Friday, November 26, 2010

Things that I Can Make

I've been trying to compile a list of things that I can make to sell to raise money for our adoption expenses. This is the list that I've come up with so far:

  • Baby Rag Quilt
  • Scrunchies/Hair Bands
  • Stroller Bungee Clip
  • Diapers
  • Cloth Changing Pad
  • Wet Diaper Bag
  • Dish Cloths
  • Dish/Veggie Scrubber
My problem is that I have no idea how to sell the stuff! And to be honest, some of these things cost enough money that it's easier to make them as they are ordered. Maybe I'll just be spending too much time trying to do this? Is it worth it? All of these items can be found on etsy, so I'm not sure that I'm unique enough for people to buy from me vs. everyone else that's out there!

We need about $1000 in furniture type items. Other than that, we're really don't need much else as long as we continue our plan of adopting through foster care. I've thought about teaching piano again, but I would really not be able to keep up with that once our children are home with us. I'd hate to start something that I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fundraiser #2

These amazing soaps are made by a friend of mine! They are completely natural and most are made with goats milk. Just place your order at and enter the code "Prather Adoption" when you're checking out and she'll do the rest! Be sure to check out her gift giving ideas for some great Christmas gifts!


Our first fundraiser has started! From now until December 5th order candles at and enter the code "2010" at checkout. I'll also be taking orders directly for the scents listed below. If you want to be sure that your order will be here by Christmas I recommend ordering online since I'll be gone the weeks immediately prior to Christmas. Thank you for considering supporting us!

Mia Bella Gourmet Products

We want to thank you for supporting the Prather Family and Their Adoption Journey!

Mia Bella Candles are proud to be made in the USA

Natural Gourmet Scented Candles - $20 each

Our 16 oz jar candles are clean burning with no black mess.

The scents are infused throughout entire candle and will not fade.

Choose from our top selling scents and enjoy in your home or to give as a gift.

Mia Bella Scent Description

  1. Apple Cinnamon – ripe apples sprinkled with cinnamon
  2. Baby Powder – “new baby” smell so pure and innocent.
  3. Christmas Pine – the wonderful Christmas tree aroma of the holiday season
  4. Cr̬me Brulee Рa rich sweet butterscotch fragrance
  5. Cucumber Melon – fresh and cool smelling like a breath of fresh air
  6. Eucalyptus – refreshing, invigorating but also calming and comforting
  7. French Vanilla – a creamy confection with a strong vanilla scent
  8. Fresh Linen – clean clothes fresh from the dryer describes this scent
  9. Heart of the Ocean – fresh clean smell like an ocean breeze
  10. Home For Christmas – hints of cinnamon and cloves to spice up your holiday season
  11. Hot Apple Pie – so much like the real thing your family will think you’re baking
  12. Lavender – aromatic, relaxing fragrance of crisp English lavender
  13. Mulberry Spice – strong scent of spice and dark red mulberry fruit
  14. Pumpkin Cheesecake – rich creamy blend of cheesecake and pumpkin
  15. Rain – just like after a rainstorm
  16. Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper – our most popular fragrance – a zingy, zesty orange-eee smell you will never forget. Perfect for any season
  17. Victorian Rose – light perfume smell of roses

Monday, November 8, 2010


We finished our homestudy!!! Now we just have to wait for them to finish the paperwork so we can be licensed. We found out that to be licensed as foster care we could only have 1 additional child. Since we went into this thinking a sibling group we were rather disappointed, so we decided to keep with our original plan and go with matched adoption. This means it may take longer to find our children, but once they come in the door we'll know that the are ours.

We are beginning to consider doing a little bit of fundraising for some of our expenses. One kind of fundraiser that I'm considering is asking business to donate items to us, then selling the items on my blog. My blog doesn't get much traffic so I would need my friends to help advertise on FB for me!

So for now I've emailed 3 friends that make things to sell and asked if they are interested in the idea. Does anyone know of some other people that may be interested?