Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What would you do. . . with spray paint?

Every second Wednesday Aubrey and I get together for a little craft/recipe/fashion challenge.  We pick a theme and then have a month to come up with a fun project using that theme.  This month we chose spray paint, which was funny because I used gold spray paint last month in my GOLD project!
I had a really cool idea, and I wont talk your ear off about it, but it was a pretty big fail yesterday.  Luckily, I spray painted a few other projects when I was working on the gold project last month so I had a back up plan.

My sister-in-law has been responsible for the last three "What would you do" posts.  She gave me some of the trinkets I used in my hexagon shelves (from What would you do with flowers) and she gave me the frames I painted gold.  This month I'm showing some art that she gave me and I spray painted.

I didn't take any before pictures (the only problem with a back up plan).  But the silver art used to be a hemp rope and I just sprayed it silver and hoped for the best!  I think it turned out great.  It's funny because when these pieces were in my SIL's house I used to think of ways I could DIY something similar.  I had no idea she had made them herself!  The hemp things are like placemats I'm guessing and then she just wrapped some canvases in felt and used the placemats like velcro, they just kind of stick.

And then there's the large mirror.  It was a light wood, but a little more yellow than I liked, especially up against the blue.  So I sprayed it white!

When I get all my new things, new dining room set and new light fixture, I'm going to have Aubrey come take pictures because the wall color is so much prettier in real life and I'm just not capturing it!!!
It's one thing to have a cluttery fridge, but I'm a little unsure about my decision to frame it here :) 
*QUESTION* I'm going to be getting a new dining room set soon (new to me anyway)  I'm going to do the chairs in white, but I'm unsure what color to do the table.  Would a white table be too much???  Maybe I just need to keep the natural wood color of the table I haven't found yet but hope to find a the thrift store or yard sale in the next month.  I guess no point worrying until I have more info, right?  (Even though my dining room set it cute, it's seriously SO un-kid-friendly.  Glass table top, fabric covered seats, a little jungle gym under there that the kids can't stay away from. . . so annoying)

Now link up any of your blog posts that feature a spray paint project!  We want to see!!  Next month we'll be doing zucchini!  Doesn't zucchini just scream August?  I'm SO feeling it. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Why I'm a NO Mom

It's super popular to be a "yes mom" right now.  When I was looking at nanny positions several years ago, a few of the jobs I found said that they didn't like telling their children "no".  And even some moms who understand that "no" has it's place, still want to say yes to their kids more often than no.  I do too!  But I can't, and let me tell you why.

-Olivia cannot have straight brown sugar in her cereal bowl for breakfast.
-Axel cannot have the large red cement balls outside of Target. 
-Olivia cannot walk to the park alone.
-Axel cannot drink his water out of my glass (because it's actual glass and he can barely lift it)
-Olivia cannot buy two giant Elmo's for her and her brother.
-Axel cannot run into the street.

It seems like other kids are asking their parents for picnics (sure!) or snow cones after lunch (absolutely!) Christmas music in July (Yes!) or making the day special by going to the splash pad (please!)  But my kids ask for, and freak out about, things that would make me kind of a bad mom, so I do the right thing and say no.  Yes, occasionally I try to divert them to something fun but different but that is exhausting. 

Last week I asked Olivia what we could do to make the day special and she said go visit my parents in California.  So. . . that was a no, but I wish! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Five Little Confessions: Pop Culture

It's that time again, the first Wednesday of the month some of my blogging friends and I get together and "confess" some of our deepest darkest secrets. (if you can call them that!)  We would love to have you link up with us!!

I decided that it was time I told you about my celebrity crush.  The other confessions just kind of fell into place after that. 

1. My celebrity crush is Curtis Stone, The Take Home Chef.  That's how much I like food.

2. My favorite genre of music is rock 'n' roll from the 60s.  The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Who, The Mamas and The Papas, The Rolling Stones. . .

3. I really really love The Lizzie McGuire Movie.  

4.  I'm kind of annoyed with Kim Kardashian because she has my name.

5. I wrote this while watching Saved By The Bell.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Where were you 5 years ago today?

Five years ago today, I was with my family and my boyfriend Adam in Palm Springs when we heard the news that MJ had passed away.
While I'm sad that he's gone, I do love that his final concert was made available to so many that wouldn't have seen it otherwise.  And I love this tribute video. 

See last years MJ post here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wherefore art thou blogger?

First, I need to recommend this book to you.

I finished reading it on Friday and it is good!  And I should mention that I checked it out from the library on Friday, so now you know how good. 

I think you'll love it if you love twitter (like I do) and I think you'll love it even if you're not totally sure what twitter is.  Okay maybe it helps to at least know what twitter is. 

Also, I've been thinking lately about blogging and why I do it.  I used to do it to:
a. write
b. become popular (hey, I'm just being honest!)
c. socialize/get comments

I've never done it to make money and I really don't think I ever will.  Nothing against blogging for money!  I really wish I could.  But I know it wouldn't be worth it to me.  The thing I hate most about blogging is promotion.  This is why I've been blogging for three years (actually more but three years of real effort) and only have like 50 followers (if you add them all up from various locations)

So I wanted to evaluate my current reasons for blogging.  I still love writing, but when it comes to being creative, lately I've been channeling that into my sewing, so it's lower on the list than it used to be.  I really don't think I'll ever be popular.  I'm just not willing to put the time in to promoting my blog.  That's okay with me.  And I still love making friends and getting comments, but I'm not thirsty for friends and social interactions like I used to be.  I've made a LOT of good friends here, and I would love to make more, but I don't NEED to. 

That pretty much sums up why I'm showing up here less and less.  The main reasons I hang around are:
a. I might regret it if I don't.  Someday I might really want this space to be here and so I keep it up.
b. I still have things I want to say, recipes I want to share.
c. To stay connected with the blogging community. 

There you have it!  I know that the more I blog the more I have to say (funny how that works) so I know I just need to do it more often, but right now I'm just enjoying my kids, enjoying the summer and trying to get my etsy shop off the ground (seriously hard.  See above: I hate promoting myself)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wacky Wednesday

This picture was not Wednesday, it was Thursday.  But just pretend we're at IKEA instead of Lowe's.  It works.
Do you ever have those moments that are so crazy and secretly you're excited because you'll have something to blog about?  Wednesday was that day.

Wednesday morning I decided to take the kids on a walk to drop off things to my neighbors.  We get fresh air, I don't have to buckle car seats and my friends all live really close, so it's a win-win-win.  When we walked out of the garage there were like six police officers in my neighbor's driveway.  I said "good morning" because I didn't want to pretend they weren't there. (for a second I was worried they were there to get me for not making full stops at the stop sign, but then I realized I'm maybe a little paranoid)  They were still there when we got back.  When my neighbor on the other side started texting me (because there is no parking on our street and yet there were two police trucks parked in front of her house) I told her that the cops had just left and there was a no trespassing sign on the garage and window.  After sending that I realized that I maybe didn't clarify whose garage and window.  "Not your house!  The neighbors on my other side!"  I mean, it was only a few seconds, but what a stressful few seconds that would be if you thought it was your house!  So I guess they just got evicted (which I feel really badly about, but also hopeful that someone I can be friends with will move in next door!)

After our walk I decided that IKEA would be a good idea.  I had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and you don't have to try on home decor in a dressing room before you buy it.  Plus we can eat there and I don't have to clean up lunch.  Off we went.  Olivia got to go to Småland and Axel and I knocked out the shopping.  Then we ate lunch.  Or Axel and I ate lunch, Olivia licked some ketchup off a meatball. I guess Småland didn't qualify as letting Olivia play with toys because she kept telling me I promised.  So I let the kids play with the display train table.  There was a guy there with his son, probably Axel's age.  I didn't really pay him any attention. . . at first.  But you know how it is when you're watching your kids play and it's nice to make Smål small talk with other adults?  Yeah, this guy would not look at me.  Sometimes it was really obvious he was looking anywhere but me.  That's when I remembered that we used to be neighbors and that we went out on a few dates back in my Provo days.  After about ten minutes he picked up his kid and left.  Do you think he noticed me earlier and was intentionally not looking at me?  Why???  So weird. I really would have said Hi to him if he would have just glanced my way, but it felt awkward to start talking to someone who obviously didn't want to have a conversation.

Looking back, we might have been there a little long at this point.  But I really did want the stuff I had in my basket, so what choice did I have? We got in the longest possible line (it looked deceptively short when I chose it--they always do) and when we were one away from the checkout Olivia had to go to the bathroom. So I ditched the cart and we ran to the potty. When we returned the lines had doubled! But we dutifully headed to the back of the line. A few minutes later a woman approached me and said she and her son would take my spot in line and I could have hers (she was at the front of the line next to us). I almost cried, it was the nicest thing.

So the moral of the story is: Pay your rent (or don't do drugs? who knows), make eye contact with former girlfriends and do nice things for strangers.

Sorry so sloppy and short long.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Unfortunate pictures from middle school

Yesterday, my blogging friend Jennie posted a picture to instagram of herself in middle school and herself now.  It's always fun to see unfortunate pictures from people's youth compared to how beautiful they turned out as an adult.  I told her I put the bad middle school pictures in my wedding video for that very purpose and she wanted to see it. 

So here they are!  (These are not ALL the pictures from my wedding video, but ain't nobody got time for that!)
Me and Jessica.  Jessica actually looks really cute in this picture!  I on the other hand. . . well no wonder boys didn't want to dance with me.

Jessica and Missy look freaking gorg in this picture, but dang those bangs were rough on me.

Yep it's just the bangs again.  And not Missy's best picture either.  Sorry Miss.
And some good pictures for comparison!
Missy and I at her wedding, so you know how beautiful she turned out.
And me on my 18th birthday.  With bangs.  So I guess they weren't always the devil.