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Teacher, Photographer, Otaku, Amateur Seamstress, Wifey to B-chan, & Mommy to Monkey Z and Elven M.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Healthy (not) fried zucchini

I am certainly a fan of the fried zucchini from Carl's Jr., however, more and more the greasy heavy side dish no longer agrees with me. Thank you, Google.
Search the term "breaded zucchini baked" or something of the like and you can choose from a variety of recipes.  Mine was simple.  I threw Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, parmesean, and garlic powder together. Zucchini was sliced thick, coated with flour, dipped in egg mixed with milk, and tossed in the breadcrumbs.  Baked for 15 minutes they came out brown & crunchy. So good with ranch!
P.S. No measurements are given because I didn't measure. I just used the recipe for reference.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fifteen dollar chair

I have to love Savers. I can always find an amazing deal!
So, I've been searching for a pink chair that was the right price for at least 6 months. I had almost resigned to purchasing the one from Cost Plus (think: fuscha velveteen & $3-400). While that is a truly awesome chair, it is way out of my price range and a huge commitment on color. So, not really a realistic want (moneywise). Besides I already have the bench (colorwise). Back to the chair I got...
I happened to go into Savers because I was there donating something anyway. Right in the front, there was my chair for $30. I couldn't find the price, so I asked and they quoted $25. Since I've donated so much this year, I have a 30% off coupon for every time I shop. Grand total for said chair... (wait for it) $17.
It is smaller than the one I had. It is pink. It is a wingback (exactly the style I was looking for). Even on Craigslist, I would still be asked to pay $30-50 for it, so it's a really great deal, all things considered. The best part is its size, though. Craigslist had an ad for a free chair a while ago, so I sent Ben to get it. That chair ended up being a lot bigger than what I'd imagined for the space, but it was free. I used it for a while, and it served its purpose until I saw this chair for the right price. So I got it.
My little foot stool even fits underneath it so it's out of the way.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blogging again

So, since summer is fast approaching  (meaning: entertaining the kids), I think I might actually be able to blog again.  Also, since I am almost done with the konmari method,  I don't constantly feel like I should be cleaning up the mess that is our house.
I'm finally getting to a happy medium of stuff & space. And yes, there has been a considerable purge. Can't even begin to describe it...
For example, I have done most of the garage. In the before picture, you wouldn't be able to see the car, and there was barely 2 feet of space to get around the solid stack of boxes. Then, there were the critters...
However,  I can show you the after picture.

Monkey Z is 5

Can you believe it?! My little monkey was born 5 years ago this July! He's all grown up & graduating from Pre-kindergarten.
I don't usually gush,  but I'm really proud of the progress he's made this year. He is set to go to a multistage classroom in which he can learn at his own pace. He will also be with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, and many adult volunteers in the same room. Really looking forward to next year and all that he's going to learn!

Konmari make-up II

I have made it through quite a bit of the process of tidying, my tidying festival, as she (Marie Kondo) calls it. One of the things that has made me more successful in this method than others is the order things are tidied.  Kondo recommends starting with clothes, books, papers, and then miscellaneous household  (komono) by category. For once, it seems as though I am actually keeping my space clean. Furthermore,  as the process continues, it is getting easier to sort out the things that bring me joy.
Take, for instance my make-up. I now store it in a portable cart from Ikea,  so that I can apply it at one of 4 mirrors I have. Even within my cart storage, I sorted into sub-categories like lips, eyes, powders, & my travel set on the top level. 

The middle level holds extras, make-up remover, & brush cleaning supplies.

The lower level holds my hair styling tools (because I don't use them much).

How does this fit with my space staying clean? It's easier to access, I can push it out of the way easily, I can use it where it is, it's easy to see, things have somewhere  to rest while I'm applying them, etc.
Since I already sorted the stuff in my closet, my clothes don't overwhelm the space and the make-up cart can live in the closet without being a big pain. I now fold most of my shirts, dresses, and skirts, which considerably reduces the hanging space necessary to accommodate clothes in general.
I also added a shelf to make better use of the space. It looks low budget because it is. (Don't judge!) In addition, there is a set of drawers, baskets, a bookshelf, and a stool. Best of all, I can see all my lovely shoes!!!! (We'll, not all of them.)
Kondo's method, when fully embraced, allows for well-designed, efficiently used spaces making the home more enjoyable