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Eating Better? Feeling Horrible.

Eating Better?  Feeling Horrible!

I don’t know about everyone else, but my resolve about eating better is…..wavering.

I have lost 2 pounds, but that loss is not due to eating well.  I’ll go a day or two where I’m eating great, then BOOM! I go and pig out on some potato chips.  I feel like I have no willpower whatsoever.  It’s really disheartening.

To top it off, The Mister is on what the doctor calls a “low residue diet” which is, to my surprise, a real thing.  The diet is basically all easy to digest carbs with no fiber or very little fiber.  It’s super easy on his poor digestive system because he has Crohn’s disease, but it’s super hard on my waist line!  And you just feel like crap when you eat like that.  It’s awful.  I hate it.  I want a salad!  Who would have thought a doctor would be so against eating better?! I can’t even imagine how he feels about it.  Poor guy.  Seriously, I hope the doctor can work some healing magic because this guy deserves a break from digestive issues!

On another note, I’ve had these peely rough spots on my face for almost a year now.  I finally was able to get into the dermatologist after an 8 month waiting list!  First, he said it was dermatitis and sent me on my way with some medicine.  After a month it didn’t go away.  So, now he said it’s acting more like psoriasis (on. my. face. wtf.) and wanted me to get my B6 levels checked.  I was surprised when they came back low-ish.  I eat really well, and a big variety.  I did some research and apparently high protein diets can lead to low B6. I do love the keto and low carb diets because they don’t feel so restrictive on the amount you can eat, but “eating better” gets harder when it’s causing health problems.

So I started this B vitamin supplement, along with my normal multivitamin.  In two days, my skin on my whole face is softer.  It’s weird.  Could a vitamin really do that?!  I’m not sure, I’ll update when I’ve had more time.  Perhaps my skin is just getting smoother on it’s own and it has  nothing to do with the vitamin?  I don’t even know.  I just know I keep rubbing my face because it’s smooth, and not just on the psoriasis spots, I mean all of my face.

I am very hopeful that the spots start clearing up too.  One is near the corner of my eye and one near the corner of my mouth.  The one at the corner of my mouth is looking much better already, so I’m crossing my fingers that the one by my eye does the same thing!

I also ordered some activated charcoal before I realized my face was getting smoother because I wanted to do a charcoal facial.  I think I’m still going to go ahead and do it.  It can’t hurt anything, right?  I’ll update with what a mess I make trying to do “girly” things.  I’m a hot mess when it comes to girly stuff.

 

Organize My Life, Part Two: Get Rid of Clutter

Organize My Life, Part Two: Get Rid of Clutter

How to get rid of clutter is a question everyone has asked at one time or another.  There is no right answer because it’s unique to each person, and each household.  Every person has certain things they do that clutter up their homes, and sometimes each house has it’s own “bad spots” that seem to clutter up more easily than others.  There is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach that will work in all homes  or for all people.

As I’ve said before, I am chronically disorganized.  I’m working hard this year at turning that around.  I’ve had some great ideas to get rid of the clutter and some that will help to control it in the future.

There is no room in my house that is free of clutter.  Not a single one.  I suppose some clutter is to be expected when you have two adults, three kids, and two dogs.  However, that’s no excuse, and with our oldest getting ready to start college in the fall, I am ready to make some changes around here.

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{ Do a room-by-room assessment }

In each room, take note of problem areas for clutter, as well as what type of clutter you are having a problem with (paperwork, clothing, jewelry, craft supplies, etc.)

Mine looks like this:

  • Kitchen & Pantry- too many dishes, too much silverware, too many water bottles, pantry is poorly organized because the kids don’t put things in the correct places, too many small appliances/not enough space for them
  • Dining Room/Office Space- this is the room that catches all, just set it on fire and start fresh.
  • Living Room- mail clutter
  • Bedroom- old clothes, jewelry
  • Charlotte’s Bedroom- toys, OMG, does that kid have a million toys?!
  • Haley’s Room- Currently okay.
  • Ben’s Room- He’s a hoarder.
  • Attic Workspace- it’s a mess, I need shelves to organize it any better
  • Basement- organize food shelves

It’s a lot, right?  I know.  I hate it.

{ Work one room at a time, one task at a time }

This may mean that you concentrate on one room per day (or week, if needs be).  Maybe you need to concentrate on one task per day.  Whatever works for you, and as long as you can keep at it and stay committed to getting it cleaned up.  The idea here is to not get overwhelmed by how much needs done in the WHOLE house, or the WHOLE room.  If your desk is a disaster zone, like mine is, maybe that’s the one thing you accomplish that day.  That’s perfectly fine!  You worked at it, accomplished a goal, and tomorrow you can get started on another one.

{ Clean while you go }

I’m not talking a deep clean, but just keep a rag and a bottle of 409 with you as you work.  It takes like 2 seconds to spray and wipe something down real quick!

{ Things to help you organize }

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{ Sell what you can }

Why not make a little cash while you get rid of clutter?  You can put it towards buying things that help you get (and stay) organized!  There are lots of option for selling things you don’t want anymore.

If you’re selling craft supplies, try Etsy.  (If you sign up for an account with that link you get forty free listing, and so do I.  Thank you for clicking!!!)  It’s a great place for unloading craft supplies you no longer want or need.

Sell Your Books at SellBackBooks.com!
Ebay is great for selling adult and kids clothes, shoes, and jewelry that isn’t too pricey.  Actually, Ebay is pretty great for selling just about anything, but not everything will sell unless you’re willing to let it go cheap.  There are always local garage sale sites that are good for selling things to local people too.

Good luck, I hope you make a bundle!

{ Donate what you can’t sell }

It’s a great tax write off at the end of the year.  Why not get a good start at 2017 by donating and saving those receipts (in an organized folder, of course)?

This means put it in a box or a bag and take it directly to your car.  Guess what happens when you don’t donate it right now?  It turns back into clutter.  Because that box or bag will sit there and sit there until you make a resolution next year to get organized.  Trust me, I know!!

{ Trash what you’re not donating }

Say goodbye to that trash.  Getting it out of the house will make it feel like you can breathe again!!  Doesn’t it feel good to get rid of clutter?!

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Organize My Life, Part One: Planning

Organize My Life, Part One: Planning

One of my biggest pitfalls as a blogger mother human being is that I am chronically disorganized. I am changing that this year, for once and for all, and for good!  I will organize and conquer!

It’ll be a step-by-step process, to be sure, because I needed change to come in small doses.  I used to be a straight up slob when I was younger, so just the fact that my house is clean as an adult is probably beyond my parents wildest dreams.  It is cluttered, but it is clean.  So my need to organize is mental as much as it is physical.  When my house and work space is cluttered and disorganized, my brain feels the same way.  When it’s organized and tidy, I can concentrate and work and create roughly 1000 times more efficiently.  I don’t know if it’s like that for everyone, but that’s certainly how it is for me.  I would like to have a more productive 2017 so my first step is to PLAN and organize.

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So, naturally the first thing I went to buy was a planner for the year. This is where all of the stuff I need to remember will go, and it’s portable! So I can carry it in my purse to write down appointments and check for conflicts in my schedule on the go.  I got the academic one, since it overlapped from 2016 to 2017.  The Mister has lots of doctors appointments, and oftentimes they are scheduled 6-12 months out.  I’ll get another one in the summer when I’m out buying the kids’ school supplies.

Next, I found a nice calendar for the family. This is my go-to calendar for family things. I love that I can write our names on the side and even as the month changes, we all have our own lines to write things on. It really helps to keep organized and know who is working, who has appointments, practices, recitals, etc.

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Third, I shopped for a calendar for my blog and social media. It serves as both an editorial calendar and then a note pad for all my random ideas about what to post on social media. Believe it or not, I am actually trying to sync things–like make my blog post, then post relevant things to social media. It’s a big step for me. LOL I know it’s simple blogger 101 and I should have been doing it all along, but ya know, I march to the beat of a different drum. As a matter of fact, I have my own drummer (and he’s a dumbass who can’t keep the beat).

Next up, I bought pretty pens. My favorite are these sharpie pens in awesome colors. They don’t bleed through the pages either! Colored pens just make me….happy. Thus, I am much more likely to continue my good habit of using them because they make me so chipper it’s like a treat for myself. But SERIOUSLY, who doesn’t love pretty pens?  If that sad person exists, I don’t want to know them–they are not my kind of people!  {The link above for the sharpies–if you click on it, they also have a “planner bundle” which includes the same calendar I use for my blog!}

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Finally, I’ve started working on some checklists for myself.  So far, I’ve got a daily “to do” checklist and a blog post planning checklist.  I’m working on a meal planning/meal prepping sheet next.  It’s becoming more and more important for us to plan our meals due to dietary restrictions and allergies.  I have very much been flying by the seat of my pants for our dinners for awhile.  I hit the grocery store a minimum of four times per week.  I spend waaaay more money than I should, and I spend too much of my precious and valuable time trying to think of what I can make right now for dinner.  So that definitely needs to change, for my sanity.

That pretty much sums up my plans to get organized.  I’m sure by this time next year I’ll have even more plans to get organized, but for this year, these will help tremendously!  I hope to share the meal planning sheet once it’s done because I think that will be valuable for everyone.  The other checklists I’ve personalized for myself, but perhaps I can come up with a more generic version that would be suitable for everybody to use.  If so, I’ll make that available to you too.