Friday, January 27, 2012

Latest Obsession

I recently discovered the greatness of Jimmy John's, thanks to my friend Karla.  I have also recently discovered an awesome class at my gym: Nike Training Club.  It's a bootcamp-style class that gives you a full-body workout.  I walk out of there feeling like I just got my butt kicked, but it a good way, of course.  So, the last two Thursdays, as soon as I've finished NTC, I have promptly driven my freshly-kicked butt from the gym to the Jimmy John's drive-thru.  I'm currently in love with the Beach Club (I believe it's #13), hold the mayo - because let's be honest, mayo - unless you are in chicken salad, I have no use for you.  This sandwich is so good.  It's just turkey with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, and avocado spread.  I know - so simple, but trust's tasty.  I think it's the bread that makes it.  I have a strict Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy with this sandwich and it's nutritional info.  I choose to believe it is healthy.  If you know otherwise, feel free to laugh behind my back.  But for the love of all that is good in this world, don't ruin this for me.  Already looking forward to next Thursday.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Jute Wrapped Vase

I found this idea on pinterest, and thought I'd give it a try.  I had an old, cheap vase just taking up space on top of the cabinets in my laundry room, and I had jute left over from another project (which I also need to post).  So, technically, this was little ditty was completely free!  Always a plus with any DIY project. 

So, here's what I started with:

I started on the bottom of the vase
...and i just kept wrapping and gluing.

...until it looked like this.  I think it turned out pretty good.
I found this similar style at Kirklands, on sale for $19.99

With the right shaped vase, you could even get away with using it as a candle holder.  Maybe?
So, whatcha think??  It was super easy, but definitely took some time.  I am loving all the jute-wrapped ideas on Pinterest.  I may have to try some of these:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On the Mend

My little household passed around a cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, etc., last week.  We have been popping antibiotics, steroids, z-paks, and OTC meds like candy around here.  Thankfully we are all starting to feel much better.  Poor little Izzy had a horrible cough that was waking her up every night, so her doctor put her on steroids.  This was the first time she had taken them (at least outside the NICU - I'm sure she had every medication known to man while she was there).  Anyway, we had no idea what we were in for.  We knew from the listed side effects that she may experience facial flushing, nervousness, and an increased appetite.  We did not know she would turn into the Incredible Hulk.  My sweet baby was out. of. control.  We're talking major tantrums, where Griff and I couldn't even control her.  It was nuts.  I heard a lot of, "No Mommy!" and, "Yes I Can!" At one point, my mom and sister came over.  I warned them that she was "raging" and they laughed and rolled their eyes at me because she was happy and running around the living room.  Well, it only took about 5 minutes before my mom's glasses were knocked off her face and homegirl was doing a pull-up on the kitchen counter.  Insane, I tell you.  Luckily, she is back to her sweet self again.  Crazy how that medicine can have such an effect on her little personality.  So, here's to hoping we can all stay well enough to cross off the 101 items on our to-do list!
My sick baby and her daddy
She looks sweet, but I'm tellin' ya, you don't want to mess with this girl on roids.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Time for Tea

I took Izzy to the most precious birthday party for her sweet friend Gabrielle this weekend.  It was a tea party theme, and my friend, Karla, went all out.  There were 8 little ladies and 1 little gentleman (the birthday girl's little brother) in attendance, and they were so well behaved.  The girls LOVED dressing up and acting all sassy.  It was the cutest thing you've ever seen.  I'm definitely going to be stealing this idea in a few years!  Of course, I forgot my camera, so I only have pics from my phone.  Better than nothing, I suppose. 

How cute is this table?  LOVE the cupcake stand she and her mother made, and did you notice the little plastic teacups with straws?  Adorable!

After we worked out on Friday, Karla (who had people refinishing floors at her house) brought the kids over to play with Izzy while we whipped up these cupcakes.  They were a hit at the party.

Each sweet girl had some fancy jewels waiting for them when they took their seat.

All dressed up and ready to eat lunch.  They had Chic-fil-a nuggests, fruit, chips and dip, and eggrolls.  She also served chili for the adults.  Delish!

After dinner, the girls decorated foam-picture frames that were shaped like a teacup.  Then they picked out two boas - one to wear and one for their hat.  (The mamas hot-glued the boas to the hats.)  Here's my girl.  This picture cracks me up.  Her dress is sleeveless, so I put a little cardigan on her, so she looks like a little old lady with her hat and jewels. 

So fancy!  After all the girls got "fancified" we lined them up for some super cute group pictures, but I didn't want to post other people's children here without their permission.  Just trust me when I say they were all precious. 

Being fabulous is exhausting!

I can't say enough about how fun and adorable this party was.  Izzy can sometimes be a handful in new situations, but she was a little doll (all the girls were), and she had a blast.  This party got me pumped to start planning Izzy's 3rd birthday party.  Say whaaat?  She's going to be 3???  I decided on a Minnie Mouse theme awhile ago, and I finally started making some progress on Sunday.  I'll be sure to post a blog about her party and all the little goodies I'm making for it after it's all said and done.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Mantel Dilemma

I had so much fun decorating my mantel for Fall and Christmas this year.

But now that all the decorations have been put away, it's pretty pathetic looking. 

It got even more pathetic after I moved the candelabra to the tv cabinet.  (Hubs hung the tv on the wall, so the cabinet was bare and screaming for something just that size.)

So, like all the great decorators , I googled, "How to decorate a mantel," and found this for inspiration.

I gathered things I had around the house, and put this together. 

I've been living with this for about a week now.  I don't hate it, but it definitely needs to be tweaked.  I'm hoping there's a kid-free trip to HomeGoods in my near future.  I'm also considering moving a big round mirror from my entry way here and adding some wall sconces on each side.  I can already picture the head shake and eye roll from hubs. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I struggled a bit on whether I even wanted to make a list of resolutions this year.  Just to remind you, I tried that last year, and I'll just let you guess how that turned out.  But then I thought to myself, "Why let an opportunity to start fresh pass me by?"  And here we are.  I really want to stay mindful of these goals all year, so I've kept the list short and realistic (at least I think so).

1. Be Healthy - Instead of putting tons of emphasis on weight, which is my usual M.O., I will concentrate on making healthier food choices (not only for myself, but also for my family), and I will make time for at least 4 workouts a week. Trust me when I say the workouts will be the easy part for me.

2. Read More - I am so sporatic when it comes to reading, but I do really enjoy it.  So, I resolve to turn the TV on less and pick up my Nook more.  I joined a book club, so that should help.  We read one book a month, and ideally I would love to read a second book on my own every month as well.  I won't beat myself up if this doesn't happen, but I think it's a good place to start.

3. Implement a Bible Reading/Study Plan - This is something I have been meaning to do for a while now, and I think it is time.  I know reading the entire bible, cover-to-cover, in a year is a popular New Year's resolution.  That's not what I'm talking about.  I'm talking about consistently devoting at least 15 minutes of my day to reading/studying the bible.  I can't think of a better way to grow spiritually and strengthen my relationship with Christ than to immerse myself in the Word of God.  Let's be honest, if this is the only goal I accomplish this year, 2012 will be a great success!

4. Get Organized - I actually got a jumpstart on this goal with a few little areas of my closet, bathroom, and pantry, but I still have lots of spaces to tackle.  Yesterday, I was cleaning out the coupon drawer in the kitchen, and I found a stack of gift cards/store credit cards that I hadn't seen in over a year.  I almost threw them away, thinking they were probably just trash, but out of curiousity, I started calling to check the balances.  Turns out we had over $148 sitting in a drawer.  If that is not motivation to get my act together, I don't know what is.  Next big project: my craft closet.  Shudder.

5. More Quality Family Time - I'm not sure how it happens, but our calendar always seems to kick our butts.  It seems like our weekends are spent running around like crazy people, and our evenings together during the week just fly by.  So, I resolve to slow down and spend more quality time together this year.  Hubs achieved a huge career goal by making partner at his accounting firm this year, which makes me just about the proudest wife ever.  But along with his new responsibilities, inevitably come more working hours, so it is especially important that we set aside lots of fun family time. 

Whatcha think?  Doable?  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Back to Reality

The first Monday of the new year started off with a trip to the gym for a butt-kicking Body Pump class.  Then we went home for showers and headed back out for a 2-hour, $260 trip to Wal-Mart.  That hurt more than the workout for sure.  We spent the rest of the day at home, putting things away, doing laundry, organizing the pantry and refrigerator, and painting Izzy's bed (almost done - will post pics soon!).  It felt good to be semi-productive for a change. 

And of course, I made time for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Bachelor that night.  RHOBH was ridciulous, as usual, but I'm hooked, and I just can't look away.  The Bachelor on the other hand...not so sure.  Apparently ABC recruited girls straight off the crazy farm this season.  We had a huge, obnoxious derby hat, a pageant queen (complete with her sash), a tag-along grandma, an evil model, a rhyming Brit, and a girl who rode in on her high-horse (quite literally).  And that was before anyone even said a word to each other.  As usual, there were two girls who didn't get along right off the bat.  This resulted in one them locking herself in the bathroom and crying like a fool.  Of course, both of them received a rose.  With Ben as the bachelor, they are going to have to create some major drama for the sake of ratings.  I gotta be honest, I'm not sure how long I can hang in this season. 

Hubs went back to work yesterday, and after I dropped Izzy off at school, I met up with a friend to run 4 miles (the longest I've run in more weeks than I care to admit).  Let's just say that after the class on Monday and the run yesterday morning, it now hurts to blink.  And I think I'm getting sick.  Lovely.  Poor Izzy is going to be watching a lot of Disney today.  I don't think she minds too much though.  She brought me a tiny little dog that came with her doll house, and said, "Here Mommy, he'll take care of you."  I sure do love that sweet baby!