July 23, 2014

THE VIOLIN AND THE BUTTERFLY Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party from @KCambronAuthor!

I am so excited to be participating in my first blog tour through Litfuse Publishing! I received The Butterfly and the Violin book for review - and I am loving it so far (review coming very soon!) - check out the details on the awesome launch party they are having - and enter for your chance to win a KINDLE FIRE!


Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking. . . ."

Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.


 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 7th. Winner will be announced at The Butterfly and the Violin Author Chat Party. Kristy will be connecting with readers and answering questions, sharing some of the fascinating research behind the book, hosting a fun book chat, and giving away some GREAT prizes. She will also be giving an exclusive look at the next book in the series, A Sparrow in Terezin!

So grab your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

July 22, 2014

SO Busy...

As soon as we got home with the little dude, I was able to relax for all of about 2 days before I was on the hunt for a way to stay home with my son. We can't afford for me to be a SAHM yet (we will get there!), so I was blessed to find a work at home position.

We still manage to find some time to get small projects done (and some bigger ones in the kitchen) - but still it is hard to keep up with the blog this month!

I WILL be back in August for more projects, review, ideas and tips - I PROMISE.

Until then... here is some of what we have been up to:

June 20, 2014

Happy 4th of July! {Repost}

My birthday is the 4th of July - yes, as most people respond 'YOU ARE A FIRECRACKER!' I have to share my birthday with a national holiday and it took me quite a few years to realize the fireworks were not just for me, good play parents ;)

Free Printables - July 4th

 Here is the 4th of July printable... Happy Independence Day all! I hope you enjoy friends, family, watermelon, fireworks and more!

As usual, cut it out to fit an 8x10 frame. Easy peasy!

You can download the PDF file here from Google Docs

Thanks for visiting :)

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June 18, 2014

The (kind of) NEW Kitchen

I have learned getting projects done with a baby in tow is a little bit harder than it used to be. However, we still have projects that we want to get done. We are planning quite a few updates in the kitchen and I am excited to share what will be coming to the blog soon!

Affordable Kitchen Updates

Our kitchen counters have already been DIYed more than once. First I tried plain countertop paint, it was too flat (ha, but seriously, no dimension to the color made it bland), then we tried a sponge paint concoction, which gave depth, but it scratched easily. THEN, we found our favorite - ENCORE Concrete Countertops. We are using the ENCORE Countertop Solution again - this time in a much lighter color. You can purchase the solution for under $200 on their website or Amazon. 

A faucet is an easy way to change the entire look of your countertop space. They can be modern, traditional, short, tall, etc. We were looking for something shorter than what we had. Faucets can be as cheap as $60-70 and go all the way up to $500-$600. Of course, I would recommend something in your range of affordability. We are excited to be updating our faucet to something more traditional in style. 

This one is still up in the air - I am thinking painting. But not sure on the color. We are receiving swatches in the mail today, so hopefully I can find something I like. I was especially excited to find this easy to use solution from Nuvo Cabinet Paint, and will be using it if we indeed decide to paint. You can purchase Nuvo paint from their website for $69.95 for the entire kit. 

Knobs and Pulls
We already changed these out last time, it completely changes the look of the room - and it keeps grimy hands off of the cabinets to save the finish. I am thinking of changing them again this time - if we do, I will definitely be headed to D Lawless hardware. They have so many options for knobs and pulls, and great pricing!

So keep watching for the updates - we are so excited for some modern changes in the kitchen!

June 16, 2014

Our Baby Travel Must-Haves

As you may (or may not) know - we traveled to the other side of the world (almost) to bring home our son through an international adoption. We were in his home country for three weeks while we waited for the adoption to finalize, and needed to find ways to make being first time parents (in a hotel) easier.... 

Our Baby Travel Must-Haves

Here is what we used to get through the first few weeks with our little guy:

1. Buttons Diapers
Yes, we were bold and cloth diapered for our trip. It was messy, but we found it easy to do when you have the time to change the diaper and immediately rinse and wash it out, hang outside in the sun for some drying and bleaching - done! We especially liked the buttons diapers because we could get away with only washing inserts and reusing the covers. We had three covers and 6 inserts - which got us through one day, and then we would use a disposable at night and start over in the morning with cloth. 

2. Swaddlelite Swaddle Blankets
Our little man loves to be swaddled. Even now (at 5 1/2 months) he sleeps so much deeper with his swaddle and paci. When we were in a hot climate (and now in a hot, humid midwest June), swaddling can get a bit warm. However, we use Swaddle Lite blankets from Swaddle Designs and love them. They are made from a very light, breathable fabric. They also come in handy for spit up clean up and sun covers. 

3. Tommee Tippee Pacifiers
True story: we walked out of court, a baby now our son. He hadn't napped all day (he must have known what excitement was going on), we put a pacifier in his mouth and he dropped to sleep, for an hour! Much longer than he usually napped! Now he sleeps with a pacifier, and can sleep for hours. He has only accepted Tommee Tippee pacifiers, and we hold these very close to us at all times. Tommee Tippee is more like mommy, so it promotes better latch on in bottles and pacifiers. 

4. Playtex VentAire Bottles
I am not going to go into the science of how the Playtex Ventaire bottles help vent and reduce colic and gas, I am sure it is all very useful. However, the reason we loved these bottles was that you can take the bottom off - it makes it so much easier to clean the WHOLE thing without a bottle brush and without a dishwasher. All the pieces are taken a part, cleaned, and put back together. We wanted something easy to clean, and that didnt take up a lot of space - these fit the bill perfectly. 

5. Infantino MeiTai Carrier
I knew I wanted to use a carrier, but I also wanted my husband to be able use it (he didn't end up using it, but still, I liked the idea of him using it, I can dream). I wanted something that didn't have straps that needed adjusting when one of us used it after the other had adjusted it to just the right spot. I also wanted to avoid something that wasn't a lot of fabric that needed wrapping (and made me too hot). This MeiTai carrier from Infantino completely fit the bill. It is easy to use, and adjust, and is safe for baby. 

What do you HAVE to bring along for traveling with baby?