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Some Americana For Ya

July 28, 2014 - Author: Amy

For some reason, summertime always feels like the time to be extra patriotic. I suppose it’s the Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day trifecta that puts me in the mood for all things red, white, and blue.

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What a spectacular fireworks show!

Anyway, I had a couple of things I wanted to share with you this summer. The first, is my extra patriotic Houzz Ideabook that is live. It’s full of summery Americana goodness and I hope you’ll find one or two things you love.

The second is a company I’d like to introduce you to called Gettysburg Flag Works.

We keep Ol Glory hung pretty much year round, but I was lucky enough to receive a Kansas flag from this wonderful company recently, and I was so impressed with their options, friendly and responsive staff, and quality flag that I wanted to tell you about them.

(This is not a sponsored post. I just really liked this guy.)

If you’d like to find a flag of your own, be it American or your own state, like I did, hit this link. I think you will find their website very easy to navigate and be just as surprised by all their inventory as I was!

Shipping was extremely fast and came professionally packed, so no chance of damage before it reaches you.

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And really, I was so stoked about having a Kansas flag!

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You know me, and you know I geek out about this kind of stuff. I recently acquired a bracelet made from the copper of our newly renovated capitol’s dome that is stamped with “ad astra per aspera” (To the stars through difficulty) and I just loved that I now have a matching flag.

Plus, I’m a sucker for sunflowers. ;)

Anyway – I hope you’ll check out some of these links and feel extra American with me this week!

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Hard Fails

April 14, 2014 - Author: Amy

Let’s get the first thing out of the way.

Do you guys read Rachel’s blog, Maybe Matilda?  If you don’t, I wish you would.  Great blog by a great writer with great style and a sense of humor to match all that greatness.

Sometimes she writes about beauty tips, and one in particular had caught my attention a couple of times.  She puts Monistat chafing relief powder on before her make-up.  Apparently it makes your face all smooth and the make-up goes on better.  I was curious, but hadn’t tried it yet.  Then Michelle at Décor and the Dog left a comment that she does the same thing and that it’s awesome.  And she’s a pharmacist, soooo.

I went to Target on, of all days, re-stocking day.  I tried to blend into the boxes as I lurked in the most embarrassing aisle of the store.  I found the space where the Monistat should have been, but it was empty.  Of course.

The little restocking fella noticed me then and asked if he could help me find anything.

Admit it, or run away quickly?

I admitted it.  And he had no idea what I was talking about.  Called his friend over.  Friend had no idea what I was talking about.  I walked away in shame and mortification.

Went to Walgreens.  Found it.  Success!  And no witnesses!

I was super excited to try it out, and for the first several days of use went around asking people if I looked especially beautiful that day so that I could share my new beauty secret with them and feel like I belonged in the upper echelons of style gurus.  (Even though I kind of didn’t think it made much of a difference, if I were being honest.)

A few days later, Rachel sent me a pic of her new box of anti-chafing Monistat and rubbed in my Target snafu some more.

Hardy har har.

But her box looked different than mine did… so I ran upstairs to investigate.

And sure enough.

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You guys.  I’d been putting anti-itch cream on my face the entire time.

Hard fail.

If I ever get around to finding the actual anti-chafing stuff, I will be sure to give you a full report.  In the meantime, feel free to admire Rachel and Michelle’s smooth faces.

And now for another fail at buying things!

There is an art gallery going out of business with some wicked good prices on, specifically, some buffalo prints by Nancy Glazier.  (My fave.)

D and my MIL surprised me with a couple of really nice ones, then me and D went back in to scavenge some more.

We found these four:

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For a really great price.  They’re a bit oddly shaped, so when he offered to frame them at 25% off, I said sure!

$600 later, I had total buyers remorse and called and cancelled the frame order.  (And made D go look the poor, retiring owner in the eye and retrieve the prints we practically stole from him.)

eeehhhh….

So now I need your help.  Is there somewhere to order slightly oddly shaped mats and frames?  Do I DIY it, and if so, how?  Any genius idea besides framing??

Help!

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Happy Birthday

March 26, 2014 - Author: Amy

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You have your daddy’s eyes, your mommy’s smile;

And our whole hearts for your whole life.

Happy birthday, buddy.

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MULLYGRUBS!

February 27, 2014 - Author: Amy

I think my cousin said it best, here.

The mullygrubs, man.  I’ve got ‘em.

I can’t remember hating a winter as much as I’ve started to hate this one.

This weekend marks the beginning of March, what should bring with it thunderstorms, warm rain, and spring blossoms.

The high on Sunday?

9.

Mullygrubs.

I’ve been stuck in the house entirely too long.  With nothing to look at besides walls, I’ve been plotting.  Just ask D.

Me: Do you trust me to hang those curtains?

Him: No.

Me: Will you hang them?

Him: Yes.

Me: Soon?

Him: Yes.

Me: How about now?

And our poor dining room wall…. the one that has been waiting for a cow for almost a year now.  I still can’t find a cow!  But this morning I was looking through some old photos and I came across this one.

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I took it a couple years ago at my in-law’s farm.

Is it entirely tasteless to hang a dead cow head above the dining room table?

Thinking about doing it anyway…

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Houzz

January 15, 2014 - Author: Amy

Herro!

You remember New Kids On The Block?

Specifically, this new kid?

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My first love.  I had a poster of him, shirtless, hanging above my bed.  It was a bunk bed, actually, because at the time my brother and I shared a room.  Now that I think about it, I’m sure he loved that.

Like I cared.

Oh look!  I found the poster!

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Sexy, no?

Ironically enough, my friend Colleen went to see them in concert the last time they were here and he was prancing around shirtless again and she sent me a picture and he looks way better now than in his over-all clad days.

To my point – In concert they almost always pick a girl out of the crowd to go up on stage and sing to her and give her a rose or something sweaty and cheesy.  I was never that girl.  At least not to Jordan.

But recently, I was contacted by someone akin to my beloved NKOTB, at least in my eyes.

Houzz.

Awesome, awesome website full of housey stuff that I love to browse around on.  They have these things called Ideabooks, which is a collection of items usually focused around a certain theme or idea.

And guess what?

I get to contribute by creating my very own Ideabook to share with you each month!  (You may have noticed my new widget? —> )

My first one is up and live, and I would love it if you would check it out, as well as a few of the other great ones out there!

You know I got the right stuff…. bay-bay!

~does running man~

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Deep Thoughts ala: Jack Handey

January 13, 2014 - Author: Amy

1)  The other day I was showering, as I’m in the habit of doing occasionally, and taking stock of all the bath products we have piled in there.  D’s are all sexy and mysterious, with names like Black Noir, Twilight Woods, and Now I’m On a Horse.

Mine are all related to food.

:(

2)  I have a genius idea for some entrepreneur out there that is far less lazy than I.

Find some mens with accents, and make them talk, and just record it.

I’d listen to that alllllll day.

Especially if he were Irish.

And shirtless.

3)  Another free and genius business idea for you:

Wine delivery service.

For those of us that are thirsty, but also already bra-less for the night.

4)  Who are these strangers showing up in my Pinterest feed?  I don’t care for it.

5) Here’s a picture of my kid.

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Happy Monday!!!

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Guest Post by Megan Sullivan

November 15, 2013 - Author: Amy

Preparing Your Family for a Long-Distance Move

For families with young children, moving can be incredibly difficult. And with all the big changes children have to face, moving is often harder for them than it is for adults. However, the following tips will help you prepare your children for a move, as well as help alleviate fears, anxieties and discomfort.

Discussing a Move with Your Children

When planning a long-distance move, it’s important to keep your children informed of all family decisions. Kids can feel powerless if they’re not kept abreast of new information, so try to include them in your decision-making process. Also, no matter the circumstances surrounding your decision to relocate, honesty is usually the best policy. State your position in the simplest of terms, and encourage your children to discuss their thoughts and concerns.

By being aware of the reasoning behind your move, children will likely feel less resentment over the upheaval. Answer each of their questions and try to empathize with whatever fears they may have. Relocating can be quite difficult for youngsters, and feeling like they have no say in the matter can only exacerbate their fears and anxieties.

Make Moving an Adventure

One great way to encourage kids to look on the bright side is to make your move as fun and interesting as possible. Prior to your move, do some family research on your new neighbourhood and the surrounding areas. Make a list of all the things you want to see, do and experience, and encourage your children to participate.

A few great exploration ideas include landmarks in your new area, museums, libraries, restaurants, parks and specialty shops. Make sure each child contributes, and make sure you stick to your plan once you’re settled into your new home!

Delegating Age-Apropriate Responsibilities

Moving is a lot of work. From hiring movers to making arrangements for pets, a lot goes into relocating an entire family and their belongings. To help relieve some of this stress, while also making your children feel included in the process, give them tasks and responsibilities relating to packing and moving. Older children can handle chores like packing up their clothes as well as finding moving companies and their phone numbers.

The younger children can help sort out their toys, games, books, etc. Also, in order to make room in your new place–not to mention prevent unnecessary packing–have your children go through their belongings and donate a portion to charity.

Visit Your New Neighbourhood

If possible, plan a family trip to your new neighbourhood prior to your move. If you’ve already bought a new home, it’s a good idea to bring children along for a tour; if you have yet to find a new place to live, you may want to include children on your house-hunting excursions. If family trips to your new area aren’t possible, consider showing your children pictures of their new home and neighbourhood.

If you have school-aged children, consider taking a tour of their new schools. If you can’t do this in person, most schools offer online virtual tours, so ask the school administrators if this is an option. By becoming acquainted with their new environment, children will be less overwhelmed and disoriented when it comes time for your actual move.

And there you have it! The tips provided here can help simplify your family’s long-distance move, as well as increase excitement and enthusiasm among children and parents alike!

 

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The Bionic Woman

September 23, 2013 - Author: Amy

If you ever wonder why I am the way that I am…

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Intelligent, full of wit, able to take beautiful photos at a moment’s notice…

You need look no further than my mother.

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Me: I just called you a whore, yo.

Her: OH!  I just thought you were a bad speller.

Yeahhh…

Anyway, she’s on her way to becoming fully bionic today with the replacement of her last natural hip.  Her first one went really smoothly, but I’d appreciate good vibes/prayers for her today.

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Because I still need her around to clean my stuff and bake me things.  :)

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Guest Post by Megan Sullivan

September 17, 2013 - Author: Amy

Moroccan Backyard Party To Welcome The Fall Season

Fall is almost upon us and only few days are left before your children go back to school. To welcome the new season and end the current one in primo spirits, it might be a good idea to host an exotic themed backyard party.

Invite your friends and family before you return to the regular and frantic routine that marks the everyday existence of your life.

As for the theme, you can do something different this time by decorating the backyard Moroccan style. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Seating

Arrange a casual yet royal looking seating. Moroccan themed homes are known for dining rooms with floor dining; for a true Moroccan spirit, arrange the dining on the floor as well for your backyard party.

Bring out all the old and new cushions in stock. Ask all the invitees to perhaps bring some of their own and scatter them about so everyone may have a space to sit and lounge. You can assemble the floor cushions on rugs or sheets to keep them clean.

To stay consistent with the Moroccan theme, you can spread doilies over them or get new cushion covers in such color combinations as deep plum and gold, or gold paired with light and dark blue.

Lighting

The right kind of lighting really adds to the royalty of the Moroccan theme. You can start off with adding intricately designed lanterns to each of the tables and lighting them up with candles inside.

Alternately, you can paint empty glass jars in extravagant colors and use them as a means to hold candles and add to your party’s décor.

To add some general lighting for when it gets dark, the easiest step to take would be to get some string lights and wrap them around tree branches and plants. Skip relying on a paltry retail store selection and instead hunt for internationally themed cafe string lights online. The benefit of going online with the selection is that you get to see the entire variety in a single place and compare prices at the same time.

Décor

For the general décor of your Moroccan themed party, start off with sectioning off your backyard to distinguish the dining area, the food bar and perhaps even the play area if kids are invited.

You can do the sectioning by draping colored clothes over your home plants and trees and successfully achieve a royal look at the same time.

You can also add flower petals strewn across the grass. For tables, short round ones with cushions around them would be suitable.

Food

Don’t go overboard and cook every Moroccan recipe that you come across. Instead, go with a few basic ones and include some regular food, but serve in Moroccan style to match the theme.

Adults might want to like to try out a new dish or two, but when it comes to the kids, it would be safe to have some food at hand that they normally eat.

Invite only as much people as you can manage in your backyard. Also, be sure to check the weather beforehand so that your party does not suffer the wrath of a downpour.

How do you plan to welcome the fall season?

 

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Friendly Warning

August 19, 2013 - Author: Amy

Friends, I don’t know how familiar you are with the blogging community as a whole, but I’ve been around the block a few times now and feel the need to offer a friendly word of advice.

Be careful whose blog you comment on, and what you say.  Because you will not find a more generous and friendly crowd.  Haphazard comments complimenting one’s table runner will, in fact, result in your own table runner.

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Do you guys know Heather?  She. Is. The. Best.  She blogs about her beautiful home and garden, and throws in some delicious recipes that will straight make you drool on your keyboard.  She’s also pretty handy and makes some cool stuff.  See: my new table runner!

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Isn’t it pretty?!  I luuuuurve it.

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So in conclusion, only post compliments on things you REALLY like – lest you end up with some terrible hand made fail from me.

Thanks, Heather!!!  :)

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