Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's a lot easier to change your space than your partner

It's a lot easier to change your space than your partner.
~ The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler

I've been cleaning out closets lately, and this quote from The Secrets of Happy Families reminded me of all the grumbling I did when doing so. Guilty as charged.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Easy Minion Birthday Party

My son loves the minions. He even speaks the minion language. It was no surprise that he wanted a minion party this year.

I'm no good at tutorials, but I thought I'd share a few pictures.

Vanilla cupcakes dipped in yellow sugar. Blue liners and eyeballs from Michaels.

Homemade pinata made with paper mache, and painted. A blue party hat covers his flat head.

My Pin The Eye on the Minion game next to the tiny one my Mom bought at the store. We also had blue and yellow water balloons to play with. Giant eyeball and felt from Michaels.

I made blue and yellow popcorn to snack on. We had a veggie tray for the grown ups. The biggest hit was the bowl of orange cheese curls.

Party on!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dress For Success When The Weather Is Warm

I read a thing the other day that said in order to be taken seriously at work a woman must never wear anything sleeveless, always have her nails polished at least clear, and always wear pantyhoes under a skirt.  I once again felt very thankful for my office's casual dress policy.  I always wear sleeveless (tasteful, not spaghetti straps or anything like that) because I move around outside a lot during the day.  In fact between my walks and commute I often walk ten miles in the course of the day, mostly in the sweltering DC humidity.  I never polish my nails because I bake my own bread.  As for pantyhose, I have one pair which is mostly cut to shreds because I've been using it to tie up my tomato plants.

Still, it's summer, and I may be a techie but I'm still a girl and I want to look and feel cute.  Here's a few things that have been saving me this summer:

Travex dresses from Eddie Bauer -- The fit and feel of these dresses are just right for me.  Plus they are wash and wear.

I keep a Luvali Wide Brim Sun Hat in my office for walks in the sun.  It offers tons of protection, but doesn't mess up my hair too much like a baseball cap would.

Sport Body Wipes and baby powder are the two things I keep in my desk for after a walk.  Some bigger offices offer showers for people who like to exercise during the day, but mine is not that evolved.  I'm not running a marathon here, only walking, so I make do with these two things.

Do you exercise at work?  What do you wear to keep you cool?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

S'Mores Galore!

My husband is such a fastidious lawn mowing man that the last time we went to make s'mores in our fire pit we couldn't find and sticks. So, I had to buy some. That's right, I bought sticks at the store. What would Ma Ingalls say? The one redeeming part of this whole stick fiasco was the yummy s'mores recipes inside the package. I'll share some with you in case you actually manage to harvest your own sticks.

The Frosty S'more

1 Marshmallow
2 Graham Cracker Halves
1 Junior Peppermint Patty

The Hawaiian S'more

1 Marshmallow
2 Graham Cracker Halves
1 Piece of White Chocolate
1 Thin Slice of Pineapple

The Peanut Butter Dream S'more

1 Marshmallow
2 Graham Cracker Halves
1 Peanut Butter Cup

What do you think? Any of these sound good, or are you more of a traditionalist?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Twitterature July 2014

Happy Twitterature everyone! My library holds list is down to 3 books, and I'm looking forward to finding a few or a thousand new ones to get me through summer!

Here's what I've been reading:




The Talisman was a re-read for me. It struck me this time through how much like a YA novel this is. YA fans who have dismissed King as too scary might want to give it a try.



Why did I return The Rosie Project to the library unread three times before I finally gave it a try? This book was wonderful. Can't wait for the sequel.



There's not much I can say about The Steady Running of the Hour without spoiling it, so I'll leave it at this: the vivid story elements more than made up for a very unsatisfying conclusion.



I listened to Longbourn while doing some heavy duty house cleaning. I liked it for that purpose, even if it did seem to be about 1/3 too long.

And two books I listened to in the car "for the kids" that I enjoyed a great deal:



Happy reading everyone!

Visit The Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly reading link up to see what this is all about.  If you want to see all of the books I've read this year check out my Pinterest page.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu & Goals


We're in the dog days of summer now, and we're falling back on a lot more sandwich, leftovers, grab what you can type meals. Plus the power outages. Ugh, the power outages. It happened last week as soon as I plugged in my crock pot. Still, I wouldn't feel right without some sort of plan, so here it is.

Sun -- Grilled trout with lemon and herbs, rice, summer squash
Mon -- Cowboy beans, rice, carrot sticks
Tue -- MYO salad bar with grilled chicken, beans, eggs, tomatoes from the garden, and other toppings
Wed -- Sandwich night
Thu -- Eggs, toast, fruit
Fri -- Pizza & salad

Breakfasts -- yogurt, banana bread, fresh juice

Lunches -- Salad, rice balls, leftovers

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday

Last week's goals:

1) Finish edging and weeding garden.  Pull up bolted lettuce and plant more beans. {I planted beets instead of beans}
2) Work on Christmas presents one night {I'm not good at meeting this goal - see why I have to start so early?}
3) Complete July freezer cooking

This week's goals:

1) Work on Christmas presents one night
2) Finish paperwork for after school care next year {We got a brief break from paperwork, but it's starting again!}
3) Tackle ironing

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fitness Friday

My goal this year is to simply stay in my size 8 jeans through exercise and eating well.  My exercise of choice is walking.  I also love to swim when I have access to a pool (or a lake, or an ocean.)  I love to eat healthy foods, but don't always devote the time I should to preparing them.


So, I'm not usually one to follow fitness or diet fads but after testing it out at a family member's house I started juicing. I love the idea of being able to drink so many fruits and vegetables at once!

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I haven't lost 30 pounds in 3 days or anything dramatic like that, but I am feeling good and I'm down another pound. I'm not sure what I'll do when it's winter and I don't have access to all of my lovely, fresh, organic garden produce, but I guess I won't worry about that now.  My favorite thing to add is a handful of parsley. Yum!