It took me a bit to get this posted, because I wanted to include a picture of one of my fabulous crafts. I’m letting it go since my goal was to do these things … not necessarily blog about it in a timely manner :)
I’m proud to report that I have been a crafting maniac lately. Well, a certain sort of thanks goes to my Mom and sister for their help in our sewing weekend, but all the ideas came from yours truly.
|A gnome quilt from Jemma’s Aunt Hannie|
I finished a handful of projects – a lovie with a vintage hankerchief in the center, a set of cloth wipes, and some burp clothes for a friend. Best of all, I followed this tutorial for wool longies from a garage sale sweater. I entered it in the fair and guess what … I won Best of Class in the Upcycled Clothing category. WOOHOO!
- Homemade Pizza: basil, garlic and mozarella (Jemma loved the little triangle she got to nibble one!)
- Panko-breaded Tilapia (Costco freezer section) and sweet potato fries
- Out to Eat: Chipotle
- BBQ Pork and sweet potato fries (obviously a new favorite)
My sister brought me Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip as a snack when she visited and I snacked on that this week too. It is to die for – seriously, you must make this and have it with French bread or tortilla chips!
We walked around the neighborhood on Tuesday – it was slow going since Jemma’s 25 pounds were wrapped on me in the K’Tan, but it was beautiful weather and a relaxing way to wind down our evening. We only accomplished one walk this week, better luck next time :)
This isn’t going to happen. It’s just too hard to fit in reading these days and I think I just need to be ok with that. Right now I get home from work a little after 7pm, nurse Jemma, change clothes, fix dinner/inhale it, start bedtime routine at 7:30-7:45. By 8:15 we snuggle up for nursies (cross my fingers that nursing puts her to sleep) and coax Jemma into slumberland by 8:30-8:45 depending on how her afternoon nap went and how much willpower she has left her in busy little body. That leave me with 1-2 hours of mama time. I flip laundry, wash dishes, pack pumping supplies and then decide what I’ll do to wind down for the day. Options are usually – a TV show with Dominic (which includes multi-tasking with Pinterest/blogging), sew upstairs, or take a bath a read. I’ve been opting for the TV/multi-tasking combo lately. Because … hello … nothing is better than PINTEREST after a long day.
But, I did make it through 5 chapters of Anne’s House of Dreams (I’ll finish eventually). I’m 1/2 way through my Marie Claire that arrived in the mail AND I started The Hunger Games last night. I know I’ll finish The Hunger Games before the movie comes out :) But, really, it’s super good so far and I might start slacking on Pinterest to get through this crazy story sooner.
I always wondered why my mom rarely read a novel. Now I know why.
I see so many bloggers/mamas fitting in crafts, meal plans, exercise, and reading on a weekly basis, but I’m struggling with it all. I might have to have a zero-goal August just to recover :) How do you fit it all in? I’d love to hear our weekly scheme for conquering life!