Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Years

First of all, I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas! We enjoyed our three wild kids at our house. Then we took them to grandma and grandpa's house to share the craziness. We love being together.

I need to make a confession about my last post, Fall Cleaning. I really love to clean, but I can’t do it very often. I failed at my attempt to deep clean before the Holidays and that’s OK.

I had Christmas decoration boxes in the hall and clutter on my media-chest "catch all" space right up until Christmas Eve. But I didn’t let it bother me.

Sometimes I try to be perfect in my home and that's when I turn into angry mom. We know how much everyone loves her.

The morning after Christmas I sat enjoying the half-cleaned-up new- toy-clutter and the unlit Christmas tree. There were dishes in the sink that didn’t get cleaned that day and the dishwasher was full, ready to be started.

Yet we sat in our P.J.'s at 11 a.m. cuddled together on the couch watching new movies. Although some of these things bothered me, I didn’t have enough energy to be truly bothered. Christmas is tiring.

But sitting in my living room enjoying time with my family was really fun.

I’ve decided I want to do more of that and less “angry momming.”

I have some resolutions for the next year.

First, I want to be less demanding of my kids when it comes to cleaning up. That may mean that I help them more or that I actually help them less.

I might start by showing my 3-year-old that I don't have to help him all the time. He really can do it on his own. Let's face it, my little 15-month-old is a better cleaner than his older brother.

My oldest will clean when I call it "organizing." She is going to do a lot more “organizing” this year and less “cleaning.”

Each child is unique and I feel that I need to teach them individually and love them the way they need to be loved. I am going to work on that.

My next resolution is to gain control of my craft and sewing projects downstairs. I have totes bulging with unused fabric pieces and strings clinging to the cement floor that follow me as I walk up the stairs. I have to mention the buttons and thread I emptied on the floor so I could find the perfect colors to match my never-ending projects.

Isn't this a dream from The Container Store?


I have been working on getting a handle on my creativity clutter since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. It is so cold down in our basement because it is unfinished, but we can't finish it until I get things organized.

I guess I better bundle up.

Also, I need to clean my walls and baseboards.

This is a hard one for me. When I was growing up it was my job to clean all the baseboards in the house. I have this job perfected and yet in my own house it gets neglected.

Less Facebook, TV, and Internet time are also on my list. These are things I like to do when the kids are in bed. I would like to read more and spend more time with my hard-working husband. He loves to write songs with me or just jam on the guitars. We used to do that a lot when we were dating.

Hopefully 2014 will be filled with more jamming.

I feel overwhelmed when I make a list of these things, but I have a whole year to gain control and become better. Little steps.

I am not trying to be "Super Mom." I am trying to be a better mom for my children and to keep the house in order for my husband. He is patient with me in all my crafting goodness and doesn't say a word when the living room and kitchen are overrun with the joys of projects.

I want to be more organized so I can craft at normal hours of the day and not be afraid that it will throw everyone off balance. I want to eat dinner at the kitchen table on days that I craft and stop sewing for 10 minutes to help my children. Organization equals one happy momma. I am ready to do this.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Cleaning

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the changing colors and the cooler temperatures. One thing I don't love is how fast this time of year goes. It seems that as soon as Halloween hits, we rush through the holidays and into the less exciting winter months. 

This year I am doing things different than in years past.

I finished my children's costumes early so I am not rushing on Halloween morning to figure out what they will wear. I feel ready and prepared with my bowl of candy and decorated porch. 

I have started doing a thorough cleaning of my house so I can be ready for any holiday craziness coming our way. 

I need to have everything organized so I am not losing my mind with new toys that have no place to go and Christmas decorations that take over every surface available. 

I have written a list of Fall Cleaning to complete 3 weeks before the holidays really take off. I know this is doable for a busy mom of 3 like me. (I got this idea from my mother-in-law, who is doing the same thing. She has kids coming home for the holidays so it works great for any situation.)

Here are my lists of cleaning. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when crossing something off. Feel free to use my list and add to it. Some things may not apply to you. I will report after each week of cleaning. I am so ready for this! 

Week 1
-clean and organize cabinets and drawers
-wipe down shower rods
-clean shower curtains
-wipe down light fixtures
-clean out fans
-clean blinds and windows
-walls and baseboards
-sweep and mop

Living room
-dust picture frames, surfaces, lamps
-wipe down piano
-organize media drawers
-wax coffee table
-vacuum out couches
-rearrange living room (to freshen up the space or to add room for a future Christmas tree)
-walls and baseboards

Clean air returns and replace air filters
Get a furnace tune up

Week 2
-organize pantry
-wipe out pantry shelves
-organize and wipe out cabinets
-clean light fixtures (this is a great time change bulbs that have gone out)
-clean blinds and windows
-walls and baseboards
-re-seal kitchen table
Laundry room
-wipe down washer and drier
-run a cleaning cycle with washer cleaner (this is what I use)
-organize shelves
-walls and baseboards
-sweep and mop

File loose papers! 
Hall walls and baseboards cleaned
Stair baseboards and walls cleaned
Vacuum stairs

Week 3
Kids Rooms
-organize toys
-donate any unwanted or unused toys
-organize closet
-wipe down beds and furniture
Linen closet organized
Coat closet cleaned out and organized

-organize and sweep out
-sewing and craft storage

Hang family pictures
Organize dressers and clothing
Organize Master Bedroom closet
Donate unwanted items

Paint baseboards and doors
Paint kitchen

Happy Cleaning!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

And Then There Were Three

Three kids are a lot of work. I am still very tired but am feeling a lot better than I felt when I was pregnant. The delivery was wonderful and little R was born healthy with 10 little fingers and toes. Miss Mae and Mac really love him and have been a great help. They are so helpful I feel lazy some days when I plant myself on the couch and I ask them to bring me things. We are enjoying our little one.

Are you ready for Christmas? I am getting there. I am trying to fit in a few more handmade gifts.
I have the type of personality that wishes I could give a handmade gift to anyone and everyone. So it's hard to make them just for the people I am supposed to in the family gift exchanges. It's too much fun.

If you are stumped on what to make here are some great homemade gift ideas:

Love these washcloth patterns from Ball Hank n' Skein

From Tidy Mom

Love this knot bracelet tutorial from Factory Direct Craft

Another note: Here are some things I have been up to lately (besides the 3 crazies!).

Painted Coffee Table

Painted Dresser

A post on these beauties to come!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This Mama is Nesting

That's right. I am finally feeling OK enough to start some of the projects that have been rolling around in my head. I feel like I am in super nesting mode and making up for lost time.
24 weeks and I am so proud to say that I have almost gained almost 15 pounds! This is a first.
To recap this week I have already I bought some twin bed frames to repaint for the kiddles and scored some awesome vintage fabric for something cute, some day. Oh, and I drove an good 1 1/2 hours away for a free dresser. Then I rethought that decision when I had to make the drive back without feeling in my tailbone. But hey, free is F-R-E-E! So tons of cuteness goin' down up in here but first, did I mention I am having a huge HOARDER SALE this Saturday?
So freaking awesome that I get butterflies thinking about it.
So come, it's the thing to do. Maybe I can make some mula to afford the stinkin' cute bedding for the kiddles and the new guy.

I am making this lovely duvet since it's only available in Australia and UK and super $300 expensive.
Love Mae (fitting since her middle name is Mae)

Something like this for the little man using same grey tones as the girly duvet. Pottery Barn Kids-Rugby is always good for boys.

And somewhere around this for the new guy. Gotta have planes.

Told you it's gettin' all cute up in here.
Hope your mid-week is just as stinkin' eventful.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

4th of July Decor

If you have followed me on pinterest lately, you may have been annoyed by my recent pinning of 4th of July things. Truth is, the 4th of July is our family's favorite holiday. We never get enough of it. We love our country and we love to celebrate. With that said, every year I seem to forget something. So I thought I would start early this year. Here are some crafting, food, and clothing ideas.

1. I found this on Pinterest with no link. This may be the only thing that will keep me cool being pregnant this summer. Now to find a super cute striped shirt to add on to. 
2. has these amazing cake pops. Maybe you master desert makers can figure out how to make them. 
3. A clever way to cut out watermelon with cookie cutters. Definitely going to try this year. 
4. Star medallions from Maritha Stewart. Love the different prints. 
5. Cute layered skirt tutorial from Dana Made It. Thinking this would be great for my 4-year old with red bike shorts underneath. 
6. I am in love with this simple design from eighteen 25
7. So simple and cute, these tanks. Just cut off a flag and add a ruffle. From Creative Urges
8. Red white and blue pillow. I hope make my own and put it on my porch. You can buy this on etsy from Joshua by Oak
9. Any berry wreath makes me smile. I like how they added the Declaration of Independence in the middle. DIY at Lil' Luna
10. BHG always has great planting ideas. I want to try this and put it on my porch as well. 
11. The Beauty Department has great ideas and tutorials and I love the stripes. 
12. These buntings are so fun. Sugar Tot Designs does a great job with the tutorial. 
13. I enjoy a good scarf. This will be great for fireworks when it's a tad chilly but not enough for a sweater. I can't wait to attempt to make this. 
14. What are you getting ready to make?

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Easy {Mother's Day} Crafting

Here are some ideas for great Mother's Day gifts without spending a lot of money. You can even get the kids involved. They will love it.
1. Almost every mom loves to read and I can't think of any woman who doesn't love a new kitchen towel. Wrap a book in a new towel. Voila! Studiopatro
2. Vintage inspired velvet bookmarks I think I need 10 for myself. Super easy and cheap to make. County Living
3. This may not be as easy but it is super cute. Batik towels. If you do not have Beeswax, try taking color out after you dye the towels using liquid dish soap. Use stamps or other objects to make a pattern (I will post on this later). Under the Sycamore
4. Moms always need more bags. It's a simple fact. These are super cute and really fun to make. Catch My Party
5. That Martha Stewart does it again. So simple yet so completely adorable! I want all my books to look like this. Stamp on the outside of the book.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's {a boy}

Well, hubby is super excited (to say the least).
I was really hoping for another little girl.
Since the family is way outnumbered now with girls I guess it's OK that we can bring up the population of boys. We will have the only 2 grandsons out of 10 grand kids.

So here's the details and hopefully a photo soon.

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 0 pounds

Maternity clothes? Sometimes. It depends on if I want to look pregnant. :)

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Not really. Don't wake me up or I won't go back to sleep.

Best moment this week: Finding out the gender. It's a boy!

Miss Anything? I miss my memory. I wish I could remember why.

Movement: I can feel real movement now. Especially kicking back at our last appointment.

Food cravings: Beef is all I crave. Once I finally have it, I can only have a few bites.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Most things.

Have you started to show yet: It looks like I have gained 10 pounds. I haven't really!

Gender: All Boy

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Sort of moody. I must admit.

Looking forward to: Sleep. Being about to do everything I want.

If you want to see what's on my mind for this little guy, head on over to my baby board on pinterest.

Can't we all just have a pair of Toms?

Making this. Too cute.

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