There’s so many different subjects I’m posting about today that it’s going to seem like my A.D.D. is in full blast effect so sit back & enjoy :)
First off I borrowed the Zumba 2 game from a friend for the sole purpose that I wanted to do the dance to “Pause.” From the first time we did that dance in a class, I was hooked. I loved Zumba from the get go anyway, but I really liked that song for some reason. I’d just like to say that I got a 95% on it my first time doing it. Yes I’m that awesome haha I haven’t been to a Zumba class in forever & I hate it but I just can’t afford the monthly fee right now as much as I’d love to be in classes again. So this was the second best thing & it was still fun, but not as fun as being in class & doing it.
I also tried out a method for cleaning mold out’ve the bathtub. Yes you read that right, mold. Disgusting, gross & yucky mold. I’d tried several things to clean it but nothing really worked & honestly I’d given up even though that’s so unhealthy. Then on the awesome world of Pinterest I saw a pin about cleaning it with a bleach mix & the cotton wraps for perms (which I don’t exactly have lying around the house). Then I saw where someone had linked to that original blog post but she used cut up towel strips I think to let the bleach soak in. I didn’t feel like doing that either because I still wasn’t sure it was worth the effort but I did have regular paper towels that I figured would stay moist long enough to give it a shot. I think I let them soak for 90 minutes or so & then I had to take a look because patience is most definitely not my virtue & viola! It looks MUCH better. It’s still far from perfect but so is my entire bathroom. There’s not a single thing I like in my bathroom except my poop fan. Yes, I call it a poop fan. I know it’s an exhaust fan or whatever you want to call but let’s be honest & call it by it’s greatest purpose that it serves – being a poop fan.
I also went to town in the bedrooms by rearranging some furniture to serve better organization purposes. Go me! I turned one stand mostly into our Sam’s overflow of lunch packing goodies which has seemed to work out well so far but I’m not 100% set on the setup just yet. I also moved a storage cage to the front bedroom that I’d had setting on a dresser in my bedroom just taking up space pretty much but now it’s serving several useful purposes & fits this space much better.
I had a friend try a Jack Skellington manicure on my nails which turned out SUPER awesome especially to be free! I LOVE Jack Skellington & The Nightmare Before Christmas – such a classic! It made me really pumped for Halloween! Also another Fall favorite celebration of mine was Bridge Day which happened recently. I love it mainly because it’s in Fall & I love almost everything that’s in Fall plus luckily it was cool weather this year so it was that much more awesome. There’s always yummy food, lots of vendor booths plus watching people jump or get thrown out of the catapult – can’t beat free entertainment lol
I have to confess I think I’m going to finally buckle down & get on board with the Dave Ramsey cash envelope budgeting system. I’ve been reading his stuff for years now & there’s not much I disagree with or don’t understand about his system. It’s plain & simple & quite honestly makes damn good sense I just absolutely suck at self control. Which is obviously my problem since I unfortunately have quite the credit card debt. I’ve been trying to manage better but I think I just need to suck it up & do the Dave way & get it under control & reigned in. So here’s to hoping I succeed in that venture!
Lastly here’s a few pictures of my silly boys just because I haven’t posted any in awhile & they’re too darn cute not to share. The dinosaur is actually Sir, but I’ll include his story in a post for a different day :)
Let me preface this by saying this was my first time making a quesadilla & first time using the quesadilla maker. My sister bought it for my ex years ago & he used it regularly but I never watched him make them. It’s apparent I obviously should have haha It also appears their definition of stuffed & mine vary greatly. Here is the finished product :
While it’s not super pretty & certainly wouldn’t pass on any cooking show for presentation, it was super delicious! & hey that means success in my book. Hopefully over time as I use it more, I’ll get better at it but even if they always come out a gooey mess, as long as they’re delicious – I’m happy.
When I’m reading DIY or organizing blogs I notice how sometimes they have the “after” pictures but not the “before” & they say how they wish they would’ve thought to stop & take a “before” so they could show the changes. I used to laugh at that & think I’ll never get that caught up in organizing that it would’ve been worth taking a “before” picture but now I find myself there & I love it! I hate that I forget the “before” picture because it does make the impact of the “after” that much better, but I do love getting that into organizing.
I moved into my house November 2011 & it had previously been my pawpaw’s house. Old men don’t do updates much less keep things clean so I don’t even want to tell you what kind of slate I had to start with. I’m pretty sure that almost everything in the house (except a few things my dad had bought him over the years) was still the same things my mawmaw had picked out YEARS ago. Let me be more specific – when I say years I mean she passed away when I was 5 & I’m 27 now so most things are AT LEAST 22 years old. & yes I mean carpet, curtains – all of it! I loved my mawmaw dearly & miss her more than I could ever express & I will always think the world of her, but I have to admit our decorating styles are very different. Not to mention you’d have to factor in trends changing & such but that’s besides the point lol
The reason I gave that little background was because my most recent organizing spurt happened in the bathroom. When I moved in my bathroom consisted of a shower, toilet, medicine cabinet & a sink on a VERY small vanity. I’m talking the entire thing is maybe a foot wide which left me hmm about no room underneath for storage. I ended up putting a couple cabinets from Target in there that I already had from where I’d lived before & using them for storage. While I love Target dearly, I’d had the cabinets for several years already & lo & behold one of the doors recently broke off. I didn’t want that junky looking cabinet with only 1 door in my bathroom & I’d already been toying with the idea to move it into the laundry room so it seemed like a sign. After doing a switcheroo of moving the laundry baskets to the bathroom & that broken door cabinet to the laundry room I realized something. When you put short laundry baskets where tall cabinets used to be you discover bad paint ideas that you had thought would be a good idea when you first moved in. All I could do was laugh though because I’d forgotten about the time when I thought I wanted to paint the bottom half of my bathroom walls green. Oops. I’ll figure something out for it later because I have many ideas in my head for what I want to do to the bathroom as far as remodel but that’s for another day. Here’s the current view that’s front & center when you’re popping a squat.
So anyway I go from 2 cabinets down to 1 & I figure it’s a good idea to empty all the cabinets to sort & purge stuff I’d long forgotten about. I can’t tell you how good it felt to purge a lot of junk & get the cabinet more organized that it had ever been – even when I had 2 cabinets in there, they weren’t nearly this organized. Of course, I got so wrapped up in it I didn’t get the “before” picture but I do have a lovely “after” that makes me happy. Sorry for the crappy iPhone picture quality – it’s one thing that’s always handy & not ever far from me.
Where is my Fall weather?? This is not cooler temperatures & hoodie weather! I am not a happy camper right now! This past week I went to the Pumpkin Festival with my mom & sister like we do every year but it was no hoodie weather like it’s supposed to be. It doesn’t really seem like cooler weather is happening anytime soon either. The leaves are falling & some already have beautiful colors but this heat has got to go!
Okay enough complaining because I’m not one to complain but I’m sorry, I’m not a hot weather person. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Summer, but it’s only supposed to be here for a few months :) Jamie & I have been walking again which feels awesome! It’s great it general to be able to walk even normal walking without pain in my ankle. It was really bad & so I am very thankful to be pain free on a regular basis. We did the 5k which was fun, but I have to say the Dirty Girl 5k was much more fun. Then again the Dirty Girl did have mud, obstacles & beer at the end so that’s hard to beat. haha The Color Run wasn’t bad though – the color blast areas were fun & the dance party afterwards was good. We weren’t doing it for the time but we didn’t do too terrible. We jogged some parts though mostly we walked – but at a good pace. I did see some people cutting across though & coming back early to not complete the entire walk & I felt pretty proud of myself that I didn’t even think to be a cheater like that. I certainly didn’t do it for the time, but I wouldn’t dare claim that I completed the 5k if I didn’t even walk the entire distance. Bums!
I’ve been spending more time on Pinterest again because #1 I’m addicted & I have no shame in that & #2 there are some amazing ideas on there (not to mention great recipes). Recently I saw a pin someone had linked to a blog that shows you how to hang clothes quicker. As I read the post it sounded like a decent idea & when I watched the video I thought this sounds silly but that looks like she hung clothes much quicker than I ever do. I’m great at staying on laundry & keeping it washed & dried but as far as actually folding it & putting it up promptly … I’m more likely to fluff clothes in the dryer 3-4 times before I get around to it. However the other day I personally tried out her shortcut to hanging up clothes & it took MUCH less time than before. I love these smart women who are great enough to share their tricks with the rest of the world! Here is the link to the YouTube clip of her demonstration. I also saw on Pinterest this morning a trick for using pants hangers for boots. Which was good timing because I’d been trying to think lately of how to store my boots. I don’t have very many pairs but they take up a lot of room & my shoe stand at the door doesn’t have a place for boots so they just all sit in the floor which gets in the way & on my nerves. So I tried it out & sure enough it worked! I’m not super crazy about it for a permanent solution but for right now to get the boots out of the way & out of sight – I’ll take it! Here is the pin that shows the picture of how to hang boots. I don’t have pants hangers like that – the clips don’t slide on them but I just pinched the boots together & clipped one boot on each clip & it works just fine. It’s not as pretty as the picture, but I wasn’t going for pretty just convenient & since it got them off my floor I’d say that’s a success.
I’m trying to stay motivated to do more things around the house to make it more useful & more into the home I want. Since my funds are low that’s not exactly easy, but I don’t expect to get it all done at once & thanks to pinterest I’m finding a lot of cheaper options & DIY’s for things I want to do. It’s hard to see so much of my paycheck going to credit card debt every month – but I made the bad choices that got me there so I have to deal with it. I just keep telling myself in a few years when it’s all paid off, I’ll be glad & not let myself get back into that terrible situation again. I won’t know what to do with all that extra money. Just kidding! Thanks to Dave Ramsey I know exactly what I’ll be doing with it & paying on credit cards won’t be a part of it!