May 20, 2016

• READING NOOK • What I've read, 11

As I've mentioned before... I love to read. In fact, I have the kindle app and nook app on my phone, and both of my tablets. Now don't get me wrong; I still love the feel and smell of a physical book; but since they closed down my favorite book store {books a million} I rarely go to one. I order on-line. Sometimes I don't mind waiting for them to arrive and sometimes I do . . . hence the reading apps downloaded on everything. {smiling shyly}
But I digress...

Today I am here to list a few of the decorating books that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and re-reading since they have been published or I've added to my library. {I was in no way compensated , nor will I be compensated for the review of this book by the author or the link site provided. The opinions are strictly my own.}

You may have already read some/all or maybe you haven't; but I'm sure many will recognize some of the authors as fellow bloggers. 

{not listed in any particular order}   

miss mustard seed

the shabby nest

Nesting Place

The Inspired Room

You can check out another book I like to look through over and over again Reading Nook - Pick of the Month - June 2014


Finally the other day I got around to buying another Melissa Michaels books . . .

Have you read any or all of these?

February 5, 2016

• LIFE • What to Donate, Throwaway, & Sell

Welcome back. I hope you have enjoyed these posts so far, and maybe, in some small way they're helping you in reaching your goals for 2016. Sorry for this one being late but life happened!! Today we are going to talk about what to donate, throw away, and/or sell.

Some people like to have yard sales. Personally I don't like yard sales; and there maybe some of you that are like me, or you don't have the time, or you don't have the space.

Not to worry...
if the items age in good enough condition, why not try a local consignment shop. You can make a little money without all the hassle, granted you will have to pay a percentage to the shop, but it's still a good way to make money.

You may want to try locally owned thrift stores too. Some will pay you a good price and pick-up larger items. Just make sure to ask. We have an acquaintance that owns a thrift store, she pays pretty good and she will pick-up furniture.

Many churches also have community yard sales. I have also noticed in my neck of the woods some schools will also have yard/rummage sales during the warmer months. Check with your community also, who knows you may be able to find a few neighbors that would be willing to have a joint yard sale.


Now, I know many of you like to donate to Good Will and/or the Salvation Army; but there are other places to donate items.

- The Red Cross: donate bed linens and clothing in good condition.
- Homeless shelters: blankets and clothing again in good condition.
- Women's shelters:  women and children's clothing. Some may take toys, just call and ask before  dropping the items off.
- Children's homes: clothing, toys, and/or books. Again make sure to call to see what they will take.

Need to get rid of magazines and/or books?
- Call your local VA hospital. DH and I donate many of our magazines to VA.
- Nursing homes
- Daycares and/or elementary schools.

Please call or stop by to verify exactly what these places will take

Can you think of any that I missed?
Throw Away

Now this should be a no brainer to many...
BUT, I have seen things donated that should really be thrown away.

Furniture, appliances, lawn care (mowers) hat are broken, scratched beyond repair, please either try to find a way to recycle or take to your local land fill (please don't start in about taking it to your local land fill, I would rather see it go to a contained area than dumped along the side of the road!!)
REMEMBER, not everyone shopping/looking for second hand furniture has the means to repair these items!! (You may also have a few men in your area that will take your mower or appliances repair them then sell them.)

Clothing with rips, tears or holes: unless either you or someone you now is a good sewer please do not donate them.

Stained items: try to remove the stain. If it can't be removed, use the item for crafts, or cleaning. Maybe you know someone that is a quilter that would gladly take the garment off your hands.

Remember to stop by or call to find out what these places will take before you load it up!

January 12, 2016

• LIFE • One Small Step at a Time

So, did you make a resolution to become more organized for 2016?  I'm sure many of you have. Some may find in a couple months that the zest for becoming super organized has fizzled. The main reason for this is many do not adapt organizing tips and tricks to there life style.

So, as you pin all those cool organizing tips...

remember to take the time to adapt them to your life style and remember to take your time. Rome was  not built in a day...ya know?

Am I a super organized person? Oh don't make me laugh! I grew up with a mom that is a naturally super organized person. I on the other hand perfected my own type of organization...which is 1/4 of my moms!

I do have her and my fathers gene for paper lists. I have tried all the apps, but it just isn't the same as writing it down. No, I'm not poo pooing on apps; I actually have one I use for shopping...not big shopping...but run to the grocery store, hobby lobby or Lowes small kind of shopping. If I have a lot of things to buy...

I write it down!

I took this before I finished filling it out.

I have notebooks, planners and a calendar in the house.

I use a pencil, it makes it easier if I have to change something.

Notebooks are used for jotting down ideas, etc.

The planner is used for everything from chores, meals, appointments, etc.

The calendar, that hangs on the side of frige by the door, is used as a quick reference for work schedules and appointments.


At least twice a year (January & July) I go through drawers, closets, boxes and so forth to rid the house of things we no longer use or like anymore (we accumulate a lot of crap in that short time frame).

But drawers are my nemesis!

Ya know, drawers come in handy when you want to hide things, especially when you need to do a quick pick up and hide when unexpected company calls you and say the are 5 minutes away.

I know you think I've lost it calling drawers a nemesis.

I hope this didn't scare you! Sorry!
 I will show you how I go about doing this.

First gather your supplies:

*several plastic bags

*2 garbage bags

*shoe boxes or any boxes about shoe box size (if you don't have any you can use more grocery bags)

*damp rag and a dry rag

Next your going to choose a room to begin. I start with my main living areas (kitchen, dining, family room). If you start with the kitchen, do all the drawers before moving to other areas!

*Remember: DO NOT move to another area until you're completely finished with the first.

Then you will set up a work space where have enough room to spread everything out...I use my dining room table.

I love using brown paper bags when I organize.
I get them when I go to the commissary to do my grocery shopping

Label each bag and/or the boxes:
Take to: then label which room it will go to, i.e. child's room.

Grab a drawer, take it to your work area and dump it! (not literally)

Vacuum the drawer, wipe with damp cloth, then dry and set aside.

Then start sorting.

When finished, place everything that is going to stay in that area back.

Hopefully when you are finished you will have a few empty drawers...

I have found that after I finish drawers, if I take the small garbage bags and dump it in the larger garbage bag. Now move from one area to another; I know you can't dump your cabinets (use the counter top) or closets (use the floor or a piece of furniture near by); until that particular room is finished.

Take your time...
that way you don't over look, or keep anything that you don't need/want.

Hope this help you with your organization!

(part 3 coming soon)

January 10, 2016

• LIFE • One Simple Way to Set & Achieve Them

Can you believe that we are already 11 days into 2016? I can't! I am still trying to figure out where in the hell 2015 went. How many of you started the New Year off with a list of resolutions? Not me...
Many make resolutions and then feel so guilty when they cannot keep them. Do you know why? Well the definition explains why...

Resolution: (1) a firm decision to do or not to do something (synonyms-promise, commitment, plan, pledge)(2) the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter

So, when you look at the definition and the synonyms it makes it clear why so many feel bad when they fail. Which is a really rotten way to feel the rest of the year. So instead of making resolutions...

Why not set small goals?

I believe I mentioned this idea before (but I couldn't find it). Here is a goal that a friend does every year. She picks a vegetable that she doesn't like, she finds different recipes, and once a week she serves them. When she finds a recipe(s) she likes she incorporates them into her menu plan. She has been using this goal for 10 years now. She has incorporated about 3/4 of the vegetables she's tried into her diet.

I have actually tried this and it is a great way to introduce new food, or pretty much anything into your life. You could even use this to remove something from your life...

Example: Those people who want to cut down on the amount of soda they drink. You could set the goal of reducing your soda intake by replacing 1 soda a day with a glass of water. Once you are used to that; then you could up it to replacing 2 sodas a day.

Are you wondering if I have set any goals? So far only one...
I love to read.

I love that bookmark and it fits me so well!!
However for the past year I have read (blogs, news articles that lead to another article and so on), but not the books that I keep buying (35 unread books so far)!! So, my one goal as of now (you don't only have to set goals at the beginning of the year ya know!) is to read 1 hour every Sunday night before bed. Great small goal, huh?

a few in here have already been read, but there are still more that have not!

What about you? Does this technique of setting small goals seem like it would work for you?

Happy New Year!!

(p.s. part 2 coming soon)