Friday, June 30, 2017

Pinterest LOVE

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Pinterest has my heart still. I love it for all the different ideas it gives me every day though what I don't like is all the different ideas it gives me every day because I feel like it is never in an orderly way. Yes I know we have boards, but sometimes I go pin crazy and than I feel everything is crazy disorganized. 

So I saw that others were putting on cover pictures for their boards and I loved that idea. I used a scrapbook program (My Memories) to create simple picture board headers for each of the different boards. 

Now my personal page looks like this and for me it is finally looking clean and orderly. I like clean and orderly. 

I love the cute little headers and they were simple. Any editing software and a general picture would work for this. 

You can always go to my Pinterest page and follow me. I pin all the time and love sharing ideas!

I mean I love Pinterest so much that when my Father in law was in San Francisco last year, he stopped into their headquarters and got me the cute little pin (yep it is a Pinterest pin). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Letter board Fun

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I may be a tad fan of fun fads and the letter board is one of them. You know the old ones that would either have the daily specials or in smelly old buildings tell you what floor the dentist was on.

I have really been wanting one but couldn't bring myself to buy one because every where I looked it was 25-50 dollars for one. I even looked into making one but even those were like 20 bucks worth of supplies.

Than I eye spied at Wally World a few weeks ago, one for 10 bucks which included letters. So it went in my cart. My first sign was the Drink Coffee one and I loved it. 

It is totally simple and can be personalized with what ever I am in the mood for saying. Believe me, this will be smarty pants in nature most of the time.

Than I noticed that a craft store was carrying them at a much better price and had cute words and icons to go with it so tada I did a travel one because our annual road trip is right around the corner. 

I am so in LOVE with the board and how many ways I can customize it. It can be a part of my decor that I can change up for the seasons, holidays or when I am feeling snarky (which honestly is quite a lot of the time).

I can see all the signs of different sayings now that I can put up. Now I need to update my Lightbox which I love just as much (hint Wallyworld had a 10 buck version to if you are looking). 

I am always looking for cute sayings so if you have any, send them my way. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

What's Been Up with Me!

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I have been saying for months that I need to get back to blogging but life has gotten so much in the way lately. Between the kids’ sports, school, and the new business, it has flown by. I am surprised I sit here today at the tail end of June when it just felt like it was January.

Let’s catch up everyone with what has been happening the last few months. The kids were both in sports. The girl played softball and the boy was in baseball. The girl’s season ended at the end of April (we had to much going on to continue with the all-stars this year which was a first). The boy on the other hand went to nearly the end of May because his team was doing so well. They finished second in their division. It was a wild ride and we spent many nights at the ball park. I loved it and made some great friends along the way. Can’t wait till fall ball to start so we can be back out there.

School was intense especially with the girl who had her three STARR tests (she did great on all) plus it was the end of 5th grade so lots of big things were happening. I somehow got sucked into facilitating the party and it turned out great with a few small bumps and of course things I would change if I had to do it all over again (there always is). I also had to do the boy’s first grade party which was fun. So, this fall I will have a 6th grader and 2nd grader. Time sure flies.

First and Last day of 1st Grade

First and last day of 5th grade

The biggest thing was the new business which I know many people have been curious about. A few years ago, the hubby really really wanted a drone, so for Christmas one year, he convinced me he needed one. He had one in mind because you could write code for it. So, over the next few years of tinkering, he had the idea to apply for a Phase 1 NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program. So, he applied and we waited pretty much expecting it not to be awarded anything because it is super competitive.

Fast forward a few months and it is now late spring of 2016, we were having our usual morning date at IHOP, talking about how the awards were coming out. We still were joking about not winning and well a few hours later, the hubby’s company was awarded a Phase 1 contract to basically write drone software. So, the rest of 2016 was him working his butt off to complete the Phase 1 portion.

Than the waiting game started to see if Phase 2 was ours and back in March, our startup was awarded that. It has been crazy and basically no slowing down especially for the hubby who works like crazy to make this all work. I help with all the admin like stuff and pick up in areas that need it even though I can't write code. Honestly, I have zero idea how all of it works. Though it is amazing to see his hard work and dedication pay off.

Shortly we will have employees and it will be more than just us who are working on the software system that my hubby has created. It hasn’t been easy and super long hours for the hubby but we think it will be worth it and should level off in August.  Kids have been great through it all and are excited to see the things Dad is working on. They benefit sometimes the most because they get to use the toys, I mean tools he has purchased like learning to fly drones.

So that has been what is up with me. I am really hoping to start blogging more. I totally updated the blog with a new layout which I really like.  I need to write more in general because all this stuff is always running through my head. I of course have found time to craft and am always adding on to my hobbies. I have a new one that I love to do and it feeds into my nutso organization issues. Thanks for stopping by and listening to my ramblings about this crazy life we have been living.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Waco Fun

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My Mom and her friend came down to visit this week so they can wanted a vacation feel while down here and try something new to see. She loves Fixer Upper and of course asked if I would mind driving up to Waco. Of course I wouldn't mind because I have been looking for an excuse to go up there myself. I tried convincing a friend to go over Spring Break but it just didn't work out.

So we packed an overnight bag and headed north to Waco which has become the new design center of Texas. It is about a three and half hour drive from Houston through beautiful hill country and quaint towns. As you arrive in Waco, the Silos greet you from the freeway.

Arriving there, we saw tons of places selling parking spots, but I headed around the back of the vast complex and pulled right into the free lot attached to Magnolia Market.

A quick walk brought us into the back entrance where food trucks, flowers and lots of people enjoying the Texas  weather (it was hot and humid). The first thing we spotted was of course a personal size watermelon drink that a bunch of people were sipping on and I knew we would have to try.

As we walked through the complex, you could see the personal touches the Gaines have put into this place. It is tasteful and priced moderately with family fun in mind. We of course snapped the obligatory photos of the Silos and signs as we walked into the store.

The store wasn't huge and if no one is in there, would take about 15 minutes to look around. With it being crowded, we spent maybe 25 minutes looking around. Prices are high but you are "paying" for the Magnolia name. Tons of shirts expressing love for shiplap and #demoday floated around the store. My purchase included an adorable canvas tote with the Silos printed on and a bookmark. There isn't a ton of decor items in there and I think their website has way more.

After we were done, I promised the kids that we would track down the watermelon drink which was just a small watermelon which had an immersion blender taken to it. It was a perfect summer drink treat and the three of us ate off it for awhile. We also tried the grilled cheese truck and crepe truck which were tasty.

Of course after enjoying lunch and some conversation with fellow tourists, we ventured over to the Silos Bakery. It was well worth the 15 minute wait on heat for some of the best cupcakes I have ever had. I got the lemon lavender which was heavenly and we also got the huge bacon chive biscuit. 

After spending a few hours there, we headed to a motel up the road. Everything is super close to the Silos and pretty easy to get around. After resting, we found the cutest Market called Spice Market which was a store full of everything and anything crafty and homey.

We also took advantage of the free night at the Dr. Pepper museum and the kids got to try soda from a real soda fountain. It was made the old fashion way with syrup and seltzer water.

After that we of course had some good Tex Mex before calling it a night. Heat and humidity will do you in here in Texas.

The next morning, we visited the Findery which is another cute decor store, rode the free trolley around downtown to learn about the history. We tried some unique cold press juice bar and went again to the Spice Market.

Of course I spotted In and Out so we had that for lunch (always animal style). We ended our trip visiting the Historic Mammoth site which my seven year old just loved. It was well worth the trip off the beaten path to see the active dig.

Overall Waco is a great place to visit. I would love to have done more walking exploring if Baylor University and maybe a driving tour of the Fixer Upper homes. We all had a blast even though it rained some!

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