Nursery to Office.

We spent ten years after the birth of our first child trying to have a second child.  Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our quest for a second child.  So once we stopped trying and are now devoting our time to remodeling our home. Our home was built over 25 years ago. So it was in definite need of an update.

Here is what the nursery looked like before.


We painted the walls of the nursery green for a gender neutral look.  We also choose Winnie the Pooh for the same reason.  The white furniture we had to discard due to the age and how beat up it was.  Plus the crib was recalled a few years after our only child was born.  So we couldn’t donate.



Here you can also see the original carpet.  That was replaced before we started painting.

In my next post, you will see the halfway point.  Stay tuned!


10 Fashion Terms and Their Meaning


Fashion magazines and online blogs about fashion are hugely popular.  Oftentimes they use language or terms that are unknown to others outside the industry.  I thought it would be a fun feature to start to explain what some of the fashion vocabulary means.  Each month I will produce a list of ten words commonly used in clothing and fashion.  Enjoy!

  1. Je Ne Sais Quoi- We have all heard this phrase before, but what does it mean?  It means “I don’t know what.” So basically when someone says a person has a certain Je Ne Sais Quoi it means that special something that can’t quite be named or defined.
  2. Sartorial -Means relating to clothing.
  3. Denier- Is the measure of a thickness of spun fiber.  Most often used in hosiery.  The higher the denier that thicker the fiber.
  4. French Cuffs- Turned up cuffs sometimes fashioned with cuff links, sometimes fashioned with a contrasting color.
  5. Melange-yarn spun fibers printed in many tones and hues.
  6. Merino-High quality wool from Merino sheep.
  7. Modal- Manufactured fiber that is soft, shape retentive and durable.
  8. Neoprene- Durable synthetic rubber that is lightweight and buoyant.
  9. Olefin- A man made lightweight material, exceptional strength, resists stains, mildew, abrasions, and sunlight.
  10. Pima Cotton- Best grade of cotton in the world.



10 Quick Self Care Ideas

Here are some quick and basic self care ideas for you to practice this week!

  1. Take a bath
  2. Play with your pet
  3. Play a game.
  4. Take a nature hike.
  5. Practice taking deep breaths several times a day.
  6. Unplug. No electronics for a day.
  7. Have a film festival of your favorite genre.
  8. De-clutter your social media
  9. Color in an adult coloring book
  10. Use essential oil or burn a candle and enjoy the fragrance.

Which ones did you try?


New Journal Prompts

  1. What do you love about Fall?
  2. What is happiness for you?
  3. How did you meet your best friend?
  4. What is your favorite restaurant and favorite meal there.
  5. What was the last concert you attended?  Who would you like to see know.
  6. What is one talent you wish you had?
  7. What is one superpower you wish you had?
  8. What ink color do you prefer doing.
  9. What is your favorite season and why?
  10. Write you favorite recipe here.

Which questions did you love answering in your journal?

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How to Prepare for a Disaster.


I know what your thinking.  A disaster Christine, really? That’s a bit dramatic isn’t it?  I remember when the calendar year turned to 2000.  All computers were supposed to crash, people’s money would be wiped out in an instance.  Society was to devolve into chaos.  At least that is what my parents told me.

They stockpiled a few days of food, took out several hundred dollars in cash etc for the impending computer disaster.  I could have cared less.  I understood that people had been working on this computer problem for more than a decade.  I wasn’t too worried.  Then years later, Hurricane Katrina hit.  My views changed.

When the American city of New Orleans was hit (not directly) and started to flood it was devastating.  I knew our government had plans, or at least that is what I thought.  It turns out money was cut and those put in charge of the vital agencies were token leaders who didn’t know what they are doing.  No one in the government called out the military to help, it was a disaster.

I kept watching TV and thinking that any day the Marines were going to show up.  By the time they did, it was too late for a lot of people.  Many people died that didn’t need to.  It was then, I decided to prepare for a disaster.

I’m not talking about hardcore prepping.  That is another story in itself.  We are not planning for a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear disaster.  I am not going to write posts for firearms or making your own cross bow by whittling wood.

Where I live a hurricane isn’t going to happen.  I do get blizzards, flooding, tornadoes and the like.  If you live in California, you get earthquakes.  Are you a reader who lives in Central Africa?  Do you deal with civil unrest? Famine and drought? Or a Pandemic? Every part of the planet has something.  Figuring out what can happen in your area is the first step to being prepared.

Once you figure out your potential disasters, understand how your family will be effected by it.  Does someone need special medication?  Do you need help moving a family member? Are they bed ridden?  Do you have pets?  No vehicle?

One thing you can do is get to know your area, especially the back roads. Make a plan for if your family isn’t together when disaster strikes?  Fortunately, we live in a modern society so it is rare when we don’t have some sort of warning. Get a communication plan.  Have a meeting area.  Talk things over with your children so they know what to do.

You should also gather documents and important items. Keep a list of contacts.  Make that list a hard copy.  If your phone loses service you want to know how to contact people.

If a disaster starts,  don’t get caught looking for your id or passport.

Are there things you want to keep safe?  Like your grandmas necklace or your family photos?   Scan any vital photos, take photos of your home and valuables for insurance.  Keep a thumb drive with your emergency kit.  Don’t plan to take bulky items.  You can’t bring your dining room table with you.  Keep sentimental items down to items that fit into a shoe box or bread box.  Small and portable is the name of the game.  The same thing goes for your family.  Your child’s stuffed bunny is important and vital to them.

A great place to start planning is at the government site http://www.ready.gov.  It can get you in the mindset of your current environment and what you might need to consider.

Also, remember that  being prepared is not just having physical items.  It is also having knowleddge.  If we keep with the hurricane example, do you know where to go for evacuation?  How are you going to get there?  What if your family isn’t together?  Start writing down a plan today.

Also, don’t forget your pets.  They are family too!  If you have an elderly neighbor who has no family, what will they do?  These are things to think about.  You can also gather information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.fema.gov, the centers for disease control at http://www.cdc.gov, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at http://www.aspca.gov, and the charity The Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org.

Here are my ideas for an emergency kit.   Please note this does not include food or drink. It does also not include information or paperwork you will need.

My kit includes:

1. A Tarp.  The tarp can be used for shelter or to keep the elements out if you have a roof failure or window failure.

2. Blanket. You need to keep warm.  If it’s windy or rainy or even snow.  It’s also great to keep in your car when you are mobile.

3. Fire Starter. Lose power for a few days?  How are you going to cook?  What if you need to boil water?  Light a candle?

4.Water Filter. If your well or city water fail.

5. First Aid kit. (I will be going into what this should contain in a later post.)  Also, along the lines of first aid kits, do you know how to administer first aid?   Do you know CPR?  Check locally for the chance to learn.  It can save a life.

6.Small Knife.  I keep one handy at all times.  It’s amazing how much you use it even in a non-emergency situation.

7. Multi-tool. If you are at home and have a ton of tools this is redundant.  This one you can take with you.  You want to be able to tighten screws or help deconstruct things when needed.

8. A light.  This can be a flashlight (with extra batteries), a headlamp, candles, glow sticks etc.  Get several. 9. A cord/rope.  I carry this in my car no matter what.  You can always use rope for constructing a shelter, tie down items or grouping them.  To tie people together in a crowd even!

10. Basic toiletries.  Things to keep you clean and comfortable and help ward off disease.  I will go into what to include in “Basic Toiletries” in another post.

Does your family have an emergency or disaster kit?  What do you include in yours?

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Manners 4 kids to know


You always hear it on the radio or read it on the internet.  Kids today have no manners! Do they really?  What manners do kids need to know today?  In the last 20 years society has changed so much.  What do we need for manners?  How do they apply to today’s fast-paced and current lifestyle?  Read  a few suggestions below.  Then stay tuned for future blog posts the list more manners for kids to know.

1.How to address an adult.     Many people think it is okay for a child to address an adult by their first name.  However, it sounds better if they use the more formal Mr., Mrs. or Ms. and the family name.  Your child is not the adults equal so the first name should be saved for other people.
2. Be on time. If it says the appointment is at 7, it doeesn’t mean you are walking in at 7, it means at 7 the appoint is beginning.  Don’t make others late by being late yourself.  It says to that person their time is important to you.  Hence, they are important.

3.Opening doors for others.  This is not just a man for a woman thing.  Hold the doors for others is a nice gesture.  It can also be helpful.  If you wish to teach your child the old adage “Ladies first” that  is fine.  It’s a personal choice.  My son started out doing it that way when he was a toddler.  Now he holds the door for everyone.  I actually have a few cute stories about my son’s “ladies first” stage.

Once we were at the doctor’s office.  Ahead of us going in the door was an elderly couple.  The man had difficulty walking and was using a walker.  His wife was helping him.  My son, who was about four at the time, ran ahead grabs the door and holds out his hand at the gentleman.  He then says “Ah, Ah,Ah, ladies first!”  I could have died.  Fortunately, the couple had a sense of humor and turned to me and said “Thank you for teaching him manners. No one does that anymore.”  Now he knows to help someone who is handicapp first.  This situation taught me that everyone appreciates good manners even if they sometimes go awry.

4. Helping others. This goes with number three.  By helping others I mean helping someone get an item down from a shelf.  Helping your friend find her mitten.  Helping your brother or sister get a library book.  This is what I mean by helping.  Do you have to help?  No, but the gesture is wonderful just the same.

5.How to wear a hat.  So many people don’t know or understand this. Let them know what to do when you walk indoors or when the national anthem plays.  Its a simple sign of respect.