Friday, October 31, 2008

Desperate times call for desperate measures

So I had to do it. I had to bribe my son with lot's of candy for him to wear his halloween costume.

He just didn't want to put it on. This was our conversation:

Me: Can you please put your costume on?
D: No!
Me: I will take your picture
D: No!
Me: You will look so handsome
D: No!
Me: How about a show?
D: No!
Me: How about a treat:
D: (he is thinking)...What kind of treat?
Mom: How about fruit snacks?
D: Ummm, I think I will do it for candy
Mom: What! (shocked that he was negotiating with me, and he totally knew I was desperate) Okay, how about some candy corns
D: Okay, sounds good

I can't believe my son to be three years old can be the best negotiator, but it worked, I gave in. Oh well, what are you going to do. He ate bundles and bundles of candy corns (which now he tells me is his favorite), but I finally got every last article of clothing to make his costume complete, well except for the crown. But he looked so cute anyways. I will have to post pics later.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My stubborn daughter

I never thought when my daughter was born, she would NEVER take a bottle. My son didn't care where the food was coming from, he just wanted to be fed. My daughter on the other hand will NOT take a bottle. She is eight months, and only has taken a bottle twice. I have tried everything, putting fruit in the bottle, putting fruit on the nipple, countless brands of formula, latex and silicone nipples, pumped breast milk, and so on and so on. I am totally up for some suggestions, so please bring it my way. She is the most determined and stubborn girl I have ever met, well not really, that is totally me. You can't make me do anything I don't want to do. She is going to give me a total run for my money.

My nursing cover that I made for myself definitely comes in handy. I feel totally comfortable nursing in public, because I know that I am totally covered up. I have total privacy without me having to find a bathroom, or a dark corner. Here are some nursing covers that I have made.

And here is my newest...

Or on my web site you can be your own designer and select your fabric for your own nursing cover...

They are practical and stylish, and being a nursing mother with a very stubborn daughter I really couldn't live without it.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Every time I need a good laugh I watch this...

I love watching this. I think it is great that he doesn't care what other people think, even if it was staged. I sometimes wish I could have the courage to do that. But I need A LOT of drinks! Happy Friday, Enjoy!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This made my day

If you get a chance please check out...
This was very exciting for me. It is nice to have some exposure! Thanks so much!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In Memory of My Aunt Collette

This Sunday, my Cousins, Aunts, and I are walking in the 2008 Making Stride Against Breast Cancer. Here is a great pic of my Aunt, that just says it all.

Here is a little something I wrote about my Aunt before she passed away.

I guess it is hard to put into words how and why someone has impacted someone else’s life. Or ways to describe how people truly are and the way they are perceived by others. I am sitting here thinking of words that would describe who a person is inside and out, for example, hope, love, strong-willed, exceptional, passionate, powerful, fighter, determined, laid back, and dedicated.

I guess now that Joe and I are having our first child I don’t want them to be just one word, I want them to be all the words that I described. You need to be balanced in life ready for everything, like Collette. You need to be strong in life and always have to remember that things can be tough and difficult, but you have to remember that you never can give up no matter what it is. Maybe applying for college but didn’t have the grades, but still applied to first choice schools anyways, or maybe they will try out for the varsity team, but they know that they are not the top player. Hopefully, they will understand that the most important thing is that they tried and didn’t let life pass them by, because they were scared to try and fight for what they wanted. Or they are true to themselves and wasn’t someone else, they were who they were no matter what other people said about them, like Collette. They honored themselves, by doing what came from their heart, which is the most admirable thing a person can do, it doesn’t matter if they made the team. The thing is no one can take away the fact that they tried. You have to be multi layered, you have to exhibit more than one emotion, and you have to be true.

I believe that is what Collette has taught me and Joe. She is literally fighting for survival. I admire such will and determination she has exhibited. I only wish that I could be as strong as she has been. Kara asked Joe and I to describe a specific event or encounter with Collette. I guess that was hard for me to do, not because I didn’t have such great times with her, or done some really crazy things with her, or didn’t have some wonderful memories of her. But I think my greatest experiences with her, is her just being her. She is who she is; she is everything I have described above but so much more. She doesn’t have children of her own, but I think she viewed all the cousins as her children, which made me see that family is extremely important, top of the list before friends. I think the most important and valuable thing to give to someone else is not money, gifts, etc, it is the integrity, and the way you live your life, also to maybe learn from their mistakes so you could avoid them. I believe that is what she has given me and Joe. Life lessons. I truly believe everything, and everyone that you encounter, maybe your neighbor, your teacher, or that special Aunt, like Collette, shapes you. I believe you have shaped us, you have taught us to laugh, live up life, be true to ourselves, shoot off a firework, put on a production for the family during Christmas, and just getting the cousins together for an outing just for the heck of it, and in turn Joe and I will teach our child all those things, okay maybe not shoot off a firework. And, honestly I can say to you that we are going to be hopeful, lovers, strong-willed, exceptional, passionate, powerful, fighters, determined and dedicated. And you definitely had something to do with that, which in my mind is the best gift you have given us and for our newest edition to the family, our precious baby. For that we want to thank you and we ever so grateful.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Be apart of a giveaway!

I am currently taking part in a giveaway on the Handmade Showcase Blog. I donated a $25 gift certificate for the lucky winner. All you do is leave a comment on the handmade showcase blog, and you are entered into the drawing. Go check it out, and good luck!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall is in the air

This is one of my favorite pics of my son.

It really makes me think of Fall time. He looks so sweet and innocent. I love Fall, the crisp air, the colors, baking, apple picking, and hay rides. It is one reason that I could never leave New England. I just love a cool crisp day, and wearing a bulky sweater. I love craft shows and festivals, and getting a hot chocolate.

I always go to the local nursery and pick lots of pumpkins, and select a massive amount of mums for my porch and garden.

Now that my son is a little older he really enjoys picking out his own pumpkin. He wants the biggest pumpkin he can find. I was amazed when he was walking around and he could actually tell me which pumpkin he wanted. Because just last year he was in his stroller, not to sure what to make out of all the pumpkins. Boy, does time fly! Where did my baby go??

Monday, October 6, 2008

I was featured!

I am so very excited to be featured on I have always been kind of shy regarding myself and my crafting, so this is kind of a big deal for me. I totally put myself out there. The interview talks about me and how I started Dragonfly Fine Designs. It was really fun seeing my work on a blog where they get a lot of views a day. I have to say when I saw the article up on the blog it totally made my day! If you get a chance, check it out.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

So, what is in your diaper bag?

As everyone knows I have two children, a toddler and a little baby. When my son was born, I brought EVERYTHING with me, I think even including the kitchen sink. I brought a lot of outfits, bottles, diapers, toys, burp cloths, wipes, etc, etc. Fast forward two years later, my daughter was born. I just threw some diapers and wipes in there and I was ready to go. I was more selective in what I brought. So here are the things that are in my diaper bag:

1. Diapers and Wipes
2. My nursing cover3. Toys for my son and daughter
4. Treats for my son, they always come in handy when he is getting restless in the store
5. My wallet
6. Cell phone

Now the problem I was having was that nothing was organized. I couldn't find my diapers or wipes. Everything would be buried at the bottom of my bag, with crumbs all over it. So I decided I need to make something that would hold my diapers and wipes, and I could just pull it out really quick out of my diaper bag, and everything would be there.

So here is one of my diaper and wipe carriers. It is great, this carrier has a hook and loop closure and can fit up to 2-3 diapers and wipes.

My question is, what is in your diaper bag? And what is one thing that you couldn't live without?