The Importance of Being Reese: March 2012

Sick, sick, sick

As you can tell by my blog title, and my long disappearance, I've been a bit under the weather. I probably would have been back on my feet sooner, but I am perhaps one of the worst patients ever. Luckily, and unfortunately for me, my wonderful fiance spent 8 years in the army as a medic. Which means every time I so much as sniffle, he's there with a thermometer and a can of soup. It was cute...at first. 

One of the many downsides to being in college while raising a child is that being sick is no excuse to not take care of your child and do your work. It's can be a bit difficult to concentrate on writing a feature article about government PR jobs when you feel as if you've been hit by a bus, then run over by an 18-wheeler, dragged around the block a few times and then left to soak up the rain...Descriptive yes, but as the saying goes, "a vague disclaimer is nobody's friend."

Still, I can't help but feel a sense of accomplishment that I still managed to get A's on all of my assignments and quizzes while feeling as if I were on deaths door. Not to mention that I still managed to keep up with Jasmine, who is a bit of a trouble-maker these days (apparently the dreaded terrible two's have decided to visit our household a bit early). Now as far as the state of our apartment, I'm almost too embarrassed to even discuss it, but it looks as though a tornado just decided to set up camp in it, but hey, don't I get points for trying?

Anyhow, please bear with me while I try to get back up on my feet. Hopefully by next week, I'll be back in the kitchen whipping up some yummies to post for you guys. 

-Reese


Lazy Days and Jasmine's Nursery.

I love lazy weekends. Although, now that I'm a mother, those days are about as common as seeing Paris Hilton in church. Our day pretty much consisted of getting a head start on spring cleaning. Thanks to my new found love, pinterest, I've been able to make some great space-saving changes around our apartment.

When we first moved into our tiny apartment, I though all hope was lost.  All my dreams of having a beautiful, spacious living area were dashed, but since I've started shopping around, I've started to see that there are so many options available for smaller places. One of my favorite places to shop as of late has been Ikea. If you've never shopped at Ikea, it's a great place to go if you're remodeling on a tight budget. In fact most of the things I got for my daughters nursery were Ikea purchases. Check it out:






The bookcase, flower nightlights, stuffed animal holders, and pullout bed were all brought at Ikea. The best deal, by far, had to have been the bed. Unlike futons, this actually pulls out and lays down like an actual full size bed. And also unlike futons, it was extremely affordable. When we did our price comparisions, most futons ranged from $200.00-$300.00. This bed cost $171.00, and as a bonus, sleeps two comfortably,  has storage space underneath, and is a thousand times more comfortable than a futon. Awesome.

Don't be mistaken, Jasmine's room is by far the best room in the apartment. The rest is pretty much plain and boring, but the way I look at it, it's a blank slate just waiting to be filled.

So if you guys have any creative space-saving tips for small spaces, drop me a line in my comment box. Until next time :)

-Reese