March Giveaway!

March Giveaway!

We haven’t done a giveaway in quite some time!  This 8×10 art print on wood can be customized to ANY lake!  And it could be yours!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite summer vacation spot is. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 9th.  Good luck! There are several ways to earn additional entries to the giveaway! 1. Sign up for the Polka Dot Mitten newsletter by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and entering your email in the signup form. 2. “Like” Polka Dot Mitten on Facebook (if you already like us, mention it in the comment!) 3. “Like” It Is What It Is on Facebook (if you already like us, mention it in the...

Sweet Summertime

We went for a ride on my dad’s boat tonight to take a look at the dredging that has been taking place at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.  It has created some pretty cool little islands and warm pools of water! The kids had a blast swimming and playing with Uncle Kyle! It was a perfect sunset tonight.  Here’s the Star of Saugatuck on its sunset cruise: And a picture of us… Don’t know what that red spot on my face is… oh...

Life Lately

These aren’t the greatest pictures because they were all taken with my phone.  I was trying to upload them to word press so I could edit them, and it decided to go ahead and publish the whole post for me instead! Then number one question customers of it is what it is have every summer is not “how do you get to the beach.” Actually, it’s “what are those little red ball things that look like cherry tomatoes growing outside by the fence?” They are rose hips!  I have no idea why they are so big (I didn’t know they were big- I didn’t even know what rose hips were until 2 years ago when we opened up the shop). But everyone says they are unusually big.  If you know anything about rose hips, please share your info with me so I can pass it along to my curious customers.  Here they are: We ignored our garden at home over the weekend.  If you would like some cucumbers, let me know!  This bowl full of giant cucumbers does not even come close to showing how many are actually still out in the garden.  Anybody have a good pickle recipe? On Monday, August 5, 2013, it was 59 degrees in our house.  I had to document it.  We haven’t had the air conditioning on for about 3 weeks! The other night, we chopped up some jalapenos and red onions from the garden and enjoyed them with tortilla chips and salsa.  It was so good! And last night, we got our first Christmas card order of the season!  It’s going to South...

Busy-ness and Clean Eating update

Here are some Polka Dot Mitten signs on display at It Is What It Is!     And here is what my counter looks like this week: I would like my husband to take me on vacation for my 30th birthday this winter… because I will appreciate it more than I have ever, ever, ever appreciated a vacation in my life.   I am seriously thankful for all of these orders. I never would have imagined this is where I would be right now.  Our garden is coming along nicely!  Here are the sugar snap peas (my favorite): The only thing ready in the garden right now is the spinach and lettuce.  We have been having lots of salads with tomatoes, chickpeas, avocado, walnuts and balsamic vinegar!  I have made it almost 3 weeks now on the un-processed food diet and I have lost about 5 lbs.  I even made it through my daughter’s birthday last weekend (a total of 3 parties… and we even went out saturday night with friends…) without having a bunch of junk.  I just stuck to lots of veggies and hummus and salads.  I did have a turkey burger on Sunday night… but not on a bun!  I also enjoyed some michigan wine.    ...
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