Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finding Things to Do During the Winter!!

Well....I'm late in posting my stories and activities but I will catch up!!

We've had what seems like a very long winter and never ending snow - I'm really tired of it and they are saying we are getting more this Friday - ugh.
Anyway, I don't like snow so I avoid it as much as I can.  Which means I stay home a lot during the winter but my hubby can't stand being home all the time.  So when events like the Hunting/Outdoor Sports expo, RV expos and pet expos come around - we are there!!

First one was the outdoor sports expo and it was so much fun.  I don't do any outdoor sports/hunting but my hubby does and we enjoy attending this expo.

We get to see animals, boats, hunting stuff and RV's so it is awesome!!

the neverending snow....

this is my daughter's favorite part....

checking out the RV's is my favorite part, this is my dream to own one some day

A couple weeks later we were back to check out the pet expo....

Being able to get in a cage to hand feed parakeets was awesome!

then she was able to pet one of the dogs that had just performed several tricks

These are great ways for us to spend our snowy Sundays.  Its indoors and takes us out of the house for a little while.

What do you do during long winters?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bath & Body Goodies!!!

I love sales as I'm sure you all do too!!  So, when Bath & Body had their after Christmas sale, I went shopping!!  I originally ordered 3 body washes and 3 of the large 3 wick candles online, but when the package came in; 2 of the 3 candles were destroyed.  Not good!!  Fortunately, I was able to go to the store and exchange them.

The plan was to just grab another 2 candles - but that would be too easy!  No, me being me decided to "look around".  My looking cost me but I think I got some good deals!

I'm always looking for things to make my car smell good, so when I saw these clips at the store - I had to try them out!

I got these 2 on clearance - I'll be saving these for next Fall and Winter!

I only picked up 1 candle - since I grabbed so many other things.
I'm loving this scent - I burn it ever time I'm working on my laptop since I keep it on my desk.

These 2 smelled really nice - I haven't used them yet as I'm still going through 1 of the 3 bottles I purchased online

This is the first time I bought this lotion, but I liked that it was a travel sized lotion, so this will be in my little cosmetic case that goes everywhere with me.

I also decided to try Bath & Body's hand soap.  I usually just buy soft soap from Target, but I loved that these foam and they have these cute holders.  
So, I now have it in my bathroom and so far love it!  I will definitely be going back to try some other scents.

Love the way it looks in its holder!

I'll be back to Bath & Body soon to stock up on more candles, hand soap & more!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

kikki.K & Vera Bradley Shopping!!

This year I have many goals I want to accomplish and one of them is getting organized!  So I decided to start using planner again, but I quickly realized that I can't take my planner everywhere.  As you can see in this post, its too big to keep in my handbag all of the time.  I take it to work all of the time, but when I go shopping, I can't really keep it with me.  I had to come up with an idea to still keep something with me that would work with my planner but that I can take with me.  That's when I saw this vlog from Organized Jen where she reviewed the kikki.K planners.  I loved the look of these planners, but I already had one.  I went to the kikki.K website and decided to check them out, I was thinking that the smaller size would work for me.  I was in luck - it was on sale so I decided to buy it - along with a set of pens :)  I couldn't help it!

Love the look & how small it is - perfect for any of my handbags!

I did personalize it with some stickers I had.  I added a saying to each divider- 

I'm not using this small planner like I do my other planner, this is just to jot down reminders and shopping lists.  Anything that I need to be reminded of while I'm on the go!  I also keep my Sams Club and BJ's membership cards in here - since my shopping list will always be here - this has turned into my shopping companion - I love it!!

I also did some shopping around after seeing many planner posts from other people on Instagram and You Tube.  I checked out the Vera Bradley website and ended up buying a new Ipad cover and binder clips.  Here they are:

Love the packaging - so cute!

Another step towards organization!!!  Up next - my filing system which is currently non-existent!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Closet Cleanup!!!

Cleanup! I hate cleaning but I do love a clean and organized house, but sadly I struggle in keeping my home clean and organized.  One of my major problems is my closet.  I'll spend a whole day cleaning and after a few days its back to looking like my closet and drawers exploded!

So, one of my goals this year is to cleaning up and organizing every room in this house.....and keep it clean and organized!  I decided to start with my closet.  It was a disaster, but since its the smallest room and where I store the bulk of my things, I thought it be the best room to start!

Here is the before - a true disaster, I don't even know how I was able to walk in here and get dressed every morning:

Yea  - it was a mess - nothing was where it should be and I had piles & piles of stuff! Clothes, bags, shoes and just stuff all piled all over each other!

I took one day on the weekend and started early.  I took everthing out and dumped it on my bed - this helped me sort through everything.
Little by little I started bringing things back into the room.  It was a long process and by the end of the day I was exhausted but I was very happy that I got it done!

Here is what it looked like after I was done:

I do everything in this room - get dressed, do my hair & make up.  Aside from all my husband's and my clothing, shoes, jewelry and makeup, I also store my handbags, bed linens, books, extra toiletries and travel stuff in here.  This was actually an extra bed room that I used to use as an office but then decided that I needed a closet more than an voila!! A closet it is.

As long as I keep it clean and organized its a great closet/dressing room - I love it!!

I only hope that the day we move, we find a place with an extra room that I can convert to a closet like this - or better!

Would love to hear from you - do you keep your closets neat & organized?  Is it hard to maintain it organized?

Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Time for Change ~ Time to Plan!!!

Hi All!! I'm back and after having a month away from my blog I'm back with so many ideas!!
I want to add some more reviews, beauty product opinion posts, some organization posts(this will be a learning process as I'm not the most organized person), more travel and as always tons of family fun!!

Today I'll start with my new planner plans!  In the past couple years I've tried to keep my schedule, including my families' schedules, on my gmail calendar and ipad/iphone calendars.  They work fairly well, and I love that I get alerts but I wouldn't put everything down and I wouldn't look at it all the time so I'd lose track of things.  I also missed not having something to write in.  I always kept a planner, and I didn't write in it as much as I'd like, I did enjoy having it, writing my plans down and having something to flip through.

Here is my old planner, which I feel bad throwing away but don't think I'd use again:

 This was my Franklin Covey planner that would fit great in my purse.  It would go with my everywhere!!  I eventually put it away and never used it again as I was trying to go digital!

Now, I have rediscovered my love of planners.  I couldn't decide what kind of planner to get - FiloFax, any Target/Walmart Brand, Erin Condren (my fave!!), and so many more.  I can't believe how many options there are.  So, since I couldn't decide, I decided to make a DIY Planner!

I went to staples and bought a small binder with a print I loved, I got the inserts I liked and added some accessories that I found & loved.
Here is my finished product:

Staples didn't have bands in stock for this size binder, I bought little girls headbands and took 1 for my planner!

I did, however, find this cute pen holder at staples - love it!!

I got folder dividers, Martha Stewart dividers and the inserts from Day Timer, plus I also picked up blank note paper to add to the end of my planner for all my lists.

Here is another item I found that I thought was pretty neat.  Small post it pad with flags and this sticks to your notebook or in my case, your planner.

Needless to say, I LOVE my planner!!

I think this is a good start for me, and so far I have been keeping track of everything in my daily life.
I would like to get myself an Erin Condren planner - maybe I'll get one next year - even though I really do love this little planner of mine!

So with my new found love/obsession with planners/notebooks and all accessories - how do you keep yourself on schedule?  I'd love to see your planners.  

I've been pinning plenty of planner ideas I've seen on Pinterest!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wrapping up 2014!!

Well --- Happy New Year everyone!!  Hope 2015 brings you all Health, Wealth & Happiness, I know I'm definitely looking forward to a more peaceful and healthier 2015!

Now, I just want to briefly want to wrap up December - which came and went faster than I could blink!!

We came back from Florida to get back into the full swing of things - finishing up Physical Therapy sessions for my son, get a follow up with his orthopoedic to see if he has the ok to go back to working out and finishing up with all the Christmas preparation.

Oh & I almost forgot - getting ready for a special Christmas performance that my daughter's dance academy was having in the town middle school.  She had to dance her 2 parts in the Nutcracker and it was beautiful!!  But before her performance in the Nutcracker, we treated her to a trip to Lincoln Center in NYC to see George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.  It was a beautiful performance - WOW!!  Would be amazing to see my daughter there someday!

And now for her school's rendition of the Nutcracker........

It was an awesome performance - all the girls were wonderful and my princess did an amazing job as usual :)

Now, time to focus on Christmas -

We spent Christmas Eve at home, just the 4 of us and had a nice traditional Noche Buena dinner.  Then we exchanged gifts.....

got these cookies in the oven for Santa...

quick family pic (some people weren't in the mood)

then first gifts were my kids exchanging with each other...

then gifts from mom & dad - can you tell how excited she is!

my son shows less excitement!

and I totally forgot about the cookies in the oven, so Santa had some burnt cookies....oops!

Goodnight all....time for bed & wait for Santa

this year, it didn't take long to wait - Santa delivered around 2 hours after we went to bed & my little princess wasn't 100% asleep - so at 12:30AM she decided to go to the bathroom and take a peek in the living room only to find that Santa had delivered!!! UGH - her dad was watching tv at the time so they woke me up and called my son (who wasn't sleeping either-too busy playing video games) and they opened up their gifts!

Andy observing all the commotion....waiting to see something he can play with

After all this, it was almost 2AM, so I went back to bed and left everyone to their gifts.  Baby girl eventually went to bed at 3AM.
When we all woke up again later in the morning the kids opened their gifts from family and spent the entire day playing with their new things.
Baby girl will miss Ken, her elf on the shelf, but we know we'll see him again!

I lounged ALL Day in my PJ's - best way to spend Christmas day!!!

Well, that's it for my 2014

Hope everyone out there had a wonderful Holiday Season

I'm ready for 2015!!