Monday, January 31, 2011

Friend Makin Monday

1) What is your favorite household chore?  And what is your least favorite?
My favorite chore is Vacuuming, the house instantly seems cleaner, which makes me feel good!  My least favorite is the bathroom.  Scrubbing a tub is so not fun!

2)What is your favorite city?
I haven't spent enough time in a big city to have a favorite.  I wouldn't mind exploring  Chicago for a day or two.  I loved spending the day in San Diego but needed more time to explore.

3) Have you found real love yet?
YES!  My Hubby...we've been together since I was 18.  21 years now......WOW! 

4) What's one thing you eat almost everyday?
Pretzels.  I just love them.  Growing up we always had pretzels in the house and now I always have them in the house. My kids even love them.
  Synder's are the best. 

<em>Snyder's Pretzel</em> Thins
5) What was your last thought before falling asleep last night?
I was thinking my alarm isn't set and I hope I wake up on time.  Yes, I could have set it but I couldn't see and the alarm is on my husbands side of the bed and he hadn't come to bed yet, this is usually his job but on Monday's he doesn't have to work so he gets to sleep in why I get the kids to school and go off to work.  i woke on time.

6) What's the worst injury you had as a child?
Our dog Suki bit my upper lip and I had to have stitches. I was in her faces, she warned me, I didn't listen, end of story, I was 7.  And, when I was 8 or 9 I begged my mother to let me start taking showers and when she finally did.....I slipped and cut my chin on the faucet, yes more stitches.  

7) Will you/have you worked out today?
No.  Something I don't do but really, really should.

Do you tweet? If so, what's your name?

9) List three things you wouldn't want to live without:
My family, of course. A car and i do love my laptop. 

10) Hold old were you when you had your first kiss?
I was 13 and so nervous.

Now it's your turn!  Link up at ALL THE WEIGH so we can see your answers too!

Have a Fantastic Monday!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Goodbye January.........

I have a love hate relationship with January.  I love the beginning of the month when it's time to start fresh after a busy December, I love the newness of the new year.  Come late January the weather is getting hard.  The cold temps, usually in the teens (and lower, like below 0) are hard to handle.  We've also had lots and lots of snow this winter.   February brings more snow and colder temps but it's a short month and a busy month so it whips by. Birthday season starts for us , basketball season is in full swing and the kids have a one week school vacation. Oh, and we can't forget Valentine's Day which is always full of love and fun!

The kids were having fun in the snow.....I'm glad they love it!  Some days they play in it for hours.

I think I will start working on some Valentine's Day goodies! 
 That's always fun!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

miscellany monday

1.  strep throat - it absolutely sucks!  it's a first for me, i hardly even get a sore throat.  since eating isn't an option, i'm pretty much sticking to hot water and honey.   talking causes to much stress on my throat (i think my family may like this version of me, i usually have plenty to say to them).  hoping i will feel better by tomorrow.  the doctor said 36 to 48 hours of meds usually takes the pain away.  i've been taking lots of ibuprofen and tylenol  to help take the edge off but it still kills.  i don't wish this on anyone...i'm so hoping my family doesn't get it!  

2.  the waltons - i was always a little house on the prairie kind of gal, i loved watching that show when i was younger.  i never watched the waltons until now since my husband loves the show and we found that it's on the hub channel (inspiration channel).   thanks to our DVR we can record the show and watch it at night.  our 9 year old ethan will even sit and watch it with us, which i love.  the show is so wholesome, a bit corny at times but overall a good family show!

3.  snow - we've been getting lots of snow in maine these past few weeks. anywheres from 4 to 8+ inches at a time.  i like to keep my vehicle clean but it seems to be impossible.  this is what most cars look like in my parts. 

4. ramona and beezus - my miss audrey (age 7)  has been a reading machine lately.  she's hooked on the ramona and beezus books.  i love that my kids love to read, they didn't get it from me, well that's not completely true since my husband and i have been reading to them since they were just months old.  i've never been a big reader.  i do like a good book every so often but not often enough.  
5.  couch - we are looking to get a new couch.  last time we did this (9 years ago) we ended up couchless for awhile.  you see i thought i had found the perfect couch but when they delivered it i hated it in the my space. so we sent it back after we had already got rid of our old one.  i'm hoping this time around it goes much smoother.  i would love a pottery barn couch but don't love the price so it isn't going to happen.  i found this couch at, it has a good price on it and i love that you can buy extra slip covers for it.  the reviews overall are good but do i dare to order a couch online?  any advice would be helpful.

6. a mouse - some how a mouse came into our house and our three cats didn't seem to care which meant eric and i had to capture it . after 15 minutes we got it (actually eric did) we didn't know what to do with it since the temps are below 0 outside.  yes, call us crazy......we both have soft hearts when it comes to animals (i guess our cats do too :) 

eric thinking what to do with this little guy 

 look how cute!

we ended up putting it in a clear plastic container with nuts, raisins and a paper towel tube for the night and in the morning will take it over to the abandon barn across the road.  most people would have tossed it right outside or worse but for us that just isn't something we could do so for now he's comfy and cozy in a warm house.    

Happy Monday to all! And, don't forgot to join along at lowercase letters for miscellany monday.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Valentine Wreath

 Yes, another burlap wreath!  I just love the natural look of burlap and it pretty much goes with everything.  I used what I had so the colors aren't your traditional Valentine's Day colors but it works. I decided to paint a piece of cardboard with chalkboard paint to add a message in the center.  I felt like it needed a bold color to add a little pop.  My pictures aren't the greatest, I didn't have good lighting due to the weather being so gloomy.    

 Since taking this picture, I've trimmed the stray pieces of burlap that seem to have sprouted out.

I think it's time to get out my other 
Valentine's Day I go!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Love Mini Book

Valentine's Day seems to be in the when going over to Ali Edwards site I saw that she had posted this which made me think of the post below from 02/05/09 and thought I'd repost it. I loved making this mini album and think I'm going to make another for someone special.  There are so many fun projects out there and inspiration about LOVE, makes me want to make something.

I think it's almost time to get the Valentine's Day decorations out (I only have a few).  I've loved having the house simple after all the Christmas stuff around.  I haven't even filled my 3 large apothecary jars since emptying them from Christmas.  I kinda like it but I know I won't forever since I chnage my mind about things all of the time!

Oh, and go over to Becky Higgins has a free Valentine's Day printable that is simple and so cute. !  She also has a fun idea on spreading the love with post-it notes.

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I'm a huge fan of Ali Edwards and recently saw this on her blog; a very cute mini book for Valentine's Day. I decided to try one myself. I've never made anything like this before so it was a new experience for me. It was so much fun! It brought back many memories when I started to go through some old pictures (pictures before digital sorted in photo boxes, it seems like a million years ago since film).

This will be my Valentine to Eric. He will love seeing some old photos.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

at this moment............

Outside my window.......snow is falling and the wind is wiping.  Not a good day to have to go out.  We are in light blue area on the map.  Ick!

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I am thinking....if the wind keeps this up our power may go out. That's never fun! 

am thankful for....having the day off from work so I didn't have to drive in this messy snow.

From my kitchen.....I smell white bean chili cooking in the Crockpot.  Meals are so much easier with a Crockpot.  I need more recipes if anyone would like to share. I have a few Crockpot cookbooks but I would like recipes that have been tested.

I am wearing....jeans and a big gray pilly sweater that I wear at home all of the time but not out in public since at has so many pills on it.  I think I should invest in one of those pill shavers.  I wonder if they really work?!?!?

I am creating....a Valentine's wreath.  Hoping it comes out cute.

I am attempt to convince my daughter that she can part with some of her stuffed animals.  We've already packed away totes over the years.  I can't stand so many around.  She keeps her favorites on her bed already. I will never ever give a child a stuffed animal for a gift... I believe kids should have a few but not dozens!   
Miss Audrey sitting on a pile of stuffed animals in the closet.

I am reading.... my "Back to Eden" and "Food Rules" book.  I'm trying to take better care of myself (as I'm putting a gumdrop in my mouth).  

I am try and accomplish something today. When the kids are home sometimes everything that needs to get done has to wait until another day.

I am 9 year son smacking a big wad of gum while playing Baseball on the wii.

Around the house....the kids are still in their Pj's ( it's already 1:30), were taking it easy today since there's no place to go.

One of my favorite my Project Life.  I just love recording everyday life with my family.  And, a favorite is OhLife, an online journal.  So EASY!  I love it! Check it out!

A picture to winter wreath.  It didn't last long but was cute while it lasted. 

Have a Wonderful day!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Project Life

I was super excited when I got my Project Life in the mail on Wednesday.  

Before going to bed I filled every pocket with the journaling cards and Card fillers, I thought this would be easier then filling them as I go.  Last year I din't do this and I had to deal with the supplies laying around throughout the year.  I think this will work out well.  At first I tried to coordinate the colors but realized that would be to complicated and really it's designed to all go together anyway.

The Opening Page    
 I left the next two pages blank and plan to put current pictures of the family and at the end of the year I will take pictures of everyone again and put them in the last two pages.  It will be interesting to see how the kids have changed.  

Week One

I'm looking forward to filling the pages and hope every pocket will get filled this year.  Last year, summer came and went without me touching it.  I plan to print the pics for that time period and fill the pockets but as far as the journaling goes it will be left blank. 

This is such a great way to record everyday life throughout the year and overall easy.  It's not to let to start!  

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy Birthday and Blessings to Edie

 By: Edie I may look like I’m scared…..or about to fall. But really I’m just singing and groovin’ to ‘Hi-i-i-i-i stayin’ alive’.  Like my shirt?  I thought so.  My personal tribute to times gone by. 

Last winter I came across Edie at Life In Grace and instantly knew it was a blog I would visit daily.  First it was the colorful pictures that caught my attention and then after reading more it was the colorful Edie that I found so interesting.

 I love that she gave up her career to homeschool her awesome is that! I don't homeschool but totally respect and appreciate everyone that does.    

I love that she doesn't look for perfection in the small stuff. For some reason the few words in the post below stuck with me.

             A tutorial from Edie
P.S. You could be fussy and take the time to remove all the glue that shows through. Or you could be fussy and glue mostly to one side so that it doesn’t show through. But we’re not fussy crafters. We’re a little chic and a whole lot of shabby

I love that she posts about her smelly dog, her craziness of making freezer jam in the middle of her kitchen remodel and the fact she can refer to herself as Mrs. Roper (which she totally isn't).

Happy Birthday and Blessings to you Edie!  

Although I don't know you personally It seems that if anyone can pull through a loss as grand as yours, and with faith so strong,  it's YOU!   

Read about Edie at Life In Grace

Monday, January 3, 2011

Top 2 of My Favorite Items in 2010

Choosing  two of my Top Two Favorite Items of 2010 wasn't to hard at all.  I have a lot of favorite things but these two items are something that I use almost daily.

My mattress warmer.  Living in Maine means cold weather, which means a cold me.  I'm always cold so having this bed warmer has been such a treat.  It was a birthday gift from my parents...THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  My husband never thought it was a good idea to have one but since it was a gift we use it. The wonderful thing about it (Besides keeping me toasty warm)   is it has two separate controllers so he control his side and I can control mine.  I set mine on high every night and leave it on high all night.  He turns his on two, just enough to take off the chill, I guess.  


I started Project Life in January 2010 and loved everything about it.  I love my album so much and my family seems to too!  I'm so looking forward to getting started on 2011.  

Side Note
This is what we woke up to this morning .  

When we went to bed everything was a mucky mess.  We had a blizzard last Monday and then the temps turned warm; in the 40's all week so everything was dirty looking.  What a surprise to wake up to a beautiful blue sky with everything covered in white, white snow.  Beautiful!