Monday, November 21, 2011

He Knows What He Likes & It's Not What I'm Cooking

My youngest has a habit of dipping anything he is eating into anything he is drinking.  It makes for an interesting meal time and a gross cup clean out when all is said and done. I usually can't stand it after a few dunks and move his cup out of reach.

This week, he tried something new:  he decided to put everything on his plate into his bowl of yogurt that was also sitting on his plate.

The result:  A bowl of yogurt with a drizzle of honey, plus cucumbers, plus crackers, plus summer sausage slices.  Funny how he won't eat a meal I slave over that (in my opinion and everyone else's sitting at the table) is delicious, but that he will stomach through his above-mentioned combo without so much of one of his usual, "yuck!"s.

Anyhoo, hope you're enjoying a nice peaceful meal time today with all your little ones eating everything that is put in front of them.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Am I 32 or 62?

Headed on my annual girls' trip this weekend and I had a thought ....

(Get ready as some of you are going to cringe!)

I debated bringing my half-finished Christmas stockings on the plane with me so I could finish embroidering our names on them.  I know, I know.  It's the multi-tasking, always-trying-to-get-as-many-things-done-as-possible nature of me that was thinking how great it would be to pass the time AND get something done for the (fast) approaching holidays.  I know the girlfriends that I am meeting would have had a hay day when they found out too.

Now, I normally am fine to walk to the beat of my own drum (or whatever that saying is), but in the end decided to leave the needle and thread at home in lieu of leaving more room for hopeful shopping purchases on the way home :) Now if that isn't girls' weekend thinking, I don't know what is.

Turns out, on my way to the city on the train this a.m. I saw a girl that couldn't be 18-years-old knitting, so I would have been in hip company.  Good to know.

In other news, thought I would try and dress kind of "cool" for my trip ... this included a pair of grey suede heels (see yesterday's post as I was just so excited to wear them) and I'm already regretting it and I haven't even boarded my plane yet.  Why do I try to fight my jeans/t-shirt/comfortable shoes comfort zone?  Errrrrr.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Updating Your Closet Without Shopping

I have recently been trying my skills at tweaking the clothes that I have (rather than getting rid of and finding new).  The results have been quite successful and rewarding (costs a fraction of the price of buying new and you get to keep on wearing all of your favourite clothes).  Let me explain:  I have found myself an amazing seamstress friend and shoe repair guy that are both super reasonable in the fees that they charge (especially the seamstress) and excellent at what they do.  

During the past few months, I have taken various dresses, skirts, jeans and shoes to these two miracle workers and have been given back sleeker, chicer, better fitting, versions of the originals.  

A few examples:  
  • At no cost (because it was such a simple fix) a semi formal dress I bought in 2005 that had a dated asymmetrical hemline but still a very beautiful and classic pattern was chopped up to just above the knee
  • Multiple skirts and dresses that  fell to that awkward "just below the knee" spot, chopped and sassed up for just around $10 a piece
  • Jeans brought in at the waist that I now don't have to hike up after I bend over
  • And a pair of boots that were slouchy and high and just hard to wear chopped to ankle boots and now worn everyday.  
And anyone remember these shoes I bought in the spring?

After wearing a couple of times, I was cursing myself as I loved the overall shape and height of the shoe, but I'm just not a bow person (too finicky and detailed for me) .... well, for $16.99 in alterations, I picked up the new version of these shoes that look like this:

Now for those of you who like bows, maybe you prefer the "before," but I'm so pleased with the results. I will get much more wear out of these and will no longer be asking my husband,  "do the bows look funny?" every time I try to wear them.

Moral of the story:  find yourself a seamstress and shoe guy and have some fun updating your closet (or fixing your purchases) so they fit you and your tastes perfectly!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween

Managed to get one of my fall to-dos crossed off this past weekend.

  • sew kids Luke Skywalker and Yoda costumes (did I mention I'm not that great of a sewer)

Introducing my little Jedis.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween.
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