Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The not so glamourous day

Today is just one of those days where try as I might I can't bring myself to get dressed. it's not that I'm being lazy, I just have so much to do before I can even take a shower and I keep thinking how getting dressed to deep clean the house sounds ridiculous. Especially when it is so hard to scrub the floor on your hands and knees in a dress. But I did it, I got up, put on a pair of jeans, my Babe with the Power tee, my ballet flats, put on some earrings, threw a scarf around my hair, and added a bit of makeup. I am now ready to go tackle the top of the fridge for my 40 bags in 40 days challenge.

You can read all about it here.

Day 1 brings me to the top of my fridge. While I started clearing it off a few weeks ago it was never completed and honestly the last time it was fully cleared off  was when we got it 2 years ago.  

 Yup gross right, the closed cupboard was all our bar ware but I needed more shelf space for my vintage dishes as well as all my cake stands. The first thing I really need to do for the top of the fridge is to put all the meds away somewhere else. I have a cute little chicken drawer that I started putting the cold and pain meds in. It wasn't the real purpose I bought it for but it'll work for now.

Don't mind the colors, my dining room is yellow wall with a red table cloth.

Now I just need to find out where to put all the vitamins, for now they are in a small tote bin and out of the way. Next stop in the shelving area... more shelves in the master bathroom. Till then I will place this out of the way of the cleaning progress. and get back up to the fridge. I am so short I had to make sure it was ok with the hubby that I climbed on top of the fridge to get the cupboard and back of the fridge washed. He totally freaked at my last major cupboard cleaning when I hung off the shelves in order to clean the ceiling.

Yup that's me dangling 2 feet off my counter while my oldest takes a pic to send to Hubby. We thought it was funny he did not. Could also be because I had asked him to do it the night before and he forgot. 

So a few hours and a brief cleaning hiatus, later I can proudly say the fridge is cleared and the shelves have space. The hubby can decide if he wants to keep the oddball glasses or toss them. 

But there you have it, I did it. While most everything went into the trash not a donate pile some stuff only the hubby can say if it goes or not. I was also able to go through a few of the office boxes thanks to the kids and their awesome help. Tomorrow's task... the main dish cabinet. FUN FUN!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The fifties called, and how I answered

I love bygone eras, I always have. The clothes, the manners, the elegance that was. Times were much simpler. Even the rushing around they did then is slow compared to now. In a way to get in touch with that time of simplicity and beauty I have taken to doing everything I can to be a glamorous housewife, thanks to the blogs of 2 very special women. Brittney over at Va-Voom Vintage taught me that I don't have to be a size zero to look the part and Bethany over at  The Glamorous Housewife showed me that I can have my cake and eat it too.  Why is it so important to me to be as close to a Fifties housewife as I can? The answer is all to easy. Most days I felt and looked frumpy, even with a smile on my face I wore no jewelery, no makeup, hair in a ponytail (braided if I was lucky) same clothes I'd worn at some point in the week before getting them in the laundry. My life was disorganized and I was losing myself in it. I didn't like people coming over because my home was messy. I was a big ol mess and I had to change it. After reading a very important book I learned that it's ok for me to take the time for me and be who I want to be So with a little time and money I went from a frumpy, frazzled, and exhausted wife and mother...

To this...wonderful, lovely, well kept woman.
It's hard, and I don't own enough dresses or skirts to keep it up every day but my Hubby loves it and has given me the green light to by what ever I need when we have the money. And little by little my lovely home is getting a make over as well. I am kissing that old woman goodbye and welcoming this wonderful beauty back. Here's a few more pictures of the outfits I have worn.

                   A few weeks ago I surprised the Hubby with this outfit.

 And yesterday I dug out some pretty skirts that are so not vintage looking but pair them with accessories and makeup I still looked fantastic while cleaning out my cupboards. Even my apron made me feel pretty and not frumpy.

                                                            And now we have today, same idea of modern with vintage.

Most of my other dresses are cocktail or evening dresses so I have to make due with what I have for now. but stay tuned for more posts from this elegant susie homemaker.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Crazy life and other nightly news

It's been go, go, go, for awhile now. Not looking too calm anytime soon but oh the things that are coming my way. I got strep in December, broke my toe the end of January, tried a new restaurant for my birthday and fell in love with the food, have dealt with the kids and bad habits, started my wonderful new year new me goals,  the loss of a toxic friendship, new cake classes, and the start of getting my small business license. In all this life I have to find time for me, cake orders, and romance. It will be worth it so much in the end. Lately I have had to take a good hard look at my life past, present, and future to find that I want to change and I need to change. I have begun to weed out the negativity in my life, help my children to find better paths, and working to strengthen my marriage. Along the way I have come to embrace loving myself, self care, and no control dates. I am learning to let go my anger, hurt, and fears. I want to be the best person I can be for my family a better role model for my children to look up to and my husband to love.
I will not focus on the past for it distracts from the now. I will not hurt myself by letting others hurt me. I will love myself so that others may love themselves.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Now I remember why I hate cleaning my room

It's a manic Monday and already my day has been spent inside my closet digging through the chaos my lovely family has placed in there. Did I mention that my closet is a 7x7ish catch all for anything that may go in there. I did have it cleaned up at the beginning of the year and it was lovely. That lasted about a month and it just kept getting worse and I put it off over and over well now I can't, I have to put back all the Halloween decor. Yup that's right all holiday decor goes in my closet along with all the winter clothes and my own things. Which is how most of my stuff wound up on the floor next to my side of the bed and in front of my dresser. That area is for another day. With Christmas coming up I wanted a spot I could wrap presents in peace or hide gifts till I was ready to wrap. Slowly I'm purging my clothes, finding items I forgot I had so it's like Christmas just for me. I was very lucky to have a good friend bring over some hanger space savers and fabric hanging shelf which will come in handy for all the storing of seasonal gear and those just not ready to admit weight loss defeat yet clothing items. Yup I still have quite a few that I'm just not ready to say goodbye to. Which leads me to my next project, cleaning out the yard sale that we never seem to have clothes. I have bags upon bags of clothing taking up space in my house and garage. I think in the next week I'll invite all my friends and family over to pick through it for free and then freecyle the rest to get it gone. As much as I could use the money earned from a yard sale I'd love to have room more. One day I will down size every thing and enjoy a simpler life till then it's just me and the black hole areas. 

Last night I had already started work on my very unorganized pantry. It's amazing how many groceries I have bought but hadn't taken stock of. I have pages of items and most of them I'm in need of while other items I am so well stocked on I was amazed at how much I had. Yup the log is filled for the winter months to come but we still need a few of those pesky extras that we don't keep on hand all the time. The reason for the keeping a well stocked home, I'm tired of the what should I make dinner nights along with the this sounds good halfway through the recipe find out I'm missing something meals. I have been striving to be more organized with my life and monthly meal planning is a must now. Pretty soon I'm going from Domestic Goddess to major on the go sports mom and I need some control or I'm really not going to have the energy to get out of bed.  I'm slowly finding things that may work for me and getting them ready, next month is the big reveal and the plan is a good one if everyone gets on track. Which is as easy as talking to a lion in a meat suit LOL. 

That's it for now, I'm off to finish the closet purge and enjoy a night of quiet with the kids.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Life... it goes on even when you need a break.

Things have been hectic in the Lowry home. It seems that I can't catch a break and when I see that silver lining... I get sick. So I'm going to make this poor post quick and get back to my OJ and snuggling puppies. 

I am trying to organize my blog in ways that certain days will be about certain types of posts. So far I have Manic Monday's - posts that are all about the frazzleness of  home life from housework to shopping.  Workout Wedensday's - posts that focus on everything healthy for you.
Pinterest Friday's - posts that center on Pinterest: fails, crafts, tips.

I'm looking forward to working on theses posts and learning new things. Till then I'm off to take care of me.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Deep breath, don't look, and just jump

As you know, I've been trying to balance what I need to do with what I want to do and still find time to enjoy my life. Years ago I started flying with FLY Lady but after a week I gave up. I felt so overwhelmed with everything in life, I was just tired. Some things did stick with me. I get dressed to the shoes, do my hair, make my bed as soon as I can, even worked out what days to clean where. But now I need to start again and keep with it. Spending the weekend running errands and getting ready for parties only to start my work week with a messy house again is hard. I want to throw in the towel, sleep all day, and just forget about the house work. NOPE! Not going to let my inner lazy bones win. I'm gonna get up get moving and get my daily house blessing done. I'm going to shine my sink before going to bed, and I'm going to make sure I have my list of tomorrow's stuff handy so I can dive right in and eat my frog. I'm switching family meeting nights from Wednesday to Monday then we can just get it out of the way while things that happened over the weekend are still fresh in our minds. And well since our weeks really start with Monday it's best to think that our home life would start with that day as well.

I have a good feeling that I can do it this time. I can set my mind to being a better mom, wife, and person in general. I pulled out my journal again, made sure I had plenty of daily pages to use in my home binder, and even planned special ways to show my family how I love them. This is the new me. Now I'm off to shine my sink and live the good life. Till next time enjoy your own Susie Life.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

78 days til Christmas...

 51 more days till Thanksgiving and 23 more days till Halloween.
Now normally I don't count down the days for holiday's instead, I count down the days till my Anniversary. 56 by the way, but this year I was looking for a cute Christmas wish list for the kids and came across some awesome printables from Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot, and I just couldn't help myself. I went nuts printing off everything she had that I may use. Which now means I need to either put a section in the Home binder for the holiday's or create a Holiday binder. I think creating a new binder is the way to go. It would be much easier to carry it around than the Home binder. Right now it'll just have spots for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. But give me time and I will have spots for all major holiday's by month as well as anniversaries and birthdays. I have turned into a binder queen that just needs to get the family on board.

Today is a catch up and get it done kind of day. Laundry has gotten out of control again, I have about 25 pounds of apples to turn into pie filling and sauce, several summer squashes to shred up if they are still good, and a house to pick up. The glamorous day of a homemaker is never a bore LOL. I may even give myself a manicure just to get rid of the ragged cuticles I have going on.

And somehow I need to fit in a walk with a dog so I can get in some exercise and they can get some fresh air. We've been cooped up for a bit with all the rain we had last week, now it's clear skies and no energy for me.

Well that's it for me right this second. I have a house to get in order and a life to live for awhile. Stay tuned for more from this Susie's Life.

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