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It Lives Again!

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It Lives Again!



Is that an echo I hear?  No worries - I totally deserve it.  This blog has been on hiatus for....oh my. FIVE.YEARS.  !!??  Yes, that's right.  Sometimes we have to simplify, clear the clutter, and buckle down to focus on what's important, and while I know there are a TON of amazing moms out there who can mom, work, blog, and generally do it all (in full makeup, hair, and maybe even heels)...It turns out I'm not one of them.

My last post was in March of 2014, and my second daughter, Rosie, was born in April.  Cue my complete focus on functioning reasonably smoothly with a 2.5 year old and a newborn.  Clearly, the blog took a backseat.  At that time, I was also working part-time from home.  Keeping up with them and work took my entire focus, and that's ok.  As the girls got a little older, I found myself still deep in the trenches of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and my focus remained away from blogging. Then we moved, had another baby, ...and life…

Right Now

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Right now I am:Watching:  Nothing.  The TV doesn’t usually turn on during the day, and I’m nowhere near it anyway.  Side note:  anyone else seriously missing the old HGTV shows that weren’t all about house shopping?  Sarah Richardson, Candice Olsen, David Bromstad, Sabrina, Tanya, Curb Appeal, Backyard Rooms, (or really any landscape/gardening show) – where did they all go?  All I see anymore is the Property Brothers, House Hunters and Love it or List it….ad nauseum. Eating:  Oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar. Drinking: Half-coffee, half-milk.  It’s my way of reducing the caffeine while also still enjoying my morning coffee.  Too much caffeine and Baby Sister does somersaults.Wearing: Yoga pants (when am I not wearing yoga pants these days?)  and a teal ‘maternity’ tee that doesn’t cover my whole belly anymore and has sequins in odd places that look like dried, dribbled food.  A potato chip in the belly button would round out my look today.Avoiding:  Doing some professional wor…

Oh, Hello!

My, my, it has been a while, hasn’t it?  Last I blogged, I’d just finished a booger of a professional certification and I was on Cloud 9 with spare time and a bunch of ideas to update the blog.  And then, a month later, I found out I was pregnant again and all the first trimester fun began.  Read: I had (relatively more) time to blog, but zero motivation.Fast forward through months of undocumented projects and budget ideas (not to mention blogger’s guilt), and here I am: 9 months pregnant and eyeball deep in partially completed and unstarted projects.For now, though, I’ll share a blog post a friend emailed me from MoneySavingMom.com.  This post is close to my heart because saving money and continually tightening the budget are practically hobbies for me.  You know I love my budget, but what’s even more satisfying is ratcheting down the budget categories for reasons other than “We have to.”  As in, “We want to go on a big vacation next year.” “We want to pay off all our debt.” Or, “We …

Jumping on the (Chalkboard) Wagon

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Chalkboards were popular, like, 3 years ago.  I know.  I’m late to the party.  But three years ago, I had no need for a chalkboard and it would’ve been an odd little organizer with notes like “Next month: bread” or “Check milk box” literally every day of the week.Now, though, I have a use for a chalkboard!  I have a munchkin, we have a summer mommy-and-munchkin “bucket list”, and I’m keeping track of our activities as we cross them off.  And it was a cheap find too.  I found a $6 pink swirlygirly butterfly corkboard at HobLob……painted the cork front and back with homemade chalkboard paint, slapped some (leftover from the porch bench) mustard yellow over the frame, sanded it down and roughed it up, swiped some Restore-a-Finish (to give it a little depth) on top, and called it good.And, sorry, I’m not showing a whole lot of it at the moment, since it’s full of very identifiable places/things and I kinda like the idea that the whole world doesn’t know exactly where I live.  Or something …

In Which I Return to the Keyboard…and Steampunk?

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So…..HI!  I say that a little sheepishly, because I’m slightly embarrassed.  I’ve been away much longer than I anticipated.  After my (shockingly distant) last post, I fully intended to start yakking at my favorite internet audience again.  Then at the last minute, I decided to pick up where I left off a couple years ago with a professional designation and try to wrap it up.  It took ALL my free time.  YUGG.  But, for now, I DO have free time again, and the wheels are a turnin’.  Not to say that I have a ton of time, but Avery is getting a little more independent and able to play by herself a little more.  Today, I was even able to cut some fabric while she played!!! <GASP!>  She only takes about an hour nap each day, so things get done bit by bit.I also have managed to start a cute, easy little project.  It started with a super clearance HobLob find and it just received its third coat of paint in the basement.  A little more paint, and it’s ready to go.On a mostly unrelated not…

And It Begins Again…!

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Happy New Year!!Is your head full of new year’s resolutions?  Are you busting at the seams to get your new workout program going? Get your life organized? Streamline your finances?  Move? Travel? Do something different?Me too!  Well, not really the workout thing.  I’m not much of a worker-outer.  Walks with Avery in the stroller are good enough.  And not really the organization part either, since I can’t help but tackle most chaos as I encounter it throughout the year.  Sometimes I wish I had more scary closets to pounce on and organize.But….getting rid of some junk is on the list.  Going on a vacation is also on the list.  We didn’t go anywhere last year (other than a couple of weddings) so I think it should be a priority this year.  I’m kind of leaning toward the Seattle area.  Never been.  Sounds pretty.  Not too far.  It could be a winner!  But I’m only half of the decision, so we’ll see.Picking up my blog posting again after two crazy-busy months in which I completely neglected m…

Weekend Musings

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My musings occur on the weekends because I have no idea where the time goes during the week.  What can I say?  I’m just so popular (with my one-year-old) I never have any free time.  To muse.  Or blog.  Or do my hair.  Speaking of one-year olds…I can’t believe how big my “baby” is getting.  Over the last few weeks, she seems like such a little girl rather than a baby. Have I mentioned she’s walking now???  She holds a finger or two when she can, but she walks by herself when she wants to.<sniff>Avery was a bee for Halloween.  We didn’t go trick-or-treating, but she wore her cutie little costume for her birthday party and for a Halloween party we attended.  I made a silk sunflower barrette for the costume, too, but it was SUPERFUN to pull it out, so it didn’t make it into any pictures.  Go figure.  And yes, I know the pink shirt doesn’t match.  Yes, yes yes.  I KNOW.  It was a chilly day and that was the best option, but everyone made sure to mention how it didn’t go with the cos…