Just Like Goober

A working suburban mom, a curious baby boy, and a whole lotta life

Saturday Sentiment- Halloween Edition October 31, 2011

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I know it’s not Saturday, but sometimes Saturday gets away from you.

Halloween 2011, Nemo

Halloween 2010, Giraffe

Happy Halloween everyone!


Friday Ramblings October 28, 2011

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  • In case you haven’t noticed, I’m kinda a Cardinals fan. It’s in my blood. So please pardon any typos or random directions this post takes, as I stayed up WAY to late last night watching the BEST. GAME. EVER.
  • I’ve been a little MIA this week, sorry about that. In my defense, it wasn’t my fault. It’s Holly’s fault. Well, her and about a thousand other people who’ve mentioned Downton Abbey in the last few months. Holly’s post was just the final straw that caused me to break down and watch back episodes of this show online. A show so good that I stayed up past midnight on both Monday and Tuesday watching them, rendering me useless during the day. Kind of like today.
  • If you currently are concerned that your toddler is a sociopath, please read this. Made me feel better at least.
  • This made me cry.
  • I told you I’d post all my final Halloween decor pictures. So here you go:

My living room:

My hearth room:

My front porch:

I know, I gave in to the tacky blow up decoration. In my defense, it was free and apparently when I have a kid who thinks they’re cool, I’m all about the tacky!

  • Annnnd- that’s the end of my semi-coherent thoughts. Have a good weekend!

Thinking Ahead October 27, 2011

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Disclaimer: I am being offered 25 free cards to tell you what I think about Shutterfly’s 2011 Christmas Card Collection. I am not being given any real money and my opinions are completely my own.

It’s getting to be that time again. The time where I have to start thinking about Christmas Cards. I know, I know, I’ve told you before that I’m very opposed to thinking about holidays too soon. Generally I don’t want to even consider Christmas until I’m eating leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. I’ve figured out, however, that if I want them to look a certain way, then I need to get on the ball way before Thanksgiving. While I don’t like to think about Christmas until Black Friday, once it’s Christmas in my head, it needs to be Christmas EVERYWHERE. Including your house. That means my I like my Christmas cards to go out by the first week of December if possible.

Let’s do some postal math: If Mary wants to send her Christmas cards out by, say, December 7, that means they need to be stuffed and stamped by December 6. Stuffing and addressing takes approximately 2 hours of good television or 1 hour of what-is-this-crap television. Figure in a good 1-2 weeks of cheapest possible shipping from Shutterfly (where we get our photo cards). That brings us to mid Novemberish? Then we consider a week of debating over card layouts, wording, and mind changing. So that’s early-mid November. Plus, if we get professional photos taken, at least a week or two to wait for the edited images. [sidenote: I do not get professional photos taken just for a Christmas card. However, I skipped getting good 1 year photos taken of Goober and he hasn’t had anything done since the end of March. So it’s either combine them now Christmas card pics and skip 18 month photos, or do a half-ass Christmas card pic and get 18 month photos done for Christmas presents…the jury is still out] So now we’re around Halloween? Plus time for setting up the photo appointment, and holy shit, I’m already running late!

Luckily, I can probably eliminate that week of debating over card layouts by just getting on there now! Shutterfly has already posted their Christmas card layouts for 2011, so I can obsess now while waiting the week or two it’s going to take to get into the photographer. Then once I hound her for the images, I can just plug and chug!

Here is what ours looked like last year

I know, so cute right? I got SO MANY complements from people on that card. I mean, people called me to just to tell me how much they loved my Christmas card! Now I have to top that this year, because isn’t that what it’s all about? Beating yourself year after year? No, just me? Anyway…here’s a few card styles that I’m liking.

First of all, I’m probably only going to show flat photo card type cards. As in, not a folded card. Last year I sent out close to 75 of these babies and I will not being writing in those by hand. No. So let it all just be printed on the front, thank you very much.

I like this one because it’s a little whimsical. I also like cards that aren’t so very CHRISTMAS JESUS in your face. Although I don’t think that we have many non-Christmas celebrating folks, I still like to be all encompassing. It’s my diversity wishful thinking.

How fun is that? I love the wording on this. I don’t like having a single picture though, it’s too hard to pick just one. If we go with the me trying to get a picture of Goober option though, this might be good because more than likely I’ll be lucky if I can get one good one.

Oh man, this might be it. I LOVE THIS. But then, I also am weird about Hubby and I not being in the picture. Goober isn’t the only family member! But this is so cute…Grrr.

You might notice that all of these are the premium photo paper cards. Kinda pricey if you have to buy more than 20 or so. Well, I’m getting 25 free, so that’s why I’m looking here. But if I wasn’t, I’d be over on the photo paper cards, where the price point is much more budget friendly. They are still super cute, it’s just a different type of paper.

See. Super cute + affordable!

Also, did you know they do Christmas party invitations? They do. Almost makes it worth the hassle of throwing a party. Almost.

Fun stuff. So there you go, some awesome card options from Shutterfly, plus a published reminder to myself to get on this already. If you like any in particular, let me know. I like to please the people. And if you want to tell me how adorable my kid/card was last year, you can tell me that too. I can’t hear it enough!


Monday Pinning October 24, 2011

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Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? I had a lovely weekend. Saturday was my birthday, and while I’m not too thrilled about aging, I love birthdays! My husband and I don’t usually do big gifts, mostly because we’re always broke, but this year he got creative and got me two things. The first was practical, a new set of everyday drinking glasses since we’ve broken about 80% of the glasses we got for our wedding. He picked up a set of 12 pint glasses, which are much heavier and durable than our previous choices. I like them. My second gift was disguised as a box from the Gap, but was actually a small slip of paper from Sappington Shoe Repair. That little slip informed me that the 5 pairs of broken, worn down shoes I’ve been holding onto for upwards of 5 years have been FINALLY taken to the cobbler for fixing and will be returned to me this coming Friday, good as new! This is probably the best gift ever. I’ve been telling myself, and him, that I would take these shoes to the repair shop for ages. I’m notoriously hard on shoes, so I generally render them unwearable in a relatively short amount of time. As it’s usually just a heel cap or something easy like that, I don’t want to throw my cute shoes away, but I obviously kept forgetting to do something with them. Now, come Friday, I’m going to have 5 good as new pairs of shoes to wear! YAY!

Sunday I finished some Halloween projects and finally took pictures of all my Halloween crafting and decorating. So today’s Monday Pinning theme will be named after my newest Pinterest board, From Pin to Reality!

So, first, as I tutorialized here, I made the hanging ghost lights. I found these cuties at That’s What Che Said and had pinned them to make for myself.

After making another batch last night, my porch ghosts now look like this:

Yay for symmetry!

Another pin that I recreated for my own is also from Thats What Che Said. Behold, my witch hats!

For the full tutorial, check out on Cheryl’s very helpful instructions.

Next up is a Pin that I loved from Sassy Sanctuary for a darling Halloween fabric wreath. I used the same fabric that I bought for my Halloween Banner and whipped this guy up one Saturday night.

My final project I did yesterday was pinned from OhHowPosh.com and was so compelling that it inspired my big bush removal project. The inspiration?

The final re-creation?

I think it’s pretty awesome. I’m debating whether or not to add the exclamation point that is shown in the original inspiration. Any thoughts?

So that is it for my recreations of my favorite Halloween pins. I’ll be back tomorrow (or maybe the next day) with the full run down of my Halloween decor, which I think is done for the year. Whew!


Saturday Sentiment October 22, 2011

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Daily Goober 10/20/11 October 20, 2011

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Dear Goober,

Please quit giving me heart attacks.


This may Be Redundant October 19, 2011

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