Monthly Archives: April 2012

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

My little girl is celebrating her 3rd Birthday today! Happy Birthday Karidyn! We had her party on Saturday and I can’t wait to share the pictures, but today we are taking some time to celebrate with her as a family.

Being a Mommy is the best job in the world. It’s hard to believe that only three short years ago…

(photo by Wynter Photo)

(photo by Wynter Photo)

How quickly time flies. Have a great day!

 

 

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Remembering & Honoring

Friday marks the year anniversary of the tragic tornadoes that took the lives of 248* people here in Alabama.

If you purchased a Tornado Relief T-shirt from us last year, we encourage you to wear it this Friday, April 27, as we remember those who were affected. If you don’t have one, you can still order them here and they will ship immediately. Send in your photo(s) of you (or your children) wearing the shirts on Friday so we can share them on Facebook. You can email your pictures to us or you can post them on our Facebook page. For every photo we receive, we’ll donate $5 to the Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross**.

(*according to The Birmingham News, **one photo per person, photos must be received Friday, April 27, 2012)

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Read Rework and Reworking my Work

So the book I bought Monday, Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, I’ve already finished it! It came in the mail yesterday and I thought “Gee, I’ll sit down and skim through it and then go to bed” and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting last night. One sitting – never even got up one time to take a break… It really made me think about a lot of how I run my business as a mom and a wife and how success isn’t defined by how many employees you have or how busy you are. I’ll share more as I start to put some things I learned into practice! It was a super great book to me {minus a few choice words not in my vocabulary that they use to get their point across, so just as long as you don’t let your 10-year-old read it, you’ll be good… read it!}

On another note… just a week and a half until my daughter’s 3rd birthday party! Invitations are out {well, some are going to school friends tomorrow, yes even I run behind} Here’s a little teaser…

Yes, there is tulle & fabric on them! Yay!

Hope you have a great day!

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A Cookie Story

This little story is a little bit about a cookie and a little bit about life. Read on, you’ll see… Recently, my daughter and I made some cookies together, you know the yummy sugar cookie type with a zillion sprinkles. Fun stuff. Oh, and this was right after a haircutgonewrong, so please excuse the Dumb and Dumber haircut (as my husband called it), let’s call it a pixie cut, shall we?!

So anyway, we were making cookies and as I was watching her make these cute cutouts with all the different cutters, I was reflecting on how much our lives are just like sugar cookies. I helped her roll out the dough and I can hear her say “I can do it, I can do it” in her little 2-year-old voice. Then, with a little thought, she picks out the cutters she wants to use… first a fish, then a heart, then a gingerbread man cutout.

Pushing so carefully, to cut out each one, it’s so cute to see her concentrate.

Then, she scoops them up, with a little help from me of course, and we place them on the cookie sheet.

And it’s time for her favorite part, the sprinkles. Her little hand picks up the bottle and starts shaking it, sprinkles going everywhere. I have to encourage her to stop, but she’s having so much fun, she doesn’t want to stop. The cookies of course are covered and are cute… she made three cookies to represent our family, my husband, me and herself.

After just a few minutes in the oven they are golden brown and ready to eat.

Of course we made a huge mess, after all there are so many different cookie cutters to choose from!

Yummy!

You see, we are a lot like the cookies. We are all made in a special shape, all different and special. Then we are sprinkled with experiences in life, education, career, marriage, children, friends, etc. to make us who we are. The “sprinkles” make us truly unique. Even though some of the cookies looked the same or similar at first, the sprinkles give them the extra special touch that make them unique. You know, to me, sugar cookies just aren’t as good without the sprinkles- that’s the fun part.

Lately, I’ve been hearing/reading a lot about people feeling overwhelmed or disheartened because of comparing themselves to others. It is so easy to get caught up in that trap of feeling not good enough. I have started regularly following just a few encouraging blogs lately to keep me focused and encouraged and not disheartened. I truly hope that when you read our blog you leave encouraged and inspired. I hope your ready because I’m ready to start blogging more authentically, so you can see my heart more, my heart for God, family, children and business and how HollyDays brings that all together for me. I promised it last August and it is coming. Yesterday, I bought a book called Rework (based on a recommendation from Emily Ley, a sweet girl who writes one of the blogs I read frequently… you may remember her from this post) and I’m really excited to start reading it!

What kind of new “sprinkles” will you gain today?

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Easter T-Shirts Clearance Sale

The remaining Easter T-shirts are on sale for only $10 (plus shipping)
Only while they last! Click HERE to see them!

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Closed for Easter

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter! We will be closed Friday-Monday. Orders are being printed on Monday, but we will not be available for customer service until Tuesday morning.

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Hippity Hoppity Easter Party

Hippity hoppity, Easter is on its way and with Jen’s little boy’s birthday falling on Easter weekend this year, she decided to have an Easter Egg Hunt birthday for him. It was so cute and may give you some inspiration for your Easter egg hunt this weekend…

Here’s the party story as told by Jen:

I loved the way it turned out, it was so fresh looking with the colors and gingham!

I found some chalk eggs in a plastic egg carton for the favors and we made custom favor stickers to put on top.

The kids lunches were served  in a gable box to make it as simple as possible, they can just plop down and eat. We served egg shaped PB&J (in the gingham bag), Goldfish, a Buddy Fruit and juice box.

We had the buckets to use for the egg hunt.

Striped straws just make everything cuter!

The adults snacked on some veggies, potato salad, and mini ham sandwiches on sweet potato biscuits. Then we all shared some Easter bunny cupcakes for dessert along with haystacks made to look like birds nests.

Some of the kids enjoying the egg hunt

Happy 2nd Birthday Tucker!

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