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Who doesn’t like free stuff?

So many of the blogs I read host free giveaways. Usually they are giving away some awesome things. Most blogs you only have leave a comment, but some you have a few more steps. Right now, one of the blogs I read is giving away the following:

il_430xn_68254792I think this would look fabulous on my dining room table or on my baker’s rack in the dining room, so I am signing up for the giveaway. I’ve already done step one, now for the following steps:

2. Link to this post on the blog: http://theletteredcottage.blogspot.com/2009/05/coastline-contest.html 

3. In the same post, also link to Grace’s Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7044601

I just need to  leave on a comment on the blog, and voila! I’m entered for an awesome giveaway. (Pssst, P.S. You can always enter by clicking on step 2 above!)

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WANT

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Oh my goodness, I found these beauties on one of my favorite blogs, The Nester, and holy cow, I think I’m in L-O-V-E!

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Gah, I love it all! I commented on the Nester’s blog for a giveaway, and I am really crossing my fingers on this one. Although, my birthday is coming up in two days. Hmmm . . .

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A home for all those books

I promised that once I had pictures uploaded on the computer, I would update my blog with some of the pictures. Since we just finished the second shelf last weekend, I thought I would share our bookshelf project.

Back story: a few months before our wedding, a friend of ours who is (as we call him) a “master woodworker” asked us what we would like him to make for us for a wedding present. Being the genius that I am, I suggested some bookshelves for the large amount of books my husband and I have. So our friend made them for us, but since we wanted to paint them black, he left them unfinished for us to do the painting. 

We got one of the bookshelves a few months after the wedding (I think he’s a procrastinator) but we didn’t paint it for a few weeks. We got the other bookshelf about a month ago (yeah, he’s a big procrastinator) and painted it last weekend. And honestly, for a can of paint and a can of primer, some brushes, and a few hours of elbow grease, I thought they turned out pretty darn well.

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I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!

Look what I found in our front and back yards this evening:

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p4050016p4050018 The flowers have been making an appearance for the past few days, but the buds on the tree were a new discovery for me as of ten minutes ago. Gah! I am so excited! There are times in the deep throes of February and March when I think that I will never see another flower or leaf on a tree again . . . and then April arrives and I am ecstatic.

And now here I sit, in our new comfy chair, with the sun porch door open, day light still illuminating (although somewhat dimly) the house, and my hubby spent a day doing outside work at my in-laws. Does life get any sweeter?

However, if you take a look at the first and third pictures, you will notice that we have plenty of yard work in our near future. Time to get out the rake and start hauling the mulch soon, I guess!

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How did I do?

Alright, time to take a look at my March goals and see how well I did. Don’t hold your breaths:

My March Goals:

  1. Spend at least 30 minutes cleaning after work every day, BEFORE t.v., computer, etc., Monday-Thursday (I figure I have some leeway on Fridays). – Kind of, sort of. Some days I slacked, and some days are really good. I’m going to try to redo this one in April.
  2. Go through my clothes and donate the unwanteds to charity. –  That was a big NADA.
  3. Read at least five books (this will also benefit my March’s book blog – February’s will be posted soon). – I got three read fully and two almost finished. So I didn’t quite make it. Boo.
  4. Have a great (not just good) day at work. – No. And I don’t see this happening any time soon.
  5. Walk the dogs at least once a week. – Yeah! Finally one accomplished. We even bought Molly a new harness to make our walking easier.
  6. Cook something from scratch at least twice. – Nope.
  7. Host a dinner party. – Another nope.
  8. Get all my lesson plans for the rest of the year done (this could help number 4, as well). – Almost. I have about one week of unaccounted school time – I just need to figure out what to do that last week of school.
  9. Cut back my internet time to 30 minutes a day (yikes!) – school work doesn’t count. – Yeah, I’m not so sure about this one.
  10. Figure out a better way to organize our recyclables in the garage. – I did figure it out – just haven’t put it into place yet

Alright, 20% fully completed is not a good number, although I guess I did get a lot of partially completeds in there (but they still don’t count). I need to work a bit on this. I’m going to think of my April goals and get back to this. Let’s hope April goes better than March!

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House hunting

No, no, no, we’re not looking for a house again (although it has been a year now since we’ve been house hunting!). But my husband’s brother and his fiancee are looking for a house right now, so I can’t help but get in on the action. And while I love our house now, I know that some day we will outgrow it. It is not our “forever house,” even though it is a perfect starter home.

However, I think I have found our forever house! Well, the plans for it, anyway. I’ve been really drawn to craftsman style houses lately, and in my recent googling, found this following beauty:

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Yep, I’m just slightly in love with this house a little. It has a great layout, it’s big but not TOO big, has the right number of bedrooms, and it has a FRONT PORCH (which I have been dying for). I’m tucking this baby away.

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