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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ella & Mommy Day!

Ella has been very clingy to me lately, and crying (sometimes hysterically) when I leave, and I realized that I literally have not had one day alone with her since Everett was born almost SIX months ago!  So I had my mom take Everett today, and I spent the whole day alone with Ella. :)  We had to do some errand-y type things, but we also went to the zoo...

I get a lot of alone time with Everett, which I love, but I miss girlie time with my baby girl!

One of the things we had to do was go to my office (which she loved, and she has been asking to go back to mommy's work all day) to pick up my new iphone.  That's right, I had to give up my Blackberry.  So far, I HATE the iphone.  I miss you Blackberry!  People keep telling me I will learn to love it so I'm just waiting for that to happen. ;)

Monday, May 28, 2012

I Love Holiday Weekends

Even though we had to use the long weekend to do some not so fun things like car shopping and buying a new refrigerator (you know, because our only 6 year old one died), we had so much fun having grammy and pop pop visit and going to grandma and grandpa's house for a bbq!

I made my favorite True Food Kitchen Tuscan Kale Salad, but I accidentally put too much garlic and lemon in the dressing so it was VERY bitter and VERY garlic-y.  We discovered that Ella apparently loves excessive garlic and acidity because every time we turned around, she was standing on a water bottle sneaking kale salad!  What two year old eats kale salad?!!

Ella also had her very first corn on the cob!

While we were out to dinner this weekend, I had Everett on my lap, and Ella came over to sit on my lap too because she wanted to put her arm around her little brother. :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

2nd Swim Lesson- Success!

Ella had her second swim lesson today with one of her besties, and she did AWESOME.  I was so proud of her!

She even practiced kicking with daddy before class started!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Little Chicken Baby Boutique's Memorial Day Dress Sale is Here!
10% off ALL Dresses (even sale dresses)!!
use code:

Click HERE for LCBB's Etsy Store

There are new fabrics either not yet made into dresses or not listed
so check our Facebook page HERE for photos of all the fabrics currently available!

We've also lowered the shipping costs on all dresses (U.S. order only)!

*Some fabrics are very limited quantity so act fast before they are sold out!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Photo Edited Dresses?

I think I may start using photo editing techniques for my Etsy photos just for fun...

Here is new style (3/4 elastic sleeves) and fabric...

Friday, May 18, 2012


Found a full bottle of cinnamon and did this while I was feeding Everett (yes, I gave in and bought her Tinkerbelle pjs)...
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This was before she found a tube of vaseline (which she thought was sunscreen) and rubbed it all over her cheeks so that her "cheeks don't get burned" (direct quote). I can't get mad at her because I can't stop laughing!

Recently found his feet and is always grabbing them.  Learned how to roll over both ways...and over and over and over and over...which means he is now sleeping on his stomach.

Had his first Tiny Tots playgroup today (of which I am the organizer), but it turned out to be mostly older kids (13 months to 2.5 years) so once again, Ella will be making even MORE friends and Everett will still have only two!  At least I tried. ;)

I made a dress in one of the new fabrics and a new crayon clutch...


Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Fabric

I think I forgot to post about these adorable new fabrics I bought...

I'm currently making some dresses- I love these fabrics!  Excuse me if I've already posted them...I'm a little overwhelmed right now because I'm super busy at work...have I mentioned I'm back at work?? 

I went back early because we are so busy, and I can't believe I'm even saying this, but I'm LOVING it.  I now only do work for my favorite client, and I work on a contract basis.  Perfect balance. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

GREAT weekend.  We met at the park to play with Ella's new friends, Nathan and Cadence, then we had dinner at one of our favorite places, True Food Kitchen, with Everett's future girlfriend, Avery- she is adorable!!

Sunday morning I woke to a bed full of presents, but the best part was Ella running over to my side of the bed yelling, "happy mother's day mama!" and proudly handing me a piece of wrapping paper.  I said, "is this for me?!", and she was so excited- "YES!"

One of the best gifts was Amy Atlas' new book Sweet Designs.
I feel like she and I are sort of soul sisters...we are both lawyers with a passion for sweets, baking, perfect parties and all things creative.  The difference being that she is no longer lawyering, but rather, doing what she loves for a living!  Oh, and the fact that she is much better at it than me. ;)

We went to brunch with my mama...

Where Ella and a the little girl sitting next us started a dance the time we left, there were about 7 kids dancing!

We went to the Spectrum to do a little shopping and ride the carousel and then went to the pool.  I ended the day by ditching the husband and kids for dinner and drinks with a friend (woo hoo!), and to top it off, I took not one, but TWO naps this weekend! Mother's Day should be every month. :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation week so I wanted to do something special for Ella's teachers since she loves them so much, and they love her so much.  I didn't have a lot of time so I did a simple but cute cookie design (one pot for each of her 4 teachers)...
The tag...

And the card...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sydney's Bubblegum 1st Birthday

If you want to know what I've been doing the past couple days, it's been making these...

for Sydney's (Ella's godsister) first birthday party!  My bff did a great is the sweets table...

Ella had a blast in the bounce house...

Ella and the birthday girl...

Ella and Olivia...

And finally, CAKE TIME!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Family Frolic!

On Friday night, Ella's school had their annual "Family Frolic" and silent auction.  It was so much fun!!  I absolutely love her school...the teachers, the staff, the other parents, all the activities...LOVE.

Ella's favorite thing by far was the bounce house...

They had all kinds of fun games with prizes, shaved ice, a taco man...

Face painting and tattoos...

A fire truck and a police car came for the kids to explore...
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Notice the photo of Kaitlyn and Ella in the back of the cop car...we're just hoping those two don't relive that moment in about 16 years! ;)

Such a great night!!!!