Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Green Your Homemaker's Binder

Way back in 2010 I showed you my Homemaker's Binder. Back then I had everything written or typed up on paper and put in my binder. I actually still follow the same general guidelines for our days, although it has evolved with time.

One of the greatest ways my binder has evolved is to change completely into a different format. I now use my kindle fire as my 'binder'. I have found an app that has really been helpful. It's called checkmark and is created by GreenbeanSoft. Actually there are all kinds of apps out there and all kinds of devices, not just the kindle, that can be used. In today's technologically advanced society it's not really a very far stretch to have everything paperless. Not only is it easy to manage but it's also environmentally friendly. I'm not printing out daily to-do sheets or rewriting my schedule every time it changes. Believe me it changes pretty frequently!

If it is at all possible for you, I would recommend doing a little searching and switch permanently to some form of electronic format for your Homemaker's Binder. Check up along the top tabs for how to create your own binder. Good luck!

Monday, March 25, 2013

WIP: Jameson's Socks

The great thing about knitting socks for little people is that they have small feet, which means it's much quicker to work up a pair of socks. My 3 year-old, Jameson, loves the socks I knitted for myself and has been begging for some of his own.

I found this wonderful hand-painted green sock yarn from Knit Picks. He loves the color and I love working with it.

I'm generally following the pattern instructions for these socks from the book "Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes.

I'll show more progress as I go!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sewing Saturday: Cloth Diapers

I've been a busy bee lately! Well, I feel like I have at least. Not only have we been homeschooling but I've hired on a couple helpers. I will tell you about them at a later date. One of my goals this year is to increase the number of in stock ready to ship cloth diapers and diaper covers. I'm well on my way to achieving that goal!

I've got boxes filled with the different sizes just waiting for me to begin sewing them. One of my helpers is responsible for helping me get so many things cut! There are some really fun prints and some basics. There are single diapers and diaper sets. There's just a little bit of everything. I'm excited to see so much happening to quickly!

I love what I do and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! Hopefully I can show off some of the finished products soon! :)

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Never Stop Learning

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
~Dr. Seuss

That quote couldn't be more true! With my husband gone on deployment I've kept myself as busy as possible. I read when I can, and listen to books when I can't. I learn new things every day. I enjoy learning and creating new things.

One thing that I've been learning a lot about lately is knitting. I have found that I really enjoy it and more specifically I like to knit socks. I've taught myself how to knit, then moved on to how to knit socks, how to use circular needles, and finally how to knit them 2-at-a-time on the same circular needles. It's fun, it keeps my mind and hands busy, and I can create beautiful things from seemingly nothing.

I've also gotten interested in Fair Isle knitting or color work. I've gotten several books, one of which goes into detail about the history of Fair Isle. It was very interesting! I have a new project ready and waiting to practice my new found color work knitting knowledge on. I can't wait to show it off!

Do you enjoy learning? What new things have you learned lately?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king; 
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, 
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing-- 
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! 

The palm and may make country houses gay, 
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day, 
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay-- 
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! 

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet, 
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit, 
In every street these tunes our ears do greet-- 
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! 
Spring, the sweet Spring! 

Thomas Nashe

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Follow me!

With Google Reader going by the way side I've been searching for another reader. I think I found the perfect thing! The best part is that it will automatically import all your blogs from Google Reader into it. The link to Bloglovin' is on the sidebar on the left <------. I hope you continue to follow me!

A little update:

We are down to roughly 45 days left of this deployment! When all is said and done, my husband will have been gone about a full year. It's been quite the roller coaster! I've just had to let my blog go for awhile. Life is never boring!

My older son, Ian, is being homeschooled now, well he has been home since early December '12. We were just having too many academic troubles with the school and they weren't willing to help without some sort of diagnosis or other. He's at home now doing very well with his studies. He is getting more and more into electronics and physics. He wouldn't be able to expand his knowledge of these subjects if he was stuck in school all day!

In general we are doing well, although wishing time would fly. :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring Cleaning Coupon!

Spring is on it's way! Are you ready for spring cleaning yet? Well you can be!

Use coupon code SPRING25 at checkout for an additional 25% off your purchase. 

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