Friday, May 1, 2009

No way, José!

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No way, José that it is MAY 1st.
No way, José that this little blog was mentioned on the Washington Post yesterday for that orange bathroom redo!
No way, José that my MOM, COUSIN, & AUNT will be here TOMORROW for 10 days!

We're busy cooking, baking, cleaning and preparing for our guests! I've got recipes to share and I'm almost done with Round 3. Justin is looking over the post and hopefully going to answer 1 question himself! Stay tuned!

We've been busying ourselves outside...

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Ok... before I go please accept the following PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the health of your children's skin...

I am an absolute SUNSCREEN FANATIC. My kids rarely go outside {nor do I} without it. I've tried every kind of sunscreen on the market. Most types will burn the children's eyes. FINALLY I have found a sunscreen that I can rub all over their faces that doesn't burn their eyes at ALL. The other kind is for their bodies, it's called Quick Dry... it's lotion but dries in about 30 seconds. I love both of these! Coat your kids up in these before sending them outside, there's no reason for them to suffer from burning eyes... or sunburns!

Banana Boat Kids TEAR FREE for their sensitive little FACES & Banana Boat Kids QUICK DRY for their bodies...


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Be back soon!

42 comments:

Dianne said...

I am so happy for you that your family is coming for a visit. Enjoy!!!

Dave and Mandi said...

Wow! I'll have to check out the Washington Post. I really need to come to Dothan and visit that fabric store. It is in Dothan isn't it?

anna and geoffrey said...

Darby! How fun?! I'm still voting for you and E to publish a book togeher :) Happy May!

Susan said...

Congrats on the Washington Post props. That is big time!

Elizabeth said...

You are famous!!! YIPPEE!!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow, that's awesome Darby! I'm so glad you mentioned the sunscreen. I've been looking for something new. Looking forward to round 3.

Enjoy your family visitors. Can't wait to read what you all get into:)

The Harris Family said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll be needing that, too bad they don't have a spray....I'm diggin the sprays! quick quick quick!

Jaime said...

thanks for the sunscreen info. i was looking for a good one this year and your post came at the perfect time! :) anyway, you don't know me, but i found your blog through frugalcouponmom (i think) and i really love reading your blog.

Carrie said...

Congratulations on the Washington Post mention! That is awesome : )

Anonymous said...

way to go on the Washington Post mention! Enjoy every moment your family is in town!

Becky said...

DARBY!!!! how cool is that? the washington post?? wow!! and super thanks on the sunblock. you know i have some fair ones. and can't wait to hear about your visit.

Melanie said...

That is great about the Washington Post! Thanks for inspiring us again with the orange bath redo!

Jill Pope said...

Washington Post?!?! THAT'S AWESOME!

JSchroeder said...

FWIW, I swear by a combo of Aveeno Baby and Mustela for faces. I got a bit whigged out by all the bad press sunscreens were getting a few years ago and these have really high SPFs (50+) and mostly natural ingredients- zinc oxide,etc. No tears, complaints, or sunburns.

I'm enjoying reading your blog quite a bit. My m-in-l turned me onto it after she caught your reference to the Tim & Sally books a few months ago. She did the PR campaign for them. I also have two girls exactly Morgan and Paige's ages and your photos reminded my m-i-l of my girls. I try to blog as well but I'm not as prolific as you are! = )

Congrats on the Post recognition. The bathroom project was fun to read and I am happy to learn that there are more heinous bathrooms than our northern VA pink, lime green 1950s specials out there!

Anonymous said...

It's definitely "Post" worthy! I was going to suggest sending it to BHG magazine. I think they do a feature now each month on decorating on a budget...

It is so much more interesting and fun to see a bathroom re-do like yours, than someone who has an unlimited budget...like who couldn't have a fab bathroom for $75K??? Yours looks like million bucks, but you didn't have to spend it:)

Congrats! Keep the home stuff coming, I love seeing your creativity:)

Allison

Anonymous said...

I totally agree about the sunscreen! I used the Banana Boat Kids Tear Free (SPF 50) all summer at my MIL's pool last year. I prefer the Ultra Mist that sprays on quickly. I have 3 kids, too and the lotion takes longer for me. Of course, I use lotion for faces. It's the only thing I've ever found that doesn't make my 3 year old's eyes swell shut.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! I live in Nashville now but I'm originally from Alabama.

Jill

Cherish Stockdale said...

Wow that is so awesome! The Washington post! Yay for you, and it is so nice that your family is visiting...It is hard to be away from ppl you love. Have a great time :)

Laina said...

I came across your blog yesterday and I love it! Thanks for sharing wisdom, decorating tips, and scripture!

Natalie McGough said...

Your orange bathroom looks great! You, your sister and your mom are so creative. I'll have to try that sun screen.

erika said...

i love you and wish i was lathered in sunscreen and swimming in your pool right this minute.
i love you,
mommasis

Kaysha Patel said...

I am so anxious to see if Justin answers my question!! :) Congrats on your mention in the post!

Pink Wallpaper said...

hey darby, congrats on the washington post! i love your blog and your name (it's my last name)...seriously, you make me wish i was a more creative mother! great job on your bathroom redo! love that fabric on the skirted ottoman.

tarheel said...

wow, congratulations, Darby! You deserve the recognition for that fab makeover. Ooh, how I wish I had a pool in my backyard. Your babies are too beautiful! Have fun with your family. Y'all are sweet.

andi said...

Cool...:)

Jessica Ranjbari said...

That's so exciting you were in the Washington Post! I'm loving the pictures your new camera takes...I always thought your others were so good, but now I see the difference and I want one (I'll need to have a yard sale too though if I want to buy one!). Have fun with your family! :)

Kellie said...

Thanks for the tips on the face sunscreen - doesn't bother EC much, but Wilson gets it in his eyes EVERY TIME!!!! I usually use the stick, but I'm going to try that now - at least on him and Henderson! Have a super duper weekend - can't wait to hear and see all about it!

Michelle said...

congratulations on the Post mention...totally deserved! I would love to see a blog on landscaping as I am betting your yard is as beautiful as your home on the inside! and I could always use some creativity with planting!
LOVE your blog- thanks for the tip on sunscreen!

Adrienne said...

The Washington Post referenced your blog? How cool is that?!? Congratulations! Enjoy your family....

Melissa said...

The Washington Post....too cool! Congrats! You're becoming a blog celebrity!

megan said...

It's hard to believe it is May! Congrats on the Post! I can't wait for round 3.

MIMILEE said...

Have fun with your mom and guests! I know you will! Congrats on the Washington Post "orange"spread!

That is big time, girl!

I am in love with that fabric!! So savvy chic!

katydid said...

Darby - I'm new to your blog and blogging in general. It's an interesting, yet funny way to "get to know someone" w/o ever actually meeting them. Nonetheless, it's filling the void created by the disappearence of some of my favorite magazines! On that note, you have a wonderful sense of design and homemaking skills and better than any magazine offers, a wonderful understanding of the importance of faith and family. Thanks for sharing a bit of your journey (and where did you find your wonderful schoolhouse lights?!) Best. Kate

Jennifer said...

That sunblock has been in use in our family for a few years now...love it!!! However, I recently discovered that Target came out with their brand of this sunblock (it even says compare to Banana Boat on it)and I checked the ingredients on both tubes. They are indentical - word for word! So, since the Target brand is $3 or $4 less - and the tube is bigger - I tried it. It was just as great as the beloved Banana Boat and there was absolutely ZERO stinging...eyes or anywhere else! I know you're always looking for a good deal, and this is definitely one of them! :)

Congratulations on the Washington Post!

Enjoy your time with your family!

number17cherrytreelane said...

The photos are so colorful. I just love your blog!!!

La Donna Welter said...

Just found your blog, how beautiful! : )

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the Washington Post! That's great for you! I adore your bathroom re-do. It looks fabulous! Your blog is great and I love all of your ideas.

I just wanted to pass this link along: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/index.php. It rates the safety of different products: lotions, sunscreen, wipes, makeup, etc. against cancer and things like that. It's interesting. We've always used (and been very happy) with Banana Boat but finally deterred this year for something with a lower risk rating. I hope it helps a little.

Thank you again for the fabulous ideas, thoughts, and pictures!

simply seleta said...

You are amazing. Just now catching up on reading and can't believe that chic bathroom! $500 budget??? Now that's talent. You and E should have a design firm with offices in Dothan and Santa Rosa Beach. Or just write that lifestyle design book that'll fly off the shelves.

melissa richie said...

darby,

thanks for your comment! i am glad to hear that there are so many other chaco lovers in this world and that yours have treated you well for 9 years :)

i make it over to your blog almost every day and i love it.

thanks encouraging us to make life beautiful for ourselves, our husbands & children and our community...and by the looks of it...the world! you're quite a popular lady! :)

happy sabbath!

m

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

You have got to be overboard about the washington post???!!! Awesome! How cool!! Hope y'all are having a fun visit and thanks for the sunscreen tip.

Jennifer said...

congrats on the Post!

hope you have lots of fun with your family!

Jessica {lovely jubbly london} said...

Congrats on the Post mention- you deserve it!

momof3girls said...

Enjoy the time with your family! I am so jealous that you are having nice enough weather to be in the pool - it has been mainly in the 60's and raining all week long here in Oklahoma -sob!