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We’re Having a Boy!

Looks like Eleanor’s going to get a little brother!

My Mask in Better Homes & Gardens

Hooray! I knew in an abstract sense that my mask would be in the October issue of Better Homes & Gardens, but it was thrilling to actually see it in the magazine.

You can vote everyday for your favorite mask at I also created three more projects for BHG that I’ll be sharing with you in October, and I’ll post instructions for making your own version of my mask next week.

Revisiting the 30 Before Thirty List

Yesterday, I celebrated my thirtieth birthday. I’m truly looking forward to this next decade, and I think my thirties will be the best years yet! So now that my birthday has come and gone, it’s time to see how I did with my 30 Before Thirty list. I had given myself six and a half months to do everything.

I finished all of these…

  • 1. Visit the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago. (Done!)
  • 2. Dye my hair red. (Done!)
  • 5. Stop drinking soda. (Done!)
  • 6. Lose 20 pounds. (Not drinking soda should help.) (Done!)
  • 8. Sew a dress for Eleanor. (Done!)
  • 10. Donate some of our books to the library. (Done!)
  • 11. Cook Pad Thai from scratch. (Done!)
  • 12. Organize the catch-all closet in my office. (Done!)
  • 13. Get good at applying liquid eyeliner. (Done!)
  • 14. Print the bajillion photos I have stored on my computer and put them in albums. (Done!)
  • 15. Alphabetize our CDs and finish putting them into sleeves. (Done!)
  • 16. Landscape the front of the house. (Done!)
  • 17. Make an origami paper crane. (Done!)
  • 18. Visit the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. (Done!)
  • 19. Learn how to use my camera in manual mode. (Done!)
  • 20. Find my perfect shade of lipstick. (Done!)
  • 21. Decide for good whether I want a tattoo or not. (Done!)
  • 22. Pay off my credit card. (Done!)
  • 23. Make a video montage of Eleanor’s first year. (Done!)
  • 24. Have a date night with Brandon at least twice a month. (Done!)
  • 25. Grow tomatoes. (Done!)
  • 26. Have an adorable family photo taken. (Done!)
  • 27. Sing along perfectly to “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. (Done!)
  • 28. Take Eleanor to the Shedd Aquarium. (Done!)
  • 29. Reduce (or eliminate) my reliance on paper towels. (Done!)

I didn’t finish these…

  • 3. Finish redesigning my Smart & Lovely portfolio. (It’s in progress.)
  • 4. Launch my design service. (I need to finish the portfolio first.)
  • 7. Repaint my office. (I’m going to wait and see how the white trim looks first.)
    * 08.16.11: Done!)
  • 9. Clean out the basement. (It’s getting scary down there, but we’ll get it done.)
    * 11.02.10: Done!
  • 30. Paint all of the trim in our house. (I made progress, but the dining room took forever.)

But here are a few things that I did finish in addition to the items on my list…

Along the way, many of you made 30 Before Thirty lists of your own (and many variations thereof, including a 30 Before Seventy list by a 67 year old woman). That just makes me incredibly happy. After a weekend spent concentrating on achieving dreams and goals, it seems fitting to wrap things up today. Next, I’m going to have to get going on my life list!

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