Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reading Time

Do you like to read?  I LOVE to read (always have), but I haven't read anything for awhile.  The last book I read was The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and I "borrowed" it from my daughter before she had to turn it into her school library!  LOL  =)

I'd really like to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins before the movie comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.  I like to read the books first.  The books are always better anyway.  Wouldn't you agree?  

Yep, I think I'll go find the trilogy and get started this weekend.  

Is there anything on your summer reading list?  What's the most recent book you've read?  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

So we've been cleaning out our garage and yard, and it's a hot mess!  We are barely half way done, and it seems like we're never going to finish.  I found this quote that seemed to be fitting for this week.  =)

"All things are difficult before they are easy." ~ Thomas Fuller
This rose bush in our yard is now trimmed!
Yes, cleaning out the garage is definitely difficult when you have such a huge pile of nothing but stuff.  But it will get easier...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Need a New Camera

I'll be honest.  I've needed a new camera for at least a couple of years now.  The one I use is so old, it seems like it takes forever just to snap the shot.  Yes, it's that bad.

I remember visiting a blog a little while ago, and the blogger had just received her new camera (and her test shots she posted were amazing).  She had given me advice on a good, inexpensive camera to try...But I must've deleted that email (just my luck).  So now I ask you, what's your advice for me on a good, inexpensive easy-to-use camera?


Saturday, May 26, 2012


My two girls like to match.  My older daughter bought these shoes for the both of them.  TOMS shoes are just in right now.  What I like about them is that with every purchase of a pair of their shoes, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need.  They call it "One for One," and it's a great program.  These shoes that the girls picked out sparkle, and Baby Girl LOVES them!  They are super lightweight and easy to put on.  =)

How cute is that?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fab Finds for Friday

Today's features are from a few shops that have supported my daughter's fundraising efforts with purchases from our Etsy shop.  Much thanks goes out to these shop owners for supporting education, because every little bit helps!

Take a look at the shops and you'll see some amazing finds!  Just click on the shop name or the image.  

Great shops, with great shop owners, and we thank each of them for their support!  Hope you'll take a peek at their shops too.  

Remember, we're having a shop sale, just for our blog readers.  Use coupon code NYLF12 to save 15% on your entire order at our Etsy shop!  Start shopping by clicking the image below:


Happy Friday!  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

17 Years

Is 17 years a long time?  Well, that's how long Hubby and I have been together.  Seventeen years today.

I found this really cool blog web page - The Art of the Number 17.  This was my favorite pic out of them, but you can click on the image to see more great images of the #17!

Pretty crazy to think that we've been together that long.  Even crazier to think about how fast time flies by.  I mean, when you round numbers, you have to round 17 up to 20.  Whoa.  Like I said...Crazy!  But in the scheme of life, 17 years isn't really that long, I guess.  Especially when you think about how fast the years go by.  What do you think?  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Found this quote for today.  I like it!  How about you?

"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."
 Pretty deep pink flowers from our yard.
Do you have a quote you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!  =)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What's on Your Playlist?

All of my kids are big music fans.  This includes the youngest, now almost 18 months old.  This is what she's loving to listen to these days...As far as she's concerned, this is the ONLY playlist she needs!

Choo Choo Soul from Disney Junior on Disney Channel

She can listen to these songs all day (no kidding!).  She'll dance around all silly-like and have a blast!  On a recent trip to Target, my older daughter spotted the CD, and she just had to get it for her.  And - yes - the whole family knows just about all the lyrics to every song now.  LOL

So, what's on YOUR playlist right now?

Friday, May 18, 2012


So...Daughter is now officially enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine summer session, but not the session she originally wanted.  The session for San Francisco was completely full (and I guess it has been for weeks).  The only other feasible option was the session in Los Angeles (Washington, D.C. would have never worked for us).  It's going to be interesting as far as travel planning goes, but we're going to give it a go!

Although she's disappointed on missing out for the San Francisco session, she's excited to be able to participate in the one in L.A.  We have A LOT more fundraising to do, though, because there's a dress code (and she has absolutely NO business dress attire in her wardrobe at all).  We also have a bit more travel expenses to cover, because L.A. is much further than San Francisco!

So we're going to be on the lookout for both inexpensive business dress and business casual outfits, suitable for a teenager.  Have any ideas?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Smelling the Roses

Here are some pictures of some of the roses from our backyard.  So pretty!  And they smell beautiful!

 Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Needing Feedback

Today I'm asking for YOUR feedback.  With the weather now too hot for shipping our chocolate sweet treats, we're focusing on our other shop sections.  I haven't been too motivated lately to take photos of all the items just waiting for me to do just that, so today I thought I'd ask you what you think...What should we start adding to the shop first?

Do you think I should start with more items HANDMADE by the KIDS?

Should we focus on shop sections that are currently low in supply?

What do you think?

Thanks in advance for your help and support.  We appreciate your feedback!

Don't forget that we're offering a SPECIAL coupon code for our blog readers only!  Click on the graphic above to start shopping and saving!  =)

Use code NYLF12 to save 15% off your entire order when you purchase from our Etsy shop!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Partial Scholarship Award

As many of you may know, my daughter has been tirelessly fundraising since January in hopes of raising enough money to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in San Francisco this summer.  She also applied for a scholarship through the program, and we just found out last week that she was awarded a partial scholarship!  We are thrilled about this news.  They very rarely give out full scholarships, so we are incredibly happy that this partial scholarship was over $500.  We do, however, still have some money to raise.  We'd like to be able to raise enough funds for her to be able to buy souvenirs too, like this one pictured below:

We are now offering a special coupon code for our blog readers in our Etsy shop!  Use coupon code NYLF12 to save a whopping 15% off your order!!!  All proceeds from purchases are going straight towards my daughter's fundraising efforts to attend the forum in the beginning of July.  This special offer is good through the end of the month.  

 So click below and start shopping today!  =)


Friday, May 11, 2012

Got a Gift Yet? -- Part 2

This is the second installment of Almost Mother's Day - Got a Gift Yet? 

Gift ideas for Mom, from reader submissions!  Thanks goes out to all who submitted entries.  I decided to feature ALL of the ideas, because I just couldn't decide!

Remember, MOM can get a gift on ANY day, it doesn't have to be Mother's Day.  So take a look at these great gift ideas, and enjoy.  =)

Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Almost Mother's Day - Got a Gift Yet?

Mother's Day gift ideas - from reader submissions!!!

Here are some gift ideas, even if you're a last minute/late shopper - because MOMs deserve to be recognized, no matter what the day!

Tomorrow will be the second installment for gift ideas, so please come back and visit!  =)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

So Much To Do

Have you ever had so much to do that you just don't know what to do?  That's what the past few weeks have been like for me.  I thought this week I might be getting a little bit of a break, but - NO!  One more week of appointments and lots of stuff to do, and then I might be homefree...At least for a little bit.  =)

How is your week going so far?
And if you haven't already entered a submission for your Mother's Day gift idea, please do so here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Idea Submissions

With Mother's Day fast approaching, I need your help in finding some super Mother's Day gift ideas!  I'm on the search for anything a MOM would love, so help me out and submit your entries!  

This is one of our listings for MOM that sold.

You can submit an item you found anywhere on the web, as long as there is a picture and a link that I can add here on my blog!  If you're an Etsy shop owner (or any other type of shop, like ArtFire, Bonanza, etc.), you can also submit your own work!  All entries will be considered, and I might even feature ALL of them.  So let's get to hunting for great Mother's Day gift ideas!!!  And let's have fun!  =)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ONE Word for my Wednesday

As I got through one super busy day today and still face a pretty hectic rest of the week full of appointments, paperwork, bills to pay, and all that other fun stuff...Sometimes it's nice to be reminded to...


These are some notecards that the kids made awhile ago.  I thought they were cute to share for today's ONE Word for my WednesdayThis week, instead of a quote, I decided on just a single word.  So please, take a tiny moment and remember to SMILE today!

If you had one word to share for today, just one, what word would it be?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's May Already?

Seriously, where does the time go?  It's May already?

The past few days have been sunny and pretty warm, and - yes - my allergies are back in action.  -_-

We have some flowers outside in the front yard, waiting to be planted by the boys.  I remember this beauty from last year...

I don't know what kind of flower it is, but it sure is pretty.  Hubby got some new flowers for this year, but some from last year are starting to bloom again (I'll take pictures soon).  I haven't seen the one pictured yet, so it might not be an annual (bummer).  I'm still keeping an eye out, though, because it sure was a pretty one!

Since May is here, Happy May to you all!!!  Mother's Day is just around the corner, and here is what my daughter came up with for a Mother's Day gift idea, available in our Etsy shop:

What do you think?

We have a Pinterest board full of handmade Mother's Day gift ideas!  Take a look!


Follow our Pinterest boards, and we'll follow back.  =)