Dear Blueprint Cleanse,

I am writing to you to politely suggest you consider incorporating chocolate and/or wine into your 3 day program. While I do find the Kale (green) drink yummy and the spicy Lemonade quite kicky, I’m just going to be too sad without my fixes.

Your Friend,

Anne

PS. I also suggest to you that when advising people about starting your program that they do NOT do it the same day they are locked in a studio apartment with their 2 yr old attempting to potty-train the tyke.

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My kitchen confession

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Yes, this is my very own dinner plate. Chicken “nuggets” from applegate farms, frozen “brocky”, leftover sweet potato mash, and a glass of wine. Real classy.

It’s seemingly harder and harder to put somewhat healthy food on the table that both a 2 yr old and very picky 7 yr old will eat. When it comes down to me I just need to get on board sometimes.

Oh, how I’ve sometimes longed for those hipster, kale-loving kids who will eat the same as grown-ups but alas…that’s just not the case.

So to you I confess. Chicken nuggets can be my friend after a work day and two maniacs running around me while i cook in our tiny house.

To you I say, go ahead! Eat it if it’s easier. Enough of the culinary heroics!!

xo, Anne

Even Beazy can't believe i'm eating this crap!

Even Beazy can’t believe i’m eating this crap!

City folks tryin’ to go country…

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Sadly, this is the mailbox of my good friend, Tommy,  and his family at their new upstate NY digs. We dared to visit Sunday and left this damage as our parting gift. I have no business out of my element clearly. Any suggestions for a great way to say “sorry”? (aside from a new mailbox)

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We had such a lovely time meeting his 7 and 12 yr old step-daughters and torturing the kittens. I hope we can do it again soon!

PS. Photo is AFTER we “fixed” it.

Simplified Living Experiment (lucky #7): Life since Sandy.

I’ve avoided writing about the storm because until now i really didn’t think it was something that anyone would want to hear about…what with us being displaced and the house being trashed and it just being such a sucky hard time. Only now do i feel like it’s almost behind us and i can see the good that came from it. The Simplified Living Experiment got real complicated-real quick. We had already edited our life down to as i describe to be “only what we wanted and needed” so we could live in one room. The new lesson learned was that is wasn’t all we wanted and it wasn’t even what we needed.

What we want is to be together. What we need is each other.

Me and the babies (now 7 and 2!!) Never had to separate and were able to stay safe, warm, and loved at our close friends house for 7 weeks. We also realized all we needed were those friends and countless others who stepped up and did anything they could to help us whether it be diapers, encouragement, money, plastic bins, quarters for laundry, or birthday gifts for the kids (both having birthdays in the days of the power being out). These are some pictures chronologically of the last few months.

Our front door 8:30am 10/30/12

Our front door 8:30am 10/30/12

Everything we THOUGHT we needed out for trash.

Everything we THOUGHT we needed out for trash.

Our "buffet" was typical to what you saw on every street in Hoboken.

Our “buffet” was typical to what you saw on every street in Hoboken.

We were more fortunate than many as we could begin renovating within 2 weeks

We were more fortunate than many as we could begin renovating within 2 weeks

Happy Birthday Beatrice!! Halloween 2012

Happy Birthday Beatrice!! Halloween 2012

Happy Birthday Arthur! 7 yrs and still so stylish in his custom-made pants given by 13 yr olds Tessa and Ava!

Happy Birthday Arthur! 7 yrs and still so stylish in his custom-made pants given by 13 yr olds Tessa and Ava!

Final day before moving back. Yes, we DID clean and seal the floor really well!!

Final day before moving back. Yes, we DID clean and seal the floor really well!!

This is what one of your IKEA carts looks like when you're rebuilding your home

Getting back to normal in the "new" kitchen area.

Getting back to normal in the “new” kitchen area.

Where we've been cooking up a storm ever since!

Where we’ve been cooking up a storm ever since!

First time wearing mittens!

First time wearing mittens!

Still trying to keep it colorful!

Still trying to keep it colorful!

Business as usual.

Business as usual.

the latest on the simplified living experiment… (this is part 6)

We are finally into some kind of groove down here. Writing about it seems almost forced in that i already can’t imagine NOT living here. The kiddos are so happy down here. There are all the normal bumps (and bruises) of dealing with a 1 and a 6 yr old but nothing that i can imagine would be better/helped/more healthy in a big ole’ house. MY own “stuff” has however been severely rearranged. At one point if i didn’t put down a meal with all the colors and mostly organic and/or fresh i though myself less of a parent. If I turned on a movie for them for more than 45 minutes i thought i was frying their brains. If i got a babysitter I thought i was taking my time with such young ones for granted.

Things are changing-mostly with me. The kids eat a completely white meal from time to time. I buckled and put on cartoons this morning for Beatrice after a 6am wake up that i just wasn’t equipped to deal with.  I kept unfinished loads of laundry on the floor for 2 weeks until this past weekend.  My being relaxed about these things has had a clear affect on them and their level of comfort. I’m not saying my new thing is to “phone-in” my parenting but actually the opposite in that i was getting crazy, impatient, short, explosive etc from the lack of space as well as lack of another adult partnering in this mad-house! I think taking responsibility for that Mommy-Dearest behavior is the best way for me to parent. To end the madness: Cut  a few corners, skip a bedtime book or two, choose myself once in awhile.  Every day still ends with a huge amount of kissing an hugging and snuggling.

This is a matter of Survival. It has been over 85 degrees most of the summer and we have no air circulation (or A/C) down here and I’m still keeping up at least 4 days at the shop despite being a single parent.  This is why things had to shift! Clearly right?

DIY Denim Owl Toy from Old Jeans

DIY Denim Owl Toy from Old Jeans.

 

I loved this quick and easy idea from fellow-blogger Zhenya. I think i’ll make this on Saturday at the shop! Stop by with your fabric if you want to give it a try on our sewing machine!!

xoxo

anne

A tweak here and there makes a difference…(Simplified living experiment part 5.)

While Baby Business was at her Dad’s on Sunday Arthur and I got SO much great stuff done! Our two favorite little projects to improve the apartment were the handles on the inside of the infamous cabinet, “The Housssse”, and the new gate on the steps to the bunkbed. Arthur was so excited to work on these very important tasks that he drew up some plans and a shopping list the night before including our “schedule” for working on the projects: 7am-12noon.

Plans for the big day.

So damn funny. He was so elated when the gentleman at Home Depot checked Arthur’s list and directed him to the correct aisle for hardware…I haven’t seen Arthur so proud and happy in awhile!

The climber who thinks we’ll leave it open…yeah, right!

The end result of our efforts is that now Beatrice can close herself into the cabinet (her preference) but can NOT get up the steps to Arthurs top bunk!

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Life gets easier in some way or another everyday down in the basement!