Tuesday Letter

Dear Sonic, I know I’m a little obsessed with this, but if I had a million extra dollars laying around I would check to see if you REALLY do have 1, 392,085 drink options.  It just doesn’t seem possible.  Dear hydrangeas, I give up on you.  No more.  Dear self, when will you learn not to tell the kids you’re planning to do something until the EXACT MOMENT you do it.  You bring the insanity on yourself.  Dear Jerm, there’s no one else I’d rather march toward the sweet release of death with than you.  ;)

 

Love,
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TwirlyGirl Petal Dress Review

If you know my girls at all (or have heard me talk about them), then I’m sure you know about their obsession with all things fancy.  Especially dresses and skirts.  These girls literally cry when I make them wear a pair of jeans, no joke.  So when TwirlyGirl  offered to send one of their dresses for us to try out we jumped at the chance.  Because, hello, TwirlyGirl?  Just the name made my girls jump (and twirl) for joy!  We immediately checked out their website where Madeline fell in love with the toddler flower girl dresses like these.

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We weren’t sure which dress we would end up with, so while we waited we had fun picking out our favorites and the girls spent a good amount of time building their dream wardrobes from the selection of girls flower girl dresses and super twirly skirts.

Susannah’s favorites were every color imaginable of the unique flower girl dresses like these:

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How cute is that?!  I loved this style as well, but my favorite was the Petal Dress, which was similar to the one Madeline originally picked, except pink, which has become a major weakness of mine.  There’s just something about little girls in pink.  Am I right?

So I was super happy when our package arrived and it was the Petal dress in Madeline’s size.  She was beyond thrilled to try it out and I’ve barely been able to pry it off of her since it arrived.  This darling toddler flower girl dress made her whole week….and she’s been twirling nonstop ever since she put it on.

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Watch out for the wall....twirling makes us dizzy.

Watch out for the wall….twirling makes us dizzy!

Like I said, the only struggle I’ve had with this experience is getting the dress OFF of her…she was heartbroken when I finally insisted on washing it and asked what she would wear while it was in the laundry.  So from the her standpoint I would definitely call this dress a WIN.  Susannah’s been quite jealous of all the twirling happening without her so I’m pretty sure that she would be just as attached if we’d received one in her size.

I’m really impressed with the quality of the fabric and craftsmanship; these dresses are obviously a labor of love and the story of how the company started is so sweet.  Many of their dresses and skirts are reversible, which my girls think is super awesome (twice the amount of time before washing!).  My favorite thing about these dresses, hands down is that they’re pretty and fancy enough to be used for flower girl dresses (or other formal settings), but they’re actually comfortable and wearable at the same time.  Susannah is wildly picky not only about how her clothes look (must be fancy), but also about how they feel.  I’m still a little bitter about the (very) expensive dress we bought her last Easter that she wore for about two hours before deeming it too uncomfortable to ever touch again.

TwirlyGirl dresses are actually livable, you know?   They’re great for any occasion, from formal dress-up days, to normal twirling kind of days….which seriously, is just about every day that ends in “Y” around here.

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If you need a toddler flower girl dress or just have a fancy little girl who loves fashion and twirling, be sure to visit TwirlyGirl and view all of their unique and adorable products.  They’ve even provided a discount code that’s good through 5/1/2014 for Somewhere in the Middle readers.  Just enter MidTG at checkout and you’ll receive 15% off your entire order!  (Does not apply to sale items, gift certificates or Design your own dress feature.)

**I received product and/or compensation in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.**

 

Tuesday Letter

Dear self, next time you pull a giant pot off a high shelf in the garden center of Walmart, you might want to think about whether it had rained for the entire previous day.  Because that will keep you from dumping a gallon of ice-cold water directly into your face and all down your clothes and having to walk around the store like a drowned rat.    Dear person who stole my iPhone, you. are. mean.  You aren’t my favorite person.  Dear Susannah, no, British isn’t the way you say English in Spanish.  Hahahaha!  Your mind truly works in mysterious ways.

Ten Things {On Being Wrong}

Okay, maybe just one thing this week instead of the usual ten.

I’ve felt badly about my Facebook post ever since I posted it, because although I meant it to be humorous, I felt like maybe it was offensive instead.

If you weren’t offended…great.

But if you were, please accept my apologies and know that I wasn’t pointing my finger at you.

Also, this:

 

Week in Review: March 30 – April 5

There isn’t too terribly much to report this week, due in part to losing any photos I snapped when my iPhone was stolen.  :(    It’s amazing how attached to that phone I was.  I feel totally lost without all my reminders and notes and apps.  ;)

It was quiet around here, which was nice.  Susannah has moved into Roman history and is determined to experience a real Roman meal, togas and all, so you may see something along those lines in the next few weeks.

Mad worked on the letter “u” this week and to celebrate she made mini pineapple upside-down cakes.  That’s not my favorite kind of cake, but Jerm said they were delicious.  I may share the recipe sometime soon since I lost all photographic evidence of the last (extremely delicious) cake I had planned to post.

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I also made these little burlap bags for the girls to use in place of Easter baskets this year.  I’m not a fan of the plastic monstrosities that multiply each year and I’m not about to fork out $10-20 for a pretty basket that will only get used once.  My girls adore bags and usually bring 1-2 with them everywhere they go so I thought these would get more use.  Plus they’re cute!  (Totally stole the painted bunny idea from here.)

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Don’t forget to check out my giveaway for the new reusable Mod Podge Rocks stencils.  You can enter here if you haven’t already.

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Springtime Mini Pallet Art with Mod Podge Rocks Stencils

A few months ago, Amy, who blogs over at Mod Podge Rocks released  an awesome new product – repositionable stencils that are especially designed to work with Mod Podge and glitter.  They’re two of my favorite products in the whole world, so I was thrilled when she offered to send one of her new stencils to me to try out.  I did a little happy dance when it arrived in the mail along with some glitter and spouncers…and then promptly forgot about it in the midst of all of the Despicable Me party preparations.  Luckily, I’m not in denial about my procrastinating ways, and I committed myself to the latest possible date.  I’m just cool like that.  (Seriously, my single resolution for 2015 needs to be END PROCRASTINATION.  Notice how I pushed it off until 2015?)

But back to the stencils.  These bad boys are pretty cool.  They’re repositionable, washable, and can be used over and over.  They can be used with Mod Podge and glitter or paint, and they’re affordable and easy to find (Michaels).  And look at all the cool designs:

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I needed some spring decor so I decided to make another mini pallet art project, similar to this one I made for Valentines Day (because, really, it’s time to take down the Valentine decor, right?).

I used wood shims again, but found some that were even smaller, so the finished size is only about 6×6.

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After painting it I added some birds and the word “happy” to the corner using a homemade stencil from contact paper.  It didn’t stick to the wood very well so I probably would have been better off free-handing the designs.

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After the paint was totally dry I lined the stencil up and went to town with the Mod Podge.  After coating the entire surface I peeled the stencil up and sprinkled glitter on the design, then washed the stencil off and repositioned it to continue over the entire surface, skipping the area around the birds.

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After everything was dry I used a small paintbrush to remove the excess glitter.

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In retrospect, using the light glitter didn’t really produce the results I was hoping for.  If I did it over I would use a bolder shade of glitter or maybe paint, but it’s still a happy little piece.

And hey, at least it isn’t Valentine themed.  Progress.

Want to win one of these stencils?  Amy has generously offered to send one her new stencils to a lucky reader!  Enter below for a chance to win.

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**I received product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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On Life and Goals

I thought I would do a little goal update since it’s been quiiiite a while since I’ve done anything like that.

Basically…I’m a failure.

I think the only goals I even made public this year were my reading goals and my read-aloud goals.   And so far I’m failing miserably at both.

We started the second book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series in January and STILL haven’t finished it.  It’s not that we don’t like it…we do.  It’s not that we don’t have time…we probably do.  Honestly, by the time we’ve finished school I just don’t want to bother most days.  It hasn’t been happening during lunch, which is what worked for us last year, so I’m trying to get in the habit of reading a chapter at bedtime.  So we’re more than two books behind schedule and who knows if we’ll catch up.

My personal reading has been weird.  I’ve been way overloading myself with library books and haven’t read a single title on my to-read shelf this year.  I’m forcing myself to not check out any more books from the library until I read a few from my own shelves, though, so hopefully I’ll make some progress soon.  I tell myself that it’s either read them or get rid of them because my shelves are overflowing and they’ve been taking up space for a long time.  Bad me, I know.

I had some blogging goals that have more or less fallen by the wayside during my extremely frustrating final three months with Godaddy.  I’m still trying to get everything set up the way I like it after switching hosts so I’m just focusing on that for now.

I’m itching to sew more and had this crazy idea of making an entire collection of clothes for the girls this spring, but I have no idea if it will materialize or not. I kind of hope so.

I’ve been considering posting weekly goals to maybe help keep me accountable so that may be showing up soon.  I’m very goal-oriented and crossing stuff off my to-do list is one of my favorite things in the world to do.  I know…I’m a nerd.  Jerm tells me all the time.

Anybody else having better success at keeping up with their goals than I am?