Thursday, November 29, 2012


It’s that time of year again…time to find the perfect hiding place for all the Christmas gifts! The past few years it hasn’t been hard for us because the boys were little and really never thought to look for things. This year though Zim has already almost found some gifts completely on accident just because he’s nosey and loves to poke around places like under beds and closets. Thankfully we have an attic and in the attic we have a large wooden chest…the perfect hiding place…for this year at least.

I’m sure as they get older the boys will start looking for places that would be perfect hiding spots and we’ll have to start being sneaky. For now though I’m grateful for their somewhat innocent nature!

So, where do you hide your gifts? Did you ever find a stash of gifts when you were little?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sending out some love…Tune in Tuesday

Quite a few people I know have recently had to experience the death of a loved….something I wish no one had to ever experience. I wish there was something I could do to help with the pain and heartache but I know that I can only pray for them and offer my love and support. Today this post is for them. This is such a beautiful song and I’m sending it out to those who’ve lost loved ones or even just lost love. Hugs and prayers. xoxo

Feel free to link up and join in on the Tune in Tuesday fun that my friend, Nicole, started up.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winter Crafting!

Thanksgiving is over so now it’s time to break out the winter crafts! I’ve got a few things in mind for the mantel as well as some great DIY gifts! Here’s what I’ve completed so far…


$0.50 sweater from a local thrift store turned leg warmers and Christmas stockings! (I have two more thrift store sweaters to dissect for more stockings.)

Button wreath on an old piece of wood.

Snowmen from old wood blocks!

Stocking holder from pallet wood!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Back from quarantine…

I had every intention of being a faithful NaBloPoMo blogger this month….then the stomach flu hit our house and all bets were off. Then of course Thanksgiving was here and well time got away and here I am finally blogging again. So here’s a bit of a catch up…

We had the awesome pleasure of having Kristina from our local Arthritis Foundation come talk to Bubba’s cub scout group about JA. She also brought a huge banner for the boys to make for the upcoming Jingle Bell Run. If you’re local and you haven’t registered yet there’s still time! The Pittsburgh Jingle Bell Run is on Saturday, December 8. We’ll be there so come and see us!


Then last weekend we heard that all the batmobiles were going to be displayed down at Heinz Field…we couldn’t pass up taking the boys down to see them. The cars were amazing! We even got to listen and watch as they started up the one used in the most recent films. Pretty cool stuff!


After looking at all the cool cars we headed downtown to check out all the holiday fun. Thankfully we had a beautiful day with clear sky and sunshine! The boys had a blast!


Now the countdown to Christmas begins and with that lots of fun crafts and the antics of Cookie the Elf! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tears on a Sunny Day

Today my heart is so heavy…today I’ve grabbed my boys and squeezed them so tight with tears in my eyes with them wondering what is wrong with Momma. Today tears flow down my cheeks for a family I don’t even know because they are watching their sweet baby slip away. Today a mother is doing something no mother should ever have to do…she’s preparing herself to say goodbye to her daughter who is loosing her fight with an awful cancer. Today this mother and father are going through hell knowing that they will never hear their daughter again, never see her smile again. Today my heart is breaking for them. I know in life there is a greater purpose to things, even the really, really bad things, but it doesn’t make them any more bearable.

If you can please send some prayers and positive thoughts for this family. Please pray that as this sweet angel passes from this world to the arms of Jesus that she is free of pain and is completely aware of the love surrounding her. Please pray for her parents…that they can be surround by a perfect peace.

And please, please take a moment to show those you love how much you love them because in a blink things can change. Cover your kids in hugs and kisses no matter how much it grosses them out. Never take anything for granted and love with everything you have every day of your life.
Sweet Bea, you’re life is such a beautiful thing and you’ve shown so many of us what it means to be a strong soul. You are such a brave, amazing girl…soon you will be flying free.

Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven's love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Fly, fly precious one
Your endless Journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace all one word
But hold this memory bittersweet
Until we meet.

Fly, fly do not fear
Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don't wait for me
Above the universe you'll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But I won't forget

Fly, fly little wing
Fly, where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Juvenile Arthritis Webinar!

I’m so excited to share this news with you! I just got word that there is going to be a webinar next Tuesday (November 20) at 4 p.m. for parents of children with JA!

JA Seminar 2012

I’m really looking forward to this webinar and I hope that if you are a parent of a child with JA you will consider participating.  If you happen to know a family who’s child was recently diagnosed and who are looking for support, please pass this along to them.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the advances being made with research as well as getting tips on managing family dynamics! Seriously, you don’t want to miss this! So what are you waiting for?! Go register! And don’t forget to share, share, share!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sick Monkey

Poor Monkey got the tummy bug. He’s finally sound asleep on the floor while Mickey Mouse plays in the background. I watch him sleep and I’m so thankful for the peace he is getting right now. For the little break from a painful belly and a sore leg. I look at him and see how perfect he is regardless of the disease that hurts him. My heart swells with love and pride…I am so blessed to be his momma.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Simple Sunday

This is the forecast today….


Yup, we WILL be outside! Gotta enjoy them when they come because it could be 30’s and snowing later this week…you just never know!

Have a blessed Sunday! xoxo

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Shameless Self Promoting

Some of you know that there’s more to me than being a momma and a blogger. Some of you know of my obsession hobby of crafting. I will craft anything…seriously, anything.

I’ve always enjoyed making things but things got serious when I got a sewing machine before Zim was born. I was determined to make my own Vera Bradley-ish diaper bag. I made this bag my making my own pattern and I was SO happy with how it turned out! I don’t have a nice photo of my diaper bag, but here are two more bags I made using that as my template. The first is another diaper bag. I got the sweetest note from the woman it was gifted to! The second is a travel tote I made for a friend of my mother-in-law. She was going on a trip and wanted something to carry on the plane that would hold her books and such.


I really enjoy being able to pick out fun fabric and create with it! I’ve also sewn some dresses…I know, I have boys so why right? I just wanted to try my hand at it!


I love to make adorable headbands. I started by seeing something I wanted for myself at Target and of course I thought to myself, “I can totally make that myself for a lot less!” Here are some recent ones that I LOVE!


Then of course there is my jewelry…

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I also enjoy designing things on the computer along with my photography.


Prayer Card

So, if you’re looking for something special for Christmas gifts this year consider buying handmade and consider purchasing something custom from yours truly! You can see more of my craft projects on my Sew Sassy page. If you’d like more info on photos or design work you can email at

Friday, November 9, 2012

Highs and Lows

It’s Friday folks! For many this is a long weekend and a chance to enjoy a little extra time at home. For others, like us, it’s just a normal weekend. This week’s been a busy one…I can hardly believe that it’s already November 9th. Thanksgiving is less than TWO weeks away…crazy! Today is another busy day with lots of school work and Sew Sassy work to do so I’m going to keep the post simple with just a quick high/low of the week.

High: My hubs not only brought me home some mini Milky Way bars but also brought me wine and margarita mix! Love him!

Low: Monkey’s doctors informed us that there aren’t any radiologists at the hospital who feel practiced enough to do a sonogram on his joints in order to give them a reading on the inflammation in his legs. This means we had to schedule another sedated MRI.

High: Knowing some awesome people who are willing to help me try to find a radiologist who might be able to do the sonogram so we can avoid the MRI. (Please pray that we find some one.)

Low: It’s cold.

High: It’s supposed to get almost into the 70’s this weekend!

Low: I’m hitting some roadblocks with school and now I’m very unsure what I should do.

High: I know that ultimately God has greater plans for me and maybe this is His way of forcing me to take a break and focus on Monkey’s treatment and raising awareness.

High: Three amazing little men who love me no matter what.

High: All my friends in NY and NJ are safe.

High: I have sweet and thoughtful friends.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Our garden did great this year! We had so many tomatoes canned a bunch and ended up freezing three huge bowls because we couldn’t can them fast enough. Today Ed pulled them out and got the boys involved in getting them processed to make room in our freezers.

I love that not only are we using fresh ingredients that we grew ourselves but that we are teaching our boys the importance of doing that. They love to help…especially since they love to get a gooey and messy!