Birthdays and Christmas

All of my life I have heard that if you have a December birthday it is terrible. According to them everyone puts their birthday and Christmas presents together. I do not have this problem since my birthday is almost exactly 6 months away from Christmas.

Dustin on the other hand didn’t get so lucky. His birthday is December 19th. Since we have been together I have tried to set his birthday apart from Christmas. By doing so he normally gets a trip for his birthday, and other presents for Christmas. The trips in the past have been day trips to Memphis to see the grizzlies play and hang out and eat all the good food that is offered there. Two years ago we went to Spokane to see Gonzaga play, and hang out with friends of mine. And yes there is normally sports involved when we take these trips. šŸ™‚

This year there was a bump in the road. I tried to get our annual Memphis trip together since the Mavericks would be playing the grizzlies in November, but I didn’t get my life together to get the tickets in a timely manner. Which that actually worked out for the better since Dustin started driving for UPS right before we would have gone for the day/night. We also talked about going somewhere with just the two of us before baby X gets here, and well that hasn’t worked out either.

So I decided since I couldn’t get my life together and get a trip going I would let him choose this year where we went, and it would have to be after the baby is born. I put together a book and gave him the options of Nashville (staycation), Memphis, Chattanooga, or Gatlinburg. We have done almost all of Memphis together, and almost all of Gatlinburg together. I wanted to include them because well you just can’t go wrong with your favorites.

I have attached pictures for you to see the book. The first thought I had was to get brochures of all the places we could go. This back fired on me immediately. I drove over an hour to a rest stop to see what they had in the form of that, and it was not what I wanted. Next thought was to go scrap booking stickers. It would’ve been cheaper if I could have drawn things, but I am by no means a drawer. Stick figures don’t even look like stick figures when I draw them.

Once I got the destinations, activities, places to eat, and places to stay together I had some space leftover. I got to thinking that if he didn’t want to do a trip I needed to add something here. That’s when coupons and gift cards came to mind. If he wanted to do the trip then the gift cards and coupons would be for Christmas since we haven’t really discussed doing gifts this year.

On the front page I wrote him a little note stating how sorry I was I let things fall through the cracks getting his birthday present together like I have in the past. Then it went into what he was supposed to do: pick out one place to go, 3-4 things to do in the city, and 2 (or more) places to eat. Then I separated it by the cities and activities. Since we live on the outskirts of Nashville I didn’t put any places to stay on there. I gathered all my ideas from eitherĀ PinterestĀ or google. You can check out my Pinterest boards if you are interested in going to any of the cities I have mentioned for ideas of things to do, and places to eat. I also knew some of the staples that we stop at when we go to Memphis and Gatlinburg so I went ahead and added those since we know we can’t go there without making a stop at these places.

After the pages that are about a trip ended I left him a little note that told him if he didn’t like this idea here was something else for him to enjoy. During pregnancy he has picked up a lot of slack around the house and with his job. So on the coupons I put that he gets to get out of chores, gets a free night with friends, etc. Then I gave him gift cards to area places: Dicks, Best Buy, Chili’s, Old Navy, and Lowe’s.

He ended up opening his present early because we maybe having another present arrive on his birthday. We found out yesterday that our little man is not so little, and that we will be picking a date to have him. He is currently weighing in at almost 9 lbs and we still have 4 weeks til we get to 40. If we can get next Wednesday then that will be the route we go, and Dustin and X will share the same birthday. For now I will need to get my life together and prepare for a baby to enter the world and perhaps get my messy house in order šŸ™‚

Master Closet Makeover

Does anyone besides me hate wire racks? I despise them. Our builder put them in when we first built our house, and it saved us a ton of money. I opted out on having a door put on our closet. So as soon as you walk into our bathroom you can see straight into our closet.

After about a year of walking into my bathroom, and looking at the wire racks I finally had enough of it. I couldn’t look at them any more. So I did what any “sane” person would do, I took them all down. I do not recommend doing this when you are disgusted with them – perhaps do it when you are calm. Lesson learned now.

When I pulled the wire racks out I had some massive holes left in the walls. I knew that drywall putty would help with that, and I wanted to paint the closet anyway. Off to Lowe’s I went to get paint, drywall putty, and something to sand with. This was my first time using drywall putty, and it will be my last. I am not a professional by any means. I got it patched, sanded, and painted. And then it set for some months, and we lived out of the closets in the front of the house.

I had a general idea of what I wanted when it came to making over my closet. I have a ton of makeup from where I used to saleĀ Mary KayĀ I had also started a nice little collection of jewelry that a friend of mine sales,Ā Plunder. I wanted a way to have them organized, and not be a hot mess all over my room, bathroom, and closet. So where did I turn?Ā PinterestĀ of course!

I saved ideas from how I wanted the layout to look, and the way I wanted my jewelry and makeup to look. While I was looking at ideas for that I started looking for ways to organize my husbands hats that were hanging on the bathroom door. All of our accessories would be in the same location.

My father-in-law is a carpenter by trade so we enlisted him for help. He would build our closet, and everything would be organized more than it was. I showed him what I had found on Pinterest, and he ran with it. I am thankful that he went his way because I would not have enough room if we went my route of what I had pinned.

It took him a day to finish. The only thing we lack now is we have to add theĀ hooks for the necklaces and the hats.Ā Please do not judge on how the clothes look (ha!).

The baskets all came from Walmart. The bigger ones are Pioneer Woman, and the other ones are just regular wooden crates. I was able to move our dresser out of our room (which made our room more open), and use it for the little man as a changing table by using these baskets. We each have a big basket for our under garments, and the two wooden crates house our winter and summer items. I got the tin oval bucket that holds my earrings at dollar tree. The two little wooden crates came from Walmart hold my bracelets and my most used makeup. I am not sure if you can see it, but I also purchased at the dollar tree a little decorative cup that has little accent gems in there to hold my makeup brushes.

By putting my jewelry and makeup in the closet it has freed up a ton of space in my bathroom!Ā I am already looking at ways to take out the wire racks in our laundry room, but that won’t happen until our washer and dryer die. If you are interested in what I have in mind for the laundry room coming up follow me onĀ Pinterest!