Sunday, October 30, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: Meal Planning

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

When the kids are little you can come up with play dates and trips to the zoo and all sorts of family fun. But when they get older and have jobs, school homework, ministry things that they do, and a "life," it can be a lot harder to find family time.

One of the ways that you can almost always have family time is around a meal. Except in cases like ours, lol! One of the kids generally works morning hours and the other works late afternoon to evening hours. So we're rarely all home for meal time together anymore (when the oldest is home from college, I mean). Except on Sundays.

I love meal planning. I really do. But I haven't been doing it. I HAVE been cooking, of course, but it's not planned a week in advance. I usually decide that morning. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I love the idea of having a whole week planned out at a time (some people do a whole month at a time! They are my hero!).

Of course, there are those times when I am involved in a project and it's getting later and later and my hubby will come and say "We ARE eating tonight, right?" and he'll ask what my plans are for dinner. He just needs to know if I'm cooking or if he should do something. Those are the times when I am like "Dinner? What's that?"

I have one child who always asks "What's for dinner?" In fact those were his very first words. Not mama, not dada, but "dinner?" Not only that, the minute the doctor delivered him my newborn son turned to me and asked "What's for dinner, mom?" and he hasn't stopped since. Pretty sure his future wife is going to love that someday.

When I have a meal plan he knows to go look at the fridge where it's posted and he can rest assured that, yes, indeed, he will eat again that night so all is well in his world. He will not starve. Did I mention that this is the kid that wants to be a chef??????? Yeah, I know. Go figure.

Meal planning is a great idea because it can save time, money, and stress.

You save time because you already have a plan in place, and you know what you're going to make. You don't have to agonize over that question day after day after day. It's already been decided for that week and you don't have to rethink it. You don't have to sit around and try to decide what you "feel" like cooking that night. It isn't an emotional decision.

Since you planned your menu in advance you already know that you have the ingredients in the pantry, so you don't have to run to the store at the last minute.

You save money because you can buy ingredients when they are on sale, thereby building a stock pile and purchasing items when they are at their cheapest. You also save because you are cooking from scratch more and eating out less! You also save because you aren't shopping when you are hungry and desperate for a meal idea, and are more apt to make an impulse buy.

You save stress because who wants to grocery shop at 5:00 p.m. when the stores are crowded with other desperate people who have no idea what to feed their family for dinner? You know how they feel, because you are one of them. And so am I!

If you want to meal plan but aren't sure where to start, sit down and make a list of your family's favorite meals, or ask them to make you a list of their favorites, then add in a few recipes you've been wanting to try. Now look at your pantry and see what ingredients you have on hand, then make up your shopping list. Also look at store ads to see what's on sale and choose your meals from what you have on hand and/or what's on sale that week.

I want to get back to some of the basics, like meal planning, and having batches of pre-cooked chicken or ground turkey in the freezer, ready for a quick meal. I want to try some new recipes from scratch and eliminate buying some convenience foods.

Ultimately it comes down to making a choice to be organized and plan my meals. We all have the same amount of time in our day. Sometimes we use our time wisely and sometimes we don't. So this week, I am hoping to make my home sing by doing some menu planning!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

*Cough* *Wheeze* *Hack* *Sniff*

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I have a cold. I am personally offended.

Cough syrup sucks. It really, really sucks.

You can't take cough syrup without gagging and having your head swivel around 360 degrees. It's that bad.

I mean, I understand the whole "make it taste bad because it's medicine" idea. Assuming that IS the idea behind the reason it tastes so bad.

But does it really have to taste that bad?

Couldn't it taste like vegetables instead? That wouldn't be so bad. It's not like I'm asking to have it taste like ice cream. Or chocolate.

Maybe I'm just taking the wrong kind of cough syrup. Somebody told me that you can get cough syrup in a capsule form. Hmmm, who knew? (Well, she did.)

Still, I'd rather gag down some cough syrup than hack up a lung. Wouldn't you?

Have you noticed how a well-placed comma and a single letter change can make a difference? Read it again:

Still, I'd rather gag down some cough syrup, then hack up a lung.

Wouldn't you?

If you don't get this please look up the difference between "than" and "then," sooner rather than then. (Sorry, couldn't resist)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Ooooops! I've been sick this week with a cold, which affected my asthma a bit, plus it's been a busy week anyway (when I wasn't hacking up a lung) so I don't have a post prepared for MYHSM meme.

I am beginning to suspect that the mild cold I had a few weeks ago was actually allergies. But this cold is the real deal.

My asthma is doing really well and everything is getting back to normal there, my voice is getting more normal so I don't quite sound like a 94 year old man who has been smoking for 90 years and I think eventually I might stop coughing before the next century kicks in.

So, I don't know what I will be doing this week to make my home sing but you can bet that I will find something! Join us!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

You guys should try this! Not only is it great for accountability, it can break you of the habit of saving your "good" clothes for anyone except your precious family who sees you in the same t-shirt and jeans/sweats every day. Plus, you can get some fun, creative style ideas (not from here though, sorry but I'm not that cool. Make sure you pop over to the meme itself, lol!)

Wednesday
T-shirt: Who really cares?
Jeans: Old Navy
Bare feet: God

Just keeping it real. This is pretty much what I wore nearly every day before discovering this meme (except Sundays). Endless t-shirts and/or sweatshirts. I was in a rut.

For those that like to know these things, the shirt says "Caution ASL student" both in written English and ASL. I got it when I was learning sign language a few years ago.

There is something incredibly awesome about wearing an old t-shirt and jeans. You are up for anything. Mud wrestling, food fight, getting lost in the wilderness, changing a tire, throwing up on yourself, etc. The opportunities for fun are endless.


Thursday
White tank under: Target
Turquoise hoodie: Goodwill ($2!)
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut
Tie-Dye Shoes: Keds, thrifted

When I was cooking dinner I put on an apron just in case. Good move. As we started to eat dinner I decided to take the scarf off. Good call as I spilled something down the front of my shirt. What am I? Two?

Does anybody else ever think about what might happen if they're driving and get in a car accident and they roll their car or get jostled around and their scarf wraps around the steering wheel or parking brake or stick shift and they can barely whisper so they can't yell for help and they slowly choke to death, gasping for their last bit of air while wishing they'd taken the scarf off before they put the car in gear because who wants to die for a fashion accessory anyway? Yeah, me neither.

Friday
Black & White striped shirt: Walmart
Black hoodie: Costco?
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

This is my new haircut that I got last week. Aren't you thrilled?

I am pretty sure that these next couple of months are going to show me in endless hoodies or cardigans of excitement. I may even totally freak you out and wear a sweater instead, just to shake things up a bit. I live on the edge like that.

Saturday
Brown Mickey tee: Disney
Brown sweater cardi: Costco
Jeans: do you have to ask?

It's a sad day when your toilet looks better in a picture than you do. Sad, sad day, people.

Sunday
Turquoise top: Sam's?
Purple cardi: Eddie Bauer, thrifted
Jeans: Gap
Belt: Walmart

Not sure if purple and turquoise go together but I hear they're dating.

I don't know why but I feel the need to tell you that this is NOT the outfit that I wore to church. I didn't get a picture of it. I hope you can sleep tonight not knowing what I did wear. Because I'm not going to tell you. So there.

Just know that it was absolutely incredible and I looked the best I ever have and I will never, ever, ever top that and I didn't want to desecrate or trivialize the moment by taking a picture of it. Or maybe I just forgot.

Tuesday
Red top: Gap
Black vest: Jennifer Moore, Macy's
jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

Red is not just for Christmas people. By the way, there are only 67 days until Christmas, depending on if you're reading this on the day that I wrote it. You have plenty of time to buy me something but please start now and avoid the rush. Did I mention that I like diamonds?

Please don't feel like you have to buy your husband and children something and buy me something as well. I don't want you to feel like you have to. It's o.k., so don't worry about it. I am sure your husband and kids will understand if you don't buy them anything.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: When Does "Tomorrow" Come?

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Have you ever said "We need to be more careful about spending money" or "We need to stop eating out" or "We need to stick to our budget" or "We need to make a budget."

Isn't it funny how the words "we need to" often because synonymous with "ain't gonna happen?" Why is that?

I think it's because "we need to" means that we are acknowledging that we need to do it while at the same time inwardly we realize that we don't really want to do it bad enough. I mean we want to do it, we really do, but not enough to sacrifice for it. At least not yet. Some day.

And maybe, we really don't want to do it. We know we should, but don't want to.

Just by admitting that it needs to be done is enough for us. It becomes a statement of something that we should do.....some day. It becomes a worthy goal, a dream, a hope that "some day" we will do it.

We have voiced the need, and now we are free to move on.

Some day becomes tomorrow. Tomorrow we will do it. But not today. There's always hope for tomorrow. When does "tomorrow" come?

Maybe we don't know how or where to start. Maybe we know we should but we're too busy to make a plan and we have other priorities right now. But when it comes to saving money, that's a pretty good priority, right?

Maybe it's because it's not fun to deny yourself something. It's not fun to stay home and cook when you'd rather eat out. It's not fun to buy generic when you'd rather buy name brand. It's not fun to have to watch how you spend your money.

Well, what if we changed our definition of fun? What if we changed our definition of "we need to?" What if we decided to make a game of it instead of making it seem like work? What if we challenged ourselves to see how much we could save each month? What if we quit putting it off until tomorrow and just started today?

What have you been saying "we need to" in your life lately? How long have you been saying it? Are you any closer to doing it? What's holding you back? Do you want to do it? Do you need to do it? Is it important that you do it?

Change "we need to" to the words "It's important that we......" and start making that need a priority and make your home sing!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Some time ago my oldest, who is 22, was sitting at the table drawing a picture of a strand of DNA as part of his college homework. As he was drawing his picture, he said "You never heard of this stuff when you were in school did you?" The dude was totally serious.

He was also totally stupid as I was standing right behind him with a writing tablet in my hand. Instead of answering him, I playfully whacked him on the head with it instead. Then I said "Does that answer your question?"

I'm not sure he heard me as he was laughing at the time. I should have hit him harder.

As a kid, I remember seeing a picture of my mom when she was in junior high. I still remember looking at the picture and thinking how "old" she looked. To me, she looked like a 40 year old junior high school student! The hair, the clothes, it just dated the picture, I thought, and so, to me, she looked older than she was at that time. (Do I win some kind of award for having so many commas in the previous sentence?)

I also remember looking at a picture of my dad when he was five. He was the only five year old I know who looked like he was in college already.

As I get older, my kids are getting younger. Seriously. Have you seen that commercial where the dad is looking at his teenage kids, but they still look like children to him? His son walks by with his jacket and the dad says "Where are you going?" and this little boy (in his eyes) says "Work."

When my kids were little they asked me questions like "Did they have cars when you were a kid? Did they have t.v.?" and they were totally serious.

It is a little weird when I think about the things I've seen in my own lifetime. I mean, when I was little we didn't have cellphones or microwaves or dvd players. We didn't have a computer in our home either.

We had to watch a show when it came on or you hoped to catch it in reruns. Cellphone? Nope. My mom just hollered out the window or called the other moms in the neighborhood to find out where we were.

Microwaves? I wish. We had to heat things up on the stove or in the oven and just wait and wait. I never had one until we got married, because my parents never bought one when they first came out.

Blow dryers? Not when I was little. My mom had some strange contraption that had a cap that you put over your head and plugged the machine in. Then you sat in one place while it blew warm air into the cap and dried your hair.

Fast food? Well, not like it is now. I didn't even hear of McDonald's until I was in high school, but then I had lived in a little town and we never had one. We did have a DQ though, but my parents rarely took us out.

So, what changes have you seen in your lifetime?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

You guys should try this! Not only is it great for accountability, it can break you of the habit of saving your "good" clothes for anyone except your precious family who sees you in the same t-shirt and jeans/sweats every day. Plus, you can get some fun, creative style ideas (not from here though, sorry but I'm not that cool. Make sure you pop over to the meme itself, lol!)

Wednesday
Red hoodie: Disney outlet
Red shirt under: JCPenney
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut
Slippers: Macy's, gifted

Pretty sure you really don't care, but the hoodie says "Minnie" across the front.

I could not keep my hand out of the m&m's this day. Why don't vegetables taste as good as chocolate? Does that seem fair to you?

Vegetables taste good, don't get me wrong, but they don't rate up there with chocolate in my book. If they did I would have a chocolate garden like you wouldn't believe.

Thursday
Blue plaid shirt: American Eagle, thrifted
Blue shirt under: JCPenney
Jeans: Gap
Belt: Walmart
Slippers: Macy's, gifted

I'm not sure but sweats or pajamas may be preferable to this outfit. Nothing against American Eagle, it's purely operator error. I have a feeling that my fashion sense (such as it is) is just going to go downhill from here. At least, that's what I'm thinking if my first two outfits this week are an example.

How many of you read the above word "sweats" as "sweets?" Get your mind out of the chocolate gutter and let mine swim by, people.

Saturday
Black turtleneck: JCPenney
Hot Pink Hoodie Coat: Xhilaration, Target
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut
Pink plaid shoes: Kirra

So far I've been busy and cold and just want to wear a warm blanket all day. I thought of buying an electric blanket with a really long extension cord, but I'm pretty sure the cord would trip me up every time. However, I would love to go from room to room and plug my cord in, just because I could.

Sunday
Brown shirt: Bill Blass
Jeans: Levis 515 Bootcut
Slippers: Macy's, gifted

I wore this shirt to church with light brown slacks, brown boots and a denim jacket, then I changed out of them into the jeans and slippers.

I told you that my fashion style was going downhill. Just remember the camera adds ten pounds. So does eating lots of chocolate m&m's.

Why did I say "chocolate" m&m's? I mean, of course they are chocolate. They wouldn't be m&m's if they weren't chocolate. They'd be Skittles.

Monday
Hoodie: Disney Outlet
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

I got my hair cut on this day. How do you like it? Bwahahahaha!

I have several pairs of these jeans. I must admit that I like them. Do you know WHY I like them?

I am lazy.

I don't like having to take my shoes off when I change from my jeans to my workout clothes (running shorts), and back again after I work out. Yes, I am that lazy.

Tuesday
Black top: JcPenney
Purple sweater: Admit One
Jeans: Gap
Belt: Walmart
Necklace: Kohl's
Black boots: Thrifted

You can't really tell that I got a haircut but I did. She gave me some bangs and more layers. I call her The Hair Whisperer.

I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. Sometimes I refuse to speak to my hair until it behaves itself. Twice we broke up and once we even almost got divorced. It apologized at the last minute and I called off the lawyers but it was close, y'all.

My hair is thin and straight, but for some reason I imagine I have thick, wavy, bouncy hair. I imagine my hair and I running in slow motion through a field of flowers.

Then it becomes a problem when I look at myself in the mirror and my hair is just hanging there on my head. Like, well.......hair.

It does not conform to the image that I have of myself. Pretty sure Pantene will not be calling me anytime soon. However, No More Tears may want to give me a call and I have Head & Shoulders on speed dial.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: Start Preparing For Thanksgiving Now!

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Wow. October just keeps coming. I don't understand where the time goes. Thanksgiving is next month. Next month people!!!!!!!!! Then comes Christmas.

What is the most stressful thing about the Thanksgiving holiday to you? Is it the traveling with little ones? Is it having to clean up your house because you are hosting this year? Is it the shopping or the fact that you have to do all the cooking and/or all the cleaning up? Or maybe it's the fact that you never have enough chairs, or that certain family members don't get along with other family members.

You have seven weeks until Thanksgiving. That is plenty of time to plan if you start now and get some things done early.

If you're hosting, plan your menu now. Are you hoping for less stress this year? Ask other people to bring food. Call your mom or sister Sue and assign them food to bring and lighten your own load. If someone says they have no time to cook ask them to bring rolls or ask them to stop by Costco and pick up a pie.

Make your shopping list and shop early. Some of the food you will serve can be bought earlier, so watch for the holiday sales and go shopping. Don't wait until the day before. If you live on a budget you may need to have a few days of lentils and rice, etc., to free up more money for the extra food that you'll be buying.

Plan your house and table decorations. Perhaps you really love decorating your house for Fall and haven't yet, or maybe you love decorating the table. Start now to plan what you will do and start making any decorations that you need to make. Pull your Fall decorations out and put them on display. Again, don't wait until the last minute, that just brings stress.

Consider your furniture arrangement and needs. Will you need to move the furniture around? Have you always wanted to switch the couch into the dining room and move the dining table in front of the living room fireplace so you can eat by the fire this Thanksgiving? Now is the time to plan for that. Do you need extra tables or chairs for everyone? Determine what you need and find out if you can borrow from a friend or your church.

Make a few freezer meals now. Thanksgiving week can be busy and stressful, especially if you have family in town. Make yourself a few freezer meals and mark "Thanksgiving" on them. Then put them in the freezer and break them out Thanksgiving week. Not having to cook will free you up to do other things and remove some of the stress from your week.

Let people help you. For many years I did not allow people to help me with the dinner clean up because my kitchen is small and I just felt there wasn't room. However, by the time I finished loading the dishes in the dishwasher, washing and drying the ones that couldn't go in there, and wiping up the table and putting it back together again everyone was ready for pie! I finally asked for and accepted help and the clean up went much faster and easier.

Don't make extra work for yourself. Some people love basting the turkey every 15 minutes. Some people love making special centerpieces or folding the napkins in fun ways or making name cards for everyone. But if you aren't one of those people and just stress yourself out doing it, then don't do it.

Simplify when you can. You may love eating off Grandma's old china, but maybe you really hate hand washing eight sets of china afterward. You may love using cloth napkins but stress out trying to make sure they're all washed and ironed beforehand. You may love baking pies but stress out trying to fit it into your schedule.

Maybe it's time to simplify things and use paper plates (or dishwasher safe) for the dinner. If you can't give up Grandma's china completely then just use the dessert plates instead of the whole set. Perhaps it's time to use paper napkins or wash and iron the cloth ones ahead of time, or use the cloth ones but don't iron them. Assign someone else to bring the pies or bake them ahead of time.

Break down the housecleaning. Are you one of those people who only clean when company is coming over? Start cleaning now. You will probably want to clean the entry hall, living room, kitchen and bathroom (and maybe the dining room and/or family room depending on the layout of your home). You know, all the "public" rooms.

You have seven weeks. Assign each room a week and spend a little time each day cleaning in that room. (Go here to read my "Conquering the Messies" post if you don't know where to start.) Once you get a room cleaned you will need to do daily maintenance to keep it that way. And, if you continue with the daily maintenance after the holidays, you won't have to company clean again!

Plan to share. Every time you go to the store, pick up an extra can or cans of green beans or a box of mac & cheese if you have a few extra $$. Hold on to this until you have a sackful and then donate it to someone in need. Ask your local church or organization for a name if you don't know anyone.

Don't forget the kids. It can be stressful for kids to have a lot of extra people in the house. They can get excited and overstimulated. Plus, if momma is stressed they can often sense that and get stressed themselves. Plan some quiet time for them or quiet games if need be for Thanksgiving day. Purchase an inexpensive new toy for a little one or a game and break it out that day to keep the siblings happy and playing together instead of arguing.

Obviously these are just ideas and I imagine you have tons of ideas yourself. Feel free to leave them in the comments for others to read and make someone's home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

You guys should try this! Not only is it great for accountability, it can break you of the habit of saving your "good" clothes for anyone except your precious family who sees you in the same t-shirt and jeans/sweats every day. Plus, you can get some fun, creative style ideas (not from here though, sorry but I'm not that cool. Make sure you pop over to the meme itself, lol!)

Wednesday
Red top: JCPenney
Jeans: Levis 515 Bootcut
Light Blue hoodie: Gap, thrifted
Slippers: Macy's, gifted

What an exciting outfit. Can you believe you traveled all the way over to my blog just to see that? You wait all week for WIWW and THIS is what you get? Yeah. Sorry. My bad. However if you are looking for some exciting fashion/style ideas you have totally come to the wrong blog. I'm just sayin'........

Thursday
Blue hoodie top: Target
Jean Jacket: Gap, thrifted
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut
Fake Chucks: Airwalk, thrifted

Oh my favorite jean jacket, how I have missed you! Did you miss me? I am seriously glad that clothes can't talk. Can you imagine what they'd say?

Things such as "Oh no missy, you did not just spill that tomato juice on me. Don't you know that stuff stains?" or "You have GOT to be kidding me if you think that donut is not going straight to your hips."

Or how about "Really. Really? You stuff me in the back of the closet for six months and ignore me and now you think you can come here, smile and expect me to take you back and make you look good? I don't think so, Tim. I saw you with that little black dress last weekend and don't think I didn't."

Imagine this one "You stuff your mouth with chips and donuts and lattes and gain five pounds and suddenly it's MY fault that it won't fit?"

Yeah, I'm glad my clothes don't talk. What would your clothes say?

Friday
Blue shirt: Chaus, Sam's Club
Blue cardi: Gap, thrifted
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Brown/blue plaid shoes: Airwalk
Plaid scarf: ???

I decided I absolutely had to wear a scarf that day. I wanted to wear an Infinity scarf but I don't have one. So I sort of faked it. A rubber band may or may not have been involved.

Saturday
Lime green hoodie: Sag Harbor; thrifted
Hot pink tank under: Costco
Jeans: Gap
Polka dot scarf: Gift
Polka dot boots: Costco, recent

I don't know how well you can see the hood but the inside of the hood is black and white stripes. How fun is that?!

Pretty sure this is polka dot overkill but it was raining and I was cold. My eldest was home from college for the weekend, so we went to Costco for lunch. We like to really live high on the hog when he is home.

Don't ya love Costco? I love to walk around and eat the samples. Don't judge. I could live at Costco. Food, furniture, clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, shoes, books, free food samples, and some Costco stores even sell caskets!

I walked into Costco feeling fine and by the time I left my doze was all stuffbed up and I knewb I hab a code in by doze. Aaaachoooooo! Sorry for all the germs on the keyboard. Please feel free to spray Lysol before you leave.

Sunday
Brown & White sweater: Urban Diva; thrifted
Brown top under: Not sure, Costco?
Jeans: Hydraulic, thrifted
Brown/Blue plaid shoes: Airwalk, thrifted

This is a really bad shot, but I took it late in the day and the lighting sucked. I wore jeans to church again that day.

Before church I made one of "those" decisions. You know the kind I mean. The kind where you debate such important decisions such as "Should we add another child to our family?" or "Should hubby switch jobs?" or "Should we move to another country?" or "What should I make for dinner tonight?" You know, the really important decisions that require months of thinking and prayer and discussion.

So I spent 0.45287 seconds debating and made a major decision and decided to curl my hair that morning before church. By the time I was done with one side I realized that it was not a good idea as it took longer than I thought.

This kind of reminds me of the time I decided to put on fake nails before church......oh my! Good times.

So I had one side of my hair curled and realized I was running out of time. I could go as the two-faced woman, wear a hat, or try a weird side pony, but instead I just decided to curl the other side of my hair.

I debated wearing glasses but decided to pop my contacts in, slap on some makeup (and I DO mean slap), brush my hair out real quick, and ran to get dressed.

Jeans are great when you're in a hurry, because you only have to really only pick what you're going to wear on the top half. It's not like you have to agonize about what to "match" with the jeans.

Monday
Striped shirt: Target
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut
Purple sweater: Op
Slippers: Macy's, gifted

Um......yeah.......I always feel like a rebel whenever I wear something other than boots with my bootcut jeans. It's like coloring outside the lines or ordering a Big Mac at Wendy's or a Frosty at McDonald's. I live on the edge like that.

Sometimes I wonder if the Bootcut Police are out there looking for me. I mean, it does say "Bootcut" on the label. So clearly the intention is that you wear them with boots. I just like to be a rebel and wear them with slippers or tennis shoes or *GASP!* flip flops.

So it's a good thing that my face is hidden behind the camera or you would probably see my picture plastered all over the post office, or don't they do that anymore?

If you do see the Bootcut Police please tell them to wait their turn, the "Don't remove this tag" pillow people want to interrogate me first.

Tuesday
Black top: JCPenney
Periwinkle vest: Don't remember
Jeans: Calvin Klein

I totally forgot I had this vest. I was hanging my coat in the closet and just happened to glance around and saw this vest. It was like Christmas or Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: Go To Bed, People!

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Oooooops! I forgot to get this link up. For that matter, I forgot all about MYHSM. Sorry!

My oldest came home for the weekend. He goes to college out of state, and occasionally he will drive home for a visit. I love having him home!

I decided to make him several different freezer meals so that he could stock his freezer and not have to cook as much. I sent him home with about three weeks worth of food. He's been working more hours a week than usual and carrying a full load at school and frankly, I don't know when he sleeps.

Neither does he. College students, can't live with 'em, can't sit on them and force them to sleep.

This got me to thinking: When you are busy with your home and family and need more time, what is the first thing that you sacrifice? Your sleep?

When you didn't get everything done that needed to be done that day, what do you do?

When you feel stressed at the end of your day and feel like you need more time to just relax and "chill," where do you get that time? Do you borrow from the next day in order to have more time the night before?

Are you sacrificing your sleep for fun? Are you sacrificing your health for just one more load of laundry? Are you sacrificing a peaceful, happy you the next morning for just one more hour on the computer or just one more t.v. show the night before?

Sometimes I have a hard time putting a good book down. Other times I will hop on Pinterest or my Google Reader or Facebook or something and before you know it, an hour has gone by.

Go to bed, people, and make your home sing this week! An occasional late night is not going to do you in, but continually staying up late and getting up early is probably going to affect your attitude, patience, and temper, not to mention how you interact with your family and others. Do you really need to add more stress to your life by suffering from a lack of sleep? See you in Dreamland!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hooked On A Peeling or I Can't Fight This Peeling Anymore

'Twas a very sad day in our house today. We buried a bag of potatoes. It had somehow expired buried deep in the pantry where no one noticed.

Expired while alone, unloved and underappreciated.

There it went, cut down during the prime of life, before becoming what could have been a lovely soup, or perhaps a snappy homemade batch of french fries.

Once has to wonder how this happened. Who buys potatoes and then leaves them to die a slow, lingering death? Who buries potatoes so deep in their pantry that you would need a rope and Indiana Jones to ever see daylight again?

Who does that?

Did you know that expired potatoes are ugly? They sprout very strange things out of their bodies that look like alien appendages.

They smell too.

If you leave them too long baaaaaaaad things happen. Trust me on this. You will have a mess to clean up on the floor.

Not that I did that or anything.