five on friday 8.14.15

Friday, August 14, 2015

Oh, hey it's five on friday time!  After my last few very serious life posts, I decided to put together a little collection of not-so serious things going on in my life lately!  I'm linking up with Karli and April, of course!

the never-ending kitchen renovation

We have a fully functioning kitchen now and I appreciate it more than ever!  I'm actually excited to cook and bake!

We started this renovation on May 4th.  It was AWFUL living without a kitchen for over 2 months.  My mom was the only reason we survived since she made us dinner or we went to their house many nights per week.

The last few things that we are waiting on are our electrician to hang (and I have to order) our pendant lights.

Capri 1-Light Pendant

Christian has to paint the trim and touch up the kitchen and dining room.  And we need to order our counter stools.

Curran Grey Counter Stool

"tidying" up
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
We moved to our house about 1 year ago and things still aren't organized and where I want them to be and then the whole kitchen reno really made me crazy.  Living in disarray will do that to you.  So I'm totally inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  Although I haven't read the book I've read many posts and articles about it and am trying to use that philosophy and looking for the things that bring me joy and tossing the rest!

I consigned a bunch of maternity and baby clothes but still have so many more things.  I'm debating what is the best thing to do- a consignment sale, consignment store, donate, or sell online.  I looked into Kidizen, but I think I'm in over my head there.  I wish I had enough followers to sell on instagram!

As for my closet, currently I feel like I have no clothes to wear, but I am really being cognizant of what I buy and not buying random things at Target or Old Navy just because they're cheap.  But instead I'm trying to buy only clothes that I actually really like.  I'd love to have fewer things in my closet and not "in case or one day" clothes.

 I only ended up keeping 2 things for myself from the Nordstrom sale.  Talk about restraint.

banana pudding

Thank you Paula Deen for the best banana pudding recipe.  I made my own whipped cream instead of cool whip and used this version of Paula's recipe.


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Years ago I joined Ebates but always forgot to go to their website before shopping.  I recently added the Ebates button to my browser and it's awesome.  It pops up every time I go to a website to shop.

Online shopping has never been better!  Who wouldn't want free money just for shopping?  The best was that during the Nordstrom Sale it was 6% cash back.

I just got my "big fat check" in the mail today!

I recently told a few of my friends about it and I'd be happy to tell you more if you have questions about Ebates and I'd love if you'd click on my referral link if you sign up!  You won't regret it!

back to school

Although crisp, cool, fall mornings are starting to sound appealing I'm still in full-on summer mode!  I'm loving that I don't have to start worrying about school.  Carter starts at Montessori school again the week after Labor Day so I'm starting to look for some fall clothes and shoes and a school bag.  They are not supposed to bring back packs and instead a 14" x 15" tote bag.  boo.  How cute are little guys with their backpacks?  But I get it and I'm a rule follower!  So I'm looking for something a little cuter than the A.C. Moore $1.99 burlap bags.  Any ideas?

So far these are the only options I've found.  But don't really scream "school," huh?

Boy Preppy Icon Totes

We're off to the beach!  Happy Weekend!!

working vs sahm: the pros

Friday, August 7, 2015

Another post sans pictures of my boys...crazy, right?!  Instead, just random thoughts put together to keep track of the pros vs cons list that is constantly playing over in my head.

I'm still figuring out the best thing to do for my family and for me too.  I've spent way too much time weighing my options, throughout the days and nights.  My last post highlighted the difficulties of each option and I didn't really touch on all the good in both scenarios.

So now the "pro's:"

Staying at home:  Being with my boys, of course.  Making them breakfast and lunch and sitting with them and talking about anything and everything.  Filling the day with fun- park dates, making projects, playing in the backyard, making race tracks with sidewalk chalk, baking cookies and cupcakes, reading to them, and occasionally having some time to myself to blog or clean or maybe even catch up on dvr'd bachelorette.  Seeing them light up and smile at me for no apparent reason, more time to run errands, no rushing, very little stress.

Going back to work:  Having a little time to myself, a routine and schedule, looking forward to coming home to my boys, enjoying all the time together, the extra money, the benefits, cultivating part of me, using what I've learned to help other children, being part of my school community, friendships with co-workers, feeling like I make a difference, not losing my job, getting paid through the summer, shopping.

As of today, I think I've made my decision- to test out working starting in January.  I found out that I will keep my same classroom in first grade so I don't have to worry about changing grades.

One of my main stressors for going back to work are sick kids and sub plans and not being able to get a sub.  So instead of taking the boys to daycare I'm considering looking for a full time nanny to stay at home with my boys.

Initially I did not like the idea of a nanny- paying someone to replace me.  But it alleviates the worry for me about sick kids and also the day-to-day rushing around to get to daycare and school but Carter can continue going to his school 3 mornings each week.  I feel like this spring semester will be a little taste of what working with 2 kids is.  And that's the beauty of teaching- I can test it out for 5 months and if it's terrible, I can resign.  

Since we're still 5 months away from starting this-- it all sounds great.  We'll see how I feel as January draws closer!