Monday, October 24, 2016

The Kid's Bookshop - Giveaway!

Soo in love with this new online children's bookstore, The Kid's Bookshop. They have the best, beautiful hardcover books and an extremely wide range of different types of books for any age and interest. What's even better is that it is online for busy mamas like myself-- it is super easy to browse their selection of books and choose the perfect one for any child in your life.
The search criteria allows you to narrow your search results based on the child's gender, age, interests, loved character, book format, and your price range. So you could very easily find the perfect book for let's say your 3 year old nephew who loves trains, and without spending over $20. I also love that you can search book format too, allowing you to narrow your results based on a wide variety of mediums -- cloth books, books + toys, books + DVDs, board books, activity books, puppet books, or pop up books. Gorgeous gift wrapping is also available too, putting the final finishing touch on making this the perfect, thoughtful gift for birthdays and holidays for children in your life that live far away.
My kids are obsessed with their books from the Kid's Bookshop. And I really enjoy reading them too! They have gorgeous illustrations, unique storylines, and are a lot of fun to read and not to mention spend quality, educational time with your children with. Landon got this really cool mystery book called "The Eleventh Hour," Blair "Pandamonia," and Havana "My Dog Bigsy." All are awesome and I would totally recommend!
Today I'm so excited to be giving away one of their gorgeous hardcover books to one of you! 

All you need to do to enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know the age and gender of your child.
**Please include your email address on the post so I know how to contact you if you're the lucky winner!**

Giveaway will run for exactly one week from today and end on November 1, 2017. Good luck!

Didn't win? Don't fret, use promo code mumma10 for 10% off your online order! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bits of Life Lately

handmade by a beautiful friend, check out her etsy shop
All products made for my first craft fair. Local friends save the date for November 5 & 6th for the Showcase of Arts & Crafts in Barrington :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Super Easy & Delicious Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Happy Fall y'all! Sharing a delicious crock pot tortellini tomato soup recipe with you today. This recipe is SO easy (trust me, you are going to thank me) and is the perfect fall soup to warm up your insides on the start of these chilly days. My kids gobbled this soup right up too, and it also freezes well! Since Havana's birth, I've been all about the freezer meals, they've been a total lifesaver & game changer in my life!

You'll notice the only ingredient you might not have offhand is the Tomato Red Bell Pepper Juice. We use R.W. Knudsen Family's Juice, which we love because they stand by wholesome ingredients without any artificial flavors or preservatives - they are made from organic single-fruits, with no added sweeteners and completely sweetened 100% by the juices straight from the vegetables. I would definitely recommend using this brand in this recipe, and would also recommend their other veggie juices for your other soup recipes this season too. You can now find R.W. Knudsen Juices stocked at your local grocery stores, Walmart, and Target.

- 8 Roma tomatoes, chopped (if don't have on hand or are in a time pinch, you can alternatively do 2 cans diced tomatoes)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bag of fresh spinach
- 1 package of frozen tortellini
- 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth/stock
- 1 cup R.W. Knudsen's Tomato Red Bell Pepper Juice
- 1 pack of cream cheese (I would recommend regular cream cheese, not the reduced fat. Would also stick to brand name here, don't go generic).
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- about 2 tsp Herbs de Province

1. Combine all ingredients and cook in crockpot on low for 5-6 hours.
2. Can garnish with fresh basil &/or a dollop of sour cream

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shop for a Purpose! Jacana Kids Clothing

SO in love with this new Australian children's clothing company, Jacana Kids. Not only do they offer super cute, top quality kid's clothes, but they contribute to early education services that help young children with developmental disabilities.
When Landon was a toddler he had a pretty bad speech delay and we received tremendous help through early intervention services for him from age 2-4. I've seen first hand what having extra support by trained professionals can do and we are so grateful to live in an area where this was given to us free of cost. Research shows that support during the early years of childhood dramatically improves outcomes for children with any sort of speech or behavioral disability or delay, and many families live in areas of the world where they have to pay privately to get this type of support for their child.
Every year Jacana Kids donates 50% of its profits to a chosen organization. This year they chose Yooralla, a company committed to supporting children with disabilities and helping them lead a life full of confidence and independence.
Their clothing not only supports a great cause, but it is really durable quality, which I really appreciate since my kids' clothes always get run through the mill. I especially love the thickness and soft feel of their hoodies, and have one for each of my kids in different prints for these chilly fall days. Each Jacana Kids garment is hand drawn by a young child and all their prints are so cute! You can even submit your child's own drawing here. I especially love how all their items are in neutral colors because they really go with everything and are so easy to mix & match with items you already have.
Landon is here wearing this Alphabetie Tee and Skateboard Star hoodie, drawn and named by Maddox, a 5 year old boy, and Blair Bears is rocking out their Winter Raindrops Tee, drawn and named by Nyah, age 13.
I'm also in love with their Halloween Collection right now, especially love this mummy shirt and this tribe of mummies shirt.
I'm so glad I got to share this company with you guys and hope you think of them when doing some fall & Christmas shopping of your own! And go ahead and type in promo code MUMMASCORNER for 10% off your order!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blair's Big Girl Room!

I can't believe I'm finally posting this after hoarding having all this big girl furniture for her since she was a little baby. As you may know, Blair didn't once use or sleep in her nursery for a year and a half as we nursed and co-slept for forever. So I've been excited about her 'big girl' room because I knew that she would actually be in it and it would truly become hers, forever. Almost all of the furniture we received from some very generous friends of ours, whose daughter had outgrown. It is all solid wood and painted by hand and I absolutely adore the ethereal, unique, & natural feel to it. I scored the Jenny Lind bed on Craigslist for $200, in great condition and in the off-white color that had been discontinued(!) All sources for everything else are linked up at the bottom of the post.

Paint: Sherwin Williams 'Antique White'
Rug: RugsUSA
Bed: The Land of Nod
Basket: Tuesday Morning
Bed Sheets: Tuesday Morning
Quilt: Handed down 
Woven Wall Hanging: Fernwen Supply Co
Couch: Pottery Barn Kids
The Sweet Life wall hanging/hook: (no longer available) but Pottery Barn
Dream Catcher: Boho Nest
Happy Cloud Pillows: OhNoRachio
Elephant print: Oana Befort
Heart shelf: Handed down
Knit Mermaid: Bla Bla Kids
Curtains: Target
Curtain Rods: The Home Depot
Anything I didn't list you are interested in? Shoot me an email at :)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Small Shop Feature, Grace Sarris of Fernweh Supply Co!

I'm so excited to share my new favorite small shop with you guys today, Fernweh Suppy Co. I first came across her etsy shop while looking for the perfect wall hanging for Blair's room and this beautiful soft coral toned one completely captured my heart at first site:
After chatting with her I learned that her shop actually originated with her handmade falsa blankets and then reclaimed wood d├ęcor. Gah! I am now completely in love with this hexagon shelf and can see this fitting just perfectly on our blank wall in our living room:

also really enjoy this mountain shelf for a boys' nursery or bedroom:
I am actually in love with about every single reclaimed wood item in her shop and her instagram account just gives me ALL the heart eyes.
But besides her creative gifts and natural talent of making all these gorgeous items by hand, she started her company from nothing and is such an inspiration to me and my own etsy shop, as she truly actualized her life dream through dedication and hard work. She is such a wonderful person that I am so happy I got to know, and I am SO happy to talk shop with here on the blog today!

Lisa: One thing I really loved hearing about you is your story about how you came to be to where you are in your business today. Do you mind sharing that again for me?
Grace: Of course. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to own a brick and mortar shop, but right out of college this wasn't the easiest thing to do. After graduating with a Graphic Design Degree I spent almost 6 months doing odd jobs and feeling totally lost and unfulfilled. I loved the creative aspect of my degree (and now also do freelance design for other small businesses) but couldn't figure out where I'd fit in a corporate work environment. I reached a point where I had literally $3 in my bank account and no direction. I felt completely hopeless and like I'd reached rock bottom. Sitting at my kitchen table I decided to take a chance and resurrect a long time dream. Thanks to the support of my amazing family I was able to launch a simple website selling 15 different Falsa Blankets...and the rest is history!

Lisa: I love it, thanks. I am also in love with all your reclaimed wood products. I feel like it's such a 'stereotypical male' hobby -- How did you start a business in it?
Grace:  All the reclaimed wood items are 100% handcrafted from start to finish by my dad and I in Terre Haute, Indiana. My dad and I have always been close and I grew this business together with him, which has been a wonderful experience. I've always been very creative but NEVER would have thought I'd one day be a "woodworker" and I've loved learning this new skill. My grandfather was also a carpenter and built furniture so I guess you'd say I'm carrying on the family tradition!

Lisa: That's awesome - being able to work with people you love and carry on the tradition of your family's work. A question I always wondered about is how do you get 'reclaimed' wood, and get it to achieve that perfect 'reclaimed' look?
Grace: We collect reclaimed wood and pallets from friends, local businesses, old barns, etc. rip apart the wood, wash it down, sand it and repurpose into something new and beautiful! The wood is not treated in any way but rather earns it's unique look through a variety of factors like environment and weathering, so each piece is truly original and literally one of a kind!

Lisa: Very cool. And that is why I love supporting handmade small shops:) Besides your businesses, what are some of your other passions and what do you enjoy in your spare time?
Grace: I'm also a Midwest photographer, graphic designer and I'd say I'm an explorer with big dreams! I end up spending a lot of time behind the camera and the computer for both my business and contract work... but I also enjoy watercolor painting, drinking all the coffee, injecting Gilmore Girls quotes into daily life (I've watched the series no less that 12 times) and stalking Joanna Gaines on Instagram -- She's Queen!! I'm also equally obsessed with morning yoga or a good hike...and just laying on the couch with my pups. It's all about balance right?!

Lisa: Totally! Balance is still something I struggle with everyday ;) Okay so last question: what advice would you give to someone who wants to start or grow a business making things by hand?
GraceTruly above all else I would love to just sit down to coffee with anyone contemplating launching a handmade business and encourage them to be brave and just START. I don't mean that as a cop out answer, but because I honestly think that is the biggest obstacle! It breaks my heart how many people I talk to who have a killer idea or an amazing talent who allow fear to keep them from presenting that part of themselves. So often I'll be having a conversation with someone and after I explain what I do for a living their whole face will light up and they'll say something like "That's so cool! I wish I was creative" Or "I wish I could do something like that". I hate that because what that says to me is maybe they don't feel worthy of taking a chance on their dreams or like what they have to offer the world isn't quite good enough....and nothing could be farther from the truth!! It's such a myth and such a lie we believe that everyone is so much more competent and smart and creative and confident then we are. I really think SO much of success is just seeing something in your life you don't like, having the bravery to actually take action and make change...and then literally faking it till you make it. I never want people to look at my story or journey and think it's unattainable or impressive. Last October I decided to start a business while sitting at my kitchen table...and now my dad is actually working for me and I'm in the process of hiring additional employees. And you know what? 95% of the time I have NO IDEA what I'm doing because there isn't a blueprint to this thing. I didn't go to business school. I don't have an off the charts IQ. I'm just a normal chick who who said YES to a dream and an opportunity. And the best part is that at some point the fake it till you make it confidence actually starts to become real confidence. The point is that if you wait till you're "ready" you'll be waiting for the rest of your life. If you are looking to start or grow a handmade business my advice to you would just be to really learn to value your own work and truly believe that you have something to offer the world....and then be brave enough to share that part of yourself. If you can learn to do that you will be amazed how many people will authentically connect with your brand or product, and ultimately you as a person. If you need more hands on tips or want to share a new idea, or even just a little pep talk please feel free to email me at I'd love to meet you!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall Fun @ Dave's Pumpkin Patch

Every year we venture to Dave's Pumpkin Patch in Huntley IL & the kids have so much fun, and it's super cheap so it's really very enjoyable for everyone. (See our previous years' pictures here & here). The pumpkins are all only $6 for all sizes, and they also have great prices on mums, gourds, squash, & corn stalks. The kids have so much fun picking out their own pumpkins, going through the corn maze, popping ghost bubbles, riding tractors, & their haunted hayride. What I really love best about this place is that its really a 'no frills' type place, super low key and no crazy crowds or add on costs for anything. Everything is pay by the honor system in a little bucket on your way out. Would totally recommend this place if you're looking to have a fun, festive afternoon with the kids. They're guaranteed to have a great time, and your wallet will be happy too.

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