Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Screen-Free Week-why we're not participating....

Not participating, you ask?  How can someone not participate in something that is so good?

As I said last year, I actually like the idea of being 'screen-free'.  BUT, if you are going to DVR all of your shows this week just to watch them all next week, what is the use?  And, truthfully, isn't that what most of us will do?  I've heard people say this is the plan.

LM's school is actually having their screen free week this week instead of next so it coincides with the school book fair & Young Author's Night.

I realize that all too many of us spend way too much time in front of some type of screen: television, computer, iPad, etc.  And as parents, our kids emulate us so if we're spending a lot of time in front of a screen chances are so are our kids.  The idea of a whole week that is screen free is enticing, but in this day and age how reasonable is it?

  • Schools and businesses communicate via text and email more often than not.
  • Books are being read on Kindles and Nooks and eReaders.
  • Families get active with Wii Fit and Rock Band.
  • Homework projects include on line research.
So, for us, we've decided to scale back on \TV time as well as time just mindlessly spent on the computer.  
  • No TV or computer in the morning before school (this is nothing new during the school year for us - mornings run much more smoothly without those distractions.)
  • No after school TV or computer - this is time for homework and outside play.
If a favorite show is on in the evening we'll watch, but just having the TV on because we usually do is out this week.  I'd love for this to extend in to the future but we'll see.

The little note LM brought home to be signed saying we are participating in the screen-free week won't get signed since we are honestly no participating.  But I'm okay with that and so is she.  Even if there is some prize involved for participating...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Around my Instagram...

I recently (finally) downloaded the pictures from my phone to my computer.  Over 600 of them.  I take a lot of pictures on that little phone and LOVE Instagram - all those filters!  I think the photos someone takes says a lot about a person.  Here's a little glimpse:

Yummy Lemon Bars from the Food Network Magazine & Paula Deen.  Easy peasy and oh, so yummy!

I take a lot of pictures of this guy.  And he's usually on the bed!

The none to popular ham casserole.  VERY heavy with all those potatoes.  Good flavor but we'll save it for when we run the Iditarod next time.

Morning quiet time with a book and some coffee.

Why my purse was so heavy.  You just never know when you'll need it!

You can find me on Instagram! @debbeckm   Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Update: Front Door

I painted our front door.  I talked about doing it in this post.  And here is the end result:

I used Valspar (Lowes) exterior paint with primer custom mixed to a Sherwin Williams color - Summit Grey. (Please excuse the command hooks on the glass-I am debating putting up another wreath and decided to keep them up until I make my decision - classy, yes?)

I think I like the color with the house but part of me thinks I should have gone with a warmer grey to better complement the cream color (Sherwin Williams Muslin).  I think a little accessorizing will take care of that.

Love how it works with the brushed nickel hardware.

Many thanks to everyone who 'voted' on their favorite color!

I'm linking up to Hooking Up with HoH @House of Hepworths, Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest & Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowShow and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home..

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Super Easy Salsa Recipe...

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo:

Super Easy Salsa Recipe

3 Roma Tomatoes (or any ripe tomatoes you have on hand!), chopped
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
Banana peppers, chopped - to taste
About 2 TBSP of juice from banana pepper jar
Fresh cilantro, chopped -  to taste
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together.  Refrigerate for at least and hour.

Serve with chips, tacos, enchiladas or anything you like.

This is a no fail, always delish, super easy recipe

I always get compliments and it goes fast!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring Cleaning 2013....

The calendar says it's spring even if it doesn't feel like it in your neck of the woods,  so it's time to start thinking about spring cleaning.  Or maybe you are on the ball and have already finished yours.  I'm still working on mine - here are my key spring cleaning points.

  • De-clutter.  I always start here.  I go room by room with a garbage bag and fill it with things that are broken, stained, never used, outgrown, etc.  I actually do this a few times each year, not just in spring, and am amazed that I always fill up a couple of bags.  
  • Move it.  Once I've de-cluttered it is easy to move furniture away from walls and clean base boards and vacuum under everything.  I move the stove and refrigerator in the kitchen as well. I'm sure we all have stories about what we find under our fridges!
  • Wash it.  Mattress pads, comforters, shower curtains, window curtains, small rugs all get washed.  They do get washed other times during the year, but always during spring cleaning.  As I wash these things I make sure they are in good repair,  If not and they aren't repairable I replace them.
  • Windows. Yes, I'd rather NOT clean the windows but it makes such a difference to do so.  This is something that can be hired out if it's in the budget.  We have a one story home so it's something I can easily accomplish.  The inside of the windows get done periodically but the outside it a once a year project (thank goodness).
These are my four key points and when I do them all in each room of the house, I consider my spring cleaning complete.

Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
~William Morris

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Front Door...

I am debating painting my front door.  This debate has been going on in my head for a while and I think I've finally decided that I should do it.  The big question now is: what color?

I would love something like this..  But in keeping with the local architecture it will never happen.

The doors we have now are similar to this but painted a cream color (Sherwin Williams Muslin). 


I kind of like this green door (Sherwin Williams Edamame) .  Our house is a bit lighter and not quite this southwest looking but I think this color would work.

Of course, there's always black - which was my first idea.  

I'll be out getting swatches tomorrow and hopefully I can make a decision before it gets too hot to paint.

I'd love to hear your front door paint color ideas, too.