Organizing the Kitchen

On any given day, my house might not be clean, but I know that my kitchen will be organized.  I love to keep it organized so I know exactly where everything is at.  Right now I am taking the A Bowl Full of Lemons 14 week challenge.  And the first week is the Kitchen, so I wanted to share with everybody my Kitchen and how I keep it tidy!

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Every morning when Little Fella is having his breakfast I try to unload this dishwasher from the night before and I tidy up the counters and wipe them down.  This will help with keeping the kitchen clean for the rest of the day.

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In the evenings, after supper, I will wash the dishes and start the dishwasher.  It takes a few minutes to do, but it is so nice to know that you have a clean kitchen and you have the rest of the evening to just sit and relax.

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Keeping your utensils in a utensils container (I like these crocks.  I found mine at a flea market) helps free up space in a drawer.  I found that when I kept my utensils in a drawer, the drawer always was the first to become a mess.  I also like to keep all my knives in a knife block right on the counter so they are handy to grab.

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Coffee stations are really hot right now, but they are super handy to have a coffee station and keep everything in a central location.  The cabinet above my coffee machine is where I keep all of my coffee cups, as well as my other glasses.  This cabinet is right next to the sink so it is handy when you need to grab a glass.

Keeping all small utensils such as can opener, measuring spoons, measuring cups, and other items can be daunting.  But these small little bins can be a perfect way to keep everything organized and each item (I sometimes have multiple items of the same thing).  You can find them here.

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I love these baskets and have them all through my kitchen.  They are so handy to store your lids to your plastic containers, the kids snacks, etc.  They also stack.  To find them click here.

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Keeping your dish soap, hand soap, and counter spray on this tray makes it not only handy but cute.  You can find the tray here and it comes in many different colors.

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The last thing in my kitchen is my command center.  This is an area that sometimes is a mess due to this is where I keep/pay bills, cut my coupons, make my to do list, my grocery list, and my menu for the week.  I spend a lot of time at this station, but it is where all of my organization starts.   I keep everything in three ring binders and place them in a basket to keep it all organized.

I hope this helps you become more inspired get organized and if you want start the 14 week challenge you can head over to A Bowl Full of Lemons website.  You can also find her new book online here which has some amazing helpful tips on getting organized.

 

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My first Stitch Fix!

I have always wanted to try Stitch Fix but have never took the plunge until this month!  My box arrived today and I have been so excited.

What is Stitch Fix?  It is an online personal style subscription box.  Here is how to begin –

  1. Fill out your style profile.  In here it includes your size, style, budget, and you can even leave a note to your stylist about what you are looking for.  If you have a Pinterest board you can even sync it up so  your stylist knows a little more about your style.
  2.  Once you set up your style profile, you can choose when you want to receive your StichFix.  I set mine up to receive it monthly.  On that day, you will be charged a $20 styling fee and five items will be shipped directly to your home.  If you keep at least one item (which I would recommend) your styling fee will be applied to your order.  If you keep everything, you will get a 25% discount off your entire order.
  3. You have three days to decided on your order.  Once you have tried everything on and have decide on what you are keeping you will check out on your Stitch Fix account and then mail the rest of your order will be mailed back to Stitch Fix in a prepaid envelope.

Here is a look at my first Stitch Fix

Shiraleah Red Jesse Crossbody Bag – $54.00 (Returned)

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This bag was awesome and I was in love with it.  I did return it and I feel like I will kick myself tomorrow because I returned it.  (I just got a Kate Spade Purse from D for Christmas and I know how proud he is of it so I didn’t want to add another bag to my collection just yet.)  It was made of suede and was super soft.  It had a pouch in front (shown) that had a button clasp and it had a zipper pocket in the back.  The inside was blue and white paisley.  It was super lightweight and had a strap to be a crossbody and it also had where you could wear it as a wristlet.  Oh how I wish I kept this purse.

Skies are Blue Avena Split Neck Top – $54.00 (Kept)

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I loved this shirt from the moment I pulled it out of the box.  It is loose-fitting but still flattering.  It is a high low-cut.  Walking around the house it didn’t make me feel very restricted.  I paired it with the jeans that was in my Fix along with some red ballet flats.

Kut From The Kloth Maribel Straight Leg Jean – $88.00 (Returned)

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Oh these jeans, in total love with them however I did return them because I am still on my weight loss journey and feel like $88 is a real investment in a pair of jeans and all though I would pay that for them, I just don’t want to purchase them and then a month down the road they be too big.  Hopefully my stylist will add them to a later fix when I lose all my weight.

Skies are Blue Gino Mixed Material Cardigan – $58.00 (Returned)

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This cardigan I actually hated in person, it was really big and made me feel frumpy.  Although looking in the picture I kinda liked it (even though it was big).  It was really itchy on and just made me feel like I was drowning in it.  I paired it with a pair of dark skinny jeans and black ballet flats.

Market & Spruce Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater $58.00 (Kept)

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This sweater pulling it out of the box and seeing the elbow patches I knew I was returning it, however once I tried it on and wore it for a little bit I fell in love with it.  It is very light weight and super soft.  The color is a cool mint green that will be a perfect early spring sweater.  I’m still not sure of the elbow pads, but I loved the sweater so much I looked passed it.  I paired it with a pair of skinny jeans and some brown riding boots.  I know I will get a lot of use out of this sweater.

 

Okay so the low down on my first Fix, I knew that I would not love everything in my first fix, however I loved almost all of it.  My stylist did an awesome job, especially for my first one and not really knowing my needs and likes.  Going into this I really didn’t know what to expect so I didn’t request anything or tell any specifics.  I wanted to be surprised and really step out of my comfort zone.  I did send her my Pinterest board on what I liked and I think she did a fabulous job picking items out for me.  The checkout process was super easy and mailing back was a snap.  I can’t wait for my next fix.

 

To sign up to receive your own fix, — Click Here please note that this post is not sponsored by StitchFix however I do receive a credit if you sign up using my link.

 

 

 

 

 

To the Mom who thinks she is failing!

A few weeks ago I read a post on Facebook about a mom who did everything right and was the “perfect” mom.  She talked about how she breastfed until her children were well over the age of one, how she made all of her babies food and they ate all organic and didn’t have any sweets, how she used cloth diapers.  She spoke about how her children never watched TV and how she spent 100% of her time doing things for her children.  But then she said something that just made me feel so great about the way I parent.  She said that her children are now older (I believe almost ten) and how they still sleep in their bed, how they have learning problems and horrible food allergies.  She talked about how her children had horrible social anxiety and didn’t know how to be independent children.  The moral of her story was it doesn’t matter whether you are a helicopter mom or a mom who is on the verge of loosing it, what happens happens.

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I thought about this awhile and was so glad that I came across this article.   When I was pregnant with Little Fella, I wanted to be the “perfect” mom.  I wanted to breastfeed till he was over a year old, I wanted to make all his food, I wanted to use cloth diapers and not allow him to watch TV.  But as soon as he came into this world, I found out that parenting is hard work and everything I wanted went out the window!

I had to stop breastfeeding when Little Fella was four months old, I remember that I felt so guilty not being able to feed him anymore and I had to feed him formula.  But I do remember that I got the BEST nights sleep in months and the next morning I had so much energy to actually want to do something with Little Fella.

I tried making him his own baby food, but I found that it was actually really expensive and you had to eat it fast because it would go bad, Little Fella didn’t like it frozen and thawed.  I tried to give him a variety of food so I didn’t want to feed him a single food all week-long.  Doing this, I have created a baby who isn’t picky and loves to have a variety of food!  He also has a sweet tooth, but for fruits and yogurts.

Refusing TV is just such a hard option because we watch TV, he’s going to watch TV.  And actually there are some very good children’s shows that teach him stuff.  (They have a cooking show for toddlers)  I have found that he hardly watches the TV, it is just on in the back ground and he will stop and watch it for a few minutes and then he is off on another adventure.

The moral of this post is that I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, but how we choose to parent is perfect!  Even when you think you are failing your child, just look at them and see how happy they are to have you!  Stop comparing yourself to other mom’s who in your eyes look like they have the secret to great parenting and they aren’t sharing.  More than likely they are just as a mess then you are!

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Stuffed Fajita Chicken

Stuffed Fajita Chicken

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2 Chicken Breast

1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced

1/2 Red Bell Pepper, sliced

1/2 Green Bell Pepper, sliced

Fajita Seasoning

Shredded Cheese (I used Monterey Jack)

Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 375. 

Heat a medium skillet and add olive oil.  Saute bell peppers and onions until tender. 

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Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the fajita seasoning to the onions and stir.

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Cut a pocket in the chicken. 

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Stuff the onion/bell peppers in the chicken (careful because they are hot) and then sew up with toothpicks. 

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Sprinkle fajita seasoning over both sides of the chicken and rub in.  Place on a baking sheet.

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Cover with foil and bake for twenty minutes.

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Remove the foil and top with shredded cheese (this amount is up to you). 

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Place back in the oven and bake for another ten minutes.

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Enjoy!