Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm Back

Hey all! Been away for a while. Will start again. Stay posted......

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CHILDREN'S PLACE

CHILDREN'S PLACE
Girl's knit motorcycle jacket $29.95

What I'm Loving Today

What I'm Loving Today
Time to get ready for school--GAP KIDS

Hero cupcakes for me, Yay!

Hero cupcakes for me, Yay!

Pajamas--A close up

Pajamas--A close up

1st Project of the year--Pajamas

1st Project of the year--Pajamas

NIght gown

I have been looking for a nightgown for my daughter for the last month. IT seems that retailers are no longer selling little girl gowns. Gowns are nice because you can buy them a little bigger and as you child grows she can still fit them for quite a while.

While out at Walmart, I found a cheapy pajama pattern and some $2.00 flannel and Wa-la, a cute pajama gown. This is MY FIRST COMPLETED SEWING PROJECT in like 10 years. I'm so proud. This is the beginning. I plan to be a designer of children's clothing and women's clothing and accessories.....Here we go

Stella McCartney Tulle skirt

Stella McCartney Tulle skirt

Fashion for kids

Isn't this the cutest skirt from Gap. They want $58 for this. I think I can make this easily for a few bucks. Especially if I find this fabric on one of her old tutus.....

Cooked Seafood Combo from Sam's Club

Cooked Seafood Combo from Sam's Club

Gumbo

Okay, so last week I attempted to take a shortcut to make my fabulous gumbo. I went to Sam's club and had been seeing this seafood combo bag. It looked so great. It was only $10.57. What a bargain! I wasn't the only one either. Every person I walked pass asked me what I was going to do with that seafood combo bag. Well, I told them "Make some gumbo". I was so excited. I cooked and cubed the chicken. I cut up the sausage. I sauteed some onions, bell peppers and garlic in oil, added flour and made gravy. I boiled the seafood mix and drained it. I added the chicken stock to the seafood combo, bay leafs, cubed chicken, sausage and seasoned the heck out of it. I thought I was in the money.

Well, I'm sorry to report, it wasn't good. Don't get me wrong, my broth was bangin'. The chicken and sausage were good, but the seafood mix....Yuck. What was wrong, you ask? Well, it had a lot of wierd octopus/squid pieces in it. Though they didn't taste bad, it something gross about putting a tail like thing in your mouth and swallowing. I felt like I was eating rat tails....Yuck, and of course, I couldn't put that in the kid's bowls. The crabmeat, which seemed abundant in the mix, tasted like potatoes. Whatever fake crab meat that was, neither had the texture of crab nor the taste of any seafood I've ever tasted. The shrimp were so tiny, they disappeared after boiling, so I didn't even know that I had ate any.

If you are thinking about buying this, DON'T......


JCrew Shoes

JCrew Shoes

JCrew Shoes

Aren't these the cutest shoes? $250. I guess I can dream about them, or buy a plain pair of pumps and add a ruffle to them. Hey, there's a thought.

Family life

Today is a great day. I am thinking positive. I am blessed, truly. I can feel myself beginning to heal with the beginning of Fall. It is cold outside and I am really not ready for the temperature to drop, but, it is what it is. That’s what I get for living in this part of the country.

My children are lovely, but I am surely glad school is starting. Too much idle time makes them behave badly. They are hyper. They eat too much. They watch too much television. They really need a planned day everyday. I am a good mother, but I really have to get better at preparing ahead of time for our adventures together. That would be in every area of life. I need to plan, cleaning, shopping, time together, exercise, date night for Doc and I and healthy food preparation. Mac will be attending a new school this fall that is not right around the corner, so the organization has no choice but to happen.

Elle had a seizure on Saturday and scared us so. She used to have them a long time ago, but then we could tell. Her breathing was poor. However, she hadn’t had them for a while and we thought she had outgrown them. Well they are back with a vengeance. And I began to ponder her living with me as her guardian for the rest of her life. Doc says I am overreacting, but how can I let my beauty be out of my sight when something so quietly obscene like these seizures could take place. I need to know she’s okay. I guess I am glad they happened before she started preschool this year, so I know and can advise her teacher. She has been put back on medication. Trileptal. I am disappointed and relieved at the same time.

Chicago--Millennium Park

Chicago--Millennium Park
People playing in the water at Midnight

"Alex" from Flashdance

"Alex" from Flashdance

$6 at a yard sale

$6 at a yard sale

New Shoes

I went out shopping and I saw the cutest shoes this summer. They cost way too much and then, I came across these. The style was similar but instead of $185, they were only $25. What a deal...