Decorating Style

Confession time: decorating my new house is hard.  I didn’t expect this.  I thought I knew my style and what I would want, but I’m so hesitant to pull the trigger on lots of purchases and don’t want to spend money on things that I’m not sure I’ll love in a few months.  I mean when I see things I love, I know and I buy them, but I have a big house that is pretty empty right now because I can’t explain what it is that I want.  My sister in law went shopping with me and got so frustrated because I didn’t know what I wanted.  She’s much more crafty and has an eye for decorating that I don’t have.  She would pick out tons of cute things, but I didn’t see them and think that they were me.  I finally have settled on the determination that my main colors and scheme are neutrals and metals–browns, bronze, gold, silver, leather, hides and furs.  So then I dug a little deeper and there’s actually a name for it–mountain rustic.  Obviously I don’t mean mountain or rustic like a log cabin with furniture or bedding that has bears printed on it, but mountain rustic is a cozy luxury mountain retreat type look.


I love this look.  I don’t think DG would go for the pink pillows, but fur, rug, animal print, leather and fabric is totally my jam.  Plus, we have our own elk heads like that so I think I can do something similar if I can just find the right pieces that fit me.  Maybe if you visit me in the next few years I’ll get there. 😉




Jokingly my husband told me the other night that I should blog about all the diets that don’t work.  He was mainly referencing the fact that I’ve tried nearly everything and I’m still not where I want to be.  Scratch that.  I’m not even close.  I weigh as much today as I did when I was almost due with Eleni.  I obviously lost some pounds simply by having a child, but I’ve eaten bad food and put them right back on.  It’s really sad honestly.  I struggled with my weight (although it was never this high) before I was ever pregnant, and now it’s my daily battle.

I’ve tried counting calories, Shakeology, Atkins, 21 Day Fix, Paleo and most recently counting macros.  A couple days ago I was thisclose to clicking “order” on $215 worth of Isagenix products that would last me NINE days.  But here’s the deal, nothing is going to work unless I make it work.  It’s hard.  I would way rather eat a deep fried corn dog and drink Diet Dr. Pepper for lunch than go home for a piece of chicken and salad.  I want to make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, not carb-free soup.  But it’s not just that is it?  If I’m being honest, I’ll admit to sneaking pieces of Halloween candy and eating cookies or cake with the kids whenever we have it.  Every single bit adds up and it’s added up to an extra 30 pounds.  Seriously, 30 pounds is what it’s going to take to get me back to where I want to be.  I know it’s the same old song and dance, but my face is a lot heavier than I’d like, my clothes definitely don’t fit and I have fat in all the wrong places.  Going to the gym for the past 6 months has made me stronger, but as “they” say, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

I’m not sure what I expect from publicly posting this.  Maybe someone to say “I’ve been there.”  Maybe just putting it out there will help me be accountable.  Maybe someone to give me an amazing diet tip.  I’m not sure.  What I do know is that it’s hard to be a working mom and take care of yourself.  When you’re trying to do it all, you don’t always make the healthiest food decisions.  Obviously I could do better at prepping food ahead of time, but again, it comes down to the time I have as well as when I do have time, I’d rather spend it doing something with my family.  Weight loss (or the lack thereof) is probably the hardest thing for me.  I know there are people with worse problems or who have a lot more weight to lose, and I sympathize, but I also don’t appreciate those who tell me I’m thin “enough” and don’t need to worry about it.  Thanks for being polite, but I feel differently.

At the end of the day, the message is the same–food is my choice.  Until I choose to consistently eat healthy, no diet, fad or method will work.  I need to work on my own willpower.


How Do They Do It?

You know those women who have it all together and you look at them and wonder how they do it all?  I want to be one of them.  More than anything, I want to be the wife who has a good, healthy meal ready every night, laundry done and the house picked up and company ready at all times.  I want to be the mom whose kids do crafts, get creative after school snacks, learn to cook with me and do their fair share of chores to help keep everything cleaned up.

My reality: dinner is cooked at least 5 nights a week, but it isn’t very healthy (read-it’s full of carbs!) and sometimes we run out of lettuce before I make it back to the grocery store so there isn’t even a vegetable on the table; the dirty laundry overflows the baskets and after washing and drying it, I may take another 4 days before folding and putting it away; my house is cluttered with stray papers, cups that the kids got out and didn’t bring to the sink, socks on the floor, toys and the rug is never straight; I throw a snack at my kids on the go a lot of the time, or amidst the pile of reading and homework; and BG won’t do any chores around the house so I’m always yelling.

I don’t know how to turn things into the happier, clutter-free more put together version of the life that I want.  I feel like it’s a team effort and while I know DG would like our house to be filled with less chaos, it’s going to take some time…and maybe even some help from him.  Tips on raising kids, being a good wife, etc. are always welcome! 🙂



I hope you had great Halloween like we did!  In true last-minute fashion, we waited until Halloween-eve to carve our pumpkins.

Eleni just hung out and watched her dad carve hers.


After breaking his finger and getting stitches a couple weeks ago, BG got a pumpkin carving drill for his pumpkin.  Here he is intensely using the drill.  Unfortunately it didn’t work very well so DG got out the real drill.  He also made this white pumpkin into a ghost for me to use at BG’s class party.  The other room moms and I changed it up this year and instead of games, we had a Mad Scientist party and did some Halloween science experiments, complete with a pumpkin spewing ooze.


BG wore 3 different costumes this year.  He was an astronaut for our family party, a bull rider at school and a pirate to trick or treat.  Eleni was a Care Bear and didn’t love the headpiece of her costume.  Fortunately before the night was over we finally put it on her and she left it there.  I’ll be sure to take note next year and avoid a costume with a hat.  I loved that this was a warm costume though because some years Halloween is so cold.


The aftermath of trick or treating.  Eleni finally gets it and thinks it’s fun!


BG wanted to trick or treat at our own house!


End of the night for these two!


Pumpkin Picking

Total #momfail over here.  I waited until yesterday to finally take my kids to the pumpkin patch.  In my defense, we have have home grown pumpkins and corn stalks on our porch, but a trip to the pumpkin patch was still necessary, if not only for the pictures.  We went with the kids’ cousins Oliver and Lucy and they all had a great time.  My sister in law and I reminisced about how much easier this tradition was 4 years ago when it was only the two boys!  Our visit in pictures…

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