Accepting Where You Are In Life: The Apartment Edition

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I am super excited to be writing this blog post, it is something that is helping me with where we are at in life right now.  I like to think of myself as one who puts people, relationships, and responsibilities before material possessions, but I must admit, I am human and once in a while something will happen that will make me desire that which I do not have (at this moment anyway) and I tend to lose focus.  This is not something I am proud of, and I have spent several days arguing with myself over being content where we are.

So, that brings me to a new place in life, and YOU, my dear readers, get to see it all happen.  I am embarking on a journey to make our (small, but suitable) apartment livable.  I have went round and round in my head about moving, renting a house, trying to BUY a house, or a lease to own option, I just can’t help but shake the feeling THIS is where we are meant to be.  I pouted for a few days when I thought of the kids not having a backyard, and still carrying groceries up the stairs… but, I finally came to grips with it, and this is where I am.  Trying to make the best of things, I have a running list of projects that I’m going to be working on to get this place functional for our family of 4.

Here are a few of the projects:

Play-mat for the deck outside

Pantry makeover turning our coat closet into a pantry

Kitchen reorganization

and probably not last and CERTAINLY not least A master bedroom makeover.

I’m excited to see how these projects turn out, and I also have a goal of spending the least amount possible to do each project.  Hopefully I’ll have some great “how to” posts in the near future too.

Have you lived in an apartment?  What did you do to make it more functional?

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Fantastic Fridays: National BBQ Month

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It’s Fantastic Friday!!!  This Friday I want to talk about National BBQ month.  Who doesn’t LOVE BBQ???  No matter what your preferences there is always something for everyone at a BBQ.  This month, The Adventures of “But Mom” needs YOUR help.  We are looking for your VERY best Original BBQ creations.  Would you like to help us out???  Head over to our Facebook page for more information. 

We will feature all recipes submitted, once a week in our ‘This Weeks BBQ Picks” blog post.  We look forward to your recipes.

Tales of Toddlerhood: Blessings in Disguise

As I sit here, watching my toddler run around and terrorize my house, I realize just how blessed we really are.  I have my share of days where I feel like I NEED order in our lives, and while this morning when she woke up I told her right away that we needed to get some of her toys out of the living room (they literally made an even covering over part of the floor), they also remind me that we are blessed that she has so much to play with. 

I have my days where toddlerhood saps the life out of me.  Days where it takes every bit of energy just to keep my eyes open, but thinking about the excitement and curiosity of a toddler tends to take me to a whole new place.  A place where every thing is new and exciting, a place that helps me to gain some energy and patience and allow her to explore more.

We have been so blessed that every day we wake up to a new day to spend as a family.  We get a chance to help our kids explore, discover and play.  Toddlerhood is trying for sure, but it is a blessing all the same.

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My Toddler ❤