New Location :-)


I know this seems sudden, but I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while. When I had a personal family blog it was called Lightning Bugs. ;-) When I decided to switch to wordpress I had intended to put more geeky things on here. I had every intention of posting Apple help tips and other support type information for folks who aren’t that savvy with using common programs. Unfortunately I just don’t have the time to devote to doing that type of thing on a regular basis. So, we are going back to our roots… and a more recognizeable address for friends and family. All of my posts have been moved to the new address, and I will continue posting from there. Thanks for coming along for the ride!!!

Fly Mom <3


This blog has moved to http://lightningbugsfly.wordpress.com

Doing project simplify has been a blast. I’m so glad I joined… but I’m also glad this is the last week. I am exhausted and limping to the finish line.

I started this project early because I knew how time consuming it would be… I also didn’t get to finish because we have had some serious rain come through here and I really need sunny days to build… Even though it’s not finished, I’m pretty excited with what we’ve done so far. :-)

My daughter has mentioned several times that there isn’t a bed in her “bed-room”. She has asked when she will have her own bed (She had a toddler bed in our room, but I’m guessing she wanted a bigger one. ;-) I love the look of Potery Barn, but I’m way too cheap to pay Pottery Barn prices… thanks to Anna White I don’t have to. If you’ve never heard of her, you should check out her site. She creates tons of free build plans for Pottery Barn(ish) furniture. All the plans are easy to follow and take relatively low skill to build.

I wanted something very low to the ground that the Littles wouldn’t be scared of falling off of. I also didn’t want mystery toys to be stuffed underneath. As far as that goes this bed is a win win.

My inspiration came from Shanty 2 Chic’s build of the Pottery Barn Fillman Platform Bed.

Fillman Bed Inspiration

And this is my build:

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This cleanup project has been kicking my tail. I’m a little bit of an overachiever. I always have big plans, but the amount of things I can actually accomplish pales in comparison to my list of things to do. Also, I’ve had a really big project on my to do list for a month now and my 3 year old daughter has asked constantly if I’m done… So I’ve been working ahead on next week’s project some. :-) See… overachiever…

I was not excited about this week’s assignment. In truth piles are my Nemesis. I clean with piles. I put like items in a pile… then try to find a place for that stuff. There is absolutely no way I could tackle all of my piles for this week’s project… I decided to tackle my two biggest categories: Donate items and Littles’ artwork.

I use big clear trash bags for donate items. I keep one in my closet so that when I decide an item of clothing needs to be donated, then I can put the item in the bag right away. It keeps me from re-evaluating my decision and wasting time. Most of our donate items this time came from the garage and the kids’ closet.

Closet contents emptied into room 2Before: Contents of kids’ closet poured out into empty room…

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First and foremost I want to say my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Hug your loved ones extra tightly today. I know I am.

I would like to share with you an article a friend of mine wrote. She is another a friend from flight school and a former Apache pilot. She has started a Christian magazine for women called Shattered and has written a thoughtful piece here if you would like to read it: Boston Marathon Massacre

I hesitated even continuing this series of simplifying during this time of great sadness.  I realized that the best that any of us can do in this life is to honor Christ, honor our families, and do our best to live well. For me that means continuing headlong into this intense phase of purging and living simply. If I want to provide a warm, welcoming and loving home for my kids, then this must remain a priority for us as a family. Years and years of living, collecting, moving (6 times in 7 years of marriage…) and not having the time to purge have crippled us in ways we never realized until we began this journey of living with less. We will never ever be minimalists, but the goal is to not be hoarders ;-) and to appreciate what we have.

With that in mind… Our horrible closet:

Closet Before 1This is the closet in the kids’ room :-/

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I’m linking up with Project Simplify hosted by Simple Mom.

Today’s Mission: Drawers… except my drawers are actually organized… because the junk is on the surfaces. :-) So without further ado.. My mess:

*Note I took these with my phone… sorry for the quality!


This is really a nightstand… but this space is awkward… so it fits here near the foyer. :-) This is a problem area for us, because it’s so close to the entrance… it’s an easy pitch point for our junk.

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I have already done some spring cleaning… I promise. It’s just that the chaos that comes with having two toddlers overwhelms me at times…

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DVD Binders


If you’re wondering how we did on the big garage/ crazy room project… the answer is: not well.

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How Many Coats???

I have plans for a big purge this weekend. I started to get the itch again after I (finally) got all of my autumn/winter coats out…

In case you’re counting there are 14.

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