Monday, July 21, 2014

My Kids, Inky & Ad


Nicknames - they're funny.

When you name your child, you may have a nickname in mind for him or her. I have an example. We thought for sure when we chose "Lincoln" for our little man that he would primarily be called Link. That turned out to be pretty much one hundred percent false. I don't know why we never adapted to calling him Link. We did call him "Blinkin" a lot. Don't ask me why.

When he finally started talking, he dubbed himself "Inky." Now, if you try to tell him his name is Link or Lincoln, he says "No! I'm Inky!"

Adelaide, on the other hand, does primarily go by her nickname - Addie. I love her full name because it has an old-time romantic flair, but Adelaide is a pretty big mouthful for a toddler to learn to pronounce. When she says her full name, it sounds like "Addie-lay" and it is precious. But we usually just call her Addie, or sometimes Addie Rose.

Lincoln, apparently determined to be the one who chooses the names in this family, a few months ago started referring to his sister as "Ad." I thought it was random and hilarious. I didn't encourage or discourage it - and guess what happened? Somehow it became a habit and we all call her that now.

So I'm the mom who is at the park shouting, "Inky! Ad! Let's go on the swings and then down the slide!" and people probably think I'm a psychopath when it comes to naming children.

Oh well. I used to hate being called Jewels, and look where that ended up - it's splashed up there in the title of my blog. Sometimes, things are just meant to be.

Do your kids have weird nicknames or do you maintain more normalcy than my family?

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
Penguin portraits! We love the zoo.
 
Linking up at Practising Simplicity.

Friday, July 18, 2014

6 Things I Don't Mind Worrying About... And 1 That I Do

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Poise. All opinions expressed are my own. If you're my husband or the husband of any other mama who may have private issues she doesn't really want to share with you...just stop reading now. You'll thank me, I promise.

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There are hundreds of articles and dozens of books out there, aimed at first-time moms and telling them "what to expect" about anything you might worry about before becoming a mother.

Then there are the things that happen after you're a mom. Things nobody warned you about - but things you certainly never thought to ask, because you had no idea they existed. When I was about 30 weeks pregnant with Lincoln, I attended a friend's wedding and someone at my table sincerely apologized for making me laugh. When I just gave her a quizzical look in response, she said "oh...you'll understand soon!"

I figured out that she was referencing something that is really not talked about much: Light Bladder Leakage (LBL). You know, when doing something like coughing or sneezing or laughing makes you pee. Yeah, there's an actual name for it! Thankfully, I have pretty much avoided this issue but after Addie was born, my pelvic floor was at its worst and I was in fear that LBL could become an issue. No one wants to think about dealing with an issue like this, least of all me! In fact, here are 6 Things I Would Rather Worry About Than LBL:

1. What's Eating Up My Garden? I planted a large(ish) collection of crops in planters on my deck and in the yard. So far, most of it has been completely annihilated. I can never seem to catch a creature in the act - I may have to disguise myself and hide out there one of these days to find the culprit.

2. Whether or Not My Earring Holes Have Closed. One of my piercings felt infected several months ago. I took out my earring studs to let it heal. AND FORGOT MY EARS WERE PIERCED. Now it's been so long since I've worn earrings, I bet the holes are gone.

3. If Lincoln is Ready for Preschool This Fall. He's three. He knows how to count to thirteen. He knows the sound of S and T and a few other letters, sometimes. He's probably ready. Which means I need to get my homeschooling hat on and get my act together.

4. If Addie is Super Weird Because She Likes Eating Vitamins. What kind of kid doesn't balk when given things that even her mom admits taste nasty?

5. Why Crop Top Fashion is Back. I wandered the clothing section when I was shopping last week and was horrified astounded by some of the things that were up for sale. I thought it was a joke. I looked around for a Candid Camera crew (does that show still exist?) and shook my head at the confusing place the fashion world has become post-having-children.

6. If My Kids Can Possibly Get Any Cuter. Well, this one doesn't really require much worry. I think they're cuter every single day!

These worries are fairly superficial, but I am happy to be able to focus entirely on them and not something as annoying as accidentally peeing when I laugh at the thought of how ridiculous I would look in a crop top. And the Poise brand offers a variety of options to make it easy to find protection for every woman’s needs.

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Thanks to Poise for these LBL Tips and for sponsoring this conversation! All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adorable Purple & Teal Owl Birthday Party Invitations

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I've had a mild obsession with owls as a first birthday party theme ever since I was struck with the idea to use these cute creatures as inspiration for Addie's first birthday party. I have a lot of owl-inspired merchandise in my Etsy shop, and even though the owl trend may have seen the height of its glory, I still love them.

I realized the other day that I never shared the invitations I created for Addie's first birthday party last November. Setting aside the fact that her birthday is four months from tomorrow and that I need to start thinking about second birthday party invitations (gulp), I think this project is just too cute not to share.

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I couldn't find an invitation design to print or purchase that was just perfect for my teal and purple party vision, so I created my own. These were a lot more complicated than my easy DIY Mickey Mouse Clubhouse invitations, because they required a lot of custom drawing (thanks, hubby) and seven different paper types, brads, two ribbons, and three kinds of adhesive.




The owl's body is hand-drawn and the blue piece under the eyes was cut to fit. The eye circles were cut using punches. The wings were hand-drawn and consist of two layers of paper plus brads that allow them to flap out of the way to show the party information on the white paper below.

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I think my favorite part is the double ribbon bow on top. Or maybe the chevron wings. Or the glittery nose. I honestly can't make up my mind. But these were my favorite invitation yet! I'm not sure I'll ever out-do them creatively!

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I don't have a tutorial ready for these because they were so much more complicated. They may turn up for sale as a custom listing in my shop one of these days, though!
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