Trembling Toads

Trembling Toads, Hallmark, $14.95 (with purchase of 3 cards)
Toads tremble and sing


Spider Web Lantern Candle

Spider Web Lantern Candle, Crate & Barrel, $9.95

Julie - Thanks for letting me know about the ghost candleholders!


Candy Bowl with Hand

Candy Bowl With Hand, Target, $12.99
Hand moves down, and sound plays phrases such as "Would you like some candy?"



It's a Girl!

We found out from today's ultrasound that we are having a baby girl!

17 weeks, 2 days

Dear Baby Girl,

That's right! We found out today that you are a girl! Your Dad & I did not really have a preference, but we are so excited to learn as much as we can about you! We were not sure that we would be able to find out today. The technician slowly went over all the measurements of your little organs. She saved that moment until last. She told us, "I know what it is, I am just trying to get a better picture!" Of course, as with all the times that I have gotten to see you - I cried.

We got lots of pictures of you today. The one above is my favorite, because it has a clear view of your form. Your little legs were curled up and moving around most of the time. This particular photo shows your hands in prayer position. Your Grandma will be so proud!

After the appointment was over your Dad & I had to go back to work. I called your Papa- you will love him - and he was so, so excited. I tried and tried to get your Nana, and finally left her a voice mail. I finally reached her around lunchtime, and she was bursting with excitement as well. She was already talking about dolls that she had seen earlier that day.

During all of that time, your Dad was having much better luck reaching all your family. When I called your aunt, I found that he had already reached her! She answered the phone with "I am having a niece!"

You will be entering a family full of boys, so I know that everyone will go the extra mile to spoil you!

Since you are a girl, we know your name. If you had been a boy, it would have been much, much harder to figure out.

Our next big task for you is picking out a theme for your room, and all the "stuff" that I am so excited to buy for you.

I am beginning to feel you flutter inside my belly. Each little movement you make thrills me to so end. I am so proud of you - from the moment of your conception and always!

Love Always,

Your Mom

Tovolo Egg Spatula

Tovolo Egg Spatula, Sur La Table, $8.00








Rhinestone Beaded Frame

Rhinestone Beaded Frame (free trade), Gaiam, $24



Opulence Vase

Opulence Vase in Brown/Blue, Target, $24.99


Blue & Brown Swirl Vases

Blue & Brown Swirl Vases, Pier 1, $25 for smaller; $32 for larger


Pink Hibiscus Candle

Pink Hibiscus Candle, Susan G. Komen Foundation, $10.99
39% of the purchase price supports the mission to save lives and end breast cancer.


Pink Ribbon Fleece Blanket

Pink Ribbon Fleece Blanket, Target, $24.99
5% of proceeds on this item are donated to aid the fight against breast cancer.


Riedel Pink O Glasses

Riedel Pink O Glasses, Bed Bath & Beyond, $26.99 (set of 2)
Riedel will donate 15% of all proceeds from the sale of this "O" glass to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Foundation.


Celebrating the Promise Cookbook

Better Homes & Gardens Celebrating the Promise 2008 Cookbook, Susan G. Komen Foundation, $19.99
52% of the purchase price supports the mission to save lives and end breast cancer.


Emile Henry Pink 10-Inch Pie Dish

Emile Henry Pink 10-Inch Pie Dish, Bed Bath & Beyond, $39.99
10% of all Emile Henry Pink Pie Dish purchases is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer in Pink

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer in Pink, Target, $299.99
KitchenAid will donate $40 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® as part of its Cook for the Cure® initiative. During its 2008 program, KitchenAid will donate a minimum of $1,000,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® through its select pink products. To generate a donation, consumers must register each purchased pink product at CookfortheCure.com.


Book Releases - October 2008

Releasing this month:

Floral Sculpted Nesting Bowls

Floral Sculpted Nesting Bowls, $32 (set of 4)
The manufacturer donates 5% of the suggested retail price to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Spoonsisters.com donates 10% of the retail sale of this product to breast cancer charities.