Happy (late) 4th Everyone!

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend if you celebrated the 4th of July! We went to Toledo, OH to visit my family for the weekend. It was a lot of fun. We stayed with my bestfriend, which is always great and went to a big family BBQ on Saturday at my aunts house. It was nice and relaxing to get away for the weekend. I have been so tied up with orders, I haven’t had much free time at all. When the babies are awake, I’m with them of course & when they sleep, I am catching up on orders lately because I got so behind due to health issues and losing my kitty. Luckily I am almost caught up with those though! It will be nice to not feel so behind! I’m looking forward to it! haha.

Other than that, not much has been going on lately. I have been using my planner to stay organized, which has really helped. I have also been PenPaling and that is a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love surprise happy mail?! It’s so much fun learning about people from all over the world! I haven’t really been interested in Social Media much lately, so it’s also a way to build friendships. I still use social media for my shops and such, I have just been so overwhelmed, I haven’t wanted to be on my personal accounts much lately… so i decided to take a break while I get my life back in order. It has been nice honestly. I miss it sometimes, but when i do, i can go on… i just don’t let myself feel obligated to be on as much as i did before.

I am hoping to get some new & exciting things out once I get caught up on current custom orders. I look forward to letting everyone know what they are when the time comes! I have been really inspired lately with all of my PenPaling & Planner usage to create some new items.. non-baby items. I will obviously still have my baby items… but I will have new items as well. Well, the babies will be waking up soon.. So i am going to be leaving this post here. I hope to be able to blog more often once I am caught up.. Thank you all for following and reading!

Hope you all have a great week!

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Life Update

Hi everyone! It has been quite some time since I was able to update/write a blog post. I am still here!! I just have a lot going on right now. Lots of doctors appointments & my kitty passing got me a little behind on my RockinMommi orders, so I have been trying to focus/catch up on those. I am almost caught up though thankfully! I’m hoping to be caught up by the 4th of July weekend so I’m no longer stressing about it. :)

Hubby is doing great.. recently did another half marathon. He is also a sponsored runner now, which is amazing! I’m so proud of him. The babies are doing good, growing too fast as usual. We took them to see Wrestling the other night and surprisingly they did amazing! We were worried because it was past their bed time and Mikaela hadn’t napped at all that day. They did great & had fun though. I grew up watching it with my dad & my husband loves it… so it was really cool to see what it was actually like in person. I had never been to it live. We plan to go to Toledo next week for the holiday weekend.. should be fun.

I have recently began PenPaling! I haven’t done that since I was small and they did it through school. I actually LOVE it! It’s so interesting “meeting” new friends from all over the place. I have also started using planners… I’m trying to organize my life as much as I can to lessen the everyday stress of trying to remember to do a million things. It’s helping and i enjoy it.
I am hoping that I will be able to update more now that I am starting to catch up. I enjoy blogging and appreciate you all for following me. Thank you.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Missing you: Stinkers 5.1.05-6.6.14

It’s not getting any easier yet.. I can’t believe on Friday, it’ll be a week since I held you and felt your little heart stop with my hand. We love and miss you so much. I miss you most in the mornings when you usually greet me to say good morning while most of the world is still asleep and when I have to work on shop orders and you would lay with me in my craft room to keep me company. You’ve been my little shadow for 9 years and I’m not sure what to do with myself right now but I know you’re feeling better and not sick anymore. That’s what’s important.

Our hearts will heal and you’ll always have your place in them. One day I will see you again and kiss your little nose while I give you the biggest hug ever. I hope you’re enjoying kitty heaven handsome. Love you stinkers.

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SweetNOIR: New Branding!

Good morning everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week! I’ve recently decided to spend some time rebranding SweetNOIR. I’ve had the idea for this design for some time but never have time to really work on “extra” things besides orders. I wanted to share.

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SweetNOIR: Shop & Instagram

I really hope you enjoy the new design. The white kitty represents my albino kitty I have had for several years {since 2003}, she has the biggest & prettiest blue eyes.. She is my non-human baby. Haha. Thank you for reading, if you have a small business and are in need of design work, please feel free to contact me! You can comment with your email below or message me through one of my shops! Which ever is easiest for you. I also have a new Instagram for my design clients called @PrintedArrow if you’d like to communicate that way. Have a fabulous day everyone!

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New Item: Baby Shower Pin

What a fun custom request this was! I was so nervous to make it since I had never made anything like it before. I really hope the mommy to be loves this creation! Once I finally received all of the supplies that I had ordered I was scared to cut anything.. But now that it’s made, I think it’s adorable and wish I had one when I was Prego haha.. I just wanted to share! Just because some of us crafters make things regularly, doesn’t mean we aren’t scared or sometimes lost when it comes to creating new items. Everyone has struggles sometimes! I hope you enjoyed reading about my random creative struggle ;) have a wonderful day!!

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Recipe: Grilled Avocado

I made this recipe for dinner tonight and It was so delicious, I just had to share!! My adjustments.. Lemon juice instead of lime {it’s what I had}, some cheese under the fresh salsa.. No sour cream. Please feel free to follow my fitness Instagram @JeniP_Fitspiration! Enjoy!

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Recipe from RealFoodCo

Grilled Guacamole
-several firm, yet ripe avocados
-pico de gallo or your favorite salsa
-limes
-olive oil
-sea salt
-sour cream or yogurt
Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. (for an easy video on how to do that, check out my video at loveandtomatoes.com). Brush each avocado half with olive oil and lime juice. Place it green-side down on the grill for 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle it with sea salt and some additional lime juice. Fill the hole with pico de gallo and a dallop of sour cream. Serve with a side of tortilla chips.

I hope you enjoy this simple & healthy recipe! I plan to skip the sour cream on mine.. I’m sure this simple recipe can be altered to everyone’s own specific taste. Have a great Sunday & thanks for reading!

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LostDivne: NEW items coming soon!

I have gradually been working on new items to list in my jewelry shop LostDivine & hope to list some soon. It has been so long since I’ve been able to work on any jewelry & I used to make so much! As you can see below, I have a few necklaces and some earrings sets coming soon. I also plan to add some feather earrings & cameo pieces to the new items being listed. I have a few that I need to take photos of before I can put them online. I also have some ideas that I’d love to make a reality. I simply cannot wait to re-open my shop. I hope you really enjoy some of the new pieces. Feel free to leave any requests if there is something specific you’re looking for. If i can find it, I’d love to make it for you. I can also make wedding & bridal party jewelry and hair pieces if interested. Thank you all for reading!

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