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All settled

I apologize for lack of posting as of late. I’ve finally gotten unwound from our busy and very fun family vacation. As promised, photos!

I was the first to venture into the shiver inducing water

Then I took the Beeb with me.

She didn’t mind at all!

We love Door County! It’s so peaceful and soul inspiring.

We’ll be back to “normal” posts soon.

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

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Family Trip

I am so excited! We leave early tomorrow morning for a family vacation. So, no posts for a few days and pictures when I return!

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

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Whatcha Think? Wednesday

Whatcha Think? Wednesday.

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Whatcha Think? Wednesday

Last night my Mr and I watched the movie Bridesmaids. Funny!

In the film there is one bridesmaid who is complaining about her children. They disrespect her and swear at her. She then acts surprised by their behavior. As if she has had no control over the shaping of their lives.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand that it’s “just a movie” and things in movies are exaggerated for comedic effect.

However this exaggeration is played out all to often in real life. It seems for some parents, once the diapers are off and the kids are in school, parenting stops. But, if the parents aren’t raising their children then who is left to influence them? Movies, Tv, music, other kids? It certainly isn’t the teachers job to raise your kids. Educate them in specific subjects, yes. But teach them respect, and morals? I think not. Teachers should be receiving respect which has been instilled by parents.

It is our responsibility as parents to protect and guide our children.
Teach them honor one another.

So, whatcha think?
How do you guide the kids in your life?
What kind of example do you set?

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

 

For great parenting resources, check this out!

 

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Mission Monday

Easiest rack ever!

 

I used to have all of our scarves, belts, hats, and things of that sort in a plastic three drawer storage thingy that was tucked in our closet. Very difficult to get to and almost impossible to see everything. I chose to use the plastic storage for Madeline’s toys in the living room. This left all of the previously stored items on our bedroom floor.

I was inspired by a picture I saw on another blog, but of coarse cannot find now.

This a branch from my back yard, some scrap fabric, and two monkey hooks.

TA DA! 

I found the branch and broke off all the little twigs. You may want to use snips to cut the twigs of nice and close. I just snapped them off and they have been snagging my scarves.

After measuring what height I wanted the rack to hang at I cut the scraps of fabric, braided them and tied them to the branch. Placed the monkey hooks into the ceiling and hung the fabric.

I also took a baby formula canister and glued some more fabric scraps to that. I now use it for bandannas.

Hope this inspires you!

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

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“It’s so beautiful!”

That’s what the newly six-year-old Little Lady said after she slowly inspected her new “big girl” room. Six hours of work. After I sat down from setting the last detail and took one breath, Silena walked through the door. But, I’ll just sht up and show you what we did.

Here is the before.

And the after!

We painted the room a beautiful yellow called Whimsical Fairy Lily

Added a reading corner

The one and only time she was allowed to jump on her bed =)

Happy Birthday Silena!


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Whatcha Think? Wednesday

Saving money. Doesn’t that sound nice? I used to be a super spender when I was single. I just blew it all on things I didn’t need. Impulse buys on clothes and shoes and dropped a ton on bad habits.

Once my Mr and i got engaged I started handing him my paychecks. I told him to pay my bills and then give me what I could spend. Now, I have come a loooonnnnggg way from my “hole in the pocket” days.

Today I thought I’d share a few money saving ideas.

Consignment Stores. Not all of them are great, but if you take the time to find ’em, they can be awesome! There is one store in my area that is specifically children’s and maternity. One of my favorite things about it is every couple of week that have a Quarter sale. It’s all the stuff they didn’t approve to consign. Some of the items are missing a button or just need to be washed and they’re only  25 cents!

Here are some ideas a found on a website called Feed the Pig.

Make up:
Discover that a color that looked great on you at the store looks not-great everywhere else? Have a barely-used makeup swap party with good friends.

Nails:
Organize a “home spa” day with your friends. You can swap polish colors, give messages and sip martinis for next to nothing!

 

What are some of your favorite ways to save big?

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

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