101 in 1001

I saw this “bucket lists of sorts” a while back on Pinterest and have been wanting to post one for SO long. It took me about 101 days just to come up with 101 things – HAHA! (And because of that, some of these things are already completed, but that’s okay.)

Here’s the idea – list 101 things that you want to get done in 1001 days (that’s a little over 2.5 years), so these can be short term AND long term.

(After typing this out, I realize now that the majority is a home t0-do list. Oh well, better get to work!)      =]

Here’s my list:

(*stretches my fingers to prepare myself to type all this out*)

Eat at:
1. Red, Hot, and Blue 2. Sparks 3. Volcano (in VA Beach, again) 4. Aviator 5. Which Wich 6. Peak City BBQ 7. Kanki 8. Hibachi and Company 9. Cowfish 10. Nara
11. Set up a recurring transfer to savings [Woohoo! $25! :)] 12. Pay off the debt consolidation loan 13. Pay off Hubs’s truck 14.  Pay off the Swagon 15. Pay off windows
Travel to/vacation:
16. California (my family) 17. Pennsylvania (Hubs’ cousin) 18. Gettysburg 19. Boone (again) 20. Biltmore Estates 21. (Downtown) Wilmington 22. NC Aquarium 23. NC Aloha Zoo 24. NC Asheboro Zoo 25. Myrtle Beach
House related:
26. Install new windows [NOT where I wanted to spend ALL MY MONEY, but very glad that we were able to get it done.] 27. Install hardwood/laminate floors downstairs 28. Buy/install new carpet upstairs 29. Frame/hang Daniel Boone picture (that we’ve had for over four years now)
30. Sort/purge tubs in the attic 31. Build shelves in entry closet 32. Hang family picture
33. Start/finish gallery wall 34. Build/buy frames for wildlife prints 35. Hang wildlife prints
36. Make/buy something (better) for hanging dog leashes 37. Build shelves in closet under the stairs
Half bathroom:
38. Finish decor 39. Build/hang shelves
40. Finish decor 41. Build/buy entry bench 41. Build/buy hanging area for coats/bags 42. Find a rug for doorway
Laundry room:
43. Create hanging device for line drying clothes 44. Hang new light fixture 45. Replace wire shelving 46. Build/buy new hamper holder/system for sorting dirty laundry 47. Paint walls
Peanut’s room:
48. Put shelves in closet 49. Frame baby shower onesie 50. Hang Hot Wheels collection (VW’s) on peg board 51. Put more shelves on wall (for display)
Guest room:
52. Build/buy armoire/hutch for Hubs’ hunting stuff 53. Hang shelves for my craft stuff
54. Build/buy folding desk 55. Put shelves in closet
Guest bathroom:
56. Paint walls 57. Replace fixtures 58. Finish decor (pick a theme) 59. Stain/paint vanity
60. Replace/frame mirror
61. Paint cabinets 62. New appliances 63. Find a rug for sink area 64. Make/buy new curtain rods 65. Make/buy new curtains 66. Finish decorating hutch shelves 67. Build/buy trash can bins
Dining room:
68. Spray paint chandelier 69. Finish decorating hutch shelves
Living room:
70. Paint walls 71. Make/buy new curtain rods 72. Make/buy new curtains 73. Make/buy new couch pillows 74. Fix/replace fire brick in fireplace 75. New ceiling fan 76. Build/buy a book shelf 77. New sofa and couch
Master bedroom:
78. Paint walls 79. Create gallery wall in master hall 80. Make/buy artwork for above head board
81. Make/buy new curtain rods 82. Make/buy new curtains
Master closet:
83. Figure out something for hanging camisoles 84. Hang handbags (get them out of tubs)
Master bathroom:
85. Paint walls 86. New fixtures 87. Finish decor 88. Replace/frame mirror
Me (personal goals):
89. Skip Starbucks for A WHOLE WEEK 90. Create jewelry display area 91. Complete a NO spend month 92. Create a make up display board 93. Make something with my wood burning tools
94. Re-purpose a “big” piece of furnitre 95. Re-purpose and sell a “big” piece of furniture 96. Make a growth chart for Peanut 97. Finish re-purposing the wooden ice chest 98. Make my own candles
99. Make/scrapbook Peanut’s “first year” album
For Peanut:
100. Go to Marble’s Kids Museum 101. Take him to his first hockey game

Do YOU have a list?

My Three MUST HAVE Baby Gear Items

I was sorting through Peanut’s stuff this past weekend and thought, “Man… if only I knew then what I know now.”

Peanut is my first little bundle of joy, so, naturally, I wanted to have ALL THE THINGS baby related. Now that he’s almost 15 months old (How did that happen?) I have a better look at what’s “needed” and what I actually thought got good use. Just to clarify – the crib, clothes, car seat, etc. are obviously must haves. These “must haves” are the extra baby gear items. These are the things that I would definitely want to have again.

1. Baby swing* OR glider*



Peanut absolutely loved his swing. I think he liked the cuddliness of it (opposed to just laying flat on his back) and the swinging motion. (I didn’t use the swinging part of the swing until he was about four weeks old. It may have been “first time mommy” worries, but it just seemed too fast even at the lowest setting.) This swing has a reflective mobile and plays different sounds, which Peanut seemed to love. He napped really well in it too. Around 6 months or so, Peanut got really congested and did not want to lay flat in his Pack n Play. He threw a fit whenever I tried to lay him down. It was realllly early in the morning and my tired brain told me to just go downstairs and set him in his swing. At least that way he wouldn’t be laying flat and maybe he’d be able to sleep. It worked. And we both slept peacefully (me on the couch). I will say this though – the swing does take up a lot of floor space. If I have another baby, I think I’d go with the glider instead.

2. Pack n Play with the bassinet option*



I didn’t even know that Pack n Play’s came without a bassinet option to be honest. We use the heck out of our Pack n Plays. (We have three.) As an infant, Peanut slept in his Pack n Play (with the bassinet attached) until he was about 6 or 7 months old. He slept on my side of the bed and having him in the bassinet portion made it SO MUCH easier to soothe him if he fussed in the night. He was normally just looking for his Wubbanub* or I’d reach over, stroke his cheek, and off to sleep he would go. If the bassinet option wasn’t in there then I would have always had to reach alllll the way down to comfort him. I know that sounds lazy, but let’s be honest. During the few first months of adjusting to life with a baby (and your lack of sleep) any easy convenience is much appreciated. Also, when you have an infant that isn’t yet rolling or sitting up, having to get them in and out of the Pack n Play withOUT a bassinet is killer on your back. (Ask me how I know.)
Also, as baby gets older, all you have to do is take the bassinet portion out and it’s ready for babies who are sitting up and pulling up to stand. I still have mine set up (both upstairs and downstairs) because it’s a safe place to put Peanut if I need to use the restroom, take the dogs out, tend to cooking food in the kitchen, etc.

3. Sound machine*



The one I have is about $10 and it’s the best little sound machine ever. We were not quiet around Peanut on purpose. We didn’t whisper when he was sleeping and we didn’t freak out if the dogs barked at the door. We just went about our normal lives and let Peanut get used to that, so we never had to worry about waking a sleeping baby. I mean, we didn’t go around banging pots when he was sleeping, but I could vacuum and it wouldn’t bother him. However, having the sound machine was great for helping to soothe him. This particular machine has music, white noise (static), and a heart beat sound. It also has a timer for an automatic shut off (15 minutes) which is really nice. Plus, it’s small enough that I can hook it to his car seat. I took it with me to a company picnic and when Peanut started getting sleepy, I just covered the car seat with a canopy, turned the sound machine on, and off to sleep he went. He even got to the point where he can turn it on and off himself – which he does during the night all the time.

I know new parents can get caught up in Bumbo’s, Boppy’s, Rock N Play’s, bouncers, etc. So I hope my little blurb here helped you narrow down some options. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section!

Oh, and as I mentioned above, this list is just what I felt got tons of use. The Pack n Plays and sound machine are still in use. The swing got put away when he was about 10 months old.

We did have a Boppy, bouncer, Rock n Play, etc. but I felt like those things didn’t get used for very long, so going forward and knowing what I do now, I don’t think I really needed them.

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We’re cutting straight to the chase today!



Here’s what I got:

Three full sized products:
Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow – value about $12 (I couldn’t find this exact product on their site, so I took the cost of something similar.)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops – value $6
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter – value $18

Two sample sized products:
Acure Day Cream –  value about $10
skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – value about $3.75

So for $10 I got about $49.75 worth of products.

My verdict: EEEHHHH. Why IPSY, why?! I loved you for so long (well, ten months or so) and then I get two bags IN A ROW that I’m just not loving. =\
– The Pixi eye colors are really pretty and I do like the brand, but eh. I have so many of these colors AND they’re SUPER shimmery.
– I’m not a fan of lipstick. Haven’t we made this clear?!
– The highlighter is pretty. I guess…
– I won’t use the day cream because I’m currently already enjoying a moisturizer*, BUT I have heard this day cream is really nice.
– I’m pretty excited about the eye gels. I’m happy with this ONE product and the bag.

WOMP. I know you can’t win them all. I’m not going to cancel just yet… I am going to give IPSY one more chance and see how my next bag goes. Maybe the third time will be a charm.

Allure: The Second Chance Box

Hello! If y’all remember from this post, I wasn’t a huge fan of my first Allure box, but I said I would give them another shot before cancelling.

Well, the “second chance” box came in today.

I do like it more than the first box, but not enough to keep me subscribed. I was really excited about getting the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and my mascara loving brain screamed, “WINNERR!” But realistically, liking one of five products isn’t exactly a win. This box cost me about $16 ($15 for the box plus tax, free shipping).

Surprisingly I got two products in this box that I’ve received in past IPSY bags. That’s not a “bad” thing, but I was under the impression that Allure was a bit more upscale. Sadly, I will be unsubscribing from these beauty boxes.