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Here I Go Again…

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If you are like me, you read the heading to this post and started singing White Snake.  If you’re not like me, I feel sorry for you because your inner soundtrack is obviously missing something… TOTAL AWESOMENESS!!!  Every time I here that song, I have to break out the air drums and smile.  When I actually listen to the words I have to laugh a bit because the last time I was alone on my own was about 9 years ago. It lasted for like half a minute before I met my husband, got married and started on what is now a family of four, count them FOUR amazing kids.  Still, the song makes me want to surge forward and do all the things I love that get pushed to the side with the day to day of being a stay-at-home mom.

On that note, I will admit that I am attempting Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC) put together by elsie marley.  The challenge is to spend an hour a day sewing kids clothes for 7 days!  I am already a little behind, but I do have some pieces I am working on including a cute circle skirt for my Pork Chop and some more pants for Moo.  It’s daunting but exciting because although I really love to sew and create, it’s often hard to find the time.

 

On top of that I’ve been back to bentos with the kids’ lunches.  This year I have three in school!  I had conferences with my kindergartner’s teacher and when she showed me that he was having trouble recognizing some of the letters in the alphabet, I suggested that I make flash cards at home.  “Even better,” she said “would be to make him letter bentos!  We love the lunches you send with him every day!”  I have to admit, I was a proud mamma at that moment.  I came home and told him that it was totally worth it to put together those lunches.  I was of course cursing that notion this morning when we were all running late and I was trying to be creative yet healthy…

It’s a busy life but today I wouldn’t trade it in for anything!

So what have you been up to lately?  I want to hear all about it!

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Not the neatest stitch in the hem

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Let me just start by saying that I am a lazy person when it comes to keeping a clean house.  I blamed it on my kids for a while, complaining that I was just so exhausted trying to keep up with their snail trail of clutter.  This was not a valid excuse however.  Ask my mother.  My childhood bedroom was a pit… a toxic waste dump… a black hole where my belongings went to die.  My roommates lucked out because I tended to keep my clutter to my bedroom.  My husband (Mr. Mild Case Of OCD) found out that my side of the bed was almost never clean and dishes seemed to stack up into little towers beside the sink.

It’s not that I’m a messy person.  I have the desire and the ability to be neat and tidy.  I just struggle with being lazy.  I can find a million excuses not to clean.  Unfortunately, living in a cluttered house causes me to be incredibly stressed.  I get frustrated and angry and I find no peace.  My bedroom is not a retreat for rest, my kitchen is not a pleasant place to cook meals for my family.  My living room is living it’s own life.

2012 is my year though.  I started the 52 Week Challenge to and Organized Home which I found on Pinterest (which by the way, if you are not on Pinterest, you should be!!).  Week 1 was kitchen counters and sinks.  I followed the advice of the challenge and defined the purpose of my space.  I was using valuable counter space as a catch-all for the kids’ school work, the mail, and little odds and ends.  Once I put everything where it belonged, I noticed I had TONS of counter space!!  Week 2 just started and I’m working on my cupboards and pantries.  It’s great because someone has given me a defined task and a defined time frame.  I’ve found I can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time because I’m just focusing on one thing, not getting distracted by tons of other tasks.

I’m already less stressed which is WONDERFUL!  It’s nice too because now that it’s been really cleaned, it doesn’t take much to maintain the space.  Plus I’m being a good example to my kids (who I constantly hassle to keep their rooms clean and help pick up around the house).  I’m noticing I have the desire to do other small tasks too. Like today, instead of worrying about cleaning the whole bathroom, I just cleaned the toilets.  It was small, but it was an accomplishment.

Part of my desire for 2012 is to live a healthier lifestyle.  A clean house = less stress = less cortisol.  Cortisol is a basically a “stress hormone” which can really negatively affect your health and even contribute to increased abdominal fat.  INCREASED. ABDOMINAL. FAT.  That is definitely something to avoid!

So here’s so a year of less stress, a cleaner house, and maybe even a little less belly to jiggle come next Christmas.

Interested in joining the 52 Week Challenge?  It’s not too late!!  Either click on the link in the post (it will open in a separate window) or click the button below.

 

52 Week Organized Home Challenge

Not the neatest stitch in the hem

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Let me just start by saying that I am a lazy person when it comes to keeping a clean house.  I blamed it on my kids for a while, complaining that I was just so exhausted trying to keep up with their snail trail of clutter.  This was not a valid excuse however.  Ask my mother.  My childhood bedroom was a pit… a toxic waste dump… a black hole where my belongings went to die.  My roommates lucked out because I tended to keep my clutter to my bedroom.  My husband (Mr. Mild Case Of OCD) found out that my side of the bed was almost never clean and dishes seemed to stack up into little towers beside the sink. 

It’s not that I’m a messy person.  I have the desire and the ability to be neat and tidy.  I just struggle with being lazy.  I can find a million excuses not to clean.  Unfortunately, living in a cluttered house causes me to be incredibly stressed.  I get frustrated and angry and I find no peace.  My bedroom is not a retreat for rest, my kitchen is not a pleasant place to cook meals for my family.  My living room is living it’s own life. 

2012 is my year though.  I started the 52 Week Challenge to and Organized Home which I found on Pinterest (which by the way, if you are not on Pinterest, you should be!!).  Week 1 was kitchen counters and sinks.  I followed the advice of the challenge and defined the purpose of my space.  I was using valuable counter space as a catch-all for the kids’ school work, the mail, and little odds and ends.  Once I put everything where it belonged, I noticed I had TONS of counter space!!  Week 2 just started and I’m working on my cupboards and pantries.  It’s great because someone has given me a defined task and a defined time frame.  I’ve found I can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time because I’m just focusing on one thing, not getting distracted by tons of other tasks.

I’m already less stressed which is WONDERFUL!  It’s nice too because now that it’s been really cleaned, it doesn’t take much to maintain the space.  Plus I’m being a good example to my kids (who I constantly hassle to keep their rooms clean and help pick up around the house).  I’m noticing I have the desire to do other small tasks too. Like today, instead of worrying about cleaning the whole bathroom, I just cleaned the toilets.  It was small, but it was an accomplishment.

Part of my desire for 2012 is to live a healthier lifestyle.  A clean house = less stress = less cortisol.  Cortisol is a basically a “stress hormone” which can really negatively affect your health and even contribute to increased abdominal fat.  INCREASED. ABDOMINAL. FAT.  That is definitely something to avoid! 

So here’s so a year of less stress, a cleaner house, and maybe even a little less belly to jiggle come next Christmas. 

 

Interested in joining the 52 Week Challenge?  It’s not too late!!  Either click on the link in the post (it will open in a separate window) or click the button on the sidebar of the blog. 

It’s not about the money

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I am a ball of stress.  I have always been a ball of stress.  No matter the situation, I will find a way to stress about it.  Lately I’ve been stressing about money.  Sound familiar?  I bet you do the same thing from time to time, more so in our current economy.  Gas prices are creeping up again, groceries are more expensive, the rent or mortgage is due.  It is inevitably someone’s birthday, Christmas, anniversary, new baby… there is always something to spend the money on.  How do you sort through what’s important and what can wait?  How do you make the money stretch to the end of the month?  Do you really need that trip to the ice cream shop with the kids?  Why can’t your husband use a little less toilet paper every time he blows his nose?  Can’t we all just learn to love Top Ramen?!  These are the thoughts that race through my mind as payday arrives.  But do you know what?  It doesn’t matter!  NONE OF IT MATTERS!  The money is going to get spent on something.  The bills are going to keep coming.  My husband is still going to use a ridiculous amount of toilet paper to blow his nose.  I can’t change any of that!  What I can change is so simple it’s almost funny.  I can change ME!  I can change my need for tyrannical control over financial situations.  I can stop freaking out about the $10 we spent getting ice cream, because you know what?  That was an AWESOME day with my kids!

My husband and son

My husband and Bubba

My daughter and stepson

Short Stack and Sportie

Are you freakin’ KIDDING ME???

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Ooooooh…. I am so upset right now.  No, it’s not politics that has my blood boiling.  It’s not religion, it’s not economics.  No- it is a much bigger problem.  I am starting to go grey!  I found a handful of silvers scattered throughout my dark mane tonight, and, well… POOP!  This totally stinks.  Now, I know some of you are saying to yourself: “What the heck is she so upset over?  I’ve got grey hair?  What’s wrong with that? Has she heard of hair dye?”  Yes, of course I’ve heard of hair dye.  Me and hair dye have been friends since the unfortunate Ronald McDonald date hair incident of my youth.  The fact is, the day I gave birth to my daughter I had gained nearly 60 lbs.  Just when I was finally losing that I got pregnant with my son and again, gained quite a lot of weight.  My body never really “bounced back”.  Even with the frustration of losing my girlish figure, my hair never changed.  Thick, lucious dark locks bouncing and shining.  Ah… my hair was my crowning glory.  And now it sort of feels like nature is taking that away from me too.  Yes, I can remedy it easily, but it’s the fact that I know all that grey is sneaking around under there.  POOP!  Getting old is a privilidge, I know… and I can only hope to age with as much grace and beauty as my mother has… but still… POOP!


Put your booty in a box!

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Need somewhere to store your booty (pirate or otherwise?)  Check out booty boxes available at The Paper Bluebird.  These little boxes are the perfect paper storage container for beads, buttons, hair ties, rings, small jewelry, anything you can think of.  I’ve done custom orders for Etsy shops (they make great gift boxes for scrabble tile pendants and other small doo-dads) and did an order for a wedding party (the bride was giving earrings to her maid of honor and bridesmaids).

Itty Bitty Booty Boxes in "Box of Chocolates"

Itty Bitty Booty Boxes in

These little boxes come in two sizes, Original (4.25 inches or 11cm  on each side and 2 inches or 5.1cm deep) and Itty Bitty which are half the size of the original (2 inches or 5.1cm on each side, 1 inch or 2.5cm deep).  You could use these at dinner parties, filling the boxes with your favorite candy or treat and placing them at each guests place.  Or how about setting them on your reception tables filled with birdseed ready to toss when the happy couple make their exit?  If you’ve got small stocking stuffers, these would be a quick and cute way of wrapping.  Although I only have a limited number of sets currently listed at my shop, most of my orders have been custom made to coordinate with a certain color pallet.  Just contact me and I’d be happy to help you come up with something special!

Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink

Original Sized Booty Boxes

Original Sized Booty Boxes

Now you may be wondering why in the heck I call these things Booty Boxes… well, I started making them to package the baby booties I was making for my other shop My Bluebird Gifts.  The original size were just perfect for this, and I had so much fun making them, that I started doing the smaller ones as well.  Each box consists of two pieces of hand folded quality paper (all acid and lignen free).

Are there any colors you would like to see?  What do you think about these little gift boxes?  I’d love to hear from you!  -Liz

p.s.  I just tried a batch of butterscotch marshmallows… I’ll let you know how they turn out!!)