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It’s Okay #147

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


It’s okay…

…that I think I need a new phone. Mine likes to stop giving me notifications on various apps even though nothing in the settings has changed. Now I don’t know if someone is talking to me on Facebook or Instagram unless I open the app, which means I need to remember to do so!

…that when I heard the stomach bug had entered our school I just knew we were going to get it. Sure enough, Zachary got sick on Sunday.

…that I opened up my Facebook page to politics by posting a feeling I had about current political events and then I had to deal with the attacks from the other side.

…that while Zachary was sick we watched Finding Dory and Zootopia.

…that Zachary needs new sneakers.

…that I think I have a cold.

What’s okay with you this week?

January In Review

Monday, January 30, 2017

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to review the month by the numbers!  I will once again be linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up.


Days The Kids Were Off From School – Only 1 all month!

Days Dave Was Off and the Kids Were Not – 1

Tours Attended – 2
Harley Davidson | Boulevard Brewery


Posts So Far About Our Florida Trip – 4
First Day | Magic Kingdom |Magic Kingdom | Epcot

School Events Attended – 3
Gabbie’s Winterims Showcase | Simon’s Bag Decoration | Simon’s Vocabulary Bee

Outside Of School Events Attended – 2
Gabbie’s Competition Showcase | Pinewood Derby

Reviews Posted – 3
CHoPstick Curler | Daily Goodie Box | Ipsy

Books Reviewed – 2

Rooms Decluttered – 4
Laundry Room | Kitchen | Dining Room | Living Room

Link Ups Joined – 4
The Kids Behind The Blog | $10 At Target | I’ll Show You My… | This One

Weight Lost This Month – 5 lbs.

Days I’ve Been Stuck At The Same Weight – 22

Pictures Taken of Gabbie (and kept) for her Bat Mitzvah Invitation – 6 (and used 3)


Items In My January Picture Folder – 252

Photos Posted On Instagram – 13

Total Blog Posts – 23 (as of tomorrow)

Happy Almost February!

91 Day Declutter Challenge–Dining Room and Entries

Friday, January 27, 2017


I’m well into Week 4 over here, but today I’m sharing my decluttering progress from last week on the dining room and entry ways. I’m really liking the way that Mary schedules each day of the week with a small portion of the project to do so that it doesn’t get too overwhelming looking at a whole room or area. I had a pretty busy week last week with school events and meetings, so I was able to schedule my decluttering around that.

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This is our front closet. Thomas backpack – Zachary’s from when he was 2. The mess on the top shelf? UGH.

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And the bottom of the closet – tons of boots spilling out everywhere. The right side is the entrance way we use the most, inside of the garage door. We have hooks on both sides, but basically all of our jackets – spring and winter – were hanging there. And this was when the kids were at school, so it was minus their back packs and winter coats.

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This was the opposite side of the same hallway, followed by the front entry way hooks, where Dave had at least 10 baseball caps and all of his jackets hanging up.

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Here are those two garage entry way hook sets again, after the boys had returned from school. The empty hook on the right side picture is Gabbie’s. This was where I found the most disgusting thing I’ve uncovered so far – a moldy sandwich from the day Gabbie got home from camp! UGH!

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Front entry way – all cleaned  up besides the coat Dave had with him at work. Where did all of his baseball caps go? Inside the door of the front coat closet!

Even after straightening, the boots still looked messy, so I bought a boot rack for them to stand on. There are still extra pairs that are too small in there and those are the bottom row beside my boots!

I combined the hats and gloves bins so that all the bins on the top shelf would be uniform. I have a ton of those green bins – I guess I got them on sale at some point when we lived in NJ! In any case, they are labeled scarves, hats / gloves, and bags. I put away a bunch of my bags that don’t need to be out all the time and they are both on the shelf and on the bottom of the closet. Not perfect, but much better. Plus, even though I hung up all of the spring coats, there is still room in the closet because I got rid of all of the too small coats (and the ones that Dave doesn’t wear – why did he have an old leather jacket from the 90s?) that were in there!

Our entry way table houses all of my seasonal decor and extra picture frames. I don’t think I need all of them but I can’t help but keep them just in case? Hmm. I have to think about that one. I straightened them up and hoped to be able to fit more in there, but the way I did it is a little tight, so I may have to reorganize.

As far as the dining room, it wasn’t actually too bad, aside for the fact that we still had a high chair and a travel high chair in the room for the slight chance we might have guests over with little kids! So I moved those to the basement storage room. I also cleaned out the breakfront a little bit. There are things in there that we don’t use, but they are meaningful, like family things or wedding gifts. I got rid of the things we aren’t keeping back when we moved.

I also cleaned off this table that sits in the corner of the room and gets things placed on it, especially after the kids have birthday parties in the dining room. The table itself actually needs to be put away, but on one has done that yet.

That concludes Week 3 of the challenge! Next time, I will share my progress in my living room – the main room we hang out in that gets filled with all of the things! Have you been decluttering? Are you still going steady?

Around The World At Epcot (Part 1)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Our second day in Disney World was spent at Epcot Center. The Fast Pass system is different at Epcot and you can only get a Fast Pass for one of the top-tier rides. That included three that we wanted to do – Frozen, Soarin’, and Test Track. For the longest time I had Soarin’ reserved, because Frozen was unavailable, and I didn’t think we would get to ride it at all because the wait times were usually 2+ hours at all times! We thought we’d do it at the very end of the day. But then just a few days before our trip, a slot opened up, so I dropped the Soarin’ Fast Pass and reserved Frozen! That meant that our plan was to ride Test Track and Soarin’ first thing, hopefully before the lines were too long.

We took the boat from the Swan / Dolphin and entered the park through the World Showcase. We arrived after they’d already opened, so we weren’t as early as we’d hoped!


The kids enjoy designing their cars at Test Track, and this time we figured out how to link our cars to our ride, so we could see how well their cars performed.

I kind of remember Gabbie and Zachary not loving Test Track last time, but this time they were happy, and again I was thankful that all the kids are big enough for all the rides – no rider swaps needed!

Next it was onto Soarin’, definitely an all-around favorite! The line was pretty long. There is an interactive quiz game inside the line now, but it was kind of boring!


We had a Fast Pass for Turtle Talk With Crush. This was not worthwhile at all! You still have to wait for the show in front of yours to end and there wasn’t much of a line in general when we got there. Having a Fast Pass doesn’t get you a better seat or anything like that.


Simon had been begging for a Mickey Bar since we arrived at Disney, so he finally got one!

See how happy?

Gabbie proceeded to drop her Mickey Bar on the floor so she and Dave headed back to where we came from to grab another one. Meanwhile, the boys and I spotted a baby duck!


Then it was off to the World Showcase. I am used to doing all of Future World in the morning and the World Showcase in the afternoon, but this time we split up Future World and saved some of the things we wanted to do there until later. I had canceled my Fast Pass for Spaceship Earth, but I rebooked it, and later I was able to get a Fast Pass for The Seas With Nemo and Friends too. On less crowded days you don’t need Fast Passes for either of those!

First stop, Mexico!

We like the Mexico Ride!


I started a thing of photographing some of the merchandise in each country, and Gabbie decided to pose wearing a hat in each country. Simon did it in some of the countries too.


Norway was up next and it was time for our Fast Pass for Frozen. But the ride was down. They did not know when it would be back up. So once again, we didn’t know if we’d be able to ride it.

Gotta take a photo with the big troll!


There was pin trading going on outside of Norway, I guess to make up for the ride being down. We moved on to the next pavilion, and kept checking the app to see if the ride was fixed.


The kids had some fun with the toys outside of China!

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These beads were at the African Outpost, which reminds me of a small bit of Animal Kingdom inside Epcot.


Next up was Germany.


And then we realized Frozen was back up! Although our Fast Pass time had passed, we were still able to use it whenever we wanted during the day once the ride was back up, but we headed there right away. Luckily we weren’t that far away!

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Fun dancing dragon we passed on the way back to Norway!

I will continue with the recap of our day in Epcot next week! Starting with the Frozen ride, of course!