Friday, November 28, 2014

One pair of pjs.

Over the past few years, I've rid myself of my ratty old pj pants, t shirts, and chemises that were beyond threadbare and ratchet looking. However, this has left me scrounging around for things to wear to sleep...mainly landing on my clean workout clothes. Sometimes my husbands shirts. Etc.

This scrounging around was adding a bit of light chaos to my night time routine. I decided to finally buy a pair of real pajamas. I looked and looked for months, and finally found the perfect pair. They have to be just exactly what I want, because they are my sole pair of pajamas. How do I get away with wearing one set of pajamas all the time? Only sleep in them! Maintain personal hygiene! Launder weekly!

Having one "perfect" pair of high quality pjs has simplified bedtime for me. Also, since my new house has no carpet and all wood floors or bathroom tile, the slippers are a must, so I included them as well.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bought a house!

Welcome to my humble abode.
Let me start by saying that making the decision to buy a house and the house-buying process was the most draining, difficult, and stressful thing I have ever been through in my life, right down to the closing. I will literally NEVER buy a house again. I may have to type up my "house buying" story, kind of like I typed up a birth story for each of my kids' births. But that would have to be a separate post titled "my mortgage officer's first time to ever process a loan". LOLOLOL for days. Ah, to be a cash buyer. One day. But not, because I'm never doing this again.

I have to say we feel very lucky to have gotten into the market in this area when we can read earlier posts about our attempt half a year ago to buy a home that did not work out and was fraught with multiple offers on 6 houses, bidding wars, and the like. This time, the offer part was easy, and just the start of an excessively volatile process to close.

We decided to go for a house on the lower end of our budget, and we truly felt that the one we bought is our dream home. We looked at houses nearly twice the price of the one we bought, but the minimalist instinct kicked in and we bought a small white brick house that we just felt was perfect for us.

I may do some more blogging about housekeeping and decor. I kind of want to feng shui the place....I'm talking fountain in the front yard to bring in prosperity and all that. But honestly, I think we will probably go into pay-off mode now, and crack the whip on our budget to knock this thing out.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pondering infusing color into my wardrobe. And "color analysis"?

I've been wearing my wardrobe of black/white/grey for over three months now, and it's been serving me well. However, after lots of thinking and learning, I've come to the conclusion that black doesn't do a lot to make me "feel" beautiful, and doesn't do much in general to enhance natural beauty or uplift my mood, in my personal experience.

I've had to remove quite a few items in my wardrobe (H&M for adults, as it turns out, is crappy, and some other items I've used have become overly worn out as my black pencil skirt I've had FOREVER). I've added in a few key items that actually have a bit of color: my navy 3 piece suit that I've realized I can launder at home (!), a blush colored blouse I bought on a whim from Target, as well as a cognac-colored (fake) leather jacket that was given to me as a birthday present. I feel a bit more alive when I wear color, so I'm thinking that I'll slowly start bringing some color back in for spring/summer when the time comes, as I've had to remove many of my black pieces...thank god I had the navy suit in the back of my closet, because removing items left me with very little to work with otherwise.

If you are a bit nervous about color, as I am, perhaps you can start by finding your season. What do I mean by that? Please see below...

I recently watched a random video about finding your "season" of colors determined by your complexion/hair/eye color. You can find that here. I also found a blog post describing my color season (summer), here:

Try to find yours! I was surprised that most all the colors I've been wearing in the recent years weren't right for me when you go by this particular type of color analysis (ahem, black, mustard yellow). I beg to differ on the reddish brown color though, because I do feel that one looks pretty good with my complexion. No doubt, as much as I like yellow, perhaps it's not my friend?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My breakfast, and pondering a declutter of my kitchen.

While I appreciate that variety is the spice of life...if you have something that is working well for you, why change it? My breakfast has consistently been comprised of a coffee/protein shake (I like special K brand), as well as a yogurt parfait. When I have this breakfast, I feel set for the day. My parfait ingredients have evolved....they are currently as follow:

1. Yogurt. I like greek or plain yogurt. Vanilla flavored yogurt works well also.
2. Shredded coconut or shredded dried banana. Gives a subtle sweetness.
3. Walnuts, to add extra protein and make it more substantial/filling.
4. Pumpkin seeds. Honestly, I like to add these for no other reason aside from that they are cute.
5. Dried fruit of choice. I sometimes do fresh, but I really enjoy including dried cherries.

When you got married, did you plan your kitchen purchases/wedding registry to accommodate a hypothetical dinner party? I did. I think many people do. This leads to redundancies in dishes. Redundancies in dishes lead to two things: 1. piles of dirty dishes that can occur because you can go through so many before being forced to wash them, and 2. precious cabinet space being taken up by dishes to feed a 30 person dinner party......when real life 99% of the time is just feeding a family of four.

I've been decluttering, cleaning out, and organizing all kinds of things in my home, including my wardrobe, makeup/toiletries, filing cabinet, digital files, pantry, etc. However, something huge that I still need to tackle is our kitchen. While our kitchen belongings are by no means obnoxiously excessive, we do have many redundancies. For example....SO MANY SPATULAS. Why? Tons of wine glasses. Too many tupperware containers. Also, our cutting boards kind of suck. We need some that are less clunky and space-monopolizing. Finally, I cannot stand our random small appliance collection that just sits in cabinets only to be used once or twice a year. I'm looking at you, iced tea maker.

I think clearing out the kitchen may be more difficult/sensitive due to that it closely involves another party: my husband. He is actually the kitchen master, so I don't want to encroach upon "his" space in there. I think I will need to be less surgical with that space...with a softer approach so as not to have my husband balk as I come barging in with my minimalist ideals.