Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
I know it's kind of a long shot to relate this video to my day theme... but, I am at a loss for what else I can post today...so here's a little after Christmas cheer. He's just saying what we all thought after unwrapping at least one of our gifts this year :) Proof there is such a thing as 'too honest'.
Maybe he would have enjoyed a Kindle more... LIKE WHAT I GOT. YAYAYAYAY!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Over Belleau Wood that night
For a Christmas truce had been declared
By both sides of the fight
As we laid there in our trenches
The silence broke in two
By a German soldier singing
A song that we all knew
Though I did not know the language
The song was Silent Night
Then I heard my buddy whisper
"All is calm, all is bright"
Then the fear and doubt surrounded me
Cause I'd die if I was wrong
But I stood up in my trench
And I began to sing along
Then across the frozen battlefield
Another's voice joined in
Until one by one each man became
A singer of the hymn
Then I thought I was dreaming
For right there in my sight
Stood the German soldier
Neath the falling flakes of white
And he raised his hand and smiled at me
As if seemed to say
Here's hoping we both live to see
Us find a better way
Then the devils clock struck midnight
And the skies lit up again
And the battlefield where heaven stood
Was blown to hell again
But for just one fleeting moment
The answer seemed so clear
Heaven's not beyond the clouds
Its just beyond the fear
No heaven's not beyond the clouds
It's for us to find here
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
You all know me pretty well and know that I am sort of baby obsessed. I am pretty sure that I was that way before I worked at Babies'R'Us and that job just got me interested in all of the gear that goes with a small person. Well, this week I wanted to make a gift for my sister-in-law for her birthday, and since she just had a baby, I thought something baby related would be great. I knew we would give her a gift card, but I knew I like opening actual presents that have been thought out a bit, so she might like that too. Enter the Internet with its many crafty blogs. After looking around at a few ideas, I found this blog. Step by step instructions to make a car seat canopy. It was perfect! (I know some of you are thinking that's a lame birthday present, but I wanted to make it so that she could use it when they go to Disneyland. That way the baby can nap while they enjoy the park. They live like 5 minutes away and she loves it there, she really it was a gift for her to be able to enjoy Disneyland.)
So... I went to Joann's and found the perfect fabric. Mickey Mouse!
I got to sewing and made a pretty nice canopy cover. Too bad I forgot to take a picture before giving it to my SIL for her birthday yesterday. So... instead of that one, here are some pictures of the pieces to my latest and greatest canopy for Baby D. Followed by the finished project.
(with the buttons, I think it kind of looks like a stingray)
I know it's not a perfect match to go with his car seat, but its still pretty cute and non-girly. Plus, its snugly flannel.
I hope to follow this tutorial some day too and make a cover as cool as this one.
this one, or this one, or even this one.
Let me know how it goes.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Recently though, Jon and I found an amazing new use for our Wii. This solution keeps both of us entertained without me having to be frustrated. We have discovered Netflix for Wii that streams directly to the TV. We LOVE it! We had been Netflix members for the last year and watched shows online while also receiving them in the mail. But direct streaming to our TV, I love it! In the last month we have watched Bones season 1-5. We've both watched episodes on TV, but it has been so awesome to watch them in the proper order online. I so wish that Booth and Bones would just get together already.
hulu now has a deluxe membership. $7.99 a month to watch all of the latest season episodes in HD on a computer or any internet connected device. Yay for Season 6.
So... weekly challenge... see if you can find one of your favorite shows online... or just check out Bones. Cause really, its got to be in my top 5 favorite TV shows ever.
P.S. Booth is a total hottie and if you haven't watched the show before, be prepared to fall in love with him.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Makes you feel all good & cheery, yeah?
Then a friend showed me this video last week, & I have literally watched it about 50X since. Favorite 'We're going to Disney' response ever.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I think it would be fun to make something like this using Christmas songs and pictures of family from seasons past. Or even baby pictures of your child's first year using their favorite lullaby.
So... try it. Don't have a Mac? Try Windows Movie Maker, from what I read, it's just as simple.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Here's to hoping that I am no longer the only one who has to suffer with this :)
PS. Who's like 'I'm gonna put that John Q dashboard scene on YouTube, just in case someone reallllly wants to see it/embed it in their blog post" ...I didn't actually expect to find it, but thank you?
PPS. 'Oooo, And I'll add French subtitles, just in case that person who wants to embed it on their blog post is French' ...I'm not, but I appreciate the french version of slurred words :)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
in the movie, zooey deschanel sings "baby it's cold outside," but the version on the soundtrack has this creepy super-low voiced guy singing it with her. so instead, i substitute it for this one that's on the radio the most lately. are there boys in lady antebellum? apparently there might be. weird.
...and now that i started thinking of zooey deschanel, it reminded me of "(500) days of summer" (during which she looked MUCH better as a brunette, i think) and then i randomly stumbled on this clip that (somehow) i had never seen before. i watched it and truly thought...what the heck? so i think that qualifies it for spontaneous sunday. enjoy.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
To broaden my scope a little bit, I took my mother-in-laws challenge to read a series by Chris Stewart called The Great and Terrible. I know that most people looking at them would think that they are sci-fi/ fantasy fiction also, but after reading half of the first book, I have decided that they are a totally different style than I have ever read. They are adult fiction. Very dry, very slow paced, and very much lacking in transitions from one scene to the next.
Harry Potter somewhat spoiled me in the fact that every little detail tied together and every moment of the students Hogwarts life was depicted within the pages. I still love my teen fantasy fiction books and will keep reading them, but picking up a few more figure it out for yourself types of book might not be a bad idea.
So, tell me, what's your genre? Are you a biography reader looking for the make believe of a fantasy novel? A picture book reader who needs a little more content of a text book? Which type of book will you try this week?
If you want a great Christmas book and you love history, try this one on for size.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Well, in preparation for Thanksgiving with my in-laws this week, I decided I needed to change it up a little bit. Buy some nice new clothes that are not hand-me-downs since most of my closet is full of those. Also, attempt to wear makeup and style my hair each day. Crazy, right?
Out I went, shopping for the latest and greatest trends. I tried on tons of shirts, 15 pairs of pants, and even a few scarves. Now, this is where you ask me, what did I bring home from the stores? Hm... a pair of jeans from Plato's Closet (used clothing store... hand-me-down), a pair of black slacks for work, three long sleeve cotton shirts, and one really fashionable sweater in the ever so popular color of gray.
Did I have success in changing up my style this week? I think that would be an epic NO. But you know what, that's totally ok with me. I am comfortable in my clothes.
So... if I'm going to ask you to try something... it has to be something new I did. Well, part of my goal for the week was styling my hair every day. I am pretty sure I can be successful in this one. After seeing Megamind in the theaters, I decided I needed a fresh hairstyle too. I was totally inspired by Roxanne Ritchi's pixie cut and confident swagger, so I went for short.
So... whether it be branching out and buying a cute new blouse that you normally wouldn't, trying a big purse with a zipper flower on the front, or chopping off all of your hair.... try to change up your style a bit. Step out of your comfort zone and try it. Who knows, maybe you really have a fashion diva on the inside waiting to come out just like Andrea on Devil Wears Prada.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
There is no problem with the trunk. It functions great and does a good job of holding old clothes that I don't want to throw away yet, but... it was covered in kitties. In fact, my whole family refers to it as "the kitty box." Putting the table on Jon's side of the bed resulted in putting the box on my side of the bed, which is very much visible from our hallway. Every morning I would look in and think, man, the kitties are cute, but that does not belong in an adult bedroom.
refresh an outdated piece of furniture.
What did I need?
- An old piece of furniture
- Blue painters tape
- Craft paint (costs like $.85 at the grocery store)
- Gloss clear spray paint
- Clearance vinyls from DB ($.49)
- Paint brushes
- The front of an old greeting card
- Craft glue
- Card stock and an exact-o knife for a stencil
Then, I printed out the letter H on some card stock to create a stencil for the front and back. Using the exact-o knife I cut that out carefully and taped it to the box with the painters tape. Using metallic gold paint from the grocery store, I sponge painted the H on both sides. Then, using some craft glue I glued the greeting card picture where I wanted it in the center of the top of the box. It looked weird, but I felt committed to having it there, so I sponge painted the gold all over the top of the picture and box. I used the hairdryer to dry the paint again.
I looked at it and it still seemed like it was missing something, so I grabbed the vinyls from my craft bin and put one on the front and back over the H. It seemed complete so outside I went with the gloss spray paint to give it a final coat. Et Voila! One completely refreshed "kitty box."
Here's the challenge to you... Have an old piece of furniture that doesn't really fit in? Try this yourself. I think the whole thing from start too finish took me an hour and a half and that included going to the store to get the paint. Send me a picture, let me know how it goes.
Oh, and to Vicki's comment from last week, I found this awesome video at the dollar store and took your advice.