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Monday, November 26, 2012

Hotty Toddy! Go LEBBELS!

There comes a time in every little girl and boy's life when she or he attends his or her first Ole Miss Rebel football game!

The first thing they have to do is stand in the Grove for the Walk Of Champions, where all the players walk through the crowd on the way to the stadium.

Then, after the band plays Dixie and the fight song, they walk to the stadium.

And on the way, they see the back side of the big Jumbo Tron for the first time. It's HUGE! 

Once they get to their seats, they get to see the band on the field for the first time, and it is seriously a life-changing event.

Then, the big moment arrives! The Ole Miss Rebels come out into the stadium! Yay! 

And then comes the best part of the pre-game festivities! The Hotty Toddy! Traditionally, a celebrity, news-maker or much-loved Rebel leads the crowd in Hotty Toddy. Since this game was Veteran's Day weekend, it was only fitting that a loved Rebel Marine NROTC instructor (and Iraq war veteran), Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Roberts lead the stadium in Hotty Toddy.

As an aside, here's a link to a story that explains why GySgt Roberts is a loved Rebel:    

And of course, before the game starts, babies have to take a few more pictures..

And then its finally time for some football!!

And then, not much later, watching football gives way to sleepy-time. For the record, real Rebel babies can sleep just fine in the stadium!

But sometimes, the excitement of winning some football gets to be too much, and a nap just can't happen.

But then you might start to lose the game, and a nap will seem like a much better idea..

When it's all over, every Rebel boy and girl has had such a great time at their first football game. They yell "Hotty Toddy!! Go Lebbels!!" as loudly as they can, they make Mommy walk up and down the bleacher stairs 90 times for bathroom trips, and they scream for the band to come back on the field a lot more than they scream for more football.  But at the end of the day, they are all smiles, because they know that real Rebels may not win every game (even against Vandy.. yikes.), but they never lose a party.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Shopping small and local

While out perusing some yard sales and craft fairs last week, I made a big decision. I decided to only buy Christmas gifts from local or other small businesses. So far, I've put a huge dent in my shopping, and I've yet to make a single purchase from a big box store.

So in this effort, I wanted to be sure I supported my friends in their small businesses, too. I've got some great ones to show you!

The ones you've heard of before:

These are the businesses you've probably heard of before, as they've been around a long time. They aren't technically small businesses, but their employees are independent consultants.

First up is my friend Yvonne, who is an AdvoCare Consultant. Advocare is a health and wellness company that offers energy, weight-loss, and sports performance products. You can read all about the company here:, and you can shop around in Yvonne's personal store here:

We've all heard of Pampered Chef, right? Personally, I'm obsessed with Pampered Chef's products. There was a point in time when Jason asked me to take it easy on the PC stuff. As you can imagine, they are really nice kitchen gadgets, bakeware, knives, etc. Anybody who enjoys his kitchen needs to check out these products. They're all good quality, and ship to you quickly! 

Here is my friend Shanna's Pampered Chef page:

Next up is my own. I'm a Scentsy Independent Consultant, and I absolutely love this gig! In case you live under a rock, I will tell you about Scentsy. We sell wickless wax that is warmed with a decorative lamp. We sell small globe-type table lamps and wall plug-ins to warm the wax. We also sell travel tins of wax, scent paks (like sachee packs), room spray, body wash and lotion, etc. Here is my sight. I'm always ready to host an online party for you to earn free stuff, so just let me know!

Girly Stuff:
I wrote about my mother in law's store, Shelby Kate Designs, in the last post. She does custom hairbows, and pony tail holders, clippies, etc. But another thing she's getting a lot of requests for are bow holders.

Is that not the sweetest thing? Katie is going to need one soon enough to hold all her bows! SKD can be found at

Next up is my friend Marie from Marie's Ribbon Creations. She makes hair bows too, but my favorites are her little hair clippies. Katie has a bow-holder full of stuff that Marie made! They are precious, and you should check them out here:!/mariesribboncreations?fref=ts

I'm going to put my second shop under this heading, too. I make baby blankets, loveys, and pacifier holders. I sell them on Etsy, but I also take custom orders. And be sure to check out the submarine blankets!

And, under her entirely own section, is my friend Jessica, who owns The Little Black Boat (which you can find at She makes little wood houses that say "Home is where the Navy sends us" and then lists your duty stations below on slats. I love these signs! I have one with our family's names on it, and I think it's almost time for my house sign, too :)

I know these are only a very few small businesses for your consideration, but I urge you to shop personally this year. Walk into small shops, check out Etsy shop owners. Go to craft fairs, and even yard sales. Good luck!

Friday, November 2, 2012

MilSpouse (First) Friday Fill-In #76

It's been a while since I linked up with Wife of a Sailor, so I felt like this morning was a great opportunity. 

What's one thing this past month you would have changed?
Perhaps how I handled a situation.. maybe. I don't do well with something I perceive to be unfair, and I also don't handle it well when I think someone may be upset with me, particularly when I don't think it's for a good reason. I've let that bother me a lot during the past month, and I'm trying really hard to let it go.

What was your favorite thing that happened in October?
I learned to sew! So far, I've made a dress for KB, 3 submarine baby blankets, and a bunch of pacifier loveys. I have to say, I got that idea from my mother-in-law, who suggested one for Garrett. He throws his paci out of the bed, and I was sick of him waking up to find it. So, she suggested a little lovey to attach a ribbon and then snap the pacifier to. It worked like a charm, and Garrett finally attached to something other than me! Subby (because, obviously, it's in the shape of a submarine) goes with us everywhere, and G snuggles up with it at night. I feel like this is the most genius idea ever, and I'm shocked there aren't that many available out there. I think MIL is planning to make some shaped like footballs, which is a great idea. There aren't that many things that people [Daddies] really want their little boys to attach to, and footballs are socially acceptable (Wink, wink.. I don't subscribe to that idea at all.. I'm being ironic. Please nobody go off on me for subscribing to traditional gender roles.) Submarines are manly, too! 

So now that I've shamelessly plugged myself and MIL, check out our shops! MIL does mostly Boutique hairbows and accessories for little girls, and I'm doing baby blankets and loveys. 

What dish makes the Thanksgiving holiday for you?
My Mom's dressing. I don't have the recipe yet, but I am going to need it since Honey's office is supposed to bring dressings and stuffings to the command Thanksgiving dinner. Anyway, it's perfect. All celery-y, and egg-y, and just moist enough to eat alone, but perfectly tasty with gravy or cranberries. Absolutely. Perfect.

Will you be participating in MilSpouse Secret Santa?
No, I don't think so. I would like to, but I feel like I already have too much on my plate right now.

What are you looking forward to in December?
Having a vendor booth in my first craft show! My friend Erin is pretty talented with her sewing and embroidery machines, so we are going to have a booth to sell baby items. I do blankets and loveys, and she does bibs and burp cloths. If we get super ambitious, we're going to try and do some clothes, too. I can't wait!