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Spring pretties are here

Hey friends!

Spring is in the air! I'm so excited.

Little blossoms on the trees mean lots of happiness is on its way.


Birthday parties.

Egg hunts.

Chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies.
{How I love those guys.}

And these little offerings from tidbit, just in case you have a sweet little bunny who needs a dress.

This is our Ribbon Candy dress, named for the romantic pairs of ribbons that pull up to bustle the back. It is a generously sized pull-over-the-head kind of dress, with a wide sash to gather the waist in, and show the fullness of the skirt. They are 100% cotton.

We didn't make a lot of these special pretties. But wanted to give our friends in the blog world first pickins before we head to a couple spring boutiques with them.

The sizes are 12/24 mo, 2/3, 4/5 and 6/7. We love it best with leggings, boots, and a tulle underskirt, though I'm a big fan of black patent mary janes too. We have a few underskirts left, if you need one. They are made with 2 layers of gathered tulle in turquoise and light green. The tulle skirts are only in the smaller size, which would fit under the 12/24 or the 2/3 dresses. Both colors can come with a black grosgrain ribbon sash instead, if you prefer.

If you'd like one for your special bunny, they are $42, shipping/packaging is an additional $6. If you'd like the tulle underskirt as well, it is a special price of $60 for the dress and skirt.

Want a little tidbit?

Please leave a comment with the color and size you need. I think that's the only way I can manage the first come, first serve thing. We can send you a bill through paypal, so you can pay securely by credit or debit card. {All you need is an email address, if you haven't done that before.} 

Happy almost spring, little chicadees!  


Bunch of numbers

Hi friend!

This is gonna be a random post. I just had to let you in on some numbers swirling around in my life right now.

20: the number of T-Ball games I am going to be attending over the next few weeks. whew. we may be skipping some of those guys. I'm gonna be that friend you're looking at saying, "wow, I'm so glad we're not doing that."

600: the temperature my BBQ had gotten to tonight while I was cooking my tri-tip. that poor little hunk of cow became more like a shrunken up, charred little bunny. so sad. i've never seen the temp needle on the outside of the grill go that high. darn it!

9/25: the date of BLOG SUGAR. i want to go and you're coming with me. we can hide together behind glasses of iced tea if it's awkward. (but I know it wooooon't beeee!)

962: the latest item on the list of Stuff Christians Like, which is this funny post about Chick-Fil-A. i love that place. maybe we should go there to have waffle fries and discuss One Thousand Gifts together. that is, if you're not still afraid.

2: the number of Shauna's Cinnamon French Toast Stratas I made today. one for Bible Study, one for home. it turned out so good for Bible Study that I came home, cleaned out the empty dish, and made another for my family.  back from our MOPS days, that recipe is certainly the biggest bang for the buck and for the ten whole minutes it takes to assemble. yes.

8: the time in the morning I'm supposed to be meeting you at the gym, so I better go shut my eyes. for reals.



fear of one thousand gifts...

i came across this post today and thought of you.
have you seen this blog before?
storing up treasures.
she has 10 children...need i say more?
she has a real gift, and she is reading One Thousand Gifts.
i still want to get that.
i saw it at the book store the other night, and didn't get it.
i'm not sure why.
i guess fear.
fear that it will be too revealing.
i mean, it will reveal too much of myself to that weird?
i just almost feel sorta lazy about that lately.
like searching and searching is just tiring and i just want to be.

but one of these days i will get over the fear, and roll up my sleeves and just buy it.
or maybe God will send one of his annoying angels to leave it on my car or my doorstep or something....
ha ha.
for now, i am sorta obsessed with one of Ann's blog posts that is just a excerpt of the book.
have you read this one?

just thought i'd add a picture of one of your favorite candies too.

oh, and also this kinda awesome picture that i took of you and our girls the other day.
it was a light tester shot and was totally over exposed...but kinda rad, right?
sometimes "not perfect" is perfect.


It's Business Time

Am I really posting this?

Yes I am. My hubs and I used to love that show Flight of the Conchords. It was an HBO program (I think), not that we ever had HBO, which is why I'm not certain it was on that station. But we owned the first two season DVDs. I'm also not certain there were more than two seasons at all.

Anyway, Bret and Jemaine, who are from New Zealand and are members of the "folk parody" band Flight of the Conchords are so stinkin' hilarious. A friend posted this the other day, and I was reminded of this funny, funny song from one of their episodes.

When better to share it than on Valentine's Day??

Aww, sweet love time.

Get out your business socks.

{press pause on the mixpod before playing}

Love is for friends, Day 14

For Shauna:
 Day 14: Happy Valentine's Day friend!

Today, I love that you will have a heart full of love for your husband, kids, friends and family. You will have no thought for yourself, and you will be focusing all your energies on pouring your love out for others. Creatively, affectionately, and verbally. All your enthusiasm and passion and service and joy will spill out to those around you; today you will be a channel of the goodness of the Lord. Because that's how you roll, not just today, but on any average day. I'm so blessed to be your friend.

For Leslie:

Day 14:

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Balemtimes Playlist

Oh my goodness. I made the best Balentimes mix last night for my honey and my special "at home" Valentine's date night.

I put the songs on our new mixpod! Press play!

Music Playlist at

And as for the first one, here's my disclaimer:

I have never liked country.
I have never liked whiskey.
I do not advocate smoking.
But I think this is the most beautiful song ever right now.
Oh my goodness. Can I say that again?
It's my complete favorite. You need to listen to it over and over a few times.
I discovered it because my little 8-yr old friend really, really, really loves listenting to the Taylor Swift Pandora station. And they throw some country into that one. I don't hate it, really.

But Faith Hill's voice on this song mixed with her real life husband's!!??  Whatintheworld.

All these songs are favorites of mine, actually, and I think completely romantic.

OK, I know your idea of romantic is more along the lines of Ella Fitzgerald and "The Very Thought of You." I love those too. But these modern love songs are just so ME. After Balentimes season, we can change it, k?

Turn it on in the background of your romantic night, or just dream about your favorite moments with your sweetie.

Happy Valentine's, friend!

Love is for friends, Day 13

For Shauna:

Day 13: I love how you live your life. Is that too broad? You live what you believe, you try to think the best of your loved ones, you speak truth when needed, you give grace when needed....and of course you are not perfect. But over all of this, I see that you try your hardest. And when you make a mistake, you are humble about it. You are sincerely trying to be the best obedient little daughter of God that you can, and when you aren't, you are grateful for His grace for you, and you are never minimizing that by condemning yourself or feeling guilty. You live His freedom, and I can see that that is what motivates you to LOVE in return and outwards to everyone else.
For Leslie:

Day 13:( written the day AFTER...sorry)  i love your grace.
i am always amazed when there is conflict in your life, that you are not more quick to point fingers at the "wrong do-er". i can see clearly god's grace for the ones you love flowing through you. this last year i have seen you looking at your family and friends through a lens that shows you how God must see them. He's given you compassion when i don't expect it. that is a great example to me. really. i think of it a lot. thank you.

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DIY: Kids "Little Junk" Jars

My son’s bathroom was filled with little junk. Little junk that had no home.
Teeth flossers.
A collection of broken seashells he insisted needed to live in the bathroom.
Tiny plastic sea animals.
Little stuff driving me crazy.

So I had this idea. I had bought two metal strips at Crate & Barrel not long ago, meaning to hang them in my kitchen.

I thought I could magnet recipes up when I was cooking. But the strips didn’t fit anywhere. (I sometimes buy things because I like the idea and then can’t find a place to put them. It’s not a good practice.)
So. I thought about those unused metal strips. I thought about the little junk. And I dreamt about how I could magnet all the little stuff, CONTAINED, to the metal strips. My solution:
Baby food jars.
Hence, my DIY: Kids “Little Junk” Jars.
Just think of all the things you can put in these babies. All the things that bug me would fit perfectly: marbles, coins, erasers, hair clips, hair elastics, Barbie shoes, Polly Pockets, or any of those tiny toys you step on and find every place in your house.
One more thing contained = one less thing to annoy me and stay off the floor.
Here’s what I did to combat the little junk in one corner of our house.

Step 1: Wash out and dry baby food jars. I used 4 oz. and 8 oz. ones. The larger size was perfect for Q-tips and disposable teeth flossers. I soaked the jars in warm water before removing the labels. You don’t even need to clean off all the adhesive gunk because you will cover it later.
Step 2: Sand the lids until matte and the words start to come off. This is the project that almost wasn’t, because at first I couldn’t get the hot glue to stick. The lids have a waxy coating on them, and that needs to be sanded off in the center of the lid.

See the before and after, with the sanded one on the right? That’s how it should look. It only takes a minute.
Step 3: Hot glue a large magnet to each lid. Small magnets weren’t strong enough to hold up the jars. I got these big guys at the hardware store. They worked perfectly.

Step 4: Wrap the jars with colored tape (also from the hardware store). I gave mine blue and white stripes to match the bath rug. This is the trickiest step, to get the tape to wrap straight. I figured out the trick though, after my first couple:

Lay the jar on its side, hold the tape out taut with the end stuck to the jar and the roll pointing towards you. Then slowly roll the jar away from you, wrapping and adjusting the straightness of the tape as needed. Cut the tape off about ¼” after overlapping the starting point. Start the next piece at the same point. Repeat to make patterns and to cover the gunk on the jar (if you were lazy and didn’t get it all off in the first place. Like me.).
Step 5: Fill your jars with little junk, breathe a sigh of relief when you screw the lids on, and stick the jars to whatever metal surface you can find.

See how you can see the contents easily for when your little friend needs a (kid-safe) Q-tip or a yellow plastic puffer fish?

In case you’re interested, here's the link for the metal strips. They even come in cool colors! But you could use anything metal...they sell metal magnet boards everywhere these days. You probably already have one.
These jars aren’t the cutest, craftiest things in the world. But especially for a boy’s room, I almost prefer the simplicity. See?

Simple. Very quick and easy to make. Hard to destroy. Boyish (you could make them girlish too, of course). And practical. That’s my kind of DIY.
Have a good weekend!

Love is for friends, Day 12

For Shauna:

Day 12: In response to yours yesterday, I love your children. They are such creative, emotional, expressive, and interesting people. They are speakin' my language often, and I am in awe of how amazing they are. You are such a good mother to them. You know what they need, and you are not afraid of doing your job as a mother to them. They really have such beautiful hearts, and I know that is largely because of you and they way you listen to God for wisdom in how to raise them.

For Leslie:

Day 12: i love all your words.
i am sometimes jealous of your gift of words, and sometimes relieved that i don't have it, you know?
you are so easily able to express your thoughts or ideas by explaining.  i know that can seem like a burden, but it is amazing to see you use it for good.  that's what you do. use your gift for good.
i can remember clearly, several times when i read something your wrote and had to exclaim....outloud....some kind of comment or something because it was so great. it was different sorts of things each time. jubilee (obvs. that one is actually a double whammy since i read it twice with years separating the times and BOTH times meant something different to me). random tidbit doesn't have to be life changing every time, it just has to fit the need. you do that. fit the need with your words.  i love that.

oh gosh! i am getting good at this! are we really stopping on the 14th?!

ha ha just kidding...

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Love is for friends, Day 11

For Shauna:

Day 11: I'm thankful for you right now. We talked earlier and I was frustrated about something going on in my home. You took the edge off my voice, and stopped me from a conflict I would have caused. Then you reminded me that probably most of my frustration was because I feel crummy today anyway (right now my sinuses are killing me!). You were so right. Your wisdom softened my words and my heart, and everything worked out better than expected. I so needed your gentle steering, not just empathy and understanding. I got off the phone and really felt the truth that 2 are better than 1. Thank you for listening, and then not just telling me what I want to hear.

For Leslie:

Day 11:  i love how you love my kids.
i always know their feelings are safe with you.
even if they are being a pain in the butt.
you treat them as you would your own.
that is a beautiful gift.

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Love is for friends, Day 10

For Shauna:

Day 10: We have a lot of differences, but we do have some sameness too. I love some of that sameness, like how we could both spend two hours in a bookstore chatting, reading, sipping tea, checking out all the latest children's books, looking for books that would bless the people we love, and finding the next perfect thing to read. We would buy different things, but we'd love the experience just the same.
For Leslie:

Day 10:   oh friend, is it really 7pm?
i love that when i have a day where i don't stop until 7pm...not once, you can completely relate.
i know you have those days.
so i feel a little less alone.
a little bit-o-sameness DOES go along way....

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Love is for friends, Day 9

For Shauna:

Day 9: I love how hospitable you are. You have a welcoming home to go with your welcoming spirit. This is really a gift you know how to give others, and Ella will learn a great deal from watching you serve your friends and family in this way. Being in your home and the way you tend to my needs tells me (and everyone else who comes over) that I am loved. I love to hang out over there, and I'm blessed to have a place like your house in which I feel I can be myself and be known. Isn't this what we want EVERYONE who comes over to feel like? Again - a really good example to me....
For Leslie:

Day 9: i love that when i tell you that i am (a little bit) burning out on the everyday dissecting our love post thing, you will still love me.
words sometimes are not my best thing, and i have a tummy ache from that burger place today....
so here is my my language....

and finally....

i love this one (above) so so much.
really so much.
and i love you.

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Love is for friends, Day 8

For Shauna:

Day 8: I love how giving you are. Your level of generosity challenges me. I'm sure you don't realize it, but sometimes giving generously, for me, goes against my nature to be measured and fair. That's why I don't think of it as much. And you remind me that giving is really, really important. I love how you model being a blessing to others for no reason other than lavishing them with love. You're awesome at that.

For Leslie:

Day 8: i love how helpful you are.  i think you maybe got that from your mom...she seems gifted in that area.  if there is a problem, and i am sharing it with you, you usually will pipe up with a solution or a volunteer to help, if you can. when, for me, it feels like a closed door, you still have 2 or 3 more options to try.
ok, ok, if i am in a not so healthy or frazzled conditions, or forgetting my own boundaries, i MAY get a little annoyed at this, but when i look at you from my seat at the computer right now, that helpfulness seems really great. i know this is how your mind works. trying things from every angle before giving up....i love that. i wish i was more like that. many times i don't even think of helping you find solutions....maybe because i know you are so good at it.

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Love is for friends, Day 7

For Shauna:

Day 7: I love that a lot of things aren't a big deal to you. I'm pretty dramatic at times, and it's refreshing to have a friend that isn't as much. (Yes, you can be dramatic too. Just not about the same things :) You don't think it's a big deal to drive 40 minutes for a cool antique shop. You don't care if the bill isn't split exactly down the middle. You don't mind if I help myself to a treat on your counter. You don't care that sand gets all in the car because you know the trip to the beach was so worth it. And you don't seem to mind all my hesitation with bill inequity and sand and my dramatics about lots of other stuff that doesn't matter. It feels freeing to be your friend. Thanks for that.

For Leslie:

Day 7: i love that we are not the same. and you are really one of the people in my life that has taught me to question the importance of same-ness.  cause really if you think about it, same-ness is a pain, at times. what if when we went shopping we were always tug-o-waring for the size 8? nope. if there is a 2, you get it. if there is an 8, i get it. easy. this is really the heart of our blog. two are better than one and even better if their strengths are kinda opposites, so when one sucks struggles at something, the other is there to lift her up!
i love that you seem to soar at the subjects i am lame at..... adding up the bill, assessing what my husband meant by some random comment that is bothering me, planning ahead, thinking of options (and i know i rock at making the final choices :).....we are not the same....praise the Lord!

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Love is for friends, Day 6

For Shauna:

Day 6:  I love how you parent. Your special Reed mixture of three little bodies I know makes you feel like the struggler at times when we're all together. But I really do learn from your parenting of them all the time. You are really, really good at being their mom. You always seem to know just what to do. You never seem exasperated, overwhelmed or defeated in your parenting. That I don't really understand, but I'm in awe of the way you seem to constantly have ideas or be energized for what they are throwing your way. You face the challenges of parenting without fear, and that makes us all feel a bit more capable to do so.

For Leslie:

Day 6: i love the way you seem to have an unlimited ability to listen to your kids.  i don't really understand that either.  by the time i  have completely tuned out the 57th whiney request for a snack, you are still able to say back to those little rascals what they must be feeling.  it is amazing.  and your kids talk slow.  i can see how God has done a work in you and stilled your heart in many moments, when it seems completely acceptable(to me) "shut them up" with a clipped rebuke, you can somehow keep listening. if that's not God's patience working right through you , i don't know what is.....i love that.

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Love is for friends, Day 5

For Shauna:

Day 5: I love how you strive to take your appropriate place in every relationship. You are great at trying not to overstep boundaries or take on more responsibility for a person's feelings than you should. I think this is an important skill in life and I also think very few people think about it. I'm glad your example has taught me to keep thinking about marriage, in parenting, with parents, siblings, friends....the whole range of relationships. It is so important; thanks for the many conversations we've had trying to figure out how to take our appropriate places in our relationships. We are protecting each other from a lot of potential wrong, I believe...

For Leslie:

Day 5: i love how you are willing to change.  i know, i know, you may not think that is true all the time....and of course none of this stuff that we have been sharing is ALWAYS true. we are both loving the others true selves.  and when you are your true self, you are making effort to be open to change. the reason i love that about you is that i know that change isn't easy for you (is it for any of us?).  i can see you working hard to have an open mind..... to plans, to God's ways, to your place, to a different food place, to taking a's have MANY details floating around that little redhead of yours...but i see you striving for flexibility and easiness...i just love you.

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Band you gotta hear

Hey, just had to share - this is my husbands new favorite band; he brought me home the CD saying I'd love it. Yep, I do. {Thanks for knowing me, lover o' mine.}

They're called The Civil Wars.

Here's a video of one of their most popular songs. This one was featured on a season finale of a special little show called Grey's Anatomy. I'm not sure how he knows, but my husband said after it ran on the show, 500,000 people googled the song the next day.

That's a lot of love. {Press pause on the mixpod to the left and listen to this.}

Kevin should have just written this post.

He thinks this girl's voice reminds him of your sister, Grace. Don't you think she and her special man would be amazing at singing these songs?? (I'd link her to her own video singing, but which one??)

Ok, one more video. You're gonna laugh. A new take on your oldie favorite.

Sweet huh?

Love is for friends, Day 4

For Shauna:

Day 4: i love that you are such a joyful person. God knew I needed that in a friend. wow, did He know. even your happy music that i sometimes complain about actually makes me feel happier. your whole joyful nature teaches me to CHOOSE that attitude more, even when i don't naturally feel it because of my more melancholy personality. so you model a joyful spirit for me. and a lot of times, that points me to a better choice with my attitude. thank you for most always being able to find the joy in your day and for sharing it with me.

For Leslie:

Day 4: i know i have said this before(maybe on the description of you on this blog), but i have to say it again.  i love your taste. in food and clothes and fabric and cupcakes and music(usually) and pretty much everything.  we don't alway have the same taste, but i just love yours. i am sometimes feisty and try to say that i don't but is just a lie. xoxo

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Love is for friends, Day 3

For Shauna:

Day 3: I love how inspiring you are. You dream dreams, and that encourages me and others to do the same. You have beautiful visions and goals for yourself and your family members, and the most AMAZING part is that they are not "plans." You hold them loosely and you let them change and grow and evolve. You know GOD's plans, if they are different, are better than what you can dream up any day.

For Leslie:

Day 3: i love your desire to search out God's ideas for you.
you are someone who wants to work at figuring out His desires for your growth.  you are someone who wants to hear the hard stuff.  you don't want me to just always tell you what you want to hear.  that calls me to a higher friendship and at the same time is freeing me up not to tiptoe around your preconceived ideas of things(which we all have).
that is real friendship.
i don't know how many people i could have that level of friendship with since it is such a big commitment...ya know?
i am invested.
you bring that commitment out of me.
i love that.

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a vow

in light of our conversation over my kitchen table this morning
involving a vow to learn these lovely instruments,
i think you should see this.
it is really so beautiful.

i can totally picture us doing it!
it is so dramatic and romantic.
and we both have streaks of both those qualities, right?

so in three years.
ella will be in first grade.
nate will be in 3rd (is that right? crazy!)
we will learn these instruments and become another level of a duet.
shauna reed on the viola.
leslie padgett on the cello.
tidbit on the side lines.
cake and cotton waiting for a new post.

sound good?

Love is for friends, Day 2

For Shauna:

Day 2: I love that you laugh a lot. I don't laugh very easily, and I wish I did. You help me laugh more, and you certainly help me laugh more at myself :) Thank you for reminding me how good it is to wash over our mistakes with grace and a light heart. It is one way you lift me up when I am down. Laughter is indeed good medicine.

For Leslie:

Day 2: i love that you usually have a plan.
i know that this can get you in trouble  at times. but it is something i really love about you. i am someone who likes to follow along sometimes since planning is not really my nature and all i can muster up is usually spent on my family. it is a relief to be around you when i just need someone else to be in charge.

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yes. love is for friends too.

i can play this game.

the reasons i love my friend leslie:

day 1.  you are so good at pursuing  relationship.
this has taught me so much about love.  i have used it in ALL my relationships.
this character trait that God put in you has (slowly) rubbed off onto me and i am getting better everyday at finding that bravery to pursue relationship with the ones i love.
you call it leaning in.
when i feel like backing out, because of you, i try to lean in.

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Love is for friends too

Today I start counting the ways for you too, my friend. Your words reminded me that I have a row of 14 felt pockets in my heart with your name on them.

February 2011.

Day 1 - I love your bravery. You push your comfort levels out with both hands because you trust in the Lord to be your everything. Even when it's really, really risky.

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