Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Great find!

Each craft fair I put on I am amazed at the talent I see from both my regular vendors and new vendors.  It's just amazing to see these people are who so passionate about what they do and I do everything I can to support them.

I had a new vendor sign up for our event with SactoMoFo named Adventure Hats.  Two of the hardest parts about picking vendors are making sure you don't have too much of something.  There can sometimes be an abundance of jewelry, knitting/crochet and baby items.  When Lisa contacted me I was hesitant at first and then I looked through her gallery on Facebook and was sold.  Her hats didn't look like any others.  They had a special flair to them which I loved.

I went to the event not looking to buy anything since money is tight with an upcoming vacation.  It took one walk down the aisle of vendors though to know that wasn't going to happen.  There was so much amazing stuff in such a small group of people!

The first thing I walked away with was this hat from Adventure Hats.

As soon as I posted this picture on Facebook the comments went crazy.  I knew I had to tell everyone about Lisa and where to buy her stuff!  If you love this hat as much as I do please head over to the Adventure Hats Facebook page and Like her page, then look through her Gallery to see all of the amazing items she has.

If you are local, she will be vending at the Davis Flea happening this Sunday from 11am to 3pm on the E Street Plaza.  I encourage you to go say hello and tell her the Getty Owl Foundation sent you.

To make things even more fun, we're going to give away one of her hats here!  There are two ways to enter. One visit the Adventure Hat's page and come back and leave a comment with which style hat you like the best.  For a second entry, like The Adventure Hat's page and come back and leave a comment that you did. You have until August 1st to enter!!!

Come back tomorrow for another look at a vendor that I love to have at each and every show!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

SactoMoFo is Yummy!

Yesterday was a long, hot and great day!  The Getty Owl Foundation joined in with SactoMoFo to bring some crafters to their 5th mobile food truck event.  Let me start by saying...IT WAS HOT!  I mean seriously hot.  We are in the sun the entire day and I don't think I've ever gotten as close to heat exhaustion before.  I drank 8 bottles of Dasani, had a half of a soda, a BIG smoothie, a big bottle of Smart Water, a half a can of coconut water (which I hate), a large sparkling water and a snow cone and I only peed twice.  SERIOUSLY.  I felt faint and on the verge of vomiting for most of the day.

The only thing that saved me was...the food!  Oh my heavens was there an abundance of it.  The lines started forming at 11am...the event didn't even start till noon!  The first thing I tried was some lumpia, can you say macaroni cheese and bacon lumpia?  I also got a waffle from Volkswaffle because the name is awesome and the set up unbelievably cute.  The line that was the longest though was for The Chairman.  I watched that line for hours waiting for it to die down and FINALLY at 3pm it was short.  I jammed over and got myself a chicken and a pork belly steamed bun.

I seriously am now a bun girl.  Those things are to DIE FOR.

I also gave a booth called Red Truck a try because I was on the verge of passing out and had to get something in my system.  Plus, they are a Truckee based truck and I will be there in a week.  Oh man, will I be going to see them while I'm in Truckee.  I had a half of a burrito which was DELICIOUS and filled with quinoa.

Overall the day was awesome and I couldn't have asked for better vendors.  I'm so pumped for GETty Crafty in November...it's going to be an amazing group of talented people..I can already feel it!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dove VisibleCare Softening Review

It's summer. My skin is DRY and my feet are cracked. I've been using the same body wash for YEARS every since I started working at a bath store in the mall at the age of 18. That used to cut it. I'd use the loofah and lather up with the gel and would barely need any lotion to carry me through the day. Ummm, that's not the case anymore. Now I have to slather on the thickest cream only to end up with flaky lizard skin within a couple hours. Oh, and my heels..you don't even want to see them. I think I scare the pedicure ladies when I show up.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

GETty Crafty and SactoMoFo

This weekend SactoMoFo is putting on their 5th event and have graciously asked GETty Crafty to be a part of it.  What does that mean?  Well there will be over 30 mobile food trucks serving delicious food, a beer and wine garden, live music and of course CRAFTS!

There is seriously something for everyone.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend please come join us on Saturday and come by the Getty Owl Foundation booth and check out our new materials!  We have some exciting events to tell you about!  You can find more details about this event by clicking here!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dear AT&T

Hi, it's me Stacey.  I'm thinking that is really all I have to say because the amount of time we have spent talking to each other in the last few months I shouldn't even have to tell you who this is...you should just recognize my voice.  See, we haven't known each other long but I felt it was important for me to tell everyone the story of our relationship.  I hope you don't mind.

We met when I moved to a new area.  I was seeing someone else but they weren't allowed in the new area so I had to look for a replacement.  It wasn't love at first site, no I decided to play the field and look around for a while.  There are a lot of fish in the sea and tying the knot with someone right away felt a little scary.  To get to you know I decided to go online, check you out...do a little online dating.  You looked good AT&T.  You had nice features and you weren't going to charge me a ton to be in my life.  So, I decided to hook up with you.  Problem is, you didn't acknowledge me.  You told me I didn't live in an area you liked to go in.  Crazy I thought!  The people who lived in the house before had you.  Did you just not like me?  So, I called your friend, someone that worked for you.  The friend told me it was just a glitch and to force the relationship because it would go through.  Guess what, it didn't.  I got an email saying you were breaking up with me.  We hadn't even really spent any time together yet!  So I called and talked to another one of your friends.  This friend told me that the reason you weren't talking to me was because I didn't have my address right.  That I was saying I lived on a Road and you thought I lived on a Drive.  I was new to the area so I assumed that I got it wrong and you were right.  I set up an arrangement to date you again and then went and re-changed all my change of addresses because of my incorrect use of Road.

A day later though, I went by my address and realized...wait a minute...it is Road!  I wasn't wrong, you were!  Oh well I thought.  I figured I'd leave it to you to figure out.  I must admit though I was a little pissed because now I would be changing addresses again.  Oh well I thought again and I waited for you to arrive at my door.

You didn't show up.  Well, your friend UPS said you actually did show up.  They said they gave you a ride and left you on my porch.  When I got home though you weren't there.  Were you looking for Drive?  Were you lost too?  I called your friend again.  This friend told me there was nothing they could do.  They told me you were on my porch and if I didn't find you on my porch I would need to talk to UPS.  So, I called UPS.  Guess what they said?  They said THEY couldn't help me either.  The only way to investigate where you ended up would be for YOUR friend to request an investigation.  So I called your friend again.  The friend tried to help me, hung up on me and then tried to help me some more.  The friend also told me that although I was originally told you would cost $24, you would actually cost $29.  Oops, your bad.

Guess what happened next?  I spent 3 hours in total on the phone with a few of your friends.  Everyone didn't want to talk to me.  Everyone said I should talk to someone else and then I would get sent back to another person.  I was hung up on MULTIPLE times during transfers and all in all I spent 3 hours trying to find out where you were and if you could be replaced.  I hit Twitter and started complaining about you and only then did I get somewhere.

A couple days later you showed up.  Maybe you were on a bender, maybe you were nervous...I will never know.  I brought you inside and made you a home.  I started to trust you.  We were getting along, you were working fast for me.  I decided I needed more of you in my life.  I called your friends again and spent over an hour on the phone (and two hang ups during transfers) trying to order your friend phone.  The order was placed and I was told your friend phone would show up at my house in about a week or two.  Guess what?  Phone never showed up.  At this point I figured screw it...I could live without phone and would just have to live with you and learn to trust you again.

Then, you started charging me.  You charged me an extra $100 to have you.  No one ever told me about that.  I called your friends who assured me that it was a mistake, a one time only fee and I would get a rebate.  Then you charged me again, ANOTHER $100.  I called your friends again and they said they would ignore the 2nd $100 charge and the first one would be a rebate...I just had to talk to someone else to get the rebate.  Then I was hung up on.  Finally I did talk to someone and they told me I was not eligible for a rebate because I had no other services with you.  Really?  See, I thought I ordered a phone over a month ago and phone never arrived?!  I hung up.  I couldn't take it anymore AT&T.

Then you shut off my service.  You were pissed that I hadn't paid you.  So I called your friends again.  I spent two hours on the phone with them.  I was hung up on twice.  I received a partial credit and was told phone was back on order and would be at the house soon.

Here's the deal AT&T.  We are stuck together now.  I have to keep you for two years.  I've had relationships that haven't lasted that long.  My son only just turned two and damn it's been a long road.  The thing is though, I'm paying you!  I'm paying you and you haven't been nice or made this easy for me at all.  You've wasted a ton of my time, over 5 hours at least by my calculations.  I also have never in my life been hung up on as much during transfers or holds as I have with you and last I checked...you ARE a phone company?!  This is a really shitty start AT&T and yet no one seems to care what I've gone through.  I'm with you and now I have to deal with it.  Guess I should have fished some more.  The least I can do is try to encourage others to KEEP FISHING!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No really.....

I'm not trying to beat a dead horse here, but there are times when I think most people don't grasp what it means when I saw "Leyton is a hard teether."  Yesterday we spent time at the doctor to see if he had an ear infection...nope just teeth.  A conversation I had with her went like this:

"When you saw me three weeks ago did I tell you that molars were coming?" - doctor
"Yes" - me
"Wow, and they still haven't broken through the skin.  Leyton is a tough teether." - doctor

At which point I tried to strangle myself with her stethoscope.

When we got home yesterday Leyton was MISERABLE.  He had already had Motrin and I had tried oragel.  He started laying his head on me and pulling on his ear.  The tooth hurts so bad his cheek is swollen and since it's in the back it makes him feel like his ears hurts.  For a while, his only comfort was having his ear pushed up against something.  There was NOTHING I could do.  That is so hard for a mom.  To see your child in pain and there is NOTHING you can do.  It's exhausting.

So I did what all moms do...I took a video.  I'm not sure why but I just felt I wanted people to see and know what this is like.

If this thing goes viral then I'm sure CPS will be knocking at my door soon.  I'll be the mom that wasn't comforting her child and was instead just letting him roll around in pain.  If it makes you feel any better at this moment he wanted nothing to do with me.  If anyone touched him he got worse.

Needless to say it was another long night.  He woke up at midnight and got in bed with us only to do this very thing on and off through the night.  Add to that his congestion, since he is Mr. Mucous when he is teething, and you have a lethal combination.

In the morning I woke up to this face.....

Yep, we love teething in this house.

Friday, July 13, 2012

They're baaaaaaaccccckkkk.........

Just when you thought it was safe.  When you thought you were through the woods and no one could harm you.  Just when you tucked yourself into bed ready to get that 9 hours of sleep you really think you need they come out you.  You can feel them hiding...so close but yet so far.  You can see the saliva dripping from them.  Just when you think you are safe..............


Yep, it is molar time in the House of Ball.  Perhaps this explains some of the reasons why my child has been a BEAST as of late.  I'll admit it, I thought they would be a piece of cake.  I thought, those 16 others were so hard but he'll be older.  He'll be able to help himself through it some.  He'll be able to tell me what hurts.  He had to suffer through 16 of them, he couldn't possibly have to suffer through the last 4 too right?

What the fuck was I thinking.

The child is a mess.  He's waking up at 4am, he's waking up in the middle of the night too.  He doesn't want to go to bed, he doesn't want to nap.  He has a troubled stomach and many times is running a slight fever.  In summary, an absolute JOY to be around.

When he is up all he asks for is "a Popsicle" and you know what...I GIVE IT TO HIM.  Right now we are on a steady diet of booze Popsicle.  This is also the only time he isn't fussy or crazy or being a butt head.  So bring on the Popsicle my little dude.

I have no idea how long these damn things are going to take.  I'm sure it's going to feel like years and will be a great reminder of why one is a great idea.  I really don't understand how we haven't evolved past this.  I mean I get it, at some point in our lives we have to grow teeth.  On the other hand, do we really have to grow two sets?  You mean, he's going to grow all of these teeth only to have them fall out of his head...and then I have to give him a gift?

Where's my damn gift.  I tell you what, that "tooth fairy" better start leaving some Jack Daniels under my pillow really soon.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Should I buy this?

Let's be honest, I have a problem buying stuff.  I really think a lot of people do.  If I had a dollar for every person that has said they can't walk into Target without spending $100 I would be rich.  There are times I can be very smart about a purchase and there are times when I can't.  Times I buy stuff that I don't need.  Times that I buy stuff for Leyton because it's cute.  I once did a spending give up and it went really well.  It was amazing how much money I felt like I had when I wasn't buying junk I didn't need.  Thing is, I was stuck at home unable to walk so the temptation wasn't quite there like it is now.

So, I've teamed up with my niece (yes I'm talking to you CAREY) who is super excited ready to start on this journey with me.  I'm calling it the "Should I buy this" shopping freeze.  The way it works is simple.  Carey and I both have phones.  Phones that take pictures that we are using all the time anyway.  Starting August 1 we are going to try and put a stop to buying things we don't need, even the things we rationalize to ourselves that we DO need.  If I see something I want, I have to take a picture of it...send it to Carey and ultimately she has to decide if I should buy it.  She might ask me questions, she might tell me she needs 24 hours to think about it, she might just ignore my text all together.  If I don't hear back from her or she tells me no...then I can't buy it.  We are going to do this for the entire month of August and if I can get her to commit...for the rest of the year.  We can still buy the necessities: groceries, toiletries (that we need - not just because we found a cool looking new shampoo).  All other items have to be approved: clothes, toiletries, household items, magazines, books, music, etc, etc.  It's a buddy system that is there to help you save some dough.

Will you join us?  If so, find yourself a buddy and leave a comment below that you will be participating.  We'll do a check in mid month to see how everyone is doing.  I plan on keeping a little notebook with me and writing down the price of the things I don't get to buy, so I have a tally on how much I would have spent otherwise.

Let's help each other not buy this.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My buddy...

Leyton and I have a great time together. I try to spend as much good quality time with him as I can when I'm not working.  This past weekend his daddy went fishing so we had an event filled day.  We started with pancakes at Black Bear diner, then headed to Funderland to "ride some fun", then the zoo and then the pool.  Each moment was absolutely enjoyable.  It was the kind of stuff I always dreamed about when thinking of having children.

It's the challenges I wasn't prepared for.  It's not that I thought it would be a piece of cake, I just thought being a mom would be easier.  I thought I would be a natural at it.  I grew up baby sitting.  I spent most of my life taking care of other people's children so of course I would be excellent at taking care of my own.

The thing is, it's not as easy as I thought it would be.  In fact there are times I just want to be alone.  To hide and pretend like I'm the only person that needs taking care of.  The thing is though, I know I'm an excellent mother.  I know I do my best and give my everything into raising this kid.  What makes me an excellent mother too is knowing that I don't have to like it all of the time.

Leyton loves to push my buttons.  At times I wish I had gone into child psychology so I could understand more why he does this.  On many occasions I have been told, "Wow, Leyton is nothing like this when you aren't here."  When I am present though it's test after test.  He's trying to see how much he can get away with.  He ignores me.  He does the opposite of what he is told.  Before children I would have looked at a child doing this and I would have thought that the parent was letting the child get away with too much and thus the child had learned that all they had to do is act up.  Thing is, I don't.  In fact, I'm the stricter parent.  I don't let him walk all over me and yet every day he tries to.  Is it the "terrible twos?"  What does that even mean?  Is he just an independent spirit?  Do I not give him enough stimulation?  ARGH!

I'm not one to listen much to what "they say" but man if anyone has any tips here I'd love it.  Any books that you've read that you found helpful?  Or, do I just suck it up and keep charging on in the hopes that it will get better.  In the hopes that the tests will stop and we will get to a place where we have more moments of this....

Monday, July 09, 2012

Damn biscuit dough!

So I have been pretty successful at using Pinterest as my primary source for all new recipes. So far I have not made one thing that has turned out gross.  In fact, many things are getting added to my standard line up.

A couple weeks ago I made a Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread using biscuit dough.  Seriously, so delicious.  Everyone who was over for dinner loved it and couldn't get enough.  It is so incredibly simple and comes out yummy.

In fact, it was so yummy I made it again...and again.  Only the next two times I made it for breakfast!  The first time I tossed the biscuits in cinnamon and sugar and then drizzled honey on top.

The next time I tossed them in Nestle Quick and added diced bananas.  Oh man were they both good.

You should stop what you are doing and make some version of this bread right now!!!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

We made it!!!

Yesterday really felt like our first 4th of July with Leyton.  It was the first time we got to expose him to fireworks and weren't really sure how he would take it.  We had fireworks from last year since he was sick on 4th of July and a friend brought more over.  Leyton's not a big fan of loud noises so I was thankful that most all of our fireworks were of a quiet variety.

When the first firework got lit he was in awe.  When he finished he stood straight up, put his arms above his head like someone just scored a touch down and shouted out, "We made it!"

He did this after each and every firework.  It was hilarious.  I'm not sure where he got this from, but soon we were all shouting out "We made it" and I have a feeling this will be something we never forget.  He will be 20 and we will shout out "We made it!" during fireworks shows.

Once we were done with our fireworks the neighbors busted out some illegals and he had even more fun watching theirs.  It was so fun to be in our new neighborhood on a holiday!!

Speaking of making it.  I've been making more things off of Pinterest and hope to do a post soon to share some with you.  Last night I did make the Cherry Beer Magaritas and let's just say....I'm lucky I made it to work today.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Next up I'll be churning butter....

This weekend I went full on pioneer style.  I made my own laundry soap.  I've been seeing this idea on Pinterest for a while and I decided to give it a go.  We can't use anything fancy with scents these days because Leyton is allergic and damn if those liquid jugs aren't expensive.

I followed this recipe:

4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

I've done two loads of laundry with it and damn if they don't seem and smell clean to me.  I mean seriously, this makes TEN GALLONS and it maybe cost me all of $5 to make and I still have a huge box of washing soda and borax left.  I might never buy laundry detergent again.


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