Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Frugal Woman

On Friday last week Laura and I attempted to organize our bathroom cupboard and drawers because it was getting difficult to find certain necessary items. I have always been amazed at Laura's drive to reduce, reuse and recycle and after this experience I see how deep it runs in her veins. Many of us have heard the saying, "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without," and after our organizing experience I feel that we could add to the end of that saying, "and if you aren't sure how to do the following place it in a random drawer until you figure out how."

Of the precious treasures that we found some of my favorite treats were:
  1. Old deodorant remains in a worn out plastic bags
  2. Lotion bottles cut in half to get every last bit and than forgotten.
  3. Urine analysis strips from Physiology lab
  4. 2 years worth of expired aciphex medication
  5. At least 1o years worth of contact lenses
  6. Broken curling iron that surely could be fixed
  7. 5+ Wrinkled magazine cut outs of cool hair dews

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"You Are My Hands"

Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope.

As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.

With all my heart and soul I give thanks to our Heavenly Father for His love for us, for the gift of His Son, for the life and example of Jesus the Christ, and for His sinless and selfless sacrifice.

- President Dieter F. Uchtforf

Friday, August 27, 2010


This summer has come "late" this year and favorite fruits like apricots and peaches have yet to ripen.  I have been waiting and waiting for peaches to come in season and hopefully they will at least come in September.  Likewise, our little peach seems to be needing some extra time as well.  At the doctors yesturday she said to not be suprised if she hangs out an extra week or so.  We still have a week left till her due date but I am trying to be patient, knowing it is important that she comes when she is ready.  On the other hand, my leg would thank her if she decided now was a good time.  Plus, how much longer can you wait to hold such a little bundle we have been anticipating for so long?  We are just so excited to welcome her the rest of the way home. 

In the meantime, I have been using this extra time of pregnancy to be productive for our little one.  For teh past three days while Jared goes for his run, I have been sewing.  Or perhaps more appropriatly I have been decorating using a sewing machine.  I was first inspired by my sister Emily's creations two years ago for her little girl.  Since then, I have been wanting to do this for our baby.  Now that she is coming and I have a sewing machine, I have been having a lot of fun.  Thought I would share some of my latest creations.

A little caterpillar

A little Jcrew style

Some periwinkel flowers 

Is there any girl to young for a tutu?

I found some sweet tangerine dye and had a lot of fun with this one. This one I did a lighter than the others, and it turned out kind of peach.  I love it.

This one is from an old t-shirt of mine. 

And last a fancy little number.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I haven't eaten a doughnut since freshman year in high school when our seminary teachers used to bring them at the end of the year for a treat.  I'll admit, I enjoyed them but knew they were not good for me.  And after that, decided they didn't taste good enough for how bad they were for me, so I declined them.  Haven't even had the desire to have one since ... that is until my second trimester.  Then, out of no where the desire for a doughnut hit.  It comes and goes; but has not completely left since.  I have kept telling myself don't eat one, they are not good for you our your little daughter.  But today, after just telling my coworker that I felt like this day needed some chocolate and she wholeheartedly agreed, some people in the office next to us invited us over for some fresh soft doughnuts.  I couldn't resist.  Today, I divulged in half a chocolate doughnut and half and apple fritter, free of charge.  Delicious.  I hope my stomach and body don't start hating me for my decision 'cause it was pure melt-in-my-mouth delight.