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Meet Sunscreen Irene and the KidZGoo Crew

 - by Sarah Lipoff

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Remember when I introduced you to Suntan Stan? Well my talented friend is at it again with a new book and a sunscreen line that’s made to educate and protect all of your loved ones. The fun book shares how Irene’s favorite part of the day is playing outdoors, but has learned to cover herself from head-to-toe with sunscreen before heading outside — even on cloudy days. Because sunburn is no fun!

Sunscreen Irene is a fun read, sharing how wearing sunblock is an important part of any kid’s day. But here’s the deal — they need your help to make it a reality, so head over to their Kickstarter campaign and make a donation. I just pledged $25 and hope you’ll consider contributing at the cause too. And part of the deal includes donating 10,000 books to kindergarten students free of cost to raise awareness of the importance of sunscreen use at the elementary school level so your contribution means a lot more then you know! Click on the video below to learn more:

Francis Drake Eyewear

 - by Sarah Lipoff

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I have been squinting through super-scratched sunglasses for way too long so was on the hunt for some new shades that would stand the test of time. I happened upon Francis Drake Eyewear and was offered the opportunity to test out their one-stop website to order sunglasses and prescription glasses. The selection is filled with stylish and trending frames — and the price is so right. For $95 you get your prescription fit in any frame and delivered to your door in just about a week. But are they really such a good deal?

The Italian-made sunglasses have a unique five-barrel hinge design that creates a really comfortable feel. Based in the Bay Area, all prescription glasses are hand cut in house and finished with sturdy stainless steel spring hinges, ensuring a great fit. I really liked the weight of the both frames and everything came packaged with cases, cleaning cloths, and a nice little thank you note. And they don’t look or feel cheap in any way — the quality is really high-end.

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If you’re looking for distinctive frames at a great price, Francis Drake Eyewear is the right online store for you. They even have smart tips for fitting the perfect frames with your face shape and a virtual try on feature, which is so helpful.

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I love my new sunglasses and frames!

*I was not paid or asked to write this review in any way. I wrote this post because I’m so happy with my new frames and was nicely compensated with free sunglasses and prescription glasses.

 

When life happens

 - by Sarah Lipoff

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I started this blog as a spot for sharing recipes, random thoughts, awesome kid-freindly art activities, and general musings about motherhood. I love how it’s grown and turned into something more than I ever imagined, but things have been a bit busy lately and keeping up So says Sarah… has definitely been pushed to the back burner. I’m lucky if I get a moment to stop by and brush off the cobwebs — much less hang out on Twitter or Facebook.

Eh.

Honestly? I’m not feeling that bad about it.

I’m really happy where I’m at in life and don’t feel like I have to constantly update everyone about it. I don’t need to tweet that I’m making homemade mac-n-cheese for lunch or all the other random stuff that happens during the day. I don’t feel like posting every cute picture of my tot doing something new on Facebook.

I’m trying to be more present.

But.

I am busy.

A company that I totally love has offered me permanent work (YAY) so you can find me over there. I get to share my love of animals and all things DIY while having the flexibility to spend quality time with my family. Life happens and you just have to go with it.

Take a break.

Do something new.

It feels really good.

Vacation (and what happens when there’s no WiFi)

 - by Sarah Lipoff

We spent the week at the beach enjoying the hub’s home digs. It was the first visit for the tot, and was packed with meeting relatives, actually getting into the warmer East Coast ocean, and walking the boardwalk. Along with having someone to meet or somewhere to go the entire trip, the cool pad we stayed at wasn’t equipped with WiFi. At first I panicked. How was I going to check and see what was happening on Twitter? How to share on Facebook? I might need to see what was hot on Pinterest, catch up with celeb gossip, search for a recipe, check Twitter, update my Facebook, check my website stats, check Twitter….

Yeah.

It was awesome to have a break from it all and just be. Even though we had a bit of bad weather, the sunny days and great visits with relatives and friends made it a seriously memorable trip. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our vacation (thanks to the husband – although I did happen to snag the camera and snap a few of him too).

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And, if you’re not a relative or friend that knows where we spent our vacation, extra credit if you can name our destination in a comment below….

 

Ode to One Fish

 - by Sarah Lipoff

Yeah, my fish died. I had it for a really long time — like 10 years or so. It was just a simple goldfish that I’d brought home from school to take care of over winter break years ago. For some reason I didn’t take it back and that fish found its way into our home. It moved with us several times, changed locations around the house a million times, saw several fish friends come and go, allowed the cats to drink the water from its bowl, and survived the tot dumping tons of fish food in the tank.

It was a good fish.

I know it is silly to get attached to a goldfish. I love fishing. I love eating fish. But that darn goldfish greeted me every morning when I stumbled into the kitchen, kept watch over me while I cooked dinner, and wiggled its tail like crazy whenever I came near the tank.

Fish’s latest companion of three years left us a couple of weeks ago. Just another simple goldfish. We hadn’t done anything different or changed the water or moved the tank around or anything. But I kind of had a feeling.

When I woke up the other day and One Fish (yes, that was my fishy’s name) was lilting, I just acted like he/she was extra tired. Maybe it had  a long night? Maybe he/she was lonely?

Nope.

One Fish was on the way out.

Last night I bawled while my husband took care of my floating fish. It was pretty pathetic. I know One Fish was just a goldfish, but that goldfish was the awesomest goldfish around. I was used to watching as he/she swam around the tank, loved how my daughter was starting to understand the concept of caring for a pet, and how One Fish’s tail was the coolest fish tail around.

Our solution?

We went to the pet store and picked up a mini tank and plopped it atop of our daughter’s dresser in her room. She’s been a bit of a challenge at bedtime (it’s too dark, I’m not tired, I need water, I’m bored, tuck me in again, I dropped my toy….) and figured having the new fish in her room in a tank with a light would help lull her to sleep.

Her nighttime routine now includes saying goodnight several times to her new itty-bitty goldfish that she named Red, she then sings the fishy a song, then talks to it, then sings again, then talks to it a bit more, and eventually falls asleep.

Hey, I don’t care.

She’s not calling for me every five minutes and that itty-bitty fish cost 15 cents at the pet store and can be swapped as many times as needed.

Thanks for the memories, One Fish.

I’ll miss you.

Sexy food: Breakfast pizza

 - by Sarah Lipoff

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Valentine’s Day is this week and there’s no denying that along with the giving and receiving of hundreds of cheesy and impersonal cards, lots of lovebirds are heading out for special dinners, giving small blingy tokens of appreciation, and trying to figure out last minute ways to show some love. What I find absolutely and  wonderfully sexy is a great homemade breakfast that you can eat in the comfort of your own home (especially now that I’ve got a small thing running amok in the house as early as 6 am). The idea of eating a velvety, luxurious breakfast on a special morning (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, Child’s Birthday, Saturday…) is the perfect way of showing true adoration.

My husband is known to toss together amazing slow-cooked scrambled eggs that melt in your mouth.

Delicious.

And, thus, why he is my husband.

But this Valentine’s Day, I had plans for making a special breakfast that would  fill my sweetheart’s tummy with savory goodness. And the Shine Supper Club’s challenge this month is all about sharing sexy dishes, making this breakfast recipe wonderfully fitting.

Breakfast pizza.

Crisp crust topped with thinly sliced prosciutto, slivers of fresh Parmesan, and topped with soft eggs that spill and run all over the whole shebang. How perfect is that? And you can use store purchased pizza dough, which makes this recipe wonderfully easy for any home chef.

Ingredients

Pizza dough (homemade or store bought)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese

1/8 pound thinly sliced prosciutto

Fresh spinach leaves

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

4 eggs

Fresh cracked pepper

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425F so it’s really hot when you’re ready. Having your oven temperature just right ensures those eggs will set properly on the breakfast pizza.

Lightly grease your pizza pan and then press out the dough to create a nice even thickness. Top with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, and the spinach leaves.

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Now layer on the prosciutto and sprinkle half of the shredded cheeses over the pizza. Carefully crack and add the eggs to the pizza and then toss the rest of the cheese over the eggs.

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Carefully place in the hot oven for 10 to 13-minutes, or until the eggs are just set.

Give the finished pizza a light covering of fresh cracked pepper, slice, and serve alongside fresh strawberries, hot coffee, a big kiss, and you’ve got the perfect sexy breakfast. And the longer you let the pizza sit before cutting, the eggs will set to your liking.

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*Just so you know, this recipe is also wonderfully delicious as a late-night snack…

 

 

Shove It! Des Moines Regional Skatepark Fundraiser

 - by Sarah Lipoff

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My first boyfriend knew his way around a skateboard. I tried to get the hang of it, but my total lack of coordination while in movement did me in. It takes mad skills to do all those cool moves.  And, honestly?  He, and all his skater friends, were darn cute while attempting new tricks and skating around town.

Ah, the wonders of junior high in late 80’s.

It doesn’t matter where you live, offering an outlet for youngsters (of all ages) to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment is essential. And my creative brother-in-law is working hard to make that happen in Des Moines. On June 7th, 2013, Shove It!, a curated show by Baykiddead held at the Des Moines Polk Country Heritage Gallery, will showcase artists that are putting forward works to help raise awareness (and funds!) for the amazing civic project that will bring the country’s largest free outdoor skatepark to downtown Des Moines.

How cool, right?

Even if you’re not in the area, check out this page for more information or like Shove It! on Facebook.

Do it.

We are in the now.

 - by Sarah Lipoff

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We decided long ago that we would take a vacation this week. I prepped by finding the perfect person to hang with our cats (so we wouldn’t be constantly worried about them and not relaxing), I put in extra time last week so most of my work would be done, and I planned our return so we’d have one full day to recoup before revisiting the real world. And then, at the last minute, we put a crazy spin on things by leaving a day early, driving the seven hour trek in the afternoon instead of waking up in the wee hours to make the jaunt.

It was totally worth it.

We got here.

And guess what?

The internet connection sucks.

I found a cafe that I can head to in the early mornings to catch 20-minutes of work while sipping my vacation mocha before the sun gets warm and the beach is calling, but the rest of the hullabaloo is off.

There’s no Twitter.

No Facebook.

NO PINING.

At first my fingers were twitching — I started freaking that there would be something missed, an urgent email let go, a pin that needed instant repining, a TWEET THAT WAS AWESOME, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, TWITTER, AAAAAAHHHHHH!

Whatever.

I’m unplugging for the week.

I think it’s worth it.

See ya later.

The week in review…

 - by Sarah Lipoff

I haven’t posted anything in a week and it’s kind of nice. I love sharing recipes, projects, and musings, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break. Between having a toddler, the holidays, and my parents visiting for the week, there’s been a lot of awesome stuff going on. So instead of telling you all about it, here’s a collection of pictures sharing all our fun….

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Happy holidays!

Yeah, I’m going to BlogHer PRO

 - by Sarah Lipoff

 

Next Thursday I’m making the trek into the city to attend BlogHer PRO. I’m excited, anxious, worried, and apprehensive. It’s my first blogging conference and I’m not really sure why I’m going. Sure, it seemed like the right thing to do when I purchased the ticket over a month ago, but now I’m letting my head get the best of me and I’m seriously ready to find some excuse not to go.

Yeah, I’m lame like that.

But then I remind myself there is an amazing community of awesome crafty (and local!) ladies that are attending, all of whom I’m excited to meet. There’s going to be interactive activities and professional speakers. There’s going to be free food.

And it’s a whole day away from the responsibilities of the tot.

Yes, I’m seriously over-thinking what I’m going to wear, concerned I’ll be sitting in a corner all by myself — or that I’ll say something seriously awkward (which I’m known to do). But I also know I need to get over myself, get out there, AND BE SOCIAL.

If you’re heading to BlogHer PRO next week I’ll be there and I’d love to get to know you in real life. I’ll be the one lugging around my massive teal green Epiphanie camera/laptop bag.