Thursday, January 1, 2015

So long 2014, Hello 2015!!

Did everyone have fun bringing the new year in? My night was spent with my 3 favorite guys, a fancy dinner we made at home, and some banana splits. :)
I feel as though even though 2014 may have not been the best year, it definitely wasn't the worst. It was one of those in between years that just go by. But at the same time, in 2014 we laid the foundation and created a staircase for everything we will achieve in 2015. Now we start to climb those steps.
My goals for 2015 are:

To slowly incorporate more healthy options into our food choices.
I feel all at once will just lead us back to the same habits.
To continue to get healthier - mentally and physically.
Mentally - Everyone has bad days, weeks, even months. But even then, when everything is spiraling out of control, you can always find something to smile about. Something to keep you moving forward. It's all in perception and I'm going to continue to look for the beauty in the world.
Physically - well, its come to a point in my life where I actually should make exercise a habit. Even 10 minutes a day is better than nothing until it just becomes routine.
To get the house organized
We have a pretty good thing started in this department now. We just need to keep going and finish getting the rest of the house organized. And really, when everything isn't complete chaos in the house, mental well-being is usually better as well.
To Build My Business Up Further.
Make more items, have more sales, the usual. If I keep building it up every year, when both Elijah & Seth are in school, if I build it up enough before then, I can focus solely on my business, instead of going back to work - whether it be part-time or full-time. (Full-time if I'm making as much as right now, part-time if I'm making more, and none if I'm making a decent income on my own, which is my dream.) In 2014 I did expand my product line to include soy tarts and votive candles. I'll have more on that in a future post.
To take a trip every month with my family.
Even if it's a day trip to the state park, having a picnic and walking the trails, or pumpkin farms, the Santa House, whatever. Just a small trip somewhere works :) (although, I need to get creative for these current cold months). But also, not spend too much, because with the right budgeting, we'll be out of debt by the end of this year or beginning of next year)
To just live every day to the fullest!

We only have the life we are living now.. Why not make the best of it?

"Follow Your Bliss and The Universe Will Open Doors For You Where There Were Only Walls." - Joseph Campbell
How did you bring in the New Year?
What are your resolutions for 2015?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Disappearance

So, as you all may have seen, nothing has been posted for a long time.

I apologize to all my readers for this.

This is the story in short. Elijah was born December 2012. Things were going well with Seth,  Elijah,  and myself at home. Then I decided I was going to go back to school to obtain a degree in accounting. I started classes in Fall of 2013. I also was looking for something else to get out of the house a bit since all of my classes were online. I decided to become an Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef in October 2013. That has actually been really fun and I've met a lot of great people doing it! 

Well,  what I didn't expect was to overwhelm myself with too much and then feel like I didn't have enough time to dedicate to my kids,  which is the whole reason I'm a stay-at-home mom. So I decided to focus on the kids more, school, and then The Pampered Chef, this putting my Blog and Etsy on the back burners for a bit.

My classes end towards the end of April, and if I go back this Fall I might possibly just go back part-time for a bit until both kids are in school.  But when my classes end I'm hoping to plan out some great posts and get back into blogging and get my Etsy shop looking all spiffy again! :-)

So stay tuned,  give me just a bit longer, and Own Something Awesome will be back up and running!!

I would love to hear what you'd like to read about!  Feel free to comment or send me an email at ownsomethingawesome[at] !

I'm thinking some Motivational Monday' s, Tasty Tuesday's, possibly bring back Feature Friday's or making that Fun Day Friday and doing a Star Seller Saturday!

Let me know if this sounds good to you!  :) can't wait to be back at it! I've missed it.

Until then,

Alicia Denman

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guest Post: DIY authentic Italian pizza!

One of the things I look forward to each year on my birthday is the annual pilgrimage to my favourite wood fired pizza restaurant. Close to where I grew up, my family and I head over to enjoy the delights of the homemade dough, sauce and quality ingredients. My favourite is the margarita, simple, but amazingly delicious when done well, and oh boy is it done well!

Committing to the DIY theme, we wanted to present you today with a recipe for you to prepare from scratch. It may seem like a daunting task, I avoid making dough when I can too, it is actually quite easy and only really requires your time to get it right. Any chance I have to bring my favourite kind of pizza into my family home is one I just can’t pass up, so hopefully you will enjoy it just as I have.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Feature Friday - Hold It Right There Bags & Coupon Code!

If you're looking for Meticulous Craftmanship, Original PDF Patterns, and Exceptional Customer Service, be sure to check out this week's Featured Seller - Suzanna from Hold It Right There Bags! She offers Patterns, Girls Purses, Diaper Clutches, E-reader Covers, and so much more! 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Feature Friday - larkandjuniper & Coupon Code!

Whether you're looking for Birthstone Jewelry, Inspirational Necklaces, Charms, Name & Initials, Designs Jewelry, and so much more - you need to check out this awesome Etsy shop larkandjuniper! Let's meet Lisa! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Guest Post: Common Food Allergies in Children

As much as 10% of the planet’s children under 18 have a food allergy of some sort. Kids under 5 get the worst of it, with some symptoms so aggressive that they can be fatal. It’s no wonder that children with food allergies can be seriously harmed by side-effects, and the medical community is beginning to take notice, taking food allergens very seriously. The dangers associated in various reactions kids can experience is not a light matter. 

Prevailing Allergens 
The most prevalent food allergies include peanuts, wheat, soy and milk...peanuts considered to be the most common. Parents of kids with food allergies certainly try to keep these foods out of the house for fear of its reaction, but sometimes these foods can hang around, unbeknownst to anyone.  You see, many factory-made foods may be without the allergen ingredient, but they may have been produced with the same equipment that those allergen foods are produced in.  As a consequence, these food allergens can get into those foods that “should” be void of those food allergens.   

Additionally, a lot of restaurants serve food with these food allergens, even though they may not advertise as such. Peanut oil and milk are common cooking ingredients restaurant chefs use, and even the slightest trace of these elements in food can cause terrific allergic reactions...sometimes as bad as if a child consciously ate the actual allergen food.

Outgrowing an Allergy
In many cases, food allergies will go away as children age. But this isn’t always the case.  The opposite can happen where the allergy can get worse when a child grows. In fact, kids once allergic to ingesting the food can later experience reactions when they get older by merely touching the food. Allergic reactions can become incredibly harmful as kids age, leading to fatal conditions such as anaphylaxis.  These children can also experience extreme reactions by inhaling the air the food is in, or even standing in close proximity to the food allergen as it is being cooked.

Education of food allergies is vital, and many people, especially parents of those children with food allergies, don’t have a good understanding of how deadly these foods can be for children. As mentioned, allergic reactions can be fatal because they can cause restricted airways and extremely low blood pressure. Additionally, children may begin to eat those foods that they were once allergic to in hopes that they no longer have the food allergy.  It is strongly recommended that they not experiment with these once-diagnosed food allergies without proper allergy testing. 

Being Aware
If your child suffers from food allergies, the child as well as those around that child should be aware of the allergy. In fact, it’s probably a pretty good idea to be versed on how to avoid these foods, know what kind of reactions they can cause and what to do about it should a reaction occur.  People who interact with children, such as friends, daycare providers, other family members and teachers, should know what allergy a child has, and should have protocols in place as to what to do should a child experience a dangerous reaction.  It’s also a good idea for the child to where a medical alert bracelet, indicating what that allergy is.

Take Action
Food allergies are extremely dangerous, and in worse cases, can be fatal. Having an action plan and being informed is the best way to manage a child’s allergy. This action plan can help avoid a lot of suffering from a reaction, and in some cases, can save a child’s life. 

If you observe mild symptoms, such as a rash or hives, contact your child’s doctor so he may identify the allergy and show you how to manage it. Managing a food allergy can include prescription medicine, eliminating the food from a child’s diet, or both. It’s important to know that just because a child’s initial allergic reaction to a food may be slight, it could worsen.
Severe symptoms are obviously more of an emergency, such as swollen eyes or trouble breathing.  In these instances, call emergency response, give your child an antihistamine and observe the child for next half-hour, looking for serious symptoms such as drooling, swelling and wheezing. If these symptoms persist, rush the child to the hospital. 

Understand that sometimes accidental exposures to food allergens can be unavoidable.  If it happens, an EpiPen that your doctor prescribes will eliminate the effects of a reaction until you get that child medically treated. 

David Novak is a international syndicated newspaper columnist, appearing in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV around the world. His byline has appeared in GQ, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, USA Today, among others, and he has appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show and Paul Harvey Radio. David is a specialist at consumer technology, health and fitness, and he also owns a PR firm and a consulting company where he and his staff focus on these industries. He is a regular contributing editor for Healthline. For more information, visit

Friday, August 16, 2013

Feature Friday - RockMamaMetals & Coupon Code!

Individually handcrafted pieces can be personalized for Mom. Each piece is an original work, signed by the artist. Find something special at Rock Mama Metals. Let's meet Kim from RockMamaMetals

Friday, August 9, 2013

Feature Friday - Smarty Party & Coupon Code!

Nurture your child's inner genius with hands-on science and craft party activities! Not only will kids be having fun, they will be learning! Plus, they will be creating their own favors, making Smarty Party kits a money saving choice for all your gatherings! Let's meet Ann from Smarty Party

Saturday, August 3, 2013

To Be Loved! - August 3rd

WELL, It's been a LONG while since we did a "To Be Loved" so let's catch back up to speed here !

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Feature Friday - thegiftgarden!

Bags, Totes, Purses, Key chains  Lanyards, and Items for your Home. All of these can be found in our Featured Seller's shop this week! Let's meet Michelle from thegiftgarden!

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