Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More Holiday Crafts!

I made a really cool gift last night for a swap I'm doing today. The recipient is a knitter so I make her some stitch markers. I think they came out quite well. One set has larger rings and smaller leaves in dark green. The other set has smaller rings and larger leaves in light green.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yuletide Gifting

I wanted to share a child's gift that Hubby made this year.

I requested a child's toy that is something of quality. I wanted something a young boy or girl could play with, use their imagination, and have for a long time. It needed to be sturdy and work without batteries, flashing lights, or noise. While watching Matty play, I realized that blocks might be well suited for all ages of children. This is a gift that can be added to, should another person be so inclined.

Hubby made a set of really nice blocks in two sizes. There are some that are stained and others are just covered in a sealant. The first set of 4 needed for this year has been made. I guess the true test will be seeing what the young recipient thinks of them.

We're doing quite well with the home made gifts this year. I'm grateful that I have the supplies for much of my crafting available to me here so the cost is much less than it could be. After work today, I need to finish up some gifts that I'm making and plan out some baked goodies that I can give to the menfolk who I don't know well enough to buy for. Everyone likes food right? ;)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Check it Out!

I guess I am, in a way, stabbing myself in the foot here, but I encourage you to go visit Confessions of a Craft Addict's 2008 Christmas giveaway. It's a great one!

The rules are pretty cool. All you have to do is mention your favorite charity. It's a great way to get to know about other people so read the comments if you'd like!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

All of the crafty goodness over on Sew Mama Sew has me so inspired!

I think that I will try to get some pictures uploaded of my own crafting here. I've been trying to make some gifts for our holiday celebrations.

Check back here in the next few weeks to see some of the things we're making.

Giveaways Make Me Happy!

Check out this great one at Mommy & Beyond!

Go Forth & Grab Them!

Sew Mama Sew if hosting Give Away Day. Go check them out!

Go check out this give away at Suzie Button Creations!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Let's Talk Turkey!

Hubby is working a bit of overtime today and once he is done working he will stop at a grocer's in the neighboring big city to pick up a turkey and sweet potatoes. The regular chain here in this area has turkeys for 59 cents per pound. This "fancy" store where hubby is going has them for 39 cents per pound. Needless to say we are getting turkey at the "fancy" store.

Generally we will buy two or three turkeys each year. Heck, at 39 cents per pound, we cannot beat the price. We cook one now and freeze the rest. We will, of course, have tons of leftovers from the first bird for the usual array of foods including carcas soup. Some will be frozen for later.

In the spring we like to smoke a bird and have tons more meat for yummy things.

By doing this we can save a lot on our food budget. Last year we did not have the money to get extra bird. I'm grateful that we can do that now!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Holiday Cards

When sending out your holiday cards this year, take one card (or more) and send it to the address below. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Winter Holidays Will be Here Soon!

I feel a sense of shock when I realize that the year is nearly over!

My birthday was a quiet affair this year. No presents from immediate family but that was expected. My mom bought me bras which was my request. We got a great deal at Lane Bryant by combining coupons. We each got 3 new bras and only spent $66, that makes them $10 each plus tax!

A friend made me a faerie house. It was so thoughtful of her, especially since their finances are shaky at the moment (more so than most I'm afraid).

I'm thinking forward to the holidays now. This year I have many more people that I wish to honor in a small way so I'm looking for items we can make that won't break the bank.

Hubby is making blocks for the young children in our lives. The two sets will cost less than $8 and will be a gift that will last a long time.

I am thinking of making some sweets to be given out in paper bags decorated with holiday decorations painted on them. This is festive without breaking the bank.

Hubby and I are doing stocking items only for each other this year. The girls (14, 16, 19) will get their piece of silver jewelry that I purchase each holiday. I also plan to make the 19 year old a special cookbook of her favorite comfort foods that her father & I have made over the years. Since the children are at their mother's house and don't have much contact with us, we are not planning to have tons of stuff for them. Even if we buy them gifts, their mom does not allow them to take the gifts home (or has not in the past) so we're better off saving our precious funds for other endeavors.

If you have any holiday gift ideas, post them here or post a link to your blog if they're posted there. Thank you!

I need to get my list started so I can get gifts made and wrapped and stored.

In other news, my "55 Week Fling" is still going on. I've managed to eliminate over 4,200 items from our home, not including food products given to families in need or paper clutter we've sorted and disposed of. I loved keeping a list this year because it allows me to feel so accomplished. I will be doing this in 2009 as well.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cool Giveaway

Check this giveaway out!

Who Wants A Clean House???

I am feeling pretty messy lately. My house is not to it’s normal level of clean. Granted, I’ve never had a spotless house but it has generally been tidy. This is frustrating to me because I KNOW that I can do more than I have been doing around here. November marks the new year for me and I don’t want to enter my 34th year in disarray.

That being said, I have 5 days to get my stuff together. I will concentrate on one room per day. Each room will be worked on in small 15 minute bursts of “energy” as that is all I can offer!

Monday – Kitchen
Tuesday – Living Room
Wednesday – Bathrooms/bedroom
Thursday – Office
Friday – Kitchen AGAIN!

I will do one load of laundry per day as well. If anyone wants to come clean at my house, you’re more than welcome.

Would anyone like to see before & after photos? I’m a bit of a voyeur when it comes to messes. I like seeing pictures of messy rooms and then seeing them all cleaned up and pretty. If anyone shows an interest, I will post those pictures this week.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Frugal Tour - The Master Bath

So today is bathroom cleaning day on the big "fall cleaning" schedule. I started in the master bathroom as it is the one most used by me. I cleaned the sink, sprinkled stuff in the toilet, and sprayed down the shower to soak. Then I started on the big stuff like scrubbing the door and the walls.

While cleaning this very small room, I came to a realization. Most everything that we own and truly love is second or even third hand. Much of it was rescued from landfills. For instance, let's take a tour of my bathroom.

The first thing you see as you enter my bathroom is the shower curtain. It is a nice, very modern one from Target. I got it from Freecycle along with the coordinating and oh so thick bathmat. The shower curtain does not cover a shower though, it is a curtain for the window. This bathroom has a glass shower door so I did not need a shower curtain but I did need a curtain to block the view of the neighbor's house.

Directly to the right is the sink. Above which is a 3 door wooden medicine chest. I found it on trash day a few years ago. It smelled musty for about a week but it sure looks better than the regular sized medicine chest that was in there!

Next to the slightly larger than sink sized counter is a white washed cabinet. Truth be told, it is an old solid wood entertainment center that Hubby found at a dumpster while he was living in Oklahoma City back in 1996 or so. It has served numerous jobs in my home and has recently received it's first paint job (was just unfinished wood) in a streaky white washed look that goes well with the bathroom. This piece holds various baskets full of hair and makeup things. Most all of the containers came from trash and yard sales. There is a mini Lane cedar chest that I was given as a high school senior, a Tupperware brand 3 level candy dish that my mom got free when she worked for the Tupperware factory back around 1990, a green box given to my eldest for her birthday, and a few others. I did buy the set of 4 wooden boxes for insanely cheep at a store similar to Kirklands.

Next to this cabinet is the toilet. Above which is a white "over the john" cabinet that my beloved rescued on it's way to the dumpster when we lived in Florida. It is a white enamel and I love it! On top of this, at nearly ceiling level, I keep my angels that the girls purchased for me when they were little. This is a seriously culled down collection. I got rid of angels from everyone else and kept only the ones from my girls.

On the opposite wall, is the shower. Nothing special there.

Soon this room will be painted. I'm sure it will be something to coordinate with the shower curtain and the bedroom so probably a shade of brown or something. Of course, that will be purchased at the paint store where we get mis-tints for $1 per gallon.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of my bathroom. Let me know if you enjoyed this and we can do more tours of other rooms in the house.

Fall Cleaning Schedule

For people with a chronic illness, cleaning is not always easy. Add a procrastinating perfectionist into the mix and well, you get someone who gets easily frustrated with the cleaning and will put off the duties.

I work part time, from home, allowing me to keep my health in check. However, I will often let days or even weeks go by without doing any housework (because of pain) and before I know it, I am overwhelmed. In order to get myself into some sort of a routine, I have begun my "Fall Cleaning Schedule". The goal is to work on one room per day and the next day move on to the next room. I will circle through the house this way and eventually, I will just have a minor dust and vacuum in the rooms each day (in theory).

Days will be not be labeled Monday, Tuesday...Etc because some days I won't feel like doing anything. This is OKAY. I will just pick up where I left off the next day. It may take me 9 days to get the first pass done through the house and that is also okay. I won't beat myself up over this or feel that I am a failure.

Yesterday I started with the master bedroom. It is now nice and tidy, dusted and vacuumed. It isn't perfect but it is very nice. Next time I will delve into more of the sorting and organizing in the room.

Today is the master bathroom. I'm half way finished. I will try to complete the basic cleaning in there today and will move to organization next week.

I'm happy with this plan. I think my husband approves as well. He was happy to see the top of his dresser again!

Did You Miss Me?

It seems that I tend to go through phases where I do not post to this blog. I've often though of just getting rid of it but quite honestly, I like having my posts here. I will be back to posting here soon, I promise.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Recipe: Cuppa Cobbler

1 Cup of each of the following:


mix well in bottom of 9x13 dish. add 1-2 cups of fruit (canned or fresh), do not mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. This will never be the same twice. Go with it and enjoy!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy Friday!

May is halfway over. It seems like just yesterday when we were making resolutions for the new year and here we are, nearly 1/2 way through the year. I hope you're still keeping your resolutions!

I have 4 hours of training for my job next Tuesday. After that I have roughly 3 weeks until I start my program specific training. In that time period, I have to get my act together. I have to find a way to get some routine into my life. Those of you without kids, how do you do it??

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday Already?

I have had a really bad week, with migraines and all that fun Fibro stuff. It is good to have a day where I feel ALMOST normal.

Looks like I will be getting the job I spoke about. The hours are not bad at all. Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, & Sat from 7 - 1. This will leave me plenty of time to be a Stay-at-Home wife and still work in order to pay the bills. When hubby's child support payments are over, in 5 more years, I won't have to worry about work nearly as much. It is sad to think that I essentially work to cover those payments. *No, I'm not saying we SHOULDN'T pay these. I'm merely stating that it is a large chunk of our income, more even than our house payment.*

I still need to find a routine to my days. You know like the old times when women did laundry on Monday and ironing on Tuesday, etc.? I really would like to find a routine.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

May Flowers...

The month is off to a bang!

I got a ride to a friend's house about 1 1/2 hours from here last weekend. One of the main reasons that I went was to get a good look at their land. They own quite a bit of land and are planning to sell of some plots to friends and family. Hubby & I are interested in getting around 5 or 6 acres for our own little homestead. It was a nice trip, even if I did spend more than I wanted to on food. One lesson learned: NEVER order the buffet until you see the price! This particular buffet was $13! I could have eaten a lot better meals for that amount of money!

This week is my last week on the job. My final day is tomorrow. I have applied for a few other work-from-home companies. I interviewed with one today. They are a 'parent' company to my current employer. I am qualified for any position that they may have so I'm going through the processes to see if I can get that position. It is part time, roughly 25 hours per week, and I will be working early morning hours. Wish me luck! While this is not making as much as I was making in the workforce, it does eliminate our need for so much gasoline (25 miles into the city each way) or fancy clothing. It also makes me feel better to know that I can hopefully make some money without having to see about getting my disability setup.

I've been making an effort to cook dinner every night this week. While it does not sound like much, this has really helped us. We haven't had to even thought about fast food. Fast food is a bad habit we'd gotten into lately. Hopefully soon, cooking will become second nature.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Took an impromptu trip to New Orleans this past weekend. A friend went and took her daughters. I was invited to go along for the ride. It was fun and a real eye opener. People tend to do a lot in excess. The spending, the waste, it was all so much more than I was expecting.

I am back home and dealing with the news that my seasonal job is coming to an end next week. It was expected though so we're planning our frugal summer. Thankfully my Beloved is able to work more in the summer and can pick up side jobs.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Clearing Out the Clutter - Notecards

Today I tackled the two boxes full of note cards today. I use these for addresses, recipes, websites & passwords, and directions for various duties. My two boxes were over flowing. It was quite embarrassing. I had 2 or 3 cards for my beloved Granny Annie who passed away in 2003. I also had one for my uncle who died in 2002! It was obvious that the website usernames and passwords were vastly out of date. 15 minutes later, I had a big pile of 180 notecards in the middle of my living room floor.

We don't have a shredder so I put these into a cauldron and burned them. Passwords and Account numbers, even old ones, don't need to get into the wrong hands!

Of course, you know that I'm keeping track of the items we give away (besides food) this year. We're also counting items thrown away as they are out of our house. I started a secondary list of the paper clutter items. We're going to have a goal of 1,000 paper items gone from the house this year. 180 down, 820 to go!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Cut The Crap

I joined this group today with the hopes of decluttering our lives even more! I'm amazed at the sheer volume of crap that we manage to have in our lives. I don't think that Hubby & I are hoarders or anything, however, the stuff still is here. My mission is to eliminate it from our lives, one piece at a time.

Make Happiness Happen

In an effort to be more positive, I am posting things that make me happy. I hereby declare Monday as Happiness Day and vow to find things to make me happy all day!

  • I am awake with little pain this morning.

  • Today is going to be beautiful.

  • I still have a job - pink slips went out to the first batch of people last week.

  • I have a full day of work today

  • I'm feeling quite artistic!!

What makes YOU happy today???

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Giving It Up ... Letting Go

We're just 4 1/2 months into our 55 Week Fling. Things are going better than I ever expected. We are not counting food items given away even though I've given away A LOT of food to my mom's friend who is having financial problems and to an online friend of mine who feeds a lot of the kids in her neighborhood.

That being said, we're now at 2,657 items removed from our house. Almost all of them went via Freecycle, though a few were thrown away or sold on Craigslist.

The main thing that I've discovered in this adventure is that we honestly do not miss the items that are gone. We still have some work to do in one room of the house before starting on the garage area, attic, and hubby's shop. I can easily see us getting to an astounding 3, 008 items!

I have kept up the list of items in a spreadsheet. It is astounding to look at that list and know that I had those items in my house.

We have a lot more space now and we're actually enjoying it. It is amazing how those things work.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Living With Less

Oprah is on living with less today. Check it out if you can! I'm watching it and taping it to share with my husband.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It is the little things..

It is the little things that seem to add up. The quick meals out instead of cooking, the soda bought at the gas station instead of planning ahead and bringing your own, the peer pressure to succumb to the monster that is Starbucks. Each of these little things adds up and soon enough a large chunk of your money is gone.

The first thing I have to do in order to reign things in for our family is to start cooking every meal at home. While fast food or restaurant food is convenient, it costs more. This is one area where I am in complete control.

Another place I need to look is at our WalMart runs. Don't bash me for using this store. I live in a town where there are not alternatives. Sadly small town America does not give many alternatives. Driving 30 miles into "town" does not help my environment and until they have rural bus routes here I won't be making that trip unless I have other things to accomplish at the same time. Anyway, hubby runs to WalMart a few times a week when we realize we're out of something. Inevitably, we end up with something that we did not really need.

Together, hubby & I are going to do this. We want me to be a stay at home wife and in order to do that, we must make sacrifices.

What are some of your favorite recipes? I need something quick and tasty!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wow...Has it been that long?

Life tends to get crazy around here. The season at work ends today so things will hopefully go back to some sort of normal soon. For now, I'm reading homemaker, frugal blogs and am trying very hard to get my frugal mindset back on.

In terms of the goals we had for simplifying our lives in 2008, have been going great. We have surpassed all of our goals. Over 2,500 items have left our house and our lives. It is amazing! And the saying "When your hand is open to give, it is open to receive" is very true. We have been gifted with some amazing things from Freecycle as well.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Weird Things to Do with Food


Everyone knows Clorox's catchy ditty about keeping clothes bright, but all you need is pepper. Add a teaspoon of pepper to the wash before you add in your clothes and it will keep the colors from fading.


Deodorant stains can ruin a perfectly good shirt. Save your whites by spraying white vinegar (no need to mix with water) onto the underarm areas. Then you can wash per usual.


At your next BBQ don't spend money on anti-pest candles that never work. Simmer 2 cups of milk, a 1/4 pound of sugar and 2 oz. of ground black pepper for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture into bowls and put them where the flies will be attracted to them and then drown. You can also place around the house. No more buzzzzzing at the windows.


Next time your drain is clogged and you don't have time to run to the store for some Drain-O just look in your fridge! A 2-liter bottle of soda will do the trick. Just pour it down to clobber the clog.


For a natural solution to diaper rash, try coating the area with a thin layer of shortening. It will act as a moisturizer.


Grease stains can be a huge pain when it comes to doing laundry. Before you wash, work a generous amount of table salt into the stain and then launder as usual.


Too much to drink last night and now you have puffy eyes? Apply a thin slice of cold potato to your eyes and leave on for five minutes. Then splash with cool water, put on your makeup (or just some moisturizer -- this means you, too, guys!) and head to work!


Don't you hate it when you have to start a fire and little bits of newspaper are flying everywhere? Next time, air-dry orange peels, which contain flammable oils that burn longer, and use those instead of the paper. The delicious smell is a bonus.


Does it seem like nothing is working for your bad skin? Use 4 tablespoons of salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to create a paste. Leave it on your face for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water. Then wash your face as normal. Use every day for a week and then cut back to 3 days a week and you should notice an improvement.


It may make you smell like a hot dog, but rubbing a thin layer of mustard over your chest and covering with a hot towel can relieve a stuffy head and chest.


Oh no! You forgot to put the cap on your pen and now there is ink seeping into your shirt. No worries -- just grab some milk and soak the area. Depending on the type of ink, this process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. Patience is a virtue.


It's one thing when your child draws on the wall with crayons, it's quite another when it comes to your wood furniture. Rub some mayonnaise on the crayon mark and let it soak for ten minutes. Then take a damp cloth and wipeaway the mayo AND the crayon!


Dandruff can be an embarrassing health problem, but the special shampoo often smells yucky. Try massaging 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinsing with warm water. Follow with a leave-in rinse of 1 teaspoon lemonjuice in 1 cup of warm water. Use this daily until your scalp is healed.


You have an ant problem but are worried about the poisonous ant traps around your pets. Just sprinkle flour wherever you see ants entering the house and along the pantry shelves, since they are most likely after your food.


No time to hit the salon before your big event? Get your hair super shiny and conditioned with eggs! Take two beaten egg yolks and massage into hair. Start at the scalp and work in small sections. Then gather all of the hair in a shower cap, wrap in a warm towel and wait 30 minutes (you could cook the kids' dinner). Rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual.


Your child just learned how to tie their shoes and the knots are impossible to undo. Stay calm and sprinkle a little cornstarch on the laces to help you work out the knot.


There's no more worrying about drinking red wine on white carpet. Soak up as much wine as possible and then pour club soda over the area, making sure to blot and not rub. Repeat the process until the wine is no longer visible. You can also do the same for urine stains.


While most of us associate castor oil with constipation or childbirth, did you know it can also help get rid of pesky moles in your yard? Just mix a 1/2 cup of castor oil with two gallons of water and pour the mixture down the mole(s) hole(s). Don't worry, the solution is animal friendly and they will likely relocate.


A jewelry box can help you organize, but sometimes those thin-chained necklaces just want to get tangled and you can't stop them! Rub some butter into the knot and lay on a flat surface. Then take a sewing needle to untangle. When finished just run under hot water to rinse off the butter.


Next time you drop a wine glass or break a plate, grab a slice of bread to help you clean up. After you pick up the larger pieces, press the bread over the area and it will pick up all the itty bitty pieces you can't see. Bread can also help clean fingerprints off walls and wallpaper. Just rub and voila!


Before you throw your banana peel in the compost pile, remove any stringy pulp and use the peel as a buffer. This works with silverware as well as leather shoes and leather furniture. Just rub the peel over the object and buff with a soft cloth. Be sure to test a small section of your furniture first!


Sick of waiting for your green tomatoes to ripen on the windowsill? Stick up to five tomatoes in a brown paper bag with a ripe apple and seal for a few days. This will speed up the ripening process.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

How Would You Handle This?

I am making a gift for a friend's birthday - using items on hand - 3 beads, and a length of wire. Would you could this as one item (the ring) or 4 items (beads & wire) when counting the items leaving the home?

Goals Suprassed

In December, Hubby thought that 208 items would be a more realistic goal. We met that and changed our goal to 1008. Well, Ladies and Gents, we've now surpassed that goal as well. Looks like the original challenge amount of 2008 may just be something we can accomplish. At the VERY least, I will continue with my goal of 7 things per week for the year.

Here is this week's list (week ends on Saturday):

1 book - The Note Mom
1 Mensa Puzzle Book Gwen
1 Hello Kitty Kit Freecycle - Tepeza
1 Star light Freecycle - Tepeza
1 thread type yarn Freecycle - Tepeza
1 bug Freecycle - Tepeza
1 stuffed cat Freecycle - Tepeza
1 faeire crystal Freecycle - Tepeza
1 poodle grows Freecycle - Tepeza
1 orange candle Freecycle - Tepeza
1 Angel Book Freecycle - Tepeza
3 cinderella stamp markers Freecycle - Tepeza
4 boy toys Freecycle - Tepeza
5 magazines Freecycle - Tepeza
1 Candle Freecycle - Tepeza
1 Candle holders Freecycle - Tepeza
1 oil candle holder Freecycle - Tepeza
1 shadow box Trudy
1 basket Freecycle - Tepeza
25 plastic hangers Gwen
1 basket Gwen
3 snow globe dragons Freecycle - Cheryl
2 shampoo Freecycle - Cheryl
1 toothpaste Freecycle - Cheryl
1 hair inhibiter Freecycle - Cheryl
9 razors Freecycle - Cheryl
1 cologne Freecycle - Cheryl
2 hair glitter gel Freecycle - Cheryl
1 hair wax Freecycle - Cheryl
1 travel bottle Freecycle - Cheryl
3 bathsalts Freecycle - Cheryl
2 sample shampoo Freecycle - Cheryl
1 plastic box Freecycle - Cheryl
1 tooth mirror Freecycle - Cheryl
3 bath fizzies Freecycle - Cheryl
2 plastic drawer things Mom
1 IGIA Hair Straightner Freecycle - Cheryl
4 massage tools Freecycle - Cheryl
2 pks of watercolor pencils Freecycle - Cheryl
1 Book on BiPolar Disorder Freecycle - Cheryl
1 Sword Freecycle - Cheryl
2 sets of curtains Freecycle - Jean
8 pillow cases Freecycle - Jean
2 sets of sheets Freecycle - Jean
15 books Freecycle - James
4 Makeup Items Mom
31 Makeup Items Freecycle - Jackie
1 Cat Door
1 Swiffer Mop Gwen
1 Large Dry Erase Board Freecycle - Audrey
2 Downy Fabric Softener balls Mom
1 Tide Detergent sample Mom
1 Reclining Chair Dad
4 drawer organizers Mom
1 wooden chess/checker game Freecycle - Yolanda
68 Music CDs Freecycle - Yolanda
71 Blank CD cases Freecycle - Yolanda
5 Music CDs Mom
2 Music CDs Kes
1 Discovery Toys Mosaic Mysteries Freecycle - Donna
1 audio cassette Freecycle - Yolanda
1 Stick Vac Hoover Kayla
4 Books Courtney
6 Books Freecycle
17 Coke Caps Freecycle - Donna
1 Gap Sweater Kayla
2 Swiffer Wet Pads Gwen

This weekly total is 350 (two additional items added to last weeks items). This brings our grand total to 1133. WoooHooo!!!

Saturday, January 05, 2008


This week has been crazy! I gathered and got rid of SO many things. I know my list looks crazy and I'm sure it will slow down drastically soon. By October, I'm sure I'll be getting tired of this!

Here is this week's list:

2 Kiddie Swimming pools Freecycle - Susan H
1 Pooh backpack Freecycle - Shawn
2 shirt Freecycle - Shawn
2 robe Freecycle - Shawn
1 "Dreams" Jar Freecycle - Shawn
1 man's watch Freecycle - Shawn
1 bedside lamp Freecycle - Shawn
1 nokia phone Freecycle - Shawn
1 shower head Freecycle - Shawn
3 bathroom hooks Freecycle - Shawn
1 makeup brush holder Freecycle - Shawn
1 Samsung Charger Freecycle - Shawn
1 knitted shawl Freecycle - Shawn
1 scarf Freecycle - Shawn
1 hankie Freecycle - Shawn
1 shrek Freecycle - Shawn
1 shower curtain clips Freecycle - Shawn
2 bathroom facuet Freecycle - Shawn
1 stuffed bunny hang on Freecycle - Shawn
3 small bag Freecycle - Shawn
1 Set of Jerry Garcia pics Freecycle - Shawn
2 Sets of handles Freecycle - Shawn
2 Set of shower rings Freecycle - Shawn
1 Glade plug in Freecycle - Shawn
1 package of snore clips Freecycle - Susan H
1 bathroom bag Freecycle - Susan H
1 cat mit Freecycle - Susan H
1 blue basket Freecycle - Susan H
5 shirt Freecycle - Susan H
1 cell phone case Freecycle - Susan H
1 space bag Freecycle - Susan H
2 Skin So Soft Freecycle - Susan H
1 mouthwash Freecycle - Susan H
1 shaving cream Freecycle - Susan H
1 Robe Freecycle - Susan H
2 Candle holders Freecycle - Susan H
1 Sunglass Clips Freecycle - Susan H
1 men's watch Freecycle - Susan H
1 jewelry finding Freecycle - Susan H
1 lotion Freecycle - Susan H
2 Tshirts Freecycle - Susan H
1 thermometer Freecycle - Susan H
1 qtip container Freecycle - Susan H
6 lotion Freecycle - Susan H
1 cologne Freecycle - Susan H
2 stridex pads Freecycle - Susan H
15 scrunchie Freecycle - Susan H
8 perfume Freecycle - Susan H
1 doll Freecycle - Susan H
3 small bags Freecycle - Susan H
1 flosser Freecycle - Susan H
3 hair clips Freecycle - Susan H
1 face toner Freecycle - Susan H
1 hair gel Freecycle - Susan H
1 candle Freecycle - Susan H
1 nail file Freecycle - Susan H
1 pen Freecycle - Susan H
1 shampoo Freecycle - Susan H
1 face scrubber Freecycle - Susan H
1 bar of soap Freecycle - Susan H
1 deo ball Freecycle - Susan H
3 clippies Freecycle - Susan H
5 makeup brushes Freecycle - Susan H
1 lanicane Freecycle - Susan H
1 baby lotion Freecycle - Susan H
1 batch of samples Freecycle - Susan H
1 set of combs Freecycle - Susan H
1 lipgloss Freecycle - Susan H
6 ties Freecycle
1 coat Kayla
33 Shirts Kit, Russ, & Freecycle
1 jacket Kit
1 3 Hole Punch electric Freecycle - Teacher
2 porcelain doll stands Freecycle - Libby
1 pk of gift tags Beth
2 magazine Beth
1 homeschool book Beth
2 organizers\ Beth
1 drink bottle holder Beth
1 pumpkin carving kit Beth
1 paintable statue Beth
1 pair of boxers Beth
3 paintable signs Beth
1 picture frame Freecycle - Doti
1 box of crayons Beth
1 coupon book (McDs) Freecycle - Doti
2 lanyard straps Beth
1 lipstick holder Freecycle - Doti
3 Hello Kitty Stamps Beth
1 Mary Engelbreit teapot Freecycle - Doti
1 mini notepad Beth
2 decorative boxes Beth
12 Greeting cards Beth
1 bag of balloons Freecycle - Doti
2 organza bag Freecycle - Doti
47 pages of stickers Beth
1 pk of picture frames Freecycle - Doti
1 pk of die cuts Freecycle - Doti
1 pk of cut stamps Freecycle - Doti
1 Set of Stress Tapes Freecycle - Shawn
1 GW Cassette Recorder Freecycle - Shawn
1 paint brush Freecycle - Doti
1 wooden ball Freecycle - Doti
1 set of plastic drawers Freecycle - Doti
1 note paper caddy Freecycle - Doti
4 felt bags Beth
1 pk felt bats Beth
1 dirty words game Beth
3 pk of sticky felt Freecycle - Doti
1 pk of little wooded spools Freecycle - Doti
2 mini notepads (matchbooks) Freecycle - Doti
1 stapler Freecycle - Doti
1 staple puller Freecycle - Doti
1 barette Freecycle - Doti
1 swatch watch Freecycle - Doti
1 pill holder Freecycle - Doti
1 post it sticker Freecycle - Doti
1 box of fae note paper Freecycle - Doti
1 small fishbowl Freecycle - Doti
1 stack of consturction paper Freecycle - Doti
2 coloring books Freecycle - Doti
1 box of crayons Freecycle - Doti
1 stamp pad Freecycle - Doti
2 decorative napkins Freecycle - Doti
2 roll of film Freecycle - Doti
1 pk of dowel rods Freecycle - Doti
1 keychain Freecycle - Doti
1 letter opener Freecycle - Doti
2 tatoos Kit
2 big stickers Kit
1 hand made box Kit
1 small wood box Kit
1 black ribbon Beth
1 fabric bit Beth
3 new boxes of crayons Freecycle - Teacher
1 spool of elastic thread Beth
2 magazine Freecycle - Doti
12 pens Freecycle - Doti
1 spool of ribbon Beth
1 set of nail stickers Beth
2 small paint brushes Beth
1 black stamp pad Beth
1 Ann Rule book Freecycle - Doti
1 bottle clenaer Beth
1 scrunchie Freecycle - Doti
2 anticeptic wipes Freecycle - Doti
1 pk of misc beads Beth
1 herb recipes Beth
1 hair gel Freecycle - Doti
1 magnet Freecycle - Doti
1 razor holder Freecycle - Doti
1 barette Freecycle - Doti
1 large metal basket Freecycle - Doti
1 pedometer (slimfast) Freecycle - Michelle
2 boxes of jello Freecycle - Lani
1 box of pudding Freecycle - Lani
2 bags of chicken Freecycle - Lani
1 box of steakums Freecycle - Lani
1 pk of sausages Freecycle - Lani
1 can of peas Freecycle - Lani
1 box of oats Freecycle - Lani
6 pks of koolade Freecycle - Lani
1 pk cheeseburger mac Freecycle - Lani
3 pk frozen cookes Freecycle - Lani
2 bags of veggies Freecycle - Lani
4 Jenny Craig Bars Freecycle - Lani
2 pks of linguini Freecycle - Lani
1 cornbread mix Freecycle - Lani
1 box of cookie mix Freecycle - Lani
1 set of cookie cutters Freecycle - Lani
2 page size tattoos Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
2 3 ring binder Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 gift bag Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 2' section of ribbon Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
3 bags of scrapbook die cuts Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 necklace Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 card Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
2 rainbow note pads Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 halloween bag Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 pr of scrapbook scissors Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 boning Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 fuseable webbing Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 2002 pooh calendar Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 small origami kit Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 stencil Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 pk of hello kitty gift bags Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 bunch of eucaliptus Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
2 large spools of curling ribbon Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 black note book Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 white pad of paper Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 set of rings for circles Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 small frame Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 large pile of clipart Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 paint brush Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 folder Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
4 3 ring binder Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 magazine Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 vice Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
1 paint kit for sencils Freecycle - Laura (toomanycats)
9 Shirts Mom
1 Skirt Mom
1 Pair of Pants Mom
1 sweater Mom
3 vintage books Freecycle
3 educational books Freecycle - Michelle
11 mystery/horror books Freecycle
6 learning books Freecycle
12 Romance/Other Books Freecycle
15 Chicken Soup Books Mom

SO...if you have gotten this far, you see that I've managed to rid my house of 469 things THIS week! This brings our current total to 783!

425 items left for my 1008 in 2008 goal

Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words...

I took some pictures of the items leaving our house for this Project. I'm not good at getting pictures for each and every item but I'm trying. Anyway, December 2007's total was 314 items.

Here is a picture of a few of the items before they left our home for the last time!