Friday, January 27, 2017

Baseball Season is Starting

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Yes the first thing out of my mouth was "are you getting softball ones to?" 

I wasn't the only one asking and they are checking. 

So of course I saw these adorable raglans with baseballs on them and knew I needed to make a shirt with it but what. I have so many softball centric and many baseball are similar but I found this idea and was like YESSSSSS!

So of course once it is in my head and I need to create and do it so  after some time cutting on my Cricut, and pressing, here is the finished project. 

I will be making a similar one if they get softball shirts in to the vinyl shop (I got mine here). 

I figure if I am living at the sportsplex for the next 4 months, I should look cute- right?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dr. Who pillows

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If you know me well, you know I love Doctor Who specifically number 10 David Tennant. Though I know this is more 11 in the saying but I love it and decided to use my skills to make me some adorable pillows for my chairs. I love nerdy crafts. It is cuddle and cute. My son loves the Van Gogh inspired Tardis print which I got at Joann fabrics. I was just looking for blue fabric and saw this and had to have it. 

It took longer to cute out the HTV for the pillow than to actually make the pillows. It feels good to sew even if it is a simple sewing job. 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

More Scrapbook pages

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My goal this year is to do a few pages for each month and I though maybe if I prep and have ideas in my head, I can take the pics to match. So I figured that these I cased from Pinterest would be cute ones for school picture day and Valentine's Day which happen so fast and quick. 

I love seeing an idea and taking my own spin on it. I plan on sticking the kids pic inside the heart of love and that is the new SU paper for VD. Isn't it cute. 

I have SO much paper that I really need to use it. I use to crack into a pack right away and I found a few unopened ones so shame on me. I organized them better so I can use them more efficient. Actually that has been my goal this new year, is to group things better an have them more handy. So far so good. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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This is going to be an odd post with a variety of things going on. So you may wonder why the title of two years. If you known for awhile, you might be able to guess but if you know me from after say May 2015, you may not know that I had a pretty big accident that almost took my left hand (you can read about it here). You might have noticed the scar there and afraid to ask. I might have told you flat out with a chuckle how the accident happen. It was a fluke in so many ways and had set a ton for that year that was awful. 

2015 from my accident on, was like one accident after another. I swear I had never had so much badness floating around me. Between myself, family and just life in general I did wonder if we would make it through. We did and now two years later, I reflect that it made me stronger. 

I can't say all the badness ended and 2016 wasn't shining either but it wasn't as bad as it had been. The only really good thing in 2015 was the incredible trip we took as a family to Disney World. I needed a project to get me out of the funk of 4 months of rehab and basically not being able to use my left hand. You become very inventive when you can only use one hand. 

So fast forward to today which is my anniversary. My hand aches pretty bad because we have a storm  just coming in. I need to take some to help with the aches. I am thankful though that I have my hand and could have easily had it taken off. Sliced tendons were minor than in the whole thing. 

So over the last two years, I have tried hard to maybe appreciate things. Lot of different things have happen, some wonderful and others heartbreaking. People who use to be a presence in my life aren't anymore but new ones have entered. Just today the hubs and I had a nice conversation with a couple very similar to us. Maybe it is a start of new friends or maybe it was just a good conversation. 

Two years ago, I won't have guessed that we would be nearly full throttle in a new business awaiting the next step. I did some running today, to help my hubby with an idea he had. I love doing that sort of stuff. I crafted some and actually pulled my sewing machine out which is not often. I would make stuff and someone would be critical of it making me not want to sew much.  I like to craft and it isn't perfect ever but it is handmade. 

Life makes so many twists and turns that you can get dizzy by it all. Things you like are a good thing may often end up as bad things and well good comes out of bad as well. Here I am being able to type with both hands. I can wear my wedding ring which for nearly a year, I couldn't. I am finding joy in more things with my kids.

So many things happen in two years and when you look back you realize it all happens with purpose. So thankful for the people that came through it with me! I am sure in another two years even more will be different. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I love my Instant Pot and Crock Pot

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So I read this Huffington Post article (you can read it here) where the author proclaims her dislike for the crock pot because she feels it makes her a lazy cooker. She rather have that cup of coffee in the morning than do five minutes of prep. 

So here is the thing because I think not using it being lazy. These machines are so awesome for time management. Here you can make a nice home cooked meal using the crock pot or the pressure cooker on nights where you are busy. How nice to come home to a meatloaf done when you get home instead of taking upwards of 90 minutes to get it ready and cook it. Yes I have times it. So here I use the slow cooker, prep it in under ten minutes and let it cook all day. This is always one of the best meatloaf. I have also done it in the instant pot which takes half the time. 

I guess I manage my time better in the morning because I can prep a meal and stick it in plus get that cup of coffee. Than when I get home, I can blog like I am doing now and enjoy a glass of wine while my Instant pot is making homemade chicken noodle soup (before I had it, I would start it around 3:30 when we got home from school where now I can through it all in and have it done in about 20 minutes. 

I rather have the wine or maybe two glasses!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Lumpy's Bday Scrapbook Page

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I totally need to be better with scrapbooking and my photos. I am actually impressed with myself because i was pretty good last year ordering photos from my phone every few months and created nice memory book of the year. 

This year though I am not going to go so big and more highlights of the year in the calendar scrapbook but working on more scrapbook pages. 

So here is my first one of the year for my youngest who just turned 7 last week. I made a page for him to stick a photo in after his party which is this coming weekend (we decided to do a party after because his bday is so early when they go back). 

So of course he LOVES Pokemon and all things Pokemon so I made a page using my trusty Cricut and some downloaded font and svgs that I printed and cut out. I love this machine so much and need to use it more. I went from using it every single day for months to a few times a week to maybe every other week. It depends really on what is going on. 

So here is the awesome page:

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year New Ideas

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One of my goals for 2017 is to be better organized (even more so than I am) and to get the kids detoxed from electronics. If I was betting woman, the organization is going to be way more successful.

I prepped the kids for the last few days about the plan to limit tv/electronics. I told them they need to be more active and think. I was surprised at Lumpy's response when he asked if he could use his 30 minutes per day (that is what they get to start with) and play Pokemon Go. I told him that is a waste so he was okay with that. 

So I made a chart to help them track it each day. They are given 30 minutes to start and they can either take a stick with a chore or activity to earn additional time for the day or to bank it for another day say like when their favorite show is on. I need them to stop being zombies and enjoy their surroundings. I know we are all guilty of just vegging out but I want the kids to really be in a state where they have exhausted energy so they sleep better and of course do better in school. 

Here is the chart I created (feel free to use it for personal use). 

I just made up jobs which they can either get money or tv time for. It is their choice. I figure they are more in control if they get to choose what they want. I know my daughter is more about money so she will likely pick the allowance part where the boy will pick tv time over money anytime. 

Truthfully I am not a huge TV watcher and it rarely goes on during the day when I am home, I am usually listening to music as I take care of the things I need to take care of. 

The other thing I wanted to work on and get the kids in better habits of is the stuff around the house. I tend to do to much one day and than ache the next day. Like today, my back is sore because I literally spent all day yesterday cleaning and organizing the house after the house guests left. 

So I knew I needed to do something different and make myself accountable for things that need to get done and not push them off. By spreading things out, it doesn't seem so huge project. Plus I can take steps to do things. I figure this is easy and makes the kids accountable as well. 

So this is the chart I made for my fridge for all the things that need to get done around the house and the days I should focus on them. 

I am also working some with the hubby's business with the general admin stuff, so this will help to clear my time and focus on that when needed. 

I spent the batter part of yesterday and today getting myself in a place where I can sort of be on autopilot now to get what needs to get done. I have lists of things I need to do and when I need to do them so that everything can hopefully run smoother for us in 2017.

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