Friday, December 30, 2011

PickyPants' Ghost

*warning: this blog has been hijacked by PickyPants!!*

Hello dear readers, PickyPants here, and I'm starting my own blog! I think I am going to call it "PickyPants' Ghost" or something like that (and no, I didn't die).

More information about my blog: I write about paranormal things. I will also say if it is real or not (so you don't have to search the internet almost every time I blog). I also write about differant things.For example I would blog about music, things I learned that other people might not know. And last but not  least, I'll write about books.

For example. See the ghost?!



This is one of the best examples that ghosts are real and scientists have proven that this is a real ghost and this was taken in a very haunted area. So this proves to me that GHOSTS ARE REAL!!!

I don't want to spoil my blog and write everything on The Mom's blog, so.... keep watch for PickyPants' Ghost! (and no, I didn't die)

Ghostfully yours,
PickyPants

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Catching Up

reading: "The Serpent and The Moon" by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, it's about King Henri II (of France) and his life-long love affair with Diane de Poitiers, an aristocrat of the court, who was 19 years his senior. I'm on chapter three and really like it so far although I've had to flip back and forth a little to get all the who married whom in order. So far that's what it's been about, a background introducing us to King Francois, Diane and Catherine de' Medici, Henri's wife-to-be. Haven't had a whole lot of time to dedicate to it because I'm working on finishing up Textbook of Ayurveda book II. I should be done with this whole course by Jan/Feb. (whew!)

watching: Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. December is here! December is here! Bring on the movies and music, baby!! I love watching a movie a day and rockin' out to Christmas tunes! I started early this year though, I usually wait until first weekend of December to really decorate but just couldn't wait and started day after Thanksgiving. "We need a little Christmas, right this very minute!"


relaxing: been decorating, went black friday shopping (first time evah) and got most of my shopping done already! Bought Cupcake (among other things) a sewing machine (she's really into designing and has been making purses lately), Picky Pants a guitar (she's into music, I'm going to let her start practicing on my violin too) and Little Monster a Black&Decker Jr. work bench (he's into tools and banging things). Feeling accomplished and ahead of the game!! I usually wait until a few days before-hand   :/

eating: Braised country-style pork ribs, herbed mashed potatoes, veggie medley. I've still been doing menu planning, it really helps a lot with dinner time chaos and has brought my grocery bill down to about $120 a week, which I think is really good. This week I looked up $10 dinners on Food Network, some good stuff there, folks!


listening to: Heartland Christmas Channel like I said above I like Christmas music, I'll keep playing till after the New Years or until the family starts to complain whichever comes last.  On the radio there is only one station that is playing C. music right now and I loath it! I hate hearing "Sleigh Ride" three times in one hour it drives me crazy!!  So...here's a time when the ol' web comes in handy (and having the comp in the dining room) there's so many options out there, Picky Pants and I figured out that we'd have to listen for about 4-5 months straight to hear them all. Well, here goes!!

sharing: So where have I been? No where really. I've had blog ideas throughout the day but every time I sat down at the computer I felt more like streaming then blogging. I didn't feel like taking pictures, typing or thinking too hard. My brain has been occupé lately with other stuff like helping kids with homework, finishing my course, looking for a job, finishing my book, beating myself up about not finishing my book. For some reason, the motivation came back and here I am. I have lots to share, things I've been saving in my "best of" folder just to show you guys*.

See, I have been thinking about you!! ♥

relax,
paulina

*like this

Can anyone tell my why the cutesy romantic lead has to be so clutzy?!?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Arachnophobia

I had the fam write down their fears (me included) and just for the fun of it I thought I would showcase one a day. (I'll have to post two today to catch up...of course)

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and I thought I'd have a little fun with it on this here blog.

Plus I told myself that if I can do this for the whole month I'll buy myself something new. That's a big incentive right there!



First off we have the fear of Picky Pants, Cupcake and Little Monster which is spiders!!!

They always scream and yell for their dad to come catch them. He'll come running with a tissue, scoop it up and toss it outside. They're like "YAY!!"

 I'm pretty nonchalant about spiders, they don't bother me. I'm always like "Calm down, it won't hurt you."

I rented the movie Arachnophobia one night (remember that one?) the kids loved it and it still freaked them out!

I also wanted to post a "halloweenish" type song along with the phobias, when I think of spiders I think of this song....



I may not be afraid of spiders but I'm very scared of......

relax,
paulina

p.s. image via flikr

Monday, September 26, 2011

Menu planning: week #5

You might have noticed (or not) that I didn't post a menu plan the last two weeks.

I was feeling very uninspired. It seems like I've leafed through my little supply of cookbooks a million times, nothing screams out to me anymore.

I feel like a raid at the local used bookstore is in order. I'm wanting some Jamie Oliver and something homey.

This morning while getting my grocery list I dug through my "recipes to try" and "food" folders.


Feeling more inspired this is what I came up with, maybe something will inspire you too!

linking up with Menu Plan Monday @ I'm an Organizing Junkie.

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Menu Plan Week #5:

Monday: Stromboli
sides: simple salad
new recipe

Tuesday: Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders flip ahead to #9 - the recipe it takes you to is not the one that is originally pictured, but it's easy enough to figure out. In fact, check out the rest of the burgers...yum!
sides: bacon wrapped tater tots (might as well go all the way!), carrot slices
new recipes

Wednesday: Strawberry Chicken Salad
new recipe

Thursday: Sirloin Steak
Sides: simple salad, veggie
The Hubs idea

Friday: Chicken Potpie
new recipe

Saturday: anything goes - left overs
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I like themes. I like having a routine.

I'm liking that I'm clearing out my favorite folders.

I think I'll dedicate October to recipes I've come across while browsing the 'net. That'll give me a month to acquire some new books. And maybe you'll come across something new too!

relax,
paulina

p.s. of course I've gotta throw in some of The Hubs ideas - the guys got some good ideas.
sometimes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Reading: French or Foe?

French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France
via goodreads
This year I have steadily been making through the French history/culture section at the library. And in no particular order this book happened to be next, French or Foe? by Polly Platt.

Originally published in 1994, then revised in 2000, it's written by Polly who had moved to France in 1967 and started a company 20 years later called Culture Crossings which helped newly transferred corporate employees and their families adjust to their new country.

Because of her own experiences and those of her clients she has a lot of funny anecdotes to draw from, from getting pulled over by the gendarmes to school life and the dinner party. Polly reveals hidden codes and the "Ten Magic Words" to use that will get a visitor by in France without looking too touristy and thereby getting your point across to get what you want.

It read well as it was wrote in a conversational tone and it was funny. At 272 pages this is easy reading and one could finish it in a week (I did just by reading it night).

Now the down side, it was revised in 2000 so it is a bit outdated (again) and Polly Platt passed away in 2008, but not before her last book "LOVE À LA FRANÇAISE" was published. (looking through the website it's seems French or Foe is on it's third edition). I'm definitely going to look up "Love à La Française" next time I'm at the library.

I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in french culture as it's interesting, humorous and makes me one want to book the next trip with Rick Steves to see if those 10 little words and a little flirting really do work!   Another one to check out that I like a lot is "French Women Don't Get Fat." That one is also written in a conversational tone and it gives some great tips and answers the question "How do they eat croissants and all those butter sauces and still stay thin?!"

Anyway, today yesterday was Theme Thursday hosted by Reading Between Pages... and the

Theme Thursdays

Theme is: music/sound.

My snippet today is kind of a long one but it really stuck with me when I thought about sound....

"I promise you, it was a beautiful and sensual experience watching these authors...speaking their word. Slowly. Up the throat, through the mouth, lips forward, the word emerged into the room, and into the rooms of perhaps seven million viewers. "Nuance, because it's sonorous and is the finesse of our language". "Tendresse....because it's both active and soft." "Silence..." "Nostalgie..." "Plaisir..." "
pg. 158 - French or Foe - Polly Platt

relax,
paulina


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reading: City of The Snakes

City of the Snakes (The City Trilogy, #3)
City of The Snakes, by Darren Shan, is the third installment of The City series. I did not read the others but I wasn't too completely lost. The others probably have more background of the characters featured in this one and if I was totally enamored of this book I would check them out. But I'm not.

It's about a dirty foul city somewhere, geographically and chronologically. (I have no idea, maybe it says more in the previous books). There are gangs ruling the city and the common folk just seem to live the daily grind and hope they don't get shot.

It starts in the voice of the leader of one of the gangs, Capac Raimi. Something happens to him then it switches to another voice (and a whole 'nother font), that of Al Jeery who has been a killer/vigilante for the past 10 years. He gets coerced to go looking for Capac Raimi. You start to feel for Al Jeery when you hear his back story - for the past 10 years he's been killing baddies and looking for the guy who's been "haunting" him and made his life hell. So you got the main mystery of where's Capac and the secondary one of Jeerys own man-hunt.

I have two more chapters to go, the whole wrap-up if you will. It's not my favorite and I'm not going to visit The City again but it wasn't horrible. Like I said you start to feel for Al and that was what carried me through.

Because I love books I went looking for other blogs and what-not and came across this fun linky party. Hosted by Kavyen at Reading Between Pages it's called "Theme Thursday" where each week a different theme is chosen (like health, or school) and you post a sentence or snippet from the book you're reading (click on link above for the complete rules). This is my first week doing it but it sounds like fun!

This weeks theme is: feeling

" "I'm not afraid of dying," I mutter. "And I won't regret it, not if I take that lot with me." "
pg. 281, City of The Snakes, Darren Shan


 Theme Thursdays
 relax,
paulina

p.s. went to Cupcakes freshman "back to school night" last night which made me feel old (:/) and reflective on "where did all that time go?!" but proud on how Cupcake is growing up.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Slim Down Sunday: but on a tuesday

Heartfelt Homeschooling

Thank you to April over at Heartfelt Homeschooling for hosting this new meme I found, Slim Down Sunday.

I want to slim down and it's good to find others too. I'll be posting updates every other Sunday (or Tuesday- ha) Are you on a "diet" or an exercise plan? Yes? Then please join us, misery loves company the more the merrier they say.

Goal: lose 40 pounds

Weight now: {big breath} 170 (eeekkk!!)

Plan: yoga every day with alternating days of cardio and weights.

Food: smaller portions, eat breakfast (!), cut back on starches, at least one meatless dinner a week.

Now: Did not eat breakfast this morning. I have a problem with that as I'm not usually hungry that early in the morning and the thought of food (or the smell) can sometimes make me queasy. This all happened after having children, my stomach can't handle things like it used to (spinning in circles, swings, smells, The Hubs driving). And, to be honest, I'm eating a salami sandwich from Togo's right now, without mayo though. But I'll do some weight toning today while watching "Lovers in Paris" and will fit yoga in at sometime.

I don't have a scale at home so went to Target on Sunday, took one out of the box, weighed myself (was shocked!) and put it back. I thought that my clothes had been fitting better and that I had possible lost something but those numbers don't lie. I don't feel or look like I weight that much (at least I think so). I'm like where is all that weight at?!


Harrrrummmph!!

relax,
paulina

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wearing: How do you solve a problem like this skirt?

Three layers - yellow on top with sparkles and beads, white in the middle then another layer of yellow.

You try to wear it for Inspiration Monday, that's how.


Keira Knightley via Two Birds

Then you find that the slits are just a tad too short - so short you feel like your tookus is sticking out.


How do you solve a problem like this?

You put on a slip, that's how.



Now you feel better and the slip actually looks kinda cute sticking out like that. You realize this skirt is pretty and light and makes you feel very feminine.

Soon other ideas pop into head....white tank with brown belt and heels...(other brown heels that are more mary jane type)

Well, that's pretty much that comes to your head....so you turn to your fellow bloggers...

And pose the question:

"How do you solve a problem like this skirt?"




for inspiration*


relax,
paulina

linking up with two birds: inspiration monday, The Pleated Poppy: what we wore and for the first time(!) That Kind of Beautiful hosted by Laura over at That Kind of Mom.

* or maybe not. i've just had this song running through my head all day.

p.s. it's still in the 90's or so here folks, so i'm not feeling fall-ish yet, can't dig out my boots or scarves...boo!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Menu planning: week #4

Another week of simple, inexpensive, but still yummy dishes.

Along with September comes my bi-annual deep clean. A Spring cleaning in the Fall, if you will.

It's all about purging and organizing and the finding of lost things.

So, organized meals to counterbalance the disorder of the house. Should work, right??

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Recap week 3: Last week had no frills and no mishaps either. I did not make the polenta as The Hubs seemed slightly suspicious of the recipe. He kept giving me the raised eyebrow and would say "I dooon't knooow..." when I would mention making up a batch. Will just have to do it when he's not around.  Did not make hamburgers either, found some chicken breast in the freezer & made pasta with chicken instead.  Our reward was the new "Bacon, Bacon, Bacon" pizza from Papa Murphy's - the take and bake pizza place. Do you have one in your area? I highly recommend this, it's only $9 right now and it soooo worth eating at least once....mmmm...bacon.

Linking up with: Menu Plan Monday
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Menu Plan Week #4*

Monday: Cheesy Italian Chicken Bake (on recipe page)
new recipe The Hubs idea (must still have had last weeks dinner on his mind)
sides: crusty bread

Tuesday: Potato Soup
new recipe
sides: bacon crumbles, crackers

Wednesday: BBQ Hamburgers
sides: homemade onion rings, salad

Thursday: Pork Steak
sides: mashed potatoes, broccoli

Friday: BBQ Chicken
sides: salad, veggie

Saturday: Stuffed Shells from allrecipes
new recipe
sides: crusty bread

Snacks: polenta (from With a Heart Full of Daisies) , jalapeno poppers (from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes)

Three new recipes to try, any suggestions on which one to share?
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When we sit down for dinner, I put on jazz. I turn off the t.v. or radio (usually listening to talk) have the kids sit down at the table, take a deep breath and just relax. Usually the kids are wound up from school or playing or poking each other and this helps them to calm down and breathe. The computer is in a corner of the dining room so I'm able to find some great stuff online. I'll put on some jazz, bossa nova or even some classical crossover and we'll sit, enjoy some relaxing music that's not all "up in the club" and just really enjoy our meal. (those websites have a great selection of jazz and others)

What do you guys do when you sit down for dinner? Do you listen to music, watch t.v. or catch up on the day?

relax,
paulina
*menu order subject to change as I seem to have opened the cream cheese and am now eating celery slathered in said product.

p.s. I crack myself up. Conversation I had:

picky pants: why do we listen to jazz?
me: it's good for your digestion.
picky pants: where did you hear that?
me: me, myself and i. they had a good idea and i agreed.
picky pants: {grooooan} maaahhhhaaamm!!!
me: hahahahaha.....

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Catching up: frock it like it's hot!

Because it is. It really is.

Around 100 today. Yikes!! I'm usually not one to complain about the weather, but I've found that the older I get the less I can tolerate the heat. So...I'm gonna complain a li'l today.

The Hubs says it's because I don't go outside to get myself acclimated to it. I say "Because it's too hot!!"

But he's exaggerating (as always). I go for a walk every day, sometimes I even punish the kids by making them go.

Anyway, hence the reason for my sun frock:


From my MIL. Don't think I like it too much though, it's a bit big and makes me look stomach-y (as opposed to hip-y). It's the first time I've worn it - and truthfully, I changed as soon as I saw these pics.

Whip off the hat and look - nouvelle coupe de cheveux!!


I got tired of the medium length and, truthfully, was mad at The Hubs so last saturday I chopped it off.

Isn't that why we cut our hair, ladies? Because of men...we break up with 'em,we get mad at 'em, we wanna exact a little revenge...so what do we do?? Snip, snip!!  LOL!! (by the why, The Hubs liked it & I'm no longer mad...hehe!)

But my new haircut goes with....


My new car!! A "retro" VW Golf. So cute and zippy. Perfect interior and exterior and was practically a steal!! My previous was a Mercury Mountaineer named Frank (yes, I name my cars). I couldn't stand the horrible gas mileage or how big it was so sold him and bought this cut li'l thing. 40 freeway, 31 in town - alot better than what I was getting. Now it's time to plan a trip!!


See how cute I look!! Well...I think so anyway..lol!

"What did you name this one?" you're all asking, right?

After some deliberation and driving around a bit, I've decided this car is a girl and I've named her Dawn. Why? Because she is a 5-speed, I've never really drove a 5-speed before and it's a bit of a learning process...so it has become a love/hate relationship.

"But I still don't get it" you ask in confusion.

Well...there's a certain morning talk show here called The Rob Arnie and Dawn show. It's on from 5am-10. Dawn is the girl you love to hate. She's always laughing, friendly, the type to make cakes for her neighbors, remember everyone's birthday, would be a hoot to hang out...but....her political views are maddening!! Sometimes we yell at our radio because of her views and you can see she gets her co-hosts all riled up. It's a very funny morning show, none of that "war of the roses" junk, just talking about current topics. Rob is very analytical, always has all the facts. Arnie is a "good 'ol boy" from Texas, hard exterior with a soft heart and Dawn....well....just listen. Give it just an hour a day for a week, I can almost guarantee you'll be hooked. You can listen online here: http://robarnieanddawn.com/.

What else?? Hmmm...We cut down our corn and will be makinga little teepee today in our backyard and having a cook-out. Might even borrow a projector from a friend and have a movie outside. I'll post the pics later, I have a feeling the kids are gonna dig it! (They don't know yet...shhhh)

relax,
paulina

p.s. to my new followers and old

THANK YOU!!

Linking up to: Pleated Poppy and Momma Go Round.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Menu Planning: week #3

I'll be honest. I'm a little broke this week. Got a few bills to pay so this week is all about digging through the freezer and cupboards and seeing what I can come up with.

Going to have to rely on some old favorites.

The kids heave a big sigh of relief!!

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Recap: week #2: unbenownst to me The Hubs cooked up all the pork for tacos so on Tuesday went looking for it. No pork. No wonder we had sooo much taco meat. Plan B: In 'n Out cheeseburgers all around (it had been a busy day anyway). The chicken nuggets recipe turned out blah. Nothing that I couldn't have figured out myself and it's something I The Hubs could definitely make better. The BLT's were awwwwesome (we ended up adding a piece of black forest ham to use it up)!! And of course the ribs were {kisses fingers} mmmmmwwwaaa....
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Menu Plan Week #3
Monday: Tacos

Tuesday: Hamburgers
sides: again with the fries?! sheesh!!, veggie

Wednesday: Pork Shoulder Chuck Steaks (say that 3 times fast)
(asked The Hubs if they were pork steaks, he said "well no, they are....")
sides: polenta (a recipe I got from Kate from over at With Heart Full of Daisies), veggie (or something)

Thursday: B4D
(breakfast for...you get it)
don't know what I'll do with this yet...quiche, omelette's, pancakes?

Friday: Take-Out
(our "reward" for paying bills :p)

Saturday: Soup and Sandwich
those croissant-wiches from last week were a big hit! might as well strike while the iron is still hot....(not to mention how eeeeeasy it is)
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I'll be honest, we eat take-out or fast food about once a week or so. I let my kids eat a cheeseburger or chicken sandwich if they want it. What I don't do is buy full meals at fast food restaurants. We all get a cheeseburger (or whatever) and split an order of fries. We never eat inside. I take it home, cut the cheeseburgers in halves for the Littles (my two younger children) split up the fries and they drink milk. They get some fast food and I feel better about the portion control.

If I'm feeling adventurous I'll put a sheet down in the living room and we'll eat in there while watching a movie. It's a nice change and the kids feel like they're doing "something wrong" (or "cool" in Picky Pants words).

What do you do about fast food? Do you go often? Jazz up pizza by adding your own toppings?

Linking up with: Menu Plan Monday.

relax,
paulina

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Eats: philly cheese steak

What with this being the first week of school and all I've been très busy. I did not make it back to com-Pewter (anyone know what that's from??) Monday night and have been movin' ever since. I have a lot to share with you so I'll be blog happy today and split this stuff up into 2 posts.

So, first...

I've been saying that I would share the Philly Cheese Steak recipe and so I finally shall!!
  
This recipe comes from Rival Crock Pot's Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes. (just checked and it's only $9 on amazon that's a pretty good deal. It's got some great recipes in it and I actually highly recommend this cookbook)

A word of warning: this tastes a whoooole lot better than it looks!!

It was the kids first Philly and it was cute seeing my Little Monster hold on the sandwich, the girls asked for more and said this was "A Keeper!"(hosted by EverydayTastes

Also linking up with Friday's Potluck over at EKat's Kitchen and Delicious Dishes.

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Philly Cheese Steak
Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipes
serves 8 or more

2 pounds round steak -- we used carne asada it was already in strips and cost about $8.
2 tblspns butter
4 onions
2 green bell peppers - we think 1 more would have been better
1 tblspn garlic-pepper - we used 2 cloves of garlic and sprinkled salt and pepper
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons beef bouillon - it says to whisk the water and beef together then add. The Hubs just crumbled up the bouillon and added everything to the pot
French rolls
Cheddar cheese

basic ingreds
Throw everythin' in to the crock pot








You're supposed to cook on low for 6-8 hours. We started late and cooked on high for 3 hours and they were done to perfection.

When done spoon onto rolls. Top with a slice of cheddar cheese. Put top bun on and watch the cheese meeeeelt....mmmmm...melty cheese. Use any side you want, kettle chips, potato salad or fries would be good.
 (complete foul guys, I could have sworn I took a picture of end product but can't find it)


Eat and enjoy!!

And maybe eat again...

But that's all folks, it's that simple and delicious! Go to work and come home to that smell wafting through the house....divine!!

relax,
paulina



Monday, August 22, 2011

Menu planning: week #2

In all the hub-bub of last week, I completely forgot to post how my philly cheese steak went.

It went marvelous!!

I will expound in further detail in about 5 hours.....that's when Com-pewter will be all mine again...

All mine!! {rubs hands}


Anyway, enough silliness...let's get on to the good stuff!!


Recap: Menu Plan #1:  Every meal went off without a hitch. Kiddies asked for seconds and The Hubs really liked the new recipes. I especially enjoyed the Southern Chicken with Sweet Potatoes. Easy to make and the sweet potatoes and raisins went well with the biscuits and green beans. I mean very well!! I will be making this again. (forgot to mention we did not make the pork tacos...forgot to set out the pork...so they are making an appearance again this week. Today in fact.)
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Menu Plan Week #2

Monday: Pork Tacos
The Hubs idea
side: salad

Tuesday: Pork Roast
two roasts ended up being defrosted today...so gots to cook it
sides: mashed potatoes, california vegetable blend

Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets
new recipe
sides: homemade fries, green beans (from garden)

Thursday: BLT's on croissants
was going to be a new recipe but The Hubs bought regular bacon instead of Canadian. So...I improvised
side: tomato soup

Friday: Ribs (probably BBQ'd)
The Hubs idea
sides: salad, corn (from garden)

Saturday: "Anything Goes"*

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* and yes...saying that does remind of this:


Doesn't it you?!?

relax,
paulina

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Linking up with:

now off to find more yummy ideas....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

21 Days: faint-hearted pattern mixing

Day 3 of the 21 Day Challenge is all about mixing it up. Patterns that is.

I'm not a big pattern girl and if I do happen to wear something pattern(y) the rest of my outfit is muted.

Tuesday night saw me trying on and throwing clothes in a mad fit. Nothing had that perfect combination of haphazard yet still put-together. My second-glass-of-wine state had me thinking that a black & white snakeskin skirt looked good with a black stripe button-down, add in some black wedges and I was good to go.

Wednesday morning my second-cup-of-coffee state looked at it hanging in my closet and lost nerve. In my closet I think it looks good, the button-down is fitted with french cuffs, slightly see-through. The skirt is silky, to my knees and form-fitting. No way am I brave enough to wear this during daylight hours. Maybe next date night?

So my faint heart plucked this out of the mayhem and said "There. That'll do."

Stripes with a patterned hoodie

Muted the rest with a peach skirt and brown heels.
Close up of the oh-so-brave-mixing


Being the Francophile that I am, this hoodie caught my eye and being very cheap I grabbed it. But now that I'm actually wearing it?? I feel a bit juvenile. No one gave me funny looks but I felt like I stood out like the proverbial sore thumb.

Cupcake has had her eye on it. Now she can have her arms in it. 

(trying to be clever...don't think it worked)

Now on to how other brave souls fared with this days challenge....

and maybe work up a little more courage myself

relax,
paulina



21 Days: Using my noodle

21 Day Challenge


Someone will help me get dressed everyday? I'm in!! 
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A little late to the game but I took extra time to think about my first outfit. On day 1 of The 21 Day Challenge, hosted by Kayla at Freckles in April, we were supposed to pick an item that we will wear at least three more times, day 2 was all about the tuck then I still had Inspiration Monday, hosted by two birds, to think about.

Could I somehow combine all three??

My head hit the pillow Monday night with different outfit combinations running through my mind. Upon awakening Tuesday something had clicked and this is what I came up with that fit all three requests.

First: Inspiration picture for Inspiration Monday

karolina Kurkova

Now my take:




This is the only plaid shirt I have in my whole closet. It came with a thick black belt but looks better without (plus I seem to have lost misplaced it anyway). I like the ruffle detail too.
This shirt also fulfills the first request of the Challenge. I could have gone safe with a plain tee or blouse but what the heck? Shake it up a little!! And I'll finally be able to see it's full potential...

The second Challenge was "Tuck it in". So I did the half tuck. I never, never tuck. Not even pre-kids. Although back in the 90's it was the front tuck, with tight-rolled jeans of course...

Too make it interesting I plucked this scarf/belt thingy off my shelve, threw it on and belted it. Looked in the mirror and was like "Hey! I like this!" I would totally wear this again with different jeans.
I think I need more plaid.
I feel so accomplished and creative! I did three challenges in one! Now I don't feel (too) behind.
Now on to Challenge #3....Pattern Mixing...
Oh no....patterns?! Mixing patterns?!
Can I wear the plaid shirt again???
relax,
paulina

Monday, August 15, 2011

Menu Planning: Week #1

I've discovered a little bit ago that if I plan out my meals for the week before going grocery shopping I don't spend as much money, eat as much junk or feel too stressed at dinner time.

Now that menu planning has become a part of who I am why not share it on my blog which is what this 'ol bloggy thing is for in the first place. :)
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Sunday: Asian Chicken 'n Noodles
a returning favorite
 
 
Monday: Pork Stir Fry and Sweet Sour
The Hubs idea

Tuesday: Southern Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes
new recipe
sides: biscuits and green beans (from garden!)

Wednesday: Philly Cheese Steaks
new recipe- crock pot
side: baked fries

Thursday: Pork Tacos
The Hubs idea
side: salad

Friday: Spaghetti
same 'ol, same 'ol
side: crusty bread

Saturday: "Anything Goes"
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Bear with me in the coming weeks if my formatting goes through some changes, just gotta find my groove. The purple does mean that the recipe is shown on the "Recipe" page. The "new recipe" means it's a recipe that is, well, new and "the Hubs idea" means it's his thing so I get to just sit back and watch the ensuing mess eat some, mostly, good food. Yum! The "same 'ol" means just that, a tried and true recipe because I feel lazy or have been pushing my luck with the kiddies on getting them to channel their inner Anthony Bourdain.

I'm looking forward to seeing what others are eating (is that too weird?), trying some new recipes and just basically having fun with food.

Also later this week I'll be blogging about Tuesdays dinner in more detail, it's a new recipe to me from a cookbook I've had for years.

Stay tuned....

relax,
paulina

p.s. If you're a menu planner, stop in and see what others are doing or even join in on the fun! links below...
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participating in Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie





Sunday, August 14, 2011

Relaxing: Mani on a Sunday

It's Sunday. The girls are at their grandma's house. Little Monster is doing something little monstery.

And since this weeks FBFF (hosted by Miss Rockwell) is all about the mani...hmmm...manicure time!!

Gotta say I don't normally do my nails. I'm usually too tired at night and when I would get my nails done at the salon the  top layer of my nail would come off with the fake. So I just stopped going. Then I told myself that my hands look younger without polish. So I stopped buying.

Then one day I came across this manicure and it's haunted me since



But it's not Halloween yet.

But....I do have some time on my hands (ha!)

top layer: pink
Let dry and add

second layer: orange


I used N.Y.C polish found at Target for .99. Pink Fuschia Creme and Times Square Tangerine Creme.

I just can't spend more than $3 for polish. I absolutely can not. I start thinking of other things I can buy.

I did like how my nails turned out. I could use some nail lines to make the line sharper and some top coat. This is a manicure I would do in the future. Definitely going to check out the others at Lifestyles of the Thrifty and Shameless and get some more ideas.

Has my girlie side come back?


relax,
paulina

p.s. While polishing my nails I got this

"me too! me too!"
hence my nails got a might smudged. Have you ever painted your sons nails? What do you think about it?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: It's not always about the clothes

because sometimes one picks up something else really awesome at the ye ol' thrift...


I have been wanting a red chair similiar to this for my l. room but had yet to find it within my price range


Then one day.....

Stopped by "R"Thrift with Cupcake to browse for some shirts and cute skirts. Everything was 30% off, saw a red chair sitting in a corner asked how much, took 15 minutes to get an answer back..."$44.95"....hmmm..."o.k. thanks"

Thought about it but since it was going to be an impulse buy, decided to just think about it instead. We went to the counter and found out that if one spent more than $15 one could spin a wheel. Cupcake spun for me and came back with a 50% next item coupon!! Couldn't believe our luck!! Chair was meant to be!! Hugged Cupcake and bought chair for 1/2 half!

Heeelllooo Chaaaairrrr!!!

pic makes it look a little crooked but it's perfect and comfy. I like my throw my snuggie on it for contrast.
Happy am I! and so are Cupcake and Little Monster, who tried to claim it right away....

ok....I did buy a dress (or two) for myself








and maybe a watch....


the same week I bought this, I was wearing my Han Solo one when my dear, sweet Hubs threw me in the pool!! AAAAHHH!!! My watch!!

 He felt bad the next day, took it apart and is now trying to fix it.....aaaaawwwww.... :)

But, hey now I gotta excuse to buy more watches!!

relax,
paulina

p.s. forgot to add...paid $3 total for the dresses and .99 for the watch












Writings: Dream Party

mama’s losin’ it

2.) If you had the opportunity to throw a dream party for your closest family and friends, describe what that would look like.
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Over the years I have given this dream party some thought, actual chin-in-hand-staring-out-the-window-daydreaming kind of thought.

And when I get fabulously wealthy, I'm gonna do it....

all images via googleimages

I would love to throw a Victorian Christmas Party!!

Come early, we'll go out hunting for that perfect tree and go sledding.


After our noses have gotten quite cold, but our hearts have grown quite warm, we'll go back to do some tree trimming and drink and eat to our hearts content.  Off in the corner will be an orchestra playing carols.




Oh, don't forget after dinner comes caroling and dancing.



And we can't forget sleigh rides and snowball fights and ice skating and....




A storyteller for the children while us big kids drink hot totties and maybe have a snowball fight of
our own.


Everyone would stay the night. In the morning would be a breakfast then off to their own merry ways. With thoughts of snowflakes and sugar plum fairies in their minds. With thoughts of how magical this Christmas was....

And yes, costumes are mandatory!

(but don't worry I'll take care of it....I'll be fabulously wealthy, remember?!)

relax,
paulina

p.s. o.k maybe the hot totties aren't authentic but hey gotta have something to warm us up....!!