Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I LOVE lists {and a freebie}

I know I have said this before, but I love lists!!

I LOVE making them and I LOVE checking stuff off of them!!  

I have finally come up with a template that really works great for me.  

I was drawing 4 separate columns and category headings on a piece of computer paper each week, and then decided to make a template in Photoshop, so I can just print it off each week (and it is much cuter).

I put all the things that HAVE to get done in the {to do column} (ex. clean bathrooms, vacuum, laundry etc).  
Then I put the items that will make me happy in the {want to do column} (ex. work on my PL pages, organize an area, etc).  
Mike and I have had a lot of home renovation projects lately, so these things go in the {projects column} (ex. mount family room television, install living room blinds, etc).  

And we always have a few errands to run too, guessed it {errands column}.  

I like that it is all in one place.  
The following week I just carry over the items that were not completed onto my new list and start all over again.  

I thought that since I love lists so much, that maybe a few of my blog readers  would enjoy it here you go!!

You can download the PDF HERE.

Happy List Making!
Enjoy Today

Monday, April 21, 2014

weekly phone dump - april {week 3}

From left to right:
1.  Just watching TV with Bella.
2.  Mike and I have been saving up to have our pool resurfaced.  The guys came out on Tuesday and jack hammered the plaster out.  Bella was very curious about the strangers in the back yard.
3.  Mike made hamburgers on the grill for dinner on Wednesday night, even though we grill out all year long here in AZ, there is just something about the first burger of the season that just tastes so yummy!
4.  Soph just waiting patiently for some watermelon.  I cannot say NO to that face!!
5.  Bella in the chiseled out pool.  Both dogs like to play in there, I hope they are as excited about it when the water goes back in!
6.  I bought peanut butter m&m's this week (in a GIANT bag), and come to find out, Mike does not like this kind *gasp*  I am going to have to share, because I don't want to eat that entire bag myself!!
7.  Mike was hanging my new bamboo blinds and curtains on Saturday (He ROCKS!!).  At 4pm we realized we did not eat lunch.  Off we went to YC's for a big bowl of YUM!
8.  Here is the finished product!!  I finally feel like things are coming together!!  I am hoping for a house tour blog post very soon!!
9.  We had a very low key Easter (thanks mom for our cute table decorations!!).  The kids and dogs came over for lunch.  Bella had her stitches taken out and then we had to turn around and bring her back, because the cut opened up.  she now has 3 staples.

Enjoy Today!

Friday, April 18, 2014

{simplifying my life - one organizing project at a time} closet

I am still plugging away at simplifying my life.  
I would love to take a month off from work and just concentrate on organizing my entire house, but since that is not an option for me, I am doing it one project at a time.  

Next closet.  
I do keep my closet pretty organized, for the most part.  This time I REALLY went through my clothes and purged!   

I pulled out everything:
 That I had not worn in a year.  
I didn't LOVE how it fit.
and things that were worn.  
I ended up with 2 giant piles of clothes and shoes.  

I have always hung my clothes by color (it is the OCD in me)!  Here is a glimpse of my (not very huge) closet.  It is a walk in closet-meaning I can walk in and turn around. LOL! 

I hang my shirts on the the top, pants on the bottom.  Purses and tote bags go on the top shelf.

I keep my shoes on a shoe rack to the right.

Behind the closet door, to the left.  I keep my jackets (and Mike's), sweatshirts and dresses here.  Sweaters (which really got purged) on the shelf with our bathing suits (which will be getting some use soon-the temps are heating up here in AZ).

On the back of my closet door I have a hook where I keep my belts and Turbie Twist Towel  
(I wrap my hair in it on the days I don't feel like washing it).

Mike hung a big hook on the wall for me to hang up my jewelry organizer (for my necklaces that do not fit in my jewelry box) and scarfs.

Well, there you have it!!  I am almost finished with my bedroom (I still have to do Mike's closet and dresser), but it feels so great that mine are done!!

Enjoy Today!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life {feed my starving children-service project}

I really enjoyed putting this page together and remembering the day. :) 
Back in August, my office took part in a service project.  We had 2 teams that volunteered at Feed My Starving Children.  
I really LOVED volunteering there. 

What is FMSC??  
I am glad you asked!!

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world!!  

They also educate you about their organization and show you how to have fun while packing food.  I was glad that Jess was on my team!!  She had volunteered there before, so she was an expert.  FMSC does AWESOME work.  If you have one near you, I would highly recommend volunteering (you won't regret it!)!!  And if you want to help out with a charitable donation you can go HERE or purchase items made by the families who receive food from them  (or FMSC logo items) HERE.  
(all the $ from items purchased goes directly to the ministry).

*I covered up my co-workers faces, because I don't know if they are comfortable being displayed on my blog.  Jess on the other hand is used to it.*

Left Side
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Right Side
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Enjoy Today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

weekly iphone photo dump ~ april 2014 week {two}

From left to right:
1.  Taxes done~refund on the way.  YIPEE!!
2.  I am a big Tootsie Roll lover!!  I like to switch it up sometimes with the fruity ones.  Vanilla is my FAV!
3.  Just Bella taking a nap on the pillows.
4.  Cleaned and organized the fridge the other day.  Such  a great feeling!!
5.  Some days you just want to wear a bun (cause you don't want to wash your hair)!!
6.  Mike and I tried a new-to-us restaurant on Saturday.  We give it 2 thumbs up!
7.  First watermelon of the season.  I could eat watermelon until it comes out of my ears!!  So YUMMY!!
8.  Poor Bella got cut on something (we have no idea how it happened).  We did not realize how deep it was.  Sunday she was at the vet all day getting sedated and stitched up.  Poor puppy!!
9.  Sophie had to go to the bark park solo on Sunday.  Luckily Kodi and Hershey came along to keep her company.  

Enjoy Today!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

one project at a time {dresser drawers}

I am still working on simplifying my life, which includes getting rid of stuff I do not need and cleaning & organizing. 

In my last {one project at a time} post, I tackled under the master bathroom cabinets.  For today's post,  I moved into my bedroom and started with my dresser drawers (sorry, I forgot to take a before picture~I was just so excited to get started!!). 

I started with an empty laundry basket and went drawer by drawer, pulling everything out.  Once I went through the contents of one drawer, I purged what I didn't wear anymore, was worn out, or didn't like how it fit me (then repeated with the other drawers).  Then I put back the things I love and wear, into the drawers. 

Surprising to me, I filled up the entire laundry basket with stuff to donate to Goodwill.

So here is what I ended up with:
Top row or drawers = unmentionables, jewelry/watches and glasses/sunglasses.
Second row of drawers =  socks, summer pajama tops/shorts, exercise shirts/tank tops.
Third row of drawers =  pantyhose/tights/trouser socks, tank tops, luggage tags/luggage locks/extra buttons.
Bottom row of drawers = yoga pants and shorts I lounge around in, pajama bottoms (winter pj's)

 (don't mind the carpet squares under my dresser, we are still painting molding after installing our bamboo flooring, they make it easier to slide stuff away from the wall...TRUST me, they are not staying, LOL!!).

It is so much easier to put my laundry away and find stuff now!!  

This is what I dropped off at Goodwill on Thursday (it was not all from my dresser drawers), and I am sure I have lots more to go!! Feels GREAT!!

And if you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen this photo for my #100happydays post.  

YES, getting rid of stuff really does make me happy!!

Enjoy Today!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Project Life {July Birthday's}

Here are my July Birthday pages for 2013.  
Last year we decided to celebrate the July birthday's together.  I am not really sure why we did it that way, probably due to everyone's schedule. 

Food, Family and Fun!!  It is always a great time when we are together!!  

 Left Page
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 Right Page
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Enjoy Today!