What I Have Been Doing During Safer at Home…

I’ve been seeing all these posts about people getting their homes cleaned out during all this because of the extra time that they have. I do have an extra hour a day that I am not driving but I’m still working so I don’t have as much time as those who are stuck home not working. Just a side note. I am not complaining by any means. I am so thankful I still have work when so many people are being laid off and not working right now.

That said I have still found myself getting some side things done…

  1. I finished crocheting Angel’s blanket that I started before Christmas. I was making it for her birthday and was only behind by 1 week so I count that as a success.
  2. I’ve only put together one of my Thomas Kinkade Disney puzzles since the Safer at Home started. I did the Princess and the Frog. Keep in mind that since January 2020 and before the Safer-At-Home order went into effect I had already done 12 of those puzzles. Don’t ask me why I have only done the one. I really don’t know.
  3. I started a new workout routine with an accountability buddy. We are one full week into this routine and lets just say I am sore, I hurt, I want to say things I shouldn’t and yet I still get up and do it all again the next day. I really do have a love hate relationship with working out. I love the results but hate doing it. And seriously to the little miss skinny minnie that I, for some reason, have allowed to torture me and continue to go back to…. I’m not that flexible.
  4. I’m reading more for fun. I’m always reading. I love to read but I’ve put “for fun” reading on the back burner because I was so busy. I picked up my 1st generation iPad (yes its that old), which is basically an over priced Kindle at this point since so few apps will work with it. I mean they aren’t updating it anymore. lol (side note: It was my dads and I got it after he passed just so I could read my kindle books on a bigger screen.) I downloaded some fun Christian historical fiction that I had on my cloud and did this instead of watching t.v.
  5. We’ve been playing more games and watching more movies together as a family. Sierra downloaded a game on steam that we can use our phones/tablets to play on. It’s called Drawful 2. It’s kind of like pictionary. It’s a lot of fun and we laugh a lot while playing it.
  6. We’ve been homeschooling of course. This is our youngest daughters final year in home education. She will be going to a private school in the fall. So been working on the application process for that. Gathering all the information. Preparing her where she feels comfortable with going and getting all our ducks in a row.
  7. I’ve been doing a lot of re-evaluating and praying. Thinking about plans for the future and new things I would like to do. Including my own school journey this fall to go for something I have always wanted to do and that is Graphic and Web Design.
  8. We’ve walked a lot and enjoyed our patio a bunch more. Sitting out in the evenings and walking during the day.
  9. I’ve done some coloring and putting Lego’s together. I enjoy doing that cause its creative and they are like puzzles. Hubby bought me the Lego set cause he wanted to bring a smile to my face.
  10. Most importantly we celebrated a birthday. Angel turned 15 a few weeks ago. But because they were already advising no groups of more than 10 that eliminated our plans for her. But we still had cake and ice cream and gifts.

So what have you been doing during all of this?

A Little Bit of a Re-fashion

Since I’m not working outside of the home anymore I’ve had a little bit of time to work on some projects that I have had to put on hold for a while. Last week I pulled out and dusted off the old sewing machine. It’s an old sewing machine but still works. It’s the very same one my mom had when I was growing up and made many outfits, curtains and so much more on. I even learned to sew on this machine as well as paid for sewing lessons and this sweet little ladies house. She had a whole trailer set up for just her sewing. That is when I fell in love with the serger. I loved how professional it made the finished edges look. Of course back then I couldn’t sew a straight line for nothing. I’m certainly much better now but a little out of practice since it had been so long. 001

Anyway, back to my story…. I pulled out the sewing machine, dusted it off and oiled it up and ran through some practice pieces. Then I put together this project I wanted to do. I had been given some clothes from a friend and co-worker and saw this dress. I loved the pattern on it and the shape. However, it has just been hanging in my closet. Why? Because it’s a halter. I just don’t like how the halter part fit on me. So I decided I would make it into a skirt for our upcoming Christmas in November luncheon. It took all of an hour to get it done and now I have an adorable skirt.

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Another friend suggested a cute little red sweater and some red heels to make it really cute, classic and ready for the holidays. So I guess I’m off to find a cute sweater and some red heels. Oh well a good excuse to get a couple new things and I’ll be ready for some holiday parties. Who wants to go shopping?

Cottage Style

It’s so funny. I was on Pinterest today and checking out some different home styles and it is so funny how my taste is leaning more and more to cottage style. I love the light airy feeling of it and it just fits my personality so well.

So when I took the Better Homes and Garden’s Decorating Style quiz I was not surprised by the results.

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If I could find a cute cottage that had the space we need I would try my hardest to get it. Over the years my “style” has changed. Although I like a lot of different styles I really like the light and relaxing feeling of a cottage style home.

What styles and colors you lean towards says a lot about your personality. And I think this style just agrees with me the most.

What decorating style do you lean toward? What do you think it says about your personality?

Did you take the BHG.com quiz? If so what result did you get?

Re-Using Lunch Meat Container’s

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If you are like me and like saving money then you will like this idea. I’m talking about re-using those plastic lunch meat containers that you buy at the store. There are a ton of things you can use them for.  But, maybe you’re asking why you should reuse them. Here are a few reasons why.

  • You already paid for them.
  • You are recycling.
  • The lids fit tight.
  • They easily stack.
  • They are clear so you can easily see what’s inside.
  • They are inexpensive so if you lose them its ok. You’ll probably purchase more lunch meat later anyway.

First thing you need to do is make sure to wash them and I also remove the labels.  Second you need to figure out what you want to use them for. I use them for  many things. recycling lunch meat containers

  • crayons
  • office supplies
  • sauce packets
  • candles
  • batteries
  • packing lunches
  • storing leftovers in the fridge
  • small toy’s (polly pockets, mini My Little Pony’s, etc.)
  • sorting Lego’s

There is no end to what can be done with these things.  You are purchasing these products anyway so why not get the most bang out of your buck.

Do you have anymore ideas on how to use these containers. If so comment below. I’d love to hear what you use them for.

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Repurposing a shelf for Jewelry

Most women like jewelry. You can correct me if you don’t but most of us do. Am I right? Well how many of you have filled your jewelry boxes but just either don’t have the money for a floor standing jewelry box or don’t have the room? Well I have fallen into both of those categories at some point. When you have kids all your money seems to fly out the door for them. Not that I am complaining because I LOVE to spend money on my kids.

 

A year ago I completely ran out of space in my jewelry box. I was getting frustrated at my necklaces getting tangled all the time. So I started looking around the house to see if there was anything I could use to either repurpose or make a new jewelry holder. I came up with this:

 

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I found this small wooden shelf that was not being used. And I took some hooks that you can find in any hardware section of your department store.  My husband helped by drilling five holes into the bottom of the shelf. I had him drill them in a pyramid shape to keep the necklaces from getting too close and getting tangled with each other.IMG_7775 I screwed the hooks into the bottom and hung the shelf up and I had a new jewelry organizer.  The decorative boxes on top were given to me and I use them for earrings and bracelets.

 

 

I spent $0 on this item. I had everything already. I spent about 15 minutes actually putting it together. It’s not a difficult project and yet it works wonderfully.

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Tuesday Mommy Tips – Another Laundry tip

Another Laundry Tip: 
I don’t know if your like me but there are days when I have tons of laundry to do. Well, many times I would get a load out of the washer and put it in the dryer to dry and go ahead and start another load in the wash machine. Well because of the many other responsibilities we mommy’s have to deal with around the house I have forgotten aobut the load in the wash and then it ends up smelling all musty. That means that I have to wash it again just to get the smell out. Well that is definitely a waste of water. So I started doing this. I put the second load of laundry into the wash but I don’t start it until I get the other clothes out of the dryer. This ensures that I don’t have to worry about forgetting to put the clothes into the dryer to dry and the second load can be washing while I am folding a putting away the first load. Usually by the time I have folded them and put them away its time for the second load to go into the dryer. The result: I use less water and my clothes smell clean.
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Frugal Friday – Turn off the lights

We’ve heard it all our lives our parents reminding us to turn off the lights when we leave a room. Surprising enough this will actually cut down on your electric bill if you remember to turn lights off when they are not needed. Like when you leave a room make sure you flip the switch. If you have a lot of windows that bring in a lot of natural light there is no need to use a light. My girls bedroom is on the front of the house where the sun rises in the mornings and its really nice and bright, so during the day they don’t need to turn on the lights. In the afternoon and evenings the sun is on the back side of the house where my office is and then I don’t need to use the lights until dark. Our living room has nice big windows and allows a lot of light in the main rooms during the day and again I don’t need to turn on the lights until late afternoon and evenings. Again it will surprise you how doing a little thing can save you money on your energy bill.

Tuesday Mommy Tips

That Crazy Missing Sock:
Are you tired of trying to find that crazy sock that always ends up missing when it goes into the dryer? Well one suggestion I have is to buy giant safety pins and pin the matches together before you throw them in the wash. When you pull the stuff out of the dryer you will not only have clean socks but they will be matched already as well. It will save you time from having to sit and match them and money from having to buy new socks. Click the link above to find more tips from other mom’s.

Ellaroo Baby Slings Recalled

Ellaroo Recalls Infant Sling Carriers Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.)

Name of Product: Ellaroo Ring Sling Baby Carrriers
Units: About 1,200
Manufacturer: Ellaroo LLC, of McKinney, Texas
Hazard: The aluminum rings on the sling carriers can bend or break. This can cause the fabric to slip through the rings and infants to fall out of the carrier.
Incidents/Injuries: Ellaroo has received four reports of the rings bending and two reports of rings breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall includes Ellaroo Ring Sling baby carriers with item numbers 2101 and 2102 printed on the outside of the product box. The Ellaroo Ring Sling has a fabric carrier with two aluminum rings that is worn by the user to carry an infant up to 35 pounds. The carriers are sold in mahogany, mango stone, brasilia and malay color prints. Only sling carriers with lot numbers 03/07 and 07/04 printed on a label, under the size label, inside the Ring Sling are included in the recall.
Sold at: Juvenile product and department stores nationwide and online, including BabiesRUs.com, from June 2007 through February 2008 for about $100.
Manufactured in: India
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the sling carriers and contact Ellaroo for instructions on returning the carriers for a repair or replacement of the Ring Sling.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ellaroo at (800) 483-4902 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ellaroo.com.

Cleaning Challenge Jan 21st – 28th.

Hey everyone, we are getting back into the cleaning challenges for the new year. My friend, over at Thoushaltclean.com has posted a new challenge for this year. We are doing the bathroom from Jan 21st – 28th. Join in on the fun and check out the challenge here.

Blessings,
Dianna