***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
I have come to the conclusion that children grow up far too quickly. It seems like it was only yesterday that I became a first time Mommy to a little blonde haired, blue eyed bundle of joy. I remember being scared, excited, and completely unsure of myself. After all, I was a pretty young mom at almost 19 years of age.
Now my little "baby" is 5'9" and is going to high school! (How the heck did that even happen?! )It's bittersweet, in a way. I love seeing my children grow and thrive, but I miss having a little snuggle-bug whose whole world revolved around his Mommy. Now his world revolves around his friends and potential love interests. Sigh.
At least I still have Sophie and Xander, who are 4 and 3, respectively. They are still full of innocence and wonder, and want nothing more than to give hugs and kisses and get their boo-boos made all better by their Mommy.
Thankfully, I can hold onto this period in time, even though my babies will inevitably grow up just as quickly as their big brother has been. How, you might ask? By creating a one-of-a-kind item from Made With Love Ceramic Imprints. These beautiful, custom made products allow parents to immortalize their little ones' hand or foot prints forever in high-quality ceramic. They have so many options to choose from, too! There are simple ornaments, plaques, and even photo frames. Oh, and if your babies are of the 4-legged, furry variety, you can have their paw-prints cast in ceramic, too!
The ordering process is very simple. Simply head on over to Made With Love Ceramic Imprints and find the product you'd like to create. You can customize each product to your liking by choosing the shape, ribbon color, and even special added touches like the hearts you see below.
Once you have decided exactly how you'd like your keepsake gift to look, the folks at Made With Love Ceramic Imprints will send you a kit to create a cast of your child's hand or foot. This kit includes a soft, moldable clay that captures your prints in great 3D detail, as well as detailed instructions on how to create your casting and how to send it back in one piece.
The best thing about this kit, in my opinion, is that if you don't get your cast just right on the first try, you can simply knead the clay back to its original state and try, try again. I was out of town when our kit arrived, but Dan told me he had to re-do Sophie's handprint 4 times because she simply would not stay still during the process.
I should also mention that once you send your child's hand or foot print back to the company, they will keep the impression on file. This is amazing, since it means that you can order additional products without having to create a new cast each time. Pretty convenient, if I do say so myself!
Once our handprint arrived, I was absolutely delighted. Sophie's handprint was incredibly detailed, and the ceramic used is definitely heirloom quality. It's quite thick, and is meant to last a lifetime. I can just see my daughter showing her 4 year old handprint to her kids and grandkids one day.
Each custom keepsake also includes a label with the imprint date, as well as the Made With Love Ceramic Imprints website info. This makes ordering in the future super-simple, even if it's years after the fact!
Overall, I am in love with our Made With Love Ceramic Imprint. My daughter loves it, too. I love knowing that even as she grows and hanging out with Mom isn't so cool anymore, I will always have a very real reminder of how her tiny little hand fit perfectly in mine, if only for a brief moment in time. Kids grow, they become independent, and eventually, they start their own lives. It goes by so quickly, too. Early childhood is a magical time for parents and kids alike, and I am so grateful that Made With Love Ceramic Imprints has allowed me to capture this special time so I can cherish it forever.
Please note: Since each and every imprint is lovingly handmade, it will take about 8 weeks to receive your finished product. Please keep this in mind if you're considering one of these stunning gifts for the Holiday season. As they say, good things come to those who wait!
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Made With Love Child Warrior Program:
Nurses, teachers, neighbors and anyone who watches and tries to comfort families dealing withcatastrophic childhood illnesses can tell you that the journey is tough and the children in these instances are nothing short of heroes.
Made With Love Ceramic Imprints tries to brighten everyone’s day by making house calls to area hospitals as much as possible. Believing they can do even more for those who struggle the most, the awesome folks at Made With Love Ceramic Imprints is opening nominations for a monthly "Child Warrior" program. Each month a submitted story about a very ill child is chosen, and the company will cover the cost of creation for one of their adorable keepsakes for the family to cherish.
How cool is that?! I know a child I will be nominating for this special gift, and you can nominate a little warrior of your own, too!
To nominate a child for this special program, simply e-mail your story to Loveproject@madewithloveimprints. com
If your nominee is chosen, your Child Warrior story along with the child's picture and their finished keepsake will be featured as a Child Warrior of the Month.
Enter to WIN :
I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive a $50 Made With Love Ceramic Imprints Gift Certificate to purchase their own custom ornament! Or, of course, you can apply this credit to a higher priced item if you wish!
How cool is that?!
Simply enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 12:00AM EST August 15, 2014. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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