Tuesday, June 30, 2009
And if you don't save magazines, you can stop reading now.
Anywho, you end up with an annoyed husband and bookshelves looking like this because you've subscribed to Martha Stewart Living since you were 16.
Eh, some things are worth it. But, at times, it's difficult to collect all the creative inspiration you need for a season or holiday. So this is what I do.
Rather than order the back issues by year, January-December, I group them by month. That way, when I'm ready to decorate and prepare for the 4th of July, I just go to that section and grab all of my July issues. I save myself from picking out single issues from the past 10+ years, and replacing them is a snap.
Try it. You may like it.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Here's the recipe I used, from The Queen herself.
3 cups lemon juice (about 20 lemons' worth. I wait until our fruit store puts them on sale 10/$1.)
2 cups sugar or Splenda
4 cups ice water
Pour the lemon juice through a fine strainer into a pitcher. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add ice water and enjoy!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
One of my favorite pieces of "art" around the house is the wedding invitation I had matted and framed.
It's sweet, sentimental, and it was a super easy project. I bought an 8x10 frame at Michael's (naturally I used my 40% off coupon) and then chose a pretty sage green mat. The girl at the framing counter even did it for me right then and there while I waited.
I love it as a special little gift, too. Since my sister claims she doesn't read my blog, I can safely say she'll be getting one when she gets married in October!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I bought Knitting for Dummies at the $1 Spot at Target and I'm hoping it delivers. I am a dummy, so we're good in that department. Also, I'm pretty much self-taught when it comes to sewing (apologies to Mrs. Pietro, my 8th grade home ec teacher) and most other things crafty, so hopefully I'll get the hang of it quickly.
And for those of you who already know how to knit, consider becoming a blanketeer, too. Or maybe you could just come over to my house and teach the dummy. Or you could knit a pretty sweater for yours truly. You know, whatever.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Things are really different now.
Now I almost look forward to Mondays. (Don't tell my husband!) The calm. The quiet. The lack of the weekend's hustle and bustle. The fresh start to a new week. I really like it.
My control freak, organizational loving self still needs a plan, though, so this is what I do every Monday morning.
After breakfast, Little Guy #1 watches his Gymboree movie and Little Guy #2 bounces up a storm in his Exersaucer. I peacefully sit with my can of pop (I like caffeine, just not coffee) and map out a list for the week.
I write out what I need to get done, our weekly menu, bills that are due, the chores, the errands, the stores I need to go to and the things I need to buy. I list everything. Of course, as I accomplish things, I cross them off my list. This works for me because I like the visual of what I've done and what I have left. I also use graph paper because I fell in love with it in highschool and it's been my favorite paper ever since. (Hey, we all have our quirks.)
So this is what's worked for me for the past few years. It keeps me on track and I feel like I'm actually getting things done in the midst of the clutter and chaos in the life of a 2 year old and infant's mom. Many of the daily mom jobs have little evidence to show for them (uh, preparing, serving, and cleaning up after 3 meals a day comes to mind), and this is my proof.
Now if you want to really throw me for a loop, give me a Monday holiday like Labor Day. Yikes!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
So when Home Depot had hanging baskets on clearance for $6.99, I scooped them up. On their own, they look cheap and a little tacky with the glaring white plastic pot and hanger.
But pop the plants out of the plastic planter and into an aged terra cotta pot, and they look full and great!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I stocked up on fruit. I bought cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I blended them. I made an entire batch of each fruit.
I waited for hours and hours and hours until they were dry. Seriously, I had them in there for 10 hours.
So after all that, I went on over to Stretch Island and just ordered some. Save yourself the aggravation and do the same.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
And here is where I draw the line for sacrifice:
Getting my hair cut/colored professionally. I go to a fancy-shmancy salon. I like it. I love looking in the mirror and admiring my fresh, new hair, not to mention the 2 hours I have all to myself to while I'm gettin' all purrr-dy.
Pricey toilet paper, Kleenex, and paper towels. Paper products that resemble sandpaper have no place in my bathroom (ouch!), and cheap paper towels are just wasteful since I use twice as many.
Along those same lines, Pampers. I've tried Luvs. I've tried the Target and CVS brands. I don't like them. Pampers are the best for the two chubby little butts in this house. Anyone who suggests cloth diapers...yikes!
High speed internet. I mean seriously, is anyone willing to go back to their slowpoke, dial-up modem??
Cable TV. I grew up without it, but now that I've had it, there's no turning back. I could do without the movie channels, but my husband, not so much.
That wasn't too bad...right?I happily clip coupons and buy generic store brand items. I shop at Costco so I can save by buying in bulk. I hold off on buying things until they go on sale. I love eBay and flea market finds. I try. I really do.
So, what's too much for you? What won't you give up?
ps. Don't forget today's Kimba's garden party!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sippy cups won't be necessary.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Little Guy #1 ate his first Happy Meal yesterday. Naturally, we had to take pictures.
The crowning jewel of the entire event? The Little Guy told me Ronald McDonald isn't wearing a hat, meaning he's riding his bike without a helmet.
My "safety first" indoctrination of my children? Working like a charm.