1.29.2015

Knight Pajama Party

Hello Sunshine! Last Friday we celebrated our littlest birthday with a pajama jam. He invited five of his best buds over to have a night filled with fun for his 7th birthday. He truly wanted a sleepover but I just wasn't ready for that endeavor plus most of his friends have never spent the night away from their families, so a pajama party it was.

We served breakfast for dinner, setup the tent in the living room decked out in twinkle lights, watched a movie in sleeping bags, had a sword fight or two, a donut tower instead of a cake, and lots and lots of laughs.
  
  
  
It was a balloon poppin' night to remember!
See ya soon!

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1.19.2015

File Organization

Hello Sunshine! I wanted to start back up the 'Let's Get Organized' series. This is where I share my tips and tricks on tackling a specific area in your home. I hope you follow along as I organize my home one space, one drawer, one piece a paper at a time.
I spent the last couple of days reorganizing my filing system, cleaning out old paperwork, and putting old important files in cold storage. You may remember how I organized my files with washi tape. It is one of my top viewed post on pinterest!

I still love the look but overtime the washi tape has started to peel at the edges. I am planning on replacing my folders with colorful ones with printable labels.

I have received quite a bit of emails asking me how I categorize my files so today I thought I would answer that question along with a few tips.

Our Filing System Organization

When you are sorting through your paperwork, keep pen and paper ready to jot down your categories. Our files are grouped by category and then by sub-categories. This is just how my brain likes to process our paperwork. I have used this system forever and it works for me. Lets get to it, shall we!

Financial

1. Bank Accounts | One folder for each account
2. Receipts
3. Medical Receipts
4. Utilities

Employment

1. One folder per family member per job
2. Retirement | Pension Plans

Student Loans | One folder per account

Vehicle

1. One folder for each vehicle
2. Titles

Insurance

1. Auto Policies
2. Health Insurance
3. Dental Insurance
4. Homeowners Policy
5. Life Insurance
6. Canceled Policies

Personal Records

I keep separate folders for each family member and pet. Each person has several sub-categories that have a separate folder. i.e.
            Darnetha
     •  Education
     •  Medical
     •  Personal
Dr. Jay
     •  Education
     •  Medical
     •  Publications
     •  Copyrights
Each kid has a School, Private Music, and Test Scores file.

Home

1. Home Improvements
2. Mortgage
3. Property Taxes
4. Manuals


Income Tax

1. 2014
2. 2013
3. 2012

How long should you keep your paperwork?

Keep Forever
- Tax returns
- Deeds, mortgages, and bills of sale
- Year-end statements for investments
- Legal Documents i.e. birth certificates, marriage licence, passports
- Medical Records
- Living Wills
- Retirement plans

Keep For One Year
- Paystubs
- Monthly banking statements

Tips
  • Keep important documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, wills in a fireproof box
  • Manage incoming paper by sorting immediately. Mail, for instance, if junk can be thrown away, filed or shredded if it contains sensitive information.
  • Start simple - Come up with a system that is easy to use.
  • Be colorful - Use colorful folders and labels, even color code if that's your jam.
  • Making filing a habit - Find time during the week to empty your 'to file' box. It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to complete.
I realize this system may not work for everyone. It may take sometime to find out what exactly works for you and your family. Do you have any tips on organizing your files? See ya soon!

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1.16.2015

What's Under Your Rugs?

When we purchased our home almost seven years ago, it was our first time having hardwoods throughout. It was love at first sight when we saw our now 67 year old floors. As beautiful as they are, even with its many scratches and grooves, they could become really cold, especially in the winter.

We started to fill our place with warmth underfoot through rugs, then a new issue arose. They slipped and sled across the floor when the wild things, our boys, came running through. Playing Star Wars with their light sabers in hand or soccer in the hallway or my husband working out in the living room.

We tried to fix the slipping by getting those inexpensive mesh pads, you can find anywhere. They stopped the slipping only in the living room, due to heavy furniture placed on top but that was it.
I had always wanted our rugs to be soft and cushiony since we are loungers. When Rug Pad Corner contacted me to give two of their pads a try, I was elated. I excitedly looked through their selection online and a light bulb went off in my head.

Why didn't I ever think to explore my options, I do for everything else. I think it's because in design we tend to dwell on the seen, the more beautiful things, rather than the unseen.

Rug Pad Corner had exactly what I didn't know I needed for our rugs. For the living room we chose the Superior all felt pad. The soft felt is really gentle on the floors. For the master bedroom we went with the Ultra Premium pad. It is non-slip and let me tell ya it stays put.
We had our pads cut slightly smaller than our rugs so the rug edges would lie flat against the floor. Both pads are so dense that you won't have to worry about dirt or dust penetrating through your rugs to your floors.
Since our rug in the living room is weighed down by heavy furniture I thought we really didn't need a non-slip backing on the rug pad. I was wrong. It shifts a lot with the boys running through and especially when my husband is exercising. Not enough to be bothered with it though, I just pull it back into place and voila, magic! I suppose when we finally get our sectional that will no longer be the case.

We have been living with our new rug pads for several weeks now and they're amazing, aside from the living room rug shifting a little.  The one thing we noticed right off the bat is the thickness. It feels as if we bought a new rug! When Darnetha gets down on the floor and can sit or lay for a long period of time, you have to know its a good thing!
Good to know information:
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If you are need of a rug pad I would suggest that you head on over to their website and check out their selection. Don't worry it's easy to navigate and helps eliminate the guesswork involved in picking out your rug pad. As an added bonus, Rug Pad Corner is offering a 15% discount off your entire order for ChippaSunshine readers. Just enter code REVIEW15 at checkout.
Do you have rugs that are slipping out from under you? Any interesting stories? Do you like to lounge on the floor? Ever stepped on a Lego? See ya soon!

Disclosure : Rug Pad Corner provide me with their rug pads for review. This did not influence my review in any way. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

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1.12.2015

Green Envy

Hello Sunshine! For the last couple of months I have had a major crush on the color green. And not just any green but emerald. A deep but yet bright and vibrant color. I want to incorporate it into my living room through curtains. I have white curtains to the windows now and they are doing nothing for me.

I want something dramatic and bold yet earthy and fresh. I have a lot of neutrals in the space and emerald stands out against neutrals. 

Curtains, like paint, are a great way to change the feel of a room. I am leaning towards a solid drape but I have run across some fantastic prints. I can't seem to find a deep enough green drape in the length I need that's pre-made and in my price range. So I am planning or should I say willing to make a set of lined drapes for our living room.

I have a few projects to finish up before I can start this but in the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, here are some loving spaces that have embodied green curtains:

See ya soon!

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1.05.2015

2015 Goals


Hello Sunshine! With a fresh start at a new year, without a doubt, most of us are thinking ahead and planning. Making goals, resolutions, or promises to ourselves for the new year.

All this got me thinking about what's the difference between resolutions and goals, why we tend to break our resolutions, and what I wanted for this fresh start.

I had long ago abandoned the thought of setting resolutions and adopted the One Word theme. In years past my one word has been Simplify, Organize, Happiness, and Move.

For me, a resolution is a broad change we want to accomplish. A goal, on the other hand, is the steps leading up to that change. They are the plans to achieve your change. Do ya feel me on this?

I think a lot of the time the reason why I get lost in my resolutions or one words and even frustrated is that I didn't have a plan, goals in place, to achieve my change.

Of course, this isn't the only excuse. Time, excuses in itself, biting off more than we can chew, unrealistic for your season, doubt, fear, lazy. These are some that come to mind but I feel with each waking day we can start anew. We are often too hard on ourselves and we quit without ever really trying.

Toward the end of last year, I started to figure some stuff out and it helped me immensely. So this year instead of making resolutions or one words, I instead will be setting a few goals. These goals go hand in hand with the permanent changes I want for my life.

GOALS FOR 2015

ONE | CONTINUE MY ORGANIZATION JOURNEY
Starting my 'lets get organized' series lit a fire under me. Those few spaces have made me so happy and I want to tackle more areas in my home. I know myself and I must take my time to insure success. Here are the areas I will focus on this year:
The Boys Room
Storage House
Attic

TWO | RESTART OUR DEBT FREE JOURNEY
I am a big Dave Ramsey fan. We took the financial peace class and it changed our lives. Well, when I was laid off and my income was taken out of the mix, I don't have to tell you, but it changed the whole game. We need to:
Replenish our savings
Start snowballing our debt

THREE | STUDY
I have big plans and in order for me to get there I need to study. I need to set time aside each day and dig my heels into reading, math and vocabulary.

FOUR | 1/2 MARATHON
My beginner training started on the 20th of December and though I am not running as of yet, I started! I will have more on this later. The race is in April!

FIVE | BLOG AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
Expect a post from me once a week! I plan on posting every Monday. Some weeks I may have more to share but I want to focus on bringing new content to you every week.

I feel really good about these five goals, I have a plan in place and support from my family. Have you made any goals for this new year? See ya soon!

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12.31.2014

A Look Back at 2014

Happy New Years Eve! I keep saying this but this year has just flown by. Feels like most of it slipped through my fingertips. I am thankful for so much that has happened this year. I learned a great deal about myself and what's truly important to me, what drives me and what I want for myself.

I had an awesomely unexpected talk with a fellow boy scout mom that revealed somethings to me. I am so excited about this. I know I am being vague but things will reveal themselves in due time.

In blog news|
This year marked my second year blogiversary and I shared the meaning behind our name. I loved the comments from that post and found out we aren't the only ones who make up silly little songs to sing to our kids.

Fall brought an organizing series that I will continue in the new year. I have been checking things off my list left and right and can't wait to tackle a few more spots that need some extra special attention.

In personal news|
My daughter had the opportunity to play in an orchestra comprised of the top students in our mid-state. It was a great honor. I still listen to the audio from that concert, it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard.

My son started to play the piano and the baritone. That baritone it so heavy to carry. We went to his first concert and they did well! He has grown tremendously in soccer and is a true competitor. He has fallen in love with football so I don't know where this will lead.

My littlest is such a funny character. I often just look at him and wonder where he gets it all from. He was having a hard time with reading and only a handful of people knew. I worried so about how he would keep up in first grade and we landed the perfect teacher whose primary background is in literacy. She has helped him grow leaps and bounds. He is now reading and writing his own stories. Too funny.

One of the things I love about this blog is that I can look back at my old post and see what I have accomplished. Although I didn't blog much this year, there were several projects I had totally forgot I had done.

In no particular order, here are some of my favorite projects this year:
This was my first time painting a piece of furniture. I used a bold color choice, which is out of my norm, but I love it! My aubusson blue console table is by far my favorite project I did this year.
Many of you know I host an annual Easter egg hunt. It has been going strong for three years now. I do one prize egg each year and this year I decided to make it a bit special. I have already started brainstorming next years egg. I also made the cutest chocolaty peep pops to hand out as favors to all the kids that attended.
I learned a lot about growing my garden this year. I share my tips on how to start seeds indoors and how to make your own soil, even though those naughty squirrels ruined my crop.
One of the most used projects, is hands down, the homework/art caddy I made for the kids. They use it every single day. I love the fact that I made it rotate and that it holds a ton of supplies.
My husband doesn't usually have much input in many of my projects, his decision not mine. The area by the front door was one he actually had a few suggestions for. That post was all about how we both compromised on that space and it featured my paint dipped library basket.
The 'Hello Teen' room is still a work in progress. This year we installed a new fun light and I made a mustache pillow for her bed. She is still into mustaches and I have no idea why. But my favorite project for her room was the stenciled roller shade. It adds so much to the space.

This was a fun look back! I will be spending the rest of the week brainstorming the fresh new start of another new year. Have a safe New Years and I will see ya soon!
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12.30.2014

This Christmas : 2014

Hello Sunshine! I really can't believe that Christmas has come and gone and we are a couple days from entering a new year.

Christmas was simply wonderful! I can't say it went off without a hitch but it was wonderful. This has been one whirlwind of a month with lots of activities I didn't share, finishing projects, a sickness that led to some rush shopping and late decorating. Here is a run down of this Christmas.
We picked out our tree from a great local spot. It had rained horribly the day before so, yeah you guessed it, the ground was soggy and my daughter and I ruined our flats.

So with wet feet and muddy shoes we picked out the skinniest tree, snapped a quick photo, grabbed some pulled pork and headed home. Besides great trees, there are two things that keeps my husband always coming back to this lot, the pulled pork and that they tie the tree to the top of the van. It's the simple things for him!

We barely got through the weekend before we were struck down with a violent virus. And by midweek we were all laid out. All five of us. No shopping, no decorating, no cooking, no baking, no school, no work, no nothing. I sure did miss my mamma that week.
Our tree and decorations look the same year after year. Red and gold are my colors. Side note next year I will do something different, I've been itching to try a new color combination.

I try to add something new each year which is usually an ornament. This year we added a nutcracker ornament and I made some simple wood slice ornaments. I took a bag of wood slices I got at Michael's and inserted an eye hook to string a piece of ribbon. I wanted do something different with the base of our tree so instead of a tree skirt we used a barrel. Loved it!

We also added garland around the front door and I must remember to take a picture of it before I yank it down tomorrow.
We always go see the big guy himself but this year we went to visit him at Cheekwood. Santa insisted that our oldest take a picture too so I got to have all my children in the picture this year! He talked a long time with the boys. He loved their hair! The boys asked Santa to 'surprise them' on Christmas morning!

We saw two real reindeer! A first for us all. Then explored the Cheekwood mansion. It was decked out with trees decorated for each country. They were magnificent. I had never seen anything like it. Above is the United States of America tree with mantle, and the boys and I took a picture in front of the 80 foot poinsettia tree from Mexico.
After I got all my shopping done, I try to finish before the week of Christmas to focus on family and traditions. We walked through Bethlehem. Made neighbor gifts. We love to pass out homemade treats and this year I made holiday chocolate popcorn or as we call it Christmas crack. It was a huge hit.

We baked cookies, made peppermint bark, watched our favorite holiday movies, drank hot chocolate with marshmallows, and wore pajamas everyday all day! It was simply divine and I think I gained 5 pounds from all our festivities. My workout has now resumed!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Thanks for your comments, emails, pins, likes, and for always stopping by!
See ya soon!

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