Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Exercise: It's A Whole New World

A couple of weeks ago while I was exercising on my treadmill, I watched a t.v. show on how to survive a shark attack. I really feel as if I could totally survive one if I am attacked the next time I am on the treadmill.

Bring it, Mr. Great White.

Another day I was watching Project Runway while exercising again on my treadmill and I totally planned my entire new Fall clothing line, and I am positive that you all would totally buy it, too.

The day after that I was watching Gordon Ramsey trying to rehabilitate a hotel and I redecorated all the rooms and got busy planning my menu.

One day I watched Leverage and realized that I could totally bypass a laser security system using only gum and aluminum foil. I mean, it's not like I don't have some already in the cupboard.

Another day I sobbed my way through a Lifetime movie and encouraged some poor woman not to give up, promised her that love was on its way and that she just needed to believe me and hang on.

Today I watched NCIS and I seriously don't know how they manage to solve any crimes without me!!!!!!

I can hardly wait to see what tomorrow's exercise is going to bring.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

We've been working around the house, painting, staining and touching things up around here. By "we" I mean my husband, lol!

He pressure washed the decks, both the front and back deck and the one off the sunroom, and stained/sealed them as well. He's also painting the railings white again. There's nothing like freshly repainted white railings!

He also went to work on cutting down some of the overgrown bushes in the backyard. I'm telling you, the man is a machine.

The funny thing is, we have a ton of windows in this house, and I could see him working, as well as hear him (and sometimes SMELL him......well, the paint......not him.....)

When you see someone working so hard, it's kind of difficult to just sit there and play on facebook or pinterest or your blog. Not impossible, just hard, mind you.....

As a result, I've been pretty busy this week too. I didn't do a lot of big stuff, just a lot of little stuff that I've been putting off.

Such as going through the bookcase and seeing what books I can get rid of. Gathering up all the bags/boxes of donations that have been lying around for weeks and FINALLY dropping them off at Goodwill.

Matching the 4,352 lone socks and actually putting them into matched pairs. Even socks need a friend, you know. Doing something with the stack of picture frames that were just looking for a wall to call home. De-dogging the furniture.

Laundry, because there will ALWAYS be laundry.

Hanging my winter coat in the closet. I think that coat has been hanging over the dining room chair since last March? You think I'm kidding, don't you?

I won't list everything that I did, but it feels good to get some things done that I've been putting off, even if they're little things. What little thing have you been putting off that you can do? Do it today and make your home sing.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Do You Really Need Four Potato Peelers?

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Do you ever question why you do things a certain way in your home? Do you put something in a drawer or on a wall and know that it will still be there ten or fifteen years from now? Do you ever rethink your storage solutions and ask yourself if it's working for you now?

Oftentimes we will move into our new home and start unpacking things and putting them in cupboards and drawers and on shelves, or someone will do it for us. We're doing it in a flurry of unpacking and not even necessarily thinking about what we're doing. Not much, anyway. We're just putting things away in whatever drawer or cupboard looks good.

And we'll just leave them there. Forever.

Even if we don't like the way the kitchen functions as time goes on, we might not be willing to go to all the "trouble" to take things out of the cupboards and drawers and move them around so that it works better for us.

Instead, we may just suffer the daily annoyance of not being able to find anything when we need it because the drawer is messy, or not having things within easy reach when we are cooking or baking, or needing a spice or utensil, etc.

Some things I am willing to store outside of the kitchen, because I don't use them very often. For example, the turkey platter. I only use it a couple of times a year so I am unwilling to take up valuable kitchen storage and store it elsewhere.

But, as the years go by our wants, needs, finances and lifestyle and even the number of people in our family can change, and sometimes we need to rethink what we're doing and how we're living. We need to evaluate how we're using, storing and adding to our stuff.

We also need to rethink whether we need that stuff as children get older and outgrow certain stages, or grow up and move out altogether. After my kids outgrew the bottle stage I always kept a few extra on hand in case a visitor ever needed one.

I kept a few extra baby bottles in my kitchen for about 17 years, and in all that time I only had one person who needed to borrow one of mine because she forgot to bring one. (She had the formula but forgot the bottle) For 17 years I took up valuable storage space storing those bottles, just in case someone needed to borrow one.

Storing something "just in case" is nice, but do you have the room? Storing your supplies the same way you've always done it is comforting and easy, but what if it's not the best way? Doing it a certain way or storing something a certain way "because mom did" can really make decisions easier. But what if mom's way isn't the best way for you?

Let me ask you a question. What dish, utensil, appliance or item do you have that you have never used, or haven't used in years? Why are you keeping it?

Does it make you feel like a "real" homemaker if you have one? Was it a gift or have sentimental ties? Are you keeping it because you have absolutely no idea what it does and you're afraid to get rid of it? Are you hoping that maybe you will use it someday? Are you keeping it "just in case?"

This week make your home sing by making sure your kitchen or another living area is working for you now. Maybe you've changed over the years and it's no longer functional. Look at what you're storing in those living areas. Do you really need four potato peelers? Make that furniture or those utensils and appliances earn the right to remain in your home!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: What Are Your Priorities?

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

If your husband, roommate, mother, children or best friend set your priorities for you today, what would they have you do first? Second? Third?

It's amazing how our priorities can be totally different. I am pretty sure that checking facebook first thing in the morning would not be on my husband's list of priorities for me.

I have to admit that if I were to set HIS priorities for him, I probably wouldn't even think to list "make coffee" as a priority, because I am not a coffee drinker, but my husband IS and he loves his coffee first thing in the morning.

If my kids set my priorities for me, I imagine that "dinner" would rank pretty high up on the list. I don't think "blogging" would be on their list at all, as they don't do it and wouldn't think about it.

Conflicts arise when we have our priorities and someone we work with or live with have their list of priorities that they think are important. Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and had to agree what tourist attractions to go to?

Laundry can be a very high priority to my husband when he's the one running out of socks, but it can be a very low priority for me if I've been wearing flip flops a lot.

Dinner can be a very high priority to my husband or kids when they have to leave the house that evening to go somewhere, it can be a very low priority to me if I'm not in a time crunch. After all, I can eat anytime, right?

Cleaning can be a very high priority to me if we have company coming over or I'm just tired of "this mess," it can be a very low priority to my kids when they're tired after working all day/evening and just want to rest.

Once, when the kids were little, I asked my husband what was important to him when he came home at night. He said that he liked coming home and having us greet him and be happy to see him.

All that time I thought that coming home to a clean house and the smell of dinner cooking was #1 on his list of priorities. But no, he wanted a warm and loving welcome. The other two things were nice, but what he really wanted was to know that he was missed.

After that I tried to make sure that we met him at the door if at all possible. I would talk to them about it before he came home so that we'd be ready to greet him at the door.

Sometimes all I could do was pop my head around a corner with a wiggly baby and a diaper in my hand. Sometimes all I could manage was a "Hi sweetie! Welcome home" with a spoon in my hand as I ran back to stir the pot and urged the kids to go greet daddy.

Sometimes he came home to tears: mine, the childrens', or all of us, lol! But the point is, I asked him his priorities and tried to let him know that they were important to me. In turn, he knew that a clean house was important to ME and he tried to pick up after himself and assist me with helping the kids do it too.

So, what are your priorities this week? What are the priorities of your husband, children, family? Are you able to make their priorities YOUR priorities sometimes?

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Hey everyone! I wanted to go ahead and get the meme up. Sorry it took so long, I forgot. Haven't been feeling well.

Y'all post such great links and I figured it would give me something to read when I feel better too, lol! Be sure and visit one another's links!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!