pinterest fun

Since I have been a bit of an Eeyore lately, I decided that I would take a break from lamenting about the deployed life and celebrate the amazing, inspiring, time suck that is Pinterest. <- That is a link to my boards so you can stalk me check out all the varied projects I will never have time to accomplish on my to-do list.


I like that Pinterest offers a way to visually organize all of the amazingness that is out there on the Internet. One bummer, though, is that sometimes a project, craft, tip, what-have-you which another pinner has pinned (Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers – what?) turns out to be a dud. Or a pinner over-simplifies the pictured project to make a “OMG THIS ONLY TAKES FIFTEEN MINUTES!!!!!” craft and it turns out to be a “OMG WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE???” waste of three hours.

Today, I am going to tell you about three pins which I really found to be helpful or which I really enjoyed using as inspiration for a couple of projects.


First is the “How to Clean Microfiber Furniture” tutorial. The picture on the pin is the following:

For the first time in about a year, I am not embarrassed of our couches. I am seriously so thankful this pin found me. It saved me some serious dough in getting my couches cleaned by professionals or in renting equipment and it took so little time. I got all the supplies (a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a scrubby sponge and a stiff bristle scrub brush) at the Dollar Store for like five bucks. My couches look like a million bucks! Hooray for cost-effective cleaning solutions. My couches (and our apartment) stunk like rubbing alcohol for a few hours but it was totally worth it.

The next two pins provided inspiration for me for a couple of projects I’ll be blogging about in the near future.

The following pin, courtesy of the adorable blog Whipperberry, inspired me to pick up some DecoArt Ink Effects fabric paint. I have used it twice now. One was a fail that I may talk a bit about once the shame and disappointment have passed. The other time was for a gift to be given this weekend. I’m pretty certain very few people actually read this blog so, in all likelihood I could post about the project, but I don’t want to ruin any surprises. Anyhow, the pin looks like this:

Finally, the pin I used as inspiration for Grady’s Halloween costume is actually from Etsy. I love this dinosaur hoodie but I knew that I could create something similar myself. So I did. I will have a tutorial on here in the coming weeks!

All that said, get thee to Pinterest! Be sure you’re armed with coffee and an ergonomic keyboard/mouse. No kidding.


instagram photo dump

Guess what? Life isn’t any less crazy a month into the beginning of the new school semester. Who is shocked? I probably should be less so ;) ha. At least I can laugh at myself and all the crazy. Sure, I’d love to have more time to, well, breathe but we’re making do for now. I am most certainly ready for Fall break, though! Heck, I’ll be honest. I’m ready for Winter break. Bring on the finals and projects!


Anyhow, each week I will unload a few of my favorite pictures I have shared on my Instagram feed so that you may have a peek into our life. Sorry I didn’t number the images this week. Numbers 1-3 are the top row, 4-6 in the middle, 7-9 in the bottom.



1) cali roll 2) pumpkin! 3) awesome HBC shirts 4) mama’s got some sassy red hair (again!) 5) mmmm s’mores 6) bebe kisses are the best 7) not so sure about his new bed 8) splashin’ sans shoes 9) the new bed isn’t so bad after all



Grady boy.


This boy. He has my heart. Every day he provides me with a new challenge, a new viewpoint, a new outlook. He is so very curious and so very observant. Simply walking from the house to the garage is not an option with him. It turns into a five-minute-long journey filled with bug observation, hopping, jumping, running, splashing (if there are puddles present), and many pleads from mama to focus on the task at hand.


His sweet smile helps me to forget my own hurting heart. We’re missing daddy pretty badly ’round these parts.

He still asks for daddy every day. I’m so happy that he is thinking about him! If I’m being completely honest, I fear that Grady might forget daddy a little bit. I am very concerned over how their close bond will be impacted by nearly a year apart. Grady worships the ground his daddy walks on and I am doing what I can during their time apart to ensure their bond continues to strengthen, despite the miles apart.

Sometimes, I feel like I am already raising a teenager – as this image illustrates. He can be quite ornery. Thankfully, the cuteness and the sweet moments override most of the contentious moments in our relationship.

For this session, I packed along one of Abe’s old toys. Grady is obsessed with this car! It’s just another tie that binds the two together while they cannot be together physically.

All things considered, I feel like we are adjusting well to our new normal. I sometimes wonder if Grady’s more emotional/challenging moments might stem from Abe’s time away from us, then I realize that I am raising a toddler. We will have our difficult moments through our parent-child relationship. I am just thankful that we have one another while we go through this deployment. He is my sweet little buddy. He warms my heart and makes my days bright!

raising a toddler is interesting.

I am not a typical “mom” type. While I absolutely love my own child (obviously) as well as my nieces and nephews, I am not a person that has a strong desire to be around other people’s children, herein referred to as OPC. I find OPC to be cute and such, but I don’t have a strong inclination to really spend time with them. The thought of being an early childhood educator gives me hives. I am not a person who enjoys being touched often. I have a tough time with the endless questions, the constant meeting-of-needs, the forced playing of imaginary/made-up games.

I don’t mean to sound cold or to make it sound as though I completely despise OPC. That is absolutely not the case. I am just saying that dealing with OPC has never been my strong suit. At all. I am most often awkward and, well, mostly silent around children I do not know.

Fortunately, having my own child has somewhat bolstered my ability to really appreciate OPC. I actually enjoy spending (limited amounts of) time with them, getting to know them, and interacting with them now. I’m not signing on to be a preschool teacher or anything, but I find that I am more often entertained and interested when having a conversation or otherwise interacting with OPC since having had Grady.

Becoming a parent has really helped me to remember what it was like to be a child. I really think that’s the key to appreciating your interactions with a child. Children aren’t jaded toward their world. Everything is new to them. Life is full of mystery, adventure, learning, discovery, hope… there are so many things children haven’t experienced. It’s no wonder children have so many questions about everything.

And I do mean everything.

A documentable moment occurred this evening as Grady and I were preparing for bath time. Now, Grady has just turned two-years-old and we often shower together. It is just easier that way. I am able to keep a close eye on him, we both get clean, it is efficient. I am single-mom-ing it right now so I will do what it takes to make my life easier.

I should also mention that I am teaching Grady the anatomically correct words for the parts of his body. I think it is important for a child to be able to use the proper terms when necessary. We do not use cutesy terms for our anatomy in this house, regardless of whether or not the anatomically correct term is widely accepted ’round these parts.

As I was saying, Grady and I were preparing to get into the shower, and as such, were both donning our birthday suits. It is commonplace for Grady to point out the parts of his body, which he had just finished doing when he looked upon my body and said, in complete and utter disbelief… “Mommy penis… all gone!” As though I had somehow misplaced it or used it all up.

Folks, I have to tell you I am still giggling over this hours later. I realize that some may find this story to be inappropriate but, guess what, when I find something a toddler does to be completely and utterly hilarious, I am going to mention it because it just doesn’t happen that often :) And while I am slightly mortified over the incident, I truly believe it was a good teaching moment for Grady (ooooh, the conversation that followed…) and I also truly believe it will be a story I share with his future significant other. I suppose I am like most other moms in that respect.

Children. They certainly are interesting. If OPC were as hilarious as my own, I bet I would enjoy their company even more.

instagram photo dump

Wow – has it ever been busy around here. I feel terribly about neglecting this blog the way I have. Eeps. I am keeping my fingers crossed that as I get used to my new class schedule, Grady’s new Children’s Morning Out schedule and the busyness of life since we announced the impending opening of the brewery that I will be able to post with regularity (and decent content…) again. Until then, I give you the weekly IPD.


Each week, I will unload a few of my favorites I have uploaded to my Instagram feed so that you may have a peek into our life. Sorry I didn’t number the images this week. Numbers 1-3 are the top row, 4-6 in the middle, 7-9 in the bottom.



1) four founders 2) my love and I 3) best group of people on the face of this earth 4) racking Jac’s Pumpkin Ale 5) baby flock of seagulls 6) he loves mama’s crazy faces 7) he also loves Uncle Joe’s doggy 8) such a beautiful boy… 9) Jac’s Pumpkin Ale – results are questionable