Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Make & Trade

Hello Friends!

Just wanted to let some of my readers know that we are organizing something fun!

Don't you just love handmade?  Wouldn't you love to buy ALL things handmade but don't really have the money to do such a thing?  Wouldn't it be awesome if we could make something, give it to someone else and receive something in return???  I've been thinking about this for a while and how to organize it and I thought LET'S GO FOR IT.  Why not right?!?

SO here are the details.

First, each person that agrees will be sent a survey via email that asks things like favorite color, how many children you have, gender, where you live and mailing address (don't make someone a beanie if they live in Arizona ahem haha), and etc.

Each person that agrees to participate then will receive someone else's survey and will make something (or more then one thing) that will equal a retail value of about $25.  Now keep in mind that this is how much something costs AFTER it's made.  For example, my felt items I sell do not cost me a ton in materials....but I sell them for more because of the labor involved.  So you may make a zipper pouch that was about $5 in supplies...but you could potentially sell it for at least $15.  So thus it's retail value is $15.  Got it?  If you are unsure as to how to value your item I would recommend searching Etsy and see what something similar sells for.  If you still aren't sure feel free to ask me and I can probably help you figure it out.  A month after everyone receives their secret buddy's survey we will send out our handmade items to the person that we were given.

Feel free to have as much fun with the box that you send out as you want.  Adding random Target dollar items is highly encouraged.  hehe. 

I think that the best way for this to be a success is to make it more about the person that you are sending to then what it is you are receiving in turn.  If everyone goes all out and has a ton of fun gifting to your secret friend then everyone will be rather happy in the end. 

Please note that this is a small financial/time commitment.  I am BUSY...and can be totally flakey.  I get it.  But to make it fun we all need to send the goodies out at the same time.  Sound good?!?

If you have already commented on my facebook post yay!  you don't have to comment here too.  If you are interested though leave a comment with your email and I will include you on the official group email!  :)

So excited!
Hope this works!!!  hehe  <3

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Eloise May: 3 Months

Our little Ellie Bean is THREE months old!

Gah.  I just love this little lady so much.  I also apparently didn't take many photos between 2 and 3 months so I might need to get on that this month.  :)

Our little three month shoot kinda didn't go as well as planned.  Basically Jack wanted to be in all the pictures and then when I got him to finally stay out of them he started running circles as fast as he could around the blanket Ellie was on...which made her keep turning her head to follow him.  Then he started yelling and running and I think it was starting to just plain overwhelm Eloise and sooo...she started getting angry.  Ha!  Good times.  :)
So what's new in the world of Ellie Belly?  I really don't know how much she weighs.  I know over 11 lbs.  I feel like she kinda ate to survive there for the first 2 1/2 months or so.  Recently though I  feel like she has really taken to nursing.  She wants to nurse a lot more often and does it with a lot more gusto.  She is still a skinny little thing and we get comments all the time on how tiny she is.  I can tell though that she's starting to pack on the weight.  Or so it seems at least.

Other things to note...?  She sleeps through the night maybe 4 nights out of the week?  If she wakes up it's at 2am or so (she goes to bed at 8pm).  So yes...a pretty good little sleeper still.  We've managed to get her on Jack's nap schedule.  I thought it would be harder since babies usually need two naps and Jack just takes one at 11am or so.  She will doze in the car for her morning one if we are out and about.  It's usually pretty short and then by 11 or so she's pooped and ready to go down.  She usually takes a 2 sometimes 3 hour nap...and then a little siesta in the evening around dinner time.

First please note the hair...possibly my favorite physical trait of Ellie's.  I LOVE how it just sticks straight up off her head.  Ha!  Also, this picture is a little blurry but I was starting to get a little worried because Ellie wasn't doing very well with tummy time.  She would basically just struggle with her face smashed on the floor.  I asked a friend about it and her daughter was able to lift her head and chest.  I figured maybe I wasn't giving Eloise enough time on the floor to practice?  Sure enough...two days of purposeful tummy time and she's lifting her head and chest off...and getting really close to rolling from tummy to back.

Classic Ellie expression.  Ha!

All in all Eloise is such a sweet little thing.  She will give endless smiles.  She is just starting to laugh which is basically the best thing ever.  <3  She loves to play independently...and also loves to be held and snuggled.  She gets really excited if you stand her up so that she can feel included with the family.  She does this little dancy thing with her feet and squeals...darling girl. 

She is so fun and I am so thankful for her sweet little personality and disposition.  God has blessed us immensely.  :)