Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving Week in Instagram | Toothpicks in Feet |Birthday Bash

If you know me, my life is c.r.a.z.y. I am not sure how it got to be this way...but let me share a little bit of the crazy with you.

This was what last week looked like in The R House Couture's workshop. a.k.a my basement.

We made over 60 necklaces last Tuesday evening. The beginning of our very busy holiday season. As I package each one I love thinking about where each one of these beautiful gifts are going, what the reactions will be of the recipient, and especially for the wives whose husbands ordered them a special little something.


Thanksgiving Eve, Jothan was invited to spend the night with his little cousin. They adore one another, cannot get enough play time in, etc. So, when school is out, we try to make that happen. My sister in law lovingly watched my girls so that I could go out with my cousin, even though she felt like death. {Bless you Anna!} I picked up the girls and as we drove home my phone died. I got home, plugged it in to charge and proceeded to get the girls in bed, and work on party preparations. About thirty minutes later, I can turn my phone back on and I have 8 missed calls. 8. I begin checking texts when my sister in law calls me to tell me Jothy stepped on a toothpick. They feel terrible and I assure them it is no big deal. My brother is bringing Jothan home because he isn't sure what to do.

We sprawl Jothy out on the kitchen island and proceed to examine his foot. It isn't bleeding. Zero blood. It just looks...puckered. He is settled down but if you touch his foot he cringes and screams. Something is definitely in there. What to do? Soak it, try to get it out? My brother, Flavio and I just look at it for seemingly forever. Instacare is closed, he is in obvious pain, so the decision is made to head to an ER. We are all feeling a little silly that it can probably wait until morning, but my gut says, "Take him."

It is about 10:30 p.m. when they arrive and they give him anesthetic to try and see what is up.  They draw a line around it so they know when it is "numb". Emmaree is the sweetest little nurse on the planet to her brother. She begged to go to the hospital with him and Flavio and she was the greatest blessing to Jothan. The doctor begins digging around in Jothan's foot and can not find a thing. He is about to give up and is cleaning the wound when Jothan flinches and cries out. That is when the doctor notices something pushing out near Jothan's ankle.

This is where my famous Instagram #intheheelouttheankle begins.

{Say. What?}

It went in his heel and out near his ankle.

What we thought was a 'sliver' of a toothpick was in fact about half a toothpick.

I think Jothan was a little excited to get stitches. Emmaree was too. I guess stitches are pretty neat.

We keep the toothpick as a souvenir and on Thanksgiving people sign Jothan's "cast". However, the toothpick gets lost in my brother's room and we scour it for thirty minutes to no avail. The toothpick seems lost to time. Thankfully we have photo evidence. 

I cringe and get a little lightheaded when I think about it too much. There is just something about this little boy. When he gets hurt I turn into a pile of mush. This isn't the first time I have nearly passed out from the thought of him hurting or suffering and not being able to help him.

He is healing so very well and I am so thankful. He was feverish for a day this week and generally pale looking and we were worried about infection, but his meds are doing the job and he looks great!

After all the toothpicks were cleaned up I could begin tying up all of the loose ends for my birthday bash which is tonight!

{I am SO excited.}

This is my first 'friend' birthday party ever. With the exception of one Leisha and Lindsey threw me three years ago...but they tell me it was a family party because we were the only ones there.


So, even though my birthday is six weeks away, I never got to have my dream 30th birthday party. You know what? That is okay, because I am so much better approaching 31 than I was 30. That is what this party is all about...the things I learned when I was 31. Mostly? How to love me and take care of me, and be happy and thankful with me.

Mostly? I found hope. Hope when I didn't think hope was ever possible for me to find.

Hence these babies:

Adorable mini hope charms. Just one of the few little party favors being given out tonight. A labor of love I am so happy to share with my friends.

And this guy:

Who inspired me after reading the words. I am raffling one off tonight at the shindig. It is beautiful.

Go see: Take Nothing for Granted Necklace from The R House Couture

Monday I finished these guys, and packaged them up so pretty.

{Love a good party favor.}

Then it was off to Mom it Forward's service project.

{We used it for our Family Home Evening.}

My kids loved it and it was so much fun to see friends, drink milk, and relax, all while tying blankets for those in need of some snuggles.

Cyber Monday did amazing things for The R House Couture this year. We trumped the prior week's orders by nearly double and a half.


These HUGE piles meant that I got a total of 8 hours of sleep in 48...nearly 72 after a second work night last night. I woke up yesterday looking like this:

This photo got mixed reviews. From "F***** up!" to "Stunning".

{I will let you be the judge, for truly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.}

Last night brought another long work night and final party prep with some fun previews:

Are you coming?
I would love to see you there. So would Damon and Stefan.

{I am not sure yet if Elaina will be making an appearance.}

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chest R Desk | A chair, and a desk, and a storage box, all rolled into one!

With two kinds in school full time, having an area where they can do their homework in a quiet space has become critical. With so many distractions at the kitchen table, I have been looking high and low for a little desk for my kids that will fit into their already crowded bedrooms. Especially little Emmaree who shares a room with Camilla, there isn't much room left after two beds, two dressers and a book shelf.

Discovering the Chest R Desk has created so much excitement for me and is answer to many of my dilemmas in creating this quiet space for my kids to do their homework, or other activities that require a writing area.

If your kids are anything like mine, they are always creating something. Whether it is a scrapbook of fall leaves, or Halloween decorations hanging from their ceiling, in their spare time they can always find something creative to do. A lot of times, that creativity also calls for the need for somewhere to store all the "stuff" that they need to create with. Whether it be books, pencils, crayons, pens, or glue, the Chest R Desk has the space within their space to store all their little creative treasures. This short video shows how this is accomplished with a storage area under the seat of the chair/desk area.

Isn't this the most amazing little desk ever? I know of at least two little girls in our house who will be getting one of these adorable Chest R Desks for Christmas this year. I am not sure who is getting the better Christmas gift, my kids or myself, because I will finally have my kitchen table back instead of being covered by backpacks and homework every night! I think that as soon as grandma sees this, she is going to need one in her toy room as well.

The Chest R Desk, is highly constructed and comes in an ivory color, which makes it a perfect fit for almost any decor. Your desk will also come with decals you can use to decorate it however you would like! You can dress it up for a girl, or make it a little more manly for your little guy.

Can you believe that this desk fits children from 3-12 years of age? This means that your child can use the desk through elementary school, and then hand it down when they enter junior high. Truly brilliant.

Chest R Desk is available to purchase through their website:
And on Facebook:

**Disclaimer: While I was compensated to tell you about the Chest R Desk, my feelings and excitement about this amazing product are my own...and I can't wait to open ours on Christmas morning!**