–I was kind of glad to take down the Christmas decor this year. It takes up so much space in our living room, and the tree makes such a mess on the floors. I like having my order back! Though it is so sad Christmas has come and gone!

–I went to Target on Monday and only walked down the aisles where I needed things from my list. This might be a new record for me. Chris walking around the video game aisle doesn’t count against me right? LOL

–I had creamer in my coffee yesterday morning even though I knew I started Whole 30. I was too tired to care that it was an infraction when I made it. Perhaps I started it on lunch yesterday and therefore will carry it through lunch past the last day.

–I kept a poinsettia alive from November until this week. That was with having a newborn and basically forgetting it existed for a few days. And it sat here for about five days alone with no care while we were in the hospital. Maybe I can handle a few indoor plants this year? You know, the ones I have said I was going to get for the last year and a half. I mean, if I can keep a dog and baby alive…a few plants should be nothing right?!

–My housekeeping skills have seriously diminished since having a baby. When I finally get a little bit of down time, I wash bottles, empty out the diaper genie, change laundry from washer to dryer, stuff my face with whatever I can find that is convenient…and then baby is up and ready to eat again. Sorry bathroom floor. Oh and dusting? LOL!!!! Yeah, so hasn’t happened in a month. I am cringing as I type this. Yeah…..I am going to go dust now….

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  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky January 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

    don’t even worry about that. seriously….my house is still a crazy disorganized mess and it’s hard to keep that under control with a kid! i’ve made peace with it and as long as your home is *relatively* tidy, then that’s all that matters! i do the 15mins wipe down/tidy up each day so that i don’t get bogged down with a “omfg it’s so awful how do i even start?!” feeling. M also does half the chores so that helps a lot; he does the vacuuming, garbage, laundry, all the outside/garage stuff and i do the rest (i clean all 4 bathrooms, kitchen, cook, floors etc).

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer January 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I was a little sad to take down our Christmas stuff, though it was mainly the lights I was sad about! I’m happy to have the extra space back since our living room is small. I just realized over the weekend I hadn’t dusted in several weeks… and I have no excuse! Our bedroom furniture was gross. Oh well. And I can’t keep any indoor plants alive! Good luck to you!

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization Actually January 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I almost never dust. It just feels so pointless and our house doesn’t collect it that fast anyway (maybe because we have an air purifier on every floor?). Get aloe!!! You only have to water it like every 10 days anyway, so you can definitely forget about it. I do all the time. 😛

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine January 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Too funny, I went to Target the other day too and actually stuck to everything on my list. I did not deviate one bit and actually felt kind of good, ha ha I wasn’t even thinking what cute stuff that I miss at target? LOL! Oh my, half my Christmas decorations are still up, I am having such a hard time letting these holidays go. It gets worse for me every year. Good Luck with indoor plants. I am so good with outdoor flowers and plants but indoors, not so good must be my ratio of sunlight, ha ha. Yeah I’m blaming it on that.

  • Reply January 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I confess I was glad to get my decorations down too. I’m never like that!!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs January 4, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Almost a year later and I still suck at taking care of a baby AND a house haha

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista January 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I felt the same way about taking down the Christmas decor, I definitely miss it but am glad to have my house back. And you go girl going to Target and only venturing down the aisles where you needed stuff. I need to channel that amazingness <3

  • Reply Rebecca Jo January 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I have a plant still from Ricky’s brother funeral almost 2 years ago… I cant believe its still going. Its still in the original small pot. I need to move it to a bigger one & fear that will be the end of the plant.

    So what do you put in your coffee when you are doing the Whole 30? Just curious.

  • Reply Teh Megan January 4, 2017 at 11:06 am

    flowers are overrated. I have some in our kitchen window and they keep getting a mold/fungus on them! When I spray the fungus spray on them, it kills everything! It’s the worst! Also, we now have a flower graveyard in the front yard. Gardening is the pits. Stick with animate creatures.

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native January 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    My Christmas stuff is sitting in a pile in the middle of the room because I’ve been too lazy to actually take the bins out to put them away…but it still feels better! And our tree is still up, but about half of the ornaments have been taken off. I think tonight I will tackle putting it all away because I want it gone!!! Coffee creamer is the one thing that makes me not want to ever do Whole 30. I’m like…can I just do Whole 30 modified to allow myself coffee creamer??? Hahaha.

  • Reply Cara January 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I still struggle with keeping things tidy and my kids are 4 and 6. It’s inevitable- messes happen with kids and a husband. I think I’m going to try to implement a cleaning schedule and see if that helps with tackling different things every day. Happy Humpday!

  • Reply Carly January 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Definitely impressive for a trip to Target! Once I had to return something and was so proud of myself that I didn’t get sucked in to look at a single thing, haha. I was sad the holidays went by so quickly, but definitely relate to your feelings on the tree– sooo many needles everywhere and it’s nice to have the extra space again.

  • Reply Audrey January 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Hahahaha, those ecards! “Sentence enhancers”! Yes!

    Ugh, my house is a wreck and I DON’T have a newborn. The holidays just tend to take a serious toll… Also, I’ve had a poinsettia on my desk since early Dec. and I’m SO SHOCKED it’s alive. (It even survived a move from my old job to new!) I think the poinsettias were strong this year. Or mine is just too stubborn to die. Ha!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth - Meet at the Barre January 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    We cleaned bathrooms this past weekend and I forgot how long it has been since we did that……so yeah I feel you on that!

  • Reply Laura January 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I totally agree about taking down the tree…I always do it ASAP after Christmas because it takes up so much space!! haha.

  • Reply Jenna January 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    It totally doesn’t count. If it’s possible to walk into a Target without my husband wandering off to the electronics, then I’d like to know the secret.

  • Reply Allison Arnone January 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I was away the weekend of New Year’s so my tree is STILL UP! It now has that weird ‘overstaying its welcome’ feeling and I’m ready for it to GO.

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis January 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Kudos to you for staying on track in Target since that seems always impossible for me. I end up browsing in aisles I don’t even have a need for just cause something looks pretty in there. I bought two poinsettias this year and I’m very surprised I kept them alive to this day. I guess they don’t need much TLC which is my kind of plant. LOL

  • Reply kristen January 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    sssh don’t tell anyone but i hate dusting. i never do it. i know. i’m a horrible person.

  • Reply Laura January 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    LOL at keeping a house clean! DUST? bahahahaha. We also took our stuff down immediately after Christmas – it was just a weird year and I was tired of looking at it, to be honest. Also, fuck keeping plants alive. Plants are assholes.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders January 5, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    We still haven’t taken our Christmas stuff down and I’m absolutely dreading it! It’s always so much fun to put it up, but taking it down just seems like such a chore. But I will have a ton of extra space in our living room. I guess I know what we’re doing this weekend…

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston January 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I’m laughing pretty hard at the umbrella funny – that’s hilarious!! I am so with you on taking all the decor down – it’s so nice that everything is clean and organized now!! Happy weekend girl!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family January 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Oh girl, don’t worry about keeping things clean right now. That’s so overrated with a newborn. Though I’m super impressed that you kept a plant alive with a newborn. I can hardly do that without having a baby in tow, haha!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Dusting sucks.

    I am ALWAYS happy to take Christmas down. If I lived alone it would be down by 9 a.m. on 12/26.

  • Reply Amy January 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I don’t know how I missed this post but I have a live poinsettia in my house as we speak. I ate a spoonful of peanut butter on day one of my first Whole30 because I was convinced I was starving. Shhhhh… don’t tell anyone lol. I don’t clean that much anymore. I throw shit away and my house just looks better and it’s a huge timesaver!!

  • Reply Emelia January 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    It makes me super sad to take the decor down but it’s so nice to be really organized and have everything clean! I can’t imagine staying on top of it all with a newborn- good for you for doing anything LOL!

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