Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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11 Easy Things in 2011

In 2011, we are finishing our basement, welcoming another baby into our family and I’m working on evo ’11…this is not the year for tackling the Iron Man Triathlon, starting my Master’s Degree or getting my book published.

This is the year of the gloriously mundane. The year that I attempt to return to some of my pre-mama hobbies, tackle some long-looming projects and add some simple pleasures into my life.

Plant a raspberry bush.

My neighbors have a raspberry bush and one of the branches extends into our yard and darn it, we’re just not getting enough fruit from it. Everything I planted last year died, so I’m expecting this to go well.

Get back to the music.

See this post from Rachael? She admittedly “discovered” some songs and albums that had been around for awhile and I had heard of NONE of them.  The only new music I really grabbed last year was from the Glee soundtrack. No points for music that originates from a TV show…that’s just lazy.

Find the perfect shade of red lipstick.

I’m going to be 32 in May. For crying out loud, it’s high time I figure this out.  I’m going to make Katrina help me.

Finally learn to make bread.

I’ve tried to bread machine my way to homemade bread. It’s not working out. I’m breaking up with my bread maker and if I have to call my husband’s Grandma Kathy every week of the year for advice, so help me I will figure out how to make bread from scratch.

I made this loaf. And then never did it again.

Clean out the closet.

I have clothes that range from size 10-22. I have oodles of dress clothes from my corporate days. I a crap-ton of “basics” from my days of working at the Gap.  I have far too many shoes and suit-jackets that were bought in a last minute rush to look presentable at some event or meeting. I am the quintessential woman that is drowning in clothes, yet always never has a thing to wear.

Overhaul the closet.

So after I clean out the closet, I am going to start building a better…dare I say, more “stylish” wardrobe.  My coats are in lousy shape, my date night attire looks an awful lot like chase-the-kid-around-the-park attire and I could use a really flattering pair of jeans.

Get a few houseplants up in here.

I love fresh flowers in my house. But I’m cheap so I’d like to figure out how to welcome a few houseplants into my home. Recommendations welcome!

Start Vlogging

That’s right. Kami and Meredith inspired me. So in 2011, you’re going to see my mug on video. Mostly because I plan on forcing Rachael and the rest of the TodaysMama staff to do it with me. Good times ahead, folks.

Oh yes. The two of us on video. Brace. Yourself. (Photo by Kami Bigler)

Read at least one book a month.

I can’t believe how few books I’ve read over the last few years. This year I will read more— and I think one book a month is a totally reasonable goal.

Set up the playroom.

I’ve been anti-playroom. But the holiday addition of a giant play kitchen for my girl has led to to realize that my big new basement would be the perfect spot for a kick-booty playroom for my kiddos. Read along as I stumble through this project throughout 2011.

Start saving money for a really good camera.

I’ve got a nifty little point-and-shoot and so far, it’s getting the job done. But I’m going to start saving for a fabulous camera. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to save enough so that I can give it to myself for Christmas 2011.  Notice my goal is to “save for” not “buy”. 🙂

Doesn't that face deserve more than a point-and-shoot?

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  2. Amy Allen Johnson 01/11/2011 at 10:44 am

    love it! i love that im not feeling overwhelmed for you by the end. It’s as if you already know that baby #2 will demand your attention.

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/12/2011 at 10:40 pm

      I think baby #2 AND kiddo #1 will be making demands right and left. Plus, really, how hard is it to clean out a closet and read a darn book?! 😉

  3. Rachael Herrscher 01/11/2011 at 8:42 am

    How bout’ you make ME that bread! 😀 And that photo of us should be framed . . . it would only have been more perfect if I had my matching glasses on! And we’ll see if you ever get me on video . . . we’ll see . . .

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/12/2011 at 10:41 pm

      Don’t make me get you on video without your knowledge…come willingly or I will ninja you onto YouTube.

  4. Emily Wignall 01/10/2011 at 9:17 pm

    i love, love, love this list! I think 11 is such a great number for a list of things to do in a year. 1 a month…except for the month you have your baby, when nothing will get done. Actually, for me it was like the last 7 months since I had my baby. So, I think my list is more like 6 things in 2011.

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/12/2011 at 10:42 pm

      Except, if I don’t hustle, I’m not going to get anything done in January and I’ll HAVE to tackle something in March when this boy shows up. 🙂

  5. kat 01/10/2011 at 9:01 pm

    I’m on it! Bring on that red pout!

    I want to know about everyting Evo’11. I’m booking a flight now!!!

    ps – Can’t wait to read your book, however long it takes, I anxiously await its arrival.

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/12/2011 at 10:43 pm

      Me, you and the MAC counter, baby! Don’t be looking for a book by me anytime soon…I’ll be looking for my Kitsch book WAY before that happens.

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  7. Erica Fehrman 01/10/2011 at 3:51 pm

    Excellent list! I think embracing the mundane is exactly what you’ll need with a new baby in the house. Let me know what you discover with houseplants, as I love them but can’t keep them alive (picture me killing a cactus. really).

    Yes to Vlogging!

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/10/2011 at 8:41 pm

      I couldn’t even keep my holiday poinsettia alive. 🙁 I will keep you posted!