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Saving Stained Shirts from the Garbage Heap

You know when a favorite shirt gets a stain that won’t come out and you just want to scream ’cause it was so cute and you can’t believe that yet another shirt is ruined and you swear that you’ll never buy another light colored shirt again….

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Yup, it happened again.  This time it was a light blue T-shirt of Drew’s that looked so nice with his blue eyes that I couldn’t bring myself to toss it.  So I rescued it - with a rocket applique made from ripped jeans, an old sweater and fabric from a vintage apron. 

The magic bullet for making appliques is Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive.  Iron it onto your applique, then peel off the paper backing and iron it onto the shirt.  It’s that easy!  I sew around the edges too because I like the look of the stitching, but it’s not necessary.

My only regret with this project was that the edges of the jean material did fray a bit.  If I did it again, I would turn the material under.  Or pick a material that does not fray.  Now that I’ve got the applique bug I’ve got a big pile of old clothes and fabrics ready for action.  It’s a fun, creative and EASY way to salvage stained clothes and keep them out of the garbage heap!

Need a Getaway? Go on a Babymoon!

For me, part of being Art Mama is creating a joyful, fun and entertaining lifestyle for my family, and I believe that it starts with my relationship with my husband—and perhaps most importantly, myself. So that is why when I was 5 months pregnant, we decided to go to one of my favorite places—Mexico!

At that time “babymoon” was a humorous thing to call it, as it was a new term I had just run across. But indeed, that certainly was what it was, and I am so grateful I took advantage of it and immersed myself in its concept. The intent of a babymoon is to enjoy one last vacation together as a couple before your little addition arrives, (changing life as you know it!). My belief on top of that is to nurture yourself during one of the most important times in your life, during your pregnancy, when it is a time that is all about YOU. It is a time for rest, relaxation, reflection, dreaming, wish-list making, and pampering. And going on vacation to a favorite spot with your hubby is the perfect way to indulge in all of this. Spending time together to reconnect is also a special way to share your pregnancy with your husband.

Now babymoons are a popular trend in the vacation industry, with lots of information and travel guides to find online. Sites like BabymoonGuide.com and BabyMoonFinder.com offer a one-stop shopping source for finding the perfect babymoon destination. Specific resort packages all over the U.S. and in some tropical areas that cater to expecting couples now include everything from side-by-side couple massages, romantic dinners, prenatal yoga classes, and even Lamaze classes. BabymoonGuide.com also offers an area for people to share their babymoon experiences.

Travel sites like Frommers and Suite101 offer trip planning tips and other useful information to encourage parents-to-be to get away.

An article on iVillage Parenting shares the best babymoon packages, such as the “Mother in Balance” package in Arizona at the Miraval Resort and Spa, or La Costa Golf Resort in Southern California . These include classes and workshops on pregnancy nutrition, fitness, and pre and post-natal life, as well as perks such as use of the spa and pre-natal massage.

Or you can always wing it like I did and go to one of your favorite places and do all of your favorite pampering things! For me it was walking on the beach, swimming, napping, and eating Mexican food (and drinking virgin Piña Coladas during happy hour)!

Either way, it’s a trip of a lifetime. We went with my parents and sister and brother’s family. So one day my mom, sister and I painted Mexican pottery items as keepsakes for the baby. If you go, I encourage you to take lots of photos, maybe keep a journal of your daily activities and thoughts, and make or acquire a keepsake for your little one on the way. It will be a time for the whole family to always remember. But most of all, happy mommies and daddies have happy babies!

Mama’s Day Photo Competition

       

To honor all the beautiful and exhausted moms and moms-to-be out there, we are giving away two fantastic prizes to the most creative mommy photos we receive.     Simply email us your photo (of you and your bump and/or baby) to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and you could receive one of these fabulous gifts on your doorstep… timed to arrived just after the last of your Mother’s Day chocolates have been eaten and flowers wilted!

    

 24 bottles of Glow Mama  and a gorgeous Earth Mama Angel Baby Pampering Kit (either Pregnancy or Postpartum) wrapped up in a soft and snug fleecy baby blanket made from Eco SpunTM.  Thats over $100 value!

Glow Mama is packed with the pre and post natal vitamins you need right now, is completely natural, made with real juice, and yet is only 70 calories per bottle.  Turn it into a delicious mocktail or gulp it down straight from the bottle. 

 

Not so small print:

  • Photos we receive will be included (without names or emails) on our Glow Mama Flickr page.
  • We never pass on names, emails or photos to 3rd parties.
  • We will contact the winners by email to obtain their mailing address
  • Yes, photos which include a bottle of Glow Mama are considered extra creative!
  • Only one photo entry per mama
  • We can only ship prizes to US addresses
  • Entries close midnight PST on May 16th, 2008 so photos taken at your Mother’s day celebration can be included.

 

Baby Celebration LA

 

Only one week to go to one of THE chic baby events of the year.  It's a weekend long, one -of-a-kind showcase for stylish moms and trendy tots at the Los Angeles Convention Center Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13.  It's a great chance to be wowed by over 300 exquisite products, services and entertainment options.  

They're selling tickets online at http://www.babycelebrationla.com/ , where, if you are among the first 100 to enter each day, you will receive a Baby Booty Bag filled to the brim with gifted goodies!   At the show they've having a Gymboree Play Area, several mom pampering areas, fashion shows and even a Baby2Baby booth where you can help them donate 48 car seats in 48 hours to families unable to purchase car seats.   They've also got some great giveaways…you might even win a "Babymoon" getaway for two from "Barefoot & Pregnant" in Sausalito California worth $2,000.00…cool!  

 

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