Here & There

It’s 1:23 pm.  I just managed to get all three kids asleep (but not before not one, not two, but four pleas from the crib to be taken to potty) and so now I sit on our couch, eating a bowl of ice cream for lunch.  Why?  Because I love ice cream and because I’m waiting on pins and sewing needles to get a call letting me know if the transmission in the van that we just bought (used but new to us) nine months ago is shot.  In case you’ve been lucky and never had to have a transmission replaced, let me tell you, we’re not talking hundreds but thousands of dollars.  The transmission in my college car went out freshman year and if my dad were here, he would tell you it’s really wonderful and makes people want to poke their eyes out and eat ice cream for lunch as a small solace.  Moving down the family tree, my Grandpa’s words have been playing over and over in my mind all day; that “cars are necessary evils”.  Do they make mopeds big enough to accommodate three car seats and two adults?  Let me know if you see any because that idea is looking mighty fine.  Anyway, why do you need to know all this?  Only because in light of our large vehicle being in the shop, we are stranded at home per the usual but today feels even more restraining because we don’t even have the option to leave SO I don’t have anybody to vent to but you lovely readers.  So, consider me vented. 

Whew, that feels better.  :)

Moving on to greener pastures…

I had the honor of being interviewed by Kristin for her new podcast “This Inspired Life” this past week and the episode aired yesterday.
She and I knew each other in college but haven’t connected much excepting the occasional Facebook comment/like so it was so fun to just chat via the web.  I got to listen to the podcast yesterday during nap time and…isn’t it so weird to hear yourself talk?  I think so.  I learned that God definitely did not give me a radio personality because, hello monotone.  Maybe it was because it was close to 10 at night but I just cracked up at my non-chipperness (is that even a word?)  I also gave myself a cock eye when I said that I basically started blogging because I was, what was it?  Oh yeah - “bored”.  Lame-O Sheena.  I guess I didn’t feel the need to add that I started because I loved DIY and the challenges that DIYing on a budget brings and how I felt like other DIY, budget-friendly bloggers, while cranking out some amazing things, were still doing things out of my price range so blah, blah, blah.  Either way, if you want to have a listen for yourself, check it out here.  And then keep her on your radar because she’s sure to have many an interesting convo coming your way in the future! 

Also, in case you missed Monday’s post about The Traveling Scarf, you should hop over and read it and then, if you’re an Instagrammer, you should head over to @the_traveling_scarf to sign up to receive the Deloom scarf (and see which one was voted “the scarf”)!  It’s as simple as getting the scarf in the mail from another girl, wearing and styling it, posting how you styled it to Instagram, and sending it along with a little treat – a handwritten note, candy, a knick-knack – to the next girl who will do the same thing.  Then you can sit back and watch as it goes from person to person, carrying with it a little smile and a little encouragement.  :)  The only thing you’ll have to pay for is its shipping to the next person.  So easy and so fun!  Go!

Bethany made my day Monday with her comment telling me she was inspired by my DIY cap toe flats and made her own version for her girls.  Check them out:
Aren’t they so cute?!  Go over to her blog to get the whole tutorial and pin them because you know you want to!  I am officially on the hunt for some ballet flats for our girls so they can have some glittery toes too!  

Have you ever heard of Treat
They’re a greeting card company that I collaborated with this past April by coming up with ways to display greeting cards.  During my time working with them I fell in love with their whole company.  Let it be known, they did not ask me or pay me to bring them back up.  But, we have a bunch of family birthdays coming up soon and so I’ll be making birthday cards over there.  Their greeting cards cost the same amount, if not less, than the store-bought ones except that you can personalize them with pictures and such.  I mean, getting a greeting card in the mail is nice but when it has a picture of someone you wuv on it, it’s 100 times better, right?  All you have to do is choose from their boatload of designs, personalize with your own words and snapshot, and tell them where to mail it and they’ll do the rest!  And if you’re a big planner, you can create every card for every family member’s birthday for the whole rest of the year on Jan. 1st, schedule they’re mail dates, and let Treat take care of mailing them out when said birthdays are coming up.  And you can even have them slip a gift card inside before they make the send-off.  No more making a quick trip to the greeting card section at the store for your sister’s birthday which is tomorrow to tell her via generic card that she “is the light of your life and our childhood was full of sunshine and sparkles and…”, no.  Anyway, you should totally check them out and ditch the greeting card aisle for the easy breezy.

Do you have an Amazon Prime subscription?  If you don’t, you might wanna think about it because it’s pretty awesome.  If you do and you have kids or babysit, you should check out the kids’ shows Wishenpoof and Tumble Leaf available via the instant video you get with your subscription. 
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Let’s just say we’ve made very, very good use of the entertainment they provide because when I just need a half hour to unwind or clean a certain mess they’ve made, one of those shows goes on (and sometimes Dora even though she drives me batty).  Wishenpoof only has one episode airing (with more to come soon) so far but the girls haven’t tired of that one yet and even I like watching Tumble Leaf.  I promise your kids won’t be disappointed…and neither will you.

Last, what would a random post filled with lots of linkage be without a sneak peek of what I did last night:
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I bet you can guess but, in case you can’t, stay tuned.

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With all that, have a great rest of the week!


  1. I see you your ice cream lunch and raise you a feast of Andes mints and cinnamon gummy bears, courtesy of the bulk bins at Winco. And I don't even have a possibly-bust transmission to blame it on! Praying your car woes end quickly and without big $$$, dear!

  2. And now YOU have just made my day! Thanks Sheena.

    I sure hope the news on the van is good...just tonight I was cursing my van because one of the automatic doors quit working...which suddenly seems like small potatoes (in regards to van troubles)!

  3. Aw thanks Sheena!!! And I thought you sounded great :).

    And wow I love those glittery shoes - what a great idea Bethany!!! I am definitely going to check out that tutorial!

    1. Thanks Kristin (with an 'i)! ;) Seriously though, I'm so excited to hear more of your podcasts!

  4. Car troubles are so hard. :-(

    Oh my goodness the glitter shoes are adorable. I looked at your shoe restyle and want to try it.

    Did you paint your interior door to match the exterior?

    Hope your week gets better!

    1. On the car troubles, it turned out wayyy better than we expected so all is alright with the world again. The shoes; you totally should try it! And you guessed it! :) Hope you're having a great day Emma!