Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kindle Give-A-Way

Check out to win a free Kindle II.


Happy Hanukkah!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mama's Holiday Wishlist

TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

What 5 items are top on your holiday wish list this year?

  • A clean house, clean car, and a clean desk all at the same time (a girl can dream right???)
  • E-reader
  • New floors
  • My husband to get his job back
  • A new fancy Mac desktop with all the bells and whistles and lots and lots of storage!

What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?

  • Clothes from my aunts

What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?

  • Would love to paint paintings for every one in my family.

What was the best holiday gift you received as a child?

  • Cricket

What items are top on your kids wish list this year?

  • Train Table
  • Wii
  • Doll

What is your favorite holiday food?

  • I love latkes!

What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?

  • Paintings

What is your favorite holiday movie?

  • Hebrew Hammer

Favorite holiday song?

  • Rock of Ages

Favorite holiday pastime?

  • Lighting the menorah
To enter to win all these cool prizes below simply answer the questions in this meme, make sure to post links back to and Provo Craft (use this link: ) and tag your friends!


Monday, December 7, 2009

I have to remind myself of this everyday...


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

40 years of Sesame Street


Monday, November 9, 2009

Bear Bean Bag

Isn't this the coolest thing ever from Etsy.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Will someone please show me how to knit, so I can make this!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lonny Magazine

Lonny Magazine
is a brand new webzine brainchild from creators Michelle and Patrick Cline. In the tradition of Domino it is a well thought out publication full of beautiful homes, design inspiration, and well written articles.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Worplace Confessionals

It is hard to be employed these days. People are scared. Markets are unstable and people are worried about losing their jobs.

I think employers should institute a workplace confessional where managers act as the priests and listen to the concerns of their workers. It would alleviate a lot of the tension and allow people to vent, which in turn would make them more productive.


Equal Measure

I need this in my life. From NeatORama


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Case for God

I would recommend listening to the interview with Karen Armstrong on NPR's Fresh Air. It is such an intelligent refreshing view on religion. Something I haven't heard in a long while.

I am going to head over to Amazon and buy the book.


Jewish Mother's Haiku

Is one Nobel Prize
Too much to ask of a child
After all I've done


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wizard of Oz- 70 years

Can you believe that it has been 70 years since the release of The Wizard of Oz?

I was at Barnes and Noble this week and saw this cute music box

and cute door stop. I just might find a use for this...


Family Ties

Hannah made her own bucket decorated with American Girl pictures and hearts.

Hannah's bossy stance

Hand sanitizer much?

Let's go climb a tree

Happiness is the delight in a child's eyes

I have this week off and am enjoying the company of my family. I almost forgot what it was like to wake up and not be in a hurry to be somewhere.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Four Types of Healthcare in America

I was listening to NPR's Fresh Air with guest journalist T.R. Reid who wrote the book The Healing of America.

He traveled the world to study the different kind of health care available. He found 4 different kinds of health care implementation. He found all four different kinds in the US:

If you are a Native American or a Veteran- you receive the British system of health care. You never receive a bill and the government picks up the tab.

If you are an employed person sharing your insurance premium with your employer- you receive the German system of health care.

If you are a senior and receive Medicare to see your private doctor- you receive the Canadian system of health care.

If you can't get coverage or can't afford it- you receive the 3rd world country system of health care.

Another interesting fact... America spends 18-20% of health care premiums on administrative costs. France spends 4%. Germany spends 5%.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Word Art

I stumbled upon this cute little site that will take a RSS feed or any other text sample and create an instant piece of word art.

Take a look at my little masterpiece...


Swine Flu Blues

Found that a niece has Swine Flu. Apparently it is raging through their school. She is going to be fine. I just wonder if this is a taste of what flu season is going to be like...

Regardless, tis the season for washing hands...


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I have been a fan of Barbara Kingsolver ever since I read the Poisonwood Bible. After I finished reading that book (one of my favorites) I went in search of her other works. I was surprised to find a wide array of books that were very different from each other. I often read multiple works by one author. She is the first one who seems to take on a distinctly different voice for each book.

This sort of reminds me of myself. I have such diverse interests that continually evolve. If I wrote a book today and one five years from now, I am not sure they would recognize each other.

That is why I am so excited to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Maybe I will get motivated to plant even more in my garden...


Monday, August 10, 2009

Amy Adams

I took the kiddies to see Night at the Museum 2 this weekend. We went to the Smithsonian earlier this year, so I thought they would get a kick out of seeing all of the places they visited on the big screen. I was prepared to kick back and try and not take a nap and that is what I did for the most part. But I must say, Amy Adams, the actress who plays Amelia Earhart was just darling. She is quite beautiful and I loved her hair and makeup. I was pleased to learn that she also plays Julie in the new film Julie and Julia based on Julie Powell's blog which also features Meryl Streep. I am reading the book now and plan on taking a girls night out for the movie.

Don't you love the hair cut above? I am going to print this out and make my hair stylist do that for me!

She really is beautiful!

Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart above

Amy Adams as Julie above


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Peach Cobbler

This weekend was full of peaches and little girls. Local peaches from the farmer's market and little Hannah to help me make a peach cobbler. She did such a good job! And we got to eat the reward!

We got the recipe from Pioneer Woman's new recipe site Tasty Kitchen.


Friday, August 7, 2009

I just had a "Are you freaking kidding me?" moment

Are you freaking kidding me?


Accomplishments to Come

I am typing my to do list for this weekend. School is about to start and I want to get a lot done. I want to paint, re-arrange, do a 100 loads of laundry (slight exaggeration), cook, mop, vacuum, hang curtains, garden, cut grass, work on freelance. As I was writing TO-DO, I changed it to Accomplishments to come. It sounds much better, does it not?

It makes me want to do everything at once.
Please step aside while I conquer this list. Thank you...

I also have quite the honey-do list.
Shh, don't tell...


Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Great find at the thrift store. The Masterpiece game-an Art Auction game. Apparently it was all the rage in the 70's. It still has all of the pieces and is in mint condition. It even came with these great postcards of famous paintings. Can't wait to play it. It is the inspiration for the game night I am hosting this weekend. Want to come?


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

F8 Moment

I am turning into a big Nurse Jackie fan. The writing is great and Edie Falco does a superb job. I was watching the latest episode and there was a scene that made me howl with laughter. Edie is teaching a temp nurse how to do something on the computer and she tells him to push F8. The nurse first pushed the letter F and then the number 8.

I deal with a lot of people who check their technical skills at the door when they come to work everyday. I know have a new name for those episodes--A F8 moment.


Bargain Hunter-Warrior Princess

I have a problem. I will be the first to admit it. I love a bargain. I love thrift stores. I love 75% off sales. Maybe it paying less for something OR maybe it's the thrill of the hunt. Either way, I can't go long without a fix.

So, we were at Lowe's tonight buying supplies for ripping out the carpet when I spotted the oops shelf in the paint section. I have been wrestling with paint colors for sometime...

I ended up buying 2 gallons of paint for less than $20. I got a great deal and the colors are fantastic.

Fresh Linen and a great red. I will post pictures as the drama unfolds.


Stashing scissors

I have been noticing that Hannah's bangs look uneven and little twigs of hair seem to multiply all over her head. I finally found her STASH of scissors. When I asked her about it, she started looking indignant and pouty and said: "but mom, you don't understand." All this from a 3 year old.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Today we acquired a new member of the family. His name is Moses. He is a cute little beagle.

I found him today at the office. He was milling around the parking lot and almost went on the interstate. When I found out that they were going to call Animal control, I decided to take him home. The kids are in love.

Of course, if we find out that someone is looking for him we will have to return him... But until then we are happy to keep an eye on him.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Etsy Goodness

I was searching for local merchants on Etsy and found this wonderful shop: GeoBubStudios.

From their shop profile:

Everything here is handmade by us, Deb and George. Our glazes are also all our own formulations. We use only the highest quality porcelain clay, imported from England. Porcelain is the hardest and most durable of all clays after it's been fired, while at the same time it has a delicate, fine-grained appearance. All of our porcelain pieces are completely safe for food and will go in the dishwasher and microwave.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Living for the weekend

Lately, I have felt that I am literally, living for the weekend. Meaning I postpone anything of personal importance till the weekend. This has got to stop. I must reclaim my Monday-Friday.

I thought of a few things that might help me in my goal...

1. Reclaim my lunch hour. No more spending my lunch hour in front of my computer, working...
2. Make more lists. Lists are my own personal compass. They help me get things done. Nothing feels better than crossing something off a list...
3. Making dinner. Take out are two words that need to eliminated from my vocabulary.
4. Exercise. I am going to commit to waking every morning and doing Yoga. It makes me feel so much better. Why do I skip this?


Sunday, July 12, 2009


My husband and I were watching the new Sci Fi show, Warehouse 13 and he explained the whole genre of SteamPunk. I love this stuff. It evokes feelings of Victorian drawing rooms and Hellboy.

So, I took to the intraweb to see what I could find... Take a look at these great Steampunk gadgets posted by Toxel.

Apparently, there are tons of other cool things you can make like A Victorian RV:

The RV used to be a school bus. Check it out at Steampunk Workshop


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Food Inc.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Robert Kenner
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorJason Jones in Iran


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lap Harp

We made a trip to the Asheville Farmer's Market and Oliver found this wonderful lap harp. I think I might have to buy him one.



Hannah climbing the rocks

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls

We had a wonderful time camping even if we were asked to leave. Well, maybe I should rephrase that... the 2 teenagers we foolishly invited to join us, were asked to leave. It seems they helped themselves to the contents of the lost and found. Hmm. maybe I should have thought more about what inviting children that aren't biologically ours would mean. Next time, I promise myself, I will adhere to the 2 moves ahead rule--life is like a chess game... Each time we go camping we learn a few things that make the next trip easier.

Some things we learned from this camping trip:

Don't bring teenagers
Bring fire wood
Bring metal grate for fire
Easier snacks...
Bring floaties
More bug spray
More folding chairs

We went tubing, which was great fun. Who knew there was a great place no too far from our house. We plan to buy our own tubes and go more often. Oliver loved it.

We are deciding whether or not we are going to the beach this weekend. I still haven't decided. I think it might turn out to be a last minute decision...


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In the Weeds

me in a helicopter

I used to have a boss who would say "I'm in the weeds" when she was crazy busy. In case you wanted to know, I AM IN THE WEEDS.

I just got back from a motorcycle rally in Austin, TX for work. It was great, but the internet connection at the hotel wasn't working and the cell phone reception was horrible.

What did we do before the web?

This week I am preparing for a dealer meeting and trying not to lose my mind.

Our family vacation is scheduled for the week after next and I haven't even thought about it.

Life is moving so fast.

I did a couple of cool things in Austin that made me think that I need to take the time to have more fun. I rode in a helicopter and I rode a motorcycle. It was so invigorating.

view from the back of a motorcycle


Thursday, May 28, 2009

I need this...

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It tends to travel downhill...

The entire family is now sick (including me). Strep and sinus infections are the malady of the hour... But, I am on the strongest antibiotics money can buy (and they are pretty expensive...) so I hope to be feeling better soon.

In other news, I have agreed to let my 16 year old nephew move in with us. He is having some major problems at home and it looks like there aren't many options left... I hope we can have a positive influence on his life. And if I don't pull all of my hair out or go completely gray in the process it will be a miracle.

We are going to the coast this weekend to pick him up and I am hoping we have a little beach time while we are there. Hopefully, everyone will start feeling better and we can enjoy the trip.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekend Plans

The family is sick hence the lack of posts this week. Hopefully everyone will start feeling better soon.

I have a feeling that it is going to leave my weekend to taking care of them and trying not to get sick myself.

I plan on working in the garden and hopefully doing a little hiking on Saturday.

We have a birthday party and brainstorming session planned for Sunday.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Hickory Nut Falls

"Other things may change, but we start and end with family"
-Anthony Brandt

Today was such a special day.
It started with me waking up before everyone else and watching "The Secret Life of Bees" Not as good as the book, but a guilty pleasure none the less.

Then the the kids and I took a little day trip and hiked to Hickory Nut Falls.

Here are some things we saw along the way...

A little lady bug

Snakes in the grass

The waterfall was absolutely beautiful. It is over 400 feet high. While we were there, a woman told me that a young toddler fell off the top of the waterfall and died last year. What a tragedy. It didn't help that my toddler (ok she is a little bit bigger than a toddler) was running around with no concept of sharp rocks...

The best thing about Mother's Day is being a mother.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

I need this...

I majored in English and I love Garrison Keillor and I NEED this shirt!


A little crush revealed...

I am hesitant to share this, but I have a little crush on a fellow by the name of Ira. Ira Glass, that is. There is something about his honeycomb voice. Or maybe it is thick, black glasses. I don't know what it is exactly, but everytime I hear his voice it makes my married, professional with 2 beautiful children heart skip a beat.

I have been ultra busy at work and not feeling the classic rock that is blaring from the cube just down from mine and my Pandora just seems to play the same songs over and over again. I decided to change the soundtrack of my work day. I started by listening to the audio book Walden. Then I stumbled upon the free podcast of This American Life.

Do yourself a favor and download this now!!!