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Transitions & a Giveaway

Last week we had a lot going on in our multigenerational nest.

  • Hubby on travel
  • Daughter turning 13
  • 7th grade ending
  • Preschool ending
  • Preschool graduation

With hubby being on travel, my mother-in-law and I had a lot of time together. We patted ourselves on the back for another school year successfully completed. We chatted about the home summer camp we are still planning (we better hurry up, too). We reflected on the transitions we blindly entered, struggled through, got clear about, and came out the other end – jumping for joy.

Top transitions that made us feel a bit like Dorothy in a tornado:

The latter really had us all thinking and re-thinking. What would my mother-in-law’s role be, as a granny nanny, with my son going to kindergarten full time? How much childcare would hubby and I require of her? How much childcare would my mother-in-law be wanting to provide with both kids in school full time?

We haven’t figured all of that out at this point – and we’re totally OK with it. What we have figured out is my mother-in-law is excited about becoming a “granny nanny for hire”. This is the opportunity she has seen with both my kids being in school full time. I was thrilled when she told me about it. And we both became super excited about the idea of making business cards for her.

How timely it was when I found UPrinting’s cheap business card service. (Thank you, Universe!)

My mother-in-law is in the process of playing around with UPrinting’s templates to create cards to share with the parents we know in our neighborhood and also with moms from my son’s former preschool. I think her business plan is quite sound and will allow my mother-in-law to help other parents who need her skills and “baby whispering” talents. Also, she’ll get her baby fix – because the shop is closed around here.


Check out this great giveaway sponsored by UPrinting.

If you don’t need business cards, maybe you could make play date info cards or calling cards for babysitters.

Giveaway details

Prize Information:

  • 250 Die-cut Business Cards for one (1) winner
  • 2×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 2×2″ Rounded Corners, 1.75×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 2×3.5″ Leaf, 2×3.5 Rounded one corner, 2×3.5″ Half-Circle Side, 2×3.5″ Oval, or 2.5″ Circle
  • 14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
  • 6 Business days print turnaround time
  • Free US shipping only

Entry into Giveaway (mandatory – in order to participate):

  • Visit UPrinting Cheap Business Cards page.
  • In the comments section for this blog post (below) tell us what die-cut business card shape you would choose if you win this giveaway.
  • Entries must be received by June 8, 2012 – 12am MT.

Winner selection:


1. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old and above.

2. No prize substitutions allowed.

3. Winners are allowed to win once over a six-month period.

4. Only email addresses used for the giveaway will be eligible to claim the prize.

Other ways to connect with Uprinting

1. UPrinting on Facebook

2. UPrinting on Twitter

3. UPrinting on Google+ Circle



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Jen E Embroidery {giveaway}

Today, I bring you a giveaway from Jenny Hoffman of Jen E Embroidery. (Check out Jenny’s guest post on it’s a full nest.)

Kanesha: How did you learn to embroider?

Jenny:  I was taught by my grandma when I was little girl. 

Kanesha: How long have you been in business?

Jenny:  Just started this past July.

Kanesha: What has been your favorite embroidery project, so far?

Jenny:  My current fav are the tea towels I have for sale, they are fair trade cotton, heavy duty, and just super cute. 

Kanesha: Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

Jenny: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” -Henri Matisse 

For today’s giveaway, Jen E Embroidery is generously offering to ONE winner:

A v-neck t-shirt with beautiful embroidery art showcasing a lovely multigenerational owl family. Value of this t-shirt: $49 USD (value with owl family only $29 USD).

In addition, Jen E Embroidery is offering it’s a full nest readers a 15% discount on any Jen E Embroidery creations.

Use coupon code: FAMILYHOOT to redeem by November 15, 2011 

Thank you to Jen E Embroidery!

To enter today’s giveaway, please leave a comment (one entry per person, please) in today’s post. I’ll close comments by 12am MT on Sunday, October 2, 2011, and announce the winner(s), chosen via Random Number Generator, shortly after. Open to mailing addresses within the contiguous United States.


Congratulations to Derry Smith!

Please send your mailing address to itsafullnest {@} yahoo {dot} com.




Giveaway {Gina Rogers Photography}

I am excited to partner with Gina Rogers because (1) she’s a rockin’ mama, and (2) she is the photographer behind the great pictures of Margot and me on it’s a full nest.

Checkout this gorgeous multigenerational family – photo shoot by Gina.

Gina is offering an amazing giveaway for folks in Colorado (yup – only Colorado).

Giveaway details

One free mini session which includes:

  • 30 minute photo shoot
  • 10-15 images
  • 5×7 prints of those images
  1. The photo shoot will be for a baby, child/children, or family of 6 or less
  2. The shoot will be held in Boulder, Colorado.
  3. A model release must be signed so the images can be used online for Gina’s blog & website.
  4. The session must be redeemed before Mother’s Day. (May 8th, 2011)

How do I enter?

For one entry, leave a comment on this post telling us one of the following items:

  1. When was the last time your family was photographed professionally?
  2. What is your fondest memory of your grandparents?

For an additional entry, follow @itsafullnest on twitter and send us a tweet with:

  1. A fun, wacky, sweet or favorite saying by a parent, in-law or grandparent.
  2. Include #fullnest11 with your tweet.


This giveaway will close on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

A random winner will be selected and announced April 25, 2011.

¡Buena Suerte!


{Giveaway} Happy St. Patrick’s day! Stickers, anyone?

Margot and I hope you have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

We’d love to hear what you have planned for today.

Do you have any special recipes or traditions? If so, let us know what they are.

If you have any Irish inspired pictures, send them to us at itsafullnest {at} yahoo {dot} com.

We might post your picture – if it’s family friendly. (Hey, this is a family oriented site!)

We will select 5 winners, who comment on this post or who submit pictures, to receive some fun stickers.

All comments and pictures must be submitted by 12am (MST). Only addresses in the U.S.A. are eligible to win.

Be safe and have fun! Wear your green and don’t get pinched.

Here’s a fun, quick, and easy recipe from my friend, Kathy.

click recipe to enlarge

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

shamrock cookie


Book Giveaway winner: Kari K

Kari – Congratulations – you are the winner of Depression Cookies, by Tia Silverthorne Bach and Angela Silverthorne.

We will be in touch to get the book to you!


Multigenerational Author interview, part 2: Depression Cookies

In my Monday post, I introduced you to a great book about a multigenerational family – Depression Cookies.  I also posted a Q&A with the author/daughter, Tia Bach, about writing a book with her mom, Angela Silverthorne. 

Here is a Q&A with Angela about writing a book with her daughter, Tia.


Angela Silverthorne and Tia Silverthorne Bach

Margot Neufeld: How has writing the book changed, if at all, the relationship you have with your daughters? husband?

Angela Silverthorne:  My bond with my three daughters is incredible. Writing the book gave me additional insight into what they were going through during adolescence. I thought I understood, but reading Tia’s chapters made me reflect how a strong family unit is imperative during challenging life experiences. Our strength as a family was being open and honest, maybe to a fault.

My husband has always been supportive of the hours I spend writing. I think he knows it is my form of therapy. However, when he read the book, he was jolted. His whole life had been preparing – his own education and later, three college educations, three weddings, and retirement. The long hours he was absent, the weeks away learning a new job or traveling were extensions of his preparing, planning and protecting the loves of his life. The book made him examine the cost – the loss of precious time he had with his family to make sure they had all he could give. Our relationship is strong because we are soul mates, but it was sad to see his face crumble reading the cost to the family, not just ours, but many others we met along the corporate road.

MN:  How did writing the book with Tia change your impressions of her as a daughter? 

AS:  I always knew Tia was a strong, determined young woman, but hearing her regain a thirteen-year-old voice and relive some harsh moments that she and other young girls face left me numb, making me determined to finish the book and get it into the hands of other mothers and teens.

In the chapters where Tia and I were not on queue; well, that’s life. A thirty-five-year old mother and thirteen-year-old daughter are rarely going to see life through the same lens. I hope that makes the book more plausible.

MN:  If anyone were thinking about writing a book with their mom/dad/bro/sis, what advice would you have for them?

AS:  Talk openly and honest about what you want to write. It might be fun to say let’s write a book, it’s a lot harder to do it. You better know your writing partner!