Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Day At Home & Simply Shimmer Giveaway!

It's a cozy day at home today.  We didn't go to our early childhood class.  I need to go to the grocery store at some point but decided to go when Brian gets home from work instead of trying to get the girls out of the house.  I just don't think I have it in me.  And I'm not sure how Lucy would do anyway.

She's mostly back to normal but every once in a while will start complaining that her head hurts and then we know we have to keep up on her pain management.

Have you ever tried to keep a three-and-a-half-year-old still just after head surgery?  It's nerve-wracking enough to send this mama into labor.

"Hey mom! Watch this!" As she jumps from the second to last stair on the staircase.

"LUCY!" I scream.

She looks at me as if I'm crazy.

Later I found her stacking bins of toys and then climbing on top so that she could reach something up on a hook.

ACK!  I'm going to go insane for the next two weeks until this thing is healed.

To keep her still I downloaded some new interactive books on the Kindle Fire.  We love the Sandra Boynton books and both the Halloween and Christmas Charlie Brown stories.  Any other recommendations?
Staying at home today means I have a lot of extra time to spend on the computer.  Well, let me rephrase that: Staying at home today means I have more than the usual amount of time to spend on the computer.  Once I've read through the daily news and my Facebook feed and all my favorite blogs, the next logical time suck is to start shopping.

Which brings me to my next topic.  I have a super fun giveaway!  It's mostly super fun because of the person I get to work with.  Remember this post way back in April about getting together with Brian's freshman roommate?  Well, his wife, Allison Mayer, has opened her very own shop on Etsy.

I love the Mayers.  They are a fun, down-to-earth, holy family.  But mostly I love them because they have four kids that are closer in age than ours and they still have their wits about them.  And their sense of humor.  And apparently a knack for entrepreneurialism!  How does she find the time?  She gives me hope!

Allison has opened a lovely little shop on Etsy called Simply Shimmer selling customized products.  She has everything from Christmas platters to teapots to wedding accessories.  She also has an adorable collection of handmade Halloween costumes for kids that you should absolutely keep in mind for next year.  And pssst...if you click over to her shop you'll be able to see pictures of her adorable kids modeling these costumes!

I think any of these pieces would look lovely on a Christmas table.  And if you're not hosting, perhaps a hostess gift?

A Giveaway!
Allison is offering a $25 credit to her store for one of my lucky readers.  To enter the contest you'll need to follow these two steps:

1.  Go to the Simply Shimmer Facebook page and like it.
2.  Leave a comment on this post.

Deadline to enter is Friday, November 23 at noon (Central Time).  Good luck!

*This contest is now over.  The winner is commenter #2!

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