A Challenge and A BIG Thank You!!

Hi there everyone!
Hope you all enjoyed my guest blogger……i know I did :)
It was fun to take over someone elses blog for the day!
So, first I want to let you all know about a challenge we started here at the McDonald abode.
We call it the “No More Junk” test.
We are going for 2 weeks without buying anything!
(anything uncecessary……so, yes, we will keep feeding our kids)

Our house has slowly gotten SO CLUTTERED!
I would share pics, but it’s really bad, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s eyes.

So, that means no more thrifting, garage saleing, or dollar store trips for me :(

I have tons of junk that’s ready for up-cycling….so don’t worry about no more crafts from me :)

Next off…….I want to say that my readers


It has taken me awhile to get a chance to post about these, but I feel so flattered!

To start off…..

Thanks so much to Jen @ Flawed and Fabulous for this

“Honest Scrap Award”

Ten “Honest” things about me:

1. I was born in Germany (my dad was in the army)
2. Whenever I get back from clothes shopping, I always make my hubby come in so I can do a show and tell. (He’s a good sport and always acts interested)
3. Everytime I get a package, I get SO giddy! (even if it’s something I knew was coming)
4. I’m very clumsy and accident-prone :)
5. I would rather craft than have a clean house…….and I usually do!
6. Sometimes when hubby is working, I just make PB&J for dinner (since that’s what the kiddos really want anyways)
7. I STILL refuse to read the “Twilight” series, but only on principal so I don’t feel like I’ve given into peer pressure (but I’ll watch the movies :)
8. I was way hyper-active as a kid….but tons of fun!
9. I’m a night-owl……I seem to have more energy at night… it’s nice and quiet.
10. I LOVE cold cereal, and could probably eat a box in one sitting.

Next, thanks to Kelly @ Night Owl Notions for this one:

“Best Blog Award”



Sherrie @ Sherrie’s Rose Garden tagged me

So, here are 7 personality traits:

1. I’m waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy OCD (as if you couldn’t tell :)
2. I’m pretty creative (duh) and LOVE to be inventive with my crafts (LOVE a good challenge……thus my “Freecycle Friday” segment)
3. I CAN’T live without some of my creature comforts like chapstick and lotion (better update our food storage)
4. I try to be loyal.
5. I’m a perfectionist (is that the same as # 1?)
6. I’m very thrifty.
7. I try to be active and eat healthy.

K, so I really can’t pick just a few blogs to pass these on to…….so make sure to check out my blogroll…….there are TONS of great ladies who have AWESOME blogs!

Thanks ladies!!!

You all


About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. I’m totally with you on #5 and 7 of your honest list!!!!

  2. OMG…it sounds like your describing me in both these lists!

    Congrats on your awards…well deserved!

  3. Great lists! I love to find out random things about the bloggers I read. I, too, absolutely cannot live without lip balm.

  4. That was a fun read!

  5. What a great experiment!! I can’t wait to read about how you did as a family. It will be tough, but it will be worth it!!

    This was a neat read… SO much fun to learn about fellow bloggers!

  6. I really enjoy your blog! I’ve been following for a few weeks now! We are in the same boat w/ all the clutter and the need to stop obtaining! I am going to do the challenge w/ you! I did go to the dollar store last night, but I have been resisting the goodwill in the same shopping center as the bank I work in… Ugh, so hard sometimes. The truth is, my garage looks like a thrift store! I’ve really got to focus on what we already have and not on what I want… I’m learning lessons in this daily… feel free to email me if you’d like… suzspeaks @ me dot com!
    Happy Sunday!

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