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.*

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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!!  

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Enjoy Today!

Monday, April 7, 2014

weekly iphone dump ~ April {week one}

From left to right:
1.  Just smiley Sophie.
2.  This Popcorn has been out of stock at Costco for weeks.  I heard that it was finally back in stock, so I ran to Costco after work to pick some up.  It was funny, on my way out of the store, 2 people asked me where I found it (cause they keep moving stuff around at Costco!).  In case you shop at my Costco (Elliot Rd), it is on aisle 322.
3.  As soon as I get home from work, this is what goes on.  I could live in yoga pants~for reals!!
4.  Mike and I ran to Home Depot on Saturday.  The self check out has a camera right above the register.  It is a little creepy!!, so what did we do?  Took a selfie!
5.  On the way home see #4, we picked up two of these!! McDonald's ice cream cone.  I LOVE them! and $2.17 for both of us.  
6.  While running errands on Saturday, we decided to sign the pups up for Banfield's wellness plan.  Since we spent a small fortune last month on Bella's valley fever, we figured this would probably save us money in the long run.
7.  Bathroom cleaning was on the to-do list this weekend. I can procrastinate with this chore (and grocery shopping) like nobody's business.  I finally finished-WOOT!
8.  Sunday is our bark park day, and look what I found on the community board.  I flipped it over and sure enough, it belonged to Kodi.  I think this was his very first tag.  
9.  Just some bark park fun.  Bella guards her ball, she is not a very good sharer. LOL!

Enjoy Today!

Friday, April 4, 2014

one project at a time {bathroom cabinet}

I have been reading THIS book.

And it has really got me in the organizing and simplifying mood!!  Clutter makes me stressed, which is probably why I am OCD.  

One of the first chapters in the book says to go through your closet, drawers and cabinets and purge.  I am usually pretty good about doing this, but this time around I really asked myself  "have I used this in the past year?"  and "do I really love it?"  I  was doubting myself every so often (trying to talk myself into keeping something), but I stayed strong.  

I decided to start in my bedroom/master bath, and work my way downstairs.  So the first project I tackled was under my bathroom sink.  Mike and I both have a sink and cabinet (I organized both, but only took pictures of my side, since his stuff is a little boring), LOL!

  Honestly, I think stuff breeds under there when I am not looking!!  I don't know why I had so much stuff under there that I did not use.

Here is the before photo...

I pulled everything out from under the sink, and gave it a good cleaning.  
I used my favorite cleaning solution:  
In a spray bottle fill 3/4 full with Water; add 2 Tablespoons  Dr Bonner's Citrus Castille Soup, and 10-15 drops of orange essential oil; (fill to the top with water if needed).

Then I grabbed some plastic bins and started putting like items together (only items I was going to keep).

I ended up with a hair brush bin  
(these are not my everyday brushes, but I do use them occasionally).

curling iron bin,

and a nail care bin.

I keep my hair products up near the front of the cabinet, so they are easy to grab in the morning, while I am getting ready .  (Ulta recently had a sale on Big Sexy Hair products, so I stocked up.  I LOVE the Root Boost!!  And my absolute favorite hairspray is Kenra)

And Here is the AFTER...


I stacked the bins,  and put away the items that I use. 

It felt so good to get rid of all that stuff!!  
Throughout the day,  I would open up the cabinet every time I went upstairs, just to look at it.  It really did make me feel less stressed!! 

I even decided to do a bonus project,  
I cleaned all my every day brushes and hubby's combs.  

Next on the closet and dresser drawers.  
Stay tuned for that post next week!!

Enjoy Today!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project life {Father's Day 2013}

Here are my pages from Father's Day.   
I am still plugging along with my 2013 PL pages.

I finally purchased the Kraft Edition digital kit, which was on my wish list for a while!  I like that it has some "masculine feel" designs, perfect for documenting Father's Day.

It was really crazy, that while I was putting this page together, I realized that I don't remember what we ate for lunch (can you tell food is important to me, LOL!) I asked Mike, and he could not remember either, so I decided to guess in my journaling, because I didn't take a photo of our food (I did get a photo of dessert, LOL!).  Which makes me realize how great it is to get some of these memories documented, because I forget so quickly!

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Enjoy Today!