Monday, June 29, 2009

Hooded Towel Giveaway!

Olivia received her custom hooded towel and doll towel a few weeks back from Janelle Cavanagh(thank you Janelle!). Olivia just loves this towel it is so big and soft. She has offered to give one hooded towel, it works perfect for bath time or the splash park. Now her baby doll can come to the splash park in her matching towel too!

Janelle has offered to give one towel away to a lucky reader. Please head over to the Cavanagh Chronicle and make your self a follower! You can also order these towels via her site for $22.

The giveaway starts today and will end on Sunday 7/7 at 11:59PM.


1.) You MUST be a follower of this site.

2.) You MUST be a follower of the Cavanagh Chronicle, tell me what your favorite ribbon was too!

3.) Leave me a separate comment for each and include who the towel is for and why!

Good Luck!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Do Not Disturb!

Chris snuck in and took this of Liam a few nights back, I just love it!

Missing in Action!

Okay......Papa Hancock is HOME and so is Grandma Rolinger! Papa is resting, recovering and doing very well. He will have his staples removed on Friday and visit the Dr. for a follow-up next week.
Grandma is on new medication, her heart is in regular sinus rhythm and she is doing well. Hopefully she is getting all of the rest she needs....

I can't thank you all enough for all of the prayers, emails and sweet comments. It gets you though the days the enemy is bringing you down.

There are a lot of exciting giveaways to come and new updates. Some exciting things are happening this week and I hope to share them with you in the future.

Have a blessed weekend and a safe holiday soon approaching.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

We Heart Dad!

The kids and I created a "We Heart Dad" sign on Friday....okay okay we copied it from Amy Fraughton's kids. (Great idea Fraughton's, we drove by and you inspired us!)
Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful Daddies out there! Hope you do nothing but relax and enjoy yourselves.
We are off to spend the day at at J & J's out in Queen Creek, we are excited to see the kids!
Today is also Chris's Dad, Ben's birthday. Happy Birthday Papa Ben!

One more admitted...

Saturday morning Grandma Rolinger was admitted to Banner Baywood Hospital. Grandma is Dad's mom, Mary. Grandma had called mom explaining some issues with her heart and blood pressure. Mom instructed Uncle David to take Grandma in to Baywood right away. We are not sure of much at this point other than Dr.'s are trying to regulate things with her heart via medications. We will know more on Monday once another Dr. sees her.
As you are praying for Papa today can you throw one in for Grandma? Unfortunately they are at different hospitals 35+miles apart. Too bad we could not just get rooms next to each other at the same place.
The HUGE plus about Grandma being at Baywood is that Tara Rolinger (cousin/RN) works there!!! Tara will make sure Grandma gets top care and a big private room!

Thank you all for loving and praying for my family though all of the tough times. Your prayers are felt and appreciated.

Turn of events....

The Sunflowers are from our garden, I took them down to Papa's room. I wanted to make sure he did not miss the big ones...the picture just does not show how huge they really are.

Here is a update Papa....
On Monday, June 15th he was not doing well....I'll spare you the details....Tuesday he returned to the surgeon's office for follow-up. At this time they felt that he probably was having some internal bleeding and would need to be readmitted for a blood transfusion. His lab results revealed that he was not anemic, but his white blood cell was elevated indicating some type of infection and/or inflammation. A CT Scan was ordered for the following morning and within an hour or so the surgeon called informing us that Papa needed to return to the hospital to rule out a perforated bowel. We arrived at the ER at 3:30 pm and at 7:30 Papa was taken into the OR for an exploratory laparotomy (one big look see in layman's terms) The surgeons quickly identified the problem... a piece of the small intestine had slipped through one of the small incisions in the abdominal muscle wall causing a blockage (picture a kinked hose). Fortunately the bowel still had a good blood supply, no resecting would be required and the surgeons were able to "push it back where it belonged".
The renal cancer is totally unrelated to the lymphoma that Papa was diagnosed with earlier this year. But if it had not been for that one enlarged lymph node in Papa's neck and the many diagnostic tests that followed, the renal cancer would have gone undiagnosed and his prognosis would be much different today.
I visited with Papa last night and he has his regular voice back and seems to be doing much better. Chris and Jalen have taken Nana to the hospital this morning. Uncle Brett and Aunt Janet have been generous enough to get Nana another few nights at the hotel where Aunt Deb and Mom got her when Papa had his first surgery.
We serve an awesome God who is never surprised by the turn of events, even though we might be. He is the Great Physician who is able to do all we can ask or imagine! Thanks you all for you prayers....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Not showing improvement, please pray...

I am writing this post to request all of my faith readers to please pray for Papa Jim. As you may know he had his kidney removed on the 8th, a week ago Monday.

Without going into lengthy details.... He will undergo a CT Scan this afternoon to determine if there is internal bleeding, if the findings are what the Dr.'s are suspecting he will need a blood transfusion.

We also received news back from the Oncologist, Papa unfortunately does have Renal Cancer (Kidney Cancer) along with Lymphoma.

Remember that Jesus has given us His authority to heal, so it is not about you or the sick person's faith or your ability to pray well -- it is about what He has already accomplished. I don't fully understand all aspects of praying for someone with cancer yet, but I am getting the impression that this storm will require multiple prayer sessions. Keep praying for him by asking God to come and abide on Papa with His healing anointing.

Our Great and Mighty God is still the LORD our healer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden update 6-15-09

Shout out to the makers of Miracle Grow! Our garden is going out of control, literally!

We have watermelons! I see about 12 so far, sure there are more are under the thick leaves but I am too scared to reach under.

If there was a biggest sunflower contest this puppy would have to hold a blue ribbon! I may have to send in a email to Genus, stands about 8 feet tall..... it only has to grow an additional 17 ft to break the record!

Look at this now little 4LB pumpkin, it is a Big Max so I am trying to figure out how we will move it once we harvest. Maybe I will have to hold a weight guess contest!

Buckle Toy and Key Finder Giveaway!!!

I am so excited to announce this giveaway sponsored by Buckle Toy!!! The Buckle Toy is an educational toddler toy that strengthens hand/eye coordination, teaches colors/shapes, and develops problem solving skills. What a perfect gift for a 1st or 2nd birthday! They are having a great deal too, FREE shipping on any order over $25 right now.

Not only is the owner of Buckle Toy giving one of my lucky readers a Buckle Toy she is also including a Purse Key Finder (Fashionable key chains that slide over the edge of your purse or pocket so that your keys are always in reach.) Check these out, they are too cute. I loved the cross and crown!

Giveway starts today and ends at 11:59pm on 6/23!!! Good luck to all...

Rules to enter:

1) You MUST be a follower!

2) You MUST go to Buckle Toy and leave a comment here telling me what you liked best!

3) If you order anything from Buckle Toy during this giveaway you receive an extra 10 entries, please leave me a comment letting me know you did this!

4) If you have my button please leave a comment letting me know for an extra entry!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Beccah Beushausen

Beccah Beushausen photographed near her home, Wednesday, June 10, 2009. (David Pierini / Chicago Tribune / June 10, 2009)

Beccah Beushausen, a 26-year-old social worker from Mokena, Ill. You in the blogging world may know her as "B", April Rose's mom. Read her story here.

Please continue to pray for Beccah and her family, she knows she has made a terrible mistake and has had to spend time in the hospital over the stress.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cowboys don’t take baths, they just dust off...

Liam got out of the bath tub, slipped into his cowboy boots and got his remote control Jeep! I couldn't resist....

Citefuzz Mini Monkey Hat Giveaway!

Citefuzz is owned and designed by Lori, a full time mother of three gorgeous girls and a wife to a busy musician husband.
Citfuzz has generously given me a Mini Monkey Hat - Latte with Oatmeal Trim, size 6-24 months to give to a reader! How cute would your little guy or gal be in this hat? Great photo opp or shower gift as well!
Mini Monkeys are made with %100 Cotton yarn and they are scrumptious!!! You have to go over and see what cute hats these are, visit Citefuzz today!

Rules To Enter:
1.) You MUST be a follower on
2.) You MUST go to Citefuzz and leave me a comment about your favorite item!
3.) Extra 2 entries of you add my new button to your own blog, leave a comment letting me know you did this.
4.) 10 Extra entries of you make a purchase from Citefuzz during this giveaway. Please leave a comment letting me know, also let Lori know how you found her!

Starts today and ends on 6/18 at 11:59pm

Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Doll or Little April Rose?

Here is the doll head from Bountiful Baby, they sell doll kits to look like "real babies" Avery is the name of this doll....

Here is the picture of April Rose on the day she was "born" Sunday, June 7th.

What do you think? Real or Fake?

Little April Rose A FAKE, A HOAX, A SCAM!

As most of you out in the blog world have discovered over the last 24 hours Little April Rose was a scam. A sad hoax Beccah Rose Beushausen mislead her followers to believe she was pregnant with little April Rose who had been diagnosed with Trisomy 13. Little April Rose's blog has been removed along with Beccah's art website and Facebook account. For all of the details I recommend going to the Gibson Twins Blog , she has allot of info.

It is upsetting that we have all prayed for "B", "D", and "Little April Rose" We need to pray for ALL involved especially Beccah, author of Little April Rose.

Be careful what you read in the blog world, not everyone can be trusted.

Monday, June 8, 2009

One Kidney Lighter....

Photo of Papa just before he went into surgery!

First of all I wanted to express my deepest gratitude towards all of you. Thank you for praying and thinking of Papa Jim Hancock and the rest of our family today! Thanks for your continued prayers as his journey continues.

We arrived at Saint Joseph's in Phoenix at about 8:20am and they checked Papa in, they took him back to pre op where he waited...

and waited...

and waited...

At about noon the surgery started! After a 600 piece jigsaw puzzle was completed, three magazines were read and 5 potty breaks taken..... his Dr. came out to talk to Nana.

4:30 the operation was complete, the kidney and the mass had been removed successfully. Papa was getting into the recovery room!!

8:30 Papa finally got to his room, he has been in A LOT of pain "it hurts like hell!" were his exact words. Please pray for his pain to subside and his recovery to be speedy.

We will know more once the pathology report comes back in a week or two. Praise the Lord! He is so good, isn't he?

June 9th~Papa is still in allot of pain today and will be attempting to get out of bed. Nana has not left his bedside except to catch some ZZZ's at the hotel next to the hospital. I will keep you all updated.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Papa's Surgery...

The last few weeks have consisted of more tests and preparations for Papa’s surgery. Monday June 8th Papa Jim will go into St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Dr.’s will be removing the mass and part or all of the left kidney. Mom, Nana, myself and of course the guest of honor will be heading down to St. Joe’s in the early hours and the surgery is scheduled to begin in the afternoon and last a few hours. Papa should be in the hospital 2 or 3 days with a 6 week recovery time. The oncologist reassured us that the lymphoma was low grade and very treatable, and no rush to start treatment.

Please pray this with me….Dear Lord, Give the surgeons/doctors all of the knowledge and guidance they need to be successful. Sustain Papa by Your grace that his strength and courage may not fail; Heal him according to Your will. Fill Papa’s heart with faith. Be near him in times of weakness and pain. Lord, hear our prayer, for we give You praise, honor, glory and thanks.


I will be on tomorrow to post an update once I arrive home. Thank you ahead of time for once again loving and praying for my family during this time.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Lil Farmhouse Wagon Giveaway! CLOSED

Baby Aspen "My Lil Farmhouse Wagon" Plush Toy & Layette Gift Set in Wooden Wagon is being given to one lucky reader from Brea's Baby Boutique.
There’s a lovable, gently textured lambie on the baaa-dysuit, and that’s just the beginning! This 100%-cotton layette has more to love! An embroidered piggy bib, horse hat and cow booties are waiting on the wagon for baby, along with a plush lamb, a cute corn rattle and a designer “lovie” quilt—fabulous and fresh from the farm—that matches the layette colors of beige, brown and soft pink, yellow and blue. Every mom and dad will be deeply “mooooved” by this wagonful of wow that comes beautifully presented in an organza bag with a printed ribbon.

Brea's Baby Boutique is your One-Stop shop for affordable boutique baby clothing.

Rules To Enter:
1.) You MUST be a follower on

2.) You MUST to go to Brea's Baby Boutique Blog and become a follower if you have not already. Leave me a comment letting me know you did this.

3.) You MUST go to Brea's Baby Boutique and tell me what your favorite item is!

4.) For extra entries follow Brea's Baby Boutique on Facebook and Twitter.

5.) Anyone who makes a purchase at Brea's Baby Boutique during this giveaway gets 10 extra entries.

***Lots of ways to win this awesome giveaway that has so generously been given to us. The giveaway starts now and will end on 6/11 at 11:59pm. I will announce a winner on Friday, make sure I have your email address!***

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Claudias Bowtique Baby Cupcake Giveaway!!! CLOSED

Claudias Bowtique is a Etsy store, please visit this mama to look her baby shoes, diaper cakes, necklaces, baby bracelets, and of course these adorable Baby Cupcakes! She is a stay at home mommy to a little princess who creates it all in her spare time.
Claudias Bowtique has been nice enough to sponsor a giveaway!!! She is offering a 4
pack of the sweet baby cupcakes.
The baby cupcakes are Layette pieces: Onesies, Tee's, washcloths, and other baby garments cleverly decorated cupcakes. Available in colors for girl (pink), boy (blue), and yellow (neutral). Our Baby Layette Cupcakes are cleverly packaged inside a real cute cupcake box.
4-pack baby cupcakes w/ fruity embellishments Retail for $34

A Special running this month ONLY..... 4-pack was $35. now $20. And the 6 pack was $59. is now $35. That is a steal, you can't go out and buy all of the stuff to make your own for $20!

The giveaway starts today and will end on Wednesday 6/10 at 11:59pm. I will announce a winner on Thursday after a random selection.

1.) You MUST be a follower!Leave me a comment letting me know you are.

2.) You MUST go to Claudias Bowtique and tell me your favorite item and why!

3.) If you make a purchase from Claudias Bowtique during this giveaway I will give you an extra 10 entries!!! Make sure you leave a comment letting me know what you bought.

I am so excited to give these away and think they make the perfect shower gift or a little something special for your prince/princess!

Thank you so much to Claudias Bowtique, very generous of you!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

$50 gift certificate to Brea's Baby Boutique...

Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Brea's Baby is so easy!

Their stuff is so stinkin cute and they carry everything. You can also set up a gift registry for all of you prego mamas!

Good Luck!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Chalk Mat Giveaway By Tickled Pink!!! CLOSED

Tickled Pink was nice enough to offer three Chalk Mats to my readers! These are so awesome in the car, at restaurants, any place you little one can put down the mat, same size as a place mat. It comes with 4 pieces of chalk and the board wipes right off, the mat can go in the regular wash it just can't be dried in the dryer. So cool! Thank you Amber, owner/designer from Tickled Pink!

Olivia already called dibs on her purple Chalk Mat! The three available are in the prints pictured above.

Giveaway starts today and will end on Friday June 5th at 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced on Saturday.


1.) Must be a follower, leave me a comment letting me know you are one.

2.) Leave a comment on why and who you want it for.

3.) Follow me on Facebook for a extra entry, I am under Kristen Rolinger Self!

P.S. Has anyone seen my cart cover? LOVE IT! One side is red and white polka dots and the other is red/black/white pirates. I ordered it from Tickled Pink, she told me that she has a few pre-made cart covers left over. Amber is willing to sell them to my readers for $10 + shipping per cart cover! I know what a steal right, if you want one let me know and I will email her for you. You can wash and dry them as normal, mine even fits over the Costco cart ladies, come on does it get any better than that?

Good Luck,

Pettiskirt Giveaway!!!! By LuckyGabi

Ladies, have you seen any LuckyGabi stuff? So stinking cute, go to the owner/designers blog and enter to win a posh boutique style pettishirt. Perfect for birthday parties, pictures, holidays or heck just a day around the casa. Giveaway ends on 7/10 at Midnight!

Olivia would love this skirt...I hope she wins!

P.S. the princess in the photo above is Vanessa's daughter Isabella, how cute is she? Photographer Amy Fraughton

Good Luck!