Happy St. Patty’s Day!

We had fun celebrating! Last weekend we marched in a parade with Brian’s mom’s work. It was a ton of walking, but the kids were troopers!

Today we kept it low key. They ate Lucky Charms for breakfast (and snack!) and this afternoon we set a trap to catch a leprechaun! First, we decorated a house for him to want to come live in. Then Daddy set the trap and we waited.

We didn’t catch him, but we scared him enough that he dropped his gold!

I had a cute video, but it won’t upload. Sorry!

Dinner was of course corned beef, cabbage and potatoes! Oh and yesterday I made Irish Beef Stew. YUM.

Then Daddy took the girls, who ate their dinner, to McDonald’s for Shamrock Shakes!

Fun times!


Sharing the Joy

One of my favorite things about having kids is introducing them to my childhood. Movies, songs, places, memories that were special to me growing up. I had a happy childhood, and I love seeing the kids enjoy the things that brought me joy as a kid.

Today’s Friday afternoon movie selection was E.T. (Spoiler Alert!) When E.T. was dying, the kids were so upset and telling me that it was the worst movie ever.

Then they cheered when he woke up. It was just so sweet; they were so happy! Then again at the end they were jumping up and down and laughing with the hugest smiles on their faces. It was so amazing. Brian will kill me, but we actually got a little teary-eyed! (I guess I’ll find out if he actually reads my blog!)

There’s so many more great things to share with them as they get older. I look forward to educating them on what was so great about the 80s and 90s!

Work for Hire

Ok I seriously spoke too soon on that last post and yesterday Emerson woke up sick.  And she is not the kid you want to be sick.  She’s like MAN SICK.  Whiny, complainy, with all the dramatic noises and facial expressions.  But I of course felt bad for her because I knew she was miserable and low and behold she even threw up a couple times.  At least you know she’s not a faker.

Happily, though, after lunch she was all of a sudden feeling fine, which was great!  We went outside to ride bikes and I was not feeling well.  Luckily I was better after drinking lots, but then Brian got home and Brian got sick too.  Today everyone seems ok so far, so fingers crossed.  And toes.

What I really wanted to post about was the miracle that occurred.  My boys, Easton and Brody, cleaned the litter boxes, poop scooped the yard, and cleaned not one, but TWO bathrooms this week!!  Whaaaaaat???

Seriously, it’s amazing what you can get them to do when they are motivated.  The boys are really into Minecraft, and they wanted to buy mods, so they asked how they could earn money.  I came up with a short list of chores (especially the ones I hate doing) and a corresponding dollar amount.  The two boys actually did really great work!  And it certainly makes my job easier, so it’s SO worth the $6 they earned.

I asked Brian how he felt about allowance, so they could earn money for all of the things they want to buy, then we could teach them how to split their income into spending money, savings and donation money.  But we talked about it and agreed that a “work for hire” job list is the way to go for us.  So maybe we’ll revisit the allowance idea when they are older, but for now, this works.  We don’t want to pay them for the chores that they are expected to do, only for the jobs that are over and above.

So I’m trolling Pinterest, looking for a way to add this system to my command center.  I like the idea of using a clipboard, and velcroing little tickets with a job and a dollar amount on it.  That way, I can switch out the jobs, so they can’t vacuum like every day.

I like this one I found at The Real Life Mom Blog. I’m thinking something simple like this would work, and not take up too much space!  I’ll just use one clipboard for all available jobs.  Now let’s see how long it takes me to purchase a clipboard and make the cards lol.  I can’t leave these kids unattended for a second!!! (she says as one child knocks down the giant fort and all the kids start crying)

When Things Get Sidetracked…

You know what they say about the best laid plans, right?  Inevitably my dreams of a well-organized house had to be put to the side.  Not sure if it was the cold or the flu around here, but we have now been through two rounds of sickness in this house – THIS YEAR.

It’s been brutal.  Brian kicked it off with a nasty flu type bug that literally knocked him down for the count.  So naturally the kids started to fall one by one after that, and Brian’s parents got it in there too…aaaaaand then it was my turn.  Then Brian got worse again and the kids started in on a second round!!  Poor Easton battled a 3 day fever and missed a whole week of school!  Needless to say, there was a lot of television watching and kindle time going on!!


Nothing against dads, but it’s a rough job for a mom when there’s sickness in the house!!  Mom takes care of all of her regular chores, and then some.  Mom wants to take care of everyone and make them feel better, but mom is literally pulled in like 7 different directions.  Mommy needs to make tea for daddy, read a book to Emerson, cuddle Deacon, put on a show for Easton, get Hayden water and get Brody markers to color.  All at the same time.  The sheer number of demands is like insane.


Even as I’m sitting here trying to focus on typing this sentence, 4 kids are coloring at the table with me and telling me what they are coloring, asking me to write or draw things for them or asking me what they should draw.  Sometimes I think my brain will explode.

So nursing all the sickies and being coughed and sneezed on fifty times evidently wore me down enough where I was hit with the fever and sickness for a weekend.  Of course, Brian was feeling a little better and went to work, and the kids were feeling better and wanted to constantly do stuff.  So mom tries to power through because mom has no choice.  Luckily my immune system kicked the bug out after a couple days and I was back up and running by the time round 2 hit.  And it was a doozy!  Round 2 was worse!  My poor babies had multiple days of fever and and just feeling like crap.  If only I could clone myself to cuddle 5 kids at once, and then disinfect at the same time!

And just when you think it’s over, and you have 3 fever-free days, 2 boys wake up with fevers again.  Are you bleeping kidding me???

So now we are (knock on wood) FINALLY on the mend, and I’m hoping to pick up where I left off!!

KonMari hit a road block, but I’m happy to say that I have kept my clothing neat and tidy!!  Next step in that part of the journey is books, which should be nice and simple.  I don’t keep too many around!!  Hopefully I’ll get to that this week.

As far as my keto journey has been going, I’ve been (mostly) staying the course.  I’m pretty proud of how I’ve been doing!  I’ve hit a couple snags and had one minor binge, but I was able to pull myself back and I’m more committed than ever to continue this way of eating.  I just feel so great!  So energetic and happy, and motivated to keep doing all this other stuff to make my life a little more streamlined and simple.

While I’m working on that stuff, enjoy some sad, sick faces from the past weeks.

KonMari-ing the Husband

I keep forgetting to post updates, but I finally took an afternoon to get through Brian’s things and it’s mostly done!

I didn’t actually make him hold everything and decide if it sparked joy, but it’s done and the veterans are getting another 4 lawn and leaf bags!

There’s obviously still some work to be done, but it’s like a decluttering snowball… I’m in the zone, just wishing I had more time to work!

Back in the (Bulletproof) Saddle Again…

It has been a bit of a struggle, but I’m back into the ketogenic way of eating, over the keto flu, and I’m guessing fat- adapted because I’m feeling more energetic! Score!

Just wanted to share with you my favorite thing about the ketogenic WOE. It’s probably the highlight of my day. Bulletproof coffee!

I’d first read about it when I was researching the Paleo and AIP diets. To be honest, it sounded gross! BUTTER? In coffee? But I gave it a shot and made Brian try it too, and it turns out we loved it!

A couple tweaks to the formula, and we’ve got our breakfast, sometimes lunch and sometimes dinner perfected!

Here’s my recipe:

10 ozs brewed coffee

1 tbsp grass-fed butter (we use Kerrygold salted butter l

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1tbsp MCT oil (or coconut oil)

1 tsp sugar-free flavored syrup (I use Skinny Syrups)

Add all ingredients to a Ninja blender cup and blend for a few seconds. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

It’s like a creamy, yummy latte that beats paying for Starbucks!

Konmari (kind of): Clothing

Ok so I scheduled a babysitter for the afternoon today now that our California Closet is complete and the master floors are in!

After reading The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I was dying to get going!

I’m realistic about the amount of clothing I own, so I really thought I’d get to tops only today. Maybe start bottoms. However, once I got going, I flew through almost all of it!

To set the stage, I wore comfy clothes and running shoes, instead of finery like Marie does. I also opted for the 90s music channel instead of silence or classical music. I’m not ashamed to say Wilson Phillips gets me going!

So I bopped, sang and rapped my way through maybe 3 1/2 hours of sorting, purging and organizing. I kept things that made me happy, that I wear. Not the things that I’ve held on to “just in case” or because someone gave it to me as a gift. Let’s face it, I have my favorites, my go-to pieces, and I tend to ignore all else.

The end result was 5 lawn and leaf bags chock full for poor Brian to lug downstairs so I can donate them. I’m left with only things that make me happy and that I’ll actually wear.

I love my closet!

The one section of hanging space was unfortunately too short for my tops to hang, so I’ll have to ask California Closets to come raise that shelf for me, but otherwise I must have purged the magic number because everything has a place. I can tell at a glance everything I own! And I don’t have any off- season clothes stored away! The only clothes I have elsewhere are my fancy dresses in the basement closet. I’m ok with that!

I even Konmari folded the clothes in my drawers!

Brian’s first statement was “yeah that’ll be like that for a day.” But I’m like, “no way! Do you understand how happy this makes me?”

I can’t wait to cart out the bags of donations and the empty bins and start on the next category: books!