Showing posts from November, 2011

All in a Days Work

Too many birthdays.. Every year we breeze calmly through the summer and then suddenly as the word Christmas starts getting mentioned around the beginning of November the words BIRTHDAY starts getting mentioned too. The one being my soon to be 9 yr old Daughter on Nov 27th. And my soon to be 4yr old son has now picked up on the Birthday Hubaloo and is sooo excited about is birthday on Dec 9th.. And suddenly my Calender starts filling up until it's bursting at the seams, Thanksgiving parties, Birthday parties, Christmas... and then last but not least, My baby girl's 2nd birthday on Dec 29th..

You see it happened like this, My first Daughter was born on July 9th. And me being an outdoor lover, Gardener, lets just say I love everything about summer and the outdoors was forced to stay indoors with a colicky baby, Operating on very few hours of sleep and being 1,000 plus Miles from family and friends, resulting in Postpartum depression. I promised myself that I would try my best to…

My Model is on Strike

My model is on Strike.. She has decided that she no longer enjoys having me walk after her snapping pictures. I know enough about 'almost 2yr olds' that I know asking her to stand in a certain spot in  a certain way is going to result in exactly the opposite of what I want. So I usually just let her do her thing, and always get a few pictures that I can use. However, lately as soon as I get my camera out she turns NAUGHTY!  Yes, she knows what I want and she is determined to control the situation by not being cute! What she doesn't know is that even when she's trying to be 'Not Cute' she is adorable!
Attempting to get pictures for our family Christmas cards.
Not in the Mood!!  Always running away or toward me!
And then... add a 3 yrd old and 2 preteens and you have enough footage for a complete episode!!
 Here are a few of the successful shots of that day. Staci Jane
Kristina Ann
Mitchell Alan

Here are the poses I got out of her today! The crossed arms is a ne…

Make your own Laundry Soap and other Money Saving Laundry Tips

Laundry. Laundry. Laundry. Yes, It's always on a mom's mind. Just when you think you're finally all caught up with laundry, You turn your back for a moment and..... There it is!! Enough dirty clothes to make another washer cycle a necessity!
I have learned to accept the fact that our clothes will never all be clean at the same time. However, I hated spending all that money on Laundry soap. No 15-20 dollars a month isn't a fortune BUT I could think of so man better ways to use that money!!
So started my search and experiment with home made Laundry soaps. And I have finally found one that works Perfectly for us! And costs me Just Pennies a load!

 What you need: Super Washing Soda Borax Fels Naptha bar soap ( I get mine at my local Grocery store)
Shred 3 bars Fels Naptha Bar soap. I use my hand cranked shredder but any grater will work.

Put shredded soap in a sauce pan and add water.
Add water till you have approximately equal amounts of water and grated soap.
Heat over medium he…

Full Spectrum Parenting

Parenting is a subject that I usually try to stay away from. (Altho my close friends will well remember the times I have strongly spoken my mind on the subject.) The longer I am a parent to more I hesitate to give any advice on the subject. Each child is so different, and Each parent is responsible for finding what works for their own child. As parents we are responsible before God for raising our own children and in his word find that infinite wisdom for each situation.

The Challenge is finding that family balance when you have personalities that are at each end of the color spectrum. I find this to be an hourly Challenge! Example: We discovered that we had a flat tire on the way to school this morning. We were still close enough to the house where we could all have walked home. As we sat there discussing what to do, one daughter Hopefully suggested that they could just stay home today, and instantly the other daughter went into panic mode over the mere thought of missing another day…

Just one Goat

Just one goat can change a needy family's lives forever.

Just one goat can make the difference between life and death for a mama's loved baby!!

Take a moment to watch this video and see how 1 goat can made such a HUGE difference in in this Family's life!!
HaddyGrace Designs will be using 10% of our income from now through the end of December to buy Gifts of Animals for Families just like this one!! Are you interested in Giving a gift yourself? Go to World Vision and choose from a whole list of Gifts that show a family that Someone DOES care about them!!
$1.50 of this order goes for a Gift of Life! Baby Girl Owl Shoes
 $1.50 of this order also! Baby Boy Camo Shoes
$1.50 of these Christmas Shoes goes for buying a Goat for a starving family.
 $2.20 of this Christmas Pillowcase dress Helps a Hungry baby!!
Thank you so much for making it Possible for HaddyGrace to help Families that are in Desperate need of the nutrition that these gifts of animals give!
I will keep you poste…

Christmas Gift Guide!!!

Christmas!!! Ahh what a Lovely time of year.. the hunting for just the right gift is so exciting.. I LOVE when I stumble across something that would make a PERFECT gift for Someone!!!  Etsy is a wonderful place to shop and also PINTREST!! I am addicted to pinterest.. if you haven't tried it, You must!!  It is loaded with gift ideas. And for those of you who like homemade gifts it has hundreds of DIY projects!!!

here are some ADORABLE felt envelopes for pretend play!! My toddler and preschooler would LOVE these!!

OMW!!!  wouldn't my preteen daughters Feel so grown up with a Journal that actually LOCKS!!

                                      Since the movie Walle, My son is flipped over robots and I know he would be crazy over this one !                                

Or how about this Gorgeous scarf for Your MOM?

The longer I browse on Etsy the more AMAZING shops I find. This gift is perfect for that hard working Mama friend that doesn't seem to never have the time or mon…