Saturday, June 4, 2011

Someone is spoiled with a new bebeMellon

This mama has a bit of a cloth addiction. As my last baby, Declan, gets closer to being a "biggie biggie," I have been selling of my stash of cute fluffiness and replacing it with a thinner look. He now runs and rides tricycles, and his pants aren't as accommodating for the fluffy butt look.

But I found Flip, and I love it! I just miss all Declan's prints....  However.

I am also a lover of Twitter. I click and look at everything. BebeMellons is my favorite click. Overwhelming cuteness. It makes me want another baby. (That is just NOT going to happen, though. This mama is DONE at five.) But I've been drooling, knowing I don't have reason to buy anymore fluff. Kind of sad, I know.

But then bebeMellons came out with diaper covers. While on Twitter one Saturday morning, I clicked on a tweet and got my fill of cuteness -- a bseball diaper cover that had not yet been sold.

The print was just what I needed. The fabric is soooo soooo soft. I can feel the slickness of the PUL inside, and not on Little Man's skin. The cover is a one-size-fits-all -- and it worked. Declan is two and a half years old with a thick little frame and chunky little thighs. I can snap the cover so that each flap meets in the middle, and there is no gapping around the legs. He can move freely and wear his pants without looking stuffed in them. WINNING! He is wearing it as we speak, and looks like a little man.

I don't do the review and giveaway thing. I'm more of a "let's celebrate small business" kind of girl, so I had to share my delight with this product. So tell me what you think.... should I sweet talk bebeMellons into letting me do a shout-out, and a you pick the prize? My treat :-)  Maybe September?

If I can get five of my GFC followers to tell me they would LOVE it to do a shout-out for bebeMellons, I'll line it up.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Last Day to enter this giveaway

also if you are looking for an awesome blog to follow or read  or just looking for a Review and Giveaway this is the blog ! She has a wide array of products she reviews a lot with giveaways. This blog is worth your time.

The writer is a very young Mom of two beautiful kids she gets to stay home with. She blogs about real world things and her posts are both touching and entertaining.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Marine Parents {The Shop} Shout Out and Giveaway!

Our winner is Kristina and has been notified. She has 48 to finalize her choice of prize and get back to me of a new winner will be selected using

I'm really excited about this giveaway! I love small business and I love handmade. I'd like you to meet the crafter behind one of my favorite Esty shops and join in our fun with this one of a kind giveaway.

Here's a Shout Out to April!
* if you'd like to be featured in my monthly shout out please e-mail me.

Hi! My name is April, and I’m the late night seamstress behind the Marine Parents shop. The shop is an eclectic mix of projects that are constantly spinning about in my mind. Each product is something I would use in my own life, and every fabric is personally drooled over by me, figuratively speaking!! I just can’t help but spend gobs of hours pouring over gorgeous designer fabrics!!

Over the last year or so, the shop has been opened, closed, on vacation several times and has seen a big change in products featured. Up until about six months ago, my husband was the only one in the family who knew how to sew. Now I have completely taken over the shop, given it a major design overhaul and am cranking out as many products as I can every night after our daughter goes to bed. I’m usually up until the very early morning hours sewing and creating, but I wouldn't change a single thing.

Having the shop has been a major blessing -- not only has it allowed me to bring fresh income into our home by doing something I love, but it has also connected me with so many other friendly handcrafters! Many of my new friends are part of this awesome handcrafting community, and they are some of the sweetest and most sincere people I have ever met. I hope that God will continue to bless me and this little piece of creativeness in the world for awhile more -- it’s such a fun and exciting adventure!

So let's have some fun. The giveaway will be open from June 1st -30th, and the prize is my treat. This is just for fun, but please be honest with your entries -- I will be checking!

I will choose the winner June 30th at 8:59 pm PST. The winner will be notified via Google Friend Connect, and he or she will have 48 hours to let me know where to send their prize. (FYI, I use to choose the winner.) If I hit 200 followers on GFC, I will add a second winner.

Mandatory for every entry: You must follow this blog on GFC. (This way I can let you know you won.) + 1 entry and let me know.
  • Visit Marine Parent the Shop and tell me what you would like to win: +2 entries
  • follow @taprilcrosier on +1 entry and let me know
  • follow @pinkradish on +1 and let me know
  • if you have a Esty shop, leave the link: +1
  • if your not a crafter, tell us what your talent is: +1
  • like Marine Parents on Facebook and let me know: +1
  • tweet about this giveaway no more twice a day no more than once every 2 hours: + 1 entry and let me know if you include #handmade: +1extra entry
  • tell a friend: +1 entry and let me know
  • post to Facebook: +1 entry and let me know

Let the fun begin!

Just wanted to say...........

Thank you to whom ever nominated me Top 25 Adoption Blogs by Parents . I'm not completely sure if I deserve such an honor but it sure gave the chills and got me some great hugs from friends.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to remember and reflect on our adoption and maybe inspire you to think about an older child who needs a home.

Joey is my brother's son. He was taken by Child Protective Services (CPS) when he was almost 3 years old from his biological  mother. My brother was in a recovery program and did not tell anyone this happened. He was working on getting his life on track and believed he could get Joey back on his own. This was extremely challenging for him, and when Joey had been in two different foster homes for over a year, my brother started asking family members for help.

I am the youngest of seven siblings (also a blended family). I was single and planning to elope with my then-boyfriend when my brother asked Joey's social worker about having me take Joey. They called me on the first morning of my honeymoon. My husband and I where sitting in Goofy's Kitchen having breakfast in Disneyland. I looked across the table, and without a flinch, hubs said lets get him.

That was in August 2005. Joey was newly four years old. After background checks, home rearranging and child proofing, Joey joined our family on December 13, 2005.

Joey was very wild and a very angry little guy when we got him. He assumed I was why he was in foster care for so long. It took almost a year for him to know I wasn't going to hurt him, and I was OK. I can still remember the first time he sat on my lap and snuggled down to watch a movie with me. This was our turning point.

The adoption process was long. We had to wait on Joey's biological mother to fail at her reunification plan. Here in California, children under three years are given six months of a plan before being put on the adoption list. Children over four get one year. Joey got 18 months and two reunification plans. I was a told it was an oversight by the judge and nothing could be done.

I was with Joey for a year of this. It was hard on all of us. I spent countless hours calling social workers, and my husband and I spent hundreds of hours with Joey and taking Joey to a county-appointed therapist. Meanwhile Joey internalized and acted out after being let down over and over by his mother and the system.

On January 27, 2007, our long process had come to an end. Joey's biological mother's rights were taken away, my brother gave up his rights, and Joey was asked if he wanted to be our son forever. We appeared in court with friends and family, and Joey closed his own case by hitting the gavel on the judge's bench. Joey became our son until death do us part.

I can tell you from the pit of my soul this child was born to be mine. I love him unconditionally, I'm proud to call him my son. I believe that a person looking to adopt should look into adopting an older "unadoptable" child. No child is unadoptable, and every child should have a home. To adopt, you don't need to have two parents and make a great living. You just have to a big heart and jump though some hoops. Joey's adoption is covered by  the county. He has medial and dental coverage until he's 18 years old and gets a monthly allowance. Please don't think you can't afford to adopt a foster child. They need homes, all of them. And there are programs in place that can help.

You may just get as lucky as me and have the pleasure of sharing your life with an awesome little one or bigger one. Just ask Joey. He writes in his journal at school how much he loves his Mom and Dad. He brings tears to my eyes and warms my heart. I love him.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Versatile Blogger

This was a nice surprise this morning. Baby Steps gave me the Versatile Blogger award. Thank you so much !!!

The rules of the award:

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
Tell us seven things about yourself.
Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers.

First every one go see                                
       Thank You!!!

Seven things about me~
  1. I believe strongly in Karma. You do nice things for others and expect NOTHING in return.
  2. I am the last child of a Blended Family of seven children.
  3. I'm in love with the Urban Farm movement and wish I could be more of a part of it.
  4. I have no fear of failure. You only fail when you stop trying.
  5. I could be an animal hoarder easy if I wasn't so concerned about the animals living conditions. I love cats!
  6. My shop name is my daughters name. She helps out a lot.
  7. I have been told more often than not that I am too nice. It confuses me how that can be????

15 blogs I read are all pretty recent since the blog thing is new to me this year.


Northwest Edible Life


Shibley Smiles reviews and giveaways


EcoHearth's Eco Zine, Kids and Family


Dead Wall Window

The Volcano


Striving Toward Sustainable

Marysa Blogs


Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Shop~ Launch

Eco, Organic, Recycled & Handmade Goodness

Gently used cloth diapers.
Handmade Tutus.

New Cloth Diapers

Beautiful handmade hair accessories
Diapering accessories
Handmade Hats
Handmade Crayon Rolls
Handmade Blankets

and I carry Bare Foot Books. Feel free to shop on my Bare Foot Books or Marysa Jane.  (I can help with events and fundraisers too.)
Looking forward to Earthy Crunchy Mama Micro Fleece Reusable Liners, Mama Pear Designs Lactavist inspired wearables for Moms and Babies in the next few months.

Would love to help you resell your young child handmade items or gently used cloth diapers. If on my website or an event I may be working. I am also looking for Eco friendly vendors who may be looking for an extra web presence. Please e-mail or call me. I am a huge fan of the small business owner after working with them the last 11 years and hearing about their success and failures. I am also a lover of the Urban farm movement and would be happy to sell any nonperishable item you might be peddling. Please help a Mama out and refer me to your friends and business contacts, sign up as a member on Marysa Jane to be the first to get updates on our products and sales. Leave me a comment here to help me out. A weekly discount or Free shipping code will be drawn on Fridays. Follow us on Face Book to read Reviews & Giveaways, see products before they are listed and see who won the Friday drawings.

Most of all I want to thank you for reading this far and hopefully this wont be the end of our relationship. I appreciate all who are on board to help support the little guy and leaving the smallest possible carbon footprint so our children's world will be left as beautiful or more beautiful than the one we currently have.

Here's my contact information for contacts, listings and questions.
Mary Lutz

E-mail me

My Weight Loss Journal

Bad idea. Beer, meat, potato salad and chips. That was my dinner last night. Two whole pounds of it. As much as it was tasty, it was as much weight that I added back on to my body. Be careful to eat in moderation this weekend. I'm thinking a long brisk walk is in my future.

Happy Memorial Day!