Monday, April 30, 2012

A's 2nd Birthday!

My baby girl A turned 2 this past Saturday! It was a very stressful week, so we celebrated really low key. We had pizza and cupcakes and a picnic on the living room floor. The girls had so much fun!

2 years ago I gave birth to such a special little girl! After months of vomiting so severely I'd almost pass out and going to the hospital for hydration and meds just so I could repeat the process over and over again...After starting pre-term labor at only 22 weeks and doctors telling me my cervix was too short and I'd deliver a too-premature baby for sure...After many months of hospitalizations to stop contractions...And after developing gestational diabetes...I delivered A on April 28, 2010. She was 38 weeks, 19 inches and 7 lbs. 2 oz of perfection! We are so blessed to have her sweet smile and happy demeanor in our family. We love you A! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We are featured on Moon Beans Gifts!

We are so excited to announce we are featured on a blog again!  Moon Beans Gifts is an awesome blog run by Cindy! Cindy also has an Etsy shop called Moon Beans Gifts that sells handmade jewelry for kids and adults. Here's a preview:

little girls' pink and purple jewelry set

Her items are so cute and hand-crafted with love. Definitely check out her store and blog!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tangerine Tango Wedding Inspiration

I found out last fall that one of the hottest new colors for weddings in the spring was Tangerine Tango. I thought it was a cute idea, but until now I wasn't sure how to incorporate such a bold color into wedding style. I ran across a truly AMAZING photo shoot with Utah Bride Blog that shows the awesome stylings of Laura Stagg at Forevermore Events. (Disclosure: My sister works at Forevermore Events. Neither she nor I am profiting in any way from this post. They are just truly amazing wedding planners. Just look at their stuff!!) 

Check out the way they incorporated tangerine tango into this beautiful wedding:

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The Beautiful Inn at Etrada in St. George, UT (Yes, it is where they filmed High School Musical 2)
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I seriously LOVED this shoot. The colors are amazing! I love how they incorporated real oranges into the tablescapes as a place setting. I love the octagon shaped cake. I love the awesome pom poms under the tent which are above white couches. Truly beautiful! What are some ways you've seen the hottest wedding color trends of 2012?  

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Facebook 10% Discount

E Hernandez Designs is running a special discount right now! Go to and like us or, go to the scroll bar on the right side of the page on our blog and like us there. You'll receive 10% off at order! After you've liked us, simply go to our shop and purchase what you want.  Mention FACEBOOK10 in the "message to seller" box upon purchase and we'll give you 10% off! What a deal!!!

 So Easy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Guest Blogger: Francesca from The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

"We" Time

I have the opposite problem of dear Emma, who shared on my blog her goal to find more "me" time. I do plenty of things for me: exercise, craft, blog, run an Etsy shop, and much more. My problem is not focusing on my son. He competes with a million things for my attention. And when I do give it to him, I rush to get back to my activities.

It didn't used to be that way. When he was first born, every minute with him was special and documented--and exhausting and new. The whole day revolved around him. Then the novelty of motherhood slowly wore off as I realized how demanding it is and how unselfish I have to be. Don't get me wrong; I love being a stay-at-home mom and would not trade it for anything. I just need to work on balancing my life. My goal is to have more "we" time and less "me" time by following these guidelines:

1. Organize the day better. Making a schedule and a to-do list will help me stay off the computer.

2. Set a time limit on the computer. This could mean a specific length of time (1 hour), time range (1-2 p.m.), number of times (2 a day), bedtime (8 p.m. computer is off), or a combination (1 hour, twice a day, no later than 5 p.m.). This will help me spend more time with the hubby too.

3. Use computer time wisely. For example, instead of browsing Etsy, I could get ahead on blogging, freeing up more time with my son.

4. Be in the moment. I play with my son but I'm usually distracted. Being in the moment will show him that I love him and want to be with him.

5. Remember that pleasing my family comes first. If I lose readers from not blogging consistently, so what? My family's happiness and approval is what matters most.

About our Guest: Francesca is a mom-blogger over at The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, she owns and runs The Shop at Pooh Corner on Etsy. Her shop carries awesome stuff including vintage books and toys, classic Winnie the Pooh items, gift tags and other supplies. (See a couple of her products below). Make sure you check our her blog and shop!! 

Vintage Owl: 1970s Ceramic Owl Figurine in Brown & Orange

Classic Pooh Gift Tags: 8 Blue & Yellow Scalloped Tags Stamped with Classic Pooh Characters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Princess Grace & Dutchess Catherine Wedding Gown Inspiration

56 years ago today, on April 18, 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Rainer III, Prince of Monaco. She tragically died in September 1982 after an automobile accident. However, her style legacy still lives on. Her dress was designed by MGM's Academy Award winning wardrobe designer Helen Rose. 

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We all remember just one year go when Kate Middleton married Prince William. It was truly the magical fairytale wedding of our generation. Just as, I'm sure, Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier III was in her generation. Princess Catherine (as she is now called) had her dress designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. 

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Do you LOVE the dresses as much as I do? Unfortunately, we can't all have someone customize our wedding dress like theirs at a price we can afford.  So, I have done a little research and I have some alternatives for you!

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These dresses are a beautiful alternative to custom design and a pretty darn good match to both Princess Catherine and Princess Grace's gowns. is selling a Kate Middleton replica dress which retails $409.99 USD. For this of you who can make your own dress, or know someone who can, is selling this pattern that is a pretty close match of Kate's dress. It retails for $10.75 USD. And for those of you who have been dying for's new wedding dress line, you can now purchase Kate's replica dress from them. It retails $2,500 USD. 

Hope your wedding is the beginning of your happily ever after. :)

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Return Address Stamps - NEW!!

E Hernandez Designs specializes in Charming Stationery for every occasion. What is more charming than a vintage/traditional styled rubber stamp return address? These beautiful rubber stamps are made with a wood handle made from genuine native North American Wood. The stamp is professionally die-laser cut which leave a clear, crisp and beautiful impression every time! Return Address Stamps are perfect for letters, to give a hand made touch to invitations, gift tags, luggage tags and more. Rubber stamps also make a great gift!

For more information, design selections or to purchase, please see our shop here. Don't see what you like?  We can customize something just for you! Just email us at

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I have a confession - I'm cheap.

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As I was putting clothes away last night my husband was commenting how ratty my socks were looking and I realized, I've owned them longer than we've been married. Gross, right? I was just raised with the old adage "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." If they don't have holes, they're fine, and if they do have holes, stitch it up. Does this make me cheap? Maybe.

Here's another confession of my cheap-ness. I will look at something for weeks until I see it go on clearance. And I'm not taking about clearance at like Chanel or Versace. No, I'm talking about clearance at Target. I will literally stake the item out until the price drops at least 50% before I'll buy it. It drives my husband nuts. "Just buy it!" he always tells me. "You never spend money on yourself and you need shoes (or clothes, etc..). Just get it" But I don't. I'll spend money on food or my kids long before I'll spend money on myself.

Why? I've been pondering that recently.

I think it's because I have so many other priorities right now. My kids need new shoes and dresses. They literally can't fit into theirs anymore. We need to eat. I don't need another pair of strappy sandals - even if they are absolutely adorable and would match my favorite black formal dress. I mean, do I have any where to wear that favorite dress anymore? I certainly can't wear it to the park. And I'd probably look really silly and out of place dressed to the nines sitting in the pediatrician's office.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think there is anything wrong with someone who likes to dress up and look nice. I have several friends, all stay at home moms, who will not leave the house without makeup. But I don't think there's anything wrong with not putting on makeup before you leave the house either. As long as you still feel good about yourself.

And that's where I'm at today. I am sitting here thinking about how I feel frumpy. I tell myself I do have other priorities (be a good wife, raise 2 kids, run a business, etc..) but I don't like how I feel about my image. Have I turned into a frumpy, let myself go, stay at home mom? Ugh. I hope not. Maybe I'm really just cheap.

So, I'm on a quest these next few months. I'm turning 30 *gasp* in August, and I want to re-invent myself. I want to help me like my own image. And first things first - I'm going to cut my hair! Check back soon to see the "new me".

What are some things you've done to help yourself have a positive self image recently?

Monday, April 9, 2012

What's in a Name?

When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be named Tommie. I thought it would be so cool to be a girl with a boy's name. No one I knew was named Emma. Now I like my name, then, I wanted a different name. I couldn't believe my parents named me something so old fashioned. My mom had this old dictionary that had a section in it that told the origins and meaning of names. In that book it said Emma meant grandma. My older brothers spent literally years tormenting me about my name. UGH. Too bad I wasn't born in 2005 when it was the top name for little girls. I would've been so in. 

Today happens to be Name Yourself Day. I found some interesting lists about popular names in case you would like to re-name yourself today. Here are a sampling and the links if you want to find out more info.

In 1880 the top boys name was John and top girls name was Mary. In 1910 the top boys and girls names were still John and Mary. In 1940 the top boys name changed to James and the girls name was still Mary. Pretty consistent, right? But check this out, by 1950, the top names were James and Linda, and by 1980, the top names were Michael and Jennifer. In 2010, the top names were Sophia and Aiden. Pretty interesting, right? I find it interesting that the trend for so long was super traditional names, and that trend spanned generations. But in the last 30 years or so, the trend it to name children uniquely.

What would you name yourself if you could? Or what are your favorite names? Please share by leaving a comment.

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 6, 2012

April Printable and We Were Featured on a Blog!

Last week E Hernandez Designs was featured on a blog called "Fabulous Finds in Etsy World".
Their blog can be found
My blog feature can be found here.
Please go check it out!

Without further ado, here is our April printable!

Print on white card stock, follow the directions directly on the image and enjoy!

Happy Friday! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

International Children's Book Day

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Beginning in 1967, every year on April 2, the world celebrates International Children's Book Day. This marks the birthdate of famed storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. It celebrates, not only the birth of one of the world's most famous and beloved authors, but also aimed at "inspiring a love for reading and to call attention to children's books" (from Education Scotland website).

We love reading. My children would (and do sometimes!) sit for hours as we read book after book. Some of our family favorites are Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy, The Little White Owl, and Freckleface Strawberry, just to name a few. I think they get their love of reading from me.

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When I was a child reading was a beautiful escape for me. I remember one time when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade, I had finished the days math assignment. I quietly pulled out my fiction book (probably something by Ann Rinaldi. I LOVED her at that age) and began reading as I waited for other students to finish. I got so involved in the story that I didn't realize how much time had passed. My teacher had moved on to the next subject and was asking me a question about the assignment we had done the day before in geography! Yikes!

Not only did I love reading, but I loved writing my own books too. I wrote this book about killer whales attacking a beach and I won the schools writing contest that year. I think it was 3rd grade. When I was in 8th grade I had this literature teacher that did a unit on writing our own fiction. It was awesome! The assignment was to be creative and just write. I was in heaven! I would sit for hours and pen these stories about lost love and the tragedies of teens. Ahh... those were the days. :)

I am professionally trained as an elementary teacher. Since elementary school is the prime time children learn to read and write, we read study after study and theory after theory about the best ways to cultivate a love of reading. All studies showed the best way to begin teaching your children to read, and to love reading, is to #1 read to them, and #2 allow them to see you reading. Now this doesn't necessarily mean you must read a fat novel and allow them to watch you as you do. No! Reading is anything from reading the newspaper, to reading a recipe! Having print materials in the home helps children become familiar with the concepts of print. It is a huge foundation that reading is then built upon.

My husband didn't have such a positive experience with school or reading books. It's a long story why not, but for our children we've tried to focus on helping them develop a love for reading by cultivating the experience in our home. There are 3 main things we do as a family, and I thought since today is International Children's Book Day, I'd share.

1. We read together every day. We have made it a habit that we read stories before naps and before bedtime. In the afternoon it is just me and my girls snuggled up reading books, but in the evening the whole family gathers in my daughters' room and we read. Sure there are days when it would be more convenient to skip story time. But it's part of our routine. The girls love it, and it's a nice break in my day just to relax, snuggle my girls and just read.

2. My girls get to pick their own stories. We all have different interests. If we allow our children to read about their interests, they will be more inclined to keep reading. Obviously, as a parent, we have to exercise judgement about what is appropriate for our children, but if at all possible, let them pick the story. Even if it is the same story you read all week. Kids love repetition!

3.We use our resources to get books. There are so many resources to get books these days! At one point we lived near a Scholastic Book Fair warehouse. Once or twice a year it was open to the public and the books were 50%-75% off the book fair prices. This is so cheap! For Christmas one year, I spent $45 and bought over 65 books. This was our big Christmas gift to our girls that year. They LOVED it. We try to make books a regular part of our gift-giving. Sure, our children get presents like dolls and trucks and blocks, but we make sure at least some of their gifts for birthdays and other holidays are books. If you don't have access to a warehouse, keep reading for more! Hope you find this information helpful. There are many other resources available out there, but I just wanted to share a few.

Other resources: 

-Cheerios is giving away free books in their specially marked boxes right now. They are books by award-winning authors such as Mem Fox.

-Chick-fil-A is giving books in their kids' meals instead of toys. Most recently the books they were giving  tell a story in history and teach a value such as "Harriet Tubman and the Value of Helping". They were previously giving books about one of PBS' shows "Martha Speaks".

-There are free resources on the internet such as DLTK's website that allows you to print and make your own mini books. There are instructions how to make, and there is a large range and selection of topics.

-Use the public library! Most libraries still allow free access to take home books. Most also have a separate children's center where you can sit and relax and read with your kids.

Happy Monday and Happy Reading!