Thursday, March 24, 2011

here's to effort.

it goes a long way.

today i made an effort to stop losing my jewelry down the sink (it doesn't have a drain stoppy thing)
i'm not a super big fan of undoing the pea-trap and fishing out my favorite pearl earrings.

i'm also not a big fan of spending my hard earned moo-lah on solutions to my laziness if i don't have to.
so today i give myself an award for effort, and repurposing something i already had.
now i have absolutely no guilt for purchasing that cute top.
hee hee.

so here is my virtually "free" jewelry board.
it's virtually free because i didn't go out and spend money directly on it. some point i had purchased the fabric, ribbon, staples, picture, and frame.
so i can't really call it "free."

here is my old picture and frame.
it was a picture that i had matted to foam board:
i wrapped some leftover fabric from a different project around the foam mat board and stapled into place:

pretty, right?

i added some ribbon and stapled to the backside as well
then, i repositioned it in the frame 
the last step was to add my jewelry
i hung it in my closet for two reasons:
#1: it is now out of Macy's reach. Amen.
#2: if it drops, it's not near a toilet or a sink. Double Amen.
it took me about 20 mins.

head over to lisa's blog today.
she's doing a giveaway.
i think i need one of these in my dining room that says,
"do something good"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

At firtht I thought it thilly...

...that I started making Macy a Tooth Fairy Pillow about a month ago.

It will probably be a year before she needs it.
I honestly believed I'd loose it before she lost a tooth.

Not tho thilly now!
Macy lost her first tooth tonight.
It was exhilarating.
Honestly it was...not even an exaggeration.
It was a big deal.
She was elated.
And so was I.

It started earlier this week.

Macy told me she had a popcorn kernel stuck in her gums.
I thought that was strange since it had been a while since we had popcorn.

I looked, and to my surprise...wayyyyyyyyy behind her baby tooth was her adult tooth making it's debut.
Sure enough, her baby tooth was starting to get all flexible.

The more I got to thinking about it, the more I questioned how "normal" it is to have a tooth that far behind the baby tooth.  It wasn't anything I remembered experiencing.

Of course, I googled it.
It's how I roll, you should know that by now.

Her second row of teeth have a name.
They are called, "shark teeth."
Not MY sweet baby girl!
A shark???
Holy batman who knew???
I had no idea that could even happen.

The next morning I got on the phone and called the dentist (of course).
He was so nice and saw us right away.

He strongly urged Macy to keep at it so she could pull her first tooth herself and not have to experience an extraction.
We were hopeful, but resigned to the idea that she may have to have some professional help.

Macy has been a trooper.
Making me promise not to "cork pop" it.

If you know me at all, this has been a test of my patience.
I've been soooooo stinkin' good.
I haven't tried to get the pliers once.

However, tonight, by "accident" we got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, and thankfully it panned out.
I suggested that we tie some dental floss around it so she had some leverage to pull.
It hurts her little fingers to pinch the tooth so I figured I was helping her out.

What I didn't realize was that in tying an AWESOME slip knot of dental floss around her tooth, I got it below the part that was already loosened and it got STUCK under the tooth.
I may have fudged the truth a little in saying the only way to unstick it was to pull the tooth out, or she might have to wear the dental floss to school tomorrow.
So sue me.
It worked.

She tugged that sucker out.
I literally heard it pop.
I screamed.
Like a little girl.
For reals.
It was awesome.
Then I cried.
....and had to find that stinkin' pillow and FINISH it TONIGHT!!!

Macy, I am so proud of you.
You are way braver than I ever was.
And to quote your famous words, "It's really not that bad!"

You rock kiddo.
Dad and I are so proud of you.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


a word i would use to describe macy.

she's full of energy.
and she's all over the place.

except what is really means is that she is double-jointed.

today she discovered that she has her first ever loose tooth.
in an effort to explain what the baby tooth does as the permanent tooth pushes it, i engaged her fingers in a little "role play."

as i'm pushing on her index finger i instruct her to, "tell me when it starts to hurt" to simulate what her tooth will feel like as she is in the process of getting it "ready to fall out."

i'm pushing.
still pushing.
my eyes are widening.
i'm thinking,'s gotta hurt right about now.
no reaction.
my mouth has now dropped open.
i'm catching flies.
her finger is touching the back of her hand.
i shudder.
this is not natural.

then i remember, hey, i used to be able to that too.
it's been years since i tried.
i tried again.
now my finger freakin' hurts.
i'm not "hypermobile" anymore i guess.

look for us the next time the circus is in town.
i hear they pay the big bucks.


literally speaking.

note to self.
next time you ask your hubby to bring home bright, happy more specific.
i had no idea they made fluorescent flowers.

here's to celebrating the 80's this week, and learning how to better communicate with my hubs.

a pretty penny

I did a lot of cleaning yesterday.
I think they call it spring cleaning.
I think it should be called,
"dang- I didn't know I was so lazy all winter kick-yourself-in-the-pants-cleaning"
Maybe calling it spring cleaning is just easier.
But I will pretend it's an acronym for "Serious Purging {and} Reorganizing Inspired {by} Nasty Grime.

While in the midst on my serious-sweat inducing cleaning spree, I realized I was out of Windex.
I know.

I use Green Works for most of my cleaning (my effort at getting greener) but it seriously sucks at cleaning glass.
So I usually use Windex for glass.
I have never really had any complaints other than it costs a pretty penny.

Most of you know now that I've been making my own laundry soap for over a year now, and I have used a more cost effective and even greener recipe for laundering. (2 grated soap bars of Trader Joe's "Next to Godliness Oatmeal/Honey Soap" 2c. of Borax and 2c. Super Washing Soda) It's fantastic.

So, I figured there has got to be a greener, more cost effective way to keep my windows clean.

Enter my friend, VINEGAR.

Easy peasy "green" recipe.
2 c. tap water
1 tsp dish soap
1/4 c. white vinegar.
Squirt your dirty windows.
Use newspaper to wipe and dry.

The end.
Clean windows.

(Might I add...I found it to clean better, streak less, and use less paper because it wasn't all sudsy.)
Goodbye Windex.
I think we are officially breaking up.

I dare you to try it.
I think you'll thank me later.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Seminars can be fun!

Recently I photographed a seminar.
The majority of seminars I have attended have been yawners.
Teacher meetings.
Compliance and standard seminars.
This seminar rocked my socks.

Aikido seminars are beautiful.
A total non-yawner.