Cleaning & Organizing · Family · Home · Organizing

Day 2 of project massive clean!


Today’s post is brought to you by my incredibly cluttered and crazy messy, no where near organized basement! This is one of those massive projects I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but never ever have the time… I’m trying to best utilize these few days, while the kids are still in school and I’m off, to make a massive dent in these major clean out projects. Plus, we are also having a tag sale on Saturday, so I’d love to get as much out of my house as possible before then! I’ve been trying to implore the Konmari technique as I clean. First and foremost, do not keep anything that doesn’t spark joy! It’s been relatively easy going through the extraneous stuff we have been storing in the basement, Andy have been able to cull a lot of the stuff taking up way too much space in boxes and bins. I’m a self proclaimed pack rat so I’m actually pretty proud of myself with how ruthless I’ve been at getting rid of stuff.

The hardest thing to purge is, by far, is the sentimental stuff…  I have a good 3 tubs of memories that came from my parents house when they moved out of our childhood home and I gathered my stuff from the attic of their old house. A lot of it is photo albums, yearbooks, notes and cards, old journals, movie ticket stubs, prom favors, VHS tapes (I’m dating myself here…) etc… it was all so nostalgic to peruse through, I really couldn’t bring myself to get rid of anything quite yet…I only scratched the surface of going through these boxes, because I really wanted to make sure I was using my time wisely with other clutter. However, some of the treasured ephemera and mementos I did scope out in this first go through were simply soul satisfying. Amongst some great old photos, I also found my switchplate from my nursery (which I’m going to install in Sailor’s room), a box of Uno cards my Nana and I used to play with constantly (stored in an old cut tissue box), my parent’s wedding favor (decorative plate? ashtray?), and the traffic light light pull from my Papa’s apartment in Washington Heights- to name just a few. It was so lovely to run across these items and feel the rush of so many happy memories come flooding through my mind. It also made me excited to show this stuff to Dashel and Sailor one day; I think they will love to look through some of it when they get older. I already started showing Dash some pictures from when I was about his age and when I asked him who he thought was in the photo, he identified it as himself 😌, ‘no, buddy, but I get why you said that.’ 


Do you hold on to sentimental items? Are they stored in a box somewhere? Or do you have them displayed? I’m going to try to pick some of my favorites to incorporate into our everyday lives to keep those happy memories close by. 

Cleaning & Organizing · Home · Organizing

Major clean out’s!

We all have those places in our homes that we dread cleaning out… some of the more common ones are the garage and the basement. (And attic!) Unfortunately, these spaces tend to be the ones that get neglected the most often and become a breeding ground for we storage of stuff the we don’t necessarily want and definitely don’t need- but can’t quite seem to part with either. My Dad came over today and we attacked the garage together! Here are some tips when taking the plunge to clean out your garage.

1. Get everything out! It’s much easier to see everything, easier to sweep/clean the garage of dirt, dust, leaves and spider webs when everything is out. 

2. As you’re bringing your stuff outside- we brought everything out onto the driveway- separate it into piles.

-stuff we are getting rid of (we’re going to have a tag sale this weekend, and anything that doesn’t sell is going to Goodwill) 

-stuff I’m keeping that goes into house or car or other area, not the garage 

-stuff I’m keeping that goes back into the garage

– also throw out all trash and recycling as you go!

3. Have some clean rags around to dust off items and shelving as you go.

4. Be ruthless about letting things go. Do you really need that croquet set that you’ve never used? Remember, if you’re about to store something out of sight, think long and hard, again, if you really need said item.

5. Once garage is empty, sweep it out using a large push broom. Don’t forget all the corners!

6. As you begin to put items back into the garage, pick spots thoughtfully and slowly. Decide what makes the most sense to have where. 

7. Utilize wall space and hooks and hang things vertically whenever possible. 

8. Group like items together- gardening tools, potting soil, planters… you get it 

9. Try to envision your cars being parked in the garage and do your best not to store anything that would be in the way of getting your car in and out. (We usually park in the driveway, but it’s ideal to have your spot carved out all the time, both for practicality and for de-clutteredness…

Some before pics…


And after!


Tomorrow starts the basement… eeeeee!

BEST WEEK EVER! · Family

Best Week Ever!

This week was the best week ever! June 19th-25th, 2017!

I made the most delicious tofu scramble- with sweet potatoes and mushrooms 🍄


We met this dog (which Dash insisted was Conan- our dog) at the mall 🐶

Sailor is officially standing on her own, all.the.time. (It’s awesome!!)


Yes, these two are standing in a dollhouse. 


Dash discovered peanut butter toast!


My friend Heather and I made these!


And, the summer solstice actually brought summer weather with it!


And…

I’m definitely buying these cute snack boxes/trays for the kiddos

14 of the dreamiest places to sleep over in Canada 🇨🇦 

The world’s most beautiful libraries! (Oh em gee!)  

Love these pillows!

Not that I’m wishing 2017 away, but aren’t these flutes perfect for New Year’s?!

Possibly the best museum gift shop ever.

So much this! 

And…

Did you know this is Steve Harvey’s first name? 

Art · Family · Inspiration

Making family keepsakes

My friend and I went to this awesome place today where you can make your own wooden signs! This family growth chart literally started out as a raw piece of wood and it was so amazing to not only see the transformation, but to also be responsible for it! I literally kept looking at the finished product saying, “I can’t believe I made this!” The place we went to, called Board and Brush is a franchise with new stores popping up in every state. We happened to be at one that was run by the original proprietor’s sister who told us her story. Her sister, who lives in Wisconsin, was looking for a Christmas sign one year and couldn’t for the life of her find what she wanted for under $300- which is obviously ridiculous! So she decided to make it herself! It came out so wonderfully and she got so many compliments, that she decided to start holding parties for her friends in her basement making signs. Soon her friends and acquaintances were asking her to have more and more parties, that she realized she should open a store! And over 90 franchises later, she’s sure glad that she couldn’t find that Christmas sign! 

There are tons of different variations of signs you can make and I decided to make a growth chart to measure the kiddos on. When we first moved into our home, we found markings of the concrete in the basement of the kid’s heights from the family that lived here before us. I love the idea of having a growth chart for your kiddos, but felt bittersweet when I saw it, because it’s a bummer that the family had to leave that memory behind when they moved. Now with this chart, I’ll be able to take it with me if we ever leave this house. Do you have a growth chart for your kiddos, or a special family sign? 

The transformation

Food · vegan

Edamame salad

This quick Asian inspired edamame salad is great as a starter or a side, or you could add some stir fried or baked tofu to it to make it a dish! It come together so fast, you’ll be noshing on this protein filled bowl in no time!

Here’s what you need: 1 bag frozen shelled edamame (1lb), 1.5 cups of shredded carrots, 3-4 green onions- sliced thinly into small rings, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp toasted Sesame oil, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp agave, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp sriracha, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup hemp hearts

Here’s the plan: boil the edamame is a small pot of boiling water for about five minutes or until tender. While the edamame is cooking, mix together the rice vinegar, Sesame oil, soy sauce, agave, lemon juice, sriracha, salt and hemp hearts in a medium sized bowl. When edamame is done cooking, drain and run under cold water. Dump edamame, shredded carrots and green onions into a medium bowl. Pour dressing over the top, mix it all up to combine. Chill in fridge for 15-20 minutes before serving! Enjoy! 

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Growing up…

It’s crazy how fast time seems to go when you’re trying to hold on to precious moments. I started getting very sentimental tonight about Sailor growing up and turning one (in about two weeks!) it’s funny because watching Dashel grow up has got me really excited for Sailor to hit the same milestones. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t want her to grow up too fast, but I secretly can’t wait to hear her talk and sing and run around… 

But, then I got this video sent to me from daycare..


And it’s pretty darn cute and so exciting, she’s so close to getting up and just walking all by herself! I sent the video to my parents and my dad made a comment about how sweet it was to see her trying to stand, and falling over, and her little laugh every time she fell… then he said, “she won’t be doing that for much longer!” And it hit me, all of a sudden, my little girl is growing up! I’m trying hard to hold on to these moments while still letting them grow and thrive, but the thought of my kiddos never doing something again makes me so sentimental for them staying babies forever… 

Do you feel like your kiddos are growing up too fast? A very insightful man (Andy Bernard from The Office) once said…

These are the good old days.

Bettering yourself

It’s Not As Bad As it Seems!


Our little family has been having a rough few weeks- between work and personal stress and lots of illness running through our family, it’s been a doozy… I’m usually the emotional, anxious/crazy one (thank God Steve is my rock!) But even Steve last night looked like he had just had it. Sometimes life is so hard. And then I try to remember, it’s not as bad as it seems.

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…and other terrible jobs
A few years ago, I heard this little trick to use when you’re feeling defeated and worried and anxious… try to think, ‘will this matter in five years? will this matter in a year? will this matter in a week?’ It kinda puts everything in perspective.

And speaking of perspective… there’s this…

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And probably one of my most favorite cartoons of all time, that I currently have hanging over my desk at work.. this (below) truly exemplifies how we really shouldn’t worry so much about the things we need to overcome; turns out it wasn’t that bad after all! (plus, today is the first day is summer!)

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