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Last Day of Vaca

Unfortunately, today was our last day of winter break. We did get lots done, including a trip to Sam's Club and JoAnn's to pick up some essentials.

Two things I grabbed at Sam's were baking soda and vinegar. I find the two of them to be great for lots of cleaning projects. I was totally out of baking soda and needed it for toilets and pans. I throw the baking soda in the toilet, squirt in some vinegar and let it sit. Then a good brush and it is all good.

I use it to clean my oven pans (the things that go under the burners, I suppose they are burner pans?) that are all caked on and grotty. It is like a miracle. You sprinkle on the baking soda and they mist or lightly spray with water. Let them sit overnight and Bam! They are gorgeous!

Thank goodness for baking soda!

I also am taking part in the 14 Day Challenge over at Ask Anna. Check it out!
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Looking forward to a new year and a fresh start, here on my blog and in life. I am ready for change: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Things I am doing to prepare for the fresh start:

1. Making an inspiration board of things that inspire me.
2. Making a workout plan for the month of January.
3. Making a trip to Target to get everything we typically need in a month to free up all those unexpected trips. (DONE)
4. Organize craft space for kids and myself.
5. Go through clothes and donate. (DONE)
6. By "One Thousand Gifts" and start reading. (DONE)

Now tell me the you ever put things on your list that you've already done, just so that you can check them off?

Or is it just me?




I have conferences for the next three days. So I teach all day, talk all evening and then sleep for six hours and do it all again.

Spring break follows, so I will hopefully be wrangling the mess that is my craft room at some point. Pictures to follow soon.

We are also gathering ideas for our kitchen redo. Will post photos of the sad state it is in now and would love any feedback/tips/inspiration links you can point me to. I am thinking it will be mid-century/organic/vintage mix. Colors I am leaning towards are a buttery yellow, minty green (thanks to my Kitchen Aid mixer) and true red.

Send some ideas my way, please! The husband is making a trip to Ikea this weekend and I'd love to give him a list!


It is drippy and gray today. Muddy sky and muddy snow are the picture I see outside of the humongous window in my classroom. Thankfully, the crocus on my desk is wanting to bloom soon.

Starting to sort out the "craft" room. Matilda and I spent an hour digging through boxes and ultimately making more of a mess than what we had started with. She loved bouncing in her activity gym and I kept getting sidetracked. You know how you find this pattern or that catalog or the yarn you bought for this and then suddenly you aren't really getting anything done? That was what happened yesterday.

Did pull out some embroidery stuff. I have a funky book on embroidery for kids that I got from the school library when they were doing discards. All sorts of groovy things like owls and folk art type patterns. Working on a snail to start and then I'm hoping to tackle a large scale freeform piece.

Hope your day is productive (and sunny!)

Too busy...

This blog has been much neglected. My apologies. We are going to be moving this week and I will be posting many projects as we set up in a new home.

Enjoy your summer!