I am a Shark Tank addict. I love watching that show on Friday nights and seeing all the incredible new inventions and ideas, and I also love when some people have terrible ideas because then the sharks can give said person a reality check. I have a secret life goal to be on that show some day. Don’t you all just feel like you have a million dollar idea rolling around in your head and all you have to do is pull it out of your brain and you’ll magically be filthy rich? Well, we can dream right?
Anyways. I was watching a few weeks ago and Grace and Lace Co was on the show with her husband. She has a simple etsy shop where she sells leg warmers and really adorable long stockings with lace on top. Since tall boots are all the rage at the moment- these are very popular since they stick out above the boot. She has 57,364 sales as of this moment and she sells most of her products for $25-$40. Holy Moses.
After watching this show I headed downstairs, cut up a sweater and made myself and Sophi some leg warmers in about 5 minutes.
Okay people, what is our million dollar idea going to be???
We painted the wall of Hudson’s room teal and then painted the trees in white and it all looked wonderful. BUT I thought the rest of the room kinda felt left out, so I painted the white wall with a teal tree. I got halfway done with the tree and then got nervous. Where should the next branch go and why do my leaves look to demented? I decided to wait for my skilled little sis to come up for Halloween so we could finish it together. Or, I kept the kids from sticking their hands in the paint can while she finished up =)
Here is how it turned out. Don’t you think it ties the room together?
Last Sunday I was reaching my wits end and needed some time away from, well, everything.
So after church the kids headed for their naps and I headed for Hibbing- the closest place with stores and options. I pulled into the goodwill parking lot only to find that it was closed on Sundays…dang. So I headed to the next best things- Caribou and JoAnn Fabrics.
As I am sipping my fancy beverage and walking the aisles looking at beautiful fabricI think to myself- ah… this is nice.
I finally got to use some gift cards from last Christmas on the drink and some super soft material for kiddo Christmas presents. And the best part- I got a break. I got to walk leisurely around a store and focus on the things I came there for and I got to drink MY WHOLE COFFEE!!! You have NO idea how many coffee cups I have poured and never finished because someone needed to be wiped or someone needed me to un-dreadlock their hair.
Since I was on a use up some gift card kick- I walked across the “mall” to JC Pennys and walked right to the $2.97 rack. I was quite pleasantly surprised when I found 4 shirts that I wanted. Go me.
Then I meandered back to the kid section and found some gems for $0.97!
I bought 4 pairs of shorts, 2 kid outfits and 4 shirts for myself and spent $17.
Win, win. I got some alone time AND got some great deals.
After my outing I headed home and was ready to be a good mom again =) it’s amazing what a few hours of quiet can do
As I look out the window and see a thin speckled layer of snow blanketing the earth, it is nice to look back through my pictures and recall our wonderful summer.
I can almost feel the warmth of the sun and hear the laughter through these photos.
Thank you summer, I love you and will miss you. Until we meet again…
Yeah, I have been blog slacking.
When it comes down to getting my laundry done, going to bed sorta early or playing Uno with the kids I have chose the former instead of blogging. My apologies to you poor people who check in every day only to see the same lame picture of bread for the past two weeks. Sorry! =)
Back to the exciting egg news-
WE HAVE EGGS!!!! The three older chickens are heading out of their molting time (evidently hens don’t lay when they are molting- this is a learning experience) and the young seven are mature enough to start producing. As the snow started to fly, Jared and the girls headed out to check on the chickens.
It is a pretty incredible feeling to head out to your yard and then return a few minutes later with a handful of eggs for your breakfast. Jared and I only got a few bites since the girlies were demanding more and more deliciousness. Hopefully soon we will have too many eggs to handle. What a wonderful problem to have!
The two eggs on the bottom of the picture are from our young hens and the big one on top is from an older hen.
Thanks for breakfast!
There is no smell in the world quite like the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven.
And now that most people have traded their popsicles and fruit salads for pumpkin and hot beveragaes I thought I would give all you wonderful people a super easy recipe for homemade bread. And the best part is it doesn’t require a bread machine or kneeding.
I want to get better at making bread, fancy bread with sunflower seeds and cranberries in it or even rye bread. Some day I will be a bread superstar. But until then I will make this bread and my family will think I am awesome because they don’t know any better =)
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
1. Mix: In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Stir in water. Don’t fret over the shaggy. sticky dough.
2. Rest: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at room temperature for at least 12 hours, preferably 18. Dough is ready when dotted with bubbles.
3. Deflate: Lightly flour a wrok surface and scoop dough onto it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rest 15 minutes.
4. Shape: Dust dough lightly with flour; gently and quickly shape into a ball. Coat a cotton towel with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal. Put dough seam side down on a towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another towel and let rise for 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will have doubled and will not readily spring back when poked.
5. Bake: At least half an hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 4- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in the oven as it heats. Carefully slide pot out of oven. Pull off top towel. Slip hand under bottom towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up. Cover pot with lid and bake 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake another 10 minutes, until beautifully browned. Cool on rack (yeah right- I don’t have the patience for that! I am diving right in!).
Here is a pictures of Hudson’s bedroom before the trees:
I am so glad my mom was in town to help me with painting his room. His room looked fine the way it was- with the teal wall and then the deer head picture. But I was thinking about painting a few trees on the wall but this seemed a bit daunting to me.
My mom was the one who told me to use chalk to draw the outline of the trees- otherwise I don’t think I could have done it. It was reassuring to know that if I didn’t like the shape of the tree I could just wipe the chalk away and make the branch go another direction.
I wish I got a picture of my mom and I painting this together because it was definitely a team effort. Thanks mom!
His room is so happy and I love sitting in his room, staring at the picture and trees while nursing him to sleep.
He is already four and a half months, can you believe it? I can’t, not at all.
Loving this little boy and loving his new room. His crib now sits underneath the picture and he can lay and look at this beauty of a wall when we wakes up.
My sister has skills. I am talking out of this world, holy crap, mad skills.
She came up to meet Hudson a while ago and while she was here I put her to work because she can make things I couldn’t even dream of making. And she will do it in a few hours without breaking a sweat or thinking twice about it.
I wanted Hudson’s room to be boyish but not in the sense of sports or just dark blue and random. I saw a few pictures on pinterest and showed Caroline what I was thinking. She got right to work after giving Hudson some smooches to him chubby cheeks.
She used a huge picture that we bought in Ely for $5 at the Goodwill. It had some super lame landscape scene on it. (wish I had gotten a picture of it but trust me- it was lame).
She painted strips over the landscape scene and when that dried she drew the outline of a deer head with chalk. She used chalk so if she needed to move the line a little this way or that it was easy to fix instead of redoing the entire picture.
She even made the frame match the colors of his room and look very worn and vintage. (I didn’t even know you could do that!)
I will show you Hudson’s finished room in a few days, until then- this is the focal point of the room and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. Thanks Aunt Lina!
ps if you need some Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary etc cakes done or pictures painted for you head over here. She’s got skills and she knows how to use them =)
makingmondays, please e-mail me your address so I can get this book out to you
As you can see I waited until the last minute (welcome to my life) for the winner to be chosen. Precious Aleah picked this one out of a hat after she was already in bed. I don’t think she minded a little extra awake time.
Thanks Emily for the book giveaway and thanks for the comments and love.
We have a book giveaway for y’all.
Here is the book you can win-
We all have times where we have a couple hours to kill with our kids before lunch, nap time, dinner, sporting event or whatever. This book would be a wonderful resource for those in between times since they are relatively easy and very kid friendly projects.
Take paint and water it down a bit, put a blob on your paper and then blow through a straw to splatter the paint into weird shapes.
We added google eyes and then added wings and smiles and feet using markers.
I know Aleah and Sophi loved making these monsters. And I was just glad we could do this outside =)
They are now all over our kitchen protecting our food and cups and plates. The kids think it is pretty hilarious and love saying, “Look out behind you! There is a big monster!!!”
This book giveaway is brought to you by Emily who has a blog over here and is also a Usborne Book consultant. Comment away for your chance to win. I will let you know who the winner is on Thursday and the comments will count until then. Good luck!