ants mailbox

Ants in My Mailbox

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!

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…

vintage decor     vintage decor

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???

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Week-Camping Theme

teacher appreciation week camping theme

Y’all…I love themes!  When you give me some sort of event to do my first thing to do is to go to Pinterest and find a theme!  With May coming up in few short days I thought I would share with you what we did for our teachers this year.  No…it’s not the magic of the internet…our school board changed our teacher appreciation week to March.  So, that works out great for you because I can share with you the wonderful ideas we came up with!

First, we had a schedule:

…Monday was a campfire breakfast where we cooked everything up in the kitchen and then rolled it all on a cart to serve the teachers breakfast in their room.

…Tuesday was a catered BBQ lunch that everyone said was delicious.

…Wednesday was a picnic, an actual picnic outside with hot dogs on a “grill”.  This was my favorite day!

…Thursday we always watch the kids while the teachers go out to eat lunch.

…Friday we had a self serve trail mix bar.

Now that we had our schedule figured out we needed some décor!  Luckily we have some very talented and creative parents that helped out and we decorated with things people already had so that didn’t cost us much at all!

Please enjoy the pictures and use them for ideas for your own teacher appreciation week.  I wish I had taken more, but I had to drag my two youngest children up there with me every time I went and let’s just say they weren’t so fond of it (especially the 3 year old).  But be sure to check out the printable at the end with the schedule for the teachers.

FYI…all the teachers said that they LOVED the theme!

 

 

Here is an example of the schedule we gave out to our teachers so that they would know what to be looking forward to.  Feel free to print out for your use.

We Need Smore Teachers Like You:

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday:

Campfire Breakfast: Please look for the breakfast cart to be coming around to your room that morning to serve you breakfast at your desk!

Tuesday:

BBQ Lunch: Please join us in the teachers lounge during your lunch time for a BBQ lunch!

Wednesday:

Picnic: We would like you to join us outside for a picnic lunch (inside for inclement weather)!

Thursday:

An Adventure Out: We will be providing all our teachers with money for a lunch off campus while we watch the kids!

Friday:

Trail Mix Treats: Please stop by the teachers lounge at your convenience to make yourself a bag of trail mix!

PTA will be placing a basket in your room for the students to place presents in through out the week. We ask that you do not peek until they are presented to you on Friday. Hope you enjoy TAW!!!!!

Print Here

 

 

 

 

 

This Pig’s Going to Fly…

I have this cute little pig that I like to write sayings and such on.  Sometimes he gets neglected and has the same old tired “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Birthday” left on him long after expiration.  Sometimes he sits there with a blank slate until I become inspired.  This morning as I walked by this little guy inspiration hit me out of nowhere.  Maybe it’s because of my daily doubt that I can actual stick with blogging.  There is so much too learn and so much I don’t know.  So many people are SO good at it and do it SO well.  Not sure how I can ever compare…why would anybody want to read what I have to say when there are so many better options out there?  But you know what?  Sometimes pigs fly and things that you doubt would ever happen, do happen!  So, if you are feeling a little discouraged about something these days my pig is happy to be sharing this message with you today…

 

Homemade Baby Wipes

Printable Recipe Here

 

I love homemade stuff and making things from scratch because 1. I know where it’s coming from and what it has in it and 2.  I feel like SUPERMOM!  But, I also struggle with feeling overwhelmed.  I’m one of those “if I can’t do it perfect, I don’t want to do it at all” kind of people.  Which is REALLY annoying!  So, my guilt consumes me when I don’t have time to make up whatever it is and I end up using the store bought kind.  And then I go into this “I’m not perfect” depression and just use store bought for about 3 weeks…it’s a vicious cycle I know!  Well, anyway, this is one of those things that I LOVE to make at home, but I’m learning to let go and just use my store bought kind when I need to and not be so hard on myself…I mean, after all it’s just baby wipes for good grief…it’s not like I’m letting them jump off the roof or something…yet…

Ok, so first things first…

Ingredients and Supplies Needed:

  1. 2 Cups distilled water (I use distilled for bacteria reasons, but I have accidentally used tap water and didn’t have any issues.  I think as long as you use them quickly, it’s ok)
  2. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil (not pictured because I buy a big gallon and just put it in jar with no label so I figured you could use your imagination for that)
  3. 2 Tbsp. Dr. Bronners Baby Unscented Liquid Pure-Castile Soap (ok, I’m going to give you a link for this on Amazon because ingredients that I’m not familiar with make me nervous and I shy away from a recipe or project that includes them, and sometimes the only reason I did try something is because I had a direct link to the product) Castile Soap
  4. 1 roll of papertowels cut in half (I use Brawny select-a-size and love it, but try whatever and experiment until you find the texture, thickness and size you prefer)
  5. 1 empty baby wipes box
  6. *10 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby essential oil (this is optional, especially if you aren’t comfortable with essential oils, however I used gentle baby and lavender on my now 3 year old and my 9 month old and I have not had any issues.  In fact using these wipes cleared up my middle child’s diaper rash and my baby has never even had a case of it so far.  I believe that is from the lack of chemicals and from my personal experience the scent’s of these oils have not caused us any problems.)

Alright, Now for…

Directions:

First cut the paper towels in half and place in box. (This is your hardest part! But, be smart like me and make your husband do it for you and then it’s pretty simple!

  1. Warm up the water, just enough to melt the coconut oil.  I do mine in the microwave about 1 minute.
  2. Put coconut oil in and stir until melted.
  3. Add castile soap and stir
  4. Add you drops of essential oil if you wish.
  5. Pour over the paper towels.

6.  Pull the cardboard roll out of the middle and squish down and close the lid.

 

7. Flip upside down and let sit for 5 minutes and then flip over and let sit another 5 minutes.

8. Then reach down into the middle and pull out the lose end and pull through the opening on the lid.

And That’s it!  You’ve made…

Now, I’m not going to sit here and lie and tell you that these come out perfect because…they are homemade…and they aren’t perfect.  It may take a little trial and error.  I never get the roll started right for the first 10 wipes or so. Just be prepared, they didn’t come from the factory, but I think you will find that the pros outweigh the cons!

An Ephiphany…

Y’all…I had an epiphany!  I was thinking today about this blogging thing…I really enjoy it!  When I actually get around to finishing and publishing a post it makes me feel super accomplished for the day!  Maybe this is what I’ve been missing as my creative outlet.  I mean I’ve tried everything…jewelry making, baking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, redoing/painting furniture, sewing,  cooking, organizing, party planning, floral arranging…the list goes on and on.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy these things and many more, but none make me feel as accomplished afterwards as blogging.  As I mentioned before in one of my previous posts, I wanted to be a stay at home mom and wife.  However, making a career out of all the things I enjoyed wasn’t really much of an option and the only role model I had to look up too in this category was Martha Stewart (one of my biggest dreams in life is to get to design dishware for a big chain store).   But, she was in a category all of her own and I couldn’t have fathomed actually saying “When I grow up I want to be just like Martha Stewart”.  I mean people would’ve laughed at me for sure!  Now, the internet with it’s Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter and Instagram and etc. have created a whole new lifestyle for us.  It’s given people like The Pioneer Woman amazing opportunities.  Basically she is the modern day Martha Stewart (don’t tell Martha I said that).  Blogging has become a new career!  Who would’ve ever thought of such!  I always struggled with what to tell people I wanted to be when I grew up.  It was a question I have hated my whole life.  It’s a question that bothers me even now!  In fact, I spent two years in college trying to pick a major before giving up and dropping out for a little while.  Yes, I knew I wanted to be a housewife and a stay at home mom.  But, I also wanted something a little more.  A way to impact other people with my daily life.  I have never been able to put my finger on it though.  I always thought I couldn’t make up my mind about a career because I liked doing too many different things and I didn’t want to be pinned down to just one career.  My epiphany today was basically this…If you feel that you have a calling and you just can’t seem to figure it out, then just maybe, it’s because it doesn’t exist yet!  If you are a young person who is struggling with this same feeling…a feeling of uncertainty and fear of disappointment from others, just know that this world is changing and evolving everyday and the very thing that you were put on this earth to do, might not even exist yet!  Now, I don’t know for absolute sure that this blogging thing is going to work out for me, but I’m definitely going to give it a shot.  I just think back to that day after I graduated, where I had to stand up in front of everybody at church and say what I was planning to do with my life…what if I had been able to say “One day I want to be a homemaker and a famous blogger…oh and design dishes”!