Saturday, January 23, 2021

A #giveaway for a Strong Woman

I feel really inspired to give something away. It's been awhile, too long, since I've had a giveaway on here. 

The newish job I have is going to be supported. All my likes in the form below won't be for me. They will be for where I work, and for other women bloggers that have been by my side. 

I'm going to share something really personal, but you all know I'm an open book. I don't believe in hiding things that matter. Sharing is caring. Whatever I go though something, someone else is going through that same situation as well. 

Ever since October I haven't had that special time of the month. This week I went to get my blood drawn; to see what's up with me. I found out that I get to go through the change of life slightly early. Oh joy! The first thing I asked my doctor, "Is this why I get so dang emotional?" She said, "Yes!" 

I cry when I have things to do, but don't have all the instructions to do the things I'm supposed to do. Then I laugh because I'm crying. Then I cry because I'm laughing. 

I did this painting quite awhile ago...


My doctor said, "Your ovaries are tired". That bird in the piece above is absent. I feel this emptiness inside me.

I ran across this article that talks about The Change of Life. I feel emotional, and empty. I feel like I have no one to talk to. All I'm ever around is my boys, and husband. It is what it is. Women - we should open dialog about all the things we have to go through. 

I looked up if asthma is worse when a woman goes though menopause. Apparently it is. I have extra asthma + the worry of getting covid, which also effects the lungs. 

Really I should be happy. I no longer want children + I don't have a monthly visitor. I'm free! 

I popped open my FB, and two of my friends that are my age just had babies. Even if kids where possible, I wouldn't want them. BUT...there's no denying that they were such an important part of my life, for so long. Now they hide themselves in their rooms, and barely say, "Boo!"

We've all been going through a tough time! I want to make some woman's day! 

I bought this fun bag, that I really always intended on giving away, but never did:


Inside I'm going to stuff it with random things. Like your favorite candy...



Mine is Dove chocolate, so that's sitting in my Amazon cart right now. I can get you whatever candy you desire because this post is about me, yet the giveaway is about you. 

Because we're in the midst of a pandemic I have some all natural soap + CBD hand sanitizer you can carry with you.


I have these cute RBG stickers + little elephant notebooks also in my Amazon cart. I'll buy them, once you tell me your favorite candy. 


It's giveaway time! You know the drill...you have to be over the age of 18 to enter. To make this easier on me I'm going to make this a U.S. giveaway. 







Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

WW: Toilet Paper Rolls {Linky}

I decided when the pandemic happened that I wouldn't hoard toilet paper. I in fact bought a lot before the pandemic went down. 

Instead of hoarding toilet paper, I hoarded the toilet paper rolls. 

I decided to cut them, paint them, and cut them into 1/4" strips. 


Then it was weaving time! At first I didn't like how the process went. Weaving with thin cardboard isn't quite the same at weaving with fabric. I eventually got the hang of it. Clothes pins work great as clamps. 


The table runner is coming out pretty good. The sections will be painted with varnish. I have to decide if I want to sew them together, or sew them to a fabric backing. 


What crazy projects have you worked on lately?








Monday, January 11, 2021

Sleepy 😴

 Isaak and I are going to start taking melatonin. Ever since May happened I haven’t slept well at all. At first I blamed it on me having to wake up at 4:30 AM, for Fresh Thyme, but it’s stayed persistent. 

Isaak’s always been more difficult than Mica in regards to sleeping. He oftentimes pops up out of bed at 10 to get water, or to use the bath room. I often wonder if he ever fell asleep. His doctor wants him on a small dose of melatonin. 

I was always pretty iffy on the med. There hasn’t been a lot of studies done with melatonin and kids. But Isaak’s past the size of a small adult, so I feel better about it. 

Have you struggled in the sleep department, since the pandemic hit?


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!!!🎆

I know I’ve been absent a lot more this year. It’s been a wild ride. 

It’s only going to get wilder! I’m starting to teach an advertising | design class early February. I wanted to get as much as I could done, while I was on a break from my full time job. Trouble is, I had so many questions, that I couldn’t get going on it very well. Like I couldn’t find my classes description on their site, their calendar didn’t show when their spring break is, and they use a different format from what I’m used to. I want to do a good job, but so didn’t want this to get in the way of my full time job. 

I kept waking up, feeling like...gawd what did I get myself into? The person in charge of me emailed me back her phone number, I called, and had a ton of questions. 

Now I’m feeling better about the class. Although I still don’t know where I’m going, and the students use PCs, when I use a MAC. I’ll get there. 

I also found out I have a phone “trial” on the 8th, for unemployment. They thought in May that I was playing their system, by taking the summer off, and collecting from them. I have to let my work know. I’m so annoyed about it! 

We spent the break eating junk, playing board games, and binge watching The Americans for the 2nd time. We each got our choice of games, so we played Pandemic twice, Heats three times, Shanghai Rummy 1/2 way, Dominos- Chicken Scratch once, Sequence once, Chinese Checkers once, and Stratego once. That’s a lot of games! 



What did you do during the break? 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

WW: Meet Warhol {Linky}

All I asked for Christmas was a new white gecko, and a dresser, or some kind of hutched turned into a gecko hide.

We bought a dresser from facebook marketplace, and we sold our coffee table that we've had for ever. My husband thought about my grandpa a lot when making the gecko hide. He inherited a lot of his tools. It was a good project. 


My husband knows a girl that's pregnant, and wanted to give up a few geckos. We took one in. His name is, "Warhol". It's off of Andy Warhol. I just thought it would be fun to have a white gecko, and decorate some of his hide pop art like. As it turned out, the tank has a faux rock pattern. So long, Campbell soup can tank paper. he does have a tent made by me, with Brillo logo on it. Warhol the artist did a piece, with Brillo in it. Then the gecko Warhol has a big Campbell tomato soup can hide. So far he prefers his log hide because it's familiar. It takes them awhile to venture out of their comfort zone. 


Some of you might be thinking, Why a gecko? Well I'm allergic to all things furry, and feathery. I was told that all dogs and cats are no nos, for me. No matter what claims are out there that certain dogs and cats are allergy safe. They are in fact just better than most. More power to you, if you can have one. Geckos fit me. They are friendly, have fun habitats, and are easy to care for. My son's actually cuddles. He'll sit under a blanket for up to an hour. They also like to be swayed/rocked. No joke! It's the only time Warhol stays still. 

Here's Warhol in his moist hide. Also known as a Mason jar with wet moss in it. 


Here's me with him. 



He tries to climb up the couch, but doesn't get far. Leather isn't easy to climb apparently. 


Mica was holding him here. Isaak kept saying, "Mica you have him in the circle of trust." I imagine geckos feel safe in hands that are cupped because it seems like a hide. 




Do you own a pet? What's is its name? 







Wednesday, December 16, 2020

AIM Institute's Holiday Card

I didn't do a family holiday card this year. 

There's multiple reasons why:

•My past work gave me the Adobe programs, for as long as the subscription ran. The subscription to Adobe ran out. 

•I was busy ending a job, and beginning a new one. 

•We got a new gecko, so my energy was put into making him a new habitat. 

•To be honest I just didn't have it in me. 

•I'm exhausted from the year and I keep waking up at 3 AM all wheezy. Sleep in general hasn't been good. 

Lots of excuses to add up, but I just needed a break from cards. 

Lots of good came this year:

•Travis sold a sculpture at The Bemis, and because of that he got to show a second piece.

•Travis had a productive residency + a few grants in his favor that have helped put his work in a different, but more him direction.

•It took me getting laid off, a store closing, and working another job to find the one that seems to be perfect for me. I do like AIM, and the people. Its mission of instilling technology into the community is a good one. 

•I survived teaching online, all the sudden.

•We got "Warhol", our newest gecko. 

•Mica got a big award from his last year at King Science - The Rotary Honor Roll. 

•Isaak was one of two that got an art award last spring. 

•Both boys have struggled with remote learning, the new crazy pandemic world, but they aren't failing.


AIM's first few assignments for me:

Write copy for their STEM portion of their website. All was going great, until this last part...I have to look up jobs to add to it. Well I've been on a job search, for the longest time. I'm drained of that. I'll get through it. 

Then they wanted me to make a holiday card. Something I told myself I was skipping this year. Ha! On top of that the designer that they have only uses Illustrator, so graphic shape oriented art. I struggled with, Do I add my own flare? Do I do what they do? Do I do what I want to do? I did a mix.

Here it is:


Then I animated it...because why not? 

I sort of feel guilty not making a family card this year. Seriously it wouldn't of been that hard, with the idea I had in mind. It doesn't help that I'm getting some in the mail that say, "I can't wait to get your card." It has to be let go! 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

WW: Smoking Toilet {Linky}

Isaak said, "Dad come quick! The toilet is smoking!" 


Then I got to hear Mica say, "Hey it way my idea!" 

I think it's safe to say that they both got my goofy humor.






Common Mistakes When Planning a Bridal Shower

5 Common Mistakes When Planning a Bridal Shower

If you have been tasked with planning a close friend or family member’s bridal shower, there is no doubt that you want the event to go off without a hitch. Unfortunately, there are a few common mistakes that you could fall victim to if you do not take the right steps from the very start. Here is a list of these common mistakes and how best to avoid them. 


Being too prim and proper

Traditionally, a bridal shower is more low-key than a bachelorette party. However, that certainly does not mean that you should only be serving tea and cucumber sandwiches! Do not hesitate to get creative and throw a memorable celebration for your soon-to-be-wed loved one. It is always worthwhile to serve plenty of hearty food, to play some epic music to get the party started, and, of course, to hire the best bartending services Denver has to offer!

Neglecting to chat to the bride

You will probably want the bridal shower to be a surprise for your friend or relative, but it is still important to communicate with her regarding what she wants. You do not need to give away the date or the details, but it is definitely recommended to speak to her about who she wants to invite, what kind of atmosphere she would prefer, and what sort of gifts she would love. That way, you can be sure that you will steer clear of any unpleasant surprises that could potentially ruin the event for the guest of honor!


Doing it alone

It might sound like a treat at first – but the reality is that planning a bridal shower is no easy feat! If you are worried that you might not have the time or the expertise necessary to pull it off on your own, do not think twice about asking some of the bride’s other close friends and relatives to chip in and lend a hand. Alternatively, pay a professional event planner to handle the nitty-gritty on your behalf.

Forgetting about favors

Bridal shower favors are a lovely touch to the event and are excellent for saying thank you to the guests for their gifts and for gracing the bride with their presence. The great news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on anything fancy if your budget is tight. In fact, you can even make the favors yourself if you would prefer. From DIY lavender pouches to keep linen cupboards smelling gorgeous to a DIY treats bag, the options are practically endless.

Leaving the groom out

Bridal showers are indeed traditionally a females-only event but, in modern times, it is good etiquette to extend an invite to the groom. Some grooms will be keen to attend the event from start to finish, while others may opt to make a quick appearance at the end of the shower to greet and thank the guests.

Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, you can feel confident about proceeding with the planning. Enjoy!

Gen Xer

We have the most interesting conversations at the breakfast table. Well, for the most part. Sometimes the boys get on so super hero kick, which I kind of feel like is bubble gum talk. What do I mean by bumble gum talk? It's like pop music, where you listen to it, it is ok to listen to a few times, then you get annoyed with it, and want to spit it out or turn it off. 

The other day we had a conversation on generation gaps. It started when when I called Mica, “Big Brain”. Isaak said that was a term, for his generation. What generation do you fall in? 

I’m a Gen X girl. One trait is that we feel is in between generations. That may not be true to some; I certainly feel it. 

I used to play with my sister that’s 5 years younger than I am, shared a room with my sister that’s 2 years older than I am, taught students in Generation Y and Z, but find the need and want to help Baby Boomers with technology. 

My dad calls me once a week, with a Photoshop question. One of my favorite customers at Fresh Thyme was this older man that couldn’t figure out the card reader - chip. 

Every generation has something to offer. I kind of feel like there's always a war with generations. We need to embrace one another; to learn, grow, have an open mind not bash, and be rude to others. 

There is always something I love about technology, but also make things with my hands. 

Where do you fall in the generation terms? Do you feel like you fit? Compare the generations here: https://www.kasasa.com/articles/generations/gen-x-gen-y-gen-z.



Tuesday, December 8, 2020

WW: Duct Tape Room {Linky}

We ventured out of our home to go to two gallery closings. With gallery openings and closing most of them you have to call to make appointments to go to them. We ended up having the spaces to our selves. Certainly distancing! We still wore masks. 

This one was pretty cool. The artist's name is Nick Miller from Omaha, Nebraska. He built the entire room out of Duct Tape. 

Cool, trippy, and fun!






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