Monday, January 30, 2012

cute shirt alert with free shipping...

Valentine's day is February 14th which is only a little over 2 weeks away!  I found a cute shop on Etsy, of course, that had lots of adorable designs!  Once specifically caught my eye because I hadn't seen it anywhere else.  The store I found is...

Autumn at Cutesy Custom Kids makes "personalized and embroidered apparel for kids of all ages. Our goal is to make a quality product at reasonable prices so that EVERYONE can afford that cutesy boutique look".

She made Cullen the most adorable Valentine's Day shirt! I can't wait to get it!  Here is the design I choose...

here is the back of the shirt....

how cute is that?!  i LOVE it!!! i can't wait for it to arrive and for C to wear it! 

So here is the good news for YOU, she is offering FREE SHIPPING!!  I recommend that you "like" her Facebook page and go check out all the adorable, fun and unique items she has!   There are only a few items in her Etsy store but don't let that fool you!  She has so much more to offer!

Valentine's Day shirt for girls...

AND there are many others for little ladies!  here is another option for boys...
Momma's if you want a Valentine's Day shirt for your little one or any other shirt or item from her go to her Facebook page and pick out your favorite goodies and send Autumn a message!  The code for FREE SHIPPING is "shipfromannie".  Now hurry and go place your order especially if you want a Valentine's Day shirt for your little one in time for Valentine's Day!

Here are a few more adorable items she has to offer...

or be unique and create your own ideas and Autumn will create the shirt!  
She also has big/little brother/sister shirts!!

Autumn also makes these ADORABLE pillow case dresses....

She has hooded towels, baby shoes, burp clothes, koozies....seriously, anything you could ever want for your little one!!

Rush on over and check everything out from CutesySKDesigns and don't forget to use the FREE shipping code "shipfromannie".  

Have fun shopping!! :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

baby C thinks a yarn ball is hilarious....

I gave Cullen a yarn ball to play with the other day for something new to do and my sister was over today and started playing with it with C. It bounced on the floor and he thought it was the funniest thing ever. We started bouncing/rolling it back and forth and C thought it was hilarious! My sis is holding C in the video. Ellen came on TV and Cullen recognized her voice, can't wait until the day he starts dancing with her! haha!! Any day C is not napping during Ellen he watches with me while we play toys on the floor.

Enjoy the Culley giggles!!! He was a hoot to watch! Happy Friday everyone, have a good weekend!! :)

p.s. HUGE blowout sale on TOTSY today!! 90% off tons of item and there are so many cute things, i got a coat and some goodies for cullen!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

waterpark weekend...

we had one last family christmas, with my mom's side of the family!  we went to a new hotel with a waterpark and it was so much fun! my relatives had never met cullen so there was lots of culley lovin' in the air.  we had such a great time visiting with everyone.  time goes way too quick and then we don't see them again for a year :(
here are some of the pictures i have....

that night at the hotel was the first and only night cullen has slept through the night!! he slept a full 12 hours! wish i would've gotten in on his sleepy time ;) i think i slept 4 hours....but one night a year out with family that you never see, sleep doesn't matter!  we needed all the fun time we can get!! :)  some were up much later than myself....

it was such a fun weekend with my mom's side of the family!! it was about 100 degrees by the pool so if we appear, that's why! ;)  it was a nice change from the minnesota temps outside though! i was the only adult that ended up under water, thanks to my brother who pushed me in the hot tub!  ha!  cullen got so many awesome gifts and billy and i walked away with great gifts ourselves! i already am looking forward to next year! wish we had these types of family get togethers multiple times a year!!! too bad we live so far apart :(  i'm thankful for the fact that we do stay in touch, the internet makes that easy!!  next year my only goal is to get more pictures of EVERYONE!  there were 25 of us and i need pics of everyone!

p.s. giveaway winner posted on my giveaway info page!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

haven't done this in a long time....

i'm referring to linking up with someone....
BUT, i have a few free minutes and this link up just happened to sound perfect at the moment....
SO....five question friday here we go! 
(i jumped the gun and posted thursday, bada$$)
1. where do you hide the reeeally good snacks?
no where, B doesn't like snacks! i have no need to hide them. this is NOT a good thing! anything i buy snack wise, i know i eat ALL alone! B does not help with this is as he is frequently bringing me home skittles and starbursts in any and all flavors. that man has a different soft of way of showing affection, filling my heart with sweets ;)
2. do you keep your vehicle clean? 
YES, i can't stand messy.  period, end of story.
3. have you ever been to vegas?

annie as a blonde! i kind of miss being a blonde but the upkeep, no thank ya!
4. warm room light blankets or cold room warm snuggles?
i am in between on this one.
cullen is my beddy buddy and he is a sweaty little man. so, we turn the heat down at night and it's still warmish upstairs.  i used to LOVE being cold so i would turn the ceiling fan on high and hide under the blankets but babies bring priorities... 
he is numero uno and needs to sleep comfortable :) 
he has a blanket and once he falls asleep i swaddle him with it and he's right next to me. i'm the lightest sleeper ever, during the day i'm a walking zombie....
who wouldn't want to sleep right next to this sweet boy?!? ....

vegas to 180 BUT i love my life RIGHT//NOW! :)  
wouldn't trade it for anything.
i'm just waiting for the day... 
hubby and i get to go to vegas together!!
5. worst airplane ride?
i don't think i have a WORST plane ride but probably my first plane ride i would consider my worst because i was in 9th grade and i was 14.  i had never, ever been on an airplane before and i was flying with my two best friends at the time.  my parents let me board an a plane and go to florida with my two best friends for spring break!  it was so much fun! we stayed with my friend's aunt.  i think i acted very goofy on the plane, due to the nerves. 
ya know in tommy boy when he says "there's a fat whale on the boat" well.... us gals had watched tommy boy a million times that year so i started "there's a fat wale on this plane". gave all of us girls the giggles, nervous giggles....
inside joke, had to be there ;)

p.s. happy weekend to you all!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

all kinds of random...

i love my iphone except the typing part.  i've never had a touch screen keypad and i don't care for it all that much.  i know eventually i'll get used to it though. the only other complaint i have is that i hardly ever use my camera anymore! :(  the phone is so much more convenient to just grab and it takes pretty good pictures.  i just think my camera takes much better pics but i'm all about convenience.  the phone makes sharing pics with others a lot easier as well.  last month i had well over 400 pics of C on my camera and this month i've only got about 50 so far and those are almost all taken with my phone. i need to and want to be better about taking pictures of him with my normal camera instead of my phone camera.

i do have to say i love instagram and sharing pictures on twitter with all of you ladies. i also love looking at everyone else's pictures :)

here are some pics from my phone....

i made another wreath for my cousins....
This wreath is HUGE, I think it's the biggest one I've made and i LOVE how it turned out.  We have Christmas with my Mom's side of the family this weekend. I can't wait it's always so much fun!!

culley in his new monster hat!
 from BeeBeeKins Etsy store!
 probably looking out the window at gussy...
 daddy's bf....billy loves tom brady ;) 

 cullen's goodies from trader joes...
those yogurt starts are delicious!

 momma's snack from trader joes...
i have to say, i hadn't been to trader joes in a LONG time but i love that place!
i plan to start going more often.
they have such a huge selection of yummy stuff that target/other grocery stores don't have.
i got all kinds of goodies i can't wait to try out!
and that corn salsa is scrumptious, i'm addicted....reminds me of the corn salsa from chipotle.

 super sweet baby C....

i don't have any pictures but i recently made a crockpot recipe i had seen floating around on twitter, cream cheese chicken, it was a hit in our house and beyond easy to make!  here is the recipe, i made a few changes....

  • lbs chicken pieces (i used 2.5 pounds of frozen chicken breasts)
  • 1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix (i used the zesty mix)
  • tablespoons melted butter (divided) (i only put in 1 tbsp of butter)
  • small onion , chopped (no onion, added minced onion)
  • garlic clove , chopped (i used garlic salt)
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup (i used low fat cream of celery)
  • ounces cream cheese (i used light cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (i used bullion cube and 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of skim milk)


  1. 1
    Place frozen chicken pieces in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken. Add everything except the cream cheese.
  2. 2
    Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  3. 3
    Shred the chicken with two forks and add cream cheese and cook for an additional hour.

    Ha, I pretty much did everything differently from the actual recipe BUT it was still delicious and so easy to just throw everything in the crock pot.  We had it over bowtie pasta and we both had two servings and there was more than enough leftover.  It is a meal we will be making again and again! 

Tonight I'm making stuffed peppers!  I've never made them before but I've eaten them a few times and I think they are so good, I can't wait for din din.  If they are a success I'll share the recipe ;)

p.s don't forget to enter my most recent GIVEAWAY and if you haven't already shopped cullen's closet, be sure to check it out. i can't believe how much i've sold already! thanks so very much ladies!! :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ruby Jean Designs - GIVEAWAY & Review


When I started blogging I was introduced to customized/embroidered items.  I've been obsessed with all things embroidered and customized ever since, especially cute kid items!  Over at Ruby Jean Designs you will find all sorts of adorable baby/toddler/kids customized items!! I think you will definitely agree with me. 

Here are some of my fave's:

burp cloths 
from monkey's to robots to owls!  
melissa might even do customized pieces for you, so ask if you see something you want!!!

neck tie shirts....
I'm loving these necktie onesies and shirts! Cullen still does not have one of these but every time I see a little guy wearing one I think he MUST have one! They are adorable!!

how precious is this....
& the price, totally awesome!!! Cullen needs one of these ASAP!

My favorite item from the store, HOODED TOWELS and they are PERSONALIZED!
love at first sight

Melissa was so kind to send Cullen a towel!  My little monkey loves bath time and this monkey towel is perfect for him!  Babies in hooded towels = adorable!  What do ya think...

This towel is big, super soft and cozy! Perfect for baby C!  Cullen will be able to use for many years :)
I can't wait to bring it to the hotel with us next weekend and to the pool this Summer!

One lucky reader is going to get an awesome prize! 
Melissa is going to give one if you a personalized towel!
Really, Really.....

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Visit Ruby Jean Designs Etsy Store and let me know what you would pick!
3. Heart Ruby Jean Designs on Etsy
4. Follow me on Twitter
5. Tweet about the giveaway
6. Include the giveaway info in a blog post

(otherwise they do not count)


p.s. don't forget to check out the new items i added to SHOP CULLEN'S CLOSET :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Last weekend Cullen and i went to BuyBuyBaby.
That place was like heaven for Momma and Baby C!
Yeah, i took a pic ;)  I was so excited when I found out MN had one of these stores!
We found lots of fun stuff! 

I have seen some other Momma's sharing what their favorite things are for themselves/their babies so I thought I would do it as well.
 I like reading what other Mom's/Baby's like, gives me ideas on stuff that we might need ;)

I would say Cullen's favorite thing to do right now is take a bath!
He LOVES bath time!
This chair makes bath time so much fun for him!
I would recommend it to anyone.

We got these new organic toy cars for bath time at BBB.
soft, colorful and chewable ;)

When it comes to eating Cullen is a disaster area!
I found these bibs at BBB.
No idea why I waited SO long to get water proof bibs!!  
They are awesome and they catch all the food that misses C's mouth.  They don't need to go through the laundry, just a quick wash them in the sink.

We have found these cups to be C's favorite!
For the longest time we only had the orange cup but I found another one at BBB so he had to have it.  Cullen drinks water out of them throughout the day.

Some of Culley's favorite snacks...
The organic puffs from Babies R Us are on sale a lot of the time 3/$5!  Such a good deal! The Earth's Best Pop Snax are like mini rice cakes for babies.  I break them up a little and Cullen really likes those as well.

My bloggy bestie recommended this product...
Definitely a must have and new favorite item. 

Love these 3 items and I use them countless times a day...
I wash my hands, then use the disinfectant and then the lotion.  

Not exactly a favorite thing but it works like a charm and I still use it 3 times a day!  
Ladies i'm not sure if you know this but if you need to buy a pump check with your insurance company first and see if they will cover some of the cost.  My insurance company covered 80% of my pump! I only had to pay $50 for it!

All my twitter friends recommended this car seat...
we got ours in all black
Cullen outgrew his baby carry cradle (weight wise) when he was 6 months old and this car seat has worked perfect for us.  I would also recommend it!  It does take rocket science to get it all put together and installed in a car though ;)

Cullen's new walker/activity station from his Grandparents...

So much fun and much safer than a walker, our doctor told us no walkers.

I've filled Cullen's with bananas, peaches, frozen peas, frozen carrots.  
The bags flip inside out for easy emptying and washing.

Those are just some of our favorite things that we use on a daily basis!  I'm sure there are many things I left out ;)

p.s. don't forget to SHOP CULLEN'S CLOSET 
thanks to the ladies who already made purchases!!
p.p.s. i have a GIVEAWAY coming up on friday!
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