Friday, May 28, 2010

And sometimes we're blessed to serve...

As a mom, there are many, many things I want to teach my children. It seems that each day I see multiple examples of people being selfish, choosing to make decisions that benefit only themselves, neglecting those around them.

So, naturally, one of the things I want my children to learn is to serve others--to open their eyes and see ways to serve. But add another stipulation to that: to recognize when an opportunity to serve is being presented to you.

Today, we had to run to the store to get a few things. We weren't in a huge hurry, so we admired the flowers outside & as we were walking in, a woman was on a bench with her dog. She stopped us to ask if we were going in the store. Honestly, I get a little weird when a stranger stops to talk to me--especially when my children are with me. But she had a kind face and I'd like to think I'm a good judge of character.

She simply needed some crackers, but couldn't go in the store because she had her dog with her. She handed us a few dollars, we went in, checked out, and got the crackers to her. She was very, very grateful.

And we felt so good for not saying, "Oh, we're too busy" or "It's just too much of a hassle with my children with me". Not to mention, it allowed me to have a wonderful discussion with Bitsy #1 about service. We can look for ways to do things for others that they cannot do for themselves.

Isn't it wonderful when we can take time to stop thinking about ways WE need to be blessed and actually bless the life of someone else?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ah, children

It is my belief that faith can be planted as a little seed in infancy.
But I also believe that a certain degree comes with us when we're born.

Mama: "Are you okay? It's awfully quiet all of a sudden."
Bitsy #1: "Oh we were just saying a prayer."
Mama: "That's wonderful! Why were you praying?"
Bitsy #1: "So that Dadda would have a safe trip home from work."

So simple. So beautiful.

Monday, May 24, 2010

K'NEX Review & Giveaway!



Well, better late than never! Last week I mentioned I'd have a giveaway to share! I am very excited to present THREE K'NEX sets! THREE lucky winners will win a building set from K'NEX. More details below.

The kids and I took one rainy day and played with our new toys! We literally had hours--yes, hours--of fun together, which is really saying something for us. We're project-hoppers. We like to do art for a little, build something for a little, play with trains for a little, go back to art, etc.

But none of us wanted to stop playing with the K'NEX sets! We started with Cookie Monster's Basketball Building Set. It's appropriate for ages 2-5, but both my two year old and my five year old loved it. It was a challenge for the two year old and easy for the five year old, but she put it together quickly and then played with it for awhile.


Next we put together the Fire Rescue Set. I'll admit, I played with this more than the kids did. Bitsy #1 (who is 5) enjoyed helping me find the pieces and putting them where they belonged. It was clear she could not do this on her own, of course, which is why the set is recommended for 5+. It was such a great activity for the two of us to do together, though.

These sets are absolutely amazing. There are numerous parts so you can build SO many different things. The instruction book has a handful of step-by-step instructions, but you can let your creativity go a little wild as you come up with many more possibilities. The best part is that these are "Collect & Build" sets which means if you purchase another set, the parts will fit together. At their reasonable prices, these sets truly are worth every penny.


So we are very happy to present THREE giveaways!
#1: Swim Time Ernie Building Set which is appropriate for ages 2-5. Regular price is $12.99
"Your child can build Sesame Street's friendliest resident, Ernie, dressed in his bathing suit and ready to take a swim! This 14 piece set includes parts to build Ernie, complete with snorkel and flippers, on his way to the pool, lake or beach! "Play & Learn" activity sheet filled with collaborative and educational fun for parent and child is also included along with additional building ideas. When playtime is over store the parts in the handy canister for a quick and easy clean-up."

OR you could win #2: Backhoe which is recommended for 5+, priced at $12.99.
"Collect & Build the Construction Crew Series! Each set comes with K'NEX parts, including bricks, rods and connectors to build an exciting construction vehicle. There is also a K'NEXman to operate the vehicle, and construction accessories to play with! You can build on the brick plate that is included in the set, then combine all four sets and the brick plates become your own actual construction site! Recommended for builders ages 5+."


OR you could win #3: Excavator which is also meant for ages 5+ and priced at $12.99.


TO ENTER:
Each comment counts as ONE entry. Please let me know if you're interested in the Ernie set (for 2-5 year olds) or one of the Collect & Build sets (ages 5+) when you enter.

1--Visit the K'NEX website and let me know your favorite!
2--Become a K'NEX fan on Facebook.
3--Become a fan of BitsyCreations on Facebook.
4--Follow my blog.
5--Post a link to this giveaway on your own blog. Be sure to link to your post in your comment.
6--Tweet about this giveaway! Be sure to link to your post in your comment.

Winners will be chosen Friday, June 4th, so be sure to have your entry in by June 3rd!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Smelly Basement

More with the house... We're definitely never going to have dull moments around here! As I've mentioned before, the house was foreclosed & had been sitting empty for about a year. There was a definite smell... when we examined the basement more closely, we found mold... so of course everything smelled mildewy. Fun, fun. We cleaned all the mold up and washed every.inch.of.this.house. but there was still a smell in the basement.

So today we're trying this product called Room Shocker that should get rid of the smell. Sounds pretty amazing, actually. We have our fingers crossed.

The issue is that we have to have the room(s) closed up for 24 hours. Which means no playroom, no office, no t.v. I didn't expect it to be this difficult, but the kids & I are finding it hard to find things to do... especially on a rainy day. Ahwell, we're almost there, and we DO still have the laptop. :)

OH and the kids & I tested out some new K'nex products. Wow, we are in love. So look tomorrow for a review & the beginning of a GIVEAWAY! Hooray!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pool Parties Are Coming--Custom Invitations


It's that time of the year, isn't it?! Pool parties are coming! Oh I can't wait to go swimming. Something has to stabilize with this weather first, though. Geesh! 90s a few weeks ago, 60s this week?! Crazy.

I had the opportunity to put a custom design together for a swim party. Have I mentioned I LOVE custom designs?! This customer had seen a few ideas on other invitations & asked me to combine some thoughts. The drawings are, of course, originals from BitsyCreations.

Looks like I'll need to adjust & put some pool party invitations in my shop.

5x7 inch custom invitations along with adorable 5 inch round stickers are shown in the photo above.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

SuperMoms of Summer 2010

Well, I'm back & officially up and running again after our move! Pictures are coming soon, I promise!

I'm excited to announce that due to popular demand, you'll be able to find more SuperMoms of Summer at BitsyCreations.blogspot.com!

If you've been a long-time reader, you'll remember hearing about some amazing artists last summer as I highlighted work at home moms. You can read the reviews here: http://bitsycreations.blogspot.com/2009/04/summer-features-on-work-at-home-moms.html


These features will run from June through August. If you know someone who would be a great feature, please e-mail me! I'd be happy to hear from you about your own business, too! You can reach me at info [at] bitsycreations.com  I have some excellent artists lined up and I can't wait for you to meet them!

Friday, May 7, 2010

FINALLY!

Finally up & running at our new house! Getting my Etsy shops out of vacation mode. I'll be so excited when things are back to 'normal' for us. Right now the house is a mess with boxes and half-painted walls everywhere. But... I am in love. What a wonderful home for our little family.

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