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Spring Wardrobe Challenge

I mentioned I was doing Project 333 in a previous blog post and wanted to follow up with you on how this spring challenge went with my modified twist.

The goal is to reduce clutter and clothes I no longer use anymore in order to have less stress in the morning and, overall have a better wardrobe of things I used and like. 

For me living with just 33 items isn’t very fun, so in the end, I  hope to have 33 items in my closet I love for the spring season and then start this all over for summer. At the end of the year, I’ll have 4 seasonal wardrobes to look forward to swapping out.

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Frist step was to assess the mess and start moving stuff out of my closet slowly. I work full time and with two little kids, it’s hard to find time to do this at all once.  So I had to do a little here and there on the weekends and evenings. I had a brown grocery bag for donations, folded stuff I was going to sell online, and put the rest of the stuff I might use for another season or just not ready to part with in a spare closet in our guest room.

I have been in my house for 2 years so it was nice getting everything out and cleaning the floors and shelf of the closet before putting things back.

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Second, I got new hangers and only hung up only 33 of them in my closet and slowly added my favorite spring items to them. Things that didn’t fit and I still wanted to keep went to the spare closet and might get added back in if I determine something I picked for my 33 isn’t working.

Hangers I got are slim and velvet so they work great at reducing space and keep your close from falling off. In the end, the closet (or my side) looks super organized and easy to see everything and looks nicely organized by color.

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March 22nd Update – When I started this project I thought it was going to be really hard only picking 33 items. I love clothes, color, and dressing up. But as I started to lean out things, that didn’t fit great, had holes from a lot of love, or just didn’t work with my style I found I really only used about 20% of my clothes. I picked the things I love, the things I would pack if I went on a long trip and it was easy.

So far getting ready in the morning is easy and I love what I get to pick from. I feel like my outfits have been more put together and its been fun doing more spring prints.  I am inspired to start leaning out some other clothing areas, like my socks, and work-out clothes.

Anyone try a minimalist wardrobe? As a working mom, I like to be put together and hope, less clutter will make my mornings easier.

April 22nd Update – In order to have only 33 items in your closet, you need to do laundry regularly. This is not the case for my family or work travel. I have a trip coming up with my book club then I need to turn around and go to New Mexico after. Over time more hangers got added as well as more clothes from the guest closet.

I will say I am happy I did the challenge and my closet is so much cleaner and organized. The goal was obtained and I don’t feel bad going shopping to add something fun to my closet. Now that it is organized I feel like I can better assess what I need to make my wardrobe more complete.

Guess I am just more of a 100 girl.

Get in the spring mood and join us and this spring challenge. Use the hashtag  #2WMSpringChallenge share your progress and keep us posted. * L

 

 

 


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Titles & Tangents – 6 Months of Book Club

One of my New Years Resolutions for 2017 was to read more. Joining a book club has really helped to keep motivated to actually finish the book and my goal for reading at least one book a month. Here are some of the books my book club “Title & Tangents” read and my 2 cents on them and maybe a little what others thought about it too.

The Post Birthday World: This book was dense and the print was super small. In between the British terminology and complex word choices,

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 12.17.04 PMthis wasn’t a book to read before bedtime or even with a glass of wine.

It required my full attention and with that, I didn’t like the book as much. I also got bored with all the “game” talk about some British sport I care less about or haven’t ever heard of since I have lived in America all my life. The story itself was intriguing but too much fluff and an author wanting to use all the words they never have before made me not a huge fan. I give it a C+.

At Home in the World: Is a story about a Mom who sells everything and travels around the world with her 3 kids and husband. I love how you learn about each of the places they visit and can imagine what it would be like with my kids. The part that I hated was the mom is not mentally fit to be traveling with anyone. Not only does she need medical attention but is also kind of a broken record about how tired and hungry they all are. When her kids need a “home” and strength they sadly don’t get it from their Mom. The Dad seems to help but since the story is from the Mom’s perspective it just made me feel sad for the kids who didn’t seem to be living the dream the Mom hoped for when planning the trip. I give it a D since she was just too white privileged about everything.

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Commonwealth: by Ann Patchett was such a delight to read. Perfect summer book with a glass of OJ or a little gin if you prefer. Love the visual details of the book but also the captivating story. About the middle of the book, I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know more.

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 12.11.59 PM.pngGreat character building and love how the family grows, learn and supports one another in the ways each of them is capable of. No family is perfect but we all try to find our way in the tribe and what our role is in the family. Great story that I think everyone can relate to in some way

Part of me didn’t like the ending since I wanted more, but I guess that is a sign of a good book. I have to give this book an A for being one of my favorites.

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: by Kristen J. Sollee was an interesting read. I learned a lot of new things but overall the writing was poor and the book reads more like an essay for school with LOTS of references, articles, and more books to read on the topic.

It was a fun book club topic and very relevant for the times. As a woman, I’m happy I read it but to be honest I will have to give it a B since the writing is so poor and there is of disconnect in topics and the stories jump around without much connection.

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I did enjoy the book and as mentioned learned a lot so I would recommend it, especial for women so they know a little more about our history.

Everybody Lies: by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

I really enjoyed this book and the data! Not a fluffy book and kind of dark, but I guess that is expected since people often don’t lie about positive stuff. The stories supported by data is something I loved about the book and it offered a very interesting conversation at book club.

Thou I would say the author is a little full of himself and his background and mentions he worked for Google and went to some college a few times too many.

The author talks a lot about sex, porn, NFL sports, and some other topics I’m just not that interested in. The book could have used a female lens. The content is very male dominant and missed a lot of perspective on different types of data that could be more interesting to women.

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That said it was captivating and I like stories that are based on science and data and really enjoyed reading the book and talking about. I would give the book a B since it was captivating, I learned something, but I wouldn’t read it again.

Ending with the best book club meeting ever with This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. It was a great book about accepting change and loving your kids no matter what. A fun read that really captured my attention as a parent and someone living in Seattle. Gave insight into a world of transgender kids that I didn’t have before and how even the best intentions can have a negative impact.

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One fun additive the book gave was a fairytale that interweaved with the main story. Reminded me of my childhood and the stories my Mom would make-up about “The Three Little Sisters” she would tell me at bedtime. I thought having this duel story tell the ending was a magical truth to what could be a hard reality for a lot of kids who don’t feel like they match their body’s gender. It was a great read and I enjoyed it so I give it a B+ or an A-.

What made this book extra special for my book club Titles and Tangents is the author Laurie also lives in Seattle and accepted our invitation to join our gathering. She gave light on how she wrote the book told us about the other children who got removed and how she had to lean out the store and removed over 200 pages. She also agreed the title didn’t do the book justice.

Happy Reading * L

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Little Kid Adventures

This week is spring break for a lot of schools and that includes my little ones. Thought I would share a list of little kid activities that might be helpful if you are looking for a fun outing or activity to do with your little ones.

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As a working mom, I make an effort to do one big adventure on the weekends with my kids. My nanny is also amazing at finding local activities that keep them entertained and give them an opportunity to get the wiggles out.

Here are some fun things to do with your little ones:

  1. Did you know most Public Libraries offer free or bargain museum passes!  The Seattle Public Library just added Woodland Park Zoo.
  2. Lots of malls or public spaces offer free play activities. At U-village they have a free play date at 10 AM on Tuesdays.
  3. Many museums and play places offer a free day a month or a discount day. Imagine Children’s Museum offers half-off admission on Thursday from 3-5pm in Everett.
  4. If you are up for a ferry ride and a longer day activity check out the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art that is always free. While you are there check out some of the other stuff you can do on the island.
  5. Seems like there is always some kind of free treat to hunt down! Make a day out of ice cream and get a free scope on the 10th at Ben & Jerry’s in Issaquah.
  6. The Makery is having a week-long special starting April 6th. Check out these kids deals if you are in Tacoma.
  7. If you rather just stay at home I have a lot of fun home activities I do with my 2 and 5-year-old at home at our little table. Take a look #littletableactivity.

 

Q: What are some of your favorite activities for little ones? * L


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Easter Surprise Cake

I love any and all holidays and this includes Easter. Since I also like to bake and we had a few friends coming over I wanted to make something fun. Since Easter was on April Fools Day this year I thought an Easter Surprise Cake would be perfect.

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I’m a fulltime working mom and I had some crazy projects this week and just didn’t have the time to bake a cake from scratch. Heck, I didn’t know half of my guest could make it till this week so it was all last minute.  Everyone loves Funfetti so I went with 2 boxes of that for my 3 layer cake.

I got a ton of peeps (the bunny version) in a 4 different colors, sprinkles with similar colors, and some jellybeans and other easter egg like candy all at Target.

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I baked the first layer and used less than half of the first box of cake mix so it would be on the thin side. Once it cooled I frosted the top and made sure to put a little extra in the middle.

I used more than half of the 2nd box of cake mix with the remaining cake mix I had from the first box. The second layer was used as the middle layer and was the tallest of the 3.

Once it was cooked and cooled, I hollowed out the center by using a large lid I had in the kitchen as a stencil.

I lined the outside of the hollowed out circle with peeps and filled the center with the rest of the candy. Last I added sprinkles before adding more frosting on top for the 3rd layer to stick to.

After frosting the whole cake I added more peeps to the outside making a nice ring around the base. I topped it with sprinkles with similar colors. It looked tall and kind of simple and you couldn’t tell anything was inside.

I was super nervous about cutting the cake and having it cave in or bust out. I also wanted to cut thin slices since it was so tall and I didn’t want to feed that much sugar to all our little guest.

The cake held up nicely and everyone loved it – the kids called it the peep cake. I loved the fact they didn’t know all of the candy was inside. Made for a fun April Fools prank.

Happy Baking * L

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