Monday, January 28, 2013

I can't move on

I have issues. I was trying to do what they told me to do. I read all over that if you have an Etsy site, you should link it to your blog. And they should all be linked to your FB pages. So, I tried to make everything the same. I tried to consolidate everything on to one blog. But I can't. I love this blog. I spent a lot of sleepless nights creating this page. I am happy with how it is.

I wanted my blog to have the same name as my Etsy and my Facebook. But, I think this better describes who I am. I am Surrounded by Pink. And, no matter how hard I want to make my blog about my crafts, I know it won't be that way. It will be about the kids. They are my life right now.

So, here I am. No further decided than I was when I started typing. Should I keep both blogs and update separately? Should I keep the names different and just get over it ... or go with the new name. I know that I lost a lot of followers last year when I quit blogging to work on building my business. I hope to regain those followers and then some. What to do, what to do. Any suggestions?

Paracord Fun

This weekend Big K and I dug out the paracord that she got for Christmas and finally decided to make some bracelets!

If you don't know what paracord is here is the Wikipedia explanation: Parachute cord (also paracord of 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during WWII. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks.
These bracelets have been pretty popular and you can find them all over the place. We have bought quite a few, but being the crafty person that I am ... I just had to make some myself. Thank goodness that Santa brought Kaelyn some cord and some buckles so we were set.

Paracord comes in fantastic colors, and of course we have all kinds of pinks! Our cord didn't come with any instructions, so thankfully, I survive off of YouTube instructional videos. We found some great videos by Chaotic Thinking and followed along. We made the basic one color paracord bracelet as well as the Solomons Heart.

Hope you enjoy my photos, and if you make some of your own, please send me pics! If you would like to purchase them, you can check out my Facebook site and place an order there!

One color:

Two Colors:


Solomon's Heart


All three lined up:


Here is his video that I followed! /div>

It's not always Sparkles and Glitter

It's true. It isn't always sparkles and glitter around here! Some days are full of TV and naps. That was today.

I have read the blogs. I am on Pinterest. I dream of being the mom that finishes projects that she starts - to PERFECTION. But, it just isn't going to happen. That isn't me. And my therapist said I should be okay with that. Just kidding ... maybe ... :). 

Today was a perfect example of that. I woke up and got the girls ready and on the bus as I usually do. I sat Baby K in her high chair with her banana, cereal, and milk. Then, I sat down to my laptop to catch up before she was finished. Then it started. I was sucked in. I started reading a funny article written by another Mom Blogger ... and continued to another ... which lead to another. Then, The Hubbs walked in and caught me at the computer while Baby K giggled with delight as she threw her Fruit Loops to the dog. Whoops, I guess I missed that.

I got up to redeem myself and shooed the dog outside. I got Baby K down and cleaned her up. The Hubbs got in the shower to get ready for the day and I sat down to turn on Sesame Street for Baby K. He finished getting ready and caught me snuggling her on the couch. Baby K isn't much of a snuggler, so I have to catch my moments when I can. As a SAHM, days like this can happen. But, the trick is stopping it quickly before absolutely NOTHING gets done for the day. Lucky for me, today's trick was a dentist appointment.

At the dentist, I had to get two fillings replaced which meant fully numbing the left side of my face. (That was entertainment for all who spoke with me the rest of the day!) The Hubbs went grocery shopping after he dropped me off for my appointment and afterwards we picked up some lunch and met with my Aunt and Uncle who dropped by. After they left, my head was pounding so I took some Aleve and told him I was going to lay down for a few (whoops, there went my productivity). Those few minutes turned to hours ... so thank goodness I never specified which I meant when I warned him of my nap (don't worry, I had a great dream about all sorts of sparkles and glitter!). He continued being amazing and picked up the big girls from the bus and cooked dinner! (We make a great team. When I am extremely unproductive, he is an overachiever!).

J had gymnastics after dinner so that meant getting NOTHING done around the house! Every time I passed the family room, my knitting projects called out to me ... but I had to decline the invite. (Declining the invite to fold the laundry was much easier!)

After all the girls were in bed, I met up with another friend. Some of you may know him, his name is Adam Puchte. He is extremely convincing when you need to shush those inner voices that keep telling you to do something. Here is a picture of Adam at my house: 


So, we can all figure out how much was done around here after Adam and I hung out. And now I can truly say these words, "I am ok with that". Haha. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Contest Alert!!

Hey Everyone! I know how much everyone likes a give away ... so here we go! Go over to my Facebook Page for my new blog, Little Sak of Beans and LIKE the page! Then comment on the contest blog for your chance to win a handmade wet bag, crochet hat or security blanket! Make sure and visit my new blog since I will be closing this one down soon! Follow me over there Little Sak of Beans Blog for more fun give aways!


See you there!

Monday, January 21, 2013

I haven't gone away!

Hey Everyone, I am slowly switching over to my new blog. I have been gone for a while but I am back now! I know switching is probably not the best thing to do after getting one blog up and going, but bear with me and follow me at Little Sak of Beans. I made a new post over there today to update everyone on what I have been doing with my free time!!! Hope to see you all over there.

Thanks for putting up with me through this change!!!

Mandi!