Friday, February 28, 2014

Juice Fast

Have you ever watched Joe Cross' Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead? Well, my husband and I did. It was inspiring and made us want to reboot our bodies so we can be healthier. So, we decided to do a 10 day juice fast. Yep, 10 whole days. We are on day four and I can say that this isn't the hardest thing I've ever done, but it is the least fun. My husband is loving it. He likes the juice and is feeling great! Yay!!! I'm sick of juice, have yet to find a recipe that I love, and am feeling okay. The good thing is that I'm not really hungry. If I start to feel a little hungry, I drink something (either water or juice) and I start to feel better right away. The good thing is that I really don't want to eat at all. I'm determined to stick this fast out though. I just don't like it. That's the hard part. That and having to cook real food for my kids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I've shared with some of my friends that I'm doing this and the first thing they ask is if I'm doing this to lose weight. I'm not. I'm trying to detox my body. I think I eat pretty healthy. I eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. I don't eat a lot of meat. I eat whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. I do need to get more exercise. I do need to lose some weight. I've lost 20 lbs over the last 8 months by just reducing the amount of food I eat and not eating after 6pm most nights. Sometimes I have a small snack after 6pm, but most nights I just drink a cup of Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings Tea. I helps me unwind from my day. I don't know if that's just psychological or if it really works, but it works for me.
I not posting this to say how great I am to do a juice fast. I'm posting this for accountability. I figure the more people who know, the less likely I will be to quit. So, send a few prayers for me so I can keep it up for the full 10 days :)

Be Healthy!
Bonnie :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 A New Year & New Beginnings

Wow, it's been a while since I last posted. August...geez :) So much has happened since then. I'm sitting here trying to sort it all out and my head is pounding. I can't remember what happened yesterday much less many yesterdays ago. Oh well. It's a new year and I feel like a need a new beginning. So, here it is. My new beginning.

For 2014, I've decided that I am going to be more organized. With hubby, kids, work, home, etc. I have to be. So, I've started my control journal. Yes, I will take back control of my home! I even shined my sink! (It looks awesome btw)

I have a lot of things that need to change and while I'm taking some baby steps, I feel like I need to make some large leaps as well.

Today I shined my kitchen sink. Yay!! I also cleaned the downstairs bathroom and got rid of all the junk that was in the bathroom vanity. Why did I have a bag of empty toilet paper rolls under there? Yeah, I'm a preschool teacher, but no one needs that many for crafts. There was also a bunch of plastic grocery bags. What was that all about? I don't even remember putting them there. So much better now. All I need is a small basket to keep a few supplies in and it's all done. I really want to paint in there. It needs it so badly. It's terrible. If I can get the color ok'd by the landlord, then maybe the hubby will let me do it because it will make me happy :) It's worth a try.

Tomorrow my mission is to wash all the bed sheets and have the kids clean their rooms and vacuum. Then, I'll clean my bathroom (yuck) and my room. It's not too bad. I tackled my closet a couple of weeks ago and it's so much better now. I'm not going to touch my husband's closet. He can take care of that himself. Then it's on to the kitchen and all the piles. I hate piles, but they always seem to accumulate. I've got to think of a better way of dealing with all that stuff. Then, if I have time, I'm purging all my kids toys and stuff. It's out of control. I didn't realize that they had so much stuff. It's crazy and it's driving me crazy. So, it has to go. I think I'm going to divide things up and give each kid a section. That will be where their stuff goes and they will have to maintain it. Sounds good. So we will see how it will go when I put it into action.

That's it for now. I'll write more later...

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Worst mom ever

I'm feeling uninspired and overwhelmed. My daughters 5th birthday is next weekend and I haven't made one single plan. Not one. I've pinned ideas to Pinterest, but the thought of actually doing anything makes me feel nauseous. I want to go hide in my bed with the covers over my head and wish it away. I'm normally one of those good moms who have been planning for months and gathering things up so when the day arrives all is ready to go. Not this year. Between being sick, stressed out, and tired about everything that has been going on in my house and at work these last few months I'm doing good to make it through the day... Literally.
I feel like a failure. I've been trying to get motivated. I had my daughter ask some of the girls she knows if they would like to come to her birthday party and all have told her no. So, I guess I'm also anxious to invite any of her little friends for fear no one will show and she will be devastated. I'm probably overreacting, but I don't want her to be hurt. So I'll blame it on my lack of planning and have a family party with cake and a present or two. Yeah, I know I suck. Maybe next year I'll have my act together. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Preschool Activities

We have two girls who are 3 & 4. We are getting two more kids ages 5 & 6. A boy and a girl. Wow. That's a lot of kids for me. I teach preschoolers, but 4 kids all day, every day is a little daunting. I let my kids watch TV, but I don't want couch potatoes. They like to do crafts and my 4 year old has been asking me to teach her to read. So, I figured I'd come up with some educational activities to keep little hands and minds busy and to help me keep my sanity.

Since my 4 year old, AB, is wanting to learn to read, I've decided to focus on letters and sounds. I think sight reading is okay, but I really want to teach phonics so they can sound out words, not just recognize words they have memorized. Anyway, I'm not an expert on teaching children to read, but this worked for me and I love to read. I want my kids to loving reading as well. So, we are starting with basic letter recognition and the sound(s) they make. I also decided that I'm not going in alphabetical order. Our first set of letters are D, O, G. This way when we are done, they can recognize those letters, their sounds and will be able to sound out the word dog. I've seen this on other blogs and teaching websites and it just makes sense to me. Besides, my daughter has A, B, & C down.

When I decided to do this, I decided to do a new set of letters each week, but with Grammy and PawPaw visiting, I wasn't able to focus on this like I wanted to. So we are repeating D, O, & G this week. But their visit was more important than us learning our letters so we had fun with the grandparents and it was great.

Last week we made letter crafts, color sheets, and letter practice sheets. I went over the letter sounds and we also did a letter matching game. We mainly focused on D last week, so we will focus more on O and G this week. But to start off we are reviewing D today. I made up a basket of items that start with the letter D for the girls to look at and play with. It has a doll, dog, duck, dishcloth, dimes, dumbbell, a disk, and some D's in it. I also put some cornmeal in some pie tins and had the girls trace letters in it using flashcards as examples. This was messy and JB lost interest in the letter tracing so I put it in a bigger pan and gave her some measuring cups and that kept her busy for a long time. AB moved on to coloring the dinosaur coloring sheets (she loves the PBS cartoon Dinosaur Train) and convinced me that they should watch the show since it would show they what colors to use for the dinosaurs. Pretty smart. We also cut out a dinosaurs and glued it to construction paper to make a picture.

Overall, our little preschool program is going well for only doing this for a week. I'm enjoying teaching them things and they love the attention and the crafts. The more I do with them, the more I want to add. I'm finding that I need some more basic craft supplies like shapes, beads, paper (lots of paper). I'm trying to use household items, but sometimes you just have to buy the things you need :) The Dollar Store and dollar section of Target are the places I like to look for inexpensive things we can use.

I'm also going to get this organized and post my curriculum once I get it sorted out and have the time to write it up.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spring Cleaning

I know it's almost Summer, but with work and everything I've been trying to get done, I've put off my
Spring cleaning. Well, now I have a month of no work and no excuses. So, it's time to get busy and get this house sparkling. How long it will stay that way? With two kids and a husband, who knows, but at least I'll feel better about my house and I can rid it of all the Winter germs :)

To help me out, I created an extensive Spring Cleaning List. It's a little intimidating, but I know it will help me stay on task if I can cross completed tasks off my list. I tried to include everything I want to do. I'm including a picture at the end of this post, if you would like to check it out.

Well, I better get going. The sooner I start, the sooner I finish and can move on to more fun things like painting and decorating.

Wish me luck!
Bonnie :)

Spring Cleaning List

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I Hate Waiting

My life seems to be a game of hurry-up and wait...and wait...and wait. I hate waiting. I'm willing for wait for things, but I like to do things along the way. It makes the waiting easier :)

Why am I talking about waiting? Well, my house decorating plans are in the wait mode. It's hard. I see so many blogs about home decorating, pin ideas on Pinterest, look at catalogs and retailer websites, and visit local stores, but I can't start yet. In a couple of months I'll be able to start pulling things together, but until that time passes I'm in wait mode.

I've been really bummed about having to wait, but then I started thinking about it. I don't even know what my style is. What am I trying to accomplish? Yes, I want organized, functional, and pretty, but that really didn't narrow down what I really want. I'm also limited by the fact that this house is not ours. We are renting and I really don't want to spend a ton of money changing things that I can't take with us when we finally get to buy our own house. Believe me, there are many, many things I would change if we owned this house. We don't though and I have been trying to be realistic about what I want to do. So, other than paint the walls we aren't doing anything else. That leaves me to focus my creative energies into d├ęcor. I like that better anyway.

Like I said, I'm having a hard time deciding exactly what my "style" is. I like a lot of the stuff I see on blogs, Pinterest and in magazines. I like wood, both stained and painted. I like vintage things. I like colored walls, but also white. I think I may have narrowed it down to farmhouse chic with a little European influence. Does that make sense? We also need comfort and the ability to withstand small children. I'm not into lots of knick-knacks.

I think what got me thinking about this today is that I was cleaning. Cleaning is not my favorite thing to do. I like my house to be clean, but I don't really like cleaning it. Anyway, I was cleaning the bathrooms (least favorite thing ever) and I was thinking that the girls bathroom and downstairs bathroom would be good places to start when I can start painting and decorating. Small spaces that won't take a lot of time or money to complete. Perfect :)

So, here's what I'm thinking for the downstairs bathroom. I'm going to paint the walls Glass Tile CI 184 by Valspar Signature from Lowe's. I was going to post a picture of the sample, but it looks way too blue and it's more of a very light teal color. I'm using this bird figurine as my inspiration. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago, but I love it. It's a little bit darker than the paint color I'm going with.

I'm going to hang some vintage looking signs. Get new towels and rugs. I'll probably go with brown or dark teal or a combo of both unless I can find some pretty printed towels that go with everything. I want a large dark brown woven basket for extra towels and a pretty soap container. That should be it. I'll probably replace the switch cover because the one in there is ugly. Since I want to organize as well, under the sink I'll put a some baskets for TP and cleaning supplies. That should complete this one small room and shouldn't cost much either.

Well, that's it for my planning stage of the downstairs bath. I'll post before and after pics when it's done. Now that I know what I want to do, it's going to be harder to wait. LOL oh well. A lesson in patience :)


Monday, March 11, 2013

My Blank Canvas

I never realized how stressful living in a small apartment with two toddlers above day sleepers could be. I think the most common phrase that came out of my mouth was, "stop running, jumping, skipping, etc.. in the house." It was becoming my mantra...stop this, stop that... It was extremely stressful.

Then we needed to move. More stress. Great. But now that we are moved in and done with the apartment, I feel more like myself. I feel like I can breathe. I stop myself from telling my girls to stop running. They ask me all the time, "we can run and jump and skip here, right mommy?" I smile and tell them that they can.

I can feel some of my stress slowly melt away. More space to move around and no downstairs neighbors can do that to you.

I can feel my creativity being restarted. Where in the apartment, I didn't want to do anything to make it more homey, in our house I can't wait to get started making this into a home that reflects our style. I'm not looking for a magazine spread styled house, just nice, organized, and peaceful. I'm excited about looking at paint swatches, Ikea catalogs (love!), Pinterest, and decorating blogs for inspiration. I've even been looking at Craigslist for furniture I can refinish or repurpose. I'm not a garage sale person, but I actually want to go look at garage sales! Who am I? :) I need to start a binder to put my ideas in so I can take it with me. Pinterest is great and while I have it on my phone, I still like having the pictures and swatches and everything at my fingertips that I can touch and feel.

Now to decide on what room to tackle first. I want it be a small project that it's going to be expensive or take forever. I want to ease into this slowly and gain momentum. I know if I rush at everything I want to do, I will end up with uncompleted projects and an unsatisfying end result.

Hmmm... Maybe the laundry room or downstairs bath? I'm definitely not ready to tackle painting the downstairs. This house is big!

So wish me luck! I have a lot to do and a limited budget. I can't wait to get started, but first, I have to finish unpacking some boxes :)

Maybe I'll go to Lowe's and grab some paint swatches.