Tuesday, February 28, 2012

housekeeping.


i got nothing for you this week except for a couple housekeeping items.
unless of course you're interested in a unbelievably fussy, molar-getting toddler who hasn't wanted anything besides yogurt, milk, goldfish, and to be held. didn't think so.

first thing is ...
get those posts ready for the POTW (product of the week) link up on Thursday. It's been a rough week so I'd love to escape with my laptop and read about some new products.  mmmk?

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second thing is...
the shabby apple giveaway ends on Sunday.  enter here if you haven't already.
and stay tuned for a stella & dot giveaway in the next couple of weeks.

hope you're having a good, teething-free week.  ciao.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

project 365 {366}: wk 8

top left:   bfrend bracelet = love
top right:   parker and preston had a playdate... finally.
bottom left:  getting my healthy on and looking at this track everyday during lunch.
bottom right:  preston's girlfriends (yes, plural) picked him flowers.  Sweet gesture, but this mommy's not overly excited about it.

he'll finally hold his own sippy cup. finally
thanks to her and her for the recommendation.
thankful for pedicures (with rose petals), mimosas, and the ladies from Sunday School and our monthly mom days  hours.



Friday, February 24, 2012

go texan day.

go texan day last year.

go texan day this year.
Preston is proudly wearing my brother's old cowboy boots.  So glad my mawmaw kept them for me.
 yeehaw.

hope y'all have a good weekend!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

product of the week: body souffle


I've been wearing Laura Mercier's body souffle for years.  I LOVE the way this makes my skin feel, and her scents also smell ah-maz-ing. 

In the spring/summer I wear her almond coconut milk scent so I can dream as if I'm at a beach with blue waters all day long.  Sigh.  It's almost that time of the year already so I've started wearing it again. 

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In the fall/winter I wear her creme de pistache souffle.  I've been told on more than one occasion I smell like a cinnamon roll when I wear it (which I can't always tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing). 

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On a side note, this stuff ain't cheap so I usually wait and stock up on it during Sephora's friends and family promotion each fall.  
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Whatcha' got this week?  Tell us about it. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

lent.

For the first time ever (southern baptist now turned methodist, but loving the Lord and that's what matters, right?), I'm participating in lent.

Really considered giving up chocolate or sweets, but honestly that'd be easy for me (I'd just turn to chips).  Thought about giving up chips and chocolate, but I'd likely fail miserably.

Saw this on one of my favorite blogs and knew immediately this would be my act of penitence for lent.  Giving of my time to ... kneel more. You can read more about it the 7:14 experiment here.

The praying part will not be new as I spend time in prayer most mornings, but not on my knees.  I love what Mark had to say about humbling ourselves on our knees...  "there is nothing magical about kneeling, but there is something biblical about it. I've found that my heart posture often mirrors my physical posture."  Love that last part. 

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

Monday, February 20, 2012

words.





haha!
true that.  

Speaking of the Brits, she is my favorite and deserved that Grammy sweep.
These two are a close second.  I pretty much watch their video once a week.  Watch here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

project 365 {366}: wk 7

certified for another 6 years.  Yippee!
Preston's Daddy-Mac came in town from Africa which means P got to hang with the big boys.  
sporting his new tea collection clearance item tee
 I love Tea collection clothes for Preston. I usually hold out until I find it on sale, and speaking of which, Tea collection is currently having a promotion through March 31, 2012. Use code SS12SAS to get 10% off your total purchase.

 He's carried Sam's green leash around with him all.week.long.
Please don't tell me this is going to become him lovie.  Better than my hair (which has been his lovie thus far) I guess. 

 bath time is ...
 so much ...
F U N !!!

You can barely see his scar from open heart surgery.  His chest does cave in a bit which they said is a side effect of cutting the sternum.  I barely notice that anymore.  Isn't he beautiful, umm, I mean handsome?


Saturday, February 18, 2012

giveaway {shabby apple}

Shabby Apple , an online retailer of women's clothing, has offered one lucky reader the chance to win their da vinci dress (pictured directly below
da vinci dress
Some of my other faves are:
tiber dress
teacher's pet skirt
I clearly have a thing for stripes, huh?

While browsing their site, I realized that they sold little girls' dresses.  Be still my ovaries heart.  How cute are these?
caribbean blue dress
ruffle my feathers dress

Shabby Apple is offering a free dress/skirt (you will choose from the first 3 women's dresses pictured above)**   one lucky Pineapples and Pickles' reader a chance to win their da vinci dress (pictured above in the first photo).

TO ENTER:
- You must like the Shabby Apple facebook page.
- Once you like Shabby Apple on facebook, please leave a comment below that INCLUDES your e-mail address AND which dress from Shabby Apple is your favorite.

A winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 4th.

Good luck!

** I apologize to my readers for any confusion created on which dress would be given away.  Shabby Apple has specific guidelines for their giveaways that I missed prior to my initial post.  Turns out that I must pick the dress to be given away as per their guidelines, so the da vinci it is.  Please note that if you commented saying you preferred another dress that you are still in the running for the da vinci dress.**

Thursday, February 16, 2012

product of the week: glow in the dark _____.


Glow in the dark pacifiers.

I mean, really, why didn't I think of that?
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Trying to find a pacifier in the middle of the night, with a crying child, is quite comical and usually ends up with my snapping the Gherkin's head off because he can't find that blamed paci quick enough.

While at Babies R Us one day I saw these and thought what the heck, I'll give them a try.

Seriously these do not leave his crib. Ever. They are more useful than I ever thought possible. 
watching him sleep is my favorite.

What do you have for us this week?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

pink + gold


... perfect combination for love day.  no?
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We aren't really doing much to celebrate Valentines.  Some cards and a small gift exchange.  The next couple of weekends are jam-packed full of activities so we are resting up and taking it easy.  Hope your day is fabulously love-filled.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 13, 2012

toys, toys, and more toys.


Preston received quite a few outside-friendly toys at his birthday party.
As much as I love the baseball stuff he received, I can just see a baseball bat causing quite a bit of chaos inside our home. 
So, we made him an outdoor toy box.
He LOVES it.  He knows already that his toys are in there.
 With the unseasonably warm weather we've had in January and February we've spent quite a bit of time outdoors.  Plus it's so easy to play outside now that he prefers to be on two feet instead of all fours. 

Back to that toy box:
it's just a large rubbermaid tub with lid that I spray painted with chalkboard paint (only time will tell how well the paint stays on, so far so good, but if I could do it over again I would use a plastic primer before adding the chalkboard paint. Hindsight's always 20/20.)



Sunday, February 12, 2012

project 365 {366): wk 6

i love those eyes. {taken during his very 1st train ride at the zoo)
Sneaking some smocking in whenever I can.  Daddy's not a big fan, but mom's got 2 years to dress me in whatever she wants :)
Bookmark my brother made me ages ago (he's 23... I think... now). 
Sneaking in some play time outside when mommy gets home from work.
E.T. phone home
Sesame Street Live!  I thought he'd be scared.  He LOVED it. 
Didn't think it was possible, but this boy loves chips more than his momma. 
we made valentine's day cards & gave Mr. Gherkin an early v-day gift



Thursday, February 9, 2012

product of the week: Colby Red wine


I know I've already talked about Colby Red wine here, but since we're in the middle of  CHD awareness weeks I've decided to make Colby Red the product of the week (thanks, Melissa, for the comment suggesting this... I love your idea).

Here's a recent article about Colby Red, and according to the article Colby Red can be purchased at Safeway, CVS, and some Walmart stores.


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Can't wait to see what you've got for us this week!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

it's all about the hearts this month.


Want to see just how awesome modern medicine can be?

Then go here


I loved reading the comments here, and I'm slowly working my way through each and every person's story.  I am now "friends" with another heart mom whose son, Will, had the same defect as Preston thanks to The Faces of CHD pinterest page. She's the only one I've come across and I'm grateful to "know" her.  


Though there are a lot of success stories, there are some babies, children, adults who did not live to tell their own story. Reading about those takes my breath away.   I'm not sure why some live and some die.  I like to believe that God needed them more than we needed them...that they are just that special (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:13) I will continue to believe that; however, I do believe also that more needs to be done to help diagnose congenital heart defects earlier.  

I truly believe that Preston would not be here today without his cardiologist spending countless hours reviewing his echos trying to figure out exactly what his defect consisted of.  Had they not been aware or prepared there would have been no fixing his defect during the "calm before the storm." We were the lucky ones.  There are too many others who went undiagnosed... then the storm hit... it proved to be too late for some.  Because of that, I'm posting about CHD.  I wouldn't wish CHD on anybody, but I do hope and pray for timely detection and diagnosis of those who do have congenital heart defects before it's too late.  

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CHD facts from itsmyheart.org:

  • Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect worldwide
  • Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths worldwide
  • About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect in the United States (approx. 40,000/year)
  • Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for Congenital Heart Defects
  • Each year worldwide 100,000 babies (under one year old) will not live to celebrate their first birthday
  • Each year in the United States approximately 4,000 babies (under one year old) will not live to celebrate their first birthday
  • The cost for inpatient surgery to repair Congenital Heart Defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year
  • Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research
  • The American Heart Association directs only $0.30 of every dollar donated toward research. The remainder goes toward administration, education and fundraising efforts. Of the $0.30 that goes toward research only $0.01 goes toward pediatric cardiology for CHD
  • Though research is ongoing, at least 35 defects have now been identified
  • Although some babies will be diagnosed during gestation or at birth, sometimes the diagnosis is not made until days, weeks, months, or even years after. In some cases, CHD is not detected until adolescence or adulthood
  • It is a proven fact that the earlier CHD is detected and treated, it is more likely the affected child will survive and have less long term health complications

Monday, February 6, 2012

DIY stationary


I tried my hand at DIY stationary for Preston's thank you notes for his birthday party.

I ordered a hand carved initial stamp from Sarah at Creatiate ... 

Picked up some cards, envelopes, and an ink pad from PaperSource ... 


put the 4 together and we had some easy, inexpensive, unique stationary.


Love the way they turned out.

Cost:  envelopes, cards, ink pad from Paper Source $24, stamp $9= $33
The thank you cards/stationary I had my eye on and almost ordered was over $70
Looks like we'll be making more of our own stationary.