Hello again! I’m just checking in to say hi and share with you some of the things I’ve been up to!
Every so often people ask me, “How’s the simple life!?” in response to my post about living a life with less. Unfortunately, it’s been anything but simple! Things went really well for about a month, when I stopped blogging here. But soon after, I decided to take up an offer to blog for mom.me and while I’ve been enjoying it, writing those posts has taken up all the time that had just been freed up.
Hideko and I worked really hard in January to declutter the house, but we really only got as far as the kitchen. And just like many New Year’s resolutions go, our energy and enthusiasm started to fizzle out. It’s disappointing, but we have made a few changes that feel healthy. We’ve stopped eating out as much. With days getting longer, we go on more walks in the evening and spend more time outdoors. I spend less time on Facebook. I try to spend less money. I suppose we should celebrate those little victories. But it’s hard to feel proud when we had envisioned so much more!
Well, I suppose it’s never too late. Maybe I need some motivation/peer pressure. Maybe I should plan a mass de-cluttering KonMari style (anyone else read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? <— affiliate link). Anyone interested? Could be fun!
Anyways, I’m really here to share with you what I’ve been up to over on the mom.me blog.
I have my first DIY tutorial up, which I thought might interest some of you crafters out there.
Easy DIY Felt Bunny Basket for Easter – This is a SUPER simple project that only requires a few pieces of felt and a short amount of time. Since the mom.me audience isn’t necessarily made of crafters and sewists, I kept this project really easy with just a tiny bit of sewing. Perfect for beginners or people with just a little bit of time!
The other posts I’ve written have nothing to do with sewing, but I’ve really enjoyed putting these posts together. It’s stretching me in a new way creatively – I’ve never tried being a writer before. Please check them out if they sound interesting to you! You can see my mom.me contributor bio here and links to my recent posts, if you want it all in one place.
What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting – A piece about a mourning phase I experienced after finding out I was pregnant.
15 Things I Ask My Child Every Year – Some of you may remember the interview I did with Yuki when she turned 4. This is about that process, more about why I’m doing it and some tips if you want to try it with your own kids.
7 Ways the Party Changes After Kids – This was just a fun little post comparing what parties were like before we had kids, to what they are like now. Very different, to say the least.
4 Words We Need to Stop Saying About Boys – A little rant about why I hate the phrases, “He’s such a boy” and “Boys will be boys!”
12 Baby Shower Gifts You Won’t Get (But Should) – Uncovering some of the ugly truths about what those postpartum days and weeks really look like and a list of things that will help you get through them.
The hardest thing about writing these posts is deciding what to write about! If you have any topics you think would be interesting for me to tackle, or simple DIY projects, let me know in the comments!!
I also have some sewing projects on my to do list and I’m chugging away on my knit beanie whenever I have time. And be sure to keep up with me on Instagram (@youandmie) for more updates!
Lovely felt Easter basket! I’m new to the blogging world and really enjoyed yours. Can’t wait to read more (especially the sewing projects you’ve got in the works)! Plan to look through your other blog links, too as it looks like you have a lot of great ideas!
Your 4 words we need to stop saying about boys post sums up exactly how I feel about this (much more eloquently than I say it). Thank you.
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That bunny bag is just so cute! If only I had some kinds in my family to make them for.
On a more serious note, I understand the struggle of wanting to accomplish more in terms of your goals and resolutions. I often fall into the trap of getting a little too ambitious. In your case, it seems a bit paradoxical, but you may have become too ambitious about slowing things down. I try to focusing on a single, measurable, achievable goal and build up from there. Don’t get discouraged! Just try again, with a new approach. I’m sure you’ll find some success.
Great post! I look forward to reading what you’ve written. 🙂
i’m loving your mom.me posts but i can see how they’d be a lot of pressure! fun to see a post pop up from you here though. 🙂
Your mom.me posts are great, but I imagine that they’d be a TON of work! I finally learned this year to stop making such lofty goals for myself every year. Though luckily I’ve always thought of my goals as aspirations more than hard-and-fast goals and never beat myself up if I don’t accomplish each one. That’s probably why my goals tend to spill over from year to year 🙂 Even so, it’s hard when you envision one thing for the year and you end up with something else.
I hope things slow down a bit for you soon! And remember that it’s really about creating a lifestyle that extends far beyond this year. At the end of the year, if you’ve managed to clean out the kitchen and reduce eating out, spending and Facebook, count that as a victory and keep at it next year!
just read to open mind,the basket is simple and nice.
Love the bunny bag! I’m also checking out that book. If not now, then maybe when they come try and find me under mounds of clothes and fabric and paper grocery bags I have been saving for years (and years.) Great post. 🙂 Thank You.
Adorable. I need to remember this for potential future grandchildren!
Lovely basket. Hope to see more of your sewing projects😊
Love the gorgeous photos with the nature as the backdrop and how wonderful is that bag!
I just read the ‘what I didn’t expect when I was expecting’ post, which has been almost exactly how I’ve been feeling – so thank you.