Soapy Solution

I hate the liquid soap bottle on my counter. I think it junks up the place.

Yep. It’s definitely junks up the place.

A few days ago I was cruising through the blog Simcoe Street when I saw the solution I had been searching for. Jenny used an olive oil cruet to store her dish soap. Bingo! I literally left the house three days later immediately and bought my own cruet with stopper at Walmart.

I put too much dish soap in  initially so I was skeptical as to whether this was really a brilliant solution. But now I think I have the perfect water to soap combo and love it.

Yes, it definitely gives the counter a cleaner look.

Anyone else rushing out to get their own cruet?


A Hairy Christmas

Our family has a history of silly gifts on Christmas day, from my Dad’s t-shirts, to wrapping a present in multiple boxes, to the matching pants my sisters and I received (not an intentional gag gift but one which occurred since apparently JCrew’s sizes run waaaaaay small).

So I figured this Christmas it was my turn to be the ring leader.

Browsing through etsy in September I came across some crocheted beards and I knew this was it.

Laura was wonderful to work with and created 7 beards for me to give as gifts for the family.

Feast your eyes on this awesomeness!

Top row:
My brother the hairy beast (I’m sure this look will be a hit on the college scene)
My dad (gray to match his current stache)
My husband (just what he needs, more hair 🙂
My brother-in-law (Very stylish and practical for shoveling snow in Michigan)
Front row: My sons who are in heaven to be with the big guys

Yes, I said seven but there are only six beards in the picture.

Where’s the 7th beard you ask?

Introducing Princess Grizzly …..

Her hat and beard were created by Laura.

Outside playtime this winter will probably lead the neighbors to think we’ve adopted three middle aged munchkins.

Check out Laura’s site here and have your own hairy fun.

Goals plus a Printable!

Last year my husband and I made financial resolutions which we stuck to until the beginning of March when I had my miscarriage. At that point, all concerns over our finances went out the window since I was eating my weight in brownies. Around August we got somewhat back on track but it never became the focus it was initially.

This year I’ve decided to tackle resolutions with a different approach, loosely basing it from Gretchen Rubin’s best seller  The Happiness Project.

During her year long project, Rubin focused on twelve different subject areas broken into categories to “work on” that month. Parenthood, energy, and money were just three of those monthly areas. Within each month were defined activities to help her achieve an increased level of happiness.

For example, January’s focus was, “Boost Energy,” while her activities were “go to sleep earlier, exercise better, toss – restore – organize, tackle a nagging task, and act more energetic.

While the larger focus didn’t appeal to me, the idea of smaller tasks did.

My plan is to write monthly goals. This is for two reasons really. First, I’m a list maker. I probably write out 3 lists a day. Second, I feel smaller, more tangible goals might be easier to complete and measure.  Nothing is better than crossing off accomplishments, however small they might be.

Now before I share my January goals I want to remind you  that I’m not going for anything earth shattering here. Solving world peace and the Afghanistan crisis are not my focus. My aim is to tackle tasks which will put a little hop in my step, put a smile on my face, or just make life more relaxing for my family.

Throughout the month I’ll keep you updates on my progress.

If you would like a blank copy of this January goal page just click here

Have you set any goals or resolutions for 2012?