Harley the Ravenclaw Quidditch Player

Harley let me know about a week ahead of time that one of the dress-up days for spirit week was Halloween, and she wanted to be a Quidditch player from Ravenclaw House.  She has taken a “sorting” quiz and that is the House she would belong to if she attended Hogwarts and lived in Harry Potter’s world.  She also sent me a pin on Pinterest that detailed how to take a normal cloak pattern and make it into a Harry Potter-esque Quidditch Robe.

Harley’s robe is made out of fleece, and the body of it was very easy to sew.  I used a robe pattern I already had in my LARP-ing costume stash.  I did not line the body of the robe; however, I did line the hood with silver lamé.  It was not the easiest fabric to sew with, but it worked. Continue reading



Today was Harley’s first day of school for her Junior Year.  I have all sorts of mixed feelings about it, especially with how quickly the summer seems to have gone.  I have never had an issue with my girls getting older, and I think, in part, it is because I am so excited to see what their lives develop into and how they unfold.   Continue reading

Harley’s Room


The kids’ rooms were the easiest part of the remodel for the most part because the only changes we made to them were cosmetic, and they really didn’t take a lot of work and time.  We followed the same process for their rooms as we did for their bathroom, except we did not strip off the sheetrock.  We gutted the rooms down to the subfloor and, in Harley’s case, we had to remove the wallpaper border from the walls.

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Kids’ Bathroom


This is what the kids’ bathroom looked like before we started our remodel.  The linoleum on the floor wasn’t horrible looking, but the vinyl-type wall stuff was pretty bad.  The bathroom was TINY – like room for one person tiny.  This was the only bathroom in the house when we started the remodel, and we knew that with three teenagers and two adults, it would definitely not work for our family.

The end result of the remodel is beautiful, much roomier, and will work really well for the kids and as our guest bathroom. Continue reading

7 Simple Rules for Living in Our House (RePost)


7 Simple Rules for Living in Our House – What The Flicka?

Dear Kids,

Living in this house isn’t always easy. Just like being a teen isn’t easy. You see your friends who seemingly have no boundaries and all the baubles in the world and you wonder why. Why have you been placed in this house where there are horrid things like rules and limitations and boundaries? “What did I do in my former life to deserve this?” you cry to the sky. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’ve got what you’ve got. Your dad and I believe that it is our job to raise three self-sufficient, independent young ladies and that’s what we’re going to do. There are too many of your friends that are going to flounder and fail when they’re finally unleashed (if that ever really happens in the heli-parent world) and I promise you that you will not be one of them.

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