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A Slightly Homemade Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

The kids have spent the past week working on their Valentine’s Day cards.   We try to do something cool each year but I am getting tired of just passing out candy.  This year I asked the kids if they wanted to make their own instead of buying cards at the store.

My son decided he wanted to draw a picture using MS Paint.  We then put the paint picture on some postcards that I had in the drawer.  Viola, he was done.  Easy, Peasy!

He made it himself.

He made it himself.

My daughter is a bit of Pinterest addict.  She searched until she found the right Valentine’s Day card printable from The TomKat Studio.  She saw some other pins of cards that had glitter on them too.  So she glittered the red parts of the card  (This is a big deal because I kinda hate glitter).

SCORE- so some printer ink later and postcards and card stock I had in the drawer and we were done.

My daughter is also a huge Rainbow Loomer these days. She pinned some more ideas for different charms and got to work. She then attached her creations and made these cute cards.

Her Pinterest inspired creations.

Her Pinterest inspired creations.

I am pretty impressed with what they came up with.  Both of their cards highlight their personalities and talents.   I am glad to have passed on the crafting gene.  Plus- the cards are candy free!

Slightly homemade cards!

Slightly Homemade cards!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


If the Dishwasher Breaks Down

12 Jan

Inspired by Laura Numeroff’s If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

If the dishwasher breaks down, mom does the dishes by hand.

If mom does the dishes by hand, she will probably have to wipe up all the water on the floor.

While she is wiping up all the water on the floor, she will realize the floor needs to be swept…and vacuumed.

After sweeping and vacuuming the house, she will remember the counters need dried and wiped down too.

Then she will continue to wipe down all the door knobs, light switches, and outlet panels.

At that point she will realize she is out of towels, so she does a load of laundry, folds, and puts the towels away.

Finally, it is time for dinner.  Once everyone has enjoyed their meal, mom will remember the dishwasher is broken and she will have to do the dishes by hand.


Just Sharing…

26 Sep

Finding Balance

“Work me” wrote this little ditty.  I thought I would share it with y’all.  With all the hype about “leaning in”, super moms, etc sometimes I find it good to remind myself that raising kids is a marathon not a sprint and that the best thing I can do is focus on finding balance, in their lives, our family life, and mine.  (The last one seems to be the hardest to do, at least for me).

Please, share your thoughts and ideas on how you find balance.

Quick Office Repair… Fail or New Trend-You Decide!

27 Jun

It is supposed to get pretty darn close to 100 degrees today.  My work office has a west facing window and no real protection from the sun.  On average in the summer my office temp is around 78-80 degrees.  So yes, I tend to dress for work like I am going to a backyard barbeque.  When I got dressed this morning I noticed the hem had come out of one leg of my shorts.  Normally, I wouldn’t really care, but 1) it was really obvious- like one hem was a whole inch longer than the other and 2) it was tickling the back of my knee.  I tried to do a quick repair job and re-activate the old heat bond with my flat iron.

That worked long enough to give me confidence that it would hold all day.  By the time I got to work, the hem had “un-bonded”.  I checked my office drawer and I was out of my usual hem repair product, double stick tape.  I considered stapling the hem in place but the fabric is kind of wonky and I was afraid it would rip.  What to do, what to do!  Well, I pulled a MacGuyver and used some paper clips to hold the hem in place.

WHAT- how tacky can you be?  I used FANCY paper clips-so there!


See, the blue one almost blends in!

I am hoping this catches on as an new trend in women’s work wear.  Just think, you can always be ready to collate a stack of papers.

Happy 13th to Us!

3 Jun

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary.  It’s not the most exciting of numbers like a 0 or a 5.  Not so new that it is cute or so large that it is awe inspiring.  But still, in the current world 13 years of marriage isn’t something to scoff at.  I decided that this year would be a good year to a highlights reel.  Here is my lucky list of 13 top moments & why I still love my husband!

(In no particular order)

1)      He makes me laugh.  I mean really laugh, the kind of laugh that may cause you to snort.  He manages to do this pretty much on a daily basis.  The current laugh is about a fictional person named Wiggleybottom Humperdinck.

2)      One time when we were on a car ride from San Diego to Turlock, CA in a car with no radio, he sang old cartoon theme songs from LA to Bakersfield.

3)      He makes me things.  Sometimes they are odd things.  Like these sign holders I needed for a work project.

He made these for me based on a random whim I had.

He made these for me based on a random whim I had.

4)    He cooks AND cleans.

5)      He talks to the TV.  Yes, I know there are a lot of people that do that but he does it in a special kind of way.  Like when he is watching Finding Bigfoot or Ancient Aliens and his disproves their theory with a more ridiculous theory. EX  A doll that cries is put in the woods to attract a female Bigfoot.  His comment “That will never work.  A pack of wolves will find the baby first and raise it as their own”.

6)      He taught me to drive a manual.  This is a pretty amazing fete, as my dad, grandpa, coach, and others have tried but failed in the past.

7)      Immediately after our wedding, he agreed that the best thing to do would be to take a nap and then go get hamburgers.  Not the most romantic thing, but we were both happy.

8)     He DVR’s our shows when I am out of town and then saves them until I get home.  One time, because of this  he ended up watching Twilight part 3 and texting me his commentary the whole time.  Best text highlight of the evening “I think wolf boy just peed on the baby”.

9)      He makes up some of the best games for the kids.  Including tracing their bodies on cardboard and printing our the faces of comic book villains to paste on the cutouts or creating quests based on the Deltora Quest series for the kids.


10)  He thinks he is being funny and changes the ringtones on my phone to be something annoying, like this one.  Little does he know that I usually keep it on vibrate unless I am at home.  In which case, he is the one that gets annoyed by it first.

11)  He has his Doctorate in Evil.

Call him Dr. Evil

12)  He secretly loves to watch Downton Abbey.

13)  He let me plan a family vacation to Dollywood, which included one of the best family photos ever, the opportunity for me to trigger the biggest water explosion ever on the Rapids ride, and the chance for him to buy the coolest belt ever-It now lives at my work as the Championship Belt of Awesomeness.

Here’s to another happy 13! and many more….

Hooligan Inspired Christmas Cards- part 2

14 Dec

My last post shared how we have done our cards in the past and our journey from cute and smiling to an more accurate portrayal of our family life.

This year we decided to plan on having a card that captured the sass and wit of our household.  I am also proud to say I made the cards myself this year too- I feel so crafty, just like my friends over at Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events and Almost Never Clever.

We found this stamp at our local crafts store.

Underpants!  What could possibly be a worse gift?

Underpants! What could possibly be a worse gift?

Both the Hubs and I started laughing and decided on the spot that this was going to be our card.  Things started to fall in place after that.  We left the store with a bunch of blank cards and envelopes, the stamp, ink, and some festive stickers to give it a little extra pop of color.

Next we staged the photo shoot.  Using the left over boxes and tissue from last Christmas, we made a giant mess in front of the fire place, had the hooligans put on their Christmas pajamas and then gave them the following direction.  “What is the worst present you think you could get for Christmas?  Now act like that is what is in the boxes.”

The best part is we got the perfect picture on the first try.

I think the boy deserves an Oscar for best acting in a Christmas card photo.  He was laughing so hard it looks like he is crying.

I think the boy deserves an Oscar for best acting in a Christmas card photo. He was laughing so hard it looks like he is crying.

I then printed the photos at our local 1 hour developing store, assembled the cards and voile- a finished card!

We have already started thinking about what we want to do for next year.  I think we have finally found the way to get a card that matches our family’s personality and that the troops are willing to pose for.

How do you do your cards?

Hooligan Inspired Christmas Cards- part 1

12 Dec

Happy Holidays to all!  The Home Ec Reject household has been getting into the spirit of the season over the past few weeks. Our family Elf on a Shelf came back to visit the day after Thanksgiving.  The tree and decorations have been up for a week or so, and there is a small pile of wrapped presents growing under the tree.  All signs that Christmas is on its way.

The earliest cue that it Christmas was approaching was the Christmas card we received from my brother and  overachieving sister-in-law Thanksgiving weekend.  It triggered me to start thinking about our Christmas card.  Since the kids were born our Christmas cards have basically been a family or kid photo.  We usually try to make it seasonally appropriate.  One year they were jumping out of large gift bags in front of the tree like they were presents -minus the gift receipt.  The photos were pretty easy and standard- look cute, stand in front of the tree, and smile.

Then last year happened-  everything that could go wrong did.  Both of the hooligans became more disheveled as as snapped the pics.  If one was looking at the camera the other was not, if one was smiling the other was sticking their tongue out, and so on and so on.  This went on for a good 30+ photos until I got this one.

Is he thinking about the meaning of life or did he just smell a fart?

Is he thinking about the meaning of life or did he just smell a fart?

What is one to do when they have a collection of photos that are more funny than cute?  I decided to take some inspiration from on of my favorite comic strips and went with an homage to Calvin and Hobbes.   2o of the worst photos I could find bordering  our message of peace and love here on Earth.

Next time I will share the story behind this year’s Christmas card.


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