Diversions: A breakup's best friend.

The holidays keep moving along, coming whether I'm ready or not, and I've been thinking about things like dealing with nostalgia ("Breakups vs. The Holidays") and triumphantly putting up my first Christmas tree on my own ("I'm a Christmas-aholic"). But it's still a tough time no matter what. I still have twinges of panic when I'm faced with the holidays and when that happens, I dig into my bag of diversions, take one out, and become my usual compulsive self over it. One of these diversions is one I've mentioned before. If you know me now, you know I love beauty products and makeup. ...more

Book Drought

As many of you know, I'm a slightly-more-than-avid reader. I might have even been told to "put the book down and watch some TV, woman." Once we had Aedan, my book time became more limited, and when it's a choice between TV and reading, I almost unequivocally choose reading. To give you an idea of my appetite, I generally read between two and three books a week, and since I only generally read between 8 - 10 p.m....more

Wow, I'm really glad I posted about this - these are all great suggestions. I'll have to try ...more

For Love or For Money: Spending Money On Your Hobbies

Finding a hobby or a passion is on some levels like finding a good partner - there's a certain element of chemistry involved. But there’s also a practical (financial) side of the equation that might make one hobby feasible but render another hobby’s pursuit unrealistic.Some activities, such as running, reading, Frisbee, etc. are relatively inexpensive, or have a low entry cost. On the other end of the spectrum, there are sports or hobbies that require more money. Golf, sailing, skiing, horseback riding, deep-sea diving, etc., all require significant monetary commitment....more

Some of the best financial advice I ever got was to only spend money on things you absolutely ...more

My Birthday

Its that dreaded time of year again, my birthday (well on Sunday).  Now I don't dread my birthday because of the age thing, I honestly could care less about that.  Its the question that I'm always asked by my husband.  "What do you want for your birthday?"  I have come to loathe this question.  ...more

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone (and hopefully not into dog poop)

Last week, I had an epiphany. Well, actually, it's been brewing for some time: the feeling that life is passing me by while I work at my dead end job and go through the motions each day, mired in mediocrity and surrounded by the familiar. Well, that's all about to change! As I said in a recent Tweet: "I'm at the point in life where I want to accumulate experiences rather than things." (Is that more than 140 characters? I hope not, since I typed it from memory).... ...more

How I Found Me

I have been a stay-at-home mom for 8 months now (as I paused to count the months, I had to do it thrice because I really couldn't believe it has only been that long).  Before this, I was a professional working woman. I loved working.  I loved making my own money, taking on tasks and aggressively and ambitiously pursuing their completion to success. I loved being in the office and being productive and feeling important in my role.  I knew of women who stayed home to care for their kids and would often say I could never be one of them. ...more

Creating Soy Candles in Easy Steps

You can learn to create candles out of soy in just a few easy steps. It’s easy and, best of all, soy is a sustainable alternative to paraffin candles. Soy wax has a lower flash point and can be melted at a lower temperature. It also cleans up easily in soap and water. The elements required to create your soy candle are as follows: •    Soy wax - flaked soy wax is the easiest to use and I purchase mine from Kentucky Candle Wax Supply, Inc.•    A container - I use my own handmade pottery ...more

On Hatred of All Things Crafty

When the idea for a family gift exchange first came up this year, my initial response was, "Wait. I'm poor. I can't afford Christmas." And then I thought, "OOH! Unless we did a CRAFT exchange in which we gave homemade arts and crafts to each other." And then I laughed. I am NOT a crafty person. Nor am I a "do it yourself" sort of person. ...more

I get my "awesome" (or lack of) craft-skill from my mom.  I am with you, I would ...more

Living Nicely!

To blog or not to blog...blahg, blahg, blahg...After mulling around in the muck and mire of indecision, I have decided to jump into the blogpool and fill more virtual space with my mundane take on Life, or to be specific: Living Nicely! Firmly believing that everything has been said and done somewhere, by someone, I have no expectations of originality or uniqueness for this blog...however, I do believe that even though someone else has been there and done that, it doesn't hurt to try to do it better! ...more

Where do you buy your fabric?

Were do you get your fabric? I think we all have our go-to local fabric store - for me, the big chain store is Joannes. Joannes is fine for cheapish everyday fabrics. The Joannes near me recently closed and so I had to journey to a nearby town to go find one but that one is a SUPERSTORE. It's huge and has a way bigger selection of fabrics and notions and I'm pretty excited about that. There are a couple of smaller non chain fabric stores near me that I frequent often as well. But what about other sources? ...more