Friday, October 29, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! and random thoughts from the week....

I love getting emails from friends I haven't heard from in forever.

I hate when I realize half way to work that I forgot to put on deodorant.  I need to get an emergency tube.  Am I the only one this happens to?

I'm dying to stay home and do nothing but make all the things I've gathered here.

I finally made it to the front page on Etsy, and I missed it!  :(  I wouldn't have even known if it weren't for Angela.  She's awesome.  If you don't know her, you should go visit.  And she has the best vintage shop on Etsy.

You know what's hard to say 5 times fast?  "Pocket Pita Baked Daily"  Try it!


Happy Friday to you all, and Happy Halloween!

Anyone else dressed up today?  Going out this weeked?  What are your plans?  

We're going to a weiner roast at my mom's tomorrow night, and handing out candy at home on Sunday.  I have to remember to get a ginormous thing of candy.  Last year we had over 100 trick or treaters!  It was awesome!

How many trick or treaters do you usually get? 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Stay safe, and enjoy!

p.s. I'm already all hyped up on sugar and caffeine...can you tell?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tea to go...

This morning our house was freezing!  62 degrees!  Even Miles was under the covers.  I think tonight's the night for the furnace to make it's debut.

I put on a sweater, and a scarf and made one of my favorites.  Green chai tea.  {See, I'm not all about pumpkin lattes!}  I've decided that I'm going to alternate every day between coffee and tea.  The coffee addiction was getting to be a little much, and tea is so good for you!  This is especially easy when it tastes so good!

Just boil some water...
put some fat free vanilla creamer in the bottom of your cup and add your tea bag...
pour in the water...
mmmm, lookin' good!
throw the lid on it, and you're good to go!

I never liked hot tea until a couple of years ago.  I think the creamer is what sold me. 

Do you drink hot tea?  If so, do you add creamer or milk to yours? 

Oh, and have you turned your furnace on yet?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

To do, to do, to do...

My mind is racing the last couple of days with ideas...and plans...and projects...

I have so many things going through my mind, that I can't seem to concentrate on any one of them! 
I'm having a hard time even forming a complete thought.  This is of course only compounded by a busy work schedule.

So, since I'm desperately trying to get organized, it got me thinking about to-do lists.  Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with all the things floating around in my head.  Instead, I did a little looking on Etsy, and found some awesome to-do lists that I thought I'd share with you today. 

First up, the Handmade To Do Notepad by sande74.  I love the raw nature of this one with the japanese stab stitched binding.

Next up we have a Mini Goals Chalkboard by MaryKateMcDevitt.  I've been admiring Mary Kate's style for a long time, and this chalkboard seems just perfect, as it would force me to concentrate on just a couple of things on my list.  After all, how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!

And last, but not least the FreakinToDo list notepad by finchandhawk.  I couldn't resist the cheekiness.  Oh, yes, I do enjoy the cheekiness.  And, it's practical too, with a place to indicate a due date next to each item on the list. 

Anyone else feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Let's connect...

Okay, I buttered you up with a pretty picture, now get ready for some gratuitous plugs...

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Thanks!  ;)

last minute...

Every year I do the same thing.  I can't come up with a costume idea, so I decide I'm not going to dress up.  Then, it gets to be a couple days before Halloween, and I decide I can't not dress up!  What fun is that?

So, here I am, I have 4 days to pull something together.  I have two ideas.  One that is fun, comfy and easy (in theory), and one that involves some time and creativity, and may have me feeling way uncomfortable by the end of the day.  I'm shooting for the former.  It will all depend if I can find a key piece. 

Wish me luck!

Are you dressing up?  Do you wait til the last minute, or do you plan ahead? 

Friday, October 22, 2010

A pretty bicycle picture and random thoughts from the week....

It will always be amazing to me how connected I feel to my blog friends.  We've never met in person, and probably never will, yet I feel a closeness with so many of you.  My heart celebrates your blessings, and mourns with you your sadness.  I'm so very grateful for your friendships!

This video is probably the best thing I've seen in months.

I had a dream the other night that I ate part of my own leg.  Seriously disgusting.  Tasted like chicken.  Not that chicken is disgusting.

Tuesday morning was the coziest morning yet.  I did not want to get out of my warm bed.

It's official.  I need to learn to sew.

I'm ready for my new {to me} car!

I got a fun little surprise on my desk.  It is a people's choice vote for my entry into the art show.  It simply says "WONDERFUL".  Made my day.

"Butterfly in the can fly twice as high"  has been stuck in my head the last few days.  Please tell me you all know what that is!

I feel like this would make you eat a really weird concoction of stuff and probably end up with a stomach ache.


Today is my sweetie's birthday.

Happy Birthday Jon!  Thank you for being the best husband I could ever ask for.  You're the funniest person I know, and I'll never get tired of your movie quotes.  You make the best breakfasts ever.  I only wish I had your metabolism. But today isn't about what you do for me, it's about celebrating you!  I love you for always and am honored to spend my life with you.  ~jen

We plan on going out to dinner this evening, and beyond that, I'm not sure what we'll be doing.  I'll let the birthday boy decide!

What's on your agenda this weekend? 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bye-bye car!

Some of you know from twitter that I was selling a car this week.  Well, last night, my little red sports car drove away and a chapter of my life closed. 

{Yes, I am that lame that I asked my husband to take my picture with it before it left.}

I have driven that car for 10 years!  I certainly got my money's worth out of it, and it's definitely time to move on.

It's funny, I remember the first time I drove out to my then boyfriend's house {well, his mother's house} in my new car.  It was such an exciting time.  New car, new boyfriend.  So much has happened since then.  Now, we're just an old married couple getting ready to buy a four door.  Ahhh. 

I'm not really one to wrap my identity up in what I drive, but it sort of feels good to turn a new chapter! 

How often do you get a new car?  Do you get sentimentally attached to your vehicle? 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ravencrest Cemetery...

Jon and I went for a walk last night on the new trail by our house.  It was a beautiful fall evening, and it was so nice to just walk and talk with my sweetie.  {Just checked "crunch through leaves off my list!}
I'm always amazed at how awesome the trail system is here.  It's so accessable, but hidden at the same time.  Love it. 

We came to a cross street and looked over to see this...
There was a big banner that read 

The picture I took certainly doesn't do it justice, but there are some awesome pictures on their site, as well as some tutorials on making some of the props and ideas for Halloween parties.  I highly suggest you check it out!  If you're in the area, they welcome visitors on Halloween night.  You can find directions on their site.  Hopefully we can make it by to see what it's all about. 

Do you, or do any of your neighbors get this into Halloween?  

I like Halloween, but can't see myself ever constructing this many props for it.  I think it's great when people use creativity and artistic talent to share something really fun with their communities, just because they love it. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Keepin' it Real with Grizzly Jen...

So, the other night my mom and I had a long conversation about when the crazies hit.

Now, this is a topic that I think most women have a hard time talking about.  We all want to pretend that we have it all together, and we'd never say a mean word to our husbands, or anyone else for that matter.  Of course, we're all striving for that.  However, I've found that if we're honest with ourselves, we all have moments where the crazies take over.

I know I do.  I will be perfectly fine, and then my husband will innocently say something, even answer a question that I asked, and all of a sudden it's like a switch goes off in my head and I'm a raging lunitic!  I could literally rip my poor husband's head off, and he really didn't do anything wrong.  Most of the time I know I'm acting like a crazy person, but I'm just so mad!  I suppose you could blame this on hormones, and perhaps that is the cause after all.

I'm learning that I need to walk away when the crazies hit.  Ignore them.  They will take me no where good.  The only place they take me is to a cold, dark, self loathing,  life sucks, I'm a horrible person who doesn't deserve any love kind of place.

In a non-crazy state, I can recognize it as such.  Crazy.  Of course live doesn't suck.  I'm a good person, a good wife, and a good friend.  I deserve love, and am loved not only by those around me, but most importantly by God. 

Even as I write this I start worrying, what if no one understands?  What if I really am crazy?  Well, I'm putting it out there anyway, because I think it's important for women to understand that they aren't alone in this.  We all have our moments.  It doesn't make us bad people.  That being said, we do need to learn to control it.  Especially when you have a sweet and helpful husband like mine.  {Jon really will do anything I ask of him.  I just have to be willing to ask!}  For me, it means walking away.  Five minutes can change everything. 

So, what's the verdict?  Am I crazy?  Do you experience this, or does your wife?  How do you cope with the crazies?

Monday, October 18, 2010

What? It's Monday already?

Wow, this weekend flew by!  I swear it was just Friday afternoon, and suddenly the weekend is over.

It was a good one, though.  Saturday was full of wonderful girl time, crafts and pretty fall leaves.  {I'll share what I bought sometime this week.}

Yesterday, we spent some time cleaning, watched the Chiefs play a good game til the very end {boo}, payed some bills, clipped some coupons, put a car up for sale, and grilled a yummy dinner of grilled chicken with mushrooms and peppers.  It was a jam packed day, and before I knew it, it was 9:00 and the weekend was over.  So, here we go again.

Tonight we have small group, and that is always a wonderful way to start off the week.

What did you do this weekend?  Were you ready for Monday morning?

Friday, October 15, 2010

A pretty bicycle picture and random thoughts from the week....

Dried cranberries make a salad so yum!

I've had two dreams this week of a guy in my office stabbing people...what the heck does that mean?

I'm excited about exercising all of a sudden, and I really hope I can hang on to this feeling...I've been waiting for it!

Sometimes I get tired of reading about how perfect some blogger's lives are.   I mean, I'm all about seeing the good, but I can't help but notice an air of elitism.  Sometimes I can't figure out if this is on purpose or not.  I'd like to think not.

I think I could put pumpkin in it.

I'm definitely in the anger part of the grieving process from this.  I think a long run is in order this evening.

I'm so glad a coworker brought frappaccinos for us all!  I didn't have time to make my coffee this morning, so this is a real lifesaver!

**spoiler alert**
I'm really sad that April didn't make it to Fashion Week.  :(


I can hardly believe it's the weekend again already.  Tomorrow I'm headed for some more fall goodness with my Mom, Mother-in-Law and a friend.  We're going to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City.  I've never been before, but have been promised some beautiful foliage and crafters galore.  It should be fun.
I'm also looking forward to spending some time with my husband, going to church and relaxing

What do you have planned?  Have the leaves changed where you are? 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Yeah, it does...

This is precicely my goal for today.  To get some stuff done.

My inbox is piled high, and I have lots of work to do.  I will see you all tomorrow with some random thoughts.

Happy almost Friday!

What are you hoping to accomplish today?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Recap 2010...

Saturday was a gorgeous {almost too warm} fall day.  Since we'd all ran the 5k that morning, we made a pit stop at Pizza Hut to fill our bellies before the big hunt, and the Louisburg Cider Mill for some cider donuts and drinks for later. 
Before we even pulled in the parking lot, we jumped out for the annual picture by the sign.  {makes mom happy!} 
Then, we hopped on the hay ride to take a peek at the pumpkins before setting out.  This year, we snagged a couple of wagons instead of wheel barrows.  AWESOME.  Wheels are what we've been missing our whole lives!
Thanks to a look back on my blog, we remembered to bring a knife this year, and it was a lifesaver!   We also remembered to bring water along, although we just brought one bottle to share, and really should have brought more.  It was hot! 
Mom spotted this siamese gourd.  We thought  it looked like they were kissing.

We tromped, and hunted all around the acres and acres of fields.  I have to say, Those three may have been cooler than me in their shorts, but I was really glad I had jeans on so I could make my way into the dense parts of the field.  After all, that's where the best pumpkins are!  {Plus, Lydia ended up with a rash on her legs from the vines.}
It didn't take long before we had loaded up both wagons.  One for mom {and the girl's carving pumpkins} 
 and one for me!
Good thing we brought the youngsters along to pull the wagons....{we love you Lydia and Madi!}
Once we were loaded up and back in the car we busted into the cooler for the refreshments we'd bought at the cider mill.  My sparkling apple-pomegranate cider really hit the spot! 
This stuff was good, and at only 70 calories, that's a treat I can love! 
I may or may not have told Jon that we should make a trip back down there to get more!  I want to drink this everyday.

Another wonderful visit to the pumpkin patch!  Next year we just have to remember...
Find the wagons, even if you have to stalk someone to their car...they are worth it!
Don't go out late the night before, or run a 5k that morning if possible.
Jean's are good.
Bring a water for everyone.
Don't forget that knife! 

p.s. I also enjoyed the old lady who kept asking me if my pumpkins were edible.  Then she explained to me how to cook one.  I kept trying to tell her that I had no intention of eating them.  ;)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thrift store treasures...

Last week I wandered into Goodwill on a whim.  I really wasn't in the market for anything in particular, but decided to browse through the housewares.  I walked away with $7 worth of treasures.

The first thing that caught my eye was this tray...

I fell in love with the colors and the shiny gold accents.  I think it works with any season, I just have to figure out where to use it! 

Next, I bought my first piece of colorful pyrex. 
I've seen many a collection of mismatched colors and patterns and could not resist starting my own.   This bowl is probably not in the best of conditions {it has a few scratches}  but it is a great size for mixing cookie dough for all the holiday baking that will be happening very soon! 

And finally, a covered bunny dish. 

You have no idea how I debated over this one.  In the end, the thought of this little guy with colorful easter candy in him won me over.  I don't have many spring decorations, and I think I'll be glad I bought him next year. 
The guy at the register went on and on about how creepy this bunny dish is.  He was warning me about it attacking me in my sleep...say what!?  Yeah, it was weird.  Do you think it's creepy?  I think that guy was creepy, that's what I think. 

Hope you guys are having a great week! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sleepy morning, and a request...

It's a cool, rainy fall morning here in KC.  I did not want to get out of bed.  {it didnt' help that the hubs got to sleep in since his scheduled job for today was outside.} But, it was nothing that a nice hot pumpkin spice latte couldn't fix.  

How was your weekend?  Mine was good.  Packed full once again, but just lovely.  We ran our 5k on Saturday morning, and the weather was just wonderful!  And yes, I made it to the pumpkin patch that afternoon...bliss!  Yesterday we went to an inspiring church service and to visit a brand new baby.  So sweet!  

This week, I'd like to share:
A pumpkin patch recap,
some thrift store finds, 
and of course my random thoughts on Friday.

I'd like to try something....
What else would you like to hear about this week?  Do you guys have any questions for me?  Anything you'd like to know more about?  I'd love to touch on subjects requested by my readers, so bring 'em on!  

You can ask me anything in the comments of this post, email me at, or if you want to be completely anonymous, you can ask questions on my formspring as well.

{I really hope you all ask some questions, cause otherwise I'm gonna feel really lame...}

Happy Monday to you all, and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!  Hope you all have a lovely day with friends and family!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A pretty bicycle picture and random thoughts from the week....

It's getting a little chilly for iced coffee.

Hey guy across the street, yeah you, the one weed eating at 8:00 on Saturday morning.  You better watch it, cause one of these days, your kids will be grown up and you all will want to sleep in, and we'll have little ones that get us up early on the weekends.  Paybacks are hell.

Why is it when people compliment my hair {so very sweet, Miss Cashier at Michael's!} they always follow it up with, "do you hate it?".  What's that about?  Do they want me to hate it?   Cause I don't thankyouverymuch.

I heart cornbread.

So many graphic tees say New York...or for instance I just saw one that said "Brooklyn Marathon 1973"  Do people who live in NYC buy these, or just the rest of us?

**Breaking news....What the heck is up with the Dashboard in Blogger!?  Why are the pics so big!?  OMG...I don't like change.  It appears that the dashboard is back to normal...thank goodness! 


As much as I'd kinda like to just lay on the couch, I'm so excited for the jam-packed weekend ahead of me!

Tomorrow we'll set out bright and early to participate in the Jared Coones Pumpkin Run.  Then...the moment I've been waiting for....PUMPKIN PATCH!   Hooray!  This should thoroughly wipe me out.  {in a really good way!}  Then Saturday, we plan on going to church and then visiting some of our closest friends and their brand new baby!  Cannot wait!

What do you have going on this weekend?  

Have a great one!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I have spent the last few nights working on a couple of projects for the annual art show where I work.   

{Yes, I've known about it since June, and yes, I put it off until the last minute.}

I was up well past midnight last night putting the finishing touches on my creations, and I have to say I'm quite pleased with how they turned out!  I will be sure to share once I'm able to photograph them.

Despite being tired from my frenzied creating, I cannot help but feel so inspired to do more!  I'm determined to tackle some of the projects I've had on my "someday" list soon.  Perhaps even tonight!

I'd also like to come up with some things to make for holiday gifts.  Anyone have any good ideas?

Isn't that inspiration board in the photo amazing!?

Also, be sure to hop over to Lorajean's Magazine and check out her links to all kinds of great fall/halloween freebies and tutorials.  I'm honored that today she's featured my Fall Bunting Tutorial in one of her posts!  Thanks Lorajean!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I am going to the pumpkin patch this Saturday with my mom and sisters, and I cannot wait!  {last year's visit can be seen here}

I came across a whole bunch of beautiful pumpkin photos on Pinterest this morning, and I can hardly contain myself!  Eeeek!  I don't know what it is about pumpkins that makes me so giddy, but I just love them!   I would bring home a hundred if I could.  Cannot. get. enough. 

Plus, there's something so exciting about tromping through the patch in search of that one several perfect pumpkins.  It's like a treasure hunt.  Every year I think, "these are the best ever!".  And every year they are! 

I will make sure to take pictures and share next week.

Are you as crazy for pumpkins as I am?  
Have you, or will you be visiting a pumpkin patch this year?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall wardrobe....

fall basics

fall basics by jdavissquared

It has turned to fall so fast around here, that I'm finding myself in a pinch over what to wear.  I don't want to spend a lot of money, but my wardrobe desperately needs some help!

I am far from a fashionista, but lately I've been feeling super frumpy.  My clothes are getting old.

I've had a Polyvore account for some time, so I decided to finally give it a try and create an inspiration board of basics for fall.  I think if I add some key pieces to my wardrobe, I might just be able to scrape by on what I have.  I tried to pick some images that are similar to things I already own.  I would like to purchase:  a feminine grey cardigan, black flats, a bright colored tee {or maybe a couple}, a black long sleeved tee, grey pants and a fun scarf.  That shouldn't break the bank, right?  I think sticking to grey/black basics and adding in pops of color and fun scarves is my ticket.  

I've never made a wardrobe plan's kinda exciting!

What do you think, is there anything I'm missing?  Do you have a wardrobe plan?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Gotta get away...

I've been having daydreams lately of just packing up with my sweetie, and getting away. I want to go somewhere far away, and just close ourselves off from the world. Spend some time just us, without all the stresses and strains of our everyday life. No housework, no projects, no jobs. Just rest and relaxation.

Oh, I wish this was possible right now. But it's not. I have deadlines looming, and Jon is busy, busy. The holidays are approaching. {My airway tightens up a little when I recognize that. They are always so fun, but the hustle and bustle seems a little overwhelming right now.}

Since there are no romantic get aways in the near future, I'll just have to dream.

If you could get away, where would you go? 

p.s.  Our weekend was good...I could use some more time {see above}, but good.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A pretty bicycle picture and random thoughts from the week....

Why exactly do people think it's appropriate to clip their fingernails at their desk?  I mean, I can understand taking care of a hangnail, but clipping all of them...really!?

For some reason I always thought Michael Bolton was tall.  He just looks like he should be tall, but apparently he's not.

I'm going to start paying alot closer attention to who people surround themselves with.  If their friends don't have character, they probably don't either.


This installment of random thoughts is much less than usual.  With everthing going on this week, I guess I didn't have much time to

What are you doing this weeked?  

I'll be working on a couple of projects for an art show, and hopefully relaxing.  I have some major muscle tension going on!  I'd also like to go for a long run, as I have a 5k next weekend!

Hope your weekend is as lovely as you are.  See you next week!

p.s. In case you missed it, I posted my first tutorial yesterday!  What did you guys think?