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Live The Simple Life

As winter approaches I find myself dreading the winter months.  What will we do in place of trips to the forrest, zoo, and parks.  Most mornings I tend to get my errands and must do’s out of the way so we can have the morning for the kids.  This usually consists of plopping down at the park or the forrest till nap time.  During the winter months we still try to get outdoors for a bit, just not as long.  The dreaded snow suits, gloves, boots, and stocking caps could literally make me pee my pants.   Last year, Perry would head out to the backyard and play by himself for an hour or so…lets hope this year he continues with that tradition and maybe he’ll take Leo along. Anyway, we’ve gotten a bit crafty with our adventures when Im not in the mood for trudging around in the snow.   Like heading to the sad empty mall with a Target as an anchor.  Sometimes we head to Target for a coffee and some popcorn.  Check out the toy isle.  When that wears out we can check out the train table at Barnes and Noble where I’m able to do a little computer work.  There’s also this quirky little antique shop in the mall that we like to explore.   We found a bag of matchbox cars and trinkets for $1.5o.  Headed out to the benches and Leo and his friends played with a bag of “new” treasures.     We’ve also found local rec centers that have toddler gym time and that’s only $1 per adult.   A giant gym with activities for the kids and bleachers for mom and dad to chill for a bit.  A great way to release some much needed energy.   We also have the local zoo with plenty of indoor exhibits.  They get to spend a little time outdoors walking to the exhibits and warm up once inside.

Stay Warm!!

(tee shirts below by Magnolia Roots Co  bag by Paige Avenue Shop  Ceramic Pendant by EarthenJoy)

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Lovestru.ck Holiday Gift Guide

A wonderful gift guide by Lovestru.ck Wedding and Events for him, her, and littles.   All items can be found locally. So exited to see Wee Vintage Baby included in this holiday gift guide.  Happy shopping!!  15% off entire store using coupon code HOLIDAY15. Expires Nov 28th.  And some of the flannel blankets have free shipping (BONUS!!)  Drop by this weekend at Handmade Omaha Winter Pop Up Shop.

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FOR Her (Part 1) THE GOODS @shopthefold: cashmere sweater, watch / @earthenjoy: circle stud earrings / @inclosed: “oh you” card and heart charm pad / @themixshoes: knit hat / @paperkiteshop: agenda, key chain, book

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Lovestru.ck Loves Local Gift Guide #3: Mini Girl THE GOODS @paperkiteshop: dress, cardigan, bows, bunny / @belleandthebear: moccasins / @weevintage: bloomers

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For Him THE GOODS Pine tree and coffee scrub soap by Benson Soap Mill, Personal effects bag by Artifact Bags, `Beard Balm Hoods Fine Beard Oils, Rejoice and Be Plaid card by Enclosed, Sweet Tobacco Candle by Wax Buffalo, Beer glass, beard tonic, cocktails book, and coasters from Paper Kite Shop

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FOR Mini Boy THE GOODS: @paperkiteshop: sweater, pants, deer, print, wooden car, @belleandthebear: moccasins

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FOR Her (Part 2): THE GOODS @shopthefold: cashmere sweater, watch / @earthenjoy: circle stud earrings / @inclosed: “oh you” card and heart charm pad / @themixshoes: knit hat / @paperkiteshop: agenda, key chain, book

 

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FOR baby THE GOODS: @paperkiteshop: sweatshirt, moccasins, Nebraska rattle, finger puppets / @weevintage: bloomers / @inclosed: “it’s 5 am somewhere” card

 

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Buying Handmade + Local

Over the last week or so I have been sharing items from some of my favorite small business and handmade shops. My goal was to hopefully bring some of these hard working shops (mostly run by nasty nasty women) into your lives. Handmade is better for so many reasons. The sappiest reason, because we poor our heart and souls into each item. And who doesn’t want to support that. For me buying handmade just makes me feel good. It feels authentic. It feels good to support a fellow maker. The thought is when you support a locally owned independent biz, you return a higher percentage of revenue to their communities than chains. Simply put, when you buy from a local or handmade artisan/shop, they too are more likely to buy local/handmade.

Here are a couple more reasons to buy local and/or handmade.

(1) Personalization
Often times handmade goods have an option for personalization. Most times you have direct contact with the maker when buying handmade and can easily ask for minor changes or customization. Example, I offer personalized baby name blankets and hats. And the ability to customize colors, fabrics, and stitchings.

(2) Unique
The most beautiful reasons to shop handmade, because its unique and not mass produced. Fewer items made. Making it even more special. I love it when someone says, “where did you get that!” Being able to answer by promoting a handmade (or local) biz gives me the best feels.

(3) Eco-Friendly
Work done by hand takes less energy than mass produced items. Takes less machinery. Less fuel. Especially if shipped overseas. A lot of times these makers use local and organic increasing the level of green 😉

HONEST + AUTHENTIC + HANDMADE = BETTER

(Toadstool onesie from Under A Tin Roof)
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Stone Pendants by EarthenJoy
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Weaving by Hey&Company / Mountain print by One Happy Mess Shop / Candle by Wax Buffalohand1

Embroidery Plant Hoop by Destiny City Threadshand5

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My Moments Giveaway + Jord Wood Watches

It seems almost weekly we’ve been making a visit to the local plant nursery. Perhaps its like visiting the therapist. Leo spends most of his time talking to the garden animal display. I spend most of my time talking myself out of another succulent. Today I noticed the “plant rescue” section and of course had to rescue someone (plant-just to be clear) for $3. I hope he lives. Poor thing was probably thinking, “OH GOD NOT HER!! Just take a picture and leave.”  The Christmas trees are up and looking quite magical.  Wait just one minute!! That doesn’t mean I’m ready for Christmas. That would mean that Leo would be a two year old.   I’m not sure where time goes.  I’m not sure that phrase had any meaning till I had kids.  It was just something old people said.  So here I am just another old person talking about time in a bottle.

One more thing about time before I wrap this up….Ive teamed up with Jord Wood Watches for a fun giveaway. One lucky winner gets a $75 credit towards their own wood watch.  You can enter the giveaway here  AND  just for doing so you get a $20 e-gift card expireing on 2/28/2017. The giveaway will close on November 6 2016 at 11:59pm.  Good luck!!

What I loved so much about Jord Wood Watches was their story, “The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes …”

Enjoy the tiniest moments as they will be gone in a flash!

XO, Abby

Im wearing the Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Champagne.  Shop Jord here.


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Apple Picking

We went home with about 10 apples.  Not really the best picked apples. Some bruieses, holes, and possibly a bug or two.   As a little girl, I can remember going to the apple orchards with my parents.   My twin sister and  I would head off down the fields exploring.   Looking for stray kittens mostly.    When I take my kids to the apple orchards now, its not really about finding the best apples for the best apple pies…its just an adventure.  A memory for them to share.

A bumpy and windy hayrack ride.   The smell of diesel if you’re lucky enough to sit towards front.  YACK!! Apples rolling loose on the trailer floor.   Hunting for the grapes that taste like candy.   Matchbox cars in the dirt.  Caramel apple oatmeal cookies.   Apple cider slushies.   This particular orchard served beer.  Looking back, I should have participated more in that.

A few snaps from the day. You even get to see dad make an appearance.  I know, I know, “you never share pics of dad.”  insert comment.

(romper on Leo is by Wee Vintage Baby &  bibdanda by Thief and Bandit )

coupon code FALLYALL for 20% off expires on Sunday Sept 19th at midnight CST.

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Interview with Under A Tin Roof

I’m excited to share this little interview I did with my friends at Under A Tin Roof.   I met Kayla through instagram and we’ve connected over the last year or so on a personal and business level.    This little interview is about how I started and why.  Plus a little bit about my daily life running a small business.  Be sure to follow Under A Tin Roof on Instagram and follow along Kayla’s adventures of mommy and business owner here.   Link to interview here.  Bonnet from Under a Tin Roof. Bloomers from Wee Vintage Baby

Events

HutchFest

Saturday August 13th HutchFest

At just $5 for an all-day pass, you’ll have the opportunity to shop the finest in unique handcrafted goods, while also investing in the success of the midwest maker community as a whole!

We can’t wait to shop and party with you all at hutchFEST August 13th!

hutchFEST specifics:

All event details can be found by visiting www.hutchfest.co.
The event is from 10am-6pm in Turner Park on August 13th.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here, at the gate the day of the event, or at Hutch anytime.
Live entertainment all day (DJ’s and live acoustic performances).
The no-kill animal shelter, Hearts United for Animals, will be bringing dogs to the event eligible for adoption.
Ample parking will be available in all Midtown Crossing parking garages (free for the first 3 hours and $1/hour after that).
The event is kid and pet friendly.

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July Celebrations

Finally getting around to looking at all the photos from the fourth of July weekend.  We took a trip back to my husbands hometown Sioux City, IA.   Perry took me on the ferris wheel where  he discovered the end of the world and I discovered my new fear of ferris wheels.  Baby goats. Itty bitty baby goats!!! They kept trying to eat my shirt and I cant blame them. They also loved Leo’s hair, who doesn’t?  And a family photo…because that never happens and should happen more often!!   July is my favorite time of year. Lots of outdoor activities, grilling, birthday parties, and festivities.    Plus I celebrate my son in July and my wedding anniversary.

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Momtog Part 2

I talked a lot about the selfie mode on my iPhone 6 over @momtog this week. I wanted to share some of my favorites from this past summer.  All from one day. They are candid, silly, and authentic. I think it sums up evertything about a summer day with my kids. I hope that I’ve inspired you all to enjoy your journey.  Tell your story. Embrace the blur, the grain, the silly. I hope that you’ve enjoyed a look into my world. Enjoy the tiniest moments as they’ll be gone in a flash!

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Momtog Edits

I wanted to share a coupe of before and after edits using the Facetune app that Ive talked about over on @momtog.  The images on the left are after editing in Facetune.   The bottom examples I’m just realizing are not the same photo but you get the just of it!!