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Butterflies in the sky… I can fly twice as high…

Ok, who else remembers Reading Rainbow? Come on, didn’t the ba-da-bum that played whenever the kids gave a book report just jump into your head? You know it did….

Anyway, I’ve finally had more time to read. I set a goal of 18 books this year. I knew it would be a stretch, but I didn’t know how tough it would be! Usually one book a month would be no trouble at all. With 18 as my goal, I’d just have to read 1.5 books a month. Pretty decent for a readaholic like myself.

But I can’t blame Peanut. Or my active little Bean. It’s been la•le that’s slowed me down. I’ve thrown myself into my bid’niz this year and am trying to make it work. (As you can tell from my numerous bid’niz related posts….. By the way, I still have a Giveaway going on. Ok, the shameless plug is over….)

Back to the books! I finally hit 10 and I am surprised by what I’ve read this year. One characteristic: They’ve all been short. Also, I’m surprised by how many nonfiction books are on the list. I’m normally not someone who enjoys nonfiction (except a good memoir or biography).

So, out of the 10 books I’ve read this year, here’s my top 3.


Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I really don’t read a lot of parenting books. I don’t like books that tell you what to do and act as if they have the only right way. This book is absolutely not like that at all. It talks about setting healthy boundaries for your kids, helping them to know consequences, and preparing them for an independent life as an adult. Lots to think about for a mom of a 2 year old, I know. Still, I’ve already used several of the techniques it talks about with Bean and it absolutely works. She understands what it means to obey & disobey, she knows that I love her and therefore want her to learn how to be a disciplined person, and she accepts her consequences much better. It’s not a terribly long book and it’s written in a very conversational manner. I’d highly recommend it to everyone who either has kids, works with kids, or knows kids. In fact, if you even encounter a child in a grocery store or walk within 100 yards of them in any public place, you’re better off if you read this book.

Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boomtenboom

Here’s the sequel for The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. It’s got some amazing stories about this great lady. She has some stories of forgiveness that amaze me and bring chills. This simple book of simple faith stories sticks with you — I often remember what she went through. She’s also incredibly real. At no point does she claim to have it all together or claim perfect holiness! She’s frank with her weaknesses and with God’s power to heal and help. This book is a great faith-builder.


The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Oh, I love this story. Some people have called it the weakest of the Chronicles of Narnia. I couldn’t disagree more. It is truly the most different in character and tone, but the story is so beautiful. The way Aslan is portrayed in the book is heartwarming and fierce and beautiful and strong. I re-read this one more than any others in the series. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Yes, I ganked the pictures from Amazon. No, I don’t have permission. Feel free to turn me in.

I have a couple of other books I’m reading now, but soon they’ll be finished. I’m stumped as to what to read next. What are you reading now? What suggestions do you have? I’m ready to get back to fiction. What are some great stories you’ve read? Warning: I find 92.7% of all “Christian” fiction to be absolute drivel. A roomful of monkeys with typewriters could come up with better plots. Just because I have several “Christian” books in my list doesn’t mean I only want to read spiritually-themed books. Suggest books you’ve enjoyed regardless of the faith of the author. If it’s actually good and not craptastic, then suggest it — even if it is “Christian” fiction. Why do I use the quotes? Well, that’s a topic for another post….

Hooray for me blogging about something other than my shop or my kids!


I know I’m talking about my shop constantly, but it’s been something I’ve been working on a ton lately. Not only do I have a lot of new stuff in the shop, but I’m giving away a Super Deluxe Banner at my business blog. So, go to it and enter and maybe you’ll win. If you’re lucky.

I do take bribes in the form of chocolate. Not saying I’ll take the bribe and you’ll win in exchange. I’m just saying I’ll accept your bribe.

Thanks to all of you who gave me input for the previous post. I’ll still take more comments on ideas for the upcoming craft fair, so feel free to pass any thoughts on.

Now, get some cake and ice cream and celebrate with me the birthday of my Etsy shop! Yes, la•le Style is now 1 year old! So, go to my shop and to my business blog to see what’s going on. There’s freebies for every purchase and a big giveaway in the works.

Yes. Free stuff. There, now you have your incentive to go see the sites.

Thank you also to everyone who has been such an encouragement to me over this past year! The biggest shout-out goes to B.Hoody. She’s the best marketing consultant/graphic designer/proofreader/inputter/BFF in the world.

Today I got more pictures taken for my shop. I know, this is all I blog about. But, I only think about 2 things right now: my shop and potty training. I don’t think you want me to talk more about poop, so we’ll talk about my shop. Here’s my latest quandry and I need your help.

In November there’s a craft fair here on campus. Because everyone here on campus (except the professors) is poor, I need to have inexpensive items to sell. I know that November is a long time away, but I have to start planning and sewing now to have enough supply to sell.

So, tell me the types of items you’d buy. I’ll write a list of ideas below, but feel free to add others. Don’t answer with what you’d buy from me — tell me what you’d buy from a random stranger at a craft fair. If the answer is nothing, put that down. I need honesty, my lovelies.

Here’s my list of ideas:

Inexpensive journals covered in cool reusable fabric covers

fabric-wrapped headbands

cute clippies and bows for little girls

my Nifty Little Bags

Laundry bags (there are several dorms here on campus and people who use laundromats)

Small jars of bath salts or sugar scrub

Ok, so leave a comment telling me what you’d buy and how much you’d pay for it. Thanks. In return for being my marketing focus group, I’ll give you each a brownie. You have to come here to get it before they’re gone. I won’t ship them.

Tonight I manned a booth at the Campus Fair. You know — where everyone walks around and gets free candy or cookies while learning about the churches and stuff out in the city. Every school everywhere has some version of this. My booth was for MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers. I love MOPS. If you have a kid who is under the age of school, you should go to MOPS. It’s fab.

I, however, am not fab today. I asked one person who came by if she was a mother of preschool children. She was 17. And a professor’s daughter. She only wanted to know if we needed childcare help.

Oh, well.

In other news, I am adding new things to my shop and I’m actually blogging at my shop blog. Stop by to see what’s up over there.

pirateBean is obsessed with pirates. Most 2 year old girls are infatuated with The Princesses or Barney or some other pink fluffy stuff. Not my kid. She’s into pirates. This started a few months ago when she went to storyland and saw Captain Hook’s boat. Now, she frequently runs through the house shrieking “PIRATES GET BEAN!” and jumping on the couch. She thinks this is hilarious. Instead of explaining that pirates will either steal your money, drink your rum, or make you walk the plank, we tell her that they’ll tickle her. (I mean, she’s 2. I don’t need the kid  to have nightmares and need expensive therapy, you know?)

This is the background you need to know to understand the following conversation.

Bean: Pirates get Bean! They coming!

mab: Where are they?

Bean: Outside. They come in. Sit on couch.

mab: What will they do?


mab: And they’ll sit on the couch?

Bean: Yes.

mab: What will we give them to drink when they come to visit?

Bean: Sippy cups. Juice. (She holds her sippy cup aloft in emphasis.)

mab: What will they eat?

Bean: (Yelling, with wild gestures) GIANT CIRCLE SNACK! BIG SNACK! CIRCLE!

At this point, the communication obviously broke down. I am still trying to figure out what — in Bean’s mind — is an appropriate snack for a pirate.

I’ve been watching I Survived A Japanese Game Show this summer. I love it! If I was in much better shape and my kids were older, I’d try to get on that show. Tonight was the finale and I’m PUMPED!


Because the Mama kicked boo-tay! Cathy was the only mom, the oldest, and the shortest. After a few episodes, her team had to send one person to the losing team to even up the numbers. They sent her because they felt she wasn’t strong enough for them. Not strong enough? Not strong enough?!?! She’s a MAMA. Have you ever met a wimpy MAMA? She ended up winning every single challenge regardless of which team she was on. Tonight she won the whole thing. Go, Cathy!

You can watch all of the episodes from this season on hulu. Even though you know who has won, watch them anyway. The first episode has a big man named Bobaloo wearing a gold sparkly unitard. You don’t see that every day.

Hai, Majide!

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