Saturday, November 30, 2013

a little fall cleaning today...

What I'm doing today instead of shopping the sales:

Source: iamthatlady.com


Not really in the mood to fight the crowds today.  It's a stay-at-home-in-my-pajamas-kind-of-day ;)

What are you doing on this BLACK Friday?


much love,
-a





Friday, November 29, 2013

a little black Friday deal...

A little post plug for ideclare! charms today...

Great Black Friday deal on their very cute Christmas bracelets!


Head on over to ideclare! and take a peek!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

the one where i really, really miss my kids...and my husband too

i was looking at my sil's blog and found some pics from our family reunion that we had in june and stole some of her pics...

 aren't they cute?
we take awesome pictures together.


they made me miss my family.

which made me think about my week alone drawing to a close.   i am half way relieved and the other half aggravated that my list didn't get close to being done.

BUT!

i learned a far more important thing....this thing called:

resting
ever heard of it?


resting and taking it easy is never a bad thing.   especially when you're eating two and a half meals in your car and stuff keeps getting piled on and on and on and you have papers due and yadda, yadda, yadda...

post pregnancy with my first, everybody and their dog kept saying: "rest when they rest" and i usually succumbed to being a bit more lax with everything. maybe even allowing myself to take a snooze once and a while.
after baby two seventeen months later i felt the need to, of course take my time with baby, but when they were sleeping it was rush, r-ush ru-sh rus-h rush to get everything done. while i had a min.  and i'm not talking about dusting my blinds, or wiping down baseboards or walls.

heck no.  

my spider-cobbed walls and dust bunnied floors don't need any of that fancy spit shine.  who has time for that?!

i need a maid.

but for reals if anything i got to soak in hot tubbys.  alone.  go to the bathroom.  alone.  eat my diner.  while still hot.

a marvelous vaycay at home i must say.


but for reals i don't think i can stand another day apart from my babes...

i mean really,
check out this cute girl and this poor "killy", as Ev says it.

bet he'll be happy she's in my arms as well.


i really hope that i can keep up this writing momentum (like i've been meaning to from day one) from here on out.  i don't want to bore you with how busy i am.  but i'm kinda really busy.  doesn't make me want to stop this though.  i've thought many times just to call it ka-put, but ya know?  i kinda like it.  it's kinda fun to me and eventually i'd like to get better at it and the only way to do it is keep going, keep learning, and keep blogging.  hopefully it will grow even more fantastic when i can start putting up my printables shop.
and oh.
it's gonna happen.
i've gone too far to let it all slip away.

and don't say one semester of school and one art class is not too far in.  it's way far in.

completely all far in.



probably not.
you're right.
bold text isn't selling it.

darn.


well, look at the time.  it's late and i'm needing a little bit more r&r before i say hello to my thing one and thing two who like to wake up daddy in the middle of the night.

i laugh a little inside when my husband says he's worn out.  proud that he's been a super dooper awesome dad taking them on this week, but it's nice to make them feel like the mom sometimes, yeah?

totally.

much love,
-a





Wednesday, November 20, 2013

a merry little christmas to you!

i really need to do a post about the fabulous job I have...

TADA!!!


j/k.  but for reals, i declare! is having a huge sale that is today through tomorrow.  i realize i should have been a little bit more proactive and shot this up earlier but it's like I was there working on loads of orders until 8p tonight or something.

weird.

get your orders in and have it shipped to your doorstep and have one less shopping trip to do.   they make great gifts for all of those special people in your life and what a great thought to say "I love you", "Thank You", "Happy Holidays" or "Happy Birthday!" 

They also have a great deal on their November special:


PLUS adorable! necklaces and bracelets for the up and coming holidays (at great prices) AND...


...you should see their new snowman stamped charm.  
oh.
my.
goodness.

go on over and take a peek!



now if only they could wrap all my presents too...


Hollow Circle with Pearl Necklace Banner


34 days until Christmas
(no pressure;)

yeeowza!

much love,
-a


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

the one where I have big dreams but am already pooped...

I had a dream once.  I had a dream that I would get so many activites done in one week while I was home alone.

It's Tuesday night and I'm already to throw in the towel.  This is what I've done so far...


  • managed to find an old LBD perfect for an upcoming Christmas party.  Just saved $60 thanks very much.  Now to accessorize... I may need professional help.  And someone to help me with accessorizing.































  • finished reorganizing my closet...
oh look a rainbow!  oh wait.  it's just my clothes mimicking the color wheel!








Kissy selfie for the worker at hand. (I got bored)


This is Spunky's side so people take note....
THIS WILL NEVER LOOK LIKE THIS AGAIN.

Until I reorganize it again.  ugh.


  • deep cleaned my room.  even vacuumed under the bed. wowza.
  •  changes to come.


(hunter green accent wall you have been warned.)

  • did the same to my kiddos closet. purged and put away summer clothes and realized...


we'll have to fix that.  guess i shouldn't hold my breath until my husband goes out of town again with both kids for a week..   (ah man)

Now for the fun part!  choosing colors for my TV stand:
  • cream
  • white or my favorite...
  • eggshell

This is what I want it to look like one day:


cool huh?  not sure if I want two white bookshelves on either side with a light gray tv stand, cream tv stand, or just white tv stand..  Thoughts?

Any fun projects in your midst?  I hopefully will get to more.  I've been completely content to take long hot baths, get school papers done, watch the tube...

I'm not going to lie.  I miss my midgets TERRIBLY.  

But I am enjoying myself :)

Maybe too much.



Much love
-a

Sunday, November 17, 2013

the one where I have a week with no kids...

I'm not going to lie to you and say that when my husband told me I would get a kid-free week I probably almost fainted with delight.

No cleaning up poopie panties?
No wiping up spilled milk that the dog is trying to lap up?
No waking up in the middle of the night with size 6T tootsies kicking my face?

It was almost too good to be true.

And it came true.

At the expense of my MIL having to get knee replacement surgery   Don't worry she's doing great.  Especially with a gaggle of grandchildren at her house.

And me?

I have an empty house.

Boo.

Don't worry.  I cry every night around their bedtime since that's one of my favorite parts of the day.  And not because I can do go the bathroom by myself and I have a chance to put away last Thursdays dishes or (finally!) catch up on my Nashville after they're in bed.  It's my is my favorite part of the day because that's when we unwind with our nighttime routine.  Taking tubbies, drying little tushies, combing hair, brushing teeth, slathering their baby soft skin with lotion, getting jammies on, reading books, watching a conference talk, saying prayers, tucking in and singing songs.

But once I get over that I go to my to do list and do a dance that I have the means AND the TIME to try to do it all.

Pretty sure that I won't get to it all, but it's worth a try.

#1 blog.... check!  (I'm trying to be better.  Family in my book comes first so you can tell where my head has been lately.  Along with school and blaa blaa blaa...)

#2 Paint tv stand.  It's black and I want it off white-ish gray.  Still working on the color in my mind.

#3 Cover couch pillows.  Fun.  I'm excited for this one.

#4 Clear out and reorganize closet.  In the works for both me and Spunky, but for the children as well.  They still have summer clothes that obviously aren't being worn right now.

#5 Garage.  I laugh at this one.  I need a backhoe, a uhaul, and a paint gun for this one.  (slightly exaggerating but you get the idea ;)

#6 Plan and design my flower and vegetable garden for next year.  I have sequentially killed my gardens every year since I've tried planting anything green.  This next year is THE year. Spring bulbs are needing to go in ASAP

#7 Last mow of the season and bring everything outside in.  I tried to do that on Saturday, but it's kinda hard when it rains and hails all day :(

#8 Various put off sewing ventures like, fixing my skirt and hopefully making Ev a skirt... I just gots things to sew man!

#9 Clean out my hutch.  It's gross.  I cry inside every time I look at it.


#10 Plan out Christmas and a birthday.

Phew!  That was a task in and of its self to remember that all...  Think I can get to it all?

Stay tuned to find out :)

Much love
-a