Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Write a Condolence Note


If you're like me and struggle to find words to comfort grieving friends and family, then read this article. It's full of good advice on how to offer sincere and meaningful condolences.

A Cup of Jo's "How to Write a Condolence Note"

My uncle recently passed away and I'm still amazed with the outpouring of support by family friends. I now truly know the smallest, most simple gesture can end up meaning the most.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MISSING: 2 PB Couches and My Patience

Friday started out just right but then came to a halt when I called to check the status of our new couches. (I mean, they should be here by now! I even chose the "quick ship" fabric!) It took 3 phone calls to the barn of pottery for them to realize that they have misplaced them. As in, they don't know where they are. Yes, my two silver taupe Chesterfield couches are at large. POTTERY BARN HAS LOST MY COUCHES. Is Phoebe behind this, or am I just a magnet for mishaps?

Don't you worry though! A representative has my name and she told me that she will call me on Monday with an update. (Update: She never called!) She warned though, that she probably won't know anything because it takes 3-5 days to locate lost items that have a locator but 7-10 days for those items without. The silver lining is that we have one of each, so they're both not totally lost. Just one of them. 

I will say that Pottery Barn's customer service has always impressed me and that's why I keep going back. (Remember the saga of the smelly rug?) I'm sure they'll make this right.

Moving on from the couches, we've been waiting on bathroom light fixtures to be delivered so that we (Justin) can finish painting our bathroom. They were delivered on Friday and when we (Justin) went to hang them, we (Justin) discovered that they are too big by about 1/4 of an inch and will not work. We (Justin) had already taken one fixture down, so it'll continue to be a bit dark in our bathroom until the new ones arrive. Fingers crossed that the new ones fit and do not get misplaced during shipping too.

Knowing that these things usually happen in three's and the fact that we just picked out a new fireplace is making me nervous. Excuse me, I need to go throw 9 lemons in a bowl for good luck.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday 5

Every day of this week felt like Thursday and do you know how disappointing it is to think that and then find out it's only Tuesday? Very. I'm not wishing the days away, but I'm happy for the weekend. Let's get to it. 

I never posted back to school pictures, but here's a quick Back to School Selfie before the kids hopped on the bus last Friday. Vaughn is starting 2nd grade and Vance is starting 5th, sniff, sniff. 

I may have eaten a record amount of avocados and guacamole over the past 2 weeks. Can't. Get. Enough. You know what makes guac better? A giant avocado shaped bowl. Trust me on this one.

I found the cutest ruffle socks on an end-cap and on sale, mind you, at Whole Foods. Like a little reward for making it through the crowded aisles... 

Justin got major bonus points when he brought me sushi home from a dinner that he went to one night this week. The picture is a little unappetizing, but they were soooo good and very much appreciated. It's the little things, really. 

The weather is giving us a taste of fall and I spent all of Vaughn's gymnastics class doodling ideas for Halloween. The kids and I may or may not have already started listening to the Halloween station on Pandora. 

Here's to the weekend! Anyone have big plans? I'll be seeing a man about a fireplace... Cheers!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ideas for Fall Planters

While I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, I am ready to kick my summer flowers to the curb. Look at these leggy, overgrown, half-dead flowers that are standing post at my front door. Not the best way to welcome guests! And I should mention, with this situation in the front and the corn that Vance is growing in the back landscaping, we're well on our way of becoming "those" neighbors. 

I've started looking around and gathering ideas for fall planters and hopefully will have my little situation remedied in a couple of weeks. Here's a few ideas and a link to my Pinterest board in case you need help too. 

Source: The Graceful Gardener
Plant Fall Color
Source: Southern Living
Source: Mahoney's Garden 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekly Dinner Menu: 8/17-8/23

Life is crazy, school is back in session, and I'm back to the balancing act of dinner, homework, and nightly activities. If there was ever a time for a Weekly Menu, it's now. After finishing this menu last night, I felt a little weight lift off my shoulders because it's one less unknown for the week. Hope it helps give you some ideas too.


Monday's enchiladas recipe can be found here. Trying to be more efficient, I froze the leftovers the last time I made them so all I have to do is reheat and make guacamole. Perfect for a busy Monday!

The kids just realized that they like baked potatoes, so that's their request for the week. I'll do russet for them and sweet for me. 

Still looking for a glaze to do for Sunday's salmon. Have a favorite? Please share! 

Enjoy!



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Monday, August 03, 2015

Monday

This morning feels like a legitimate Monday. It's an odd feeling because for the past two months of summer, we've been living as if every day were Friday.  Even worse, I got so off track last week that the days didn't even have a feel. I really had to think hard about what day it was. I'm taking that as a good sign that we've had a great summer. I'm not ready at all for our carefree days to go away, but I guess it's fitting because school starts next week and it's time to get back on a regular schedule. Ugh.

I ordered Vaughn a new backpack and lunch box last night that she loves and I cannot stand. It was hard spending good money on something so...mint green. But she explained to me very rationally, "Mama, sometimes I like different things than you". Tru dat, baby girl. Can't believe she's starting 2nd grade and that Vance will be a 5th grader.

By the end of today we'll have all of our supplies bought and will be up to our ears in bouquets of sharpened pencils. Can't wait!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Make This: 3D Butterfly Picture


Vaughn is still very much into butterflies, so when she wanted to get crafty one day, I knew this was the project. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can't. It was someone else's brilliant idea. Here's the How To in case you need one too. 

Use watercolors to fill pieces of paper with color. We used Prang paints, which tend to be brighter than Crayola, and used heavy watercolor paper, but I don't think that was necessary. I say use what you have on hand! Let the paper dry and use a butterfly punch...to punch butterflies out. 

I did have to buy the butterfly punch. Use your weekly Michael's coupon to get a deal! 


While you're waiting for your paper to dry, paint a canvas and let it dry. 

Give the butterflies a little fold down the center and arrange them.

I stepped in to do the hot glueing. Use just a bit of glue on the fold of the butterfly and press it down onto the canvas. This step took a bit of patience, but it's worth it though!

So fun and ready to hang!

Have a great day!


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