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I have been so busy and tired that I am not even getting my lists done and thus haven’t been posting…I also think I need to change how my posts are…so I am still here doing the best I can, just a little behind on posts…now to go finish cooking down pumpkin so I can get it in the freezer πŸ™‚

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Group Blog

OK…so I seem a day behind on blogging…There is a group of us ladies that are sharing a crafting blog and Fri is my day, and I had an early morning today, so had to choose one…go check us out…Crafty Mavens

First off, I gave up on the bathroom this week…still need that paint and it is just too late in the evening…planning on attacking it next week with the rest of my Plan of Attack group…I will also be taking down my Christmas decorations…one of my least favorite times of year…I love Christmas time and it is sad to take my decorations down…

First…I forgot to crop this and really don’t want to go back and fix it 😦  sad I know…The inspiration was “Framed by a doorway”…this is my son’s cat Baby Jaguar and this is his favorite place to nap…

I also got the kitchen sink done, but did not take a picture…I just forgot and really once I realized it, didn’t care…it is under the kitchen sink…nothing all that exciting!!

Only got one strand done on the cross stitch, but it was a busy day with the younger two’s gymnastics…getting the oldest’s pine wood derby done…helping with set up for that…

I did get the super hero masks done…was nice that all I need to do was take the new sewing machine out of the box and set it up and then sew them…the boys seems to like them, though I can’t seem to get all three of them to wear them at the same time for a picture…now I need to make some swords…Grandpa got them each a different gift and the middle son’s sword seems to be the one they fight over the most…I think I saw light sabres on pinterest…I am sure I can find something…

The 52 weeks challange finished with the tip toΒ empty the kitchen sink twice a day…typically after breakfast and dinner…that way we don’t have the clutter spread and we aren’t being so anal that we get onto our family all day to rinse their dishes and get them in the dishwasher…

Hope to postΒ from today…trying to not be so anal with the organization goals on the weekend, but just clean up around the house…catch up on laundry…craft and just enjoy my family πŸ™‚Β 

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New Sewing Machine!!

We had no issues returning the sewing machine…they only had one other machine…it is a different brand that I have not used…but has the features I like…can’t wait to use it tomorrow…my oldest really wants his super hero mask πŸ™‚Β 

Ok, so two items are not checked off…one is practically done and the other not even started!!

We had to return some baskets that did not fit on the shelves I wanted them to at Michael’s today and there is a cupcake place right next store…this was our helthy lunch…and you can tell my two year old loved his…today’s 365 inspiration is resolve…though, I had no clue at the time how this would fit into that, and it really doesn’t matter, but I am ocd like that…I guess this is a shot to remind me to resolve to just relax a little and have fun πŸ™‚Β 

So, I remembered to take the before picture once I was over half done emptying the worst shelf that was left…and the lighting is horrible…oh well…it is the end results that matter anyways…

I put a lot stuff into my beloved modualr mates including spices which you can see some of on the left…I have one on the right too…and sorted boxed and canned goods by like items…praying my family can keep this up…because not having them put stuff back right upsets me as much as a huge disorganized mess…did I mention I am a little ocd πŸ˜‰Β  But, am very proud of my pantry…can they keep it neat for 3 months?Β  we shall see…

My candy countdown isn’t quite done for two reasons…the ink on the vellum is taking FOREVER to dry and I use an “old school” eyelet kit to punch a large enough hole in the card stock and hubby is crashed out on the couch…but I did get my oldest’s done…I am not digging the color of the tupperware…but it is what we had on hand and it works…the red and black is so it matches my Coca Cola kitchen…The boys actually stamped their initial and their stars…mama did the rest…oh, my middle one also stamped his hands and feet and face too πŸ˜‰Β  now to put 19 candies in there for them to begin the countdown to Grandma…almost forgot I got the idea from brown paper packages…this is one of my favorite blogs…she has such simple ideas that are so pretty…you will be seeing many more link up’s to this blog πŸ™‚

For my 52 weeks challange I actually already had this one done, so just took a photo…the article summed up in alternative ways to store items out…one was to take a nice jar or vase to store kitchen utensials in…This tin actually held a puzzle in it that I got from my best friend Leslie in high school…and well sense my kitchen is Coca Cola it is the perfect thing to old items in πŸ™‚Β 

Now the bathroom…that did not happen…the second day was the walls…I was busy today and being that we are moving in 3 months, rather than clean I want to touch up paint to clean up the walls and well I just didn’t have the time and need to go buy some more for our bathroom since I didn’t close the can last time, and well paint can mold…I looked into day three and it was clean the window treatments and what not and at 9:30 at night that just doesn’t sound like fun either…so yes I decided to skip that one…but I will be 32 weeks pregnant, I took my oldest to OT, we ran to Micahel’s and Hobby Lobby…reviewed some homeschool, cleaned a pantry…went to the base to exchange my sewing machine…took the younger two to dinner while hubby and the oldest had basketball, went to a Cub Scout committee meeting…freaked out when I saw a dead black and white cat, until I found mine in our backyard waiting to come in…praying for who ever lost their cat tonight…made my countdown jars…helped my oldest on his pine wood derby…so I think I can be happy even if I didn’t get to the bathroom today πŸ˜‰Β  plus hubby needs to unclog the toilet thanks to a certain 3 and 9 year olds…Oh and I got this blog up before 11 which is good for me since the younger two have gymnastics tomorrow and they have really been missing it over the holidays…so hoping an earlier bed time for me…we’ll see about that one…

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UGG!!

OK, first I have to explain why my super hero masks are not checked off…and they are pinned and everything…I went to use my “NEW” sewing machine my husband got me…well it turns out it was a return and was missing everything, but the machine…NOT HAPPY…Hubby also paid full price for it…we are not sure if he still has the receipt, but will be taking it back and demanding a NEW replacement or a full refund!!Β  So, I had to go with an alternate plan…more on that later…

For the 365 photo challange the inspiration was wide aperature…I was not really sure what that was, since I am not a trained photographer, so I had to google it…from what I understand it is where more light is allowed in…since I am just using a little digital camera I took a picture of my youngest outside when the sun is blaring in our back yard…he may look like his father, but he is a camera lover like his mama πŸ™‚Β 

For the 40 bags in 40 days challange next was the pantry…it is actually a two day project so I attacked the lower half of the pantry…

It had gotten pretty bad in there…stuff just being put where ever…and with the pregnancy I really did not have the energy to fix it like I wanted…which did not make for a very happy mama…but things are getting there now πŸ™‚Β  I got a lot of things in their correct tupperware containers…which I love modular mates…wish they still sold black lids though…or even red…

As always I worked on my cross stitch (will post when done πŸ™‚ )…have about one and a half Mickies left and then outlining it πŸ™‚Β 

Since I was unable to finish the super hero masks I decided to work on one of my many card kits just sitting around…I get these kits from Apron Strings…Lori who puts these kits together does awesome…she is a hard working stay at home mom…please check out her site…ok back to my project…I decided to work on some cards because I needed them and I knew I had all that I needed…I had hoped to get an entire kit done, but only got two cards done, which is better than none…I did try to use rub on’s on the V-Day one and me and rub on’s don’t get along…may be because the kit is a year old too…(you should see how many I have I can do)…but it will go to my hubby and he won’t mind πŸ˜‰Β  My son helped with the B-Day one…again that old school Sizzix πŸ™‚Β  need to find more dies for it…

(bad picture…late at night…cards on the floor…I kept shadowing them…)

For my 52 weeks challange I was to put up items that did meet the functions of the kitchen, but cause clutter and don’t need to be out all the time…I had actually already done this in the past…so really just cleaned up the kitchen…My oldest for some reason likes wipping down the counters…

Finally, was my plan of attack…I am two days behind, but I am getting things done…this is where I actually made up for the lack of tossing/donating on the 40 days challange…I got rid of quite a bit of stuff…I do not have any before pictures…but here are the afters…We have two bathrooms…most of the hidden spaces are in the boys’ bathroom…I did not take a picture of my medicine cabinet because it was fine to begin with πŸ™‚

(This is actually one of my happy places in the house…when things stay in their containers…really I just need things organized and in their place and I am happy πŸ™‚ )

(The red bucket was full of bathtub toys…now it has maybe 7, they all had mold starting to grow on them…now I can justify ordering them some green toys from my favorite natural toys store…child trek based out of Tacoma, WA…awesome customer service by the way…)

(Seriously we have more towels…you just don’t want to see the two peaks of laundry…one Mount Clean, the other Mount Dirty…)

(And our cupboard…didn’t get rid of as much in here, but that is again because it was a recent declutter…just put stuff back where it belonged…)

Now to update today’s board…plan to make countdown candy with the boys for when my mom gets here πŸ™‚

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Altered Comp Book

other than getting my posts up…two days in a row…woo hoo πŸ™‚Β 

First my 365 photo…

the inspiration was a fresh start…well just yesterday out land lord installed our new WORKING dishwasher!!Β  haven’t even peeled the plastic off yet πŸ™‚Β  The things we stay at home moms get excited about!!

Next was cleaning up my computer desk for the 40 bags in 40 days challange…I had that day blank…meaning we didn’t have what she had, so I just found a spot that really needed some decluttering…

and it needed it…I could barely work on the desk…I also cleaned off the top of the cpu…there was stacks of foam nativities the boysΒ  made that we gave to the younger two’s mother’s-day-out class…I did also shred some stuff and throw out some stuff…so between all that I figure I got a bags worth…and a much happier working area!!

The cross stitch I will post when it is completed πŸ™‚Β  hoping to have it done in ten days…my oldest has challanged me on that one…

With a little help from my oldest I altered a composition book…this is one of my favorite paper crafts to do…

I saw the idea for the handles at eighteen25, I love the idea…the papers were ones given to me by a friend before she moved…They are from Stampin UP…I decided to write down blogs that are linked up as I looked at a blog (I like to start from the beginning and then go to the first one they linked)…so this book is getting pretty full…but I figure it is a better way to keep track πŸ™‚Β 

Finally for the 52 week challange, I moved the stuff that was not a part of the function of the kitchen out…which was just hubby’s work hat…hung it up…not much work there…the kitchen really isn’t that bad…so right now it is easy stuff…

oh and I am also a member of a great yahoo group…A Plan of Attack, this week they are working on cleaning up holiday decorations…I don’t take mine down until the 7th after Epiphany, so I got next weeks, which is the bathroom…so will be working on that this week and Christmas next…first I need to clean hidden areas of the bathroom…

Now to go update my board and get to work…oh school work first for Jacob πŸ˜‰Β  almost done with time line review and then onto Latin…

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Let Freedom Ring…

So I decided that I needed to write down my goals every night for the next day…but I didn’t want to just use plain old paper…I had recalled a chalkboard idea I had seen on pinterest…The original pinner said that it was a cookie sheet,Β  but after going to the actual website, it was a large picture frame…I liked the idea of the cookie sheet and knew I had an old one, so will went with that…Other than the chalkboard paint, I had everything on hand I needed…the paper is from the scraps I organized yesterday…I even used my old school sizzix for the stars…

Note, when the picture was taken I wasn’t done with today’s todo’s, but I am now πŸ™‚Β 

Today’s picture inspiration was Ring it in…I was going to take a picture of my engagement ring that needs the diamond replaced…but then decided to take one of my claddagh toe ring I have been wearing for over 8 years…but then it dawned on me that my chalk board worked too…Let Freedom Ring πŸ™‚Β  so the picture for the blog was a doubler πŸ™‚

My oldest son came in while I was working on the stars and wanted to play with the sizzix also…he did an 12 days of Christmas chain in Sunday school (the 12 Days are actually from 26 Dec to 6 Jan (Epiphany…when the Churst celebrates the Wise Men visiting baby Jesus)…One of the rings was to make a card for your favorite teacher…well since we homeschool, I am his teacher πŸ˜‰

So far with the 40 bags 40 days challange I seem to be hitting places that don’t really need decluttering…I did find one thing to giveaway and a few things that needed to be put away…some of the silverware is still in the dishwasher…maybe tomorrow there will be better luck on actually decluttering something…

In my post yesterday, I totally forgot about another challange I signed up for…This is a 52 week Organized Home one…I got my reminder email today…We will be starting with the kitchen…First I was decide what is the function of our kitchen…

Cooking (food prep)

Eating

Food Storage (cold/pantry)

Place Alex drops off stuff when he comes home…

I then was to consider if any of these things was making life a little harder in the kitchen…the only one is my husband putting his stuff there…usually I am working on dinner when he comes home, so in a way it only makes sense…but there really isn’t an ideal spot for his stuff and I usually end up moving it all…So that one I would like to figure out a better place…

Now to go update my To Do board and go to bed…feel too bad for the freshman at Stanford…OK St is on the 1/2 yard in over time…

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Welcome New Year

This is how my boys rang in the New Year…Hubby was asleep in our bed…The oldest and youngest almost made it…They fell asleep 10 minutes before midnight…My oldest was disappointed he missed the fireworks…we reminded him that we are moving to DC and will be by the best fire works show in the country and may have them right in our back yard!!Β  That seemed to make him feel better…

Now where to begin on my goals…Like I said yesterday I am taking part in the 40 bags in 40 days challange I saw pinned on pinterest…I also want to do some of the other organizational ideas I have seen on pinterest…the first one is using magazine holders to organize scraps…and then, as if I don’t have enough on my plate…one of my favorite photographer friends is taking part in her third year of taking pictures everyday for the year…and well, she pinned some inspiration pages…so I made the mistake of going and checking them out…and printing out Jan…and now I have added that challange to my plate too…on top of getting Memory Masters with my 9 year old for CC…keeping our house halfway clean…getting 12 cross stitch projects done…move…oh and have a baby and love my hubby πŸ˜‰Β  which is the easier of them all πŸ™‚

The first one I actually tackled today was the picture one…my day planner was still next to me at the computer desk, as was my camera, and the inspirations was 12…

1 for 1 good start πŸ™‚

The next thing I did was go to Office Max to get some magazine holders…the plastic ones were actually cheaper than the cardboard ones…they do have holes that small scraps fall through, but they are clear, so no tags are needed to be made…the best part I moved a book shelf in the craft room and got it and the other one more organized and had three helpers…and organized two of my paper containers…one is empty now and I need to find a use for it…which I am sure I will πŸ™‚

I am sure I have more scraps hiding out in my craft room…it is really not all that organized right now…but this is a start…

Finally this evening I did my first bag…the suggested place on her list was the laundry room junk drawer…I don’t have a drawer but I have a crock and basket that tend to be used as catch alls…

Not sure I actually suceeded on this one though…most of the stuff I just organized better and put on the work bench for when I get over there…believe me it was the best I could do…there was some trash and I did put a few things into my Airmen’s Attic box…but niether were a full box full…but both the crock and basket are now empty and things are where they belong, so we will call that good enought for Goverment work πŸ˜‰

Now to write down blogs to look at…cuddle with my eldest and his cat…and work on my son’s cross stitch so I can start my first of twelve to get done this year πŸ™‚

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