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Little Miss Momma: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Your Memories Captured and 25% OFF your order

Your Memories Captured Giveaway
{and a crazy-awesome 25% OFF discount}

of the YMC Etsy shop?

Now you have a chance to WIN some of this goodness for yourself!

Your Memories Captured is jam packed with unique cards, invitations, birth/wedding announcements, graduation announcements, party decor/supplies, stationary, and more!

One lucky WINNER will get a

$25 Shop Gift Card to spend how ever they want!

Here is a quick recap of how great her designs are:

Girl Mod Monkey Party Invite

Boy Mod Monkey Invite

Baby Announcement

Cupcake Party Invite

Custom Cupcake Toppers

Napkin Rings and Cupcake Toppers

Candy Bar Wrappers

Wedding/Engagement/Anniversary Party Invite

Wedding/Engagement/Anniversary Party Invite

Custom Stationary Set
{Yep, that's MY very own set--and I LOVE it}

Here's the BEST part!

All designs are printable and emailed to you in a high resolution file so you can enjoy them right away. Products can either be printed at home or uploaded to your favorite photo processing site.
 {I had Costco print my baby announcements on photo paper for super cheap}

And because Nina at Your Memories Captured loves
 Little Miss Momma readers so much, she is offering a
 limited time discount of 25% OFF
when you put LMM in the note to seller box!
{offer good through July 9, 2010}

Ready to WIN this Awesomeness?

Here's how:

You can enter up to 10 times for this giveaway:

1. MANDATORY! Head over to the Your Memories Captured Shop and let me know which items are your favorite!
Sample comment: My favorite is the Mod Monkey Cupcake topper
2. Become a public blog follower of Little Miss Momma
Sample comment: I am a blog follower of LMM

3. Become a facebook fan of LMM
Sample comment: I am a facebook fan of LMM under the name Jane Doe

4. Become a facebook fan of Your Memories Captured
Sample Comment: I am a facebook fan of YMC under the name Jane Doe

5. Become a public Follower of Momma-Go-Round
Sample comment: I follow MGR under the name Jane Doe

6. Follow LMM on twitter
Sample comment: I follow your tweets under the name JaneDoe

7. Blog about this giveaway. (leave a link)
Sample comment: I blogged about this giveaway at

8. Link to this giveaway on Facebook (leave a link)
Sample comment: I facebooked a link to this giveaway at this link: http://janedoefacebook

9. Add the Little Miss Momma Button to your blog.
Sample comment: I added the LMM button to my blog at

BONUS ENTRY: Click on the Top Mommy Blogs Button on the right column of this blog and Vote for Little Miss Momma
Sample comment: I voted for LMM as a top mommy blog
*Please leave a separate comment for each thing you do.*

Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you!!

Good Luck!

Contest will end Thursday July 8th at 11:59 pm (MST)
Winner will be announced Friday July 9th, 2010

You can also visit Nina from Your Memories Captured at her hot momma blog:

Momma Go Round

And check out how cute her her adorable smushy little boy is--I just love him to pieces!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Guest Blogger Love Stitched {{TUTORIAL}}

I am super excited to be handing over LMM to one of my all-time favorite crafty bloggers--Brittany at Love Stitched!

Good luck finding a more talented chica {she sews, she cooks, she paints, she does hair, she's a photographer}.
You name it, she does it--and she does it well! 

So without further adieu, meet Brittany:

Lace Accent Shirt Tutorial

Hi I'm Brittany from LOVE STITCHED! I am SO excited to be guest posting on Ashley's blog today!
I am not going to lie...I have been creatively stumped lately...just one of those months where I have so much going on thinking of a new tutorial was not at the top of my list. But then I remembered this cute little shirt I made for myself a bit ago and thought I would share that with you!
It is super easy to make and a sewing machine is NOT required...although I did use one ;)
- t-shirt
- lace
- temp adhesive spray (not necessary)
- need and thread AND/OR sewing machine
1.) Start by trimming your lace piece to fit where you want it.
I wanted mine inside the pocket so I trimmed one of the petals off
2.) Lay out where you want your lace decal to go
* I decided to use the extra piece I cut off as an extra accent on the pocket*
3.) Spray the temp adhesive to hold the decal into place while you stitch it on
(not necessary but helpful)
4.) Hand Stitch OR using your sewing machine sew the decal on
*I hand stitched the small lace on the pocket and used the sewing machine on the big lace*
*this is what it will look like from the inside...I just did a simple line around the lace*
And that's it!!
Your done!
A simple adorable new top for summer!
*if using the temp adhesive make sure you wash your shirt before you wear it to remove the adhesive that is still on the shirt*

Thanks again Ashley for having me.

I would LOVE for you all to stop by my blog and see my other tutorials, weekly giveaways, guest bloggers, and wonderful Etsy finds!

 Check out the super fun link parties
I play at!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Meet Your Memories Captured {{25% OFF Discount}}

 Allow you to introduce you to one of our fabulous sponsors:

Your Memories Captured {one of my favorite Etsy shops of all time} is jam packed with unique cards, invitations, birth/wedding announcements, graduation announcements, party decor/supplies, stationary, and more!

Here's the BEST part!

All designs are printable and emailed to you in a high resolution file so you can enjoy them right away. Products can either be printed at home or uploaded to your favorite photo processing site.
{I had Costco print my baby announcements on photo paper for super cheap}

So here are a few of my favorites from the shop

Does your little one have a birthday coming up?

Check out this entire Mod Monkey party pack:

{these adorable invites are also available in pink for a little girl} 

{These custom cupcake toppers make me smile}

What a great idea--candy bar wrappers with your little ones face on them! 

Here is a picture of the candy bar wrappers printed and put on the chocolate bars--yum!

Cupcake toppers and napkin ring printed out.

Custom bubble labels with party guests names printed. 

Mod Monkey Birthday Boy T-shirt {adorable birthday boy not included}

Now doesn't that just make you want to throw a monkey party pronto?!

Check out these other fabulous finds:

 Cupcake Party Invitation

 Cupcake Party Banner

 Classic Wedding Invitation Set

 Baby Announcement

Party Invitation
{I think this one is perfect for the 4th of July}

Pirate Themed Party Invitation

Another elegant wedding invitation/engagement party invite

Trust me, there were so many more things that I wanted to show you from her shop--but you'll have to visit Your Memories Captured to see all the awesomeness for yourself! 

And because Nina at Your Memories Captured loves
 Little Miss Momma readers so much, she is offering a
 limited time discount of 25% OFF
when you put LMM in the note to seller box!
{offer good through July 9, 2010}

You can also visit Nina from Your Memories Captured
at her super cool Momma blog called Momma-Go-Round:

Momma Go Round

Thanks for being a fabulously fun sponsor Nina!

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Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past

So I have decided that every weekend I will repost one of my favorite past posts--a flashback post, of sorts.

I know, I know--I only started this blog in March--so I am hardly digging into the archives--but so many of you are new followers and have not been forced to endure my earlier posts--so enjoy!

A Day in the Life of a Momma:
Imagined vs. Reality
{Originally posted May 5th, 2010}

When I was preggers I had this picture in my mind of just how wonderful and magical a day in the life of a momma would be. 

I envisioned a day full of cuddling, giggling, reading in the park, shopping...

Here's how I imagined a typical day to go:

My Little Angel {don't be fooled--scroll down, you'll see}

7:30 a.m. Baby W begins to coo in his crib ready for mommy to come get him.  He gives me a sleepy smile as I walk in and scoop him up. 

7:35 a.m. Baby W gets in bed with mommy and daddy and snuggles himself back to sleep for another hour allowing me time to get my beauty-sleep.

8:35 a.m. Baby W is awake and ready to enjoy a nutritious and well-balanced breakfast of rice cereal and bananas. 

9:35 to 10: 15 Baby W joins Momma as we go on a rejuvenating 3 mile run, followed by 100 push ups and 100 sit ups while the little guy watches from his cool jogging stroller {because I won't be a momma who let's herself go}.

Because my abs WILL look like Jessica Albas did
6 weeks after having a baby* hmpff*

10:15 to Noon: The next few hours are spent dressing Baby W in an adorable outfit, heading over to a local shopping center and casually perusing through our favorite stores {namely Nordstrom's, Gap and Old Navy} while strangers stop to admire my smiling and patient baby.  I am dressed in my most super cute hot-momma outfit with my coordinating diaper bag and stroller.  Teenage girls are looking at me thinking, "When I grow up I want to be a momma like her"--because I make this look good {that's how I imagined it anyway}.

Because I will ALWAYS look this 'put together' and super hot even as a mom
{thx for setting the bar Jessica Alba}

Noon to 4:00 p.m. Baby W enjoys a lovely lunch with his Momma and then falls into a peaceful sleep in his car seat while I head to the grocery store to pick up some things for the gourmet meal I'll be cooking later that night.  Lil W continues to snooze while I shop, unload the groceries and prepare the meal. 

4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The little guy wakes up from his nap just after I slip my rotisserie chicken into the oven, what perfect timing.  I scoop him up and feed him a bottle as we look into each others eyes and cuddle on the couch. After his bottle I set him in his play pen where he proceeds to entertain himself for the next hour while I finish preparing dinner and sit down to enjoy it with the hubby.  After dinner, Daddy and Lil W head off to bath time and feetsie pajama time.  Daddy then sits with Baby W in his cushy rocking chair and reads him his favorite books until he begins to yawn, ready for bedtime.  Mommy and Daddy smooch him goodnight, tuck him in his crib and shut his door as he puts himself to sleep until 7:30 the next morning {because my child will sleep through the night}.

7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Mommy and Daddy head out to the living room to cuddle and watch Glee while sharing a bowl of popcorn. 

{How glorious is life as this momma, huh}

And now for the reality:

{Picture taken during the Week of Curious Crawling}

5:45 a.m. Lil W begins to cry from his crib as I stumble into his room in a futile attempt to get him back to sleep.  Baby W has decided he will be getting up for the day--even though it's still pitch dark outside.

5:45 to 6:30 a.m. I head out to the living room, put the little guy in his hi-chair and doze off on the couch while Lil W giggles loudly at his Baby Einstein DVD and throws his pile of puffs all over the floor.  I realize I have dozed off as a puff hits my face and I open my eyes to a baby who wants out of his hi-chair.

6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Baby W gets more breakfast in his lap, in my hair and on the floor than he does in his mouth. Eat the nutritious rice cereal...not a chance--Baby W will only consume his three favorite mashed fruits {bananas, apples and pears}. He then gets his first of many daily baths and I wrestle his wriggling body into a new diaper and clean outfit.  I set him in his play pen so I can hurry to brush my teeth and put on a baseball cap.  While I am throwing my hair in a pony tail I realize the room is unusually quiet.  I check on Baby W and see that somehow his diaper is off and he is sitting in a puddle of his own pee. Small obstacle, I reassure myself as I pick him up to clean him...but wait, whats that smell--yes, there is also poop all over his bum and back and hands and play pen.  So we're off to our second bath of the day.

9:30 to 10:30 Baby W is dressed in his 2nd outfit and I am wearing my work out clothes--not because I will be going on a run, but because they are the only thing that's clean {and let's face it, they're comfortable}. I pack up the diaper bag with all the necessary snacks, bottles, diapers, toys, etc {it weighs about 30 pounds} and we head off to a fun day at the mall. 

10:30 to Noon We arrive at the mall and I load up the stroller with all the baby paraphernalia. Baby W reluctantly lets me strap him into the stroller and I take a deep breath as we enter Nordstrom's {ahhhh, finally}. I arrive at the fabulous shoe sale rack and take a quick look at Lil W and see that he is missing one of his shoes. I spend the next 30 minutes retracing my steps in search of the missing shoe--turns out it was back in the car where Lil W removed it on the drive over. And now it's baby lunch time.

And now I feel like ths mom:

{photo courtesy of Parent Connect}

Noon to 4:00 Baby W decides he would rather have my slice of pizza than his mashed sweet potatoes and he also doesn't want to be at the mall or in his stroller anymore.  Somehow I manage to push the stroller and carry my 20 pound baby, my 30 pound diaper bag and my boxed up lunch {that I never got a chance to eat} back to the car--meanwhile, teenagers are pointing at me {and not for the reasons I imagined while pregnant}.  We head to the market to pick up groceries for dinner and due to a baby who has yet to nap, we end up leaving with only diet cherry pepsi in our cart {not what I had in mind for dinner, but certainly a necessity}.  We drive home and the little guy falls asleep just as I pull into the driveway--perfect. I finagle him out of his car seat and manage to slip him into his crib for a late nap.

4:20 to 7:00 Twenty minutes later Baby W is standing up in his crib letting me know he's awake and ready to play; so we enjoy some quality time with his toys and a trip to the park.  An hour later I am getting Lil W's dinner ready when Daddy gets home from work wondering what the adults will be having for dinner {oh yeah, I was supposed to cook something, wasn't I?}.  I head out to Taco Bell for a Mexican Pizza, Crunch Wrap and crunchy tacos while the hubby takes over on baby dinner and bath time duty.

7:00 to 9:00  I get home and the hubby and I take turns eating Taco Bell and watching the baby {enjoy a home cooked meal together, Ha!}.  Baby W yawns--our signal that he's ready for bed.  So, at 7:30, we tuck the little guy in and head out to the couch for some hubby-wifey time.  At 7:35 Baby W lets us know he has other plans for our evening.  Three attempts later, the little guy is finally asleep at 8:45.  Exhausted, Mommy and Daddy collapse onto the couch.  Mommy finishes her last crunchy soggy taco and boots up the computer for some "me time" {translation: blogging time}.  The hubby is half asleep on the other couch as our eyes meet and we share a slight nod acknowledging our shared exhaustion...and our shared happiness.

Because at the end of the day {8 diapers, 3 outfits, 1 missing shoe, 2 cold take out meals, 3 baths and 0 naps later} this little guy is our entire world, and no amount of exhaustion can change that.  No amount of exhaustion can compare to hearing him say momma as he wraps his arms around my neck, to holding him close after his first yucky trip to the hospital, to watching him grow and discover the things this world has in store for him, to looking at his precious little face and realizing he has shown to me a kind of love I never knew possible.

So, as I frequently say:

All in all--totally worth it!