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Davidson Family Fundraiser

If you have not already heard, the Davidson family of Little Flowers Family Press lost everything recently in a devastating fire.  You can learn more about the details at the following links (the first is from Rita Davidson herself):

Little Flowers Family Press Blog

News Coverage

Local Story

Here is a facebook page that has been set up for their family – please ‘like’ it: Facebook Page

Three of the four Davidson boys are autistic, as is LegoFan. I know how difficult change is for children on the spectrum. This complete change in their way of life must be wreaking havoc in their young lives in ways many of us cannot understand.

I would like to help the Davidson family, but I am not in a financial position to do so. Last night I had an idea to use my direct sales businesses to help. While I admit it may not be much, I would like to donate 20% of my sales from Lilla Rose and Origami Owl so I have set up a party in each of them. If you are interested in helping in this way, please click on the links and follow the directions below. Most importantly, this family needs your prayers. Please join me in praying for them.

Origami Owl

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To order Origami Owl Jewelry, please go to my website here. When your order is complete, proceed to check out. On that screen, there will be a section called “Party Information” where there will be a dropdown menu. Please select Little Flowers Family Press as your party then complete your order. What you order will be shipped shortly after payment.

Lilla Rose

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To order Lilla Rose Hair Accessories, please go to my website here and place your order. This is a party-specific link so your order will automatically be calculated toward the Davidsons’ total. Any order you place through this link will not ship until I close out the party (which I was planning to keep open until the end of September). However, if you would like your order to ship prior to that I have a way to do it, Please just leave me a comment and I will contact you.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section and I will answer them for you.  Also, please share this with anyone you think might want to help. Thank you, in advance, for helping this family and offering them a little hope.

for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me. Matthew 25:35-36, 40

Our Gluten Free Journey – Prologue

Today marks the end of a full month on a gluten free diet. We see the allergist tomorrow to find out where we go next. But it has been a very interesting month!

Why did we go gluten free? LegoFan was diagnosed with several food allergies and asthma in his early years, some life-threatening. So I guess it makes sense to go back to the prologue instead jumping right in to Chapter One.

Allergy - LegoFan

When LegoFan was a baby, he was nursed exclusively until he couldn’t get enough nourishment. I had to start adding cereal at a very early age. He, whether nursing or eating cereal, would develop these horrible rashes on his face and nothing would make them go away. The pediatrician suspected allergies but told us we couldn’t test him until he was a year old.

At one year, he was finally tested. We were blessed to get in to see one of the top allergy specialists in the country at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was so thorough and asked the right questions. We left with the diagnosis that LegoFan was allergic to eggs, the deadly peanut, and garlic. Garlic was the one that shocked me. Don’t get me wrong, I was horrified over the other two and worried what his life would be like. But it was the garlic that seemed just weird; random. I mean LegoFan has some Italian blood in him; how can he be allergic to garlic? But it was the allergist asking the right questions regarding flare ups that led to her even testing for garlic.

Allergy - Eggs

That was the beginning of our journey with food and the challenges it has had for my son.

At age two, he was given a monitored food challenge to see what effects, if any, the egg would have on him. He “passed” and was cleared to eat foods with eggs in them. I have a great photo (before digital cameras) of him eating his first chocolate chip cookie and ending up with chocolate on his face! He loved it!

He would eventually be cleared of his garlic allergy, but new foods began to give him problems. He could eat red apples, apple sauce, and drink apple juice, but green and yellow apples made him break out in hives. He could eat green pears, but brown pears also gave him hives. Although he can now have brown pears, he still cannot have yellow and green apples.

Allergy - Apples

As he got older, he also developed allergies to grasses, trees, flowers, dogs, cats, horses, mice, and dust. His peanut numbers kept going up, and he started to develop allergies to all the other tree nuts. As you can imagine, grocery shopping has changed for us multiple times and can take forever!

Allergy to TreesAllergy to Grass

Well, we recently moved and saw a new allergist for the first time in ten years. He ran a complete set of tests – 56 skin pricks on his back! He was miserable by #10! He was reacting to almost everything. In the five columns of pricks, one of them had hives so big that they merged into one large hive. It was all I could do to keep him from scratching!

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He ended up testing positive to so many things with this test; and then he had to undergo the blood work! Between the two, we had several new things; so many that he would have very little to eat if we eliminated everything. He had been having some strange reactions lately, so we decided to do some sort of elimination diet. LegoFan tested positive to allergies to wheat, barley, rye, and oats. So we decided on a gluten free diet for a month…

This post is linked up with Our Simple Farm, Homemaker’s Challenge, Whole New Mom, Home Sanctuary, and Allergy Free Alaska – go check out what everyone else has this week!

Lilla Rose – June and July

Lilla Rose just introduced the June and July Flexis-of-the-Month. They are so pretty!

For June, we have the Sparkling Summer Solstice – a beautiful gold flexi clip with a sparkly center!

FOTM June 2013 SSS

 

For July, we have the Patriot’s Heart. Love the Red, White, and Blue and the sparkles in the center heart!

FOTM July 2012 Patriots Heart

But we don’t just have new flexi clips, we also have a summer sale to go along with it! From now until Saturday, June 22nd at 11:59 PST, all orders (of anything, not just these new clips) will receive 10% off. Also, any orders over $30 will also receive free shipping as well.

Please head over to my website to get yours today before the sale is over!

Summer Sale 3

Pot of Gold

I made this for a friend for St. Patrick’s Day. However, I don’t think it needs to be limited, so I’m posting the directions in June! It’s called Pots of Gold at the End of the Rainbow, and consists of Skittles and Rolos – Yum!

Pot of Gold Final

The first thing I did was purchase and drink a bottle of fruit-flavored water – this part of the gift was for me! Make sure you wash and dry your bottle and lid before working with them. I removed the manufacturer’s label, but covering it would probably work just as well.

I measured the flat space and cut out a rectangular piece to fit around the bottle. Then, using a double-sided adhesive, I attached the paper to the bottle.

Next, I got out my Big Shot and my Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames Die and die cut two out of dark green paper. I added one to each side of the bottle. One side said, “Pots of Gold at the end of the Rainbow” and the other side said, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.”

I'm Irish

Then I got to fill the bottle – another fun part for me because not all of the candy fit in the bottle! I put a handful of the Rolos at the bottom for the Pots of Gold. Then I divided the Skittles into colors to recreate the rainbow. I put them in one layer, one color, at a time and put on the lid. I used Skittles, but you could also use M&Ms.

Pot of Gold Reverse

A fun, simple gift to send to someone to let them know you care!

* This post is linked to Home SanctuaryDeep Roots At Home and Homemaker’s Challenge.

Moving – Finally!

My blog has a new home. Over the next few nights I will be transferring all of the content from here to the new domain. What is it, you ask? http://mamacre8s.com

I do not know if those of you who subscribe to emails will also be transferred, but I think you have to stop by and subscribe to the new blog. Please do!

Looking forward to your visits and comments at our new home – Thanks!

Lilla Rose – Rosey Heart

Just wanted to let you know about Lilla Rose’s Flexi of the Month – Rosey Heart! It’s really pretty You can check it out here!

FOTM Feb 2013 Rosey Heart Ad

These tend to go very quickly, so get your selection in as soon as possible. While you’re there, check out our new Heart Bobbies as well! Both would make great Valentine’s Day gifts.

Heart Bobbies

Lilla Rose Sale – January 18th ONLY

So, in my last post I mentioned that I joined Lilla Rose… I know it wasn’t so long ago, but I have exciting news already! It seems as if I joined at just the right time.

Three brand new Flexi Clips are being introduced tomorrow – at a 15% discount for tomorrow only!

Jan 18 Styles

Not only that, three popular Flexis of the Month (FOTM) are being introduced into the permanent line – also at a 15% discount.

Jan 18 Sale

And there’s more… There will also be a new pair of Bobbies (Heart-shaped) and a new O-Ring!

Jan 18 Accessories

Exciting! I hope you will join the party and take advantage of this one-day only sale – please let me know if you have any questions about these new items or Lilla Rose! Here are some close ups of the new clips:

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Exciting Week!

Wow! My head is spinning!

I recently decided that I needed to start earning some of my own money if I’m going to continue to stay at home and educate my children. Being a stay-at-home, homeschooling, single mom without any income just isn’t going to cut it anymore. But entering the workforce isn’t an option if I’m determined to keep my children at home…

Dream Catcher

So a few months ago I put myself on the waiting list for a new direct selling company named Origami Owl. The wait list was long and I anticipated the wait would be longer than I wanted. And I wanted to start earning money as soon as I could… So I started trying to find other options. I liked the Flexi Clip that I got for Diva, so I thought about joining Lilla Rose. It took me a little while, but I found a consultant I liked and I signed up. I also started an etsy shop called MamaCre8s. I don’t have much in it right now, but I will be adding to it soon.

FB Timeline Cover 1

But here’s the crazy part… I started the etsy shop in the first week of January; a few days later I joined Lilla Rose. Then my number came up at Origami Owl! All of this happened within a few days of each other – Spinning Head, I tell ya!

Etched Cross

But I am excited! I really like all of these things and I am determined to earn some money to help me stay home with my babies. So, I know I don’t live near anyone who reads this little ole blog, but I’d be happy to do an online show for anyone’s who’s interested in either – or both – Origami Owl or Lilla Rose. Just let me know in the comments. You can also just go to my websites and take a look around without a show.

I am so grateful that there are options for moms like me! Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way.

2012 in 2012 – Back in Action

Weeks 10 through 52…

I really did intend to keep posting about this each week, but I just didn’t do it. I did keep some records of what I sold and donated; however, I kept forgetting to write down what I threw away. So I know my numbers are a little off, but that’s ok. I got a little excited as I was typing everything and I was hoping that it would all add up to 2,012. I was wrong. I didn’t make it. Does that mean I failed? Yes and No.

Yes, I failed to reach 2,012 items.

But I really don’t feel like it’s a failure. How can one fail when there are 1,523 fewer items in the house? There are more than 1500 things I don’t have to clean up; more than 1500 things I don’t have to dust; and more than 1500 things that are no longer cluttering up my home. This also means that there are over 1,000 items that have gone on to other homes through donation or sale; and may be benefiting someone else instead of sitting in a box.

So, no. I didn’t fail. I made a lot of positive changes this year. And I’m grateful I began this challenge. But I’m not finished…

I decided that I was going to follow through with this challenge into 2013. I’m not going to start over, but I am committed to making sure that I actually remove 2,012 items from my home. I have 489 more to go. I’ve got a head start with about a third of that currently on ebay!

While I intend to successfully reach 2,012, it’s really not about the number. It’s more about the freedom of living with less. I am truly grateful for this challenge and all the went with it – out the door!

Donated:

  • 3 TY Beanie Boppers
  • 4 Die-Cast Cars
  • 88 Kids’ Clothing Items
  • 6 Adult Clothing Items
  • 15 Kids’ Games
  • 219 Kids’ Books
  • 53 Miscellaneous Toys
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Dresser
  • 12 DVDs
  • 28 CDs
  • 7 Cassettes
  • 1 Pair of Beaters
  • 1 Serving Platter
  • 32 Stuffed Birds
  • 16 Dolls
  • 1 Large Rubber Duck
  • 2 Pairs of Kids’ Shoes
  • 1 Mug
  • 4 Cups
  • 1 Desk Lamp
  • 1 Pair of Reading Glasses
  • 1 Pair of Kids’ Scissors
  • 1 Paper Towel Roll Holder
  • 1 Tote Bag
  • 5 Figurines
  • 4 Cloth Napkins
  • 4 Puzzles
  • 49 VHS Videos
  • 2 Tins
  • 5 Binders
  • 1 Pair of curtains
  • 7 Camera Filters
  • 1 Trinket Box
  • 10 Stuffed Animals
  • 4 Miscellaneous Craft Supplies
  • 1 Wallet
  • 1 Doll Outfit
  • 1 Pair of Earrings
  • 1 Package of Bulletin Board Sentence Strips
  • 1 Box of Attribute Blocks w/Book
  • 4 Posters
  • 1 Pack of Markers
  • 2 Folders
  • 6 Homeschool Magazines
  • 32 Bags of Bulletin Board Letters, Numbers, and Shapes
  • 1 Spelling Cassette w/Book
  • 14 Teacher/Classroom Books
  • 1 bag Block Manipulatives
  • 2 packs of Multiplication Flash Cards
  • 1 Set of Number Disks
  • 2 Educational Trivial Pursuit-type Games
  • 4 Sets of Math Classroom Games
  • 1 Set of Tangrams
  • 1 Set of Alphabet Stickers
  • 24 Folders of Classroom Handouts
  • 1 Piece of Fabric
  • 1 Pair of Booties
  • 1 Large Bag of Glass Stones

Thrown Away:

  • 2 Tennis Rackets
  • 1 Broken Paint Brush
  • 2 Pairs of Socks
  • 1 Box of Melted Crayons
  • 1 Broken 3-Hole Punch
  • 4 Old Software Disks
  • 2 Bags of Damaged Labels
  • 1 Lens Cap
  • 1 Broken Box
  • 1 Bottle Old Scented Oil
  • 1 Bottle Massage Oil
  • 1 Pair of Ballet Slippers
  • 1 Pair of Old Shoes
  • 3 Miscellaneous Magazines (Recycled)
  • 4 Owner’s Manuals for things I no longer own (Recycled)
  • 4 Soap Opera Digest Magazines (Recycled)
  • 21 Expired Coupon Inserts (Recycled)
  • 1 Damaged Doll Clothing
  • 1 Comforter
  • 1 Broken Plant Pot
  • 2 Bike Helmets
  • 1 Bike Horn
  • 2 Items of Adult Clothing
  • 7 Boxes of Miscellaneous Papers (This was recycled, not trashed)
  • 2 Knee Pads
  • 2 Elbow Pads
  • 1 Rain Gauge

Sold

  • 11 Hoppy VanderHare Stuffed Rabbits
  • 12 Muffy VanderBear Outfits
  • 6 Muffy VanderBear Bears
  • 1 Doll from Holland
  • 2 Collectible Teddy Bears
  • 10 Mini Handmade Teddy Bears
  • 13 School Books
  • 9 Disney Lithographs
  • 1 Pair of Boys Pants
  • 1 Robert McClosky Poster (make Way for Ducklings)
  • 1 Concert Program (Blue Murder)
  • 43 Creative Memories Scrapbooking Items
  • 6 Brain Quest Games
  • 1 Box of Math Manipulatives
  • 4 Madeline Dolls
  • 1 Demitasse Set
  • 1 Your Story Binder/Laminator
  • 14 Children’s Books
  • 1 Film Camera
  • 3 Beanie Baby Catalogs
  • 1 Computer Keyboard
  • 16 Die Cast Cars
  • 1 Raggedy Anne Doll
  • 1 CARS Car
  • 2 Charmed Memories Charms
  • 28 Thomas Trains/Cars
  • 7 Thomas Accessories/Buildings
  • 22 Pieces of Thomas Track
  • 1 Madeline Playset
  • 6 Mini Madeline Dolls
  • 50 Madeline Accessories (clothes, books, toys, decor, etc.)
  • 2 Dr. Seuss Books
  • 10 Packages of Dollhouse Miniatures
  • 9 Schleich Figures
  • 2 Boyds Birdhouses
  • 1 Boxed Set Gregorien Chant Albums
  • 1 Family Tree software
  • 5 TY Beanie Boppers
  • 1 Limited Edition Canterbury Bear
  • 2 Dezine Fairies
  • 2 Boyds Bears
  • 1 Boyds Wagon
  • 5 Kids’ Artist Activity Packs
  • 1 Dragonsite Fairy
  • 1 Atari 2600
  • 3 Joysticks
  • 8 Games
  • 1 Case
  • 19 Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairies
  • 6 Usborne Historical Cut-Out Books
  • 1 Missing Piece Book
  • 3 Jessica Galbreth Fairy Ornament
  • 1 Dremmel Power Tool
  • 5 Amy Brown Fairy Ornaments
  • 1 Wii Game
  • 2 Magazines
  • 2 Baseball Card Sets
  • 2 Packs of Markers
  • 4 CDs
  • 3 Nene Thomas Fairy Ornaments
  • 1 Doll Outfit
  • 7 Large Die-Cast NASCAR Cars
  • 1 Atlas
  • 1 Kids’ Game
  • 1 Adult Shirt
  • 1 Box of Play Money
  • 5 Kids’ Clothing Items

Totals:

  • Donated:  697 Items
  • Thrown Away: 70 Items
  • Sold: 387 Items

Week 10: 1643 – 1154 = 489

Did anyone else do a purge in 2012? If not, how about considering one in 2013?

A Cooking Extravaganza {Review}

Doesn’t that title sound like what we are all going to be doing over the next month? At least that’s what it’s usually like for me! I like to cook and bake; but from Thanksgiving until the end of January; I’m doing a lot more! Why January? In my immediate family, we have three birthdays during the month; with a week between each. It’s a very busy ten weeks!

So, when I got this month’s Gabby Moms review package from Lorrie Flem at Eternal Encouragement, it was perfect timing. And now you can get the same package for yourself and your holiday needs; or as a Christmas gift for that special cook in your life.  This set includes seven ebooks and a signed, printed copy of What’s for Dinner, Mom? (If you recall, I got to review that one a few months ago & loved it!)

Here are the ebooks you will get with this package:

  • Bulk Cooking Tips and Tricks
  • Fill Em Up
  • Healthy Sanity Saving Breakfasts
  • Lorrie’s Favorite Recipes from 2011
  • Pizza Primer
  • Sensational Salads
  • The Secrets of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don’t those sound inviting? They did to me. With a few simple recipes in basic categories anyone can be a successful cook! Then add in the print copy of What’s for Dinner, Mom? and you’re armed with an amazing arsenal of skills.

I love the Healthy Breakfasts ebook – only 10 pages, but jam-packed with a variety of morning ideas (though, truth-be-told I’d serve some of them for dinner too!). I had to chuckle at the last recipe though that’s called “Not So Healthy Granola Bars.”

The Fill Em Up ebook is full of great ideas to help keep those bellies feeling full, while stretching the budget.

I love the photographs in Lorrie’s Favorite recipes! They are very helpful when making a new recipe. I think my daughter would absolutely love the Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake!

These books are short, but sweet. They are approximately 7-13 pages each – the perfect size for someone who’s just starting out – or even for seasoned veterans!

Lorrie’s having a giveaway over at her blog – one lucky winner will receive this entire package! But if you can’t wait or don’t win this giveaway, you can purchase this set here.  If you are considering this recipe package as a Christmas gift, please place your order by December 12 to ensure timely delivery of the print book (the ebooks will be an instant download).

Disclaimer: I was provided with electronic copies of all of these ebooks in exchange for my honest review – all opinions are solely mine.

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