Wednesday, March 22, 2017

House updates

Toys R Us for new toys to keep the girls busy.. Starbucks for a coffee and then Lowes for painting supplies for the laundry room. All before 11am on a Saturday. Back to the house and painted some trim.

Planted 6 Leyland Cypress at the corner of our lot. 

Found this drink dispenser and tiny mug at a local thrift store. It was in my plan to get one for our laundry room redo and I'm so glad I found this! $6 for the dispenser and .50 for the mug? Yes please! It is a little slow dispensing the detergent but it sure does look pretty! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Life updates

My stepdad passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. He died very peacefully at his home with most of his family there with him. The funeral was yesterday and was beautiful and very fitting for him. He was a silly guy, as you can see in the left picture and my mom was always laughing at him. He loved his family, kids, bee keeping, gardening, collecting old coins and working with his hands. He and my mom were married almost 16 years and he was the love of her life. I am so thankful for their time together.
 St Patricks shenanigans. Madison and Alan made and set a trap for the leprechaun but we weren't able to catch him. He did turn their yogurt and applesauce green before he left though

 Their St Patrick's outfits

Madison with the bear my stepdad gave my mom for Valentines. This was taken the Wednesday before he passed away. The girls love this bear because he sings music.
Alan took the girls on a daddy/daughter date night at Chick Fil A, complete with roses and a limo ride.
The girls got these snuggie blankets and they love sleeping in them! I love it for Riley because she tosses and turns so much that this keeps her covered.
We were engaged 11 years ago on March 18!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekend house projects!

We strayed from our ongoing to-do list over the Winter. This weekend, we started back and actually completed 1!

We also got some Leyland Cypress from Costco that will be planted in our back corner this week.

We are repainting and remodeling the laundry room. This includes painting the door that we come in from the garage, and the garage closet doors black. We are repainting the laundry room the same color but will be switching out the light. Lowering or replacing the shelf and adding some art and storage bins.
 The current state.


When our HE washers die, I am going back to top loaders. Not a big fan of the HE washers.
With that said, I love this shelf right behind the washers. Somewhere to sit detergent, a lamp and some pretty stuff. The only negative with our room is our security system 'brain' is right behind/above the dryer so a shelf going all the way across wouldn't work. I would love to be able to hide that brain though. 

love these as detergent dispensers

Replacing the light with something like one of these..

We also painted the door leading into the house from the garage black.

The other project that is now completed is our crawl space door! We worked hard the past couple of years on the landscaping border. This weekend, we picked some square and rectangle stones in the matching color. Put them in, topped with paver sand, bought some more border rocks and mulch and ta-da! Now to paint that door black to match everything else...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Five on Friday - Feb 10

(one) Date night is coming up! Excited to try a new restaurant tomorrow evening while my mom has granddaughter time.

(two) After finishing up Finding Carter on Hulu, I'm now back to watching Brothers and Sisters on Hulu. Finding Carter was really good and I'm bummed they cancelled it! Brothers and Sisters has a Parenthood feel without the crying every.single.episode. But that's why we have This Is Us. Thoughts on how Jack died? I can't wait to find out but I just know they are going to drag it on as long as they can!

(three)So I didn't post a menu this week. I just picked up some chuck roast, cubed steak, chicken tenders, ground beef and a couple of frozen pizzas. I will just season them, cook in the crock pot or bake them and be done. I didn't have the energy to menu plan this time

(four) 3K and Kindergarten registration is coming up fast! I can't believe M will be in "big school"! Having 2 kids in 2 different schools will be an adjustment but we will quickly figure it out!

(five) Ever heard of Dollar Shave Club? We've been using them for over a year now and we both love it! Your first shipment comes with a handle and 4 cartridges. After that, there are 4 cartridges in a pack and each one has 6 steel blades on it. Shipping is free and you can actually put your order on hold if you get too many. We both have handles and use the same 4 pack of blades and they usually last a month! Alan also uses their Post Shave Cream and their Bold Hair Gel. He loves both and they are super affordable and last forever. Sign up HERE via my referal link.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Five on Friday - Feb 3

..more like 3 on Friday. I always feel like I have a million things to catch up on and then when I go to type it out, I forget.

(one) My planner has been a huge help with getting me less frazzled! I have been able to delegate errands and things I have been putting off to certain days. I even carry it in the store with me because I've been writing grocery needs in it on certain days. If you have way too much to do, get a planner. You'll thank me later.

(two) We've started watching Highway Thru Hell on Netflix. It's quite stressful to watch but very interesting!

 Highway Thru Hell is a Canadian reality TV show that follows the operations of Jamie Davis Motor Trucking, a heavy vehicle rescue and recovery towing company based in Hope, British Columbia. The show focuses on the hardships of operating along the highways of the BC Interior, especially the Coquihalla Highway (Coq).

(three) ..Speaking of Canada, excited about mine and Alan's 4 day trip coming up in a couple of months. The kiddos will stay behind, go to school and have some grandparent time.  I've never been to Canada before but have always wanted to go. I am not, however, looking forward to the plane ride!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Getting more organized!

People always say I am super organized.. I feel like I am but I feel like my day to day can get crazy.  Between things that happen every week to morning errands or appointments, I needed one place versus the "week ahead" chalkboard I filled out every week, the paper calendar and my phone calendar.

I found the Reminder Binder on Amazon (link here). It was in the price range I wanted to spend since I was unsure if I would stick with it. I like that it came with a ton of stickers, daily pages and a month view. 

After some Pinterest searching, I got a couple rolls of washi tape, some extra stickers, pens, white out and post its... I found this cute bag at Michaels for $1.50. It says "I've Got This!". There were lots of great reviews for THESE pens on Amazon.  They are working great!

I really liked the idea of everything having it's own color. That way, at quick glance, I know who/what it's for, without having to write down "Madison" "Riley" etc. I made a list of what categories I wanted and gave each a color. I gave Madison, Riley and Alan their favorite colors to make that easier. I saw somewhere online where someone labeled each pen with what it stands for. This will make it easy to grab.

Instead of writing each event in the pen color, I write it in blue and put the colored square beside it. I like how uniform it looks. Below you can see how crazy just 5 days is.. this is why I need a planner :) Most weeks look this way.

I like the to-do list at the bottom of each month. Instead of having random sheets of paper laying around, I can write them down here and cross them out when they're done. It appears I need to work on doing some stuff...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Menu plan Jan 21-Feb 6

Crockpot hashbrown casserole
Pizza (twice)
Chicken alfredo
Lasagna chili
Chicken bacon noodle
Chicken souvlaki
BBQ pork
Bacon, egg, sausage
Cheeseburger soup
Jalapeno chicken
White chicken chili

no recipes this time.. Pinterest is a gold mine for finding them though :)