Monday, September 1, 2014

Month in Review- August

Some how I totally missed doing a Month in Review for the month of July last month.  I apologize.  I think it was because my finals were that week and honestly I didn't know which way was up.
So now we are back on track.  Most kiddos went back to school this month so if you are like me, crazy busy and have too much on your plate I am sure you missed a few blog posts.   No worries, I have got the recap in one spot for you today.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see a few more personal posts here are some of my favorites through the month of August.

Do you know what 6 months of piling crap in the corner so you can "go through it tomorrow" looks like?  This- ugh

Waffle Luv AZ made a debut down the street from our home- so good!  Do you have one in your neck of the woods?

 We watched the sunset into the Earth- isn't this stunning?

We are so desperate for cooler weather in the summer- we have had some unusual clouds lately so I made a cup of hot tea and pretended it was Fall.

Here are the kiddos enjoying our stay-cation!

And mommy enjoying it too!

I picked up my books for Fall since my classes started last week- can you believe what I have to read?  Help!

Driving down the road I snapped a picture of this cloud- it looks like a puppy doesn't it?

And we can't forget #tbt- My older sister Kristy and I.  Too cute for words!

And then of course on the blog came projects....

We had our Get Your DIY On Party and August's theme was Room Revamps- I shared my lovely master bedroom

On the blog I shared my big secret with you all!  I went back to school!

And of course all the sweet encouraging words you all said to me afterwards really melted my heart.  Thank you!

We surprised the kiddos and took them on a little stay-cation over a weekend in August.  It was amazing!

One of my favorite posts of the month is my Color Inspired.  This month was decorating with Primary Colors.

 I was nominated by my good friend Tara and Salt and Pepper Moms Blog to give you a snippet Tour through Blogland

A new desk top color sure makes the room look different

I also shared one of my favorite projects ever- My Vintage Bicycle Clock

Vintage Bicycle Clock

My sweet Blog Love of the Month went to Katie at Addicted 2 DIY- love her blog!

 Brooke Fueling shared her story as our Mom of the Month for August

Here is a quick and easy tutorial about how to back up your blog

And lastly I shared a new family tradition we started

 My fall classes started back up in August.  2nd semester here I come!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Back Up Your Blogger Blog

I keep hearing some horror stories about bloggers loosing their entire blog, or maybe Google took it down for whatever reason and my heart just stops for these bloggers.  I can't imagine going through the stress of trying to get the info back.  So I set out to try and find out how I could save my blog and all it's contents if for some strange reason it wasn't there anymore.  Sniff Sniff, let's not even think about that. :(
These steps are super easy.   These steps are for those with a Blogger account, I am sorry I don't know about Wordpress.   Here is the quick 5 Step Process.

The first place you want to go is in your Dashboard under SETTINGS.

Under the SETTINGS tap you will see OTHER, click on that.

This screen pops up and you will choose EXPORT BLOG

Once you click the button you will see a pop up, click DOWNLOAD BLOG

Once you hit that, it will create a file in your downloads.  Mine looks like this.  Each time it downloads it date stamps it so you know if you have the latest content of your blog.  Now it's saved in a nice little file.  But I take one step extra and I copy this file and save it to an external hard drive.  Just in case something happened to my computer I have my basis covered.

And there you have it- pretty simple and pretty quick.  I try to back it up each week. It's so important and hardly takes any time at all.

I hope this was helpful!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mom of the Month- Brooke Fueling

So years ago at the ripe age of about 15, I met Brooke.  She was older than me by a few years, she already drove and I was in awe.  Brooke and I were together on our high school Pom Squad which really just meant tons of fun!  She and her entire family migrated to San Diego right after high school, so I haven't been able to see her since but have thought about her often.   I always knew Brooke was a big part the fun from my high school years.

I loved reading Brooke's answers when she submitted them.  The reason I do this is to inspire woman, mostly mothers.  It's hard out there and we really need to encourage each other.  It's hard to balance, to stay on top of things, it's hard to have time for yourselves and it's hard to accept that what you do is enough.  Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, they come from all backgrounds and struggles.  But no matter the differences, we are all there for one reason.  Our kiddos.  We love, raise, hug, snuggle, feed, tickle, pray for and listen to our children.  They are what it's all about.

Here is Brooke's story....

1. How many children do you have?  List ages and names
I have 3 children; Dylan is 15, Savannah is 11.5, and Delilah is 7.

2. Your occupation:
My first priority has been mom and homemaker for the last 15 years, but as my kids were getting older I wanted to do a little more with my time. I went back to school (at night) and got my Landscape Design degree from Mira Costa College. I have practiced part time for the last 3 years. as my life has transitioned and changed through divorce, I'm looking to start another career path...and hoping to invest in a business I recently came across.

3. What is your most strict parenting rule?
My most strict parenting rule has definitely changed! I think that's normal as your kids get older...I no longer demand that my 15 year old son eats his greens or he doesn't get dessert. But of course we still have greens every night and now he eats them without hesitation! If I truly have to pinpoint one, most strict rule, it would be no lying. That can be hard to enforce because no child wants to get in trouble by telling the truth, but I always remind them how important honesty is...especially that they be honest with themselves.

4. What is the best motherly advice you have received? From who?
Someone once told me before I became a parent, "never say never!" And that has rung really true for me. You start off with many good intentions and rules....we'll never let them watch too much tv, or they'll never eat sugar, or my personal request...we will keep a vegetarian house! My kids have taught me a lot about being flexible and choosing my battles wisely.

5.What is the biggest challenge you face balancing yourself and being a mom?
My challenge as a mom has shifted since my recent divorce this year. I would have said something like...keeping a balanced life before... But now I share custody 50/50 with my Ex husband and I have plenty of time to get things in order while they're not with me. Surprisingly a benefit of divorce has been that my time with my kids feels way more like quality time. I can do the laundry and grocery shopping and chores etc. before I get them. I would say my challenge now is keeping communication going smoothly in all directions. Either from them to both parents or from teachers to both parents etc..there is a lot more effort needed to keep everyone on the same page every day. Facing that challenge has become a big priority for me in order to keep their lives feeling normal, healthy and structured.

6. Can you share any mom tips with us?
Mom tips: notes in lunch boxes go a long way, putting on music in the kitchen in the morning keeps the peace and good vibes, and remember to smile every time you see or greet your child, (even if they just come in the room) it means a lot for their well being.

7. What is the hardest part about being a mom?
Staying sane. Period!

8. What is your favorite part about being a mom?
I loved when my babies were young and cuddly and nursing but I love new things just as much! I love that my son tells me and his sisters he loves us every time he gets out of the car for school. I love that my middle daughter is so independent she can make dinner on her own for us and loves to help! I love that my youngest daughter keeps us laughing and entertained every day...and I am SO grateful I get to watch these amazing people transform into their unique future selves! That is the blessing...just being present to the miracle.

9. Tell us a story..... it can be something funny your kids did, it can be an embarrassing thing that happened to you as a mother, it can be your proudest moment, the moment you felt like you were  a good mother...anything you want. 
Last Sunday, the night before my second grader went back to school, we had dinner at the beach. I made a big salad and cornbread and we all piled in the car. Everyone complained a little and was grumpy at one moment or another. We were all wondering if doing the work to get there was going to be worth it "just to eat a sandy dinner at the beach" as my son put it. We argued and kvetched our way to Cardiff. After setting up and hanging out for a bit we still hadn't completely relaxed. It wasn't until after eating that things got fun...we decided to play tag in the dark after the sun went down. There is nothing like chasing your kids and laughing your butts off with some old fashioned tag. We laughed until our stomachs hurt... Watching your 15 year old not be able to catch your 7 year old because he can't run easily in sand and falls quite a bit is pretty hilarious! And I love the look on their faces when they realize mom is not going to take it easy on them..and she can run! When we all got back in the was wondering if it was worth it. That night was a great memory made! 

Thank you so much for sharing your story Brooke!  It was so inspiring and you are just a piece of fresh air!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage Bicycle Clock

I apologize in advance for the picture overload.  But seriously this little nook has turned into my favorite little spot in the house.  After we put this clock up, I sat at the dinner schedule and just stared into the corner.  It's adorable!!

A few weeks ago I finally found a vintage bicycle wheel.  I have been looking for one for almost over a year.  I purchased a clock set at Hobby Lobby but needed a way to figure out how to adhere it to the wheel.  The :"hub" of the wheel kind of gets in the way but you need it to hold everything in place.  So we figured out we could drill a hole through the lid of a paint can, cover up the core of the time piece and then tie it to the spokes.  

First I stopped by my dad's to help me drill the hole.  He drilled, I took pictures.  Thanks Dad!

I also picked up some cute numbers at Hobby Lobby and painted them black.

My sweet hubby using zip ties to link the wheel and the paint lid-clock pieces together.  You just follow the easy instructions on putting the pieces together- we just added in the extra layer of the paint can lid.

This is what the center pieces looks like.  If we have to change the battery, we can just cut the zip ties and replace them.

And here she is- isn't this little corner adorable?

I have a few extra minutes today and the clouds are out- I think I might have to curl up on this little piece and soak in all the cuteness!

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