Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wrapping with a 'W'. The other kind of rapping I dare say I could not do even if I had tried.
(And I HAVEN'T tried. Thankyouverymuch.)
I am officially done preparing for Christmas and am very excited now to spend a few days with my side of the family.
Christmas has come so fast this year. Probably because we spent the Fall months preparing and redecorating our living room finishing only just in time for my in-laws to come. So, to help me get in the Christmas spirit, Hubs and I are watching 'Miracle on 34th Street' - aka. the best Christmas movie ever!!
Although Santa is a lot of fun and we enjoy the Santa part of Christmas, we celebrate the real reason for Christmas - Jesus Christ. The greatest gift ever given was Jesus's gift to all mankind. It's free to anyone who will believe on Him. If you haven't received that gift, I pray that you won't wait another minute. He will change your life and give you peace. If I can answer any questions you have about God's free gift of eternal life, please contact me. I would love to introduce you to Him.
Speaking of Jesus, the girls and I read the Christmas story together yesterday and while I read, I asked them to listen and pick out one person or thing in the story and make it with their playdoh. (A friend of mine has a contest with her family every year of who can make the best nativity scene with cans of playdoh. Awesome idea!) The girls absolutely loved this and it made them really listen. I asked questions afterward and they were able to answer them. It was a lot of fun.
Well, hope you all have an extraordinary Christ-filled Christmas! God bless you!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Accent Wall and Couch, etc.:
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This is our contrast wall that wraps around our downstairs hallway. I really love this effect in this room! Better than I expected!!
Ta Ta For Now!
Monday, December 7, 2009
(The tree hasn't grown - our furniture has. We have a sectional waiting for us at the furniture store down the road and it will replace our old, but free, couch that is taking a little ride on the Salvation Army truck on Wednesday. Our sectional has been in town since last Monday and it is just killing me that we don't get it until this Thursday! They would have delivered, but Hubs is a realist and told the delivery people not to bring it til this Thursday because we had so much painting to do (approx. 40 hours of painting - who knew???), but I wanted them to bring it last Wed because this is our first brand new couch as a married couple of nearly 8 years and I just can't wait! But I had to wait and I think I might just make it til Thursday if the excitement doesn't kill me first. By the way, that is mine and Hubs Christmas gift to each other this year!)
Anyway, back to Christmas gifts....
I took #2 and #3 to Target this morning so we could get out of the house in the freezing cold and use some coupons that had to be used by the 10th, especially the coupon for Bliss - YUMMY chocolates and we went down the toy aisle because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment. I think everyone waited til now to shop for toys because it was utter chaos. I shant be going back there anytime soon with two kids that seem to only be able to shout the words "I want...." I thought I'd be sneaky and shop for stocking stuffers in the guise of letting them drool over toys, but with all the chaos and crowded toy aisles, I didn't get one stocking stuffer. It was craziness. I finally squeezed our way out of that section and headed for the checkout. I did manage to snag the last fold-up crib (more like itty bitty pack-n-play) for #3's baby dolls for Christmas. She loves baby dolls more than any little girl I've ever known. She will be so excited on Christmas this year. And #2 is having an animal kind of Christmas - she's the biggest animal lover and her mean parents won't buy her a real pet so Santa is bringing her the closest thing to a real pet (no potty training involved!) and some other stuff like that. Oh yeah, and while I was in the toy section, #2 went nuts over two things specifically that I just happen to have already bought her for Christmas. I can't wait to see her face when she opens them. She's my very expressive child and is a hoot to watch open gifts. #1 is growing up so fast, and I have to refrain from buying young toys for her so she's getting big girl gifts this year and I know she will just eat that up. She loves being the oldest and she's taking us through unchartered waters with all the new things she likes and does. I love Christmastime with children! It's so much fun and exciting! And we will get to be with my sister's family including their 4 kids along with my parents and brother! It will be much fun and I just can't wait!
So, that's all for now. I have a lot to do before then so I better get at it!
PS - Our next door neighbors in the rental our moving out. Bummer! (Not the house across the street that has been nothing but drama). They've been good renters, now we have to wait and see who graces our presence next. Keeping our fingers crossed for some more good renters!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Inspired by the Pottery Barn stockings, made from felt and other fabrics. Lots of fun to make!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Then, I was checking my email while the chili was simmering and found out I won a giveaway!!! New Every Morning entered my giveaway last week and in her comment invited me to enter hers. I was so surprised to win!!! I never win!! And this is what I won!! I picked the Pimento color. =] Exciting!!
Last, but not least, I'll leave you with a few principles of finance that my dad has taught me.
- Always give back to God first. (Tithe) You can never outgive God. I've seen this lived out my entire life. It's not mine anyway, everything I have is only mine because God has given it to me. The least I can do is give him a portion back.
- Be a good steward. Budget, use your money wisely (don't buy expensive vacuum cleaners,etc).
- Live within your means. If you don't have the money in the bank, don't buy it.
- Save money. Make it a priority. When I lived on my own as a single gal, I was not making a lot of money - probably $360 a week take-home - rent was $480, I had to pay car insurance, utilities, etc. and I still managed to save $300/month. God met every need and I did not go in debt. I was amazed by God's provision - and I still am!
My dad has been giving financial advice longer than Dave Ramsey and has kept me from making a lot of financial mistakes. I am so thankful for him and that he cared about me enough to teach me about money matters even while I was young. He's a genius. Hubs and I are trying to instill in our girls financial truths even now while they are young and hope to see them avoid many financial mistakes along the way!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This article includes tips for the holiday season and if you will be around someone with food allergies, please read these and be cautious. You could save a life by following these tips.
Thanks to Allergy Moms for posting this!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Update: After another half hour on adjusting the thread tension on my machine, Hubs asked me if I'd like him to take a look at it. The first couple of times he asked me that, I was sure he wouldn't be able to fix it. He doesn't sew. He doesn't even know how the machine is threaded. But the third time he asked, I relented. He said, "I troubleshoot for a living. Let me look at it." So, I showed him the problem, explained how it is suppose to work and after about 5 minutes he fixed it. All I can say is HE'S THE MAN!! He is my hero. I was so excited! I was able to finish the dresses for my three girls so they could wear them to church this morning and made a gift for my niece's birthday (although that didn't involve the sewing machine).
Tomorrow or maybe tonight after church I'll be starting on new stockings for the fam. I cannot wait to show you the finished product - well, if they turn out like I expect them to! I have a couple weeks to make them, though, because we are behind on our deadline of getting the downstairs painted by Thanksgiving. It is a big job and we're just a few days behind, but Hubs has been working a lot and wasn't able to work on the house last week. Looks like I'll be sanding the fireplace surround, baseboards and trim this week so we can be ready to start painting trim next weekend after our Thanksgiving festivities. So, thanks to the painting that is getting ready to happen, Christmas decor will have to wait a little longer this year. I truly don't mind, either, which surprsied even me. I like to have the tree up right after Thanksgiving, but somehow I don't mind waiting longer this year. I am very excited for Christmas, though. It gets more and more fun every year. Our kids are very much looking forward to Christmas and Hubs and I are excited to see how #3 will react. She yells out 'Christmas!' when we see the trees in all the stores so I know when she sees a Christmas tree in our living room, she will be thrilled. Her grammy bought her a book last year about Santa with flip-up pages that she adores. In fact, her first sentence is "No, that's not Santa!" and I just love hearing her say that.
#1 has already been discussing the ever-controversial subject of Santa with her classmates at school. She came home and told me the other day that 'So and So was getting underwear for Christmas because she doesn't believe in Santa.' (She learned this from her Aunt Julie! ha!) Well, to Hubs and I, Santa is very real. WE are Santa and we have no problem letting our kids enjoy the magical side of Christmas along with the most important reality of Christmas and that is celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who is very real and is the focus of our celebration. But, on the subject of Santa, we've told #1 that not everyone believes in Santa and that's okay. She should be nice and not judgemental towards her classmates just like they should be toward her. I believed in Santa when I was young and don't remember when I realized that Santa was just a fun, magical part of Christmas, but I can tell you that I wasn't scarred. I survived and loved to think that Santa was coming on Christmas Eve. My mom still puts 'From:Santa' on some of our gifts and I love that!
So, no matter how you choose to celebrate Christmas, I hope that you remember to celebrate the Reason!
When will you trim your tree this year?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
$20 Gift Certificate to My3Chickadees. You can pick from anything in the shop and I will include FREE SHIPPING on your order with that gift certificate! This giveaway ends Thursday, November 19th at 9pm.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Say 'Hello, Where have you been all my life?' to the Drop and Mop Flip Flop!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I used my favorite-fabric-for-now - burlap - for the valance. (I never liked valances before, but now I guess I do since I've recently used a valance on two windows in my downstairs.) Anyway, then I made the straps to hold it up out of the same fabric I used for my kitchen window mistreatment here. I did actually buy the curtain panels from Target, though. I really like them and love how they keep curious eyes out at night and let in just enough light during the day. I love them. The color helps to lighten things up a bit, too, in the midst of all this chocolate brown burlap. Overlook the unpainted crown moulding - it will be painted in 3 weeks or less. In fact, I should be filling nail holes instead of blogging, but blogging is way more fun and easier on the fingertips. I'll put up pics once we add some color to this living room! I can't wait! It will be kind of like the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy starts to come out of her house that landed in Oz after the tornado dropped her down and she goes to the door and opens it to find a whole new world of Technicolor. I can't wait for this living room to go from boring to beautiful! But, until then - I have nail holes to fill and crown moulding to sand - then major dust to vacuum up from sanding, etc. etc. Beauty is pain, even in home decorating.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- Make Pumpkin Soup and actually eat it. It looks so good in the magazine.
- Make new stockings for the fam.
- Come up with some new allergy-free recipes that the whole fam will enjoy.
- Load up my etsy shop with lots of goodies that people will love - and BUY!
- Re-decorate my mantle - and pretend like it looks nice and painted as I'm sure it will look in a few weeks or so.
- Paint Maggie's desk.
- Burn my current couch. (ha!) or maybe just give it away and order a new one. Anyone want a nice blue couch with torn cushion covers? It's a sturdy couch and the only problems with it are the torn seat cushion covers, the misshaped back cushions and the multitude of toys lost in the crevices of the couch. You could reshape the back cushions or just make 5 or 6 big loose cushions for the back, recover the seat cushions and throw a slipcover over the rest of it. It would look like new! Any takers?
- Come up with 10-14 new meals that I can rotate for the fam...keeping budget and nutrition in mind.
- There are more on my list, but I'm too cold to get up and go get it. And I'm too scared - we're watching a suspense movie and now I won't be able to go upstairs by myself and I'll have to check under my bed and make sure the closet door is closed before I go to sleep. Oh - and keep my hands and feet inside the covers.
So, what's on your Want-To-Do List?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- $7.99 amazing deal on the curtain rod from Hancock Fabrics. Crazy awesome deal! I bought 2. The best part is that I thought I was getting the rods 40% off of $39.99, but somehow they were way cheaper when I got to the register! Love those deals!!
- Chocolate brown burlap fabric - I am addicted to this right now - Awesome deal on that, as well at Hancock and at Hancock online. I didn't finish the side edges because the outside edges are very clean edges on the selvage side. The inside edges are paperclipped (you heard me) to the inside curtain edges so that they stay together better. I did sew a rod pocket on the top of the burlap and a hem on the bottom, though.
- Lighter inside curtains are really not curtains at all. They are really a tablecloth. You would have never known if I didn't tell you, right? I found the tablecloth at Target while shopping for a curtain for that spot. Didn't find one I loved, so I scanned the tablecloth section and found one I loved. It works great and even has a little bit of a pattern on it. Perfectly subtle. I bought a 60x104 size tablecloth for $14.99. Cut it straight down the middle lengthwise and finished the cut edge because it doesn't look very nice unfinished. Only one cut and two seams later, I have curtains! Hung them from ring clips instead of a rod pocket because it gives a little dimension to my mistreatment since I opted for using one curtain rod instead of two. I didn't want the lighter curtain to go all the way behind the burlap panels because our room is dark now just from having window treatments, so a little light shining through them is perfect. I still have to hem them, but I love how they turned out!
- Total cost for this window treatment was less than $40!! I love it when a plan comes together.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Above the kitchen sink. Sorry there's no before. Just imagine plain Jane.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Job description includes:
*Keeping up with all paperwork brought home by the 1st grader on a daily basis,
must be able to discern which papers to sign and send back, file, display on refrigerator and/or throw away;
*Keep a running list of items Mom is suppose to send into school for the teacher, classmates and said 1st grader;
*Create and keep up with 1st grader's class and school calendar so Mom knows ahead of time when Open House, Field Trip, Chapel, P.E., etc. is so that 1st grader will have the appropriate clothing/shoes on;
*Check online site to get 1st grader's grades, class and school calendar and any school news Mom might need to know about;
*Merge class calendar with Mom's personal calendar and 1st grader's school calendar so Mom can see the big picture and not be surprised by anything at the last minute which is when she is usually ironing 1st grader's clothing and Dad's uniform and making both lunches. (Yes, Mom already knows that ironing and making lunch the night before is much easier, but not always practical.)
*Must be proficient in using Microsoft Office and the Printer.
*Must be able to tone out voices of children who think they are starving to death when 1st grader gets home from school.
*Must be able to work calmly and thoroughly with 17 month old hanging onto your legs and crying to be picked up.
*Must be able to organize said papers at the kitchen counter while dodging the mine-field that is the Tupperware dragged out all over the floor as a result of not picking up said 17 month old.
*Must be willing to work for food. No monetary payment will be made, but the benefits are priceless.
*You know I'm kidding, right? Sometimes I am just bewildered with all the paperwork that my 1st grader brings home. It's nuts. Monday, I had to pack lunch, wild animal project, signed friday folder, open house list, library book, little paper booky thing that #1 has to read to me and I sign, AND field trip note signed. Oh, and remember to bring her piano books for lessons after school. I was like, "Seriously?" I need a whole day planner just for #1's schedule. I don't remember 1st grade being so much work for my mom. OK, so maybe that's because I don't remember much about 1st grade except Mrs. Morton, my teacher. Yikes. The stories I could tell. Oh my.... Anyway, back to the subject - what will I do when #2 is also in school next year??