Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's Beginning to Look...

a little bit like Christmas? (And, rats, I can't find my Christmas Stuff for Sprouts logo..)

I just ordered gift boxes to do gift sets at the Pixie Cowboy (where I am doing consignment). For anyone local to Chester Springs/Downingtown, the Pixie Cowboy is a super-cute children's shop with new and "vintage" kids clothes and accessories. The just moved to a new location, sort of behind Moore's furniture off of Rt 100. They are right next door to Make a Mess, which also looks like a very cute place for kids.

Anyhoo...getting things ready for the holidays. I can't believe it is already time!

I am also going to be doing a shopping event over in Byers Station at one of the model homes next week. I will post details when I have them.

Hope everyone is surviving the implosion of the economy... :(

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pssst...contest alert...

You can go to and enter their contest for free Lip Stuff for Crispy Kissers (critters?).

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Northern Exposure

I got an e-mail today from a shop in Oregon that wants to carry Stuff for Sprouts. They definitely can use it up there where it is so cold and blustery...hope it happens.

Fingers...toes...elbows...ankles...all crossed.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Well, hello there...

I just sent a newsletter to 477 people (!) Some of these people might come here to visit the blog. Some of these people (many of them, in fact) signed up for the newsletter in hopes of winning the big prize(s) to be awarded on November 4th to one lucky subscriber.

Those people have never heard from me before.

So, if you are one of those people, let me say - Welcome, new friends!

Thanks so much for taking the extra effort to click on over here and see what is up in the world of
Stuff for Sprouts!

Stuff for Sprouts is near and dear to my heart - named after my own Sprout and used in our household to keep the crunchies at bay. Shared with all of you so you can treat your sprouts, and yourselves, to great natural products that don't take themselves too seriously. Because chock-full-of-natural-goodness can still be fun!

If you wanted to try some products, that would be so totally great! We do have a money-back guarantee - so if your "stuff" isn't as great as you hoped it would be, send it on back. No hard feelings. (BTW - no one has sent anything back so far...knock wood...cross fingers)

If you want to just hang around a while and get to know us a little better, that's cool, too.

If you are just in this for the prizes, I totally respect your honesty and focus on the goal. You should take a picture and enter it in the Campaign Trail Contest - excellent odds of winning there since I am the only entrant so far :(

Whatever your reason for being here - thanks! And come on back...I appreciate an audience. Despite the therapeutic effects of journaling to myself, it is much more fun when other people read along!

All the best!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Come be our Friend!

I finally managed to create a Facebook page for Stuff for Sprouts.
So please, come sign up as a fan.
Tell your friends!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

America the Beautiful

I can't believe it's been 7 years since the horrible day when Mike and I sat in The Royal Treat in Rehoboth, Delaware and thought that everyone must be getting the news all wrong. Something with a plane, and a building? We were out for breakfast during our vacation with our, then not-quite-2-year-old, Sprout.

Finally, we figured out what had happened (and I still, to this day, can't completely get my head around it) and found a TV and watched in horror. Sprout kept pointing at the TV and saying "Fire!", which was our clue to turn off the TV and go do something else. I don't think she could have possibly comprehended what was going on, but we knew it was our job to make her feel safe, and watching the TV wasn't going to help.

I remember Mike standing in the street trying to get cell phone reception to check on friends who worked at the WTC (they were all OK - thank goodness!) And feeling like everyone was coming together (good) while everything was falling apart (so so bad).

We were especially freaked out when the outlets in Rehoboth were closed because they feared that anywhere with large gatherings of people could be a target. Since when does shopping for off-price clothing cause you to be a terrorist target? Well, since 9/11/01, I guess.

We stuck out our vacation, flying kites and playing in the sand and focusing on what we had - each other. Trying not to focus on what was, or could be, lost.

I remember spending the next couple of weeks waiting for the other shoe to drop. Anarchy. Looting. The end of life as we knew it.

Instead we saw a sea of American Flags. Everywhere we looked - more and more flags. And eventually we settled into the new state of things. Not completely safe, although I guess that was true before, we just didn't realize. But the world didn't end. And things got better.

And just about 9 months later...there was a's that for faith?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Hawaiian blogger love.

Thanks Busy Mama!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Book 'Em

I have mentioned that I have piles and piles of books that I haven't read...but once upon a time (and still from time to time) I have read some good ones.

Much of my non-fiction reading for the past few years has focused on trying to find our what I want to be when I grow up. Two problems with that: a) Not sure I truly want to grow up and b) There are apparently no books that say what I personally should do, and how specifically to do it.

Can't find that book.

But here is a list of a few that helped open my mind to other options for work beyond the corporate world of cubicles and long commutes. Waiting until you are 65 to start living your "real" life just doesn't seem all that reasonable to me anymore.

Which isn't to say that I won't someday go back and get a J-O-B...but I hope I can maintain some perspective about where work fits in the big picture. If you'd like to gain that same sort of perspective - here are some good resources:

Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways For Creating Work That You Love

It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life at Any Age

Live the Life You Love: In Ten Easy Step-By Step Lessons

Living Your Joy: A Practical Guide to Happiness

Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life

I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This

Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle

I also recommend joining the newsletter at Valerie does a great job of helping to see what it would be like to make your work fit your life (rather than the other way around!) Mike and I went to one of her workshops a couple of years ago and came away all fired up to do new things!

I have to say, although this entrepreneur thing hasn't worked out quite the way I had hoped, (please buy something...) the idea of building work that is more fluid and tailored to my interests and lifestyle is awesome.

I am still hoping I can get there eventually!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Congratulations to the Sweet Life in the Valley Give-Away winner - Pamela White of Marysville, WA!!

Your Lip Stuff is on its way to you. Pucker up!

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Start Spreading the News...

The love us in New York!


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