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!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Best Gift: A Watch by Jord

Messy Messy Fail - I have found spiders on my clothes, crawling across the table in front of me, however never in my hair until a few days ago!  I did a story on my Instagram sharing my experience - the arachnid literally creeped from the back of my head to the front while I was brushing my teeth - I did let out a little scream!

Tidy Victory - I have successfully sat down and read for 15 minutes two times in the last week - that's two more times than the last two YEARS!  One of my goals this year was to read more, and slowly but surely I am!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #312

Messy Messy Fail - My poor Ruby Red Grapefruit (my Honda Pilot) - hit by a deer a few weeks ago and then a small but still damaging fender bender last week.  Can't catch a break!

Tidy Victory - I scored some sweet tickets to take our boys to see Blueman Group in Buffalo next weekend - they are going to LOVE it!  I have seen the show on trips with school groups many times and I still love seeing it!  Have you ever seen Blue Man Group?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #311

Messy Messy Fail - With a successful dentist appointment (tidy victory!) and a hair appointment with a 3&1/2 hour break in between, I had totally intended to bring a book with me.  I was going to find a quiet place for just 15 minutes and read - didn't happen.

Tidy Victory - OMG, this link party is #311 - doesn't get any better than that!!!!!  Come on 90's babies tell me you see my reference :D

Monday, February 17, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #310

Messy Messy Fail - How is it suddenly that the child who had more clothes than everyone in this house PUT TOGETHER (Ethan) currently has hardly any shirts that fit him?  Stop growing boy!

Tidy Victory - We are on winter break and I am ready to clean a room a day!  Today was the laundry room - vacuumed and steamed!  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #309

Messy Messy Fail - I killed another indoor herb - my basil is resting in peace.  It was in a corner somewhat hidden behind another bigger plant and I thought to myself, "Am I going to forget to water this thing?"  And sure enough, I forgot to water it.  Sorry little dude.

Tidy Victory - I made it through the weekend.  Seriously excited about that - skiing on Friday night (we still went even though ski club was cancelled), a winter music festival all day on Saturday and family came to visit today.  Busy weekend but I'M ALIVE! :)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #308

Messy Messy Fail - Now that we've gone out skiing a few times with my middle school's ski club and I'm feeling comfortable again, I grew some cajones and started going a bit faster last Friday night.  Bad mover - hit a bump, flew, panicked, lost my balance, came crashing down.  Sore neck and wrist but that was it.  Don't panic Katie!

Tidy Victory - I feel more free and more organized than ever in my life - know why?  I keep GETTING RID OF MORE STUFF I DON'T NEED!  I've mentioned it before - my fear of adding to the landfills of the US - but there comes a point that where it's just time to lose the baggage.  I feel like I can breathe easier!  

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #307

Messy Messy Fail - Oh MY were the cupboards bare last week!  I was scrapin' for ANYTHING to put in the boys lunches.  They typically buy a school lunch (pizza) just once a week while I make lunches the other four.  With all of the traveling and plans since Christmas, I didn't make any shopping trips to purchase food I knew we wouldn't be eating soon.  But the time had come.  Because bread heels do not make good sandwiches.

Tidy Victory - I am pleased to report there is more empty space in my closet and on my shelves than EVER in my life.  I remember there was one time that I had 3 closets FULL of clothes (young & single days).  Now I am down to one closet - not overly stuffed - a few shelves in the closet for jeans and sweatshirts, and finally the drawers of my dresser.  AND THAT'S IT.