Sunday, January 22, 2012

Organizational Challenge #2

This week's challenge was to clean and organize the kitchen drawers and cabinets.  Because my husband and I both lived on our own for years before finding each other, we brought a lot of kitchen gadgets into the marriage (not to mention all of those we received as wedding gifts six and a half years ago).  While we have worked hard on pairing down items, there are still some drawers and cabinets that you don't want to open for fear never being able to close them properly.  For instance, our knives drawer is still a point of contention.  I believe we only need a handful of very sharp knives, and he sees no point in getting rid of old knives that just need to be sharpened.  What we are left with is a drawer FULL of very dangerous knives (some very dull)....a drawer which will have to be battled in the near future because it was not even touched in this week's challenge. 

This week started off with a bang:  last Sunday morning I had three problem cabinets cleaned out with items all over the newly organized countertops.  (I would highly suggest only tackling one cabinet/drawer at a time so you aren't forced to stay in the kitchen until you find new homes for each item.)  As the days went on, I found that I am still not 100% satisfied and will be working to re-do some of the cabinets yet again.

Here are a few pictures of before and after, but note that I will be editing this blog in the coming weeks to show the new organizational systems I have in place for my pot lids, tuperware, and baking supplies.

As you can see, the baking items used to just get crammed back in the cabinet. 

This cabinet used to just get filled with miscellaneous items (the baby monitor and children's medicine).  I realized I had to keep the cd's in here because there is a cd player/radio mounted to the underside of this cabinet.

Here it is:  the notorious "junk drawer" that also housed the kiddie silverware.  Somehow it wound up looking like a goodie bag.  I couldn't believe all that I found in here when cleaning it out (that's what happens when it isn't child-proof latched and your four year old is responsible for it).

In these pictures you will see I have tried to find a better home for the pots and pans.  I thought the turntable cabinet would be better so I could easily get to all of the pots I needed instead of having to pull them out each and every time I needed to cook.  These cabinets will be redone in the next few weeks as I find the correct organizational tools I need to store the lids.

I vow to tackle the dreaded knives drawer in the coming weeks and get back to you on the pots and pans solution.  I just have to keep reminding myself that 2012 is going to be my most organized ever!

52 Week Organized Home Challenge

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fun accessories!!!

My addiction to Pinterest has taught me many things:  that I LOVE to gather ideas that I may never do anything with, that there are many projects out there that are do-able in a day, and that handmade gifts are my favorite (to name a few). 

My 3 neices (ages 16 to 20) are hard for me to shop for because they are no longer kids that like toys, but there are only so many gift cards I can give.  I know they would probably appreciate going to shop for themselves the best (after all, what girl doesn't want to be set loose in a store with a gift card in hand to pick out what they want), but I like knowing that I made something for them.  (Hopefully, something that they like and can look at, think of me, and realize how much I love them.)

Unfortunately, I made these items before I started a blog so I did not take pictures of each step. You will have to bear with the instructions and wait to see the finished products :)

I made them each two presents, the first was a wooden bracelet made out of (are you ready?) a popsicle stick.  How fun does that sound???  After searching on-line and at Michael's for the popsicle sticks with the shape I wanted, I came up empty-handed.  Then, my dear friend called one day saying she found the popsicle sticks at Hobby Lobby.  (Ahhh, it was almost like angels singing because it was so great to hear.) 

The bracelets only required a few simple steps.  First, you soak the sticks in water for three hours.  After that was the hardest part:  bending them to fit in the cups without splintering the wood.  The only tip I can provide is to go slowly and bend it a little at a time.  After drying in the cups for a day, they are the shape of the cup and you are ready to mod podge on scrapbook paper of your choice.  loved how earthy they looked.  (Maybe next time I will find something to put them in that is more oval in shape to better fit on smaller wrists.)

The second item in each picture was a scrabble tile necklace.  This project was a little more time consuming.  I first had to find images I liked for each person.  I ended up searching online for images and uploading them to Walgreens to print out in a collage.  (I recommend printing a few different collages because they randomly place the images in different places so they are not always the size you want.)  Once you have the images printed and cut to fit on the Scrabble tile, you simply attach the image with some craft glue or mod podge directly on the back of the tile.  After the picture dried, I sealed it with Americana Triple thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze (found at Michael's).  One tip I can provide is to make sure you don't shake the glaze before putting it on because it will put air bubbles on the project that you will be able to see once it dries.  After three days of drying time, I super glued on a bail to the top of the tile and added a necklace.  I chose to glue on a small bail directly on the top so the necklace could face either direction (showing off the image or their first initial).

I hope you find a little inspiration in these projects and make something special for someone you love.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Organization Challenge #1

I did it!  I signed up for the challenge of "52 Weeks To An Organized Home" (found at:  The first week was kitchen countertops and sinks.

If you are like us, the kitchen counters become the dropping off point for virtually everything in the house.  I try to maintain a workable space during the week while staying home with the four kids.  However, it is during the weekends that things get totally out of hand.  I guess it has to do with my wonderful husband being home, me getting tired of always cleaning it up, having no real designated spots for items, our weekly Costco trips that provide an overabundance of items and no place to put them, and the projects I want to do (but only make it as far as getting the supplies to the kitchen counters).  Add all of those factors up, and by Sunday afternoon - there is hardly any space to use on the countertops.  I can't believe I am going to show these before pictures, but here it goes.  (Keep in mind the pictures were taken on a Sunday afternoon.)  If your ready, take a deep breath, and scroll down.


(Notice the lovely flag from outside that is still sitting in the corner from the horrible winds last week, the 24 bottles of water that can't fit on the other countertop because my husband just bought 24 more bottles of water, and the gallon of paint that has been out for weeks for me to finish touching up baseboards after refinishing the hardwood floors....just to name a few things that should NOT be there.)

Well, now that you are probably completely disgusted.  I do have after pictures that are a much better!  We are still working on finding better organization for some items....and I am hoping that the next few weeks of challenges will help....but here are countertops I can see!  I am now able to breathe a sigh of relief when I walk into the kitchen instead of getting frustrated by all of the mess! 


Here's hoping the next 51 weeks are as rewarding and provide me with a completely organinzed home/life!

Once again, the before and after side by side comparisons:


Stay tuned each Sunday to see how I did on the weekly challenge!

May 2012 be your most organized ever! 

52 Week Organized Home Challenge

Friday, January 13, 2012

Coasters from cans

What do you give a wonderful neighbor for Christmas?  Umm...coasters, of course!  Our neighbors spent years designing and adding on to their house a massive addition (including an awesome "game room.")  This room houses incredible games (shuffleboard, air hockey, a ton of those arcarde style games), booths for sitting, an amazing old bar, and countless collectibles.  (Trust is a great room!) 

It all started with reading this post:  I asked my neighbors for some of their empty cans, went to Lowe's for some tiles, and got to work making them some coasters.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of each step along the way, but the link above provides a wonderful tutorial.  I only made two changes while making the coasters:  I opted to use Americana Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze to seal the tiles (because I wanted the seal to be thicker than mod podge would provide) and I covered the entire bottom of the tiles with felt (hoping to better protect the amazing bar they have).

This project was easy, fun, and functional.  Afterall, what better place to put your drink than on a matching coaster?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Potty Rockin' in the House Tonight!!!

I was beginning to get frustrated today as my "to do" list wasn't getting any shorter, but this afternoon made me squeal with delight!  Boo has been fascinated with the potty lately.  For a month or so now she has wanted to sit on the big potty and pretend she was going (complete with saying "bye bye pee pee" and flushing the toilet).  I was not going to really try to potty train her until spring break (when she was 23 months), but I noticed her dry diaper today after being out of the house a few hours.  I decided to let her sit on the potty again (while singing my remix of LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem...."Potty rockin' in the house tonight, Boo boo went pee pee in the potty!!!" and my ever popular "Tinkle tinkle in the boo likes to tinkle in the potty.")  After a great time dancing in the bathroom while she sang and danced along on the toilet, I heard it!!!!  She did it!!!  She pottied on the potty!!!!!!!  It made my exhausting day of sanding the stairs not matter!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

I'll take it!

Well, I am not sure where the warm weather came from in January, but I'll take it anyday! The kids had a great time playing outside today. It was so nice to be able to spend this afternoon outside without coats - running, swinging, playing in the sand, sliding, and enjoying nature. Boo even learned how to climb the stairs and go down the slide by herself (of course, my hand was on her the whole time). Days like today remind me that sometimes you don't need to be all caught up on chores...sometimes it is just nice to sit in the grass listening to kids laugh!

 Buddy, playing Wild Kratts up in the  playhouse Tortuga HQ. 
 (He emphasizes it is the REAL Tortuga HQ)

Boo...just running!  She wanted to "pay" (play) outside all day. 

Boo loves to "weeeee."  I love that she calls it that because you say "weeee" when you swing. 
(Note:  she also calls sliding "weeee", but that is neither here nor there.) 

 Michael was convinced he could touch the 108-year-old tree over him because he was swinging so high.

I had to add this picture because I just LOVE the look of admiration she always has for her big brother!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Christmas is such a wonderful holiday.  My husband says it is the best day because everyone gets presents, no one works, and you get to spend time with your family.  Well, this Christmas was one I know I won't forget...and, I hope, one my son won't forget!

In true Procrastinating Humminbird style, I saved wrapping presents until Christmas Eve.  (I was quick to regret that decision at 1:30am when I was still wrapping.)  Once I finally finished the presents and crawled into bed, I could hardly sleep knowing what was going to happen in a few short hours.  One of the biggest kids when it comes to Santa, my hubby, had planned a night to dream about for years. 

I woke up to a big thud and jingle bells, dashed to get Buddy out of bed, tip-toed down the stairs holding him, and whispered in his ear, "there he is.  It's Santa!"  Buddy's eyes opened slowly at first and then quickly became the size of saucers!  I will never forget it!  We didn't stay long enough (I realize that looking back), but we didn't want Santa to catch us.  As Santa turned to get his bag left by the fireplace, Buddy and I ran back up the stairs and jumped in his bed.  I tried asking if he wanted to go see him again, but Buddy understood the importance of Santa thinking we were asleep.  He kept telling me to "GO TO SLEEP!"  When we thought Santa was gone, we ran and woke Daddy up to tell him about it.  He didn't believe us until we showed him the pictures!  Needless to say, no one went back to sleep.  And, sweet Buddy waited 4 hours for his sister to wake up to open presents....never complaining or begging to open them!


Sunday, January 1, 2012


Hello.  I am new to the blogging world, but I knew that I needed to take some time to document my wonderful life.  I also needed something that would hold me accountable for all of those projects that I start and never complete. 

You may wonder why I named the blog "The Procrastinating Hummingbird."  I originally had another name about my children (we will refer to them as "Buddy," a bright and very talkative four-and-a-half year old son, and "Boo," my sweet and carefree one-and-a-half-year old daughter.)  However, since I wanted to use this to help me do some things for myself, I thought it would be fitting to give an accurate description of who I am.  It has taken over 30 years to truly realize this, but I may be the queen of procrastination.  I don't know why or where it came from, but it seems to be getting worse and not better as the years pass.  The hummingbird part goes back to high school when a friend and I were discussing the question of what animal we would be.  My animal was a hummingbird because "their wings flap a mile a minute yet they get nowhere."  I tend to scurry about, but never complete things.  Now that the new year is upon us....I am going to work on the completion aspect and hope to change the image of the hummingbird in my mind to someone whose wings move so fast, accomplishing so much, yet no one understands how because they look so calm.

I hope you enjoy the posts about my family, my day to day life (including watching a friend's two young daughters in addition to my own children), and my struggles to kick this procrastination habit in the rear!  (Let's just hope this blog doesn't turn out to be another reason to not get things done.)