Category Archives: nesting

Home.

This picture is not home. Actually the view from the top of Camelback Mountain.

I’ll write some sort of trip recap post later, but right now we are home. Everyone slept nicely in their own beds, we are getting right back into our regular routine.

I don’t know how it is for anyone else, but yesterday when we returned (and when we return from all vacations really), I felt like a real pioneer woman. Unpacking, doing a mountain of laundry, hard-boiling eggs for myself and making breakfast bars for the kids, assembling a healthy and light dinner after a weekend of tacos and beers.

Meanwhile, Marcus and Critter went to the grocery store, he shoveled the driveway, took the garbage out, did the dishes and prepared the house so that the Terminator could robot vacuum its way across the main floor.

As for tonight, it is our hope that we will get to sit down and put our feet up.

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Kitchen Hack

Prepare yourselves for a snooze-fest, my friends.

I meant to write a post about this some time ago after posting something similar to IG on Halloween. Basically it said I was cleaning off our island so that when people trick or treated at our house they thought we kept it really clean.

A lot of friends responded with a similar sentiment. And I laughed because I was like haha here we all are on Halloween worrying about this. But now we actually do. All the time.

If you’re ever watching say, Fixer Upper on HGTV and you’re admiring a house, chances are that what you’re really admiring is how incredibly clean it is. There are no toys strewn about or any other meaningful earthly possessions for that matter. You want your countertops to look huge and sparkling? You have to keep them empty.

We used to use the biggest space in our kitchen as a catch-all and the result was that it looked horribly cluttered and we didn’t have any system to purge what was building up on the countertops. Marcus will also readily admit that once something goes onto that counter, it no longer exists in his field of vision.

So we relegated all of the stuff here.

It stays organized more easily and even when tons of things have piled up it is a much smaller space.

It also makes it easier to keep the rest of the kitchen clean. All the time.

Over the summer I also started clearing out the dishes in the sink and loading them into the dishwasher at naptime so that the kitchen is completely clean for the afternoon. It’s another small thing that makes a big difference.

Do you have any cleaning tricks/hacks?

Domestic Lifesavers

I started writing this post in September, then I forgot. But especially with ALL of the holiday gift guides (THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM), I felt Called to share the two small appliances that have changed our life in the last year. Especially if you’re still debating what you want for a gift or what sales you want to search for on Boxing Day.

Bissell Smartclean 1974

BUY A ROBOT VACUUM. Buy it now. Especially if you don’t have a housekeeper. Even if you do. You still may need to sweep out a corner or two every month or so. You may want to run your regular vacuum over your large area rug now and then. But this will DRASTICALLY cut down on the amount of time you spend on your floors.

Crockpot 5-in-1 Slowcooker

I felt guilty when we bought this because we already owned a slow cooker. And then it arrived and Marcus (truly accidentally) broke the ceramic bowl of the old one.

Why this Crockpot is superior in all ways: it has a browning feature so you don’t need to use two dishes when you’re preparing a slow cooker meal. That extra dish seemed especially like Mount Everest when Glitter was born. We don’t have an instant pot because I either need the food to cook for 4-6-8 hours or I can cook it myself on the stove in 15-30 minutes.

What have you purchased in the last year that you can’t live without?

Home Sweet Home

For the past month, I have been trying to do one fun Critter and Mama adventure each Friday after I pick him up from daycare. Marcus has Glitter on those days so I have the extra time. Last Friday, he and I visited the “jungle” (garden center) at Lowe’s to buy some hanging baskets and some simple plants for our planters.

Critter loves visiting the “jungle” (lol seriously) and it is such a hoot to wheel around the aisles with him while we look at the fwowers. However, there is only so much gardening to be done. The Irises have yet to show me any flowers and the Peonies are getting closer to blooming but we are not quite there yet.

SOON ENOUGH.

We are finally making some landscaping decisions (more on that in another post) and little by little we are spiffing up the exterior of the house. It’s crazy to think that at this time last year, we still had not seen our house and were wrapping up our third month on the multi-generational compound.

We are also starting to move into a whole new rhythm of summer life. ECFE ended last week. Library story time will be sporadic throughout the summer. Glitter has turned into a two nap baby which is fantastic because she is pretty predictable and it means that now I get at least 30 minutes of solo time in the AM with Critter and usually at least 30 minutes of time to myself in the afternoon when their naps overlap.

He has also taken to calling our house “home sweet home” from time to time and it is the sweetest, most hilarious thing. I have no idea where he got it from but he is right. It is our home sweet home!

To Do List Nation

I don’t know about you guys, but the moment we got to May, suddenly there was this ongoing (and lengthy!) list of things to do?

Like honestly every time I complete a post-it note worth of tasks, another springs up in its place with a completely bizarre and arbitrary list of activities to complete. And yet, I Keep Doing Them!

Just this morning I ordered Critter a pile of summer play clothes from Target because for the summer, his daycare turns into a “camp.” Which is great. I love that they make the effort to spend so much time outdoors with the children. But I need to send him to daycare in swim clothes, he will need a dry outfit to change into and he needs to keep extra clothes at school. Also, he needs clothes to wear at home?! We have been so blessed to receive a PILE of hand-me-downs from friends and family, and “thrift shop” has been on my to do list for two weeks but frankly, we’re at the point where if it doesn’t happen, we need a backup plan (AKA more clothes).

Meanwhile, I briefly contemplated the possibility of us needing to build a shed because it seems like there is not a lot of space in our garage? Like, we can park the cars in there just fine but between strollers/lawn mowers/snow blowers/stuff it is tight.

THEN I REALIZED WE WERE STORING WEDDING GIFTS WE HAVE NOT TOUCHED IN THE SEVEN YEARS SINCE WE GOT MARRIED. And not like This Is Special China For Special Occasions, but like Things We Never Asked For In The First Place.

This is what happens when you move while pregnant. Things just come along for the ride.

Anyway, we do not own any of those things anymore and now there is more storage space in our garage. Basement bedroom/storage room, I am coming for you next.

Meanwhile, Marcus is replacing all of the outlet and switch plate covers on 1/2 of our main floor that we bought LAST AUGUST so you know, we are just chipping away at projects like no one’s business.

We are still sourcing landscaping quotes for our yard because they range from Exorbitant to More Exorbitant and frankly for the amount they are asking so far, we can actually find the time and energy to do the project ourselves. I will look forward to providing an update once I actually know what is going to happen here. Plus, I bet y’all would love a summer full of updates about shoveling medium-sized gravel out of our yard (lol not).

If anyone has any laughable tales they would like to share, please do, we would like to hear them. Otherwise stay tuned for more of mine.

Drudgery (aka Spring Cleaning)

After last week’s debacle, magically it is spring. There is still snow everywhere (that’s what melting nearly two feet of snow will do to you) but on Friday, Mother Nature hardcore committed to Spring and so we are living that life now.

The sun is streaming through our windows, today, Marcus opened them and we took in the fresh air. We have gotten to go on a couple of family walks (AKA our new lifestyle until October).

AND. Over the past week I have been actioning…spring cleaning? I don’t really know where the energy is coming from but we have three more months until we celebrate a year in this house. It’s not that I see so many projects that need to be done still, it’s more like I am finally awake enough to sort through stuff I should have taken care of at some point during the whole pregnant-packing-moving-packing-moving-having a baby-thing.

I purged a bag of old, ratty clothes from my closet. I went through our linen closet (fun fact: really did not look in there after we moved in and our friends are the one who moved that stuff for us!) and organized it and purged a bag of mystery bedding and items. I tossed out two bags of really old nail polish and other trash from the medicine cabinet.

ARE YOU FEELING THE CATHARSIS WITH ME YET?

Did I also clean out my car? I did. In which I removed yet another bag of trash, a shopping bag full of toys (what?!) and realized the snow emergency box I had stashed in my trunk was actually full of more trash, and a lot of things that had nothing to do with snow.

So, here we are, on our way.

House Updates

It’s almost the end of February. We are still just chipping away at house projects.

The new water softener was installed. It took nearly an extra week because the first time they were supposed to install it, they took it to our old townhouse (address located nowhere on the order form) and installed it there. So our buyers got a free water softener. And now we have a matching one!

We got the new dishwasher installed last week. It is a Bosch and it is quiet (our old dishwasher was also a Bosch and quiet) but it also has a third rack for extra silverware or whatever and that is AMAZING. It is superb for sippy cup straws, sippy cup lids and the like.

I sourced some drum lampshades to update the lights in our living room that have had the wrong shades forever. Look.

Before.

After.

SO much better.

Did I mention I am an extremely mediocre photographer.

As the weather starts to warm up (so April-ish) we’ll turn our focus outdoors to do some much MUCH needed landscaping.