Monday, March 30, 2009
Usually Monday suck-day is up before the sun, but today... oh today has been extra awesome. And by awesome, I mean sucky. Adventurous really. My Mondays never actually "suck". I'm grateful for every day that I have with my family, no matter what mood hovers over it. Maybe I should change Monday suck-day's name. What do you think? Monday awesome-day. Monday used-to-suck-day. Monday only-wishes-it-sucked-day. ...OK that last one didn't even make any sense. Maybe I'll just leave the title alone.
-Visit Angelcake's shop. Browse through all of her gorgeous Victorian inspired accessories, and then come back here and leave us a comment telling us what you liked the most, and why.
-For an additional entry, tell us why Mondays suck (or, why Mondays are awesome, har har) in 20 words or more. This is my favorite part of the giveaway actually.
-If you're a follower of my blog, mention that in the comment and you'll get an extra entry. If you're not, then you should be! Click follow. Leave a comment. Ta da!
-If you purchase anything from Angelcake's shop, get an extra 10 entries. Yes, ten.
Giveaway ends this Friday night at Midnight. Any entries posted after that time will not be considered valid. The winner will be announced on next Monday's giveaway, and of course contacted by email (which is why you absolutely must leave us a name and email). By the way, last weeks winner was Meredith.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Um, not only is that the most cleverist name (I keep it real) for kids clothing EVER, but have you ever seen anything so awesome?
X Marks the Tot. Awesome.
So this started with me browsing ebay for recycled clothes this morning, and my adventure turning out to be a big flop. Then I skipped over to Etsy, knowing I couldn't afford anything today, but GAH... so cute. Charlie (who is drooling something fierce in his swing behind me right now) would totally rock the Wyoming one-piece. I'm totally in love with these. I wish I could walk into her Seattle shop, stuff them all into my purse, throw a load of cash down on the counter, and run home to have a baby induced fashion show.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
My husband breaks things. Hes clumsy. Hes not fully aware of the size of his body, and therefor has no control over the way it moves. Its not entirely his fault though. On top of his protein shakes and creatine powder, I stuff him full of as much food as humanly possible. When we first started dating, we were both on a diet strictly of coffee, cigarettes, ramen, and beer. After my motherly instincts kicked in, (and we had enough money to pay for food, really) I started loading him up on the calories. We don't eat unhealthy, we eat quite the opposite. Some would probably describe us as "health freaks". Its a stretch to us, but probably the most accurate. My food allergies give us no choice. He can still eat a lot of the things that I can't, he just chooses not to. I appreciate the choice, by the way. I probably wouldn't be able to live if it wasn't for his lack of gluten. That's not an exaggeration.
She says she thinks I deserve a refund. But I don't want a refund. I like her mugs, I want my husband to have one. And when he breaks that one (because I know he will), I want him to have another one. So I ask her, if rather than sending me my money back, can she please make me a "Sasquatch III" instead?
Monday, March 23, 2009
Can we skip through all of the why-my-Monday sucks stuff today, and get right to the giveaway? That's how bad my morning has been. Sounds pretty serious right? I guess its more of a bad Sunday afternoon extending into my early Monday morning routine. It all kind of blends together. Ibuprofen to the rescue? That and a good dose of reality check. My body hates me. I can't eat anything. Poor me. Wah wah wah....
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Good luck with the suck!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
OK. I know what you're thinking. Half of you are thinking "its about time!", and the other half of you are thinking "....Tia, please say it isn't so".
I feared the Twilight-obsessed, like most of you probably have at one time or another. I first heard about the books one night while I was at my last job. I don't think I was even paying attention to the girl that was talking about them. I just responded "oh that sounds cool", when really I was pulling it in one ear and pushing it out the other. Another Harry Potter, I thought to myself. I heard about it a few more times, and picked up on both facts that it was about Vampires and romance. Two things I liked, but for some reason was embarrassed to admit. I guess because its hip to like Vampires. And I hate to be hip. Or, I hate to admit that I like to be hip? Because I am. Hip? That word has completely lost its meaning now that I've typed it 4 times, by the way. Does that ever happen to you? Anyways, so we got my mom the book for Christmas, and I asked her if I could read it when she finished, knowing she'd probably never read it, but satisfied at my attempt to give in to my hidden lust for this annoying series that I was trying so hard to avoid. And then out of nowhere, one morning I came down the stairs, and there it was, sitting next to the computer on the desk. Christopher had bought it for me. Well, I still couldn't read it, because I didn't have any reading glasses. Take that, Mr. Herman. You can only guess that he bought me reading glasses a few weeks later. Nice try, but I've got kids to take care of, and... dishes to do. The book and glasses slowly made their way from the desk, to the couch. They sat there for awhile. Next thing I know, they were on the end table, which is really a bar stool usually covered with a magazine and a water glass. And then somehow, the thick rimmed black glasses were on my face and the book was stuck to my fingers, about 6 inches from my eyes. Crap.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Yesterday was our 3 year wedding anniversary. We've been through a lot in the past 3 years. We've had 2 kids. We've moved 6 times. We've flown home twice. We've had 4 surgeries. Survived Basic Training, and our first TDY. We've overcome a thousand food allergies. We've gone through 5 jobs. Lost a cat. Lost another cat, but in a different way. Gained 2 more. We've fought enough times to be considered dysfunctional. We've been to mental health more than we'd like to admit. We've stomped in puddles and rubbed aloe on sunburns. Hung up the phone and kicked each other out of the bed. Put each other down and pulled each other back up. Talked, tickled, bickered, yelled, screamed, cried, laughed.
And at the end of the day. We still love each other, more than we did in the beginning.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I'm really terrible with birthdays. I remember the general week in which they occur, but the actual date? I've had to send a text message to my best friends mom 2 years in a row now, asking her what day Kalii's birthday fell on. And honestly, I don't even know how old she is. My Grammy just recently had a birthday last week. I sent her out a card, randomly, hoping it would mysteriously show up in her mailbox on the correct day. I was thinking it was on the 13th. Which means it was probably on the 11th or 12th. Or maybe neither. I always remember my moms birthday, my dads, my children's, my husbands... but aside from that, you're probably out of luck. To make up for my lack of phone call, and probably late arriving card, I stumbled upon and purchased this cute tea bag holder for my Grammy last night. Her name happens to be Cheryl, but I had it customized to say "Grammy". I hope she likes it...
-"Tea Time - Personalized Ceramic Tea Bag Holder", by SayYourPiece, $5.00.
PS. It wasn't on purpose that I blogged about tea twice in a row. I'm just awesome like that.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Yesterday I was on the phone with my best friend, pouring myself a cup of tea, when I suddenly interrupted her sentence with a random shout of "Aw piss!". Normal for me, spitting out random sayings loudly, but she found it to be extremely funny. Clearly, its been way too long since we've seen each other. Her laughing triggered my laughing, and caused my abs to hurt for an hour. I have abs buried under there somewhere, I know I do? What was I so mad about, causing me to yell "Aw piss!", you wonder? Well as I was pouring the hot water from my red tea kettle into my matching red mug, the stream knocked the string and paper down into the bottom of the pool of bubbling water. ...Aw, piss, right? Don't you hate that? And then you have to get a spoon or other utensil to fish it out, because why would you put your fingers down in there and fry them? I'm certainly not burning my fingers... no thank you.
-"Fruity Tea bags for Tea Party and Kitchen Play, Pretend Food", by SydneyAngel, $9.00.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
All of those cute little chubby baby rolls make my heart melt into allergen free mush. Who cares if hes already outgrown everything in his closet (which is our closet actually, since he has yet to move out of Mom and Dad's room), hes so cute. I was just telling someone yesterday, that I love him in a completely different way than I love my daughter. Not more. Not less. Just, differently? Maybe its because I'm breastfeeding this one. Or maybe its because hes a boy, and shes a girl. But oh gosh, I am so in love with this little man. His cuteness kills, that's for sure.
Also, he let me sleep for 5 hours in a row last night, so that definitely earns him some bonus baby points...
Monday, March 16, 2009
*Rubs eyes and tries to brush fingers through rats nest of hair while yawning* ...Good morning suck dayers. *yawns again*. Needless to say, the baby kept me up half the night. "I want to eat, I want to be held, love me love me love me". All that stuff, bless his tiny-little-trapped-in-a-13-pound chubby wubby body, heart. So I've got breakfast cooking on the stove (chocolate brown rice hot cereal), and as soon as we're all fed and dressed, which will probably take hours, its off to our play date with Miss ElegantSnobbery. The baby is taking a nap in his swing (oh now he sleeps), so I've got a few minutes for a giveaway. Anyone up for some free stuff this morning? Thought so...
YAY for the suck! gifteddesigns, out of Canada, is our sponsor this week. Have you seen her shop? Her jewelry is beautiful. I'm honored that shes agreed to work with me, and really, all of you. If you get a get a chance, please stop by her blog (shes looking for other shops to feature, so don't be shy!) If you want to win a pair of "Soapstone, African Turquoise Jasper, Wood, Glass and Copper earrings" from her Crystal Collection, you had better put on your typing fingers and enter!
-Click your way over to gifteddesigns.
-Browse through her wonderfully photographed listings, and pick your favorite item.
-Leave a comment on this blog post, making sure to leave a way for us to get in contact with you, telling us what you liked the most.
-Contest ends Friday, March 20th.
-For one, tell us why Mondays suck, in 20 words or more (we totally count by the way, haha). Misery loves company.
-For another one, follow me on Twitter.
-For two, blog about this giveaway on your own blog, complete with links and pictures. Make sure to leave us a comment with the link to your blog entry.
-For another two, follow me on blogger! To do so, find the box of followers on the left side of the page, and click "follow". Once you do, or if you're already a follower, say "I follow", and voila!
So, that's what, up to 7 entries? How badly do you want those earrings?? I can't wait to hear all of your Monday complaints...
(If you, or someone you know, would like to sponsor a future suck-day giveaway, please email me or convo me at my etsy shop! We're currently looking for non-jewelry items. Thank you!!)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Did anyone else have a hectic weekend? How is it 3:00 on a Sunday afternoon already, I have no idea. But, I do know that the sheets are in the washer, the upstairs has been vacuumed, and I finally finally packaged that box full of baby clothes to send out to my cousin (who's due to have her baby this Wednesday!!). The rain washed away the sidewalk paint from last weekend, which is kind of a downer. I liked seeing the bright streaks and neon globs every time I looked out the window. I guess we'll just have to go out and do it again when the 80 degree weather returns.
Oh, and hey, SeahorseLady, you won!! (the above picture is not the item that was won, I just thought it was fitting considering who the winner was). The lovely HelenesDreams, who was an amazing sponsor might I add, will be sending you a gorgeous pair of earrings from this past weeks suck-day giveaway. Lucky! Thanks to everyone that entered. We had 203 valid entries this time around, which was awesome! I loved reading all of your why-mondays-suck entries. You guys crack me up, haha. (...I hate it when I type out haha like that, but I can't help it). If you didn't win, don't get discouraged. Come back next week for another giveaway, this time sponsored by giftedideas. We all hate Mondays, but we all love to win stuff :)
(If you, or someone you know, would like to sponsor a future suck-day giveaway, please email me or convo me at my etsy shop! We're currently looking for non-jewelry items. Thank you!!)
-"the SPARKLY sea horse necklace", by angelcake, $38.00.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I've been bothering Christopher to make a cupcake design since the dawn of time. Mostly, because I haven't yet made myself a recipe box and cards, and I think I'd want a cupcake more than anything. Crazy right? That I haven't made one for myself? My recipes are scattered around the kitchen on beat up scribbled on scraps of notebook paper. Well he finally made the design. And I finally made a box.
But just like every other box I've made, this one isn't for me. I'm going to list this one in my etsy shop later today, along with a aqua and pink raven box. I think I want a red and pink box. ...maybe someday, hehe.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The weather here in Texas is crappy. There's no nice way to put it. There are 3 seasons. Hot, warm, and rain. Hot seems to last for about 10 out of 12 months. One month of warm, and one month of rain (which is warm also, so maybe that season should be called humid). Its really rare that we come across a decent day for going outside. Well, decent by my standards. I'm from the pacific northwest. I lived there all my life, up until about 3 years ago when I uprooted and followed my husband 1894.26 miles across country (geek quote from mapquest).
Monday, March 9, 2009
What was I thinking this morning when I asked my husband to wake me up early? Don't believe anything I say in the middle of the night. Its all nonsense. Doesn't he know that? Thank goodness for peppermint face wash. I'd still be struggling to keep my eyes open if it weren't for that. I was hoping that I could get away with second day makeup, so that I wouldn't have to reapply makeup for my 365 self portrait today, but it was very important to the awakening of my eyelids that I scrub it all off immediately. I hate that heavy feeling that I get after mascara has settled onto my lashes for an extended period of time. So now not only am I up way too early, with really bad hair (didn't we go over this last Monday?), but I also have to redo my makeup if I want a decent picture. Ugh. I'll have to find a way around that one. Makeup sounds like too much of a fight. And I think today is going to be rough, so I better choose my battles wisely...
On the sucky side of things though, its Monday suck-day! This week, HelenesDreams is offering you a gorgeous (and I do mean gorgeous) set of earrings. She actually had a different pair lined up for the giveaway, but we decided at the last minute that these ones were much too pretty to go unworn, and needed to be given a chance to be worn straight away (I just said that with a British accent in my head, by the way).
Saturday, March 7, 2009
(Christopher made me type the subject line, I swear)
(And please forgive the lack of visual. Blogger is being a picture snob right now)
...put your suck-day woes behind you lady, because you've just won a free kelly green sling from SugarBugSlings! Hopefully this next Monday there won't be as many sick feeling fueled temper tantrums, and life will go back to normal. Not to say that normalcy doesn't involve temper tantrums...
A huge thanks to SugarBugSlings for sponsoring this past weeks suck-day giveaway, it was so much fun! And thank you to everyone that entered (there were 169 valid entries). Make sure to come back this next week for a great giveaway sponsored by HeleneDreams! It'll be good I promise. Stay tuned...
Friday, March 6, 2009
If you haven't caught onto my 9,382 food allergies/intolerance's by now, you've probably been living in a cave. At this point, my dietary restrictions make up 75% of who I am. Its been a just-over-2-year struggle, figuring out what I can and cannot eat. What makes my body so sick? I lack an actual diagnosis, but I've managed to weed out the bad enough to make a "safe list" suitable for my apple print dinner plate. My intolerance's are gaining on me, and my safe list is getting smaller and smaller by the second. Every time something new pops up, we ask ourselves "what could possibly be next"? If you think you spend a lot on food, you should see my balance at the checkout counter. Its nothing to brag about. It sends the dollar sign section of my brain into a temporary panic room state of mind. Temporary, permanent, a mixture of both actually. So the husband and I decided to take the plunge into the life of blender luxury, and we bought a Vita Mix.
I can't even describe my blender bliss to you. How do you type out stuttering? calsklskrnc. Something like that? Recently added to my bogus list, is fructose. Meaning, no sugar, of any kind, at all. Not honey. Not agave. None of it. I'm testing the stevia waters, and so far so good, but I'm still learning. I miss fruit. I loved fruit. Maybe its not a forever farewell. Maybe I just need to heal a little, and then fruit will revisit the safe list. So if you cut out gluten/oats/amaranth/soy/dairy/eggs/fructose/sugar/corn/potato/onions/carrots/sweet potatoes/celery/preservatives/avocados... whats left?
...a lot of homemade peanut butter. I know, I KNOW(!), I said I was dumping peanut butter. I know I said I was walking away and never looking back. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Last night we made our own homemade peanut butter. Nothing but peanuts, salt, and stevia. Oh. My. God. You must not hate me after all, because you didn't wave your magic allergy wand and shoot anti-peanut zaps at me.
With our new blender we can grind our own rice and bean flours. Make our own nut butters. Make ice cream (which I haven't had in over a year) in only 30 seconds? Seriously. Its brought excitement back into our kitchen. And I really really needed that.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I can't keep track of time. Its already been 2 months since Charlie was born. 2 months, really? As I'm typing this, the little man is sleeping in my lap with his head resting on my arm. This is how I usually type, seeing as how he hates to be put down. Even after hes fallen into the deepest of sleeps and I so slowly and carefully move him from my lap to his swing (I don't even attempt the bassinet anymore, its never good), he refuses. At first it seems like maybe it will work. I hover over him for a few minutes, holding my breath, not making a noise, just waiting for a flinch or whimper. As soon as the coast is clear, I walk away. And then within seconds of turning my back... how dare I abandon him?! I rush to him, before he opens his eyes, stroke his hair and say "awwww, mommy loves you, here I am, here I am, goo goo, goo goo Charlie" over and over again, trying to trick him into thinking hes still in my lap. Pffft, please mom, I'm not falling for that crap- says his imaginary thought bubble. ...dang it!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Did anybody else wake up with crazy hair this morning? My bangs are going one way, the rest of my hair is swaying the other way, and whats with this cowlick at the very back of my part? Nice. Usually my morning hair is a fortune teller as to how the rest of my day will go. Does anybody else find this to be true? Over the weekend I had to give up my best friend sugar, due to even more cruel dietary restrictions. Not only sugar, but honey, agave, and all of those other sweeteners that you were probably just about to suggest, bless your blogger hearts. I'm giving stevia a go, in my coffee actually, so I'll be sure to let y'all know how that turns out. Because I know you're all on the edge of seats just dying to know. Anyways, lets get on with the suck, shall we?
I'm really excited for this weeks giveaway. As I'm starting to get back into the swing of suck-day, I'm stumbling upon great shops, and the nicest of shop owners. This week, to suck the suck right out of your Monday, SugarBugSlings has offered up a "Choose Your Hues Ring Sling"- Um, yes please! Can I enter my own contest? What a serious score. I know a bunch of new mommies/ mommies to be, that had better be jumping all over this one. And if you're not expecting a baby, or maybe you never plan on having kids ever, you should enter to win anyways, because wouldn't this make a great shower gift? Here's how you can win...
Monday suck-day 18 rules: there is a lot to the rules this time around...
1) Click over to SugarBugSlings shop (cute name huh?) and browse through all of her fabulous baby carriers.
2) Tell us what solid-color sling you'd want to win (because that's the color you'll win if you win!), and then tell us what kind of prints you'd be interested in seeing in her shop. You need to tell us both in order to qualify for an entry. Its not too terribly complicated, but I know that a sad few will fail to meet this requirement and miss out on an awesome giveaway. <--- I didn't mean to be grouchy just then. Its just Monday morning talking. 3) Make sure you leave us a way to get in contact with you. Either post using your blogger ID, or leave a valid email address.
4) Contest ends on Saturday, March 7th. See? Super simple.
Additional entry opportunities:
-For one additional entry, tell us why your Monday sucks (this Monday, last Monday, a Monday 5 years ago) in 20 words or more. Yep, I make you work for it.
-For two additional entries, blog about this giveaway on your own blog, complete with links and pictures. Come back here, and leave a comment telling us you've done so, with the link to your blog entry.
-For three additional entries, follow my blog :) If you're already a follower, just comment and say "I follow", and you'll be entered as well. If you're not already a follower, scroll down my page, and on the left hand side you'll see a tiny little box that will give you the option to "follow". Click that! And then once you're a follower, leave a comment saying "I follow". Either way, you must let me know that you follow...
So there you have it folks. Thanks for hanging in there on the kind of sucky long list of rules. But now you can enter up to 7 times. And with a prize as good as the one we've got this week, I'd take advantage of that. Happy suck-day! Good luck!!
-If you would like to sponsor a future suck-day giveaway, please email me, or send me a convo at my etsy shop. Thanks!