{home & garden} just a little project…a few books

In the spirit of doing “just a little project”.

Something that has bugged me to no end is the TV in our bedroom. I know there are 2 sides of the fence for whether or not a TV needs to be in the bedroom. For us, it’s a necessity. Our bedroom serves as the only real place we can escape to be alone, and honestly, there is nothing quite like taking a hot shower, putting on your comfy clothes, and crawling into bed with a cup of hot chocolate (or a piece of cake) and catching up on “your shows”.

So yes, there is a TV in our bedroom.

Now that I’ve explained why there is one.  I need to explain why it bugs me. We used to have a small one that I could conceal the TV “stuff” with design books, plants, etc. Then we changed to AT&T’s UVerse, and our little TV couldn’t show the HD channels (which our master DVR was set for) so all the shows were as big as a pin and you couldn’t see them.

So Hubs bought a new TV.

A big one.

He says it was on sale.

But I think he’s planning on hiding in our room from the kids so he can watch Sunday football…

All this meant I was having a lot of trouble “disguising” the receiver box for the DVR (since there wasn’t as much room on top of the cabinet anymore). Until it dawned on me to stack it on smaller books.

My tip for you is that the change doesn’t need to be big to be effective.  Change in itself is always good!

{home & garden} Just a little project

My life over the past few years has been super limited on time, and at times overwhelming (I know I’m preaching to the choir.)

Recently, I was talking with a good friend, and we both admitted that we felt caught in the “function” of the day more and more. Meaning we go through the motions, but we just feel like we’re walking through mud sometimes. Not to say the day is a bad day, just the routine coupled with the daily stress (whatever yours may be) takes the light hearted fun out of things. Which can make it more difficult to feel good about doing, well, anything.

All of that is to say, I gave myself a goal last week.

The goal was to do 1 small project everyday.

It did not mean I needed to clean out my entire closet….but it could mean to clean out 1 shelf and refold the items on that shelf.

It did not mean to go through all of the girls clothes in 1 day to figure out what needed to be passed down, given to Goodwill, or stored…but it could mean sort through the hanging items for 1 girl at a time.

It did not mean clean out every cabinet in my kitchen….but it could mean clean out 1 cabinet or 1 shelf at a time.

Here’s an example:

Addie & Hay took a rare moment to play baby dolls together in their room.  Piper was hanging with me in the kitchen while I made dinner.

I gave her a baby wipe to entertain her for a sec (she likes to clean off the cabinets!)

Dinner had 13 minutes left on the timer, and the spice cupboard is next to the stove. This cabinet may not look bad to you, but honey was mysteriously stuck all over the shelf and the spices were all out of order making it more than difficult to find something quickly.

In about 7 minutes I had taken everything out, wiped the shelf down, alphabetized it, and put it all back together. I also found out that I had 4 bottles of Thyme, 3 bottles Sesame Seeds, and 3 bottles of Oregano(all 1/2 full)…apparently I really WAS having trouble finding spices in there!

All the while Piper stayed busy cleaning, dinner kept cooking, and Addie & Hay played with their baby dolls.

Other small projects???

…clean the forks & knives drawer, & wash out the divider tray while the kids eat lunch.

…update photos in frames 1 room at a time (not the whole house at once).

…while kids are playing, sort toys for Goodwill from 1 toy basket, not all of them at the same time.

…make a list of labels you want to make 1 day, type them the next day, stick em on the next day.

I also did not tell myself it needed to be a 15 minute small project, which in away gave me “permission” to keep going on something if life seemed to work at that moment (kids happy, I had the energy, nothing else was pulling at my leg…).

You know what?!!

I FELT SO MUCH BETTER at the end of the week.  The weight of some of those little projects all added up to a REALLY BIG WEIGHT on back.  Even if none of them were life altering, my brain was a little clearer and free, which in turn made me feel more creative again, which makes me a happier person.

So I guess what I’m saying is, give yourself a break sometimes, but not to sit and stress about the WHOLE to do list.  Instead, give yourself a break to be ok doing “Just doing a little project”.  In the end, it all adds up to a lot!

Most importantly, A LOT HAPPIER Mommy!

{home & garden} yet another gold star! Giveaway!

So we return from being away for a month…..and the kids seem stuck on the fact that we should be on an airplane. Like it’s TOTALLY normal to just walk outside and get on a plane everyday.  So the other night as the kids said they were playing “airplane” and needed to pack a “few things” in their “vacation boxes”, neither Hubs nor I batted an eye….


We shoulda.

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{Home & Garden} Baking Soda, more than a pretty face

So last check in with Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge I got to share a fab s’more cookie recipe.…one where we can all say “Thank You!!” to Baking Soda for it’s existance and ability to give us yummy cookies!

But here’s the thing…did you know all the OTHER stuff that baking soda can actually do??

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{Home & Garden} A multi-tasking dryer sheet & GIVEAWAY!

I’ve talked about using Arm & Hammer Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets
to help with your linen storage, and also here. And also share the tip I learned about cutting them in half can save a few pennies in your budget without sacrificing. But did you know there are a multitude of ways you can use dryer sheets? I really do love when one product can multi task for so many others…or when it as an unexpected hidden talent.

I was really curious what else Arm & Hammer Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets (which of course would apply to almost any dryer sheet) would do, so I did what any self respecting mom would do, I Googled my question and found lots of very helpful ideas….

Here are some of my most favorite:

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{Home & Garden} Cost Savings Tip

Cost savings.  Everyone wants to save, right? I would personally rather use my extra dollars for lattes or margaritas rather than laundry detergent, but that’s just me.

A few weeks ago I read this post with a great cost savings tip…get ready for this, it’s big…

Cut your dryer sheets in half.

Told ya, big! OK, maybe not big, but a very smart idea.  And since we’ve been talking about dryer sheets and I know I’m always in a hurry and always trying to multi task, and before I know it I’ve pulled 5 dryer sheets from the box and thrown them in the dryer. Why? Because it was easier than slowing down and just grabbing one. I mean in the grand scheme of things does an extra sheet or two REALLY matter?

Well yes, yes it does.

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{Home & Garden} Linen Storage Tips ~ GIVEAWAY!

I love the laundry tips that you have all been sharing over the past few weeks! Definitely a plus to being a part of Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge! If you’ve missed any laundry room tips, you can find them both in the posts and comments, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!

A couple recent ones that I thought were both cute & good ideas…

Miranda shared: “My favorite way to get my kids to help with the laundry is by showing her how to make bubbles out of laundry detergent as a reward for helping me do the laundry.”

{I have got to try this! It sounds so fun!}

Melissa shared: “My three year old LOVES to put the clothes in the washer and then press the buttons to start the washer and dryer!”

{I agree, Hayden loves this too, then when she’s not looking I hit the “child lock” button so she can’t undo anything or try to take anything out… you might end up with this on your hands…}

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{Home & Garden} Arm & Hammer Essentials

Here we go with the next Arm & Hammer Switch & Save Challenge product.  Has anyone checked out The Switch & Save Challenge page?  There are some great bloggers working on this program with fabulous tips, tricks, advice and ideas. I’ve loved reading through every one’s reviews and thoughts. (You can also enter to win $25,000 there…just sayin’).

So have you ever tried Arm & Hammer Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets?  I had no idea Arm & Hammer had a fabric softener! Shows you how buried in my house I really am! But it makes sense…if you’re going to use their baking soda to help deodorize and eliminate unwanted smells, that they would also offer something to help things smell fresh.

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{Home & Garden} It’s a Laundry Room Keeper

So it’s week 4 and I’m still totally in love with Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Gel Laundry Detergent. I have not switched entirely, as old habits are hard to break, BUT, it IS a major player in my Laundry weapons / tips & tricks & tools! And has certainly earned a permanent spot on a Favorites list. Seriously, did you see these before and after photos??

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{Home & Garden} Laundry Room Favorites

Laundry. Love it or hate it, it’s in our lives to stay. At least until they bring about an iPad app to handle it for us, and I would BUY that app I assure you!

But until then, I’m just going to be happy with the little things that make this never ending task a little more pleasant!  I have been loving the FAVORITE tips you all shared from last week’s post…

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