Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jolie Folie

So excited to introduce you to Melanie today. She's a local mom that I've known for a while... Our kids actually went to daycare together and Ruby absolutely adores her daughter Addison! Melanie has always loved fashion and recently has taken the steps to bring her passion to life. Her new online shop is amazing... I'm on a bit of a spending freeze myself, but a girl can dream, right?


I'll let you hear a bit more from the lady herself! (she's the one in the hat above!)


Hi Lena! Thanks for hosting me on your blog. This is such an exciting time. I've dreamt of owning my own boutique for most of my adult life.
Basically the reason I decided to start my own online boutique was because…I love clothes. But who doesn't, right? I’m still not ready to quit my job and do this fulltime, but I want to see what kind of interest I can generate with my line.

Quitting my job and doing this fulltime might be only a pipe dream, but it’s worth trying. It’s been a wild ride so far—meeting with sales reps., shopping from designers, etc.—and I look forward to what the future holds.
For your loyal followers, they should know that I carry the latest fashion trends from all of the hottest designers: Lisa Todd, Mona B., Tommy Bahama, Joules, and many others. I also have my own personal line of handmade accessories, Bellarose, made from upcycled clothing.
In opening this online boutique, I wanted to cater to ladies who love style, but I also wanted to make sure that my assortment of clothing was reasonably priced for everyone.

I believe that women will fall in love with the products on my site. Those interested, can check out my spring/summer line at My accessories can be accessed via my Facebook page at
Thanks again for helping me spread the word.


Thanks for stopping by, Mel!

Now go check out her shop/Facebook page and tell her Lena sent you! 
Have a happy day, friends!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

My thoughts as an autism mama...

Last month a 9 year old Ontario boy with autism was handcuffed at school, by a police officer, during a particularly violent outburst.  The family has since decided to keep little Daniel home from school until they have all the details of the incident. They are also considering legal action.

As a mother of a 9 year old autistic son this story really hit home. I actually tried to avoid it at first because my heart immediately ached for everyone involved.

There was a time I was called to the school almost daily to help my son get through an outburst.  Thankfully, I work only minutes away and the school knew I was just a phone call away.  I remember a particular incident that had me physically restraining him for more than half an hour before finally getting him into the car with the help of 2 aides.  To put this in perspective, it took 3 grown women almost an hour to get a 7 year old child into a car.  The episodes would live us all drained... physically and emotionally.

He punched & kicked holes in walls, threw chairs, ripped papers... literally tried to destroy anything and everything within arm's reach and nothing, NOTHING could calm him.

An autistic child in the middle of a violent outburst cannot be reasoned with.
(it has taken us years to finally be able to be "a step ahead" of an outburst and to know how to diffuse the situation before it gets really bad)

Do I blame the school & the police officer... no. I wasn't there, but I would hope they had tried all other interventions & procedures before handcuffing him.  I'm hoping they had nothing but his safety & well being in mind when they put those handcuffs on him.  I hope they *though* they had no other choice.  I can't imagine anyone waking up wanting their day to end like that.  However, had my child hurt himself or another person, I would be devastated.  Do I blame the parents for breaking down, being angry and wanting to know why this happened... absolutely not!!  The mother describes breaking down in tears when finding out her son had been handcuffed... I can relate. Nothing in the world can prepare you for that.  I've walked into the school to find my child being restrained by staff... it's heartbreaking.

I hope this incident has raised awareness of the importance of having school staff and law enforcement properly trained on how to deal with these special children and their extreme meltdowns.  They need the proper training and resources to ensure this never happens again! 

I keep Daniel and his parents in my thoughts and I hope they get the answers they need to move forward from this. 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

New Hats!

A family friend is making handmade reversible bucket hats and I was quick to snatch up a few for Memphis and Ruby!  They love them!  The hats are custom made with a variety of different patterns... Ruby went for a retro look and Memphis wanted a camo one, of course!

Aren't they adorable?  The hats will go with just about anything, and I'm happy to be able to scratch that off the list of the Spring/Summer stuff I need to get!

Local readers, you can contact Wendy directly by email or phone! She makes hats for the whole family, from babies to adults and they only cost $12.50! I love the ones she made for the kids! 

I made the top 3 in both categories I was nominated over at My So Called Chaos (Popular Parent & Fierce Fashionista)... you can vote here until noon on Thursday!  

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