Bunny’s with the Band

It is my one day of the week to blog and I’ve spent most of it in and out of airports. We flew to Mississippi for Clark’s dad’s 60th, and all I can say is that my kids are rock stars. They slept like champs on both legs of the flight and kept relatively good spirits on a 3 hour lay over in Atlanta (which is more than I can say for Mom and Dad.) We must have looked like the VonTrapp Family Singers sitting on the floor in the terminal with babies and guitar cases. Clark and Salem were drumming with plastic Wendy’s straws on anything they could find. A complete stranger stopped and asked if she could take our picture, which was, yes, a little creepy, but nevertheless, I’m glad we have it.

You can’t tell from the picture all that well, but Salem’s lovie of choice is a giant stuffed bunny that has seen better days. I thought we were going to have to pay for Bunny to have a seat on the flight considering he is larger than Salem. He would have to pick the biggest stuffed animal to grow attached to, right? Oversized as he may be, I owe the relative smooth-ness of this trip to our furry little friend. So I hereby dedicate this Sunday blog post to Bunny. 

There is way to much cool stuff floating around the web, but I’m blogging from an iPhone, so I’ll be sure to load you up with all sorts of goodies next week. Btw, giving up blogging for Lent has been incredibly difficult. At least twice a week, I regret not giving up coffee instead. But the clarity and private thought has been rather meditative and that is the whole point, right?

So until next week friends, I wish you a happy week. 

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Weekend Highlights part two

 

It has been a pretty ho-hum week around the Beasley Estate. Unless of course you consider a diaper-less toddler covered in yuck after his Friday afternoon nap ho-hum. Lesson learned, Mama. No more sleeping in just a T. Pants are a must. Those velcro tabs are just too tempting for little fingers.

Mia received a package this week from NY Lingerie. Rather odd for a 7-month old to receive a box from an intimates shop, don’t you think? Clark intercepted the package and thought perhaps someone was pulling some sort of twisted prank. Of course our pastor, his wife, and our neighbor couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to drop by. There was Clark, caught red-handed with the unmentionable parcel, which he quickly thrust it into my hands as though it housed some rare and poisonous reptile. I opened it, and these were inside.

Thanks mom. Your Amazon purchase gave us quite the laugh.

Other than that,

Here is what’s been happening around the web:

Hands down my new favorite show

Do you know how to chop an onion?

Amazing shots of our lunar neighbor

A memorable wedding idea

Cute grain sack pillows from H&M Home collection

A place where “fun reigns supreme”

Blogging for Japan with love

 

See you next Sunday!

 

 

Weekend Highlights

When I said I was giving up blogging for Lent, I had no idea that it would be this difficult. Sundays allow for what is otherwise abstained from during Lent, so I’ve been preparing a highlight post in hopes to give you a glimpse of the past week. You may want to grab a drink and a light snack. There’s no telling how long this might take. Kidding…. no seriously.

Let’s begin with a pop quiz, shall we?

Let’s just say, hypothetically speaking, you went to the market on Monday with both of your children in tow and purchased a week’s worth of groceries. As a reward for saving, oh, say $51.52 being the diligent coupon-clipping shopper that you are, you treated yourself to a six pack of your favorite adult beverage. With one child wiggling inside the baby sling and the other demanding yet another free sugar cookie meant for valued customers only, you kindly refuse the bag boy’s offer for help with loading your groceries into your vehicle because, quite frankly, you don’t want to feel obligated to give him a tip. This being your first mistake, you realize only after you’ve made it home, unloaded the car, restocked the fridge and the pantry with your carefully selected merchandise, that, sadly, you have unknowingly abandoned your prized beverage. Perhaps you were distracted by a toddler with a sweet tooth, but nevertheless, there it lies, stranded in a shopping cart miles away instead of safely tucked in the bottom shelf of your refrigerator door. Do you…

a.) Chalk it up to a “mommy moment” and promise yourself another “sugar cookie” (or six) at your next visit

b.) Take that as a sign that you should have given up alcohol instead of blogging for Lent?

or

c.) Return to the market with your receipt (sans children), explain what happened, and reclaim your orphaned refreshment

Let’s just say, you choose option “c”. You return to the market with proof of purchase, and explain to the new-hire behind the customer service desk that you’ve come to pick up your deserted brew. She makes a phone call, no doubt to someone with more power than she, and you hear her say, “No, she looks like a mom”. Gee, is it that obvious? A few moments later, a portly gentlemen with a pocket protector and a rather large set of keys appears to confirm that you do, in fact, “look like a mom” and that your story is plausible. You are cleared to enter the over-21 aisle and off you go with your drink of choice carefully stowed away in the front seat of your minivan.

A few days later, your husband leaves town. You get ambitious and decide to clean out that overstocked storage closet that could single-handedly clothe a small village in Africa. You’re feeling pretty good about doing your part– removing the excess, giving to those less fortunate, finding your center… and so on. You open the hatch back to load your minivan with the bounty of sheer benevolence, when what is that peeking out from underneath a stack of CDs and a pair of jumper cables, but the original six-pack that you supposedly abandoned at the store on Monday’s market venture.

Do you…

a.) Determine that you somehow convinced yourself you must have dreamt that Shock Top was running a Buy 1 Get 1 special.

b.) Go back to the store with an oversized tote and pray the camera doesn’t catch you re-stocking the shelf with stolen beer

c.) Consider it manna from heaven and invite some friends over for some laughs over a few drinks

{Note: When in doubt, always choose “c”}

In other news….

I was nursing Mia on Saturday afternoon when my son decided to use my arm as a crash cymbal. I told him, “No drumming on mommy”. I think he’s clever enough to figure out that I am helplessly land-locked while I’m nursing because he did not heed the warning. I said, “Salem, go to time out”… thinking, “no two year old in their right mind is going to willingly put themselves in time out, much less the smelly trash corner.” Our time out zone is the hallway leading to the back patio where we keep the smelly trash before garbage day. I try to make the point that our smelly attitudes belong in the trash. I know. God only knows how much a therapist is going to bank out of that one day. Still, without so much as a fuss…. he went! I hear him from the back of the house saying, “Don’t hit mommy”… along with “I tooted”. Gotta love boys.

My Unfinished Projects Party was a success on Saturday. I made my favorite chocolate chip cookies, and I worked on this…

After the above-mentioned “hypothetical situation” with the re-claimed six-pack, I hardly expect you to believe that I did not collect all of these wine corks by myself. This particular wine cork board is for my church to post community announcements. I’m pretty sure we are going to be the only church in the history of churches everywhere in Charlotte that has an announcement board full of wine corks, but its like I always say, “Friends don’t let friends in ministry drink…alone.” I did not complete my project, but I did, however, learn a new word from my friend Kellie of Little Nummies blog. Have you ever heard anyone use the word “natty” ? According to Webster “natty” means, “neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce.” Perhaps Kellie and I will start a campaign to bring back in style. Will you support our word cause?

And finally, I’ve been doing a little site-snooping. Here’s what’s been happening around the web:

More fun with long hair

Some great advice from the blogging experts…

DIY silhouette art

A “natty” new magazine

Adorable country wedding photo shoot…

Stay tuned for another highlight post next Sunday! Until then… pop a cork (and send it to me), put your feet up, and surf the above sites. I know you’ll enjoy. See you next weekend!

Lent

I began this little daily inspiration journal almost 6 months ago, and all I can say about is that my appetite for creativity has grown leaps and bounds, relationships with women all over the world have formed and blossomed, and my window into the outside world has opened to reveal all sorts of beautiful things. As you know, today marks the first day of the Lent season. I am not Catholic, and therefore the observation of Lent is a new concept for me, but my community of faith is observing it this year, and I am intrigued enough to participate. I’ve thought long and hard about the one thing from which I could sacrificially abstain as an act of reverence and submission leading up to the Easter holiday. I’ve gone through the usual ideas– sugar, caffeine, alcohol, media. Somehow, none of these seemed the proper fit. Then I realized how much I look forward to writing my daily blog posts, and well, I didn’t need to look much further. So, while I believe these sort of things ought to be done quietly and privately rather than published on the internet, I didn’t want you to wonder why I had disappeared. Traditionally, the thing abstained from is allowed on Sundays during Lent so, I will be popping in to say hello and update on date nights, interesting finds, creative projects, and hilarious kid moments on those days. We will resume our regularly scheduled programming after Easter. Thank you for your encouragement and support. I will be checking my comments, so I’d love to know if you too are observing the Lent season and any thoughts you may have on the occasion. Also, my church is posting a daily Scripture reading that Clark and I will be doing if you’d like to join us. In the meantime, I pray you continue to discover the beauty in your everyday, and I look forward to resuming our journey in the coming weeks.

Teething Bling

Mia has yet to cut her first tooth, but no matter if it is my hair, her brother’s drum stick, or jewelry of any sort, it immediately goes into her mouth. I met the owner of Another Feather’s Etsy shop this weekend. She just so happened to notice Amelia mercilessly chomping on my chain necklace at church on Sunday, and suggested that I look into teething jewelry. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Here are a few of my favorite finds…

Gold Metallic Donut Teething Bling Necklace by Baby and Me Gifts– I think it looks like a giant lifesaver, but hey. Whatever works, right?

Oh Plah! Teething Cuff by Roundhouse

Organic Brown Heli Chomping Necklace by Tweet Baby Designs

While I thoroughly enjoy Mia’s gummy smiles, teething has been tough on baby, mama, and mama’s jewelry. If I can alleviate one out of the three of us from suffering, I’d say it is worth it.

Any teething tips you’d care to share? I’m all ears.

 

Messy French Bun

I love long hair. I’ve tried the bob and the short, wispy do like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, and well…. let’s just say it wasn’t my best look. Every time I get tempted to do something drastic, like cut my hair short, I think, ponytails, braids, twists, and buns…. none of which would be possible if I had short hair. So, the next time I hint to cutting my hair, you have full license to talk me out of it.

I came across this hair tutorial for a messy French bun and decided to give it a try. Add a fabric rosette and this is the end result.

It’s hard to feel drab when you are Ooh La La from the neck up!

Joyeux Lundi!

Wine Cork Place Card Holders

I am up to my eyeballs in wine corks today. I can’t wait to show you what’s cooking. In the meantime, I stumbled across these darling place card holders.

Image via Lovely Wedding Details

These could also be used for holding photos, menu cards, and table numbers at dinner parties or wedding showers. The possibilities are endless!

Brighton Cheery

It’s Thursday, mom’s morning out, and I’m spending it at one of my favorite coffee shops in Charlotte. I don’t know if it is the aroma of the blends or the accent of the person speaking (rather loudly, I’m afraid) at the table next to me, but I’ve been bit by the international bug something fierce today. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful to be living in this country, but there is a great big world out there beyond the Kardashians and Kraft mac-n-cheese, and when I’m in the States too long, I start fiening for culture. The walls of familiarity start closing in and I swear if I pass one more Dunkin’ Donuts, I think I just might break down in tears.

Today, I’m thinking of Brighton, England in particular. I’ve spent the better part of the morning taking a photo journey of some of my favorite spots in Brighton. Care to join me?

The beaches…

Image via Emma Gutteridge

The Lanes…

Image via Tilemahos Efthimiadis

The Food!!!

Good heavens the food.

Who would have thought brunch could be such a work of art. If we’re ever in Brighton together, breakfast at Bill’s is my treat.

Images via Bill’s homepage

The pace…

And of course the company….

 

 

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Have you ever thought that if only you had more money, you could afford to be more creative? So have I. I watch HGTV and drool over the textiles and the table displays too. I was so encouraged this morning when I came across this video by some of the Athropologie display designers. They say that small budgets actually challenge you to create something extraordinary using ordinary, everyday supplies, most of which you could find lying around the house. Look at some of these designs using book pages.

Image via Book Objects

Image via Jodi*McKee

Image via Apartment Therapy

The things they are able to pull off with clothespins, paper, and clothes hangers!  Watch the video here, and be inspired!

And the Academy Award Goes To…

I was an aspiring actress as a kid. My mom dug up this clip a few months ago of me at age 10 on the show Clarissa Explains it All. Do you remember it? Ugh. I can still hear my high school friends teasing me mercilessly over this, so go easy on me, ok?
I am the one on Clarissa’s left. Purple tights, Aquanet sprayed bangs, ridiculous hair bow from Claire’s, and if you look close enough, you might be able to see the different color rubber bands on my braces.
To watch the full preview click here. This is one of the opening scenes. Don’t blink or you will miss it. Or blink and then we can pretend this never happened.