Sunday Snapshots, Jan. 22, 2017


Here we are again. The weekend is winding down. I, for one, am glad to see it go after all the sickness in this house! So far I am still feeling good. Fingers crossed I’m lucky enough to avoid it. 

It’s been a week since I got my hyacinth and I have to say — it really is growing! I can’t believe I haven’t killed it yet!

Hyacinth, Week 2

I went out after I made lunch for everyone. I had to pick up a few groceries and I skipped into Michaels. You know, just to “look.” LOL! Somehow this new washi organizer and box of beautiful washi tape just jumped into my cart! I’ve actually been looking for this washi box. Only $10 for 45 rolls! Sure, the rolls don’t have a huge amount of tape on them, but I so rarely use up an entire roll that I think I prefer it this way. I also needed a better method for storing all of my washi tape and I think this container is going to be perfect.

New washi

Michaels Planner Washi

I grabbed a coffee at McDonald’s on the way home. I wanted to use my free reward at Starbucks, but I swear everyone was out today. The parking lot was packed and the drive-thru line was too long so… a regular $1 coffee it was! I got home, put away the groceries, and brought in some wood. Although it was 56 degrees this afternoon, it’s going to get cold again this week so I wanted to make sure we are stocked up for the wood stove..

Then I did a little meal prep for the week.

Cut-up veggies for easy snacking…Veggies for the week

Chicken noodle soup for Laura’s lunches…Chicken noodle soup

And hot cocoa cookies for the cookie jar…Chocolate marshmallow cookies

Thankfully, everyone here is definitely on the road to recovery and can head to school tomorrow. Drew is still a little wishy-washy, but hopefully he’ll get a good night’s rest and feel better tomorrow. As for me, I think I’m going to tackle that washi reorganization and have a cup of tea with one or two of those cookies!

Another Round of Sickness… Ugh!

Can’t I just get a break this week? Apparently not. During the middle of the night, Laura fell ill with whatever Jake had on Thursday, and then a few hours later Noah followed suit. And Drew isn’t feeling well either.

There’s been a lot of laundry, and a lot of Lysol in this house over the past few days. There’s also been a lot of this…

Good thing I stocked up on saltines, ginger ale, and Power Ade. We definitely need it. Ugh. We also seriously need a good deep freeze. I don’t think the mild winter is helping anything.

I made it through my work day, so I’m thankful for that! Also, a nurse friend messaged me this morning and suggested I take Pepto-Bismol twice a day. Apparently it has a protective effect on the stomach. She had a story about work, how this stomach bug had run rampant on one of the floors and everyone got it except for three people — her, another nurse, and a doctor that had taken the Pepto. I actually just bought some, so I’m giving it a try. I cannot afford to get sick, too.


Sorry I did not get my Freebie Friday post up yesterday, but with the week it’s been I hope you understand. I do have a printable ready to go, I just have to finish up the photos. So maybe next week there will be two!

Oh, This Week…

Foggy drive to Cold Spring

This week started out OK. Busy, but OK. I had every intention of getting a HHM post up on Monday. That didn’t happen. I was going to post something on Tuesday, but by the time I got everything done and had the time, I literally fell asleep. That brings us to yesterday.

Oh Wednesday. It is not my favorite day of the week, and yesterday was pretty much the worst. We started out with a 2-hour delay for school. I wasn’t expecting it and that totally threw off my entire schedule. I had a lot of things I wanted to do early and they fell by the wayside. Another wrench in the day was that I am usually off on Wednesdays, but I had a meeting at another library about an hour away. Not a huge deal. I was ready to make it work, go to the meeting, and then treat myself to a fancy coffee on the way home and then still have a little time for crafting before the kids got home from school. 

Nope. That didn’t happen either. One of the attendees was an hour late.


But I got through it. Got Laura off the bus. Helped her with her homework. Drove her to religion. Came home. Made dinner. Cleaned up. Then it was time to go and pick up Jake from pit orchestra rehearsal. Here’s where the day got really wonderful. *Sense my sarcasm.*

Yesterday was rainy and foggy. Very foggy, as you can see in the photo at the top of this blog post. That was midday and I could barely see. So just imagine a windy, country road with no streetlights. A dark-as-molasses night. And thick fog with limited visibility. Then imagine a deer suddenly appears in the middle of road. Yes, I laid on the horn, I slowed down, I swereved, but the stupid thing still ran right into my car.

Thankfully I am fine, and the damage to my car isn’t awful. It’s totally driveable, which is the most important thing. I can deal with my banged-up fender for a while. 

So, we got home and I was not very happy so I couldn’t get to sleep, and around 10 p.m. I heard that sound that every mother hates to hear. Yes, one of the kids was sick. At first we thought maybe dinner wasn’t setting well but over the course of the night it was apparent that this was a stomach bug. So poor Jake is home from school and will have to miss his choral concert tonight. He’s exhausted, but hopefully on the upswing. 

There have been so many awful flus, bugs, colds, and illness going around this winter. I can’t stand it! I just hope this doesn’t go through the whole house. 

In the meantime, I should probably get back to bleaching and spraying down the house with Lysol!

Sunday Snapshots, January 15, 2017


I thought I’d start a weekly feature called Sunday Snapshots! For me, Sunday is definitely my fun day. I work half a day on Saturdays, so it’s the only full weekend day I get. As I try to do a better job at documenting our life, I want to take more photos of the everyday stuff. If nothing else, I should be able to manage taking a few shots every Sunday and posting them here. 

Not too much excitement, today. I slept in quite late for me — almost until 8 a.m.! Drew made us all sausage and egg biscuits, then I got ready and went out to do some shopping.

I find graffiti interesting. Some of it is very artistic! Other examples (like this one)… eh, not so much. This is on the side of the Joann’s nearest me. It’s been there since well before Christmas and I’m surprised it hasn’t been painted over yet.

Sunday afternoon

After doing most of the shopping, I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks latte for the ride home.

Sunday afternoon

When I was shopping at Aldi, they had quite a few hyacinths left so I decided that one just had to come home with me. Little signs of spring! Can’t wait to watch this grow and bloom.

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

My dishcloth, just waiting to be picked up and finished.

Sunday afternoon

A couple glasses of Merlot while waiting for dinner to cook. I just picked up some fried chicken for a treat from the Tops deli. It is probably the best fried chicken I’ve had. Even Drew and Jake enjoy it, and this isn’t one of their favorite dishes.

Sunday afternoon

And a new book I picked up at Dollar Tree. Do you ever check out their book section? If not, you definitely should! I have found many great reads there, and obviously they only cost $1. The cover of this one caught my eye. I’m going to start it tonight, and I can’t wait to crawl into bed and just start reading…
Sunday afternoon

And that’s about it for today. I am feeling super tired. Ended up staying up too late, and then I couldn’t wind down so I took a couple of my melatonin gummies. They work great, (and that’s probably why I slept in so late!), but sometimes they leave me feeling wiped out  the next day. So before you know it, I’ll be changing into my PJs, calling it a night and getting ready for another week.

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Review

Is there anything as exciting as coming home from work and finding out that happy mail has been delivered? I’m not talking about bills, of course. I’m talking about fun packages like this one…

First EC Surprise Box

Ah, yes, the classic Erin Condren box! Hard to miss. At the end of December, I got an email about a brand-new Seasonal Surprise Box that they were launching. According to the description, it would be an $80 value. The price was just $35 (including shipping)! So I took a chance. My surprise box finally arrived today! Spoiler alert! This blog post includes photos, so if you haven’t gotten yours, yet, be warned.
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Free Hourly Stickers for your EC Vertical


Well it’s been quite a while since I offered up a printable, and it’s one of my blogging goals for the year to start creating more, so here is my first set for 2017! 

Free EC Printable

This year I went back to a Vertical Erin Condren Planner after using the Hourly for almost a year. Lately I’ve found myself missing the structure of the hourly, probably because we are entering a very busy season of life and I feel like sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day! I considered purchasing another Hourly planner, but thought better of it because really, that would be wasteful and I’m not sure I want to commit to that format again in the long-term. The solution? Simply making my own 8 a.m.-8 p.m. hourly stickers that fit over two of the daily boxes!

Here’s an example of how I am using them:

EC freebie

EC freebie

I like the idea of having the hourly section, but also having that blank space underneath. In this example, I simply put down some MAMBI “To Do” checklist stickers, but you could use it for notes, meal planning, whatever works for you. Hope you enjoy this freebie!

Download my FREE By-the-Hour Sticker Printable
Sized for the Vertical Erin Condren Planner

Free EC Printable


As usual, my free planner printables are for personal use only and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Use an electronic cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo to cut your stickers, print them out on regular printer paper and then cut and paste into your planner using a tape runner, or else print them on full-sheet labels and just hand-cut the stickers. I always appreciate being tagged (@planwithcarol) in your IG pics if you use any of my free printables in your planner!

Happy Homemaker Monday (Jan. 9, 2017)

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather:::
It’s freeeeezing today! Actually, not so bad right now. When I got home from running errands in was in the mid-20s, but this morning when the boys were getting on the school bus it was 2°F.

On my reading pile:::
I have How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS in transit and it should be at the library tomorrow.

Last week, I heard Joe Donahue’s NPR interview with David France, and as someone who grew up in the 80s when living with the threat of AIDS was becoming our reality… well, I knew just had to read this book.

On my TV:::
I’ve just been watching random shows on Netflix: Lockdown, Rescue Mediums, Border Patrol… nothing that’s really grabbing me, though. I am thinking of giving Longmire a shot. I heard that was really good.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday – Chicken Tikka Masala, rice, salad
Tuesday-Saturday- OK, go ahead and laugh but Drew and I are doing a 5-Day Nutrisystem. We have done this once or twice before and truthfully, I had really great results! I use it more as a “reset” because it helps me visualize my portions better. I have lots of leftovers and quick meals for the kids — they certainly won’t starve! Maybe I should write about my Nutrisystem experience. When Drew first wanted to try it a couple years ago, I scoffed at him, but went along and was really surprised.
Sunday – Chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes, veggies

On my to do list:::
checkmarkChange the sheets on the kids’ beds

checkmarkClothing donations — Actually drop the bags off!

checkmarkWork on the craft portion of an upcoming blog post (so excited to work with ProFlowers!)

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Lately my knitting needles are calling me louder than my crochet hook. For now I’m just whipping up dishcloths to get my chops back, but later this week I think I just may finally cast on for my 40th Birthday Shawl (nevermind that I turned 41 last fall, LOL)! I purchased this kit at Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool back in 2015. I’d love to be able to wear it to the festival this year!

On the Forest Floor

Looking around the house:::
Not so bad, actually. We did a lot of tidying up yesterday. The kitchen table has a few piles of stuff to put away, as does the island. But overall things are under control for once!

From the camera:::
I put up this quick book display at the library on Saturday. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I found it on Pinterest. Nevertheless, it cracks me up!
Library Display

Something fun to share:::
Do you love the book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as much as I do? It is one of my favorites! I was so excited to learn that the illustrations will be adapted into a set of Forever stamps this year. I think I may have to buy a bunch to use on my Christmas cards. Love, love, love! 

15896131_1474920082519390_1605137407975527201_oImage source: USPS

What I’m wearing today:::
Jeans, long-sleeve tee, heavy Hershey’s hoodie, purple and black polka dot knee socks. Obviously I went for warmth & comfort over style!

One of my simple pleasures:::
Years ago I was an avid scrapbooker (some of you may even remember). Of course, it became really hard to find the time after I had more than one child, and then of course it was kids plus work and well… there just weren’t enough hours in the day. Over the last few years I’ve really enjoyed creative planning (stickers, washi tape, etc. in my weekly planner). Well, this year I’ve decided to mash up the two. For Christmas, Drew gave me a Big Happy Planner, and I’m using it as a memory planner. Yesterday I sat down at my craft desk for a while and it was so nice to relax and work on my scrapbook. I think this will be a manageable way to capture all those little moments and memories that happen over the year. I’m so excited about it!

Memory planning

Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday!