Congrats to Lisa who nominated her friend Tracy and to Shelley who nominated her mother. Check your inbox for an email from us!

Thanks to everyone who entered!


I am a huge supporter of handmade.  I love to not only buy handmade products, but I also love to get the word out about great handmade shops.  Because I was in the handmade world for so long, I know its hard work and we put our heart and soul into our work.  And work doesn’t end at 5pm.  It ends only when we lay down to close our eyes, and sometimes not even then!

One of my favorite shops and long time sponsor of this blog is Jennifer Dahl Designs.  She creates pieces of jewelry to represent meaningful moments in our lives, to wear around our necks, to remind us of where we’ve been, what we’ve been through, what we celebrated, which makes us who we are.


Jennifer has created this beautiful Be Brave necklace and needs your help to give away 2!  We want YOU to tell us about a person you know who deserves one of these necklaces, someone who has shown great courage in the midst of difficult circumstances.  We’d love to hear the stories!

Jennifer will choose 2 courageous women from your nominations to receive these necklaces, and the friends who nominated them will also get a $25 gift certificate to Jennifer’s shop!

Please see the raffle copter below for all the details on how to enter!

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if you ever want a good laugh & some pure entertainment, just put pharell’s “happy” song on youtube and it will make. your. night.


oh yeah, and you have to have kids to do the funny part.


here’s the deal:  my girlfriend told me how their family watches that music video and her son (same age as silas) loves to dance to it and try to imitate all the moves.   so cute, right?  well, silas and the girls did the same exact thing and it was awesome!  seriously some of the hardest laughing sean and i have done in a long time!


while first time was definitely the funniest, we’ve done it a few more times and it just makes me smile.  and who can’t use a good smile?  can i get an amen?


this time just the girls were getting their groove on.  as my online friend emily pointed out to me, our kids are just at the sweet spot – such great ages.  i so enjoy sitting back and watching them be silly and goofy and getting little glimpses of looking like big kids.


we’re kind of a dance party family.  we always have music playing, pretty much from once we wake up each day.  so when a good song hits we tend to make total goofs of ourselves and have a dance party with the kids.  its pretty awesome.  and they’re not too embarrassed of us.  yet.



the girls are sporting adorable new t-shirts ℅ the talking shirt, a company founded by a mommy tired of tees with rude/snarky/inappropriate sayings on them!  she also has two little girls and wanted them to spread a positive message wherever they went.  i love that idea!



the colors and prints of the shirts are super cute, but i also love the cut – not boxy, but not tight fitting either.


the talking shirt is giving away a prize pack of 3 tees of the winners choice!

see rafflecopter below to enter!

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