You are my sunshine {more 500th post celebrating}

UPDATE: CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED Kimberly C.’s comment is the last counting one

As I write this Chris in on a plane headed home. I have been asked a lot this past week how I manage with 4 young kids when Chris is gone. Well here’s a few things that helped:

1.  Grandmas & Grandpas – they stopped by often and helped in so many ways. Thank you.

2.  Starbucks: A sweet friend gave me a gift card the day Chris left…how thoughtful and wonderful is that?!

3. Friends: Several surprised me with meals, desserts, even presents for my kids. Wow.

4. My You Are My Sunshine Poster (I’m serious on this!) A while back Dana left a comment on my blog. Well I instantly loved her blog – especially a post she did about something called CraftHope. That led me to the CraftHope blog – whose founder Jade has a blog….with an adorable nursery. In that nursery was a poster I had to have….recognize this from my kitchen remodel?

So to summarize all that:

Dana’s comment>Made blog>Craft Hope blog>Chikaustin blog>etsy store The Wheatfield

I love this poster for so many reasons. It was a song sung over me as a child and is one I sing over my kids. I love the colors in it and the design. It is just so pretty to look at. I hung it in my kitchen on the wall that gets the early morning sunlight, near our table – which we spend hours a day at creating, destroying and eating. I love having it hung right there in the middle of everything because it reminds me of how truly blessed I am to have 4 children in my home. It reminds me of that when they are all cute and having fun painting and it reminds me of that when they are complaining about dinner. This past week when Chris was gone the oldest boys decided to have a contest to see who could spray milk the highest by blowing in their straws the hardest. As I helped them clean their mess, it reminded me then too that they are my little sunshines.

5. Medical Supply boxes: I raided Chris’ office after he left and brought home all the boxes their supplies came in. I had a grand idea of building a fort in the living room then letting the boys paint it. It was going to be so cute and I was going to share fun pictures of our colorful fort with you. Well instantly I realized that wasn’t going to happen. All the boys wanted to do was stack them high and then knock them down….over and over and over again. They found one box with a closing lid. They took turns hiding in the box while the other two would stack boxes on top and knock them down again.

While he was playing I snuck out the poster size pic of his sister…he just kept smiling and laughing at it. It was pretty funny.

There’s a lot of other things that helped, but a baby is waking up and I won’t be back on here tonight…I’m headed to the airport.

So until the next post, you should go check out The Wheatfield’s etsy store.

While you are there pick out a 13×19 print….because she is giving one away to someone today! Happy 500th blog post week to you!

Contest Details:

One entry per person, winner chosen randomly

Contest ends Friday, February 12th 9:00pm

Prize: 1 13×19 print of your choice from The Wheatfield

In the comment box tell me which poster (from above or visit her store) that you like best and why.

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  • keely - I love the “Be Here Now” poster. As a mama of 2 little guys, sometimes I want to run away and drink coffee and read magazines or lie on a deserted island or be anywhere but where I am. That would be a good reminder for me!

  • Amy - I like “The World is a Playground.” This reminds me to have fun. Sometimes I think as adults we are to serious. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the trials of everyday life and forget the world is just a great big playground.

  • laura arens - it’s a toss up between the sunshine one, and “not all who wander are lost” . they are all so beautiful!

  • Kate - How to pick just one…I love the Dreams poster that has always been one of my favorite quotes but I also love the You are My Sunshine.

  • Heather King - I’m born between the Stargazing poster and the Be Kind to others… both are so fantastic and just jump out at me… the Stargazing one makes me think of my wonderful husband who allows me to daydream even though my dreams are so often loftier than the stars themselves… and I love the Be Kind poster, because my second son will be here any day now and that is such a fun way to teach such an important lesson that I’m sure both boys will need often :)

  • Lauren Roberts - I like “Seize the Day”. It’s the most inspirational to me :)

  • Kristin Eldridge - Home Sweet Home.

    B/C home is my favorite place. :)

  • Jodi - I LOVE all of them but I would have to pick the Haiti LOVE poster. It will be perfect in my daugthers’ shared big girl room that I am currently obsessing over. I also love the Daydreams poster….it screams all the things I daydream about.

    (ps not sure if this is a duplicate comment…I thought i submitted one before but don’t see it!)

  • Kathy - Well, at the risk of being a copy cat, I’ve gotta say that I’d love the “you are my sunshine” poster. Great song, great thought, can’t help but smile. Always hope my boys know that they are my world – now and forever.

  • Faith - Most definitely the Grow Something poster…. ’cause I can hardly wait for spring and to plant a garden!!!

  • Tabitha - I like the breathe and smile one. I could definitely use that reminder on occasion!

  • Kari - Breathe and smile, it’s a brand new day! What a lovely reminder to see every day!!

  • Sarah - I love the colors on “Be Kind to Others” but I think my favorite saying is “This is it” – great wedding present.

  • Kristina - I like the Breathe & Smile one because I need this reminder some days :P! But, I love the colors of her Be Kind To Others print!

  • Alba - I would choose the daydream list. I think I try to make my life easier every single day, but some days I just mess up myself.

  • Melissa - For sure “Be kind to others”
    I say this very thing multiple times a day to my children and then I have to say it to myself. The colors are fantastic. What a great shop! I’m so glad you get your hunny back! He’s going to love that photo. :)

  • ashlee - the land of ampersand is my favorite because we just seem to keep adding more and more people and things to our family…in a good way:)
    your husband was such a blessing to me on twitter. i so enjoyed experiencing his servanthood through his tweets and pictures. please thank him…he was Jesus to a lot of poeple last week, and it counts:)

  • Jill - This Is It. I think that is my favorite. To me it’s a reminder that this is it, this is the life I dreamt of and built and have been blessed with.

  • Elisabeth - I am a huge fan of everything! Thanks for sharing this with us. I would have to say my favorite is Be Here Now…I would put it in our playroom to remind me to be present in the moment.

  • Jenna - Definitely “Seize the Day.” My little man has pneumonia right now, and as I’ve sat for hours and hours on end just holding him, I’ve been reminded to take advantage of each moment I have with my healthy boy! It’s so tough as a mommy to take the time to slow down and let go of some of the “stuff” in life in order to seize the day by simply “being” with our perfect little gifts from God.

  • Beth - I’m not sure that I can pick. I think the Breath & Smile one might be a good thing to wake up to every day. A good reminder.

  • Mindy - The Be Kind to Others poster. It would be perfect for one of my girls room, and it is something I am trying to teach my young children.

  • Amanda - I love the one that says “Be Kind to Others”…. it’s something that was taught to me very young (and something my husband is still learning, unfortunately), and I want to make sure that my baby girl learns it young. And it would look wonderful in my kitchen :)

  • Nichole - I love the “Be Kind to Others”. It’s is something I say to my son at least once a day.

  • Jo - I love Seize the Day or Breathe & Smile! :) those are such bright and beautiful pictures!!!

  • Sara - The world is MY playground!

  • Brooke - I like the “world is a playground” best…because that’s a frame of mind I’d like to be in more.

  • Jessica - I think they are all great and it is hard to pick one but I think I like Garden Party best because of the birds they are really cute and it reminds me of Spring.

  • Lisa - My favorite is the “Not all who wander are lost” poster. :)

  • Courtney H - I like the Good Morning Flower. I’m sooooo not a morning person, but maybe if I looked at that each day it may give me a little headstart to the morning.

  • Lucy - You are my Sunshine is my favorite as well. It’s funny how just a few words can make you feel so much.

  • Nicole C - I love the home sweet home poster!

  • Erin - Be Kind to Others because if you remember that, the rest is cake.

  • Lindsay Thomas - Love You Are My Sunshine!….and Breathe and Smile, Home Sweet HOme…etc. But You Are My Sunshine is #1.

  • danielle - I love the one that you have…You Are My Sunshine. I would put it in my kitchen to help me stay happy when I am cooking and when my little “sunshine” is making one cute mess after another!

  • Jana Rogers - I work with domestic violence victims and ANY of these would be wonderful for my office. So insipational….

  • Ashley C. - I really really love the Good Morning poster! I need something bright and happy for my kitchen. So fresh and sunny. Would that poster actually make me a morning person? We shall see!

  • Lisa Johnson - How to choose? I love them all. On this cloudy February morning, the Garden one is looking so appealing, but I think I’m going with Be Kind to Others. I think I’d be tempted to sneak in a “M” so it says Be Kind to Mothers. hehe

  • Jana Rogers - I love each and every one. It would be great to have something inspirational for my office.

  • maggi - I love the Breath & Smile poster…actually, I love all the posters! congrats on your 5ooth post!

  • Katie - I like the grow something one. The colors would go well in my house and it’s a reminder of what my goals are in life. Growing a happy marriage, great kids who love the Lord, my small group girls faith…God put my in the business of helping Him grow.

  • Elizabeth - Not All Who Wander are lost…I think this sums up my life..I always seem to be wandering….never headed anywhere..just taking it all in..and I love teaching this philosophy to my children….because I think it is alright to be a wanderer…..

  • Kinzie Sue - I like the Seize the Day one, but I’ve been obsessing over the color yellow because it’s so sunshiny and cheery, so I’d have to choose the You Are My Sunshine one! So ready for spring, and this print would be perfect! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

  • Rachel Ridd - I love the grow something poster. Last year I planted my first garden. If I had this print in my house I think it would encourage me to get out there and pull those weeds! haha

  • Shelby A - I’m also in love with the You Are My Sunshine poster–so cheerful, and I like the pattern and colors!

  • Diana - I love “The World is A Playground”! They are all wonderful!

  • kribss - besides the you are my sunshine i would pick not all who wanders is lost. i am a wonderer and love exploring.

  • kelly - I LOVE the one that says be kind to others. That is fantastic!!

  • mrs doodle - I would have to say I love the “you are my sunshine” one too. I love, love, love saying that to my daughter. I am in the process of decorating her new “big” girl room and it would be awesome in there. I also like the “be kind to others one” – I mean I try so hard to instill that into her heart by my actions and words. I love them both and if I were lucky enough to win… well surprise me:)

  • Trinity - Definitely the Be Kind to Others. Good reminder for me. Good reminder for my girls.

  • Jana - I love the “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” because it fits my life perfectly. I’m married to a Marine and in our first year of marriage we lived in Hawaii, South Carolina and now I’m in the midst of moving to Okinawa Japan! I’m a wanderer for sure, but I’m definitely NOT lost :D

  • Sarah C - I love the “You are My Sunshine” poster! That’s my son’s song that I sing to him over and over again when I’m rocking him to sleep. So very sweet and precious to me.

  • annie - you are my sunshine -definitely -my mom always sang it to me when i would wake up in the morning as a child, after she passed away it took on a whole new meaning for me. i sing it to my three chickens in hopes that it’s meaning becomes embedded into them as they grow.

  • Kara - I would pick the You Are My Sunshine poster. I tell my baby girl that every day and it would look darling in her room.

  • Stacy B - I love “you are my sunshine” because my mom sang it to me and I sing it to my son, now. But I also like “play”. :-)

  • Kara P - I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the “Seize the Day” or “This Is It” poster!!! It makes me think something GREAT is about to happen! Thanks Ashley!

  • Crystal - I really like the “Look within. You are the World” poster. It would go beautifully with the nursery decor I am working on.

  • lauren - “breezy yellow sunday” is my favorite poster.
    here’s why: sunday is my absolute favorite day. i plan to marry on a sunday. they’re relaxed. usually filled with visits to/from family and lots of love and laughter. warm, breezy days are perfection in my book. warm, breezy sundays are heaven. :) yellow is the color of hope. we lost a beloved family member last january and we wore/wear yellow in her honor. yellow is the color of sunshine and nothing makes me happier than seeing the sun shine. except for sundays! ;)
    thanks for the chance!!
    *

  • Kelley - Well, I would have to pick You Are My sunshine. I sing it too my boys. It was one of my grandpa’s favorite songs. The words to the song were actually worked into his eulogy when he died. It is a special song to my whole family.

  • Katrina - The Hand for Haiti is my favorite. As I was going through the posters, I found myself drawn back to that one. It’s so simple yet colorful and you can almost feel the love it represents.

  • Liz E - Its a toss up for me, between all of them?

    Well if I had to narrow it down it would be Seize the day, a good reminder to stop proscrasinating! (A little problem I have!) and Be kind to others…because well we can all be reminded of showing a little kindness.
    :)

    Have a super day!

  • Tracy - Oh goodness it is hard to pick just one! I LOVE three from above, you are my sunshine one, It’s a brand new day and the garden party!

  • Lindsay - Wow… so hard to choose! They are ALL gorgeous!
    Among my favorites is the Be Kind. Definitely something we are teaching our three year old at this trying age! And, something we need to remember to do that will help us through our days. I absolutely love the colors too… would be a great addition to my house. :)

  • Casey - I love the “you are my sunshine” poster for the same reason as you. It’s my dad’s favorite song, he still sings it to us and my kids too

  • Gussy - I’d LOVE to add some more color to my sewing room. These prints are darling! AMAZING!!! :) Would love to own and brag about it on my blog.

  • Carol - “You are my sunshine” because of precious memories and new ones I’m making with my grandchildren when I sing it to them.

  • Melissa Shepard - Breathe & Smile its a brand new day, love it because it reminds me of God’s grace, fresh and new each morning.

  • meredith - Definitely “You are my sunshine”! I swear I can close my eyes and hear me, my sister and my Mamaw singing it at the top of our lungs for all the world to hear in her big swing out front. Such precious memories!! :)

  • Sherry - I like the “Home Sweet Home” one because I love anything with vintage like patterns on them. My home is full of vintage flair and this poster would be perfect in my entry way.

  • Lindy - I love the “You are my sunshine” poster. I had actually seen it before you posted it on your blog…I have been eyeing it for quite a while now. It’s also my favorite because right now that is my 2 year old neices favorite song to sing.

  • Mara - I have always loved the “Grow Something” print. It is inspiring me to plant a garden this spring! Green is also my favorite color – so fresh and clean it would work in any room.

  • Kärt - Oh, I lo-ove the ‘Breathe and smile, it’s a brand new day!’ poster. Because you know, sometimes, it’s so difficult to wake up in the mornings. If this would be the first thing I would see every day, I’d be smiling year round. :)

  • Sarah - I love “A Breezy Yellow Sunday”. Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week; it’s the one day my husband, 11 month old, and I can spend together hanging out and relaxing; it reminds me of a warm spring day when we can get out and work in the garden, but most of all it reminds me that spring is right around the corner, and it’s much needed after the gruesome winter we’ve had in VA!

  • Christa Bader - I love the not all who wander are lost. It reminds me that my son (who has autism) isn’t on the wrong path, just a different one.

  • CourtneyMac - I love the ‘Grow Something’ print–going to be my mantra as soon as this cold, yucky weather goes away!

    I love your daughter’s huge picture–and your son staring at it is HILARIOUS! Made me laugh out loud here in my office!

  • Melissa - So hard to pick! I love “Have a Nice Day” with those beautiful fish but “Not all who wander…” is such a great message.

  • Jamie - “Be kind to Others” bc that is such an important lesson in life, as well as I love the colors of that print!

  • katherinemarie - My favorite: The world is a play ground. Her shop is lovely. Absolutley lovely… the colors, the quotes, the art… I’m with you on the doing it alone thing— my hubby leaves for up to 15 months at a time— strong coffee sure helps!!!!

  • Zoe C - I also love the ‘Sunshine’ poster because when we left for our honeymoon, all our friends and family had gathered together and, totally impromtu, sang it for us. It was such a sweet thing.

  • Lori Danelle - I remember my Mom singing “You are my Sunshine” to me as a little girl. I remember feeling so incredibly special. Like it was MY song.

    So now that I have 2 little girls of my own, I sing it to them almost everyday. Once I start, they won’t let me quit (and it’s not because of my vocal skills!) so I hope they are getting that same special feeling I did.

    It’s funny because I’m actually working on a paper cut poster for them right now of the song. Still in sketching stages, but I hope it sees the light of day soon. :)

  • Christin - I like the Breathe & Smile poster. I tell this to myself all the time.

  • beth - i am so in love with “you are my sunshine”. Its a song that my mom always sang to me and this poster caught my eye when i first saw it in your kitchen. i think this will end up in my house one way or another :) Your blog is fantastic and though i’ve yet to start my family, I’m truly inspired by you. keep it up girlfriend :)

  • Amanda - I love all of them! But the one I would choose is the Good Morning Flower one because I think I would hang something like that in my kitchen (when I get a kitchen!) and those are the colors I want to have in my kitchen!

  • Barbara - So glad your husband is safe at home. Just found your blog recently…am a new stay at home mom and former preschool teacher/director and love, love, love all the funny kid stories and pics. “The World is a Playground” speaks the most to me right now. My cousin, a songwriter, passed away a few months ago and one of his lyrics goes, “you got to listen to the kid that’s playing in your soul.” The poster reminds me of his words.

  • Jaclyn - I love the Grow Something or the How Does Your Garden Grow? posters. My big project this year is to start a garden with my girls so these really speak to me in relation to my family.

  • lorae - Toss up between the “Stargazing” one and the “Not all who wander are lost”. And I love the colors on “How does your garden grow”. Side note, make sure your sweet poster is in a frame that protects it from the sun. Unless you like the faded look:). I’ve learned this the hard way. I’m glad your hubby is on his way home, way to hang in there.

  • Nancy - Be Here Now is AWESOME. I would love to have that to give to the new church we just helped to start!!

  • Cindy - Hard to pick just one… but I love “Be here Now” because it is a great reminder to me to enjoy what is going on instead of looking forward to a time I think might be easier or better.

  • shelly - The seize the day is great, I say that to my son all the time! Thanks for the giveaway–love those posters!

  • MINDY - I have been wanting the you are my sunshine print forever. Wouldlove to win.

  • ae - It’s a tough choice… I think I’d have to choose a favorite from among all of the gardening-themed ones (“From the Earth,” “How Does Your Garden Grow,” and “Grow Something”) because I love trying my hand at gardening and having freshly-grown things around the house, but I’m also pretty terrible at it and tend to give up more than I should.

  • Kara - I LOVE the breath and smile its a brand new day! Please random generator pick me!

  • jen@odbt - Be kind to others – love the saying and love the colors. This would be a great reminder to have in our house. I’m always telling my kids that.

  • patti - “you are my sunshine my only sunshine” has sentimental meaning for my husband. his mom – who’s no long with us – used to sing it to all eight kids when they were little.

  • kristi - be kind to others!
    (that is what I am constantly telling my boys!)

  • Brooke - I’m excited your husband is on his way home! That and how wonderful of a support system you had while he was away. The little things the people can do to make a lonely house warm is amazing. I’m glad everyone was there for you while he was out being there for someone else. :)

    At first glance, I LOVE the stargazing one because during warm summer nights since the day my son was born we’d go outside, lay on a blanket in the backyard & just be together. I also love the one you own, because my mother used to sing that song to me when I was little & it brings back all those warm memories.

  • Chrissy - I love the “you are my sunshine” poster! My daughter is now 6 soon to be seven and my husband and I sung that song to her when she was a baby! It was the only thing that we could do to help her stop crying… so many sweet memories! I would hang it in her room for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily - I like the You are my sunshine one because it is so bright and cheery.

  • Bethy - awwww katieeeeee! i love your drawings so much.

  • Megan H - I think my favorite is the “Be Here Now.” But loved so many.

  • becky - I love the dreams poster simply because it says go CONFIDENTLY in the direction of your dreams. That’s something I hope to instill in my 3 kids.

  • Mandi - While all of her prints are lovely, I have to say the “You Are My Sunshine” is my favorite.

  • sarah - I love the Dreams collage–I’m an English teacher & I love teaching Walden. Thoreau always reminds me to “Simplify, simplify!”

  • Holly Todd - The colors in the “Be Kind to Others” jumps out at me, but in this uncertain time in my life I really love the “Breathe & Smile” poster. Because somethimes thats all you can do!

  • amber - “breath and smile it’s a brand new day” it reminds me of anne of green gables when she is reminded that “each day is new with no mistakes in it” by her teacher that she loved so much! a good thing to remember!

  • Jenny - Love all of them but the one that speaks to me the most is “The World is a Playground”. Love that and as a military spouse, that couldn’t be more true for us!

  • Ingrid - i love the ‘ i love stargazing with you’! it reminds me of when i was younger and would lie and look at the stars :)

  • Jamie - I have to say, I love “You are my Sunshine”. My husband sang it to me when we were dating & it became “our song”. Cheesy, huh? And I made a big sign with that on it just recently (posting about it today). He still sings it to me & my kids sing it now too. Sorry, long story! :)

  • Brooke Whitis - “Be Kind to Others” is my favorite. I love it….the colors, the message…everything!!
    I feel like I say it 4,000 times a day to the 20 second graders.

  • sheridan - I’m so thankful you did this post. I love her etsy shop and so glad you told us about her. I too adore the you are my sunshine when Hudson was born at 31 wekks and in the NICU I was so nervous and couldn’t touch him a whole lot. I also felt silly talking to him especially w/ all the nurses standing right there. I didn’t like the quiet so I always sang you are my sunshine and god is so good to him. It is a song that has been sung to me by my dad and one I still sing to my boys. HOpe you have a WONDERFUL night welcoming your hubby home

  • Leah Zion - Definitiely the Be Here Now poster…good reminder!

  • melissa tichy - good morning flower..love the colors

  • Kizzy - i like ‘be kind’ because of the colors and words. but, i love ‘seize the day’ because of what it is saying– not so much for the colors…

  • Callie B - It’s between the “home sweet home” and You are my sunshine” – beautiful work!

  • Taylor - I’ve been a fan of this shop for some time. My favorite one is still “you are my sunshine.”

  • Callie B - It’s between “home sweet home” and “you are my sunshine” – beautiful work!

  • maegan - I like the “You are my sunshine” because I have many memories of my grandfather singing that song. I also like the “Home Sweet Home”- such a cliche but wonderfully true statement. And the design and color scheme is great.

  • Cath - Omg! I’m glad you found this store. I think my next purchase will be one of these. They’re all so beautiful! My favourite is “Breathe & Smile”, it’s so beautiful and I try to do that. I love to smile and I think it’s the best way to be more free!

  • Jeannette Swan - I like the Good Morning Flower one – not sure why – just like it!

  • Amber - I would choose “you are my sunshine”, “not all who wonder are lost”, or the “seize the day”…really, I love them all!

  • kristen - i LOVE the one you have but i also love the “be here now” one because i feel like that’s a motto i try and live by.

  • Jessica - I like the ‘not all who wander are lost.’ I just recently heard this phrase and really liked.

  • Chelsea - I love the one you have! Such a great song!

  • Meredith - I like the “Be Kind to Others” print. The colors are lovely, and it’s a great motto to be reminded of!

  • Karen - “Home Sweet Home” because there isn’t a better place to be.

  • Kaley - LOVE the you are my sunshine poster… my husband sings that song to our baby girl every day!

  • Debs Lux - Its a tie between a few but the one that is sticking out to me the most and the moment and is helping me deal with the objects that life is throwing at me would have to be “The World Is A Playground.” Because it is important to never forget the importance of enjoying life and having fun. Explore and enjoy our inner child. Because as children we wish to be adults but when we become adults we wish to be children again. Also for me i think it helps us remember that when we have fun and live life we enjoy the things and certainly the people around us. I think its important for people to remember that.

  • Rachel - “Be here now” is definitely my favorite! I love the message — wherever you are — be there.

  • Jenn - I Love the you are my sunshine one too! I sing it to my daughter every night, and she’s just getting to where she can sing it back.

  • mandi - ***gasp!!!*** i am dying from the greatness of this shop. how do you choose just one!?!? ok, i LOVE the ‘be kind to others’ and the ‘how does your garden grow?’ from her site. oh man, i can’t get over these- they are fantastic!

  • Jaimie - i love the “be kind to others” poster. super cute. i love the colors.

  • Melissa - I love the home sweet home.. so cozy!

  • stacey B - Oh I like quite a few but I’m drawn to Garden Party. It’s so sweet and simple!

  • sarah - Home Sweet Home is just precious! Wouldn’t it look lovely in a nursery? Love it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Stephanie - You are in my Sunshine as well. My Mom sang that over us too. What sweet, sweet memories!

  • jody - You are My Sunshine.

    All my kids know the song. It is a loved favorite & I’ve been checking out that poster for a while now…love it!

  • Angie - I love the “Be Here Now” poster because it’s a reminder to not get so caught up in busyness that we miss out on life.

  • Sarah - breathe and smile . . . a reminder I often need!

  • Seamingly Sarah - I love the Garden Party poster. The colors and layout are just something I’ve been drawn to lately. I have various other items (potential clock face, fabric etc…) like this and hopefully will feel inspired and directed to create with them soon.

  • Danielle - i love “be here now” because i can picture it hanging in my living room right now!

  • Jennifer Ross - I can’t decide on just one, but here are my top 3: Seize the Day, Be Here Now, Be Kind to Others.
    Beautiful!

  • Meg - I love the You are my Sunshine poster. It is so bright and cheery…not to mention the song. Oh, how I love the song!

  • Miranda - I would choose the Home Sweet Home poster. Because we just bought a home and its the sweetest place to be right now :) Love all those prints, defintely could buy a few!

  • Jill R - Love these! My favorite is probably the Breathe and Smile. But so hard to decide…

  • brittany - I love the breathe & smile poster! It really made me smile

  • Kathleen K - You are my sunshine, definitely. This is the only song I consistently sing to my kids, and I often find myself singing it to myself under my breath when I’m doing housework. :)

  • Shanalea - There are a few, but I have to say Be Kind to Others is my favorite. It is such a hard lesson to learn and one that Jesus taught through out the Bible frequently. Above all things, I want my children to love others by showing kindness even when it is not deserved.

  • Shannon J - I love the “Breathe and Smile It’s A Brand New Day” poster! Working my first job I sometimes wake up feeling already pressured into life. I have to remind myself that it is a new day to be a brand new me. What a beautiful way to remember to start each day fresh!

  • ~abi~ - ha! i have had the wheatfield marked as a favorite shop on etsy ever since i think i found a link on your blog before. i would choose the “grow something” print, because i REALLY want to become a gardener this year! :)

  • Jen - breathe & smile or HOME SWEET HOME are my two favorites…i can’t pick just one….pick me pick me!

  • Jen - breathe & smile and HOME SWEET HOME are my two favorites…you know i can’t pick just one…but you can…pick me pick me!!

  • Carla - i LOVE the “Breezy yellow sunday” one. I just think it’s everything a Sunday should be. or maybe the “grow something” since we’ll be attempting to do that this year with our first garden.

  • Martina - I like “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  • jenni - oh my goodness! did you know that your kitchen made it on the Style Me Pretty blog?? How exciting! http://www.stylemepretty.com/2010/02/11/valentines-day-inspiration/

  • Amber - I love the “you are my sunshine..” because that is what I sing to my sweet little boy!

  • Macy Dawn - I really like the “Grow Something” print, but my all time favorite is “Stargazing”. I would put it in my bedroom to dream under it with my honey. :)

    Great giveaway!

  • jill - good morning flower. i just love the colors…

  • Rebekah Jean - I LOVE the Wheatfield!! One of my favorites is the Seize the Day poster. It’s inspiring–we can’t let a day pass without seeing how beautiful it is and seizing the moments we want to remember.

  • amanda torres - Grow Something…so many different ways to read into that one. Love it!

  • Heather - I love the Daydream List! What a beautiful reminder to slow down and appreciate the simple, profound pleasures of life. :)

  • Jodi - I think I like the home sweet home…. but if I win (which I realllly hope I do!) I’d do some more looking around!

  • Meg - “This Is It” – What a great reminder that you get one life and THIS IS IT!

  • Sharee Ann - i like “the world is my playground” and “you are my sunshine”-both are bright and cheery and make me happy to look at and read:)

  • Jess - I have been eyeing the Sunshine print ever since I saw it in your kitchen. I love it and would love to have that reminder in my house too!

  • Christy Brandt - I love so many of the posters, my favorite would have to be the Stargazing poster. I just got engaged the 8th, and our first date we stopped on our way from the hot springs to lay down and look at the stars. We always remember that moment and this poster would be great way to remember our first date the rest of our lives.

  • Lildudesmama - Grow Something- because it takes on so many different meanings, just depending on your perspective!

  • Angie - I love the You are my Sunshine poster. And, it would perfectly match my kitchen!

  • Mandy B - I love the “How does your garden grow” poster. At my house one of our favorite things about spring/summer is my mother’s garden. For me personally though, it also makes me think of growing my children; both need careful tending, time in the Sun (or Son), and space to be what they are.

  • Suzanne - I am torn between You Are My Sunshine and Garden Party. They are all cute!

  • laura - “seize the day.” and i can’t believe she is the giveaway for today because i have been checking out her shop a bunch today before i even knew! i must be meant to win:)!

  • Ali Richardson - My favorite one is “Home Sweet Home.” We just moved into a new house and it really is starting to feel like home. Our heart is here, and that’s all we need!

  • anne c - Hand for Haiti is my favorite. It would be a good reminder every day to be thankful and to live each day to the fullest…and LOVE one another!

  • Jessica - So hard to choose! I too, have LOVED this etsy store ever since I saw a print in a nursery I loved!!! I think my favorite is Seize the Day or Home Sweet Home. Both are sooo fitting for my home and our life! Thanks for all these fun giveaways:)

  • Ana - My favorite is “Be Kind to Others”. In a house with five young children Ephesians 4:32 is often quoted:) And I imagine it will be for many more years to come . . .

  • Margie - I LOVE the ‘You are my sunshine’ print because my mother used to sing the song to me when I was little, and I now sing it to my own children!

  • jenni - there are all great and i cant decide…. i want them all. but i’ll go with.. uh… um… breathe and smile!

  • Lesley - I like the dream print. It’s pretty, i love the layers of textures and the quote!

  • Jill J - My favorite is the “How Does Your Garden Grow” one. It reminds me of gardening my faith; growing more Godly. And it reminds me of gardening the dirt; growing lots of lovely plants! Besides, it’s just beautiful!

  • Karen - I love the “Be Here Now” poster- what a great reminder to be present with my children here and now and not always thinking of all the things on my to do list.

  • Stacy - I’d probably get the “You are my Sunshine” poster too. I sing that to my girls everynight!

  • Angie Brooks - My favorite is the, ‘You are my Sunshine’ poster. My mom sang this to me when I was a little kid and now I sing it to my kids. It just brings back lots of memories….

  • meghan - “you are my sunshine” is my fave. my husband says that to me and he also wrote it on a picture he drew of me as a little girl that was a part of how we got engaged…long story. i love LOVE it! and i love your blog!

  • Alison R - I too just love the You are My Sunshine poster! How beautiful! I sang that song to my 14 year old when he was little and now to my little girl. Love the post, what a sweet reminder when the little ones are driving you crazy! I cannot even imagine having four little ones, you are amazing! Thanks for stopping by my silly little blog!

  • meg duerksen - i think i like be kind to others!
    and now….i have a new favorite etsy! :)

  • Charity - I love the “You Are My Sunshine…”! It’s a favorite song I like to sing to my daughter. I also like the “Be Kind to Others”

  • Heather - i adore this shop and am dieing to get the sunshine poster, the the bless this home poster, and the be here now poster. the style is so modern and vintage all at once and i love that!

  • Lorena Mair - I know it sounds cheesy, but I regulary sing “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine” to my husband because he really is my sunshine. It also was once on “the Simpsons” and it was hilarous to watch them dance etc. So to have a poster of “my song” would be awesome!

  • Jana - “How does your garden grow” is the theme of the women’s conference this spring. It’s a good reminder that we are all beautifully created for God’s unique purposes that he has just for us … if we are willing and available.

  • candace - Seize the Day – it makes me think of “Newsies” and I need to see that in writing every day!

  • Amber - I love the Breath and Smile poster. I can already see it in my bathroom so I can look at it each morning.

  • Sarah Newton - I love the “Home Sweet Home” poster. We just moved into a new house and it is perfect.

  • Kristi - OK I like 3 of them. The be kind to others, the dream one, and This is it. They are all very cute though oh yeah I like the one you have as well haha!

  • annalea - seriously, choosing one is too hard. i like the idea of remembering to “be here now” though. that would be great daily eye candy and inspiration.

  • Amanda R. - I love the Home Sweet Home poster. It is perfect!!

  • Melissa - “The World is A Playground”-because it reminds me to see the fun & appreciate the daily tasks of life.

  • Lori McDonough - In love with “A breezy yellow Sunday”. I adore all things yellow and this print instantly takes me to a summery Sunday. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jennifer Williams - I love the “Be kind to Others”. This is something we are really trying to instill in our young children.

  • Cassandra - “You are my sun shine” I love it for my daughter’s room because she is truly my sunshine as a single mom I walk up stairs to her room everyday and smile and all my worries melt away!! :o)

  • Karla - I love “Not all who wander are lost,” because I make my own path in life, and encourage my kids to do the same. It’s a crazy, wild path that we’re wandering, but we have each other and are never lost!

  • Caitlin - I like the “be kind to others”, its just a cute reminder!

  • Anna - I love the “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” My husband and I have this chalkboard up in our house and since the day we got married, and moved it….I wrote on it those words and it is still there! I love the words, so sweet and innocent! It means so much to us.

  • Amber - Turtle Sundae makes me laugh. But I love some of the inspiring phrases on other ones.

  • Julie - I love the alphabet poster. Because it’s simple, sweet and happy!

  • kat - I was so excited to see this! I had actually favourited the ‘Sunshine’ poster on etsy awhile ago, but never got around to buying it. It is absolutely my awesome! I must say though, I am starting to fall in love with the ‘Lost’ poster. It is super hard to say, because I am torn between both, but I think the ‘Sunshine’ poster might just be a little closer to my heart.

  • Maggie - I absolutely adore the Grow Something poster! It is just so cute and it makes me want to go out and plant something!

  • Samantha - OOh! Either “Be Here Now” for my kitchen {to remind me that these normal days will soon be gone} or the ABC’s for the nursery… they’re both lovely!

  • Jenn McQuate - I like “Be Kind To Others”. I try to teach this through example to my 2 young kids and I find it so fascinating that so many adults still haven’t learned this lesson. It feels good to be nice and it feels good when others treat you nicely (even if it’s just the grocery store check out clerk; that smiles warmly and say’s “have a nice day”)

  • AshleyG - I love the “Be kind To Others” poster. What an important thing to teach your children and remind yourself! :)

  • Amber - The Daydream list. That’s me, well almost.

  • sherry - I love the “Be Kind to Others”

  • Rebekah VA - I love the You Are My Sunshine print. It is a song that my mom used to always sing to us growing up and I can’t wait to sing it to my own kids!

  • Taylor - My favorite is the “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” poster because to me, you don’t always have to have a plan.

  • grace - you are my sunshine — i’ve sung this to my son every night at bedtime since he was born! love love the print!

  • Megan - Either, “the World is a Playground.” -so many places I want to travel and numerous things I want to do (I have a long bucket list)or, “Breathe, Smile, It’s a Brand New Day.” because it reminds me of God’s forgiveness. When I really feel like I really screwed up as a parent, wife, friend, I can admit it, be forgiven, and have a fresh start to make the new day better and brighter:)

  • star3night - “garden party”. I was thinking “how does your garden grow” at first, but then I thought about how often my garden doesn’t grow! :)

  • kara - my favorite has to be “candy coated numbers” as soon as I looked at it I laughed. My son is two and right now his favorite thing to do is count. And everyday I hear…. “fiii, sits, seben” and it makes my day so much better.

  • Nicole - Be here now. A great reminder that the most important thing is to be in the moment with my daughters, not worrying about when I will have time to vacuum or send an email…

  • Leah J - I just bought the “you are my sunshine” and can’t wait to get it! My next favorite is “home sweet home”. I’m a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids, so we’re home a lot in our ‘sweet home’. I love your blog, your craftiness, and gorgeous children!

  • Suzanne S - Definately Home Sweet Home. It’s bright and cheery…My life is at home and I spend every moment here with my children

  • Amanda Mc - “Garden Party” is my fave. It’s just pretty.

  • Kimberly - I love all the posters, but the one that stuck out was “Be Kind to Others.” I tell my 1st graders that all the time, and I would post that in my classroom as a friendly reminder.

  • naomi - I love the I heart MN poster…my husband does NOT exactly heart MN even though we are living here for now and the rainy, icky weather background is just awesome b/c that’s the whole reason he’s not a fan (he’s a CO boy :)
    I also LOVE the Be Here Now poster and the All Who Wander are not Lost poster.
    There are really lovely ones…so gorgeous

  • Chelsea - I love the “Not all who wander are lost” because I went to 13 schools growing up (all over the world)….our family wandered but was never lost because we were always together!

  • Heather R. - “Not all who wander are lost”…Makes me smile and think of my daughter who daydreams, alot. Thank you for spoilin’ us. I’m glad your hubby is back. We are military and boy do I know single motherhood sometimes. Power to them. Thanks for a great blog.

  • Anna Marie - “How does your garden grow” would look adorable in my daughter’s room. Thanks for this opportunity! God bless!!!

  • Christy H - I love the Home Sweet Home. They all have such pretty colors. What an awesome Etsy shop!

  • Christine - “You are my sunshine my only sunshine” because I would sing that to my son everyday when he was in the NICU.

  • Meagan - Oh wow! That is extremely hard! I have always loved the “You Are My Sunshine” one from seeing it on here and on Ohdeedoh. I almost bought it a while back but decided I didn’t have a place for it… I love them all—maybe “How Does Your Garden Grow” or “Seize the Day”! I dunno… If I won, I would have a very hard time choosing!

  • Jill - i like the garden party print. my cousin just announced that she is pregnant, first baby in our age group and i am scouring the internet for the perfect first gift. this poster reminds me of our grandma who is no longer with us.

  • Autumn - I love the “Turtle Sundae”, turtles always reminds me of my mother because she collected them, and turtle candies are one of my favorites and when I used to tell my girls what I was eating, they would get grossed out, now they just get excited and want a bite too.

  • Meredith - For sure the You Are My Sunshine Poster…this was the first song that my daughter could sing and she and my mom always sing it to each other…I would give it to my mom for being so wonderful and for watching my kiddos during the week! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Charvel - I loooooooove Land of Ampersand.
    And can be such a promising word, as if there is always more. Maybe good, maybe bad.. but always more.
    More may not always be better, but put in such a beautiful way like how this poster is designed.. it makes me cheery.
    :)

  • Cheri - I’m a sucker for anything that says, “You are my sunshine”. It’s a song that I started singing to my girls when they were in the NICU, and one that I still sing to them. It makes me smile.

  • Allison - “dreams”- it would make a wonderful wedding present for my sister!

  • Rachel - I too already own the you are my sunshine poster, but I do love the Not all who wander are lost poster as well. I hope your day is filled with sunshine!
    xoxo
    Rachel

  • Teresa J - I like the “Daydream List”

  • Jenny - “How does your garden grow” because my Baby Girl’s nursery is garden themed in soft colors -just like the print! and I’ve got just the place for it . . .

  • Kim - I love the daydream one. It’s a perfect list. They are all amazing. I’d love to have one.

  • Natalie M. - I love the one that says “Breathe and smile, its a brand new day”
    I lost my mother last month, she was my best friend. Everyday I am reminded of how important each moment is and to try to enjoy everyday as if it were our last.

  • Laura - Garden Party is something I have marked on my computer already as “inspiration”! This is my happy spot, I could lay here forever and dream.

  • Ang - “Be Here Now” – we like to use that phrase in our family

  • Stephanie - the abc’s poster reminds me of a childhood abc cross-stich that hung above my bed and now hangs in my children’s room.

  • miss r - I love “The Prairie State.” I was born, raised, and still live in IL (different cities). It is amazing how much my state varies city to city.

  • Rachel - I like the good morning flower one…. but they are ALL cute!

  • Kimberly Corbino - “Be Kind to others” is my favorite. In this crazing world we live in people are too busy. A little reminder to be kind to others needs to be posted everywhere and it doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty too.

  • ashlee - My fave? The World is a Playground. Because that is a good reminder and it would look great in our playroom!

  • jade - I know I’m late to the party, but thought it was a pleasant surprise to see you found the print through me. I actually had to dismantle the nursery, boy needed his own room, and moved the print to the kitchen. Because of you. Ha!

    Love your blog, it’s one of my first stops! xo

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