five life happenings
Making our house a home.
We’re still getting settled in the new house. Andrew did an awesome job designing the house layout for the remodel and we’re really loving how it came out/how the house is open and flows. I’ve been wanting nice rugs that we’ll have for the rest of our lives for awhile, but the rugs I like get so expensive so we always put it off. BUT THEN(!) I had the idea to look for slightly damaged rugs (we’ll call them character rugs) on Ebay and we came across this one that now adds life and a color other than gray or brown to our kitchen. We ended up getting it for about $200 and there was just a section of wool that was pulled out and stringy that we had to trim and now it looks great. It’s mainly coral and navy.
Also, Andrew had the idea of getting a photo of Laguna to go above my tub and I LOVE it! We took it to Hobby Lobby this weekend to get it framed and I’m really happy with how it came out. The colors are muted and it goes nicely with our more masculine bathroom.
Satisfaction from meals + snacks
Probably the thing I most consistently do to make sure meals and snacks throughout the week are satisfying is bake something on Saturday or Sunday to have around during the week. That way if I finish a meal and it wasn’t satisfying I have something sweet to complete the meal or if I’m craving something sweet for breakfast or dessert…the baked good is ready and waiting. What is your go to method to make sure you find satisfaction from meals and snacks during the week?
And a little BTS Andrew took haha
Soft and Strong Market LAUNCH
Morgan and I started dreaming up the Soft + Strong Market a few months ago and now it’s here! We’ll be adding new products, but for this month we’re focusing on our shirts and onesies that say “Soft + Strong.” If you’d like either, we’ll be accepting preorders until Feb 28th!
Organizing + Keeping a Clean House
I listened to a Organize365 podcast episode and in it she outlined that there are 3 processes involved in the cleaning/homemaking process: decluttering (easy), organizing (hard), and decorating (fun). She gave the respective “easy”, “hard”, “fun” designations. After listening to it I realized I have never before organized. Like ever in my life. I’ve decluttered, decorated and cleaned…but never have I intentionally organized or thought about organization systems for our home. It was a big lightbulb moment for me!
I like some accounts for home organization like @WillowCrowns on Instagram and a friend mentioned @CleanMama and I’ve enjoyed following her as well. Those ladies share a lot of helpful tips and systems for organizing and cleaning that work well for them. I like following WillowCrowns because she’ll share specific products she loves and has a great Amazon Favorites page with her favorites linked. We just ordered the steam mop she recommends because I’m ready to have something better than a swifter to clean our floors with! I like following @CleanMama because she’ll post on IG each day with a prompting to clean X in your home: countertops, bathrooms, sheets/towels, vacuum, mop. And just doing one thing a day helps a TON with keeping our house looking halfway decent without me ending up overwhelmed. I never got much pleasure out of a clean home, but recently I’ve really enjoyed and found value/a sense of accomplishment with keeping the house orderly. Andrew was more of the cleaner in our marriage, so he’s appreciating the help with cleaning a ton.
We had a cleaning service coming once a month, but it led to arguments between me and Andrew when he would suggest we pick up before the maids came the next day (I realize a totally normal suggestion), but I’d be so annoyed with inner feelings of DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO?! I’d rather figure out a way to clean the entire house myself than be told when I have to clean lol. So that’s me. I don’t like being controlled. So now I’m cleaning the whole house by doing one to two cleaning tasks most days and it’s working much better for us! The house still looks like a train wreck many days, but it’s at least a much cleaner mess and I’m definitely making progress with cleaning/organizing!
For any eating disorder professionals attending IAEDP this week, I will be there! So if you see someone who looks like me, please say hi and see if it’s me! I’m SO looking forward to it. I don’t miss a chance to go to California haha and I really have enjoyed that conference in the past.