Last night I gathered up all the twigs and leaves in the yard and lit probably the last fire I’d be having until fall. I got the Uniflame WAD997SP Aged Bronze Outdoor Firebowl with Lattice Design last year on Black Friday from Amazon and have loved it ever since. I didn’t get a chance to use it as much as I’d have liked to but with the weather beginning to finally warm up, at least for today, I don’t see many more opportunities other than leaf burning for it. But that’s ok, I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather (just not the pollen).
Here’s a little tip for quickly getting your fires going. If you’re reading this then you probably use toilet paper and usually use a dryer for your clothes (but you never know). All those empty toilet paper rolls and annoying dryer lint can be put to good use. Stuff the empty toilet paper rolls with dryer lint and use them as fire starters. It’s a great use for both of these instead of just tossing them in the trash. Of course I don’t recommend stocking up on them throughout the year as that’s a major fire hazard, but making them as needed so far has been a big help.
As my 30th birthday steadily approaches I’ve been trying to make a lot of lifestyle changes. I’ve been trying to put away more money into savings (although birthday plans threaten to change that) and also pay off all that debt I managed to accumulate being typically irresponsible in my 20’s. The downside to both of those is that I’m now seeing so much in my house that I want to change and upgrade. I’ve been living on my own for almost a decade now and while most of my furniture has withstood the time and a move I’m seeing more and more I just want to get rid of. While I was in my condo everything seemed to fit just right and managed to reflect me.
Unfortunately as I’ve grown over the last few years that’s changed and I feel like most of my house is a bit of a disaster. It might have to do with moving into a bigger place and having the space to finally spread out and create a home for myself but I’ve made the decision that most of my furniture just needs to go. So I’ve decided to take things room by room and upgrade them one at a time. This way I’m not going to break the bank by going overboard and I’ll be able to save on interest fees on those items that I’ve got to buy with credit. After the bulk of that is done I’ll be able to focus my attention on the actual upgrades like kitchen cabinets, closet systems and the bathrooms.
One of the things that I’ve done is started using Ikea shopping lists to get everything I want for my different spaces sorted out. I’m not planning on turning my house into an Ikea show room but the shopping lists have been a big help on figuring out exactly what I’ll need and the styles that I’m looking for. Last year before Christmas I also created a registry at Bed Bath & Beyond for upgrading my kitchen. The registry is a bit of a hodge podge because I’m doing a combination of four colors for my new dishes and instead of just randomly picking accessory pieces by the color I added one of each to make it random in the event someone picks the item up and if I get two of the same thing I can always exchange it for something else on the list.
The first room I’m planning to start with is in the front of my house and currently serves as a guest bedroom and kind of a junk room for things I had no where else to put. Up until last Friday the room had an old kitchen table that’s belonged to my parents and my sister before it got dropped on me. While its an amazing piece of furniture, I just don’t have to room for it so its been moved out and into storage. It also has a futon that I bought when I first moved out and a wire shelf I’m using as my makeshift linen closet. All in all, its just not working.
My goal is to get a daybed with storage drawers, a linen cabinet and a nightstand for that room to begin with. Depending on how I decide to set the room up and if its needed I might add a matching wardrobe as well but that’s something that will come after working on the rest of the house. As for the shelf that’s in the room now, I plan to move that into the dinning room for pantry and appliance storage.
I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me but I’m really looking forward to the challenge as soon as I get past my 30th. We’ve got a lot planned for it but I’ll save that for later.
Plated has expanded my cooking horizons. A lot of people might think that it’s a waste of money having the membership and buying the meals, but for someone who lives alone and works all day it has actually been helpful to my wallet. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve just ordered out or run to the store to buy a pre-made meal from the deli. Over the course of a month, that adds up and weighs heavily on my bank account. With Plated, I’ve been able to cook twice a week and have meals for four, sometimes five days. I think the best part though is that everything is measured out for you so you don’t over buy in the grocery store and let things go to waste. The meals are diverse and really good, the only downside I seem to have is sometimes the dish is a little bland, but that has ore to do with my reservations in using salt than the dishes themselves.
I’ve learned to cook thinks I would have never even considered on my own. When searching for recipes to try, I always tend to grab things that look easy or contain ingredients that I’m confident with. The meals I’ve received so far have taught me how to use vegetables I never would have before or cook dishes that would have never even crossed my mind in the past. I find myself looking forward to my Plated boxes arriving and its made me excited to learn how to cook. I’ve also been saving all of my recipe cards so that I can use them again in the future.
So far I haven’t had a single bad experience with Plated and I’ll be continuing to use them for the foreseeable future. If you’re interested in checking Plated out you can get two free plates by using this referral link!
Today I went to the store in hopes of finding a wreath for my front door and ended up leaving with far too many decorations than I needed. And yet now that I have them up, it was only enough to decorate my dinning room and now my living room looks bare. I forgot how much I loved decorating, how much I enjoy transforming my space into one that welcomes the next season. Which takes me back to why I love fall so much. The transition from fall to winter is slow and filled with thousands of colors, smells, tastes, and so much more.
Once fall hits, I know its time to pull out all of my favorite candles and get the oven ready to start baking. This year I’m going to try and go with a much more healthier route. I’ve been trying to cut out as much processed food as I can. In doing so, I’ve discovered how much I love quinoa and mixing it with all sorts of vegetables. The next thing I’ll be trying to bring into my diet is kale.
I’m going to wind this post up now, otherwise I’ll end up going into detail about the dinner party I want to plan for early November.
Boy, have I missed blogging. The last few years or so have been a complete whirlwind of things, including me not really accomplishing much of anything. I pulled away from social media, blogging, entertaining and everything else that I always loved. It’s time to start making some changes in my life and one of those is that I really want to get back into blogging, I think it will be a step in the right direction of getting my life back on track.
I’m going to start fresh, with a brand new blog and go in a brand new direction. I miss getting out and experiencing my city, I miss taking photos, and I miss the people I’ve lost contact with.
So, what have I been up to all of this time? Well, I moved into a house a little over a year ago and I’ve been working on getting the inside and backyard situated. There are still plenty of things I would like to get done, like replacing the vanity in my bathroom and doing an entire kitchen renovation but I’m taking everything one step at a time. That is pretty much all I’ve been up to, and learning how to cook. That has been an adventure all in its own. I knew how to cook the basics, but I’m trying to branch out and use more fresh and local foods as opposed to frozen and canned.
I guess that’s what this blog is going to be focused on. My adventures in home ownership as I approach my thirtieth birthday next year.