Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We have walls!

Saturday morning before the framing crew arrived...

Saturday afternoon around 3...

the first step is a big step, and it took A LOT of work to get here. We {mainly I, } didn't  realize how much crap we had down here. A lot of stuff that needed to be thrown away, and organized, and stored. When we moved in 5 years ago, it was a dumping ground, and as we had the kids and acquired more toys, etc. they inevitably ended up down here. 

so now while the basement looks organized and ready to be finished, I am unable to park my car in the garage. Still more work to be done, but making progress!

Monday, August 11, 2014


So you may or may not be familiar with Stitch Fix. It is a styling service that you subscribe to and they send you clothes to your house. You try on the items in the privacy of your own home, can see what they work with in your own closet and keep what you like. They include a pre-paid bag to send any items back that you don't want. Love it all? they will give you 25% off your entire purchase.

It costs $20 per month for someone to put together the looks for you, and then that goes toward any purchase you make that month. You can choose to have the shipments as frequently as every 2-3 weeks, once a month, once every other month, or once every 3 months. 

I kept this Moni Stud blouse, it was very flattering. 

While I really liked everything they sent me, the other items didn't fit perfectly, and I still had a hard time sending them back. I was able to log back on to the Stitch Fix website and describe what I liked about each item, what didn't work, and if I was sending it back or not. That will allow my stylist to use the feedback in the future fixes. I am already looking forward to my next fix in September!

Try it out with me, and let me know what you think!
Here is a referral code to get you started, click this below:

 {I will get a credit on my account if you sign up with my referral, FYI}

Friday, August 8, 2014

Buzz Cut

I had to do it in short bursts, so he had a bit of Hulk Hogan hair going on. 

Future Halloween costume...Hulk Hogan

Looking Fresh!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

National Balloon Classic

We took the kids to a local event last night, called the National Balloon Classic, south of Des Moines. I had never been, and always wanted to go. It's a week long celebration of hot air balloons with special events.

We all had a great time, and it was perfect to take the kids to. Avery sat and watched as the balloons filled up, launched, and flew overhead, and Gavin got to run around and make new friends.

The contest last night was for the balloons to fly over a target and drop in a weighted stuffed polar bear to 4 baby pools. 80 balloons flew overhead that night. There were some really interesting shapes and patterns.

We ended up going as kind of a last minute idea, and we could not have asked for better weather, or better behaved kids. We have been having so much fun this summer with them, and the mild weather has allowed us to spend a lot of time outdoors. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I saw a review for the Outlander book series last summer and put it on my wish list of books to read {currently sitting at around 200 or so!}. Someone described it to me that if you open the book anywhere and read 3 pages, you won't be able to put it down.I decided to give it a shot and started reading over the 4th of July weekend.

I try to get more people to read the 'Outlander' series. If they don't seem interested, it it pains me to know that they are missing out on the greatest love story ever told. "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.

I haven't been able to put it down. There are currently 8 novels in the series, and I just finished the 3rd. I have the 4th downloaded, but have not started it yet. I am staying up late, and reading at lunch. My kindle is never far from me now. I just can't stop reading them. They are so, so good. 

Another pinner said: Diana Gabaldon's, Outlander Series Locations ~ Jamie and Claire Fraiser ~ Loved the books may have to see the sites! I absolutely love this series!

Well, most anything with Anglo-Saxon, history, intrigue, and royalty will pull me in. I see that Starz is producing a dramatic series about it, so now I have to see how much adding Starz to our cable package is gonna set me back. 

Highly Recommend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Our main man Gavin needs a proper hair cut. He has some flowing locks. We had trimmed up the back to get rid of his baby mullet, but never addressed the length anywhere else. It's time.

I am also considering cutting my hair again. I do this every summer. It's hot, and I hate how long it takes me to do my hair so I like it in the mornings. Obviously I should be getting up earlier to account for this. I should also be getting up earlier to work out. That's not happening either.

I liked how my hair was here...and how fast it was to do.

But then I remember how much I hated it when I was growing it out. then I think, it's only hair, and it will grow out. Then I think that fall is coming, and I like having long hair in the fall and winter. {mind you, today is July 23rd}. Clearly I am cray cray.