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

Mask Monday: Masque Bar Hydrating Peel Off Mask

This week’s mask is¬†Masque Bar Hydrating Peel Off Mask.

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This mask claims to “gently peel away impurities and dead skin cells while cucumber extract leaves your skin moisturized, smooth and silky.”

DH gave this mask a go. He reports that, overall, he liked it. The mask smelled nice. It really needed to be put on thickly because the thin parts were hard to peel off. He ended up needing to really scrub his face to get all of the mask off. Otherwise, it dried well. DH said his face felt nice after he removed the mask. I guess that’s a good sign…

Have you ever tried this mask? What did you think?

XO,

Beks

Mask Monday: Freeman’s Pomegranate Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask

This week we have the Freeman’s¬†Pomegranate Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask.

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This mask promised to “gently purge dirt and excess oils from skin for a cleaner, refined surface.”

 

This mask was okay. It didn’t smell very good, although it felt fine on the skin. Frankly, I didn’t notice any difference after using the mask. Nothing bad, nothing particularly good. I wouldn’t go out of my way to try this mask — it didn’t seem worth the effort of putting it on and peeling it off, which was annoying.

What do you think? Have you tried this mask?

XO,

Beks

Declutter Update

In the fall of last year, two friends told me that if you don’t love something, you should get rid of it. At the same time I was reading Sink Reflections by the FlyLady, Marla Cilley. She is a big advocate of decluttering. Basically she tells you to get rid of things you don’t use, need, or love.

I was hearing and reading this, but honestly, I couldn’t comprehend doing it. Get rid of my stuff? All my stuff? Stuff that didn’t have a name, but it was mine. I would look around our home and just couldn’t think of anything to take out of it.

I knew that our house was packed to the brim. We didn’t have pathways through it, but I knew it was too full. I just didn’t know where to start.

Things are different now.

The Box

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The Contents

  • 2 lip glosses
  • bath mat
  • cuticle oil
  • bed skirt
  • bathrobe
  • scarf
  • 9 shirts
  • 3 nightgowns
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 puzzles
  • wooden mailbox
  • 3 stuffed animals
  • 1 large bundle of pens
  • plastic tiara
  • 2 baseball caps
  • wall sign
  • ceramic egg holder
  • penguin toy
  • pig candle holder
  • bunch of plastic eggs
  • bowl
  • eyeshadow brush
  • book
  • large potpourri sachet
  • kitchen timer
  • decorative pig pin
  • curling iron cover
  • pig rubber stamp
  • 3 figurines

That’s 47 items, and that brings us to a running total of 529 items that have left our home. Good!

There was so much in our house. There still is. I had to just force myself at first; and I only started because I knew it was a problem. I had known that for a long time, but it really hits you when you have a kid and realize that you have to start making room for him/her.

I started getting rid of things that were just random and useless. Then I started getting rid of some duplicate items. Now I’m letting go of things that I felt guilty about getting rid of. Letting go of the things I don’t want, use, need, and finally(though I have trouble admitting it) the things I don’t love.

Maybe I’ve become attached to some things that have no sentimentality to them. Maybe someone that holds an important place in my life gave me a gift or something they didn’t want. Maybe I think it was expensive to begin with and that alone should be reason enough to keep it. All these excuses just hold me back from a life that isn’t so complicated and cluttered. I’ve been holding myself back.

Letting go can be really hard. Whether it’s¬†your grandfather, your cute pigs,¬†the world’s best chiropractor, or that quilt your mom gave you. Obviously these are not all on the same playing field. I’m just saying¬†that sometimes you have to let go and move on. Otherwise, you may be stuck in the same place for a long time.

Tell me what you think.

Are you having trouble letting go? Are you finally getting there?

SAJ

 

 

What should I eat for dinner?

Have you been cycling through the same meals for supper? I have. Getting tired of them? Yup!

I thought it would be a good idea to start introducing new meals into our nightly rotation. I should tell you now that I am not a gourmet chef. In fact, until I got married I hardly ever cooked meals. Just simple stuff like grilled cheese. And it wasn’t any four-cheese-smoked-gouda type of grilled cheese. Just some fluffy enriched white bread and some yellow American cheese. Hmm. It’s been a long time…

Anyway, I went through the cabinet where I stored all of my recipes and recipe books and made a stack of recipes to try. Mostly so I could get rid of some of the books in my Thursday declutter box, but also because I’m tired of making the same old, same old.

My one stipulation for the recipes I try is that I must already have most of the ingredients called for. I don’t want to have to buy any more than¬†2 or 3 ingredients. That can break the bank folks!

Also, I’m going to try just one recipe a week because I meal plan, and let’s face it, when you meal plan you’re kind of used to the luxury of knowing how long your meals will take to make. Trying a¬†recipe for the first time usually takes a bit longer for me than the prep time given¬†with the¬†recipe.¬†So I’ll save the new recipes for a night when I have more time to make them.

So if you want some new ideas for dinner/supper- follow along!

Today’s recipe is Farmhouse Hash with Eggs from Sandra Lee’s Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes. Click on the name of the recipe if you want the specifics on how to make it. I’ve had this book for at least three years and finally decided to look through it when I decluttered my microwave cart/cabinet. I decided this had¬†a lot of¬†recipes I’d like to try.

 

 

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So, this meal is supposed to look like the picture below.

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This type of meal is something my husband typically likes: meat and potatoes. ūüôā

I had to brown up some sausage first. Be warned- I cooked a lot of sausage! Especially since the recipe only calls for a half pound of the stuff. This came out of a 2 pound package. I just fried it all up because I freeze the excess to save time in preparing other meals.

 

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Two pounds of sausage right there. Note: only half a pound needed for this recipe.

 

While I fried up the sausage, I started dicing up carrots, potatoes, and onions. The recipe does also call for celery, but my husband has an unnecessary amount of malice toward that veggie so I left it out.

 

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So lovely, and a little OCD. Don’t judge!

After the sausage was finished, I emptied it into a separate bowl and started cooking the diced vegetables.

 

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Diced vegetables sans celery. Not as colorful.

You have about 12 minutes for those veggies to cook. At this point you put some water on to boil in a pot big enough for 4 poached eggs. So I put the water on medium heat and started washing some dishes. I stopped every couple of minutes to stir the veggies and, later, to add the eggs to the water. They did stick a bit to the fry pan- the veggies I mean.

 

Not pictured: poaching eggs. Why? Because I don’t do well at keeping the whites together on them and it just looks so messy!

So if you’re poaching eggs and it seems almost disastrous- take heart! The meal still came out looking like this and I think it looks pretty close the book’s picture.

 

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Done!

So, there were some other ingredients like garlic, paprika, white vinegar(for the poaching), red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and parsley. I didn’t use the parsley because I didn’t have any. The red pepper flakes did add a little heat to the meal, so if you don’t like spicy I’d omit them.

Overall, it was a pretty easy meal to make and we really liked it! My husband said he would like to have it again, so I’m putting it in the rotation.

As I try more recipes, I think we’ll get a lot more in the meal rotation and I am certainly ready for that!

Is this something you would try? Any dinner ideas you would like to share?

SAJ

 

 

 

 

Mask Monday: TONYMOLY Master Lab Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet

It’s Mask Monday, so we’re here to try out another mask for you so you don’t have to! Or, you know, you can try them too. Fun for all!

DH offered to try another mask today, so who am I to turn that down?

Today’s mask is the¬†TONYMOLY Master Lab Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet.

 

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This mask promises to make skin healthy by “providing hydration and nourishment.” It uses a new “nude seal fabric… to closely adhere to skin and effectively deliver active ingredients to make it healthy.” We’ll see about that!

DH reported that this mask fit his face nicely (as promised!) and smelled nice. He thought it was one of the better masks that he’s tried. His skin felt hydrated and refreshed afterwards.

So there you have it!

Have you tried this mask before? What did you think?

XO,

Beks

Goodbye Clutter!

Okay, not all the clutter is gone- but I’m working on it! Oh how good it feels to donate to the thrift stores.

Although… it could be said that it’s not an entirely¬†selfless act on my part. I definitely relish that moment when I get to walk away from those bags/boxes packed with things that used to take up precious real estate in my home. It’s an almost giddy feeling.

The more I declutter, the more I feel like I was a hoarder. I didn’t have pathways through our house, but there were issues that were popping up.

Have you ever heard,” A place for everything and everything in its place?” Well, more and more frequently I would find myself trying to clear off the kitchen table or picking up in the living room, and I would realize that I had no idea where to put something. Things were¬†coming into our home¬†at a steady pace, but there wasn’t any available space for them. And nothing was leaving…

Thankfully, that set off some warning bells. And now I am accountable through this declutter challenge. It’s making a difference.

Okay, enough of that.

The Box

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The Contents

  • 2 oven mitts
  • 18 dishes(random- plates, plastic storage containers, etc.)
  • 1 bottle of nail polish
  • 3 binders
  • 2 cassette tapes
  • 4 packages of CFL bulbs
  • decorative tin with sewing odds and ends
  • ceramic mail holder
  • artificial flowers
  • 2 small candles
  • soap dispenser
  • pig ornament
  • lip balm
  • combination lock
  • turtle sponge holder
  • 3 small pig statuettes
  • 3 small bear statuettes
  • potato basket magnet
  • 2 small planters
  • 4 packages of hand warmers
  • pair of sneakers
  • 3 flashlights
  • pliers
  • large box of zipper storage bags
  • 16 pieces of clothing (sweaters, shirts, and pants)

 

That’s 75 items, bringing the running total to 482!!! Yay!

Alright, this is good.

How are you doing this week? Any victory for you that gives you a giddy feeling? Feel free to share it. It’s exciting!

I hope you feel encouraged. ūüôā

SAJ