Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Our New House!

Here's a quick shot of our new digs!

I'm excited to really get in and have fun with cleaning up the landscape (and make Roger Cook proud), and generally just move in and make ourselves at home.

As you can see, Porcupine is already enjoying the sprinkler!

Now, when I start posting about the random projects and life going on around here, you'll have a little context :)

I hope you're enjoying the start to your summer as much as a kid in a sprinkler!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Whew! We've moved!

The last few months of our life have been hectic, to say the least!

I'll just touch on a few highlights to get us up to speed, so hopefully I can get back to some regular posting.

Porcupine got the flu for his 2nd birthday, so we had to cancel his party.

Thanks to Grandma, we still had great balloons!

But we did end up selling our house and moving! Hooray!

By the end, we had 3 different offers on our house, one after the other, but the first 2 fell through for various reasons on the buyers' parts. It was frustrating, but after one offer would fall through, we'd quickly get another. So it seemed like it took a long time to sell our house, but it was really the ups and downs that were getting to us. Really, it was just about 5 months from when we put it on the market to when we signed the papers and moved out, and that included Christmas and New Year's! Once the final offer came in, we were reluctant to get overjoyed (or to get our moving butts in gear) until we really knew it would stick...but then it felt like all of a sudden we had to get packed up and moved! But we were happy to do it. We loved our house, but we were ready to move on.

Which brings us to the next hiccup in our moving...the weekend we were moving things out, as in 2 days before we went to close on the house, Brian smashed is foot in between a trailer tongue and our truck bumper! It was terrible. I had to do the final moving out without him - thank goodness for great family and friends! And the worst part was that it kept getting worse. I won't go into lots of details, but although it wasn't broken, he ended up needing surgery, which happened 2 weeks after the injury. Because the surgery happened so long after the initial incident, he ended up needing what amounted to another mini-surgery...and well, it still isn't healed up all the way. So since the first week of March, he's been pretty much off his feet. The last couple of weeks have been somewhat back to normal, but our lives have been in a weird holding pattern. We're still kind of living out of boxes and needless to say, haven't started remodeling the new house, etc.

Locking up hour old house by myself
And 2 days after we moved, I had to put my awesome dog, Shadow, to sleep. It was sad, but he'd been really sick for the week or two before we moved. Seeing him suffering was no fun, but I'm sad he's not here with us for this new part of our adventure in life.

Good boy, Shadow.
I also got a cool tablet, in part, to help make posting to the blog easier...but it's been "misplaced" in what I can only assume was a Porcupine-related episode. :) Hopefully, I'll find it soon!

Thanks to my awesome friend, Janis, for the cool Porcupine shirt!!!!
Things seem to be getting back to normal and I hope it continues that way! I have so many things I'd love to post and chat with you about!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Charles Perrault's Birthday!

Thank you, Google Doodles, for telling me that today is Charles Perrault's birthday!

I love fairy tales - especially well-illustrated ones! In honor of his birthday, here are my favorite illustrated versions of these tales! (And a few more fun books as well!)

I hope you have as much fun reading them as I do!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Porcupine's "Lovey"

I might be wrong but...there's probably a lot of DIY in this kid's future.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hello, Scentsy in Giant Boxes!

I know I said that is try not to spam this blog with Scentsy, but I can't help it! (It's not spam, yet, is it?) I love it and it's something new in my life! I love scheming for the best deals - and Scentsy can be a dream for that: combine and save packages, hostess rewards, monthly specials, oh my!
(I want to get my act together to tell you all my Shutterfly deal-scheming, too! I have a lot of photo books that still need to be made and bought with coupons. My next Tuesday should be my love of coupons!)(Ok, I'm officially babbling.)
Anyway, my first few Scentsy basket parties have been pretty's like Christmas here! Look at all this great stuff that my friends/family/customers got!
I got a bottle of the Vanilla Cinnamon Clove Natural Oil to try! Exciting!
And of course, I immediately plugged in my new Let it Snow warmer – the November Warmer of the Month. This pretty warmer is part of why I joined Scentsy in the first place!! And let me tell you, so worth it! It’s so gorgeous in real life! I love that it is wintery, not just Christmas-y, so I don’t have to feel bad about using it all season ;)
Scentsy Let it Snow Warmer
Such an exciting first order! This is fun! :) I would have been posting about some cute Scentsy stuff whether I had joined or not…I can’t help it, I just love chatting about things I love! But I promise to keep it to cute stuff :) :) :)
(This was actually last week, but my lucky Friday the 13th is to be posting it today! (I got another fun Scentsy box today!) Anything fun happen to you on this “spooky” day?)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Porcupine’s First Birthday Party

As we’re coming up on his second birthday party, I thought I’d finally get around to posting a few pictures from Porcupine’s first birthday party. We had a blast and everything turned out just the way I wanted it to! (Except all the snow on the ground, but what can you do when you have a baby in February in Indiana!)

The theme was kind-of Alphabet-y. Everything I do is Alphabet-y (I still have to post baby shower alphabet things! Another thing to add to the to-do list!) I found inspiration for an Alphabet-y invitation from this blog.

Alphabet Birthday Inviation (Fonts are Century Schoolbook and LaurenScript. I used the “Pencil Sketch” feature on Picasa to make Porcupine’s picture seem schoolbook-y. Then I printed them on cardstock – 2 to a page.)

I’d been pinning all kinds of cute desserts forever, so I just made a bunch! Cupcakes with rainbows, goldfish, teddies, “balloons”, and of course As, Bs, and Cs!


first birthday desserts

My mother-in-law made Porcupine a giant cupcake to smash in to!


I ordered the “one” plates from, along with some other things. I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t just find blue “one” plates locally! Oh well…I love internet shopping!

I knew I wanted some kind of cool “backdrop” (again, I owe you a baby shower post, because there, we did balloons, kind of like this.) made of balloons or streamers or something. Then, on the same blog where I found the invitation inspiration, I found a cool “Happy Birthday” sign inspiration.

first_birthday I cut the letters out on my Cricut using the font from the “A Child’s Year” cartridge.

Our house was full of family and fun, and I couldn’t have asked for a better party.


I think Porcupine had a great time, too…and he loved his cake!


Hopefully, I’ll post pictures from his second birthday in a more timely manner! And I’ll get to work on a baby shower post, pronto!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

FibaFuse Paperless Drywall Tape

I have probably said this before, but I don't love drywall finishing work (and I am certainly not a pro at it!), but I always get stuck doing it because I have more patience than Brian.

I recently found this joint tape and have only mudded with it a few times, but I think I really like it. I can't yet speak to its longevity, but it embeds easily into the mud and seems easy to cover. I don't like that the fiberglass feels like it gets in your hands like insulation does, but if I was using it a lot, I should probably wear gloves. 

Has anyone else used it? Does anyone actually like mudding drywall?  
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