Thursday, August 15, 2013

Is this thing on?

Hey everybody!
It's been a long time since I wrote here last, right?
Crazy how life gets with a new baby (can you still call a baby "new" when she's 6 1/2 months old? Hm...) .

But anyway! Today I just wanted to share with you guys an amazing jewelry company I found while perusing Etsy for a ring to replace my wedding ring.

Behold -- Tula Jewelry!


The first thing that attracted me to her site was her amazing handmade and sustainable jewelry. Seriously, everything she makes is just beautiful. The thing that made me stick around, though? Her prices! Seriously, her rings are nearly 3x less expensive than diamond rings I've seen elsewhere.



I picked out this lovely ring (the Diamond Micropage Stacking Ring) because I just loved the simple beauty, but now that I have it on my finger, I'm already thinking of ways to buy another one to stack with it. Maybe something like this?
Or something like this? Seriously, the options are endless. I'll probably go broke on Tula Jewelry. But, at least my fingers will look stylish, right?


Really, go check her shop out.
You won't be disappointed, I promise!

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Disclosure: I received a discount for this review. However, all opinions are 100% mine!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mirasol Farms

Today I just wanted to give a quick shout out to one of my new favorite Etsy shops, Mirasol Farms.

You guys, their products are amazing.
I mentioned how much I loved their Postpartum Herbal Tea Bath in a previous post... But, they have so much more to offer.

Like, take these products for instance!

Tangerine Noreli Organic Belly Butter



This stuff feels awesome! They sent me a little sample with my order and I fell in love.
I've been dealing with pregnancy rash (PUPPP) and seriously, this stuff took the itching away. I was pretty amazed.

Rosemary Mint Lotion



I haven't tried this yet, but it is completely vegan and sounds like it would feel (and smell!) so great.

Lemon Ice Organic Lip Balm



I'm a sucker for lip balm and lemon. So, I'm pretty sure I could become addicted to this, and quick!

Most of Mirasol Farms are organic and they grow many of their herbs on their small farm in Western Wisconsin.

Aside from that, Mirasol Farms also does great things for the community. Their Organic Mama line is actually an online fundraiser for a community group that provides doula and prenatal support services for women who are in prison. Isn't that amazing? Learn more about the organization here.

Seriously, go check out their shop! You won't be disappointed in the quality of their products, or the speed of their delivery!

Friday, January 11, 2013

DIY Postpartum Padsicles

-This post is about postpartum healing "down there"...So, feel free to skip it if you're squeamish or just don't want to hear about my hemorrhoids! Also? This post is cross posted on my family blog...So sorry if you get this twice in your reader!-

Before I had Eloise, I was blissfully unaware of the pain that came after actually giving birth.
Tearing down there? Check. Hemorrhoids? Double check.
Basically, healing from having a baby was no walk in the park. But, I was happy to have my brand new baby girl-- So I tried to suck up the huge amounts of pain I was feeling "down there" and tried to numb the pain with dermoplast and tucks pads.

I'll be honest, this time around I am terrified of recovery. It was that bad last time. My biggest fear is tearing or an episiotomy because that pain is still fresh in my mind. Really, those two words kind of make me cringe even just thinking about them.

So, this time around, I decided I wanted to be prepared!
I've been researching for months ways to make healing quicker and less painful.

Many people suggest simply freezing maxi pads in water and using them in your mesh undies (those are the best!) after you give birth, while others suggest soaking them in Witch Hazel.

Through my research, though-- I found that sitz baths (with a mix of natural herbs) are really the best way to go though. So, I thought--Hey! Why don't I just soak pads in a sitz bath solution and freeze them to make my own Postpartum Padsicles?

So...That's what I did.

I hopped online and looked for the best sitz bath combination I could find. A lot of them were way expensive...But, luckily, I found a really affordable and organic bath tea on Etsy through the vendor Mirasol Farms (more about them later today or tomorrow...Their shop is amazing!) and I jumped right on ordering some.

And, of course, the second I received them, I had to jump right on making my postpartum padsicles.




Want to make some of your own?
Here's an easy tutorial!



First, gather your supplies. Pads, a peri bottle (or spray bottle), and your postpartum bath tea (sitz bath).



Then, measure out your ingredients. I kind of just guessed-- but 4 cups water and about 1/4 cup sitz bath seemed to do the trick for me.



Pour the water into a pan and let it come to a boil. Once it's boiling, add the sitz bath and allow it to steep for at least 20 minutes.



While that's steeping, lay out your pads on a cookie sheet. (I tried a bowl before, but it was a huge mess and it all stuck together in the freezer. Bad news!)



Allow your solution to cool, then strain the herbs out and pour the liquid into your peri bottle.



Begin to squirt your solution generously over your pads. Make sure each pad is completely saturated.



Next, just stick those bad boys in the freezer for about an hour (or until frozen)... Be sure to take them out of the freezer and transfer them into a baggie after that, so that they don't get frozen to your pan.
It also may be a good idea to individually wrap them, so that they don't stick together.

And, there you have it!
Some frozen postpartum padsicles.

Let's hope they make healing a little more enjoyable this time around!

Disclaimer: These padsicles aren't meant to hold blood. They are just meant to help soothe the lady parts after delivery. Be sure to have something absorbant on underneath to avoid major leakage!

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On an unrelated note, thank you to everyone who has emailed me about possibly becoming a contributor. I am still accepting "applications"...I am just really slow at deciding. Internet time has been really limited lately (thanks to a busy toddler)...But, I'll decide soon, I promise!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Okay, so here is the thing.
I love this little blog of mine. It was my baby before my body would make real ones, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Since having our first daughter last year (heck, even before then), I have had a really hard time balancing blog, crafting, and motherhood. And, just as it started to seem like maybe I could get on top of my game-- We found out I was pregnant again, which brought a whole new level of "whoa, I am not a super human" syndrome into my life.

Baby girl number two will be arriving sometime in the next 6 weeks (please be sooner!), and it finally came to me what needs to happen with this blog!

I need help!
In the form of contributors.
I know, lots of blogs are doing it these days, but really? I think contributors would be an awesome way to keep Oops! I Craft My Pants alive, while allowing me to still post when my heart desires.



I'll be honest, this is totally not going to be a paid gig or anything (I'm poor!...Plus, this blog is more about making connections and friends--Not much of a moola bringer-inner.)...But, I can promise you that you'll meet some fun people and gain some extra exposure for your own blog (if you have one!)

Right now, I'm thinking I want contributors for the following:
-Recipes
-Kid Crafts
-Sewing
and
-30 Minute (or less) Crafts

BUT! If you have another idea, please please please pitch it to me! Do you have awesome date ideas? Let me know! Party ideas? Send 'em my way! Is your garden amazing and you think you have great tips? We could use your knowledge!
Really, any (clean) topic is game, just email me.

I know this is super short notice, but I would like to have my contributors start next month (if possible), so please email me as soon as possible. Be sure to include a little bit about yourself, your strengths, and a blog link if you have one (if you don't, that's totally okay!...Still email me, if you're interested.)

I'm so excited to hear from you!

erika (at) oopsicraftmypants (dot) net

Thanks so much for reading, you guys!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

minted.com New Year Cards

I'm a procrastinator when it comes to Holiday cards.
I always have the best intentions of sending out Christmas cards to my loved ones...But then? December hits and I realize I haven't even found a photographer yet. Not to mention, I'm not really in the mood to design my own cards these days.
Ah...Such is life, I guess.

Luckily, I ran across these adorable New Year Photo Cards from minted.com and umm...Fell in love!
Sending out New Year cards rather than Christmas cards just seems like such a good idea to me. It gives me a good extra week to find time to send out my cards, plus? The designs are cuter than anything I have ever seen on a pre-made site before. They all have such a unique feel, which is just what I want when it comes to cards.

Here are a few of my favorites!







Phew, that was hard to narrow down.
But seriously, if you are in need of Holiday cards, New Year Cards, or just cards in general--Check out minted.com.

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I was compensated for this review (in form of cards), but all opinions in this post are mine alone!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas iPhone Wallpaper

My husband brought me home a brand spankin' new iPhone today (he is the best)...And, of course...What's the first thing I needed to do?

Well! Make her pretty, of course.

So, I made these two Christmas iPhone Wallpapers for you to download if you want.
I'm using the deer one as my lock screen and the houndstooth one as my main background. But, I mean...You can do whatever your heart desires!





For instructions on how to get these on your phone, you can check out this post. In that post, you'll also find my ol' chevron iPhone wallpapers.

Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Isis Mobile Wallet - Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by M80 to do write a blog post on behalf of AT&T and Isis Mobile Wallet. Of course, I jumped right on the opportunity! I had been seeing commercials for Isis Mobile Wallet for weeks, and was eager to try it out.



The day I went and got my phone (a Samsung Galaxy SIII... The Isis Mobile Wallet app only works on Androids, for now) I was super excited. Not only did I get to try out a new phone, but I got to go shopping! It was a win win, for sure.

The set up was fairly simple, thanks to the wonderful workers at my local AT&T store. They helped me load my prepaid card onto the app (you can also add credit cards! If you happen to lose your phone, you can simply contact AT&T and they will freeze all use of your Isis cards--While still allowing you to use your physical card).



I have absolutely loved using my Isis Mobile Wallet! It's so much fun to leave my real wallet at home and just use my phone to pay for everything.



Just look at that look on my face. I was clearly excited, right?

I just wish more stores were equipped for use... Because it was kind of a hassel to only shop at stores that were Isis ready.

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Disclaimer: I was given a Samsung Galaxy SIII mobile phone and $100 on a pre-paid giftcard to spend using Isis Mobile Wallet in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine.