I don’t know what it is about January that makes us all buckle down on the clutter (isn’t that supposed to be reserved for “Spring Cleaning?!”) but whatever it is, Michael and I have the bug. We’ve been crushing it since the holidays taking each room and getting rid of all the crap clutter and turning it into livable usable space again.
Over the weekend I tackled the laundry room and linen closet. I’ll share the laundry room in another post, today I want to focus on the linen closet.
I’ve always been most proud of our linen closet because it was the one area that actually stayed organized the longest, but lately it’s become a bit unruly and needed some attention…
I’m not one for making resolutions (because let’s be honest how many of us stick to them?!) but I am feeling very inspired by what may come of this year. Plus my motivation level is at an all-time high (probably due in part to me being at home full-time,) I would say my current status could be categorized as “crushing it.”
The past year (mainly the last 4-6 months) has helped me realize a few things that I need so for 2018 I have set some goals. Goals > Resolutions.
Happy Friday! Today is going to be a great day, not only is it Friday (T.G.I.F.) but yesterday they started playing Christmas music on 100.3 WNIC (Christmas all the time, wahoo!!,) plus it’s my birthday today and to top it all off I get to head over to Starbucks this morning for my birthday latte! This girl couldn’t be more excited.
Yeah, so, you read that right. Today is my birthday.
Today I woke up another year older and, perhaps, another year wiser (hey, I said “perhaps.”) Here I am, now 38 years old (shit, I’m on the downside of my thirties!?!?!!) Happily married. Homeowner. Mother of two beautiful, sweet and spirited little souls. How did that happen? I remember turning 30 like it was yesterday. I was convinced that I was going to live my life as an old spinster (maybe I watched a little too much Bridget Jones during that time of my life.) Of course, 3 short months later I met my now husband and just like that, all fell into place and made sense.
Happy November! The leaves have officially changed and started to fall in great big fluffy piles in my backyard. They’re so pretty to look at why bother raking them, lol.
This month I’m feeling great. I’m 3 pounds away from meeting my first goal weight (I have multiple goal weights to get down to my “happy” weight.) I’ve told myself I want to hit this first goal weight by Thanksgiving and yesterday morning I woke up thinking it was truly achievable – I even put on some old grey jeans that I haven’t worn since before I got pregnant with Rae! Unfortunately, I still can’t wear my rings. That’s a little depressing but trying to not get discouraged by it, and if I can hit this small goal weight then I’ll be thankful for that.
It’s also my birthday this week, Friday to be exact. I will be the big 3-8. Holy crap that’s almost 40! Wow, when did that happen? I don’t feel 38. Then again, I don’t feel 37. You know what they say, age is just a number. I just wish my number was 25 *wink*
This year I wanted do something special with the girls for Thanksgiving, a new tradition (hopefully) that we could carry on for years. Something to help teach them what it means to be grateful. So we made a “Thankful Tree.” Each Sunday night, after dinner, we’ll sit at the table and talk about what we’re thankful for and write it down on paper leaves to hang on our tree. We did our first one this past weekend and you know what Grace said she was thankful for? Her family. Melt my heart.
There’s still time for you to make your own Thankful Tree – I made this one in about 30 minutes.
Happy Halloween friends! I don’t know about you but October seemed to fly by for us. There are just so many activities from local fall fun festivals to trunk-or-treat and school parties we seem to have some Halloween activity every week. That and I probably signed us up to do everything now that I’m home and have “a little more time on my hands” (said no mom ever!)
This year Grace decided that she wanted to be a spider for Halloween – she was very adamant about it. So we got to work designing and stitching up her spider costume back in September. She’s worn it a few times now to some of the Halloween outings we’ve had and she absolutely loves it! Then yesterday I picked her up from school and she tells me she’s decided she now wants to be Elsa for Halloween and just wear her princess Elsa play dress. Seriously child, the main event is in 24-hours and you want to pull a game changer on me?!! (Insert tears of laughter/defeat here.) Luckily we compromised and she agreed to be Elsa for her school Halloween party today but still be the spider for trick-or-treating tonight. Whew, dodged that one! Thought you’d all get a kick out of that one.
Two months ago yesterday I left my job in the corporate world to “take a pause” and stay home with my girls. It was time to slow down a bit and hit the reset button. It also meant that the girls would no longer be in daycare 5-full days.
Now, I went into this with open eyes and what I thought were reasonable expectations of what life as a Stay At Home Mom would be (you can read about that here.) To say that the past two months have been a walk in the park would be, well, a lie. During the first month I think I text my husband at least once a week telling him that this wasn’t working and I was going back to work.
There were days that the kids wouldn’t nap at all (usually on the days that I desperately needed a nap myself, or a shower!) There were days where I would yell and give time outs (sometimes by 9:30am!) There were days where I had planned outings but because we couldn’t agree on what to wear, or to brush our hair/teeth/etc. we couldn’t even make it out of the house. There were even days where I felt like I was failing as a mother, the days where I sat on the floor on the verge of tears because that’s not the kind of mom I wanted to be.
I’ve made this recipe two weeks in a row now so I knew I just had to post about it because it’s that good! I found this recipe for a Taco Casserole (Weight Watchers approved) in my Pinterest archives and decided to give it a try last week for Taco Tuesday. It’s seriously delicious!
Grace started preschool three weeks ago! It wasn’t much of a change for her since she’s been going to “school” there since she was 3 months old. (Technically she moved up to preschool just before the summer so she’s been with the same teacher and kids for a few months now, but the curriculum has officially started now that it’s September. ) The only change for her is that she won’t be going 5-full days now that I’ve joined the Stay-At-Home-Mom-World, she will be going 3-half days.
On the days that Grace is home with me I still want to keep momentum with school and her overall development so I decided to make a “preschool calendar.” At first I searched for one that I could buy, but they cost upwards of $40 and the one’s for like $20 were either too small or felt too busy/overwhelming. Plus I thought I could make something WAY cuter 😉 So I scoured Pinterest for ideas, my main inspiration came from this version from Shoeper-Mom and this one from A Day in the Life of a Classroom Teacher. With ideas in mind I got right to work.
Once I figured out exactly what I was doing (ha ha,) it was fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. Here’s what I ended up with:
Fall is probably my favorite season (though Christmas is my most favorite holiday.) Living in the mitten we get to experience the most beautiful of falls — watching the leaves change color to golden yellow, orange and red. I just love it!
I know I’m a few days late on my “welcome” Fall post but, the season hasn’t been all that nice to us to start. On the first day of Fall Grace got a mosquito bite on her face that swelled up so much her eye closed and she looked like Rocky Balboa for the entire weekend. Then on Sunday evening Rae started showing symptoms of the dreaded Hand Foot & Mouth (it’s been going around school like wildfire) and yesterday she woke up covered head to toe in spots — I feel so bad for her because you can tell she’s in pain and even Motrin isn’t helping much.
So, aside from this poor to start the season, what am I looking forward to most this Fall?
Earlier this year the hubs and I decided to do the 21-Day Fix again (that lasted for about 2-weeks) and I found this recipe on Pinterest for Baked Chicken Tacos from Alesha Haley — bonus they work with the 21-Day Fix meal plan!
Sorry I forgot to take photos throughout the prep process, but here’s a pic of the final result.