Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
This is one of my babies :) Now a wild, sporty, smart & always happy kindergartener!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
But when baking, I have learned to replace corn syrup with Brown Rice Syrup (found at whole foods). Havent been able to taste a difference (especially in caramel corn & praline toppings for the french toast).
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Posted by Kimberly Nelson, community blogger April 07, 2009 20:26PM
Categories: Kids and Family Fun
Bin of Tottie's Pretties headbands for a cause in Wilsonville this week only
Tottie's Pretties Headbands are made by Erika Cox of Camas, Washington, who has three daughters that wear them every day. Her youngest daughter, 3 year old Charlotte (they call her Tottie) was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she turned 2. She started limping and then woke up one morning with a swollen knee, according to Cox. "After her diagnosis and draining and cortisone injections to both knees, a wrist and an ankle, she was a new girl with mobility!" said Cox. "But it's been the uveitis that has been her biggest battle. She was immediately diagnosed with severe uveitis (arthritis in the eyes) in both eyes from the get-go. She's tried many medical options including taking steroid eye drops every hour for months. She has seen specialists and is finally on a medical cocktail that has her joints & her eyes under control."
The story behind the headband or "Pretties" is a story of education. Once Cox noticed that friends loved the headbands she was making her daughters she saw an opportunity to share about Charlotte's disease and use her Pretties as a continual fundraiser for a group of pediatric rheumatologists in the US and Canada who are working to find the cause and a cure for childhood arthritis: CARRA (Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance).
Tottie's Pretties are ribbon wrapped headbands adorned with flowers and gems or perfect boutique bows. For every purchase of a Tottie's Pretties headband, Cox donates funds to find a cause and cure for Childhood Arthritis! In 2008, Tottie's Pretties donated $1500 to CARRA. In 2009, the goal is to double that amount to support CARRA as well as The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation which supports children with arthritis in their eyes, according to Cox.
Her bands can be found on Etsy.com but she also has a traveling bin that makes its way around the NW. This week we have the bin at a home here in Wilsonville and I have already been over twice picking out gorgeous headbands for my girls. They are way too cute to resist.
If you would like to pick one up for your Easter Basket or the little girl on your life call or e-mail local mom, Stephanie Wettstein - who has the bin this week only.503-582-9858 - mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 5, 2009
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
This was the only little girl who DIDN'T get in the water.... (smart!)
See all those little piggy toes in the sand - they went numb in about 30 minutes!! Ah the beautiful Oregon Coast :) Ellie, Caroline, Emma & Leigh all got their jeans wet & we had the air blasting over 80 in the car on the way home.
Before leaving, Ellie asked, "If its so cold, why are we going?!" And I pulled out the starving children response: "Because we CAN Ellie! Do you know there are some children, in say Omaha Nebraska, who have never SEEN the ocean?!" gasp.... :)