Today is Wednesday. Wish-List Wednesday. A day I can wish for whatever I want, even though I know that what I wish for probably doesn't exist. Mostly because, in my head the things that I want are really inexpensive. Then I go shopping. See the actual prices of my desired items and I am totally blown away by how expensive they are.
I really want to start being more realistic about these things.
So, today I want to go to the thrift store. We need a new dining room table. I would love love love a hutch to go along with it. There's always craigslist too, so I won't forget about that.
I still want a new plum rug for our kitchen, but the search is still on. I found one at the World Market, but it was too big.
Oh, and I want the dogs next door on both sides to stop barking in the middle of the night...that would be wonderful.
At MOPS today we learned about going green. I thought I was doing my part by recycling and buying "non-toxic" cleaners. I had no idea about the kinds chemicals found in the cleaning products and personal care products that I use everyday. I guess maybe because it isn't required to list all or any ingredients in cleaning products.
I'm all about getting rid of germs, especially with antibacterial soap. Well, guess what. Anything that wants to market itself as antibacterial must contain Triclosan. What's Triclosan? Oh, well it's just a chemical that has been linked to cancer in lab animals and is not recommended for use in the home by the American Medical Association. This link talks more about the harmful effects of triclosan.
Tackle it Tuesday: I am going to make some home-made cleaners and start getting rid of a lot of the toxic chemicals I have accumulated. I found some good recipes here.
I probably sound like a crazy, conspiracy theorist person that believes everything she reads...that's what my dad would say at least.
I'm not sure how it happens, but I think other moms can probably relate. How is it possible for your baby to keep getting cuter? I don't know the science behind it, but Lily gets cuter everyday. I look at her in her playing/sleeping/eating and am just astounded that she has once again gotten more adorable than the day before. It's a mystery.
And, this guy's not too shabby either, even though he's a bit shaggy.
1. I'd like to magically have a clean house.
2. One of my most favorite romantic memories is when I got married in Las Vegas.
3. Last night, I had vegetarian "meat" loaf, potatoes, and mixed veggies for dinner.
4. Sorry for the pissy mood I was in last night.
5. Can we make up now?
6. One of my worst temptations is dessert; Tiramisu is so hard to resist!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to just hanging out, tomorrow my plans include cleaning the house because I probably won't do it today and Sunday, I want to go to the kid's carnival at church!
I have a problem with wanting things. I really do wish I didn't want so many things...but...I do. So, here is another Wish-List Wednesday.
I would love to actually use my time more wisely and teach myself to knit. I can cast on pretty good, but that's about all so far. If I actually picked up the needles and yarn during Lily's nap I might be a little further along.
I would also really love to have my hair colored. It would be nice to be a little blonder.
And Finally, I would really like to go shopping. I really like this dress, so I wish for the ability to actually look good in it:
Laundry is my most dreaded chore. I don't really have a problem separating the clothes and throwing them in the washer. I can even handle folding the clothes and placing them in the basket. When it comes to actually carrying those baskets upstairs and putting the clothes away, I usually fail. Right now, I have two baskets full of clean, folded clothes. One has been upstairs for about 4 days, the other one hasn't made it that far.
I was inspired by Five Minutes for Mom, and decided to do a Tackle it Tuesday post. So, today I am determined to actually put these clothes in their respective homes instead of picking through the laundry basket every time I need something!
Monday already?! The weekend went by super fast, as usual. On Saturday, Lily and I enjoyed a coffee/play-date in the morning. Later, we went to Tyler's Taproom. Lily enjoyed eating some fish, and later we gave her a little taste of lemon...she loved it:
So, maybe LOVE isn't the right word and maybe giving her a lemon wasn't the smartest or nicest thing, but it was pretty cute.
I love Friday's. I guess a lot of people probably feel the same way. Friday Fill-ins is one of the many reasons I love Friday's. That's because it saves me the trouble of finding something interesting to talk about. Anyways, here it is:
1. In 1992, I was 8 years oldand living in Virginia Beach. 2. Babies bring lots of emotions: joy, anxiety, love, laughter and smiles.
3. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
4. Getting a pedicure in a spa is where I'd like to be.
5. The trees and flowers are telling me that they're glad Winter is over.
6. I've been dealing with a crawling baby that doesn't want to sleep and that just keeps going on.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to my brother visiting, tomorrow my plans include hanging out with Josh and Lily and Sunday, I want to do something creative!
This is where I usually write about how much weight I haven't lost. I didn't even weigh myself this morning, but I'm pretty sure it's the same number as last week (if not worse). Of course, I am having one of those weeks where I pretend like I don't care. Hmm, chocolate cake for dessert, oh yea, I don't care, give me a piece and add some ice cream too. I don't care, I don't care, I don't care. That will probably lead to a huge guilt trip by this time next week, but I don't care.
So, I decided today I am going to do a Wish-List Wednesday. Maybe I will wish for the motivation to care again, but I don't really care.
What I really want is this:
Also, I've been wanting a new stroller:
and I do believe I might get one this evening off of craigslist!
Yesterday we went to church. The service was outside and it was hot. Came home and ate some yummy food and hung out for the rest of the day.
The Easter bunny brought Lily four new teeth and the ability to crawl. What a generous rabbit. So, this morning I have been pretty busy. Following Lily around. Making sure she isn't harassing the dog too much. Plus, she is kind of refusing to sleep. It's going to be a long day!
1. All you need is Jesus (and love).
2. Hearing a baby giggle fills me with laughter.
3. Each generation, as it grows up, will rebel against previous generations.
4. Close-mindedness is something I have a hard time dealing with.
5. A trip to the beach is what I need.
6. Give and you get back.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching Sherlock Holmes, tomorrow my plans include coffee in the morning and Sunday, I want to enjoy the Easter celebration at church!
Today is April 1st and I just realized that I hadn't planned a dinner menu for this month. I was just online searching and searching for something yummy to make for dinners during the weeks the month of April.
It's hard to find semi-easy vegetarian recipes, and I'd ideally like to have meals that require fewer than 20 ingredients that I never have on hand. I came across this site after I searched for "minimalist vegetarian."
I was pretty ecstatic because there are tons of recipes that sound delicious and the stuff required to make the meals seem easy enough to acquire. Here are a couple of options I might choose for this month:
I'm Stephanie. I'm a stay at home mom. It's a lot more work then I had anticipated, but I really enjoy it (most days). Josh is my husband and we have been married a little over three years. We currently live in North Carolina but we're both from different parts of Virginia. Our daughter, Lily, is 9 months old and she is teaching us new and interesting things everyday. We have a very patient and wise dog who we call Kirby. We are basically just home-bodies trying to break out of our shells.