Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

How is everybody? Have the kids been driving you bonkers yet since they are out of school? Well, a couple of my kids haven’t finished their school work yet but hopefully they will be completely finished by Friday. As I was going through the rest of their assignments I came across a couple of links that I thought I’d share.

As many of you know I homeschool my kiddos and we like to use Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool. Most everything is FREE and so useful. They are always adding new things to the site as well and I am ever so thankful for them. My kids really love the site and all of the different resources that they provide. They have learned a lot of different subjects and various subject matter. However a lot of times our kids get so busy playing that they forget, what they’ve worked so hard to learn during the previous year, over the short summer. This can cause for a lot of trouble at the beginning of the new school year.  Continue reading Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

Dealing With Bug Bites

It’s that time of year when we all like to be outdoors. The weather is nice, well most of the time, but the bugs are not. Here we’ve had quite a bit of rain so it’s been a struggle dealing with mosquitoes and yellow flies too.

These things really itch when they bite so we really like to use our ‘Stop The Itch Cream’. It really does help to soothe the skin and stop that annoying itch. I’ve just made up a new batch and you can follow this link for the recipe.

My favorite place for buying oils has been Simply Earth. (This is an affiliate link.) They also have a monthly subscription box where you can get recipes and all the ingredients you need for them delivered right to your door. It’s so easy!

It’s Not Just Another Night

I wrote this several months ago even though it only posted today. This was written before the recent loss of famous people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is so important for us to take the time to check on one another and to make sure those around us know just how important they are to us.

In today’s day and age it is sometimes confusing as to how we can communicate our feelings without crossing or blurring relationship lines. I don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ answer for that as every relationship and every individual are different and require a different approach. But when it all boils down to it just do what feels most comfortable to you. This post was an example of how I felt comfortable in sharing this.

I have a friend that doesn’t seem to know just how important he has been to me. I was talking to him a while back and wished him a ‘Good Night’ like I normally do. He replied that ‘It is just another night’. That bothered me for some reason.

Yes, maybe it was just another night, but it was special in its own way. It was another end of a day, a day to add to the time we have been friends.

When we met I was going through a really rough time. He didn’t know that at the time but I was really sad and kind of lost in a way. I had thought God was leading me down one path only to have the path bulldozed, without warning, in front of me with no detour ahead. I was at a dead end in some ways.

We just happened to meet and I really didn’t think we’d ever become friends. God has way of changing our thinking and making things happen.

We would make plans to go out or do something. The plans never happened. We would try again only to have something else come up.

Then I’d think to myself that it was probably for the best. I mean his ‘wyd’s’ were driving me nuts anyways… lol. (I had to get someone to translate a lot of his abbreviations for me to start with.)

Then he’d text me and everything would be OK. We talked a lot. Sometimes he would send me a text when I least expected it and it would totally catch me off guard. One time he sent me an early morning text, which was very out of character for him, that I credit for saving my family and me from a potential house fire.

Over the months I learned a lot about him. I began to see him differently. When it seemed like we were getting close he would just pull away and I didn’t understand.

There would be days and even weeks we didn’t talk at all. Then I would start to think about how much I enjoyed our friendship. I tried to tell him but sometimes it just didn’t come out right.

We went for a bit without speaking or texting. I just assumed he had met someone and I continued on with my normal activities. After all I wanted him to be happy and he had said he wanted the same for me.

Then I met someone. When we talked again and I gave him my good news he didn’t react the way I’d expected. I’d hurt his feelings without meaning too. I really didn’t think we would ever talk again. But I was wrong again.

Our paths kept crossing in crazy and completely unexpected ways. We start texting and catching up and it feels like it did. We can talk about most anything and he can cheer me up with the craziest things.

So Pepe,

I don’t know what plans God has in store for you but I know they will be great! I know he sees everything you do and he sees everything you don’t. He sees the little things you do as well as the big ones. He is working on something very special for you, I can feel it!

I want you to know that it’s not just another night or just another day. Today is a special day because you are a special, one of a kind friend! Don’t shortchange yourself because you are a great friend! Anyone who can call you a friend is very blessed and that includes myself!

If you read this I want to thank you for being my friend through the good and the bad! I’m always here if you need to talk, no matter if it’s about the weather or the one who got away (girl or fish).

Your friend,

Susie

Do you have a friend like this? Maybe someone who you haven’t kept in touch and would like to let them know that you still think about them? Go ahead and let them know how much they mean to you. It might just make their day a little extra special.

Mother’s Day Weekend Wrap Up

Oh my! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We did here but it has left me pretty much exhausted from all the fun. Continue reading Mother’s Day Weekend Wrap Up

Kitchen Kleaning Monday Mission: Stove and Spice Storage

If you read yesterday’s post you probably know that I am in the process of cleaning my kitchen. Now it had a fairly thorough cleaning last August before we moved in and I have rearranged a few things here and there but it is still a work in progress. Small house living has its pros and cons and can be quite aggravating when you can’t get to things you need on a regular basis.

Last month I tackled that problem in our bathroom and reorganized it from top to bottom in one day! Now it still needs a thorough cleaning and a bit of work but it is much more user friendly and I have a much better storage area too. You can check out more here.

The kitchen was next on my list as that happens to be the FlyLady Zone right now. (I love this site!) My first mission was to tackle the stove area. This whole project took me 30-45 minutes (in between loads of laundry and helping with schoolwork) to complete. Continue reading Kitchen Kleaning Monday Mission: Stove and Spice Storage

Family Fun Weekend

I was hoping to have this published last night but I was exhausted and it just didn’t happen. That seems to be too normal here lately but I am making progress towards feeling better and I am hopeful that soon I will be back to my old self once again.

This weekend was a bit busy with invitations to birthday parties, meetings, and errands that we needed to get finished up around the house. There were a lot of things that we wanted to do but only a few that we accomplished. We weren’t able to attend the birthday party as we already had other plans but we do plan to meet up with family next month for a day at the river. Continue reading Family Fun Weekend

Kids Cook Real Foods: 20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

This is a really interesting post on the Kids Cook Real Foods site that we have been using for part of our homeschool curriculum this year. We are absolutely loving this site and I think you will too so head on over and check them out by clicking on any of the affiliate links in this post or the links below:

20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

 

My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box

Whew! The past week has been CRAZY here! I mean a full moon almost always causes chaos but a  super blood moon can wreak all kinds of havoc in my house! On top of that I decided to rearrange a couple of rooms… lol… we only have a couple of rooms, right? Just kidding, but just because our house is small doesn’t make it any easier.

Things are finally getting settled down and everything is pretty much organized, well at least as organized as it can be for now, so I’ve been trying to catch up on some things that I need to work on. As I was checking emails I noticed that I was scheduled to get a box from Simply Earth (yep, that’s an affiliate link at no cost to you) and panic set in for a moment as I wasn’t 100% sure that I had indeed received it. After running to the bedroom to check I did find the package safe and sound waiting for me to open it. I grabbed the phone and filmed a quick video to post on YouTube. (See the video below.)

I was so happy to open it up and see what all they had sent me. I just wanted to share it with everyone and what a better way to do it than a video? I love essential oils and I am always trying out new blends and recipes. Sometimes it gets complicated to know what is what and where to get it.

I can’t thank them enough at Simply Earth as they have made my life so much simpler by including almost everything I need for the recipes that they sent with this box. These are all recipes that I will be trying out soon in our home, especially that Sore Muscle Roll On!

So, if you haven’t watched the video you are probably waiting for me to tell you what exactly was in this box that has me so excited…

This February Essential Oil Box from Simply Earth included:

  • four essential oils: lemon, oregano, ravensara, and defender blend
  • menthol crystals
  • coconut oil
  • 3 roll on bottles
  • 1 small bottle
  • 2 inhaler tubes
  • 6 recipe cards

 

 

Pretty awesome, huh? That’s not all though as Simply Earth is on a mission to make it easy and affordable for people to have a natural home while giving 13% of their profits to help end human trafficking.

If you want to check out their site and maybe grab a box of your own then use my code KIRBYSKORNERFREE to get a $40 gift card emailed to you after subscribing on your first box (SUBSCRIPTION CAN BE CANCELLED ANYTIME).

If you like the essential oil diffuser in the video you can get yours here and the wooden storage box here.

Note: The only thing that I was lacking when I made up my recipes was some oil droppers. These make things so much easier when trying to measure out the drops precisely. You can probably order them from the Simply Earth site or get some here.

 

The Gospel Centered Mom

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As many of you know I am always looking for devotionals and such for my morning quiet time. I need something that will inspire, motivate, and encourage me on my daily path. This book caught my eye when I was browsing a while back and I knew I just had to read it. It’s taken me a bit longer to get through it than I had planned but it was so well worth the time and I will definitely be keeping this on my bookshelf to read again. Continue reading The Gospel Centered Mom

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating:

What are the best habits you learned from your parents? What are the most important habits you’re teaching your kids? #2 on this list is especially good:

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

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101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

Did you know that January 24th is Compliment Day? I didn’t until here recently but now that I do I want to be prepared. These would really be good for any day of the year though and the smallest compliment can really turn a bad day around.  Continue reading 101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

No Bake Kool Aid Pie

This pie is so easy to make that the kids are always asking for it. You can experiment with the flavors to find your favorite.

No Bake Kool Aid Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1 packet unsweet Kool Aid mix (we really like the strawberry)
  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 graham cracker crust

Directions:

Mix the first three ingredients together and pour into the crust.

Chill 1-2 hours and Serve.

How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

I know we’ve all been there a time or two in our lives, if you haven’t then you should still keep reading so you can be prepared for when it does eventually happen to you. We get comfortable in our lives and everything seems like it is going along so well. We have a good job and our lives are stable. Our home life seems pretty good too and everyone seems happy for the most part. Then it happens. It turns our lives upside down and tears our world apart, at least that’s the way it feels at the moment. Continue reading 10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them:
Trying to eat better this year? How about budget better? This is a great list of 5 New Year’s resolutions and how the Instant Pot can help with them ALL: 5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them
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The Nicer You Are The Happier You Are

Kids say the darndest things sometimes and I just don’t know where they come up with some of the things that come out of their little mouths. My five year old told me yesterday that ‘the nicer you are the happier you are’. I asked him where he had heard that and he said he learned it from one of his video lessons.

Wow! I am amazed at the things they pick up sometimes and this time I am so glad that it was a good lesson. We all had a quick little discussion about whether or not that statement was true as Caitlyn (10 going on 30) insisted it couldn’t possibly be correct.

She later changed her mind after realizing that the old advice ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’ was probably the reasoning behind her brother’s remark. We also discussed ways to be kind to one another and how we would want to be treated in certain situations.

All in all it was a very good, but impromptu, lesson in character.

What have your kids said lately that has surprised you?

Getting Organized: Bill Organization Spreadsheet

If getting organized while saving time and money are on your New Year’s Resolution List then these printables are for you.

We all hate paying bills, right? But that is something that has to be done. A few years ago I came up with a spreadsheet to keep me organized and keep me from forgetting what has been paid and what needed to be paid. I definitely don’t need late fees piling up or missed payments affecting my credit. Continue reading Getting Organized: Bill Organization Spreadsheet

New Stitch Fix Promo!

I don’t know about you all but this week has been a bit crazy here even the weather is crazy. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on 2017 and setting my goals for 2018. One of those is to improve my appearance and one of the easiest ways is with my clothes. If you saw one of my previous post you were able to see my 1st box from Stitch Fix . I was so happy and I am looking forward to my next box. Then I saw some exciting news in my email this morning!

Continue reading New Stitch Fix Promo!

My 1st Stitch Fix Box

Hey you guys! You’ve got to try this! @StitchFix delivers stylist-picked clothes to you w/ free shipping & returns. I am so excited as I just received my first Stitch Fix box and I am so in love. These were clothes that I definitely wouldn’t have picked out for myself but I love the way they look and they are all so comfortable. This was a Christmas gift I got for myself.

It was so easy to get it, I signed in and filled out my style profile. Then my stylist, Jenaha, picked out my outfits which were then sent right to my house for me to try on and decide what I wanted to keep. I decided to keep it all but if I hadn’t they sent a postage paid envelope to mail back the unwanted items.

You can take a peek at what all I got in this little video and if you want to give them a try you can use this link here. (Yes, I do get a little kickback if you order from this link here.)

 

It’s so nice to do something for myself every now and then. The fact that they offer Free Shipping and Returns is also a plus.

Happy New Year’s!

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Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet? I haven’t, well I have a few things in mind but I haven’t actually sat down and put pen to paper or anything like that. I want to be more organized… some people laugh when I say that as they think I am already really organized… this recent move still has been had me in a tizzy. I’d also like to lose a little weight like many of us. Most importantly I just want to be a better mother, friend, and person in 2018 than I was in 2017. Hmmm… not too much to ask is it? Continue reading Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Having dinner ready to go whenever we’re ready to eat is such a lifesaver on busy weeknights when we head out to activities. Now my *kids* are taking charge of dinner from start to finish. Before we start school, they start the slow cooker. Check out the videos from Kids Cook Real Food that we are using here.

Top 10 Blog Posts From 2017

Wow! I can’t believe this year is almost over and as I look back on the year I really can’t believe how many posts I’ve written even with a couple of months off. Here is a list of the top ten posts from 2017:

  1. Pantry Challenge Week
  2. One Year Anniversary
  3. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  4. Blogger Recognition Award
  5. Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole
  6. Groundhog Day
  7. Thank You!
  8. Baked Potatoes In A Crockpot
  9. Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop
  10. My First Shopping Trip At Aldi!

A very interesting combination for sure!

Thank you all for being there and supporting me through the year… I know next year is going to be even better!

Happy Blogging!

Precious Moments Sale!

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I know that many of you have been so super busy and may not have had a chance to check out the Precious Moments website that I linked to in our post last week but seriously you need to go check them out right now!

Their After Christmas Sale just started today and it includes almost all of their Christmas items with the exception of most of the Nativity Sets. This is a special sale so you don’t need a coupon code of any sort.

Some of these items are up to 90% off! Here are a few examples of sale items: Continue reading Precious Moments Sale!

Our First Christmas Decoration For The Little House On The Pond!

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I don’t know about you all but this Christmas has not went as planned here in the little house on the pond. We did manage to get a tree up but it hasn’t been decorated yet… and how many days ’til Christmas? I’m afraid to check.

The kids don’t seem to mind that the tree isn’t decorated as Nanny J let us borrow her fiber optic tree and it is so pretty! They also know that Olivia has wrapped some gifts to place under there as well. Momma hasn’t wrapped a single gift, yet, but I do plan to wrap some later today.  Continue reading Our First Christmas Decoration For The Little House On The Pond!

Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

I love cookbooks and when I was given the opportunity to review this one, Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman, I was ecstatic!

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This is a great cookbook filled with different twists on old recipes and then some new recipes that I’ve never heard of like Coca Cola Salad.
Many of these recipes seem very easy to make and I can see my kids learning to make recipes like Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery in the kitchen.
There are also some great tips included in the book as well like how to pair wines with certain dishes. I am definitely going to try out the recipe for the Self-Crust Coconut Pie which sounds AMAZING!
All in all this is a great collection of southern recipes and I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

Continue reading Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

FREEBIE: Cozi Online Calendar

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I’m excited to tell everyone that I am now an affiliate for Cozi which is an online calendar that I have been using for years! The great thing is that you can sign up FREE and when I say FREE it is FREE. I’ve used it for many years, FREE, and it has helped me keep my family organized and running smoothly! GO check it out!

 

Gift Ideas

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Kids Cook Real Food makes an awesome Christmas gift, and many grandmas are doing it already!! (We have printable gift certificates for them btw.) Continue reading Gift Ideas

DIY: Quick Counter Top Update

Check out what I did this weekend! Like and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already done so!

Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast)

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Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast):

What’s your Christmas morning like?

a. Run around like crazy making a special breakfast
b. Break out the cereal
c. Put a make-ahead breakfast in the oven and enjoy family time + a special meal Continue reading Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast)

The Big Barn Dance

We had an awesome time Saturday at The Big Barn Dance. Please check out our video on Youtube and give us a thumbs up!

 

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Updated Shopping Links!

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve added some new links on the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab just in time for Christmas. Are you still looking for a unique gift for someone special? Why don’t you check out some of these sites below or check out the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab for a complete list of companies I am currently working with.   Continue reading Updated Shopping Links!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Have you heard of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? It is a free ‘book gifting’ program that is available to any child, from birth until they start school, no matter what the family’s income is. Continue reading Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

iPhone Emergency SOS Feature

Hey did you know this trick? I just saw it on Facebook and had to give it a try. Continue reading iPhone Emergency SOS Feature

Community and Cops Christmas Fundraiser

I came across this on my Facebook feed this morning. As many of you may remember my family had the opportunity to meet Officer Bobby White, aka the Basketball Cop, last year. Then in September our local square dance clubs held a toy collection for the Basketball Cop. We were then able to present the gifts to Officers Bobby White and Becki Holcomb in October.

Not only do they help organizations here in our own communities and state they also help others all across the United States. Currently the Basketball Cop Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for the Community and Cops Christmas in Jacksonville,AR: Continue reading Community and Cops Christmas Fundraiser

Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Today we attended the NEFSARDA Fall Festival Carnival Dance at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beaches. There was a wonderful turnout and lots of lively dancing. I’m still a bit dizzy from all the whirling and twirling we did! Continue reading Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Stop The Itch Cream

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I know we are almost to the middle of November and it seems like mosquito bites should be over with for a bit, but not here in Florida. This past weekend was the beginning of hunting season and I spent most of my time out in the woods.

I had forgotten to take along the bug spray but it was quite chilly so I didn’t buy any on the way either. That was a big mistake!

We found a game trail and decided to check it out. Not long down the trail I was attacked by mosquitoes and bitten several times near my right eye. Ughhh…. that really hurt. Not too mention it was quite ugly and itchy.

Continue reading Stop The Itch Cream

New Cook Book Release: 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes

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Hey ya’ll! I happy to announce that I finished another cookbook that I had been working on. It will soon be available on Amazon in an ebook version and a paperback version. I’ll update this post with the links as soon as it is up on the site!  Continue reading New Cook Book Release: 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes

Life Update 9/16/2017

Hey y’all! We are still here ….  a lot has happened since my last post and I do apologize for not keeping in touch with everyone. A big ‘Thank You’ to those who have messaged me via Facebook, Twitter, and/or email to check on us. I have not been able to check emails, messages, or respond to everyone as our internet has not been working properly. Continue reading Life Update 9/16/2017

Check this out!

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We just published our first ebook for Kirby’s Korner Blog. It is a cookbook with a few recipes found on the blog as well as some recipes from my recipe box.

Click here for a preview of our book or click here ($4.99 value) for a chance to win a free copy. Continue reading Check this out!

Yearning For Simpler Times

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Last night I dreamed we had moved. It wasn’t a fancy house, in fact it was a bit run down and a lot smaller than where we live now. It needed a lot of cleaning and a bit of work but we loved it. It was a fresh start from all the stress and chaos we have right now at this moment. Continue reading Yearning For Simpler Times

Family Outing: Jacksonville Zoo 6/10/2017

Well a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we had a special outing planned. Unfortunately we did not get to go the weekend we planned to go because of the weather. We did go this past weekend and it was so much fun!

As you can imagine trying to take a many kids as we did (we took 7 kids, ages 4-14) can be a bit daunting but we managed. One of my sisters was also able to join us which helped out alot. Continue reading Family Outing: Jacksonville Zoo 6/10/2017

And The Ants Came Marching In ….

Lordy, Lordy was all I could say when I got up yesterday. This was something my Mom-mom would say a lot about different situations.

I had been super stressed and had went on ‘strike‘ over the weekend. As a result the house was a mess. The kids had cleaned up a little bit but there was a lot that they had missed. There was stuff everywhere and what I mean by stuff was cookie crumbs, dirty clothes, toys, and wet towels to name a little. There was also sticky spots from jelly and sweet tea all over the kitchen.

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The food and wet towels were like a flashing neon ‘Vacancy’ sign for the ants. The fact that we’ve been experiencing and extremely wet season doesn’t help either. The house had been invaded.  Continue reading And The Ants Came Marching In ….

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Weekend Wrap Up: June 10, 2018

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic Sunday afternoon. We are not doing a whole lot of anything today, actually the whole weekend has been a whole lot of nothing. I know I wrote a couple of posts during the week that you can check out here and here. I also posted a yummy new recipe here.

What exactly did we accomplish last week? Not really a lot. I mean I did keep everyone fed and the laundry was finished, for the most part. There weren’t any cleaning missions partly because I had an extra ‘helper’ here, I’m not talking about big sister who was a tremendous help, who isn’t really a big help even though he tries to be. I decided against tearing apart anything to clean as it would most likely end up in a total disaster which is how I’d describe my house at the moment.

Continue reading Weekend Wrap Up: June 10, 2018

Is Cleaning Bad For Your Health?

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If you’ve been following along with my blog you know that I have been making changes around the house. These changes have not only been with the decluttering but also many personal changes and changes to benefit my family.

One of the biggest things I have been implementing is to bring in more natural cleaners and products into our home and getting rid of those toxin filled cleaners that so many of us use everyday. There have been so many studies and articles, like this one here, that talk about just how dangerous these cleaners are. One of these articles, click here to read, even compared daily exposure to cleaners to being as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!

Wow! That’s so crazy but it makes me glad that I’ve been making some of the changes that I have. I know that when three of my kids first came into my life they were all on allergy, asthma, and/or ADHD medications. I had even been instructed, by the caseworker, of what to do in case of an asthma attack as well. I was scared to death as I’ve never had a child with asthma. Fortunately we never had any asthma attacks and  within the first year or two they were all off of their medications and now they don’t take any medications on a regular basis.

It seemed that many of their allergy/asthma problems had come from cleaning, or the lack of cleaning in their previous home, and the chemicals in the products that they were being exposed too when the cleaning did happen. 

I know the use of essential oils has really helped out a lot here in our home as well. I love my Simply Earth subscription and I am constantly looking up and researching new uses for them and new recipes to use for my family and around the house. I’ve probably mentioned oils to all of my friends and family and I know some of them have started dabbling in the oils as well.

Y’all also know how much I love my cleaning and hygiene products that I get from Grove Collaborators and The Honest Company but money has been a bit tight here lately as I’ve had some doctor bills to pay off. I haven’t had a lot of extra money coming in either as I really haven’t felt much like blogging or promoting anything. So when a friend of mine told me about a shopping club that offers a 30-50% discount on supplies, that I am already buying, I was interested. When I found out that this company had over 400 all natural products, including essential oils, that are made right here in the USA I was really interested and decided to check it out.

I’m sure that I’ll be sharing some of these products with you all soon as I’ve placed my first order just today. I placed an order for the ‘customer favorites’ so I can get a variety of different products to try. I’m excited to see how these compare to what I’ve been using. Being able to make a ‘one stop shop’ was so convenient as well and if I like these products this will save me money in the future too. The company has been in business for over 30 years and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Can’t beat that. Not to mention that they also have several other ‘perks’ for preferred customers. (Right now, through June 30, 2018, I can help you sign up for only $1.00!)

Well, I’ve gotta go get some dinner started as the kids are starting to sound like ravenous T-Rexes and they are ready to eat just about anything in sight. I think we’ll be making some Oven Fried Chicken (not really healthy, I know), Vegetable Casserole, and maybe some ‘Smushed Taters‘ which is a new recipe I saw recently.

Hope you all are having a blessed day!

Silver Fox Squares: June 2018 Update

Just a little bit about what we’ve been up to this past month!

Silver Fox Squares Square Dance Club

Pictured – Front row left to right: Ellis Lindsey, Sheila Terhune, and Charles Pergrossi. Back row left to right: Ed Hauck, Shane ‘Little Bear’ Perez, and Ken ‘Silver Fox’ Perez.

Another great month for our square dance clubs.

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The Silver Stars have had many great visitors from area clubs like the Dixie Dancers in Lake City and the Salty Bobbers in Steinhatchee. On May 12th we also had local callers and a cuer in the hall along with caller, Sheila Terhune, from Indiana. Then on May 26th they held a Memorial Dance where some of the dancers got together to earn a Mummy Dangle by wrapping the caller in toilet paper and festive red and blue streamers. The Salty Bobbers also held a banner raid and took the club banner back home with them.

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Living Room Kleaning Missions: Weekly Wrap Up

Oh my what a week! We definitely didn’t make as much progress as I had thought we would but that’s ok. Our house and family has benefited from what we have done and it shows.

If you missed the mid week progress you can check it out here.

This post does contain a lot of screen shots from Pinterest. Feel free to check out my boards to find the links to these posts. There may also be a few affiliate links sprinkled throughout the post as well.

Day 3

Part of the lack of progress is my pure lack of motivation/laziness. Not to mention my recent obsession with Pinterest. If you follow me then you know what I’m talking about. So many ideas!

I am also a planner. I like to know what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, and how I’m doing it. When you have limited space (with a lot of stuff) it’s especially important when to think things through before rearranging and moving things around.

I’ve been obsessed with a couple of projects and I have a notebook full of ideas and sketches. A big part of the day was spent trying to figure out how to re-purpose some items we currently have into a new area. I’m hoping to be posting about this project in a few weeks. Continue reading Living Room Kleaning Missions: Weekly Wrap Up

Finding My Motivation When The Pep Talks Don’t Work

It’s another semi gloomy day here. Yesterday I wrote a post about what we had accomplished last week. While I was happy with what we had accomplished I was hoping that we had been able to get more done but I just didn’t have the gumption to do anything more over the weekend.

Then comes this morning. I laid in bed trying to find some motivation but it just wasn’t coming. I really felt pretty lazy today and the kids did too so I let them sleep in a bit. I crawled back in bed after getting dressed which didn’t help my motivation at all.

Finally after trying to give myself some pep talks about how much better I’d feel once I got a couple things done I managed to roll out of bed and head to the kitchen. I made a cup of coffee and fixed everyone some French Toast for breakfast.

Then it was off to start on chores. I really didn’t feel like doing any of those either. I pulled out my phone and started checking off my tasks on my FlyLady app.

One of my first tasks was to do my morning reading. I’m not sure where or when I got this book but it has been very helpful for various situations that I have dealt with lately.

Then it was off to the bedroom to fix the bed and gather the dirty laundry that had accumulated over the weekend while I was sick. Immediately I felt defeated because of how my room looked.

Even though I had spent the better part of last week in this room it really didn’t look like it this morning. I spent about 10 minutes and had the room tidied back up and put away EVERYTHING that didn’t belong, including the vacuum cleaner.

This past month’s missions have been a big effort to get all like items together in the same area. This goal is still a work in progress but it is coming along and we are seeing some great results. Just realizing this was a bit of a motivator to get me up and going.

With a load of laundry in the wash I set about getting to the other items on the list like cleaning the bathroom. Boy did it need a good cleaning! I also filled the oil diffusers and that in itself improved a lot. By this time it was almost time for lunch which was some leftover hamburgers and pasta salad from yesterday.

I went ahead and put some chicken thighs and Italian dressing in the crockpot for dinner later. I pulled out a box of Success Quinoa I had received as a trial and pulled out some frozen rolls so they could rise. With dinner taken care of I set about taking care of some of the weekly and monthly tasks on my list like wiping out the fridge and microwave and then cleaning the AC filters.

My morning was gone and my list still had quite a bit of tasks to complete so I finished the most important ones and then off to tackle a couple of missions in the Main Room.

I still wasn’t completely motivated to tackle any new missions though so I took a quick break. The kids and I stepped out to the porch to feed the fish. We really do enjoy watching the fish and the turtles come up to nibble on the bread. After a few minutes I headed out to the wash shed to swap a load of laundry and then the rain started again.

Just a quick break was what I needed before starting in the Main Room.Instead of looking at the whole room, which serves as a living room/dining room/home school area/and more, I am going to break it down into smaller sections like I did with the kitchen. Hopefully that will help me get this room organized and more functional for us.

I also know that our upcoming project will help out with the way this room functions as well so just thinking about that does give me a little bit of the motivation I am so desperately needing. Check back in later this week for a review of the progress we’ve made and some of the activities we’ve done this week.

Praying you all have a blessed week!

My self pep talks may not have worked as well as I’d hoped but I did get up and get started. I really don’t know why this decluttering/cleaning has been so hard for me lately but I’m determined to get it done.

If something just doesn’t seem to motivate you then find a way to make it easier. Once you get started then you’ll feel better about finishing the task at hand.

Bedroom Kleaning Missions and More Rain

Hey y’all! It’s me again. I’m a little late getting this out, as usual here lately.

Last week was mostly spent organizing the Master Bedroom. One day’s mission was to clean out from under the bed. This was a little scary as I have quite a bit stored under there.

Before I could start under the bed I had to replace the light bulb in the ceiling fan. I wanted to have plenty of light just in case there were any sneaky critters hiding under there. After finding a snake at the door that leads out to the dock in this room I wouldn’t have been surprised to have found one under there.

This wasn’t an easy task as I couldn’t reach it very easily. My solution is not one I recommend but it did the job.

Continue reading Bedroom Kleaning Missions and More Rain

Cabin Fever

WARNING: This post is probably one of my whiniest, depressing, and just gloomy posts ever!

I think we’ve all heard of Cabin Fever but maybe you haven’t really ever had to deal with it. I know the term gets thrown around here and there but actually experiencing it is no fun at all.  It is described as:

cab·in fe·ver

noun

NORTH AMERICANinformal
noun: cabin fever
  1. irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.

Well, this past week and weekend I have had a horrible case of it even though winter has passed. (I’ve also come down with a bit of a cold after taking the boys to the doctor and I haven’t felt very well.) It has been raining, raining, and raining like crazy and we’ve been stuck in the house quite a bit.

Then when we do go out we are usually headed to a dance and dodging mud puddles with dance shoes and crinolines on is not a whole lot of fun.  (I don’t really know why it has been so bad right now as I’ve spent many a week or more snowed in when we lived up north and I don’t ever remember dealing with Cabin Fever to this extreme.) Continue reading Cabin Fever

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