Mommy Pants, Vis a Vis Markers, and a Basement Project

Getting my Mommy Pants was a nightmare.

People have been telling me since I got married that I would look GREAT in a pair of Mommy Pants, but I was reluctant to get myself a pair.

Yes, I had watched other people wear them—my own mother had a pair that was so perfect for her, I could have sworn she was born in them.  Many of my friends also had the latest, greatest Mommy Pants style, and sometimes I found myself envious of them.  They looked so comfortable, so much fun.  They seemed so “in”.

And then one day in February of 2007, I got a shipping notice that my Mommy Pants would be arriving around Thanksgiving of that year.

Wait.  What?  I hadn’t ordered any Mommy Pants. Or I didn’t think I did.

I was stunned.

Suddenly, I did not want anything to do with Mommy Pants. I wasn’t in the market for them and I certainly didn’t think they fit my style at that time.  They looked great on some people, but not on me.

to read the rest of this post, head over to Mommy Pants, where Cheryl (one of my partner’s in crime at The Red Dress Club) has invited me to share about my Mommy Pants moment.


I am also mocking reviewing Vis a Vis overhead markers over at This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff.  If you have ever used an overhead, or been witness to one being used?  You really need to weigh in on how I feel about these markers.


Back here in Sluiter Nation?  We are working on our basement.

I don’t have much to say about it except that it sucks and it’s awesome at the same time.

Pictures?  Ok…


first they found mold. black mold. no good, I tell you.

but they put the tub in anyway! Score!

then they ran electrical and plumbing and fixed the mold. win.

then dry wall was hung and a layer of dust fell over the Nation

primer was applied by the fabulous Mr. Sluiter

we bought paint

we painted. that shirt, by the way, has been worn to paint every room in our house.

this will be Eddie's room hopefully within the next year!

that's right...I painted the bathroom orange. BOOM!

This has been the past two weeks here in Sluiter Nation:  a constant state of construction.

Don’t get me wrong, I am super excited that this is finally happening.  We have been saving and saving and planning for six years.  It was time.

But I don’t do well living in a state of limbo.

So I may be hard to live with lately.



I have a new book review and a GIVEAWAY going on at Katie’s Bookcase!  Just in case you weren’t sick of me sending you all over the internets today.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I love the orange. I want an orange room something fierce. My husband is too chicken.

  2. I love the orange and the blue…that space is going to look great I hate that limbo too..where u are just waiting for something to be done…you know the end result will be worth it but in the meantime you live in between. Hoping the end comes soon..can’t wait to see it!!!

  3. Love the blue and that orange is so brave! Off to read you at Mommypants…

  4. So brave…. so very, very brave! I love color but am afraid to paint my house anything other than the basic eggshell type colors!

    Off to see what you have to say at Mommypants!

  5. We are finishing our basement too. No bathrooms or bedrooms (our house already has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths), but we are doing a living area and a place to house toys. And lots of closets.

    My hubby is doing it himself. He just finished framing it yesterday. Now we need to work on the electrical. It’s so exciting, isn’t it? I’m so jealous that you’re already painting!!

  6. The basement looks awesome! We’re currently working on ours too, so I know how wonderful it feels to be making some progress!

    Love that blue, by the way.


  7. Loved your marker review, now I want to check out your Mommy Pants post… You are a busy busy lady!

  8. Where can I get pink shorts like that?

    Ps? I love your paint shirt.

  9. HA! We painted Chunky’s room that exact same colour…it’s an ode to the Detroit Tigers. We just bought a huge canvas picture of Comerica park and a picture of Miggie…although he’s not a very good role model but Chunky loves him. He always points to the T.V and says “Miggie!!!”
    So we had to get it 🙂
    They were at Target 😉