Here are a pair of earrings I got at the Patchwork fair on Sunday. They're from Jesse & Co...and this shop makes some of the cutest jewelry. I'm not much of a jewelry person but I am a sucker for some nice earrings. I LOVE them.

Edited, of course. I used Paint the Moon photoshop actions- uuum...Catch a Falling Star and the Miracle Makeover skin smoother. Now you don't have to look at my giant pores. 

See how dark this is? Yeah, a cloud went over right as I took it. I was in my front windows that get the best light. Editing does some miracles doesn't it?

Touch Up Tuesday's at the Paper Mama 

Patchwork Sunday

On Sunday we took the boys and met our friend Tamara at the Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival in Santa Ana. I went last spring by myself and found some cute stuff. Tamara and I went to the fall one in Long Beach and it was freezing and windy. Sunday's weather was just about right. 

We found some awesome stuff, which I will post about later...but for now, here are some pictures of the trip.

Mama and Julian...blurry but the only one of us.

Tamara and me, probably picking out the same thing in different versions.

Daddy and Isaiah checking out flowers.

Something I wanted to steal. But I'm not a good robber so it was probably a good idea I didn't. But I'd be lying if it didn't cross my mind.

Julian, playing with legos while we had a snack and rested in the shade. I don't think his tongue has ever fully been in his mouth.

Who is this wonderful man and where did he come from? Oh he's my husband. Heck yes.
Wearing his new shirt from Raygun. (Which he copied from me because I've had the girl version for a couple of years. But whatever, I'm not mad.)

And two sleepy dudes who weren't fussy at all the whole day and fell asleep, exhausted, on the way home.

Oh goodness I love sleeping boys. Their big lips look so cute when they're all relaxed and sleepy. 

And check out those long eye lashes. You're welcome.

Memorial Day

On my 14th birthday, my Great Grandpa Leonard looking through photos with my Uncle Jim.

This Memorial Day I will remember my Great Grandpa Leonard. Grandpa was a quiet guy but when he spoke it was worth hearing. At family gatherings he sat quietly observing all the hustle and bustle and when he was ready to leave, he quietly slipped out the back door without anyone knowing. 

Every Monday he drove to Sioux City to do his shopping. Every week he drove to the hills and went hiking with his camera, snapping photos of flowers and plants that would later line the photo albums on his full book shelves. 

He did crosswords religiously and had books of completed ones stacked by his rocker. He always had something sweet for us to snack on at his house, and on Halloween he gave out apples to all the kids. He'd tally how many trick or treaters he got and then my dad would call so they could compare. 

Grandpa ate dinner every night at 4:30 at the Beef 'n Brew in downtown Mapleton. He was a person of routine and habit. He had the best old toys to play with at his house and his walls were lined with old family photos in which he knew the names of every person pictured.

Every year for Christmas he got all got all of us a $20 gift card to the mall and I'd always use mine to buy books. He let me borrow some of his old books and I'd read them over and over smelling the pages that smelled like his house. 

When he still lived on the farm, we'd all go to his house on the 4th of July for a huge barbecue and fireworks. All the boys would light stink bombs and the kids would run around with sparklers. We ate homemade ice cream and ran around until it was time to go home. 

Grandpa Leonard left this world in a style true to his character, quietly. And on Memorial Day weekend he was buried. I cry right now remembering how hard we all sobbed at his funeral as my uncle played taps. But I know now he's living on thorough all of us and I think if he were still around today, we'd have a lot to talk about.

Mondays Are Awesome Vol. 1

That's right. Mondays ARE awesome. I'm determined to start your week off on a fun note. This week we're going to get to know the fun side of Melissa from hi, baby. I kind of love her. And if I lived farther north we might be real life friends. Well, I'd like to creepily think so. I mean...how can you not love this cute little family?

name/age/location: melissa devine, 26, seattle representin'
Kids/spouses names/ages: Tim, 26 (we have the EXACT same bday). Zoe, 7 going on 23. rowan, 3. and stella our midget who is 1.

What would be your dream job? 
to work at children's hospital in the radiology department. and guess what? i am working towards that as we speak. no really, i am right now balancing replying to this email from the wonderful mandey and studying for a biology test. who says you can't have your cake and eat it to?

Name a secret talent. 
well, it used to be that i could blow a balloon up with my nose-but at this age, my peers no longer find that amusing. so, we'll go with renowned flutist?

Pet peeves...I know you have them. 
when people can't correctly use your, you're, and things alike. and when at the ripe age of twenty-whatevers there are still people who delete friends off facebook when they get in a little fight. oh, and when people read too much into what they 'think' the tone of a text message is.

What is one of your bad habits? 
biting my nails, bad. and when money burns a hole in my pocket.

What is something bad you did when you were a kid?
 i was perfect. the end.

Best concert you've been to. 
tool. or maybe foo fighters. no, it was atmosphere. wait wait, ask me again after soundgarden in july.

What is the best thing about you? 
my craftyness-ness and my optimism. oh, and my butt?

Have you met anybody famous? If not, who would you like to meet? 
grady sizemore who plays for the indians went to my highschool and matt hasselback goes to my church and we have bumped elbows. other than that, if i ever came across rob p he better hope i am in a gentle mood.

Name something you love and something you absolutely despise. 
i love my friends. i despise cheaters.

Your drink of choice. (Preferably alcoholic...but if you don't drink that's cool, too) 
kaluha and cream, you can thank my parents for that one. what am i forty?

Do YOU want to be awesome on a Monday? Email me at mamamandolin@gmail.com to participate. You'll get this feature post all to yourself, get to show the world your silly side, and get some prime real estate up on my right side bar for the week you're featured.

Happy Monday, friends.

Bea Tea and Company Giveaway!

This week I'm so excited to share with you some adorable lovelies sewn by the cutest girl!

Everyone, meet Beatrice:

Beatrice is a young lady living the wonderful life God has given her. Sewing, riding horses, blogging, photography, cooking, chores and much more keeps her very busy. She enjoys every minute with her five other brothers and sisters, and is so happy to have them in her life! She hopes to have her own clothing line as she gets older.

And Beatrice is one talented girl. She is the owner of Bea Tea & Company. 

Bea Tea & Company is giving away a set of these fun fabric coasters!
We've been using these non-stop. I love the bright colors and the green ones aren't too girly so Chikezie doesn't mind using them.

I also love how soft they are. They don't stick to your glass when you pick it up and I don't mind if the boys get ahold of them because they're soft. Actually, the boys have been playing with them a lot :)

And my favorite part...the size! We drink out of big mason jars and the regular coasters we have are too small. Oh, AND, I like that they soak up the condensation instead of just pooling it like other hard coasters, and I can just throw them in the wash when they're dirty.

Giveaway Details
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Entries must be submitted before 11:59pm PST on Friday, June 3. 

Giveaway winner will be announced Saturday!

Sunday Morning

I'm just typing this out because I was thinking about it and don't want to forget it. 

Every Sunday morning growing up, after church (we'd go to the 10am mass) we'd stop at Casey's (the gas station) for a box of doughnuts and dad would get the Sunday paper. I usually got to go in and pick out what doughnuts I wanted; the ones with chocolate frosting of course. 

When the triplets got bigger sometimes we would all get something to drink, too. I always remember my dad would get the Ruby Red Squirt. And then I got it, too so I could have the same as my dad. 

We'd go home and change out of our church clothes, back when you dressed up for church. We weren't ever allowed to wear jeans unless all of our dress clothes were dirty or something. Now people only dress up for holidays....usually. I kind of liked the days when you got to wear a pretty dress or something nice on Sunday.

Some Sunday mornings we'd go to my grandma and grandpa's house for brunch. They went to the 8:00am mass so grandma could get home early to cook. And my aunt and cousins would come over and we'd play and eat and enjoy the fresh air at grandma's house. At some point my dad would say it's time to go because he had some yard work to do. 

Now those days are long gone. My brothers and sister are the only three left at home. My cousins are all grown and my parents are divorced so going to my grandma's house is only on weekends my dad has my brothers and sister. 

And now, my parents are the grandparents. I wish we lived closer to start some weekend traditions with them. And with Chikezie's parents. I really want the boys to enjoy their grandparents as I did when I was growing up. 

But wherever we are, I'm looking forward to starting little weekly traditions like this that they'll remember with love someday.

curly hair tutorial

To see part TWO of this series and to get more curly hair tips go HERE.

Ok all of you ladies who have curls...or waves...or even the slightest hint of curls. I'm tired of seeing people with crunchy hair. I'm tired of flat roots and heavy curls on bottom. Mousse sucks. Most people don't use it right and their hair looks permanently wet and stiff. Spray gel is kind of the same. They say you're supposed to comb product through your hair to distribute evenly but if you have any curls at all, disturbing them with your comb is the worst thing to do. 

Everyone has their own methods of taking care of curly hair. Everyone. My aunt has super curly hair and hers always looks cute. My hair is between super curly and wavy so I've developed my own technique on getting the curls to look just right. And what's awesome about wearing your hair curly is that if it looks crazy and messy, it's even better. 

So, here's what I do.
  • Wash hair and condition. I use different stuff all the time so for me the product doesn't matter. 
  • Rinse hair in cold water. It helps with shine and to set the curls.
  • Squeeze hair dry so it's still pretty wet but not dripping. I pretty much keep my head upside down the whole time:
  • Put a small amount of Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock in my palm, add a little water so it spreads around more easily and then just kind of scrunch it all over in my hair.
  • Then (while head is still upside down) I use some cold water to wet my curls some more to get them to the consistency I want. Blot dry any drips. The ends of the curls should be pretty wet. 
  • Blow dry hair upside down with a diffuser. Starting at roots and going to the ends. Don't scrunch curls up into the diffuser or mess with them too much with your hands otherwise they look unnatural. You just want them to form naturally. 
  • When it's all mostly dry, still upside down, I give a quick spray of hair spray to the roots to keep the volume. 
  • Then flip over and done! 

Sometimes I'll use a 1/2 barrel curling iron to tame some curls if I'm going somewhere. And I usually tease the roots in the back a little because my hair tends to flatten out in the back after awhile. This will help keep volume. 

Happy Curling! 

little boys

When you're little you have to stand on your tippies to get into all of the things you're not supposed to. Or to reach door handles.

When you're a little boy, your mouth is the best play thing. And everything you do with it is hilarious. 

When you're a little boy, you can always count on your bother to be next to you. Sometimes in your way, but always there for security and for a pal to giggle with.

And when you're a little boy, your mama just can not get over your good looks. Enjoy it now because one day she'll be barking at you to brush your teeth before you leave the house for school. 

our song

Love Bob Marley. I could listen to him all day. Chikezie and I have never actually picked out a "song" but I think this is it. We used to work next door to each other so we got to go to lunch together all the time. We did picnics a lot in the spring and when it wasn't too hot in the summer. A lot like this:

and then once he drew this for me:
I know it's hard to see- I took it on my cell phone. It's a little bird.  And he's saying, "This is my message to you-ou-ou".

I hung it up at my desk and I still have it somewhere.

And when the boys were in my belly I'd put headphones on my belly and play this song for them. And then after they were born, and till this day, it's the song I can sing and hum over and over again and they calm right down. So I guess now it's become a family song. 


Well, our new imac arrived yesterday. A 27 incher. Holy cows this thing is like typing on a movie theatre screen. When I turn it up to full brightness, it makes me squint. What is the purpose of this level of screen light? At what time would you need your screen so bright you need shades?

I'm feeling a serious case of the blah's today. Well, this week mostly. I'm feeling extra blah-ish today because I tried no caffeine this morning. That was dumb. I can smell coffee brewing right now and it's already perking me up a little. Can we say "addict"? Duh. Obvs. (Apparently I shorten the word "obviously" now.)

Drinking lemon water...fresh out of bed. It should have been a coffee. That was my first mistake of the day.

What do you do to get out of your "blahs"? 

Maybe some yoga is in my immediate future. Ehh, maybe not. I've already opened the windows and spent some time on the patio this morning but just can't seem to get out of this little funk. Let's hope coffee cures it. I'm thinking of going on a juice fast for like 3 days next week to cure myself of this coffee addiction and clean this ole body out. But for now I'll settle for a change of clothes and a flower in my hair. Oh, and a little mascara. Mascara always makes me feel better.

This is my "blah" face.

In other news, I think the boys are slowly transitioning to a one nap a day schedule. They're waking up later in the morning (between 7-8) and can make it until 11ish before they start to get fussy. I tried holding them off but decided to lay them down today at 11. They'll probably sleep until 1 or later and that will be the only nap. 

Julian left, Isaiah right.

So, we're all a little off here at the Ejiasi household. 

new stuff

As June slowly approaches, all the deadlines for goals I've set for myself as far as my blog/shop/etc. go slowly approach as well. Along with updating my shop with new stuff (which will happen on June 1) I've also given it a new look:

What do you guys think?

I think it matches pretty well with the business cards I made:

Along with the business card and updated shop, I decided to make a "home base" of sorts for people to be able to get to me on the many different places I can be found online. 

It's just in it's beginning stages, I taught myself some VERY amateur photoshop for the banner but I think the page serves its purpose. Hopefully this will lead people to my blog or shop if they wouldn't have normally traveled there. 

Anyways. That's what I've been working on. I'm working hard. Oh and I'm also accepting June sponsors. So, if you haven't gotten on that train yet, I'll be open until the beginning of the month to getting you up here! 

AND I've been working on a series of super fun weekly spotlights that will be posted on Mondays starting next week. I'll ask you some silly questions, post a silly picture of you and whoever and you get your very own post dedicated to your blog! Oh and the week you're featured you'll have a PRIME spot up in the right corner of the blog. So, yeah. I want to feature all of you beautiful readers! I've seriously made some awesome friends here and if you're looking for some exposure for your blog or just want to have a little fun...email me or leave a comment here and we can get you in on the fun! 

That's all for now folks :)


Last night I sat down with my Whole Living magazine and found some little pieces of advice that really resonated with me. I knew immediately I wanted to share them with you all. These are things we may already know, things that may be obvious but we just didn't really think about it before or things we need to work on. Either way-I loved all of this. (The picture above is an old one from my flickr, I took a couple years ago during an Iowa spring with my point and shoot. I've always love this picture.)

Thoughts on Whole Living

Rather than try to fix your body, 
focus on how you want it to feel.

The mark of true confidence 
is the ability to look someone in the eye.

Let the seasons guide your diet. 
The earth grows what you need when you need it. 

Respect your feet. 
They've mastered the ability of staying grounded while moving forward.

Take charge of your own reflection: stop letting the mirror win.

Enlightenment doesn't always make a grand entrance. 
It slowly transforms the ordinary into extraordinary.

Change happens somewhere between the acceptance of now and the anticipation of what's to come.

Don't obsess over weight loss. 
Wellness is about making your life bigger, not smaller.

Surprise yourself. Push past your physical limits.

Nothing connects you to who you are than the people who knew you when.

enjoying our patio

We finally have an umbrella on our patio so the sun doesn't make it a cooker for us anymore! The boys and I spent a good part of the day out on the patio, playing with toys, having snacks...it's been a nice little day.

Isaiah looks like he's enjoying the sun but really this is his new thing when I take pictures within arms reach. He tries to reach for the camera and does a weird toothy grin :)

Look how the curls glisten in the sun...

Man I'm so jealous of their curls. I think they took mine from me when I was pregnant-my hair used to get so curly and now it does not.

Look at the cute boy.

And then there's Julian. I love this kid. He can already do self takes.

And his giggles melt my face.