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half+way update

I can’t believe how fast January is going, not really I take it back…. Once you have a child, ALL months go SO fast. I wish there were a time machine to stop time for just a while; to simply enjoy everything for what it is, without the pressures of everyday life. Since that doesn’t exist I took today to assess my progress {so far}.

In December I took a minute to look ahead a whole year. Eighteen days later, that seems way too overwhelming to think about. Lets just focus on this month. My birthday month, are you following my 28 days to 28 years stories {ending up being just a blog everyday, so you can get to know my manners and mar-isms}.

January Goals:

Organize Kitchen {user friendly}
Order Emmett Dresser
Buy a new mattress
Book a winter craft show
Try a new recipe {Made surf n’ turf & Better Than Fries for the family last week}
Organize Bedroom {make more relaxing}
Organize Emmett’s room {When dresser arrives}
Place Potty Chair in bathroom {scary}
Take time to read more {Before Birthday, and keep habit}
Craft at least 4 more items for craft show
Create Baked Goods list for vendor shows
Shop for under-bed storage/headboard for our bed

+ All this before the end of the month !! I don’t know about you but I’m excited for February, all the pinks, reds (Emmett’s favorite color), and love in the air !

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What are you goals before February arrives ??

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Homemade Baby Wipes

If you’ve known my son for more than five minutes you know he is half ginger. (My sister actually called him ginger for a few months). I’ve never met anyone with such sensitive skin. Day one home from the hospital we had every cream known to man in his changing station, nothing really (ever) worked.

My good friend and neighbor growing up suggested to make our own wipes to help with our problem. Knowing what we know now we should of just kept doing that indefinitely.

I do believe our little guy is allergic to methylisothiazolinone (MI), a chemical found in commercially manufactured diaper wipes. After doing a little of my own research, I was actually quite concerned with many products I purchase for our family. Click here to read the original study that prompted my digging. One article said methylisothiazolinone is used to desensitized skin, REALLY ?

    Homemade wipes are so easy to make and gentle on the skin.

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      Ingredients:

1/8-1/4 cup baby oil
1/8-1/4 cup baby shampoo
2 cups warms water
1 soft (I use Viva) roll of paper towel
1 container at least half the size of the roll with a lid that fastens tightly

Instructions:
Using a sharp knife, cut the paper towel roll in half and remove the center.
Add liquid to container and place half roll in. Secure lid and flip upside-down for at least 15 minutes.

A once screaming, rolling all around two year old was breathing with the sound of relief upon a bottom cleaning.
I guarantee you and your baby will be happier, healthier and just a little richer.
Not only are paper towels better and softer they are less expensive than regular wipes.

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28 Days to 28 Years (Day 6)

THIS WEEK:

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I can’t believe Alex is ALREADY FIVE. It seems like we welcomed him to our family last year.

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The time changed really messed with Emmett’s nap routine. Our normal was between 3 & 4 pm, sleeping the evening away, followed by a late bed time. I was about ready to throw in the towel but tried some new tricks and this week has been an after lunch (12:30/1:30) nap time. And they are lasting a normal toddler resting period. I can’t tell you how much this excites me.

20140107-145404.jpg Yesterday, I finally finished the kitchen organization. I had originally purchased this contact paper for my new kitchen island but instead decided to use it to refinish under the sink. I really like how it freshened the space, the wood was in desperate need of something.

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It’s cold just about everywhere (except Hawii), this week, our house is no different. I wish my husband were home so I could go out and take some more snow covered pictures.
Emmett & Jake pictured above are actually laying on my feet. A very rare occurance for me to lay or sit down during the day, but desperate temperatures call for desperate measures.

I have used heavy blankets and towels to cover all of our doors and windows. And am praying our pipes do not freeze.

I hope your staying warm this week. Feel free to comment your ideas on keeping busy and warm on weeks like this !! Thanks for stopping by today.
Until tomorrow, friends.

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28 Days to 28 Years (Day 4&5)

I didn’t post yesterday for two reasons: 1: I was only home for about an hour and in that time I was working on organizing more of my kitchen & 2: I was in a bad mood emotionally. I had so much that I knew I was going to say and none of it was made for the outside world. I have made it back to reality today and things are looking up.

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Though not literary. The snow and temperature are sure falling these days. Black ice, 30 degree drops in temperature and freezing wind chills. It was easy to stay in and finish organizing the kitchen today.

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Note there are rewards right handy in the bathroom. We are thinking potty training might be a go being that we are stuck inside anyway.
JellyBellys for pee potty and dum dums for po po potty.
Fingers crossed.

I can finally say (after 6 years), that I’m finally happy with my kitchen. The goal was to make it user friendly and have more food storage/counter space. And I have accomplished that well.

I’m going to try it out tomorrow with a new cookie recipe I found today.

My next organization project ? The master bedroom.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until Tomorrow !!

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28 Days to 28 Years (Day 2)

Today’s goal was to finish the kitchen. Yeah that didn’t happen, not because I didn’t want to, but I was forced to fix the living room & dining room. I just couldn’t picture it all and I thought it be best to have the big stuff in place and happy before messing with all the little stuff. 🙂

I left the day feeling somewhat productive but overwhelmed for what tomorrow has in store. Lets just hope I’m happy with the kitchen when I’m done.

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^ living room looking towards dining & kitchen
There aren’t any now but I’m sure there will be toys on the empty shelves and in the door 🙂

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This is probably my new favorite thing about our living room. The ottoman was used for videos and the shelves as my bed side table. (Stay tuned for a new one).

I feel very disorganized when there are 400 toys everywhere so using the ottoman is welcomed.

I debated with myself a lot today and and did some looking online. I was going to order a room divider (shelf). Also had a thought of mounting the tv and components to the wall but all of these ideas have passed.

Thank God.

If my husband were judgmental he would say ‘good you just saved me $200’ but he’s not so I’ll just be thankful for that fact.

My goals for tomorrow include:

Pay Bills
Finish kitchen
Possibly bring some food up from basement
Sweep & Scrub all floors

Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Until tomorrow…

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28 Days to 28 Years

I cannot believe I’m saying this but I actually feel like an adult now. It’s a little embarrassing admitting that, being that I will be an adult for ten years in 28 short days. To celebrate my birthday, embrace life and this new year; I’ve decided to take a stab at writing a blog post everyday this month.

My number one goal this month is to be 100% organized (within my house). That’s a little unrealistic, so I’m taking it day by day, month by month. Stay tuned for future posts on my goals, organization projects and tactics, and probably failures. Cause let’s face it I’m human too.

(Even though it’s really super fun to pretend we bloggers live in a perfect world… The reality is our houses are a mess, we have had failed recipes and relationships and our plans don’t always go, well as planned).

So… Today I decided to START tackling my kitchen & dining room areas. A few months back I decided to create a dining room out of a portion of the living room. I love that we don’t have a table in our kitchen, but there has been a few snags in the system since. So making the dining room appear and feel like a dining room and the kitchen more functional and lovable is a must before adulthood really sets in.

I really did a bad job at taking before pictures today so bare with me.

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This is the main reason why my kitchen is dysfunctional. Most (and by most I mean over 75%) of our food is stored in our basement pantry. I just don’t have it organized to be user friendly just yet. But as I get closer to being an adult I have the urge to cook and even bake and decorate more.

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These shelves are above my kitchen sink and (again I forgot to take the before) I had candles and pictures on two of these but my kitchen is done in wine and grapes so I added our wine glasses. Yes they are ones we use but its so rare they might as well be a useful decoration, right ?

Don’t mind the old yellow curtains. I’ve bought wine/grape material to make new ones, something that I would of liked to have had done for the holidays. Next months project ?!?!

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I was rather proud of myself today. I managed to successfully assemble TWO items today. One being this bamboo corner shelf (which I’m excited for the possibilities). The other a coat stand that I decided to add to the kitchen. This all in effort to have a non-cluttered house. Fingers crossed.

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More decorating / organizing. Emmett might have something going there as well.

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Our ‘dining room’ hutch. To replace the space where the Christmas tree was. 🙂

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This was the quickest project of the day. Now it won’t seem like we have to walk a green mile just for a drink. (Okay I’m stretching it a little there).

Not bad for Day 1. I feel rather productive and can’t wait to see what I can get into tomorrow.

At what age did you feel like an adult ?

Do you feel as disorganized as I do ?

I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping in today.
Until Tomorrow…

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Ending 2013

December 2013 has flown by. It’s hard to believe everything we have been through and experienced this year.

The year has been interesting but the weather seems just as interesting.

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It’s been raining, 40 degrees (& hot) and now it’s snowing.

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After much procrastination and thought I finally got my hair done right. Of course with the help of my husband. I don’t feel like it needs done anymore.

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I got a toy this year from my future brother in law, Joe. It’s a noise maker that aids you to fall a sleep. Let me tell you it definitely works.

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Sunday we went for a special day out with Emmett’s Aunt Amy & Uncle Joe. It was pretty cool sitting as a family in the back seat. 🙂

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Yesterday E & I made a trip to the local Walmart to return some wrong sized vacuum bags. While there Emmett was so well behaved I thought I had the wrong child. I think he’s growing up nicely. He did enjoy playing with my phone, he loves taking self portraits.

I’m ready for 2014 to be more organized. So for every room I have thought of a small organization idea. This shelf is for our big bathroom. With potty training quickly approaching I needed some shelves (that’s at least what I’m telling myself).

My big New Years resolution (for the the last several years) has been to be more organized. Now that we have a two year old added to the mix that goal is slightly hard to obtain. So I’ve changed it a little, I would like to be more organized than the year before.
Here’s to being more realistic as well.

Looking ahead to 2014:

+ Potty Training
+ My sister graduating college
+ Summer road trip to visit friends and many toddler friendly activities
+ Camping (A lot)
+ Expanding my crafting talents and sales
+ Possibly getting a few more cleaning clients
+ My Baby Sister turns 21 😦
+ Planning a fall Bridal Shower
+ The Wedding 🙂
+ Emmett turns 3 😦
+ Santa’s sending a magical elf to spy on Emmett

Happy New Years (Eve) Everyone.

I’m off to organize & get this tree down. (I don’t like starting the new year with Christmas decorations).

What are you looking forward to in 2014 ?

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This week.

This week has been fairly random but I wanted to share.

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I’m loving Emmett’s imagination and new toddler habits.

I had several haircuts come over this week and one was my cousins wife, Tiffany and she had her new baby. You might of saw my post on her diaper cake.
As you can see Emmett was really worried about his mommy holding a baby.
PS please ignore my junked table. I had a lot if vendor show stuff gong on this week.

Monday we had some appointments in town so I picked up some groceries. Would you believe that just these few things (fit into three bags) was $60+?? Yeah it’s not that hard to believe.

We had a family brunch at home, pancakes. They were gluten free and surprisingly have more flavor than the regular ones.

Finally, yesterday my wonderful husband and I worked on our map for the vendor show. He drew, I cut and figured.

The final product was somewhat shocking to even me. I cannot wait for the show to sells crafts. For a look at some of them click here.
But I must warn you that’s only some 🙂

I hope everyone has a blessed weekend and Thanksgiving Holiday, if I don’t post before then.

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6 + 1 = CHRISTMAS.

I would normally be done Christmas shopping by now, but this year I’ve been focused on more important things. My husband, (who never worries about anything), suggested we start today. Did I say suggested. I meant (for lack of better words) forced me.

“Okay, when we’re done with lunch I want you to change and we are going shopping.” I’ve never heard these words from my husband so I thought I should abide.

In doing so, stirred up a boat load of thoughts and emotions. Don’t get me wrong, today was awesome. We got a lot of ideas, a budget completed, many items scratched off our list and some items were bought to “craft” together. I absolutely loved the day. But when I got home I had to put all my thoughts on paper (or screen).

There is only 6 weeks and 1 day left till Christmas so here is my 6 + 1 = Christmas (money saving, family loving, creative) Thoughts

1.) Set your budget and stick to it. Better yet, set a spending limit for everyone accept your kids. Spend $xx max for everyone but them. (Only you can set what your xx should be).
You could try using the envelope system, it’s the easiest way to tell your money where to go, (or has gone).

2.) Draw names when celebrating Christmas in large groups. Your responsibility is for one gift not 8 or 10. Thanksgiving is a good time to set this up. You can even decide to exchange white elephant gifts.

3.)Homemade gifts and treats are a perfect way to be thrifty, plus you can give everyone special something special from the heart.
I myself enjoy crafting (clearly), so when I’m making something for a person I try to make it personalized. There’s no such thing as ‘perfect,’ but you come a lot closer when you at least try to personalize it. Way to much of our world is commercialized, let’s keep Christmas out of it.
Besides, Christmas shouldn’t be about buying things, it should be about doing things for others.

4.) Remember what we’re celebrating! As far as presents go, gift giving is nice, but it shouldn’t be about how much we spend.
“Did we spend enough money on them?” Used to be a common question this time of year…

This economy and being a parent changes your outlook. Do I want my chid thinking he has to spend more to get more or be more loved?? The answer is “NO.” YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE. 🙂

5.) Spend time with people. Time is the best gift ever.
Have you ever heard anyone on their death bed say, “I wish I would of spent more money on my kids last Christmas.”? No, not ever.

Time may not heal all wounds, we need God for that, but time spent is never wasted. (Thank you Pastor Dan for pointing out that time doesn’t heal all wounds. Check back tomorrow for a post on what he means).

6.) Tell everyone you’re scaling back (or not, in this economy everyone’s struggling), I don’t think it’s totally important to announce it. Then feel free to spend less! Don’t feel the need to buy ones love. Opt out of things if you have too.

+1.) Christmas comes every year on the same day (14 days after my husbands birthday). Start saving in January.
Saving is too much to ask ? Okay. Try buying throughout the year. I tend to do this when I see sales or something that screams a persons name.

• Santa Claus might be the reason Everyone celebrates Christmas. But the real reason Christmas exists… IT’S JESUS BIRTHDAY.
Jesus doesn’t want His Birthday to be about material items.
Be thankful for our gift(s) from God.
KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS.

Some sayings you could use to defer loved ones from buying for you:
•Presence not presents.
•Your presence is present enough
•Just bring yourselves
•I would love the gift of your presence. Please save your presents for the needy
~You don’t know any needy? Please click here to learn how to pack a shoebox for a child in need.
~If they don’t have that kind of time refer them to the Build-a-shoebox online link. Where they can click click click and someone will do the work for them.

(National Collection Week is coming November 18-25)

• Regardless of how or when you do your Christmas shopping remember that it’s a day of celebration. We don’t have to buy into all that the marketing companies have blown it up to be.

I hope this post was a blessing to you, and I pray you are led to bless someone this season.

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Keeping Up

Ever wonder how to get it all done ? Are your tasks getting the best of your day ? Do you get to Friday and wonder what you even accomplished ? Do you go weeks (or even months) with no “me time.” ?

Until November 1st the answer was yes, yes, yes & yes (for me).

I’ve always kept a very specific calendar and had several to-do lists each week. My frustration came when there truly wasn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything I had set out. It left me feeling overwhelmed and incomplete.

My solution. Decide what’s actually important to me for me to get physically done.

In no particular order I came up with the following.
Cleaning (I like to have a clean house and quite frankly, am less overwhelmed when things are ‘done’).
My musts (appointments).
Making time for a short workout.
Building my craft stock for business (and personal) purposes.

In September & October, I tried writing everything I wanted to get done on a calendar. There was simply too much to fit in a block. So I decided to make these categories a calendar of their own.

They are all color coded for convience of making future months and easy printing.

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Now I have my priorities all spelled out. I have no excuse not to fit it in my day. Don’t get me wrong this process hasn’t been all candy and roses. Life still happens. But I love that I have a guide to keep me on task when I hit a bump in the week.

How do you keep up with what’s important to you?

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