Easy Moving Tips: Use Linens & Table Runners to Pack Dishes

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unnamedAs you are probably well aware, we just got done with a pretty big move. Through that moving process I picked up on a bunch of moving and packing tips that helped us out a ton!  Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite.

Sometimes the easiest tips are the best. Here’s one that won’t cost you a penny and will actually save you some money you might have spent on packing material. I used all my table runners and linens to pack my dishes. Fold them up, line them with or stuff them in. Whatever way you choose to use them, they help keep glass from touching glass, resulting in chips and breaks.

Now I mostly used just the linens and table runners because I had plenty. But you can also use dish towels, bathrooms towels and I’ve even heard of people wrapping their glasses in socks, although that totally weirds me out!

So there you have it. One super simple moving/packing tip. What are some of your best packing tips?

 

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12 Goals for the New Year Week 42 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

an organized home

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  But that was at the old house. ;)  

My new game plan is to have everything unpacked and put away by mid December {the remodel is suppose to be wrapping up towards the end of November} so I don’t have to stress about having an unorganized house anymore. If all goes well, I should have all the kitchen stuff unkpacked and put away in about 10 days. We’ll see.

that crazy wrap thing

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our {now old} house.

I had all but given up hope on fitting into my old jeans until my friend Wendy talked me into trying an It Works Ultimate Body Applicator. Have you tried one of these yet? I “wrapped” last week and I can already tell a difference. My stomach and sides are a little more tone than they were before and I’m going to “wrap” again later this afternoon.

I had planned on posting the before and after pictures this week but didn’t get around to taking them {it’s nuts around here} so I’ll take some pictures this week and post a picture of me in my old jeans in next weeks edition of 12 Goals for the New Year so you can see the difference.

starbucks passion fruit tea

3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Victoria B.C. I’ll be heading to the south in a few weeks for a special event and I couldn’t be more excited! I hear they drink a lot of sweet tea there so I think I’ll fit right in. ;)

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! She’s having a blast and lucky for me she likes talking/texting daily. :) Life is good.

xray of teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – No teeth yet.

volvo wagon

6. Pay off my car. Done! I’m pretty sure the Volvo wagon was the best car that was ever invented.

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done {I’m working on a second one and I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving}.

7 minute marshmallow frosting

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. We celebrated Monkey Boy’s birthday, ate cake {thanks to my neighbor} and looked at used cars. I don’t think it gets any better than that for a teenager.

garage sale

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Sell our house. It felt like it took us forever, but we were finally able to downsize both our home and yard and let me tell you Bob, it feels good. Really, really good.

10. Secret Plan #2 Buy a smaller house.  Done!

11. Secret Plan #3 – Working on it. ;)

burnt bagel

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. Note to self: a gas oven can be tricky.

future garden plans

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  I haven’t been able to spend an hour everyday in the garden these past few weeks, but I am making progress. Once the remodeling project is done and the house is put together I know I’ll be outside more. It’s just a little hard right now.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Planting Cabbage and Lettuce for My Winter Garden

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planting vegetables in a stock tank

Yesterday I was able to sneak outside for a bit and get a jump start on my winter garden. I planted 3 purple cabbage and 2 packets of lettuce seeds in the stock tank turned planter alongside the house. I ordered some Carnival Carrots and Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds from Botanical Interests over the weekend, and as soon as they get here, those will go in the planter as well.

cabbage plant

I also planted a few more cabbage plants and some cauliflower starts in the big pots along the back of the house as well. Normally I would have planted these in early September, but with the move and remodel going on, I’m a little late this year. But I’m optimistic. Unless we have a ridiculously cold winter, I should be harvesting cabbage towards the beginning of next year. It’s a long time to wait for a head of cabbage, but at will at least give me something to look forward to as I map out my garden for next year.

growing basil indoors

And today, I hope to find the grow lights {buried in the garage somewhere} so I can get some basil going indoors. Which I think will look pretty darn fantastic once my kitchen window area gets put back together.

Gardening, there’s always something you can grow!

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Lego Madness, Flamingo Hats, Rain Boots, Kids Jeans, Coupons, Recipes and More

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mornings with mavis

Cameron the cutest carpenter on the planet will be here today installing our kitchen cabinets {and I get to help}. Yay! Chino the Handyman said as soon as the cabinets are installed then the counter top guy can come out a measure and hopefully by the end of next week I’ll have a counter top! How cool would that be?

Pretty rad if you ask me.

Have a great Wednesday everyone,

Mavis

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Got berries in the freezer just begging to be used? This Triple Berry Cornmeal Cake is like a berry crumble or crisp, but with a whole new twist. Like a really sweet “berry” good twist. Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later.

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16 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

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16 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like some form of apples: applesauce, apple pie, dried apples, fresh off the tree apples. I suspect it’s because there are so many different types of apples and then a thousand more ways to prepare those apples. The possibilities are endless. And my taste buds are grateful for that! Plus, the freakin fantastic way baked apples of any kind make your house smell just screams fall.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Brown Sugar

Here’s a roundup of the best of the best apple recipes. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Brown Sugar – This is one of those hearty breakfasts that will stick with you all morning.  The fact that it is ready when you wake up doesn’t really hurt either.  {Pin for later}

Rustic Apple Galette – If you eat with your eyes, you should really give this apple awesomeness a whirl.  It’s as pretty as it is tasty.  {Pin for later}

Apple Butter- There is something so comforting about slathering a warm biscuit with a thick layer of homemade apple butter.  {Pin for later}

Baked French Toast w/ Apples- Adding apples give this old classic a new fall flare.  It is breakfast at it’s finest, I tell ya.  {Pin for later}

Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Chips- These are seriously the easiest healthy snack to whip up.  The are perfect in school lunches or as a quick grab and go snack.  {Pin for later}

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp- This will make your whole house smell like heaven, and if that weren’t enough, a big warm bowl of this will make you the house hero.  {Pin for later}

Applesauce Spice Cake- This is perfect with a cup of tea on a crisp fall morning.  The spice and sweet are divine together.  {Pin for later}

cranberry-apple-pie-recipeCranberry Apple Pie - The tartness of the cranberries and apples combined with brown sugary sweetness always makes the HH take a second helping of this one.  {Pin for later}

Caramel Apples- These are seriously the cheapest kid-loving dessert on the planet.  {Pin for later}

Homemade Applesauce- There is no store-bought replacement for homemade applesauce.  Sometimes, I like to put a dollop of whip cream on a bowl of this applesauce and eat it for dessert.  {Pin for later}

Blackberry Apple Cake- This is one of those Martha Stewart recipes with cake in the title, but it still totally qualifies as a breakfast food.  I wish all recipes could be that versatile :) {Pin for later}

canning-101apple-pie-jam-recipeApple Pie Jam - This is like jam on crack.  It really, seriously, honestly, I am not lying tastes like you are eating apple pie.  {Pin for later}

Crock Pot Apple Butter- How do you improve anything?  You turn it into a crock pot recipe.  Assemble it and walk away.  {Pin for later}

How to Dehydrate Apples- This is the perfect way to use up a big box of apples.  They make a great snack and require almost zero effort.  {Pin for later}

Apple Pie Jam Bars- Enjoy these with a cup of tea in the morning and a scoop of ice cream in the evening–so versatile.  {Pin for later}

DIY-Apple-Pie-Spice-Mix-DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix + Apple Pie Recipe - Seriously, why pay extra to have someone put this together for you?  This mix takes under 5 minutes to put together {and that includes getting everything out and putting it all away}.  {Pin for later}

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies- I love, love, love oatmeal cookies.  Adding apple gives them a fall-like nostalgia.  Trust me, you’ll crave these every fall for the rest of your life.  {Pin for later}

Looking for more delicious apple recipes? Check out my Apple Recipe Pinterest Board!

Not sure what to do with all those apples over the winter? Check out these handy dandy tips on How to Store Apples for Winter.

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 22 – Fireplace Mantel and Kitchen Cabinets Get Delivered

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chino the handyman

Chino the Handyman showed up bright an early this morning to deliver our new fireplace mantel. His family fell a some trees a few years ago and had them milled into giant timbers. This beauty has been sitting in Chino’s garage for about 5 years. Apparently a real fireplace matle isn’t in my budget, so were going to use this instead.

measuring for a fireplace mantel

Chino is all about saving money on this project. In fact the backslash tile for the laundry room is some random, leftover stuff from another job he’s had sitting in his warehouse for the past two years. I have no idea what it even looks like. But I trust him, so I’m just going with it. eight inch timber for wood mantel

What do you think? The beam is about 12 inches wide {plenty of room for candles and knick knacks} and about 4 1/2″ inches thick. I think it will look nice once it’s cut and stained.

cabinets in boxes

And the new kitchen cabinets.

White kitchen cabinets

They’re here! And I love them. Clean, crisp and WHITE. The HH will be picking up the nickle cup bin pulls I picked out on his way home from work today. I have always wanted white cabinets. And now that the kids are older, I can have them and not have to worry about sticky hands or having to constantly wipe them down.

Yee Haw, the finish line is in sight. I can smell it. Only about 4 more weeks to go!

~Mavis

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7 Tips for Getting Kids to Bed on Time

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7 Tips for Getting Kids to Bed on Time

One of the reason I used to love summer is that we could relax a little bit on the strict bedtime routine that the school year required.  I didn’t sweat it as much if the kids were still un-showered and playing outside as dusk fell.  When the school year returned, though, that laid back attitude did not fly.  I was strict about bedtimes, and for a couple of reasons.

One, I was usually spent by the end of the day.  I was ready for some R&R–or at the very least, less noise.  Two, if my kids didn’t get enough sleep, they were bears to deal with the next day.  They were whiney in the morning, and quick to tears by the evening.  So, at the Butterfield house, bedtime became a pretty strict business.  Getting them into that routine, however, wasn’t always easy.  Life obligations occasionally got in the way, and there was nothing I could do about that.

If you are struggling to get back into a bedtime routine, here are some tips to help you get the kiddos all nestled into their beds, so that you can curl up with a book…or just sit and stare blankly at a wall in peace.

  1. About and hour or two before bedtime offer a final snack.  Make sure that they know that this is the last call for the kitchen.  That way, they can’t pull, “I’m huuunngry,” right as you tell them it’s time for bed.
  2. Decide on a bedtime.  This is non-negotiable.  It means you may have to say no to other activities.  If 8 p.m. is bedtime, then make it a priority and avoid being out past 8 p.m. if at all possible.
  3. Create a bedtime routine.  If baths are part of your nightly ritual, start them about 45 minutes BEFORE lights out.  Bathe, brush teeth, read a book.  Your child will start to associate the routine with bedtime, and eventually, their bodies will comply.
  4. If you have a child that is resistant to bedtimes, be firm, but don’t let them see you get riled up {waaaay easier said than done!}.  If they keep getting out of bed, don’t say a word, simply gently guide them back into bed.  The key is not to speak.  They want attention–any will do.  The less you give, the less fun staying awake becomes.  You may have to escort them back to bed several times a night for several nights.  If you remain firm, they WILL stay in bed…eventually.
  5. Rest assured that you are doing them a favor.  Sleep is when their bodies regenerate.  They need it for their health.  By strictly enforcing bedtime, you are giving their health a priority.  Plain and simple.  Seriously, changing your mindset about it will totally change the mood of bedtime.
  6. For older kids, allow a little personal time in bed.  Allow them to read for 15 minutes before lights out.  Tell them what time you want lights out and then act as though you are giving them soooo much freedom by allowing them 15 minutes to unwind in bed.  Older kids eat that stuff up.
  7. Go to bed yourself.  Kids are watching–they know if YOU are making sleep a priority.  If you have a strict bedtime for yourself, make sure to play up each morning how chipper and rested you feel.  It may seem overdone, but little ones are creating habits, and a lot of times, they create their habits by watching you.

I know lots of you have great tips for getting your kids to bed on time…make sure to share the love in the comments below!

~Mavis

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How I Bartered My Mad Painting Skills for a $100 Starbucks Gift Card

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paint on pants

Word on the street is I like to paint. I honestly have no idea how this {misleading} information got out, but apparently it has and in the past 5 days I’ve been asked by 2 different people if I would come over and paint a few rooms in their homes. And yes, these are both able bodied people.

This should be a lesson to us all NOT to post pictures on Instagram of us painting our kitchens because no sooner than it pops up in your friends news feed, your phone won’t stop ringing.

But hey, it’s not like I have anything else to do right now, right? ;)

laundry baskets

So when Mrs. Hillbilly asked if I would paint her daughters room, my mind started churning out questions like:

1. Why don’t you paint her room? {She didn’t want to. Plain and simple}

2. How much did you say the Painter Man was going to charge? {$500}

3. Did that include paint and supplies {Yes}

4. Does your washer and dryer work? {Yes}

lucy the puggle dog

5. Can I bring my {sneaky} dog? Really, she’s no trouble at all. {loooong pause}. ;)

6. Okay, I’ll do it for a $100 gift card to Starbucks. {Because getting paid cash is no fun}.

painting furniture black

So yesterday I loaded up the back of my car with 3 loads of laundry, Lucy the puggle trouble and headed back to my old neighborhood to paint Mrs. HB’s daughters bedroom and bathroom. It took me about 6 1/2 hours and she even made me a turkey sandwich {how sweet}.

While I masked off the walls and rolled on two coats of paint {bright colors can be tricky!} Mrs. HB painted her daughters bedroom furniture black {instead of buying something new} and by the end of the day we had caught up on the latest gossip and was able to spend some productive time together.

Starbucks gift card

Bartering your time for something frivolous is fun. Especially when it involves an unlimited supply of  hot cocoa and tea. Well, at least until the gift card run out that is…

~Mavis

Whats this best thing you’ve bartered for lately?

 

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Free Kindle Books, Little Black Dress Sale, Magazine Deals, Win Free Berries for a Year and More

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Living in the Seattle area is a blast this time of year. Sheesh, I though my house was going to wash away last night with all the rain we had. Water is cool and all, but holy buckets man, enough is enough.

If it’s raining in your neck of the woods today, hopefully you can stay dry.

Mavis

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These Blackberry Ricotta Scones  are so good right out of the oven. Or cold. Or at midnight. Or, well, anytime. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite…

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Freezer Meal – Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

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Freezer Meal - Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

You know how you take a thing you love {chili} and add just one little ingredient {pumpkin} and it changes everything. Well that just happened. This black bean and pumpkin chili is AH-Mazing. It’s really seasonal {pumpkins are all the rage this month!} and perfect for those cold fall nights. Plus, as a freezer meal, it’s really quick to prepare and serve.

Freezer Meal - Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Ingredients

2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium sweet yellow peppers, chopped {How to freeze peppers}
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken broth
4 {15 oz} cans black beans, rinsed and drained
3 lbs ground beef, cooked and drained {I used Zaycon Beef}
2 {15 oz} cans pumpkin puree {How to make pumpkin puree}
2 {14.5 oz} cans diced tomatoes, undrained
4 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
4 teaspoons chili powder
3 teaspoons dried oregano
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Freezer Meal - Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Directions
In a large skillet, saute the onion and yellow pepper in the olive oil for about 2 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Transfer the mixture to a large slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3.

To freeze, let chili cool completely and then divide and transfer to freezer bags {check out how I freeze my sauces and soups} or storage containers. When ready to serve, remove bag from freezer and thaw. Heat on stovetop or microwave until heated through. Enjoy.

Looking for more easy freezer meals? Check out my Freezer Meals recipe index. slow cooker crock pot cookbook My favorite Crock Pot - Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker My Favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook - Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

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