Sick kid :(- Mom stays home!

Since I work full time outside of my house, I am not home during the day much at all.  But when your baby boy is sick, he wants his mom to be home with him.  So while he’s on the couch resting up from a fever, sore throat and body chills, I’m in my craft room playing catch up!  I haven’t broadcasted any big holiday deals on my site this year as it’s been another crazy year.  But I have had a few people contact me to do some special requests.  I also had a large order for another small business and I  was able to get out the door today.  I love being able to do  what I do as a side business still.  It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been fully going after actually making money and supplementing my families income with my hobby and it’s been going wonderfully ever since!

Anyways- I was able to get out a few Etsy orders this morning and now I get to play catch up on a few hockey mom scarves that I have to finish.  Good things I see those ladies a few days a week!  I also was able to finally set up my Zebra label printer!  This will make shipping a BREEZE!!  No more bending over to load label paper into my regular printer.  Just click PRINT and bam, a label is on label paper and I can just tear it off and stick it on!

Hope everyone stays as healthy as they can this holiday season! I just got a text that a couple more kids on my son’s team are sick too, so they are just spreading the sickies over there.  Let’s hope everyone is feeling 100% when Sunday’s game rolls around!

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Do you use Ebates?

Ebates is a great website that allows you to earn money while you shop!  Below is a screenshot of my account and how much free money I have earned!! I’ve used Ebates when I ordered a new mattress and had it delivered from Sears.  I’ve used Ebates and ordered Christmas presents from Under Armour and Target.  I’ve used Ebates to book hotel rooms for our hockey trips to save us even more money.  You can use Ebates for SO many popular sites and it’s free!! Just be sure to sign up and add the little widget to your browser!  It will alert you when the page has a percentage back and it’s so easy to use!

You even get cashback on Etsy too!!  My favorite site! 🙂

Don’t forget to use Ebates this holiday season!


Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

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What is Amazon Wardrobe?

Have you heard about Amazon Wardrobe?

It’s a great new service that Amazon has launched that allows you to try before you buy.

You can order three or more items from clothing, shoes, and accessories and they will be shipped to your door.

You have seven days to try them all on in the comfort of your home and decide what you like.

They also provide a return label to pack up and ship back what you don’t want to keep.

Just pack up what you don’t want, put the label on, and drop it off at UPS.

The great thing is, you are only charged for what you keep.

So you won’t be charged when they send stuff out. You will only be charged after the seven days.

How great is that?

 

Buying clothes online is never easy, so Amazon has made it easier to save you time and the hassle of finding time to go to the store.

Don’t have Amazon Prime?  You can sign up here!  You can sign up for a monthly membership of $12.99 or for a year at $119.  There are many other perks to having an Amazon Prime account too!

 

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Top 10 camping gear needs for the upcoming season!

Who loves to camp? I’ve camped my whole life and it’s finally camping weather here in Michigan and we are set to go camping in a few weeks!!  We hope to squeeze in a few more trips this summer also but with school starting so early and getting out later and later each year, the weekends are numbered in the summers!!  Another reason for me to work towards having a full time business at home so I can enjoy breaks with my kids!!!

Anyways- I wanted to share some of our favorite things we bring with us when we go camping.

#1-CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent – 18′ x 10′

We bought a new tent this year- we had our old one for YEARS and it was finally time to invest in a new one.  We decided against a camper for now so we found this tent at Costco- similar linked above at Amazon on sale for $149!  We haven’t used it yet but it will be super roomy and great for the 2 boys and our golden retriever Abby.  She’s the main reason we need a new one anyways, she could escape our old tent!! We’d wake up and our door would be open and she’d be gone!  She could push her nose in the area where all the zippers came together and open the door.  Silly girl!

#2- Quest Q64 10 FT. x 10 FT. Slant Leg Instant Up Canopy – (Crimson)

So many times we’ve went camping it’s either scorching hot or raining, so this year we bought our own canopy to use instead of borrowing from someone else.  We have also used this at my son’s soccer tournament and working out in the driveway while working on the car for some shade.  It’s lightweight and super easy to use.  Believe me when I say, you’ll thank me later when you get one!

 

#3-  Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump, Bed Height 22″, Queen

We invested in a new airbed last year- one that’s easier to get on and off because it’s not right on the ground and much more comfortable too.  It doesn’t break your back quite as bad as the flatter style ones.  It also comes with the pump attached and can be blown up by an electrical cord or batteries.

 

#4- Pelican Argo 100 10 ft Kayak Blue
We actually bought these at Dunham’s, it was the cheapest price we could find locally.  We bought 4 of them- 1 for each of us.  My husband built a nice little trailer to haul all 4 of them and our bikes and other camping gear we want to take so it’s less inside the actual car when we go.  I’d recommend getting a life jacket and a waterproof bag for your phone/keys/wallet if you take them with you.  But these are pretty lightweight, easy to carry and SO much fun to use.  Your arms get a workout while your enjoying the scenery!

#5- Camping Hammocks Garden Hammock Ultralight Portable Nylon

We actually purchased 2 of these style hammocks for our son’s to use while we are camping, but I’ve been known to use them myself too.  They hook onto tree’s and they’ve actually put them up like bunk beds so they can lay on top of each other.  They play in the and try and sleep in them and just keep them occupied.  And it’s another place to sit/lay to relax.  It’s the perfect spot to lay down and ready a book or take a nap!

#6- Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles
An electric griddle is great to take camping!  You don’t always need to have a fire going to cook your food and you can cook breakfast, lunch and dinner on here.  I’ve made eggs and bacon, chicken quesadillas and grilled cheese on here before.  You could also use it to cook burgers and hot dogs too.  Lots of things to make and it’s easy to clean up and sometimes easier than getting the fire all ready.

$7- Hamilton Beach 25430 Sandwich Maker, 4″, BLACK

If you’ve never used one of these, you don’t know what your missing!! It’s again another easier way to cook without the mess of the big fire.  You can make pizza sandwiches, little apple pies, and ham and cheese sandwiches!  We LOVE these in my family and have used them for YEARS!! If you walk around our family camping trip, you’ll probably find one at each one of our campsites.  Pizza sandwiches are a staple for camping!

#8- Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping and Sports Chair
Camping chairs are another must.  You need them for the beach, sitting around the campfire or going to your kids ball games.  Invest in a great quality chair and it should last you a few years.  You can even pick a fun color that no one else will have to help from someone stealing yours!  Add your name to the tag/back so you can figure out who’s who just in case someone has the same ones!

 

#9- Coleman Xtreme Series Wheeled Cooler, 50 Quart

I’m not sure where we bought this cooler from but I love it because it’s big enough to hold a lot of food and drinks but it has the wheels so it’s easy to move around to the beach and other places.  It also makes a great seat! HA  The cupholders are nice if you are at a picnic or something and you need a place to keep your drink.  It also keeps ice in there for quite a few days.  And it’s a great size to fit in the back of your car/van.

#10- 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern, Portable, Great Addition to Survival Kits for Hurricane, Emergency, Storm, Outages, Outdoor Portable Lantern, Black

Lanterns- these are great for carrying to the bathroom when it’s dark outside, playing cards on the picnic table when it’s getting darker or just having in your tent so you can see at night.  These ones are collapsable and super portable and have LED lights so they should last a long time.

 

If you have any of your own favorite camping gear you’d like to include, add it in the comments! I’d love to see what others use to make their camping experiences even easier!

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It’s that time of the year again!! HOCKEY SEASON TIME! #hockeymom

So it’s that time of the year again in our house, hockey season!  And this year with 2 on different teams and traveling all around the state it’s going to be a crazy few months for us!

To help make it easy, I made this CUTE shirt that supports both my son’s teams, and it’s girly and glittery also!!  Now you know me, I’m not the glittery type, but after I saw a different style shirt like this, I said, well MAYBE I need to make these to sell also.

Now if you want to get one made to wear when you support your hockey player, just message me on Etsy!  I can make them match your team colors and give you a bulk team discount if all the mom’s want one!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/550910790/hockey-mom-love-hockey-raglan-green?ref=shop_home_active_1

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VET TIX – Tickets for Troops

 

So last year we had heard about an organization that has tickets that you can win that is completely for veterans only.  Since then we have used this organization a few times now and have gotten to experience a few fun sporting events with our kids and it’s great!!  It’s amazing all the support veterans get so they can take their families to enjoy doing new things they might not normally be able to do.

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If you click on either picture, it will take you to their page and you can sign up for your own account if you are a veteran of any branch of service.

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Also if you have tickets to something that you can’t use anymore and want to donate them, they are looking for donations all the time.  It’s a great way to give back to someone who’s gave for your country.

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Amazon Prime Day- Go grab an Instant Pot!

So there are a ton of sales right now on Amazon Prime Day but one of the best ones of the day has to be the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker!  It’s on sale TODAY ONLY for $89.99!!!  I love mine and ordered another one since it’s bigger to feed my growing boys!

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There are literally so many things you can do with this thing!  Make hard boiled eggs in 6 minutes!  Make potato salad in 4 minutes!  Lasagna, meatloaf, spaghetti and soups!  Cook a whole roast with carrots in potatoes in minutes instead of hours!!

One of the websties I love to get recipes from is www.pressurecookingtoday.com or www.hippressurecooking.com

I am also in a bunch of Facebook groups that people post about different things they make and other recipes.

Some make homemade yogurt for a fraction of the cost of store bought!  The possibilities are endless!

RUN and grab yours today, because this sale is only good today!!

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My first handmade T-Shirt Memory Quilt

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I was so excited at the opportunity to make my cousin a t-shirt quilt for her graduation party.  My aunt asked me if I’d be interested in making one for her, I jumped right on that opportunity!  I have a couple friends that I’ve met online that have made t-shirts quilts and I really wanted to get started on making them!  The ones I’ve seem are amazing and it’s such a great way to remember the things you’ve done while growing up and before you head off to college.  Of course you can use these for other reasons too!  You can have a bunch of sports jerseys made into a memory quilt so you can remember all the sports you played growing up also.

These quilts take a long time to create, it’s a process to get everything ready and ironed and quilted and binding finished.  I decided I wanted to show all the steps along the way!

TOOLS:

Rotary Cutter

Cutting Mat

Scissors

15″ Quilting Square

Iron-on Interfacing

T-shirts

Cotton quilting fabric

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So the first step was for me to take a day off my regular job so I could just focus and get the whole quilt front completed in a day!  I wanted to make sure it went smoothly so I was excited to just do what I love all day…..SEW!!!

I laid out all the shirts they gave me and I put them in the pattern that I thought best fit.  I tried to space the colors out and since there was a lot of black ones I tried to mix them around with the colors and line them out the best I could.

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Once I had them all lined out, it was time to get the shirts cut.  Now this is where you can do variations of what your doing.  I decided it was best to just use a 15″ t-shirt square I picked up to make sure that all the squares were even and straight.  This was the fastest way I knew how.  But now, if your doing some smaller sized shirts, you could also use a different size pattern to make your quilt.  It’s really up to you!  The possibilities of what your quilt could turn out like are endless! It might also depend on what size your wanting for the end product.  img_8027-1

img_8028-1I would iron to the iron-on interfacing to each shirt before I cut it to make sure it was laying flat and that I had the design in the middle of the square I was trying to cut.  Now this won’t always work because sometimes the pattern is too high and you don’t want the neck hole in the quilt but generally it’s fine.  I also had to patch a few shirts because she played volleyball and they were v-necks or tank tops and so they weren’t quite big enough so I had to sew some of the backing to the front or sew around the necklines so they’d lay down to fill up holes.  This took quite a few hours to complete.  At this time I also would lay the quilt out as I was cutting it and move things around if I felt they better fit somewhere else.

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Now this is my 8 year old son laying on the quilt to show the size of it.  It turned out to be massive.  It was about 86″ long by 72″ wide when we finished up the take the quilt to the quilters.  I was lucky enough to find someone local in the Lansing, MI area to do some fabulous quilting on this.  She just did a stippling pattern but it didn’t take away from the quilt’s patterns and it wasn’t too overpowering.  But before I did drop the quilt off, I had to sew the 2 back pieces together because the quilt was so wide, that 1 piece of fabric wouldn’t fit along the back.  I had the idea since I have my embroidery machine to make a special patch on the back with her name, school and year she graduated so she’d also remember this quilt when she’s a lot older.  Maybe her grandkids will love this quilt!

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This quilt was almost finished and I just had to finalize the binding so I took it with me on Memorial Weekend to our family’s lake house to finish up the binding so I could make sure it was done in time for her open house.

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I had to cut all the binding into strips and sew that together and then attach it to the quilt.  This takes awhile too as your wanting to make sure it’s laying flat and matching up front and back as your going.  I sewed it on with my sewing machine but some people hand stitch their binding.  My hands go numb when I try that stuff so I’ll stick to using my machine!

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Here is the final product!!

This is my cousin Taylor standing next to her quilt.  We had an awesome stand and it worked out perfectly to have the blanket up for display during her whole open house in the garage.  So many people complimented on it and I was so proud of how it turned out!  If you are interested in having one made- contact me!

I have the pricing list on my Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/notes/sew-wonderfully-jamie/t-shirt-memory-quilt-pricing-guide/10155279435283343/

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Happy Sewing!

~Jamie

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Summer Camp

So we dropped our kids off at summer camp on Sunday.  This is their first time away from us or any other family members for more than 3 days.  They are away for 6 days.  While they are at the same camp, I think that Brody and Caden will both enjoy growing up and making some decisions on their own.  I keep reading articles about how summer camp is good for kids and then there are some parents that think it’s crazy to send your kids away.  I think that it’s a great learning experience for them.  They get to grow and depend on themselves and learn independence from their parents.  They get to meet new people and look up to their counselors and peers and maybe even make new lifelong friends!  I never went to a summer camp when I was little so I am wanting to give my kids the experiences that they can have for a lifetime.

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I found this article online and I loved it.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/03/summer-camp-great-for-kids-maybe-even-better-for-parents/

Yes Caden is only 8 and he was a bit anxious to go but he heard all about Brody’s 7th grade camp experience and he wanted to do something like that himself.  They both also went to a day summer camp for a few weeks last year and they loved it too! So I think the overnight aspect is something he will grow from.  Of course, some kids at the age of 8 aren’t ready to stay that long away from their parents, and that’s quite ok.  But my kids were ready.  I’m sure it helps that Brody is at the same camp, and he’s actually right across the hall at the bunks so that might help with Caden being nervous at all.  

Now Brody is begging to go to summer camp, he is at the age where he wants nothing to do with us, he’s too cool for his own good and I’m ok with that.  Maybe going away to camp more will help him learn to pick up after himself, be more independent and we can be more reliant on him in other aspects too.  He is also there without his phone, so free from distractions and any other electronics is great for a 12 year old’s brain too.  He kept saying he needed his phone, but nope you sure don’t!

And most camps these days, your not out of the loop as to what they are doing.  I’ve already gotten an email, I’ve seen pictures of their first night and we can send them emails and they get them as daily “mail” too.  I could send them something in the regular mail but let’s face it, it might not get there in time!  

The camp they are attending this week is called Camp Corral. The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.  My husband is a disabled veteran and some of my friends from the Army mentioned this camp to me and I signed the boys right up!  It’s a free camp because of donations from Golden Corral and other companies to give kids that might not be able to experience camp a way to enjoy their summers off.  Kids that come from a military family sometimes have a different life at home, due to different injuries their parents might of had, or different situations at home due to PTSD and or the loss of a limb, this is the opportunity for them to forget about the tough times they might have and enjoy it with kids their own age.  Maybe they will even make some lifelong friends!  Our kids are fortunate enough to have met some other Army Brats in hockey and they are at this camp too so they know some friends already!

I can’t wait to see them on Saturday morning and I know they will be dirty, tired and worn out but I bet they have memories that last a lifetime.  And they might of build up some more self confidence along the way!

Send your kid to camp, they will love you later!

Happy Sewing!

~Jamie

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