Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dipes and Wipes

Using some of the scraps from Shin's quilt, I made her a Dipes and Wipes case. We got one of these from Target when Rock was born and I really liked having it.
When the baby is little, it's nice to have their diapers and wipes and diaper cream all stored together inside their diaper bag. That way, you never have to dig around for these items and if you need to change the baby in a public place like a restaurant, you can just leave your diaper bag with your friends at your table and carry this into the bathroom.
Later on, when you don't need a big ole diaper bag, you can just throw this into your purse and you have all your diapering needs together in one place. Anyway, I'm really pleased with how it turned out and that I got it finished before she arrives!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

12FOR2010: Pantry Part Two

The Pantry and has been organized! Sorta. As I look at these pictures, I realize that it doesn't look all that different from before. And there are a few things I still want to add. But for now, this will do and I'm glad I went through it and threw out the old stuff.
These shelves might not look organized, but they are much more organized than before. On the door it's dishtowels on the top, followed by random grains and breast milk bags (I'll need those real soon!) on shelf two. Shelf three is stuff for PB&J's and Nutella. Shelf three is for snacky things. Shelf four is more snacky things and the bottom shelf is extra plastic bags and plastic forks.Then moving inside, the top shelf of the pantry is devoted to cook books and candy. I put the candy up high to keep it away from someone's little hands!
Moving down, shelf two is for spices and cans on the left side. The middle section is for nuts and rice and grains. The right side is for tea (front) and dried fruit (in the back since we don't access it as much as tea).Shelf three is baking central. The one exception is the plastic container of fruit snacks (can I get an witness for the awesomeness of Fruitabu?).
I love these jars from Ikea. They are from the SLOM collection and they are just $3.99 each. I might purchase some more for other food storage in the future. For now, they are labeled for sugar, bread flour, whole wheat flour, white flour, and powdered sugar.
Shelf four has cereal on the left. Behind the cereal is our liquid storage -- for our very small 'liquor cabinet' and our extra olive oil, vinegar, etc. The right side is full of pasta, canned and jarred tomato products, and a big ole bag of rice.
The bottom shelf is for drinks on the left and paper/plastic products on the right.
In front of that is our extra ZAZZ (world's greatest fizzy water!) and juice boxes. And that's about it!
I'd like to get a wall organizer for the extra parchment paper, ziploc freezer bags and craft paper hiding behind the ZAZZ, but I can live with things as they are. And my label maker is out of label tape at the moment so the areas are not as labeled as I'd like it to be, but again, you can go crazy trying to hyper organize. For now, I'm just glad I can see everything that's in there and I can say "A sorta place for everything and everything sorta in it's place."

Friday, February 12, 2010

Katie's Advice!

My friend Katie nicely put up a post on her blog all about this blog and my New Years Resolution for this year.AND she offers some great tips on menu planning and food preparation! I particularly love the idea pictured above -- a dry erase board to list everything that's in your fridge/freezer. That way things don't get lost and turn fuzzy! Here's the link to check out all her great ideas.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cool Mom or Design Disaster?

Quick question.
This is a rug/play mat from IKEA. I think Rock would enjoy playing with his cars and trucks on it. And I would love to have him close at hand while I cook/do things in the kitchen. Meanwhile, our kitchen rug is pretty small and I have wanted to update it with a bigger model for some time.
So my question is would I be a cool mom if I bought it and used it as kitchen rug or would that just prove that I no longer have any design? I'd really appreciate some honest feedback.
p.s. I'd especially appreciate the honest feedback of my husband.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Christmas Album

I come from a long line of Christmas-card-picture-displayers.Okay so I don't know if anyone else before her did it, but my mom always kept her Christmas card pictures up on the fridge until the next set of cards started coming in. Then she put them in an album.
Although my pictures are on this wall instead of on the fridge, I decided to follow her example and make my own Christmas picture album.
Here's the outside. I got the album on sale at Target and bought some extra pages so it will last for a few more years. The card in the window is an old one from my friend Stephanie. You can't really see it here, but it says "Merry Christmas."
The earliest pictures I had saved were from 2005, but the bigger collections start in 2006.
On some of the pages I cut out designs and words from Christmas cards past but I am no scrapbooking genius. And I have no time to make myself one.
Now we'll be able to look back in years to come and see how we've all aged. Aged gracefully that is.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What's Wrong with Maryland?!

Simplicity and Project Runway are doing a cool new pattern design contest and I was thinking about entering. But you can't enter if you live in Maryland. What's up with that?!
Okay, okay, I know! This year is about focusing on my family. Not winning contests. So I'm okay with not entering. But still I want to know why Maryland residents can't enter.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

12FOR2010: February's Goal

Proverbs 31: 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
12FOR2010 February's Goal is all about cleaning, organization, and looking well to the ways of my household. As I've said before, we'll be adding a baby girl to our family in March. So I planned for February to be a month of creating some sort of order before the chaos begins.
First off, cleaning. I've always viewed cleaning as a awful, nasty, no-good chore. But lately I've been disgusted by my laziness and searching for a way to stay on top of this responsibility (and we won't talk about how I've been known to say "Responsibility is a four letter word"). So, the first step I'd like to take on is making a cleaning schedule/chart of sorts, posting it somewhere and sticking to it.
I'd also like to examine some natural methods of cleaning -- or at least some less-toxic options than what I currently use. I'm not super paranoid about these things, but maybe I should be?
As for organizing, I have already started to transform 'Rock's room' to make it 'The Kids room.' In particular, I've been working on reworking the closet to really utilize the space.
Speaking of closets, my closet could use some organization as could our bathroom cabinets, the pantry and fridge (left over from last month), the area right inside our front door where everything gathers, and all the other places where clutter clutters our lives.
I'm still not feeling 100%, but I continue to hope that this month is better than last. And I hope to post on my progress in some of these areas so stay tuned.