Rainy Day Winner!!

So how was that Rainy Day fun for you all?? Did you enjoy it? As I said before, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rain, and was so sad to see it disappear yesterday. :( Today it is beautiful and sunny, and although that’s wonderful too, I really do miss those rainy days and wish it would continue for just a little while longer. :)
Anyway, our winner…
In case you are wondering how I get these winners, I count up all the entries. Sometimes I do blog first, then facebook, or sometimes the other way around, but then I imput them into the random.org and then count back up the way I counted the first time. Sound confusing? Well, it kinda is. ha. But just trust me on this, it does work. :)
So the winner this time was:
And I have to say, I know this winner!!! I can count on one hand the amount of winners that I actually know personally, and the last two have been personal friends. That’s way cool! So congrats Shannon! I’m super happy for you! Please email me your address and size {wait, I think I have your address, so just size please :)} and we’ll get that out to you! amy@evystree.com.
Thank you to all for playing along. I won’t be having anymore giveaways until next month…we’ll do something special around April 15: TAX TIME. :) 
See you all then!
xoxo

Food Friday

GASP…Food Friday?!? YES!! :)
Well, I promise this was done yesterday, but we went to Brandon’s Auntie’s house for dessert and didn’t get home until really late, so I went straight to bed instead of posting. Shame, shame I know.
But yes, I am going to do my best to keep up with Food Friday. I realized something about myself last week when I was writing down my schedule… I am used to cooking very time consuming meals. My mom is an AMAZING cook {all my friends who know her I sure will agree}, she seriously cooks gourmet. All of her meals are very time consuming and she has very little “quick” recipes. As a teen, I learned to cook this way and its very normal for me, but now as a working mom, I’m realizing that I can’t cook like that anymore. That doesn’t mean that my meals have to be unappetizing either, however. Tonight I have big plans to sit on the internet and come up with some great meals that I can make and have on the table in 45 mins or less. I’ll pass along to you all what I find!
Also, with that being said, I really, really love the idea of a particular meal/style being served each night as some of you suggested. That is a great idea and something I think I will be using for sure. I’m hoping to have my “meal plan” working by Monday so I can shop accordingly on Monday.
Anyway, our dinner last night was NOT exciting. Brandon had a men’s service he was at and we had Auntie Rachel’s house to get to, so it was quick and used only items I had in the frig. In the morning I pulled out some steaks and let them defrost and then boiled some spinach and pasta and wah-lah! ha
I use the George Foreman grill for everything! Do you have one?
I try to use the leanest meat possible. Costco has the best filet mignon at an amazing price. Sorry these pictures are so dark, in no mood to work with them. ha. 
Anyway, I use the most amazing seasoning on all my meat…..

It is made here in Stockton and it is AMAZING. My mom buys a jar and takes it back with her its that good. You can buy it HERE.

For my spinach, I just wash it and then put it in a small amount of water, add kosher salt and a garlic clove and then let boil. Be carful, if you don’t watch it the spinach will get really soggy. I prefer it firm.

And while the spinach is boiling, I have some pasta going on behind it.

I grill my steaks for about 6 or 8 mins depending on how you want them.

The darkness makes the spinach hard to see, but this is what you get out of one bunch. I know, not much. But since it was just me eating and the kids don’t really like it, its good for me. If I am having more people I do more bunches.

Didn’t take a picture of the pasta, but I just put organic olive oil, kosher salt and parmesan on the pasta. My kids love it simple like that.

Jake loves steak with A1 sauce

Evy will eat a little steak and ALL of the pasta. :)

And my plate. I used most of my weight watcher points on a giant box of whoppers {yes, I know bad day here, ha} so this was all I was allowed, but it was GOOD!

So there you have our very easy {about 30 mins} meal. I know, I know, super healthy and not exciting, but its food!! :)
Does anyone else eat like this??
xoxo

Rainy Day Sale and Giveaway

Hi all!
So it’s pouring down rain here. Lots of wind and very, very wet. I LOVE IT. I adore being home, listening to the rain and the wind and just thank God for taking care of us like He does. Of course, I am completely aware that rain is not always fun. When I was teaching, rainy days were DREADED as we would be in the classroom almost all day with no break, and the poor kids, that’s just rough to be that confined for 6 hours in one day.
Anyway, since I work from home now, I love it. Here’s what my front porch looks like…lots of puddles. :)
You can thank this view. Because of this, I have decided to do a Rainy Day Sale. I guess it just got me thinking that its a perfect day to be home in your PJ’s wearing a hoodie {I suggest the Diana Wrap if you haven’t already purchased that one. :)}, so I decided to give 20% off all weekend. I usually try not to do 20% off as it really cuts my profit down, but I thought, why not?!? We all deserve a rainy day treat! :)
So the 20% off sale will go on all weekend long, until Monday. Just enter rainyday in the coupon code box at checkout. 
 
And how about another giveaway?
Since we are having little flashes of Spring appearing, I’d thought I do a giveaway with one of our beloved Mrs Darcy brooches. As you all know Monica of Mrs Darcy has had some frustrating weeks the last month or so, with her 32 year old sister in law, Kelly, being diagnosed with colon and liver cancer. She shut down her shop for a while, but it is now reopened, so I thought we’d do something fun to lift her spirits.
You could win this beautiful Navy Simple Limited Edition Hoodie with a Mrs Darcy Brooch. How do you win?
1. Publicly follow this blog and come back and say that you do in the comment section. {Can be done once over the weekend}
2.  Blog about this giveaway and sale and come back and say that you did {can be done once over the weekend}
3. Click share under the photo on Facebook and comment under the picture ON FACEBOOK, not here on the blog, saying you did {can be done daily}
4. Head over to Mrs Darcy’s Facebook page and like her page, and then come back and comment here on the blog that you did. {can be done once only over the weekend}
Giveaway closes Monday at 11:59PM. Sale ends Sunday at 10 PM.
Sound like fun?
Happy Rainy Day Weekend everyone! Stay safe and dry!
xoxo

Schedule…

Hello all. I know, I know, I’m on a blogging roll. Don’t get too excited, just when I get geared up and off and running, I poop out for a couple weeks. So expect an absence coming up shortly. ha. 
Anyway, I want to mention a huge thank you once again to all of my kind friends who commented on the “Can Not” post. I also appreciate those of you who read the post and texted or called me. That really meant so much to me. I love you guys and really appreciate your love and support, but especially your honesty as many of you have felt the same way and it feels so good to know that. 
Sometime yesterday I was going through my emails and I came across an email blast from Baby Center advertising THIS ARTICLE on their website. I don’t normally read these email blasts as they come to my old email account and to be honest, I get so many blasts from so many companies in that account I tend to just end up ignoring most of them. In fact, I think I have 4,000 emails in that account that I need to clean up! ha. Oh boy, I digress as usual.
Anyway, the headline in the email blast really caught my attention: “Life Made Easier, Real Mom Tips”. Sheesh who doesn’t want an easier life?!? So I skipped over and read the article and boy did I get me thinking. I was still thinking about it last night as I went to bed and told Brandon about it, and this morning when I woke up I had a good talk with the Lord regarding it.
The article deals with a schedule and how to stay organized. I found it very interesting as Amber Gilliam {who was my first commenter on the Can Not post} talked about how she, “Schedules, prioritizes and organizes” and that really caught my attention since I can’t really say I am very good at that. In fact, I am coming to find out that I have a slight {ok maybe giant} fear of commitment {which explains why it took me forever to decide to marry Brandon, but again, I digress}. I don’t like to be “boxed in” in any way, shape or form. I like things to flow and, as Sam Hassas described me perfectly during one of our photo shoots, “fly by the seat of my pants”. I really love the feeling that I am able to pull things together without much planning. But we all know that NEVER helps us be successful and get us anywhere.
I find it very interesting that I choose to be a teacher as planning and schedules are the first thing you are required to do. But even then, I did mine in pencil so I could erase and change at will. Not sure why that made me feel so much better, but allowing for change is a MUST in my life. With that being said however, I have to give myself some credit. I DO have a schedule. And I DO have a way of organizing. You can read that HERE.  It’s just been a while since I’ve tweaked it, especially since Evy’s Tree is a little more well oiled and sustainable at this point, now I need to focus on me and my family so I don’t have to have a “Can Not” weekend again. You feel me?
So I am going to share my schedule with you and I would LOVE if you would share yours in the comment section.  What areas do you feel you are good at, what do you need to improve? Do you work?  Or maybe work from home like me? I’m interested in how you make it all work! After reading the Baby Center email, I realized I lack in one huge area: Food Preparation. In fact, I haven’t been doing much cooking at all, mainly because I don’t want to smell up the house and send out stinky hoodies {even though they are mostly in the garage and in bins, I do worry about that} and also because I am so tired by the time dinner time comes around, we end up eating take out or something VERY easy, like mac and cheese. Ugh. I hate that. 
NOTE: this is the “ideal” schedule. As all schedules are, its very fluid and can change a lot. Just want to mention that ha. 
6:30 AM: Brandon’s alarm goes off. We get up somewhere between 6:30-7 depending on the day.
7:00 -7:30AM: Wake Jake up for school. While Brandon is showering, I dress Jake, get him fed and make his and Evy’s lunch. He is waiting by the door usually by 7:30 ish.
7:35ish: Brandon and Jake leave. Brandon takes him to the church and Jake stays there for a bit until its time for Brandon to run him to school.
7:30-8:30: I pray, read my Bible, eat, exercise {if I have time, must work that in better!!} empty dishwasher, make bed.
8:30 Evy up. While she eats, I take a shower and dress {sometimes. ha. Sometimes I take her to sitters in my PJs if she isn’t cooperating and then shower when I get home. :)}
9:00 leave for sitters. Drop Evy off.
9:30 Start work. Jen, and now Sarah as well, are usually here by 9 and start without me.
12:30 PM- 1:00PM Brandon picks Jake up from school and comes home for a quick lunch.
1:45 PM Jake and I pick up Evy from Sitters.
2:00 PM  Kelsey arrives and starts organizing inventory, ruffling, or cutting. Naptime for both kids. I usually have to lay down with Jake to get him to settle down. This takes about 20 mins. Team works without me.
2:30 PM Kelsey and I keep working.
4:00 PMish. Kids up from nap, give snack, start a video, usually Leap Frog as its educational and I like that. :)
**NOTE: This is when I should start dinner. I do not. I usually keep working. MUST WORK ON THAT!!
5:30 PM Brandon comes home from work. I scramble for food {see, not good. :(}
6:30 PM Kelsey leaves, we eat dinner.
7:00 PM bathtime. Brandon bathes the kids while I clean up the kitchen area.
7:30- 8:00 or 8:30 PM: Play with kids. Maybe watch a video, color, or just connect. If Jake has really destroyed his room that day, we spend that hour cleaning it. ALL of us. ha. Even Evy.
8:30-9:00 Bedtime. Evy goes RIGHT to sleep, Jake comes out  A LOT for random things. 
9:00- 10:30 or11:00 PM- Adult time. Usually we spend the first 30 minutes cleaning up the living room and I’ll clean the factory really good and maybe vacuum. Sometimes we do laundry or just sit and return emails together. Yes, we live a charmed life. HA. 
10:30 PM- I really try to be in bed by 10:30, but sometimes it’s 11. 
Some things I feel I could change:
1. Menu planning on the weekend. I think if Brandon and I could sit down and plan the entire evening meals for the week on Friday, when I shop I could be more organized and then it wouldn’t be such a stress to make things at the last minute.
2. Bedtime. It’s very hard for us, as youth pastors especially, to get to bed early. Brandon is NOT a early to bed kind of guy, and I have to confess that I really love the quiet of the evening hours while the kids are sleeping. When we have youth functions, its just too hard for us to move things around for the kids, so its better to keep our schedules a bit more open in the evenings. With that being said, I’d really like to shoot for 10:30 bedtime. I think I would be popping out of bed at 6:30 instead of dragging!!
3. Exercise. I would like to try to make more room for it. 
So anyway, I’m interested in your schedule and how you make it work. Would you please give me a quick breakdown of your day? It doesn’t need to be long and drawn out. {Ahem, AMBER GILLIAM please reply. haha.} I’m super interested in how you all prioritize, etc. 
xoxo 

P.S.

My number one reason why I am not able to do everything…..I am too busy cleaning up after this one

He shouted at me to come into the bathroom {the one time he was allowed out of his room today was to use the potty} and said, “Mom! Look at the mess Evy made!” uh, right. 

Sometimes there are just no words. Especially on a day like today.

He is a cutie though, so I’ll have to give him that much. And by the way, he dressed himself. He think he looks like a skater kid. Never mind that his shorts are so small he has to wear them sans undies and its 40 degrees outside and raining. At least he looks cool.
oh boy.
Oh, thank you all for your kind comments and emails from the previous post. You are all so encouraging and kind. Love you to bits. I really wish I could you big hugs….so hugs from afar dear friends!
xoxo

Can Not…

Right now my son is in his room. Due to his horrible behavior when I was trying to drop him off at the babysitters this morning, he will spend quite some time there. My head is pounding and my throat hurts. My house is a wreck and I have gobs to do today. I am so very tired. 
And I feel like a huge failure.
Have you ever felt that way?? I especially felt that way this past weekend and the beginning of this week. If you read yesterdays post then you know I had to make a quick trip up to Santa Rosa at the last minute. The reason why is not really necessary to discuss, but even that reason is enough to make me feel frustrated and very alone. 
And the worst part about having to go up for the weekend is that I had a very big weekend planned here at home. I had one thing after another that needed to be tended to. My nephew’s first birthday, my other nephew’s church dedication, a tea with my pastors wife, an appointment with a customer, shipments that needed to be sent. They were all canceled at the last minute. Some of the people where understanding. Some were not. 
That made me feel worse. 
I found this on this beautiful blog that you should check out…
Click HERE to buy this. As soon as I finish paying bills, I will be getting this wonderful poster for my office area.
I think at some point I need to recognize that my desire to do everything and try to do it well is not possible. Furthermore, I think I need to understand that it is ok to say NO. To say, “I’m sorry, I won’t be able to do that.” Regardless of what people might think of me, it doesn’t make me less of a Christian. It doesn’t make me less of a person. 
But it DOES make me a better wife, a better parent, a happier person. 
So why is it so hard to do?
One of my very favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 27. It’s one of the only passages I knew pretty much by memory {that’s a huge feat seeing that I have a horrible memory and have never been good at memorizing Scripture}. Are you familiar with it? I know it best in the King James Version:

Psalm 27 

1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

 3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
 4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
 5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
 6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
 8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
 9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
 11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
 12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
 13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

I think my favorite verses are 8-10. It reminds me, if I seek HIM, even when I FAIL, even when people close to me are frustrated with me because of my FAILURE…He still loves me. So comforting!
Last night I sat on my bed and read this passage of Scripture. I rested my head in my hands and cried. I had such a beautiful God moment. You know, one of those times when you can just feel His arms around you. Have you ever felt that? It’s the best feeling. The first time I ever felt that was when I was 16 years old. I felt His arms again last night. As I sat there, I remembered the first time as a young, bright eyed teenager who had so many hopes and dreams being held by an all powerful God. And here I am, an almost 35 year old women, and I still need those arms around me today as much as I did as a teenager when the world looked so bright and promising. I still need HIM.
I’m not sure who even reads this blog, but I’m sure whoever is reading this is by now thinking I’m a little looney, and I guess that’s ok. I write all this down for my kids. I want them to understand, when they are 35 {if God tarries} that they can still cry out to Him and tell Him how much of a failure they feel. It’s ok to have a good cleansing cry and prayer meeting and ask for His help. It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to fail. As long as you continue to seek HIM, put Him first, you will be ok. Kids, I might fail you someday, but He never will. 
So if I have failed you over the last year {especially recently since I feel like my plate is overflowing with things to do} please forgive me. Please understand that I can not do it all. CAN NOT. My first priority is to please my Lord and Savior, then take care of my family{my kids and husband}, then take care of life. My hope and prayer is that you will understand this and extend me grace to do what I need to do. 
And a huge thank you to all my friends who have been so patient with me as of late. Words cannot express how thankful I am for you. Thank you for understanding and not tossing me to the curb. I love you all so much.
And kids. I love you. So much. When you read this someday, I hope you see that. You are the sunshine in my life. Thank you for seeing beyond my failure. Thank you for being my babies.
xoxo

Where I’ve Been, Diana Wrap Winner, The Anchor and other nonsense…

Hi all! So sorry I’ve been MIA this past several days. ‘Course I’m sure many of you are SUPER glad to not read my gazillion FB updates, yes?!? ha.
No, seriously, I had a very minor issue that had to be dealt with up at my parents in Santa Rosa, so I have been there since Thursday evening, and just returned home LATE last night. You can read more about this HERE.
Anyway, due to the craziness from the weekend and the fact that my parents have horrible internet service, I am just now catching up with everything I need to do. I’m so sorry for the delay, if you were one waiting for an email or response. Hang in there, I’m responding as fast as I can, I promise! :)
On to the winner of the Diana Wrap:
And number 228 was…
Ok, I have to say, Amber winning this is pretty funny….just while I was adding up all the comments and putting them in the random.org generator, she put this comment on the Evy’s Tree facebook wall:
So you can imagine when I read this why I thought it was so funny!! ha! Congrats Amber! Maybe you putting that comment on the facebook wall was your good luck trick, yes? :) Email me so we can chat about your wrap. amy@evystree.com. xoxo
So I have a question for you all. Who loves this hoodie?
This is one of the first hoodies I did on American Apparel items last Spring. It was a huge hit. And I have to say, I get at least 3 or 4 emails a month asking why its not available anymore? Well here’s why:
1. I have very little material left
2. My seamstress who makes it is currently on maternity leave
But you guys have gotten me thinking…why in the world don’t I just whip up as many as I can with the material I have in stock? So that’s what’s going to happen. Kelsey is cutting out the material as we speak and we’re trying to figure out how many we can get out of the material we have. We know we can get AT LEAST one size run {one hoodie per size, S-XL, Uni L,XL}, and maybe even two according to Kelsey who is giving me updates from across the room. :) Anyway, that still leaves me with the dilemma of who is going to sew these. Our seamstresses are all maxed out currently, so guess what that means?!? Right, yours truly will be making these, and they are not easy to make. Due to this, the price will be near the same as a custom order: $84.95.
So Kelsey and I will be listing at least one size these tomorrow morning at 10AM PST. It will be a PREORDER only, which means, please allow me AT LEAST 3 weeks to ship these {remember I am making these}. Once this material is gone, its gone, I’m sorry! So if you wanted one of these, I would suggest you purchase them now! :) If its true what Kelsey says and we have enough material for two size runs, I will list them tomorrow morning as well.
 
Please remember…if your size is gone from the SIZE AVAILABLE area in the listing, then it is sold out. If you purchase a size that is not available and pay for it, I will send you an email and refund your money tomorrow morning.
 
So onto the nonsense:
I say that in jest actually. I usually feel that my brain is running around in circles half the time and it all comes out as nonsense eventually. ha. Anyway, I wanted to tell you some really exciting news:
Evy’s Tree will have an official website very soon! 
I am so excited about this. Brooke, from RightLeft Studio is working on it and hopefully the website along with a ecommerce shopping cart will be up and running by the end of April/beginning of May. I will still keep an etsy site, however, very little will be listed there, only a few staple items. All the items will be listed on the website. Hopefully this will make an easier shopping experience for you in the future, as well as give you a place to visit to get to know Evy’s Tree a bit better. We will have frequent photo updates and will keep the blog linked to the website so you can follow along. Sound like fun? :)
OH! One more thing that is MOST DEFINITELY NOT nonsense…
I have got to say my heart hurts so much for the Japan and their tragedy. I’m sure I am not the only one who feels this way. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how Evy’s Tree can help, and I’ve come up with what I feel is a good plan. Will you visit back here tomorrow afternoon so I can share it with you? Thanks Friends!
Much love to you all!
xoxo

This Weekend

….was one of those crazy weekends. :( Brandon was scheduled to be speaking at a youth workers conference this weekend down in L.A. The kids and I had hoped to go along with him, but some things came up and so at the last minute {literally…like 10:30 PM Thurs eve}, I drove up to my parents, while Brandon left at 5 AM Friday for L.A.
I haven’t discussed it much on this blog, but my Dad is not in good health. And then on top of his health issues, he tore his Achilles Tendon last winter and is now wearing a boot and is using crutches waiting for it to heal. He’s had a rough couple of months. I hope to do a blog post regarding my dad and his health issues later this week or the beginning of next. Please keep him in your prayers…although his issues are not life threatening, they are life changing and it has been very hard for him to adjust to a “new” way of life. Not to mention how difficult it is for the rest of us who have to watch him deal with some of the frustrating issues popping up. 
Anyway, one of the things that “popped” up this weekend {not the most important or major issue, but by far the most exciting}, is that my dad’s little acer notebook that he had been using to browse the internet somehow blew up. A couple years ago when my brother Brad was home for a visit, he helped my dad get all set up with the internet and taught him how to use a computer for the first time in his life. I’m sure it was no easy feat as my dad has NEVER touched anything electronic outside of a cell phone or his answering machine and feels they are VERY confusing. ha. Well, he’s been addicted ever since and pretty much lost it when he realized his computer was a goner. So guess what I spent most of the weekend working on?
Right.
Brandon and I have been telling him for months that he needed an ipad. The simplicity of it would be so good for him, we thought. Once I heard that his computer blew, and that I was going to be helping him fix the problem, I called my brother Jeff and asked him what he thought about me introducing Dad to Apple products, specifically the ipad? Of course! was his reply. So I gave my dad my ipad and told him to play around on it. Oh boy, you would have thought he had been attacked by ninja warriors as he was so freaked out by it. So the ipad was nixed. 
So you can imagine my frustration after spending approximately 5 hours driving down to Best Buy and buying the new little acer, hooking it up, calling India to fix the internet connection and doing a little tutorial explaining how to use it to my Dad, when he spent about 10 mins on it and said he didn’t like it. It was confusing. They had changed the keyboard and he couldn’t find anything. He felt like the mouse wasn’t working…blah blah. Guess what he decided he wanted?!?
Yup. An ipad.
And guess who had to go stand in line for one on Sunday morning at 8 am? Right, me. While my dad sat comfortably on the mall bench with his crutches I waited in line and chatted it up with the rest of the desperate crazy people.
I emailed/texted this picture to all my siblings who thought it was hysterical. Brad immediately called from London and is soooo jealous as he wants one so badly but they don’t come out until next week there. I wonder if we’ll be getting a picture of Brad waiting in Oxford Circle for his? ha. 

And no, we didn’t get one. I went back on Monday but still no go. However we had success: my mom went at 7 am this morning and got one. So I am happy to announce that the Wollmer family computer problems are now under control people. Big deal, as you can see. ha. 
Despite some pressing issues this weekend, the kids and I did have a nice time being with my parents. It really was a beautiful weekend. It rained NON STOP the entire time while we were there, but I didn’t mind. My favorite time of year in Santa Rosa is the winter. The rain makes the mountains so misty and beautiful. I tried to take a picture of the valley under my parent’s kitchen window, but realized I forgot my card in the car and it was raining so hard I didn’t feel up to getting it, but just trust me its quite beautiful.
Once it stopped raining, my mom and I took the kids for a walk. They got so muddy but had so much fun. When we got back to the house the snacked on popsciles and watched Veggie Tales. They really had the time of their life. When it was time to leave on Monday, Jake kept saying, “I want to live with Mumsy in Santa Rosa!” ha. Maybe we’ll take my mom up on that one and send him on over…wonder how long that would last?!? :) 
Here’s a few pictures from after the walk…and oh yes, he’s clothe-less because he fell in the mud, remember? ha. :)

Yes, she fell and bumped her head. Every day occurrence over here. ha. 

During one of the many trips to the Apple store that my dad and I took, Jake and my mom built the coolest castle out of blankets and paper popup books. He had so much fun. Heres the front view.

Back view…

And then of course bath time…Jake prefers the bathtub because he likes to slide down side of it like he’s at the pool. You can imagine the mess that makes.
And my Evy girl. She’s a woman after my own heart. A nice hot shower with all the water falling right on you is our bathing technique of choice. Complete with funny faces of course. ha. 

Well, anyway, that’s where I’ve been the last 5 or so days. And in case you’ve been wondering why I haven’t answered any calls or emails, well, my parents get horrible reception up at their house and their internet is pathetically slow. So that’s my disclaimer. :)
Love you all…hope your weekend was FAB!
xoxo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Hello all! I hope you are having a wonderful St. Patrick’s day! I myself, am not Irish, and don’t really celebrate the holiday all that much, but every holiday is a great excuse to have some fun over at Evy’s Tree…
Do you agree? :)
So…are you on our email list and did you receive something that looks like this?
If not, you need to be, as I just sent out a coupon code for 17% off the entire Evy’s Tree store! The sale lasts until Saturday, March 19, so you better shop soon to enjoy the savings!
Not on our email list? No worries, just comment below with your email, or send a request to info@evystree.com and we’ll get you set up and the email sent out to you today.
Hope you all have a fabulous St. Patty’s Day! 
xoxo

Tell A Friend…

You might remember a while back I did something called “Tell A Friend Tuesday” on facebook. It worked really well for a while, but during the summer it lost steam and I gave up on it. ha. Well, its the truth.
Well, now with my plan to get Evy’s Tree name out there as best as I can, we are going to do “Tell A Friend” once a week for the next several months. It’s pretty much the same idea as the Tell a Friend Tuesday, except instead of it lasting one day, it will last several days, depending on my mood. :) The contest will go here on the blog and on facebook, but there will only be one prize as I will combine all the comments together and choose from them all.
So this week I had planned on giving away something that involved a Mrs. Darcy brooch, but if you follow Monica, you will know that her 32 year old sister in law, Kelly, has been diagnosed with cancer in her liver and her colon. It has been a horribly difficult time for Monica as she is extremely close to Kelly. With this in mind, Monica has closed her shop for the next couple of weeks, to be there for the family and help everyone get through this difficult time, as Kelly and her husband, Steve, have two beautiful kiddos, Micah and Mia. I know many of you have been praying for Kelly, and that means the world to Monica.
GOOD NEWS: Last Friday Kelly went into surgery to remove the cancer from her colon. The surgeon was thrilled that the cancer was contained in one tumor and had not spread. Her liver is a bit more complicated as it is quite infected, but we are praying for the same report when she goes in for more surgery in a couple weeks. Thank you all for your love and support for Monica and her family.
 
Anyway, with that in mind, we will have a Mrs Darcy giveaway at a later time.
I think you will be just as happy with this week’s giveaway, however, since I have had many people comment on this item…This week I will be giving away a Diana Wrap of your color choice {that I have in stock that is :)}
For more pictures of the wrap, check out Rojo’s amazing photos HERE
So how can you win this Tell A Friend?
1.  Click SHARE underneath the above picture on facebook and comment under the picture on the Evy’s Tree Facebook page that you did. You can do this daily if you like. I will be reposting the picture several times a day and you only are allowed to enter ONCE A DAY. 
PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST THAT YOU SHARED ON FACEBOOK. YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DELTED AND WILL NOT COUNT.
Sorry to shout that, but for some reason that hasn’t come across in the rules very well in the past giveaways. ha. :)
 
2. Blog about this giveaway and come back and say that you did in the comment sections of this post. You must include a link back to the blog post. If the link is not there, I will not be able to include you in the giveaway.
Please only comment below if you have blogged about this. If you comment with a question, etc., it throws the numbers off. Please feel free to email me if you have questions: info@evystree.com.
 
 
Sooo….when will this end?!?
The Giveaway will end on Friday March 18 at 11:59 PM. I will announce the winner this weekend sometime.
Thank you everyone and I hope you have fun!
xoxo