I fell off the face of the earth

I took July and August off, but it was totally by accident! The keyboard on my trusty laptop broke. It started as keys occasionally not working, then progressed to half the keys never working. To add insult to injury, it started with the keys I need to spell my name!! Talk about frustrating!! In the midst of my computer issues, I decided to get started on a few projects around the house.

I painted the kitchen, cabinets and walls. I didn’t think to take a before picture until almost all of the cabinets were painted, so we’re going to have to use our imagination here. The cabinets were these pretty standard construction grade, big box home improvement store kind. YUCK!!!

After all that, my laptop and camera were stolen from my home, so all my awesome photos are gone, and for the most part I’m starting from scratch. I have so much to share with you! I’ve expanded food prepping to include my lunches, and it’s making my life so much easier. I’ve got some sewing projects on the horizon to share. I’be been dabbling in photography (the portriat kind), and have some reallt special pictures to share. I’ll be back later this week with some new posts, and new pics. I can’t wait to share! 

 

Tie-Dyed for the 4th

Can you tell we’re totally obsessed with getting ready for the holiday? You guessed it, another post for the 4th! This one is fun, I promise. You know my favorite past time is spending time on Pinterest, though I haven’t been on a ton since starting the new job. When I was on one day looking for football shirt inspiration, I saw some awesome tie-dyed shirts. You know they say what’s old will be new again. Yep, tie-dyed is back. Did it ever really leave?

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patriot tie dye kitAs fate would have it, I received a sales ad from my local fabric store, and tie-dye kits were on sale. Not only were they on sale, but I also had a 20% off your total purchase coupon. SCORE! And of course I went and picked up a couple of kits. I kept it simple with this “Patriot” One Step, Mini Tie-Dye Kit.

Also on sale this same day was t-shirts. I snagged one for each of my boys, and of course came home and put them on the shelf for a project at a later date. I’m excited to say that day finally arrived this week!

There are so many tutorials out there for the different patterns you can make with tie-dye. Be sure to check out my Tie Dye Pinterest Board for some ideas.

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There are 3 shirts here, 2 with the spiral pattern, and one with more of a striped pattern. I was a bit nervous at first because when following the directions for the spiral design it’s not clear how those folds turn into the spiral, but have no fears, it works! I do wish I had allowed the shirts to soak longer with the dye, maybe until the next day, though I did do the suggested 7 hours. The red faded a big more than I was expecting. Just something to keep in mind if you try a similar project!

Unfortunately I couldn’t snag a pic of the completed striped one because my son got it out of the dryer and promptly spilled something on it when he put it on. I mean seriously!!!

I can already tell that I’m going to be a little obsessed with tie-dying so look for some new projects coming soon!

Memorial Day – We Humbly Thank You

For many the last Monday in May presents the perfect opportunity to gather the family and kick off summer with a picnic, maybe even catch a great sale. We know however, the purpose of Memorial Day is much greater. This day is one where we remember and honor our fallen soldiers for their ultimate sacrifice in the fight for our freedom.

Happy Memorial Day

So on today, this Memorial Day, we humbly thank you for your service, dedication, and sacrifice.

Welcome to Mom of EC3

Welcome to my new blogging home. I’ve blogged for years about various topics including weddings, and writing professionally, so I thought I would turn┬ámy passion of writing towards sharing my adventures with my husband and three handsome young men. Truly every day is something different, and the smallest of activities can be such a great time around here. There’s plenty of stress too! Boys are rough, hard headed, funny, full of drama, and so much more.

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The boys are 11, 9, and 6, so we’re always involved in a variety of activities, including sports and other school sponsored things; choir, game night, and end of year carnival, just to name a few. If your household is anything like ours, there’s always a struggle to find the balance between getting meals on the table, and spending time as a family, along with all of the other balls we keep in the air. Hopefully along the way I can share a bit of what we do around here, and we’ll all make sense of it together!

Don’t worry, I won’t just be talking about my boys though. I also plan to share plenty of projects I’m working on, as well as some others I’d love to do down the line. I don’t plan events professionally any longer, but I can’t put the planner in me to rest either. I see some fun parties for the boys coming down the line. Take just a moment to subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss a post!