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Poaching Ideas

February 14, 2014 - Author: Amy

You ever come across an idea that someone else had and think, “MAN, I wish I had thought of that.”?

Me, too.

That happened when my mom helped Junior make this for me for Mother’s Day.

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See how his little hands make a heart?  So cute!

So what’d I do?  I straight poached the idea and then shared it on TV like it was my own.

Thanks, mom!

~waves~

That segment is here.  And these are the only two I recorded, so I’ll stop making you watch them now.

And, since it’s Valentine’s Day and all, I just want to say how much I love you and appreciate your friendship, and leave you with this sweet sentiment that really spoke to me today.

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21 Comments - Categories: DIY, Holidays

A Couple of Things

February 7, 2014 - Author: Amy

Howdy friends,

Remember the silhouette’s I made for Junior’s room?

Of course you do.  How could you ever forget something so life altering?

Our local news station caught wind of my artistic genius and invited me to share a couple of crafts for their new segment for moms.

Watch it here.

And don’t make fun of my accent, because I totally don’t have one.

~

In other news, my newest Ideabook is up and running on Houzz if you’re interested.  It’s about as Valentines-y as I get, which means no tack or glitter.

~

And now I’ll leave you to your weekends.  Looks like we’ll be adding to the 14 inches of snow we got over the last couple of days!

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32 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods, New House

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~

30 Comments - Categories: Favorite Things, Home Goods, Uncategorized

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!!!

29 Comments - Categories: Uncategorized

Mini Scrooge

December 30, 2013 - Author: Amy

Hello, friends!

I hope you all had the merriest of holidays!

I just wanted to drop in real quick to say I’m not going to re-cap everything I ate or all the gifts we opened.  Suffice it to say we are blessed far beyond what we deserve, and we loved every minute we spent together, though someone isn’t great about showing it.  ;)

First Christmas…

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Second Christmas…

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Third Christmas!

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Hahaha…

Have a great New Years, friends!

I’ll be back soon with some projects we worked on over the holiday.  :)

18 Comments - Categories: Family, Holidays, Junior

RedEnvelope Cutting Board

December 11, 2013 - Author: Amy

After eating the Thanksgiving feast my mom single handedly made just weeks after a total hip replacement, dad and I sat down with a cup of freshly brewed coffee to relax and enjoy some pie.

Delicious pie that D made from scratch.

While he and my mom were in the kitchen cleaning up.

Suffice it to say that both my father and I married extremely well.

So recently, when I was generously contacted by RedEnvelope about some of their beautiful personalized products, my thoughts went more to D than to myself.  (Not because I’m all that selfless, but because I could see more chocolate pecan pies in my future.)  ;)

I thought to myself, hmmm…. pecan pies require pecans, which require chopping.  A cutting board, it is!

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A very nice, cutting board, in fact!

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Beautifully personalized.

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And durable!

D was just as impressed with the board, and loved the personal touch.

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(D’s thumb of approval not pictured.)

If you’re still short on Christmas ideas, here’s a link to the wedding and anniversary section where this board came from.  Tons of great gifts!

Thanks bunches to RedEnvelope for such a beautiful gift.  I cannot WAIT to eat the pies this thing will help produce.  ;)

PS – I wasn’t paid for this post – just wanted to share the awesomeness!

28 Comments - Categories: Family, Favorite Things, Holidays, Home Goods

Is Your House On Fire, Clark?

December 9, 2013 - Author: Amy

We’ve never been big on outdoor Christmas decorating.  I think mostly because D knows I’m not going to get out there and do it, and it’s always cold as Christmas balls so I don’t push him to.  (Very much.)

But we had a 60 degree Sunday recently and guess what?

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Went straight Griswold.

Here’s something else you should know about.  The winter edition of Vintage KC magazine is out!  And it doesn’t disappoint.  D is officially getting mustache wax in his stocking this year.

Erin invited her local DIY bloggers to participate in a section again and provided mini Christmas trees for us to do with as we would.  The results were adorable.  Mine is below, but it really is worth clicking (or buying!) to check out the rest.

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My take on an old-timey garland was to string cranberry and popcorn.  I’m happy with the classic, slightly rustic feel.

Also in the issue is some really beautiful inspiration for your Christmas parties this year.  I actually got to attend and enjoy all the stunning treats and decorations, and while there, catch up with a buddy from grad school!

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That’s Kristen!  She has Hey Paul Studios, just the coolest and cutest stitchery of all time EVER!  Here’s a link to her blog and to her Etsy shop.  She’s also got a mini Christmas tree featured in the magazine.  I hope you’ll check out all three.

Look at me just handing out Christmas ideas!

Take a gander at Vintage KC, and let me know if you end up doing any of the great ideas therein, or if you end up with something from Hey Paul, I wanna see!

(I totally got one of these for my brother.)

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PS – Linking up here, and you should too!

32 Comments - Categories: Favorite Things, Holidays

Junior’s Room

November 19, 2013 - Author: Amy

I’m kind of slowly sort of coming up with a comprehensive plan for Junior’s room.

Oh – because we bought a paint sprayer!  I went to the grocery store and got home and D had the office totally painted.  It. was. awesome.

Sidenote:  At the grocery store I got fixins for delicious tacos.  And I put the shells in the toaster oven to make them warm and crispy, then turned around to ask D if he wanted onions, and then the shells caught on fire.  And D had to save the day.

Then later, when Junior was taking his bath, he put his little hands on his hips and goes:

“I have a question for you.”

Me: What is your question?

Him: I a police man.

Me: Hello, officer.

Him: You in trouble.

Me: For what?!

Him: You start a fire!

Back to his room.  I’m going with a manly man’s theme and it’s got a bit of a cabin-y feel to it, so I made some animal silhouettes.

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Just find a free printable.  They’re everywhere.  (I got mine here, here, here, and here.)

  Cut it out and trace with a Sharpie.

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Fill in with black acrylic paint.

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Then make several more because they are just so darn cute!

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I got the set of cork boards at Walmart for like $5, and they have sticky strips on the back for hanging.

Now all that’s left to do is wait for Mr. Husband to paint Junior’s room so I can hang these babies up!

32 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods, Junior

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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Tiny Bathroom

November 4, 2013 - Author: Amy

Hello friends!

Today I’d like to share with you the story of the tiniest bathroom in the history of bathrooms.

Our house actually has three levels, but our aversion to social interaction keeps our guests mostly on the main floor where there is one – tiny – bathroom.

Not only is it teeny-weeny, it was utterly nondescript.

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Aside from the pencil scrawls on the wall left behind by the builder, of course.

And did you catch the built-in magazine rack?  I ask you, who goes over to their friend’s house to leisurely poop?

Anyhow, it suddenly hit me that it would take almost no time to spruce up the little space, so I grabbed a can of Behr’s Restless Sea and a roll of Frog Tape.

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NEVER AGAIN, FROG TAPE!!!  ~Shakes fist indignantly~

I am, however, pleased with the rest of the room.

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 Do you love my J.D. Challenger print?  Or would it, ahem, assist you in your evacuations?  (Notice we lost the magazine rack – didn’t think you’d need to just be chilling in there.)

The sweet buffalo skull my FIL got us finally found a home, I already had the little goat hide, and I grabbed the faux bittersweet wreath at Michael’s for half off.

Bing, bang, boom.

How was your weekend/Halloween?

Some of you had some very good guesses as to Junior’s costume (with my hint of “it rhymes with schmowl”) namely “trowel” and “bowel”, but alas, he was a little owl.

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Hope the happy little owls in your life had a fun Halloween!

44 Comments - Categories: New House