Sunday, May 24, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #324

Messy Messy Fail - I was really good for the previous two years about starting seeds for the veggie garden inside.  I was not so good this year.  I still plan on doing it - I'll start Monday :D

Tidy Victory - Our kitchen facelift is almost done - just waiting change the switches and faceplates and trying to order new rugs!  There are too many choices which makes the job for this indecisive girl even harder!  

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #323


Messy Messy Fail - I kept trying to get outside last week to do some gardening - if it wasn't raining it was too cold or too windy.  Our weather in WNY can be soooooo sketchy but with being stuck inside because of this darn virus, my itch to get outside is worse than ever!

Tidy Victory - Scored an awesome haul at a local greenhouse today to get my veggie garden, annuals and even a few new perennials going!  Flowers can be SO expensive but I feel really good about the deals I got on my goodies today.  Can we say King Tut grass anyone?!?!!? :)

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #322


Messy Messy Fail My baking is out of control - scones, tres leches cake, banana bread, hello dolly bars.....it's fun but it needs to end because it's becoming a problem if you know what I mean!

Tidy Victory - I have completed three weeks of getting up early before our school day starts and working out.  This week, my typical yoga 2x a week with Jamie was put on pause as she is revamping her Youtube page, so I actually did five twenty-minute cardio workouts.  Now I know exactly how out of shape I was.  Goal for this week is to do at least three 30-minute cardio sessions - wut WUT?!?!?!?!?!?!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #321


Messy Messy Fail - In my attempt to be supportive and buy more milk then we needed, I purchased a few extra gallons and put them in the freezer.  Milk should be fine in the freezer or so I read.  But one in fact did explode - I think it happened because a shelf bracket caused the milk container to crack.  It was not a huge mess but still, a mess.

Tidy Victory - I have been doing really well with the meal planning and food in the house throughout this craziness.  We only eat out once a week to support small local restaurants.  Otherwise we've had lots of different meals with salmon, beef, sausage, chicken, you name it!  I have never cooked this much in my life but I am pretty proud of how I've done.  

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #320

Messy Messy Fail - Here's a double whammy - I wanted to make homemade pop tarts for the boys because they love them.  I had a recipe for something more like a pastry strudel that I thought they would just love - WRONG!  "This isn't flat like a pop tart mommy!"  Really?

Tidy Victory - They recipe was still delicious anyways - my husband and I enjoyed eating all of them ourselves the rest of the week.  You can thank me later....


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #319


Messy Messy Fail - I know I am not the only one who has been complaining about this, but WHY IS MY HOUSE A DISASTER IF I'M ALWAYS HOME?!?!?!?!?  So far I have cleaned the breezeway, mudroom and laundry room from top to bottom and YOU'D NEVER KNOW!

Tidy Victory - I started watching a new series on Hulu since we ditched DirecTV and DANG is it good.  I definitely think I want to read the book as well, but the Handmaid's Tale is insanely good, albeit depressing.  I love a psychologically thrilling show and this one definitely fits the bill!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #318


Messy Messy Fail - Just finished week 4 of quarantine - I thought we had found a nice flow by week 3 but then week 4 sent some curveballs.  The balance between teacher and mom is particularly difficult. When I would normally push a student in a classroom setting I have to let up and allow for some space.  Tricky, tricky, tricky....

Tidy Victory - I have not cooked this much IN MY LIFE!  Don't get me wrong I do enjoy cooking.  The usual 2-3 cooked dinners a week is now more like 4-5.  At least.  But it's fun and for the most part, the household is enjoying it!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #317


Messy Messy Fail - Playing both mom and teacher at home is NOT easy!  There have been several moments where I wanted to continue on with consequences in full on teacher-mode but I knew that the end result would not be good considering our circumstances - I have to spend the rest of the night with these kids!  I'm going to give myself a little more grace this week and try again.

Tidy Victory - For our spring cleaning list - breezeway, mudroom and laundry room have all been cleaned top to bottom. Next up - the kitchen which we are also going to PAINT!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #316



Messy Messy Fail - Oh what a week - not because we are all stuck together inside together, or because I have to homeschool my students.  No no - not because I have to provide instruction to my students.  But because there is a steady stream of ants trying to march away with my Christmas cactus in the library room.  Legit.  But we don't want to go out and buy ant traps.  Doh!

Tidy Victory - Made some delicious meals and baked goods this week - check out these links for some quick meals!







Sunday, March 22, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #315


Messy Messy Fail - Well, we are now home for an undetermined amount of time.  This is CRAZY!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think our everyday lives would be changed in an instant due to a virus.  I can't call this my own personal messy messy fail but perhaps one for our country or even our planet!  Are you home from work due to this?

Tidy Victory - We've received many warnings about stocking up on essential items, food products etc.  I am happy to report that due to my typical shopping we were pretty ready to go and did not have to purchase much extra.   I can say with confidence that in combination with items in the pantry, freezer and fridge  I could feed my family for a month, no problem-o!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #314


Messy Messy Fail - I think my oldest may have left the plastic bag where I had all of my ColorStreets sealed open and they all rather dried out :(.  I put them in a bag in the freezer and that seemed to help a bit.  It also helped that I blasted them with my hair dryer after I put them on.  Lesson learned - keep those babies sealed up!

Tidy Victory - Thankfully, I always keep an economy size of toilet paper and paper towels in stock, therefore I am not in any need to hoard either paper product :D

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #313



Messy Messy Fail - Nasty sinus infection this week - yuck!  Thank goodness for my third favorite place - Urgent Care :D

Tidy Victory - I am surprising the boys with a performance to Blue Man Group in Buffalo tonight - I cannot CONTAIN my excitement!!!!