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To Emilia ~ Scrunchy Face

Scrunchy Face Picture

  {Disclaimer: You may want to kill me for this picture when you are in your teens.} You are definitely developing a sense of humor! You started making the FUNNIEST face. We’ve been calling it the “scrunchy face”. You scrunch up your nose and squeeze your lips and huff in and out through your nose.  We laugh, then you giggle. It is hilarious. You’ve also been learning a lot of new words. You know Mama, Papa, baby and kitty-kitty. You {Read More}

10 Tips for New Moms

Layered Changing Pad

  Mommyhood is a new role to me. I am not claiming to have infinite wisdom, but I have learned a thing or two in my 13 months of experience. I am big on saving time and my sanity. Here are a few tips that have done both. 1. Trust your Instincts You will question yourself over and over again. Just remember, you are MADE to be a Mommy. Let your instincts lead the way. Accept advice from those with {Read More}

Survey Says

The questionnaire

My first at-home money making venture is, of course, completing surveys. Surveys are a staple of earning money via the Internet. I have never taken a survey online and I am somewhat hesitant. Will I earn any money? Will I be bombarded with junk email? Tonight I Googled, “make money with surveys” and clicked on the first link. I signed up with this site and was told it would take two weeks of their coaching to learn the ropes and {Read More}

Learning to Make Money from Home

Pink Piggy Bank

The main reason I am not currently a Stay At Home Mom is because my family depends on my income. I make a decent salary as a full-time office manager. I have always worked outside the home. Now that I am a mother, I am compelled to find a way to stay at home. I plan on experimenting with different money making ideas to see which are viable options. I have been brainstorming and the following are some of the {Read More}

How to Remove GUM from Leather Furniture

pb and gum

During Emilia’s birthday party, one of her little friends left a present… a glob of gum smeared onto our leather couch! I researched ways of getting it off. WD-40, nail polish remover and and lotion seemed like they could cause damage. Peanut butter?! Why not, let’s try it. Wipe peanut butter on the gum. Let is sit for at least three hours. (I tried wiping it off after one hour and the gum was still there.) After three hours, wipe {Read More}

To Emilia ~ My Words Are My Gift

Flying Emilia.jpg

Emilia,  my precious and precocious little girl. I LOVE watching you play, laugh and live every day. I am documenting your life so that you can look back, smile, cry and reminisce. Enjoy life!! Every wonderful, happy, scary, hectic, thrilling, amazing moment of it! My words are my gift to you…      

Pages, Widgets and Plugins, Oh My!


Personalizing a theme is much more than I had imagined. As I’ve mentioned, I am new to blogging. Pages, widgets and plugins are like a foreign language to me. I’ve discovered that blogging is not for the faint of heart. I am getting the hang of it however, and in the process, I’ve found some wonderful resources. Of course, the WordPress Support Page and the Studio Press Support Forum were both very useful. Lindsey from Pretty Darn Cute Designs has been {Read More}

To Emilia ~ You Are Walking Now

Emilia Walking

  You began by taking a step or two just before your first birthday. Papa and I would sit in your play yard and make a diamond shape with our legs. One of us would hold you and aim you at the other. You would take a step or two then LAUNCH yourself toward us. You thought it was hilarious. You would squeal and laugh. A few days after your first birthday you took three steps and then dove for {Read More}

To Emilia ~ Schwimming with Shmeelee


Your first swimming lesson was Monday, June, 18, 2012. We took the Tadpole class at the Apple Valley Parks & Recreation swimming pool. There were eight other babies in your class. It was an outdoor pool and it was warm but windy. You held on to me so tight at first. It seemed like you were not sure why there was so much water and why we were both in it. We played with floating toys and you smiled at {Read More}

To Emilia ~ Your First Birthday Party

Emilia in her party dress

Your first birthday party was on Saturday, June 16th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at our house. The theme was the Backyardigans because you have loved their theme song since you were an itty bitty baby. It was such a great gathering of wonderful people. You are SO adored!! You were very excited about having all of the people at our house. You were not afraid or intimidated at all. Dann said that he had never seen a baby that fearless. {Read More}