feeling lucky.

i went outside to take my oldest to school and i felt a gentle warm breeze. i am so excited about the California weather we will be having this week. low 80’s this entire week! and my house is clean, and there is no laundry in sight. however, i have a ton of work for Jill Parkin Designs, but i am so grateful for that. with the baby coming in just 6 weeks, i am happy to be able to earn a little income before things are sure to get busy. and if you’d like, Fox LA is having a contest to pick some of the best businesses in the OC. Jill Parkin Designs has been nominated in the wedding invitation category. so if you have a minute…check it out here. i would love your vote.

so yes, i am feeling lucky this week. and today i will be doing my grocery shopping (gotta get green food for some St. Patrick’s Day lunches for the kiddies & Lucky Charms for our Leprechaun traps), and i am thinking that i better start getting stuff ready for this baby. because time is running out.

and besides this being a lucky green week with St. Patrick’s Day and all, it will be my birthday tomorrow. so that means i must have a giveaway tomorrow, be on the lookout. it will only be one day long. so i hope this is your lucky week too!
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last chance.

the sandy toes & popsicles giveaway ends tomorrow! i am so excited to be giving one of my readers a gift certificate to etsy, one of my favorite places to shop! so be sure to leave a comment on the giveaway page if you want a chance to win. i want you to win!

click here for the giveaway!

sandy toes & popsicles giveaway! times up!



for me the one hard thing about having little ones, is actually having time to spend on the hobbies i used to have plenty of time for. although, working from home also takes my free time away, i usually choose to spend what free time i do have playing with my boys. i like to get out of the house and take them places and forget about the work i have at home.


recently, i have been wanting to sew. something i used to do frequently. however, since i only have little boys, options for sewing for them are much less than if i had little girls. but lately i have started making them these applique shirts. i made them some for the 4th of July here, and just finished making my youngest one with his first initial. the picture on this post is one i made for my little niece. they are much more cute in person!

these shirts are super simple and i will be posting a tutorial on how to make them yourself this week. you don’t even have to have a sewing machine. so stay tuned for that.


in the meantime, here is a chance for one of my blog readers to have me make an applique shirt for their little kiddie pie.

to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me one of you favorite hobbies. enter as many times as you’d like. i will then randomly choose the winner on thursday, august 13th. if you win, i will make you a personalized shirt for your little kiddie pie. you will get to pick the letter or number that i will applique and if you want short or long sleeve shirt or onesie. you can also tell me a few of your favorite colors and i will do my best to find the shirt and fabric in those choices.

oh yeah…if you want daily sandy toes & popsicles updates sent directly to your email, subscribe to my blog (in the right column). don’t worry, i don’t share that info with anyone. and the sandy toes & popsicles newsletter is in the works and just about ready to email out, so if you would like to receive it, sign up soon.

good luck!,
jill, jack & kyle

sandy toes & popsicles giveaway!


if you have a little girl, this giveaway will be perfect for your princess! this week’s giveaway is offered by super talented Aira, who is the owner of the online store My Lil’ Bowtique. she has so many cute items to choose from like hair bows, head bands, flower beanies, tutu’s and flip flops for your little girl. 


to enter the giveaway, visit My Lil’ Bowtique and leave a comment below telling me what item or items from her store that you like. enter as many times as you’d like. i will then randomly choose the winner on saturday, August 1st. if you win, you get to pick your favorite item from her store. sweet!

even if you don’t want to enter the giveaway, be sure to check out My Lil’ Bowtique. Aira’s work is beautiful and she even does custom orders! so if you want her to make you bows to match certain outfits, she’s the person to go to. and she lives right here in the OC!

oh yeah…if you want daily sandy toes & popsicles updates sent directly to your email, subscribe to my blog (in the right column). don’t worry, i don’t share that info with anyone.


good luck!,
jill, jack & kyle

last chance.

the sandy toes & popsicles giveaway ends very soon! we have received some wonderful comments with great ideas from our readers. be sure to leave yours too if you want a chance to win my favorite magazine. i want you to win! 


click here for the giveaway!