Showing posts from March, 2017

Cleaning and decluttering this weekend

I read an interesting article earlier today that suggests that there is a direct link between your stress level and the amount of clutter in your home. The more clutter that you have in your home, the more likely you are to struggle with stress and in many cases depression. It makes a ton of sense to me.

I have been feeling VERY stressed lately and have been fighting depression. I have also noticed that the piles are forming in our home and that there is "stuff" everywhere. When I walk in our house, in our mud room, the first thing I see is stuff and piles on top of shelves and things on the floor and so really there is no way to relax. At the same time, I have been spending more time in our bedroom, and I think that that is because it has been decluttered for the most part and I feel calm in there. So, I decided that this weekend I am going to try to tackle some cleaning projects that have been weighing on my mind.

I kind of started this project this past Monday when I bough…

Books read for fun in March 2017

Over the last 2.5  years, I have been documenting the books that I read for fun (and not just for review purposes).  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books! In 2016, I read 58 books. While I don't have a goal in mind for this year, I will continue reading as it is something that I love to do and I like to document the books that I read.  (Please note that if a book looks interesting to you, you can click on the picture of the book and it should take you to it's page on I am an associate through them.)
So....What did I read in March: 

Well, I didn't do a ton of fun reading this month. I did read 2 young adult books this month. I read:

I had never read Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary when I was young as it was originally published 2 years aft…

Weigh In Wednesday #13 of 2017

So one of my 2017 goals is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. This is a necessity for me, as in the last few months I have gained 15 pounds. That is not good. I want to be healthier and feel better about myself. 

In order to keep me accountable,I am hoping to come back each Wednesday to share my weigh in and my successes and failures from the previous week. So let's hop to it and see how I did this past week, shall we?

SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO???  My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds! My weight last week was: 235.4 pounds. My weight this week is: 233.4 pounds.  So a loss of 2.0 pounds! :-)
Total loss from 1/1/17: 8.6 pounds
I am down another 2 pounds! Yay! I am just 1.5 pounds from being down the first 10 pounds! This past week, I just tried to control portions and tried to eat clean when I could. That meant adding fruits and veggies to each meal that I ate and trying not to snack as I had been doing. Not having my favorite chocolates in the house has definitel…

Happy Homemaker Monday---err...Tuesday (3/28/2017)

Happy Tuesday! So sorry I didn't get this up yesterday. I was busy all day long with errands, an organizing project, tutoring, and doing household stuff and then it was after 9pm and I was exhausted. So we shall hop onto it today and I will join in (albeit a day late) with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme.

So let's get started: 

It is rainy and overcast this morning. Not sure if it is supposed to stop raining later or not. It is also supposed to be in the low 60s. Personally, I am loving not having the heat on during the day at home.

I finally finished "Wonder," which turned out to be a wonderful book. Need to figure out what to read next.

On Friday nights, we typically do pizza and a movie for the kids. This year I would like to try to remember what movies we have watched, so I will be recapping here. This past Friday night, we watched "Finding Dory.&…

Coffee table, bras, Scentsy, road work, and books

This week has been weird as I have been battling a head cold that caused me not to be able to breathe through my nose at all. On Thursday night, my dear Hubby told me that I looked terrible and I should go to bed. So I did. Basically, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I felt like crap. Today I don't feel as stuffy in the head, and I can kind of breathe through my nose so hopefully I have turned the corner on this cold or whatever it is.

What else has been going on?.....

I got a new coffee table! The one that we had was a hand-me-down from my husband's parents. We were given it several years ago (when we were still speaking with them). I liked it at the time, but I have changed and it really was not our style anymore (it was black metal, with dark grey tiles that you placed throughout the table and could be taken out). Also it was impossible to keep clean as dirt and crumbs would get down in the tiles. Also it was another reminder of a relationship that is over. I have been lookin…

Pro Football Hall of Fame visit

After having adventures in Cleveland and Beachwood, we headed south to our final destination of our mini getaway.

We were heading out to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Jacob is a huge NFL fan, and Bill is as well. The last time we were at the Hall of Fame was years ago back when we were dating. Let me tell you, it has changed so much and for the better.

It was a wonderful experience and the hall is definitely more family friendly with interactive exhibits for kids and adults. Even for just the average fan, the hall kept you engaged and interested.

Jacob LOVED the whole thing. Ben was mesmerized with the large statues and Rebecca enjoyed the interactive exhibits.

Meeting up with my sister, the Winking Lizard Tavern, and swimming

After our adventures at the Great Lakes Science Center, we headed south about 20 minutes to surprise the kiddos with a visit with my sister who is a junior at Ursuline College. The kids had no idea that we were heading there until we pulled into the parking lot right next to a big Ursuline College sign.

Mary showed us all around campus and showed us her dorm room. The kids liked seeing where Aunt Mary goes to school.

Then we decided that it was still a little early to get dinner, so we headed to a nearby mall to walk around. It has been years since I have been in a mall and we literally just walked through each floor window shopping.

We decided to head to the Winking Lizard Tavern for dinner. I looked on tripadvisor and it got good reviews. I checked their menu and they had a kids menu, some dishes for vegetarians (my sister), and regular food for my hubby and I. When we got there, we got the last spot in their parking lot and expected a wait. However, we were seated right away. We had …