Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 12.10.12

Happy Snowy Monday!

There's a myth that Minnesotans are used to this kind of thing; that we can be outside playing for hours at a time without feeling the cold, and that we don't bat an eye about driving in bad weather.  We're supposed to be tough, and slightly crazy, like our Viking ancestors, strapping on our Nordic skis, or perhaps hooking up a team of sleddogs, to get us to and fro if the snow plows can't make it through.  But I can safely say that I did not inherit this adventurous spirit, and while the snow piled up this weekend, I watched out my window in horror.  

Here are some links:

If anyone is gift wrap-challenged, like I am, you might want to take a look at 4 Secrets to Wrapping a Present. I admit, I looked at this and thought it looked too complicated, so I'll continue with my method of crumpling tissue paper around gifts and shoving them into bags that may or may not be seasonally-appropriate.

A must-try recipe from Smitten Kitchen: Cauliflower-Feta Fritters with Pomegranate.

Are you getting stressed?  I am.  Here's 10 Ways To Keep the Holiday Blues Away.  Anything helps, right?

I'm ashamed to say I had heard about this a while ago, but hadn't checked it out until yesterday.  Dollshouse Downton is what you get when you combine two of my favorite things, but now I'm even more delighted to find out that the girls who put it together are only 16 years old.

And finally, another funny list from McSweeney's: Inverted Reality Show Cliches.

Have a great, safe, Monday morning!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 12.3.12 (The Holiday Freebie Edition)

Happy Monday, all of you!

After all my big plans of creating some kind of artsy, wonderful advent calendar, I ended up throwing this one together in front of the kids on Friday.  Turns out, although it's sloppy, they were wowed by the opening flaps and think they have the most clever mommy.  Some of the spaces are just blank, while others show special events, like driving up to Grandma's house for Christmas.  

I have an Oprah's Favorite Things theme to my links today.  Every link is for something you can get for FREE!

One blog I like to follow is Dinner, A Love Story.  Though December, they are giving away PDF copies of their new book about their favorite children's books.  

I shared this on Facebook this week after my friend Andy posted it, but it's too good to not share again.  You can download Sufjan Stevens' entire new Christmas album Silver and Gold, for free, right here.  And you can poke around the site to find some other free music downloads as well.  

OK, this one was around last year, too, but I think this personalized video from Santa is freakishly believable.  I set one up with all Boo's personal information and played it for The Mister and we were so excited for him to see it.  

This is kind of lame, but I was recently in a thrift store looking through VHS tapes because we still have a VCR that we use for watching cheap kids' movies.  I found a copy of Frosty the Snowman for $.69, thought it was a great deal, and brought it home, only to find out the tape was broken and wouldn't play.  It occurred to me later to check YouTube, and of course, there it was.  The moral of this story: always check to see if you can watch something online first, especially if it's a movie you'd only watch once a year.  

Speaking of Christmas movies, Redbox has Love Actually this month.  Although it's totally worth the $1.29 to rent it for an evening, you could always try finding free rental codes.

Now for the big Oprah moment.  "Everay-boday gets some free monaaaaaaay!!!"  Have you heard about this?  If you purchased an LCD flat screen TV, monitor, or laptop between 1999 and 2006 you could be eligible for a piece of this class action lawsuit.  You only have until December 6 to file your claim, and it only takes about a minute.  I bought 3 laptops in that time frame and I don't know if that means I'll get something for each one, but it looks like $25 is the minimum payout.  I could use an extra $25!

That's all my links for the week.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 11.26.12

Happy Monday, all.

Look what's back at Trader Joe's.  Hey, if I didn't buy three, some other hoarder would come along and wipe them all out.  

For the first time, I didn't go out shopping on Black Friday.  Not that I didn't want to, but we had some unexpected bills earlier in the month, and most of our Christmas shopping is done already.  When I finally got sick of being in the house with the family, I took myself out for a cup of hot chocolate and drove around listening to Arcade Fire until I ended up at the local library.  No crowds, no parking lots, no credit cards (although, the library put a hold on my account until I came up with $5 to pay down my fines).

For once, I'm a little bit glad my Black Friday didn't resemble any of these.

Our house is pretty modern, and I try to keep to a theme when decorating for Christmas, even though the kids have been crafting and coloring some bizarre "ornaments" and hanging them on the tree.  I think I'll steer them toward these 15 DIY Modern Holiday Decorations.

Check out this Ice Cubes Recipe and then read the comments.

Yesterday I went to the Cindy Sherman exhibit at the Walker.  If you go, find out a little bit about her beforehand.  And know that there is an entire gallery of clown portraits.  Big ones.

I've saved the best for last.  Did you ever see Adele Enerson's baby dream photos of her daughter Mila?  Well, Mila has a new brother, Vincent, and he's having some pretty awesome baby dreams, too.

That's it.  Have a nice week!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 11.19.12

Happy Monday, friends.  Monday morning caught me by surprise this week, so I have no picture for this post.  Oh well.  Here are the links I want to share:

I found some cool free stuff, including an entire iTunes playlist!  Free downloads from Crate and Barrel.

This made me laugh.  A lot.  The Hater's Guide To The Williams Sonoma Catalog.  *afterthought:  I should warn people that there are some swear words.  Although, $72 biscuits are so much more offensive to me.  :)

You still have time to make one of these Ten DIY Advent Calendars

Looking for something to do over the long weekend?  From Parent Hacks (a great site that is worth a look): the Wheel of What.  I love that there's an app for this, although I think you could re-purpose a game spinner and make one yourself.

Finally, there are a lot of great sitcom Thanksgiving episodes, but the funniest ever has to be the Cheers "Thanksgiving Orphans" episode.  By the way, if you have Netflix streaming, you can watch the entire show: Season 5, Episode 9.

That's all I've got today.  Have a great week.  Gobble, gobble!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 11.12.12

Happy Monday, Friends, and welcome to the first snowfall (for those of us in Minnesota, anyway).

Not even December and I just want to hibernate with a pile of fabric and my sewing machine.  It's time to start working on some of the projects I've been seeing on Pinterest.  I was at the library the other day and wiped out their selection of modern sewing books.  Many of them I've checked out before, and there are so many more good ones to choose from.

I don't know if this says something about the honesty of Hennepin County Library patrons or maybe just the sewers and crafters among us, but every single time I check out books with patterns, the patterns are still there! Neatly folded and stored in their pockets!  It's stuff like this that makes me value our public library.  I feel so blessed to have it as a resource.

Now for some links:

If I were to think of a name for this cute DIY project, I think it would be Binders Full of Awesome.  Take a look.

Since I got my current laptop about a year ago, I've been missing a lot of the software I had on my old computer.  I'm definitely going to be checking out these free alternatives to best-selling software.  

I'm always on the hunt for good-quality, cute clothes for the kids so I can't believe I only now found out about The Diminutive Review, a blog that compiles sales and coupon codes for all the good stores.  Yay!

If you are friends with me on Facebook, you know The Mister and I just watched the entire series of Lost on Netflix.  I was so disappointed with the end, and the fact that we had wasted so much time on the show.  I think it's time to read some books.  Here's one good, kind of random, list to get me started.

And finally, Supermom.  Right here.

Thanks for reading, and have a nice week!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Routine of the Breakfast Smoothies

One of the things I have to do as an allergy/FPIES mom is make sure my kids get the vitamins they aren't getting from food.  I have found that hiding things in smoothies is usually the best way to get kids to ingest things they don't like.  Here's how we do it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 10.15.12

Happy Monday!  Here are my favorite links this week and a picture I took of some cows.  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 10.8.12

Good morning!  Here are my favorite links this week.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup

I'm toying with the idea of doing a once-weekly list of my favorite links. For me: a cop out when I want to post a blog but have nothing to write.  For you: one reason to be happy for Mondays!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Summer's Last Hurrah

September.  Time to send the little'uns off to school , air out the sweaters, get ready for the fall season of TV, and think about making and freezing some yummy soups.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chicago Family Fun, in Pictures

I have just a few more pictures of our trip to share...

The Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier

While in Chicago, we couldn't pass up a visit to the Children's Museum on Navy Pier.  

Travelling by Train to Chicago

Since becoming a parent, I've looked at vacations as a way to really see what we're made of as a family.  At home, we are surrounded by the stuff that makes us happy and the routines that keep us comfortable, but take us out of that environment and we are put to the test.  Can we get along in close quarters?  Can we survive on less sleep than normal and restaurant foods?  Are the kids going to be willing to try new experiences?  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Big Blow-Out

No, I'm not talking about a bad diaper-changing experience.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

30 Days of Creativity: Homemade Graham Crackers

Day 30 (Actually completed on July 1st)

30 Days of Creativity: Cat Animation

Day 29

Just a little awesome animation I made on the iPad.  

30 Days of Creativity: Peter Rabbit Duvet

Day 28

Punky recently moved into her "big girl" bed, a twin mattress on the floor.  I picked up a cute flowered duvet cover from IKEA, but I had a great idea for making a second one.  It's no secret that I hoard fun fabrics, thinking I'll sew something with them someday.  I probably have more fabric than I have ideas for at this point.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

30 Days of Creativity: Cityscape, Part 2

Day 27

I finished it!

30 Days of Creativity: Cityscape Painting (Part 1)

Day 26

This is only Part 1 of what I hope is going to be a fabulous project.

30 Days of Creativity: Pear Labels

Day 25

I've had some storage baskets on my kitchen shelves for a long time, and I wanted to label them somehow.  

30 Days of Creativity: Solution to a Common Problem

Day 24

I have a little hunch about something.  I think I might be the only person in my household who changes the toilet paper roll.  Does anyone else feel that way?  With two young children, I'm starting to get the hang of this "positive reinforcement" thing.  So I wondered if it might work on another adult.  What if there was a prize for replacing the roll?

30 Days of Creativity: Panoramic Stairwell Picture

Day 23

Nothing fancy here.  Just a trying out the panoramic feature in our stairwell, which happens to be covered with board games.  

30 Days of Creativity: Birthday Cake

Day 22

This was Boo's 4th birthday, so of course I had to throw together some kind of cake for him.  I debated over getting any old box mix and then just keeping it away from Punky, but it's nice when she gets to eat the same things the rest of us are having.  

30 Days of Creativity: Crunchy Chicken Strips

Day 21

Both kids eat chicken now, which is pretty awesome.  But I feel like they get tired of the same thing all the time, so this was my way of making it interesting.

30 Days of Creativity: Headphone Fix

Day 20

Boo is doing something in his OT sessions called Theraputic Listening.  I'm planning to blog more about that later.

30 Days of Creativity: Coffee Bag Decoration

Day 19

I needed something quick and easy.  I decided to decorate the bag of ground coffee I picked up at the local coffee shop.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

30 Days of Creativity: Fun with Books

Day 15: 
This idea came to me this morning while I was staring at our book shelves.  Suddenly I started putting them into interesting groups and playing around with the titles.

30 Days of Creativity: Fizzy juice drink

Day 14:
We're trying to give up drinking soda, because of the sugar (if it's regular) and the artificial sweeteners (if it's diet).  But I love the fizz, so I've been drinking a lot of bubbly water lately.  Here's one of my attempts to make it a little more interesting.

30 Days of Creativity: Playlist

Day 13:
This is a little playlist I made up to listen to on Saturdays when I clean the house.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

30 Days of Creativity: Stretchy headband

Day 12:  Are you detecting a headband theme?  It's just that I've had ideas for making some of my own headbands for quite a while and now I'm finally making myself do it.  

30 Days of Creativity: Draper by Numbers

I finally found the time and the inspiration I needed to complete some real artwork.

Monday, June 11, 2012

30 Days of Creativity: Trying Polyvore

I'm not sure this counts as creativity, especially since the outfit I put together is literally what I wore yesterday.  Except for the flower thing that came with the template.  But since it almost matches the nail polish, maybe I should look into getting something like that for my hair?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

30 Days of Creativity: Days 5-9

This week has been awful.  The Mister had to travel to Peoria overnight, I missed a lot of sleep, I didn't get a parenting break, and it was almost impossible to get anything done above and beyond my daily "chores".  I wish I could say I was taking a break from some of my usual tasks in order to have more time for creative pursuits, but it just can't be done.  I mean, miss one day of scooping the litter box, or feeding the kids?  I don't think so.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

My 30 Days of Creativity Kick-Off: Days 1-4

Last year, during the 30 Days of Creativity, I got a ton of things done.  I used it as a good excuse to finally get going on those "someday" projects around the house.  This time around, I'm keeping it small because there just isn't time.  Here's what I have so far.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obsession: Habitot

It's been almost a year since our first trip to the Minnesota Children's Museum.  For some reason, I guess I didn't believe all the hype about how great it was, so I had put off going for a long time.  But after our first visit, we decided to become members because I could see myself taking the kids a couple times a month.  The kids definitely have their favorite exhibits and hands-on activities, but the Habitot room, for ages 4 and under, is my favorite space.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A FPIES-friendly Birthday Cake

Last year, our daughter's 1st birthday wasn't the happy event that most parents experience.  At the time, we only knew of three foods she could safely eat: bananas, apples, and prunes.  So her birthday "cake" was a scoop of frozen banana puree with prune puree "frosting".  She wasn't impressed.  I was sad.  And we didn't feel like we had much to celebrate.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kitchen Update

The kitchen update you've all been waiting for...sort of.  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Good-Bye To Winter

In the interest of finally updating my blog, here are a few pictures from February and the beginning of March.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Worst Week Ever (and a few kitchen "before" pictures)

Our family has just gotten over the Worst Week Ever.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Downtown Minneapolis Salvation Army Thrift Store

I got a lot of positive feedback from friends about my last blog post about stuff I find at thrift stores so I've decided to highlight some of my favorite stores in the Minneapolis area.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thrifty and Proud

I recently ran across the phrase "thrift is punished," in regards to our economy and how it is more socially acceptable to keep buying bigger and better things when we can't afford them.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Adventures in Gluten Free Baking- Preparations

I was hoping to kick off the start of the year completely gluten free, but we had too many wheat products in the house to finish off first.