Painting some Stripes... cleanly

Remember how we moved a few months ago? This idea has been rolling around in my head since then and it's FINALLY done! Woot Woot! About a year ago I was wandering around the Lowes paint section looking for lord knows what and came across the clearance rack. Danger. Danger. They had all of these little tester pots for a dollar. I was going to buy one and then it became two, then I bought all of these. 

Stitch Fix Review!

So - you all might have seen that I had a baby awhile back.

A super colicky, super reflux-y, super not interested in naps baby.

This is not my first rodeo, but still somewhere in the 'not working so great' part of my brain I assumed I'd be just about back into my normal clothes by now.  (3.5 mos post partum)  HA, boy what was I thinking?  Honestly - I am so far from being in my pre-baby clothes it's like a distant memory...

What better time to give Stitch Fix a go then when you are staring at a closet full of long lost dreams and days gone by....

I was tired of yoga pants and frumpy shirts and thought this would be a GREAT way to add pieces to my wardrobe without dragging my kids out to try to shop and having to think to hard about what might look good on me.

If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, you're probably wondering what the heck I'm blabbering about.  Stitch Fix is a personal styling service - you fill out a detailed questionnaire with information about your size, weight, height, likes and dislikes. You pay a $20 styling fee and a box shows up at your doorstep with 5 pieces in it.  It might contain jeans, shirts, accessories, or a combination of things.  Each item will be personally selected for you by a stylist, based on the information you provided.

Hit or Miss Monday

Hey Hey Hey friends!

Is your weather as crazy as ours is here?  Yes, I'm talking to you about the weather because I'm a nerd like that.  It's supposed to be in the 60s today and then down to the 30s tomorrow.  I can't keep up!  I don't know what to wear and the backseat of my car is a pile of kids coats and blankets, sweaters and tee shirts - who can prepare when it's so up and down?!

A little Chicken Wire Window

Hey friends. I hope that you are staying warm and having a lovely Friday - it is cold here so personally I'm dreaming of summer. Macie doesn't agree, the child asks for snow every day. Trying to explain to a three year old that we live in the wrong part of the country for snow doesn't seem to be working so I need one good storm to hit - just one - then it can get warm again.

Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

A couple months ago, I came across a can of chalkboard paint that I had purchased for who knows what project (I KNOW I'm not the only one who hoards craft supplies for the 'one day' project...) and asked on Facebook who had done an entire chalkboard wall, how messy it was, etc.  Yes I realize I am so behind the trend here with this but what can I say...all I pictured was chalk dust everywhere so I have been hesitant.

Everyone responded pretty positively about their own experiences so I started working on ours that night.  (That was before Thanksgiving)

It took awhile for me to finish - life here is a bit more demanding these days - and I'm still not 100% where I want to be with it but it's complete enough to use and enjoy and we are loving it.

Hit or Miss Monday

Ever have a week where you get so messed up that you forget what day it is... for three days?? Yeah, that was my week last week. I kept thinking it was the wrong day. I honestly thought Friday was Tuesday for half the day. I missed half of my own Friday!! Anywho - that's my feeble explanation for a silent blog Friday. I didn't realize it was Friday!! Miranda texted me, she saved my from my own brain and told me it was Friday. It's sad what lack of sleep does to a person. 

Back to hit or miss:

From the Archives: Valentine's Day Blocks

Hey Friends!

Got a fun Valentine's Day themed post for you - or you could personalize these for any holiday, event or to match your home decor.  Let your creativity flow!  This is another post from the archives (January of 2012) so please forgive me.  With my work at home job, homeschooled teen, terrible 2's toddler and colicky/reflux-y infant and you know, life - it's getting a little crazy up in here.  Thanks for being patient!


I'm going out on a limb this year and embracing the commercialized holiday that is Valentine's Day.  Yes, I've decided I would throw away my VDay Grinch Hat and embrace all things pink, red and covered in hearts.

I also intend to hold my husband to a higher standard this year and demand jewelry and a romantic weekend getaway.  Ok, maybe not that part so much.

Hit or Miss Monday

Hi people!!  Ready to kick off your week with a little Hit or Miss?

Here we go...

Jamie's Hit:

Truer words were never spoken. I drive a jeep. Before kids, if the weather was warm then the doors and top were off the jeep at all times. Since things fly out of vehicles without doors, mine was always clean. With kids... not clean at all. Cheerios, raisins, fruit strip wrappers, toys, bows, headbands, socks, it is the portal to hell. 

Birthday Chaos & archived Corn Potato Soup!

Happy rainy, cold Friday friends! Is it cold and gross where you are? It's dark and dreary in Charlotte today. I am up to my eyes in birthday party planning today. Macie is having her 3 year old party tomorrow. WAH!!!! Seriously, typing that she is about to be three makes me tear up! Miranda and I were talking (and when I say talking, I mean texting) about how it seems impossible that she is three. Miranda texted me a picture of Macie from a couple summers ago and I was all choked up. It's amazing how fast kids grow.

Carrot Ginger Soup & Cookbook Review

Hi friends!  It's me, it's me!  I'm back!

If you read Friday's post, you may have heard about our battle with colic.  It's been a heart wrenching, miserable 11 weeks but after holding my pediatrician hostage, we finally got a prescription for Zantac and I think it's helping.  (Kidding about the hostage thing...)

So - I'm homeschooling my oldest, who turned 13 on January 1st by the way, ack - dealing with a toddler and a colicky baby and I haven't had a second to focus on crafting.  BUT - we need to eat, right?

In my last post, I talked about the 21 Day Sugar detox.  This is a detox I took part in last January, to reset my body, quit all that holiday sugar/junk cold turkey and to gain some energy.  I had a great experience and successfully completed all 21 days.  So when I was given the opportunity to receive a cookbook for review, I jumped at the chance.  I'm still desperately trying to shed baby weight (so far to go, let's not discuss that) and I knew I would enjoy trying new recipes with this go around.