Monday, January 31, 2011

Super Bowl 2011

In less than a week the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 2011! 

But let's be real shall we? It's really all about the commercials and the food!

Invite a few friends or family:

Have them bring a dish to share: 

Sit back and relax. Watch some game plays, a few commercials, and eat a little - or a lot. 

while you are planning your Super Bowl party, check out pingg's blog post on how to make your football party the envy of the neighbors!  

A couple of my favorite treats include:
deviled eggs
mini tacos
and something to satisfy my sweet tooth

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Spring Cleaning: Out With The Old ...

... and in with a clean house!
I threw out a lot of random toy pieces and toys with missing parts. I was on a mission to

git 'er done

 and really didn't want to spend the time looking around the matching parts.

sorry for the blurry picture ...  my camera on my phone is unpredictable and it looked OK on my phone.

I am happy to say that starting off this year with organized spaces feels good. It's been a lot of work, but so very worth it! Now if I can just get my boys to keep their clean room - clean!!! 

I have 1 more space to get organized ... my closet! Not sure I am ready to tackle that one yet.

Anyone else gotten the urge to clean, purge & organize?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spring Cleaning: Little Miss gets organized

I really fell like I just organized lil' Miss's room ... it didn't need much, just a little attention to a few items. I only made a few small changes which, to me, left a big impact on her room.

1. I sorted through the baby toys (she's 16 months, does she really need a rattle, still?).
2. Moved out the rocking chair & replaced it with a more comfortable napping reading chair.
3. Moved her changing table/dresser into the closet (it's pretty deep - I could put a twin bed in there).
4. Picked up a storage bin for her toys (the poor man's version of a toy box).
5. Got a little basket for some books.
6. Added a small child's rocking chair, which belonged to my husband when he was a wee lad.
7. Picked up some bedding for the extra bed in her room. And may I add that I LOVE the colors on this new bedding. (Thank you TJ Maxx!)

The only project left for this room is to paint that little rocking chair. Once that is done, her room will be complete ...

Any thoughts on the color to paint the rocker? White? That blue from the walls? or even that yellow?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spring Cleaning in January?

Maybe it's the nice weather we've had lately, or it could be the start of a new year. Either way I decided it was time to clean house! Time to simplify, get organized & rid the house of un-used toys, clothes, and furniture.

You could say that this last weekend was a busy one! It certainly helped having hubby and our two boys gone on a camping trip. While they were gone, Little Miss and I tried to keep on task. She was not as helpful as I would have liked, but she is only 16 months. Maybe I should lower my expectations! :)

First up, was the boys room. There was a HUGE need to simplify.


I now have the boys' toys fitting nicely on a bookshelf. Each toy has a place. With the exception of a medium sized storage bin in the closet (filled with larger toys; trucks, outdoor balls, etc).

All their other toys were placed in the donation pile.

I have an empty wall in this room and not sure what to do, art work? wall map? maybe nothing?

do you have any ideas?

Next up... Little Miss's room.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Simple Count-down craft

Monster Jam is one of those events that my boys look forward to EVERY year. We started going 4 years ago ... when my oldest was 1 1/2 yrs. They know it's coming up and I was getting asked every day - several times a day,

"How many days until Monster Trucks?"

I decided to help the boys out so they can see just how many days until they get to go.

So, I pulled out some old scrapbook paper and we made a paper chain. I found some Monster Truck stickers at Big Lots and the boys put stickers all over the paper.

Each day they tear off a link and now know just how many days until Monster Jam!