Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Dear Santa

Dear Santa,
Define Naughty.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Green Present Wrapping Tips

Aaaannnnd we're back.

I love this time of year. Decorating, Holiday Cards, Cookies, and SHOPPING. I love giving gifts, and I double-love wrapping them (is that normal?) So obviously I'm qualified to call myself a professional. Here are some of my secrets to "pro" wrapping-- the first two are GREEN tips, too:
A sampling of this year's gifts!
1. Wrap big to small. If you wrap all of your larger presents first, then medium sized, then small, you can use some of the "scraps" from the bigger boxes to wrap your smaller presents. This will cut down on your wasted paper.

2. "Brown paper packages tied up in string" are SO cute. You can find brown packaging paper in the shipping aisle of places like Target, Wal-mart, etc. There are so many benefits to this.

  • It's super cheap. 1 roll is about three times as much paper as a good sized printed wrapping paper roll. And LESS expensive.
  • It's green. You can find brown wrapping that is made from recycled materials.
  • It's super thick, so it's not hard to save and re-use if you're into that!
  • It gives a uniform look to all of your packages.
3. Wrap your packages in more than one sitting. Trust me, after wrapping 50 boxes, the last one won't be pretty-- I don't care how patient you are! Glass of wine: optional.

4. Don't give in to bagging your presents-- unless it's really big or awkward, or you've run out of boxes! It's so much more fun to open a wrapped gift. EXCEPTION to this rule: Definitely bag the gift if you are going to a large bridal or baby shower (it speeds up the gift opening process-- I didn't learn this until I was trying to speed-open at my own showers, I didn't think anyone wanted to stare at me open gifts for that long!)

5. Save the details for the end. Wrap all at once, and "decorate" all at once. It will save time. Bright colored ribbons and bows look great on brown packaging, and I love the look of bold gift tags (they have a can of 50 right now at Target for $5.00 that I used here.)

Good luck my little elf minions, and happy holidays!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Quote It: A Mother's Prayer for her Child

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half and stick with Beer.
Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.
Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.
May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.
O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.
And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.
And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,”she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.
-Tina Fey
Hilarious, right? I guess I need to get her book, Bossypants.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dear Henry

Dear Henry Andrew,

Has it been a week already? We are so excited to welcome you into the world! You were born on July 15, 2011 at 11:08 PM. You weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces, (same as your birthdate!) and measured 19 3/4 inches. Perfect.

We can't wait for the weeks and years, steps and milestones ahead.

Love, love, love you,


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dear Baby: Nursery

Dear Baby,

I'm very jealous of your room... it came together so well! Your Dad worked very hard at taking down the wallpaper, painting, hanging and assembling. And I worked very hard ordering him around and organizing. All it's missing is a bookshelf that's on it's way... and YOU! Now I'm not trying to bribe you, but if you don't make your appearance soon, I'm moving in and you can sleep with your Daddy, King and Sparty. Keep in mind Sparty snores pretty loud. No pressure... the choice is totally yours.

Can't wait to meet you little one!


Before: When we were first looking at the house. Crazy wallpaper.
Before #2: Crazy mural.

We went with a Nautical theme.

Old World Map and fun artwork.

Close-up on some of the art...

Changing Station...

This is the corner where the bookshelf will go.

See you soon baby!
If you want details on anything in the room, please let me know!


Google+, Dinner & the Baby

So I managed to find my way to Google+ (Thanks, Tim!) and am liking it so far! So be sure to find me if you're on as well... if not I'm sure you'll find your way over there eventually. What can I say- I'm such an early adopter.

Anyways, my first Google+ "friend,"  posted this to his account, and it intrigued me so I wanted to share.

My answers?
1. David Sedaris
2. Marie Antoinette
3. Jack Nicholson
4. Madame Toussaud
5. Elton John
6. Billy Joel
7. Chuck Palahniuk

What about you?

In unrelated news, there is no sign that baby wants to make his appearance. He either:
a. is stubborn like his mother
b. dawdles like his father
c. is competitive and wants to show the 16-pound baby how it's really done.

Please don't be "c."


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Etsy Love- Stereotypes of America

So I thought about waiting to share this on the 4th, but it's just too much fun and I couldn't wait. I'm definitely proud to be an American (specifically, "Horses, etc.") and you should be too! This print is titled "Stereotypes of America" and just for the record, was created by an Californian.
click to enlarge

You can find this print HERE for $18 at the HaleyforEtsy Shoppe on Etsy. You can get me one too while your at it!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today I was saying yes to the most wonderful man who created most beautiful proposal on Catalina Island.

And in about a month we get to welcome our son into the world. I am so excited to begin the next step of our journey together, Mark! I Love you!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Spoil Yourself and Support the March of Dimes!

I know I've mentioned before my new little part-time business venture of selling jewelry. I've been brainstorming ways of helping my (and your!) favorite charities by selling bamboopink. I recently blogged (over at my sister-site) on how you can support your favorite charity, cause or organization by hosting a virtual trunk show- details here.

But I want to help the charities near and dear to my heart, too and NOW. So here's what I came up with.
I'm due with our first baby (it's a boy!) on July 20th, so about a month from today! Naturally, babies and the hope for healthy babies is on my mind.

In honor of this, I'm going to donate 15% of all online sales made before the birth of our baby to the March of Dimes. All you have to do is purchase a piece of bamboopink jewelry through my replicated site:  If I have an overwhelming response (more than $2000 in sales) I will donate ALL of my commission for this time frame.

Simply visit the link, and click "Shop." Find something you like, and buy it! I'll be able to track all sales, and I'll be happy to report the amount of the donation after the birth of the baby!

Thanks in advance for supporting the March of Dimes!

Questions? Email me at or

Monday, June 13, 2011

Baby Shower!

My Mom and Grandma threw us a shower this weekend, with a lot of help my from future sister-in-law, Jen. It was so much fun! There was a aqua and tangerine theme throughout, great food, funny games, and a little creativity along the way... Here are the details in pictures:
Invitations designed by Hostess with the Mostess and created through Polka Dot Designs

White Chocolate Cupcakes created by Designer Desserts in Valparaiso, Indiana.
They also created the groom's cake at our wedding (as pictured in this post)

One game had guests guessing the type of baby food in these unlabeled jars. No smelling or tasting!
When it was time to announce the answers, Rambo and I had to taste them all! Here we are with peas.
Clearly not our favorite.

While guests socialized and watched gift opening they created a scrapbook page with either a letter A-Z or a number 1-10. I'm compiling them into an alphabet and numbers book for the baby created by loved ones!
Here I am at 34 1/2 weeks. Nearly there!

We can't wait!
Thanks to everyone who helped put on the shower for us, and for all of those who could make it! It was beautiful!Photobucket

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Etsy Love- Tru.che

So I'm excited about this Etsy shop find for two reasons:

1. The necklaces are adorable. 2. There's a scandal involved.

Isn't that perfect for an Etsy Love post?

Here's a link to the pieces I love from the "A World of Love" collection from the Tru.che shop by Stevie K. on Etsy.

See how cute? (Even though I live in Ohio now, I'll always be and Indiana girl at heart!) Prices range from $55-$60 depending on the state.

And now for the scandal. Last week Tru.che shop owner Stevie K, found similar designs being sold by Urban Outfitters- see her post here. After a little digging, I also found Urban Outfitter's reaction to Stevie K.'s claim. Call me crazy, but usually companies are a little more apologetic in these matters-- but that post is not in the least way diplomatic if you ask me!

And the the similar designs (called the "I Heart Destination" collection by Urban Outfitters) are no longer found on their website... which makes UO seem even more guilty!

It looks like Stevie K is receiving an influx of orders though, due to the little scandal... so I think everything worked out for the best! Long live independent designers and artists!

Which state do you heart?

Have you found or ordered something great from Etsy lately? Or do you have an Etsy shop you think I may be interested in featuring? Email me at Laurealism at gmail dot com!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Etsy Love- Rococco Co

I love Etsy! There are so many great finds, and great shops I could literally spend days looking... which can get a little overwhelming at times. And so I figured... why not share my favorites with you as I come across them? I can tell you ahead of time, that the shops I like are the ones where a great price meets a great item.

My favorite Etsy shop today is called Rococco Co. and I just ordered prints for the baby's nursery from there today! I won't tell you which ones... there will be a nursery post eventually and I'd hate to ruin the surprise! Prints run $10-$12 and you can currently order 3 and get 1 FREE... plus they are free to ship. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Aren't those cute and creative? I love that they are printed on dictionary pages! There are lots of categories, and hundreds of prints ranging from botanical to nautical and loads more. Go check her out!

Have you found or ordered something great from Etsy lately? Or do you have an Etsy shop you think I may be interested in featuring? Email me at Laurealism at gmail dot com I'd love to see your find!