Friday, May 29, 2009
I am in dire need of this Pottery Barn Over the Door Mirror but have a feeling that I can something similar cheaper.
While I'm posting about Pottery Barn Mirrors, I absolutely LOVE this mirror.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
With the help of a very talented, resourceful and kind friend, I made these:
I am not sure my poor photography skills do them justice (the letters are really more creamy brown like the original.) Trust me, they look pretty darn awesome. Or Rock Awesome as Rochelle would say. I can't wait to hang them up!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I do. Every week I get the free podcast on itunes. I love listening to it on long runs, it makes the time fly by.
You can download one episode a week for free, or download old episodes for 95 cents HERE.
I particularly enjoyed these from the last couple of weeks: No Map, and Reunited (and it feels so good.) My favorite of all time is The Break Up from 8.15.2008.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tip: In order to get the book as soon as possible, I often check out the Large Print Edition.
The hold time is always considerably less. We are talking weeks less for New Releases. Oh yeah. It's that good.
Only problem is, the large print is kind of distracting. It takes away some of the pleasure of reading for me, as I am a skim/reader and the large paragraphs throw me off my game.
But better to be a reading little slower and larger then still on hold waiting.
(Moral issue? I have struggled with this: wondering if it is akin to parking in a handicap spot at the grocery store. But in all my searching, I have never found any law against reading the large print books. No librarians every give me the stink-eye when I check these books out. I do take a little comfort in the fact that I have really bad eyesight. Hence, I technically could really need the large print if say, I had my contacts out and was trying to read the book from 2 feet away.)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Glee took me straight back to High School. I was not nearly talented enough to actually be in our school's Show Choir but some of my sisters were and several of my friends were. Sufficeth to say, I was a serious groupie.
Glee is a silly mix of High School Musical and American Idol and of course, your High School show choir. Can't wait to see more this fall.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Artificial flower, Grosgrain Ribbon, and Decorative Brad. (All can be found at a craft store.)
Do not pick a flower like this, with no removable center. No matter how cute it is, you will not be able to get a brad through it.
Remove flower from stem.
Completely disassemble the flower.
Place brad through the holes.
This takes all of 3 minutes and costs next to nothing.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Some of the girls brought pictures of what their husband might look like:
My daughter? She decided on this one:
My husband got me the dress I'd been pining over from the Gap. Most impressive because he 1)Doesn't read my blog, so how did he know I needed it? 2)Got the size perfect, and 3)Managed to get it on sale + an extra 40% off. That is the beauty of Mark.
My kids picked out my favorite lipstick: Loreal 809, Aishwarya Beige.
(Yes, I look nothing like Aishwaya, but the coloris perfect for me.)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I came to the painful decision that I was going to have to buy less clothes. (Something that my husband had been thinking for years.)
Here's the thing, though: When I took a good hard look at our closets, I realized we weren't really wearing most of the clothes anyway.
I had the most brilliant break-through: Even with a smaller budget and the apartment sized closet space, I could buy smarter and still end up with what I wanted.
I realized I was buying things we didn't need: for example, one of my son's had 8 pairs of church pants! Some were hand-me-downs from his big brother, but seriously: what kid needs 8 pairs of church pants! Think of all the money I wasted.
It has been 3+ years since embarking on our remodel. My budget has grown back. Our non-apartment closets are bigger. But I still stick to this way of buying clothes.
Carie's New and Improved Way of Buying Clothes:
Make a master list of what you need. Begin to think in a new way, this was the big change for me: Do not just limit only by budget. Also limit by number of items on your master list.
Start thinking not can only: Can I afford it? But, more importantly -If I am only buying 15 shirts this season, is it one of my top 15 favorite shirts?
So often (old shopping Carie) would find a great deal and like it fine so I would buy it. Now, new shopping Carie will find a great deal and realize it isn’t one of my top 15 favorites and put it back on the rack. (translation: I have saved money by NOT buying clothes I don’t LOVE that my kids will probably not wear.)
1. Don’t buy it unless you love it AND your child loves it AND it fits. Incidentally, I have almost completely stopped buying ahead for next season because so often it doesn’t end up fitting. The only thing I buy in advance for are winter coats.
2. When you make your master list, make sure you don’t have to do laundry more then once a week.
3. Don’t overbuy church clothes. How many dresses can my daughter really wear before she grows out of them?
4. Don’t buy it unless you have something to wear with it. If you don’t have already have something that matches, buy complete outfits. This is more for girls than boys. If you find a great skirt, buy the shirt to match it. Don’t assume you will be able to find that same color somewhere else. You will save money and time and energy by just buying the matching clothes at the store. And your kid will actually wear it because they have something to wear it with.
5. Along with that, buy 2 or 3 tops to match each bottom. For the most part I think patterns should be in the shirts, not the pants.
6. Throw out/ give away anything that is not being worn. It is painful at first when you realize the money you have wasted on clothes that are not being worn. In the end, it really helped me to buy smarter the next time.
7. Less really is more. My kid’s closets and drawers were so full, they couldn’t possibly wear all the clothes. It made their rooms a mess, laundry a nightmare, and I was buying more than they needed because I had no idea what they had! Worse, I was spending money on things I didn’t really love (because it was a good deal) and ended up with no money for the things I really LOVED.
8. Determine a budget. Pay for everything with cash. I like to use actual cash because it helps me keep better track of my spending. Also, something about my physically handing over the money makes it more real and helps me stick to my budget.
9. Find out what you already have by going through your kid’s closet. Every season we have a fashion show where the kids try on EVERYTHING in their closet. (I mean everything.) Anything that doesn’t fit goes into a give away pile or storage bin for next child.
See Next: My Master Clothes Lists
This is completely subject to your own budget, preferences, closet space, and climate. (I like to shop. I like clothes. I don't like to have to do laundry very often.)
2 Jean Capris
2 Capris (brown, green, or tan)
2 Casual skirts
2-3 cardigans (should match both casual and church outfits)
Church Clothes: (6 outfits)
2 Denim shorts
2-3 Cargo (brown, tan, green)
2 Sports Pants
1-2 zip ups
1 pair chinos (tan)
2 church shirts (white and blue)
4 shirts (and throw away every other shirt! Don’t clutter your drawers)
3 shorts (we usually buy boxers)
3 church socks (I like brown, tan or navy to match the pants)
10 sports socks for tennis shoes
Couple of baseball hats