Saving Money with Freezer Meals

save moneyToday’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Forget ~ Understand ~ Distant ~ Opal

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven. In the future I would love to get a double toaster, just hope it’s not the distant future. At least with the slow cooker you throw your food in, set the time and forget about it until it’s time to eat. Perhaps a second, smaller slow cooker might need to be bought. It would be nice to have a dessert being make while we prep and eat dinner. The tough part would be storage, with our already small kitchen and limited cabinets, where would we keep it? I always wanted one extra cabinet, but where would it go and how would we get it to match our faded, opal-colored cabinets?

We tried Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service. Since I was able to use a $40 referral credit it was more than worth it. After a week of yummy meals, we decided to use HelloFresh every four weeks. After three weeks of slow cooker meals, we will be treated to a week of new recipes. While it will cost us $35 a meal, which is far more than I would EVER pay for a meal, it is nice to try new recipes. We won’t have much leftovers and understand that it will require more meal prep on my part. In the end I love to cook and relish learning new recipes and ideas in our kitchen. Maybe

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PROS:

  • less money per meal
  • little to no prep time on day of meal
  • come home to a cooked meal
  • lots of leftovers

CONS:

  • gets boring after a while
  • if you don’t like you are stuck with lots of leftovers
  • lots of prep to get them into bags and in the freezer

Our normal weekly menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday leftovers
  • Tuesday slow cooker freezer meal
  • Wednesday leftovers
  • Thursday slow cooker freezer meal

Favorite slow cooker meals: 

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Slow Cooker Ginger Peach Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Honey Rosemary Chicken (SLOW COOKER) 
Creamy Mushroom Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Slow Cooker Lasagna (SLOW COOKER) 
Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Potatoes (SLOW COOKER) 

 

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PROS:

  • variety of meals
  • portion sizes are healthier
  • only get ingredients you need, so you are not stuck with unwanted ingredients that you will never use.
  • less time in grocery store
  • get new recipes and add them to my recipe bank

CONS:

  • more prep than I am used to
  • more money per person than I usually spend on a meal
  • leftovers only for one person, unable to spread out meals for the week

 

The week of Hello Fresh menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Tuesday leftovers
  • Wednesday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Thursday Hello Fresh meal 

Two recent Hello Fresh Meals

lemon grass beef stir fry  apricot glazed chicken

Apricot Glazed Chicken (HELLO FRESH MEAL)
Lemongrass Beef Stir-Fry (HELLO FRESH MEAL)

 

Here are some great resources for slow cooker meals.

Happy Money Saver http://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-meals/

Hello Glow http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

Buzzfeed 24 Dump Dinners http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/crock-pot-dump-dinners?utm_term=.uup2MNJ6a

Thirty HandMade Days http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2015/08/31-crockpot-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights/

The Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

 

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Organizing His Bedroom


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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

umbrella ~ puddles ~ washer ~ mop ~ mess ~ bath
They were submitted by: http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com 

There is a tendency for Anthony to throw his toys all over his room. He likes to make a mess, as long as he cleans it up I don’t care. We had to move some furniture around, remove a play kitchen and taller dresser, and add two tall book shelves (only $10 each) at a garage sale.

Now he has more room to play, but doesn’t like to play in his room alone. He’s going through a phase right now and is scared of being alone. He likes to have one of us in there with him, as an umbrella of safety.

I told AJ if is table is clear, I would have no problem with letting him eat and drink in his room. As long as he doesn’t spill anything. I don’t want to have a piles of food and puddles of water all over. It would be a huge pain to clean and mop it all up. At least all his clothes can all be thrown in the washer and he can be given a bath.

Someone said I should prank him for April Fool’s Day by removing turning some furniture around, but I don’t believe in mean pranks on that day. Besides it would be hard work for me to do it, then fix it all.

Eventually I’d love to get him a bunk bed with an office and storage underneath. If we need an extra bed, we can buy a blow up mattress and only take it out when needed.

Since we took out the tall dresser, I put all his clothes in the the closet. His pajamas and underagarmetns are in teh dresser with sheets and pillow cases. All pants and sweatshirts are in the sweater organizer. Jackets, coats, hoodies, and all types of shirts are hanging in order in the closet. This way he can see everything and decide what he wants to wear

In his room he has a spot for…

  • all his cars
  • hanging basket for stuffed animals
  • bookshelves for books
  • bookshelf for art supplies
  • rolling cart for Legos, which can be moved around, see this post
  • basket for imagination toys

In his closet he has space for…

  • his Star Wars toys
  • all sorts of figures
  • dinosaurs
  • guns and swords
  • sparring gear for karate
  • overnight bag

His closet seems messy, but it’s organized. I could probably use a larger rolling cart for the closet to store his figures and dinosaurs. I’ll just  had that to list “when we have extra money”.

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Small, But Spacious

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

tendency ~ maneuvre ~ rainbow ~ legitimate reason ~ apple slices ~ prank
They were submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/

I’m going to stick to talking about our small apartment, making it work, and updating and organizing our place in the Use Your Words Posts. This will make it a fun challenge.

We decided to stay in the small space, thought our lease is not up until the end of the summer. Yes, we have legitimate reasons to stay, you can read them all in the previous post, Do We Stay or Do We Go? Unless a decision is made for us, we are staying and making it work.

With a small space there is a tendency to just have everything at your reach, out all the time. When that happens, things get easily cluttered and messy. It’s a habit I have fell into time and time again, though hubby doesn’t help. While I love him dearly, he tends to want to keep everything, which is why we have too many things.

Yes, if we put everything away and everything has a spot you will have to maneuver things around to get the one thing we want. That is a small price to pay for a clean and spacious feel.

My parents, even though I protested, bought us new rugs, blinds, curtains, and a bathroom mirrored cabinet. While I can’t have a rainbow of dark colored walls and bright accents, the maroon curtains add the color that is much needed in our place. Even the one in the kitchen (which we tied to the blinds so they go us and down with the blinds) looks darn cool. The multi-colored rug blends with the couches and curtains and makes the place feel roomier.

Hubby often gets mad now because I won’t let him accumulate or hang things anywhere he wants. He says I’m being a witch and I just remind him that I worked damn hard to make this place clean and organized. He needs to show me he cares and respects me by following those rules. I know I am cruel and sort of pranking him when I take things he left out and leave them on the bed or dresser. I just refuse to see clutter in the neat kitchen.

I have a crazy routine in the morning, but when I am done I make sure I leave the kitchen clean and organized. I expect the same when I come home from working all day. I mean how would he like it if I left the apple slicer and discarded apple slices on the counter to for him to clean along with the dirty food processor, pots, and dishes?

Next few posts I’ll show you AJ’s updated room, how I am making my 333 wardrobe capsule work in my closet, and my morning routine and how I still leave a clean kitchen.

Now onto the organization. The clean and organized kitchen. yes, I need to decide how to use those hanging baskets or get rid of them. That is our whole kitchen, but everything has a place.

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With the new rugs and dining table out of the way, the small apartment looks more spacious.  A long run from the kitchen to the living room makes the place look longer. The new rug is a low pile which makes both AJ’s and Bonus’ toys roll and fly on the rug with more speed.

Yes, we have to pull out the table each time we need to get into the basement, which holds all our office and household supplies. We moved AJ’s art organizer to the basement door to cover it’s non-appealing door and give color and joy while we eat.

I have no problem moving the table near the kitchen or in the middle of the living room if we need have lots of people over. Between the table and some hidden folding tables we could entertain lots of people.

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There is even room for AJ to place his Lego board on the table. It’s a tight squeeze getting it through the door, but we can turn it sideways if all the pieces are securely on there.

Next to AJ you can see our tower of towels. We ditched our bulky wicker baskets that were falling apart. This open shelf stores all our towels and has a cleaner look. It works that it’s close to the table, since our washcloths do double duty as napkins. I rather keep washing them then buying and throwing out paper ones. 

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Do We Stay or Do We Go?

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

one ~ without ~ two ~ stretch ~ three ~ result
They were submitted by: http://Bakinginatornado.com   

So, as we complete our fourth year renting our apartment we have to make a decision. Do we stay in a small 950 square foot apartment or do we try to look for something bigger and more expensive?

Sure with only one child it is easier to live in a small space, but we are making due without a bigger kitchen, bathroom, and playroom for AJ. Yes, we have two bedrooms, but, but we have limited room to stretch out and really find our own personal space. With three people and a dog it can get crazy and cramped, as a result I often want to crawl through a hidden portal and get away for a few moments. Now I REALLY wish there was a hidden portal in the bathroom. Maybe there is and my son and dog are checking to make sure I don’t find and use it.

My brother in law helped hubby and I reorganize our finances and plan for the future. Knowing we can save more if we stay put is a big factor, but there are MANY negative and positives of living small. On the flip side more space is nice, but is it worth it? I listed all the positives and negatives of staying or going. What do you think?

 

The positives:

  • CLOSE TO TOWN – There is no need to drive to events happening on main street. nearby stores, library, or movie theater. We can just walk there.
  • LESS POWER OUTAGES: In our location we have few power outages than those neighborhoods further away from main street
  • BIGGER DRIVEWAY: Makes it easier for company, parking, just hanging out, and having a barbecue
  • LESS RENT: The bigger the place, the more the rent. So having a smaller places keeps us from paying too much…which means more money in our savings.
  • BACKYARD: While it’s not level or private, it’s still there. We can still do a few things in the yard…gardening, digging… (any other ideas?)
  • STORAGE: Lots of storage. Though this is bad for hubby as he has over done it. We are going to have to work on cleaning some of it out!
  • LOWER LEVEL ENTRANCE: No stairs to go up and down. I remember when we lived in a condo with stairs. I had to lug a new-born AJ into a carrier and lug him across a parking lot, just for Balboa go out. Most times Balboa had to go out at the worst times. Now we just take Bonus right out the door, so much easier.
  • CLOSE TO AFTER SCHOOL PLACE: Next year he’ll finally be able to join the after school place near our apartment and his school. He can walk from his school to the club, then on nice days I can walk to pick him up. The walk will be great for all of us, including Bonus. This place is also open on half days, teacher PD days, and when the school is off for both winter and spring recess-perfect for working parents.

The Negatives:

  • LOUD AND RUDE RESTAURANT ON THE CORNER: At least in the summer we have an AC to block out the noise. In the winter, now with their fire pit they plan on getting, they can make incredible amounts of noise. It was so loud New Years Eve I can hear what the band members are saying between songs. NOT FAIR AT ALL. YES we have called the police, though the restaurant seems to get away with it. Strange, don’t you think?
  • SUCKS IN THE SNOW – When there’s a lot of snow, the road plows block the spot where we put our garbage cans making the cans overflow into our driveway…making it tough to get in our driveway. We are on a busy street, so stopping to move them is impossible. PLUS, snow gets piled up in our driveway making it difficult to turn our cars around in the witter. I HATE IT.
  • VERY SMALL; Yes it’s small for three people and a dog. One of which is a loud boy who likes to jump, run, and scream. At only 950 square feet it’s a challenge to make sure everyone has their own space.
    • Our kitchen is TINY and the door opens right into the kitchen. There is no hallway, the door literally opens and you are standing in the middle of the kitchen. having a door poking you in the back makes it annoying when cooking. A small kitchen means no storage or counter space at all
    • No play room for AJ. While AJ will play in his room some times, I don’t want to banish him to his room all the time. He wants to be with us and hang out in the living room..which makes a small space even tiny when filled with toys.
  • OLD APPLIANCES: Our fridge was replaced with a new one about a year ago which is lovely. The stove is going to break down soon, I just know it. The washer had to be repaired and I’m sure in the next few years both the washer and dryer will need to be replaced or at least repaired again.
  • BUSY ROAD WITH A STOP SIGN; We are on the corner of a busy road, right next to a stop sign. Which means cars either zooming by after making a turn onto our road or waiting in a long line to stop then go. That means it’s impossible to get out of the driveway most times. Seriously, people will very rarely let us go even when they are just waiting to sit at a stop sign.
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OUR TINY KITCHEN. Yes, that’s it. The fridge and door is out of the pic to the left. It looks messy, but I was getting ready for work and had everything all set to be prepped and bagged.

YES, I know the living room is messy, but at least it’s better than it usually is with AJ and all his toys.

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Now we have a long run from the kitchen to the living room. The round kitchen table is in front of the basement door (between the bedroom doors) and will only be taken out to a larger area if all three of us are eating.

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Having this long space now gives Anthony and Bonus to move around, run, and play…especially on cold winter days.

 

“We CAN try to find something bigger. I mean bigger is better, right?”

Positives of renting a BIGGER place:

  • MORE SPACE: AJ will have more room to play, spread out, and for privacy. Maybe even a second bathroom for guests and a spot for a pee pee pad for Bonus instead of taking her out in the middle of the night.
  • BIGGER KITCHEN: That would give me more counter space and a larger fridge. I could do more cooking, keep more fresh food on hand, and not feel cramped when cooking.
  • NO NOISY RESTAURANT: We could finally get away from that awful restaurant that makes too much noise.

Negatives of renting a BIGGER place:

  • MORE RENT: The rent will be higher, I mean what we are paying right now, is great and I don’t want to spend even more on rent (that goes into nothing) just for more space.
  • NEW SCHOOL???: Will AJ have to go to a new school? I rather stay put for four more years just so he can stay in the school he knows and loves. IF we have to move I rather wait till he starts middle school. Maybe by then we can find something we can afford and still stay in the same school zone…which will be bigger since there are only TWO middle schools as opposed to FIVE elementary schools.
    • On a note, two of those five middle schools are out of the questions. One Tony works in as a custodian and the other has the team who denied AJ any services while he was in day care as a three and four year old. I refuse to let them get their hands on him after the team at his current school is amazing.
  • TOO FAR FROM TOWN: We would have to start driving into town and parking in over-crowded lots. I know that doesn’t seem bad, but lately there are NO SPOTS anywhere.
  • UNKNOWNS: The evils you know are better than the evils you don’t know. We could have awful neighbors, more power outages, limited storage, terrible roads in the winter, or a horrible landlord.
  • MORE TO CLEAN: I hate cleaning as it is and feel like there’s too much even with our tiny place. Imagine how much there would be to clean in a bigger place?

 

“If we commit to staying, then we have to start living small instead of cramming big living into a small space.” 

IF we stay, we’ll need too…

  • REORGANIZE AJ’S ROOM AND CLOSET: I’m going to have to “lose” some of his toys he doesn’t play with or are broken or have missing pieces. I’m going to hang all his clothes in the closet (except for undergarments, socks and pjs). We’ll put that extra and now unused dresser in storage.
    • One less dresser means more room to play and spread out. Now that he is older, he can easily use a stool to get his clothes.
    • Down the road…when he starts middle school…I’d like to get him a bunk bed with a desk, chair, and dresser underneath. Right now, I can see him jumping off the bunk bed and breaking both his arms and legs.
  • KEEP FURNITURE OUT OF THE WAY WHEN NOT IN USE.  We have a basement and do use some of it for storage. Though it’s not furnished nor is it safe to hang out in for long periods of time. We use the back of the door and shelves at top for a makeshift pantry and catchall. I have moved the small round dining table that folds down on both sides near the door. We only move it out when we are eating. There is only one chair there, two are stacked up near another wall, and the fourth is in AJ’s room. We only move the table out when we need to eat or play board games. By having it against he wall, we now have a long path from the kitchen to the end of the living room.
  • TALLER ENTERTAINMENT STAND: The key to storage in a small apartment is building up not out. Therefore we will have to look into a taller entertainment stand. I don’t want to have more stuff, just know it will get everything up off the floor to give us more living space.
  • DOWNSIZE WARDROBE: Really downsize it.  I know there’s lots of tips on how to have a capsule wardrobe and I need to work on that when I’m on February break.

Any advice or suggestions?

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January Use Your Words

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Valued customer ~ New ~ Channel ~ Various ~ Post ~ Instead
They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com     

 

“Hi, this is Tanya. How can I help you?”

“Well, I am sitting here trying to figure out why I can’t get the new pair of Chanel shoes for a discount. I’ve been buying things from your online store for years. I deserve a discount.”

“I am sorry miss. I think there is a misunderstanding. This number…”

“No! There is no misunderstanding. I am a valued customer. I want those shoes for a discount now.”

“Miss, I am trying to explain to you that I can’t help you with that. I work…”

“Oh yes you will help me. I can’t believe how much money I spent on various clothes, bags, and shoes. You will give me what I want instead of wasting my time. It’s what you do for a living, now do it.”

“Can I please explain to you why I can’t help you?”

“I want to speak to your manager now! All I want is a discount for the shoes. I am going to blast your company on my blog. I am going to post about this on Facebook. I hope you get fired for not helping me.”

“Okay miss. I will transfer you to my boss. One moment.”

“Yeah sure, you’ll put me on hold for thirty minutes. Moron.”

The phone is just handed to the person next to Tanya. “Good Afternoon, Milford Public Library. This is Connie speaking, how cna I help you?”

“What? Library? Did she transfer me to the library? How dare she. I want that twit fired.”

“No miss. You have been talking to a reference librarian the entire time. Tanya tried to tell you this, but instead you kept yelling at her and calling her names.”

“You need to teach your librarians how to speak to people and deal with customers.”

“We need to keep this line open for patrons of the library. Have a nice day.” Connie says quickly then hangs up the phone. She turns to Tanya and they just laugh at the absurdity of the call.

A few minutes later books are plopped on the counter in front of Tanya and Connie. “I want to reutrn these books, but the clerk won’t take them.”

Tanya grabs Connie’s arm at the sound of the woman’s voice. It’s her! The woman who just called about the shoes.

Connie opens the books. “Miss, these books are from a library in the state of Washington.”

“So? Just send them over. You do that all the time.”

“No. We send and receive books from withing our own county, in the same state. We can’t send books from Washington. We live in California.”

“Well what am I supposed to do with them then?”

“Bring them back to the library you got them from.”

The woman stares then huffs. “I don’t have time to do that. I have a manicure and pedicure at two and a hair appointment at four. I don’t have time for this. It’s your job to take care of books, so do just that.”

Before Connie can respond the woman turns around, flips her hair and walks out on stiletto heels. As soon as she’s out the door a limo pulls up. The woman effortlessly gets in and the limo speeds off.

Tanya looks at Connie and once again all they can do is laugh.

 

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December Use Your Words

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using… sunshine ~ lot ~ bounty ~ I thought so ~ love ~ stamina
They were submitted by: http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

What a great combo of words. Therefore I feel terrible that I have not done it justice.

I am totally stumped about what to write. I feel like every idea I have just fizzles out and loses all creativity. I had lots of ideas, but couldn’t expand past the initial thought. I wanted to write about commuting to work, bring a mom, cooking dinners, love for my family, and blogging. Each idea was met with me just staring at the screen in utter blankness.

There are days I have a bounty of ideas flowing from my brain that I need to write them down before I forget. Those are the moments when it takes stamina to keep typing, because the ideas are coming at warp speed. The feeling of just writing and getting my thoughts across is beyond awesome it brings a smile to my face and sunshine to my soul.

My creative side is just saying, “Write and don’t stop writing.” So that is what I am doing. When I do stop, I see it. I have something for this post. While it may bot be creative, inspiring, funny, or emotional, it’s all written and the muse is smiling and now saying, “I thought so.”

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November Use Your Words

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using… Bathtub ~ toilet paper ~ plunger ~ ladle ~ mixing bowl ~ Snickers
They were submitted by: http://themomisodes.com

Halloween was fun, my sister visited from Texas and went trick or treading during the day. Our town is awesome, the business on Main Street host trick or treating or kids. As my mother said, it’s like being inside an ABC Family movie and she’s right. Tony and I took Anthony trick or treading again at night.11-13

While it’s fun to dress up, the candy is a nightmare. I told him if he eats too much of that dangerous candy and chocolate he’d be leaving human snickers in the toilet bowl. That’s what happened. While it’s fun to dress up and go trick or treading, it stinks that candy is filled with GMOS and chemicals. Instead they should make organic candy affordable, but then they’d have to admit they’ve been lying to us all along about the dangers if GMOs.

If I could I’d sneak into Monsanto and the major food companies headquarters. What would I do while in there? I’d steal all their plungers, replace them with ladles, then throw full rolls of toilet paper in the bowls.They’d never be able to use the bathroom again.. Not that it would be a problem, they are used being full of sh*t anyway.

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To counteract all this candy and chocolate, I’ve been using my dehydrator to make beef jerky and dried fruits. I LOVE the way the apples, bananas, water, cantaloupes, pineapples, and fruit leathers come out. They don’t have any preservatives, sugar, chemical and still taste great. I only bought a small dehydrator, and at one time only have an amount of fruit to fill a mixing bowl. If I had the space and time I’d make enough to fill a bathtub.
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October Use Your Words

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using… ghost ~ secret ~ Halloween ~ pumpkin ~ cool
They were submitted by:   http://www.renasworld.com

Fall is my favorite time of the year; the colors, sounds, smells, and the weather. One thing I don’t like is all the pumpkin flavor for everything. A few years ago it was nice to see a few pumpkin flavors, but now it’s EVERYWHERE and more than half of the time it’s not real…just chemicals made to taste like pumpkin.


pumpkin

AJ wasn’t sure what he wanted to be for Halloween. He told me he wanted to be something cool and scary, I’m sure he picked this up from the other kids. He’s definitely out of the cute stage and into the cool stage. I just hope he knows, and that I taught him well, that being yourself is cool.

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AMAZON – Ninja Avenger II with Armor Children’s Green Costume

So off we wen to the party store in town in search of the “perfect” costume. I was sure he’d choose a zombie, ghost, or monster; but then he’d have to wear a mask and he would NEVER make it more than ten minutes with it on. In the end, he was torn between Indiana Jones and a green ninja….the green ninja costume won out in the end.

Now, what about my costume? Any suggestions or ideas? Nothing sexy or revealing…I want to be COVERED UP and warm. 

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So a few weeks ago I posted this on Facebook.

“So the cleaning lady we had flaked out on us. Decided to not find a replacement and save money. I know I am crazy, but saving money is more important than a super clean apartment.

Wish I had saved that cleaning schedule…do I create another one or just wing it? I HATE cleaning.”

I used to have a very detailed cleaning schedule years ago. it was so detailed that every day of the month had a specific thing to do. Instead of going back to that craziness, I searched all the cleaning schedules and created one that works for us. It’s no secret that I thought Hubby would laugh at my cleaning schedule, but he’s happily helping out. he does live here and wants to have a happy wife.

The great part is that if we clean out the microwave and toaster, the next week we can skip that and clean out the fridge. Or if the blinds and doors are still clean from last week, we can skip that day and relax. Having a chore that last the whole month makes life easier too, we have time to get to it and don’t feel rushed or over worked.

I’m more than happy to share, click on the cleaning schedule to download and then you’ll be able to edit it to your liking. 

cleaning schedule pic

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September Use Your Words

use your words

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using: back to school ~ books ~ uniforms ~ pep rally ~ football

They were submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch 

Going to apologize in advance if it’s all disconnected…this was a tough one for me. My emotions kept getting in the way. 

AJ has started 1st grade, back to school another year old.. Yes, my sweet little boy, who I never tought would be potty trained is now a first grader. I swear he had a growth spurt the other night and is growing right before my eyes. It seems like only yesterday he was starting his first day of kindergarten. I blinked and now he’s in first grade. I’m afraid if I blink again he’ll be in middle school.

I wonder will the little boy who would cuddle in my arms as I read him bookstell me in teenage angst that he needs space as he locks himself in his room. Will he want to walk to school and back home with his friends? Will he want his mother to hug and kiss him or will that be embarrassing?

It may seem like it’s a ways off, but as parents we know it all passes too fast. I want to bottle up every moment with him and play it on demand each time I choose. All too soon he’ll be outgrowing his size 6/7 clothes when it only seems like yesterday his preemie outfits were too big for him.

I fear that my hugs and kisses will no longer be wanted. I hope he knows I need those hugs and kisses as much as he does.

Will he continue with karate? Will he need more uniforms as he outgrows his smaller ones? Will he make it to a black belt or higher? Will he rock at theater camp and continue performing and singing or will it just be a fad? Will he decide to participate in soccer or football? Will he still be friends with the kids he met at daycare and kindergarten? Will they be good friends, supporting each other and making smart choices? Avoiding peer pressure? Will he walk home and tell me all about the pep rally? His first date? His first love? His first broken heart? His soul mate?

I know the journey will be amazing and it’s better to wait for the answers. I just hope he’ll always need me.

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August Use Your Words

use your words

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:  ice cubes ~ intercept ~  bribing ~ unbelievable ~ Andy Warhol

They were submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch 

Currently renting a small, 950 square foot apartment, space gets tight and personal decorating style is limited. There are times I miss our former condo with its high ceilings, dark brown walls, and brightly colored accents. In contrast our current apartment has bland white walls and we are limited to temporary furniture to organize. The one small closet in our bedroom is the toughest part, which is why I am thinking of getting a tall shoe organizer. This will enable us to have more space in our bedroom closet. Next to the shoe organizer I’ll place a tall drying rack that allows for clothes to be put on hangers. This will save floor space and I think look cleaner in a small bedroom. Finally I bought one set of hangers with hooks, I plan to buy another set when I get my first September paycheck. Using these hangers will give me more space in my closet and allow me to organizer clothes by sets.

BriaUSA Cascade Hangers Set of 10 Light Pink Steel Swivel Hooks -Slim

Songmics 10 Tiers Shoe Rack Closet with Cover Claret Shoe Storage Organizer 27 pairs

Household Essentials 2-Tier Tripod Air Dryer

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s great for the organizing, but what about the decorating you ask. I know it’s unbelievable, but often my hubby will try to add a movie poster or sports plaque to our home. Can you imagine? Thankfully I’ve been able to keep them hidden in the bedroom and the garage his man cave. There has been bribing on his part to allow these posters, but I always win. If it was up to him, I’d probably have Godfather characters in an Andy Warhol type paintings all over the living room. Not that I have anything against his art, it’s just not my style.

I prefer casual and cozy, with lots of different colors and furniture. I like when pieces don’t match, but they look good all mixed together. Dark colors such as deep browns, oranges, blues, greens, and maroons are what I love to see all around me. For now that is what our accents will have to be. Those colors can be seen in our curtains, throws, pillows, wall clings, and AJ’s art. I think hubby prefers more a modern look, with bare minimum expect for all his movie and sports details…which is NOT happening. I have been able to intercept most of his crazy, awkward, or insane ideas.

Tough the one thing I can not stop is all the little things he does to aggravate me. You ladies know what I mean. The endless emptying of the ice cubes and and never refilling the tray, taking butter off the top instead of at the end so it looks like a boat, his eating unhealthy snacks in front of our son before dinner, or his plan to ignore any mess, dirt, or grime since he knows I will eventually clean it up.

I know I have my habits that annoy him too, but that’s for another post.

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