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Dumpster Diaries: Game Plan Today- Less Stress, More Organization- ORGANIZATION IDEAS/COMMENTS NEEDED PLEAAASEEE!

  Now that we have 20 more days of dumpster rental (the company offered to extend it for 5 bucks a day- I couldn’t say no), work can go at a much easier pace. This takes a TON of stress off my shoulders. R goes back to work tomorrow and I will not have a lot of help until he is off again next Weds.

We haven’t done anything yet. I was able to have my coffee and relax a bit without a panic attack for once. I haven’t done any grocery shopping in over a week, which also needs to be done at some point today.

Today, we will be focusing on the GARAGE (which is ALSO full to the gills- lots of flooring in there that needs to go), back room, upstairs kitchen, and laundry.

C will be throwing the flooring in the garage out. R wants to focus on moving the furniture from the upstairs kitchen downstairs (and some of the antiques are going into my dad’s antique shop). He also wants to haul dressers UPSTAIRS. I want to get some of this laundry off my kitchen floor.

While R is working this week, we will be doing massive amounts of laundry/folding. I want to empty all the cupboard in the upstairs kitchen (it’s currently packed with teas I haven’t seen in years) and wash them all down. I need to find a place to store the Fiesta ware.

I am still not organized in my game plan, but that’s a start. If anyone out there has better ideas, please PLEASE LET ME KNOW- leave me a comment.

I WELCOME any input. My adhd is not good at stuff like this.

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Breakfast Time with Daddy and Maisie

She’s so cute here. I love this baby sooo much!

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Want to Look Better in Instagram Photos? There’s a Beauty Product For That

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Let’s be real: Social media’s got us all in its grip, and—if you’re anything like me—you’ve willingly fallen into photo-editing black holes, spending obscene amounts of time futzing with various filters and effects until you’re confident your image is ready for public consumption. Well guys, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: There’s a British beauty product that basically acts as an Instagram filter.

Meet NIOD’s Photography Fluid, an oil-free facial serum that was designed specifically to make you look better in photos.

How? The technology’s pretty complex, and involves a mix of light-refracting prismatic and blurring particles derived from minerals (and gold!) that fuse together to give you a more even, luminous, filtered complexion.

I first read about this potential godsend in British newspaper the Telegraph, and—like any good beauty hoarder worth her salt—feverishly went on a Google rampage to track the stuff down. Despite reports it sold…

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Olive Oil Trouble

this is disconcerting

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Olive-oil fraud was already common in antiquity. Galen tells of unscrupulous oil merchants who mixed high-quality olive oil with cheaper substances like lard, and Apicius provides a recipe for turning cheap Spanish oil into prized oil from Istria using minced herbs and roots. The Greeks and the Romans used olive oil as food, soap, lotion, fuel for lamps and furnaces, a base for perfumes, and a cure for heart ailments, stomach aches, hair loss, and excessive perspiration. They also considered it a sacred substance; cult statues, like the effigy of Zeus at Olympia, were rubbed regularly with oil. People who bathed or exercised in Greek gymnasiums anointed their bodies as well, using oils that were scented with pressed flowers and roots. Some scholars link the central place of olive oil in Greek sports, which were performed in the nude, with the rise of bronze statuary in the sixth century B.C…

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Ok, Part 5 of the Dumpster Diaries: One step forward, two steps back… the back room AND upstairs kitchen today

I am just going to call this ‘part 5’, no point in getting OCD about it at this point…

As we were cleaning/tossing out/removing things from the back room, we realized that we had no place to put the clothes and dressers unless we cleaned out the upstairs kitchen… so he went upstairs and removed some of the bigger pieces of furniture. It’s still not empty upstairs, but it’s much better. We have a friend coming to haul the appliances away tomorrow (hopefully).

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yeah, it’s looking trashed again… but it’s actually more organized than before

I know we’re making progress, but I cannot help but feel like we’re taking 2 steps back for every step forward.

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Me: “Why haven’t you thrown away that old leather chair?!” R: “I didn’t know you wanted to throw it away” Yeaah- it’s ALL GOTTA GO!!

The back room is back to being a jumbled mess again. We emptied boxes, threw away at least 10 garbage bags worth of clothing from that room. I still have MORE CLOTHES to go through, believe it or not.

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oh… THAT’S where this pair of Louboutins went… *sighs*

it's incredible what one can find in here

it’s incredible what one can find in here

The upstairs kitchen lost antique Hoosier cabinet things, plus a round oak table, and some vintage enameled kitchen tables. At some point R put some plastic shelves up. He is now thinking about buying one of those modular wire closet systems from Lowes, but I think it’s too early for that yet. I need to figure out what to do with all of my Fiesta ware (most of it vintage) and the rest of the actual kitchen stuff that I no longer use. At one time we used both kitchens- don’t ask me why.

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the plastic shelf is new most of this crap needs to GO

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SPILLING into my bedroom now, yikes.

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view from my bed- the closet room transformation will take longer- but we need to focus on just getting a place to PUT our clothes so that we can renovate the back room

The most important part at this point is TO FILL THAT DUMPSTER UP. We need to throw away as much as we can-

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going to have someone haul away the appliances

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oh hey- Trixie, my dress dummy, and my vintage linens. On the floor is my old sewing machine. I have a new one still in the box somewhere.

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part of my (mostly) vintage fiesta collection. I need to do something about this

We’ve decided to keep the dumpster for a few days longer, at least, to ensure everything gets tossed that needs to.

Laundry was started and I need to fold things, but am too tired to go down the flights of stairs to the basement to retrieve the clean things tonight. I am doing huge loads of whites and I probably should go to the store to find blue-ing (it makes yellowed linens a sparkling white), because I ran out.

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The Messy Braid Tutorial That Rivals All

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If you’re searching for a new take on your average messy braid, you can go ahead and close out that Pinterest tab. This easy tutorial gives you a tousled plait just like Blake Lively’s iconic look, and as an added bonus, shows you exactly how to use those dainty hair pins you have laying around. Yes, they do actually have a purpose in life.

Follow these 5 simple steps from Judy McGuinness, Senior Stylist at Mizu Salon in New York City, to get your messy braid and accessorize it, too.

MORE: Yes, Messy Buns Can Be Chic

Photo by Tom Medvedich; Graphic Design by Candace Napier Photo by Tom Medvedich; Graphic Design by Candace Napier

1. Create texture by teasing all your hair. Use a curling iron on random sections if you don’t already have some natural wave.

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2. Gather hair into a high ponytail, leaving any imperfections. Leave out a half-inch section of hair and wrap it…

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Georgia Woman Tries To Perform Sex Change Operation On Her 4 Year Old Son In Burger King Bathroom

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News 8 – A stand-off at an Atlanta, Georgia Burger King nearly ends in tragedy after a mother tries to castrate her son in an attempt to make him a woman before school starts. Laura Lambert, 25, was arrested on Wednesday and booked on charges of child abuse, child endangerment and assault. According to police reports, Lambert was seen scolding her son in the Burger King play area telling him “I told you not to wear that shirt! Pink, you were supposed to wear pink!”

Eyewitnesses say Lambert swatted her four-year-old son and told him, “If you don’t stop acting like a boy, I’m going to take you into the bathroom and whoop your *ss.” Then, she did just that. Kimberly Wilson, a patron at the restaurant, said she saw Lambert dragging her son into the restroom and immediately told the manager.

“She dragged him in there by his hair. The boy has beautiful, long hair,” Said Wilson. “Then, all we heard was screaming. ‘No mommy no!’ That’s all we could hear. The manager got the key to the restroom and there was blood, just blood.” Tommy Robertson, the manager of the Atlanta Burger King, said when he was able to access the restroom he tackled Lambert to the ground removing a 5 inch pocket knife from her hand. The customers at the restaurant said the scene was absolutely terrifying.

 “This is something I will never be able to get out of my head,” Wilson said as she hugged her daughter who was with her that day. “I could never imagine harming my child. I hope they lock up that nasty b*tch for the rest of her life!”

The four-year-old boy suffered lacerations to his genital area which required 12 stitches, as well as bruising to the arms and face. He is being treated at the local hospital in stable condition. Authorities say he is being released to his father. As for the mother, she has remained silent since the incident and has refused to give a statement to police.

– See more at: http://now8news.com/georgia-woman-tries-to-perform-sex-change-operation-on-her-4-year-old-son-in-burger-king-bathroom/#sthash.0WWHDT3S.dpuf

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What’s Maisie Wearing? A Little Blue Sundress from India!

Today she’s in a little cotton sundress from India with her thai silver baby anklets, Art of Cure raw Baltic Amber teething necklace, and a cute white hair bow.

getting a drink of water from my mother

cutie

little chipmunk cheeks

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What Your Cravings Really Mean

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Eating healthy can come as a struggle for many of us, what with our crazy work schedules and propensity for sugary, salty, yummy foods (did someone say pizza?). But sometimes, the not-so-great-for-you foods that you crave can actually tell you something super important about what your body needs.

Here’s a closer look at what your food wants might actually mean—and how you can maximize these cravings to stay healthy and satisfied.

Sugar: The more sugar you eat, the more you want to eat. Which can be an issue since eating too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance and weight gain. Another interesting facet of sugar cravings (and insulin resistance), however, is that they’ve been linked to low Vitamin D levels—and according to recent research, not having enough D can mess with your appetite control. Talk about a vicious cycle!

To make sure you’re getting enough…

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