Tuesday, June 20, 2006

New Dragonflies and Ladybugs Store

Hi! Well it is Finally HERE!!! Our new store has been launched! We still sell on Ebay, but we are slowly moving our products over to our prostore account.
We have our newest inventory listed and our NEW fall items are in! We have both NWT and Used Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Hanna Anderson, Baby LULU and much much more.
Great Prices!

Check us out when you get a chance: Dragonflies and Ladybugs

How Do You Define Success

How do you define success for yourself, for your life and your home business.

Well, I would say that I feel most successful whenever I can survive a full day with my girls without any major "breakdowns". I felt successful when my 3 1/2 year old decided to start going potty after 6 months of me tirelessly trying to get her to wear regular "big girl" underpants. In fact, the day the light bulb went off, and she finally started going into the bathroom on her own and decided to retire the pullups and use her big girl pants.... I felt more successful as a mother than I ever did in all my years in business and in graduate school... funny how those things turn out.
I feel successful in my business when I make my customers and website visitors happy. Honestly, I do not make a huge or even significant income from my home based business, but I feel successful when I get an email from a customer that is happy with my site or our products.

take care and have a great week

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Time To Yourself

QOTW Time to yourself
Work at home moms rarely have time to themselves without the kids. What do you do if you have an hour, day, or eek an entire weekend to yourself?

Time to myself???? Very rare, BUT there are occassion where I will have a 1/2 day or so to myself, and usually, (this may sound sad) I try to run my errands: grocery shop, post office, etc. If it is only an hour or so, I work on my estore and business without interruptions. At night if I have an hour or so, my husband and I will read... other than that, I rarely have that wonderful luxury at this point.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Life Balance: Summer and Work Life

QOTW How will you handle summer and work?
Now that summer is almost here, what are some of the activities that will keep kids busy and happy while you are working? Or will your business/blogging take some time off?

I always try hard to balance both my work and home life. I am a bit "insane" when it comes to getting up early. I wake up at 4:30 to read emails, answer customer questions, and write my newsletter. Then, I work out and start my day. During the day, I try to spend as much time with my kids as I can, I only do my work during their naps, then again at night. Until my girls are in school, then that is the only way I can balance both.
I think it is important to remember that we stay home for our kids, so if I spend too much time on my business then I might as well go back to the workplace and put my girls in daycare. With that in mind, I try not to let it interfere with our time during the day.
I have found other great articles and posted them on the site:
The Mom's Cafe'

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Work At Home Mom Bloggers Question For The Week

Question of The Week:
How do you stay fit? Not just on the physical side but the mental and emotional side? Do you make time for exercise? Do you always want to learn new things to keep you challenged?
Question from Work At Home Mom Bloggers.
My Answer:
First, I make sure that I get plenty of sleep. Both my husband and I go to bed fairly early (9:00-9:30 AM), even if we are up reading, we are relaxing in bed with no TV. Then, I get up an hour or so earlier than my family, and I work out for twenty minutes. I take time to stretch and relax with a cup of java. This keeps me even with my emotional and mental state of being. Finally, I try not to get too worked up any more about the little things in life. I try to maintain balance in my life, and I don't over do anything... from cleaning my house to playing with my girls. I try to have a good balance of activities and relaxation time.


Thursday, May 04, 2006

End of Summer Sale

END of SUMMER SALE: FREE shipping on purchases totalling $25.00 OR more.

We are liquidating our items and not purchasing any more summer inventory this season. Bathing suits, layette items, and more. Please visit our store

DRAGONFLIES and LADYBUGS for more information

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Great New Checklists For MOMS

Childproofing Your Home

To make sure that your home is a safe haven for your children - and you - learn to spot and eliminate hazards throughout the house. This checklist will show you how. Register with ClubMom to customize this checklist by assigning due dates, adding new tasks, scheduling email reminders, and more.

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Safety measures for every room:

Install child-resistant covers on all electrical outlets.
Keep dangerous chemicals out of children's reach.

For strings and ribbons, follow the six-inch rule.
Always use a safety belt on your baby when she is sitting in a bouncy seat or a swing.
Shorten curtain and blind cords.
Place furniture well away from windows.
Use corner bumpers on furniture and fireplace-hearth edges.
Place houseplants out of children's reach.
Know the names of all plants in case a child eats one of them.
Keep cigarettes, matches, and lighters out of children's reach.
Safeguard heating and gas systems against accidents.
Be sure that furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and gas appliances are vented properly.
Place screened barriers around fireplaces, radiators, and portable space heaters.
Install carbon-monoxide (CO) alarms outside bedrooms to help prevent CO poisoning.
Install smoke alarms outside each bedroom and on every level of your home.
Remove the plastic end caps on doorstops or replace the stops with a one-piece design to prevent choking.
Consider placing plastic guards along the hinge side of frequently used interior doors to prevent the doors from pinching fingers.
Safety-proof windows and fire exits.
Make a fire evacuation plan and practice fire escape routes at least twice a year.
Keep firearms and ammunition safely locked away.
Secure unsteady furnishings.
Avoid household water hazards.
Test homes built before 1978 for lead paint.
Learn first aid and CPR.

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Hallways and staircases:

Avoid dark hallways and rugs that slip.
Safety-proof stairs.
If possible, install carpeting on stairways to protect from falls.
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Kids' rooms:

Position your child's crib away from all drapery, electrical cords, and windows.
Make sure the crib meets national safety standards.
Make sure the mattress fits snugly.
Be sure the crib sheet fits snugly.
If you use a crib bumper, make sure it's firm (not fluffy) and secured tightly with at least six ties.
Remove mobiles and other hanging toys from the crib as soon as your child can reach up and touch them.
Place infants under one year on their backs to sleep.
Never use an electric blanket in the bed or crib of a small child or infant.
Place night-lights at least three feet away from the crib, bedding, and draperies to prevent fires.
Always use a safety belt on your infant when you have her on a changing table, and never leave her unattended.
Provide padding for falls.
Check age labels for appropriate toys.
Be vigilant about choking hazards.
Use side railings for children just getting used to "big kid" beds.
If bedrooms are on second or third stories, be sure to have a fire-escape ladder in each room.
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Put a lock on the medicine cabinet.
To prevent poisoning, lock away all vitamins and medicines.
Install toilet-lid locks to prevent drowning.
Lower the household water temperature.
Always test the water first before bathing a child.
Make sure bathtubs and showers aren't slippery.
Use electrical appliances carefully.
Install ground-fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs.
Never leave a young child alone in the bathroom.
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Keep knives, cleaning supplies, and plastic bags out of children's reach.
To avoid fires and burns, never leave cooking food unattended.
If stove knobs are easily accessible to children, use protective covers to prevent kids from turning them.
Teach your kids how to respond to fire.
When they're not in use, unplug electrical appliances.
Replace any frayed cords and wires.
Keep chairs and step stools away from counters and the stove.
Keep activated charcoal (helps absorb some poisons) and syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting) on hand.
Beware of foods that children can choke on.
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Store tools, garden, and lawn-care equipment and supplies in a locked closet or shed.

Don't use a power mower to cut the lawn when young children are around.
Don't allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours following an application of a fertilizer or a pesticide.
Know the types of trees on the property in the event children ingest berries, leaves, or other plant life.
If you have a swimming pool, install a fence (with an automatic childproof gate) that separates the house from the pool.
When you barbecue outdoors, never leave kids unattended around the grill.
Store propane grills where children cannot reach the knobs.
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Other resources for childproofing your home:

To find outlet covers, cord shorteners, cabinet latches, and toilet-lid locks, check with your local hardware store.
For consumer-product and home-safety information, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
For details about child and home safety, contact the National Safe Kids Campaign.
For information about child lead poisoning, read the "Lead Hazard Information" pamphlet from the department of Housing and Urban Development.
For information about safe drinking water, contact the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water.
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