Dog Tired

I’m a night owl by nature.  I detest getting out of bed and require hitting snooze at least twice before doing so.  Given the choice, I’d stay up all night and sleep till noon.  But that’s not feasible with a full-time job, a commute and two side businesses.  Plus I typically feel guilty about wasting half the day when I do sleep in on the weekends, although that’s a rare occasion these days.

The hubs new work schedule is 6 am – 2 pm, which means he’s up at 3 and leaves around 4. After two decades in the military he’s pretty much able to function on any schedule, so this doesn’t seem to bother him much.  He is pretty good about keeping the noise and lights to a minimum when I’m still asleep, but I do still usually wake up at some point during the process.  While that’s not a huge issue, when I go to bed at 10 pm and don’t typically fall asleep until around 11, it does cut into my rest cycle.  And now that I’m in my 30’s my body isn’t as game to function on a measly 5 or 6 hours of sleep anymore.  So I decided to try something new.

For the last week I’ve gone to bed at the same time my hubby does, around 9 pm and get up at 4 am just as he’s leaving for work.  That means I should get around 7 hours of sleep each night.  It also gives me an hour of uninterrupted time each morning to work on my side businesses before getting ready for my full-time gig.

For the most part it’s working well.  There have been a few nights where circumstances had me up a little later than my new self-imposed bed time, and I actually gave up my extra morning time to sleep a little more one day due to this.  But getting up and moving, then putting my brain to work before setting about my normal routine has me feeling more awake and productive during the day.

I think it will take a bit longer for my body to fully adapt to the new schedule.  I’m usually tired when I get home after work, but then I get a second wind an hour or two before bedtime and have the urge to stay up and attack things on my to do list.  Unfortunately, that gets me recharged about the time I’m supposed to be winding down.  I still try to be in bed by 9, although I usually end up surfing the web on my iPad or watching TV to relax before actually falling asleep around 10.  And that means I’m back to my 6 hour sleep pattern, so I’ll need to be more diligent in starting the wind down process a little earlier.

Or maybe I just need to take a page from my hubby’s book and nap when I get home each evening since that apparently works for him and Stoli.


Granted, his job is much more physical than mine, but I still feel “dog tired” and wish I could just kick back and catch a few winks.  Unfortunately, my brain just won’t let me until at least a good chunk of my to-dos are done.  And if I try to ignore those tasks I just lay there thinking about when I’ll do them, so I might as well just get it done. The hubs calls that “being an over-achiever.”  I just call it being me. 🙂

Pinterest Pass/Fail Roundup

Not many posts on this blog don’t mention Pinterest, so I figured it was high time I do a recap of which Pinterest projects were considered ‘pass’ and which were a ‘fail’.  So let’s look back and see just which is worthy of it’s own “nailed it” joke.


  • Pantry Spice Rack – Although we deviated from the original design a bit, it still worked perfectly.
  • Cache Pot – Still the easiest Pinterest project ever, although I’ve found that the glue dots don’t hold quite as well as I thought they would and opening the jar can be a bit of a pain since it seals so tight.  I’m still trying to figure out a bag system so the inside won’t rust, but overall it does what it’s supposed to.
  • Mason Jar Soap Dispensers – We’ve had a few of the pump heads pop off, but I blame that on the quality of the item.  I’ve screwed them right back on and they worked fine. 
  • Crown Molding Shoe Racks – These turned out a little different than I envisioned but they are working great.  Now I just have to get around to painting them!
  • Washer & Dryer Pedestals (post coming soon) – I love having the washer and dryer raised.  Unfortunately, our platform was damaged during construction and hasn’t been fixed yet, which is why the post hasn’t happened. 
  • Closet Laundry Baskets – Still one of the best Pinterest finds in my book.  We again deviated a bit from the original design, but it works for us and that’s what matters.
  • Baby Shower Diaper Cake – Granted mine wasn’t quite as pretty as the Pinterest version, but it got lots of ooohhhs and ahhhs at the party.
  • Cupcake Stand – I love how this turned out, although the hot glue wasn’t strong enough to hold for transit back and forth.  I plan to reattach the pieces with a stronger adhesive when I need such a piece again.
  • Party Punch – Yummy and simple.  Can’t beat that!
  • Upholstered Guest Headboard (pre-blog) – It was so simple I showed the hubby a picture and he did it one afternoon before I got home from work without any direction.  Our design was similar to this, but with different fabric.
  • Kitchen Island Glass Insulator Pendant Lights – Still one of the most visited projects on this blog and one of my favorites.
  • Permanent Marker Removal – Who knew!  And it works!
  • Desk – It’s still not my dream set-up, but it works for now and it’s sure better than a folding table!
  • Gold Toed Shoes – I’m not sure mine are as cute as her’s, but I might be a bit self critical.
  • Curly Bun Updo – A success from a fail.  Gotta love that.
  • Lemon Blueberry Bread (pre-blog) – This recipe has created addicts and raised over $300 for charity!  I bet it’s original creator never imagined that.
  • Stove Cleaner – I certainly don’t miss the flat surface stove, or cleaning it.
  • Natural Cleaners – I actually need to make up another batch of DIY Febreeze because I finally ran out. Love how both work and plan to continue using them.  I also started using the DIY makeup brush cleaner recipe and am pleased with that as well.
  • Terrariums – These suckers did so well that the plants literally outgrew their containers and had to be replanted.  A few didn’t survive the transplant, but that happens.
  • Drop Cloth Curtains (update coming soon on how these are being used at the new house) – So glad I found this idea now that we have SUPER tall windows!
  • Magnet Bobby Pin Holder – A close runner-up for easiest project yet.  And it works like the dickens.
  • DIY Laundry Detergent (post coming soon) – I wanted to use the recipe for a while before talking about it, but so far so good.  And it’s not that complicated to make either.


  • Ombre Shirt Dying – This project didn’t turn out all bad, but it certainly didn’t end like I thought it would, which is why I’ve classified it as a fail.
  • No Heat Curls – Epic failure.  Maybe it’s the magic of YouTube or minimal detail on web cameras, but whatever it is, my hair does not respond well to this method.  Seems I’m destined to get my curls the time-consuming old fashioned way (shakes fist in the air)
  • Rug Stop Silicone – I’ve seen this idea all over Pinterest, and with two rambunctious pups running around it seemed like an easy solution to a constant problem.  Unfortunately, it did NADA for our sliding rugs.  However, the store bought rug stop under the entire rug does seem to do the trick.

And the winner of the “nailed it” award is….No Heat Curls!  It was so horrible I couldn’t even take a picture of it! LOL

Now that I’ve rounded up the good and the bad and the down-right ugly, it’s obvious that the majority of the ideas I find are acceptable passes.  I guess that means my Pinterest addiction isn’t that bad after all. 😉

Cast Iron Charm


I found these pretty cast iron medallions at a local antique shop recently and knew I wanted to use them in the Master bathroom, although I wasn’t sure exactly how.  I considered making hooks out of them for our towels, but didn’t want them to be covered up most of the time.  I also thought about attaching them to a board and making a piece of art, but that didn’t feel right either.  Finally I decided that putting them above the window over the tub would be just right.


They also made a great visual anchor for the hanging terrariums I had the hubs put up in here.  I think they fit perfectly with my eclectic Alaskan spa theme in this space.  I’ve been incorporating a few Moroccan pieces and patterns in this space and these medallions follow that trend, without being over powering.


I’ve got a few more projects planned for this space, but will showcase what’s been done so far when I do a whole house tour in the coming weeks. 🙂

Coins on Display

Most military wives are familiar with the coin tradition of the military.  There are coins for missions, coins for units, coins for special occasions and even coins for secretaries of each branch.  And any military member who’s been around a while has LOTS of them.  After just shy of 20 years in the Coast Guard my hubby is no exception.

Although I was proud of all the accolades and moments he had collected, I wasn’t enjoying finding them all over the house or stashed away in storage.  I’d heard about coin display boards thanks to this post by one of my favorite bloggers, and decided to get one for the hubs for Valentines day.  When we moved and set up the curio cabinet at the new house I had the hubs sort through his coins and decide how many he’d like to have displayed.  I casually showed him the different stands available and asked what he’d like his to say, then acted like it was something we’d have to get “one day”.  Once I knew his preferences I secretly put in a custom order a few days later.


There wasn’t any major reaction when it arrived, but I can tell he likes it.  He filled it with the coins he’d chosen to display and I made room for it in the curio cabinet, surrounded by his other keepsakes.  The rest of his collection is in storage, but at least they are no longer floating around the house.  There’s still room for a few more if he decides there’s others that should be on display or picks up something new during his retirement.


It’s the perfect addition to the other displays in our home of both the hubs and his Pop’s service.  What displays have you created in your home to honor your family’s military service?