Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Here is the only "Christmas morning" experience we had this year. It happened at 2am. I'm glad I have this video or I may not have survived Christmas this year at all. When the kids got us up at 7am, we went downstairs to utter destruction. Every present that was under the tree was unwrapped (including ones for me and Carl). Most of the boxes containing those items had been ripped to shreds. Caleb is the only one strong enough to do that. Eva said she didn't do it...she was "just watching". Either way, they both got sent to bed as soon as we got up.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I seriously underestimated what my energy level might be after working for Provo Craft the week before Christmas. My five days of gift ideas have turned into three. Of all of them, I think this one is the most crucial! The stocking is a great place to put all sorts of little goodies that crafters will go crazy for! Husband (s), take note!
What crafter wouldn't want to write (or embellish) with glitter?
This might be a little big for a stocking stuffer, but any Martha Stewart glitter will do. I'm starting to sense a theme here. I better get off the glitter train for a moment because I know that it is not every crafter's cup of tea.
3. Fat Quarters
"Fat quarter" is a term that refers to a yard of fabric that has been cut into 1/4 sections across the crosswise grain. So, instead of a 9" x 44" piece of fabric you get an 18" X 22" piece. Most craft and fabric stores have fat quarters for sale for around $1. They come rolled up or in little squares and make the perfect stocking stuffer!
A spool or two of fun ribbon appeals to a lot of different types of crafters. Can you ever really have enough?
Most crafters have their favorites. If you are stuffing a stocking for a specific crafter, go snoop and see which kind she prefers. Having extra adhesive (or any consumable, really) is always a good thing.
Massage gift certificate--just saying. I'm sure
I any crafter would love one of these in their stocking.
*cross posted at ChristyNelson.net
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Day 2 of gift guides include stuff for the techies in your life. I most certainly consider myself a member of this crowd. I'm a computer nerd that loves crafts.
This first item is perfect for any crafty geek in your life. You can purchase one of these on Etsy for $20 but I'm sure most of my readers (at least at ChristyNelson.net) could make their own version for less.
Words can not describe how badly I want this shirt. Actually, I want the technology on this shirt to put on one of my own. It totally detects the wi-fi and lights up accordingly! It's only $20. What a bargain!
3. A Netbook
Any little netbook would probably do! I've linked to this one pictured that I might purchase if I was shopping for myself. My laptop is my primary computer but can sometimes be a bit cumbersome to lug around for meetings and conferences. A netbook is a good bridge between my iPod Touch and laptop. I think it would make a terrific gift for
me any techie.
This has been one of my favorite tech purchases ever. It is so easy to use and so versatile. This is not only a great gift for a techie (although, they probably already have one!) but it is a great overall gift for anyone...a new parent, a teenager, a blogger, a grandparent. You don't have to be very computer savvy to use it, either. It's got a flip out usb and built in software. Easy peasy.
Sometimes you just need to use your laptop on the couch or in your bed. Instead of burning up your legs and your computer, a cooling pad is the way to go. This isn't the one I have, but it looks pretty darn good and got some great reviews on Amazon. The one I have is a bit bulky. This one is lighter and slimmer. That's important.
Monday, December 14, 2009
This week I'm posting some gift guides. They'll also be cross posted on ChristyNelson.net. There will be at least one homemade item per list.
Today we've got gifts for foodies. Enjoy!
At $50 this is a little out of range for a hostess gift (at least for me!) but if you're shopping for an adventurous chef wanna-be, this could be a great option. Vervacious has so many different blends and gift sets (another great one is theSpanish Favorites for only $25). They also offer subscriptions where they send out something amazing once a month.
Okay, I'm adding something I've featured on my other site. It makes such a great gift and is so quick and easy that I couldn't leave it off the list.
At $10, this knife could easily fit the hostess gift bill or be a great add-on to a fun food related gift. There are many colors to choose from and did I mention that it's NON STICK? I'm putting this on my Christmas wishlist.
Is this book really over 10 years old? I love it. Jeffrey Steingarten is now very well known, having been a judge on Iron Chef America since it premiered. This book is full of short articles so it is a great read over a period of time. I own this book and find myself grabbing it when I have a few moments and just want to read a chapter or two. I'll warn you, though. You might want to put his second book in your shopping cart as well.
I do live in Nebraska, you know. This isn't just a gift for foodies. This is a gift for anyone that eats. Well, anyone that eats meat. At under $70 and free shipping, the recipient (and their family) will be enjoying this gift for months. It is full of great food!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I made a tooth fairy pillow last night for Caleb. I explained the situation and the basic story over at ChristyNelson.net.
The kids loved the whole concept and it was fun to experience. Even though Caleb's lost over 6 teeth, this has been the first one that has actually made it home.
Today Eva wanted to dress up in our Halloween costume. The war paint was courtesy of preschool. She was quite the vision!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Carl got back from his Grandpa Nelson's funeral last night and had some great stories to share with me. I'm going to have him write some of those here on the blog so we'll have them documented. The photos are from our last trip to see Grandpa Nelson in July 2009.
Grandpa could always be found with something in his hand - a tennis racket, fishing pole, gardening tool, or conductor's baton. He was expert at all these hobbies (tennis, fishing, gardening, and music), and he achieved this by a combination of talent, love, and perseverance. I never once came close to beating him at tennis - I have the love and a little talent but that's about it. He also knew how to make other people happy, by telling stories/jokes or by providing loving service. He was always giving away his beautiful flowers, and he was always out in the garden early in the morning gathering fresh berries so that he and Grandma could fix us all delicious hot breakfasts when we were visiting their home.
Grandpa was very focused on achieving his career goals, but still gave quality time to his family. He grew up without much material wealth, the oldest in a family of 9 kids, but learned that by his industry he could be successful. Despite financial obstacles, he was able to create an opportunity for himself to enter college, and while there, not only worked at various jobs but participated in theater and music on campus and in traveling shows. He became interested in library science and later earned a master's degree in this field as well as an MBA. He had decided that he wanted to become director of libraries at BYU, and although he was turned down for this job and others, he eventually found success by the old adage, "try, try again." After being director of libraries at Eastern Oregon College and then earning his PhD at UC Berkeley, he gained a position at BYU and eventually achieved his ultimate career goal in the 1960s. He remained in the director's position for the rest of his career, where he made many significant contributions to the university libraries.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
When I was in Oklahoma, my sister and I went to Sally to get some cool hair supplies. We found these Curlformers and just had to try them.
Here is my before picture.
Then you put these curly-q doo-dads in the hair.
I've curled my hair several times with these and I've seen the best results when using them on damp hair and letting them air dry. The heat didn't work that great and overnight made me look like Annie.
So, what do you think?
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Our day started off in the car. We drove from Oklahoma to Nebraska. It was as fun as it looks.
We hurried home so the kids could go to the trunk or treat at church.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
One of the many outfits Eva put on yesterday. She's always very proud of her creations.
I wish I would have taken a few more pictures of her throughout the day.
She got a teddy bear in on the act, too. The bear had at least 4 outfit changes during the day.
You can't put the bear down for a nap in play clothes! It needs pajamas, of course!
She's been enjoying having big brother home from school for Fall Break.
She might change her mind by the end of the week.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Yesterday Caleb was asking me why we didn't have a baby, dogs, or cats.
How do you respond to that?*
What? You don't have snow in early October where you live. Pity.
*change the subject, of course!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Toolulu was featured recently in the Lincoln Business Journal. They did a good job on the article. I believe if you click on it, you'll be able to see the bigger version where you can actually read it. The LBJ really needs to get online!
Anyway, everything is pretty accurate except at the very end where it talks about a social media conference. It's actually a CRAFT conference and it is coming in October 2010 and you can bet I'll be posting tons of information about it here in the future.
Speaking of crafts, I'm in Kansas City for the next few days
enjoying the lovely weather at the sewing and quilt expo.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I stepped on the scale today at Weight Watchers and I weigh the exact same as I did last week. I'm counting this as a win considering the majority of what I ate last weekend came from Arby's. Darn you, 5 for $5. I can't resist you.
In other news, this poor blog has been neglected. I've been busy working on my other sites and have left this one to languish. I'll try to update it as much as I can but frankly, I have got to spend my time on the other ones since they actually pay some bills. I've also found that most of what I would be blogging about here in great detail, gets shortened and facebooked (yes, it's a verb) so by the time I'm ready to blog about it, I'm "over" it. Fickle me.
This blog is still my go-to site for kids news, poop stories, and weight loss adventures. I'm by no means ready to shut this baby down. I just felt a little blog neglect explanation was in order.
Until next time.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'm just starting week 3 of Weight Watchers. My weigh in this week was rough. I didn't know what was going to happen. I was sick all weekend and pretty much ate whatever I felt like (including most of a pizza over the course of 2 days). Even with all of that, I was down 1.2 lbs.
I did try making a cake with Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi. All I can say is that it was a total waste of a perfectly good soda. Devil's Food cake mix+Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi= gross cake. That didn't stop Carl and Caleb from eating the whole thing, though. They must like gross cake.
Last week I started using this new product that I thought I would tell you about. Disclosure: I did get this product for free. I met the woman behind the product at Bar Camp and she gave me a set. We're also going to partner with them at Toolulu to work on a few projects.
These are bracelets from HabitWise. I am using the GetLoss program. Basically, I use these bracelets to help me make good food choices throughout the day. Certain colors equal different food groups. You start the day with all the bracelets on one arm. You move them over to the other arm as you eat those types of foods.
I must admit, I was skeptical. Were bracelets really going to help me eat better? Apparently so! They are a constant reminder and give me visual cues as to the types of foods I need to consume. I really enjoy this system and have been thinking of all the ways you can alter it to fit your lifestyle. I was thinking I would use them to start tracking my Weight Watchers points.
Do you think you would benefit from this type of product? What would you use it for? They're really interested in hearing your opinions so they can make this product a success.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
There is snow on the ground, we're having a rough time with Caleb, and I had to move my website to new hosting (which took me longer than I wanted). But, what I really want to blog about today is this:
OU/TX! If you don't care about college football, you probably won't find this funny so spend those 4 minutes doing something else. Enjoy (either way). The game is next weekend and I can't wait!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I let my daughter leave the house looking like this. She got lots of "compliments" on her sparkly skirt and shoes. She was so proud of this outfit. She wanted to leave the house without any pants on under that skirt. I did put my foot down on that one.
The pants she has on used to be Caleb's. Yes, she wears hand me downs from her brother.
Have I mentioned lately that Eva is very into brushing her own hair? This involves her squirting water all over her head and then she brushes through it. She can't reach the back of her head very well. It's not looking that hot.
Somebody cut my iPod charging cable in half. Eva said it was daddy. I can't get too upset at her, though. It could have been me. The cable was sitting really close to all the stuff I was cutting up for the craft challenge packets. I'm 85% sure it wasn't me, but just the possibility is enough for me not to be too upset about it.
I wasn't going to mention on this blog that I started Weight Watchers. But, I outted myself on Twitter and Facebook. I lost 3.4 lbs last week. Go me! Now I'm trying to come up with low point treats. You know how you can make a cake with a mix and a can of diet soda? I'm totally going to do that. What cake mix do you think will taste the best with Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi?
Something else happened today. My other blog got a redesign. It was a win/win situation. Steph from ThinkDoBeCreate
helped me customize(d) a Wordpress theme I liked and did some great work on everything. The price was right and she's adding work to her portfolio. I'm sure I was the perfect client and not demanding at all even though I kept hounding her via twitter and facebook. Want to see what we came up with?
Introducing the new ChristyNelson.net.
I'm still working on getting the posts organized and formatted correctly but if you've got some advice on things we might want to fix, let me know!
Sunday, October 04, 2009
A while ago I got a phone call from someone at my church that was really offensive to me. I told this person so. This person hasn't apologized to me but I think this is more because this person thinks that what they said was not racist. This isn't something that I think about on a daily basis but this person called tonight and it made me think of the incident. I didn't answer the phone, Carl did. This person called right as I was giving the kids a little lesson. I was sharing a quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley.
"May God help us to be a little kinder, showing forth greater forbearance, to be more forgiving, more willing to walk the second mile, to reach down and lift up those who may have sinned but have brought forth the fruits of repentance, to lay aside old grudges and nurture them no more."
Gordon B. Hinckley, "Forgiveness," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 84
(emphasis my own)
I wasn't going to blog about this since I thought it might be "nurturing" the old grudge. But I promise this is the last time I'll bring it up. Lesson learned.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you are watching this season of The Amazing Race, you'll know that one of the competitors has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a form of autism.
One of the road blocks on the first episode involved herding ducks. I was thinking that I bet the man with Asperger's would do a great job if he is anything like my Caleb.
A couple of the other competitors called him the duck whisperer.
Caleb sure loves the ducks and geese at Grandma and Grandpa Greer's house. They love to follow him around and he'd just march around with them all day.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
You'll just have to trust me that this is Hall & Oates. It's been a month ago since I saw them in concert and I haven't blogged about it. Who am I? How did I let this go so long undocumented?
I went with Shannon, Wendy and Carl. I was taking pictures with my new Ashton-signed camera (the signature has since faded away completely). After I took this one, the camera asked me if someone blinked. Hmmm. That surprised me. So we tried to recreate the message.
We had a lot of time on our hands waiting for Hall & Oates to sing, "Private Eyes". They're watching you. *clap clap*
In fact, we're still waiting.
Good thing the tickets were only $12 or I'd want my money back. How could they NOT sing that song?
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I'm throwing away the toys. I'm feeling pretty generous in allowing each child 10 toys. This isn't even literally 10. For example, Eva's dollhouse and the furniture and things that fit in it count as one. Caleb's Scooby Doo people count as one. They'll still have more than enough. Maybe I'll lower the number to 5 toys each eventually.
It feels pretty good to get rid of all that stuff. The picture above was taken about an hour into the cleaning. It's still crazy down there. And you know what? The kids are fine with it. I'm having a harder time convincing Carl.
Know anybody that wants some toys?
Friday, September 18, 2009
I am in need. I don't know if something like this exists. If it does, point me to it and I will want to buy it! If it doesn't, make it!
Wanted: an iPhone app or Kindle feature where you can read books and then when you get in a car or want to listen to them, you can switch to the audio version in the exact spot where you are in the book. When you're done with the audio, it will take you to that spot in the book where you finished and then you can keep reading.
How cool would that be?
Last night we had out book group meeting to pick out the books for the rest of the year (Oct-Sept).
December: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
February: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
September: From Chunk to Hunk by Fred Anderson
The Female Brain--Brizendine
Faith of our Fathers series
The Book Thief--Zusak
A Man for all seasons--Robert Bolt
A room of ones own--Virginia Woolf
The Man who ate everything--Steingarten
You've got to read this book--Canfield
One thousand white women--Fergus
Pretties, Uglies, Specials--series by Westerfield
Summer of the Gods--Larson
several classics were also mentioned--Little Women, Black Beauty, Call of the Wild, Little Princess, Jane Eyre, All Quiet on the Western Front, Of Mice and Men, A Wrinkle in Time
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Want to see some pictures from the 09-09-09 party? I thought you might.
We had a minor glitch with the location. Seems like they forgot to let us in. A few phone calls and 45 minutes later, we got in the building. I was surprisingly not stressed out about it. We had fun outside, the kids ran around, and when we finally got in they gave me a refund for the rental (Carl LOVED this part).
Matt wins the prize for most committed to the theme. He got his hair cut into a mullet for the evening.
Wendy held her own as well. Here she is posing for her senior picture.
Deb broke out some pulp fiction moves. Like my super sweet vest?
Carl did some "break dancing".
John came "tied to a modem" and Leith was just excited to run around and play!
Lisa's always the life of the party.
The game room was a big hit.
The kids got to tumble.
We couldn't forget the Macarena!
Time to start thinking about 10-10-10! It falls on a Sunday so we'll have to celebrate some other day again.
photos are from me and rossn (Thanks, Ross!).