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Back to School Styles!

22 Jul

It’s that time of the year again when we start preparing for the new school year.  Here are some of the fashions coming soon to MiUS Collection: 

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Do you like these styles?  Are they first day of school/college ready for you?

Let us know what you think..

xo- Millie @ MiUS

memory keeping and a “carrie-ism”

4 Mar

things around here haven’t been that exciting..

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see what i mean?  thankfully the oldest goes to school so we don’t bore her as much.  so onto the memory keeping and the carrie-ism.

many moons ago, a friend of mine told me that “SH!T the bed” was a “carrie-ism” (not sure of the blog etiquette on swearing so i cleaned it up a bit with an exclamation point).  i assume the reason that was a “carrie-ism” is because i say it often…well not as often anymore because it isn’t the best thing to say in front of the kids…but if i don’t say it, it still crosses my mind.  which brings me to memory keeping and my carrie-ism (it all ties in eventually).  i am getting ready to go to a crop this weekend.  for those of you not savvy in the scrapbook world…a crop is an outing for a bunch of ladies doing a bunch of scrapbooking (which i like to call memory keeping because i am not great with the traditional scrapbooking craftiness).  i haven’t been to a crop in a little over a year.  i was pretty sure i had a bunch of photos ready to go.  i do project life books by becky higgins.   i love becky higgins…and you should too, if you don’t have time to do traditional scrapbooks but want a little more flair than just a photo album.  and even though i try to embrace technology…i still like to feel the photos and the paper.  anyway…i was pretty sure i could just pop some photos into my books so i can do the crafty and journaling part at the crop.  i mean, i have some catching up to do..seriously.  here is where i left off in my youngest’s first year book:

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yup…that’s christmas 2010.  he was born in october 2010.  scrapbook much?  well i got out the two boxes of photos and out pops the carrie-ism when i realize i haven’t even opened the envelopes!

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oh lord.

SH!T the bed.

(as a side note…my oldest can read…and is standing over my shoulder trying to tell me i spelled something wrong…yup….i spelled SH!T wrong…and no…she didn’t say the word, she doesn’t know it…but she is trying to sound it out.  now she is reading the sentence i just wrote.  this kid needs to find something to do. back to the point)

i have less than a week to go through these.  i got project life because i thought it would be easy to keep up with.  i have a book per child.  i wasn’t really even doing a spread a month…i was just doing important or special times.  vacations.  school stuff.  i have no clue how people keep up…or even are only a year behind.  the only thing i could think to do is start piles.  so i split them up into a pile per child and a pile of “i think these go with everyone but i have no clue”

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that red sticking out in each pile…is 2010’s christmas card and the baby announcement.  SH!T the bed.

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i brought a folding table up from the basement…on the way up i was asked by four humans “what are you doing with that table?”  my answer?  “putting photos on it and if you touch it we will have BIG problems”  i am nice like that.

so i got them separated into piles.  should we place bets on how frustrating the next part will be?  trying to remember the order events occurred?  oh…it shouldn’t be hard you say?  the dates should be on the back of the photo you say?  oh yes..there is a date…march 2, 2014.  that was the day they were all printed at shutterfly.  that date doesn’t help me.

keep your fingers crossed…i have lofty goals this week.  i put the table in the family room hoping i could get a little done while hanging with the kids or hanging with the husband or keeping up with my shows.  not soaps by the way!  haha…think our mother’s generation called “soaps” “shows”  ….i am all over the place today no?

do you do project life?  i really am a big fan.  sometimes i wonder though if i should of done  a digital book for each child yearly and a project life book for our family?  i think that is the goal when the project life books are done.  the girls books are much further along so i can’t really stop now.  but its hard to decide how to “keep” memories…is there a right answer?!

SH!T the bed.  hahahaha.

have a great week!

Spring Cleaning begins

26 Feb

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I know it is not spring yet…but I do hear the birds outside and the days are getting longer. So I decided to begin my spring cleaning this week. Spring cleaning can seem overwhelmingly huge chore, so I like to take it in chunks at a time.  I also like to use a cleaning checklist it keeps on track and I like to check things off and feel accomplished!  I found a fabulous blog all about house keeping and more, fellow blogger, Kelly from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  She offers great tips on everything, but especially cleaning and i borrowed her checklist on her post about spring cleaning.

FOYER

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need.
  4.  Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up..
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.

BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.
  14. Reseal grout lines.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.  Click here for instructions on cleaning mini blinds.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry.  Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  15. Clean and descale kettle.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Clean Dishwasher.
  20. Dust light fixtures.
  21. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  22. Wash switch plates.
  23. Wash walls and trim.
  24. Wash doors and door knobs.
  25. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  26. Sweep and wash floor.
  27. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.

LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors.
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

STAIRWELLS

  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

OUTSIDE

  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.

REMEMBER TO:

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

As she suggests on her blog, I take it room by room. I normally like to start with bedrooms as it gives us the chance to reorganize the closet, start to put away some of the winter wear and bring out the spring/summer clothing.  This week, I am beginning with an overdue chore of de-cluttering the kids rooms and closets! We normally have an annual toy donation clean up before Christmas, but somehow this past holiday season that tradition escaped us!  So wish me luck and Happy spring cleaning to all!! 🙂

38 thoughts on my 38th year

12 Feb

wow.  38 seems old no?  i don’t feel old…but to look at the number makes me feel a bit close to 40….hmmm….and have you noticed that as you get to 38ish you start to forget how old you are?  like i have to think about it!

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anyway…here are 38 thoughts as i embark on my 38th year…

  1. i have learned to worry less
  2. when it comes to friends, it is quality NOT quantity
  3. makeup has become my friend
  4. i might be way “curvier” than i like, but i am at the happiest place i have ever been in life, so i will deal with it
  5. my little family is everything to me and more
  6. i need to do at least one load of laundry every.single.day.
  7. i have tried to use my phone calendar and the computer calendar…but i love planners.  all types of planners.
  8. i am a nerd
  9. i pretend to know what i am doing with technology.  i really have no clue
  10. i like things to be clean.  all the time.
  11. baking makes people happy, which makes me happy to bake
  12. i think religion is very important in life
  13. i need to keep my nails polished and looking nice.  makes me feel more put together
  14. i need to keep my hair colored and cut nice.  for the same reason as #13
  15. i hate shopping for clothes.  might be due to my curves…but i think i have always hated clothes shopping
  16. love to shop for handbags and shoes.  love them.  they always fit
  17. i love my husband so much.  not sure if it was luck, fate or divine intervention, but God knew what he was doing when he paired us up
  18. i think i was supposed to live in the 1950s
  19. it may sound selfish,, but i like and need a little “me” time now and again
  20. i love to read.  i have always loved reading and it might just be my favorite thing to do
  21. i like cocktails
  22. i don’t like to exercise.  i know it makes me feel better and have more energy, but i would rather clean
  23. i can’t really live in the past anymore
  24. i can’t really worry about the future
  25. i like living in the present.  it fits my personality better when i stick to this theory
  26. i like that i have found God and rely on him some
  27. i love my daughters.  i love their relationship with each other.  i keep telling myself i will love the teenage years too….
  28. my son completed our family.  he is so different than the girls but they love him so much.  it is fun to have a boy in the mix
  29. i like things that smell good…who likes things that smell bad?  but i like candles and air fresheners ect
  30. i have learned its easier to be nice than to be right
  31. i like the color pink
  32. i love the color orange
  33. i still dream about our honeymoon.  it was one of the greatest weeks of my life
  34. i believe bugs and small furry creatures should live outside
  35. i should not own plants, fish or cats
  36. i may not be the best mom, but i am the best mommy i can be
  37. i like chocolate.  a lot
  38. i like downtime, quiet time, and being home

happy fat tuesday!!  (how appropriate to have a birthday on fat tuesday?  lucky girl am i!!!)

Cast Call…Looking for Guest Bloggers…

11 Feb

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Last week, we sent an invitation to our friends and customers to join the MiUS blog as a Guest blogger.  This cast call called for all writers, bloggers, artists, cooks and style divas to help inspire our community and earn rewards from MiUS for your creativity.

So…I thought in today’s post I would provide more detail on this program.

For every published post you earn 2 points. 1 point = $1 MiUS dollar.  After 10 published posts, you become a “MiUS ❤ blogger” and your blog/book/website earns a logo badge spot with a link in our blog to help promote it.   Basically, this will be a way to promote both of our blogs/art/contect and earn points towards MiUS Collection items. We can link up both of the blogs during each of your posts to gain more traffic and followers for both. So win-win. 

As far as content….well, the MiUS blog is a lifestyle blog. Our theme is “American lifestyle and American clothing.” We feature everything from everyday organizing tips to latest trends on the street. So we have open categories and truly would encourage and welcome creativity.  Please read our “About Us” page for our blog mission and details on MiUS Collection boutique. 

That is basically it in a nutshell. Not overly complicated, just a way to cross-promote and help exposure and grow readership.

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If you are interested, submit your post (s) for a chance to to be featured on the MiUS Blog to millie@miuscollection.com.

Don’t forget we are running month-long GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. (Winner will be announced on 2/15/13)

Here are the steps to get you in the drawing:

#1: “Like” our page on Facebook . If you are already a MiUS Facebook fan, then SHARE our page with your friends on your status (www.facebook.com/miuscollection.com). 

#2: Leave us a comment here at the blog letting us know that you followed all steps ; -) and you will be entered into the drawing. That easy! Good luck!

for the love of pinterest

1 Feb

i was a late pinterest bloomer.  millie sent me an invite (remember when you had to be invited??) and i never really looked at it and quite honestly, didn’t really understand it.  and if i am being really honest…i forgot my password as i usually do, and its such a pain to wait for the email (just because i am impatient).  well rewind about a month or more and one of my besties heather tells me how she is organizing all her recipes on pinterest.  what?!  do tell.  so she proceeded to explain the whole board thing on pinterest to me (poor girl has explained so much to me over the years).  so that night, i retrieve my password, and spent hours stalking pinterest.

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here’s the thing…while my husband (and i am quite sure he isn’t alone) pokes fun at me when i use the word “pinterest” in a sentence, how did we live without it?  i am not sure how i pulled off my christmas eve menu, cleaned my house, or organized my home office before pinterest!  let alone find a lipstick i like and a quote i wanted to use.  kidding aside, i appreciate pinterest because i feel like it is bringing back the craft of homemade.  we are such an instant gratification world…i feel like when i repin a pin…i am actually hanging my laundry on the line in the backyard and my neighbor is telling me her new found way of making a hard boiled egg.

so i thought i would have some “adventures in pinterest” here on the blog.  my first adventure….skinny strawberry chocolate chip muffins.  you are kind of wondering how these things turn out right?  i mean the pins look great but i want to know if people have actually tried them and what they think.  so here goes…

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so these muffins are pinned under my breakfast board.  we have trouble with breakfast here…add in that it has to be a dairy free breakfast, makes it even more difficult.  so i try everything and anything.

my bakers and i tackled this one after dinner.  we used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose.  they were a little dry that first night, and i assumed it was from the whole wheat flour.  but the next morning they were super moist and yummy!  i just kept them in a tupperware container.

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they were really easy to make and if you have purchased strawberries…everything else is likely sitting in your kitchen.

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it’s pretty easy to enjoy baking when you have these three little ones helping…they get so excited for the finished outcome.

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and the finished product…

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my oldest daughter and i thought these were really good.  she has had them for breakfast every day since we made them.  my younger two were not sold…and my husband really doesn’t try my “healthy” goodies lol.

i would definitely make them again.  i think i would try half all purpose flour and half whole wheat.  i also would switch up the fruit…i think raspberry and chocolate would be yummy too!

for the recipe visit sally’s baking addiction.  and feel free to follow me on pinterest.  i am carrie del regno.

We are still running our month-long GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. (Winner will be announced on 2/15/13)

Here are the steps to get you in the drawing:

#1: “Like” our page on Facebook . If you are already a MiUS Facebook fan, then share our page with your friends on your status (www.facebook.com/miuscollection.com), or get one friend to “like” MiUS.

#2: Leave us a comment here at the blog letting us know that you followed all steps ; -) and you will be entered into the drawing. That easy! Good luck!

wiSww (what i SHOULD wear wednesday)

23 Jan

well…since we went from 60 to sub zero in i don’t know how many days…everyone here is sick.  so, i will be honest, i have been in my pjs for a stint of time.  but today i have a furnace guy coming over so i should get dressed.  what should i wear when i am home-bound with 2 or 3 sick kids?  i am linking up with lindsey at the pleated poppy for what i wore wednesday.

in keeping with my style on a budget, here is some lounge wear that i would have on in case someone came to the door…but i can chill in it all day snuggled up on the couch watching movies with the kiddos.  and…its all made right here in the good old USA

Hearts Long Sleeve Tee

a nice and soft and comfy t-shirt.  long sleeve of course because baby its cold outside!

hearts long sleeve T  $24.99

Foldover Pants -

how comfy do these fold over pants ($24.99) look for a not -feeling- so- good kind of day?

Black Snood - Infinite Scarf - Shawl - Hood  and because i am often cold…i would toss on the black snood.  personally, i have gray and purple and wear them around my house as scarves or shawls all.the.time.  i am always cold. ($32.99)

since i am just laying around the house…i wouldn’t put any jewelry on.  but let’s be honest…the probability of me having decent looking hair on such days, slim to none.  so my other accessory would be a hat.

Beret

this beret is perfect ($29.99).  i look funny in baseball hats, so i gravitate towards these instead.  plus they give you a more put together look (even when you are NOT!)

check out the MiUS Collection website for these and other great fashion made in the USA.  also…while you are there…check out our daily deals always popping up…

happy wednesday!

oh…and don’t forget we are running month-long GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. (Winner will be announced on 2/15/13)

Here are the steps to get you in the drawing:

#1: “Like” our page on Facebook .  If you are already a MiUS Facebook fan, then share our page with your friends on your status (www.facebook.com/miuscollection.com), or get one friend to “like” MiUS.

#2: Leave us a comment here at the blog letting us know that you followed all steps ; -) and you will be entered into the drawing.  That easy! Good luck!

pot roast and family fun night

18 Jan

i mentioned earlier this week that i love me some crock pot meals.  this is a family favorite around here.  pot roast.  it was a sunday, so we incorporated some family fun by getting a rocket that had to be put together for us to color and play in.

first up, the roast.  i think i read this “recipe” in a martha magazine but i am not sure.  we make it often enough in the winter, i just “know” it now.  but it is good!  we make mashed potatoes to go with it.

get yourself a roast

1 Tbl corn starch

salt/pepper

8 medium carrots peeled and cut into inch-ish pieces

2 medium onions quartered (unless you like to eat the onions…then cut them up to your liking)

2 Tbl Worcestershire

stir cornstarch and 2 Tbl of cold water until smooth.  put it in the bottom of the crock pot.  add carrots, onions and salt and pepper and toss in the cornstarch mixture.  salt and pepper the beef and put it on top of the veggies.  drizzle the top of the roast with Worcestershire sauce and cook.  high 6 hrs…or put it on for low most of the day like i do.

its yummy!

these kids are excited about the after dinner fun to come…

but first, dinner.

time for rocket fun…

yes…the walls are not complete in our basement…but my kids love basements.  so we still play down there.  someday it will all be complete.

this was a fun family activity because we all could partake in it.  sometimes when we try to play board games or do puzzles…a certain little boy starts to get a bit bored and begins to throw things.  if he tosses this rocket, we will have trouble!

have a super fab weekend!!!

oooooh….and don’t forget we are running month-long GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. (Winner will be announced on 2/15/13)

Here are the steps to get you in the drawing:

#1: “Like” our page on Facebook .  If you are already a MiUS Facebook fan, then share our page with your friends on your status (www.facebook.com/miuscollection.com), or get one friend to “like” MiUS.

#2: Leave us a comment here at the blog letting us know that you followed all steps ; -) and you will be entered into the drawing.  That easy! Good luck!

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