Friday, March 15, 2013

How much is too much?

So I have been into the "Less is More" way of living and I have been going room by room getting things out and donating.  I have especially trouble with sentimental things and gifts people have given me.  What do you  keep or not keep? why? what do you have a hard time with? 

This is a quilt handed down to me and it has no story with it, I am not sure what family member even made it.  It's large and it's lumpy, too delicate to wash (therefore we don't use it), and I've already fixed it in three places where it has ripped open. Would you keep it or not?

Other items I struggle with are greeting cards, before I met my husband I had kept every single card I'd ever been given since birth.  I decided when I moved in with him not to move so much personal items like that since I thought it wouldn't be fair for my personal items to take over OUR space.  Well now I've collected a ton since we've been married and I don't know what to do with them. Ideas?

What I hate about Facebook

What I hate about Facebook...

All the post that are negative over and over from the same person...quite complaining and write something if anything positive in your life so we don't all think your life is so miserable because really what do you have to gain if everything thinks your life is so awful? pitty? attention? is that really the attention you want?

When someone post something related to a friend/family member/ distant cousin or aunt or has died, has cancer, or some other tragedy in their life and use it to gain some sort of attention for themselves.  For instance when my father died I didn't post anything about it but a distant family member did and got all sorts of condolences? were those condolences misplaced? of course this family member had nothing to do with my father but they sure didn't mind getting all those condolences.

All the pictures of people in the bathroom mirrors while holding their iphone...really? you took the pic just for everyone on facebook to see you that morning? do we care? NO! Take a quality picture when your visiting a landmark of some kind or a photo with friends and family, sure that is nice but if you want me to comment on how hot you look after having baby number 5, I sure will want those comments ask your husband to comment every now and then...posing for facebook like that makes me think people are putting themselves out there for a new mate or something also.

Pictures that are blurry from someones cell phone, I mean whats the point to upload a blurry picture that you can't make out someones face in?

When people use facebook to sell their current product to family and friends (31, Avon, MaryKay, the list goes on and on...) this REALLY annoys me when people use those fitness ones too and they push and push them on you. I've had people send me private messages to help them with their business and I've not talked to them in over a year and was just acquaintances to begin with...this makes me think I just want to delete them.

When you add someone to your facebook after THEY requested you to be their friend then you see them out somewhere and they pretend they didn't see you out of poor inconvenience...well if you are only my friend on facebook whats the point?

Someone UNFRIENDS you after seeing you the day before and acting like everything was fine...hello just because you unfriend me doesn't mean you can just skate out of telling me why you dumped me as a friend! How passive aggressive and not to mention they are cowards! I am not talking about a acquaintances but real friends who people you thought were real friends anyways.

When people (even so called close friends/family) look at every picture you post and all your wall post but NEVER comment OR ALWAYS click like on EVERYTHING either way it's annoying. Throw a comment out every now in then if you are always looking or it seems like your a snoop even if you are close to the person its not acceptable and as for the clicking LIKE on everything they see this is like a oh I seen it but too lazy to every comment...and the people you barely know that click like all the time, it's just weird.

When people see pictures of a party or small gathering of shared friends and realize they weren't invited and get jealous...hello you can't be always a part of everything and if their wasn't a such thing as facebook you wouldn't even notice! Facebook makes it EASY to be jealous of others if people go searching for things to get jealous over.

It seems like facebook allows more drama, mis-communication, and jealousy.

What I LOVE about facebook:
Share photos with friends/family.
Share daily events you'd never have time to share with ALL your friends/family at the same time.
Long Distance friends don't seem so long distance sometimes due to facebook.
Events are super easy to set up and paper invitations are no longer needed except of course if it's a wedding/baby shower/ birthday party for a child etc.
Thank you phone calls/ cards are becoming outdated for the newly exceptable thank you in a tag along with a photo of gift or paragraph written about a good deed the person did.
You can catch up with friends even if you in different time zones when you look at their walls.

Overall, I spend less and less time on facebook but I do appreciate it for the few things I listed that I LOVE. I do however like to blog much more and wish more people I know and are close to would follow my blog so I could nearly leave facebook and not feel guilty for not updating for family/close friends.

I have private blogs for both my children and it would wonderful for the grandparents to read but they are all on facebook and facebook savvey and not blog savvy apparently.

Don't worry facebook friends I don't hate you if you have done one or more of the things I hate; it's just annoying when so many people do all those things. We are all guilty of doing something annoying on facebook. I am guilty of posting hundreds of pictures of my kids but in my defense our families are long distance and we won't them to fill included in their lives and it gives them that!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Subscription Boxes

I have been pondering signing up for a subscription box for MacKenzie and while looking up all the options I found so many to choose from it's overwhelming, not only that but some subscription boxes that are out there now are not even just for kids and crafting.  I have found boxes that are for teething age babies, moms with a coffee habit, and buying gently used baby clothing even! I find the biggest problem with most of the company's is you get a complete surprise (great for the kids but it's nice if mom can at least decide between a small selection than to get something sort of useless for that month). Another problem is that these companies haven't figured out a way to have a more budget friendly plan for someone who's not willing to spend $200 a year or more for two crafts a month! Now here's a cool idea though if your a grandparent this would be a wonderful gift for parents, grandchildren etc. and if you can't think of a gift for a friend or family member you could do a one month box possibly from some of these companies! Let the experts pick your present for you! I think Citrus Lane may be one of my favorites for little ones! I can't wait to try one company out here soon! Just got to decide!

Here are some of the coolest ones I've found:

Citrus Lane
Get age appropriated box of goodies for children up to three years old.  Mom approved best products. Free shipping. $21 a month.

Their "how it works" statement: 

Getting Started

Fill Out Your Style Profile

Just tell us a wittle bit about yourself and how you dress your kid. 

Leave your Stylist Notes

Leave your stylists notes on your account anytime to add more detail about your preferences. 

Receive Your First Box

Your customized box of clothes arrives at your door in about two weeks. Every box contains about $100 in retail value of clothes. You'll receive a new box of clothes every month. You can pause or cancel your membership anytime.

Their "how it works" statement:
Our crates are designed around fun themes and filled with all of the materials and inspiration 
for hands-on projects. Explore with arts & crafts, science activities, imaginative play, and more.
$19.95 a month. Shipping free.

Their "how it works" statement: Receive a personalized monthly shipment of gently used baby clothes for just $24.99. Shipping is always FREE.

New Years Resolution...

My New Years Resolutions are to...

be extra crafty

be a great mom, wife & daughter

keep my home neat, clean and organized the best I can

be more frugal

read at least one book this year cover to cover (yes one book that is all, I am a busy mommy so I don't have alot of time for reading)

attend church more this year (if naps for the girls allow it this's always tough with naps)

Make these things:

A felt Mail Set for Kenzie
New holiday hair bows for both the girls
A felt word a day calender with pockets for Kenzie (that can be used later for other things like multiplication tables etc.)
Felt Christmas Ornaments for Sydney's tree for next Christmas
A Coraline Doll for MacKenzie (I wanted to have this done before Christmas this year but didn't get around to making it)

and this cute little set of doughnuts...

Felt doughnuts for Kenzie to use in her play kitchen...

Friday, December 28, 2012

This years craftiness...

2012 was a crafty year even though it was filled with pregnancy, a two year old and a newborn baby...somehow I was still able to get some crafty stuff accomplished...

Veggie Tales (Plush Larry and Beanie Bob) 

Minnie Mouse Dress Up Area in my oldest daughters room...

Names on my kids room doors with blocks...simple and cute!

Turkey Hair Clip

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Project Life

So what is this thing called Project Life? It's a new way to scrapbook! It's looks easier and cheaper than traditional scrapbooking! I think whats best it's better for young moms and other very busy people who want to still enjoy keeping all their memories tucked away in a album! It's great because it requires so little time that you can focus on journaling and picture choices that my albums normally lack because my sole focus is on the creative end of it's to the point lately where I don't even want to think about attempting to put a page together I just need to gather all my pictures and stories together in one place for safe keeping...(says the busy expecting mother who already has a toddler!) I am so busy there is no way I can keep up doing the scrapbooking the traditional way. Here is a link to this wonderful new world of scrapbooking!

Click Here to read more about Project Life!

Here's an example from the website for project life of what you can do with's simple but it's neat, organized, and actually pretty!  They offer different styles of pockets, different paper inserts and different binders so you get choices but no more buying stickers, ribbon, photo tape, glue or even using scissors!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The BIG move!

Loving my new kitchen, it's bigger and has tons of cabinet space. The last house we lived in had no storage at all, it was quite terrible. I also can enjoy keeping my counters pretty clear since I have so much space in my pantry to store all those things you barely use like (blender etc.) I only get them out when we use them now. Anyways its also nice to not have the galley kitchen we had last time because my two year old can run around and play in the kitchen while I am cooking and it's not a problem like before (she even has room to ride her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe around the kitchen and she pretty much does it everyday now too).

Well we've moved from Hawaii all the way to Florida (hence the BIG move!). It's been a journey that is for sure from moving to the island pregnant with my first baby and moving away from the island pregnant with my second and bringing a child back to the mainland that we didn't have before we moved there. It's interesting how fast a family can grow and how much a family can change in such a short period of time! I will say being pregnant and in your third trimester and moving into a new house was one of the hardest things I have ever done especially since I had a toddler to look after at the same time! Well we made it and we've got a beautiful home that is well organized and pretty much ready for our new edition to the family coming this August! I have done some major cleaning out in our house (gotten rid of TONS of things), I am operating under the "Less is More" theme for now whew I am tired of having TOO MUCH STUFF. We've reorganized EVERYTHING in our home since we moved to and I gotta say it's all working alot better for us. I keep my house cleaner and clean it up faster than ever before which is GREAT since a new baby is coming home soon!