Creative Madness Updates and Changes

A couple months ago I played with the html of my blog to make three columns instead of two. I also added colored quote boxes. I have been quite happy with my changes, but have meant to go back and do a few things. Finally today I was able to sit down and really spend the time to do some more. Today I added navigation tabs and put some color on my sidebar titles. I also changed a few other things here and there. I am using a 12″ Mac PowerBook with Firefox, and I even checked with Safari. Everything looks great on my screen. DH’s PC computer has superior graphics card and everything and is hooked up to our HDTV in the living room that is something like 42″ or similar. He is using Windows and IE 6. On his screen my colors look off, especially the quote boxes,. . .

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Expecting by Marla Taviano (a review)

Expecting: Praying for Your Child’s Development-Body and Soul by Marla Taviano Wrap Your New Baby in PrayerJust as the heart of your baby begins to beat and as little ears take shape, speak words of prayer asking for a heart that beats for God and for ears that listen for His leading. This beautiful prayer book will guide you as you pray for your child’s physical growth as well as his or her spiritual growth. The precious forty weeks of creation will become even more meaningful as you reflect on the illustrations that depict your baby’s development. Each week you will be blessed with: – A prayer for your child’s body and soul – A devotional message – A carefully selected scripture – An inspirational quote – A “body and soul” reflection for mom – A space for you to journal your own thoughts and prayersCreate a keepsake you and. . .

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Things I Love Thursday – July 26th, 2009

If you are new to my blog, then this is new to you. If you have been around a while, this should not really be a surprise. Things that I love consists of an interesting and varied list. I love quilts and quilting. I love to cross stitch. I love books. Newly, I love cloth diapers. Quilts: Not such a bizarre love right? My addiction is fueled by Melisa from Sweet Home Quilt Company. Patterns and hand sewing and something new every time. Patience and fabric are two things meshed together. At this point I have been quilting for about two years now. Not a very long time, but not too short either. I have made over a dozen quilt tops and love to piece. It’s the actual sandwiching, basting, and quilting that gets to me. I worked so hard on that pieced top that if I mark on it,. . .

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#clothdiapers gDiapers coupon – BIG SAVINGS!

In my conversations with my sister and research one of the hybrid versions of cloth diapering that I have found is gDiapers. It is great for trips when the laundry is just not easily accessible or for the person is not sure they are ready to go full out into cloth. Well, I wanted to let you know that right now something very exciting is going on… I am getting some and will have a review in the future (when AppleBlossom can show off some gDiapers’ Fluff). Here’s the personal gMum/Dad coupon code we promised: g1478Brons To use your personal gMum/Dad coupon code, add one or more everyday g’s six-pack(s) to your gDiapers.com cart, enter your code and click the “redeem” button. The price will automatically drop from $70 (regular price) to $40. What a sweet deal! Please note, gDiapers.com coupon codes are case sensitive, so make sure to enter. . .

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The Postpartum Survival Guide (a review)

The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression by Paul Meier Eighty percent of all pregnant women struggle with depression during or after their child’s birth. But there is good news about postpartum mood disorders—they are almost 100% treatable. In the definitive guide to postpartum depression, written from a Christian perspective by a team of experts including best-selling author and popular psychologist Dr. Paul Meier (Happiness Is a Choice), The Postpartum Survival Guide explains why this depression occurs, who’s at risk, how to treat it, and where to find God in it all. Coauthor Lynne Johnson, RN, provides a woman’s perspective on the issues of motherhood and depression. Using real-life stories and practical advice from medical professionals, The Postpartum Survival Guide offers hope-filled solutions that will help new mothers enjoy this special time in their lives. Plus, it also contains helpful resource for fathers, family members,. . .

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#ClothDiapers Grand Opening!!!! The Natural Baby

I just wanted to drop a line today to let you know about the brand new brick and mortar Cloth Diaper shop that also sells through an online store, The Natural Baby!! Grand Opening is tomorrow, Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The shop is located in Watkinsville just outside of Athens, Georgia. I have been talking to one of the owners a couple times through email and she is a delight and I cannot wait to get in her store to look around! But even if you are not in GA, she carries everything online as well and her prices are quite as competitive as the other online CD shops out there! Go look ’em up! Our store in Watkinsville, GA opened in June of 2009 and, like our son, is growing every day! We are conveniently located just 10 minutes from the University of. . .

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What did you do yesterday?

I woke up early, drove almost two hours to meet a woman I met on craigslist to buy some hardly used cloth diapers from. Ended up talking for over an hour and encouraging her that Christian Fiction was a lot more exciting these days than the “syrup” as she put it ten years ago. Then, I drove a couple miles down the road to have lunch. Not too exciting right? Well, once I tell you that I was eating with Julie Lessman, Missy Tippens, CrittyJoy, and Patty Smith Hall… that’s a bit more exciting is it not? So tell me, who did you eat lunch with yesterday?

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Cloth Diapers: A Guest Post and Introduction to CD Bummis

As I mentioned previously in a post, SisterL is one of my main influences for wanting to go cloth with diapering future with my baby girl (now blogging affectionately named AppleBlossom). I asked her advice on brands and types and the first thing out of her mouth was “Bummis“. She said if I buy anything, I should definitely invest there. So I asked her to be a little more detailed for my readers here so that I could understand and help explain why Bummis is a fabulous choice for CD. I started cloth diapering DD1 (second child) at 3 months with the medium sampler kit from Green Mountain Diapers (before I knew of www.JuliesStuff.com or www.NaturalBabies.com–Karen at GMD still has great things and her guide is great to pass on to new mamas but shipping was always a lot so items had to be on sale to entice me). It. . .

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Cloth Diapers Adventures: My Beginning

During my pregnancy so far I have been doing a lot of thinking and researching. From gathering coupons to deliberating on the idea of homemade baby food for money savings, I have been in non stop research mode. Trying to eat fresh and sometimes organic when I can afford it to avoiding toxins and things in general that could be bad for me or my baby has kept me busy. Looking into toys that are more than just bright colors and provide some education or tactile stimulation and deciding on colors and furniture for my little one to come has been incredibly long winded. One of the first set decisions that I made was that we are going to breastfeed only and use no formula. The second decision is to cloth diaper, and we will plan to do it full time. I will probably eventually go into detail on many. . .

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An Easter Devotion about crucifixion

What is crucifixion? A medical doctor provides a physical description: The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up. . .

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Snow!!!

According to my husband, “They put a subdivision in Narnia. Only the lamppost survived.” Silly boy. This is looking out the Quilting Den window. Yay for snow! (above) And then, five hours later you have this!! (below) Still coming down equally hard if not more so. The funny thing is, “This was just the start. Snow has been coming down this hard for over an hour and it’s 29 degrees. Yesterday it was 68 outside.” (above) And then… “Still can’t believe it was almost 70 degress just 24 hours ago.” (below) Then this is the backyard view. Five hours after the start of the snow. It stopped after about eight or so hours, and I do not know if it started again during the night. This morning, well my pregnant morning (11:30) it was still on the ground and houses, but the streets have melted. I cannot remember the last. . .

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