Monday, February 28, 2011

Martha Monday {intro}

I don't know much about Martha Stewart. I don't think I'd like her very much as a person. She seems super anal. but I do LOVE her stuff. I mean the perfect circle cutter? how can you live without one? & she's got great ideas.


I have an amazon account, where I keep a wish list, mostly of books, to make it easier on the hubs to "get it right" ;) one of the things on my wish list was Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook. She's got EVERYTHING in there. from how to make your own cleaning solutions to a spring cleaning list, weekly cleaning list. how to live with pets. how to clean virtually anything off of anything. she's insane. 
I received this book with a few others for my bday last year. {I also got an ipod touch, perfume, & some other stuff... but enough making you jealous of my hubs}. There are some things in there that I would have NEVER thought to do. so.... I've decided to start "Martha Mondays"! or at least this Monday. what do you think? lame idea?


anyway, as usual, my commentary will be in fuchsia. today I'll share with you something that I still haven't done. but know I need to. Martha said I need to.



How to Care for Your Mattress
Do

  • Turn your mattress over four times a year, top to toe and side to side, to distribute the wear evenly. Keep track by attaching two tags to the mattress with safety pins. Mark "January" (right side up) and "April" (upside down) on one end, and "October" (right side up) and "July" (upside down) on the other. When the appropriate month rolls around, turn and flip the mattress so that the appropriate month's name is right side up at the foot of the bed.{We have a pillow top so I know i"m supposed to rotate it, not flip it. I do it. maybe once a year.}
  • Vacuum mattresses and box springs every three months (when you flip your mattress) using the upholstery attachment and, if possible, haul both outside for a day of fresh air. {vacuum my mattress?!! I'm supposed to VACUUM my mattress?!! I guess it makes sense. now I'm grossed out thinking of all the skin & stuff that's in it... yuck! definitely need to go do that. now.}
  • Strip your bed whenever you go on vacation to air it out.
Don't
  • Don't sit on the edge of a mattress; doing so causes the sides to slope. {but where else am I going to sit?! I don't have room to fit a sectional in my bedroom for alternative seating like you do Martha.}
  • Don't let children jump on the bed. Not only do they risk serious injury, but also the impact on the mattress can pop buttons, tear the stitching, and damage the filling. {uh... sure, sure! NO problem!}

How to Care for Pillows
  • Fluff pillows daily when you make your bed.{I don't even make my bed every day. who has time to fluff pillows?}
  • Guard against stains by encasing pillows in machine-washable, zippered pillow protectors; launder protectors once a month. Be sure to place the zipper end of the cover inside the pillowcase first so it's not near your face. {wish I woulda known this before our drooling selves turned all our pillows yellow... eewww.. I know I know, but don't act like you don't do it too!}
  • Don't toss extra pillows on the floor when you go to bed. Place them on a sofa or bench to keep them clean. {yeah, I don't do this either... throw them on the floor or hug 'em}
  • Whether made of natural fibers (such as down) or synthetic materials (often polyester), most pillows can be washed in the machine. They should be cleaned every three to six months {???!!??!} to remove mold, bacteria, and odors. Read the care label for instructions.Pillows that can't be laundered (such as those made of wool, silk, and some down pillows manufactured before machine-washable ones became common) should be gently spot cleaned with a mild dishwashing liquid (be careful not to saturate the filling) and aired in the sunshine two or three times a year. {ha ha, I think that might be how often I do laundry. OK I'm exaggerating, but seriously... who does this?}

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Spring-Cleaning for the Bed


I believe I'll add a housekeeper to my "wish list". oh wait. that's my job. right on. thanks for making me feel so good about my abilities Martha! xoxo

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

this week...

here's my schedule for the week.

mOnday:

  • pajama/sewing day {I made 10 cowls (+ a couple for me) & a few headbands} 
  • also the day I clean up our "weekend mess". 

tueSday:

  • grocery shopping
  • going over lesson plan for Wednesday's class
  • making sure toilets are clean for my guests tomorrow & that the house isn't too messy
  • setting up for class

weDnesDay:

  • "Crocheting with Emma: week 1" - I'm super excited about this!! I have 10 people signed up. it is from 11 to 1 so it'll take most of my day. specially because I know there'll be someone who takes a little longer to get going than the others.

thUrsday:

  • doctor's appointment for BOTH kids (ugh... NOT looking forward to this one!)

fRiday:

  • blog! 
so.... see you Friday! I'll be sure to post pics from Wednesdays class! it should be tons of fun!

Friday, February 18, 2011

taxes (ugh...) & guest blogging

Tax Help
Today is our tax appointment. most people I know look forward to tax time. they actually call it "tax return" time. they plan on making big purchases or planing a vacation.  spring break. not us. I HATE taxes. not taxes, just working on them. I feel like this little hamster going through all our receipts, bank statements, etc. We have to itemize, then pay in. hopefully these kids will be good for a deduction. 

Anyway. Today I'll be over at Created making a big announcement. check it out! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cool

"his name is Cool, & he's beautiful." - Douglas






happy family right?! well, afterward Mathew & I got into a huge snowball fight. mathew put snow down the back of my pants while I was bending over. then he knocked me down and dragged me on my back so that the snow would pile into my pants. I didn't do anything to deserve it! nothing I didn't throw snow balls in his face. I didn't knock his sun glasses down and lose them in the snow. I didn't knock him down & rub snow in his face. none of that ;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

bliss

Back Massage NYC
I LOVE MASSAGES! (& that's probably an understatement) The last massage I had was about a year ago. Isabella was born in April, I had one a few wks before then & I just haven't made time to schedule one since. When I did think about it I was too sleep deprived & knew I'd fall asleep. If I'm going to get a massage I want to enjoy it. the whole thing. the entire hour.

Today, Tuesday February 15th @ 2PM I will be @ Chica Bella Salon & Day Spa.
I will be in complete bliss.
I can't wait.
Thanks hubs!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

igloo

I lived in Southern California until I was 14. SNOW?! in your front/back/side yard?!! what?! awesome!
So I've never built anything in the snow.
I made my first snow angel last week.
Today I remembered that for D's birthday, my friend Jenni gave him a snow/sand block mold!

So you know... we had to build an igloo
it was lot's of work. 
but tons of fun.
in the middle of building Katlyn was all, "this is making me pretty happy".
in the words of everyone on The Bachelor "it was AMAZING!"
We had a blast! D learned how to make & throw a pretty mean snowball, he made snow angels, fell a few times & ate so much snow he had to pee every 5 seconds. when we were done we were ready for a cup of hot chocolate. with marshmallows of course.

not as pretty as these but don't you just love the pic? {thanks martha!}

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bieber hair

if you know me at all you know I lOve Jimmy Fallon!
he's my kind of funny. fist pumping, bursts into an accent, a song, a dance. my kind of guy. i would totally marry him. I know we'd have fun. there would never be a dull moment. bu. he's married. i'm married. we don't know each other. but we still have lots of fun. or at least he does & I have fun watching him be his hilarious, funny self. one day i'd love to go to the show. maybe get a perm. (if you don't know what i'm talking about click here

i love his songs.

Douglas likes Jimmy. he could be the next Jimmy Fallon. he's pretty funny. He loves the Sarah Palin song
he's even got his own version of it.
see.... we love Jimmy.

enter the Late Night wit Jimmy Fallon app... 
very fun! my new favorite feature is this
I've been having a blast!

THIS ONE'S MY FAVE!

Monday, February 7, 2011

mayhem

a few things:

  • I did KINDA kicked the flu in the butt. 
i passed it to the kiddos.
and the hubs.
tomorrow it'll be 2 weeks of sick kids..
sicks kids.. no problem
we'll just bum around. take naps. sleep in the same bed.

  • this past weekend i had an order for 250 cupcakes.
plus the cake top.
250 cupcakes? no biggie.
just have a plan & execute it cake factory style.
one man cake factory.

  • a blizzard.

tons of snow.
snow i can't walk in.
snowed in. hot chocolate. movies. thank God for Hulu
snow that the dog gets lost in.
snow that closes everything down (including the pediatrician's office).



all this at the same time?!
mayhem.

but it got done. thanks for the help of my wonderful hands-on hubby.

the wedding was the cutest thing ever! loved it!
cake turned out great & looked perfect with all the decorations.
here's my week in pics... enjoy the snow! if you're not sick. ;)


oh yeah! My very own pioneer woman moment. someone brought a newborn calf into my basement to "thaw out." saved it's life. almost gave me a heart attack when it mooed and I'd forgotten it was in there.