Tuesday, October 16, 2012

V is for Vroom

So, I thought I'd just take a brief moment to share a little afternoon project with you. The kids spent all morning vrooming in this jumbo diaper box, so during nap time I decided to make it look a little less like trash. All it took was some chalkboard paint and my below par drawing skills and viola: chalkboard car (or bus, because those are supposed to be windows above the wheels and oddly shaped headlights). Tomorrow we could make it into an airplane or a secret hideout or any number of things. Such is the beauty of chalkboard paint.

I've been super into finding pinterest projects for the kids to try out, especially with all the holidays coming up. This wasn't one of them, but all that inspiration has me thinking outside the box when it comes to DIY projects. I think we're going to have a very fun winter ahead of us.

Vroom vroom!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

U is for Undecided

This post, surprisingly, not political at all. I may dance around being an undecided voter at times, but this post is about something much more lighthearted and fun...

via birthdaygirlblog.com


I am, as of yet, undecided about the details of Lucas' second birthday party. I am thinking about going more simple, without an over-the-top theme since he won't really appreciate that until he's older. A simple party for family and friends with a few special touches and lots of balloons. (Goodness gracious does this kid love balloons).

But even a simple party will mean lots of planning and sifting through ideas on my part. I love planning parties and watching my ideas come to life. It is seriously one of my favorite things in life. Then you add in some favorite people to enjoy it with you, and it's just perfection.

Here are some of my favorite party planning blogs and shops full of fabulous party ideas for all occasions:

One Charming Party - This blog is so full of awesome ideas and great visuals. They also have posts categorized by party themes, which is great if you know what you're looking for, or even if you don't!

Dandee - Danyelle's blog is always lovely and crafty, but she has an entire sections devoted to the fantastic parties she throws. I love looking at all the details as she puts them together for her kids' birthday parties.

Hip Hip Hooray - Even though this blog has ended, it is still a source of endless ideas. My favorite feature is their "real parties" which gives you an inside look at all the fun details of some real life themed parties.

Sweet Lulu - This shop has the best selection of giant balloons and cute stripey straws you can imagine. So much fun stuff to add those special touches to your party.

Garnish - This is one of those shops that Dandee swears by for her party packaging and craft boxes. It has perfectly simple and totally customizable packaging for all occasions. Sift through their ideas section; you will fall in love. 

Meri Meri -This shop has tons of themed party supplies, but my absolute favorite is their cupcake supplies and packaging. So cute!

Then of course there's Pinterest, but that needs no explanation. Do you have any other favorites for party planning?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

T is for Thoughts

I've been up a lot thinking, because I can't sleep so well anymore. And I haven't been blogging, and I figure maybe getting some of those thoughts out will help me sleep at night. It might get political. No it's probably getting political, so you know, read on only if you're into that kind of thing.

Election season has me in a flurry of thoughts about the way it should be or could be, were we not so far gone on opposite sides of the playing field. I wrote a piece not too long ago for the blog over at Red Letter Christians about getting out of our political comfort zone to find empathy for the opposition. Ultimately, it was all about how I think we should move toward compromise in more realistic ways by attempting to understand one another. I was feeling particularly hopeful when I wrote that one.

However, in the wake of the presidential debate, I've seen some real ugliness rise up from my social media feed from both sides. I'm glad people are paying attention and that they're fired up, but I'm not finding the intelligent discourse I was hoping for. I'm finding jabs and sneers and snide, unsolicited comments from the peanut gallery. None more pronounced than those made by my liberal friends and acquaintances (who make up the majority of my news feed). 

I found the debate to be a disappointment. The content and clarification I was hoping for was simply not there. "Specifics" were not specific at all. The topics were danced around, and both sides were primarily concerned with being accusatory. They got stuck on points that didn't matter, just to make one another look bad. They were unfathomably rude to Jim Lehrer.

But the reactions I saw were nothing to do with the content of the debate. I saw no one crying foul about issues being glossed over or specifics being left to the imagination. I saw comments about how Mitt Romney was being a slimy bully. I saw people crying foul over him bulldozing Jim (though President Obama did the same thing in an equally if not more disrespectful way). I saw Obama being called a socialist.

Most of what I saw seemed to be liberals trying to defend Obama's loss of the debate by calling him cool and collected in contrast to Romney being insecure and attacking. People calling Romney a bully (while ironically using some choice words themselves). People who are too far gone to look at this through any sort of reasonable lens.

I'm an independent, and though I normally lean to the left, there was no question in my mind that Romney stole the show at the debate. He had the "zingers" and was incredibly well prepared. He was self-assured and unapologetic. Obama looked weak in comparison. That was my opinion (and one open to fair argument) and takeaway on the face value of the debate.

But you know what? None of that should really matter. I know that it does. I know that charisma and strength are as important in a presidential election as they are in picking out a prom king in high school. I guess I'm just saying that I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed in the debate. I'm disappointed in the system. I'm disappointed in the reaction of those around me. I feel like we're drifting farther apart and it steals my hope some days.

Just some thoughts. 

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