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12 DIY Pins of Pinterest- DIY Star Trek Date Night

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This is also an ongoing project that I’m working on. I saw this brilliant idea on Pinterest… basically, you come up with 12 dates for a year. You stick each date into an envelope (one for each month) and viola. You have one date per month of the year. At the beginning of each month, I give the envelope for that month to my husband, and we make plans together. I gave the gift to my husband as a Father’s Day gift this year; we weren’t parents yet but I was pregnant, so it totally counted, right?

I picked some of our favorite places to go, as well as some things we can do around town. We really like going to Atlanta, so I put in a date card for us to go there… we ended up finding an inexpensive hotel and spending the weekend. Basically, the sky is the limit. If you decide to implement this idea, I’d advise planning each date far in advance. I usually put brochures, pictures, and other goodies in each envelope to go with the theme for the month, and it can take some time to gather.

Here’s the box that I gave him:

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ANYWAY. To make a long story short, November’s date night was a Star Trek night. My husband is a huge fan of all things Star Trek, so I cooked a Star Trek themed dinner and I let him pick out something Star Trek themed for us to watch. My original plan was to watch one of the movies, but Baby R was particularly fussy that night so we only had time for one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

My husband goofed off and pretended to do a dramatic reading of the Star Trek cookbook that I ordered on Amazon.

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Then we decorated the table:

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Don’t be fooled — the food was HORRIBLE. I don’t know if it was me, or the cookbook, or what, but the Plomeek soup was way too salty and the noodles were incredibly dry. The only thing I thought was any good was the ‘Romulan ale’, which consisted of Powerade and sparkling cider.

Ya can’t mess that up.

And I’m not sure what the noodle recipe is for, but I suspect it’s just supposed to look alien. The way I made it, it seems like it was found on the ground on an alien planet. Or possibly in a prison.

This is why this is NOT a cooking blog.

The original pin can be found here:

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12 DIY Pins of Pinterest: Organization and Christmas gifts

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1. First, an organized closet. We wanted to update the front closet so it didn’t look quite so cluttered. I tend to ‘recycle’ gift bags when they are given to me, and with three baby showers under my belt, the closet was becoming full of gift bags and random pieces of tissue paper. We also had way too many coats hanging up there, many of which we no longer use. I wanted a place to store all my gift wrapping material, so this is the result: Before:

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After:

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OK, forgive that first picture. It appears that my kid’s head did its first photo bombing there. I don’t know what we’re going to do; I know at least¬†5,000¬†okay, five, people who are having babies this winter, spring, and summer, and they aren’t all girls! All my gift bags are really, really girly. Haha. 2.

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Homemade lemoncello. This needs some explanation, as it’s not quite finished yet. It takes over a month to brew properly. My husband calls it my moonshine, but really it’s Everclear, lemons, water, and sugar. I’m going to buy a clear bottle and give it to my parents for Christmas, I think, since I’m trying really, really hard to be good and not drink while I’m breastfeeding. (Technically, I know you can, but I’m paranoid. Plus, my daughter usually does not believe in waiting three hours in between feeds.) This is probably cheating since it’s not completely finished, but I promise to post pictures of the finished result when I’m done. 3.

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What do you do in a house that was inexplicably designed with very little storage space? You create your own, of course. I mean, both bathrooms are so tiny there’s not really much room for a vanity. We have two tiny cupboards, but with my stuff, my husband’s stuff, and now the baby’s stuff, things are getting really crowded. (You want to hear a sad story? All my lotions are now in a basket lying on top of the armoire in our bedroom. Now that’s a sad story.) At any rate, we used this idea to put some of our smaller stuff in a place that’s still easily accessible. And it reminds me to clean my ears. Here are the original pins. Clicking on the picture will take you to the original website, all except the last one, which Pinterest thinks is spam, I guess.

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Cross-stitched bibs

Way back, when I was a young girl, my mom tried to get me into cross-stitch.

It didn’t take.

I had delayed motor skills when I was a child, so much so that I fumbled with every zipper and couldn’t even tie my own shoes until about the third grade. So, you can see where threading a tiny needle and trying to match up those x’s was quite complicated.

Well, several years later my second effort went much better!

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I kind of did the cheater’s method and bought this bib kit from Walmart. No Aida fabric or anything. It’s great practice learning to read a pattern with an outline before having to transfer it all mentally, like you would if you used Aida fabric.

I don’t know if it’ll be my new craft or not yet. I used to be an enthusiastic knitter, but I was never very good and I always found it sort of frustrating. Another thing I like about cross-stitch is that if you get bored using one color you can take a break once you’ve used up that thread and work on another section. In knitting, you pretty much have to go in order of the pattern.

I don’t know if I’ll actually get to use these bibs. The back is a little bit of a mess because I don’t know what I’m doing. Usually, when I start a new craft, I bug my mom until I get it. I’m teaching myself cross-stitch and I don’t understand anything yet, haha. I can see myself throwing it in the wash only to have the back unravel in the most ridiculous way.

Anyone else enjoy cross-stitch, or any other sort of hand craft, for that matter?

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Getting the baby book together

Happy Friday!

Today, I worked on getting the baby book together. I used a Smash scrapbook. They’re very handy for people who aren’t big scrapbookers, as the pages come with designs already on them. You just put your pictures or mementos on the pages. I think it looks cute so far. The only problem is I couldn’t find the baby themed Smash book, so I had to make do with the regular themed one. I did find a few baby themed stickers to add to my pages, though.

The Facebook page with my announcement:

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The very first ultrasound, which I’m sure you can’t see that well, since I was 10 weeks and she was so little:

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The other ultrasounds:

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And we have one of my contraction charts, as well as her birth stats and a sweet note from a member of the church. I’m sure I’ll be adding more in the future, but I like having the progression of ultrasounds. My eventual goal is to keep updating these until she’s much older and give it to baby R as a present when she’s 18. I don’t know if it’ll mean anything to her, but I know if it were me, I’d think it was cool.