Our family wishes you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving and we will see catch up soon!
Momma and Family
Our family wishes you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving and we will see catch up soon!
Momma and Family
During the busy season our place of refuge is our very own bedrooms. To keep cae=lm during the storm of the season we need to keep our personal space as tidy and peaceful as we can.
This includes getting rid of unwanted items, putting items in their proper homes and organizing things in a pleasing manner.
Holiday Shine Challenge: Go on a clutter hunt in your bedroom and get rid of anything holding you back from that peaceful refuge you truly need.
Clothing that does not fit, items that do not fit your life any longer ( aka, clutter) and of course random soda cans and water bottles (aka, trash)
Finish up your clutter hunt by tidying the tops of the dressers and night stands and a little dusting would not hurt and finish off the day very nicely.
We are now entering the bathroom phase of the Holiday Shine Challenge.
What is the most popular snooping place nosy neighbors and visiting relatives peek when they are visiting your home?
Take 5 minutes today and clean out the bathroom cabinets. If you have more than one than allow 5 minute per cabinet.
Just for fun: Leave a Sticky Note inside the cabinet on the door with a hand written note saying, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas or just a plain old all-purpose sign of Gotcha!
Feeling Brave? Post the most embarrassing thing anyone has ever found in your home.
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31 Days to a Holiday Shine helps busy moms get ready for the holidays with cleaning challenges, free printable planning sheets and humor any place we can find some.
Holiday Shine Challenge Day 14 – Bathrooms and Bedrooms
It is Monday! We are Fighting Clutter Crime by picking up and putting away 100 pieces of clutter or trash in 10 minutes!
What in the world is the crazy lady talking about?
Every Monday we fight clutter in our home by setting our timers for 10 minutes and picking up and putting away as much clutter as we can. Our goal is 100!’
We are focusing this week on Bedroom and Bathrooms so I highly recommend some clutter crime fighting in those areas.
Now is a great time to grab a pen and notepad and zip through the bathroom and bedroom to take a note of what items need to be replenished to make it all the way through the holidays and our children’s fall and winter break.
Items you may need for the bathroom:
Toothbrushes (for your family and guests)
Tip: I always add razors for the older guys in my house and cute toothbrushes for the little ones in the Christmas Stockings. Our stockings always have one fun item, one item to read, a few useful things and fruit and nuts decorated with one candy cane that hardly ever gets eaten.
For the bedroom, just check to make sure you have clean bed sheets and towels if you plan to have overnight guests during the holidays. A couple of festive hand towels are nice but not necessary and a small gift basket of toiletries or magazines is always fun.
My southern heritage has always encouraged me to make sure my guests have every thing that could possible need so that they feel at home. The only thing I have ever been asked for that I did not have on hand was a cigar. I now have a cigar in my freezer, of course I have no idea if you can actually freeze cigars because I do not partake. I am sure a few seconds in the microwave will freshen that stogie up quite nicely. ( you know I jest, I would not put a cigar in the microwave, I would thaw it out at room temperature like everyone else.)
We are in the midst of the 2015 Holiday Shine and I am enjoying bits and pieces especially my organized Pantry! This week we will work in our safe-havens, our place of tranquility, our bedrooms. Of course you guys will make it wonderfully tranquil, I am still in the midst of a bathroom remodel, the best I can do is pray that they finish so I can decorate for Christmas in peace!
Now on with the show!
Menu Plan for the Week
Monday – Roasted Chicken with peas and carrots, mashed potatoes and Ambrosia ( want to try a new method with less fussy ingredients)
Tuesday – Pasta with Ground Turkey Meat Sauce , Crisp green salad and green beans ala Crescent Dragon Wagon.
Wednesday – Indian – need to get my fix before all that Roast Turkey comes into play
Thursday -Turkey and Dressing ala Grandma List ( I do a huge from scratch Christmas Feast so I pass the baton for Thanksgiving)
Friday – BBQ Chicken Breast, Baked Beans and Cucumber and Watermelon Slaw
Saturday – against the Grain Pizza with fresh mushrooms and vine ripen tomatoes sliced fresh on top after baking.
Sunday – Pot Luck – Soup and Sandwiches – its my grocery shopping day, and momma gets tired.
My Favorite Thing of the Day – Flipping through and Dreaming with this Nifty Book! Each year I add a decorative book to my collection. I let go of several during my clutter-clean-up so I had spacefor this one!
Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes
Don’t forget to check out all the Holiday Shine Post so far!
Have a rocking day!
Linking up with Orgjunkie with all the yummyi meal planinng for the week.
Wandering around the house this morning I noticed several items out-of-place. Then with coffee in hand I peeked out the window only to discover that the Tree Service has decided to show up a week earlier to cut down two enormous pine trees on our side yard.
I know, it is shameful to cut the trees, but sometimes the winds get pretty bad here and due to the dry seasons in California trees have been known to uproot themselves with strong winds and just fall over. The two trees to be cut are right outside my home office.
I must protect my office clutter at all cost. I mean, what would I write about? But wait, there is something very pressing that I need to type and share. The carpets.
When I was pregnant with Little Guy my mother-in-law was kind enough to put in carpet in our very first home. Now, mind you I was about 7 months into the pregnancy and was pretty much incapable of making any kind of decorating decisions. My brother-in-law was getting carpet in his townhouse at around the same time and I liked the color he picked so I said just put that one in, it matches everything.
Big mistake, light wheat colored Berber carpet stains like no other carpet I have ever experienced. All you have to do is walk by it with a glass of water and suddenly little dirt spots appear and random red Koolaid trails jump out of every corner.
By the time Little Guy
was three months old my only purpose in life was to get rid of that carpet. Time passed and we were able to replace the carpets in the downstairs common areas and my office. They are now some kind of wood. The upstairs unfortunately is still that awful Berber carpet. And it is an eye soar and riddled with spots of this and that and mind you I clean it every four months. Cleaning that carpet is like washing dishes, no matter how many times you wash when you turn around there sitting on the counter is another big batch.
And let’s face it nosy neighbors and snoopy relatives love to make comments on spotty carpets. If you have dirty carpets, you can clean for days and your house still looks, well dirty.
Well, use what you have. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, spot cleaner ( you know the ones in those spray bottles) you can use a solution of half vinegar and water or dishwashing liquid.
Now you have done your best, and if you still get a few snide remarks when your visitors come over for the meal you spent 60 hours preparing calmly tell them you will be glad for them to host the next sit-down, home-cooked meal for 30 at their house.
There is nothing like a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. I am sipping mine right now. I like my Java with a splash of coconut milk. Coffee is what gets me moving in the mornings and I love it.
The only problem with coffee makers is that they can get pretty nasty if not cleaned on a regular basis. And with the Holidays here and nosy neighbors and snoopy relatives dropping by we need to keep that little machine clean and ready for some Java action.
Today we are taking a few minutes to clean our coffee makers. Now, do not fret if you have lost the instructions. You have Google and you have search skills. Just go to the website of your brand of coffee maker and search for your Make and Model. If not there are several guides to be found all over the World Wide Web.
P.S. I use K-cup tea from time to time, it is not half bad.
You know that morning your almost favorite neighbor (you know the lady with the mailbox shaped like an old-steam-train and every time the mail man opens the door its toots three times) stops by for an unexpected visit holding her coffee mug and insist on warming it up in your microwave so you two can have super groovy chat. You know your heart starts racing, because honestly you have no idea what the inside of your microwave looks like. Or wait……
You know that really bad week you had and the in-laws stop by with some Popeye’s chicken and you have been under the weather so long that you could not care less what the kitchen looks like or the fact that your kids have exploded all kind of science experiments in there and it smells like the zombie toes of the walking dead?
Ugh… the pain of it all is enormous. The shades of red in embarrassment vast and plentiful. Let this moment end, let it disappear like your waistline after your second pregnancy.
Today we are going to tackle microwaves and ovens as part of our Holiday Shine Plan.
Click here for a super neat way to clean your microwave with a lemon.
Click here for a super natural way to clean your oven.
Have a rocking day folks! We are at day 10 of the Holiday Shine Challenge and are dancing and prancing our way to day 11.