the yard sale

I have never participated in a neighborhood yard sale.  Can you believe it?  I don’t even shop yard sales, really.  I mean, I might wander by one and look and pick up something but I don’t “yard sale,” you know?

This weekend, however, I am going to participate.  I have enough baby and kid stuff to clothe a small army.  I need to be rid of it.  I also have some other things but mostly clothing.

I am little nervous about this.  I don’t like to haggle and I don’t want anyone to do that to me.  I want to put a fair price on it and move on.  Anything that doesn’t sell is going to Burmese refugees in Indy.

So, here’s hoping the rain holds off and I can make a little bit of money to help the Groce(ry) fund.
Any yard salers out there have tips for me?  Leave your tips in the comments!

an evening for Ella and friends


ella friends 2013


If you are in the Indianapolis area, please join us for An Evening for Ella and Friends.  The event will take place on Friday, May 11th at 7pm, White River State Park in downtown Indy.  This event is held in remembrance of Ella Therese McMahon and all babies we’ve lost and long for.

If you have a baby or child you would like to be remembered during the event, please send their name and date(s) to aneveningforella_at_gmail_dot_com.


WearEver Pure Living Cookware

PL 10pc set Champagne -Hi Res

via Indiana Chronicle

PRICE:  10 PC Set ($89.97),  8″ and 10″ Fry Pan Combo ($34.97), 12″ Fry Pan ($34.97)


DESCRIPTION: The fewer chemicals in cookware, the better. WearEver Pure Living cookware has ceramic surfaces free of toxins such as PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. Best of all, each piece is recyclable, and dishwasher safe.


So… wow! I have always used WearEver cookware. I have been married for over 12 years and was in need of a new skillet (since I didn’t take proper care of the one that I had). The WearEver Pure Living skillet is amazing. Nothing has stuck to it! I do a lot of cooking since I have a large family and this skillet has risen to the challenge! (plus the one I have is red which is pure awesome anyway) I have cooked bacon, eggs, ground beef, veggies and nuts in it and it has performed so well. When I feel it’s time to replace my entire collection of cookware, I think I know what I’m getting.

City Saky by Saky Sacks



via Indiana Chronicle

PRICE:  $15.00


DESCRIPTION:   City Saky is a celebrity favorite;  this tote takes you from the supermarket to the street or to the beach in style!  The patented design can easily carry up to 25 lbs.

• Tear, stain and water resistant
• Lightweight and strong
• Machine washable
• Interior clasp to keep contents secure
• Dimensions 15″ x 14″  x 7.5″

Coordinate Saky Sacks with Sakcessories that clip onto the bag!


The City Saky is great for all types of uses. We’ve drug it to dance classes and also packed it to the brim with styling products and accessories for a wedding we were in. I’m not sure about using it for groceries, as they suggest, due to the fact there’s no solid bottom to it. I can imagine we might get some use out of it going back and forth from the library as a book tote. It’s a great size and it’s machine washable which is a huge plus. I think it would make a great carry-on bag for travel or to pack for bringing home your souvenirs!

Overall I think it’s a good buy for the money and the pattern is really cute. I’m not sure I’ll get this one back from my daughter, so we might need another!

The Pearl Girls Samantha Necklace


via Indiana Chronicle

PRICE: $139.00
DESCRIPTION: Semi-baroque pearls scattered on ten strands of stainless steel wire.

Different from the normal “string of pearls”, The Pearl Girls Samantha necklace is sure to turn heads. I wore it to my sister’s wedding with a faux-wrap dress and it looked great! I got so many compliments on it. I haven’t been a huge fan of wire necklaces in the past but this one is very comfortable to wear. This necklace makes a great gift for any woman in your life.

nora fleming collection

ladybug pasta ramekin

via Indiana Chronicle

PRICE:  Varies


DESCRIPTION:  The nora fleming collection pairs traditional ivory-colored, ceramic serving platters with unique, decorative pieces, minis, that represent holidays and themes. Each platter and serving piece has a small hole on the rim to place a mini that enhances the event or occasion. nora fleming has every serving occasion covered with ceramic serving pieces that include platters, a pedestal cake stand, candy dish/napkin holders, a divided dish and a large serving bowl. nora fleming’s unmatched, distinctive collection also includes over eighty minis which cover seasons, sports, hobbies, and holidays. New minis are released quarterly to ensure the collection stays fresh.


Who doesn’t love a good party?!

I love hosting parties and my favorite part is planning the theme and tablescape.  What I thought I would love is to have a different set of dishes for every occasion.  Then I realized I would have to store them.  Also, my chef sister says white is best because it shows off your food.

So, white dishes.  Okay.  How do I make that work with every theme?  What if I want some “fun” dishes?  Well, I found something that answers both of these questions.

spring display tier smaller

nora fleming platters.  White platters of different shapes and sizes.  And they aren’t just plain white.  They have a bit of interest around the edges.  The best part?  They have “minis” that you just pop into a spot on your dish and you’re instantly decorated for Halloween, a ladybug birthday, football party or Christmas dinner!  I have the pasta dish and I love it.  It is a great shape and size and serves anything you fix in style.  I can’t wait to get a pineapple mini for the next time I have a party in honor of my favorite t.v. show!  (any fellow Psych-Os out there?)

I plan to expand my collection so I can keep my friends talking about how awesome my parties are and how great the table looks!

NaiLuv Gel Polish Starter Kit

New_Dennisvia Indiana Chronicle

PRICE:  $125.00

AVAILABLE AT: & Nordstrom

DESCRIPTION: GEL POLISH STARTER KIT brings your favorite salon-nail experience right in the comforts of your home. The kit comes with NaiLuv Professional 4 watt LED Lamp to give your nails the salon-look you’ve always wanted:  HI-SHINE, SMUDGE-PROOF, CHIP-FREE and LONGER LASTING!!! Salon-finish nails done in minutes!


As a working mother with 4 young ones at home I don’t really have the time (or resources) to go to the salon for a mani every 3 weeks. I loved the gel manicures that my coworkers had done and wished I had time to get one.

Enter the NaiLuv Professional Gel Polish Starter Kit.

I was so excited to try it! I decided to sit down on a Thursday evening to give it a go. How did it go? Well, I’ll tell you.

I got everything set up at the kitchen table since that is where I had the most room and light. I read through all of the directions and then started the process. First there’s the prep, pushing back your cuticles and such. You then start by applying the bonder, followed by the Dual Purpose Base/Top Coat, color (I did 2 coats), then the Dual Purpose Base/Top Coat again. (10 minutes total curing time) Lastly you wipe the tacky layer and you’re done!

My nails looked awesome! As soon as I wiped that tacky layer I could go about my business. No worrying about smudging the ends or anything. And they stayed chip-free for over 3 weeks! My nails don’t grow very quickly so I can get some extended wear. I got SO many compliments on my nails – people couldn’t believe I had done it myself!

Altogether it took me 1 hour to do the whole thing. It took longer because I had many interruptions from my babes, but also because I could only cure or apply. I couldn’t do both like what happens (so I hear) at the nail salon. Next time I’ll plan to do it after bedtime.

The biggest drawback was removing it. First you have to lightly buff the nails to remove the shine. Then the instructions say to soak a cotton ball in the remover (provided) and wrap with aluminum foil to keep in place and check every 5 minutes to see if it will lift away with the orangewood stick (provided). It says soak time is usually 10-15 minutes. Now, maybe I’m just not very good at this but the aluminum foil would not stay on for anything and I really could only do 1 nail at a time because of that. That is way too hard and time consuming. Maybe the next time I’ll get it to work so I can do them all at once.

All in all I am very happy with the NaiLuv Professional Gel Polish Starter Kit. I can’t wait to try some other colors!



Hey strangers! Well, technically I am the stranger here.

First off… sorry that I didn’t finish my Capture Your Grief project. I had big plans. Then Hallelujah ended up in the hospital with croup. Then for surgery for hip dysplasia. It’s been an eventful 6 months around this house!

I have been thinking long and hard about what to do with this blog and I think I have finally come to a decision about it. I want to expand it.

I have a desire to continue the grief and loss area but I also have other things I’d like to express and explore. So… coming “soon” (who knows how long it will take) my site will take on new life.

Which is good.

So, thanks to those of you who still think of me and my little spot of the webiverse. I am coming back!

capture your grief – day 10

Day 10: Symbol.

I don’t have a symbol for the boys. Some people have a butterfly or the trinity symbol. Since I don’t have anything I thought I would share some scripture.

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-16

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4

Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the LORD your God. I will be with you everywhere you go. Joshua 1:9

capture your grief – day 9

Day 9: Special Place

The Smoky Mountains. We have taken many, many trips there over the years. It holds a lot of special memories for us. It also is a great place to escape. Even though it isn’t around the corner or a quick get away it is the place I think to go when I want to get out of here. We went to the Smokies after Felix died. We went to the Smokies the day after we got Gabe’s diagnosis. We went to the Smokies before I went back to work after Gabe died.

There is something calm and comforting about those mountains. I can just sit and be still and listen. I can see and hear God telling me it will all be okay; even when I don’t want to hear it. Sometimes I feel like the boys can see me from there. I know, it’s weird, but sometimes it feels that way.

It is a special place to me.