Beautiful Instruments

I have always had a thing for musical instruments. When I walk around flea markets and yard sales I keep my eye out for unique and/or beautiful instruments. I want to buy every one I find, but I know it’s not possible. I want to learn to play anything I can get my hands on, but I know I just don’t have the time to do that. I have many instruments in my home that I can’t play, but I found them too beautiful to not display.

I saw an old guitar at the Jockey Lot this weekend that I wish I had brought home with me. It was broken, so I passed it by. When I got home I started second guessing myself for not purchasing it. The beautiful guitar reminded me so much of the epiphone dove pro.

Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Vintage Burst

It hand a beautiful hand painted bird image on it, and now I’m thinking of so many ways I could have upcycled that guitar into wall art. I’m going to the Jokey Lot again on Saturday, and this time you can bet I’ll have my eyes open looking for that seller again. I know he’s a regular, so maybe if I’m lucky that old broken guitar will still be there.

My Great Baby Silicone Teethers Review


Is it silly that it makes me a little sad that my “baby” has passed the teething phase? I guess it goes right along with the fact that she isn’t a baby anymore, and my last baby is growing up on me. I have lots of friends and family members who are pregnant or have just had babies, so there are still plenty of babies for me to love on when I’m in one of my baby needing moods.

I’m known as the resident diaper cake girl in our circle. If anyone wants to gift a diaper cake or have one as a baby shower centerpiece without taking the time to make one themselves, they call me. I enjoy making them and filling each cake full of lots of things first time moms will really need or may not consider essential when creating a registry. Time and time again I’ve had new moms tell me how thankful they are that I always add good quality teething rings because they really come in handy when those little pearly whites begin to emerge.

I recently receive a set of Baby Teether Toys that I’ll be adding to my diaper cake making supplies. My Great Baby offers a set of silicone teethers that are just perfect for sensitive little gums.


First of all let me say this set is supposed to come with 3 teething rings and 2 finger brushes. The set I received did NOT include 2 of the finger brushes, so that was a bit of a disappointment. In the photo above you will notice on the right the plastic is molded where the second finger brush should be, but it wasn’t in the package. The missing finger brush wasn’t enough to make me return the product, but I was disappointed to find it missing from the package.

As for the rest of the teethers, they are great! They are a nice quality silicone product that is soft for baby’s gums but provides the relief needed during teething. I like that the teething rings are made from food grade silicone and are BPA free, a major plus when it comes to something that’s going in a baby’s mouth. I’ve found that hard plastic teething rings sometimes gather gunk in the crevices and deep grooves. That makes them very hard to wash. These silicone teethers are pliable, so it makes it super easy to wash all the germs and gunk away.

The teethers are brightly colored giving baby plenty of visual stimuli, too. They are also the perfect size for little hands to hold. There are many different textures to stimulate gums, so this is one set of teethers that your baby won’t become bored with.

Let Birthday Season Begin!

Whew. I feel like I’ve barely sat down all week! We’ve hit the “busy season” around here again. Once Fall hits we’re constantly on the go thanks to a major influx of birthdays on top of holidays. We started off with Ellie’s 6th birthday last week (I still can’t believe my baby is 6!) followed by Halloween and Ellie’s birthday party this past weekend.

Over the next 2 weeks we have 13 birthdays, including my own. That’s a lot of parties to attend and presents to buy! As much as I would love to buy an awesome gift for everyone we’re on a tight budget. This year we’re trying to make each birthday gift more personal by contributing to something we know the person really wants, like giving my cousin a card with cash in it and a note to put it towards the fender kurt cobain mustang he really wants. He actually asked people to contribute towards his guitar, so I let the girls make a guitar shaped birthday card for him.

Tomorrow the girls and I are busting out the crafting supplies to make a few more gifts that I’m hoping our family and friends will love. I personally prefer the little handmade gifts over the big expensive ones. How about you?