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Capsule Wardrobe

October 21, 2014

Somehow, this term has just now entered my attention. I looked it up. It was invented in 1977 in London, then made a grand appearance in the states in 1985.

I’m behind the times apparently.

But it’s a nice idea – you pare your wardrobe back to a few select pieces that all work well together. Sounds easy enough.

And then I realized that I already have a capsule wardrobe! On point and zero effort required!

Here’s how you can copy my look:

1. Detest shopping for clothes. Online, brick-and-mortar. Doesn’t matter. It’s torture. Only shop under duress (i.e. big event – nothing to wear).

2. Maintain a wardrobe of nice clothes for each season. We have 2 seasons here, summer and swinter (it looks like winter and features brief periods of cold punctuated by summer again), so I have 2 “nice” wardrobes of about 4-6 outfits for each.

3. Shop Old Navy for all your denim needs.

4. Volunteer in a student ministry that also provides shirts to adult sponsors. 3-5 t-shirt events per year = stash of t-shirts constantly being refreshed. Bonus points if your student minister is also a graphic artist.

Boom! Capsule wardrobe.

If by wardrobe you meant different categories of t-shirts, punctuated by a select few outfits to wear when you might go eat somewhere that doesn’t have a playplace.


Around Here | October 17

October 17, 2014

Around Here… I have a toddler in the house again. It’s a 6-month-old puppy. That acts like an 18-month-old child. I spend a great deal of time repeating myself. “OFF!” “NO!” and mumbling things like, “please don’t eat off the floor.” and “bugs are not food.” Occasionally I turn into a toddler with things like “I don’t want to share my coffee with you!” and “I don’t want to get up at 5:30 a.m. It is not pee-o’clock!”

Evening walk.

Around Here… We are finally able to spend some time outside and it is glorious, especially in the morning. Our morning walks now are so pleasant and it’s almost downright cold. The days still get pretty warm (90s some days) but the exhausting heat of summer is vanquished for another few months.

Around Here… We celebrated a certain little boy’s birthday! He’s 7 now. Why does that seem so big and so small at the same time?



We had dinner as a family and then he spent his birthday money at The Lego Store (where else?) on Jabba the Hut’s ship. For a special surprise Party Boy took them all upstairs at the mall to Lolly & Pop’s. This is a candy store like you see in the movies with every kind of candy imaginable, most of it in bulk bins. They each got a tiny paint bucket that they could fill with any kind of bulk candy you can imagine. You know that saying “Happy as a kid in a candy store?” Seriously. That has all new meaning now. We walked out with 4-1/2 POUNDS of candy in those tiny buckets.

Around Here… We went to the State Fair. It was cloudy and cool. The food was interesting, as always. The kids rode rides. We looked at cars. And tractors. It was fun. And I am glad it only happens once a year! On a related note, we had a church event right after and I was told by several people that I smelled like the fair. Probably from sitting in the food court and marinating in the fryer smoke.


I Made This! | Memory Verses

October 16, 2014

I made these for verses that our student choir is memorizing and thought there might be others that would like them. Enjoy!

Ephesians 3-17-18 (1)

Ecclesiastes 4-12

Welcome Back!

October 1, 2014

The long summer hiatus is over and much like watchable television returns in the fall, so have I! I promise that I will give you more than just the standard 16 season episode with a 6 month mid-season break…

Like all of you I am staying busy – swim practice, walking the dog, puppy preschool, homeschool, etc. But with fall comes a reliable-ish schedule and a little free time. So, here I am.

It was an eventful summer, and I have the Project Life pages to show for it, but those will have to wait since they products don’t get released til Friday.

To hold you over, here’s a page from our vacation last month to Maui -


Like Father, Like Son

June 17, 2014



Journaling reads:

I just wanted a nice picture of them in their Easter outfits, that just so happened to match perfectly. But, instead I got a a hilarious example of what the relationship really looks like. And it looks like exactly what their relationship looks like: It looks like hero worship. Like he adores and wants to be just like his Daddy. And it looks like that because he does adore and want to be just like his Daddy. So of all the pictures that I could get, I don’t mind one bit that this is the best of the bunch. Because it truly does show the truth of the day and the way you guys are together.


Hello Giggles, Hello Growth, Doodle Arrows, + Iffy’s Templates Set 10 by Peppermint Creative

Around Here | June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014

Around here…

…we got a puppy. She’s sweet and playful and completely exhausting. She’s currently napping, which is good because it means that I can sit down for a few minutes and write this.

Haven’t had a lot of time for that lately since puppies take all the neediness of infancy and combine it with the mischievousness of the toddler stage and wrap it into a cute, furry little precious package of energy. Good times.


…I am excited for getting 5 hours of sleep in a row! (see new puppy)

…we are dog-sitting my parents dog for the week – Demolition Dawg. He’s way more chill now that he’s older. He tolerates puppy. But when she’s awake he bolts for my bedroom and noses the baby gate like “hint hint.”


…Captain Chaos walked face first into the corner of the trailer. He was great about it. He came into the kitchen where I was working and said, “Mommy. I hit my head.” When I looked around and saw the giant goose egg was when he lost it. I guess I need to work on keeping a more neutral expression?

We iced it and ate dinner at Dickey’s by his request and he had some ice cream to make it all better.

head all better

…the baby birds that were born in the bottom of the kids golf bag have flown the nest. We’ve loved playing host to the bird family for the last few weeks and I really miss having them around. It was sure fun watching the little flight school last week as they earned their wings.


Scrapbook Page Ideas | 2011

June 3, 2014

I found an old notebook today and started flipping through this tiny time capsule of notes and to-dos and found an interesting entry. At one point or another I must have scrolled through my photos and been inspired to tell some stories. Here’s the list of potential page titles from 2011 and the pictures that inspired them:

Andrew/Pico the PooPoo – actually scrapped this one!


Like Father, Like Son



We were trying to get a picture of them in their matching Easter outfits. Only neither of them were cooperating.

Dump Date Night



Kid free weekend! So what did we do? Took a load of stuff to the dump. We know how to party!

Be Where You Are



He used to do this. Bring his toys to wherever I was and play right there. Always.

Me & Her & Harry Potter



Her first midnight premiere. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

Toes In The Water



I don’t like to post pictures of my feet, but I took this one specifically on a beach trip because we sang the song the whole time we were there!


Now I just need to scrap these stories…


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