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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Seeking Advice

Alright, folks. Mama Blossom needs some advice. Fast.

We got the go ahead to close on our new house on Friday. This glorious new home has a formal living room and an eat-in kitchen with an island.

Problem: 

We only own one very large dining table and it will be living in the formal dining room leaving us table-less in the kitchen where we are likely to spend the majority of our time.

Important details:


  1. My parents have a round, wooden pedestal table in their garage that they will be bringing up for us but their trip north has not been scheduled yet and could be a few months away.
  2. Because we have a table to go there but just don't have it in our possession I don't want to spend a lot of money on something unless I'm certain I can use it somewhere else in the house (i.e. a patio table that could be covered with a table cloth to disguise it and then go outside when the weather gets nice).
  3. I would prefer something round. There is a small island separating the kitchen area from the eating area and while it's not equipped to have seating at it, it is square in shape so I'd like to keep from putting something else square next to it.
  4. I've looked on Craigslist (my favorite place to shop for furniture) and keep finding table/chair sets which seems wasteful since we already have chairs picked out.
I emailed a woman about an hour away who had listed this table from Ikea which retails for $199. After seeing pics of the actual table she was selling, her asking price of $75 seemed too steep for something that retails for less than 200 bucks. But I'm still smitten with it and here's a pic of that table with the chairs we would like to eventually get.



So I'm asking for suggestions. Help! Please! What do we do to fill this void in the most efficient and economical way possible?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Year

I'm enjoying a quiet moment while I wait for Sam to wake up from his nap so we can go to Target and I can spend some Christmas cash on some new make up. One of Reid's requests lately has been that I dress a little more lady like so I made that one of my resolutions for the year. (And, no, he's not some control freak. He just has to look at me all the time and would prefer I stop wearing men's clothing which doesn't seem like too much to ask so I'm working on it.)

No more sleeping in old, stained no longer white men's v-neck t-shirts. Instead I stocked up on new pjs when Target put their holiday gift sets on sale for $8. Can I just say how much I love flannel? Seriously, I could live in the two sets of flannel pjs I got but I think that's the opposite of what Reid was asking for so they will stay sleepwear. I also got four sets of the knit top/bottom sets for when its not quite so cold, you know, when next summer gets here. Brrrr.......

I also threw out my favorite yoga pants. I had three pairs so I replaced them with some leggings from H&M and so far I'm loving that switch also. Let's be honest here. Those old yoga pants were from my pre-Sam days AND were worn during and after being pregnant so needless to say there wasn't a whole lotta stretch left in those babies. They served me well and now it is time for them to be laid to rest. RIP yoga pants. I will miss you and your fold over waist band that I rarely folded over which really just means they looked like maternity pants. :)

As for make up, I recently bought a new tin of Benefit's Dr. Feelgood. That stuff is amazing. It's like wearing a powder with no color. It mattifies and makes your skin feel smooth. I bought my first tin when I lived in London years ago and I was excited to see they still sell it. It's a little pricey but totally worth it. It can be worn alone or under make up. I'm planning to wear it alone every day and dab on a little mascara and call it done. Don't want to go too nuts. I have some Bare Minerals make up but I'm tired of it so if anyone wants it holler and I'll send it to you before I trash it. It's the light and fairly light combo pack with the mineral veil, and glee and warmth.

I used to use Neutrogena Clean Tint mascara but I can't seem to find it anymore. It was this awesome stuff that gradually darkened your lashes after repeated wearing. It was super light and non-clumpy and washed off easy. Not sure what I'll replace it with but I'll let you know if I find something amazing.