Friday, October 30, 2015

Hot Apple Cider and Pomegranate Punch

Messy Messy Fail - I have these adorable bat Jamberries from last year that I was so excited to put on for Halloween this year.  I finally realize tonight that I forgot to put them on.  But I gotta remember the glass is half full - at least I put them on the day before Halloween and not the day after.  Semi-fail, but still a fail.

Tidy Victory - The boys were looking kind of shaggy and with school pictures and the UPKer's birthday party coming up, it was time for our bi-monthly visit to the salon for a trim.  Must have been my lucky day - I got appointments for both kids with our lady Miss Faith within two days of calling - woo hoo!  That's a great big check off of my to-do list!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Grandma's Apple Crunch

Messy Messy Fail - I knew it was starting to get colder out.  I documented our first snow fall last Thursday on my Instagram account.  It needs to be in the lower 30's for it to be snowing.  That's cold.  Did I bring my summer outdoor plants in to keep them from being murdered?  Of course not.  Farewell yellow begonia, coleus, potato vine and canna lilies.  It's been real.

Tidy Victory - I'm getting ready to participate in this really cool blogger Ornament Exchange hosted by the magnificent Erlene - go to her blog and click on the different postings for every day of the ornament exchange!  I submitted my name and contact information along with some ornament preferences (which I have none, the more random the better!) and was paired up with Rae from Wine and Insolence to exchange homemade or purchased Christmas ornaments.  We have exchanged a few emails and some of our similarities are uncanny.  I've been plotting a few ornaments to make, but I don't want to give away any details just yet (she likes surprises, like me!).  Stay tuned for a post about our exchange and how I made her ornament - can't wait to share!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

DIY Children's Ghost Costume

Messy Messy Fail - I hadn't tried the Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream that came in my June Ipsy glam bag yet.  I'm silly.  Sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry to thoroughly read things, like, oh say, directions.  So there I am trying my new daily smoothing cream for my DRY, ROUGH HANDS.  It smells REALLY nice and does seem to be moisturizing, but it's awful sticky.  Why would a daily smoothing cream for the hands be so sticky?  Hmmmm....check directions.  Ah, that would be because it's for HAIR.  Not HANDS.  Way to go, Katie.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Oh Hey, Friday - Lately

Messy Messy Fail - Truly nothing worse than having a dishwasher full of FILTHY dishes when you discover you have no more dishwashing detergent left.  Luckily after frantically digging in the cupboard below my sink I found a sample tablet that I had gotten at Sam's Club.  Not quite as clean as the usual BUT better than nothing.

Tidy Victory - I finished the UPKer's ghost costume last night at 11 PM.  I plan on publishing a tutorial on my quick diy children's ghost costume shortly.  Never thought I'd be making my own costumes for my kids, but I managed to put this one together.  Go me!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Aunt Sarah's Balsamic Corn and Bean Salsa

Balsamic Bean Corn Salsa
Messy Messy Fail - My little pot of Tu'El de-puffing eye lotion finally ran out.  I cried.  Worse yet, a new one is $28.  I loved it so much, but is it worth it?  Anyone else have a drugstore brand to recommend?  Help!

Tidy Victory - We've had a few really nice days in between cold/rainy days here.  To take advantage of the sunshine, the boys and I went outside to plant some small pots of mums that I purchased for a steal at Walmart hoping DESPERATELY that they will root and return next year.  I have planted mums 20398723031240879 times and NEVER had success with them taking.  The toddler looked on while contained in his excer-saucer and helped the UPKer and I keep good spacing between the plants.  We also put in some gorgeous sedum that was given to me by a dear friend (I am looking to add some late summer color to the garden).  We'll see next year if it worked!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Caramel Apple Mummies

caramel apple mummies
Messy Messy Fail - I never even think to look at tags for washing directions on clothes anymore.  I figure that clothes from the stores I buy at do not require dry cleaning, unless it is a dress or dress slacks.  So imagine my surprise when I pull one of the new tops my sister purchased for my birthday out of the washer to see that it had shrunk.  100% rayon, dry-clean only.  I did iron and get it almost back to its original shape, but not quite the same.

Tidy Victory - I was able to go through all of the UPKer's and the toddler's clothing drawers and remove everything that was too small.  In one day.  I shocked myself.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Holiday Fun With Our Bloggy Friends Roundup + Giveaway

Messy Messy Fail - I've been watching Big Love season 2 for a few weeks now, borrowed from the library.  DVD's are only rented out one week at a time, even if it is 4 disks of 3 episodes, 1 hour each.  That's 12 hours of episodes - who can watch all that in one week?  Well, on my third week of renewing online, I was rejected.  With my tail between my legs, I returned the DVD's to the library.  Luckily, the librarian on duty was one of my former students and allowed me borrow it for another week.  I'm furiously trying to watch an episode every night so I can have it finished by Wednesday.   

Tidy Victory - I've got 1 1/2 bushels of freshly picked apples to use up so I made Ina Garten's applesauce which I posted about here last year.  This is the most delicious homemade applesauce recipe EVER!  I like to make two batches of it to store in mason jars and freeze or use throughout the winter.  Minimal sugar (1/2 cup of brown sugar) and it is SPECTACULAR!

And now for a special treat........

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Glowing Safety Pouches for Halloween

Messy Messy Fail - The toddler seems to be in a throwing stage - he throws toys, food, anything that he can get into his chubby little hands gets thrown.  I found enough food for a picnic underneath the radiators in the dining room where we eat.  Gross-a-ross-a.

Tidy Victory - I'm making the UPKer's Halloween costume from scratch (you'll see what he requested below) and it seems to be working out quite well.  I hope to post the directions for this easy and quick costume shortly to help any parents out there who can't sew (like myself) and need to come up with something good!