Friday, November 14, 2014

BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS 2014

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This time of year, though lovely, can be quite overwhelming for a parent. There's the change of seasons which means cleaning out the drawers and closets and getting the tubs of saved hand-me-downs from the attic and figuring out if you kept anything of worth for your younger children or if you need to buy all new stuff, which, if you're anything like me, takes so long that you might as well just leave all the tubs out until spring when the whole switcheroo/buying of new clothes happens all over again. And also, why can't I remember how to dress kids and myself for winter?! What in the world did I wear last year????!!!!  I mean, I know I didn't go naked. I had to have worn SOMETHING. Oh, and to make matters worse, I put all my sweaters in a tub (without a lid) in the garage all spring and summer long, so they may or may not be salvageable. Y'all. Don't be like me. Please be better than me.

So there's the clothes stuff.  Then, oh dear, here comes all the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the holidays. I truly do. But it can overwhelm! Growing up, my mom hated Christmas. I now understand why. All the pressure to plan a most perfect Christmas experience...it's for the birds. Especially when I really need to spend money on our bathrooms that need to be redone and all the other stuff that's falling apart around the house. So there's guilt if you don't get all the right stuff for a perfect Christmas and guilt if you do.

There's one kind of gift I don't feel guilty buying or giving, and that's books. So today I'm sharing my book picks for this Christmas. I've said it so many times, but I'll say it again, I don't love most children's books, and when I'm looking for children's books I DO like, I look for ones that my kids, all ages, can enjoy. I especially love if they can enjoy them together. I think all of these will accomplish that goal. And the illustrations!!!!  There are no words for how much I love all of these illustrations. Really, I could enjoy them for that reason alone, even if they had no words. Don't judge.

Now that I've crossed a few Christmas gifts off my list this morning, I'm now off to dig through some tubs and attempt to clothe these kids for the sudden winter weather that has descended upon us here in Arkansas! Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LITTLE-BISCUITS: A NEW PHASE

I've completely fallen off the face of the earth, or so it would seem if my existence were directly related to the consistency of posts on this blog. And thanks to all of you sweet friends who have said things like, "I miss your blog posts!" I miss blogging!!  But I've had to take a little blog hiatus because I've been working. Like, a lot. And while I sorta feel like Enid in this picture above, all the hard work is finally starting to come together, and I'm getting excited for things to come. 

A few months ago, all of you wonderful people supported me in a new venture, my digital portrait and template venture, Little-Biscuits. Your support meant a crazy lot to me, and I'll always be very grateful for how well Little-Biscuits was received. 

After several months of creating lots and lots of portraits of super cute kids and pets, my business partner, Heather, and I decided it was time to take Little-Biscuits to the next level. So, after lots of research, we found a way to offer customers high quality printed Little-Biscuits products. This certainly changes things at LB. When you used to order a portrait, you would get the digital file along with 8 digital templates of printable products. The idea was you could easily print from home or use your digital portrait file in as many ways as you like. Over these few months, we decided to nix the digital files and make it even easier for you to get your hands on LB products, with the simple click of a button. 

On the Little-Biscuits site, you will notice a slight price change in the portrait. That is because you are no longer getting the digital file along with all of the templates. Instead, you can save that money and put it toward ordering party invitations and other fun printed products, delivered to your door. Products like this party invitation! I really love the new layout and size of the invites!

And another new option we offer is having us put your child's name on some of the products, like this invite for Palmer. 


What goes perfectly with party invites? Cupcake toppers, obviously. 




A cool new product we are offering is stickers, which would be a really unique party favor at your child's or pet's birthday parties!


Or put them on school supplies or a lunch box for fun personalization.

The gift box sticker is also a new product for us, too. We were offering the tag template that you cut out and make for your child, but now, click a button and get these great gift box stickers with your child's LB portrait on them.




And you'll find all of the other LB products.  








Of course the Dress-Me Notepad which I love very much. I especially love the convenience of this new size. Stick it in your purse with a few crayons and take it to the doctor's office or church or anywhere your kids might need to sit still and quiet for awhile.


And I'm happy to introduce another fun and NEW product.  Puzzles!


Puzzles come in three different levels of difficulty, too! My kids LOVED putting together the puzzle!!!


Of course, let's not forget our furry Little-Biscuits! Pets are family, too, after all, and deserve to be celebrated. 



Thank you so much for all your support and for following along with Little-Biscuits. Next week we will be featured on one of my favorite blogs, and they will be doing a Little-Biscuits giveaway! So stay tuned for that!!

And a HUGE thanks to Rachel Smith for all her master photography work! And to all of the others who have helped make all this possible. You know who you are.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR KIDS: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD + THE BIG BAD WOLF

I've been meaning to publish this post for days, but things have been nuts around here! Like, nuts!!  But since Halloween is a mere three days away, I thought I'd squeeze in, last-minute, this last-minute costume idea.

Little Red Riding Hood is a really quick and easy costume to pull off, but it does require a little work. Luckily, this required zero work for me, only because this Little Red cape was made my my mother 30 years ago. So I didn't have to make it, but I can't imagine it would be too terribly hard to create, even last-minute. But I'll leave that to all you DIYers.





Obviously, the best costume pairing with Little Red Riding Hood is The Big Bad Wolf! We went to lots of trouble for this wolf get-up, as you can see. Bought a mask and called it done. I actually had big plans for Tristin to dress as the grandma and Tom to dress as the huntsman, but right as I had Tom dressed, he somehow managed to pee without the pee even touching his diaper. It went out of his diaper and down his leg and onto his shoes and socks and shorts. How?! I still haven't figured that one out. Anyway, all that being said, this is what we ended up with.


"What big teeth you have!"

"The better to eat you with!"


So there ya have it. And the irony of all these Halloween costume posts is that we actually don't have our costumes ready for Friday. No lie. I don't even know what Tristin or Tom are going to be, but we'll pull something together.

Friday, October 17, 2014

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR KIDS: PINOCCHIO

Do you like to torture yourself? Me too. That is why I dressed the most disagreeable toddler like Pinocchio and then attempted to take his picture. I almost lost my mind over this, so I hope you enjoy it! And the photos aren't the greatest ever, but cut me some slack. You have no idea what I was going through. From the way he was acting, I can hardly believe the donkey ears and tail didn't sprout!  All things considered, it was totally worth it! I mean, the little Jiminy Cricket! 



I get a sick high out of the fact that I spent zero dollars on this. For the lederhosen I just cut one of the girls' hair ribbons in half and stuck it on the side seams of his shorts with double sided tape. Took 5 minutes, max. 






I actually have a Pinocchio nose that I wanted Tom to wear, but the hat and cricket were already pushing him over the edge, so that's where I drew the line. No nose. But you can use you imagination ;)





Hope you're all having a ridiculous amount of fun thinking up Halloween costumes for you and your kids! When everywhere you look is horrible news, you have to focus on making and having fun, even if it means torturing yourself and your children in the process.  TGIF, everyone!