all-done desk

I have to confess something.

I'm one of those people who likes to start projects... and then never finish them. It drives my husband nuts.

So with that said I'd like to thank you {yes you} because you read my blog and keep me going on all my projects. It's always so much more motivating to get a project done when I get to share it! So thank you!

Which brings me to my desk, which of course is no exception to any other projects... except I finished it so I can share it... and have it done... and keep my husband happy!

This weekend was perfect weather for dragging my little desk outside and painting it, so I painted while the girls played... and I painted while the girls helped too.

And here it is, all done:

{This is the hardware I used from Hobby Lobby}

Earlier I posted a tutorial on how I decoupaged the top, you can see that post here.

All done, I'm so proud I finished another project! Thank you for keeping me going! What do you think?


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