Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ok, one more for now!

I couldn't resist.
I love shoes, I love the rain, and I love rain boots
since my pet peeve is getting the bottom of my pants wet!
I hope that this makes you smile! =)

Don't forget to scroll a bit farther down to yesterday's post where my other calendars are!
(here are the other sizes!)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Presenting.... Desktop Calendar Wallpapers!!!

I love having a pretty desktop wallpaper but prefer to change the look every month or so. Inspired by some graphic design magazines I decided to create some pretty papers for all my readers. Please let me know what you think since this is something I want to continue every month! Click here for all the wallpapers in different sizes!

I love the colors of Easter, the pinks, yellows, and greens.
When I think of spring this was the design that came to mind.
It is more scrapbooky in nature and suits the crafter in me!

Most people think of rain when they think of April.
For me it is all about the rain boots, puddles, and cute umbrellas.
But April is also magical, for after the rain comes the color and the flowers.

This is my favorite of the three designs.
It is both modern and fun, a simple note from May to April.
There is nothing better than getting a nice postcard from a friend!!!

What do you think of when you think of April and Spring??

Friday, March 27, 2009

Day at the Beach

Here are some scrapblogs that I made about our trip today to the beach!

OMG Funny of the Day

I was blog hopping and came across this delightful blog- Sex Education's Perfect Example (You have to go there to see why the blog is named this!) I was reading the most recent posts and this one not only caught my attention but made my want to shower and laugh hysterically at the same time. This blogging lady is definitely worth a peek simply because she is f'ing hilarious!!!

(Her comments are in red and yes, this is a REAL ad from dear Craigslist!)

Nitpicker wanted

Date: 2009-01-22, 10:57AM PST

The Hair Whisperers (the new name for little insects eating your scalp...they aren't eating, they're "whispering") Lice Removal service is looking for someone to remove lice and eggs from people infected with lice. Qualified candidates should have valid driver's license (because you aren't qualified to pick lice off a kids head if you aren't smart enough to pass a driving test), great close up eyesight (those fuckers are tiny), feel comfortable going into people's homes (unless you can convince the infected to maybe meet you in a park or something), be personable (because really, what else are you gonna do besides talk while picking lice and eggs off a person's scalp?), good with children, and extremely detailed oriented (wouldn't want to miss one of those buggers). Squeamish people need not apply (if you're squeamish, you probably haven't made it this far into the posting). A good sense of humor a plus!
This job would be for supplemental income (because you're on fucking crack if you want to do this as a full time job). Great job for stay at home moms looking to make extra money (and the opportunity to bring the lice back to your own home to infect your own kids! Weeeee!).

Compensation: $50 an hour (not bad...but still not enough for me to do it.)
This is a part-time job.
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster (because they don't want no one stealing the best of the best lice pickers away from them).
Please, no phone calls about this job!

I promise I did not make this up. Not even I am that creative.
I can't even imagine telling my other Mommy friends what I'm doing on the side for extra money. Here's how the conversation will go...

MF (Mommy Friend): "Man, this economy sucks. We're so strapped for cash lately."
Me: "I feel ya, sister. Thank God for my part time job!"
MF: "I didn't know you were working part time? What is it that you're doing? Taste testing Bailey's?"
Me: "Ha! Only in my dreams. No, really, I'm picking lice and eggs off of infected people's scalps."

That's where the conversation would end because she'd be packing her cute little Skip Hop diaper bag and pounding the pavement outta there. And then me and Lukey and Avie Baby would be left all alone. Blacklisted from the other Mommies and kids. And Luke would probably be teased as the Lice Kid or something equally as horrible. Ok, so maybe I'm getting a bit dramatic but you see where I'm going.

And can't picking lice off people's scalps be compared to say, picking crabs out of people's pubes? Equally gross, right?

Shower anyone??? Happy (and lice-free) Friday to you all!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eat This, Not That thursday

We just got the book Eat This, Not That for the Supermarkets and love it! It is packed with surprising and helpful tips for choosing the healthiest foods. So every Thursday I am going to share those tips and tricks with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Here's to you and here's to a healthy family!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New House, New Look

I love this, want this, need this!
Not only is it organic, but it is soooo inexpensive, especially
considering that it is Pottery Barn!
Aren't the colors beyond beautiful?
(click on the pic for the link!)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the simple pleasures in life that I enjoy. I have no aspirations of grand wealth, high fashion, or fantasy vacations. Instead I dream of long bubble baths, fresh cut daisies, and summers spent at the beach right in my own backyard.

One of my favorite pleasures lately is passing on little things that I love onto my girls. They have a love of animals that reminds me of my youth, when puppies "followed" me home (or I borrowed them from neighbors!), Gabby realized that she likes making things, and AJ has a love of lotion and accessories that rivals that of a teenage girl! Both girls really like nature and flowers, tidying up, and window shopping.

These are the things that I love having in my life. My simple pleasures....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Conquer Cravings! Tips from Yours Truly!

By now statistics show that most people have given up on their New Year's resolutions. Of course the most popular ones are to diet and exercise more. I can honestly say that I am keeping up with my vows to go to Zumba more often than not and to chill on the goodies after 8 pm.

In college I tried to get an eating disorder (apparently all the dancers are doing it!) but thanks to my supreme lack of self control and will power I was the ballerina with the loaded bagel and full fat latte. It is just not in me to deny myself yummy goodies all together. But here are some tips I have picked up to help curb the cravings when I am bored or upset.

1. Go paint your nails!
It is hard to eat with wet nails.... if the craving lingers add a top coat.
2. Brush your teeth.
The minty-ness will squash any food cravings for sure.
3. Go find your favorite pair of jeans and think about how sexy they make you feel.
4. Put on some music and dance! Can't eat and dance can you?
5. Find your guy and seduce the heck out of him...bye bye cravings for food!
6. Sure, you can have that brownie/ice cream/cake.... go eat it by your kids though
and you will surely have to share at least 75% of it!
7. If all else fails, call your best friend, confess your cravings,
and let her talk you out of them!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Catch-Up Time + Some Award Giving!!

For the last month or so my life has been nutsy- we are in the process of selling our house, we have been searching for a new house (which was drama in itself), I have been teaching more dance classes, and then of course there is the daily stuff like keeping the house "show-clean" while entertaining 4 kids daily. Whew! No wonder I have been neglecting my Etsy store and the blog. Well be patient with me for another month or so and I promise things will get back to normal!

We signed the lease for a house today! It is on a lovely street here in Lakewood, has lots of great features like a new furnace (no more $600/month gas bills!) and central air. Plus a garage (we have never had one), a fenced in yard, and tons of storage space. Best part is that while we decided to rent for a year to catch up on some bills and such, it is 100% rent credit meaning that ALL of our rent goes towards the down payment when we decide to buy it. (love love love that!)
So, we are going to be packing up and such for the next month... let the madness begin!

I have been so slow about accepting some great awards I was given by a lovely fellow Etsian and Blogger- J.Leigh Designz! I am supposed to accept them and then pass them on to people that I think represents the meaning of the award. So here is goes!

First was the Kreativ Blogger award.

I would like to pass this on to:
Cartwheel Soup
Tea With Frodo
Southern Girl Rambling

Next is the Proximidade Award.
Here is the description of the award from J.LeighDesignz blog.
I know I am supposed to pass it on to my 8 favorite blogs,
but there are so many that I like.
So here are some that I feel are definitely worth checking out:

1. Autumn Olive
2. Belua Designs
3. Robot Love
4. I Love Plum
5. Here to There
6. Ocean of Creativity
7. Leah's Lovlies
8. Our Suburban Homestead

So there ya go... an update of my life plus some awards to lots of really great ladies! Now on to the packing, the cleaning, the painting, and the decorating.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sockies For Me, Sockie For You

Browsing Etsy I discovered a super cute store that just opened featuring tons of animals made out of socks. Since buying the book Sock and Glove and making my own animals I have a new appreciation for these fun creation. Aren't these darling????

Come check out the shop here!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Epic Fail

"Epic Fail" is a pretty common phrase in our house, meaning something does not go according to plan in a really bad, messy, or disastrous way. And today I discovered a blog devoted to all things "FAIL"- failblog.org I love pictures that are sarcastic, smart assed, and humorous. Videos are even better! Here are some of my faves from the site:
fail owned pwned pictures

fail owned pwned pictures

fail owned pwned pictures

fail owned pwned pictures

fail owned pwned pictures

Monday, March 16, 2009

lovin scrapblog.com!

how cute did these turn out??? more to come i am sure!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mommies Can Be Trendy Too!

I believe that it is an urban myth that once you become a mom you lose your "cool factor". All of a sudden just because you are in charge of another human being you are doomed to wear "mom jeans", granny panties, and listen to soft rock. Ha!! I can't say that I am the fashionista of motherhood, but I would like to think that I have retained at least some of my pre-baby sex appeal and unique style.

Today while browsing at Old Navy I saw the most perfect dress for mommies big and small, pre-baby, carrying baby, and post baby. A dress that hides the bad, showcases the good, and is machine washable. I think it is even prettier in person than in the pics!And once you have the outfit you know other moms are going to want to chat you up... so give them one of your new Mommy Calling Cards from PaperRamma. They come in a cute little carrying case complete with a strap to attach to your purse!

Friday, March 13, 2009

March Print and Give

Here is a notepad I created in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. The words are from an old Irish Blessing. Enjoy and pass on the good luck! Click here to download it in different sizes!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

This week the kids are learning about colors. We got some books from the library about rainbows and the colors that make up our world and have been doing several activities the show how colors are everywhere. One of the crafts that we did is making rainbows using the never-ending box of colored noodles. Here are some pics of the great artwork and two of the books we picked out! (Spooky just wanted to say hi!)

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