You Are My Sunshine- my first giveaway!


We have a winner! I was away from my computer yesterday, so my apologies for not announcing sooner. But many congrats to comment #1- Julie! Julie said:

LOVING the Beach Street Lamp – SO cute! But then again, all her designs
are awesome and unique! Thanks for doing a giveaway!!! Keep doing what
you're doing – both of you! 😉 I tweeted, facebooked and now I'm tired.
– xoxo Julie"

I will contact you and connect you with Sam so you can customize and claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone who participated and I can't wait to share my next giveaway with you!

{Winner chosen using the Random Integer Generator at}


I'm so excited to share my first giveaway with you, courtesy of a sweet new decal design company called 3rd Ave. Shore. I'd like to to meet my new friend, Sam:


Sam and I share a couple of mutual friends, and while I was surfing Facebook one day I came across her profile, totally intrigued by (and jealous of! Ha!) this Arizona native's new Hawaiian life. I saw that she had started a fun new business and loved her Hawaiian-inspired designs. I get so excited when I see someone follow what they love and turn it into a business, and I love to help get the word out when I can! So as soon as I saw her "Sunshine" decal, I knew that I had to connect with her! That is still one of my favorite lullabies and I have fond childhood memories of its melody, and I sing it to LJ all the time. Turns out that Sam's inspiration for this decal comes from her own childhood memories of her dad singing it to her when she was a wee one. We both agree that it is a song that brings so much joy- and it is the perfect addition to a room for someone you love!

I just put this lovely up in LJ's room and I love it! It's right
above her crib- we took down the tree mobile and replaced it with this.
It was easy to install and leaves no mess!


There's my little sunshine modeling in her crib. As if I was going to post anything without her mug in a shot or two.



When I received my decal, there was a sweet little surprise in there: a Personalized Paisley initial with a Plumeria! It inspired me to decorate LJ's bathroom with beach decor and I plan to put this in a frame and hang on the wall. That's a work in progress, but here it is so you can see what to expect when you order:


And a detail of the Plumeria:



3rd Ave. Shore is a company that strives to be original and unique. One of the most striking things about Sam is that she is so genuine and kind and that reflects in her designs as well as in her business practice! She is very intentional about staying true to her passion and not conforming to what everyone else is doing- or what everyone would expect of a shop like hers. Charming, inspirational quotes and hand-drawn designs are among the many offerings at her Etsy shop. The possibilities are endless and you can't help but feel the aloha when you surf through her shop! Be sure to visit and show her some love!

That being said, ABOUT THAT GIVEAWAY.

We want to share the sunshine with you!

Sam will send our winner the Sunshine decal in his or her choice of colors- a $65 value!

So… how do you win?

You have three opportunities to enter:

1. Visit her Etsy shop and comment back with your favorite item. Also, share your favorite lullaby just for kicks! (No, saying "You Are My Sunshine" will NOT up your chances of winning… ha!)

2. Tweet about this giveaway using my Twitter handle, @babystepstomom, and link back to this post. Comment here saying that you tweeted.

3. Like 3rd Ave. Shore on Facebook and come back and comment to let me know!

Got it? Three separate comments, three separate entries!

Contest will close on Wednesday, August 25th at midnight. Any entries received after this time will not be considered. Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be posted on Thursday, August 26th!

In case you were dying to know what my next purchase will be: This lovely here in gray with a yellow plumeria for above our bed- perfect to reminisce about our honeymoon in Kauai! I also love the bike decal… and the Paisley Chair… and, and, and… I could seriously go on all day so I'll stop for now 🙂

Thank you, Sam, for sharing your talent with my readers! 

{Interested in having Baby Steps to Mom host a giveaway? Click the "Email me" link at the top of the page- right above my Bird Calls- and let me know!}

Paper jewelry, and also another reason I love my job.

As I'm gearing up to post my first giveaway EVER (so excited!), I wanted to share the spoils of our last giveaway over at the TomKat Studio. One VERY lucky winner walked away with a $100 credit for Blush Envy, where she sells amazing jewelry made out of paper.

You heard me right. PAPER. 

I didn't believe it when I read that she made her pieces from such a fragile textile, BUT THEN. I went over to Kim's house last week and got this lovely PINK surprise that I haven't been able to take off my finger since!


Check out that packaging- gorgeous! Many thanks to Brandy for thinking of me when she sent the lovely goodies over to Kim!

Hop on over to her shop and show her some love by purchasing one of her handmade treasures! Or feel free to pick a fave and put it on your wish list. Wouldn't these rings make lovely bridesmaid's gifts or a fun gift for a mom-to-be to make her feel pretty? No doubt my dainty and timeless piece will be handed down to LJ when she's old enough to know not to put it in her mouth or play with it in the mud. In other words, she can wear it on her wedding day 🙂