Year: 2009

oral surgery is the worst.

Today I’m sick. I had oral surgery the other day and it’s left me in bed, wearing 2 day old pajamas with an ice pack on my face and a barf bucket at my feet. In other words: party at my house! I’ll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the newest episode of Glee. Woot.

dylbug giveaway winner!

The winner of the Dylbug onesies 3-pack is: joolee, love these! i just found out i’m expecting my 3rd, so baby stuff is on the brain…count me in! Congratulations Joolee! Email asap and we’ll get you in touch with Dylbug.

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beautiful family tree.

aren’t these family trees lovely? I think so. the company, my tree and me, offers custom family history art and do-it-yourself options (think fill-in-the-blank) for $45 to $100. What wonderful heirlooms and artwork to display in your home, or gift to parents, newlyweds, or even for a nursery. I’m eyeing that colorful tree for myself. {found via ohdeedo}

how to: create a laundry room nook.

Our laundry room is much like a galley kitchen in a Manhattan apartment: long and narrow without much space to work with. I’ve been brainstorming over the last few years about how to make it a little more user friendly, a little more family friendly. The solution went thussly: Step A}: Buy a coat rack from IKEA in the As-Is section for $3.99. Bring it home and screw it into the laundry room wall. Stand back and admire your work….
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I’m addicted to shoes.

I have a problem. And the problem is the shoes. You see? It would have taken two laundry baskets to hold all the shoe love you see here. I stopped at one, it seemed excessive enough. I laid them all out on the dining room table for you to see. It’s a problem. I just can’t figure out which ones to part with, I love them all. I need your help sorting them out. Which ones do I donate, give…
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baby shower: details part 2

Do you love party favors? I do. I love to send guests home with a sweet little memento of the evening, to thank them for joining the celebration. The trick this time was coming up with something that was a) semi-useful, b) semi-thematic), and c) very very budget friendly for our large guest list. Also, I wanted to avoid candy and anything labor intensive like fancy sugar cookies. The final product: little bundles of mulling spices with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, orange…
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baby shower: details part 1

It’s the little touches that make a special occasion feel, well, special. Don’t you think? I really wanted to play up our theme without investing a lot of money on one-time-use decor. So we made use of a pumpkin surplus at the pumpkin patch for polka dot lanterns on the doorstep, a few candles in the serving area, a few flourishes of leaves and berries, and of course the paper buntings I’ve been enjoying since the onset of autumn. Observe:…
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fun games for a baby shower

So we’ve all played the games with the candy bars in the diapers, the mystery baby food jars, alphabet letters and so on. I wanted an activity that was optional to guests, but that might also get people talking and mingling. I saw the idea for a custom-made ABC Book for baby (somewhere, on another blog, I just can’t remember) and went with it. I provided a mini chipboard photo album and card-stock cut to size, placed alphabet stickers on…
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pioneer woman book signing.

I only have a few things to say about last night. One of them is that I’m sorry I dragged my poor children to SLC on a school night to wait out in the cold in vain. Another is that Ree remembered me and called me by name as she walked out the door. Life lesson: it’s likely someone of her caliber will know who you are if you make a big enough fool of yourself on first impression. I…
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