Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Annoucements and Fun Stuff

Whew! It's been a while....

So I get an email from this guy asking me where I got my blog template. Well, it's been so long, I had no idea.

I have spent the last hour trying to figure all of this out to no avail. I am starting over!!!!

My friend Lisa told me that this year, she was going "back to basics" and when she said that, I knew exactly what it meant to me. At that moment, I decided that I too would go back to basics. I mean, really, I have so much "stuff" and I haven't figured out that whole "balancing" thing, so why not! Sounded good! speaks for itself. Our personalized diapers and gift baskets are still #1. We have an adorable, the ultimate sibling gift coming out soon. I can't wait to show you.
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Monogrammed baby bottles...our own special version of a diaper will love it!!!! And just the best and most fun and most talked about gift you can imagine....just lots of good things!

Ok, so now that I have figured out where I am, then I will be blogging with you more.

Take care!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tis the Season to Get Ready for the Season

Back before, way back when, I can recall being hyper-cynical to all the holiday decorations and seasonal propaganda being shoved in my face in what I thought was the most inappropriate times of the year.

Well, I am here to tell you that I repent, I beg for retail mercy, I take it all back. I confess that if it weren't for the hot-to-trot retailers reminding those of us who aren't sure of the date, much less the day of the week, that I would not be as organized as I am...which is still pretty pathetic.

The holiday season brings with it, a spirit of miracles, of giving, of renewal, of hope, of people asking for Adorable Diapers donations. This requires a lot of planning, organizing, and my gratitude for those shops who celebrate "Christmas in July", I thank you with all my heart for the reminding me to get prepared, even if I don't. (It's the thought that counts.)

Well, let me tell you, Amy (my #1 WAHM) and I have been wiped out, over-extended, creatively challenged, and have always put in a lot of thought and a great deal of care with the charities with whom we have been asked to participate...but it's always under a deadline, the 11th hour, praying Amy will not kill me because I needed something yesterday.

So as I sit here, I am coming up with my "let's do this list", so who knows, perhaps this is "Our Season" to be ready, to be set, and when it's time for "go", we're gone. But perhaps there is a part of me who thrives on the pressure, lives for the moment and just doesn't want to conform to the retail regimen.

Guess we'll have to wait and's only July after all. Right?

As always, Be Well, and brace yourselves, the holidays are right around the corner!!!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

"Do you even know what I do?"

Ok, maybe it's just me, but it seems like some family, friends, perhaps even my very own sweet and adoring husband have NO clue what it means to be a WHAM.

Work at Home Moms (at least this one) face a relentless amount of distractions and confusion, undermining and manipulation....and mine come in sizes 2T and 6.

Even my sweet baby dog, Gary, is guilty of trying to sabbotage my working domain. I know he's out to destroy my business in order to have me all to himself.

What "they" don't know is that I am driven. I am confident. I am strong. I am determined to succeed. Well, that is how I feel today. Maybe it's because the sun is shining, the kids are out swinging on the swingset and my Utopia may only last a few moments, but I know not to take the moment for granted.

So I am here today, with super-cape and super powers to encourage you all to take the moments (in my case--the seconds) that no one can distract you from your Moment and Shine like moon on the darkest of night and and and....

Who am I kidding...being a WAHM is an incredible opportunity to stretch one's sanity and see how much a mom can really take before totally snapping.

I am signing off and instead of going back to my massive order that needs to be out tomorrow, instead of trying to explain that I need to work, I see a size 2T and a size 6 that are in desperate need of being sprayed with a garden hose....

Happiest of Sunday's to you....

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ok. What's next?

Ok. What's next? is being asked "what's next"? Our personalized diapers gift basket are the most popular new baby gift item. We have shipped to POLAND! We are going to be in Kelli's Gifts May catalog. So, what's next?

Well, I can't tell you!

Trust me, it's going to be amazing, awesome and of course, Adorable!

In the meantime, I am thinking about the future. Lots of thoughts and ideas scampering through my head.

What would you like to see us do? I'd like to know your thoughts!

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Goes Rambo

Ok, so not Rambo, more like Matt Damon in the Bourne Series....

Sometimes, when I can, I have the pleasure of making the Adorable Diapers personal deliveries. It is such a thrill when I have time to do it.

So, today was one of those times.

I was walking through the parking lot of this gigantic office building, lost in thought over just having heard my friends on 101 The Rose, Michelle and Dennis talking about the Olympic sport Curling and having a great laugh, I felt what seemed like hundreds of eyes watching me. I have to say, if it wasn't for this nasty weather, I never would have made it to the door without being stopped and questioned over this huge gift basket I was schlepping.

Finally, I make it in and start to enter the office where the gift basket is going. The receptionist bursts out of her chair and says, "YOU CAN'T COME IN HERE WITH THAT!".

I jumped back and she, like, pushes me out of the way like a ragdoll! I started laughing and she realized what she had done, didn't bat an eye, and told me to stay put. And I dare not move, she was quite serious.

Apparently, the mother to be worked in the front of the office and father to be worked in the back of the office. My bright and shiny, dedicated receptionist was at a loss on what to do.

After thinking long and hard, we devised a plan... "you go thatta way, I will go thissa way". And what do you know, it worked!

But for a brief moment, I felt like a super sleuth, Bloodhound Gang, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby all rolled into one.

The thrill of seeing everyone in that office coo and woo and awe and ohhh was just priceless.

However, I have decided that delivering baby gift baskets is dangerous! I think I can handle the "every once in a while" deliveries. It was fun.

I hope that you all have these exciting moments in your life and enjoy them as much as I do!

Be well,
Sabain Mandell

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Finding the Perfect Gift

Yesterday, I found myself shopping for a little girl in my son's kindergarten class who is having a birthday!

As most of you know, I have two boys, so shopping for little girls is such a treat!

Well, let me tell you, there are SO many adorable toys and gifts for little girls! I had NO idea! I finally made my selection, and as I was checking out, my mind wandered to, and I thought how lucky I am to offer unique, fun, personalized gifts for baby boys and baby girls.

I swelled with pride knowing that my customers love the co-creative process and how they keep coming back for more.

It's rare that you can find a gift like personalized (and adorable!) baby diapers like ours, where the customer becomes the fashion designer!

So, now, I am just beaming with joy that I offer such a wonderful service to so many people looking for that one special baby gift that will set them apart from all other gifts.

I get such a thrill from that, and I have to thank my clients, for their never-ending support and for sharing their joy and happiness when celebrating a newborn, or that trendy tot!

THANK YOU for making my work at home job, my work from home moms and for making a fun and fancy gift that mom and dad, grandma and grandpa will love!


Monday, February 15, 2010

No Gifts Allowed!

No Gifts Allowed!

One thing that I really don't do is talk about the charity work we do. We have been very fortunate to be able to do and give as much as we's in our hearts and I am married to a man who is very giving, and we both come from very giving and loving families.

The first four years of my son's life, his birthday party invitations said, "No Gifts Allowed!" and of course, he'd still get gifts, but what I would do is count how many people came to celebrate his birthday and multiply that number by $5 and send that total into a charity.

Last year, I broke my rule and allowed children to bring gift, after all, he was the Big 5 and I thought it would be ok. I thought wrong. I still did the $5 per person and sent in money to the charity "Nothing But Nets". But I felt very weird about accepting gifts when I knew darned good and well that there are children who never get to celebrate a birthday. Trust me, my children long for nothing!

A few days ago, I asked Jackson why he was crying and he sat up straight and his voice got deep and he said, "I cry because I am used to getting everything I want, and when I don't get what I want, it makes me very sad".

Needless to say, this rather digusted me, and it's my fault. Realize this, though, Jackson is a sweetie pie and he never asks for anything. He will see an ad on tv and get all excited and say that when he turns 18 or older he is going to get Moonsand! So sweet. Anyway...

SO! This year, I already know that we are going to have a party at the movies and watch "Toy Story 3" and that's fabulous and fun with great friends and neighbors, right?! Last year, we had a magician and it was so fun! Tonight as we were talking about his birthday and the past and the plans, I told Jackson that we were going back to our orignal "No Gifts Allowed" and I explained the devistation in Haiti and I asked him if he was ok with that, and if he understood, and he said he'd rather give to charity than get gifts.

Then HE came up with an idea. He suggested that on the invitations, I write that each Friend should not bring a gift, but that they should bring $5 to give to the children of Haiti and give his friends the feeling of doing something good.

My heart swelled with pride.

I hope that my children grow up to be charitable and giving, and I hope that they know that no matter how little we have, we will always have more than someone else.

I encourage you to follow suit with Jackson's idea and help the many victims of Haiti. We can't forget them, after the songs, the celebrities, and the story fades away, we need to remember them and not forget the children, the mothers, the fathers, the uncles and aunts, grandparents, cousins, the People of Haiti and do as much as we possibly can, because no matter what we don't have, we will always have more.

God Bless and let's not forget them.

Yours truly,