Saturday, February 26, 2011


I've been more than a little bit busy lately. My friend Kristy and I are starting up an etsy shop. We will be selling the cutest, prettiest, best aprons in the universe (other than the ones my sister in-law makes, of course). So much to our pocketbook's chagrin, and much to the pleasure of my heart, I've been buying tons of fabric and patterns.

I had some leftover fabric from a dang cute plastic apron and decided to use it to make something for myself. Here it is.

I didn't have a pattern to go off of and I've never made a purse before, so this one is a bit rough, but still, I love it! I took a dinner plate and traced out four circles, two on the plastic and two on a lightweight denim I had leftover from a skirt I made 6 years ago (I know because I made the skirt after having Megan and none of my dresses or skirts fit anymore). So the dark part you see in the picture is the denim, it's what's lining the purse. It was fun putting it together and I learned some new sewing stuff, too.

Now here is where I sewed it.

And yes, that is a bowl of Girl Scout ice cream sitting there. It has now been devoured. So this awesome sauce sewing table is what Nathan ordered for me when we got my sewing machine. It arrived yesterday and we set it up so I could get going on all the aprons. Since it sits next to the computer (there is seriously no room for anything else in this room) I told Nathan that I can sew while he sits at the computer and does Extraction, or Indexing, as the Church calls it now. That man is well into the thousands with how many names he'd done. And all in about one month!

Anyway, expect lots of sewing from me in the next while.

Another project from this weekend was these cuties. Actually, they are little pegs from Joann craft store. I have no idea if the package called them peg people or not, but I saw these on Grace Violet way back in 2009 and really wanted to make them but didn't think I could make cute ones like her. These, instead of going on a ribbon necklace like hers, have been turned into magnets and put on a message board I made. I took a 12X12 wooden board, painted it red, cut out a 10X10 sheet of metal, nailed it onto the wood, had Nathan drill two holes on top and tied ribbon through the holes. These two little ladies are the magnets for it and went as a birthday present for Megan's friend today. I plan on making more of these little cute dolls.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Help Me Teach Jeremy A Lesson

In order to teach Jeremy a lesson about caring for his toys, I am offering his Marble Race toy on the blog (not for reals, people, this is just to scare him, that is unless one of you makes a really, really good offer). So here you go. the toy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Magic Mommy Juice

Tired? Easily frustrated? Feeling overworked? 
Try Magic Mommy Juice!

All kidding aside, this is amazing. A couple weeks ago I bought a couple of hard plastic bottles to use for water. I haven't been a big water drinker since leaving Texas because I think the water everywhere else I've lived is nasty. I decided to make a conscious effort to drink more water anyway. The first week I had a hard time drinking all of one bottle. I came close, but had to force myself to get to the end of that bottle. I didn't notice any great changes in me, but kept doing it.
After about a week I could drink a couple water bottles and then I realized something. I felt better. I wasn't nearly as cranky with the kids and I could handle frustration better, too. So, I've been trying to keep it up. I can drink three bottles now and I've noticed that not only do I feel better (and behave better), but I'm losing weight a little faster. I finally fit into a skirt I thought I'd never fit into again! Yay for water!

So there you go, folks! Your Magic Mommy Juice! Go out and get some today!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tex-Mex! (or, as close as it gets in Ohio)

For Valentine's Day I decided to take the family out to dinner. Where, was the question. We just haven't found too many places where we can all eat that is nice. You know, that isn't Wendy's, Arby's, or Burger King. Nathan informed me that it was my turn to pick a restaurant, which I am terrible at. If someone asks me where do I want to eat, I almost automatically think Olive Garden because I can't get enough of their salad. 

Nathan wasn't too far off in his offered idea, however. At least, as far as distance goes. There's a Mexican place next to the Olive Garden called Abuelo's. This was our last ditch effort to find a good Mexican place. We've tried quite a few "Mexican" restaurants and they've all been terrible (with the exception of a place in Columbus, it was good, but no fire to the food). Like Luke Skywalker, this was our last hope.

We arrived and had a hard time finding a parking spot, so that was conflicting. It meant people ate there, so it had to be decent (the last place we went had only one other couple eating there and we could tell why), but it also meant that we faced a possible long wait (being Valentine's Day we did try to get out the door as quickly as possible).

We walked in and there were tons of empty tables. I immediately thought, "Great. All the filled parking spaces were for people going to Olive Garden. They know what we didn't--that this place is gross." Apparently, Nathan was too busy noticing the nice atmosphere to realize there were only a few couples there and so he was thinking, "This place has to be good! Look at their nice statues, paintings, decorations. . . ."

We were sat down immediately, unlike all the people at the Olive Garden who probably had a two hour wait ahead of them. Opening up the menu did give me some hope because the food looked really good. I decided to order something big so I'd have left overs for lunch and so I could sample as many of their flavors as possible. Luckily they had an option that let me get four enchiladas, all different kinds. They also offered cheesy potatoes as an option to dry rice. I know, not very Tex-Mex or Mexican, but still, I don't like most Mexican rice and these potatoes did have jalapenos in them, so there.

The spinach enchilada, the guacamole enchilada, and the chili rellenos were SO GOOD! Yummy! The chicken enchilada was ok, but the rest of the meal was fabulous. I think even my parents who have been blessed with not living somewhere where GOOD Mexican is hard to find would have approved.

So yay! We finally found a Mexican place we are willing to go back to. It is a little pricey, but if the alternative is what we've been eating, I'll pay the extra few bucks a plate. we even had the manager come by to ask us how our meal was. He told us they are based in Texas, so all the recipes are Tex-Mex recipes that have been toned down for Ohio tongues. Most people here can't stand spicy, so it's hard to find a good spicy salsa, but this place had one they offered in a tiny cup. Nathan asked for more in a bowl and they brought it out in a container barely bigger than the first. I guess people don't usually ask for more of the spicy salsa.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Stranger Danger

picture by Megan
Emma used to be terrified of strangers. Nathan sat her down and had a little talk with her, explaining how scary and horrible strangers can be. So, for months afterward she was scared of a tired looking man who picked up a little boy in Jeremy's preschool class every. single. day. He was the stranger she envisioned. No one else seemed to scare her.

A couple weeks ago I told her she should ask him his name so she won't be scared of him anymore. Now she is no longer scared of this nice man, but she still isn't scared of other more real strangers, either.

Case in point. The other day I needed to go to JC Penny. We were leaving when she noticed the TV at the photo area. She ran in, sat down and started watching. I called her over and over telling her it was time to go and got no reaction from her. I called her and said I was leaving, bye. No reaction. I walked away where she couldn't see me. No reaction. I said that I hoped a nice stranger would find her. No reaction. So what could I do other than pick her up and drag her out of the store?

I went and found a stranger. I asked some random guy to help me teach Emma a lesson on stranger danger. He walked up to her and started talking to her. I have no idea what he said since I was trying to stay hidden but still be able to watch. Before heading over to her he was concerned about really scaring her, so I told him not to worry, not much scares her and besides, I wanted her scared!

I watched. And watched. and watched. watched. blah. Nothing. She looked at him. Looked back at the TV. At one point she got up, grabbed a stuffed animal from under the TV stand and then sat back down. That's when he gave up and walked out. What a pathetic stranger. I doubt he even offered her candy. Fooey on him.
Sitting in a fort the kids made (picture by Megan)
So what could I do other than go up to her and drag her out of the store? Nothing. I was hungry and wanted dinner. I went in, grabbed her, and left.

I guess next time I should find a scarier looking stranger.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Book Review--My Life in France by Julia Child

My Life in FranceMy Life in France by Julia Child

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I thought most of the stories I read were interesting, but the book itself wasn't interesting enough to hold my attention. Usually I'd just pick it up and open it randomly, read a story or two and put it down. She lived a very interesting life, I guess, but I have a very different relationship with food, butter, and France.

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