Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mothers Day is coming!

Funny shirts for every Mom.  Find them all here, Thuglifeshirts.

I really like gifts but my true love language is time, do you hear that kids!

I was hoping to get to NYC for a Broadway Play this Mother's Day.  It's prolly not gonna happen on Sunday as the weather has been absolute crap here in Pennsylvania so my enthusiasm has been wavering (and thus my planning).  The idea of running around in the rain, #nocando.  But I'm looking forward to a little gift to me.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Its kind of a funny story

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That my friends is all the shoes I've purchased since October.  

The official count is 15. Complete crazy, all I want is a good pair of every day work flats, that can also work weekends when needed.  Now before you think I am some shoe collector/hoarder, (which I kinda am) I should tell you, I only kept the last two.  But the black patent ones, I ordered 3 times, I really wanted them to fit so so bad, they just did not.  

Somehow I decided to order clogs and I can't stop wearing them, love love love.  They are the perfect amount of casual and snazzy, just like me :)

Meanwhile, it's snowing right now, in April, can you believe it.  And sandals season is right around the corner, I love Summer and sandals and open toes, I can hardly wait.  I do hope I make it through sandals season with a much shorter list or purchases.  

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Break

With polka dots on the brain but not wanting to spend money, I dug up my old white curtains (cheap muslin from JoAnns, I'm talking $2/yd), grabbed a tube of lilac paint (.79c) from Hobby Lobby and got to work.  Of course I did a quick search on pinterest for tips and hers seemed the simplest so I went with that.  What can I say, I like easy.  

If you are a perfectionist, these are perfect for you as polka dots are really forgiving   I thought I wanted a pattern, I so did not.  Just random polka dots using a pencil eraser tip was all I needed.  

You know what else is forgiving?  Chalkboard paint.  I knooow, it's everywhere.  But I thought it might be a fun addition in a pre-teen space for my kiddo.  Bonus, it's easily changed.  

My daughter is 9 and I'm fairly certain her style will change.  So while trying to make this her "dream room" (her words)... I am also keeping in mind that the dream/style/vision will likely change, alot.  

Our last hoorah for Spring Break weekend was the Franklin Institute Pixar exhibit in Philly. The Franklin Institute is an interactive museum, we went with the youngest two and I'm pretty sure everyone learned something new, lots to see and do, I highly recommend.  It does require interaction from the adults, lots of reading and explaining but also very engaging and fun.

How about my Action Figure :)

Also of note, is it me or did bloggers bust out with the cutest Easter goodies this year? Here are a few from Pinterest, I had to share: 

Bunny Bait Trail Mix: Loved the colors, and the mix of salty and sweet, yum.  I think I'd try something without peanuts as not to give any Moms a fright.  Perfect for a party goodie bag.

Bunny Toss:  I thought it was golf, ha ha!!  Who doesn't have a box laying around that wouldn't rather be a funny bunny for mini golfing or tossing?

Bunny Bean Bag Toss:  Again with the cardboard, but so cute!  The carrots require a little TLC but think of the cute photos and fun the kiddies will have.  If you put your mind to it, I'm sure the animal/shape can be customized to fit any occasion or holiday. 

Pin the tail on the bunny: Its a free download.  You know what would be fun, letting the grownups play, blind-folded of course :)

I've noticed at my family events that it's always good to have a few activities planned to break up the eating, sitting and TV time.  And, if you have a small budget for prizes, even better! Make some good memories, and remember I save all the best ideas from the interwebs on my pinterest party board.  Sharing is caring yo.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mind-eraser and Motivator

It's been a hectic week at work and I've been using music to get me to the finish line. This song is my absolute favorite mind-eraser and motivator.  The beat and lyrics, always seem to put me in a better mood (even if it's just for a few minutes).  I have used it over and over to get myself up and moving on those lazy days when Netflix has me under it's spell and I need to break free.  

I simply cannot listen to it without moving some part of my body, I can't recommend it enough.  (Jill Scott's Blessed is a close second)

Spring Break, here I come!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Trending: Polka dots

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I've been noticing a polka dot trend on my pinterest boards and these are just a few of my favorites.  Polka dots add just the right amount of whimsy, color and festivity.  They whisper a playful pattern that doesn't take itself too seriously and plays well with others. They're the equivalent of style exclamation points (!!!). 

Something about them reminds me of my daughter's personality, subtle, refined, playful.  I've been toying with the idea of adding polka dots in her room, I don't quite have a finished plan just yet, but it all begins in the mind.  Stay tuned, the plot thickens. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Starter Gallery Wall

I was strolling around Hobby Lobby and I noticed these gallery art pads by Me and My Big Ideas. (any scrapbookers remember their cute stickers from the 90s?).

The back cover details what images are included in the pack: 14 sheets of art prints, the sizes include 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14.

The packs are $14.99,  and Hobby Lobby almost always has a 40% off coupon available on the app.     

I grabbed The Color Me Happy pack to add some color/fun/art around the house.  But this week I decided to take the large peony print to work for a little inspiration at my desk and it's perfect.  It's been nice having the warmer temperatures and the peonies are a great reminder of what's to come, hello Spring 2016, welcome!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hello 2016

This year for Holiday break I was off for 16 consecutive work days (sixteen!).  To say I was relaxed is an understatement, I felt carefree and laid-back but also put together.  It was a great way to start the new year.  

One of the first things I do when I wake up is check my email.  Sometimes I get to read a blog post or two and it is a relaxing way to start my day.  But I feel so guilty when I haven’t contributed to the blogging community, weird and odd but true. This is my little space, and I have to do a better job at cultivating it. 

I even enrolled in a few free e-courses to jump start my creative thoughts, (see Blogtastic and AmyTangerine's handbook)

I feel really good about this year, here's to spending a little time sharing some ideas on the ol' blog.