Krista’s World

Hi my loveys; I have some fantastic news to share with you this evening!

First, the Go Fund Me campaign (A New Lease on Life) that I organized for my husbands dental work has received 3 donations so far! Casey, Stephanie, and Linda, Thank you SO much for your contributions!!! Your generosity is truly appreciated! Also, quite a few of you have been sharing the link for this campaign on your blogs and on various social media sites, and I wanted to take this opportunity to express just how much I appreciate your help in getting the word out. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together!

Second, I have been saying since this time last year that 2016 was GOING to be MY year! Those who have followed along beside me on this journey can attest that this just has NOT been the case, despite my optimistic and hopeful outlook. At every single turn, conflict and obstacles ( A LOT of which I have not shared) have plagued my path. But, I believe that the tides are FINALLY beginning to shift.

Nose in the Books

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A fantastic opportunity presented itself to me (an open door if you will) this past week, and I wasn’t EVEN going to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I pounced on it! Things like this never happen to me, so you can imagine just how psyched I am! I have been given the chance to enhance my knowledge by attending a certification course. I am thoroughly excited for this newest chapter in my life, and am anxious to see what may develop next. Investing in yourself is ALWAYS a smart idea! I will be attending class all next week, so if it takes me a while to get back with you, please forgive me. My nose will be in the books. Wish me luck…

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend, and that you will create memories that will last a lifetime!

A New Lease on Life

I apologize for my recent absence. Life has had me going in a million different directions! From surgeries (Success), to funerals (RIP Sandra), and yard sales, to my day to day obligations. I haven’t had a moment’s rest.

So, I trust that each of you had a fabulous Halloween this past week. Ours was nice. We took our youngest door to door. I suspect that this was our last “kid” trip. He had originally told us that he didn’t want to go because he was “too old.” Such a shame!

For those who were with me last year, this next bit will be old news. My husband has been having dental issues for several years now. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma years ago, and due to this and the treatments that he has undergone, the enamel in his teeth has been disintegrating. I have orchestrated a Go Fund Me campaign for his dental work, and would appreciate all the support that we can get, either through donations or by sharing on social media outlets. To learn more about our plight, please click HERE. Thank you in advance for your support!

Go Fund Me Campaign

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I just wanted to touch base with each of you, and tell you how much I’ve missed our interactions. I hope that each of you have an amazing weekend!

How to De-Clutter your Home

Spring Cleaning

I have been spending A LOT of time lately going through my home.  Not only have I been doing my regular Spring Cleaning, but I am attempting to liquidate my household goods.  My reason for doing so is due to the fact that we are making plans to move to the beach and purchase our first property together.  Our plan is to buy a beach front condo.  As you know, a condo’s square footage is less than sufficient for a family of my size, and there is not going to be enough room for our massive collections, so, needless to say, it all has to go!

I have a bit of a problem with sentimental attachments, but I am striving to liberate myself from my possessions.  Baby steps…  There is no sense hanging on to items that are only going to sit in a closet or a storage unit and collect dust.  Not to mention get ruined from nature’s elements.  The rational part of my mind is telling me to let it all go.  Make the money from these items and allow someone else to enjoy them.  But, the sentimental side of me is saying, “No!  Don’t get rid of that!  I’ll be able to display it one day.”  Well, let’s get real.  I will never designate a corner of my home for my vintage Strawberry Shortcake Collection, my original Care Bear’s, my collection of My Little Ponies, my original Star Wars characters, or my Rose Petal Place sets.  It’s time to unload.

I have several boxes up in the attic which contain art projects that the children have done over the years.  Over time these creations are beginning to become tattered and discolor.  I need to make it a point to photograph everything in those boxes and create a photo compilation of these pieces.  Shutterfly and other websites have deals ALL the time for fabulous photo books!  My goal is to photograph each piece of art, create some gorgeous books with said memories, and send them on their way.  I am just waiting for that “Let’s do this!” moment.  Once again, baby steps…  I’ll get there eventually.

My husband has even begun liquidating his overwhelming Hot Wheel Collection.  As much as he hates to part with them, he knows that our new home will not accommodate them.  I would say that his entire Hot Wheel Collection would net in excess, of $100,000.  He has the original, untouched Redlines all the way through to the present diecasts.  Treasure Hunts, Super Treasure Hunts, Error Cars, Convention Cars, Club Cars, Cereal Box Cars, and the list goes on and on…

Can you tell we like toys?!  So, if you are ever in the Nashville area, and are interested in some vintage toys, let me know.  We have them in abundance!

Okay, so you finally make the time to through your house.  You divvy up items into different piles: keep (leave items where they belong), throw away (out to the dumpster with you), and give away (are the boxes over taking the house yet?).  What do you do with your “give away” items?  Your options are plentiful!  Second hand bookstores will buy books, places like The Great Escape, Game Stop, or CD Warehouse will buy movies, video games, CD’s, books, comics, action figures, and more.  Churches take donations for clothing and food.  Contact your local church and ask what items they are in need of.  They may know of a family that is in need of different types of items.  Daycares accept toys, food, blankets, crib sheets, baby items (swings, bouncers, bottles, sippy cups, spoons, teething rings, diapers), movies and so on.  The Salvation Army accepts all kinds of items!  I also found out recently during my research that they accept trial size items; Toothpaste, Shampoo, Deodorant, etc.  So, if you are an extreme couponer, share the stockpile.  They pass these out to homeless shelter visitors, and at times create care packages for our enlisted warriors.  You also have your thrift shops, Goodwills, the dreaded yard/garage sales, as well as online spots like eBay, Craigslist, and Varage Sale.  These are just a few ways to rid yourself of your unwanted and unneeded items.  The more you send out the door, the more your house will thank you, and the easier your cleaning tasks will become.

I wrote another post, similar in nature to this blog topic.  If you like this post, perhaps you will enjoy 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning.

So, do you have any tips to add?