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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.


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…


Second Christmas…


Third Christmas!



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!


A very nice, cutting board, in fact!


Beautifully personalized.


And durable!

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


(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?


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.


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!


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.)


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.


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

  Cut it out and trace with a Sharpie.


Fill in with black acrylic paint.


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

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silhouettes - BR2

silhouettes - Buffalo Roam

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.


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.


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

44 Comments - Categories: New House

Halloween Shenanigans

October 22, 2013 - Author: Amy

We were given the chance to go to an annual Halloween concert in Kansas City this past weekend.  It’s aptly named Freaker’s Ball.  (You can see last year’s costumes here.)

It was kind of a last minute decision to go this year, so the night before we ran to Tar-jay for some eyeliner, lipstick, false eyelashes, and yellow hairspray.

Please, tell me you’re familiar with Roy Lichtenstein’s work.. Otherwise your reaction might be “whaaaaaa”.

Pop Art Costume

We’re comic strips!  Get it??

Pop Art Make Up

And it was surprisingly simple.  Just cover your face in foundation a couple shades lighter than your skin, outline the important planes of your face with eyeliner, add in white highlights where you want them before coloring in with lipstick (or blue eye shadow pencil for the tear).  I used the fat kind of eye shadow pencil for the dots.  Glue on some falsies and spray paint your hair.

If you clicked on last year’s link, you saw we were with my brother and sister in law who go all out – Jack the Ripper and a dead hooker last year.  This year?  The Joker and Harley Quinn.

Here’s me and Harley.  (Check out that venue!)

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And The Joker!  Yikes!


I just love Halloween.

Are you guys all geared up?  Costumes ready?

I don’t want to give too much away, but Junior is all set.  His costume involves wings and feathers and rhymes with “schmowl”.

Can’t wait to see what all you do!

38 Comments - Categories: Holidays

Sometimes, You Just Have To DIY It.

October 14, 2013 - Author: Amy

And yeah, I know that’s the central theme around this here blog-diggity.  But sometimes when you are bent on your son’s door having its own “railroad crossing” sign, and everyone selling them wants too many dollars in your humble opinion, you just have to throw your hands up and say “I’ll do it myself!”

Usually, I enjoy a good do-it-myself, but I was in a weirdly angered state most of the weekend and by the time we got to Home Depot I just wanted to Hulk-smash everything I saw.

The first thing I wanted to Hulk-smash?  Their entire vinyl letter section for not having any of the letter “C” left.

The second thing: D for wandering off.

The third: the staff for not helping me quiiiiite as quickly as I deemed acceptable.

So I raged myself out of there and into Wal-Mart who thankfully had a full set of lettering available.  Saved the planet from utter destruction, I tell you what.

So all I needed was some pre-painted white wood because it was just worth the few extra bucks to me to not have to do it, some of those stick-on vinyl letters, and a husband willing to brave my mood to do the cutting.








DIY Railroad Crossing Sign by {Buffalo Roam}

Don’t even bring up the fact that I forgot to get one of those over-the-door-hanger-thingies.  Because I just, I can’t even….

So I’ll probably just hold on to it until I get the rest of his room done.  Because it’s in the works.  Ohhhhh yes it is!

How was your weekend?  Any one else fall victim to the cranky-for-no-reason’s?

23 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

October 9, 2013 - Author: Amy

The other day I wrote about the delicious apple dumplings D made, and some of you expressed interest in the recipe.  And I promised to get it, even if headlocks were necessary.

Lucky for D, they weren’t necessary.



Delicious Apple Dumplings

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lard (chilled)
  • 1/2 handful sugar


  • 8 medium granny smith (or 6 if large) peeled and cored
  • 8 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 7 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1/2 cup salted butter cubed
  • “a little” cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla

Step One (one, one.. we can have lots of fun)

  • wisk dry ingredients together
  • cut in lard until mixture is crumbly
  • slowly add water, tossing with fork
  • separate into equal portions, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in fridge for 30 minutes

Step Two (two, two.. there’s so much we can do-woo)

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • mix ingredients for apples

Step Three (three, three.. it’s just you and me)

  • roll out dough into roughly 7 inch squares
  • place apple in center of dough
  • add butter and apple mix to center of apple
  • fold edge of dough up over the apple
  • place in greased baking dish

Step Four (four, four.. I can give you more)

  • combine ingredients for the sauce and heat on medium-high until it boils
  • pour over the top of the apples

Step Five (five, five.. don’t you know that the time is riiiiiiight)

  • Bake for 50 – 60 minutes until apples are soft and crust is golden, basting often
  • Eat delicious dumplings


~does running man in over-alls with one strap undone~

PS – D also added the following note: “FYI, cook it a little long and the apple will turn into apple sauce.  Yes!”

Caitlin, should I expect my $5 in cash or check?  ;)

17 Comments - Categories: D (Also known as Tex and Hubbylovepunkinpants), Eats, Vegetarian Eats