Sunday, November 30, 2008

Feel Good Sunday: I Believe

I Believe in Santa Claus
Having faith in Santa Claus
Is not for just the young,
I know I'll keep proclaiming him
As long as I've a tongue.
And even though
I see the gent
Unmasked before my eyes,
Revealing some familiar friend
Who's donned the quaint disguise,
It doesn't change my mind a bit;
I'll still believe, because
There's more than whiskers and a suit
To dear old Santa Claus;
Bright hopes there are,
And dreams come true,
Good cheer, unselfish sharing
Personified by gifts of love
Within the pack he's bearing.
To call these angels
"Santa Claus"Is surely not deceiving,
So I, for one, will never scoff
But go right on believing.
The handstamped "I Believe" necklace is available at Kristen's Custom Creations.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Product Junkie Approved: Fabulous Eyebrows

Having great looking brows can make all the difference! I love the Smashbox Brow Tech Kit to get my eye brows looking a bit more defined. Here is a tip; use a child's toothbrush (not a used one please!) to first brush your brows and then apply the matching powder and finish off with the colorless pomade to tame your eye brows. The set is priced at $24 and is available at Sephora.

Do you have a favorite eyebrow product or tip?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday Free Shipping Today Only

Enjoy free shipping today only! Sale ends at midnight Friday the 28th. Please visit my shop Kristen's Custom Creations and after your purchase you will receive a credit via pay pal for your shipping cost. In the note to seller please leave a note to the seller saying "bloggy friend" If you would like a custom order created please send me a email at

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Something New For Dad

The perfect gift for the hard to find Dad or Papa on your list. The "Dad" keychain is a 1 inch 925 sterling silver disc that will be customized to your specifications. If you would prefer a steel ball chain instead of the key fob that is available also.

The "Dad" keychain is available at Kristen's Custom Creations

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a day to give thanks for all of the many blessings we have in our lives. From our family to yours wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
I’m Thankful for You by Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy to
those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let’s be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I’m thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

I was making dinner and came in the living room to find Will fast asleep, and it was 6pm! Guess what time he went to bed after his evening nap?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Something new..... hand stamped personalized tag necklace

Just listed in my SHOP The "Tag" necklace is a custom piece I created for a customer and decided to make them available in my shop. You can have a name stamped or a special word hand stamped, extra tags are available if you would like to add other kid's names. It would be fun to stamp anything from "Faith", "Believe", "Blessed" or "Loved" I could go on and on.

As always my entire collection can be viewed at Kristen's Custom Creations.

Get in the spirit.....


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift bags, seriously whoever started this trend I Love You!

2. Real tree or Artificial? Real, love the smell and love picking out a tree.

3. When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving weekend.

4. When do you take the tree down? After New Years, I like it up and then want it down ASAP.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes and mixed w/ Vernors.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I can't remember Santa was always so generous.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad, he loves power tools and I know nothing about what is good.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Will, he likes so many toys it is a piece of cake.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, I need one.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Email??? Christmas Cards. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards.

11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? One time at a work party I received hangers that had knitted covers with really ugly colors. . :(

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Home Alone

13. When do you start shopping for
Christmas? After Thanksgiving but this year I started early for Will.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mashed sweet potatoes, cheesey party potatoes and Christmas cookies that I make (that is when I make them)

16. Lights on the tree? Yes - lots.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I love Christmas music but a few favorites are "Jingle Bell Rock", "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Clause" and many more!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? not
a chance.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A Dalmation Dog Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning.
Both but do not ever open all presents on Christmas Eve, we did this and it was a major disappointment.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the
year? The lines at stores and that it is all over in one day!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I have ornaments from when I was a kid and they are treasured keepsakes.

Favorite for Christmas dinner? Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake of course!

25. What do you want for Christmas this
year? New Ugg Slippers, my old pair need to be retired.
Tag you are it now, go ahead and grab it and answer the questions at your blog.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Featured Reader: Let me introduce you to....

La Dolce Vita

Happy Monday friends! Can you believe the month of November is almost over? I use to dread Monday's but now love them, they mean a new week and a new featured reader at La Dolce Vita. I am excited to introduce you to Renee of Cutie Booty Cakes. Renee is a busy WAHM who is an amazing writer, does fab reviews and also makes adorable Diaper cakes. Renee's diaper cakes make perfect gifts for new parents. What new Mom couldn't use some diapers? Grab a cup of Joe and get to know Renee.


Renée of Cutie Booty Cakes

Cutie Booty Cakes


My 3 year wedding anniversary is coming up in December and I have a 16 month old son named Mekhi.

How did you start blogging?

I started blogging to promote my business, Cutie Booty Cakes. Somehow the blog took on a life of its own. It has become a personal blog with a bit of business thrown in for good measure.

If you are a parent do you have a parenting philosophy?

My philosophy is to do the best I can with the understanding that this is on the job training. I try not to be too hard on myself because we all make mistakes.

You will never find me without...... my computer.

Day job:

I am a consultant for an early literacy organization. But I am also the owner of a product based business - Cutie Booty Cakes, Diapers Shaped Like Cakes. I started my business because I wanted to give my cousin a unique presentation of diapers, a necessity for new moms but not the most creative gift. Everyone that saw my first "cake" wanted to know if I sold them and a business was born. I use only quality materials in my cakes - Pampers Swaddlers and every diaper is usable. Cutie Booty Cakes are a great hospital and welcome home gifts for new moms and a beautiful baby shower centerpiece or gift. I have several designs on my website but I also do custom orders. The next time you are looking for a great gift for new moms or moms to be Cutie Booty Cakes is the best choice for a unique quality gift!

You can purchase one of Renee's cakes here.

Renee's Favorite Stuff:

I pretty much like everything except for heavy metal and techno. Right now I am listening to Jill Scott.

Food: Do I have to choose? I would have to say my favorite food is seafood followed by desert - especially chocolate mousse cake.

Tv/ Movies: My favorite movie is The Long Kiss Goodnight - I love strong female characters. And my favorite tv shows are Desperate Housewives, House, Lost, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy and most reality shows. I have to admit that I set my dvr and hope that I get a chance to watch my shows.

Reading: I love to read it is my favorite hobby. I really enjoyed the Twilight Series and right now I am reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I mostly read fiction perhaps the only thing I don't read are sappy romance novels.

If you had to wear a T-shirt with your favorite saying on it what would it be?

"Just Do It!" Whatever you can dream of for yourself go out and pursue it. Although things may not happen quickly once you take steps in the right direction God provides.

Favorite stores to shop at:

Ann Taylor

A special thank to Renee for allowing us to take a peek into her world. If you would like to be featured at La Dolce vita please send me a email at

Now please leave Renee some comment love and head on over to her site for a visit.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Feel Good Sunday: Inspire

So many people make an impact on our lives, but to me it is the Teachers that leave lasting impressions. I think back at the many teachers that inspired me. From my 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Helner who taught me how to write in cursive, Mrs. Zammit my 5th grade teacher who taught us about free enterprise and my coach in high school, Mrs. Reiter who inspired me to always do the right thing in life.

Who inspires you?

The handstamped "Inspire" necklace is available in my shop, Kristen's Custom Creations and makes a perfect holiday gift for the teacher on your list!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Product Junkie Approved: Get Twisted

I am a huge fan of Bath and Body Works shower gels. I usually go for the fruity scents but not during the holiday season.

I was at the mall just yesterday and was pleased to see the Twisted Peppermint line is back, all I can say is yum! You have to be a fan of peppermint as this is a very sweet peppermint scent. This year the Twisted Peppermint scent is also available in their hand soaps. I have to say I wash my hands even when not necessary, just to smell the delicious scent! Go ahead and get twisted and pick up some Twisted Peppermint shower gel.

This product is Product Junkie approved, it may even be Peppermint Patty approved!

Do you have a favorite holiday product?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fashion Friday: For The Twilight Lover

For The Twilight Obsessed by klacustomcreations

Twilight the movie makes it's debut today and every fashionista needs some Twilight inspired items to make the movie experience even more enjoyable. Come on you know you want to sport the "Bite Me" T-shirt.

If you would like to read the rest of this article please visit Beautiful! Fabulous! where I am a weekly fashion contributor.

So tell me have you been bitten by the Twilight phenomenon?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

For The Twilight Obsessed

Are you a Twilight fan? I have to admit I didn't know anything about Twilight until a customer asked me to create a custom piece for her. Here is the finished product. I decided to put this new baby in my shop so if you would like one for yourself please head on over to Kristen's Custom Creations.
Twilight the movie makes it debut in theaters on November 21st, are you planning on going to see it? I really want to see the movie and then go back and read the books, that is just how I roll.

Thousand Words Thursday: Will's 3rd Birthday Party

Will waiting for his guests to arrive for his party! "Are they here yet?"

Will got really shy when everyone sang to him, Mom came to the rescue!

He loved each gift and even wanted to read the cards, made Mom so proud.

The Spider man Cake was delicious!

Here is his loot, boy oh boy did he make out with some amazing gifts! What is there left to get him for Christmas?

The Bat Cave was one of his favorites, maybe because he kept asking for it every time we went to Target.
I can't believe my baby is already 3 years old, where does the time go. This birthday was so fun, not just for him I think everyone enjoyed watching the joy on his face when opening his presents.

If you would like to join in on the fun please visit:

Cheaper Than Therapy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday Will

November 19th, 2005

Happy 3rd Birthday Big Guy! We love you!!!

I can not tell you how excited he was about his presents and now all he does is make faces for the camera. I have a series of pictures of his tongue.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Build a .......BRACELET

How fun are these? I wanted to create a bracelet that you could build on, as Mom's have more kids and Grandma's have more grandchildren they can add charms down the road. The charms have sterling silver clasps that you can move around on the bracelet so as you add additional charms you can move them around. It would also be fun to add some seasonal charms or charms that are signifigant to you also. If you are looking for a keepsake gift for the Mom or Grandma that has everything then look no further. To purchase please visit Kristen's Custom Creations, the bracelets start at just $39.90.

Product Details:

This piece was designed for the Mom and Grandma who would like to continue to add charms and build a keepsake bracelet that can be cherished for years to come. The "Build a Keepsake Bracelet" includes your choice of up to a 8 inch sterling silver 925 grade chain link bracelet, one birthstone crytal or freshwater pearl and a custom 3/4 inch sterling silver disc that can be customized to include a child's name, or a special saying please just include your text in the message to seller and the size bracelet you would like. If you would like a smaller disc other sizes are available. Extra discs are available for purchase if you would like to add to the bracelet.

Artist note: The letters on this disc have been hand stamped one at a time. I do not use machines. The letters will not line up perfectly and are not meant to this is part of the charm that makes your piece one of a kind. No two pieces will ever be exactly the same. The charm has been slightly brushed and the letters have been oxidized/antiqued to make them stand out it will appear to be aged or slightly tarnished but has been given a good polish.

***only the finest materials have been used in this necklace. All sterling silver is 925 and Nickel free. I use a Eco-friendly method to oxidize my pieces and never use a sharpie to blacken the letters. Kristen's Custom Creations welcomes custom orders. If you would like a custom order please feel free to contact me via the convo tab. All designs are Copyright of Kristen's Custom Creations 2008 and are not to be duplicated in any manner.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Featured Reader: Let me introduce you to....

La Dolce Vita

Happy Monday to everyone! Monday's at La Dolce Vita mean a new Featured Reader. I am pleased to introduce to Heather of Growing in Rejoicing. Heather is a very busy mom of 5 and home schools all of her kiddos, that is truly amazing. I love Heather's answer to what she never leaves home with, you have to read below to see what she said. Go grab a cup of coffee and get to know my friend Heather.

Name: Heather aka Blessed w/5mom of Growing in Rejoicing


Married to my wonderful high school sweet heart of 15 years.
We have 5 beautiful blessings:

dd - 13
ds - 10
ds - 6
ds - 3
dd - born in may

How did you start blogging?

I blog to share my journey. Hmmm ... who would have thought .. I have a blog .

Well, I guess today its all about learning to rejoice in all that life brings -

Whatever happens, wherever we are God is there and we are His - I can't begin to tell you how that changes how I look at life! Well, that's just it, I long to be able to tell you ... I long to find a way to share, to tell, to write about all that God is teaching me as I walk this road called 'life'. So why not in a blog.

If you are a parent do you have a parenting philosophy?

I think our parenting philosophy is to ask our selves "How does God want us to parent the children he has blessed us with?" My parenting philosophy is the Attachment Parenting model.
If you are not familiar with that you can Google it or read anything by Dr. Sears. Each child comes wired a bit different than the others and each parent is wired different, so I don't think there is any across the board "right way to parent". I am truly thrilled to have been blessed with the role of being "Mommy"

You will never find me without...... a child. No days off, sick leave or even potty breaks ... always one in tow (guess that’s why I love baby wearing). And that's not a complaint I love my child filled crazy busy life! My cell phone is a close second ... how did my mom manage with out one of those when we were young?

Day & Night job: SAHM, home school teacher, kids taxi driver, chef, allowance accountant, sporting event cheerleader, wiper of noses, professional baby wearer and baby changer, maker of Milk, kisser of owies ... I could go on and on and I love it.

Favorite Stuff:

Music: I listen to a lot of different stuff, of course lately we've heard a lot of the Go Fish Guys at Go Fish Guys.

Food: Coffee (hmmm... does that count as food? Under which food group?)
If I can't count coffee I guess I'd say gnocchi.
Tv/ Movies: I've always loved the TV show MASH, and now I have a few seasons on DVD!
Reading: My Bible, The Home school Lounge, The Heart of the Matter, Mothering Magazine, and our home school curriculum by My Father's World.

If you had to wear a T-shirt with your favorite saying on it what would it be?

This is hard because some days it might say "I love you!", some days it might say "WWJD?" Then other days, especially with three boys running around, it might say "Holy snappin' duck poo!", but I should let you know we learned that one from Steve Irwin. I guess my most favorite quote or saying would have to be "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot loose" - Jim Elliot

Favorite stores to shop at:

For kids and baby stuff: Peapods in St. Paul, MN, but for those who don’t live here, check them out Peapods

Also have been known to frequent Attached to baby at Attached Baby

Favorite shop for my self, anywhere that carries Vera Bradley Handbags It’s a weakness, I know.

Extra good stuff:

I've been so blessed to be able to be at home and homeschooling with all my kiddos! And I can't begin to explain the kindness and encouragement I've found from other blogging moms. Especially at:

Gentle Christian Mothers
Board MFW Books
Home School Blogawards
Internet Cafe Devotions

The Homeschool Lounge

A special thank you to Heather. If you would like to be a featured reader please send me a email at

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Feel Good Sunday: Give From The Heart

What does it mean to give from the heart? To me giving from the heart means to give without expecting anything in return. What does giving from the heart mean to you?
The Hand Stamped "Give From the Heart" necklace is available at Kristen's Custom Creations. Custom orders are always welcome!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Product Junkie Approved and under $4

Now I have tried a lot of different facial scrubs but always seem to return to the Swiss Ives Apricot Scrub and priced at under $4 how can you beat that. What I love about this is that you can use it in the shower and it really does give you a smooth finish. I use this about once a week and even sometimes use it on my hands.

Do you have a favorite product to share or a favorite product the Product Junkie should try?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Awards, Awards, Awards

Given by LeAnn of Tolleson4Him

I pass this on to:

Given by Clare of Diapers to Designs

Pass this award on to 5 bloggers:

Krista of Boutique Flair
Jenni of Jiggety Jigg
Angie of My Pretty Purse

Given by Tena from Punky Monkey's

I pass this award on to:

Robin of Cinnamon and Honey
LeAnn of Tolleson4Him
Firefly Shop
Mommy's Great Deals

Given by Firefly Shop

I pass this award on to:

Ali of Home of the Lazy Dog
Renee of Cutie Bootie Cakes
Jennifer of The Fun Sucker
Jenn of The Peacock's Nesting Place

Given by Michelle from Michabella Creations

I pass this on to:

Clare of Diapers to Designs
Tena of Punky Monkey's
Toni of It's Nap Time

And now for the best award of all, well that is because I created it. This award is the Top Commenter and goes to your top 5 commenter's!!! I love my bloggy friends who no matter what visit almost every day, thank you for the bloggy friendship and for making my day!

LeAnn of Tolleson4him
Ali of Home of the Lazy Dog
Jenni of Jiggety Jigg
Renee of Cutie Bootie Cakes

Now ladies pass this award on to your top 5 commenters!

Exciting news to share....

I am excited to announce that the magazine I contribute to, Beautiful Fabulous has been picked up by Blog Burst!! So what does that mean? Blog Burst places blogs on nearly 100 top-tier news and media sites, including: Fox News, Reuters, USA Today, McGraw Hill, Internet Broadcasting and many more. My fashion articles and all of the other fabulous writers on B!F! now have the opportunity of hitting the mass media outlets. Blog Burst is very picky as to who they accept so this is such a great honor. If I become a famous writer I will remember all of my bloggy friends (just kidding friends)! I think a special thank you is in store for Krista Peck who is our fabulous editor. If you would like to read my fashion articles when they are hot off the press please join me at Beautiful Fabulous. You will also find many other fab articles in a variety of topics.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thousand Word Thursday

Catching Snowflakes with his tongue!

All dressed up with nowhere to go, please people walk me!!!

Just soaking it all in, one flake at a time!

The first snow of the season calls for getting bundled up and going outside to catch snowflakes with your tongue. Kane even got his coat out and was very disappointed that nobody would take him for a walk, look at those eyes.

A quote from Will "Hey Daddy the neighbors are working really hard making all of this nice snow for me" Will has a very vivid imagination!

Happy Thursday! If you would like to join in on the fun please visit:

Cheaper Than Therapy

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Giveaway Time


I am very excited about this new piece and wanted to give one away! Would you like a chance to win the "Wish" necklace? Please leave a comment first here for what you are wishing for and then head on over to my friend Jen at Cheaper Than Therapy for the details to win this piece.

If you would like to purchase the "Wish" necklace it is available for $39.90 and $5 of the sale will be donated to Toys For Tots. You can help put a toy under a child's tree.

If you would like to view my entire hand stamped collection please visit Kristen's Custom Creations. get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Make Your Gift Personal This Holiday Season With A Custom Handstamped Piece of Jewelry and Winner Announced

For the Ballerina on your gift list!

For Dad or Grandpa. This item can also be customized with kids names.

For Mom or Grandma, let her show off her kiddos or Grandchildren.

For something simple!
All items available at Kristen's Custom Creations
My love for custom, personalized items is what got me started with my hand stamped jewelry business. I love giving and receiving items that are custom and personalized, it just makes a gift that much more special. Hand stamped jewelry makes a great gift for just about anyone on your gift list. You can find items in my shop for Mom, Grandma, Dad, Grandpa, Teens, Sisters, Aunts, Friends and just about anyone who would appreciate a piece of keepsake jewelry.
The holidays are fast approaching and custom orders can take 2-3 weeks as we get even closer to the holiday rush. If you would like a custom item created please contact me ASAP or visit my shop Kristen's Custom Creations.
The Winner of the Featured Reader contest is Angela Moore of Unexpected Art. Congratulations Angela! Just a reminder that each contest runs for four weeks and Angela is the second lucky winner. The contest just started a new round with Sammi of Little Ladybugs.