Home In Progress

After our move last fall, we began adding our own personal touches to our new home. This actually works out perfectly at our house, because I love to change things up, and my husband always has to have a project to keep him busy, or he gets bored! And fortunately for both of us, he is great at remodeling! So here are just a few changes we have made: 20130914_111902wpid-20140421_163351.jpg

 

So, I don’t know if you noticed, but in the before photo on the left, the house still had the old brass outdoor light fixture next to the garage door. And, oddly, there was only the one light. Which, to me, seemed really unbalanced. And then the air vent at the top of the garage had never been painted. It had yellowed with age, and was just a little drab. So, our first order of business was to buy two new black light fixtures, and paint the vent to match the shutters. Voila! More curb appeal!

 

We also needed to add a fence to the backyard, because our beloved Kramer, needed a place to safely play in his new surroundings! Before, there was an old, farm-like,wire fence. We had the new white picket installed. (I always wanted a white picket fence!)

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Moving inside, one of our larger undertakings was the fireplace facade. We knew we didn’t really care for the black tile surround from the beginning. It just didn’t seem to match  personality of the room. So Mr. Wonderful decided that as soon as we stopped using the fireplace, he would tear into it. Of course, it was a never ending, no good, very bad winter. So we used the fireplace a lot! But as soon as the weather broke, the work began! Thanks to Lowe’s, we only have about $250 in the entire new facade!

Here are a few pictures of the progress, from beginning to end:

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Original facade

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Tile Removed!

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New painted wood frame.

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Marble Floor, White Trim, DIY Black Mesh Screen Front!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s just some of what we’ve been up to. There is much, much, more. More remodeling landscaping, running, biking, menopause,a baby shower, and our son’s trip to China, just to name a few! Lots to write about; I’d better get started!

Have you been remodeling or landscaping lately? I’d love to hear and see what you’ve been up to! Please share!

It’s Currently Time!

I love this part of my week! It forces me to take time to sit and think about what I’ve been doing recently. And it give me the opportunity to share with you, and you with me!

I’m Currently

Reviewing: Lots of fantastic products and companies! My latest review is for ENERGYbits, and you can read all about how I’ve started using these little “bits of food” (algae) to energize me for my runs. I’ll be taking the last of my sample provided by ENERGYbits tomorrow before participating in a 5k. Wish me luck!
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And I promise, very soon, I’ll be reviewing my beauty subscription service, Birchbox!
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Wishing: My house would sell quickly! I’m so ready to move to town!

Our home

Our home

Eating: Fresh Produce! I love summer! My own square foot garden, the farmers market, and even the grocers have great tasting fresh berries!
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Carrying: My iPad! Yes, it’s an obsession. And I’m okay with that!

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Running: Wow, this one’s easy. I’m running a lot now, and loving it. God has sent me two beautiful women to run with for the summer at least. This has breathed new life into my attitude and motivation. We encourage one another and spur each other on to greatness. Well, our own form of greatness! I’m scheduled to run a 5k in the morning, my second of the season. At the beginning of 2013 I set a goal of participating in six timed events this year! I’m a little behind, but I’m confident I will be able get them all in! I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength! (Philippians 4:13)
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Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d like to start running with me, consider this your invitation! Hope you enjoyed all the photos today! See you all next week!

My Crazy, Blessed Life!

So maybe you’ve been wondering where I’ve been. And then again, maybe you haven’t missed me at all. Either way, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening in my crazy, blessed life!
All kinds of blogging ideas have been running through my head: I want to write a review for my favorite beauty subscription service, Birchbox.
I think I have found a running buddy. At least for the summer. I need to write a post about that.
Oh, and I also belong to the subscription service called Naturebox. I get these fabulous healthy treats delivered to my door once a month! I need to write a review about that too.
Then there’s the Brad Paisley concert tickets I won! Can’t wait to tell you all about that!
And food. All of the glorious food! I can’t begin to tell you how many photos I have of recipes, dinners out in great restaurants, and some of our get-togethers.

You see, I have a lot to write about. And it always seems like I’m in the shower and I think, “Oh! I need to write a blog post about this!” Especially when I’m using my Olay total effects seven in one body wash. I think, I need to tell people about how great this stuff is! Then, of course, the second I step out of my shower, life begins again.

In the middle of all of these great blogging ideas, my husband and I have decided to put our house on the market. Stop. That’s right. For sale. You want to talk about crazy. We have lived in the same home for 30 years. Raised our kids here, hosted numerous friends and family get-togethers, remodeled, upgraded, built an outdoor fireplace and patio, and created more memories than this aging mind can recount. It’s the only home we’ve ever known. We are truly blessed. But our kids are grown now, and we feel its time to downsize and move closer to the city. Thus, the cleaning, decluttering, painting, fixing, donating, craziness has begun! It’s been a little overwhelming, both emotionally and physically. This is what has been taking up the majority of my time. We just listed the house last week, and have had our first showing. We have also begun scouring the neighborhoods and the Internet for a new home. I’ve been praying a lot. Now it’s in God’s hands! He knows if the timing is right or not. And He knows who needs to love our home next. I’m trusting Him.

For now, I’m going to post some random photos of some of the things I mentioned earlier. I hope you enjoy them. Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorites! Oh, and if you’d like, you can say a prayer for my husband and me and our home! Thanks, and talk with you all again soon! Hope you are having a great week! May your summer be as crazy and blessed as mine! Or at least as blessed!

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You Can Do Anything…

Are you ready? You can do anything…for fifteen minutes! Do you need to declutter, organize, or maybe even do some purging? I want to share some easy ideas to help you tackle some home projects that perhaps you have been putting off. Have you ever heard of flight plans, hot spots, detailed cleaning, missions, zones, morning and before bed routines, Anti-procrastination day? Are you living in Chaos (can’t have anyone over syndrome)? Well allow me to introduce you to http://www.flylady.net. Aka, The Fly Lady! I discovered The Fly Lady several years ago, and have been living with some of her principles ever since. But be warned: You may become obsessed, overwhelmed, or just downright organized!

I, personally, have been all of the above. I’ve had a shiny sink, laid out my clothes the night before, and gotten dressed down to my sneakers! It’s all on the Fly Lady website!

I want to share two Fly Lady principles with you today:

1)You can do anything for fifteen minutes. I have used this both myself, and to motivate my kids to clean their toys/rooms. Even homework. I would set a timer for fifteen minutes, and when the timer went off, we either took a break, or stopped all together. I encourage you to try it yourself, especially when faced with a less than desirable task, say, cleaning out a closet, or washing windows! It works for cleaning, studying, or exercise! You can even put in your earbuds and listen to your favorite tunes.
2)  The 27 Fling Boogie! This is a quick and easy method of decluttering. It actually makes a game out of tossing out your stuff! You simply go around your house and find 27 items to get rid of. I end up with a donate pile and a trash pile. Well, I don’t have a literal trash pile; that stuff just gets thrown into the trash can! You can do this anyway you want-it’s your house! I have gone around and found 27 pieces of paper to throw away before. Today, I did the 27 Fling Boogie twice. The first time, I took things only from my kitchen area. Here’s a picture of my 27 items.

Kitchen 27 Fling Boogie!

Kitchen 27 Fling Boogie!

And here’s the list: 2 Coke glasses and 3 cookbooks going to the recycling center trading post for someone else to enjoy. 5 plastic plant thingies I kept thinking I would use. That’s not gonna happen. They are recyclable, so they went into the recycle bin. 12 round seed decorations I’ve had forever. You can probably see dust on them. 3 wine corks. Really? And 2 candy boxes that have been in the cabinet for years. Obviously not using them. Those last 17 items went in the trash! And there you have it. 27 kitchen items, gone.

Next, I decided to just do a random run thru the house picking up miscellaneous stuff that needed to go. This almost always includes clothing, and today was no different. Here’s the picture.

27 Fling Boogie: Random House Stuff

27 Fling Boogie: Random House Stuff

And here’s the list: One box of the wrong coffee filters. Why was I keeping those? One blouse and one skirt of mine, plus one shirt of my husband’s. One old fingernail polish, one old room spray, one pack of candy molds, one buckwheat neck travel pillow, one drawstring bag, (we have several of these, oddly), three magazines, and 15 of those corn cob holders! Sorry, we eat our corn on the cob with our hands. I know, so undignified! Again, some being donated, some in the trash, and I recycle the magazines by sharing them with my mom and sister! And just like that, another 27 items gone!

So, just like at church, you may be wondering, “What’s the take away?”  I just want to encourage you when faced with any task that maybe you’ve been putting off, or just can’t get motivated to do, to remember that You can do anything for fifteen minutes . And if you’re looking around the house and thinking, “I have too much stuff”, have fun by doing The 27 Fling Boogie! Be sure to come back here and share with me what you decided to fling!