Decluttering, Cleaning and Staging























Now that all the holidays are over I have started to declutter the house to get it ready to list in April.

I have sold a bunch of the big furniture and accessories,  taken a couple truck loads to the dump and now am left with a big pile of garage sale items.

Not sure if I’ll have a garage sale or just set it all up in the basement for people to come browse. What would you do??

The dreaded task of cleaning…

I don’t know about you but I hate cleaning! But if we want to sell our house I guess I better use a little elbow grease.

I don’t think it’s that bad if you do a little at a time until the deep clean is done…then you just have to keep up with the upkeep ๐Ÿ™‚

Staging your home is probably the hardest thing to do if you don’t have a decorator’s eye like me ๐Ÿ™ But thank god my husband’s really good at it! 

I have so many old decorations like all my African statues and pictures that I’ve had for ever. Well we decided to pack those away (garage sale items) and invest in newer more contemporary pieces but like I said I have no idea what looks good and in what area so I’m really struggling with this task ๐Ÿ™  so If you have any ideas or know of any websites I could look at for ideas I would appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Christmas Has Come And Gone

Well Christmas has come and gone for another year…

It’s been a busy one.

Christmas TreeFireplace

My husband thought he needed a bigger T.V. The  picture on top is from last Christmas when we had a 52″ T.V. The picture on the bottom is the 70″ T.V. we have now. He claims it will help “sell” the house ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know about that; but he got it pre Boxing Day sale.


Meanwhile he has been trying to get the house done so we can list it in the spring! We had to finish the stairs, railing and baseboard. We had to put crown mouldings on our ceiling because the contractor we had hired at the time didn’t put enough adhesive on the tape so it was coming off ๐Ÿ™


For our Christmas we had a relaxing day with appetizers and pizza with wings as meals. My kids had their turkey meals at their boyfriend / girlfriends house so we decided to make it less formal.

Now to plan our party!

We decided since we’re listing our house in the spring we should probably have one last party with our friends and family…


It’s Christmas Time!

Well Christmas is  just over 2 weeks away and I feel so thankful for everything in my life on a daily basis ๐Ÿ™‚

…I wasn’t going to decorate but the families coming over so I thought I’d do a little.

Maybe take in a couple Christmas movies with some popcorn and hot chocolate!

Hopefully it will be our last Christmas in this house as we are going to be listing it for sale in the spring!

“Being our last year” to decorate I decided to break out the Pinterest and do some different decorating ๐Ÿ™‚

It was actually very easy to do and more up to date than my “old” decorations.

Continue reading It’s Christmas Time!

Recipe Pass and Fails

I’m constantly making recipes from Pinterest and Facebook…some pass and some fail.

I have to be in the mood for cooking so when I am I like to try something different and more on the healthy side.

I can always tell when my husband likes the dish when he goes back for seconds. He’s not a big fan of veggies so I try to hide them in the meal  ๐Ÿ™‚

So yesterday I made a recipe from Pinterest and it turned out excellent!

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is the one day that is very important to me and my family.

I spent many days playing cards with my Great Grandpa while he told me stories of the war.

I grew up going to the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Legion as well as with my children at there schools to lay the wreaths for the people that died for us.

When my mother died she requested we have a poppy put on her urn in Remembrance of those who fought for us. Still to this day I make sure wherever our family is we have our minute silence to remember.





So Halloween is just around the corner. Gotta admit I’m not a big fan of anything to do with spiders 🙁!!!

I work in a grocery store so seeing the kids get excited is pretty cool! Selling a lot of pumpkins as well! Here are some cool ideas for carving your pumpkins! Have fun and be safe!

These are all courtesy of Pinterest!

The skull in a pumpkin.


The paw print.


The witch’s face.


And a pumpkin eating a pumpkin!


Hahaha these are all really good carvings! To see more head to Pinterest!


Las Vegas Here We Come

We had a great Thanksgiving with the family. Now it’s time to get ready for Vegas!

We told the kids once they were of age we would all go to Vegas for a couple days…well we leave tomorrow!

Not sure what to pack so I did some research.



Top 10 thingsย to do in Vegas?

Ever think about jumping off the Stratosphere???


And where to eat?

How about having a steak at Gordon Ramseys Restaurant?!


Remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ๐Ÿ™‚

Back from Vegas! Here’s a couple pictures!



Well as the weather starts to get colder and the trailer is put away it’s time to think about the winter festivities. Thanksgiving is coming up quick so I hope you picked up your turkey, ham or whatever you’re having for the special day! I have been notified that my son and daughter- in- law will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner at our house which is awesome!

Thought I would add a couple charts for the turkey cooking.


And for those of you that would rather have ham here are a couple different ways to cook it so it tastes delish! Cook the ham in a slow cooker!


Or the old fashionedย oven recipe.


As for the sides we’re just having the basic potato, gravy. stuffing and salad.

Of course appies while the birds in the oven!

Have a wonderful long weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

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