November 30, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Four Cow Farms

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know that at the beginning of last year we worked hard to clean out our cupboards and learn more about the food we eat.  We got rid of processed foods and refined sugar.  Those changes have been awesome for us and they've made me want to learn more about other products in our home that we'd never thought twice about before.

Well, when I received an email asking if I'd like to review some products from Four Cow Farm, an amazing company with 100% natural and organic creams and balms, I was really excited to try their products.

These are the products we were sent.  (I loved the packaging right off the bat.)  What I was most impressed with was how informative this company was.  I received a lot of literature along with the products and it explained what things are best to avoid in skincare products.  It explained what was in each cream or balm they made.  It explained the best use of each product.  It explained how to read labels and understand things on the bottles you buy.  These people know their stuff.  I love that.


Let me break down the products and tell you what I thought.

1) The baby wash.  This doesn't create a big lather, which you should know before you use.  That's actually a good thing.  It's pretty much the the purest thing you could use on your baby's skin.  It doesn't have a strong smell like most baby washes.  It's very subtle.  I noticed that when I took Elsa out of the tub that her skin felt clean rather than slick and slippery like it does with our regular baby wash.  That was my favorite part about it.  

2) Baby Lotion.  This lotion is fairly thin, but not because it's watered down.  It uses top quality oils and it's a nice light everyday lotion.  Once again, the scent is very subtle.

3) Nappy Cream.  This is like a diaper rash cream.  Elsa hasn't had a lot of rashes, but when she did have one the other day I used this and it worked really well.  It was also thinner and light.  It wasn't crazy thick and stinky, like most diaper rash creams.  It was really nice.


4) Baby Oil.  I actually used this on Baden instead of Elsa.  He gets really dry eczema patches.  The baby oil was his favorite because it's oil which means can be applied really quickly.  A little does go a long way with it.  When his patches get really bad he hates lotion because he says it stings.  None of these products stung to him, which I really appreciated.

5) Tea Tree Remedy.  I didn't get to use this one as much, but it says it's great on bites, rashes, and cold sores.  It's thicker and has caster and macadamia oils in it.


6) Calendula Rememdy.  This is one we tried a lot on Baden and I also tried it on my super dry feet.  It's a nice thick balm that I liked the best for Baden.  You go through it a lot faster than the oil, though.  It didn't magically take away the eczema, but with nightly use it got better.

Overall, I thought the Four Cow Farm products were really high quality.  It's so nice to know that you're using organic and natural products on your tiny, new baby.  They aren't inexpensive, but as they say - you get what you pay for.  This company does a great job of making their products simple and safe.  To see their other products or learn more about them, you can visit the Four Cow Farm web site HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

November 28, 2013

Silhouette Winner and Black Friday Deal

Alright!  Our random winner of the Silhouette Cameo is:


If you didn't win and you're hoping that Santa might still put one under the tree, this Black Friday deal  is really awesome.  It runs from today to Dec 8th.  Here are the details:


There are few different bundle options and deals:

(1)          A Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $229.99. Retail price for all of this would total $406.93(over 40% savings!)
(2)          A Silhouette Portrait®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $129.99. Retail price for all of this would total $286.93(over 40% savings!)
(3)          A Silhouette CAMEO®, a Silhouette Portrait®, and two $25 download cards for $299.99. That’s right: If you buy a Silhouette CAMEO® at full price, you get two $25 download cards and a Silhouette Portrait® ABSOLUTELY FREE! Retail price for all of this would be $406.93 (over 40% savings!)
(4)          40% off consumable products at silhouetteamerica.com. This excludes machines, subscriptions, download and gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Rain checks not available.
(5)          FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.

Now, to take advantage of one of these deals, just go HERE and you can use the code "ROAR."

And here's a quick look at our Christmas door I just put together using the Silhouette.


The word "Joy" came from the download store and then I put the rest together.  I cut it using silver vinyl.  (And yes, mom, I need to wash my front door :)


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thanks for reading.

November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving - our yearly video

Happy Thanksgiving (a day early)!

Every year I take a little video of the boys saying what they are thankful for.  This is our 4th year, which I can hardly believe.  (You can see year 1, 2, and 3 by clicking on each number.)  It's a simple thing, but it makes me happy to look back on.

 (Random Sidenote: Yes, I'm aware that Baden isn't wearing a shirt.  That only makes the video more authentic.  The kid only wears clothes when we leave home.)


And if you have 2 more minutes, my sister shared this video with me the other day and I fell in love with it.  I've watched it 5 times already.  It's just simple, sweet, and perfect to help you reflect on what you've been given.


Tomorrow I'll post the Silhouette winner as well as the Black Friday Silhouette deal….which is pretty sweet.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.

November 26, 2013

Garland Advent (on the news)

Hey guys!  For anyone local, I will be on KSL news at noon today.  (It'll probably be around 12:20 and it's a short segment.)  I'm showing this garland advent calendar I made.  


I like how it also serves as a large decor item in our home for the holidays.


It's a take off of my good deed advent, found HERE.


If I can I'll post the segment here after it airs.  All supplies for the craft were purchased at my local JoAnn store and if you need a coupon, there's one at the end of THIS POST that you can use till the end of the month.


Thanks for dropping by.

November 25, 2013

Simple Snowflake Pillow

I've never really made "holiday" pillows, but when I thought of this idea it was too easy to pass up.  It took about 5 minutes.  This is a post I did last week for the I Love to Create blog and you can head over for the tutorial HERE.


Thanks for stopping by!

November 24, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - matching, Christmas, and the number one slot

This week's Sunshine Sunday comes straight from Instagram.  Here's the little miss and I.  Sometimes I accidentally dress us to match.


Autumn is over…which is seriously sad.  However, I am really excited about Christmas this year.


Baden (yes, the one who wanted to "chuck her out the window" when he found out he was going to have a sister) is very smitten by this girl.  He asked me if we could have two Elsas.  He said he wanted me to have another baby if she would be just like Elsa.  He has told me that she now shares the 1st place spot with me - meaning we're tied for being his favorite person on this earth.  I'd gladly share that spot with her.


And in a sneak preview here, my dad built something awesome and it was brought to my house yesterday.  I wanted to sleep on it last night I love it so much.  (Men under table due to assembly or playing hide and seek.  You guess.)


I hope you had a great week.  See you tomorrow.  Thank you for reading my blog.

November 23, 2013

Our Turkey Tablescape

Today I'm joining a lot of other bloggers and JoAnn Fabrics and Craft Store to show you my Thanksgiving table.  The topic I was given to create was #turkeytablescapes and this is what I came up with.  You see, I'm not a fan of cartoon turkeys so I decided to take a more elegant approach to the subject.  I focused on the turkey feathers instead.


I purchased fabric to create this feather table runner.


I hand-stamped feathers cascading down it in varying neutral tones.


 The stamps were carved by me and then I used fabric paint to apply them to the runner.  I like to use a foam brush to spread the paint onto the stamp first.

November 22, 2013

Refashionista Day 10 - Sugar Bee Crafts


Today is our last day of Refashionista! Today's guest is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts.  Mandy's blog has a bit of everything - sewing, home decor, recipes, printables and more.  She is a fun mom with adorable kids.  Today she has a fun, easy-to-make refashion for us.  Welcome Mandy!
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Refashioning can be so much fun!  Today I'm going to show you how to make Extra-Wide Headbands out of knit:

I'm Mandy and I blog over at Sugar Bee Crafts - check it out cause it's awesome over there :)  I am super excited to be here - I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is one of my most favorite blogs of all time - love it here!  And I even got to chat it up with Cheri for a few minutes at SNAP a couple of years ago - she's amazing, but you probably know that already.

Have you seen those really wide headbands out there?  I just love them - you can wear them with ponytails and keep all the fly-aways in check, or you can wear them with hair down, or you can get daring and wear them hippie style, straight across the forehead, for something just a little unexpected, like so (using an old mustard tshirt of mine for this one) - - 

Today I'm going to show you how to make them, using one of my favorite things to refashion - old knit t shirts!  This one I picked up at the thrift store specifically to refashion a while ago because it was a larger size (which means lots of fabric to work with) and I loved the little white polka dots:

November 21, 2013

Refashionista Day 9 - Sew A Straight Line

Before we get started, there's a Silhouette giveaway on the post before this one.  It went up last night and it's a simple one comment entry.  You can enter it HERE.


Today's guest is Sabra from Sew a Straight Line.  I've met Sabra in person more than once.  She is seriously hilarious.  She also has boys (and a girl) and she makes awesome clothes for them - even cool jeans.  Yeah, that's serious.  When we had that boy contest years ago, Sabra won it.  (Her boys are also so, so handsome.)  Okay, welcome Sabra!
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Hi, I’m Sabra.  I sew a lot for my kids and myself and talk about it over at Sew a Straight Line.  I have been an I am Momma Hear Me Roar reader almost since the beginning.  I once stalked Cheri at a craft fair after she mentioned she’d be there on her blog.  Okay, I did that twice.  That’s not super creepy, right?  Well, apparently my stalking paid off, and I am crazy-excited to have been invited to participate in Refashionista this year!!  So, let’s get to it!

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My refashion starts with this beauty from the local thrift store.  Long, plaid, and super-duper boring.  What drew me to it: fun, high-quality fabric (it’s a wool in an on-trend tartan) and lots of it.  There was a side zipper already installed in a good place.   It was $4.

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I knew I wanted something much more fitted and shorter, so I started googling “plaid skirt”, and eventually came upon this from 2010 Anthropologie from this source

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I really liked the layered-wrapped look of the Anthro skirt, and figured I could do some sort of faux layered-wrap with all the excess fabric I would be cutting off the bottom of my thrifted skirt.  Mine ended up not as clean finished as the inspiration, but it still has the general feel. 

November 20, 2013

SILHOUETTE GIVEAWAY

Today we get to give away another Silhouette and this time it's the big dawg….the Cameo!  (Yes, I just said big dog.)  All you have to do is leave a comment to enter the giveaway.  (And there will be a Black Friday promo coming at the end of the month - FYI.)  


So if you'd like to get your hands on one of these puppies leave a comment below.  Here are the details:

- Must be a US resident.
- If you leave more than 1 comment go back and delete it or you're disqualified.
- Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win.  (Leave your email address in the comment if it's not linked to your profile.)
- Giveaway closes on Nov 27th at midnight.

Thanks for dropping by.

Refashionista Day 8 - Delia Creates


Today we have Delia from Delia Creates.  I love this girl.  She is so kind-hearted and outrageously talented.  She is humble and beautiful.  I absolutely love her blog and ideas.  She's definitely one to follow.  She has two boys and a girl as well, so she often has great boy posts - in fact she has one for us today!  Welcome Delia!
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I'm thrilled to be here hanging with Cheri for Refashionista 3! color blocked pants (39 of 46) My project today is for all those string bean kids that grow tall rather than out...like my kids. color blocked pants (31 of 46) My 8 year old can still fit into 4T pants in the waist. ha. My five year old's relative waistline discrepancy is less dramatic, but he can easily wear 3T or 4T pants as well, if only they weren't too short. Instead of tossing those pants that fit them so well in the waist, I've come up with a trendy way to make those pants last for just a little bit longer. edit2-004 This idea sparked from A Little Gray, who has a great tutorial on making color blocked pants from scratch. She based her pants off the color blocked Tommy Ton pants that created buzz at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. I opted to go with neutrals rather than the blue contrast because I really like the neutral on neutral look. Let's get to it. Shall we?

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1/4 - 1/3 yard of contrasting twill or bottom weight fabric (depending on how tall you need your colorblocked portion to be) matching or contrasting thread ruler, sewing scissors, etc. pants to upcycle!

November 19, 2013

Refashionista Day 7 - No Big Dill


Today's guest is Katy from No Big Dill.  If the sewing machine was a weapon, Katy would be a deadly ninja.  The girl has skills and I've said it many times, but I'd love to see her on Project Runway.  If you've never been to Katy's blog, run THERE now.  She's also one of my favorite people to follow on instagram.  (Find her at nobigdillkaty.)  Welcome Katy!
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How fun to be invited back to participate in Refashionista again this year, thanks Cheri!  I think we all love this series because we all have an inner (or maybe not-so-inner) frugal desire.  It just feels good to be able to reuse and enjoy again, I would even call it empowering.  
Last year my brother got married and we had the luncheon outside at my aunt's home.  After it was over my mom asked if I wanted any of the tablecloths.  Of course!  She didn't really have to ask, I stuffed them in my suitcase, knowing they would be debuting once more, just not as a tablecloth.
I just made a simple gathered skirt, but added the detail of the option to gather the overskirt, kind of a princess-y touch. 

November 18, 2013

Refashionista Day 6 - Sewing in No Man's Land


Today we have Kelly from Sewing in No Man's Land.  Kelly's has the prettiest blue eyes and four gorgeous children.  Kelly's blog feels like a dream.  Her photography is beautiful, as are her creations.  And get this.  They are living in Paris.  Ah!  Welcome Kelly!
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I am so excited to be part of the refashion party! Isn't Cheri the best? Yes, yes she is. Okay now that I have stated the obvious on to the refashion. I had this dream to have Christmas bedding. I thought it would be so fun to change everyone's beds for the month of December to a super festive christmasy goodness of down comforters and fabulous red and green. That dream died when I realized how much it would cost to refit a family of SIX's bedrooms. Yeah, budgets are the worst. But not before I had already purchased a duvet set (cover and two pillow cases) from Ikea to give it a test run (found 
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 Luckily it was only 15 Euros and it just say in a big pile for a while. I thought that since I couldn't use it on the bed it didn't mean I couldn't still use it in the same vein: Christmas jammies!

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What is crazy is the amount of fabric that cutting up this duvet yielded! I was (and still am) swimming in it! I absolutely had enough fabric to make the kids jammies and myself and the hubster... and the neighbors and their kids ha!

November 17, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - jumping, sibling love, and my hubby

A whole lot of randomness in pictures this week.  This little girl finally got the hang of the jumper and she's loving it.


She is so much fun.  She makes our lives so bright.  That's the only way I can explain it.


I finally tried out a sprout on her.  I thought it was hilarious and so did the boys.


Rex decided we should start charting his growth in a laundry basket as well.


Sibling love rocks.  She's too young to argue, so the boys can only adore her.  I'm sure there will be drama someday in the future, but for now I'm just melted by this. 


And lastly, I got to go on a date with this hot guy.  Dates with him just make life instantly better.  He was on a hike this weekend and he sent me a selfie.  It made me giggle.  I sure love him…and I think he's pretty hot.


I hope you had a great week, too.  We have one more week of refashionista fun coming up.  Lots to see.

Thanks for reading.

November 15, 2013

Refashionista Day 5 - Kojo Designs


Today we have Kirstin from Kojo Designs.   At Kojo Designs you'll find great projects for sewing, home decor, and even recipes.  Those girls have all sorts of skills.  Kirstin has an awesome tutorial for us today.  Welcome!
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refashioned leather tote by kojodesigns

Hello there I Am Momma friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns and Shiny Happy Sprinkles, and I am thrilled to be here today for Refashionista. I adore Cheri, love her blog, LOVE this series, and am so excited to share my refashioned leather tote with y'all today. refashioned slouchy leather tote by kojodesigns

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