This Should Make You Feel Better About Your Life….

Fetchballs.   You guys.

Sometimes I stay awake at night wondering why I am not a better blogger.

See heres the thing.

I havent posted a great project for a freaking long time.  I am aware.  Trust.

But here is the other thing,  I am still doing lots of projects they just arent ready to be revealed yet.

So, please forgive me, because I love you guys!!

Hailee came over last week to help me paint my living room and I swear there is nothing better in this world than that girl.  At one point in the day I needed to sand a spot above my windows and wouldn’t you know someone jacked our extension cords the week before.  I know.  They suck.

So we got a little creative…


But do you want to know the best part?

That wasn’t the first picture we took.  The first picture we took was SO bad that we silent laughed for 10 minutes about it.

Want to see it?


Oh yes.  This is what you will get if you knock on my door unexpectedly.  Complete HOTNESS.

On the to do list today is to finish painting, sand the floor in Ivie’s room, edit the video we shot of the Hoard Sale, head to Sherwin-Williams to pick up more paint, and rejoice because today is the last day of school.

Please tell me that I am not the only one that frequently looks like the above picture.

Love  Your  Guts,  Mandi


  • Cassandra {Sleeping or Sewing} 23.05.2012 at 14:03

    LOL! Love those photos. Um….yup you are not alone. At one point I told myself I wouldn’t be one of those moms driving my kids to school un-brushed and still in my Pj’s but since I’m currently unemployed attempting to look presentable is one less thing to stress about while getting the kids ready for school in the morning. I try (really I try) to fix myself up later in the day. It feels somewhat better to get some makeup on. But with summer we can sleep in. Yay! So who knows if I’ll get around to putting makeup on now. :-)

  • Janessa @ $avvy $aver $ecrets 23.05.2012 at 14:17

    Ah! You are so awesome it hurts. :) And I hate you just a teeny tiny little bit because even with your crazy hair/face/clothes… you really are still adorable! :)

  • Heather 23.05.2012 at 14:20

    Right now I’m in linty, doggy hair covered sweatpants and my pj top! Complete with unbrushed ponytail. I’d take a pic and send it to you, but don’t want to make you lose your breakfast!

  • Charlotte Parker 23.05.2012 at 14:25

    I do get dressed, but it is not exactly what I want it to be most days. Same with my hair.

  • Dolores 23.05.2012 at 14:29

    You are freakin’ hilarious!!! I love your guts to post up such a dodgy photo of yourself, I wish I had the ballz to do that sort of thing. I love ya!! (No, I don’t normally talk like that either but you will catch me in my PJs some days if you knock on the door!!) :-)

  • Dharma 23.05.2012 at 14:46

    Admission = I drove to my sisters in my nightie and slippers the other night to drop off my neice. You’re darn tootin’ I did the speed limit in that get up :) Love the pics….keep it real.

  • McKenzie Guymon 23.05.2012 at 15:40

    Dude that is what I look like right now! We may be separated twins. Only you got the tall, skinny genes :)

  • Justine {Stop Me if You've Heard This One} 23.05.2012 at 15:42

    Haha you’re adorable. Trust me, I look exactly the same way when I’m working around the house. Messy top knot and all 😉

  • Brook@BeingBrook 23.05.2012 at 15:51

    I do the paint splattered sweats and top knot thing everyday! I think it’s the official DIY blogger uniform. One of my neighbor kids that is always at our house asked me why I always wear my hair so fancy. LOL.

  • Cassi @ Stop And Smell The Roses 23.05.2012 at 15:52

    You know that silent laugh “you” do sometimes when you’re laughing so hard that no noise comes out? Yeah, I just did that. Only it was in a good way because I was so freakin excited that someone else has looked like me! I love it! I mean, why get all dolled up when you’re just sanding and painting, right??? 😉

  • Key Interiors by Shinay 23.05.2012 at 16:04

    Hi Mandy, I’m one who lives in the real world too if anyone comes to my house unannounced it will be a scary sight to say the least. I have to say when people come to my house their always saying “wow do you really live in this house No that can’t be its so neat” but on the contrary when its a unannounced visit I mean scary hair, junkie house, and dressed like I just got out of bed now that’s scary; so yes you show so much courage to show your real side in a pic. I think you look great by the way and most of all I respect the energy you put into your blog so keep up the good work. I have lots of problems in life but following your blog ain’t one of them and yes I said (ain’t). Keep up the good work Mandi I love your blog.
    Shinay Key

  • TMykula 23.05.2012 at 16:19

    Who styled your hair that day? She is apparently the same lovely gal that styled mine today. I don’t think I’d survive without the ever present top knot. Way to go!!! Sacrifice your look for the love of the trade. You’ll get it together again, and if not, we’ll just watch you on Nate…over and over and over and….:)

  • edita rodriguez 23.05.2012 at 16:29

    If I get around to brushing my teeth or putting on a bra before noon, it’s a success.

    • Anonymous 24.05.2012 at 01:30

      I just try for 4:00 when my hubby gets home. Ha ha
      Jamie R

  • Heidi 23.05.2012 at 16:42

    I currently look like that picture. I think it’s the mom/DIY blogger uniform :-) One of those jobs would push us to sweats. Both of those jobs pushes us to sweats, messy hair, no makeup and a crazed look in our eyes. I love it. :-) Wouldn’t trade it for anything. Not even accessories.

  • abigtadoooverglue 23.05.2012 at 16:48

    Fabulous pics ! Hey, if you ever need a video editor, I’m your gal. Just let me know.

  • Maggie and Curtiss Bradford 23.05.2012 at 16:48

    I totally look like that right now. No makeup, messy bun from last night, sweats, and an old tee. My kids just dumped their cereal all over my living room floor, whose carpet was literally shampooed 5 days ago. And wouldn’t you know it, this is the morning someone decides to come to my house. My brother in law walked in, right smack in the middle of me changing my daughter’s very fragrant poopy diaper. So not only did I look like that at 10:30, kids still in pj’s, and cereal everywhere, my house smelled like poop. Also, I have to be to work in 2 hours…

  • Dido 23.05.2012 at 17:23

    Well I think you look adorable anyway. I can’t wait to hear about your hoards sale and how everything went. I am so sad I couldn’t get down there. I still look at the pictures of the frames and cry.

  • Rhiannon 23.05.2012 at 17:35

    of course you are no way the only person that looks like that, but you totaly rock cause you totally put that out there for all us to see!!! hahaha youre the best

  • Lisa 23.05.2012 at 17:54

    You are so not alone! I look like that on a daily basis 😀 It surely is the official uniform for all of us! Right now I’m in paint splattered, sanding dust coated tank and shorts, with my hair sort of on top of my head and what is make up again?! lol We love you girl!

  • Jacinda Cote 23.05.2012 at 18:07

    I think I look like that almost everyday… i run a Dayhome and sometimes I wonder why the kids find me so frightening… then I look in the mirror! lol

  • Anonymous 23.05.2012 at 18:19

    You made me laugh out loud…..It is one of those crazy days, so thank you…..I needed to stop and smile:)

  • April 23.05.2012 at 19:14

    umm you freakin rock!! Thanks for keepin it real.

  • mia 23.05.2012 at 21:03

    fetchballs? You’re hilarious. Can’t wait to see you soon! it’s like my dream come true. Just wait until me and a little 7 year old, red headed nino jump out of the van. anything could happen.

  • Miranda 23.05.2012 at 21:41

    Yeah…. that’s me like, every day. You rock Mandi! Love the ghetto-cord. 😛

  • Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator 23.05.2012 at 22:03

    Haha, I would totally retake that picture too! A girl can’t have a wispy halo of flyway, no matter how many days it’s been since her last shower!

    Nikki Kelly

  • Pauline 23.05.2012 at 23:17

    I so appreciate you being real.

  • Sylvie 24.05.2012 at 00:57

    Hahahaha!! Oh wait it feels rude to laugh. But its so hilarious! :) Thanks for sharing that. I am looking forward to some new project reveals! :)

  • Christina 24.05.2012 at 01:14

    LOVED this post & that picture…completely honest – you’re 100% adorable any way :)

  • Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy 24.05.2012 at 03:24

    sweetie you are so much more adorable than if you knocked on my door… Since baby number 5 I’ve gone from never wearing pj’s to LIVING in them (and none of my bra’s are fitting right so I usually don’t bother, so not even photographable! you are TOO cute!

  • Tanya Doyle 24.05.2012 at 03:54

    I saw that photo of you and I had to laugh, because I wear my hair like that all the time (especially to sleep), and it drives my husband NUTS. No joke, he thinks that is the most unattractive thing I could possibly do with my hair. A few times, I’ve come home from zumba class with my hair like that and he was actually embarrassed for me. Not sure if he was more embarrassed that I was at zumba or that my hair looked like that.

  • Catherine 24.05.2012 at 07:34

    This is a perfect topic for the club? ‘What’s your workin’ get-up?’

    NO one here cares how often you blog – awesome outweighs often with us!

  • sbaker 24.05.2012 at 12:14

    Don’t worry, the posts that you do are always wonderful and encouraging. They are just as important as the project posts. You are a mom and you have a family. We understand and aren’t thinking negative thoughts about you or your blog!! The picture is priceless, and totally appreciated, because NO you are not the only one who looks like that while doing projects. Thanks for having an awesome blog!

  • Kelly 24.05.2012 at 12:29

    I agree with Catherine’s comment “awesome outweighs often” about blogging. Cut yourself some slack–this kind of project blogging is the most difficult type of blogging. It takes a tremendous amount of time, not to mention the feeling of constantly trying to WOW your followers with something bigger and better. I have a sewing/repurposing blog and found myself posting stuff just to post. So not cool. I’m taking some time to focus more on “awesome” instead of “often”. YOU are naturally doing that already, seriously! Get some sleep and stop worrying about it cause YOU ROCK!

  • Jill-o 24.05.2012 at 13:01

    You are darling 😉 I think people who never have days that they look like this a) aren’t very creative and b) probably don’t do any diy projects! Every time I see girls with their hair like this I laugh. I’m not a fan. It makes me think of watching old re-runs of King of Queens when Carrie had her hair like this & Deacon told her “it’s ass-ugly girl” 😉

  • astr!d 24.05.2012 at 14:30

    oh yeah, thats pretty typical working clothes for me, except i usually have paint all over me!! and i really really wanna see more posts and how to’s bc i can relate to your style and it is such an inspiration. but, life happens so i have to be patient and wait for you to get your crap together!! lol

  • Jean @ 24.05.2012 at 14:31

    Ugh…I hate your guts!! You are way cuter in sweats than I could ever hope to be dressed up to the nines! Sigh.

  • HAY HAY 24.05.2012 at 18:30

    I LOVE THAT YOU POSTED THE 1st PIX!!!!!!! I couldn’t stop laughing not only at how AMAZING your hair looked(and I didn’t even seem to notice till after the pix was taken hahaha), but how we should totally be together 24/7 with all of our awesome ideas we have! Love you and your beautiful hair!!

  • Anonymous 24.05.2012 at 18:36

    Mandi, I’m sporting that look right now!

  • Pink Cake Plate 24.05.2012 at 19:57

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  • Pink Cake Plate 24.05.2012 at 19:58

    Ah Mandi~ I love your realness!!! xoxoxo!

  • craftythriftydecoratingwifemom 24.05.2012 at 21:39

    Mandi, seriously, I see women in the store who look like that! I’d be happy to be that size, so no, I never look like that–hair is way too short for a pony, make-up is a vague memory (maybe lipstick sometimes) and obese. You’re gorgeous, dahling! And if you check my blog, it’s been forever since I posted anything I did. I can’t even remember to get up a picture of the little crocheting I’ve been able to do. Love your guts, too :-). Janet

  • Serena 27.05.2012 at 10:17

    When I saw your post, this image of myself came to mind! HA! Now….I don’t ALWAYS look like this, but covered in paint and sanding stuff is, uh, yeah, about how you will find me most times, too. (WARNING: Do not have coffee in your mouth when you see me):

    It’s an old pic from a blog post last summer when I was renovating our bathroom. But click on my “About Me” tab so you can see I’m not that ugly under normal circumstances! LOL

    P.S. You still look cute in all your HOTNESS, so work it!

    Thrift Diving

  • Serena 27.05.2012 at 10:20

    **Ooops, it’s not “About Me” tab…’s “Who I Am.” You must see the contrast to see how funny I really and truly looked. LOL

    Thrift Diving

  • The Tiny Homestead 27.05.2012 at 15:32

    you look exactly like a Dr. Seuss character in that picture! Which is obviously a compliment, of course. take care!

  • kate 31.05.2012 at 14:12

    dang, I didn’t take a picture, but on Sat afternoon, late, I ran out of eggs (actually, the cheap store brand my husband came home with last month went bad) and I had to make a box of brownies for Sunday. I’d not had a shower, had my jammie top on, and threw something over it, put on some clammdigger kind of pants and my black closed-back clogs. The ones that never make my feet hurt, and I even now wear them around the house IN my jammies, b/c slippers don’t cut it, comfort wise. I get there, and pull right in next to some friends. Thankfully, these are great friends who get it, and didn’t look so hot themselves. I finally run into the store, and this is the “nice” store in our town, that I only go to when I’m in a hurry, b/c is is one mile from my house. As I’m running across the cross walk, I realize that my friends are probably astonished and laughing at me in my black clogs, short pants and weird/bunchy shirt, crap for hairdo, and general discheveled look. Once I’m inside, I’m surrounded by so many crazed Memorial Day food shoppers, that no one noticed me. I hope………….


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