Sunday, May 25, 2008

NEW! IHTD *hearts* Essential Goodies!

The girls at I Heart That! Dance are very happy to announce a fabulous new partnership! The lovely Sonia of Essential Goodies makes luxurious bath and body products, and has blended 3 signature scents just for us! We've got yummy orange Creamsicle, delectable Caramel Apple, and refreshing chocolatey Peppermint Patty ---- mmmmmmm!

These delicious scents are available right now in vegan Sugar Scrubs and Whipped Body Frostings -- and we're offering them in a special Foot Care package! Get one travel sized jar each of the scrub and frosting in your choice of scent, plus a reusable heart-shaped zipper pouch (great for hairpins, earrings, lipstick and all the rest of the stuff that gets lost in the bottom of your dance bag)

We love our Essential Goodies products, so please go and check out Sonia's website for even more great stuff! All of the Essential Goodies products are made in small batches and use only the best essential or fragrance oils and the freshest ingredients. There are no harsh ingredients, a minimum amount of preservatives, and of course nothing has been tested on animals.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Moms R Us!


I just want to say, it's been really nice knowing all of you! I won't be around much anymore, because Nic will be killing me dead immediately after she sees this:

Honestly, the risks I take to keep you people entertained. I found this on her Facebook while I was looking for pictures of her Mom to feature in today's blog post -- this was taken at her wedding (duh) and Ivan is making that face because apparently the organist started to play the wedding march AT THIS EXACT SECOND. Oh yes. Hence the face. And who can blame him, really? Nic's Mom, on the other hand, is cool as a cucumber! And laughing a little, from the looks of things. Way to go, Mrs. S! Gotta hold it together for the kids, right? I had to put this picture in too, so you can all get a better look at the mother-of-the-bride's fabulous purple dress:

Also in the hopes that a picture of Nic looking radiant will stop her from opening that can of whoop-ass on me ;) And of course here's my Mom (otherwise known as The Only Reader Of This Blog)-- this is actually one of the few pictures I have of her on her own!

Most of the time there's another wee person in the frame -- The Peanut, or my nephew and niece (who are really not so wee any more :) ). She's sitting on the quilt I promised her for Mother's Day 2002 -- I'm a little hesitant to tell you all that this picture was taken immediately after she received it, on, ummmm, well, Christmas Day 2003.

Hey, you can't rush art. :P

I'm not going to try and explain fully here what motherhood means to me. Either as a daughter or as a mom myself. I think it's one of those things that is profoundly in the present tense, if that doesn't sound too crazy. I know I tend to concentrate on the future (and I know I'm not the only one who does). Motherhood and my own relationship with my mother tends to ground me in the present -- it's a foundation when you're feeling shaky, a platform when you're feeling brave and when you're ready for some life renovation motherhood helps you with both the demolition and the rebuilding. It's a stairway where the top is always in the clouds, so every single step has to be taken on faith.

So, thanks Mom. Both official IHTD Moms :) For showing us how to climb the stairs.