Laundry has never been so exciting!

Lately it has come to my attention that my blog has been much more bite that board. That pretty much means that I like to eat, generic viagra doctor haha. A lot! I’m not afraid to admit it, sildenafil doctor I do like to eat, but I also love to craft.

I used to be way more creative in my life. In fact, once upon a glittery city called LA I actually did that as my job. I created for a living. I was good at it and it was SO MUCH FUN! I miss it. Yes, I do. Don’t laugh Kimber. ;) I definitely don’t miss the hours though. But a girl has got to get her creative fix when she can. So today, while the monkey, otherwise known as my son, had a whopping 3 hour power nap I created a cute little sign for my soon to be laundry room in my new house. I had to. My laundry room is ugly. It’s a dark cave. But it’s also a blank canvas and that’s perfect for my little crafter’s heart.

So here it is. My little craft project du jour. Enjoy!

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Laundry Sign

You’ll Need

1 self healing mat

1 homemade stencil printed on computer paper

1 wooden sign (this one was $3.99 at Michaels)

1 bottle of acrylic paint in the color of your choice

1 paint brush

1 glue stick

1 Exacto blade (I used Fiskars Finger blade)

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Method

Using the type font of your choosing type out the word laundry and print it out. Using your Exacto knife on the self healing mat, cut the words out of the paper, keeping the white paper intact. This is a laborious process, but it is worth it if you are like me and can’t line up stencil letters to save your life.

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Once you have cut out your stencil, turn it over and lightly apply the glue stick to the back side. Flip it over and line it up on your wooden sign and press down lightly. Take your paint brush, dip it in your chosen paint color and paint the words. Do not take more than 5 minutes to do this process. Immediately remove the stencil to make sure it doesn’t permanently stick to your sign.

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Allow the paint to dry. If you’re like me, and chose a paint color that’s pretty light, you have the option of taking a Sharpie and outlining the words so they show up better. And that’s it!

Happy Crafting!

Things I’m crushing on this Valentine’s Day

Remember those days at school when you would make Valentine’s day cards and pass them out to all your girl friends and if you were brave enough you would sneak a Valentine into your crush’s Valentine’s box too? Yeah, cialis generic salve me too. Those were the good old days. I love opening all my Valentine’s cards and I loved all the candy that usually accompanied the cards. Now that I’m all grown up and married, it’s pretty much a guarantee that I will receive flowers (Roses, what else?) and a box of chocolates. And while I am married, that doesn’t mean a gal can’t have a few crushes of her own. Here are a few of my Valentine’s crushes this year. What are you crushing on?Ello Water Bottle

Ello Glass Water Bottle found at Target

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Love Birds Tea Towel from Terrain

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Latitude + Longitude Pendant from UncommonGoods

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Josette Chemise from BHLDN

 

 

Remedies for a busy Mama

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These past few weeks have been so busy. We recently celebrated the Baptism of our son, viagra sale nurse followed by celebrating almost every single member of both mine and my husband’s immediate family’s, viagra generic diagnosis and now we are on to the Holiday Season. With all that we have had going on, keeping oneself healthy is quite the challenge, especially when you’ve got a sick baby.

It seems like the 1st snow fall always brings on a wave of sickness in the Midwest, but this year, I feel more effected by it, because I have my sweet little son, germ plantation that he is, to contend with. It seems like all my mama friends are suffering the same diagnosis. Sick kids equals sick mamas. I thought I had miraculously escaped my “fate” this time around when everyone else in my family got sick, but not me. I was thanking my lucky stars, and then I woke up in the morning, bleary eyed and exhausted. Headache, check. Stuffy/runny nose, check. Throat on fire, check. So it’s time to bust out my best cold fighting remedies. Hopefully you won’t need them, but just in case you are thanking your luck stars one minute and the next finds you feeling like you swallowed one of those pointed edged stars, here they are. Call them hippy-ish/ holistic if you want, but they do the job just like a spoonful of sugar!

1. Ramen Noodle soup. I like to start out by boiling the water, adding some carrot slices, followed by an egg and scrambling it up in the water. Then I add some green onions and the noodles. Cook it for 5 minutes, turn the heat off and add 1/2 cup of frozen peas. Bonus that the frozen peas cool the broth off enough to start eating it almost immediately.

2. Smog Brew Tea

1 yellow onion roughly chopped, skin on and all

6 cloves garlic; smashed

1 bunch fresh oregano

6 cups boiling water

1/2 lemon

Cook the onion, garlic and oregano for 10 minutes. Allow mixture to cool, squeeze in lemon juice. Chug, do not sip.

3. Thieves Oil and pretty diffuser. This oil is pretty neat. It’s based on research about Thieves in the 18th century that used to rob plague victims. You can read more about it here: www.youngliving.com

4: Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla or Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist. Trust me, it will change your life for the better.

Stay well.

L-O-V-E

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking some Engagement photos for two of my favorite people in this world. There are so many reasons to love Bill & Dan, best viagra cialis they are wickedly funny with their quick wit and sense of humor, cialis sales shop they are always there when you need a shoulder to cry on. They hands down, always throw the best wine night parties… but the reason that I love them the best is that they know their hearts and they always follow them. In everything they do, you can see their love and devotion to each other and the life they are building together.

I’ve known Bill and Dan for just a few short years. Bill and I met right after Bill met Dan actually. So I asked Bill to tell me a little bit about how they met and this is what he said:

“We met online… which seemed to be so taboo, but now it is the new normal.  Our first date was September 29th, 2011 at Chili’s. We sat and talked about our jobs, families, childhood and the future.  We moved in rather quickly, but, just as friends.  Dan was learning some hard life lessons and he felt like he had no one to lean on and no one should ever feel that way.  Dan and I continued to hang out and get to know each other over the months and it turned into something that was unexpected; a partnership which is now leading to marriage.  We have had our hurdles like any relationship but we have had each other’s backs regardless. Of course we do not always see eye to eye but once he understand what I am trying to say he is pretty much on board, joking of course! We are both very excited for this new adventure and can’t wait to see what is to come!”

L-O-V-E doesn’t get any sweeter than that, my friends.

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Labor Day… of Love

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This year Labor Day fell on the same weekend as our anniversary. My husband surprised me first with telling me he had taken Thursday and Friday off to enjoy a 5 day weekend together as a family! Then he surprised me at dinner with some sparkles! We spent the weekend enjoying some of the best food in the cities has to offer and rounded out the weekend with a trip to the Renaissance Festival where my mom and I entered our fairy house into the Fairy House Competition.

 

 

 

Family Picnic

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IMG_2440cPicnics to me are one of my favorite past times in Summer. What is a better way to enjoy a cool summer evening than laying on a soft blanket in the grass, viagra usa levitra munching on fresh homemade food and watching the world go by? This year, illness picnics are extra special because our son is 6 months old and we are watching the wonders of the world through his eyes. We love taking him to the lake and watching all the discoveries he is making. These moments just go by too fast. So, I’m gonna soak them up all I can.

Date Night

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Date Nights are few and far between at our house. Not because we don’t want to go out and have fun, generic cialis salve but because we have a 5 month old baby. Not to knock babies, for sale especially when they are as cute as our son CJ, tadalafil but they are a total time suck! Not to mention energy suck. At the end of the day, it’s usually the parents who just end up… sucking… hahaha. No, but for real, all you parents out there, you know what I’m talking about. Every single time your child smiles at you is like you’ve won a prize, and you just find yourself spending hours not only caring for your child, but enjoying them as you watch them discover and grow and learn new things before your very eyes. It’s mesmerizing, and it completely sucks you in. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank goodness for Grandma’s! They come in and tell you: “I need my time with my grandson, so skiddadle (sp?) get outta here, go have fun, I need a CJ fix, GO ON!” And all the sudden thoughts about breast feeding schedules, and sleep patterns go out the window to be replaced by: “okay, we’ve got a date night ALONE together. What do we do?!” It took me exactly 5 seconds to come up with a plan. 2 words LAKE HARRIET.

We started our night at Bread & Pickle. Its the walk up restaurant right next to the Band shell on the north side of the lake. We stood in line and showed our i.d.’s so we could enjoy a pint of Farm girl. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect summer beer. Light and playful with a floral-y hint that hits your tongue and has it begging for more. After some fun people watching at the lake, we headed on over to the Lake Harriet Brasserie. 2 more words: Ahhhhhh-mazing… okay, so that might just be one word spread out, but if you haven’t eaten here and you consider yourself a foodie, then frankly, shame on you.

We decided to sample the small plate selection because we both like to try a little bit of everything, and we just couldn’t decide. Everything sounded like an experience we needed to try. We tried the duck taco, the Rillettes and the Coxinha (co-shee-na). Apparently it’s bad luck to eat a Coxinha with a knife and fork so we left that dish for the last. While it was definitely the most fun looking, it wasn’t our favorite. To say we loved the duck taco would be a grave understatement. It’s easily the most delicious thing we’ve eaten in a long, long time. Then came the Rillettes. Salmon Rillettes. I told Mike we had to try it. I wouldn’t even explain what it was. I just said, nope, we are ordering it and he gamely went along for the ride. Rillettes is something that I actually found disgusting when described to me. Look it up on Wikipedia, but don’t knock it until you try it! And, damn am I glad I actually tried it. Another two words: damn delicious. the end.

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After our wonderful meal I took Mike for a ride on the Lake Harriet trolley. Both Mike and I are suckers for “old world” things and a romantic sunset ride on a 1920’s trolley was just the perfect way to round out the evening. So, if you find yourself with a night free from responsibility, go get lost at Lake Harriet. It won’t disappoint you.

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