As I walk around our "new-to us" house, I see bits and pieces of the old colors used at our previous house. Four years ago when we moved into that house, it screamed to keep the green, red and gold going and I did.
I was just at one of my fav blogs: A Delightful Design, where Abby shared a quiz to help decide your decor style. Well, how could I refuse? I love quizzes, polls, surveys... (notice the fun poll here? c'mon take it!).
The quiz is from the Ethan Allen site and you have to quickly pick which photo you immediately like. At the end, it will tell you your decor style. As with most quizzes, you take them and re-take them to see if you get another answer, so I did!
Danielle certainly has a touch for making cute crafts and awesome food,
and she lists the things she made with her kids as well. Someday, if I ever get
the urge to cook or craft with my kids, I'll be heading to her blog to
see which ones are easiest! And to help with parenting, she made
reward jars - now that's something I need!
Now go check out the awesome food & crafts at Danielle's!
It's week #3 at Simple Mom's Project Simplify. This week Tsh chose kid's toys and/or clothing. I have a great handle on their clothes, but in the last 4 months, the toys multiplied, even with a yard sale!
Eek! How did that happen? Any mom knows toys just multiply. They are possessed. Aliens. One day you have a handle on them, the next they have offspring!
I know, I know...I should not even admit it. I'm just taking down the Christmas wreath. I had no intention of leaving it up for sooo long! All other holiday decorations were put away by end of January. Why the wait?
I have been couped up for the past week, really few weeks (months?).
I haven't had a day to myself to get out of the house and do whatever
I wanted or needed to do. Yes, I'd get out for grocery shopping,
but that's work to me. And I'd have a kid with me.
Or I'd stay home and write but again, with kid.
So today I said to hubby, "I'm going out shopping for house decorations.
It's time to take down the Christmas wreath."
It's a sunny day and I'm heading out. I feel some freedom as I pull out
of our neighborhood. After a few miles, I'm ecstatic that I'm free!
It hits! Like when you're a kid and it's the last day of school....freedom!
It's week #2 in the Simple Mom "Project Simplify" five week program. If you haven't heard or need the extra push to do some simple organizing, this is a great weekly meme to join. Last week we tackledmaster closets, this week it's ...
Like I said our house is brown...outside and in! All photos are BEFORE shots since we really haven't done much. The house is about 25 years old and as you will see, never had the decor updated. We will be changing walls, floors and trim to white!
We just bought a new entry door off craigslist: white with a full window
and shades inside the window - can't wait for the new look, it will brighten up this entry!
Amidst my cute and fun posts on kid's bedrooms and accessories, I've had a dark cloud hanging over me for the past week or two. My 6 year old's behavior has become unacceptable at school. Naturally, my immediate thoughts rush to: What did we do wrong in raising him? Were we too lenient? Too harsh? I am also questioning a few socially-accepted parenting and educating ideas that we imposed on him.
"Tarzan" is very smart so his academics are fine, but his personality has always been a bit fiery. He loves soft comforting hugs, but also needs the tickling and wrestling with daddy. He is emotional, not sensitive, just emotional. When he's upset, he'll cry, when he's mad, he's MAD. At school, it's more about seeking attention: talking out, laughing too loud, impulsive, not keeping hands to himself. Sounds like a serious behavior issue, doesn't it? He's six.
As a former school counselor myself, I'm caught between two parallels:
Most of us amateur decorators will spend endless hours at the paint store choosing just the right color for our baby's nursery or big-boy bedroom. We have, most likely, already chosen the bedding set, lighting and some wall decorations. And now for the paint.
I have just read some very informative articles on color from a fabulous blog I follow, Colour Me Happy by Maria Killam. Maria is a color expert and designer in Vancover, B.C. She also conducts True Colour Training and Certification courses.
I just looked up information on a children's performance group. This group has a tv show and I thought it would be fun to go see it on stage. Actually, in the past few years I've inquired on a few performances: Barney, Bob the Builder and now Imagination Movers.
You can certainly call me cheap, because I often am, but I'm astonished at the prices to go to these performances! The going rate on these tickets in my area is $60. I checked other locations and the lowest I found was $50 for the nose-bleed section. For that reason, we have never taken the kids to the stage to see Barney or George.
I've joined a 5 week house cleanup at Simple Mom. Week #1 was cleaning out the master closet. Yes, the project we all dread! Honestly, I don't think my closet is too bad. We moved 6 months ago and prior to the move I had been clearing out with at least weekly carloads to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, or trash for the un-acceptables.
before cleaning - notice the tubs & empty garbage bags!
Emily at Family and Life in Las Vegas, has a toddler and is using her experiences with money to teach her little one. And what a better place to really learn about it than from right there in Sin City! Well maybe teaching the sins of gambling are too old for our toddlers, but we can start with the basics.
Ok, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this logic.....
I take a day off = I get an award
I don't check my blog for a day = I receive an awesome award
I don't even turn my computer on = I am nominated for an award
So are you thinking what I'm thinking..... that maybe I should be away from the computer a bit more? Hmmm... I could not do it all the time but maybe, just maybe, stepping away occassionally is a good thing!
I was just checking in on some of my favorite blogs as an escape from Facebook fussiness. Connecting this blog to my FB fan page isn't just a click or two! If anyone has any advice for getting me out of the muck, I'm all ears..... in the meantime, we go into the 'Finer Things' of basement muck....
I know so many of you have already experienced this so bear with me - I label myself "another mom who realizes her babies are growing up!" Usually, I'm the stressed, yelling, complaining mom but occassionally I get sappy...
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