Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reclaiming my house #1

So here goes!  I'm taking back my house from clutter and saving my babies from the spiders.   The spiders are back and there are too many places for them to hide.  However, I'm 7 months pregnant, tired, and achy! So we're taking this slowly.  

2 new habits that I've been working on this week:
1.  No dirty dishes
2. No piles of laundry

That seems reasonable...doable even for a messy like me.   

Extras today:
30 minutes in garage...You can't really tell, but I've filled the Kia from top to bottom with stuff for good will.  You have to start somewhere!  

Next up: a bottle of water and art until a kid comes home.   Then I'll deliver all the junk, pick up the baby, and start a stir fry dinner.   Or maybe it's time for the teen to cook!   

I'm still trying to find balance, but I think I'm doing better. If my house were less full of junk, it would be easier to clean...

Friday, June 3, 2016

Recent Projects

Recently I've been very busy with trying balancing God, family life, and work.  I've been struggling with orthopedic issues with baby number 2 while trying to keep my house in order...and all my patients alive!  Yikes!   So craftiness and art have fallen to a back burner.  I haven't been able to create any more pocket letters or paintings! 

But I'm working on it!  One of the things I did to try to make more time in my life for art (ie, relaxation) is meal planning.  My family will tell you...since I had MM, my cooking skills have seriously declined.  So Wednesday, my son and I went shopping, and purchased ingredients for 7 main dishes.   After I got the baby to bed, we stayed up and prepared 7 gallon zip lock bags with a meal each.    We tested the first one out yesterday:  Sausage and White Bean Soup.   My son dumped the bag and chicken broth into a crock pot, and when I got home dinner was ready!   It was wonderful to just sit down with my family and eat...no wondering what to eat...no scrambling to make something.  Afterwards, we all enjoyed a walk together.   I hope it's the first night of a better balanced life...one where I'm not coming home from work, scrambling to cook dinner, then putting the baby to bed, and passing out from exhaustion.  Maybe after a few more weeks of working on life balance...I'll have time for art again!

I'll share my progress here...as well as tips that help.  Who knows...maybe I'll help some other mama out there by sharing my struggles...and my progress!

Here are some things that I'm doing to help find balance:
  • Link to Who Needs a Cape Blog.  This is where I found the list of meals:  http://whoneedsacape.com/2014/02/7-meals-1-hour-slow-cooker-crockpot-freezer-meals/

  • To Love, Honor, and Vacuum by Sheila Wray Gregoire.  I'm only 2 chapters in, but his has been a good read so far.   I can really relate to the scenarios in the first couple of chapters, and I can't wait to read the rest.  It's about finding balance and JOY in your housework.  I feel a lot of resentment instead of joy...and just plain tired.   I haven't even been taking time to do my physical therapy homework or sleep a full night.  I think this book will help me let go of my desire for perfection (which I'm far from attaining) to embrace a more God-centered, joyful life.
  • Dumping the guilt.  I struggle with working-mom guilt, but I'm trying to let that go.  So tonight I asked my husband to put the baby to bed while I sit here and type this blog.   And...that's ok.  Really, I'm not going to feel guilty for asking for help...or letting someone take care of MM.  

Peace and Love to all of you!  

Saturday, April 9, 2016

New things to try: pocket letters

I have always loved snail mail.  I also love art and scrapbooking.   So I recently stumbled across something that combines all 3!  It's called pocket letters. These basically are letters you make by filling the 9-sleeve trading card sheet with artsy stuff for a pen pal.  Of course I use a PO box for my mystery mail :).  I just finished my letter for my first pen pal.   I hope she likes it!  We are exchanging recipes :). I am a crafter on a budget so I can't fill it with a ton of stuff :)

My dear friend Jen at The Everday Planner told me about these! I bet they'll be addictive!   Want to trade with me?  Send me a message and we'll talk.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GeoCaching Challenge

So guess what today is?  It's Tuesday!  That means it's time for Jen Wright Design's GeoCaching Challenge!  What in the world is geocaching?  Well apparently it's a form of treasure hunting.  You won't need a GPS or a compass for this this challenge though!

Here is this week's freebie:

These are 3 by 4" journal cards.  You can print them to use in your Project Life album or use them for digital scrapbooking.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Recent Layouts

I've been doing quite a bit of scrapbooking lately.   I'm on 2 CTs for very talented designers.   They both have a couple of new kits out :)


 Jen Wright Designs

I finally bought some new shoes.  I made this layout for Jen Wright's July Template Challenge over at Scrappy Bee.   It's with her kit called Backyard Fun.

Here's a Project Life Style layout :) My bump is getting big!  Can't wait to meet that little baby!  This is with a Template by Julie Billingsley and Jen Wright's Kit: Salt Life.  It's on sale for $1 right now :)

One more with  Salt Life. I've had so much fun with my new bump-appropriate clothes.  This is a template by Amber Morrison at the Digi Chick.

Keep In Touch Designs

I've had some pretty rough days, and this week was full of them!  This is with KITD's kit, Stormy Skies.  

This is with her new "Lolly Bag"


Just for fun...

This is with Erica Zane's kit: Crazy Like a Fox.   This is a template by Cindy Schneider - Set 159.