My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

Works For Me Wednesday – Couch covers… July 16, 2008

Filed under: family,home improvement,kids,life,meme,pets,works-for-me-wednesday — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:58 am

Have y’all gone out anytime recently to price a slip cover for a couch? Sofa? Davenport? Whatever you want to call it? Even the “cheap” ones (imagine the air quotes there) are $35 for a LOVESEAT! And when you get into the specialized ones like we need for our sofa – because it has two bottom cushions and three across the back – well, you’re looking upwards of the $200 range.

Did I mention that I need couch covers because my couch is a disaster because we have FOUR kids? So, selling me $300 worth of slip covers for a set that we only paid $600 (because oh the deal we got on that one!) just isn’t going to happen.

But I was so absolutely sick of looking at the furniture in my living room. It was such a mess. And we are holding out to be past the whole toddler spills/peeing-in-his-sleep thing to be done before we even consider getting new living room furniture.

So, I set out on a mission. A mission to find something that I could cover my couch/love seat with. Something that would coordinate with the rest of the fabric in my living room. Something durable that would hold up against 4 kids, 2 dogs, a cat and whatever other chaos gets added into our home on a daily basis.

And it all has to be machine washable! Which those slipcovers I mentioned before are not!

So, I started to look at material. Do y’all have any idea how much fabric costs these days? Because oh my word! I apparently saw one too many episodes of Trading Spaces where they fail to mention that a thrifty family of 6 cannot afford the beautiful fabrics that hold up so well when the kids are jumping from one couch to the other. Oh! And I don’t sew. At all. At least not on a sewing machine. My sewing machine is currently a step stool in my room that Seth uses to reach the light switch.

I had almost given up home of ever having a slip-covered couch.

Until one day, while walking through Target, I had an idea. As I stood there pleading with my t-shirt clad clan to please not honk every bike horn in the store and to please put that movie back, I had a wonderful, glorious idea. An idea, that if it worked, was going to solve my problem.

Jersey sheets! Because isn’t half of putting on a slip cover just pushing the fabric into the cracks anyway. And even if a set of sheets cost me $50, I’d have enough for not just one couch, but the loveseat too.

So, I took a quick left with a crazed look in my eye. My husband was pretty dazed as I explained my genius plan. He wasn’t convinced that it would work. He tried to talk me out of it.

Until we found a set of sage green jersey sheets on clearance for $15! Because there isn’t a crazy scheme he won’t let me try if it costs less than $20.

Not only did it work, but it worked WONDERFULLY! Flawlessly! The corners from the fitted sheet stretched perfectly around the corners. And all the way up and over the back cushions – with plenty of fabric left over to tuck into the cushions! And the one for the loveseat has a bit too much fabric, but who cares.

And those pillow cases? Oh the joy they’ve brought my kids! They are the big king size pillow cases – way too big for any of our pillows. But perfect for a sleeping bag for an indoor fort on a rainy day. Great for packing away an unruly sleeping bag for an overnight to Grandma’s. Great for packing a bag to run away (oh wait – that was me, not the kids! ROFL).

What’s your favorite household tip? What works for you?


Meet Henry… June 28, 2008

Filed under: entertainment,family,friends,fun,kids,life,pets — Rebekah Sanders @ 1:00 pm

Hopping Henry to be exact! He lives under the ramp for the church. Or maybe behind it. Wherever he makes his home, he comes out to play with my kids quite regularly. I’ve decided that he must enjoy being caught because the silly thing keeps coming back for more.

When he first made his appearance, none of my kids would touch him. They’d scoop him up and put him in a shoebox. It was all very Michigan J. Frog-ish. I even had them convinced that if they were really sneaky, maybe they’d catch him singing and dancing. I’m going to have to YouTube that to show them what I’m talking about. Because I’m pretty sure they all thought I was a bit daft.

But today, Seth was brave. He saw Henry and scooped him right up. Carried him over and put him in the box. I guess it was just a matter of time before one of them picked him up with their hands. I am a mom of three boys after all. (Oh dear Lord, please, please, please don’t let me find a frog in a pocket! That will definitely be more than I can handle! Amen!) And boys like frogs. And toads. And all manner of creepy crawlies!

So, meet Henry…

We’re off today to Kait’s last softball game and then back to drop Seth off for a sleepover at Grandma’s (he’s still afraid of the fireworks so he’s going to sleep there instead of coming with us) and then off to Celebration where we’ll partake in all kinds of things that will throw off my Gyminee account!

So, what are you up to today?



This day keeps getting weirder… April 18, 2008

Filed under: family,fun,kids,life,pets,photos — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:32 pm

It was weird enough being woken up to an EARTHQUAKE this morning. In Illinois. But then we came home from running an errand this afternoon and found this dog (Bailey)…

On this roof…

Chip had opened the upstairs windows before we left this afternoon. I normally don’t open Kait’s window because it doesn’t have a screen on it at the moment. It had been threatening rain all day, so the dogs were in the house and usually we put a gate at the bottom of the stairs to keep them downstairs. We ran home for a minute between errands and *I* forgot to put the gate back up. We came home and drove past the front of the house and Noah shouted “THE DOG IS ON THE ROOF!” Since he’s the kind of jokers, we all just kind of laughed. Until we pulled around the corner and the dog was indeed on the roof!

I wonder if this day can get any weirder!?


It’s Sunday morning… March 2, 2008

Filed under: family,friends,kids,life,pets — Rebekah Sanders @ 10:44 am

And I think we are all ready for the time change next week!  We were all awake before 8am – the hour the kids and I usually roll out of bed. In fact, they were up so early, that by 8:30 they were all dressed and ready to go. We don’t leave until 10!!! They’ve been waking up a bit earlier than normal for the last week, so I’m hoping for a smooth transition when we set the clocks forward an hour next Saturday night before bed.

Bailey is adapting well to our home. We need to get her vitamin/protien intake back to where it needs to be though so she’ll stop shedding. Healthy beagles and bassets don’t shed much – it’s one of the reason that we like them. I’m not allergic to dog hair, but if silly little things make my nose “tickle-y” and dog hair is at the top of the list! YIKES!  I’ve been sneezing all morning. Thankfully I’m still conscious! (have I told that story on my blog?)  Our biggest concern was that something would set her off in the middle of the night or she’d freak out because Chip went upstairs (we put a gate at the steps because Daisy will pee if she’s on carpet)  or something. But she did just fine. She’s fitting in well.  Maybe I’ll let the kids make a video this afternoon.

 We’re having lunch with friends this afternoon and church tonight. There aren’t many people that I’d willingly give up my Sunday nap for, but these friends are towards the top of the list. He’s a pastor so between our busy schedules, it’s hard to find time. But we make time when we can and I’m looking forward to this afternoon.

I need more coffee, so I’ll see all you internets later…


Meet Bailey… March 1, 2008

Filed under: family,kids,life,pets — Rebekah Sanders @ 5:52 pm

This is our new dog. She’s a roughly 3 year old, full-blooded basset hound. I saw the ad on Freecycle this morning and sent off an email asking about her. One thing led to another and we found ourselves picking up our new dog after basketball. We knew she was a full basset before the people opened the door simply by the bark.

They opened the door and our charged Bailey. They had gotten her only three weeks earlier from someone who couldn’t take care of her anymore. And I knew as soon as I saw her that we would at the very least be a respite home and fatten that dog up. She’s very thin – by normal dog standards. VERY, VERY thin by basset standards. Most people don’t know that basset hounds need more protein than other dogs.

The kids love her. She’s grown on me already and seems to be pretty smart. She goes to the door when she needs to go out (which already proves she’s smarter than Daisy our beagle/basset). She loves to ride in the car, but we discovered after we got out of Mattoon that shorter rides are better.

She’s Chip’s dog already. He went outside and she whined and trilled the entire time. As soon as he came back, she greeted him and started following him around the house. For that fact, she pretty much follows us all around. I think she’s going to be a good addition to our family. But ask me again in a few days.