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Friday, September 30, 2011

Instafriday! {Small Business Month is almost here!}

{First of all}
Let's address the fact that 
is less than 24 hours away.
Yep,
24 hours until business-facts-galore.
24 hours until a kick off giveaway.
24 hours until link up parties, guest posts, and until small business heavy weights enter the building.
24 hours!

But in the meantime!
It's INSTAFRIDAY!

What did we do last week?
Well, I've been warding off a migraine, so it's been pretty darn low key,
but it was nice to return to work, for my few short hours,
and Carter was a doll
{except for the fact that he had an on-again-off-again fever, which made him not so doll-like. Boo.}

 {Cookies!}

We were seriously missing something sweet in the house, so Chad picked up a jumbo pack of chocolate chips and I got to bakin'. We are chocolate chip cookie fiends around here.

{My pretty, pretty, pretty} 

I made this! I was so excited, I sent that picture to my man while he was at work. 
Yippee for crafts that fit within the latter half of a nap session!

{Unruly baby} 

Poor baby in the beginning stages of his fever.
I had no idea what was going on, because one second he was cheerful, the next second I found him sprawled out on top of his lion in his bedroom.
Me no likey.

{Alleluia!} 

Okay, my husband is the best.
I know, I know, can I get any more cliche?
But seriously.
Yesterday I spent the day warding off this darn migraine, so when my man came home from work with some GREAT news {more on that to come} might I add, he took the little man on a man trip to Target to get matching Chargers jerseys so that way I could lay down in peace.
Welp, he brought me home sushi!
{Cooked, of course, in consideration of Babe #2} 
Wasn't that nice! 
He even tricked me and said he got us a DiGiorno while at Target, which sounded yucky to me.
Ahh, I love him.

{My boys' baking}

So Chad and Carter have a bonding ritual when I'm at work on Wednesdays.
It's manly, and can be compared to shaving outdoors with a dull knife during a blizzard.
It's baking brownies!
That's right, my boys always bake brownies together, and I love it! 
Here's all that's left of their ventures.
De.Lish.

So there you have it!
Our week of wonderfulness.
But guess what's even more wonderful?




{Well, not as wonderful as a bear hug from your toddler, but close}


Linking up here:
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And you should too!




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Thursday, September 29, 2011

September's last GIVEAWAY!

It's the last day of what has shown itself to be a grand month,
and what better way to go forth into the fall season than to have another
hosted by none other than the fabulously hilarious,
often times silly, Mrs. T.
{She is the woman who inspired this post, and that was quite the doozy}

Here are the goods, baby.
A matching 3-pouch set!

Also, winner gets to bring home a tie from my shop for the little man in her life!
{And am I allowed to pick a favorite, even though their from my own shop?}
{Okay, okay! You've twisted my arm quite enough! It's this one!}

Anyway, head on over her way, and enter!
I love these giveaways!
They get me so excited!

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And don't forget that 
OCTOBER 
is 
on Three's {4} Me,
so read all about it and get pumped, because
our first official
LINK UP PARTY
is this coming Tuesday,
complete with a super fun, business related theme.
So.Excited.
But BEFORE Tuesday arrives,
there will be 
ANOTHER giveaway to kick things off,
facts,
and
a guest post from a Small Business Owner bad ass.
{Excuse my french}
{I may or may not have just done a back flip due to pure excitement}

SMALL.BUSINESS

Okay, so I've decided to go out on a limb here,
and do something.
Something which I hope will turn into something bigger,
something which can help you and me,
something  which hopefully will bring about a community.

I've decided that
October is going to be
SMALL BUSINESS MONTH
here on

What does this mean?
{Well, if you'll allow me a moment to let that expensive education to shine through,}
small business month is committed to teaching myself and others the ins-and-outs of small business through networking, the sharing of ideas and support by creating a forum for small business owners.

So who is a small business owner?
Hmmm...Let me think here......
How about anyone with an etsy account?
How about all you independent contractors?
How about a hair stylist?
How about you as a blog owner?
How about anyone who thinks well, maybe.... but just hasn't done it yet?


What will this Small Business Month be about, eh?
Okay, are you ready?
This month will be jam packed with......

* Tips and marketing advice as found by myself and contributors to the cause
{Because that's what I'm considering this to be}


* Link-Up parties galore with beneficial themes regarding business every Tuesday and Thursday.
{Me likey}

* Guest posts from some serious heavy hitters, including Casey Wiegand, Ashley from The Shine Project, and Caroline from Good Times Never Seem Sew Good, and a few others who will be a surprise {but believe me, you should be excited!} 

* Q&A's with industry know-how's, including Gussy from Gussy Sews, and Heather from Just.Lovely.Things {again, be excited!}


* Information from outside-of-the-box business owners and independent contractors, such as a Realtor

* Not one, but two massive, three-day-long group giveaways designed to promote and celebrate you and your small business

So here's where you come in:
If you are a small business owner, and would like to participate in one of the two massive group giveaways during the month of October, please contact me
If you are an aspiring small business owner, and has a specific question regarding your business, please contact me so that I have some direction
If you have any sort of advice and I have not contacted you already, please contact me
If you would like to do an informational {and fun!} guest post regarding your business, please contact me
If you like my hair, please contact me
{I'm funny!}

nicole.cisneros{at}gmail{dot}com



Here's the deal people:
Since I've opened my shop, I've noticed that I naturally gravitate towards business-centered articles online, any blog I can find that has some sort of marketing strategy, and basically ANYTHING that has to do with launching a small business, so I thought
Hey, why not attempt to build a forum for BEGINNER business owners, such as myself?
I'm sure there are a bajillion people out there with the same thoughts I have, and the same drive to get a-goin'.
So here I am.
And I really, really, really, REALLY hope that you are on board with this, because I'm getting nervous even as I'm typing.

Anyway, enough chatter.
{Oh, one more thing! If you think this is an awesome idea, how about informing your friends?}
{If you're like me, you've found millions of small business owners, just in blog world, so spread the love!}
{You can do so by grabbing a button for Small Business Month in my sidebar}


Okay, okay, enough!
How about we close out this declaration with a precious beyond precious picture of one of the main reasons I chose to take the small business route for,
my babe?
Aww.
MUAH!


Linking up here.

NEW.LOOK + Awkward and Awesome

Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my new look 
to pieces! Thank you, Royal Daughter Designs! You are now responsible for me staring at my computer screen for far longer than Carter wants me to!
Love.It.

And what's the perfect way to kick this new look off?
Well, I'd say a nice bout of
AWKWARD AND AWESOME,
Wouldn't you?
Woohooo!
{Oh, the awkwardness!}

{Outrageously awkward: treading to the beach in those outfits. We thought it would be cold, but alas, it was scorching. We were all miserable by the end of our trip.}

AWKWARD

* Me dancing around like a darn fool with this belly of mine. Chad thinks I'm sexy.

* Thinking you're talking to a nice older lady client about the joys of pregnancy, when she throws something like this out there, .....Oh, man.....I....don't....know....if....I can.....write it....."I think breast feeding is a great thing to do, unless you have inverted nipples. I knew someone who had inverted nipples." AHHHH! What?! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! To which I just giggled awkwardly and said, "Yeah....."

* Living somewhere you do not own. You know what, I don't want men working on my porch without my consent. What is that all about? Without even a notice, these men were on my porch, hammering away at something, and then knocked on my door and informed me that they were going to work on the lighting. Okay....What if we weren't home? Would they have just entered? There was no notice! NO NOTICE I SAY! It reminded me of last week! Sheesh.

* Telling your young insurance agent you're expecting and having him look at you like an alien for the rest of the appointment.

* Me warding off a migraine for the past few days. Leave me alone, stupid migraines!

*  Allowing the dishes to get out of control, but asking Chad in that tone to please take out the darn trash. We both cracked up laughing.

{Outrageously awesome: Going on a movie date to see I Don't Know How She Does It with this lady tomorrow night. Aren't we sexy?}

AWESOME

* Family date nights at Downtown Disney. We love Rainforest Cafe :)

* Carter actually venturing out in the world of food tasting. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, ALLELUIA! It's been a tough road.

* Discussing 5 year plans. I love to have a plan, and nothing is more satisfying than when you and your man sit down and think about where you're headed.

* Checking EVERY.THING off my to-do list yesterday. It was glorious.

* Halloween costume shopping which is right around the corner!

* Cooking dinner a few nights ago and STILL having leftovers. Woohooo!

* Participating in a giveaway TOMORROW with Mrs. T

* Announcing something BIG tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Woohooo
 for another week of What I Wore Wednesday!
Besides a few minor pregnancy woes,
this last week was exceptionally wonderful,
especially because I was sewing like a mad woman most of the time,
and Gossip Girl has returned.

Anyway! 
I really should just call the last few days
the week-o-leggings
because that's basically all I wore.
{I even pulled my jeggings out of hiding}
{Which....I'm not really sure about those things....}

Anyway, let's get rollin'.
Oh, how I love this shirt!
Doesn't Babe #2 just look precious in it?
Sheesh.

Shirt: From my friend Kelly who works for a super awesome surf company

Leggings: Forever 21

You know, not my favorite.
I really did not like this combo, but I was trying to be daring, and that's what came out.
I guess wearing black, white and grey isn't exactly daring, per say,
but hey? Pairing that undershirt with that racer back was edgy enough for me!

Undershirt: Forever 21

Racer back shirt: Foreign Exchange

Shoes: Love D

Here are THOSE JEANS!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, ALLELUIA!
Can you hear the heavenly angels singing out in exaltation of their gloriousness?
I can.

Cardigan: Forever 21

Shirt: Two Friends Boutique

Jeans: Destination Maternity Outlet {A Pea in the Pod}

Here are the jeggings.
Eek.
When I got into the car to drive to my parents' house in this outfit,
I kept looking down at my legs and thinking that some kid just colored all over me in blue crayon.
They just don't look like jeans!
What's worse?
This was the first time I've worn those things, and I bought them during Babe #1's pregnancy.
That's not a good sign.

White shirt: Given to me by my sister

Jeggings: American Apparel

Boots: Christmas present from my man 

Ahh, I love these boots.

We went on a family date night to Downtown Disney!
We were stylin'.

Shirt: Destination Maternity Outlet

Jeans: THE jeans, same place

Here's a better shot of those babies.

You know what?
I think this is my favorite of the whole week because I felt so darn cool mixing that undershirt with my new cardi.
Usually I'm such a baby about mixing textures and prints, but not on this day!
I took some inspiration from The Daybook and went for it.
It was quite exhilarating, I must say.

Cardigan: The Gap Outlet

Shirt: Two Friends Boutique

Shoes: Target

Yay for textures and buttons! 

And of course, who could forget my trusty watch and pouch?
{That was the first pouch I ever sat down to sew, and I use it all the time. Ahh, love.}

Watch: Marc Jacobs

Pouch: Me!

So, it seems that I have become better at the whole taking a picture of myself thing, and Lindsay was right:
It does get easier as time goes by, and a lot less like a creepy 14-year-old trying to fill up her myspace.
So yippee!

I'll be linking up, of course, with this fine lady:
pleated poppy
And you should too!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Park baby

{Hi, baby!}

You know,
some days you just have to stop and think to yourself,
Hey, I'm one lucky lady.

{New discoveries}

Even though the dishes aren't done,
and the laundry has taken over the better part of the floor;

{love}

dinner has become one big mystery,
and your hair seems to be perpetually pony-tail positioned;

{Hi, mama!}

you may or may not have touched poop the other day,
and you're sick of wearing that same button up shirt during your "outings" to the store;

{Careful! Careful!}

the baby threw a fit at the post office,
and somehow you keep missing that phone call from the pediatrician's billing office;

{Ahh, sand-encrusted goodies}

you can't quite find the time to read the Bulletin section of your newest Marie Claire,
and perusing the mall has become comparable to fine dining;

{Hi, duckies!}


and even though that husband left out his diet coke can again,
life is pretty grand,
and we are lucky.
Fortunate.Blessed.Happy.




Linking up here today!




Monday, September 26, 2011

FALL.WREATH!

{First of all}
Precious new Ties for Tots are available in my SHOP as of today
for that little man in your life,
including a special beyond special
HOLIDAY LINE!
I.Die.

But anyway.....
{The pretty} 

Cheers for my first tutorial!
I'm so excited about this, that I assure you, I've executed many a-happy dance..
{And for only crafting for about....oh, say....a month or so,}
I'm pretty pumped about this here creation!
{Subtle, eh?}
Anyway!
Enough lolly-gaggin'!
Let's get rollin'....

{What you'll need} 

1. A cheap beyond all cheap wreath from Michaels. I've also seen similar projects done with foam wreaths, which I believe are even cheaper.
2. Yarn! You can go two-tone like I did, or stick with one color, but let me tell you, two-tonin' it up is the way to go because it creates a nice textural look, in my opinion, and will go a heck of a lot faster. I chose burnt orange and dark brown for fall.
3. Flowers for embellishments. Of course, you can use any sort of flowers, such as hand made posies, etc. etc., but these babies were excavated from the we-don't-bother-with-this-area section of my closet.
4. A letter for your initial! I got a foam one from Michaels because I loved the font, but you can use any sort of material, such as wood. 
{Little story: I'm weirdly obsessed with lettering my entire house with "C's." Chad thinks I'm a nut, but I say that there's nothing wrong with a little bit of self-absorbed decorating!}

{And we begin!}

 Okay, I'm not going to lie, this takes a little bit of time.
Herein lies the reasoning behind the two-tone color combination.
Tips on getting through this?
Turn on Pandora.
Sing a song in your head.
Concentrate on the icy goodness of a McCafe.
Do ANYTHING but think to yourself,
Okay really, crafting gods? Come on!
{Okay, okay. It's really not that bad, it's actually quite enjoyable and therapeutic.}

{Ahh, to be fully wrapped}

Okay, you've done your due diligence and are done wrapping....well, your initial layer.
I wanted the predominant color of my wreath to be dark brown, so I went over the whole thing one more time with only that color, layering more thickly in the area where I wanted to highlight my little "C."
Doing this went considerably faster because the pressure was off!
The wreath was no longer visible. 

{We're rounding the bend....Almost there!}

Once the wreath is wrapped to your satisfaction, it's time for that letter.
Now, a "C" is relatively easy to wrap, but man, if you're a "Q" or something, my heart goes out to you.
Anyway!
Wrap that baby up in your highlight color, and finish it off with a little dab of hot glue.

{It's coming together...}

Then go ahead and glue your letter onto the area with the most thickly wrapped "dominant" color.

{Quick and easy}

And catty-corner {does that even have a correct spelling?} to your initial, place your flower embellishments.
Since mine were just clip-on goodies, I simply lifted a few pieces of yarn, and attached those little lovelies.

{Done!}

And that's it!
Easy peasy with not too much fuss.
And guess what?
It only took me the latter half of a nap session.
ONE nap session.
So it's pretty, it's easy, it's cheap, it's fun and it's relatively quick.
What??
Unheard of!


I will be linking up with these lovely ladies today:

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Smile-worthy weekend goodies

{A mucho cheapo trip to Michaels}

+

{Leftover flowers from some unfinished project, each for under $1}

+

{The best $3.99 investment I've ever made}

+

{Pretty, pretty, pretties just waiting for me}

+

{The scenic view from my sewing machine}

Equals one crafty, overcast weekend.
{Happy dance}
And a tutorial from yours truly.....Coming on Monday!
{Spastic happy dance}

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MUAH!
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