Why, Hellooo! Don’t get too excited. Though I have some tantalizing topics written down on my “blog to-do list” this is just a simple freebie printable post. I simply just didn’t want to forget to share it. Lately, I have been forgetting everything! Really.
My daughter’s birthday party was last weekend, so naturally today, I had her sit down and write her thank you cards. My niece sent us one after her birthday from Tinyprints that was so cute and when I opened it, I said, “ooh, I can make that.” So I did.
The Tinyprints version
and my version
It is a 5×7 file, and if you wish to use it for your own little’s thank you’s, feel free.
I love how they get to add their personality to each one, without frustrating the heck out of them from having too much to write. We have very large birthdays so this fill-in style works great for my family. Hopefully for your kiddos too.
Well, at least I can check one thing off my “blog to do list” and hope to get better organized with my recent “Passion Planner” purchase. It is my hope that this slightly expensive leather life planner will help me follow through with my thoughts, tasks, goals, business plans, and to-do’s. It is formatted exactly how brain works, so how can it not!?
I have only been searching for something like this my whole adult life! A shout out to my bestie Lauren for telling me about it! Yay!
Last night, I frantically looked up at my calendar, while vacuuming the kitchen floor, and realized that the meeting I was supposed to attend, started at 7:00 pm, not 7:30 like I thought. Given it was 6:55 pm, I said a half-assed good-bye to the hubby, quickly kissed my kiddos goodnight, and drove like a bat out of hell to the meeting location. I was six minutes late (totally unacceptable in my book), looking disheveled, definitely not magazine material, only to see boy scouts in the meeting room. Given I was there for a girl scout meeting it wasn’t too far off, but a little suspect. A nice mom, approached me…
me: Is this the girl scout magazine/nut meeting?
nice mom: No, this is a cub scout meeting.
me: Is today the 18th?
nice mom: No, today is the 17th.
me: Oh, great.
nice mom: Well, at least you are a day early and not a day late.
me: you’re right (what I really wanted to say: f*ck!). Have a nice night.
As I drove away, perplexed, I decided to go be productive and do some grocery shopping. I went to Safeway (which I never do), because I needed a few items I can only find there. I opted to do the self-check simply because the one checker lane was crowded with college boys buying beer and frozen entrees.
BIG mistake. Huge (for those of you not born in the 80’s, that was only one of the best lines from Pretty Women)! I had 10 items to purchase and I needed assistance 7 times. Never again will I do a self-check. Never. I will pay the “extra money” and shop at Nugget and trader Joe’s where they are friendly faces to ring up my items and bag them for me.
Immediately after getting in the car, I called a friend to tell her about my evening, and the fact that I have officially “lost my mind.”. I said more f-bombs in that 5 minute conversation, than I have since having children.
This week has been crazy or “cray cray” as the urban hipsters are saying (it just makes me feel old when I say it).
When did that happen, btw?
Me, getting old?
I blame kindergarten.
Since my daughter has started Kindergarten, I have less time to myself, more dementia (a clear sign of old age), and I am loosing my cool factor by the minute. Well, self-proclaimed coolness anyway.
My daughter’s school is from 8:15-11:35. We leave the house at 8 to walk there. Well, I walk, Harlan rides in the stroller and Elle rides her scooter I then have to leave my house at 11:15 to go pick her up. Last year, her school was from 9-noon so this is a big change in morning routine. For that hour and a half, I a running around with a chicken with my head cut off to get anything I need to get done, done.
My outfits are becoming more and more “Davis,” and my general style is lack-luster. Not to mention, for the second day in a row, I have put my sons shirt on backwards.
Who does that?
My daughter does wear two different shoes everyday, but that is her fashion choice, not my ding batty-ness.
Let’s see, I also told my mother-in-law the wrong place to pick-up my daughter yesterday, and I have thought everyday was a day later than it was.
Clearly, I need to SLOW DOWN, get more organized, and find some Zen in all the chaos.
I don’t know how all you moms with 3+ kids who have soccer practice, ballet, swim lessons, karate, baseball, rainbow loom class, art, basketball etc., and have kids at 3 different schools, manage!? I want what you are having! Not the children, but what ever you are taking to survive!
Tell me the truth… it’s booze isn’t it?
I keep saying I need to drink more.
My sister would say, “I need to be more in the present.” One of these days, I will get around to reading the book she quotes so I actually know what the heck she is talking about.
For now, I will try to refrain from saying the forbidden four-letter words like SH!T, F*CK! Well maybe just this last time. I will try and say four-letter words like SLOW DOWN instead.
A few weeks ago I bought this, yoga “Shiva” head (I think that is her name, forgive me if I am wrong) to inspire me to slow down, and find my Zen, and to sign-up for the yoga I have been talking about. So far, it is just a really awesome addition to my fabulous office.
Seriously? Has it been 7 months since my last blog post and depressing tearful confession? What on earth have I been doing!? I guess I should give myself some credit. I have done a lot in these last months.
I co-planned my daughters school auction, which was a totally tubular success, dude! We managed to come in $3,000 under budget, raised the most money (yet), got the majority of the people drunk, and got to see everyone dressed in 1980’s clothes. Rad, right?
Oh, and I got to crimp my hair. What could be better?
Aside from party planning, my other favorite pass time, I have been a re-decorating machine.
My kiddos pre-school is a very old, school. I have been wanting to remodel the adult bathroom there (well everything, really, but I had to start somewhere) since the first time I laid eyes on it 3 years ago. Luckily, a dear friend and fellow school mom also had the same idea. So we gathered up the hubby’s and got to work. Well, lets just say, our brains got to work, and the hubby’s hands got to work.
I had an idea to have each family paint a mini canvas, whatever they wished (an idea I stole from Yolanda from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and create a mosaic wall as the bathrooms vocal point. I wanted to keep it clean, fresh and whimsical. After all, it is a preschool bathroom.
I absolutely adore how it turned out.
My intent for mounting them on plywood, is that as the years go on, they can have other classes partake and rotate the child’s art, and decorating a whole wall inside the school with these works of art. Who knows if it will happen, but the intent is there. It will be up to other overachieving moms and dads to keep it up 🙂
I think the sun light on the ceiling is my favorite part. Thank you, Ikea. I realize the rest of the bathroom is almost impossible to see (do to shotty photography on my part), and the custom cabinetry my hubby did is not even in the photos, but you get the idea. My only regret, is that we did not take a before and after photo. You will just have to take my word for it, that it was bad…really BAD, before. Now, lets just say, everyone takes a little more time to go to the bathroom.
The problem with fixing something like this up, it makes you realize all the other projects you want to do around your own house.
So, instead of not doing anything about it, I got to work.
I have not really loved the color of my living room, since, well never. The problem is, it is such a tricky room because the lighting is different on all the walls, and the main wall continues into the kitchen with no real end place. Therefore, you must love the color so much, you want it in your kitchen too.
Thus the hunt began.
I kind of just wanted to keep it simple and use a color I already had. To save money and time…why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to.
So I put up my master bedroom color on the wall for a patch test.
It seems to pass, so why the heck not. Two galloons, and two days later the room was transformed. Not sure in a good way. The color was simply to cool, and too blue. Great for a bedroom, not for my living room and kitchen.
You can see the previous tan color in the photos as well, which highlighted my dislike for the color even more. However, quiet moments was not the answer. I did complete all the walls and sat with it for a week before coming to this conclusion.
Meanwhile in that week, I painted, and repainted my bathroom.
I posted these pictures on Facebook with the caption “Am I crazy? Darn you Pinterest for “inspiring” me to spend an entire week re-painting my house room by room. Coral it is for this bathroom.
As it turns out. I am crazy. Shocking, I know.
So, I used the cream color I had just painted in my hallway the day before,
ditched the new pop art shower curtain (I still love it, I just have another use for it up my sleeve) changed out the light fixture, put up a picture of the kiddos (since this will be their bathroom one day) and voila!
To be honest. it is still not perfect. I am sure one day I will find the perfect color and re-paint it. But for now, it is sooo much better than “Coral Gables.”
I did find a great use for the coral paint though.
A nightstand re-do. Not quite ready to show it in the space…I am still working out a pillow problem in the master bedroom. I admit, I am obsessed with pillows. Not sure why, or what to do about it. I just can’t get enough of them, and I am constantly rearranging them.
I told you I was crazy.
Well, I finally sucked it up, realized I needed to repaint the living room and kitchen, again, and I did. I persevered.
In this case, I per-se-revered with Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter.”
Dork. I know.
If you are a Pinterest crusader such as myself, you have become very familiar with the color. I think it is currently the most popular color sold, and pinned.
I absolutely love it! It is a great warm neutral that just allows a great back drop to any room. To be honest, it almost goes away, and to be honest, that is exactly what I wanted. A color that lets everything stand out.
out with the cool blue and in with the warm elegance
Sorry for the nighttime photos but I really didn’t want to delay blogging any further. You understand.
I think the best part of the new space is the gallery wall.
Of course I have always wanted one, but I was intimidated by the placement, hanging and potential hole filled wall I would leave behind from my constant mind changing and lopsided mounting.
Fear not, friends. Thanks to Pinterest, and my Molly (as a team we are “Moshley”) we cut craft paper to represent each frame, wrote the title of the picture on it (i.e. “Barn”) and even made marks on the outside of the paper where the hanging mechanisms were.
It made hanging them a cinch. Hubby was even impressed.
I really need to work on my photography. I promise these are not crooked as they appear in this dark photo.
Completely satisfied…but friends it didn’t stop there.
I have been wanting a more functional office space for awhile now, and when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew this is what I wanted and needed.
After careful measurements and cost analysis, I realized it was perfect. I posted my office desk on Craigslist as a start.
Within two days, it sold for asking price and only $50 under what I bought it for years ago. Can’t beat that. It was super smart thinking on my part because though hubby was on board, he always needs an extra push to get going.
I would like to report, my master bath is still not done. I promise to show you its ‘progress’ soon.
Anywho, I absolutely LOVE the office. I find myself starring at it all the time, and it feels so good that the whole family can enjoy it, at the same time!
As many of you know, “the boy” has a VERY limited diet as a result of having FPIES. I am fortunate to have a few pre-made baby food options for him, and we buy them by the plenty. With some costing upwards to $1.65 each, they are bank breakers, but with an already chaotic and stressful life, I need the convenience. I set up an Amazon “subscribe and save” shipment of them to cut down on cost (arriving once a month) and I am kind of kicking myself in the a$$ for not having come up with this brilliant idea sooner. Oh well, live and learn (to be thrifty).
Anywho, if you are wondering how this makes me crafty, let me enlighten you.
Whenever Target is having a sale on their baby food pouches,
I buy a whole container full of our 4 flavors of combinations we can get (pear, mango, pear/spinach, and pear/spinach/mango) to stock up, and I keep the container to store them in our newly organized pretty pantry.
Now, you can buy these contraptions to store them in…
which will set you back around $11. Or, you can just get these cardboard containers free from Target (or wherever you buy your food), and decorate them to match your esthetics.
I found this amazing wrapping paper in the dollar section at Target, which was a uber find, considering I plan to re-do my kitchen nook in the same Moroccan inspired design. Double-score.
I laid out the wrapping paper face down and began to trace…
Of course, I then cut it out and began to decoupage it (with Martha Stewart Crafts “Decoupage”)…
A little time later…
Okay, a lot time later -do to me failing “cutting and glueing” in kindergarten (says hubby)
I was finished…
There you have it…
My craftiness in all its glory, and a cheap fix storage solution for baby food pouches!
“Don’t whine, organize” is a bumper sticker, a strong union supporting neighbor of mine, has on his car. Being the political illiterate that I am, I assumed it was an advertisement for “The Container Store“, which honestly, I like better. Given the importance of today’s political-ness (well, yesterdays probably, by the time you read this), I figured it was title worthy. Really though, I still see it as a “de-clutter mantra”, which is precisely what I need.
I don’t know about you, but when my house is cluttered, or my life, for that matter, my mind is cluttered. Given the muddled state it is already in from having two-highly demanding children, I need all the clutter clearance I can! “They are coming to take me away, ha, ha, he he…”did I mention ‘the boy’ follows me around everywhere I go, literally attaching himself to my leg whining and crying almost every minute he is awake? Lord love a duck! To say it has been rough lately, would be an understatement (not one of my specialties, btw).
There are many things in my ‘un-organized life’ that I am not proud of. The state of my car (I think there is mold growing in it from all the spilled formula and snack debris that permanently resides in the upholstery), my complete an utter lack of financial responsibility, my uncontrollable urge to procrastinate, and my email inbox containing over 4,500 emails… to name a few. Yes, that is four thousand, five hundred, plus emails! Wowza! So, when I saw an icon on the right-hand side of my Yahoo! inbox today that read, “Automatic Organizer”, I couldn’t click fast enough. Lo-and-behold, “Organizer by Other In Box (OIB)” appears! My fairy-godmother! After a few “allow” clicks, with the wave of their magic wand, hours later I had the most glorious inbox my email, and eyes have seen, in over 4 years! Really. This OIB fairy, created folders for me and placed the pertaining emails it deemed fitting in them. I was left with a measly 1, 005 of unread emails to go through, and the remaining thousands, were lumped into the file folders making them easily detectable and deletable. I mean, where the hell have you been all my life? I am sure you overachievers out there think this is sooo last year or something, much like my ever-so-missed qwerty keyboard. However, this amazing tool was new to me, and sharable for you.
The folders OIB created are as follows: Help- OIB news Business- not really sure what goes in there…I think order confirmations of purchases? Finance -banks or “financial institutions” (can’t help but think that’s what Fancy Nancy (my idol) would say) Groups– any groups you belong to (davisareababies, for example) Home- babycenter updates (moms you know what I am talking about) Jobs– at one point I was looking and signed up for updates in the market in my field Shopping– what I am inundated most with…thank you retailers for the daily reminders that I am broke and can’t buy your amazing new products! Social Media– hello Facebook, WordPress, Pinterest, and Evite! What would I do without all of you…mwah!
You can also adjust anything as need be and create new folders too. Again, y’all might think I am totally lame for thinking this is amazeballs, but I couldn’t help myself…it’s the “informer” in me!
Just want to say, I now only have 1 unread email in my inbox! Yep.. going to read it, then delete it, as soon as I send off this post into the blogosphere. It is so liberating! Who is whining now? Not ‘the boy’, he is asleep. Not me, well at this moment anyway. Till next time…