Getting inspired

I’ve never been good at the surfing of the Internet’s. I married someone who could tell you, while sleeping, 17 awesome sites to visit every single day and they would all be different, every single day. He knows what he’s doing. Me … well, I just kind of read 3 or 4 sites religiously and get stuck.
Until recently. As mentioned in an earlier post I did come across some new sites as of late which have led me to a wealth of other bloggers out there. All kinds of fascinating ideas and people. I’m loving this connection, if you will, to other mom’s and women on the internet. Not that I know a single one – it’s just nice to know there are women like me around who are writing about their lives and sharing some great ideas.
It also motivates me to get into action on my own “stuff” around the house. I could chalk all this up to nesting, and I probably should, but I love seeing photos and how-to’s on other blogs, it makes it seem so much more manageable for me to try being organized when I see how it works instead of just reading about it.
We have plenty-o-books laying around on home organization and although they have photos, not one of them has a how to in it and further more they’re generally pushing a certain store in all their photos (like Pottery Barn or The Container Store) which I love but cannot afford to outfit my closet with. Lets talk Big Lots, shall we? Big Lots is my best friend in the world of shopping for our home.
No, I am not kidding. Remember that beautiful sleigh bed we had? We bought it at Big Lots for $250 and that thing was SOLID. A very well made bed. We sold it and made money on it through the classifieds. By that time we had also boughten the bed-side tables that went along with it. And those lamps you see in the photo? Big Lots.
That store is a little piece of shopping heaven in my book. Good thing the one in our town closed and now I have to think good and hard about going to the one 30 minutes away. It’s always worth it, but now I usually have to have a plan to shop there – which is better any way.
If you know of any great ideas/websites – pass ’em on!

Activities for a preschooler

Since Jessica’s swimming lessons have been canceled twice now and we still don’t want to spend the money for gymnastics we’ve been looking in to a few other options for her.
Here’s what we’ve found – links and information – for her age group in Holland, Mi.
Holland Christian is running an Enrichment program for 3 and 4 year olds – each class is only $15 and they’re offering the classes at separate dates at a North and South side location. Jessica will definitely be signed up for some of these. She’s already infatuated with school – what better way to spend a snowy afternoon than learning and playing with other kids IN SCHOOL!?
DeGraaf Nature Center also offers some interactive classes and fun filled afternoons for 3 and 4 year olds – although the 3 year old classes are sparse, there is one in Feb that she could do with an adult on Making a Bird House – I think her and Aaron will be doing that one together.
Have an afternoon and you really want to see a movie – something with or maybe without your child? Celebration – Woodland offers all their movies at a ticket price of $3.50 – a total steal. We’ve taken Jessica to Ratatouille and when the new Veggie Tales movie is offered there we’ll probably venture out there again.
Also Celebration Cinema South offers Monday’s Movie’s for Mom’s – they keep the lights up a bit and turn the volume down so your little one isn’t disturbed and mom’s can catch the new releases without stares from other patrons. We did this often when Jessica was younger, I’m not sure it would work so well now that she knows whats going on in front of her.
Of course there’s always the mall play area, FREE and very entertaining for Jessica – Crazy Bounce, which she loves, but it’s spendy to do often, and the Aquatic Center is a huge hit – for only $3.50 per visit, it’s not too bad to splurge there a couple times a week if the need arises.

House

I used to sell houses. I was in real estate with my dad for about 2 years, give or take. I do miss it, being in the work force – but more than anything I miss seeing inside all kinds of wonderful homes and houses. I loved matching clients up with a place they would make a home and I secretly loved envisioning all the things I would do in each and every house I toured.
I let my license lapse when Jessica was in her first year of life and I still tour houses when I can and I’m always drinking up the landscape of the roadside as we drive. Tonight I decided to see what Flickr could offer me.
I fell in love:
Storybook House
Little Red
Save this house
Mmmmm
Straight lines
Some how I see this in my dreams
The cutest little house
Safe House
A home
Another home
This looks like love, to me
Wood House
I love that all of these structures are on soil that I could one day tread.