We bought a house!

Hi Guys!

I realize i haven’t updated you all on the house buying process recently. Well, as you can tell from the title, we bought a house!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know all of this already because i update there more frequently, but we closed on the house May 1st!

Since then we have been busy doing yard work, painting, ripping out carpets, and dealing with wildlife.

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We are finishing up all the painting today and tomorrow, then Sunday we will go in and do a final cleaning from top to bottom. And on Monday we have new carpet being installed!

Which means Tuesday will be our official moving day! We are all so excited to move into this house!

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I can’t wait to show you all the house once it is finished and ready to move into. Until then, i hope you all have a great weekend!

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Spring Clean Series {Day 5 – Kitchen}

Hi Guys!

I’m back with my 5th and final day in my Spring Clean Series.

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I know i already talked about my pantry on Day 1, however i felt like the kitchen itself needed a blog post because it is a troublesome area in my house.

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This blog post is going to be different because there are no before and after pictures. I am going to share with you, how i keep my kitchen clean and organized though.

Here are a few of my tips to keep your kitchen tidy:

  • Try not to leave too much stuff out on the counters – Not only does it make the kitchen look cluttered, it takes up precious counter space. I only leave out those things that i use pretty much every day (can opener, coffee pot, Knife set, etc.).
  • Do dishes after every meal – This helps to not have so many dishes piled up and overflow.
  • At least once a month go through and organize cupboards – This is a good time to throw out that plastic storage container that you can’t find the lid for.

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That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed my Spring Clean Series.

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Spring Clean Series {Day 4 – Office}

Hi Guys!

Today is Day 4 of my Spring Clean Series.

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I’m going to tackle my home office today, and boy is it a disaster.

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Truth be told i don’t think i have really cleaned my office for at least over a month, yikes! There are blankets on the couch from when my kids used them to make a tent. There are papers laying all over the place. And of course half filled boxes for our upcoming move.

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I’m so glad i cleaned this room today! It feels so much better to sit at my desk and type up this blog post in a clean space.

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Are you doing any spring cleaning? What room is your most trouble spot?

Tomorrow, i will share my 5th and final day of my spring clean series. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see that!

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Spring Clean Series {Day 3 – Laundry Room}

Hi Guys!

I’m back with day 3 of my Spring Clean Series!

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Today i’m sharing my laundry room with you all.

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Because our laundry room leads out to the garage, this area gets a lot of traffic. With kids coming in and out of the garage, to go outside and play. This area becomes a dump all; shoes, toys, jackets, etc. can be found laying around here at any given time.

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I can’t blame it all on the kids though, i’m guilty myself of dumping out receipts (and anything else) from my purse here.

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Here is how i usually organize my laundry room:

  • Keep extra: cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and diapers up on the high shelf.
  • On the lower shelf i keep: diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer (when kids come in from playing with friends they immediately sanitize their hands), laundry detergent, dryer sheets, etc.

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It feels good to have a clean and organized laundry room, even though it will probably only stay clean & organized for like 5 minutes.

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Thanks for reading today’s blog post! Stop by again tomorrow for day 4 of my Spring Clean Series!

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Spring Clean Series {Day 2 – Closets}

Hey Guys!

I’m back for day 2 of my spring clean series, and today i’m tackling closets!

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I have so many closets in my house, that trying to cover them all in this blog post would be difficult and probably extremely boring for you.

So, in an effort to keep this short and sweet, i’m going to share just a few of them and my method for organizing them (just like yesterday’s pantry post).

I’ll start with my kid’s bathroom closet…

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It’s really not in that bad of shape, i try to go in there every few weeks and tidy it back up. Today is a laundry day (what day isn’t a laundry day in our household of 7), so their towels are being washed. I grabbed a few that we cleaned and folded them to show where they would go in their closet.

Also, that cleaning kit you see in the before picture doesn’t belong in the kid’s bathroom closet. One of the kiddos left it there the other day when they did their cleaning chore.

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This is how i organize their bathroom closet, from top to bottom…

  • Top shelf is for extra shower curtains. (not pictured)
  • Beach towels are on the next shelf. (not pictured)
  • Regular everyday towels and hand towels are on the next shelf together.
  • My daughter’s stuff is on the next shelf… her jewelry box, hair stuff, etc.
  • Extra mouthwash, soap and things like that are on the next shelf together.
  • Finally i keep a box ,with extra toothbrushes and toothpaste in it, on the bottom.

Now i’m sharing my 3 year old and 6 year old’s bedroom closet.

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It’s not that bad either. I try to go through it at least once a month, so it doesn’t get out of control.

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Here is how i organize their bedroom closet…

  • I use the top shelf for extra blankets
  • I keep my daughters clothes on one side, and i keep them organized by what she wears most often up front and clothes she doesn’t wear that often in the back.
  • Empty hangers are in the middle for use for either kid.
  • Then my son’s clothes are on the other side, and i also keep the clothes he wears most often in front and those not worn that often, or don’t quite fit him yet in back.

 

Well, now i have 2 clean closets, and only like 10 more to go….Wish me luck! And be sure to check back again tomorrow for day 3 of my spring clean series!

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Spring Clean Series {Day 1 – Pantry}

Hi Guys!

This week i’m starting a new series. It’s going to be all about decluttering/minimizing/organizing/cleaning all the trouble areas in my house.

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Today i’m tackling the pantry, because let’s be honest, the pantry is my most trouble area.

I don’t know about you guys, but my pantry pretty much looks like a disaster area 24/7. I try to keep it somewhat organized, but i have 4 kids that grab whatever they want out of it and hardly ever return said item(s) to their original space.

Today i’m sharing how crazy my pantry really is with you guys, and how i attempt to keep it organized.

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Here is how i organize my pantry:

  • Baking Stuff together – Flour, sugar, baking powder, etc.
  • Spices/oils/syrups/PB together – extra salt, extra seasonings, soy sauce, evoo, bread crumbs, etc.
  • Rice & Beans – I keep them in a corner together
  • Canned goods together – I also keep pasta with the canned goods
  • Snacks/Breads/Cereal together – Tortillas, chips, crackers, snacks, bagels, bread, etc.
  • Plastic/Paper goods – Paper plates, ziploc bags, plastic forks and spoons, etc.
  • Potatoes & Onions together – I also keep big containers of Vegetable oil here as well.
  • Small kitchen appliances together – crock pots, griddle, etc.

 

The top area of my pantry is for overflow items or things we want to keep out of reach of children. We also store things up there that we don’t use that often.

I’m just going to share a bunch of Before & After pictures…

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That’s it! That’s my pantry organizing. Whew, it feels so much better to have a organized pantry!

Behind the scenes stuff….

I threw away a lot of stuff that was empty and or expired.

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And because we are moving, i was also able to box up some stuff that we won’t be using for awhile and that helped make my pantry look less cluttered.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s spring clean post! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another room i’m going to tackle.

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House News, Homeschooling, and more… {Real Life Update}

Hi Guys!

So, last week in my house hunting post, i talked about how i wanted to do a real life update about once a week to keep you all updated on the many different things going on in our life. Well, today is the day. I have some new news about the house and just some other things i thought i would share.

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I’ll start with house news first because that’s what i am most excited about. Things are going great right now. Last time i updated you all, we had the inspection done and that was great.

This week we got the appraisal done, which is a major thing for the bank to continue on with the underwriting process. Like we were at a standstill until the appraisal was completed. So yay, appraisal was done and it was great as well!

The house we are buying has it’s own septic system and private well, both of which are getting tested for quality, etc. Today we heard back about the septic system, and everything is good with it.

So that whole process is continuing on and doing well.

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Homeschooling is going well, we have finished up several subjects as we are nearing the end of our school year, only 5 more weeks to go!

The school room is actually all packed up for our impending move, so we have been doing our school work at the dinning room table. And sometimes the boys like to work in their room, where it is a little less noisy.

I’m going to start planning for next school year very soon. I’m excited to make some changes and try out different curriculum.

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I’m in the middle of reading Wild and Free, and although i never do this, i felt compelled to grab out my highlighter and highlight different passages that spoke to me. I’m on page 95 as of right now and it’s a pretty great book so far!

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I shared on Easter that Karina was sick, well the sickness has slowly been trickling through the family. It started with Lincoln, then went to Samuel, up next Karina got it, now Dasean is dealing with it. I’m hoping it will spare Cruz, my husband and myself. *fingers crossed*

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That’s it! That’s my real life (in mostly real time) update! Let me know what’s been going on in your life lately. I’d love to hear from you!

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