Absent

I’ve been absent for a long time. My bad. BUT I have a good excuse! I’m pregnant. John made a really amazing video for the announcement and I’ll be sure to upload it soon. Anyway, I’ve been so tired that any free minute I have has been spent napping. Next week  we, hopefully, find out the gender, which also means I’m halfway there.

I’m exhausted and going to do my best to make this post coherent, but I don’t see that going too well. So here’s a quick “list” of what’s been going on

  1. Getting the house ready for the new baby while I can. This means tons and tons of purging. I’ve sent around 10 bags of stuff to good will over the last few weeks and currently have 2 more sitting downstairs that also need to go. I know having another child means we will accumulate more stuff, thus I want to get rid of as much extra stuff we currently have as possible before hand.
  2. Listing clothes and things on Mercari and Poshmark. I have added around 30 items to my closet on both Mercari and Poshmark and plan on adding even more. I’m accepting all offers on items listed. So please check out my closet and make an offer. my user name for both is mld303. Many of the items listed on Mercari are under $15! This includes tons of J.Crew, Anthropologie, and baby items
  3. Trying to not gain a ton of weight with this pregnancy, but still be healthy. I”ve been doing a lot of walking and the pregnancy workouts from Tone It Up
  4. I’m in that weird stage where most maternity stuff is still too big but normal clothes aren’t the best option either. I can still wear most non maternity tops, but bottoms I’m firmly, for the most part, in maternity wear. Luckily, I’ve found some normal clothes that are great when sporting a bump. I ordered these shorts from J. Crew in both a small and a medium in the red and the blue. The small fits perfectly right now, but I know within a month I’ll need the medium to accommodate my growing bump. I’m excited I’ll be able to wear these after I have the baby as well. Price wise I don’t feel they are too bad. Currently they are $49.50 but I purchased them when J. Crew was running an additional 30% off everything sale.                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’ve been wearing a lot of lose fitting dresses. I picked this one up from Anthropologie during a random 50% off dresses sale they were having. It’s very flattering and I even sized down, and that’s with the bump. Again, I will be able to wear this after I have the baby which I’m happy about.  I have my eye on this two toned dress too, but can’t decide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The final non maternity item I purchased and have been wearing almost everyday is this pair of sweatpants from J.Crew. I got the sunfaded blue color. The color is so pretty in person and now I feel I need to get the sweatshirt in the same color. I got the sweatpants in a size small, which is actually a little large on me right now. But the drawstring waist helps, and again, I’ll appreciate the extra room in a few months. Usually when I get home from work the first thing I do is change into this pair of sweatpants. I try to make sure I do laundry at night so they are always clean.
  5. I have two pairs of maternity pants I bought. This time around I broke down and bought two pairs of 7 for all mankind. John pointed out how miserable I was in my maternity jeans last time and said just buy pairs you will love and be comfortable in. I love these because there is elastic on the sides which I think will be great for postpartum wear. I bought a pair of jeans and a white pair of denim. I think I’ll eventually have to get an over the belly pair, but for now I’m loving these.
  6. Finally, the last thing we’ve been up to is we bought a new over the stove microwave. We are in the process of updating the appliances in the kitchen. We got a new dishwasher, and now the over the stove microwave. Next up is the stove! everything looks so nice. I can’t wait to get a stove.

That’s all for now. I’ll post the pregnancy announcement and when we find out the gender. I’ll also try and post any cute baby items I find. In the meantime please give my public Instagram Clevercraftscrochet a follow. It’s mostly my cats and crochet items for sale. I’d appreciate the support. A portion of all sales goes to animal rescue.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!

 

 

Podcasts: History

As we continue through a series of posts on podcasts, today’s list is centered around history themed podcasts. Please let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations. I’m always looking for new podcasts.

  • American History Tellers
  • Astonishing Legends
  • Ridiculous History
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • Historical Figures
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • On this Day in History

Podcast Junkie 2: Single Case Crime

Hey Guys! Here a few more Podcasts for you. These podcasts are True Crime, but each season focuses on a single case. Enjoy!

  • Atlanta Monster
  •  Serial Stranglers
  • The Wonderland Murders
  • Death in Ice Vally
  • Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo
  • Unspeakable Crime:The Killing of Jessica Chambers
  • Young Charlie
  • A Killing on the Cape
  • Felonious Florda
  • Happy Face
  • Teacher’s Pet

 

*Atlanta Monster (this is now just called Monster. The second Season is on The Zodiac Killer)

 

Podcast Junkie: True Crime

I’m a podcast junkie. I am pretty sure I subscribe to over 200 podcasts. But to be fair I listen to podcasts all day while I am at work, so I need around 40-50 hours of podcasts a week. Also, not all the podcasts I subscribe to put out shows every week. I wanted to start sharing some of the podcasts I listen to with you all. My goal is to share podcasts by genre. My favorite is True Crime, but since that list is so long I broke it down into a group of each episode is different and podcasts were each season follows a single case. I am also trying to decide if I want to write reviews on my top 10 favorite podcats. Is that something anyone would be interested in? If you have a favorite podcast please send it my way. I am always open for suggestions for new podcasts.

 

                                                                    74 Seconds                                                                                                                                            Criminal                                                                   Canadian True Crime
Criminology
Bloody Murder
Casefile
A Very fatal Murder
All Killa No Filla
American Crime Casts
Case Notes
Crawlspace
Cults
Death In Ice Valley
Disgraceland
Female Criminals                                                                  Felonious Florida
Generation Why
Hollywood and Crime
In Sight
Kingpins
Last Podcast on the Left
Martini’s and Murder
Monsters and Murder
Most Notorious!
Murder Dictionary
My Favorite Murder
Mysterious Circumstances
Serial Killers
Sex, love, and murder
S’laughter
Smalltown Murder
Someone Knows something
Sword and Scale
sworn
The Blotter
The Fall Line
The Lady Killers
The Last Podcast on the Left
The Lost
The Minds of Madness
They Walk Among Us
Trace Evidence
True Crime Unsolved
True Crime All the Time
true crime all the time unsolved
True Crime Asia
true crime guys
True Crime Guys
True Crime Obsessed
Unexplained Mysteries
Unobscured
Unresolved
unsolved murders
Up and Vanished

Some New Skin Care Items

I have been trying really, really hard to take care of my skin for a few years now. When I was pregnant with Wallace I had terrible breakouts and extremely dry skin; not sure how that combo worked. I felt like I tried every product and nothing helped, but I blamed it, and still do, and weird things that happen when one is pregnant. Since then my skin has done pretty well and I luckily only get break outs when I’m stressed out. However, I have noticed that my skin has been getting extremely dry lately and my normal moisturizer just isn’t cutting it.

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I recently tried two products and feel that one helped while the other did okay. The first is Clinique’s Take the Day off Cleansing Oil. This at first appeared to be a face wash that was a make up remover, and it sort of is. You use 1-2 pumps and apply to your dry face and rub in a circular motion. and rinse, “this powerful oil dissolves all traces of makeup and impurities. It easily glides on and rinses off cleanly with water, leaving no residue behind.” Once I started using this product I noticed the dry spots around my nose and chin were no longer an issue AND the oil didn’t cause me to break out.

The second product is called Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.  The mask comes in a white box lined with super cute watermelon print. The mask itself is a gel like consistency and yes, it does smell like watermelon, but the scent is subtle and smells really good.  The box states the mask is good for uneven skin tone, dullness and uneven texture,  and oiliness.  Instructions state to use it as an overnight mask (it’s “pillow proof”) or you can use it as a regular mask and just apply a thicker layer.

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My cousin Sarah told my sister about this overnight face mask and said it worked really well for her and her skin was much healthier and brighter. My sister bought Watermelon  Glow Sleep Mask and then told me about it. While both my sister and cousin enjoy this product, I did not feel that there was much change in my skin. What initially caught my interest about this particular product is that it is good for dullness and uneven texture. I don’t think my skin has uneven texture (?), but since becoming a mom my skin is very dull. While I’m sure this problem is due to sleep deprivation and stress, the hope that a product can help is always a small glimmer of hope. I tried the sleeping mask for about 2 weeks before throwing in the towel. To be fair, I think I didn’t enjoy the product for things I wasn’t doing. For example, I’d forget to wash my face in the morning and start to put on makeup before remembering the mask and having to wash my makeup and the mask off. For those of you wondering the mask is “clear” which is why I’d forget the mask was still on . I would get really frustrated when this happened. A few times I flat out forgot to use the mask. I wash my face every night before bed and a few times I’d wash my face forgetting that I had already washed my face and applied the mask, so I’d have to reapply the mask. This also made me frustrated. Again, my issues are do to my own failings in using the product. Part of my wants to give it another try and part of me wants to gift my sister the rest of the bottle.  Has anyone else used this product? If so, what were your experiences?

Side note: the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask  is  on the pricer side, costing $45 for 2.7 oz. There is an option for a smaller size for just $22 and I wish I’d purchased instead to make sure I really liked the product. You can purchase the mini version here

There is also a perfect Limited Edition Watermelon Jelly gift set available here which includes     – 0.85 oz/ 25 mL Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
– 1.17 oz/ 33 g Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask

 

 

 

These thoughts an opinions are my own. This is NOT a sponsored post in anyway

Guest Bathroom Makeover

I finally, FINALLY got around to redoing the downstairs bathroom and I am so happy with how it turned out. I was able to redo the entire bathroom for under $175!! There are still two things left to do, but one is a pretty major and costly upgrade, new flooring, and the other is a new toilet. I didn’t add those into the cost of redoing the bathroom for two reason, 1. they haven’t been completed yet and 2. I don’t really know what the total cost will be.  So for now, the total is lest that $175.

Below are before, during and after photos. I’ll go ahead and link the stuff I did buy. The towel bar was actually really nice and there when we moved in. and I had paint supplies (brush, roller, and painters tape, so that also isn’t included in the total cost because I didn’t spend money on the supplies for this specific project but used supplies left from other projects. )

When we purchased our home I knew there were things I wanted to change, but the downstairs bathroom really annoyed me. The former owners had painted it a blood red color which caused the bathroom to feel small, cramped and depressing. Originally I planned to redo the bathroom first, but couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. About a month ago I finally picked the Silver Bullet paint color and everything fell into place from there. Since the wash stand is white I decided to accent with white, black, and silver hardware, all of which match the Silver Bullet paint color nicely. I found the shower curtain during the Nordstrom sale and picked it up for around $25. It’s still in stock in the gray color for $30. Both the paint and mirror were purchased at Home Depot. The most expensive item in the bathroom was the mirror. The mirror is still in stock and currently priced for $105 (normally $139.) The bathroom had one of those standard flat mirrors that are placed in homes. They are plain, dated, and super boring. I knew changing the mirror would drastically change the appearance of the bathroom and make it look new and more modern. I also hoped changing the mirror would make the bathroom look larger as well. I love the way the room turned out and so far it’s actually my favorite room redo. I’m trying to decide whether to take on the family room or the spare bedroom next.  Either way I’ll post the changes as I make them. I hope everyone has a good week!

Paint: Silver Bullet by Behr (Home Depot)

Mirror: This one from Home Depot

Shower Curtain: Nordstrom

Towel: Pottery Barn (old)

Picture: Got this at a poster sale in college many years ago

A Lazy Friday Night

It’s Friday night and I’m having a night in. John and Wallace headed off to Greensboro for the weekend and I stayed behind to have some me time. I already miss my little Wallace soooo much, but I am looking forward to getting some things checked off my ever growing to do list. Before he left, John told me to relax and do whatever I want to do. Meaning, don’t clean all weekend. This will be hard for me because I hate for things to be messy or things not in their proper place.

So far, tonight, I’ve done a little cleaning, made a small grocery store run, did a load of laundry (I have yet to fold it or do the ironing, but there are clean clothes), and hung out with my mom. My wonderful mother has been lucky enough to have the whole week off and today she went to the outlets in Williamsburg (jealous). She stopped by my house on her way home to drop off some really cute Janie and Jack shirts and shorts she bought for Wallace; 2 for now 3 for next year.  Since then, I’ve taken a long shower, had a dinner of mozzarella cheese sticks (not part of my diet plan) and I’ve finally settled in to relax a little, or as best as my Type A personality will let me.  I plan on binge watching the ID channel and doing a little crochet after I finish this post.

What else is going on…. I’m about half way done with a v-stitch blanket I’m making for John. I made John a blanket about 6 or 7 years ago when we were dating, but recently he asked if I would made him a new one. We went to Michael’s and John picked out the yarn and then I showed him pictures of different types of stitches I knew. John picked the V-stitch and I’ve been slowly working on it.  I’d like to knock out a few rows tonight. The blanket is turning out pretty large; it fits a full size bed! I have 3 other crochet projects I’m working on that I’d really like to finish too, but I doubt that will happen.

I plan on staying up late tonight and sleeping in. It’s funny, because while we were eating dinner, before they left, John looked at me and goes “you’re going to stay up late, aren’t you?” hahaha he knows me so well. I’m such a night owl. I feel so much more productive…. Which is why I’m blogging instead of crocheting.

Saturday, I can’t wait for Saturday actually. Well, I can’t wait for every Saturday, but tomorrow I have so many errands to run, but they are ones I’m looking forward to.

  • Walmart to pick up school supplies for the school supply drive at work
  • Wallace is invited to two birthday parties at the end of this month. I asked the moms of the two kids what did their little ones want for their birthday: clothes, toys, or books. Both said clothes, specifically Fall clothes. Gymboree and Janie and Jack are my favorite places to shop for kids clothing. The quality is excellent, you can get great deals (I got two pairs of pants at Gymboree off the sale rack for $2.97 each) and they are so cute! I still will more than likely pop into Ollie’s and get them each a book as well.
  • Nordstrom : I bought my mom two pairs of earrings for her birthday, very similar and let her pick which pair she wanted.
  • Run: I fully plan and will go on a run at some point this weekend
  • Iron, fold, and put laundry up
  • Return books to the library and pick up some new ones for Wallace. We take Wallace to the library every other week to check out books. Since he’s out of town this weekend I’m going to do a solo trip and check out some new ones. I’m going to use this time to really seek out some amazing books.
  • Write a letter to my friend Melanie. I’ve been meaning to do this for 3 weeks now. Whoops.
  • Crochet or cross stitch or read
  • And finally, maybe list some items on Poshmark and Mercari

I have quite a list ahead of me. Challenge accepted! What is everyone else doing this weekend? Do you use weekends as a time to relax or tackle to do lists?