Monday, April 21, 2014

My Baby's 6 Months Old!


Obviously not my big baby! 
He's almost 5, which is another mind blowing fact.

The younger, sweeter baby which I am referring to….
Sparkle & Stone.

It struck me the other day, 
after my very first Colorado market,
that all of this crazy snowballing dream was really 
coming to fruition.
All of my hard work and literal bloody stumps 
and endless chipped and broken nails
were for a reason.
Something was really happening here,
and people were actually liking it.

Thinking about the fact that it's only been 
6 months since our very first market makes my jaw hit the floor.
While it seems like just yesterday, it also feels 
like we've been doing this for so much longer.
 

But the point of all of this isn't to 
boast about how awesome the past 6 months have been.
(although they have been pretty fucking awesome!)
The real point of all of this is to recognize the 
real reason behind all of the success.

First and foremost,
I have to thank my husband.
Not only was his choice to shake up our family 
dynamic a huge catalyst for me finally 
getting off my ass and chasing down my dream,
but it was also a great use of his free time to be my 'do boy'.
This man has run the gamut for me.
I have had the craziest of request 
for construction work on table displays.
He has sat countless hours at markets by my side 
selling things to all kinds of crazy bitches.
And all the while with a giant smile on his face,
most likely cursing me through his teeth, 
but a smile on his face none the less.
If it were not for him,
I literally couldn't do this.

The second person, 
my original baby, Ash.
This kid is a champ.
I will leave out all of the bribes and threats 
that I've delved out to this kid over the past 6 months,
and say this….
All those long hours and shit eating grins,
the boy has done 'em too.
Not many kids could pull it off like he can either.
Trust me I've seen it.
He's become quite the salesman,
and loves nothing more than being my 
"assistant" on market days.
You can tell by the crazed look in his eyes
in the picture above that sugar is involved.
Lots of sugar.

Lastly, You guys.
All my Bitches.
(I mean that in the least threatening kind of way.)
The people that love me and support me 
are really the reason that 
all of the time and work has become a success.
I have met some really amazing people in the past few months.
You guys are the inspiration and the drive.
There isn't a single market that goes by that I don't 
leave with a new friend/customer.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I can't thank you all enough for all of this.

While I am throwing out thank you's,
I also have to give a great big shout out to 
a new friend/customer, Lauren Defilippo.
Lauren is also new to CO,
descending from NYC.
As soon as I learned this about her,
found out she was a photographer,
and realized how totally awesome she was,
I knew we had to be friends.
Lauren was at the Denver HaHo,
photographing the event and was so kind to share these 
images that she captured of our booth.
Thank you so much Lauren for capturing something that I 
never have time to, and for being totally RAD!

Check out her website…

...and while you are perusing the inter webs…
click the "SHOP" button above to head over to 





Saturday, April 19, 2014

DIY: Up-cycled Easter Flowers


After all the eggs are hard boiled and ready to by 
dyed for Easter, what do you do with all the left over
egg cartons?

Well if you are me, you actually have a stash 
of egg cartons ready to be up cycled into something crafty.

While perusing Pinterest
I found thins great DIY from Homemade Serenity!
Now here's a lady that's on my 
"this could be useful for crafting" hoarding wave length.


Instead of following her explicit directions to make a 
wreath, the boy and I decided 
to make a little something pretty 
for his sweet little neighbor girl friend, Lily.


I am just loving seeing all the detail that he took the time
to put into these cute flowers.
It was also really cute listening to him talk about
how important it is to give girls flowers.
My little gentleman in training! 



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jackie + Eric's Library Wedding



Jackie + Eric's love story is one of my favorite kinds.
These two have loved each other from first sight.
I just so happens that there "first sight" glance
happened all of 17 years ago. 

Their beautiful wedding took place
at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton, FL.
They were surrounded with love 
from their beautiful kids, family, and friends 
that have watched their love blossom over the years.



Their red and turquoise color scheme mixed 
with vintage flare and stacks of books 
made of for an exciting yet classic wedding.








You couldn't ask for a couple more in love.
From the way that they cared about each other before the wedding
to the way that Eric looked at Jackie, it was evident 
that these two are and forever will be madly in love! 




Here's to a lifetime of happiness!















Friday, April 11, 2014

Couscous Primavera Recipe



Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 6oz package of Athenos Feta
1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 sweet peppers
2 large carrots
4 radishes
handful of fresh parsley
handful of fresh thyme
salt and peper to taste

Step 1
Cook the couscous as the package directs.
When it's cooked toss in a large bowl with the feta.
Put in the refrigerator to cool.

Step 2
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the
oil, vinegar, parsley, and thyme.
Pour over the cooled cheese and couscous mixture.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3
Run all your veggies through a food processor,
or finely chop, and toss into the cold salad.
Let it sit for a few hours in the fridge so that all the flavors 
can get to know each other.
Serve over spinach or all by itself! 
Enjoy!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Everything's Popping Up Spring!

(click on the picture above to be taken to my 
spring inspired treasury list on easy!)

Being a FL Girl, I never really understood why people got 
so dang excited about spring.
To me it was just always that non-season in-between 
hot and hotter.  

Since surviving the back half of my first 
Colorado winter…I get it.
There is a lot of excitement that surrounds 
the first leaves coming onto the trees,
new blooms of bulbs and flowers, 
the birds chirp chirping away,
and the return on the "short sleeve".

So in honor of things starting to look a little more like spring 
around here I put together a little list of all the 
things I'm crushing on for spring! 

Enjoy!




Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY: Organic Moisturizing Hair Mask

For 30 years I've dealt with the
humidity frizzy poof that was my head of hair.
Since moving out west I've come to quickly find a
whole new hair trouble….


Wintery Dry Hair.

Ends that are dry and fried beyond belief,
dry itchy scalp,
and fragile strands that want to give up and break.

After a quick trip to the pantry and then the medicine cabinet,
I present to you a very easy 
DIY Organic Moisturizing Hair Mask

Ingredients:


1.5 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
1.5 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey
5 drops Peppermint Oil
5 drops Vitamin E Oil

Step 1:


In a small sauce pan mix all four ingredients and stir together over low heat.
You may need to vary the amount of honey and coconut oil that you use.  
I have very thick shoulder length hair.

Step 2:


Transfer to a bowl.
Separate your hair into small easily workable sections.

Step 3:


With you bare hands apply the warm mixture to the sections of hair 
focusing on the ends. 
Warning: the mixture may be hot! 
Wrap your hair up onto your head and wait about 40 mins before washing out


Tips:

Why bare hands?  
Soak up some of that added moisture on those dry hands.

Why is this so messy?
Working with oil and honey can be a giant sticky mess! 
Make sure that you wrap a towel over your shoulders so that you don't ruin your clothes.
I also applied in the tub so that anything that dripped didn't make an even bigger mess.

Don't waste your left overs!
I had just enough left over oily goodness to apply to my face and neck.
Coconut oil and honey makes a great face mask.
The oil softens and smooths your skin, while the honey heals and evens skin tone.
I just smeared it on and let it sit the entire time the hair mask was on.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Joys of Parenting: Learning from our Kids

  Today after a fantastic story time at our local library, the boy and I headed to the children's section for a little bit of play time.  Our library is just the coolest.  The children's section is surrounding with hollow trees for forting, and filled with super modern fancy toys for playing.
  At this point most of the moms and kids from story time had migrated for a few extra minutes of play, and the boy had made friends with another little kid about his age.  They played great together and were really having a great time, when I saw it from across the room….  The little boy open his mouth in a great big belly laugh, and it was right there glaring at me, front and center and all alone.  This poor little boy had no front teeth except for one lonely gold tooth.  I was so distracted by it that I almost missed the look on Ashyr's face.  He as floored and completely excited!
  "Dude! Do you have a gold tooth?" he said to the boy.
  "Yes."
  Ash just stared at him in amazement.  I got a sinking feeling in my gut that he was going to say something that would totally embarrass me or him or the kid.  Instead he asked, "Are you a Pirate?"  The little boy just looked at him sideways and then continued to play.  They continued to make their pretend laser guns that shot flowers as I sat and watched while reading my Colorado Parenting Magazine.
  The boys were playing great.  Keeping themselves in control, following my rules of not pointing their pretend guns at anyone, and really just being good little boys.  And that's when I heard the ridicule coming from the two hefty, sweat pant wearing,  scrunchi clad moms.  Back and forth they said to each other that they were "never going to let their little boys (who each appeared to be about a year old) play with guns.  There is no reason to make believe with guns." and they went on to say things about how "I should be ashamed that these boys played like that and the only reason to use a gun was to kill an animal." I was completely in shock that I was hearing all of this.
  The entire time they were speaking to each other about me as if I were not sitting right there in ear shot of them.  I bit my tongue (and text mean things about them to my bff).  I couldn't believe that these two shulmpadinka's were questioning my parenting.  I must also interject here that while my overly intelligent son played very nicely with his new friend and his pretend flower producing laser gun, one of these ladies kids got almost half way out the library door before someone brought the one year old back to his mother, and the other child stood and watched on while chewing on a book.  But my point is that I couldn't stop thinking judgmental things in a defense for their negative words.
  Meanwhile, back to my awesome kid….
  I decided to focus my attention back on Ashyr's positive actions and behaviors with his new snaggle toothed buddy.  At this point they had shaken hands and decided that they were new best library friends.  Ashyr then politely introduced himself, "I'm Ashyr, what's your name?"
  The little boy replied, "I'm Robert Paul."
  Shock came over Ash's face and he said "Man, with a name like Robert Paul, and teeth like those, I bet you would make one great Pirate."
  I died.
  And Capitan Robert Paul laughed.
  Then I learned a really important lesson about judgement from an almost 5 year old.


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