Five Things Friday

1. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Tiina, you won the Suddora Sweatbands giveaway from earlier this week!  Congratulations! BTW – Tiina runs an awesome blog called One Crazy Penguin.  You should check it out!

2. Chicago Runners:  I’ve started leading runs at Tri-Factive, the chiropractic place I love so much!  If you’d like to join us for a monthly fun run, the next one is on Tuesday November 4, and are based out of their place in the Roscoe Village area.  Join us not only for running, but a dynamic warmup, chair massage, and drinks afterward!  You can RSVP on Meetup. I look forward to seeing you there!

3. I have amazing more amounts of time, mentally & physically now, and I’m super excited.  I hope you see it in my broadening of the blog posts, like the organization series I am starting up.  If you didn’t read about it, check out my first post on how I’m decluttering my home!

4. I made some pumpkin chili yesterday that I was really looking forward to.  I mean, what does not scream fall except for pumpkins? Well, it didn’t really turn out.  I mean it’s chili, but it has a flat taste even though I followed the recipe.  #pinterestfail

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5. I’m super excited to be going to a blogger cooking class this weekend at Whole Foods Northbrook!  It’s about plant-focused nutrition, which I really need to focus on since I am apparently loving to forget a veggie when I make meat dishes.  It’s happened the last two times now.  I’m good at curry/soup/stews, and meat dishes without any veggies.  Time to expand my cooking repetoire… #WFMPlantProteinParty

I’m linking up with KatieHeather, and Clare to celebrate Friday, so head on over to their blogs to join the fun!

An Organized Life: 40 Bags in 40 Days

I mentioned last week that I am working on getting myself more organized.  Since this is something I feel like I’m constantly working on, I’m going to start a semi-regular series to share my organization tips & experiences.  Hopefully you like it!

An Organized Life

I’m focusing on two areas for right now:

1- Getting on track with nutrition, fitness & weight management.   I’ve started meal planning, tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal, and working toward getting to my Happy Weight.

2 – Getting my home organized!  Mike & I would like to move sometime soon-ish, and we know it’s going to be a b**** to pack & move. So I’ve started with working to clean through purge, and organize things.

See, I have this thing where I don’t like to throw stuff away.  I like saving magazines, books, and clippings.  Information-wise, I’m starting to get used to cataloging things in Evernote, and using my Kindle & iPad instead of buying books.

However for the “Stuff,” I’ve started on a “40 bags in 40 days” project.  Each day for 40 days, I am going to clean through one section in my home and get things organized, and hopefully purge a lot!

I got this idea from Little Lucy Lu.  Her list is nicely handwritten, but I’ve typed mine out (and filed in Evernote):

  1. Entryway bags
  2. Junk Drawer in downstairs bathroom
  3. Other downstairs bathroom drawers
  4. Utensil drawer in kitchen
  5. Hard-to-reach cabinet in kitchen
  6. Pantry
  7. Kitchen cupboards
  8. Under the kitchen sink
  9. Refrigerator
  10. Living room bookcase
  11. Wedding gift corner
  12. Window sills
  13. TV cabinet
  14. “Bags” baskets
  15. Nightstand drawers
  16. Bathroom drawers
  17. Bathroom basket
  18. Bathroom counter & shower
  19. Sock drawer
  20. Other dresser drawers
  21. Underbed storage (my bedroom)
  22. Closet (guest bedroom hangers)
  23. Closet (guest bedroom containers)
  24. Closet (guest bedroom floor)
  25. Closet (my bedroom accessories & shoes)
  26. Office desk drawers
  27. Guest bedroom floor
  28. Wicker storage basket (bedroom)
  29. Books in upstairs shelves
  30. Upstairs shelves – other
  31. Car trunk
  32. Car (main space)
  33. Medals
  34. Shoes (in living room/ entrance)
  35. Kitchen Cupboards (pots/pans)
  36. Bonus
  37. Bonus
  38. Bonus
  39. Bonus
  40. Bonus

40 Bags in 40 DaysAny other suggestions on getting the home tidied?  Any spaces you think I may have missed? 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Giveaway

When I was at the Chicago Marathon Expo last weekend, I was shocked to walk in and see a humongus bra sitting in the middle of the expo space.  Turned out it was the Stories of the Girls station hosted by Advocate Health Care.
Big or Small

Big or Small

I’m glad we’re making progress from wearing pink & buying pink stuff to talking more and more about how to truly care for your breasts and preventive care, and the impact that breast cancer (and really any cancer) has on a patient, on family, on friends.
In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Suddora Sweatbands has released special breast cancer awareness sweatbands and provided me with some sweatbands to give away!  They are also donating  5% of all sales during the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness.

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