Monthly Archives: February 2014

Re-homing Our Fur Babies

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IMG_5556 IMG_5562-1        With baby on the way, I can feel the pressure mounting to get my home in pristine condition.  I find myself dealing with a lot of things that I’ve been let sliding – the amount of clothing we have, unhung photo frames, space, and pets.  I love our two cats Mocha and Alley, but I realize that they are adding to the chaos.  Just the fact that they use the litter box and then walk all around the house with dirty feet is bad enough for me.  So, I’ve struggled with, and finally made the tough division to re-home our cats.  I’ll start with Mocha (our Siamese), as Alley is pregnant, and I want to wait until the kittens are weened to re-home her.  Kailer is super attached to Alley, and I know that separation will be incredibly hard on him.  For that reason, I’ll be working on finding a home for her with friends or family, so that he can visit her.

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Slight Change Of Travel Plans

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So, I just talked to Mike, and we’ve decided to postpone our June vacation for a couple of years, and renovate the basement instead.  I’m a little sad because I made an amazing trip agenda, but mostly I’m just really excited to be gaining more kid-friendly space in our house.  Besides the room, it’ll add value to the house at sale time next year 🙂
So, here’s the plan for house:

Entrance:

  • get a better litter box
  • vacuum daily
  • reorganize
  • declutter & organize closet
  • put up railing
  • add some decor
  • remove stair carpet
  • lay new flooring (dark) on floor & stairs
  • add shade on west-facing window

Living Room:

  • declutter
  • vacuum
  • rearrange furniture
  • add an area rug
  • paint main wall
  • have Mike set up the projector

Office:

  • declutter
  • organize

Kailer’s Room:

  • empty
  • clean
  • reorganize
  • add decor

Dining Room:

  • clear & clean table
  • vacuum
  • wash walls
  • put pictures in frames
  • paint main wall
  • add decor

Bathroom:

  • declutter
  • clean
  • organize

Boys’ Room:

  • declutter
  • donate clothing/toys
  • rotate toys
  • organize
  • add decor

Kitchen:

  • clear counters
  • do dishes
  • vacuum
  • organize
  • add decor

Master Bedroom:

  • declutter
  • rotate clothing
  • donate clothing
  • vacuum
  • organize closet
  • organize room
  • add decor

Bedroom #4 (Baby):

  • empty space
  • renovate
  • paint & wall art
  • add furniture

Bedroom #5 (Kayden):

  • empty space
  • renovate
  • add furniture
  • organize
  • add decor

I’m really looking forward to all the changes 😀
I’ll keep you posted!

Confession: Bag Sale Addict!

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I confess that I enjoy buying second-hand clothing for my family 🙂  This morning I went shopping at our local MCC store and spent a whole $8.00 on 22 items, which included maternity clothes, choir outfits and clothes for the boys.  The prices tags totaled $25.15, which makes today’s “Bag Sale” day savings $17.15!  Score one for the thrifty mommy! 😀