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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Conductive Education.

For the past two weeks, Cliff has been going to The Therapy Place for THREE hours of intense physical activity - this program is called Conductive Education. Everyday when I walk in to pick him up, I see this:

Even after three whole hours of sweating and working very hard, he is smiling, happy, excited, proud.
Krisztina is AMAZING! She is loves these children as if they were her own (you can see it on her face, look at the way she is looking at Cliff in all of these pictures - we heart her!). She has FAITH in these littles, when other's say "no he can't" she confidently says "yes he can!" - and you know what? YES HE CAN! She is wonderful and Cliff loves her to pieces (I think he may have a little crush)! 
 Check out who can stand with minimal support with his hands down - the natural "reflex" for Cliff is to pull his hands up to his chest for balance, but not anymore!

Flat feet - most of us do not even think about the importance of this, but for Cliff, this is huge, amazing and super exciting for him!

Cliff's new trick - Totally supporting himself and balancing too!

And look at what he is doing now...

Cliff is working on standing up from squatting - I was fighting back tears when I saw him do this. This takes tremendous strength and balance.

This boy is amazing.

We are so, so, SO proud of Cliff!

I wanted to share with you a few Bible Verses that we share with Cliff:

Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
Luke 18:27

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9

... but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

God is soooo wonderful to us.
Watching Cliff overcome the hardships that come with Cerebral Palsy, we are witnessing God's work right before our eyes.  
We are so thankful for all of our blessings.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sew Chic Upcycling Week!


I am honored to announce that I was asked to share an AWESOME upcycling tutorial on Monday to kick off the Sew Chic Upcycling Week!

Want a sneak peak?!

Please make sure to click on over to Seamingly Smitten and This Crazy, Blessed Life on Monday (and all week) and leave lots of JIAD love!

I am super excited about this event and know that you will LOVE it too!

And because I am cool like that, they gave me this button:



Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby Gate.

In the doorway of our kitchen leading into the mudroom, there is a RED gate...

It used to be plain and blah... boring and dull... until I had an idea...

SPRAY PAINT the baby gate!
You aren't surprised?!

Now our boring, blah baby gate is fabulous and fun!

When in doubt, spray paint the boring out!

I am linking this post here  here here here here here and to these awesome places!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A HappyBaby {GIVEAWAY}

I am honored to say that HappyBaby is one of our wonderful sponsors!

Have you heard of HappyBaby?!

They are a WONDERFUL company dedicated to providing healthy, organic snacks and meals for our littles!

At our house, we are pretty much OBSESSED!

Our mornings start with HAPPYBELLIES cereal with some banana and raisins mixed in!

The Girl loves it! - This is the "breakfast of champions" in our house for sure.

Cliff and Harper LOVE the HAPPYMELTS.
These are consumed daily in our house (to tell you the truth.. sometimes I even sneak a few...)!

and don't even get me started on the HAPPYPUFFS... They are SOOOOO yummy!

The look on her face says it all!

Another favorite of ours is the HAPPYTOT Pouches! They are super easy to take anywhere and are not messy (my favorite part, of course)! For Cliff, I toss a few in the freezer for the perfect summer snack.

And after they are done with the HAPPYTOT pouches, more HAPPYPUFFS are consumed! I think we go through one canister every other day - really, I think we are addicted (yes... I eat them too... is that weird?!)!

If you look into my diaper bag, this is what you will see:

We take HappyBaby snacks EVERYWHERE we go!

Because HAPPYBABY is awesome, they are going to give one Johnny In A Dress reader the chance to win a whole bunch of coupons to try out HappyBaby products for FREE!

You must be a JIAD Public "Follower" to enter this giveaway.

You may leave one comment for each:
1. Like HAPPYFAMILY on Facebook, make sure to tell them "Hey from JIAD!"
2. Follow HAPPYBABYFOOD on Twitter
3. Follow JIAD on Facebook or Twitter.
4. Sign up for the HappyBaby Newsletter and Blog.
5. Tweet or Facebook this giveaway
You can copy & paste this:
Awesome HappyBaby giveaway Make sure to enter here  to win FREE HappyBaby products! via @JohnnyInADress

The winner will be announced Monday, August 1st!

*HappyBaby provided me with products to review for this giveaway. All opinions shared on this site are mine and come from my personal expreince with the product that was reviewed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prayers Please!

I just wanted to let y'all know that Harper is having tubes put in her ears in the morning.

PLEASE say a little prayer for her!

Thank you all for your prayers and support!

UPDATE: Harper did wonderful! We are now home and she is resting! THANK YOU ALL sooo much!

Tomato Festival!

A few girlfriends and I went to the Tomato Festival recently... and we had a blast!

Who knew there were sooooo many kinds of tomatoes?!

The location of the festival was at a local farm that grows all kinds of yummy organic foods.
Really, it was beautiful.

There were fun games and a ton of food!

Me and Mandy waiting in line... Yes, there was a LINE...

Beauty was everywhere.

I was shocked at the amount of people who came out to support local farmers and restaurants!

After the Tomato Festival, we went down town to The Rooftop Bar for some girl talk!

The bar is on top of this building overlooking the city - how cool is that?!

I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful place. It is so easy to overlook the beauty that surrounds us everyday but I made a point to "notice" every little bit of prettiness our city has to offer.

We watched the sunset at The Rooftop Bar, which was breathtakingly beautiful.

This was a much NEEDED girl's date!

I had so much fun and am so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

What is your favorite thing to do for a "girl's outing?!"

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stella and Dot {winner} & The Shop.

I have been working around the clock creating these new items for you!

Aren't they soooo much fun?!

And everyone who has a Bloomin' Ruffled Bag must have a Bloomin' Ruffled Scarf too:

These are super comfy and can be worn soooo many ways!
The perfect addition to any outfit!

Then there are the new Prayer List Frames:

This one sits on my Nightstand and I LOVE it!

Now I have a cute, functional place for my prayer list - I will never wake up and 3 am again remembering someone I accidentally left out of my prayers!

The best part...


...and now for the Stella and Dot Giveaway Winner...

Heather Nash said... 37

I Like Stella and Dot on Facebook

Yay Heather! 
These are YOURS
 (and I must admit I am a tad jealous... maybe you should share!)

Email me your address: johnnyinadress(at)hotmail(dot)com!
You have 24 hours to respond or I will have to pick a new winner!

*The winner of this giveaway was chosen using

Mason Jar Centerpiece

Meet my latest centerpiece on our dining room table:

A local reader found this old crate, THREE boxes full of mason jars and a TON of old shutters on the side of the road... and she thought of... ME - how freakin' sweet is that?! (Thanks Misty!) Here is a before picture of the old crate:

Of course I did what I do best and painted that bad boy, but I made sure to take the handle off first - I LOVED the old look to it and did not want to paint it. Then I placed six of the thirty (YES, t-h-i-r-t-y) mason jars in the center of the crate - AFTER I put them all in the dishwasher and ran them through a "sterilize" cycle because I am nuts like that...

I am completely obsessed with mason jars... like I dream about ways to use them at night... aren't they fun and beautiful?! 

And the original handle just "makes" this centerpiece.

Pop in the last of the Hydrangeas that are actually still kind of alive in our backyard and...

besides the 1/4 can of spray paint this centerpiece is


Just because something looks pretty doesn't mean it has to be expensive - Be creative, think outside of the box and create beauty using the things you have on hand.

...I can't wait to show you what I did with all those shutters and all of the ways I am using the other 24 mason jars!
I am linking this post here  here here here here here and to these awesome places!


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