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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Chapter

Some of the people close to me knows there is nothing more I want than to be a Stay at Home Mom. I hate that I dont get to go to their school functions. I hate that my parents sometimes has to take my sick children to the doctor because I am unable to get off work. I hate that the laundry is never done. I hate that I feel like I am missing out on my children growing up. When I get home from work, I have to pick them up, fix supper. Then we do homework, eat, take baths and go to bed. I want to be a SAHM. BUT....
...As of this moment in our lives we are just not financially ready to be on a single income. So, my family has turned to Dave Ramsey. I know a few people who are now living Debt Free with using his program. This weekend when Presley Kate & I headed out with my Mom we stopped by the B&N & picked up his Total Money Makeover Book.

I am 7 chapters into this book and it makes total sense!!! One of the families that I know that is now debt free is emailing me her budget sheet as an example & I am excited to see how they do it. They too are a family of 5, now living on a single income. So who knows early next year all my dreams may come true.

If you are a SAHM mom, how are you doing it? What are some secrets? How did it go when you went from 2 to 1 income? Any tips, advice or suggestions, GREATLY appreciated.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Random Weekend

I have been meaning to post that on Oct 14, 2011, my niece, Brooklyn Virginia-Grace was born at 6:04pm. She weighed 8lbs2oz and is absolutely beautiful. She looks so much like her big brothers its unreal! 

She was born with the cord around her neck once and she also had a knot in her cord. Luckily she was born when she was or the knot in the cord could have really been dangerous. This is a great picture to show the knot. (Her Mommy doesn't mind I show this beautiful picture lol)  
Look how sweet she is. They have some professional pictures that I will post just as soon as Mommy uploads them (shes a little busy at the moment ha!)

In other news I am preparing for an upcoming fall festival as well as working on orders from my etsy shop, Polkadots & RainBows! I am truly grateful for all my fans & customers :)

This weekend, we also took the kiddos to the pumpkin patch. Its a new one that just opened up this year. I was a little disappointed but the kids had fun. Of course, I left my camera at home so these are my crappy iPhone pictures. But some are better than none right? Ha!
The kiddos with our pumpkins

Peyton about to shoot the Corn Cannon. They enjoyed this!

Parker's turn!

Another shot of my little loves. 

Little Miss Sassy Pants. She loved the little corn maze. 

So how has your weekend been? Have a great week!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Minin N Ginin Review & Giveaway

I love when I come across a shop that I am excited about. Especially a shop that is made by a fellow crafter and has a love for what they do. Thats why I love Minin N Ginin so much. Her shop is filled with lovely handmade baby and toddler dresses, coats, hats & more. Here are some of my favorites from this shop but honestly everything is adorable!!!

How sweet is this winter coat? I love it. I could totally see PK wearing this & getting lots of attention!

How sweet is this knit dress? Would be perfect for the upcoming holidays or pictures!

I am in love with these pants. I love the ruffles on the bottome. Makes me squeal!

Every little one needs a sunhat. This is the shop to go to for them!!!

Minin N Ginin was so kind and sent Presley Kate this adorable sweater. The weather is getting cooler here and its the perfect time to wear this. This sweater is so soft and comfortable. Some sweaters she doesnt like because they can be itchy or to bulky but not this one. She loves it :) & therefore Mommy loves it!!!

Minin N Ginin would love to extend her generousity and offer Magical Memories followers the chance to win a $20 credit to her shop!!! 

Want to win? Here is how to enter. (Please leave email with comments)

*Head over to her SHOP and heart your favorite item & come back here and tell me what it is. (Leave link please) MANDATORY
*Be/Become a follower of my blog (MANDATORY)

Extra Entries?
*Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link +5
*Like Minin N Ginin onFacebook & tell them Magical Memories sent you +3
*Grab my button for your page +2
*Post a fb status about this giveaway. +1 per day
*Buy something from this shop +20

**Giveaway will end on 11/4 * Winner will be chosen by random dot org**

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lil Birdie Shop Review & Giveaway!!!

Hey Friends! I wanted to introduce to you a lovely Etsy shop that I think you will love just as much as I do!!!! The shop is, Lil Birdie Shop!! Jacquie, the shop owner, is the proud Mother of two little ones. She and her family have been making things for years, staring back in the 1800 with a family haberdashery. To say this shop has experience is an understatement. In this shop you will find the cutest hair accessories, earrings and singlets (tank tops). Have a look for yourself but these are a few of my favorites from her shop. 

Love the designs and fabric of these singlets. So adorable.

Love this headband. So adorable.

Absolutely love this apple tank. Would be sooo cute on a little one for school or apple picking!!!

This yellow hair accessory is sure to brighten anyones day!

Lil Birdie Shop was so kind and sent us this adorable owl singlet for Presley Kate as well as this adorable hairbow. I love it. The applique is sewn on for extra durability and I dont have to worry about it when I wash it. We are still having warm days here in Georgia so she can wear it a little longer this year and can wear it all  next year. I have no doubt that it will last us a couple of years and then can be passed down. She also sent us this very cute hair accessory!!! Isnt it darlin?
Lil Birdie Shop would like to extend her generousity and offer Magical Memories followers the chance to win a Singlet or Long Sleeve Shirt of choice.

Want to win? Here is how to enter. (Leave an email in your comments)

*Head over to Lil Birdie Shop and heart your favorite item. Then come back here and tell me what that item is and your etsy id (MANDATORY)
*Be/Become a follower of my blog (MANDATORY)

Extra Entries?
*Like Lil Birdie Shop on FACEBOOK and tell her Magical Memories sent ya! +2
*Blog about this giveaway +3
*Post a fb status about this with @LilBirdieShop hyperlinked as well as the link to this giveaway +1 per day
*Buy something from this shop and tell me what you bought +15

**Giveaway will end on 11/4 * Winner will be chosen by random dot org**

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


The winner of the Baby Sullys Art giveaway is Jamie. Please email me within 48 hrs to claim your prize keepersphoto@gmail.com 

Lordy, this is the first year that both my boys are in extra activities and it is killing me. Between soccer, cubscouts, planning for festivals and running a business & working fulltime, I am beat!!! And DH is in school two days a week. Blah!!!

Be on the lookout for a cute giveaway that will be posted soon :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Winner Redraw

I was never contacted by the winner of LuLu Grace Designs so I have had to redraw a winner this morning. The new winner is Laura from The Marshall Family. You have 48hrs to contact me or a new winner will be drawn. Please email me at keepersphoto@gmail.com

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Hey Guys we are super busy here so just wanted to pop in and announce the winners of a few giveaways!!! So here goes...

The winner of the LuLu Grace Designs giveaway is Emilie Rose

The winner of the Heather Rogers Designs giveaway is Crystal

The winner of the Pamie Kays giveaway is Angie

Ladies you have 48hrs to email me at keepersphoto@gmail.com or a new winner will be chosen.

Also be sure to enter the Baby Sullys Art giveaway!!! It ends on the 11th and has super duper low entries!!!!

...and while you are out entering giveaways, enter to win a headpiece of your choice from my shop over at Houghton Happenings blog. She also has some other amazing giveaways posted.