One Little Word: CLEAN OUT

I am going to try and keep this post very abstract as to not offend the subject of what I’m about to talk about.

I was just having a thought about my One Little Word for the year CLEAN. I’m not sure if I’ve already mentioned this elsewhere, I probably have but I think its time I do a big clean out. Clean out of all the crap in my life that I don’t want to be there. 

Do you ever wake up and dread doing something that you really shouldn’t dread doing. Something that you thought you would love doing every single time? I have found myself in such a situation. Perhaps I thought I was someone else. Or just wanted to be someone else. Whatever the reason is I’ve discovered its not me. It’s never been me. Of course I am paying the price currently but soon enough I intend to clean out this thing, this headache, from my life and replace it with something that truly excites me!

And honestly, just knowing that awaits me down the road excites me tremendously. Gives me great relief. (Raising my glass) So here’s to being who we truly are. To recognizing our flaws and celebrating them rather than being ashamed because life is too short for that.

One Little Word® 2015

I am really excited to start on Ali Edwards One Little Word® project this year. Ali Edwards is a major creative force in the scrapbooking and Project Life world. I’ve known of her for awhile now and followed her blog. I’ve seen this project and known other bloggers that do it each year but it always just felt like something extra on my plate, something that I didn’t want to add to the mix. This year though, it felt right.

For whatever the reason, it feels like my life is finally coming together. I went back and forth on what word I was going to choose and the word CLEAN was really speaking to me. Initially I thought about simple or simplify or cleanse but the word CLEAN is just what I needed I believe. CLEAN out my old life, CLEAN out the mistakes I’ve made and am still holding onto (thus punishing myself continuously). CLEAN out the old Erin to make way for the new. I could make New Year’s resolutions that I won’t keep, more promises to break. Or I could start a journey of figuring out who I am and where I want to be.

With the kids starting kindergarten in just under two years, things are really moving forward for us. The kids are getting more mature and taking care of more and more on their own. I can actually ask them to complete tasks on themselves (brush teeth, put on socks & shoes, hang up coat, etc). They no longer nap so they go to bed early which gives us a nice long evening to relax. But also it has made us realize they will be at Jackson Elementary soon enough and we would like to stay in this house longer. If that is going to happen things will need to change a bit. The house needs to be CLEAN. We need to make it work for our family of 4 which includes 2 rapidly growing children.

Of course that is not the only explanation for the word CLEAN. I’ve been working at staying on my medication which helps me have a CLEAN mind. I haven’t been running although I really hope to return to that. It has many meanings to me. CLEAN in the home, CLEAN of the mind, CLEAN of the soul, CLEAN of the body, CLEAN of the heart, a CLEAN slate in my relationships CLEAN bed to get into at night, CLEAN kitchen to cook CLEAN food in, CLEAN spaces for my children to play in, CLEAN office for my husband to work in
CLEAN attitude in disciplining my children, CLEANing out the bookshelves by removing those I’ve read and reading those I haven’t, CLEAN out the office and my crafts stash by using only supplies I have on hand for OLW and other scrapbooking projects.

I know there are many more ways to describe how I plan to see the word CLEAN be used in my life but I think this is a pretty great place to start. I can’t wait to see where this word takes me on my journey this year. This is the year to be CLEAN.

Please stay tuned for updates on this project on my YouTube channel which you can access HERE.

Exploring Nail Polish

This is actually a pretty embarrassing post for me. I hate my hands. I’ve always thought I had a bit of man hands. My hands look very similar to that of my fathers, short and fat. My brother got my mothers gorgeous long and slender fingers. Lucky.

Usually I do fake acrylic nails because I have a nasty habit of biting my nails but they don’t work so well with kiddos. I do love all the OPI nail colors out these days so I’m giving painted nails a try for the first time in years, maybe even decades.

Is anyone else total crap at painting their nails? No, just me then? Got it.

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I’m hoping that by paying a little more attention to my nails, I might actually improve the look of them over time. At the top of this bookshelf I have discovered a tin of Burt’s Bees cuticle cream and put that on as well. My cuticles could use some serious work.

Maybe my next months polish will be improved and my nails will be longer.

Polish: OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?

Erin Condren Review

After a year and a half without an Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP for short), I gave into temptation and purchased the newest edition that was released on June 12th. The demand for these is through the roof right now. People who waited just a few days to order are finding they have to wait weeks just to see their ECLP status move to “printing”! This makes me super glad I ordered on June 12th. I had been using a Filofax but quite frankly it just wasn’t working for me. I really enjoyed using my Erin Condren in 2013 and with the adjustments the company has made, I thought it was worthwhile to try it again.

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I’ve finally put all the parts into place, in just the way I like them and I wanted to post a nice long detailed review.

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I went all out this time for the Foil Platinum planner. It comes with this pretty little elastic band to keep the planner together. I’m glad it comes automatically with the foil planners because I wasn’t about to shell out $6.95 for a set of 3 of these.

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Each planner comes with a pouch in the back. Erin Condren Design claims you can easily move the pouch to the front by removing the front and back covers and moving it to the front. I did not find this to be the case. Instead I took the cover from my old planner, cut each hole and placed it in my new planner. I think if I tugged at it hard enough, it would probably come out pretty easily but otherwise it works well. I also plan to make use of the ruler from my old ECLP in some way.

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The foil planners come with this first velum fly leaf page with the metallic party pops. It’s so simple but I just love this addition!

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This is the very first week in the planner. I’m a minimalist when it comes to my planner although I did decorate a bit for the Fourth of July.

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Since this weekly spread was already scribbled on, I wanted to show an untouched weekly spread.

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Also, here is an untouched monthly spread. Honestly, I very rarely use these spreads, I’m trying to think of a way to make better use of them! Perhaps I’ll utilize it for my workouts, etc.

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One of the additions EC made that I’m really excited about, is putting a tab on the Notes section. Last time I had to make my own with post-it flags. I am using this section for bill pay records, FlyLady schedules and other things.

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The Keep It Together pocket was improved upon also, they increased the height of the side that attaches to the coil to keep the pocket intact longer.

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Of course, here, at the end is the plastic pouch thats included with the planner. I plan to take these stickers out and use it for miscellaneous notes and business cards.

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I discovered thru an Erin Condren group on Facebook that Target carries a Merona purse that will hold the ECLP perfectly! When I was in Target the other day I ended up picking it up in gray. You can find the purse HERE.

If you’d like to purchase a life planner, or anything else from Erin Condren, use THIS link and get $10 off.