Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Floating Shelves Art Gallery

Hi everyone!  I'm basking in the awesomeness of 'school is back in session' and can I just say, it's better than I ever dreamed.  It's like sunshine and flowers and unicorns and candy.  It's like all those things.

Earlier this summer, I was dealing with such a headache: the kids' art projects.  You know what I'm talking about, I'm sure... they bring home all this lovely art and you can't bear to just throw it out.  I mean, if they see you throwing those projects out after they worked so hard on them, it would just break their little hearts.  I cannot bear the heartache.

I've gotten better about picking and choosing what needs to stay and what can go.  I'm still a bit shaky about throwing their things out, but I know I can't keep it all.  But the bigger dilemma for me was what to do with the stuff I had to keep.  I mean, if I'm keeping it, I should be able to enjoy it, right?  They did make it for me, after all.  Or they didn't.  Whatever.

Enter the floating shelves!

By the by, did you know that floating shelves are sort of expensive?  For cripes sake, I'm hanging construction paper artwork, not the Mona Lisa... paying $300 for some floating shelves, PLUS SHIPPING, would have been ridiculous.

I found these floating shelves on  They were around $50 for both of them, and after a 10% coupon code that I found online they were $49 and some change... and would your believe that any order over $49 has free shipping? MEANT. TO. BE.

And now, the artwork hangs nicely for all the world to see.

We're accumulating quite the clay animal collection.  It's like a zoo up in here.

So tell me, do you have any trepidation about throwing out your kids artwork?

**I was not compensated for this post. was honestly the best price for these floating shelves.  If Wayfair wants to sponsor me, they should totally contact my people.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

What I Did Over Summer Break

Hi everyone! It's been soooooo long since we've talked.  I hadn't planned on a summer break, but it happened anyway.  No one told me that three children under 10 in one house during a summer would be so much work. NO ONE TOLD ME.

But behold, happy days are here again!  Noah just started kindergarten (full day, praise the lawd), and Jon's back for fourth grade, so it's just me and Lily-bean until Christmas break!  Woo to the hoo... now I can watch all the Dr. Phil I want and there's no one to stop me.  NO ONE!

Here's a recap of what I did over my summer break, and there will be some follow-up posts about a few things, because I love to over-elaborate on things.  That's just how I riggity-roll.

1.  I completely obsessed about how to style a bookcase.  OB-SESSED.  For reals.  I finished it though, and I'm sort of happy with how it turned out.  Sort of.

2.  The hubs and I put together a swing set, and our marriage survived to tell the tale.  IT'S A MIRACLE.

3.  Lily started scooting on her belly and then crawling, leading me to contemplate sewing Swiffer pads to her clothes.  I'm not kidding, I really thought about the logistics of this idea.

4.  I finally figured out what to do with the space above my kitchen cabinets.

5.  I found a great website for planning home and gardening projects... and it's FREE.  FA-REE.

6.  I became a bit addicted to selling things on Ebay.  It started with just a couple of things... and then it snowballed.  MUST. SELL. EVERYTHING.

7.  I found out that Lily is not a complainer, even if she has a raging ear infection.  A tough cookie, that one.

8.  I found out how to child-proof the dog.  It's not easy and not convenient.

9.  I almost had a nervous breakdown about meal-planning, due to picky eaters.  I found a mini-solution though, which has helped that nervous twitch I developed.

10.  I turned 35.  HOLLA 40, I'M HEADED YOUR WAY.

Did you do anything noteworthy this summer?

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