Thursday, April 29, 2010
If that doesn't work, try this link. Peter was so nice and friendly, plus he's good at what he does - real good. You could tell he was having fun, and enjoyed what he does. I love that. I don't know how they found me, but I am so happy I was included!
Thanks Peter - if you need my help for an Oprah show, I'm always available!
FYI Peter Walsh is a nationally renowned expert in organizational design and living, best-selling author and TV personality. Peter teaches people how to declutter their minds, homes and offices to improve their lives and personal spaces. His unique approach to clutter confronts the emotional and design obstacles behind the toughest organizational challenges with practical, easy-to-manage solutions. His talent and organizational philosophy have been embraced by consumers and media alike. Peter is now a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show where he provides expert advice for combating clutter and host on Oprah & Friends Sirius XM Radio. Peter is also OfficeMax’s exclusive workplace clutter expert who has designed two organization collections for the company. In the coming months, Peter will have his own program, The Peter Walsh Project, on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Peter also appears regularly on Clean Sweep on Discovery's TLC Network.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Today I am grateful for:
tulips popping up behind the daffodils
Disney's CARS movie - still entertains all my kids on these sick days
friends who are so kind and supportive to me and my kiddos
a good sudoku puzzle
my faith and the peace it brings me - especially when our lives get so busy that we can barely catch our breath.What are you grateful for?
Monday, April 19, 2010
I think there are more this year than last year! Could that really happen without planting more?
G. goes and checks them every time we pull into our home - they are there to greet us and they make everyone happy.
The tulips have busted through the ground and the delphiniums are making a come back!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
- my husband is back in town
- I'm registered to run the Bolder Boulder again this year, and although my BFF/running partner is due with her third child at that time and will not be running it, my friends came through and there are a bunch of us running it this year! It will be so fun. (There is no excuse for you this year - F.C. or Emily!)
- Smelly lotion and body gel.
- pictures for me drawn by my kiddos with TO MOM written in their adorable handwriting.
What are you grateful for?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
What do you blog about? Lots of things - I'm not sure you categorize me into one group. I share my organizing tips. I often will share things I have sewn. I love to decorate and work on my home and love to blog about that. Occasionally you'll get a yummy recipe or a freezer meal. We've been landscaping our backyard for three years, and I hope to have some progress there to blog about. Every Sunday, I write a Grateful Sunday post - it has changed my life.
What is your favorite thing about blogging? Hands down, the blogging community. I love the feedback. I love that there are other like-minded friends out there.
If you had to choose one famous person to become your blog's next devoted reader, who would you pick? Easy - Martha Stewart.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I LOVE being at home - and it seems as if that isn't acceptable. It seems that the image of a stay at home mom is a stressed out women, who can barely keep it together, and can't wait to get away. She finds happiness outside the home - at the gym, a kids free restaurant, at girls nights out. . . . I asked my friend to help me think of a TV mom, that doesn't work, that is portrayed as someone who has a great relationship with her kids and loves it. We were stumped. I see soceity showing that moms need "ME" time and that we are entitled to it. Please don't misunderstand me, I have my moments - but those are the extremes, not the normal. When I tuck my kids in bed at night, that's where I want to be. When we eat dinner around the table, that's where I want to be. It's where I choose to be.
So, I'll get off my soapbox. . . . it's just something I've been thinking a lot about lately. I think we need more positive role models of mothers from this generation - who are your inspirations?
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Our trip was awesome. Just being able to spend a week with Tom AND Grandma and Grandpa made for happy kids - then add the Magic Kingdome to the mix. It was golden.They got along, played well with each other, were grateful, were dog tired, but seemed generally happy. What more could I hope for? We had an awesome resort to stay at, which was so nice when we didn't want to fight the Disney crowds.
I've got a great family - I could not be grateful enough.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Last October, my husband built this. It's 186" x 88".
To say I've been obsessed about reading about vegetable gardens would be an understatement. I can't get enough. I've checked out books from the library, read blogs, asked around, and read the everything on the Douglas County Extension.
We first started out with a plan. After talking to the kids, we made a list of vegetables that we thought we'd like to try. The list included corn, beans, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, carrots, zuchinni, radishes, spinach, lettuce . . . .
Then, after reading and reading of course, I got out graph paper and came up with several sketches until we found one that we thought would work. A lot of tweaking, but Tom's an engineer and we had to make sure everything was properly spaced and in straight rows. At first I just drew a quick sketch, and now after I have my map, I'm glad we got it planned out.
I love reading about gardening from Thy Hand Hath Provided. She gives a great vegetable gardening 101 - perfect for a newbie like me. We downloaded their Spring Vegetable Planning PDF and have marked it up and think it's awesome! We have a calendar just for gardening where we are marking everything and the amounts of what we plant.
This week we made the newspaper pots and started our seedlings. This is the only south facing window we have, so we'll have to make due for some time. We've started tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli inside.
I have no idea if any of this is going to work - I really am hoping it will. Really really really hoping. Tom thinks I'm making it more complicated than it really is. I'm soaking up info like a sponge - so comment away and please bring on the tips!
This month our plan is to bring in a truckload of soil, and set up the drip system. We hope to be planting outside at the end of April.
This is just one of the many many many projects that are in our backyard! It's going to be a busy summer and hopefully we can get a lot done - we just need to get my cute hubby out of the office.
Monday, April 5, 2010
This has become such a habit that a big hearty breakfast is usually too much for me. I usually work out in the early morning, so that also dampens my appetite. I rarely sit down to eat breakfast; I'm making lunches, pulling together homework folders, making beds, even teaching a piano lesson. I like having a breakfast that can come from room to room with me.