What’s in Emma’s carry on for the plane ride when you go to Poland?

We’ve had a lot of practice packing for trips and have had quite a few of you ask about any tips so I thought I would post some here, for future use or whatever. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will first talk about packing for Emma, for a 12 hr flight to Poland. It can be very frightening for a parent to think about having their kid in a closed up metal tube in the air and expected to be quiet. It can really be scary to a kid!

I feel that expectation totally when I walk down the isle with Emma and everyone already sitting is looking at me thinking, ‘please don’t sit here!’ Oh, yeah. Feeling the love. not.

So here is a small portion of my survival kit as a parent Emma’s carry on suitcase.

17826068939.jpgTop left: Princesses, Hair kit, Strawberry Shortcake and play food.

Here are the new toys that I bought for $9 at the dollar store.

17826055208.jpgPrincess books, Dora activity/coloring pad, stickers, Animal Crackers, Sparkle Goo, Kit for Dora Bracelet and some Cheese Straws.

What isn’t shown here are some awesome toys she’s getting from family for Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’ll bring some Princess Disney Dolls, ย more Disney books, Lotion, Chap stick, Markers, favorite blanket and her own water bottle.

Travis is also bringing his lap top and I’ll have my pad so hopefully with all this and hopefully sleep!!!! we’ll make the 12 hr flight without any horror stories.

It is good to be over prepared than under! Remember the flight HOME!!! It is easily forgotten. I’m stashing some books and an activity for the flight back to the states.

Am I hoping too much dear reader when I say I’m hoping for all three of us to sleep?! We’ve made this flight before a couple times…but not with a 3 1/2 yr old! Yikes! I will also tell you I am not above giving my daughter or myself over the counter herbal sleeping agents. Melatonin.ย 

Wanna hear something crazy? Last time we went to Poland Emma built up an immunity to it! In like 1 day! So, FOR A WEEK, I was up with her at 2-5am trying to get her to sleep. Torture. Yes, I would appreciate your prayers, they go a long way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Thanks to everyone who entered! I wish I could give you each something! …oh to be made of money.

But I would like to congratulate…….drum roll please……….


Congratulations Amy, I’ll get in touch with you. And to everyone else, come on back next month! We have another really talented artist all set up! And you don’t want to miss it!ย 


Yes.ย Meal Plans. Random, but needed for my sanity.ย 

Meal Plan

Friday: Chicken Quesadillas

Saturday: Hamburgers/French Fries

Sunday: Chili/Cheese toast

Monday: Tuna Melts/ Carrots & dip

Tuesday: Seattle!

‘Bittersweet Bling’ Giveaway!!

I am hosting a giveaway once a month. It will feature friends of mine who are trying their best to start and maintain a small business with their creativity. Which is tough stuff! This month, I am happy to tell you about……

‘Bittersweet Bling’


I have a friend who is the jewelry artist and brains behind ‘Bittersweet Bling’.

And lucky for you, she’s given me an earring and necklace set to give away!


Can you say Christmas presents?!! For you, a sister, Mom, friend…

She specializes in the worn vintage look. Feminine and girly, but still wearable for jeans or a dress. And I am somewhat of a cheap-skate and hate spending tons of $ on jewelry. Annoying. But all of her pieces are reasonably priced.ย 

And if you go over to her shop and enter the code,ย ‘PEARLS’, you will get a 40% off one regular priced item!!!

She is also doing another deal where you can chose one pair of earrings and a necklace for $15!! Get on this people. Seriously. I’ve already made my order and can’t wait for my little pink package. ๐Ÿ™‚



Here’s how it lays.


All you have to do is comment here on my blog!! (does not count if you comment on Facebook) And I am happy to ship it to anywhere in the world, so to all my friends who live abroad-go for it!!

Contest ends Thursday night at 8pm so get your comments in! Winner will be chosen by Random.com, only one comment per person, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

New Etsy shop

I’ve been working wee into the early mornings on my new Etsy shop (Shhhhh the name is still a secret) and I’m really excited about it! I can’t wait to show you and let you look around. If browsing turns to buying then great! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

All the proceeds will go towards our deployment to Poland! So it goes to a good cause, pretty things and hopefully good pricing! lol Can’t wait to show you the shop.ย 

I’ll let you know how things are coming but my goal is to open the first week of January. Wish me luck!

From me to you

Travis has gotten me some printed signs which I Love and I thought I might try my hand at making one myself. Tada!


I don’t have a ‘download’ option but if you want this please feel free to copy/save or whatever. My present from me to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Merry Christmas!

Silly story

ย ***These events have been overly dramatized for your enjoyment. It is lightly based on true events***

Muddy Buddies

Made a huge bag of these today (great picture huh!) and when Travis came home I proudly told him about it.ย (cause he likes chocolate treats)

He says, ‘oh…cool’ and turns away to do something.

What?! No smile or ‘Thank you love you’re the best because you have treats waiting for me when I come home?!’ I try again…

Voice raised a little bit, he mustn’t have heard me: ‘I made you a special treat today Trav….it has chocolate in it….don’t you like Muddy Buddies?!’ย 

*half smile* ‘…..Uh, not really.’

voice raised a little more….‘Hahaha, wait, what?! You don’t like them?! But look, they have chocolate in them! See?!!!!


*shake, shake, shake, shake,shake*

He looks at me like I’m crazy, nods and turn to talk to Emma.

I stand in shock. Letting the truth of what he said settle deep down into my person. Allowing it to alter the very fabric of my homemaking DNA.

At times like these there is only one thing to do: Eat muddy buddies while typing this silly story and invite you to come over and eat some with me so I don’t explode from eating the whole bag.

(did I mention it’s 9 CUPS of muddy buddies?!)

Emma’s Pink Christmas Tree


She got it. I’m so jealous but love being allowed to live through her. ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it pretty?! And just her size, she and Travis had a father daughter time decorating it.

All her handmade special ornaments go on her very own 3.5 ft pink tree. It’s pre lit and took maybe 10 min to set up/decorate it all.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!


Merry Christmas!

Christmas Photo shoot: Lori and Doug


I was asked by some friends to take their Christmas card pictures.

Um, as long as they knew I’m a majorย amateur. ๐Ÿ™‚ But any chance to practice on new people, I just love it.

So without further stalling, here they are.

Lori and Doug.




They have two turtles, a girl and boy. The boy had so much personality! I couldn’t not take my eyes of him! And he obviously was very curious about me. He had such beautiful handsome markings!





And lastly, the ‘family’ photo we have to take every year. ๐Ÿ™‚


Merry Christmas everyone!