Pre-nesting

I’m not very good at updating this thing, am I? haha We’ve found out our little baby to be is a girl which we are excited about. We only said boy initially because they’re easier. I say that being a female myself, growing up with a high maintenance sister & previously dating a guy who had both a son & daughter. Don’t get me wrong – I loved them both but she had MAJOR attitude from an early age & unfortunately I remember my bad attitude through my teenage years. But we’re VERY excited for her to get here. She’s already been spoiled a great deal because Auntie April (my sister) has already gone shopping for the baby quite frequently already.

No luck on the house yet. We’ve found several that we like from the website but when we get there, we know it’s just not the one. We still look but we’ve accepted the fact that we may still be in my house come December when she will be here.

The budget hasn’t really made much process. I do try harder but honestly I have been ordering some stuff for the baby when I see good deals that wasn’t originally in the budget so that throws things off a bit. I really struggle with self control on deals some days – it’s a known issue. Also being female doesn’t help lol

Paul was a liar as far as doing the dishes but he did buy me a dishwasher which I must say has made a great improvement. I don’t despise dishes near as bad & I’ve grown to love my dishwasher & never want to live without one again haha It’s definitely made cleaning the kitchen much easier.

I don’t want to jump the gun & say I’m in the nesting phase because it hasn’t been major & the house still has a ways to go, but I have made some improvements & I’m still working on it daily. The first 3 months I was too tired & sick to do much of anything but after that I’ve felt pretty good most days. However the fatigue is coming back so some days I struggle to do anything besides throw a load of laundry in. My main thing these days is to get the house in order so it won’t be so hard to maintain plus people will be coming over once the baby is home so I’ve got to whip it into shape before long. It’s coming along, just slower than I’d like.

Paul had complained before about my kitchen utensil basket because the stuff gets dust on it because it’s in an open basket & I had to agree with him. I love my dogs & would never give them up but they cause an ungodly amount of dust even up on top of the deep freezer somehow. Anyway, Paul was right & the other day at the dollar store I finally decided to grab a couple clear boxes that closed which will keep the utensils in arms reach but also keep them clean & dust free – yay for a win (picture below)! Also Pinterest inspired me again with this awesome looking pot rack for the cabinet from none other than a shower rod (picture below). While this looked awesome & I was able to create it at home, it only lasted about 15 minutes before crashing down. I do think part of the problem was I didn’t have the rod tight enough because it didn’t feel like I was tightening much so I’m going to have Paul look at it to see if he can get it rigged up better  hopefully we can still use it like that. If not, it was a good thought I guess lol

I’ll try to update this more, I really will. & I’m sure when I’m off with the baby I’ll want to post every little thing she does but before then –  I have to get my house ready & in order. So here’s to hoping I have more progress pictures soon of my clean & organized house lol

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Is Mother Nature on crack?

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!

Organizing Progress

Still no start on the exercise – the motivation is there, but the organizing/removing clutter/etc is over powering it & I’m okay with that a little bit. I’d like to get the organizing/clutter under control & then add in the exercise. I need to tackle each room fully & go through the house room by room but I get sidetracked & next thing you know – SQUIRREL! lol Okay, so it’s not that bad but I do need to focus on finishing one room before moving to another. I do agree with what I’ve read most places that progress however small gives you a sense of accomplishment which keeps the ball rolling. I went through the TV stand in its entirety (several baskets included) & cleaned it with Windex really good. It’s a 2 shelf glass TV stand – whose bright idea was it to get a glass TV stand? Oh that’s right, mine. & I’ll never make that mistake again. Live & learn I suppose. Anyway – I took everything off except the TV & cleaned it really good, tossed things that needed to go & reorganized it. It looks much better (well it did for the 5 seconds before you could see dust on the glass again – ugh!)

I really need to clear out the front bedroom because it’s serving no purpose right now except to store non every day stuff but there’s an old bed in there that’s taking up valuable space that needs to come down & then I could organize it better. I really need to over haul it & get rid of things too. There’s a lot in there that could go & hopefully will go soon.

I tried a recipe I saw on Pinterest for banana muffins. First off – I must say I was VERY proud of myself as this is only the second thing I’ve ever made from scratch & they rose up & had the muffin texture & looked lovely! However, they were not banana flavored enough for me. They had a good taste, but I wanted to taste more banana. Overall though – I’ll be keeping the recipe & just modifying it some to add more banananess (yep, that’s a word lol)

So for resolutions I’m not doing too terrible – I’m cooking/baking more & attempting to organize the house (which may just take me all year lol) but hey – slow progress is still progress, right? Right!

-jess

Delayed but not cancelled…

Well so much for the fitness start – it pretty much didn’t happen … yet lol I haven’t given up though; my start has just been delayed. I will say I’ve been getting organized more little by little & I like it. I definitely have so much clutter around here though & I need to be tossing a good bit of it so fingers crossed that I can get jumpstarted on that soon. On a random note – I can’t wait for Spring/Summer to be here because I’m over the rainy weather & more than ready for some cookouts!

My babies are getting so big too. Leonidas will be a year old on February 1st & I hate it. I love having my boys at the puppy stage. Though I’m very much ready to be over the chewing up everything, randomly going to bathroom on the house, having to be in the cage when Mommy is gone stage.

I threw together a “recipe” if you will that I saw on Pinterest. I quote it because it’s more of a bit of a snack but basically it was bananas in between 2 vanilla wafers & I added peanut butter to it. Perhaps I had my expectations too high, but it wasn’t as great as I had imagined though. It’s definitely not the worst thing I’ve ever had but I think I’ll stick to regular old peanut butter & bananas in the future.

I just wanted to throw a short & sweet one out there but hopefully I’ll have some good fitness updates soon … hopefully.

-jess

Pinterest – Chicken Enchilada Dip Roll-Ups

OH.MY.GOSH. This was most definitely one of my favorite Pinterest recipes so far. It was so easy, quick AND delicious. This would make a great party/finger food. I meant to take a picture as I was lining a bowl with some to take to a friends’ house but forgot because I was too busy eating them haha I’m sure this will be made again soon & I’ll try to remember to take a picture then.