Pinterest & FlyLady

I’ve been finding a ton of neat stuff on Pinterest to help with organization.  Currently I’m looking for stuff that will go into a binder to help us with daily tasks. We’re also working on getting up earlier in the morning, but that’s SO HARD when we sometimes don’t get to go to sleep til midnight. It just seems like there’s always a ton that needs to be done at the last minute.

I know a lot of this has to do with lack of organization and extreme procrastination, but making the leap from lazy to living is proving harder than we anticipated.

The good news is, we get to start with a blank slate at this new apartment.  Everything is going to have a place…and everything will be IN that place.  Because of that, I’ve shifted gears a little… We’re still trying to change habits day by day, but I’m not getting fussed if we miss a step or two.

I’ve purchased several plastic over-the-door shoe organizers for the purpose of sorting cleaning things and keeping small nitpick stuff all tidy and together.  One (that we already have) goes on the back of Geekling’s door; It contains extra diaper creams, his babylegs, a few cloth diapering necessities, his baby shot record, baby tweezers and combs and nail clippers..you know, baby stuffs! All kinds of little fiddly bits that I want to be able to see at a glance rather than have to dig in a bin or drawer.

The two that I’ve purchased most recently are going on the back of our closet door and the back of the laundry room/pantry door.  I’m fairly certain I’m also going to get another for one of the closet doors for holding extra cleaning things.  I’m not certain about that, though, so I only ordered the two for now.

I also need to figure out just exactly where everything is going in the new house.  There’s a half ton of closets in this place: I think 3 coat closets plus closets in each bedroom, plus a storage closet outside on one of the balconies…so, yeah, lots of storage space.  We’ve got the storage unit but I’m really hoping to cut down on our junk so that the storage unit is just not necessary.  I guess it’s taking the place of our garage for now, since we planned on buying a house and HAVING a garage.  I envy those of you with enough space to store holiday decorations year round. :(

Annnnyway. Pinterest and FlyLady.net

Pinterest is useful, and FlyLady.net is getting me off my tush. Hopefully we’ll continue the trend….

Crafting…

I sat down at my craft desk yesterday and looked at my supplies for about 30 seconds…. then got up and went to pack more boxes.  I’m so stressed about this move that I can’t even force myself to take 30 minutes to put together a quick card or layout.

It’s going to be so incredibly wonderful to be in he new place and settled for a while.  I want to just be able to enjoy life as a family rather than house hunting continuously and fussing about not having room for things and yada yada yada.

Soon.

July 6th we take possession of the apartment. July 7th the movers come. By July 8th we should have all our stuff in the new place and everything will begin to settle down.

My friend Amy & and I are planning on joining a gym together.  We’re also doing a massage/spa day at a local place about a week after the move. I’m also hoping to convince her to start going to kiddie events with me. My goal is to get fit, get active, and get involved. I don’t want Logan just sitting at home all day every day staring at the walls.  This is going to require me being a social creature for a while, I think…so I might as well drag Amy along so she can be miserable with me! ;)

And now, I have to go figure out why my son is talking to himself instead of napping.

Lovelove!

Cloth Diapers…

have all been packed up for the move. :(

I honestly just don’t have time to do the extra laundry right now, so everything is getting boxed up.  We’ll resume after we’ve gotten to the new place…July 7th can’t come fast enough!

Face Facts

I get a lot of questions about how I have turned my skin around in the last 5 years.  It’s actually kind of amusing to me, but here we go:

I am a tomboy.  I never really liked wearing dresses as a kid, and though I did play with my mom’s makeup, I didn’t really want anything to do with the prissy side of things. I got my first horse in 1992 when I was 10 years old and from that point on, I just didn’t even bother. Jeans, t-shirt, sneakers or boots… I’d pop my hair into a ponytail and call it good.

As a teenager, I struggled with acne; It was not as bad as some kids, but definitely worse than others. NOTHING I did helped. Clearasil, prescription crap, neutrogena, blah blah blah. My acne laughed in its face and continued on its course of doom and destruction. Because of that, I took to wearing makeup. The whole shebang, really – foundation, powder, eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara, yada yada yada.

In my 20s, when my face finally calmed down enough that I didn’t have to plaster a whole new face over my own to feel ok with going out, I just quit the makeup scene.  I’d wear some light coverage stuff when I went to work, but if I was just going out or to class – heck no. I hated that mess….and was SO glad I could skip it most of the time!

I still had breakouts, though.  I continued to try product after product and much to my dismay, most everything still didn’t work.  I did find some success with ProActiv and though it is fairly pricy, the cost was worth the results.

My cure, though? My son. And a few products to help it along. I noticed my skin clearing up during the pregnancy but it would still flare up from time to time. Once Geekling was born, though, it just….stopped?  It’s been a year since he was born and I’ve noticed that it’s coming back a little, but I think that’s because I’m sometimes lazy with my skincare routine.  Let me tell you exactly what I do with my almost-30-year-old skin.

Morning routine: In the bath/shower, I wet my face with a cloth and hold the hot fabric on there for a good two or three minutes, dousing it with more hot water as necessary. I think do all the rest of my bathing stuffs – clean body, scrub nails, wash hair, rinse body, yada yada yada.  Once all that’s done I go back to my face and do the warm cloth bit again.

THEN, I use this: St Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control

St Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control

It’s sold in Target, WalMart, on Amazon, in Drug Stores…everywhere. And it’s fairly inexpensive. I think the last time I bought a bottle it was around $4 from Target.

It’s got tiny little pieces of ground up walnut in it as well as some corn meal. The pieces, when you put the creamy stuffs on your face, help exfoliate your skin and allow the lovely active ingredient (in this case, 2% Salicylic Acid) to work.  There’s also natural moisturizers in there, but I’m too lazy to look up the ingredient list.  The scent is mild and nice when you’re using the product on your face, but it dissipates quickly and leaves no lingering scent once you’re out of the bath.

I use it 4-5 times a week.

 

My second fave face product, and the one I use almost every day, is Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer.  I used to think that my face was just too much of an oil slick (EW!) to bother with moisturizer, but after doing some research I decided to try this product. It’s oil-free (important for oily skin folks!) and creamy enough without being goopy.  I hate feeling like I have a half pound of product on my face, so that part makes me happy.

Anywho, this stuff keeps my face all kinds of moisturized, which prevents excess oil from being produced, AND reduces the redness that I tend to have on my nose and the apples of my cheeks. My skin is so pale that redness is a big issue for me; It’s the feverfew in the Aveeno Ultra-Calming that reduces the clown-cheeks.

My occasional products:

On the days when I don’t use the scrub, I simply wash my face with Dove Cool Moisture bar soap.  During the winter, I really love St. Ives Timeless Skin moisturizer.  I haven’t been using it for very long, but I have noticed that it is a LITTLE too creamy/thick for me to use during the summer. Feels like I have a mask on and EW, don’t like that.  Annnnyway.  Once a week I use a black mask for blackhead removal – Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.  Also once a week I use Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque.

Is all this crazy sounding stuff necessary? Eh, I dunno. Maybe, maybe not.  Is it working for me? Yep!  It’s all a really girlified kind of crazy routine, but it honestly doesn’t take all that long and I think in the long run I’m going to appreciate having taken care of my skin at this age. ;)

By the way, I think my hunt for a decent body wash has ended.  This Aveeno stuff I found is creamy and sudsy and makes the skin feel clean, leaves a light scent behind (I don’t like heavily scented stuffs, so this is ok for me), and doesn’t leave a gunky ring in the bathtub. I’ve only tried the lavender, but I bet the other scents are lovely, too. :)

Geekling’s First Birthday

…was on June 7th, 2012. We celebrated on Saturday the 9th with a group of friends and Josh’s mom and we had a fantastic time.  Geekling missed his afternoon nap, but he held on like a champion and was in a fairly awesome mood for the whole deal. I couldn’t have asked for anything more and I just hope that each birthday after is cooler and cooler for him. :)

Josh and I with the help of his mom were able to throw together a cake at the last minute. The one I ordered from CostCo was hideously done (and all I asked for was for them to write Happy Birthday, Logan! on it. Can you believe that mess??) so we/Josh had to run to Safeway on Friday evening to try to find a blank cake.  We used marshmallow fondant and a ton of food coloring to create a robot cake. Between the three of us, it turned out pretty adorable. It’s not the most beautiful or professional looking cake, but it sure was bright!

In other news….

  • We’re moving.  Not to a house that we’ve purchased, as was the plan, but to a new apartment.  It’s a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom with two balconies and a decent sized kitchen. The living room is slightly…tiny?…but it’ll work well for us.  The whole thing is on one floor and there’s elevators to the street level and parking, so I will have much more ability to get out and around with the lil one.  The move will happen on July 6th…so I’ll still not be posting regularly for a while.
  • I’ve started to do more scrapbooking in an attempt to use all these supplies that I’ve collected.  I’m doing both Project Life (check it out here) and just traditional scrap pages in addition to the regular card making.  It’s actually a lot of fun and I think once I have a dedicated craft space in the new apartment, I’ll be able to do a lot more.  Can’t wait!!
  • Geekling isn’t walking yet, but he’s saying a few slurry words. The first really decipherable one other than Mama and Dada is Tree.  He also does kitty, kiss, doggy, and hush. Guess you can tell which words we say most often in THIS house! ;)
I’ll be back in a while to post some pics of cards I’ve done recently, and to show off my first Project Life page. Woohoo, I know you’re excited!
Lovelove,
Ree