DIY Sticker Mandalas

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and buy something, I may receive a small commission***        I have a fun rainy summer day craft for you to share with your kids!  I made DIY Sticker Mandalas.  I would say your early tween to tween age kids will like this, but a focused little one could probably do this, too.  Do they make focused little ones?

DIY Sticker Mandalas

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I was inspired by this project from Honestly WTF.  That one is a lot larger than what I made and infinitely more intricate, but I think I’ve captured the idea in a scaled down version that should be fun for kids to make while not taking a super long time to complete.  I would set aside 30-45 minutes to make one of these guys.

DIY Sticker Mandalas

Materials:

Stickers – a couple of things to note: 1.  Don’t buy puffy stickers  2.  You will need multiples of each sticker you intend to use.  If you choose to do something larger scale, you may need several multiples of each sticker.  For my small Mandalas, I used stickers from this book from Amazon and it worked well for this project.  Bugs happens to be the theme I chose, but there are lots of others to pick from!

5×5 Canvases

Mod Podge

Ruler

Pencil

Step 1:

Draw an X from corner to corner of your canvas in order to find the center.  Make it as faint as possible so you don’t have much to erase at the end.

x for center

2.  Starting from the middle point, start placing your stickers.  The idea is to make a symmetrical graphic.  You’re sort of making each side a mirror image of the opposite.  I think the pictures will explain better than my words can.

apply stickers

3.  Be an artist.  The canvas is forgiving and you will be able to pick up  and replace your stickers.  I placed and replaced and swapped out stickers several times before I got it the way I wanted it.  Also, don’t be afraid to trim your stickers.  Notice that none of my bugs have legs or antennae?  Yea, I chopped them off.  They just didn’t look right, so after finishing the 1st pass at the 1st Mandala, I removed every sticker and cut off all of their legs and then replaced the stickers and was much happier with the results.  That’s called art, people.

4.  Erase any hint of your pencil lines that might still be peaking through.

5.  Seal with a nice thin layer of Mod Podge.  My stickers actually didn’t like sticking to the canvas by themselves, so the Mod Podge forced them to stick and gave them a nice clear protective coat.

And here they are in their natural habitat (read in your best Steve Irwin (RIP) voice):

sticker mandala 1

Sticker Mandala 2

 

 

I Tried It – Cake Batter Cookies – Gluten Free!

I have a small obsession with Life Hacks.  I can’t not read them and think, whose idea was this??  I need to know the brilliant person behind using a dustpan to fill a bucket from a shallow sink.  Why are they not working for NASA or trying to cure cancer?  That persons intellect needs to be tapped.

There are of course the Life Hacks that sadly don’t work, however.  Like killing ants with Febreze.  Check out my totally non-scientific test of that one here.  It will save you the trouble of wasting a lot of Febreze.

I came across a Life Hack on Pinterest this weekend for cookies made from cake batter.

Now, this is not usually something I would give more than a moment’s thought to, however, I happened to have just finished cleaning out my pantry and found a box of gluten free cake mix.  Don’t get me wrong, I like cake and I could have saved the box for cupcakes, but I REALLY love cookies.  A LOT.  So, I put this Life Hack to the test.

Double Chocolate Gluten Free Cookies

Life Hack approved!  The cookies were so easy to make, they were delicious and they are gluten free.  That is a win, win, win in my book.

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Gluten Free Cookies

1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1/2 c Vegetable Oil

2 Eggs

1/2 c of Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix  together the cake mix, oil and eggs
  3. Fold in Chocolate Chips
  4. Scoop batter into 1 T balls and place on cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes

For the sake of the photographs, I sprinkled the cookies with some powdered sugar.  Only because it is very hard to get a picture of a chocolate cookie and have it not look completely like a, well, a turd. I promise, these taste delicious!  Super chocolatey and gooey.  They will be a hit for you and all of your gluten free friends.  And that recipe cannot get much easier.  Enjoy!

 

Life Planning with Anthropologie

I love Anthropologie, but I don’t really have an Anthropologie sized wallet, sadly.  In circumstances like this, I like to focus on little things I can afford so that I can have a little taste of that style that might motivate me to save some pennies for the big things I love.  For some of my favorites from Anthropologie, you can look here  or here or here or here.

Planners are one of the smaller things that I can afford and that do have that signature Anthropologie style AND are even super useful.  I’ve picked a few favorites to share with you!

Life Planning with Anthropologie

 

Ok, so confession, first.  I’m not a “Planner” person.  I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants and live to regret it later type of lady.  Not the best way to go when you have two kids, a part time job, a small blog, 3 animals and a house to care for.  It’s a lot of responsibility, people!  I can’t just wing it, really.  But planners kind of overwhelm me.  I’m not totally sure how to use them and I think I’m actually frightened of writing down all of my responsibilities.  It’s a little scary.  My plan, therefore, is to find a simple planner with a really beautiful design that will make me want to write in it and read from it everyday.  Makes sense, no?

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This first one meets the beautiful design criteria.  I love the colorful cover and I’ve always loved things that have those built in bookmarks.  It also has a spiral binding when you open it, so it lays flat. Unfortunately, for this guy, the second I looked at the inside pages I got a little queasy feeling of dread. I don’t know why, but it overwhelmed me.  A little to structured for me, I think.

The Happiness 100-Day Planner - anthropologie.com:

To rid myself of the queasy anxious feeling, I moved on to this Happiness Planner.  Ok, heart rate coming down, relaxation setting in.  The insides of this planner are more freeform.  There is a weekly plan, but also questions like, “What am I excited about today?”.  There are also some inspirational quotes.

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I love the simple graphic cover of this one.  The inside is manageable.  A goals section, a spot where the months are listed so you can jot down the highlights and then it’s broken down weekly.  I think that is just right for me.  It’s the Mama bear porridge of planners.  Wait, is it the Mama’s porridge that Goldilocks ate?  How do I not know that?  Anyway, this one is a contender.

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This little guy is lovely.  Minimal, but chic  Also, there is a built in bookmark. This is small, so would easily fit in a purse of almost any size.  But, on the inside, the dreaded daily, weekly and monthly sections that make me scared.  What are you supposed to do?  Fill in ALL THREE SECTIONS?  Sorry, dude, you’re cute and everything, but too much baggage for me.  Not happening.

Year-Less Planner #anthropologie:

This one is pretty.  I like the deep colors.  It has weekly and monthly sections, which still has me slightly on edge, and it also has some blank and graph lined pages for doodles and notes.  I like graph paper, so that’s kind of cool.  All in all, I’m not *feeling* this one, ya know?  I’m not going to fall in love with this one and want to look at it every day for the next year.

So, top two contenders, the graphic navy and white or the Happiness planner?  Any planner pros out there have any suggestions for a non-planner person??

Crafts to be Mastered – What I Plan to Make Next!

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission***   Does anyone else find this to be a super hectic time of year?  Right as school is about to end it seems like every sport/instrument/otherkidthing plans a big hurrah, which is awesome and fun but a lot of running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.  If I may mom brag for a moment, two of those end of the year events were my daughter’s first solo violin concert (!) and my son’s field day, where he was the fastest in his class!  Actually, I’m really not bragging.  I’m proud, but I’m not taking credit for their accomplishments.  Those are all their own!  I can push and prod them into things, but in the end, it’s really their own skill or hard work that gets them across the finish line, literally or figuratively.

Anyway, that went way off on a crazy tangent, didn’t it?  My point is, I’ve been crazy busy so I didn’t make anything cool this week.  But I did make plans for making some cool things in the next few weeks.  Here’s what’s on my craft play list:

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No, I’m not building booths, but I am going to try to replicate those super cool pixelated pieces of art.  Aren’t they crazy cool?

Use a Clorox Bleach Pen to make your own shirt designs!:

For the Fourth of July, I am going to use this tutorial from Craft By Photo to make custom t-shirts for my kiddos.  I’ll be sure to have this one posted in the next week or so so you can copy!

Ombre+Watercolor+Canvas+DIY:

These pretty watercolors from Burlap and Blue have been on my to do list for a long time, and they are about to get a big ole check mark next to them.

I first discovered Lauren Vardell's sticker art by total happenstance. While perusing the web,  I stumbled across a giant sticker mandala that Mrs Grossman's sticker factory had commissioned the artist to make for them. Honestly, WTF - this thing blew my socks off! The inspiration to make my:

And, last, but not least, how awesome is this Sticker Mandala from Honestly WTF?  I’ve been wanting to make some of these with my kids for ages and I’m finally going to do it!

So, you might be wondering, how are you suddenly so organized and have four craft projects already planned?  Ok, you might not be wondering that, because you are probably organized and think it’s no biggie to have four projects planned and materials purchased.  Like, in advance.  For me, this is actually a big deal.  I’ve always been more of a buy all of the things, craft all of the things, photograph all of the things and post all of the things at the VERY LAST possible moment kind of gal. But I thought I would branch out a little this time and maybe try being a little less headless chicken for once.

So how did I achieve this feat?  Did I have to shop at 57 stores and spend hundreds of dollars?  Nope.  I hit up my homey Amazon and took care of everything, on the cheap, with just a few clicks.  And because I have Amazon Prime, all of my stuff will be here in 2 days.  And, yes, they will ship free.  Here is what was in my virtual shopping cart.  If you would like to craft along with me over the next few weeks, feel free to add them to your cart, too, but, be advised, these are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you purchase something!

Pixelated Art Supplies:

Amazon.com : Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch, Medium (159070-1001) : Paper Punches : Office Products:

Hygloss 100 Tissue Assortment Bleeding Sheets, 12" x 18" ...:

Darice11-Inch-by-14-Inch Stretched Canvas, 2-Pack Darice:

Fourth of July T Shirt Supplies

Soffe Big Boys' Short Sleeve T-Shirt,Red,M (10/12) Soffe http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00266PBIC/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_y43vxb07G9SK4:

Clorox Bleach Pen Gel, 2 oz (56 g) Clorox:

Watercolor Paintings (I already have watercolors and brushes):

US Art Supply 5 X 5 inch Professional Artist Quality Acid...:

Sticker Mandala:

Eyelike Stickers: Bugs by Workman Publishing:

(I’ll use some of the 5×5 canvases for the Mandalas, too!)

In total, the items above come to about $66.  Do you want to know what is the best part of this story? I used $40 of the rebates I have earned through iBotta (if you haven’t signed up, you must!  For the love of money, sign up!  To make grocery shopping fun again, sign up!) to purchase an Amazon gift card, which dropped the price down to about $26!  For all of those wonderful craft supplies.  Life is good, friends.

Crafting Inspiration

 

 

DIY Patio Update On a Budget

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and buy something I may receive a small commission***   We had some super big expenses this year when it comes to the house.  Big as in, new roof and new siding.  Ouch.  That means all of our other projects have to be on a smaller scale.  I would have loved to have had a new deck built, but since it’s not in the cards this year, I have decided to do a DIY Patio Update on a Budget.  And I’m talking real low budget, people.

Here’s what I have to start with:

Welcome To Our Fire Pit!

Ugh, pardon that font please.  I didn’t take a new before shot this year because I knew I had this one, but I forgot about the font choice.  Anyway, I love the Adirondack chairs and the fire pit, so the furniture pieces are already set.  What you can’t see from this view is the door to our garage which lost a battle with a raccoon this year and we repaired it with some ugly plywood.   In the doors defense, this is a monster raccoon that it lost to.  I think it might be half yeti half raccoon.  The door is an eyesore and I needed a way to cover it up.  But how do you cover up an entire door that is out in the elements?  I would need some type of magical material that would stand up to rain and wind.  It would also have to be cool and funky and a worthy chill hang out space for my 6th grader.  What could I possibly come up with to solve this dilemma?

DIY Patio Update on a Budget

Can you guess what that is?  A shower curtain!  Brilliant, right?  It’s waterproof.  It won’t easily tear.  It’s super cool and chill.  I might be the smartest person on earth.

Tropical Decor Good Vibes Only Inspirational Funny Quote Palms Ocean Purple Blue Orange Sunset Island Beach Home Decor Bathroom Art Prints Quotes Print Fabric Aqua Shower Curtain Machine Washable:

I bought the shower curtain on Amazon for less than $15 AND I got it shipped free in two days because I have Amazon Prime, which I highly recommend.  I’ll have to do a top ten reasons to sign up for Amazon Prime post some day. The shower curtain even came with handy plastic hooks that I was able to attach to the trim of the house to hang.  Best $15 I have spent in a long time.

I’ve also been trying to decide on a cheap way to DIY some planters and I finally decided on making marbled planters from dollar store trash buckets.

DIY Marbled Planter for $3

Not bad for $3, am I right?  The flowers are impatiens and they  were also $3 and will grow into nice full blooms as the summer goes on.  Or they will wither and die because I forgot to water them.  The planters are super simple to make.  I bought $1 mini trash buckets and 2 different shades of blue nail polish, all from the dollar store, for this project.  You’ll need some type of a basin that is bigger than your trash bucket as well.  I used a plastic toy bin I had from Ikea.  You fill the basin with hot water, drip in your shades of nail polish, then dunk the trash cans in and pull them back out.  I actually dunked mine a couple of times, rotating them with each dunk to get better coverage.  If you need full instructions for nail polish marbling, you can find them in this post where I marbled some vases which came out way better than the pictures show.  They are still one of my favorite DIYS.

I have more plans for this little area. I want to add some string lights and I would really like to strategically add some more flowers on the cheap.  I’ll be brainstorming how to do that all week and hopefully I will have another brilliant idea to share with you!

Sincerely, the smartest person on earth.  Because of the shower curtain idea.

 

I Tried It – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Manicure

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and buy a product, I may receive a small commission***    My son had to have some dental work that required him getting anesthesia this year.  The anesthesiologist told him that the mask would smell funny, kind of like when Mom does her nails.  I realized in that moment that my son probably had no idea whatsoever what Mom doing her nails smells like.  So sad.  I love painted nails, but I hate going to the nail salon because I find it super awkward to sit across from someone and hold hand with them and not have a clue what to talk about with them.  I just can’t do it.  I have one of those gel manicure light kits and it’s fantastic, but it’s kind of an ordeal to get the whole process completed.  What’s a girl to do?

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Manicure

I decided to give the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Manicure a try.  It does not require a UV light and it is only two things that you apply to your nail, the color and the top coat.  I had read some good reviews, but honestly, I had low hopes that this would actually work.  I’m pretty rough on my nails and any at home manicure (including with the gel light!) only lasted about 3 days.  I was so sure it wouldn’t work out that I put it off for quite a few weeks because I thought it wouldn’t be any fun to blog about how my manicure didn’t work out.

Well, guess what?  It worked!  I am on day 6 of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Manicure and it is the first day with a chip!  To be honest, I was getting kind of antsy to try a new color at this point, so I was kind of happy that it was time to start again.

I Tried It -  Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Manicure - 6 Days of Wear

 

On the sixth day there is a tiny chip on my pointy finger, but you can barely even see it without a close up:

close up

See?  Teeny.

The process for getting this gorgeous manicure is simple.  You apply two thin coats of color and then one coat of the top coat and then let it dry.  That is the only downfall of this system that doesn’t use the UV Light.  You do have to wait the traditional waiting time for your nails to dry.  I did mine while I was watching The Challenge on MTV and they were basically dry by the end of the show.  The kit I have that uses the UV light gives completely rock solid, dry nails after using the light, but it takes about 37 steps to get to that point and really, ain’t nobody got time for that.

I’m so excited about this, guys!  I haven’t bothered doing my nails in years because they were always ruined in just a few days.  To know I can get more like a week out of this manicure and to have it done in three easy coats is awesome! Off to paint my nails Gold.  Oh!  And my toes!!  Don’t forget the toes!

 

I Tried It – Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Gluten Free Bread

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one, I may receive a commission***  Well, I did it.  I found the holy grail of gluten free products.  I found bread that does not taste like cardboard or get all crumbly if you don’t eat it within 2.4 seconds of it being exposed to air.  Here she is friends.  You may want to shield your eyes:

Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Gluten Free Bread

Goodbye Gluten Multigrain bread.  It tastes 99.9% like regular bread.  It’s texture is perfect.  It’s flavorful with all kinds of little grains jammed in there.  My one teeny complaint is that the bread slice is a smidge small, so I recommend making two sandwiches if you are particularly hungry.

I decided to try a Roasted Veggie sandwich with the bread.  It came out so delicious I can barely stand it.

Gluten Free Roasted Veggie Sandwich - Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Bread

The recipe is simple.

Gluten Free Roasted Veggie Sandwich

4 slices Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Bread

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced

2 T Alouette Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread

1/2 c Baby Spinach

1 T olive oil

  1.  Place sliced red pepper and onion on a baking sheet, lightly coat with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 425 for about 10-12 minutes, checking frequently.  Remove when the veggies are softened and beginning to brown and the onions are translucent
  2. Toast your bread slices
  3. Add 1 T of Alouette Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread to the bottom slice of each sandwich
  4. Add a 1/4 c of baby spinach to each sandwich
  5. Top each sandwich with Roasted Veggies

Have this with your mom friends for a luncheon some day.  Do stay at home moms actually do that?  Have luncheons with the other moms while the kids are in school?  I feel like there are probably 85 other things happening while the kids are at school and none of them involve luncheons.  Well, perhaps there should be a Friday luncheon for all the stay at home moms. Ok, the third Friday of every month.  Can we squeeze that in?

If you are looking to save a little bit of money on your Goodbye Gluten Multigrain bread, might I suggest an iBotta rebate?  Click the big bread picture below and sign up through my referral link to earn $10 instantly and unlock a rebate of  $.50 for any type of bread you buy, even Goodbye Gluten Multigrain bread!

Bread - Any Brand

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DIY Garden Ideas

I haven’t made anything in quite some time.  The last thing I made is this wreath which is still happily hung on my door and I think it will be throughout the summer.  It’s been a few weeks, so I’m itching to craft something up.  I patrolled the pages of Pinterest and found some great ideas.

DIY Garden Ideas

Vertical Pot Pallet Planter | 12 Creative DIY Pallet Planter Ideas for Spring | Beautiful Pallet Gardening Crafts, check it out at http://diyready.com/pallet-projects-gardening-supplies/:

I love this pallet herb garden. It just so happens I have a pallet in the backyard that is just waiting to be worked on.  This looks fairly simple and major power tool free.  I like the fact that you can just lean it wherever you want it, too.  I found this on DIY Ready as part of a round up of gardening ideas, but it is originally from a password protected blog called  Life Is Art Is Life.

How To Make a Terra Cotta Pot Birdbath:

If none of my plants bloom, I can always make one of these colorful bird baths to make up for it!  I love this so much.  Check it out at Running with Sisters.

Home Sweet Home Stacked Planters: How pretty is this planter?  What a great statement piece for the front entry.  I’ve reviewed instructions for similar stacked planters before and it doesn’t seem very difficult to pull together at all.  Except maybe the stenciling.  I haven’t tried my hand at that yet and I’m not sure how I would do with it.  I have gone down a lengthy rabbit hole to try to find a link to this beauty so that I can credit the original maker, but I have not been able to find that person.  If this is yours, let me know and I will add a link!!

This listing is for the MEDIUM Garden Totem. The Small and Large Totems are available in other listings. Or you can purchase all three sizes at once: These garden totem poles are adorable.  Another easy way for a black thumb to add color to the garden. These are listed on Etsy here, but I think they look diy-able, too!

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.:

These have been dubbed Texas lamp posts by the maker and I think they are just fabulous.  You can find a link to the instructions on I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

So, now I have a whole weekend to pick one out and work some magic!

Colorful Garden Projects

I Tried It – Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner

Let me start this off by saying that the best testament I can give to how much I like Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner is the fact that I have posted a picture of my insanely white, pudgy and not in shape legs for all the internet to see. That takes guts, people.  But I am brave and I wanted to share this wonderful product with the world, pudge be damned!

Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner - Review

So, I did no editing whatsoever to these photos.  I swear there was no magic photoshopping to get that almost invisible white skin in the Before shot.  Ditto for the nice warm color in the after shot.  I took the pictures wearing the same shorts at the same time of day with the same camera next to the same wall so that the color difference would be be captured as accurately as possible.

5 Things I Love About Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner

Five Things I Love about Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner

1.  Great Color

I love the color that the Rodan + Fields sunless tanner gives. It’s warm and natural, and not orange-y at all.  This is always the first thing I look for in a good sunless tanner.  When I started my annual quest for a sunless tanner this year, I found a lot of great reviews of the color and as luck would have it,  a good friend of mine had just started selling the Rodan + Fields skin care line, so I already had a trusted consultant to buy from.  If my smokin’ hot legs have convinced you to buy some, you can use this link to purchase through my friend.  No affiliate link to disclose here, just trying to help a sister girl-boss out!

2. Ease of Use

This is by far the easiest sunless tanner I have ever used.  It is actually a foam as opposed to a cream, so it goes on quickly and absorbs in minutes instead of the forever and a day that creamy tanners take to apply.  I get out of the shower, throw on a little lotion and then I apply the sunless tanner and by the time I’m done brushing my teeth and blow drying my hair (which takes like, 4 minutes for me), my legs are dry and I can put clothes on.  With the lotion tanners, I swear it would be like an hour of standing in the bathroom waiting for my legs to completely dry so that I could get in PJs.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  By the way, if you’re wondering, the after picture is after 3 applications of the sunless tanner.

3. No Streaks

It seems to be impossible to get streaks with this sunless tanner.  You do have to be careful around knees and ankles. I am sometimes a little careless and if look you close, my ankles might be a smidge too dark.  Oops.  Totally user error people, don’t blame the product.  But, there is not a streak to be found.  I don’t think I could make a streak if I wanted to.    I think it probably has to do with the consistency of the foam.  It’s very thin, so it spreads evenly and quickly.

4.  No Smell

I have tried sunless tanners that smelled really bad.  This one has almost no smell.  Not medicine-y, not weird.  There is a scent, but it’s kind of clean smelling, if that makes sense.

5.  Created by Doctors

I didn’t realize that Rodan + Fields was started by the dermatologists who created Proactiv.  That makes me feel safe using their products.  I do also use the Reverse skin care regimen from Rodan + Fields and I have been very happy with my skin since I started using it.

I’m so excited about my newly tanned legs that I think I will actually start exercising to reverse the pudge!  And maybe buy some more shorts!  Which I will wear when it gets above 55 here in Massachusetts.

Saturday Morning Musings – Who am I?

I break blogger rule number 1.34L (there are a lot of number one rules of blogging). I know, I’m such a rebel.  Rule number 1.34L is that you should have a picture of yourself prominently displayed on your blog so that people will connect with you.  I hate that rule.  And I will continue to break it.  But, I love the rule about connecting with your readers on a more personal level.  It’s rule 2.675B, if you’re wondering.  In the handbook.  HA! Gotcha, there’s no handbook!!  Actually, there are about a million handbooks and they all say the same things about 700 different ways.  But I digress. Let’s get back to the topic at hand.  ME!

Who am I and Why do I blog

Who am I?

The age old question. I’m not the typical mommy blogger demographic.  I’m on the senior circuit for mommy bloggers, I don’t have any little babies hanging around and I don’t plan to either.  In fact, if I did, there’s no way I would be writing this blog.  I don’t know how mothers of little babies find time to do anything besides mother and shower.  Occasionally.  Here’s a summary of me, by the numbers:

41 (although the first number that comes to my head is 34) years old.

Married for 14 years.

Two children, a daughter who is 11 and a son who is 9.

1 house with 7 rooms that I love to come up with crazy plans for.

2 cats, one who is 16 years old and acts like she’s 2 and one who is, not unlike a professional wrestler, from parts unknown, age unknown and easily disgruntled.

1 bunny who has no interest in the humans in this house whatsoever but if you accidentally leave a cord near him, he will chew that, electrocution be damned.

 Why do I write a blog?

I can’t lie.  I write this blog because I want to make money from it.  I know.  Evil greed.  But it is more than that.  I want to make money from this blog because I LOVE writing this blog and I want to be one of those people who actually makes money from doing what they love.  I want to quit my day job (I’m halfway there!  I moved to a part time schedule about 6 months ago!) and do this full time.  I also write this blog because I am super competitive and it does allow an outlet for that.  I’m way into page views and how many more I got today than yesterday.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not at all jealous of or competitive with other bloggers.  I was a gymnast growing up.  Gymnastics is very much an individual sport and my competitiveness is in trying to beat myself.  Do better than I did the day before.

Do I believe in God?

Weird question to throw in, but important to know about me.  I think it’s important to know this about me because I do notice that there are a lot of bloggers who are Christian and who include that fact in their bio snippets and so I assume that means it is something that blog readers are curious about.  I was brought up Catholic and I have a very strong faith in God and heaven.  I do not have a very strong faith in the church itself, sadly.  I disagree with the church on many topics.  It kills me every time I go to church with my amazing daughter and see the priest on the altar and know that she is not allowed to be a priest.  Because she is a girl.  I have this thing about following rules just because they are rules.  I’m not down with that.  If a rule is stupid, it should be changed.  Don’t even get me started on North Carolina.  I heard a lawyer on the radio yesterday talking about the families he is representing who feel their privacy is being violated by allowing transgender children into the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.  He actually said that it’s not fair for the biological girls to have to wear their dirty gym clothes all day because they are too uncomfortable changing in a locker room with a trans child.  So, we’re putting dirty gym clothes above the health and safety of another child.  Really people?  REALLY?  If you want to make an argument against transgender people being in your bathroom, please, for the love of God, make it something that COUNTS!  Not dirty gym clothes.  My point is, I believe in God and Heaven and Morality and Kindness.  I do not believe in rules, ancient or not, that are stupid and/or irrelevant written by someone who is more than likely no smarter or more moral or closer to God than I am.  And for that reason, I have a difficult relationship with my church.

Interesting how without even planning this blog post very thoroughly in my mind that I mention my dislike for rules in two separate paragraphs and on two completely different topics.  Perhaps I have some problems with authority?  That is probably the most telling thing I have written about myself in this entire post.  :-)