Parenting

Karly Update

Karly-at-Simpson-Park

Karly had her 15-month well check at her doctor’s office last Tuesday. She’s healthy and growing, but she’s tiny–under the 3rd percentile for both height and weight. She didn’t even cry when she got her shots!

Karly is still working on walking. She stands up and takes a few steps sometimes, so we know she’s close. She’s moving up to the next room at the daycare center, and the kids in that room get to go outside to the playground. Karly loves being outside.

She loves foods that are green—edamame, peas, beans, broccoli, and spinach. She is always asking for Goldfish crackers by pointing and saying, “ba ba”.

In September, my parents are renting a house on Kelleys Island, and we will be spending a weekend with the rest of my family there. It will be Karly’s first vacation, and we are super excited to go!

Megan with Karly

Gaming · Parenting

Gen Con 2017 Coupon for Gamer Parents!

Gen Con, the longest running gaming convention in the world, is only one month away! To celebrate, I’m offering a 30% off coupon to my Etsy shop so you can get your little ones ready for the con! Here’s the coupon code:

GENCON2017

Check out our Gamer Kids line here.

To all of those heading to Indy for the con, have a great time!

Parenting · Small Business

Organization and Balance

Working a full time job, raising a family, and building a business has not been easy. It’s hard to find time to get everything done, and organization and balance have become a real challenge. I’m working on it though. Here are five things I am currently doing to improve organization and balance.

  1. Write everything down.

I write everything down, even things I do daily or weekly like renewing Etsy listings or paying the daycare center. I also like making lists.

  1. Always carry your planner with you.

I’m a huge fan of big purses, because I not only carry my planner with me, but also a notebook and sketchbook. I like being prepared, and carrying a notebook and sketchbook lets me jot down ideas no matter where I am.

  1. Set a schedule.

I’m not always great at this one, but I’m trying. I used to set aside specific times on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to work on Rahm Designs, but some weeks it was not enough. Now I just plan with my husband when I will work on a week-to-week basis depending on what needs to get done. We try to plan at the beginning of the week and I write down the times in my planner.

  1. Involve your whole family in the work.

Rahm Designs, LLC is truly a family business. I do the design work and marketing, and my husband, Jason, handles anything involving numbers. Jason also gives me the concepts of the Gamer Kids onesies and shirts. Our daughter, Karly, is our inspiration and model, and Karly’s grandparents babysit when Jason and I have to go to meetings. When I don’t involve my family in my work it can sometimes feel isolating. It feels really great to be working on something together.

  1. Find small moments of free time to get a little work done.

Even though I set aside time to work on Rahm Designs, I really work on it throughout the day, especially during my breaks at my full time job. I use every chance I get to write, sketch, and post to social media.

This is my current routine, but I am always open to new ideas. Do you have any tips for organization and balance? I would love to hear them! Please comment below.

Parenting · Uncategorized

Karly Update

In a few days, our daughter, Karly, will be 14 months old. She now has two teeth, and walks when you hold her hands. She loves balls, and has a wild over-hand throw. She’s picking up more and more words. She sleeps through the night, and her sandy blonde hair is getting longer and curls in the back. She loves Goldfish crackers, and some days it seems like that’s all she’ll eat. She also loves animals, especially our neighbor’s dogs. She’s not afraid to get dirty, and loves playing outside. She also loves playing with her Mega Blocks (giant Legos).

Everyday we discover even more about her personality. I can’t wait to see what she’s into in a few years. Will she take dance classes? Piano lessons? Play soccer? It’s really amazing watching her grow into her own person.

Karly with Legos

Gaming · graphics for shirts · Parenting · Uncategorized

Origins Game Fair 2017

Yesterday we took a spontaneous Father’s Day road trip to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH. This is a convention featuring role-playing games, board games, and other nerdy stuff. Jason loves gaming, and we had been to several cons before. I like going to see all the amazing artwork. Sunday was Family Day at Origins and for just $25 (or $20 if you pre-register online) 2 adults and up to 4 kids can get limited access to the con.

This was Karly’s first con and first road trip! She got a little restless in her car seat, but otherwise she did great! We dressed her in a onesie we designed, with a pink d20 and the phrase “My Parents Rolled a Crit”. She eventually fell asleep in her stroller.

We spent the day walking through the exhibit hall. We bought a game called “Joking Hazard” by Cyanide & Happiness, which I’m excited about. It’s a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity, but with pictures. Jason bought the Call of Cthulhu Keeper Decks. Karly fell in love with Stuffimals by Golden Bell Studios, especially the reversible stuffed bee. I also got more information on Oddmall Hallowondrous Edition coming to the Seagate Center in Toledo October 14th and 15th. Other cool things we saw include a game called Unknown Armies by Atlas Games and Yets! by Mike Bocianowski.

pokemon family pic

It felt great to get away, even for a day. We were nervous to travel with Karly for the first time, but everything turned out fine.

Onesies · Parenting

First Time Parents Throwing a First Time Birthday Party

Our daughter, Karly, turned 1 a couple weeks ago, and we threw her a big birthday party. It was the first large party my husband, Jason, and I had ever hosted. As first time homeowners and first time parents, it was a really big deal to us! Our dwindling bank account reflected this.

We moved into our house 3 weeks before Karly was born, and for the longest time boxes surrounded us. It was so nice to see our house in such a presentable state for the party. We really spent a lot of time cleaning. Jason even bought a grill for the party, and we served hamburgers and hot dogs.

I had a great time setting up decorations. I was especially proud of her month-by-month birthday garland. For each month of Karly’s first year, I designed a onesie featuring a happy monster and the month number. We took pictures each month and these pictures hung on the birthday garland. I now sell similar onesies in my Etsy shop. Jason’s cousin made some awesome cakes and cupcakes to match the monster theme.

During the party it rained off and on, and it felt pretty chaotic once everyone started to arrive. Luckily our friends and family were super helpful. BG Mobile Laser Tag set up in our back yard which kept the kids occupied almost the entire time. Karly had a great time playing with all her new toys. She got a lot of great gifts!

When the party was over we were so happy we pulled it off. We saved all of Karly’s cards and wrote about the memories in her baby book. We were so happy we even left a lot of the decorations up for a while. Thank you to all of our family and friends for making Karly’s first birthday so amazing!

Karly-with-Jason-and-Megan