2.21.2014

Give it to Him

Society says a stay at home mom cooks.
Cleans.
Changes diapers and wipes up messes.
And must be bored out of their minds with nothing to do....

While most of this may be true, we are also there for our kids emotionally and spiritually. That is the hardest part of being a parent in my opinion. The chores will always be there. The daily cooking to be done. A mess to be cleaned up and carpet to be vacuumed.
What society often forgets about is when they fall, we pick them up. When they are overtired, we rock them to sleep for 20 minutes to calm them down. When they stutter, we encourage them to keep on going. When they are heart broken, we do anything to help put the pieces back together.

Being a mom is tough, it's not all play dates, cocktails and gossip. By the end of the day I am more emotionally and physically drained then after running a race at a meet! To top off the list, I struggle. Society has told me being a mom isn't a job. No, your right I don't pay taxes, fees and I don't see a paycheck biweekly. I wish I did though. I have this urgency to contribute to our family but I can't for the life of me figure out how. Two years left until my bachelors and I've literally cried while looking at majors from schools. Photography, business, international studies, environmental studies...all things very important to me I enjoy doing, but none screams at me. I hate the idea of spending money on a degree I won't use.

So here I am, seven years out of high school with no degree and no clue what to do. Don't get me wrong, I'm not naive, I know a piece of paper doesn't necessarily roll the dough in. You don't need a degree to make it in the world, many entrepreneurs have proved this time and time again. But for me, there is a strong desire to finish.

So while society tells me staying home isn't a job right now, I'd like to tell society to try it.
ana O.

2.10.2014

.Freshly Picked. ~Giveaway Closed~


I have a very special post today for everyone and just in time to share some love for Valentines Day!
 I just love this company. As most everyone knows by now Freshly Picked makes A-DORABLE children's moccasins. Not only are they cute, but they are durable and the leather is really of great quality. They will definitely last. Freshly Picked posted on Facebook recently about bloggers inquiring about hosting a giveaway, so I figured well heck lets apply. So I did. Not only is this awesome company trusting little ol' me with a great review, BUT I get to give you a pair too! I feel SO special and honored to be chosen for it. Eli was given a pair of freshly picked moccs in 'Swimmin' with the Sharks' grey for his birthday prior to this and we absolutely love them, so for my review moccs I chose the 'Cobalt Blue' color (which they are now sold out of) in the suede texture, you know for variety sake. I am pleasantly surprised at how thick the suede is. I was curious to see if it would hold up to kids playing in them and last a while, but I have no doubt in my mind they will. Freshly Picked is such a caring company with honest beginnings. If you haven't watched their story on Shark Tank you should definitely go (here). Without further adieu here is my little stud in his FP Moccs.

Isn't he just the cutest?



Rules for giveaway:
Giveaway dates February 10-15.

All of these will give you extra entries.
.You must Follow me.  (Comment that you did)
.You must 'like' Freshly Picked on Facebook. (Comment that you did)
.Follow me on Twitter @AnasLifeSense. (Comment that you did)
.Go to freshly-picked and tell me which moccasins you would choose if you won. (Comment with your choice)
.If you share this on your facebook page or twitter I'll give you an extra entry. (Comment that you did)

There you have it, FIVE opportunities to enter for a pair of moccasins! Go GO GO! 
AND THE WINNER IS! 



Congrat's Mrs. Martinet!!!


I will be checking that you did all of these so please, be honest. 

2.03.2014

.Tee Pee Step by Step.

Ever since I discovered the tee pee trend on Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod and various Etsy stores I've been completely obsessed. My only hesitation was most tee pee's started around $150. Don't get me wrong, my kid is worth ALL that and more, but honestly why spend the money when I know I could make it? So off to pinterest I went. I found various tutorials, but none of them only used four dowels (I needed it to be tall, but not very wide because of limited space) and were eight feet tall. Thankfully I have an amazingly smart math wiz for a husband, so I brought him my design and he did all the geometry for me because frankly, my brain doesn't have time for math.

This is true love people. TRUE love. Take note all single people. 

Alright I'll break down the costs and supplies.

.Four- 8 foot dowels. I used the inch wide ones. $25
.One- 9 foot X 12 foot 10oz painters drop cloth. $27
.One drill bit- As close to a normal screw size as possible. $ Already owned this.
.Drill. $ Already owned this.
.Scissors.
.Sewing Machine.
.Thread.
.Patience...a lot of patience.
.Twine.
OPTIONAL
.Spray Paint- $4
.Blue painters tape. $ Already owned
.Wood Stain. $4
.One cute helper- $Priceless...but for everything else there's mastercard.
hehe...I kid I kid.

Total cost for us: Around $50 (we get a military discount at our hardware store.)
Costs will likely vary depending on store and location.




I stained the dowels in a darker walnut color to match our home better. Then after they dried I placed painters tape on the ends. Found a gorgeous brown-bronze-silvery paint and went to town on the ends. I later used the same paint to spray the tin cans for his birthday decor. See here. 




This is where your going to need your helped. You know, when he's in the way. But hey, at least he's cute!


I measured 14 inches down from the top, placed a dot and drilled a hole in each of the holes. Isn't my little helper so helpful?

Note to self: Do not leave drill with drill bit on the floor. It attracts little boys who love power tools and accidents happen.
 

Poor kid dropped the drill on his toe. First owwie. Awwwwwwe. 
 
Thread the twine through each hole. If your hole is big enough you shouldn't need to push it through, mine was small so I found this nifty pointy tool to help me thread it through each pole. It was time consuming though. 




Find a tall handsome man to tie all the poles together. 
Or just a stool. That should work well too. 

Voila! The beginnings to your tee pee! Otherwise known as the frame.
Whew! That was the easy part.
 
Now to measure. One panel was 72.1in high X 45in base width X 3.5in top width X 75in diagonal.
 

Then, sew all the panels EXCEPT the door together. Oh and drink coffee..and if you have coffee liqueur, that helps too. 

I chose red thread in a zigzag pattern. Pretty spiffy, no? 
 Take the door panel, fold it over and cut it down the middle. 

Then, take your iron (not necessary but it helps) and iron the edge your going to sew. Makes it so the darn thing stays down and it's SO much easier. 
  

Cross the two panels of the entrance over, poke twelve holes. Start thread from inside the tee pee and finish inside as well. Tie it off and your DONE! It really isn't very hard, just time consuming.
I also decided to get creative and make a couple flags at the top with my cuties name on one.
 


This project was by far the biggest undertaking I've done. But it was a lot of fun. Definitely a learning process and I am SO happy I was able to get him the gift we wanted for his birthday without breaking the bank. 
Now I need to figure out why the tension on my machine got wonky...bleh!