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Kids rooms

7 Feb

Because the weather had been pretty yucky and nasty, Dave and I wanted to change things up a little in the kids’ rooms. We had gone out on a Friday night and ended up at Home Depot. Somehow we were drawn to the lighting department, so we had a look around and found some cool lights to replace the ones in their rooms. Because Maya and Rylan’s room have vaulted (and sloped) ceilings we chose to buy lights that hung down to break up the rooms a little.

For Maya we found a pretty chandelier (which I LOVE) and for Rylan’s a boat. They also had an airplane one in the same design as the boat, but the airplane wasn’t able to be angled and didn’t hang down so far. Maybe we’ll one day get it for Gavin.

It was fun to shake things up a bit and I love seeing different lights in their rooms now!

I also FINALLY got around to doing up letters for Gavin’s room. I’d bought some letters before and painted them, but didn’t get around to finishing the rest of what I wanted to do with them, so they just sat. They sat for long enough that I didn’t really like them any more and decided to change them a bit. I bought new letters and colours, decided to put them in picture frames (because it’s a spacious, empty wall they would sit on) and get scrapbook paper for the background in the frames. I happened to find the frames on sale in packs of 3 at Michael’s one day, so I snapped them up. Actually they came together nicely. I attached the letters to the background with double sided tape and then hung them with hanging strips (my new best friend!) I have another idea for Gavin’s other walls that I found on Etsy that I would like to copy if I can get around to doing that too.

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Fresh flowers

14 Mar

I must say I really love fresh flowers in the house. I haven’t been able to keep them much because they get attacked when I’m not looking. The other day I saw some pretty bunches of tulips for really cheap and thought I would really like to get some to put on our kitchen table. They certainly are cheery!

Organizing and such…

7 Mar

As of late, I’ve been knuckling down a bit more on organizing/culling/maintaining cleanliness in my home. I must say it’s due in part to FlyLady. I learned about her a few years ago, was interested, but it didn’t really seem very necessary at that point in time (pre-kids). No one really messed up anything, no one really was around for much of the day, I could leisurely plan and execute meals (for fun!) and once I cleaned something it really did stay clean for longer than five minutes!

Since we’ve lived in this house for about 5 1/2 years now and have added 2 kids to it, things feel like they’ve gotten a bit out of control (to me). I hate clutter and I love throwing things out. It’s just that when you’re running around all day and finally have a moment or two to yourself, then really the last thing I feel like doing is organizing or cleaning up large projects. Everywhere I look around it seems like there’s something I want to organize or rearrange or get rid of. Problem is, I guess when I think about how much there is to do, I get overwhelmed and do nothing. Then the feeling builds and I end up getting annoyed about everything and how messy stuff is. I can definitely live with toys on the floor for the day because, honestly, there is no point in cleaning them up until bedtime. It’s just asking for extra work!

I got out “Sink Reflections” from the library. It’s FlyLady’s book (although everything is on her website in even more detail www.flylady.net) and it really spoke to me since it was pretty much the kick I am on at this point in time. A couple of things that stood out to me were that you’re never behind. Just jump in where you are. Also, things didn’t get messy/cluttered/disorganized in a day; don’t expect to fix it all in one day. Take it 15 minutes per day at a time. You will see improvement.

Today, since I had some time that I felt like cleaning or whatever during the day, I went through all my plastic storage containers. Now, I’m pretty good about only keeping the ones that have lids, etc, but I really seemed to have an abundance of containers. I kept the ones I truly use, and am getting rid of the rest. (I’m really lucky there are pickups from Big Brothers and Developmental Disabilities Association so I don’t have to wonder where to take my stuff to). I also am getting rid of about 6 extra cutting boards (I know, seriously, who needs 9 cutting boards!) and just keeping the ones I really like.

Another task is to go through all the books we have and donate many of them. We have TONS of books and really, who needs them all? I’m also going through the kids’ books and getting rid of the ones I don’t like 😉 I told Maya today to pick some to give to kids who don’t have any books. She kind of got it, but wouldn’t let me give away any “big” books. Apparently those less fortunate are to suffer with smaller sized board books.

I’d also like to go through my “loose” recipes, meaning they’re actually all in a binder together, but really are not all being used of course. I have an app on my Mac called YummySoup and it’s pretty cool. You can import your recipes all together into this one program and categorize them at the same time. It will definitely take me a while to get those all in the program, but at least I can leave out the ones I don’t like or don’t use.

So things are a work in progress, and I’m ok with that. Just to clarify, this is not considered “nesting”. Only sanity.

Upgrades

28 Dec

One day over Christmas holidays we had planned to go down across the border and do a bit of shopping. Turns out, everyone on the lower mainland had the same idea. Border lineups were crazy and I wasn’t about to wait hours for no particular reason, so we decided to (finally!) replace our current kitchen sink and tap. We’ve been wanting to do it for over a year and finally got a chance to get it done. We went to Home Depot and talked to some people there, came back, measured the under-the-counter space and figured it would fit. We (well, actually, I) ended up going back to Home Depot about 4 times to get all the stuff we needed! While we were waiting for someone to help us one of those visits, I wandered down to the hood fans and we picked one out to change our current one with. We wanted a new one because the other one didn’t suck up all the smells from cooking (not that I make stinky stuff, just, you know, cooking smells in general).

Actually it wasn’t especially difficult to switch out, just some modifications like cutting out a fair amount more of the counter to fit in the larger sink. (Can you say scary? And I wasn’t even the one doing the cutting!) We figured, really if we screwed it up too badly we would just replace the counters. No pressure, right? We started working on it after the kids were in bed, so we were up pretty late at the end of it all. All I can say is thank goodness they didn’t wake up with all the jigsaw cutting!!

I’m really happy with all of it. The hood fan sucks beautifully and is QUIET! Now at least I can hear my kids whining while I’m trying to make dinner. The faucet is up and out of the way and has some water pressure to it so I don’t have to make my own suds while washing the dishes (pet peeve: not enough bubbles in the dish water). The sink is called SILGRANIT made by Blanco and it’s made of 80% natural granite and it’s stain-resistant (which is SO nice because our other stainless steel one was so gross and stained and scummy looking) and pretty heat resistant. So yay!