Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 of 2013

We've been a busy little family this year!  I've still been crafting and sewing some, but I've mostly just been a mom!  Since there haven't been many updates this year on the blog, here's our top 10 for this year.

1 - We went to Disney World!!

2 - And the beach!!

We were blessed to be able to go on a nice family vacation over Fall Break in October with some of our best friends.  We spent 3 days at Disney and stayed at Coronado Springs at the resort.  It was so much fun!  We also go to do Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party too!  Then we headed to the lovely Fort Myers Beach.  It was beautiful!

3 - Knox turned 1!!

I know, it's so hard to believe that he's not a little baby anymore!  He has such a cute and fun personality.  He definitely keeps us on our toes!

4 - Layne got to go to her first Cincinnati Reds Game!!

With her peanut allergy, she's never been before.  We found out about a special game that was organized for "peanut sensitive" people and had a lot of fun before we got rained on!

5 - Grayson can write his name!!

You have no idea how big of a deal this was!  The kid had no interest in writing or letters for the longest time.  Then he made up his mind that he couldn't be outdone by big sister.   This was the first time he wrote his whole name all by himself!

6 - Dad grew a beard!!

So Handsome, right!?!

7 - We got chickens!!

Oh my, has this been a big deal.  We now have four chickens.  Cranky (our rooster), Alice, Susie, and Ruby.  But before them were several others that just didn't make it at the Nelson Homestead.  RIP - Golden Galaxies, Ugly Betty, Grayson, Nicky, and Jessica.

8 - Layne had her first cheerleading competition!!

And she did awesome!  I'm quickly learning all about back walkovers, heel stretches, and cheer bows.  I have to's a lot of fun.

9 - Grayson started preschool!!

He did a one day-a-week preschool last year, but this year he goes to a new school 3 days a week.  It has been a lot of fun and really good in preparing him for school next year.

10 - We got to visit the American Girl store in Columbus!!

This was a big deal for big sister.  American Girl is her new thing.  And Emily (her doll) is her BFF.  Mamaw Shelly took us for Layne's birthday!

And that's our top 10 for 2013!!

Here's a few extra pictures that I just loved as I was going through pictures to find these :)

Happy New Year!!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas Cards with

This time of year is filled with turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie!  But as soon as that is over, the first thing I start to think about is Christmas!  Putting up the tree, buying and wrapping gifts, and sending out the lovely family Christmas card!  The past two years I've purchased my cards from a well known online photo sight, but oh my, were they a pain in the you-know-what to use this year!

I can't wait to try out a new site this year,  The have an awesome collection of 2013 Holiday Cards.  What I love is that the site features designs from freelance designers that submit their designs.  It's an awesome way for smaller designer (or big ones!) to offer their designs for sale!  And they have some awesome options!  You can change colors, change the shape of the card, and more.

They also have an awesome Black Friday sale! Get 20% off orders $150+ and 15% off orders $100+!  Use code BFHOL13!

Happy Card Making!

**I was compensated with a credit to for my honest review of their holiday card collection.  The cards shown were chosen by me and my honest opinion is expressed.**

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jake, Sofia, and a Biker.

Happy Halloween from Jake (without the Neverland Pirates), Sofia the First, and a cool biker dude!

Aren't these kids getting so big?!?!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

{Peanut Allergy Info} How to Read Nutrition Labels for Nut Allergies

One of the most common questions that I get regarding my daughter's peanut allergy is "What treats are safe?" and "Can you tell me if _____ is safe for peanut allergies?"  I put together a list of commonly safe candy and treats last year.

This year I put together a packet for my daughter's teacher and "specials" teachers (gym, library, etc.).  I included several things that I felt were important for her to know.  One of those things was a document on How to Read Nutrition Labels and what to look for.  I'd love to share it with you (and for you to share it with others!).

One of the most important things that I want to mention is to always check labels, even if you have eaten or purchased that food 100 times before.  We've found through experience that cross contamination always depends on where the product was manufactured.  And some products are manufactured in multiple plants (meaning some are safe and some are not).  Oreos and Hershey candy are both perfect examples of this!

Do you want to download this and print out?  Click here.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Find Joy in the Journey {Book Review and Giveaway}

I had the honor of reviewing a really cool e-book, called Find Joy in the Journey.

It was a beautiful compilation of stories from 12 women who shared their trials and struggles and how they were able to find joy in the situation because of our Savior.  Infertility, personal illness, divorce, death, and adoption were just a few of the trials that these women faced.  I highly recommend the book...especially if you are on a difficult journey and are struggling to find joy.

And I'm excited to host a massive giveaway with several other bloggers to celebrate the publishing of the e-book!  There are 4 adorable {and amazing} giveaway items that are up for grabs!  There will be 4 different winners!

1. An adorable flip-flip large utility tote from Thirty One Gifts.  Is this not perfect for hauling all of your pool and beach stuff?!? This is a very limited time pattern!   It was donated by Maureen Emmett who is also donating 20% of all orders referred from this giveaway to the Find Joy in the Journey ministry!  You can order here, email her at or call her at 423-972-1688 and make sure to tell her you were sent from the giveaway!

2. A Kindle E-reader with the "Find Joy in the Journey" e-book downloaded to it!  Donated by David C. Cook.  Would this not be totally awesome to win?!?

3. A custom, handmade tote bag in grey chevron from NeeJee Wear.  It's made of laminated fabric, so it's super easy to wipe off and keep clean.  Especially for the park, those summer ballgames, or the beach!

4.  Last, but not least, a custom 16x20 painted canvas from Bee Creative.  Such a great reminder that because God is with you on your journey, there is always JOY to be found!

To enter the giveaway, follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter form below. You MUST answer the first question (after you login, click where it says Answer A Question!) to be eligible for the giveaway! All other entries are simply to increase your chances of winning!

Goodluck! You can enter through Sunday, June 30th. All 4 winners will be randomly selected and announced Monday, July 1st. Must be 18 years old and US resident to enter. No international shipments.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Being a Food-Allergy Mom

I've tried many times to express my feelings and frustrations about being a food-allergy mom, but could never get the words right.  Carissa K did a way better job explaining what it's like than I ever could have.

Her article on the Huffington Post perfectly described what it's like.  I've not been secretive about the issues that we have had, how much anxiety it causes me, and how it's changed our lives.  But there have been many other times that I have been so upset and frustrated because of what a friend thinks and has said.

I know that people don't understand when we tell them that we cannot be at a party or get together if peanuts or peanut butter is present.  I know they think that I'm overprotective or exaggerating.  But I'm  not.  I don't let it bother me 90% of the time, but the other part of the time, it really eats at me.

I loved how Carissa K said:

1. As the parent of a child with food allergies, it makes us crazy when people make any sort of assumption about food allergies other than this one assumption -- a food allergy is a life-threatening condition that causes children to stop. breathing. immediately. It's very real... and it's very scary.
2. As the parent of a child with food allergies we want you to know that this is not a lifestyle choice. While it's admirable that some people choose to eat healthy and be aware of the ingredients in their food, we aren't standing in the grocery store aisle reading the label on everything that goes into our cart as a hobby. We're studying those ingredients to make sure there's not an obscure ingredient that could kill our children.
If we are friends in real life, and if you have ever been frustrated or didn't understand me, please read this.  If you know someone, maybe a nephew or child at your church, that has a food allergy, please read this.  If I can help just one person understand, it could make all the difference to me and possibly, my child's life.

Related Posts:

40+ Peanut-Free Candy and Treat Options
Peanut Butter Substitutes

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Official" Tooth Fairy Certificate

What?!?  A new blog post?  I know.  You are probably surprised :)

But I actually have something to share!

Layne lost her first tooth!  Well...lost is a relative term.  She had to have it pulled because the roots had dissolved.  But anyways, I had about 9 hours notice that the tooth fairy was visiting our house that evening.  After perusing Pinterest, I found exactly what I was looking for.  Except it cost lots of money and wasn't downloadable.  I decided to create my own which turned out quite different, but I loved it!

After printing, I made my own little envelope for our gold dollar and sprinkled some "tooth fairy" glitter.

And lucky you!  I've got a boy and girl blank version that you can print!  I printed mine on 60% size to make it a little more "tooth fairy" size!

Want some other tooth fairy ideas?  Check out my Tooth Fairy Pinterest board here.