A Year of Minimization

December 31, 2012

It’s that time again to make resolutions. I usually make them and while I may not do a fantastic job keeping them everyday they do help me improve myself. For example one year my resolution was to be on time. I still am not on time to everything, but I’m a whole lot better than I used to be and it is at least now important to me to be on time. This year I’m looking at the resolution thing a little differently, it’s more of a theme this year as opposed to an actual tangible thing. I am embarking on a year of minimization.

Minimizing our stuff: I have already started doing this, I started with our office, purging and shredding files. I’ve been doing our closets, pantry, bathrooms, and laundry room too. In 2013 I’m taking it to the next level, we are using up everything in our house before buying more. I have tons of cosmetics, lotions, etc that are not my “favorite” and I’ve decided waste not want not I’m using them all up. Also on the agenda is using up dressings, sauces and pantry items. Once we’ve used it up we’ll just buy things we know we really love.

Minimizing our spending and debt: I’m not entirely sure how we can spend less, but I’m guessing when I really look at our spending we can cut something out. This is the year to really get a budget and get our higher interest student loans paid off. Most of them have lower interest than our house, but the ones that are higher have got to go!! Perhaps this year I’ll start using more coupons as well.

Minimizing our waist lines: This, I’m sure, is a lot of people’s resolutions, but we need to get it together. Not only do I want us to lose some weight this year, I’d also like us to minimize our fake intake. Processed foods have got to go, farewell high fructose corn syrup, boxed mixes and convenience food. I plan to start making things like they did in the old days, homemade humus, sweets from scratch (in moderation), and making alternatives to those bars we eat for breakfast and snacks.

These plans all work together when you think about it, while we minimize our stuff we save money, while we minimize our spending, we minimize our weight by not buying the expensive convenience foods. Here’s to a 2013 with less than we had in 2012!

Just a reminder, tomorrow begins our #2013gifts on Instagram join me lolalula37.

Have a safe and happy evening ringing in the new year!

Fifteen

December 27, 2012

Fifteen, the number of dollars I paid for my new pair of glasses that I LOVE! I wish I was sponsored, I am not, so this post is legitimately because I love the glasses, the price, and the short amount of time it took to get them. Coastal contacts gives you your first pair of glasses free and you pay the $15 for the shipping and handling. With your glasses you will also get a nice hard case, a cleaning cloth, cleaner AND a tool to tighten them!! With the holiday I still got mine in 10 days. Here they are, comment only if you like them, just kidding, I don’t care if you hate them.

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!!

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5 Month Letter

December 21, 2012

To My Little Girl Ellery Wynn,

You are growing up so quickly, every mother says it, but it really is the truth! People have said time and again this month that suddenly you look like a little girl and not a baby anymore. I have made a decision, it was a tough one, but I’ve decided. I’m going to let you grow up. It’s almost painful to say it, but it’s important that you know I don’t want to hold you back. You’ve been giving me glimpses of getting older. You’ve started holding onto me very tightly before I lay you down for a nap, it’s as if you are saying, “please mom, just one more minute.” I always oblige, I know that someday, all too soon, you will ask if maybe just this once I didn’t have to hug you in front of everyone. It will hurt my heart no doubt, but I know it’s part of growing up so I’ll let it slide. On the other side of the coin I hope to be able to shield your innocence as long as possible. I hope I can let you be a kid for as long as you like because I promise being grown up isn’t as glamorous as it looks when you’re little. I have no idea how to master this delicate dance, but I will try as hard as I can to learn so I don’t step on your toes. I love you so incredibly much and I have thoroughly enjoyed these last 5 months being your mom. You are simply the best!

Love you forever,
Mama

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Ellery Wynn’s Nursery

December 19, 2012

I have been waiting for the nursery to look perfect, but she’ll be 5 months on Friday and it was done before she was born so today is the day. I didn’t stage the bookshelf, the changing pad is my back up and I took photos with the iPad because it’s easier, so without further ado, Elle’s nursery…

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Free Solutions

December 17, 2012

I have done several Pinterest things for Pinned it Did it Monday, but some are Christmas gifts and one is just not quite exactly up to posting perfection. So I decided I’d show you two things I did this week that cost me exactly zero dollars, my kind of project!

I’ve been meaning to do THIS for awhile and as the cards started rolling in I whipped one together with things I had lying around the house.

Here is what mine looked like, I like the original better, but I’m happy with how it came out.

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This next idea solved the problem I’ve had for many months, but just couldn’t stand to spend money on the fancy acrylic trays. The original pin looks WAY FANCIER than what I did, but mine serves the purpose.

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Lastly, not sure if I saw this on Pinterest, but somewhere I read that to help your baby sleep better you should put a heating pad on low in their crib 15 minutes before bedtime. I started doing this especially when I twilight feed her and it WORKS WONDERS!! She no longer is startled awake by the cold crib. Who wouldn’t want to slip into a preheated bed?

I Used to Think

December 14, 2012

To some of you this might be a post where you shake your head in disbelief that I am this dense. For some it might give you some hope in the dieting department as we enter the new year. I used to think you either could eat super healthy or eat bad. If you ate a piece of chocolate you were having a “bad diet day” and you were off the diet wagon. I love chocolate so most of my days were bad diet days and in my mind I was a terrible eater and basically there was no hope for me. Andrew and I have begun a new lifestyle. I’ll tell you about it sometime in the next couple weeks as we get further into it, but basically I have come to a realization. Chocolate does not negate vegetables. Just because you eat one bad thing in a day it doesn’t mean you aren’t getting all the health benefits of the fresh fruits and vegetables you are eating throughout the rest of your day. We have become vegetable people, correction, we are becoming vegetable people. I realized I can eat an entire bell pepper for 30 calories and that’s when I decided I better start eating more peppers, that’s a lot of food for those calories. Humus is currently one of our favorite foods, on that subject PLEASE comment if you have a good easy humus recipe, I’m told I can save money, but I’m intimidated by making it. I have found that I feel so good when I eat fruits and vegetables in place of processed foods and I have stopped feeling like a failure just because I have a sweet tooth. I definitely am trying to cut back on this stuff, but I will likely be eating sweets and veggies in tandem for awhile. I’m hoping our new lifestyle will work for us. I’m going to give it another week then I’ll tell you about it in case you plan to get healthy in the new year.

I Needed That

December 12, 2012

I’ve written about this before, but it’s been a long time so this first part may be a repeat for some of you. I’m a rule follower. If there isn’t a rule for something I create one. I like boundaries, I function very well within them. I have always enjoyed this about myself, but the older I get the more I am seeing this just might be a flaw. I live my life in black and white, my husband’s entire life is gray. You can imagine the kinds of “heated discussions” we’ve had over the last 5 years. Enter baby Ellery, talk about a game changer. I still think kids need boundaries, and you will never convince me otherwise so don’t even try. However, I am finding that sometimes my “rules” are completely lost on her. Take sleeping for example. Doctor says always put your baby on their back to sleep. She sleeps through the night every night on her back. Put her on her back for a nap and you’re lucky if she sleeps for 20 minutes. Yep, I’m just as puzzled as you are. Guess what, my little lady sleeps all three of her hour and a half naps on her tummy. This was super hard for me because it was breaking a rule that is supposed to insure the safety of my sleeping infant. After a week of her not sleeping I bent the rule and we are all so much happier!

Tonight after caving and giving her Tylenol after she cried most of the day and slept about half of her naps I felt really guilty. I never wanted to give my babies medicine. I don’t take medicine unless I am really sick so I figured I’d be the same way with my kids. Then your sweet baby looks at you through tear filled eyes and you realize she has no choice. She can’t ask for the medicine and likely she would beg you for it if she could. Right after I gave it to her I saw THIS article via Emily and I felt so much better. (Warning there is some profanity in the article.) I am never going to be the mother people think I should be. But as I’ve said before and will say again and again, I’m doing my best and that’s all I can do.

Themed Christmas

December 11, 2012

My mom and I have tossed this idea around this year for years to come. My brother has put the big fat nix on this idea, but that doesn’t mean Andrew and I can’t do it with just our family. Themed Christmas gift giving. Each year we pick a different theme. Some thoughts are second hand Christmas where you can only buy gently used gifts from eBay, consignment or even gift something from your house. A TJMaxx Christmas, my parents would have a hay day doing this one. Charity Christmas where you don’t buy for each other, but donate things in honor of each other so perhaps buying animals through World Vision or toys for toys for tots or angel tree. Homemade Christmas, I think this would be really fun. I just think it would be nice to dial back Christmas a little bit and just enjoy the season. We cut back on spending considerably this year because of our birth expenses and me becoming a stay at home mom. For us it would be more fun if there wasn’t a spending expectation rather just a themed expectation. My mother-in-law started this for Christmas this year and I really like the simplicity of it!

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What do you think, would it be fun or too restrictive?

Cheater

December 10, 2012

So I am hesitant to tell you this because I want to win it, but Emily is giving away what she made this week, so check it. You could always gift it to me, well really Elle, if you win!

I’m kind of cheating this week because I made these last year for Christmas, but they are fun and almost free so I decided to share.

Here is the original pin

Here is my picture:

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I saved my jelly, salsa and spaghetti jars for the month of November and bought the cheapest yarn I could find. I am saving the jars again this year and plan to make green ones for next Christmas season.

The other thing I did was made this recipe for baked ziti.

It looked delicious. Unfortunately I had to make some alterations and it didn’t taste so delicious. We only eat red meat once a week due to our cholesterol, so I used turkey, and Ellery can’t handle me eating onions so I had to take that out. It wasn’t bad, it was just bland and I do not intend to make it again. Mine did look pretty delicious though!

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I have so many projects pinned that I’m hoping to get around to, thankful for this series so I can challenge myself to try some.