Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bust a move

In just a few short weeks {maybe sooner} I will know where my husband will be transferred to. I'm not too picky, I am just hoping for a much warmer climate {NO West coast} but the US Government makes that decision. The next challenge will be selling this house and I am not looking forward to that part. I am ready for this headache to be over with and my family to be together again!

Friday, December 17, 2010

And the winner is...

Sarah (Turtle Parade)!!!!!!!!!!

1. Jill Marie
2. Sarah
3. Nadja
4. Mickey D.
5. Petit Design Co.
6. Ky twopretzels.com
7. Jill Marie

I couldn't figure out how to get this random number thing a ma jig on my page so I just took a picture of it. Jank, I know.

Sarah, email me or FB me and let me know what you would like and I will get it made! Whatever your heart desires.

Thanks ladies for entering!

Monday, December 13, 2010

It'S a GivEaWay!

On one of my weekly trips to Hobby Lobby, I saw this fabric and knew Bryn had to have a dress made from it {sorry the dress isn't the giveaway}. Since I can't sew {yet}, I sent it to my awesome, talented mom and here is the dress. I opted for a pillowcase dress that way Bryn can wear a turtleneck under it and leggings. Plus she'll most likely be able to wear it next year too.

I LOVE these colors.

She even made a pocket with these cute little buttons.

And now we get to the whole point to this post. As many of you may know, I make bows and hair clippies. Bryn has a clippie or bow to match just about every outfit. No joke. I love to make them for my friends' little girls too. Here is the flower clippie I made to match this outfit:

I had some leftover fabric to make a covered button center.

Here's the deal. Since I love to make custom bows and clippies, leave a comment on this post and you could win one! If you are randomly selected, you can either send me a picture of an outfit to match, tell me what you want or go to my shop and look through what I have in stock or what has sold. It's all up to you! I will select a winner on Friday the 17th at 8 pm. So tell all your friends and family with little girls and GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Shameless Etsy shop plug

Behold! My new Christmas creations:

Christmas Joy 4" stacked bow

Merry Grinchmas 4" fancy bow with korker ribbon and marabou

Visit my Etsy shop here and become a fan of Fleur de Lulu on Facebook here!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Artsy Fartsy

I love to do arts and crafts with my kids. Every Christmas we try to do something special. We've done handprint Santas, thumbprint reindeer, paper snowflake wreaths and these snowy balloon ornaments from Martha Stewart. They are super easy to make, although I can't even blow up a balloon, and so pretty! We made a bunch of these for gifts and the rest are adorning our tree. Here's how to make yours:

Tools and Materials
Ball of cotton string
Craft glue
Metallic thread
Spray mount
Evergreen branch

Snowy Balloon Ornaments How-To
1. Blow up the balloon until it's slightly smaller than your fist. Tie the end of the cotton string to the end of the balloon.

2. Thin the glue slightly with water and brush some on the bottom of the balloon to tack down the string. Begin wrapping the string vertically around the balloon. When 3/4 of the balloon is covered vertically, begin wrapping the string horizontally. To change direction, wrap the string around the tied-off end of the balloon. Continue until 3/4 of the balloon is wrapped horizontally.

3. Cut the string and secure it with a dab of glue. Brush the watered-down craft glue all over the string-covered balloon. Pinch the top of the balloon with a clothespin and thread the clothespin onto a dowel that you've suspended between two points. Allow to dry for several hours.

4. Once dry, pop the balloon with a pin and remove it, using tweezers, if necessary. Add a loop of metallic thread and brush the balloon with glue again. Working over a bowl, spoon on glitter and set aside to dry.

5. Spray the branch with spray mount and spoon on glitter. Allow to dry. Affix the ornament to the branch.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Snowy Balloon Ornaments - Martha Stewart Crafts

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What it means to be gluten free

What is a gluten free diet? First of all, I don't like to call it a diet. That makes it sound like some sort of fad, like the Atkin's diet. It's a lifestyle change. Gluten is a protein composite in foods that are processed from wheat, barley or rye. However, it is not limited to those, it is anything that is processed around wheat, barley or rye. You would be surprised how many things contain gluten and casein {dairy, which we also removed from Logan's diet}.

Why does someone choose to be gluten free? Several reasons, the first two can be very serious. Celiac disease, an auto-immune disease in which the lining of the intestines are damaged from gluten and a gluten allergy {not to be confused with a wheat allergy}. Both of these require an invasive test to determine as simple blood tests are not reliable. There is also such a thing as gluten intolerance where someone may have similar symptoms as those with celiac disease. Removing gluten and casein have been thought to help behavior problems in children with ADHD and autism...which would be my reason, initially.

I had never even heard of a gluten free/casein free diet {GF/CF, also referred to as the autism diet} before this. I researched alternative treatments for behavior issues, I talked to other parents and my son's therapist. All recommended a GF/CF diet. I knew that it would be a difficult transition but if it helped, so what. I was willing to try anything. I looked up everything in my pantry and refrigerator. EVERYTHING! If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. I learned that it wasn't just food, but shampoo, soap, band aids, stickers, Play-Doh, crayons, vitamins, medicine, etc. {I hate Play-Doh anyway}. I was going to make sure that anything and everything that Logan put into his mouth was GF/CF.

This lifestyle change affected all of us because all of my meals had to be GF/CF however, we are not totally GF like Logan. I like to say that we are gluten reduced. One thing I learned quickly is that it can be expensive. My grocery bill went UP. We had a Trader Joe's close by and my grocery store had a gluten free section but I also looked up regular products that are gluten free. I was really surprised at how many things are GF out there. When in doubt, I look it up. I don't trust the labels 100%. As I said, if it's processed in a plant where wheat, barley and rye are also being processed, it's contaminated and therefore NOT GF. Since moving, we don't have a Trader Joe's close by, but Kroger has an organic section and Meijer also carries GF items. It was trial and error at first for Logan to decide what he did and didn't like but I think we finally have it figured out.

What foods are GF/CF? Rice flour is a great substitute for regular flour. I also have found a GF butter substitute and I use almond milk, both are really good! I have even found GF/CF ice cream sandwiches, which Logan loves. There are GF breads, but in all honesty, they aren't that good. Logan prefers no bread. He can eat rice, fruits, vegetables and meat, lots of meat. He loves meat! {Some meats may not be GF though.}

What about eating out? Nope, pretty much don't do it. Some places say they have a gluten free menu, but they cannot control cross contamination. Not to mention chances are the staff are not educated, I had a bad experience at Chili's. The only place I really go is Chipotle. Everything, aside from the tortilla shells, is GF. Logan can't have the sour cream or cheese either but I buy a soy cheese that he loves and we put that on his burrito bowl. We love Chipotle! NO fast food is safe. French fries are fried in oil, the same oil that is used to fry chicken nuggets (breading) and is therefore contaminated. Sure they can take the bun off the the burger but do you know if the bun was originally on the burger? You see where I'm going with this. We don't eat out.

Logan has been GF/CF for a little over three months now. He is so cute. He knows what he can and can't have and always asks when in doubt "Is that gluten free?" I had to educate him as well and his teacher and anyone that was going to be around him. I can honestly say it has helped. He isn't having the terrible temper tantrums that he was having but it has not only helped him, it has helped me as well. I have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for years {not something I enjoy sharing}. I had my first colonoscopy at 27ish {ugh}. I've been on several different medications. Since being gluten reduced, my symptoms have almost resolved themselves. I talked to my new family physician about this and he is totally on board. He said this is the best thing for someone with digestive issues and he also believes that if can help behavior problems.

Here are a few websites that I found helpful:

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's potty time!

Last night, after reading this book, Bryn sat on her potty. She sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat. After about 45 minutes, it happened. Pee-pee! This was the first time Bryn willingly sat on her potty and did something! Hopefully, she will give a encore performance today!