Friday, November 11, 2011

Postable things...

Lately, I've had about twenty postables in my head, but life, chaos, and general busyness seem to be preventing me from getting them all down for you. I decided to just throw you some snippets for the heck of it. Nobody likes a good random post better than I do!

1) Guilty pleasures.  We all have them, but for me, this would be sneaking People Magazine into my grocery pile, Saturday Night Live clips after kids are in bed, Taylor Swift songs sung at the top of my lungs, and watching previous seasons of Smallville in the evenings next to my man. (Oh my word, how I love Smallville, even if the entire series is finished.)  What's your guilty pleasure?

2) And speaking of, "guilt," does anyone else feel guilty when they leave their children for an overnight get-away?  Our anniversary is next weekend, and my man has "secretly" arranged some kind of hotel deal and childcare with family members. (I only know about that much, because we had some childcare situations that he needed my help with.)  I feel crazy guilty, a) in these challenging financial times, yet know that it's probably these times that bring the most stress to marriage, consequently purposing a little bit of space to be together is ultimately a good thing, and b) the fact that family members are roped into giving up some of their precious weekend to watch my kids (which I know can be exhausting) feels like too much to ask... yet I need it so badly I have to swallow the guilt along with the fun.  I wish I didn't even have it in the first place!  I just want the fun.  And those reasons are precisely the things my man was trying to avoid by putting together a surprise.  I can't even hire a babysitter without feeling kind of guilty.... guilty I need them to help me... guilty that my kids might not behave... guilty that I'm going off to have fun and others are handling my load.  Please tell me I'm not alone here.  It's yucky and I wish I knew how not to feel that way.  I just feel like an inconvenience or something.  It's weird I know.

 3) Expensive beauty products that I've replaced with economical products.  I'm telling you, I could write an entire post about this.  I was a die-hard Lancome user at one point in my life.  Mainly just the lip gloss, perfume, and mascara, but occasionally something else... well those days are past, but I finally found a sister mascara to Lancome's $28.00 High Definicils.  I have been using Maybelline Falsies Volum' Express in "Black Drama" ... I love it even more-it does amazing things to my eyelashes.  And the price does amazing things to my pocketbook.  Oh, and hairspray... I used to be an addict of Big Sexy Hairspray, averaging about $17.00 a can, but now I use $2.00 Suave.  And you know what?  I love it even more.  I used to use Bare Escentuals makeup, at about $25.00 a container, but I've been using Almay's wake-up makeup and guess what... I love it even more!  Gosh that feels good.
 
4) Our House.  Again, an entire post could be on this topic.  We had a showing today, another tomorrow, and an open house on Sunday.  I've been trying to be intentional about not blogging about all the ups and downs... I mean seriously you guys, I moaned and cried for a year and I really didn't want to drag everyone through it with me, this time around.  So I'm not.  But yes, I'm going through it... just because I'm not talking about it, I'm still very much going through the ups and downs and frustrations and faith, and high hopes.  We have chosen to build a Quadrant house (I call them "sandwich houses" because they are built sandwiched right next to each other) which is very similar to the one we live in now.  Our mortgage payment will be seriously downsized, which will be great since our salary was as well.  We really can't wait to move and pray it happens sooner rather than later.  We will be living in a rental for a few months as soon as this house sells, while we wait for the Quadrant home.  One thing that's been hard, is that feeling like some people have already said good bye to us.  I suppose it's to be expected.  Good bye's are difficult, and we'll be moving to a nearby city, but it's still a relocation and distance.  I know that it's just easier sometimes to put that distance into your relationship when you know the person won't be there much longer.  Wow.. that was sorta heavy.  Sorry about that, let's switch to frivolous for a second....


5) A few of my recent favorite addictions things.  Knitting.  I'm learning to knit a hat.  It's pretty funny looking, and don't you guys dare laugh your heads off at me when I finally show you how many holes it has.  Okay I'll let you laugh... I'll probably be laughing too.  And I'm going to wear it anyway.  Burt's Bees Almond Hand creme.  I might need an intervention.  Fresh Mint tic tacs.  I feel like I need one all the time, even for going into the Post Office.  Ha!

6) Gluten.  All it takes is a tiny bit, and I'm in more pain than I ever thought possible... Twice, I have had just a little gluten by accident... whoa.  Not good. (I'll leave it at that.)  But I'm so happy that we are a gluten-free family now.  It's been way easier than I thought it would be, and we've been doing it for about seven weeks already!  Time flies when you're eating rice flour.  Or something like that. 

7) The following photos are inspiring an idea for our new house.  We won't have a lot of space, so my man wants to put a TV above the fireplace we'll have in the living room.  I want to cover it up with little barn-style doors .  Isn't this darling?  We'll see what we come up with.



So that's about all the random bits going on in my world... how about you guys? 


25 comments:

  1. Smallville = Be still my heart. At least the really early stuff. I fell in love with this show shortly after my oldest was born. What a fantastic idea. (It got a bit weird, no?)
    I hope that things even out for you. Especially at this time of year. :) You always have such encouraging posts. Enjoy your time away, and consider the blessings that others are willing to take on your stuff for a couple of days. :) The kids are always better for someone else, right? ;)

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  2. Enjoy your getaway...your plate is full and you are so right at that times like these, more than ever, mom's and dad's need to steal away time to keep that happy, united front for the little one's in tow.

    Besides that, I remind myself when I get frenzied over other's "helping with my load" that we have surrounded ourselves with loving, generous family and friends - no one would say YES to helping if they didn't REALLY want to be there for us. :) I am certain that same applies to you and your's!

    Burt Bee's anything melts my butter. I have their original lip balm's stuck all over the house...the basket in my entryway, my nightstand, my bathroom make-up drawer...LOVE.

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  3. So understand the not talking about the house selling thing - I'm in the same boat! Prayers that both of our homes sell in God's timing and that we are at peace with it all!

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  4. Without wanting to sound totally superficial... I love bare escentuals - it's subtle and seems to work. BUT if there's something cheaper and better I really want to hear more - would you mind sharing why you find the almay so good? Is it ok for sensitive skin and eyes? Xxx

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  5. Great to hear from you and glad you are excited about moving. Go and enjoy yourself, some day you can return the favor and watch someone elses kids. I am a lover of all things frugal, generic and coupons. When I think back on how much money I spent when I was single and working in the corporate world on clothes, makeup and coach purses, I could have gone on vacation or bought new furniture. Being a good steward is necessary these days, sounds like you are doing a great job! Have a blessed weekend!

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  6. that was a lot of info there, girl! :) i love the cheap make-up choices. i use a lot of clinique, but i feel like it's too expensive too. i don't particularly like spending 30 bucks on foundation. no fun. and LOVE your house inspiration! it will be great! praying your house sells SOON!!

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  7. I think we all have GUILT as moms! We all want to be the best moms possible, yet why is it that when we want to do something for ourselves we feel guilty? GO and enjoy yourselves! There. I said it. Now you don't feel guilty anymore, right? :)

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  8. I have been looking for a new foundation...I will give that one a try! I feel your pain in both the house selling and the "Mommy Guilt!" We finally sold our house last September...when I look back I see God's hand in all of it. His timing is best but it is so, so hard to remember that when you are going through it!

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  9. Guilty TV pleasures, Real Housewives & Vampire Diaries. I know, the housewives are terrible, but I still get sucked into watching them.

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  10. Don't feel guilty, you need it. I've been following your blog for about 8 months, I really enjoy all the fun pics of you house etc. Anyway I understand guilt, but from a babysitter's prospective and a family members perspective when we get the opportunity to watch kids for parents knowing they need a break while it's a lot of work it's also a way we can bless them. We don't have tons of money right now so I'm always looking for ways to bless people that are cheap. Let your family bless you guys by watching the kids and breath. Oh and as for feeling guilty about a babysitter, they are getting paid and it's great birth control if it's a teenage girl so really you're doing her a favor! :-) I hope you have a great weekend with your man.

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  11. okay, so....almond hand creme is just about the best stuff ever. my hubby thinks it stinks. i know, i don't know how i married him! and you GO, have fun...allow yourself to be blessed and rejuvinated in these hard times. speaking of, not sure this is your 'stlye' music, but go listen to NEEDTOBREATHE these hard times song, on their album the Outsiders.

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  12. Tim and I looked at Quadrant houses when we first came to the area-I gotta tell you the truth, I REALLY loved them. I really like how they looked and how they are built. We ended up buying a new bank owned house for a song and a dance. I know you will love your Quadrant house. :)
    Good for you on the gluten free. I've been gluten free for 4-5 years-I've lost count. I've accidentally ate gluten twice and it wasn't fun for three days! Ugh. I loved your make up selections~Thanks for sharing.
    Keep smiling.

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  13. Oh my, guilt! Yes, I have NO idea why, but every time I leave the kids with their grandma (for twice a week at the most) I feel guilty. I know I shouldn't, but I do! Must be a mom thing!

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  14. beautiful blog you have!!!Love the shirt:-), hughs Anja

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  15. I love the idea of having smaller space and having to get creative. I think less space makes you closer as a family and forces you to get creative with your space. Two years ago we made the jump to a bigger house with more square footage and honestly, sometimes i miss our old, cramped house! I love the idea of the TV behind those cute, barn-style doors. Adorable!

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  16. Have a great time on your getaway with your husband. You too need it because once you start the moving process, well, you know.

    I'm going to have to look up what a quadrant house is. I've never heard of it.

    Well,I'm currently distracting myself from writing a 10 page paper. Better get on it. lol.

    Hope you are having a great weekend.

    Jessica

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  17. Loved, loved, loved this post. If you figure out how to address number 2---fill me in, or if someone leaves a stunning comment with how to fix this situation, I'd like to learn. My little girls are only two and a baby, and I find that the hardest thing about motherhood...the guilt. I will need to leave them someday, and hvaen't and feel horrible if I need to clean the kitchen or heaven forbid, sit down for a minute. I know time is fleeting...so I feel so bad the days we aren't just playing, playing, playing. Where the heck is the balance? I know, looking in and seeing your life, I would sit down and tell you to absolutely go, I would help you pack your bags...you NEED this time...it's important, etc... but it's hard to bring it into our own hearts.

    Marcelle Ultimate Lash Mascara---fantastic!

    Guilty pleasure?! Five extra minutes in the shower when my husband is watching the littles, so I can breathe and not hear crying. :)

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  18. I think I feel guilty that I don't feel guilty leaving him with my parents for the night :)

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  19. i LOVE the idea of the barn doors over the tv! That is so clever, country-inspired & still kind of modern!
    Enjoy your getaway!! :)
    xo,
    mini b.

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  20. We are going away for one night next weekend as well- for my 40th birthday. Yikes! Same thing. Really want and need to go, but feeling totally guilty about leaving the kid behind. Sigh. I think the fact that we are stressing about this means we NEED the time away. I'm going. I'm going to have fun. I really hope that you do too!!

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  21. This weekend we were all home together and wrapped up some house projects like: hanging up our anniversary sign!!! I LOVE it--will post a picture of all our project this week--thank you!! I couldn't wait because I knew the perfect spot and I wanted it complete: )
    Love all the recommendations--Fun!!No guilt--enjoy: ) And the house? It will sell and you can talk about it when you feel like it--we are "here" for you, so to speak: )

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  22. oh sasha--i'll try to send some knitting mojo your way! i just posted a pic of a santa hat i knit up! keep on going girl, you'll get it! just don't give up; it's worth it, i promise!

    how fun to get away with your hubby! make the most of it!!

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  23. Sasha, this is kind of random, but could you recommend a daily devotional book?
    Elle
    PS Don't feel guilty about overnight get-away! Enjoy!!! :o)

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  24. i bought some falsies today. as soon as i run out of my fancy clinique i'm trying almay. i hope you're not a liar. ; )

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  25. LOVE THE DOORS.HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH YOUR HUBBY,YOU'LL NEVER REGRET THEM AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS IN A MARRIGE.

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