Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bee Swarms

Over the kids' Spring Break, we encountered a swarm of bees...Right in our front yard!  I didn't get a photo, but here's one that showed up on the news a couple days later.  These were probably the same bees that were in front of our house!

 Click the photo for source and more info.

It was crazy!  The swarm looked just like the one pictured, but maybe even bigger.  It was at least 2 feet long, and it was in our neighbor's tree that hangs over our front yard.  My daughter was the first to see it, because there were so many bees flying around, and they were loud.  We couldn't even go in or out of our front door.  We stayed inside the whole time!  We didn't know who to call, so we just waited.

I'm glad the bees only stayed in front of our house for a couple of hours.  They were spooked by a loud motorcycle that passed by.  They got angry, flew around in front of our entire yard and driveway (it sounded like a helicopter!), and then took off to another neighbor's tree. 

A couple days later, we saw this on the news.  It turns out, swarms of bees have been spotted in over four cities in Northern California, probably more (because I know WE didn't report the one we saw).  They say it's the heat that's to blame.   

Have you ever seen a swarm of bees?  This was my first time, and I don't want to see one so up-close again!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Today's Words for my Wednesday, about change...

“When in doubt, choose change.” -Lily Leung

 by rawartletterpress on Etsy

Do you have a quote about change that you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment! =)

Monday, April 23, 2012

PCF Team Spring Flip Flop Scavenger Hunt Event

Do you want to win some amazing prizes? If so, keep reading..we have over $800 in prizes during this event...8 prize packs will be awarded to hunters at a value of at least $50 each, and 1 super duper prize pack with prizes from all 40 shops in the hunt will be given to the person who spends the most money at PCF team shops during this week-long event; this is valued at over $400! Read on for details.......

The PCF Team on Etsy is having a great event for April! It is called the Spring Tracks Flip Flop Scavenger Hunt! There will be 40 shops, and all will have a hidden picture that you will have to "hunt" through their shop items for (HINT- the picture is the image in this listing)! Each shop has donated a prize worth at least a $10 value; that is a total of $400 plus in prizes...woohoo!!! There will be a total of 8 prize packs given out (winners will be chosen at random, based upon number of entries correct and complete entries we have)...each prize pack will consist of 5 each winner will get a prize pack of at least an incredible $50 about that? The contest will begin at 7:00 EST on April 23rd, and will run for one week; all entries must be submitted by midnight April 31st...and no entries will be accepted after this time.

********************HOW TO ENTER*******************

This is the starting point for this event!!!

From here, you will then follow the links to the next shop on the scavenger hunt list! Every time you find the hidden picture, that item description will give you a link to the next shop. As you go through the shops, make a list of all shops, in the order you are given them. At the very last shop, you will be given an email address; you will send the completed list to this address. If anything is incorrect, you will be notified, and given a chance to re-do the hunt to get it all right! :)

***********WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN? READ ON!!!**************

Everyone who sends a complete shop list, in the correct order, will receive one entry to win a prize pack. 

If you "FAVE" the shops as you go through (you have to fave every single shop..this means having an Etsy account, and adding each one of the 40 shops to your "favorite shops" list..simply click on the tab to the left that says ♥add to favorites), then you get another entry.

If you "FAVE" one item from each shop as you go through (again, you have to fave an item from every single do this...when you have a single item from a shop pulled up..look to the right, and click the ♥icon that says "favorite"), then you will get a third entry.

If you BLOG about the team event, and send Nichole ( a link to the blog post, you will get 5 extra entries!

So, you have the opportunity to receive a total of 8 entries to win a prize pack in total!


In addition, all participating shops are donating another prize...all 40 of these prizes will be combined into one HUGE prize pack. This pack will be valued at a minimum of $400!!! The winner of this super duper prize pack, will be the one person who spends the most cumulative amount of money shopping at PCF team shops during this week-long can be from the 40 shops listed in the event, or any other PCF Team shop..all PCF shop purchases will be combined for a grand total! Please send transaction links of all purchases to Nichole at kidd.robin [!at] ...thanks! Purchases not submitted will not be counted! You will get 1 entry for the surprise prize pack, for each dollar you spent at different shops will be combined for your total entry points. 

Winners will be chosen on May 2nd! :) 
They will be announced on the PCF Team blog at: , on other member's blogs, on the PCF Team Etsy Group:, and on the PCF Team Facebook page! You can join us on Facebook to keep up to date on this event, plus all of our ever-so-cool upcoming events...we always have something in the works! :) Our PCF Team Facebook page can be located at:!/pcfteam

Many of the prizes are featured on the PC team's FB page, so go check it will see for yourself, we are talking some great loot here for the 8 winners of this event! (Surprise Prize Pack pics will not be is a surprise, lol..but most fabulous indeed)! 

If you love this event, let us know...we are thinking of doing them often..let us know you want us to! :)

Good luck, and we hope to see you there! 

Any questions?  You can leave a comment with your question, and I'll respond here, or you can email me at


Pinterest Tab

I just added the Pinterest tab to our facebook page (on our shop fan page, and the blog fan page)!

Do you have the tab yet?  If not, you can get it and add the tab now!  Just click the image above, scroll all the way down and click the "add a Pinterest tab" link on the right-hand bottom corner.  =)

Join us on Pinterest!  Follow our boards, and we'll follow back!  =)

Visit our boards with the link below:

justByou on Pinterest

Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eco-Friendly Finds for MOM

Today's eco-friendly finds...Something a MOM might want! 

 (organic cotton)

(upcycled/recycled jeans)

(made with recycled plastic shopping bags)

What do you think?  Are these great gift ideas for MOM, or what?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eco-Friendly Finds for Kids

Today's eco-friendly finds are all about the kids!  Enjoy!

(Recycled Crayons)

(Organic Cotton)

(Recycled Tie Dye Shirt)

What do you think?  =)
Happy Thursday, everyone.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Words for my Wednesday...A quote for Earth Day.  Enjoy!

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another."   ~Juvenal, Satires

And to go along with the Words for my Wednesday, a few gorgeous nature photos, available on Etsy by some wonderful photographers.  Please click the photos for more information.

Happy Wednesday!  Make every day Earth Day. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fun Finds for Earth Day

Hope you like yesterday's eco-friendly finds for Earth Day!  Those were all submitted by my awesome readers!  Today I'm keeping the showcase going with more fun finds in honor of Earth day, coming up on April 22nd.  All of today's finds might be great additions to a man cave, I thought.  =)

 by Upcycled2

Pretty fun finds, right?  Which one is your favorite?  Can you picture one or all in a man cave?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Earth Day Finds from Your Submissions

Here are some Earth Day finds from YOUR submissions!  I was super excited to see all of your submissions waiting for me.  Thank you so much for your help in my hunt for eco-friendly finds!  I went to each shop and/or item suggested and decided to showcase ALL of them in today's post!  Remember that you can visit the item description by clicking on the item title or picture, and visit the shop by clicking the shop name.  And here they are...

(on recycled watercolor scrap card)

(repurposed gourds from her own garden)

(with recycled fabrics)

(made with hardware - recycled fender washers)

So, what do you think of today's eco-friendly finds?  I think they're all GREAT! Be sure to visit again, as I'll have more finds featured in honor of Earth Day.  =)

Friday, April 13, 2012

One Way to Go Green

One way to go green...Save water!  Decrease the amount of water you use.  Sometimes even the smallest things matter.  This is one of them.

We taught our kids to turn off the water while brushing their teeth (it took our youngest son awhile to learn to do it, though). 

What is one way you go green or one way you try to save water?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Earth Day is Coming

Earth Day is on April 22nd.  
Please click on image for source (and a great site for environmental education, called scarce).

It's less than two weeks away!  In fact,  it's only TEN days away!  I'm on the hunt for outstanding recycled/upcycled handmade goods to showcase.  Want to submit a suggestion?  Please do with a comment!  Show me what you've got!  I can't wait to see all the great finds that I KNOW are out there.  =)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Today's Words for my Wednesday...

"Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things." - Unknown

Today I also share with you a few Etsy shops, Etsy friends!  Take a peek at their shops, and maybe you will find something you just can't live without.  =)

Go Green With Red - Sew Many Bags and Aprons

Powers Of Love - Crochet Hats, Scarves, Photo Props & More!

Pillow Sew Cute - Home of the Ouch Pouch®

Moana's Unique Designs - Handmade Home Decor

These are just a small handful of Etsy shops that are oh-so-friendly.  Friends are great, friendship is awesome...And as the quote for today says, it's a million little things!  Sometimes it's the little things that matter most.

Is there an Etsy shop that you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment.  As always - with Words for my Wednesday posts, feel free to leave a favorite quote of yours as well!  =)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Fun Look Back

Over the weekend we made our 300th Etsy sale!  It was quite a surprise.  We didn't really think anyone would be shopping on Easter Sunday, but the Internet never sleeps.  I hadn't even been online at all much for the entire week, so it was a great surprise.  =)

So I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back at some of our earliest creations from our shop.  Here we go...

This was our the very first thing that we sold here on Etsy!
A Swarovski Crystal Ball Car Charm

 This was one of the very first listings in our HANDMADE by the KIDS shop section (my son was 6 years old at the time he made these).
Fun Lanyard Key Chains

Another fun one from our HANDMADE by the KIDS section, my daughter's idea to create.
Starburst Candy Wrapper Hair Bows

And something we do every year for Earth Day (we're a bit behind this year, but we'll have one listed in the shop soon).  
Handmade Multi-Color Junk Mail Paper Bead Necklace

I thought it would be fun looking back, and it was!  I'm just amazed at how much we've grown since we started.  Our photos are so much better now (still have work to do, but they are way better than that very first photo shown up there, don't you think?).  

And my son - after taking this look back - wants to make some more of those lanyard key chains now, because he hasn't made them in such a long time!  He is still on his Spring Break, so it's now on his To-Do List for this week.  =)

It's also exciting for me to see the kids excited about looking ahead.  New ideas they have, new things that they want to create.  Sometimes taking a fun look back can fuel energy like no other!  So here's a challenge for you...Take a fun look back and see what you were doing at least a year or so ago.  You'll be amazed at how much you've grown since then, I'm sure.  Plus, it's just fun!

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Trip to the Park

Usually I don't let my kids go to the park by themselves.  I'm a little overprotective that way.  But I decided to go ahead and let them go to the park that's just down the street for a little bit.  While there are so many worries that a parent might have...I never thought that I'd be worried about this for a trip to the park...

...And THIS is just another reason why you shouldn't let your kids go to the park alone(LOL)!  They come home with surprises!  Even though it's cute, we might not be able to keep this surprise, but I'll keep you updated!  What do you think?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fun Pastel Finds #3

Easter is almost here.  Quick, wasn't it?  I feel like it should still be a month away!

Well, today's Fun Pastel Finds include mostly Easter items.  Enjoy.

Hope you enjoyed today's Fun Pastel Finds!  If you have an item you'd like to share, please do with a comment!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Here are today's Words for my Wednesday!  I love these posts, because I always love to read the quotes you leave in your comments.  Please keep sharing!  =)

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Suess
I really like that one!  How about you?  Do you have a quote you'd like to share today?  Please do with a comment.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fun Pastel Finds #2

Here's another installment of my Fun Pastel Finds!  Enjoy!

Thanks goes to PetCollage for submitting the Rabbit Bunny for a feature in Fun Pastel Finds!  =)
Do you have an item you want to submit?  Leave a comment with the link, and it will be considered for the next installment of Fun Pastel Finds!

Happy Tuesday, everyone.  Hope you all have a great one.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Break Begins

And so it begins...Spring Break.  My daughter has one week off, and the boys have two weeks off.  That's quite a lot of time for us to get some more Spring Cleaning done!

Please click image for source.

Here are a couple more items we've added to our Supplies/Destash section in the shop (click the pics for more info):

 And the kids' Thank You Tags sold already!  So they were excited to get to work on more Paper Crafts.  Here's a fun one:

With spring season also comes another thing - allergies!!!  YUCK!  Just two days ago I woke up with a cough - a dry, itchy cough.  I thought I was getting sick.  Then yesterday there was a small breath of fresh air for me...The cough subsided a little bit as we got some rain.  Today - rain was gone, cough was back.  So now I know --- it's not me getting sick, it's me getting my allergies.  (sigh)  Do you get allergies?