Tuesday, November 23, 2010

$5 Makeover

I've been looking awhile for a nice, big, decorative frame to make a chalkboard out of for my kitchen. Multiple trips to Goodwill produced no good results, so a couple weeks ago I hit a couple of other thrift stores in search of frames. I almost missed out on the best frame ever because of a hideous string art that it housed, but thankfully I was able to look past that and notice the 75% off pink tag. When I saw that it was $5 I took a pic and texted my sister to see if she thought it would be a good chalkboard frame - even though my mind was pretty much made up. She agreed. I didn't even have to paint the frame. I like it just the way it is...for now.

Here's the BEFORE:
And AFTER:
I love it. I can't decide if I love the chalkboard or the bistro chalk markers more. I'm addicted. Be on the lookout for more chalkboard projects. I love that stuff.

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The year we broke our own rule.

Hubs and I {by only a tad bit of persuasion on my part} broke our cardinal Holiday rule. We put up our Christmas tree tonight. BEFORE Thanksgiving! Yes, I know Thanksgiving is the next holiday and one should not skip the holiday due to unbridled excitement about the following holiday that involves lots of red, the fresh scent of pine, wrapping paper galore and my treasured Fontanini nativity set. But I am here to tell you we are downright excited about both holidays around this house. I really don't know what has come over me - the fact that stores began putting out Christmas decor before they could even get the last candy corns off the shelves or the fact that our local radio station has been playing Christmas music for a good week (or longer) now or that my children, especially my 2 and half year old, are beyond excited this year and their excitement has rubbed off on me. But for whatever reason, we are excited with a capital E!! I'm ready. This is my favorite time of year (minus cold weather and naked trees) and by golly we are going to enjoy every minute of it this year...even before Thanksgiving. I've been working on Christmas projects today and love what I've gotten done so far. Still have more to do, but I'm in no hurry. I don't have all of my decorations out yet. In fact, I haven't put up the dining room tree which happens to be in the front of the house. I wouldn't want the neighbors to talk, you know. Our family tree is in the back of the house and we have no neighbors behind us. The front tree will go up before Thanksgiving, but I may not turn on the lights til after. The mantel still needs to be done, several other things put up, the front door wreath needs to be changed for Christmas and this year we are even doing outside lights. The kids will love it. So, we aren't entirely crazy, just a little bit. I'll post a few pics of my fun projects once I get them done. So, when do you put your tree up?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Reason #327 Why I Do Not Want a Dog...

We (my siblings and I) had two dogs growing up. Our first one was a copper colored dog, I don't even know what kind it was, but her name was Penny. She lived in our backyard in a chain-link fence that was there when my parents bought the house. The fence was not even around our whole backyard, just a portion of it. Weird, now that I think about it, but it was perfect for Penny. She was a pretty dog. But she was a loud dog and apparently, the grouchy old man that lived behind us didn't appreciate that quality in a dog. Especially in the wee hours of the night. That man complained a lot {at least it seemed like a lot to me} about her. And one day when I got home from school, I found that Penny was not in her fence. She was gone. I thought she had gotten out and would just come back eventually. I remember my Mamaw sitting on the front porch with me as I was waiting. Penny never came back. It was a sad day. I can't remember when we figured out that my parents had taken her to the pound. They finally admitted that after years of us speculating about what had REALLY happened to her. I think we got over it pretty quickly, though. Then, in my high school years (I think) we had another dog. Her name was Samantha. She was a peekapoo. Little white dog and so cute. I can't remember how we got her, but we loved her. And we were so shocked when Mother actually let her come in the house! She didn't stay in the house, she just visited us in the house. She lived in our garage. But when we would open the garage door, Sam would bolt in the door and run up the stairs as fast as her little legs would go and she'd circle the living room a few times then run downstairs into the den, circle the den and then jump up in the recliner next to Dad. And she would relax. It's like she had to get it out of her system. She was a cute dog. We loved her. And then the time came when we decided to give her to my grandparents and they loved her, too. Overall, I think I can say that I had good experiences having had dogs while growing up. But, I will be the first to admit that I HATED, yes, hated cleaning up after the dog and bathing the dog. It was not my thing. This is something I'm trying to explain to my children. They have been begging us for a dog. Hubs had a dog growing up, too, and it lived indoors. I do not like animals indoors. Just my personal preference, no offense to anyone who has a pet indoors - I will still come visit you if you invite me. I just feel that I spend 90% of my time trying to keep my indoors clean and pick up after the five messy people that live here. I don't need that other 10% taken up by cleaning up after an animal. I've told my children {and Hubs, for that matter} that when said children are old enough to responsibly take care of their own things, I will think about letting them get a dog. BUT doggy must live outside and they must be 100% responsible for Dog. Momma ain't doing doggy duty, folks. So, I've tried to convince Children that they will have to clean up doggy poop and all other manner of doggy stuff in order to help them not want a doggy. {Hey, I'll do whatever I have to do to prolong this doggy business.} So, last night Middle Girl was telling me in a very dramatic way that she really wants a husky. Mommy, can I PLEASE get a husky???? PLEASE???!!!!! Then, she proceeded to tell me, 'Huskies don't poop.' And then I laughed out loud. Poor Husky. I don't want to be around when it decides to finally poop as normal doggies tend to do. Now, I must go make up another reason why we don't need a dog - since she completely blew that one out of the water.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm almost done Christmas shopping....

and I didn't even have to leave my house....or my couch. Or get dressed and put on makeup. Or worry about dragging 3 kids along. I just opened my laptop and browsed my favorite shops and got it done. The best part? I got paid to do it!! I'm a member of ebates since 2008. My first quarter in ebates I made $48.51 just from shopping online. If you are not a member, yet, you are missing out! Go here to sign up and start earning back some of that moo-lah. It's easy and so nice to see that cash back total adding up!
Happy shopping!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Week Full of Art....by my children

I decided to show you pictures of my week. A picture is worth a thousand words, you know, and I'm still trying to find words to describe some of my children's art this week. So, here you go.
On Monday, I was helping #2 clean up her room and found this lovely piece of art drawn solely by my little budding artist. I'll never be able to forget about this piece of work ~ it's drawn on her bookshelf ~ in ink. Where she found a pen, I will never know.

#1 brought this cute cat home on Tuesday! She drew it all by herself! I think she did a great job. Hers was picked to be on display somewhere at school. Very cute. The only cat I will ever allow in my house.
Ever seen a One-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying Purple People Eater? Well, you have now! #1 made this in her art class at school and brought it home on Tuesday. I thought it was very clever. And cute. But I am having trouble getting that song out of my head! These were taken just hours after we found cooked spaghetti noodles in #2's bedroom, strung all over the place. I didn't have the mental capacity or the humor to take a picture of that at the time.

#2 & #3 decided to display their mad art skills Wednesday night just before we left for church....It would have been lovely ~ had it not been on #1's bed sheets. I'm still trying to process this one.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm a real winner...

Really. I am. I enter lots of blog giveaways (whenever I am thinking about it and have the time) and I've won lots of stuff. In the past 2-3 weeks, I have won around $150 in gift cards. And I have spent half of them on Christmas gifts. The other half, I either haven't gotten in the mail yet or haven't decided what to buy on my Christmas list. Today I've entered several giveaways. One is posted on the previous post on my blog today. The other is for a new laptop. You can enter that one, too! It's at the top right of this blog. Just click the button and follow the instructions.

Giveaways are fun! And so worth it!! Don't expect to win right off the bat, but you never know! In the past year, I've won gift cards, an outfit from Ralph Lauren for my daughter, Gourmet food products, clothing, a gorgeous red pitcher, etc. I think I've forgotten something else, but it's been fun! People are giving great stuff away....they might as well give it to me!

Have fun!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

It's so hard to get out of bed in the morning...

when it's cold outside. And when you have new 600 thread count sheets! I got some new sheets (long overdue) last week from CSNstores.com. I had been looking for a set of nice sheets for a good price and I was so happy to find some at CSNstores where I had a gift card. The sheets came in the mail this week and let's just say, I've had an even worse time getting out of bed in the morning. I am not a morning person. Never have been. I wish I was, but I am not. That is something that cannot be forced or faked. And now that the colder weather is getting here and the mornings are just a bit darker, it is getting harder. Oh well, at least my sheets are soft. {And not falling off the mattress.} Thanks, CSN!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Day I Nearly Voted for a Democrat

I love exercising my right to vote! It is one small way to make a big difference in the world that I live in. It's my right. It's my privilege. I don't take this for granted. I hope you don't, either. It's so exciting to me to voice my opinion by checking off my ballot and pressing that 'VOTE' button! So, this morning when I got up and realized Hubs had forgotten his cell phone, I decided I would go vote on my way to Hubs' workplace. I was happy to see that the lines were not so busy at the time I arrived - only because I had all three girls with me. They are a bit unpredictable when it comes to outings like this one. I'm never sure if they will behave themselves and show some self-control or if they will be giddy with each other, which always - ALWAYS - turns into an ordeal. I was feeling pretty good about it while I signed my name on the line confirming that I am, indeed, who I say I am and that I do have the right to vote. I thought I saw a hint of anxiety on the faces of the volunteers when I walked in with all three littles, but hoped things would go fine. Anyway, as I was going through my ballot and making sure I was checking off the people I had previously decided to vote for, #1 and #2 decided to fight about who got to stand beside me and see the screen. If you vote, you know how flimsy those voting booths are. However, we managed not to knock my little booth down. #2 decided she was bored standing there, so she began to walk circles around me...and my booth. The booths are all plugged into one another so if you unplug one, let's just say, you've got a major problem on your hands. I told #2 to stand still. Then, #3 wiggled out of my arms and wanted to stand. So, I let her stand beside me....until she began circling the booth and very nearly gave the volunteer a nervous breakdown over the idea of unplugging a machine. Finally, I got to the end of my ballot and reviewed my decisions - because Heaven knows I wasn't 100% sure I voted the way I had wanted to. Thankfully, I did get them all right and I cast my ballot while holding back a few tears. Tears of complete thanksgiving that I am so blessed to be an American, tears of excitement that I have this great privilege to bring change to the mess our leaders have gotten us into, and tears of relief that we did NOT unplug the machines...or knock one down....or give the lady a nervous breakdown. We left without harming anything or anyone and my day only got better from there.