Friday, February 27, 2009

Weekly Challenge Preview - REC ROOM

Just so you can see what I have to work with.

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NEWS FLASH*********************NEWS FLASH*****************

I've actually been doing some reorganizing, dejunking, whatever you want to call it & I am ready for another Weekly Challenge! So, I'll work some more on it this weekend & have fresh pictures for you on Monday. We're going to do what I call the REC ROOM, but if you don't have one of these, it can be your "extra room" or your "big closet". It's basically the place you put what doesn't belong anywhere else. For me, it contains our craft dresser, board game cabinet, the babies' toys & our coat bench & closet. So, I have my work cut out for me.

Get ready for the challenge, you know it will feel so good when you can stand back & see what you've accomplished.

And on a side note, I was putting away clothing the other day & realized that no matter how much reorganizing I do, my husband is still a neater person than me. The top picture are his Army clothes & he folds them. The bottom picture is his shirt shelf. I folded those. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. When you look at the two together, it looks like a 2 year old did the shirt shelf, hahahahahahaha. I just can't stop laughing. hahahahahahahahaha If I went to Basic Training, I could accomplish so many goals in my life.

#1 - take orders from others without talking back
#2 - lose weight & gain more energy
#3 - learn to eat an entire meal in less than 2 minutes (I can just about do it in 5 now.)
#4 - learn to fold clothing & bedding in immaculate fashion - (you should see the corners of our sheets when Mark helps make the bed)
#5 - learn to be patient waiting around for hours doing nothing waiting for someone else that's going to tell you to do more nothing
#6 - learn to appreciate an extra hour of sleep even if woken up at 3:00 am to start your day
#7 - learn to keep phone calls short & simple


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thrift Store Finds

My fellow thrift store junkie, Sybil & I were talking about the art of shopping thrift stores. I have two other people in my circle of friends & family that seem to never have the patience or luck of finding those one of a kind or much needed items. One friend mentioned how she might need to take me along to add a little bit of luck to the dig, hahahaha. It made me want to share my latest favorite finds. They're a bit vintage, I have been feeling very vintage myself these past few months so they were fantastic finds to suit my new mood.

I have always wanted a wooden salad bowl set, especially with matching salad bowls & 6 of them at that! I scored this at our local Goodwill for $3.50 & it is in excellent condition! Now all I need are the wooden tongs which I believe I saw there for another $3.50 but didn't want to pay that much.

These caught my eye as I was checking out. What a beautiful emerald green color & so they have the whole vintage crochet thing going on. I don't know who they'll fit, but I'll get someone to wear them!

I could have jumped for joy when I spied these shoes! They aren't the girls' size, too small for Mavaney, too big for Isabelle, but they will sit in a special place until Isabelle or Daphne can fit into them. These instantly threw me back to a time when mothers took their little girls to the nearest department store, filled with wonderful things neatly stacked or hung and as they head to the shoe department, the little girl is dreaming of beautiful, shiny, patent leather shoes with a big gold buckle. Oh, it was a divine find for me! And at a mere $2.50!! They look like they have hardly been worn & are so well made. They even have a shiny gold sticker inside the shoe that reads, "Red Goose Shoes" with a goose pictured. Wow is all I can say.

Even when you are poor there is still a wealth of treasure to find.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Calling All Creative Minds!!!

We are planning out Relief Society Birthday Celebration for the end of this month.  Our theme is Relief & Aid.  We are focusing on the history of the Relief Society & how it was based upon bringing aid to others.  We plan on using basic birthday supplies, colorful paper products, balloons, but we need something along the Relief theme.  We are giving away these adorable charms that are shaped like Band-Aids.  So, I'd love to use gauze & band-aids, stuff like that.  I would love ANY ideas you have!!!  Thank You!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kitchen Challenge Revisited

No excuses to give about why it's taken me so long, but I'm not going to be a quitter!! I tackled quite a bit yesterday: utensil drawers, linen cupboard, appliance cabinet, food cupboards, spice cabinet! The thing I'm happiest about? Getting rid of all the stuff I never used or didn't like. It feels so good to purge.

My Rules in Letting Go:
If you have not used it in the last month in 30 + days of cooking, you don't need it.
If you have not eaten it yet and it's expires, get rid of it.
If you have fabric napkins, but you haven't once used them, pass them along.
If it's an appliance you used once at Christmas, get rid of it. You'll figure out how to do without it next Christmas.

When it comes to utensil drawers, containers are key! I found out I also liked keeping my metals & plastics separated. If you can't do that due to limited drawers, containers would be a great way to make it happen. Think about how much fun someone else might have using that quesadilla maker or rice steamer! Because they surely aren't seeing any action at my house!

If you too have let go of the challenge in recent weeks - join me & pick it back up again!!! I think we might go for the office/desk area as our next challenge. What do you think?


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No before, but let's put it this way, there used to be two cupboards this size full. Now I'm down to this, I think that's pretty good.
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Leven Thumps for $1.99

Deseret Book has Book 2 & 3 of the Leven Thumps series on sale for a mere $1.99!!  Go here!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Just Commercials

If you're not a Super Bowl fan (which I'm not) & you don't even make the time to watch it for the commercials (which I don't).  Here is a link for you!!  Watch all the commercials from the Big Game here.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Free Bakeware!

Just grabbed a free baking liner that I cannot wait to use!  Go here & get yours today!  

**Be aware, shipping will cost you $1.00 along with a 7 day free trial to Home Savings Mall, BUT (and this is one of the #1 rules to learn in getting things for free) you simply call the 1-800 # and cancel within 7 days and you are charged merely the $1.00 to get your bakeware.