Saturday, September 29, 2012

OWL LET YOUR BORROW MY HAT

We adopted this owl hat last night.
Last night Ellie put this hat on after we had a long day of going to best buy, hunting at vintage and costume stores, and then buying some stuff at Whole Foods....


it's so hootin' cute!!!!
The tag says it's made by DayLee designs for San Diego hat company...I found them online, but they are way too pricey online..we only paid like $20! Or you could just make one yourself if your good with a knittin' needle!

How cute is this hat!?! Ellie and me are both in love with it- and she normally will not put hats on! ha ha ha
hootie hoooooooo, kande and "owl-ie"

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Gold "Tuggs" not Uggs & lil boots for FALL

 This is Ellie's MINI FALL BOOT Line Up.....
Would you guys want me to do a "Fall Mini Shop & Tell" Video with Ellie and her mini clothes we got her for Fall?!?
These boots we got at Target..well except the mocs, those are from Minnetonka.
The gold ones are my fav!!! They are like mini gold "uggs"...maybe since they are from Target, we can call them "TUGGS"! bwaaa ha ha ha
I love when I crack myself up!
 Gold boots in action in Ellie's lil "car".
PS. she's wearing them with her jammies!


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

My blog assistant:

 This is my lil' "blog assistant"..actually she's my lil' "everything assistant"...no matter what I'm doing this lil' lady wants to help!
 This was lil' Miss Ellie, helping me just a few minutes ago, look through a photo album to pick out a picture for me "throwback thursday" post on my KandeeJ blog...you know where I post an old school pic of myself that just fun or as in today's post, funny to see! ha ha ha
Look at her lil' working face!
sometimes I have to go where she wants to go- good thing I have a laptop! Lots of times she wants to play somewhere, so I just go and try to type real fast while she crawls on me and my laptop! ha ha ha

off to go write my other blog and draw pictures of cats...that is what Ellie keeps requesting.."mow! mow!"...that's "meow" for cat! ha ha ha

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Removable Wallpaper...genius!!!!!

 Hold onto your fascinators because this is awesome!!!
REMOVABLE WALLPAPER!!!!!
Yes, may all renters rejoice!!! OR anyone who has ever removed wallpaper knows...removing wallpaper is about as fun as a visit to the dentist! You know what, scratch that- I removes a whole room with 80's country flower wallpaper once and I would have rather gone to the dentist! ha ha ha

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 because you know how I love striped walls!!!
 and the polka dot wallpaper...me loves!
ok, and then the stars are amazing!
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Then because I'm equally in love with the "zig zag" or chevron striped wallpaper...I also found these at TEMPAPER
and say, you just rent, like I do and want to paint the walls then safely remove all traces of color...OR
say you want to do a wall mural, graffiti art, let your kids draw their own artwork mural for the walls...you can get the custom TEMPAPER !!!

my creative "wall idea" gears are turning!!!!
How awesome is this!!!!
Whether you're renting an apartment or house, or you don't want to commit to a painted wall, or love wallpaper but hate the idea of needing to remove it later...these things are beyond cool baby!

Dreaming of striped walls, or then maybe the chevron patter....or the stars....oh the wonder, your kandee

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I'm in love with these bedrooms!

(photo from pinterest: via nursery notations)

I love this room!
I love the striped ceiling.
I LOVE the curtains....
the chandelier...
I would just lay in bed and stare at the ceiling and curtains!
(photo from my pinterest- from bebe diva)
Pink, frilly, striped walls, cute curtains, and put a chandelier almost anywhere and I'm in love!
I love this sweet, girly nursery. Just swap out the crib and this would be great for big girls...and even bigger girls like me! ha ha ha
(photo from my pinterest from hot pads)
Here's one for the boys, or if you did it more Pink with stars (like sailing off to girly dream land), it could be great for girls too!
I love this! And yes, these are REAL beds!
How awesome are these "boat beds"!
It would probably be easy to get kids in bed if the room looked like this!

Which one is your favorite!? I love these!!!!!!

THINGS that I love:
striped walls
and
chandeliers
 
wishing I had striped on my walls, your kandee
 
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Monday, September 24, 2012

A little lady, a little leopard, and a little bag...

 Ellie wearing: kitty t-shirt (target), leopard leggings (target), bunny slippers (a present), and my mom's leopard bag, which Ellie seems to think is hers now! ha ha ha
 We, and when I saw we, I mean Ellie, love this bag! We love to pull it everywhere!
Including in the airport.....where she looks like the smallest traveler!
But she did finally put her "real" shoes back on! ha ha ha

Good thing her "bag" was just filled with fluff! ha ha ha
And PS. How cute is the cat on the back of the shirt too!!

and I'm rollin' like a carry-on in the airport, hugs kandee

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

somedays Sundays, wrap up....

sometimes we have a busy week....
some times we fly on planes...and sometimes we both smile like twins...
 sometimes we try on shoes that are way too big....and sometimes those shoes don't even mach...
yep, she is my daughter, already mis-matching. Matching is so boring and predictable! ha ha ha ha
 sometimes we pretend we're motorcycle chicks!
 and sometimes we pull a little tiny suitcase, because we love it...and we make everyone who looks at this smile.....
and by we, I mean Ellie.

big hugs from me and lil' hugs from Ellie Bellie Boo Bear....

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Morning Heart Melters and Going #4

 This lady is usually the reason I wake up every day....well, weither she is awake, or if not, my alarm on my phone does a fine job af annoying me awake.
I'd much rather wake up to this precious face that my alarm.
I love that even thought Alani is 7 and she's almost 20 months- (and yes, I count months until they are 2 years old! It's my rule! ha ha ha)...that she is wearing Alani's old Ariel jammies!
I love her little closed eye face
Oh she is my sunshine in the morning!!!

AND MY BLAKEY QUOTE OF THE WEEK IS:
when we all went to the dentist, before we had gone back, he made a request to go to the bathroom...as we got inside I asked, for the purpose of knowing how long we might be in there..."do you have to go #1 or #2, buddy?"......(meaning #1 will be fast...and #2 we could be there a whiiiiiiile)....he said, "HMMMMMMMMM, I think I have to go #4!"

this mama is sleepy...and I have soooooo much to do still (yes I try to type my blogs the night before, so it's probably morning when you read this!)

night night or top of the mornin' to ya, your kandee

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Yes, I got an Occlusal Adjustment....whaaaaat?!!?


THIS WAS ME at the dentist- with no make-up on- like by bib?!?
I went to the dentist for a check up...
I hadn't been to the dentist in wayyyyy too long!
Good thing I brush and floss!

I even instagrammed a picture of my view at the dentist while I waited.
*My kneecaps look really weird here, they normally don't look so "sticky-outtie"....
I guess dentist chairs are not at flattering "knee-angles"!

I have been having a not-so-nice-pain on the right side of my jaw.
Turns out my bite is...was off!
Basically my back teeth weren't fitting together properly so one side of my teeth were getting all the pressure and pain, lots of pain, for a while now.
Doc, (dentist doc), said we can fix it with an Occlusal (bite) Adjustment-
what the occlusal?!?!
They just have you bite on this paper, and sand off a thin part where the teeth are hitting- until the pressure were your teeth come together is evenly distributed. 
I asked,q1 jokingly after he had been "grinding" and adjusting my teeth for over an hour, "if I had any teeth left" ha ha ha....HE told me I wouldn't even notice, and I don't, my teeth feel the same, just not painful when I bite now!
 This was me and my teeth that "bite" together way less painfully than they did when I got my check-up the other day!
My tooth look straight, but the back teeth didn't match up at all, and when I'd bite down they would slide to the side to try to fit together! Owzie!
My teeth were like an phony old, western town, that looks like buildings in the front, and then in the back it's a mess! ha ha ha

AND THE REASON TEETH CAN GET ALL WONKY LIKE THIS?!?!

HE asked if I chewed gum!
oh no, GUILTY!!!
He asked if I did it when I was a teenager?
OH YES AGAIN!!!!

I used to chew gum ALL day  long!! I mean I'd have a pack of gum in my backpack, car, bedroom- if you saw me chances are I was chewing gum.
Some people smoked.....I was a chain-gum-chewer!
From about 15-18, I always, always was chewing gum- hey I just wanted minty-fresh breath!

Turns out all that gum chewing is not so great for your jaw, and can mess up the pressure on your teeth and your bite!

*Did you know that your bite (teeth pressing together) can be as much as 200 pounds per square inch or raw, mashing pressure! That's like an adult man, sitting on my teeth!

Long tooth-story, short....
My back teeth aren't ground to nubs, they fit together so nicely, all my other teeth are still attached to my gums, and I dont' have the crazy pain and sensitivity that I had on that one side! hoooooootie-tootie ray!!!

Happy teeth, your kandee

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

I hope this inspires you to smile more at people....

 I thought, hey...why not do a throwback thursday pic over here on Kandeeland (since I try to do them every thursday on my Kandeej blog)...and I found these pictures from when Ellie was just a few months old at my neice's (who's now 3) 2nd birthday...
she seems so huge now (at her big age of 19 months!)....
and as I type this at night, like I try to do, when all my lovebugs are fast asleep...
I looked through the pictures from this day....and I saw the pictures of me with my dad that day...and my heart just kind of felt like it fell to the floor.
As I look and see the twinkle in his eyes, the huge smile on his face, and I can just hear his laughter in my mind...
I fight back tears...I fight back more than tears, it feels like I fight back a flood...
One thing I learned, that is hard, is when you go through losing a loved one...it's really hard if you get hit with those feelings at night.
More than once, I have been crying so much, and no one else is awake to call or talk to...
and I reach out to the very one I should have called on first, I pray to God, to comfort and strengthen my heart.

Oh, my Ellie was so small on this day. And I hope I didn't bum anyone out by reading this...but I do hope that if anyone has lost a loved one and is hurting, that you know you're not on this path alone. We all may look like we are fine and happy when people see us at the store, or pumping gas, or whatever...no one knows the heartache that is behind the smile...
But that SMILE, that keeps smiling, even when their heart is hurting....oh the beauty of the love in the eyes of that smile! It shows your strength- the strength to smile when you're heart is hurting is something many people aren't strong enough to do! So I cheer you on!

Keep smiling today, and even give an extra smile away...because you never know what person you see, that might look like they are just fine....and you have NO IDEA...how much that smile means to their hurting heart....

and to that little old man, that smiled at me and said "you've got no choice other than to have a great day", at the post office, one day when my heart was barely hanging on....thank you. Thank you for being an angel in my day, Mr. Kind Stranger.

extra smiles, kandee

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Postcards from my kitchen....

 if you were to walk through my kitchen right now this is what you'd see....
ABOVE: Blaker's awesome "puffball" B letter he made at school!
 Confetti cake we had last night after dinner of my mom's famous french dip sandwiches!
 A really weird looking microphone- it's called a snowball or something, that I tried using to record the voice overs for a new video! I've never used anything other than my laptop so we'll see if it sounds better!
 My favorite glittery wallet that I've had for years...it's by deux lux....and I love it..., but sadly they don't make them anymore....booooo
and my stargazers...they are like a happy puppy of a flower, all cheery and happy to greet whoever looks at them....

at those are those postcards from my kitchen.......

and I will close with a big...."WISH YOU WERE HERE"....love kandee

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Art of Pintercation

 (photo: via pinterest)
Pack up your virtual bags, because we are about to take a "pinter-cation"!
PINTER-CATION: the definition of pretending you are on vacation or an imaginary get-away, make-believe something or other...by simply looking on Pinterest.

I am "pint-magining" us here on my "pretend" ranch house...where all my trees have been wrapped in twinkly lights, like above...of course.
(photo: via pinterest)

I saw this picture and first thought...I have to show this to my sister because she loves horses and will love this saddle swing!
Then as I looked longer....I kinda just wanted to jump inside this picture...
the green grass...
the green mountainside in the background...
the color of the sky...
the white fence (I love white fences like that!)...

I could even imagine the smell of BBQ goodness and envision the charming vintage tray of lemonade I just made... (ha ha ha)
And then I would bring us out another huge, vintage and cute, tray of Vanilla Slice Squares like this
(photo: via pinterest)
I would make enough so that we could each eat two.
Someone would know how to play the guitar, and we would listen to music, eat, and sip lemonade from all my "imaginary" mix matched, yet charming glasses...
and we would watch the moonrise...
and it would be lovely.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday Sunsets and Party Night...

 Usually you show the after last..but I have to show you the amazing sunset "after" first! This isn't with any "enhancing" anything- no instagram filter...this is how it came out with must phone-photography skill!
 and this is how it looked BEFORE....still beautiful!
We just sat at watch the sunset change and dazzle the sky every second...
while Ellie pretended this pretend quad, really had battery power! ha ha ha
We had a really fun day of filming a super fun video, that I can't wait to show you guys! (not sure when it will be up, but I will have a new video up on youtube today!)

 Then we went to Round Table for some pizza- their Artisan Basil Pizza is my fav!!! And the kids just get the guaranteed, default "please-everyone-unless-they-don't-eat-cheese" pizza- CHEESE!

We watched Shreck (why doesn't that look like I spelled that right!?!) the 3rd, got in our cozy jammies...sang some songs, and then everyone got cozy in their beds...

and that was our SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY Night!!!!

cheesy pizza, your kandee

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

sometimes you just need....

 This is one of my favorite pictures- "sometimes you just need a pair of your big brothers spiderman snowboots to complete your look"...
Ellie in her sailor dress... and no, there is no snow anywhere at all....

Lil' Ellie bear is such a blessing to our whole family...
she is usually up before everyone..with big smiles, and two hands waving in the air to great everyone....her beloved, "Yah-yo", who we call Alani. And "Bake", otherwise known as Blake...and "Jor-dough" AKA Jordan.

She makes everyone laugh and smile from morning til' bed time...she is like a ball of sunshine and joy!
She melts Jordan's heart, when she runs to him with her arms open for him to catch her.
And even lil' Blakey, when he says, "awwww, she looks so cute!"
And Alani, who likes to pretend, even a little too much that Ellie us her baby doll! ha ha ha

And as a mama, the best part is knowing that right now, I can fix all her troubles or problems...when she is grown up, I may not be able to fix everything for her...but right now my heart is so glad that, when she runs to my arms, everything is good and safe and wonderful.

As she ran down the hall with her arms wide open for we to swoop her up and twirl around...my heart felt like it grew bigger with love in that moment...

and as she drifted off to sleep with my arms around her...there is no greater feeling of precious love in the world...

spiderman boots and big giant smiles, kandee

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Breaking the Rules of Fashion: OUR STREET STYLE

Ok, instead of the streets of New York City or Milan...this is the "street scene from my driveway" ...
And we say "matching is for socks"...what else would you expect from a girl who's mom doesn't even wear matching earrings most day!
Alani is wearing an outfit she picked out herself:
SHIRT- H&M Kids
SKIRT- I can't remember, but I'd bet on Target
WATERMELON LEGGINS (yes, I know)- Old Navy
SHOES- neon pink checkered Vans
(and her pretend Barbie Cell Phone)

I think it's good to allow kids the freedom (unless they wanted to wear their bathing suit or snowsuit to school!)...to have their independent style. I maybe would have said, "maybe the watermelon leggins kinda don't, really go...., but I know giving her this little "fashion freedom"...will help foster her independent style, her sense of what she likes...just ike my mom let me roll my socks down into "donuts" around my ankles. Was she embarrassed? Probably.
Did it let me develop my own sense of, "this is what I like and I don't care what other people think"....yes, a little bit, it did!
I love it when I go somewhere and see a mom with a small person, dressed in a costume or a fun outfit, just to go grocery shopping!
example: if Ellie wanted to wear this to the store...and it was not hot out....I would let her wear this and she'd be the cutest cupcake in the store!
 
 this was actually Ellie in the store last night...we were grocery shopping and she wanted to watch the water shoot out of the fountain- it was amazingly interesting.
 and Ellie wearing Blakey's shoes this morning...even her jammies look kinda boy-ish! ha ha ha

I'm typing this outside, because Ellie wanted to be out here....ha ha ha

Happy Saturday, your buddy ol' pal, kandee

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