Friday, September 28, 2012

You Know You're a Mom When...

You know you're a mom when:

... you see a guy in a low-cut V-neck tee shirt and think 'that'd be a great shirt to nurse in.'

... you are so relieved and glad when the kiddos are finally in bed for the night and have some time to sit down only to find yourself watching a few videos of them from earlier in the day.

... your heart is warmed by the little footprints you see in the carpet.

... you find yourself saying things like 'no, don't put the cheese on the TV' and 'get back or you'll get brother's poop all over your face!'

... when the most silence you get during your day is because the kids fell asleep in the car.

... fingerprints on the windows make you smile but then you immediately clean them off because it's sooooper annoying to have fingerprints on the windows.

.... there's nothing more satisfying than when your toddler FINALLY lays still during a diaper change, and willingly lays down for one too.

... you see homes on HGTV and can totally tell they don't have kids by all the white furniture and vases sitting on the coffee tables.

... You wonder why all grocery carts aren't made with two child seats like the ones at Costco. (basically Costco is awesome in all ways).

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Thank you, Pinterest

Forward: this is basically a post about how much I love

Most of you have heard of Pinterest and probably even dabbled with it, pinning anything and everything to your boards in hopes it'll inspire you or just to reflect on later. This is me. I've jumped on board and feel like I'm driving this fad bandwagon with all the pins I'm collecting. Recently, I decided that if I'm going to pin something I need to actually do it/ try it not just hoard pins and pretend I'm creative or a good cook. Then, after trying the new recipe or craft I'll repin it to a new board entitled "Been there, Done that" so I can see how much of my goal I'm accomplishing. (I still need to move those pins over).

Patrick and I have been really into doing things around the house this summer especially now that he has his shed built and equipped with his stereo system and power tools, oh, and lights so he can see. His first big project to test out his woodworking tools and learn some basics about woodworking was this growth chart I found on pinterest.

After a couple hours of planning, testing the tools and stains on scrap wood, he was at it sanding, carving, staining, and painting. Yes, he carved every line and number with his tools. He's a perfectionist in a good way. I would not have had the patience to do that. It turned out great!

The handful of crafty things I've made, thanks to Pinterest, are as follows: bedroom curtains for Miles (great tutorial here), funky painting on canvas, two toilet paper roll flower designs, gel ice pack, dry shampoo, tub cleaner, laundry soap, microfiber couch cleaner, measurement conversion chart for inside the cupboard, and growing green onions. Some of these were great ideas and others were not, like the green onions. They grew, but took weeks to get about 6 inches and were starting to get all slimy in the glass. Gross. I'll also be putting notes on each thing I have tried so if you want to know how this all turned out, follow me on pinterest.

Funky painting

Toilet paper roll art

I've also found great recipes through pinterest. Here's another cumulative list of what I've tried: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cake, crockpot chicken and dumplings, crockpot hawaiian chicken, crockpot cheesy chicken spaghetti, sweet and sour meatballs, pizza casserole, salsa,  grilled pulled pork pizza, cinnamon pull-apart bread, crockpot chocolate lava cake, baked doughnuts, chocolate chip peanut butter pound cake with peanut butter glaze, s'mores french toast, little debbie cookies- the oatmeal and cream filled ones, and 2 minute microwave peanut butter cake.

Spinach and mushroom stuffy shells

Grilled pulled pork pizza

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cake (very rich!)

2 minute cake (cook in the microwave!)

Basically, Pinterest is my favorite website right now and hopefully I'll be able to add my own pictures of the crafty things I come up with or bake so others can pin it. But for now I'll just hoard my pins and test out every one I can. Up next, a crocheted cowl scarf in the wheel stitch. Sounds fancy but is actually pretty easy!