Tuesday, May 31, 2011

thrift tip: used hangers

thrift tip- buy used hangers. Lots of thrift stores sells bundles of hangers for $0.99 What a steal!

I had every intention to not thrift shop this week. I was going to wait until Monday, which is Memorial Day and a huge 50% off sale at Thrift Town.

But on my way to Isaac's doctor appt today, we happened to pass a store I had never seen before. So on the way home, I couldn't resist and we decided to just take a look.


An hour later, we came out with this:


Total spent: $25.03 including tax
Some of our fantastic finds include 2 bundles of hangers, Banana Republic shorts, Carter's onsies, lots of books, wooden baby toy, gold frame for my California love art, and fabric!

There were yards and yards of canvas and I just recenetly almost bought some at Joann's. I'm so glad I waited! These were $0.99 a bundle. The other two are old sheets that will soon become part of the quilt I'm making for our bed.

This has to be my most successful thrifting adventure to date in Texas. This place has the best thrift shops (compared to San Diego and Vegas). And it's been so easy to feed my addiction. My husband says I need to join "thrifters anonymous". Maybe he's right??


Have you been thrifting lately? Any good finds??

Friday, May 27, 2011

friday wrap-up

This week went by rather quickly. We said goodbye to my mom on Monday, and then again on Tuesday because her flight was cancelled due to weather.

Tuesday we had some more gnarly weather and the tornado sirens were going off. We could even see the clouds beginning to rotate right above us. Isaac and I hung out in the bathroom until it all passed over- that's our tornado survival plan: hide in bathtub.

Thursday Isaac had his 4 month well-baby check up. He got one shot and handled it like a champ. On the way home we stopped for some thrifting- someone please stop me!

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Here are some of my favorite pictures from this week:

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Isaac and one big bear! Antique shopping with my mom

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And some link love:

*thrifted tv stand turned into play kitchen.. adorable!
*great ideas for decorating white walls
*Jesus was fun and children are a glorious inconvenience! Thanks be to God
*i made my big return to twitter.. be sure to follow!
*to make this and these and this
*i love the idea of wallpaper inside bookshelves
*what a unique chair
*a brilliant way to add dividers to a pantry or cabinet

Please continue to pray for all of those affected by these storms.

What are your plans for the weekend?? Hope you have a good one!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

baby's first: lunch at pappadeaux's

On Sunday we took baby Isaac to meet some of our family that lives in the DFW area. In between visits we decided to stop for some seafood.

And it was yummy!



Perusing the menu.


The waiter mixing our Greek Salad, tableside.


Isaac and his grandma.


silly pants.. or as my mom calls him, "tootle-bug".

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

weekend in photos: visit from grandma

Here is what we did this weekend:

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we garage saled.

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we snoozed.

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we snuggled with grandma.

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we ate lots of yummy food.

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we flew through the air.

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we thrifted.

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we chilaxed.

We had a wonderful visit from my mom this weekend. Unfortunately all that terrible weather blowing through cancelled her flight last night. And thanks to the terrible customer service of American Airlines (we will never fly them again), she still can't get out until later today.

But we had a great time while she was here and got so much done.. most of that consisted of shopping and eating! But is there anything better to do with your mom?

Thanks for making the trip out mom. Can't wait for the next one!

Friday, May 20, 2011

friday wrap-up

Right now I'm enjoying a weekend visit from my mom. She's enjoying some time with her grandson and I'm enjoying the extra set of hands!

So, needless to say, this wrap-up will be a little shorter than usual but I'll have a fun wrap-up after she leaves.. lots of pictures. She has the best camera ever (and I can't wait to get one for myself.. evetually).

this week...

i painted my nails "gunmetal" with my $0.04 nail polish thanks to coupon stacking!


i snuggled with this guy:


and watched him snooze (look at those lips!)


and we had some fro yo!



and just a few sites to enjoy:

*i added this pottery barn knock-off bag to my list of things to make
*this bag with Isaac's name on it will arrive today
*i'm totally making these breakfast burritos to freeze (in fact Aldi has a dozen eggs for $0.47 this week so I bought 4 dozen)
*wouldn't it be nice to be this organized?
*pillow case into a skirt? brilliant
*pinterest

Now I'm off to enjoy our weekend of thrifting, antique-ing, crafting, building and baby snuggling.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

earring organizer

For the longest time all of my earrings have been shoved into a tiny little jewelry box. I never really had any room to hang them anywhere in our bathroom and they wouldn't have matched the decor in our bedroom.

But now that we are moved into our new apartment, I have my very own vanity off the side of the master bedroom. Yay!

And last week I came across this amazing earring organizer inspired by Pottery Barn. I fell in love! And, I just had to make a couple of my own!!

Here are the supplies I used:

*2 old frames lying around
*spray paint (my favorite kind paint!)
*picture hanging wire and screw in hooks

Old frames taken apart ready to be painted:


Spray paint I used:


Frame painted and ready to screw in hooks and add the wire:


The finished product:

I have one more frame left and I'll be adding little hooks to hang my necklaces on that one.

This was so simple to make. Let me know if you decide to make one for yourself! I'd love to see it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

my thoughts: to have or not to have... children

I originally started blogging to express my opinions on political and cultural issues. Then I started this blog and got very side tracked by fashion, diy, craft and thrifting posts.

Oh, and then a I had baby...

I was recently going through my old blog and I decided that instead of having 3 blogs, I would 'nix' my opinion blog and keep this one (and my pregnancy journal). But since I have some interesting posts left over, I thought I'd share some of them with you.

Disclaimer: I have very strong opinions. But that doesn't mean I don't want to hear yours! Please feel free to leave comments with your thoughts. I'd love to hear them!!

Here is the first one I thought I'd share:

To Have or Not To Have... Children

According to a study out of Oregon State University, people can help "save the planet" by having fewer children. From the article:

A study by statisticians at Oregon State University concluded that in the United States, the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of an extra child is almost 20 times more important than some of the other environment-friendly practices people might employ during their entire lives - things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

"In discussions about climate change, we tend to focus on the carbon emissions of an individual over his or her lifetime," said study team member Paul Murtaugh. "Those are important issues and it's essential that they should be considered. But an added challenge facing us is continuing population growth and increasing global consumption of resources."


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First of all, not having children is much different than recycling or driving a hybrid car. Procreation is programed into our very nature. Without it, you and I certainly would not be here today. Not to mention, the value of a child (and all human beings) far exceeds that of the environmental movement. For unlike plants and animals, man was made in the very image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27).

The problem with suggestions like this one is that it encourages the use of abortificient birth control, the morning after pill, RU486 and abortion. It is also in direct conflict with God's very first command to humanity: "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28, emphasis added).

The truth about children is simple: they are blessings from God and should not be rationed like energy and fuel. The Psalmist reminds us of this: "Sons are a heritage (gift) from the Lord, children a reward from him... Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them" (Psalm 127:3, 5, emphasis added).

And as I have discussed before, the earth is not in danger from an increasing population. In Isaiah 45:18 we read,

For this is what the Lord says-
He who created the heavens,
He is God;
Who fashioned and made the earth,
He founded it;
He did not create it to be empty,
But formed it to be inhabited... (emphasis added)


The article later goes on to say, "The researchers note that they are not advocating government controls or intervention on population issues, but say they simply want to make people aware of the environmental consequences of their reproductive choices."

While the researchers may have no intentions of creating law or policy regarding this issue, there are others who have already discussed such ideas. One of whom is the President's Science Advisor, John Holdren, who has stated in the past that he condones putting sterilants in the food and water supply to reduce populations. And we already see such policy in action in other countries like China where they have a One Child Policy.

God created the earth. He created it to be filled. He is in control of His creation. We are to trust Him and not our own "wisdom" on this issue.

And in my opinion, humans are our most valuable resource. But that's a discussion for another time.

What are your thoughts on the subject?? Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

inside my closet

This is what my closet looked like for about the first month in this apartment:


Scary right??
I know, my husband was on me about it for that whole month.

So one day I finally got the motivation to organize it and this is what it looks like now:


top left: (in order from left to right) nursing shirts, tank tops, t-shirts, 3/4 length, long sleeved, cardigans, sweaters, formal gowns
bottom left: pants (no particular order)
right: long shirts, dresses, coats


plastic storage with drawers: undergarments, socks, swimsuits, tights
piled on top: old shirts, lounge-wear, workout clothes, leggings


top shelf: box full of purses and bags, dufflebag, suitcase


top shelf: boots, quilts, maternity clothes


floor: shoes in no particular order


hooks: scarves, robes, belts, bag filled with hats and beanies

And while it may look organized now, I assure you that it won't last more than a week.

Monday, May 9, 2011

changing table photo shoot

Dear Isaac,

Yesterday you started reaching for your toes.. albeit unknowingly, but you still did! You are 3 months and 15 days old today. I cannot believe how quickly time is passing nor how quickly you are growing and learning. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch you discover the world around you and to see you learn how to maneuver your own body.

Wow. God is so amazing. And I see His glory in your little face. What an honor it is to be your mother. It has been through your little life that Christ has brought me closer to Himself. Your life makes me grateful to the Creator of all life. Thank you for that.

I love you more than you will ever know and my love continues to grow for you with each minute that passes. My daily prayer is simply that you'll love the Lord and become an amazing man of God. I know He is faithful to see that through and I cannot wait to see it happen!

I love you little man.


Love mommyYesterday Isaac was playing with his toes (like I said, unknowingly) on the changing table. I couldn't help but capture his adorable little face with the camera:









Happy Tuesday!!

a day at the zoo

For Mother's Day my husband took me and the little guy to the Fort Worth Zoo. Can I just say (and please don't hate me): it was so much better than the San Diego Zoo??

1. It was waaaaaaay cheaper
2. There were no crazy hills to climb
3. It was smaller and less crowded
4. We were done in just a few hours (which was good for the little tyke)
5. It's just one big loop so we didn't have to go back and forth to hit every exhibit!

Isaac has a purple rhino toy, but this was the real thing!!

Checking out the monkeys.





The lady lion.. who, when a zoo keeper walked by, followed her with her eyes. I think she was hungry.

In the crocodile exhibit!

Too much excitement!!

In other news: someone was able to get his legs up underneath his tummy and lift his torsoe this weekend. Ahh!! He's growing too fast.