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Update on the fall OCD’n!

8 Oct

I am going to make this short and sweet! After yesterday’s kitchen scrub down I finally got to my floors and did some under the sink organizing. I seriously needed an intervention with all the cleaning supplies that were piling up on me. I hate waste so I have a hard time throwing away a half used bottle of crappy cleaner. After I figured out all my new cleaning supplies worked great it was a go! PEACE OUT COMET AND 409!!!

YIKES! Check my before…

I wasn’t kidding when I said I needed an intervention. Whatevs! It happens to everyone, stuff piles up and you just got to give the house a good shake down! That is exactly what I did. I took my kitchen sink cabinet and dumped it into the garbage can, busted out my BFF the label maker, bought some Itso bins from Target (that I will also use in my future pantry organizing plans) and got me some ORGANIZATION!

Oh yeah…check my after!


Lastly, I went to town on my floors. I went out and bought a mop (my mom just keeled over from a heart attack…she HATES mops). I have officially gone “full mop circle.” I began with a mop, switched to a swiffer, converted to a steamer, tried every kind of micro fiber doo-dad-thing-a ma-bob and now I am back to a mop. And before you see what my new mop and new Get Clean products picked up off of my floor you may want to go get a barf bucket…

Seriously? Now that is just sick. I thought I was cleaning with all those doo-dad-thing-a-ma-bobs. Apparently I was just rubbing the muck and dirt all around the floors for fun and then letting my four kids roll all over it everyday.

So here is for you BEST MOM IN THE ENTIRE WORLD (wink wink)…


And Betsey says “HI everyone!!”

20 Things I love about fall!

10 Sep

Boy am I in the MOOD for fall this year! I am feeling so nesty and fall twitter~pated that I can not control myself from starting early!  Here are my 20 favorite things about fall…

1.   Pumpkins! Nothing says fall like pumpkins and I am patiently waiting for my grocery store to get them in so I can start on my faux pumpkin patch in the front yard!

2.   My favorite fall simmer: Orange slices, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks covered in water and simmered on low on the stove. The kids LOVE coming home to this.

3.   Stews and soups bubbling on the stove or in the crockpot.

4.   The winds coming up from the gorge and blowing through our backyard trees.

5.   Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias! The local Dahlia farm is overflowing with Dahlias in every possible color and size you can imagine. I love taking the kids to cut Dahlias!

6.   Its time turn fire up the fireplace.

7.   Fall decorating…need I say more?

8.   Pulling out the fall decorating bins and pulling out last years end of season fall clearance deals!

9.   Kids are still on an an enthusiastic beginning of school year high!

10.  The leaves begin to change colors.

11.  Flannel sheets.

12.  Wearing boots!

13.  Candles burning.

14.  Reading a book to the sound of rain outside.

15.  Peets eggnog lattes! (Go try one ASAP!)

16.  Sporting my bright red peacoat.

17.  Enjoying a nice bottle of wine with friends.

18.  The excitement in my kids as Halloween approaches.

19.  Tis the season to be THANKFUL!

20.  Having a beautiful life and home is more about your attitude and state of mind than your state of perfection.

Crazy for fall!

26 Aug

I am totally and completely known among Facebook for whining and complaining all through springtime about how I can not wait for it to be summer here in Washington. There is only so much precipitation this native San Diegan girl can handle. And now here I am wishing it was fall and we still have a month of summertime left! I swear my husband is right (sometimes) when he says “you will NEVER be happy!”

I consider it “FALL” when the kids go back to school which in our case comes a little early this year (YAY)…I am noticing every year they start a little earlier and earlier. Pretty soon they will start the fall school year in spring!
I snuck out a couple of fall decorations onto my front porch the other day so I can publicly tell my neighborhood “HELLO! I can’t wait for fall!!” Hopefully the neighbors wont mind my early approach to my most favorite season of the year…it makes me happy what can I say?! Here are a couple of little things that I snuck out early to greet me at my front door which sometimes is the perfect tonic when I am rushing around in a frenzy because it makes me stop for a second and puts a smile on my face…

Nothing says fall like my brown house with the mustard yellow front door. I think I naturally gravitate to fall colors!

This adorable sign I found last year on the clearance rack for about $6 and it is one of my most FAVORITE fall items that I have!

I treated myself to these gorgeous late summer/early fall Dahlias…

And this little candle holder from Yankee Candle that I COULD NOT resist gets my “Cutest Couple” award! Aren’t they just to die for! I love it!…