The gift of Sleep!!! Giveaway…

I just have to tell you that I was jumping for joy this morning at 6:45 when I went in to Jet’s room and looked into his crib and there lying on the sheets was my sweet little boy smiling up at me! He slept for 8 HOURS!! My friend Malia sent me a package of really cute baby clothes and in the box were two Miracle Blanket !

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• Helps Stop Twitches That Wake Your Baby!
• Makes Breast Feeding Easier!
• One Size Fits All Up to Four Months

They truly are a miracle.. It kept him all snug as a bug all night and he woke up so happy! No diaper change, no velcro scratching me in the middle of the night, just pure sleepy bliss. He is 10 weeks old… It soothes babies keeps them from scratching their little faces and can help with colic and so much more. It quietly and completely swaddles your infant and keeps them content and soothed.

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Recall on Similac Formula

I am completley horrified that we gave our newborn son 3 bottles of this formula that had been recalled.It was bad enough we had to give him formula in the first few days of his life. Now he is on breast milk only but we had a few days where it was too hard and milk was not abundant! Certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas are being voluntarily recalled following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product. The United States Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted. The recall includes certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers and certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans. To find out if a Similac product you own is included in this recall, visit and type in the lot number, or call (800) 986-8850. Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.


Modern Nursery Desgin Take 2…

This is Van’s room before the bed switch! He’s getting a big bed, and crib/ toddler bed is being reassembled in the new nursery for bambino #2. Check back later for the photos of his new room! Below are just some nursery’s that inspire me and get me motivated to decorate the new room!

So I am finally starting to freak out that we have another baby on the way, I am 6 months pregnant and haven’t really done a thing yet for his room! Yes I said his.. We are adding another one of those humans that come from another planet than I do to this household. I suddenly found myself worrying about making his room special like I did for Van. I want him to have his own identity, not just be the son who got all of the hand me downs and the stained clothes, and beat up toys. I want him to feel special..
So on my hunt for fresh crisp new little linens for my sweet baby boy to rest his head on, I stumbled upon this great site that sells cribs and the best little crib and toddler sheets you ever laid your eyes on! So I am just not sure what to get new sheets for the bed Van is going to move into, or new crib bedding to make the new baby feel oh so special! Anyways.. I will post more on this once I actually place my order and let you see some photos of Van’s newly decorated room!

More later…

Top image via my camera, bottom two images via flickr


A Photo Scrapbook


I love Ben Watts work! I wish I had gotten a chance to work with him in the past but I still admire his eye… Check out his new book. Lickshot. I know a little place where you can buy a copy signed by Ben also.

The penguin shines across the loving hydrogen.


en concert

can’t wait to see this film… Make fun of me all you want I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Jack’s voice!


book of the day!


A guide, to feeling great, losing weight, and saving the planet!


little guy ties

Jodee is a stay at home mom who makes these adorable ties for little guys and big guys too! Handmade ties and bow-ties for boys ages newborn and up. Each tie is custom made according to your specific size and color. Visit to see her adorable shop of ties in the best retro modern fabrics ever!

Her ties can be made in any of these sizes:
0-6 mo, 6mo-2T, 2T-4T, 5-8 yrs, 9-12 yrs and mens ties too!


Seashell Decor: Seashell Lamp, Seashell Chandelier, Seashell Mirrors and Sea Life Design



It’s funny how as life whizzes by you can often overlook something that is right in front of you or someone that you know that you need to thank or recognize but for whatever reason your mind neglects to do so at the appropriate time. This morning as I was looking at the handmade shell sconces in my kitchen, I realized that I need to shout out to the world again about how awesome my sister (Heather Kendalls) creations are!

Heather is a shell artist and owns a business aptly named “Elegant Shells” (her website is and she makes seashell decor. Items like seashell mirrors, seashell lamps, seashell chandeliers, shell fireplaces and the like.  Her work has been featured in Southern Living, DuPont Registry, Florida Travel and Life, Garden Design, Ocean Home, and Tampa Magazine just to name a few. Most of her work is custom done for individual customers or under contract from a design firm, and every piece is hand made. If you would like to purchase something check out her SHOP. I love you and appreciate your talents.


hair surfing….

img_24141Happy weekend! I am exhausted. Don’t have a whole lot to say. Too busy getting ready for our trip, and taking care of my little buddy. This girl needs a break. Life is good. Enjoy the one’s you love!





Dear Kitchen:

it would be nice if every once in a while you just cleaned your self up! You bother me every day! Help me out here…

Dear Sleep:

I miss you, I don’t like listening to my husband snore so if you could come for a visit that would be lovely!

Dear Conner:

I wish we could go running every morning together and start our days off right, but it’s too damm hot here.

Dear Key Lime Ice cream:

I really wish I could stop thinking about you. You taste so darn good at midnight.

Dear Mosquitos:

I am so over you it makes me want to get outta dodge.

Dear Ungrateful people out there:

If you actually thanked people every now and then for what they do for you, you might be surprised at what life will hand you!

Dear Vacation:

Could you get here any sooner, I am counting down the minutes…

Dear Conner:

I wish we had more time together, you would think sine you work at home as do I that we would really get some quality time together. :0