Saturday, October 22, 2011

And the winner is......

The winner of the The Sassy Mom's 50 Facebook fan Giveaway sponsored by Dark Moon Essentials is:

Angela, from The Southern Fried Bride! Congrats Angela, you're the winner of my first giveaway!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

October 15th is Pregnancy and infant loss awareness day. For those of us who have lost a child in someway, this can be the hardest day of the year for us. Sometimes even harder than the the day we actually lost our children. It is a day where we don't just think about what we have lost, what our babies lost, but we think about all of the other women who have lost the same thing, all of the other babies who have lost the same thing. Sometimes, on this day, I swear I can feel the pain and the sadness in the air spread across our nation.

I am 1 in 4. 

If you are 1 in 4, you don't have to suffer alone. If you aren't already in a support group, or don't have support in your daily life to help you deal with this, please find a resource to help you. You don't have to suffer in silence. , I am the Face and Rowan Tree Foundation are great places to start. 

October 15th was a hard day for me. The month of October is child loss awareness month. My husband and I have lost three children and I would like to take this moment to remember them. Remember how very much they are loved and how very much they were wanted. How very, very much we miss them. We have two beautiful healthy children and we love them with everything we have. But, we will always love just as much those precious babies, that never even had a chance to be held. But, we will hold them, in our hearts for the rest of our lives. 

Fly with the Angels my sweet babies. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Sassy Mom's 50 facebook fan Giveaway sponsored by Dark Moon Essentials

The Sassy Mom has reached 50 fans on Facebook! That means it's time for a giveaway!

I will be giving away 1 Deluxe Sea Salt Sampler package from my Etsy Store, DarkMoonEssentials. This package consists of three 3.5 oz Sea Salt Sachets in the scents of your choice, a matching bath pouf and a bonus sample packet of my new fizzing bath powders yet to be released!

Scents available

1. Pink Sugar

2. Juniper Breeze
3. Pear Spice
4. White Tea & Ginger
5. Love Spell
6. French Vanilla & Amber
7. Cranberry Apple Marmalade
8. Nag Champa
9. Sweet Pumpkin Spice
10. Banana Nut Bread
11. Blueberry Muffin
12. Cozy Christmas

Rules of entry

 Mandatory entry: You must leave a comment on which scents you would like if you are chosen as the winner.

After you have completed the mandatory entry you will qualify for one additional entry by doing each of following:

1.  Follow me via Google Friend Connect
2. Follow me on Facebook
3. Follow me on Twitter
4. Share my Facebook Fan page on your wall

Remember to leave separate comments for each item you complete, you can gain up to 4 additional entries by completing the items above!

You will receive 5 additional entries EACH by completing the following:

1. Blog about this giveaway including a link to this post.

You will receive 1 additional entry per day by doing the following.
(For every day that you complete this)

2. Tweet about this giveaway including a link to this post. 

Again, be sure to leave me a separate comment for each item you complete.

This giveaway will be open until Friday, October 21st, at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard time. At that time I will choose a winner through and I will announce the winner on Saturday, October 22nd.. Make sure that in your comments you leave a way for me to contact you! 

This contest is open to U.S. participants 18 years or older. 

This giveaway is now closed!

Viva Las Vegas and Wedding Bells

Three years ago today, my husband I awoke in the wee hours of the morning and boarded a plane heading to Vegas. We were getting married!

A lot of  people ask us what made us decide to "run off to Vegas". The simple answer is that is just "so us". If you knew us personally you would understand completely. But, it wasn't something that I ever thought I would do until after we were engaged and planning a wedding.

We always knew we would get married. We knew from the moment we met. One afternoon in July, after we had been dating for 4 years, living together most of that time, Adam came home from work particularly early. I had a terrible morning and was so grateful for the added hands. Our 8 week old daughter was really giving me a run for my money. She didn't sleep well the night before, neither had I and a nap was not in her future. So, there I was still in my pajamas, hair a mess, eyes all bloodshot and swollen, when I turned around to find my now husband on one knee in our dining room with a diamond ring in his hands. I've never seen my husband nervous a day in his life. Not even when our daughter was born. He was a nervous wreck.

That morning turned into one of the best mornings of my life!

So, now the question was, when and where? We went back and forth, a November wedding? A Christmas wedding? We were new parents, stressed out already as our daughter was not a good sleeper. We'd had a particularly bad year in 2007, losing our first child in miscarriage, and the death of my mother and Adam's grandfather. One night as we were sitting together on the couch watching one of our favorite shows "Las Vegas", we both slowly looked at each  other, grinned and said YUP! So, that's what we did and we've never regretted it a single day.

So, after kissing our 4 month old goodbye (some tears were shed and not by me surprisingly) we headed out that cold October morning from my brothers home in MD and headed to BWI to catch our flight to Vegas. From the moment we left we were like giddy school kids in love. I've always heard about newlyweds acting that way but I never "got it" until then.

Upon arrive at McCarran International the first thing we saw (besides slot machines!) was this:

And on the shuttle going towards downtown Fremont Street where we were staying we saw

Our Hotel On Fremont Street                                                 


We chose to use Vegas Weddings and we are very happy that we did. They picked us up in a White Stretch Limo,which I have no pictures of as we were just so taken in by everything and in awe of everything around us. We chose to get married on the Stone Terrace at night and it was absolutely beautiful. Truly romantic!

Right before the ceremony began

During the ceremony

Adam saying his vows

First kiss as husband and wife!

We spent four glorious days in Vegas and had the time of our lives. It was filled with relaxation, romance, and excitement. We loved having four days to ourselves to just enjoy each other. We couldn't have hoped for a better honeymoon.

Some of the really cool things we saw:

Just us!

We had a wonderful time, but by the end of the trip we were anxious to get home to our little girl who we missed so very much! 

Just a few shots of us goofing off while waiting to board our plane:

So, happy Anniversary to the most amazing husband I could have ever hoped for. I truly hope the next 50 years are filled with as much love as we have today, as we raise our children and build our legacy. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pouring rain and candles

Monday I received my new shipment of raw Cocoa Butter and I was so eager to get to work yesterday making a batch of my Silky Cocoa Melts for my Etsy Store, Dark Moon Essentials. Upon going through my soap molds I realized that they were all too big for my purposes. Using any of them on my melts would create a melt that would make ones bathtub a big greasy mess. I was pretty disappointed.

It was raining out, Jocelyn was bored and I was itching to make something. All week Jocelyn has been watching me making bath salts, experimenting with new recipes and fooling around with different projects. She's asked to help many times but for sanitation purposes I can't really let her. Unless it's a batch I'm making for personal use or a test batch. Then I remembered I had about 20 lbs of candle wax and quite a few fragrance oils that I needed to do something with before they became too old. Clearing out space from the wax is an added bonus as supplies and inventory for my Etsy store are taking over my house!

So, it was decided we were pouring candles!

For the purpose of this post I'm only going to show you the finished products. I am not a professional chandler and I do not want to be responsible for anyone burning their house down. If you really want to see some great tutorials on making candles at home, you can check out, they have some really great videos.

First, I asked Jocelyn what kind of candle she wanted to make. She decided she wanted to make a candle melt for the warmer and she chose the heart shaped molds from my soap mold collection. She wanted to color them red and picked cinnamon for the scent.

After we poured those I decided to pour a 3 wick candle in a fall colored loaf pan. I think that I bought this loan pan for a dollar at one of the local craft stores last fall. 

I used a white and red dye chip for this candle to give it a creamier and opaque look. I used cinnamon and cranberry for the scent. 

Next, I pulled out the soy wax and we made tarts and one tin container candle. 

The yellow tarts and tin were done in French Vanilla and Amber (one of my favorites!) and the purple was done in Love Spell. 

All of them together!

And, the best part of it all,  my girl proudly showing off the heart melts that she poured all by herself!

Best rainy day EVER!

Facebook Hopping Wednesday at Chubby Cheeks Thinks

Kim over at Chubby Cheeks Thinks is hosting Facebook Hopping Wednesdays! This is a great way to gain  followers for your Facebook Fan Pages! I highly recommend taking a stroll over to her blog and checking it out!
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