Monday, March 29, 2010


If you're not shopping at Aldi, you absolutely should be. I am in love. We haven't had it in Maryland very long, but ever since we have, we've been shopping there and saving an obscene amount on our groceries.

Bitsy #1 adores shopping there for two reasons: one, you never know what they'll have and two, she gets to put the quarter in the cart.

They have their regular items, but they also have different items from time to time that will only show up once or twice. For example, they have toys and clothes mixed in some weeks. We plan on getting an adorable pop-up play tent for Bitsy #2 who has a birthday coming up! It's under $20.

And yes, you have to put a quarter in their shopping carts to use them! It's such a genius idea. You put in your quarter at the start & get it back at the end. They don't have to pay anyone to run laps around the parking lot picking up the carts! GENIUS, I say.

But really, I get the best feeling when we go in there, come out with HUGE bags of groceries, and have only paid $20 or $30. We can find practically everything we need there. (Two small notes. I almost fell over when we tried the soda. Ew. But their cheese crackers? Delicious! Actually better than name brands. Other note: BEST PRODUCE EVER. And so, so cheap. This week? A 10 pound bag of potatoes for under $2. I kid you not. And strawberries? Don't get me started on their delicious strawberries.)

So no, Aldi didn't pay me to say anything, I'm just THAT in love with the store.

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Very "Mom" Day

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One of my sisters used to tell me how I'd be a good mom because I was good at 'mom things' like baking cookies and scrapbooking--not to mention I went to school for elementary education. It used to crack me up. What did this sort of thing have to do with being a mom? Sometimes in my observations I think the best moms are the ones who didn't expect to be a "great mom". Being a parent is hard work! Being a devoted one is even harder. I love when we're at the park and I observe a mom or dad with her or his children actually having fun! He's not talking on the cell phone. She's not gossiping with her friend while her child is about to fall off the monkey bars. It gives me hope for these sweet little children out there.

I love their innocence! Yesterday Bitsy #1 played at the park with a little boy who was the most precious little man. It didn't matter to her that he was a bit younger. It didn't matter that English was his second language and he was hard to understand sometimes. It didn't matter that he was *gasp* a boy! 

Yesterday was a very 'mom' day. We took care of getting a gift for a birthday party. We grocery shopped. We went to the park. And then we made cookies for a bake sale that will help a local family in need. And I loved every second of it. Some may have thought my day was slow and mundane, but not me!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thinking of Ireland Today...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! For some reason, I've always been drawn to Ireland. I knew my family had ancestors from there, but it's not exactly close. I believe it was my grandfather's grandmother who was originally from Ireland. I would love to visit, though.

I mean, look at this:
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Beautiful. When we lived in North Carolina, we had a missionary serving there from Ireland. We'd have the elders over for dinner quite frequently, so we got to know him well. Each time he was over, he'd get a little homesick, the poor kid. Apparently I look like 99% of the population of Ireland! Ridiculously pale skin. Dark brown hair. A few freckles. And I guess it didn't help that I actually knew who Flogging Molly was!

So go put on some green & enjoy your St. Patrick's Day! (And no, I don't think you have to go out drinking to do so! lol) Maybe one day I'll tell you about a trip to Ireland.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Printable Easter Egg Hunt Invitations

The kids and I decided we'd have an Easter Egg Hunt at Grandma & Grandpa's. They have THE best house for hunts... inside OR out! So many hiding places and beautiful scenery--Springtime brings sweet little flowers everywhere there. We have a handful of friends we're going to invite and I, of course, couldn't just send out a plain e-mail! I whipped up a couple of invitations & made my mom and husband decide which one to use! Ha!

So I decided to offer them at You can PRINT THEM YOURSELF or e-mail them. So easy! I can, of course, print them if you'd prefer. See them here and here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm Dreaming of Home Make-overs

In case you didn't read last week, we heard that our offer on the home was accepted! If all goes as planned, we'll close April 23rd. Because this house is a foreclosure, it's been empty for about a year... and needs a big, big cleaning! We're already planning to take about a week off of work and go in, clean, clean, clean, and then paint! Every inch of that house needs to be painted.

Joshua and I have been having fun picking out paint colors. We usually can't agree on decor AT ALL, but colors come a little easier. He's not, however, a fan of turquoise/aqua. I LOVE it. So I think our compromise will be to let me have a nice, bright aqua in the basement/playroom/Bitsy Office. Yup. Talk about your good use of space! Currently the room has awful paint. It has beadboard, but it's painted GREEN and above is RED! Ack!

So I'm thinking paint the beadboard a clean white and put aqua up top. Yum.
And then I saw this. Yes, it's a kitchen, but wow. Wouldn't something like that be fantastic on one wall for my work area?! Oh I'm dreaming big.

(Thank you to decorpad for the photo.)

You can see more of my aqua obsession in my latest premade Etsy package here.

Friday, March 12, 2010


They accepted our offer on the house!! Eeee!!
We're one step closer to home-ownership.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Logos for Hubby!

Happy Tuesday! Can I just tell you I'm ready to lose my mind? Two things. I've had a headache for more than a week. Yes, it's been here the whole time. Well, almost. I had two blissful hours of headache-free time yesterday. But then it came back.

Two: We're waiting and waiting and waiting to hear back from a bank. We made an offer on a house!!!!! We were ready to just put it back on the back burner for awhile when I saw this adorable little house. We thought we'd see it 'just in case', but we both loved it. It's a foreclosure, so we're waiting around to hear back if that bank will accept our offer. Who knew I was THIS impatient?!

So I've been trying to keep myself busy AND DISTRACTED! Not sure if I've mentioned before, but Hubby is an airplane enthusiast. He adores model airplanes and a few years ago found a simulator where you can fly and crash as many times and not pay a few hundred dollars if you crash the plane! Thank heaven for computers.

Well, the smarty taught himself how to design 3-D models for this software and has now figured out how to take those designs and create actual plans--as in, print this and build your own model plane from his design. Incredible. He never ceases to amaze me.

Of course, that meant creating a logo for his possible business! Hooray! It was so fun to sit down with him and play around with possible logos. The problem was he didn't know quite what to call it... He had an idea of what he wanted--classy and simple. Wings. Maybe a bird? I told him we should do a quail. (Quail-man from that old cartoon Doug, anyone?!) He laughed & said maybe a crane!

So we went from this, which was 'meh':

to this, which was too girly:

to this, which just wasn't working...

Until he came home and had decided on "Inverted G". Perfect! (I didn't know, but it's a maneuver.) I love it. Simple, classy, and quite manly. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Greeting Cards

I'm still working on getting many of my designs 'translated' into matching greeting cards. You can now purchase damask and baby shower thank you cards that match invitations I currently carry.  They are, of course, are great on their own, too:

I also have a few completely new designs I'm adding. They'll be available at and of course at

The Lund greeting cards! I love this design & use it for just about everything. I can replace it with your last name or with a simple 'hello' or 'thank you'.

Moving announcements have been on my 'to do' list for much too long! I plan on adding more soon.

I had the wonderful opportunity to give a gift to my husband's niece for our family gift exchange. I actually didn't have any horses drawn up and knew I needed something for this wonderful horse-lover! Love how these turned out & will add it to my collection soon.


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