Konmari Method for Decluttering

I absolutely LOVE the unique ideas within the Japanese inspired Konmari Method!  It truly is an eye opener to the way we are addressing our “stuff”.

Keep only things that spark joy.

It truly is a brilliant way to create a space that you love!

I did a presentation on this topic at my local library.

Enjoy!!  Sadie

Therapeutic Touch Tuesdays

A few years ago,
it was a family tradition
to do Monday Night Massages. 

Well, it turns out that Mondays
can be kind of chaotic –
so that good idea 
sort of fell by the wayside. 

My intentions have reemerged
again in 2017 and we’ve now bumped
it up a day and relabeled it: 

Therapeutic Touch Tuesday

That way, it can encompass
all types of massage,
reflexology, shiatsu,
pressure points with acupressure,
healing stone work, reiki,
bodywork, and even,
good old fashion foot rubs. 

And that gives me an idea,
if we should forget all about
Therapeutic Touch Tuesday…
We will just follow up with a makeup day –
Foot Rub Friday!! 

Doesn’t that sound nice?

Make some new family traditions
for yourself and loved ones
this new year! 

Take care of each other!! 


Ps. Massage table from JCPenney lol 

Tasha Tudor Quotes 

Been hanging out with my
Tasha Tudor books tonight. 

She offers much inspiration!
To make things by hand.
To live simply.
Be creative.
Be content.
Be real.

To love the animals.
To smell the flowers.
To enjoy being a lady!

And, mark my word, next time it snows, to make a snow igloo illuminated with  candlelight.

Magic making ~ 

Doggie Playdate 

Boomer had no idea when he woke up today that he was going to have such a fabulous time hanging out with his new bud River!

My friend fAe and I have been planning this doggie playdate for our pups and as Marliebear said tonight, “today was so much fun – it was totally wait worthy!”

Upon meeting, it was instant cool for River & Booms and lots of fun happened for them at the happy stream! 

River was a pro with water play already, so he showed Booms the way it’s done!

If you have a black lab,
then you already know –
there’s nothing funnier than one…

Unless there is two!!

Many thanks to fAe for bringing River down for a visit ~ We ALL enjoyed it so much!! 

We love you!

Come back and play again!!

Soon!!!

Drawing Night 

I had so much fun with my girls tonight!

We drew on paper with our eyes closed,
had timed drawing races that we only had
two minutes to complete,
and we drew portraits of each other! 

Sharing their portraits of me…

These girls are a blast!! 

Happy Birthday Ayden!! (14!!) 

We’ve all had a fabulous time celebrating
14 times around the sun with Ayden!!

Happy birthday honey bear!!

Ayden’s teenager birthday requests were:
-to sleep in without being woke up
-to have a double double double
batch of gluten free shells & cheese for lunch
-and to spend time with his family swimming 

Well – done, done, and done. 

Now let’s eat some cake*!!

* gluten-free, sweetened with maple syrup, full of love!! 

Birthday 38 Awesomeness

Whoa my goodness!!! 

The awesomeness of my sweet mama friends was over the top on May 4th, 2016

Like, WOW!!! 

Like, this is going down in the Sadie history books for sure!! 

First off, Mama Burkett launched me into birthday land on her way to work at 9 am sharp with a Gerbera daisy, herbal tea, a spice blend, and a garden themed wreath that would make Martha Stewart envious. 



So stinking cute huh!!??

I got to give her a quick hug before she rushed her clever-ass off to work!  I wish she could’ve stayed all day, even just as invisible fly on the wall, to hear me show ‘n tell (aka brag my face off) about the wreath all day!! 

My sweet little family had gifts on the table for me like an aromatherapy diffuser, a spiralizer, a handmade heart magnet from Marlie & Elaine made me mini bite-size pancakes along with a birthday card that made me cry it was so sweet!!! I even got a bazillion dollar pineapple from Dreg.

 

I am so proud of my girls for initiating so many family traditions we have. Honestly I love doing their birthdays so much but I might be inclined to slack on mine!! LOL but they would not let me!

I really got excited the night before, when they showed me the birthday signs they taped on the door – just like I do for them on their birthdays! So sweet ~

Now. My son! Did not. Make me. a bday card.
However, later in the day, with some threateningly sweet nudges from his mother (OK, I demanded that he make me birthday card or else) He surprised me with a sweet scavenger hunt to my birthday card 🙂 and, it was pretty darn cool. 

My next super special visitor on my birthday was my BFF neighbor Lorraine!  

This girl and I always like to talk about recipes and cookbooks so about a month ago, when I expressed my love and adoration for a certain cookbook that I rented from the library…

Lorraine knew it would be the perfect gift for me! And it was!!

Although absolutely, 100% for certain – our friendship is the best gift of all, ever. 

We are family. 

But this cookbook really floats my boat too lol 🙂

So then after all that, my mama friend Melinda stopped by with some long promised birthday hair clips!! 

And she was right, I am completely in love with them & will never live without!! 

Melinda is such a sweetheart, she also brought me a birthday balloon and a really neat galvanized steel drink dispenser!! 

All it needs is some summer weather to go along with it!! 


THEN, are you getting jealous yet? Lol

Then, my bestie down the street, Alison came by!!! And with her little guy holding a little potted hens & chicks!! So cute! 

I told her all about my day and we laughed at how perfectly timed and orchestrated my visitors had been – The birthday momentum kept steady! 


I seriously had no idea what could be in that pretty gift bag – but when I opened it, I was floored at the perfectness of the gift. 

I could instantly hear in my head the numbers of times she had said that I needed one of these!!

A Veggettii!!!!!! 

As seen on TV!! 


And, she brought me the perfect size Zucchinis to go with it!!! 

Omg, so fun. 

The gifts, the friends, the family, the entire day – all – so – fun. 

And it didn’t stop there!  I had no sooner loaded the dishwasher and tried to sneak a bday nap on the couch when my mom arrived with some highly prized local maple syrup and a cash gift that is none of your business 🙂 lol 🙂 so the kids and I piled in her car to drive down to the rural mailboxes (that all of us Coolspringers hate) to see what birthday cards awaited me.

A whole bunch from my Cherico Aunts was waiting there!  They are all so sweet for thinking of me – but for the record, I must say that Aunt Jan is the #1 sweetest because she still slips money into my card!!!  Hahaha, she wins!! 

And GG too ~ Grandma Doris also knows how to put together a proper birthday card!! $$$$$


And finally – – – all that was left to do, was to make my birthday dinner of Thai chili chicken meatballs from my new cookbook, clean up, make porkchops for the kids, clean up, and then make birthday brownies at 8 o’clock. Oh, and then, clean up some more. 

Yep. I almost even had myself a birthday tantrum by that point! 

But, I’m 38 now, and so much more classy, so my day ended fairly quiet – unlike that one birthday that ended with me getting slightly tipsy and hula hooping under the moonlight with my anger. 

But that’s another story!

It’s My Birthday!! 


Hooray! It’s my birthday!!

Today I get to celebrate
some pretty fabulous numbers:
3 & 8

Why is it that some birthday numbers
feel better than others?

Because seriously 38 is feeling
wayyyyyy better than 37! 

Actually, just dork out with me and say it…

Just say it lol

38 is feeling great!!!! 

Lawn. Mowed. 

You may think this stuff gets easier the third time you do it – but mowing the lawn tonight was the hardest yet!!

And I didn’t even really know if it needed done or not – Oooooooooo, it did.

Well it’s done & it zapped me for sure!!! It really makes me want to put in more garden beds so there is less lawn that needs push mowed.

I also attempted to weed whack tonight…. Ummmm, bwahahaha!! There is definitely an art to that that I have not yet mastered. At all. lol

Calling it a day!!

Dress up time 

I’ve got to commend the library in Brookville for keeping a techno screen free children’s area ~ it really enables my girls to play!!

Dress up is their #1 pick!

   
  

  

By not smiling, they’re supporting high fashion lol

They really DID have fun, I swear!! 🙂

And I got hooked up with a poetry book written by my library friend Patty Zion!

Thank you Patty!!

It’s officially a Rest & Relaxation Sunday now!
   

Feet up, Poems, and Paleo recipes headed my way! 

Child at Heart available on Amazon – click here!

Everyone is Grounded

Mama bear locked up all the devices – laptops & tablets & iPads & iPhones & whatever those other little doohickeys are called – Yep, ALL of them, put away for a technology detox period. 

It just seems like regularly we NEED to do this and it also seems like regularly someone screws up behavior enough to justify pulling the plug on screens until everyone can reset their life balance. 

Life balance meaning having ample plugged in time but still brushing your teeth and acknowledging books and going outside and looking at the food you are eating – you know, the stuff that gets forgotten about after you commit to your Netflix app. 

And do you know what always happens when Mama declares no device day (or week)???

Complaints.  Complaining happens. 

But THEN — drumroll —
the BEST day EVER happens. 

Reading happens. Painting happens. Conversations happen. Writing (hate letters to mom) happens. Playtime and dog time and bath time happens.

Life starts happening again!!! 

   
    
 

So while the troops may be restless tonight without their devices to lull them to sleep – at least the kids are groomed lol

And if they really can’t sleep (because they are feeling more alive than ever from being grounded & unplugged)…

Then they have lovely messed up played in rooms to clean!  Mama bear loves you, truly!!!