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Work With What You Have

homeFrom an early age, I have loved houses.  I feel every house has a possibility.  I do get sort of frustrated with the HDTV shows where they take a house, tear out fireplaces, knock down walls, and completely change the floor plans.  I, myself, like to look at a house, work with for the most part what it has, update it, and make decorating changes to make it functional and beautiful.  Not everyone has the money to practically tear up the whole house and begin from scratch.  It is a lovely idea, but not probable or practical.  Continue reading

Family Commune

When asked what my dream house would be, there is 1 thing that comes to mind…  It would be to have a family commune.  I envision it similar to how we used to go camping.  Each family unit has their own private area, but there is also a common area where we would gather for meals and general activity. Continue reading

My House is Me

“My house is me and I am
it. My house is where I like
to be and it looks like all my
dreams.”  –Mr. Plumbean

my house is meI taught First Grade…forever. One of the favorite ways to kick off the school year was with a week of color experiences. On “orange day” I would always read “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Pinkwater. In it, Mr. Plumbean has a house and yard that don’t blend in on his “neat street”. Day by day, neighbors come to his house and leave to create their own dream house. Following the reading, we would talk about all the things we would include in the house of OUR dreams. 6-year-olds included lots of slides, pools, TVs, and game rooms. 

This activity always made me a bit nervous. Continue reading

Matching Not Required

matching not required

This is me at 4 years old. Yeah, I can still sleep pretty much anywhere, anytime…

It seems that lately, I am so tired at the end of the day that I often get into bed–clothes on.  I have a new day job that is really intense. when I get home, I shower, do my hair, put on a pinch of makeup, and go take care of dinner. So when I say that I get in bed fully clothed, that means socks and a bra also.

But life has not always been so crazy. Continue reading

My Favorite PJs (or Lack Thereof)

I was recently talking with friends at work. We were discussing buying Christmas gifts for their kiddos. They said the latest trend is to buy 4 gifts for each child: #1 something they need, #2 something they want, #3 something to read, and #4 something to wear. Continue reading

I Love My Stripper

When I was little a new pair of pajamas was a wonderful treat.  We usually got a pair for every Christmas and were always looked for in anticipation.  The ones I am referring to are the soft, cuddly, fresh PJs.  I never wanted to have them washed because then they would not be so soft and the cuddliness would go away.  So, trying to keep them out of the wash was the key. Continue reading

Don’t Scare the Kids

I can’t say that I have ever had a favorite pair of PJs.  Throughout the years, I’ve worn nightgowns, silk shirts/shorts, “nighties”, sweats, and gone naked.  Each one has been comfortable at the time that I wore (or didn’t wear) it. Continue reading

No BS Weight Loss

I’ve always had a poor body image about myself.  From feelings of being too thin to feelings of being overweight, I have never been happy about how my body looked. Continue reading

Red Tray Diet

I have been a yoyo dieter. Throughout my life, my weight has gone up and down and up and down. Not dramatically really. Most people probably would say that I’ve weighed about the same throughout my life. As an adult, my high and low weights have differed by about 35 pounds or so.

But I know when I feel good. I know when my clothes fit and when I feel good in my skin. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve never struggled with body image or dieting. Continue reading

Stringbean No More

When I was a kid, I was a string bean. I could eat anything and never gained a pound.  The only “diet” I practiced at this time was drinking malts before I went to bed to try to gain a few pounds. Continue reading