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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DIY Pallet Pumpkin

The break of Fall and Spring are my two FAVORITE times of year. You can literally smell Fall in the air, even if it is still 90 degrees outside. We don't really get in to decorating for Halloween, but decorating for Fall is a whole different story!

Let me just say, I LOVE pumpkins. I'm seriously one of those super annoying pumpkin {everything} people. We currently have a pallet abundance at my house just screaming for free projecting, my favorite kind!

As usual, I approached Daddy D with a Pinterest plan to make pumpkins from some of our pallets. I assured him they would be super easy and take no time at all...2 hours later....

In all honesty the project didn't take THAT long considering the amount of work that we put in to it and the fact that other than some orange paint it was free. Because you know labor isn't worth much more than kisses around here. Wink wink.

As you can see, mini d was working really hard on this project! We had to re-fuel with some popsicles. Orange of course.

Now, what you really want to know, how did we do it?


Pallet (one for each pumpkin)
Orange outdoor paint
 - Yes we could have used spray paint, but painting it by hand was way more fun!
One large stick
Nails, Hammer, Jigsaw, Pencil

How did we do it?

Daddy D pulled the pallet apart using whatever manly ways possible and removed the already existing nails. 

He is so stinkin' cute, right?! I know.

We lined the boards up vertically next to each other and using a pencil I drew out the pumpkin.

Daddy d then used a jigsaw to cut the boards to size.

Using spare pieces of the pallet he nailed the pumpkin back together and attached a random stick we had laying in the barn (for whatever reason).  Daddy d has hoarding tendencies and although that doesn't fly in the house I leave the barn alone. At any given time there are all sorts of random things in there, which actually does come in handy sometimes. Shhhh....don't tell him I said that.

Mini d and I then worked together to paint the pumpkins, which was a fun project for all of us! Then Daddy d and I worked together to spray mini d off with a water hose. HA! She had a little too much fun painting.

The end result was exactly as I had envisioned, and so worth the time and effort we put in to it!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Breastfeeding Mommy, What's on Your Nightstand?

I'm one of those habitual type people that likes to do things in a routine. I'm also a little OCD about placement...of well everything. You never guessed that about me, right? 

Prior to about 9 months we co-slept with mini-d. Meaning she slept in the same room with us (not in the bed with us). And no we never got her out of our room, we just got promoted to bed sharing (okay now she is in the bed). You're jealous of that cute little foot in my face all night, I know!

Breastfeeding and co-sleeping go hand-in-hand and if your little one doesn't sleep through the night it is practically a necessity. After a few weeks of waking up in the middle of the night and stumbling around in the dark on a blind hunt I figured out there were a few things that I needed to add to my {perfectly organized in it's own little way} nightstand!

My number one necessity....the ever so glamorous tap light. This bad boy gives off just the right amount of light needed to change a diaper or re-latch a newborn in the middle of the night without waking everyone up. It's also super fun for a baby or even toddler to play with. Safe, who knows? But fun, yes.

Water, Water, and did I say Water? Water is such a necessity when you are trying to keep your supply up. Especially if you are trying to work and pump. Keep a straw cup with water in it or two on your nightstand at all times! 

Why the straw and lid? Because it's no fun knocking a full glass of water over on to your phone and alarm clock in the middle of the night. 

All that water may create a little more milk than you bargained for. You will want to have a washcloth on your nightstand for random milk that decides to spray everywhere or for possible spit-up from those middle of the night feedings.

And finally, a must, your smart phone. At some point there will come a time you can just roll over in your sleep and breastfeed without ever waking up, but that takes time. Until that point you will want to stay awake while the baby is eating to reduce the risk of SIDS and all that other dangerous stuff we won't talk about. What better way to stay awake than to stalk people on Facebook or play on Pinterest?

What's your nightstand necessity? 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What do you {splurge} on?

You know I'm always preaching budgets and saving money.

This might leave you wondering...

How can I preach about save, save, save and still write about vacationing all the time?

I've said it before and I will say it again, material things are just that {material}. They don't really hold value nor do we place a lot of value in them. So in our house we save, we don't go out and finance things that we really can't afford just because we can make the monthly payments.

News Flash: With minor exception (like mortgage), if you can't pay for it up front you really can't actually afford it. Financing is just a fancy way of making you think you can afford things that in reality you cannot. Real talk.

We don't spend money just because we have it. Don't have your paycheck spent before it ever hits the bank.

Interested in seeing how we budget? 

We live well below our means, we set a budget, and we stick to it. This allows us to SAVE

What are we saving for?

Our retirement
A rainy day
Mini d's future

But wait, what if we die (I mean not to be morbid or anything)? Then we saved for nothing? Wrong. We will have made lifelong memories as a family, and will have set mini d up financially for a promising future.

We believe in making memories. We believe in traveling so that mini d can see that there is more to this great big world than just our little home town. We believe in adventure, together.

So we try to take one big vacation at least once a year. Material things will become old and useless. Our memories together will last a lifetime. We splurge on vacations. What do you splurge on?