Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tax Day, Oy Vey!!

I want to start this out by saying I truly don't mind tax day, and I believe we should all pay our share of taxes, but I absolutely loath getting things ready for this big day in the United States.  I think I may need to hear from the rest of you on some easy organization tips to help prepare for this onslaught of receipts and paperwork.

So, if you have an easier way to control this misery, I am all ears!!  Well, not literally, my ears aren't really that big--other parts, perhaps--but not my ears. 

My husband has his own business and his idea of keeping receipts for me is using plastic baggies filled with all kinds of receipts--this time I am being literal--ALL kinds!! 

Of course, my procrastination does not help me one iota since I wait to the bitter end to do this.  Those of you who know me truly know I ALWAYS file an extension because of this issue.  This year I really didn't want to file another extension.  I thought I might catch the IRS off guard and surprise them with my return.  I imagine they won't be taking bets on this happening, but I like to think I am that important to them.

Come on, everyone, give me some tips on better organization throughout the year to alleviate this paper nightmare!!!  HELP!!!  I am drowning in it!!!  (Not being literal here.)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Sunday Fun

Easter will be on Sunday, April 6th this year and I am wondering how everyone will be celebrating this special day.  This is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus for the faithful.  So, how do we celebrate?

One of the big events is coloring Easter eggs in many ways, shapes and forms.  Years ago my mother-in-law had me boil the eggs with the skins from yellow onions.  The eggs turned the most gorgeous shade of bronze.  What an ingenious way to color some eggs without spending tons of money.

I remember my brother and I would color our eggs with the little package of colors from the store.  We would write on them with the wax crayon and dip.  Then when they were dry we used the little transfers that came with the package.  Totally not a Martha Stewart display, but we were very proud of our eggs.

Of course, we all would receive new outfits for Easter Sunday with little hats and gloves!  Does everyone still do this?  I know when my girls were home we did.  

Then after church we had a great lunch and the ever popular Easter Egg Hunt!!  We live in Colorado so it never failed that the weather was cold for the hunt.  All the old pictures have cute little dresses hanging out of the winter coats!  Dang!  Well, it is still a memory.

If you didn't pick up your lily for the big day, here's one for you painted by Maria Soto Robbins:
Easter Lily Oil Painting
Stop by her Etsy shop ArtbyMSR to check out her other lovely items.

I also found an adorable baby bonnet while searching the Etsy shops:
Pink Bow Peep
This little bonnet is from BeautifulPhotoProps and Kimberly has some adorable handmade pieces in her shop.

I hope you find an Easter basket full of goodies in the morning, I know they were out there, here's some from the Scavenger Supplies art and craft supply shop.

Straw Baskets
Whatever you plan to do for this blessed holiday I hope you spend the time with loved ones and find time to relax and enjoy.

Let me know some of your traditions in the comment section.  Love to hear it.  Now I'm off to make salads.