Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Vacation" is over!

Well, it's Sunday evening, and my "vacation" is coming to an end.  I definitely didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I had hoped, but I did challenge myself to a cleaner home in my last few days of my vacation, and it feels good to at least have knocked cleaning off my list.

As I checked items off the list of the 30-day cleaning challenge, I definitely used Pinterest to find some handy tips from others. So, I wanted to share some of those tips with you in case you decide to tackle the cleaning challenge for yourself.

Happy Cleaning!

Tip from

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Too much free time?

Is there such a thing as too much free time?  I like to stay pretty busy and usually find myself wishing I had more free time.  This week is my free time...9 solid work-free days of it!  I had more vacation days this year than I was able to use with the hubs, so I took an entire week off work with no plans of doing anything spectacular, just the things around the house that I have been meaning to do for a while now.  However, I've also come to realize that I have way more things on my ever growing to-do list than I can tackle, especially when I think of trying to get them ALL done in what few days I have left of my "free time." The bigger problem is that I think I thought of this time all as "free time," so I made the most ginormous list of things to do in that time, which became simply overwhelming.  In essence, I had too much free time.

So now, back to the drawing board.  I've spent two days so far hanging out with the hubs and spending time outdoors hiking and enjoying what might have been the last gorgeous weekend of summer/fall (80 degree weather with fall-colored trees). I've also spent two days lounging on the couch (after going to the gym, so I'm not totally worthless :/) catching up on all of the tv shows I could possible watch, as well as spending an obscene amount of time on Pinterest.  That's where my idea for the next 5 days surfaced.

Over the next five days of my "free time" I'm going to clean, organize and de-clutter my house.  I get so frustrated when trying to start a project because things were never put back where they belong or the things I need were all used and I didn't buy a replacement, so I'm going to get everything straightened up so I have a clean slate to start with.  While spending countless hours on Pinterest, I came across this 30-day challenge that I found that I'm going to attempt to try in my remaining 5 days.  Since I'm not trying to balance work and other activities with accomplishing the tasks on this list, I think I have a shot of actually finishing it all!

Take a look for yourself and set aside some time to get started!  You don't have to finish the whole thing all at once, or even in the 30-days that is suggested for the challenge, but it may be just what you need to get you ready for the holidays or just inspired for your next big project!

POPSUGAR 30-Day Cleaning Challenge

Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 Day Weekend!!

Today kicked off the beginning of my 5 day weekend!! I hadn't planned on taking today and tomorrow off from work, but as the days grew closer I realized I had enough vacation days left and a whole lot of stuff on my ever-growing to-do list, so why not? 

So to start my day off, I did ALL the laundry in the house. It's just my husband and I, but between work clothes and work out clothes, we end up with several loads every week. 

I then decided to clean out and organize my pantry for the hundredth time. I'm pretty sure I go through this routine at least every 2-3 months. I've learned though that when our eating habits change, the pantry has to too. I was so excited to get started that I forgot to take a before picture, but here's the result of about 30 minutes of sorting, stacking and cleaning. 

From there, I moved on to picture frames. I had put some up a month or so ago but it just looked too sparse, so I got some cheap black certificate frames from the dollar store to fill in the spots. I still have to get pictures printed to fill the frames, but here's the progress so far. 
***Picture hanging tip: The toothpaste trick! I dabbed a bit of toothpaste on the back of the frame where the nail would go then pressed the frame on the wall where I thought would be good. When I took the frame away there was a little speck of toothpaste that told me where on the wall to hammer in a nail. It worked PERECTLY! I'm so happy with this shortcut!

I did a few other odds and ends around the house, but I still have several things left on my to-do list for the remainder of my extended weekend, so stay tuned!

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's time...

It's clearly been a while since I posted last. About a year ago I suffered a loss of someone very dear to me and it had a greater impact on my life than I had ever imagined possible. I have recently decided that it's time for me to get back out there and do the things that I enjoy in an effort to continue processing my grief in a more productive manner. 

Throughout my grieving process, I just stopped doing all the things I used to enjoy. I stopped running and working out, I stopped cooking and caring about what I was eating, and I stopped making time for me. Because of this, I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of self-confidence. 

I have now started running again and have started lifting weights with my husband and the weight is slowly coming off. I've also started eating better and am once again eating gluten free. I feel better and am starting to feel more like my old self. I'm happier now and looking forward to continuing down this path.  I have a laundry list of things I want to accomplish in the near, and not so near, future and I can't wait to get started!


Thursday, September 26, 2013


Tonight is the premiere of my favorite show on TV - GREY'S ANATOMY!!!!!!!  Within the last couple of months I have re-watched EVERY episode of Grey's on Netflix so I could be sure that I am fully up to speed.

I have also watched the preview for tonight's premiere about 100 times and with only an hour and a half to go - I couldn't be more excited!!!

This just about sums up how I'm feeling....

I hope you all watch it and enjoy it as much as I know I'm going to! :)