Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Return of the Care Kit

With this being the third week of school, I thought I would give you all an update on the kindergarten situation. The entire first week of school (with the exception of the very first day) was pretty stressful. To read about the second day disaster, CLICK HERE.


On the third day, the care kit was permitted in the classroom. I took the Neosporin and the alcohol prep pads out (that has to be in the office, and I understand those having to be there). The school had received the fax from the dermatologist, and his moisturizing cream and aquaphor are allowed! By this time, though, my son was already hesitant to go to school. He was afraid the teacher hated him, and the kids wouldn't like him or want to play with him. I encouraged him to go, telling him that he would be just fine, and he would have his care kit in his cubby if he needed it. He reluctantly went to school, crying just a little bit when I left. I thought that he was going to make it through the day.

The Care Kit:
Aquaphor, Cetaphil cream, Band-Aids, tissue, sensitive skin wet wipes, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, aloe gel


However, I was called to the school again (once again, after recess time). When I arrived, I found him in the classroom doing somewhat all right, and the principal was sitting in with the class. She took me outside, and told m
e that after the office called home, she came to the classroom and sat with him, helped him with his care kit, and he began to do much better. She and I stayed in the classroom for the rest of the day. He did well - a little sad, and a whole lot itchy - but OK.

After that, the principal and I talked about his condition and how it related to his emotions. I let her know that I had mentioned it the day before - emotions can trigger a flare-up for a eczema. Taking away his care kit was a HUGE trigger, and it also caused anxiety for the third day of school. Going back to school (even with his care kit now allowed) would take him some time. If he had been
able to keep his care kit with him, I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened. We had been prepping him for school for months. She suggested that she would meet him before school the next day and sit in class with him for a little bit in an attempt to ease him back into the idea of school. She also offered some help from a teacher's aide that just so happened to be available for a few days. So that was the plan...And it's been working!

Thursday and Friday of the first week of school went much better, still a bit of a struggle, but I wasn't called to the school. He has a special bin above his cubby just for his care kit, and with the help of the teacher's aide he decorated it with lots of fun stickers.

Monday of the second week was the best day yet! The entire second week of school went smoothly (the teacher's aide happened to be available ALL week - HUGE help, and I can't thank her enough).

Now we're on week three. Yesterday was the last day with the teacher's aide. She has been assigned to another school. =( But, twice a week, I now volunteer in the classroom to help out. So far, it's going well. Success so far!!!

Thanks for reading! Here's a new item in our shop for you to view. Happy Wednesday.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Should we?

So last year for Halloween we made jack-o-lantern chocolates. It was for a fundraiser for my daughter. I'd like your thoughts...Should we make them again this year? Should we put them in our Etsy shop?

Here are some pics:

What do you think?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Treasury for Today

Here's a little something I put together late last night. Hope you like it. =)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Words for my Wednesday

Here are some quotes for you all. Be inspired today! =)

"There is no such thing as no chance." - Henry Ford

"What you are will show in what you do." - Thomas Edison

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fab Finds for Friday 8/19/11

I was going to tell you how my son's third day of school went...Instead, I've decided to do my Fab Finds for Friday post. I'll save the kinder update for when the week is officially over (and he's made it through the last day). =)

Here are the Fab Finds for Friday!!!

Coffee Clutch Purse by Powers of Love


All three of today's Fab Finds are a part of the Mega Promo Frenzy Event going on right now and until the end of this month. You can click the top right photo on my sidebar to shop all the specials right now! Or click HERE.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Day Success, Second Day Disaster

At first I was excited to share that my new kindergartener started his school year with an excellent first day of school! He has severe eczema, and I knew it would be an issue. Because of this, we prepared him his "care kit" to take to school.
He wasn't even excited about starting school until we bought his new backpack and the items for his care kit. Most loved items in the care kit are his moisturizer and Aquaphor. These are things he can't go through a single day without, so he was super excited that we bought the smaller versions for his care kit so he could take them to school with him.First day of school was a BIG SUCCESS! He didn't scratch the WHOLE day, and he didn't even have to open his care kit at all. I was beyond surprised. I was shocked. He has never gone that long without applying his cream or his Aquaphor.

I know it must have been really difficult for him not to scratch for that long. I think he was worried about what the kids would say or think, and he was occupied with new activities (which is absolutely fabulous), and just the overall new experience.

Second day of school...Not so good. In fact, it was a disaster. They informed me that he couldn't have his care kit with him. We were told I had to take the kit home, and we needed a doctor's note (even though it's not a prescription or any medication at all). So I reluctantly took the care kit home with me, and I knew that it was going to be a bad day.

Sure enough, the school called me a a few hours later. He had a flare-up. And I guessed why. It was probably from recess, going outside in the heat; I was right. The heat caused a flare-up, and after recess he couldn't stop scratching. What made it worse was that he had no moisturizer or Aquaphor to soothe his skin. He was sent to the office, and I was called. I was pleading my case with the school secretaries, principal, and the school nurse. The school nurse still said I needed a doctor's note for the lotion. A prescription for lotion! Can you believe that??? I can understand the doctor's note for his other medications (his medicated ointments, his epi-pen, his inhaler), but lotion??? The flare-up would have never been so bad if he had had his cream and Aquaphor with him. He would've calmed down and not scratched as much (he still would've scratched, don't get me wrong, but not as badly).

No matter how ridiculous, I complied. The dermatologist's office thought it was ridiculous too. But - whatever it takes to get that care kit in the classroom, that's what we'll do. And now I wonder, if we switch moisturizers (because we use many), do I have to get a doctor's note for each one? What a pain that would be!

So now he went back to school for the third day. The doc's note is in the office, safe and sound, and his care kit is allowed to stay in the classroom with him. We'll see how it goes...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In 15 Minutes...

What can you do in 15 minutes? I can get a lot done in 15 minutes...Dishes, folding laundry, and the list goes on and on. And after watching GMA this morning, I realized there's one more thing I could get done in 15 minutes. There was a new study done that shows just 15 minutes a day of exercising can increase your life span. That's even better than the 30 minutes a day I thought it was!

Super cute bear image found on zazzle.com. Click here to go there! It's a photo sculpture. :)

Watch this video clip from ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/15-minutes-save-years-14312076

This is a motivator for me for sure! In 15 minutes...You could take the dog for a quick walk around the block. You could do sit ups during every commercial while you watch an hour of TV. In fifteen minutes...Easy peasy! My goal is still the 30 minutes a day, but hey - 15 minutes - we can all squeeze that in some where during the day, right? So let's do it! =)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Breakfast is Important

I'm pretty sure that by now we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, sometimes it's really tough to make breakfast when you're in a hurry. So today I'll share a quick, simple breakfast with you - one that my kids LOVE. It's super-easy!

BREAKFAST PARFAIT
Ingredients:
low-fat vanilla yogurt
fruit of your choice - can be fresh or frozen (& thawed)
Kellogg's® Special K® cereal (or another flake cereal)

In cups or glasses, just layer the yogurt, fruit and cereal, then serve.
I don't measure, I just make what I know my kids will eat. Usually I put these parfaits in 4 oz or 6 oz cups that we have. It's a quick breakfast that they really enjoy!

You can also add your own twist to it. We change the yogurt flavor (lemon is a big hit), try different fruits (the picture shown is a frozen fruit medley, but one of the kids' faves is fresh strawberry & blueberry mix), or leave out the fruits and use granola.
Whatever you do, it's all good!!! =)
Because breakfast is important.

*Kellogg's and Special K are registered to Kellogg's brand.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Team Work

So I'm a member of some pretty fantastic Etsy teams. Being a part of a team doesn't mean it's all just fun and games, though. It involves work...Team Work!

Promo Team!

For example, the Promotional Frenzy Team has really been a motivator for me. They got me into social media...And they've created a monster out of me! Really...I'm still working on getting all my Pinterest boards full of great finds (but I'm officially hooked)...All this stuff is kind of addicting. Just the other day on the news I saw a segment on Internet Addiction. It was talking about how people start
having anxiety attacks if they can't log on! It made me think about just a couple of months ago when our household was completely without a computer (yeah, it wasn't fun, but we made it). Now that I'm into all this new stuff with team work, though, I can't picture a day, week, let alone an entire MONTH without the computer!!! The thought scares me...

All this promoting, it's a lot of work. I've been on the computer a lot lately, and I realized that with school starting soon, I might not be able to have all this time on my hands! But I'm really enjoying being on all the teams I'm a part of, and I'm going to try my best to keep up. =)


There's a new team that I recently joined too. It's called Blogging Buddies, and I'm liking it there. It reminds me a lot of another blogging team that I'm on (that I love), Etsy Blog Team. But Blogging Buddies is a smaller group, and recently I've found some new friends there! If you're a blogger, and you're an Etsy member, I invite you to come join Blogging Buddies! Soon we'll have a team button, made by my daughter. =) Like the Etsy Blog Team, Blogging Buddies is a team where we
share our blogs. We also share giveaways, new items, and support each other.


A team that I've applied to is Etsy Angels - an awesome team dedicated to raising funds for various charities. I love this idea, because fundraising has always been a passion of mine - and I love supporting charities. I applied, but I haven't completed the application process. After just beginning all the social media venues, I want to get comfy with all of that before I completely dedicate to another team with required activities, but I know I want to join. It's a great group.

That's it for today's Team Work Spotlight! Teams are fun. You get to meet new people, make new friends - and best of all, you get to work together. Sometimes, teamwork makes everything better! =) Happy Wednesday.

Monday, August 8, 2011

And the Winner is...

Christina of CVDesignsFL!!! Congrats to Christina, the winner of my Blog Fan Giveaway! And...She liked both our shop fan page and the blog fan page, so she wins both the crystal ball and the cell charm! =)
Much thanks to all those that participated in this giveaway. I appreciate all your support. Another giveaway is coming in time for the holidays, so be on the lookout!

Have a happy Monday.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sold

Sold this today! The kids are excited about it. =) Even though this particular listing wasn't in their HANDMADE by the KIDS section, I'm giving them the sale. Should we add more to the shop? What do you think?We have one more listing for our Starburst Bows in our shop, but it's for a set of four. It's in our HANDMADE by the KIDS section. You can check it out by clicking on the link below.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fab Finds for Friday 8/5/11

I can't believe it's Friday already! Last week went by sooooo slowly. And this week, so much has gone on that Friday's here, and I'm not ready!

The week has been a total blur. Really. My son's bike was stolen. Then our car broke down. We're having trouble fixing it...The list goes on and on...But I've still been trying to work on our Etsy shop. [sigh]

But - to cheer me up a bit, here are the Fabulous Finds for Friday! All of today's finds are from shops participating in the MEGA Promo Frenzy Specials Event. So that means, the shops these items are found in are having sales! =) Take a look...






Hope you enjoyed today's Fab Finds for Friday! =) Click the links to check out the items and/or the shops. Happy shopping and Happy Friday!

I'm looking forward to a relaxing drama-free weekend (although I doubt I'll get it...).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MEGA Promo Frenzy Specials List

Who's a part of this MEGA Promo Frenzy Specials Event, you ask? Here is a list of shops participating (over 50!). Click the links and browse. Happy shopping!

1) jQjewelrydesigns.etsy.com - 15% off all items over $20

2) Galla15.etsy.com - 30% off all items over $20

3) SymbolicImports.etsy.com - 25% off orders over $10 (some exclusions apply)

4) CalliopeAZCreations.etsy.com - 20% off everything in the shop

5) KrystalsJewelry.etsy.com - 20% off orders over $20

6) SunnyCrystals.etsy.com - 'Summer Special Offer' section - items already reduced plus buy 2 or more of my 3D Decoupage Cards and receive 10% Discount (refunds via paypal)

7) CrochetedbyCharlene.etsy.com - 20% off all orders

8) NewCreationz.etsy.com - 20% off everything Plus free gift Plus entry in to a draw for a voucher to my shop

9) DellCoveSpices.etsy.com - 5% off everything in the shop

10) BountyofBeads.etsy.com - 20% to 25% off Lampwork Beads, Sterling Silver and Polymer Clay Beads (no coupon coded needed, I am using etsyonsale)

11) PaintedMemoriesByRos.etsy.com - 15% off these sections - BLANK CARD SETS, MATTED CARDS and FRAMED CARDS (also using etsyonsale, no coupon)

12) Bijibijoux.etsy.com - Use coupon code frenzyspecial for 10% off any purchase $8 & UP PLEASE

13) TurtleXIII.etsy.com - 15% off entire purchase, NOT INCLUDING destash which is already super cheap

14) delightfulprints.etsy.com - 15% off everything in my shop, does not include custom orders

15) CrimsonHill.etsy.com - 15% off any order over $10, before shipping with team code.

16) nangatesdesigns.etsy.com - 15% off everything in shop

17) Sewinggranny.etsy.com - 15% off everything in my shop

18) MoanasUniqueDesigns.etsy.com - 10% discount on orders $20 and under, 15% discount on orders over $20

19) lindab142.etsy.com - 10% off of all combined purchases over $15 dollars (except destash and paper items)

20) prodigycrafts.etsy.com - 20% off everything in my shop

21) cigarboxbeads.etsy.com- 20% off everything over $30.

22) vervecolor.etsy.com - 20% off everything in shop before shipping

23) rabbitdogprints.etsy.com- 20% off everything in shop before shipping

24) bloomandbling.etsy.com - 15% off everything in shop before shipping

25) Prittyfy.etsy.com – 15% off any order $20 and up (excluding shipping)

26) iaFlowerPower.etsy.com – 20% off any order $20 and up (excluding shipping)

27) Camillescloset.etsy.com- 15% off any order.

28) TheMayFlower.etsy.com - 20% off on any item in shop (sale price already applied! no need for a coupon code!)

29) Five0101.etsy.com - 15% off on any item in shop.

30) PowersOfLove.etsy.com - 25% off your purchase.

31) BellaTheBead.etsy.com - 15% off purchase of $20 or more (excluding shipping)

32) IdeasBloom.etsy.com - 15% off purchase before shipping

33) KrisKraftnMore.etsy.com - 10% off photography prop orders (before shipping). Buy three patterns get one free.

34) CrystalPhotography.etsy.com - In stock section is 30% off. (Prices already reduced via etsyonsale).

35.) cindydidit.etsy.com - use FRENZYSPECIAL to enjoy 20% off

36.) RomanticThoughts.etsy.com - 15% OFF everything in shop, before shipping

37.) Impactjewelry.etsy.com - 15% off all purchases (before shipping)

38.) ToyStoryNutty.etsy.com (Kater's Acres) - 10% off store prices before shipping

39. justByou.etsy.com - 10% off everything in our shop

40.) desertshinejewelry.etsy.com - 15% off everything in our shop before shipping

41) TheCraftingPlace.etsy.com - 20% off everything in our shop OR Free shipping on orders $20 or more (order must still be $20 or more once coupon is applied)

42) Galla15whatnots.etsy.com - 15% off of all orders over $25 dollars!

43) AshlynDesign.etsy.com - up to 20% off all in-stock jewelry designs (coupon not needed, prices are already reduced)

44) GlitterbirdGlamour.etsy.com - 15% off of all orders

45) craftycreations81.etsy.com - 10% off all orders

46) www.etsy.com/shop/TownandCountryVntage -25% off any item (before shipping and DOES NOT include clearance items).

47) kellyjsorenson.etsy.com ~Kelly Designs~ 20% off all PreMade Logo Designs! Prices already reduced, no coupon needed :)

48) babypenguincreations.etsy.com - 25% off any order $10 or more!

49) laugingpenguincreations.etsy.com - 25% off any order $10 or more!

50) magdamagda.etsy.com - 25% off anything in "ready to ship" section plus free gift

51) IsabellesAttic.etsy.com- 15% off everything!

52) uniquecozytreasures.etsy.com- 5% off everything over $25. All orders receive FREE my eBook, "Vintage Ice Creams".

53) EldoradoSoap.etsy.com - 20% off all orders of $15 or more (before shipping)

54) www.etsy.com/shop/uglyducklingbeads - 20% off selected items in "MegaPromoFrenzySpecials" section.--- use coupon code "Frenzyspecial"

55.) www.etsy.com/shop/desertshinesupply - 15% off all orders over $20 (excluding shipping). Use coupon code "Frenzyspecial"

56) kristinskeepsakes.etsy.com - free shipping for the month of aug plus a free gift! Just enter coupon code "frenzyspecial"

57. www.etsy.com/shop/lovelacedesigns - 15% OFF everything in the shop (except tax and shipping) :-) Use coupon code: Frenzyspecial at checkout **PLUS** All orders will be entered in a drawing for a *FREE* Wooden Letter of his/her choice!! Winner will be announced Sept 5th.

58. www.etsy.com/shop/pepindor - FREE shipping WORLDWIDE, FREE gift wrapping!!! Enter coupon code " frenzyaugust"
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Please CLICK HERE to see what else is going on with our shop for this month!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lots Going On

I've got lots going on this month! Hope you're prepared for all this...


BLOG FAN GIVEAWAY for just B you Blog
First up, my Blog Fan Giveaway ended Sunday night. My family had some unexpected visitors, and I haven't gotten much done since then, so the giveaway is extended one more week. It will end this upcoming Sunday night. To enter the giveaway, please CLICK HERE. Please read the directions carefully. It's super easy to enter, but you MUST leave a comment here on the blog (on the giveaway post) to let me know you've entered, and under what name. Thanks! Good luck!



MEGA PROMO FRENZY SPECIALS EVENT on Etsy
Next up, I am a part of the Promotional Frenzy Team on Etsy. We are having a HUGE sale event for the ENTIRE month of August. There are over 50 Etsy shops participating in the event and having excellent sales. You can learn more on both facebook and twitter:
www.facebook.com/promofrenzy
www.twitter.com/promofrenzy
You can search "promofrenzyteam" in Etsy and find excellent handmade items from members of the team at great sale prices.
Our shop special is 10% off everything in our shop! It's our first shop-wide sale. Come and check it out.
justByou.etsy.com




THE ADVENTURES OF J-MAN AND MILLERBUG FACEBOOK FAN CELEBRATION EVENT
We are a part of a huge celebration event for a really GREAT blog. The celebration is in honor of the blog's 2500 facebook fan milestone. It's a great party, with lots of presents to be given to many different winners. Our shop is offering winner's choice of any necklace in our shop. Wanna enter and join the fun? CLICK HERE to visit the blog and get more info, or you can click on the button above.

And what do you think of the blog makeover so far? We're still working on it, so it's not done yet! But this is what's going on with me...How about you?

Uuuhhhh...I don't know why some of the font is larger, but blogger is not letting me fix it, so I'm sorry about that.