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Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Featured, Life, Memories, Motivational Posts, Philosophy, Summer, Thought of The Day, Weather | 0 comments

Enjoy The Now

Enjoy The Now

Did you ever look at a sweater in the middle of summer and wonder how winter seems so distant, so far away?

Or when you imagine flip flops and tank tops in the dead of winter, and you just cannot feel the warmth of the sun, regardless as to how hard you try?

Soak up the sun; feel the rays strike your skin and fulfill you.

This is simply a friendly reminder that summer is now. Enjoy the now.

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Children, Economical Activities, Family, Favorite Things, Fourth Of July, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Parenting, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, Weather | 1 comment

Why I Love Summer? Let Me Count The Ways

Why I Love Summer? Let Me Count The Ways

Summer could easily be my favorite season. Though we live in Upstate New York and enjoy the change of seasons each year, nothing quite beats the warm summer breeze, long days, and short nights.

1. The weather
This is a given. Who doesn’t like eighty-to-ninety degree temps and cool, seventy-degree nights? Oh yeah, and a TON of SUN!! Bask in that vitamin D, soak up that sun! It’s so good for us & we need it more than we know.

2. Family at the lake
In our family, we are fortunate enough to have a beautiful, therapeutic lake home on one of the Finger Lakes in New York State. My dear grandfather purchased this cottage decades ago as a place of relaxation and tranquility. It has served it’s purpose and then some, bringing decades of fun and joy to everyone who enters. Clearly an entire blog post can be dedicated to it in itself.

3. Afternoon naps
Sometimes we don’t make it out of the house in the winter months. It just takes too long to bundle three kids in coats and mittens and hats and boots. The summertime brings easy days and playful hours, which, in Mommyland, equals a little R&R for us! They tire themselves out and all that vitamin D? It eats their energy right into a nap! I love my children to pieces, but I look forward with pure enjoyment to the one-to-two hours all three kids nap almost each day.

4. Weddings
Everyone likes to get married during nice weather, and we love to come party at your nice weathered nuptials! This summer alone, we have four weddings to attend. Fun, fun, fun!

5. Playdates
Outings and hikes, picnics and playgrounds, festivals and farms. How much fun can we cram into ninety warm days?! It’s “Go, Go, Go!” at the Sweets in the summer, and we are loving every minute! We’ve seen lots of friends and family, and we just can’t get enough!

I think I’ll stop at five today, but not because I’m at a loss for more great reasons why I love summer. It’s because I have to go! So much to do and see!

What are some of your favorite things to do and see in the summer? Do tell :).

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Bradley Friends, Children, Choices, Creative, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Inspirational Quotes, Life, Memories, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Motivational Quotes, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Quote Of The Day, Random Thought Of The Day, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Thought of The Day, Work From Home, Working Mom | 1 comment

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

I love life.

Yesterday at Rochester Brainery Bazaar, I found my second third fourth fifth? calling.

Craft shows.

I’ve always enjoyed attending shows but now I enjoy being an artisan at shows. I enjoy meeting other like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

Throughout my life, I have sought like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

In childhood, they became my dearest and oldest friends. In the teen years, they became my most fun, partying friends. In the college years, they became philosophical and thought-provoking friends.

Into adulthood, I have met friends that I wouldn’t have thought would be creative and interesting back in the younger days.

Motherhood brings new creativity and interest. I’ve made natural child-birthing friends, holistic friends, “crunchy” friends, and non-vaccinating friends. I’ve grown fond of lovely friends who, not in a million years, would have crossed paths in the decades before.

Now I enter new friendships. Homeschooling friends and craft show friends. T-Ball friends and neighborhood friends. Creators and artisans, movers and shakers.

I cherish these friends and look forward to the new relationships. Onward and upward!

Hold tight your relationships. Cherish your friends. It is interesting to look at your list of friends (be it a literal list, as on Facebook, or a cerebral list) and see the friends you’ve made over the years, how truly different they all are. It should be that way. That’s the good stuff.

I hope to pass these relationships to my own children, so they can grow and flourish holding the hands of not only us, as family, but their new friends.

The greatest gift is love.

It is only fitting that I end with one of my favorite quotes:

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
-Nat King Cole

(*preferably sung Moulin Rouge-style.)

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Arts, Baby, Birthday Invitations, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Children, Crafts, Crafty Schmitt, Crafty Schmitt, Creative, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Happy Birthday Banner, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holidays, Homemade, infant, newborn, Party, Product Review, Reviews, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Toddlers, Work From Home | 1 comment

Happy Birthday Banner – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Happy Birthday Banner – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Welcome to Week TWO of our month of giveaways! I hope you’re enjoying perusing the shops of these crafty Mamas.

Speaking of crafty:

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Here is one super busy Mom who loves to create! I met Abbie Schmitt, owner and creator of Crafty Schmitt, about a year ago through a local Moms group. She has a cutie-patootie daughter (whom she clearly adores) and a supportive husband, along with the ability to design makes for a super business!

Construction Birthday Onesie

Construction Birthday Onesie

Construction Highchair Birthday Banner

Construction Highchair Birthday Banner

Crafty Schmitt Tutu

Crafty Schmitt Tutu

Crafty Schmitt can help with all your birthday party needs! Abbie designs everything from onesies and tutus to banners for walls and high chairs. If you have a theme in mind, Crafty Schmitt can provide for you. The possibilities are endless!

Dinosaur Onesie

Dinosaur Onesie

Welcome Santa Banner

Welcome Santa Banner

Welcome Baby Banner

Welcome Baby Banner

Finding Nemo Birthday Onesie

Finding Nemo Birthday Onesie

I’m excited to have a Crafty Schmitt laminated pennant banner as part of sweet whimsy designs’ shows (photos to come). Thanks for that, Abbie! Crafty Schmitt is fast and efficient, making your special celebration a sure hit.

Birthday Ensemble

Birthday Ensemble

Crafty Schmitt is giving one fortunate fan a Happy Birthday banner! (A $16 value!)

Happy Birthday Banner by Crafty Schmitt

Happy Birthday Banner by Crafty Schmitt

Every celebration needs a title, don’t you think?! Choose from endless designs or ask the Crafty Schmitt to come up with something for you! Perfect for your summer shindig, a Happy Birthday banner will for certain add something special to your little one’s birthday party.

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Enter to win a Happy Birthday Banner here.

Thanks, Crafty Schmitt, for bringing a little creativity and fun to little ones’ lives each day!

Good luck, everyone!

(Shameless plug: I should add that sweet whimsy designs’ lead artist, i.e. myself, created Crafty Schmitt’s logo design you see at top of this post.)

Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature Crafty Schmitt in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One lucky winner will receive one (1) “Happy Birthday Banner” from Crafty Schmitt. Contest begins June 10, 2013 at 12:00am and ends June 17, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, June 17, 2013. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Bradley Friends, Busy B Boutique, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, Friends, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Home Decor, Homemade, painting, Product Review, Reviews, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, Subway Art, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Work From Home, Working Mom | 4 comments

Subway Art Block – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Subway Art Block – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

It’s time to start this month off with a BANG! The Whimsical Sweet is pairing with some pretty neat local artisans/crafters to bring you a month of handmade goodness to include reviews and giveaways!

First up:

Busy B Boutique

I have some great friends.

Crafty friends. Smart friends.

It’s great when you get to meet someone who has the whole package, and my friend Bethany at Busy B Boutique has just that!

Busy B Boutique is a one-Mama show. Bethany runs her crafty business from home while she cares for her two little blonde beauties and supports her Army-strong hubby, all while they work and live life to the fullest. They’re busy, alright! Not quite sure how she finds the time to create everything she sells in her shop.

Busy B’s online boutique is eclectic and fun for everyone! She offers handmade items such as these whimsical mugs:

"Mustache Mugs"

Mustache Mugs

You’ll find some oh-so-hip stationery in the shop as well:

"Chevron Monogrammed Stationery"

Chevron Monogrammed Stationery

The shop really took off when she introduced home decor subway art blocks:

Patriotic Subway Art

Patriotic Subway Art

Busy B Grammy Subway Art

Personalized Rooster Block

Busy B Summer Subway art

Summer Time Subway Art

My personal favorite? Personalized pieces, like the Baby Subway Art:

Baby Subway Art

Baby Subway Art

When you place an order with Busy B Boutique, get ready to enjoy your creation soon – turnover time is short and she’ll get that art to you in no time! Busy B is willing to work with you to create whatever your heart desires, be it a personalized block (you choose the colors and size!) or that special set of mugs you’ve been eyeing to share the morning cup with your loved one. If you’re not sure what to choose, Bethany will work with you to design a custom listing just for you!

What will this shop give to me?

Home Decor Subway Art

Home Decor Subway Art

Busy B Boutique is giving away her Home Decor Subway Block to one lucky winner! Moving into a new home or know someone who is? This block makes a fantastic housewarming gift. It also adds a little reminder of the important things in life:

Dream big! Create! Make Memories!

I like the sound of that, don’t you?!

Please enter to win this giveaway here.

I probably shouldn’t mention that Busy B is creating a little piece of subway art for sweet whimsy designs’ tent! Oops! Did I just leak a little secret?? 😉

Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature Busy B Boutique in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One lucky winner will receive one (1) “Home Decor Subway Art Block” from Busy B Boutique. Contest begins June 3, 2013 at 12:00am and ends June 10, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, June 10, 2013. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified. See shop listing for details.

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