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Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I don't know about you, but I love a good contest!

With Spring here, and all the fresh weather it brings, I thought it was time to celebrate the beauty of the season with a way to win some lovely hair couture!

So here are the details to enter to
for headbands to our shop!!!  

{Are you excited yet??!}

1} Have your referral "like" our facebook page AND SHARE OUR STATUS!

2} Have your referral EMAIL ME with ONLY their name and YOUR FACEBOOK NAME in the title (example: Janie Smith/Cute Baby Photography}. email: adamsblankie@gmail.com

They MUST do BOTH STEPS to qualify as a legitimate entry.
JUST FOR SENDING that email to me, I will in exchange email them with a COUPON CODE to use in our shop!!  So no matter what, just for being referred, they're gonna go away with something! Now that's what I'm talkin' about!!

ALSO! if your referral MAKES A PURCHASE, that referral will be worth FOUR ENTRIES for you AND them!  When purchasing, they'll need to mention "Spring 2013 Referral Contest" in the "notes to seller" when checking out to count!

Let's let this contest rock out for two weeks {April 10 - April 24}, and whoever is in the lead then WINS THE $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!!**

**Certificate good for $100 (pre-shipping costs and/or taxes) to our shop.  Good only on headbands and excludes our "stitch art couture" line}.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

REFERRAL CONTEST!! Win Adam's Blankie Bucks!

I wanted to do something fun with you all for the New Year, and so I came up with a REFERRAL CONTEST to hook one of you up with some awesome cash to spend in our etsy shop!

Starting NOW through January 31st, send as many BUYING customers to us as possible!  Send the most** and you win a $40 shop credit*** to our store!  Yowzas!!

For any referral you send, upon checkout in our shop, the buyer MUST MENTION YOUR NAME!!  There is a place to put "notes to seller" on etsy when checking out, so right there, they just need to type in your name that you referred them to our shop! 

I'll tally up the referrals as they come in, and post the winner here on the blog on February 1st!  Remember, to qualify, you must refer AT LEAST 4 purchasing customers!

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

**Winner must send AT LEAST 4 purchasing referrals to qualify for the prize.
***Credit is good toward ONLY hair accessories, and excludes our "imagination crowns" and "stitch art couture" headbands.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pumpkin Cookies

October has finally arrived!  That's a HUGE relief when you live in the hot, dry desert and can finally see the light coming at the end of the tunnel!  Mind you it's STILL over 100 degrees here...but alas, the triple digits shall soon be gone!

This month always means the beginning of the baking season in my kitchen, and I love to start with apples and pumpkins.  I normally kick it off with some amazing pumpkin bread, but I decided to try a new recipe that came in a flier from my son's school, of all places!  So the kids and I had at it this morning.  The results?  More like a fabulous moist pumpkin bread than a cookie, per se, and Ooooooh-so-Delicious!

Delicious Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting
1 cup butter (try to get to room temperature before creaming)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin (I used more than one cup for mine (almost a whole 15 oz can) to yield super moistness!)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (you might try more here)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (you might opt for a touch more of this, too!)
1/2 tsp salt

Cream sugars and butter. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Drop spoonfuls onto non-greased cookie sheet (we opted for parchment-lined sheets at our house).  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.

**we actually didn't make the frosting and are just eating them as is, but I'm sure with this on top, they'd be even more amazing!

Heat 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in saucepan until mostly smooth. Cool and add 1/4 cup milk and 2 cups powdered sugar or until desired consistency, and whip with hand mixed until smooth. Spread onto cookies.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

{HustleMama} Review & Giveaway

{Back To School}

It's that time of year again, can you believe it? And it was a BIG one year, as my sweet boy started Kindergarten {sniff, sniff}!!  I hear that now the time really starts to fly....definitely.not.ready.

But one thing that can help you get ready is stocking up on awesome school supplies {stay tuned for a future post on a plethora of must-have "back to school" goodies!}.  That's where HustleMama comes in.  It's an etsy shop run by a local {Phoenix} Mom, whom I personally know, as she used to own a baby boutique that carried some adam's blankie couture!  Needless to say, she knows what's in style.  And one of those things are "green" food storage bags!  The huge benefit here?  Well, besides helping save the landfills, you also save money in your pocket, as you no longer need to purchase the {throw-away} plastic baggies once you have these. And with listings starting at just $4, there's options to fit every budget!
the 4 bags we received for review {orange and white you see is a NOTE, NOT a bag - just fyi} :)

So HustleMama sent me two of their sandwich bags and two of their snack bags to review.  Now, I'm no newbie to the world of ecofriendly bags, as I've made my own for my own kiddos {before you ask, yes we DID carry them in our shop a while back, but no longer do.  If you're a DIY'er, however, our pattern is available in the shop}.  The ecofriendly bags from HustleMama are professionally sewn with surged edges - bonus!  They are lined inside making wiping up easy.  And if the mess is a bit more involved, and wiping doesn't cut it, you can machine wash them!  I already did toss one of ours in the washer, and it came out perfectly.  The bags are also food-safe with no lead, BPA or pthalates.  Oh, and did I mention she has 48 fabrics to choose from??  If you know me at all, you know how much I love being able to choose my own fabrics, so that's a huge perk {LOOOVE the chevron print we received!}!

My one drawback with them is that my Kindergartener had a hard time getting the flap flipped open.  That's not to say he couldn't get to the food inside; he just had a tough time trying to flip the flap over.  The bags are made "envelope-style," meaning you must fold over the top in order to keep the bag open.  Now, you don't HAVE to flip the top back to get inside, but it makes eating easier and more efficient if you do.  That being said, as they are envelope-style closure, there's no velcro or snaps to mess with.
here's one of the bags with the flap opened back
To get your own sandwich and snack bags, head on over to HustleMama and let Shannon know that Adam's Blankie sent ya!  Shannon is a true pleasure to work with, and offers top-notch customer service (just check her reviews while you're there!).

HustleMama has graciously offered to give away some ecofriendly bags to TWO of our blog readers!  One will win a set of 6 snack bags, and one will win a set of 5 sandwich bags! To enter, simply "like" HustleMama AND Adam's Blankie on facebook. While there, you *MUST* leave a comment on each page letting us know you found us on the Adam's Blankie/HTBC blog!  Then head back over here and comment that you've liked both facebook pages!  That's it!  Easy peasy!

Giveaway will close August 1st at 1:00 pm AZ time. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If no response is received, a new winner will be selected via random.org.  Winner name will also be posted at the bottom of this post once he or she has claimed the prize.

Good luck!  Hope you all have a fabulous "Back to School" experience!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bonnets and Crowns and Halos, Oh My!!

 Hello, lovelies!

Just wanted to update you all with the latest products from our adam's blankie shop!  We've been busy designing and creating pretties in fresh colors, vintage appeal and touches of glitz ~ something for every gorgeous little {or adult sized!} head!



Halo Wraps

Be sure to check our shop for the entire collection, as this is just a smidgen of our fabulous line!  And don't forget our "old goodies" like our shabby rosette headbands, which are still top sellers!  We also welcome custom requests, so email me with any ideas you might be looking for!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

I {heart} CHEVRON!

Unless you've been living under a rock the past, oh, year or so?, then you KNOW how "IN" chevron stripes are right now!  So I am thrilled GIDDY to announce that the chevron stripes have officially arrived at adam's blankie!

We are currently offering them in aqua, pink, orange, yellow, gray and green!  Score your uber-modern baby chevron gear in our bibs, burp cloths or binkie clips right now! And if enough of a demand persists, they'll soon also be available in our 3 blanket sizes!

What's SO fantastic about these {other than being superbly fashionable, of course} is that these are one of the most gender-neutral prints out there!  So you can stock up and have them ready to give when the next baby shower invitation comes in the mail. Ahhhh....no last minute shopping!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

{Honest} Diapers: A Better Choice for Baby

We have had quite a winter season with illnesses that bombarded our family like none other year.  From allergies and stomach flues to chronic coughing and runny noses, to a relentless case of hives, I've never before actually LOOKED FORWARD TO the arrival of the Arizona summer heat! Ugh!

So, regarding the hives.  My daughter came down with these, and they lasted a good two weeks.  If you've experienced hives, you'll know that they come and go as they seemingly please, and just when you think they're gone, they reappear somewhere else a little later.  BEYOND FRUSTRATING for a mother!

Of course, we took her to the doctor, where they advised me it was probably a viral infection versus an allergy due to her age (a toddler).  They prescribed taking doses of benadryl to ease the itching and offer some relief to them.  We did use the benadryl, but this did nothing to really prevent the hives from resurfacing.  It did provide some relief from the itching, I'll admit, but nothing to really resolve the {root of the} problem.  So I did what most of you probably do: I went online and started researching natural ways to remedy this pain in the rear the hives.  From that, we tried oatmeal & tea tree oil baths.  Beyond that, "natural remedies," as far as Google is concerned, were a matter of waiting it out.  Using my own rational judgment,  I also switched her laundry back to the baby detergent and got some organic diaper rash cream & lotion for her.  Still, the hives occurred.

The most interesting symptom of the hives was that, in addition to them being all over her body, she also experienced a ridiculously red rash on her bottom.  It wasn't a "normal" diaper rash -- it was somewhat of a cross between diaper rash and hives {sorry - no pictures -- she'd kill me if I ever posted pictures of her like that!}.  Anyway, the rash appeared in the morning, after having slept in her diaper all night long.  This quickly prompted me to look for a "greener" diaper alternative.

Thank GOD {literally!!} for the "Parenting" magazine showing up in my mailbox during the midst of this episode, because there it was, headlined in that particular issue, "The Honest Company."  And what do they do, you ask?  Well, they specialize in "green," safe products -- everything from diapers to cleaning products {shampoo, hand soap, sunscreen, laundry detergent, etcetera}.  It was started by the actress, Jessica Alba, after she had kids and wanted something more safe and natural for her own pipsqueaks.
I immediately ordered their sampler kit and was BEYOND THRILLED with the products I received!  And guess what?  The very next morning when my daughter woke up?  NO diaper rash or red bottom what.so.ever!  Ahhhh-mazing! Needless to say, I immediately signed up for their full monthly delivery plan -- diapers, wipes, healing balm and all!
ice cream diaper pattern my daughter loves!
So this led me to start researching more about diapers.  Mind you, I have actually dabbled in cloth diapers, which my daughter used for her first 6 months of life, in fact.  But as she began to crawl and move more, the bulky cloth diapers became cumbersome, and we made the switch to the leaner disposables.  {If you can get through using cloth diapers, by all means, go for it!  They just didn't work for us}.  The fabulous thing about "The Honest Company" diapers is that they are natural {NO nasty chemicals!!} AND disposable!!  Um, and super cute, too, might I add!  {My daughter now asks for her "ice cream diapers" all the time!}.

So here's the deal on the typical cloth diapers in the industry {as taken from "The Honest Company" website}:

*First off, they are not required to reveal what's inside them {hmmmmm.....}
*There are tons of plastics and chemicals in them
*The plastics emit volatile organic compounds" {VOCS}
*Fragrances and lotions aplenty {made from who knows what?  but many lotions do contain phthalates that are a big no-no}
*Synthetic dyes
*Their bleaching process releases dioxins into the environment

And guess what these dioxins do?  Well, they're known as major cancer causer in us.  Sounds great, eh?  When you actually stop to think about it, it's beyond understanding that these other diaper companies could even consider putting the chemicals they use into diapers.  There needs to be a serious change in the industry!

On top of that, a study suggests there may be a link between these disposable diapers and asthma {hmmm...that would explain the ridiculous increase in asthma in kids}. Another study suggests a possible link between the dyes in diapers and diaper rashes.  That would make sense.

So, all this to say, I URGE you to try to find a safer, better alternative to your baby's diapers!!  As I said, if you can do the cloth diapers, I still think they're the best option out there.  But if those aren't for you {be it time, maintenance, etcetera, then as far as I can tell, the diapers from "The Honest Company" are a top-of-the-line choice for disposable diapers for your baby.

Here's what I KNOW about them::

*chemical FREE
*oil FREE
*plant based
*perfume FREE
*phthalate FREE
*lotion FREE
*optical brightener FREE
*heavy metal FREE
*organotin FREE

You MUST stop to wonder about the rash & hives disappearing when we switched to these natural diapers.  The most important thing I can say here is that these diapers made a DIFFERENCE for us.  I'm not just saying they are good and "green," we actually saw the difference!  And I can tell you, mother to mother, that I feel so, SO much better knowing she is in chemical-free diapers....a part of infancy and toddler-hood that touches their skin day in and day out for 2 to 3 to even 4 years.

Make the switch!!!

{important DISCLAIMER: I was in NO WAY, shape or form paid or given or advised to use "The Honest Company" diapers/products.  I found them on my own, and decided to try them without any others' prompting me.  I HIGHLY recommend these!  Give your baby a better choice and a healthier start!}

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Recipe {Pistachio Pomegranate Chicken Salad}

I am a believer in "everything in moderation."  Sure I think you should eat healthy, but I also think burger with friends and milkshakes is good sometimes, too!  And, I almost always have to have dessert.  Almost always. Okay, so maybe I'm not so much of a health nut, but I do {I do! I do! I do!} try to get healthy foods into me!!  So when I came across this next recipe, it sounded right up my alley, and I knew I'd be making it soon!
{photo from Clean Eating Jan/Feb 2012 issue}

I recently ordered a subscription to the magazine, "Clean Eating."  As I'm sure you can guess, it's all about eating healthy, or "clean," as they refer to it.  I love that it's chock-full of recipes {and many are "reader recipe tested"}, and I really love that the foods are not bland, as you might presume "healthy meals" would be.

So I am glad to say I "recipe tested" this one, and it was dee-LISH-ious! And even better yet?  Not much time to prep {just shell the nuts & get the pomegranate arils out earlier in the day, and it will come together in a breeze, come dinner time!}.

Hearty Chicken Salad {or as I like to call it, "Pistachio Pomegranate Chicken Salad"}
{serves 4, 20 minutes hands-on time}
4 5 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts {I used chicken tenders instead, which cook faster}
3 tbsp plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
evoo {olive oil - enough to cook chicken in ~ couple tablespoons}
8 oz fresh baby spinach
1/2 red onion, cut indo paper-thin wedges {I left these out}
1/2 cup pomegranate arils {I bought a whole pomegranate and removed arils from it; be sure to remove yellow/white pith from them, as the pith is bitter; your store may also sell these already removed from the fruit itself.  Oh, and p.s., my kids LOVED to snack on these alone - and they're so, SO good for you!!}.
1 oz shelled raw unsalted pistachios {again, your store may sell already shelled for you}
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced

Dressing {NOTE: I did NOT make the dressing here ~ instead I used pre-purchased Caesar dressing - sorry, couldn't be that healthy this first time around! One step at a time! Ha!}
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp evoo

In a large, shallow bowl, add chicken and 3 tbsp lemon juice. Turn to coat. Sprinkle salt, pepper and cayenne on all sides of chicken.  Set aside.

Put a skillet over medium heat and drizzle with a couple tbsp of EVOO.  Add chicken and cook, about 5 minutes per side.  Transfer to cutting board to let cool. {If you cooked breasts {versus tenders}, you'll need to slice these at an angle, once they're cool enough to handle}.

Meanwhile, prepare dressing {or use store-bought Caesar, like me! So good!!}:  In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice, yogurt, oil and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss spinach, onion, pomegranate and pistachios and divide among serving bowls/plates.  Top with chicken and avocado and drizzle with your dressing.

Enjoy a heart-healthy recipe {that actually tastes amazing!!}!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY Tutorial: Upcycled Headband Holder Board {ART}

Being a creator of headbands, you can just about imagine how many headbands I have for my own baby girl!  I'm not gonna lie, it's a little ridiculous!  And up until now, they'd been piled up in a little wicker basket in her room for no one to see....oh, the horror!!!!  Sooo....I wanted to come up with something ultra chic on which to display them in her room!

While you could always just hang hooks directly to the wall, I wanted something a bit more artsy and part of the room decor.  So I decided to turn some ultra ugly old cupboard doors (yes, a plural here - we need TWO boards to hold all hers! Ha!) into awesome displays/pieces of art for her walls {yes! upcycling at its finest!}.  My first step was heading to a salvage warehouse here in Phoenix.  And much to my liking, I snatched up two super ugly cupboard doors for like 5 bucks each! SCORE!  And while they were obviously from the same kitchen cupboards, they are NOT an exact match - one is from a horizontal opening door, and the other, a vertical.  I actually love this aspect - matching but not too "matchy-matchy"!!

So here's what you need to
{create your own headband board holder}:
*old cupboard door (or maybe get a few to make at the same time - these would not only make for fantastic gifts, but also be great for your own room - I'm wishing now I would have gotten more to hold my necklaces!)
*spray paint in color/s of choice
*hot glue gun
*hammer & nails
*decorative hooks
*cloth (to wipe clean)
*newspaper/kraft paper (large) for overspray of spray paint
*mounting hook/s
*spackle (optional)

1. Once you have your {cupboard} doors, you'll need to sand them down a little.  Not to completely remove the paint -- just to rough them up a little so that they can hold new paint on top.  So give them a good sanding (you might want to wear gloves and a mask for this - especially if working with old doors, as it may have lead paint on it!), then wipe clean. 

2.I also had to fill in a couple holes in my cupboard with some nail hole filler (a.k.a. spackle) at this point.  If you found old cupboard doors, you may have to do the same, if they happened to have handles on them before.  So if you do, do that now, and let dry (about 10 minutes).

3. Okay, now we're ready to {spray} paint!  So I wanted to make the inset part of my boards a different color than the border {This is one reason in particular why I LOVE using cupboard doors for this project - because it already has a nice "frame" for your creation, right from the get-go!}.  So since I knew I'd be painting the rest of the board after I had the inset color chosen, I didn't worry about covering the border portion of the board.  I just went to town, spraying about 3 coats of a light pink spray paint on the inset portion of the board {you'll probably need to wait about 30 minutes in between coats). 

4. Now you may want to add a stencil background to your inset.  I thought about sponging on some damask print or using doilies as stencils {which I know would be super cute!}, but ultimately decided on doing a subtle lace backdrop.  So I just cut some lace to fit the board, and then started spraying the entire board a creamy, vintage ivory color {right on over the lace}.  Again, about 3 coats for full coverage, with drying time in between coats.

5. Once dry, you can remove the lace.  Now it's time to distress and age our piece by sanding it down again!  But this time, we're going to focus on sanding edges and parts of it that you think might naturally wear off over time if left up to nature.  This is another HUGE REASON why you want to look for cupboard doors, as they have that border around the edge with grooves that make for interesting distressing points for your art!!  (NOTE: You can skip this part if you do NOT want a shabby chic, distressed finish!)  This will give a nice worn, vintage feel to your piece (which I just love myself!).

6. Now it's time for the most fun part: embellishing!  I had just purchased some amazing fabric and KNEW it would be perfect for these boards!  So I cut the fabric into a rectangle (but feel free to choose whatever shape {or non-shape}you want!), and then added some decorative stitched borders with my sewing machine to them.  {NOTE: The sewing part is totally UNnecessary, but I do have the machine with the capacity to do so, so I figured, "Why not?!"  Especially since I used some lace-looking borders to go with my vintage, old-fashioned feel to these lovelies!}.  Then I cut some hearts from totally different fabrics and stitched around their edges, too.  I love the eclectic look, so I went for the opposite of my rectangle fabric pieces here - I went bold and more geometric (versus the paler, non-patterened rectangle pieces).  I also decided to use some of the lace for a part of one of the boards, too.  I cut a strip from the lace as well as a heart to add some depth and texture.  I also added some lace trim to the board's backdrop, as well.  Feel free to GO WILD here!  Add doilies, buttons, stamps, jewels ~ whatever your little heart desires, just go for it!

7. So here's my BIG TIP for the backdrop part: Layer and layer and layer and layer!!  In other words, do NOT just spread it all out, without some overlapping of your elements!!  It adds depth and character and really makes the piece!   Also, try some ANGLES - don't just square everything up!  Keep trying different layouts, and once you are satisfied with the positioning of all your embellishments, it's time to start hot-gluing them down, one by one!

8.  Then you just nail in your hooks and/or knobs (I found mine at Pier I Imports, by the way, but they also have some truly amazing knobs at both Hobby Lobby and Anthropologie!).

9.  And the final step (which I actually have yet to do) is to add some mounting hooks to the back of your boards, and then hang them up obviously.  I love that they are pieces of art in and of themselves, too!  And now her headbands just SCREAM to be worn!  Love, love, love!! {and hope you do, too!} :)

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Couture Kids Clothing {Girls}

I just love fashion.  But particularly on the tiny pints since everything looks just ridiculously scrumptious on them!!  So I set out to find some of the most off-the-hook girls' items out on the market, and wanted to share them with you!  They are loaded with detail & femininity and just scream "Wear Me NOW!!!"  So I hope ya'll enjoy these finds as much as I do!  Treat your girly to one...I promise you'll be so glad you did when you get milestone photos back of your little dollies in these! :)
toddler fox dress from wild thing dresses

Giggle Moon "lily" dropwaist dress and leggings from pinkyscout.com
liliputians kimono cupcake dress from pinkyscout.com - can you just imagine this on the birthday girl??
luna luna copenhagen juliette dress from littlefashionsboutique.com - love its whimsy!
"florette" jacquard tights from littlefashionsboutique.com...love these!

floatimi aqua and red petal swimsuit from littlefashionsboutique.com - seriously want to buy this for my punkin!!
lemon loves lime holiday rose skirt from littlelunablue.com
have you ever seen a more adorable outfit? didn't think so. from littlelunablue.com
persnickety gray ruffled leg warmers - i must have these!!!
rosette belts for toddlers - i'm in love! from littlelunablue.com
cranberry stella jacket by persnickety.  okay. i want the entire persnickety line!!!
all by persnickety...of course. ;)
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