About Kristen Hoffman

Wife, mother of 3, craftaholic, running a small business!

Friday Find 1/11/13

I have always had a thing for mushrooms.  Weird, huh?  Maybe it is because I grew up on a farm and in the Spring we would go mushroom hunting.  After the spring rains, morel mushrooms would grow all over the woods.  My Dad, Brother and I would search for these yummy little things.  They were good at camouflaging themselves under leaves and such.  We would bring home grocery bags full of them to my Mom to clean and cook.  These mushrooms are one of the things my Mom could cook amazingly well and they are one of my favorite foods!  I have since moved to another state and I am, unfortunately, never home in the spring.  I have not had a morel mushroom in, I would guess, 12 years!

I came across this shop, shroompers, and it brought back so many memories!  These little mushroom dolls are so adorable!

Neda, Stuffed Mushroom Toy.  She looks quiet and shy, like me.

Neda, Stuffed Mushroom Toy. She looks quiet and shy, like me 🙂

Mushroom Dollhouse.  You can have a mushroom village!

Mushroom Dollhouse. You can have a mushroom village!

Baby Sprouts, just adorable!

Baby Sprouts, just adorable!

What are your thoughts on mushrooms?  Even if you don’t like to eat them, now you can enjoy playing with them 🙂

Visit shroompers at http://www.etsy.com/shop/shroompers!



Favorite Friday 1/4/13

My first post in 2013, wahoo!  I can’t believe it!  I am going to post some of my favorite Etsy finds on Fridays.  I browse a lot of shops and am always finding unique, cutesy things.

First up is Unicorn Poop Cookies!  My daughter loves unicorns and these look so awesome!  These are from BakeAllTheThings, http://www.etsy.com/shop/BakeAllTheThings.  They are hand-rolled, hand-colored, spiraled, baked, glittered and decorated.  Very time consuming!

Doesn’t it look so yummy?!



Getting Baby to Sleep

My son will be 1 in a few days and we have had the hardest year with sleep issues!  There are lots of tips and trick about how to get your baby to sleep.  I feel like I tried everything and it would just make things worse.  I know it is normal for babies to wake up at night, but it can be frustrating!  Missing sleep has been the hardest thing for me.  My 2 oldest were great sleepers from 2 months on.  I couldn’t figure out why this baby wouldn’t sleep.  Was I doing something wrong, was there some medical issue that kept him from sleeping?  I tried Cry-It-Out (it worked for my other 2), but he would never give up.  I couldn’t bear to hear him cry anymore.   I tried soothing, rocking, soft music, a warm room, sleeping with him, anything I could think of.

Finally, someone suggested Lavender.  Why, oh why, didn’t I ever think of that?  It has been 1 week since I have been using Lavender Essential Oil and it is working!  Every night he sleeps a little longer.  Last night he slept from 8 pm until 6:30 am!


Before bed, I fill up a glass bowl with water and bring it to a boil in the microwave.  Then, I carefully carry it to his room and add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil.  I close his bedroom door and let the Lavender steam his room.  It smells wonderful!  I also add a drop of Lavender to a tissue and put it under his sheet.  I nurse him in his room and he drifts off to sleep in no time.

I am now a firm believer in Aromatherapy!.  I had heard of the benefits, but I never though to pursue it.  I will now keep a bottle of Lavender in the house at all times.  The next time I hear of a baby having trouble sleeping, I will recommend Lavender Essential Oil!

I believe Lavender has saved my sanity!

What Aromatherapy tips to you have?



Exfoliating Face and Body Salt Scrubs

I have some new bath and body products I would like to tell you about :).

Exfoliating Facial Salt Scrubs and Body Salt Scrubs.  I love exfoliating a few times a week.  It makes me feel refreshed and renewed!  The ingredients in these scrubs are Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, Sunflower Oil and Glycerin.

I use epsom salts because they are so gentle on your skin and exfoliate well.  The epsom salts also have natural minerals, are stress relievers, improves heart and circulatory health, improves nerve functions and flushes toxins from your body.  Who wouldn’t want that?!

The baking soda is great at softening skin.

Sunflower Oil has a high Vitamin E content.  It protects the skin from sun damage.  The oil also helps ance, eczema and inflammation.

The glycerin is a cleanser and moisturizer.

I will be offering the face scrub in 2 and 4 ounce jars.  The body scrub will be in an 8 ounce jar.

2 Ounce Exfoliating Facial Salt Scrub

4 Ounce Exfoliating Facial Salt Scrub

The yellow tint comes from the Sunflower Oil.

These are available for purchase in my Etsy shop at http://pldbody.etsy.com



New Earrings!

I received a bunch of jewelry making goodies yesterday.  I, of course, couldn’t wait to get started!  I will be adding these earrings to my shop over the next week.  Let me know what you think!

Multi Circle Dangle Earrings/ Oxidized Silver

Petite Bird Earrings / Antique Brass

Wings Earrings / Oxidized Silver

Flowers inside Hearts Earrings / Antique Brass

Fancy Drop Oval Earrings / Oxidized Silver

Petite Leaf Earrings / Antique Brass

You can find these earrings for purchase here http://pooloudesigns.artfire.com.  Stop by and say hello!



Back to School

It is the time of year most parents look forward to.  Those three precious words “back to school”.  I admit, I am one of those parents.  By the time summer is half over I can’t wait for school to start!  The kids have been fighting non-stop, eating non-stop and whining and complaining about how bored they are.  I think I have had enough!  Then I start thinking about what it really will be like when they are in school.

This year, I will not have one in school, but two. My daughter Lexi is going into 3rd grade.  She knows what to expect and loves school.  She is so outgoing and is ready for anything!  It wasn’t always easy for her.  We had an adjustment period when she started Kindergarten.  She started school when she was 4, almost 5.  She was definitely ready for school intellectually, but not as prepared socially.  It didn’t take long for her to get in the groove.  She goes with the flow and is our worry free kid!

My son Chris is going into Kindergarten.  He is going to be the hard one. He is so shy and introverted.  There is nothing wrong with that. I was the same way. The difficult part is knowing how to handle his personality. I am working on it and learning what he needs.  You would think I would already know what to do, right?  Wrong!  As you grow up, you learn how to deal with the world and forget how hard it was for you.  I have forgotten and am having to learn again.

My husband does not have the patience for Chris sometimes, so it falls to me.  I am dreading the mornings when school starts, trying to get him ready on time and the melt downs I am sure are to come.  I have tried my hardest this summer to prepare him for school.  I know he is nervous and a little scared.  That is to be expected.  It still doesn’t make it any easier.  I expect to have a few hard weeks, but I pray he adjusts quickly.  I already have this image in my head of terrible mornings running around and him retreating into his shell because he doesn’t have the right socks or underwear on.  He is very picky about his socks and underwear!  I am thankful that they have to wear uniforms at their school.  Otherwise, that would be something else to worry about!  I am also dreading after school.  Particularly the homework part.  I know he won’t have very much homework in Kindergarten, thankfully, but he will have some.  And then there is the being tired and cranky part after being at school all day.

I have also realized that with Lexi and Chris at school, I will be the one entertaining Danny all day! I was getting so excited for school to start and Danny and I having our time together. Then the two of us were left alone the other day and all he did was whine for someone to play with him. I didn’t realize how big of a help the older kids were until they weren’t here :).  I had this idea in my head of what our days were going to be like, but I will have to make some adjustments!  That is ok.  This time is all about enjoying our kids anyway.  Who cares if the house is messy and there are no clean clothes to wear.  We will survive and be better for it!

So, with school starting in 2 weeks, I am having mixed feelings about it. What about you???

I would love to hear from you!



Chris, Danny and Lexi

Feature – L. T. Trinkets

L. T. Trinkets is inspired by the 60’s fun, colorful and preppy fabrics.  Louise takes cotton fabric in fun designs, covers buttons with the fabric and makes lots of cool and unique items!  In her shop you can find necklaces, earrings, ponytail holders, barrettes, bookmarks, shoe clips and much more!  Louise lives on the east coast and started this hobby while looking for work.  Louise is self-taught and has grown her hobby into a business :).

You can find L. T. Trinkets here:

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/lttrinkets

Artfie – http://lttrinkets.artfire.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LTTrinkets

Make sure to stop by and say hello!  Here are a few of Louise’s items.

Blue and White Coverbutton Ponytail Holder $6.50

Adorable Pink Swirls Pendant/Necklace $7.00

Blue and Orange Preppy Hair Barrette featuring Lilly Pulitzer Fabric $12.00

Fabric Paperclip Bookmark Featuring Lilly Fabric $6.50

I think Louise likes pink!  What do you think?

All photos are copyright lttrinkets and were used with permisson.