Decluttering- back on the wagon!

I am nearing my deadline. 1,200 items removed from my house by the end of the year. I was doing pretty well. Then I just kind of stopped unintentionally.

You know. Things come up. Bad timing. Whatever.

I kept thinking I should start this up again.

Now I’m really under pressure!

Here it is: The Box.

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What’s in it?

  • 2 towels
  • 2 blenders
  • 8 knives
  • 4 oven mitts
  • 3 funnels
  • 2 pie servers
  • bottle of lotion
  • onion keeper
  • 2 headbands
  • corkscrew
  • book
  • 2 whisks
  • 3 spatulas
  • 2 coffee mugs
  • wallet
  • 4 CDs
  • 2 bracelets
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • glasses case
  • 3 ornaments
  • 2 can openers
  • 2 car window shades
  • 4 sweaters
  • 2 board games
  • veggie peeler
  • 2 serving spoons
  • paper towel holder
  • 3 skirts
  • 6 shirts
  • kitchen hand towel
  • jacket
  • pair of pants
  • pair of socks
  • 4 dresses

78 things I got out of the house. Some of those things aren’t pictured because I gave them to a friend before I took the picture. ūüė¶ That’s okay. These aren’t the most interesting pictures anyway. It’s the journey that’s important. Right?!

The last time I did a declutter box, which was in June in case you were wondering, the total was 566. So now it’s 644.

Now as long as I don’t stop doing this for 4 months, I should be okay. As long as I stay on track.

Hopefully if you’re decluttering or getting rid of your hoard- you’re sticking to it! Good luck!

Updates soon…

SAJ

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Mask Monday: TONYMOLY Master Lab Vitamin C Brightening Mask

This week we have the TONYMOLY Master Lab Vitamin C Brightening Mask Yay!

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This lovely mask promises that it “makes skin healthy by providing radiance and nourishment.” We’ll see about that!

I went ahead and used this mask one afternoon. The smell was meh, but there was plenty of product so that the mask wasn’t falling off my face. Always a good sign. After leaving it on for 20 minutes, it really did feel like my face was nourished. I’m not sure my face ever looks radiant, but it definitely felt moisturized and nicer than it had prior.

I’ll try this one again!

XO,

Beks

What should I have for dinner?

I thought I’d share a new recipe I tried. I have actually been trying many new recipes in the last two weeks. I just haven’t been taking pictures…

This is a Whole30 recipe. Before you start freaking out about not giving up your sugar and dairy and gluten- hear me out. I’ve never been on a diet before but I felt this was necessary. I love my sugar. I love it in ice cream, cookies, ice cream, cake, ice cream, pies, ice cream cake, and so on. I love sugar. And over the years it has occurred to me that I eat a heck of a lot more sugar than other people do. So I am kicking the habit. That’s it. That’s the¬†biggest¬†reason I am doing this.

So I knew I’d have trouble with this diet for many reasons I can visit on at a later date. Because of this, I wanted something that just walked me along so that I focused more on the next step rather than the sugar I was missing.

Enter this website. Excellent. It plans every meal out for you. Even gives you the grocery list. A slightly intimidating list- but I did it. Even with an unhappy toddler in tow. No small feat.

We have had some excellent meals this way. Really. I will make them again after this 30 days is finished.

Here’s what we had last night(you know-when I finally remembered to take pictures). Oh, and this one is in the slow-cooker- nice in the hot weather.

Creamy Lemon Artichoke Chicken (linked to recipe!)

So you take some canned artichokes, quarter them and put them in the bottom of your slow-cooker. If you’re a real foodie, you may gasp at the whole “canned artichokes” bit. I was like,”Where do you find artichokes?” Obviously not a foodie. But I do like to eat- does that count???

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Next I sliced up some lemons and some carrots. The carrots were actually just for me to eat immediately. They have nothing to do with this recipe. IMG_2498

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Then I took the skin and fat off of chicken thighs, sprinkled them with salt and pepper and finally lightly browned them on both sides in a skillet. IMG_2493.JPG

I did this all in a backward way from what the recipe said. If I did it the right way- it would have gone more quickly. But I was trying to save myself from cleaning extra dishes. Oh, the shame.

So when the chicken was browned a bit, I laid it over the artichokes. BTW- I put in 2 extra thighs because I’m a rebel. And because it was packaged that way.

Then I mixed up some chicken broth, arrowroot starch, and coconut milk. I poured it over the chicken and laid lemons on top. (Actually, I put the lemons on first, then glanced at the directions and took them back off to pour the broth mixture on. Then I threw those babies back on. Doesn’t matter except for the pictures people!)IMG_2501IMG_2502.JPG

Cook it on high 4-6 hours. Remove lemons- I don’t care where. Just don’t put them back in your Crock-Pot! They’re super soft at this point anyway. Ugh. Take the thighs out and shred them with 2 forks. This is super easy. Mix up a little more of that starch and some water and stir that into the liquid in the cooker. Then add your chicken back in and mix it all up.

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So I had some more carrots…

This is what it looks like when you’ve finished and decided it’s kind of a stew. And that you have to have some other veggie with it, because…BECAUSE. (I have this fear that on a diet you have to starve, and I let this fear drive me to make extra food. Sad really.)

This does not look like the photo that came with the recipe. She obviously did not shred the chicken before her photo!

What did I think of it?

Pretty easy to make. My husband loved it. Do you like honey lemon cough drops? The flavor of this kind of reminded me of them. It was okay, but I kept thinking of those cough drops which I don’t care for. My husband loves that flavor. So it was a hit with him. Our daughter liked it too. There you go. Try it.:)

Stay tuned…I have more coming. Especially from that website(ourpaleolife)– check it out. She’s got some great recipes.

SAJ

 

Mask Monday: TONYMOLY I’m Real Broccoli Sheet Mask

This week we have the¬†TONYMOLY¬†I’m Real Broccoli Sheet Mask.

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This mask promises to¬†provide “intense hydration while conditioning skin to revitalize complexion and boost elasticity level.”

Initially, the mask smelled fine. Slightly floral, but not overpowering. It tingled just a bit when on — enough that you know something is happening, but not so much that it was uncomfortable. When I removed the mask, my skin looked good — not red or anything. And my skin now feels hydrated! Hurrah! I’ll try this one again.

What do you think? Have you ever tried this mask? Thoughts?

XO,

Beks

Mask Monday: Masqueology Collagen Hydro Gel Gold Mask

This week’s mask is the Masqueology Collagen Hydro Gel Gold Mask.

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This mask promises to “penetrate deep into the skin” to hydrate and detoxify skin.

Verdict: this mask was incredibly unwieldy to put on, and the flap covered my nostrils so I kept sniffing them up…. The mask felt like a combination between rubber and jelly, which made for an interesting experience. It smelled nice though and had a pleasant tingling sensation. My skin did feel hydrated after. So I guess this is a meh review? This mask was just okay. And I probably wouldn’t try it again because it was so slippery to work with…

What do you think? Would you give this mask a try?

XO,

Beks

Declutter Thursday. It’s almost Friday.

It’s late at night, but I have a box and I want to share it!

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Here’s what’s in it:

  • new set of plastic sandwich containers
  • pair of children’s shoes
  • 2 placemats
  • George Foreman grill
  • new cookie press
  • metal grater
  • VHS movie
  • small wicker basket
  • candy spoon mold
  • 5 fabric kitchen appliance covers
  • beer can poultry roaster stand (oh man…)
  • 2 water bottles
  • aluminum fry pan with lid
  • small bag of hair accessories
  • decorative pillow
  • medium sized candle
  • doll clothes
  • 2 children’s shirts
  • baseball cap
  • water filter
  • pair of socks
  • makeup brush
  • Tupperware ham keeper (it seemed like a good idea)
  • single cup coffee maker
  • small bag of random craft supplies
  • 2 stuffed animals
  • box of shower curtain rings
  • Frisbee
  • small makeup bag

37 items in this box…Well, some were on the floor. ūüôā Not bad. That brings the total to 566. Only 634 more things to get out of our house!

Actually, since my goal is to hit 1200 items by the end of the year, it looks like I’m almost halfway there with my time and how much I’ve been able to get out of the house. That’s promising, right?

Are you decluttering too? Do you want to?

SAJ