Sunday, February 24, 2008

It has been a full few weeks here. I was down in Orlando last week for business and came home with the flu. Handsome Hubby had been sick the day before I flew out and I prayed that neither of the kids would get sick while I was gone OR that I would get sick while I was there. Unfortunately the kids did get sick and so did I. We're just finally starting to come out of it. Since we've been stuck indoors we're a bit stir crazy so today we ventured out to the mall to the Rainforest Cafe and to do a little shopping.

Found a GREAT deal on boots at JCP that I must share! I bought 2 pairs of suede boots regularly 110.00 for 9.97 each! Can you believe it?! Apparently someone had just returned them and they were only on the shelf for about 15 mins before I swiped them back off.
This isn't a great picture but you get the idea. (The brown pair in front and a black pair behind.) Normally I'm a heeled boot kind of gal but these looked super cute on.

A few weeks back I took a sewing class at Joann's Fabric. It was a little Xmas gift from Handsome Hubby and it was the best gift really. Seriously, a couple years ago he brought me a nice Singer sewing machine for Xmas but whenever I tried to use it I'd end up jamming the thread and getting frustrated. Anyway, I just loved the class and I'm looking to take a few more of their classes. Here are some curtains for my dining room. I've had the fabric for a year or two and am in the process of adding some fun brown pom-pom fringe. I'm obviously not done yet but getting there. I saw some really fun fabrics in bright springy color patterns that I may end up making to swap these out for spring/summer but before I start planning that I suppose I should just get these finished up first.

Speaking of spring...I don't know about you but I'm SOOOO ready for spring. It was fun to see all the bright spring clothes while out at the mall today. I'm starting to pull out my apple green colors to go with my browns and blacks. I love the look of apple green with brown, black and white. Got these fun little faux granny apples at Hobby Lobby and have stuck them in little places around the house.

Thoughts of spring also inspired me to purchase a new scale today. I like to weigh myself daily and I've been doing so for the last several years on a very generic scale. I decided that if I plan to sport the fun looks this spring I'd better buckle down and finally lose that 10-15 lbs. I'm hoping this will help keep my in line. It's middle of the road price wise but has great reviews. I bought it at Walmart for about $40 and it's the 'HealthoMeter Body Fat & Body Water Fitness Tracking Scale'. It's kinda fun (well, as fun as a scale that measures my chubby factor can be) :) but you can store your height, age, gender, goal weight and a few other things and it will help track your progress and measure my favorite, BMI. LOL. Oh my. There are much more expensive, fancier versions out there but keep in mind I had a very old basic scale so these little features have me dazzled! :)

Anyway, I'll let you all know if the scale keeps me inspired to lose the weight. Cross your fingers~!

Oh, and before I forget! Handsome Hubby is starting a new job tomorrow with Garmin. We're beyond excited for this opportunity and truly thank the Lord for this blessing. Garmin is headquartered in our area, in fact it will be a very short commute, and they are a company full of opportunity. Funny though, I kinda feel like his mother though, nervous for his first day, asking him repeatedly if he's picked out his outfit and mapped out his morning yet. hehehehe

Bye for now!

Monday, February 11, 2008

I want a new drug.

Tonight began innocently enough, a simple trip to the ATM and onto the grocery store. It wasn't time for my next fix, not even close but as I pulled away from the ATM a thought crossed my mind. Maybe I should do it. I'm so good at it, so quick. Nobody at home would be the wiser, a quick in and out if you will. So, against my better judgement I went. I went for my fix even though I had just gone 2 days earlier. Hello. My name is Suburban Momma and I'm a Target junkie.

Like any good Target junkie worth her grain in salt I know where to find the goods. The goods with the little red sticker. Oh how that little sticker can make my heart race, my step a little quicker as I push my rickety cart towards the object of my desire. I vie for cart space at the end of each aisle (where many of the items wearing that brazen little sticker can be found). You know you're amongst other hardened Target addicts when you see random milling around, hovering at the end of the back aisles. I like to think of them as an instant friend. Someone on the same mission as I. Someone with like minded goals.

Tonight was different though. I was stronger then usual, I put items in, let them ride around in my cart for a bit while I reasoned with myself. Eventually the majority ended back on their perspective shelves, right where they belonged. I'm proud to say that Suburban Momma pervailed and walked out with a few great items, several of which bore that little red sticker, but all rang in at under $20 total. That never happens. I don't know ladies but I'm feeling strong like I can conquer anything!

Suburban Momma 1; Target 0

(Psst, has anyone checked out the Old Navy 40% off kids and baby sale??) :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My take on tassels

A month or two ago stumbled upon a great blog, Nesting Place. 'The Nester' has a great sense of style and she's great to share with us some of her fabulous decorating ideas. In addition to her great decorating skills she makes adorable tassels which she sells on Etsy. Check her out if you've not already!

Several months back while wandering aimlessly around Hobby Lobby I came upon some tassel caps. They are unpainted wood caps that were marked down to .25 cents each. Not ever having made a tassel before they sat untouched in a jar in my office, waiting for inspiration. Inspiration was found after stumbling upon 'The Nester's' cute tassels. I did some googling and found instructions on how to make them and here's what I've done so far.

My tassels aren't nearly as cute has her's but it's been fun to make them and I intend to perfect my technique!

Handsome Hubby thinks I'm a goof, watching me as I try to find different places to hang my little tassels, and Aidan finds the tassels funny. Hmmm, not sure why but for whatever reason they make him chuckle. :)

Another blog that you have to check out if you haven't already is Kari & Kijsa. These two sisters are beyond creative and inspirational. They provide decorating tips, helpful hints and creative projects.