Monday, July 19, 2010

hi there friendly friends!

just thought i'd check in and let you know that i'll be blogging a lot more regularly over here. i'll still post updates here, but i'm giving it a go be more consistent in one place. would you mind bookmarking me over there, and leaving me a little love every once in a while? thanks! mwuaah!
p.s. did you see i've added baby lovelies to my shop? loooooove!!!

Friday, July 02, 2010

it's true.

a real conversation in the car with clint yesterday...

me: we really suck at a lot of things, but man we sure are good at making cute kids
clint: yup.


told ya so.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

random randoms

1. haven't spewed my brain onto a blog in so long that it hurts. is there some kind of diagnosis for that? like writer's anorexia? huh? i don't know. (see, i'm in pain)
2. started healthy-eating/ sick-of-hating-my-body/ torture-myself-through-good-old-fashioned-exercise this week. i can't believe how crazy addicted i am to food. and i can't tell you how unfair it is to RUN past costa vida, panda express, papa johns all at lunch time while on a diet. curses!!!
3. so excited for sytycd to be on again. besides food, that show is my #1 addiction. not sure what to think about the whole all-star thing. tonight i realized that something was different (besides the new format). and then it hit me.... NO MARY MURPHY! no screaming like a banshee every 5 seconds. wow. that lady is annoying! i'm sure she'll be back, but i certainly didn't miss her.
4. got my first sunburn last week, and let me tell you i could not be happier about it! i had been suffering from some serious vitamin d deprivation! summer is here!! hallelujah!
5. anyone know what to do with a garden? i have rhubarb, arugula and parsley growing like weeds - literally. we don't eat any of that stuff (the landlord planted it) but i'm pretty sure i should, i don't know, harvest it somehow? i'm so lost.
6. stay tuned for more adventures in gardening.
7. i have the cutest boys ever. yes, they are little rascals and have me saying "i'm going to go crazy!" all day long... but they are pretty dang cute. saves their hides daily.
8. do i sound cranky? dieting makes me cranky. which is why i usually don't do it. which is why i need to. but hey - i've run 9 miles already this week (after not running at all for like 5 months!) and lost 4 lbs. i'll take it!
9. my one year anniversary of Allora Handmade is about a month away. i can't believe what a crazy year it's been. i hit 400 sales on etsy last week!  i've learned a lot, but man... i'm tired! i'm slowing down a little this summer so i can refocus on my family and my health.
10. i'm having a major hair dilemma. got it highlighted to cover the gray (yes, i'm that old) but the color RUINED my curls. i want to cry! and i now realize how spoiled i've been all these years not having to do my hair everyday. i want my curls back! but i'm afraid it's going to be curly gray hair or straight not gray hair.  boo - hoo!!! what's your vote?
wanna see some wicked sweet hair?

oh, those curls! to.die.for.

Friday, April 09, 2010

love me some becky earl!

remember the amazing and talented Becky Earl? the one who made me look like a rockstar? well, she's back at it, and today is hosting a giveaway for allora handmade on her blog.
oh, and you may find out why (once again) I am missing in action...
what, you've never heard of the queen bee market? well get with it! (can't keep up with me? me either...)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

one year ago today!

dearest henry boy,
one year ago today we met you for the first time...

mom was thinking: he's so white!

dad was thinking: yes! boys still outnumber the girls. (or just girl. that's me. flyin' solo.)

owen was thinking: awww man... he's gonna steal all my stuff, huh?

how did we ever live without you?
you have become part of us! our little family is somehow more complete with you here. we have come to love your happy disposition, your fearlessness, and that cute little dancing booty. you have us all wrapped around your little finger, and you are so easy to love.

and now look at you:

your personality cracks us up everyday. our little bulldozer, our hank the tank- you are certainly no baby anymore. your smile is infectious and your giggle is irresistible. those chubby cheeks are so smooshable and kissable and we just can't get enough of you!

this year has flown by so fast and even though you are a little rascal and get into everything, stop growing already! it's your job to stay the baby, ok?

we love you beautiful baby.

happy birthday, henry boy.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

one year ago today...

*** repost***

dear little one,
it's the day before your birth-day and i can't tell you how excited we are to meet you.
looking down at this big ol' belly of mine i can hardly believe that after all these months and all this anticipation, you are about to make your grand entrance into this world. i hope you are ready for the craziness that is being an erickson and that you are looking forward to getting to know your mom, dad, and brother (and the rest of the world that is waiting to know you).
i'm sure you're enjoying your last few hours of preparation - and we can't wait to feel of that spirit you are sure to bring with you straight from heaven.
we love you so much and anxiously await your arrival.

mom, dad, and big brother o.

can you believe that was one whole year ago?
we had no idea!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

can you believe

that this little hunk turns 1 in less than a week?
party planning in progress... sort of.
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Saturday, March 06, 2010

oh how i'm

hoping for giveaway karma on this one.

Monday, February 22, 2010

the goods

ok, ok, i know that at least 4 of my 5 readers don't give a care about anything i have to say, but just want to see pictures of my "ridiculously good-looking" children and hear about how wicked smart and talented they are. and so, i deliver:

granted, all of these pictures were taken all on the same day and about a month ago (turns out when you don't blog you don't take pictures either) BUT, i still love them because they are such a snapshot of our lives. owen and henry are just the cutest brothers. henry wants to be where owen is and owen wants to be where henry is. except of course when they don't. but you know - they get over it. 

i absolutely love the stage owey is in right now. well, ok - there are days when being 2 isn't so grand, but all in all he is learning and growing so fast and i looooove to sit back and watch. he is speaking in full sentences that more often than not completely crack us up (like when he looked up at me mid-diaper-change and said "mom... this is the best day EVAR!!!" such a spaz.) he is such a smart little cookie and knows all of his letters by sight, what sound they make, and of course loves to sing his abc's. counting, not so much - he's pretty good up to about 8 and then who knows what you're gonna get. shapes, check! colors, check! still obsessed with cars, check! and though i may curse it one day, when mama needs to get something done (you know, like 250 items in 2 weeks), owey is all about spacing out in front of nick jr. he still loves to dance (i gotta feeling is the latest fave) and should you ever call me on the phone you may be lucky enough to get an owey serenade (currently his repertoire includes twinkle, twinkle, abc's, itsy bitsy spider, i am a child of god, wheels on the bus, and silent night. more to come, i'm sure.)

this is what owey does when you tell him to show you his happy face and i just go crazy for that little scrunched up nose. i think he actually learned it from henry who started doing that a few months ago. o still loves to read and color and would stay in his "jammas" all day if i would let him - which sometimes i do. because sometimes i stay in my jammas all day... why shouldn't he? bathtime is the best - and can be used for bribery to do any of the following: diaper change, eat dinner, clean up toys, vacuum, mow the lawn. just kidding about the last 2, but you get my drift. o thinks taking a bath is the bees knees. but owey will hear nothing of bathtime without henry, because that's just bo-ring.
speaking of henry, check out these locks:

if you didn't know before, now you do. our boys have some serious curly hair. this is how it looks just out of the bath, and while i love it, i'm not sure he'll be able to pull of the long look like o does. because henry may just have an afro. it was bound to happen. both his mom and dad sported one at some point. it is much tamer after sleeping on it and sometimes you would hardly know it's curly, but we know the truth. good thing i'm well versed in the language of curl. and his hair doesn't normally look like this either:

maybe i'll get a normal picture of him someday.

i mentioned forever ago that henry is our little walker baby. o walked early too, but we couldn't believe it when henry started really walking around christmas time. by the time new years came, he was a walker. crawling was for babies. but along with early walking comes some bumps and bruises: too little to understand that standing up underneath the table doesn't really work and doing it over and over, but big enough to stand up under the table and hurt himself over and over. poor kid. he is quite the giant as well - has been in 12-18 month clothes since november, is in the 97th percentile for height, and currently only weighs  5 lbs less than his big brother.  my little baby's birthday is less than a month away and i am just dying to know where the last year has gone. it is INSANE how fast it has flown by.  henry continues to be an absolute joy - the most social baby i've ever met. he will go to anyone and woos all with his heartbreaker smile. he loves everything big brother does - cars, books, bathtime, dancing and more cars.

love these 2 guys and i'm so glad they have each other. i promise i'll be better about pictures. pinky swear.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

a photo essay in explanation of my non-blog-i-ness

just when you think life is going to slow down...

ok, so the pictures don't even do it justice, but this is a sampling of what i've been burning the midnight oil for the past few weeks. i was asked last minute to supply 100+ items to shade clothing to be featured in 5 of their utah stores from mid february to may. super exciting opportunity, but it was a serious stretch to get it all done in time. i am also at the local patina market for the next few weeks, so all together i probably made 250 pieces. yikes! add to that the surprise 24 hour trip to LA for my niece's baptism, a week of watching my friend's 4 kids, all of us getting sick, sick, sick as dogs, and i'm pretty much pooped. in fact, i think i slept more yesterday than i had in the last 2 weeks combined. lets' pray that march isn't as crazy as january and february have been!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

words cannot express...

how incredibly grateful and overwhelmed I have been since early wednesday morning. my heart and my tearducts have been overflowing. when i decided to host a benefit for jonathan's birthday, i had no idea what i was in for. so much love, generosity, and support has been poured out in our direction that i am simply in awe. thank you.

thank you for making this week one of the best i have ever had.
thank you for helping little insignificant me do something truly amazing.
thank you for taking on a cause that may not impact your life daily, but certainly impacts the lives of those closest to me.
thank you for your friendship and for your encouragement.

when i started allora handmade, i had no idea what a blessing it would be and i am so thankful for the opportunity to give in a way that was otherwise impossible.

do you want to hear what we did this week? drumroll please....

with your help, we raised over $1300 for Autism Speaks.
can you believe it? i know. AWESOME.

my sister has been in tears. what a blessing for her to feel supported through you in one of the biggest challenges she has ever had to face. and though J may not know of your willingness to contribute to a cause that will affect his life, his family will. so, thank you.

i can't think of a better way to start off the year. i feel as though my heart has been changed, and my mind has been opened to the possibilities that are out there as long as i am up for the challenge. i hope that 2010 will be a year of change and growth and giving. i know that it will be an amazing year if i can learn to look outward instead of inward and give more of myself, my time, and my talents.

thank you. thank you. thank you for making that possible. those words just don't do it justice!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Jonathan! well, a day early...

Hello friends! I am so excited to announce a really cool benefit going on in my shop today through friday.

I love how December is so full of the spirit of giving. The feelings I had this season have helped me to make a goal in 2010 to give more: of myself, of my time, of my talents, and my resources. My first opportunity starts today! January 14th is my nephew, Jonathan's 10th birthday. He was diagnosed 8 years ago with Autism, and that diagnosis has drastically changed the life of my sister and all the rest of our family - in so many ways.

Every Christmas and birthday I struggle with what to get him that he will really enjoy. Since buying gifts for Jonathan is so difficult, this year for his birthday I am having an Autism Awareness benefit sale in my shop. The shop is loaded up, and from today, January 13th through Friday the 15th, I will donate 100% of the proceeds toAutism Speaks. I figure the best gift I can give him (and his family) is a chunk of change to help solve the puzzle that is autism. If you'd rather donate directly to Autism Speaks, go for it! Every penny helps!

Here is where I need your help. I would love to shout it from the rooftops, but my corner of the blogosphere is only so big. If you are willing to post about the benefit and the opportunity to help out my nephew and millions of others (the statistic is now 1 in 70 boys are diagnosed with autism in the U.S.) I would greatly appreciate it.

Here are the details:

  • 100 % of the proceeds for the 13th, 14th, and 15th will go to Austim Speaks
  • For every $10 you spend in the shop, you will be entered to win $40 towards a purchase at Allora Handmade ( So, if you spend $50, that's 5 entries).
  • I will not be taking custom orders during the benefit so as to get purchases out the door as soon as possible.

I think that's all. If you have any questions, please let me know. It means so much to me to be able to use my time and talents to be able to give back to a cause that is so close to my heart.

So, if you've been dying to spoil yourself a little, or need a gift for someone else, now's the time - for a great cause! Guilt free shopping!


Monday, January 11, 2010

santa also brought...

a new house! well, not our house, but you know - a new place to live. so, while i have every intention of blogging about a great christmas and all of my new years resolutions, the truth is, we moved. with 24 hours notice. and while i'm so excited about our new place, i'm all discombobulated. (that was a big word for 8am.) so, let me catch my breath for a minute and soon enough i will tell you all about:
henry the walking baby
christmas in the frigid north pole (i mean evanston)
the new digs
owen and henry get a bathtub (glory, glory hallelujah!)
all the things on my list for 2010
owen's ridiculously long hair that i can't bring myself to cut but i think i might have to
allora updates

and whatever else i feel like. it is my blog after all. (my 2 year old is rubbing off on me i guess.)