Chaos & Love

It’s quarter to seven in the morning and I’m halfway falling off the bed from a little boy who needed mama and a baby girl who also needed mama. Regardless of the time, I needed to journal.

Oh, if you’re wondering where my husband and other child are- they are sleeping on the couch. Not because we are fighting or mad at each other, but because he had a really nice sleep and our little girl wanted to sleep next to him. ūüíú

The chaos can be fun and other times it can be disastrous. We have to choose how to respond to it..

1. Do we want to Love through the Chaos, or

2. Be Bitter through the Chaos

It’s hunting season and while raising three kids is hard all by itself, life goes on and doesn’t stop for anyone.

I find myself getting bitter at the beginning of hunting season because I instantly become a single mom/widow/whatever you want to call it, but, regardless, I’m the one trying to resolve and argue with my kids who will be cleaning up the cow poop they stepped in and brought it into the house.

I find priorities being pushed back further and further.

Somehow, my husband can come home at 7:30-8pm and be exhausted from working all day on the family farm, but I’m still left to keep the house running.

Dishes can be piled up and not get clean and like our dishwasher currently that is not cleaning the dishes and leaving residue-I’m the one who is responsible for getting them done.

I’m not bitter, I just want to be better.

Ok, let’s put all that aside and look at the positives:

  • My husband is not having glamorous love affairs on 9th street
  • My husband isn’t selling or using drugs
  • My husband surely isn’t running a small town sweat shop

NO!

He is…

  • Working hard
  • Helping his family
  • Hunting to provide the steady flow of meat our family needs to survive
  • Teaching our children life lessons that will never be taught anywhere else

The Chaos immediately turns into Love when I see my husband setting a good Godly example for our family. The Love he shares through hunting, processing, and other things they do on the farm will be passed on to our children.

The Chaos comes to a halt when he fits in hunting time together for just the two of usūü¶Ć

For now, I’m going to continue to pray that God continues to keep us together through all this chaos..I’m going to pray that God continues to show his love through my husband and our children learning life lessons that can only be taught through our Lord.

Do you find yourself and your life being Chaotic?

Share with how you handle it..I’d love to hear from youūüíú

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A thankful Heart, A thankful Mom

Good early early morning readers,

A family of five is tough to raise-feeding, clothing, diapering, formula, etc. etc. When you’re going through tough situations in life, looking at the three children we brought into this world together shuts out any and everything and the world becomes perfect. Now, I’m just a mom of three and some moms are moms of 4, 5, 6 and so forth. A friend introduced me to Sharp Shopper, a grocery store which we drive 1.5 hours one way to go shopping. This grocery store has truly helped out with our budget. We endured the trip yesterday and spent $140 on groceries!!! We spend that every week at our local grocery store without meats, etc.

Below is a picture of how empty our shelves were to how packed they are now.

If you live in either Pennsylvania or Virginia, seriously consider giving this place a try.

  
Our next stop was to a place called, “The little Debbie Cakes” shop. Holy cow! We got a ton of boxes for cheap!!! Below is a picture of Walker taste testing a free cookie sample. It was approved;)

  
Later on that evening we got home, husband unloaded the minivan and I began putting all the things away..

The kids came home and got their uniforms in and were super excited about the start of the new season. 

A huge thank you to Larry Chattin & Sons Farm building & Fencing for sponsoring our kids team:)  
We took a ride over to my in laws farm this evening and were excited about the fun time we had while over there. Maggie took the kids on a ride and the kids loved looking for the cows and playing in the dirt. Simple country kid kind of living.

  
Lastly, Chris wanted to take us out to dinner!:) We don’t go often, but when we do its Mexican. It has also been a hard week and some difficult decisions were made.. Chris and I try not to go public about our bad times in life because we want to leave them in the past and not have to visit them in the future, regardless, all learning occasions! Anyway, I treated myself to a “mom drink” Just one. I think one is perfectly fine. Only if yo don’t try to give the margarita dipped lime to your kids ūüėāūüėāūüėāūüė≥ Isn’t it pretty:)

  

Driving home I thought about all the things I’m grateful for in my life. My husband, a forgiving God, forgiving family members, friends, and good times. I’m thankful for amazing in laws that’s provide our kids with the country life and a farm to roam free. 

Well, readers, it’s wayyyy past my bedtime and I need to get some shut eye. Have a great rest of the evening:)

Moms, Minivams, & Messes

The Wild Purple: Vintage-Modern-Bohemian

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Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What is the name of your business and who are your potential customers?

The Wild Purple: We are Wild Purple! We make clothing and accessories for free spirited little ladies. Our focus is vintage + bohemian design. We love to mix the two aesthetics and play around with vintage textiles. We love make one of a kind and small batch items to keep things exclusive, interesting, and fresh!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Why did you choose (Your above answer) as your customers?

The Wild Purple: My partner and I both have daughters. We started out making things for our own little ones, and it evolved from there. Plus, girls clothes are fun!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are you a mom? If so, did this business have anything to do with initiating The Wild Purple?

The Wild Purple: Yes! Absolutely. Like I mentioned, our girls were the inspiration for our brand and continue to fuel us with ideas. Its also nice to have fitting models at your fingertips! I have two daughters, Sloane is almost 3 and Winter is just over 2 months. My partner has a 4 year old daughter named Brighton, and two teenage boys who rock our accessories from time to time!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What do you expect to be the outcome of “The Wild Purple“?

The Wild Purple: Right now we are just having fun experimenting with design and learning about the process, our customers, and ourselves. We hope to continue to grow organically and remain loyal to our aesthetic. We love the easy, free spirited vibe that comes along with wearing our clothing, and we love vintage everything – so we hope to continue to play with the juxtaposition of the two.

Moms, MInivans, & Messes: Where can I find information about “The Wild Purple“?

The Wild Purple: Check us out at www.thewildpurple.com

We are also avid instagrammers and would love it if you would follow our feed (its pretty!) @wildpurple

Our facebook page is www.facebook.com/thewildpurple

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are there any promotions for your products through reading this blog?

The Wild Purple: Yes! We will offer readers a 20% discount on our site. Use the code MMM20 at checkout!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Who is “The Wild Purple“? (One mom, multiple moms, etc.)

The Wild Purple: The Wild Purple is myself, Katie, and my sister in law MegAnne. MegAnne makes all of our awesome accessories, and I hold it down at the sewing machine!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Where did you incorporate the business name, The Wild Purple?

The Wild Purple: The Wild Purple is a play on “the wild blue yonder” – We wanted a name that felt dreamy and whimsical…it’s our own little world!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What does the future look like for The Wild Purple?

The Wild Purple: We can’t wait to find out! We’re looking forward to continuing to create beautiful, unique, and one of a kind pieces for your daughters. The idea of creating really special¬†heirloom pieces that can be handed down through future generations really drives our focus.¬†We truly enjoy making wearable art out of various textiles and materials and love the experimental process. We’re blessed to be able to work from home, to pursue a dream, and watch our children grow all at the same time.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What sets your products apart from other similar products?

The Wild Purple: The Wild Purple combines new and repurposed materials to create unique and special clothing and accessories for your children. Each item is meticulously handcrafted, one piece at a time by myself and my partner. We hand select our materials and we don’t make anything we wouldn’t put on our own daughters. We believe in upholding a high standard of craftsmanship and spending that extra bit of time to make sure our items are durable, beautiful, and unique. We hope you’ll take a look at what we’ve created. I know you’ll love it!

Frosted Hill Creations

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Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What is the name of your business and who are your potential customers?
Frosted Hill Creations: My business is Frosted Hill Creations, and my biggest potential customers are families and moms with younger kids, although anyone could enjoy what I make! I make a variety of items, including games, garlands, apparel and chalkboards!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Why did you choose (Your above answer) as your customers?

Frosted Hill Creations: I chose that group because this was more of a hobby/part time thing to do for fun. I am doing things that I think are neat and useful for my stage of life. I have a lot of party décor and items, since I love hosting parties. It was my hope that others in a similar stage as me would enjoy my products as much as I do!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are you a mom? If so, did this business have anything to do with initiating Frosted Hill Creations?

Frosted Hill Creations: I am a mom! My son is two and a half years old. I began this shop after friends and family encouraged me to open a shop for my chalkboards. I started my shop with little wooden games I made for my son to play with and garlands that I decorated his room or parties with, and slowly added other things that I love to make! I love making shirts for him, with images and phrases from movies he likes, or with positive or Christian messages on them to be a light to others and stand out in a good way. I then started offering them to others!
Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What do you expect to be the outcome of “Frosted Hill Creations”?
Frosted Hill Creations: I hope that Frosted Hill Creations begins to grow. I currently just added Brand Reps and Enthusiasts on my team, and will be doing a search soon for my next term. I am hoping to keep getting my name out there and grow! I’m also hoping to work more on chalkboards and expand with more items¬†as I grow, as well!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Where can I find information about “Frosted Hill Creations”?

Frosted Hill Creations: I currently only have a store and an Instagram page for Frosted Hill Creations. You can go to frostedhill.storenvy.com orinstagram.com/frostedhillcreations to see my items. You can always email me at frostedhillcreations@gmail.com if you have any questions or have any custom requests or ideas!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are there any giveaway promotions for your Frosted Hill Creations products through reading this blog?

Frosted Hill Creations: Of course! If you use MMM15, you will get 15% off your next purchase!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Who is “Frosted Hill Creations”? (One mom, multiple moms, etc.)

Frosted Hill Creations: The face/organizer behind Frosted Hill Creations is just me, Paula. I have my husband, Josh, help me through his family business he works with, SGM Co., as they have the access to the materials needed to make shirts and the games.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Can you tell me how Frosted Hill Creations will keep kids feeling GLAM?

Frosted Hill Creations: All of my products can be completely customizable, so they can feel great wearing, looking at, or playing whatever they get from me! I do have set items, but colors and other parts of each item can be custom made to what you want.
Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What does the future look like for Frosted Hill Creations?
Frosted Hill Creations: I’m optimistic that the future is good for Frosted Hill Creations! I’m still a small, not-so-well-known shop currently, but I’m hopefully that I’ll learn and grow!
Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Can you individualize Frosted Hill Creations products to service kids and how?
Frosted Hill Creations: Of course! As I said earlier, everything is customizable, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for. I love that my games can be made to learn shapes, colors, or both! I also just started selling learning games to help kids recognize numbers, and will be expanding to letters soon!

VA Paint Party: Birthday Party Fun

VA Paint Party

Recently, at the last minute, we had the opportunity to have a paint party birthday party for our oldest daughter, since she enjoys arts and crafts. It was a huge success! We had the opportunity to have our party at our local froyo place, Sweet Frog. I also had the privilege to interview the owner of VA Paint Party, Misty Adams.

 

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Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What is the name of your business and who are your potential customers? 

VA Paint Party: The name of my business is VA Paint Party, LLC.¬† My¬†potential¬†customer is…. ANYONE!¬† Any age – young to senior, male or females!¬† All ages have a lot of fun.

 

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Why did you choose (Your above answer) as your customers? 

VA Paint Party: There are several great competitors out there in the same industry and I knew I had to find a niche in this market.  Offering paint parties to everyone is it! 

You can have your kids sitting right beside you painting along on their own canvas as well as offering a unique birthday party for them. We have had birthday parties for kids starting at age 4 all the way to a young 71st birthday!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are you a mom? If so, did this business have anything to do with initiating VA Paint Party?

VA Paint Party: I am a very proud mother of 3.  A stepmom to two and one of my own. Their ages range from 21, 18, and 17.  I wanted our kid to know that dreams come true!  If you work hard and focus Рyou can be successful in all you do!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes:¬† What do you expect to be the outcome of “VA Paint Party”?

VA Paint Party: I have very high goals for VA Paint Party.  I started as a one woman show and within less than 4 months, I now have 5 sub-contractors to keep up with demand.  Main goal is to offer exceptional customer service and we fit the needs to every paint party Рthat will always be the main goal. As far as the future, we are interested in piggybacking with existing business locations to use space when available.  We would love to offer more classes in a stable environment.  Even though we currently go to the customer, some clients also ask if there is a location they can come to.  We are working on finding solutions for their needs.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes:¬†Where can I find information about “VA Paint Party”?

VA Paint Party: So glad you asked!    www.vapaintparty.com as well as find us on Facebook РVA Paint Party

Also, Email :  vapaintparty@gmail.com or Call/text me!  540-583-0686

Moms, Minivans, & Messes:  Are there any promotions for your products through reading this blog? 

VA Paint Party: Yes!  

Kids Promotion: ¬† My current prices are $20 each at¬†child’s¬†party. For this blog, I am¬†offering¬†$15 a child – minimum of 6 children.

Adult Promotion: ¬†My current prices are $25 a person.¬† For this blog, I will offer $20 an adult –¬†minimum¬†of 8.¬†

FUNdraisers Р$20 a head РYou decide the price to sell tickets for.  Anything over $20 a person is theirs to keep. Normally ranges from $25-$35 a ticket.

We also bring ALL art supplies.  We only ask there are tables, chairs, and access to water. 

Moms, Minivans, & Messes:¬†Who is “VA Paint Party”? (One mom, multiple moms, etc.)

VA Paint Party: Great question!

VA Paint Party is an instructional canvas painting party.¬† We take everyone stroke by stroke on how to paint a picture that was chosen by the host.¬† We are very hands on and insure a fun time and a great picture!¬† We do kid’s parties, adult parties, FUNdraisers, church events, team building, WE DO IT ALL!

We also come to you!  That could be your home Рchurch Рyour favorite restaurant Рanywhere! 

Also, out of the 6 that work for VA Paint Party, 5 of us are mom’s.

Mom Instructors:

Misty Adams, Owner, Instructor,  Р2 boys and 1 girl

Jenn, Instructor, 4 teenage girls

Kara, Instructor, 2 boys

Kelli, Instructor – 2 girls

Angie, Instructor – 3 girls

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What sets your Paint business apart from others?

VA Paint Party:  There are several things:

1.  There are no age limits.

2.  We come to you!

3.  You have over 50 pictures to choose from when you are hosting a party.

4. The host works with the owner to plan for the party.  I will make sure everything is setup to plan accordingly.  

5.  We will customize a painting for FREE!

6.  We are a true local business Рbased in Bedford, VA.  We are not a franchise or a licensee.  True home grown local business.

7.  We give the most back to fundraisers.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes:  What does the future look like for VA Paint Party?

VA Paint Party:  The future is bright!  As a team, we work together to find fun and innovated ideas to bring to our potential and existing customers. For an example, we offer glow in the dark paintings for adults and kids. We are growing fast and we love every second of it!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: How can your products be beneficial to my readers?

VA Paint Party:¬†Painting is calming, it’s fun, and everyone has a smile on their face.¬† It can be an escape and a way to tap into or even spark a creative side!

I remember trying to plan parties for my son and it was always the same options, we offer fun and unique ideas for parties throughout the whole year. 

You don’t have to worry if it’s going to rain, if it’s cold, if it’s too hot, — this is a sure fire way to make sure everyone has a great time and is proud of their very own masterpieces.¬†

Hello Little Black Bird

 

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Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What is the name of your business and who are your potential customers?

Hello Little Black Bird is my business, and what I consider my 5th child. We cater to everyone! Infant to adult. We offer a wide variety of tees, from the littlest all the way up to mom and dad! We also take custom orders!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Why did you choose (Your above answer) as your customers?

When starting Hello Little Black Bird, I never thought we’d get this big. I planned on it being centered in my small town, in mid-western Illinois. I loved making infant/toddler tees for my kids, but as I got more into Instagram and Facebook, I realized there was a real need for mom/dad/older brother/older sister tees as well. Making products for the older children, as well as moms and dads, has really brought me to the next level and I couldn’t be happier!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are you a mom? If so, did this business have anything to do with initiating Hello Little Black Bird?

I am a proud mama! I have 4 children. Keigan, is my oldest. He’s 11 (11 1/2 if you ask him) Braxton is next, he’s 9. Then I have my one and only girl, we’re severely outnumbered, Layla. She’s 6 going on 16. My youngest is Maddox. He’ll be 2 in June. He’s definitely my wild child and is the reason Hello Little Black Bird came about. After having outfitted my older children from tiny little babes up until last June, I was bored with the choices I found in stores. I had seen some really cute shirts, but not what exactly what I was looking for. The next thing I knew, I was designing tees.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What do you expect to be the outcome of “Hello Little Black Bird”?

My hope is that Hello Little Black Bird will continue to grow. We are currently working on an expansion! In the coming months, we will start carrying handmade leggings, harems, bummies, rompers and t shirt rompers! Expect a big announcement in the next month! I see this as a fantastic step and really see Hello Little Black Bird becoming a “one stop shop” for everyone!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Where can I find information about “Hello Little Black Bird”?

You can find all of our amazing products on our website, http://www.hellolittleblackbird.com as well as on Instagram: @hellolittleblackbird, Facebook: Hello Little Black Bird, Twitter @hlblackbird, and tumblr: hello little black bird.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are there any promotions for your products through reading this blog?

We have a special promotion, just for the amazing readers of Moms, minivans, & messes! We are offering 15% off of your entire order when you use code “MMM15”

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Who is “Hello Little Black Bird”? (One mom, multiple moms, etc.)

Hello Little Black Bird is owned and operated by myself, Ashley. I also have an alternative shop, Famous Blackbird, that I run with my good friend and fellow shop small shop owner, Dana (owner of Bornfamous_Apparel)

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What sets your T shirts apart from other T shirts?

Hello Little Black Bird t shirts are all handmade for you and your little nugget. Each tee is special to me. I only use American Apparel blanks, and in my opinion, are the softest, coziest tees you can get. I can customize any tee with different color design, or different color shirt. As always, we do offer custom tees, so if you have an idea, just send us an email athellolittleblackbird@gmail.com

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What does the future look like for Hello Little Black Bird?

Hello Little Black Birds future is very promising! We continue to grow daily, and with the addition of our hand sewn products, our opportunity to provide quality, unique products continues to grow.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: How can your products be beneficial to my readers?

Hello Little Black Birds products help express any one’s personality! Whether it’s with one of our designed tees or a tee you design yourself, we love to help you standout!

I am grateful for our children, well, except on a daily basis when we’re thrown into the Lion’s den.

We love our three children, they are our saving graces..until that moment we are thrown into the Lion’s Den.

I don’t know if our kids like to test us to see how far they can take us to see us go off the deep end, or maybe they think when we “go crazy” it’s funny to them, I don’t find it funny. They tell us they don’t like us to yell, but when you tell your son five billion(ok, a little exaggeration here) times to poop in the potty and he poops in his underwear, you automatically want to jump in the Lion’s Den..no pushing needed. 

The other day when I took out a toy(Why is an adult playing with a toy anyway?!)that no one had played with for three weeks and all of a sudden it was the BEST toy in the house and everyone had to play with, I was still wanting to jump into the Den, but I couldn’t find the den. The kids must have chased that damn Lion away…damn. 

Regardless of the Lion’s Den, which just so happens to really be my room, where I can lock my door, and bury myself under the pillows and covers, we are so grateful for our children. They each have separate personalities that make them into their own little human being. 

I’m pretty sure that while they’re sleeping they are contemplating their next moves. Damnit, I don’t even know how to play chess, but I’ll be the one to checkmate, kids, I’ll be the one to checkmate!!!