Thankful Day 8

It’s Friday!  I missed posting yesterday because I fell asleep while putting Sidney to bed.

It’s freezing outside today.  There were snow flakes. 😮 Sam had preschool this afternoon so we dropped him off then went to a  12:30 cycle class.


We rushed home after class so Sidney could take a nap and I could shower and then we went to Sam’s preschool so I could read a book to the class since he’s friend of the week.  He chose Little Pea.  It’s a good one.

We haven’t done much since we got home from school.  Laundry, sort of cleaning, cartoons.  We’re going to look at another house when Aaron gets home from work.  I called Aaron this morning when I saw it and told him I found the perfect house! Ha.  I’ve told him that many, many times.  It just came on the market yesterday and they already have an offer.  hahaha.  It’s a short sale so it’s a very good price but I’m thinking it’ll sell over the listed price.  We will see.

I’ve started to add things to my Amazon cart for Christmas gifts this year.  I really don’t want to get the kids too many toys because most toys they play with for a few days then lose them or break them.  I want to get them a blocks and marbles set this year but the wooden sets are expensive!  Last year their big gifts were scooters for each of them and a big set of magnatiles.


Today I’m thankful that Sam and Tucker really like having Sidney around and Sam really likes to help take care of him 🙂



My Little T-shirt Shop — Fox & Cotton

Hey Friends!

Tucker is 6 months old now and Sam is 2.5!  Tucker is sleeping better now and going to bed earlier so things are settling down in the parenting department.

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I think I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to start a toddler and baby t-shirt business.  I did it!  I designed shirts and opened an Etsy shop and started selling.  Things are going well! I made a few mistakes but I’m going to keep working on it and hopefully make it successful.

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Right now, I’m selling mostly toddler sizes but one of the shirts is available in baby sizes too.  I’ve sold the majority of the shirts in Facebook groups but I am hoping to get more traction in Etsy and Instagram.

I’m also going to start selling tank tops and rompers!

I have a couple giveaways coming up on Instagram once I get 100 followers so please follow me!!  I’m almost to 100. Your odds should be pretty good on those giveaways with only 100 followers!

Here our some pictures of my kiddos and others wearing the shirts:
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“Entrepreneurship is an itch you can’t shake. It can make you twitch, lose sleep, and crave something greater. It’s one of those things that just grows undeniably stronger with each passing day.” – unknown source but from a Shopify email

Another Quick DIY Valentine: Burt’s Bees


I made a few Valentines for the teachers of Sam’s Mother’s Day Out program today.  They were quick and and very similar to yesterday’s.  I added a printable of the labels without Sam’s name (under supplies, below) in case you want to use it.  I used again.  They have a bunch of images available so I just tweaked one of their templates with other images.


  • Plastic treat bags (from Michaels/Walmart/Hobby Lobby/ or supplier of all things-Amazon)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Printable labels (i used Avery 2×2 product #22846.  I bought a giant pack of 300 from Amazon for $15)
  • Click this for my bee printable (using Avery 22846.  When printing, make sure to uncheck “Fit to Page”)
  • Printer
  • Stapler
  • Scissors/pinking shears
  • Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (I bought a 4 pack at Rite Aid for $9.99 but I bet it’s cheaper at Target)

Print your labels. Cut out your scrapbook paper to fit the treat bags, Fold in half, stick on your label.  Staple and done!



A few things. DIY Valentines


Hello!  Just a quick update before Sam and Tucker wake up from naps.

1. we bought a house!  It’s an investment property.  It was almost definitely cheaper than your car.  I plan on writing a post about it.

2. i want to start a t-shirt business.  Really.  I need to learn how to screen print though.  Any friends here screen printers?

3. i made Valentine’s for Sam’s little mother’s day out friends and it made my life.  This is why I became a parent.  Kidding.  But I do love to craft and they are super easy and probably just about as cheap as a regular box of valentines.


  • Plastic treat bags (from Michaels/Walmart/Hobby Lobby/ or supplier of all things-Amazon)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Printable labels (i used Avery 2×2 product #22846.  I bought a giant pack of 300 from Amazon for $15)
  • Printer
  • Stapler
  • Scissors/pinking shears
  • Bouncy balls (I bought a bag of 12 from Target for $3)

Print your labels.  If you go to and put in your product number (if you are using Avery labels), they have a million different templates.  Just click Design & Print Online and follow the steps.  Cut out your scrapbook paper to fit the treat bags, Fold in half, stick on your label.  Staple and done!

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Some products around the internet that I like & Aaron’s quest for a good pair of jeans.

I like reading these types of posts.  Maybe you do too? So here you go, some consumerism to start the weekend!

>>These Madewell Boots: The Hayes Boot ($228)

I’m not entirely sure how you wear these.  Over skinny jeans? With cuffed skinny jeans?  I don’t know.  But I like them a lot. I think I had a dream about this last night.  Really. I’ll probably never buy them because of the price tag but I’d like to get some ankle boots for the Fall/Winter.

>>Patagonia Lightweight Travel Courier Bag ($59)

I know approximately 37 people that own this bag and use it as a diaper bag.  I don’t really carry a diaper bag anymore because Sam requires very few diaper changes and stuff but I’m going to need to start carrying more stuff soon.  I have a nice Perry Mackin diaper bag but it’s too big for daily use. So I might jump on the band wagon with this.  I mostly like the comfortable strap and the pockets on the sides that could fit sippy cups.

>>Baggu Duck Bag ($26)

I like the simple shape and design plus the price.  Might make a good diaper bag and it comes in a bunch of different colors.

For Sam:
>>Ruum Hoodie Sweater ($26.50)

I like the neutral color and no stripes for once!  I could see Sam getting a lot of use out of this.  Plus I think Ruum clothes are pretty good quality.

>>Old Navy Canvas Utility Jacket ($29.94)

Sam definitely doesn’t need this and I’m sure we won’t buy it unless I happen to find it about 75% off but I just like it and Sam would probably love all the pockets.

>>LL Bean Toddler Fleece-Lined Camp Hoodie ($39.95)

We have this hoodie in two sizes now, 2T and 3T, thanks to my parents.  They bought it for Sam last year in 2T and he got way more use out of it than anything else he has.  It’s thicker than a regular hoodie so he wore it as a jacket a lot.  It was washed many, many times and didn’t fade at all.  Definitely high quality, really soft and worth the money.  They just recently bought us the next size up for the coming Winter.  Our new baby will be able to wear them both too.

>>This introvert shirt

I’m not usually a fan of funny t-shirts but this one is pretty hilarious.  I’m an introvert.

Men’s jeans

Aaron is in need of a couple new pairs of jeans.  We went to Macy’s a couple of weeks ago (we have a gift card) and he tried on a bunch of different Levi’s but didn’t like any of them.  He has a pair of 511’s right now but he’s not a huge fan of them.  He really only wants to spend like $30-40 (or you know, even less) on jeans.  He likes slim but not really skinny jeans.  I wonder if we should check out H&M.  To stay in that price range, I think that might be the route to take.  Any advice on slim fit, fairly cheap, men’s jeans?  Or maybe you know of a brand that is worth a higher cost because they last a long time?  Aaron is tough on jeans.