Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Give Away From Blue Zoo Alchemy

Here's another fun Give Away Contest, it's from Blue Zoo Alchemy. For Contest info, please read below.

If you've ever watched the TV show Friends, you may have caught the episode where they all travel to another country for one of Ross's lectures. If so, you may have noticed one of these types of art prints on one of the hotel room walls:

They are made using salvaged pages from an antique dictionary and come in an assortment of beautiful vintage illustrations. Some contain popular quotes like the one above and some come in full optional color. Here are a few of my favorites:

They make wonderful home warming, wedding, birthday and aniversary gifts and can be paired up in sets. I plan on adding a bunch to our bedroom soon and will post some pictures when I'm done.

To enter the Blue Zoo Alchemy Give Away:

Visit the Blue Zoo Alchemy website on Etsy and comment below on 3 of your favorite prints. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR NAME, ADDRESS and EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW. Please email me seperatly with your name, address and email. You will then be entered to win your 3 favorite art prints from Blue Zoo Alchemy!

Draw ends August 31, 2011.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Painted Dreams

June is always a busy month for us as I'm sure it is for you to. It's a time when children say goodbye to their friends and teachers, weekly dance and swim lessons come to a halt and gardens flourish with new growth.

For our family it was all the above and more, in June my second daughter celebrated her Grade 12 Graduation. I'm so incredibly proud of her, like me, academics for her were tough, but she made it through with more credits than she needed along with an award and a bursary. Next spring she plans on attending College to become a Special Needs Teacher, which I know she'll be fantastic at.

Do you remember dreaming about your perfect grad or prom dress. If you were like my daughter, you dreamt about it since you were REALLY little, you know, age 9 or 10. It's definitely a hunt or at least that's what it seemed like. The hunt for the PERFECT Prom Dress. If you've ever watched TLC's, "Say Yes to the Dress", then you have a good idea of what it was like for us. Only it wasn't a wedding dress we were looking for. You should know that I'm not the type of person who spends hours and hours shopping at malls, that would be my husbands department. Probably because having a large family keeps me so busy and partially because I'm not really into the latest fashion trends but ask me about any baby related subject and that I would probably know.

I figured that hunting down a dress for my daughter would be a cinch. I remember how easy it was a few years ago when my oldest daughter and I went shopping for her prom dress. She choose the very first dress she tried on, a gorgeous deep red that went perfect with her strawberry blonde colored hair. It happened to be the one I choose for and she loved it from the beginning.

That brings me to when I graduated, it was waaaay back in 1988. Friends of the family owned a tailoring business and offered to make one for me at a reduced rate. I drew out and painted my dream dress, a light pink princess gown with full lace sleeves...yes LACE with an enormous bow just above my rear end. That dress now hangs in our downstairs closet. My teens love to parade in it during sleep overs, which causes a menagerie of giggles and OH MY'S!

So when it came time for my second daughter to pick a dress I figured it would be just as easy. I was wrong. She started by drawing a princess gown in bright orange, it had to be orange. Pink had always been her favorite color, but recently she changed to loving orange. She kept mentioning how she knew no one else would be choosing that color, most of her friends were going to get blues, greens, pinks and reds and she wanted something different. Her hunt began online, with so many different styles, colors and fabrics to choose from it's a wonder how any girl can choose just one, but she did. A gorgeous shimmery burnt orange princess gown. I tried not to give my personal opinion because I knew no matter what I thought or said, she wouldn't listen and more importantly, it wasn't about me, it was about her and her special day.

Mom's PLEASE remember this, because there's nothing worse than hearing your mom say how much she hates the dress you love, something my daughter and I heard a few times in the change room beside us. There were many tears from a few and they weren't happy ones. So no matter how much you hate it...don't show it. One other tip....don't take along friends, ever! It really should be a day for daughter and mother/father. Let the friends come to a fitting, after the choice has been made, that way everything stays positive.

Back to the dress hunt, after calling a few dress shops we heard the great news, one store had a sample in. Being that it was only November we waited until January to go try it on. I called again to make sure the sample was still there and was told that we only had another week or so until it would be too late to order one in her size, so we drove down that weekend and my daughter happily tried it on. With tears welling up in her eyes and in a surprisingly calm voice she said "This is THE Dress." The sales lady, insisted that she try on a few others just in case, so 40 dresses, 5 stores and 3 months later...where oh where did the time go is all I kept thinking, she still wanted that orange dress.

Eventually we returned to the store, hoping that there was still time left to order and have it shipped out, otherwise she would have to pick one from the sales rack. It wouldn't be the end of the world, but knowing that she couldn't have the dress she first fell in love with made my heart sink. I should have gone with my gut and told the sales lady no, that if my daughter feels that this is the dress, then this is it, but I didn't and I had to use the experience as a teaching opportunity. I reminded her that we should appreciate what is offered to us and that there were plenty of other beautiful dresses to try on. Even though she was a bit disappointed, she agreed, and was eager to try on a few more. I felt horribly sad for her.

With one month left until the big day, we headed to the store once again. She tried on a few more dresses and settled on a lovely periwinkle colored gown. Just as we were about to pay, the sales lady mentioned that she had remembered my daughter and how much she loved the orange dress and offered us the sample at a reduced cost. My daughter instantly said YES! We couldn't believe that after all that she would end up in her dream dress.

With only 2 weeks before her Prom, we headed back to the store for her final fitting, which didn't go so good. When the sales lady tried to do up the zipper it broke, thankfully she offered to have the seamstress fix it within the week and pay for it since she felt it was her fault for pulling on it so hard. A week later, it was ready to be picked up. She tried it on again, everything fit wonderfully, we dropped it off to be dry cleaned. Talk about cutting it to the quick... 3 days before her Prom we picked it up from the dry cleaners, hung it up to fluff up all the layers and layers of crinoline and waited for the special day. Which turned out to be absolutely beautiful but not nearly as beautiful as how my princess looked in her dream dress.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


This Giveaway Contest is a tribute to my wonderful mom who loves the color pink and couldn't be here for Mother's day. She's currently in Texas giving her support to one of my cousins who is only 14 and was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Jordan we wish you well!!

I wish you all Good Luck and a very Happy Mother's Day!

This Month's Giveaway Contest is for an adorable mohair double flower headband.

To ENTER: Please visit my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieProps?ref=ss_profile and list 2 of your favorite items from my store in the comments section.

Winners will be announced Friday May 27th.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


This months GIVEAWAY CONTEST is a

Kali Mei Tai Baby Carrier from Blue Zoo Baby Boutique

In a Vibrant Red, Yellow, Orange Flaming Dragons Pattern.

The Kali Mei Tai Baby Carrier (also known as an Asian Baby Carrier, ABC or MT, pronounced May Tie), is the perfect carrier for you & your baby from birth through to toddlerhood.

With MANY different carry positions, you're sure to find it comfortable for both you & your little one.

The straps are long enough to accommodate most body types and sizes & will fit anyone with a 26" waist up to 65". Generally speaking these carriers will fit most sizes wonderfully.

Details (all measurements are approx.)

* Shoulder strap padding: 13.5" x 4"

* Shoulder strap measures: 70" x 4"

* Waist strap padding: 3" x 4"

* Waist strap measures: 33" x 4"

All Kali Mei tai baby carriers come with black straps.

Please contact Blue Zoo Baby Boutique for more info.

To enter this contest please visit Blue Zoo Baby Boutique and post below telling us which is your favorite Kali Mei Tai Baby Carrier Pattern.

Contest Closes Thursday April 14th. Winners will be announced Friday April 15, 2011.


Friday, April 1, 2011

March Showers Bring Forth April Flowers????

Or something like that, the stuff just keeps coming!! What I find funny is that we all know that in our part of the world it's known as a Rainforest, yet some of us (ME) are always so shocked when it rains for days and days, sometimes WEEKS on end.

This year we're finally going to harvest some of that glorious liquid gold, a few weeks ago my wonderful husband came home with an enormous white barrel he purchased from a commercial brewery. At first I thought, oh my, when on earth will he have the time to make something he and I rarely ever drink (beer) and then I realized what it was, a rain barrel! Now I can't wait to start my small garden. If my hubby gets his way, it's not going to be small at all, his plans (which tend to grow with each passing month) are to add sweet potatoes, more grape vines, tomatoes and a fig tree or two and of course flowers. They all will be added to this years mini-farm, at least that's what the kids call it, I call it wishful thinking! Last year our peas, beans and cherry tomatoes did really well, but our apple trees...nothing, same for our beautiful peach tree. The year before it was covered in peaches, there were so many, the branches started to bend over from all the weight. I'm hoping this year they will make a come back. I wonder if it had anything to do with trying to use bath water to keep our plants alive? Maybe this year they'll do better with water that hasn't been doused with soap and 5 different types of shampoo. This year I'll save the bath water for the front yard!

So, if you are driving around and see a front door open with a hose sticking out and some one attempting to water their plants and lawn, you'll know it's ours and while you're driving by, please stop and smell our pretty flowers....and don't be surprised if they all smell like baby soap.

Oh I almost forgot to mention that the wonderful rain barrel only cost us $25.00. How I love repurposing!

I really feel the need to apologize for not posting in March, it was one of those months, you know the kind where bad stuff happens in 3's then they double to 6. During the first and second week of March, 3 of my kids got sick. It's not the gross projectile vomiting that gets to me, it's the organization and octopus hands you need. Picture 2 crying kids, 2 sets of soiled sheets and clothing, lots of gooey hair and a very tired husband. The first thought that come to my mind is, how do I clean 2 kids at the same time, change 2 sets of beds and then administer something to bring down fevers, plus (the most important part) console them? Easy, run downstairs and ask grandma to help change beds, while daddy changes our son and I take care of the baby. A bit easier said then done though. Eventually bodies, hair & faces were cleaned, beds were made and medicine was given and our sweet, sick kids fell fast asleep. Thank goodness for grandma's & hubby's! One week later one of their older sisters caught the same bug, can we say... WHAT A MONTH! At least now I don't have to worry about those 3 getting sick any time soon (fingers crossed).

By the end of March we received some really sad news, my great uncle who was close to his 80th birthday, passed away from Leukemia, a few days later our family was notified that my mom's best friend who is also my aunty and in her late 50's as well as my 14 year old cousin were also both diagnosed with the same cancer. In one week this horrible disease has taken the life of a wonderful father, husband, son, brother and uncle and another 2 are fighting for their lives. Both are currently receiving chemo treatments and I ask that you pray for their speedy recovery.

On a good note, members of my family who live in Southern Vancouver Island got together for a wonderful combined birthday party celebration. I can't imagine not living near my mom and brothers and realize how truly lucky we all are to have the opportunity to be within a short drive of each other's homes. Watching all our children play reminded me of when my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and other family members would gather together at Easter and have one HUGE Easter Egg hunt. Children would be running everywhere gathering up eggs while trying to keep the eggs they had already found from falling out of their homemade baskets, the older kids would eventually start helping out the younger ones all while the adults looked on and laughed.

For us Easter is a time to celebrate births, it reminds us all how truly lucky we are for those we love and hold close to our hearts. During this Easter, please remember to let your family members both near and far know how much they are cherished and thought about. All it takes is a small email or better yet a quick Skype chat (we're slow when it comes to technology and just signed up this past week). Don't let time pass, before it's too late.

Oh and please take time to walk in the rain, because there's nothing like the smell of flowers after a spring shower..... well except for maybe the smell of a sweet baby in your arms.

Speaking of babies, March also kept me busy with designing a few new hats:

The BEAUTIFUL photo's were taken by Rebecca at "Rebecca Joy Studios" in Victoria, BC and BJ at "Fairytales Photography" in Chatham, Ontario.

Thanks Rebecca & BJ!!!

Watch for this months Giveaway Contest coming soon!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 25th Giveaway Contest Now Closed!

This Giveaway now has a winner, but don't worry, there's more to come!

A Giraffe Tag Blanket from

The tag blanket offered is very similar to the one above and comes with 10 matching tags, the reverse side is a very soft light brown minky. The top giraffe pattern fabric is made with poly fleece. The tag blanket measures 8.5" x 6" (not including tags).

These OH SO SOFT Blankets are the perfect gift for that new little miracle. Surprise any New Mommy with a customized tag baby blanket with baby's name in your choice of Minky colors (found at Blue Zoo Baby Boutique). Tag blankets are the perfect gift for toddlers to! Or maybe you know of a special autistic child that would love to fiddle with the tags while they cuddle with the blanket. No matter who you give it to, it will be a very treasured item...so much so, you might want to get 2. One for home & one to keep at preschool, Daycare or Grandma & Grandpa's house.

Tag Blankets are Machine Washable in Cold Water, Hang to Dry. Hand washing is recommended.

If you would like to enter this contest, please visit Blue Zoo Baby Boutique and post a comment below about this or another product and become a follower to this blog. (Contest is now closed).

Good luck!!

Congratulations Dawnmarie Huerta !!! Your are Fridays Contest Giveaway Winner!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Car Seat Recall Notice!!

Recall issued by Health Canada: February 15, 2011

Full Product Description:

This recall involves certain Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Schwinn and Maxi-Cosi branded child restraints manufactured from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009. Some of the recalled child restraints were sold as part of a travel system, which includes a stroller, an infant car seat/carrier, and a car seat base. The stroller portion is not affected by this recall.The model number and date code can be found on a label on the back or the side of the child restraint. The following brands and model numbers are included in this recall.

Please visit the Health Canada Website to see a listing of Brands and Manufacturer's Numbers, steps to follow and for more information:


Hazard Identified:

The harness adjustment strap can become loose during normal use. If the harness system loosens, the child or infant may not be fully protected in a motor vehicle collision. This could lead to serious injury. Transport Canada has received 10 complaints where the design's harness system would loosen during normal use, with no reported injuries.Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians as related to the use of these car seats.