Oh yeah. Resolutions.

1. Lose 50 pounds. The key to attaining this goal is to not be particular about how I lose the 50. How much does a right foot and two pinkies weigh? 2. Go to bed earlier than midnight. Or start sleeping in until 10:00 every morning and get fired from my job. Not sure which direction I’ll go on this one just yet. 3. Cut Justin Bieber’s hair. I have no plan of attack at the moment, but I think … [Read more...]

Where Have I Been?

This temporary single-motherhood is starting to get the best of me. It’s not that I haven’t found time to blog, it’s that I haven’t found time to do anything to actually blog about! You with me on that one? Sooooo wanna go on a picture tour of what I have been doing? First up, I celebrated this little one’s 8th birthday. The beadboard is up. Now it’s caulk, wood filler, sand, caulk, stare at … [Read more...]

A Program Interruption

I have him-hawed about this post for quite some time. I him-ed. I hawed.  I finally came to the conclusion that you are my people. When something significant happens, it should be something you share with your people, right?  I’ve dropped subtle hints for the past couple of years, but I’ve never actually said that my husband is in law enforcement.  Uh…he’s in law enforcement. … [Read more...]

Laundry. The Bane of my Existence

If I haven’t shouted it from the rooftops enough by now, you should know that I have a love affair with laundry rooms.  Don’t believe me?  Check here, here, and here. I do not, however, have a love affair with laundry.  It’s more of a love/hate relationship.  It loves to haunt me, and I hate to address it. As I take you on a tour of gorgeous laundry rooms, I figure I’ll ask … [Read more...]

Simplify 101

I can’t say another word without thanking all of you for your beautiful and kind words.  You had some amazing things to say, and I truly appreciate it.  Luckily, I was able to spend time with family this weekend.  Nothing like baseball games and projects to make someone move forward! Someone sent me an e-mail the other day telling me that my organization posts are her … [Read more...]

Taking a Minute

While I try my best to leave too much personal stuff off this blog, I felt the need to explain no Show and Share day this week and thus no giveaway. A few days ago my school lost a beloved teacher very unexpectedly. The night before last a very popular athlete took his own life.  My staff and students are beside themselves with grief, and it’s been an emotional week.  It isn’t my … [Read more...]

Hey-o, Bento!

A couple of weeks ago a conversation among Twitter friends popped up about these “Bento” lunches (See what you’re missing on Twitter???).  At the very basic level, a Bento lunch is a traditional Japanese boxed lunch.  There’s a bunch of other elements to it, but that should perk up your ears enough. Last summer I decided to change my approach when it came to my kids’ lunches, so I had already done … [Read more...]

Advertising Evaluizing

I could write a dissertation on my theory behind advertising.  As a matter of fact, as I sit here, I can’t seem to find the words to make this simple.  Basically, in an effort to simplify things, I have decided to lower my advertising prices. While I know that my readership warrants a higher price, I find that I would rather lower my prices and have more advertisers (hopefully) … [Read more...]

The Little Mailbox

My kids’ mailboxes was one of my very first posts on here.  After returning from a weekend with family today, I had two e-mails about them.  I’ll use that as a sign to post about them since I have really have nothing more pressing at the moment.   I’ve had these mailboxes for a couple of years, but I recently saw them in the unfinished wood department at JoAnn’s fabric.  I … [Read more...]

Dollar Store Craft

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve been painting.  And painting.  Yet, I have nothing to show for it.  There’s only so much a working mom can get done between the hours of 4 and 10 at night.  I did stumble on this little doo-hicky at the dollar store yesterday.  Cute, no? Perhaps it’s the plastic wrapper that’s throwing you off.  Look what happens when you remove it! “Normal” picture … [Read more...]

Festive-wear Friday!

For the past couple of years, I have peer pressured asked my co-workers to participate in Festive-wear Friday. Otherwise known as Ugly Sweater Day. We (well, the ones that succumb to my pressure) wear the festive attire, we bring in platters among platters worth of food, and we play Christmas…errr…holiday music in between classes. My sweater was 4 sizes too big, and my friend’s vest was 3 … [Read more...]

Feature Friday Interruption

I’ve been so nervous about this post that I’ve avoided it for months.  That’s what I do. I avoid.  I’m not a business person.  There are those who are “savvy” and then there are those who are, well, me.  It started a few months ago when I was telling my husband that I needed a new camera.  ourcommunity.com.au The conversation went as follows: Me: “I really need a new … [Read more...]

Recovered Lampshades

Are you anything like me and have a bunch of this around the house? And by this, I don’t mean a counter full of groceries waiting to be put away.  I can’t really decorate, blog, and work around the house, can I???  Something must suffer. Well, I do have a lot of this.  Lamps that I find on clearance, don’t really have a place for, but just can’t leave on the shelf. Lucky for … [Read more...]

Organized Cabinet

Yes.  I am.  It’s what I call a “lifelong” process.  Remember when I showed you my beautifully organized kitchen cabinets?  Well, just remember that when you see what I’m about to reveal.  Prepare yourself. In my defense, I did tell you that not all my cabinets looked that way, remember?  Well, now I’m just one cabinet closer. Not too shabby, eh?  I have yet to add my little labels, … [Read more...]

Finished China Cabinet

Well, tomorrow is the day.  I go back to work.  I’ve shed my share of tears already, and the nightmares about unruly students have begun.  Very normal, I’m sure.  Sooo, in a last ditch effort to get some summertime projects done, I present you with the hutch. My grandparents have recently moved in with my mom, and they told me to come over and take anything and everything that I want of … [Read more...]