Friday, March 27, 2009

Favorite places...

On my recent trip to Missouri I decided to take my kids over to one of my favorite state parks. When my older boys were younger we used to go all the time ,and they loved it, but when I took them a few weeks ago they couldn't remember having ever been there.
Elephant Rocks State Park lies in the middle of the middle of nowhere Missouri. That's what I like about Missouri, there are state parks and natural areas all over the places. In fact, just down the road from Elephant Rocks is Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and Fort Davidson State Historic Site (Civil War battleground).
I took my children the way I had always been taken, as a child--we drove J Road. J Road is the roller coasters of back roads, very hilly and curvy and you're never quite sure if there is gonna be anything over the top of the hill you're driving. It's an adventure! Sure there are probably quicker, more interstate ways of arriving at our destination, but where's the fun in that? We arrived in one piece, and saw things you just don't see on the highway.

Here we are starting the trail up to the top, where the "big rocks" are.
Of course once the big kids found out they could climb on these rocks they were having a great time showing off, and letting me photograph the fun.

Todd loves showing off how strong he is.

Oddly enough this was one of the only pictures Rose cooperated in having taken.
By the time we climbed down from the top of the rocks the kids were worn out and ready for a nice long roller coaster ride back home on J Road. It was a great day to be playing on the rocks and now the big kids can't say they don't remember ever going.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Finally..the WINNERS are....

Happy first day of Spring!

I apologize for having to rush out of town and putting off the announcement of the Spring Fling winners. So without anymore delay the winner of the St.Pat's hair bow is...Jeannie over at Jeannie's Happy World. Congratulations! Since St.Pat's is over I would like to make it up to you by adding another bow to the pot. I feel terrible that I wasn't here to mail you the St.Pat's bow!
The winner of the tutu with flower is Denise from There's Always Room for One More.
Winners please email me so I can get your details!! Thanks so much for entering this contest!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

and the winners are....

Today I had planned on announcing the winners of my Spring Fling Giveaway, that was yesterday. This morning I got up, checked all my entries, made an announcement on the Facebook Fan page that I'd announce the winner today, and then took Rose to dance class.

I will announce by the end of the week, but I've had some unexpected family emergencies today that involve me having to scurry into a hurry to pack myself and four children into the minivan and drive almost 4oo miles first thing in the morning. So I am postponing my announcement until the end of the week.

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway and who fanned my facebook page! Ya'll are so very awesome!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Paper Crane Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

This is such a gorgeous dress! This woman is so talented! Click the link to find out about the giveaway!
Paper Crane Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

SITS Spring Fling!

What says spring more than a cute baby in a basket dressed as a bunny?

Today those fabulous SITS girls are at it again. It's Spring Fling! The SITS girls are giving away something every hour over at their blog. The fun is all day and not just on their site, it's happening with SITStas all over the blogosphere today! Even here! To celebrate SITS Spring Fling, I'm having a giveaway today! Want to hear more? Pay close attention because I'm gonna be sneaky and see if you all are paying attention or just skimming today. The first giveaway is easy.. just leave me a comment here. What's up for grabs? This cute St.Pat's korker hairbow!

The big prize today is one of my tutus with a flower.

This is where it gets tricky. Do you want a chance to win one of my tutus from the Flower Girls? Fan the Flower Girls facebook page! You can click the link or you can click my facebook badge on this page. You could win a tutu with flower in the size of your choice.

Good luck to everyone!!

Baggu Grosgrain Guest GIVEAWAY!!!!

These bags are both cute and eco-friendly!! Click the link to find out more about this contest!

Baggu Grosgrain Guest GIVEAWAY!!!!

Mamarazzi's Favorite Things Swap..What was in my box?

I got my box! Woohoo! I love getting packages in the mail! Last Wednesday I posted about the flowers I received from my swap partner, Jeri from the Nichols.
Here's a shot of what it all looked like before I opened them up. Aren't the packages pretty and Spring-like? Very cheerful!! I was so excited and so was Rose. Rose helped me open everything!

I got the most wonderful treasures! I loved everything and even shared the candy and popcorn with my kids! I'm also looking forward to trying out the recipes you shared!
Thank you so much, Jeri! I'm so glad we were partners!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


When I came in from taking Rose to dance class this morning, I had something waiting for me.
They're from my Mamarazzi's Favorite Thing swap partner! I absolutely love getting flowers! My box arrived today too, and I'll post about that later but I just had to share my beautiful flowers!! Thank you!!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Haute Mama [pick of the day]

I am so excited! Today, Created by Mom launched their Haute Mama [pick of the day]. My tutu with ribbon is the pick today! The gals over at are so clever, and they have this posted all over the place today.

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They even posted a note about it on their Facebook page!

Monday, March 2, 2009

It's Monday, March 2nd

It's Monday, March 2nd, and it's snowing. Why is today so important? Well, the snow part isn't so important, it's really just an acceptance for living in the Chicago area. What's important is that today is the day I mail my box to my partner from Mamarazzi's Favorite Things Swap!

I am so excited and really hope my partner loves all the things I've packed into the box for her. Stay tuned, because I'll be posting what I receive when I open my box.

Did you all see all the contests I've posted over the weekend??? They are all perfect for that princess in your life. Here are all the links, in one handy dandy place for you to check out all these awesome contests!
Puss Ann Guest GIVEAWAY!!!!

Born 2 Impress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Sweet Life in the Valley Blog Utah Valley Provo Orem Blog: Fun Free Fridays Giveaway * Bugs 'N' Bees Pillowcase Dresses Tunic Tops

Go check them out!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sweet Life in the Valley Blog Utah Valley Provo Orem Blog: Fun Free Fridays Giveaway * Bugs 'N' Bees Pillowcase Dresses Tunic Tops

If you haven't seen all the awesome dresses/tunics that Bugs'n'Bees has you really should check them out and in the mean time you should really take a look at this contest over at Sweet Life in the Valley for a chance to win a dress/tunic from Bugs'n'Bees. Just follow the link!

Sweet Life in the Valley Blog Utah Valley Provo Orem Blog: Fun Free Fridays Giveaway * Bugs 'N' Bees Pillowcase Dresses Tunic Tops

Born 2 Impress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

If you have a little princess in your life you will love this giveaway. Just click on the link to find out more!

Born 2 Impress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!