a little update… shall we?

So, turns out that I should have given up blogging for Lent, because guys?  I’m KILLIN’ that. Whoops.  I wish I could say we’ve just been super busy, but in reality, it’s just all the regular old life stuff that’s kept me distracted and not clacking away at my keyboard these days.  I know you’ve been positively aching to know what’s happening over here, so I’ll put you guys out of your misery immediately.  Here’s some updates.

  1. I’m still hanging in there with Buy Nothing Lent, but if I’m being honest, I’m having a harder time than I did in November.  I’m struggling to keep motivation and focus and I’ve even slipped up a few times, which is super annoying.  And I know that 40 days isn’t THAT much longer than 30 days, but you know what the big difference is?  THE LAST TEN DAYS.  Pray for me, will ya?  I’ve been cruising Etsy pretty dangerously.  How are my fellow  buy-nothings doing?  How can I encourage you?  (Yeah, I know I just told you that I’m sucking at this, but I’m a great cheerleader for things I personally suck at!)
  2. Last weekend, I attended a Catholic Women’s Blogging Conference in St. Paul and it was the bomb.  The talks and workshops were excellent, but my favorite part was just being in the company of so many cool, creative, inspiring chicks.  And guys, I won a door prize, which makes me feel like my 30 year streak of never winning anything is finally coming to an end.  Should I buy a lottery ticket?!
  3. One of the things that stuck with me this past weekend was Laura saying that reading is a really important part of writing.  This probably stuck with me because it made it feel better, because I’ve been writing nothing, but reading a whole lot. I’ve you’re not on Goodreads yet, will you please hop to it and friend me so I can see what you’re reading and add to my ever-growing “To Read” pile?  Pretty please?
  4. My kids have been passing around some random, terrible respiratory virus for the past week and are only just now coming out of it.  They all have these gross, terrible coughs and I feel like I’m living in a TB ward.  BUT!  I made a batch of elderberry syrup to fight it off and decided to make gummies out of the syrup to make it a little easier and less messy to administer.  Guys.  It’s so much easier and my kids have zero chill about eating them.  They’re obsessed.  And I’ve been religiously taking a few a day and have managed to not get this gross illness they have.  (You may be asking, “If they’re so great, how come all your kids got sick?” Well, friends, because kids are really and truly gross and do things like take turns licking the remote and each others’ faces.  There’s not enough elderberry syrup in the world to make up for that level of germiness.)
  5. The hint of spring in the air (notice I said hint- because this weather is kind of lame)has me wanting to freshen up the house.  Give me some ideas for easy stuff that doesn’t cost a fortune!  I’m eyeing my counters and toying with the idea of replacing them with butcher block, but that seems like something I would 100% have to make my husband do, and he’s probably not so much into that. Should I paint something? Put up a tile backsplash in the kitchen? Turn my front room into a homeschool room?  Or maybe just buy some new pillows? I want to be ready with some ideas after Easter, so I don’t just go binge at HomeGoods and basically undo all the good of Buy Nothing Lent.
  6. My friend Kaitlyn makes gorgeous baby carriers (and blankets. and loveys. etc.) and sent me one, along with a mini doll carrier for Grace.  I about died it’s so gorgeous and so comfy.  I get asked all the time about my baby carriers, so if any of you guys are in the market for a really well-made, reasonably priced ring sling, check her out.  Besides getting an amazing carrier for your baby, you’ll be supporting this amazing mama and her family.
  7. I’m trying to make a decision about what to do with my old food blog.  Do I just let it go, to disappear into the land of internet past?  Should I try to transfer my entire recipe box over here, and host it in a separate section of this blog?  Should I just pick my favorite recipes and publish them here? What do I doooooooo?  I’m having a really hard time making this decision, but I’m also really not into paying hosting fees every month.  What say you, beloved readers?  How are we all feeling about food blogging these days?  Still into it? Nah?  Speak!

Ok, Joey just came over and is all, “Let’s do a craft!” Soooo… wish me luck.

Linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum for 7 Quick Takes, and Jacqui at Mexican Domestic Goddess, in case you want to know more about the conference or actually see some decent pictures from it!

14 thoughts on “a little update… shall we?

  1. Love that carrier and your baby’s head piece. So adorable! My girls would never keep anything in there hair no matter how hard I tried!

  2. I say bring those recipes over here & make a section for them!! I love all your food posts, they always inspire me & make me hungry at the same time.

  3. I need all the recommendations on good winter carriers! This next baby is due in late September and will be my first midwest baby. Learning curve ahead!

  4. Maybe buy a new rug to freshen things up? Or the pillows is a good idea. Sometimes the smallest change can make a big difference.

    Republish food posts here!

    I was doing sooo good about buying nothing…until this week. Ugh. I was just planning on doing March and not Lent, and out of NOWHERE Logan said today that we could just extend it until Easter to make up for this week. Eh…I dunno. Good luck, girl! Ha.

    1. Great idea! We REALLY need a new rug for the living room… ours is literally falling apart. But rugs are so pricey, so it feels like such a big purchase… but I also know that it would make a really huge difference. Maybe I’ll go scope out TJ Maxx after Easter!

  5. Glad to hear from you! I wish I could have made the conference in the Cities. Congrats on the win! (Too bad you can’t buy a lottery ticket until Easter 🙂 )

    I have always been frugal, and we’ve always been on a budget, so I haven’t ever really been tempted by shopping *until this Lent.* In committing to buy nothing, I’ve really had to be conscious about needs/wants in a way that I haven’t ever before. And all the pretty things are calling!

    And I agree about adding a section on your current blog for food stuff. 🙂

    1. OH man, it would have been SO fun to have you there… maybe next year!? 😉 And I’m with you… I’m not even spendy in general, but there’s something about self-denial that is just… tough. I feel your pain!

  6. Yes! These last few weeks of buy nothing Lent have been really challenging! Also because I’ve been looking at stuff for our new house 😉

    Ideas for spring decorating: new curtains! Also, try “redecorating” from other rooms in the house. Like move around your pictures into different rooms, or smaller pieces of furniture. Good luck!

    1. Oh man, I know, they have really been dragging, haven’t they?! House stuff always gets me… it’s just so tempting!

  7. I vote you bring your recipes over! I think they would go well with the rest of the blog. Food blogs are a primary recipe source for me, these days.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Desiree! And me too on the food blogs! Part of the reason I can’t let go is because I always put all my favorite recipes on my blog, so I hate to lose the ability to just google my own recipes. Silly, I know, but I can’t bring myself to just print them all out… too many!

  8. I could use some cheerleading regarding Buy Nothing Lent…. it’s been harder than I thought. I’ve got some full online carts ? I may have shed a tear or two watching a few things sell out. We got this, though…… right?

    1. Suzette. I am WITH YOU. I’m having a really hard time, too. I too, have full carts, just waiting for Easter. I feel so silly saying that, and I know that some of the things I won’t buy anyway, but “shopping” made me feel better. It’s really making me take a hard look at a lot of things. Stay strong! We’re so close!

  9. LOVED your No Buy Lent! I meant to do it too, but daughter needed shoes for Easter, there were baskets to be filled, and Hubby needed dress pants. Then, while getting one of those items, I spied some shoes I couln’t pass up. I got sucked in.
    I happened to be at the Blogger Conference in St Paul in March, and I know I saw you & your sweet babe! All the little one were so good there!
    Easter blessings!!
    P.S. I don’t know much about these things, but I’d say bring your recipes here!

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