Tuesday, June 08, 2010
These days, before I can even think of cleaning, I have to deal with the clutter. I doubt that pioneer mothers had this problem. What was their clutter? Too many wooden spoons? Their daughters played with a single rag doll while mine frolic with Polly Pocket and her 79 pieces of plastic clothing. How can a two-inch doll have more clothing than me?
Clutter – the detritus of modern human life. How did we get so much stuff?
Frustrated, I’ve stormed through the house, garbage bag in hand, sending the offending items (mostly toys) into exile in the furnace room—our halfway house en route to Salvation Army.
My children show a remarkable resilience to such attacks. In fact, they are quite resourceful. Shortly after the sudden disappearance of their toys, I saw a bath sponge dressed in a washcloth parading in our living room. A cat magnet was plucked from the fridge door and seen driving a shoe.
And never underestimate the versatility of underwear. Placed on the head -a hat! Worn over the face - a mask!
Other seemingly benign household items can launch a devastating attack in the hands of a four year-old, such as paper and its more whimsical cousin: toilet paper. My beef with paper is its ability to divide and scatter. One moment my child is peacefully coloring on a single piece and the next moment she is flinging “confetti” down the hall for an impromptu wedding. A coloring book becomes a shredded “fruit salad” and napkins are torn into tiny pieces as medicine for a sick Elmo.
During the toy draught of ’06 my daughters devised a game called “Africa” which involved foraging through the house with a paper bag to collect items from every room then returning to the couch to display their finds. Next dishrags would become bedding for a stuffed animal who usually had a cold and needed numerous kitchen utensils for the administration of medicine (yes—tiny bits of paper).
When these safaris were over, our living room looked—as my husband would say—as if “a bomb went off.” In addition to the already messy house, the clean-up effort was often too overwhelming for anyone to attempt without tears or copious amounts of caffeine. And depending on my mood, the hostile garbage bag might reappear. Or it might not.
I know this clutter is a sign of young minds working hard to explore their world one dishrag, one piece of paper, and one sick Elmo at a time. Someday my house will be eerily quiet and all items will remain as I have left them. The thought saddens me. So instead of raging against the clutter, I should rejoice at the creativity. Ha!
Sarah Jane is a stay-at-home mom with three children - twin girls and a boy - who writes a parenting column for the Mukilteo Tribune. We will be posting her column regularly on our blog. Enjoy!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Briana's bright butterfly toddler bedding looks super cute with our hot pink & orange minkee blanket, matching toddler pillow, and hot disco dot toddler pillow.
Friday, October 02, 2009
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Congratulations April from Elcloud Cattery! Here is her custom pillow, handmade in pink and chocolate for her 3 year old. Sweet dreams Linnea! To order your own ultra-soft minkee toddler pillow, check out all our yummy options here.
Many thanks to 5 minutes for mom, and to all the bloggers that visited during UBP09. Looking forward to another great party next year.
Stay tuned...I have lots of fun things planned for this year, including Dilly Deals of the week and some super fun giveaways.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hello fellow bloggers and welcome! I'm excited to party with you!
My name is Vickie Erlandsen. I'm a work-at-home mom of 2 amazing kids, ages 6 and 16, and I'm the owner and designer of dillyhearts - delightful gifts for little ones on the go. I taught myself how to sew and started this business on a whim 6 years ago. (Yes, crazy! What was I thinking?!) My goals were to be home for my kids, be in charge of my own schedule, indulge my creative streak, and help my hubby bring home the bacon. And the best part? I love it!
In celebration of the Ultimate Blog Party 2009, I'm donating a great prize! Wanna win an ultra-soft personalized minkee pillow for your toddler? Our handmade, custom, cozy best-seller was just added to the prize page on 5 minutes for mom.
Besides my love of fabric, color and design, here are a few random things about me:
* I love to read - I just finished the 4th Twilight book and enjoyed every second of my escape into that world.
* I'm a sucker for reality TV, (especially American Idol) and I've become a huge David Cook fan this past year.
* Every day after my daughter gets on the school bus, I grab my ipod and walk the hills in my neighborhood...usually 2-3 miles a day.
* My family just got back from Disneyland, where all 4 of us had a blast! Other than our son's baseball tournaments, this was our first real family vacation in about 7 years.
I haven't really done much with my blog. I really want to vamp up my social networking, so I joined twitter, (follow me!) and here I am ready to party and hoping to meet a lot of new blogging friends.
What better way to dive in than with The Ultimate Blog Party? I met Susan and Janice through 5 minutes for mom a couple years ago, when they reviewed one of my minkee cuddle blankets for little Julia. You can read their review here.
There are tons of cool prizes at the Ultimate Blog Party...but my personal top five faves are:
1. $100 gift card to Home Goods
2. $50 Target gift card from Shoot Me Now
3. mom & daughter flip flops from Top It Off
4. PR trainging from PR in your Pajama's
5. $25 Office Max gift card from Multi tasking Mama
I also like #21, #26, #118, and #USC60.
Thanks for stopping by! Please leave comments.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.
The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.
How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:
To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.
To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all. Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322
To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.
To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.
To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.
To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.
To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html
To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.
To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.
If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes
And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled,
The New Law
Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.
HOW TO HELP
Sign These Petitions:
The Etsy CPSIA Action Kit
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thanks again, Jill, for taking the time to write.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
It's dinnertime at Lily's house. For some serious spaghetti slurping, mom whips out Lily's new sassy shop girl toddler bib and says "bring it on!"
Backed with thick terry velour, our full-coverage toddler bibs are easy-care machine washable, and are designed to fit ages 18 months - 3 years.
Functional, hip, and stylish? Sure they are. And fashion-forward toddlers like Lily know the truth: you're never too young to look a little fancy for spaghetti night.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
minkee wild leopard print pillow, who first found it was
a comfy place to sit while opening Easter basket goodies.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Olivia Belle is ready for some serious drooling in her pink western bandana bib. And thank goodness! It's the perfect stylish accessory to protect her matching western applique'd onezie and faux suede fringe pants! This adorable gift set was custom made just for her. Take a peek at our custom gallery, and if you have a special themed gift in mind, don't hesitate to email your request. Yeehaw!