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Monday, December 31, 2012

Project Organize Your Entire Life

If you missed the post earlier this morning about my New Year's theme resolution, you can get all caught up on it HERE.  If you don't want to read about our Christmas, skip down to the last paragraph.  My first step in Project: Get Organized and Find Order was to come up with a game plan.  I have a really bad tendency to overload myself with projects and to-do lists and then I suffer burn out and disappointment, followed by lack of motivation because I never seem to get anything done!

Over at Modern Parents Messy Kids, Stephanie felt similarly one night in early spring last year and wrote an amazing post about how she had tamed her demons, her house was perfectly organized, her chore schedule was planned to a T, and her menu plan never failed.  Her children has reliable routines and her life was in complete harmony.  And then she admitted it was all a dream, but Project Organize Your Entire Life had been born.  It was a worldwide phenomena that spread like wide fire!  Apparently, there are lots of people craving order who don't quite know how to get it.  I know that's the boat I am in.
image courtesy of modern parents messy kids

Stephanie has since been putting together an e-book on where to start in order to achieve more order in your life.  Total score, right?  I've started working my way through the pages and, let me tell you, it's a fabulous collection of hints and helpful tips on where to start your journey to organization and order.  I am loving the section on toy rotation.  That is one of the first things I want to implement into our new routine.  Less toys in the house means less mess to clean up and less to trip over when I get Gator's middle-of-the-night bottle.  Besides, my kids have some GREAT toys, but they have so many that they never spend much time with any one thing - leading to more mess (what 10.5 month-old cleans up after himself?!) and less quality play time.  I'll let you in on how I'm going to do all this soon...


If you too have made the resolution to de-clutter and organize this year, you gotta check this out.  Stephanie has a sweet deal going on today!  If you'd like to try out POYEL: The Quick Start Guide, it is available now!  There was a great little part about her first project.  The laundry room of all places.  But it was something she could get accomplished while her little one napped one afternoon.  For a while, it was her happy place, even though no one else saw it regularly.  But, the best part of this guide is that she answers the question, "Where do I start?"  That is one of the hardest parts, for me anyway.

You can get POYEL: The Quick Start Guide in PDF form or try out the Kindle version.  It normally costs $6.99, but if you order before 12:59 EST on December 31, 2012 with the code "early" you can save an extra 25%!  Total deal, just saying.

Well, I'm off to do some toy sorting... and buy some storage totes...  woo, what a par-tay, right?!  Happy New Year!  (Be safe!)  And bring it, 2013!  I'm ready!



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Bring in the New, Simple and Orderly

Ugh, sorry for being MIA last week.  I had planned about three posts for after Christmas, figuring it wouldn't be so crazy and hectic.  Ha ha ha, right?!  We had a bug sweep through our ranks and I went from taking care of the sickies to being one!  Bleh, I hate being sick.  And poor Little Gator was sick his first Christmas.  Lame.

Speaking of Christmas, I hope yours was amazing.  If not Christmas, then whatever holiday you celebrate.  I hope it all was awesome.  I made out like a bandit when Mr. Napping Santa scored a sweeet deal on my new LAPTOP!  It's faster, slimmer, lighter and just all around awesome, although the different keyboard style is giving me a little trouble.  Even so, I'm a lucky girl.  Thanks, Santa!


We also took some time to enjoy the snow we've gotten, both in the valley and up in the gorgeous mountains.  Mr and Monkey built a snowman in the front yard to greet all the family and neighbors.  We also got to tag along on one of Mr's work trips to California.  We played in the snow while he did his lame, boring work.  Unfortunately, I left my phone in the car and didn't get ANY pictures.  Sad, right?  Guess we'll have to make another trip up there again soon.

A few days ago I asked about New Year's resolutions on my Facebook page.  One of the responses I got was totally awesome.  Instead of making specific resolutions, set a theme for the year.  I LOVE this idea.  I can set goals, but not have the pressure of missed deadlines or failures.  Rather, I can focus on and celebrate the victories.  So, this year my resolution is GET ORGANIZED and FIND ORDER.  So, here's to de-cluttering, simplifying, organizing and finding order in my home, my blog, my relationships, my consumerism and intake into my home, my little Etsy store, my children and their activities, my family and our time together.  I'm going to be all about menu planning, toy rotation, little bins and baskets, pre-scheduled blog posts and printable lists and schedules.  It will probably take the whole entire year to make a dent in our crazy lives, but I'm going to try.  So, out with the old, in with the new, simple and orderly.  2013, I'm ready for you!

Are you with me?!

    

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you!   I hope your day is wonderful and full of friends, family, food and fun.  Be safe and thank you to all of my readers!  You're the best!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

{Guest Post} Gigantic Turtle Candies


I hope your Christmas prep is going well and you're surrounded by family and friends.  Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, I still hope you're having a good day!  Today, I special treat for you.  How about a tasty little goodie just in time for your last minute Christmas baking or that New Year's Party?!  Well, help me welcome Meredith and some delicious chocolaty-caramel goodness!
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Quick Holiday Treat: Gigantic Turtle Candies
Doesn’t it always seem like the closer it gets to the end of the year, the more you have you to do?  Even if you started planning out your holiday cookie baking in October, there are always those last minute get-togethers to cook for and people you forgot to buy for.  Instead of running out to the mall or spending a boatload on express online shipping, consider doing your last minute holiday shopping from the comfort of your kitchen instead.
Choosing to bake gifts instead of buying them is usually a more economical decision and is definitely less stressful than braving department store crowds.  It’s easy to make large batches that can be gifted to dozens of different people, and let’s face it; most people would choose home-baked goodies over an impersonal gift card any day of the week.
These Gigantic Turtle Candies are the perfect last-minute gift idea that your friends will be thrilled to receive.  Not only are they incredibly simple to make, but they’re a great twist on traditional sugary cookies.  The combination of butter, chocolate and caramel hits just the right balance of sweet and salty that’s much more memorable than your usual chocolate chip cookie.  Plus, since they’re made out of popcorn instead of cookie dough, you won’t have to deal with flour and sugar all over the walls.  And best of all, they’re the perfect treat for little hands to help shape—try them for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations or make them as a fun family activity all year long!



Gigantic Turtle Candies
1 2.9-oz bag Gourmet® Butter Microwave Popcorn
PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
63 pecan halves
1 14-oz bag caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons Fleischmann’s® Original-stick
2 tablespoons milk
1 12-oz bag semisweet chocolate morsels

Directions
Prepare popcorn according to package directions.  Remove all unpopped kernels and place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
Spray 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.  Arrange 21 groups of three pecan halves in a cloverleaf pattern on your baking sheets.
Place the caramels, Fleischmann’s and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH for 3 to 4 minutes or until the caramels are melted, stirring once.  Pour over popcorn and gently toss to evenly coat.  Let cool for 2 minutes.
Spray your hands with cooking spray.  Shape the popcorn mixture into 1-inch mounds and press onto the center of each pecan cloverleaf.
Melt the chocolate morsels in the microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until smooth when stirred.  Drizzle over each caramel mound.  Chill for an hour or overnight.  Pop a few turtles into festive plastic baggie for an easy treat for friends and neighbors.

Author Bio: This is a guest post written by Meredith Kimelblatt on behalf of Orville Redenbacher’s®.  For more last-minute holiday gift ideas and popcorn recipes, visit www.orvilleredenbachers.com



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Thanks for sharing, Meredith!  Doesn't that sound delish?!  I am definitely going to have to try these!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Weekend Wander #106

Sorry I missed the party last weekend.  We had a little Christmas party at our house last Friday and I was so busy cleaning and decorating that I completely spaced it until like midnight on Saturday.  And Little Monkey came down with croup during the party (awesome, right?).  And I was finishing up some Etsy orders so they would ship in time for Christmas... so, I didn't bother with the linky.  I had other things on my mind.  The good news is that we now, FINALLY, have some pictures on our walls and the row of boxes that were sitting in our dining room for the past six (eek, did I just admit that?!) months, are now... well, they are just in the garage.  But at least they aren't sitting in the dining room anymore.  Right?!  Baby steps, baby steps.

And, speaking of baby steps, Little Gator took his first steps last week too!  Beat his brother by five days.  The day before he turned 10 months, he took a little stroll stumble to mommy.  It was one of those moments when the graham cracker mush in my hair and the toys all over the floor are totally, 100%, completely worth it.  Pure joy and elation.  I love being a mom.

Anyway, what have you been up to?  Let's get this party started, shall we?!  Really quick...  some features!

Connie continues to WOW.  
Check out her activity binder for the kiddos.  
We have something similar for Little Monkey to do when I'm busy with Gator.  
It's a life saver!  I definitely recommend setting something like this up for kids.

How gorgeous are these glass trees?  
I will definitely have to add something like this to my to-do list.  
For next year.

I Love this fabric wreath!  Jessica did an awesome job.
I will admit that my wreath is a concoction of Dollar Tree findings.
That I made before I had children...
I  itch to make a new one... maybe next year.


What's new?  Show me whatcha got!  Annnnd... GO!






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Monday, December 17, 2012

Jingle Bells Subway Art Printables

Happy Holidays, everyone!  How's the Christmas shopping going?  Or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever holiday you may be celebrating.  I'm beyond excited that I'm done with the shopping part... now just madly trying to get all the gifts assembled.  I'm beginning to wonder how wise it was to start the PJ pants from Mom on Christmas Eve tradition....... ah, well.

Anyway, these little goodies went up at Lil Luna last week (my last post there!  It's been fun, but I feel like I need to get my life a little more under control before I commit content to such a big blog again.  It's too much stress!).  I wanted to share them here too, in case you missed it then.  

I was super excited to get to post in December.  I love Christmastime and designing for the holidays.  Since I've already done a good couple handfuls of holiday printables, I was a little stumped on what to do.  But, I think I came to a great conclusion!  I love the way these turned out and I hope you can find some way to incorporate them into your holidays.  Christmas cards, home decor, gift wrap... just a few ideas.



Click on the image you would like to download.  It will open in a new window.  Right click on the image and select "Save as".  Save it to your computer and you're off to print it!  Happy Holidays, everyone!

You may also want to check out these other Holiday posts, the Gift Guide page and other seasonal printables:
Preschool Activity Advent Calendar with printable activity cards








Happy Holidays!

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