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Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.


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Fashion on Friday – June 28, 2013

This is my favorite kind of outfit. Comfortable, cool, functional. It’s an outfit that I feel super confident in. That’s the thing about clothes, at least for me, they can either help you go through the day with confidence or struggle through the day with regret.

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I’m not big on wearing belts, but I’m good with it in this ensemble.

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I’m wearing my absolute favorite skinny capris – lovely and tight through the legs and not tight in the waist.

And these shoes, they are fabulous – the colors, the unusual bow.

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I love the bright blue lace on this dress.

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Outfit details: Dress – Ross, Cardigan – Ross, Belt – ASOS, Capris – Torrid, Shoes – Ross

We’re building a shed, it’s taking forever. We bought a super cheap one so that apparently means you have to do more work yourself. We’re talking thousands of screws.  I’m not a big fan of DIY house projects. I’ll enjoy it when it’s done.


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Make it Monday – Grown Up Correspondence Kit

I said I would post some pictures of my own correspondence kit when I got it put together. I had so much fun gathering cards, paper, fancy pens, stamps and other supplies. This was all stuff I had at home, I didn’t go out and buy anything, but I wasn’t utilizing it because it was all scattered in different places around the house. Now it’s all easy to hand and I can write as inspiration strikes.

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Looking forward to getting some snail mail into the post!


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Fashion on Friday – June 7, 2013

I’m still catching up on some older outfits from slightly cooler weather.

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Outfit Details: Shoes – Ross, Tights – Forever 21, Shorts – Torrid, Shirt – Torrid, Earrings – Walmart, Hair Flower – Ross

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And apparently this outfit is a walking advertisement for Target!

Outfit Details: Shoes – Target, Dress – Target, Leggings – Target, Cardigan – Ross, Earrings – ?


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Thankful Thursday – Lunch with Zane

Thankful that today, in the middle of a busy day – work, meetings, school – I got to go on a little lunch date with my Zane. At his request, we went to his favorite lunch spot – a little supermarket that has a café – to have macaroni and cheese.

Jude’s almost finished with school for the year and the Summer will look quite different than the past 9 months have looked. We are excited for the months ahead, but the special time I’ve had with Zane will be missed too. Thankfully, I have another full year before he starts kindergarten.

Love my sweet, funny Zane.

Zane at Rays


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Tasty Tuesday – Pad Thai Hack

I do love me some pad thai. So yummy. If you do it properly it can take quite a bit of time and effort so I was super excited when I came across this recipe for a pad thai cheat.

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It uses ramen noodles and things that I generally keep in the pantry. I also added fresh bean sprouts.

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My husband and I loved it – so good and so simple. We couldn’t get the boys into it as much though which was a bit sad. Sigh. Still though, I highly recommend this as a quick and easy meal.

 


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Make it Monday – Tooth Box

Jude is so excited. He finally has a loose tooth. It’s not very loose, but it’s not in there so solid anymore either.

I’ve been thinking for a while about what we would use for him to put his teeth in when he lost them and wanted to exchange them for cash. I definitely wanted a container or a pillow so that the teeth wouldn’t get lost under the pillow. I remember my own tooth pillow clearly. It was a small, circular pillow – pink gingham on one side and green gingham on the other. It had eyelet lace around the edge and a little pocket for the tooth. I’m pretty sure my Mom or a relative made it for me – I’ll have to check with her. I always got a silver dollar in exchange for my teeth – I actually still have most of those silver dollars. We haven’t decided what the tooth exchange rate will be yet for our kids.

So I had this idea for a little box. I basically knew what I wanted, but wasn’t sure it would work until I just started into it.

I began with a metal mint box, spray painted it red – Jude’s favorite color.

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I found a fabric remnant that I had lying around and set out to make a little cushion. I traced the shape of the box onto the back of the fabric and cut it out.

As I was making it, I had the bright idea to add a pocket for the tooth to go in so it won’t rattle around. This will be helpful in the middle of the night I am sure. I simply made one side longer than the other and made a fold in the fabric. I pinned it together with the right side of the fabric facing inward.

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I also cut out some batting to make it cushiony.

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I stitched around the edges leaving one side unstitched, turned it right side out and stuffed it with the batting. I did a stitch along the open side. I thought about hand stitching this edge and making it super neat, but I wasn’t patient enough and just did a machine stitch.

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I wanted a way to keep track of when Jude lost his teeth as well so I made up a sheet that has his name on it and a tooth chart with places to fill in the dates that he loses his teeth. My first thought was to glue the cushion to the bottom of the box, but as I was going along, I liked the idea of the cushion being removable and being able to store the chart underneath.

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To personalize it, I used a stencil and put a big “J” on the lid. I just used a Sharpie pen to color it in, but you could use paint, add stickers or embellishments.

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I am super excited about this project. I am so happy it came out how I envisioned it.  Jude loves his box and is excited to use it for the first time. I’ll definitely be making one for Zane too, but I thought we’d try Jude’s out for a while first and see if I need to make any changes to the design.