Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Very First Review and Giveaway!!!!!

I am thrilled that my first giveaway is something that I have had the opportunity to use with my daughters;   Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces from Inspired By Finn.  I discovered amber teething necklaces from the phenomenal community over at The Babywearer (I get a lot of wonderful info there), as I was looking for a natural painkiller for teething.  Inspired by Finn came very highly recommended, so I ordered.  It was difficult to order just one because they come in different styles and colors- all beautiful!  I put the teething necklaces on my daughters at the first sign of their first tooth popping through and the amber worked better than any analgesic that I have ever used.  An amazing product, to say the least.

<---- S3 wearing her dark cherry chip-style necklace (unfortunately not carried anymore but trust me, it did the job!)

From the website:
 How can baltic amber help us? 
Pain Relief -
Baltic amber contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of many types of discomfort associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc. 
Strengthens the body's immune system - 
In many different and subtle ways, succinic acid helps boost the body's own natural healing ability and immune system. 
 Restoring Energy – 
The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state. 

Inspired by Finn is a company local to me, with stellar customer service and a serious selection of amber and other pain alleviating products. Inspired by Finn also carries Hazelwood, adult amber jewelry, Babylegs and other foot and leg warming products!

So without further delay, I am announcing an Inspired by Finn Giveaway!  The winner may select any 17'' in-stock necklace or a bracelet.  There are some beautiful pieces on the site! 

What you need to do:
1.  Mandatory entry- visit the Inspired By Finn site and come back and tell me one thing you learned about Amber or Hazelwood in the comments section below!  You must do this before any other entry! 

For additional entries: (Leave a comment in the comments section below for each entry!)
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Just can't wait? Inspired By Finn has graciously granted my readers a 20% off code to use (enter 'blog' at checkout)!!! You can click on the Inspired by Finn button to the left or visit from here .

Contest will run from 10/30/09-12/11/09.  Winner will be chosen randomly by a random number generator and announced on 12/13, after confirmation.   Enjoy!!!

Contest is now closed.  Winner will be announced on Monday!!

*please remember to complete the mandatory entry in order for your subsequent entries to count!  Leave a comment below for each entry you complete!!!*

I couldn't wait.....

So I am posting the giveaway....................... NOW!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A giveaway is coming!!!

I am looking at doing giveaways base on 'my favorite things.'  I have many, favorite things that I would love to share with you! I am excited about my first giveaway because #1, it's lovely. #2, it works!!!! #3, the customer service is second to none and #4, if you can't wait, I have a discount code for you! How's that for woo hoo!!

Be patient..... I'll get you details on Monday!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yo hablo poquito espanol......

Forgive my serious deficiency on the Spanish language! 
I shared this on my FB page, but I will share it here too..... twice today at the grocery store did people come up to me speaking spanish. One lady tried to get me to taste Clamato with tabasco sauce in it..... no gracias.  Somehow I managed to be able to tell an elderly gentleman that the turkey was 37 cents a pound, con su Fry's card. LOL.  He thanked me.  De nada.  ;)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving week countdown!

Are you ready? Man! Thanksgiving just snuck up didn't it? I almost forgot about because of all of the Christmas stuff that came out the day after Halloween! I went shopping today and got some smokin' deals at Fry's, thanks to coupons and sales.  Can we say bacon that is normally $5.99 for 77 cents? Yes honey!  I love it! 

I am working on a stenciled shirt order and a pouch for some friends, so I know that I did not post like I wanted to.  I am still excited about getting to know all of you, and giving you a glimpse into my world!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

So I am thinking......

which could be dangerous (haha), but I'll share. I am thinking that I will have a theme for each day, just so that there is a bit of order and consistency.  (For those who have gone through 'True Colors' at work, I am a gold. I am one point away from blue though, so I dub myself a gold who lives in organized chaos. I am ok with that).  I have themes assigned for every day of the week but Sunday.  Should I even blog on Sundays if I blog the other days of the week?   What do you think?  Comment away...........

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How did I miss this?

How on earth did I miss the site Happy Bambino after two babies since 2007?  This is a site after my own heart, encompassing breastfeeding, babywearing and earth friendly products for mama and baby.  Plus if you are local to the area- Madison, Wisconsin, you can go in for workshops on labor and delivery (including prenatal yoga!), breasfeeding, infant massage, signing, cloth diapering and an array of other pertinent topics! Wow!!!! The prices on items from nursing bras to slings are very competitive.  The site is going on my 'Cool With Me' list for sure. 

Right now the store/site is having a slew of giveaways, celebrating 5 years in business.  Way to go! I am looking forward to getting to know this site better!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I love to save money!!

You will quickly learn this about me! I love to save money whenever I shop and then tell people about how much money I saved! My husband will even tell friends that he is fully aware that I never pay full price for pretty much anything that comes into our house! Haha.
Anyway, a great way to save on items (especially baby and kid stuff) is to find a site like Baby Half Off.  This momma features brand new items, one at a time for rock bottom prices.  She lives in the same state as me, which puts her on my 'cool with me' list! So here is the first of my many money saving links! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Let me introduce myself!

I am so excited to start this new blog.  I am looking forward to getting to meet like minded families who enjoy living green, saving money and having fun all at the same time.

My name is Abby and I married to a wonderful man since 2003.  We have three children, 2 dogs, 1 SUV and a mortage.  I thank God each and every day for all of them! I love taking pictures, upcycling, and all (ok most) things handmade.  I can hold my own with a sewing machine and for some reason, my creativity comes in spurts.

I have a store on at but it is currently unstocked.  Why? My creativity comes in spurts.  I do plan on stocking onesies and tees again at one point, but I would really like to give this blog a go.

Again, please bear with me as I get this blog rolling and as I figure out how to link the cool buttons on the above bar to some kind of significant information! ;)  Until then, here are some pics for you to enjoy!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Alright! Welcome to my blog! My intention is to do a little bit of everything to reach this big world from my little world- a bit of education, some opinions, crafts, giveaways, and lots of fun! Sit back and enjoy while I get things up and running.  Stay tuned!
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