Posts made in April, 2012

Getting Back on the Wagon

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Dukan Diet | 0 comments

I have a confession to make. I have been slipping further and further back into my old eating habits, and today I almost let myself go completely. I had a muffin at breakfast, chips for a snack, had a Reese’s egg, several pieces of saltwater taffy and ate pizza for dinner. And now I feel kind of icky. It’s not just guilt either. All those carbs sit heavily in my stomach, reminding me of why it’s not good to eat like that.

As I mentioned before,  my mom recently started the Dukan Diet. When I spent time with her this weekend, I admired how well she stuck to it, even while she was grieving. She told me that I was her inspiration for starting the diet, and now she is mine for getting back to the plan.

I have been reminded of how determined I was in the beginning and how it really did pay off. I don’t want to undo all that hard work, either. It’s time to get back on track!

Unfortunately this also means I need to fully wean Lex. I know it’s what is best for both of us, and honestly I think just nursing at night and before naps has been confusing for him. I’m still not looking forward to it, though.

Time to suck it up and do what needs to be done! Wish me luck Amanda send positive thoughts my way.

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In Loving Memory

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

I’m sorry for the lack of posting lately. It’s been a bit of a tumultuous time for my family this past week.

On Easter Sunday, my grandmother, Helen Twitty, passed away. She had been living with Parkinson’s for a few years now, which caused her to have problems eating and caring for herself. About a month ago, she fell and broke her hip and had not been doing well since then. Thankfully all of her children were able to be there with her at the end to help ease her passing. While we are all relieved that she is no longer suffering, we all miss her so very much. We will be travelling tomorrow to attend her funeral in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where she will be buried beside my grandfather, who just passed back in February.

My grandma was very loving, but she also wasn’t timid when it came to voicing her opinion. She was always showering us grandkids with compliments and pointing out our best characteristics. She always wanted to help out in any way she could. What I’ll remember most about her is the way she talked and how much time she spent getting ready every day. She was from South Carolina, and had that slow southern drawl. She would spend hours getting ready each morning, fixing her hair and putting on make-up. Mom said she was always a lady like that. I remember that she had a powder puff in her bathroom, and we girls loved to use it when we came to visit.  She wasn’t a stereotypical grandmother who baked cookies and things like that. She had a modern sense of style and was always very active, working as a nurse and gardening at home.

She loved seeing Lex and was always impressed with all the little things he could do. She said he was a very pretty baby. Here’s a photo of the first time she was able to meet him, when he was 5 months old.

I’m so glad that she got to meet my little guy, and that we were able to visit her a lot more once she moved to North Little Rock. I still wish we’d had more time with both her and my grandpa– time for Lex to get to know them and play with them.

Shortly after my grandfather passed away, I read this post on one of the blogs I subscribe to, Running with Scissors. She made a memory quilt with her father-in-law’s shirts after he passed away. I thought this was a great idea, and I found out from searching online that it’s a pretty common thing to do with a loved one’s clothing.  Now that my grandmother has also passed, I thought it would be great to make a quilt with both of their clothes. I want to make a small quilt (probably wall-hanging size) for each of my grandparents’ 5 children, and I was trying to figure out the best way to do it. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough fabric from their clothes alone. Then I thought about this:


A while back, my mom bought this pattern for me because she knew I wanted to make a family tree blanket for Lex. I think this pattern’s going to work great because it only uses small amounts of fabric for the applique, and each tree could be personalized to have a certain amount of birds representing each family.  Depending on the results and how much fabric is left, I may attempt to make a quilt block for each of my cousins, too. I’d like for each of us to have a little piece to hold onto, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than with a quilt.

I’m a little nervous to embark upon this project because I’ve never sewn a quilt before. I haven’t settled on whether I’ll sew it by hand or by machine or how I’ll do the top stitching. I know that it will be a big undertaking both emotionally and craft-wise. However, I think that my mom, aunts, and uncles would appreciate having a little piece of their parents together, representing their family, and I hope it’s something they will cherish.


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A Ms. Ashley Original

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

A little over a week ago, our little cousin, Harper Payslee, turned one. When I asked her mama what she needed, she said “A Ms. Ashley original.” Now, I am a pretty indecisive person when it comes to picking out gifts. I always worry that the person on the receiving end will hate it or wonder why on earth I decided to get it for them. I’m probably over thinking it, but that’s what I do. Originally I was going to crochet some kind of stuffed animal, but I wasn’t inspired by any of the patterns I saw. I finally decided on something embroidered using my new book. The stuff in there is so girly and cute, I knew it would be perfect for a baby girl. Here’s the design I finally settled on:

I love this curly tree, and since owls are all the rage right now, I wanted to stick one up in the branches. I decided to make him pink to give it a girly touch.

Originally I was just going to make a hoop to hang in the wall of her room, but I remembered that I had a blank onesie that I had planned on using for Lex’s first birthday. So, I cut the embroidery into a circle and sewed it on. Ta-da!

I was quite happy with how it turned out. And just in case the onesie didn’t fit Harper, I sewed it in such a way that I can remove the applique and sew it to another, bigger onesie. As a bonus, Lex liked feeling the texture of the embroidery floss, so I’m sure Harper will, too. Her mama was very happy with her Ms. Ashley original.

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