Tuesday, November 5, 2013

One Stop Shop: Holiday Mailings

There are 50 days until Christmas.


That means there are around 30 days to choose Christmas cards and a family picture to go in them, stuff them, address them, stamp them, and mail them. Less than that for holiday party invitations.

If you are like me, that will sneak up on you.

This year, Moonpie Designs is ready to help make your holiday season more enjoyable by taking some stress away. This is a season of thanksgiving and rejoicing and the less you have to do, the better, right?

Let Moonpie Designs handle your holiday mailings this year. I will stuff, address, stamp, AND mail them for you.  All you have to do is get them to me. 
*Ordering from shutterfly or tiny prints (or the like)?
Just have them shipped to me and I will take care of the rest.
*Signing individual cards?
No problem! Ship them to me if you aren't local (that's ONE address to write vs 25+) or we can meet up and I'll take them off your hands.

Not only will you have peace of mind knowing that your cards will get to their recipients ON TIME this year, you can also rest assured that they will be beautiful.
Your Moonpie Designs hand lettered envelopes will make a great impression that won't soon be forgotten.

$2.75 per regular postage envelope - stuffed, addressed (with return), stamped, and mailed
*envelopes requiring additional postage will incur an additional fee based on postage prices

You choose black or silver ink.
You provide cards and envelopes.

Avoid the aching hand and hassle of the post office during the holidays - contact me today to reserve your spot before they run out!  5 spots available.

P.S. I will also address your packages for you. Let's talk!

Love with Abandon FALL LAUNCH

Moonpie Designs partnered with Rachel Walser back in the spring to create some shirt designs for her project, Love with Abandon, that seeks to support 6 different ministries/families that are devoted to orphan care and prevention both here and abroad.  You can read more about the project here.

She just launched her fall line, and she brought back my Speak Up and Love with Abandon designs in new colors and styles and also added a brand new design by MpD - Africa Has My Heart.  There are all kinds of goodies in her shop and everything will arrive no later than December 6th so this is a perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and GIVE BACK while you are at it. Two birds, one stone...don't you love it? :) 100% of the proceeds go to support the LwA project.

Shop HERE.

Rachel has made a way for you to earn a free shirt (or sweatshirt!) by partnering with the LwA project.  You can read about it here, but all you need to do is sell 10 shirts from her store and you will earn a free shirt for yourself or to give away!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Evie {one year}

Baby girl is ONE!

Momma had a hard time with it for a little bit.

But something happened to her when she passed that year mark.

She got even cuter.
{I know... is that even possible?!}

She also got even more spunky and feisty.

Her little {BIG} personality just cracks us up and we are having so much fun watching her become her own little person.

At one year Miss Evie is:
*still "teacup" sized and weighing in at 18.7 lbs
*walking all by herself! She hasn't figured out how to stand up without holding on to something yet, but she can walk anywhere she wants
*climbing on EVERYTHING
*eating EVERYTHING and stealing your food. She is very very sneaky sir.
*dancing any time she hears music or someone singing
*a mess maker - her favorites are pulling the cushions off of the couch, emptying the tupperware drawer, and pulling all of the clothes out of the hamper
*talking up a storm. Words we understand: Momma, Daddy, Silas (Die Die), Hi, Hey, Hello
She talks constantly but most of the time we have no idea what it means.  She also "fusses" at toys and inanimate objects when they don't do what she wants. That's pretty hilarious.
*She signs please, thank you, more, finished, and sometimes help.  She has also started pointing to things and my favorite to ask her is "Where is Evie?" and she smacks her chest with fervor. :)  The only body part that she is interested in pointing to is her bellybutton.  I go over all of the others with her daily, but the bellybutton is the only one she cares about. :)
*nursing twice a day, morning and night.  She gets cold whole milk in a bottle before and after nap.
*climbing the stairs.  Silas has a hard time remember to close the gate behind him and more than one time I have "lost" her only to find her upstairs in his room giggle like a school girl and looking so proud. 
*still in her infant carseat.  Poor thing might be 3 before she can face forward!
*still friendly to EVERYONE and makes a normal shopping trip take twice as long as it should because she talks to everyone and everyone comes to talk to her. :)

We had a little party to celebrate and it was a perfectly beautiful day for it. Evie enjoyed opening her gifts and she devoured her cupcake.  She ate every.single.bit of it, icing included, except for the tiny bit that got flung on the wall in her excitement. :)

Happy Birthday sweet girl!  We love you and your spunkiness!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Check out the new TANKS!

Rachel added some awesome tanks to the Love With Abandon shop.

They are a flowy racerback tank and I am smitten with them.

And the best part - they are just $20!
Like everything else in the shop, 100% of the proceeds go to orphan care.

Click each tank to view in shop

Don't you want one of each?!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Love with Abandon

Hello friends!

So the blog got a makeover...what do you think?  I still have lots of work to do (like put something other than "coming soon!" on all of the pages!), but I love the new look. More on who did it for me to come.

Today I want to tell you about a very neat project that I had the honor to be a part of recently: the Love With Abandon Project.

My friend, Rachel, started this project with the goal of raising $6000 and dividing it evenly among 6 different ministries/families that are devoted to orphan care and prevention.  She tells the story of what prompted her to start the project here.  I urge you to read it and check out each of the ministries that will benefit from it. 

She has a store set up and 100% of the proceeds go toward this project.  There are shirts (from infant to adult sizes!), stickers, posters, bags, and bracelets.  

How awesome would it be to fill your loved one's Easter baskets with some fun stuff that would help ministries educate and empower families to stay together and also support the care and adoption of existing orphans INSTEAD of (or at least in addition to) candy?

Rachel is placing her first order of shirts today so if you want yours in time for Easter you better scoot on over there and fill up that shopping cart!

To keep from bombarding you with tons of pictures, here is a sample of a few things she has in the shop.
I designed all of these. Click each picture to go shop!

Love with Abandon dolman style tee $20

Speak Up slouchy long sleeve tee $30

Ethiopian hut classic tee - $20 adult, $15 infant and children

Hut tee - infant and children $15

 Speak Up tote bag $20

 All of these come in different styles and colors and don't forget there are other goodies besides shirts in the store too!

Thanks for supporting this project!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hello there.

It's been a while.

Things have been and will probably continue to be a little slow around these parts for the next month.

Changes are coming.  I'm hoping to introduce a new Moonpie Designs soon.  Part of that is a complete blog makeover (a real one).  I already got my own domain name and had the blog re-routed to it.  Did you notice? {probably not.} I'm pretty excited.

We have been so busy living life and enjoying each other that I haven't stopped long enough to actually document it.  Part of me regrets that, but another part has really enjoyed not having to worry about keeping up this blog.

In the future there will be a mix of personal and business posts, just like always, but probably more business stuff.

The Moon family has lots of fun coming up this spring and summer.  Evie will be ONE in a couple of weeks, Justin's sister, Holly, is getting married in April (yay!), and Justin and I are going to Romania for a week in June.  More about those things to come.

Thanks for sticking around {if there is anyone still here after 3 months of silence}.

Keep your eye out for some fun changes!

And just because...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Song

(written by Reuben Morgan & Jason Ingram)

You are good You are good
When there’s nothing good in me

You are love You are love
On display for all to see
You are light You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life You are life
In You death has lost it’s sting

Oh I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

Oh I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

My heart will sing
No other Name

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween 2012

We had like a million Halloween parties/events this year.

Ok, so maybe it was only 4, but still.  I was happy because I LOVE Halloween.

The first was a grown-up party at the Diaz's.  Justin and I went as gypsies, but everyone thought we were pirates.  Either way, we won the costume contest. :)

I had to work the consignment sale that night before the party so we didn't get to get dressed together.  He put this costume together all by himself and when I saw him I fell in love with him all over again.  Apparently the ability to put together and good costume and own it is my love language. :)

YoungLife Rockdale celebrated with our annual Llamaween event - a picture scavenger hunt around town in our costumes.  We are the BEST.  I love these people.

For actual Halloween we went to the Cardozas with the Mays for Chili and trick or treating in their neighborhood.  It was awesome but I didn't take many pictures.  Evie and I were Momma and Baby Jaguar.

Silas was Spiderman for everything - Trunk or Treat at church, his class party, and Trick or Treating.
There are no pics of Justin on this night because he came straight from work (and hitting a deer on his way) and didn't dress up.


M & M Mountain Trip 2012

I have been a huge slacker at preserving our memories on this blog.  Life has been happening, ya know?
But I'm going to try to catch up today, but that means there will be lots of pictures in no particular order and that the stories will probably be short and sweet (which might be a relief to some!).
A few weeks ago we spent a long weekend in Cullowhee, North Carolina with the Mays.  

We were able to stay at an absolutely incredible house that belongs to a friend and it was seriously one of the best trips ever.  The boys all played incredibly well together and they even all slept in the same room without any issues whatsoever.  I'm still in shock.  Not that they aren't always great, it's just that THAT much greatness all at one time was nearly unbelievable. :)

We spent a lot of time just hanging out and enjoying the house and the lake and the boat and the firepit.
The first night we had hot dogs and sausage for dinner and then we went down by the water to roast marshmallows in the firepit.  The boys had a blast with their flashlights (Uncle Zach taught them how to hold it up to their face and look creepy) and everyone enjoyed the marshmallows.  At the end of the night they started throwing whole 'mallows into the fire just to watch them grow and turn into Jabba the Hut.

After the kids were down for the night, the grown-ups got to play.

Zach and Justin were smoking a Butt the next day so they "rubbed" it and got everything ready. There was no shortage of jokes.
{RABBIT TRAIL: When I called to ask Sarah how many/how big of a butt I should get the day before we left, she said, "I think one will be fine for our family."  So I said, "So we need two?" and she replied, "No, I meant our big family.  I combined us."  And that made my heart happy and I wanted to write it down so I remember it.  We ARE family and I love it. END RABBIT TRAIL}

We played Settlers of Catan and I WON THE VERY FIRST GAME I EVER PLAYED. 
There has not been near enough talk about that fact, and when I reminded the guys of it this week they tried to pretend that the whole night was too fuzzy to remember specifics.  Wrong.  I REMEMBER.

We stayed up way too late, laughed a ton, and made great memories.

The next day when I got up to feed Evie, Zach was already outside manning the smoker. Sarah and Justin slept in for a bit (not together, just to be clear ;-) ) and then we made plans to go climb Whiteside Mountain.
While the babies were napping, Zach and Justin took the boys out on the pontoon boat and it was a huge hit.

After lunch we headed to the mountain and began our hike.  Evie was in the Ergo and napped most of the way.  Micah was usually just barely within sight because the rest of us were too slow for him. Connor and Silas took turns moving at a glacial pace and getting distracted by every.single.thing we passed. :)

We finally made it to a place with a view, and even though we were nowhere near the top, we told the kids that we were and they were super excited to have climbed a whole mountain. :)
Back down we went and then we stopped for ice cream before heading to the house.

The Butt was DELICIOUS for dinner, and now the guys are hooked on smoking stuff (meat, that is). They smoked ribs for us this past weekend.  This is a hobby that I am happy to support. ;-)

We were pretty exhausted that night (because staying up until 1-2am will do that to old people), so after sharing a huge bowl of homemade caramel corn, we headed to bed.

The last morning we had crepes and bacon for breakfast (mmmmm!) and then we took everyone out on the boat one last time before cleaning up and heading out. Justin stayed with Evie because she was napping (he was happy to do so because it was COLD and drizzly).  We all nearly froze to death, but the boys still had a blast.

We said goodbye and went our separate ways for the rest of the day before heading back to Conyers.
The Mays went to the Goats on a Roof, and we headed into Highlands to walk around their adorable downtown and have ice cream at Sweet Treats.  It was a great day with our little family. We headed home and had a little adventure on the interstate when our front bumber got destroyed by road debris and we had to duct tape it together to make it home. 

Sweet sweet memories.

Throwing rocks.  Hours were spend doing this.

 Justin learned how to fly fish.

View from the dock

Sarah and Micah (who was being a goof and refused to smile normally)

Before we went to Whiteside, Silas was convinced that THIS was climbing a mountain.

Preparing to fish (no idea why this required reading)

My love.

Breakfast with Daddy

THE Logi Bear doing what he does.  He loves to boop her on the head.  LOVES IT.

This one makes me laugh every single time. BOOP!

Riding the boat and freezing.


YAY! A family picture!

 At the "top" of the mountain.

 Besties.  (and a view from the porch)

 Top of the mountain

M & M Mountain Trip 2012

Spookiness by the campfire