Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I'm Becoming UNSTUFFED

Yes... you read that correctly.... I said, #Unstuffed !

If you haven't already heard about the Unstuffed phenomenon let me share a little of my experience with you.
 I also have information about a fabulous Giveaway at the bottom of this post.

About a month or so ago I was given the opportunity to read a draft copy of a book that was hitting the shelves on April 5, 2016. The title was intriguing

"Unstuffed - Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul"

When I think about books of this nature I immediately think of young moms who are fighting the battle of toys, messy finger prints on the walls, endless piles of laundry - you get the picture.

I've been there - done that - got my T-shirt

But I am an Empty Nester which poses it's own unique set of challenges and circumstances that doesn't involve any of the aforementioned.

What made me so interested in this book?

Here is my review of New York Times Bestselling Author, Ruth Soukoup's latest book....

As an Empty Nester I found this book to be very insightful and relevant for me - even today.

While I don't have children living at home any longer I was encouraged by Ruth's instructions on how she has helped her own children overcome the "commercialism" that bombards us each and every day. The techniques she uses are age-old principles that she has applied to the world we live in today. I know she is on the right track because I have used some of the same "principles" on my children as they were growing up and it has been well worth the effort.

How could a book like this help someone like me that no longer has young children living at home?

I will admit that while the section on the "Home" did have a few practical tips and ideas that I have started to implement it was the last two section that really started to "hit home" Mind & Soul.

Recently, a long time friend came to visit and she remarked, "Why does your house always look so organized?" This was a golden opportunity to begin telling her about this book that I had been reading. I explained that "my stuff" is neatly hidden away in storage containers filled with memories and papers... oh!... the boxes of papers!

As a retired homeschool mom I have an enormous amount of school papers and drawings; large containers stuffed full to overflowing with 4-H ribbons and Livestock Show ribbons; trophies and awards; and all of the memories attached to each item. Similar to the author I have also acquired a large amount of items due to the loss of my grandparents, mother, and my youngest child. Attached to all of that is precious memories so all of the "stuff" remains packed away inside the many storage containers hidden behind closed doors.
Is it really possible to separate the memories from the stuff?

In Ruth's book, she tackles this very sensitive subject with sound advice and encouragement. She talks about how she is learning to let go of the "stuff" and retain the precious memories of loved ones who have passed on. She also devotes a portion of her book explaining how she talks with living relatives about "quality (time) vs quantity (stuff)".

Ruth is not a psychologist, decluttering expert, or professional organizer. She is someone just like you and me who is sharing practical advice on how she has overcome her own faults and failures.
I think that this book is for anyone - regardless of your age or stage in life - who is looking to be "Unstuffed" !

Would I recommend this book? Sure I would! It has given not only myself, but also my husband the extra nudge we needed to start pairing down and going through boxes that have been packed away.

Win The #Unstuffed Closet of Your Dreams!

Go to the Living Well Spending Less website to enter. Hurry - you only have until April 19, 2016!

Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for promoting this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey Surprise

This turkey is so adorable and is filled with a special surprise.

  • Cut the Turkey Slider Hatch Treat Box using your Silhouette Cameo 
  • Assemble according to the directions
  • Wrap Hershey Nugget candy with coordinating paper strips fill inside of box

I want to wish everyone a very Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Sweet Holiday

Nothing makes the holiday season sweeter than..... well.... SWEETS!

  • Cut the Owl Box pattern using your Silhouette Cameo
  • I created several small oval shapes using my Silhouette Cameo then cut them out of patterned paper
  • Assemble box
  • Glue ovals on to the owl front along with the other embellishments
  • Add your favorite treat
For those of us celebrating Thanksgiving this coming week, create a special gift for your Host or Hostess or each of your guests.

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