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She Says… WINNER of the Uh Oh Pasghettio Giveaway

How is it Tuesday already?

Oh. Right. Benjamin has been traveling since last Thursday and I’ve been spending every waking minute wiping a butt, wiping the counter, washing the dishes, foraging for food from the dwindling refrigerator supply, playing countless games of Uno, making bottles, cleaning bottles, making salt dough ornaments and supervising their decoration, vacuuming pine needles, bundling children, unwrapping bundled children, and sleeping, showering and checking email when possible. You know the drill. The solo parenting gig (even for a short time) is tiring, yo.

We managed to find time to dance around to Christmas music in our pajamas and I taught Owen how to pillow fight (HILARIOUS), but alas, there wasn’t enough time for blogging yesterday. But now Benjamin is home, the kids are at school and I’m back in front of the computer.

So… drumroll please…

the WINNER of the Uh Oh Pasghettio curated art print collection is…



Congratulations Amanda Christopher, I hope you will love The Chase collection! I will email you with details.

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered. And for those who didn’t win, there’s still time to order your prints before Christmas!

She Says… Uh Oh Pasghettio Nursery Art Giveaway!


So yesterday I gave you a little glimpse into the sweet trio of prints that Uh Oh Pasghettio made for Emmett’s nursery, and today I want to tell you a little bit more about them and how you can win a collection of your own.

A childhood friend of mine, Amanda Bonaviri, is the art director and designer of these precious prints. Earlier this year she teamed up with marketing guru and friend, Kimberly Howard, to launch Uh Oh Pasghettio. I searched my photo albums high and low for an embarrassing picture of Amanda and I (preferably from that glorious period of time in elementary school when I actually sported a perm AND braces AND glasses at the same time…) but came up dry. So you’ll have to use your imagination. But it’s fair to say Amanda and I have been buddies for a long time and I’ve always, always been in awe of her fashion/style/design sense (Sidenote: She never had a bad-idea perm like me. Go figure.).

Uh Oh Pasghettio’s tagline is “colorful prints for stylish kiddos”. Well, I must be a kid too, then, because I want almost all of their prints framed in  MY room as well as my little ones’. You can check out their new arrivals, alphabet art, prints & graphics, shower invitations and birthday invitations. All of their designs are clean, modern and super sweet.


They even offer custom design. After working with Amanda on the prints for Emmett’s nursery I can assure you that she goes out of her way to tweak her art to make it perfect for YOU (I even sent her pictures of the nursery to match colors, and we discussed changing fonts/graphics), and that the final product is printed on gorgeous, thick, archival paper. Since I was hanging mine on a clothesline-type thing instead of putting it in a frame, this was particularly important.


Uh Oh Pasghettio just recently launched their Collections.  Amanda uses her awesome eye for style to mix and match their colorful alphabet art and hand-drawn prints. They make it so easy to expertly decorate a nursery wall or playroom in just one click (and no one will ever know you didn’t curate them yourself)!

This map print is one of my all-time faves. Hidden away in the nursery? Pshhh. I want this one printed HUGE over my fireplace. I love the coordinating prints Amanda chose to go with it too.


And how sweet is this group of prints? The “playroom rules” crack me up.


Ok, ok, enough about how much I love all of the prints. Want to know how you can win a collection of your very own (or the best holiday gift ever for someone you love)?

You can get one entry for doing each of the following (up to 3 entries total):

  1. Leave me a comment telling me if YOU rocked the perm/glasses/braces look like me when you were younger, or if you were the incredibly cool and fashionable friend like Amanda. Then check out Uh Oh Pasghettio’s website and tell me which collection you’d like to win.
  2. Join Uh Oh Pasghettio’s mailing list to hear from them once in a while. I’ve been on the list for a few months now and have only received one or two emails (with coupon codes!), so don’t worry about getting spammed by them. LEAVE ME A COMMENT HERE TO LET ME KNOW YOU’VE DONE THAT.
  3. Like Uh Oh Pasghettio on Facebook. I follow them and love what they post. LEAVE ME A COMMENT HERE TO LET ME KNOW YOU’VE DONE THAT.

The winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on Monday, December 9 (in time for holiday shipping), so you have until midnight on Sunday, December 8 to enter.

Good luck!

She Says… Cozy Little Nursery Reveal

Emmett is almost 5 months old, but I’m just getting around to sharing his nursery reveal now. (Looking back, apparently I did the same thing with Owen’s nursery). Now I guess it’s not so much a “reveal” as a “hey, my 2nd baby has a room”, but, I know some of you might want to see how it turned out.

The room itself is super small. We had a queen mattress on the floor in there before Emmett was here and there was barely enough room for anything else. So as Emmett grows we will likely have to switch his room with the playroom down the hall (much bigger), but for now, the tiny little room makes for a super sweet, cozy little nursery.


I love the warmth of the grey/brown walls, and the way the whites pop off of the saturated color. I used furniture we already had, and pieces of Owen’s crib bedding (that I had made for him) and used those colors as a jumping off point for the room. Even with a similar color scheme, it turned out so differently from Owen’s nursery.


I made the mobile (just like I did for Owen’s room), but this one was much simpler and I’m much happier with how it turned out. To anyone who wants to DIY, it was a really quick and easy project! I popped circles out of craft paper with my hole puncher and then just sewed them together in a straight light with my sewing machine. Then I tied the strings onto a painted embroidery hoop and hung with fishing wire.

My sister cut the letters out of wall vinyl for me and all I had to do was peel and stick.


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The fox print was from a cute shop I found on Etsy (details below). The framed alphabet print above the changing table (from Fab.com) was actually a gift from Benjamin to me last Christmas. I think he had intended it for Owen’s big boy room that we were thinking about at the time, but as soon as I saw it I got all teary-eyed as I immediately saw the nursery for our Baby #2 come together. We didn’t even know if Emmett was a boy or a girl at that point, but the nursery would have been almost the same.

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The 3 personalized prints that say “Be Bold. Be Bright. Be Emmett.” were made by a super talented friend of mine who is the creative director behind Uh Oh Pasghettio, a graphic design boutique that has adorable wall art and invitations perfect for nurseries/kids’ rooms. This trio is available as part of their “collections” (cute coordinating prints that look great together).

Uh Oh Pasghettio has offered to give away a whole collection to a lucky reader! You don’t want to miss it. Just in time for holiday gifting or brightening up your child’s room for the new year.

Check back tomorrow for details about the giveaway.


Room details:


She Says… Flanabags Giveaway!

I feel very lucky to travel “the perfect amount” for work. Enough that I never feel trapped by my job or stuck behind a desk all the time, and not too much that it is a burden or I feel like I’m always leaving my family. Usually I’m heading to Chicago or New York, which are both easy to get to and two of my favorite cities to visit. About once a year I get to go to Europe, like last week’s trip to Paris. Combine that with the fact that I have to fly whenever I see my family, and once in awhile Benjamin, Owen and I go on a trip together, and that makes us pretty experienced flyers.

I’ve got the whole “laptop out of the bag, liquids in a ziploc, shoes off, boarding pass in hand” rigamarole down pat. When traveling alone, going through security is a breeze and doesn’t bother me at all. Going through with a baby or toddler, however, is a different story. Despite my best intentions and organization, I generally find myself throwing bags around, tossing things onto the conveyor belt, sweating from trying to hold the kid in one hand and fold up the stroller/carseat/whatever in the other hand and hopping around trying to get my shoes off all at the same time.

And then I found Flanabags, waterproof vinyl bags lined with cute fabrics and nice zippers. Unfortunately they can’t help fold up the stroller or hold the baby so I can take off my shoes, but they can help with the organization of liquids and toiletries and snacks and diapers and baby wipes that always seem to tumble out of my bag uncontrollably.

They come in a few different sizes, one of which (the AirQuart) is the perfect size for liquids going through airport security. The loop handle and smooth vinyl makes it easy to pull in and out of your bag in the security line. As someone often packing for and unpacking from one trip or another, that one is my favorite.

A close second favorite is the Quick Change Diaper Clutch, which is the perfect size and shape to hold up to 3 diapers, some wipes, a little butt cream, whatever you need for a quick diaper change on the go. The slim silhouette and wrist strap (like a wristlet/clutch) make it easy to have with you, even if you’re not traveling with your usual diaper bag. And, as a mother of a kid who gets carsick and has had some mayjuh diaper blowouts, I can tell you that the waterproof bag is AWESOME in case of an, err, emergency.

You can order the bags in a bunch of cute fabrics, which is also key when packing bags for the whole family. We have a different fabric for each family member (Owen has the green monkeys, shown above and I have a pink/turquoise/brown stripe), which makes it easy for me to find what I’m looking for quickly without opening all of the bags.

Linda Flanagan, creator of Flanabags and a friend of mine, has offered to give away an AirQuart or Quick Change Diaper Clutch to one lucky reader!

3 Possible Ways to Enter to Win:

1. Check out the Flanabags shop on Etsy and leave a comment here telling me which style/fabric you would like.

2. Tell other people about this giveaway! Tweet about it, put a link on Facebook, and/or blog about it. Leave me a comment letting me know each way you spread the word.

3. If you haven’t already, subscribe to This Place is Now a Home using the link on the right sidebar. Leave me a comment letting me know you did this, or if you already subscribe.

Entries will close at midnight on Sunday, April 1st and the winner will be announced Monday, April 2nd. Good luck!

She Says… WINNER and Happy Halloween

First things first, thank you to everyone who entered the “Ten Little Ladybugs” giveaway! The winner is… #17 PhaseThreeOfLife. Meghan, hopefully this book will help Ryan learn to love books a bit more 🙂 I bet that day will come when he is asking you to read them over and over and over! Congrats. I’ll send you an email to put you in touch with Piggy Toes Press. And remember, everyone else can still get free shipping on your orders with the code “FREESHIP”. So shop away!

Secondly, this weekend is Halloween. For those who have been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I LOVE Halloween. (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, and Exhibit C – Owen’s first Halloween). Every year Benjamin and I start brainstorming costumes weeks ahead of time so I can get a jump on hot glueing this year’s costume creation.

Do you know what we are going to be this year? Something we haven’t been in all the years we’ve been together for Halloween. Something I haven’t been… maybe ever. OURSELVES. Boring. Lame-o. I’m embarrassed even typing it. But this year, work and travel and Owen and this quilt-making class I’m taking sort of bumped my costume-making time, like, off the calendar. Halloween is in 3 days and we got nothin’. The main reason I am ok with this decision is that we don’t have any adult parties to go to, so really Owen was the only person who needed a costume. And while I generally LOVE the “whole family dresses up” idea, this year it just wasn’t necessary. And frankly, I’d rather spend my time making silly faces in the mirror and playing outside with Owen than making a costume any day.

So I did what any other thrifty, busy mom does. I went to our local consignment store and scoured the racks for the cutest thing I could find. And for $5, Owen is going to be the cutest little doggie in the world. A part of me is disappointed, since I’ve looked forward to making my kids’ Halloween costumes for practically my whole life. But we’ve been having so much fun recently that I’m sure my priorities are in the right place. And hey, there are going to be plenty of other Halloweens when Owen actually knows what’s going on and cares about his costume. So no guilt this time! Just doggies. And candy. Since Owen doesn’t need any candy this year (and won’t have a clue about what Halloween really means), we’re planning on playing out in our front yard and giving candy out to as many costumed kids as we can find. Since we’ve never done Halloween in this house before, we really have no idea what it will be like. But there are kids EVERYWHERE around here, so I hope we got enough candy!

Do you dress up with your kids for Halloween? Do you get lots of trick-or-treaters? What are your kids being for Halloween this year?

She Says… Boogers x 2 and GIVEAWAY

When Owen first started daycare a few weeks ago I blogged about how disgusting the kids were with boogers streaking down their faces. People kept telling me how the first year or two (or three) of daycare are rough, and that Owen would have a constant cold. They joked about how our whole family would go through it, and just when we thought we were getting over an illness, another one would come along. Hardy har har. I guess I believed them, but I also had a bit of an invincibility syndrome. I thought, “They’re probably right, but I’m sure it won’t be that bad” or “That won’t happen to us; I almost never get sick”.

Ummm, I was wrong. They were right. ‘Nuff said.

After his first week there, Owen came down with his first illness. It hit him pretty hard, but he [mostly] recovered after some meds and a week of extra cuddles. Shortly after that I got a stuffy nose and a cough for a few days. Since then I’ve been feeling ok, but never really shook the snotty nose and sinus pressure. Over the last few days Owen seemed to be getting worse rather than better (he, too, never entirely shook the congestion). And then I started getting worse rather than better. Now we’re quite a pair — both of us full of snot and sneezing like we’re in a cartoon and someone is tickling our noses with a feather.


Boogie Wipes are saline wipes that dissolve dried boogers off of little noses without creating dry, chapped skin like tissues. Read: They are magic if your kid is a little booger breeder like Owen. They are made with natural saline and are alcohol, phthalate and paraben free. And for kids who are tissue-phobic, they even come in fun scents like grape and menthol.

The Boogie Moms (Boogie Wipes creators and “mompreneurs”) were kind enough to send me some samples to test out on Owen’s chapped, little nose. I whipped them out as soon as I received them. Verdict: THEY ARE AWESOME. The dried boogers literally dissolve and wipe away, and Owen didn’t even squirm and whip his head around like he does when I use a tissue or burp cloth. I’ll be honest, the grape scent is a bit too, uhh, grapey for my taste. But maybe a 4 year old would differ with me. The unscented, menthol flavor and “Achooz” (Boogie Wipes for adults) are much better, in my opinion!

They are currently sponsoring a cute campaign called Save the Sleeve, which is a fun, interactive way to teach kids about healthy ways to deal with boogers (like not wiping them on their hands or sleeve). Owen’s a bit young for this, but older kids would totally dig it!

Side note: The Boogie Moms are an awesome example of moms who had a great idea and turned it into a successful business. Very inspiring ladies! You can read about them here.

Don’t you wish you had some Boogie Wipes too? It’s February, and it’s been a LONG winter, so I’m guessing the answer is yes. Here’s your chance! The Boogie Moms have offered to send 2 packs of 30-count wipes to a lucky This Place is Now a Home reader. That’s a lot of boogies, my friends.

Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1. Show the Boogie Moms some love: Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, join the Save the Sleeve campaign, and/or join the Boogie Bunch.

2. Leave me a comment telling me who in your family needs the boogie wipes and why.

3. Share the good news! If you’re on Twitter, use the button below to tweet about this giveaway. If you have a blog, link back to this post. Leave me another comment letting me know you’ve spread the word.

At the end of the day on Thursday, February 24th we’ll pick a winner (didja catch that boogie reference?!).

She Says… And the Winner Is…

Drum roll please!

The winner of the Barefoot Books giveaway is Robin, comment #25. Thank you all so much for entering and sharing the Barefoot Books link. They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Robin, I’ll email you to get your shipping info. Congratulations!

She Says… My Little Bookworm and Barefoot Books GIVEAWAY!

A month or two ago I began reading to Owen. I know, I know, I could have started even before he was born, but to be honest, it felt a little silly and he really couldn’t tell the difference between me reading to him and talking to him (which I did, and do, a lot). Anyway, as he began to hold his head up better and tolerate sitting in my lap for short periods of time, I started to introduce some books. You know what? Maybe there IS a difference between reading and talking, because Owen is absolutely enthralled when I read to him. Maybe it’s my “reading voice”, or the fact that there’s something to look at while I read, but he loves loves loves to be read to. I started with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. I don’t know if it’s the simple illustrations or the repetitive words, but he could listen to this book all day long. His jaw drops and he sits quiet as a mouse while I read it to him. Slowly I expanded our repertoire to include other titles like The Going to Bed Book and Jamberry. His current favorite book is Is Your Mama a Llama, which has become our nap routine. He coos and babbles along with me when I read it.

These books are great, but it gets a bit boring to read the same 3 books over and over and over. And while I know babies thrive on routine and repetition, I think it’s also good to expand our vocabulary with new books from time to time. Which is why I was like a kid in a candy store when I attended the Boston Parent Blogger event a few weeks ago that was held at the Barefoot Books flagship store in Concord, MA. Not only is the store adorable (brightly colored and covered in thoughtful touches, and includes areas for storytelling and yoga and lots of activities to engage little ones), but the walls are lined with the beautiful, beautiful books that Barefoot Books publishes and sells. Seriously, these books are like works of art. And many of them come with CD’s of music or readings of the stories so kids can sing and read along.

They don’t have very many retail stores, so those not lucky enough to live near the Concord store will have to shop online. The Barefoot Books website also has some awesome, free content available for family fun. They have storytimes on podcast (what a fun way for your child to hear stories read by different people without leaving your home!) and digital videos (they are also on YouTube and iTunes if you want to purchase or subscribe). The videos show off some of the gorgeous illustrations from their books, too.

And now, my lucky readers, Barefoot Books has offered to do a giveaway for you! Do you want to receive one of these beautiful books to share with your little one(s)?

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

1. Go to Barefoot Books and find your favorite title.

2. Leave me a comment here with that title.

3. One extra entry if you tweet about this giveaway or post about it on YOUR blog. Don’t forget to leave me another comment letting me know you tweeted/posted about it.

I’ll have Owen pick a random number to choose the winner, and Barefoot will send the lucky person one book (sorry, only in North America, and they can’t ship to P.O. boxes). You have until Tuesday, December 21st to enter.

She Says… The Big Winner

Drum roll please…

the BIG WINNER of the awesome set of Babylegs legwarmers is GINGER HALL. Ginger, I’ll email you to get the necessary info. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Remember, even if you didn’t win, you can still get 20% off of your order on the Babylegs website by using NOWAHOME as a promotion code at checkout.

She Says… The Cutest Things in the World and A GIVEAWAY!!!

No, really. Babies in legwarmers are THE CUTEST THINGS IN THE WORLD. I posted about BabyLegs legwarmers a long time ago, before I even had a baby. And now I am so thrilled to have a real, live little munchkin to model these adorable creations.

They may be easier for girls to pull off than boys, but my baby ROCKS legwarmers. He’s so fashion forward.

The best part? No more fiddling with pants that are too big on Owen’s little frame (even newborn pants look like parachute pants on him) or socks that always fall off. BabyLegs legwarmers have made diaper changes oh so much easier. And when he gets older and starts crawling, they’ll protect his little knees. AND many of the styles come in super-soft organic cotton. I’m in love.

In fact, I love BabyLegs so much that they decided to send me a few sets to show off of the blog, and even offered TO GIVE AWAY SOME TO A LUCKY READER!!! That’s right, you too can be the proud owner of a pair of these babies.


It’s simple.

1. Leave me a comment telling me how cute Owen is in his legwarmers 🙂

2. If you’d like a second entry, retweet this post on Twitter and then leave another comment here letting me know you did that, and your Twitter name.

I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winning comment. YOU HAVE UNTIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th TO ENTER!!!

On top of all of that good news, they also gave me a promo code so that if you aren’t the winner (or you want to stock up), you can get 20% off of your order. They also sell adorable tights and socks. Go to the BabyLegs website and enter NOWAHOME at checkout for 20% off.