Thursday, October 8, 2015

Decluttering a Tiny Kitchen Part 1

have a pretty small kitchen with very little counter space. Needless to say, keeping clutter off of my counters with 5 children in our cozy 1400 sqft home is a constant battle. Well, last night I had enough. I want my tiny kitchen to feel bigger. My solution: get stuff off the counters and give everything a home. Simple, right? 

I have a huge family, and I'm busy... like all the time. Let's be real. I have 5 kids (one is a disabled adult). I've have 2 schools to hit up for drop offs and pickups every day (taking up almost 3 hours of my time). During the day, I take care of my 1 year old and disabled sister - not to mention the countless things that need to be done every day like laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, and yard work. We also have ball practice every single day of the week and games all day on Saturdays, then church on Sundays. So, I've set a very realistic goal to declutter and organize 1-2 counters/cabinets a day. Taking charge of your home doesn't have to come in one big swoop. Do what you can when you can, and you'll stress a lot less. 

I wish I had thought to capture a "before" picture of the counter space, and the cabinet under the sink that I tackled yesterday, but this is pretty much what all of my kitchen looks like (Giant face palm).


This is pretty much the size of all my counter spaces too. Big, Right? Haha 
Well, that's not the counter I decided to tackle. I'll get that one today or tomorrow 😊 Yesterday, I took care of the counter next to my sink and over my dishwasher. 

You know the that big ole dish drying rack that we all need, but just takes up unnecessary counter space? Bye Felicia! 

That was the first thing I ditched. Who needs that when you can simply use a dish drying pad that conveniently folds up when the dishes have dried? 

Next, I have this beautiful glass cake stand/fruit bowl that I bought a long time ago... Way before children ever came into the picture. Again, I don't have room for that, and it takes up way too much counter space. 

I took a deep breath, and decided it was time to say goodbye. I had made the decision to ditch it, but then I had to decide what I was going to do with my bananas. Luckily, I remembered this awesome basket I purchased on clearance for only $5 back in the spring. It was perfect! 

It holds an entire large bunch of bananas I bought at SAMs very well, but I wants to get everything off my counter. That's when I had the idea to hang the basket from the tile back splash. 

I always have a pack of these handy, and cost effective sticky hooks on hand. I grabbed mine at Target. 

These worked great for hanging the basket, and they're holding up very well considering the weight of the bananas. 

And here's my clutter free kitchen counter number 1! 

One day, soon I hope, I'll get to take all the wall paper down and repaint everything; even the cabinets! Until then, baby steps! 

Have a happy day! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

More Moving Tips

Ok, so we are moving into this cute little 1940s home in a little over a week, and I cannot be more excited!

There are so many wonderful things that are going to happen to this little place; paint being the big number 1. 

Anyway, that's not the purpose of this post. I wanted to share another quick moving tip that I came up with this time around. Maybe I should just start a moving tip series, ha-ha! Goodness knows we'll be moving enough! 

Today's moving tip is for those of you with multiple gaming systems! We personally have 4, and trying to sort out the cords after we move has never been fun. We packed all the systems together into one box, and put the various cords into gallon size ziploc bags which we placed on top of the systems in the box. 

Viola! All the gaming systems in one box with all the cords and controllers separated, and labeled. Now getting our entertainment area set up should be a breeze! 

Happy Moving!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Well, Hello... Again

Holy moley! I cannot believe it has been 7 months since my last post. Not that it should come as some hugenormous surprise, but I've had a lot of things happen since my last entry. Numero uno, I got pregnant. Yup! My husband, and I are expecting kid dos on September 6, 2014 - which just happens to be kid number 1's 7th birthday. What are the odds, right? We're expecting an evidently, very long legged little girl whom shall be called Lexi.
Pardon the mess in the background. We're moving... yet again. 

During my time away, I also went out and got a job... you know, one that actually makes me leave my house every now and again. After being a stay at home mom and just working on my bridal shop for 7 months, it has been a nice change. However, with the new baby coming along in the next couple of months, I think my days of working outside the home are probably going to be limited once again.

The cool thing about the possibility of having to stay home this time is the fact that I will be able to have a fully functioning office and craft room because, drum roll please... we also bought a house!!!!! I will be able to actually have a place to get my creative juices flowing, and a real honest to goodness desk, or table where I can work rather than on the living room floor! Needless to say... I'M SUPER EXCITED!!!!!! I have SO many projects that are all lined up for the new house, and I cannot wait to share all of them with you! Our house needs some major wallpaper removal done, furniture refinished, kitchen cabinets redone, nursery put together, a spiderman room designed, a man cave decorated, and like I mentioned before... my craft room! 

Okay, now that we're all caught up I am going to bid you all goodnight. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Leftover Chicken Pasta

Have you ever found yourself wondering what in the world to do with that one piece of leftover chicken from the deliciously grilled dinner you had last night? I found myself wondering the same thing today!

Here's a quick recipe of my delicious leftover chicken pasta that will have even your kids asking for more! The cool thing about it is... You can make it using what you probably already have on hand.

Here is what you'll need:

Your favorite pasta, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese (sorry, not pictured), pepper, and of course, your leftover grilled chicken breast. Mine was seasoned with the original Mrs. Dash seasoning.

First, you'll want to cut up your chicken; like so:

 Next, throw your diced tomatoes, 2 TBS Italian Seasoning, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, and your cut chicken into a skillet.

I got a little eager when taking pictures, and took this before I put the chicken in. Oops! :)

Bring all of your ingredients to a boil over Med/High heat, then reduce to medium low to simmer for about 20 minutes. When it's done simmering, it should look like this:

While your sauce and chicken is simmering, prepare your pasta of choice. Cook, and drain as you normally would.

Once the sauce has finished shimmering and your pasta has been prepared go ahead and enjoy your super yummy, super frugal leftover chicken pasta!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Writing a Successful Blog. Can I Really Do This?

Well, it's 2:30 AM, and I can't sleep. All I can think is, "Can I do this? Will I ever be successful? Am I talented enough? Do I have enough good ideas?", and well... you get the picture.

I've been wanting to start a blog for a long time time now. I've often found myself going to Pinterest, finding myself on a blog where I'm learning something new, or talking about something I'm interested in. I love crafts. I love making jewelry. I love sewing. I love cooking, and I love creating print materials. So, why wouldn't I be good at doing it too? Well, to be honest, I got scared away from creating my blog on numerous occasions. 

As a newbie to the blogging world, I started looking at other blogs to get an idea of what I liked about theirs, and how I would incorporate my favorite things onto mine - which was fun, but I got really discouraged. A lot of the blogs I really liked showcased their crafting area, they had gorgeous places to take pictures, and even had a nice camera to take photos of their projects with. I don't have any of that. My crafting area is super small; in fact, I don't really have a crafting area. I do all my crafting at the family computer desk, on my living room floor, and sometimes, when no one else is home, on my tiny kitchen table. I don't have an area in my apartment with good lighting for pictures, and I don't have a fancy smancy camera. The only thing that kept going through my head with every new blog I looked at was, "I can't do this".

Well, you know what? I had this epiphany about a week ago when I started this blog. I realized that I only can't because I'm not letting myself. I might not have the luxury of having those nice things that we all want, but I still have good ideas, and I can still share them with whomever will allow me to. I want to show everyone that even with a limited means, it can be done. If you have good content, are dedicated to your blog, and focus on what you're interested in, the rest will come. I won't be able to have a nice crafting area for a while, because of having to move so often. That's just the military life. As much as I want it, I just can't have it, and I'm going to have to make do with what I have. I can save up my money for that fancy smancy camera that I don't have, and I can take pictures to the best of my ability until then. As far as the bad lighting goes... I found myself a super awesome table lamp at Target. We'll see how much it helps during my next yummy goodness photoshoot coming to you all on Monday!

The moral of this story is there is no such thing as can't. If you want something, you have to make it happen through hard work no matter the circumstances.

Thanks for stopping by, and reading my little blurb about starting a blog. I hope, if you're new to blogging like myself, you were inspired. If you're a seasoned blogger - I would love for you to share you insight!

Please, post any questions, comments, or advice below!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Moving Tips

Okay, this is a repost from my wedding blog. It's been a pretty big hit over on Pinterest, and I got to thinking that the blog post would be more appropriate for this blog as opposed to my wedding blog. Hope these tips help you with your move - I know they did for me! Happy moving! 

I haven't been a Navy wife long, but I'm finding there are definitely ups and downs. One good thing that has come from my husband joining the Navy is that I was able to quit my full-time job to stay at home, work on my business, and take care of our son. I am honored and feel very blessed to be in a position to do these things. 

On the other hand, there's a lot of not so awesome things that come along with it. Being away from my husband is the worst, but he's serving our country, and is providing very well for his family. Another thing that is not so fun is the moving part. Right now, I'm having to pack up the entire house by myself. With that being said... I have a few tips for those of you who may be moving in the future. 

1. Pack all your books in your suitcases.
This will enable you to roll those things around instead of trying to gather a 50 man crew to move those heavy boxes full of books!

2. Pack your clothes on their hangers in large garbage bags.
This saves a lot of time and energy when packing and unpacking your clothes. Don't forget to tie the opening at the bottom, and label who's clothes are in the bag so you know where they go when unpacking. I used the big Glad ForceFlex bags. If you don't like the idea of garbage bags, try the next tip for packing your hangers. 

3. Tape your hangers in sets of 10.
This keeps them nice and neat, and will prevent them from becoming a hot tangled mess! 

4. Leave your clothes in your dresser. 
Purchase some stretch wrap (basically giant Saran Wrap) to wrap around your dressers, side tables, and more. I used Duck brand Stretch Wrap that I purchased at Wal-Mart. Sorry I don't have a picture.

5. Pack your breakables with your clothes.
This is excellent padding for your fragile Items, and it saves you time and money from trying to find, or purchase padding. Plus you're killing two birds with one stone! 

6. Pack your home by the room. 
Start in the least used area of the house leaving the kitchen till last. This will enable you to start getting ahead of the game without stressing if you packed something you need or not. 

7. Pack an overnight bag.
Whether you are going straight to your new home or not, make sure to pack a change of clothes, toothbrush, and bathroom essentials. After an all day moving affair, you might find you're too tired to go diving into your boxes right away looking for these items.

8. Go to local stores to pick up their empty boxes for free! 
Don't spend a fortune on moving boxes when you can go to places like grocery stores, restaurants, shoe stores, and liquor stores. In my endeavors, I have found that shoe stores and liquor stores have the best boxes (the large ones that all their products are shipped in).

9. Purchase sturdy plastic cups, utensils, and paper plates.
If you're like me, you just want to get it done. You can go ahead and pack a lot of your kitchen items if your purchase plastic cups, utensils, and paper plates. Just use those till its time to leave then toss them in the trash. Easy peasy!

10. Invite your friends!
Don't pay for an expensive moving company to help you load your truck. Invite your friends over to help you out in exchange for some pizza, beer, and one last get together before you leave. Works every time! :)

I hope these tips help, and happy moving!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

Ok, so I was doing a little more unpacking in my bedroom (the Navy just moved us to Jacksonville about a month ago), and I came across my picture boxes. Of course, you HAVE to look at pictures when you come across picture boxes - it's a must!  Well, I found an old picture of myself, and I just cannot believe how much I look the same. I actually think I might even look better now than I did then! I mean... is it just me or am I being a wishful thinker?

Me at 18
This is a picture of a picture sooo yeah, sorry about the quality.

Me at 29
Again, not the best quality, but I'm getting a real camera soon!   

What's your throwback this Thursday?