If I could sum up this month with one word, it would be “water”. Not because it rained or anything (let’s not get crazy) but because our month was filled with two things…swimming and crying. Mostly crying. I’m not sure why the tears were so out of hand this month…maybe it’s teething, boredom, frustration (they want to do things themselves, but can’t), or maybe they just like to make their parents suffer. Who knows. So it was a little hard to get projects done this month, let alone find some quiet time to write a post. August wasn’t all tears though…we managed to squeeze some fun in as well. To see some good times watch the monthly video!
My First Mean Comment
This month I received my first mean comment. I’ve gotten some critical comments before…people saying that my project is ugly or whatever else. Those comments are fine, I don’t expect everyone to like my stuff and if you’re not a jerk about it then I don’t mind too much. This comment was not like that though, this comment was hateful. It wasn’t even an anonymous comment, which mean comments almost always are. I know you are all curious and want to read it now…I’m not going to post it here, but if your interested it’s on my penny countertop post….just scroll to the bottom and you will find it. That’s right, I didn’t delete it. Most bloggers say that when you get a comment like that to just delete it and move on, but I didn’t…I responded. Why? Well, I wanted him to know that his hatred didn’t just disappear into the internet…someone received it, read it, and was affected by it. Also, despite the fact that he is a total jerk he obviously read and thought about my post and offered some good advice. And even though his words stung I really can’t take it personal…getting that heated over a simple DIY project (he called me “the bane of society”) is so ridiculous that his frustration isn’t about me or my project. He must have been having a rough day (week, year, whatever) and doesn’t know how to handle it. Perhaps above all he just needed some grace (or a swift kick in the behind..but you can’t do that over the internet). I hate that one mean comment by a bitter hateful person can bum me out and undo all the awesome, sweet, encouraging comments that I received that day. Why is that? Why is it so hard not to focus on the bad when there is so much that is good? So to everyone that has taken the time to leave me a sweet comment or supports me by reading my DIY adventures (or random ramblings), thank you. Seriously, I mean it. And to everyone that has hated a project that I have done and not left a mean comment, thank you as well.
Halloween Crafts… and all holiday decor
Now that summer is over everyone is switching gears to fall, which means that bloggers are getting ready for the next big holiday… Halloween. Have you noticed the Halloween crafts popping up everywhere? It’s August. Hobby Lobby even had Christmas stuff up when I went in yesterday. I feel like I’m being rushed along in life to hurry up and prepare for the next holiday. Have you noticed that I generally don’t make holiday decor? I’ve made some trees for Christmas and eggs for Easter, but beyond that, nada. So here is my confession…I hate holiday decor. Okay, that’s a little harsh and not quite true…lets try again. Besides Christmas, I don’t decorate for holidays. Even Christmas stuff starts to bug me after a while. Last year Adam and I took down our tree ON Christmas Day. Before noon even. It was Adams idea…thank goodness we’re in the same page for this. Here is my problem with holiday decor in my own home…my house does not stay clean. Holiday decor + messy house = extra clutter. If my home constantly looked like it was on a magazine cover than I wouldn’t mind holiday decor so much. But it doesn’t, so holiday stuff just makes it look worse. Besides that I’m not a big lover of stuff in general. If it doesn’t get used, isn’t something I totally love, or isn’t sentimental then it usually doesn’t last long in my house. I wasn’t always like that…Adam made me that way (He really hates “stuff”). Anyway…I’ve totally lost my train of thought here. The point I was meaning to make is that you won’t be seeing any Halloween crafts from me. Maybe a “fall” related one if I get a wild hair, but that’s it.
Reader Pet Peeves
Recently I’ve seen a couple of post from bloggers asking what people’s biggest pet peeves are when it comes to reading blogs. This one by Blogging with Amy started it all, and Kristi from Addicted 2 Decorating did a post as well. A lot of the pet peeves I expected…pop ups, music, too many sponsored posts, slow loading blogs, et. However, a few surprised me. The number one answer was sharing too much personal information. Interesting. I get it though….if your supposed to be a DIY blog and every other post is about your kids or your vacation or whatever, people get bored. I feel like I do a pretty good job at that, I stick to my DIY projects (though my kids are definitely involved in that) and keep most personal stuff for my ramblings posts. However, there were two things on the list that I am guilty of and wanted y’alls feedback. The number four biggest annoyance was giveaways. I obviously do giveaways, though I try to be pretty picky about them and not do too many (I get a ton of e-mails from people/companies wanting to do a giveaway). Anyway…do you hate them? Love them? They’re great in moderation? I’d love some feedback…I do them for y’all, so if they are annoying I won’t do them anymore. It doesn’t matter to me, I don’t get paid to host them or anything (though I do sometimes receive one of the items that is being given away). I was thinking I’d like to do one a month and just keep it at that. The other one I’m guilty of is center alignment. I started using center alignment because a lot of the time I’ll do a tutorial and have only a few words between pictures, and if they were off to the left it just looked funny to me. I could see how it would bother some people if you are reading big blocks of text. Anyway, if you have an opinion I’d love to hear it. Thanks!
Awesome Products I Discovered This Month
I discovered a couple of things this month that made life easier and just had to share. The first is a life jacket for Elijah…the fourth life jacket I’ve bought for him.
The first was an infant one that worked fine, but her grew out of it. The next two were traditional style ones with the floaty behind the head and he refused to wear either. The last one is the Puddle Jumper and the one we’re both in love with. He wears it happily…so happily, in fact, that he wore it the entire first day we got it. He wore it around the house, to eat, to nap, everything. He swims in it confidently and I can relax and actually enjoy swimming. If your going out in a boat or something this is not the life vest you put them in, but for splashing around the pool it is awesome.
Next up we have we have a toilet seat. That’s right, a toilet seat…with a built-in toddler seat!
I was super excited to find this. Elijah has a separate little seat he uses when I can actually get him to use the potty (and it works great) but we quickly discovered that it is no fun to clean poo out of. So I started looking for a seat to put on the toilet and found this (Bought it HERE, on Amazon of course). The toddler seat is held up by a magnet and the whole thing can easily pop off for cleaning. We haven’t actually used it that much since we are just barely starting potty training, but I’m excited about a good-looking alternative to scraping poo put of a plastic bowl.
Anyway, that’s really all I have to ramble about…so here’s some of my favorite pictures from the month!
Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!