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Kitchen Pantry – Cleaning Out

January 9, 2012

As of yesterday, we have lived in our house 1 year! Happy Anniversary House!

On Saturday I made a trip to Costco to take advantage of some great deals (more on that later…).  And when I got home and started putting things away I realized I was LONG overdue on cleaning out the Kitchen Pantry (does everyone call it a pantry? A kitchen closet?  What?).

I started pulling out empty boxes and grouping items and decided I needed some containers.  I thought I would make a list and head to the store, but then I decided that going to the store at that moment would:

A) Take valuable time away from the project I had started

B) cost me money

C) cost me money on items for a system that I don’t know will work for me.

SO I decided to look around for something I already had that I could use – at least for the time being.  I remembered reading this post about using cardboard boxes for organizing, and of course I have some boxes (I’m a Mary Kay Consultant for cryin’ out loud!).

This is what the pantry looked like:

I started grouping like things together  – who knew that I had 6 boxes of pasta? whoops!

Once everything was out, I put groups in my fancy smanchy boxes:

and labeled them – with super fancy sticky notes.

(my theory behind this is that I want to make sure I will use the system before spending resources on more “formal” containers.  If it works and it helps me maintain the pantry I might invest….or I might find a way to make cardboard boxes cute….who knows?)

And now:

Who knew we had so much extra room?!?

Have you used things around your house to organize?  Or have you found out that a space that seems crowded has PLENTY of extra room if you organize it better?

Oh yeah, and here are all the boxes that I threw out… a few were new from the trip to Costco, but I most of them were in there to begin with…



January 4, 2012

Today I am bragging on my husband, because he is awesome.

I mean, I think he is awesome all of the time, but today He was particularly awesome.

So winter has finally arrived and last night our house was C-O-L-D, and in case you don’t know, I’m the most cold-natured person on the planet. (Seriously, at work I run a heater under my desk All. Summer. Long.)

Now, he always wakes up before me, but today he woke me up early (that was not the particularly awesome part.) and said “Hey, wake up. I need to talk to you.”

Of course I’m thinking, I don’t want to talk I want to sleep…so  very sweetly I say  I mumble, “ok, what?”

“Don’t get up and fix me breakfast, just stay here.”


“It’s too cold for you, so just stay here, I will fix myself something.”

Awww, sweet! AND THEN to top it off, he turned on the heater in the bathroom and shut the door so it would be nice and toasty. THEN he made me coffee AND brought it into the warm bathroom so I could “just go straight to the warm bathroom to shower and get ready”.


Yep.  He’s awesome.

That’s all.



January 2, 2012

So everybody is making those New Year’s Resolutions now…well actually they have probably already made them, but I’m kind of a procrastinator till the last second, so here I am.

You can call ’em Resolutions, Goals, or just a list of things to accomplish this year.  After reading this post from Hayley at The Tiny Twig, Husband and I decided to sit down and talk about what we want this year to look like.  Plans, goals, hopes, dreams, totally out there ideas, whatever.  It was such a great confirmation that we’re on the same page and are looking for the same things this year.

So in no particular order, these are *some* of the things we hope to do in 20120:


Reach Harrison’s goal for sales

Plan a special trip together (thoughts are either New York or a cruise)

Spend time doing Devotionals together

Create a Weekly Plan each week so we each know what we have going on

Faithfully Give to the church

Build savings

Pay off the car

Around the house: Paint, furniture, landscaping, insulate the attic

Mary Kay Goal: Sales Director

Read more books

And most importantly to me, after reading this post  by The Nester, My biggest goal of 2012 is to be intentional about friendship.  Read the post – you’ll be glad you did.


Happy 2012!

(the blue is part of my resolution to use colors besides Red)


Families Photos – and the benefit of taking them after Christmas

December 30, 2011

We haven’t really gotten on board with the sending out photo Christmas cards before the holiday.

Last year, we did an “Elf Yourself” video and emailed it out to family and friends. SO fun! Our video is not there anymore, but you can make one here.

But we did want to have photos from Christmas, and since we had colds and weren’t really feeling  picture worthy  very well, we finally got around to it a few days after Christmas.

And the benefits of taking Christmas pictures after Christmas are numerous!

You get to sport the gifts that your wonderful husband gave you:

Show off the SUPER DEAL you got at the after Christmas sale:

You can add the Christmas ornaments that you received as gifts to the tree:

Then of course, there are the benefits of trying to take a Christmas picture with a dog:

You get to laugh:

(She licked me)


You get to think “this is never going to happen”

And finally, after you have totally given up, your dog will stand perfectly still for a picture that you’re not in:

*Merry (after) Christmas*


The Abbott’s


December 27, 2011

*PHEW* ok, so a lot of changes have happened in my world of blogging, and it might take a while to get it all straight, but I think it will be better in the end.

So here’s the deal:

I have been blogging @ Simply Add Coffee 


@ The Work and Home Wife


But after considering lots of options I have decided it would be best to merge the two blogs into one.  

AND also, I’m moving to wordpress from blogger.  Just because.

SO here is my new blog : Simply Add Coffee, The story of a work and home wife.



I hope you will come back often for new content and the story of our life here.  

Working Around Work

December 23, 2011

One of the hardest things to do as a Work and Home Wife is finding time to do all the things that need to be done.

Since we always have 24 hours in a day, the important thing is to make the most of each hour of your time. So if 9 – 5 is spoken for at your J.O.B. when do you do all that extra stuff.

For starters learn to Work Around Work.  Do you have a lunch hour?  Use it to run errands.  Is there a fridge available to you? Buy groceries on your lunch hour and store cold foods until you leave.

Are there other things you’re allowed to do during work time?  Maybe you don’t need to run errands, but could you eat lunch at your desk and write out a meal plan?

A lot of these things depend on your job and if your workplace allows you to use a computer for personal needs. ***PLEASE KNOW YOUR WORK POLICIES BEFORE DOING ANY OF THESE THINGS*** But here are a few possibilities of using time during the day to accomplish your tasks.

On your lunch hour:

Run errands (Bank, Grocery Store, Dry cleaners), have a lunch or coffee meeting with someone who needs to speak with you (or just a friend you want to catch up with!), Go to the gym

At your desk during lunch hour or break time:

Pay bills online, write out a meal plan, write out a grocery list, check and answer emails, make needed phone calls

If you are able to take care of some of these tasks during the day, it will free you up to take care of the home tasks at night – or maybe even relax for a bit!

What are some tasks you are able to accomplish during the day around your work schedule?

How to Decorate????

December 21, 2011

No, this is not a post telling you “How to Decorate”

It’s a question, How to Decorate??

We have been in our home for almost a year (since January) and we still haven’t really “Decorated”.

We did paint the kitchen (RED) after we had been there about six months. We did get new couches (Leather) back in September. And we did decorate for Christmas.

But beyond that, I really don’t have a clue!

I am lacking in three things:


I read decorating blogs, have taken the “What’s my style” quizzes, and walked through a few Home stores, but I just don’t know where to start!

Have you Decorated with no time? Decorated on a budget? Or just plain started out and decorated?

Share your stories! Help a sister out!