KonMari in the Kitchen: Spice Cabinet Clean Out, plus a Cincinnati-Style Chili

cincinnati chili

KonMari in the Kitchen: Spice Cabinet Clean Out My KonMari decluttering has now moved into the kitchen! (Master closet and beauty products have already been KonMari’d). I remember when we first moved into our house, marveling at the entire cabinet with a built-in lazy susan just for spices! Both my husband and I cook a lot, and …

Run Faster! How I Shaved 30 Seconds Off my Mile Pace

I completed my first 2017 goal – I continued running through the winter by completing a 6-week treadmill challenge! And, the challenge resulted in a bonus – a faster mile pace. Before the 6-week challenge, I timed my fastest mile on the treadmill at 8:34. After the treadmill challenge, my mile pace was slashed to 8:04. Thirty …

You are a Special Snowflake: Indoor Snow & Ice Activities

You are a Special Snowflake This is the time of year for winter science with the preschoolers, which includes snow science, snow slime, arctic animals, hibernation, ice science, brrr… you get the idea. Since the weather is sometimes too severe to go outside and explore (or in the case of this winter – warm and …

Kon Mari Method: Master Closet Clean Out plus ThredUP

KonMari Decluttering Continues As you know, I have been going through all of my belongings, category by category, cleaning out and decluttering my home. My initial goal was to declutter the entire house in the months of January and February. I am beginning to wonder if I accounted for the reality that life must carry on simultaneously! Currently, I am STUCK …

Valentine’s Day Craft: STEAM Sun Catchers

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project that doubles as a Valentine’s decoration? Yes, please! One of my favorite things to do is to use science to create a pretty art project. Even if your child “doesn’t like science” or “doesn’t want to do a craft”, everyone …

A Simple Way to Connect with Your Little Valentines: “Mom and Me” Journals

Follow my blog with Bloglovin With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, I thought I would share a sweet idea I have begun with my two little Valentines! What is a “Mom and Me” Journal? Well, it can be anything you want it to be! For us, it is a way to better communicate one-on-one with each of …

KonMari Organizing Update plus Plumber’s Hero Saves the Day (Again!)

Organized closet before and after

Getting organized is one of my goals for 2017. I began using the KonMari method, from “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up”, by Marie Kondo, as a tool for decluttering and organizing. This organizing method uses a category-by-category system, as opposed to a room-by-room approach. Last week, I organized all of our clothes (and put the keepers …

Two Effective Resources to Jump Start Your 2017 Goals

Okay, 2017… this is the year I am really going to tackle my goals. REALLY! I have picked two goals to focus on in January and February, and two books to help me get there. And now that I am posting these goals for the world to see, I intend to reach those goals. My two …

A Fresh (and Bubbly!) Start to the New Year: Bubble Clay Mask

I love to try new and unusual beauty products. It sparks a bit of excited wonder… will this product actually work?! Ask my Mom, who I convinced to wear gold eye masks with me on my birthday morning… it’s like an energy drink for your eyes! *The best part is that you are supposed to relax for …

Happy New Year: Gifts of Science that Keep On Giving

HAPPY NEW YEAR! First of all, a very “Happy New Year” to everyone! I am excited to start fresh in 2017. Now that the holidays are over, it is time to dig a hole through all of our Christmas decorations, presents, and general disaster of a living room and find some great gifts to explore! Many of you …

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