October 31, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to slow down.  I felt like I did this one well - part by choice and part by force.  Between some different sicknesses we've been taking things pretty slow around here.  The boys and I have spent a LOT of time playing games.  That's something everyone can do whether they are sick or not.  Thanks to many tips from you, we have a lot of games the boys love.  Busytown, Zingo, and Uno are the current favorites.  

Next week's challenge is to recognize your blessings.  I plan on keeping a little notepad next to my bed to jot ideas down at the end of the day.  

This challenge comes from this quote I love.

“Ask yourself, 'How did God bless me today?' If you do that long enough and with faith, you will find yourself remembering blessings. And sometimes, you will have gifts brought to your mind which you failed to notice during the day, but which you will then know were a touch of God’s hand in your life.” –Henry B. Eyring

Life has been pushing and stretching me a bit lately, so this is a challenge I really need.

So did any of you try to slow down?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for being here.

October 30, 2012

Halloween and Kid Crafting

This post is a little random, but I thought I'd show you a few little things we've been up to.  I'm not a big "holiday decor" person.  I don't like spending lots of money and time on things I'm only going to have up a couple of weeks.  Call me cheap or Scrooge, but that's how I roll.  (I make some exceptions for Christmas, of course.)

So, we don't have any incredible Halloween decor, but we did some pumpkins.  The boys wanted to paint them this year.  Rex wanted his to look like Ironman so I drew a Sharpie sketch on it and let him paint it.

Baden wanted Hulk, so I let him paint it all green and then we used sticky felt and a Sharpie to do the rest.

My sweet mother-in-law made rice crispy treats (well I guess they are fruity pebble treats) with the boys and I thought she did something pretty cool.  Isn't that fun?

October 29, 2012

Loki Costume

So after the two month debate, Rex finally settled on Loki for Halloween.  He and I agreed that it would be fun if he and Baden were Loki and Thor, since they are brothers.  So, Baden will sport THIS Thor costume from last year and here is Rex in all his villain glory.

Are you scared?  Not yet?  Just think of the creepy movie line, "You were meant to be ruled!"

While I won't be doing a full tutorial, I'll give you a run through of what we did.  

October 28, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - health, the bagster, teamwork, and slumber parties

This week was a little crazy around here.  We thought Rex had chicken pox for a couple of days, but then the doctor confirmed that it wasn't.  Whew!  I had heard that people occasionally get them even thought they've had the vaccine and they spread just like they do.  After finding out what was wrong it was a relief and he got to go back to school.  He insisted on wearing these glasses grandma gave him at the doctor's office.  

We finally had our Bagster picked up after filling it to the brim with the torn out bathroom.  It was pretty cool to watch.

The boys watched the whole process very seriously.  They were impressed, to say the least.

October 27, 2012

Soapbox Saturday - Real Strength

I've been thinking a lot about strength during the last year of my life.  I've come to some conclusions that I wanted to write down - if nothing else for my own benefit.  Sometimes when we think of strength, our mind goes here.

We think of armor.  We think of having no weakness.  We think of unyielding will.  We think of independence.  We think of being undefeated.

But, the older I get the more I realize that none of that is true strength in my opinion.  I believe that true strength doesn't mean having no weakness.  I think it means recognizing your weaknesses and being able to admit them.  It means putting them out there and then mustering the courage to overcome them.  I think strength isn't dressed in hard armor, but rather flexibility and love.  I think that at times when we try to protect ourselves from pain we actually blind ourselves, much like wearing the helmet above.

I think that true strength isn't independence, but rather having the guts to ask for help without fear of looking weak.  If we were meant to do it all on our own, perhaps God would have sent us each to our own separate earths.  He didn't.  He knew we would need one another.

And when I lay this all out....I realize that I'm not really as strong as I might have thought when I was younger.  I still have a long way to go, but I do see where I want to go.

The imagery of my new kind of strength is a bit different.  She wears no armor.  She has flaws, but she knows them and can even freely admit them to others - encouraging others along the way.  She has battled her own stubbornness and given her will to God.  She asks for help.  She loves easily and gives freely - with no worry of being taken advantage of.  She has been defeated many times, but she rises.  Some might see her as vulnerable, but she knows joy to the core.  She allows herself to feel deeply.  She is grateful.  She is strong.

That's the kind of strong I want to be.

Thanks for reading.

October 26, 2012

Behind the Curtains - me and my momma

Well, curtain week has finally come to an end.  Today we have a few more ideas to show and then we're calling it done.  Hopefully it's given you a lot of ideas to work with.  My mom's back with a tutorial for the pole loop curtains that hang like this and then I'll show you a lot of curtains in my family's homes.

Pole Loop Curtains

Making curtains that don't use curtain rings are a bit more work but less expensive because you don’t need to purchase the rings. (Note: these curtains are best if you have blinds or shears on the window because they look great pleated but do not close as easily as a curtain with rings.) 

October 25, 2012

Behinds the Curtains - my mom

Today I have a very special guest.  She has probably sewn more curtains than anyone I know.  She has sewn a lot of the curtains in my home, my sisters' homes, and all of them in her homes over the years.  It's my mom.  She has sweet skills and I think she's the speediest seamstress in the west. She's going to cover come basics today and show you how to mix it up with some fun variations as well.

Welcome Mom!

Hi! I am here to help you know that it is fun and easy to give your home class, personality and make it a little quieter at the same time with great curtains.

1) Easy Sewn Curtains 101

Let’s start with a simple panel that will be hung on curtain rings. You know, the rings with the clip at the bottom. It will be your choice if you want to line the curtains or not. Don’t let it scare you. That will be a much easier step than you can imagine, especially if you use cheap twin flat sheets. 

October 24, 2012

Behind the Curtains - Red Door Home

Wake Up Wednesday will be on hold this week, but will continue as normal next week.  Today we have another special guest for curtain week.  When I decided to do curtain week I did a lot of hunting to find blogs that had already posted about curtains.  Well, let's just say I hit the jackpot with this blog.  She creates and restores gorgeous things and her work has been published like crazy in magazines.  On her blog you'll find wonderful projects like THIS...

and THIS.

It's Stacy from Red Door Home.  Welcome!

Hi I am Momma Hear Me Roar Readers! I am thrilled and excited to be participating in Cheri’s Behind the Curtain Series.  Cheri has put together a fabulous group of bloggers who, over the course of this week, will be showcasing some of their favorite curtains in their homes as well as sharing the tutorials on how to make them. It is sure to be fun and inspirational!

October 23, 2012

Behind the Curtains - House of Hepworths

Today is the second day of curtain week!  Today's guest has a fabulous blog full of gorgeous tutorials like THIS....

...and THIS.

She's also got some great curtain ideas.  Let's see who's behind the curtain today.

It's Allison from House of Hepworths!  Welcome!


 Holla! It's me, Allison from the blog House of Hepworths, where I blog about turning my cookie-cutter house into my very own custom home, one thrifty DIY project at a time. One of my favorite projects I've made are my Orange Aviary Curtains in my dining room.

October 22, 2012

Behind the Curtains - East Coast Creative

Today is the first day of curtains week and we have a great line up.  Today's guests are two ladies who write one of my very favorite DIY/home decor blogs.  They are super talented and they team up to show you projects like THIS...

and THIS.

Shall we see who's behind the curtains today?

It's East Coast Creative.  Welcome Jess and Monica!

Hey there! We're Jess and Monica, from East Coast Creative. We're crazy about all things DIY and design, but we have a dirty, little secret. You ready for it? We don't sew. Shhhhh, please don't tell. We know, we've heard it all before...how can we consider ourselves DIYers if we don't sew? Well, here's the thing: we are experts at creating awesome items for our homes by working around the whole sewing thing. (And by the way, we actually can sew a little, tiny bit..we just choose not to!) So, we were really excited about Cheri's curtain series because we get to share our non-sewing talent! Let us show you what we mean with our three fabulous solutions for no-sew curtains.

October 21, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - tape, lists, and tea

I spent a good portion of this week under the weather.  Motherhood is always a lot harder when you're not feeling well.  The other day when I was having a hard time Rex decided to make his own roads on the wood like we did for Mommy school a while ago.  (Don't worry.  It didn't damage the floor.)

Every once in a while he finds himself a project and goes for it.  Well, it couldn't have come at a better time.  He taped roads all over the kitchen for well over an hour and Baden followed him around just watching.  It makes me so happy to see him enjoy a project (because I can relate) and I love those moments when the boys get along so well together.  He even made Baden his own little track.

Rex has also started making lists.  He's asking how to spell everything and taking a real interest in writing.  Don't you think he nailed all the important items for our grocery list?

Now that it's autumn it's the perfect time to whip out herbal tea.  Rex would only join me if I said it wasn't a tea party.  He's not a fan of anything "girly."  It's kind of fun being the only girl he likes because that won't last too long :)

I'm excited about curtain week and about finishing Rex's costume.  Baden will be using Rex's Thor costume from last year, so he's set.  I can't wait to see them all dressed up together.

What are you looking forward to?

Thanks for reading.

October 19, 2012

Feature Friday - Leather Collar

Somewhere along the line of perusing pinterest I saw a leather collar and thought it was really cute.  My original inspiration can be found HERE.  I figured it would be an easy, fun project and I still had some leather leftover from a couple of years ago.  I love a peter pan collar.  Here's how mine turned out.

I started with a decent sized piece of leather because I wanted my collar to be one piece.

I cut a hole from paper to see determine the size hole I wanted for my neck.  Then I traced it onto the backside of the leather.

October 17, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to share a coupon.  This challenge didn't go exactly as I planned, but I twisted it a bit.  My mom told me about a phone app - "Retail Me Not."  It loads coupons onto your phone for tons of different stores.  So, when we hit Chili's on a girls' night out we pulled up a coupon for a free dessert.  Bam.  So, I'm sharing that info with you instead of sharing an actual coupon.

If you don't have a smartphone and you're looking for deals, I also like Deal News.  They list great deals occuring all over the internet and they tell you how much you're saving.  For example, they might say "Trampoline from Sear for [price] which is $35 less than we've ever seen this trampoline."  It's kind of nice that they do the homework for you.  It's also a great way to buy gifts ahead of time.  You can search by category as well.

I wasn't paid to mention Deal News or the Retail Me Not app, I just like them and thought you might too.

This week's challenge is to slow down.

Do you find yourself in a rush more often than you'd like?  Maybe it's not even because you're late, but because you're trying so hard to get as much done as humanly possible?  I do.  And I'm afraid that sometimes I miss out on things when I'm hurrying.  I heard a talk last weekend that I loved.  The speaker talked about not letting "busy" be a badge we wear and that we're proud of.  Busy doesn't equal important.

This challenge is a hard one to measure.  I might have to write the word slow on my hand to remind myself throughout the week.  I'm going to try to notice more and worry less.

So, did anyone share a coupon?  Feel free to share your experience.  A few of you shared some awesome experiences you had in last week's comments.  They were great.  Thanks for sharing and being here.

October 16, 2012

Make It Yourself Magazine

Yesterday was a rough one, so instead of a tutorial today I'm going to share something I got a little excited about this week.  My Upcycled T-shirt Dress was featured in Make It Yourself Magazine - a brand new publication by Better Homes and Gardens.  I've never been in a magazine before, so I was kind of happy.

Here's what the cover looks like.  The magazine has a lot of cool projects in it.

They show the dress right on the contents page...

...and then in the article.

October 15, 2012

The Bathroom Renovation - part 1 (plans)

So as you know, our bathroom is in the works.  Well. "in the works" really looks like this:

Let me give you a quick update.  One day we noticed some water damage on the wall next to the shower.  We knew there was a leak and figured we'd have to take out the bottom tile and drain pan in the shower and fix out.  No biggie.  We had to do that at our last house.

We thought we'd take the chance to put in new doors since these were looking bad and they were the only thing in the bathroom that wasn't updated.  (Warning: This documentary involves a lot of nasty nighttime cell phone pics.)

When we started taking out the lower tiles we realized the past owner had tiled over existing tile in the bathroom.  Really?  We knew that wasn't going to work and that we were going to have to remove ALL the tile.  Ugh.

October 14, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - red shoes, power tools, and ponies

I have always had a thing for red shoes.  I think I might have subconsciously passed it onto my boys.  We were out the other day and it made me smile when I noticed all of our shoes.

The bathroom explosion renovation has been in the works this week a lot.  We're still in the tearing out phase, but I'm so excited for the rebuilding phase.  We've been lucky to have help from my parents.  My dad rented an air hammer to get the cement out of the bottom of the shower, revealing even more leaking.  We've stripped everything down to the studs, removed the tub as well, and my husband started taking out the floor tiles today.

I am thankful for help....and people who know a lot more about these things than I do.

And last but not least, Baden got to ride a pony this week.  He's been begging to ride one for over a year.  He was thrilled.  He wears his little fedora backwards when we go out.  He insists that's how it's supposed to go and he's too stubborn to convince otherwise.  It kind of reminds me of Blossom when he wears it like this.  Anyone remember that show?

It's been a good week.  The autumn weather has hit and I just can't get enough of it.  

What were you grateful for this week?

Thanks for reading.

October 11, 2012

Adding Patches for Style

One of my favorite ways to embellish clothing for my boys is to add a patch.  It's crazy easy and really cute.  

Remember these name patches from a couple of years ago?  (Yeah, that coat went from Rex to Baden and it's already small on Baden now.)

I picked up some Superman patches way back when I was in New York (at MJ Trimmings) and then I scored a simple jacket at Target for 50% off.  

October 10, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to do something you've put off too long.  I had a couple of higher-priced items that didn't sell at our rummage sale this summer.  They've been sitting in our garage with the intent to list them in the classifieds.  So, I finally got my booty in gear and posted all of them.  Hopefully they will sell quickly and I can have less in my garage and more in my pocket :)

This week's challenge comes from an awesome reader - Carrie.  She suggested sharing a coupon.  Who doesn't love a good coupon?  It might mean passing one onto a stranger in the store if you aren't going to use it or it might mean mailing one to a friend.  One of my sisters used to send lots of coupons to all of us in the mail.  It's a little thing, but it's great to have a discount and even better to know someone was thinking of you.

So that's the challenge.  Share a coupon.

So, did anyone get to do something they've put off for a while?  Feel free to share your experience.  Thanks for reading.

October 09, 2012

All By Myself Tee - part 2

Due to the great response on the original "All By Myself Tee," I thought I'd show you a different version that's just as easy for kids to make.  My kids are getting a little older and more than having me make something for them, their greatest thrill is when I let them make something for themselves.  This one even Baden (age 3) was able  to do.

We got some blank tees and I got out some painter's tape.  I taped diagonal lines on both shirts as shown.  I even extended the tape a little so that the actual was taped to the table.  That way it wouldn't shift on them if they got a little aggressive with the paintbrush :)

Then I got out a plate of fabric paint for each boy.  I picked colors they liked, but also ones that I thought would work well on the shirt they had.  Then I let them go for it.  

October 08, 2012

Halloween Costumes over the years

So it's time to plan the Halloween costumes for this year.  The problem is, they keep changing their minds. I thought it would be fun to share our costumes through the years and then tell you what we're planning this year.

Here's Rex when he was one.  My mom sewed him this Elvis costume and we bedazzled it.  We sprayed his hair black and drew in side burns with eye liner.  This still might be my favorite.

The next year we did fries and a hot dog.  I bought both costumes.  The french fries were from Pottery Barn, but I found them way cheaper on eBay.  The hotdog was an old one from Old Navy.

The next year Rex was dying over the Wolverine costume at Target, so I had to give in.  It had claws and I couldn't compete with that.  Baden wore a hand-me-down skunk costume because the gnome one I bought was way too small to squeeze him into.

October 07, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - hikes and big words from little mouths

One of our favorites things to do as a family is to take a little hike.  I love seeing my three men in their jogging suits.

The boys love to feed the ducks.

And we like to pack a very random snack for the rest of us.  This time we brought fudge.


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