Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Are you ready?

Are you ready for the end of summer?  I totally am.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer with my kiddos.  It's been so fun having them all home along with their new baby sister.  I've enjoyed no bedtimes, the sleeping late, the few (but more than normal) lazy days, and even the busy days.  It's been nice, now that Baby Girl is older, to be able to jump in the car and leave the older kids in charge for a short time, while Hubby and I run to the grocery store for a few minutes, or to fill up with gas and grab a couple of drinks at the gas station.  I've loved the flexibility of pushing something I was going to do on Wednesday over to Friday because we decided to take the kids to the park, or go shopping with grandma.  BUT....my late nights and sleeping in, and putting off until tomorrow, has led to an increasingly messier house (okay, that's putting it mildly - it's a disaster!), lots of to-do's being left undone, and basically a growing feeling of chaos hovering over me at all times.  It's definitely time to change it up!

My girls go back to school tomorrow and couldn't be more excited!  Bookworm starts High School on Monday and although excited, I think he's a little nervous too.  I'm not gonna lie - I'm a little nervous for him.  I mean, I know he'll be fine, and I couldn't have asked for him to have a better experience with his first 10 years of public education.  But he's been with the same group of kids pretty much since 3rd grade and is going from a school of 500 (K-9) to a High School of just under 1800, and most of his closest friends are going off to different high schools.  I so want him to have a great first week and meet lots of new great friends!  Okay, I'm getting all anxious again.  Time to move on.

With all the kids back in school it will be just Baby Girl and me, and sometimes hubby.  I'm kinda looking forward to it.  She is getting so fun and even chubbier than before!  And I am looking forward to getting back into a routine, and getting up early (okay not the actual getting up part), and getting a jump on my day.  Getting more done, and hopefully restoring some order to our household!

Am I the only one who feels this way about back to school?

I'm ready for the season change as well.  I'm looking forward to fall.  The smells and sounds and colors!  I love that I live in a place that has 4 distinct seasons.  By the end of each season I am so ready for the next!  The only one that lasts a little long for me is winter.  But we've been over that before.

In other news - Baby Girl went to her very first RSL game last week!  We weren't sure how she'd do, but she LOVED it!  She was good the whole time and just loved being outside and watching everything going on around us.  Plus we won, so that made it an even better night!  It was Hubby and I's first soccer date since the season began.  We went to nearly every home game last year, and we've really missed our date nights!

Here are a couple of fun pictures of my cute soccer girl.  Okay, me, my cute husband and 2 of my other cute kids are in them too.  But let's face it, it'as all about the chubby baby girl right now as far as pictures go!

First soccer date of the season.

 Victory smiles

So, are you ready for the end of summer? Or are you hoping to stretch it out just a little bit longer?

One more thing.  We're having a giveaway over at Sweet Adornment!  If you want to be entered to win a $25.00 gift certificate, just click HERE!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

From Drab to FAB!

This is the story of how a plain, boring brown pair of thrift store boots became a fabulous pair of dazzling go-go boots!

You may recall that last year Bookworm and Cowgirl were in our school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  Cast members were responsible for much of their own costumes.  For Cowgirl's part, one of the costumes needed was a go-go costume.

After scouring the store racks for any leftover Halloween costumes on clearance (because I wasn't about to pay full price and order a costume online), and having no luck, I realized that I was going to have to put together a costume myself.  So it was time to hit my favorite thrift store, Deseret Industries.  It took going back a couple of times (luckily it's near our house), but we finally found a shirt and skirt that fit the bill.  I was hoping for brighter colors, but you take what you can get, right?

I was still having a hard time finding a pair of go-go boots.  I wanted white ones.  Then I got to the point that I would settle for any color that were the right style.  I figured I could spray paint them white.  After many "drop ins" to the DI while out and about on my errands on different days, I finally found "the pair"!  They were the right size, and the right style (and only $5)!  It was time to pull the outfit together!

As I was talking to one of the moms at rehearsal one day, she mentioned the word "glitter".  And the heavens opened...and the angels sang.....

So after looking at some different ideas online, and determining the drawbacks as well as the benefits of each of the methods suggested, I came up with a plan.

I first took the boring, plain brown boots and coated them well with a couple of layers of metallic silver spray paint.  I stuffed newspapers inside of them to keep them standing upright and filled out.  I let them dry overnight.

Next I mixed together a concoction of regular (not fine) silver glitter and my favorite - Mod Podge!  I just dumped a bunch of glitter in a cup, then poured in some Mod Podge and stirred it up.  I kept doing it until the mixture got to a pasty consistency that would spread easily and not be too clumpy, but still had a thick concentration of glitter in it.  It really would be hard to get it wrong.

I painted my first layer of glitter podge all over the boots, being careful to try and avoid the zippers so they wouldn't get glued shut.  After they had time to dry for a little bit I could see the spots that were a little bare of glitter.  I went over the boots another time, paying special attention to the bare spots.

Once they were all dry I touched up any spots that still looked like they needed some sparkling up and Ta-Da!  A fabulous pair of sparkling go-go boots!

I decided that Cowgirl needed some go-go accessories to tie the whole outfit together.  So we made a belt and some big earrings by cutting circles out of poster board and repeating the spray paingint/glitter podging process used on the boots.  I LOVED how her costume turned out, and we got so many compliments on the boots and the accessories!

Yes, I totally cropped other people out of the photo! (Including her brother!)

It's like I always say, "Everything is better with glitter!"

Have you transformed anything from drab to fab lately?  I'd love to hear about it!

I'm sharing this project over HERE today!  Check it out to find more fabulous projects!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Friend Making Monday - have you ever?

Today I'm linking up with Kenlie for FMM - it's how I first started making friends in the blog world, years ago.  Those friendships are still in place today, and some of them are with friends who don't even blog anymore!  So it's definitely a great link party to be involved with!

So here I go...Have you ever...

1. Jumped out of an airplane? Nope.

2. Lived alone? Nope.  I got married at 19.  I went from living with my parents to living with hubby.

3. Met a celebrity?  Yes I have.  When I was 17, my High School's Senior Dinner Dance was held at the Marriot Hotel.  It was durning the NBA playoffs and the Houston Rockets were playing the Jazz, and they were staying at the Marriot.  My girlfriends and I saw a golden opportunity and we jumped into an elevator with Hakeem "the dream" Olajuwon!  He was actually very nice and down to earth.  Friendly, and interested (at least he acted that way) in our school, and our basketball team and was just very nice (not in a creepy old man hitting on teenage girls way).

Of course I have met many members of Real Salt Lake.  Not celebrities to some people, but our goalie Nick Rimando, and our team captain Kyle Beckerman (I have met both) played on the U.S. Men's National Team that just won the Gold Cup a couple of weeks ago.

4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying?  All. the. time.

5. Had a manicure/pedicure?  Yes, but it's actually not my favorite thing.

6. Gotten a hickey? Um, what?

7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or cat?  Yes.

8. Been outside of your home country?  Well, when my family went to Disneyland, we also visited Tijuana.  I'm not very well-traveled. :/

9. Kissed your best friend?  Every day.

10. Eaten food that fell on the floor?  I'm a mom.  What do you think?

11. Met someone online?  Yep.  All my blogging friends!

12. Been on TV?  Nope.  But my kids have.

13. Had braces?  Yep.

14. Gone skinny dipping?  Nope.

15. Been to the Opera?  Yep.

16. Been caught making out by a policeman?  Not that I can recall.

17. Sung in public?  No way.

18. Handed out candy on halloween?  Of course.

19. Been snowed in?  Surprisingly, no.

20. Fallen in front of other people?  Who hasn't?

21. Cheated on a test?  Never.  I hate cheaters.

22. Regretted saying "I love you" to someone?  I guess I probably said it to a loser or two, so yes.

23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized you didn't have your wallet?  No.  I almost never pay - that's the Hubby's job!

24. Shot a gun?  Yes.  It was for a simulation I got to participate in that was through the FBI and taught by a SWAT sniper.  It was super cool!

25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you?  Um, in my imagination...

So there you go.  Want to play along?  I'd love to read your answers!  Go link up if you want to play!

Tomorrow I'm going to show you how I turned a pair of plain brown thrift store boots into some FABULOUS glittery go-go boots for my daughter's role as a go-go dancer in the school musical!  You won't want to miss it!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Fabulous

I'm getting back in the swing of things.  I think.  I've actually got some blog posts planned out, which I haven't done in ages - so I'm thinking the posts will be coming more frequently again!

Last time, I told you about our new family business.  We're having so much fun with it.  Some of my long time readers will know that this isn't my first go around with Etsy.  I had another shop once.  Okay, I still do.  But I haven't kept up with it since last Halloween.  Halloween was really the only time the shop ever got very busy.  It's picking up already with some new Halloween orders for this season, so I expect to have some good sales for the next couple of months.  But back to the purpose of my tangent.  I never really invested a lot into the Etsy community my first time around.  I made my items, put a lot of time into photographing and listing them, and then waited for sales.  That only came during Halloween.  Whatever.

Since opening our new shop, I've spent a lot of time visiting other shops.  I spend time reading the forums and community boards. I study the photography and wording in the listings of my favorite shops to get hints on how to make my shop better.  It's a lot.  But I'm loving it.  Will it help our sales?  Maybe.  Probably not.  But as long as I pretend that what I'm doing is helping me make our shop better, I can spend all that time browsing fabulous shops without feeling guilty, right?  Right.  That's what I thought.

So today, Friday, I'm sharing the Fabulous!  I thought I'd share some of my favorite finds on Etsy.  I want them all.  Someday....someday.  So are you ready for some Fabulous?

First up - Chrocheted baby ballet booties from Little Lilly Bug!  I. die.  I have been coveting these darlings since we first found out our little caboose was another girl.  I told my brother to get them for me.  He let me down.  Are they not the sweetest things you've ever seen??

Visit shop here.

Okay, how beautiful is this wire wrapped flower necklace from Refreshing Designs Jewelry?  I'm not sure I could pull it off - but I like to pretend I am that fantastic.  And the designs, all from wrapping wire, seriously amaze me.
Visit shop here.

I'm loving this handmade froggy card from Made by Meg.  Partly because this is currently my new favorite color scheme, and the colors of Baby Girl's nursery.  But mostly because I have done handmade cards and they take forEVER!  So my hat is off to anyone who is dedicated enough, or fast enough to make enough to sell in a shop!  And this one is super, super adorable!

Visit shop here.

And last, but oh so absolutely not least - even if she weren't my BFF, I would so adore these Monster Bibs made by Tanielle (yes I've totally already snagged a couple for Baby Girl).  She and her niece own The Laughy Giraffy and make some of THE most adorable things you've ever seen.  I'm lucky to have an "in" with them!
Visit shop here.

So there you go.  Sharing some Fabulous with you this Friday.  How about you?  What are some of your fabulous Etsy finds?  I'm sure that I need to check them out!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!