Operation: Get It Done

It’s almost spring and I have the spring cleaning fever! I love organization but having 5 children (especially teenagers and a three-year-old boy) makes it super hard to get organized and stay organized. We moved into our new house less than 24 hours before I had our little boy. Many of the things that were unpacked and put places, I haven’t changed or touched since. As I look around my house, I see so many things that need to change to work better for our family.  I made a list of most of the things I want to work on this spring and summer. I don’t have a deadline date because I feel like that would overwhelm me and make me give up all together. Instead, I’ve decided to work on one thing at a time as quickly and completely as I can. Here’s my list:

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Straighten and organize garage
Build and paint school table ✅
Clean out master closet
Clean off top of kitchen cabinets
Clean out master bath cabinets
Clean out master bath drawers
Clean out and organize:
Pantry✅
Refrigerator✅
Laundry room
All drawers in China cabinet
Games
Kitchen buffet
Buffet in foyer
Drawers in kitchen
Office
Bedroom drawers
Playroom
David’s toys
Shoe bins
Outside patio and porch
Study room drawers and cart
Freezer

We built a new school table over two weekends and I LOVE how it turned out! We had been using a folding table and there was absolutely no room to work. This allows everyone to have her/his own workspace.

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Do you have any organization goals? Tips? Tricks? I’d love to hear them!

Disney World {Just a Couple}

My husband and I visited Disney World a few weeks ago. We went without the children and only for a long weekend. We stayed off property because we had Hilton points. We stayed at the Disney Springs Hilton. It was decorated in a very contemporary way and I loved the streamlined look. Everyone at the hotel was very friendly. I would certainly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a place off property.

We arrived in the afternoon on a Friday and after checking in to the hotel and dropping our luggage in the room, we headed to Magic Kingdom. We stopped by the place next to City Hall to get our Sorcerer cards first. We played that for a while and then headed for the rides. We rode Big Thunder Mountain and It’s a Small World. We got great seats for Wishes. The fireworks are my husband’s favorite part; so he was so excited to watch them in a good spot.

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After the fireworks, we went to find some other things to do. We love Laugh Factory and the Toy Story laser ride. It was very packed in the park every day we were there.

We visited Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Animal Kingdom was especially packed. We only went on the Kilimanjaro Safari; everything else was more than an hour wait. We went on to Epcot. We enjoyed the Art Festival. We are both BIG art fans; so we really enjoyed perusing the different pieces of art. We even purchased one. Noah was one of the featured artists and was there to meet with the people and sign his work. He was so engaging and incredibly talented! His story is amazing as well.

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Both of us enjoy trying new foods and Epcot is a perfect place for this. We rode Living on the Land, which is one of my favorites. We also wore Soarin’. It’s the first time I’ve been on it since they changed it to the world version. It was nice, but I missed the orange grove so much!

We ate dinner at Rose and Crown one night and at the Captain’s Grille another night. My husband loved the steak so much at Rose and Crown. It is one of the older girl’s favorite foods of all time. The food is always good in Disney and both places were no exception.

One of the things we enjoy about going alone to Disney World is that we usually explore places that the children aren’t interested in visiting. If you ever wonder if this is a good trip for adults without children, the answer is YES!

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Spicy Tennessee Deviled Eggs {Low Carb}

While waiting for a flight in the Nashville airport, my husband and I stopped in O’Charley’s to grab a quick bite. We were looking for something fast and low carb. They had Tennessee inspired deviled eggs on the menu. We ordered them and quickly decided that this was a flavor we would need to replicate at home.

I had to search around for the ingredients but after I found them all, I was able to copy the flavor almost exactly.

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Here’s my recipe:

2 boiled eggs

2 tsp. mayo

1 Tablespoon Tennessee Chow Chow

drizzle of Historic Lynchburg Habanero Hot Sauce

4 pickle slices

Boil eggs. Let cool. Peel eggs. Cut the eggs in half and take out the yolk. In a bowl combine the mayo, chow chow, and cooked yolks. Mix until mostly smooth. Place pickle slice under each egg. Put the yolk mixture into the egg. Drizzle the hot sauce on the top.

Enjoy!

Happy Mardi Gras

I love Mardi Gras! Since going to college in New Orleans I found a love I had missed before.

It all started with decorating with beads, masks, and doubloons. I made a Louisiana dish for dinner. I bought the jar of etouffee sauce at my local grocery. We’ve used it many nights and we really enjoy it. I cook chicken with the sauce in the Dutch oven and then shred it after about 4 hours cooking low in the oven. I then make 90 second rice to serve with it. We had King cake for dessert of course!

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I made Shirley Temples with a light cube for fun!

Before all that, I taught a bootcamp class. I’ll give you a quick run down of part of what we did. We played a game. There were four exercises that had to be completed. We ran through them for 7 minutes. Every round of 4 exercises the participants finished they grabbed a string of beads. We did three 7 minute workouts. Whoever had the most beads at the end won a prize ( a Mardi Gras hat). We also all shared a King cake at the end of class.

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It was a great Mardi Gras!