Those of you who follow me on social media and Pinterest may have read a few of my posts about decluttering and leading a simpler life. I have also blogged about it, especially at the beginning of the New Year.
To say that our life is full is a HUGE understatement because our cups are definitely running over. I do concede that we may be people that like to stay busy, but we are ready to slow down and lead an active and enjoyable life. There is a difference. We want one, where on a Saturday afternoon can mean taking off to enjoy a day at the winery, without sitting there thinking of the 10 million things that we should be doing at home.
One of my boys kindly pointed out one day that I basically have like four full-time jobs. I love the path that Dan and I have taken with the business and its growing. Growing to the point that our middle son, Zack has come home to help us and will one day take on a major role in the business.
With Zack comes Buddy the Bernese, along with all of Zack's household belongings. For now, he is living in the basement but we have a plan for his future living situation. That's another blog post, but the point here is it's more "STUFF".
How many of you when trying to unplug to read a book or sit on your front porch, mentally build a to-do list? Raise your hand, go ahead. That is your "stuff" holding you hostage. To me, it's like a noose around my neck and its been
getting tighter the older I get.
We have this beautiful setting here at the cottage, but for me to go outside it is mentally exhausting. I cannot just sit, I have the porch cleaned and the weeds pulled, well mentally anyways, before I am up and off doing laundry again.
See my problem.
It's an issue because my craziness bleeds into Dan's world. Poor guy and he is great at just letting shit go, unlike his batshit crazy wife. It drives me crazy that the basement is a mess, after 3 floods, with "stuff" that we don't need obviously, because I never venture down there. The garages are overflowing with "stuff" that we have moved like 5 times. Sad to say that I have never been able to
park my car in the garage.
The door gets kicked in here and now with an opportunity to downsize, OK not like a little, but a major. Think of it like a full Swedish Death Cleaning,
while living and at a young age.
Our youngest son is leaving the US Coastguard and is moving back home too. Attention friends who are saddened that their kids are leaving the nest after high school graduation, no worries because they come back home.
It's a great feeling knowing that they want to be close to you too.
It means that you did something right as parents.
Dakota and Janna purchased an apartment house here in Ohio, after the hurricane in Puerto Rico where they are stationed. This is a four unit old house with a nice little one story unit on the back. Basically, we are trading spaces when they come home in July. He and Janna need more space with a family, and we need less
space and stuff to enjoy life.
The beauty is that we are doing a small renovation and we will move in when it is COMPLETELY done. Yes, I said COMPLETELY. Then when we move on to the next chapter, which I am hoping involves a beach, Dakota will have an upscale unit to rent and we will have much less"stuff" to transport.
Do not be afraid for us I cannot emphasize enough how ready we are. Dan and I have discussed this at great length, and we are beyond ready to PURGE. Folks, I caution you this is not a decluttering.
Our plan is to bring you along on this journey. The first part of the journey is checking out our new digs. Keep in mind we have the knack to turn shit into roses as they say. Not that this is shit, it is just a little tired. Sort of like us.
Allow me to introduce to you the "The Suite".
800 SQ Ft of HAPPINESS!
This name choose us because many times we have been in a hotel or cabin and have said, yes we could live in a space like this. Here is our chance.
Stay tuned because I will be sharing with you all the twists and turns, along with all the materials that we will be using throughout the project,
and of course our DIY tips.
No pun intended with the Government shutdown happening. Don't you wish we could all be like the political babies and just stomp our feet and say no we are not doing it and then BOOM nothing gets done. It's not that easy in life, unfortunately. Enough about politics, I am not getting into a political rant today.
My "Saturday Shutdown" is taking the day off, well off from the "day job" I am focusing on our household chores and our little, Adeline is coming to play with Gigi while her Mom gets a much needed day off!
So the reality of how much I get done will probably really not be as much as I have on my mental list. That's OK because I know it will all be here tomorrow and the many days after.
This morning I have bee scrolling through Pinterest. Looking for recipes for some pantry stock. This all plays in to my "less is more" theory. I am trying to cook with some creative things that we already have and only spend on a few necessities that we need. Like coffee and creamer. Priorities right!
But seriously, I have enough orzo to feed a small village. This week's menu will be featuring a soup and a main orzo dish with some orzo. I will supply you with the recipes and photos on social media this week.
The other idea that I have is going through our endless bottles of lotions and beauty supplies. YES, I know you know what I am talking about. Look under that bathroom sink of all the gifts from Christmas past or even the bottles that have just a few bit left but you had to switch because the shampoo and conditioner need to be the same brand. GOT YA! We are going through them one bottle at a time.
We are even giving up toothpaste too! Dan and I both agree that we like regular, plain old baking soda with our Phillips SoniCare toothbrushes. We absolutely love how our teeth feel and as you know there are other things that you can use baking soda for. Here is a link to Dr. Axe and 33 remedies that you can use with baking soda.
Like the government right now, we are on a spending freeze on so many items. With our business just getting off the ground we have a lot of expenses going out for that, especially with the new shop. I am looking for creative ways to downsize and earn extra cash to help pay down debt that we have incurred as a result.
I am packing my Poshmark Closet full and I have discovered a few new selling sites on FaceBook which I will share with you on our page. Every day I am trying to list a few things. All of this comes from reading ideas on the Pennyhoarder.
I recently sold this Indiana Carnival Glass Candy Dish on This and That Vintage FaceBook Group.
Well, I think I hear my girls coming up the lane. It's gonna be a heat wave in Ohio today. A high of 48 and that will turn our life here on the ridge a "Muddy Mess".
Enjoy the day!
Till next time!
Happy Monday All! It's only the 15th of January and I am already two blog posts behind. Please forgive me for this, as you all already know our life is full.
I have been giving some presentations on QuickBooks with our local area chambers, my last one for this month is this week plus we are on the cusp of busy season. Poor Dan is running around like a madman working and piecing the shop together all alone. For some reason my four days a week job has morphed into five or six.
With all of this in our lives, not to mention our children, family, and friends, I have made a decision that I will no longer do work on the weekends, I will also take a day for self-care. Whether it's a mental or a physical break to just be and enjoy the moment that I am in because busy is not a badge of honor I have declared.
I have over the last few weeks came across some really awesome FaceBook pages and blogs about all of this. A lot of our stress in life comes from "stuff", the materialistic weight of all the things that we do not need. Along with our mental mindset of how we are choosing to lead our lives. I really recommend following the pages of Life Simplified and Becoming UnBusy. Here are a few of their posts that have struck me and I have had to share.
This past Friday evening at 6:15, Dan walked down to our basement and discovered 6" of water yet again. This is the third time in less than two years. The sump pump gave out and the majority of the stuff that was down there is now drying out again. The funny thing is I really can't tell you the last time I was down in our basement. So my conclusion is I must not really need the stuff that it holds.
Yet again, this basement is going to suck up more of our precious time because now we have to clean it all up again, but this time we are DISPOSING of the stuff. It will either go to the dumpster at the end of the lane, sold or donated. As far as I am concerned the basement can be emptied and when the kids come for a visit they can use the air mattress. Obviously, nothing down there is an everyday need for us if we go down there so little.
In the five wonderful years that Dan and I have been married, we have moved five times. Our garage is still full of boxes from our past lives and things that we have accumulated from our short time together. Needless to stay I still can't park in our garage.
I think about all the wasted energy from us packing up and moving the same stuff over and over. Then we have the money that we have used renting a storage building. All of that energy, time and money WASTED, that we could have used to share a real adventure together and made a memory for the books.
We are done! Finished! Finto! I don't care if it is just one box, one drawer or one item but every day I am clearing out and eliminating something from our house. Yesterday I cleaned out two drawers, today I listed some vintage glassware online. Tomorrow will be just the same.
To say that we are going to become minimalist, perhaps not, but I would say that we are "cutting the clutter" MAJORLY.
Till next time!
It's Memory Monday and I want to share a family memory with you from this past year. This memory caused a lot of craziness and worry in our family but we got through it. That's what families do.
As you all know we had quite a few hurricanes last year. Our youngest son, Dakota, his wife and our little Adeline happened to be in the path of two of them. Dakota was and still is stationed with the United States Coast Guard, in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the time the two that impacted the Caribbean in September.
The first one they rode it out pretty easily since it did not have a direct hit on Puerto Rico. The second one not quite so much. Erma took a direct hit to the island. Luckily for us, Janna and Adeline were evacuated the day before it hit Puerto Rico.
I am sure that Janna, will never forget this past year, but I only wish that our Adeline, would have been old enough to remember her ride out of Puerto Rico on the C-130 US Coast Guard Cargo Plane. The orders were given early that morning and they could only pack one suitcase for each and at the time we had no idea where they were flying into.
They landed in Tampa that afternoon to much chaos with everything be so short notice. Luckily for our girls, they only had to spend one night and then we had them on a plane bound for Ohio. We were so thrilled to be able to hug them when they arrived at the airport and Dan and I were so relieved to have them home safely.
We all worried and prayed for Dakota and his shipmates and the families that where left behind, but as Dakota reminded me on a regular basis, this is what they train and prepare for everyday. Then of course I reminded him, that "Worry" is what Momma's do.
Our girls are still here in Ohio with us and unfortunately they will not be able to be reunited with Dakota full time for quite some time. He has been home twice and I know that every time he leaves them it is harder and harder. We all do our best to keep them busy and to make the time fly. Luckily, children are resilient and at this stage, the impact is not as great.
Adeline keeps Janna hopping, as well as her handmade soap business, Sailor Suds. She and Dakota started this in Puerto Rico and she has kept it going. I am looking forward to watching where she takes the business into the coming year.
I am quite proud of our girl, Janna and the strong mother that she is. She might night be mine by birth, but I love and admire her the same.
Till next time.
P.S. If you would like to purchase any of Janna's natural handmade soap, I have linked the images below to her etsy page.
And just like that, it's Friday. I am now truly believing what my grandparents use to say about how time just goes faster the older that we get.
Dan has been running around handling the day to day business of No Pressure Services. This means, chasing down parts, picking up repairs and making hoses. With all that, he has been moving bits and pieces into our new shop.
My goal for him is to be all moved in and comfy cozy by the end of the month. I hope for his sake that we can make that happen. I hate him having his inventory spread out over three places. He spends more time hunting than he does making hoses and repairs.
Right now we are basically a one-man band with me at my day job at the accounting firm, as a QuickBooks Advisor. I try hard to keep the paper work end of the business going on the weekend and handle all the marketing. Luckily, I know a thing or two about bookkeeping, and together we are building the business, one day at a time.
I give business advice to my clients everyday. I am always telling them that a business does not happen overnight and not to stress the small stuff. The big one is to have patience and let the business take its natural course.
I will tell you this and Dan will wholeheartedly agree with me, I am better at giving the advice to soothe my clients, than taking the advice myself. This is something that I am always working on. Life as I just explained is too short to sweat the small stuff and not to savor the moments. When you are building a business, you really need to savor the BIG moments.
So for 2018, I am on the path of savoring life and with that, I would like you to savor with me our new shop.
Dan and I, as most of you already know or can tell, have a love of the old. This space at the "Old Lodge" building, is part of a revitalization that is going on in our small river town, in Malta, Ohio. When I stumbled into it, I knew for sure it was the perfect spot for No Pressure Services. I had to persuade my husband a little tho.
Our original plan for our business was not to have a brick and mortar location but in small towns and areas like ours we have quickly found that a brick and mortar is a must. Especially, since we are serving the local agricultural community.
These images that I am sharing with you are a lot of before and a few pictures of the pieces that will be going into the space. I promise to update you once we get all moved in over the next few months and things are looking really pretty.
Happy Friday and till next time!
Happy Wine Down Wednesday! I am into this short week like no other, but so ready for it to be over. What about all of you?
We are crazy busy with life and our new shop for No Pressure Services! (Which I will be sharing pics of soon.) Dan is working like a madman, while I am off tending to my small business clients getting them and their QuickBooks up and running for the New Year. Oh let's not forget that awful "T" word, TAX Season is now upon us.
When it is crazy like this, I am always looking for quick and easy meals. Especially, when it's cold outside. The last thing that I want to do is leave the ridge after I am in for the night. Especially, after I have my comfy clothes on. Yes, ladies, you know what that means, yoga pants and NO BRA!
One of our easy go-to meals is a charcuterie-board or if you are from the hills like us, a meat and cheese board. Some evenings we will even pair it with a bottle of wine. Pinterest has some great ideas on these easy to make boards and I have started a collection for you to look at.
The can be as easy as this one is-no need for complicating life, just go with what you have on hand.
Oh, don't think these are just for adults either. Our, Adeline, loves a good board too!
Like this one with pretzels and her favorite, PICKLES. The wine in the background was an adult only glass. No worries.
For me, grapes or berries are a must, but it's really up to you. We love a hard salami and sometimes it's just a simple turkey pepperoni because that is all that's in the fridge. Crackers or no crackers, again a lot is just based on the pantry stockings. Oh, and Daniel's must-have is an olive of some sort. If you have a Trader Joe's & Aldi's close by, they are a great grab for some of these items.
Have a great rest of your Wednesday and "Cheers" to sliding into the weekend like no other. Well almost.
P.S. Here are a few ideas for serving your board!
Happy New Year Y'all! I haven't blogged forever like and 2018 is gonna be a banner year for me and our blog, "R" Crazy Re-Fined Life. It feels great to pull all this together and get back in the saddle again.
I love journaling/blogging and this is where I am turning to, to let it all out. The good, the bad and the ugly of our life in 2018. I hope that you join me for our journey of "enjoyed chaos".
I think this year I am going to start Monday's off with a theme of #MemoryMonday. I love photos and like most people, my phone is filled with them. My daughter-in-law, Janna, is great about getting them printed off, I am not so great. My father reminds me this ALOT.
So, here I will share some of my photos of the past year or so on our #MemoryMonday.
Today's #MemoryMonday I share with you, my Grandmothers. I am a blessed girl with lots of strong women in my life, but these two where driving forces in my youth and young adult life.
At 93 Grandma Virginia (Ginny to most) is still with us. She helped not only raise me but my boys too. When they were mere babes we lived a house down from her and believe me she made the trip down the street a lot. We are blessed to have her with us still. I try to pop in and see her once a week.
My Grandma Vern passed away when I was in High School. She taught me a lot at her knee. My love for baking and artsy craft came from her I do believe. She had a wonderful way of making something out of nothing. Yes, that is me that she is holding.
These two ladies are what inspire me today in my relationship with our Miss Adeline. I hope to influence her in the positive ways that both of my grandmothers have influenced me over the years.
Till next time my friends!
There are many things that makes me recall memories of those who have past. I have been blessed with some great ladies in my life. I am pretty sure that they are my pull to things vintage. It keeps all those past good memories alive.
I also believe that food is a memory trigger too. I love re-creating recipes handed down to me throughout the years. This past weekend my loving memories have been in full force. At times making me a little weep eyed.
First I found a skirt that reminded me of my Grandma Vern. She would of paired it with a white blouse, a pair of pearls and a pair of her Grasshopper flats. You can learn more about this skirt, along with a few other of my weekend finds on our new "Latest Finds" page.
Then for the second time this week we made my Aunt June Bug's, famous rice, per my sons. I love it because its three only ingredients-Jasmine Rice (Aldi's), Kerry Gold Butter, and sweet condensed milk.
The Jasmine Rice is my new go to for rice. I have officially said good-bye to Minute Rice. Once you try it, you will understand why and I promise you will love it.
The simple recipe is as follows:
4-6 Servings of Cooked Rice
1 Stick of Kerry Gold Butter or butter of choice
1 Can of Sweet Condensed Milk
Mix together with cooked rice an wa la!
I hope you enjoy the rice and thank you for sharing my memories with me this Monday.
Till next time!
I hope this finds you all running and screaming excitedly into the weekend, like we are around here. Many things are going on today and the best thing of all is that our little Sweet Adeline will be arriving tonight with her parents. Dan and I so can't wait to spoil her in the upcoming days.
I am also excited that the door of Triple "R' is starting to open again. Reconnecting with all of you and taking our life long baby in some what of a new direction with great things on the horizon. As things unfold I will start to let the cat out of the bag so to speak.
We are excited to be on this journey in our life right now, even though it is stressful at times. So sit back and enjoy the moment with us as we start to kick open another door here on the ridge!
Have a great weekend!
Happy Mid Summer all! I hope this finds all of you well and happy.
I have really been MIA for quite sometime. I hope that you all can forgive me.
We have a lot of irons in the fire right now and those of you that know me,
know that I am having a ball!
Daniel and I have been working hard on our business No Pressure Services.
If you haven't seen or heard about it, I really urge you to check it out at www.nopressureservices.com.
We are a mobile hydraulic repair service and it's pretty cool. Dan and our middle Son, Zack are running it and I am the office girl and head cheerleader or marketing directory if you so choose.
Since I am such the social butterfly, a few months ago I picked up a jewelry line called Chloe + Isabel, which I am so in love with, to help get me out of the house.
Check out my online boutique www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/amysmith0523.
Now that things are sort of slowing down and getting a rhythm, I would like to start Triple "R" Creations back up in a new and re-defined way with my girls. So stay tuned!
Hello there! We are Daniel & Amy Smith of Triple "R" Creations. Together we are creating a crazy re-fined life, be it re-creating, re-modeling, traveling, enjoying fine food or just enjoying life with our family and friends. All from our crazy cottage by the pond along the banks of the Muskingum River, in Southeastern Ohio. Come in sit a spell and read all about our latest adventure.