Archive | July, 2013

***Elf Outfitters Giveaway***

22 Jul

A pretty special thing happened in our house today.  A postcard arrived in the mail addressed to Annaliese from Barbara the Elf.  You all might remember me blogging about Barbara during Christmastime.  Well she’s obviously away right now on summer vacation so it was so nice to hear from her.  The postcard featured a picture of her living in style on the front :


The back explained that she couldn’t wait to see Annaliese this December.  Annaliese was so surprised!  She loves to get mail and she thought it was hilarious that the elves were wearing sunglasses.  Our postcard is proudly displayed on the fridge and Annaliese has taken it down to read it about 15 times since we received it earlier today.  Here is her shocked expression upon hearing from Barbara in the middle of summer :


While you might be thinking I’m the coolest, most creative mom ever right now, I can’t exactly take credit for this awesome idea.  The postcard came from Elf Outfitters, a relatively new business launched online in December 2012.  The creators wanted something new and fun for their elves and the ideas started flowing from there.  Their website features Creative Kits for taking your elf up a notch this Christmas.  I personally like the Hawaiian Luau Kit because who wouldn’t want their elf to wear a coconut bra?  The website also offers free printables like scavenger hunts to add some extra fun to your family traditions.  They also send postcards, like the one Annaliese received, throughout the year so your children can be excited for their elf’s arrival in December.

As I wrote about in my previous post, our family does the Elf on the Shelf a little differently.  I think Elf Outfitters offers a fun way for every family to make their elf unique to their traditions and beliefs. 

Here comes the fun part…the giveaway!  I have been given the chance to offer a $10 gift certificate to one of my readers.  That means you can buy the Elf Sleeping Bag kit and still have money leftover to have a personalized postcard sent to your kids 🙂  Even if your family is thinking about starting the elf tradition, I encourage you to enter the giveaway!  Here is how to enter:

-Visit Elf Outfitters and check out all they have to offer.

-Leave a comment in this post with your name, e-mail address, and tell me which kit is your favorite.

-Enter by Thursday, 7/25 at midnight.  On Friday I will choose one lucky winner!

You can also check out Elf Outfitters on facebook or their blog.

Good luck everyone!



Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this blog post with a personalized postcard.  All opinions are my own.



We’re out!

20 Jul

Today we finally went public with our exciting news!  We are expecting baby #2 sometime around January 10, 2014.  I’m so excited to start writing on my blog more throughout my pregnancy.  I loved being pregnant with Annaliese and I wish I would have documented more things during the pregnancy.  I’m going to try to update every week or so.  Here is my first update:

15 weeks

This week the baby is the size of a Navel Orange.

Navel Orange

That seems pretty big to me!  Last week was a lemon so this seems like a big jump.

I am feeling SO much better than I did a few weeks ago.  My 1st trimester was full of tons of nausea and no energy.  I still don’t feel like all of my energy is back but the nausea is mostly gone.  I am starting to get my appetite back too.  For about the first 13 weeks I couldn’t really stomach too much.  I’ve actually lost a few pounds since first finding out I was pregnant.  I feel like I’m definitely  headed the opposite way on the scale now 🙂

We have had a few doctor’s appointments so far and everything looks good.  We had an early ultrasound around 6 weeks.  There wasn’t too much to see but it was still pretty cool!  The tech said I was measuring a few days ahead (I kind of thought I was) but they won’t change my due date unless I’m measuring over a week ahead.  We are wondering if the baby will come closer to New Year’s or Christmas rather than the 10th!  My next appointment isn’t until August which seems like a long time to wait.

I have been pretty surprised at how quickly I looked pregnant this time around.  For comparison, here is a picture of me when I was 21 weeks pregnant with Annaliese :


And here is a picture of me from today at 15 weeks, 1 day:



I don’t think I look too much smaller in the 2nd picture!  I am already wearing maternity shorts and pants because everything else just feels too uncomfortable.

I think that is everything I have to update on for now.  I will try to update regularly because I would love to have a record of how I’ve changed from week to week!

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