Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The girls room {Revised}

Along with finishing Baby Sarah's room we have re-arranged the girls room.

Remember what the room first looked like?

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We have now converted their beds into "bunk beds."  The girls do great!  We don't allow Norah up on the top bunk and that is a very strict rule we established right away, she has done great at obeying it.  She has also learned how to stay in her bed thanks to an alarm that goes off when she gets out.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Storms & {Winner for Chalk Board Bubble}

Have you ever been to Colorado in the summer?  Well it storms here in the afternoon almost everyday, or so it seems!  There are more lighting strikes here than anywhere else in the US (or so they say).  It is nice to have a huge down pore of rain after a hot day and they girls are always fascinated and intrigued!  Norah will say, "my hear thunder,"  even if it is just a plane flying over.

I grabbed a quick photo one evening of them starring out the window in fascination

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I love the sky in Colorado, there is nothing like it!

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And the winner for the Chalk Board Thought Bubble

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"The Condit Family"
Just email me jennirdh@gmail.com with your mailing address


You can still follow my blog anytime you want and if you really want your own Chalk board thought bubble you can purchase one from my Etsy Shop and all proceeds with go to Norah's adoption!





10 seconds to change the world

Hi everyone! This is Brett. I want to ask you for your help.

I work with Compassion International and we are working to get these simple, durable, wonderful water filter systems to all the children and families involved with our programs. So far, everyone in Haiti has been provided with one and now we are working on Rwanda.

For this past month of August, water.org has been holding a voting contest and whoever wins gets to send out tweets on behalf of water.org's Twitter feed for a week, @water. Compassion is bouncing between first and second this whole month and there are just a few days left and we REALLY need your help. We want to spread the word of these filter systems to the over 400,000 followers of @water, who are also passionate about clean, safe water!

10 seconds if you have a twitter account, 30 seconds if you do not.

If you need a walk through with pictures and help, click here.

But, Brett, that's great and all - but what is this water system you keep talking about? I've made a few videos and posted them below. I have also posted a few videos of other people who are helping out and spreading the word.

Please help! It's totally FREE to vote :)


Share the link! http://youtu.be/rgLoO4_dDek

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Baby Sarah's room/Guest room

Slowly I have been working on baby Sarah's room with a ton of sewing help from my mom!  I decided not to paint it, it is a big room and I don't want to be in this house forever so I skipped the painting and got the color from the curtains and pillows.  The main theme for the room was a bird painting one of Carrisa's friends, Carla did.  Carla was inspired to paint after Carrisa died and I really wanted something meaningful in the room, and this was perfect!  It is forever a reminder of Carrisa, something Sarah will have.

Since we only have 3 bedrooms we decided to make the babies room a guest room also.  It is a huge room and baby Sarah doesn't need all that space by herself so it is perfect for when people come to visit. 

Introducing Baby Sarah's room
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Embrace the Camera August 25th

Today I am Embracing the "Work Belly"




This little baby girl has come to work with me 3 days a week for the past 8 months.  My shirt barley fits and often times the bottom button comes un-popped! I am not sure if the shirt will make it much longer at work, or that I will even make it much longer at work.

Here's to Baby Sarah enjoying teeth cleanings with me!

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And don't forget this week!
Would you like to win one of these cute chalk board bubbles my husbands makes?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Water Ball and green popsicles

We got an awesome water ball for Norah's birthday from one of Carrisa's friends in California, Glama Wright.  What fun it has been for the summer, just a simple activity for the girls, but oh so useful!

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The water ball is pretty intense so goggles must be worn
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Umm.... I don't think I want to go in the water
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.....so I will have a snack and just site here and look pretty instead
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Monday, August 22, 2011

And the Winners are.......

For the love of Norah
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We raised $1,078!!!!!!
ALL of this money will go toward our Home Study for adopting Norah.  
Thank you Thank you Thank you a million times to everyone who donated items, money or just spread the word! 
All of the winners were chosen at Random by random.org using the sequence generator

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Update & 8 Months Pregnant!

Just wanted to give you all a quick update on the fundraiser for Norah's Adoption, this money is all going toward our home study (which is about $1500), and so far we have raised $795!
Thank you all so much for donating, participating, and sharing the link!  The Auction goes until Sunday night, so keep on sharing!

Can you believe that I am 8 months Pregnant!  No Way, this baby is coming soon! 

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Monday, August 15, 2011

For the Love of Norah: Bundle # 3 {For the Woman/Home}

Update, another item was added to this Bundle! Scroll down to check it out!

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Help us raise support for adopting our niece Norah.  We are having 3 different Bundles of awesome products, and for each $10 donation you give you will be entered to win the entire bundle!
Bundle # 3: For the Woman/Home

This 3rd Bundle is perfect for any woman and includes several items of home decor and accessories!

Check it out


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Bundle # 3 Includes: Cork Board, Fall Wreath, Sunshine Bag/Purse, Small Ribbon Board, Gray Twirling Betty Visor, 5 Bunting Cards, 2 Throw Pillow Shams, Organic Chomping Necklace


Also included in this Bundle are these super cute Earings from Elizabeth Williams
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A Chalk Board Bubble (that you have seen me use in this photo) Made by my Husband
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(A better look at the Twirling Betty visor, because it is soo cute, the one in the bundle is gray)
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UPDATE I received another donation in the mail today from Sass and Savvy Jewelry
this awesome necklace
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Total Value of Bundle # 3: $271 $287
Thank you so much to all the people who donated!!!

Pillow Throw Decor:  2 Colorful Pillow Shams
HappilyHomeSewn: Yellow Sunshine Bag
Twirling Betty: Visor & Bunting Cards
GiaLily: Cork Board, Ribbon Board, & Wreath
Tweet Baby Designs: Organic Chomping Necklace
Sass & Savvy Jewelry: Necklace
Husband: Chalk Board Bubble
Huge Thanks to Emily Anderson, From the Anderson Crew for helping me with this

How do you get this?  For every $10 you donate towards the "Norah Adoption Fund" you will be entered in for winning this ENTIRE Bundle. Only $10 and you could have over $270 worth of awesome products!
  And even if you don't win, you donated $10 toward a great cause!

How to donate/enter?
Click on the widget below, donate the amount you would like and then leave a comment (on my blog) with which bundle you would like and your paypal name! You can just donate even if you don't want to enter the Give-a-way.  The Give-a-way starts today and ends on Sunday August 21st at 11:59pm Mountain time. Please email me, jennirdh@gmail.com if you have questions.
(if you are using an iphone or an ipad here is the direct link)
1 entry = $10
2 Entries = $20
3 Entries = $30
and so on



all items were donated. the give-a-way is eligible for U.S. residents only.  However, you are free to donate to the Norah Adoption Fund wherever you live. The winners will be drawn by Random.org and will be announced on my blog on Monday August 22nd.  Everyone is eligible for one free entry without a donation.

For the Love of Norah Bundle #2 {Baby/Toddler boy}


Help us raise support for adopting our niece Norah.  We are having 3 different Bundles of awesome products, and for each $10 donation you give you will be entered to win the entire bundle!

This is Bundle # 2. "The Complete Boy Package"
It is perfect for the Baby/Toddler Boy.  Even if you don't want this bundle please share the link on your facebook, blog or website

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Bundle # 2 Includes: hooter hider, Teething Bling, 2 Tie Onesies, paper lantersn, 2 Burp Cloths, 2 Crochetted Hats, Tag Blanket, Duck Apron and Robot Snack Bag

This Bundle Also Includes a $25 gift certificate to this shop: Westmamma
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This Bundle is worth: $175

Thank you so much to all of the people who donated!  Check out their shops/webistes for more awesome products!

HappilyHomeSewn: Duck Apron
My BFF Sarah: Tie onesies and crochetted hats
Lilacslollipops: Hooter Hider 
PineappleSpice:  Robot Snack Bag
GiaLily: Teething bling
Westmamma: $25 Gift Certificate
Heather: Tag Blankets
Emily: Burp Cloths
Huge Thanks to Emily Anderson, From the Anderson Crew for helping me with this

How do you get this?  For every $10 you donate towards the "Norah Adoption Fund" you will be entered in for winning this ENTIRE Bundle.Only $10 and you could have over $175 worth of awesome products!

How to donate/enter?
Click on the widget below, donate the amount you would like and then leave a comment (on my blog) with which bundle you would like and your paypal name! You can just donate even if you don't want to enter the Give-a-way.  The Give-a-way starts today and ends on Sunday August 21st at 11:59pm Mountain time. Please email me, jennirdh@gmail.com if you have questions.
If you are using an Ipad or and Iphone here is the direct link


1 entry = $10
2 Entries = $20
3 Entries = $30
and so on




all items were donated. the give-a-way is eligible for U.S. residents only.  However, you are free to donate to the Norah Adoption Fund wherever you live. The winners will be drawn by Random.org and will be announced on my blog on Monday August 22nd.  Everyone is eligible for one free entry without a donation.

Here is the link to Bundle # 1
Here is the link to Bundle # 3

For the Love of Norah: Bundle #1 {Baby/Toddler Girl}

UPDATE, Someone else just donated a cute girly hat from their Esty Shop, sroll down to check it out!

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Here we Go!  Help us raise support for adopting our niece Norah.  We are having 3 different Bundles of awesome products, and for each $10 donation you give you will be entered to win the entire bundle!

This is the first of 3 bundles and it is awesome!  If you have a baby girl, are going to have one or know someone who does it is filled with awesome girly Etsy/handmade goods!  Even if you do not want this, please share the link to my blog on your face book page or your blog/website so you can spread the word!

Bundle #1 the "Complete Girly Package"  Check out everything that comes with this bundle!

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This bundle Includes (in photo order): Tag Blanket, 2 crocheted hats, 2 Rosette Clips, 2 Burp Cloths, Ruffle Butt Diaper Cover, Neck Pillow, Car seat Strap Covers, Diaper and Wipes pod with Matching wipes case, 2 Cupcake Onesies, Cloth Shoes, 2 Large Burp Cloths, 2 Bow Headbands, 1 Small Elastic Headband

this Bundle will also include:
This adorable girly tank top from Aperfecttreasure

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Also a $50 Store Credit to Gussy Sews, the have the cutest girly accessory!
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These Cute Shoe Clips from: GiaLily
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New Item Added: This Cute Infant Knotty Hat from Two Twigs

This Baby Toddler Girl Bundle is valued at $ 254 255!
  And even if you don't win, you donated $10 toward a great cause!
Thank you so much to all of the people who donated, check out their shops/websites for other awesome products!

Two Little Monkeys:  Car seat covers, neck pillow, diaper and wipes pod
Gussy Sews: $50 store credit
Tweet Baby Design: Rosette Clips
Sew Divine: Large Burp Cloths, ruffle butt, tiny cloth shoes
GiaLily:  Metalic Headbands, Shoe Clips
Aperfecttreasure:  Tank Top
 My BFF Sarah: crocheted hats and cupcake onesies
Emily:  Chic Burp Cloths
Heather: Tag Blanket
Two Twigs: Infant Knotty Hat 
Huge Thanks to Emily Anderson, From the Anderson Crew for helping me with this

How do you get this?  For every $10 you donate towards the "Norah Adoption Fund" you will be entered in for winning this ENTIRE Bundle. Only $10 and you could have over $254 worth of awesome products!
And even if you don't win, you donated toward a great cause!

How to donate/enter?
Click on the widget below, donate the amount you would like and then leave a comment (on my blog) with which bundle you would like and your paypal name! You can just donate even if you don't want to enter the Give-a-way.  The Give-a-way starts today and ends on Sunday August 21st at 11:59pm Mountain time. Please email me, jennirdh@gmail.com if you have questions.
If you are using an Ipad or an Iphone here is the Direct Link

1 entry = $10
2 Entries = $20
3 Entries = $30
and so on


all items were donated. the give-a-way is eligible for U.S. residents only.  However, you are free to donate to the Norah Adoption Fund wherever you live. The winners will be drawn by Random.org and will be announced on my blog on Monday August 22nd.  Everyone is eligible for one free entry without a donation.

Here is the Link To Bundle # 2
Here is the Link to Bundle # 3

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dress Up

Well I would have to say my husband is doing such a great job at embracing all the girls in his life and the one that is coming.  I saw the cutest idea on Pinterest, a Dress up Box,



I asked Brett if he could build it and by the next day he had purchased all of the wood and put it together! Here he is in Action!

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Maya was so excited she asked if she could help paint it
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And here is the final product
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Time to Dress up
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Maya picking out her outfit
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Norah Picking out her outfit
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Grammy picking out her outfit
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Isn't it so cute!  I used some left over paint from the girls room to paint it, then I used stencils to do the words "Dress Up."  I just hand did the white necklace painted on the left side.  It cost about $35 to make.

You can go to this website for all of the instructions

Update for Norah
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Tomorrow is the BIG Auction/Give-a-way Day to help raise money for Norah's Adoption  It is called "For the Love of Norah" 
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Tomorrow morning I will start posting bundles of awesome products that you can submit a donation for to be entered to win.  There will be 3 Bundles:  

1)Baby/Toddler Girl
2)Baby/Toddler Boy,
3)For the Home/Woman

Here is how it will work.  For every $10 you donate toward the Norah Adoption Fund you will be entered into winning the entire Bundle of your choice (each worth $150 +) of Handmade items.
1 entry = $10
2 Entries = $20
3 Entries = $30
and so on

Each Bundle will be on a separate Blog Post

Stay Posted Tomorrow Morning! And Be sure to Spread the news!