Little Things

I read Young House Love and Bower Power (as long as my computer can load all Katie’s photos) everyday. They recently went on a Goodwill Hunting trip (did you see what I did there?). Good Will Hunting….yeah never mind.

We (meaning Katie, Sherry and I) have an addiction to Pinterest. I don’t know them personally but I feel like I do just because of their blogs. Anyway – they do a Pinterest challenge every season and I’ve tried to do it once but it never worked out and I felt stupid because my project didn’t turn out like I wanted. They are doing it again right now – I have no plans to link my little project to theirs though – just in case it doesn’t work out.

I only need two things for my project. Hooks or hangers and some fabric. What am I wanting to do? This….
Except – larger hooks on a larger piece of wood for our kitchen for keys and Jeremy’s collection of hats he likes to wear. We have a staple gun and lots of left over wood in the garage.Right now we have a three hook hanger that says “HOME” in mirrored letters but – I just don’t like it anymore. Plus – we need more hooks. During the cooler months when we all wear coats they would get hung up on there and over time it’s made one of the holes bigger from all the weight on the hooks combined with hats, scarves, keys and anything else we put up there. It needs to be fixed.

So – I am on a mission to find some fabric that will work well in our kitchen. Our kitchen is a light brown on top, white chair railing and a chocolate-brown on bottom with a Chianti red accent wall and white foot railings. There’s hoping I can find something that works in there.

Oh and the picture is from The Jar Collection on Etsy but I think they are on “vacation mode” so you can’t see their stuff. Oh well – maybe they will be back soon.

This weekend is also mine and Jer’s 5 year anniversary (which is also John and Sherry’s anniversary!). We will be alone for one night – Seth is still at his Granny’s house and little Keira bug will be staying with her Granmaw and Big Daddy and going to church with them on Sunday. Here’s hoping that I won’t cry because she’s away and that I don’t drive them cray cray with phone calls. 🙂


Happy 4th!!

Lots of things have been going on in the Southerner household.

Seth (our oldest) has been away with his grandmother in Nashville. Keira has started to pull herself up on EVERYTHING including her crib which we have to lower her mattress now. We’ve been in the pool a few times and have been dealing with teething.

Also – I’ve been pouring over Pinterest and have been finding small projects to do around the house. I really want to tackle the second bathroom with is also the kids and the one the guests use. It needs to be putted (sp?), painted and accessorized. I have several small projects to do including wanting to frame the “construction mirror” that’s in there and changing out the light fixture. I want everything to be ORB (that’s oil rubbed bronze) instead of the silver that’s in there now. I REALLY want a new sink and cabinet too. I have been searching Craigslist every day or two also.

We will be spending today with Jeremy’s mom and his brother’s. We both have to work tomorrow so hopefully we won’t have to be out too late.

Be safe and be careful!

Passion and Disappointment

I have a ton of both of those….anyone want to take the disappointment for me?

I have this passion to do something for myself (business wise) but for some reason it never works out. First it was Crystal Event. I got maybe four weddings and a few parties in two seasons and then it just dropped into oblivion. No one wanted to hire anyone to plan anything. It was “I can do this on my own, thanks for the inspiration for everything though!”

Then – Pink Bird. I can NEVER get in touch with my “business partner” and she supposedly has gotten our business license but I can’t be sure. I have vendor’s lined up and ready for our first order – just waiting – but I can’t even get 30 people to “like” our page much less order anything. It’s a lot of disappointment to say the least.

I see a few friends who’s business’s have taken off seemingly without a hitch and I have to admit – I’m jealous. I’ve went home and cried to Jeremy about how their stuff works how they have some kind of magic touch and that I’m just a failure.

I post in Craigslist at least once a month (I know it should probably be more often) for event planning still but no dice. I’ve written up emails to send to companies to plan employee appreciation outings, holiday dinners ect. but I’m too afraid to send them. Stupid I know. People quit their jobs to throw themselves into the things they love to do and that’s great for them if they are able to but I just can’t. There are too many bills to pay and not enough money to go around if I just up and quit my job to pursue event planning full-time.

I could have taken a job writing for the paper in Walker County but I turned it down because I had Seth and then soon after found out I was pregnant. Who would watch the kids if I had to go out at 3 am for a story and Jeremy wasn’t home from his then 3rd shift job yet? No one. So I couldn’t have went and the story would have went to someone else. Anyone else would have killed for that job.

I write in my spare time – four stories in the works. I think about what I would want my shop to be like if I ever got to open one. It would have dresses for every occasion, shoes, jewelry, make up. Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Everything you’d need for a wedding or event in one little place and everything would be hand-made and/or local. I streamline my event planning papers and my charts for seating arrangements, guest lists, budgets and anything else I think I could trim down and make easier.

If I got paid for what I really wanted to do – I’d never dread getting out of bed in the morning. Isn’t that what everyone wants?



Yes – Moola is another word for money BUT it is also an app in the Android Market on your phone or other electronic device (like my awesome Kindle Fire).

The full name for the app is Moola Personal Finance and it is $7.99 in the App Store (it could change I guess). Now I am lucky enough that on my Kindle in the App section when I hit the “Store” button it shows me Amazon’s free app for the day. It was one day this past week or so that Moola was free!

Don’t think that this app will do everything for you…you have to input your account with a beginning balance (not account numbers!!) and then do your own receipts and deposits. It’s like a regular check book register BUT digital. You still have to put everything in yourself but what I love about this (and the reason that I downloaded this in the first place) is that it maps out your trends.

There is a little button at the top that you can click on that maps your trends as far as fast food, groceries, bills, kids etc. That’s what I LOVE. I found that this past week I’ve spent most my money on groceries and (gasp!) fast food. Our “fast food” is Subway and Arby’s (the market sandwiches). Which makes me rethink what I do for lunch.

I use this along with my actual check book register just so I can see the trends. I did not get paid for this awesome review of Moola just so you know! If you want to track where you spend your money – spend just a little (under $10 ) and get this app!!!

Finally! Pinterest Challenge (Day 231)

Okay so really – it took me for. ever. to upload the pictures from my phone for my Pinterest Challenge. Sorry.

But finally I have them all!!

I chose to make a hair bow holder for Keira’s room. It’s not too amazingly hard to do. I just went to Wal-Mart (or you can go to Michael’s) and I got a letter that was about four inches tall – maybe six at the most. I of course bought the letter K. I already had pink paint which was called “Bright Pink”. I went to my mom – who I knew had a few glue guns to borrow one – and she told me I could keep the one she gave me! Yeah! 🙂 Next I had to find the ribbon I wanted to use. So I went to Wal-Mart again and I found this.
As you can see in the top left corner – my K is already painted. I think this ribbon was about $2 and I am sure I will find another use for it. I then I took the glue gun – after it heated up of course – and glued the bottom of the ribbon up so that no strings or anything would get pulled and make it fray.

Next I pulled out the length of ribbon I wanted and hot glued the other end to the back of the K. I thought about putting it down the middle but I just didn’t like the way it looked. I chose to put it down the first side of the K. Makes sense to me.
I had to get Jeremy to figure out how to put it on the wall. There was the two screw holes you can see in the above picture but we didn’t really want to put two holes in the wall for something that may eventually get moved. So – his solution – which worked out pretty well – was to put one flat head screw or nail in the wall and use the staple that was left in the K to hang it on. (See Below). It worked!!

After he got it where I wanted it I hung it up on the wall to see how it looked.
As you can see I hung it up between her changing table and the light switch. It’s a little longer than what I might have wanted but I am sure it will get full quickly. I already put the hair clips my mom got us on it. I like it – I just wish it was more secure to the wall BUT I may want to move it or I might find something else to hang there instead. Eh – I think it’s cute and it does it’s purpose!

I’m proud of myself!

I know it took a while – but there it is. Not amazing but I made it so it’s special. Yeah!

xo – S.J.

Sorry….(Day 229)

I know I put up the Pinterest Challenge and I promise you I’ve done it. I promise also that I have the pictures. I also promise I will put it up AS SOON AS I CAN.

Thing is – I’ve been stressed at work and trying to type up everything I do on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. I fear that I won’t be here to train the temp that they still haven’t found for me yet. I heard today that they are interviewing someone today at 1:30 and since we only work four days a week and the next week after that is Thanksgiving week and we only work three days – I technically have only seven days to train said person – IF my doctor’s appointment on Friday isn’t bad. More on that later.

Good thing about this person? She had an office job then decided to change careers and went to nursing school but she’s having problems finding a job so – she’s open to the temporary 12-14 week assignment. Plus – she is the wife of a guy at the home office that I talk to on a regular basis – he’s the shipping guy.

Anyway – my point is – I’ve got the challenge done I just haven’t had time to post it. Oh – and with three doctor’s appointments in eight days – that doesn’t leave much time for me either. I’m proud of myself for doing something I wanted to do that I found on Pinterest (thanks to Sherry and Katie) but I’m disappointed that I haven’t posted it for you guys yet. It’s not the most amazing thing ever but I’m proud of it. Don’t hate me. I’m trying.

xo – S.J.

Last Little Things (Day 225)

After my disappointing doctor’s appointment Friday – I went and picked up Seth and Jeff and off to the mall we went.

Our first stop – Target. I desperately needed nursing bras – regular and sleep ones. Preferably two of each kind so four total. How many did I end up getting? ONE. You know why? Cause they didn’t have my size! Also – asking Jeff to come along keeps him and Seth in other parts of the store until I’m done looking at bras.

I love Target for their clothes and usually their bra selection is AWESOME – for nursing bras – not so much. It was pretty much bare pickings. I managed to find two sleep nursing bras that were $16 and kind of my size. They don’t go by bra size technically. It’s either a small, medium, large, x-large or 2x large and below that size is the sizes that would fit in that sleep bra. These are the two they had in my size.







The one on the left says that it isn’t available in store (but it was) and the closest size they had to me was a 36 and not a 34 like I needed. The one on the right is available in store and it was on my registry. The size on these are like the small, medium and large so you had to look at the tag to see which size you needed. Me? 2X large….seriously. I need a 34 and my letters are two letters that are really close to a failing grade. Figure it out. NEVER in my life did I ever think I’d get to two letters in my bra size.

Anyway – moving on. I got the one on the right. It was cuter to me. I wore it to bed to see how it fit and felt and such and it’s pretty comfortable. I know that sleep bras aren’t supposed to have wires but I wish that this one did. The next morning when I changed I put it in the hospital bag to take with me. I have sleep bras now – they just aren’t nursing ones.

Next stop – Babies R Us. That should have been a given. Jeremy wanted me to get the valance for Keira’s room and I wasn’t really going to get anything else BUT I have like seven 20% of one item coupons that run out this month so I figured I’d use two and get something we needed. This is what I ended up leaving with.







The Cocalo Taffy window valance that matches her bedding and the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer. Both of these were on our registry. I highly recommend getting a Rewards Card because you get points each time you buy something at Babies R Us or Toys R Us and you get a gift card depending on how much you spent at the end of each month or something like that. Anyway – the valance ended up being around $20 after the 20% off coupon and the timer ended up being around the same with another 20% off coupon.

Jeremy put the valance up Sunday evening after we made a trip to Wal-Mart to buy a curtain rod. It looks great in her room. The timer I can already tell will be a life saver for us. The first button is for diaper changes – when you change the baby you push the button. It keeps up with how long it’s been since the last time you changed the baby, fed them, how long they have been asleep or awake and there is a fourth button that you can use for what ever. Like medicine or something like that. There is also a clock (which is the last number on the screen), a button for a night-light and a little switch down at the bottom for breastfeeding moms to remember if you last fed them on the left or the right.

I could write it down or use my phone but this just seems a lot better – for my OCDness anyway. Everything is in one spot and there is even a lock out feature so that you don’t accidentally push a button when you don’t mean too. There is also a clip on the back so you can carry it on your pants. I think it will be totally worth the $20 something bucks I spent for it.

After the Babies R Us trip we went into the mall. I headed for the Earthbound Trading Company and got the medium-sized giraffe and some bobby pins with feathers on them. Here is a picture of the giraffe in store.
I love it! It looks great in her room (which I was kind of skeptical about) but it matches her furniture and ties in the other giraffe’s in her room. We hung around the mall for a bit more and Jeff bought some things (Jeff is 17 by the way – at least 16 – I can’t remember). After that I had a craving for some cupcakes so we hit up Chattanooga Cupcakes and Jeff got a cappuccino cupcake for right then and me and Seth picked out a peanut butter and chocolate one and a lemon one for later. (I LOVE LEMON). We took them with us when we met Jeremy for dinner that night along with coffee from Dunkin Donuts and Chinese food from a place called Great Wall.

What. A. DAY. I wish I could remember to drive out to Chattanooga Cupcakes one day when they have Maraschino Madness (Tuesdays) or White Chocolate Wow (Thursdays). Just looking at them makes me want to go there NOW. OR someone reading this could be really awesome and go get me some that day and surprise me with one! 😀 That would make my day!

Besides what I got at the mall Friday – we are waiting on a vinyl of Keira’s name from a friend and I still need a pump, storage bags and cream. Oh – and a moby wrap and a play pen and a bassinet. None of those last three things are seriously needed – they are just seriously wanted. 🙂

xo – S.J.

Keira’s Room Reveal (Day 221)

Well – it’s almost completely done. We still need to put the batteries in her bouncy seat and I still need to wash the two dresses I got at Carter’s last week. There are some teething toys that need to be washed too and I need to get two baby dolls out of the box and wash them and put them up.

The changing table is still not organized which isn’t freaking me out as much as I thought it would. There are diapers on it, wipes, baby powder, diaper rash cream and her car seat/stroller toys. Also her hair bow’s are on there since I haven’t finished her hair bow holder yet. It will be done tomorrow though! 🙂 I will just have to get Jeremy to hang it.

Fair warning – picture overload coming your way!
This is looking into her room from the hallway. Granted the bouncy seat is in the wrong spot from the drawing I drew up but – big deal. We are getting her curtain rod and valance this weekend. The dresses I bought are sitting in her seat at the moment.
This is the Ikea dresser we bought. It’s bigger than I thought it would be and holds everything we need. In this picture you also see the corner I was talking about – we need to put something there – it’s too naked.
Her crib and her changing table. I am standing in between the glider and the bouncy seat when taking this picture. That corner over there is also kind of naked but I have no idea what to put there. Suggestions?
Just her changing table. On the left side of it is the Diaper Dekor. Most awesome thing EVER!
The top of her dresser. Her giraffe (on the left) from her Neeah. The picture frame has the last picture we got of her face with the caption “Sneak Peek” underneath it. At some point it will be on her wall with a bunch of other pictures. The lamp that matches her bedding set and the turtle that matches the bedding set too. The book is the baby book I found at Wal-Mart from Carters. Oh and that blue thing is her monitor.
The vinyls above her dresser. The monkey matches the monkey in the baby book.
Cocalo Taffy Bedding set and Jungle Jill mobile. Her boppy is in her crib in this picture but this morning I put it and her sound giraffe in the bag to take to the hospital and put it in the car. The only thing we need to put in there is a nursing bra which I am going to get this weekend.
This is above her changing table. We like it and we hope she enjoys looking at it when she’s getting changed. I still want to make a mobile of something to hang from the ceiling above her changer. Give her something else to look at and give the room a little something.
Her closet. This is the only place I could think of to put her stroller and keep it out-of-the-way. The stuff up top – a few pairs of shoes that are too big for her at the moment. Burp cloths and bibs. That hanging thing? It’s a growth chart.
From the back where the divider is to the empty hangers are all newborn to three-month clothes. I think we are pretty prepared.
The rest of her clothes. That first divider is for 3-6 months clothing and then it goes all the way to 24+ months in the back. It’s not much but it’s a start. I’ve been trying to hit up the clearance racks at Wal-Mart for Garanimal clothing but I also LOVE Carter’s and their new sales every Wednesday so I am sure I will hit up them too.
Lastly – our stash of diapers. There are 2 boxes/bags of newborns (one not pictured here), 3 boxes/bags of size one and one box/bag of size two. I try to buy a pack each time I go to the store but sometimes I forget. As you can see we have Huggies, Pampers (which is what I used for Seth), Babies R Us brand and an off brand. I am not particular about either one at the moment but we shall see which brand holds up better to her messes.

THE END! That’s Keira’s room. Granted – there are still a few things to do here and there but it’s pretty much labeled as complete at the moment. What do you think? Any suggestions for the naked corners??

xo – S.J.

Psstt: If you click on the pictures it makes them bigger. I took them on my phone last night – so sorry for the bad quality!

Challenge Delay (Day 219)

Well – I had decided to attempt to do the hex nut bracelet for my Pinterest Challenge along with Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power. I went to the craft store – Michael’s – and couldn’t find leather strips or anything really thick. So I figured that if I got smaller somethings to braid with (all they had was bamboo strings) I could just get smaller hex nuts.


I went to Home Depot yesterday – don’t hate on the procrastinator – and went home to get started. While the turkey for dinner was thawing I started braiding. Sadly – my bamboo strings I bought will not support the 6-32 hex nuts I bought.

So as ticked off as I was at myself for not thinking that this wouldn’t work – I decided to change what my challenge would be. I’ve been eying those hair clip holders you can buy online at Etsy. This one is from a shop called Marmalade Creations. You can go directly to this listing here.
It’s cute – I like it. If it had a giraffe on it I might would consider buying it – except for the $24 price tag. She does have free shipping so that’s awesome. BUT – I figured I could make my own – maybe with a letter instead of a plaque like she has here.

Plus – I already had everything I needed.
I took this picture this morning because I want to work on it at least some tonight when we get home from church. I can’t remember at the moment what color pink it is and the letter isn’t all that big – as you can see.  I got it from Wal-Mart for a $1.17. The ribbon is still in her room and I plan on hot gluing it to the middle of the K. I just need to find something to hang at the bottom to weigh down the ribbon. Any ideas?

I know that Katie and Sherry are revealing their Pinterest Project Challenge items today (I am pretty sure at least) so you can go on over there and check them out. I will be adding Bower Power to the list of “My Fav Blogs/Sites” so you can find the link to her page – and Sherry’s – there.

xo – S.J.

More Shopping! (Day 217)

I just love when I can go shopping. Especially when the money I am spending was gifted!!

My mom called me at one point last week and told me that she put some money in my bank account to get things for Keira that we still needed. Yeah! I love my mom! So – after my doctor’s appointment Jeremy and I ate lunch and went home. I left to get Seth from school around 2pm and then headed to pick up my SIL Crystal to go shopping!

The first place we hit up? Carter’s. We got a new store in town a few months ago and it’s really hard for me to stay away from there. Good thing they have new sales every Wednesday!! 😀 I went there for the purpose of buying Keira her Christmas dress and buying a gift for a friend’s shower the next day. I ended up leaving with these lovelies.
This one is the Sateen Dress Set and it’s usually $38 but is on sale right now for $19. I got this one in a 6 months size so she could maybe wear it for Easter or just for church. This one is the Plaid Taffeta Dress Set and it too is usually $38 but on sale right now for $19. I got this one in newborn size cause this is what she will be wearing for Christmas (probably the first time we take her out to see family) since she will only be about a month old. I found red shoes to match at Babies R Us and I’ll have to find her some white leggings or tights – something thick to keep her warm.

I picked this up for my friend’s shower.
It is the 3 Piece Microfleece Vest Set. It too was on sale. I also gave her some travel size Bath and Body Works spray and lotion. Mom has to be pampered too right? All in all I spent about $40 which included a 20% off coupon if I spent over $40. Seth picked out a finger puppet to play with Keira with. He thought it was a monkey but it’s really a bear. We had a long conversation about it being a bear on the way home. He just wouldn’t give up that it was a monkey.

Anyway – after Carter’s we went to Babies R Us (my other favorite place). I ended up getting our changing pad for $14 and then two crib sheets, a changing pad cover, one plush white sheet saver and one plush pink sheet saver. I also ended up buying three 6 oz. Playtex Ventaire wide nipple bottles. My cousin is giving me her Dr. Brown’s bottles but I haven’t gotten them yet. I was freaking out about not having some so buying those three made me feel a lot better! 🙂

I think I spent around $80 at Babies R Us. So all in all it was a great shopping trip. I saved about $50 at Carter’s and around $30 at Babies R Us. Yeah for me! I treated myself and Crystal (and Seth) to some Starbucks on the way home. I got a Vanilla Bean Frapp and Crystal got a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I got us all some vanilla bean scones and they were yummy!

That was the extent of my Friday. How was yours? 🙂

xo – S.J.