My Spring/Summer Goals

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I’m a goal-oriented kind of girl. I like to have an idea of what I want to do. Now, knowing that I’m due with my first child in June, you’re probably wondering: isn’t that work enough? The answer is no. There are never enough projects. There is never too much to be striving for. On the other hand, that mindset does lead to the problem that  I start a billion projects and finish three. It is an awful habit that I am really trying to break but, alas, I like starting projects and working towards goals too much.

So, here are my projects and goals for this spring/summer time and hopefully this blog will keep me on track.

  1. A Redhead Married a Geek Blog. This is a project. I’ve started a couple of blogs and they usually fail after like 5 posts in 5 days. I just get too lazy to write, which is sad because I love it once I start! I’ve already made it longer than I ever have before which is a full month. I told myself after one month I could start hosting instead of having it as aredheadmarriedageek.wordpress.com but, I have yet to make the switch. I need to look into it more so, maybe by April I’ll have made a decision on how I want to go about hosting my own website.
  2. 20 Books in 12 Months. I’m already behind on this because I started in late February instead of in January. I actually think I’ll be able to keep this one because I am a big reader, I just normally read unpublished books that I can get on my phone so, for some reason I don’t count those. I want to read classics and books that stretch my brain. I’m currently 150ish pages into “The Explorers Guild” by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner. It’s 763 pages. I probably should’ve started with something shorter but, it is really interesting so far. I’m going to read a couple of books concurrently as well. I love to read in shower (I’ll lay down like I’m taking a bath and hold my phone on the outside of the curtain. It is the best is warm forever unlike baths). But, I can’t hold a massive 700+ page book in one hand so, I’ve downloaded some free books on my Kindle app and I’ll read those.
  3. Refresh my French. Beat DuolingoMy first language is English, my second French, and my third Russian. I am fluent in none of them… just kidding. I am fluent in English and I could get on well enough in Russian and I used to be able to get on well enough in French but, when I learned Russian, French took a back seat. Now, when I try to speak French sometimes the Russian words will come out instead. (I think my brain goes into foreign language mode and just chooses whichever word comes to mind first). So, I’d like to refresh my French and speak it to Little C. (I think French will be a little more useful than Russian). I’m using the app Duolingo to help. I don’t know if you can actually beat Duolingo or if it just keeps getting progressively harder, so we’ll see about that part of the goal.
  4. Participate in my community moreI wrote a post earlier about all the cool things that my community does, that I had no idea about! It got me really excited. So, I want to be more involved in my community by doing the activities they host. We already go to the farmer’s market whenever it opens but, there are so many cool things to do! Monday we are going to a Tesla Coil Class at the Library. I am so stoked.
  5. Baby Curriculum. This is a huge one that I think I am absolutely going to adore but, really has to wait until I have Little C to try my ideas with. It’s still just a vague brain child of an idea so, you’ll have to wait and see what it entails.
  6. Be Healthy. This is a broad goal that I’ve already started working on in this post and this meal plan. I want to be a good weight for my height and body type but, more importantly, I want to be getting all the nutrients and exercise I need. I’ve been doing pretty good at working out 10-20 minutes a day or walking at least 30 minutes but, that is still a goal I have to maintain as well as healthy eating.
  7. Craft! This is always a goal for me. It goes back to my ‘start a billion projects and finish 5’ problem. Right now, I have a yellow baby blanket I started 2 years ago sitting in my crochet basket (along with the beige baby blanket for Little C that I actually will finish) and the start of a sewn rocket ship stuffed toy that I started 2 weeks ago. Those aren’t including the sewing projects I bought fabric and patterns for and never started or the junk I’ve collect because ‘this could work to make so and so.’ Just today I bought primer to paint our bookshelf (something I’ve wanted to do for almost a year). I’m going to paint our bookshelf starting tomorrow. It is my weekend project and it is going to be awesome. One of my goals is to finish more crafts, especially crafts for Little C. (Which I’ve already started by making a carrier for him which is pictured above).
  8. Not have a black thumb. My final goal is another goal that I try and fail at every year: the garden. I have a black thumb. It is the truth. I think my problem has been that I try to shoot above my ability because I grew up watching my wonderfully green thumbed mother in her beautiful vegetable garden and her flowery landscaping. (Her goal is to one day have a garden as beautiful as temple square, my goal is to not have things die). This year we are going to try for strawberries, spinach, basil and cilantro.

Bonus Goal (because it isn’t for the spring/summer): Lose all my baby weight by Christmas. I’m hoping I’ll do it faster but, my goal is to be 140 pounds by Christmas. I am 6 months preggo right now and 161. (I was actually 145 before I got pregnant, so, I’ve only gained 16ish pounds but, my goal is 140).

What are your goals for the year? Or do you prefer to sit back and take it as it comes like Mr. B does? (I think it’s less stressful this way – Mr B)

xoxo,

Kels

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Roundup: Baby DIYs you can do BEFORE you find out the gender

I don’t know about you but, for me I wanted to start making and buying things for Little C (or Little Lamb as he was called then) as SOON as I found out I was pregnant. I was so excited! A lot of the DIYs running amok on the internet are for clothes but, of course I didn’t know yet if I needed to make headbows (Little baby girls don’t have hair to put bows in, so they’re headbows, not hair bows – Mr B) or bowties (team bowtie!), so, instead I have made a list of DIYs you can make before you know lad or lass and before you even choose nursery colors! So, without further ado:

Old McDonald Puppets

Make one or make all or make one a month to measure your pregnancy!

Taggie Bean Bag

I actually made one of these for my nephew before he was born and he LOVES it. I filled mine with rice instead of beans, because that’s what we had on hand.

Baby Countdown

This one is more for the parents but, it is oh so cute!DIY Countdown to Baby Blocks

Happy Stacker

Instead of hard plastic and wood you can make a stacker out of fabric!Happy stacker

Foam Blocks

Once again, softer than wooden or plastic blocks and won’t freak out the dog or hurt me when Little C flings them across the room.DSC_0002

Beach Ball

If you can’t sense a pattern, I like things that babies can throw without worrying about it hurting. Gotta work up those throwing muscles!

Nessie Stuffed Animal

Just about any stuffed animal would work on this list but, I absolutely loved Nessie and how she is big enough to ride when baby gets bigger!

 

What DIYs are you making for your baby? I’m working on a green romper, then a stuffed spaceship after that! Happy crafting,

xoxo,

Kels

Monogrammed Cabinet

So, our kitchen is small. As in, we might have 2 square feet of useable counter space small  (and then another square foot that holds the dishrack because we don’t have a dishwasher). This isn’t a huge problem, except my daddy bought us a microwave as a housewarming gift (not that I am complaining. I love that microwave! It’s wonderful to no longer have to recook leftovers over the stove or in the oven [more like throw away leftovers because I’m to lazy to do those things and the leftovers go bad]). So we’ve been keeping an eye out for something to put the microwave on. We scored doubly so by picking up this cabinet for $15 at the DI (our thrift store)! We have a place to put the extra rice, beans and dog food we get from Costco now too! Unfortunately, it was dirty and boring. Nothing the hubs and I can’t fix.

For this project we used 3 tools:
Power Sander
Wood Burning Kit
Power Drill (We actually borrowed this from Grandpa, we only needed one hole drilled)

Here is our before: (Newsies VHS for scale)

 

I love the molding! You can’t tell but there is a random hole on the right side of the door. I assume that was were they were going to put a handle but, never got around to it. We decided to drill another hole and put an handle on so we didn’t have to worry about filling the hole.

I found a penny! So really it was only a $14.99 cabinet. Winning!

Anyways, we cleaned it out with a lot of clorox wipes (a lot, this thing was nasty). It had so much grossness that we had to sand some of the disgusting stuff off (see the picture below, the left is the grossness, the right is after it got sanded off). Then we sanded down the rest of it and cleaned again. Tip of the day: you start with the thicker sanding paper and move down to the thinner sanding paper. Probably common sense but, I didn’t know.

Now, is the part that I failed to get pictures for. We stained the wood a dark brown color we had from making my sister a 7 foot collapsible ruler (kinda like this  but, we added a hinge for easy moving and stained the wood). Then came the fun part: the wood burning! Everything I read said to print off an outline of what you wanted and trace it but, we had three problems with that.

1) I didn’t find what I wanted.
2) What we wanted was bigger than an 8×11.5 piece of paper.
and
3) We don’t have a printer anyway…

So, I pulled up what I wanted on Google and used a pencil and ruler to draw out our L with the line through it. I free handed the curves to make it look more serif. Then I used the wood burning angle tool to outline what I had drawn. The key here is to go slowly. You’ll go slowly at first of course (if this is your first time using a wood burning tool like us) but, then you’re going to want to speed up when you get the hang of it. DON’T DO IT! If you look closely in person you can tell where we rushed. Keep it slow and steady. Outline first then fill in. We took turns burning the wood (have the windows and doors open, it isn’t so smelly that you need to be outside but, you do need the windows open).

Then B drilled on the handle we got from Home Depot for about $1.50 and it was set! We love our new microwave holder. What do y’all think?

xoxo,
Kels