New Blog Design and a Few Outfit Posts

I decided to update the background and header on my blog. I used The Cutest Blog on the Block for my background. I designed the header myself using a few of our family shots taken by my awesome friend, Chelcie of I am really happy with how it turned out! 

I wore this look to work the Monday before Thanksgiving break. I felt like the boots dressed the sparkle down a bit. This skirt is so much fun. I wasn't exactly sure how to work it in, but I am very happy with the way this turned out!

Sweater: Target 
Skirt: The Limited 
Tights: TJ Maxx
Necklace: Similar here 
Boots: Stolen from Mom

The temp dropped the next day, so I decided to go warm and comfy!

Sweater:Old Navy
Pants: Old Navy
Boots: These are similar 

I swear, sometimes I think an outfit looks good, I think I look good, and then you see the photo. I am going to chalk this up to just not being a photogenic dress. I think it worked better in person!! (Maybe I should have worn heels and heavy eyeliner?)

Dress: From Macy's this one is similar.
Belt: From Albany
Boots: Mom's again

On the Bug
Dress:  Children's Place
Cardigan: Similar color, Cute option
Boots: Old Navy

This is from today. Same red pants as above, but for some reason, I feel like they look very different. 

On the Bug: 
Sweater: Gymboree, bought second hand
Pants: Hers are from Carter's, I bought them for Christmas last year. These are from Old Navy and similar. (The link will take you to girl's, but they carry them for toddlers too.)
Boots: Old Navy 

On me:
Sweater: Old Navy at the start of the season. These are close. 
Pants: Same as post above
Boots: Macy's in stores now

Thumbgate 2012

A and I at Target buying ingredients to make cookies.
I have fully admitted that I am not Martha Stewart. It is not for a lack of trying, I just seem to lack the gene that makes a person a competent baker. I am envious of MS. I do not have a media empire. I do not have a linen line at K-Mart or Macy's. And that is okay. (I do wish I had a massive farm house...) The thing I envy Martha the most? Her ability to do it all. She can sew. She can craft. She can paint. She can cook. And she can bake. 

I have this dream of being a super mom. The mom who always looks nice, always has a clean house, and always makes the best treats for the bake sale. Unfortunately real life has shown me to not really be any of those things. I generally look alright, but my house is usually a wreck. (My knack for starting projects then moving on certainly does not help.) And as my third baking incident has shown me, I will never be "fun baking m
Incident #1
Fall of 2005. J and I were not married yet, but we were engaged. He was turning 23 and I had the brilliant idea to bake his birthday cake. Right off the bat I managed to drop a few eggshells into the batter. I was able to scoop most of the out, but a few small shards were lost forever. Then when I poured the cake, I did not pour it evenly. One side was very very thick, the other very very thin. I baked the cake until the thin side was burnt, assuming that meant the thick side was done as well. To conceal the ugliness of my monster cake, I iced it really thick, making it all appear to be level. J being the nice guy that he is, feigned joy at my having made him a cake and took a large slice. He chose from the the thick side. About two hours after eating the cake, he got sick. It hasn't ever been proven that my cake made him sick, but most signs point that way.

Incident #2
Sometime last year. I tried my hand at another cake. Long story short, at some point in my mixing, a piece of the spatula fell off into the batter without me noticing. J chose the one piece that had the spatula piece baked into it. 

Incident #3
Last Monday. I decided to make cookies for A's Thanksgiving feast at her school. I wanted to make roll-out (or shape) cookies, so the dough had to be made. I knew I was taking a risk, but I want to be a good mom. (I wish I had been a smart mom and just bought the damn things at the store.) I was using the hand mixer to blend the dough. This hand mixer is very old, I don't know where it came from or how long we have had it. At one point the egg beater fell out of the end and the mixer stopped. So I turned it off and tried to put the beater back into place. I tried pushing it in from the top, but I couldn't get it to click. So I noticed there was a small flat disk inside the beater, a perfect place to put a thumb and push. I was still holding the mixer (which was still plugged in) against my chest. Some how (seriously, these things only happen to me and Lucy) after my thumb was literally inside the egg beater, I managed to push it into place and turn it on. The mixer sprang to life, my poor thumb was twisted and twerked. I dropped the mixer and probably said a few choice words. 
A and I after the mixer attack.

Today as I write this (very slowly might I add) my hand is still swollen and it still hurts. I know this is 100% my own fault. I have not been to the doctor. I keep using my hand. I put my thumb into the mixer in the first place...but all I have really learned is that my dream of being a master mom is probably never going to happen. 

Outfits and a Pinterest to Reality

First up, a twist on the normal Pinterest to Reality.

Inspiration via this link. 
My hair isn't as dark as the original, but I am really happy with how it turned out!It is not really that orange in person either, the camera on my phone is not top quality.

Now onto outfit posts.
First up is my take on "blogger" for red ribbon week at my school.
Jacket: JC Penney circa 2005
Sweater: Target (in stores now)
Scarf: Gift from J 
Jeans: Macys (junior department)
Boots: DSW (old)

This dress. I have been in love with this dress for more than a year! I first saw it on Ali at Wardrobe Oxygen. She wore it beautifully, and I coveted it! Finally after much watching and waiting, it dropped into a price range I could justify. I ordered a 12P (in August), but wasn't able to wear it comfortably until the last month or so. This dress is fabulous. It is fully lined. Has an exposed zipper, and is so colorful. Plus it has pockets!!
Dress: Maggy London. I stalked this dress like a crazy person. But this is in the same color family, and this one is also an abstract print and a sheath.
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: Resale shop
Belt: Some no-name store in the mall
Necklace: Etsy

I've done the dets on this outfit before, so I will skip that here.

This outfit was another I've had for a while, but losing just a few more pounds has changed the way it hangs. It has a cut out back, but obviously that is not okay for school. So, because I am a cardigan queen, I had two beige ones to choose from. I am trying to convince A to take outfit pictures with me, but so far this is all I've gotten from her.

Cardigan: Target
Dress: Macy's (junior department)
Boots: Stolen from my mom
Necklace: Etsy

On the bug:
Coat: c/o Nana from Nordstroms
Tunic: Gap
Jeggings: Old Navy
Shoes: c/o Coach from who knows where

So life wise I've been keeping busy. I keep meaning to post a write up on the projects I've been undertaking, but have been slacking in that area. I really wish I had taken a few before shots of our old photo wall because I have completely repainted all of our picture frames! I also did a mantle set of fabric covered shoe box lids. Maybe I will post that tutorial next week!

Also, if you have a minute, check out my 30 before 30. I need help finishing my list before May 16th!!!
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