DIY Wood Bead Garland @ The City Moms

This weekend I was a progress machine...
And you can only half tell by the current status of my house...
I swear the next time it's all clean I'm going to have someone come take photos for when it's time to sell so I'll just be like "Oh you need house pics, right here...DONE!"

But... I did, along with tons of cleaning, get a few DIY projects done this weekend... One being for the other girls room <-- a="" all="" and="" baby="" came="" current="" currently.="" dad="" ells="" fit="" for="" girl="" give="" he="" her="" i="" in="" it="" just="" loving="" most="" my="" nbsp="" nickname="" other="" over="" p="" possible="" s="" said="" stuck.="" swear.="" that="" the="" them="" throwing="" to="" told="" toys="" up="" was="" way="" when="" with="" would="">

DIY Wood Bead Garland...
Not for the faint of heart with weak drilling skills...

Check out the tutorial over at The City Mom's blog...


This Month's Binge :: The Americans

So I don't know about you guys, but lately I've been binging on some great TV.  We accidentally got Amazon Prime this year - and by accidentally I mean I forgot to cancel our free trial then realized this show was on there and decided to keep because I wanted to watch it - and I've been taking advantage of their streaming video service.

And we also happen to watch a lot of FX in our house... they tend to always have good kids shows/cartoon movies on so on the commercials I was ALWAYS seeing previews for this show.  I had wanted to watch it for a while, but wasn't sure how I'd see the previous seasons. 

Well, if you have prime, GO WATCH THIS SHOW FROM START TO FINISH.  It's so good.  It's got great intensity, great acting, great storylines... It's really one of my favorite shows on TV.  Oh, and because I'm a complete dork, fabulous music!

According to IMDB, here's their synopsis:
"Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government."

But in the first or second episode, they get a new neighbor that is an FBI agent and you see how tangled this web can become. 

If you are looking for something to binge on and have amazon prime, you might as well watch this. If you like historical things, drama, spy things, Felicity, Brothers & Sisters, then you'll be happy with this.  Seriously...



Almost Half Way Resolution Recap

Well it's almost mid May and I thought it would be a good time to check in on those resolutions since I know that next month will be getting to be a bit busy with Maeve... So...

I resolved to:
Get Organized
Read More
Love More
Have a Baby
Pray More
Find My Happy

Lets see...
I feel like I've made progress on the get organized but not feeling like I'm there yet.  My house has been slowing being cleaned out, and slowly purged... and by slowly I mean SLOWLY.  But hey, progress is progress.
My favorite things to help with this -- my ACCOMPLISH notepad, Google Drive, and my Planner.

I have not read more...  I have read 1 book which means I'm 4 months late.  haha.  I'd like to grab a few quick reads and get those done, so stay tuned on this one!  Instead I've been Netflix Binging... #itsaproblem

Love more.... hmmm.... I'm not feeling like this has been happening... or maybe it has but I just can't see it because stresses of life are still getting the best of me.  I'm still liking the idea of this and I feel like I'm most giving of myself during the holidays... Love projects at the moment are - myself, surprising my parents with patio furniture,  working on free events through Maeve, and loving on my family.

Next up, have a baby.  Well wouldn't you know it, I was preggers when I wrote that and didn't even know.  I'm due October 3rd.  Yay.  And good timing to have some holidays off!  Hoping everything goes well this time around -- I'm more nervous this time around but so far so good!

I have not prayed more.  I often think I should, probably why I made it a resolution.  However, do you ever feel like no matter what you do you are always getting shit on?!  Well that's me right now... kind of in a funk of it.  I feel like I work hard, I try to make things work, I try to make things happen, I take care of everything, and I just get crapped on constantly.  I'm struggling with this these days... maybe more on the blog soon.

Since the above is kinda wonky, I have not found my happy. I know what makes me happy - being creative and having clean spaces! hahha.. But seriously, the clutter makes me anxious.  However, my life at the moment doesn't allow for me to be creative all the time... Real life gets in the way.  I just feel like finding my happy is going to mean A LOT of changes that I'm not sure I have the strength to tackle.
So there's the recap of the goals... I always feel like life gets in the way no matter what so maybe if you accomplish 50% of what you set out to do that year, you are on the right track, right?!


Me and My Not So Green Thumb

Does anyone else not have a green thumb but wish they did?  I don't know about you, but once it starts to get nice outside, I just MUST have greens in my house.  Not too many big plants, as they just become another expense because I kill them, but little greens all over make my life happy.  I swear I can only keep plants alive that must come back every year, which explains why I only buy perennials anymore!  
Some of my favorite ways to bring Spring inside even when it's still cold out can be found at your local Home Depot.  Yes, Lowe's probably has them too, but I've come to be able to depend on Home Depot for Fiddle Figs and Succulents.  
First, does everyone know what a fiddle fig plant is?  If you don't, you should.  Unless of course you are a plant killer like me, then I'll leave it up to you, but at typically $13 a pop, these can be killed a few times over the summer and are worth every penny of green they bring into my living room.
"The fiddle leaf fig tree, also known as the Ficus Lyrata is a plant perfect for the indoors. It has large, violin-shaped and heavily veined leaves that tend to have upright growth. The fiddle leaf fig tree is a species that is native to the tropics as they require conditions to be wet and warm."  
Now, let's be real -- we don't live in the tropics, and I don't know about you, but I'm always having to add a layer because my house is so cold (which might be another reason I'm a good plant killer).  But this plant is so easy. Water it about once a week and make sure it gets direct sunlight. When it gets warm, I sit it out on our patio.  All other times, it's by a window, and I've set a time on my phone as a reminder to water it to try to not kill it so quickly.  But just look how cute she is... 
And then there are those succulents... My absolute favorite.  I've used them in decor for the last 10 years.  They were even a huge part of our wedding.  They, too, are just so easy. Although, I still tend to have the uncanny ability to make them crumble, but at least it takes them a little longer than regular plants.  

Go to your local Goodwill or thrift store and grab a cute little teacup and saucer or even a floral bowl.  Trendy floral, not grandma floral just to be clear.  Then head to home depot for a bag of potting soil and your choice of succulents!  You'd be surprised at the variety they have!  It's quite impressive. Then if you really want to add some fun to it go on down to The Corner Cottage in Noblesville who now has the largest array of fairy garden accessories I've seen in one place and get yourself some ironic animals... Deer, Dogs, Moose... and add them as a nice touch to some of your bigger planters if there is room.

And lastly, my other favorite green that even looks beautiful once it's dead {hahhaha} is that fancy eucalyptus from Trader Joes for $2.99 a bushel.  Run don't walk to get yourself this special treat.  They always have it and it always makes you feel like you just left the spa!  
And that's how you get away with having a not so green thumb and having some green thumb items in your home for Spring.  And of course, the little always gets to pick out a plant too, and she always picks these cacti with their great color!  Happy Spring! 

*also posted on The City Moms Blog
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