Month: January 2016

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Collage Art Love

  It’s been snowing here. Maybe you saw it on the news? I refrained from going outside as much as possible. Which brings me to one of my snowed in days…I was inspired to make a collage. Just me, the TV, some scissors, and howling kids in the background. I decided to frame one for my “corner office”. Speaking of collages… This is what is trending with family photos: You can click on Jenna’s link above to see how she made it. It sounds super inexpensive to do–which makes it the best. While searching for collage ideas I saw this: I love this idea. Love it. You can make a statement piece for a room with an old chair and by collaging magazine cut-outs. Kids can help and it could be a creative snow day project. Speaking of collages and kids… This is using magazine cutouts as prompts for your kids to create their own art. You can read more by clicking on the above link. Looks like some great art for accenting a wall …

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If You Give A Mom a Snow Day…

  If you give a mom a snow day she’s going to want to take a nap. While she’s trying to take a nap chances are the kids will want their snow pants. If you give them their snow pants they will want help. Once you wrestle the snow pants, snow boots, coats, hats and mittens on they will go outside. When they get outside they will want to come back inside. They will probably pound on the door to let them in while yelling “MOOOOMMMMM” because they can’t supposedly open it with their mittens on. Once they get back inside they will ask for food. If you make them some food you will have to clean it up. While you are cleaning it up they will probably ask if they can pull out their messiest most complicated craft project. If you say yes they will most definitely need help. While you are reading the directions they will get bored and ask you for more food. Once they have the food they will want to …

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Does it Spark Joy?

  I pretty much have just enough time to maintain the status quo, meaning I can get what NEEDS to get done–done, but beyond that, Oy Vay. I have to remind myself that life is too short to obsess about the unfinished petty stuff–dusty baseboards, scuffed up walls, a playroom that looks like it was “tossed” by the Feds, etc… It’s all just a byproduct of a much loved home, right?  I, do, however, constantly try to find ways to minimize extra angst in my life. I mean life is not always very easy. The last thing I need is my own home to bring me down, stress me out, and be a giant buzz kill when sometimes everyone and everything else is jockeying for that position. So I keep hearing about this book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Her essential question is ‘Does this spark joy?’ “Keep only the things that speak to your heart, then take the plunge and discard all the rest,” she advises. “When you put your …

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Christmas Hangover or…Mantle Decorating Ideas.

  I have successfully taken down most of my Christmas decorations. I have no idea what was where before the whole decorating takeover happened. I have a Christmas hangover. Everything is bare and I am ok with that. I am also experiencing decorating lethargy at the moment. If you, like me, need a few simple inspirations to try to copy–well, here you go. Mantles. That’s all I could muster–lol. We will try for another category next time;)

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Ridiculous is Good.

I told my husband he should take the Christmas inflatables down because it was going to rain. So he did, and then set them back up–only in a different place. I wasn’t expecting to see them when I innocently opened the door to the garage–staring back at me, motors whirring, all lit up in the dark–in the garage. It’s like the flipping Thanksgiving Day Parade. Inside. Our garage. Everytime I open the door I forget they are there. Every single time. So I’m yelling at my 8 year old to stop jumping on the couch and for my 10 year old to stop telling the 8 year old to jump higher and I start giggling because I just opened the door to the garage. *** Last night we watched the movie The Martian (awesome). The hero, Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, gets stranded on the planet Mars, by mistake. His crew accidentally leaves him behind because they think he is dead. So much is wrong with that last statement. I mean when you think bad day you at …

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  Things have been busy over here. In no particular order… My dog threw his back out (for real). I was carrying him up and down the stairs on an orange plastic cafeteria tray. I broke my index finger into a hundred pieces so I can only type with one hand. We drove to Florida for Thanksgiving which was ridiculously long but the trip was worth it–lots of family we haven’t seen in too long. My house was in full mode operation Christmas which translated into chaos. My dishwasher flooded my kitchen and basement–multiple times–while people were sleeping below it. We drove to Syracuse for New Years where I ate soap and experienced pickle back shots. We came home exhausted and with two sick little boys. And as I type this the dishwasher is flooding the kitchen, again. Amid the chaos was the good and the bad. Some self-perceived, some not. The Holidays are like the ultimate testing ground–any chinks in the armor are magnified 100 fold. And endings seem to be hauntingly present, by endings I mean …