Monday, November 2, 2015

Quote Worthy Quotes
This is by far one of the most inspiring talks I've ever heard to empower me as a struggling mother.  It is 5 years old and I keep going bak to it because it is just that good.

Here is the transcript if you prefer to read her talk
and here is the video link if you prefer to listen while you work

The whole talk is wonderful but my favorite parts begin at the 15 min 30 sec mark (nothing happens in a family unless it is important to the mother), 17min 50sec mark (Julie's 3 lists to prioritize her time: essential, necessary and nice-to-do), and the 26min 50sec mark (there are 3 shifts of a woman's day and you can't work all 3.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Here is a slideshow I made for an RS activity this weekend.  
The photos and instructions are directly form the original website

Survival Bars - Kizoa Video Maker

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I have been so glad that my husband told me to bring my sewing machine with me on our adventure.  Since the spring I have been doing a lot of sewing.  I make 3 quilt tops for a friend who was donating Quillows to thMabuhay Deseret Foundation.  And recently I saw someone post on a Facebook page that they were wanting to donate a bunch of small quilts for babies at a local hospital.  So I got my scraps together and built these beauties

 I LOVE the blue white and yellow.  I might make this again with a border that is more fun.
 Some cute fabrics I picked up when my mom was in town.  And check out the mitered corners!

I'm so glad that some of the extra quilt blocks from Danny's blanket were able to go toward charity.  I actually messed up so badly on the # of blocks I needed for danny's blanket that I had enough to make 3 sail boat blankets this size!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Six sisters rocks

A friend invited me to do their healthy living challenge and it is awesome.  You earn points for stuff like exercising, eating veggies, drinking water, not eating after 9pm, weightless, contacting teammates…  But no point loss, so its straightforward and simple.
Everyone starts by contributing $20 into a jack pot and report their starting weight.  Then every week they report their weight and healthy living points.  There will be 1 winner for the weigh loss category and another winner for the healthy living points category.

I am really horrible about eating my veggies so I've been trying to do better and I found some great veggie recipes on the recipe section of their site.  I'm so excited and can't wait to find more time to surf their website and all it has to offer.

Here are the veggie recipes I've tried and loved

and here is their healthy living challenge.  Maybe at the end of the challenge I will post my points/total weightloss.  I'm still loosing baby weight from my pregnancy, so it will probably look more impressive than it really is.  I'm still really proud of myself for being 1 1/2 weeks into the challenge and I haven't given up yet :)

I think after the holidays I will see if my family wants to do the challenge with me so I can refocus on being healthy after my inevitable holiday junk food binge :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

So I've been doing A LOT of adjusting this past year, hence the lack of posting.  Moving to a new country, going from a huge house in the woods to a condo in the city, and finding out that you are expecting a surprise Baby takes an emotional toll on a person and invades any space in their head for executing anything creative.
But eventually I found my footing again, just in time to make this awesome quilt for the new baby.

And this cute little guy is a fairly big project in and of himself :)

I got my quilt inspiration from a book in our town's library back in Maine.  I wish I had the tittle, but somehow that information has been lost along the way.  Sorry

I had lots of friends help me with the quilting and they all wrote their names on the trim for me like I did for Toby's Quilt

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I often think it would be fun to find a project to bridge the gap between raising young children and having all my kids in school some day.  I think it will be fun to finally have time to myself, or go out and get a job outside the home.  But at the same time, I want to be available to the kids if they need me on a day that they are sick/go on a field trip/volunteer in the classroom.  Also, I insist on begin home when they get home from school/attend their sporting events/performances.  Where can one find such flexible employment?

Before we found out that we are expecting baby #4 my husband and I were giggling with the kids about writing a book series about all of our family adventures.  They thought the titles could be a twist on the little house on the Prairie books, but themed according to our military posts.

  • The military house in the windy dessert
  • The military house by the sandy beach
  • The military house in the big woods
  • The military house across the ocean
  • The military house: home at last (I REALLY hope we get to move home to be near family next)

Then one day my husband and I sat down with the kids to make a list of their family memories that would make good book ideas/plot lines. It was so fun to think back on the past and giggle about even the stuff that wasn't funny as it was happening.

  • Maggie Meowing
  • Gwen hurting Baby Maggie
  • Gwen learning to sit up
  • Jumping on the bed
  • The long and annoying move to the Philippines/the long trip around the world
  • Gwen torturing Maggie through their lives
  • Maggie walking in Mom's blind spot
  • Going to Masons house
  • The long road trip to New York
  • Who did this!?!?!
  • Visiting Grandma's house
  • Maggie Drowning
  • Gwen's bookshelf/nursing
  • Gwen making messes (DVD's, pantry, clothes in bedroom)
  • Gwen's b-day/bad guy daddy
  • parent torture times
  • pig pile on poppa
  • Gwen's funny run
  • hilarious moments of the lee family
  • Gwen's annoying noises
  • Gwen squishing Mom while Maggie nursed
  • Gwen piling toys on baby maggie
  • Maggie making new friends at school
  • Gwen's birth
  • Maggie's birth
  • The accidental baby
  • Gwen at the Weinstein's for Thanksgiving
We have SO many story lines to choose from, and our family blog has hundreds more.  But the idea of writing chapter stories seems very daunting to someone who's writing experience just consists of journal writing for the past 8 years.  So I may explore the idea of picture books or something smaller scale.  In an effort to explore the idea of writing a little more I have been looking up some how-to guides on line.  Here is what I've found to get my thinker thinking more about where to begin.
  • The following is on outline explained from Writing children's books for dummies online
    • Beginning
      • Plot points
      • Character Development
      • Pacing
      • Character Development
      • Pacing
    • Middle
      • Plot points
      • Character Development
      • Pacing
      • Character Development
      • Pacing
    • End
      • Plot points
      • Character Development
      • Pacing
      • Character Development
      • Pacing
  • And this link has some basic tips on setting up a productive working environment
    • Stick to a writing schedule
    • Find a good writing location
    • stay organized
    • Prevent distractions (turn off the phone, close out your email notifications)

Eventually, if I'm still interested in writing a book when baby #4 rolls into pre-school, (We should bw moved back to the states by then) I think I will sign up for some writing courses.  For now I just want to get our ideas down to make sure they don't get lost over the years.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I just found a few sites that have tutorials for making dresses more modest.  That is one of the things that I try to do here on my blog.  (post about the ways I alter things to make them more modest.

In the past year I've been too busy to make my own tutorials.  so finding others peoples tutorials/patterns that I can use has been really helpful.

Here is the pattern I've been using to add sleeves to my dresses.  As long as I have enough extra fabric to cut off the bottom of the dress or a matching sash that i don't need, I can add a sleeve to any dress with an arm hole that is not to large.
Here are some of my favorites.

This website ( offers some great ideas.  Some of them are geared more towards prom than temple worthy dresses.  But I think they are all good tips that I want to keep in my sewing box. I even liked some of their ideas for altering less formal dresses.

  • They suggest Simplicity pattern #5097 for adding a simple sleeve/shoulder to a strapless gown.
  • They change a dress that is too open on the neckline to a drapy gathered v-neck by shortening the dress and adding the fabric to the top.  It looks so cute!

Or this website feathers flights where she has a series of "making it modest tutorials.  She: