Clutter Challenge Week 7

Good morning, and happy Monday!  It seems that May and June I have had the most productive weekends.  I don’t mind one bit.  Would you rather be busy with housework during the week or the weekend?  We have a lot of extracurricular activities and volunteer work that I just can’t seem to make time during the week.

It’s another busy week.  I’m not volunteering, but I have two doctor appointments, a dental appointment, a hair appointment (why do they take forever?!), Sterling has two, two-hour recital practices, and a picnic with her friends.  Xander’s in his last week of school so he’ll be enjoying fun activities such as water play.

Last week’s challenge involved organizing the laundry room, coat closet, linen closets, bills and paperwork, digital data, and sorting photographs.  Let’s see how I did…

Up first was one area that was in desperate need.  The kids’ shoes.  Sterling has way too many shoes.  I’m not sure how we’ve accumulated so many 😉   Most of them were too small, but, she wasn’t willing to depart with them.  I finally convinced her some other little girl would like some of them and some (like their “camp” shoes) went to the trash.

Much better!  Xander also received his new Native’s in the mail so we added them to his bucket on Friday.  If you don’t have native’s for your kids, you need them.  They are life changers.  We’ve worn them for three years now and just love them!

The laundry room in the house is like a multi-purpose room.  So, it stays tidy most of the time.  On this day, I worked on 7 loads of laundry.  Seven 🙁

All of the laundries done with the exception of a few pieces still drying.  The space was tidied back up and baskets are empty.

I worked in my address book.  I used pencil this time to write in everyone’s addresses.  Smart, I must say so myself.  Now when people move, I can just erase and write their new address.

The little corner in the office was finished too.  I threw out my syllabus’, keep my books, and keep all my VA paperwork in my master’s program bin.  The picture of the drawer below was a mess!  It was overstuffed with envelopes, note cards, and picture paper.  I can actually see what I have now!

Organizing digital data is a nightmare.  I need to come up with a plan-of-attack and then try again.  I’m planning to work on it next week.

The linen and coat closets were done earlier in the week.  They didn’t need much done because I just did them in March, but they had a good tidy up done.

I’ve been working on bills and paperwork for the past two weeks.  It’s finally done!

I ended up getting rid of two garbage bags of stuff this week.  It amazes me how much I’m able to get rid of.  Stuff that we never use.  Half used.  Has missing pieces.  Or broken.  No more holding on to stuff!

This will be my last week working on the challenge along with the book.  I’ll be tackling days:
26:  Guest Room
27:  Craft Supplies (I probably won’t work in this area just yet)
28: Control Center
29: Address Book (already done!)
30: Calendar and Schedule
Do you have any tips on how to organize digital data?  I’d love to hear some ideas!

Friday Favorites: Pre-K Graduation

Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!  Another week down and only FOUR days of school remain until summer break begins.  We won’t miss all the hustle and bustle.  Fun in the sun?!  Movie dates?!  Book clubs?!  Exploring?!  National Monuments?!  Play dates?!  We are ready!

I’m linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci to share my weekly favorites.

Sterling is officially ready for Kindergarten.  She has grown leaps and bounds this year.  She had three teachers who did their best to help her become a more confident girl.  This girl has come out of her shell and blossomed.  She’s still her sassy, feisty, and determined self.  But she’s awesome at it.  We’ve also determined that when she grows up she’s going to make a great defense attorney.  She sticks up and defends her family like no other!  Even if they’re wrong 🙂

We were in charge of bringing the cake to the graduation party and Sterling demanded pink icing.  Since it was for her, we did it, even though it didn’t match the color theme 😉

After we picked up the cake, we went to have lunch with Xander at his school.  We went on popcorn chicken day because he wanted to show me the dinner roll.  I guess it’s his favorite 🙂  It was so fun sitting with him and all of his friends.  I loved how everyone wanted to sit around him.  When he walked up to the table, five of his little friends got up and moved seats to sit next to him.  Sweet friends.  Good news is, Sterling liked it so that’s one less packed lunch I have to make each month 😉 #itsthelittlethings

After lunch with Xander, we killed thirty minutes at Target and spent way too much money in those 30 minutes.  I blame Nick, he never goes so he wanted everything, haha!

Then it was time for graduation.  It was the sweetest ceremony.  I loved that her teacher spoke about each kid as they received their certificate.  We were so blessed to have such amazing teachers.

Her awesome teachers

One of her best friends

After the graduation party and picking up Xander, Sterling still had dance practice.  She wanted to skip because it’s been such a busy day, but I wouldn’t let her.  Although I felt the same way.  We’re all so tired.  Her recital is the next weekend so it wouldn’t be a good idea to skip this close to the big day.

Another best friend.  These two will be in Kindergarten together too.

Xander found a new friend.  A lizard.  He wanted to keep him as a pet, but he wasn’t willing to hold him or catch him bugs to eat.  We made him release it so it wouldn’t die.  We plan to work with him about touching bugs and maybe he will be able to keep one, one day.

Sterling had her last day of school yesterday.  I love comparison shots.

This video has to be my favorite all week (click IMG_2327 below).  I’ve been trying to work with Sterling since April to ride her bike without stabilizers and she was not confident enough.  I’d take them off, then put them right back on.  On Saturday when she wanted to ride her bike, she wanted me to take them off again.  I did, but I threw them in the garbage this time!  We worked on it a few times, but she just couldn’t grasp that she needed to continue pedaling.
On Sunday we went up to the school playground and rode on the flat surface.  Nick worked with her while I cheered her on.  I finally went up to her and told her if she can ride her bike then she can tell Bubba that she rode hers as a five-year-old not him.  I’m mean, I know.  But, it worked!  Within minutes, Nick would push her and off she went.  She kept pedaling.  Fast forward two days and she was taking off by herself!  Two days.  She rubbed it in her brothers face too.  #whateverworks 😉

IMG_2327

Having both kids conquer swimming and bike riding this spring has been huge.  I don’t have babies anymore 🙁   We can take real family bike rides now.

Today Xander has his last day of science club and Kindergarten program.  After the program, I’m checking him out of school and taking the kids to lunch.  We’re going to make it a fun day.  Sterling will also have her last day of speech until she starts Kindergarten.  After speech, we are planning to come home, watch a movie and take naps!  Naps are needed 😉

Get ready Kindergarten, here comes Sterling!

Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie?  Did your kids like it?  We’re going to watch it today and I’m nervous Sterling won’t like it.  She’s not a fan of scary movies yet.

{Bridget}

Tasty or Terrible: Chicken & Garlic Fettuccine

Good morning!  Do you ever need a quick weeknight meal?  I finally found one that is simple, quick, and full of flavor.  It was found by mistake.  I was making another recipe that included fresh tomatoes and basil.  As it was cooking, the basil turned black, and I knew I had to scrap it.  I have no idea what happened, but I’m so happy with the outcome 😉 .

Say hello to the fabulous Chicken & Garlic Fettuccine!

What you need:
1/2 box fettucine
2 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 TBSP Italian seasoning
Salt and Pepper, to taste
EVOO
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 stick unsalted butter
Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste
Here’s what I did:
1.  Cook pasta according to directions
2.  Season chicken with italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
3.  Heat a large drizzle of EVOO over medium heat.  Add chicken and cook through.  Set aside.
4.  Stir pasta, butter, and garlic until well blended.  Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
5.  Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
6.  ENJOY!

I served ours with spiced buttered broccoli.  A side salad would also be good.

What is your family’s favorite quick weeknight meal?  Please share some ideas 😉

{Bridget}

Clutter Challenge Week 6

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  Mine was productive and fun.  We had two movie dates.  Sterling learned to ride her bike without training wheels.  The kids played in the sprinkler.  I pulled weeds.  Laundry’s done.  I tackled the office.  Whew, what a busy weekend.  But, I didn’t sleep well last night 🙁  When I woke up at 4:45, I decided to stay up.  It’s going to be a long day!  I’ll keep it positive and say that I’ll be sleeping better tonight 😉  I hope.

I wasn’t as productive during the week decluttering and organizing.  The laundry room or linen closets (Day 21 in the book) didn’t get touched.  I have some baskets and shoes in the laundry room that need sorted through.  In the closets, I have coats and winter gear to sort.

Day 22 is {almost} done.  The office.  It’s on it’s way to a more effective space.  I emptied the drawers and reorganized them.  If I didn’t know what to do with something; it’d get stuffed in a drawer.  We ended up getting rid of a full garbage bag with this task!  Bye-bye clutter 😉

Or tossed in the armour.

Now, Nick has his own little corner

And I have mine.  I started laminating stuff for my board.  I’m going to try to make it into a command center that actually works for me.  There’s also a basket where I can put miscellaneous things.  This way, I can hopefully prevent stuffed drawers.

The armour was tidied up.

I still need to go through this area.  It’s mostly my graduate work.  Do I keep it or do I toss?

I also finally repotted this plant.  It needed done a long time ago.

This week I’ll try to tackle days:
21 – Laundry room, coat closet, and linen closet
23 – Bills and Paperwork
24 – Digital Data
25 – Photographs

 I’m almost done with this challenge I set out for my family.  It’s been so freeing to organize spaces and free my mind from the clutter.  I’ve also learned what I want/need in our forever home.  It’s nice living in rentals, but it also sucks because I hate hanging things up.  Our homes never feel homey.  Having to fill holes when you move just plain sucks.  Temporary living is for the birds.  Or the military 😉

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{Bridget}

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