Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Goals 2014 update

My original post for my goals can be found here. As you may remember we are trying to set goals for three months and seeing if we can accomplish them easier.

Personal: taking my medicine is always such a chore for me. So I keep trying and will finally be able to get into the integrative medicine group this Tuesday so I 'm beyond excited for that. Hopefully this up and down hormone swing will be better controlled.
Crocheting: haven't met with the group in awhile with all the snow storms but I'm planning on crocheting on our 18 hour drive on vacation.

Home: We have gotten estimates on our pantry for our kitchen and found a great cabinet maker to build it for us. What started out as a pantry has turned into new kitchen flooring and other updates as well. I'll keep you posted.

Family: The upcoming vacation is planned and paid for. Can't wait for some much needed down time sunshine and warmth.

How are your goals coming along this year? I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Simplifying the Garden

Tim and I have been talking about the Garden lately. Spring fever; I guess. Here is the inspiration for simplifying our garden this year.

 
This book is full of wonderful information for the beginning and seasoned gardener as well. I've been gardening so long but lately the weeds are just too much to keep under control so I thought I would give this book a read. Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, was very eye opening as in why didn't I think of that. We are going to give it a try this season to see if it simplifies gardening and weed control. I would love to know if you have tried this method and if it worked for you. Happy almost Spring.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Out with the Old in with the New

Tim and I have been doing a lot of thinking about how things are working for us and not working for us. No matter how hard we try we just can't keep up. Anyone else in the same boat? So we are trying to make some adjustment to the way we are doing things. Starting with clutter and minimizing our stuff. Since my parents moved in we have been bombarded with their stuff on top of ours. Our home is not large by any means but we do have an attic and a nice size storage room in the basement. Both of which are overflowing. WHY??? I'm going crazy with all this stuff.

Now it would be easy to blame the parents but no I'm starting with my self and things I can get rid of. I started with my bathroom drawer and my part of the closet and starting clearing out stuff I don't need. Here are some before and after pictures. Maybe it will motivate some of you who have been feeling overwhelmed by stuff as well.

 
First I brought in a trash bag and labeled it. Please do this step I don't know how many time I've cleaned out in the past and let the bag sit in my room for a month then forgot if it was clothes to donate or clothes to pitch. So label. Then take the bag to the drop off site the same day. I did that this time. Yeah me!
 
 

 
 
So there it is my entire wardrobe. I do need to add a few new shirts and get rid of some washed out ones but for now this is it.
 
I stumbled upon some great minimalist sites for motivation if anyone is interested here are the links.
 
 
 
 
                                       Running family   love her simple home.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Funlovin' Links

Wow February has been a month already. School is cancelled again today and I'm just getting over a cold so sorry for the lack of posts.
I have a few blogs that are my go to reads through the week. So I thought I would share them with you today as part of my funlovin' posts.

homesteading simple living  blogs:

down to earth  is a great simple living blog about living within your means.
 Rhonda has tons of information here.

Small measure is a blog about organic living and homesteading also great food.
What I like best about this blog is Ashley has a Friday post: What I'm digging, with
great links throughout the web on interesting posts.

Soulemama  is a great homesteading and parenting blog from Maine.

parenting blogs

Cloverlane   parenting blog with great writing.

small things- is a good parenting blog with great pictures.

Natural home keeping blogs:

Keeper of the Home

Food blogs:

Kelly the Kitchen Kop good whole food nutrition and recipes.

moderalternativemamma ok this blog fall under kitchen, home, and parenting. a lot of information.

If you have a great blog I might like list it in the comments and I will check it out.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 
What I'm Loving...
 
 
( Just some fun lovin' posts this February.)
 
The kids bought me a My Pillow for Christmas last year and I love it, so this year I spread the love and bought My Pillows for Tim, Ethan, and Owen. We were in serious need of new pillows anyway and these are great especially for people who usually use two pillows. Just one My pillow does the trick. I'm not one for infomercials at all but I'm so glad I tried this pillow. I don't work for this company, I'm just a very satisfied customer.
 
 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hello February

February the month of love and roses and chocolate. How could you not love February well this is how...
 
it's cold and snowy. We woke up to 6 more inches of snow today with only 2-4  predicted. This is truly an old fashioned winter. The kind of my childhood. I was 9 during the Blizzard of 78.
I do love the change of seasons and even February with all the love being talked about all month.
That is what will take place here at Myrtle and May our weekly funlovin' posts all February.
Here are some photos of our home decorated for St. Valentine's Day.
 



 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Finally A Routine

Oh my what a long, long winter and I'm afraid it's not over. This is the first day the kids didn't have a delay or school cancellation. And boy did it feel good to get back into a routine. I cleaned the living room, finally took down the miscellaneous left over Christmas decorations , and it felt great to be in control again. The kids were excited too to get back to a routine and to be with their friends.

We are filling out scholarship applications and Hope is in the process of deciding which college to pick. We are so proud of how hard she has worked to get to where she is today. She has been accepted at all the colleges she applied to so now is the tough part, to make that final decision on where to spend the next formative years of her life.



I have also been organizing corners of my home. This is one of my favorites. My antique desk I inherited and shelf with all the gifts and crafts my children have made for me. It is my inspiration. To some it my look like clutter but to me it is the precious memory of the day I received the gift and I never tire of them. 




See the TNK up there? Tim made that for me when we were in high school in his metals class. I love it and it is our sign.
Slowly but surely I'm getting some order back to this home. So we can all feel the peace and calm once again...before the next big snowfall has us all closed in again. Hope you all are surviving this long long winter.

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