And we're off!

The shop has opened.  The feeling I had once I hit "publish" on my first 20 items was awesome.  I was so anxious - nervous stetchies and all - and then it was done.  I'm up to a whole 8 sales.  All my lovely, and darling friends.  I feel guilty taking your money, but not too guilty :)

If you haven't had the chance, send them to take a look.  Ignore the ugly shop banner for now - my real one should be ready shortly and it's going to be AWESOME!!!

The only complaint I have is that my office doesn't have a TV so this hobby has really cut into my reality TV habit.  We'll fix that soon :)

Chic Chiffon Duo

Pink and Pearl Duet

Mum Trio Bobby


According to L PREVIEW!

A soft opening is planned for this week.  Mostly I need to just pull the trigger and post my listings.  I have the swirling negative doubts: what if no one buys stuff or if on the flip side, what if everyone wants something and I don't have enough supply?  What if shipping gets messed up?  What if things suck and break and people hate them?

I have good friends on Facebook who have been very reassuring, and I am very grateful for their encouragement.  So with that, I'm offering a peek into some of my offerings.  Getting excited??

Pasta Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Courtesy of Rachel Ray

For those of you who get to come to my awesome Bohlman Baby Shower, you'll be enjoying this treat!!

1 pound corkscrew pasta
Coarse salt
1 cup prepared pesto sauce
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
4 scallions, chopped
1 pound tub bocconcini mini pieces of mozzarella, drained, pieces halved
Black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it.
Place pesto, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, tomatoes, scallions and cheese in a large bowl.
Cook pasta to al dente then cold shock it and chill it down under cold running water. Drain well. Add to mixing bowl. Combine salad and season with salt and pepper, to taste


You Are Not Alone

You may have seen my growing list of blogs that I follow along the right side of this page.  If you haven't you should check them out.

I wanted to highlight two of them, because I think they are so important as part of what I'm trying to do here - aside for entertain and show crafty things - they show a commonality among women, not just mothers, and that even in your saddest times, you are not alone in the dark.

A friend recently started up a Mama Confessional - she posts a question and we all have an opportunity to respond in the comments section.  Some questions are light and fun and some are hard to answer.  Or at least hard to answer honestly for fear of how you'll be perceived.  It's hard to admit that things are hard and not always perfect.  I try my very hardest to be honest with you all, it's a very vulnerable place to be - and if you know anything about me - it's that I like to be the strong one.  Not the weak, exposed one.  But I'm learning it so important to be capable of wearing both hats.

The other is much more shocking - mostly that I haven't found it sooner.  Being a huge fan of Little Miss Momma (and her great new look to her blog) I found this button along the advertising side to her page.  It's for Sisterhood of Secrets

LMM and I share the same mission with our blogs. 

I feel alone, but I can't be?  I have a wonderful husband, gorgeous children, family and friends for days - why do I feel like no one gets THIS.

And then there's the Sisterhood page.  I will caution, it's not for the faint of heart.  The first post I read was about spousal abuse.  Mother with two small children who's afraid to leave.  Now, I know my problems are not on this level, but the need for SUPPORT is.  I know that life is good, but that's just it - it doesn't always seem that way and it's important to know that you're not alone.  Please enjoy.


Mexico: The Pennsylvania Version

I will preface this post with the fact that I am out an "outdoor" girl in that I like to drink on patios.

I will get dirty, I CAN.  I just don't like to - and if it's my choice, I'd rather have A/C, TV and a comfy chair over anything else.  Call me spoiled or snotty, but that's just me.  Again - not that I WON'T, but it's not my idea of a good time.

Also, I love my husband.

And this is why I packed up my brood and flew to Baltimore, MD and drove two and half hours to Mexico, PA.  Yes, it's a real place.  There's a reason you haven't heard of it.

For a million years (or like 100), Nate's family - specifically his maternal great-grandmother - has been visiting Island Grove Campground.  It began as a church revival week with little cottages.  And by "cottage" I mean a wooden 2-story tent.  The campground has seen the introduction of electricity, a water spigot for cooking showers being installed.  Still no toilets, however.  You go "down back" to do your business and THANK GOD, lately, they've had some "newish" Biffy's placed there for people like me.  Hold your breath, you can make it through.  And if you have to poo - wait and go into town or something :)

The first summer Nate and I were dating (actually, like the 1st month) I took the trip with him.  He says, that's when he knew he could marry me if I could survive there.  Sadly, we hadn't been back since.  What can I say - the drive is 2 days each way, PTO is at a premium and air fare is even higher!

 This year we were able to go (with funds from Nana and Papa Brown), and travel with one of Nate's brothers, Jacob, his wife, Jen and their son (and our Godson) Rory.  Our relationship to them is a whole different post, but let's just sum it up to say that things are awesome now and I am very happy for that.

We were able to introduce Avery to almost all of her great-aunts and uncles (Rachel & David were in France), meet most of the second cousins, and meet Nana and Gaffer (Nate's grandparents).  Olivia ran around like a wild-child for 2 straight days, getting sweaty and dirty, having a blast and most importantly, we got to participate in this tradition that just IS.  Wait.  Most importantly, we were able to get a cabin off-site with AC, TV and a mini fridge (to put my Diet Coke and Miller Lite.)  But the tradition.  It can be a tie for importance.

As I would ask Liv before bed - what was your favorite part of today?  She doesn't really get that "day" concept yet - so I'll follow her lead and do my favorites of the trip:
  • Surviving both plane rides with 2 kids (and Rory survived too!)
  • Having Avery meet her aunties and drool all over each of them to leave her mark.
  • Watching Liv run around with cousins - and sometimes getting to be the leader of girls 3 times her age!
  • Playing Apples for Apples with J&J after the kids went to bed.  GOOD TIMES.
  • Getting some family photos - memories are important to have for us "old folks" and for the girls when they're older.
  • Starting The Help.  Now I just need time to finish it - among all my other hobbies and tasks!
  • Seeing Nana and Gaffer again - age is a funny thing.  You just never know.
It was a crazy busy time, but I'm glad we could do it.  Now if only we could find money to buy this little brick house we saw and turn that into our "cottage."  Complete with DVR, full kitchen and SEVERAL bedrooms!

PS - The iPhone was the best thing in the world to have for each of the kids.  Liv watched "shows" and Avery and Rory enjoyed my "lava lamp" ap during fussy times.  It's the new "baby crack machine."


According to L Comes to Etsy!!

Well, I'm taking the plunge.  I've hired a woman to design my logo and Etsy branding.  I've started pricing out materials and making a product list.  I've started playing with designs and trying to decide WHAT my shop will look like.

I've lost my mind.

This little venture may make NO money.  Actually, if I could just break even, I would be thrilled to death.  But I'm hoping my style and personality can be reflected in my creations and that people actually WANT to buy them.  Sure, the ornate photo props are cute.  They're also putsy and expensive.  I'm hoping to find a niche within the "real life" fashions.

Life is hard.  Look fabulous anyway.

Stay tuned, I promise to offer coupon codes to my loyal fans!

(Shop opening around 9/1, if not sooner)

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