In honor of Throw Back Thursday, I’ve decided to bring back one of my favorite posts of all time from April 3, 2012 (exactly two years ago today) and very appropriate as we approach Spring Break next week!

The hubby woke up frantic because he thought Darren missed the school bus. Ummm – we’re in the middle of spring break.

I do believe we have a new father-of-the-year nominee on our hands. Hey at least it’s not just me that gets confused easily. Between the two of us, we can get our kids to the right place, at the right time at a 95% success rate. Not too shabby if you ask me.

To remind the hubby that he’s not a complete failure in life, I’m going to cheer him up with one of these hilarious cards from Sad Shop. And I think I’ll ahead and buy some for myself as well (because you can never get enough Amazeballs cards in the mail.)


I’m dreaming of a beach vacation. I mean really, who isn’t?;; Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade
Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade;; Inflatable Beach Ball
Inflatable Beach Ball;; "Cacala" Turkish Towel Peshtemal Bathrobe
“Cacala” Turkish Towel

I spent two hours at the Vital Records office and it made me want to stop my own vitals.

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My task: Going down to the Vital Records office to pick up an official copy of my daughter’s birth certificate for school registration next year.

Their task: Taking the already filled out

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form and $25 cash from my hand and pressing print.

Time expectancy: Ohhh I thought about three-five minutes.

Time reality: Two hours (not counting the time I spent showering after I got home to wash away the disgusting cooties that jumped on me while waiting. And waiting. And waiting.)

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Two days later I’m still trying to understand what was going on in that office. I witnessed a lot of wandering. And disappearing. And eye rolling (mostly from me). And blank stares. The whole situation actually reminded me of trying to get my son out the door to school in the mornings. But he’s six. And not getting paid. And did I mention that he’s six? It’s sort of his job to wander and give me blank stares.

The only reason I finally received the certificate is because I went up and asked when it would be ready. They then proceeded to tell me that ‘ohhhh, it’s ready and I must have been in the bathroom when my name was called.’ Ummmm no. I never had to go to the bathroom because I was stuck in a hot room with nothing to eat or drink for two hours.

Breathe in. Breathe out. In. Out.

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Now that I have that off my chest, I’m ready to discuss that today is Friday. And I love Fridays. I also happen to love that Spring may actually be arriving soon. And I shall celebrate with a terrarium kit from Bird and Feather. I bet this shop owner wouldn’t make me wait two hours without food or drink while placing my order.

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In honor of Throw Back Thursday, I’ve decided to bring back one of my favorite posts of all time from April 2011. It’s an oldie but still holds true. And it makes me really, really want to finally order a FitBit.

Fitbit Force Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband; Etsy Stalkers; FitBit;
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So without further ado, I bring back to you…

Last night I found myself shopping online for a full-coverage spandex-lined bathing suit. What am I, 60? No offense mom.

Enough is enough. I’m back on the eating healthy and exercising bandwagon as of now. OK, now. Seriously now. I’m counting on all of you to stop me if you see me about to dive into a vat of Nutella.

drywell;; ice cream art; ice cream cone; icecream diagram

Fortunately, there are etsy sellers out there like Drywell who have a great sense of humor about food. This pretty much sums up a hot dog in my mind (which is why I won’t eat them anymore).

drywell;; hot dog art; hot dog diagram; hot dog mystery; weiner

This one just made me laugh. Not LOL. Just L. And it sort of took my mind off of food, and lack there of it, for like a millisecond.

drywell;; milionaire voice; money sign

These are freaking re-deer-culous.

What to do when you have two twin beds and need some art to go above them? You get two deer heads from Banana Tree Studios of course.

banana tree studios,,, deer head wall mount, painted deer head

When I saw them on Etsy, I knew I had to have them. And because Banana Tree Studios understands my intense and strange need to have deer heads in very specific colors, she customized them to exactly what I was hoping for.

I’m actually not really sure how I lived without these before, but now all is right in my world. Please note: No deers were killed during the making of this blog post. Now that would be Re-deer-culous.

banana tree studios,,, deer head wall mount, painted deer head


I currently have a HUGE car rental and every time I drive in the parking deck I duck my head for protection.

Car Litter Bag, etsy blog,,
Car Litter Bag

Do you remember when I told you about my car getting bamboozled during the Atlanta Snowpocalypse over a month ago? And by bamboozled I mean after I had to abandon my car, another car was abandoned inside of my car. Needless to say my car’s been in the shop for almost a month now and because every other car in Atlanta is also getting fixed, I have a Tahoe rental. And it’s GINORMOUS. Literally the biggest car (beast) I’ve ever driven. My son’s reaction when he first saw it? “Now that’s what I’m talking about.”

Collapsible Car Wastebasket,, etsy blog,
Wastebasket car trash_compelled to Collapsible Car Wastebasket

I’m actually getting pretty used to driving the beast everywhere except my parking garage at work. I literally duck my head every time I drive under a low ceiling.  I’m not sure why I think this will protect my car but I literally can’t stop ducking. The thought of wearing a helmet has possibly crossed my mind.



I’m  supposed to get my car back later this week and I seriously can’t wait. I’m going to hug it and treat it sooooo well.  In fact I think I’ll buy it a fancy car trash bag from Compelled To Craft as a welcome home gift. And to keep my car looking extra pretty and happy, I’m going to consider washing it myself. Keyword being consider.

Car Litter Bag, etsy blog,,
Car Trash Can | Fully Leak Proof

My son and Justin Bieber had parties at the same arcade. Discuss.

So Bieber moved a few miles from my house. This is not a joke. And because I live in an Atlanta suburb, his arrival is kind of a big deal. And not just with teenage girls. Trust me when I tell you that I know many suburban wives doing drive bys (ahem).

The big Bieber news of this week is that he rented out an arcade just for himself and a few friends. While inside the arcade some punk* stole a $10,000 camera from the paparazzi and police, news crews, teenagers, housewives, etc. all swooped in to help. And as it turns out this is the same arcade we held my son’s birthday party a year ago. So basically The Biebs and I now run in the same circle. And by circle I mean zip code.

I honestly have no idea where one would go to buy a $10,000 camera (I’m nervous to own one that tips the $100 mark), but if I were to have one, I would most definitely add some flair with an awesome camera strap from Couch Guitar Straps.  These straps are sturdy, colorful and are sure to get the attention of any 20-year-old-arcade-renter-outer-star.

*Did my use of the word punk just age me by 20 years?

camera strap; vinyl camera strap; couch hand made etsy; Upcycled guitar strap;



I think The Container Store has cornered the market on Januarys.

As part of my New Year’s resolution to get organized, I’m following along with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. What is the January Cure you ask? You receive daily emails with assignments that will leave you with a cleaner and more organized home at the end of the month. The assignments are actually doable (i.e. even I can complete them).

Well this past weekend’s assignment was the kitchen. Ohhhh the kitchen, where we eat, play, cook (theoretically), read the mail, do homework, avoid homework—you get the idea. And since I couldn’t just jump into the task, I figured I would ease my way in by hitting up The Container Store (AKA heaven).

Two hours and $200 dollars later I was almost ready to start organizing. But first I needed lunch and a nap. What? I’m only human. So without further ado, here’s what I purchased to get going. Plus some goodies from Etsy that I can’t wait to buy: Simplehuman KT1000 Brushed Stainless-Steel Grocery Bag Holder
Simplehuman Grocery Bag Holder
Etsy Garlic and Ginger storage bag from Harvest Haversack
Garlic and Ginger storage bag from Harvest Haversack

Etsy Blog Chalkboard Menu from Grace Graffiti
Chalkboard Menu from Grace Graffiti Oggi Stack 'N Store 4 Piece Canister Set
Oggi Stack ‘N Store 4 Piece Canister Set

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Have you already broken them?

Signs you need coffee: Leaving your car on while going inside Starbucks to get coffee. Reclaimed Chalkboard & Burlap Coffee Mug Teacher Etsy Blog

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

I literally parked my car, got out, bought coffee, walked back to my car, and only then realized I had left my car running. Ummmm….needless to say, I ordered a Venti. And now I’m ordering new coffee supplies because you can never have enough. Of anything really. Reclaimed Chalkboard & Burlap Coffee Mug Teacher Etsy Blog
Reclaimed Chalkboard & Burlap Coffee Mug by EightySix56
Etsy Stalkers Verismo® System 580 by Starbucks®
Verismo® System 580 by Starbucks® Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid Etsy Blog
Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid Tea mug sleeve, Coffee cup cozy Etsy Blog
Coffee Cup Cozy by Yarn Jewelry

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Did you know my daughter’s room was put together by Etsy Shops?

Etsy Stalkers Taylor-Made Room
Etsy Stalkers Taylor-Made Room

If you’re new to Etsy Stalkers I want you take you wayyyyy back in time (2011) when I decided to create a Taylor-Made room for my daughter (whose name is Taylor). When I conceived this idea, I had no idea how many Etsy shops would come together to bring it to fruition. But above is the end result.  It’s officially the prettiest and most put together room in my house. But it wasn’t all like this. In fact it used to be the exact opposite…READ MORE >