Archives for September 2014

October Sponsor News

A warm welcome to new sponsors for October:



Pipsticks provides sticker subscriptions for sticker lovers around the world. Designed to tickle the imaginations of kids, crafters and pen pals everywhere, Pipsticks brings a beautifully curated pack of stickers to its sticker club members each month.


stubby pencil studio

It is possible to cook good, healthy food without a pantry full of specialized ingredients, and it is possible to make easy dinners without shortcut, preprepared products. Simplified Dinners – which also comes in a gluten- and dairy-free version – is all about encouraging homestyle cooking with basic ingredients, and will take the thinking out of the whole dinner cycle of planning, shopping, and cooking, and makes it easy for you to customize the healthy, whole-food recipes according to your family’s tastes.


handmade bags and purses


Handmade Bayanhippo bags and purses are wonderful, stylish and sporty.  Please look at my shop for a great selection of purse styles.  And visit my other shop too, bayanhippohome, where you will find very nice handmade pillow cases, storage basket and tablet cases.


Gypsy Forest

Gypsy Forest offers awesome bags for exploring, beautiful play silks in many sizes (including our very popular rainbow canopy!), luxurious silk & flannel blankets, art from our garden & custom bits designed by you! All made right here in our home with the nod of approval from our brood of four.


stubby pencil studio

At Stubby Pencil Studio, we offer a large selection of eco-friendly gifts and creative products for kids, including art materials, school supplies, non-toxic toys, classic games, books, craft projects and more. We even offer party supplies for parents looking for earth-friendly products!



I appreciate the support of my readers and my sponsors.  Thank you for being here!  If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact me!




View More: DSC_1460Jonny celebrated a decade of being 27 years old last weekend.  To help keep himself feeling youthful, he shared the party with the son of our friends Eric and Sarah, whose birthday is the day after his.  It was a lovely party full of children, and a wonderful reminder of how much we love and value our friends.

It was a beautiful night, though bittersweet.  Sarah’s absence was keenly felt, no doubt by her family most of all.

We march forward, as we must, but we miss her so much.  I know she wants us to continue to celebrate this life, to laugh, even when we fear that the tears will come and drown us.

Hug your friends.  Tell them that you love and appreciate their presence in your lives.  Friendship is one of our greatest gifts.

And of course, Happy Birthday, Jonny!  You keep me smiling; you always have.


Photos by both Lori Elizabeth Photography, and me.