<![CDATA[Just Say No To Glitter - Blog]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:19:11 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Best Picture Winner Journey]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:24:52 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/best-picture-winner-journeyDan and I have been on this journey for years. After we had watched the most amazing movie- The Sting- we thought, if this is a best picture winner, how many other great movies are we missing out on? That is when we decided to watch all the best picture winners. Not all the nominees from a certain year, all the winners. That is 88 movies!
We kicked it off with Wings, the 1927-1928 winner. This was the first silent movie I have ever seen. Like MANY of the movies on this list, it was about war--WWI to be exact.
Turns out, we weren't missing out on anything with some of these movies. I would like to change the name of the 1941 movie from How Green Was My Valley to How Depressing Was My Valley.
Yet some of these movies are gems! We love (and own) The Sting- the one that started it all. Seriously, go watch it!! We also enjoyed (and own) both It Happened One Night and The Greatest Show On Earth.

This is a list of the winners in the order we watched them:
1927 Wings
1927 Sunrise
1929 The Broadway Melody
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
1931 Cimarron
1932 Grand Hotel
1933 Cavalcade
1934 It Happened One Night
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
1937 The Life of Emile Zola
1938 You Can't Take It With You
1939 Gone with the Wind
1940 Rebecca
1941 How Green Was My Valley
1942 Mrs. Miniver
1942 Casablanca
1944 Going My Way
1945 The Lost Weekend
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 Gentleman's Agreement
1948 Hamlet
1949 All the King's Men
1950 All About Eve
1951 An American in Paris
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1953 From Here to Eternity
1954 On the Waterfront
1955 Marty
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 Gigi
1959 Ben-Hur
1960 The Apartment
1961 West Side Story
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1963 Tom Jones
1964 My Fair Lady
1965 The Sound of Music
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1967 In the Heat of the Night
1968 Oliver!
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1970 Patton
1971 The French Connection
1972 The Godfather
1973 The Sting
1974 The Godfather: Part II
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1976 Rocky
1977 Annie Hall
1978 The Deer Hunter
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 Ordinary People
1981 Chariots of Fire
1982 Gandhi
1983 Terms of Endearment
1984 Amadeus
1985 Out of Africa
1986 Platoon
1987 The Last Emperor
1988 Rain Man
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1990 Dances with Wolves
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Unforgiven
1993 Schindler's List
1994 Forrest Gump
1995 Braveheart
1996 The English Patient
1997 Titanic
1998 Shakespeare in Love
1999 American Beauty
2000 Gladiator
2001 A Beautiful Mind
2002 Chicago
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Million Dollar Baby
2004 Crash
2006 The Departed
2007 No Country for Old Men
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
2008 The Hurt Locker
2010 The King's Speech
2011 The Artist
2012 Argo
2013 12 Years a Slave
2014 Birdman

We would also search for other notable movies and nominees from a particular year and watch them before moving on to the next winner.  That is where movies like It's A Wonderful Life, Shawshank Redemption, and Inception would come in.  Good stuff, just not winners.

So what's next? We need more direction in our Netflix-less lives! Enter the Top 100 Films from The American Film Institute.  We are starting over at #100 (Yankee Doodle Dandy) and heading to #1 (Citizen Kane), skipping the ones we have already seen (like the #1 movie).

What movie do you think we should watch? Anything not on the list of best pictures that surprises you?
<![CDATA[Breaching the Wall]]>Mon, 17 Aug 2015 22:59:09 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/breaching-the-wallWe have waited one year and four months for this. For the first time in her life Annique used a public restroom!! This was not easy for her. She is not over her phobia by any stretch of the imagination. We are celebrating this victory though! The wall that keeps her from so much has been breached. So we're going to keep chipping away at it.

Mom and Annique at First Friday.

We planned this special potty practice for awhile. On a Saturday morning, Dan got Annique up (we're also practicing getting up at school time) and left for church before she had the chance to use the potty at home. Armed with a bag of books, treats, and activities and as much patience as could be mustered, we were going to wait her out.

I didn't realize they left before she ate so at 9:30, I made her a breakfast and switched with Dan. She ate her breakfast wiggling like crazy.  "I'm not wiggling, it is just a dance," she insisted.

After breakfast, we headed back into the bathroom.  She had to go so bad so she really did not want to sit on there.  I gave her a Sweedish Fish for sitting there for a count to 20.  I was planning to keep trying this method to keep her on there.  "Don't we have to go soon?" she asked.  "We don't have to be anywhere for the next seven hours." I could see the desperation wash across her face.  Finally she yelled, "I will use the potty!  I need PRIVACY!" So I went right outside the door and we had our first success.  Yay!

With Frozen DVD proudly in hand, she walked back into the house ready to watch her prize.  We totally obliged. I think she was proud of herself but she didn't want much fuss to be made about it (typical for her).  Now we can say she's done it once.  We just have to do practices like these to make it less difficult each time.  The wall will eventually come down!

Thank you for following us on this atypical journey.  Your concern for her and us means a lot!
<![CDATA[Crochet Wrap with Slits]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:25:17 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/crochet-wrap-with-slitsI came across this pattern on pinterest.  It looks great, right?

Wow, it would be a lot of work!  It would be the largest thing I have crocheted to this point.  I wanted to give it a go though.  Off to the store to buy 3 skeins of yarn.  As fate would have it,  the pattern was even on the wrapper!

I tried following the pattern but I was having a bit of trouble.  I went to the Red Heart video tutorial, but I did not find it helpful.  I did find the tutorial from the author of the pattern which I did find helpful.  I did several rows on my own, but it wasn't laying right.  I decided this would be a good time to stop in for this:
I'm so glad I did!  These ladies helped me figure out how to get the cabling to lay right and then I was off.
This is the same orange as the pattern photo above so please ignore whatever red you are seeing and think "Carrot Orange."
I got started (and help to continue) in December.  I worked on it for several months (adding many extra rows to the end to make it my desired length).  I am happy to report that I accomplished my goal which was to finish the wrap and wear the it that same winter!  I have received many compliments on it and it is just fun to wear.  I love how it turned out!
<![CDATA[Camille is Crying]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:06:17 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/camille-is-cryingI love that blog where a Dad documents all the crazy reasons that his toddler is crying.  I can completely relate!  So much so, that I am writing this post on reasons Camille is crying.  It is so rough being two.
Camille is crying because she doesn't want to be dressed.
Camille is crying because she didn't want her sister to look out the window.
Camille is crying because big sister threw a toy at her head.
This toy. Tears were completely justified.
Camille is crying because I could not repair her broken cracker.
Camille is crying because the car would not fit in the lunchbox.
Camille is crying because Mommy wanted privacy to use the bathroom.
BIG SISTER BONUS: While Camille was still getting over the bathroom incident, Annique learns we are out of apples for lunch.
Camille is crying because Daddy left for work. She does not do that every day, just this day.
Camille is crying because Mommy had to put her down in order to use a sharp knife to prepare her lunch.
Wow, that was therapeutic.  It is not funny in the moment, but definitely funny to look back on.  When Camille freaks out, pulling out my camera and documenting the reason for her tears helps me to take my mind off of the screaming for a bit.  I'll have another post like this one for sure!
<![CDATA[The Real Deal- Phobia]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 01:56:16 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/the-real-deal-phobiaNow that it has been named, it feels a bit better.  Although we were pretty certain, our assumptions were confirmed when Annique was diagnosed with a phobia of using any bathroom outside of our home around her 5th birthday.

How did we arrive here?  Check out this post to see where we were last time I blogged about this issue.  We were getting help at the BRICK clinic until January, when the psychologist we were seeing there moved out of town.  He definitely helped her along, but we seemed to be hitting a wall where sticker charts were not helping.  In March, someone recommended the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, so we gave them a call.
We got connected with a psychologist who was leaving KCCAT to start her own clinic and decided to go that route.  She deals with younger children and has even dealt with this specific issue before. We have been seeing her weekly since May.  I feel like we are finally on a good path.  We have a specific plan with goals and progress has been made and we have momentum.  I feel it is WAY better than once-a-month meetings with the BRICK clinic in terms of ongoing support and improvement.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that can be described as unreasonable fear and the desire to avoid specific situations or objects.  This psychologist (Dr. Amy) nailed it.  She has also done an excellent job in coaching us in guiding Annique to face her fears as well as communicating, teaching and coaching Annique personally.  For the first time, I heard Annique put a level of fear (ranging from 1-10) on things like just being in a new restroom to actually using the potty there. 

Now that we have a graduated scale of her fears, we are working on a plan to start facing them using cognitive behavioral therapy.  Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

Annique is the least afraid of pointing out public bathrooms, so we have been finding them whenever we are out.  That has become easy and she's definitely comfortable there.  Now we have moved up the ladder to going into the restroom and she earns a fruit snack whenever she gets near
(not on) the potty.  This is huge and we are so thankful to see progress made.

Thanks for checking in.  We'll keep you posted!
<![CDATA[She's Two!]]>Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:46:00 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/shes-twoThis. Girl.
My sweet, snuggly Camille is two!  She's still my baby girl, though.

We celebrated her birthday at the Gras house a few days later.  Annique helped decorate her butterfly cake.  When we all gathered for dinner, Camille was especially cute and delightful.  She was pretty chatty and giggly and was so much fun!  Maybe she knew it was her birthday.  She loved the dinner Grandma Gras made for her.  She is a fan of pork tenderloin (though she calls all meat chicken) and corn on the cob.

When it was cake time, she joyfully sang happy birthday with us but did not blow out her candles.  Camille really loved her cake.  She didn't make much of a mess, but she definitely shoved very large pieces into her mouth.  Gift opening was a blast!  We have another book lover on our hands, my friends.
She is very active! Camille is starting to run, and it is so cute to watch her little tush wiggle! She has been walking down steps using the handrail since she was 21 months. She decided this scooting thing is for babies! She can dance to music and she is starting to get some air when she jumps.  Of course she wants to do everything her sister does, so when Annique gets some time in the tree, Camille wants some time up there too.
I call her my snuggly girl because she is!  I often wonder what percentage of the day is spent being held vs walking around on her own. She makes a big, dramatic fuss when she wants to be held and I'm washing dishes or cutting raw chicken for dinner.  It is these occasions that I wear her on my back in in the Ergo carrier.

Her language is emerging as well.  She is putting two and three word sentences together. "Where Mommy go?"  "Bye-bye Daddy!" "There she is!" My favorite words to hear her say are cookie, and puh-pul (purple).  Dan likes her "yeyow" (yellow).  Of course she understands much more than she can say. The other day she asked me "Where bear go?" and I told her it was in her room.  She proceeded upstairs to her room and got the bear.

Likes- Her beanie baby bear, playing outside (often with the aforementioned bear), wearing shoes- she pretty much has a specific pair of shoes in mind when she wants them on, Baby Signing Time DVD's, singing the alphabet, counting, markers, holding things and carrying them around, her sunglasses, having Mommy or Daddy read to her.
Dislikes- When someone puts her down instead of holds her, thunder, smiling or otherwise acknowledging strangers who talk to her (they ALWAYS comment on the red hair!), being held when she wants to run off, holding hands when crossing the street, wearing shoes during meals, whenever the answer is no.

35 inches tall, 75th percentile
25 pounds and 8 ounces, 35th percentile
<![CDATA[She's Five!]]>Sat, 09 May 2015 15:06:28 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/shes-fiveI have been a parent for five years now?  Crazy! 
Her birthday was on a Monday (which is a non-preschool day).  She walked into the kitchen under a bunch of balloons and had her traditional pancakes with sprinkles for breakfast.
Grandpa Bade and Bebe stopped by and brought a helium balloon (ALWAYS appreciated) as well as some stickers and a potted plant with yellow flowers (her favorite color). Later on, Grandma Gras picked her up for a special birthday treat at Peachwave.  She picked the dinner of Ranchero burgers (recipe here- on page 12) and I made some fries in the oven.  She opened her presents from Mom and Dad as well as the birthday cards that came in the mail.  As you can see, she was pretty excited about her stickers from Aunt Michele.  They were covered in glitter.  Lots and lots of glitter.
Wednesday was the first day back at preschool, and we got to bring the birthday snack.  Camille and I went to Krispy Kreme and brought the class some donuts.  She had a birthday crown on when I came to pick her up.  I took her to Grandma and Grandpa Gras' house.  She had a blast decorating her cake!  Her birthday meal was another favorite, spaghetti. 

Saturday, we had our first ever friend birthday party.  I'll write another post about it later so here I'll just say that it was bug-themed and a lot of fun!

Likes- All. The. Things.  :o)  She loves being outside!  Playing with rocks, sticks, seeds, dandelions, grass and pine cones is a favorite pastime.  It is also one of my favorite things she does.  What else?  Annique can be found climbing trees, playing at parks, drawing with markers, playing with stickers, enjoying dessert, playing with her grandparents, reading, crawling under our bed, making creations in the play kitchen and elsewhere.  And she LOVES a good tickle!

Dislikes- Camille ruining anything she has put together, tomatoes, doing something that is not her idea (IE, time to come inside), messing up or being wrong or failing, using other bathrooms.  (Yes, STILL.  Child psychologist enters stage right.)

Social skills- Annique is getting better at playing with kids instead of alongside them.  She is a little behind in this area.  At school, she won't be the one directing all the girls to get into play dresses and then orchestrating a princess family.  However, she will put on a dress and she may actually participate instead of go play elsewhere in the dress.

Physical skills- Still behind a bit. Her old PT that helped her to walk said she might be behind for a long time.  This girl is definitely not athletic.  She does LOVE to climb and is in almost constant motion- especially when she is explaining her art or telling a story she is very excited about. We think she has psychomotor overexcitablitly.  (Read the paragraph under the heading "Psychomotor Overexcitability" at this site- it describes her to a T!) She is not spatially aware of her body and injures herself almost daily in this regard.

Favorite Reads-
This is a cute chapter book series!
Annique loves to flip though this large coffee table book we got on clearance before she was born. A lot of the language is above her level, but she loves reading about the moons of the planets.
Spiritually- It is so beautiful to watch her faith develop.  It seems like she remembers every Bible story she learns in church.  She recently found a Bible (not kids' version), opened the table of contents, and found the book of Joshua.  She used the page numbers to find Joshua, then flipped to her favorite story- the battle of Jericho.  It was incredible!  She adores Veggie Tales (Josh and the Big Wall, anyone?).  I have also heard her pray a few times.  SO SWEET!  She tells us that God can always hear us.  Amen, girl!
42.5 inches tall- 50th percentile
35 pounds- 25
th percentile
<![CDATA[Making Progress]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:18:56 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/making-progressMy professional organizing business is making great strides and I am SO excited!

First, I opened my business checking account.  The card looks so official with my business name printed on it!  It makes it a little more real that I'm doing this.

Next, received my square device.  How cool is it that one can accept credit/debit cards with a reader roughly the size of postage stamp and a smart phone?!  Even Dan was impressed.

Third, my website is now www.clutterfreeinkc.com!  I got many Facebook likes when I announced that I own the domain.  Thank you for your support!  Speaking of Facebook, I also have a business page on there.  I'm fairly active on there posting about every week with some organizing tips or links to organizing videos or blog posts.  My post about my Pinterest boards had the highest reach yet!

Coming soon is my Google adwords account.  This is the part I really need to work on- marketing and getting clients.  I love to organize and I can't wait to help people by doing something that I love!  Let me know if you hear of anyone who would benefit from a professional organizer!

Thanks again for your support and encouragement.  Starting a business is tough, and scary!  It is also very thrilling.  I had to calm myself down and remove several exclamation points from my post here.  :o)  Here's to the journey!
<![CDATA[Bucket List Item Complete!]]>Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:53:24 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/bucket-list-item-completeI love reading organizing blogs.  This should come as no surprise, really.  Prior to my days of Pinterest, I did not know these blogs existed.  I remember when I first stumbled upon I Heart Organizing.  I was struck not only by the amazing organization projects and the gorgeous photography, but that I too, loved to organize.  It was in following Jen's blog and others like it that I learned many new organizing ideas and resources- including the infamous IKEA.

Ooooh, it just looked amazing!  And I don't even like to shop!  Unfortunately for me, the closest IKEA was seven hours away in Dallas or seven hours the other direction in Chicago.  Well, I would just have to make a trip out of it!  That is when I decided it would be a good bucket list item.

Now, this sat on my bucket list for some time.  Enough time for IKEA to come and build a store in KC!  So, just 11 days after it opened, I graced IKEA of Kansas City for the first time.
It was quite the sight to behold!  My friend and IKEA veteran volunteered to be my tour guide.  It was very crowded since it was the second weekend that the store had been open, but I still enjoyed my visit.

The showroom was incredible and showcased the furniture well.  The furnished "apartments" they have in there are unbelievable!  My favorite part of this floor was the desks and offices.
These chairs are way comfortable!
We headed (or were herded?) downstairs to the marketplace.  More treasures to behold!  Then I came to the home organization area, AKA heaven.  The bins, the hooks, the rails for wall storage.  Be still, my heart.  I would HAVE to come back when I didn't have to wade through seven people to see each side of the aisle.
My guide explained the process of locating any furniture in the warehouse area, for future reference.  I didn't buy anything on my first trip, though.  I got to walk past the long lines to get closer to that delicious cinnamon roll smell.  Mmmmmm!

So I put a big fat check next to this bucket list item.  Even though I did not go on a special road trip to get there, it was still so fun!
<![CDATA[Disclaimers]]>Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:07:56 GMThttp://justsaynotoglitter.weebly.com/blog/disclaimersWhat a wonderful time of year! Time to give!  One of my traditions is to make a Chex Mix for my neighbors.  I remember my mom making treats for our childhood neighbors.  I remember receiving treats from those neighbors, too.  (I would take some of Linda's peanut brittle any day!)

When my roommates and I moved off-campus in college, we would make Halloween cookies for the neighbors (some college students, most not) because we would not be there for Christmas.  We enjoyed getting to know our neighbors that way.

My little off-campus house.

When we lived in our old house, I remember making my mix for the neighbors there almost every year.  By the time we moved seven years later, we had started an exchange with several neighbors baking treats and sharing them too!  This will be my first year making the mix for our new neighbors.

One thing I have decided not to do is make any disclaimers.

Do you know what I mean?  Here's a disclaimer, "Here is a Chex Mix I made for you!  Sorry that a few burnt pieces made it in there."  I've decided to let any imperfection go and instead enjoy the JOY of giving.  The receiver probably doesn't want to hear bout my burnt pieces anyway.  People, we are giving gifts!  No disclaimers necessary!  Graciously give!

I won't make Chex Mix disclaimers and I won't make Christmas gift disclaimers.  That would be, "Sorry if you don't like the color.  You can return it, the gift receipt is in there."  I will just pick out the gift, wrap it and include the gift receipt for the receiver to choose what to do with it.  For me, there is such freedom there.

This is something I have decided in my spirit would be good for me.  I had to ask why I made disclaimers to begin with.  I think as a way to discredit my act of giving.  Also to protect my pride in case I messed up or (heaven forbid) made a WRONG choice.   

So this year, no disclaimers!  I'm going to enjoy the giving without the disclaiming.