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52 Weeks of Dishcloths | KnitPicks Staff Knitting Blog

52 Weeks of Dishcloths | KnitPicks Staff Knitting Blog.

I wonder if I can stick with this long enough to make a stash of gift-cloths to go with some of my handmade soaps?

Firmoo June: Classic & Chic Models – free for new customers

Hey, guys! Firmoo has updated their New Arrivals for June. Furthermore, they are available for the Firmoo First-Pair-Free-Program. Now you may have the chance to get yours for FREE!

Over-size frame:

Over-sized glasses have won wide following and endorsement from celebrities due to their flamboyant and bold impression. When you put them on, the large frames and sleek lenses give that superstar vibe instantly. If you want to have a new look, over-sized frames are definitely worth a try.


Rectangle frame:

Rectangular glasses are the most common style you see on the street. For a simple look, you can never go wrong with a pair of rectangular framed glasses. They are a traditional style, very charming. Sleek and slim rims outline a precise profile.


Vintage style:

We are always fond of wearing stylish and chic glasses but we often ignore one particular type -vintage glasses. Sometimes it’s just so cool to go back in time and have a feel for what fashion was. They are also the perfect way to complete your vintage outfit.


Nerdy style:

A medium sized, round eye frame shows a charmingly studious look. If you want that geeky or school girl type of look, then take a look at the below nerdy style, though simple, these are very stylish and classic too.


Still not sure that eye wear can be fashionable? Then check out how some of these fashionistas style them:


(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

New Customers, check out more products for your first free pair at Firmoo right now! You just need to pay shipping. First come, first served! (Simply clicking “LUCKY DRAW” on this page, you may even get a totally free pair including shipping free.)

About Firmoo
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This is a paid post, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please read my full disclosure statement here.

No Nap Time! (c)

No Nap Time!. I am so pathetic that I made one of these Grumpy Cats for my desk at work.

Carry Me Please!

I have worn all of my children, starting with my oldest (Geneva), 20 years ago, in a “crotch dangler”. I continued to use that until she was past her third birthday. She was very thin, so under the weight limit, but she had to lay her head on my shoulder so that I could see to walk! It was so much simpler to carry her in the front pack than to try and haul an umbrella stroller around with us on the city bus.

My ex-husband, Griffin, and I and our bff Viking were backpacking/camping/hiking junkies at the time, so we purchased a KeltyKIDS frame carrier when Geneva was 3.5-ish. We still have the same carrier today! It’s wonderful for carrying a child who has good head and neck control. It used to have a little rucksack that zipped to the back, but it was lost many years ago. DD#2 (Phoenix) likes to carry our now 3yo ds in this sometimes. It is very comfortable to wear, even for extended trips, and wears much like an external frame camping pack.

I had one of the original commercially (but no longer) available slings with Phoenix. We enjoyed some success with that, but used it mostly as a front pack, since it was convertible.

With Bubba (ds#1) I had a ring sling with padded rails, and a rebozo. I still have the same rebozo 11 years later. I love the versatility of the rebozo. I never mastered the back carry, but hug, kangaroo and hip carries were used with him and all three of his younger siblings. It has also been used as a nursing cover, pram blanket and super hero cape.

I can’t remember getting any new carriers with Monkey Man (ds#2). It was so hard to keep him still, even in a carrier, that I think I just kept the rebozo in the diaper bag and used that when he got tired enough that he wanted to cuddle.

When Boo (dd#3) came along I was involved in a parenting group and I was the crunchiest mama in the bunch. So I taught classes on Baby Wearing, Cloth Diapering, Natural Baby Care Products and Making Your Own Baby Food. At this time I purchased my first unpadded ring sling (a Maya Sling). I still have this sling eight years later and I love it!

The only carrier we added to the mix after Stud (ds#3) was born was a homemade stretchy wrap. It was FFS from a mom blogger who I’ve been following for years, and it was made out of bright orange microrib. Stud was born while I was still a full-time university student and he came to school with us. We lived 30+ miles from the university that M’duine (dh) and I were both attending and we arranged our course loads such that Stud could come with us, or one of us or a close friend was available to watch him. Needless to say, I wore Stud a LOT. I got a fair amount of flak for my “crossing guard” wrap, but he loved it, and I could wear him for hours and nurse discretely, so we were all good!

Anyway, all of that history was a lead-in to the really cool giveaway that is being hosted by Taylor Made Mama …

Tailor Made Momma has put together an amazing giveaway and is offering up the winner choice of an Ergo or Pikkolo baby carrier!

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada and will end on May 26th!

Enter Here

Don’t forget to go back and get your daily entries in!

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Blog Resources: Summer Patio Retreat *free blog event – sign ups now open* WW

Mom to Bed by 8 ‘Iowa-Mom’, Powered By Mom and Mommy and Baby Reviews and Giveaways is proud to present the The Summer Patio Retreat Giveaway Event, June 18 to July 2.
Details: This is a free blogger event, open worldwide and blog accepting sign ups now.
Join the Summer Patio Retreat Giveaway event today!

Carry Me Please – BabyWearing Event! FREE Blogger Sign-ups!

I am absolutely passionate about babywearing, so I am unbelievably excited about the “Carry Me Please BabyWearing event”! The event will run run from May 12-May 26.  The prize will be the winner’s choice of an Ergo or a Pikkolo baby carrier.

Carry Me Please! BabyWearing Event

Sign-ups are open now, but close tomorrow (05/10/12). The Rafflecopter and HTML for the giveaway will be sent out on the Friday (05/11/12). Links can be facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or RSS.  Sorry, no Google. This will be a FREE event.  The only requirement is that you post about the sign-ups and then you post about the event when it goes live.

Click here to sign up.

If you have any questions please e-mail

Motts for Tots and Vocalpoint

I am a member of several websites that provide “insider” information and samples. Vocalpoint is my favorite! Members get great coupons and samples (even coupons to share with friends!) and they aren’t innundated with insane amounts of email.


One of the current programs is Motts for Tots. I’m excited about this one. Our younglings love juice. B will ask (in one long string of conjoined words/syllables: “Me yuse? Bix yuse? Arwin yuse? Aanna yuse? Widdeon yuse?” (He’s currently very concerned with everyone getting whatever he is asking for.)

I will post a review when I receive the sample and/or coupons.

*Disclaimer: This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Motts for Tots and Vocalpoint who will be suppling the product sample and/or coupons.

Father’s Day Coupons

Those who know me know I’m a handmade geek to the extreme! I love anything handmade, especially if it is handmade by my children. I think any father would love one of these fantastic Father’s Day coupon books from Lettering Delights. I’m thinking about having The Scouts make them for M’duine and Opa and maybe even for Griffin. I haven’t decided exactly how we will put them together, but I was thinking about running them through the sewing machine, sans thread, to perforate and then stapling the left edge. Maybe I’ll just have The Scouts make fancy envelopes to put them in. I don’t know, I’m tired and can’t quite make my brain slow down, so I have a million different options running through my head.

I found another set of coupons that has more space on the left edge, complete with marked spaces for punching holes, but I can’t remember where I got them from! I’ll edit this post if I figure it out. That set could be sewn together and then a bit of ribbon could be threaded through the punched holes for decoration.

I would love to hear about what you are planning to make, do or get for the fathers in your life!


***Updated to indicated which books (underlined) that I have added to my iPad Kindle app, thereby putting them on my Active @Books list. These were all free editions of the book!***

I’m feeling really inadequate looking at this list, even though I’m doing more than five times better than the “average” person.

Instead of putting an (x) next to the ones I’ve read, I made them blue. The ones I have on my “Potential @Books” list are in yellow green.

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Copy into a new note Put an (X) next to the ones you’ve read (I made them blue & bold ). Include the number you have read in the headline and tag your friends!

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (currently reading)
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. 1984 – George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  42. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  43. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  44. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  45. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  46. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  47. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  48. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  49. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  51. Dune – Frank Herbert
  52. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  53. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  65. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  67. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  71. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  73. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  74. Ulysses – James Joyce
  75. The Inferno – Dante
  76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  77. Germinal – Emile Zola
  78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  79. Possession – AS Byatt
  80. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  86. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  93. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  99. Les Miserables

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The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

This is a neat blog that I follow  … I thought others might be interested.

She has lots of information regarding cloth diapers and some really cool give-aways!

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