February 22, 2012

your q's...my a's

I feel like with all the goings on at my house I haven't had time for a lot of stuff...like answer emails :-/ I've gotten several comments lately with questions and here's me...finally getting back to you.

Here's a few of your randoms...

Suzette, Cailin, and Amy asked:...Should I get a Smash Book? I have gone back and forth and ...don't know what a Smash Book is, so I hope you clue me in soon :) and...um...what's a Smash Book?

K. I'm super excited about my Smash book. I first saw THIS video out there somewhere...then I read they weren't making them anymore. Then I found them on Amazon. Then I saw them at Micheal's and about fLiPpEd! So I bought one.
The idea is to just smash...it's like scrapbooking for dummies...or something like that. I used to scrapbook a lot more and I just don't anymore. I like this idea. It's simple. My book doesn't have a theme...it's just whatever hits me. I have only done a couple pages, but here's a look:

MJ asked: Hotel Hutchinson looks great! Love the pillow cases!! I also love the green paint you used on the chalkboard and the chair - do you mind sharing the name?

Honestly, I don't remember. But I do know it was Rustoleum Double Coverage (best spray paint ever!) It might have been called Leafy Green?? Maybe??

Denise asked:...Just curious...where is the necklace you are wearing in the picture with you and your blog friend from? I love the rectangular shape.

Ok, first off...this is a comment on a post I wrote over a year ago when I met my sweet sista Becks and I just LOVE that my older posts still get read...it feels like they're going to waste otherwise, you know??
Anyway, the necklace. It was a gift from my lover/banker/boyfriend...how scandalous does that sound?? Ok, my husband...but that sounds boring. It's personalized with my initial, and sparrows (to match his chest tattoos...how romantic, right??) It's from One Blue Moon Charm. Good stuff over there...

Kristi McInerney asked: Alicia...I've been homeschooling my kids since they were 2 (Julia is now 4 and Mark 2 1/2) I love it. I used to be an elementary teacher in a christian school...can I ask what curriculum you used for kindergarten for your kids?...

Ok, so would I sound like a loser teacher if I said "nothing?" Well, not really nothing. But I just feel like spending a ton of moola on preK or K is kinda sorta a waste of money. A lot of the things in a full curriculum are things you can find for free on the Internet or in those workbooks from Target or Barnes and Noble.

I am currently using Hooked on Phonics for both my preKer and my Ker to learn to read. I love Hooked on Phonics. It works great for us.

We do science and history all together, but if I wasn't schooling Noah I would probably just buy a science experiment book and do fun projects once or twice a week for the little ones.

I have the two little ones practice their handwriting on school lined paper.

I am using first grade Saxon math on my Kindergartner too and for my preKer, I just want to have her get counting and number recognition down.

And just read, read, read! I wouldn't spend a lot of money on that level...it only gets more expensive, so I just don't want to jump the gun, ya know??

Ok. I feel better now like I'm not ignoring you guys' questions. I totally should have gotten paid for all the brand dropping in this post ;)
Hope you're having a great Wednesday!!



Mary said...

you are so sweet!
i love your journal...such a great idea.
AND your chalkboard, AND the necklace, AND that adorable pic of you n becky!
have an awesome day girlie! :)

Marissa said...

Oh, spray paint.... :)
Love the new font and side buttons that look like tape! Love your style, Miss Alicia!

jahorn12820 said...

That smash book is awesome! I kind of want one :)

carissa at lowercase letters said...

so i have yet to buy the smash book because i've gone back and forth. i love how easy and unassuming it is. and after seeing yours, i really think i want it bad. i love seeing you and Becky together. hot stuff!

Christina said...

Now I know what a smash book is! I actually was thinking about doing something like this for our 2012 family photo album... last year I went digital but this year just felt like throwing random pics and stubs in a book- didn't know there was a name for doing that!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh I loved seeing my picture on there...pretty soon my booty will be sitting on that bed. Yay!!! Makes me want my hair fixed bad...hatin' on the hair right now. Love you.

Sabrina said...

I've been thinking about getting a Smash book. I'll have to check it out!

Jennifer S. said...

I bought a lot of the smash book accessories to use with my Project Life album. Maybe I need a smash book too! Loving yours so far!

Blissful Blooms said...

Loved this post about little details of your life! So fun!
And now I think I need a Smash Book- I still have an unfinished scrap book for baby #2- I have some catching up to do. Shall we go away for a weekend and get caught up with photo books? Oh, wouldn't that be lovely!?!
Love you friend!!

thetwistedruffle said...

you know what's funny? my hubby and i went into joann's for some fusible fleece and we walked right past this display of smash products...i stopped dead in my tracks and just was in love! he was getting a little antsy after waiting forever at the cutting table and wanted to go, so i left without knowing what they were for, but they were just so cool! i'd love to see some more pics of your book!!!


Fun answers to fun questions.


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I enjoyed the Q&A! You should do this more often. ;P

Ricki Jill

PS I love the shade of green on your chalkboard, too.

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