And the "Blue" winner is…

{Photo challenge link}

Courtney at Love Love! Wow, once again very hard to decide! I had 4 judges for this challenge and all of us had different favorites (as usual)… but this blue photo won out over the others this week. Love it!

Congrats Courtney! What a very sweet photo! And, I love keeping up with your blog! Please check out her blog and show some love love! 😉 Wonderful photos and sweet posts.

Sadly, there are no prizes this week. Just the excitement of winning! 😉 Feel free to grab a “fact: I’m awesome” button below. Because: you ARE awesome! And, thank you SO much for participating!

The Paper Mama awesome button

Please check out this weeks photo challenge: “Fingerprint

Guess what…. after 4 challenges there will be a week long vote off of the winners from the 4 previous challenges… The winner of the vote off will get a small prize! 1 more challenge to go…

Winners so far:
– Joy: Six Cherries on Top
– Curiosity: 4 Ladies and a Patient Man
– Blue: Love Love
– Fingerprint: … no one yet …

If you have an Etsy shop and would like to give away an item as a prize… please drop me a line! I ♥ sponsors and will show your shop some love for your contribution. 🙂


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Flashback Friday: Prom 2001

{Dan and Chelsey: Prom 2001}

This week we’re flashing back to my prom… 2001. I went with my friend Dan. Check out his mo-hawk! We’re so proper. Standing there with our hands to ourselves.

{Chelsey and Dan: Prom 2001}

We both completely forgot to go get the professional photos. I wish we had. But, these will have to do. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Flashback with us:
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5 on Thursday with the Mannlands….

Today’s the day where we (those of us that want to) post 5 things that have made us

1)Joyful…. Prince Lionheart saw my review on the washPOD and posted me on their Facebook. They sent me a couple of really nice e-mails from REAL people! LOVE it!
2)Giddy… I realized it’s almost the weekend!!! 🙂
3) Excited… I get to see my sister tomorrow.
4) Thankful… that I own some teething gel
5) Jubuliant… When my baby smiled at me.



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Thursday’s Three: Bumbo time!

{Ruari at 21 weeks}

My lovely and fabulous friend Kelsey, from K.B. Squared, was kind enough to let me borrow her Bumbo seat to see if Ruari liked it. This way I can decide if I’d like to buy it or not. I’ve had it for one night and Ruari is loving it. She’ll only sit in it for about 15 minutes at a time… but, that’s a nice break for this mama!

{Watching Angus}

{Angus like the Bumbo too. 😉 }

{Angus hates it when she watches him}

So, Angus got really excited while she was sitting in the Bumbo and started running around crazy and playing. This made Ruari crack up! So sweet.

{Ruari cracking up!}

On to my Thursday’s Three…. Bumbo time!

1) The first pick is: Ta dah! The Bumbo seat! I’ve only been using it for a day… but, wow! It’s been great. Especially since Ruari is so tired of her bouncy.

{Bumbo seat: on Amazon}

2) Sticking with the Bumbo theme…. How about this Bumbo cover from Boutique Sweet Cheeks. Cute shop! These covers come with two loops in the front to attach some fun toys! I’ll have to get one for my Bumbo! They also have Boppy covers and bibs. Check them out!

{Bumbo seat cover from: Boutique Sweet Cheeks}

3) The Bumbo tray! I’ve been told the Bumbo tray is a must if you are going to have a Bumbo seat! Since we are planning to start Ruari on some rice cereal soon…. this will come in handy!

{Bumbo tray: on Amazon}

Any suggestions for feeding Ruari her first bites of cereal?


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Getting stuff done!

{Ruari at 21 weeks}

I actually got stuff done this weekend! Mike was so helpful and he took care of baby for most of the weekend while I worked on cleaning! Yeah, I wanted to clean! It was really a nice break from bouncing a baby all day. Really. She likes to be walked and bounced pretty much all day. I can’t wait till she learns to crawl… everyone tells me it’s harder cause I have to chase her everywhere. It will be so much nicer than me walking for her! Silly baby.

{Ruari wearing her Boundary Bay Brewery onesie}

What did I get done? I organized our tools and such in the garage… scrubbed down the kitchen… washed the laundry… cleaned up and organized the baby/craft room… and FINALLY we put some photos in our frames. Can you see?

{My photo wall}

Okay, I know we didn’t finish filling all the frames, but it’s a start!


{So awesome!}

This is a close up of one of my fave frames! My uncle (as seen below) made them for me. They are so beautiful. I think it’s made of cherry and mahogany. My favorite Christmas present! He’s an amazing wood-worker! Oh, and Uncle! 😉

{Uncle Jeff and the love birds}

Did you get anything done this weekend? Doesn’t it feel great?!


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