Oh, Ramen

So what is it about these...

that make me crave this?

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It has been one long time since I've had a craving for Ramen noodles.  When I was in undergrad, it was the thing to eat (or not!)  Even when I first started teaching it was not uncommon for me to have a couple packages of Cup of Soup in my desk drawer for that occasional quick lunch.  Then one day I read the label and realized how bad this stuff was and my love affair with the Ramen Noodles was over.  Just like that!

But then, some almost 20 years later from when I first tasted these noodles, I found myself surrounded by book after book and then that craving got so bad that I soon was driving to the corner store to grab a couple.  No, I did not use that whole packet of seasoning.  Who needs that much sodium ever?!?  But I did quench the taste for the noodles...and I finished my assignment.  :-)

On Pintrest, I've seen some grown up dishes for how to dress up these noodles in a much healthy outfit.  When I can catch my breath, I may try it if it seems important to me at the time.  In the mean time, I'll keep this photo to remember the day I gave in to the Ramen Noodle.  :-)

Happy Tuesday,

Bathroom Renovation Project: Tile it Up!

I feel like I can start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with my bathroom renovation project.  Because this project is basically a one-two person show, and this job is just one of many for the week, it is a bit of a slow process.  However, I am always overjoyed when I return home and see progress has been made.

The latest adventure has been the tiling process.  The floors were put down first, and let me say that I am in love with them!  I knew I wanted a floor that looked like wood since of course having a real wood bathroom floor isn't all that feasible.  In terms of cost, I had been advised by several people that you can change the look of your bathroom tremendously by investing in nice flooring, especially if working with a small space.  Then, even if you decide to purchase something high-end, you still don't spend a lot because the space is so small.  My tile isn't high-end or even a specialty tile, but it wasn't on sale.  There was the same tile on clearance that was a much lighter "wood", but I'm glad I just decided to get this instead.  And I have several boxes to return.  :-)

After I painted the bathroom, the contractor came behind me and applied putty on some places.  I finally took the time this week to repaint those areas.  It was more or less a mental break from everything else.  Perfect!  Now I still have to paint the inside of the closet, the closet shelves, the little half door to the closet, and finally the trim, oh yeah and tile the mirror I found, but at least the walls are done.

This week, the contractor decided to start on the tile in the bathtub area.  Today I found out he confessed that this part of the job is his least favorite.  Mom told him he should have done that first and gotten it out of the way.  lol  But alas, the time has come to tackle it.  I probably didn't make it any easier by requesting that the tiles be placed on their diagonals, but hey, that's what I like.

I'm trying not to get ahead of myself and project when he'll be done, but if all goes well, I would think he could finish the tile at the beginning of next week.  And, if I'm lucky, he'll finish up this whole project before he has to have his other cataract removed.  (He had one eye done the other week.)

In other news, the fire has been lit under my mom and she now wants to do her bathroom.  Problem is, she hasn't started dreaming in color yet.  I need to help her discover what she likes and make her own dream book.  That will make the process so much easier.  That, and the fact that she has spare bathrooms, unlike me.

How I Saved on Bathroom Fixtures

Two words - Habitat Restore!

Seriously, that is my "go-to" store for housewares, especially, and also for home improvement materials.

Check out this video below so you can see the top dollar bathroom fixtures I purchased for my bathroom renovation project.  And guess what?  I spent less than $70.  Say what?

Happy Wednesday,

My 38.

On September 25th, I celebrated my 38th birthday.  I'm so thankful for friends and family, both near and far, who helped make the day extra special.

I received some extra cards this year:

...and a watch from my aunt.  Thank you!  (Truth be told, I haven't worn a watch in forever, but I will now.)

...and a surprise package from Idaho.  Hugs and kisses goes to my surrogate family in Idaho.  You know who you are.  :-)

There was another of the Idaho candy bars, but I couldn't resist trying it before I took this picture.  nom nom nom

Here's a brief video I made on my special day:

As our schedules haven't allowed it yet, my mom and I have not had my birthday lunch or dinner.  I'm holding out to go to the Mennonite restaurant that I first saw online and then heard about later.  I want to be able to savor the moment.  :-)

Happy Monday,

Blogland Tour {Take Two}

Hello my lovely readers,

I know it's been a while since I've been back here in my blog space, but it's all for good reason.  I'll definitely fill you in more when I can, but for now, I wanted to revisit the Blogland Tour.  If you missed the first tour, you can read about it here.  This time I was invited to participate in the Blogland Tour from one of my new friends via YouTube, so I decided that I would participate again and feature a couple of Youtubers who also blog.

Meet Cherie of LiveLoveLatte, and her daughter Sicily.

About Cherie.

It's amazing how vast the world is and yet when you travel in certain circles on the internet, you tend to virtually "bump" into the same people.  When I started making more videos and following more Youtubers this summer, I found Cherie from LiveLoveLatte to be one of the common denominators.  I just had to check out her channel because so many other wonderful women that I enjoyed also were.  And I'm so glad I did!

I love Cherie's ideas for entertaining and organizing.  I was immediately drawn to her videos about organizing her spice cabinet and her pantry.

Cherie is such a wonderful person with a great sense of style and order.  Please check out her blog or her Youtube channel to see all of her amazing posts and videos.

About Me.

What I am currently working on.
Honestly, what I'm working on now is finding a balance between my new schedule - grad school, teaching, and regular life.  There hasn't been much down time lately and I long to do something truly crafty (in my home) all the time.  My latest project is actually transforming my bathroom from ho hum to badabingbadaboom!  Yes, my only bathroom was basically gutted out, so needless to say, I'm staying with my mom at the present.  Last weekend I spent time painting the walls a soft green, and it felt good to contribute to this project in some way.  I'm going for a tranquil spa theme and I'm excited to see the project finish soon.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
The "differentness" that I aim for in my Youtube channel is to show the real behind-the-scenes of how I go from Point A to Point B.  I enjoy the before and after videos, but I'm always curious about the in between.  That in between is what I tend to show....even when it means that I have to show all the junk before the pretty part.  It can be kind of embarassing, but at the same time, I think it shows my viewers the real me.

Why do I write/create what I do?
I create videos to show what I look for in others videos.  As mentioned before, I like knowing how spaces were transformed.  I like knowing that I'm not the only organized-challenged/borderline hoarder out there.  And I really enjoy thrift shopping and finding ways to transform my purchases to decorate my home.  I want my viewers to know that it's okay to be on a budget.

How does your writing/creative process work?
My Youtube channel differs from a blog a bit.  For my blog I usually write in the moment.  I find though with Youtube, it's a different process.  For my vlogs, they tend to be spur of the moment, but all the other videos are pretty much planned.  I even have a section in my planner or on a sheet in my journal for the ideas that I want to feature in videos.  So, in essence, my videos are a bit more intentional.  And I like showing another side of my posts.  My blog and Youtube channel show different aspects of me and different aspects of the projects I try.

And now, I'm passing the Blogland Tour torch to two new friends from Youtube:

Friend #1

Nicole of Help Mama Remote

On Nicole's Youtube channel or blog, you will find vlogs, her wonderful cooking videos/recipes, and grocery hauls.  She buys some wonderful goodies from Costco, which she shows in her grocery hauls.  And talk about a garden!  Nicole and her family have a wonderful raised bed garden and she shows her harvests from that.  From Nicole is where I learned about the Arc planner.  She has several videos on home organization and a variety of planner styles.  Oh yes, if you stop by, you'll also see her milk glass collection that she finds through thrift shopping.

Check out Nicole's blog - Help Mama Remote
Check out Nicole's Youtube Channel - Help Mama Remote

Friend #2
Lou Ann of Gardaris/It's Always Something Around Here

On Lou Ann's blog and Youtube channel you will find a wonderful collection of thrifted haul videos, organization, home decorating, cooking, gardening, and DIY projects.  I love watching her grocery hauls from Aldi's and seeing what meals she will create from that.  Her home is so beautifully decorated with fall decor that it would literally make you taste Fall!  I enjoy seeing bits and pieces of her home and learning the back story on her makeovers.  Be sure to check out her work!

Check out Lou Ann's blog - It's Always Something Around Here
Check out Lou Ann's Youtube Channel - Gardaris 

Happy Friday,