Saturday, August 22, 2015

Link Up Awareness

If you've seen my Stupid Pinterest post (which was inspired by Steph's) and were in turn inspired to write your own, you are in luck! We are going to host a link up at the beginning of the month. Come to either one of our blogs and link up your own Stupid Pinterest posts on the first Tuesday each month. That's September 1st this time and it gives you ten days for you to scour Pinterest and find something dumb. I'm sure it won't be hard, especially with the advertising pins. You can do multiple pins in one post, just one pin, a list of stupid things you wouldn't be surprised to see on Pinterest, whatever floats your boat. And, if you'd be so inclined, here's a button. The purple one will lead you here and the pink one will lead you to Stephanie's site. Use one, use the other, use 'em both.

By Breenah
By Breenah

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Starting School and Cute Clothes

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So, this little munchkin goes to school (for the first time ever) next week. I, for one, cannot believe that it's time for her to start school. Even though it's "only" preschool, it's still school! She won't even be four yet! Which probably means that she won't be five when starting kindergarten, which really freaks me out. Then I start thinking of her going into each grade after another and oh my goodness. Phew, I need to breathe. Back to the point of this post, which is not me freaking out about my baby growing up. *cue tears*

That pose is ALL her, by the way.
She still has plenty of warm weather clothes that fit her, but we did get her a special first day of school outfit. Seriously, it's the best part of going back to school. New supplies are a close second. But she is lacking in fall/winter clothes, which is even more difficult to buy considering she has decided she LOVES dresses and only owns one or two long sleeve dresses. Then I got an email containing this:

Considering I just found out we have a Gymboree locally, I was pretty stoked and I'm thinking Quinn might need a few more new things for school. The only unfortunate thing is that Gymboree is right next to Sephora, so if I'm not careful I could be way too tempted to spend money on myself instead. My mom loves Sephora though, maybe I'll just send her to get Quinn some cute things.

I know Quinn would love this pink dress.

And I'm pretty sure I could convince her to love this owl dress since it has a matching purse.

I'm pretty sure you all know how I feel about boots, so I think she's going to need these too. In fact, I think I need these.

Luckily her birthday is at the end of the month and she's already received some money for gifts, so we might have to take a little trip. I think the owl purse can convince her she needs clothes and not more toys. If you've visited any time recently you'd know toys are the last thing she needs, although sometimes it's just too hard to say no.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 2015

Read: Water Cooler Diaries (4/5), This Dark Endeavor (3/5), A Letter to My Mom (5/5 review here), Wild Rover No More (5/5), City of Heavenly Fire (5/5), An Ice Cold Grave (5/5), So Yesterday (4/5), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (4/5), Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (5/5), Four (5/5), and Sharp Objects (5/5).

I'm pretty excited that I've already read 47/50 of the books for my Goodreads goal.

Watched: We finished Orange is the New Black, watched Wet Hot American Summer (and I'm so excited for the new episodes!), started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the beginning (again for me, the first time for Jarrod), and attempted watching The Sisterhood of Night because the younger sister from The Chronicles of Narnia is in it, but we gave up. It was bad.

Listened: I had never listened to a podcast before earlier this year, they're just not really my thing. But I have found one I love and that's Popcast by Jamie and Knox. It's all pop culture and I just really like them both, although I'm #TeamJamie 90% of the time. I also started listening to Glamour's What I Wore When... podcast about what women in the fashion industry (including magazine people and actresses) wore during important moments in their lives. I have a few more to start listening to, just to see if any of them will stick or if I'm still just not really a podcast person.

We celebrated the Fourth at my parents' house, as per usual. I didn't take many pictures, but Quinn did take a picture of me.

Quinn was able to write her name by herself for the first time, although she forgot an n.

We took a road trip to my friend Rachel's house. You might remember when I recapped my road trip to her baby shower with gifs. Her son is now almost two and he did NOT know what to do with all of Quinn's energy, but we had fun. I also got to have lunch with my friend Genevieve at a restaurant where trains bring you your food. Hopefully next time I'll remember how many friends I have in the area and will be able to visit Dara too!

The day after we got back from Rachel's I was lucky enough to finally get my wisdom teeth removed. I didn't saying anything cute or wacky, though. I was pretty lucid after coming out of the anesthesia. I do remember saying it was terribly rude that they left the sticky heart monitor things on me, though. I'd also highly recommend the cheesecake shake from Sonic. But I drank too many of them during my recovery.

Mom snagged a picture of me sleeping. Then she cleaned my house, so it's okay.
I took the Which Character From the Lion King Are You? quiz and got Timon, which is pretty legit.

Quinn and I went to some garage sales (for the first time this summer) and then all three of us went to a consignment sale on the west side. We got some really good deals, it averaged out to $0.60 per item of clothing/pair of shoes. Then $6 for a Wonder Woman Little People invisible jet and WW and Batgirl Little People and a princess poster. I was STOKED that Jarrod and Quinn found the jet AND it was half off (last days of consignment sales are the best).

And as of today Quinn will be four in thirty days and will start preschool in 26 days. I'm totally ready and not ready at the same time.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stupid Pinterest

I recently came across Stephanie and her Stupid Pinterest posts. Lo and behold, I get on Pinterest this morning and one of the first pins I see qualifies.

Please tell me you see what's wrong with this. Food is not slutty. People are not slutty either, but that's a topic for a different post. I ABHOR calling food things like "guilt free" or "skinny" or whatever. There should be NO guilt in eating and no shaming in eating either. How is this slutty? Because it has lots of toppings? Then call it "everything" or "everything but the kitchen sink" or "loaded". There are SO MANY better options.

The other thing I have an issue with is "no-carb pasta". If there are no carbs, then it's NOT pasta! I didn't look at the recipe, but I'm pretty sure they're zucchini noodles. They're called zoodles. Just call it that.

If I ever make this recipe (doubtful, Jarrod doesn't like zucchini) I'd call it Loaded Zoodles. LOOK! No guilt/shaming/lying.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


It totally deserves all caps. The challenge I finished was the Semi Charmed summer 2015 challenge.

I know I've posted the list a million times (or so it seems) so here's the original list, but the changes I made were:

Freebie: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (reviewed)
Random Book Off Shelf: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy (reviewed)
Goodreads Best Book 2014: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (reviewed)
Author New to You: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I'm just so excited I actually finished all the books for the challenge, I haven't done that before!

In other reading challenge news:

I've read a grand total of one book for Erin's challenge. And it was just the freebie. But that's what happens when you try to do a million challenges at once.

For the Literary Ladies Reading Challenge I've done a little better.

Kickass Female Character: Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris
On TBR Over a Year: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman
Written by Comedian: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
YA Book: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

And even better on my aunt's book bingo.

Best Seller: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Second in Series: Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris
Older than 10 Years: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman
Funny Book: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Different Continent: This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppal
Over 500 pages: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I'm telling you, it makes a difference when books can count toward more than one challenge. I still have 20 more books to read. Erin's challenge ends at the end of October, Literary Ladies on September 21st, and my aunt's bingo doesn't end until the end of the year, so those are obviously on the bottom of the reading list.

Jarrod snuck a picture of me reading to Quinn last night.
I'm also still grabbing random books from the library to read and reviewing books (like A Letter to My Mom), so we'll see how this goes.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Is it considered a work in progress if I haven't even started? Maybe not.

I'm making a dress for my SIL as part of a cosplay. I've actually been working on it since October-ish, but between holidays, me being lazy, the pattern test I did, then getting my wisdom teeth out (and my laziness) it hasn't gotten finished. I can't find the picture of the dress she wanted me to base it on, but this is the fabric I'm using along with a black cotton.

I need to finish putting the skirt together, then figure out how I'm going to do the top and bow. If you know of any great button up shirt patterns, let me know.

She's also having me make a patchy vest for a different cosplay. I think this one should be easy enough and maybe even fun, figuring out how to do the patches. I haven't started on this one at all.

I also have to finish knitting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hats. I've got two done, five more hats and a dog collar left to do. It'd go by quicker if I could stop messing up my color blocking. Luckily, I have until at least October to finish these.

I'm also planning on making Quinn some princess dresses she doesn't have. Currently she really wants Aurora and Cinderella. Again, haven't even bought fabric for these, but they're on my "next-to-do" list.

Speaking of princesses, I still need to make Quinn her princess jumpsuit from the pattern I tested for Ajaire. Which, you can buy! The Paneled Sunsuit is actually 10 different patterns and I'm so excited to make more for Quinn. Plus the size range is newborn to 12 years so we'll be using it a while. This is the fabric we're using for the next one:

Disney Fashionable Princess Cotton from JoAnn
I'm kind of excited to get into sewing more, I really took a break from it for a while, but pattern testing kicked me back into gear. I'll make sure to post pictures when I actually complete some stuff.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


So, Erin copied a post that someone else did and now I'm copying Erin. That's how trends happen, right? The gist is to ask your closest friends/family/whomever to tell you the top three to five things they associate with you. I wasn't surprised by any that I got, to be honest.

Being a Good Mom/Quinn/Family: 8
I'm not surprised by this one at all. Quinn is about 90% of what my life consists of now and I'm cool with that. I did appreciate that it was phrased as "being a good mom" by someone. That made me feel good.

Blogging/Internet/Social Media: 6
Considering I mentioned I was asking for a blog post, I'm also not surprised by this one. Especially since only one of the people I asked has a blog.

Reading/Books: 4
I was kind of surprised there weren't more people who answered with books because I almost always have a book in my purse.

Freebies/Giveaways/Coupons: 3
Slightly surprised there wasn't more of this answer either. I have an entire system down for my grocery store coupons and will RARELY buy something online or in store without checking at least two apps (sometimes more) for coupon codes.

Hair Color: 3
I had pink hair when I originally asked for responses, but now I'm back to brown. I'm wondering if I would have gotten as many if I hadn't had pink hair when asking.

This is from March, I'm actually back to brown now.
Creative Stuff/Knitting/Sewing: 3
Again, surprised this one wasn't higher. Apparently I'm mostly Quinn and blogging, which is true. Especially because I tend to get into waves of creativity. I'll knit or sew constantly, then stop and do nothing for a week.

Marvel/Superheroes: 2
TV/Movies: 2
I used to be a six-degrees-of-separation BUFF. And movie/tv trivia in general. It's lessened some since I don't watch as many movies as I used to (having a kid will do that to you). But I do still love reading the "trivia" sections on IMDB.

Each of these were only mentioned by one person:
Style, Star Wars, Cooking, Wine, Dessert, Theatre

I'm kind of surprised more people didn't mention wine or some kind of dessert. And the one person who mentioned theatre is someone I went to high school with, when it was a much bigger part of my life, so that makes sense to me.

April 2002, after our middle school production of Annie with me as Bert Healy (we were short on guys) with my brother and sister


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