Friday, May 31, 2013

Junior Power Pack Clinic 2013

We're almost off!  We're headed to Green Bay for our second Junior Power Pack Clinic!  We loved last year so much, we just had to do it again!

Talk about well organized, this year, we got our name tags and group assignments in the mail!  TIME SAVER?!?!  Absolutely!

Here are some pictures from last year's event:

The kids get assigned by age into groups.  They are given a color coded label.  Parents are given a matching label for easy identification.  

Here is Gwen running a drill.  

Barrett tackling another drill.  FUN TIMES!!  

They have area high school football players assisting the kids as well as three Packers. 

They run all these great football drills with three Packers and the rest are area football players.  The kids had so much fun.  They talked about it for weeks!

To participate, you have to be a member of the Packers Junior Power Pack.  It's not all that much money and you get a lot of stuff from the Packers organization.  This year alone, we've gotten a great Packer folder, notebook, schedule, football cards, a coupon for a discount at the Atrium Restaurant, birthday cards...there is more, but I can't remember.  There is a lot more.  If you go the the link above, you'll see all the benefits of becoming a Junior Power Pack member!  One of my favorites, besides this great event, is the 10% off at the Packer ProShop!  ROCK ON!!  I can get some Aaron Rodgers stuff. Too bad I can't wear him.  ;)

I can't wait to see who we will have during our clinic this year!

We are going to spend the night in Green Bay, just a couple blocks from the Don Hudson Center and Lambeau Field and then go to the 11:30 Clinic.  Afterward, there is always free stuff (who doesn't LOVE free stuff?) for the kids, and then we're going to have lunch at the restaurant in the Lambeau Field Atrium!


I'll be sure to post an update about how our weekend went!  Can't wait!

I had feeling it was going to be a magical day

One of my many errands yesterday was to Target.  Just as I stepped out of the car, I found bright, shiny quarter on the ground.  I chose to believe that it was going to be a great, magical day.  Sure enough too.  I was so busy.  I stopped at a zillion places, but I was getting stuff done.

  • I sold two bins of kids stuff to Once Upon a Child.
  • I finally got an end table for our Living Room that was plain and could fit Sofie's little doggie house underneath.
  • I got some crafty stuff from JoAnn's to use as a pick-me-up, just in case the week was still going to be the pits.
  • I bought a new bra (my favorite bra broke the day my studio flooded) with a coupon.  Yeah!
  • I returned some stuff to the Gap.
  • I went to the Post Office
  • I went to the Bank.
  • I had lunch.
  • I did three loads of laundry
  • Three house of putting stuff away.
  • Mowed over half the lawn before the mower ran out of gas and it started to rain (again).
  • and....of course, I went to Target.

I also picked up Lola from the vet.  It ended up that she did have a VERY bad ear infection in her left hear and also an ear infection in her right.  I felt horrible.  Then they also think she has an eye infection.  It's hard for us to tell, because she's going blind and she's constantly tearing.  So I left spending the same amount of money that I got from Once Upon a Child.  I guess all was even, right?

When I picked up the kids, they each had a flower for me.  Sweet, huh?  The flowers were a "Thank You" for all my volunteer work during the school year.  I NEVER get flowers.  It was so nice.  It was the best part of my week.

As I was driving down our street, I get a call from my friend (and studio-Suzuki parent), Carrie.  She told me that she left me something by my door.  I get home and there they are.

These happy, wonderful flowers (and did you know that blue is my favorite color?)!  For serious!  It was such a great end of a busy day and a not-so-great week.  It totally turned my week around.  

I also think that the flowers also made the sun come out.  Serious happiness.  Thank you, Carrie.  You're the best!  :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I had a big, long, negative rant, but then I deleted it.

I was going to tell you all about how my violin studio (in a lower level of an office building) got flooded by a urinal and how my dog probably has an ear infection.  How the garage sale that I was going to have today was probably going to get rained out and how my house is a giant mess, but I deleted that big rant.  It was REALLY long.   There is more, but I don't even want to get into it.  

I cancelled my garage sale to save my sanity.  I have just too much going on.  The 70% chance of rain just isn't worth it.

I woke up to sun.  Yep.  Joy.

I really don't care though.  I just spent the last 3 hours putting stuff away and my house still is a mess.  A better looking mess, but a mess.  Now I'm off to run 1,000 errands and then pick up the dog from the vet.  

Here I am...One overwhelmed mama.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I have any Etsy Shop

Did y'all know that I have an Etsy Shop?  Well, SURPRISE!  It's something I do in my "spare" time for fun.  I like making fun, crafty stuff for my kids and then, my OCD gets hold and then all of a sudden, I have a dozen in my house. So, I list them on Etsy.

Here are a few of my current listings.  Recently, I even sold some of my apple baby bibs to a lady expecting twins and her husband works for Apple.  Cool!  My shop has also been featured on a Disney blog.  Super fun!  I need to stock up on my apple and watermelon bibs.  I'm all sold out right now!  Maybe after this crazy week.  Check back at my shop often.  You never know what kind of thing I may come up with next.

My shop name is 1craftychick.  Fitting, right?

Come on over to my shop and take a peek.  Know anyone with a baby on the way or needing a gift for a toddler?  Making these fun and fruity cuties brings me happiness.  :)

Get the Confetti Ready!

I've been so negative lately.  First it was my bummer garage sale and then my hateful post about Aqua Sand.  I think it paints me as such a Debbie Downer, but really I'm not.  I don't want my blog to become a hot bed for venting.  Therefore, this week I will be finding the positives in my life.  Some may be small, so may be big.  But remember, it's the little things in life that are awesome too.

So, get your confetti and glitter cannons ready folks!  It's gonna be SEVEN full days of AWESOME!

Monday, May 27, 2013

So much hate for Aqua Sand.

Today was a glorious day.  Gwen finally parted with her Aqua Sand.  She got it for her birthday last year and we let her play with it every once in a while because it sucks so much.  It is messy and horrible.  The pictures of the kids playing on the box are so seductive to a five ,almost six year old.  But to me, it just looked like torture.  And alas, I was right.  Check out this picture that was on the box.  Gwen just thought she was going to have so much fun.  What is weird is that hand is like WAY to freakin' big for the girl.  Sign?  I think so.

The first time, it was great, but getting that crap out of the "aquarium" was total failure.  There was this nasty pink and purple sand mess all over the place.  Really, each time you use this piece of trash, you should just have new bottles of sand, but I'm too smart to give Aqua Sand more money to torture me and prolong the agony.  So I just made myself, my husband, and my child dig that crappy sand out of the aquarium.

They just need to put it right there on the box.  "You will curse Aqua Sand.  You will wish you never let this enter your home.  Once you put more than one color into your aquarium, it will never be the same.  EVER.  And your kids will whine about it too.  Parents, Grandparents, and friends thinking about giving this as a gift, be warned:  You will be associated with Aqua Sand.  Do you really want to be that blasted person who gave Aqua Sand?  No.  No, you do not.  So, just walk away or be prepared for the wrath of the parents for whom this Aqua Sand box will reside."

Or at least, this is what would run through my head when the Aqua Sand would be brought out.

Now I feel like there is valuable real estate available on my hall closet shelf.  When I asked Gwen if she was ready to part with this garbage and she said yes, I jumped for joy and she thought I was insane.  And even though it was raining outside, I threw everything in a box and ran it out to the dumpster and tossed the P.O.S. in there so even if she changed her mind, I could throw out the old "oh, it's contaminated!" trick.  I probably even danced back from the dumpster too.  So much happiness!

Please, people.  DO. NOT. BUY. AQUA SAND!

You've been warned.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to the men and women who serve and have served our country.   Thank you also to their families and friends who have supported you through your time of service.

God bless.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

I'm not a violent person, but.... My Garage Sale Story

I'm not a violent person, but I was ready to become one this morning.

We opened our garage sale at 7:45 am.  Bright and early or shall I say FREEZING and early.  (Seriously, it was 32 degrees and we had a freeze advisory last night.)

We had two or three people from 7:45-10:30 am.  Until one of our neighbors came by and told us someone up the cul-de-sac was having a garage sale and was "using" our signs and wasn't sending people our way.

So, people turning down our street got to their crap-tastic garage sale, shopped there, and left the street not knowing that we were down here the LAST. TWO. DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My friend who was helping me out and had stuff in the sale went up there to ask them to send people down to our sale said that the poachers wouldn't even reply to her.  Practically didn't even reply to her being there.  What a load of garbage.

I want to scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

We went up there and posted a sign that there was another garage sale right by their "poaching" garage sale.  After that we ended up doing really great, but the damage was already done.  We only had an hour and half left of our sale and I had an appointment at 1:00, so we couldn't stay open later.

I ask you....what kind of people do this kind of thing?  Really?  I mean, the "garage sale shoppers" had already shopped your garage sale, all you have to do is mention that we have a sale down the street.  They're using our signs already, they can AT LEAST mention we're here!  They old people junk too.  We had kids stuff.  It's not even the same stuff!  JEESH!

I think I'm to keep everything in the garage and open up on Thursday morning and see if I can drum up some traffic to clear out some more of our stuff.

I'm totally burned out from garage sales.  Not having one next year.  This post vent to you all and to remind me that it's just not worth it.

Sell the big stuff on Craigslist, people.  Donate the rest.  Save yourselves the trouble of wack-job people up the street.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Important Thing About Yelling

Great blog repost.  It made me think about how short I've been getting with the kids.

The Important Thing About 

The Important Thing About Yelling

the important thing about yelling #handsfreemama
I cherish the notes I receive from my children—whether they are scribbled with a Sharpie on a yellow sticky note or written in perfect penmanship on lined paper. But the Mother’s Day poem I recently received from my 9-year-old daughter was especially meaningful. In fact, the first line of the poem caused my breath to catch as warm tears slid down my face.
“The important thing about my mom is … she’s always there for me, even when I get in trouble.”
You see, it hasn’t always been this way.
In the midst of my highly distracted life, I started a new practice that was quite different from the way I behaved up until that point. I became a yeller. It wasn’t often, but it was extreme—like an overloaded balloon that suddenly pops and makes everyone in earshot startle with fear.
So what was it about my then 3-year-old and 6-year-old children that caused me to lose it? Was it how she insisted on running off to get three more beaded necklaces and her favorite pink sunglasses when we were already late? Was it that she tried to pour her own cereal and dumped the entire box on the kitchen counter? Was it that she dropped and shattered my special glass angel on the hardwood floor after being told not to touch it? Was it that she fought sleep like a prizefighter when I needed peace and quiet the most? Was it that the two of them fought over ridiculous things like who would be first out of the car or who got the biggest dip of ice cream?
Yes, it was those things—normal mishaps and typical kid issues and attitudes that irritated me to the point of losing control.
That is not an easy sentence to write. Nor is this an easy time in my life to relive because truth be told, I hated myself in those moments. What had become of me that I needed to scream at two precious little people who I loved more than life?
Let me tell you what had become of me.
My distractions
Excessive phone use, commitment overload, multiple page to-do lists, and the pursuit of perfection consumed me. And yelling at the people I loved was a direct result of the loss of control I was feeling in my life.
Inevitably, I had to fall apart somewhere. So I fell apart behind closed doors in the company of the people who meant the most to me.
Until one fateful day.
My oldest daughter had gotten on a stool and was reaching for something in the pantry when she accidently dumped an entire bag of rice on the floor. As a million tiny grains pelleted the floor like rain, my child’s eyes welled up with tears. And that’s when I saw it—the fear in her eyes as she braced herself for her mother’s tirade.
She’s scared of me, I thought with the most painful realization imaginable. My six-year-old child is scared of my reaction to her innocent mistake.
With deep sorrow, I realized that was not the mother I wanted my children to grow up with, nor was it how I wanted to live the rest of my life.
Within a few weeks of that episode, I had myBreakdown-Breakthrough—my moment of painful awareness that propelled me on a Hands Free journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really mattered. That was two and a half years ago—two and half years of scaling back slowly on the excess and electronic distraction in my life … two and half years of releasing myself from the unachievable standard of perfection and societal pressure to “do it all.” As I let go of my internal and external distractions, the anger and stress pent up inside me slowly dissipated. With a lighten load, I was able to react to my children’s mistakes and wrongdoings in a more calm, compassionate, and reasonable manner.
I said things like, “It’s just chocolate syrup. You can wipe it up, and the counter will be as good as new.”
(Instead of expelling an exasperated sigh and an eye roll for good measure.)
I offered to hold the broom while she swept up a sea of Cheerios that covered the floor.
(Instead of standing over her with a look of disapproval and utter annoyance.)
I helped her think through where she might have set down her glasses.
(Instead of shaming her for being so irresponsible.)
And in the moments when sheer exhaustion and incessant whining were about to get the best of me, I walked into the bathroom, shut the door, and gave myself a moment to exhale and remind myself they are children, and children make mistakes. Just like me.
And over time, the fear that once flared in my children’s eyes when they were in trouble disappeared. And thank goodness, I became a haven in their times of trouble—instead of the enemy from which to run and hide.
I am not sure I would have thought to write about this profound transformation had it not been for the incident that happened last Monday afternoon. In that moment, I got a taste of life overwhelmed and the urge to yell was on the tip of my tongue. I was nearing the final chapters of the book I am currently writing and my computer froze up. Suddenly the edits of three entire chapters disappeared in front of my eyes. I spent several minutes frantically trying to revert to the most recent version of the manuscript. When that failed to work, I consulted the time machine backup, only to find that it, too, had experienced an error. When I realized I would never recover the work I did on those three chapters, I wanted to cry—but even more so, I wanted to rage.
But I couldn’t because it was time to pick up the children from school and take them to swim team practice. With great restraint, I calmly shut my laptop and reminded myself there could be much, much worse problems than re-writing these chapters. Then I told myself there was absolutely nothing I could do about this problem right now.
When my children got in the car, they immediately knew something was wrong. “What’s wrong, Mama?” they asked in unison after taking one glimpse of my ashen face.
I felt like yelling, “I lost three days worth of work on my book!”
I felt like hitting the steering wheel with my fist because sitting in the car was the last place I wanted to be in that moment. I wanted to go home and fix my book—not shuttle kids to swim team, wring out wet bathing suits, comb through tangled hair, make dinner, wash dishes, and do the nightly tuck in.
But instead I calmly said, “I’m having a little trouble talking right now. I lost part of my book. And I don’t want to talk because I feel very frustrated.”
“We’re sorry,” the oldest one said for the both of them. And then, as if they knew I needed space, they were quiet all the way to the pool. The children and I went about our day and although I was more quiet than usual, I didn’t yell and I tried my best to refrain from thinking about the book issue.
Finally, the day was almost done. I had tucked my youngest child in bed and was laying beside my oldest daughter for nightly Talk Time.
“Do you think you will get your chapters back?” my daughter asked quietly.
And that’s when I started to cry – not so much about the three chapters, I knew they could be rewritten – my heartbreak was more of a release due to the exhaustion and frustration involved in writing and editing a book. I had been so close to the end. To have it suddenly ripped away was incredibly disappointing.
To my surprise, my child reached out and stroked my hair softly. She said reassuring words like, “Computers can be so frustrating,” and “I could take a look at the time machine to see if I can fix the backup.” And then finally, “Mama, you can do this. You’re the best writer I know,” and “I’ll help you however I can.”
In my time of “trouble,” there she was, a patient and compassionate encourager who wouldn’t think of kicking me when I was already down.
My child would not have learned this empathetic response if I had remained a yeller. Because yelling shuts down the communication; it severs the bond; it causes people to separate—instead of come closer.
“The important thing is … my mom is always there for me, even when I get in trouble,”
a poem written by by daughter #handsfreemama
My child wrote that about me, the woman who went through a difficult period that she’s not proud of, but she learned from. And in my daughter’s words, I see hope for others.
The important thing is … it’s not too late to stop yelling.
The important thing is … children forgive–especially if they see the person they love trying to change.
The important thing is … life is too short to get upset over spilled cereal and misplaced shoes.
The important thing is … no matter what happened yesterday, today is a new day.
Today we can choose a peaceful response.
And in doing so, we can teach our children that peace builds bridges—bridges that can carry us over in times of trouble.

If you have a habit of yelling and want to change, there is hope. The Orange Rhino is an incredible source of wisdom and inspiration for overcoming the inclination to yell. The Orange Rhino is a parent who challenged herself to 365 days of no yelling and shared her struggles and triumphs on a blog. The Orange Rhino recently began year two of her peaceful initiative. A good place to start reading is “10 things I learned when I stopped yelling.”
*I would like to conclude this post by extending love and healing thoughts to those experiencing indescribable pain, loss, and devastation due to the deadly tornado that recently hit Oklahoma. Two years ago, an outbreak of tornados in my state and community took the lives of 316 people. Throughout the ordeal, it became crystal clear that each day is a gift, and I should not wait to tell the people I love how I feel. I hope you will join me in honoring those who have lost so much by leaving no words of love and forgiveness unsaid today.
I appreciate you all, my dear friends of The Hands Free Revolution. 

Garage Sale on a Windy Day = Wind Burn

Ugh.  My face is wind burned.  I can feel it in my cheeks.  They hurt already and that can't be a good sign.

We didn't do all that well.  The guy that was supposed to put our ad up on Craigslist didn't put it in the right place, so we didn't really have a whole lot of traffic this morning, but it was ok.

I'm hoping tomorrow is better.

A bath and some lotion is headed my way.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Deck Flower Planters

I'm going to share so I don't forget.  Here are the flowers on our back deck.  We only have window boxes on the deck, so we're limited.  Even so, it's still fun.  More Million Bells, a couple of geraniums that my mom started from seed, and a variety of ivy.  I have an area that never does very well with sun-loving plants because it gets too much shade, so I got some shade flowers in the back corner.  We'll see how they do.

Again, this part of my flower planting is an "Anything Goes" type thing.  I just love to play and see how it goes.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Trying Side Planting in My Hanging Baskets

I've been on Pinterest getting inspired AGAIN.  I found out about "side planting" of hanging pots and window boxes.  My window boxes are not able to side planted, but I'm trying to side plant my hanging pots this year.

I used only Million Bells in my hanging baskets this year.  I tried two ways to get the side plantings in:  from the outside and pushing in--which was messy and from the inside to the outside, much less messy, but you have to be very careful not to break off the plant, was much less messy and made the basket look much nicer.  I'm sure it won't matter in a couple weeks, but here we are today.

I'm doing a bright pink, deep purple, and bright yellow theme this year.   When I side planted, I took a box cutter and slit a small "X" in the liner and then put the plant in the basket.  I varied the level in the side that I put the planter where I put the side planting.  You can see the yellow in the far bottom, the pink in the middle and it's kinda difficult to see the purple on the far left ins on the top level of the basket.  Not sure if this will effect the side planter look, but I thought I'd try it out.  

Here is my matching window boxes.  I added a spike in the middle and a bright green potato vine in the corner.  Again, bright pink, purple, and yellow.  

I'm a chronic over-planter. My Dahlietta Bed.

I'm a chronic over-planter.  Yes, I over plant my flower beds.  I get so excited and I want more flowers.  MORE. FLOWERS!  They're so pretty!  I want more!  I've learned over time to stop the madness and how happy my flowers are when I don't over plant.

I'm learning though.  This year, my front bed is going to be mainly a Dahlietta bed.

I should let you know that I do usually let my front bed be a "ANYTHING GOES" part of my beds.  My window boxes, hanging pots, and other stuff always have to match, but for some reason, the front bed, I really don't care.  It's my place that I can go mad and just try out other things.  I like that I can.  I love that I can experiment with new combinations of flowers or colors.  This year, I'm doing a Dahlia bed.  I do have tall deep purple Salvia in the back and then Mounding White Verbena in the front, but the showstoppers will be the NINE Betty, Caroline, and Emily Pink Dahliettas in the middle.  Best part--I didn't over plant.  I can't wait to see how these ladies grow and mature over the summer.

Here is the early picture.

Easy Tulle Canopy Tutorial

The redecorating of Gwen's Little Mermaid's room is getting close to finished.  We just a few more little things to do and then I have to call this one complete.

Our most recent addition has been a super easy canopy that I made out of pinky-purple glitter tulle.  I liked that it matched the ribbon thingy on her bedspread.  The tulle is not the crunchy kind, but the softer kind.  Gwen helped pick it out the tulle, therefore there must be GLITTER!!

It was super easy to make.  The length of our canopy was about 10".  We didn't go to the floor, but just behind her bed and about under her head.  I used two strips of tulle to make it more full.  I didn't sew the tulle together, but just overlapped them tulle and you don't even notice that they are not sewed together.  Gotta love tulle!

I painted two dowels a silver color, because I had silver in my paint box.  My dowels are 33" long.  I cut them because the stickers were a pain to get off and I didn't want them to over-power the bed space.

I sewed the a dowel rod pocket to fit the dowel and slid the dowel in.  I had a 3" hem.  I used my regular stitch too.  Nothing fancy. I thought it would be a nightmare to sew through, but it wasn't!  Sweet!

Here is the pinned tulle.  

Here is the sewed hem on the tulle.  I love the finished edge on the tulle.  

Once the tulle was on the rod, I had to hang it on the wall and ceiling.  This is where I had Boone's help.  I used 3-M Command Adhesive Hooks to hold the wall rod.  We placed them down about 8".  Place the hooks as directed.  Make sure they are level!

Then hang the ceiling eye or hooks.  I got my hooks at Menards.  Measure twice or three times.  

Turn your hooks so if the fabric gets pulled, the dowel won't get pulled down.  

Hang the fabric behind the second, wall dowel.   

Arrange the "swoop" to your desired look.  I liked it low enough that it didn't interfere with the Little Mermaid poster.
Ta da!!  

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Things Happy People Know | Thought Catalog

Found this blog post and I love it.  Thus, the share.

The Things Happy People Know | Thought Catalog

The Things Happy People Know

MAY. 15, 2013
Happy people know that everything is fleeting. They know that the struggles they face will pass, but at the same time, they also know that the great things that are in their lives will pass as well. Happy people live in the moment.
Happy people don’t call themselves “happy people” or think of themselves that way. They define happiness as a sense of peacefulness and contentment mixed with pursuing their deepest passions. This is what happy people know.
They know that few things matter more than how much you love everyone, starting with yourself. They know that loving yourself means respecting yourself and doing for yourself what will make you the best you possible.
They know that nothing should be taken too seriously, and that all they give will be returned to them twofold. They know that there is a greater plan and a higher force. They live in awe and wonder of the universe, and try to maintain a sense of childlike wonder.
Happy people choose happiness because they choose to do what will best facilitate it. If they’re struggling with depression, they choose to get help from a professional, or whatever else they may need to get through it. They choose to help themselves, to be brave, and to accept things they can’t change, even when it seems most impossible.
Because more than anything, happy people know that happiness is never sedentary. They acknowledge all of their emotions and are equally grateful to experience them all. Happy people immerse themselves in the physical life they have now, knowing it’s not permanent.
And they all started their journeys as broken people, whether they self-destructed or had unfortunate circumstances or life events come upon them. I know, because I am one of these self-destructing people turned happy. Happy people know suffering more than anyone else, and that’s how they can see just how damn beautiful their lives are. It’s because they’ve seen the depths. TC Mark

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Boone has been in Oregon for work and my mother has been here helping with the kids for the week.  It just seems like when "the Grammy" lands, all else flies out the window.  We went to three different greenhouses, planted flowers, bought lots of fabric for summer PJs, and in general, made a big ol' mess out of my house.

My mom went along to drop the kids off at school today (FIELD TRIP!) and then she headed back home.  That means I'm back on my regular schedule--AFTER I clean up a bit.  The list has been already made too.

Boone is on his flight and on his way home to us too!  Can't wait to see him.  He had a good trip in Oregon.  Love when he's happy about what goes on during trips.  Progress = Good.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

80 degrees = Greenhouse shopping!!!!

Going to the greenhouse and getting my flowers today!  It's finally going to be 80 degrees and it looks like it may stay above freezing at night for the entire 10 day forecast (knock on wood)!

This year, I'm going to have purple, pink, and yellow flowers.  So excited!

Pictures later!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Mother's Day

I got a Sodastream for Mother's Day and some extra bottles.  I don't know how this is going to work with my cutting back on soda, but perhaps it will help us save some money.  I'm down to about 1 liter a day.   A big reduction from where I was a month ago.  

I also got a Bulova watch.  Verrrrrrryyyyy pretty.  

It's not quite like this one, but very similar.  I need to go get a few links taken out tomorrow.  Love it though.  I've needed a watch.  It's nice to know that Boone was listening.  

I'll share what the kids made for me later on today!

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day

This mom is "supposedly" taking the day off and my father-in-law is coming up.  The kitchen is a wreck and the kids aren't dressed and nothing is planned for lunch.  This should be interesting.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Planted my Herb Garden in the Earth Boxes

Finally!  It feels so good to put my fingers in the dirt.  Well, Gwen did most of the digging, but it felt so great to be the assistant.

I planted herbs in the Earth Boxes this year.  I've given up on planting beans and broccoli in the Earth Boxes.  Every year, we get all buggy and I don't want to put any spray on the food we eat, so I just steer clear.

I got three herbs from one of my students as a thank you gift--they graduated from my Suzuki program and it was so nice.  I put them in one box and I picked up three more today from a local green house.

This year, I'll be enjoying Oregano, Rosemary, Peppermint, Curly Parsley, Chives, and Basil.


Birthday Cake Oreos. Crap, I'm Screwed!

Well, I'm screwed.  I bought some Birthday Cake Oreos at the grocery store this morning.  Had one today for lunch.  Then another.  And another.  And get the idea.  I don't know what they put in those sprinkles in the cookies, but those cookies are so yummy.  I don't want to share with my kids!

I love you, Birthday Cake Oreos!
Ooooooo....sprinkle goodness.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

How to Hide Your Ugly Phone Jack

We have a phone jack in the middle of the wall.  A total crap-tastic place, if you ask me.

So, in the middle of hiding it, I thought I'd take a picture and share it with y'all.  Forgive the fact that I didn't get a completely "BEFORE" "BEFORE" picture.  You just need to imagine that there isn't a hook there.

See the ugly phone jack?  Terrible place for it, don't you think?  It's in the middle of the wall.  I bought a canvas "picture" thingy at TJ Maxx (I love you, TJ Maxx) and used a Command Adhesive Hook and covered that nasty thing up! 

See?  So much better!  All gone!  I wish I would have thought of this about a year ago when we got rid of our phone.  Now I don't have look at that ugly eyesore.  

My Birthday Present!

Yippee!  I just bought my birthday present!  I registered for my third photography class on Clickin' Moms.  This time I'll be taking Intro to Natural Light.  I can't wait!  It starts June 10th, so I'll have to deal with a vacation and taking the course.  Challenge?  Yes, but so exciting!

I'll be sure to share my experiences and what I've learned along the way.  

Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance!

Moss Letter Tutorial

Check it out.  I know you've all seen them before, but I've finally gotten around to making one of my own.  

I ordered a wood letter from  I chose a font that I hadn't seen someone work with before,  and I got it about 15" tall and only 1/4" thick.  It was less than $10 shipped to my door.  The quality is great and it is very sturdy, especially considering it is so thin.  Shipping was super fast too.  From order to delivery was only 4 days and I paid for the cheapest shipping available, cuz that's how I roll.  

I bought the SuperMoss Instant Green Sheets at JoAnn's with a 50% coupon.  The moss was less than $7.50 for the massive sheet and I had TONS left over at the end of the project.  I'm thinking I may order a letter when it gets closer to the holidays and make a letter for my parents or my father-in-law.  

I used glue sticks I already had at home.  

I flipped the letter over and positioned the letter so I would have a little waste as possible.  The I cut the moss so I would just have to wrap it around the letter and glue.  This is a super easy project.  When I make the ones for Christmas, I think I'll have the kids help me.  SUPER. EASY.  

When I glued, I started with all the ends and the big corners, then I finished with the rest.  

I added the white ribbon and hung it by the front door.  I love it!

Next time I order from, I'm going to get a few different letters for a few projects to save on shipping.  Not too shabby for less than $20.