37 - Goodbye clothes

So getting rid of clothes is such a challenge for me.  I don't buy super fancy things 90% of my wardrobe is just plain Jane stuff.  But as I attempted to clean out my clothes I haven't wore in 18 months I found it sooooo hard.  I found that just getting rid of something that doesn't fit, or I don't even like I wanted to hold onto.  I have no idea why exactly but for some reason I found myself questioning getting rid of things.  
It's almost as if I am holding onto this imagine that women must have 1,000 items in their arsenal rather than the 40 or so pieces they really wear?  Do I really need 25 tank tops?  Of that one pink shirt that I can't stand the weird slit at the bottom?  Or those jeans that are like an inch too short?  Or those old bras that don't fit?
No.  But yet as I went threw this task I found myself questioning.  
I previously read about 50% of Marie Kondos - "Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up" book and while I found it over the top, like I am not hugging things or going thru every single thing I own, but I did start saying "does this spark joy?"  "Or do I feel comfortable when I wear it?" And this helped I pared down my original pile of maybe 8 things to be three piles which amounted to three trash bags of stuff to donate.
And just like that my drawers have space, and I feel a little lighter.  Bonus too 37 can be crossed off my list.


Tuesday 10 - This Weeks Loves

1. Babies in Shorts
2. Homemade nachos for dinner

3. Our little garden - this year I planted less tomatoes and more strawberries, kale and zucchini.  I already had some cilantro and pumpkins coming in so I left them.  We also planted marigolds. 

4. The 100 Day Project - I am drawing cartoon faces (ps this is soooo challenging).

5. Face Coasters - I bought these for kathleen for her birthday they were super perfect and so fun!
6. My People - this past week my people brought me a machine to borrow while mine is down, fabric for my hexies, called me when I needed a call, inspired me, met me for a trip to target, brought dinner and just generally showed up.  sometimes it's the little moments.  

7. Getting Outdoors - I think I have mentioned before I am not really a big outdoorsy person I like a park in the city or a short hike at a national park.  This weekend we took the kids out into the woods by Dustin's childhood home.  There was no trail, no real destination and it was still nice.  I found a single mushroom, jones collected a bag of leaves and Thea got upset and couldn't walk thru the weeds.  But I didn't hate it - yay. 

8. Watermelon - this has been a go to treat for us this last week as I bought a big one which is a lot.
9. A good clean sink ( I washed all the pans and bleached the sink).  So fresh so clean.
10. Talking about bible stories with Jones.  I will have to post his story about Jesus and the fruit snacks in another post.


Tuesday 10 - Post Easter

This weeks list, which was actually started like two weeks ago!  Lol.  Some days just completely get away from me.

1. Warmer Days - this weekend was so good 

2. 100 calorie Guacamole - this is one of my favorite snacks, Thea loves this as her main course meal as well (super easy to grab and go to). 

3. Air Dry It - Style Cream super great for the work at home moms. 

4. United State of Indiana - I love supporting local.  I love the softness of their tees.  
5.  Calling my Congressman - I cannot even tell you how many calls I have placed.   

6. Planning Easter baskets and Easter Activities

7.  My New kicks (they are very retro)

8. Mini Trips
9. New Bras 

10. Preparing to plant our Garden. 


13 Months Theaburf

Ahhh girlie! Your are so spunky!  You are very headstrong and will yell and point for things you don't know words for yet.  Everyday you challenge me and reward me.  You are something lady baby.  Here's a little list for this month...
Your are soo curious.
You want and demand to walk sometimes.
You also often demand I pick you up. 
You can say - No, Bad, dog, mommy, Daddy, Baby (which sounds like bobby), Jaa (Jones), hi, there, eat, bye, Nikki, Quack, duck.
You try and jump.
You walk and run.
You climb - everything!
You like to play outside.
You like to play inside.
You wave at people, all people.  You sometimes get annoyed they don't notice you.  
You try and wake Jones up from naps.
You like to make phone calls, fake and real.
You play peek a boo often and hide you eyes and yell eek-a-boo.

You like to sit at the craft table and find craft supplies jones didn't put up.
You loooove avocado and mac and cheese.
You also like to eat eggs, peas, carrots, carrots and chocolate.
You follow Jones around, but like to play independent from him although sometimes with him.
You have been hitting recently so we tell you to give hugs and kisses not hits.  You usually listen.
You adore taking a bath and moving water from container to container.
You help me move clothes from washer to dryer.
You like to climb into the dishwasher.
You sing along with abcs, and the coconut song.
Love you so much!


100 Days Project

You might recall last year I did the 100days project.  My project was saying "Yes". Which seems simple however when you have two tiny people and work full time sometimes yes is harder than it seems I think I got to 94 yeses - you can find them with hashtag 100yeses on instagram.  

This year I want to bring back this project and I haven't quite figured out what this is exactly yet?  
 + Do I incorporate my daily cartoons which I haven't done one since March 8?  
 + Do I do a quilting project? 
 + What about something with the kids?
 + Or art journaling? 
 + Or writing down stories from my kids? 
 So many questions how will I narrow it down??
I am pretty sure I need a project vague enough that I do it but specific enough that I want to finish all 100 days.  
April 4th is coming time to figure it out. 

39 - Take Babies to Parade

I took off St Patrick's day to take the kids to the parade.  It was rainy and chilly so I bundled them up, our green on the bottom as we have no green outerwear. And we picked up Kathleen and met Lynley and Graham. We got there right at the start because of the weather there were less people there.  The rain held off.  Jones was especially excited by the motorcycles, bands and all the candy.  Thea was very memorized as well, she kept clapping and waving.  After a while she wanted to get up and go out into the parade.  

After the parade Jones couldn't quit talking about it.  Still today he keeps asking me when's the next parade, can daddy come to the next parade, and Will the motorcycles be in the parade.  It's so cute, totally worth the cold. 


Tuesday 10 - SPRING!

1. IMQG - like 7 years ago some of my crafty friends and I started this thing called Indy Modern Quilt Guild.   Seriously I love this group.  It's inspiring, it's friendships, it's creative, it's giving, it's everything.
2. Richard Simmons Missing - yep another podcast.  This one I gobbled up so fast.  I look forward to the final episode this week.  Kathleen and I have only discussed it like 10 times in the last few weeks. 
3. fried Rice - this one is entirely made from leftovers and so good
4. Hexies - started a new project this weekend it's like a million hexagons, hand pieced.  This is so not my usual thing but I am totally digging it. 

5.  9 Lives Cat Cafe - when looking for an indoor activity while it was sooo cold outside we discovered the Cat Cafe near us and took our kids. Surprisingly it's so popular you need a reservation so we went to goodwill while we waited but the kids loved it.  It was a good exposure to cats without actually having a cat. 

6. Conversations with Jones - he's such a character he always asks me about my day.  And what I am doing, it's so cute to see him learn. 
7.  Hammy Downs - as a kid I hated never getting new things but recently one of our friends hooked us up with like 150 summer clothes for the kids and this will save us sooo much money as Jones is growing too tall for his 2Ts and Thea has only warmer things, and I am finding it's more and more difficult to get nice things at the thrift store.

8. Thea's wave - she waves like a princess except she twists her hand too.  Too adorable 
9. Almost being finished with my taxes. 
10. Black Leggings (ps I totally think they are pants.)


30 - Ceramics Groupon Used

There's this super cute ceramics studio right near us.  And they offered a Groupon last year and we bought a class for two to go make something.  Kathleen and I took a Saturday and went to make pottery.  It was fun we are planning to go back maybe once a month and throw on the wheel and glaze our pots as well.  The price without the Groupon was super reasonable, the Groupon just made it more reasonable.   


Tuesday 10 - Bringing it Back

Bringing back my Tuesday 10, because I want to make more of a continual effort to blog.  So with that here goes...
1. Meal Prep - in the last week several we have eaten meals I froze a few weeks back when I made two of the same meal and froze it.  This is so amazing. Dinner was cooked eaten and served by 6:30 last night and cleanup was so easy. If you have ideas for more of this please share. 

2. Pod Save America - this is one of my favorite podcasts.  

3. Panda Toms - I might need to buy some for the whole family.  
4. Kix Cereal - this is my preferred breakfast these days.

5. Toddlers Puddle Jumping - so good

6. How to Be Amazing - yup another Podcast I used to find Michael Ian Black annoying but I rather like this podcast.  I especially liked Tim Gunn and Lin Manual Miranda.  I also plan to ask people the five questions in social settings.  

7. Big Bows - seriously I think this is why I needed a daughter so I could buy up all the giant bows to put on her.
8. One Second Everyday App - seriously this is my favorite ongoing project I love this app.

9.  IMQG Kids - I love these ladies and their babies.  So neat to see them growing up.   

10. Mini Vans - for my birthday last year we got a mini van and I am total convert.  Even though with two kids we could totally have a sedan I love the ease of my van.  And the latest one has heated seat, a fancy DVD, and built in GPS.  


17 - Randy's Quilt

Sometime last year I cut all my fabric scraps smaller than a fat quarter into either charm squares or strips.  Varying sizes. Anything that didn't make the cut I put into a bag and gave it away.  It was soooo liberating it freed up a bunch of space in my drawers and it also created a stash of fabrics I could easily put into projects.  The first project that I used these scraps for was Randy's baby quilt.  Randy is the son of my friend Jackie from Boston (who now resides in NY).  He's a super cutie (see photo). 
Anyhow for this quilt I just grabbed strips at random from the bin and sewed them into the top.  Sort of jelly roll-esque it went super fast.  The top was pieced with some kiddish scraps from my quilty friends and some other stash stuff.  I quilted it with wavy freehanded lines.  Binding and done.  I always love these super scrappy quilts.