Posts Tagged ‘Cool Stuff’

Things I Love – Ellembee Clothes

A few years ago, my awesome parental people – Daddy and Lala (AKA: Minnie Mouse) – found me a gorgeous hoodie at a local fair, by a woman with a company called Ellembee.  It was grey with beautiful white flowers.  A couple of years later, I received a v-neck shirt, a slightly darker shade of grey, and it quickly became one of my favorite tops.  I love the handmade look and the softness of the cotton.  Flash-forward to Christmas 2014.  KB had a gift under the tree, so to speak, and I was thrilled beyond belief when I opened it.  Her very own Ellembee Onesies!

Being a smart person, Lala had chosen onesies in the 3-6 month size.  Today was the first day my little girl could wear her Giraffe Onesie!

<3 the softness and comfort of the cotton onesie!

Ellembee Yellow Giraffe

Ellembee Yellow Giraffe

I was so excited I had to post to their Facebook page. 😀

Happy KB LOVES her Ellembee!

Happy KB LOVES her Ellembee!

I think KB was pretty darn excited, too!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

PS – I got no money from this, no free stuff, and if you click on the links and purchase anything – I don’t get anything for that.  I just ❤ Ellembee so much that I wanted to share! 🙂

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Homeschool Field Trip – Tennessee Aquarium

This Friday we had a homeschool field trip to the TN Aquarium.  Cookie went with us – along with three other families (5 adults and 16 kids in total!).  We visited the aquarium first, then took a ride on the Electric Shuttle around Chattanooga.  I think everyone had fun, and even though it was quite painful (I REALLY shouldn’t be in the car for that long), I enjoyed being with friends.  It is days like this that make homeschooling so worth it!

(There aren’t that many pictures, because we gave B10 a special privilege and basically let him sit with the camera for over an hour in the Butterfly Exhibit.)

On the electric shuttle!

On the electric shuttle!

The boys waiting for the rest of our group

The boys waiting for the rest of our group

GO in the underwater part

GO in the underwater part

Me and KB

Me and KB

CW and Went at the touch pool (rays)

CW and Went at the touch pool (rays)

Cookie, Me, and Quilting Bee (Can you spot KB?)

Cookie, Me, and Quilting Bee (Can you spot KB?)

GO greeting a turtle.

GO greeting a turtle.

Butterfly Exhibit

Butterfly Exhibit

Went found a fish!

Went found a fish!

Our friend the turtle!

Our friend the turtle!

Another photobomb.

Another photobomb.

CW and Quilting Bee's oldest

CW and Quilting Bee’s oldest

This child and I share the same name.  We both wear glasses.  We both like baseball and we both like his mother A LOT.   He photobombs my pictures...

This child and I share the same name. We both wear glasses. We both like baseball and we both like his mother A LOT. He photobombs my pictures…

The "girl group".  T was a HUGE help to Cookie.

The “girl group”. T was a HUGE help to Cookie.

Having a face to face with the Fishes.

Having a face to face with the Fishes.

I can’t wait for next year, when GO is in 1st grade and we get to do this more often!

~Mummy Butterfly )i(

Homeschool Field Trip – UGA Vet Open House

My Hearts

My Hearts

Our local university, University of Georgia, has an Open House every year for their Vet School.  At the same time, the Entomology School holds their annual Insect Zoo.  We decided to make the trek up with our friends for a FUN day!  (Cookie came along, to help and love on the littles.)

Little Girl got an Entomology Zoo shirt, too!

Little Girl got an Entomology Zoo shirt, too!

This is his "shocked at being photographed Sasquatch" pose...

This is his “shocked at being photographed Sasquatch” pose…

Easter Eggs with Lizards and Bugs inside!

Easter Eggs with Lizards and Bugs inside!

Playing Insect Cornhole with Cookie

Playing Insect Cornhole with Cookie

Cricket Pudding (yes, real crickets) - she also had FOUR Cricket Fondue

Cricket Pudding (yes, real crickets) – she also had FOUR Cricket Fondue

B10 holding a LARGE Insect

B10 holding a LARGE Insect

Holding a Bug

Holding a Bug

At the Entomology School Insect Zoo

At the Entomology School Insect Zoo

That is Cricket Chex Mix (with real crickets)

That is Cricket Chex Mix (with real crickets)

Went kept pointing and saying "Woof, Woof!"

Went kept pointing and saying “Woof, Woof!”

My favorite part was the Teddy Bear Surgery.  We waited for a LONG time in line, but GO brought a “hurt” stuffed animal and was a surgical assistant as it was stitched up.  It was a really cool experience for both of us!

Teddy Bear Surgery!  She is with her stuffed animal in preop!

Teddy Bear Surgery! She is with her stuffed animal in preop!

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

Talking to the surgeon

Talking to the surgeon

This is an event we will make a yearly one.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Room Mum: Summertime Already?

Okay, it’s not anywhere NEAR summertime, but every once in a while – inspiration strikes at the oddest moment and you just have to RUN with it.

I despise “the Wal-Mark”.  My mother loves it, but I never can find the nice employees (and I KNOW they exist, because they work every shift my mother walks in), and I can’t find the right merchandise, and it’s not going to be signed correctly.  And there’s the business practices we won’t even go into here.  Then there’s the major downside of not having a Starbucks inside.  Or popcorn (yes, Target, I love you for your Starbucks and Popcorn).

But tonight, I had the specific last gift to purchase for my wonderful nephew.  I had put it off, because Amazon didn’t have what I wanted, and it was easier to have my sister on the phone telling me exactly what to get (surprises are fun – making an 8 year old giddy with joy, since you found the RIGHT Skylander is even better).  “The Wal-Mark” was the best place to purchase said Skylander.

Once we got inside, it only made sense to sweep the Christmas Clearance section – so we did a quick walk-through, leaving with one Hello Kitty! sticker book.  But these are the things we pay less than a dollar for, and move on, since the five year old is happy.

At the front, I noticed an odd looking sign – “Clearance”  “$0.25”.  But…the items under the sign…those were NOT $0.25 cent items.  And a bin, marked $2.  NOT $2 items.  Apparently, the local Wal-Mart found about two aisles of leftover School Supplies!  And they were GETTING RID OF STUFF.  I was beside myself.  Otto took Went to the car (he was DUN, D-U-N, DUN!) and GO helped me load the shopping cart with notebook paper and REALLY nice single subject notebooks (the ones with the plastic covers).  The $1-2 items?  LUNCHBOXES!  Really NICE lunchboxes!

And that is when brilliance struck!

See, at the end of the year, it is common to fix up sandbuckets for each child, with summer goodies inside.  This is their “Last Day of School” gift.  I haven’t bought the sandbuckets yet – and when I saw these nice, thermal lunchboxes I was SO EXCITED.  There were enough for each kid in the class – a “Monster” lunchbox.  And I’ll make a cute tag: “We hope you have a Monstrously good summer!”  Inside will go wonderful goodies.

Monster Lunchbox!

Monster Lunchbox!

I am SO THRILLED!  This is going to be a unique gift for the kids in the class, and perfect for those summertime snacks to the park.  It was a lucky find, and I’m glad I was able to grab them when I did!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

(Oh – and am I the only one this happens to?  I was standing in line, being rung up (which took FOREVER), and in the line next to me was a friend’s husband.  He had NO idea who I was, but I recognized him from photos – and he had two of their three kids with him.  I was so torn, because what I really wanted to do was get his attention and tell him to call his wife, as they homeschool and there were TWO aisles of twenty-five cent school supplies!!!  But I thought he would think that was weird.  Would that have been weird???)

My 2nd Night of Chanukah Gift to Myself

You are asking yourself – “What does a person who doesn’t give gifts at Chanukah give herself?”  I understand – it’s confusing, BUT – a very good gift.  Something that most women I know could give themselves for Christmas (or Chanukah, if you want to hop into the spirit of things).

I cleaned out my Master Bathroom drawers and under the cabinets.

Say WHAT?  Again – you’re confused.  Just follow me along on this…

See, first I threw away an entire trash bag of junk (and recycled another grocery bag full of plastic/paper).  Then I organized all my “stuff”: lotions, fancy shampoo/conditioner samples, new razor blades, face cleanser, wrinkle lotion…  You know, all the things you buy to pamper yourself with…that NEVER seem to get used.

As a “gift” to me, I decided to spend the last half of December pampering myself without spending a dime.  I’m taking bubble baths, using the “special occasion” lotion every night before I go to bed, my face is quite soft and (hopefully) wrinkly-free.  😉  It’s nice.  I am using candles at bathtime.  My feet feel awesome!  And it isn’t costing me a penny.

My Current Favorite Scent: Japanese Cherry Blossom from Bath and Body Works

My Current Favorite Scent: Japanese Cherry Blossom from Bath and Body Works

I think we often have those “special” things that we only use on “special” occasions.  But – those “special” occasions that are “good enough” for our “special stuff” seem to be few and far between (and for busy parents, grow even fewer and farther).

So I am giving you a challenge.  Go into your bathroom.  Pull out 5 of your “special” items, the ones in the back of the drawer or in the basket under the sink.  Use them.  USE THEM UP.  Put them front and center on your bathroom counter and for the next two weeks – indulge in how special you are.  I can’t give each of you a wrapped present, but if you have even an hour of relaxation (in the midst of your crazy life), then know you are worth it and deserve special all the time.

Happy Chanukah.  Merry Christmas.  Happy Holidays.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

A Very Important Announcement in Our WDW Vacation:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LALA!

Happy Birthday, Lala!

Happy Birthday, Lala!

Love,

Mummy Butterfly, Otto, OPM, CAM, B10, CW, GO, & Went

AND

The Entire Epcot Crew!

Erin Condren Planner Review

Last week, I got my third Erin Condren planner in the mail.  Paper planners are SO super huge to me.  For years, BooSheep and I had the same planner – then DaySpring stopped making them.  I remember the jealousy in my heart when my sister found one misprinted calendar that hadn’t been sent back – so had the DaySpring planner for a year past when I did.

I spent *so much* money trying to find a perfect planner.  Target, Wal-Mart, stationary stores, online.  *NOTHING* worked.  So when I heard about the Erin Condren planner, I was skeptical.

The cost is $50.  I balked at first, that’s a lot of money, but realistically – I was spending $20-25 per planner (sometimes more) at the regular big box stores.  AND I got whatever they had in stock, not able to personalize anything.

With an Erin Condren Planner, you can not only put your information on the cover – but you are in control of the colours.  This is the planner I chose this time:

Zen Gems

Zen Gems

However, I wanted to go with a more LSU planner – so I requested purple for the background and gold zen gems:

My Planner Cover w/Silver Band (to keep it closed)

My Planner Cover
w/Silver Band (to keep it closed)

Colour changes?  Included!  Name on the cover?  Included!

Inside, there is a double-page spread for each month.  I love the amount of room for each day, plus the extra “list” room to the side.  There is also a snap-in ruler (included), I move it from month to month to make it easier for me to find my place.

Blank Month

Blank Month

Totally Full Month!

Totally Full Month!

Each week has a double-page spread, also.  The days are divided into “morning”, “day”, and “evening”.  I use this space to write down specific times and addresses or other information I’ll need for that day.  I also use the side “list” area for a weekly to-do list.  And the bottom lines are where my meal plan goes, to make it easier for me to know what the food plan is when I’m not at home and staring at my fridge door!

Weekly Plan

Weekly Plan

Up Close of a Weekend

Up Close of a Weekend

In the back, you’ll find four sheets of stickers (repositionable), a two-pocket folder, and a clear plastic pouch.  I can say that I have *never* had this pouch break.  And I fill that sucker with my checkbooks, pictures of my Caterpillars, stickers, and all my Chick-fil-a coupons!  The stickers are great, one sheet is printed with the word “Birthday”, a second sheet has other things like “dr. appointment” and “party” and “vacation”.  The final two sheets are blank, and I carry a fine-tipped Sharpie in my giant pen bag to write on them.

Perpetual Calendar (for birthdays, etc) Sticker Sheets (colourful!)

Perpetual Calendar (for birthdays, etc)
Sticker Sheets (colourful!)

Plastic Pouch & Pockets

Plastic Pouch & Pockets

The coil is also solid steel.  It will not bend under normal use, and not under most harsh use.  This planner lives in my purse, just shoved inside.  It gets banged around, thrown on the floor, tossed in a car seat.  And I have *never* had a single coil bend.

Overall, if you had asked me two and a half years ago, if this was *THE* planner, I would have skeptically told you to wait and see.  Now, I don’t ever plan on having another one.  And, because she’s one of my favorite people in the world – BooSheep is on her second EC Planner.  I’m, like, the best gift-giver in the world.  😉

Head over to Erin Condren to check out the planners, and if you would like to get $10 off your first planner, you can sign up for an account with them here using my referral link.  If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.  This has become one of my few “must haves” in my life!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(