Wednesday, May 24, 2017

April Recap

Happy Wednesday.  Hope your May has been good so far and spring has sprung where you are. The weather had been pretty nice here but winter returned last week. Thankfully the snow did not last long but it was really cold. It felt more like March then May. The sun has returned now though.
April started off with Emilia's 19th birthday. This year her theme was pastel rainbows. She also is really into makeup now specifically something called Lipsense. It is made by a company called Senegence so that was the big present, Looking back she always had a thing for lipstick. She just applies it better now,
The amazing part about their products is that they do not come off. Unfortunately the weather was not good on her birthday so we could not do much. She ended up going to see Beauty and the Beast with my sister and niece. We also had a family dinner which was cooked by a private chef. The requested menu was Roast Chicken, Mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and salad. The cake was made by a Cakes by Sam a local baker,
Overall it was a good one. I still can't believe she is 19.
We also celebrated both Lily's and Sophie's birthdays in April too. Lily is 11 now and we think Sophie is 12. To celebrate they both got to try a pupachino from Starbucks. As you can see they loved it.
Things in our Etsy shop continued to be slow but I added this rainbow ribbon and fabric high chair banner to the shop. It goes great with my other rainbow items that I have shared here before.
We also added a new butterfly theme.
Finally a new recipe for you to try, I have posted a lot of sweet thing in the past. I am going to start sharing more savory things, I am trying to find more whole 30 recipes especially for dinners. This one we tried a few weeks ago,
Sheetpan Italian Veggie and Chicken dinner from skinny taste. It was really good, We had ours with brown rice but you could also do cauliflower rice instead if you to comply with the whole30. I still eat some brown rice though,
That's all for now I will be back next month with more to share then.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

National Pet Month

I am interrupting my monthly blog recap because May is national Pet Month. As most of you know we have 2 dogs. Sophie and Lily. They are my fur kids and mean the world to me.
Pets in general can bring great joy to your life as well as offer other health benefits too as you can see from this graphic
Some of the best things about my dogs is when I am having a bad day I know I can always rely on them to make me happy and my dogs are always willing to listen to me when I talk. They also give me purpose because they depend on me to be taken care of which I am happy to do. I got my first dog when I was 5 yrs old. He was a little white poodle who had wandered into our yard. My mom wasn't really a dog person and had never had a dog of her own so she tried to find his owner. When we found them they told her that he was returned to them by mistake and was really not their dog and did we want him. Thankfully my mom said yes and we got to keep him. We named him Snuffy after Snuffalupagus on Sesame Street. His favorite thing was eating chocolate chip cookies that my dad would feed him. Even with all that chocolate he lived a very long time. My mother was feeding him baby food with a spoon in the end to help keep him alive that is how much she grew to love him too. This photo was taken on my first day of Kindergarten, It is really old and not the best quality but hopefully you can still see him.
I had other dogs during my life too. Ashley the border collie. He was really my sisters dog. He loved balls. He always had a ball in mouth and could hold more than 1 at a time.
After Snuffy passed on I wanted a dog of my own and my mom finally agreed to let me have one.  I really wanted a Golden Retriever but she didn't want another big dog so I got Brandon who was a sheltie. Unfortunately something was wrong with his brain and he died very young. Sorry for the blurry photo that was the best one I could find.
Cassie was the first dog Rich and I got together. She was a black lab border collie mix we got from the shelter. She was a great dog and loved people. My Sophie reminds me a lot of her. Sophie does not like people as much as Cassie did though. When we would take her to the dog park she would go straight to the people not the other dogs. We got Dakota another border collie about a year later. Like Ashley she loved catching balls and frisbee too. All of these dogs were a big part of my life and I am forever grateful for the time I got to spend with them. I just wish dogs had a longer life span.
Pets bring so much joy to peoples lives many of them celebrate their birthdays now. A big part of my Etsy shop is making party decor for them too. These are some of my favorite photos of customers pets wearing my party hats and crowns. It bring me great joy to see these photos and to know my creations were a part of their special day.
I just love animals especially dogs. I would love to hear more about your fur kids too so leave me  a comment telling me more about them. Also be sure to check out this page to see some adorable puppies and the Puppyspot website if you are interested in getting a purbread and don't forget about the shelters in your area. There are lots of dogs and puppies that need homes there too.
That's all for now I will be back with my April recap soon.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

March Update

Happy April and Happy Spring.  The rest of March continued to be warm and dry here except for the last few days when colder air returned with rain and a little snow. Thankfully no big blizzards. I think it was one of the driest March on record. I am not complaining though.  It turned out to be great weather for my birthday on the 25th which does not happen often so I got to spend it at my happy place. The Denver Botanic Gardens. There was not a lot of flowers to see but it still was nice,
There are not just plants and flowers to see there. This is one of my favorite structures.
It is a beautiful Solarium.Usually it is to hot to be in for long when we go in the summer but this day it was cool enough to enjoy being in there for awhile. Here is some more information about it hopefully you can read it better if you click on it.

We also saw this beautiful tree in the Japanese Garden too.
Afterwards we stopped by Beet Box Vegan Bakery a place I have been wanting to visit for while and they had a little vegan/gluten free carrot cake that was just perfect for desert.  I also received these beautiful Tulips from my sister and niece, The mug was from Emilia, It says What would Zoe Hart Do? Unfortunately Rich put it in the dishwasher because he didn't know it was not dishwasher safe and now it only says What would do? The new ipad and pencil was a gift from Rich my mom and sister gave me a little money to put towards it too. 
Things in our Etsy shop have been been pretty slow which is discouraging. We are finding it is not just us though. Etsy has been making some changes that seem to be affecting a lot of people. Hopefully it will resolve soon. In the meantime we are still adding new product Unicorns seem to be very popular right now so we have added these unicorn themed items to the shop.

I also have this new mini glitter crown that goes great with this theme too.
We also got this great photo of a buyers dogs wearing my girl dog crown and boy party hat. Don't they look adorable?
Finally I wanted to share these paleo carrot cake cupcakes with you. They make a great late nigh snack. I put a small amount of tofutti on top.
That's all for now I will be back next month with more to share then.

Friday, March 17, 2017

February Recap

Happy March, It has definitely come in like a lamb. It almost feels like summer here with the temperatures in the high 70's and 80's. I just hope it does not go out like a lion now.
February started out pretty well but by the middle of the month I got another blood blister in my mouth. If you follow my blog I have been dealing with them for a long time now. No one seems to know what they are from and seem to come and go. Usually they only last for a few days and are not very painful but I ended up getting one on the side of my tongue that was so excruciating after it popped I could barely eat or talk. I was in so much pain I had to call Dispatch Health again. I used them last year when I got sick and was happy with their service again. They gave me some prescription mouthwash that seemed to help but a few days later they appeared in my lady parts. So after taking a break from doctors for awhile I have had to start looking for answers again. Once again I am not getting much help and a lot of frustration. On top of that I am fighting with the insurance company now too. I just don't understand why it has to be this hard to get some help from the medical community when something is clearly wrong. Trying to get doctors to agree is another story though.
Emilia and I decided to add some St Patrick's Day things to the shop. Unfortunately they were not good sellers. Maybe next year they will be more popular.

We did sell some girl bodysuits to these twins. Thanks to their mom for sharing the photo. Aren't they adorable?

My favorite vegan ice cream Coconut Ginger was discontinued again so I made my own. I used this recipe
It is not really vegan because I used honey but you could use sugar and it would still be vegan. It came out great though and now I don't have to worry about not having it anymore.
And now my final thoughts on Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life
1. I hated the Wild thing. The only thing I liked about it was seeing the guys from Parenthood.
2. I liked The Life and Death Brigade scene with Logan, Rory, Finn and Collin. It reminded me of the old episodes which was one of the things I loved about it. 
3. Sookie coming back was a disappointment. 
4. Loved how Emily's story wrapped up. She was my favorite part of the whole thing. 
5. The wedding, Loved the setup for the actual wedding it was beautiful and the song was perfect. I didn't understand why Lane was there though. I think Sookie and Emily definitley should have been there and I wish that we would have at least gotten to see the whole town celebrating afterwards. 
6. The final 4 words were another big disappointment for me. Now we are in limbo again. 
Overall I was disappointed with the whole thing. I wish they would have just left it how it was. I loved those episodes and when I watch them now I don't feel the same way I use to about it. 
I still watch the old episodes from time to time but I have moved on now and found a new favorite show Heart of Dixie. Anyone else seen that one?
That's all for now I hope next month I will have more uplifting things to share. Until then hope the rest of your month is a good one. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

January Recap

Happy February. Hope your month has been a good one so far. Even though the groundhog saw his shadow and we are suppose to have 6 more weeks of winter it is feeling a lot like spring here. It was almost 80 last week. That is a bit to warm for February. I would rather have that than snow though. The rest of January was pretty quite for us. The highlight of the month was that we finally sold something to Vermont. We had sold to all other 49 states beside that one and were eagerly awaiting a sale from there for a long time and it finally happened. It didn't come from Etsy though, It came from Amazon Handmade. We had opened a shop there last year with a few items and were not selling much so it was even more surprising that the sale came from there. It was definitely  a very happy day for us. It is an amazing feeling to know we have sold our products to all 50 states now.
Emilia was also busy working on Valentine Orders. She came up with a new tutu/onesie/headband set.

She also added a matching diaper cover and  leg warmers. You can see them all together with the other Valentines Paper Goods I made a few years ago. I also added a new Valentines crown for girls too.

We also came up with this boy set.
Here is a photo of a buyers daughter wearing the girl tutu set. Isn't she adorable?
Continuing with my review of Gilmore Girls Year in the Life I am on to Summer, Below are our thoughts.
1. Why was Ms Patty not at the town meetings or a part of the musical? We think she definitely should have had a bigger part in those 2 things, They just were not the same without her.
2. The Musical. What a waste of time. The first time we watched it we hated it. The second time it was not as bad but they still could have filled that time with better things.
3. Did anyone wonder why Loreali put the newspapers in the trash when she was delivering them? I am thinking it may have been because she had to go to bathroom? What do you think?
4. Rory running the town newspaper was an interesting concept. 
6. It was to good to see April again. I know a lot of people didn't like her in the original series. I liked her though. 
7. Did anyone notice Rory saying this was your idea to Logan when she was talking to him at Lane's house? I was thought it was her idea to have the relationship the way it was?
8. It was fun to see the community pool and Luke a part of it.
9. The thirysomething gang was kind of stupid. Glad Rory decided not to be a part of it.
10. It was good to see Jess again.
11. It was sad to see Michele quit his job, I wish we would have learned more about his life now though and wish they would have introduced his partner.
12. Lorelai deciding she want's to go do wild. HATED THAT!
Summer was probably my least favorite of them all. What are your thoughts?
Finally I have something savory to share today. If you like curry  and are craving comfort food you will love this
 It is gluten and dairy free too. So good.
That's all for now. I hope the rest of your February is a good one and I will be back next month with more to share then.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

December Recap

Happy New Year. I hope 2017 has started off well for you and your family. Unfortunately ours did not. My Father In Law passed away very unexpectedly New Years Day. It was a big shock to us all.  Not the way you want to start a new year. He and my Mother In Law moved away from Denver when Emilia was about a year old. He was always looking for something but he never found it. I always enjoyed being around him though. The thing I liked the most about him is that he was very easy to talk to and loved to tell stories. He also loved to play golf and cook. I don't understand why he would choose to end his life the way he did. I just hope he has found peace now and my husband and his family will be able to get through this too. I know he had his reasons for doing what he did but I believe life is a gift. He had so much to live for. I just wish he could have seen that. He will be missed. Even though we didn't see him often we still have happy memories of him.
On a happier note Hanukkah started on Christmas this year so we were able to celebrate both at the same time which was a first.  We had my family over for a special dinner. Emilia designed the tablescape again.
I had to retire my Winnie The Pooh Menorah because I had used it so much it was not really useable anymore. I wanted to get an electric menorah instead but after 2 failed attempts neither would work so I decided to go with this one from Target.
Things in our Etsy shop have picked up again. Winter Onederland continued to be very popular in December but Penguins have become a big seller too.  This set is for the girls.

and this set is for the boys

We have also changed the name of our shop to Party Decor and Moore now that cards are not my main focus anymore This is the new logo.
Continuing on with my thoughts on the Gilmore Girls Revival. This month I wanted to talk about spring.Below are our thoughts.

1. We thought the therapist sucked. She never really said anything so what was the point? We were glad we got to hear how Richard passed though so at least we had some closure on that.
2. Why wasn't Ms Patty at the town meeting? She was always a central part of them so we really missed her presence,
3. Why wasn't Michele in the Gay Pride Parade?
4. Why were TJ and Liz not ever seen? They included them in the episode but we never saw them.
5. Who do you think wrote the letter to Emily?
6. Rory and the one night stand with the Wookie was really weird. Rory never seemed like that kind of girl but then again you never would have thought she would have been having an affair with a man that was engaged to someone else either. It was fun to see Lorelai and Rory together in New York though and great to see Mae Whitman from Parenthood. 
7. It was great to finally see Mr. Kim. We always wondered where he was. Wish he had more of a real part in the show from the beginning though.
8. It was weird to see the Dragonfly in such disray without Sookie.  I didn't really care for the whole pop up concept. While it would have been great if Melissa McCarthy had come back sooner I think it would have been better if Loreali had hired someone else to replace her and had a new friend.
9. While it was sad to see Rory so lost with everything in her life. We were happy to see her come home again.
Would love to know what you think of this episode so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments too. 
Finally I found this great recipe for paleo biscotti. I LOVE these cranberry almond biscotti  
The only thing I did different is not use the lemon zest. You could use orange zest though. I would highly recommend these.
That's all for now I hope the rest of your January is a good one and I will be back with more to share next month.