We shall see about that .
I recently decided to take the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge from Money Saving Mom. I didn't start up when she did, so I'm not really part of the "group" who is participating and linking up and all that jazz. I intended to, but I just couldn't get started last week for various reasons.
But I did start this week and I'm a little excited. I feel like I have a WAY bigger monster to tame than what her challenge will fix. Like a lifetime of being disorganized + a husband who is equally as disorganized + 5 kids. It's an equation that equals basically a whole lot of chaos to reign in. And every time I determine that I am going to tackle that chaos, I just don't know where to start. Bringing order to one area of my life or home or family is dependent on something else being brought to order first, which itself is dependent on another aspect being in order and I just feel overwhelmed with the hugeness of the undertaking.
I read through MSM's challenge (it's a downloadable little booklet) and although I have a lot more to accomplish than what the 4 week challenge covers, I felt like it was a way for me to get started - to focus on bringing a few things slowly into order, and then hopefully build on that after the challenge is over. I thought I'd give you updates along the way! Feel free to join in if you'd like. We don't have to be on the same week to share our progress with each other, or to encourage each other!
So this week I set the following goals, which I am trying to accomplish along with the daily assignments from MSM:
1 - Blog 3 times.
2 - Exercise 4 times.
3 - Finish reviewing and providing feedback for a large policy document that needs finalization as part of my Charter School board member responsibilities.
4 - Get 1/2 of all the backed up laundry done. Yes, this is shameful, but that is how much laundry I have to catch up on, that 1/2 finished is a lofty goal.
5 - Get my Mind Organization for Moms system back up and running. It was going fabulously when I was implementing it before, but then I made a mad dash trying to prepare for awesome out of town visitors and totally neglected keeping up with the system. I miss the order it brought to my daily tasks and projects.
6 - Get Activity Days up and running for my new church calling.
7 - Finish getting my craft room completely cleaned and organized (this is already about 1/2 done as I started working on it over the weekend).
8 - Create 3 new jewelry designs for our family business.
Now that I'm typing it all out, it sorta seems like a lot. I'll let you know if I'm able to get it all done by the end of the week!
Here's what I'm feeling good about today:
I consumed a healthy amount of calories and fat today.
I did 6 loads of laundry.
I completely cleaned out and scrubbed my refrigerator:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
We shall see about that .
Posted by Xazmin at 11:22 PM
Monday, March 10, 2014
(Cough, cough), it's a little dusty in here...
I guess when you neglect the blog for like 7 months, it can grow a few cobwebs. I'm going to try again to get my blog groove on. So much has happened since I last blogged. Perhaps I can get you caught up a little bit at a time over then next little while. Hopefully. Maybe. Probably not. And by "you" I mean the imaginary people I'm pretending to write to since I'm not sure anyone remembers about this ole blog of mine. That's what happens when you disappear for
ever a while.
A few highlights from the past 7 months:
This girl turned 13! I can't even stand it. She is growing into such a lovely, thoughtful young woman. I'm not really sure what she's doing in this picture. Goofing off with friends, I guess. I never said she wasn't a dork!
Posted by Xazmin at 9:24 PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Are you ready for the end of summer? I totally am. I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer with my kiddos. It's been so fun having them all home along with their new baby sister. I've enjoyed no bedtimes, the sleeping late, the few (but more than normal) lazy days, and even the busy days. It's been nice, now that Baby Girl is older, to be able to jump in the car and leave the older kids in charge for a short time, while Hubby and I run to the grocery store for a few minutes, or to fill up with gas and grab a couple of drinks at the gas station. I've loved the flexibility of pushing something I was going to do on Wednesday over to Friday because we decided to take the kids to the park, or go shopping with grandma. BUT....my late nights and sleeping in, and putting off until tomorrow, has led to an increasingly messier house (okay, that's putting it mildly - it's a disaster!), lots of to-do's being left undone, and basically a growing feeling of chaos hovering over me at all times. It's definitely time to change it up!
My girls go back to school tomorrow and couldn't be more excited! Bookworm starts High School on Monday and although excited, I think he's a little nervous too. I'm not gonna lie - I'm a little nervous for him. I mean, I know he'll be fine, and I couldn't have asked for him to have a better experience with his first 10 years of public education. But he's been with the same group of kids pretty much since 3rd grade and is going from a school of 500 (K-9) to a High School of just under 1800, and most of his closest friends are going off to different high schools. I so want him to have a great first week and meet lots of new great friends! Okay, I'm getting all anxious again. Time to move on.
With all the kids back in school it will be just Baby Girl and me, and sometimes hubby. I'm kinda looking forward to it. She is getting so fun and even chubbier than before! And I am looking forward to getting back into a routine, and getting up early (okay not the actual getting up part), and getting a jump on my day. Getting more done, and hopefully restoring some order to our household!
Am I the only one who feels this way about back to school?
I'm ready for the season change as well. I'm looking forward to fall. The smells and sounds and colors! I love that I live in a place that has 4 distinct seasons. By the end of each season I am so ready for the next! The only one that lasts a little long for me is winter. But we've been over that before.
In other news - Baby Girl went to her very first RSL game last week! We weren't sure how she'd do, but she LOVED it! She was good the whole time and just loved being outside and watching everything going on around us. Plus we won, so that made it an even better night! It was Hubby and I's first soccer date since the season began. We went to nearly every home game last year, and we've really missed our date nights!
Here are a couple of fun pictures of my cute soccer girl. Okay, me, my cute husband and 2 of my other cute kids are in them too. But let's face it, it'as all about the chubby baby girl right now as far as pictures go!
So, are you ready for the end of summer? Or are you hoping to stretch it out just a little bit longer?
One more thing. We're having a giveaway over at Sweet Adornment! If you want to be entered to win a $25.00 gift certificate, just click HERE!
Posted by Xazmin at 1:59 AM
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
This is the story of how a plain, boring brown pair of thrift store boots became a fabulous pair of dazzling go-go boots!
You may recall that last year Bookworm and Cowgirl were in our school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Cast members were responsible for much of their own costumes. For Cowgirl's part, one of the costumes needed was a go-go costume.
After scouring the store racks for any leftover Halloween costumes on clearance (because I wasn't about to pay full price and order a costume online), and having no luck, I realized that I was going to have to put together a costume myself. So it was time to hit my favorite thrift store, Deseret Industries. It took going back a couple of times (luckily it's near our house), but we finally found a shirt and skirt that fit the bill. I was hoping for brighter colors, but you take what you can get, right?
I was still having a hard time finding a pair of go-go boots. I wanted white ones. Then I got to the point that I would settle for any color that were the right style. I figured I could spray paint them white. After many "drop ins" to the DI while out and about on my errands on different days, I finally found "the pair"! They were the right size, and the right style (and only $5)! It was time to pull the outfit together!
As I was talking to one of the moms at rehearsal one day, she mentioned the word "glitter". And the heavens opened...and the angels sang.....
So after looking at some different ideas online, and determining the drawbacks as well as the benefits of each of the methods suggested, I came up with a plan.
I first took the boring, plain brown boots and coated them well with a couple of layers of metallic silver spray paint. I stuffed newspapers inside of them to keep them standing upright and filled out. I let them dry overnight.
I painted my first layer of glitter podge all over the boots, being careful to try and avoid the zippers so they wouldn't get glued shut. After they had time to dry for a little bit I could see the spots that were a little bare of glitter. I went over the boots another time, paying special attention to the bare spots.
I decided that Cowgirl needed some go-go accessories to tie the whole outfit together. So we made a belt and some big earrings by cutting circles out of poster board and repeating the spray paingint/glitter podging process used on the boots. I LOVED how her costume turned out, and we got so many compliments on the boots and the accessories!
It's like I always say, "Everything is better with glitter!"
Have you transformed anything from drab to fab lately? I'd love to hear about it!
I'm sharing this project over HERE today! Check it out to find more fabulous projects!
Posted by Xazmin at 1:18 PM
Monday, August 12, 2013
Today I'm linking up with Kenlie for FMM - it's how I first started making friends in the blog world, years ago. Those friendships are still in place today, and some of them are with friends who don't even blog anymore! So it's definitely a great link party to be involved with!
So here I go...Have you ever...
1. Jumped out of an airplane? Nope.
2. Lived alone? Nope. I got married at 19. I went from living with my parents to living with hubby.
3. Met a celebrity? Yes I have. When I was 17, my High School's Senior Dinner Dance was held at the Marriot Hotel. It was durning the NBA playoffs and the Houston Rockets were playing the Jazz, and they were staying at the Marriot. My girlfriends and I saw a golden opportunity and we jumped into an elevator with Hakeem "the dream" Olajuwon! He was actually very nice and down to earth. Friendly, and interested (at least he acted that way) in our school, and our basketball team and was just very nice (not in a creepy old man hitting on teenage girls way).
Of course I have met many members of Real Salt Lake. Not celebrities to some people, but our goalie Nick Rimando, and our team captain Kyle Beckerman (I have met both) played on the U.S. Men's National Team that just won the Gold Cup a couple of weeks ago.
4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying? All. the. time.
5. Had a manicure/pedicure? Yes, but it's actually not my favorite thing.
6. Gotten a hickey? Um, what?
7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or cat? Yes.
8. Been outside of your home country? Well, when my family went to Disneyland, we also visited Tijuana. I'm not very well-traveled. :/
9. Kissed your best friend? Every day.
10. Eaten food that fell on the floor? I'm a mom. What do you think?
11. Met someone online? Yep. All my blogging friends!
12. Been on TV? Nope. But my kids have.
13. Had braces? Yep.
14. Gone skinny dipping? Nope.
15. Been to the Opera? Yep.
16. Been caught making out by a policeman? Not that I can recall.
17. Sung in public? No way.
18. Handed out candy on halloween? Of course.
19. Been snowed in? Surprisingly, no.
20. Fallen in front of other people? Who hasn't?
21. Cheated on a test? Never. I hate cheaters.
22. Regretted saying "I love you" to someone? I guess I probably said it to a loser or two, so yes.
23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized you didn't have your wallet? No. I almost never pay - that's the Hubby's job!
24. Shot a gun? Yes. It was for a simulation I got to participate in that was through the FBI and taught by a SWAT sniper. It was super cool!
25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you? Um, in my imagination...
So there you go. Want to play along? I'd love to read your answers! Go link up if you want to play!
Tomorrow I'm going to show you how I turned a pair of plain brown thrift store boots into some FABULOUS glittery go-go boots for my daughter's role as a go-go dancer in the school musical! You won't want to miss it!
Posted by Xazmin at 10:31 AM
Friday, August 9, 2013
I'm getting back in the swing of things. I think. I've actually got some blog posts planned out, which I haven't done in ages - so I'm thinking the posts will be coming more frequently again!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Wow, it's been quite a month! In my effort to become a blogger again, I'm linking up with 3 fabulous ladies for 10 Things to Smile About, and Talk To Us Tuesday.
Here we go:
1. Our new family business. The girls and I stumbled upon this new found hobby in an effort to make a Mother's Day gift for my mom. We decided to make a business out of it. Here are a few of my favorite items:
Posted by Xazmin at 1:04 AM