Summer Reading

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The internet seems all abuzz with people talking about what they are reading this summer and I guess that makes sense. Summer seems to be a time when things slow down and there is more time to read. There are car trips and beach trips which lend themselves perfectly to getting engulfed in a good (or trashy!) story.

Unfortunately this year it looks like I am busier than ever! Even with the break from school activities I am still a full time working lady with 3 kids and an amazing husband…and a lot of pregnant friends! This weekend alone I went to 2 baby showers! I don’t think that I am going to be dipping my tootsies in any beach sand this summer, so I am trying to to get my reading in how I can, through audio books!

I recently started using Audible about a month ago when I really wanted to “read” the Wicked series. I do a Once Upon a Time fan podcast  and the Wicked Witch and Oz were pretty important this spring I wanted to learn more about the world.

Since setting up my Audible account I have read Wicked, started The Husband’s Secret, and am nearing the end of Dogboy: Den of Thieves and it has made my commutes fly! It’s not so bad sitting in Atlanta traffic when you have something interesting to listen to.

I’ve decided to giveaway ONE free audiobook code to Audible. Enter below in the Rafflecopter (ending on June 25th). GOOD LUCK and make sure to tell me what book you are going to download.

Dogboy: Den of Thieves By Bill Meeks

Dogboy: Den of Thieves By Bill Meeks

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Kids’ Popsicle Stick Crafts

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We’ve been pretty busy over in this house with summer camp, doctor appointments, book releases, crafting, cooking, baby showers, and WORK! Here is a little weekend craft time I did with the kids. It started off as just the Diva (she is 4 going on 14) and me, but then the boys sensed the use of markers and insisted on creating with us. Who am I to stop their creativity?! I know I usually try to share tutorial style crafts, but this stuff was made up on the fly so there really aren’t many directions…but there are pictures!

It took me 3 tries to spell "Popsicle" correctly

It took me 3 tries to spell “Popsicle” correctly :-/

So we were trying to come up with something for my dad’s birthday as a present from the kids. While the kids are still little we try to do homemade gifts or pictures (Note to self: Get copies of spring pictures for the family).

My kids love to color, so we went with that (also, I will do anything to avoid paint while the little man is awake).

So I hot glued some sticks into a “square.” Sure, we talked about shapes and made this a little educational. I try. Really. But this barely looks like a square. Its all Wibbly-Wobbly (anyone…).

Then I glued some construction paper to the back of it and trimmed the excess. Not rocket science. At this point I had to start moving a little quicker…Liza was getting antsy to decorate.

Look how she is staring at the markers. You can almost sense her thinking “Mom, stop taking pictures and let me color!”

So her name is Eliza-Beth. We have called her Liza from day 1. Daycare calls her Eliza. She has now requested we call her Eliza. Per my father “She’ll always be Liza to me” and this present was for him so “L” was glued on. I have NO CLUE how you would do this with a curvy letter like Q. I am open to suggestions!

Finally I let her free to color! A large bag of crayons lives on our dining room table so that the kids can color whenever, but markers only get pulled out with supervision so they get excited. Of course by the time she started to decorate (and I thought I was going to clean up) the boys came in like a tornado. So I super quickly whipped up 2 more Initial decorations. Thankfully all 3 kids can have L’s (Liam, Liza, and London – 2/3 are nicknames) so I didn’t have to think too hard.

When they were all done I glued some ribbon to the back upper corners so that they could be hung up…when I eventually put them in a FedEx envelope and ship them to my dad. I am HORRIBLE about putting things in the mail!

The final masterpieces!! Notice “Eliza” on the top of her picture…

Well by the time they were done with these they were in full on crafting mode so Mommy had to think quick. So I just started gluing together popsicle sticks and ended up with little houses that stood on their own. Don’t ask me how I did it. There were 3 kids chomping at the bit so there are no step by step pictures, but I got a couple of them coloring them. I’m actually pretty proud that they stood on their own.

We, of course, needed refreshments by this point. Juice and cheapo fruit snacks anyone?

So there are my simple popsicle stick crafts to do with the kids this summer. Tomorrow we are making cupcakes for Father’s Day. I will try to get some pictures of my kids fighting over who gets to dump the flour in and who gets to stir…and something spilling somewhere. What projects are you doing with the kids on break?

Try these –  Bat Hair Bow or Coconut Oil Chocolates.

Using Up Fabric Scraps

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So this past weekend I was determined to craft. I had been pretty neglectful to the “Crafty” portion of this website. So I went on a mission to find something to do and I came across a plain, white picture frame that I bought in college…and never even put a picture in it. Now the curious part of this is WHY have I held on to this picture frame for approximately 10 years (and no less than 5 moves)?!

My Set Up

So I grabbed my ModgePodge, a paint brush, some scraps of fabric, and glitter…because you never know when you will need glitter…and then I stared. And I put on Big Love on my iPad. And then I started chopping up the fabric and covering the frame with ModgePodge.

Now I had no science or plan with this. I just knew that I wanted to use all of this stuff on something!

Step 1 – ModgePodge the frame…well at least one side of the frame since the MP dries so quick.

My ModgePodge loaded brush

My ModgePodge loaded brush

Step 2 – Chop up my fabric scraps and start placing them around the frame. I did my best to shop the pieces into different shapes and sizes so that there would be some variety.

Like pen to paper...or fabric to frame

Like pen to paper…or fabric to frame

Step 3 – Then I ModgePodge’d the fabric down on the sides, adding more where needed to cover the frame.

This whole Modge Podge process reminded me of elementary school where you put glue/paste all over your hands and then peel it off.

Step 4 – Attach the ends of the fabric to the back so that it looks “finished”

Step 5 – Cover the whole darn thing in ModgePodge!! This will seal in all of the little threads from the fabric scraps and give the entire thing a nice shine.

At this point I *could* have been done…but that wouldn’t really be like me. And I did have some ribbon and glitter out, but where would I be crossing the over crafting line? I decided that glitter was the line. So I added a strip of ribbon down the right side and a bow.

Step 6 – ModgePodge on some ribbon for an accent. And then whip up a simple bow.

Now of course I couldn’t rely on the MP to keep my simple bow together so I busted out my trusty needle and thread for a quick couple of stitches. Just enough to hold it in place. I left the thread exposed, but purely because I didn’t have anything to put over it. Project for another day?

Step 7 – Bust out the hot glue gun!! Again I needed something a little stronger than MP to attach the satiny ribbon to my frame so I brought in the heavy duty reinforcements.

Step 8 – Have a cute little girl make a picture to put inside 🙂

My daughter claimed this frame from the second I started working on it. It now lives up on the shelf in her room where she can see it every day…with her Disney memorabilia.

This whole project took me under an hour, even with multiple stops to tend to my midgets and having to shoo them away from the hot glue.

I can’t wait to grab some super cheap frames from Goodwill and use up more of my scraps of fabric and ribbon! What do you do with your scraps?

Stitch Fix #3 – High Personality

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It’s that time again…Stitch Fix Day!! Wahoo!! Rejoice!! Sing and Dance in your cubicle!! If you aren’t familiar with what Stitch Fix is, or how it works, I encourage you to check out my first two Fixes HERE and HERE. They will lay out the process a little more.

Please be warned, this post contains referral links. When you sign up through my link I will get a $25 credit towards more goodies. Don’t worry, you can get this too after you sign up and become addicted.

MonkeyClothes5.28.14.jpgAs you may have noticed, it has been 2 months since my last Stitch Fix. This is because we bought a second car (clunker…whatever) and I wanted to try and be a bit thrifty. I missed it ever so much and have been counting down the days until this was scheduled to arrive. Thankfully I was epically too busy at my 8-4 to focus on the fact that my box of goodies was sitting on the stairs in my foyer.

Now, of course the second I got home all bets were off and I pounced!

The contents of my Fix


Item #1 – Myrstree Shelby Twist Front Lace Print Dress – $38 (the cheapest item in my Fix)

This dress was adorable! It was the first thing I tried on…and I felt like my bum was hanging out. Womp womp womp. So sad because this was the perfect style, color, and texture (soft!) but I just cannot work with something that short. If you recall my last fix had another dress by Mystree that I loved, but was too short too.

I decided to Google the brand to see if that was their thing. I actually came up with a bunch of cute tops! When I sent my feedback I told them not to send me anymore Mystree dresses because they just aren’t working length-wise.

In the return envelope it goes.

Item #2 – Pomelo Arcade Dot Print Chambray Top – $68

I don’t know where to begin!! This top brought out all of the feels (hold on, am I a teenager?)! I was completely head over heels for it. It is a heavy material so you can tell that it is going to last. There is the perfect contrast of softness with little metal buttons. But that price…oh that price for a shirt. I am SUCH a cheapo. And I did ask for a chambray shirt. Hmmmm yeah…I kept it! It was painful to tell my husband that I was keeping a shirt that cost that much. His face may have looked like this…


But he could see how much I loved it…and that I looked good in it so he was okay.

Item #3 – Papermoon Fletcher Lace Trim Blouse – $48

LOVE it! It is a perfect shell blouse for work to be work with or without a cardigan. It made me feel very confident and powerful. Like I could kick some major booty in the office or at a conference. I was a little nervous when I saw the word lace because that always feels to feminine for me. (I was a cheerleader, but I was a back base…not exactly dainty) This lace is larger and stiff. It was just enough without making me scared I would mess it up. I feel like this would look nice with anything…pencil skirt, dress pants, heck, I might even try nicer jeans! I am really looking forward to incorporating this into my wardrobe rotation!

Item #4 – 41Hawthorne Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan – $48

The color on this piece is fantastic! I have been actively trying to add more and brighter colors to my wardrobe (I, in fact, got a compliment on my $12 Old Navy neon yellow sweater with coffee spilled on it) . This piece could have helped me do that, but it was HOT! As we sit here on the cusp of summer in Atlanta I just could not see myself getting to wear this consistently until the fall. It was soft, stylish, and the definition of Anne Marie, but I just had to send it back to San Fransisco.

Item #5 – Margaret M Duboce Straight Leg Jean – $108 (the priciest in the bunch)

When I opened the box and saw these I knew they wouldn’t be staying for long…

1) WHITE – I have a 2y/o who consistently attacks me with booger and food covered kisses and dirty hands. I would be bleaching the crap out of these and that would mean I would have to go out of my way to bleach them. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

2) Stretchy – I dont’ DO many things that are stretchy. I just feel like all of my bumps and veins are showing.

3) Maternity-like waist band – I am almost 3 years out of maternity clothes…I hope to NEVER have to put them on again…I had a surgery to prevent it!

4) They didn’t fit 😦 This could be my fault. Maybe I was optimistic the day I was filling out my profile, but my day to day jeans are this size!

Adios Amigos!

So, that is about that. I kept 2/5 of my Fix, which is about right for me. In my review I told them that a skirt that moves might be nice…or a bag if they are stiff doing those! I realized when I was styling my outfits that I didn’t have much in the way of baggage to model with. Maybe next time!

Please let me know if you have ANY questions about Stitch Fix! And let me know if you sign up so we can chat when you get your fix! Maybe I could feature you for a guest Fix post….hmmmm.

Thank you for reading (oh, and thank you to whoever just got their first fix a few weeks ago! I put that credit to good use!)