Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apron Swap

I wanted to tell everyone that there is an apron swap going on over at my mom's page. Try and get over  there as soon as you can before they close it. Just leave a comment with your size of apron and then they will assign girls to each other. If you wish to make your apron that is great or you also may just buy one at a  local thrift shop or you might have one that you are willing to give away. I hope you join me in this fun swap!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cleanliness is Coziness

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I love reading old english books, and how they would write about their cozy nurseries where the children lived and played and grew up in. 

I have been in the happy stage of nesting for our newest little one. It has been very enjoyable because I usually dread the thought of organizing. My closets and cupboards are twinkling with shine and order. My basement is on the verge of being put away and cleaned out. The kitchen cupboards are organized due to the new paint job. And the garage is FINALLY cleaned out from our garage sale!! This gives such a cozy and snug feeling to my senses. Still not finished but had to stop and share how wonderful a feeling I am partaking in. There is something cozy about having a baby in the winter time. I think because your safe and snug indoors and the warmth you feel seems even warmer.  I am so thankful that I am now feeling better and I really appreciate planning for these next months. 

Picture -Books In Winter 
* Robert Louise Stevenson

Summer fading, winter comes-
 frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,  
Window robins,winter rooks,
 And the picture story-books. 

  Water now is turned to stone
  Nurse and I can walk upon; 
 Still we find the flowing brooks 
 In the picture story-books.  
 All the pretty things put by,  
Wait upon the children's eye, 
 Sheep and shepherds,
 trees and crooks, 
 In the picture story-books.   
We may see how all things are
  Seas and cities, near and far, 
 And the flying fairies' looks,  
In the picture story-books. 
  How am I to sing your praise,  
Happy chimney-corner days, 
 Sitting safe in nursery nooks,  
Reading picture story-books? 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Going With The Moby Wrap

Late last night I was up searching for a baby wrap for the next baby on the way. I finally made my decision and am now excitedly awaiting its arrival. 
I love that this wrap is easy on the back. Doing gymnastics growing up hasn't been to kindly to my back and neck. And all the baby wraps seem to depend on the support of the shoulders and neck. I like that this wrap places all the support evenly around the shoulders and the back for support. 

I am ordering my Moby Wrap from CSN stores they have everything from Dining Tables to kitchen appliances to baby stuff. 
Here are some videos that shows you how to wear a Moby Wrap


Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Unveiling Of The Master Bedroom

*For everyone's information, I usually have a MUCH messier room on my hands then these pictures portray. I cleaned it so super duper clean for this post then I felt ashamed I was lying LOL it really isn't this clean usually, but I  do like to look back and imagine that I just live this way all the time LOL!

Anyways back to the new paint color and new furniture. 
We started painting because we got a new dresser (the one facing the picture) and it kinda set the direction that we were looking for. So we went and bought some paint and started redoing it all. And also started looking for another dresser.
 We first sold our old bedroom set on craigslist which we made more then spending on paint and furniture. This is the other dresser we found, we got it on craigslist.
This chair we found at a garage sale for $8.00 it was in such good condition that I was surprised it was so cheap.
Bedroom down kitchen to go. 
Searching for curtains and trying to finish some extra painting so we will see how soon I can get the kitchen posted.

I hope everyone is enjoying the second day of fall. Its funny because I found out it was officially fall yesterday and the day felt like such an introduction to winter. Today I made a nice big pot of Chili which I hope will last us the rest of this week.

Jon and I have been attending a parenting class at church on Wednesday nights  now and I am so enjoying it. Our teacher is the Pastor's wife and I have enjoyed all her experience and wisdom, she is really fun and the class is very laid-back. I also love that they serve coffee and yummy desserts. Zane is trying to adjust in the 1 year old nursery now. Every time I leave him I have to make a run for it, he starts crying immediately. I feel sick every time I do it. I can hear him crying down the hall as I go to my class. We try and keep him in the service on Sundays, he loves the worship, he sings so loud that everyone around us looks to see who is singing in such a baby way LOL! He also raises his hands up to Jesus like everyone else. Makes me just want to squeeze him :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Yummy New Decorations For Kitchen

 I have been wanting to post my newly painted Kitchen but don't feel like it is yet finished so I will wait a bit. In the meantime here are some fun new little items that I found and gave a makeover to for my newly painted kitchen.
I got these little plastic pictures at the GoodWill for 1.99 apiece, I thought they would be lovely freshly painted with the color I have chosen for the Kitchen.

I found this little white cabinet at a garage sale for 1.00 that I can use in the kitchen. It needed a little touching up also.
I placed all my spices in these jars that I got for 59 cents at the Christmas Tree store. (I love that store)
I got my spices at the local health food store, I have found that it is so much cheaper to buy spices there then from the regular markets. They measure out how much you want and then seal them in plastic baggies and you are good to go. Of course you have to buy the bottles to put them in but I like that better then the plastic ones that spices come in from the local markets. 
I got this chair at a garage sale for 5.00
With Jon's help we went to Hobby Lobby and found some fabric on sale for 2.00 a yard and recovered it so now it looks like this! This chair will go in the Kitchen as well.
I know that coffee has nothing to do with redoing the kitchen but I have been really enjoying my grommet coffee percolator.
I have been warming my milk and frothing it and adding some yummy grommet syrups to it which makes me feel like I am drinking coffee from lovely fine coffee shop around the corner. And yes the coffee has been decaf for the baby :)
Just look at all the yummy froth!
Oh and I got these lovely cups on sale at Elder Beerman's for 8.00 a set of 4 cups. I thought I would love these cups even when I was as old as 80 so I splurged and got 2 sets :)

More pictures to come once I feel fully satisfied I am finished. 
We have been suffering from allergies over here, and then got nasty colds that followed. So hopefully I will be back on track this week and get this kitchen finished!
Patty came out last night and we enjoyed a nice long visit. Got to hear the baby's heart beat again and now we're really getting anxious to find out the baby's sex. I will let you know if we plan on going to the local clinic or wait for the school to open in October that takes parents in for free ultrasounds.
Happy Monday to all of my lovely friends!
~ Marie

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday Morning Waffles

Saturday morning I woke up craving waffles.We have been painting our kitchen this last week so the food has been scarce, but the waffle craving must be satisfied. Jon had just bought a really nice waffle maker at the local thrift store for 2 dollars. We weren't sure if it worked or not but we gave it a try. 
Something about waffles with berries that just get me :)
I had some frozen cranberries and just a little bit of blue berries which I threw in a pan with sugar. They melted down really nice and were so yummy with their rich colorful sauce. 
The recipe I used I should have cut in half. It was huge. We had waffles for breakfast Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon snack and Sunday morning breakfast. 

Waffle Recipe:

 2 eggs
 2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 3/4 cups milk
 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1 tablespoon white sugar
 4 teaspoons baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

 Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot. 

 I just woke up from a lovely Sunday nap, trying to muster up my strength to go and finish that kitchen. Its all done now and it just needs to be put back together. I can't wait to make a post about it all finished. 
I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday afternoon!
~ Marie

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Book Giveaway

Just found out that Pioneer Beauty is hosting a wonderful giveaway. I entered my name and I encourage you  to do the same. She is giving a lovely vintage Sense and Sensibility away. 
Isn't it a beauty? 

Wishing everyone a lovely fall afternoon!
Much Love
~ Marie

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Baby Unborn

I pictured an angel When I prayed for you, I know I was heard, My dreams have come true. We cherish this gift, a life to unfold. Entrusted forever, To have and to hold.
*Author Unknown

My precious little baby, I have loved you from the start. You are a tiny miracle Laying closely to my heart. Each day I feel your presence, Each day you quickly grow, Each day your heart beats softly, As only I could know. So, I'll keep this in a special place And remember each year through, Of this special time in my life In the months I carried you.
*Author Unknown 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Family Record Player

After our garage sale last week we have been reorganizing the house and also cleaning out the house. This has been so refreshing, especially having the fall season upon us. 
While we were at the GoodWill dropping off some of our things, we had to go inside to use the
 restroom, guess what we came out with?

I really don't know why but I have been wanting a record player for awhile now. This little piece melted my heart, as well as the price, $24.99 We got home and set it up and tried out one of the records that we had bought for a dollar. I found some lovely opera pieces and some old classic movie soundtracks. Low and behold it needs a little tweaking but it sure plays :) 
Zane loves it when we put it on, he dances and sings along with it. It reminded me of a toy I had gotten for him awhile back.
I brought down Zane's little Fisher-Price record player that I had bought at a garage sale at the beginning of this summer. I was so excited when I found it because I used to play with this toy when I was little. It had all its records and was in good condition. I got it for a dollar :)
I had put it away so he could enjoy it once he was a little older, which I am glad I did because he is loving it like a new toy :) The sweet tunes that come of it are so dear. Makes me smile when I hear it playing. 
I hope everyone is doing well! We have had a fun and busy week.
 Decided to sell our bedroom furniture and got it sold and just bought a new dresser and started painting the bedroom YEAH!!
I will post the before and after soon!!
Have a lovely weekend everyone
~ Marie

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Makeup Picture Fun

Well, I wanted to post some pics I have been working on these last couple of weeks. My sister Elizabeth and I have been trying to build a makeup page online and I wanted to give you a sneak peak of the photos. 
Trying to get more inspiration, and lately I have discovered that it is all just lying around I just need to pick it up and use it.
~ Marie


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