Saturday, August 31, 2013

Worst mom ever

I'm feeling uninspired and overwhelmed. My daughters 5th birthday is next weekend and I haven't made one single plan. Not one. I've pinned ideas to Pinterest, but the thought of actually doing anything makes me feel nauseous. I want to go hide in my bed with the covers over my head and wish it away. I'm normally one of those good moms who have been planning for months and gathering things up so when the day arrives all is ready to go. Not this year. Between being sick, stressed out, and tired about everything that has been going on in my house and at work these last few months I'm doing good to make it through the day... Literally.
I feel like a failure. I've been trying to get motivated. I had my daughter ask some of the girls she knows if they would like to come to her birthday party and all have told her no. So, I guess I'm also anxious to invite any of her little friends for fear no one will show and she will be devastated. I'm probably overreacting, but I don't want her to be hurt. So I'll blame it on my lack of planning and have a family party with cake and a present or two. Yeah, I know I suck. Maybe next year I'll have my act together. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Preschool Activities

We have two girls who are 3 & 4. We are getting two more kids ages 5 & 6. A boy and a girl. Wow. That's a lot of kids for me. I teach preschoolers, but 4 kids all day, every day is a little daunting. I let my kids watch TV, but I don't want couch potatoes. They like to do crafts and my 4 year old has been asking me to teach her to read. So, I figured I'd come up with some educational activities to keep little hands and minds busy and to help me keep my sanity.

Since my 4 year old, AB, is wanting to learn to read, I've decided to focus on letters and sounds. I think sight reading is okay, but I really want to teach phonics so they can sound out words, not just recognize words they have memorized. Anyway, I'm not an expert on teaching children to read, but this worked for me and I love to read. I want my kids to loving reading as well. So, we are starting with basic letter recognition and the sound(s) they make. I also decided that I'm not going in alphabetical order. Our first set of letters are D, O, G. This way when we are done, they can recognize those letters, their sounds and will be able to sound out the word dog. I've seen this on other blogs and teaching websites and it just makes sense to me. Besides, my daughter has A, B, & C down.

When I decided to do this, I decided to do a new set of letters each week, but with Grammy and PawPaw visiting, I wasn't able to focus on this like I wanted to. So we are repeating D, O, & G this week. But their visit was more important than us learning our letters so we had fun with the grandparents and it was great.

Last week we made letter crafts, color sheets, and letter practice sheets. I went over the letter sounds and we also did a letter matching game. We mainly focused on D last week, so we will focus more on O and G this week. But to start off we are reviewing D today. I made up a basket of items that start with the letter D for the girls to look at and play with. It has a doll, dog, duck, dishcloth, dimes, dumbbell, a disk, and some D's in it. I also put some cornmeal in some pie tins and had the girls trace letters in it using flashcards as examples. This was messy and JB lost interest in the letter tracing so I put it in a bigger pan and gave her some measuring cups and that kept her busy for a long time. AB moved on to coloring the dinosaur coloring sheets (she loves the PBS cartoon Dinosaur Train) and convinced me that they should watch the show since it would show they what colors to use for the dinosaurs. Pretty smart. We also cut out a dinosaurs and glued it to construction paper to make a picture.

Overall, our little preschool program is going well for only doing this for a week. I'm enjoying teaching them things and they love the attention and the crafts. The more I do with them, the more I want to add. I'm finding that I need some more basic craft supplies like shapes, beads, paper (lots of paper). I'm trying to use household items, but sometimes you just have to buy the things you need :) The Dollar Store and dollar section of Target are the places I like to look for inexpensive things we can use.

I'm also going to get this organized and post my curriculum once I get it sorted out and have the time to write it up.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spring Cleaning

I know it's almost Summer, but with work and everything I've been trying to get done, I've put off my
Spring cleaning. Well, now I have a month of no work and no excuses. So, it's time to get busy and get this house sparkling. How long it will stay that way? With two kids and a husband, who knows, but at least I'll feel better about my house and I can rid it of all the Winter germs :)

To help me out, I created an extensive Spring Cleaning List. It's a little intimidating, but I know it will help me stay on task if I can cross completed tasks off my list. I tried to include everything I want to do. I'm including a picture at the end of this post, if you would like to check it out.

Well, I better get going. The sooner I start, the sooner I finish and can move on to more fun things like painting and decorating.

Wish me luck!
Bonnie :)

Spring Cleaning List

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I Hate Waiting

My life seems to be a game of hurry-up and wait...and wait...and wait. I hate waiting. I'm willing for wait for things, but I like to do things along the way. It makes the waiting easier :)

Why am I talking about waiting? Well, my house decorating plans are in the wait mode. It's hard. I see so many blogs about home decorating, pin ideas on Pinterest, look at catalogs and retailer websites, and visit local stores, but I can't start yet. In a couple of months I'll be able to start pulling things together, but until that time passes I'm in wait mode.

I've been really bummed about having to wait, but then I started thinking about it. I don't even know what my style is. What am I trying to accomplish? Yes, I want organized, functional, and pretty, but that really didn't narrow down what I really want. I'm also limited by the fact that this house is not ours. We are renting and I really don't want to spend a ton of money changing things that I can't take with us when we finally get to buy our own house. Believe me, there are many, many things I would change if we owned this house. We don't though and I have been trying to be realistic about what I want to do. So, other than paint the walls we aren't doing anything else. That leaves me to focus my creative energies into d├ęcor. I like that better anyway.

Like I said, I'm having a hard time deciding exactly what my "style" is. I like a lot of the stuff I see on blogs, Pinterest and in magazines. I like wood, both stained and painted. I like vintage things. I like colored walls, but also white. I think I may have narrowed it down to farmhouse chic with a little European influence. Does that make sense? We also need comfort and the ability to withstand small children. I'm not into lots of knick-knacks.

I think what got me thinking about this today is that I was cleaning. Cleaning is not my favorite thing to do. I like my house to be clean, but I don't really like cleaning it. Anyway, I was cleaning the bathrooms (least favorite thing ever) and I was thinking that the girls bathroom and downstairs bathroom would be good places to start when I can start painting and decorating. Small spaces that won't take a lot of time or money to complete. Perfect :)

So, here's what I'm thinking for the downstairs bathroom. I'm going to paint the walls Glass Tile CI 184 by Valspar Signature from Lowe's. I was going to post a picture of the sample, but it looks way too blue and it's more of a very light teal color. I'm using this bird figurine as my inspiration. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago, but I love it. It's a little bit darker than the paint color I'm going with.

I'm going to hang some vintage looking signs. Get new towels and rugs. I'll probably go with brown or dark teal or a combo of both unless I can find some pretty printed towels that go with everything. I want a large dark brown woven basket for extra towels and a pretty soap container. That should be it. I'll probably replace the switch cover because the one in there is ugly. Since I want to organize as well, under the sink I'll put a some baskets for TP and cleaning supplies. That should complete this one small room and shouldn't cost much either.

Well, that's it for my planning stage of the downstairs bath. I'll post before and after pics when it's done. Now that I know what I want to do, it's going to be harder to wait. LOL oh well. A lesson in patience :)


Monday, March 11, 2013

My Blank Canvas

I never realized how stressful living in a small apartment with two toddlers above day sleepers could be. I think the most common phrase that came out of my mouth was, "stop running, jumping, skipping, etc.. in the house." It was becoming my mantra...stop this, stop that... It was extremely stressful.

Then we needed to move. More stress. Great. But now that we are moved in and done with the apartment, I feel more like myself. I feel like I can breathe. I stop myself from telling my girls to stop running. They ask me all the time, "we can run and jump and skip here, right mommy?" I smile and tell them that they can.

I can feel some of my stress slowly melt away. More space to move around and no downstairs neighbors can do that to you.

I can feel my creativity being restarted. Where in the apartment, I didn't want to do anything to make it more homey, in our house I can't wait to get started making this into a home that reflects our style. I'm not looking for a magazine spread styled house, just nice, organized, and peaceful. I'm excited about looking at paint swatches, Ikea catalogs (love!), Pinterest, and decorating blogs for inspiration. I've even been looking at Craigslist for furniture I can refinish or repurpose. I'm not a garage sale person, but I actually want to go look at garage sales! Who am I? :) I need to start a binder to put my ideas in so I can take it with me. Pinterest is great and while I have it on my phone, I still like having the pictures and swatches and everything at my fingertips that I can touch and feel.

Now to decide on what room to tackle first. I want it be a small project that it's going to be expensive or take forever. I want to ease into this slowly and gain momentum. I know if I rush at everything I want to do, I will end up with uncompleted projects and an unsatisfying end result.

Hmmm... Maybe the laundry room or downstairs bath? I'm definitely not ready to tackle painting the downstairs. This house is big!

So wish me luck! I have a lot to do and a limited budget. I can't wait to get started, but first, I have to finish unpacking some boxes :)

Maybe I'll go to Lowe's and grab some paint swatches.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Out of the Apartment and into a House

Our family has been searching for a larger house to rent. Our two bedroom apartment is just too small for our growing family. When we moved into our apartment, we were looking at it as a way to save money while my husband is in training for his job.
Well, we've been looking for a larger home for the past month or more and have looked all over the area. I was very discouraged by what we were being shown. Houses that are dirty and falling apart seemed to be all that were in our price range. I thought our price range was good. I figured we could find an awesome house for what our budget was. I was wrong. Even houses in nice neighborhoods were awful on the inside.

It was then that we really started asking questions. I mean, the houses were dirty. They had obviously had not been cleaned when the previous tenant moved out nor had they been cleaned prior to showing. Most of the ads said things like "well maintained", "move-in ready", etc... I was starting to think our standards were too high. Then we learned that Texas housing laws are very different from the state we just left. In Arizona, the house and the carpets had to be professionally cleaned between tenants. If you wanted to get your deposit back you had to clean everything according to their move-out cleaning list. If it wasn't cleaned like the list said then they deducted any cost associated with cleaning the place from your deposit. I thought that was what the deposit was for. I guess it doesn't work that way in Texas. It was quite the rude awakening.

We have found a house, which is a relief. It is well-maintained and clean. Maybe not as clean as I would have cleaned it myself, but at least I feel comfortable moving in before I do a major cleaning. Our landlord has even given us the option of painting the place, which is nice because it really does need to be painted. I'm very happy with our new house and I'm very happy to finally be able to say good bye to our little apartment. Now to just haul all our stuff down these second floor apartment stairs and across town. That's the part I'm not looking forward to :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Easy Winter Hat with Flower

Hello Friends,

It's been a few days since I've posted. So, this is long overdue. All I can say is that I really need to get a hold of time and slow it down. The days go by too quickly :)

We live in the Houston area and the weather has been bitter cold and really nice almost at the same time. It seems like winter always creeps up on me. I hadn't really thought about warmer accessories for my girls until we were walking out the door one day this past week and YIKES! was it cold. Where did the nice days go? Anyway, I knew I needed to do something about. 

I haven't been crocheting lately. Not because I didn't want to, but because I'm trying to get better at knitting. I'm working on a sweater for my oldest and it's taking forever. I'm one of those instant gratification types. It has been a lesson in patience. I'm almost done with it though. I'm working on the sleeves :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that both sleeves end up the same length. LOL

Anyway, I digress. I decided I wanted to whip up a couple of beanies for my girls that were functional and cute. Crochet beanies are pretty simple and easy to make. Plus, you don't have to do much to make a plain one cute. 

Here's what I came up with. I raided my stash of yarn (which is sadly shrinking) and decided on a dark teal super wash wool from Debbie Bliss. I wanted wool for the warmth and natural fiber content, but super wash because, well frankly, kids get dirty and I wanted to be able to throw it in the wash. I always lay flat to dry but machine washable is always a plus.

Here is my disclaimer: This really isn't a tutorial and I'm not a pattern writer AT ALL. So, I'm just going to give you the gist of what I did to make this beanie and you (who I am sure are more competent than I) will have no problem taking this idea and making it your own.

Supplies List:
1 skein medium/worsted weight yarn
size I crochet hook
scrap yarn for flower
button (If desired, for smaller children this can be a choking hazard)

dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over
sl st = slip stitch

When crocheting a hat, I always start by chaining two or three depending on whether I'm using double crochet stitch or hdc or sc. For this hat, I used a dc so I started by chaining 3, then yarn over (yo) and insert the hook into the first chain, dc, yo, dc, yo, etc until I had 12 dc in the first chain stitch. Slip stitch to join. That is your 1st round. Pull center yarn to tighten round and get rid of the hole in the center. Chain 2. Now you are probably thinking, shouldn't I chain 3 for dc. Well, yes, I guess you should, but I usually just do 2 because when I do 3 it leaves a hole and I don't like that so I do 2. You do what you want. It's your hat :)

For the second row, I dc 2x in each stich around, slip stitch to join, chain 2 and start my next row.

Row three, I follow a pattern of 2dc, then 1dc, then 2dc, and so on until the end. sl st to join. chain 2

For row four, I 2dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc around until the end, sl st to join and chain 2.

Row 5 I repeated row 4.

Now depending on what size you want to make your hat, I usually measure my kids head and make it to fit with a little stretch for growing room. This hat was made to fit my youngest whose head is 19" around. I keep a tape measure handy to measure each round as I start to get close to the diameter I need. If I need more rounds I progressively do fewer 2dc's and more 1dc's in each stitch to make it larger evenly around. Once I reach the desired diameter, I just do 1dc in each stitch until it's as deep as I need it to be. This hat has 14 rows of dc stitches.

To make it a little cuter, I decided to do a simple scalloped around the edge of the hat. I sl st in the first stitch, skip 1 stitch, dc 5x's in the next stitch, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch to next stitch, skip 1 stitch, dc 5x's in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern all the way around until you get to the end and slip stitch to join. Tie off and weave in your ends. That's it for the hat. Easy Peasy :)

For the flower, I chain 3 like I did for the hat, but I did 7 hdc's and then slip stitched to join them together. I chained 4, yo 3x;s insert hook into first stitch and quadruple crochet. Do this 3x's, then chain 4 and slip stitch to join in the same stitch. Then slip stitch in the next stitch, chain 4, yo 3x's quadruple crochet, chain 4, sl st to join. Continue this pattern all the way around. You should end up with 6 petals. This makes the smaller flower. You can do one layer if it's for a baby or you just want one or you can use the same idea and make a larger one by starting with dc's instead of hdc's, chaining 6 and yo 5x's. I like to leave my ends long on my flowers so I can use the extra yarn to sew them together, sew on the button and onto the hat. Then I weave in the ends and trim.

I hope this sounds as simple as it really is because once you get the basic format down you can make all sorts of variations.

If you want to mak this for someone else and don't have size measurements, I like to use to following website for sizing references:

If you have any questions, feel free to post them and I'll answer as best as I can.

Hope you like the hat :)


Friday, January 18, 2013

Glasses vs. Contacts

This has been a busy week. TGIF! I am so ready for the weekend. I feel like I've been going at full speed and haven't had time to slow down. I'm ready to relax a little bit. Well, I'll relax after I clean the house, do the laundry, and work on my closet some more. A mom's work is never done :)

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I know there's technical term for them, but my head hurts and I don't want to look it up. Anyway... I went to the eye doctor and had my routine exam done. It's been over two years and I was shocked at how much prices have increased since then. Yikes! Praise the Lord for vision insurance and a health savings account.

I've always worn glasses. I've gotten contacts a few times over the years, but I have an astigmatism and the contacts have always bothered me. They weren't comfortable and I could feel them in my eyes. It felt like they scraped the inside of my eyelids every time I blinked. Not fun. So I would wear them on special occasions and wear my glasses the rest of the time. I always felt that this was a waste of money.

In thinking about getting my eyes checked, I was debating on whether or not to get a contacts exam. It was extra money for the exam. Would I really wear them? It was extra money for the contacts. I really wanted to give them another try though so I went for it. Oh my goodness! What a difference a few years makes. I put in the contacts and I couldn't even feel them. I thought it was great, but felt that time would make a difference and there's no way I would want to wear them for a full day. I've had them in since this morning and I still can't feel them and my eyes aren't all dry and itchy like they used to be when I would wear them. I know this is only day two, but seriously, I would totally be taking them out by this time of the day and wearing my glasses. I hated Toric lenses before, but these are great. I'm not sure what brand they are, but I think they've made me a contacts wearer. When I go back next week for my follow up appointment, I will definitely order them.

It's funny, I've been going on and on about how comfortable they are to my husband that he is wishing he got a contacts exam too so he could try them. He also says that he needs to get used to me wearing them because I look different. I asked if that was a bad thing. He said no, I don't look bad, just different. I'm not sure if I should be offended or not. LOL

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Paper Bag Puppets

I like to do crafts with my girls, but sometimes I get over zealous. I mean, they are only three and four. The crafts can't be too hard or complicated. I thought paper bag puppets would be perfect. It was a great activity to do with the girls. It kept them occupied for over an hour! Then we had a puppet show. So cute. They also made some books with construction paper and plain white paper and drew pictures of animals in them. A great way to spend an afternoon when it's too wet to be outside.

Of course the activity wouldn't be complete without them fighting over something. See photo #2 :)

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Hunger Games - My Favorite Book Right Now

I'm an avid reader. I LOVE to read. I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't. Some of my earliest and fondest memories as a child involve reading. I remember reading to my dad from a book called The Little White House when I was five. I would sit on a stool in his hobby room and read while he built model airplanes.

I remember wanting to be Anne of Green Gables, or Sue Barton, Nurse (I can see people saying "who is that?" LOL). I love the romantic world of Jane Austin and couldn't wait for my own Mr. Darcy to come along. As a shy teenager, books became my friends. They took me places I never dreamed of going. Romance, adventure, mystery, I loved them all.

I fought getting a Nook or Kindle for the longest time because I loved the feel of the pages and sound of an opening book. New books smell so good too :) My husband got me one a couple of Christmases ago. I love the convenience of electronic books, but I miss real books. In today's electronic laden society, I fear that my girls won't have the same love for books that I have. I'm trying, but when all you hear is "I want to watch Dora and Diego", it can get a little discouraging. (Just to clarify, I'm not against Dora or Diego)

It's funny, my husband loves to read as well, but we don't normally read the same types of books. He's more of a Tom Clancy type of guy. Well, I think I've got him hooked on The Hunger Games series. I didn't think he'd read it. Our mistake was watching the movie first. I did not get it. I felt terrible after I watched the movie. I mean, really, a movie about kids killing each other for sport? It was Survivor gone bad. It disturbed me so much that I didn't sleep that night. I just kept thinking about it. I kept asking myself questions. Why do people think this is such a good movie or that the books are so great? I put it on my Facebook page how much it disturbed me and was told to read the books. I had been trying to check them out from the library, but they were never there and it would be months before I could get them. I didn't want to buy them since I thought they were geared toward teenagers and I wasn't sure if I would like them. Finally, I decided to just do it. I bought the first book.

Well, I did like them. I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. Once I was done with the first, I bought the second and the third as well. I read them thru and then thru again. I finally got why they are so popular. I finally got what they were trying to say. Then I bought the movie and watched it again. I could tell that my husband wasn't too happy I bought the movie. He really didn't like it at all. I could tell he was thinking I was getting obsessed or something. I watched it and then I watched the commentary. Watching the commentary was like turning on a light bulb. It finally made sense. Why the story is so disturbing. Why they filmed the movie the way they did.

I really wanted to discuss this book with someone, but I didn't know anyone who had read them that was close that I could have a conversation with about it. Besides, I felt a little silly. I mean, they are supposed to be for teens and I'm much older than that. So, I told my husband to read them. He was reading something else and said he'd do it later. I really didn't think he'd ever read it.

I was working late one evening and came home to find him watching the movie. I was shocked! My husband, who I felt hated that movie, was watching The Hunger Games! He said he was reading it and wanted to watch the movie again to see how accurate it was or something. I was so shocked I really can't remember what he said.

So far, he's finished the first and is halfway thru the second. This is big because my husband is the world's slowest reader ever. Not that he can't read fast, he just doesn't rush thru books like I do. I often rush thru a book so I know what happens and then re-read it slowly so I get all the details I missed. Weird, I know, but with electronic books you really can't skip around :) Such a bummer.

Anyway, I know I'm a little late jumping on the I Like The Hunger Games bandwagon, but I glad I can finally talk about the books with my husband and he knows what I'm talking about. It's so hard to not reveal too much though. I don't want to give anything away.

All that said, I cannot wait until November of this year. Anybody out there going to wait in line for the first showing of Catching Fire when it comes out? I don't know if I'll be first in line or anything, but I'll definitely be going to see it.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Blog Look and Oganization Sympathy

I just started this blog and I'm trying to think of what I want it to look like. I can easily visualize what I want, but making that a reality is often not within my capabilities. I know that the easiest route would be to hire someone to do this, but I just don't have that in the budget right now. So, over the next few weeks there will be some changes to the look of this blog. I'm working on adding pictures and a custom heading and all sorts of things. I'm sure this will always be a work in progress, but so is life and change can be a good thing, right?

Well, on to other things...

One of my new years resolutions is to organize my home. Currently we are living in a very small 2 bedroom apartment. Moving from a 4 bedroom house with a garage to a 2 bedroom apartment has been a big adjustment and I'm still adjusting. I really didn't think we had that much stuff until we tried to cram it into a place that is less than half the size of where we were before. The loss of a garage has been the biggest problem. My husband likes to make things and has a lot of tools for woodworking. Before we moved, he sold many of his tools to thin things out. So, while we did get rid of a lot of our stuff that we didn't need before we moved across country we still had too much stuff.

When we first moved in I organized and stacked and put things away that I didn't need, but I wasn't really thinking of the future when I would need that box of craft supplies that I put on the bottom of the stack of boxes in the back of my closet. So what I thought was a neatly organized closet is now a big jumbled up mess of stuff that doesn't have a place and is in my way. What can I do? I almost don't want to tackle it because it gives me a headache just thinking about it. I cannot ignore it though. If I let it go, it will just get worse and I don't think I want to deal with worse.

Want to see my mess? Sure you do because when your hubby complains that the house is a mess all you have to do is show him this picture and say, "well at least it's not as bad as this". See, I'm helping you. You should thank me. LOL

Here it is.

We will call this the "before" picture. Bet you're wondering where the
"after" picture is? There is no "after" yet. I'm still working on it, but I will post some as soon as I get this project done. You can pity me now that you have see the work that I have ahead of me :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Bonnie :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pre-K Activities

Happy Monday Everyone!

Life has been crazy for my family for that last few months and things are starting to finally settle down and get back into a routine (of sorts). Thank God! I like routine and so do my girls. They can be terrors when their routine is off.

One of the things I've been trying to do is more preschool activities for my girls. I've always done things with them, but nothing organized. They went to preschool so I figured they were learning what they needed for their age range. (Delusional, I know) They only went two days a week and I wanted them to play the other days. Well, I really wasn't thinking about organized play. Then my husband and I decided to try preschool at home. We were debating on whether to homeschool or not when they got old enough. I wasn't crazy about the idea, but decided to give it a try since it was only preschool and it wasn't like I was holding them back or anything if it was a total fail.

It was a great idea on paper. It was a total failure in reality. There were a lot of factors contributing to it's failure, but ultimately it was me. I wanted everything to be perfect and since it wasn't turning out that way I gave up. Add in there two moves in 3 months of each other (one across states) and the setting wasn't ideal. All our books were packed. I couldn't find anything I needed. I was frustrated and aggravated.

Well, one of my New Year's resolutions was to start our preschool activities back up. It's nothing fancy, but I'm taking it slow and we will do this. Today is our official start day. How's it going you ask? We are still working on getting dressed, but we will prevail. Sickness made for some late risers, myself included. It's an easy day. Just some letter and number practice and a craft. Shouldn't be too hard, right? We will see.

Here's where I got my ideas for today: we are making the cat faces

Hope you have a great Monday!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcome to BrewsterVille

Happy New Year!!

Wow!  It was 2012 and now it's 2013. One of my new year's resolutions is to have a blog. Not just have one, but to update it 2-3 times a week. So, here I am on January 2nd and this is my first post. Yeah, I know a day late to start it off on the 1st, but I'm sick so I'll cut myself some slack :)

Welcome to BrewsterVille. I wasn't sure what to call my blog because I didn't want to limit myself to just one thing. Hence the title "BrewsterVille". This will be a place to do crafty things, to organize your home, to save money, to get fit, and whatever else I think of to include. There will also be the occasional mommy brag on my two little girls and family updates for our family and friends who want to know what is going on in our lives. I would like to welcome you all to our little world.

Let's get started!

How did you ring in the new year? I'll admit, I'm not much of a party person. I do like to dress up and go out every once in a while, but with two little ones that doesn't happen very often. So, I didn't stay up and dance the night away at some swanky restaurant with my hubby while a babysitter watched my girls. Gee, that would have been nice though :) Since my husband was working and I'm fighting a cold, the girls and I watched a movie with some Kraft Mac N Cheese and apple juice. I even put them to bed at their normal time because, well frankly, I just wanted to go to bed. I was feeling pretty miserable. Yesterday was better and I felt (somewhat) like cooking our traditional January 1st dinner that must include black-eyed peas and collard greens. I'm really hoping they work this year. Yeah, I know it's just superstitious, but it's tradition.

I always make New Year's Resolutions and this year is no different. I have a whole list of them and subcategories for each. Some of my categories are spiritual, health/fitness, organization, finance, craft/hobby, personal and wife/mother. Throughout the year, I'll go more in-depth on some of these.

I've decided to start with a look at two craft projects I'm starting this month. The first is a knit sweater for my daughter, Abigail. I know it would be easier and quicker to just buy one, but I really want to knit a person-sized sweater. My second project is a crib quilt for a friend. This should be fairly quick and not too hard. I'm not much of a quilter, but I'm planning to make two twin sized quilts for my daughters next and I need some practice. I'll post some pictures of these projects as they progress.

Well, that's it for today.