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favorite stores on etsy

May 7, 2015

animalsI love online shopping. Here are some of my favorite etsy sites-

Storyfor2– My friend Stephanie owns this etsy site- she is one of those secretly very creative friends- love her wedding seating charts and child silhouettes!

Julie Song Ink– I marvel at her writing and prints!! I wish I could write that beautifully.

Stephanie Shives Studio– and Supply & CO – if you want to throw a fun party- these shops have got the goods.

Precision Engraving– I just ordered 15 water bottles for my son’s soccer team with their last names engraved on them- they look amazing. Great quality.

Not on etsy- but a new find- The Animal Print Shop– love this sweet store and all their pictures!

What are your favorite etsy stores?

love letter to mom

May 5, 2015

mothers day

May 4, 2015

happy-mothers-day-2009It’s Sunday! I know all the moms know this- just putting it out there to my two male readers.

I asked some friends for what they are hoping for this year or what they plan on giving- here are some great ideas they sent me-

-This item made me laugh out loud, since this is SO me.  The “I remembered my grocery bag!”

– I’ll probably send flowers to my momma:) not sure what I want this year, a spa day gift certificate is always great!

– One Kings Lane has good ideas. And I might get my mom ebags packing cubes for traveling.  I love them, and my mom uses a bunch of plastics bags and it’s a mess :)

– One of the things I am getting my mom are these fun wine glasses.  Great for the patio! I am getting a garden :)  Last year I got a mountain bike- which I love.

– I love getting a punch card to mind stream yoga.  I do a collage frame for my mom with pictures of the boys.

– Tory Burch has a really pretty fitbit bracelet – would totally get it if I wore a fitbit!!!!

And one of my favorite responses was-

What I Would Like for Mother’s Day…..

1. For no one to ask me a single question that starts with, “Where is…..” because that will require me to move.

2. Uninterrupted time watching Bravo.(refer to #1 while Bravo viewing is in progress)

3. Someone delivering a mimosa and some scones. (see #1 and #2 so you will know where to deliver the items and how to do it without disturbing the flow – Fredrik on Million Dollar Listing New York may be closing a deal and a high kick might be next.)

4. To not wash a single dish, article of clothing or body part.

5. To not have to ask, “Are you SURE you have everything?” before breaking the land/speed record to get to practice on time because the answer is no.

6. To have the alien that has invaded your body making you slower than I ever thought possible go back to its home planet for the day.

😊 actually…’s what would be really fun…..

I like going to Home Depot the Saturday before and picking out flowers to plant on Sunday.  We’ve done this since S was a baby and it’s fun. The result is always beautiful!

Anything that can bring about relaxation – facial, massage, punch card for yoga or barre classes.

Going on a morning hike and bringing food for a brunch.

Quality time watching crappy tv or reading is always nice.

Hope this helps!
Love to all you moms out there! I hope you are celebrated in the ways you hope!

april favorites

April 21, 2015

summer-drinkIt’s so beautiful today in Ft Collins! We are in full sports season mode and my days are full with prepping for what comes next. Here are some quick new favorite finds for this month!

I bought these Cheers! glasses from Crate and Barrel for my kids yesterday- it was fun to set them out with OJ in them this morning and see them smile.

Loving the new app Two Dots– great for my older boys too-

I stumbled on the blog sunny side up last week as I was still organizing and checked out her suggestion of Cozi- and dove in with two feet! I love how easy it is to use and that it’s a shared calendar with my husband for all the kid’s sports camps and games in one place.

My friend Paige was raving about the Costa shorts at Athleta and I grabbed a pair in black. They are so comfortable and light weight that I know I will wear them a ton this summer.

Have any of you heard of ringly?  I am totally excited about this type of technology. Choose one of their cool rings and it connects to selected contacts through Bluetooth- it will gently vibrate if a call comes through you are waiting for. Much more polite than checking your phone all night.

Planning on making these Salsa Verde Tacos this week- they look delicious to me! And this Apple, Almond, Bacon and Brussel Sprout salad! YUM.

tidying up part II

April 9, 2015

I honestly am amazed at how many conversations I am having about this book. (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing) It seems I am getting texts everyday or an email about it. I guess we are all looking for ways to free ourselves up. There were parts of this books that made me really think about my belongings and other parts I thought were silly. For instance, I can’t imagine speaking and thanking all of my possessions for the job they do on a daily basis- but there have been times I should take better care of what I own. And I am still stumped how you don’t tackle one room at a time.

Here are some of my small changes that I attribute to having read this book:

1. I collected all my coins from around the house as she suggested and took them to Coinstar in my grocery store. I always thought they charged you for correlating your money, but you have an option of donating it to charity or getting a giftcard. I chose a giftcard to Starbucks and took my receipt to the Starbucks store and they put it on a gift card- so easy. I had $35 in coins laying around in all my drawers. Kind of nuts.

2. I have taken a serious look at all our shoes. Just by going through them, I donated at least 10 pairs that the kids had outgrown but we still had in our back door trunk.  Everyday we were pushing these aside to find a pair we wear.

3. I went through all my kitchen extras and saw a rice cooker I never use. I decided to use it that night- and when the rice wasn’t any better than what I normally make on my stovetop- I donated. Opened up a whole shelf in my kitchen.

4. I asked my older boys to go through their closets and tell me what they would not wear again. News to me- half the wardrobe was on the floor- donated and I don’t have to keep picking them off the floor when they fall from the hanger.

5. Went through all my makeup and samples. Using what I actually have bought now that I know what I have. Used samples or threw away.  Using products I spent money on and forgot about!

6. Went through linen closet- donated half of our sheets- especially king size pillow cases as I have never used them in 10 years and probably had 10 of them.

7. Pictures are everywhere in my house. They are loose, they are in drawers, books, albums. I have decided to lay out some of my random albums on my kitchen table, share them with my kids and then toss them. This author is right that they have served their purpose. I haven’t looked at some of these pictures in 20 years and they aren’t important, just a reminder of a time or event in my life.

I could keep going but I am not trying to bore you!  It’s amazing how many things we work around on a daily basis without making a decision about them. I feel great addressing what’s in front of me and taking action. And the whole idea of only keeping what brings you joy was a big one. I have so many shirts and sweaters I may wear one day- but if I didn’t wear them this past winter, then I obviously don’t like the fit or style. Onwards.

I am curious what is resonating with you with this book?  Let’s talk.

tidy up

March 27, 2015

the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-upIf a book about cleaning up makes the best seller list, call me intrigued.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a meaningful read. I love to get rid of stuff. One of my very good friends once said “When I give you a gift, I just hope it doesn’t get donated!” I love to pass things on to people who can use them. So, I first thought that maybe this book didn’t have much to teach me. But, it already has and I am only a few chapters in! It goes against doing one room at a time, or getting rid of a couple things everyday- all the usual things we have heard. I agree that when I have less, I have LESS TO CLEAN UP. Amen!

that bunny

March 25, 2015

rainbow-playground-ball  Easter is around the corner and I am starting to plan. We don’t go big on gifts for our kids at Easter – just a couple fun things. My daughter was EASY! I bought her this rainbow ball and sweet ribbon twirler. For the boys, I am stumped. I am guessing I will be at Sports Authority soon looking for something fun for them.

Years ago, when discussing the Easter bunny, one of my son’s got all worried about him coming into our house. He said “I’m gonna get that bunny!” Since I did not want him to be scared, I decided to tell him that there was no Easter Bunny- it was just made up. I will never forget my other son (older) saying “What mom tells a four year old there is no Easter Bunny??” A funny moment and true! Sometimes I just feel worn out by making up all these stories- tooth fairy… etc!  I have to say, I like that I can kick back this holiday and not pretend some bunny is hopping in our house.

Last week we were in Marco Island for Spring Break. It was a great getaway with a week of perfect weather. I wanted to share a couple travel things I picked up for my three year old as they were awesome!! I found all these locally at Learning Express. First, Water Wow!– I found fairies but there are all different scenes. This gave us 2 hours on the airplane and almost every afternoon of her coloring it at meals or in our room.  Any Usborne sticker book is a hit in our house- I found a different one than the airport but we enjoyed it! I also brought a small bag of palace pets and an ariel coloring book I found at Target.

Recipes coming soon! I have some good ones to share.


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