Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring Break is OVER

My little break is officially over. I had a minor health issue that thankfully seems to be all cleared up now! I know some of you are dying to know the nitty gritty but I'll spare you the details and just say I had a very large ovarian cyst removed and now I'm feeling awesome. So, back to the fun. 

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter. We shared ours with some of our dearest friends. It was wonderful. I bought this adorable vintage yellow dress on Etsy and Calder wore a vintage romper I found at the thrift store. I love it a lot and honestly, so does he.
I'm still going strong on the nothing new challenge. I recently used a gift card to buy printer paper and an Easter gift for Calder. Printer paper was a bit of a gray area but since I had the card I thought it would be a good thing to use it on.

Clothing has been a bit of a challenge lately. I have the opportunity to go to some great dinners and special occasions and I'm struggling with what to wear. In the past I would use these opportunities to buy something new but obviously that won't work. I am going to try to make a cute dress for my sister's wedding in June but I have some more business attire functions coming up soon that have me stumped. I think I can use things I have but they don't seems special enough because they've been sitting in my closet. I guess consumerism still has a hold on me.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Little Break

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to have to take a little blogging break for a week or two. I have some personal stuff going on and need to focus on that for a bit, but I'll be back soon! I still have so much stuff I want to show you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Baby Gifts & A Bike

This is my latest thrift store steal and I'm so in love. I paid $39 for it and it works wonderfully. When I got it there was dust all over it and the tires were flat. Thankfully I didn't have to replace the tires and it cleaned up well. Now I just need an iBert so Calder and I can go for bike rides. I found one on craigslist but someone beat me to it by 30 minutes or so. Those things go fast. 

 I get in moods to make baby gifts and I like to have them somewhat stockpiled anyway. So this is what I've been doing lately. Here are a few items I've added to the pile. Obviously ironing them is not a huge priority right now since I'm not actually giving the yet.
 The above two are onesies. I have to say I love them. I may do a boat one for Calder since it's just so darn cute.
 And some burp rags. I was telling some friends lately that I'm sort of over the whole burp rag thing but I think it's because I've been making them for so long. They are still useful items and of course it is better to have cute ones than not.
My month of giving is not going very well. I have a lot of things I'm working on but it's not as easy as I thought to execute something every day. Some of these projects take longer than one day, you know? So I'm going to switch it up to a big project per week and then be on the constant lookout for ways I can give spontaneously.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Maxi Dress Fabric

Remember my maxi dress? Well, Amber, one of the girls that did Me Made March with me bought the same fabric and made an adorable skirt. Check this out.

My dress:
Her skirt:
Isn't that adorable? You can read more about Amber's skirt here

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April Giving - Missionaries

We had a marvelous day! My husband got to stay home today, which may not be a big deal to most of you but it was for us. We started our morning with french toast, using homemade bread and topped it with strawberries, bananas and syrup. It was amazing! 

Then we went for a bike ride. I got the most adorable bike at the thrift store the other day for $39.00! It is a blue beach cruiser from 1984. I love, love it. I'll show you pictures soon. Calder rode his balance bike and Jason walked along side him.

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon watching General Conference for our church. I love General Conference. It is a time for us to hear from the church leaders. We get this opportunity ever six months and they are my favorite Sundays of the year.
I took this picture last year when we lived in Columbus and had other missionaries over for dinner. Then ones we had over for dinner tonight were just as happy!
For my act of service today we had the missionaries from our church over for dinner. I love having the missionaries to dinner and it doesn't really feel like service at all. They are always so nice and happy. It's just fun to have them at our house and Calder LOVES it. 

I'm working on a few projects that I'm so excited to tell you about! Stay tuned...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April - A Month Of Giving

A few weeks ago, as Calder and I were riding in the car we saw a homeless man on the side of the road. This certainly isn't a rare occurance for us, but for some reason I felt like I should share with him. I had made us some sandwiches (using homemade bread and jam, no less) and offered him one. He was thrilled! He ate it quickly and thanked me profusely. 

I have been thinking about this exchange ever since and now make it a point to stock my bag with granola bars and other snacks to give should we run across someone in need. 

As you may have guessed I like having a monthly focus. In January I started Nothing New 2011, in February I did the Spending Fast, in March I did Me Made March and in April I'm doing a Month of Giving. 

Every day I want to give purposefully. It may not be giving food or items every day. It could be giving of my knowledge, my talents or my time. I'm hoping I can involve Calder a lot in this and show him how good it feels to give.

Want to join me?


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