I recently did some branding work with Lily Del Soap Co. They're using my "Laura" painting on their packaging and website and it's really something to see the finished see the new life this painting has been given, from your homes in print form to an accent on beautiful soaps! I get the biggest kick out of all of it.

Lily Del was just featured in the August issue of Southern Living Magazine and was picked as a nominee for Martha Stewart's American Made 2015 Awards. They are kindly offering a bubble bath giveaway in your choice of scent to one of you! (I just ordered the Caramel & Tobacco!)

To enter, just go "LIKE" their facebook page. They'll draw a winner tomorrow! Best of luck!

Product photos courtesy of Lily Del / Photographer Stephen DeVries

life is a BREEZE {and a giveaway}

you guys know i usually don't do giveaways or sponsored posts (and not because i have any moral or ethical objection to them...i just haven't gone down that road yet)....but i was so excited when 4moms invited me and bee to participate with other mamas in a blog tour for their new playard....and the chance to give one away to you too!

matt and i never registered for a playard because i've always had a little bit of hate for them. i remember pinched fingers and a lot of sweating trying to put my nephew's together...

but when max and i watched the video of the breeze we were instantly hooked.
 "we need that", max said. haha. if only for being able to push the button. and when 4moms sent ours to us in the mail, to be able to sleep in the box (which he did).

 i could blabber on about all the things i like about the breeze but the biggest perk is that it's easy. tired-one free handed mama/overwhelmed dad/eager big brother fool proof easy! and i need easy right now ( i'm typing this post with my left hand while feeding phoebe )

one push down on the center button pops it open and a pull up on the blue tab will close it.  
it seems pretty perfect for grandparents/aunts uncles/friends who want to help but aren't used to newfangled baby gear.

 and attaching the bassinet to the top for tiny babies was just as easy...

phoebe approves!
 and i'm so happy to be able to offer a BREEZE to one of you lucky mamas/grandmas/aunts/friends

 here's how:
US residents only 

     1. Go scoot around the 4moms website and check out the BREEZE and their other products. (i want that mamaROO!!)
     2. Leave a comment here (make sure to include your email address so i can get a hold of you!)
     3. For an extra chance, go "like" 4moms on facebook or follow on twitter @4moms!

 A winner will be randomly selected Thursday, August 30th!
 for all others, you can pre-order your own BREEZE now!


p.s. thank you all so much for the well-wishing for max yesterday (and all the sweet talk on his outfit)! i couldn't wait to tell him all your sweet comments when he got home from school. but you should know, he took the cardigan off before we got into the car yesterday morning. he told me he looked nice but maybe too much like a store mannequin. haha.


comments closed.
the winner of the BREEZE is:

Jackie Wieczorek

thank you so much everyone for entering! and congratulations, jackie!

cloud gazing

our busiest week is almost over. little max spent his last summer week away with his pops and tonight he will be home with oh my do i miss those cheeks!
tomorrow we leave for one last summer hurrah...a family trip to the ocean...before school begins. i'm packing along some paper and paints for the beach...i've always wanted to hide out in the sand and paint the waves. i'm beside myself for this last bit of quiet time with my boys...but i shake my fists at shark week! why oh why did we watch every night when we were planning on visiting the ocean?

i hope everyone's thursday has been a happy one! the weather here in ohio smells like fall when the wind blows. it is good...oh so good...for the soul. 

and hey! hey!
the winner of the shabby apple feather necklace is.....
congratulations, leila!
email me ( with your information!


hello friends and happy monday!
today i'm teaming up with shabby apple, a beautiful vintage-inspired women's jewelry and dress boutique, to give away a little something to you guys!
i'm a wee bit obsessed with this place! you all know how much i love buying and wearing vintage, but sizes and quality are hard to come by...or just time consuming to come by. at shabby apple you can find some pretty amazing dresses and jewelry pieces with the cut and color and character of vintage without the major hunt.
and shopping/dreaming on the shabby apple site is fun too with the their dresses grouped into collections by travel adventures!
here are a few of my favorite pieces...
bellissima dress and picnic ready pumps
circo dress (on sale, go grab one!) and walk the plank dress (although i think it's the hat i like most about this..haha)

so here's what's up for grabs...
the light as a feather gold metal necklace!
for a chance to win one, just leave a comment here between now and wednesday and i'll randomly pick one winner thursday morning!
(open to US residents only)
also, throughout the rest of august you can save 10% off your order at shabby apple by using our coupon code: pencilbox10off

and don't forget to head over and "like" the shabby apple's facebook page for special promotions and exclusive discounts!

i hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
i spent most of mine in bed being a sick bump on a log. booo! but i'm feeling better and ready to tackle the week!