Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve

Happy new years to everyone one of my friends!
I wasnt going to make any new years resolutions because lets be honest all we do
is break them so instead I am going to resolve to change.
There are two big things that I want to work on for the new year.

1) Just like Hdmarcia I want to organize my whole house this year and give everything
a place . It seems doable if with the support of my friends we work together and support
one another through this process. I have joined a few challenges to accomplish this. My husband is very supportive too with this telling me he thinks I now know how to organize and I am a great organizer. I have come far!!!!!!!!!

2) I want to get my health all checked. So I am going to make an appointment with my
family doctor to have a complete physical done. I really want my iron checked think it
might be low and my thyroid too. We have thyroid problems in my family and it has been
awhile since I have had it checked.
I am also going to make an appointment with my gynecologist too and have it all checked
out. I will also get him to check to see where I am in the journey through perimenopause.
I have had a few symptoms off and on so we will see what is going on there too.

I posted the changes I am making because I want to be accountable for my choices.
So I will not truly have new years resolutions this year but new years changes for life choices.

Tomorrow I have nothing planned so I will post updated pics of Angel and I will also post my livingroom change pictures.

Once again hope everyone has a happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

challenge you can join

There is a website that says you can form a habit in less than 30 days. They want you to record one thing you want to change and then to report every day on the forum if you did it. I joined and decided to start off small because I do something every day already and didnt want to really complicate it and not accomplish either of them. So the one thing I picked was to keep my kitchen counter clean. They say you should have a trigger and mine is before I go to bed I need to make sure it is clean of everything. They say for you take 15 minutes a day doing it. I will be putting dishes away and wiping it down and putting whatever builds up there away. I love having this corner clean it just breathes the good vibes. This is a pic from this summer but it looks the same now that is all clean and I plan on keeping it this way.
Come and join me at

Sunday, December 28, 2008

pictures pre-empted

My daughter has come down the flu so mommy needs to spend
a lot of time washing, tending to her every need, and being there
to comfort her so the pictures will be up soon.
Off to put her wash in the dryer now and go and buy some
gatorade for her.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

enjoying christmas

Many years I have dreaded christmas because there was always something not done or last minute stuff or even last minute wrapping which drove me insane.
Well not this year I enjoyed my christmas ! Last night we went over to my hubbie's Aunts which we do every year. She has the most awesome food and bakes from scratch 23 or more different types of christmas cookies. I get to sample many , oh I was good 4 or 5 is all this year I was so full!
All the gifts we bought went over well which is always cause for concern with me.
My daughter loved playing with her little cousin and even snagged some babysitting jobs along with me to help of course. We are going to make more of an effort to get together the girls more often so they dont just see each other once a year and that way they have that bond.
Then today got up and Angel opened her gifts and it was the most reactive year we have had in a long time. One gift she wanted to bad when she opened it she started hugging it and shaking and crying. I was sooooo... moved. Love those faces she makes and the constant chattering as she opens them. Hubbie loved all his stuff too I love spoiling him!!!!!
Then we just rested for the whole rest of the day . Angel played with her toys and we spent the day all together which was really nice!!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow now major plans either maybe going to do some boxing day shopping but we will see. I might wait and go out late tomorrow to the 24 hr open stores and see what is left but not have the crowds. It really all depends on the weather.
WEll off to bed hope everyone had a very merry christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow I will post some christmas pics.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry christmas to all and to all a festive time!!!!!!!!!!
Celebrate with friend and family and enjoy the season !!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish all my friends all the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Whew ! Okay after hours of cleaning and purging the livingroom is neat as a pin!!!!!!!!!!!!
That took a lot of work. I was able to get rid of 3 garbage bags of junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I am off to make supper now and then wrap tonight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

getting the hang of it

Todays tackle the livingroom. Hubbie told me he wants to move the furniture around which means I need to go through Angel's toy area. I think most are not even played with!!!!!!!!! I dont want it in my livingroom anymore !!!!!!!! I have a wooden cupboard that has stuff in it so first clean it out make space for her stuff. Now she will have two drawers, a wooden cupboard and two baskets for her stuff. I think that should be sufficient room.
So that is what I did a little more than 2 hours later I have gone through it all. I got her to go through the toy area which took oh way too long!!!!!!!!!!! So I decided to do the wooden cupboard area myself and just let her see it all organized. She has no idea what was in there so most of it went.
I feel so good 2 big garbage bags later and I have the two wicker baskets to go through too if she doesnt want to mommy will. I get it the stuff we keep needs to be stuff we love and cherish it by it having a home or displayed. Oh how life will be simpler in the livingroom once this all gets done!!
The bathroom everything has a home. The kitchen too everything has a home!
The big huge tackle between christmas and new years will be my bedroom where everything does not have a home but wish it did!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then the last room in the house I will have to go through but will probably wait till March Break for me is my spare bedroom you cant walk through except the area that I showed you I cleaned this summer is still clear!
Okay so off to purge some more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have wrapping to still do which will be tonight and tomorrow night and cards to fill out . Oh and some last minute shopping too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow I will be tired by christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Purge away it feels great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Almost done ! Whew!

I went out today the day after the big snow storm. Well surprise surprise the roads are a mess very very slippery and not well plowed! I heard on the tv yesterday the plows thought they would wait till the storm stopped to plow. So the storm began at 7:30 and ended at 4 so they started plowing at 4! What were they thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ventured out today to pick up a few things that went on sale last minute. I have one gift to pick up still but know what I want to buy and stocking stuffers for hubbie.
I have all my wrapping to do and need to do it before christmas eve because Angel is older we will probably stay later at his Aunt's house. I liked it when she was smaller we could say well we have to put her to bed so we have to leave. Of course the real excuse was we need to wrap or I need to wrap before I go to bed. But now it doesnt work!!!!!!!!!!!
I have two weeks off so hopefully in that time will have the house back inorder and all the laundry done and caught up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is anyone done their shopping?????????????

Friday, December 19, 2008

wow a snow storm

My batteries arent working on my camera or I would sent you guys a picture.
They cancelled all buses for the schools but left the schools open. What a crazy
decision considering it was very very slippery on the roads.
I came home and was safe thank goodness but found my driveway needed
to be snow plowed ! Hubbie was at work and I had no idea how to use our small
snow blower. I knew when he came home at midnight it would be awful if he had
to snow blow to get in the driveway so .... I went downstairs and brought up the
snow blower and tried to figure it out. I managed to figure it out and got the driveway
all blown out so I could pull up my car and then hubbie could get in behind me. Here in
Canada once it snows the city calls snow day and then that means you cant park on the
streets or you get a heavy fine with a ticket!!!!!!!!!!!
Well then I came in and of course dear daughter wants some supper. So I go to put on soup
so pour out the soup and pour in the milk yuck the milk is sour!!!!!!!!! Arrrrrrrrrrrr......
so I put on perogies instead! Then when I look in the fridge I notice how dirty it is . Hubbie
does the grocery shopping and throws out weekly what has gone bad. Well I guess he doesnt
see dirt and clean it too. So I took everything out of the fridge and cleaned it all!!!!!!!
Then I cleaned the top of the stove taking out the burners and everything and wiping underneath. I proceeded on to the counters which needed to have old boxes thrown into the
garbage and things moved around. Then I moved all the small appliances and wiped the whole
counter down. Then I wiped out my sink and made it shine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear daughter cleaned out the dishwasher so then I put in all the dirty dishes. Time to clean off the next counter top. Again moved things around , put things away and scrubbed it too. I then looked at the floor it needed a good sweeping so I did that too. I had some cookie decorating things on the table so cleaned all that off too and gave it a good scrub.
My kitchen sparkles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I had Mr. Clean Sponges though to help me clean it would have been easier than the elbow grease I used!!!!!!!!!!! I need to get some and then hand scrub the floor again this week!!!!!!!!!!!
I need to clean the livingroom and then maybe I will get to my bedroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh what a scary thought but I am off for the next two weeks so there will be time along with some fun with Angel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I decluttered the fridge too tossing old condiments, some moldy ( shh...) vegetables and some plastic cups too .
Well I think that might be all the cleaning for tonight unless I get another burst and finish up the livingroom. It just needs to be straightened, few things put away and vaccummed if not it can wait for tomorrow. I have no plans this weekend except relax and clean.
Have a great weekend . Stay warm if you are where it snows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

getting ready

Okay so I am trying to get all ready for xmas once again!!!!!!! I am decorating some cookies tonight for tomorrow . I did some last night to and will take pics. I am trying to decide if I should make hot choc bags for staff at either of the schools I work at. It will depend on time.
I need to buy hubbie some more gifts. We spoil each other !!!!!!!!! I asked him this morning , " Honey what would you like for me to get you for xmas? " He replied , " when do you have to know". What when do you have to know christmas is only a week away. I love to be in the malls with all the crowds last minute to pick you up something. Men !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy this year so far I have received the most awesome gifts from thankful teachers. Remember I am an educational assistant in many classrooms. Today I received a huge plate of homemade cookies with a beautiful silver plate. I received 2 boxes of chocolates, more cookies and a gift card to time hortons. Oh yes and a beautiful jar of homemade jam. Now how thoughtful were all these ppl not really getting me gifts that would be clutter after!!!!!!! But with all the sweets I am sure I will put on a bit of weight over christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

so excited

Okay so I have been racking my poor little brain to decide what I could make for the teachers at both the schools I work at. Hmmmmmmm... something they would like and something that wouldnt clutter there life at all!!!!!!!!!! Thinking thinking and then all of a sudden last night I run across a blog that shows these adorable snowman cookies . Okay so they are cute are they hard to make no they are store bought. Wait what is that I re-read! Yes they are you just buy white oreo cookies and decorate. Wow everyone will love them so I will make them for all the staff along with hot chocolate bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cookies and hot chocolate who wouldnt love that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So this week being the last week of school I will be very very busy putting all this together. I was at the dollerstore today and now need to go back to buy festive baggies to put this into!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will not be doing christmas cards this year for the fellow teachers but treats!!!!!!
I love blog land and thank you to everyone who posts such awesome creative ideas that are simple that look great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday declutter a little late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcia (The Organised Queen) has tagged me for decluttering this week. I must tag 3 people and help start the movement again . If you are reading this blog consider yourself tagged!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcia asks So tell me, which is the area in your house that gets cluttered the quickest.

I would say the end table when I first walk in the door. Also the small couch is a huge
dumping ground area and lastly the coffee table.