The Moment of Truth

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


I kept everyone updated with my health and how I was losing or not losing weight, frequently when I first started blogging. Then I realized that I wasn't staying committed, not to myself or to this blog or to trying to lose weight.

I was on the wagon, off the wagon, on the wagon, ooooofffff the wagon way too many times to talk about here. I am sure my dedicated readers were sick of hearing about it, and I was sick of writing about it and feeling ashamed. So I stopped blogging about it and honestly stopped trying to lose weight for a while. 

Let's go back 6 months and I was at the doctors. My health for the most part is really good (considering), but my cholesterol is starting to get a little high and I am overweight. Shocker, right??!! She told me she wanted me to lose 10 pounds by my next visit in 6 months. This was close to 6 months ago.

Have I lost 10 pounds? Here is the story. I went to the doctors in August and I don't remember the weight on the scale, but I think it was in the 215-220 range. Ugh. I for sure gained before I started to lose and my highest weight showing in My Fitness Pal from my sporadic tracking is 222 pounds in September. I would say it would be accurate to say I probably gained 10 pounds before I even started trying to lose weight. Ugh. I can hear it, some of you are shaking your head and saying, Sandy, Sandy, Sandy....

Hold on, let me explain! I may not have taken off a ton of weight, but I am working on changing my ways and have decided that waking up one Monday morning (because is there any other day to start a diet?) and completely changing the way I eat and exercise is not going to work for me. Yes, I would love to eat healthy and exercise daily, that is the person I want to be, but am I going to go from who I am now to that overnight? #hellno it's not happening. I can tell you that it never works. Believe me, I have tried, again and again. Tomorrow I am going to be a new person...Right??! Wrong!

So what have I been doing? Back in December I started going to Zumba 3 times a week. I LOVE Zumba. Love it! It is a great workout, but for me, totally doesn't feel like it because I have so much fun! It isn't a chore to go which makes me go consistently! In December I didn't really change my eating and just maintained during the holidays.

Starting in January, I am trying to be more consistent in tracking on my Fitness Pal and I got on the scale last Thursday and here is what it said....dun, dun, dun...

OK, so yes, it has been 6 months and I haven't lost the 10 pounds completely, but it is going down and that is what matters! I have lost 8.8 pounds since my highest weight on My Fitness Pal and I think a few pounds since my last weight at the doctors. My appointment is the first week in March and my personal goal is to see at least 199 on the scale. It is more than 10 pounds, but I want to say goodbye to the two's For.ev.er! If I keep up with Zumba and tracking it shouldn't be a problem!

Here is what My Fitness Pal diary looks like since the appointment...



I am going to continue doing what I am doing. I am not limiting any certain foods, or eating low carb. I am just staying within my calorie limits and exercising. This is what I plan to do until it stops working! I will update you here every 4 weeks and let you know how it is going!

How many of you are working on weight loss this year? It is time for me to get healthy and now it is under doctors orders so it is time to listen! 

Have a great day everyone! Till next time ❣

Friday Favorites - 1/19/2018

Friday, January 19, 2018


Good morning and happy Friday! This was an interesting week for us. We traveled last weekend just for an overnight to see our favorite Connecticut family! We celebrated Christmas with them a little late this year and had a great time, as always! 



Monday was MLK day and the kids were off of school. Tuesday kids were back to school and I was feeling a little under the weather for some reason, so I accomplished close to nothing. Then Wednesday, a snow day, so the kids were home again....

I love my kiddos, don't get me wrong, but they just had Christmas break, New Years Day then two snow days that first week of January. Then two days off this week. I need some consistency in my life, and more time to get stuff done!! 

Today, I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites! 


Nail polish is a favorite of mine. I wish I always had my nails done, but sometimes I have bare nails or chipping polish #justbeinghonest. When my nails are done though I love it and when I get a great new polish, I love that too! Olivia picked out a few new nail polishes for my stocking at Christmas and this red is my new favorite color! It is so hard to find a perfect red, but this is it! 




Anyone hate trying to think of lunch ideas? I don't want to put a lot of time or effort into making lunch, or dinner or breakfast, if I am being honest!! But lunch, especially, I want to be easy. Mike and I will often just heat up a bowl of soup, sometimes we'll split one and have a salad on the side or we will just each have our own can and call it good. I found a new soup that is my new favorite! 


I am a very picky soup eater. I prefer a thicker soup, generally. This is not thick, but there is a good amount of the orzo pasta that it feels thick...does that make sense? And the lemon taste is the perfect amount, not too overwhelming! I will be ordering stock in these soups so that every time I want a quick lunch, I have this available! Anyone else have quick lunch ideas? I would love to hear them! 


This dog...


I can not tell you, how much I love this dog! He is just the most affectionate dog! He wants to be on you when he is resting. Leaning against you, head on you or his whole body. There are so many days that I laugh and say, I feel like I have a baby! 

Here are two of my favorite pictures of the week! They show how he loves to snuggle and he is with my favorite kiddos! 





Room Reveals! 

I love a good room makeover! I especially love when I do them for some of my favorite girls! 

Yesterday I posted my newest reveal - Amber's Room


I finally got to see it in person when we went to Connecticut this weekend and I took some pictures! 

I love how it turned out and she does too! For the details, click here

That's it for today! I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

I will be back next week with a health update...it's time to fill you in! 

XOXO

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Room Reveal - Tween Style

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Another room reveal! If you remember, I showed you my niece Grace's room reveal, here. After I did her room my niece Amber decided that it sounded like a great birthday present and she wanted me to makeover her room for her 11th birthday! I love working on a girls bedroom!

With Amber's room we were starting with a blank canvas as she was moving rooms in the house. She knew she wanted to paint her room with the same color as her old room which was Behr Marquee - Aloha.

So I started with the color for inspiration as well as her request for a beach/sea theme! Here is the mood board I showed her to be sure I was on the right track....



She LOVED it! 

Here is the before...




Here is how it turned out...








The left wall has the beginning of a gallery wall! 



What do you think? I love it and most importantly, she loves it! 


Now that Amber's room is finished, Mia, her sister has requested an Auntie Sandy room makeover for her 6th birthday! Her request is fashion/ballet. Even though she is only turning 6, she is very sophisticated :) Check out her mood boards!

MOOD BOARD #1

MOOD BOARD #2



When it is all finished I will post the reveal!

Hope everyone has a great day! Till next time! 

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Friday Favorites - January 5, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018


One of my blog goals this year is to link up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites more often! This is one of my favorite posts to do so, plan to see it hopefully, every week! 



The New Year! Although I tend to think of the new year with back to school time, my planner runs July-June. I do most of my big organizing before the kids go back to school, etc. I still love the January 1st new year to be able to look back at each year and see what was great, what worked, what didn't and what we hope for in the new year! I usually make a list of resolutions, but this year I went with the one word that would encompass my year! Any of you pick a word each year?

 Someone asked what people were picking for a word and I only had to think about it for a second before coming up with PURPOSE. 


The things I am going to do this year will be with purpose. Whether it be getting healthy for the purpose of sticking around to see my kids grow up, or expanding my business to give myself purpose in life besides, wife and mother. Or simplifying our life to have more of a connection in this home of ours. These are just a few of the things that are on my heart right now! What about you? 


Speaking of simplifying, If you haven't read the book, A Simplified Life by Emily Ley, you should! 


 I have been working on simplifying, without even knowing it for a while. I go through our stuff, purge and organize quite often. I limit the number of activities the kids can do each season so that we are never "too busy" for what really matters. I try to get most things done around the house when the kids are at school so that I can be more present when they are around. But, I am not perfect and I still have a ways to go at this vision of a simplified life.  My purpose in this, is to create a calm, cozy and simple home that we just love to be in, where we can escape the craziness that is the rest of the world. Where there isn't clutter in our spaces or in our minds. This book is going to help me get there! Not only the book, but just following Emily Ley on social media is truly inspirational! She is one of my favorite persons to hear speak!



I asked for and received an Instant Pot for Christmas! I was super excited to try it, I have heard nothing but good things about how easy it is to pull together a meal with it. I haven't used it yet for cooking a meal, but I have made hard boiled eggs with it and let me tell you, they are the perfect hard boiled eggs! Wow! I love having hard boiled eggs around for a quick snack, breakfast or to add to a salad, but I really hate making them. It feels like it takes forever and I never do it just right. Well those days are over. I can make a dozen perfect hard boiled eggs in 10 minutes. Seriously! They are perfectly cooked and easy to peel! I have been topping my bagged Fresh Express Bacon Ceasar salad kit with two hard boiled eggs and it is the perfect easy lunch!


Blizzards! This favorite has some conditions, all of my family must be able to be home safe and we must keep our power so we don't freeze. Under those conditions, I say bring it on winter. I love a day to stay home and watch the snow make the entire neighborhood beautiful. These crazies even went outside for a little bit.



 I had to take the dog out a few times, and we didn't make it longer than 5 minutes. But tomorrow, once the wind stops we will have tons of snow for everyone to play in!


That's it for today, I am off to make the kids hot chocolate and snuggle up for an afternoon movie! I hope that everyone has a fabulous weekend. Till next time!

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Can I help with your resolutions?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! I don't know where 2017 went and how it could possibly already be 2018? I say this every year, but it just goes by so fast. All the prep and planning for Christmas and it is here and then over so fast! I enjoyed Christmas and the whole vacation so much this year, there were equal amounts of fun and relaxation and you can't go wrong with that!

Anyway, how many of you made New Year's resolutions? How many of you included getting organized on your list? I am hoping there are a few of you out there ;)

I would love to get you on my schedule to help with this task! Do you have a space in your house that drives you crazy? Do you have a room that is always a mess? Do you wish your mornings/evenings or weekends ran smoothly? I can help!





Here is what other people are saying about the work I have done so far...

"Sandy is the best! She helped me organize all of my clothes and my closet...looks great and is already making my life so much easier!" - Molly

"I had a great experience working with Sandy! Our kitchen was small, outdated and cluttered. We’re still several years out from a full renovation and just wanted some improved organization and a facelift- Beautifully Organized was the answer! The best part about working with Sandy was that she asked so many questions and really tried to understand how our family uses the kitchen...our cooking habits, where we pack lunches, what we use most, how often we bake, etc. She didn’t want to just implement her own organizational preferences, she wanted to make sure everything she did worked best for our family. I’m definitely seeing an improvement in my efficiency in the kitchen as a result of her efforts, and feel like I have so much more space! Can’t wait to implement her paint and backsplash ideas next!" 
- Lacie

"Sandy has helped us transform our house to a home. She worked with us to pick out paint colors for each room and went through room by room helping us organize and style the rooms. Sandy has helped us to reduce clutter and stress in our home and we couldn't be more grateful for all of her help!!" 
- Amanda

"Sandy has done various projects for me from organizing my kitchen to designing my dining room. She selected fabulous elements taking into consideration my preference for farmhouse modern while always giving us multiple choices and price ranges for things so we could make sure it fit within our budget. I couldn’t be more pleased with the work Sandy has done for us. She made organizing and decorating our house fun! I would highly recommend her. Forget the countless hours of stress and anxiety trying to figure out exactly what to do with your space let her do the work for you and I promise you won't regret it for a second" - Stacy

"Sandy came to my home and did an extremely through review of what would be most helpful to feel organized in the kitchen and dining room area to begin, and then went from room to room. After she made her recommendations, we quickly began the work. Within 48 hours our kitchen and dining room had a wonderful, tranquil feel to it. Just the organization alone, has helped save time for our family to prepare meals, kids lunches, and even to grab a quick cup of coffee! Originally my husband and I had been discussing a new tile floor, new counters and cabinets, however after the room was complete, it felt bran new and workable without having to complete all of those major changes. She has brought new meaning to the word simplicity. Some areas of our house now seem elegant, well put together and simply "flow" as you would want it to! Not only did her organizational piece make a huge difference, she also recommended paint colors, (our living room and hallway look great with newly painted gray walls:), and also made recommendations on how to reorganize our coat closet! I never even imagined I could have a space to hang up all of our coats and backpacks without having anything on the closet floor! I will definitely be asking for Sandy's expertise to transform our bedroom in the near future. I can't wait!" - Tristin

I have been overwhelmed with gratitude for these amazing reviews! I look at the end product of each job as if it were my own space. I get just as excited to see a beautiful organized space in other peoples homes, as I do my own! I hope that I can help you this year! If you have been wanting to schedule, what are you waiting for?? 

My goal is to schedule four clients this month so I am giving a deal for organization. I am offering a free consultation plus an extra free hour to anyone who schedules this week!



Happy New Year Everyone! 

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