Sunday, November 10, 2013

Darby Smart

I just ordered from the cutest company! It is called Darby Smart. It is this awesome concept where you order a crafting kit and it comes with everything you need to complete the project. It is perfect for those of us who want to do something with our hands but the idea of going to the craft store is overwhelming. Or for when you want to experiment with a new craft but don't want to buy the full size of everything you need. The projects are totally on trend. I wanted almost all of them! They are so sweet and you still have creative leeway on how you want it to look.

This cute little ring dish is the kit I ordered. It hasn't actually arrived yet, but I'll tell you all about it when it does.

I'm not getting any sort of kick back from them. I just thought it was a really cute concept and the projects are amazing and wanted to share. I'm really hoping it is awesome and then I may place a few orders for Christmas presents. My sister would love a little kit.

You can use the code "howdydarby" to get $10 off your order! That would make some of these adorable kits just $9 and I believe if you sign in to their website you get free shipping for a year. It's really a great deal.

Have any of you had any experience with Darby Smart?

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring 2013 Outfit

Spring 2013 OutfitAlthough I'm not spending any money this month I am planning my next outfit purchase. Last year I started buying one outfit per quarter. I love this system of purchasing. It can be hard not to buy t-shirts from Target or other cheap purchases but I've found over the last year my closet is full of beautiful clothes that I love to wear. I don't have a ton of clothes but all of them are things that make me feel great.

This quarter I need a new pair of jeans. I have two pairs, one boot cut and the other more of a wide leg. I need something skinny or strait. I want to dip my toe into designer denim. I have had a pair of Sevens before and I currently have a pair of Rock & Republic which I love. I don't necessarily want to pay full price so I will probably go to Nordstrom Rack or a cool consignment shop in Bethesda called Mustard Seed. Also, my favorite pair of shoes are worn out. They are a cute pair of yellow Miz Mooz. These will replace the old ones quite nicely. I need some cardigans and some gingham. I love gingham. I'm glad it's becoming more popular. So I think this is what my spring outfit looks like. What do you think?



Monogram
anthropologie.com



Miz Mooz shoes
zappos.com



Ray Ban ray ban
glasses.com

London 2013

We had the opportunity to jump over to London for a week last month and it was fabulous. It is a beautiful city and a great place to visit with kids.

 The people are so friendly and helpful. Many people helped us carry the stroller up and down the Underground terminals.
 Which are beautiful, by the way.








Aaah, a beautiful city indeed.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Life Lately

  • Calder loves preschool. I always knew he would. It just took him a month (or two) to warm up to it.  Now he is sad on days when he doesn't have school. He has made some really amazing friends. They innocently run around pretneding to be squirrels and skunks. They dig holes and explore nature. I love it. He loves it. 
  • We moved. Like 5 months ago. We are renting this adorable house. I absolutely love it. I'll show you pictures. I promise. Right now I'm enjoying decorating the porch. It is going to be our outdoor eating and lounging place. Stay tuned for that. 
  • Jason is really enjoying work. Through a stroke of luck for me instead of being gone for a month he had a month off. We went to London. It was awesome. 
  • Colette is so close to walking. I love that too. It is interesting to see how two kids from the same parents can be so different. Colette loves to practice. She has bruises on her legs from all her stair climbing but she is determined to go up and down all by herself.  Thankfully she hasn't ever fallen. Calder at this stage didn't want to try anything unless he was sure he could do it. He would think about a skill for a while before trying it. He was often successful at it because he practiced it so much in his mind. He still does that. 
  • Colette is a tease and loves to laugh and have a good time. 
  • I've started sewing again. I don't know why it takes me so long to get back into the groove after having a kid. It seems to be so overwhelming for the first year or so. Now Colette is pretty content to play alone for a few minutes here and there throughout the day. And she sleeps better at night, so I can start projects without worrying if they will wake her up.

Spending Fast Week 3

As has been true to form the third week of the spending fast is kicking my trash. We are running out of snacks and cereal left and right. I LOVE having a bowl of cereal in the evening, but that has stopped this week. I have been doing more baking than usual this week, which is helping the snack load. We have muffins, cookies and granola bars around. 

I love that the spending fast forces me to become more creative in so many ways. I also love that it stops me from running here and there. I go to the store once a week. Just one store and that's it. This isn't a sustainable lifestyle for our family but it does enforce some very solid habits. We will buy things again in May but not nearly as many as before. I love that it forces me to analyze each thing on my list and decide if it is necessary and if it can be substituted by something else. 

Also, it's not all about food. I am loving my extra time this month. We are pulling weeds in the yard (really, I pull the weeds and the kids eat popsicles, it's adorable) and playing together at home. I really love being at home with my kids. They seem happier too.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spending Fast 2013

All right guys! It is time for the annual spending fast! So for the month of April I will not be spending money. I know it's a little late in the year but due to some travel I have delayed it this year.  That's great news though. You can all join in. Here's how it works.

You avoid buying anything other than the necessities and you limit those. So you can pay rent and utilities. And you can buy gas and food. But I limit my food budget. This year because Calder has been eating a lot more and Colette has been eating solid food I am going to set a weekly food budget of $60.

That's it. So simple right?!? I have learned a lot in the past few years I've been doing this challenge. Check out those posts here and here. I honestly love spending fast month. Not because it's easy but because it stretches me in ways I didn't imagine I could stretch. You should totally stretch with me.

Misery loves company right?! Just kidding. This will be fun.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quick Valentine's Day Craft

Good morning!!

If you need an inexpensive and quick project to brighten up this love holiday, this is it!! The finished product can be a coaster, window or wall decor, added to a pin for a wearable valentine, slapped on a headband, clip or bobby pin, or used on the table to add color and holiday spirit.

You'll need:
-paper heart doilies
-felt
-pinking shears
-hot glue and gun



1. Use a paper doilie as a guide to cut out a felt heart.

2. Use this to cut out the desired number of hearts.
3. Glue hearts to paper doilies, being careful not to burn yourself since the doilies are porous!
4. Use as desired!!


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