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#10: Concertina

Cute, cute CUTE! Concertina is OH SO CUTE! If you are a fan of Amigurumi plush, then Concertina is the place to go!

She has the cutest plush from turtles, mushrooms, whales, elephants, and our favorites, the little jellyfish. "Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll."
All of her little jellies are custom made... and can be made in any array of colors. And the best part, is she uses safety eyes, so they are baby safe :) If you are like me, and have a love for the Japanese/Kawaii style, you should definitely check her out... her shop is running on low right now, but keep checking back as she plans to add lots of new items very soon :)

Maria has made the CUTEST set of Jellies... a yellow one for you and a blue one for Ashley... with the cute little applique hearts stitched to the sides. How to win:
#1: Heart Concertina on Etsy.
#2: Fan the Concertina facebook page.
#3: Fan the RockerByeBaby facebook page.
#4: Heart RockerByeBaby on Etsy.
#5: Follow the RockerByeBaby blog. (in the upper right hand side.)
#6: Blog about this baby shower giveaway! Linking back to our blog... when you are done come here and comment below with the link to where we can see the post!

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Collect the Whole Set :)

Two of my most recent Crib Bedding Sets that feature lots of fun nursery accessories - they look great don't they!!

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"You're so cool..."

How many of you have touched the grass on a major league baseball field? If I would have to guess, I would say not many... even talking to the WHOLE internet world... Im sure few of you have had that opportunity... Well, last week we had the pleasure of driving the boys down to Target field, because IzzaQ had been picked to be the ball boy for the last home game of the year... This was a pretty amazing opportunity... he is a HUGE baseball fan... and quite the super star at the sport himself... so needless to say he was excited. Im so proud of my little man, as he was one of the youngest to ever do this... but he rocked it :) So as the blubbering gushing mama that I am, I had to share it with you :)

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RockerByeBaby update!

Something missing in the Etsy shop? We cut down our listing by half... and will continue to do so slowly... I am due with my baby girl Rozzlyn at the end of October... so for now until we can catch up, we cut out a lot of the listings... Most of what you see is crib bedding, RockerByeBeanies, and ready to ship blankets... new stuff will pop up here and there... but for now - just gotta catch up before the baby girl gets here :) So please be patient with me... as I am sewing like crazy 8 months pregnant with two toddler boys running around...
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I'm a lot of people around this house... Im #1, the mom.... #2, the wife.... the chef, the maid, butler, the chauffeur, the teacher, the friend, the teammate, the seamstress, the designer, the shipper, the customer service representative, the marketing manager, the web designer, the promoter,  the babysitter, the blogger and the list goes on and on.... Im a Stay At Home Mom.... but a Work at Home Mom...... and in my book, that makes me a Never Off the Clock Mom.... sometimes it is so hard for me to shut off... I find myself sitting down to send an email, thinking about what pictures should be edited and listed. I sit down at the machine and think about what packages I should be packing... and I spend hours packing packages, all while thinking about how much I should be getting done on the sewing machine. Finding a balance between work life & home life has been impossible... Why? Because they are the same.  Zaq and I bicker about this often... Its impossible for me to just sit down with my husband and relax, Im always sneaking peeks at the iPhone to check emails, or thinking about what i "should" be doing, even though spending time with him is at the top of my list, it never seems to get the full attention it deserves... there is always something to be done, stuck in the back of my mind... Now don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change my career path for anything... I absolutely love what I have created and couldn't be more happy. Any job you can do in your PJ's, and love.... is a job worth keeping... I just wish that sometimes I could shut off my brain.  For example, last night, it was 4:30 am and I was laying in bed sending work emails... I think most normal people were sleeping. Now, that being said, I'm not exactly normal when it comes to the store. I bend over backwards for customers, and try to keep my customer service very high... (trust me) there are a lot of etsy shops that don't keep up the same standards. And my guess would be that they sleep a little easier at night... Somehow my "days off" have changed meaning... instead of sewing, it just means running errands like shipping packages, and picking up fabric... Maybe even cleaning the office... Or it means the weekly "deep clean" of the house... My dinner plans have changed from elaborate chicken parmesan and steak & potatoes... to crock pot turkey chili, crock pot beef and noodles, tater tot hot dish and baked rotini... these are all things that can be made in the AM while my Keurig spits out its first cup of coffee (out of 3 for the day) and my kids eat breakfast... they either cook on low all day, or get thrown in the oven when Zaq's on his way home... (the dinners, not the kids... i don't recommend baking children.) You dont want to know what I live off when he is NOT here.... but Ill tell you anyways. Lean Pockets - Spinach & Artichoke... & Mr. Changs Microwavable shrimp or vegetable egg rolls. Gross right? Totally... don't worry. I always feed the kids proper, and usually organic meals... I just don't as usual take care of myself in the same manner.

I know so many work at home moms (and dads) that deal with these same daily trials... some just as busy, some busier... but i gotta know. How do you do it? Can you shut off? Even if just for a little while... or Am I crazy? I would love some input on the matter, as Im sure there is plenty to be heard :) Love you guys... and i miss blogging... i just (duh, me) have been so busy I havn't had any time... but today i made time just to share this little rant with you.... look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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