Friday, May 17, 2013

Craft Show Prep

Happy Friday, friends!
I don't know about y'all, but I am SOOO ready for this weekend. You may remember that I mentioned that my husband has been out of town for awhile (and was gone over Mother's Day). Well, he returned yesterday and I am thrilled!
Things were getting a bit rough in toddler-land. Know what I mean?

Yellow Yarn Wreath with Purple Dahlia $30.00

I realize there's been a lack of posting from me lately, but it's all for good reasons! If you follow me on Facebook, you'd notice that I've been posting pictures of new inventory in my Etsy Shop. I'm building it up for my first craft show, (*insert nervous excitement here*) which is rapidly approaching. Very rapidly. I have a little over a week left to finish up making inventory and plan for everything else that it will entail.

Pretty Pastels Rag Tie Garland- $28.00

And I'm sweatin' over it. Big time.

Patriotic Yarn Wreath $35.00

So, I've decided to take a bit of time off. Between writing for this blog and Huckleberry Love, creating items for my shop, working from home for the Veterinary Clinic and being a wife and mother (and all that goes along with those duties!), I'm being pulled a bit too thin right now.
On top of it all, we'll be out of town for Memorial Day weekend (although I have to drive back in for my craft show. Eek!) and Aidan has his last day of school next week, too. They're having a little end of year show on Thursday evening for all of the parents. :)

Teal Yarn Wreath with Red Dahlia- $30.00

I'll see all of you after Memorial Day. I have so many great projects lined up to share with you. I hope you'll pop back in to have a look at them... and to see how my show went. I plan on sharing about the whole experience: the good, the bad and the ugly! (Hopefully there's not too much ugly!)
Until we meet again! :)
P.S. If you're in the Houston area, I'd LOVE for you to stop by the show I'll be at! It's being held at Saint Paul's Church in Old Katy on Saturday, May 25th. They're having a huge Spring Festival with BBQ, games and activities for children, and over 60 vendor booths! The Festival runs from 10am-4pm. Email me if you'd like the address. I hope to see some of you there! :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Mother's Day with My Boys

Mother's Day 2013 was not a typical Mother's Day for me.
Usually I have a nice sleep in followed by a leisurely shower (alone!). Then I kiss my boys and head out for a day of "mommy time." I shop, I eat lunch at a great restaurant while reading a book and then I take in a movie. All by myself. Alone. It is awesome. And the best way to spend Mother's Day (in my opinion!). :)

But, this year my husband was out of town. There was no sleeping in. (Hello 6:30am wake up call!) There was no showering alone. In fact, there was no showering for me at all. (Unless you count the ones my kids gave me while splashing around in the tub that morning.)

My sweet husband did send me 2 dozen tulips the day before, which are simply gorgeous. They put a smile on my face whenever I peek over at them. :)

I didn't want this to be "just another day", so I had planned a day of fun for my boys! First, we headed out to Rice University to watch a baseball game. They. Loved. It!

We stayed for all nine innings and had such a great time cheering on the home team. And, to make it even better, they were both extremely well behaved!

After the game I let them run around in the green in front of the stadium to burn off some steam.

This happened as soon as we hit the car for the ride home.

A friend (who was also husband-less yesterday) texted to see if we wanted to meet her and her little ones for dinner later in the evening. So, after a quick nap we headed out for dinner.
They kids had so much fun playing in the sandbox at the restaurant. Even though the service was AWFUL (we waited over an hour for our food, which arrived cold. Oh, and mine didn't come at all. Ugh!), it was nice to sit and chat while the kids covered themselves in sand.

We got home much later than expected and the kids didn't fall asleep until 10:00... WAAAY past their bedtime.
All in all, it was a great day. Of course, things weren't perfect. There were timeouts, tears, tantrums and a post-dinner shower due to the amount of sand that was glued to my child's body. But, that's life with toddlers. There will never be perfect. This is as good as it gets... and I'm finally okay with that. :)
I'm happy that I was able to spend Mother's Day with my little guys. I'm so blessed to be a Mother. And to be a stay at home Mother, too. Although, there are times though when Mama needs a break... Know what I mean?
But, don't you worry... I all ready told my husband that I am getting a hotel next weekend to ensure that I can sleep in! I told him I'll be home Sunday night. Ha ha!! :)

How was your Mother's Day? Did you do anything fun with the family or did you just have a relaxing day to yourself?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 10, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie {Weight Watchers Recipe}

About 2 1/2 weeks ago I signed up for Weight Watchers. Again.

My first go-round (when Connor was a few months old), was fairly successful. I lost 20 pounds in about 4 weeks, felt great and looked great. And then I gained it all back right after our wedding last June. *sigh*

Now, here I am again. At the same start weight I was at in January of 2012. Somehow this seems to be the weight I get stuck at. The only time I've weighed more than this was when I was 9 months pregnant with my boys. So, atleast I don't weigh more than that! I might cry.

Losing weight is hard. Especially when you have two little kids. I find it's hard for me to eat at regular intervals throughout the day. I rarely have breakfast and I'll eat lunch at 3 o'clock most days. But, after they go to bed, I pig out. Suddenly my body is telling me that I'm starving since I've deprived it of food all day. So I eat. At 8 o'clock at night. And I really shouldn't be eating. Especially that late.

So, this time around I'm really focusing on myself. I've been able to work out 3-4 times a week at the YMCA and I've been trying hard to eat regularly throughout the day, cutting myself off around 7 o'clock.

It's worked like a charm so far! I've lost 5 pounds in just over 2 1/2 weeks. Yay me!

One of my favorite things about Weight Watchers is the fact that it's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change. I'm trying desperately to embrace it and to make smart, healthy choices. I love trying out new recipes that are healthy for myself and my family.

Recently I stumbled upon this awesome site- Simply Weight Watchers Recipes. It's a gold mine full of recipes that are simple to make and taste delicious!

One of my favorites from the site is the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie. At only 2 points per serving, it's an awesome after workout drink, a quick breakfast on busy mornings or a delicious midday snack.

You'll need:

1 whole banana
1 cup almond milk
1 cup ice
2 Tbs PB2 powder (I ordered this on Amazon)
6 Tbs Lite Cool Whip

Directions: Add all ingredients to blender. Mix well. Enjoy!

How easy is that??? This actually makes two smoothies, but sometimes I drink the whole thing. Which adds up to 5 points. Not too shabby.

I'm excited to be on my way to a healthier me. :)

Have a great weekend, friends. And happy Mother's Day to all of the Mommas out there!

Have you ever tried Weight Watchers? Do you have any delicious and healthy recipes to
share with me?
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

I Can't Sew {But, I DID Make This Cute Bag!}

The title of this post isn't entirely accurate. I can, in fact, sew. I have sewn many pillows and a few other odds and ends in my day.
But, yesterday, oh yesterday... There was much need for wine and a massage after my sewing debacle yesterday. My machine was all out of whack. I'm assuming something with tension and blah blah blah blah...
Anyway, it turned the bag I was trying to make into a disaster. Until I decided NOT to sew my bag and to instead use my handy dandy iron and a package of stitch witch!
Here's how my bag turned out:

If you want the full tutorial, head on over to Huckleberry Love to see how I turned this sewing project into a successful no-sew project!
Happy Thursday, friends! :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Colorful Playroom Gallery Wall

This project has been a long time coming. I actually purchased the frames for this gallery wall last Black Friday and finally got around to putting the wall together. Whoops!
Initially I attempted to paint the frames with acrylic paint.
They are black plastic frames from Target and it was a nightmare to coat them with thin layers of acrylic paint. Next, I smartened up and sprayed each one with a nice coat of white primer... but that didn't really help matters. So, I ended up spray painting them in bold primary colors (orange, red, yellow, purple and blue).

I love how they turned out! This just goes to show that you shouldn't stop when your plan fails miserably the first time around. Lesson learned. :)

The frames all contain different pictures of my boys. And two of them have artwork that Aidan made at the library and school. I'll switch it out as he brings home more creations. And the "N" is white for now, simply because I don't know what color I want to paint it yet. Any ideas?

It's hard to imagine that just a few months ago, this was Connor's nursery. They've been doing well (for the most part) at sharing a room together. I'm so glad, because they desperately needed to have their own little playroom in our home! I'm not sure how much longer I could've gone on with all of their toys in our living rom!

So far this room has come together so nicely... I'm so pleased with it and so are the boys! This week I'm working on the finishing touches of the room and then I'll finally be able to share it all with you!
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mason Jar Love

Mason jars are everywhere these days... they're certainly NOT just for canning anymore! I created a Pinterest board just for my little mason jar obsession. I love how they're so incredibly versatile-and their "charm" factor is off the chart!

Here are a few of my favorite pins:

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

How fun and inspiring are these ideas? I am hoping to paint some this weekend to use as flower vases for our kitchen windowsill. :)

Have you found any creative uses for mason jars? Do you have a Pinterest account? Leave your  link in the comments so I can follow you! You can find me here. :)

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