Saturday, March 23, 2013

Snakes, Gators, Bears Oh My!!!!

I haven't posted in awhile. But, I'm working on an update post! Been very busy with Gracie's party plans! But, until then here are a few goofy photos.
When Stuffed Animals Attack!


Oh No a Snake!!
Katie the brave!


OMG a GATOR(My editing skills suck with a touch pad lol)!!
Don't mess with me!!!


I can show my toofers too!
Bear attack!
Oh NO!!!

Never fear Gracie to the rescue! Why you no listen?



I will snap you out of it!! 


LOL
Rainy inside day!
Thank heaven for imaginations!


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kidz Can Design Jewelry Review & GiveAway!!!

I recently partnered up with Kidz Can Design to bring you this awesome GiveAway!
Kids Can Design specializes in converting your child’s work of art into a high quality sterling silver custom piece of jewelry. You can use any traditional drawings created on a piece of paper, or an image of your choice which then can be turned in to either a Pendant or Charm to cherish forever!

How frickin' awesome is that? I was so excited and apprehensive when my package arrived. Because i knew what was inside, Instead of having Katie or Gracie's drawling converted, I choose to have the only masterpiece i will ever have of my sweet Angel baby Trent Junior's, his hand print!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I open the little silver box to see his tiny hand print converted into a beautiful charm, I couldn't hold back the tears!! It's amazing and will be forever cherished!



Mommy Approved!
I highly recommend this company, easy to order and such awesome friendly staff!

Who wants to win their very own personalize design from Kidz Can Design?? We will be giving one of AMommysTale.com's awesome readers the chance to design their very own charm!!

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 {Thank you to Kidz Can Design for their product for review! This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received for the review.}

Friday, March 8, 2013

Visit with the Girls Grandparent!

My inlaws came to Florida all the way from Wisconsin to visit us! They rented a Suite with connected room for us at the Holiday Inn, which was amazing. Nice little mini Vacation!! It was the first time Gracie meet them and I was fearful she would be scared and cry a lot BUT she warmed up to them very fast! The first night we were there they took us to a buffet style restaurant and Grandpa Larry fed Gracie chocolate pudding(I think that's when he stole her heart lol) she loved it! After dinner we went back to the hotel to just sit and visit but Katie had other plans!! When we first made these plans, Katie over heard Tammy(Grandma) and I talking on the phone about a spa area with a in door heated pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Gym, Ect. and she just couldn't stop talking about the pool for weeks! So when we got back to the hotel Katie and Grandpa immediately got there swimming gear on and headed down to the spa, I actually think they were dressed and ready before I could even get Miss Gracie out of her car seat LOL. I put on Gracie's FIRST swim suit, got mine on, met up with Tammy and we headed down too! Gracie wasn't thrilled with getting in the water at first, she seen Katie jump in off the side and it made a splash which scared Gracie till Katie popped up out the water laughing and smiling then Gracie started laughing and smacking the water, kicking her feet and just having a great time!!! It was Gracie's first time going swimming. I gave Gracie to Grandma and I headed over to the Jacuzzi, OH YEAH!!! I sat there and soaked up the relaxing goodness!!!! Let's just say I slept so well that night that we woke up at 2:45 thinking it was morning already! I got up changed Gracie, made her a bottle, made coffee then sat down to check my phone for alerts when I seen the time was 2:45am, I was like what? No freaking way LOL So Gracie and I played "quietly" till around 8am when Grandma came over. We went to breakfast then decided to go to the festival that was going on down town, lots of craft booths and food, they also had a big stage with bleachers so Gracie and sat down the watch Nick's Big Kid Band perform while Grandma and Grandpa took Katie to play in the big clear balls that roll around in a water pool. Katie had a blast! After walking around for while looking at all the lovely crafts booths we went back to the hotel and played in the pool for a few hours. Grandma decided to take us to Trent and I's date restaurant. It had been a while since I had been there with Trent being gone so long. It was strange, made me miss him so much more but at the same time a little comforting and familiar. Anyways We had a wonderful visit, the girls were so happy to be visiting with there Grandparents! Katie's already asking when they will visit again!!


I remembered my camera BUT forgot the SD card.....Just my Luck! Oh well, the cell phone camera had to do!!

























Thank you, Tammy & Larry!


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DoodleHugs Review!

I'm soooo excited to tell you about this wonderful company called DoodleHugs!
I was contacted by the owner and crafter of these awesome huggable creations, Karon.
Here is a little awesomeness about Karon.

Hi I'm Karon...

Your child's artwork is my inspiration to craft a soft, huggable toy. I will reproduce the design as close as possible using colorful soft fabrics. These custom made soft toys are one of a kind.

I have been a crafter for over 30 years. My hobbies are crafting, sewing and crocheting - usually with my own designs. My craft designs have been featured in national publications.

I have made numerous toys for children and I love seeing them smile with that first big hug.


All DoodleHugs are proudly made in the USA.
If you have any questions or special requests please contact Karon at Karon@doodlehugs.com


How much does it cost?
Prices start at $65 and up, depending on complexity and details in the child’s drawing along with the size of the soft toy. Please email Karon at Karon@doodlehugs.com and attach a copy of the child's drawing for a quote or use the Request a Quote Form. Shipping charges (postage and handling) are $10 for U.S. destinations. For international destinations, a shipping quote will be supplied.

How big is the soft toy?
Usually around 12 to 20 inches wide or long.

How do I send the drawing to you?
You can upload an image of the drawing (jpg, gif, pdf files only) in the Request a Quote Form or you can send it as an attachment to Karon@doodlehugs.com.

How long will it take?
From two to six weeks after payment is processed. Rush orders are possible, but there will be an additional cost which will be quote for you.

What are the toys made of?
A wide range of fabrics that include cotton solids and prints, fleece, felt, flannels, other embellishments, etc. The toys are stuffed with new, hypoallergenic 100% polyester fiberfill. Not intended for children under 3.

What if I’m not happy with the DoodleHug?
Refunds are not provided as these are custom designed one-of-a-kind items. However, once you receive the DoodleHug, if there is a problem, you are welcome to contact Karon and she will try to make adjustments. Additional charges may apply.

Can I specify the fabrics I want or can I send you some fabric (an old favorite piece of clothing or blanket) to be used in the soft toy?
Sure, if it is a fabric she thinks work with, Karon will be happy to incorporate it.

Do you have examples of DoodleHugs?
Please view Karon's gallery by clicking here.


 My Opinion-
I think this idea is so frickin' AWESOME! I was/am artistic and I can proudly say that i handed down the art gene to my 7 year old Katie! She and I are always doodling or crafting. I still have art work from my youth, I knew i kept them for a reason, to show her where she got her talent from! Ok, we may not be the best artists in the world but, to us we are frickin'  Leonardo da Vinci's LOL
The night i got the email from Karon and showed Katie, she was like a little printing press at the kitchen table with her art pad and crayons. We had tons of photos to pick from and it came down to these two...
Mommy & Daddy holding hands

&
Katie's current fascination 
Zombie girl
(From the mind of Katie)

Katie had a very hard time choosing which one to have Karon make for her, she was fighting herself thinking she would hurt Mommy and Daddy's feelings by not picking us LOL
I told her it was her choice and do not worry about hurting us, to go with what is fun and exciting!
So she reluctantly(but, excited on the inside) choose the Zombie girl!!
Which was a fabulous choice! Zombie girl is so adorable(I love the mind of my Katie) She has such a wonderful imagination!

Here is the finished product!!

Katie Loves her Zombie girl!!
 





We are so very impressed with the details and craftsmanship, if you notice on the photos Karon even made the bite chunk from Zombie girls side, Karon is amazing!
I highly recommend checking her website out and bringing your children's art to life!!



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 {Thank you to Karon @ DoodleHugs for their product for review! This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received for the review.}