December 28, 2012

Grime, Gumption & a Giveaway

Well, hello friends!

Congratulations - we made it through the holidays in one piece. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are getting back into the swing of things.

I'm slowly getting there... very slowly.

As the new year gets closer I've had overwhelming thoughts of change and how I want to evolve in 2013. One goal in particular stands out from the rest...

The other night I was explaining to Josh (well.. bitching, rather) how much I want to improve the condition of our home.

You see... I used to love to decorate, keep our house tidy, and invite people over. Just last Thanksgiving we cooked and hosted a small get together with my family. I'm not sure what happened exactly, but little by little over the past year I've seen our space transform and dwindle into... well, a complete and utter mess. I'm not posting any pictures, because, seriously... you don't want to see that. But I'm honestly ashamed for being a woman and not possessing a shred of domesticity. For some reason I've stopped trying to make our home feel special and it's been weighing on me all year.

During my rant (while I tried to blame most of it on Josh) he gave me a swift kick in the nuts (that is, if I had nuts) and told me I simply need to try harder. See, part of the problem is Josh and I both seem to easily latch on to one another's habits, so if one isn't trying, the other won't be either. But if one is motivated and gets things going, the other will likely follow. So he promised he would fulfill his end of the deal and help clean when he saw that I was putting forth an effort. Because, I admit it... sometimes I'm guilty of ranting and then waiting for him to do something first, or just do it all...oops.

Honestly though, I think I get overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done, so I talk myself out of it then find something else to do. When I explained this to Josh he said to just take it one task at a time, and then challenged me to wake up early the next day and clean the bathroom.

The bathroom. The room that I believe gets the most spider action, has the most grime and dirt, and is where organization hasn't been kept in years. As much as I wanted to fight it, I also wanted to make him proud of me as his wifey and be the kick start we needed to putting our home together again.

So yesterday morning, I woke up, and I cleaned that godforsaken bathroom!

OK, I skipped over the tub and floors... and toilet, but everything else was cleaned, wiped down, and most importantly - organized. I made a big dent, you guys, and it felt good. I mean, I literally gave the trash can a bath... I wish I was kidding.

One of the motivating factors? My older sister got me this beautiful jewelry box set for Christmas and I wanted to set it up. Once I cleaned up and put things in order, I found room for it, ditched my old ways, and put it to use. Now I like to just sit there, stare at it, and admire how gorgeous it looks...



I know it's only one tiny corner of our living space, but hey, it's a start!

The point is... I've realized I need to start being more responsible and self disciplined. I've seen what laziness and procrastination can do, and it's not only ugly, but it's affected me in so many other ways - my mind, my body, my attitude. Having order in life leads to success in more ways than one, and I'm ready to stop resisting it. I guess my parents were on to something... ;)

I'm so grateful my husband showed me some tough love and helped me take responsibility for my actions, er... non-action. One thing I despise is when people pity themselves over a certain aspect of their life, but then never seek to change it or take anyone's advice. I realized I had been doing the same thing for months, and I refuse to be that person that wishes and dreams but never has enough gumption to make it happen.

So, being inspired by Kate Winslet in The Holiday, I am aiming to be a woman of gumption in 2013. I think it's time. Don't you agree?



Changing subjects - you might have spotted a certain white necklace and earring set being displayed in my jewelry holder... isn't it so pretty? I've been wanting to join the bib necklace trend for months now, and when I found this beautiful set from Blue Bird Bride I fell in love. I needed an extender for it to compliment my neckline, but other than that it works lovely with my wardrobe!



To make things lovely for you (and as a reward for hearing out my pitiful confession)
Blue Bird Bride is giving away a $20 gift card to her shop!



The winner will be announced on January 5th, 
but if you're ready to shop early use code BLOG20 for 20% off your order :)

GOOD LUCK! 
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P.S. Happy Birthday to my older sister, Amber! She's my best friend and domestic inspiration... I can only aspire to be as responsible, determined, and successful as she is someday :)

37 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about cleaning. Since I have stopped drinking soda, I have felt so much more energy, but I still don't like cleaning. And I hate cleaning when I feel like I don't get any help. But I really need to take the responsibility and stop saying that my boyfriend needs to help. I need to take the responsibility and he will probably follow, just like Josh.

    I guess I am cleaning my bathroom when I get home.

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  2. Ditto about cleaning...

    But awesome giveaway!! I would get the bubble keychain from Blue Bird Bride!

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  3. ah cleaning... I also gave our kitchen trashcan a bath the other day -_- .... nasty

    oh and I would get the same necklace you have!!

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  4. Same .. cleaning. organizing. Which reminds me... I was supposed to organize my desk today! Things are spilling all over the place! :)

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  5. I would love the sideways crosses necklace!

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  6. My house is a complete and utter disaster. Between both of us working and going to school, we are total slackers in the cleaning department anymore! At one point, we were both doing 20 minutes of cleaning every day... we would set a timer, and just do it. That was really helpful for us, but we got out of the habit. I think it might be time to start again!

    Your necklace and earings make me think of marshmallows =)

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  7. I love your little corner and I especially love the jewelry!

    If I won the gift card, I would definitely buy the Exclusive Stone Finish Bubble Bib Necklace :)

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  8. I am so bad about cleaning! Alex and I latch onto each other's habits too. So when we're both really good about cleaning then we keep it up, but if one of starts to slip for some reason so will the other. :( Tomorrow I plan on cleaning the house up a bunch because I'm at the breaking point and just can't take it anymore!

    And I'd totally buy one of the stone finished necklaces!

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  9. Wow. SO cute. I wish all my jewelry would fit on something so cute. I am sure that now the holidays are over that you will be able to get to cleaning.

    I would love to get "Crystal Drop Necklace Set", even though there is only one left I love it. Or I would get the "ROSE Bubble Bib Necklace"

    Thanks,
    Cody @Solemn Sound

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  10. I'm totally with you on the gumption. I need to stop coming home from work and immediately putting on PJ's and lounging around for the rest of the night. If I need to clean I need to get it done. Not push it off until the weekend. Thanks for the reminder doll!


    I really like the 5 bead bubble necklace in royal blue.

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  11. I love the magenta bib Bubble necklace. :) What a terrific giveaway!!

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  12. Great giveaway :) I would love the 5 Bead Bubble Necklace in Turquoise

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  13. I think we're totally on the same wavelength on this... with perhaps the exception of the fact that I've never quite gotten the whole organizational nicely decorated thing down ever in my life... but it's definitely something I'm going to be working on in the new year.

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  14. Great job with that corner!! Keep it up, seriously! I know how hard it can be (imagine how much harder it is with a 3 year old) but it really is a great feeling when you get something accomplished.

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  15. I would definitly get the Bubble Pendant Necklace Winter White, i think it's a real cute necklace & it would fit pretty much with anything & everything :)

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  16. I LOVE the Double Sideway Cross Necklace!

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  17. My home is the same way, I'm one of the least domestic people ever. Luckily I get a rush of shame about once a month and clean the house from top to bottom, which seems to tide us over quite nicely lol. Also, m boyfriend is a neat freak so will often fit in a spot of tidying when he's doing his daily activities

    Hope you had a nice christmas xx

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  18. I really like this red triangle necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/108894370/1-left-ships-now-red-triangle-necklace

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  19. So first, that necklace is GORGEOUS and I was going to just comment on it anyways, but then I realized it's a whole feature and now I reeeaaally want to win. baha! I would purchase either the one you have or this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/108304889/sale-turquoise-crystal-pendant-necklace

    Second, I feel like you just described me! I mean, I don't have a husband to motivate me. BUT I have been a lazy butt this year. In certain ways, anyways. I love "the holiday" anyways, but Kate Winslets story always just speaks to me. Maybe that will be my theme for the year as well- gumption. I need more, goodness knows.

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  20. Hello dear, I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower everywhere. To "finish" to decorate my home is my every-new-week resolution, but then something apparently more urgent always comes up!!
    I hope you'll stop by and follow if you like!
    Kisses
    Coco
    New post - last in 2012 at Coco et La vie en rose http://www.pinktopping.blogspot.it/2012/12/end-of-year-followers-harvest-and-blog.html

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  21. I'd go for the classic bubble necklace. I got one for my sister in law for her birthday and so wish I would have gotten one for myself!

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  22. What a great setup! i love it!

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  24. Thanks for posting this offer! I would get the 5-bead bubble necklace - coral. And I just bought the perfect shirt it would go beautifully with. :) Thanks!

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  25. I'd love the Turquoise & Crystal Pendant Necklace :-)

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  26. I would buy the Turquoise & Crystal Pendant Necklace with my gift card - its beautiful and not too large (I just don't have enough style prowess to pull off a larger look!)

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  27. I love the Emerald Jewel Tones Bib Necklace. So gorgeous!

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  28. Any of the white necklaces! They're pretty!

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  29. I'm definitely that way too. Latching onto someone else's feelings, habits, and tendencies is an INFP thing, I believe. That's good advice to just try harder! Lol. Sometimes we just need to be pulled out of our funks.

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  30. I like http://www.etsy.com/listing/103400415/free-necklace-light-pink-statement

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  31. I absolutely love the double sideways cross necklace! And I completely understand your cleaning problems. came home from college for a month and my room became an utter disaster until I spent the past two days going through *everything.*
    And I'm still not done.

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  32. Since ive been crazy for coral n grey- id love to have Hip To Be Square Bubble Necklace- in cran n grey!

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  33. She has some great bib necklaces that I would LOVE to have :)

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  34. Since I have recently admitted to myself that I have an obsession with bib/statement necklaces I find that I need one of these jewelry trees. Suggestions on where to get one that won't break the bank?

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  35. I love your necklace holder! So cute and classy! I'm so glad you shared Blue Bird Bride with us! Many of my friends are getting engaged and their FB page is perfect for giving them jewelery and other gift ideas! Fingers crossed that I win the gift card!

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  36. I have always been a big fan of Blue Bird Bride and am so happy to see her featured her today!

    Personally, I love the Geometric Turquoise Bib Necklace !

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