Monday, December 31, 2012

And Then It Was Christmas ...

Around our house, we have 3 Christmas's.
Well, technically 4. 

We have my family on Christmas Eve.
Then our little family Christmas morning.
We go to my in-laws around lunchtime,
and then to the grandparent-in-laws for supper. 

It's a big 2 day sweep of family, food, and gifts galore.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Your Color Personality Quiz

While browsing the BH&G website, looking for organizing ideas ..., I found this color quiz. 
It's rather short, only 8 multiple choice questions.

My initial result is the color Sea Glass. Which, is a color I like (I like the blues, greens, aquas). 
So, I went back and took the quiz a second time, with my 'runner up' answers, if you will. 
This time I got the color Creamy Latte. Another go-to color for us, since our living room is painted 'Arabian Sands'. It's about the shade of the paint lid on the bottom right.
(And, in the Sea Glass picture, the biggest lid is a color like we would like in our bathrooms.)

So, how about you? What is your Color Personality?
Take the quiz here. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What's on your wish list ...?

Do you remember being little, sitting down with the big toy books, picking out all the toys that looked so cool, that you just had to have?
Maybe it was just a child of the 80's thing?

You'd look and look and look, then make your 'wish list' for the holidays, hoping that you'd get some of the things you really wanted (and not socks. or dorky sweaters). Usually you ended up with both.

My mom and I were talking about the holidays, and the anticipation you felt as a child, to see what gifts you got, what santa brought you ...
Christmas time is more fun if you have children.
There's just something more magical about it.

For our family, we have decided not to have Santa. Not that the holidays won't be special for our children. We just won't have visits from 'Santa'. I plan to wrap presents for under the tree, then have a few 'special presents' for each child that get put out after bed Christmas Eve (essentially what Santa does, without the label).
So, without Santa, do we need a 'wish list'?
Yes and No.
Since I plan to be around my kids all the time, I'll probably have a pretty good idea what they are wanting. But, we do have grandparents who like to spoil kids (more so than I do....), so the list might be beneficial there. Plus, isn't it just fun to sit down and think about the things you'd like to have? 

On the flip side. I kinda hate the idea of making a list of things I want. It's like saying 'buy me this this and this'. And I don't like that. Nor do I want my children to grow up thinking it's ok to make demands for what they want, or have the expectation that just because they want it, they will get it. Receiving gifts is a blessing, not a guarantee, and I want them to be grateful for anything they receive (even socks and dorky sweaters).
{Can you tell I'm really disliking the spoiled, bratty children our society seems to be taken over by?}

So, I thought it might be nice for me to sit down and make up a 'wish list' of my own.
The things I would like to have, sometime.

Here is my wish list:
(In no particular order)
DYMO Letratag  Plus Personal Label Maker, LT-100T (1733013)
{ Dymo Letratag Label Maker}
Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack, Includes 20 Letter-Size Laminating Pouches, Holds Sheets up to 8.5" x 11(TL902VP)
{Laminator. Actually, I like this Purple Cows one.}

The Curiosity Shoppe at Target® Oven Mitt & Pot Holder

{ New pot holders and oven mitts}

{Hamburger Press}

{ An awesome mixer. One day. Eventually.}
(I'm using a hand mixer here people... not that I'm complaining. I actually like using it.)

There are other things I would love to have (like, my mortgage and car paid off, the bathrooms redone, basement finished ....), but I'm also not a greedy person. Time with my family, and for whatever my husband picks out for me to be chosen with love (and for him to remember he has to shop for me, for baby, and for me from baby ...) .

Can you see the teacher/organizer/mommy/housewife coming out in that list?

{On a side note, I once said I saw no point in the hamburger patty maker. And then I had a small whining child and raw meat on my hands (and deformed looking burgers) ... I am retracting my original view of the patty maker. Also, I keep burning myself through my oven mitts. Yet I am too cheap to buy new ones.}

So, how about you. What's on your wish list for this holiday? 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

30 Days, 30 Things To Be Thankful For - Part 3

{If you missed the challenge post, you can find it here}

30 Days of things to be thankful for.

I've decided to do my post as a list of 10 things (vs. a new post every day), breaking the list into 3 parts.
If you're doing the challenge to, you can do whatever you like.
I will include a spot to link-up your blog/posts on each of mine.

And here are days 21-30:

30 Days, 30 Things To Be Thankful For - Part 2

{If you missed the challenge post, you can find it here}

30 Days of things to be thankful for.

I've decided to do my post as a list of 10 things (vs. a new post every day), breaking the list into 3 parts.
If you're doing the challenge to, you can do whatever you like.
I will include a spot to link-up your blog/posts on each of mine.

So here are 11-20:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Craft - Easy Outdoor Tree

Ok, first, Yes, I am still working on my 30 Days of Thankful.
Second, let me have a moment here
{*gasp* *ugh* *barf* *uuuuhhh*}

Yeah, I'm going to do a Christmas post.
Before Turkey Day.
Sue me. 

I seriously just complained about my neighbor putting up christmas lights.
So, here ya go!
I just want you to have a craft in mind when you're doing your Black Friday power shopping.
(and, by black friday, I mean black thursday...)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 Days, 30 Things To Be Thankful For - Part 1

{If you missed the challenge post, you can find it here}

30 Days of things to be thankful for.

I've decided to do my post as a list of 10 things (vs. a new post every day), breaking the list into 3 parts.
If you're doing the challenge to, you can do whatever you like.
I will include a spot to link-up your blog/posts on each of mine.

These seem a bit silly, some of them, but it gives you something to think about every day, and it's a fun way for you to learn a bit more about me.

So here are 1-10:
1. a person

My family. John and baby John.
I'm also thankful for the rest of my family and friends, too.

2. an animal

My little birdie friends.
I really like birds, they remind me of my great-grandmother.
This is my cardinal couple. They are so cute. 

3. a cozy place in your home.

My bed. Warm, snuggly, perfect for relaxing. 

4. a favorite snack

I just really like popcorn.
5. a place

My house. I know, right?
But I am so thankful that we are able to own our own home,
I'm thankful that it is a newer home with no major issues,
and I'm thankful for all the space it gives our family.

6. a pair of shoes

 These are comfy, easy to slip on, go with most any outfit, and were cheap.

7. a scent

Fresh baked anything. Cookies, brownies, cake ...
Anything yummy smelling.
I really love the scent of vanilla and cinnamon. 

8. a restaurant 

Chick-fil-a. They are so delicious, and a Christian-based company.
I love their nuggets, their fries, their lemonade, their milk shakes ....
(and I love that they have healthy options for kids)

9. a blog
There are actually many blogs I like to read.
Way too many to list here.
And I'm thankful for each of them, and the variety of subjects they write about.
{For some, it's just daily life, some are food, organizing, crafting, sewing, DIY projects, house love ...}

10. a time of day

Nap time. My little break in the day.
A tiny window of quiet.
Although, bedtime is a close 2nd.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 Days of Thankful Challenge

Since it's November (or Movember, if you're a guy), it's time to be thankful.
(Well, you should be thankful every day, but, you know what I mean ...)
Plenty of people have been listing off what they are thankful for on their blogs, facebook, twitter, etc...
So I thought it would be fun to post a challenge instead.
You can take 30 days, do all 30 at once, do 10 a week for 3 weeks ... I don't really care. 

I  did a quick google search for challenges, and  found this blog , with a list <here> of 30 'prompts' to help you with your list of things you are thankful for. Some of them are a little silly (a scent??), but I like the idea of a list of 30 different things to be thankful for. Something a little different. 

Here's the list:
1. a person
2. an animal
3. a cozy place in your home.
4. a favorite snack
5. a place
6. a pair of shoes
7. a scent
8. a restaurant
9. a blog
10. a time of day
11. a tradition
12. a gadget
13. something old
14. something new
15. a recipe
16. an experience
17. a store
18. a saying/quote/scripture
19. a favorite piece of clothing
20. a keepsake
21. a disappointment or fear
22. a book
23. a feeling
24. a photograph
25. a luxury
26. a charity
27. a song
28. a gift
29. something in your home
30. the thing you’re most thankful for

Doing the challenge??
Link to your blog or post so we can follow along!
(This will also be included after my 30 Days of Thankful Posts)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Necktie Baby Onesie (Tutorial)

Have you seen the baby onesies with the cute little neckties? 
Or the suspenders?

There are billions of cute, crafty things to make for little girls (bows, tutus, dresses, purses, dolls ....), but finding crafts for little guys is limited. I don't really know why. I guess plush tools don't serve much purpose to a little boy, so what else is there?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pumpkins & Turkeys - Baby Food Jar Crafts

Have I mentioned we have an abundance of baby food jars?
But they are so cute, and useful.
So, here are two (yup, 2) crafts to make with them for the fall.

Pumpkins and Turkeys. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yarn Wrapped Wreath

If you follow me on pinterest, you've probably seen all the pins I've been posting of wreaths.
Grapevine wreaths, holiday wreaths, yarn wreaths ....
I like wreaths, they are an easy decoration. Just switch one out for another as the seasons/holidays/weather changes. My kind of decorating. And, they are pretty easy to make.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Target Beauty Bag

As a bargain hunter, I love to find good deals for my family, and use coupons to save.
I also love free samples. Love them. LOVE THEM!!
I'm not going to show you my sample stash,
because it's a disorganized mess embarrassing.
But, I will request samples of most anything; hey, ya never know. 

So, I was super excited when Target posted their free beauty bag of samples for the winter. 
{This is the 3rd sample bag I've gotten from them this year}

This pack came with the usual booklet of coupons,
and a bunch of small sample packets, as well as a leopard print cosmetic bag.
Samples included:
 Jergens daily moisture lotion,
Pixi beauty primer,
Fekkai shea butter shampoo and conditioner,
Clear scalp and hair therapy shampoo and conditioner,
L`Oreal EverCreme 3 step shampoo, conditioner, and nourishing masque.

So, several shampoo samples.
Which, I like.
Whenever we travel, the samples go with us.
They are light weight and travel well,
once we've used them, they get thrown away,
and we get to try new things.
(Plus, I get to feel a bit pampered while away from home. Which is always nice.) 

And that is the winter samples bag. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Calendar Pages for the Bills & Budget Binder

Remember the bills and budget binder I had posted about a while back?
Well, if you remember, I said I would make up the calendar pages for the rest of the months.
So, I've done that. 
They are blank calendar templates, so you will need to write (or type) in the dates, but you can use them year after year. 

You can find the printables here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Grocery List

Ok, I know everyone and their brother has a grocery printable list. 
However, I made this because it works for me, and what I need when I go shopping. 
I have several of the lists that have every item in the store listed, and you check what you need, but it just doesn't work for me. They are a great reference for me though, when thinking about what I need to stock up on when, and where to stock up from. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY: Oxyboost

The oxyboost. 
The last in my little laundry series (because I don't make our own soap). 

I didn't take any pictures of the process, but it's nothing super special.
You need:

Spray bottle OR empty bottle with 'squirt spout'
(think: body wash, dish soap, etc.. bottle - easy to pour)
hydrogen peroxide
baking soda
{If you have a non-see-through bottle, that's better}

For an in-wash booster:
In your bottle mix 1 part peroxide & 1 part baking soda.
(ex: 1/2 cup peroxide to 1/2 cup baking soda)
 It will gurgle a fizz up, so let it do that (wait a few hours...), then put the cap on your bottle.

For a stain treater:
Same as above, but add 1 cup water for each 1 cup of solution.
You can use this as a stain spray, for pre-treating, or an overnight soak. 

Make both of these in 'small batches' (enough for one laundry day), since they loose their effectiveness over time. 

I've been using it as an in-wash booster, and have had no problems with it, but be sure you test it on fabrics before dumping it in your washer.
(It did remove most of a set-in puree sweet potato stain from a white onesie)
We have also used it to help clean up stains on the carpet, and it removed sticky red strawberry soda from a white fuzzy baby blanket. 

If you're wanting something stronger, use washing soda in place of the baking soda. It is a much 'stronger' soda. 

Another tip - if you're wanting to make larger batches of this to use as an in-wash stain treatment, store your mixture in a dark container (something non-see-through. Like the hydrogen peroxide bottle......). 
This will help your mixture last longer.
(You could also make the stain spray and store in a solid bottle, if you have one) 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

DIY : Dryer Sheets

The homemade dryer sheets.
I saw these on pinterest a while back, but was a bit skeptical of how well it would actually work. 
Well, it works just as well as my store bought Bounce dryer sheets. 
And it's super easy, and relatively cheap. 

You will need some washcloths (or old towels cut to squares), some liquid fabric softener, a bucket, and some place to let the rags dry over night.

I used old washcloths, and some downy fabric softener. 

The Downy I used was just the smallest bottle Walmart had, and I used 1/2 bottle to make 6 rags.
(So, in theory you could use one bottle to make 12, or more)

Honestly, you want a rag that isn't super soft plushy and absorbent.
(So don't go break the bank buying Vera Wang wash rags)
Mine are something similar to these at Walmart.
(I bought mine a few years ago from Target though, the back to college stuff)
Just a cheap, basic wash cloth.
(If you're really feeling frugal, check the dollar tree!)

In a bucket, pour in your fabric softener. Now add your wash rags and let them absorb the fabric softener then ring out your rags, very well (you may have to do your rags in 2 parts, or do this a few times). The rags will have a weird slimy film feel to them. Let them dry over night (you can lay flat, or hang to dry). Now fold and store in a container or basket next to your washer and dryer. 

I have been using the same cloth for about a month now, and it still smells great, and is leaving our clothing nice and soft and static free (granted, we don't have any sweaters yet...). I do 3-4 loads of laundry a week, plus sheets every 2 weeks. That's 14-18 loads on one sheet. In theory, with 12 sheets, 1 a month - you could make dryer sheets once a year and be fine! However, I'm sure during the winter months they will dry out a bit faster, with the bulky, static-y sweaters and all. 

I use them on our sheets, our towels, our clothing, the baby's clothing ....
They have worked fine on everything.
So far, I haven't had any weird staining from the fabric softener.
I have also seen on pinterest you can do this using your homemade fabric softener, but I haven't tried it. 

Up next - The homemade Oxy-boost.
(It's even easier than this was!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DIY: Homemade Fabric Softener

I am a huge fan of fabric softener. 
I love having soft, snuggly clothing and bedding. 
I also don't like paying a ton of money for it. 
Or having to keep 3 different kinds of softener around the house.
(And yet, I still do...)
We also have well water, and with using the cheaper softeners, I've noticed a weird 'film' building up on some of our clothing (like jeans, they have this weird soft but slick feeling sometimes).
So, I wanted something that would work well with our well water, be safe for our clothing and bedding, for baby's clothing and bedding, and safe to use on our towels too.
(Did you know liquid fabric softener reduces your towels absorbancy? It is also not safe to use on baby items, it affects it being fire-retardant. )

Monday, September 17, 2012

Busy Weekend

Did you know that this past Sunday (aka: yesterday) was Wife Appreciation Day? 
Old Navy told me so via Facebook, so it's obviously true.

And so, in honor of Wife Day, my husband bought himself a gun safe. And some ammo. 
{Guns are an investment. They keep our family safe. We need more ammo to shoot in them. And the safe, well, keeps them safely stored. With the exception of our self defense weapons. So don't try to break in over here.}

So, that's sort of a wife present. 
Especially since it is in our downstairs, and now Hubs can clean his guns down there. Instead of on the dinning room table. I like having a gun-free dining room. 

But yesterday was day 2 of my truck riding around. 
We spent Saturday in the truck, too. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cleaning Vinegar

I found this little bit of happiness at my local Walmart. 

Only $1.25/bottle. 
Which, is a 1 gallon bottle.
And, it's 6% Vinegar (food grade is 5%). 

This makes me a little excited to try all of the cleaning with vinegar pins I've been seeing. 

Yes, my receipt says "Creeper $3.25".
No, I didn't buy a creepy person at the Walmart.
It's a onesie for the little man of the house.
So's the jumpsuit. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Bills & Budget Binder - Reveal

About a week ago, I posted about working on a bills & budget binder.
{If you missed it, you can read it here}
I had found the pin on pinterest, and wanted to try it out for our family, with a little modifying. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Project Pantry : Part 2

Ahh... The Pantry.
Did you catch the first part to this post?
If not, you can read it {here}.

This pantry cabinet has seriously been the biggest pain!
We bought it at the beginning of July, and it took us over a month to finish it.
Ok, first, we were working on it evenings and weekends.
Second, We were also working on it in our basement.
Thirdly, We've never really done any furniture finishing before.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kitchen Oil & Vinegar Bottles

Custom Kitchen Oil & Vinegar Bottles

I wanted something cute in my kitchen to hold some oil, and my vanilla. I never use vinegar when cooking. So I needed some oil and vanilla bottles. For some reason I had never bottle an oil bottle. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bills & Budget Binder

Hello Hello!
I wanted to do a quick post about the newest project I'm working on.
A Bills and Budget Binder.
I think the 2 go hand-in-hand, don't you?

Anyway - I saw a pin on pinterest about making a bills binder, instead of filing everything away.
And it seems like a pretty good idea. And, since it is almost September, I can give it a trial run, and if it's working, we can use it for next year! Yay for thinking ahead.
I would recommend you read the original post first {here}.
And, if you think it could work for your family, awesome!
I am working on putting together my binder now {as I type there are several files minimized waiting for printing}.  I really like her set up, but there are several items I actually file, but would still like a record of payment in the binder as well (like Mortgage payments - We 'auto pay' and don't receive monthly statements, so I file all of our quarterly statements for safe keeping).  I'll also keep files for each of our accounts, for the account information, any policy changes, etc ... but now the files won't have to be crammed full of bills and monthly statements. 
Anyway, I am working on some printables, that I will share with you once I have them made.
You can find them all {here}!

Right now there are some calendar pages up, so if you'd like to make a binder, feel free to print anything you'd like to use.
 - Personal Use Only Please-

I'll post an update once I've created our binder.
(And, I'll also work on the Pantry posts ... )

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Project : Pantry

We are in desperate need of a pantry in our kitchen/dinning room. 

Back To School Apple : A Baby Food Jar Project

If your house is like mine, with a 7 month old baby, you probably have about 90 billion baby food jars floating around. Especially if you're a hoarder saver like I am. They are useful little jars. 

I had seen a pin on pinterest using 3 baby food jars to make a snowman, which is perfect for winter - but it's only fall. So I decided to make something for fall. 
And, it would be a perfect back-to-school gift for a teacher. 
If you fill it with chocolate. 

Anyway, it's a rather simple project. 
Pick a jar, spray paint it red (or green, or yellow), once dry add a leaf and ribbon, then you're done. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recipe Binder

I've been slowly working on organizing things around our house, to help keep things neat and tidy, and to help us save some money around here. So, I decided to make a recipe binder, which is something I've been wanting to work on for a while now anyway.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blackberry Cobbler

One of the desserts my husband really likes is blackberry cobbler. And there is a restaurant where we live that makes a good one. So we were a little bummed when we went there for my birthday and they were out. Actually, a lot bummed. So, I decided I was going to figure out how to make a good blackberry cobbler. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Chicken Restaurant Shirt

And, since I support Chick-fil-A and their freedom to express their beliefs, I decided to make some Chick-fil-A love shirts. 

The easiest way is to use iron-on transfer paper and printables (which, I made some for you).

The alternate way would be using fabric paint to write, and some material and fuse web or fabric glue.  Cut your material to the shape you want, and glue or iron it to the shirt, and use your paint to write or fill in details. You can also use the paint to 'seal' the edges of whatever you iron/glue on.

I may go back and add some fabric paint cow-spots to ours. Let them do double duty, and be used for dress like a cow day. 

Download the printables here!
(For personal use only.)
There are .pdf, .jpg, and powerpoint files, as well as the font I used, and the bandana and cow print backgrounds. 

Friday, July 20, 2012


We're now on Polyvore

You can follow us here:

What is Polyvore?

It's like a fashion pinterest. You can clip things to polyvore, then create your own outfits and such. 

Project : Mini blinds

Ok, so this was a project that really doesn't need a post. Seriously, how hard is it to put up blinds? We're having a harder time finding the other two blinds we need. 
{18" wide, 1" vinyl blinds, white, room darkening}
But, this was one of our projects to tackle - so here it is. 

Our old blinds were/are metal and don't work properly. They get stuck all the time, so you could never open them up. So we wanted to replace them with something that did work, and was fairly cheap, but would look nice. Having children means we will probably be replacing them. Several times over the years. 
The project only took them about an hour, and cost less than $15 for the blind on the center window (I haven't been able to find the smaller ones).
ps - our house is messy. It's a side effect of having a baby. Sort of.

Baby is supervising for me.

 1 window done. With blinds I can actually raise and let light in.

Our projects to tackle :
Front flower beds & sidewalk
Front porch lights
Ceiling fans in the 2 bedrooms
Lower baby's crib
Pantry cabinet for the kitchen
Build a workbench for J
Replace kitchen sink faucet
Buy and replace living room mini-blinds

{Replace broken microwave}

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Project: Four Hour Faucet

The Four Hour Faucet Project.
Ok, it didn't really take 4 hours ... maybe 3 ... but 4 hour faucet has a better ring to it. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Project : Beautify the front yard

Something that has really bugged my husband and I since we moved in was our front yard. We've done little things here and there (like weeding and planting some bushes), but the yard truly was horrible when we moved in. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A June Wedding

Last weekend my brother got married to his wonderful girlfriend of over 5 years.
The whole weekend made for a perfect story they can tell their children one day.
(Note: This is a 'picture-heavy' post. No pictures in this post may be copied or used in any way.)

Last Week

So you may or may not have noticed my blog was a little MIA for the last week or so. That was partially intentional. I intended to be "away" from June 30-July 9 for a "vacation", but alas - plans change.