Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tennessee Pumpkin Patch

When the weather is beautiful, all I want to do it be outside. When the girls are cooperating, all I want to do is take cute pictures of them. And a Tennessee pumpkin patch in October is the perfect place for both of these variables to come into place.

Here are the photos in no particular order, with random commentary as I felt like it. :)

This is my niece Rebekah. I LOVED her dress (and her too!). Turns out, it is from Gymboree and my sister-in-law bought it at a consignment shop. I think it was a great choice for some time spent with pumpkins.

These have got to be the 2 ugliest pumpkins I have ever seen!

I've been asked to work on providing more sensory input to Mary and to try and get her used to more textures. So, much to my mother's horror, I left her barefoot to walk around the patch. She didn't seem to mind it as much as I expected, which wasn't what I expected. In the past she has hated to be sat in the grass!

I don't know where Charlotte was going so fast, but she was determined to get there quickly!

"Look at my strong muscles!"

Friday, October 29, 2010

Giveaway: mini mioche

A week ago, I put on my crazy hat and drove several hours to TN with just the girls. All to celebrate a 1st birthday (pictures and stories coming soon). Bruce thought I was crazy. But I knew better - I am crazy! :) Overall the trip went well. Thank you for asking.

Since the weather was cooler there than in "no-Fall Florida," I was able to let Mary try on one of her newest outfits - a mini mioche Fresh Dress with Snug Pant leggings. It was perfect for an afternoon at the pumpkin patch when it's too cold to stand in the shade and just perfect when you step out into the light.

It was one of those days when you can't help but smile as you feel the sunlight warm your skin while at the same time the breeze tickles your cheeks to remind you that it is actually cool outside.

And just like that simple pleasure, the premise for mini mioche is simple:
  • Amazing basics and fashion styles
  • The absolute softest organic cotton 
  • Great fitting products 
  • Interesting and difficult to find colors, including black and other neutrals (nothing  super cutesy and no pastels)
Lord knows I put my girls in bright colors - colors I could never pull off. But still, the mini mioche line resonates with me. I like the simplicity of it and the way it still has a slightly urban edge to it. No surprise though, the founder of mini mioche, Alyssa Kerbel, lives in Toronto, which definitely has an urban edge to it.

What I specifically liked about the clothing we received was how soft it was and how true to size it was. Mary looked adorable in it, even if she did tire of me chasing her around the pumpkin patch with my camera. I also especially liked the neutral colors because sometimes I want people to notice my girl and not her clothes.

A few facts about mini mioche:
  • Each piece is designed and made in Toronto, Canada
  • mini mioche designs baby and toddler clothing made from 100% organic cotton
  • mini mioche believes in being environmentally responsible
  • mioche (pronounced “Mee-osh”) means “little one” in French
  • mini mioche is currently sold in baby/children’s boutiques in Canada and the US and also online

Because I've been selected as a mini mioche mom, I get to share two exciting things with you. First, you can all save with this exclusive discount code for a 20% discount on online orders! Just enter ”MCFALL” when you check out to receive 20% off your order. This discount is in effect now through to November 30.

I also get to giveaway one item of mini mioche clothing! Simply visit the website, take a look at the Fall collection, select your favorite piece of mini mioche clothing, and leave a comment below about what piece you chose and the reasons why.  You have until November 30 to enter! Best wishes!

Disclosure - I am participating in a mini mioche ambassador program by Mom Central on behalf mini mioche. I received an outfit as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Blogger Burnout

I have been suffering from a serious case of blogger burnout. It is the only thing that could explain my near 6 week absence from Family Musings. In August, I began writing for some other people and then my blog became all about obligations and I finally rebelled against my own self-imposed obligations outside writing commitments and took a break.

But I missed this blog. I missed sharing funny stories about Charlotte and Mary. (And there have been some good ones recently.) I missed sharing my amateur photography with you. I missed getting honest to goodness real feedback from my friends.

So, I'm back. I've got some stories and pictures to share. And I also have some review obligations to follow through on. Hopefully you'll enjoy the mix, get a good chuckle from Charlotte's antics, and maybe even discover a new product or company.