The Heart of the Home

Any time we have people over, they always congregate in the kitchen.  It seems appropriate that the kitchen is where we have spent the most money renovating as well.  Since we are having Thanksgiving at our house this year (for the first time!), I decided to make the kitchen my next room to declutter.

I am getting rid of quite a lot, but we love to entertain so there was a lot to begin with.  Here’s a run down of what I’m keeping:

12 place settings of everyday dishes
Ninja Blender/Food Processor + accessories (LOVE this so much – I even used it today!)
KitchenAid stand mixer
Small hand mixer
Waffle iron (We use this every month to make a giant batch of waffles to freeze)
Large serving bowls
Large serving platters
Bread basket
Corningware Set
Pyrex Set
Baking pans (muffin pan, cake pan, etc.)
Silicone muffin liners
Silpat baking mat
Food scale
Rolling Pin
Misc utensils (can opener, spatula, pizza cutter, etc)
Chef knives
Coffee mugs (way too many, but my husband is attached to them)
Everyday drinking glasses
Bottle opener (CRUCIAL!)
Glasses for alcohol (red wine glasses, champagne glasses, beer glasses, etc)
Martini shaker
Fine china
2 travel mugs
Large beverage container
Salad bowl
Lidded cake caddy
Mixing bowls
Cutting board
Glasslock containers (for weekly meal prep)

It still seems like a LOT, but this is just the first pass.  I’m selling a few items (I’m looking at you, fondue set) on craigslist in hopes that I can make a little bit of money before the holidays.  I could probably let go of lots of our glasses and such, but I feel so fancy drinking from a wine glass instead of just any old glass 🙂 Perhaps I’ll do another decluttering session before we move, but this is a good start for now.


It’s a Good Day

Count your blessings.  Keep your chin up.  Look on the bright side.

It’s no secret that positive thinking is a powerful tool.  I try to keep this in mind when I encounter assholes at work or when I unexpectedly run out of coffee.  Whatever it is, in that moment, it isn’t the end of the world.

Sometimes positive thinking can seem like a lie.  That’s why I like “it isn’t the end of the world.”  It may NOT be a good day.  You may have crashed your car or gained 15 pounds since your last weigh in, but, hey, it isn’t the end of the world.  Or you could just remember the “but did you die?” meme.  Whatever works for you 🙂


Honestly, I struggle the most with staying positive about myself.  Positive sayings directed toward my appearance definitely seem like lies to me.  No matter how many times I say to myself “your cellulite is beautiful,” it never seems to change how I really feel.  I guess if I keep saying good things about myself, maybe someday I will start to believe them.  I guess its better than the alternative.  It certainly doesn’t help to obsess or beat myself up about my own flaws.

Lately I’ve been very inspired with the body positive community.  I have been overweight my entire life.  I was always the fat friend.  I was the girl who would tag along at the mall, but would never buy anything because nothing fit.  If I could find something that fit, it was matronly, unflattering, and probably resembled something your great aunt Hilda would wear.  (No offense to the great aunt Hildas out there; it’s just not the look I was going for when I was 14.)  Now when I walk into a clothing store, they almost always have larger sizes.  In cute styles too!  Where was this stuff 20 years ago?  Having clothes that suit you as an individual is a great source of confidence.  I remember when I found Torrid.  I thought “Oh great, another plus size store that will probably cut everything to fit like a potato sack.”  I was so glad when they proved me wrong.

So I guess the moral of this story is to remember to stay positive.  And remember: whatever you are going through, it isn’t the end of the world.

Until next time….

cheers 😉




Goals for April!

April is fast approaching, and I have a lot on my to-do list 🙂  Here’s what I would like to tackle in the next few weeks:

  • Tidy up our front yard (landscaping, mulching, planting)
  • Paint the front porch
  • Paint the patio doors
  • Finish ALL painting inside (touch ups add up!)

I always seem to put off those little finishing touches, but they really do make all the difference.  Most of the projects I have for the house are complete, except for the ones where we would need to hire professionals.  Installing new floors and building a screened in deck are a bit out of my comfort zone.

I have some big projects that we are planning on completing ourselves, but I want to get all of the little things out of the way before we start something big.  I would like to have built-ins in my bonus room.  I would like to remove the carpet from my stairs to reveal the wood underneath (painting the stair risers and staining the steps included).  I would like to  paint my banister and replace my stair spindles.  These are all costly and time consuming projects, so right now I’m happy to do the remaining smaller projects until we make our way to the big stuff 🙂

I’m estimating that we can have all of the small things done by May.  We still need to replace the damaged window screens (there are several).  I want to paint the mailbox and stain our mailbox post.  I’d like to replace the doorbell button (it seems silly, but I really don’t like ours).  Our garage could use a fresh coat of paint too.  The people who owned our house before decided to paint a weird blue and white design all over the walls, so it would be so much nicer to see just one color.

Anyway, we are getting there.  We have lived in our house for almost 2 years now (our house-iversary is in July!) and it doesn’t even look like the same house we moved into.  That, my friends, is a success ❤

Until next time….cheers 😉

Goals for March!

Okay, so it is 7 days into March so I am a little late posting this.

Last month we were able to complete our closet project 🙂 I have been shopping around for wall art and a comforter for the guest room, but I have not found anything I like in my price range. We also are not 100% finished with the third bedroom I started working on in February.

Due to that reason, my goals for March are pretty simple:

– Finish 3rd bedroom

– Lose 5 more pounds

– Fireplace project

The only things left to complete the third bedroom are pretty small: touch up paint, put up wall art, buy a lamp or two, etc.

The fireplace project has been on my mind for a while and we are finally getting that done! Right now we have a cream colored marble stone all around the fireplace, which doesn’t really fit our decor. We are replacing the marble with airstone, which is a lightweight stone material that is proving fairly easy to use:) I hope to be finished with that this weekend!

February turned out to be a busy month for us; we traveled to Chicago for my husband’s paternal grandfather’s funeral. We also celebrated his maternal grandmother’s 80th birthday. Between spending time with family and driving through multiple states, we didn’t have a lot of free time 🙂 Hopefully March will be less hectic so we can get our projects finished! 

Until next time….



It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything.  I have been (slowly) working on painting my kitchen and finishing up my guest room.  We had some family issues come up and I had to put my projects on hold for a little while to help out.  Thankfully everything worked out and things are getting back to normal 🙂  I should have the guest room AND kitchen finished in the next few days, so expect a big post soon!