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Pinterest is a dangerous place.
I love browsing and looking at all the amazing things people are creating/cooking/baking/etc. but man, it really is a time-sucker. One minute it’s 9:30 and then suddenly it’s midnight. Anybody with me on this? The struggle is real.
One thing I love to look up is traditions that others do in their families, specifically for the holidays. I grew up with a few traditions in my family but am excited to add even more now that I have a little family of my own. I decided to start a new tradition this year based on an idea that I have seen on Pinterest, but actually learned from my sister-in-law first.

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Up Family Costume


I have a weird memory. I can’t tell you what I wore a couple days ago but I can tell you about that one time my sister called me “pig nose” when I was five. I can’t tell you much about my college graduation other than I did indeed graduate, but I can tell you about the time my sister flung food across the table and it got stuck in my dad’s chest hair (TMI? #sorrynotsorry). I can’t tell you much about my wedding day, but I can tell you about the time when I crimped my hair in fourth grade and a girl named Ashley told me it looked like I got electrocuted. I can’t tell you very many things about the big, important days in my life but I can tell you about the silly, small and/or unimportant things like the time my sister threw up blueberry pancakes or when I jumped off the high-dive during swimming lessons and did a belly flop.

 
When it comes to Halloween, this same, weird memory kicks in. I can’t tell you about memories I made trick-or-treating or even what costumes I wore (I remember the ones I have pictures of) but I can tell you how I would pick out my costume each year.

Fall Bucket List

Every time I put this wreath on my door I get excited. Giddy, even. It signifies that fall is here (even if it is still in the 80s) and that makes me happy. I thought I loved fall before I moved out east. Pfft. I didn’t know what love was. I can now say with full confidence that fall is my favorite season. If it was fall here year-round, I would never leave. But alas, winter will come. And I shall be bitter once more. Continue reading

Projects

This year I have made a goal to complete at least one project a month. I don’t craft nearly as much as I used to and I miss it. Now that Tate is a little older, I hope to have some time to work on projects every now and then. For a while there I considered it a success to have showered by the end of the day. Crafting was not an option, even if I had the energy for it. I seriously have no idea how these super-blogger-moms do it. These wonderful women who somehow manage to homeschool their children with enriching, homemade activities, bake delicious meals and desserts, complete amazing DIY projects and maintain a clean house all in one day fascinate me. How is it possible to do so much with multiple kids and only 24 hours? Is there something I’m missing out on or is normal to be a little lame as a first-time mom? I feel that Tate’s super dependent stage has passed and now I have time to do a lot more than before; but I have no idea how some moms do that much. I think I’ll start small and try to forget about those moms, otherwise I’ll get really depressed!

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Interchangeable Yarn Wreath

I had a really hard time naming this post in such a boring, straight-forward manner. Just an FYI.

I normally don’t get that excited about wreaths that I make, but I really am pumped about this one. Yarn wreaths are by far my favorite but they take twelve years and five months to make. This is a problem. All of the hours spent wrapping yarn and untangling it only to tangle it again by continuing to wrap it is enough to drive a person insane. Oh, and let’s not forget all the time spent massaging your hand and hoping you don’t develop some type of arthritis. Yes, I’m a whiner and yes, it may not be that bad, but I’ve solved my problem regardless. This wreath is interchangeable! The bats are pinned on, not glued, so now I can take them off and pin on other things depending on the season or holiday. I can pin on snowflakes or blue roses for winter, hearts or red roses for Valentines Day, four-leaf clovers for St. Patrick’s Day, etc. Three cheers for preventing carpal tunnel! Continue reading

Copycat

So, I haven’t been able to sleep well lately. Jordan, on the other hand, has been passing out at around 10 every night, leaving me with my computer. Alone. All alone. This is not a good thing since every time I pick up my computer and there isn’t anything or anyone distracting me, I end up spending hours browsing/stalking websites and blogs. I have been wanting to make something for my sisters for a really long time and figured Pottery Barn would have some fun things to look at. Continue reading