November 27, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday + Winner + Features

The winner of the BRAM GIVEAWAY is DANIELLE.
(email me)

The most-viewed link last week was Sarah from The gOOd Life with her PEPLUM DRESS TUTORIAL:

Yellow Spool whipped up these yummy HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS:

Renewed Upon A Dream made this adorable CHRISTMAS WREATH:

Kim from Made in a Day put together this rad BRANCH BUCK:

And Marissa from Life is Fantasmic made this adorable E IS FOR ELEPHANT MEAL:

Thank you to everyone who linked up!
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Have fun and be sure to leave your fellow linky friends some love on their posts!

November 26, 2012

Shop update.

Hello lovelies!
I hope that you enjoyed your holiday time and that you settled back into routine fairly easily today.
I keep reading statuses about how difficult this Monday was for parents who had to send their kids back to school- I'm right there with you!
Tomorrow is a new day.
Over the weekend, I contacted Nicole from THE STYLE HATCH about re-vamping my SHOP.
She did exactly what I hoped she could do, and went above and beyond to make some changes for me.
Adore her!
If you are looking for a designer, I highly recommend her.
No stress, fuss, or hassle... and everything was done quickly and beautifully.
Really, I couldn't be happier.
So go check out the new shop and come back and tell me what you think.

A couple years ago, I was selling PERSONALIZED FAMILY TREES like hotcakes, and then got so overwhelmed with orders that I took a break.
And now I'm back!
I have new designs in the works, and a full accessories line just waiting to get photographed!
(I have a model coming over Wednesday! It's so close to being done!)

So, currently, family trees are the only things FOR SALE.
They make the best gift ever.


PS- Ad space is still 50% off with the code "blackfriday" at checkout!
Sale ends tomorrow!
Happy Cyber Monday!

November 23, 2012

Turkey, brie, and cranberry flatbread.


spreadable brie 
leftover turkey
dried cranberries



I tried to have inventory ready to open up shop by today.
And it's still not possible.
I'm now shooting for Monday.
This week has been all, "Yay! Mommy is going to make and sell things again!"
And Franky has been like, "Hahahahahahahaha! No."

If you want to get in on a Black Friday deal around here, you can take 50% off all ad sizes HERE between now and Monday 11/26 at 12:00 noon PST!
Enter BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
Stay safe and warm, shoppers!

November 22, 2012

Brothers, the perfect day, and thankfulness.

These two take over my bed.
Co-sleeping with little dreamers.
I love that Warner has a brother now.
That he already tells me how things will be when Franky is older.
Warner tells me his plans to teach him to walk and talk.
And he sets aside toys that he can't wait for Franky to play with.
It melts my heart.
On Monday, they both hit milestones.

Can you believe it?
I don't know where the time has gone.
I can tell you though, that this is the first birthday that he has had since Franky has been a part of this family, and all I could think about was THIS POST.
The post where I sobbed about the thought of never having more children.
How I watched my baby getting bigger and it broke my heart.
All I wanted was another baby.
Or for time to slow down.
Or both.

And now that Franklin is here...
I just feel so much better.
Like I was ill, and he is my medicine.
Or I was lost and now I'm found.
I could think of a million lame analogies to tell you how much better I feel having him as part of the family.
And now my sweet babe is four months old.
Time is fleeting.
And I am thankful for every single second.

These little brothers are so sweet.
So perfect for each other.
So similar and so caring.
Already, the likeness between them is astounding.

Monday was such a wonderful day watching them celebrate together.
Franky of course had no idea that he was now four months old, but the kisses that his brother and sister showered him with all day made him happy.
And Warner asked Taylor to build all of his new Lego sets for him, and she tediously followed all of the directions and sat with him for hours.
It was a day that makes moms proud.
I wish to remember their love and giggles for the rest of my life.

I am so thankful for these children of mine.
To be able to have found a man that not only provides for our family and allows me to stay home with our babies, but who also supports every dream of mine.
To be a mother to three on Earth and two in Heaven.
I am so thankful for this life of mine.

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2012

People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive: My Two Cents. (Plus a winner!)

By now you have probably heard that Channing Tatum won the title of PEOPLE MAGAZINE'S Sexiest Man Alive 2012.

Was I the only one that was disappointed?
Maybe "disappointed" isn't the right word.
Because really, I don't know a better fit after the year he had.
He was known as the hot guy in 21 Jump Street, and everyone tells me that he was dreamy in Magic Mike.
(I can't bring myself to watch that movie... along with 50 Shades of Gray, it was something I decided to skip and hope that I wasn't truly missing out.)
That being said, he made ladies swoon all over the place in his recent films.
I suppose no one would be a better fit.
And I can see the potential...

Maybe I prefer him looking studious?
I don't know what it is about Channing Tatum, but I just don't take him seriously.
I know that seems so shallow and cruel having never met him, but "sexy" is so so so much more than looks to me!
Honestly, the best part of the entire magazine for me was my favorite Second Look article.
Do any of you like to see if you can spot all of the differences between the two photos?

I know, I know.
The Sexiest Man Alive issue, and I spent more time staring at a horse.

However, did you notice the ad on the back of the issue?!

Olivier Martinez looks amazing here.
Or maybe I'm just a sucker for scruffy bilingual men.

What did you think about the winner?
Did your choice make the cut?
Were you surprised at all?
What does "sexy" mean to you?

I would love to hear your opinions!

Also, the winner of the $20.00 Walgreens gift card is:
(email me)


This is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™. All opinions are my own.

Gift Ideas - A Non-Handmade Collection.

There are tons of posts all over blogland with links and photos and tutorials for the most glorious handmade holiday season.
If you're like me, covered in spit-up, sleep-deprived, and trying to calm the chaos among three children, sometimes handmade just isn't an option.
Heading to the nearest store could easily get your car full of gifts for everyone on your list, but you may end up having a hard time finding something special.
I have discovered that if you can't shop handmade, World Market is the next best thing.
And the best part?
I don't have to stress about having money in PayPal or having my husband see exactly what I ordered online by shopping a handmade website.
Thank you, World Market.
You are saving this mama's holiday season!

RAD FELT PENS for Taylor


AWESOME TEEPEE for all three kiddos



FANCY GLASSES for my dad

GOLD WRAP BRACELET for my sister-in-law

RUSSIAN DOLL MEASURING CUPS for my mother-in-law

COOKBOOK FOR ME FROM SANTA for obvious reasons

And no, Sedric, I'm not showing you your gift here.
If you get desperate, you can check out my PINTEREST BOARD and try to guess which gifts are for you.
Love you, babe.

How great are these gifts?!
I am seriously itching to go to WORLD MARKET now.
Like, right.this.second.

There are so many wonderful things happening with World Market right now...

The Life of Pi Sweepstakes:
  • Grand Prize package includes: a dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market Gift card.
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
  • The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 - 12/28.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via Facebook share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online HERE or HERE

Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a
disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opens in theaters November 21, 2012. You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here:!/watch-trailer
The first 100 customers to shop in-store on 11/23 (Black Friday) will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, 11/24 & Sunday, 11/25 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

Okay, maybe I don't want to go there now.
Maybe I'll wait until Black Friday.

Happy shopping, friends!

This is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™. All opinions are my own.

November 20, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday + bram Giveaway!

I have so much to share with you this week and next.
I don't even know where to start!
How about the winner of the birthday bash giveaway?!

For privacy purposes, I have emailed the winner.
Check your email!

Not the winner?
Don't fret!
I have another bundle of goodies for you!

Set of 2 Washcloths: You will love to wash your little ones (or yourself!) with these! This is a set of 2 adorable washcloths. The front is a soft cotton, and the back is super luxurious white chenille. Perfect for cleaning gentle skin. Washcloths measure 8.5"x8.5" and are double stitched for superior durability.

Headband: This simple, but stunning headband features a beautiful satin mesh flower that measures 3.5 inches wide and is super soft and fluffy. The flower is placed on a 1/4 inch skinny charcoal elastic.
Set of 2 Pillow Covers : The 18"x18" pillow covers are PERFECT for spicing up an area! This is a set of 2 fun giraffe print pillow covers, slip one of these beauties over a pillow and add color, dimension, and fun to your room!
We would love to offer 10% OFF to you with coupon code HappyBirthdayKimmie at checkout!
A little about us: We are two sisters (Brittney & Amanda) who LOVE beautiful, contemporary, unique, one of a kind, designer items, but we don't love the price tags. . .so we decided to set up shop and bring those things to you at an affordable price. Our shop has all sorts of items, from blankets to purses & clutches to makeup bags & tree skirts for the holidays. We are a growing business and are adding new items to the shop on a weekly basis! We also LOVE custom work so if you see something you want done in a different fabric, let us know so we can make it happen!
To enter you must be a follower of my blog.
Simply leave a comment below telling me that you follow along!

Additional entry:
"Like" bram on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did!

Now onto the party!
Link up below.
Have fun!


November 16, 2012

Rachel's Style Report: Style Round Up!

Who doesn't love a good round-up? Here are some of my favorite accessories of the season!

Statement Necklaces




 Z Designs   

Oversized Earrings






Studded Clutches





What is your favorite accessory this season? I'll be taking a break next week to spend time with my family for Thanksgiving, but come back in 2 weeks for an all-new Style Report! In the meantime, check out this weeks' Friday Fashion - it's all about something that is near and dear to my heart, and there's even a giveaway. You won't want to miss it!


November 14, 2012


Last week, the most-viewed link was from Allie from Freshly Completed with her 

Pink Stripey Socks put together this lovely EGG CARTON WREATH:

Brooklyn Berry Designs showed off this fun DIY YELLOW TOASTER:

Bec from Little Lucy Lu revealed this amazing VINTAGE INSPIRED NURSERY:

Being Inspired stitched together this rad ETCH A SKETCH iPAD COVER:

And Marissa's Food Blog whipped up this yummy CARAMEL APPLE SNICKERS PIE:

Have a wonderful Thursday!
If you haven't already, be sure to enter the HUGE BIRTHDAY BASH GIVEAWAY!