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.

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.

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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.

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?

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


Hi, sweet baby.

11 Easy Things in 2011- An Update

When I made my list of 11 Easy Things I was going to do in 2011, I was in my third trimester and knee-deep in home construction. Time for an update!

My Unfinished Dining Room Table

11 Things I’m Really, No Seriously, Going to Do in 2011 Even If It Kills Me and It Probably Will

"Things" make me feel like my resolution list is less about some out there goal and more like an awesome checklist that I can mark off as I accomplish them.

navy bedroom

11 Things in 2011- Carina's Update

Check up on my 11 Things in 2011 goals. As for painting my bedroom, it's DONE! The pink is gone! My bedroom is now the most beautiful steely navy blue!


Things I Tried

I need of a little retail therapy, I picked up a few new things in the last few weeks. Things that I usually pass up because they’re “not on the list”.


Erin’s 2011 Recap

I feel like I just lived the last year on fast-forward. It was a darn good year are some highlights.

Can you tell which awesome bangs are mine?

11 Random Things

This post went through lots of different renditions. 11 flavors of ice cream I would not eat this year, 11 baked goods I will not give up this year...but ultimately my quest for the ultimate 11 unearthed a bunch of random things.


The YAY Friday Round Up

As we count down the minutes to the actual weekend, here a few online goodies I wanted to share...