Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Pennyless Christmas Gift!

Just thought for those of you non-Type A-ers out there (I guess that would make us Type B-ers) that aren't finished Christmas shopping you may want a "pennyless" idea for a gift this year. Sometimes it's hard to come up with something relatively creative and budget-friendly for those precious people that pour so much time into our children. So here's what we are doing this year for those people; Simms' teachers.
I got poinsettias for $0.98 a piece at Lowe's on Black Friday weekend, but I think they only cost around $2.00 there now. I took off the "fancy", shiny, gold paper around the pot and covered them with material I had on hand, burlap. Also, tied red ribbon around them I also had, and changed the look of them pretty drastically.
Then, with the help of my much-more artistic husband, he drew some gift tags for me in the shape of watering cans.

I cut wooden skewers in half and then simply taped the tag to the stick. 

 Then I wrote:




Stuck the gift tag in the pot and voila!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Is Christmas here yet?

I just have to share this with you.

I walked in to check on our son while he was sleeping last night and couldn't help but laugh.

Simms is APPARENTLY ready for Christmas to get here!

When I tucked him in and we said our prayers he definitely did not have that Santa hat on, but the little stinker must have crawled out to the living room without my knowledge and snatched it! Hilarious! I just love him and I love Christmas!

Love u all too!

Long Overdue and You Must Do!

Yes, this is long overdue! I've miss talking to you guys. I have so much to share with you; so much in fact that you'll have to keep checking back with me. I truly have missed you. I've been getting ready for the baby by working on the house, busy with holidays (like everyone and their mother), busy taking care of kiddos, and then sick a couple of different times with that dang stomach bug, and then a stinkin' cold.
Anyways, enough of my excuses. Now I want to share with you something that has changed my life, and could in fact change yours if you need it to.
While working on the house I've been trying to figure out a more efficient use of our space and get organized before this baby girl comes. I guess I'm in "nesting" mode. One of the areas that was driving me insane was my spice shelf in my pantry. I wish I had a before photo, but I got too excited about the possibility of the end result that I lost all my senses and forgot to take one. But to give you a visual, my pantry has wire shelves, and then I happened to have this movable-mini-wire shelf that I used to stack my spices on. It was a nightmare, they were always falling down and I could never find what I needed.
Then one day when I was searching online for a different way to organize my precious spices I suddenly heard the Hallelujah chorus and a bright light shot out of my computer screen (well not really, but you know what I mean) and there they were.
"I have been waiting for you my whole life, " I breathed.
They were beautiful. I had to have them now! I didn't know how I could wait the standard shipping time, but I was going to have too.
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder," I said.
And, "All good things come to those who wait," over and over I thought these phrases.
Then they finally arrived! I felt like a kid on Christmas. I ripped open that package and their they were in all their gloriousness! I could not wait to get to work organizing, and here is the end result.

Aren't they awesome? They are magnetized so they stick right to the refrigerator!

They also have little holes so you can sprinkle your spice while you're cooking.

And also a larger opening for measuring out the amount of spice you may need.

Or you can just take the lid right off.

I simply labeled each one with a fine point sharpie.

I absolutely LOVE them! They're all right there on the side of my refrigerator right beside my stove. It's just perfect! I get a tear in my eye just telling you about it.

I found these little beauties on Do yourself a favor and go get these. Or get them for someone else in need. Christmas is right around the corner, and it could make a nice gift for the chef in your life. Like a basket filled with some cooking supplies, some nice spices, and these great containers would make a really thoughtful present.

I'm so glad we had this little chat. I guess it was a little one-sided, but I had to tell you about this life-changing product! Thanks for always being such a good listener.

Lots of love,