Monday, April 30, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Link-up Party!

This post is sponsored by DASANI

DASANI is making a stand to take care of our planet!  They have created the PlantBottle®, a bottle that is made up of 30% plants and is completely recyclable. Check out this cool video about it: DASANI's PlantBottle® Saves Energy

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DASANI believes in not only promoting the recycling of its bottles, but also promoting the many cool items the recycled bottles can become. That’s why they have partner with companies with similar mindsets, such as New Balance. They have created a shoe that is made up almost entirely of recycled bottles!  That is some pretty awesome re-purposing!

Check out this cool video about it: New Balance newSKY Shoes

"DASANI has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote the importance of recycling:

• Coca-Cola Recycling: Since 2007, Coca-Cola Recycling has worked with the Coca-Cola system and community partners to increase the collection of beverage packaging for use again in North America. They currently manage 30 dedicated recycling centers, a commercial brokerage network, an online recycling bin fulfillment site and the execution of hundreds of local recycling programs around the country.

• Recyclebank: Since 2006, Coca-Cola has partnered with Recyclebank, a meaningful rewards program that motivates people to recycle by rewarding them for their efforts. Recyclebank Points are earned based on the weight of the recyclables and are redeemable for valuable discounts, free products, gift cards and movie tickets, to name just a few.

Keep America Beautiful/Bin Grant Program: The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program donates recycling bins to kick-start recycling programs for local organizations. Through your support, you’ve helped us grant bins to non-profits, government, civic organizations, schools and for profit corporations.

Here are some of my favorites that we have done: 


Let all join in with DASANI and show off our recycled, re-purposed, Reused projects!







 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Unstoppable

My Daughter is unstoppable... she will move mountains!   She has some obstacles that could get in her way but she keeps on going. 

Earlier this week I talked about my daughter's ear surgery (she had a tube put in her right ear) and I also mentioned that she has some ear issues.   She was born with her left ear deformed.  It is called Microtia.  In her case, her left ear is completely closed off... there is no opening.  So, she can only hear out of her right ear.  In most cases, this is an outer ear issue and the inner ear still works.  So, there could be some help with hearing aids.  

At home and in quite places one ear is just fine, but once you get some background noise, it is really tough for your ear to filter out the stuff you don't need and hear what you do need.  So, she has a "good ear" and a "bad ear" .  ***We don't actually call it her "bad ear" we call it her "little ear"  It reminds me of Nemo's lucky fin on Finding Nemo.*** At play parks and in a classroom setting, she has a hard time hearing instructions.  
We have been keeping a close watch on her "good ear" to make sure that it can hear.  We found that there was chronic fluid in it.  Meaning it sounded like everything was under water.  Not good for language and speech!  So, after several visits to the ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat)  Dr, we moved forward with the Tube to help drain the fluid.

We have also been watching at her little ear.   We had some good new and bad news about her left ear.   Good news:  The inner ear works great and with help of a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) she could hear out of it!  Bad news: There is also fluid in her left inner ear... which could lead to brain infection!  And since there is no opening, there is no good way to get rid of it.  So, we are waiting and watching to see if it will clear up on it own.  If not, we are looking at more ear surgeries. 

We meet with a Deaf, and Hard or Hearing (DHH) specialist once a week, to working on language, speech and listening. 
On top of all her ear issues she also has low muscle tone, this is not connected to her Microtia.  Children with low muscle tone often have delayed motor skills, muscle weakness, and / or coordination problems. The fluid in her ears are not helping with her balance either.  So, getting around is a challenge for my little girl!   When she runs it look like Phoebe from Friends , she is about to fall over at any second!

We meet with an Occupational Therapist (OT) and a Physical Therapist (PT) once a month (each) to give us skills to help with her motor skills and coordination. 

 Now, these issues could make my daughter want to stop, not move.  She can't hear that well, and it takes a lot of effort for her to stay upright.  She falls down A LOT... a lot, a lot, a lot.  If it were me I would stay down, but she doesn't, she gets up and keep going.  Since she might not hear so well, she could be shy and sit off to the side, but she gets in and plays with other kids.

It is such a great example to me!  She has such a great attitude.  Her OT and PT are always impressed with her.  They tell me that she is such a hard worker, and that most kids give up on the exercises, but she works the whole session.  I am a proud proud mama!

We don't let the labels define her.  We are aware of them, and get all the information we can so, we can be the best advocate for her.  We use the resources available to us to get our daughter the best chance.  But we don't put her in a box.  She can do ANYTHING she wants to do (within reason!).

I am not writing this to get sympathy from you... I am writing it to encourage you!  If there is one thing my daughter has taught me is that attitude goes a long way.  She thinks she can do it, so she does.  Wouldn't my world be so different if I thought that way too! 

Go- Be UNSTOPPABLE!

***FYI- We think she is the most beautiful girl in the world and we would not change anything about her!***



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Taking Care of our Planet.

This article is sponsored by DASANI.  All opinions are 100% mine.

This past Sunday was Earth Day!  A day to remember to take care of our planet.  We try to do our share by recycling our paper, glass, cardboard and plastic.  I try to re purpose items into crafty projects.  And we donate many of our things that we do not use.  How did you celebrate Earth day?  

DASANI's is celebrating our earth by creating a new bottle that is made up of 30% plants... HOW COOL is that!! 

 

 DASANI is now served in PlantBottle® packaging. Plantbottle is the award-winning bottle made from up to 30% plants sourced from sugarcane by-products from Brazil. Brazilian sugarcane is considered an “Advanced Renewable Fuel” by the EPA & is the only first generation biofuel widely recognized by thought leaders globally for its unique & social performance.  Learn more About PlantBottle® 

In addition to saving energy, PlantBottle is 100% recyclable and DASANI has optimized the bottle design for ideal recycling including the cap, label, inks & glues.

DASANI believes in not only promoting the recycling of its bottles, but also promoting the many cool items the recycled bottles can become. That’s why we partner with companies with similar mindsets, such as New Balance.

DASANI and New Balance have partnered together for the launch of newSKYTM, a line of footwear made from recycled plastic bottles. Together, we are working to both show consumers that there can be all kinds of exciting ways to recycle materials into new uses, and that we all need to do our part in protecting our environment. Check out DASANI's Partnership with New Balance


Now talk about re-purposing... I have done my fair share of re-purposing around here, but I have never made a plastic bottle into shoes!  That just blows my mind!  SO COOL!

To celebrate recycling, reusing, and re purposing we are going to host a Recycle/ Re-purposing Linky party on Monday!  
Get all you best recycling project and your re-purposed crafts ready to link up on Monday May 1st!!   In the meantime... check out this awesome video to get inspired!  Click on the link to be taken to the video: New Balance newSKY Shoes


Keep up with the latest news and deals at DASANI's Facebook Page

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SOYS # 124 and Pick Your Plum Giveaway and Our Birthdays!

Jeannine and I have our Birthdays 1 day apart!  It was always so fun celebrating our birthdays together growing up!  Jeannine's was yesterday (4/24) and mine is today (4/25)!
To celebrate we are having a SUPER fun giveaway from the fabulous Pick your Plum and combining it with our Show off Your Stuff Party!  It is a Party day!
Pick Your Plum has awesome Daily deals!  
They have crafty goodness everyday for teeny tiny prices for you!
I love it when they have the vinyl deals... oh- how I love vinyl!
Pick your Plum is giving away a goodie box worth $75!  
 You know you want to win it!  

Rules to enter:
You must do one of the following and leave me a comment:
1. Sign up for the Pick your Plum newletter (or already be signed up!)
2. Like PYP on Facebook!

Extra Entry:
1. Enter a link to our Show Off Your Stuff Party!

*** All winners must follow F&J (or like us on FB) and have a US address***
Giveaway ends Sunday April 29th!

And now the Show off Your Stuff Party!
Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!







 
Do you want to make some money blogging?
  One site that I have found helpful in finding sponsors is Social Spark
I wrote a whole post on how I make money blogging HERE
and another post on how to use Social Spark to make money HERE!
You blog. You Profit. Sign up for SocialSpark!
They match bloggers with advertisers. You get to choose who you promote and how you promote it! It really is a win-win! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Simple Party Dress Tutorial

We celebrated my sweet daughter's 2nd birthday this weekend!  Time is going too fast for me!  We decided to have the party at an indoor play park the Eagles Nest.  So, I needed a simple, cute party dress that could also be a play dress.  And it is easy to make too!

Here is what you need:
Fabric*** (for my size 2T dress I used > 1/2 yard)
T-shirt
Iron-on Vinyl Decal (optional!)
*** this fabric came from Joanns and it was already pieced together with the lace.  It was like $12 a yard but I used my 40%  coupon and only got 1/2 yard so it wasn't too bad!

1. Iron on  your vinyl decal (I cut mine out with my Silhouette and I got my flocked vinyl from Expressions Vinyl... they have AWESOME cheap prices!) 
2. Cut off the bottom of your shirt.  It is up to you where you want to cut it. I made sure I had enough room for my cupcake before I cut my shirt. 

3.To make the skirt.  Cut out a rectangle out of your fabric.  The length is up to you.  The Width should be 2X the circumference of the bottom of your shirt for make a good ruffle.  Finish the bottom edge of the skirt. I surged it, but you can also hem it or leave it to fray... up to you!  Use this super easy ruffle technique from MADE (I totally use the cheating way) to gather the top edge.

4. Sew the sides of the skirt together to make a tub and sew right-sides together to the bottom of your t-shirt

Optional: make a cute headband to match! 


Totally prefect for our play-park party! 
My daughter's favorite color is purple so we threw a purple party, complete with a purple party dress!






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Monday, April 23, 2012

Update on our little girl...

My daughter had ear surgery today to put a tube in her right ear. It went very well!

 It is the first surgery that either of my kids has had and I didn't like it one bit!  But our little girl was a trooper and she did great!

I am pretty sure I cried more then she did! I got to go down with her to the OR and be with her as they put her to sleep.  I was so glad that they let me do this, it was a much easier transition for our daughter.  The hospital staff were wonderful. 

It was a short surgery... only like 15-20 minutes. So, we were home for lunch.  She was tired today but otherwise normal!

Here are some pictures of our time. 
She was so thirsty after she drank 4 cups of apple juice!  

Thanks for all your prayers!

This Girl...

This Girl...
...lights up my day! 
....has the best smile and laugh!
...is all sass and spunk with a little sweetness added!
...turned 2 this weekend!
...is so beautiful!
...has daddy wrapped around her finger!
.... makes me so proud to be her mom!
...is unstoppable, she will move mountains!
...makes me want to be a better person!
.... will always be my little girl no matter how big she gets!
 ... is having surgery today to put a tube in her right ear.  
If you think of it, can you say a little prayers that this goes well today?  I know it is a "little surgery" but, it is a big deal to her mama!  She has some ear issues (that I will get to in a different post) and this will most likely not be her last ear surgery. We are hoping this will solve the problem she has been having with the fluid in her ears and improve her hearing.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 123

Welcome tot he show off your stuff party!

 This week I have LOTS to show off: 




Do you want to make some money blogging?
  One site that I have found helpful in finding sponsors is Social Spark
I wrote a whole post on how I make money blogging HERE
and another post on how to use Social Spark to make money HERE!
You blog. You Profit. Sign up for SocialSpark!
They match bloggers with advertisers. You get to choose who you promote and how you promote it! It really is a win-win! 

Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!




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