Friday, May 24, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 21

I am super excited about this weeks Project.  I have been looking on Pinterest for a while to find a solution to my mess of a jewelry box.  I love the idea of displaying everything, that way there was no more tangled jewelry I could see everything I have right in front of me and the idea would be that everything would be kept clean because each piece would have its place.  I couldn't really find what I was looking for on Pinterest, there is tons of ideas but I didn't have any extra money to spend on this project so I had to get creative.  So I put together my own idea and I am really happy with the way it looks.
 
So here is the space that I had to work with:


 
This is the Quote that I chose, In order to be IRREPLACEABLE One must always be DIFFERENT - Coco Chanel.  I made level lines on the wall and stenciled the quote.  I then painted in each letter then traced the edges with a thin black sharpie.  I used a magic eraser to get rid of the pencil lines and to fade the entire quote so it was more subtle:

 
The next step was laying out all my jewelry and slowly adding it to the space one piece at a time:





 
I am so please with how it turned out.  I sent a picture to my sisters and my comment below was "Jewelry Wall, I can do this cause I have no man to say no LMAO"  I love owning my own house!!




Pinterest Challenge Week 1 - House Key

Pinterest Challenge Week 2 - Cleaning

Pinterest Challenge Week 3 - Ivory Soap

Pinterest Challenge Week 4 - Quotes

Pinterest Challenge Week 5 - Painting

Pinterest Challenge Week 6 - Snack

Pinterest Challenge Week 7 - Valentines Day

Pinterest Challenge Week 8 - Pears

Pinterest Challenge Week 9 - Spice Drawer

Pinterest Challenge Week 10 - Face Mask

Pinterest Challenge Week 11 - A Couple Little Projects

Pinterest Challenge Week 12 - Military Diet

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 20

I have been making lots of changes to my house and preparing for a Summer off with my girls and in doing so I decided to change both of their bedrooms around.  I have very fond memories of lying in my bed looking out my window during the long summer nights feeling the cool breeze come in, so I decided to move both of their beds over to their windows.  In doing this I ended up having to move every piece of furniture in their rooms.  Once the heavy pieces were all moved I was left with deep indents all over the carpet.  So I remembered seeing this pin so I decided to try it out.  I didn't leave them on for as long as I was supposed to but it still worked.  I let them melt for a while then I used the stick on my vacuum to pull up the carpet.  It worked really well and I bet if I actually had the patience and did it properly then it would have worked even better.
 



Pinterest Challenge Week 1 - House Key

Pinterest Challenge Week 2 - Cleaning

Pinterest Challenge Week 3 - Ivory Soap

Pinterest Challenge Week 4 - Quotes

Pinterest Challenge Week 5 - Painting

Pinterest Challenge Week 6 - Snack

Pinterest Challenge Week 7 - Valentines Day

Pinterest Challenge Week 8 - Pears

Pinterest Challenge Week 9 - Spice Drawer

Pinterest Challenge Week 10 - Face Mask

Pinterest Challenge Week 11 - A Couple Little Projects

Pinterest Challenge Week 12 - Military Diet

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lucky number 3

I find it hard to keep track of the days lately, time seems to be moving so quickly yet so slowly simultaneously.  I look back at pictures and pull memories from my bank and can't believe that it was so long ago that these days, these little moments in time happened. But yet somehow for some memories it feels like a lifetime has past since they occurred but in actuality it hasn't been that long.  Life is funny that way, I spend a lot of time reflecting and I try to go into these memories with a clear head and a clear heart. 



 I see the love of my children and how they filled my heart before they graced my arms.  Everyday I take a moment to stop and really look at them, they are mine, and I am lucky.  I stopped today and asked them "I am a very lucky Mommy, do you know why?" they both stopped what they were doing and looked up at me with wide curious yes "No Mama why?" was Aisley's response "Because I have you two, you are the most amazing daughters a Mommy could ever ask for" Both girls smiled and Quinn cuddled me and said "Mama we are the lucky ones because we have you"  I am lucky, I am lucky that they chose me to be their Mom, no matter what may come and go in my life, in the end they are all that matter.
 











 
 
Since I was a little girl I have always believed in luck and for some reason I chose the number 3 to be my lucky number.  I never had a reason why just one day I declared it to be lucky and that was that.  This past year I have figured out why it is lucky.  A couple weeks ago I turned 34 and took some time to reflect on the last year.  33 was a big year for me (see two 3's so double lucky) I had a lot of life changes and at the time of each I may not have seen them as lucky but from where I stand now it was a very lucky year. 
 
When I was 33 I went from a family of 4 to a family of 3. I love my little family of 3, we are happy and joyous and we find solitude in one another.  There is trust, love and compassion.  Everyday may not be prefect but everyday we learn how strong our family of 3 is.  We moved into 2013 and it was a fresh start for us, we spent the 3 months of Winter getting our footing back and moving forward with our day to day lives. We snuggled more and giggled more and relaxed more then we had in a long time.  There was a new calm that came over our lives over those 3 months. 
 



 
 
Spring has now come and we all know that Spring is a time for change, there is a shift in the amount of time we spend outdoors and our daily schedule becomes much more hectic.  There are activities to get to and friends to ride bikes with, bubbles to blow and skipping ropes to play with.  The back and forth between two houses is hectic and frustrating but slowly we are adjusting, them much better then I. 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
I want to remember the good times, I want to be happy, I like when I am happy, and right now I am happy.  Yet I still have those days when life just seems so complicated.  I have to deal with the fact that it is not only me that I need to think about and that right there makes things extremely ridiculously complicated.  Due to my previous relationship with my ex I now question everything, way beyond the amount that I should.  I have a hard time just letting go and embracing the here and now.  What if I am missing signs that tell me I need to change things, what if I am making a wrong decision and wont find out for another 13 years. 
 
There are three simple words that I tell myself everyday .... life is short ... depending on the day these words cause me to have two very different reactions.  The first being, embrace it, throw yourself into it, don't look back, only forward and jump in.  The second is the exact opposite, I feel I should slow down, analyze what I am doing, take a step back and look at my situation from every angle.  So you can see how frustrating and confusing that can be for a girl.  My mind is set on what I should do, but depending on the day they are two drastically different plans.
 

 
 
For those Moms out there did you notice that after you had a baby everyone felt that your body was their business?  You get lots of questions like, did you tear, how many stitches, how are you heeling, how is breast feeding, how much weight did you gain and then how much weight have you lost.  (I remember being asked how much weight I had lost since having Quinn ... 3 days after she was born)
 
Well divorce is kind of the same thing.  Everyone asks lots of very personal questions about your life while you were together and since you have been apart.  They want to give their opinions on what you should be doing and how you should be doing it.  Now this can vary from your daily routine of when you have the children and when you don't, from how you deal with you ex and his family and how you handle fights.  What you should tell your children and how much they should know about the situation.  How you should make and spend your money, how you should act and behave, and how you should be feeling.  There are lots of opinions on meeting new people and dating, introducing them to the kids and moving forward. 
 
Now don't get me wrong I love that I have people in my life that care about me and worry about me and want to be there for me, then there are those that feel the need to stick their nose in my business, those people I can do without.  The truth of the matter is simple ...  there is no map laid out for this situation.  Truly every ones experience and timing is different when it comes to divorce. You spend a lot of time reflecting and re-living your past. 
 
For me and my ex things ended last summer, yes I was shocked and hurt and devastated but once I really sat down and looked at our life together things had been over for a long time.  I can see when it changed and how it changed, I just didn't see it at the time.  But that is all part of life, part of growing and changing.  I have learned from my mistakes and I have grown as a person, I trust myself and my judgment.  Before all of this happened to me I had my opinions on how people should handle divorce and dating and children, but trust me, unless you have been through it you will never understand.  So give me your opinions and tell me how you feel but in the end trust that I know what I am doing and I have learned from my past and will continue to learn how to handle my situation and what I want out of life. 
 
Whether they just had a baby or are getting divorced really all the person wants is love and support, let them vent or complain and in response give them love and support because all of these things are scary.  How can anything that has a box beside it that you have to check stating you had a life event not scare you shitless?!?!
 
 
 
So as I reflect and move forward I find my luck in the little places in my life and the little people in my life.  I surround myself with positive and put faith in myself that when push comes to shove I will know what is right for my beautiful family of 3 and in the end that's really all a girl can do.

Pinterest Challenge Week 19

Happy Mother's Day! I hope all you Mothers out there had a great day and where spoiled as you should be because Mothers rule this world.  This week was a fun project that I did with Aisley and my Daycare kids.  I found the poem on Pinterest and worked with each child to make their hand print.  
 



Pinterest Challenge Week 1 - House Key

Pinterest Challenge Week 2 - Cleaning

Pinterest Challenge Week 3 - Ivory Soap

Pinterest Challenge Week 4 - Quotes

Pinterest Challenge Week 5 - Painting

Pinterest Challenge Week 6 - Snack

Pinterest Challenge Week 7 - Valentines Day

Pinterest Challenge Week 8 - Pears

Pinterest Challenge Week 9 - Spice Drawer

Pinterest Challenge Week 10 - Face Mask

Pinterest Challenge Week 11 - A Couple Little Projects

Pinterest Challenge Week 12 - Military Diet

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 18

For this week I decided to show you a couple different pins that I have found for Health and Fitness.

First was a drink that consisted of cucumbers and mint mixed with water.  I didn't like it at all.  Maybe its because I am not a huge fan of fresh mint in my drinks but it really turned my stomach.  I tried it a few times through out the day but just couldn't drink it.  I still would like to try the apple cinnamon drink, maybe I will like that one better.

Two great pins that I am doing right now are the squat challenge and this little beauty that helps work on love handles.  Both are fantastic and I will be working them into my daily workouts.
 
With Spring finally arriving I have been able to get out and run more, there are tons of pins for different songs that are great for running, look for that post coming soon.
 
 
 
Pinterest Challenge Week 1 - House Key

Pinterest Challenge Week 2 - Cleaning

Pinterest Challenge Week 3 - Ivory Soap

Pinterest Challenge Week 4 - Quotes

Pinterest Challenge Week 5 - Painting

Pinterest Challenge Week 6 - Snack

Pinterest Challenge Week 7 - Valentines Day

Pinterest Challenge Week 8 - Pears

Pinterest Challenge Week 9 - Spice Drawer

Pinterest Challenge Week 10 - Face Mask

Pinterest Challenge Week 11 - A Couple Little Projects

Pinterest Challenge Week 12 - Military Diet

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 17


For this weeks challenge my sister and I got together and made some activities for the One year olds and the Three year olds.  For the One year olds we made a sensory bin.  Inside there was rice, lentils and noodles along with some plastic shapes that they could use as cups to scoop everything up.  It was a hit with both of the girls and the mess was pretty minimal as we did it on a large table cloth on the floor.  We will definitely be trying this one again and trying different objects in the pan.
 




Pinterest Challenge Week 1 - House Key

Pinterest Challenge Week 2 - Cleaning

Pinterest Challenge Week 3 - Ivory Soap

Pinterest Challenge Week 4 - Quotes

Pinterest Challenge Week 5 - Painting

Pinterest Challenge Week 6 - Snack

Pinterest Challenge Week 7 - Valentines Day

Pinterest Challenge Week 8 - Pears

Pinterest Challenge Week 9 - Spice Drawer

Pinterest Challenge Week 10 - Face Mask

Pinterest Challenge Week 11 - A Couple Little Projects

Pinterest Challenge Week 12 - Military Diet