Big Accomplishments

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

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Who ever said after the first go around, it get’s easier each time because potty training this little guy of mine has been a challenge but I am excited to share we have had many big accomplishments! We are using the potty on a regular basis with no tears and we is staying dry all night. It has been consistent for the most part but of course, there has been some mishaps but we are having more positive actions than negative. I can definitely tell he has gain a self of more independence when it comes to using the potty.  Consistency has been the key and using the Big Kid Timer on the Pull-Ups site has been quite helpful. Have you checked out the site for helpful tools for your potty training adventure? You can find so many different tricks and resources on the Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups site, their facebook page, and twitter. The Rewards Wheel on Pull-Ups.com is customizable and helps make every potty training lesson unique. Pull-Ups recently announced an exciting new partnership with The First Years, a maker of potty training systems and seats. The First Years offers a range of different potty training systems and seats, even some decorated with Disney characters to help make potty training as fun as possible and with the purchase of a specialty potty system from The First Years you will also receive a free sample pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants to tackle the potty training journey! I personally found using the potty training seat versus the full potty worked best for my little guy. I think through the whole adventure of potty training, the best advise I could give you if you are feeling frustrated is to don’t push the potty training, the time will come and they will show you that they are ready.

The Crafters Bash + Design Roots Workshop Recap

0021crafters bash + design roots 2014I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since The Crafters Bash with Design Roots! It was so much fun to collaborate with Heather and host a Calligraphy and Craft workshop. The response to our workshop was amazing and we sold out in 5 hours! Holy Smokes! Heather did an amazing job teaching these ladies the skill of calligraphy and I was impressed by all the talented we had in the room. Thank you Ashley Thompson Photography for snapping all these amazing photos!
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:beautiful floral arrangements by the lovely ladies of Ever Something Event Styling and Floral:

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:mini cupcakes from Sweet Mama Cupcakes:

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:amazing cookies from Frostens:

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0023crafters bash + design roots 20140034crafters bash + design roots 20140062crafters bash + design roots 20140031crafters bash + design roots 20140030crafters bash + design roots 20140029crafters bash + design roots 2014I am sure you guys all know Karen by now. I am so thankful for Karen and I couldn’t ask for a better Crafters Bash helper or friend.

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My heart is always so full after each event I host by the wonderful ladies I get to meet and by all the amazing swag that I get the opportunity to share with these ladies. All this would not be possible without the amazing support of my sponsors for The Crafters Bash.

If you missed my recent Instagram post here, I am headed to Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 12th and will be hosting a mini bash at the adorable Shindig Paperie. Registration for this event will open in May.

Be on the lookout for more fall workshop dates to be announced later on this year and there may be another collaboration with The Crafters Bash + Design Roots but this time, we are headed to a different city! More details to come.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors:

The Vintage Pearl

Ike & Co

Lakeside Daydreams

Whisker Graphics

Mint Berry Devon

Jenntage

Gold & Tinsel 

My Paperdoll Designs

Design Roots

Passive Juice Motel

Owl and Drum

Stephlovesben

May Designs

Lori Danielle

Stephanie Creekmur

Byrd 

Kori Clark Designs

Ella Rue Designs

Sucre Shop

Midwest Modern Girl 

The Flair Exchange 

Gabriels Good Tidings  Save 20% off your purchase with the code: CRAFTERSBASH

Andi Gould Designs 

 

Hope Spoken and My Renewal Faith

photo (43)I am not sure where to begin to start the recap of  my recent experience at Hope Spoken nor did I know that this welcoming sign would forever impact my life. When I first heard of Hope Spoken from a dear friend,  I really didn’t think twice about actually attending and I honestly think the reason I didn’t is because deep inside of me, my fear is much greater than my faith and I just assume I wasn’t good enough to attend. My faith has been a constant battle in my life. Growing up in a household where my parents each had their own beliefs and never stepping foot inside a church as a family left for a lot of uncertain thoughts  about God and how he played a role in my life. I am so glad I listen to my heart and decided to attend regardless how uncomfortable I knew this experience was going to be. I was so nervous the entire drive down to Dallas and even had thoughts of turning around and heading back home but I knew I couldn’t. I knew that I could not let my fear and self doubt get the best of me. I was bound to grow my faith and let it be much bigger than the fear that I had walking into this conference. It’s quite a whirlwind of emotions when you attend an event like these where several of your “online friends” or women you admire would all be present and you have the opportunity to meet them  and hear their stories. It truly is such a refreshing feeling and I am so thankful for all the new friendships that were made.

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My roomies: Kimber, Anna, and Victoria

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I was so excited to meet these three ladies ( Hannah, Ruth, & Maggie) right here yet alone, get to share a meal with them. Hannah was the talented lady behind our Devotional Book for Hope Spoken and it’s good stuff. I haven’t been able to put it down since I been home.

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I was so happy to get to finally meet Aly in real life. I have known Aly for awhile on Instagram and it was excited to actually get to hug her in person and find out she was going to be my small group leader for the weekend.  She is truly a kindred spirit and she definitely made a impact on my life in such a short about of time.

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These ladies were all part of my small group and I couldn’t have been more honored to get to share my time at Hope Spoken with them. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories — lots of tears were shared but new friendships and stronger faith were gained.

photo (40)photo (32)photo (33)As uncomfortable as I felt, as not “Godly” enough that I called myself, with all the self doubt and fear in the world, I am so grateful that I got an opportunity to attend Hope Spoken. Because of this conference, a sense of Hope is within me and I am seeing my faith in such a different direction. I have found a renewal in my faith. What an incredible weekend — full of love, encouragement, new friendships, and a greater faith.

If you wanted to attend but didn’t get the opportunity to do so, Hope Spoken 2015 will be March 27-29 in Dallas, Texas and the line up of speakers are amazing! I hope to see you there next year! 

Our Kitchen Gallery Wall + A Giveaway!

kitchen2During a recent trip to Ikea, I picked up some white photo ledges that I recently hung up in our kitchen. It’s funny to think we have lived in our home for over 7 years and yet our walls are so bare but things are going to change and it all started in our kitchen. I have been on a mission for a family sign and I was so excited to find Brittany with From A Little Birdie. I gave her the vision I had for our family sign and the colors I wanted and she created the perfect sign to complete our kitchen gallery wall.

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I wanted to create a gallery wall that reflected our family and that could also be interchangeable for the holidays or my various design moods. Brittany took my ideas and had the sign at my doorstep in no time.

Here is a quick bio on Brittany:

I am a mother of two boys and married to my high school sweetheart. I have always secretly dreamed of owning my own shop and Etsy provides me a way to do that! All of my signs are designed and hand painted by me. Words speak to my heart and inspire me and I love that I can use my shop to share these signs and the inspiration they provide with others.

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And because Brittany is so awesome and loves all of My Paper Pinwheel readers, we are giving away a sign of your choice from her shop! I know, amazing right?!? So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter and I will pick a winner at random on March 29th! If you are super excited and want to get your signed ordered now,
use the code PINWHEEL for 15% off your purchase in her shop!

You can connect with Brittany via Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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Potty Training Updates

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

It’s been awhile since my last post on my Potty Training Woes with my youngest and I thought it was time for a quick update to let you know our progress. Well, let’s say we are making progress friends, very good progress! Although potty training this time around is more complex than it was with my oldest, I guess it’s just part of the fun cycle of growing up and potty training! I must admit, our Pull Ups  have played a very important role when we are out and about to help decease all the accidents that I would experience when we are wearing our big boy underwear.

photo (1)I love using the Pull Ups website for various tips and resource to help me with the difference phases of our potty training adventure. They share great tips and techniques that sometimes we may not think of ourselves when the frustration of potty training kicks in. Another fun tool I have been using is the Big Kid App on my smart phone. One of my favorite features and of my little guy’s too is the Big Kid Timer. We just set our timer and when it’s time to potty, we get a fun message. 

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This cool kid is on his way to be fully potty trained with the help of our Pull Ups. To learn more and find some fun tips and trick, be sure to check out their website, facebook page, or twitter! I’ll be back with more updates!