June 24, 2014

Making Time

This last year has gone by in the blink of an eye. I can't believe my first-born child is already 14 months old! (Sorry, I have a strict policy of not posting pictures of my children online but know that she is the most beautiful girl in the world!) Since it's been way too long since my last post, I wanted to come back with a post about what's been on my mind. Lately, I've been feeling rather scatterbrained. A million different thoughts coming in and out of this mind. A million things on my "to-do" list (which of course never get done). A million things I need to do to build my photography business up. I need to find the balance between work, time for my family, and time for me. I need to stop worrying about the weight that I've put on that so stubbornly sticks to me like glue. I need to stop overthinking everything and just be...

I have been truly blessed. This year my husband and I have decided that the best thing for us is for me to stay home with our daughter and I will be forever grateful that I was able to do so. This also gives me the chance to pursue my passion of photography. I've been photographing families and events for the last four years but took several months off after having my daughter. Although I love what I do, this gets a little stressful especially when I find myself sitting at the computer working, editing, typing away with one hand and feeding my daughter with the other. I need to be 100% present with my daughter and husband. I definitely need to work on creating balance between work and family.

This week, I'm going to work towards following a schedule. Setting aside 3 hours a day to work on anything photography business and blog related and 2 hours for myself (reading, doing my nails, soaking in a bath, watching my favorite shows). The 2 hours on myself will more than likely be early morning and late night and my 3 working hours will be during nap times. Of course if I have a big project or a big session to edit, I will find the time to do so. Anytime in-between will be spent playing and doing activities with my daughter and spending time as a family when my husband comes home from work. This will be a challenge but I'm also going to work on not checking emails and Facebook when it's not a "work" or "me" time.

Hopefully this will help me get away from the computer and with my daughter eating cheese and crackers (her favorite snack!) and playing with toys and reading books!

December 31, 2013

Hello 2014

What I hope for 2014:

I hope that I will be the best mother to my daughter and the best wife to my husband. I hope I can finally take charge of my health not so that I can fit into a smaller size but so that I can be a good role model for my daughter. I hope to learn to let go of the little things that don't matter because they waste precious time. I hope to have my photography business flourish and grow so much that I am able to work from home allowing me to spend more time with my daughter who is growing at the speed of light. 

Happy New Years and may 2014 bring you much happiness and peace. 

July 17, 2013

Confessions of a First Time Mom - 2 Months!

Wow...you know how people say when you have kids, time flies? Then you think, how cliche! Well, it's completely true. It seems like just yesterday, we were bringing her home, scared as ever to even hold her for fear of breaking her, waking up every 1 1/2 hours. She's 2 1/2 months old now. She's basically holding her head up, smiling and laughing, and she is the world's best baby! So I've been told by other moms who are still struggling with getting baby on a sleep schedule. I have to brag. The days of being sleep deprived are a distant memory. From week 3 on, she has been sleeping 9-10 hours every night (hope I don't jinx it!). I can't believe how her personality has been shaping over the last several weeks. Every night when she sleeps, I watch her for a few minutes. I pinch myself because I really can't believe that I'm a mom. I have a daughter. A person who, for the rest of my life, will depend on me.

In just a couple of weeks, she will be 3 months old! I'm so lucky that I've been able to stay home all summer long with her. It's definitely going to be hard to go back to work next month. :(

I wanted to share some things I think have been super helpful for the first couple months for mom and baby!

1. Diaper warmer- Definitely not a necessity but when you hear your baby scream from the first cold wet wipie touching her bottom, you will definitely understand! Eventually she will get used to not having them warmed, but it's nice to have them warm for when they're just days old.

2. Swaddle blankets or wraps - Some moms swaddle, some don't. I swaddled first using swaddle blankets. She started breaking out of it and the cover would end up close to her face, so we did away with those for nighttime and switched to SwaddleMe. I totally give credit to swaddling as part of our bedtime routine for helping her sleep through the night.

3. Dr. Brown's bottles - These were fantastic for transitioning from breast to bottle. They help reduce burping and gas and the flow is that of natural nipple so it doesn't come rushing out. We tried Medela bottles, and even though she got used to them, the flow was way too fast and she would end up choking on milk.

4. White noise - Another part of our bedtime routine. In the beginning, before I had any clue as to what I was doing lol, I slept on the couch in the living room and she in her vibrating bouncer. She cried and cried so I played loud white noise. She immediately quited down and fell asleep. I played white noise on YouTube. Awesome!

5. Rocking chair - I didn't use this in the beginning and I wish I had. Maybe because I was too scared to hold her or pick her up by myself! Anyhow, rocking to sleep is now a part of our bedtime routine. It's soothing. For you and baby!

6. Swing or vibrating bouncy chair(or both!) - Baby definitely spent most of her first few weeks home in her swing. Helps soothe and helps them sleep! It's definitely okay to let baby sleep in these things for a few hours if they're not fussy. I worried I had her in the swing too long but was reassured by other mothers, including my own, that whatever helps her and me sleep is okay.

7. Breast pump - I had a love hate relationship with mine. Nursing wasn't working out for us, the pain was unbearable. I started pumping and while the pain subsided, so did my supply. If you choose to nurse and/or bottle feed breast milk, you will definitely need a pump. I had Ameda Purely Yours. The suction wasn't all that great but it could have been because I needed bigger flanges.

8. Mobile - If you're starting sleep training, a lot of books and experts will recommend total quiet and darkness when starting. While I do total darkness for nighttime and semi-dark for daytime naps, I always have some sort of noise. White noise or static, fan, and a mobile that plays ocean sounds has really helped her get to sleep. It might be different for your little one. Sounds or light might distract  her from falling asleep. You just need to decide what works best for you. It worked for us!

9. Boppy pillow - Most people use the Boppy to prop baby up while nursing. I'll be honest and say I used it as a donut pillow for 1 month after I gave birth! Talk about discomfort. I couldn't sit down for weeks. Now that it's all nice and flat lol, I use it to prop baby up while she's lying on the floor. She absolutely loves it and even fell asleep on it once.

10. Monitor - We didn't have one for the first few weeks. Once we got one, it really put our minds at ease! We spend a lot of time outside. Whether she's napping or down for the night, we always know when she's rustling around or awake. Doesn't stop me from checking on her every 10 minutes, of course!

Now that I've shared the most useful items for the first few months, I'll share a few things that everyone says you need, but you could do without.

1. Nursing bra - Okay maybe you will want one if you plan on nursing in public, but if you're just staying home like I did for the first month, sport bras will work just fine. You'll want to wear a comfy bra without hooks or wire because your boobs are going to hurt like nobody's business! Especially if they're engorged.

2. Special diaper pail - We bought one but soon realized that any old trash can with a lid will do. Just use a deodorized bag.

3. Fancy crib bedding - It's recommended not to use a bumper around your crib for the danger of suffocation. I see how that could happen because babies don't stay in one spot! In the morning, baby will have done a complete 180. A good idea is a mesh bumper. This prevents baby from getting their arms and legs stuck. I bought some fitted crib sheets and the bumper. No fancy crib set here.

There you have it! Some of the things I think are must-haves and some things that aren't. Of course, everyone will have different ideas and will find that different things help them. When you bring your little one home, you'll find out real quick what you need and what you don't! :)

June 4, 2013

June Photo a Day Challenge

I've never taken on a "Photo a Day" challenge so I got June sounded like a good month to start! Now since I spend the majority of my time feeding, burping, changing poopy diapers, rocking, soothing, having major baby cuddle time...lather, rinse, repeat...I'm hoping I will be able to get in every day's challenge. I've missed the first three days of course that I'll have to make up. Rather than blow up my blog with random pics every day, I'm going to do an end of the month wrap up of all of my pics. I'll be going iPhone style...no fancy schmancy camera this time. Well, I suppose the iPhone camera is pretty fancy, atleast to me! I couldn't come up with a list myself so I've got some help from http://fatmumslim.com.au/. She's put together an awesome list that I'd like to share with you in hopes that you'll get on board and join the June photo a day challenge!

May 31, 2013

Confessions of a First Time Mom - What I've Learned about Motherhood (so far)

I can't believe my baby is 1 month old! If you thought time flew by before, it flies by 100 times faster when you're watching a little person grow and thrive. 1 month and 1 day ago I was sitting in a hospital bed still really having NO IDEA how my life was going to change! Of course we were still in the hospital. Baby was in the nursery being cared for by the nurses as they ran their typical tests. I was eating my first real meal in two days...pancakes, bacon, eggs and potatoes. YES, the hospital food was delicious! Especially since I was eating popsicles and chicken broth for two days. Life changes the moment you see your child being thrown on your chest (yes thrown, those babies aren't as fragile as you think!). When they come home, that's when the real fun starts. Sleepless nights, and days, constant feedings and diaper changes, uncontrollable crying. Despite all the craziness, I'm a little sad that it's all going by so fast. So I wanted to share with you what I've learned about motherhood this far, even though I have a lifetime of learning left to do,  I'm sure.

- It's okay to step aside and take a breather. I'm not big on letting newborns cry it out, but if it means you're keeping your sanity, by all means stick your head out the door and take a few deep breaths of fresh air!

-Head and neck support is big but remember that doctors pull and tug on baby to get them out so they're stronger than you think! I was even scared to pick her up and hold her for days after coming home. I'm sure she stayed in her swing or crib the first week or so if DH wasn't carrying her. I also needed his help when getting her in the right position to nurse.

-About nursing...very debatable topic. Yes, breast is best because it comes from your own body, it's baby's own species of milk, antibodies, etc. Forever whatever reason women choose not to breast feed. Low supply (one of my problems), mastitis and other infections, extreme nipple pain, going back to work, or simply choose not to. I nursed for one week until I decided the girls could not possibly handle it anymore so I moved to exclusively pumping. This was tough work. Pumping every two hours around the clock is very exhausting. I think I fell into the small category of women who actually feel a sense of sadness, depression, anxiety and irritability when breast feeding (D-MER, it's an actual thing). I felt like I wanted to scream and crawl out of my skin! We slowly started introducing formula. My supply kept dwindling although I was pumping all day long. I couldn't take it anymore. I decided I was going to cut back on pumps. I was a slave to it and I hated it. I couldn't leave the house if it were for more than a few hours. I struggled immensely, and still do, with the decision to formula feed and frustrated on why I couldn't have just pumped more milk every pump session. It wasn't going to happen. I could drink all the Mother's Milk tea and water in the world and it still wasn't going to happen. Now we've moved exclusive to formula feeding and I still pump once or twice a day to reduce engorgement and relieve the fullness. And the whole bonding thing that you're supposed to have from breast feeding? I still totally have that with bottle feeding, maybe even more so for myself. Because I have what you would call GIGANTIC breasts, lol, it was hard to even see my baby's face when she was nursing. I was too focused on the pain that all I wanted to do was close my eyes and cry. Now when I feed her, we have eye contact the whole time. Nothing beats the smile of a baby looking up at your while you're fulfilling her basic need. So there's my story on breast feeding, pumping and why I ultimately chose to formula feed. Baby is thriving, gaining weight and is healthy and happy! I take pride in knowing that she was exclusively breast fed for one week and continued to receive breast milk for the first month of her life.

-Babies don't always have to wear acute little outfits! And trust me, you will not have the energy to put all those cute skirt and pant sets when you're changing diapers constantly. Baby won't be comfortable either. It's kind of like how you feel when you're just plain tired and you stay in your pajamas all day. Trust me, much easier keep baby in onsies all day long! She also hates bows or headbands in her hair. I don't think she's going to be a girly girl!

-It's ok to have a dirty, smelly house. Dishes and bottles are piled up. Laundry is on the floor. Baby stuff is everywhere. That's ok. Even when you have a free minute, all you'll want to do is take some time for yourself. Take a nap, drink a cup of coffee, surf the internet, blog. Cleaning can wait. Ain't nobody got time for that! lol.

-It's hard to leave the house. Unless you really have to go somewhere...DONT! lol. You know before when the longest part of leaving the house was getting your hair and make up done? Forget about that. You're lucky to put some chapstick on your face...unless you have an awesome husband who helps! It used to take us 1 hour to get ready and leave and that included taking the dog out. Last time we went "shopping" it took us 3 hours to leave...yes 3. (I use "" because shopping is running in and out of the store having to know exactly what you need, no more just browsing around!) Much easier to just stay home! lol, jk. Don't stay home, you actually need to get out into the real world again. Just be prepared. Take 2 or 3 extra sets of clothes for the diaper blowouts. Ready to feed (or liquid) formula is super convenient for us formula feeders. Just screw the nipple on and call it good!

-Take it all in. Don't forget anything. Take lots of pictures, video, write letters to her and put them all in a box for her to open and appreciate when she's older.

That's all for now! Hopefully my next couple of posts will be something craft related!

May 13, 2013

Confessions of a First Time Mom - Hello World!

 You know when everyone says its pain like you've never felt? It's totally true. Take the worst menstrual cramps you've ever had and multiply it by 20. That's active labor. Transition brings on the intense urge to push. Nurses start saying to fight the urge? Not going to happen!

 I went in for an induction at 6 am on Monday, April 29th. I was given a couple different things to get contractions going. It took several hours to start feeling any kind of contraction and was progressing very slowly. By 6 p.m. that night, I was in some serious pain so I decided to get an epidural...bad idea. It didn't agree with my body. My blood pressure dropped and the doctor was scurring around trying to get a shot of ephedrine into my IV. Needless to say, it was scary. After it settled down, I was in heaven! I was feeling no pain. This was going to be a breeze...until it stopped working an hour later. After this, I felt everything. I got some sleep inbetween contractions when I could. Hubby was right by my side the whole time but like I'm sure other women's partners are, he really had no idea of the magnitute of what I was feeling! He was helping me through it all the best way he knew how. Around 4 a.m. the next morning, my midwife broke my water.

Just a couple hours later I was 5 centimeters dilated. I wanted to cry! I was already feeling the intense pressure and urge to push but there was nothing yet to push out! More of my water started breaking everytime I had a contraction. By 6 a.m. My midwife came in and told me that I was 7 centimeters! I'm pretty sure I started pushing too early but I just couldn't resist the urge. I pushed for 2 1/2 hours...it seemed like eternity. I have to say I feel like the "pain" of labor comes when you're having contractions during active labor. When it was time to push, I didn't really feel pain. It just was a ton of pressure that came in waves every minute or so. I had this natural instinct to push and grunt making noises I've never made or heard before.

Finally at about 8:35, I was crowning. All of the nuses, my hubby and mom were yelling "push, push!" It turned out that my baby's shoulder was stuck, aka shoulder dystocia. As she sat there with her shoulder stuck and her little head out, the midwife and nurses started yelling "Call a code white!" I was in full blown freak out mode but still oblivious to what was really going on. Nurses were jumping on top of me and started pushing down with all their might on my abdomen. They continued to tell at me to push even though I had nothing left to push...I had zero energy and had already lost the urge to push. After two long minutes of the scariest time of my life, my baby girl came into this world at 8:41 am. They put her on my chest immediately for skin to skin and my life was changed forever. She was a quiet baby, she didn't cry until they put her on the warming table. I turned my head to look at her and she was looking right at me. She was a big baby weighing over 9 lbs. I've spent the last two weeks healing, walking funny, and sitting on a boppy pillow as I recover from the work that my amazing midwife did.

My first child birth was a scary, traumatic one but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I do have to say that I miss being pregnant and feeling her kick around. In a weird way I also miss the process of being in labor and knowing that I was going to meet this new person for the first time. I will never forget what she looked like and what it felt like when she came out and laid on my chest but I can't wait to see her grow and learn knowing that I am helping to shape the mind and personality of a brand new person.

I haven't blogged in so long. Towards the end of my pregnancy I was tired, swollen and well...just plain lazy! I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things once it doesn't hurt to walk anymore - lol. Of course along with crafting, baking (trying to atleast), and photography, I'll be posting every now and then about my experiences and adventures as a first time mom.

January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Here I sit 30 minutes into the new year, blogging, watching Pretty Woman with my wonderful husband and my fur baby, Bo, who thinks he's a human. This year's celebration was a little different than most. We spent the night on the couch watching movies, eating chips and dip, drinking water, and having heartburn. I wouldn't have it any other way. Our lives changed so much in 2012. We bought our first home, got a dog, and created a life (which is kicking up a storm as I type!). I welcome the new year and can't wait to see what it brings for our little family! As I mentioned last year, rather than create a resolution of something I need to do or not do, I'd rather focus on just living life and being happy. I don't think I could be happier having my own little girl in just 4 months! I still love the song Trip Around the Sun by Martina McBride and Jimmy Buffet. This line says it perfectly..."Yes I'll make a resolution that I'll never make another one"...I try to live by this every year and somehow, somewhere in the middle of the year I'm in a hurry to go nowhere and losing my patience. So If I had to say that I will try to resolve to do something in the year of 2013, it will be to slow down and take it in....oh, and to do more scrapbooking :)

So here is the song, Trip Around the Sun....maybe it will inspire you.

Happy New Year

December 10, 2012

21 Week Survey

I'm officially past the halfway mark of my pregnancy! hard to believe I only have 19 more weeks to go. This time has flown by so fast and I'm suddenly finding that I have so much to do before little one arrives. It seems like I scour the Internet daily to see how other women experience pregnancy, since evveryone's experience is different. Incase you've come across my blog searching for some real life pregnancy stories, I'm going to share my 21 week pregnancy survey with you...

(I apologize in advance for the crazy formatting which I can't seem to change!)
1. How far along am I?
    21 weeks

2. How much weight have I gained?
    At my checkup two weeks ago, I had gained 5 lbs. I'm guessing I've put on another 5 since then, mostly bloat and water weight.

 3. Am I wearing maternity clothes?
    Yes, even though I can squeeze into my regular pants. I've learned and read that with a first time
     pregnancy, a lot of women don't show as soon. I'm about 5 months and am just noticing a firm,
     round belly. Maternity clothes are rather expensive so buying second hand or on sale is a very
     good idea. It's also hard to find a pair of full panel jeans that don't sag all day long. Comfortable
     because they'r stretchy, uncomfortable because I'm constantly pulling them up to avoid diaper
     butt!

4. Sleeping much?
     It's amazing how I can't go one night without having to go to the bathroom. Since it's
     recommended that you sleep on your side (preferrably left side), it took some time getting used to
     this since I'm a back sleeper. I usually toss and turn all night long. So to make it short, sleep is not
     like it used to be.

5. Do I feel movement?
    I have these popping bubble sensations. I'm pretty sure I felt something about 15 weeks, but
    assumed it was just gas. Then a couple of weeks later, I felt the same feeling over and over again.
    I feel it a few times a day and about 3-4 times in a five minut time span. Yes, I have also felt
    the same feeling then a sudden pressure on my bladder letting me know that my baby is squirming
    around in my lower abdomen.

6. Any food cravings?
    I haven't craved any specific foods that I just have to have right then and there. One day after work,
    I did however love the sound of walnut chicken and steamed rice from my favoritee Chinese
    restaurant so I indulged alone (eating alone is something I rarely do but for some reason, I didn't
    care!)

7. Pregnancy symptoms
    The first thing I noticed before I even had a positive test was very sore breasts! They're usually
     sore right before my time of the month, but this time I could barely take a shower. That's when I
     knew something was up. I had nausea and heartburn up until about week 15. For a couple of
     I felt fabulous! After week 15, I have been getting heartburn again, although it's managable.
     I've also had sharp shooting pains (also known as round ligament pain) around my lower rib cage
     which are brought on by sudden movements. I've have a few major headaches in th last month or
     so. I've never had a migraine, but I'm pretty sure these would qualify. My extremities haven't
     swelled up yet, but I've noticed my face getting a little plumper (not to excited about this!). No
     matter how crappy I feel, or how bad of a headache I have, it all amounts to nothing when I feel
     those kicks and punches or when I hear the tiny, fast heartbeat at our appointments.

I hope you've enjoyed my pregnancy survey and have found it helpful. Of course, I will be back with another survey, perhaps when I'm closer to my due date. Now it's time for me to start cleaning, crafting, and baking things! With Christmas right around the corner, I'm going to be making a couple of easy desserts to share with my family at Christmas dinner.


December 7, 2012

Back from Five Month Hiatus...and Bun in the Oven!

It was five months ago when I was writing about our fabuluos beach vacation in Pensacola. I can still taste the salty margaritas at Crabs We Got 'Em. Since then, we've been living and loving life in our new home! Our dog, Bo, has also been loving his life as an inside dog. We can usually find him sleeping under the Christmas tree or on the couch. I haven't done many home improvement or diy projects since around August. I went back to work after a long summer off and things have been kind of crazy around here because...we are expecting our first little one!

20 weeks along...and loving every minute of it. Being a first time pregnant lady, i'm relying on other mothers and the Internet to understand what is happening to my body! The first trimester was full of being nauseous, having heartburn all the time, and wanting to sleep all the time. I can't quite remember when the nausea stopped, although the heartburn still persists. Now in Tri-2, I'm experiencing a whole different wave of symptoms. For one, I think my floating ribs are being pushed out and away as we speak. My ever-expanding stomach is starting to feel like a basketball. Firm and round. Atleast I'm finally filling out maternity pants. Of course, none of this matters when I feel tiny movements. At first, it was easy to mistake the feeling of my baby kicking for gas. It feels like a bunch of tiny bubbles being popped several times in a row.

Ever since I was little, I knew I would be a mother some day. God has blessed me enough to be able to experience this with a wonderful man. I can't wait to see what a great father he will be! OK....enough sappy baby stuff for now!

Along with sharing my photography, craftiness, and my many attemps at baking things, I will also be sharing my beautiful (and maybe not so beautiful) experiences of being a first-time mom. Stay tuned!

July 12, 2012

Some Beach

It's hard to believe I'm back in the heartland after a week on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Florida.  The last time I was at a beach, that wasn't on the Mississippi river, I was 3 years old in South Padre Island. This beach was BEAUTIFUL. Everything I had imagined. The main part of the beach had an awesome atmosphere with people and beach bars/restaurants. Further down the beach, it was more secluded which is where we found ourselves. If you haven't been to a Gulf Coast beach, I highly recommend it. Of course we drove, because we drive everywhere. The road trip is half the fun! Until it's time to come home and you have a 17 hour drive ahead of you. It was worth it!

Of course I have a bunch of beach pics I want to scrap. Here are two layouts I put together so far. I used paper from the Down the Boardwalk line from We R Memory Keepers.



And now I have to let you meet our new friend Bo. He adopted us about 1 month ago from a local shelter. He's a lab mix and we're not sure exactly how old he is, but we think he's around 2. He sleeps all day and enjoys laying in the sun. He also enjoys walks in the park, or rather dragging me through the park (he's learning how to be a good canine citizen). 




July 10, 2012

Mini-Album: Home


First scrappy project since the move! It's been a long few weeks which is why you haven't heard from me in a while. We rescued a dog from the shelter (more about Bo later), and we just got back from a week-long vacation in Nashville and Florida...the beach was fabulous!!

I finished up a mini-album to display some pictures of our home. I started this book a couple of months ago during a National Scrapbook Day crop. I will share with you now...




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


This chipboard album was pre-cut. Sadly, I lack the appropriate machine to cut several pieces of thick chipboard into the same size and shape for me so I must buy them pre-cut. The vintagey keys on the string are Tim Holtz...love these!
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June 12, 2012

House Goodies

I'm back after a long couple of weeks of settling in, painting (kind of), and getting used to sleeping and living in our very own home. I've managed to finish a couple of projects and buy some things to compliment the home, although I think it's still missing some things. My first project was bringing some eye candy to my front stoop. I found this little bench years ago at a garage sale. I was pretty excited that it matched a tiny rocking chair that I found at a flea market on our honeymoon which also is wood with a little heart on the back (Can't wait to paint that one!). I used a lovely, olive green color from a leftover sample.


I finished it off with some potted flowers. Like I mentioned above, I'm going to be painting the little rocking chair, probably the same color, and put a different colored pot on it.

  Here are a couple more things that I am REALLY excited about:
I found this red sign at Hobby Lobby and it was perfect since Corinthians is one of my go-to passages when I need a little encouragement and it was also a reading during my wedding. Of course, I don't have a proper-sized picture of us from our wedding to put in the picture slot, so I put a picture of the sunset on Green Bay during our honeymoon.





I picked this hurricane vase up at Kohl's. The rim and base color goes perfectly with my dark wood furniture and chocolate brown couches. I also have to mention, the pillar candle inside is also from Kohl's. It's Chesapeake Bay's Cottonwood Blossom fragrance and it smells fantastic. Florally, fresh and clean.

May 31, 2012

Up and Running!

Our new household is officially up and running. Internet is back (hence this post), cable is up and running so I can finally catch up on my Foodnetwork and HGTV shows, and only a few random unpacked boxes remain. I have the incredible urge to keep my new home spotless and clutter-free. I've been doing a pretty good job, thanks to Time Warp Wife's cleaning schedule, but need to get a few more things done. I've been doing a few things around the house and made a few purchases. One thing that is REALLY bugging me is that my camera cable is missing! I was so excited to show you pictures of the things I've done/purchased so far and I can't find the cable to upload pics. If I don't find it soon, I will be ordering a replacement. I may have to revert to "Instagraming" post photos. My projects this week include making a poster board picture montage for my niece's graduation party, painting a few rescued pieces of furniture from flea-markets/yardsales, and taking photos of my home for a my "Our First Home" mini album. That's all for now!

May 14, 2012

Pack Up and Head Out

Eleven days until we close on our house and I'm quickly learning that packing is not as much fun as I thought! It's not that we have a ton of stuff, it's just that most of what we do have is stuff I don't want to use up the energy and boxes to move. So far, we have about 7 boxes packed, labeled and ready to go.

Despite the headache and stress of the home buying process, I am
Ecstatic to be moving into our very own home! So as I'm going through the cleaning and packing process, I'll hopefully be learning and using packing and organizing tips, since my goal is to not reclutter our new home with useless things.

Here are some of the things I've done so far to make the transition into the new home easy and clutter-free:

1. Visit the dollar store.

I am a big fan of the "everything's $1" store. At my last visit, I got a about 6 fun, colorful organizing baskets with handles and plan to put them in our new bathroom closet in rows of 3. One for lotions/body sprays, 1 for bath soaps and washes, 1 for dental care stuff, 2 for my and Hubby's toiletries and hygiene products, and 1 for misc. items.

2. Label, label, label!

Pack one area at a time and put only that stuff in a box. Today, I packed up all my shoes and accessories ( bags and scarves). Since I want them all to go in my new closet, I put them all in one box labeled "shoes, bags and scarves...master bedroom." This way, the box makes it directly to the place where it needs to be on moving day.

I want to apologize in advance for the lack of pictures on my posts for the next few weeks. We have ended our Internet service to prepare for the move, and I have become an iPhone blogger. I love the handy little Blogger app, but can't for the life of me figure out how to place my pictures anywhere else than at the end of my post. As soon as I am able, you will have never seen so many blog pics in your time as a blog reader. Thank you.

Vee



Vee

April 26, 2012

The Horror That Has Become My Craft Room

My craft room hasn't always been the most organized. When I went in today to finally get it together, I practically screamed and ran the other way closing the door, vowing never to return. How did it get so bad! I haven't done any kind of crafting for a few months, but somehow managed to create a disaster area. Moving day is exactly 4 weeks away! My goal this weekend is to pack my rolling tote with everything I will need for National Scrapbooking Day (first weekend in May), and pack up everything else. I will need to go through and organize all my paper, embellishments, paper stacks, adhesives, buttons, ribbon, stamping stuff, ahhh! It will happen. I will have pictures to prove.