Well, y’all, I’ve been busy, busy as usual…I had a post in mind to write titled “No Time to Carve a Pumpkin”, but as it turns out, if you don’t have time to carve a pumpkin, then you probably don’t have time to write a blog post, haha! Since, time change, I wake up at odd hours so I thought I’d jot down a quick post about something I’ve been thinking about the last few days. Mostly so I will stop thinking about it, but if it helps someone else out by reading it then I guess I will have killed two birds with one stone. Ok, here it is…Yes, I am attached to my phone! There I said it…(insert gasp from older generation). And furthermore…I’m not ashamed about it! (Insert deeper gasp by older generation). Ok, ok, so what am I talking about here? The other day in bible study we somehow got on the subject of people (aka younger generation) being addicted to their phones. My bible study is a wonderful mix of older and younger women all in different stages of their lives. And, I know we have all learned something from each other. But, as we were discussing this, I admit, I just kept quiet and kind of laughed to myself. Why? Because if you took my phone away from me I would freak out and honestly I don’t see a problem with that. Why? Because we live in different times and my phone is a very important tool in my life. I admit that I have my phone with me from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. It sleeps beside me. Now, mostly because my husband travels and I want to be available to talk to him if he calls at any given time, but also because I use it for everything! Literally…everything! I admit there are those occasional times when I use it as an outlet to escape the real world. Example…if my kids are screaming and being obnoxious, I will zone out and read about everyone else’s life on Facebook for about 5 minutes. And, maybe that’s not the best idea, but here are all the good things I use my phone for:
-My phone is my alarm clock.
-It is my devotional book.
-It is my Bible (mostly only on Sunday mornings because I figure 2-3 bags and 3 kids is enough to carry in and if God can’t forgive me for reading the scripture on my phone then I can just use the copy on the back of the pew).
-It’s my weather channel.
-Any news I learn is from my phone (because we don’t have live TV).
-I keep my grocery list on my phone.
-It is my calendar and it sends me reminders!
-I shop for groceries and other items from my phone.
-I store coupons on my phone.
-It is my camera and camcorder.
-It is my calculator.
-It is my map.
-It is my radio.
-I read my emails on my phone.
-I pay bills on my phone.
-I deposit checks on my phone.
-I balance my checkbook with my phone.
-I keep recipes on my phone.
-I run my little online store mostly with my phone.
-I scrapbook with my phone.
-I can use my printer from my phone.
-I keep up with my blog through my phone.
-I stay in touch and laugh with my sister-in-law that’s 8 hours away by using my phone to send each other funny videos about taking care of the kids and housework.
-I stay connected to my husband when he’s gone and his kids get to actually see him and talk with him all because of my phone.
So, as you can see…I really use my phone. Now, I’m writing this because I want the generations to understand each other. We are not parents walking around like zombies on our phone (well, some might be). Ok “older generation” picture this…if you were back in that young parenting stage of your life and people in your bible study had said “Ok, you’re spending too much time with your tools, it’s a bad example for your kids. We need you to hand over your: Alarm clock, devotional, bible, newspaper, television, grocery list, calendar, coupons, camera and camcorder, calculator, all your maps, radio, letters, checkbook and register, recipe book and photo albums and you’re not allowed to communicate with your friends and family…Do you think you would’ve laughed a little to yourself?
So, in conclusion, No, I will not give up my phone and I’m not going to feel guilty for it! And, I’m going to laugh to myself when the older generation is appalled by that decision, haha!
Side note: None of my writings are meant to offend anyone, so please read this in a very light-hearted, teasing, semi-sarcastic tone! Thanks!
Pig just wanted to hop on and say…Happy Fall Y’all! He wanted to tell you the other day, on the actual first day of fall, but the weather was just too hot to be in the fall spirit! Now, that the weather has cooled off a bit and he’s been shopping for pumpkins this morning, he felt better about spreading some “Pumpkin Spice” cheer…
So, I know y’all have heard the saying about a person “wearing many hats”…well I don’t wear hats, but I do carry many bags! This occurred to me yesterday as I was trying to carry all of our bags from the vehicle back into the house yesterday afternoon. All days are busy, but a few days of the week are a little bit busier than most. This picture is a collection of all the bags I have to keep up with on those two days combined. This picture shows you three backpacks saying that I am a mother to three boys. I carry them to school, pre-school and Mother’s Day Out. I carry them to their church activities-Awana and Cubbies. You can see my Bible implying that I even get a little time to myself to go to my own bibles studies (not that I have time for the homework, which is what I should be doing now instead of blogging). In the back is my “projects” bag. It’s large enough for a binder. Right now I’m in the middle of planning our churches fall festival. Sometimes it’s a birthday party, or an activity for Awana, or a PTA project like teacher appreciation week. And, right in the middle is my purse (on the days I’m lucky enough to bring it instead of my huge diaper bag/backpack) reminding me that I’m a woman too not just a mom! I know that my children are still small and I know there will be a lot more and completely different types of bags in our future. And, there are many jobs I do that I don’t have a bag to show for it, still I tend to compare my bags to everyone else’s bags…How does this one keep all her bags together? How do they accomplish so many bags? Why can’t I seem to keep up with their bags? What are they thinking about my bags? Ok, I know that sounds silly, but you get my point…I compare myself to other moms. I wish I didn’t, but it’s just out there in our face everyday…especially on social media. Everyone posts their picture perfect moments. Everybody has an opinion (including me). Everybody thinks they’ve got it figured out and need to tell you how to do it. Strangers are judging strangers and posting their business on social media for all the world to judge. Y’all it horrifies me! What if someone snapped a picture of me, in one of my less than desirable moments, with one of my children and posted it for everyone to criticize!!! I believe that I can use my blog to encourage other mothers…to be a positive noise in this world of “perfect chaos”. The irony of it all is, you can think “boy I am one hot mess” comparing yourself to that other mom and the whole time another mom is comparing herself to you saying the same thing! So, let me just fix this problem for all of us and say…Not one single mom on this planet is perfect! You’re welcome…so get up, stop reading my opinions (until my next post, haha), grab your bags, and get on your way of doing what you’re suppose to be doing! Not what everybody else is doing, or what they think you should be doing, or what you think you should be doing…but, what God put you here to do!
I know y’all have been waiting patiently for me to post something interesting (insert tone of sarcasm, since I don’t really think many people read my blog other than a few faithful family members) but, once again I have found myself completely overwhelmed with that little thing we call life. I’m so busy with life, in fact, that I’ve been out of my homemade eye make-up remover for at least a week or more and couldn’t find the time to run into the kitchen to make some. Well, actually I had to make it to the big W to get some witch hazel, which I finally accomplished on Wednesday…and yes I’m finally making it on Friday! You know how every time you want to make a recipe these days you have to go to Pinterest to look it up…well, I had to look up my own recipe, haha! So, I figured while I was making up stuff, that I better get this one for DIY foaming hand soap in there so I’ll have it next time I need it! So here ya go…
Ok y’all, I’m going to try and do a little backtracking…So, let’s talk about teepees, and picnics, and cake smash…oh my! I know that I mentioned before that I love themes…you can see here in myprevious post about teacher appreciation week…So, you can imagine that I get a little crazy when it comes to my kids birthday parties. Only problem is that I usually can’t settle on one thing. I end up combining several random things together to get just what I want! So, when it came to planning my last baby’s 1st birthday party I really got a little spastic! I knew I was doing something with teepees and arrows, because that’s been “his theme” since he was born. His room his decorated around that and we used the same teepee that is in the pictures shown for all of his first year picture sessions. At the same time, seeing how his birthday is only a few days away from the 4th of July, I really wanted to do some kind of picnic theme also. Then there were colors…I love navy and mustard right now, so of course I had to throw in some sunflowers to bring in the yellow! And how could you leave out foxes with some splashes of orange here and there! Then there is the currently popular galvanized metal accessories that we must have…oh and antlers…and feathers, don’t forget the feathers!!! I always have a hard time finding exactly what I want, so I really just make it up as I go! My brain just goes all over the place and I know my time is limited before they want themes like…Garfield (and yes I’ve done that one too). With that said I’m sharing a few pictures from his cake smash session. I will try to post some from the party itself, but as I’ve mentioned before I’m not the best with picture quality and in usually cell phone fashion…my storage was full the day of his party. So, I’ve had to rely on pictures from friends. Am I the only one this happens too? Never fails…if it’s something I really want pictures of, my phone decides that the storage is full (insert face that says “I think my phone is lying”). So, I’m borrowing some of my photographers preview pictures. She’s always so good to put up with me and my 5 million ideas! Here is a link to my Pinterest inspiration, I just had to boy it up a little, haha!
Hey y’all…missed me yet? I know I’ve been slacking on writing on my blog, but they say that distance makes the heart grow fonder…did it work? In my defense, this summer has been busy with vacations, weddings, projects, and birthday parties! Seems the older I get, the harder it is to multi-task…Maybe I will get around to sharing some things from my summer with you soon. Until, then I thought I’d just do a little writing about “Things I used to do”. My friend tagged me the other day in a memory with this picture. Yep, I used to make cakes…for fun (insert tone of how was that ever possible). I tried making a cake for my middle son’s birthday a few months ago, only because it was too late to order one, and fun was not how I would describe it. Even when I was doing it for fun, I hated my work, it was never “perfect” enough. I didn’t charge nearly enough for the amount of time I put into them. Now, when I look back, I think they weren’t so bad. This particular cake was one of my favorites. I loved the inside layers with all the different colors! But, I also think…how did I ever do that? Do you do that? Look back on something you did and wonder how in the world you ever accomplished that? I guess it’s because we all go through different seasons in our lives. I suppose that’s the way life is supposed to go. I keep telling myself that I’m going to blink and the house will be empty and I’ll have time for all the hobbies I can stand. So, I try to savor the daily madness around here. It’s hard when you’re in the midst of it, I know! But, this season too shall pass. I’m sure I’ll look back at pictures one day and think “how in the world did I keep three kids dressed and fed” haha! Until, that day I’ll just keep on keeping on and try my best not to compare who I am to who others are…we all used to do some awesome things and we are all doing something awesome right now, we just need time to see it from a different perspective to be able to appreciate those things. So, even though I’m not able to do it all (even though I sometimes feel like everyone else around me is able to) I will know that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing at this time in my life…and so are you!
Well y’all…I was thinking the other day as I was trying to go through the stuff that got moved upstairs to my sunroom during my recent basement flooding (did I mention my basement flooded three times in three weeks, twice from the bottom and once from the top). I am still trying to downsize from our move back in January and now that I know that there’s a chance that the stuff downstairs might get wet, I’m really having to downsize and come up with creative ideas on how to store stuff (there will be more on that in the future probably). But, as I was trying to decide what to add to the garage sale pile, I drifted off into deep thought about how we tend to not see the potential in things that we see all the time. Some of the things that I added to my garage sale pile are things I would totally pick up at someone else’s garage sale. I think maybe it’s the world we live in now. Everything is disposable and the trends change so fast! Ironically, as this was on my mind for a few days, my aunt contacted me for advice on her shelves. Now, do you remember me talking about my visit to their “small southern plantation” house in my post about gluten free mac and cheese? Well, she has these beautiful dark wood built-ins around her fireplace that she…wait for it…HATES! She has a mental block towards them and can’t even deal with decorating them. Now, I can’t judge because shelves can be cause for decorators block even for the best of ’em and I have those same kind of places in my house. I’m willing to bet you do too! Since we see it all the time, we have a hard time seeing the potential in it that other people see, so we just don’t deal with them. Well, first of all, I told her that I thought they were beautiful! Everybody has different tastes, and I’m sure they will change them up before everything is said and done, but in the meantime it can help to know that other people don’t think they are hideous. Secondly, I said take everything off and start over. Sometimes we get started on something and it’s not working for us, so it helps to step away for awhile, wipe the slate clean and try again. Lastly, I recommended using things that she loves. Nobody wants to stare at things that they don’t really like in the first place. I am a firm believe in not holding on to things that don’t bring you joy. I read a book by MARIE KONDOabout this, that is really helping me to accept this as a way of life. I’m not near where she is, nor do I think I will ever be able to be as organized as her (pretty sure she doesn’t live with kids, but I don’t know that for a fact, haha), but I have learned to let go of things that don’t bring me joy. It has been a fun journey and no regrets so far on anything that I’ve let go of! I also personally feel like, if we hold on to things for sentimental value that there must be a way to incorporate it into our everyday lives. I alluded to that in my post on using glass boxes for heirloom items. Now, once you have that done you may need fillers. Everyone’s taste is different, but I suggest for cheap “filler” décor, check out the thrift stores for old books, bottles and/or glass containers, wooden boxes, and old plates that match your décor. Be creative, but make sure it’s stuff that you love. If you pick it up and have to ask yourself if you like it… then you probably don’t like it. Beloved family pictures are also a good filler, just be sure to use coordinating frames. Now, with all that said…my own shelves are a hot mess. I’ve just kind of shoved things up there to get things out of boxes and it’s semi ok, but they could definitely be a lot better! Mine are also built-ins on both sides of the fireplace like my aunt’s and that makes them extra hard because you have to have balance not only on the shelves, but also on each side! And they are floor to ceiling, that is a lot of shelves to fill!!! So, let’s see if I can walk the walk as well as talk the talk!
I’m starting with a few pictures of what my shelves looked like. I made some effort to arrange stuff halfway decent when I originally put things on them, but they really needed some sprucing up.
So, you see that they were a tad bit hodge podge, and no they definitely don’t look like something from Pinterest because we actually use our shelves and live in our house. Now, with that said I want to tell y’all how hard this particular post has been for me. If you’ve read any of my blog then you probably know of my love-hate relationship with Pinterest. I love it for its ideas, yet I hate it for pointing out my inadequacies. So, of course, I used it to look up shelf décor inspiration! You can look at my DECORATINGBOARD to see all my shelf inspirations. This is where it gets hairy for me. Can I create shelves that look like the ones on Pinterest? The answer is…without a doubt! I can go out and buy all new stuff and arrange them to look just like shelves in a store, but how is that realistic? Where would I put all my stuff that I love, my family pictures, my heirlooms, my DVD player and Wii U?!? How much would I spend doing that just to have beautiful, but generic shelves? How, would that help my readers out who just want to make their shelves look nice without spending a fortune and losing their precious mementos? So, I decided to ditch the idea of making Pinterest worthy shelves and just be real! And, this goes for a lot more than just my shelves, really it is me trying to find my place in this world of blogging. Maybe I’m not meant to be the person who shows you how to make everything “perfect”. Maybe I’m just meant to be the person that shows you how to make things better for you and help you to realize that you’re not the only one out there trying to be “Pintastical” and not achieving it! I’ve decided my place in this blogging world is to just be me and hope that in the process I help or inspire someone else out. It is perfectly fine with me if I never achieve a Pinterest worthy life and I hope that I learn to let go of my insecurities and stop comparing myself to unachievable ideas. So, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get back to my shelves…
Because I have a lot of pictures, I decided to try out my idea about coordinating picture frames. I wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve this without spending a fortune. I just happened upon a box full of those old gold frames (you know the ones with our childhood pictures in them and the ones that we get rid of as soon as we inherit them from family members). I probably just got rid of a few of those myself not too terrible long ago. But, really, done right, they can look really good. So, I thought I would give it a shot…especially since they were marked half price.
I got all these for $5.00!
I decided the best idea was to mix some of the gold frames and black frames that I already had with these to make it all look more coherent. The next thing I did was clear out the shelves. I didn’t take my own advice and take everything completely off. I should have because even though I thought I was going to leave the books where they were, I didn’t…
So, basically all I did was clean up some…rearrange to make things look neater, change out some frames, buy maybe $20 worth of new accessories (two gold spheres and some greenery), and add some of my vintage bottles that I realized I had not unpacked yet. Now, this wasn’t all done in a day. This process probably took me a few days and that was the hardest part with three kids running around. I had to try and keep them from messing with all the stuff I had laying around, haha! But, I eventually got it done and was fairly pleased with the outcome. I achieved my goal of cheaply decorating my shelves and arranging them where they were even on both sides of the fireplace. I don’t have anything on them that I don’t like except for necessary items. I used a stack of books to try and camouflage the DVD player and Wii U. I still use my brass pot by my desk to hold papers that need to be filed (because like I said earlier, we actually live here). If you have things on your shelves like DVD’s and CD’s then check out my poston using binders to hide them on your shelves. So, it’s important to remember there are ways to hide things that are useful, but not necessarily beautiful. So, here’s what I ended up with…
Not a huge change, but everything does look a little neater and more cohesive. I will apologize for the poor quality of pictures. I don’t plan to try and achieve perfection, but I do hope to one day get a better camera and do better with my images! All, in time though!
So here is a recap:
-Find the potential in what you already have.
-Wipe the slate clean and start over.
-Keep the meaningful items and place items of sentimental value out in a way that you can actually enjoy them.
-Get rid of the things that are not bringing you peace and add fillers that you actually love.
-Remember that you’re unique and your surroundings should reflect that (no cookie cutter décor here).
-Look to others for inspirations not comparison.
Oh…wait a minute…was I writing advice about decorating shelves or life…(insert shy smile)
Yesterday I had ants in my mailbox…I know that in itself isn’t very interesting, but stay with me I do have a point. Ever have one of those really ironic moments where the only option is to just laugh out loud like a mad person? I did that yesterday…just burst out into insane laughter because of ants in my mailbox. Ok y’all, I’m kidding, there’s more to it than that. This is how the story goes. I walked out to the mailbox to put a letter in for the mailman to pick up and when I opened the mailbox it was infested with tons of ants and ant eggs (I think that’s what they were carrying anyway). It shocked me, but not too much because I’m noticing a pattern where this happens occasionally after a good rain. So, anyway, I sent my husband out to exterminate them as quickly as possible so I could put my letter in the mail before the mailman came by. You know, I wouldn’t want to have to drive in my air conditioned, over sized, fully loaded SUV to the post office (insert hint of sarcasm). Well, anyway, he did the deed for me and cleaned them out and put my letter in the box…all was finished! But then, maybe about an hour or so after, my oldest comes to me with his unopened ant farm he had received for Christmas. Since, we moved in January we haven’t had time to get to it. I was really busy yesterday and had already told him no to several things, so I felt compelled to indulge him with this request. I open it up, find the coupon, order him some ants, and spend $5 on shipping for ANTS! Well, I didn’t let the cheapskate in me get too upset because had it in my mind that it was probably special ants, breed specifically for ant farms, you know. I was feeling pretty accomplished to at least get one thing done that he had asked me to do that day, while he was over there sulking because he read where it might take 2-5 weeks to get them. When I picked it up to read I was surprised to see instructions on how to use ones from your own yard! So, here I am waiting 2-5 weeks for $5 ants to come in my mailbox when I had a whole mailbox full of free ants already in there that morning (here is where you insert insane laughter)! You know sometimes we are already provided with the things that we are going to need for that day, but we don’t have the patience to wait and see how we are going to need it or be able to use it. It’s kind of like that whole making lemonade out of lemons thing…If I had just taken the time to think about it, I probably would’ve remembered the unopened ant farm and could’ve killed two birds with one stone, as they say. So, I share this only to let you know that you’re not the only one with ironic moments and maybe when you come across a problem you can think back on the ants in my mailbox and see if there is a way to use your dis”ant”vantage (sorry, I couldn’t resist the urge to be corny) to your advantage!
Lordy y’all…I was stressed out yesterday. No, it’s not because I’ve been working on a particularly tedious post about decorating my shelves on a budget (stayed tuned). Or, because I just found out that I finally got a booth in a local flea market (I’ve only been on the waiting list for three years and I just recently let go of a lot of things I could’ve used in it). Or, because I’m trying to balance those things on top of playing with the family this summer all while maintaining somewhat of a normal routine of housekeeping, cooking, bill paying, etc. No, it’s none of these things. It’s because of sunscreen y’all! Yes…sunscreen is the topic of great contemplation in my world right now. It’s funny how sometimes you can hear or think about something and then all of the sudden it’s everywhere! Well, right now mine is about sunscreen. It all started the other day when I read something on Facebook about how bad spray on sunscreen is for you…Now, all I could think was “great…now that I just bought a double pack for our upcoming beach vacation (insert eye roll)”. Somehow, every time I think I’m doing good something comes along to tell me I’m not. I mean really, now sunscreen is killing us? The alternative is no sunscreen, which they say is killing us also (insert double eye roll). So, I decided to shrug it off for this summer and just go with it. After all, I could just focus on the fact that I got a pretty good deal on a double pack with two extra little bottles. That would at least satisfy the voices in my head that tell me I must bargain shop and get everything as cheaply as I can in order to be a good homemaker, right? But, I can’t lie, it still nagged at me a little bit as I carried on with my next few days. So, then yesterday a Facebook friend posted this awesome post by a mom about, what else…sunscreen! Basically, she says if you don’t already have anxiety you’re probably going to if you keep listening to all the “advice” we are bombarded with everyday on social media. She hit the nail on the head! I have got to stop letting everything get in my head. I am too much of perfectionist for this! If you tell me I’m not doing one thing right, I’ll freak out and not do anything right. Yep, it’s true, I’m an all or nothing kind of gal. If I think my sunscreen is killing my kids, then I might as well start serving ice cream for supper everyday. I’m already killing them off with the sunscreen anyway, might as well fix ’em their last meal just incase, right? I decided to try and forget about it, because she was right. You can’t focus on everything without going crazy so just do what you can and enjoy your family! But, hold on, because right after I was done reading this, one of my good friends asked on Facebook if anybody knew where the post was about toxic sunscreen! I was like…it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere!!! So, I politely mentioned that I had seen one about the spray on kind and then went about my day. I unintentionally ignored my phone for awhile, because I was out shopping for stuff for my booth-now that I had already gotten rid of everything I was saving for it (insert eye roll again). When I looked down, at my phone (ironically while in the same discount store where I had purchased my toxic death spray) I see it is exploding with notifications about people responding to her about…wait for it…SUNSCREEN! I mean really…you people truly are way better than me and I don’t say that sarcastically! I wish I had the ability to stay on top of all these little details. But, for now, I can’t. That’s the place that I’m at in my life right now, and maybe you are too. Just know that it’s ok and you are definitely not the only one! With all this seriousness let me leave you with a little funny…My oldest and I have been watching clips of Tim Hawkins. One of my favorite is about his childhood and surviving the “bug truck“. He says his came by once a week, ours came by every evening during the summer! I’m just believing that if we survived the bug truck then my kids surely can survive a summer of Neutrogena spray on sunscreen! With all this said, I hope you have a great summer, and if you need me we’ll be the ones sitting over in the shade!
Y’all…I always have child safety on my mind with this bunch of mine and I love my children, but the decorator in me is not so in love with all the child safety apparatuses. They are not a decorators dream by any means! However, child safety is necessary and only needed for a short time (since they grow up so quick)…therefore, we deal with all the ugly contraptions, am I right? For some reason it’s just in me to try and come up with ways to make everything prettier. Even in organizing as you can see in my post about organizing dvd’s. So, I’m excited to share this little idea with you. It actually was a happy accident. My “threenager” thinks he needs to touch EVERYTHING especially if I’m trying to get dressed! He needs his hair fixed and chap stick on and a little of Daddy’s cologne, etc. It was cute at first, but now it’s just a little annoying. So, I’m always worried when I pull out my hot hair appliances that he’s going to grab them. Just putting it as far back on the counter as I can doesn’t seem like a good enough solution to me. This is because I know he is legendary for his ability to get to things that don’t even seem possible. I mean, if this child had been around when they were building the Tower of Babel, it would have been completeted…in about 4.5 seconds while our backs were turned and he’d have been climbing into the heavens before we could have stopped him! I know there are some parents out there that KNOW what I’m talking about, haha! So, anyway, I just did this one day while fixing my hair and thought it not only was a good tip, but also it kind of helps out with my need for everything to be pretty. Win, win, right? So, what do you need to do this? Just find a Ceramic or other heat safe vase type piece of décor for your bathroom counter and stick your hot hair appliances down in them while they are warming up and cooling off, viola!
*Disclaimer: I am in no way a child safety expert. I am only a mother to three crazy boys. I am only offering this as a mom tip not an expert’s advice. ALWAYS watch your children around hot items!!! I also can’t promise it won’t harm your hair appliances in anyway, so just use common sense on anything you do and we will all be ok!
This is what mine looks like…
So, tell me…do you have any little child safety tips that you just love? Share them with me if you do!!!