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Organizing Toys and Games

Your challenge this week is organizing toys and games in your childrens’ rooms, and around the house, so your kids can actually find and play with their toys, and you don’t trip over anything anymore.

Organizing Toys and Games

For the past couple of weeks we’ve been working on all the areas of our kids’ rooms, starting with the closets, and then focusing on their bedrooms.

This week we’re finishing the focus on our children’s stuff, at least for a while, by focusing on the area that generally gives most parents (including me) the most trouble — toys, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, and other stuff we have for our kids to amuse themselves with.

The steps for this week should be done with your children, if they’re old enough to participate. They deserve to have their opinions listened to and considered in the process of decluttering and organizing their toys, although you, as a parent, also have quite a large stake in the process.

Are you new here? This challenge about how to organize toys and games is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

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Ticks: The Reality of Having Pets

So, as I have mentioned before, my family and I have 4 cats and a dog. These animals are all indoor/outdoor (meaning they come and go at their scratching/barking/meowing leisure). There is a harsh reality about having pets that no one talks about: ticks. That’s right, no matter how much you treat your yard and your pets, they will still find their way on them… And sometimes in your house.

check you for ticks

I used to be the kind of girl that would have to get someone else to get ticks off the dog when I found one, but there are occasions when no one else is around now, and I don’t want those awful things staying on my poor babies… So I have learned to woman up and do it myself. By woman up I mean grabbing a tissue and removing the tick as quickly as possible, then running to the bathroom to flush it down the toilet.

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Will you please check me for ticks?

Fast forward to this morning… I’ve mentioned before that I get up earlier than anyone else in the house. This morning, I got up and stumbled half awake through the house to the bathroom, phone in hand. As I was scrolling through my Facebook feeds and sitting on the toilet, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. ON. MY. ARM!

I jumped up, dropped the phone on the bathroom counter, and attempted to remove it. But I couldn’t. It was on my right arm, and for some reason (probably something to do with the fact that I wasn’t fully awake yet), my left hand wasn’t grabbing the thing good enough. I swear, I could feel the thing digging in deeper…

Then I freaked out more. I ran from the bathroom, back to the bedroom with the hubs, and the following conversation happened:

Me- “Baby, I love you, but you have to wake up.”
Hubs- “Just let me sleep one more hour, then I’ll get up and cook.”
Me- “Babe, I’m turning the light on, you have to get up NOW!”
Hubs- “Uh uh!” and pulls covers over his head.
Me- “Baby, I have a f***ing tick on me. You have to get it off. RIGHT. F***ING. NOW!!!”
Hubs- Jumps out of bed. Sees tick, snatches it off, and tears its head off.
Me- “Can you check the rest of me now?”
Hubs- “I’ll check you later. You’ll be fine.”

I’m not sure this is what Brad Paisley had in mind when he made his song… Excuse me while I let Google convince me I’m dying.


Why I Don’t Shop On Black Friday

One thing that the hubs and I do not have in common is a love for shopping on Black Friday. He loves it, I don’t. Last year he convinced me to come along, and it reminded me of the many reasons why I don’t shop on Black Friday. Tonight, he’ll be going again, although I can’t fathom the idea, and I will be staying home and getting some extra snuggles with my kiddos.

why I don't shop on Black Friday

Why I Don’t Shop On Black Friday

When I worked retail, I had to work on Black Friday. It was miserable, and I was able to see how the very day after people are celebrating everything that they are thankful for, they turn into greedy monsters who fight over the craziest things just because their prices have been marked down.

The very first Black Friday that I ever worked, I worked at a small jewelry store in the local mall. It was very crowded, but thankfully no severe craziness. We had a drawing for a gift certificate, and we marked everything down 25%. The only thing that I remember was when I tried to leave to get something to eat, not being able to walk through the mall because it was so crowded. I literally starved for most of the day. Oh, and I remember being cussed out because I wouldn’t sell a $2,500 ring for $250.  That was fun.

Fast forward to being an assistant manager at Walmart. This was my one and only Black Friday in a large retail chain. I had to get there at 3:00 a.m., and it was already crowded. I worked electronics, which as you can imagine is VERY crowded on Black Friday. We got all of our Black Friday deals in place as quickly as possible, and before the sale started at 4:00, a fight broke out over a place in line. Little bitty 5’4″ and 110 pound me (note: I am not that small anymore *sigh*) went to break it up. I was thrown into into an SD card display, and got a few small cuts on my back from the metal rods that they are hung on. I got back up, and then got shoved into the Kodak photo printing kiosk. The rest is a blur, but I know I left with two cracked ribs and a sprained ankle that day.

Fast Forward To Last Year

Last year, after a lot of prodding from the hubs (then boyfriend), we left Thanksgiving dinner at his parents house, and went into the city to start gearing up for Black Friday shopping. The main reason that I wanted to go was to get a Skylanders game for my little bambinos at a deeply discounted price. Although I will admit that I had a few things that I was very interested in getting for myself as well.

You see, every year the hubs’ grandma (MawMaw) gives us money for Christmas to spend on ourselves. This money has been affectionately names MawMaw Money. I wanted to spend my MawMaw Money on some new clothes at Old Navy for 50% off. I bravely walked into the store, got 15 feet past the door, and then started feeling like a cow being led into a crowded trailer headed to a slaughter house. The hubs was sitting outside laughing, because he knew how it would go. You see, I don’t do crowds very well, and I may just be a bit claustrophobic… I spent almost the rest of the trip sitting in the safety of my car.

We did make it to Toys R Us to to attempt to get the game, but they wouldn’t honor the deal that had been advertised online, and I got upset and left everything sitting at the register. We quickly went to Best Buy (it’s around 2:00 a.m. now, in case you’re wondering) and they were nice enough to honor Toys R Us’s advertised price. After that, I told the hubs that he could shop all he wanted, but he had to take me home first.

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Why I will NEVER shop on Thanksgiving

So, I truly didn’t think about it last year when we were out shopping, especially since it was night when we started, but all of those poor employees had to leave their families to come in to work and prepare for these sales, AND to have to deal with greedy, miserable, self-indulgent people, on a holiday that should be all about family.

I don’t understand why stores have started having their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving, but the hubs and I have firmly agreed on one thing, we will not be supporting any businesses that are open on Thanksgiving and taking their employees (and customers!) away from their family.

What I do instead…

In case you haven’t figured it out, Cyber Monday is much more my speed. I carefully combed through the Black Friday ads and showed the hubs what I would like for him to get if possible at the in-store sales, but I already have a full list of things that we will be ordering online…. And I, well, I’ll probably be steering clear of major retail chains until January.


I Am Thankful For…

At this time of year, we start to reflect and think of all the things that we have, and what we are thankful for… This year, I have so many things to be thankful for, so I think I’ll just give you a list. 😉


I am thankful for…

  • My wonderful children! After last year, and everything we went through it makes me very grateful to have them around and to deal with the day to day of being a mom. Plus, they truly are some awesome little boys who put a smile on my face every single day.
  • My husband. We’ve been together for over 5 years, but this is the first year that I get to call him that! He is such an amazing man, even when he is getting on my last nerve. 😉
  • My family. I would not have made it through the last 6 years without them… We’re all a little crazy, but that’s just the way I like us.
  • My NEW family. That’s right, my wonderful in-laws. I feel like they’ve always been my family, but it’s official now… And I love it. My father-in-law has always been someone that I am comfortable talking to, my mother-in-law is like a second mom to me, and my sister-in-law is just like another sister. And did I mention that I officially have a new niece and nephew this year?
  • My crazy animals. Four cats and one dog. They make me crazy, but they’re sooooo loving that it makes it all worth it.
  • My new job. I am beyond happy to be able to go to work in my kindergarten class every day, and I am learning so much working in special education too. Most importantly to me, I feel like I am making a difference, and that’s what I care about.

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So tell me, what are you thankful for?


Marriage Is Hard

Yes people, marriage is hard. Really hard. Even when you are 100% completely in love with your husband, marriage is hard.

Marriage is hard…

i-cant-keep-calm-because-you-make-me-crazy marriage is hard

I love my husband so much, but there are things he does that drive me CRAZY. And it’s never anything big… In fact, it generally starts off with me asking him to do something.

Example 1: “Baby, you look like you’re really busy, and you should be in bed. Is there anything I can do for you?” I ask him to do the laundry, and tell him I really need a pair of jeans for work in the morning…  The next morning, I wake up late, and by the time I get around to checking on the status of my blue jeans the surprise I got made me ready to blow… My jeans were never washed, laundry was never done. What did happen was that my darling husband put everything in the washer, put the laundry detergent in there, and then walked away. It was everything I could do not to scream. Instead, I muttered “I asked for one mother f***ing thing” and stomped around the house finding some other pants.

Example 2: Last night when I got home from grocery shopping, I asked the hubs to refill the sugar dish so that I wouldn’t have to when I woke up at whatever awful time. Fast forward to when I woke up this morning, sugar is in the grocery bag, on the floor… Frustration set in, and all I could think is “Are you f***ing kidding me?”

It’s not always bad…

i know we drive each other crazy marriage is hardNow, I’ve picked two things that he did that really irked me. Two small things…. I can tell you that although he’s not perfect, I do my fair share of driving him crazy too.

That morning that I found my blue jeans sitting in the washer, we just so happened to run out of toilet paper on the roll in the bathroom. Instead of being nice and putting out another roll of toilet paper, I let the empty one sit there, and then I proceeded to move the other rolls of toilet paper to a new location.

Mean? Yes. But in my mind, it was well deserved. And I have to admit that I laughed like crazy when he called me later freaking out.

Plus, the advantage to getting up a LOT earlier than the hubs, is that this morning, I can almost guarantee that unless I stop now, I will drink all of the coffee, and conveniently go for a run right as the hubs is getting ready to wake up. The hubs has a complete inability to make coffee on his own…

Mean? Again, yes. But also deserved in my mind…

We all have little things that we do that get on each other’s nerves. And while I sometimes don’t take the most mature approach to dealing with it, I also know that if I went off yelling every time he drove me nuts, he’d go running home to his mom’s within a week.

Yes, marriage is hard, but it can also be really great…

Yes, the hubs drives me nuts, he makes me crazy, and sometimes I may want to strangle him, but for every single thing he does that frustrates me, there are a million other things that he does that make me smile, that make me laugh, and that make me cry happy tears.

  1. He does the dishes, because he knows that I despise doing dishes.
  2. He brings home puppies from the dumpster, because he knows I couldn’t bear to see them on the side of the road.
  3. He helps the eldest with his homework every night.
  4. He taught the youngest how to build fires and shoot a gun.
  5. He loves my kids like they’re his own.
  6. He records movies on the DVR that he thinks I’ll want to watch.
  7. He cooks for me.
  8. He holds me when I feel like dog crap.
  9. He supports my dreams.
  10. He finds ways to make me laugh, when all I want to do is cry.
  11. He doesn’t run away when I start to cry.
  12. He watches the kids so I can grocery shop alone (and yes, that is sooooo important to me and my sanity!).
  13. Even though we never go to bed at the same time, he always kisses me good night when he comes to bed (I know, because even though he doesn’t think he does, he wakes me up every single time).
  14. He calls me from work to see how my day of working with tiny human went.
  15. He tells me I’m beautiful, even when I look like this.

if I had a flower

I guess what I really need to say is that even though marriage is hard, if you really love the person that you’re with, it is easy to make it work. And, I guess I need to make some more coffee before I head out for my morning run.