Master Bedroom and Bathroom Paint Makeover

So we bought a resale home a few months ago and had not done any painting yet. That is kind of a big deal to me because I absolutely love a fresh coat of paint. It’s like a complete room makeover. Most of my house is beige, very very beige. However, the master bedroom was Dijon mustard yellow and my bath was some sort of Santa Fe red. Oh and I can’t forget the dark brown velvet curtains. Had this been New Mexico it would have been a perfect fit. However it completely clashed with all of my furniture and existing bedding and pretty much the rest of the house. While I had been pretty good about not doing any crazy pregnancy house projects, you know the ones pregnant moms just HAVE to get done before the baby comes or else the world will cease to exist, but all of a sudden I just HAD to have this bedroom and bathroom painted or as I said, the world may cease to exist or I would just lose my only halfway sane pregnant mind. Luckily my husband had a few weeks off of school over the holidays to throw this project in. I knew I probably only had one project we could get done and this was it.

I have done quite a bit of painting in my previous homes as it has been something we have never hired out, much to the chagrin of my husband. He doesn’t enjoy painting quite as much as I do. The last few times I had been pretty dissatisfied with the paint products I bought at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Some of the paint even started peeling off of the wall and looked very streaky and uneven. So this time I went with the $$ Benjamin Moore. I used two coats as I always do and it covered the dark paint completely. I was pretty impressed, which I should have been with what they charge for that stuff. We will have to wait and see how it holds up, but I am thinking I will go with that or a similar higher-quality paint for the rest of my house. You know after I save up hundreds of dollars to pay for it all. Here are some before pictures of my master bedroom-

My bedroom is now painted Classic Gray which is an off-white and very, very light on my walls. I am unfortunately not a professional photographer but here are a few pictures. Photos online don’t ever seem to be quite accurate so always, always sample your top paint choices!

My master bath went from Santa Fe red to Gray Owl. Gray owl looks like a bluish-gray in my bathroom. Before and after pics here (please forgive my lack of professional photography equipment and skills)-

I love how these rooms turned out. Really, I love them. My favorite part of the whole project was discovering that underneath one of the dijon mustard yellow walls was a very shiny copper color. I really would love to have seen that room in all its glory!

These very light colors with no curtains definitely made my completely undecorated walls seem very bare, brought to my attention that the trim and doors need a new coat of paint and also made our white blinds look very dingy. This required an 8 pm spraying off of blinds in the driveway. As for the trim and door paint and wall décor, all in good time my friends.

*I posted a short panaromic clip on my instagram (theeverydayhaps) if you want to check that out for a little better picture of how it turned out. See the social links to the upper right of my home page.*

My Favorite Salsa Recipe

If you spend any significant amount of time in Arizona you will realize one thing we cannot live without- good Mexican food. Every Thanksgiving weekend my mom throws her annual Christmas party to start off the season. She cooks incredibly delicious Mexican food, and lots of it! Her salsa recipe is my all-time favorite salsa. I wanted to share it with you. Even though you can enjoy salsa all year round, this recipe definitely reminds me of Christmas time. This recipe makes a whole lot of salsa which is great for parties but if just for a normal family dinner, I would half it. And while I sometimes hate recipes that my mom says- just add however much you want because then I think to myself- “I have no idea how much I want! Just tell me how much!” However it is so true with this salsa. Try it with the recipe and then tweak it to suit your taste. And keep in mind- this salsa can bring the heat so keep that in mind when adding your peppers. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 2 large cans good- quality whole tomatoes (don’t skimp on the cheapest brand here)
  • 4-5 jalapeños (oven or skilled roasted)
  • Bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped and placed in a large bowl
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1-2 serrano chilies (optional)
  • Salt

Instructions

I start off by roasting my jalapeños on the stovetop in a skillet but you can also do this ahead of time or oven roast them. Just place on medium or medium-high heat and place peppers in the pan. Rotate them so they get nice and wrinkly and start to look blistered/black. Once these get roasting I start doing my chopping, starting with some cilantro. Now the cilantro completely elevates the flavor of this salsa but I will say this- it is possible to add too much. Remember you can always add more. I would say start with no more than 2/3 bunch of cilantro for your first time.I also chop up my green onions here. I use some white and some green parts. I don’t usually add the very soft green ends. Again, you can always add more if it’s not enough at your final taste test. Place the chopped green onions in a bowl.

When your jalapeños are roasted and cooled down (make sure they’re not too hot) chop them up. Wearing gloves while chopping peppers is a great way to avoid burning your hands or eyes but I will leave that up to you. Be sure to take out the center, but leave as many seeds in as you want. I would start with just a few because this salsa can get hot. Chop up your serrano peppers if you are using these (just cut off the ends). (Since my 2 and 5 year old like salsa I omit these when making for my family to decrease the heat, but they really are delicious in it.) Blend 1/3 of the tomatoes with the jalapeño, the serranos (if using) and the cilantro. Then add this to the bowl of chopped green onion.

Blend the rest of the tomatoes and the garlic powder and add it to the bowl. If you like chunkier salsa, just don’t blend it as much. Once you have stirred all of the ingredients together add salt. How much you say? However much you want! We like it pretty salty but taste test it first and add however much salt your taste buds desire. I don’t measure this. The great thing about salsa is it seems to taste better after it’s been in the refrigerator for a day or so. It’s great to make ahead of time just make sure you taste test it again before serving. Sometimes I end up adding more salt.

Help! My kids are on the naughty list!!

So this has held true for the last couple of years and seems to be making a comeback yet again this year. Not sure if it’s the extra holiday activities, the extra sugar or just darn good luck but December sometimes brings out the worst behavior in my children. It seems ironic considering they are all into Santa and our little Elf, yet the thought of them actually getting coal for Christmas seems completely absurd to them! Now let’s just start by saying that I love my kids something fierce, but alas, sometimes they get put on my naughty list. I assume this puts them on Santa’s naughty list as well.

This year in particular naughtiness has really ramped up in the past week or so. I don’t mean allof my kids are acting up. It’s my two middle ones currently. They are the closest in age and frankly have caused their fair share of trouble in their short little lives. One of my boys in particular has been especially, um, challenging. He’s that smiley, sweet looking little boy that no one ever believes could do anything bad! Well every year my kids get one of those cute Advent Calendars with a chocolate inside a little door for each day in December. They have to do something nice in order to earn their chocolate for that day. Well at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Instead those two kids just snuck into and had eaten the vast majority of their chocolate by December 2. So of course they failed to get sick from it and had their calendars taken away. This didn’t faze them as instead they just snuck the chocolate out of their brother’s and little sister’s calendars! Stealing candy from a sweet little girl? Come on boys! This along with the finding and sneaking onto electronics at all hours of the night and day, refusing to get ready for church and school, sneaking outside to play before finishing chores, yelling at Mom and basically being, well, naughty! In my house we call this behavior acting like a Willy Wonky brat. You remember- Violet, Veruca, Augustus and Mike, the spoiled rotten kids from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. I’m sure the p.c. term would be that my kids are acting “entitled” but I prefer to call it like I see it.

After being yelled at by my kindergartener for putting his cereal at “the wrong chair”, trying to make lunches, getting this child dressed and ready (the most difficult part of my day) and frantically chasing the said child around trying to get the kids to school on time I said to our Elf “Look at what he’s doing! He’s on the naughty list!” My son laughed hysterically and said “Ha, you can’t talk to an Elf!” When I tried to point my motherly finger at him and scold him I slipped and fell on a piece of trash my kids had left on the floor (along with about 1000 other miscellaneous items strewn throughout the house). Now this might sound funny as it happened to me and not to you, but I failed to find the humor in it at the time. Maybe this blog post is a little cathartic because it is starting to seem somewhat comical. Anyone else had a morning like this? Not a high point in my parenting career and definitely not a Christmastime memory I care to remember. I’m sure my children’s little elf will be writing a warning letter to those boys tonight along with some extra chores and some time being grounded from playing out front. Wait- who am I punishing here? Will this even have any affect on them? Time will tell. This made me curious though. Are other parents experiencing this worsened naughty behavior when kids should be acting their very best for Santa? Don’t get me wrong, my kids still do many wonderful things and somehow make me love them more each day, but let’s be honest- it doesn’t erase the bad behavior.

Please leave me a comment. Let me know what you are dealing with and how are you dealing with it? Love, love, love my kids but let’s be real here. And if your kids are behaving better than ever, well we are no longer friends. Only kidding, enjoy it while it lasts!

My Own Personal Leg Lamp and a Small Christmas Miracle

I’m sure you are familiar with the movie “A Christmas Story” and if you’re not, where have you been?? It’s a Christmas classic that you must watch at least once, but probably many more times. Let’s assume you know about that intriguing Leg Lamp and the ensuing controversy over how it got broken. Now imagine another husband and wife disagreeing on some holiday decor. Well pretty much all of their holiday decor. Now you have entered my home at Christmas. Not to say that we actually fight about it, but let’s just say we don’t exactly agree on what looks nice and what looks, um, tacky. Our biggest controversy comes not in the form of a leg lamp, but in the form of a Christmas star.

Yes, you see it. It’s the giant star that is so heavy that it is actually bending over the very weak upper branch of our fairly lame artificial Christmas tree. Every Christmas my husband will randomly come home with things such as this, sometimes questionably white trashy looking outdoor decorations that someone else was “just throwing away”, inflatables for the yard, you get my drift. My thrifty self usually just goes along with it without buying anything myself, though not without a few choice words. One year he came home from the grocery store with a bunch of discounted ornaments and this particular star. Luckily over the years my kids have broken most of the ornaments and replaced them with their much cuter handmade ones. Oh and discounted = cheap. Made cheaply, looks cheap, and therefore sold at a very low price. So he just had to have it! Now over the approximately 12 years we have used this star, my hatred for it has grown immensely. I really quite detest the thing. It looks as if it belong in a cheap Las Vegas hotel lobby. Multiple people have actually asked me if it was a family heirloom because it looked like it was from the 1970’s. Yet the hubster just won’t let it go. No matter how many times I have tried to get rid of it over the years it’s like that Talking Tina doll that just keeps showing up uninvited. Now we recently moved into a new house and I thought for sure I had removed it from the Christmas boxes. Yet it remains. And guess who put it up on our tree? Yep. So after we decorated the tree with our 2 willing helpers our oldest finally came up to join us and said “What’s with our Charlie Brown Christmas tree?” Ouch. Slight dagger to my Christmas heart. I just assured him that it’s special because it’s our tree, even if it’s small with some ugly decorations. Then comes the small Christmas miracle for us this year. We took a family bike ride one night to look at some of the neighbors’ Christmas lights. It was during the bulk trash pick-up week where you place unwanted large trash items out on the curb and they come pick them up and haul them off. One person had placed a nice, nearly 9 ft Christmas tree out on the curb for trash pick-up. What a shame. We rescued that baby and brought it home. The best part about it was it nearly hit our ceiling. No room for a topper right? I thought to myself- this is it. This is the year! There is no room for that ugly thing on top of my tree anymore. I left to go somewhere and came home to this.

A star had appeared! Oh and yes it is actually touching the ceiling. You feel my pain right? Now remember I’m not exactly tall and can’t exactly easily reach this even with a chair. But it will be coming down. I am taking that dang thing down to China town and we are going to enjoy our new and improved bulk trash Christmas tree if I have to climb up that tree and yank that star down myself. I may pull out a sledgehammer or something. Not sure yet but it will die a painful death.  I have to be sure it is gone and will not haunt anyone else for the rest of time. Now if it somehow shows up in your Christmas box, good luck. It’s out of my hands now.

The Infamous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

Today was our church’s Light the World Day #4- “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).  Here’s the link to check out some wonderful ideas to celebrate Jesus Christ this Christmas by serving and loving others. Each day of December leading up to Christmas has an idea of something you can do to help Light the World. It’s pretty awesome.

https://www.mormon.org

In addition to that I also found out that it’s National Cookie Day so for our Monday Family Night we decided to bake some cookies and deliver them to some neighbors. We have been in our new house for just a few months and still have not met some of our neighbors. This was the perfect opportunity for my kids to do help do a simple service for a neighbor and of course to meet the people we live next door to. Now I have baked and eaten more than my fair share of chocolate chip cookies. This recipe is one of my very favorites. It has the perfect texture and is just so delicious. We have had this recipe in our family for years and I have now seen it in various places online, such as the NYT, but here’s my adaptation.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip  Cookies

  • 1 c. butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2.5 c. old-fashioned oats, grind these into flour using a blender or a food processor
  • 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like to just use a 10 oz. package of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips)
  • 4 oz. of Hershey’s milk chocolate bar (preferably grated but can also chop into small pieces) or 1 c. milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Grease your cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Cream butter and sugars well. I like to use my stand mixer for this recipe but whatever you have will work. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Then mix in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and oat flour. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and chocolate bar shavings. Roll these into small balls (may leave them like this or flatten just slightly) and bake for 8-11 minutes. Watch these carefully, you want them soft and not too crispy. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before placing them on a cooling rack. I like to bake 2 pans of these using my convection bake setting on my oven and then roll the rest of the dough into balls and freeze for another day. Just place in a freezer safe container and separate the layers of cookie dough with wax paper.

What I’m Reading to My Kids This Christmas

So, as a lover of the written word I have one book that I read every Christmas. You can see my copy of this book is a little roughed up and has been well loved. One of the best things about my kids getting a little bit older is that now I get to share my love of books like this with them. While the storyline is used so often in other novels and movies galore, I don’t believe you can really replicate the writing of Charles Dickens. While I encourage my boys to read books they enjoy such as Captain Underpants and Stick Dog, the writing of classic novels is completely different. I think it opens up a whole new world to them and, I hope, increases their understanding of the English language and helps develop their own reading and writing skills. So I started reading this book aloud to them last night. My oldest went upstairs to brush his teeth and missed a bit so he snagged my book from me and took it with him to his room when he went to bed to catch up on what he missed. He teases me about how much I love the first page of this book and how “we know Mom, it starts out Marley was dead. We know, he was dead as a doornail.” Something about my son quoting Charles Dickens makes me incredibly happy. The truth is that I do love the first page of this book and yes, I love that he states the obvious- why a doornail? A coffinnail would indeed make much more sense! So true, Mr. Dickens, so true. This book is entertaining, timeless and truly brings the Christmas spirit. My boys always love the fact that yes, it is a ghost story! Now I would like to think that each night we read a little bit of the story with my kids in their jammies all nestled up next to our electric fireplace listening intently. However, remember that I am just an everyday kind of Mom so usually at least one person is in and out of the room, one child is screaming, and one is either running around or jumping off of some piece of furniture. Sometimes we even get a streaker who hasn’t put those jammies on yet. That’s real. That’s my life. Yet some of it somehow sinks into my kids’ brains so we persevere. I hope that my kids continue to tease me while quoting Charles Dickens. I also hope that this book becomes a favorite Christmas tradition for them as it has for me. If you have not read this book or maybe you read it many years ago, do yourself a favor and read it this Christmas. Share it with your kids. Enjoy.

Holiday Plumbing Checklist

Hosting company for the holidays? Throwing a holiday party? Looking forward to spending time with your loved ones at home? Well the last thing you need during the holidays is a plumbing emergency. Here’s a quick checklist of things you can inspect now to avoid a holiday nightmare later.

The Toilet

•Make sure the water shut off valve that serves the toilet works. If guests clog the toilet at least you can shut the water off to the toilet to avoid flooding. There are two styles, quarter turn and gate valves. They both turn clockwise to turn off and counterclockwise to turn on.

•Place any color of regular food coloring (we suggest red or green for Christmas) in the tank of the toilet. Let it sit for 30 minutes. If you return and the water in the bowl is the color of your food coloring the toilet is leaking and needs to be repaired.

The Shower

•Does the diverter from spout to showerhead stop all the water and send it to the showerhead?

•Make sure to test that your shower gets full pressure on both cold and hot when you turn it on. Showers feature mixing cartridges that can accumulate hard water build up that causes them not to function properly. Remember to check that guest shower that you don’t normally use!

•For tub/shower combinations: Run the tub water for 2 minutes and see if the drain works properly. If you have standing water in the bottom of the tub it may need a simple drain cleaning.

The Kitchen Garbage Disposal

•Dump a large amount of ice cubes down in the disposal and have it grind them up. Running a small amount of water helps flush it down. This will clean the debris out of the disposal and sharpen the blades as well.

The Water Heater

•Flush the water heater by hooking your garden hose to the bottom of the heater and running it out to your landscape. Use a flat head screw driver and turn counter clockwise to open the drain valve. Let water and debris flush out for 3-5 minutes depending on how dirty the water is. If the water comes out rusty this indicated that the unit needs to be replaced.

Week After Thanksgiving Cheap & Easy Meal

Did you enjoy all the yummy food last week? I know I did. 5 lbs later. I completely anticipated a nice relaxing week after all of the parties and busy days last week. However that did not pan out and I ended up being pretty busy this week. And alas, it is the end of the month and my grocery budget is just about out. Therefore, cheap and easy meal Wednesday it is. Fortunately before Thanksgiving I bought a 10 lb bag of potatoes for just $1.77. I remember them going on sale for $.99 in the past but no such luck this year. Dang inflation or you know, whatever. Ironically despite having many breakfasts in the past week involving hash browns, I had not even opened this new 10 lb bag of potatoes yet. FYI you can make a ton of hash browns with just a few potatoes. Anyway I knew I needed a dinner using up these potatoes. Unfortunately with one recovering from a stomach virus and one lactose intolerant family member that delicious, creamy baked potato soup I dream about was not an option this day. So here’s what I did. Don’t mind my mismatched tableware.

Leftover ham- Pretty self explanatory but you could also use turkey here.

Baked potatoes- Now in AZ where the summers are so hot the last thing you want to do is turn on an oven, having an oven baked potato is a little bit of a treat. Seriously when it’s 110 degrees outside once you turn that oven on, there’s no going back. That kitchen literally will not cool down despite your costly air conditioning constantly running. AZ peeps- you know what I mean. Luckily it was under 80 degrees today. Yep I wore long pants and a 3/4 sleeve shirt the whole day! So nice! My favorite baked potato is simple. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and coarse salt all over the skin. Cook at around 425 degrees for at least 50 mins or longer as needed until nice and soft.

A $0.99 pineapple- Cutting this sweet thing up was the most difficult part of this meal. Maybe I will get a pineapple cutter for Festivus this year…Oh yeah my family celebrates Festivus, but that’s a whole blog post in and of itself.

Discounted bag of sweet kale salad- Would you believe I didn’t notice until I took it out of the fridge that it also had a coupon right on the front of the bag? Darny darn. Don’t you hate when that happens? I blame the toddler in the front of my grocery cart. She’s probably the reason I forgot that grocery list I took the time to make too. Right? Soooo not my fault!

A dozen Hawaiian rolls that I literally bought for $0.25. What? Yes those King’s Hawaiian rolls sometimes go on sale after Thanksgiving for super cheap so I bought some for dinner and some to freeze for another day.

So there it is, a cheap and easy weekday meal using up what leftovers I had and adding a few inexpensive items. What? Did I eat dessert? How presumptuous of you to ask. Ok so I may have downed a completely unnecessary piece of leftover Marie Callender’s Turtle Pie (that yes I bought deeply discounted at a special one day only sale before Thanksgiving) while writing this post. I’m not much of a grocery store frozen pie lover but I did actually enjoy this one. You know, you really can’t get back to trying to eat healthy until all of the leftover Thanksgiving treats are gone. Again it’s not my fault, blamingit on the toddler and all of my other children for that matter.

The Best & Worst Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

Now that Thanksgiving is over we can break out those holiday lights and decorate the Christmas tree while jammin’ to Christmas music and sipping hot chocolate. Christmas music is the best. No hot chocolate is the best…mmmm….. Either way back to the music, we can talk about hot chocolate next week- I love all classic, traditional Christmas songs. Then there are some other Christmas songs that aren’t exactly traditional. Some of these I love, some I really don’t care for, possibly even hate. Ooh, strong wording there but ’tis true. There may be a few you or I may be embarrassed to actually like. No offense if I don’t appreciate the same music that you do. To each their own, even with weird Christmas songs. Some of these songs seem to bring out those love or hate feelings. Here goes:

  1. “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg aka “Met my old lover in the grocery store”. Yep I typically tune out at this point though if I make it to the point that “we bought a six pack at the liquor store” I start to wonder why the heck am I still listening to this? Aaaagh make it stop! How is this a good Christmas song?? Strong wording warning here- Hate it.
  2. “Last Christmas” by Wham. Yes I am listening to this music video on YouTube while I am writing this. If you haven’t seen the video, well, it’s a real flashback to the 80’s. It’s worth watching if only for the totally tubular hair and fashion. Sorry to Taylor Swift and the cast of Glee. I applaud your efforts and enjoy cover versions of this song but it just doesn’t come close to the original. My brother in-law was so surprised to hear how much I love this song but when he told me he actually likes the “old lover in the grocery store” song I was even more shocked.
  3. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber. Ok so here’s the I’m sort of embarrassed to admit I actually really love this song part. I can’t even name any other Justin Bieber song but Justin- good work, good work. You got me singing along to this one.
  4. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance & the Valiants ft. Lisa Layne. Note- NOT Mariah Carey’s song. This songs always gets overlooked but I think this song is far superior to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. No offense Mariah, yours is good too, but this really version brings out all of that raw Christmas emotion. Love it.
  5. “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon. Is it Christmas? Is it just anti-war? Not exactly sure where this song fits. Should I be wrapping presents or protesting? It leaves me a little confused. I don’t even know if I like it or not. It’s just so confusing.
  6. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by (who else?) Alvin, Simon and Theodore. We had a VHS tape of recorded Christmas shows that we used to watch every year. This was one of those classics. This song brings back Christmas memories from my childhood so I love it.
  7. “Christmas Canon” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra ft. Children’s Choir. Ok, I love Canon in D and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra so I know theoretically I should love this song. I guess one thing I don’t love is that someone put lyrics to this already nearly perfect song. The lyrics are nice enough though extremely repitious, the singing is good, the orchestra is amazing, but…this song bores me to death. Don’t throw stones at me here, I know most people love this song, I just can’t, I just can’t.
  8. “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C. This was a new one I discovered this year. Um no people, just…{insert sigh} no.
  9. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by ’N Sync. So I am embarrassed I like a Justin Bieber song, but I will never be embarrassed by my love of ’N Sync.
  10. “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer” by Joe Diffie. I will just say that 90’s country is probably my favorite genre of music. Therefore this song is going to make my list. This is another music video you really should YouTube. Joe Diffie’s mullet is worth watching for.
  11. “Let It Be Christmas” and “I Only Want You For Christmas” by Alan Jackson. Not sure there is an Alan Jackson song I don’t like so here’s a couple that I love to listen to at Christmastime.
  12. Any Christmas song by Alabama. Okay last country song I promise. But isn’t country the best?! Alabama sings those Christmas songs that just make you cry. I mean “Angels Among Us” or that one with the shoes? Come on, it’s like a Hallmark movie in a song. Or maybe that’s only for highly emotional pregnant people like me. Either way, love them!
  13. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson. Kelly Clarkson is amazing and this is holds true with her Christmas songs. This song is upbeat and fun to listen to.

What are your favorite non-traditional Christmas songs? Which ones drive you crazy every time you hear them?

Links I Love

So I decided to add a new category to my blog. Everyone has their go-to websites. Here I will post links  for websites that I use and recommend to you. The first link I want to share with you is for some super cute boutique style clothes that you can order online. For people like me with uncooperative children and little opportunity to shop or really even care too much about what I’m wearing, these websites are great. I know that their clothes are fashionable, comfy and modest. Saves me time from attempting to shop for clothes. This website is ran by Chantel- a fellow mom who personally selects the clothes she sells on her website. So if you are shopping for yourself, for a gift or even for a baby- check it out! I am loving these skinny jeans with the booties. Perfect for the cooler weather!

http://shopchantel.11thave.com

Let me know what you find and what you love!