Thursday, August 21, 2014

A busy day...

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As the weeks pass by, it's getting harder and harder for me to keep up with the usual housework. So on the days when I feel a little extra energy, I try to take full advantage of it. I know, it might be a little boring to read my to-do list but I feel so accomplished today I had to boast a bit :)

1. I finally caught up with the laundry and ironing! I try to fold things right after they come out of the dryer. And yes, I love my dryer with the amount of stuff that I have to wash every week. Not frugal but keeps me sane... So about 80% of the stuff gets put away right away (which kids help me with as part of his chores) but the other 20% usually need to be ironed - mostly, skirts, dresses, dress shirts and khakis. Did I ever mention before how much I hate ironing khakis?? Ugh... But what can I do, that's the price for my love of Hubby looking all sharp for work... It took me weeks but I finally tackled the whole pile and I'm so proud of myself.

2. Cleaned the half-bath and a toilet in a full bath. Yes, just the toilet. Still pretty happy about it. That's the type of cleaning that's really getting harder and harder to do. But somebody has to do it. I asked Hubby yesterday to help me with scrubbing the tub... Sigh... Guess who will have to re-do it all? No, not me :) I will still keep trying to teach him how to do it :) I take bathroom cleaning one thing at a time right now and it works... most of the time...

3. Dishes and dinner. Well, that's one thing that I'm pretty good with but I had to mention it because I tried a new recipe and it was delish!! A bit time-consuming but so worth it. The kids actually ate all the mushrooms on their plates and that's a first for us...

4. Finished some work assignments and edited. I work a lot right now. Even more than I used to before. I try to pick up as many assignments as I can because my paycheck is what pays for all the babies' stuff we need. August was insanely expensive for us therefore I'm extremely grateful for any work that comes my way. I don't know how long I would be able to do it and even whether or not I will have the job after the babies arrive but I will keep working as long as I can.

5. Saved a box of strawberries from it's food waste destiny. I went through the fridge and cleaned it. The only thing that really needed to be dealt with was a box of strawberries. I cut them all up and froze for future snacks and smoothies. We've been doing quite a few smoothies (trying to use up stuff in the freezer) lately so they won't hang in there for long.

6. Dusted and washed the living room window. I haven't washed that window in so long, and the amount of sticky fingers all over were totally showing. It was screaming my name for weeks, and I finally got to it. Feeling so accomplished today :)

I've done a ton of other things but this list is getting a little too long :) I really want to lay down on the couch and stretch my legs right now but it feels good. Now keeping fingers crossed that I have the same energy back tomorrow :)

And how was your day??? What were you up to today?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simple people...

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Last week I met a girl from my neighborhood who I've never met before. She wanted to be part of our yard sale but showed up a little too late for the bigger crowds. But we had plenty of time to chit chat. As we started talking, she told me how she struggled with her daughter (who is now 16 months old) the first year of her life due to multiple health complications. She then proceeded to tell me a little more about herself - how she was working two jobs to pay off debt, and her husband was working 6 days a week, sometimes up to 12 hours per shift. And in a week, she was going back to school in the evenings... Not for a second did she complain about her life. In fact, she was telling me all of this more as a matter of fact, even with a smile on her face, and I couldn't help but admire this very determined and strong young woman, barely 5 feet tall...

Almost every day we hear stories about courageous, powerful, amazing inspirational figures. But sometimes the most influential are the "simple" people around us, those who just quietly live their lives, unknown to most of the world. We all have superpowers within us, and we can change the lives of others one little step at a time. Often, simply by being ourselves... I've been blessed by so many people in my life who left their light touch or deep impression without knowing it. Just like my cute little neighbor...

Who inspired you recently? Who are those "simple" influential people in your every day life who might've left a much bigger impact than they could ever imagine?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Food waste and a menu, week 8/18-8/24.

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Because we spent a good portion of last week on a vacation, we didn't have that much food waste. Would be nice if we didn't have any but alas. These were bagels from our trip that got moldy before we had a chance to finish them:

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I also threw away a bad potato from our potato basket and a small box of raspberries. That was the saddest food waste because we all LOVE raspberries here. They looked really good but, I think, they were already getting moldy when I got them :( Meee...

I do want to try extra-hard to avoid food waste this week. When we came back home, my first impulse was to go and buy some fresh produce because we left our fridge literally bare before the vacation. But then I went to our garden and realized we had more than enough in our own back yard:

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Definitely won't need any produce for a few days:) My tomatoes are coming in very slowly but I picked enough for a salad this week. We also have plenty of kale to add to the salad too.

Our goal in the next couple of weeks is to work through a good portion of what we have in the freezer. I want to make a bunch of freezer meals before the babies come. I did it with my second, and it was life-saving for us! I already started to line up the recipes on Pinterest (yum!!).

So this week on our menu so far:

Mon.- breakfast for dinner (eggs, hash browns, turkey bacon, smoothies)
Tues.- vegetarian burgers, potato chips (leftovers from the vacation)
Wed.- pasta with ham, mushrooms and peas (almost everything from the freezer)
Thurs.- fried potatoes with chicken, green salad
Fr.- Church picnic
Sat.- leftovers/ zucchini mini-quiches
Sun.- salmon, rice, stewed cabbage

What are you eating this week? And what is your favorite frozen meal recipe?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In case you were wondering...

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I'm not good at taking maternity pictures. I think I only had a couple with each of my boys. And I did the JC Penney version maternity shoot with my first and if those weren't the only pictures of that period that I have (we didn't own a camera back then), I would probably burn them...

But in case you were wondering, that's what 23 weeks with twins look like :) Granted, it's 3# and #4 for me so I popped out a little quicker this time around:

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This pregnancy has been quite bearable so far (other than the fact that I'm measuring about 6-7 weeks further along that contributes slightly to my duckling swagger...). I'm still quite active and I'm yet to use a motorized cart at Walmart... So I try to enjoy it while I can :) I will have a ton of tests and another big ultrasound done in about three weeks but so far both my regular OB and my high-risk doctor are pretty pleased. The little ones are active and busy and really don't like when I put elbows on my belly while reading :)

So yeah, I thought I would take a picture since so many of you asked how I was doing (and so many people in my world are wondering how soon until I pop...)

And how was your Sunday, my friends??

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I'm back!!! And 30 ways in 30 days, update #2.

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Hello, hello, my lovelies!

How have you all been??? I have so much catching up to do but, I hope, you are all doing great!

I did not mean to fall off the face of the earth for the whole week. It kind of happened. We went on a vacation to the beautiful Bear Lake this week:

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 The problem was that the house we were staying in did not have Internet. I didn't realize how much I depend on it until it was taken away!! I was really upset at first (because I couldn't blog or work) but than I decided to just accept it and enjoy some much needed time with the family in this gorgeous place. And it was worth every second! The weather was great most of the time, the lake was breathtaking and the kiddos had a blast:

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We came back Thursday night and things immediately started piling up, that's why I never got to write a post. But I'm back and I'm happy to be here! Thank you all for checking up on me and for your supportive and encouraging comments on my last post! You guys are amazing!! I don't know what I would do without you...

But today my friend had a yard sale and she allowed me to bring my stuff too. Surprisingly, I didn't have as much to sell as I thought I would. I have a few nicer items that I want to try to list on classifieds and Facebook yard sales to make a little more but I still had a table full of things, mostly smaller items. I didn't sell everything I hoped to sell but it was still a success in my book. My goal was to make at least $25, and I made $30.50. I'll take it :) The best thing is I sold 13 things and got rid of another 16 that I took to the thrift store to donate (I was NOT taking that stuff back home! No way!!).

And that means that I surpassed my goal for this challenge! But don't worry, I'm not planning to slow down:) And the best part is that I didn't just get rid of 38 things but also made $82.50 along the way. It wasn't part of my original goal but I hope now to make at least $100 by the end of the month. I think I can do it!!

And how did you do this week?? Are you close to reaching your goal or, maybe, you feel like you need a little extra push?

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