Thursday, July 28, 2011


The girls little ballet class has ended & they started gymnastics a few weeks ago.  No big deal really, just an inexpensive class at our rec center.  It's something fun for them to do once a week.  Claire really, really loves it.  It is fun for her & she's pretty adorable to watch.

Sadie on the other hand has had some stress when it comes to gymnastics class because she started off not knowing how to do a cartwheel.  She would make excuses about why she couldn't go to class.  "My shorts got a hole in them, Mom.  I just won't go today." 

Even after we'd explain to her that it was all for fun, that the reason why she was going was to learn new things like how to do a cartwheel & that she was one of the youngest in the class and the other kids have had more time to learn these things, she'd still show signs of anxiety.  Well, yesterday she was brave & went happily to class & not too long after starting, we could see in her facial expressions that she was having a great time & that she was feeling proud of herself.  She was doing an awesome job at everything!  Cartwheels, back bends, round offs.  I felt so proud of her.

It makes me sad how early this feeling of not being good enough shows up in kids.  Almost just as soon as they are exposed to peers.

Anyway, the girls have had fun experiencing these new classes.  They want to do karate next.  :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vintage Baby Doll Changing Table

Last night Dylan & I were able to get away for a few hours on our own.  It's been a while since we've been able to go on a date, so we were excited to get a few hours to ourselves.  We grabbed some dinner & sat for a while chatting about this & that.  Then we decided to hit a thrift store on our way home. 

I spotted this vintage baby doll changing table & it stole my heart.  Priced only at $6.99 + the 20% discount we got that day for donating & few items when we walked in the door.  I led Dylan to it & asked his opinion.  Should we get it?

He was not immediately sold.  It was dirty & the bigger issue was if we had space for it.  We are limited with space while we're still living with my parents.  But I just knew that I would have a hard time forgetting this piece had I left it there at the store.  In the end I won & it came home with us.  I just love the cute animal decals & plus, what little girl wouldn't love playing with this gem?!

I got it as clean as I could, but the insides of the shelves still seem dirty.  They may need a new coat of paint.  But just as I imagined, the girls flipped out over it & have been quietly playing with it in their room.  They are pretending to be sisters with babies & they are hanging out while their husbands are at work.  :)

Yay for sweet little one of a kind vintage finds.  :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Grocery Bag Dispensers

A new batch of grocery bag dispensers made from vintage sheeting fabrics (of course) have been added to the shop.  Pretty, pretty.

Now I'm moving on to making something else.  :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Song

Happy weekend! I took a little trip up to the mountains to spend some time with the 12-18 year old girls from church. Maybe I'll have some stories to tell when I get back. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Claire's Haircut

Oh my goodness, it has been so difficult to post lately.  Summer is keeping me busy! 

Last weekend when I was getting my haircut (from my sister-in-law), Claire decided to get hers cut too.  Short.  She's been talking about a short haircut for a few weeks & so when my sister-in-law asked if she'd like her's cut, Claire responded with a definite, "Yes!".  There was no hesitation & this girl has been happy as can be with herself ever since. 

We love the new 'do on her.  My daughters are complete opposites in every way.  Older sister wants to grow her hair to the ground & this one wants it short.  I love that they have their own personalities.

Claire's short cut looks super cute with a headband.  So more headbands are now on my crafty to-do list.  :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July Sponsors

Have you checked out all of our fun sponsors this month ---->

Here are a few of my favorite goodies from their awesome shops:

1.  Tiny Yellow Bird
2.  le petit cardinal rouge
3.  Daffodils and Daisies
4.  Supreme Beings
5.  Stella Grace Boutique
6.  Sand & Starfish
7.  le petit cardinal rouge
8.  3 Ring Circus

Daffodils and Daisies is offering a 10% discount to Sparkle Power readers when you enter the coupon code SPARKLE10 at checkout.

Sand & Starfish is currently running a shop wide sale of 25-50% off.

Also, I still have a few $10 ad spots open for the month of August.  Please e-mail me if you are interested in sponsoring next month.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

5 Things

I'm 30 weeks along now.  I feel large & in charge.  Well, mostly just large.  Really large.  The summer heat has been really hard on me.  I'm trying not to be a total grouch all the time, but man.  I get cranky when I'm hot, pregnant or not.  Trying to drink lots of water & make sure that I take my vitamins.  I'm wearing elastic waist skirts & maternity t-shirts every day w/ no makeup & my hair pulled back in a pony tail.

My belly aches at times as things continue to stretch, mostly on the sides.  My legs are really tired by the end of the day.  I feel like they're telling me that they can't go on any longer.  I feel particularly weak in my knees & ankles, but that's just at the end of the day.  Braxton hicks have been in full effect for this whole pregnancy.  I definitely feel like I feel them stronger this time around than I did the last few times.  Those tightening contractions are much stronger & much more frequent at the end of the day as well.

I'm feeling fat, but I'm actually okay with my weight gain so far.  I'm up 25 lbs. from my pre-pregnancy weight.  10 more weeks to go & hopefully I can keep the weight gain under control.  I'm a little concerned about fitting into my maternity clothes through the remainder of my pregnancy.  This is definitely my most challenging pregnancy physically (I think just because I'm older this time) but I'm hanging in there & trying to be the best I can.  :)

I could not resist these little sneakers from the GAP for the baby.  Sometimes boy clothes shopping is not so bad after all. 

I made tie-dye shirts with the girls yesterday.  It's a summer activity that I've been looking forward to for a while.  They were so, so, so, so excited to make these.  I have no photos of the process, because it was quite messy.  After dying the shirts they had to be washed & these little cuties sat in front of the washer & the dryer waiting for them to come out.  They were beyond excited.  Fun stuff.

Claire's little comfort item, her "little pillow" has seen better days.  It used to look like this.  It's been hugged to death & is just disintegrating. She's slept with this pillow since she was a little baby & I've already repaired it once before.  Now, after 4 years of love from that little girl, it was just not repairable.  So she picked out some new fabric & we whipped up a new "little pillow" for her.  Nothing fancy, but it works.  She was happy to hand over the old one in exchange for this new, plump one.  I'm going to put the old one away in her memory box.   I think it's so sweet.

I made something new for the shop recently.  Pretty cloth napkins from vintage sheeting fabrics.  They are double sided with a different fabric on each side of each napkin.  I think they are darling & charming & I just love them.  I have a couple of sets available in the shop right now.

Hope your week is going well.  Thanks for sticking with me through this long mish mash post.  :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lost Tooth

It's been a while since Sadie last lost a tooth.  She's had a wiggly one for a while, but on Friday it suddenly got a whole lot more wiggly & loose.  That girl worked that thing all day long.  I'd see her checking in the mirror quite often to see just how loose it was getting.  She really wanted the perks of getting that thing out!

When Dylan came home from work he insisted on doing his daddy duty of yanking it out with floss.  This was amazing to me because loose teeth give him an extreme case of the gross outs.  (Yep, Sadie is totally wearing a witch costume.)

Well, the tooth came out & we were able to make use of the tooth fairy pillow once again.  It stays on her bed all the time waiting to be used.  The tooth fairy left a few dollars & some candy.  The tooth fairy left me candy when I was a little girl too.  I'm realizing now that that may be a little strange & that not all kids get candy from the tooth fairy.  Perhaps she did it so that we could have something to share with our siblings?  Oh well, somehow the tradition continues for my kids.  :)

And, I can't resist the cuteness of a smile with a missing tooth gap.  :)

Since my mind has been on this childhood right of passage, I've added a few more cute little tooth fairy pillows to the shop.

Monday, July 11, 2011


We went bowling this weekend.  It was so fun.  The kids were super excited & super funny to watch.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when we couldn't afford to go spend $20 on a weekend activity like this.  Although it may not seem like such a big deal, I am so very grateful that we able to do fun things like this.  I love my family so much.

Also, it may be shocking, but this pregnant lady totally won!  Somehow I beat Dylan by a whole 11 points.  :)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Saturday Song

I always get a good response from you guys when I post about Mates of State. Here's the video for Maracas, the first release from their new album due out this fall. I'm excited! :)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

A Peek

Last weekend I had an evening alone at home while the girls were spending the night at their grandparents house & Dylan was out with the guys.  I took the opportunity to piece together the top of a quilt for our baby boy. 

I cut & pieced the squares months ago, before we even knew the baby's gender.  I wanted to make something physical that I'd have to remember those early days of pregnancy.  Those in between days, where there was so much uncertainty & excitement of what was to come.  The days where we couldn't believe all that had changed so quickly.  Years of longing & hoping & praying that I'd get pregnant had abruptly come to an end & we didn't know what to do with ourselves.  I didn't want to forget where we'd been.  I didn't want to forget that feeling of being simultaneously terrified that the pregnancy wouldn't last & so full of complete joy that our family was growing.  So I started a quilt for the baby.

I thought that I had chosen gender neutral colors, though it does lean more towards boy.  I would totally wrap a girl in this quilt though, I just love blue.  Well, the quilt never got finished in those early days & that's okay.  I was happy to finally finish the top recently.  Now I just need to get to the rest of it.  Unfortunately my neighborhood fabric store closed down & I'm still really upset about it.  This means that I have to drive across town to pick out a backing & binding fabric.  So annoying!

Anyway, I don't know if I've ever been more in love with a quilt & it's not even finished yet.  :)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Itzbeen Baby Care Timer Winner

I'm sorry for my absence lately. I came down with the flu & it's been pretty rough. I'm on the mend, but feeling pretty weak. Trying to take it easy & rest up as much as possible. Getting sick is horrible, but when you're pregnant on top of that...It's the worst!

Anyway, I'm popping in real quick to announce the winner of the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer...

Congratulations to The Knapps!  Check your inbox for an e-mail from me.  :)

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Independence Day SALE!

Happy 4th of July weekend!  We are feeling patriotic & all that stuff.  So we thought we'd offer a discount in the Sparkle Power shop!

Receive 20% off your entire purchase when you enter the coupon code BOOMBOOM at checkout.

Thank you & God bless America!

Saturday Song

The Girl by City and Colour. Sweet. :)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Grocery Bag Dispensers

I've added a few cute grocery bag dispensers made from colorful vintage sheeting fabrics to the shop today.  They make me smile, plus they are useful.  So that's good.  Even though I put in a really good effort to use reuseable shopping bags, I still seem to end up with plastic bags floating around & I use them to empty our small wastebaskets & such.  So it's nice to have a cute & handy little dispenser like these to keep them organized.
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