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Spring Cleaning

I’m over at Arizona Mama today.  Come read about my adventure with Spring Cleaning, the craft supply closet and the kiddos!

Be sure to say hi while you are there!

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Friday Favorites: March 9

Here in the Valley of the Sun, spring has sprung!  We get a taste of the nice weather for a few days before a storm moves in and cools us off.  I’m OK with that because the warm weather will quickly fade to hot weather all too soon.  I’ll share this week’s favorites, and then I’m going back outside!

  • Cub Scout Day Camp!  I love seeing that many Cub Scouts in one place, wearing their uniform and excited to have fun learning and doing what they do best.
  • Speaking of Cub Scouts, we had a very productive Committee Meeting planning our Pinewood Derby.
  • Our Relief Society celebrated its birthday with a dinner, a game and a craft.

Here’s my favorites from around the web.

  • Monzanita is starting a new family tradition.
  • My Insanity shares a cute way to decorate cans for your organization needs.
  • What Friday Favorites would be complete without a recipe – like Bakers Royale Snickers Cake.
  • Or if you want to ditch the sweets, Your Homebased Mom has some yummy bread sticks.

I’d like to do something fun for St. Patrick’s Day, but I don’t even have my decorations up.  I’m not sure it’s even worth putting them up for a week, but we don’t have very many so we’ll see.  If you have any simple ideas for older kids – please share!  Feel free to share any other favorites too.

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The bookshelves are overflowing again, so I’ve been seeing what we could bear to part with. There’s a stack of kids books that we are done reading, but we still need more room. I’m not sure where I’d put another bookcase if I could scrounge one up, so I had to expand my purge to a book case in another room. I started to go through my collection of Family Fun magazines. I used to look through these old magazines several times a year for ideas of fun things to do with the kids for their birthdays or whatever. With the kiddos getting older, I haven’t done this as often. So, I’m looking through them again to see if there are enough ideas to keep them around. There are several ideas or recipes I’m saving and other things I look at and think that might be useful someday, but I doubt I would find the idea if and when it became useful.

The most entertaining part of the process has been the ads from 1999! Back then Playstation was supreme, Mulan was being released on VIDEO (not DVD), printers were boxy, and Pentium II was the latest in computer technology. But my favorite ads were for the cutting edge digital cameras! The cheapest one on the market was Epson’s Photo PC 550 for only $200! I do believe the 550 referred to the number of pixels. This camera could hold up to 24 pictures! Whew! Hold on Betsy!!! If you wanted to go all out, you could get the Kodak DC220. It had a whole megapixel. The price tag was $699. Good Times!

I’ll continue purging old magazines and craft books I doubt I’ll ever use. Hopefully by next week, I’ll be able to shift things around and fit all the books on shelves again!

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Time in the Pantry

I like a neat, well-stocked pantry and for the most part, I succeed. No matter what, every few months, my pantry needs a little tidy up. Food doesn’t always get put back where it belongs. Things need to be shifted and sometimes food even needs to be tossed (not my favorite). Today I spent an hour tiding up my pantry. I filled in gaps from my overflow food storage in my closet. It looks pretty again, not as full as I’d like – but I can’t get the family to give up eating!

For me this is the first step to start working on getting my food storage growing again. I know the logical first step would be to figure out what I need, and then take an inventory of what I have to figure out what I need. Cleaning out my pantry is a mental thing for me. I don’t feel so overwhelmed by the job of acquiring food storage when I can look at a tidy pantry and see I have a year’s supply of salad dressing, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce and so on. Granted its a pretty random list and we wouldn’t be eating that great if that’s all we had to live on, but its a start. Now I’m ready for the next step, to look through my food storage meals and update my list of what my food storage needs. There’s next week’s goal!

How are you doing on your food storage? Could you live off you pantry and freezer for 3 months? This week figure out the next step in your food storage plan.

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