Organizing Wednesday: Why do we hold on to clutter?

Once again, the week went by and I wasn’t able to tackle an organizing project I had planned.  (I really have about 5 just waiting to be done….)

So, instead of leaving my blog blank today, I wanted to share the following video from Kathryn’s YouTube channel,  Do it on a Dime.  This is a great video about how to purge sentimental items or items given to you that offer no value and you are keeping out of guilt.  It’s a great primer for me to start editing (purge) some of my photo boxes in the basement and other stuff I have lying around.

Do you have sentimental items you can’t part with?

Two Product Reviews

Wow.  Time is flying by.  The weather has really been spectacular for this time of year…70′s and 80′s.  Quite unusual for the Northern VA/DC area. I’m thrilled, but am a bit worried about the winter not being so nice.  Everyone says it’s supposed to be a very cold one.

Today starts the last week of summer vacation for my son.  Since my daughter left for ollege,it’s been quite lonely around here these past couple of days.  The dinner table has been just my husband and myself with my son finding newfound freedom with the car all to himself.  Sigh.

Anyway, I was able to try a couple of new products (to me) this weekend and I thought I would share.  First up is this new fruit bar from Trader Joe’s:

There are only two ingredients in each of these bars. (Can you guess what they are? :) ).  I’ve tried all of them except the apple and banana and I can tell you they are filling, sweet and delicious.    Each bar is 90 calories, and has 2 g of fiber which is probably why they are quite satisfying.  These will now be my ‘go to’ snacks as they are a perfect size to take with me, leave in the car or fit in my purse.  They aren’t cheap at .99 a bar, but if they keep me from having a Snickers bar, I’ll buy them!

I’ll have more Trader Joe’s product reviews coming up as I’ve become quite the fan!

Next up is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while:

Okay, okay, I know I’m a little late getting on board with this.  I had heard that it works well, but finally decided to buy a small tub and try it out.  Today I used one scoop on a light/white  load of laundry.   I wasn’t sure if it would be noticeable, but I have to say, this product stands up to it’s claim.  My whites were so much brighter!

After a bit of research on this product, I found out it can also be used for:

  • tile and grout cleaner
  • removing stains from carpets/upholstery
  • remove stains from outside furniture
  • use it as an all purpose cleaner

If you haven’t tried this, and you have dingy whites, I strongly suggest you give it a try.  There is even a $1.00 off coupon here.

Okay, so there are my two product reviews.  I enjoyed doing this post, and will do more in the future.  If you have a product that you absolutely love, please share it!

Have you ever used OxiClean?  If so, what do you use it for?







Dear Hubby: My birthday wish.

Do you remember when you asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year?  Well…


Backyard Fire Pit Ideas Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 2

Do you think you could build this?   (You’ll have 3 months!) :)

I’ve wanted a fire pit in the back yard for a while.  I love this style, especially with the Adirondack chairs (my personal favorite).

Since the end of summer is fast approaching and the cooler weather will be here before you know it, this would be the perfect way to enjoy those brisk Fall evenings.

What do you say honey, would you build it for me?



Never say it.

Last week, as I mulled over my balance in my checkbook, I was excited to see that I had a nice tidy sum. (This was partially due to the fact I’ve been staying out of grocery stores. :) ) I patted myself on the back and called out to the universe...I have money!!!!  Never say you have extra money out loud.  Seriously. It will come back to bite you in the wallet. 

At the same time I was patting myself on the back, my husband was taking our Pilot in for a routine oil change, safety and emissions inspection and windshield wipers(just for good measure).  I had $150.00 already saved for this service (which was a lot more than was needed for the work) so I was pretty happy.  Then the call came.

Houston we have a problem.

Apparently during the inspection, the steering wheel fluid was leaking because of a cracked rack and pinion gear box and it needed to be fixed or we would not pass inspection. We were given the option to have it ‘patched’ for $90.00, but there was a good chance it could crack and then the steering wheel would lose all power at any time.  Since our children drive this car, it wasn’t an option. The repair (done the right way) would take hours of labor.  Hours of labor = $$$$.

Yep, my nice tidy sum was gone in an instant, as well as a nice tidy sum from my emergency fund.

Good grief.

Moral of this story?  Never, ever, let the universe know you have money.  Just sayin…

And then there were three.


Well it’s here, and it came a lot faster than I anticipated.  Tomorrow we take our daughter to college.

On the one hand I’m so very excited for her to start this new part of her life.  But on the other I’m so sad that she won’t be around here anymore.   I always seem to get blind-sighted with these mixed emotions that I  should expect by now.  After all, I’ve done this twice before.

For some reason, it just doesn’t get easier.

As the bedrooms in my home empty out, I’m realizing that I’ll be an ‘empty-nester’ in the not so far off future.  One more year, to be exact.  Where does the time go?

As I do the last few loads of laundry for my daughter before she leaves, I’m reminded of the following quote I read a long time ago and laughed at.  Not me, I said.  I will be thrilled.

Not so much any more.


I miss her already.



Halfway through August but you would never know it if….

you saw my grocery budget! :)

So far this month I’ve spent $148.35.  This week I picked up mostly dairy, produce and bread.  One of the stores was Aldi, and I was so thrilled to find more organic products.  I picked up bananas, eggplant, fresh baby spinach, yogurt, avocado, frozen blueberries and eggs.  At Trader Joe’s I picked up their delicious French bread, pecorino romano cheese, romaine lettuce, and some other stuff I can’t remember but good for you stuff. :) I sent hubby to BJ’s for milk, half and half and American Cheese.  He’s amazing with a list. He never strays from it!

I still have a nice stash in my freezer, and now have plenty of produce, milk and bread.

This week’s menu:

Monday:  Barbecued Chicken, Potato Salad, Tossed Salad

Tuesday:  Spaghetti & Meatballs, Tossed Salad (Daughter’s request before she leaves)

Wednesday:  College Move In Day!  Eating out (w/gift card)  Excited for my daughter, but sad for me. :(

Thursday: Chicken Tenders with Crockpot Eggplant Parmesan

Friday: Homemade Pizza, Tossed Salad

Saturday:  Cheeseburgers, potatoes, broccoli

Sunday:  Sweet & Sour Chicken, Fried Rice

I’ll be putting together another menu for next week with what I have left in my freezer.   It looks like I have chicken and hamburger left so hopefully I can come up with a tasty menu without caving and going to the grocery store.  I may just make personal history by spending less than $200 for groceries in one month!  Stay tuned….

How’s your grocery budget this month? Higher? Lower?



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