Friday, April 29, 2011

Forgetting the Before: SBJ Closet

It seems like SBJ's closet is always needing to be re-organized as he grows out of his clothes. I think he has slowed down a little and will be in this size for hopefully this one will last!
Random thoughts about his closet: 
I have a bin that I put his clothes in as he grows out of them or as the season changes.
It has helped that I got the older clothes out from the top of his closet. That gave me a place to put his luggage, nebulizer, some memory-items, and some things he needs to grow into.
I am so thankful for hand-me-downs from friends and our fabulous children's consignment store in town...without them I don't know what he would wear! 

{It is hard to get a good picture of his space, hope you get the idea}

This post is a part of the 52 Weeks of Organizing challenege I am doing with I'm an Organizing Junkie

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Chocolate

All through Lent I kept reminding myself,
"Not eating chocolate is nothing.
Think of the sacrifice Jesus made."

That being said...
I am thankful for Jesus and his sacrifice.
I am also thankful that I can eat chocolate again...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Random

Since we were out of town for Easter
and since I didn't feel like going to the store when we got home,
we had a random-let's-use-what-we-have-dinner last night...

Here is what we had:
Frozen chicken {baked, seasoned, sliced}
Brown rice {made and mixed with salsa}
Mexi-blend shredded cheese
Chips and Salsa

When I started making the chicken
I wasn't sure what it was all going to become...
Sometimes it is fun to make dinner up as you go, 
using what you have in the kitchen and pantry!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday: Bunnies

Hoppy Easter!
This Muffin Tin is all about Bunnies...

Bunny shaped PB&J
Annie's Bunny Mix
Bunny food- carrots and hummus
Annie's Bunny Cookies
Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks
Bunny Marshmallows

{This muffin tin was not brought to you by Annie's. Ha! I just love their product!}


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Friday, April 22, 2011

Forgetting the Before: Drawers

Isn't it so easy to just throw stuff in a drawer? YES! 
BUT! When you have an organized drawer it is also easy to put things where they belong!
Here are a few of the drawers I have organized so far.

Kitchen "Junk" Drawer
Under Stove Drawer

Desk Drawer

This post is a part of the 52 Weeks of Organizing challenege I am doing with I'm an Organizing Junkie

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Tornado

Nothing like a horrible tornado coming through town to make you thankful...

I am so thankful that my family and friends were spared any injury or major damage from the tornadoes that swept through our town last week.
Scary stuff. {about 5 miles from my house}

I am also thankful for the power of Facebook and the generosity of so many people. A few friends started a "tornado drive" on FB just to collect toys for the kids that lost everything. It has grown into so much more. People are donating clothes, food, diapers, appliances, furniture. It is amazing.
Their feature in the local paper! {Rockstars!}

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Don't Want it Wednesday...

...sinus infection,
swollen gums,
and pink eye.
i dont want you.
go away.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Anniversary Chicken

A friend made this for us 
a few years ago and it became 
an instant favorite.
The flavor combination
is unexpected but delicious! 

This is the original recipe she gave me.
I have since made a few changes...
1. I do not brown the meat first.
2. I do not measure any of the ingredients!
I just put however many chicken breasts
I need in a baking dish,
cover them with teriyaki, ranch, bacon bits, and cheese,
{note: it is important to pour them in that order. I don't know why, but it makes a difference.}
then bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday: Ballgame

" Take me out to the ballgame,
Take me out with the crowd,
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks..."

It is baseball season folks!
So here is our baseball muffin tin...
"Bats"- Sweet potato fries
"Baseballs"- Bananas
Cracker Jacks

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Simple Saturday: Treats

SBJ loves his sweet treats!
{and so does his mommy}
Mmmmm...nutella and mini m&ms on an apple.

He wasn't fooled into eating the apple. ha!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Forgetting the Before: SBJ Clothes

My sweet baby's clothes should not be stored in old diaper boxes. One day I may have another sweet baby that will need to wear them, so they deserve to be stored coordinating bins put away in the attic! :)
It is SO nice not to have a bazillion old diaper boxes in the garage.

This post is a part of the 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge I am doing with I'm an Organizing Junkie!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Random

It's the little things...right?

I am thankful for
my camera,
and netflix.
Random, but true.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Want It Wednesday: I want, buuuuuut...

I want to be the mom 
that gets up before her child 
and gets a start on the day, 
then I am tired in the afternoon.
random pic from an awesome restaurant called Snooze- Denver.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Smoothies

We {heart} SMOOTHIES!
{please note SBJ's sweet, patient hand}
Simple Smoothie:
1 small container of your fave yogurt
1 handful frozen, sliced strawberries
Splash or 2 of your fave OJ
1 banana, sliced

...blend it all together and enjoy.

{note: if you have a child like mine, 
you will have to double this up.
Splitting one smoothie is not enough!}

Monday, April 11, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday: Faves

SBJ asked for a
Muffin Tin lunch 
("muffin teeeeeeeeeen, please")
a few days ago!

Since he loves them
and I love him,
I filled our new
heart tin with 
a few foods he loves...
PB&J Triangles
Pretzel Goldfish
Mini M&Ms
Cheese Square

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Simple Saturday: Berries

I love strawberries.
they were beautiful
buy 1 get 2 free!
So, I did.
I washed them,
chopped them,
and froze them!

I look forward to being able to enjoy 
them in the non-strawberry months to come!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Forgetting the Before: Frezzer

I do not love my freezer.
{Our next kitchen will not have a side-by-side.}
Things always end up getting crammed into it. It is not an easy thing to keep organized.
I have a sort of system now and will try to be more conscious when I add items to it.
Believe it or not, this is organized:

This post is a part of the 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge I am doing with I'm an Organizing Junkie

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Others

I am thankful for:

family that will keep SBJ
so the hubs and I can celebrate...

friends that will hang with SBJ
 so I can cook alone...

my SBJ because he really is 
an awesome kid...
even when my energy and patience are low

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Want It Wednesday: Tray

Spotted this cute tray 
while out shopping a 
few weeks ago...
 ...want it.
or something similar.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Taco Salad

This may be one of the easiest meals!
{it is no secret: I like easy meals...}

Here is our
- Browned Beef with Taco Seasoning
- Shredded Lettuce
- Diced Tomatoes
- Shredded Mexi-blend cheese
- Sour Cream
- Catalina Dressing
- Cool Ranch Doritos
- Canned Corn, rinsed
- Canned Black Beans, rinsed

Occasionally we will use
- Guacamole
- Fiesta Blend Corn
- Salsa
- Taco flavored Doritos
- Browned Turkey

You can pretty much add or delete to your taste.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday: Spring

Spring has Sprung...
but we are still waiting on the
beautiful Spring weather here.
It has still been rainy and cold.
This Muffin Tin is to
inspire the sun to come out 
and the flowers to bloom...

Sunburst pb&j
Sunburst cheese
more pb&j
Flower made of banana center and strawberry petals
Sunburst Cheezit Gripz
Flower made of banana center and blueberry petals

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Simple Saturday: Swap

Ever wish you could 
raid a fabulously-dressed friend's closet?

A super cool friend of mine had
the. best. idea. ever.
She organized a clothes swap!
Think about it: 
we swap kids' clothes all the time...
shouldnt us moms get some fashion-love too? 

A bunch of us 
(probably 20-25)
went through our closets...
we picked out the {good} pieces
{good meaning no holes or stains}
that dont fit,
we are tired of,
or we just dont wear.
Then we all got together,
separated the clothes
and went "shopping"...
here are my super-awesome finds!

pretty color, flattering shape

fun print hoodie

skirts are so much better than shorts

super cute, love the print the maxi


ready for warm weather

excited about this print!

just a fun print and color

you can never have too many white shirts...
not a denim jacket girl, gonna give it a try...

comfy and cute with sleeves rolled up...

cute skirt for beach or pool!

so out of the ordinary for me...
and the final and most favorite piece:
LOVE IT! I would've been happy if this was the only piece I got!

after the swap, 
whatever didnt get picked
was taken to a thrift shop
that helps and benefits
the local woman's shelter. the swap was good for us
and good for our community!

Think you will try this with your friends??

Friday, April 1, 2011

Forgetting the Before: Intro

So, I am starting a little late but this is a series to show the progress I am having doing the I'm an Organizing Junkie's 52 Weeks of organizing challenge. Although I didn't get started until mid-February I have had a few weeks when I have gotten more than one project completed! I am actually ahead of the game as far as the weeks go! WOOWOO!

The name "Forgetting the Before" has 2 meanings.
1. I keep forgetting to take pictures of the before. I always remember about half-way through a project.
2. I WANT to forget the before! I want to keep all the areas organized and neat.

As of today, here is my list {tasks that are purple have been completed and will eventually have a link when I post them on here, then they will be underlined!}
1. Magazine Clippings
2. Recipe Notebooks
5. Pictures on Shutterfly
6. Picture Drawer
7. Print Pictures
8. Pictures into Books
9. Guest Room Closet
10. Store High Chair and Rocker
13. SBJ 24m Clothes?
14. Bookshelf (L)
15. Bookshelf (R)
19. Garage
20. Freezer
23. Family Notebook
25. Under Our Bathroom Sink
26. Under SBJ Bathroom Sink
27. Guest Room Dresser
28. Pots and Pans
30. Medicine Drawer
31. First Aid Box
35. SBJ Plates/Cup Cabinet
37. Glasses Cabinet
40. Our Closet