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Day #1 – 30 Day Cleaning Challenge

Day #1

I’m going for it!  I’m going to challenge myself by following the 31 Day Cleaning Challenge with Money Saving Mom.     She is using the chart from Fresh and Organized.

Per Money Saving Mom:

Your project for today is to surface clean your living room and kitchen.

  1. I plan on cleaning the kitchen counters and even turn the self-cleaning on the oven.
  2. Empty the dishwasher
  3. Put the food purchases from Sam’s Club away
  4. Clean the top bar of the kitchen counter
  5. Mop the floor in the Living room.

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The kitchen looks a bit better.  There are still some items on the left hand side that need to put in their proper places and I’ve decided the hubby will take on those items.

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I have the list of the 30 day challenge in a plastic sleeve with my dry erase markers.    I also have the drink 8 glasses a day chart and behind the 30 day challenge I have the list from A Bowl Full of Lemons – PDF file Daily List of Chores here.

These dry erase markers are so handy and they were from the Dollar Store.

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I also did the self-cleaning in the oven.  It had been at least year since we last had done this.  Good time of year to do it right before the weather got warm and used the heat to help heat the house.   I plan on clean it out the last of the dust tomorrow.

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The living room looks so nice!  I’m hoping this picture will keep me motivated to keep it that way.   It also gets me thinking of ways to get it simpler.   Just last week it had a lot of toys including a toy kitchen and puzzles which have now moved to the basement.   Those days will be the challenge!

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Check this out the next time the power goes out!

Thanks to my wonderful husband, we are fortunate enough to have a generator.   Woohoo!  So when the power goes out we can push a button that will turn on the diesel beast and it will give us power to run the well pump, some lights, TV/DVR, refrigerator, freezer and pellet stove.  The generator has been worth every penny because it has given us piece of mind and comfort.

Last night right before going to bed the power went out.  My hubby and I talked and agreed that it didn’t make sense to run the generator and use the fuel, if we didn’t need to right away.  Our refrigerator and freezer were very cold and we hoped the power would be back on soon.

So as we collected our LED flashlights including our Harbor Freight freebie flashlights and placed them in easy to reach locations my husband pulled out his dollar tree find!  A pack of bracelet glow sticks!   He took attached them to each of the kids door knobs and our banister.   In case, we had to get up in the middle of the night we could see easily the door knob.   It was amazing how much they glowed.   And, it only cost a couple cents.   What a great idea!

In your emergency kit think about getting a pack of glow sticks!

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Craft: Update a Stained Shirt with cute Cupcake design!

Here is a great idea for those cute adorable shirts that get grape juice stains. Find someone like me who has an embroidery machine to put an applique on the shirt. Or you can create a simple applique on a shirt and sew around it. I will post a how to in the future.

This design comes from Just Peachy Applique a sponsor of Applique Forum.

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Craft: Cute ABC Zipper Pocket Design

Here is my first In the Hoop (ITH) project!  I’m so excited about this.   I thought I would share this on my blog.  As you may know I love to create crafts, and sew.  Recently, I’ve become re-addicted to my fancy combo sewing and embroidery machine.   Yesterday, I made this cute Zipper Bag from a new design from DigiStitches

This is for Doodle so she can keep track of her flashcards.

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Jo-Ann Fabrics: 20% off Total Purchase this week 7/22/12-7/28/12

Double check your mail because earlier between July 12-14 I got a postcard flier from Jo-Ann and it has a 20% off total purchase coupon for July 22-28! That includes sales, regular and clearance items!

The best part I just checked the ad for this month and this week July 22-28 the notions wall is 50% off! Quilting fabrics are 40% off and Pillow Forms are 50% off.

That makes the notions wall 70% off, Quilting fabrics 60% off and the Pillow forms 70% off!

If you don’t have the flier download the Jo-Ann App onto your phone and you get the same coupons!

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Spring Into Organization 2012: Cleaning Up Our Message Board

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Wow!  This is what our message center looks like?  I had to do something about this.

After having twins last year, my life honestly has been insane!   It has been a huge adjustment not only on me but my daughter (Doodle) too because I went from being an outside the home working Mom to staying at home full-time.    Organization 2012 is now my mission.

Over a week ago I came across Laura from Orgjunkie.org‘s post about Spring Into Organization.  I’ve become addicted looking at some of these posts.  I’ve already started on organizing my laundry room,  my family room desk, and changing table. The best part being some of the ideas are so simple you can do it in an hour or a couple hours!  Plus, some of them like this message center can be done for pennies or FREE!

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On our Message Board we seem to put all of the receipts for the month on them, things that need to be done and things we don’t want to lose. It seems to be catch all for for items we don’t have time to put away right that moment. I’ve already started putting all of the receipts in the month holders and it is already proving to be an excellent system. The donate receipts are great reminders that we need to donate again soon. Then the coupons can also hold gift cards that we have available so before we leave the house we can grab what we need.

I created the envelopes by using junk mail!  We’ve gotten so many large envelopes lately so I just glued some yellow paper to the inside.  I bought the paper at the Staples FREE pastel paper after Easy rebate last week.   The clear envelope at the bottom is also from junk mail and is a great envelope so we can add our Box Top coupons for my daughter’s school.  She adds them herself.

Almost all of the posts I saw showed people using beautiful tags and shapes.   Since I have a Cricut machine, my daughter and I used the Calendar Circut card and created each month.  Then glued them on the corresponding blue paper.  The paper I already had so I didn’t spend anything.  She asked to create some more and I liked the idea so we created some circles and I did some calligraphy.  The best part is each are reusable for next year.   I just need to create new envelopes for each month and then file them away after I’m done.  Then all of my receipts are in one place!   A great project to do with my 3 year old and FREE!

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Walmart: Fabric Clearance

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Around the Washington D.C. metro area several Walmart stores are being upgraded to SuperCenters. I haven’t been to Walmart in a couple weeks and I forgot how crazy the store is with the construction going on.

This weekend we stopped in at the Walmart in Woodbridge, VA and discovered that they put ALL of the fabric on Clearance by the bolt. So whatever the bolt amount per yards X $3-$4 equals the cost. There were some bolts that had 10+ yards so they cost about $30 but most were less than that. If you are need of some fabric or are like me and love fabric, you might want to check out this Walmart or other Walmarts that are going under SuperCenter remodeling. I found these ranging from $4.97 – $12 a bolt.

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Organization 2012

Organization 2012

My husband and I were talking about goals that we have for ourselves this year.  Our kids are young so just having a good time while they are little is important to us.    This means we need to be better about organization.

Organization is constant with my 3 year old. Don’t forget I have identical twin boys that are starting to crawl.  Babyproofing is never ending!   I’ve learned that if one system doesn’t work right now, there will be another system that does work.  I’m still trying to figure out the right methods to get laundry done but I will find it!   I’ll be talking about that too.

This month I wanted to talk about kids crafts.   I love crafts.  We have everything to do crafts and they are all over the house.  My plan is getting them all organized.  There are crafts that are perfect for my 3 year old to get into on her own while I’m watching the twins.  However, there are crafts she should never get into until she is older.  When I get to those places in our house I will definitely share them with you.

After a wonderful Christmas my daughter got several fun kits of play-doh, markers, and paper.  Since I’ve been staying at home she has used her table, and kitchen table to color and the paper seemed to get placed on the counter, or on top of the fridge.

This weekend after talking about organization, it dawned on me that I have some cabinets that I can re-organize and provide her space for her craft supplies.  She can now get her paper, markers and play-doh and then put it away when she is done!

We didn’t spend a penny on this.  I used some metal cans for her markers  and paints.  Then my husband found this 3 drawer box that he wasn’t using and it fits her coloring books and colored paper.  The tin on top is a old cookie tin that we have used to store her crayons.  The top cabinet holds her play-doh and the red box is an art box that holds the play-doh cutters.  Perfect!

My plan is to work on all of our cabinets one at a time and re-organize each of them.  Not only will I find more space that I know I didn’t have but also find things to donate, and sell.  I’m excited.

What are your organization goals for this year?

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Our Christmas Tree 2011 – Making our own decorations

This year is my first year as a stay-at-home working Mom.  Since my daughter is a bit older and the twins are still infants I thought it would be best to make ornaments for the tree.

We made stars, and snowflakes from paper.  Doodle had a great time cutting out different shapes and we talked about each of them.  We cut out diamonds, triangles,squares and circles.   We hung up some plastic icicles and wooden red garland that I had from our Christmas stash.

For years I’ve wanted to make an Avent Calender that we could use every year.  The chocolate ones are yummy and the germany ones are so sweet but the last couple of years we kept forgetting the days.  Plus Doodle would tear the paper.  Oops!  Instead I wanted to make an Avent calendar with my embroidery machine.   The best part is I found an Avent Calender Pockets embroidery file from Hang to Dry Applique.    Check out how perfect they came out as decorations for the tree.  I’ve been trying to make one or two a day.  The best part is we can use these year after year.  They have a pocket that I can put sweets, or treats in.   Or next year I can give these to someone as a gift or use it for another purpose.