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Updated: 2017-09-14T17:45:10.968-07:00




I don't know about you, but I love a good contest! With Spring here, and all the fresh weather it brings, I thought it was time to celebrate the beauty of the season with a way to win some lovely hair couture!So here are the details to enter towin a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE for headbands to our shop!!!  {Are you excited yet??!}1} Have your referral "like" our facebook page AND SHARE OUR STATUS!2} Have your referral EMAIL ME with ONLY their name and YOUR FACEBOOK NAME in the title (example: Janie Smith/Cute Baby Photography}. email: adamsblankie@gmail.comThey MUST do BOTH STEPS to qualify as a legitimate entry.JUST FOR SENDING that email to me, I will in exchange email them with a COUPON CODE to use in our shop!!  So no matter what, just for being referred, they're gonna go away with something! Now that's what I'm talkin' about!!ALSO! if your referral MAKES A PURCHASE, that referral will be worth FOUR ENTRIES for you AND them!  When purchasing, they'll need to mention "Spring 2013 Referral Contest" in the "notes to seller" when checking out to count!Let's let this contest rock out for two weeks {April 10 - April 24}, and whoever is in the lead then WINS THE $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!!****Certificate good for $100 (pre-shipping costs and/or taxes) to our shop.  Good only on headbands and excludes our "stitch art couture" line}.Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

REFERRAL CONTEST!! Win Adam's Blankie Bucks!


I wanted to do something fun with you all for the New Year, and so I came up with a REFERRAL CONTEST to hook one of you up with some awesome cash to spend in our etsy shop!

Starting NOW through January 31st, send as many BUYING customers to us as possible!  Send the most** and you win a $40 shop credit*** to our store!  Yowzas!!

For any referral you send, upon checkout in our shop, the buyer MUST MENTION YOUR NAME!!  There is a place to put "notes to seller" on etsy when checking out, so right there, they just need to type in your name that you referred them to our shop! 

I'll tally up the referrals as they come in, and post the winner here on the blog on February 1st!  Remember, to qualify, you must refer AT LEAST 4 purchasing customers!

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

**Winner must send AT LEAST 4 purchasing referrals to qualify for the prize.
***Credit is good toward ONLY hair accessories, and excludes our "imagination crowns" and "stitch art couture" headbands.

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Pumpkin Cookies


October has finally arrived!  That's a HUGE relief when you live in the hot, dry desert and can finally see the light coming at the end of the tunnel!  Mind you it's STILL over 100 degrees here...but alas, the triple digits shall soon be gone!

This month always means the beginning of the baking season in my kitchen, and I love to start with apples and pumpkins.  I normally kick it off with some amazing pumpkin bread, but I decided to try a new recipe that came in a flier from my son's school, of all places!  So the kids and I had at it this morning.  The results?  More like a fabulous moist pumpkin bread than a cookie, per se, and Ooooooh-so-Delicious!

Delicious Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting
1 cup butter (try to get to room temperature before creaming)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin (I used more than one cup for mine (almost a whole 15 oz can) to yield super moistness!)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (you might try more here)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (you might opt for a touch more of this, too!)
1/2 tsp salt

Cream sugars and butter. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Drop spoonfuls onto non-greased cookie sheet (we opted for parchment-lined sheets at our house).  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.

**we actually didn't make the frosting and are just eating them as is, but I'm sure with this on top, they'd be even more amazing!

Heat 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in saucepan until mostly smooth. Cool and add 1/4 cup milk and 2 cups powdered sugar or until desired consistency, and whip with hand mixed until smooth. Spread onto cookies.

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{HustleMama} Review & Giveaway


{Back To School} It's that time of year again, can you believe it? And it was a BIG one year, as my sweet boy started Kindergarten {sniff, sniff}!!  I hear that now the time really starts to fly....definitely.not.ready.But one thing that can help you get ready is stocking up on awesome school supplies {stay tuned for a future post on a plethora of must-have "back to school" goodies!}.  That's where HustleMama comes in.  It's an etsy shop run by a local {Phoenix} Mom, whom I personally know, as she used to own a baby boutique that carried some adam's blankie couture!  Needless to say, she knows what's in style.  And one of those things are "green" food storage bags!  The huge benefit here?  Well, besides helping save the landfills, you also save money in your pocket, as you no longer need to purchase the {throw-away} plastic baggies once you have these. And with listings starting at just $4, there's options to fit every budget!the 4 bags we received for review {orange and white you see is a NOTE, NOT a bag - just fyi} :)So HustleMama sent me two of their sandwich bags and two of their snack bags to review.  Now, I'm no newbie to the world of ecofriendly bags, as I've made my own for my own kiddos {before you ask, yes we DID carry them in our shop a while back, but no longer do.  If you're a DIY'er, however, our pattern is available in the shop}.  The ecofriendly bags from HustleMama are professionally sewn with surged edges - bonus!  They are lined inside making wiping up easy.  And if the mess is a bit more involved, and wiping doesn't cut it, you can machine wash them!  I already did toss one of ours in the washer, and it came out perfectly.  The bags are also food-safe with no lead, BPA or pthalates.  Oh, and did I mention she has 48 fabrics to choose from??  If you know me at all, you know how much I love being able to choose my own fabrics, so that's a huge perk {LOOOVE the chevron print we received!}!My one drawback with them is that my Kindergartener had a hard time getting the flap flipped open.  That's not to say he couldn't get to the food inside; he just had a tough time trying to flip the flap over.  The bags are made "envelope-style," meaning you must fold over the top in order to keep the bag open.  Now, you don't HAVE to flip the top back to get inside, but it makes eating easier and more efficient if you do.  That being said, as they are envelope-style closure, there's no velcro or snaps to mess's one of the bags with the flap opened back  BUY YOURS!To get your own sandwich and snack bags, head on over to HustleMama and let Shannon know that Adam's Blankie sent ya!  Shannon is a true pleasure to work with, and offers top-notch customer service (just check her reviews while you're there!).GIVEAWAY!HustleMama has graciously offered to give away some ecofriendly bags to TWO of our blog readers!  One will win a set of 6 snack bags, and one will win a set of 5 sandwich bags! To enter, simply "like" HustleMama AND Adam's Blankie on facebook. While there, you *MUST* leave a comment on each page letting us know you found us on the Adam's Blankie/HTBC blog!  Then head back over here and comment that you've liked both facebook pages!  That's it!  Easy peasy!Giveaway will close August 1st at 1:00 pm AZ time. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If no response is received, a new winner will be selected via  Winner name will also be posted at the bottom of this post once he or she has claimed the prize. Good luck!  Hope you all have a fabulous "Back to School" experience!Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at [...]

Bonnets and Crowns and Halos, Oh My!!


 Hello, lovelies!

Just wanted to update you all with the latest products from our adam's blankie shop!  We've been busy designing and creating pretties in fresh colors, vintage appeal and touches of glitz ~ something for every gorgeous little {or adult sized!} head!



Halo Wraps

Be sure to check our shop for the entire collection, as this is just a smidgen of our fabulous line!  And don't forget our "old goodies" like our shabby rosette headbands, which are still top sellers!  We also welcome custom requests, so email me with any ideas you might be looking for!

Have a lovely weekend!

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I {heart} CHEVRON!


Unless you've been living under a rock the past, oh, year or so?, then you KNOW how "IN" chevron stripes are right now!  So I am thrilled GIDDY to announce that the chevron stripes have officially arrived at adam's blankie!

We are currently offering them in aqua, pink, orange, yellow, gray and green!  Score your uber-modern baby chevron gear in our bibs, burp cloths or binkie clips right now! And if enough of a demand persists, they'll soon also be available in our 3 blanket sizes!

What's SO fantastic about these {other than being superbly fashionable, of course} is that these are one of the most gender-neutral prints out there!  So you can stock up and have them ready to give when the next baby shower invitation comes in the mail. last minute shopping!

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{Honest} Diapers: A Better Choice for Baby


We have had quite a winter season with illnesses that bombarded our family like none other year.  From allergies and stomach flues to chronic coughing and runny noses, to a relentless case of hives, I've never before actually LOOKED FORWARD TO the arrival of the Arizona summer heat! Ugh!So, regarding the hives.  My daughter came down with these, and they lasted a good two weeks.  If you've experienced hives, you'll know that they come and go as they seemingly please, and just when you think they're gone, they reappear somewhere else a little later.  BEYOND FRUSTRATING for a mother!Of course, we took her to the doctor, where they advised me it was probably a viral infection versus an allergy due to her age (a toddler).  They prescribed taking doses of benadryl to ease the itching and offer some relief to them.  We did use the benadryl, but this did nothing to really prevent the hives from resurfacing.  It did provide some relief from the itching, I'll admit, but nothing to really resolve the {root of the} problem.  So I did what most of you probably do: I went online and started researching natural ways to remedy this pain in the rear the hives.  From that, we tried oatmeal & tea tree oil baths.  Beyond that, "natural remedies," as far as Google is concerned, were a matter of waiting it out.  Using my own rational judgment,  I also switched her laundry back to the baby detergent and got some organic diaper rash cream & lotion for her.  Still, the hives occurred.The most interesting symptom of the hives was that, in addition to them being all over her body, she also experienced a ridiculously red rash on her bottom.  It wasn't a "normal" diaper rash -- it was somewhat of a cross between diaper rash and hives {sorry - no pictures -- she'd kill me if I ever posted pictures of her like that!}.  Anyway, the rash appeared in the morning, after having slept in her diaper all night long.  This quickly prompted me to look for a "greener" diaper alternative.Thank GOD {literally!!} for the "Parenting" magazine showing up in my mailbox during the midst of this episode, because there it was, headlined in that particular issue, "The Honest Company."  And what do they do, you ask?  Well, they specialize in "green," safe products -- everything from diapers to cleaning products {shampoo, hand soap, sunscreen, laundry detergent, etcetera}.  It was started by the actress, Jessica Alba, after she had kids and wanted something more safe and natural for her own pipsqueaks.I immediately ordered their sampler kit and was BEYOND THRILLED with the products I received!  And guess what?  The very next morning when my daughter woke up?  NO diaper rash or red bottom!  Ahhhh-mazing! Needless to say, I immediately signed up for their full monthly delivery plan -- diapers, wipes, healing balm and all!ice cream diaper pattern my daughter loves!So this led me to start researching more about diapers.  Mind you, I have actually dabbled in cloth diapers, which my daughter used for her first 6 months of life, in fact.  But as she began to crawl and move more, the bulky cloth diapers became cumbersome, and we made the switch to the leaner disposables.  {If you can get through using cloth diapers, by all means, go for it!  They just didn't work for us}.  The fabulous thing about "The Honest Company" diapers is that they are natural {NO nasty chemicals!!} AND disposable!!  Um, and super cute, too, might I add!  {My daughter now asks for her "ice cream diapers" all the time!}. So here's the deal on the typical cloth diapers in the industry {as taken from "The Honest Company" website}:*First off, they are not required to reveal what's inside them {hmmmmm.....}*There are tons of plastics and chemicals in them*The plastics emit volatile o[...]

Recipe {Pistachio Pomegranate Chicken Salad}


I am a believer in "everything in moderation."  Sure I think you should eat healthy, but I also think burger with friends and milkshakes is good sometimes, too!  And, I almost always have to have dessert.  Almost always. Okay, so maybe I'm not so much of a health nut, but I do {I do! I do! I do!} try to get healthy foods into me!!  So when I came across this next recipe, it sounded right up my alley, and I knew I'd be making it soon!{photo from Clean Eating Jan/Feb 2012 issue}I recently ordered a subscription to the magazine, "Clean Eating."  As I'm sure you can guess, it's all about eating healthy, or "clean," as they refer to it.  I love that it's chock-full of recipes {and many are "reader recipe tested"}, and I really love that the foods are not bland, as you might presume "healthy meals" would be.So I am glad to say I "recipe tested" this one, and it was dee-LISH-ious! And even better yet?  Not much time to prep {just shell the nuts & get the pomegranate arils out earlier in the day, and it will come together in a breeze, come dinner time!}.Hearty Chicken Salad {or as I like to call it, "Pistachio Pomegranate Chicken Salad"}{serves 4, 20 minutes hands-on time}4 5 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts {I used chicken tenders instead, which cook faster}3 tbsp plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, dividedsalt & pepper, to taste1/4 tsp cayenne pepperevoo {olive oil - enough to cook chicken in ~ couple tablespoons}8 oz fresh baby spinach1/2 red onion, cut indo paper-thin wedges {I left these out}1/2 cup pomegranate arils {I bought a whole pomegranate and removed arils from it; be sure to remove yellow/white pith from them, as the pith is bitter; your store may also sell these already removed from the fruit itself.  Oh, and p.s., my kids LOVED to snack on these alone - and they're so, SO good for you!!}.1 oz shelled raw unsalted pistachios {again, your store may sell already shelled for you}1 avocado, pitted, peeled and dicedDressing {NOTE: I did NOT make the dressing here ~ instead I used pre-purchased Caesar dressing - sorry, couldn't be that healthy this first time around! One step at a time! Ha!}1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt2 tsp evooIn a large, shallow bowl, add chicken and 3 tbsp lemon juice. Turn to coat. Sprinkle salt, pepper and cayenne on all sides of chicken.  Set aside.Put a skillet over medium heat and drizzle with a couple tbsp of EVOO.  Add chicken and cook, about 5 minutes per side.  Transfer to cutting board to let cool. {If you cooked breasts {versus tenders}, you'll need to slice these at an angle, once they're cool enough to handle}.Meanwhile, prepare dressing {or use store-bought Caesar, like me! So good!!}:  In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice, yogurt, oil and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.In a large bowl, toss spinach, onion, pomegranate and pistachios and divide among serving bowls/plates.  Top with chicken and avocado and drizzle with your dressing.Enjoy a heart-healthy recipe {that actually tastes amazing!!}!Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

DIY Tutorial: Upcycled Headband Holder Board {ART}


Being a creator of headbands, you can just about imagine how many headbands I have for my own baby girl!  I'm not gonna lie, it's a little ridiculous!  And up until now, they'd been piled up in a little wicker basket in her room for no one to see....oh, the horror!!!!  Sooo....I wanted to come up with something ultra chic on which to display them in her room!While you could always just hang hooks directly to the wall, I wanted something a bit more artsy and part of the room decor.  So I decided to turn some ultra ugly old cupboard doors (yes, a plural here - we need TWO boards to hold all hers! Ha!) into awesome displays/pieces of art for her walls {yes! upcycling at its finest!}.  My first step was heading to a salvage warehouse here in Phoenix.  And much to my liking, I snatched up two super ugly cupboard doors for like 5 bucks each! SCORE!  And while they were obviously from the same kitchen cupboards, they are NOT an exact match - one is from a horizontal opening door, and the other, a vertical.  I actually love this aspect - matching but not too "matchy-matchy"!! So here's what you need to{create your own headband board holder}:*old cupboard door (or maybe get a few to make at the same time - these would not only make for fantastic gifts, but also be great for your own room - I'm wishing now I would have gotten more to hold my necklaces!)*spray paint in color/s of choice*lace*hot glue gun*hammer & nails*decorative hooks*fabric*sandpaper*cloth (to wipe clean) *newspaper/kraft paper (large) for overspray of spray paint*mounting hook/s*spackle (optional)1. Once you have your {cupboard} doors, you'll need to sand them down a little.  Not to completely remove the paint -- just to rough them up a little so that they can hold new paint on top.  So give them a good sanding (you might want to wear gloves and a mask for this - especially if working with old doors, as it may have lead paint on it!), then wipe clean. 2.I also had to fill in a couple holes in my cupboard with some nail hole filler (a.k.a. spackle) at this point.  If you found old cupboard doors, you may have to do the same, if they happened to have handles on them before.  So if you do, do that now, and let dry (about 10 minutes).3. Okay, now we're ready to {spray} paint!  So I wanted to make the inset part of my boards a different color than the border {This is one reason in particular why I LOVE using cupboard doors for this project - because it already has a nice "frame" for your creation, right from the get-go!}.  So since I knew I'd be painting the rest of the board after I had the inset color chosen, I didn't worry about covering the border portion of the board.  I just went to town, spraying about 3 coats of a light pink spray paint on the inset portion of the board {you'll probably need to wait about 30 minutes in between coats). 4. Now you may want to add a stencil background to your inset.  I thought about sponging on some damask print or using doilies as stencils {which I know would be super cute!}, but ultimately decided on doing a subtle lace backdrop.  So I just cut some lace to fit the board, and then started spraying the entire board a creamy, vintage ivory color {right on over the lace}.  Again, about 3 coats for full coverage, with drying time in between coats.5. Once dry, you can remove the lace.  Now it's time to distress and age our piece by sanding it down again!  But this time, we're going to focus on sanding edges and parts of it that you think might naturally wear off over time if left up to nature.  This is another HUGE REASON why you want to look for cupboard doors, as they have that border around the edge with grooves that make for interesting distressing points for your art!!  (NOTE: You can skip [...]

Couture Kids Clothing {Girls}


I just love fashion.  But particularly on the tiny pints since everything looks just ridiculously scrumptious on them!!  So I set out to find some of the most off-the-hook girls' items out on the market, and wanted to share them with you!  They are loaded with detail & femininity and just scream "Wear Me NOW!!!"  So I hope ya'll enjoy these finds as much as I do!  Treat your girly to one...I promise you'll be so glad you did when you get milestone photos back of your little dollies in these! :)toddler fox dress from wild thing dressesGiggle Moon "lily" dropwaist dress and leggings from pinkyscout.comliliputians kimono cupcake dress from - can you just imagine this on the birthday girl??luna luna copenhagen juliette dress from - love its whimsy!"florette" jacquard tights from these!floatimi aqua and red petal swimsuit from - seriously want to buy this for my punkin!!lemon loves lime holiday rose skirt from littlelunablue.comhave you ever seen a more adorable outfit? didn't think so. from littlelunablue.compersnickety gray ruffled leg warmers - i must have these!!!rosette belts for toddlers - i'm in love! from littlelunablue.comcranberry stella jacket by persnickety.  okay. i want the entire persnickety line!!!all by persnickety...of course. ;)Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

Art Turned Softies


If you were like me, you made some absolutely outrageous pieces of art as a kid, did you not?!  Drawings that only you and your completely creative, totally unbound mind could come up with, right??!  Would it not have been the best EVER to have your drawing (creation) come to fruition in "real life"?? Well, that's exactly what Wendy Tsao at Child's Own Studio is all about: taking their drawings and turning them into tangible "softies" {sooooo clever & fabulous, I just LOVE it!!!}!!Just take a peek at a couple of her creations {but be sure to check her site for more ~ they're quite unbelievable!} And here is what appears to perhaps be a unicorn seal spider? Whatever it be, I love it! The details that a child's mind can conjure up are brilliant, truly.  Their ideas are completely untamed, untainted and widespread with magic!  And I just LOVE that about children {Ahhh, if only we, as adults, could keep that same spirit!!}!   So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered "Child's Own Studio!"  I can hardly wait to send in one of my kid's drawings to be turned into something they created!  Talk about a childhood keepsake!! Now just to wait for my little guy {my little girl is too little just yet!}to draw something he totally loves & identifies with ~ then I'll know it's the one to become a "real childhood playmate" for him to chat & dream away with in his room of sky-is-the-limit wonder!!Just a tip, Wendy is no longer taking orders for Christmas, but she advises to please stop by her shop in January when things have tamed down a bit.  Her creations run anywhere from $60-130 CAD....I think they'd be a super fabulous investment, myself!Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at [...]

Vintage Jar Makeover


I love little pretties.  And I especially love when I can store my little pretties in more little pretties!  And I am particularly fond of {labeling} my pretties holding little pretties....which brings me to:Vintage Jar MakeoverI am a crafter.  I am just one of a long string of women crafters in my family.  My mom sews {and she is fan.TAS.tic! I learned everything I  know from her, and I only can hope to some day be as good as she!}, my grandmother and aunts crocheted and knit, and who knows what my ancestors before them did {I seriously need to find out!!}!   And with crafting comes supplies.  You know what I'm talking about: thread, needles, buttons, beads, pearls, glue, spray paints, punches, crystals, twine, rules, cutting mats, rotaries, scissors, thimbles {wait. does anyone actually still use those?!?}, ribbon and lace, oh my!  Except, actually the list goes on even more.  But you get my drift, at any rate.So the question becomes, just what do we do with all this stuff??!  Now, I am not claiming I know the answer to everything to this question {if anyone wants to come help me organize the entire craft room, please be my very special guest, and I'll cook and bake for you while you do it!!}, but I do have one small solution for some items...and that is transforming every day glass jars into ever-cute storage containers. The beauty is, you're not only recycling something you might have otherwise thrown away, but these are actually pretty.  So you won't mind them sitting fact, I think you'll very much enjoy them sitting out ~ BONUS!!What You Need:*old {or new} jar {with a two piece lid}*chalk board paint *chalk*spray paint {in color of choice; here I used ivory for its versatility}*trim of choice {ribbon, twine, jute, lace, etcetera}Okay, so this is so, SO simple!  Just spray paint the flat portion of your lid with the chalkboard paint, paint the outer ring of the lid with the spray paint in your choice of color.  Once dry, put it all together and label the top of your jar with your chalk, fill the jar with your goodies and embellish with trim of choice! Voila!  Like I said, so ridiculously simple, but the results are impeccable! These make for such fun containers for gift-giving, too, but I utterly adore them sitting around my house myself! {Gotta find me some more cute jars!}Not a crafter?  No problem!  You can use these little gems for oodles of things!  Here are just a few ideas, but the sky is the limit! Get creative, and don't be afraid!! {Top left, working clockwise: pearls, beads or other pretties you just like looking at; candy or snack mix storage - perfect tokens of love to use as party favors!; herb storage - cluster herbal jars together in your kitchen - so pretty! OR give as "thank you" gifts; bracelet and/or necklace charm storage - now the container's almost as pretty as the charm itself!} Need more ideas?*place setting markers ~ write each guest's name on the chalkboard lid, and fill with a special goody!*luminaries - just fill with your tealights....a bunch scattered on the table would look amazing {no lids, though!}*note keeper - fill up with cutesy rolled up notes - these could be special sayings, special memories, or even more of an "advent calendar," where you choose one note a day, and then go out and DO it!Have fun with these!  Hope you love 'em as much as me! :)Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

Shabby Vintage Christmas {Paper Doilies: Part II}


Alright, we're continuing ideas for having your own "Shabby Vintage Christmas" using paper doilies as our decorative agent.  {If you missed the first post, click here to see it}.So this time I wanted to use our paper doily snowflakes as more of a template.  I knew their adorable holes & cutouts would look fabulous as a stencil, so I decided to use them as a snow-inspired backdrop for a large "NOEL" canvas art piece.  Modern, yet vintage-feeling, and completely unique..."these are a few of my favorite things!"What You Need:*paper doily snowflakes {the best place to get paper doilies is at a craft store (JoAnn's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby) or WalMart; you can find them in the cake decorating aisle, of all places! Then, if you missed it, please see this post for how to make them into snowflakes}.*spray adhesive*spray paint in color of choice*"Glitter Blast" spray paint in color of choice*blank canvas in size of choice*chipboard letters {I found mine for $2 each at Hobby Lobby}* hot glue gunTake your blank canvas and go outside so that you can do some painting.  What you want to do first is position your doily snowflakes on the canvas in the pattern you want.  Hang some over the edges and overlap a few to give more realistic depth.  Once they're where you want them to be, you're going to take them, one at a time, and spray the backs with the spray adhesive {do this by placing the snowflake down on some newspapers or other material you don't mind getting spray paint all over!}.  As each is sprayed, put back in place on the canvas and hold down a few seconds to adhere {be sure to press the edges down well!}.Once all your snowflakes are in place, you're going to take your "Glitter Blast" spray paint and spray over the entire canvas - snowflakes, edges and all!  Let it dry for about 20 minutes, and then carefully remove your doily snowflakes {p.s. do NOT throw these beauties away! they're now bee-YOO-tiful all full of glitter! Sew them together to make a garland, hang from the tree or mantle, or attach to packages!}.{this photo does NOT do the actual item justice! the glitter spray is GORGEOUS!}Now it's time to spray paint your chipboard letters.  Do in a well ventilated area outside, and let dry about 20 minutes.  Then position them onto your canvas where you want them {you can break out the yardstick/ruler for this if you want, but I just eyeballed it}.  Once they're where you want them, you're going to carefully take up the edge of one side and put hot glue (glue gun time!) all over the back of the letter, and then carefully lay the letter back down into position.  You must work quickly with hot glue, as it dries fast.  Be sure to *NOT* take the letter all the way up, or you'll lose the exact position you want!  Just left one edge of the letter, being sure the other edge of the letter does *NOT* leave its position on the canvas!  Once you've hot glued them all in place, you're ready to hang your beautiful canvas up for all to see!Have a product you'd like reviewed? Contact me at[...]

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies


Who doesn't love chocolate & cherries?  This cookie has a sweet, moist texture and complements the chewy goodness of the cherries perfectly!  Use either sour cherries for a zing, or regular dried ones for that super sweet tooth!
{photo courtesy of Martha Stewart's COOKIES book}.

This recipe hails from the "Cookies" book by Martha Stewart...and one thing I've noticed about pretty much all her recipes, is that she uses parchment paper on her cookie sheets.  LOVE this! Makes for easy cleanup and not sure how, but somehow the cookies seem to turn out better...softer and chewier....  This woman really knows her stuff!!


Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sour Cherries
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1 1/3 C unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 C (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 C granulated sugar
3/4 C firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped {or just use chocolate chips}
1 1/2 firmly packed cups dried sour (or not!) cherries (9 oz)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter & sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed until just combined.  Do not overbeat. With a wooden spoon, fold in chocolate and cherries.  (Dough can be frozen at this point, wrapped well in plastic, up to 1 month; thaw completely before baking).

4. Form balls into dough, each about 1/4 cup; place balls on prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart.  Bake until puffed and cracked, 9-11 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

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Shabby Vintage Christmas {Paper Doilies: Part I}


I love doilies.  I do, I do!  It might stem somewhere from me seeing them everywhere around the house when I was little, as my Grandma crocheted them nonstop.  Mix that in with the vintage style that's so incredibly "in" right now, along with the incredible femininity and intricacy of these little lovelies, and there ya go ~ we have ourselves a winner!{paper snowflake doilies as part of Christmas package wrap}So, I have just been totally inspired by these little lovelies, as of late.  I am currently working them into the adam's blankie hair accessory line {although, they're also currently available on our highly fashionable baby bibs now, if you just can't resist the doily, like myself!}, as well as all parts of our house.  Seemingly.  And much to my husband's dismay. Ha!{paper doily snowflake in our diy shabby garland...tutorial to come later on the blog!}Naturally, I wanted to implement them into my Christmas, too, of course!  So the first thought I had was making them into snowflakes.  Afterall, doilies inherently already have small cuts & eyelets that resemble snowflakes themselves.  So I figured I could just add my own distinct eyelets to them, and I'd end up with some "truer" looking snowflakes that are each unique to themselves...just like real snowflakes, of course.{paper snowflake doily implemented into pre-made store garland} To achieve this look, you gotta go back to your grade school art class.  Not literally, of course.  But just think back to some of your earliest crafting as a child. Remember making paper snowflakes?  Yup.  I thought you would.  This is the same thing!  You're going to take your paper doily {available for purchase in any craft store {Michael's, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, WalMart} in their cake decorating aisle} and fold it into half 4 times, until you end up with a thin wedge, like so: Now comes the fun part: snipping!  Just take a small pair of scissors and begin cutting tiny shapes along the folded edges of your wedge.  You can snip off the tip, or choose to leave it there.  Remember, every "snowflake" is unique, so make them all a bit different from each other!{after all the cuts are in.  you can vary them up, tho!  rounded, heart half shape, etc.}Once all cuts are done, open it up, and you'll end up with something like this!So now we just need to flatten it.  To do so, you'll need to get some cotton fabric {if you don't have raw fabric yardage laying around like me {what's that you say? you don't? whaaaaat???  kidding!}, you can just grab a plain cotton tshirt instead} and put it over your snowflake.  Iron on top of the fabric for a few seconds.  Then flip over your snowflake, lay the fabric back on top and iron again.   Now you should have a flat snowflake.Now comes the real creativity!  You need to decide what you want to do with this little piece of fabulousness!  I had a hard time of course I made tons so I could use them many ways!  Here are just a few ideas of what you can do with your doily snowflakes:*Hang from the ceiling in clusters, creating your own snowy dream! {Would look fabulous over a front entryway buffet table/lowboy}*Hang onto garlands {see images at top; tutorial for the diy shabby garland to come in next "shabby vintage christmas" installment!}*Hang from your mantle*Attach to your stockings*Hang on the tree*Sew together to form its own snowflake garland*Use as tags for Christmas packages {see image above {NOTE: One was spray painted with the ahhh-mazing "Glitter Blast" spray paint from Krylon! You GOTTA get some of that st[...]

{Perfect} Timing.


You all may remember over the summer that adam's blankie hosted a "Spring into Summer" MEGA giveaway with about $1000 in giveaways going to just ONE {super duper!} lucky person!  Now, I'm sure some of you were sorely disappointed that you didn't win {as I would be!}, but I think it might help to know a bit about the story behind the winner...I know that I, for one, was AMAZED and touched by the journey she is currently experiencing in life!!  And honestly, I {er,, that is} couldn't have "picked" a better winner!It all started when I emailed Megan to let her know she had won the HUGE giveaway!  And she said something about how this was such perfect timing and such a blessing to her family....  Curious as to what she meant, I asked her to tell me more about that.  And she then told me her story....  It's a story of love, acceptance, heartache, patience, determination, guidance, obedience, perseverance, happiness & fulfillment all rolled into one beautiful making.  It is the "how," "when," "why," and "where" of how Megan, her husband & her son came to adopt a beautiful baby girl from far, far away....and how that action has forever impacted their lives!Megan and her daughter {headband by adam's blankie}So here is an intimate glimpse into that story, as told by Megan herself {her wording is in pink, just to make it easier to distinguish my words from hers throughout the remainder of this post}.What made you decide to adopt?My husband and I began talking about adoption when we first started dating (in high school).  We had adoption in both of our families and it was always on our hearts.  However, after we got married and made the decision to start our family, adoption was in the back of our minds.  After a difficult pregnancy and delivery with my son, we both knew we didn't want to try to get pregnant again any time soon...and yet we both began to have the "baby itch".  It was our friends' adoption that refreshed that desire and we knew that God had arranged every detail to lead us to this decision.  {hat by Hooked by Kristen}How did you decide on Ethiopia for adopting your child?Back when we decided to start our family, I began having dreams about Africa.  We kept brushing them to the side thinking they were just dreams...but every friend I shared them with said we were meant to adopt from Africa.  =)  When God laid adoption on our hearts and we began researching country guidelines, Ethiopia was one of the few countries we fit the criteria for.  Suddenly those dreams seemed more like a calling.  Putting in our application just filled our hearts with peace, and we just knew that we were making the right decision.  {headband by Purposed Life} What were some of the struggles you went through in the process of getting her?Financially this was very straining on our family, but we had great support from our family and friends.  We made a couple lifestyle changes and began fundraising - we sold t-shirts, threw a garage sale, sold Ethiopian coffee, and worked with a few reliable organizations to help raise the money. It was not easy by any means, but very successful and proof that God truly funds what He favors!  =)  Emotionally though, the wait took a HUGE toll on us.  After we announced our adoption we watched friend after friend announce their pregnancy and welcome home their bundles of joy...all while we were still waiting to find out ANYTHING about our daughter.  Twenty-two long months after we sent in our initial application, we brought our preciou[...]

{Pinterest:} The Rescuing Hug


Found this on Pinterest {have you become as obsessed as me?!} and just had to share! Had me near tears, for sure! {Thank you to this pinterest account for sharing!}.

 {verbatim from the aforementioned pinterest page}: "This picture is from an article called "The Rescuing Hug". The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby's heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal."

Awwwwwww!! Melts my heart!!


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Peanut Butter Pie {Recipe}


I made an absolutely sinful Peanut Butter Pie the other day!  As some of you may already know, I have a serious weakness for anything peanut butter, and this. one. takes. the. cake! {errrr, pie!}!!

It's a very easy recipe, too, and doesn't take too much time to make! 

{Peanut Butter Pie} 
1 jar creamy peanut butter {the middle size one will do!}
1 cup sugar
1/2 of 8 oz original cool whip
1 8 oz package of cream cheese {let warm up to about room temperature}
1 jar of hot fudge
1 oreo or graham cracker pie crust

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, peanut butter, and cream cheese in a mixer until smooth.  Fold in half of the cool whip until thoroughly mixed.  Spoon the mixture into the pie crust, and refrigerate.  While the pie is in the refrigerator, put aside a tablespoon each of the peanut butter and hot fudge into plastic baggies, in the corner of them.  {You'll later cut a very small part of the corner and pipe onto the top of the pie!}. Then place the rest of the jar of hot fudge in the microwave to melt {check instructions on jar for how long to microwave}.  Once it's smooth, pour it evenly on top of your pie, all the way to the edges.  Place pie back in refrigerator.  When you're ready to serve, cut the very tips {very small part!} of your baggies and pipe the fudge and peanut butter over the pie in a zig zag motion.

Mmmmmmmmmm.....dive in and savor every drop of this rich little thing!

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Give to Bless {{Kate McRaw}}


It is a story of heartache.  Of compassion.  Of strength, courage, hope and faith.I'm sure many of you are already aware of this story of which I tell....of sweet Kate McRae, a 7 year-old girl who has been battling an aggressive, malignant brain tumor for over 2 years now.  Millions of people from all across the world know Kate.  You may have even seen her on the Dr. Phil show, or perhaps are one of the millions of people who diligently follow her caring bridge page.I have personally known the McRae's for a few years now, as we attended the same church and share mutual friends.  So when I first found out about Kate's diagnosis, I wanted to help, like so many of us do!  I prayed. And cried.  And brought a meal to her family, and then a blanket for Kate.  But ultimately, I felt that wasn't enough.  I wanted to do something special for her.  Something that would honor her and her courageous battle against cancer.  Something that would empower her to keep winning that battle.  Something that would inspire & encourage us to live with such aspirations and faith as Kate does each and every day.  Something that would remind us to PRAY for her, and to have FAITH that she WILL beat this cancer!  And, so one day it dawned on me....For a few months now, I've been working with Kate to create a headband.  Not just any headband.  But one made with her instruction alone.  It is a headband made with her favorite textures and colors (pink and yellow).  It is the one she chose from a few samples I made based on her instruction.  And it is aptly named, "The Kate," in her honor.I am so honored to announce that this headband will be available for purchase ($30) from adam's blankie, and that half of the proceeds from each sale will go directly to the McRae family to support them!!  Visit our site to purchase there, OR send a paypal payment of $32.50 {includes shipping} as a "gift" to When you purchase, please be sure to leave the age of the wearer for the headband {0-3 months, 3-6 months, 3yo, adult, etcetera}.Below you'll find images of Kate in "The Kate" headband. These were taken just a week ago by my dear friends Jessica & Jason Williams of Session Nine Photography.  You can also visit their blog to read about this recent photo shoot with the McRae family.  Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at  [...]

Back to School {Fan-tabulous Finds!}


Wow.  I can hardly believe it's already that time of year again ~ time to go Back to School {at least here in Arizona, it is!  Some kids have already been back to school for a couple weeks now.  Simple WRONG if you ask me!! Whatever happened to starting AFTER Labor Day?!??}.  Now, can someone please explain to me just where exactly time goes?!  Sometimes I swear it just flies right on by, and I miss it all! So, of course, I had to go on a hunt for some awesome school supplies.  Everyone gets fresh, sharp crayons, notebooks and folders {remember Trapper Keepers?! I that old?!??}, but I'm talkin' about finding some fan-tabulous finds!  Stuff that will make all the other kids {and their Moms!} go, "Oooooh! Where did you get that?!??"  So here you have it: head turners for school. ;)Clothespins ($4) Give these to the teacher the first day, and your kid is sure to score some points!Backpack ($38) Many delicious fabrics to choose from at this shop! {We heart ours!}Pencil Toppers (2 for $12) Now how stinkin' adorable are these!??Mini Crayon Roll ($14) Not bragging here, but I really do heart this product of ours! ;) + 48 fabrics to choose from!Retro Lunch Box ($25) - many different styles from this shop.Reusable Snack bag ($7.50) OR purchase pattern from OUR shop to DIY and make as many as you like!Apple Jacket ($5) Let your kiddo be surprised with {love} when she opens her lunchbox to find this!Happy "Back to School" shopping!  And, pleeeeease, if you have an awesome BTS lovely you know of yourself, please pass the link along here!Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

Hair Accessory Sale - TODAY ONLY!


I know, I know.  Where have I been?  I tell ya, I took a blogging break, and it felt good.  Not that I didn't miss it (and you all), but seriously...sometimes a break is just what you need, eh? :)But in the meantime, I've been working diligently on getting some new hair accessories created {see images below!}.  And I couldn't be happier about them ~ I'm really digging some of these new pieces! that I'm back, I wanted to celebrate with a HAIR ACCESSORY SALE!  TODAY ONLY, score 20% off your ENTIRE hair purchase from adam's blankie!  All you need to do is put HAIR20 in the "notes to seller" when checking out, and your refund will be sent via PayPal today!Enjoy!! So happy to be back! :) Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at [...]

DIY Tutorial: Marble Run


So with the lazy days of summer upon us, I've been trying to come up with and/or find some crafty ideas to keep my 4 year old out of the dreadful World of Boredom...and AWAY from the t.v. as much as possible! This is actually an idea I came across a while back, and have since been saving up our empty paper towel rolls in order to create it!  I must confess that this is NOT an original idea of mine.  I was first introduced to the concept at the Phoenix Children's Museum here in Phoenix {by the way, if you're a Phoenix local, and haven't been yet, you simply MUST go to the Phoenix Children's Museum -- sooooooo ridiculously creative and fun for the kids!}.  At PCM they used PVC pipe for this, which I was initially going to emulate, until I came across the same idea but done with paper towel rolls instead - much easier and basically FREE!  I wish I had the original link I found online, but I never bothered to bookmark it because once I saw it, I could tell just by looking at it how it was made {that's what happens when you own every type of craft and supply known to mankind - ha!}.So it's super easy and not a huge time commitment to make - BONUS!  And, once made, you can always change up the tracks, meaning your kid shouldn't get bored with it very quickly - another huge bonus, and even keep adding more tracks as you keep emptying more paper towel and toilet paper rolls!  So here's what you'll need to get started:SUPPLIES:empty paper towel and/or toilet paper rolls/tubesmagnetsscissors hot glue gunduck tapemarbles fridge OR magnetic boardstickers, markers, paint or anything you might want to decorate them with (optional)Cut the tubes {if desired} into the sizes you want.  We kept some the original length, and cut others down to different sizes ~ it's best to have a variety, I think ~ works better for more angles, tighter corners and smaller spaces. Next, decorate the tubes however you want!  My son just wanted to draw on them a little, so I let him go at it with some markers.  Then I reinforced sections of the tubes with duck tape {to make them more durable}.  We used plain red tape because that's what he wanted {I also bought some utterly adorable black and white houndstooth duck tape, too, but he wasn't about to have it - darn!  Just have to save it for another project, I guess!}. *NOTE: I covered some of the tubes in the duck tape FIRST and then let him draw on the open/brown spaces ~ this changed order was only to "preserve" his designs.Now you're going to cut some openings on the ends of your tubes.  I cut two slants toward each other and then cut straight across to connect them.  Make these slanted cuts about 1 -2" into the tube {on both ends}.  *NOTE: You cut the openings ONLY on the "top" side {pick a side and go with it - either will work}.  So you're cutting two openings total PER TUBE - one one either side of the tube, and both of them on the "top" side of the tube.  Hopefully that makes sense....if not, just check out the images, and you'll see what I mean.  Lastly, take your hot glue and glue on the magnets onto one side of the tube.  Glue them on so that your openings you cut are facing up, as imaged in the picture above.  Also, I would highly recommend buying the large round magnets versus the cuttable kind, because the round ones are stronger, which comes in handy for this particular project. Use at least 2 magnets per tube and preferably near the ends [...]

NEW Bridal Couture!! {insert squeal here!!}


Since having introduced our hair accessory line to adam's blankie, I have since been encouraged to start a bridal line of accessories.  Okay  You twisted my arm.  I'll do it!  {EEEEEEEEEK!!}  I LOVE weddings!  In fact, I think if I didn't enjoy creating accessories, I'd probably look into becoming a wedding planner!  So the fact that I had overlooked doing a line exclusively for brides is beyond me - but alas, here I am!  In full "bridal mode!"So this past week I went shopping for some goodies (kids in tote and all!) and came home to start creating...  I came up with my first four pieces this week and can hardly wait to start designing some more!  After putting some thought into it, I also decided that all pieces will be completely one hundred percent original and unique!  No two will be exactly the same -- because I think that's the way it should be for the beautiful bride on her most special day!I haven't yet listed these in the shop, mainly because I'm still trying to find a vendor for small shipping boxes.  {I simply refuse to send these in a flat envelope with padding...they're sooo worthy of a box!!}  So once I get those figured out, I'll begin listing on Etsy {whoo-hoo!}!I am also offering bridesmaid and flower girl hair pieces, along with garters {which can be made to match the bride's hair piece}!!  And, of course, I WELCOME custom orders!  So if you are a bride who would like to get the design process going for all your hair couture needs, feel free to email me at, and I'd be happy to going with you on this joyous and gorgeous adventure!Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

Celebrating the 4th of July {Ideas to Inspire!}


Hope you all are having a fantastic week so far and are actually enjoying welcoming in summer around your parts!  As I'm sure you can imagine, we do *not* welcome in summer in Phoenix {well, us "rational" ones, anyway}...we instead dread the upcoming 5 months of sheer blistering heat that torture us desert rats.  For me, the start of summer is the start of my own personal countdown to the winter! That being said, I've always enjoyed the 4th of July!  Growing up in the midwest, we were able to do our own fireworks - an event that I always looked forward to!  Now that fireworks are legal {to buy yourself} here in Arizona, I'm especially looking forward to introducing my kids to my own beloved childhood tradition!So to welcome the upcoming festive holiday, I am bringing a post to you from one of my newest & inspirational friends! Heidi from cherry blossoms {be sure ya'll check out her blog - it's full of gorgeous pics and creative ideas!} is one of the most adorable, sweetest people you'll ever meet!  She's highly personable and extremely down-to-earth - two traits I admire greatly!  She is going to kick off a series of guest blog posts I'll be doing throughout the summer please sound off a great big "hello!" to Heidi!  {Here she is...} Hello Everyone!I'm Heidi from cherry blossoms and I am so excited to be guest blogging for Kari today! I officially met Kari a few months ago when I hosted a baby product party in my home and we both learned we are originally from North Dakota! {I know, small world!} I am also a big fan of Kari's adorable headbands {wish I had her talent} and bibs, as my little girl can often be seen debuting her Adam's Blankie couture items.Being a first time mommy and a working mommy {I'm a school social worker} I found it's important to have of my outlets has become blogging. I love to blog about fashion, baby product items, baking {cupcakes!}, party inspiration, and basically anything that fancies my heart at the moment.With summer in full swing and the 4th of July only days away, I thought it would be fun to feature some inspirational ideas!Flag banner to greet your guestsBean bag toss for the kidsa holder for sparklers. {My favorite!}delicious cupcakesor how about this delicious red, white, and blue sprinkled cake via paper and cakeWishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July holiday weekend!Have a product you'd like reviewed?Contact me at[...]

{Spring Into Summer} WINNER ANNOUNCED!


A big "thank you!" to all the fans who joined in on supporting our First Annual {yep! check back again next Spring for an even BIGGER adventure!} "Spring Into Summer" giveaway!  It was such a pleasure for me to work with each of the vendors {not to mention discovering some FABULOUS new products, might I add!} involved, and I can only hope that we'll work together on more future endeavors!

Soooo...onto the moment you've all been waiting for....  I drew a winner this morning, and the lucky winner is:

with comment:
"Liked": Hooked by Kristen, L'alfabeto, Nikki Nak, Noel's Paperie, Oh Snap Photog, and Origami Owl."
(The winner has been notified via email and has claimed the prize package.)

What a super duper special day for Miss MamaMimi!!!  I can only imagine the feeling...but it's just gotta be a good one!! :)  And again, thank you to all our fans for entering and supporting us!  And another HUGE "thank you!" to the amazing vendors for supporting this effort, as well! 

This all being said, if I could just add one thing...  Would you all please continue to support these vendors by continuing to check their shops and facebook pages?  They deserve your business, not to mention they offer some fabulously unique and creative products to boot, so please, please do be sure to check them out and keep them in mind for any future purchases!  And, please, please, do not "unlike" them on facebook.  :(  It is so disheartening and will only lead to vendors not getting on board to join in on such giveaways in the future.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

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