Think Different

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Image via TRPrints Etsy shop

When faced with a challenge for which there is no foreseeable resolve, I transform myself into a front-row student of the Solution. I can’t help it. I have spent much of the summer reading reading READING my way through a file box full of titles– topics ranging from cutting-edge therapies, to specialized nutrition programs, and yes, the war cries of those who believe vaccinations are the root cause of both autism and Al Qaida terrorism. Yet, much like the bear cub that recently wandered into a suburban Sears department store, I have found myself roaming through volumes of doctoral theories in feeble attempts to understand this thing called ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Then, before I can help it, my amateur brain has trespassed on the property of experts who are way smarter than myself. Suddenly, I am barreling through aisles of fancy medical terms and brain foods and testimonials and toaster ovens and women’s lingerie until someone comes along and shoots me with a tranquilizer dart!

Today, I explored some Etsy therapy to avoid Certain Brain Implosion. It was a fast-acting reminder that pretty things make me happy, and BONUS when I stumbled on a pretty thing inspired by the late Apple Genius, Steve Jobs. In all of my mental-department-store-obliteration reading, I knocked over some interesting articles that discuss whether or not Steve Jobs was autistic. The Aspergians says he was (kettle?), and the more reputable blogs devoid of annoying pop-up ads say he wasn’t (although he was known to obsess over things like how many screws were in a lap top case). Perhaps this is not enough to label him ASD, but it is a cozy thought to consider that he saw the world different from the other 97% of human thinkers… not unlike my three-year-old. I have read so many words in recent weeks that it is no wonder if I develop blurry vision because of it. And yet, in all of my reading, only two have helped to make it more clear.

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…and so we will.

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Says the Girl

Image via Rock Cakes

I wish I had a bicycle on days like today. The temperature is holding just below stifling outside, and already, I am having to run my training miles for my upcoming half marathon before the sun comes up {says the girl who hates to sweat}. Three weeks and counting until the race and as fate would have it, Race Day and Moving Day have fallen on the Exact Same Day. Although I am well aware that I am risking my sanity, my marriage, and my lower limbs by cramming a marathon and a move into the same day, I am already thinking about getting a bike and training for a triathlon {says the girl who never made any sports team she ever tried out for EVER IN HER WHOLE LIFE.} Thankfully music received me or else I would go through my entire existence an athletically challenged clod with a coordination complex the size of Serena Williams’ Nike sneaker. Yesterday, I messaged my triathlon girlfriend who sweats a lot but still looks magazine perfect to ask her where a newbie-cyclist such as myself would even start to purchase a bike. I assume those pants with the massive padding in the seat are also essential, but I can picture myself going into a cycling shop asking for the pants with the massive padding in the seat and, “By the way, do you have any Schwinn 10-speeds I can test drive?” After the salesman laughs his seat padding off, I’m sure he would see it as the opportunity of a lifetime to sell me loads of “essentials” that I don’t actually need. The stress of it all makes me want to go write a country song for all the other clumsies who always got picked last for kick ball. No, I’m not bitter.

Do you have a bike? If so, can you give me some beginning pointers and spare me from embarrassing myself in front of a retail salesperson {says the girl who walked into a RUNNING shop last week and tripped on the welcome mat and stumbled into the clearance rack.}

It actually happened.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Be Beautiful

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This print caught my eye today while Mia and I were on our ladies date. I took her to enjoy a slice of the best vegan zucchini bread that Charlotte has to offer before we raided the local Marshall’s department store. I’ve been thinking a lot today about how we as women get caught in the comparison trap only a few thousand times a day. Or perhaps that’s just me. I want to hang this on her wall so she might grow up always knowing that her mommy thinks she is incomparably lovely.

… and so are you.

Now shop ’til you drop….

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Rainy Day Tea Towels

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Image via Loud Mouse Etsy Shop

I am registering Salem for preschool this week. Technically Mia is old enough to join a class as well, but I like the idea of having “Mommy & Mia” mornings while big brother goes to school. We rarely have time just the two of us, so I am already planning special things for us to do during our girl time. These Rainy Day Tea Towels are perfect for making memories on gloomy days. Do you have any special mother/daughter memories?

Money on my Mind

image via Color Bee

Yesterday was Money Monday in the Beasley house– an entire afternoon designated to tracking expenses and making sure everyone we don’t want to hear from for at least 30 more days gets paid. Seeing as I haven’t balanced the checkbook since the Earth’s most recent turn about the Sun {gasp!}, Money Monday has turned in to Money “Month”! It will no doubt take me days to emerge from underneath the piles of invoices and receipts that our family has accumulated over the last several weeks. Ugh. Today, I’d rather be rich, but like Truvy Jones, “I pick up everything but boys and money.”

Here’s wishing you a healthy {and wealthy} week ahead!

Potty Party

As I was removing the potty training seat from the toilet again this afternoon, I thought to myself, when these babies finally get the knack of this pee pee on the potty thing, we are going to have a Potty Party.

And lo and behold…. check this out!

Perhaps I need to leave the house more often, but I was ecstatic when I saw these potty party hats! Oh the Beasleys are so throwing a Potty Party when this show goes down and you’re invited.

Check out Get Creative Juice’s Etsy shop for more potty training fun…. like these printable prize tags for the potty trainee.

As if saving $100+ a month isn’t enough of an incentive, now I get to throw a rad party when these little bums are out of diapers?!

Bring on the Potty Party!

Printable Holiday Greetings

Remember the good ‘ole days when you went to your mailbox and discovered a handwritten note written in beautiful penmanship with thoughtful sentiments from a friend far away? Letter writing really has become a lost art hasn’t it? I am seriously considering bringing it back this holiday season. I’ve been playing with ideas for funny family photo ops that might make for a memorable pre-printed holiday card. Don’t get me wrong. Nothing says “I love you” more than Wal Mart one hour photo. But I decided to take a little time this morning to peruse some printable holiday greeting cards, and although this feels a bit like looking at presents before Christmas morning {because you just might find one of these in your mailbox from me}, I wanted to share them with you in the event you too want to bring back the handwritten greeting card.

Printable Christmas Card  by Mufn Inc. 

Bluebell Christmas Card by E.M. Paper’s Etsy Shop

Holiday Cards by Rosemary via Creature Comforts’ Blog

Happy Christmas from London by Hello! Lucky
{Ok, so it’s not a printable and I’m not from London, but if it were and if I was, this would be my holiday greeting of choice.}

Here’s one for the sassy holiday well-wisher…

Spiked Egg Nog Holiday Card by McKenzie Noelle Creative

And if you want to go the extra thoughtful mile, here’s a few added printable touches to put your holiday greeting over the top…

wrap-around Christmas card address labels by 517 creations

Holiday address labels by Iheart Organizing

Do you have a favorite?

Some of these are free printable downloads, which means I have no excuse for getting my handwritten greetings in the mailbox sooner rather than later.

I hope you enjoy the last day of November because it is about to get holiday crazy in the December blogosphere!

Create with Coffee Sacks

Whoever thought Daylight Savings Time was a great idea obviously never had children. My early-to-rise two year old is not only free from the confines of a crib as of last month, but ever since Sunday, he has been up and at ’em at FIVE. A.M. greeting me at my bedside. Needless to say, I have coffee on the brain these days. A girlfriend of mine recently snagged me a couple of burlap coffee sacks to reinvent into gifts and home decor. Have you ever thought of the many ways you can use a recycled coffee sack? Neither have I until I stumbled on these clever ideas.

{Image via Ordinary Meets Clever}
I’m sure you’ve noticed my affinity for interesting cork boards. I’ll have to add this to the list of great bulletin board ideas.

{image via Habitation Boheme’s Etsy shop}


{Image via Ballard Designs}
I have these cream colored fabric foot stools floating around the house. You could say they’re pretty drab. They were a hand-me-down from a designer friend of mine who has way cooler hair than I do. After seeing this, I’m convinced there’s hope for my second hand cubes. If you’re like me and you don’t want to spend nearly $300 on this ottoman {gulp!}, you can always create your own version of this Burlap Coffee Sack Ottoman with this tutorial by Knock Off Decor.


{image via Re-nest}
Coffee Bag Planter Pots… Brilliant!

{image via Paige of Design}
Oh, if I ever get my sunroom/craft space in my dream house, I will consider these coffee sack window treatments for sure!

{image via Maya*Made}
If you want to try making these yourself, you can purchase the sewing pattern pdf from Designs Maya Made Etsy Shop.

If you don’t have amazing friends like I have that will snag you coffee sacks whenever they stumble across them, consider contacting a nearby coffee roaster and ask if they have any for purchase. You may luck out and be able to take them off their hands for free! I’ve seen them at antique markets, architectual salvage yards, and of course you can always find them on ebay.

Thank you, Salem for the early morning inspiration. NOW GO BACK TO SLEEP!!!!!!

Silhouette Inspired

I was curled up on my porch swing yesterday beneath my winter coat with a copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts in one hand and a cold PBR in the other. Nothing like a cold brew and a little domestic inspiration to start your week off right. Try it this Sunday afternoon. You’ll thank me. I was perusing Martha’s brilliance when this image jumped off the page….

I do not currently have any silhouette images in my house. In general, I can usually take them or leave them. Quite frankly, nothing screams “corsets and crinoline” quite like a profile silhouette. But when I see them featured in a fresh and mod way, all of a sudden, I want to silhouette every plain fabric surface in my house. Take today for instance. I began making preparations for a handmade Christmas gift by snapping shots of Mia and Salem’s profiles.

Do you have any idea how many episodes of Curious George it took to captures these images?
Surely this has to be the most difficult part of DIY silhouette art.

In addition to Martha’s cross-stich silhouette tote, I have also had my eye on these other silhouette-inspired gift ideas…

Custom Silhouette Pillow by Homemade by Jill

Le Petit Enfants Etsy Shop
{Isn’t the contrasting ribbon just darling?}

Thanks to Jones Design Company silhouette tutorial and of course Martha’s painted, cross-stitched, and iron-on silhouette tutorials, I think I have enough inspiration to get me started.

I will be featuring a series of DIY gift ideas over the next several weeks leading up to the holidays. Feel free to submit some ideas so we can share the homemade wealth.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Lady Lullabuy Turns One!

{image via Company B’s Etsy Shop}

Today marks my first birthday as a blogger!

That’s 365 days…

223 posts…

23 categories…

and

537 comments from YOU!

I’d say that’s reason to celebrate!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing in the journey with me.

Have a great weekend!

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