Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 33

Late again, but completed on time!

The items: Clothes -- a couple items.
The backstory: I listed some household items to sell online this week, but nothing sold, and the end of the week crept up before I knew it, so I pulled a couple more items from my closet!
Method of expulsion: Added to a bag in the basement to donate once it's filled up.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $469.13

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Links I Loved

Photo by James Ransom via Food52

On Food52, the 3 things to pick up at the market this week and everything you need to know about blackberries.

An open letter to Hillary Clinton from Marianne Williamson.

Are you raising nice kids? 5 ways to help them learn to be kind. So we can see more examples like this.

What a son. I totally teared up. Parenthood makes me weepy. via Shutterbean

This NPR segment on the link between play and brain development.  “Countries where they actually have more recess tend to have higher academic performance than countries where recess is less.” via The Mom Edit

Two if by Sea's bird designs make me want wallpaper. Or maybe just gift wrap.

Design for MiniKind: "I live in my head, where my thoughts churn like slow ice cream, folding over and over into one another until something deliciously insightful forms, a tasty dessert for my soul to dine on." Yes.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 32

A little late getting posted, but was completed on time!


The items: Curtain rods, a glass fish, and a creamer bowl.
The backstory: The curtain rods were all removed from our windows after getting new window shades, and the other two items were kick-knacks living in the basement.
Method of expulsion: The curtain rods were sold online, the other two were sold at a consignment shop with a friend's help.
Monetary impact: $50
YTD monetary impact: $469.13

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Week 31


The items: Clothes! 
The backstory: Some clothing that wasn't in super great shape (not good enough to try and sell online), and a couple of items that were mine from when I was little that Josephine has outgrown.
Method of expulsion: Donation bin and given to a friend.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $419.13

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Week 30


The items: A giant box full of stuff. Lampshades, ceiling light, mixing bowls, tree stand, shower curtains, vases, and more!
The backstory: I'd tried unsuccessfully to sell some of the items online, and other items had just been hanging out in the basement. My folks were planning a garage sale, and we hoped on the bandwagon.
Method of expulsion: A few items sold in the garage sale, the items that didn't were donated or went back in the basement.
Monetary impact: $25.25
YTD monetary impact: $419.13

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Week 29


The items: Clothes!
The backstory: I'm trying to be very conscious every time I look in my closet, and ask myself if every item I'm looking at is something I'm really wearing; or if I'm not wearing it, figuring out which one of 3 spots it needs to be moved to -- my "work clothes" storage bin, my "not-currently-in-style-but-will-probably-come-back-around" storage bin, or the donation pile. Lately, brutal assessments of items that will never be good on my body type have filled up another bag ready to be donated.
Method of expulsion: Donated -- but I recently learned about the app Vinted (thanks Brittany!), so my next closet purge might net me a profit.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week 28


The items: A small box full of stuff. More lights, outlet covers, curtain hooks, etc.
The backstory: This is all stuff that was in the house that got swapped out at some point, and has -- you guessed it -- been hanging out in the basement for years. 
Method of expulsion: Donated to a re-use center
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Things

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Stunning Truths Your Facebook 'Likes' Really Reveal About You.

Not too long ago was National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day. In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. Those statistics stunned me, and personal accounts never cease to take my breath away. The ASK Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there are unlocked guns in the homes where their children play.

Vegetables can hear themselves being bitten

Aw man. Don't spray sunscreen on kids. via Design Mom

Parenting (extroverted children) as an introvert. A lot of this resonated with me. Being "on" all of the time can be hard for me, and most of the time, "off" time actually means work time, not recharge time, which means I'm not doing a great job of prioritizing. Or scheduling. Or something. (Does it feel like the topic of being an introvert/extrovert is having a bit of a moment? I don't mind, as I find it interesting, but I wonder, are you sick of it?)

Is this all too much of a downer this week? How about the idea of having one adventure a month?

The importance of kindness in a relationship. via Design Mom

Amanda Hesser's final meal. Well played.


ASK TOOLKIT 2014
WWW.ASKINGSAVESKIDS.ORG

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Week 27


The items: A big box full of stuff. Lights, kitchen tools, etc.
The backstory: Mike was lobbying for this to be saved for a garage sale, but since most of it has been sitting in the basement for 4 years, and isn't worth all that much anyway, donating seemed like the better option.
Method of expulsion: Donated to a re-use center
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.