I decided this was the year to get a nativity set to display at Christmas.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Things have gotten pretty wild around here, so I haven't been consistently blogging. Here's a little household update.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
More of the Missoni for Target collection that I got my paws on...
Fortunately, not everything was as cheap and flimsy as the multicolored trench.
This little girls' cardigan looked pretty cute. When I made my online order, the 18-24 month size was already sold out, so I nabbed the 2T-3T, thinking Punky could grow into it. But I changed my mind almost immediately. I feel like cute cardigans abound at discount stores like Target and Old Navy, and I'm going to find many more, for less money in the near future, so there was no point in keeping this one.
The sweater dress. One of the most popular items. Sigh. The online pictures looked pretty good, but they did not show a close view. I was thinking the fact that the zig-zags ran vertically, made it look more slimming. What I couldn't have known, was that the stitching gives it definite horizontal lines that stretch across every bulge in the most unflattering way.
I do love the color combination. This knit fabric would make a lovely throw. But, there was also a bit of an itch-factor that I had been dreading, even though there was an attached polyester slip inside. I mean, I know a budget line means using budget materials, but I would almost call this chintzy. I can't imagine how it would lose it's shape after being washed, even if dried flat, which would make it all crunchy.
Smirking. Yeah, even the neckline of this dress is unflattering. What a disappointment.
One of the duvet sets. I grabbed because it's really beautiful. A good weight and texture. Fun colors. In the end I returned it because I just couldn't justify spending $99 on a new duvet set when I just bought a (real) Marimekko set last spring. It occurred to me that this was a great opportunity to get my crafty little hands on some serious yardage of Missoni-print fabric, but as a beginning-level sewer, I'd be afraid to cut into it. If it had been less money, I think I would've kept it around just for fun.
Headbands. Honestly, I love how they look except for one little thing: no teeth. If I had seen that in the store, I wouldn't have bought them. Boo. So pretty, though.
Makeup bag. I do actually need a makeup bag, but even as I was buying this one, I suspected I might be returning it. It's made well and it's cute. Just not my style.
The tote. Oh, man. If there's anything that caused me to deliberate, it's this tote bag. Again, it has that gorgeous print I love. It's large and sturdy, perfect for the library or the beach, or a weekend.
Generous inside pockets. And again, made really well. No pulling seams or loose threads like that horrid trench coat. The reason I ultimately returned it was because I just don't need another canvas bag. In a house where we're already tripping over a variety of diaper bags, shopping bags, and backpacks, I had to reign myself in and say, "I don't need this." Even though it was only $35.
Target, you're breaking my heart. These girls' shoes are darling. And the box is so elegant, I wanted to keep them just to have it. A bit impractical, as the material definitely makes these indoor-only. They fit Punky perfectly, which made me think she might have worn them for only a month or two anyway. And, to be honest, Punky already has four or five pairs of cute shoes in her current size. It's excessive to throw another pair into the rotation no matter how adorable. I was so sad to see them go back, but I'm imagining another mom probably went into hysterics finding them on the remaining Missoni rack at our local Target.
So there you have it, a lot of things I really wanted to like, but ended up returning just because I didn't need them. I still have a few items out in shipping limbo and, if the confusing emails Target.com intermittently sends me are correct, I should get them in late October.
If one good thing has come out of this, I've decided that the earth-tone chevron print is so gorgeous that I'm going to try my hand at quilting. I think a small crib quilt for Punky in the same color scheme would be a great beginner project for me and would make me feel better after missing out on the throw I wanted more than anything else in the Missoni for Target collection.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Whew! I'm kind of glad to be done with this challenge. I think it brought to light certain facts that I didn't want to think about every day: a) uploading photos from my camera to my laptop is an excruciatingly long process; b) my kids cannot leave me alone when I am either holding a camera or using a computer; c) The Mister sure travels a lot for work lately and sometimes all I can do is take care of the kids and I have to put aside all the "extra" things I want to do; d) the photos stored on my computer, my external hard drive, and my photo hosting site are horribly unorganized and I will probably never catch up on putting them in order. But I did play around with some of my camera functions and now have some inspiration for future photos.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I'm feeling really good about all this cheating on my 30 Day Photo Challenge. As a SAHM, I'm running around after the kids, cleaning up stuff all day. It's not until the kids are in bed that I think of using my camera or computer, and by then most pictures are out of the question. I'm filling in the last four days of pictures with ones taken yesterday (at the MN State Fair) and one that was taken at Minnehaha Falls last week.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I'm totally CHEATING at this point, and I don't feel that bad about it. So I've missed a few days taking pictures, and I made up for what I didn't have today. Who cares? It's not an actual contest. The point is to get me thinking about how to take different kinds of pictures, right?
Sunday, August 14, 2011
This was the best day of the challenge yet. While we were sitting around in our pajamas this morning, we were talking about the things we wanted to accomplish yet this summer. We realized we still hadn't gone to St. Croix Falls like we had talked about. We checked the weather and when we found out it was going to be a sunny, dry, 80 degree day, we couldn't pass it up. We packed up snacks and all the necessary kid stuff, and were out the door in less than an hour. Who says people with kids can't be spontaneous?
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Mister was off on a two-day business trip to L.A. and it was a rough time at home without him. He texted me from the airport when he landed this evening, and the kids and I went outside to watch for him. I brought the camera thinking this would be a great opportunity for today's challenge.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Ohhh, I don't know. I take a ton of pictures, and sometimes I get lucky and they turn out beautifully, but I don't actually know all that much about photography. So I think by doing this 30 Day Photo Challenge, I might have to learn how to do a few new things.
I am the last person who should be making fun of a potty-training book. My three year-old has no interest in the cute monkey potty chair or the Go, Diego, Go underwear I've recently bought him. I'm sure he'll be one of those rare kids that shows up for kindergarten still wearing some sort of giant diapers and, when asked to pull his own pants up or down, whining, "I CAAAAAN'T!"
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I'm supposed to be trialing new foods for Punky, right? We discussed a food trial plan with her GI several months ago, and the idea was to be able to trial a new food three times over a period of 12 days. If there were no reactions by that time, the food could be considered safe. I remember thinking, when I heard this concept, that in no time at all we'd have tons of new foods added to Punky's diet.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We've lost some of our momentum in finishing the projects we've started in the upstairs of our house. The good news is that the new wood floor is installed in all the bedrooms and the new white baseboards are also up. The bad news is that our stairs are still a mess of stripped, splintering wood and we can't make up our minds about the proper covering for them.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Well, I didn't do it. I have a million excuses, mostly centering around a sick family and several sleepless nights. Why is it the mom doesn't get sick when the rest of them do? Anyway, I didn't create anything (or anything worth taking pictures of) for the last three days of June. And I'm fine with that.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I've had a little obsession since watching the highlights of the wedding of Will and Kate.
While I was at my parents' house, I asked if there were any boxes or bins of my stuff I could sort through in hopes of getting rid of some clutter.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I should probably be ashamed of myself for not trying a little harder when it comes to the kids' birthday cakes. I took some cake decorating classes a few years ago, and even invested in a bunch of the tools. I have everything I need to make some fabulous birthday cakes when the time comes, but I just don't have the energy to put into a project of that magnitude.
It's another quickie project, yet something I've been wanting to get done for awhile.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
I will apparently do whatever it takes to get the kids to the grocery store with me. I could go shopping in the evening after they are in bed, but I really want that time to be "me time." The best way to organize my time is to take the kids along on all the mundane errands during the day. Unfortunately, there are days when the kids don't want to cooperate, and that's when the crayons come out.
I worry about the dumbest things. I've been growing different potted plants on our back patio for years, where no one can see them, but I never put anything out in front of the house. The reason is that many of our neighbors are dedicated gardeners and really know what they are doing. I usually kill plants after a few weeks, and I like to keep that private to save myself the embarrassment.
I didn't have time to do much for Day 18, but I did spend time organizing my pictures from our family trip to Chicago. We went to Chicago during Memorial Day Weekend because The Mister had some business to do at the Building Department. We had talked about going this summer anyway, so when the opportunity came up we decided, two days in advance, this was the right time to go.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Father's Day and my mother-in-law's birthday fell on the same weekend this year, meaning I needed to pull together four cards. Spending something like $12 for Hallmark greetings, seems like a waste of money when I have two perfectly good crayon and marker artists-in-residence.
I had a lot of trouble getting anything done for Day 16. The Mister had to fly to Chicago for the morning and was supposed to be getting on a 2:00 flight back home. One problem after another had him switching planes, trying to get other flights on standby, waiting on planes that ended up needing repairs. He finally found out around midnight that his last chance for a flight home wasn't going to happen. He was sent to a hotel, where he napped for a couple hours before going back to the airport to get on the first flight out in the morning.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
When I go to Ikea, I sometimes stop by the little food market area on my way out. They sell some great frozen desserts, cheap pizza slices, and sparkling apple juice that surprisingly doesn't contain high-fructose corn syrup.
Here's another reason I love cheap little frames from Ikea.
This is another thing that I've been meaning to do for a long time. Again, things I brought back from the 2007 trip to Europe, are haunting me, begging me to take them out of my storage bins and display them. I'm actually really good about not buying a lot of souvenirs while on vacation. I feel like photos and journals are the best ways to remember a great trip. If I buy anything, it's rarely a tchotchke that will sit and gather dust. I like museum prints that I can hang on the wall, or an accessory I can wear, or good chocolate that I can share with people when I get back. However, I somehow end up coming home with a stack of postcards. They don't take up a lot of space, and they are inexpensive, but I have almost never found a use for them.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Of all my creations so far this month, this one makes me most proud. I consider myself to be at a beginners level of sewing. It still mystifies me that people can make their own clothing, and other than some little baby pants and bibs, I haven't attempted anything that someone could actually wear.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
It's hard to find time to be creative some days. So I decide to work on something that I think should be quick and easy.
Friday, June 10, 2011
I've been crazy busy and only had time to do a few things on my iPad right before bed. So here's another tracing that I wish I could say I actually sketched.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Maybe it's because he watches too much "Go, Diego, Go!" but Boo is obsessed with what different animals like to eat. I keep bags of organic mixed greens in the fridge, with the intention of The Mister and me eating more veggies. Never in my wildest imagination did I think Boo would make the connection that we eat leaves "just like a giraffe does." He will eat them plain, in his hands, after digging them out of the bag. But I've introduced to him the idea that they are also good on a sandwich.
This time, I choose a project that has been begging to be done for several months. As we put the finishing touches on our master bedroom, I'm finding that I gravitate toward light wood, white and yellow accessories, and glossy finishes. Our old dark brown lamps just didn't fit anymore.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I've decided to take the 30 Days of Creativity challenge.
The nice thing about this challenge is that there are no rules. The creating can be as complex or as lazy/last-minute as I want it to be. So here's my completed project for Day 1.
The nice thing about this challenge is that there are no rules. The creating can be as complex or as lazy/last-minute as I want it to be. So here's my completed project for Day 1.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Going to the library is such a treat in our household. Minneapolis has many great libraries, a handful of them within short driving distance (even walking or biking distance) from our house. The one we frequent the most is the Washburn Library on Lyndale.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
On Saturday we went to a bowling party at Pinstripes, Edina's upscale "bowling, bocce, and bistro" venue. I have to admit, I had driven past the place before, and snickered, as I do whenever I see some sort of giant suburban entertainment mecca. It's next to The Container Store and West Elm, hardly the nightlife center of the Twin Cities.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm laying the groundwork for something. It's been a long time since anyone's watched Punky and Boo, in part because we don't have family very near by, and in part because the thought of someone unfamiliar with FPIES and food allergies makes me imagine all sorts of horrible scenarios. But it's got to happen, and soon.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
We've been hit by the Plague. RSV? Common Cold? I'm not sure. But it's been a disastrous week in this house. I've got plenty of updates, but the most important is Punky's pediatric gastroenterology appointment on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
At our house, it's near impossible to find something The Mister, Boo, and I can all sit down and eat together. To accommodate for all our particular lifestyle choices and allergies, we need a meal free of: sesame, soy, lentil, peanut, most tree nuts, dairy, rice, meat, and seafood. Add to that my goal to not serve my family foods containing high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats, and there aren't a lot of conventional foods left for us.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I admit I'm on a bit of a soup kick. I made this recipe up, which might be obvious if you are at all familiar with authentic tortilla soup. I had tortilla soup once, in Mexico, about 10 years ago. And I think it had chicken in it, which I no longer eat. So maybe it's not the real deal. But is it not a hot liquid you eat with a spoon? Does it not contain tortilla chips? OK, then.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
It's become apparent that Punky's FPIES is somewhat affected by what I eat. Small amounts of dairy and soy don't seem to bother her, but she's thrown up twice in the evening after a day of me eating large amounts of either one. And I mean LARGE amounts. Having fried Brie appetizers before the bowl of beer cheese soup- smooth move, Mom!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The limited research I've been able to do on FPIES always seems to come to the conclusion that the "treatment" for FPIES is to simply avoid your child's trigger foods. So I've already come to expect that I'm going to be scanning a lot of food labels in the future. But something happened today that opened my eyes to the difficulty of avoiding Punky's triggers.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself. I got up early on Saturday to go to the gym and got this great shot of myself in the mirror as I was getting ready. I walked right out the door looking like this. No makeup, hair all a-frizzle, and wrinkled tee-shirt plucked off the bedroom floor where it had been balled up since the evening before.