Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday Chuckle

Nice all year & you still didn't get what you wanted for Christmas???


.....this could be the reason!!! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DAY 12 HAS ARRIVED!!!


USA / CLUE #12: You could set your watch by it…just like clock work after traveling the world, Santa’s hard working reindeer like to take a hot shower at this US location.  

ITALY / CLUE #12: Babbo Natale ha cercato le Mini-Mocs  in un " Porto cugino alle renne"... 


ABOVE IS THE LAST CLUE FOR THE 12 DAY OF CHRISTMAS MINI-MOCS TREASURE HUNT!!! Be SURE YOU A RE A FAN if you're planning on playing. Review your 12 answers and their order before you post them. DO NOT post your answers to the clues UNTIL DECEMBER 23RD. Any entries that are posted prior to Dec 23rd or answers that are wrong or sequential order is incorrect will be deleted. We are so EXCITED to put the Mini-Mocs you helped Santa find onto a pair of sweet little feet! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

GET READY THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE DAY!!!


USA / CLUE #11: Santa’s is a big man but this “lady” is much bigger and stands proud & tall.

ITALY / CLUE #11: Babbo Natale ha cercato il paio di Mini-Mocs perduto anche nel paese più piccolo della Sicilia 




REMINDER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers here until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & go to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win, it's that easy! ONLY OUR PAGE FANS CAN WIN!

Monday, December 19, 2011

IT'S DAY #10....DO YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS SO FAR???


USA/ CLUE #10: When Santa gives the reindeer a break he loves to get his kicks putting the pedal to the medal and going cross country on this historic piece of pavement.

ITALY / CLUE #10: In questa citta' non sei tu che ..."Imbrogli". Dove e' stato avvistato Babbo Natale? 


FOR THOSE WHO ARE JUST JOINING IN, HERE IS HOW THE TREASURE HUNT WORKS.... Help Santa find the lost pair of Mini-Mocs by figuring out the clues that will be posted here EVERYDAY starting December 10th thru the 22nd. Each clue is to a location where Santa has been. Solve each clue and be the first to post all 12 at once on our wall and you'll win a pair of mini-mocs. We are running to contests simultaneously - one for our fans in Europe and one for our fans in the USA. Only one winner per contest and fans can only enter the contest for their region. The winner will be able to choose from 21 different style of mini-mocs as their prize. Prizes will be shipped within 15 business days of the contest ending. 
Aiuta Babbo Natale a trovare il paiodi Mini-MOCS perse, cercando di capire gli indizi che saranno pubblicati qui ogni giorno dal 10 dicembre al 22 dicembre 2011. Ogni indizio indica dove Babbo Natale è stato avvistato. Risolvi ogni indizio e sii il primo a postare tutte le 12 risposte in una volta sola sul nostro FACEBOOK WALL e potrai vincere un paio di Mini-Mocs. Stiamo partendocontemporaneamente con i concorsi per i nostri fan in Italia e per i nostri fan negli Stati Uniti. Un solo vincitore per ogni concorso ed è possibile partecipare solo ad un concorso per ogni Paese. Il vincitore potrà scegliere come premio tra 21 differenti stili di Mini Mocs. I premi saranno spediti entro 15 giorni lavorativi dalla fine concorso.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

PLAY TO WIN...DAY 12 IS GETTING CLOSE!!!




USA / CLUE #9: A rocket booster on Santa’s sleigh helps him get across this US landmark that is 10 mile wide 5000 feet deep.

ITALY / CLUE #9: Babbo porta ai bimbi "cattivi" l'omonimo paese...



REMINDER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers here until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & go to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win, it's that easy! ONLY OUR PAGE FANS CAN WIN!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

IT'S NOT TOO LATE...WE'RE ON CLUE #8


USA / CLUE #8: Santa visits every family around the world and in the U.S. more than 40% of American’s relatives have passed through this location.

ITALY / CLUE #8: La citta' che vola in alto? 



OUR TREASURE HUNT IS IN FULL SWING BUT THERE IS STILL TIME TO JOIN IN & PLAY!!! 



Friday, December 16, 2011

ANOTHER CLUE JUST FOR YOU!!!

USA / CLUE #7: Santa loves the golden arches but when he visits here there are no burgers and only one arch. 

ITALY / CLUE #7: Santa Claus ha chiesto a Medicei e Gigliani se habbo trovato il paio di Mini-Mocs perduto. Dove si trova Santa Claus? 

REMINDER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers here until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & go to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win, it's that easy! ONLY OUR PAGE FANS CAN WIN!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

WE'RE HALF WAY THERE!!!


USA / CLUE #6: Santa has many many Tiffany’s on his naughty & nice list but this very nice Tiffany is the largest in the world and it’s made of glass. 

ITALY CLUE #6:  La citta' più dura d'Italia ma tenera come il pane...  




*****6 CLUES DOWN 6 TO GO*****
Don't miss your chance to win!!!! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MINI-MOCS TREASURE HUNT CLUE #5 IS HERE!!!


USA / CLUE #5: As Santa flies through the sky he can see this US landmark glowing in the dark and can also see its reflection in the pool of water below.

ITALY / CLUE #5: Umberto Saba la definiva:" ...e' come un ragazzaccio aspro e veloce, con gli occhi azzurri e mani troppo grandi per regalare un fiore. Come un amore, con gelosia". Dove e' stato avvistato Babbo Natale!?  



REMINDER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers here until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & go to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win, it's that easy! ONLY OUR PAGE FANS CAN WIN!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

4 CLUES HAVE BEEN POSTED...DO YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS?

USA / CLUE #4: Santa has to give the Reindeer some extra magic corn in order for them to get over these “skyscrapers” that are over 1000 years old and most
are 26 stories tall. 

ITALY / Clue #4: La citta' che non si arrende, del Matitone e dei caruggi... 

FOR THOSE WHO ARE JUST JOINING IN, HERE IS HOW THE TREASURE HUNT
WORKS....
Help Santa find the lost pair of Mini-Mocs by figuring out the clues that will be posted here EVERYDAY starting December 10th thru the 22nd. Each clue is to a location where Santa has been. Solve each clue and be the first to post all 12 at once on our wall and you'll win a pair of mini-mocs. We are running to contests simultaneously - one for our fans in Europe and one for our fans in the USA. Only one winner per contest and fans can only enter the contest for their region. The winner will be able to choose from 21 different style of mini-mocs as their prize. Prizes will be shipped within 15 business days of the contest ending.
Aiuta Babbo Natale a trovare il paiodi Mini-MOCS perse, cercando di capire gli indizi che saranno pubblicati qui ogni giorno dal 10 dicembre al 22 dicembre 2011. Ogni indizio indica dove Babbo Natale è stato avvistato. Risolvi ogni indizio e sii il primo a postare tutte le 12 risposte in una volta sola sul nostro FACEBOOK WALL e potrai vincere un paio di Mini-Mocs. Stiamo partendocontemporaneamente con i concorsi per i nostri fan in Italia e per i nostri fan negli Stati Uniti.
Un solo vincitore per ogni concorso ed è possibile partecipare solo ad un concorso per ogni Paese. Il vincitore potrà scegliere come premio tra 21 differenti stili di Mini Mocs. I premi saranno spediti entro 15 giorni lavorativi dalla fine concorso.

Monday, December 12, 2011

CLUE #3 HAS ARRIVED!!!


USA / CLUE #3: Santa never needed a key to get past this shining gate.

ITALY / CLUE #3:  Nonostante tanta nebbia, Santa Claus è stato visto anche dalla "Madonnina" 






REMINDER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers here until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & go to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win! ONLY FANS OF OUR PAGE CAN WIN!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

CALLING ALL TREASURE HUNTERS!!!


USA / CLUE #2: Four of Santa’s favorite presidents “face” more than two million Americans each year at this location. 

ITALY / CLUE #2:  Gli Eporediensi hanno visto Santa Claus passare di lì qualche giorno fa, di quale città parliamo? 



REMINDER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers here until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & come back to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win! ONLY FANS OF OUR PAGE CAN WIN! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

LET THE TREASURE HUNT BEGIN!!!




USA / CLUE #1
In 1901 a friend of Santa’s named Annie Edison Taylor had a barrel of fun at this US landmark.

ITALY / CLUE #1:
Piccolo e incantevole paese alpino. Un tempo chiamato "Breuil":

REMEMBER - Once you solve the clues DO NOT post the answers on FaceBook until ALL clues have been revealed over the next 12 days! Keep track of ALL the answers & go to our FaceBook page on December 23nd and be the first to post them in order to win! ONLY FANS OF OUR PAGE CAN WIN! 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fun Facts Friday

THE TREASURE HUNT STARTS TOMORROW... 

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A 
PAIR OF MINI-MOCS!!!  

click here FOR DETAILS!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

More than Monday!

i've been spending time doing the Christmas Craft show circuit... seeing how many talented people there are out there is wonderfully inspirational!!!
Shout 3 HO HO HO's for a Handmade Christmas!!! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

More than Monday

Although Thanksgiving has come & gone it was a day I will treasure. I love cooking a bountiful meal for family and this year was no exception. Even in these economically difficult times we have so MUCH to be grateful for...family, friends, our health and home. 




HOPING EVERYONE READING THIS HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND ENJOYED THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

More than Monday

i've missed a few days blogging! as the Christmas season approaches my schedule becomes relentlessly busy & often i find the change of weather catches me by surprise. yesterday morning i was inspired by the tenacity of a little rose bloom covered in frost & determined to be just as beautiful as it's summer siblings. 

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

More than Monday

Last night I watched a BBC documentary called  "Close encounters with giant harpy eagle of Venezuela" with hubby that took our breath away!  It was a special on Harpy Eagles, the largest and more rare Eagle in the world. I have always LOVED birds of prey and been fascinated how these birds can be SO fierce and yet when it comes to nurturing their young they are unbelievably attentive and relentless and tireless providers.

This documentary was truly inspiring to me...  Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fun Facts Friday

Baby's feet are subjected to enormous stress, this stress not typically experienced by the average adult foot. In fact, the stress on a baby's foot can be 3 times the stress experienced by adult feet. Mini-Mocs shoes are designed to allow your baby's feet to move and flex freely, giving them the full range of motion  feet need to develop in a strong and healthy way. As the owner & maker of Mini-Mocs I pride myself on providing parents and their children with handmade products they can depend
on for quality & fine craftsmanship. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

More than Monday

The busy-ness of life has a way of distracting us from what's important. I came across this photo over the weekend and I was filled with how wonderful and inspiring it is to see the Grace of God! He comes to us in each sunrise & sunset and He shows Himself magnificent in the pure beauty of the rays of the sun.  


Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

Red eyes & yawns all after many cups of coffee and what you think is a nights sleep. Attention new parents; your little bundle of joy on average is depriving each of you around 350-400 hours of sleep in the first year.  If you're a single parent those numbers almost double to about 600-750 hours in the first year. When you do a little calculation that is about one entire nights sleep per week, 52 sleepless nights in the first year. If you ask most any parent...it's worth every lost second of sleep. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Fun Facts


That's One Smart Mama!!! 

Because "smart" is such a vague term, I thought I would break down the brain-boosting benefits of motherhood into the five most likely "smart" attributes: perception, efficiency, resiliency, motivation, and emotional intelligence. All of these categories have been supported by many animal studies as well as some human studies designed to show how mothers have an edge. 


The category of perception deals mainly with the five senses. A study I found very interesting showed that pregnant women had sharper "visual acuity" than women who weren't expecting. This study certainly didn't imply that expectant women suddenly had 20/20 vision, but they were more aware of detail that they may have overlooked prior to pregnancy. Other studies have also showed that pregnant women have an enhanced sense of smell which researchers believe serves as a way to protect the unborn baby from foods that are potentially harmful. 


Furthermore findings show that expectant women can experience a boost in motivation, fearlessness, and the ability to multitask and cope with more stress. Exciting new research also suggests that oxytocin — a hormone important to labor and breastfeeding — improves a moms' capacity for learning and memory.


Emotional intelligence is the most definitive category in which mothers benefit. This brain boost for moms acts as the ability to see the world through someone else's eyes. In most of life's relationships, if you don't agree with a person you can just walk away, but you can't walk away from your child. At least, not if you want to be a good parent. Instead, you've got to stretch your mind to understand their point of view. In no way did any of these studies suggest that women who weren't pregnant were lacking in any of the five researched areas but instead they simply confirmed that the changes women were noticing in themselves were in-fact valid and accurate. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

This time of year here in Michigan our landscape turns to a world of inspirational colors!!!   

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you? 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

The assumption is often that babies tiny ears are very sensitive to noise and sound. The fact is that they hear at the same volume levels we do. So why do they jump so easily, it seems startle at just about anything. Truth is, it's not because the noise is louder or softer when they jump like this, it's mostly caused by the fact the sound is new to them.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

More than Monday!

Yesterday was my Daddy's 80th Birthday...he's an amazing man! He has taught me SO much and while my Daddy enjoyed the fine things in life he treasured the simple things. Dinner was one of his favorites times...a time to sit, relax, enjoy good food, a good bottle of wine and each others company. I lost my Daddy in 2009 but he has always been and continues to be one of the greatest sources of inspiration in my life so to celebrate him I made one of his favorite meals.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY...
LOVE YOU & MISS YOU!!!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

As hard as this may be to believe babies can't cry. They can scream and holler for what they want or need, but newborns technically can't cry. Tears don't actually begin to flow until babies are about three weeks old. In some cases, it isn’t unusual for babies not to shed their first tears until four or five months. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

More than Monday!

The weather here has been unbelievably and amazingly beautiful...warm temperatures, super sunny and breath taking vivid blue skies! I'm SO grateful that we haven't closed out pool yet... I had a long overdue break on Sunday so here's a fun little pic I took while enjoying some inspirational time floating and day dreaming on my pool raft!


Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you? 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

When someone says to you..."they're as strong as an Ox", I'm sure a baby is not the visual that come to mind. However pound for pound, babies are stronger than many animals. As unbelievable as it may seem, an oxen is actually the best example of comparable strength in the animal kingdom. A baby's strongest muscles are in their legs. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

More than Monday - You Can Help Find A Cure

October marks the beginning of the Etsy Angel's month long fundraising event for Breast Cancer Awareness.  By shopping in any of the Angel's stores listed below you will be helping us raise funds and donate to help non-profit groups with research, education, information and support women.

Please join us in our efforts to raise as much money as we possibly can.  Each Angel has her specific donation intentions listed in their stores.  At the end of the month we will be updating our Etsy Angel Blog with the number of sales we made along with the amount we raised.  Listed will also be the non-profit groups we donated to. 



•☆.•*´¨`*••♥ ETSY ANGEL BREAST CANCER  CHARITY EVENT ♥••*´¨`*•.☆•


Sewinggranny - 20 % off all sales in Think Pink section, except for fleece blanket 50% of it.
www.
sewinggranny.etsy.com 

Ozarknana - 50% of everything in my Think Pink section and 20% for the remainder of my store.
www.ozarknana.etsy.com 

Wildlifer78 - 25% of all sales in Think Pink section and 10% of remainder of shop.
www.wildlifer78.etsy.com 

MamaJody54 - 20% of all sales and 50% of the Think Pink Can or Bottle Cozies.
www.mamajody54.etsy.com 

Crochetbymsa - 20% of all sales for October.
www.crochetbymsa.etsy.com 

justByou - Items in THINK PINK section will offer $2 going to charity donation, unless otherwise stated in item description as higher amount.
For all other sales in the month of Oct., $1 from each sale will go to charity donation. If an item of ours is in the BNR, then 100% purchase price of our bnr item will be donation to charity.
www.justbyou.etsy.com

BeadedTail - 25% of all sales in Think Pink section and 10% of remainder of shop.
www.beadedtail.etsy.com

CBLandCompany - 20% of all sales
www.cblandcompany.etsy.com 

BeadzNStonezSupplies - $20 donation
www.
beadznstonezsupplies.etsy.com 

craftsbychris - 25% of all sales in Think Pink section and 10% of remainder of shop.
www.
craftsbychris.etsy.com 

maranda's paper boutique 10% of all sales
www.maranda.etsy.com

ArrivingAngels- 10% of everything in the "THINK PINK" section and 20% of the "Give A Hoot" Quilt
www.arrivingangels.etsy.com 

Ooh Leela- 20% of all sales
www.isabelafelix.etsy.com

handjstarcreations 10% of all sales in think pink section
www.handjstarcreations.etsy.com

MyMiniMocs - 10% of all shop sales and 50% of my limited edition "No Monkey Business...Find a Cure" lovey blanket/toy set :)
www.myminimocs.etsy.com 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Fun Facts


BABY QUIZ - FACT OR FICTION? 

WEEK #10

Learning begins in school.

FALSE: Learning starts even before birth, the human brain grows explosively between conception and age 6. Learning is actually an inverse function of age - the younger the baby is, the faster they will learn ... their happiness, health, and basic well-being are also significantly improved by stimulation and experiencing new things.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

More than Monday

As fall approaches I try to spend more & more time taking in what's left of the beautiful blooms in my yard. This year my roses have been particularly happy and continue to bloom & bloom & bloom again. I just love watching them, and I'm inspired by their persistence, beauty & vigor!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Fun Facts


BABY QUIZ - FACT OR FICTION? 

WEEK #9


Babies Cannot Talk. 
FALSE:  Babies actually try to communicate almost all the time. It isn't easy because they can't make the same sounds that we adults understand as words. Because of this we often assume the sounds they're making are meaningless. On the contrary the sounds your baby is making are not just cooing & wooing, it IS language, all sounds are language.  Babies do not waste their breath saying nothing, remember just because you don't understand their language doesn't mean they don't clear understand it.  It is very important to listen & respond to your baby's effort to communicate. It is vital for the baby to know that their caregivers acknowledges they are in fact talking.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I broke my baby toe a couple of days ago...

and if I could have done this I definitely would have!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

More than Monday!

My life has been so busy lately, i've been caring for mom, household things and trying to keep up with Mini-Mocs orders all on VERY little sleep...needless to say i've been feeling the strain of life's pressures. this past weekend something happened that hasn't in quite some time...my husband took my hand and sat me down across from him and simply looked into my eyes, he didn't say a word, he just looked! it lasted for only a minute but in that moment i felt calm, peace, comforted & loved. with that simple look i knew everything was going to be okay. he gave me the inspiration i needed to continue doing what i needed to do. 


Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you? 


Friday, September 16, 2011

Fun Facts Friday


BABY QUIZ - FACT OR FICTION? 

WEEK #8


Babies have a short attention span.

FALSE: Babies actually have superb attention, interest, and enthusiasm for everything that surrounds them. Babies can pay attention to up to 10 things at once instead of focusing on one thing at a time like adults do. This is one of the primary reasons why babies learn so quickly. Don't be fooled, babies may not pay attention to what we want them to, but they ARE definitely paying attention. As parents and caregivers if we can determine some of the things that they pay particular attention too we can share in the joys of their discoveries.