Monday, January 30, 2012

Travel lightly...

Believe it or not, this is my hotel closet for a 10 day work trip. travelling lightly:

All from one checked bag and 2 carry-ons

Hopefully you're all beginning to see why this year null of shopping gives me a Can-Do attitude instead of one of scarce hope. 

I just returned yesterday from Arizona for a work trip.  After two years of continuous travel, this was the first flight in three months and first time being away from Trevor.  For those of you that don't know, from March 2010 thru October 2011, I was gone for a work project for 92% of those days!  Not your typical work travel that consists of out on Monday, home for the weekend deal.  This was intense similar to the Military reserves: "[Home] One weekend a month and two weeks a year" promise. This was intense days away from home capping out at a maximum time away of 42 days. WOW! From random locations across the nation I:  planned a wedding; married the man of my dreams; went on a honeymoon; and tripled my lifetime visits to Hawaii, from 0 to 3!
To begin to even describe the ups and downs of those crazy 20 months gives me pause! Up until this last week I was really getting used to and enjoying home life.  For some it may seem like monotony or boring day to day activities, but for the last three months I’ve craved normalcy!  There’s nothing I covet more than coming home to my husband, sharing smiles, date nights, and cuddle time!  Nothing like a new perspective to reunite feelings from the early dating days!

TGIH! Thank Goodness I’m home!
Stay tuned for the next posts which will include:
  • My Last Chance Shopping spree: how far did $300 take me?
  • 4+6 year old birthday party extravaganza
  • Kid chaos
  • Packing Tips
  • Things I’ve Gotten Away With [a LaRowe specially requested edition]

Adios Amigos!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Free Amazon De-Clutter book!

I borrowed this from another blog...

For one day only, Tuesday January 24th, Betsy and Warren Talbot of Married With Luggage are offering their ebook Getting Rid of It: Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life free of charge.

You all know what big fans I am of Betsy and Warren, their blog, and all their activities, and this book is jam-packed with useful tips and advice to keep your decluttering goals on track.

I highly recommend this book if you have goals, intentions, plans, or dare I say… resolutions that have anything to do with decluttering, organizing, or simplifying your life this year.

And hey, it’s free. So what are you waiting for? Click here starting at midnight PST Tuesday. This deal lasts until midnight today, that’s 12am PST Wednesday January 25th. Don’t delay, get your book now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DIY Snow day project!

There are a lot of reasons for me to avoid shopping in 2012, and one of the best reasons came about today: Save time!  It's a snow day, and by snow day, I mean it made national news and even I bowed down to mother nature today!  She sure is beautiful! Normally I would spend today in front of the TV or shopping online.  Instead, with the help of my effervescent New Years Resolution, I had time to finally complete a project I bought the supplies for last Fall.

I always see the cutest outfits at Husky games and tailgates.  What surprised me most was the cost of official Husky attire, namely boots!  At Walmart one day waiting for the oil change in the old '88 Chevy 2 Ton truck to be completed, I perused the auto section.  The spray paint was nearby and a gold can caught my attention. I found the perfect Husky color combo to make my boots.  I have a really old pair of black rain boots that I got for our first trip to Canada and have since used them for work projects and painting.  They were less than desirable.  My creative wheels started turning and the rest is history.  Here's a photo journey of my project today:
Inspiration: $39.95 Dawg Den boots

Old Ugly Boots

Masking tape "W" guidline

My handmade Husky "W" template

Purple and Gold

I love you! I want to make everything GOLD!

What happens if you forget to lay down a lining

First coat of spray paint

Adding the "W" wasn't perfectly easy...


Add an inexpensive color matching liner

Begging to be worn!

Aren't they Lovely?

"How's this pose? Does it make my butt look big?"

And just like that, a new pair of boots!

Last step is to Vaj-azzle them with adhesive jewels!
I had no idea how amazing spray paint was.  It literally covered up everything!  I'm getting giddy thinking of all the other things I can turn gold! "I love gooooooold!" "Hey Goldmember, Hey Goldmember!" "Can I paint his yoo-hoo gold?" " Oh yesh. Yesh yesh yesh yesh. This is a keeper." " Would you like a shmoke ana pancake?  You know, a flapjack and a shigarette? No? Shigar und a waffle? No? Pipe un a crepe? No?" "Scotty Dont!" "[I've] got the midas touch, don't touch it too much, hey goldmember!" 
"Oh great, isn't this magical?"

Supplies are easy: 
  1. boots
  2. spray paint
  3. scissors
  4. pen/marker or a printer to copy what you want painted on
  5. tape
  6. plastic bag or newspaper
  7. Patience 

Some tips/hints if you're ready to try this DIY project: 
-Clean your boots. Try to scratch off any texture if at all possible. 
-Avoid pissing of your husband: Lay down newspaper or a plastic bag.  
-The paint will drip if you attempt to dry the boots standing up.  Best process is a light coat on one side, wait for it to dry, then apply a second coat. Repeat for both sides.   
-Make your template for your "W" or school mascot etc. out of cardstock or something thicker than paper. You could even print the letter from your printer onto a cardstalk and cut it out. 
-Ventilation is key!  I closed the garage door because the snow was blowing a slight headache.  Nothing some chocolate can't fix!
-Be patient and let the paint dry!
-Have fun and enjoy your creative journey! 

Memory Palace: Today's Word of the Day is persnickety This reminded me of Allison and how we did a new word each day in Junior High.  The best word, and frankly the only one I remember, is fenestration. It's the display or design of windows on a building.  Funny story, I actually found a time to use it: with Lianne and her Mom while we were in Connecticut during a similarly snowy day.  We were driving around the old town part of Norwalk and enjoying the scenery when a beautiful church creeped around the corner I instantly thought back to that little dictionary in the dining area of Allison's Parents house silently screaming in delight I constructed my sentence: "That church possesses the most beautiful fenestration I've ever experienced!"  Lets just say a midst laughter and confusion, it didn't go over as well as originally imagined. 

And here are some photos of my journey using my AWD Snow feature to get me to Lincoln Park.  What a lovely day.  SOOO much snow. It's incredibly peaceful. 

And now it's time for: 
Final Thoughts by Lindsay: 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Giving away is easier when you know the recipient.

I spent the Sunday of our long snowy Seattle weekend with my best bud Bre.  We watched “New Years Eve” which was a disappointment to say the least and then went back to her apartment because the crazies were out in full force crashing into everything imaginable from a small dusting of snow. For those of you that don’t live in the northwest check this out! For those of you that have lived here your whole life, I’m sorry for what I’m about to say:

Snow isn’t scary.
Snow makes for some enjoyable days
Snow is included in many of my most memorable childhood memories

Driving in snow is doable, even if you’re accustomed to hearing “Seattle has hills!” as an excuse to your lack of skill or driving capabilities.  From Lindsay to you:
·         Drive slower.
·         AWD or 4WD doesn’t mean you’re the abominable snowman that can dance through anything without sliding out of control. 
·         It also does not give you the ability to honk when unnecessary!
·         Chains are NOT required for a slight misting of snow
·         If you still choose to use chains, going over 50 MPH is idiotic!
·         Sledding is a great alternative to driving!
·         Getting out your ski’s for a trek to the grocery store is not necessary
·         If you start skidding, turn your wheel in the same direction you are sliding
·         Cookies/Donuts are encouraged!
·         The “E” break solves nothing!
·         Parking on the side of the road and worrying if you have enough food to survive is erroneous.   You can survive 3 weeks without food! (Thank you Mr. Fleischmann! Not only were you incredibly attractive, but you made me like history and your outdoor class that I took 3 years in a row has been paying off ever since!)
 Did you know the rule of three?  You can go:
o   3 minutes without air (suffocation)
o   3 hours without warmth (hypothermia)
o   3 Days without water
o   3 weeks without food
·         If you can’t kick it, make a snowman, or stay inside.
Okay, we’re done with the snow. Back to Bre. Here’s some fun texts from Saturday when the snow news started with the snow storm warning.  I love Bre’s lack of snow skill.  It’s very becoming on her.  Like Trevor and I get to be her knight in shining armor, coming to rescue her from the big scary snow clouds!

Bre: The freeway blows. No snow yet and traffic like crazy.  I just bailed on my target trip.
(The thought of visiting my ever favorite all time amazing store that is Target made me miss 2011.)
Bre: Want to come go through my closet with me? 
Bre: (that doesn’t even sound fun to me, so feel way free to say no)
Me: Um, tomorrow?
Bre: That’s what I was thinking.  

Bre is amazing!  If you’ve had the opportunity to meet Bre, you fully and wholeheartedly agree with me.  She’s incredibly witty, super compassionate, gorgeous, and an all around fun-time companion.  Recently Bre decided to make a lifestyle change which has resulted in the loss of at least 4 pant sizes.  Along with her well deserved confidence came time to purge her closet. 

Sunday started like this:

Bre: “Beauty and the Beast 3D downtown with me and Brandon at 12:30 if you’re interested!!”
Me: No thanks LOL (I’m thinking good thing Bre and I have other things in common, because really, watching that again, and in a scrunched theatre with those dumb glasses sounds like the worst possible way to spend this “snow” day.
Bre: LOL
Bre: No movie Wha wha.  Cars are already crashed on my hill. Boo!! (snow scares the living color out of her so plans were cancelled!)
Me: Woe crappy!
Me: We have football at 5:00
Bre: Be careful!!!!! (I’m not over exaggerating her overly assertive use of exclamation points.  It’s all in good measure I’m sure, because she likes me.)
Bre: I found a Mexico shirt while cleaning out my dresser! Thanks 21 year old Bre! Lol
Shirt found for Mexico in May
Back of said shirt.

Me: Um, love! Look how skinny you are!
Bre: May will be better!!!!
Bre: I’ve got some clothes that are too big, but might look cute belted and with skinny’s on you.     That’s not a look for me so I’m getting rid of them even though they have potential.
Me: I’ll take em!
Bre: It’s shocking how much too big stuff I’m having a hard time giving up even thought its been a year since I wore it AT least!
Me: It’s always hard!
Sunday proceeded nicely, my husband Trevor and I headed out of our house that had a couple inches of snow and continued through Seattle to the east side to pick up our XBOX Kinect from Bryn & Oliver.  Bryn warned us about her exit with all of the snow.  We thought that too was all hype, but when we got to Kirkland, the exit was littered with stalled cars, a bus, and plenty of curious onlookers.  So there was a good amount of snow.  And to those rationalizers about snow in Seattle, the hills are killer!  But, still manageable by driving slowly, and having AWD or 4WD.
Here are a couple photos from Sunday, She’s a sight to see in white:

We left the eastside and headed out to finish our fairytale.  We had an unrequited duty to rescue the lonely Bre from the villainous beast!  We found her locked up in a tower [apartment] with killer alligators [snowfall] monitoring the perimeter signifying no feasible escape!  Captain Trevor and Heroine Lindsay arrived swords [4WD Xterra] in tow and they viciously slay the dragon allowing for Bre’s victorious escape!  Now, this would be a good place to end the fairytale, but to all of our dismay, we didn’t deserve a happily ever after and as penance we had to sit through the entire monotonous showing of “New Years Eve.”  Thank goodness for my popcorn and mustard snack! Thank you Juanito!

After such a terrible re-make of “Valentine’s Day” we decided to treat ourselves to OSF! Mmm, Old Spaghetti Factory is the real deal ya’ll!  A three course meal for under ten smakeroos!  I’m in!  And ending on a high note of spumoni ice cream? BOOM! 

Then on to the real reason for today’s blog:
Bre’s purging of closeted items.

Bre went through her closet and wanted me to check out the things she was getting rid of.  Now Bre has an amazing wardrobe! And by amazing, I mean one that would make any girl envious.  She has incredible fashion sense and if you were to sell her closet for what she paid, you’d be speaking close to six figures.  So when she starts showing me the items she’s getting rid of, I cry a little bit inside and think of how I can rationalize becoming the new proud owner of these items, especially her JCrew cardigans. 

Do you think I took some?

Bre, I’m impressed with you!  You did the right thing by giving away the sizes that are too big.  It takes balls, and you earned yours!

After we went through the initial pile, we started in on her closet.  She started pulling out hangers with gorgeous dresses and blouses that were clearly too big.  Her thought process was that they are nice and good quality so they are harder to give away.  Then we talked about the likelihood of her going back up to those sizes.  She worked her butt off, literally, and to keep any of those over sized articles would be denying her new sexy body room on her shelves. Knowing that you are making room for new smaller sized clothing makes it a little bit easier to get rid of the baggy clothes that used to be a staple in your wardrobe.

As we were continuing through, I remembered  Trevor’s family in Vancouver, WA. 
“Karla and Aunt Debbie and Grandma would LOVE this stuff Bre!”  And so it began, the transition into knowing who would benefit from this stuff.  So lucky for me, I have a gift for the family without having to “shop” for anything!  Bre, you helped me be the benefactor of what I like to title this: Win-Win-Win situation!

 “I’m excited to see them wear it! I’ve given so many clothes away and I love knowing that someone likes it and is happy to wear it.” Bre told me as I asked for her permission to blog about her today.  I agree with her!  It simplifies the entire process by giving it to someone as opposed to the Good Will, Deseret Industires, or selling it to the Buffalo Exchange.  I’m not discouraging donating to 501 (C) corporations.  Because they are also deserving.  I’m just saying that it’s easier to give to friends or family members.  I can get rid of more if I have someone there with me telling me they’d LOVE to have that item that I was on the fence about.

Lindsay’s Question of the day:
I give my little sister my undergarments generally once a year.  Some are lightly worn, some new.  Our husband’s find it weird.  I don’t.

I have a drawer full that I may never wear again…What are your thoughts about giving away lingere or delicates? 

And now its time for,
Final thoughts by Lindsay:

ABC’s The Bachelor: This is the funniest blog shared with my by Lianne: it’s by Lincee Ray and she’s intensely hilarious! Enjoy!

Me 6:02 pm: Bachelor night!

Bre 6:28:        I know! Think the weather will hold?? (Snow ruins everything for Bre)

Me 6:30:         Maybe

Bre 6:32:        Might have to conference this one, or record and not watch! (I obviously didn’t get this text because I taped the show and started watching around 9:30 last night.)

Lianne 9:37:   Omg, drunk girls are so dramatic
Lianne 9:56: I’m going to SF in February.  Put it on your list! We can all go in summer!  It’s amazing in summer and my uncle will take us to real dim sum in China Town!!! (I’m holding you to this Lianne-y banany! )

Me 10:05:       My son(s) will play the piano.

Bre 10:05:       Just like Ben!

Me 10:06:       I just got butterflies, how is that possible?

Bre 10:07:       Just wait, stuff gets real

Me 10:08:       I got that take your breath away when he had her play her part and he played his…so sexy. Why?

Bre 10:08:      It’s the music! It’s sexy

Me: 10:10:      So Sexy!

Lianne 10: 12: Piano is the sexiest thing to me too.  Idk what it is, but it’s something.

Me 10:20:       Who’s Shawntal?

Me 10:28:       The model has ugly legs.
Me 10:29:       PS, I can’t watch this without you! (realizing everyone else went to bed. Sad face)

Me 10:42:       Oh Girls!

Bre 7:09 AM today: It made me so mad they were hatin on her!  She’s not any different than anyone of them.  He’s dating other girls…who cares who they are? Insecure girls! I like that blonde girl too.  I think she’s going to call the model out.  She just carries herself well so far.  We need to always watch together! (yay, Bre got my text.  Better late than never! I love my ladies!)

Me 7:10 AM: Yes yes yes

Best thing from last night’s episode: Leap List, a list of things you want to do before your next big milestone.  Like kids or marriage.  Like a 30 before 30 list or 40 before 40.  They can be big or small.

So, if you must watch this show, it will inevitably suck you in, you must watch it with a friend.  Your husband will fall asleep on the couch if you try to coerce him into your girly shenanigans!

Monday, January 16, 2012


Here it is, a photodocumentation of my life in excess! 
1. Don't Judge
2. If you have creative organizing/ridding ideas, let me know
3. When should we schedule a friend's clothing exchange? 

I thought I'd learn new habits living out of 2 suitcases for nearly two years, but here is evidence of the contrary: My hotel in , Tyson's Corner, VA. (the Washington DC area.)
Below is me moving hotels from Virginia to Maryland...Good thing I didn't have to fly, me and my clothing/toiletries wouldn't have made it in the allotted 2 checked and 1.5 carry-on limit.  Who imposed that limit anyway? Also, here is my partner in crime, Lianne.  As my partner, you are responsible for part of the blame! The photo on the right is the result of our one day Tyson's corner mall shopping trip.  

A quick weekend trip home in September 2011 provided the motivation to go through my closet and get rid of anything that didn't fit or that I no longer wanted.  Here are the closet purging results: 

Below is from a trip to the mall to return 2 things.  I came out with much more than I went in with: 
I wish I would have taken a picture of all the items stacked up next to the car, but here's the damage of what I brought home to Vancouver/Portland for Christmas Vacation: 

Since committing to not shopping in 2012, 
these are the things that have arrived at my doorstep (ordered pre 2012): 
My shoe closets: 

Vests.  I know, slightly embarrassing so I'll refer you to rule #1. And outerwear: 


Half un-worn
So many socks!
Tights + Nylons
More than 365!

 Bathing Suits: there aren't enough days of sun in Seattle to warrant this addiction! 
Outside of clothing: 
I bought a Husky scrapbook not knowing I had one at home. 

Unplayed Board Games

Unfinished painting projects

Empty picture frames and unfinished projects

Cookie Cutters

Wrapping Paper: not even half my collection

Frames missing photos

Wrapping Paper

More empty frames...

And there you have it... the photo evidince of my over-buying, bad memory, unfinished projects, and excess that caused my 2012 revolution.  So to those of you that said "She can't do it!" or "You'll break down!" or "You're not buying ANYTHING?" and "You're crazy!" I say to you:
"Watch me do it! I can survive without purchasing more of what I already have too much of! I will have more time to finish projects, organize, exercise, and blog! The frist 17 days have been great, I'm looking forward to 349 more!"