Monday, September 19, 2011


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My thoughts have been a little heavy lately about those with disabilities, specifically the men and women injured in war. As I've mentioned before I live in a building with a lot of recently injured veterans while they are being treated at a military hospital nearby. With the recent 10 year mark of 9-11-01 I think it really hit home how lucky we are to be with those we love and how thankful I am for those serving our country and their sacrifices.

One aspect of our close living proximity I haven't discussed is their vehicles and modes of transportation. I am so impressed with the vehicles available these days for amputees and those with severe limb injuries. I don't know specifically where they get their cars and vans but I imagine NMEDA is somehow involved. NMEDA is a non-profit that educates consumers on buying products from a NMEDA qualified dealer. So they basically help you through the process of buying a very expensive, but amazingly necessary vehicle that is designed for you to use, whatever your handicap may be.

I know those who are suddenly disabled have a lot to deal with and I imagine getting a vehicle they can operate is a very important thing. So, if there is someone there to help, I imagine it would help tremendously. NMEDA takes it a step further by offering access to dealers and Quality Assurance Program Dealers. This gives them the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. That's huge. I think it would be a lot less stressful if you knew someone was looking out for the quality of the dealer you're working with.

Just to see how many dealers there were I went to and typed in my zip code to see where the nearest dealers were. Although I live in a large city I was impressed to find one 7 miles from my house.

Although I can only imagine what my neighbor veterans and their families are going through, I am glad there are organizations like NMEDA to help them out.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The other day someone asked me how I learned to sew. I had to laugh because I honestly couldn't really remember. It wasn't when I was a kid. My mom sewed while I was growing up but if I wanted her to sew something for me I would mow the lawn, make dinner or do the dishes. It wasn't that she wouldn't show me how it was that I didn't want to learn. I was going to be a big business professional who didn't have to deal with small homemaker type jobs like sewing, cooking or canning fruit. To this day, cooking is not my favorite but I really enjoy sewing and canning.
My mom & me

Then I went to college. I started dabbling in various crafts such as crochet and scrapbooking. It wasn't until after I was married and my husband was in law school that I started sewing seriously. I had a great job in the medical field but it was very un-creative. I was good at solving problems and addressing people's complaints but it didn't leave a lot of room for working with my hands and creating something new out of something else. I needed a creative outlet. 
Photo curtest of Red Pearl Photography

Plus, there were tons of babies being born who needed gifts. I did a little crochet but decided what I really wanted to do was sew things. So, I started sewing bibs and burp cloths. Then I moved to clothes for babies. I stuck there for a while and then decided to start making things for myself. 

Lucy Dress

About this time my husband started a very time-consuming job which could seem like a drag, and it was, but in a way it was also a blessing. I was able to cultivate my skills and really reach to the next level of sewing. I feel like I can now make clothes I love and not have them look homemade. 
Yellow Cords

Hand dyed onesie and socks. Handmade pants for Calder.

I LOVE making clothes. I think that is my favorite part of sewing. Of course baby clothes are cute and I still make a lot of things for Calder but there is something so rewarding about making something just for me, that I love, that is in style and fits like a glove. 
James Madison Costume

Calder's Backpack

Weekender Bag

Now that my husband is not at a demanding job I am having a harder time finding time to sew. This is a predicament I am happy to encounter. We are doing lots of family things and I know at some point (like November) that will change and he will go back to working a lot (but not as much) and I will start sewing more. 
Orange gingham & White pants

I do have a few things on the docket. I'm doing some sewing for our home right now. I am making bar stool covers and want to make sofa pillows next. I have quite a few other projects to show you too!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


What an amazing and beautiful day! I love the way pretty clothes can just lift your spirits somehow.  I hope that doesn't sound vain and materialistic. I don't mean it to. I'm really just saying when you put effort into the way you look, you feel good. And sometimes new things help. I feel quite pretty in my new dress from eShakti and am so thankful for their generosity. 
If you haven't heard of them before they are an amazing clothing shop with great customization. You can change the sleeve type and length as well as the skirt length on most of their dresses, tops and skirts.  They are definitely the first company I've ever seen that allows you to add sleeves to a dress or lengthen the hem. It is seriously amazing.
 I had the hardest time choosing what I wanted because there were so many great things, but in the end decided on the Pearl Detail Floral Embroidered Dress. I love everything about it. The details are amazing. Each flower is embroidered onto the dress with pearls sewn in the most beautiful places. It is a delicate and sweet dress. The color is perfect and I love the fit. It is a little on the generous side, but that's great because it comes with a sash you can tie to pull everything in a little. One of my favorite features of the dress is the pockets. Oh, I will add pockets to every dress I make from now on. They are so handy.
The workmanship of this dress is phenomenal. As someone who sews their own clothes, I know how hard it is to make something that will last a really long time. This dress will be in my closet for years to come! So, head on over to eShakti. I promise you won't be disappointed! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stay At Home Mom

As most of you know, we live in the DC area. And I assume most of you also know about the earthquake and hurricane that we experienced last week. Conveniently we were driving out of town during the earthquake and didn't feel a thing. Then, we were scheduled to come back into town on Saturday, the day of the hurricane. Well, we extended our stay and came home Monday. Calder and I had a fabulous vacation in Columbus visiting friends, eating lots of good food and doing a bit of yard sale-ing. It was awesome. Jason went to visit family in Oregon. It was also awesome.

The only down side is that I was supposed to be in jury duty on Monday.

I totally forgot.

I didn't even call to see if my number was called. 


Well, I called today just to make sure they weren't going to arrest me (Jason's words). The lady I talked to was so incredibly nice. She looked up my number and told me that although my number was called and I was supposed to be there on Monday she arranged it so I couldn't be called to jury duty for two more years and all was fine.

You want to know why?

Because I said my occupation is 'stay at home mom'. And she thought that warranted a pass for this year. Rock on stay at home moms.


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