Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cheap and Easy Indoor Fun

Saw a pin on pinterest the other day and decided to actually do more than just pin it!

Had my son find our few random sheets of poster board we had stored in a closet and some scissors. We drew some circles, cut some holes and hung it up. We didn't even take the time to make it look pretty! Then he got to work folding paper airplanes!

We put a value next to all the holes and have had lots of competitions of various sorts.

  • Get the most points in certain number of throws
  • First person to get to 50 points
  • Go in order - 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and so on
  • First to score a random called out number

It took about 10 minutes to to find the board and cut the circles and we had planes ready to fly as soon as I hung it up (used painter's tape so I wouldn't ruin the wall). But it's keep the kids entertained for hours! Seriously! Who knew? We even took it down and they asked for it to get hung back up today. What cheap and easy summer activities have you done this year? 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Lovin'

A few of my favorite things about Summer

1. Hydrangeas from the Farmer's Market
            Ajisai bloomed everywhere in Japan! I miss seeing the wide range of colors while driving all around that beautiful country!

2. Sticky Kids
            We've been eating up all the fruits and veggies I can shove down their throats lately!! 

3. True Blood
            The Final Season! Husband and I have been spending quality time catching up since last summer was a blur and we never watched season 6, now the last season is here and I can't wait to see how it all ends!
True Blood

4. Summer Schedule
            Sleeping in, staying up late, time for crafts and fun stuff with the kids! It's been a blast! Best part is though, I started a summer schedule with the kids and after a week it's been shot to hell really in ever aspect except the chores part. They wake up, get dressed brush their, teeth and come down stairs and empty the dish washer! I really truly believe the key to a clean house is a clean kitchen! If it's clean when I get up in the morning then I feel ahead of the game and have more time for other chores to get finished!

What are a few of your favorite things about summer so far? 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beginnings of a front yard makeover on a budget

Our front yard has a major lack of curb appeal, but we are slowly but surely trying to fix that. Thing is, my budget is tight and I have no idea what I'm doing!  The porch and garage lights on the house when we bought it were probably the ones that have been on the house since it was built. They are not of great quality so they quickly took a beating and looked awful.

You can see if they above picture that they turned in to a rust orange-ish color that doesn't go well with the ugly green door and shutters.  (And you can see how ugly the rest of the landscaping is!)

I looked at new lights online and in stores. Most started at around $25 and prices quickly went up from there. I'm cheap and have better things to spend at least $75 on. I'd like a new chair for our living room more than new lights on the house. So it wasn't going to happen.  

Until I found a can of Rustoleum Hammered Black Paint and Primer in One at Ace Hardware while I was browsing one day and decided that would be the thing to update the lights and house numbers with. 

And that's what I did!

The house numbers also got freshened up so you can see them from the street and everything matches so much better now. I hate the railing on the front step, but the lights being black tie it all in together a little better so it's not quite as bad. 

Soon I'll have a plan for what to do in the flower beds at the front of the house and get to work on those. Might have to wait till fall when the weather cools back off again though. 

I have a lot of other projects going this week that I've almost got finished! Feels so good to be productive and get things accomplished. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Being Cranky Doesn't Fix Things

Maybe it is the huge fight I had with my husband, maybe it's the fact that I want to see results immediately when I've been working out so much and eating healthy, maybe it's the constant picking up after everyone else, maybe it's the mile long to do list and how it seems never ending...




Being a wife and a mom is hard stuff and lately I feel like I'm drowning in everything that is going on around me. I have a goal for what I would like to be but I feel like everything else seem to come in front of that. But the truth is only I can make it all happen so I've got to get to work! It's time to quit planning and start doing.


So there's my Daily Motivation for today! I'm off to make shit happen! =)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Back at it!

Here we go! June 1! Great day to start something new and fresh! So I've gone back and forth about this whole blogging thing. Do I want to put the time in to something without knowing if it will go anywhere? Do I want to share that much of my life with the world wide web? Well I need an outlet somewhere and I feel like writing just might be the thing! So here goes! Sunday, June 1. Love it when months start on Sundays, makes the calendars I'm always planning out work so well!

So I'm a planner and here's this week's plan!! Lots of cleaning and organizing before the kids get out of school for summer and we have several people over to our house for a party!!

June 1 - Finish outside lights
June 2 - Meal Plan for the next two weeks
June 3 - Clean Main floor
June 4 - Clean upstairs/Organize Kid's rooms
June 5 - Clean/Organize basement
June 6 - Prep for party
June 7 - Throw epic 30th Birthday Party for my husband! =)
June 8 - Enjoy the day with Family! Husband turns 30!!!!

On top of all that I would like to read a book or two I recently bought on my kindle! No time like the present to sit out in the sun working on my tan and enjoying a good book!

Also keep up on my twice a day workouts! Been going to the gym to lift with my husband then doing short videos at home on my own! I'm tired of feeling fat and I'm finally doing something about it!

I'll share details on how I revamped my outside lights tomorrow and saved myself at least $60!!

What's on your to do list for the week? Any big celebrations coming up in your life? 30 is the new 20 right? Please tell me yes! I just turned 29 so I'm almost there! *scary* lol

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Goals...an ongoing list

I've mentioned several times about how this blog is more like a personal journey for me. A place to hold myself accountable to reaching my goals. So here's a list of things I want to accomplish and post about here on the blog.

  1. Read more
  2. Be healthier
    1. Eat fresher foods and cook from scratch
    2. Workout more
    3.  Drink more water
  3. Finish Laundry Room
  4. Finish Living Room
  5. Put together an Emergency Kit for our house
  6. Build a better budget
  7. Develop a Cleaning Schedule
  8. Build a wardrobe of comfortable, yet stylish clothes
  9. Create some art/Build something
  10. Come up with a plan for our front and back yard
  11. Put together a household binder
  12. Be a better friend
  13. Plan more date nights
  14. Paint the house

These are in no particular order and I have no end date in mind! But I'm thinking that most of these will be able to happen by the end of 2014! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Menu Planning

Menu Planning is something I do all the time but I never manage to stick to it. I even got creative and bought a $3 poster frame from the thrift store for our kitchen to meal plan on and I'll write it all out and by the end of the week the plan has gone to hell. Then the board sits there with the same menu on it for a few weeks until I feel motivated enough to change it again.

One corner of my kitchen. I hung up the board near the pantry to make planning easier. 

Meal Plan Board with menu from 2 weeks ago still on it! Spring Break is now over!

 Truth is though my family eats out way too often and it's not healthy for our bodies or our budget. We need to do better and as the mom and chef by we, I mean ME! So here is this week's attempt at a plan. I'll check in when the week is over and let you know how well we stuck to it!

This week's plan

Sunday - Ham and Noodle Casserole I think I'm going to go with this recipe http://realmomkitchen.com/71/ham-and-cheesy-noodle-casserole/

Monday - Sandwiches
Between baseball practice and Girl Scouts it's hard to get the kids off the bus and feed before we have to start going in all sorts of different directions for the evening. This might change to something else depending on if I can gather some more inspiration tomorrow. I

Tuesday - Pork Chops and Mash Potatoes

Wednesday - Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Another day for baseball practice, this week there's a game this night so I've gotta go with something quick and easy.

Thursday - Monterey BBQ Chicken

Friday - Homemade Pizzas

Saturday - Steaks on the Grill

*I don't plan breakfasts or lunches usually. The kids eat cereal, oatmeal, bagels or toast most mornings. (another goal is to create healthier breakfasts for them) and they eat lunch at school. The baby and I usually eat leftovers from the night before for lunch.