Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April Recap

Happy Wednesday and beginning of May. Old man winter was still hanging on this weekend. It was snowy, rainy and cold for three days. Thankfully the sun finally came out Monday and it looks more like spring now. Hopefully spring will stick around this time.
April started off with us going to tea at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver to celebrate Emilia's 18th birthday which was on the 2nd. It was a wonderful experience and we all had a great time. Something we will always remember. Rich even surprised Emilia with matching earnings to go with the necklace he bought her on her 16th birthday. By the way she made the dress she is wearing.
 On her actual birthday she went to Park Burger and a visit to the Tattered Cover Bookstore.  A special surprise delivery of balloons and chocolates arrived later that afternoon. Thanks to Ed Moore Florist (I came up with the idea at the last minute). We had a family dinner and cake later that night. Her favorite lemon cake was from the Greek Bakery and we had Bubu delivered for dinner. Overall her 18th birthday was a great success and something she will always remember.
 The onesies and tutus are becoming a big seller in my Etsy shop and keeping Emilia pretty busy. She is doing a great job on them. This rainbow tutu set is our biggest seller so far. It goes great with my rainbow party decor.

One of my buyers is a professional photographer and took this great photo of her boy dog Smash wearing my boy dog party hat. I love how it came out. You can see more photos on her website Jessica Cernat Photography . She also has a girl dog that she bought a crown for and took photos of her too. I will share them next month.
We celebrated Lily's 10 birthday on the 10th and Sophie's gotcha day on the 29th. Crowns and tutu made my me and Emilia.
 That's all for now. Hope your May is a good one and I will be back next month with more to share then.

Monday, April 4, 2016

March Recap

Happy Monday.  March went out like a lion but April has been beautiful so far. We ended up getting a blizzard on March 23rd which left us with almost 20" of snow. Thankfully it melted quickly though.
The buds on the trees are starting to pop now and so are the tulips so things are looking up. The month started out okay but by the middle both Rich and Emilia got sick again. This was the 4th time for her and the 2nd time for him. This winter has been the worst for illness in our house. Hopefully everyone will stay well now and the germs are gone.
My 47th birthday was on the 25th but Emilia woke up sick again that morning so we had another visit with Dr. On Demand and she was diagnosed with what they thought was strep. The weather was also cold and snowy so not a good way to start off the day. My sister brought me these beautiful tulips with cheered my up though.
To top the day off my favorite ice cream flavor that I was so looking forward too for my special desert was discontinued thankfully I had a little left in the freezer though and the place I wanted to eat for dinner was not serving what I wanted.  Needless to say it was not one of my best birthdays but hopefully next year will be better.
Emilia and I started adding matching onesies, tutus, bibs and bow ties to my Etsy shop to match my other party decor. Emilia is mainly the one in charge of the making the fabric items though since she likes to sew so much. This is the first set we came up with and are adding more daily.

That's it for now I will be back next month with Emilia's birthday recap and more to share then. Hope your April is a good one and spring has sprung where you are.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Recap

Happy Tuesday and 1st day of March. It definitely came in like a lamb here. We have been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures for over a week now with more to come. I am loving the warmer weather but not all the dryness that comes with it. A little rain would be nice. Hoping we won't get hit with a huge blizzard later in the month like we have in the past since my tulips are starting to come up but I am going to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts though.

The month started out pretty quite but by the end it was a real nightmare. It all started one  Wednesday afternoon when Rich called from work to tell me he was not feeling well. I had a bad feeling then that it was not going to be good. When he got home he was definitely sick and was worse the next day so I made him go to urgent care where he was diagnosed with the flu and given Tamaflu to take for it. When he went to the pharmacy to pick it up they told him they were out of it and they sent him to Wallgreens. When he got there they had it but after seeing his insurance card they told him they did not take Cigna. I thought that had to be a mistake but it wasn't. Turns out it is true. I never even thought about that being a problem with we picked it. Anyways he didn't want to pay cash for it so he left, went back to the pharmacy he was before and had them order it which meant he had no meds for another 12 hours, I begged him to let me find another pharmacy that had it in stock that day and took our insurance but he wouldn't let me do it so he dealt with it. He is a terrible patient when he gets sick but thankfully he was better in a few days though.  In the meantime. Emilia and I were trying really hard not to catch it but it didn't work. Emilia work up sick on Saturday morning. The new doctors office I picked for us refused to see her so we went to urgent care again. After waiting over 2 hours and sitting with lots of other sick people her flu test came back negative which surprised both of us and they were not going to do anything to treat her but we insisted that they give her Tamaflu anyways which they finally did. When we got home I gave it to her with some food but about an hour later she started feeling really nauseous and throwing up so we stopped it. She didn't have the same symptoms as Rich anyways so I guess the test was right. After a rough few days with her I started feeling sick on Sunday afternoon but once again my symptoms were different mostly in my ears and throat. I called our new doctors office again to complain about not getting any help the last couple of times I talked to them and was informed that the female doctor we wanted to see is resigning. The best they could do was have another PA call me which she did a few hours later and was very nice and helpful but the next day I was even worse. When I called to get a appointment with her I was told again there were none. Instead of going back to urgent care again. Since I needed someone to look in my ears. I decided to try a new service I had heard about called Dispatch Health. It is like a mobile urgent care. I downloaded the app and had a call back in minutes. They arrived at my door less than 1/2 and hour later. The were very nice and helpful. The best part is I didn't have to leave my home and sit and wait with other sick people. Thank goodness it was a slow week in my Etsy shop because Emilia and I were too sick to do much of anything. Emilia was doing better but ended up getting sick again the end of the week so instead of going back to urgent care I decided to use Dr. On Demand again since I had used it for her before and had a good experience with it and she didn't have to be seen in person. This time we saw a different doctor but he was great too.They ended up putting her on antibiotics for a secondary infection. Her cough ended up getting worse though so we had to have another call to get more meds. With all the meds we are both taking right now we could start our own pharmacy.
Thankfully we are both starting to feel better now but whatever it was it was really awful though. I just hope this it the last of the sickness. Now I have to start looking for another primary care doctor for both of us. The problem is internists here will not take Emilia until she is 18  and I am done with family practice so we have another 5 weeks left to go. Hopefully we can make it until then. With as much money we are paying for healthcare it should not be this hard get good healthcare. Healthcare in this country sucks!
Right before all this happened my printer broke again. Thankfully I had a backup but then that one broke a week later. Now I am done to 1. The kind I use the Canon Pixma MX892 has been discontinued so they are really hard to find in good condition. I need that kind because it feeds from the back. I think I found another model to replace it but have not had a chance to try it yet though. Will let you know what I think of it when I do.   On top of that we were having car problems where it would not start. Rich thought it was because we did not drive it enough but even after jumping it, it still continued to die. I found a mobile car repair service to come and look at it. Turns out it was a bad battery and a new one seems to have fixed the problem but that was another fiasco trying to get it though. When I talk to them on the phone they said the could do repairs on site but when they decided it was the battery the guy told me he did not have enough money to go get a new one. What kind of company is that?? Thankfully I was able to order it online and have him go and pick it up but needless to say I won't be using that service again. I signed up for AAA right after that so if it happens again they can deal with it and I know they are a reputable company.
If you are still reading thanks for listing to my rant. Now on to something more positive.
I made this race car themed photo prop set for an Etsy customer this month.
Emilia is continuing to work on finishing her senior year. In the meantime she has had a few sales in her Etsy shop. These Lovey's seem to be the most popular right now this is the boy one. She makes them for girls as well. They make great baby gifts. She can make matching blankets and pillows too.

A customer shared this great photo of her son wearing my boy penguin party hat.
If you like strawberries here is a great recipe for you to try. I ended up only make half and putting it in individual ramakins. It was just enough for 3 servings that way.

That's all for now. I hope your March is a good one and I will be back with more to share next month. Hopefully it will be a quieter and healthier one. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Recap

Happy Monday and 1st Day of February. Last week we were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures but now it is snowing and is suppose to get heavier as the day goes on. Hopefully we get to much and the weather is better where you are.
January started off with a visit to a new doctor. Well actually it was a physicians assistant that we saw  because the doctor I wanted to see was not taking new patients anymore. When I called in December she was though. Just my luck. I was at least able to get my prescriptions re written, blood work done and Emilia's lungs checked since she was still coughing from being sick the month before. Here lungs were fine but she said her thyroid felt enlarged which was odd since it has never been before. They did some blood work and everything was good but they still wanted her to have an ultrasound which I thought was odd. After thinking about it some more we are going to wait on that until we see an actual doctor.  There is another doctor who is an interest in another practice that I want to see but she won't take Emilia until she is 18 so I am just trying to hold out until April so we can both see her then. In the meantime Emilia got sick again last week. Rich brought something home. He was able to get over it pretty quick but she was getting worse so I called the doctors office on Friday and talked to a nurse who said she would call me back after she talked to the physicians assistant. I never got a call back even though I told them how miserable she was and I still have not heard from them. That is unacceptable. I was going to take her to urgent care but  I ended up finding a new service online called Doctor on Demand. We were able to Facetime with a real doctor on our Ipad. He was really nice and knowledgeable and diagnosed her with a sinus infection over the phone.  He was even able to look down her throat. The prescriptions were called in to our local pharmacy within minutes and were ready when Rich get there, I was very impressed. It was well worth the $40.00 which is only $5.00 more than I would have spent taking her back to the doctor. We also didn't have to wait and be around more germs this way. I would highly recommend this service if you are sick.
Things in my Etsy shop picked up again in January. I did not make anything new but did have a request for a color change on my sailboat cake topper. I really like how it came out.
Emilia decided to take the plunge and open her own Etsy shop. Monograms By Mili is now open. She is selling monogrammed pillows, blankets and scarves. This is one of the new blankets. These would make great baby gifts if you know anyone having a baby.
In other news Emilia and I are officially Gilmore Girls super fans and if you have not heard the news they are bring it back to Netflix. We are so excited to see what happens with everyone especially Luke and Lorelai.
I also tried this recipe last month. They were really good but were bad for my acid reflux. I would still recommend them if you want to give them a try though.
That's all for now I hope your February is good  and I will be back with more to share next month.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

December Recap

Happy Thursday and last day of 2015. It feels like the year flew by. Overall it was a pretty good year. I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings though.
It has been freezing here since Christmas. I know it is winter but am hoping it warms up at least a little bit soon. Those of you in the east have been really lucky. Send some of that warm weather here. Emilia got sick a few weeks ago and with a bad cold virus she is doing better now but is still coughing some. I finally made a decision about health insurance. We decided to go with Cigna. I hope we made the right choice and I can find a good doctor this time.
My sister had Emilia make Christmas Gifts for her friends this year.  Lots of pillows and blankets. She did a great job and everyone loved them.
 My Etsy shop was pretty quiet but I added a few new items to my farm theme.The hat and the bunting.
I also got this great photo from a buyer of her daughter wearing one of  my winter onederland hats. Isn't she adorable?
I failed Hanukkah this year. My menorah broke and we forgot to light night 7 so we gave up. I think next year we are getting an electric one. The burning candles make me really nervous. At least Hanukkah will be during Christmas next year so hopefully that will make it more exciting.
Emilia and I have found a new show that we love. Gilmore Girls. We have been watching for a few months and are obsessed now. We are almost done with season 5 thankfully we have a few more seasons to go. I just love Stars Hallow and the people there. I wish there was a real place like that here.
 I also wanted to share this recipe. I love this granola. It is grain free and so good. I eat it over a bowl of chopped apples. You can get the recipe here.
That's all for now. I hope 2016 will be a great year for you filled with peace. good health and happiness. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Recap

Happy Tuesday and first day of December. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. It was a snowy and cold one here. It has been awhile since we had weather like that on Thanksgiving. Thankfully my family still made it over for dinner. It continued to be below freezing and snowed more for days after that but after today it is suppose to be warmer and dryer.
I spent most of the month dealing with more health related issues and am still searching for new health insurance which has all been very stressful. I am praying that I get this things resolved soon. It should not be this difficult.  My sister also ended up in the ER twice, she was in a lot of pain and barely able to move. They finally found a pain med that helps and allows her to function but are still trying to figure out the cause for all her pain and what to do about it. Right now it is either her back or hip.
One a brighter note last month the nursing home celebrated Mickey Mouse's birthday. Emilia made these for them. Everyone loved them.

It was also my niece Alexandra's 20th birthday on the 21st. We made her dinner and Emilia made her these. She loved them!
I had a return buyer that was having a tea party for her daughter and asked if I could make my tea house in the blue floral theme This is what I came up with.

I really like how it looks in these colors and patterns and it goes perfectly with the other things in this collection.
I also received this great photo from another buyer of her little Yorkie wearing one of my mini dog crowns. Isn't she adorable?
Finally I know I already posted a recipe for pumpkin bars in another post but I found these and like them even better. They also have less sugar in them and no oats.
That's all for now. Happy Holidays and I hope your December is a good one.

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Recap

Happy Monday and 2nd day of November. It is hard to believe we only have 2 more months to go until this year is over.  So far we have not seen any snow which I am very happy about. Today is it going to be around 70. Snow is in the forecast for the end of the week. Hopefully it won't be too much though.
Once again I am dealing with health problems and bad doctors, What does it take to find a good doctor that really wants to help their patients? I am done with Kaiser and I am on the hunt for new health insurance. If you have any recommendations please let me know.  
Emilia is taking a Fashion Design Class through Keystone and made this skirt for an assignment. She was able to do it all on her own. The waistband was a little tricky but she found a way around it. The private sewing lessons she is taking are really paying off.
She is also made these treats for the nursing homes Halloween Party.
Things in my Etsy shop are still a bit slow but I did have a custom order for a twin baby shower. The theme was Twice Blessed. This is what I came up with.

I also received these great photos from a buyer of her dogs birthday celebration. I loved the photos especially the one where they are sharing the cake.
We made this Coconut Curry Chicken Soup for lunch the other day and it was great. It is also gluten free.
That's all for now I hope the rest of November is a good one for you and you have a Happy Thanksgiving.