Monday, May 31, 2010


Tom and I have been Overstock customers for years. They have it all, great prices, and the best shipping price. Plus, I love to read reviews. I hardly ever write them, but I never purchase anything online without reading reviews.
When I'm in a slump, I just browse through their site. Look at all the furniture. The chair is gorgeous. I don't think I could pull it off on my home, but I would love to think I could.

They have a huge selection of bedroom furniture. I might use this nightstand for more than a nightstand, and I could plan a room around some of their beds.

Look at how cute the shower curtain is:

I don't usually have a lot of time to just dream and picture "what ifs", but they have plenty of practical stuff. For the allergic families, like mine, check out the bedding.They have my favorite vacuum:

And I dream of owning a steam vacuum:

Our portable DVD Player just bit the dust - and I need something to watch while I run on the treadmill.
I'm saving up for a patio table that I saw in their furniture . . .
Okay - enough dreaming, for now . . .

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Grateful Sunday

I am grateful for this blog. It provides a lot of motivation for me to get done what I enjoy doing. I have "met" so many amazing and talented people. I enjoy the friendships and the feedback. The wealth of knowledge is amazing out there in blogworld. I am grateful that I get to be a small part of it. I am grateful to anyone who spends time even reading this - and for those who comment, you are the best!

Thank you!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Vegetable Garden - Planted

This weekend, we finished planting everything in our vegetable garden. It has been such a crazy spring, weather wise, but I think it's pretty safe now. We planted our tomatoes and peppers, and that was the last thing to plant. We still have to set up the drip on half the garden, but until then, I've got lots of help with watering.

This garden is like our fourth child - there is plenty of time spent watching and staring at it. Everyone in our family is enamored with it. It seems as if we can almost see it growing right before our eyes!






Radishes and beets:

Hills for cukes and zukes. The cukes just started sprouting yesterday:

I can't find my picture of my beans, they are so fun. We are all dreaming of the produce we are going to enjoy in a couple of months!

For my parents - the lilacs have started blooming and the smell heavenly - makes me think of home.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Grateful Sunday

I am grateful for:

some sunshine, finally!

a healthy body that can do most of what I ask it to do.

time spent talking to Tom after the kids have gone to bed.
What are you grateful for? Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Our Tulips

Bulbs are a lesson in patience, aren't they? We planted these in October and right now they are just about perfect.

Tom built this little planter, so we could add a little something to our front yard. He's VERY big about not planting anything by the foundation of our home. He's an engineer that designs dams (yes, I call him a dam engineer all the time). Water and foundations is a BIG no-no.

For my memory's sake, this is the front of our home this week. Don't be psycho and stalk my children now that I've shown you this - kay?

Hanging flower baskets up, now I've got to get that window box planted.

I do love flowers!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Chalkboard Walls

Thoughts? Opinions? I'm thinking of doing this to a wall in my laundry room. BUT . . I tend to run far away when I hear the word "trend."
Is this a bad idea? Has anyone painted over a chalkboard wall? Was it a pain?

I really love it now, but am I going to hate it in a year? I just don't know . . .

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grateful Sunday

This weekend I am grateful for:

  • G. is a reading fool, and I could not be more proud! I love listening to him read everything. This morning he was reading the syrup bottle, giving me a long explanation on how Hungry Jack is named after Jack, the character in Eric Carle's book Pancakes (I think that's the name, not positive though). Then he read the word Lite and said "Lit-ee." When I asked him to use the word lit-ee in a sentence, he said it is a little lady, of course. This guy makes me laugh.

  • Fathers and Sons camp-out was canceled, which was a good call considering this yucky weather we've been having. It also meant I got to run my long run Saturday morning!

  • My Mother's Day flowers are still going strong and make me smile several times a day!

  • new music to listen to while on the treadmill

It's going to be a great week - I can just tell!

What are you grateful for?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

CSN Stores

Have you ever seriously looked around at CSN? You could get lost for hours - they have over 200 stores. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING - look at these bathroom vanities. When we get to doing our basement, this will be the place we will look.
About a year ago, I was contacted to do a review, which I love to do. I'll have another review coming up soon- how fun! Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bread Machine

Do you use yours? My sister in law was visiting once and teased me that I was a good housewife using my bread machine. I was shocked - of course I use it!

We use ours at least twice a week - which I think is a lot, consider M. is allergic to wheat, and I hardly eat any type of bread product.

Still . . . everyone else loves all types of breads. Bread sticks, rolls, cinnamon rolls, crescent rolls, you name it. And this makes everything SO much easier and cleaner.

I only use the dough function. Then I shape it and bake it in our oven.

We have pizza and movie every Friday night, and I have been making the pizza almost every Friday for about 4 years. I like to make my own dough and try to make it a bit healthier. I usually substitute half of the flour for whole wheat flour. I used Martha's recipe for years, but now I use The Pioneer Woman's, and I like it better. I like that it makes 2 and I can use one now and pop the other in the freezer. It always thaws beautifully. I like thin crust and this stretches and rolls out just how we like it.

What do you use your Bread Machine for?

PS - I just found out that my laptop needs a whole new motherboard. I guess it never fully recovered from when I fell down the stairs a couple of months ago. In the meantime, I'm posting on my kids archaic computer and have to use our old camera. Sorry - please be patient if I don't get back to you as quickly as I would like. Computer shopping was not on my to-do list!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hayden's Pillows

My niece, Hayden, is in a big girl bed now. Isn't that cause for a celebration?
Carl, my brother, called me and told me that they could not find toddler size pillowcases anywhere - I don't know, I've never looked for any.
I happily agreed to make him some. The only instructions were that her bedding was pink and brown.
First I made this one. Which my little M. claims as hers - obviously, reading isn't her forte. I love the ruffles, I love a little personalization.
But, Hayden needed a pillow that she could lay her little head on and sleep.
The ruffle ric rac is from Michael Miller that I received a couple years ago as a promotion. I used them on pillowcases for a birthday party that I. had. I had just enough left over for this pillowcase. You would not believe the trouble this embroidery gave me!

Here's to a good night sleep for a big girl! We love you - they're on their way.

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