Get Your Stuff Together This Year

Ironically, I'm writing this on the tenth of January since I *clearly* have all my stuff together for the new year. *facepalm*

But let's talk bullet journals, guys!

Er, actually. I don't have one. Being a perfectionist, I gave up after my first attempt at a title page since I particularly can't stand my handwriting.

In lieu of my pathetic artwork, I found the cutest AND FREE printable planner available at The Handmade Home. Seriously, check it out. It's adorable (and did I mention: free?)

But even the bargain of a free planner was too much since we were almost out of printer ink (and I hate buying printer ink. #depressing) So I customized my own little planner out of a few of my favorite printables I found online and it hopefully cut my ink usage in two. Plus, I was able to keep the pages I actually might use.


Ella Got Run Over by a Christmas Tree ♥

I'm sacrificing a short window of time during this pre-Christmas countdown to finally update the little old blog. I'll blame it on my bro-in-law who is currently sleeping where the family desktop is kept (but the real reason is Bucilla Stockings, the flu, and boring stuff. Like dishes.)

Forgive my rambles as I squish some of my December into a haphazard post about everything.


Ella's $5 Play Kitchen from a Nightstand

Let me tell you straight up: I don't know anything about woodworking. I'm not being modest here; this is 100% honesty. I don't know the different names of screw heads, I didn't know there were so many levels of sandpaper, and I've never used primer in my entire life.

Based on that knowledge, it's a miracle that I'm writing this as we speak.

I had already decided months ago that I really wanted to get a play kitchen for Ella's first birthday. Not just any play kitchen, mind you. If I was going to have a play kitchen for all to see, it was gonna be cute and small.

After scouring Pinterest for ideas and reluctantly realizing that Ikea Duktig play kitchens were way too expensive, I began to entertain the thought of making my own out of a thrifted piece of furniture.
Crazy, no?


Ella's Re-purposed Play Clothes

My sweet little muffin has plum run out of clothes (again!) 
I keep up with laundry at a moderate pace, but this girl goes through clothes at double time thanks to poopy diapers, playing in the toilet, and macaroni for lunch.

I've been going through my closet (as you'll recall from this post) but instead of giving away old clothes I didn't want, I set them aside to re-purpose into baby clothes. It's been a fun way to pass the time in the evening while I wait for Aidan to come home and it's a thrifty way to expand Ella's *ever shrinking* wardrobe!


Blog Glam / Freshen Up With These Freebies!

I'm talking about free stuff that will make your blog so happy, it will start blogging by itself. ♥ I decided to share some of my freebie finds of the month with y'all, so you too can have a happy blog waiting for ya!


I Tried Living Out of a Capsule Wardrobe for a Month / UNO

I'm not fashionable. 
I buy 90% of my clothes second-hand. 
My closet is full. 
Yet I still have absolutely no idea what to wear in the morning.

Lately, I've been inspired by the minimalist lifestyle based on articles I've read, videos I've watched, and lifestyle blogs featuring so much cleanliness and white. I'm *slightly* OCD when it comes to organization, so I'm not particularly surprised that I'm fascinated by the minimalist movement. I'm the girl that organizes my closet by color, style, and fabric FOR FUN.
(I know. Heaven help me, please.)

I think personal fashion is cool. I wish I was better at it / had $$ to invest in a wardrobe of things I like instead of wearing stuff I bought back in 2010 when I thought tight buns were cool. My body has changed a lot after losing a bunch of weight due to breastfeeding, so a lot of my clothes don't fit me anymore OR they don't accommodate the fact that I'm petite yet nursing. *facepalm*

I've gone through my closet at least twice last month, trying to weed out the things I never wore. Still, a bunch of half-worn items adorned the closet rack "just in case" I ever decided to wear them.



Once Upon a Baby Shower!

Hello friends! It's been a bit since I updated y'all on my newest shenanigans due in part to procrastination. In other words, madre and I have been busy planning a baby shower (over the phone!) in the span of three days.

Baby Steger is going to be the cutest little nerd on the planet thanks to his well-read parents (if you don't believe me, just hop on over to Bailey's blog where she writes with such eloquence that you'd never guess we were related. #grammar) Obviously, we had to jump-start this kid's brilliance and throw a storybook shower with all his (soon-to-be) favorite stories.

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