No, today I, Pretty Organizer, am pondering. You see, I have a daughter who wants to home school next year. Yes, she wants to. She's an A student and she wants to home school. WHY? Her logical and heart tugging reasoning is: Mom I don't get to spend enough time with you. Ah... who could say no to that?!??! She figured out that she was at school for 7 hours a day and only at home with me awake for 6 hours a day... to her it made sense... she's 9.
So, please dear blogland have mercy on my lamish posts(s) because I'm trying to figure out how a mother juggles kids in different schools, 2 toddlers, and homeschools a daughter, cleans the house, writes for a blog and an online magazine and still stays sane by bedtime!
Now of all you homeschooling Mommy's can grace me with your wisdom. I need help... and time to pray about it more. I know there are many homeschooling moms out there. I've had a romantic courtship with homeschooling for years now.... of course, it's that same romantic idea courtship that lands you with 6 kids and oft times leads you to the pantry for the bag of chocolate chips muttering, "What was I thinking!" With the romantic comes the realistic.
So, today I could tell you that it's alright to mix dishes with ducks and if you're feeling a little on the wild side, go ahead and toss in an antler or two.
That may just be the analogy for my life right now... Yes, I am building a Beautiful Life and even linked todays' post up at The Inspired Room (desperately seeking inspiration).
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A summer at home with 6 kids on the loose.... doing chores, playing, swimming... STARVING (kids will eat anything after they swim- cold cereal AND the cardboard box it came in!) and raiding the pantry leaves a mother, me specifically, pondering over what a beautiful pantry might look like.... Hmmmm..... It would have matching dishes and jars, NO discount cereal boxes.
This picture from Blueprint shows off pretty dishes and a chalkboard door... by using paint.
Yes, a pantry might even be it's own room. Enough for you to relax and read a good book while you snacked on the sack of chocolate chips during a moment of motherly rejuvenation.
It would be open with plenty of shelves for all of your gizmos, gadgets and bulk items (all of which match of course).
- Syrup spilled on the shelf causing the container to adhere to the shelf
- Cracker crumbs ... evidence of preschool plundering
- Empty cereal boxes
- 3 loaves of bread... heels only.
- Brown banana's waiting for their next life as banana bread or pancakes.
- A Barbie
- A collection of twist ties and Cool Whip containers.
Okay, now that I've spilled my guts... What's in your pantry?
If you're like me, you don't have enough money to buy furniture every time your whimsy spirit wants to decorate or see something new. I resolve my redecorating restlessness by moving the furniture.
My fitness schedule usually suffers but, not this year! Want to join me? This is what I'm going to do to keep myself on track:
- 30 minute workout
- No Soda (even diet)
- No Sweets (I'm gonna die... does unsweetened chocolate count?)
- Drinking 48 oz of water per day
- No eating within 2 hours of bed
- 7 hours of sleep
- 5 servings of fruits and veggies
There are 2 freebie points a week that are for your oops moments and if you get a perfect score for the week you get 2 more bonus points! At the end of your set time, you get to add a bonus point for every pound you lost.
Now, grab a friend to work with and make your own reward for the winner! Who's in?
Do you remember Disney's Goofy cartoon about taking pictures... yep, that's me.
Obviously I can't hold still to save my blog... hate me... if you squint these pictures are "ridiculously good looking."
Yes, right now you see a fabulously red wall with a shine spot that will induce blindness... but you're missing grandpa!
(My rear is plastered to the back wall... oh how I wish I had skills... like camera skills....
There's Grandpa... He's standing next to his wind powered washing machine that he invented while stationed in the South Pacific for WWII. Hence began the long line of engineers in the family... oh, and hence began the collection of useful things like extra screws, wires, electronic cords and scraps of metal and wood that have afflicted the men in our family for generations!
Remember my post about your home's story? Does your home tell a story? Does it reflect you and what you love?-- How about you and WHO you love?
When I was growing up I loved to visit my Aunt's house. She had 4 boys and and a proud family tree that she discretely tucked into the decor of every room. My favorite photos were not the typical "Olan Mills" style staged shots but the ones that told a story.
She grouped photos together and collected "series" photo's over the years. The bathroom told the story of each boy's growth. There were collections of the boys lined up from oldest to youngest holding signs of what grade they were in for the first day of school. It was neat to see a collection over a span of years and watch the boys grow at one glance.
We hail from a horse loving cowboy grandfather. My aunt had pictures of her father on his horse, her husband on a horse, and her boys on horses all neatly grouped together in the hallway on an old antique.
Candid photos do much to tell a story and they reflect what you love. Used carefully and grouped by color, theme, kid or style these photos make a house a home.
I decided to gather up old photos from all sides of my family. Some photo's date back to the 1800's. I took them to the copy center and made color copies of the black and white photographs. I know... why color?- Because it was the closest match to the original picture's color. I placed all of them in black frames and hung them in my bathroom. This is now our Family History bathroom. Each photo tells a story. My kids love to see these faces and hear their stories. My bathroom receives many comments from guests. Tomorrow I'm unveiling that bathroom (because tonight I'm scrubbing it)....
A note to my sweet readers: This week is the last week of school so my irregular posts can be contributed to all of these multiplied by 4 kiddos: Water Day, Last concerts, Pizza Party, Ice-cream socials, game day, last day of school breakfast, and frequent Excedrin breaks.
How do you tell your story with pictures?
And this is my $15 craigslist find. Isn't she cute? She's need'n a lot of love and a nice makeover. Work begins this weekend.... please, will someone hold me to a deadline? I've got to get these things finito!
Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend?
It was long, and hard, and exhausting and I'm still picking paint out of my hair.
Look at those naked cabinets! So plain. They needed a kick... BAM!
BAM! BAM! How about new knobs... half off from Hobby Lobby no less! Mamma saved herself a whole lotta dough.
Not quite enough dough to pay for that housekeeper I dream about having, but I outfitted 18 cabinets and 10 drawers on $60.
I used my dinner bell as inspiration for the upper cabinets... you can see it mounted to my end cabinet a few pictures up.
I Heart these pulls.
Really, I think China manufactured them for me. And this knob... she's all about flaunting her floral self and being useful. No more grabbing under the drawer. Why do we wait to add these details girls?
These are my knocker nobs. Word to the wise... these are loud. They are exceptionally cute and that's why they're still here but I finally had to put felt stickers on the under side to keep me from answering my front door every time the cupboard shut.
A showy shot of all my kitchen jewelry together.
Melissa at The Inspired Room is hosting her Procrastinator's Party today and of course I joined up. I'll join up for the next one when I'm 85 and everthing in this kitchen is complete. Go check out the many long awaited projects that blogland has checked off their to-do lists!
Yes, this is an exercising post. Don't worry, ya'll will feel like a bunch of Jane Fonda's after reading this post cuz I'm gonna give it to you straight... I think someone exhumed my exercise loving gene at birth. I don't enjoy exercising... and it's starting to show.
I've always been active. I'm a healthy eater except for an occasional french fry fix and well... it's no mystery that I like chocolate... I might even say I need it.... okay, I can't live without it... alright, I MAY have a problem with eating right. But I'm not a big fast food person, unless I have no time to run home and fix food and my kids are bonkers in the car... okay, I like hamburgers and well what's a hamburger without something fizzy to go with it.... did I mention my kids go bonkers in the car more times out of the week than I can count?..... I'm done for.
you see... I think food, socialize food, happy myself with food... I enjoy it. Did I mention that last summer I did a chocolate tour of NYC? Wish I could squeeze you all in my 12 passenger van for a repeat tour!... Maybe we'll schedule one when I'm rich and famous... or just rich. These creations are from Max Brenner... I'll do a chocolate post someday... too much to write.
This is a shelf idea that even I can mount myself. Suspend your shelf boards from grosgrain ribbon. Take a length of ribbon, match the uneven ends and fold down twice. Screw the folded down ends into the wall. Place board in loop and repeat for the other side making sure you level the board (may need another girlfriend to help out). Tack the ribbon to the bottom side of the shelf with staples or upholstery tacks and walla.... a fancy display shelf. Of course, this isn't meant to house your complete Shakespeare collection.
My favorite! These are soap dishes screwed into a wall. I need about 8 of these mounted in a collection on the wall of my laundry room: Lego dish, money dish, rubber band dish, rock collection dish, bottle cap dish, Polly Pocket clothes and missing heads dish... you get the idea.