Stocking Stuffers for Girls

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  1. Hair Accessories
  2. Nail Polish
  3. Chap Stick or Lip Gloss
  4. Candy or Gum
  5. Colored Pencils or Mechanical Pencils for older children
  6. Stickers
  7. Small Books
  8. Travel Games
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Jewelry
  11. Small Stuffed Animals
  12. Fuzzy Socks
  13. Notepads or Journals
  14. Cosmetic Bags or Coin Purses
  15. Fun Toothbrush
  16. Travel Sized Lotions
  17. Gift Cards
  18. Bubbles
  19. Play Dough or Silly Putty
  20. Trail Mix
  21. Key Chains
  22. Pez Dispensers
  23. Night Lights
  24. Christmas Ornaments
  25. Bookmarks
  26. Erasers or Pencil Toppers
  27. Candy Canes
  28. Temporary Tattoos
  29. Gift Cards
  30. Hair Brush or Comb

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Mod Party Decorations Starter Kits – Product Feature

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We’ve recently added some amazing party kits for kids birthday parties and baby showers. These party kits are available in several themes from Pirate Party to Tea Party. The modern designs and graphics are a big hit with parents and children.

Decorations and accessories can also be paired with coordinating personalized party favors.

Each party kit contains the following decorations and accessories:

  • 1 Pennant Banner
  • 1 Party Sign
  • 25 Striped Paper Straws
  • 24 Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers
  • 12 Menu/Place Cards
  • 32 Decorative Round Stickers
Circus  Party Kit

Circus Carnival Party Kit

Cupcake Party Kit

Cupcake Party Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 



Three Year Old Interview

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It truly is the simple things in life that make us happy. I was reminded of that when doing a fun little interview with my three year old for her scrap book. Here are the questions and the responses she gave. I wish I was so certain of my favorite things. I’m not sure I could answer all of these questions definitely.

What is your favorite color? Blue and purple
What is your favorite cartoon? The Looney Tunes Show
What is your favorite food? Mac and Cheese
What is your favorite outfit? A tutu with fancy shoes and a princess headband
What is your favorite storybook? Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
What is your favorite animal? Monkey
What is your favorite stuffed animal? Charlie the Monkey
What is your favorite thing to do? Play with toys
Do you like the beach or the park more? Beach, but I like the park too
What is your favorite park? The red slide park
What is your Favorite Toy? Minnie Mouse Doll
Who is your favorite baseball player? Buster Posey
What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries


A Fost-Adopt Story: Moving Past The Paperwork

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On May 22nd, 2013 I happily packed the last of our application paperwork in a manilla envelope and placed extra postage on the outside to ensure that it would reach AASK quickly and safely. This was a HUGE step for my husband and I toward our dream of adopting through foster care.

When we first received the application packet, I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed with the thick stack of papers. Here are some of the things that are required to move past the “application” phase but I’m sure I’ve left things out:

  • Informational form and two page application
  • Background checks for each person in the household over 18
  • Two sets of  LiveScan fingerprints to be submitted to the Department of Justice for background checks
  • Full physical with signature from doctor
  • TB screening
  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • Financial worksheet
  • Employment verification
  • 4 letters of reference
  • School report for any school-aged children
  • Scale layout of home with gas and water shut-offs and emergency exits
  • Emergency plan and contact sheet
  • Official driver record for each adult from the DMV
  • In-depth Homestudy questionnaire including personal, family, health and relationship history
  • Water safety agreement
  • Water safety training (only if you plan to participate in water-related activities or own a pool)
  • A one-page photo sheet showing our family and lifestyle (this was harder to do than I though it would be)
  • A family photo for our file

While we were still finishing up this paperwork, my husband and I attended AASK’s mandatory, two-day “Foster and Adoptive Family Training” at their office in Oakland at the end of April. We found very insightful and were glad to connect with other people who were in the application stage like us!

By May 28th we received word that AASK had received all of the paperwork required to move out of the “application” phase and that an AASK social worker would soon be assigned to us. This was a big relief and also was very exciting for me because it meant we were one step closer to becoming a family with non-teenaged children! Don’t get me wrong – having my teen-aged stepson is a blessing but he doesn’t exactly like spending much time with us anymore and I am ready to welcome home the children who will complete our family.

On June 14th an AASK representative called to inform us that a social worker had been assigned to us and would be calling us soon. Well, our social worker did just that and we have our first “homestudy” meeting on June 20th in our home. We had officially moved on to “Step 4″ (read about the steps here).

The months since January have flown by while completing paperwork and preparing our home. I’m very thankful to be on this fost-adoption journey and know that this is something I am meant to do, without question. I feel that this is the path God has planned for me and I’m very grateful for that he has blessed me with this opportunity.

Please check back soon for an update as I have much more to sharing about completing the homestudy and entering the “matching” phase.

If you have questions or anything you’d like to share about AASK or my foster-adoption journey, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I will be sure to respond. You can learn more about Adopt A Special Kid on their website at www.aask.org.

-D.



Summer Specials

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We have lots of great specials in our Baby Bedding & Nursery Decor and Baby Gear Collections from diaper bags to baby bedding. Visit our Children’s Boutique today for great sale prices. Be sure to use our Promo Code: SUMMER at checkout for a 10% discount off of all purchases over $50.