Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Little Sparkle

 Yesterday was a bad day.  Yes, we have those over here.  I woke up a little grumpy (tell me that I'm not the only one who just wakes up crabby) and my husband was less than thrilled with my mood and let me know.  I had planned on going bowling, which we did, but about a half hour into it, I. told me she wished she would have just stayed home and that she wasn't having any fun.  I picked up M. during the day and heard a audible snap in my back and have been hobbling around.  We had to run M. to the urgent care and they confirmed that she has a UTI and she's on medicine.  In the meantime, she had 6 potty accidents-sigh.  Nothing like hobbling around cleaning carpet.  The jeans I think are super cute are about double my budget -rats.  I tried a new recipe and no one liked it.  There's more, oh so much more, but you get the drift.

I needed something to break me out of this!  So I added a strip of sequins to an old shirt I had. Two strips actually.

No, I didn't cover the whole pocket.  I. told me it looks weird that way.  I guess I don't care.  Funny, though, how that little sparkle gave me something to look forward to.


Today is better - no need to worry and call me, mom.  I'm off to sweat a little.  I like to say "I'm one workout away from being in a good mood."  and now, I guess I can add "I'm one strip of sequins away from being in a good mood."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Grateful Sunday

Today, I am grateful for:
  • a three day weekend with Daddy.  We went to the zoo in Colorado Springs and spent some time working in our yard.  The kiddos went to sleep last night in a huge fort that Daddy built in the toy room.
  • spring break still has one week
  • General Conference for my church is right around the corner
  • inaugural Bar-b-q dinner
  • classical music on Sundays

What are you grateful for?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Blanket for Conner


Welcome sweet Conner, my newest nephew.  I now have 24 neices and nephews - with one on the way!

This is the first time I've used piping on the side of the blanket.  Crazy, huh?  I've used ric rac, ruffles, pom poms - but never piping.


I think I love it!



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Angry Birds

Ahh - we love it!  I might even say there is a slight addiction.


I used this tutorial to make this guy!  I made it for G. and it is SOO fun to make something for my boy, I mean, WITH my boy.

It's so quirky, that I love it.  It's been flying around our home for the past day!


PS- I'd still appreciate you "liking me."  click here, please

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Favor . .

Posting will be very sparse the next two weeks - you see, it's Spring Break around here.  And, I have three kiddos who love to see their mommy interact with them.  I'm busy being a mommy - my favorite.  Yesterday, we went on a two hour nature walk and only covered a mile, but the kids left begging to come back!  I love breaks from school and our busy schedule.

Anyways, I was told that this blog got nominated for Babble's Top 50 Craft Blogs of 2011!  While I usually just let this blog be fun and don't worry about rankings, numbers, or anything else - I'm totally flattered!  Thanks to the one that nominated Ducks in a Row.  Could you click here and like me (doesn't that question take me back to elementary school)?  I'm feeling so lonely down there at the bottom! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Grateful Sunday


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Aren't those sculptures amazing?
Today, Tom is sick.  This guy rarely gets sick, but today got the best of him.  I am grateful that this doesn't happen too often.
I am grateful that BYU keeps winning and that it brought my friend to Denver - which meant an afternoon of catching up on the past 12 years! 
I am grateful that Spring Break has officially begun!  Now let's hope for spring weather.
I am grateful that our trampoline is back in commission - we took it down for the winter and covered it trying to protect the pads.  It didn't work, the pads are disintegrating.  We are so excited to jump!
I am grateful for talks on gratitude in church today!
I am grateful that my kiddos still didn't catch the leprechaun!
I am totally looking forward to this up coming week!

What are you grateful for?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Out of a Funk

I've been in a creative funk lately - nothing is inspiring.  It's spring in Colorado - not my favorite.  I've been working really hard on saving money for other things.  My creative juices haven't been running and I've been feeling it.  So, M. and I took a spin through Joanns, just to see.

The navy blue and green combo got me going.  Suddenly, I'm inspired.  Now, I have a stack of washed fabric ready to get going.  And I'm excited.  Yeah!


I'm seeing skirts for my girls, or maybe bags.  What do you see?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chicken and Rice

 You know, when I cook dinner, I hardly can please all three kids.  My husband is very easy to please in the kitchen - so he doesn't count.  This meal is nothing fancy, believe me.  But it is a meal that we make gluten free AND all three kids down it.  I make it probably every other week.  I originally got the meal from my friend Jenni's recipe blog.  I haven't even told her how much we use it.

I bread our chicken with gluten-free flour.  I've never heard any complaints from anyone about this flour.  This has also become one of the meals that I take to others.  I tell you, everyone loves it!  (PS - if you are local and have to take a meal for someone, DON'T use this recipe.  Do you know how many years it has taken me to find a good go-to recipe?)


I put the flour, the chicken, and the seasonings in the bag and shake away.


 Next, put the chicken in a 9x13 along with a stick of melted butter.

 About an hour and a half later, and a bunch of photos that I forgot to take and dinner is served! 

Chicken and Rice
4-5 chicken breasts (I usually only use 2-3 for my family)
1/2 c butter, melted
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 c. rice
1 c. onion
3 c. chicken broth.

Pour melted butter in 9x13 pan.  Mix flour, salt, seasoned salt, and pepper.  Dredge chicken and put in pan.  Bake uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes.  Take chicken out of pan.  Add rice, onion, and chicken broth to pan and stir.  Put chicken back in and cover with foil.  Bake for 25 minutes at 375.  Take off foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Grateful Sunday


National Geographic's UP house!
 It's no secret - I have a lot going on.  It's hard to try to be perfect (oooh - isn't that a scary word).  Although, I know I'm setting myself up to fail and there is no way I can be perfect - I believe in trying.  I try to do the best things.  I try to make very smart decisions with my time.  I know I'm not there and the more I try, it seems the more I am made aware of how far I have to go.  Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that there is a lot going on.
I am so grateful for this blog.  It is my outlet - and sometimes it is my sanity.  I love blogging and I am so grateful for the support that I get here.  It is just a little hobby - no pressure, no responsibility - just fun!  It is especially nice to here from people who are somewhat like me.  Thank you for your kind words and your uplifting comments!  Today, I am grateful for you.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shabby Apple Winner

What a fun week - THANK YOU to all who stopped by and THANK YOU to Shabby Apple!

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That just happens to be my college roommate/friend Lindsay Adams!


You're going to look great in that dress.  If you can email me (laurelmacd@gmail.com) your name, phone number, shipping and email addresses and the size of dress.  Then I will pass that on to Shabby Apple.

Don't forget that they are offering a 10% with the code "ducksinarow10off"


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway

I am sooo excited about this giveaway today.  What girl doesn't love beautiful dresses?  Shabby Apple is a great place for beautiful vintage dresses.  I've stared and drooled over their dresses for quite awhile.  Each one becomes my favorite (until I see the next one).
Lucky you - Shabby Apple is giving away one lucky winner the l'Ete dress!  Lucky, lucky you!  I can think of just about all my friends that this would look awesome on!

 All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before 8pm on Friday March 11. Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to US residents.  And it will be sent to you in any size you choose if you happen to be a our big winner.

You can gain an addition 2 entries as follows:
1.  "like" Shabby Apple on Facebook, and leave an additional entry comment here letting me know.
2.  If you are a follower of this blog, leave another comment letting me know ( I love you followers!)


BUT . . . as you are on Shabby Apple and looking at all their beautiful dresses - they have cute little girl AND preteen girl dresses, too - know that Shabby Apple is offering a 10% discount!  Your code is "ducksinarow10off.  Know that I'll be totally using that code this week!

Good luck!  Thanks Shabby Apple!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Matting Your Pictures


A picture without a mat is like a room without crown molding.  I think mats finish the picture off and makes it look, well, finished.  I've mentioned before, but I'll say it again, a mat cutter is one of the better purchases we have made.  We have used it time and time again. 

My little ma loves maps from all over the world.  It is an obsession that began with the World Cup 2010.  I got these posters off eBay - long story but I ended up getting them for free. I love looking for frames knowing that I have a mat cutter and, of course, I'm going to cut mats.  Then I can get whatever size I'd like and make it work.


G's art


It's really easy to cut a mat - I'll walk you through it real fast.  I get mat board from Hobby Lobby when it is 50% off.  You get HUGE sheets and pay $4.  I lay the back of my picture on the wrong side and trace around.


Then, using a straight edge, a self healing cutting mat, and an xacto knife, I cut the mat to the size I need.


Just a side note - double check everything.  After you've cut out the mat, just check to make sure it fits in your frame.  Just saying.


I do all my math on the wrong side of the mat board.  Figure out how large your image is and add about 1/8" more of mat, it just fits and looks so much better.  Then I trace a border all the way around.  Again, before you cut, I would double check.  Lay your print on and just check to make sure you are not cutting away too much - again, I've done it too many times.  Just double check!



Using my cutter, I slide it in and cut away.


My cutter has a little white line that lets me know where the blade is.  I line up the white line with my drawn line and push down and slide it over, stopping at the next line. It's not confusing - it really would make sense if you watched it.


There, within about 15 minutes, you have a mat cut to your size.  You might not have a cute model, though.


I just tape my print to my mat.


Pop it in the frames and you are done.  The pictures are about 2' x 3' and within a half hour, I had my mats cut.  Again, your model will probably not be as cute and might not spontaneously give you a thumbs up.


They are up in his room, now, and seriously, the half hour of work, the $8 plus the cost of frames = a happy mommy.  I know G. could care less, but I care.  Pictures look better, in my opinion, when they have a mat on them!


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