Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This is for your viewing enjoyment: I think its hilarious I hope you do too!

Monday, January 28, 2008

My Apologies for no pic and on the Bloggage Sale. 1. I do have items left please email me if something caught your eye. I will be emailing the winners but it has to be tomorrow. We are having a bit of a family situation and it requires my full attention. She is in the shower now but not for much longer so I must go. Thanks for the birthday wishes and if you can a few prayers her way as well. Thanks Ladies XOXOXO

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Before I start the organizational post a little birthday wish. 11 years ago today I was in a hospital bed, during a awful sleeting day outside in labor. Full labor, it was a Monday and the doc said his office closed at 5 so we better get a move on. At 4:41pm she gave in and got here, finally. Early but all 6 pounds 11 oz and 20 inches of her made it. I was only 20 years old and had no clue what God had in store for me but I love everything about my life now and would not change a single tiny thing. Preteen years and all she has been worth every second.
This week we are going to work on getting our cleaning kits together for our February challenges. I will post a picture of my cleaning kit tomorrow the only picture I wanted on today was of Carlee cause she deserves that. Per Real Simple Magazine; Martha Stewarts Homekeeping Handbook and a post I made on Two Peas in a Bucket these are the essential thing your cleaning tub should have. You can carry this from one room to another and have everything you need to accomplish that. We will be discussing assigning rooms next week.
22 Essential Cleaning Items:
1. Microfiber Cloths
2. Scrub Brush
3. Spray Bottle
4. Rubber Gloves(Sooo Important, no ickies on these fingers)
5. Toothbrush(for those hard to reach places $1 at Dollar Store)
6. Dry Cleaning Sponge
7. Squeegee(GREAT for shower walls trust me. I fell in love with it)
8. Disinfecting Wipes(I keep a bottle in the bathrooms and the kitchen)
9. Mild Abrasive Cleaner like Bon Ami
10. Vinegar
11. Dishwashing liquid (I prefer Dove, great for the hands too and smell)
12. An All purpose cleaner (I hear Mrs. Meyers is great but its a little pricey and I can only get in the big city so you can make your own with 2 Tablespoons of Ivory and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle)
13. Baking Soda
14. Caddy (I ended up with a basket, our WalMart didnt have a caddy)
15. Microfiber duster (its so so soft)
16. Handbroom with dust pan
17. Toilet Brush (or those throw away ones which I prefer I cannot reuse those ICK)
18. Broom or we like the Swiffer Sweeper (You can get $5 off one of these if you sign up for the coupon on line)
19. Sponge Mop
20. Dust Mop
21. Extendable Duster(if needed, if you cant reach your fans etc)
22. Vacuum, If you are like Steff you can name yours hers is Penelope she is a cute pink Dyson
There can also just be a simple universal clean kit that is scaled down compared to the biggy to use for daily tasks that we will cover next Sunday, They are your basic All Purpose Cleaner; Mild Abrasive Cleaner; Glass Cleaner(you can make your own with 1 part Vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle; Rubber Gloves; White lint free cloths and a medium bristled scrub brush.
I would love to see everyones cleaning kits as well so link me to your blog or email me a pic and I will post it here. Please have your cleaning kits ready for February because it will benefit you greatly to becoming more organized and having a clean always company ready home.
If you prefer more enviromentally friendly cleaners these websites seriously rock! &
I found a few more links to share last night, these are coupon sites:; &
And just a really cool informative one
Well post on here a Happy Birthday for Carlee if you have time and more to come! Thanks for reading :) XOXOXO Alicia

Thursday, January 24, 2008

These as well I have a bag habit obviously. Brand new hauled em home from Crop Camp because the bug is SOO darn cute. I just dont leave home enough I dont think.

I also have a set of Plaid Clear Stamps there are 26 in the set along with an Alphabet they didnt scan well so no option there, but they are brand new and oh so cute!!

Please email all bids to bidding ends at noon on Sunday.

Tonight we are starting with stamps.
And let the bidding begin, I think its fair to close the bidding at noon this Sunday the 27th because I will need to get the new organizational post up.

The 1st one you can tell has been used, for Christmas Cards obviously the others I dont think they have at all

A funny quote for the day "The statistics on sanity are that 1 out of every 4 Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then its you" --Rita Mae Brown

Garage Sale Items:
Plan to have these posted by this weekend I will pay shipping if you are not close to me and I will start at low prices and bidder with the highest price gets it. Is that fair?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Just another cold day...

Really is 20's really neccessary? Seriously I need my capri's I miss them and my favorite flip flops need some tootsie love ya know?

No recipe this evening we are going to try the Schwans Fajitas so wish me luck I am excited to try them. It helps to get Schwans they have great veggies and juice and my Schwans man is H-O-T because its my hubby :) The real Schwans guy comes to Ryans office so he is my hot Schwans man and fills the freezer for me and reduces some dinner stress.

Plan to work on painting this weekend some more, Carlee is gone so that helps. No Hannah Montana actions on the Wii distracting me :)

Well thinking of selling some stuffs that I dont use, would you all like me to post it here 1st or just skip and go right to Ebay?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dinner This Evening:

Cola Barbecued Ribs
3 1/2 lb pork spareribs or loin back ribs

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked salt(I used Head Country Seasoning) A Staple in our home

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup cola

1 3/4 cups barbecue sauce(We prefer Head Country by the gallon)

Step 1. Spray 4-5 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Trime excess fat and remove membranes from ribs(not sure if mine had this I didnt do it) In a small bowl mix brown sugar, hickory smoked salt and pepper and rub into ribs. Cut ribs into 2-3 rib portions (I did this before the rub all the night before) Place ribs into cooker and pour cola around.
***I doubled all of this because we like seasoning***

Step 2 Cover; cook on LOW heat setting 8-9 hours

Step 3 removed ribs from cooker; place in shallow baking pan. Drain liquid from cooker and discard. Brush both sides of ribs with Barbecue sauce. Return ribs to cooker. Pour any remaining sauce over ribs.

Step 4 Cover; cook on LOW heat setting for about an hour longer or until ribs are glazed and sauce is desired consistency. (While this is happening I will be making the red potatoes :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Menu For this Evening:

This can be done in the oven or the crock pot. Do to it being sooo cold this evening we will be firing up the oven cause I am a wuss :)

Honey Garlic Chicken

1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup ketchup
4 breasts (I slice these up into smaller strips, they cook faster this way)

Mix all ingredients together.

Place in baking dish and pour sauce over top to coat chicken.
This can be done ahead of time and refrigerated.
Bake at 350 for 3/4 hour with lid on, and 3/4 hour with lid off.
Serve chicken and sauce with hot cooked rice or with veggies on the side.
We have some new Schwans veggies I can't wait to try :)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Week 3 Organizational Post

Well Hello Ladies~

I hope that each of you are getting into the groove of your shopping lists and that you puchased your Sunday paper for coupons. On some holidays though there may not be but you can still get them online as well.

This week we are going to discuss the right side of your shopping list with the Meal Planner.

At least once or twice a week I try a new recipe which usually coincides with using the crockpot. Why? Because most crockpot meals can be prepared the night before and thrown into the pot and into the fridge. Then the next morning before you head off to work you can plop it in, turn it on and go and most if not all of your dinner is ready.

The key to trying new recipes for me is I have a file of new ones that I have printed off the internet, gotten from friends or from magazines. If its a big hit they got into the "Family Favorites" binder. Then we do not have any sad repeats of bad recipes. My family favorites also have moms and grandmas family recipes that we already know are do to stay. One of my favorite sites for recipes is you can search by soo many ways its amazing what you can make.

I always A) Use the crockpot once a week especially on Tuesdays because that is violin nite and it would be 7pm before we ate if I cooked and B) 1-2 new recipes a week to build up our family favorites binder. This helps in the meal planning process. Planning out a weeks meals has unloaded alot of stress from my life. I am not worried at lunch time what to lay out, going to the store for just 1 more thing every day, and always having something to come up with thats not the same ole same ole. I have had the pleasure of literally going to the store once a week and not spending a fortune with just hodge podge stuff in hopes a meal will create itself.

SO plan out your meals for the week, enjoy the organized time for yourself of no stress and enjoy 2 of our favories quick and easy recipes from the Day House.

Cola Pork Chops
4 Pork Chops
1 Cup of Coke
1 Cup of BBQ Sauce
Lay chops in baking pan and mix coke and BBQ sauce together with some cajun seasoning pour over chops bake at 350 degrees for on hour

Red Potatoes(From my SIL Traci)
Slice 10-14 red potatoes into slices with the skin on and layer them into a baking dish and in between each layer throw some butter and seasoning on until you have the desired amount. Throw into microwave covered and cook 5 minutes stir, cook 5 minutes and stir until potatoes are soft. Take out sprinkle some cheese ontop, serve on to plates and add some ranch dressing. VIOLA!! My favorite!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Ok I got a gripe...about panties. (and I am sorry to my Great Aunt Boo cause she reads this)

I consider myself somewhat hip in dressing for a 30 year old but PUHLEASE explain to me exactly how low are jeans gonna go? I have hip rise jeans right? Ok and hip rise panties from Victorias Secret but WHY WHY WHY is it that when I pull on my pants that my panties stick out the back like I have granny panties on? I didnt flippin buy granny panties I have hip rise jeans with hip rise panties that should = no panties hanging out the top right? WTH!!
I guess I could be like my 50+ year old co worker and not wear any at all. She hasnt in years, says no need to spend that money or worry about panty lines or having to buy thongs that you pick out of your butt every 5 seconds or if you sit wrong you feel like its going to split you in 1/2 like a cheese slicer. But I just cant do it, I cant really fathom the fact of the seam of my pants in contact with my area down there if you know what I mean. Thats hair pulling territory right there and not the kind I like. So I am done griping about my panties, have a great Friday and weekend you all, new post about organization and a picture of my latest accent wall on Sunday :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

So the last 3 days I by the end of the day start to sound like Darth Vaders wife and not in a sexy tone at all. Kinda frustrating when you field phone calls all day and people say "Are you sure its Alicia" last time I checked I was still me, a little worn out but yep still here.

My motivation is working in my head but no where else. I plan to paint a wall in my hallway this weekend, wish me luck I tend to slow down and go into hibernation mode like a coy fish when its this cold out, not enjoyable at all.

I hope everyone is digging the organizational stuff I have lots of things up my sleeve to go over with everyone and some of it is a journey for me as well.

Carlee got a Wii at her dads for Christmas and I played with her for the 1st time last night, I SUCK at bowling but can whip some Wii butt at Tennis, and we made Ryan a character on there and we had fun doing that, they have the funniest faces.

I know everyone is gearing up for Cropganza and I will miss not being with you all there, but you will see my smiling face at Spring Crop Camp and I am working on that stuff now and then 3 weeks from there Carlee and I are going on a cruise with my mom, and Aunts and Uncle and sister and BIL and my dear little Bo Bena. Pretty Darn excited this skinny girl needs some sand and sun and a little fun with the soon to be 11 year old.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

For those of you ladies who loved my organization purse they are having a sample sale OMG!! I wish I had known this when I bought mine.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hello Ladies~ Here we are begining week two and this week you have a mission to complete. You must make your own coupon book. OOH No worries this is quick and easy and small enough to fit into a purse.

The 1st picture you can see is a cheap plastic photo album and on the outside it measures 6 1/2" X 4 3/4" overall. I believe I paid less than $1 for mine at WM
2nd is the cover (mind you I did this whole thing with scraps) Cut one piece of patterned paper to 4 1/2" x 6 1/4"
Next cut another piece of solid paper to 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" and print, stamp or handwrite "Coupons on it"
For the tabs I used a MacGill Tab Punch but you can use any cutting system or make your own. I saw some really cute ones made from triangles the other day. You will make exactly 18 and you have enough pages in your book to cover this. Each of the tabs catagories come from your shopping list/meal planner posted in last weeks blog.
Today is Sunday so if you havent bought your $1.50 Wichita Eagle or whatever big paper is near to you please do. Big reminder is Dillons and Kroger do double up coupons up to a $1 pretty often so watch for that. I am also giving you a link that you can register to be a member of its free of charge and they have great links to printable coupons. Did you know with Kroger and Dillons you can just load em onto your card? YEP YEP it rocks here is the link
There are also sites like and I would love to see everyones coupon books and hear how its working or not working. It helped me having the categories on my list match the categories in my coupon book.
Next Sunday we are going to go into detail about the meal planner and recipes. Please enjoy and post if you have questions or email me.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A link to watch Ladies ~ Hints on being organized and saving $$$ in the kitchen

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I wanted to share an example of how I made the grocery list/meal planner work for me. So here is the scan I apologize that its sideways and if you want the original emailed to you I would be more than happy to.
I hope that those of you have printed these off kinda get the jest of it because this grocery list will benefit you in our next 3 projects.
So bear with me, please enjoy and make your life easier with these little tips.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Well I am back and plan to post some pics tomorrow. I didnt get to visit the store in Larned, my sisters fault but I did in Great Bend and they TOO GET THIS HAVE A SCRAPBOOK STORE/COFFEE SHOP!! It was amazing I got jacked up on latte's bought my daughter and niece hot choclate sat em at a table and SHOPPED AND SHOPEED!

I am not sure who all was waiting for this but here we go. I am only sharing things that have worked for me and made my life easier so if certain things dont work for you its all good. Our 1st month will cover mainly the kitchen part of our lives so there will be challenges and once you start it will make life easier.

One of my favorites sites is you all know that the Simple Scrapbooks Organizational book has become my bible and a big teaching tool and Aby is ahmazing.

So step 1 is to go here print off about 10 of these and put one on your fridge and one in front of you.

Next plan out your meals for the next 7 days. Then go to your cupboards, drawers, boxes whatever and take inventory of what you need to make these meals what you dont have add to your list. This 1st week just plan the meals that are tried and true. Like for us Chicken Alfredo, Cola Pork Chops etc. And I will be posting my quickie recipes as I like to call em :)

The reason this has become integrial for me is that at lunch when I am home I know what to thaw out and I am not going to Dillons everyday after work. If it needs to be crock potted I can start some of that prep after dinner the night before, I am already in there whats another 30 right?

Next Sunday we will make our own quick and easy coupon books using the categories on the shopping list/menu planner. In the mean time visit Aby's blog and get inspired.

Post any questions here and I will answer them publicly, as best as possible. Any requests please email or post I have things planned out until April but can always throw things in.

The most difficult part of this is now teaching your family that when they empty something to write it on the list and no more "What's for dinner?" Cause its all right there :)

*****If you haven't taken my Cropper Hopper Class yet this Saturday is our 1st of 2008 and my head has been brimming with new ideas and products the Attic Girls have been rocking for us**

Friday, January 04, 2008

Just a heads up for everyone. I am leaving at 8am tomorrow morning to see my Grandmother in Radium KS overnight. OH and visit a scrapbook store/coffee shop HELLO THIS LADY IS A GENIUS!!

Anyways the organiational post will still occure but will not be by noon on Sunday it will be later afternoon. Grandma only gets 3 channels sometimes 4 if the wind is just right so no internet for 24 hours. Scary I know but I will survive :)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The forum is still open for questions about the Clip It Up :) Please feel free to ask away.
In the meantime I wanted to share a new layout favorite I wrapped up a few nights ago.