It’s the end of the year and with 2018 just a few days away I’m already itching to begin some of my New Year’s Resolutions. I always have a handful of goals to conquer and if I don’t achieve them all I don’t hold it against myself. As long as I complete at least one and attempt the others I’m satisfied.

This year the goals are simple:

  • Declutter
  • Become healthier
  • Stick to a budget

I’ve already begun on the declutter aspect of my resolution.  Below are the “before” and “after” photos of what I call my pantry (it’s a little cupboard that I picked up a while ago at Target).

I think my favorite part of my “before” photo is how the Monk cookie jar is turned toward the corner, like he is ashamed of the environment he is forced to stay in. He seems much happier in the second photo, all cleaned up.

I know it will take a while to get to every area in my home but I’ll keep everyone updated as I move about from one area to another.

I am an admitted pack rat so overcoming my sentimentality towards everything is my biggest obstacle. Oh, and a husband who brings home car parts that aren’t for any vehicle we own that he just knows he can sell online. <Sigh>

What are your resolutions for the New Year?


More Q&A


Just when we thought we had answered all kinds of questions… I discovered another of my favorite bloggers wanted me to answer questions a while ago and I was just too busy to keep up and so better late than ever so to Sandy at Scribbles and Musings – this is for you!

My questions:

1) How long have you been blogging?

I actually just started blogging a few months ago. I kept reading blogs and decided to take the plunge and begin blogging myself. I will admit that it is much more difficult than I thought – but I am enjoying it and learning all the little things that goes into the upkeep and content of the blog can be both exhilarating and scary at the same time. As a blogger you can really put yourself out there… sometimes it’s a success and other times when you have no hits it’s like… oh no, they hate me, they really hate me!

2) Favorite emoji? 

I don’t know if I truly have an emoji that I love. I know on Facebook there are “stickers” that I use in conversations with people and there are a few I just think are so great – they involve a cactus and a crazy pink bird.  Oh and there is a sweet set pertaining to apples and other every day objects I like as well.

3) Favorite Color?

Pink!  I have loved the color pink ever since I can remember.  It was my grandmothers favorite color and I share her love.  I painted my room pink when I was 3. When I was 19 I asked my dad if I could re-paint my room, he asked what color, I said… Pink!  I just want a fresh coat! And as an adult I negotiated my son’s middle name just so I could have a pink bedroom. I love pink.

4) Favorite childhood memory?

Playing with Fisher Price People. I could spend hours playing with people all by myself – and often did. I now know this bothered my mom as I would prefer the companionship of my “people” to real life friends and chose to stay inside than go outside. I think this was just me realizing at a young age I was an introvert.

5) Favorite season, and one clothing item you love to wear then?

Living in Ohio I experience all the seasons and there are positives to each. Spring: the world is new again. Summer: the world is finally warm again (though we often have to wait until July). Fall: The world is pretty with all the fall colors – and football begins and I love football! Winter: Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little bit of snow. But it doesn’t have to linger forever as it seems to want to do lately. Favorite clothing… in Spring, Fall and well, sometimes Summer I get to wear jeans and a sweatshirt and it’s just cozy! (This sweatshirt is normally one endorsing my beloved New York Giants!)

6) Android or Iphone?

I have Android based things with my Nook. My friend was nice enough to give me her old iPhone when she upgraded. There are pro’s to each.

7) Favorite place to shop…online or in-store?

In-store as I am like so many people who come in to shop where I work.. I like to see it. But that is not to say that there aren’t times when I will purchase things online. I buy books, items for my beloved Giants and Yankees, diffusers (recently have discovered the wonders of essential oils), I guess it’s where I can get the best bargain!

9) Favorite movie?

Ha! Answered this on yesterdays but today we’ll go with a different category – “Empire Strikes Back” as the most anticipated sequel is coming out this December!

8) Favorite book?

My favorite book… this is a difficult choice as I’ve read a lot of books over the years. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot, Can You Keep a Secret and Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. Most may roll their eyes at the first two as they are old, but still wonderful classics and the last two are modern and just plain fun! There are great moments in the book I’ve Got Your Number that make me smile as well… Love Sophie Kinsella!

9) Favorite comfort food?

Ice Cream! Specifically Iditarod (which was like Moose Tracks but with peanut butter swirled through the ice cream instead of chocolate), Buckeye Saturday – it’s peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirls… something like Iditarod (I think it replaced it), and Chocolate. No adult flavors for me (that would be butter pecan and the like).

10) Favorite way to de-stress?

Water walking/jogging. Now that the kids are back in school I hope to get back in the swing of things as far as the fitness front goes. With extra trips of carting kids here there and everywhere I did not keep my focus on having a healthier lifestyle.

Wow It’s Been a Whole Week…

… since I have done any sort of blog post and I really have no excuse but being busy!  And since Friday I haven’t even worked but it’s amazing how busy you can be on a staycation.

Hubby got a new job in April so that meant no vacation this year unless I went and visited my dear cousin in Virginia. An 8 hour drive by myself with two children between the ages of 8 and 12 didn’t seem like a wise decision to me – and so I opted to stay home (and it was a good thing as I saw on Facebook earlier her kids started school today).

So here is how I have kept myself busy.

Saturday was spent seizing my state’s first ever sales tax free days on school supplies.  I went to the mall and bought stuff for my kids new school year, then hit the local office supply stores and Target to get their folders, paper and whatnot so they are all set when the new school year kicks off.

Saturday evening was spent at a local minor league ballpark where my mother-in-law got us tickets on a bobblehead night in honor of our local NFL team. The players dressed in the jerseys of the football team rather than their usual uniforms – and I must say – I rather liked how they looked!


The next day my hubby and boy child went to the ballpark again while I took my girl child to a local historical society where they were having a Civil War Re-Enactment.  It was really cool – the little bit of the re-enactment that I saw – and if I wasn’t familiar with history and know that Appomattox was the final battle where the Union won – watching this I would have swore the Confederacy was going to win.

But I didn’t get to see much of the Civil War stuff… no most of my time, on this hot day, was spent in the Glassworks watching two artisans create something from nothing. My daughter fell in love with glass blowing you see… she now knows what she wants to be when she grows up.


Monday came with girl child having her bff spend the day with us so we didn’t really go anywhere (because in the beginning of the day I didn’t know she was going to be spending the day with us, this I found out at 4:50pm) so I did icky work – trying to peel the adhesive flowers and butterflies that seemed like such a great decorating idea 9 years ago, off her walls. Never do this I warn… or if you do, don’t leave them on for 9 years and don’t begin this project without a big bottle of Goo Gone.


The above picture is our “before”, we are now changing her room color to a purple shade, more fitting the tween she is.

Yesterday our big plans included the 16 inning game between the Yankees and the Indians. I went to this game dressed in my Omar Vizquel jersey. With all my beloved Yankees finally being retired, I thought I could go into the stadium and be more neutral. Ha – did I learn something about myself.  You can’t support a team for 19 seasons and turn your back on them. Even if all the players that you enjoyed watching are gone…. and find yourself not really relating to the players that are presently on the team. I felt awkward not wearing Yankees (though I was going to wear my one hat – I couldn’t find it so it was just the Indians jersey I had to show any sort of allegiance). And listening to the crowd trash my team…. it fired me up. We didn’t arrive home until after 1am as the game went into a 16th inning with my team losing… but it was a great night that really allowed me to get to know myself again.


Today we did what girl child wanted to do – a trip to the zoo.  I love the zoo and the one in our town is just big enough that you don’t completely exhaust yourself visiting.  We saw everything in 4 hours which was good as we left 20 minutes before they closed. You begin with penguins and end with flamingos and you have lions, tigers and grizzly bears (oh my!) in between. The weather was perfect and we renewed the membership which means more visits in the future!


And with this owl bid you an adieu (so punny I know). Until next time!