Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

Only three outfits this week, aren't you lucky? I really did get dressed the other days, I promise.

Day of the week?: Don't remember
Black tank: Target
Black, tan, maroon & white plaid shirt: Erika & Co.
Black hoodie: Costco
Jeans: Don't remember that either
Boots: Thrifted

I seriously have no idea what day I wore this outfit. I blame the microwave. You know how they warn you not to stand in front of those things? Well, I have spent many an anxious moment waiting for my popcorn to pop. I have probably sacrificed many a memory cell in order to have some of that buttery goodness, but frankly I am o.k. with.......sorry, what was I saying?


Sunday
Black turtleneck: JC Penney
Green & Black vest: Target, thrifted ($3)
Jeans: Gap
Necklace: Kohl's
Note to self: long necklaces are not a good idea in the nursery.

I just now noticed that I forgot to cut the head out of these pictures, but I am not going back. I was not impressed with this outfit, but I was working in the nursery at church so figured it would be good enough to crawl on the floor with babies in it.

The poor sentence structure of the previous sentence might lead you to believe that I was going to crawl around the floor with babies tucked into my clothes. Not true. That would just be too weird. I tuck them into my shoes instead.

Please ignore the garbage which I am pretty positive that you didn't notice it but now feel the need to notice it. That is due to laziness, allergies, an empty facial cleanser, and dogsitting a dog with a serious paper fetish. So I find little papers and things all over the house and somehow it just seems easier to toss it in the bathroom, where the dog finds it and drags it out again.

I also blame the microwave for that because if the dog knew how to make popcorn he would be too busy to chew up paper.

Yes, those are little mini Christmas trees on those shelves and you probably didn't notice them either. I am o.k. with that. I put them up there as a joke because I was getting tired of decorating and didn't know what to do with them, and there they stayed. They are probably going to stay there until August. I blame the microwave for that as well.

Tuesday
Pink turtleneck: Old
Brown hoodie top: Target
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

I feel the need to apologize for this photo. Maybe grovel at your feet and promise to make you hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies every week for a year? Well, I suppose this is better than wearing a raggedy old sweatshirt and sweatpants, right? Some clothes look better in person than they do in a picture, and some cookies look better in a box than they do on my hips. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: A Head-Start On The Holidays

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I hope y'all had a lovely Thanksgiving! My oldest boy was on his college break and so he was home for a week. So nice to have both my "babies" in the nest again! In fact, that's the reason why I haven't read all your meme entries from last week. But I'm hoping to catch up soon!

Yesterday it looked like Christmas threw up all over my house. The Fall decorations were on the dining room table, waiting to be put away. Some of the Christmas decorations were out, waiting for someone to put them somewhere, and some were still in their boxes.

My 22 year old was stringing lights and garland all over the railing and his 18 year old brother was trying to put up some decorations and cram in some food all at the same time because isn't that what 18 year old men do?

Their dad was trying to keep the four dogs at bay and prevent them from eating the Christmas tree decorations. We did have one casualty though.

Rosie, on the left, decided to let her brother Qui Que (pronounced Key-Kay) on the right take the fall for it. Two little "angels" trying to look all innocent and "Who, me?" One headless and body-less angel with a story to tell.

One displaced beagle who is wondering why that big tree-interloper took "his" spot in the corner.

One poodle willing to take over the beagle's domain and committed to defending it from all challengers.

Two sweet young men helping to decorate the tree and one husband hiding behind it. These people make my heart happy.

Next weekend we have a bunch of people coming over for the Progressive Dinner. The college-age group is coming over for salad and I'm thinking they'd probably like to be able to sit down. So this week I will be making my home sing by putting away the Christmas boxes and the last of the items left out.

I also have a huge decluttering project in the basement, as my mom is sorting through her boxes of stuff. I will help her with that as well.

By getting my home into shape I will have a head-start on the holidays. What can YOU do to give yourself a head-start this holiday season? Think of one thing you can do and join me in making your home sing this week.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

You guys should try this! Not only is it great for accountability, it can break you of the habit of saving your "good" clothes for anyone except your precious family who sees you in the same t-shirt and jeans/sweats every day. Plus, you can get some fun, creative style ideas (not from here though, sorry but I'm not that cool. Make sure you pop over to the meme itself, lol!)

Friday
Blue turtleneck: Old
Black vest: Jennifer Moore, Macy's
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Thrifted
Scarf: Thrifted

Only three outfits this week. I did get dressed every day, I promise.

In this picture the scarf almost looks like a vest. I was determined to wear it because of its "Fall" colors. Well, if Fall is orange, purple, green, maroon, and blue.

I stared at my closet and mourned the fact that I didn't have a bright orange or purple hoodie. Well, I don't have a maroon one either but I didn't mourn that as much because I like bright colors. The green and blue hoodies that I do have don't "match" the scarf.

So I wore it with a blue color that didn't really match and black that definitely didn't match. And black is supposed to go with everything. Except Fall. Unless you're a bat. The kind that flies, not the other kind.

But at least I managed to squeeze the scarf in before Fall disappears. It's kind of like buying reindeer earrings and forgetting to wear them until Christmas is long over. Not that I've done that, of course.

Saturday
White tank: Target
Red & White hoodie:
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

We have four dogs this week because we're dogsitting my friend's two dogs. I had this hoodie hanging on a door handle, and one of her dogs "christened" it for me. Everybody's a critic. Just in case you're wondering, I did wash it before I wore it.


Sunday
Brown shirt: Costco
Brown & White cardi: Urban Diva; thrifted
Brown pants: Sam's Club
Brown boots: Hand-me-down

I think it's hysterically funny that I bought my pants and shirt at the same place where I buy groceries. Just imagine me walking around......"Let's see, I need milk, cheese, butter, m&m's (duh!), and oh, yeah, I need a shirt and a pair of pants." If I tried that at some other grocery store I'd be wearing lettuce and coconuts.

Somehow, in the writing of this post, I found myself scrubbing the toilet at 12:20 a.m. In case you're wondering how that happened I'll explain. But in another post, because, as I said....it's after midnight and I am going to bed! So come back!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Wow. I totally spaced on this meme. Sorry! We've had a few things going on this last week and weekend and they totally took it out of my mind.

So I don't have a post for this week but I imagine I will be making my home sing by picking up a bit as it's a little messy in places, and also enjoying the fact that my oldest is home from college for his break!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

You guys should try this! Not only is it great for accountability, it can break you of the habit of saving your "good" clothes for anyone except your precious family who sees you in the same t-shirt and jeans/sweats every day. Plus, you can get some fun, creative style ideas (not from here though, sorry but I'm not that cool. Make sure you pop over to the meme itself, lol!)

Thursday
Coca Cola sweatshirt: Old
Jeans: Levis 515, bootcut

I always feel like a traitor when I wear this sweatshirt because I drink diet pepsi. So I'm either a traitor to diet pepsi or a hypocrite to coke.

Friday
Black and white shirt: Walmart
Lime Green hoodie: Sag Harbor; thrifted
Jeans: Levis 515, bootcut
Polka dot rain boots: Costco

This hoodie is the generation gap. In person. In all it's lime glory. My friend saw it hanging in my home and loved it, asking why I'd never worn it (I have, just not around her, I guess). Her daughter, a college student, saw it and said "Ummm....no.....it's lime green....." And there you have it, folks. The generation gap all wrapped up in a lime green hoodie with black stripes. Who knew?

Saturday
"Moody" hoodie: Disney
Blue shirt: Old
Jeans: Gap, thrifted
Slippers: Macy's

This is one reason why I haven't been linking up lately. It's just an endless parade of me wearing sweaters or hoodies. Love this one, though. It says "Moody" across the front and has Eeyore on it.

When my oldest was three we took him to Disneyland and we turned on the video camera and filmed him with Eeyore. Unfortunately I kept calling Eeyore, "Igor," (think hunchbacked evil scientist's helper). "Look, it's Igor! Let's go get your picture taken with Igor. Go stand next to Igor, honey. Say thank you to Igor........."

No wonder everyone kept staring at me funny. Pretty sure they wondered what kind of movies I allowed my three year old to watch. I am so blessed to have it immortalized on camera forever.

Sunday
Black Pea Coat: Hand-me-down
Gray dress/tunic: Yard sale
Necklace: Kohl's
Leggings: TJ Maxx
Boots: Thrifted

Today I broke out the wool coat. Does anyone else note the subtle humor of wearing a pea coat while next to the toilet? Yeah, me neither.

This is what was hidden under the coat. I actually wore a black sweater over the gray sweater/tunic for awhile. There's nothing like layering in the Fall.

Monday
Hoodie: Disney
Scarf: Old

Can you believe I am subjecting you to this horrible picture? It was late and I was determined to get the shot after I returned home from hanging with my peeps. Well, it was only 9 p.m. but if it's 9 p.m. and I am not in my jammies then something is wrong somewhere. Let me tell you, I love the nightlife. As long as I'm home before 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday
Striped shirt: Target
Purple sweater: Admit One
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut
Slippers: Macy's, gifted

Another great shot. Think it's time to wash that mirror again. And maybe my hair. And de-dog the slippers. Nothing but the best for you people.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Making Your Home Sing Monday: What's YOUR Mom Uniform?

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

What do you think of when you hear the words "mom uniform." What image comes to your mind?

If I dropped by your house for lunch today or tomorrow and surprised you, what would I find you wearing? Would you still be in pajamas? Are yoga pants and your husband's t-shirt your daily clothing of choice? Would you be all cute-tified and looking like you should be on the cover of a fashion magazine?

When my husband and I were dating I dressed up. A lot. I always did my hair and I always put on makeup and I wore dresses, slacks, sweaters/blazers, and nice shirts to work and quite often at home too.

After we married, I "relaxed" my wardrobe a bit and wore lots of jeans, but still with nice tops. I almost always wore makeup. I continued to wash and style my hair.

After the children came I "relaxed" even more. Way more. Makeup became a thing of the past. My hair went up into the requisite pony tail and didn't come out of it for eighteen years. ;0)

T-shirts and jeans were my style of choice. I began to "save" all my nice clothes for Sunday and the occasional dinner out. If you're a mom on a budget you know those dinners out are few and far between.

I began to view anything other than a t-shirt and jeans as "dressing up." Why should I "dress up" when I was only going to be drooled on or spit up on or po0ped on? Why should I "dress up" when I was only going to change diapers, wipe runny noses, and pick up after my lego-dropping children all day.

As the years went by my husband and children saw me day after day in an endless parade of t-shirts or sweatshirts and jeans. I don't mean those cute fitted tees that you can get nowadays. I mean those big, roomy t-shirts that usually have labels on them.

Do you recognize yourself at all here? Have you "relaxed" how you look, dress and how you wear your hair over the years? Step away from the computer right now and go look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Does it look like you care about how you look? Do you care?

Please don't think that I'm saying you can't be cute in yoga pants or leggings and a big sloppy shirt or sweater. I've seen gals in leggings and oversized shirts or sweaters and they look cute and fashionable to me!

But I suppose if we can go from bedtime to daytime without even having to change our clothes, maybe it's time to think about the message we're sending to ourselves and to others.

While we don't want to be vain, shouldn't we be taking care of this body that God has given us? Look at all the beauty that God has created on this earth, a sunset, a hillside of flowers, a waterfall. Our God is a God of mercy, love, forgiveness, and beauty. Should we seek to reflect God's beauty on the inside and ignore the outside?

I think there is a difference between "relax" and simplify. I have seen lots of moms over the years who have streamlined their hairstyles, makeup and clothing, and yet they look adorable and like they take ownership over how they look.

If you have streamlined your look, good for you! That is awesome. I did not simplify. I just got lazy. I did not take ownership. Ownership means you care and accept responsibility for something.

I used having children as an excuse to not care about how I looked. Because I was too busy and because who saw me anyway? Just my family, and they are supposed to love me no matter what, right?

The kids got older and no longer drooled and spit up on me, and yet still I maintained my mom uniform. Because now it was all about comfort. I still saved my cute clothes for something other than my daily wear.

Recently I had been participating in a meme called What I Wore Wednesday to encourage myself to get out of my mom uniform rut. Except I haven't participated in it for a few weeks. Once that happened I started slipping into old habits again.

This week I am getting back on board with What I Wore Wednesday. If you find yourself getting lazy about your personal appearance, I encourage you to rethink your mom uniform this week. After all, why should we only look our best for other people? What about for our family? Aren't they worth "dressing up" for? What about you? Don't you deserve it?

What's your mom uniform? If you're not a mom, what's your "weekend" uniform? Get out of your rut. Put on some of your cute clothes (instead of "saving" them), fix your hair and slap on some makeup (if you wear it) and make your home sing this week.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sidetracked And Forgetful. I Am Doomed.

Earlier today I was unloading the dishwasher and I went to get a clean dish towel out of the drawer. The drawer was empty so I went to the laundry basket to get a dish towel.

The next thing I knew I was folding laundry while watching t.v. Then somehow I wound up on facebook while watching t.v. Then I walked over to the sink to get something to drink and I wondered why the dishwasher door was open.

So I found myself unloading the dishes again.

Full circle.

Later I realized I needed to run to the store to pick up some bread but decided to put it off for the moment, and then I forgot. Then my mom needed someone to run an errand for her. Eventually, in the process of running my mom's errand, I found myself running my own errand.

Full circle.

Then I was working on this very post that you're reading right now but was called away, so I "saved" it. Later I was reading some blogs on my reader and read one about a woman who got distracted while shopping, and I thought it was so funny how easily she was distracted. Then I remembered THIS post and so found myself back on here again.

Full circle.

A friend asked me (on facebook) to send her the recipe that I use for Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo. I found the recipe online that I use (with a few changes) so I sent her a message saying "Here's the recipe."

Later I decided to delete my old messages on facebook and I noticed that while I sent my friend a message, I never actually included the recipe link.

Full circle.

I take comfort and hope in knowing that no matter what I forget to do, somehow, someway, someday I will stumble upon it again.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: What Are You Saving For "Someday?"

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Last week my husband repaired the cabinet under our kitchen sink. The wood had some water damage so he had to replace it. Prior to it being repaired I had moved several things out from under there and stored them elsewhere.

A couple of days ago my husband added four long shelves to the back of my upstairs pantry. This enabled me to add more storage to our kitchen, and will save me running downstairs when I need an extra can of tomato sauce for a recipe, etc. I can now store more food upstairs.

But it also got me to thinking about what I wanted to store in my kitchen and what I already have stored in there.

We have amassed a nice collection of water bottles. But do we need every single one of them? How many "fun" coffee mugs do we really need?

What are the chances that we are going to entertain 30-40 people on the spur of the moment who all desperately want coffee? And if that did happen, are we really going to use mugs? Wouldn't we use disposable cups instead? (Answer: oh yes, most definitely)

How often do I use those crystal candy dishes that I have? (I only have two of them but do you know that I only use them once a year, if that?) Why am I keeping them if I really don't use them. Because" someday" I might need them.

I think I'm keeping them for a dream. Because someday I may want to use them to impress somebody. Or maybe offer someone a pickle or olive or piece of candy that did not look like it just came out of a bag or jar. Even though everyone knows it did.

I have four little glasses (the rest broke) to serve orange juice in the morning when we have one of those awesome family breakfasts where the table is nicely decorated and I am humming and singing as I make breakfast, wearing my adorable little apron. The sun is shining and the birds are singing and it's just like you see on t.v.

Except that we never do that because no one but me likes to eat breakfast, and I don't think I've used those little glasses in years and I am not a morning person anyway. So why do I still have them (the glasses, not the family)? Because "someday" I might need them.

I have my husband's grandmother's beautiful candy dish hiding in a cupboard because we never use candy dishes and I'm afraid it will break anyway. So instead I hide it away where we can't enjoy it.

I have way to many dishtowels and not enough room for them. I have too much tupperware and even though I have enough room to store it all, do I really need them all? It's always annoying to find the right size and lid of the ones that I use the most, as I'm picking around the ones that I rarely, if ever, use. But "someday" I might need them.

I have three crystal or glass serving bowls of different sizes that I have in my kitchen. I think I've only used one of them in the last several years. But they're still there "in case" I want them. I am not a "crystal" person, I guess. I reach for my Pyrex or stoneware. But I keep them because "someday" I might need them.

We keep a lot of things because "someday" we might need or want them. But some things are inexpensive and can be easily replaced if we find a use for them later. Some things can be borrowed. And some things we just don't like and are never going to use. Period.

Have you ever heard the suggestion that things should earn their way into your kitchen? Some people suggest that you take your cookware, mixing bowls, spoons, dishes, pans, etc. and put them into a box and put it somewhere. Then, when you need to use something you take it out of the box and put it back in the kitchen (after using it). Whatever is left in the box after 30 days or so doesn't deserve to be in the kitchen and should be given away or stored away (such as a turkey platter).

Some things are saved because we're hoping that maybe "someday" we'll become more like Martha Stewart and actually carve a water melon into a shark, or make a souffle, or make an eight course meal complete with handmade place cards.

Nothing wrong with holding onto some things and dreaming, but let's know ourselves. Do we really want to do that? If we do, then let's do it, people! If we don't, then let's let it go and move on to the things that we really DO want to do.

As I get older and the kids move out and I have grandkids someday, I don't see myself getting fussier about the details. I see myself wanting more space and room and ease and simplifying.

What are you saving for "someday?" Take out the item and look at it. Is it you? What use are you saving it for? Maybe you won't ever be the gourmet cook that your mom was, but isn't that o.k? Maybe you will never can your own applesauce, but isn't that o.k? And if it's not, and you're saving the canning supplies for "someday," then can that applesauce, girl and make your home sing!

So this week I plan on making my home sing by making some decisions as to what I want to store on those shelves. I also want to rethink my kitchen cupboards and drawers and simplify a bit more. I want to "know myself" and realistically assess some of the things I'm keeping for "someday."


Friday, November 4, 2011

And That's Why Men Snore

It is 12:45 a.m. as I write this.

12:45 a.m.!!!!!!!

Will somebody please tell me why I am sitting here at the computer instead of going to bed?

I really never get on the computer this time of night (or rather, this time of morning).

I blame the caffeine.

I don't drink pop as much as I used to. And usually not pop with caffeine in it. But sometimes I just gotta splurge.

It's gotta be the caffeine.

Not much happens at 12:45 a.m., people.

Hmmmm.....maybe I should go to Walmart. I wonder if Walmart is open right now? I'll bet it is.

I know that some stores are open all night. Except then I'd have to get dressed, because unlike some people, I refuse to go out to the store in my pajamas. It's a generational thing.

And can you imagine what would happen if my family woke up in the middle of the night and wondered where I was?

Yeah, like they're going to do that.

They are men. Men are programmed to sleep through the night.

Unless they're baby men, and by that I mean actual babies. Then they wake up and scream "Feed me! Change me! Where is the t.v. remote?" and wake the mommies up.

While the daddies sleep peacefully on. Snoring blissfully.

And that's why men snore. To drown out the baby's cries. Only my babies are no longer crying and my hubby still snores sometimes. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that I might too.

Sigh.