Healthier Me: Morning Routine UPDATE #1

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So my progress on my new morning routine plan?  Eh.  Mixed reviews so far, but actually better than I expected after not feeling so great this week.

I wasn’t feeling so hot on Tuesday and Wednesday although I managed to wake before 7 both days.  But I had to skip my run with Duke.  Then I woke at 5:30 Thursday and 6:00 today.  Since I was feeling loads better today,  the morning went well:

  • I did two loads of laundry, wiped down the laundry room, fixed Munchie’s camp lunch, wrote my grocery list and blog to-do list, put away last night’s dishes, had water and coffee, ate half a banana (shudder), watered the plants, got Munchie ready for the day, pulled coupons for my grocery run, sorted through mail/bills, and showered before we headed out at 8:50.  Breakfast this morning was super simple so no prep was necessary.  Love easy breakfast days.

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Duke had a vet appointment early this morn so I walked him in the afternoon instead.  He’s wearing a lampshade thingie due to a skin rash/infection that he keeps biting.  I feel so bad for pups when they have to wear the lampshade.  And yet, it makes me giggle a bit when he’s all wonky and does his little “eeerrrrr?” (sounds like Scooby Doo) sound which translates to “helloooooo?  excuse me!  I can’t get around this corner up here, wouldya come move the chair over!”  Ornery thing.

And that’s how it’s going over here.  All in all, given the off week I’m having, I’m slowly making progress with this challenge and I’m even (gasp) going to attempt to keep it up on the weekend.  I know!  Patting self for the attempt.

As a reference, here’s what my planned new morning routine is as I posted on Monday:

My Planned Summer Morning Routine
6:00 a.m. — Wake, stretches, prayers, eat a banana (ugh), walk/run with dog
7:00 a.m. — Make coffee or tea, water flowers & plants outside, and do one daily chore (such as a load of laundry, cleaning a bathroom or dusting), eat breakfast, take vitamins, prep breakfast for family, quick shower
7:45 a.m. — Breakfast for all, help Munchie get ready for the day, morning chores for Munchie and me (make beds, tidy up rooms, straighten up kitchen, take out trash, switch laundry to dryer, etc.), read together
8:55 a.m. — Leave for activities depending on what day it is (summer camp, etc.)
9:30 — Ready for blogging tasks, volunteer work tasks, and other computer work as well as personal projects
*If it’s a no-camp day then chunks of time between 9:00 and 11:30 are outside play or swim lessons, and lessons at the kitchen table for Munchie (she calls any kind of schooling we do at home “mommy school”)
 

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Other posts in this series:

Healthier Me: Morning Routine

 Cozycakes Cottage: Summer Morning Routine

Oh hello.  Fancy seeing you here.  When was the last time I posted?  I’m not going to look.  Too long.  We don’t need to linger on bad stuff.

Instead I want to share a new challenge I’m joining for the rest of June.  Yea, late start, but better late and all that.  I’ve mentioned more than once that I’m a big fan of Money Saving Mom’s challenges.  They’re motivational and beneficial to me .  For 2014, Crystal committed to making her health a bigger priority and posts a challenge a month to meet that goal.  Yep, I missed January through May, but I’m diving into June’s challenge.

June’s Challenge: Create a Morning Routine

(or, as I renamed it, Dominate the Morning)

Love, love, love this challenge.  I’m only on day 1 so it’s easy for me to say that.  Talk to me later this week when I want to thwack my phone alarm with a heavy object.  I love sleep.  Big heart love.

Munchie’s school year ended last week, so summer has officially started at Cozycakes Cottage.  Even though we can sleep in a bit now, I don’t want that to become my habit.  I want to rise and shine early.  I want to get things done before Munchie and my husband wake up so that I can spend most of our summer days relaxing.  I’d like to wake up feeling revived and excited to tackle the day.

Wait, let’s not get carried away.  I don’t need to be excited that early in the day.  But I’d like to not want to pull the sheets over my head for another 5 hours.  You know, skip the cranky and sluggish stuff (not that I’m ever cranky or sluggish…) and feel like I’m not behind on household chores and such before the day has really started.

Here’s my morning routine goal:

My Planned Summer Morning Routine

6:00 a.m. — Wake, stretches, prayers, eat a banana (ugh), walk/run with dog

7:00 a.m. — Make coffee or tea, water flowers & plants outside, and do one daily chore (such as a load of laundry, cleaning a bathroom or dusting), eat breakfast, take vitamins, and prep breakfast for family

7:45 a.m. — Breakfast for all, help Munchie get ready for the day, morning chores for Munchie and me (make beds, tidy up rooms, straighten up kitchen, take out trash, switch laundry to dryer, etc.), read together

8:55 a.m. — Leave for activities depending on what day it is (summer camp, etc.)

9:30 — Ready for blogging tasks, volunteer work tasks, and other computer work as well as personal projects

*If it’s a no-camp day then chunks of time between 9:00 and 11:30 are outside play or swim lessons, and lessons at the kitchen table for Munchie (she calls any kind of schooling we do at home “mommy school”)

Not too tough, but let’s see if I hit the sack earlier than I have the last few months.  While the goal wake up time isn’t really different than it is during the school year, I could be lured to sleep in all summer.  Easily lured.  Did I mention that I love sleep?  Sleep is a beautiful thing and I’m super good at it.

I’ll share my progress throughout the month.  If you’d like to join me, please do!  As I always say with these challenges, I love having others pop along for the ride so we can root for each other.  Goooo team!  (insert photo of me jumping up and down like a caffeinated, overage cheerleader).  See you tomorrow! ♥

***What do you like to get accomplished in the morning before you begin work or leave the house?  ***

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Ask Away Friday with April

A few weeks ago I participated in my first Ask Away Friday and had lots of fun with my friend Beth.  Ask Away Friday is a fun way to meet and connect with bloggers (and make friends!) by posing questions to get to know them better.  I love getting a peek into someone’s world (nosy?).   It’s simple:  I ask a blogger 10 questions, she asks me 10 questions and we both answer them in a post called Ask Away Friday.blog logo

This week the lovely April of 100lb. Countdown is swapping questions with me.  April is a health and fitness blogger who’s on a journey to get fit and stay healthy for her family.  I love that–I can certainly relate to wanting to live as long as possible (and be healthy!) to enjoy life with those I love.  I’ve only been following April’s blog for a short time, but I already find inspiration through April’s honesty in sharing her life and journey on her blog.  I love a “real” blogger who understands that being open and genuine is what brings readers back to them.  Happy to meet you, April!  Cheers!

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Also, make sure to pop over to the awesome Ask Away Friday hosts and see other Ask Away Friday participants - Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Amber from The Bold Fab Mom, Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings.  Thanks, gals!

Alrighty, here are April’s 10 questions for moi.

1. I noticed that you finished a 20 day home organization challenge.  What is your proudest accomplishment in organizing?   I love a household challenge that kick starts me to toss clutter, unnecessary paperwork (where or where does all the paper come from?!), and organize or re-organize.  But I have to be honest and say I’m not particularly proud of any one area or room…yet.  I’ve some ideas up my sleeve and goals to revamp and re-organize a few areas of our home.  I will say it’ll be my daughter’s room and closet as well as some memory books…stay tuned and I’ll be posting about those!  I expect that those will be my “proudest accomplishments”! :)

2. I admire the organization of your blog.  How do you manage to put together so many wonderful recipes and projects to post on your blog regularly?   Why thank ya, April!  I’d love to post more often and share at least 3 recipes and 2 projects a week.  But life gets in the way, doesn’t it?  I usually share favorites which makes it that much easier to post.  If I’m cooking up a favorite and I remember to grab my camera and jot down ingredient amounts as I go, then I’ll post that.  If I’m trying something new from a cookbook,  then I also try to have my camera and pencil handy and work on it when my little one is at school in the morning or when she’s eager to help me.  I try to follow a blog schedule, but honestly, these past several months I’ve had to merely squeeze blogging in when I can.  Lately, it seems I blog late at night and then post it during waking hours. :)  But I love to bake so I can usually find the time to do that.  ;) 

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3. You even have an organized Christmas series!  I’m so jealous!  Where did you get your passion for organization?  haha!  Don’t be jealous, really, don’t be.  My dirty secret is that I’m not completely organized and it doesn’t seem to come naturally to me.  Although I crave it and I go on rampages every few months, I tend to let things pile up some weeks and then spend far too much time organizing and cleaning up those spaces/areas.  It really bugs me.  It bugs me that I do that and it bugs me that I don’t stay on top of things daily.  My mind wants it all done, but my body refuses to do it some days.   You should see our guest room closet.  And my office drawers.  Wah.  Big wah.  My mom is incredibly organized and her home has always been clutter-free…so I think I do get the “need” for it from her.  

4.  What is your favorite holiday?  Why?  Hip hip for holidays!  Love em.  I’d have to go with Christmas for many reasons including the birth of our Savior (go Jesus!), that awesome feeling that hits the heart in December, the spirit of giving, the pure joy in my daughter’s face on Christmas morning and witnessing her understand how much better it is to give than to receive (well, she does flip flop on that because it’s just pretty fun to receive sometimes, isn’t it?), the baking (the tastes, the smell…ahh), Christmas carols, the gathering of family and friends…I could go on and on.  The only thing that would be the icing for me (besides having all my family closer) is to get a white Christmas here in southern California.  I’ve wished for one of those for years!

5. I’m just starting to get more into the kitchen, and make more real foods, including soups, stews, and more.  What are your three “must have” items in your kitchen besides the staples?  Awesome, April!  Eek, this is a tough one because I LOVE kitchen items.  So to go with the staples like fresh veggies, fruits, and a good stocked pantry, I’ll go with loads of garlic, a super olive oil, and my favorite Chinese butcher knife my mom passed on to me.  You know I want to add about 20 things to this list…ha!  Like green onions, noodles, a rice cooker and slow cooker…okay, I’m slyly cheating…or not so slyly!

6. What part of your home are you the most proud of?  Pictures please!  Since I’d like to give you a better answer for # 1 I’m going to say that today I’m pretty proud of my master bedroom retreat.  It’s a room connected to the master bedroom/my room that we used as a catch-all for the longest time.  Several months ago I finally did what I’d been wanting to do for ages and made it “my” space–a little crafty, relaxing place for me to write, craft, scrapbook, write letters and cards, etc.  I still need to add a cozy chair and small table to it and more decor, but compared to how it was before?  whee!  Here’s the part I love:

Cozycakes Cottage: Retreat Craft Shelves

Okay, so I didn’t build this, but I’m still proud.  It houses all of my craft supplies as well as some of my cookbooks, stationery, pretty papers, and more.  I thought to add labels to everything, but I know what’s in each bin or basket so I skipped that step.  My favorite thing about this are the tote baskets on the bottom shelf.  They’re the perfect neutral color for me with a snazzy little pattern to keep it fun.  I’d love to share more of this space when I complete it in the next several weeks.  I love the bright walls, the light from the windows and the cool breeze we get on this side of the house.  It’s definitely my little “retreat.”  Sometimes I just sprawl on the floor and read cookbooks.

7. I’m a health and fitness blogger…Which of your dessert recipes are the most “waist” friendly?  I’m laughing so hard!  Unfair, April!  LOL  I don’t know that any of my desserts are waist friendly.  Which makes me feel I should put some “healthier” desserts on my blog.  Thanks for that inspiration.  :)  A dessert with something healthy IN it?  These awesome, seriously good, can’t-eat-just-one Chewy Oatmeal (see? healthy! lol) Raisin Cookies.  Really so good with a crispy edge and chewy center.  Mmm. 

Cozycakes Cottage: Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

8.  I just celebrated my 35th birthday and I would love to have you have catered a dinner.  If I leave the menu up to you, what would you present for a fabulous 3 course meal, with drinks of course!  Happy Birthday, girl!  WOOHOO!  That’s an awesome number!  No calorie counting on the birthday so..I don’t know what you like, but I’ll go with some favorites that I love to eat and make:  Starting with a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing and just little taste of a creamy asparagus soup.  Then a classic, simple but tasty filet mignon (or if you don’t like beef, I’d go with a tender chicken Florentine with sauce) with onions and marinated mushrooms, and a side of creamy mashed potatoes with roasted root vegetables.  I love to do 2 desserts so people have choices (and a little something to take home) to finish so I’d do my triple chocolate cake with chocolate ganache with a scoop of ice cream and a favorite cobbler with seasonal fruit (such as blackberry or peach) with homemade whipped cream.  Oh and drinks!  My favorite blueberry sangrias and frozen peach flips (the flips can be nonalcoholic, too) since it’s the season for them (with some beers on ice… just in case…and a bottle of wine for back up).

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9.  What made you decide to be a stay at home mother?  Was it always your desire?  Did it change after you had your daughter?  I don’t believe it was always my desire to be a stay at home mom.   That was before I had my Munchie.  :)  I remember thinking I’d go back to work after she was a few months old, but then…nope.  Definitely changed when I saw her look at me.  She makes being a stay-at-home-mom pretty darn easy for me, too, so that helps.  I love being home with her, but I loved teaching.  I only had the chance to teach for a few years then Munchie arrived so I feel like one day I’ll go back.  I actually just substituted in her class yesterday and am there again today.  Tons of fun, loving it.  So I’m getting a little fix which is perfect.  As much as I love being in a classroom with kiddos, when I returned home yesterday I actually felt even more grateful to have the opportunity to be a stay at home mama.  I don’t want to miss any part of her childhood years that are flying by…I’m not ready yet.

Munchie and meDon’t wanna miss a thing.  We are a perfect kooky pair.

10.  I’m somewhat of a television junkie!  Do you have a favorite television show or just one that you have to catch every week?   I knew I was gonna like you, April.  haha!  High five!  I am a tv and movie junkie, too!  Right now my DVR is set to record the current season of Mad Men, Call the Midwife, and a couple of months ago I caught up on Bates Motel–that’s a fun one.  We LOVE Breaking Bad and miss it a lot.  I’m still catching up on Sherlock Holmes–so good, funny, smart.  Like kitchen items, I could go on and on with this one.  What else…Downton Abbey.  I’m leaving lots of good stuff out, but those are just a few!  I want to hear your favorites, April! 

Such fun questions for me!  I had a great time answering them!  Be sure to stop by April’s blog to see her answers to my questions!  ♥  Thanks, April!

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: The End! Day 20

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Sniff.  A little sad that this is the last task in the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge.  I do have a little catch-up to do, so it’s not exactly 100% over for me.  What about you?  I loved this challenge and am eager to see what Crystal has for us next.  I’ll let you know when I join another challenge.

I’ll do a wrap-up post this week about this series and have some photos I want to share with you.  I worked on my craft space so I’d like to share my progress.  Until then…

Here’s the final assignment:

Day 20 Assignment

{from Crystal of Money Saving Mom}

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life!}

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

::Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}

::Clean out and re-organize your medicine cupboard(s). Check expiration dates on medicines and dispose of any that are expired. Note: Check out this article for information from the FDA on how to properly dispose of medicine.

::Set the timer for at least 15 minutes and do something you really enjoy and that relaxes and rejuvenates you. If you need ideas, here are a few: read, write, call a friend, pray, exercise, bake, play with your children, laugh with your husband, stop by the bookstore and browse the book selection, work in the garden, or take a nap! Take some time to just stop and enjoy life today!

Note: If you work outside the home or have a really busy week with little time for extra projects, just do the bolded project above.

Please comment and let me know how you’re doing.  See ya later!

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 19

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Yikes.  I’m a bit behind on my tasks so although the challenge ends today, I’m going to post Day 19 today and Day 20 tomorrow (even though it’ll be Saturday).  Where does the time go?  Really, where does it go?  One minute it was Monday and I blinked and it’s Friday.

Time to get to it.

Here’s today’s assignment:

Day 19 Assignment

{from Crystal of Money Saving Mom}

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life!}

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

::Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}

::Set the timer for 15 minutes and wipe down your windowsills and trim around your windows (if you didn’t wipe these when we wiped down the baseboards earlier this month).

::Clean your windows and blinds and/or window treatments. If you want to get really ambitious, you can take the screens off (if you have screens) and clean the outside of your windows. Or, you can just use window cleaner and clean your windows on the inside. Dust or wash your blinds. Remove any washable window treatments and launder them.

::Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.

Note: If you work outside the home or have a really busy week with little time for extra projects, just do the bolded project above.

Please comment and let me know how you’re doing.  See ya later!

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My First Ask Away Friday!

I had no idea when I started my blog in late November 2011 that it would be the catalyst for building friendships across the country and the world.  I have met and formed bonds with some of the most amazing women.  What a blessing this little space on the web is to me.

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One of the first bloggers I met is a gal named Beth who blogs over at Structure in an Unstructured Life.  As she mentions in today’s Ask Away Friday post,  we can’t remember how we met in the blog world.  Doesn’t matter, we met and I’m thankful we did because we have so much in common.  Beth blogs about her life;  the light and the heavy stuff, the parenting moments, the joys and trials of being a devoted mom and wife while working full-time.  She shares her menu plans, recipes, organizational prowess, and her perspective on a variety of subjects.  We became instant blog pals, but I consider her a “real life” friend who I can’t wait to see one day in person.  I have a feeling we would laugh hard, share stories, and find our way to good food and entertainment.  She’s a writer at heart and a mom of 2 darling young boys.  I felt an instant connection to her and I hope you’ll take a moment to pop over to her blog to see the 10 Ask Away Friday questions I asked her and read what she has to say in response.

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Ask Away Friday is a fun way to meet and connect with bloggers (and make friends!) by posing questions to get to know them better.  I love getting a peek into someone’s world (nosy?).   It’s simple:  I ask a blogger 10 questions, she asks me 10 questions and we both answer them in a post called Ask Away Friday.  I’ve never participated so THANK YOU, Beth, for welcoming me today.

Also, make sure to pop over to the awesome Ask Away Friday hosts and see other Ask Away Friday participants - Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Amber from The Bold Fab Mom, Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings.  Thanks, gals!

Alrighty, let’s get to it.  Here are Beth’s 10 questions for me.

1. I know your daughter – Munchie – is 5.  What are your favorite and least favorite things about this age? I could go on and on with this question, but I’ll try to keep it short(er) :)  My favorite things:  I love that she’s really coming into her own, growing into a little adult.  I know she’s still young to “know” herself, but she shows such confidence in many areas and doesn’t try to be someone she’s not.  I hope she keeps that up!  I love the endless giggling, the creativity, the make-believe, the innocence, that she pushes herself more and more to try new, scary things.  And I ♥ the curiosity.  Yesterday she asked me about retirement, what it means, and why most people wait until they’re in their 60s to retire.  I felt like I was talking to a 20-year old.  Most of all, I love how she feels for others now.  She shares in their happiness and their sadness.  My least favorites things:  A little whine has entered the stage.  And as someone who struggles with patience (ahem), I have to make concerted efforts to stay calm and handle it with grace.  Also, she’s heard new words and phrases now that she’s in school 5 days a week, and asked me about them.  I a) don’t want to hear them and b) don’t want to discuss those yet.  Can’t live in a bubble forever, but sometimes I wish I could!  It also seems the age when their lives have the potential to get crazy.  The pressure to over-book them with activities and play-dates.  I have to remind myself that I know what’s best for her and running her from activity to activity isn’t going to make her a better person.  On the other hand, I do like the social aspect for myself (chat, chat, chat) and for Munchie since she loves learning something new or practicing a skill with peers/friends.

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2. You have some amazing recipes on your blog! What is your favorite dish to make? What is your family’s favorite dish to eat? Thank you!  I love cooking my husband’s favorite chicken biscuit dinner and he also loves my turkey meatloaf (which isn’t mine, but Ina Garten’s!).  Munchie said her favorites are Chicken Olivia and broccoli, and peanut butter noodles (a Taiwanese noodle dish that is far better than it sounds).  And then, of course, I love to bake sweet treats.

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3. You’ve been posting your progress on the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series. Which room in your home needs the most attention? Cringe.  Our spare/guest bedroom, definitely.  It becomes home to laundry I need to fold or iron (mountain), holiday decor, and gifts I like to buy before events and then fail to wrap or put away in a safe place.  And the closet. Oh, the closet.  Now I’m starting to itch.

4.  If I were to come visit you for the weekend (Oh, how I wish I could!) – what would we do?  I got SUPER excited when I read this question (make it happen!)!  In no particular order, we’d pop over to an authentic Mexican restaurant (we have so many yummy ones here) to catch up and get our squeals out over margaritas, Mr. Cozycakes would take us out on the boat for a bay cruise (bring Coach!) through the downtown area over to Coronado Island and have dinner on the water, spend a few hours walking and chatting at my favorite beach, head to a Chargers football game, dine at another favorite place then head to a fun movie (I love that you love film/tv, too!), put on one of our mutually favorite shows while we make one of your entrees and one of my desserts before a long, chat-filled night, and head to tea time at a favorite tea room.  And we need to do a little shopping since we need more boots for our favorite “uniform.”  So much to do, so little time!

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5. You’ve mentioned before you used to be an elementary teacher (me too!). What did you learn from teaching that you bring into your parenting? (high five!) I definitely learned that if I’m patient, my students/child have/has a MUCH better experience and shot at learning and mastering something new or difficult.  Also, we all learn at different paces and from different styles–if it doesn’t work one way, try another, and another, and another.  It’ll come.  The beauty of growing and learning is in the entire experience–the successes AND the failures.

6. I loved your Cozycakes Christmas Series! With Easter coming up, what Easter traditions do you have with your family?  Each year, we dye eggs together the old school way I did with my family as a child (vinegar smell, anyone?).  We go to our church for the Easter service the day before Easter.  Easter morning, Munchie’s Easter basket (filled with See’s Candy just as mine was when I was a wee one) is waiting for her when she wakes and she searches for the eggs we dyed.  Then we head over to my in-laws’ home for a fun hunt in their yard and then we eat a YUMMY breakfast of my mom-in-law’s delicious creamed egg over toast and homemade cinnamon rolls.  We try to make it home to visit my family up north, too, but it is usually just after Easter–no difference, as it’s all about what we are celebrating not when we are able to celebrate.

easter table pamsMy mom-in-law always sets out lots of See’s Candy for all to enjoy after brunch.  We are See’s loving folks!

7. You have an amazing following on Facebook! How do you manage keeping up with your community there, without letting social media take over your life?  I never expected to reach over 100 followers on Facebook so I’m stunned that I’m pushing 14,000 today.  I have very supportive blog friends to thank for sharing my page.  It can be a huge time-sucker, but I aim to commit about 15-30 minutes in the morning on social media for my blog and then another 15-30, as needed, at the end of the day.  I’m usually working on blog posts at the same time.  I don’t like working on the computer when Munchie is home or awake.  Before, I thought I needed to pop in and out of Facebook all day long, but it’s unnecessary–I do what I can and though I love the community over there, I’ve cut back on “tech” time tremendously this year.  I love interacting with people on my Facebook page, though, and it feels like a real community of friends.

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8.  If you had to choose one cause you are most passionate about, what would it be?  I’d have to say the health and well-being of children.  What’s more important than those little ones?  We should feel obligated to make sure children feel and are safe, loved, and healthy.  Any organization that genuinely devotes itself to children has my vote and support.  

9.  Sometimes I think we should trade locations as you love cool weather and I love warm! What are your favorite and least favorite things about living in sunny California?  HA!  People are probably SO sick of my complaining about our weather here in southern California.  But you’ve got it right–I LOVE colder weather, brisk days, and RAIN.  I get why people love the weather here:  it’s beautiful.  The sun shines, the birds sing (really, pretty much all year).  But I’ve lived in California essentially my whole life and I think I’m just wired to love cooler weather and rainy days.  However, I love that close to 365 days of the year, I can head outside for a long walk with my dog in capri running pants and a t-shirt while Munchie rides her bike next to me.  We can swim and take a short road trip to the snow in the same month or week for that matter.  Pretty cool.  But…more rain, please.  I love cozy, cuddly days best when there’s a fire going and something baking in the oven.  

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10.  What song do you have trouble getting out of your head these days? Let it gooooooo, let it goooooooo!  Please, go away, Song from Frozen.  Munchie sings it all day and so do I because it won’t get out of my head.  It’s everywhere!  Also, “Everything is AWESOOOOOME!” from the Lego Movie.  That one actually cracks me up so it doesn’t bug me and I find ways to insert it into conversations all day long (weirdo alert).

So fun!  I probably need to learn to ramble less with Ask Away Friday.  :)  I’ll get better, promise.  Be sure to stop by Beth’s blog to see her answers to my questions!  ♥  Thanks, Beth!

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 18 & My Progress

organized home logoI’m a little behind on the challenge.  There were a couple days I didn’t complete the tasks to I’m doing them today.  I cleaned up both of the computers this morning.  With the colds Mr. Cozycakes and Munchie have, I was happy to do so.

computer clean up 1My laptop.  I try to remember to wipe it down/disinfect it every few days (each day would be ideal), but, alas, that doesn’t happen.

computer clean up 2My husband’s home lap top.  It was icky!  Lots of dust and Munchie prints.

I didn’t do the oven cleaning from the other day so I have that to do today.  I had a sweet potato drip then burst in the oven a few weeks ago and I never got in there and scrubbed it out.  Oops.  It smells lovely when I turn on the oven.  Okay, let’s get to today’s tasks!

Here’s today’s assignment:

Day 18 Assignment

{from Crystal of Money Saving Mom}

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life!}

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

::Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}

::Set the timer for 15 minutes and vacuum the main living areas of your home.

::Vacuum your carpeted closets. Sweep or mop the floor in those closets without carpet. Remove all items from the closet floor and get rid of clutter, trash, and items that don’t belong in that closet.

::Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.

Note: If you work outside the home or have a really busy week with little time for extra projects, just do the bolded project above.

Please comment and let me know how you’re doing.  See ya later!

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 17

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Where do the hours go?  Let me cut straight to it since it’s already mid-afternoon.  Good luck, friends!  Today’s task is kitchen-related.  Phew–because I have a cupboard and pantry that are begging, pleading for my attention.  Eek!

Here’s today’s assignment:

Day 17 Assignment

{from Crystal of Money Saving Mom}

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life!}

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

::Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}

::Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bathroom. Need specific directions? Read this article on How to Clean Your Bathroom in 15 Minutes.

::Clean out and reorganize your kitchen cupboards and pantry.

::Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.

Note: If you work outside the home or have a really busy week with little time for extra projects, just do the bolded project above.

Please comment and let me know how you’re doing.  See ya later!

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