Thursday, July 28, 2011

Are you looking for a gift? An adoption gift?

I have seen Junk Posse all over the web, talked about on blogs, bragged about by customers, worn by friends. I love her style and that she is so active in supporting adoption. That is the kind of company that I like to support! If you are looking for a great gift, especially for an adoptive mommy to be look to Junk Posse for a creative and beautiful treasure.

{A big thankyou to Tracy with Junk Posse for her donation to our auction. Get a chance to bid starting August 1st!}

My Heart Swirls with  Russian Love
My heart swirls with Russia Love
Heart for AFRICA necklace
Heart For Africa

To "Simply Love" is the Key necklace-Adoption Fundraiser
Simply Love

"To Love what I do and feel that it makes a difference-How could I ask for anymore!”

That is how I feel about my Jewelry that I design and Create to help support many non-profits and families that are adopting. It is passion with a purpose. . I really liked designing jewelry and It became a deep love for me when I started donating a nice portion of the sales to others.

My muse are the orphans that have been given a second chance by incredible people that take the risk to open their hearts and love the unloved.

I am touched by the mom’s that send me thank you notes & pictures of their little ones and I think of each one as I put a sweet name or message on the necklace. I love to make a treasure , something tangible that they can have close to them as they wait for a baby to come home or as a reminder of how they chose to be a mom and how they love their children.

The connection between women and my pieces is also something that continues to amaze me. I have had moms connect in line at Disneyland because they were both wearing one of my necklaces. I have also met many wonderful husbands that want a one of kind piece that will show how much they appreciate their wives and daughters. I have such a great respect for single mom’s who make the decision to adopt children and sometimes older children and to do the best that they can to raise them, these people are just some of my hero’s that drive me each day to be so excited to get to make my Jewelry in my little studio, each piece by hand for someone that I admire and look up to because they have chosen to be the change our children need, the hope.

Tracy Hanson is an Adoptive Mom & Grandma to four~Including a little one adopted from Africa.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pillowcase Dress Winner

The winner for the Pillowcase Dress and Hairbow is:
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#3  Laura said...

I have donated. Thanks for doing this for them!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gluten Free Corn Muffins with Chicken Sausage- Make Ahead Breakfast

I don't know if you are like me, but I rarely have time in the morning to MAKE a good breakfast for myself. Between fixing my husbands lunch, the kids breakfast and getting everyone ready for the day I usually scramble to throw a gluten free bagel or piece of gluten free bread in the toaster. That is neither satisfying nor is it really a complete breakfast so I've been looking for ways to make ahead breakfasts like I do for most of our dinners.

 I found the idea of making "corn dog" muffins over at OAMM which inspired this recipe. I had heard that Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix was really good, and I found Al Fresco chicken sausages on sale at Publix. From that, I created a muffin that tastes an awful lot like a breakfast casserole. The best part is that it was very simple and easy to make. If you are casein free or dairy free, you could try a rice cheese or leaving that out all together. For vegetarians, use a veggie sausage or just some grilled red pepper or mushrooms would be yummy and keep the muffins very moist.

1 pkg. Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix (best deal locally at Nutrition Smart for $3.49, they carry it at some Publix stores but for almost $5!)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or regular old cow's milk will do just great
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pkg. Al Fresco Country Style Chicken Sausages sliced or diced
1 Tbs. minced dehydrated onion

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease well. Combine wet ingredients with whisk. Add mix and onion stirring until combined. Fold in cheese and sausages. Use a large cookie or batter scoop to evenly distribute the dough into the pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Place muffins in a gallon sized freezer bag and freeze. To re-heat, place two muffins on a plate and microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds.

I hope you try these out! Please let me know if you do!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Owl Themed Gotcha Party, Birthday or Baby Shower

Since we are now in the process to adopt our son, I can't help but think of his future birthday celebrations. I honestly love boy celebrations! Girl parties are super fun, but there are many unique and creative fun boy themes that I am in love with. One of which is Owls! Owls are so hip right now but are also timeless! Who doesn't love a good "hoot"?

I found this adorable bedding by Dwell Studios at Seedlings (in South Tampa, you should check it out! Most amazing baby/toddler store ever!). I'm in love and trying to think of a way to sell it to my almost 6 year old who will be sharing a room with little brother. So far, no such luck but I can always use it for a party theme! Here are some great ideas I found...

by Gourmet Invitations

owl themed baby shower invitation

Hostess Blog


And my favorite...I love everything about this shower! I can think of so many great ways to make it a bit more birthday friendly! I love the boyish bunting and the "hooty library". A-dor-able!

Rustic Owl Themed Baby Shower
Hostess Blog Owl Inspired Baby Shower

And the food...

Owl Pops

Anthropologie Owl Baby Shower
Mini desserts

Party Food

Monday, July 18, 2011

Win a pillowcase dress & bow, and support adoption!

A friend of mine, Darbi Mills just found out that her and her husband are matched with a birthmother and their baby girl is due any day! They didn't expect such a fast match and they still have some funds to raise. They have some great tee's that simply say "Support Adoption". With every t-shirth purchase or donation of $5.00 or more you can be entered to win a custom-made pillowcase dress and matching hairbow or hairband in the size of your choosing.

All you have to do to enter is visit Darbi's blog: On Distant Shores, donate with the paypal donate button $5.00 or more, OR purchase one of the great t-shirts from the blog. After giving, comment on my blog and let me know! The winner will be selected at random, and for fairness sake I will confirm donations/purchases with Darbi. Winner will be chosen Monday, July 25th.

Here are the fabric choices:

Have another fabric/color scheme in mind? I can probably get my hands on it! Willing to make the dress custom to your liking and size.
Here is an example of a finished dress:

Here are some examples hairbows:

For one more chance to win, after donating or making a purchase, post to your Facebook, Blog or Tweet the giveaway and comment below letting me know. Don't forget to comment after donating/purchasing a t-shirt!
Thanks so much for supporting this lovely family!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Two Prince Bakery Theater- a great resource for party planning, GF and CF cookies and much more!

I am privileged to know Dorangela from Two Prince Bakery Theater! She is sweet, creative and very giving. Two Prince Bakery Theater has donated a $24 gift certificate to our fundraiser and I know one very lucky winner will enjoy her yummy Gluten Free and Casein Free cookies. I am always so inspired by her parties, crafts and ideas. I love following her blog and I have been introduced to some great party planning and crafty blogs through her as well. I know you will enjoy her posts!

Gluten Free Casein Free Soy Free Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Gluten Free Casein Free Soy Free Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Visit Dorangela at Two Prince Bakery Theater for wonderful party ideas, decorating tips and crafts! Or, shop her Etsy store for yummy GL and CF cookies that you and your little ones will love!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


My sister is in town for the week and my kids have been so excited they were literally counting down the days! Every morning Mighty would wake up and ask "is Anthony coming today?" (Anthony is the only boy of 6 of my sister's kids). Phia would chime in "Yeah, is Olivia coming?". Then we would name them all, K, E, M, O, A, J. 

Can you tell that we love our cousins?

So excited, she just can't hide it!

Best Buds

Having so much fun! 

The timing for this trip couldn't have been more perfect! My sister came just in time to help me get ready for our garage sale to raise funds for our adoption. We put K, my oldest niece to work too. She designed posters for our sale and they came out beautifully!

This is the condition of my house getting ready for the sale:

And my garage....

visit for more on our adoption fundraiser. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's Written In Vinyl

I want to say a huge thank you  to Tamara from It's Written In Vinyl. She has generously donated a $100 dollar credit to her shop for our adoption fundraiser! I'm so excited about this because her product is so lovely and universally appealing. There are so many things you can do with vinyl! 

Here are some of Tamara's products:
Even Miracles take a little time -Cinderella - Vinyl Lettering wall words graphics Home decor itswritteninvinyl

Personalized Name with airplane  children  Vinyl Lettering wall words graphics  decals  Art Home decor itswritteninvinyl
$16.44 This is one of my favorites! So cute!


Each decal is made of high quality, self-adhesive and waterproof vinyl. Very easy to apply and just as easy to remove, when you are ready to change just peel off.

Our decals can be applied to any clean, smooth and flat surface. Put them on your walls, windows, wood and much, much more. So much easier than painting. It has the look of 3 coats of paint."}

I was very impressed with Tamara's reviews and the fact that she also does custom work! I will be shopping It's Written In Vinyl when my little boy comes home! I'll need to get my boys room all dressed up for two! 

Please stop by her shop today and show her some love! So kind of her to donate to help with our fundraising efforts! 

Stay tuned for more great vendor reviews for our upcoming fundraiser. If you or someone you know would like to contribute towards the raffle, please contact me for more information! The raffle will run August 1st through September 1st. 


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