Saturday, December 31, 2011


i'm doing it.  i'm taking a page from Just.Lovely.Things and quitting my personal Facebook page.

whew.  it's kinda weird to think that i won't have that connection with people, but really, it's time.  i've been thinking about it for a long long time.  Facebook can be and more often than not, has been, a blackhole for my time.  it's gotta go.

anyway, so my personal one will be gone, but i'm still on there as Little Mookie for my fan page, Little Mookie.  please come over and let's be friends!!  it'll be mostly business which will (hopefully) in turn help me focus more on what i love doing.  sewing.
speaking of sewing... i sewed up something HOT for my hub's bosses for Christmas...
 sexy hotpads!!  

clearly, they both love them.  ;)

i hope you have a wonderful New Year!!  here's hoping i'll be seeing you here more often!!  :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kitchen Floor re-do

Carpeted bathroom, carpeted kitchen. Why not? They're both totally easy to clean if something spilled, right? WRONG. Apparently it was a trend, but no longer!!

The flooring under the carpet and padding was in pretty good condition all things considered. We got foam underlament for the kitchen with all the nails and staples. We pulled most of them out, but some got hammered into the floor as much as possible. So just in case, the underlayment went in. While it's only 1/8 inch thick, I can tell the difference. Walking in the kitchen is ever so slightly more cushy than walking in the bathroom.

We did all of this (kitchen and bathroom) over a weekend and I'm so happy we finally got it done! We talked with the owner about replacing the floors before we moved in but I kept putting it off thinking it was going to cost us (up front( a bunch of money. We're able to take it off the rent, but I was still nervous that it would be costly. Turns out I was wrong! It was only $250 (vinyl planks + underlayment) for both rooms! Yay! Of course, they're both small. The kitchen is a measly 150 sq feet and the bathroom a tiny 20 sq feet, but it worked out really well.

I'm so happy my hubs is handy in so many things and I like working with my hands. Put the two together and we made a pretty good team! We had our neighbors/best friends helping us out too when they had time. I'm not really good at man-handling big appliances. ;) A big thanks to them for all their help in these last minute projects!!

Now if only it would all fit in the garbage can... ;)

Bathroom re-do

Kids. (And adults too I suppose)
A few nights ago, we told the girls to go in and go potty before bed. Next thing we heard was crying from Miss and Milee yelling, "help! The toilet!"  Sure enough, Miss had used too much toilet paper and the toilet was flooding.

Onto the carpeted floor. (This is where the adults come into play) Who carpets a BATHROOM? How does that equal out to being sanitary?? Cause it certainly wasn't now. And I after pulling out the carpet/padding myself, I can personally guarantee that this was not the first time this had happened. Gross.

But at least there was awesome red and cream marbled tiles underneath. What the?? What could they have possibly done to the walls to match?? Oy.

So we laid done some vinyl planks and it's so much better now! And it wasn't nearly as expensive as I had originally thought! Bonus!

Mookie really likes the new floor. :) He just walks in circles, stops to laugh and keeps circling. Silly little dude.

While we were doing the bathroom, we figured we might as well pull up the carpet in the KITCHEN. Seriously? Who does that?? Anyway, pictures to come. :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cell phones are dangerous

Poor Mookie.
Little guy was just doing some business on daddy's phone when out of no where, the cupboard handle flew out and smacked him right in the eye!! (See also: not watching where he was going)

I couldn't get the focus working right, but he's got a little cut on his upper lid AND right below his eye.

Little man's been having a rough day like momma.

Still, he's a cutie. :)


I'm trying really hard to be positive today and failing miserably. I've said, "Yes" too many times when I should have said, "Sorry, I don't have the time right now." It's all piling up and seriously threatening to tumble over on top of me.

Possibly the one that will cause the blow up was last night when the toilet overflowed because my girls use (aka waste) too much toilet paper. Did I mention the bathroom is CARPETED??  The only thing I can say is that it's an old house that had old people living in it. And apparently they like carpet A LOT because the kitchen and back porch are also covered in the stuff. *sigh*

So now we're looking into tearing out the bathroom carpet (and kitchen) and putting down vinyl flooring. Not a big deal really, but it's just one more thing to do that I don't have time for, ya know?

Anyway, so I'm stressed. And while I really want to freak out, I know it will all work out eventually. And I know there's someone I can always count on, always turn to, always rely on and I know He's helping me even when I don't really deserve it.

In the mean time, Mookie is having a bad day as well. Crying over nothing, not really napping. My girls - my sweet, precious girls - are trying their darnedest to keep him happy and laughing for me. Love them. I mean, look at that face. Is she not so adorable?? I am truly blessed even when I feel like I'm drowning.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I'm sewing up a bunch of bow tie necklaces from my latest GroopDealz offer and listening to Mr. Bieber. My right foot is having a hard time keeping steady pressure on the foot pedal while my other leg is bouncing along to the beat of every song. I tend to sing along (my lucky kids get to listen aaaaaaaall day long) which only adds to my lack of focus. But what do you do when you work better with music?? Nothing. Just jam out like nobody's watching!! And I do just that. :) Pretty or not, it happens every day.

Random thought - Justin Bieber collaborating with Busts Rhymes on Drummer Boy was a surprise. And I likes it. ;)

Favorite music to jam out to??

Afton Jean Charity

If you don't happen to already follow NoBiggie, you definitely should.  Hers is a story that is truly touching and  beautiful but also tragic.  When little Afton Jean was born 3 1/2 months early, they knew it would be a challenge.  After 7 days with this beautiful angel, Afton returned to her Heavenly Father.

Brittany over at Love Stitched knew she wanted to help in some way and so the Afton Jean Charity was born.  All of the proceeds from the shop will go to the Bigler Family to help cover the medical and funeral expenses.

Groopdealz and I Am Momma Hear Me Roar have graciously jumped up to help as well!  Right now on Groopdealz, you can get a beautiful jpeg download for just $2.  Instructions on how to make it into a 2x3' wall mount can be found here...

All of the proceeds from this deal go to the Bigler family as well. 

During this season, we can all do something for someone in need.  This is such an easy, simple way to make a big difference for a family.  Just $2 isn't much for just one person, but if we all share the information and link, together we can help in a big, big way.

Hug your babies tight.  
Be slow to anger.  
Tell them you love them, OFTEN.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Groopdealz Feature + a DISCOUNT!! :)


Today I've got a deal running on Groopdealz for my Bitty Bow Necklace!
And it's 63% off!

Just $5.50 (+ shipping) for this little cutie
perfect for stocking stuffers or just a gift for yourself!


Grab these little babies at this rockin price while you can!!
Also, if you share this post on Facebook or blog about it, you'll be entered to win one for FREE!!
Leave a comment on the post on Facebook if you share it!
Leave a comment here, on this blog post, if you blog about it!
Or leave a comment here, on this blog post, if you Tweet about it! (@ohlittlemookie)

All shares/posts/tweets need to include the link to the deal, please!!
That link is:


Alrighty, for a Little Mookie shop discount...

Head on over to Love Stitched to find my sponsor discount of 25% off your entire purchase!!

PLUS, I've got FREE SHIPPING going on thru the end of the year!

Monday, November 21, 2011

La Jolla Groves - The Shops at the Riverwoods

La Jolla Groves in the Shops At the Riverwoods is one of my new favorite restaurants in Provo.  Owner and executive chef, Kent Anderson, knows exactly what he's doing!  Also the owner of Malawi's (in the Shops at the Riverwoods as well), Chef Kent creates his amazing dishes with super fresh ingredients, local when possible, that result in food that really fill and satisfy.
The restaurant itself was designed to resemble a lemon grove and it does just that.
Everything feels refined and exquisite without going overboard.  Reasonably priced, you won't find your wallet empty from just one meal here.  La Jolla Groves has repeat guests that come for dinner one evening, and return for lunch the next day!
La Jolla Groves appeals to me most because I.  Love.  LEMONS.
I'm not totally sure why that is, but I always have and this lemon bundt cake with caramelized sugar dome absolutely hit the spot!  Sweet, but still tangy like lemon should be (in my own opinion) and just the right size that I don't feel horrible eating the whole thing myself.  ;)

 Back to the beginning of the meal...  the appetizers were delicious as well.  Artichoke dip and crusty bread (pictured), fresh tomato slices with mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar... I didn't try anything I didn't like!

 Watermelon Mint Salad

 The entrees... oh the entrees!
This salmon was so delicious!
These steak medallions were DIVINE!
While I like the flavor of steak, I don't usually eat it because I hate how it gets stuck in my teeth.  True story.  This steak, however, was pure perfection!  Deliciously tender, amazing flavor... ooh, I wish I had some right now!

If you need a date night with your hubby, get yourself a babysitter (you'll want to be able to really enjoy the flavors in everything without distraction) and enjoy the quiet, fresh ambiance that is La Jolla Groves.

(and then do some shopping at Blickenstaffs & Zion's Mercantile and finish with yum ice cream from Ike's!) ;)

Find La Jolla Groves on Facebook to see what their latest specialties are!

**all photos courtesy of Bryce Olsen Photography**

Zion's Mercantile - Shops At The Riverwoods

Zion's Mercantile in Provo's Shops at the Riverwoods is a fun little LDS bookstore full of replicas, originals, and lots of fun stories and background!  I'm a little bit embarrassed to admit that I was unaware that this little piece of Nauvoo was right here in Utah!

There are so many neat things at Zion's Mercantile.  Stained glass like those found on the Nauvoo, Illinois LDS Temple, replicas of Porter Rockwell's gun and Book of Mormon, amazing artwork by Bob Boyd (who came to talk with us and was down right awesome!), and they even have little treats including fresh baked bread and honey butter!  If you need a special gift for someone this holiday season or just want a little something for yourself, be sure to check out Zion's Mercantile at the Shops At the Riverwoods.  It will not disappoint!

Find Zion's Mercantile on their Facbook page too!

**all photos courtesy of Bryce Olsen Photography**

Ike's - Utah's Best Ice Cream

 Ike's ice cream is located just inside the Provo Beach Resort with Utah's best ice cream!  They carry Blue Bell ice cream that is amazingly tasty!  Never mind that the weather is turning frightful and chilly, ice cream this delicious should be enjoyed year round!
 Caitlin of Cait Create, myself & Janae of Pink Moss

Built to resemble a 50s diner, Ike's little corner of the Provo Beach Resort is just what Grandma and Grandpa will remember from when they were younger.  Complete with black and white flooring, shiny red bar stools, an old fashioned Coke machine with bottles of Coke and good old fashioned customer service with a smile!

**all images courtesy of Bryce Olsen Photography**

Blickenstaffs - Utah's BEST Vintage Candy Store

 Blickenstaffs is one of my very favorite vintage candy stores!

They really do have something for everyone!  The idea behind the store is to have a place where old and young alike can go together and have a flood of childhood memories come rushing back and to create new ones TOGETHER.

I love the vintage feel with the perks of seeing new and fun things as well!  Now you can even shop online!!

 Be sure to check the Blickenstaffs blog and get ready for the 12 Days of Christmas when they'll have a specific item in the store that some lucky customer will receive for FREE, each day!  On the first day, one lucky person will get the designated item.  On day 2, there will be TWO winners!  Day 3, three winners, and so on, until the 12th day when they'll be giving out TWELVE FREE ITEMS!!  How perfect is that!?  So be sure to check out the blog for all the details and to scope out what the chosen item will be so you'll know if you want to make the trip!

Blickenstaffs is an amazing store that you definitely don't want to miss out on!  There are so many options in just one store that can't be beat!  Family games, games good for road trips, fun flash cards, toys, candies and sweets, puzzles, ride-on toys... the list goes on and on!  So bundle up your family, grab Grandma and Grandpa and head on down to Blickenstaffs in the Shops at the Riverwoods and see what memories you can make together.

Find Blickenstaffs on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube!!

ALSO, don't forget BLACK FRIDAY at Blickenstaffs when the WHOLE STORE will be **20% OFF!!**

**all images courtesy of Bryce Olsen Photography**

Monday, November 14, 2011

Car blogging

I find myself in the car more and more these days. Makes it difficult to blog, no?  I'm not really sure why I didn't think to look for an app to do it sooner.  But here I am, blogging while waiting for my little Turkey to get done with preschool. :)

I'm being featured as a side deal on Groopdealz today! (today is the last day) I have lots of new things lined up for my new shop and the cream ruffle purse on Groopdealz is one of the new designs! While available only in classic, neutral, and oh-so-versatile cream muslin, it will also be available in other fabulous colors when I launch my new sister shop! Look for a swingin introductory discount when that happens as well!!

Hope your Monday is a goodie! I'm feeling a little blah today. No motivation to do anything at all (including the dang laundry, as always, and the dishes that are resembling a mountain at the moment) I feel the need for retail therapy. Or running. I really want to go for a run, but it's too stinking cold in the wee hours of the morning and my hubs doesn't get home until after dark. Oh poo. Press on we must in order to not completely lose my sanity. ;)

Love my kiddilees!  Love my hubs!  Love you all as well, my friends!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

well hey there!

wow.  life gets so busy and i quite often get lost in the hustle bustle of it all.  :)

lately i've been working a lot (sewing and planning for my shop) with Brittany of Love Stitched.  she's UH-MAZING if you didn't know.  she and i go waaaaay back to the good ol days of hair school in '03 when we wore all black 5 days a week and played with hair all the time.  ;)  love her!

there are some BIG and FUN changes in the works and i'm so excited to be working on it right now!  when it's ready, you'll be sure to know!!  :)

other fun things going on for me right now are planning a trip to Hawaii to see my cute little brother-in-law get married, making major changes in my eating habits, and finally starting to find the balance of 'work' and regular life.  so many things are falling into place lately and it's nice to not feel so out of control and crazy.  i know my husband appreciates not being on the back burner anymore.  :)

i always thought i was good at time management.  apparently not.  i was having a really hard time balancing time for sewing/planning for THE SHOP, HOUSEHOLD duties (laundry, dishes, everyday cleaning), being a MOMMA to my babies, and being a WIFE to my husband.  it was all a lot of small things that piled up and finally kind of blew up in my face.  that's when i really realized i don't know what i'm doing and need help.  enter Brittany.  :)  she told me flat out what i needed to do, how i could do it and pointed out some things to fix, all of which would help me achieve the happy medium i was looking for.

and it's working!!

i'm happier, less stressed.  my husband and kids are happier - we have more QUALITY time together.  things are getting planned and done for the shop.  and while it isn't perfect yet, i'm in a better spot overall and that is making the biggest difference.

i feel so blessed with loving friends and family that support me and help me along the way and help me make my dreams come true!

**i contribute to posts over here if you're interested in other crafting stuff!  :)**

Friday, September 9, 2011

GRATITUDE for past boyfriends

today i'm feeling really grateful.
grateful for a lot of things, but today it's something different.  at least for me.

during my pre-teen and teenage years, i didn't really do a whole lot of dating.  not that i didn't want to, i'm just pretty dang shy (even more so back then) and i had a boyfriend for a long time.  (on and off, but mostly on, for 4 years)  in all my life, i've only dated a handful of guys, all long term, so i'm certainly no expert.  and for a long time i looked back on those relationships as times in my life that i would NOT want to relive.  however, NOW that i'm a big(ger) girl and think on a more mature(ish) level, i can look back and see how each of those relationships helped me to grow into the person i am today.

wanna know where this came from??


oh, the wonderful world of facebook where you can "run into" any and everyone from your past!  most of the time, it's awesome!  i found my best friend from 6th grade!  sweet!  it's an easy way to keep up with friends from neighborhoods you used to live in, friends from elementary/jr. high/high school, family members that live far away.  it fantastic, right?

not always.

so i'm just hanging out on my home page, checking out what's going on with my friends and pages i like and then i see it:  "friend A and 2 other people are now friends with Loser M."  ok, maybe not in those words exactly, but you get the jist, yes?  three of MY friends (or my hubby's friends from HS really) are now friends with Loser M that i happen to have dated once upon a time.  great.  i always forget that he went to the same high school and it never really occurred to me that Loser M might know some of hubs' friends.

let me back up a little bit more into my dating life.  back to when Loser M and i were a 'thing'...

we worked together and he was the ever charming, makes-everyone-laugh guy that was always fun to be around.  we hung out and then hung out more regularly.  blah, blah, blah, long story short --  he is the ONLY guy i ever dated that made me feel like an object rather than a person.  the ONLY guy that pressed for sex/sexual activity even when i said no in several different ways.  the ONLY guy that tried so hard to get into my pants in any way he could.  not to mention that he worked for my dad and then later my aunt (two different jobs) and tried to use our failed relationship as an excuse when he got himself fired.  nice, huh?  not to mention that he once came to see me at work (i worked at a tanning salon) and got all kissy-kissy while his buddy stole money from the drawer that i had to pay back myself!!  lame!

back to facebook...
so i see that 3 of my friends are now friends with him and just KNOW that it was only a matter of time before my name pops up on his screen under "people you may know" and he sends me a friend request.  in fact, i told my best friend the same day that i was waiting for it.  sure enough, the next morning, there it is.  "Loser M wants to be friends"


WHY would i want to be friends with you?  WHY would i have any interest in what you're doing now?  WHY would i let you into MY life again?  been there, done that, ONLY guy i ever fully regret dating.  no, we are not friends.  now or ever.  facebook or in real life.

in dealing with with all this new awesomeness, it made me think back to the other guys i had dated.  the things i learned from our relationships with each other.  the things we went thru together.  choices we made.  things that were said,  how things were handled.  and while things didn't end up the way we might have thought we wanted them to at the time, all in all, IT WAS A GOOD THING.  i've made some choices that i wish i had waited to make.  said some things i wish had gone unsaid.  BUT, i would not have the knowledge and maturity of feelings/emotions that i have now without them.


 they know (or at least i hope they do) who they are, and honestly, i'm grateful for the time we had together, both good and bad.  i am the good wife, mother and woman that i am today because of it.  i see them now with their wives (and children for one of them) and i'm happy that they found someone just right for them as i have for myself.  my hubs is my perfect other half.  it's hard to put into adequate words just how perfect a fit we are for each other, so you'll have to just trust me.  and while i don't enjoy the thought of him having ever dated anyone other than me, i'm grateful for them too.  because he is the man he is today in part because of them.  or in spite of them maybe?  i don't know.  (he had a rough time with one in particular)  just the same, i'm grateful for life experiences that have molded myself, my husband and the guys i dated into the people we are today. Loser M excluded. (is that mean?)

anyway, it's funny and amazing the way the Lord steps into our lives when we need him to.  I don't like to get super churchy or preachy sounding, but there are times in life that you can't help but acknowledge His hand in our lives and the break up of Loser M and is most definitely one of those times.  i can't even imagine how my life would be different had we continued dating.  all that comes to mind is being a single mom.  not something i (or maybe anyone) want to do.  parenting is hard enough with someone else on your team let alone being the only player and being out numbered.  kudos to those who are doing it and thriving!! but that's another post for another time.  :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

hottie tottie Auddy :) (and other things)

i'm behind on blogging the things i've been up to.
surprise, surprise! (not)
but here's a short, to-the-point recap

mookie is still the cutest and most adorable little man i know
he loves to give me hugs & kisses while eating breakfast - precious
and this morning, he crawled into my lap, wrapped his still oh-so chubby arms around my neck, patted me on the back and then gave me kisses all on his own!
you're jealous, i know.

(sorry, it was kinda dark this morning)
when i got back from running this morning,
these little (drama) queens were in my bed
love my sweet sweet girls

i found a hat pattern that i LLOOOOVVEE!
deep enough to come down over my ears!
i hate shallow hats.
coolest part??
they are 100% upcycled!!
every bit of that buckness is from clothes that my bff/model no longer fits in
because she's getting S-K-I-N-N-Y!!
she's lost 50 pounds so far and not stopping!!
i'm so proud!!

now, for hottie tottie Auddy...
she's my buddy bud that asked me to make her a "surprise zippered pouch"
and this is what my brain came up with.
gimme one sec whilst i pat myself on the back YET AGAIN
because i L-L-L-LOVE it!!

it has so many things that i love
houndstooth. gray. yellow. floral. and a bow tie.

then i made this sweet little ruffled card holder
business cards. store cards. i.d. whatever.

love it!!

want one??
i'll totally make you one too!
zippered pouches are $13 in the shop
(free shipping code SCHOOL)
and card holders are not yet listed but i'll whip one up for ya for $7 shipped!
shoot me an email at ohlittlemookie (at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

One-of-A-Kind Custom Order for Chris

my friend Chris found this awesome saying
and we made it into a purse :)

not sure if you knew this,
but i've got a thing for a good mustache ;)

the small detail work was well worth the time
for the end result

one zippered pocket
(new for me)

and of course a patch pocket for phone, pens, etc.

i LOVE custom orders!!

have something in mind that you've always wanted
but that no one carries/makes??

yeah, me too.
let's get together on that, shall we? :)

ohlittlemookie at gmail dot com