Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Summer is upon us and life is crazy.  You are running from swim lessons to baseball practice.  You are squeezing in family reunions and camp-outs.  How do we fit it all into our lives, while maintaining a semi normal schedule?  You have to simplify!  This is a small concept, and yet very effective.  Something I'm still learning to do.

Here are some simple tips to destress and simplify your summer.  After all, summer time should be fun time!  So take a load off and read on:

1.  Take some time to sit down and decide what are the most important ways to spend your time this summer.  Make a list.  Then perge the things that can wait until fall from your summer schedule.

2.  Cleaning can be difficult to keep up with.  Pick a project, the dirtiest most needy place in your house.  Do one project a day.  Or set your timer for 30 to 60 minutes and just clean away.  When the timer goes off, it's time to grab the kids and the floaties and head for the beach!  Don't look back; enjoy your day, because you've accomplished something.

3.  If you tend to stress out about unfinished business, this one is for you!  Take 3 minutes and sit down in a quiet spot.  Close your eyes and breathe slowly through your nose, filling your abdomen with air (not your chest).  As you breathe out, focus on relaxing your muscles and clearing your mind.  When the timer goes off, you are free to get up and go.  I promise if you do this 3 times a day you will stay energized longer and feel more relaxed.  

Summer doesn't have to be completely insane, just somewhat.  :0)  Remember, picking a small project to accomplish everyday will make you feel like you are still moving forward and still allow you the family time that you desire.

Organization isn't meant to take over your life, it's meant to simplify it. 

Now go get organized!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I know that it has been far to long since I've blogged.  I've put my personal things on the back burner for awhile.  I've had a foster child come and go, and we recently had a new baby girl adopted into our family.  She is now 3 months old!  But now it's time to get back into the game.

The newest adventure that I have begun to tackle is my house.  Let me back up a bit.  My husband, being the awesome man that he is, was working on a project outside.  He was sanding some window sills and prepping to install them in our basement.  Unfortunately the basement door was left open, probably by our kids, who were playing outside.  As a result a large dust cloud entered our home and left a thick blanket of dust all over our house.  

When I saw the mess, I almost cried.  There was no way I have the time to do a massive clean up job in my house.  Between work, raising my family, and maintaining the cleaning basics, I don't have a lot of spare time as it is.  I turned to Dustin, and he automatically said that he would help me clean.  I was so relieved!

The next step was to actually tackle the new project I had been handed.  But where to start on such a big job?  I started with the bedrooms at the back of the house.  I know I can't do this all at once, and I had to tell myself that my house was going to be messy for a few weeks...AND IT'S OK!  If you know me, you know that was a hard thing to convince myself.  

Dustin and I have spent a couple of hours every Saturday cleaning together.  During the week I have spent one to two hours a day cleaning something.  Slowly we are getting it under control. 

The up side is, that now all of the deep cleaning that I've been meaning to do, is actually getting done.  I couldn't just dust like normal, I had to wash off all of the nicknacks.  Take plants outside and wash them down with the hose.  Clean curtains, and wipe baseboards and doors.  Well, if I'm going to go this far, I might as well take it all of the way and clean out cupboards and drawers while I'm at it.  

Little by little, day by day, I make progress.  And progress is beautiful!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The other day as I was preparing for a holiday party at my home, when  I noticed that it had been far to long since I had last cleaned my kitchen blinds.  They are close to the sink and the stove, so they can get pretty nasty with all of the grease and splashing.  

As I attempted to wipe them off, I noticed that my efforts were futile, and that the grease was determined to stay, no matter how hard I scrubbed.  I went to my cleaning cupboard and searched for the perfect grease killer.  I returned to the blinds with 409!  It is officially my favorite cleaner in the world.  All I had to do was spray and wipe.  How I've missed that little detail in the past, I will never know. But I learn quickly, and now if there is ANY kind of grime that I need to remove, 409 is my best friend.  

I know that I probably sound like a walking 409 commercial, but I can't help sharing my discovery!

Note:  When using 409, direct contact is great on certain things, such as rock solid surfaces like granite.  But when it comes to some surfaces, such as kitchen cabinets, be sure to dilute the chemical in a water/409 solution.  High concentrated 409 can be dangerous for some surfaces. 

Fun little tidbit: "Where did 409 get it's name?"
409 was invented in 1957 by Morris D. Rouff (1909 – 1997). Along with his brothers Samuel and Nathan, Rouff was a partner in a Detroit, Michigan company, Gem Products, which manufactured industrial cleaning supplies. Formula 409’s original application was as a commercial solvent and degreaser for industries such as funeral homes and Chinese restaurants that struggled with particularly difficult cleaning problems. As a heavy-duty alkaline product, Formula 409 was harsher and more toxic than today’s residential cleaner, and was sold only in 40-gallon drums.
It got its name because a cleaner powerful enough to dissolve through grease and dirt on contact  doesn't get created on the 1st try, or the 401st.  Only when they had created their 409th formula were these young men satisfied that they had created the ultimate cleaner.

Friday, October 29, 2010


I spent a few days in September doing some canning.  For most of you this probably sounds like a daunting task, but rest assured it's not as bad as it seems.  And it can actually be fun!  Yes you read that right, FUN!

With a little help and organization you can make your canning experience as great as mine was.  It's fun to have a buddy that you can team up with, so you can do the bottling together.  It makes good company while accomplishing a very satisfying project.  

In this case I called my cousin to help me with most of it.  She has mad bottling skills.  My mom and I tried using the pressure cooker for the first time to do beans.  We did several kinds, from Navy to Pinto to Black to Great Northern.  We did have a couple of mishaps, but overall it went well.  

Have you ever wanted to make chili or some other soup, but realized you needed beans, and well, they didn't have a chance to soak overnight?  I did beans so that I can throw them into any recipe at any time, without having to preplan it all out.  Ultimately this will save time and hassle.  What's the difference between soaking 1 quart of beans and 12 quarts?  Nothing!  It takes the same amount of time.  You throw them in the bottles and pressure cook.  It's that easy!  Don't forget to use a real recipe when bottling foods to avoid having it go bad, and ultimately make you sick.  You can find recipes for anything on the internet.

Peaches, Dill Pickles, Salsa

Pinto Beans, Green Beans, Tomatoes
This is a great skill to learn for self efficiency.  It's also great because YOU decide what goes into the bottle, and you can avoid preservatives and other unhealthy things.  It's a way to go organic and can save you money ultimately.  It's also a great way to use food storage.

I challenge you to try canning next year, if you haven't learned already.  It's an amazing skill to add to your belt of knowledge!

Monday, October 18, 2010


I ventured over to my parents house this morning for some pancakes and small talk.  As I entered the driveway I became aware of a sight not often seen.  My dad was cleaning out the garage! I was so proud of him and all of his hard work to prep the garage for winter.  My mom came out to greet me, and pointed out the most prized dad's special attempt at organizing his tools.  

Now bless his soul, they are organized.  And in my dads very words, "No one will want to steal them now."  Well dad, I believe you may be right about that.  And now he will know where each tool belongs as well.

Buahahahahhaahaha!  Mom and I did get a good laugh out of that one!  A small suggestion to anyone else who thinks this is a good idea; next time spray paint them somewhere else, like in the dirt maybe, just so you don't get it all over the walls.   That is, if you plan on spray painting your tools at all.  And for my honey, if you are reading this, it is NOT okay to do this with our tools in our garage!  

Now go get organized!

Friday, July 9, 2010


This is more like the last three weeks of my life.  I needed a change in my home; and after looking at most of my furniture options, I decided that my kitchen table was what I wanted to change the most.  I wouldn't mind an entirely new table, after all, it would have been much more easy breezy.  But money is tight and my skills are available, so I dove in and tackled the project.  

It was quite the challenge finding the time to sand, stain, and put three coats of clear finish on the table and six chairs.  I took full advantage of my son's nap times.  I also strapped him into the stroller with snacks when he would tolerate it.  And then at times I would let him play on the deck (which is like a giant play pen).  That was glorious!  To say the least a project that should have technically taken me one week took me three.  

Here are the before and after pictures:

Now on to a little...or a lot... of sewing!  In my house, there is always a project to be done!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


If you have children you know that the art work your child brings home is not only endless, but "VERY VERY special mom.  You can't throw that one away!"  We've all heard it a million times while making an effort to purge the mountains of paper art.

Some of us have even taken to methods of sneaking it into the garbage while our children are not around to notice, which my child has pulled back out of the garbage with a look of horror on her face. (Apparently it didn't go deep enough) Or maybe you accidentally spilt water on it...oops, mommy's such a klutz.  I guess we can't keep that one. 

Whatever your method of purging the pile is, I have a few great ideas that you may be interested in using to display those masterpieces, while making your child feel her art is important at the same time.

As a tribute to my daughter I used yarn and strung it up using tacks to hold the string to the wall.  I display Zailee's artwork on the yarn by attaching it with clothes pins.  I have four of these on various walls around the playroom.  I decided to use her artwork as decorations on the walls rather than buying other wall hangings or pictures.

Zailee is so proud of her displayed art work.  I also gave her an ultimatum.  I told her that once her strings were full she would have to retire a piece of art before she could put a new one up.  Then we either throw the old piece of art away, or I take a picture of several pieces at once and scrapbook the picture.  I also do scrapbook the more special projects that I just can't let go of.

Some other ideas are:

A digital photo frame- Take pictures of your favorite pieces of art or scan them into your computer.  Put them on a memory card, pop it into the frame and watch the slide show.

A scrapbook - A book of just your child's art.  It's a wonderful way to keep it all organized and dated and you and your family can look at it for years to come.  I would suggest being selective as to what you add though.  You could have 20 books otherwise.  If it gets to full you could have her choose some of her least favorites and replace them with new arrivals.

Place mats-  Glue his artwork onto pieces of colored construction paper or card stock and laminate them.

Useful Memories- Look online for sites that you could put his favorite artwork onto a calendar, mug, t-shirt, or mouse pad.  

A Shrine- I have a special shelf where I put things that are not hangable  up.  Like rock people, a drum, a kinky snake, etc.

The ideas are endless, so get creative, and do what works best for you and your child.  But remember, you don't have to keep EVERYTHING.  Picking and choosing yours and your child's favorites and then letting the others go is half of the battle.