Saturday, January 29, 2011

A New Camera and A New Closet

First... A New Camera.

I got a new camera for Christmas. At first I was a little overwhelmed, but after playing with it for a little while, I am LOVING it! It also helps that I have this cute little model to photograph. So here are some pictures to show off my new photography skills (really it's just the awesome camera and the cute model, I have no photography skills).

This is how I found Kade one day after a nap. I was busy doing something so I sent Maya into play with him until I could get there. She treats Kade like one of her dolls and loves dressing him up, he hates it!

Second... A New Closet.

I didn't actually get a "new" closet, but I cleaned and re-organized and it feels like a new closet. But first let me explain a little before you look at these pictures. (WARNING: the following pictures are graphic, view at your own risk) In 2008 I went from working part-time (getting home from work at 11:00 am) to full-time (getting home at 4:00 pm), and I took on teaching an AP Statistics class, which was a nightmare. I love teaching my AP Statistics class now, but that first year was AWFUL! Way too much work went into that class the first year. On top of working full-time 5 days a week, I went into work every Saturday for 3 or 4 hours, it was seriously the works year of my life. Everything got completely out of my hands... my house was a constant mess, my car was a mess,
my finances were a mess (I didn't balance my checking account for over a year!) I had late fees! Sre you kidding me? I've never had a late fee in my life! I had zero patients with my kids and my husband, EVERYTHING was a mess.

My closet was one of those things that I had to completely let go of, throwing things on top of other things, never taking time to put things where they were suppose to go, and never taking time to reorganize anything. It has been almost 2 years since that school year ended and my house still hasn't completely recovered. But I'm almost there, my closet was probably the thing that needed the most attention, but also the thing I put off the longest because it was so overwhelming to me. As much as I hated my closet, the thought of starting this project completely overwhelmed me. But I did it! Over the last 2 weeks (little bits at a time since I have 2 kids and a baby running my life) I finished my closet. So here are the before and after pictures I wanted to share because I'm so proud of myself and so happy it's done. But also because I was inspired by an old "Rebelette" friend, Erin. I love reading her blog, she has tons of organizing, decorating, project, mom, scrapbooking, etc ideas. She always shows her before and after pictures and I love it, inspires me and gives me great organizing ideas. You can check out her blog here. If there's anyone else out there with a closet that looked like mine, I hope this will inspire you to start clean/organizing yours. :)

This is the view from the doorway to my closet, scary! And the floor was worse, I actually forgot to take my before picture until I had started on the floor. I don't think any carpet was visible when I started. (Can't believe I just admitted that)
And here is the same view after :)

Wow! Can you believe the picture above and the picture below are the same space?

This is Kevon's side of the closet, he was mortified that I was putting these pictures on our blog, but I told him I wouldn't show his side of the closet. Shhh, don't tell.
But look how amazing his side looks now...

These next ones are my favorite. I have built in shelves that I use for t-shirts, sweats, and sweaters. They had obviously gotten way out of hand, but they're so organized now, I love them. (Oops, should've moved that bra before I took the picture) :)

This is my new favorite space in my closet. What used to be a shelf for clothes is now for jewelry. I bought this jewelry tree at Costco last summer, I love it. And I have a fun little jar to drop my spare change in, hoping I can fill it up and buy something fun.

Kevon's shelves... Remember, shhh!
And after...
I need to make sure to give credit where it is deserved. Kevon did his side of the closet himself, such a good boy. :)

I didn't have a before picture of this spot, but it is another of my new favorite spaces in the closet. A perfect little nook for a foot stool. So when I need to grab something up high, I just pull out the stool, and... easy as pie. But more importantly, when I need to put something away up high, I can reach to get it in its spot and it doesn't just get thrown.

I bought this chest at Target, perfect for all that stuff that was getting piled on the floor.

Another awesome Target find, love this hamper! I hated my old hamper, it was cheap and always falling apart, this one is perfect. Cute, stylish, and has a liner inside that I can easily pull out to take my laundry to the laundry room.

Kevon made me these hooks for my scarves...

...and for my long necklaces that don't fit on my jewelry tree.

Well, that's it. I hope you don't think less of me after seeing my closet the way it used to look.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

THANK YOU... Jessica Seinfeld

My kids ate carrots and sweet potatoes tonight, and the funny part... They didn't even know it.

Thanks to this woman...

And her awesome book, Deceptively Delicious (which Santa gave me for Christmas).

Tonight I made Meatball Soup (Mason's pick)

My kids gobbled it up, loved the meatballs, never complained, well Maya complained a little, but she ate her whole bowl. And Kevon liked it too, he's possibly the pickiest of them all, not kidding.

Another bonus... Kade loves the puree's. He ate fresh carrots and sweet potatoes tonight. Not that disgusting store bought baby food, the real stuff, he LOVED it!

And another bonus... It's all healthy. It's not just the veggies you're sneaking in the food, all the ingredients are healthy. Everything in the soup is approved on my diet (Body For Life) which I'm officially starting tomorrow. Although I might as well have started tonight, everything I ate for dinner is Body For Life approved :)

I love Jessica Seinfeld, her book, and her hilarious husband.

Can't wait to make Cheeseburgers next (Maya's pick).

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Christmas!

Wow, we had a great Christmas this year. Me and the kids were totally spoiled. Santa spoiled the kids and Kevon spoiled me. Here are a few pics of my Christmas surprise, a counter and drawers in my laundry room.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

We're in trouble...

This is what Maya's says to me as we're driving home from pre-school...

"Ohhhh Mom, I just think Aiden (a boy in her preschool class) is so handsome, with his curly hair. He's just so handsome, (sigh) I just want to marry him."

My reply... Laughing! Out loud. I couldn't hold it in, this girl cracks me up. Kevon, on the other hand is quite worried. But I tell him not to worry, she's just like her mom, boy crazy :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cutest Little Guy

I took this picture with my phone a couple of weeks ago and my mom just taught me how to get pictures off my phone and onto my computer. You heard me right, I said my mom taught me. :)
Anyway, I just love this picture of my little guy. It's the picture I have on my phone and it makes me smile every time I open it. Mmmm, love him!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Decor

Wow! 2 posts in 1 week, can you believe it? This one's for my mom, I wanted to show her the Halloween wreath I threw together today.
And while I'm at it, here's the top of my TV hutch.
Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to decorate for. I love Christmas decorations, the trees, the lights, the Santa's, but I get the most excited for Halloween decorations. I love the Halloween colors, and all the new sparkly stuff they're selling these days (like the balls on my wreath) and fall is here and it's the beginning of the holiday season. Mmmm, just love Halloween!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My New Favorite Websites:,,

If you haven't heard about these websites, you've got to check them out. There is one item for sale per day at a great price, usually 50% or more off. I've purchased Baby Legs for Maya and Kade, a shopping cart cover, darling head bands for Maya, ribbon for scrapbooking, and many other things. It's a Utah based company, so of course all the more reason to buy from them.

Anyway, just wanted to share my new find. (And move that last post down a little so my ugly picture wasn't the first thing you see when you open my blog) :)

P.S. The daily steal is updated at 9:00 am MST. Depending on the item, you have to be quick, the good ones go fast.