Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No more tangles, No more tears

No more "Mom's got a hairbrush" fears.

Back to school, along with baby on its way, has me happily crossing things off of to-do lists.

Diapers bought, crib ready, onesies cleaned and ready to go, hospital bag packed.

School clothes bought, new shoes ready, lunch bag cleaned and ready to go, backpack packed...

...and hair cut!

Along with the release of Tangled, my daughter's desire to have really long hair developed. And so her hair was allowed to grow...and it grew and grew. But oh, what an ordeal! When the hairbrush came out, daddy started to cringe, because the tears! The yelps! The drama! Finally, we sat down with her and said "Listen...". A scroll through Pinterest resulted in some haircuts that she was warming up to, and yesterday, away we went. 

Before:


Aaaaaand, after:


This is one relieved mom, because she was wonderful through the haircut and she really likes the results! Now, her biggest giggle and thrill is the fact that "No one will recognize me at school, mom!!" 


She also was thrilled to wake up this morning, run a brush through her hair, and not have any pain!!! I, too, will absolutely appreciate the lack of tears and all that hair brushing entailed. Especially as there are few things to check off my "baby's coming" to-do list before the little one makes an appearance. They'll provide lots of their own tears, so if I can eliminate others.... ;) 

Oh, this girl. Love 'er!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY Hairband Holder

Hadassah: Mom, can we do a craft together?

Me: Sure. (wondering what we can come up with today)

Hadassah: What should we do, mom?

Me: Hmm, I don't know. Do you have any ideas? (said cautiously, with a slight cringe, because I know what's coming...) 

Hadassah: Can we build a castle for Gus out of the cardboard boxes in the recycling bin? It can wrap around his bed and we can make those sticky out things on the top with the stuff on it! (I'm assuming she's talking about turrets with flags?) And we can paint it and make it really pretty! 

Me: Uhhhh, no. Remember the last cardboard house we made? It was played in for an hour and then sat and sat and sat for a few weeks. Let's scale down a bit. Something smaller. Something useful? 

Hadassah: Ok. Let's seeeeeeeee...

At this point, I remember that we added a couple of hairbands to Hadassah's collection when we went back-to-school shopping. I also remembered that the previous hairbands never had a very good home. And then I remembered that there was a pin on Pinterest which I thought would work nicely. Plus, it could double as craft time with Hadassah. Here we go...

Crazily enough, five minutes later, I was faithfully producing the hairband holder and Hadassah was creating an airplane for the baby.   ???   Not sure when my craft became too boring...but at any rate, both of us ended up happy. :) She created a gift for her new sibling and I could check something off of my mental to-do-someday list. Want to take a look?


Some burlap ribbon, regular ribbon, a chalkboard sign and a whole lot of hot glue later...


...and her hairbands had a home.


So now they're all ready to wear come the new school year - which is fast approaching! And maybe next time Hadassah won't find my crafting choice so boring! ha!

(For those who are interested, the due date countdown is on! 10 days!)

Linking to: Fabulously Creative Fridays @ Jennifer Rizzo's & iHeart Organizing's Monthly Organizing Challenge

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Listen to This!

There was a mountain waiting for me in the basement this morning. A mountain, I tell ya! Of clean, delicious smelling articles of clothing with one thing in common: Wrinkles. 

I used to have this great habit of listening to something I'd classify as "edifying" while I ironed. During our early married life, ironing and dishes (minus a dishwasher) were two slots of time where I tried to multi-task with radio programs or sermons, since they are completely mindless chores. Perhaps it was the addition of a toddler to our household where that habit slipped (being asked a zillion questions while ironing made it much less of a mindless task!), but slip it did. Somewhere along the line, Revive Our Hearts was replaced with the Keith & Kristen Getty station on Pandora, or another favorite, 100 Instrumental Hymns. 

So this morning as I set up the ironing board and gazed at the pile before me, Hadassah settled into playing with Playmobil. Quietly. And it occurred to me that I could get back into a good habit! Plus, it didn't hurt for Hadassah to hear it in the background of her play, either. Out came my phone, straight to the podcasts and Revive Our Hearts. As I scrolled through the past few days to find out when a series started, I was so excited to discover that they are in the process of re-playing her Joshua series. This was a long series I listened to years ago and learned a lot from. I remember telling Tim that it was such a blessing to learn from her in depth study on Joshua as a character. And now? I get to hear it all over again. So excited about this, folks!! 

Just in case you have a pile of ironing and no toddler to pre-occupy your mind, perhaps you'd like to listen too. This link should take you to the first one of the series on August 1st. Have a listen! I hope you'll find it as edifying as I did way back then, and hope to again this time around. 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Watch This!

As the days go by, I am getting more and more eager to meet this squirmy little babe. Although I'm a little worried...the baby has its most active times at my bedtime. Will this continue outside the womb?? We shall see...

Today I want to point you in the direction of Dr. Murray's blog again - he often posts a lists of great reads and here is a recent one: Check Out. Also often included are video clips to make one think, or make one smile, or make one come to the end of the clip with a "Wow, I love that!" In this particular post was this video...which, as a graphic designer, I really enjoyed! So I thought I'd share it with you. 


And now, there's a linen closet calling my name. I've been so very tired the last few days, but I have this little burst of energy at the moment that I'd better take advantage of. Towels? Sheets? Get ready...

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Office: Organized

Do you recall the "A Peek at My Office" post from a month or so ago?  I left you knowing that IKEA pulled through with a fantastic delivery that I was all excited about. Since then the inevitable assembly has taken place, a couple of small storage purchases were made and the fun part happened! Everything found a home and things were made lovely along the way. 

Most of the good stuff happened on my side of the plumbing pipe & 2x10 plank desk Tim and I built for this space, and in the closet. Let's start with the closet. Remember how thrown together and shoved in it looked in there? And that was after I cleared out half of it!


This closet held all gift supplies, our filing system, my collection of paper (both pretty and functional) (it added up to a fair bit!), random electronic boxes - empty, party decorating supplies, some craft supplies, blank CD's and a whole bunch of other odds and ends. It was packed! 

My first solution was to buy a second Helmer drawer unit from IKEA. We already have one for Hadassah on her side of the desk and it holds her mountains of craft supplies - construction paper, stickers, stamps, markers, crayons, etc. So handy! When I was thinking of the best way to organize my paper - everything from computer paper, to cardstock in various colors, to scrapbook paper, I realized that a matching unit on my side would be perfect! Plus the top two drawers allow me to stash a lot of office paraphernalia. (stapler, paper cutter, ruler, push pins, etc.) Did I mention it's a matching unit? That balances out the desk? My heart sings. 


This freed up some space in the closet previously used for paper stacks. (plus, it's metal! I can tuck away my to-do list - another thing off my desk space! yes!) Note also the new rug. Also IKEA. Also loving it. 

Next up was installing the Mulig shelf in the closet and the items I chose from the Bygel series - 3 rails, some hooks and a couple of baskets. First up, the shelf and all of the space it allowed me to stack boxes, containers and fun stuff.


There's even a spot left on the bottom shelf! Amazing! My rolling cart, a previous IKEA purchase and a favorite yet, finds its home in front of the closet door now. It rolls along easily enough that getting in the closet is not a big deal - plus it frees up space beside my desk. Having a chair that spins around helps - everything in the cart is a 180 twirl away. 

And then the rail system. So, so much more efficient use of that door space!! Thanks for the idea, Brooklyn Limestone. It also helped that I drastically scaled down my gift wrap supplies. 


With my stuff all put away and organized, my next goal was to somehow de-clutter without de-cozying. I don't mind having my pick of nice stuff around me in my office. However, the way things were was starting to get to me. I had to tone it down, finish it off...streamline perhaps? Clearing off my desk was a great start, and removing the rolling cart from my direct working space helped already. But the walls. They needed some tweaking! Here's a reminder of what it looked like before:


After removing a lot and moving things around, adding the rug and curtains for a "warm layer", it now looks like this:


Oh, there's still some clutter with the shelf area. But in my world, re-doing the cork board and having the clipboards line up nicely, on top of minimum junk on my desk, helps things along toward what I was looking for. And I'm loving the result so far! (my desk remains cleared off...it's great!





Although this little goal of mine took a bit longer than I anticipated (doesn't everything?!), I do so love working in here again. And it's pretty neat to glance up and see some of my own prints on display! I enjoy the fact that I can switch them out, quickly, whenever I want. Clipboards are handy that way!

There is a reason I'm not showing you the other side today! Ha! While I've organized the bookshelves a bit better, my daughter has been feeling continually crafty lately. Plus, while I've been organizing my side, she's decided she should "organize" her side. Not my kind of organizing, however. Her kind. It's cute and sweet and it's been great having her around for the process...but it leaves me waiting a bit to take "it's finished!" pictures. :)

And there you have it! What I've been up to in here. Where I sit and work. Where I sit and play. Where Hadassah and I often hang out. My very own little office. I'm so thankful for it! 


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