To Sunscreen or Not To Sunscreen…That is the Question!

toxic sunscreen

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!

Child Safety and A Pretty Idea…Using What Decor You have to Make Things Safer!

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…

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child safety

 

So, tell me…do you have any little child safety tips that you just love?  Share them with me if you do!!!

 

 

 

Vintage Decor-Glass Boxes and Your Keepsakes

vintage decor

So, here it is y’all…the post that took me  two weeks to finish!  Yep, this is it…not too fancy now is it?  But, as I’ve mentioned it’s been a chicken burritos for supper and Nutella for lunch kind of two weeks.  Anyway, I started this blog to share things that I love and one of the things that I love is decorating with vintage (aka old) things.  Vintage décor can be tricky.  Sometimes you end up with stuff that you don’t necessarily love, but it comes handed down from loved ones and reminds you of them so, therefore, you do “love” it, haha!  Know what can make it better though?  A clever way to decorate with it, so that it becomes a beautiful piece of vintage décor!  One where you can see and enjoy it all the time rather than stuffing it away in a drawer somewhere.  Now, I also love to decorate on the cheap, so all of my boxes came from hand me downs, thrift stores, and garage sales.  I even found one at a garage sale for 10 cents!  If you aren’t that patient then check your craft stores and gift shops.  I’ve noticed that these are popular right now.  I fill them with things that I wouldn’t normally have sitting out, but most of them are keepsakes.  I’ll show you what I’ve done with mine to give you a better idea…

vintage decor

So, here is the first set I’m going to show you…I use this in my bathroom for décor.  I love this because it is manly and feminine at the same time.  My husband approves and it’s a good mix of his razor collection and some of my bottle collection.  Here is some closer detail…

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vintage decor

vintage decor

Here is another example of keepsakes from loved ones.  My Memom and Pop (yes…that’s what I called my grandparents) are passed on now, but I keep a few sentimental items in glass boxes next to a picture of them from their younger days.  I also made one with some stuff from my dad who has passed on now too.  A few things like his baby shoes and gold ring and also some old pocket watches I found at his house.  I have recently found some more stuff that I’d like to add, old stamps and such.

vintage decor

vintage decor

vintage decor

 

vintage decor

vintage decor

vintage decor

 

vintage decor

vintage decor

Now, this last one really isn’t finished…I haven’t found enough stuff to fill it with yet, but I wanted to show you how I use it to display mine and my husbands high school rings.  Also, this was my most expensive box, found at a thrift store for a whooping $8.00!  It hangs on the wall in our bathroom and has a mirror behind it, which made it extra hard to take a picture of!  Sorry it’s hard to see…remember I’m working on my photography “skills”.

vintage decor

I hope you enjoyed reading about one of my decorating ideas!  I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use old stuff and make it current.  I hate walking into a house that looks like an antique store, but at the same time I have an affinity for old things!  It’s quite the conundrum, haha!

 

Pig Says…

pig fly nutella

Pig wants you to know that some days you feel like you’re going to fly and some days you eat Nutella for lunch…and that’s ok!  Tomorrow is another day, so give yourself a break, take a deep breath, get a little rest and wake up ready to fly!

If you want to read more things that my pig has to say then check out this previous post…This pig’s going to fly.

My Not so “Pin”iful Life…Oh and Chicken Burritos

chicken burritos

Ok y’all…so this post is really more about life than it is chicken burritos, but I thought I’d give you a  twofer.  I love beautiful things, and Pinterest is great, I love all the ideas, but let’s face it…life is mostly not “pin” iful.  Supper is not always rosemary steaks and cauliflower “mashed potatoes”.  Most of the time it’s, well…chicken burritos.  The other day in my post about my flying pig I was all motivated, but this week has really gotten to me with this whole blogging thing.  I am by no means a photographer, which is almost a requirement.  And my life, is by no means very “pin”iful (I mean really, I’m not even sure I remembered to brush my teeth this morning).  I was getting wrapped up in all the glamour of Pinterest, and hoping I could be as awesome as everybody else.  I want my pins to look as glamourous as everyone else’s.  I was feeling motivated.  I was practicing my camera skills, and I use that term loosely because all I have is my camera on my phone.  If I had a good camera I’m sure it would get broken around here anyway.  I was going to attempt a beautiful post with “pin”iful pictures and then…my basement took on a little water.  I had to move everything upstairs as quickly as possible.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am very thankful that I happened upon the water coming in, in time to get my important stuff out and safe, but it had me feeling defeated.  How can I blog, how can I work and learn, how can I have a “pin”iful life when I’m living a real life?  But, this morning I woke up, I decided to adjust my attitude, and I decided to just be real.  Maybe one day I can have beautiful posts and awesome pictures to share on Pinterest, but for now I am just going to share with you my real life…and my real life is chicken burritos.

“Pin”iful Chicken Burritos (This is going to be pretty simple):

-Some chicken (I used 2 chicken breasts because it’s just me and the two boys eating tonight and one doesn’t really eat anyway)

-Taco Seasoning (I make my own homemade version, but honestly if I hadn’t had any already made up then this would have turned into grilled chicken bites)

-Salt to taste

-Toppings of your choice (I had sour cream, cheese (pre-shredded tonight), taco sauce and an avocado

-tortillas

Directions:  Chop up your chicken into bite size pieces throw in your skillet with a little oil, toss in taco seasoning and salt to taste, toss around on medium to medium low until fully cooked.  I always pick the thickest piece of chicken and cut it in half to check and make sure it is cooked through.  I’m guessing you can figure out the rest, but just incase…warm up your tortillas, add chicken and toppings of your choice, fold and eat.  Be sure to snap a couple of pictures on your phone (notice no picture of the actually burrito because that’s about the time things got a little crazy trying to feed everybody and I forgot…so just use your imagination please).  Then throw the pictures together in a collage, add some fancy writing and viola…”pin”iful chicken burritos.  By the way the oldest loved them more than most things I spend hours on and of course, the middle didn’t touch it.

So, now, I want to hear from you…What are your go to, quick and easy, super “pin”iful supper ideas???