Thursday, July 31, 2014

I've been seriously drooling over...

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some gorgeous nurseries the past few weeks. As I mentioned before, our nursery is not a big room. In fact, it measures about 9'X11' with a closet. If you don't count the closet, than it's a 9'X9' box, but I still want it to be light, bright and, most importantly, comfy. I really like modern styles like this:

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or this (I couldn't find the original source, unfortunately):

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I love almost everything about this room (maybe, minus the rug). I did notice that I tend to gravitate towards all boy rooms :) Funny, when I found out that my firstborn was going to be a boy, I was terrified! I had no idea what I'm going to do with a boy because I grew up in a family of girls (all two of us... but I did help a ton when my sister was a baby. After all, I'm 7 years older than her). Now having a girl makes me abnormally anxious :)

I picked up a few things for the nursery (I will share more with you when there is something to share :) but, again, none of it is pink :) I'm debating if I should just have little bits and pieces of pink as well as other colors in the room. I really like this idea:

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I don't have that much space but, I think, this nursery is so fun. I really like the rooms that can grow with the children. I'm not a great fan of themed rooms. I like simple colors (and stripes!!). I would add a bit more of a rainbow but I really like this room:

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Drool... I really like this one too:

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So which one is your favorite? :) I can't wait to design our own (and for much less than most of these would cost new parents...). Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30 things in 30 days

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 Yesterday one of my friends pinned this great inspirational thought on Pinterest:

 That's exactly how I woke up today :) I really enjoy these occasional bursts of energy when I just want to conquer the world. I've done a ton today and definitely gonna go to bed satisfied with myself (not to boast here or anything :)

I honestly didn't expect that I would be struggling to stay active so early in the pregnancy. It's definitely very different this time around. Now the simple tasks (like cleaning a bathroom) turn into the true meaning of the word "chore"... And that's why I'm trying to finish as many things as I can before I look and feel like a mama duck...

I mentioned before that I've been on a roll trying to declutter our house. Since school starts in less than a month, I want to challenge myself a little more. Hence, 30 things in 30 days.

In the next 30 days (starting August 1st and going until Saturday, Aug 30th) I want to donate-sell-gift-get rid of at least 30 things. I love the feeling I get when we have a cleaner, less cluttered house (not to mention, less dusting that I have to do...). I will update about once a week on my progress.

Do you want to join in?? It's not a huge goal so anybody can do it. And we will cheer each other up along the way :) So are you in?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Food waste and a menu, week 7/28-8/3.

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Well, hello, August! How did that happen?? I can't believe we have less than a month before the kids are back to school... Waahhhh... I'm so not ready...

But I can't say I'm not ready for summer to be over. Well, maybe, not completely over but a few less degrees would be nice. We had a beautiful, long rainy day today (our lawn and garden are both extremely happy!!) and it felt wonderful! I normally don't even like rain... But now I welcome all this beautiful moisture with open arms. It's been too hot to cook - and I seriously crave this right now:

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But I really don't want to turn on the oven... Ugh...

On a good note, we didn't have any food waste last week. And so far on our menu this week (subject to change as it's been happening many times lately :)

Mon.- pizza night (kids' choice)
Tues.- zucchini pasta
 Wed. - green chicken salad
Thurs.- hot dogs, mashed potatoes, cut up veggies (lazy Mama dinner...)
 Fr.- breakfast for dinner (and another one...)
Sat.- dinner with friends
Sun.- leftovers

And what's gonna be on your table this week?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Living an abundant life...

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Some of you might remember the times when the original name of this blog was "Frugal and Thankful". And even though I changed that name since, it didn't influence what I believe in. Being thankful is a huge part of how I see life. There are times when the plate is overflowing, and it's hard to find things to be thankful for.

But if you slow down and look around, there are so many things, moments, people, experiences that can fill your heart to the fullest with gratitude... Really, so much in life depends solely on our attitude.

I read a quote the other day that really inspired some pondering here:

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We can't direct the winds but we can adjust the sails... In the past few days I tried to put in extra effort to see good in life. And I was amazed at how many blessings I've received.

1. Peace. I'm not going to lie, this is not exactly a peaceful time in my life. There are so many things I worry about, scared of, not sure how to deal with, that it gets overwhelming really quickly. But this past week I tried to find a few minutes every morning to squeeze in some Scripture study and spending time in "sweet hour of prayer". It's not always easy to do with two kids and a hundred and two responsibilities but it definitely brought that peace into my life that I so longed for. Whether religious or not, there are many things we can do to gain extra peace and comfort...

2. Friends. I was amazed at how many friends reached out to me in the past few weeks. Some brought physical blessings  -like books on multiples - really made me happy - baby stuff, offers to babysit so we can find time for each other or extra cuddles for when babies are here so this tired Mommy can take a shower. Or this blessing to make our life truly "abundant":

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Others just brought hugs, encouragement, extra laughter and much needed grown-up interaction. Friends truly rock!

3. Family. I have to say, I am not on perfect terms with all the members of my or my DH' s family. Some of those relationships have been a bit rocky lately, and not necessarily because of something we've done. But other family members have been such a tremendous help that my heart swells with gratitude. My FIL has helped us with so many doctor's appointments (since I have a lot more of them than ever before), my sister-in-law is always willing to babysit even when she has her own hands full beyond capacity. My other awesome SIL just celebrated her own Birthday but decided to make it a very special day for the kids instead. She and her husband rented a gigantic bounce house with water slides, and the kids had a blast - and Moms a break!! It was amazing!

And of course, my Mom and my sister are such a blessing in my life. The other day I spent more than two hours Skyping with my Mom and we chatted about everything and anything in the world as if the borders and miles between us didn't exist. I wish I could also squeeze her tight through the screen but it still amazes me at what we already can do thanks to some technology achievements.

4. The bounty of earth. And of course, it wouldn't be right if I didn't mention how grateful I am for the abundance that we get from our garden. Just picked this morning:

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I don't spend nearly as much time as I should in the garden but it's still blessing us above and beyond anything I can comprehend. Love me some free and organic produce!

So what are you thankful for on this beautiful Sunday evening?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I finally got...

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...the first pieces of clothes for my little buns in the oven :)

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In my usual frugal manner, they were 80% off but, I think, they are just so adorable :)

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