Saturday, September 17, 2011
I bought 2 huge bags of supplies to make more. The problem with Michaels is they cycle supplies in and out so fast that I may not be able to find what I had bought 4 days before. It makes it tricky to have multiple wreaths of the same design.
My mom ended up deciding she liked the other wreath better. That one was my favorite too. Of course I couldn't find some of the flowers I need to make another lol.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This angel says 'Home Sweet Home' and they just moved into a new place. Its perfect for them!
I think this design needs some more work, but I like it. The wreath is wrapped in burlap strips. I think it has some potential. I think i'll sell this one for $20.
I'm going to keep making wreaths (though I'm almost out of supplies) in till I have an inventory for the Antique booth. I have a few listed on craigslist but I doubt they will sell there. :)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
An amazing lady, Mary who is adopting from Uganda herself has set us up a Scentsy party for help raise funds. Mary is donating her commission from the party to us for our adoption fund! What a blessing! If you need some Scentsy products, perhaps some Christmas gifts? Please give our link a look! we'll be doing some other fund raising activities as well. I bought supplies to make wreaths, and my husband will make survival bracelets. I'm hoping to raise more then we need so we can make a big donation to the orphanage! I'm still praising God today, the journey he has given us is amazing!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Two days later we get a message from the agency. There is a 3 month old baby girl in the Congo who needs a home. Could we be that home? I cant begin to tell you the shock and amazement i felt at that moment. The baby is healthy, and the adoption could be completed in 6 months! Exactly the time we have left to do an international adoption. God is amazing. We think we're adopting from Ethiopia but God knew all along that wasn't our path. In 5- 6 months my husband will be bringing back our baby girl. Life is crazy. But oh so good.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sloppy Joes (gluten free bread for hubby)
Bento baby has a half a turkey sandwich, cheese stick, and strawberries.
Hubby had a sandwich, strawberries, cheese, granola, cookies, and almonds. This was right before he started eating gluten free. I imagine this lunch made the poor man quite sick!
I had turkey sandwiches, cheese stick, pineapple and strawberries.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I've been looking for a new nightstand for over a year. What I had before was very ugly open shelving. I had become so desperate I was eyeing new $60 night stands! Imagine my glee at finding this little cutie for $17. Already painted the white color I wanted! YAY!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Our bedroom is purple. A pretty dark purple. I want to repaint it. But, hubby doesn't. So i am doing my best to lighten the room with accent pieces. I wanted a frilly white mirror. It took forever but I finally found a frilly black mirror with gold accents, it was horrible. The price was perfect $7. It took some spray primer, and several coats of white plastic paint. But now the mirror looks like this:
I love it! And the best part was I already had the paint. It didn't cost me a cent to re-do my thrifted treasure!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Bento baby used the Strawberry shortcake box. (dollar tree) She had toddler sized turkey sandwiches, (with daddy's home grown sprouts!) strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and a clementine.
J's bento box came from Old Navy of all places! It was $5. Its a very cool box. He has two pieces of cake (to split with Bentobaby and myself) strawberries, clementine, and a turkey sandwich.
My bento box came from Dasio. It was $5. I had the same sandwich, cherry tomatoes, strawberries and a clementine.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Rody isn't a cheap ride. He was $40 on Amazon. But I consider him a good purchase. Not vital, as we did have to give her another option. I'll tell you about that later. :)
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Hubby has carrots, strawberries, a clementine, a clearance valentine candy, two pieces of pizza, and a sauce container full of raisins. I didn't think raisin covered pizza would be good.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
16 cubes for a buck! YAY! Of course I have yet to use them (not really bento season where I live) but I'll be sure and update when I've given them a shot.
Monday, February 28, 2011
I then styled in Bantu knots. I used Darcy Botanical's twisting cream for hold. I like it, but i want to try the heavier stuff next time.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I had carrots, onigiri stuffed with turkey, turkey to wrap the onigiri and a bit of extra sharp cheese.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Tonight's hair products
New to the line up is the RenPure Amazing Miracle Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. It was .99 cents at our local Walgreens. I thought we would give it a try.
Orbeez right after I put them in the water:
Orbeez about a half hour later (not full size yet)
My husband, daughter and myself all sat on the kitchen floor to play with the Orbeez. Bento baby would scoop up some Orbeez squeal 'yucky yucky yucky' laugh, and grab some more. It was really fun to play in the warm water with the squishy balls. On another day we drained the water and played with the Orbeez dry. It wasn't quite as fun as playing in the water with the Orbeez. They tended to roll all over the kitchen floor. They bounce and break into small pieces when too much pressure is applied to them.
Overall I think the Orbeez are fun. Its not something I would use regularly since they do not last very long. But they are fun to play with and as an occasional treat I would buy them again.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
In the past few weeks I've ordered from Darcy Botanicals. I've bought a box of products from CurlMart. I went to Sally beauty supply. I bought elastic bands, hair beads, clips, decorative clips, a satin pillow. I even ordered Bento baby a SILK sleep cap. I've literally spent hundreds of dollars. While using free from the drugstore shampoo and conditioner on myself, I'm liberally coating bentobaby's head with products that cost $12 a bottle. Seems like a contradiction doesn't it? To me it makes all the sense in the world. I can use free products and still have nice looking hair. Bentobaby can't. Her hair is very tightly coiled and very dry. She needs the fancy expensive products. She needs to wear braids to protect her hair. My hair can sleep on a flannel pillow and still be fine, bentobaby's can't. This is an area we need to splurge in. Thankfully we are frugal in other areas so we can buy bentobaby's items.
Do I spend willy nilly? Nope! I'm still looking for deals, using online coupon codes. My sally card gives us deals and coupons. I bought a ton of hair decorations in the Valentines day sale at 75% off. I'm still doing my best to find the lowest price. And i'm learning not to cringe when the lowest price for her product is $10. (verses $0 for mine)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This is bento baby's playroom. Well honestly the whole house is her playroom. But this is her area. I wanted to make it cute but not overly decorated. I don't believe in buying small children new furniture. When I pay a lot for something I want to keep it nice. But I don't want to stress about the toddler's furniture. I want it to be used but well made. She can beat it up all she wants and I won't care.
Her table and chair set was $10
The Dora organizer was $15
The wheel barrow she rammed into the table several times $5
Wall Decals $14 (and they stink, constantly falling off the walls. They look great but don't work well)
Add that to the other total of $27, and it comes to $71.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I'm not making many bentos. Its too cold to eat at the park. And my 2 year old can't juggle a bento on her lap. But as the weather warms, and we spend more time at the park i can see a big increase in Bentos.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Yesterday Hubby and I headed to IHOP for dinner. We eat a lot of on the go meals. But meals at a sit down restaurant are special. We were pretty excited. When we arrived at IHOP and we were seated we quickly realized there was just 1 waitress working. For the whole restaurant. It took half an hour to get our water. And another half an hour to get our dinner. Hubby and I were not pleased, we wanted to have a nice time. I could have easily become upset and blamed the waitress. But you know what? Its not her fault. She wasn't have fun. And I imagine her tips were suffering quite a lot. I want to show bentobaby how to extend grace. To understand that not everything is about me and how i feel, that I can see things from another person's perspective. How can I do that if I get all huffy because i'm inconvenienced?
Remember that discontent I'm fighting? In my cute, warm, safe house? Well God showed me just how lucky I am. A few minutes after we had been there I saw a woman return to work. She was cleaning the tables, floor etc. When I took my fussy toddler to the bathroom for a change I saw two young girls sitting alone in another part of the restaurant. They belonged to the woman who was cleaning. The girls were probably 7 and 9. They were bored stuck in the booth, trying to entertain themselves. My guess is the woman had no choice but to bring them to work with her. Probably doesn't have someone safe to watch them. And she probably needs to work to feed her kids. Wow God. Message received.
My life isn't perfect but it is very good and I need to be thankful. Somewhere out there a childless couple would give anything to have my fussy toddler. I know, because I've been a part of that couple. Someone would give anything to have my warm, small, but safe house. I have much to be thankful for. Its all a matter of perspective.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Not only is our home cozy, its also laid out weird. Our main living area is downstairs. Upstairs there is a bedroom (where we do bentobaby's sensory things) a tiny bathroom, a hallway and a small nook. We store most of our things in the hallway because we don't have a garage. And yes, we do have to keep the 3rd van seat even though i think about getting rid of it every time i see it. Most of our food storage is upstairs too.
The old never used computer desk however, that is toast. I've been eyeing that spot. And when Bentobaby was very blessed with gifts it became necessary to do more then eye it. It was time to tackle it. It took a few hours of hauling things outside to the van and a few more hours of painting but now she has a cute little play nook.
So far i've spent $14 on paint $10 on paint supplies
And $3 on a goodwill shelf.
So $27 total.
I'm looking for another shelf from the thrift store, a Dora adventure rug, a used small table and chair, and I have a $14 well decal picked out. Probably a pair of comfy chairs for mom and dad too.
Its a small space but judging by the tantrums when we leave, she loves it. and i enjoy it too. Its not our main living area so it feels different to go there. And i get the satisfaction of knowing i fixed something that wasn't working for our family.
Btw according to BentoBaby, Mr. Potato head has a 'nakey tummy!'
Now we're in limbo. We need her new birth certificate to be able to register her in the navy system and get her info changed at her preschool. I'm so concerned she's going to need medical attention and her old information wont work. Hopefully it comes quickly.