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Monday, February 28, 2011

Will You Help?

Hi all!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

I just wanted to ask you all for a little help.

One of my Delta Gamma Sorority sisters, Leslie Luttrell, is trying to raise money for a March of Dimes team in honor of her two daughters.
I know you don't know her but maybe you knew of someone else that has had a premature baby or you, yourself, has had one and would be willing to help her raise money.
I'm sure any amount would be truly appreciated.

Here is her story:

Leslie, with her husband John

I am a mother of two precious girls, Lillian Kate, born January 14, 2009 and Cecilia Hope, born March 8, 2010. Unfortunately, my pregnancies did not have the happy ending that most parents experience. Both passed away within minutes of birth, due to a fatal condition, thanatophoric dysplasia, which is the most common form of lethal dwarfism. TD is lethal because there is no room in the chest cavity for the baby's lungs to develop and function properly. My daughters were alive because I was breathing for them.

Like most pregnant women, I enjoyed being pregnant. Everything was always perfect with my appointments, bloodwork was normal and I felt great. It was during my second trimester my husband and I were given the devastating news of both pregnancies. We were completely shocked that this was happening to us (not only the first time, but the second). See, after we delivered my first daughter, Lillian, the doctor's explained that the risk of having another child with TD is like being struck by lightening two times-slim to none. They also explained that there are no findings of this condition ever happening to the same couple twice. We were a first and we felt alone.

The past two years have been an up and down battle. I miss my girls more than words can say. When you lose a baby, you also lose all the hopes and dreams you visioned for your future. Luckily, John and I have had the much needed support of family, friends and medical professionals. They've encouraged us to not give up on those hopes and dreams.

Sometimes unpleasant obstacles in life are often God-ordained opportunities to make a difference. Through our situation, my family and I have decided to team up with the March of Dimes. My daughters are 2 of 120,000 babies born each year with a birth defect, which is the leading cause of infant death. Babies should not have to fight for their lives. That's why I'm asking you to join us. With your help, the March of Dimes will develop new ways to prevent and treat birth defects. Give to the March of Dimes. With your support, you will be giving moms and babies a chance at a healthy start in life.

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.


So will you help the March of Dimes and Leslie?



You can donate at their March of Dimes Team Page, Team Luttrell.
Again, any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!


Friday, February 25, 2011

{Feature Friday} #22

Thank you to everyone who has linked up to my Catch a Glimpse Party!
It is one of the biggest I've ever had and I hope to actually break the record by the time it closes.

So if you haven't linked up yet, the party is still going on!
And while you are there check out all the fabulous links.

Here are some awesome items that were linked up this week.

Sun Scholars shared her Sunflower Cupcakes.

Ladybird Ln. shared her super cute tape measure coin purse.

The Magic of Ordinary Things shared her St. Patty's Day wreath.

Milk and Cookies Party by Dancing Creek Design

Many Moments of Me shared her adorable signs to help her guests with her triplet doors.

Vinyl dresser knobs from The Scrap Shoppe

Fabulous Room divider redo from Homeroad

License Plate Wine Rack from Craving Color

Yummy Chocolate covered cheesecake bites from This Chick Cooks

Jaderbomb shared her super cute Felt Streamer

Charmingly Kristin shared her tufted headboard and bench.


Feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar!

Thanks again for linking up everyone!

I hope you have an awesome weekend!



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Catch a Glimpse Party #17

Hey all!
Are you ready to link up your fabulous ideas?!

Catch a Glimpse Button

I unfortunately, have nothing to share this week. Sorry!!

But I can't wait to see what you all have.

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code in my sidebar.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly... HAVE FUN!!








Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Guest Post: Katie @ Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

I'm excited to introduce you all to Katie from Food, Wine, & Mod Podge.
I've "known" Katie for quite some time and she is one sweet, talented lady!
I'll let Katie take it from here.


Well hello there!

I’m so excited to be blog swappin’ with Allison today.

I’m Katie P, from Food, Wine, & Mod Podge. It’s a pleasure to meet you!

Katie Blog soft


I live in the best city in the world, Chicago, with my wonderful husband...

Chris and Katie New Years Eve 2010 soft


...and our overly friendly cat (who thinks he's a dog), Simon.

Christmas Simon 2010


If you haven't guessed by now, I have three loves (aside from the men in my life): Food, Wine, & Mod Podge.

My husband and I just love to cook together. We rarely follow a recipe word-for-word, and sometimes just create new dishes out of the blue!

MinestroneCrab Pomodoro
Red SnapperPretzels


Of course, wine is a big part of our lives too. Though my husband is the sommelier of the family, I really enjoy learning more about it and even making crafts out of the remnants!

And last but certainly not least, I just love making crafts of all sorts. Though Mod Podge has a special place in my heart and often creeps up in my projects, I still use plenty of other crafty mediums!


Glass etched bottlesDrawer
HeadboardWine Label Project


Feel free to stop by, I’d love to have you poke around my site! I’m sure you’ll find something to tickle your fancy!

And a big thanks to Allison for having me over to your blog today!


Isn't Katie just adorable?!
Thanks so much for guest posting today Katie!

Please go visit Katie's blog, Food, Wine, and Mod Podge and say Hi.
I'm sure she'd love for you to stick around a while too.



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Chipotle-Orange Shrimp

I'm not much of a seafood eater, AT ALL, but I am sure some of you are so I can't deny the seafood eaters out there. Here's a recipe for you guys.

I found this recipe on Kraft Food.


Chipotle-Orange Shrimp



Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 18 min
Makes: 6 servings, about 1-1/4 cups each


What You Need:
-1/3 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
-1-1/2 lb. uncooked deveined peeled large shrimp
-1/4 cup orange marmalade
-2 Tbsp. chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
-1/4 cup chopped cilantro
-3 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice


Make It:

-HEAT dressing in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook 4 min., stirring frequently.

-ADD marmalade and peppers; cook and stir 3 min. or until shrimp are tender. Remove from heat.

-STIR in cilantro. Serve over rice.


ENJOY!!!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Marvelous Monday Features

As promised, here are some more features from last week's Catch a Glimpse party.

Here is another take on the picture frame collage wall from Adventures of 18th Place.

Freshly Squeezed shared this adorable bird printable.

Check out these Jute Balls from The Crafty Scientists.

Craft Couture shared the bag she made for her daughter.

B is for Boy showed how she made her travel bib idea.

Canvas Back Splash Art by Tattered and Inked.


Thanks you everyone for linking up!
I also enjoy going through every post!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

{Feature Friday} #21

I FINALLY finished going through all the links and have had time to sit down and write up the post.
Thank you everyone that linked up!

As I said Friday, I will also do a feature post on Monday since I am posting this so late.

So onto the features!

DIY Pillow Pals by Mom's of All Trades

Strawberry Cream Puff recipe from Wingledings

Crayon Organizer by Simply Crafty

Photo Wall shared by Craptastic

DIY Twine balls from Me and My Thrifty Ideas

Placemat turned Clutch from J Bee Delightful


Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!


Just for Love Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Just for Love giveaway is:


Number 5: Simply Sara (chosen by random.org)


Congratulations Sara!

You have 48 hrs. to contact me so Laura can get your prize to you! :)
If I do not hear from you within that time frame, I will have to choose a new winner.



Friday, February 18, 2011

Sorry!

I am not sure when I will get the Feature Friday post up.
I was sick last night so I never finished going through all the fabulous links and I am now heading out of town this afternoon.

So I promise when I get to where I'm going I will continue to look at them all and get the post up but it may be tomorrow. Since it will be up so late, I will also feature some on Monday as well.

Sorry guys!

Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend!