Super Bowl 2020 Commercial Bingo

HEY GUYS!

This super bowl commercial bingo has been a big hit at our house, please enjoy these 15 pages for you to use at your own Super Bowl Party!

This is a great way to keep the kids engaged during a game that they could honestly care less about – HA! 

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I used this website (ispot.tv) to get a list of super bowl advertisers; with that and a bit of photoshopping, I was able to make my own version of the commercial bingo game.

Grab this and a few prizes and you’re ready to go! ENJOY!

Click this link below for the PDF to print at home:

Superbowl 2020 Commercial Bingo

 

Super Bowl Bingo 2019

Hey guys! This was such a hit at our Super Bowl Party last year that I decided to put it together again 🙂

Finding a way to keep the kiddos busy during the big game = win!

I used this website – ispot.tv to get a list of the advertisers that will be featured during this years game between the Rams and Patriots.

With that and a bit of photoshopping, I was able to make my own version of the Commercial Bingo Game:

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I wanted to share this with you all in case anyone else was interested in using it, there are 20 different game pages to use and (hopefully) they’re totally random 🙂

ENJOY!

SEE LINK BELOW FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD!

Download, print and share as you’d like:

Super Bowl Bingo 2019

Adventures in Starting the Garden; Seed Style 

Last year my husband and I built a raised garden bed on the side of our house…and in the exact same breathe we began to outfit it with all of the plants we thought we used most. Immediately following, we decided to tackle the house remodel before our daughter started walking. And while we managed to get the remodel done before the kiddo was in full cruising mode, we lost complete and utter focus on our garden and literally watched it eat itself. 

You know those little tags that say how far apart to plant everything?

Squash said 8 feet apart. I distinctly remember looking at my husband and we both smiled and I remember thinking I’m sure it’s just a warning, we’ll keep an eye on it. Our whole garden bed is approximately 8′ x 4′ so spacing them THAT far just wasn’t happening!

We planted three different varieties of squash; yellow squash, zucchini and spaghetti squash. All of which managed to eat the rest of the garden bed (including but not limited to tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, onions, corn, brussel sprouts). 

Granted we did grow some pretty massive (albeit tasteless) zucchinis 🙂 but that’s beside the point…

We managed to learn 3 important lessons last summer: 

  1. Focus on one project at a time; remodeling our home, raising a baby, and starting a new garden was clearly beyond our multi-tasking abilities (in our defense, I think this would have applied to most sane people)!
  2.  If a tag says space the plants at a certain distance, you should probably heed their advice. Chances are the person who wrote that had slightly more experience than you!
  3. Don’t waste your money on starters if you’ve got a large garden bed… especially if you are going to both plant things too close that have the potential to eat your garden and neglect to care for it properly – isn’t the whole point to grow for your own produce which is not only safer, more satisfying, but also cheaper? Yeah, not so much if you kill the whole thing and waste your money!

So, this year we decided we were going to do things differently.

We bought all of our seeds while they were on sale – buy 2 get 1 free – SCORE! And then we did everything possible to ensure that our seeds would thrive. We purchased a Jiffy Greenhouse Starter Kit. Next we picked up a heating pad to go underneath the Starter Kit. We then hung a growing light above the kit set up on a timer.

Note: We did not get ANY squash. 

Bada-Bing, Bada-Boom, we were all set to go.

And the plants did great; we watched them meticulously (more accurately, my husband watched them like a hawk and I provided emotional support), and we got to the stage where you bring them inside and outside to be ready to plant.

But alas. This is Colorado we live in.

The wind blew, the rain came down, and the plants got caught in a breeze and landed in our yard. To add insult to injury, our new puppy had a field day playing with all of the pods. Thanks Pooch! And all in one fell swoop, weeks and weeks of planning, caring for and monitoring the seeds went down the tubes!

One of my old teachers in college used to always tell us not to panic if the computer shuts down or if we have to redo something, spending almost 75% of your time on a computer working on floorplans, renderings, and other things of the like, crashes happened….ALL THE TIME! But the best piece of advice I was ever given was “things are always easier the 2nd time.”

I think of this every time my programs crash at work while I’m neck deep in a whole house cabinet plan…

Stay calm, it’s always easier the 2nd time. 

Well Professor, truer words have never been spoken. We hit the drawing board, and while we had to start over, we had plenty of seeds to do so. We did have to get a new starter kit but it was a small price to pay compared to the shenanigans of last year…

There is a well known planting schedule here in Colorado…not sure if it applies elsewhere but it’s something that’s virtually burned into your psyche here.

NO PLANTING BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY!

Which basically means, everybody and their brother plants on Mother’s Day.

While being behind schedule is a big bummer, it may have been our biggest blessing in disguise…. Mere days after Mother’s Day, which was less than two weeks ago, we got a snow storm.

An extremely late, wet snow storm that is very out of character for late May. Trees and plants were demolished by the weight of the snow and the cold certainly didn’t help anything.

And while our trees got pummeled, our newly sprouted seedlings lay perfectly sandwiched between their warm light and cozy heating pad. 

Moral of this story: 

  1. Seeds are awesome, they are inexpensive and come with lots so if you mess up you’ve got a built in round two.
  2. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Starting over may have been the best thing that could have happened to us.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff, we’ll be eating delicious veggies in no time. 

And maybe most importantly…

     4. Giant squash tastes awful and kills everything.

Just don’t do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Bike! & Rediscovering a Lost Love

I had a bike. A really, really, really old bike. Like embarrassingly old! Like junior high old….

In my defense it was a pretty sweet Schwinn, they even gave me a whole $25 for it as a trade in. The same amount as an old, old, old Burley bike trailer that we got for free at a garage sale and was falling apart, actually, EPICALLY falling apart.

(Okay so I may be a bit bitter about the low valuation but I wasn’t expecting them to give me anything so I’ll take it regardless! HA!)

My husband loves to ride his bike and my old mountain bike was just not cutting it so it was time to upgrade. He has an awesome road bike and hauls around town so my only demand was that new bike allow me to keep up but also that he slow down, I want to relax and enjoy the ride, not race one another!!!

I knew I wanted something fun that I would be excited to ride, a little bit vintage and functional. On sale is always a plus too!!! This beautiful little bike fit the bill perfectly. It’s fun, functional, quick and comfortable.

I know people always say “it’s like riding a bike” you never forget, but man was I nervous! All those people watching me (or so I thought…) but it was the exact opposite, I hopped on and was on my way.

With my husband and daughter – dealing with intense separation anxiety, sorry kiddo! – watching me ride off into the sunset, or rather the blazing hot sun in the store parking lot. I absolutely fell in love!!! I used to ride my bike everywhere, I was the last to get my license of all my friends and took full advantage of the freedom I was allowed at the time. But I never thought I’d be excited to ride again and yet, it happened!

When we got home I could not wait to ride around again, we put the tot down for a nap, my husband adjusted my seat and I was off for a test ride. 15 minutes later I returned haha!

I’m so happy to report that I’m still excited about my new bike and now that we’ve officially replaced the old tattered Burley with a new spangled Burley Bee, I can’t wait for all the adventures to come.

The tot loves her new ride, I’m in love with mine.

But most importantly, my husband is excited we can all enjoy his hobby together.

So long story short…if you were like me and you’ve thought for years and years about getting a new bike – just do it! And don’t worry about looking silly in your helmet, they’ve come a long way since I was in junior high….

This Nutcase Helmet is pretty sweet right?!?! The perfect combination of safe, stylin’ and a little bit dorky, just like me 😉

Hope to see you in the bike lane friends!!!

10 Tips for a Toddler Easter Basket

First off, I must admit, I am no expert as this is the first Easter I’ve put together a basket for my daughter….last year I decided my daughter was too little to get into it – we’d just go to my parent’s house and enjoy dinner and the day together!

Yay!!! Sounded great!

…..Until I got to my parents and sure enough -my mom had assembled a basket for her darling granddaughter…. Honestly, it was so sweet but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad about it. I had convinced myself the Easter basket was unnecessary and decided to wait until she was older, probably a totally rational thought but one I ended up regretting.

A little background on me…. I LOVE EASTER!!!!

It has always been my favorite holiday!

I’m not necessarily a religious person. The big draw has always been the beautiful spring setting, the more low-key family vibe without the hustle and bustle of Christmas and Thanksgiving, and duh, Easter Baskets! As I got older the family joke became the underwear my mom always put in our plastic Easter eggs, you knew you could count on stocking up for the year!

Anywho, did I mention I love Easter?

And I was bound and determined to design the best Easter basket I could come up with for my daughter!

However, I’m also an extremely frugal (let me clarify, I like coupons… but not so frugal I can’t go overboard – HAHA!) and functional so of course I had to pragmatically develop my game plan and here’s what I came up with….

1. NO CANDY;

Not because I’m that insanely concerned about the tot having candy, but I am concerned about her scarfing down a few m&ms too fast and choking or getting too hyped up and skipping naps. First rule of motherhood, avoid anything possible that could interfere with nap time/bed time! 

2. NO EASTER GRASS;

We’ve all seen that stuff – the plastic, stringy, colorful filler. Well all I see is a mess. Enough said haha!

3. INCLUDE SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL;

When I was little there wasn’t another Charlie Brown Movie that I loved more than the Easter Beagle. I cannot wait to watch this with my daughter, to hear her giggle and (hopefully) love it as much as I did, priceless!

4. KEEP THE ITEMS NEUTRAL;

Having a bunch of specifically Easter items puts a shelf life on items – ie: Pick out items that have a rabbit or eggs, etc. instead of Happy Easter plastered all over them. This ensures you’ll get better use of the items in the long run, yay! Gotta suck as much life as you can out of every item for your kiddos, goodness knows they outgrow things fast enough on their own! Which brings me to my next topic….

5. CLOTHES;

Kiddos need clothes. Kiddos wear clothes for like two weeks before jumping sizes. So adding clothes is like killing two birds with one stone! Win, win!!!

6. LEARNING TOYS;

Again something that you could feel good about giving your precious little toddler. In my case an egg puzzle that teaches colors in both English and Spanish!

7. LOCALLY SOURCED ITEMS;

This would help your basket be a bit more unique. I ended up finding that adorable little puzzle and realizing it was made locally, so not only did I find an awesome toy, I can feel good knowing I supported a neighbor by picking it up.

8. LARGER PLASTIC EGGS;

My daughter puts everything, and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING in her mouth! Rocks are a favorite delicacy much to my chagrin. GRRRR! So…

The bigger the eggs the better haha!

SIDE NOTE: I will watch my daughter with the necklaces! Although she hasn’t shown as much interest in putting those in her mouth as her beloved rocks thankfully!

9. FUN PACKAGING;

I specifically used clear cellophane not only because I had it already but it is noisy and fun to play with, almost another gift in itself! I also tied the clothes up to give her more things to open and play with.

10. A REUSABLE BASKET;

A coworker and I were talking about this…the baskets you pick up, use once and toss. So wasteful and honestly I’m not a huge fan of baskets that look like the rainbow threw up on them. Instead I picked up a chicken wire basket (with a 40% off coupon of course) that I could use as a decorative item in my home after the holiday is over. And then as an Easter basket next year, and the next year, and the next year, etc.

Hope the tot likes it as much as I do 😁

…..I also threw in the Hedgehog with Bunny Ears because honestly, who wouldn’t want a Hedgehog with Bunny Ears?!?! No one, that’s who. Haha!!!

SIDE NOTE: I was also a bit worried about the bunny on a stick but figure as soon as she gets to the cellophane she’ll forget all about the skewer…Plus it was so cute I couldn’t resist and (OCD side speaking here) tied all of my colors together of course!

While I spent WAY too much time planning and shopping and assembling with just this cute little basket to show for it, I hope all of that effort will help you design an awesome basket in just a fraction of the time!

Wishing you and yours the very best this weekend and HAPPY EASTER!!!

How to Protect Other Laundry from…DARK JEANS!!! (THE HORROR!!!)

Okay so this may be a refresher for some people out there but I NEVER knew these existed until recently, however; I have to share my latest miracle product….

(……..Drum roll please…….!)

Shout Color Catchers!!!!

Alright so this may possibly be the dorkiest post I’ve ever made (although that’s debatable…haha). BUT these things are truly a lifesaver for my poor, innocent other clothing that was just along for the ride with my pesky dark jeans!

In particular, brand new, dark jeans. YIKES!

I can’t bring myself to wash a load of laundry without the darn thing filled to the brim!

1. Because I’m busy and need to the maximum amount of laundry in the least amount of time.

2. Because I always have WAY too much laundry to do.

3. Because I like wrinkly clothes, who doesn’t, right?!? (JK, but laziness does come at a cost…sorry dress pants!)

Anywho, if you haven’t used these things before I strongly recommend you to pick some up. Your clothes will thank you!

Gone are the days of pink tinted shirts, or the green hat/boots that worked great for my daughter on St. Patty’s but used to be a lovely white, and no more dark stains on lighter sweaters!

Look at how much dye these little sheets picked up, did I mention they start out white?!?

I still don’t have the cojones to mix my light and dark clothing but I’m grateful to know I don’t have to worry about separating my clothing any further – WOOHOO!!!!

Sounds like a win to me!

Saving Money – No More Searching for Coupons!

Just thought I’d do a quick intro to a website I absolutely love, love, love!

If you’re like me you LOVE coupons! I will not purchase anything, and I do mean anything, without doing a quick coupon search –  in particular – online. I even pester my husband about this whenever I see him about to press the “confirm” button on orders…..

Anywho, I came across this sweet app called Honey, it’s actually an extension for your browser that you can use whenever you are ordering items online. The best part about it is the icon lights up in the right hand corner of your screen anytime there are coupons that might work. It’s also a forum for people to enter new codes to be used by other members. You don’t have to pay anything to sign up and you will undoubtedly save money!

Requires little to no effort and you can start saving money immediately. My favorite part of the whole thing is that you can literally watch it test all of the codes, meaning you don’t have to enter them one by one = HUGE TIME SAVER!

I’ve used it quite a few times and even if I haven’t gotten a code that works they typically have some form of cash back. Win, win, win!

Have Fun Saving!!!!

HOW DOES THIS EVEN HAPPEN?!?

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Okay so let me just start by saying I know this is a silly topic…. and after seeing the image I’ve posted you’re probably already thinking, why the heck is this girl talking about a stain on her shirt?!?! But the truth is, this stain is so much more than a simple stain! It is a gentle reminder of the many, many ways in which my life has changed as the result of becoming a mother.

If I’m starting to lose you already, bear with me here for a bit!

This evening, as I was taking off my button down shirt I found this on my undershirt – what it is exactly, I truly couldn’t tell you – seems like the story of my life these days. But let me back up a couple of a days though to where my story begins (haha)!

I recently went to a concert with my family out of town (PS if you’re wondering if Elton John still has it, he does indeed!!!!). I am notorious for over-packing for anything, in particular a single overnight trip. I was bound and determined that this would not happen again and much to the surprise of my younger sister and parents, I arrived ready for departure with, count it, ONE bag!! Not only did I have but a single bag, it was even a small backpack, in direct contrast to my sister’s giant duffel which contained “a big pair of boots” (yeah, yeah, sure…whatever you say!).

Much to my dismay, within minutes of getting in the car and on the road, I managed to stain my shirt. And of course, I had packed but one measly sweatshirt to toss on the next day. I know you’re probably thinking “The horror! Can’t believe such an awful thing would happen! Talk about a 1st world problem!!!!” and I wouldn’t blame you, but again, I promise I’ve got a point….

After arriving at our hotel before the concert I managed to get my hands on a Tide To-Go Pen from my Dad, talk about a lifesaver! All was right in the world, the shirt I had painstakingly selected was salvaged. But as I was using the pen, I looked down only to realize that I also had toothpaste on my shirt, that info would have been good to know! Thanks Fam!!!

Okay so now for the point I promised. Before I had my daughter I was extremely tidy, maybe not always in my home (I’ve described myself as a walking tornado in the past), but always in my appearance. From a very young age I was always well put together. I was so concerned with matching that I actually wore two pairs of socks at all times that would color coordinate with my outfits! Pretty ridiculous really but the point is, I cared about how I looked. And I wouldn’t have been caught dead in a stained shirt out in public.

And now, here I am, with a stain, again. Turns out once you have a kid you will inexplicably have schmutz on you at all times. Could have been from you, could have been from the kiddo – honestly, who knows!!! You’re so busy running around chasing a baby or toddler that you don’t even notice. Maybe in the past I had more time to look in a mirror so even though the stains were always there I was able to address them before I left the house? Beats me.

BUT, something in my life has shifted and the tidiness in my appearance has gone by the wayside.

I remember walking past those ladies back before I became a mom, you know, the ones wearing yesterdays clothing looking like they hadn’t showered in days with screaming children clinging to their legs. I have to admit, I didn’t get it, I didn’t understand how this could happen to mothers. I didn’t understand just how utterly time consuming your child would be and how much it would alter your core values, in my case, tidiness!

The truth is, my life has has changed. In so many ways. More than I could ever count. But I can honestly say that in addition to gaining a wonderful daughter I have gained a higher level of empathy for those around me. I have also gained more confidence in myself, and I have learned that what others think is not the most important thing in the world (well, I’m still working on this one)!

Most importantly, I have learned that no ones cares about that stain on your shirt except you! And if they do, just wait until they have kids…..And then they’ll be standing there, at night, trying to recall how something like this could have possibly happened, and realize…..

I’m tired, my kid is alseep, why am I still awake?!?

Goodnight 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Back Our Closet!

Okay so by my own admission, I will admit that our daughter has an obscene amount of clothing! Like kind of out of control. In my defense, everything is so flipping cute!!!

This weekend I decided to tackle the massive amount of clothing that had “accumulated” in her closet… Just so happens that she has the only walk in closet in our house on the smallest bedroom, weird design feature?

Anyways, in my most frantic moments while the tot has been napping or during the ten minutes I had to file through her clothes while she proceeded to pull everything out of her drawers, I was able to toss the clothes that no longer fit into the corner, close the door and forget about them! Yay for procrastination!!!

However, the time had finally come to address the pile. Much to my dismay, I also managed to mix all of the sizes together…

While it was a fun trip down memory lane looking at all those adorable outfits (especially the newborn ones *swoon*) it was a daunting task to say the least. But at the end of the day, it’s done, hallelujah!

Closet Website

To make the clothing more manageable I used

Ziploc Vacuum Storage Bags.

These things are an absolute godsend – took sheer chaos and turned it into an organized stack for future use, man do I hope that if we have another baby it’s a girl…but in the meantime, I’m just glad to have our closet back!!!

IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure you FOLD the clothes prior to using the vacuum function, I was overly excited and overestimated the bags abilities, if you don’t fold it won’t get much smaller – so if you hate folding clothes, I’m sorry in advance!!!

Taupe is really the “New” Gray

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In our profession, we often get asked “what’s the latest trend?” or “what is everyone else doing?”….

The thing to remember is that design is extremely subjective; there truly is no right or wrong answer – aside from the more general design theories such as balance, pattern, scale, symmetry, contrast, etc. which serve as more of a means to an end, allowing ideas to be automatically approved or discarded.

But ultimately it comes down to the most important question:

Do you like it?

The latest design trend is the notion that gray is the “new beige,” from paint colors, to flooring, to cabinets, etc. But while gray is cool (both literally and figuratively); it is definitely not for everyone. Sometimes people are far more inclined to go somewhere in the middle. Not beige, not gray, but taupe… It’s safe, almost non-committal, while giving you an updated look; it can pull warm or cool depending on what you put around it.

Moral of the story is that if you’re trying to take the plunge with a remodeling project, don’t be afraid to go with your gut and do what feels right to you. If you like beige, gray OR taupe –or even green, orange, pink, purple or black, so be it.

Just do you, because at the end of the day it’s your home and you have one to please but yourself!