Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hold The Door!

 
It's morning time on another Taco Tuesday. Woot Woot. Already got my three mile walk in and it's not even 7:30. I overslept to go to the gym so I got in some cardio here.
 
Hold The Door! Hodor - Awwwe that one made me sad thinking back to Game of Thrones and how the show ended. 
 
Anyway it's a beautiful day here and I'm winding down in my latest house project - I'm painting all the doors. Every single one of them!
 
I have completed painting all of the upstairs interior doors and today I'll work on the downstairs ones. Our house is about 20 years old and the doors have gotten a bit yucky. It's amazing what a brand new coat of paint does. I think I'm going to be painting some door jambs after this. Yowsers!
 
What have you been up to lately? Hope all is well!
 
:) KISY
Keep It Simple YAY
 
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Little Changeroo

It's a Tuesday night at 10:00 pm and I'm goofing off. The kids are in bed and my hubs is goofing around on his guitar. Things are settled and peaceful.
 
Nothing much is new really. I'm pretty psyched- I started running again this week. SLOWLY! I haven't been able to run for real in about two years because of a sports injury. It feels good to get the endorphins flowing better. I've been working out just having to ride a bike or swim.
 
Anyhow it's summer break and I've been doing more of the things I want to do lately and here is a minor little change I made to the house. It's a little silly I guess but I like it. These two wall hangings I had in the kitchenette were cutesie. They are actually the floral design I used in my blog and I matted and framed them.
 
Scroll down for the new wall hangings!
 

 
Below is more of the beachy look I was going for! A starfish with gold metallic sparkles and an adorable mermaid tail piece. It's cutesie too but I like how relaxed it looks and how it softens that area. I didn't even have to change out my nails. Win win! Now if I can dejunk the rest of the space there!




 
I like! Soooo tell me what you've been up to!? Anything fun! I want to hear all about it!
 
Love ya bunches!
KISY

Monday, May 27, 2019

Hammocktime!

Hammocks - this is one thing I've been excited about since the temps have warmed up! I was excited to be taking baths, listening to meditation spa music and using the firepit while the temps were cool but now that it's warmer I've turned up the game to relax. I LOVE hammocks. I love what kind of feeling they offer!
 
I was in a yucky winter slump this year trying to figure out some health stuff and have been trying to work on healing myself naturally. Forcing myself to relax is a little problem I have though. I typically push myself to do projects to just keep on going but I need to learn to let go to reboost mentally and physically.
 
I got a couple of hammocks to help brighten up the yard and help me to relax. It may seem excessive to have more than one but we have kids and I don't want any fighting over them. We've enjoyed them so much I actually went back and bought two more. I have three up but still need to hang the fourth so we all have one.  
 

 
For the longest time we haven't done anything with this area of our yard. It's oddly graded and we've got a big hill up to the back left corner that slopes down to our house. We cleared out the trees and brush and rake it every year, and now I'm finally trying to fix it up. I'm so excited about it because it's a great little escape right in our own yard with plenty of shade. All of us have been going up there at night together or separately, listening to music and laying in the hammocks. I've treated the yard for bugs so it's helping a lot.   
 

This is the view from the hammocks. It's so peaceful. I'm working on landscaping and beautifying the back flower beds too. Can't wait to get it all lush! That's my goal.
 

 

Here's me chillin in my jammies one night. A dream of mine has always been to pitch a tent or two back here and let our kids camp out in the summertime but I've seen some snakes! Noooo. The hammocks get us up off the ground so I feel a lot better. I envision stepping stones up to this area and some fun bulb lights to light up the joint. :)
 
So how is your Spring going? What are you up to? Have you done anything to spruce up your yard? Do you have a yard or an outdoor space to spruce up? I'm addicted to these hammocks now! Addicted! Not a bad addiction, huh!
 
Hope you have a wonderful day. It's Memorial Day so I'm going to take some time out to pray. Take good care.
 
Love,
Keep It Simple YAY
KISY for short!
 
 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Outside

Happy Saturday night! How's it going??? How are you, wherever you are?! I'm good! I'm tuckered out with an hour to midnight. Last night was a late night and and this morning came quick and we had a Robotics competition our son was in bright and early this morning. The kids all did so well conceptualizing and creating their robots. It was pretty cool to see the bots at work.
 
Anyhow I had a long day and I'm pooped! I am so tired. Sick kids this week, my job winding down and the gorgeous days of Spring are here!
 
 
This is what I've been up to! For Mother's Day last weekend my hubby and kids took me out to shop for flowers. I got these beautiful knockout rose bushes in a red color that looks hot pinkish. I think they are called cherry red or something like that. They are gorgeous though! 

 
So far we picked up five. I put two on one side of the back of the house and three on the other. I may get another one to balance it out. I'm going to watch these bushes grow and try and get some other flowering bushes that are perennials. I love the color it adds to the back yard. We just need some help in our yard. I don't exactly have a green thumb and I've got to simplify! I would like to get some more potted plants too!
 
This is me working. I LOVE to put my yard gloves on and pull weeds and such! The peace takes me away from any negativity. I just love it.

Here are the flowers I planted a couple of weeks ago on the front stoop. I LOVE!
 
Are you enjoying Spring? Next time I'll show you what else I've done to spruce up the yard! I'm so excited!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Little Color & My Little Oasis

 

I seem to be making it a habit of posting every 5-6 months nowadays. Life is just too busy to stop and work on my hobbies much but it's burning me out. Big. Time. I'm ready for a breather and I'm so glad it's almost the weekend.
 
It's really late at night which I've been desperately trying to quit staying up late but tonight I just have a lot on my mind and can't shut it off. So I'm piddling with pictures and this site.
 
I've shared my little oasis with you before. I would love to have a front porch or a screened in porch on the back of our house - that would be my dream in another house but I'll take what we've got in our covered front stoop! I love to sit out here in the Spring and Summer months and just do nothing and listen to the birds. It relaxes me.
 
Last weekend we were out after kid soccer games and we made it to the hardware store so I could run in and pick up some flowers. Everyone told me not to rush so I took my time picking up some flowers and potting soil...
 
 
I never plant pink flowers but I am having so much fun with pink this year. I also never do blue or purple but I also added some blue flowers with the white. These are all annuals. I really want to plant some perennials in the ground so I'm going to plan on looking for some this weekend and plant bulbs in the Fall. So far all I have planted are flowers in pots. 
 
This chair is my favorite spot to just chill. Guess I'm redundant. Yes I know I am. I don't even care and I won't make any excuses.
I like to talk.
 
 

 
See how pretty!?!?!?!?!? I love looking at these pretty flowers here. The color they add cheers me up when I get down.  
 
 
I needed some cheering up that night after I was finished planting so I sat here in my chair and polished my nails, which I rarely do, but it made me feel better. I don't usually do a color that is so bright but color makes things more fun. Dontcha think! Who knows what I might paint or add color to next! Stay tuned. I'll try and get back on here soon. Take care and have a Fun Friday!
 
Love ya,
KISY
 
Keep It Simple YAY!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Wow This Blog for Keeps? For Keeps.

Wow this blog is still here. I mean, I know it's still here but it's a little sad. I was GungHo about it when I first started it and had every intention of really making it work and well... darnit I just didn't.
 
I'm sitting here eating my oatmeal and drinking my iced coffee and it has been almost 6 months to the day that I typed up my last post. It's okay though. Life gets busy and it has been very busy the past couple of years. Well I'll post when I can. Until then what is it you wish for? I wish for good health, peace, happiness, love.
 
 
I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas! Lots of LOVE! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Stepping Stones

Howdy! How's it going? I'm sitting here "breaking my fast" this morning and just thinking... I already ate the blueberries on my plate by the way! :) I LOVE early mornings! Waking up early is awesome because you can get so much done before everyone else is up!


So I'm working on a project that is taking me a while because of the steps-I'm refinishing my son's dresser! As soon as I'm finished with it I'll post it on here. I am hoping to have it completed tomorrow night! I'm so tired of having rooms all out of whack!

Since I don't want to post pictures of it yet I will post pics of an older project! A couple months ago I installed three stepping stones that were extra finds next to our patio. Instead of disposing of them we're using them.


You see, I had buried one of the stepping stones and had two left to do for over a year. The mower would get hung up on it and I was afraid someone was going to get hurt tripping over it.














These aren't pretty pictures but it's something I've been putting off for a while/ I'm so happy I finally got this completed. AHHHH! What projects are you putting off?
Happy Day!

KISY




Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hello Summer!

Hi, just wanted to say hello because it has been a while. It's summertime now, my favorite time of year! 

I'm holding off on some house decorating and updoing right now in order to get my kids on a good summer schedule. Working on meals and plans to have fun and things like that. Hope you are doing well.

KISY
XOXO 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Laundry - A Load A Day So I Can Keep Up With It!

Hi Everybody! How are things going? Hopefully good. It's late at night and I'm trying to do a clean sweep of things before tomorrow. I got off track after last weekend because of our yard sale. It took a lot out of me and afterwards it's always a lot of work to try and figure out what to do with everything. 

Sooooo. Laundry... I DETEST folding laundry! Can't stand it. I'd rather mow the yard than fold laundry. I'd rather dig in the dirt than fold laundry. It's such a pain in the butt... LAUNDRY!

BUT I think I have found a system to help with that one awful chore! I've switched from doing laundry one time a week to doing one load a day. It's quick, it dries faster and it's pretty simple and a lot less to fold and put away at one time. I make sure I start the load and finish and put away one load a day. I'm pretty excited about it. It's like this secret a lot of moms have but really it's so simple and I'm so dumb for not realizing this much longer ago! I typically do 7-8 loads when I do it one time a week so it's not so bad!

These IKEA bags used to be my laundry system. I'd do laundry for an entire day or two then separate each person's clothes into one bag then do towels and sheets in one. UGGH The bags just cluttered up the laundry room and the floor while I was filling them up, waiting on laundry to finish. Plus some times it would take one to two days to get it all put away.


Now I just do the laundry and carry it up by hand. I think I'm going to get one rectangular laundry basket to carry the one load up in.



I did try to also do one load a day and batch it so that it I am doing similar fabrics together. It worked out well too but I found that I would have a bit of a larger load in one day but then again it could save me from having to do a load every single day. I'm going to play with it for a while and figure out the best strategy.

How do you do your laundry? I'd love to hear!

KISY







Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Neverending Leaf Pile!

Oh goodness! We had never-ending leaves in our back yard for MONTHS! Last week I was finally able to rake them all up and bag them and get them to the curb! WOO-HOO! I spent two days working on this project and now it is DONE! Another Spring project I can mark off the list. 

What's on your list?

Back Yard

Front Yard For Pick-Up!