Thursday

Week of June 5th - 11th

This Week's Special Offer:


You can read more about
Cascade Lemonade
in the Sweet Shoppes
feature, below!


My Thoughts...
I am reading Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis before seeing the film, and as with the other books in The Chronicles of Narnia , I am amazed at how he manages to weave deep spiritual truths into children's fiction. One instance in chapter ten, The Return of the Lion, particularly spoke to me. Lucy has just encountered Aslan face to face for the first time since her return to Narnia...

"Welcome, child", he said.
"Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger."
"That is because you are older, little one," answered he.
"Not because you are?"
"I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger."

I love watching our daughter see things for the first time or rediscover things she was too young to appreciate only a few weeks or months ago. As I read, I was struck by the realization that it has been quite a while since God suddenly appeared "bigger" to me. I am hoping and longing for fresh eyes to see Him as He is.

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1979), 148.

Here is another pattern for darling baby booties from Heather Bailey.

Entertain your little ones outdoors with one of these
ideas from Kid's Craft Weekly.

Send your gently used toys to an Iraqi child...details from BabyCenter.


Plan a "kid date" with your child. Ideas provided by Babble.




Kailani

Kailani shares:
I have 2 wonderful daughters. "Girlie Girl" is six going on sixteen and "Baby Bug" is two. They bring so much love, happiness, and a fair share of chaos into my life. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Hawaii.

I've been blogging for about 2 years now. It all started when I received a Palm Treo Smartphone as a gift. I wanted a free download of an alarm app and needed to blog about it to get it. I had no idea what a blog was at the time. With the help of a fellow Treo user, I signed-up with Blogger, published my first post, and had no intention of continuing with it. Who knew I'd get so addicted? LOL!

Kailani has quite a presence in the blogosphere! She shares a little about each of her features:

An Island Life: I blog about my daily life as a full-time Mommy, part-time flight attendant, and overall life in Hawaii. I also host giveaways throughout the week with some amazing sponsors donating cool prizes. I host a weekly meme called Aloha Friday and run various blogging events such as goody swaps, photo contests, blog awards, and other fun stuff throughout the year.

An Island Review: Daily listings of contests & giveaways around the Blogosphere. I also include product reviews and my own giveaways as well.

Island Baby Boutique: It's still in the construction phase but it's up and running. Here you can find homemade Hawaiian print items for babies and children.

5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere:
I write a weekly column at 5 Minutes for Mom that highlights various events going on around the Blogosphere. If you have a giveaway or event that you'd like listed, just let me know! I've been told that since I already have a decent following, new visitors are a little reluctant to leave a comment. Please stop by and say "hi"! There's always room for new friends!





Cascade started Cascade Lemonade in early 2007 as a label for her line of travel, home, and clothing accessories for all ages. Each of her original designs are functional and are made with lovely, cheery, and often vintage materials. Cascade Lemonade was Cascade's
childhood nickname. She loves to try new things and has taught herself and taken classes in sewing, quilting, knitting, spinning, embroidery, printmaking and bookbinding. During the day, she works full-time as a marine biologist. She goes to "work" on Cascade Lemonade in her sun room studio from 8:00 to 11:00 pm after putting her son to bed. She is also finishing up her PhD, focused on the impacts of global climate change. Cascade melds her artistic and scientific passions by donating at least 15% of Cascade Lemonade's profits for carbon offsets (see carbonfund.org) and renewable energy (see sterlingplanet.com).

Even though she is constantly dreaming up and experimenting with new Cascade Lemonade designs, her main priority is her family. Her husband is also a marine biologist and her son is two years old. Together, they enjoy music, hiking, camping, and travelling - especially to visit Cascade's family in Oregon (where she grew up an hour from the Cascade Mountains), her in-laws in Alaska, and their most recent home in Sonoma County, California. Since August, the three live (and Cascade Lemonade is based) on Boston's North Shore in Massachusetts. To learn more, please visit Cascade's blog, Materials & Methods, and her shop at cascadelemonade.etsy.com.


My favorites...

Sofia Art Case & Bag

Mylarkey Lunch Bag

Pick-Up-and-Go Blanket





City Street (Scenes 1 & 2) © Roberto Giovannini Dreamstime.com
Bag of groceries ©
Mike Cassell Dreamstime.com

Two Women Drinking Coffee ©
Bsilvia Dreamstime.com



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49 comments:

FunkyFrum said...

love the piccolo pouch

That Crazy Mom said...

That art case and bag is my favorite too. And I love the trio set.

Very cute designs!

Katie said...

Loop-de-loop Glasses Case - Blue batik is my favorite. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

Heather said...

love the sock monkey teensy case!

jenny said...

wow how cute every thing is i like the blanket i think its sweet

Lilith Silvermane said...

That pickup and go blanket is it for me! I LOVE to go to summer movies outside here in Colorado, and this would be perfect for my girls. They could lie on it, and I can stake it down so I don't have to worry about it crunching up. It's so adorable!

nor_lou said...

I like the art case too but in the square material seen in the front of the DESIGN YOUR OWN - Mylarkey Lunch Bag

Marlena said...

Love the art case, too. So cute and convenient. For the freebie, I love the Teensy Pocket Case - Spring flowers on grass green.

m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kandace said...

Everything is ADORABLE!

But, if I had to pick one gift under $10 it would be the BON BONS!

Ginny said...

What cute stuff, I'd love the Piccolo Pouch.

~Me~ said...

Everything is so cute, but the Sofia Art Case and Bag would be great for my 6 and 2 year-old. The possibilities are endless...church, road trips, outdoor excursions, quiet time, etc. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

Mommy Cracked said...

Love the Design Your Own lunchbags! So cute!!

Katja of skimbaco.com said...

Those lunch bags are just sooo cute!

lilmomthatcould.com said...

I love the art case so cute!

Shannon said...

I like the loopdy loop glasses case!

Beckie said...

I love the Sofia Art Case and Bag! So cool!!

rachel said...

Hi,

I love the art pack and the lunch packs- so cute!

Thanks!

Rockin' Mama said...

I HEART the Pick-Up-and-Go Blanket in Ocean dots and sea blue nylon


jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

Just.Me said...

I love the Zuzu Luggage Tag - Spring flowers and pink polkadots. I could get 3 of them for under $10.00

laura said...

I love the piccolo pouch! Really cute shop. Thanks! laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

jezebelsk said...

The Mylarkey lunch bag is super cute! I always bring lunch to work, this would be fantastic for me!

Kristinia said...

We like the Pick-Up-and-Go Blanket - Ocean dots and sea blue nylon and the Custom Applique pillow!

Beckie said...

OH, I forgot to leave my Twitter ID ~ Spookygirl, but I left a comment up there ^

Off to post about it :)

Abbreviated said...

Loop-de-loop Glasses Case - Blue batik

Darla said...

I love the Teensy Pocket Case - Polkadots!

I'll be tweeting this promo for you as DarlaF

jenn said...

i know that they are more than 10 bucks but i love the lunch bags. my daughter loves them too! i love finding new places to do a little shopping :o) thanks!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love, love the custom applique!!!
What a great site!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

mannequin said...

I like the teensy case Sock Monkey Eats Bananas!
thank you for the giveaway!

Lisa said...

I love the pickup and go blanket! Brilliant idea.

Kathleen W. said...

The pick up and go blanket is a great idea! I also like the Sofia art case...because I'm an art teacher.

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Oh, I love the YONDER picnic case! Everything is great though.

Linda

Beth said...

I am lovin' those lunchbags!!

Karin said...

Marion Triangle Pouch - Love boat

Very cute!

Heather K said...

I have to say the lunch bags are adorable and very creative. Wonderful fabric choices too!

Sheena said...

I love the custom lunch bags!

seemommysew said...

I love the lunch bags!

Tracey said...

love the pick up and go blanket, and the lunch bags.

simplycrazymomof3 said...

I love the Sophia Art Case & Bag! What a great concept!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

The lunch bags! So cute.

jen said...

can i pick 2, please?? im loving the piccolo pouch and the pick it up and go blanket... too cute!!

seeryusfam@msn.com said...

I love the custom applique. I have a picture that my son drew in Kindergarten that is beyond priceless. Having an applique of it would be great!

wakeful dreamer said...

I love the Loop-De-Loop glasses case! Or the teensy pocket case - that blue strawberries fabric is fab! Ok, I love it all so much.

Single_M0M said...

LOVE the lunch bags. I may need to buy one for each day of the work week.

quitecontrary1977 said...

i love the sock monkey eats bananas teensy case and spring flowers on grass, too!

Tara said...

Great fabrics! I really love the Pick up and Go blanket, however, there are so many great prints to choose from for other items, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

windycindy said...

Good Afternoon! I really like the hither picnic pouch that is insulated and reusable. The pattern lunch bag that I like is "Paint Puddles!"
Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

MaMa said...

I love the Sofia Art Case & Bag. This would be perfect for my son.

Thanks for hosting.

mistyfuji at yahoo dot com

Genny said...

Just had to tell you I love your thoughts on the Narnia books you are reading and the spiritual truths woven into them. Beautiful!

Brooke said...

I LOVE the Mylarkey Lunch Bag in Polkadots

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