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Selectively Organized

Heather BouwhuizenComment

I have people tell me all the time that I'm super organized. I'm actually more of a fly by the seat of my pants gal.  But I've conceded that, in certain areas of life, it makes my life easier and less stressedful to employ some basic level of organization.  I'm actually, what I call, selectively organized.  Here's evidence:  

 

Coat rack- not organized

Coat rack- not organized

Kitchen cabinet - not organized.  

Kitchen cabinet - not organized.  

   

Two years ago, we were lucky enough to be able to make a small laundry room addition on our house.  When we added on the new laundry room, the old laundry room became a walk in pantry.  So awesome!  

The walk in pantry is organization central. Our weekly schedule goes on the wall.  

 

This prevents me from answering " What is happening today?"  

This prevents me from answering " What is happening today?"  

We also put our weekly menu on the wall. 

 

"What's for dinner?" 

"What's for dinner?" 

My number one organizational tool: my digital calendar.  I add an event to my calendar, and it immediately updates my husband's calendar and vice versa.  If it's not on the calendar, it isn't going to happen.  

So, not totally organized.  Just selectively organized.  

"Mom! Ava stole my socks!"

Heather BouwhuizenComment

This is probably the most common phrase in my house.  Seriously.  And sure enough- Ava is wearing her sister's socks.... Again!!  

 

Oh, and it's totally common place to have a basket of socks and underwear in the living room, waiting to be sorted.  Why?  Because I have 5 kids running around, and they grow so fast, I can't remember who wears what size.  Add to the fact that they have passed down their too small under garments and socks, and you've got a mess I tell ya! 

So, today, I had them go through their drawers and remove all their miss matched socks and too small underwear.  I went to the store, and everyone got new underwear and socks. 

You'd this this is no big deal, but seriously, the kids were over the moon ( perhaps I should by them new undies and socks more often 😂😂). 

Wanna know what else was in my cart? A permanent fabric marker.  All the kids now sport the first letter of their name on their socks and undies (Ash and Ava for the names that both start with A).  

 

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I got this brilliant idea from my dad.  Growing up, I sported an H on all of my socks.  I hated it at the time, but totally see how brilliant it was!

 

 Now, I'm off to easier laundry sorting days!! 

Summer is flying by!

Heather BouwhuizenComment

I can't believe it's almost August!  We have been busy with our summer bucket list!  

 

Zoo

Zoo

We've been to the zoo.   

 

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And the beach.  

 

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We've stayed in a hotel, and had breakfast courtesy of the hotel.  (We had sundae's too, but I didn't take a picture!)  

 

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We went to a Taylor Swift concert, and had an awesome time!  

 

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And I even have a T shirt to prove it!  

 

My first braids!  

My first braids!  

We've been watching soccer games.  

 

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And getting new hair do's.  

 

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And we even rode a train!! 

 

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Some days have been too much fun and we've had some tears.  

Some days have been too much fun and we've had some tears.  

Some days have been all smiles!  

Some days have been all smiles!  

We've been having a great summer!  We aren't done yet.. About 3 weeks.  I hope your summer has been awesome too!!  

Summer Bucket List

Heather BouwhuizenComment

Have you made one of these?  We never have.  We've always done things as they've come up.  This year, we aren't vacationing, so a bucket list sounded like a good idea.   

 

 

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Here's our rough draft.  Some of the things we've already crossed off our list (go us!).  

What's on your list? 

 

Weve included a local amusement park, the pool, museums, zoos, and a day at the beach.

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10 ways to get 10k steps

Heather BouwhuizenComment

1.  Walk circles in your house ( my path is through my kitchen, into the dining room, front hallway, family room- then repeat!) 

2.  Do a Walk Away the Pounds video.  The lady on the video is kind of silly, but her 4 mile walk + normal activities = 10k steps. 

3.  Walk your dog!  

4.  Pace (or dance!) when making dinner.  

5.  Make a treadmill desk.  (My husband did this.  Don't knock it til you try it.)  

6.  Meet a friend, and go for a walk!  Friend therapy and exercise.  It's a great combo. 

7.  Walk around the mall, Target or Walmart.  (Try not to shop!)

8.  Walk to close locations (pool, playground , library)  

9.  Set alarms on your Fitbit, and walk 1000 steps every hour.  

10.  Compete with a friend.  Nothing like a friendly competition to get you off your butt!!  

 

 

My husband's treadmill desk.   

My husband's treadmill desk.   

Grab your dog, some comfortable tennis shoes and go for a walk!  

Grab your dog, some comfortable tennis shoes and go for a walk!  

Why I love My Fitbit

Heather BouwhuizenComment

There - I said it.  I'm in love with my Fitbit.  Best piece of technology I've bought since my sewing machine ( I love my Janome- but that's a whole other post).  

 

Here are the things my Fitbit have done for me: 

1.  It made me realize that I was sedentary!  I had no idea.  I chase six kids all day.  I get up early and go to bed late.  I'm always busy.  Apparently, busy does not equal active.  Who knew?   I wore my Fitbit for three days without making any changes.  My best day was 3000 steps!  Whoa.  I average 12,000 steps a day now.  Now, I am active.

2.  My blood pressure was a problem in my last two pregnancies.  And quite honestly, it's been in the "need to start making changes" zone for two years.  I've owned my Fitbit since February 14th (yes, I asked for it for Valentines Day, and no, I'm not unhappy that my husband listened to me!), and I'm proud to say my blood pressure is perfect again! 

3.  It's helped me lose 10 lbs, and keep them off.  I have a lot more work to do ( my diet needs help, and weight training needs to be added), but I'm a work in progress.  And 10 pounds gone is 10 pounds gone.  

4.  My Fitbit motivated my husband!  He has a desk job and he works from home.  He'd get out of bed, walk to his office and sit at his computer all day.  Since I got him his very own Fitbit (that he asked for after he saw how awesome my fitbit is), he has constructed a treadmill desk, and now walks during the day instead of sitting!  His cholesterol has been high for years.  It's now under control, without medication!   His doctor calls it "controlled by diet and exercise."  Thank you Fitbit. 

5.  It's been good for my marriage.  Most evenings, my husband and I put on our tennis shoes, and head out for a walk.  Together.  With six kids running around, this 30-45 minutes in the evening has been a great time for us to catch up.  He's the one I've chosen to spend my life with, and it's so great to actually talk to him!!  

6.  It has helped me find sleep again.  I've had trouble sleeping for years. The more active I am, the better I sleep.  It's been great. 

I have the Fitbit Charge HR.  It's expensive, but I feel like it was money well spent.  Lots of my friends have the Fitbit, and we are having tons of fun challenging each other.  (nothing like a little competition to get you moving!) 

 

Now, keep in mind, these are all the reasons I love my Fitbit.  I love it enough to share them with you.  I'm not a doctor, so you should probably see your doctor if you have health concerns.  These are changes we have noticed since we have started using our Fitbit's.  Could they be coincidental- absolutely.  I'm not giving you medical advice, just sharing our story! 

 

Thank you for reading.

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Here is it.  In all her beauty.  I thought I would hate wearing her, but I don't.  I love it.

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This is the screen on my iPhone Fitbit App.  It's very motivating.

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This is the challenge screen on my iPhone Fitbit App.  As you can see, I'm always busy with a few challenges.  Some I win, some I don't.  

I've Neglected my Blog

Heather BouwhuizenComment

My husband is in the Army National Guard, and he has been at annual training.  And with the kids off school, I haven't had very much downtime.   So, I have fallen behind here.  My sincerest apologies.   

I've been busy though.  With the kids, we been to amusement parks, soccer meetings, soccer games, pools, swim lessons....you get the idea!  Plus, I have three new quilt patterns that I'm developing.  I'm working on their samples now.   I can't wait to share them with you! 

I'm, also,  in the process of deciding on curriculum for the kids next year.  Yes, school just let out, but August will be here before you know it!  and I like to be prepared. 

So, lots of exciting things happening.  Thanks for reading.   

 

 

 

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Dog Maze Bowl

Heather BouwhuizenComment

Our puppy, Charlie, eats his food too fast.  He's about 8 months old, and he's been eating so fast, that he often throws up his food.  He's 70 lbs, so he's clearly getting enough to eat, but the throwing up was making him uncomfortable.  

Enter the Dog Maze Bowl.  Now, instead of eating a bowl of food in 1 minute, it takes more like 20 minutes (it takes our other lab 30 minutes to eat the same amount of food in the maze bowl).   

Best part: we solved our dogs begging for food at the dinner table problem.  Now, we eat in peace, and the puppy doesn't upset his tummy. 

This is one of the bowls we have.  The other (the one you see Charlie with), is blue and also sold on Amazon.

Book Recommendation

Heather BouwhuizenComment

I love to quilt.  I love my family.  And I love to read.

 I just finished a book that I feel I need to share.  I found this book to be absolutely absorbing.  It made me laugh.  It made me cry.  And it really gave me a true understanding of what Alzheimer's Disease is, and what living with it must be like.  Highly recommend. 

 

 

 

Still Alice
$12.83
By Lisa Genova