Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #306

Messy Messy Fail - Our weather!  It's warm, like 60 degrees, then frigid.  We keep getting snow, then it melts.  Then snow, then it melts again.  It'd be great if we could get some to stay so we can go snowmobiling!

Tidy Victory - I have successfully kept my things in my bedroom clean for one week!  As we all know, it's best to not let things get out of hand, including things like your dirty laundry.  Take care of it in the moment and you'll have less to do later.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Mommy Self-Care with Smile Brilliant At Home Teeth Whitening

Messy Messy Fail - Over Christmas break, I saw my sister for our family celebration.  She must have read my mind because she brought a one-step gel nail polish with her.  I begged and she let me use it so I could have nice holiday nails (see manicure status in post below).  Although the gel polish DID last quite some time, I am currently sporting the "chippy" look on my nails, and I'm not talking cute farm house decor.

Tidy Victory - I have gotten into the great habit of IMMEDIATELY throwing away or recycling junk mail (which we get a lot of).  Credit card offers, advertisements, unwanted solicitations - immediately out of the house almost as quickly as it came in.  This makes our paper clutter nearly non-existent which is FANTASTIC!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #305

Messy Messy Fail - I think the room in our house that gets neglected the most is my bedroom.  I mean, think about it - you're hardly in it but to sleep!  It's not like when I get annoyed by the sink full of dirty dishes because I'm staring at them every time I walk into the kitchen to eat a cookie :D.  It's my goal tomorrow to just get my bedroom IN LINE!

Tidy Victory - I've already made my first Salvation Army donation for the 2020 year and it felt good!  I typically keep a small bag or box in my room or closet where I can toss clothing items that no longer "spark joy".  I've come to the realization lately that if I even think for a MOMENT that I no longer like a piece of clothing, in the box it goes!  Makes space in my closet and a possible new item for someone else - total win win!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #304

Messy Messy Fail - So it's been a few weeks since Christmas and now it's a NEW YEAR!  I always try to make lots of Christmas cookies for the holidays - I got a few made BEFORE the holiday but then the rest AFTER.  We'll call those - post-Christmas cookies :D

Tidy Victory - Christmas has been removed from our house.  All holiday decor has been taken down and my husband said it - it's so nice to see everything dressed up for the holidays but it's also nice to get your house back afterwards!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #302

Messy Messy Fail - I literally just put my Christmas cards in the mail on FRIDAY!  I keep saying it but it's all I got - Christmas just snuck on on me this year!!!!

Tidy Victory - I think other than a few last minute gifts and food items, we are ready for Christmas at our house!  We always typically wrap everything on Christmas Eve after we put the kids to bed - that way everything gets put directly under the tree.  Works for us!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #301

Messy Messy Fail - Now that my middle school and high school concerts are done, I can focus on the fun part of the holidays - baking, wrapping and finishing decorating.  Do you think I've baked, wrapped or finished decorating?  Heck no!

Tidy Victory - I've got some time carved out before Christmas to accomplish the above - Christmas just truly snuck up this year with Thanksgiving being so late!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #300

Messy Messy Fail - My Christmas decorations are still not up!  The afternoons and evenings have been SO BUSY there just HAS NOT BEEN THE TIME!  I only have three performances this week so I'm sure I'll find the time :D

Tidy Victory - The big tree in the library room is up AND HAS STAYED VERTICAL!  Getting that tree up was slightly traumatic - no one is allowed to touch the tree for fear of it falling again.  The kids handed me ornaments and I put them on :D!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #299

Messy Messy Fail - Let's just call it the Great Christmas Tree Fail of 2019 - we purchased and brought home a 9 foot concolor fir tree and it REFUSED to stay upright.  It fell over 3 TIMES until we found another older tree stand and managed to get it stable.  The tree stand I purchased from Walmart last year that was supposed to be for 7-9 foot tree proved faulty - the little spikes that sit inside the cup of the base completely ripped out and there was nothing to keep the base of the tree steady.  I'll be emailing Walmart shortly.......

Tidy Victory - Our one real tree is up in the library room along with two tiny trees I purchased last year for the kids' rooms.  Just three more to go :D

Monday, November 25, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #298

Messy Messy Fail - In my attempt to get a stain out of my sweater, I burned a hole in the sweater with bleach.  Had I checked the label I would have noted that only color-safe bleach should have been used.  Now to find a duplicate.  

Tidy Victory - The amount of random chores I have gotten done around this house is INCREDIBLE.  I'm not sure why, or even how, but MAN it feels good checking things off the list.  My favorite activity? Chucking gushy pumpkins out onto the hill for the deer to eat - heave HO!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #297

Messy Messy Fail -  I do enjoy being an independent person who can take care of things as necessary.  These including going to the dump with garbage and the recycling.  In my desire to be independent, I took the boys to the dump and had great success with the garbage.  The recycled paper, however, did end up flying all over the parking lot.  

Tidy Victory - I am soooooooo ready to get Christmas up but I am STAYING STRONG and holding out.  I just bought a couple new Christmas items from TJMaxx today to add to the decor for this year.  But I try to be smart and make decor purchases AFTER the holiday when they are discounted and to be used for the following year.  Why pay full price when you can get a discount?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #296

Messy Messy Fail - Up until today we have had some sunny, not-so-cold fall weather.  Warm weather is not so good for pumpkins.  I guess we'll see how many random pumpkin vines we have growing around the house from the rotting pumpkins.  

Tidy Victory - All of the outside garden foolishness (a gargoyle, a bunny, several LED lights, etc.) have all been cleaned up and brought inside for the winter.  I didn't leave any elephant ears or cana lillies outside by accident like I did last year - now that's a first!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #295

Messy Messy Fail - I do not have a problem doing laundry nor do I have a problem folding laundry.  It's the putting away of the laundry that I find difficult.  No joke there are sometimes 4-5 laundry baskets of folded clothes that just sit because I don't put them away.  I feel saddened by this, yet I still do not put them away.  I've got problems.  

Tidy Victory - The camper (Bullet Betty!) has been completely emptied and is ready for the winter.  ALL fabric and food items must be removed and we put dryer sheets and Irish Spring soap EVERYWHERE to keep any visitors out during the winter.  Wish us luck!