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Scrappy Pants -- Open for Business

I'm open for business!  I've been crafting for years, mostly with paper crafts such as wedding invitations and scrap booking and I've finally gotten around to putting items up on my Etsy store -- SCRAPPY PANTS.  It is a little trying to find time to load my items up there but be a favorite of my store and you'll see more things up there soon I promise!

My current specialties are Tooth Fairy Tins that can be personalized and Baby Keepsake Tins, which can also be personalized.

Contact me through my store for any questions!

Witty Wednesday

Sometimes the best part of my day is taking off my bra.

No Dinner, No Bath, No Nap

Alex is not even one week into full-time preschool.  He is really enjoying himself and has already made some new friends which I am so happy about.

But, as I sit here writing this at 7:39pm, my oldest son has been in bed since 5pm.  He's missed dinner and he's missed his bath time all because he is so tired.  He usually is a once a day napper still but is missing that nap now due to school.  I know he still needs it, but I haven't been able to pick him up early enough, say around 3, to give him the chance to sneak a quick nap.  We have tried now 3 times to wake him up but he's not budging.

I hope we didn't make a mistake by moving him to a full day school, five days a week too soon.

How did you all adjust to moving nap time around, or worse yet, getting rid of it altogether?

Meal Plan Monday

Slimming Down Sunday - Week 33

Week 33

Total Difference:  -8 lbs. since Thanksgiving

Notes: Again, no change this week. Still eating my packed lunches and not too much snacking.  However my first week back at school found me searching for my Coca-Cola and chocolate to stay pumped up and deal with stress.

We went to a baseball game yesterday and there is nothing like having them put the player stats up on the board to make you realize you are overweight yourself.  Wah. Wah.

My goal is super close and I'm pretty sure I''m getting to the it's mathematically impossible w/out a major stomach bug point to reach it, but I'm still going to try.  Even if I don't make the date, I'm definitely not giving up on the end goal.

Goal Weight:

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods
Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Laundry Rooms

Ok, on my home tour through Kelly's Korner, I have shown you my Citrus Kitchen and Citrus Bathroom.  Well now it is time for my Laundry Room.  It is a pretty large room and we haven't done anything to it.  The pictures below are the original paint and wallpaper that was here when the house was built in the 70s.  I mean honestly, how could I possibly part with this wall paper?? It reads "I hate laundry rooms" if you can't make it out.  LOL!  And the sunshine yellow walls (yes they match my kitchen countertops) making doing laundry just so cheery.  Try not to go pinning it like crazy onto your home boards on Pinterest.  I know you love it.

I will say that having a utility sink in a laundry room is a must IMO.  I use it so much and it is super handy for cloth diapering.

Feel free to check out my other post about my laundry room when it flooded.

Pirate Party Game - Ring Toss

Why didn't I think of this?!  I came across this from Hostess with the Mostess site, my go-to party planning inspiration blog.  What an awesome game and pretty inexpensive if you were a savvy shopper and picked up the pirate hooks for $1 at Target along with some swim diving rings also in the $1 spot.

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This would've been perfect for Alex's 4th Birthday Pirate Party where we played "Pin the Hook on Captain Hook".

Learning Colors - A fun video

I'm a big fan of OK GO and when I found this little gem  from their appearance on Sesame Street on YouTube, my boys were hooked.  It is a catch tune and as usual, their videos always deliver fantastic elements of creativity.

Check it out.

Another one that is a hit is This Too Shall Pass - the Rube Goldberg Machine version.  Check out other guest star appearances on Sesame Street too.  Alex's favorite is the Letter N Lullaby by Ricky Gervais.

Baby Essentials

This week's TAT with Growing Up Geeky is favorite baby items. While I'm mostly out of the woods for now of baby items, many of my friend aren't. There's a good chance they'll receive one of the following from me since these were things couldn't live without:

1. Swaddle Me swaddles. I am convinced these little suckers are why I had my babies sleeping 12 hour nights within the first few weeks.
2. The Boppy Pillow. I'm not sure why it's it's so great. It really is just a pillow, but it made nursing so much easier as well as tummy time. I also found it helped with siblings learning to hold their new baby brother or sister.
3. The Fisher Price Rock and Play. This is now my go to shower gift. It is so simple but so helpful. I love the height and how lightweight it is to make it easy to move around.  I've had many friends tell me they are so thankful they got it. I'd buy this in a heartbeat versus a bouncy seat. However, the be price hikes on then…

Meal Plan Monday - Back to school

Some of these got pushed back from last week, but we are back to school so I need to stick to the plan now.SundayYo-Yo (you're on your own)MondayLeftover lasagna from freezerTuesdayCrockpot Roast beef
WednesdayOne Pot Mac & Cheese, Veggies/Salad
ThursdayTomato soup & grilled cheeseFridayLeftoversSaturday Baseball stadium food, yum!

Slimming Down Sunday - Week 32

Week 32

Total Difference:  -8 lbs. since Thanksgiving

Notes: No change since last week.  Good thing too because I ate horribly.  Way too many lunches out.  Anyways this week is full time back at work with no awesome lunch breaks.  I'm prepping my healthy lunches as we speak.

Goal Weight:

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods
Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Rubbermaid Lunch Blox

As I've mentioned, the school year is now starting and I am proud to say that with the exception of probably 5 days throughout the year, I pack my lunch the rest of the time.  Alex is also going to need his lunch packed too, so when Rubbermaid sent me their new Sandwich LunchBlox kit to review I was excited to see what they had designed.

They sent me their Sandwich LunchBlox (left) for free to try, but I ended up loving it so much that when I spotted their lunch divider tray and the Salad Lunch Blox in the store on sale I picked them up too.  The LunchBlox with dividers (middle) is perfect size for Alex's lunch box and comes with 2 dividers inside it that can be removed. I can pack so many yummy things in there.

The Salad LunchBlox (right) has me really excited because I am so tired of having to find containers for all of my salad fixings so they don't get all smooshy by lunch time.  Plus the dressing container is a perfect portion.

The best thing I love is the size.  I co…

High School Teacher Gifts

Ok Pinterest, let me tell you something ok.  High School Teachers have feelings too you know.  It's the night before I go back to my classroom and I see countless teacher gifts being posted on how to get teachers to start off their year great.  Make that ELEMENTARY teachers.  Once you get to High School teaching status, apparently parents have become totally disengaged and no longer crafty.  This is probably in part due to the fact that their teenager has caused them to take up daily alcoholic drinking or be in a Xanax comas, so I suppose I can't put all the blame on the parents.

Here are some gems that some lucky teachers might be getting this year.


Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Here is my simple wish list

Gum & Snacks.  I chew gum daily and I still think I'm professional.  I'm not blowing bubbles for crying out loud.  Also, I tend to bribe my kids with candy sometimes, so you buying me a big Cosco bag of it will save my wallet.Expo Markers. …

The Balanced Life

This week's Toddle Along Tuesday topic is finding balance in your life.

Does this even exist?  I'm hoping so.

There is a lot I try to accomplish.  Keeping up with Kardashians Me:
Wife and all it's dutiesMother, nuture nuture nutureTeacher & Professional DevelopmentFriends/Socializing Managing FinancesHobbies, I just want to play!Homemaker - laundry, cleaning, yard stuffMy up & coming Etsy Shop BloggingCooking / Meal PlanningWorking out, trying to lose weightFamily ObligationsKid Activities (none exist yet) Cue Jesse Spano, "I'm so excited!" because there just aren't enough hours in the day.

I'm not sure how I make all work to be honest.  I think I go through cycles for sure:
Auto-pilot- this is when I don't even know a week has flown by but somehow all systems are stablePMS meltdown- this is where I find myself at least once a month about 48 hours before her arrival that I find myself crying over everything that was usually triggered by not…

Vacation Recap -- Part I

So our nice relaxing vacation last month that was to be a splendid 9 days of R&R for us as a family didn't quiet turn out that way.

Days 1-2: Were uneventful and casually spent at my brother-in-law's house.  I spent most of my time chasing the kids and trying to keep them from destroying his house as well as trying to find ear plugs for the TV that was kept at full volume for some reason.  I did get a little time in their pool and eyed their keg-orator in their outdoor kitchen, but we didn't put it to use.

Day 3: I get a call from my brother that "if I want to see my mom alive, come home now".  I immediately lose it and freak out.  I start looking for flights, trying to figure out how to cancel our place at the beach and then fighting with myself if I should just fly home myself and let Scooter and the boys have fun at the beach without me.  By that evening I get a phone call that it is a false alarm and she is really not that bad off, just a bad UTI.  WTH?  …

Meal Plan Monday

MondayBeef Stroganoff w/ veggiesTuesdayLeftover lasagna from freezer
WednesdayCrockpot Lemon Chicken w/ quinoa
ThursdayOne Pot Mac & Cheese, Veggies/Salad
Saturday Out of Town

Slimming Down Sunday - Week 31

Week 31

Total Difference:  -8 lbs. since Thanksgiving

Notes: + 1.6 pounds this week and my time to get to my goal is shrinking!  I've been slacking majorly in the journaling area.  I am going back to work this week and hopefully that means organized meals and less snacking!

Goal Weight:

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods
Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Summer Bucket List -- Final Tally.

I know some of you think summer goes on for a couple of more weeks, but I'm t-minus 4 days until I'm back at work and that means summer is over in my book.

Below is what I accomplished:
Spend time with Momhave an Indoor Picnic (for a rainy day)Skills & Enrichment for the boysVisit LibraryOutdoor PicnicColor Scavenger HuntVacation with my DHRide my bike SwimVacation with the familysquirt gun fightHave a garage saleRead a chapter book with AlexClear out the craft room And what we didn't:
Foil RiverScavenger HuntWash CarGo to a park programWork with Alex on riding his bikeRollerbladingCatch lightning bugsWater balloon Shop at the farmers' markets Visit a county fairGet carpets stretched in Master BedroomPaint Master BedroomOur plans on redoing the Master Bedroom changed a bit and there is still time for a county fair and farmers markets.

It was a great summer, but definitely I think it goes down as one of the fastest.  I hope you all enjoyed yours!

Mom Update

I'm trying to even process all that happened yesterday.  I think somewhere along the line a screw broke loose in my brain and I can't cry anymore.

My mom has had a very bad week with her health declining from the Cancer.  She had a bad scare about 2 weeks ago while we were on vacation too (yes, I know I haven't written about that yet).  It turns out that was just a bad UTI and she recovered.  This week her symptoms seem different.  She is vomiting nearly all she eats and her skin is getting very blotchy.  She is in pain, but not to severe as she is getting morphine every hour.  Her activity time and endurance is lessened as well.  Except for the cigarettes.  I can't tell you how much I loathe the cigarettes.  Yes, they apparently are the only thing giving her comfort, but good lord she is smoking one after the other.

Yesterday was a planned visit (I live 2 hours away).  My mom, my brother, her partner, and myself were all supposed to meet with her therapist for a sess…

Slimming Down Sunday -- Week 30

Week 30

Total Difference:  -8 lbs. since Thanksgiving

Notes: Whew, I made it through vacation #2 without any weight gain.  I am so ready to get back to school and eat balanced lunches and meals on a schedule.

Goal Weight:

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods
Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

This Used to Be My Playground

I'm back from vacation and have so many posts I want to share but not enough time in the day!  I'll start off my return with Growing Up Geeky's TAT regarding pets.

This is our little man Brutus.  We had him first, before the marriage, before the kids.  He was about 4 shades darker then vs. the grey he is now.  I think most days he'd love to have us go back to the days before kids, but I also know that he loves being my "sweeper" under the dinner table.  If you have toddlers, I highly recommend getting a dog.  You'll save yourself so much time with the broom and mop.  Enjoy the picture below when Cameron was only a couple of weeks old.