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So.. I’d officially opened my Etsy store (CutieQ Cards n Crafts by ArtsyViray) for about a week now.. maybe less.. and I have three items posted up..

I’m getting views.. not only directly from the store.. but from Facebook and from this blog site.. pretty cool!  It’s encouraging to know that I’m getting hits.. and I understand a newly active store will take awhile to get some sales.. it’s a process.. I need to build a reputation..

It’s a double edge sword.. I need purchases to build my reputation.. but I need a good reputation to wrangle in purchases.. haha.. I guess I gotta start somewhere..

I’m gonna start trying to make things that are a little more “involved” and more “crafty.”  Those first few items were really simple and maybe that’s why people aren’t willing to purchase them.. since they can probably make something just like that themselves.  But it’s getting my name and my store out there..

I’m excited to see how much I can get out before the baby comes.. I already warned hubby that he may be the one making runs to the post office if I start selling stuff when the baby arrives.. he’s willing to do so.. gotta love that about him..

If you have the time, stop by my store.. if you know anyone in need of crafty creations.. send them to my store.. hopefully they will find something they like..

I’m so curious to see where this may take me.. I know it will never become a second income.. but I could always use the extra spending money!

 

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Hubby and I have been busy, busy taking classes and doing hospital tours..

It was mentioned that we should start looking into our birth plan..

A birth plan?  I always just thought I would show up and do whatever I needed to do to get the baby out.. no plan needed.. just get the job done!

But I went on the hospital website and looked at the options that they provide when filling up the birth plan, and they help make pretty valid decisions.. like how many people you will allow in your room, who you want to cut the umbilical cord, if you want your son circumsized (just in case our baby ends up a boy, I totally filled this out!).

Some of the options made me laugh.. it asked things like if I wanted to feel the baby crowning out of me, if I wanted to actually pull the baby out of me, if I wanted a mirror down there so I could see all the action..

Those options are probably beautiful for some people, but for me.. that’s kinda gross.. haha..

I’ll leave it up to the professionals to deal with all the goings-on “down there.”  I will just do them a favor and concentrate on what I need to do on my end..

Pain management was one of the topics there.. and I chose the option to “decide when I’m in labor.”  Yes, it was an actual option on the sheet.

Pain management and my epidural dilemma is a whole other blog posting.. I’m still trying to find the words to describe what’s in my head about it all.. and when I do.. you know where you can read it..

So I filled out my birth plan.. I really don’t ask much.. I just want what’s best for this little diva’s debut..

I know that when it comes to labor, NOTHING will really go according to plan.  I should know since I just planned a wedding last year.. and with weddings, you have to expect it to not go as planned… but filling out a birth plan doesn’t hurt.. at least it’s a guideline for the doctors and nurses to know what I kind of want out of this whole experience..

Mommies, did you fill out a birth plan?  Most importantly, did those plans actually come to fruition?

I finally did what I’ve been itching to do for the longest time..

I finally set up my Etsy store:  CutieQ Cards n’ Crafts by ArtsyViray

I’ve currently got one item for sale..

I want to start with some simple cards, maybe some embellished die-cuts, and if I’m brave enough.. some cross-stitching projects.. that’s why I named the store “cards n crafts” because I don’t want to limit myself to just paper products..

When I initially signed up for Etsy, I set up a store… but I never, ever, ever thought of posting or selling.  But I think that this is a good time to start..

Granted.. I am having a baby in September.. and my crafting time will be dramatically cut when she comes out.. but it’s good to start and get my name out now because Etsy has so many sellers, who knows if I’m even going to make a sale any time soon.  I’d love to think that I’d be successful immediately, but I have to be realistic and know that these things take time and perseverance.

I’d like to try to squeeze out as many crafts and I can before the little one comes out.. and then take a brief hiatus while I learn to incorporate the baby into our everyday routine.. and then hopefully get back to making some simple things to keep my store going..

I made sure to note that I will not be making or taking any custom orders.  What they see is what they get and what the get is what is already made.

I hope to make a little bit of extra spending money with this new little endeavor I’m venturing in.. if anything, I can use the money to feed my crafting habit without dipping into our family budget..

I don’t expect overnight success.. nor do I expect making a living out of this thing.. but I would like to see where this takes me..

Wish me luck, good vibes, prayers and all that good stuff.. and if you want.. buy something!  Hee hee..

I’ve learned to like coupons..

I have to admit, coupons have never really been  my thing.  Growing up, my mom would use them, but it wasn’t something that she would actively hunt for or consistently use.  If she found a coupon, then she’d use it, but she never let it really stop her from buying what she needed to buy.

In most ways, that’s my outlook on the whole “coupon phenomenon.”  I don’t think I will ever be an “extreme coupon” person.  I just don’t have that time or patience to really sit and search and calculate and do all that work.

But, I am finding that the internet and various stores are great sources of printable and loadable coupons. 

Target and Ralphs are my go-to places to find some great coupons.  The thing is, 90% of the things they have coupons for are really things that we don’t use in our little household.  So it’s really hard for me to find coupons that would benefit our needs at the moment.

Babies R Us has some good coupons when they have their mailers out.  I just find them on the website and once the baby is born I know we will be using those.

I just like finding the coupons.  I think it’s fun.. yes.. I said FUN.

Now actually USING them?!  That’s a whole different story.. hahaha.. lets just hope I remember that I have them and make some great use out of them..

Some great organization method would probably be best.. hmmm..

I finally put in my maternity leave claim.

For the longest time I had dreaded doing so because I was so confused about what sort of benefits are offered to me..  I had made so many calls to so many people to try to figure out what the federal and state benefits are for maternity leave.. it was driving me nuts!

I finally got some answers last month, but still was left a little confused with it all..

I figured I would let it go and just wait to file and hope my questions would all be answered then..

Apparently it’s harder to ask questions when you’re NOT filing because they are all just dealing with the hypothetical.. I guess they can’t give definitive answers when dealing with the hypothetical situations.. I think that’s what frustrated me the most.. I wanted straight answers, but they couldn’t give it to me..

So officially filing for the leave has been easier than I thought.. so far, so good.

I’m now waiting for a leave representative that is responsible for dealing with my company in California to contact me and provide me with the much needed details..

I hope the rest of the process continues to run smoothly..

Ok.. I have a confession to make.. I was going to be a cheap mom..

The thing is, since hubby and I aren’t going to do the whole “nursery” thing, we didnt’ feel the need to really buy some durable clothing storage for the baby.. we figured we’d go to Target and buy those plastic drawer systems..

As it turns out, those things can get pretty pricey..

Think about it. 

Those plastic drawers come in small components.  To get a “full-sized” drawer system that is most effective for what we are trying to accomplish, we’d have to buy several of those components.  If you total the whole amount, it may or may not be cheaper than buying a durable drawer set, BUT with a much lesser quality..

And I only want the best for my princess!

So now, we’re at a loss.  We totally had it in our heads for the longest time that the plastic drawers were the route we were going to take.. now.. I feel rushed and overwhelmed at the task of having to find a decent set of drawers to store my childs ever-growing stash of clothes and goodies!!!

I went to the IKEA site last night and saw some cute things in the children’s furniture section.. but I also saw some great things in the regular furniture section.. so after Lamaze this weekend, we’ll be in IKEA..

That also means that hubby and I really need to re-think the set up of our second bedroom.  Even though we won’t be using that as her “nursery,” we need to make room for all her furniture in that room.  That also means that I really need to define the spaces in that room between “crafting stuff” and “baby stuff.”

So much more to think about than we thought.. this baby is getting expensive! 

Hee hee.. but only the best for her!

 

Me:  Oh look at this.. isn’t it cute?!
Hubby: Yes.. it’s cute..  (puts it away)
Me:  Oooh.. look at this.. awwww
Hubby:  Yes.. ok. (puts it away)
Me:  Awww..
Hubby:  You’re one of those that has to look at everything over and over before you put it away, huh?!
Me:  Yup!
Hubby:  Great.

I’m a girl!  That’s what we do?!  Especially if it’s cute baby girl stuff.. deal with it, dear!


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