Meal Kits….

Hey, Y’all! I just wanted to share something I found to be pretty cool. I have always been intrigued by the whole meal kit craze that I had been seeing advertised everywhere. There are a bunch out there, and unfortunately, no one is paying me to push their brand, (Maybe I need to look into that.) so I won’t necessarily recommend one over the other, but I say all of that to tell you that I took the plunge after a very generous promo code was given, (thank you Imagined Life podcast) and bought a 3 meal a week plan.

Y’all, for what I paid, promotion taken into account, I am getting 3 meals to feed my family of 5, for less than a grocery store trip. Just put it this way, if we all 5 went to a sit down restaurant, we would have spent well over that and eaten just once. Now, I am not saying that this is something that I have to have, but I did want to try it out, and I will say it did not disappoint. There is also no commitment, so you can cancel anytime…

Another really great take away from this was that Damon and I prepped the meal together, while the kids chatted us up. Don’t get me wrong, this is not our first time for us to collaborate in the kitchen by an means, but we felt all gourmet and thangs! Chopping and following a fancy recipe. What I really dug about it, is that they send you EVERYTHING you need. That is one of the main reasons that I don’t really like to recipe cook. You buy certain things for a specific recipe, and use it one time. Or you have to search for it, in the store (which turned me on to grocery ordering), and end up doing aisle laps. I am not about that life…AT ALL.

This is what we ended up with, and it was really good!

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Pork and Veggie Bibimbap
with Mushrooms, Carrots & Jasmine Rice

If you have been toying around with the thought of purchasing a meal kit, I say go for it. There is no commitment, and if there are fewer people in your house to cook for, then it will be even cheaper. I am not saying that this is going to be a staple in my house, as I could just go grocery shopping, but the experience is just something a little different, and as a whole, another memory to share…us chopping, prepping, & cooking as a family. We even had Google play us some Smooth Jazz. I am excited about tonight’s meal…

What are some of your thoughts? I’d love to her from you.

Blessings,

Kellie

My Weekend….

Good Monday Morning!

Praise the Lord!

I’m just stopping by to share the glorious weekend that I had. Yes, I felt like I was running around all day on Saturday, but the end results were worth it.

My oldest daughter came to visit, and while here, decided to have her car serviced at the dealership. Well, we all know that a Saturday for car maintenance is on a lot of people’s agendas, so that meant a 3 hour wait! That led to the phone call, “Mama, you think you could come pick me up? 3 hours is a long time to wait. PLEASE?” Even as a grown up, they are still your baby. I took advantage of the outing, and stopped by the grocery store for a few things to prepare lunch, then we headed to the house.

I made us all some lunch, and remembered that my baby girl, 1st grade, mind you, had a project due on Monday. She had to make a 3D map of her bedroom! You did just read 1st grade, right? You know good and well that this means I would have to be way more involved than I’d like to be with this project. But Wait! BRAINSTORM! Big Sister is here….

The planning stages
The completion. SUCCESS!

Thank God for older siblings! This definitely deserves an A. Do you see the ceiling fan??? Too cute.

In preparation for some “Be About It Organizing” business, Kamren and I had discussed doing a little photo shoot. We went outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather that we had, and she took a few shots of yours truly…

A tiny sneak peak.

After our mini session, I headed back out to take Kamren to get her car, and came back to:

I bought an old dresser to use for storage in my home office/ guest room, and had this cutie to help me get it sanded. I worked on the painting portion, and will be sure to post the finished project once it is in place. I really enjoy taking something old and making it like new again. Putting my spin on it.

While the paint was drying, Drew had a hair appointment that I had to drop her at. While she was getting beautified, this bundle of adorable came to see me…

Auntie Kellie’s Cutie Pie

This little boy has my ❤. He is a little talker, too. We literally have whole conversations. He just coos and awes, and I swear he is telling me something and responding to my questions. I’m in love!

I picked Drew up, and we all ended the evening at good ole Popeye’s chicken, sharing a family meal. Days like this are the ones that I cherish. Time spent with the ones I love.

Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

I will be back later this week with a few more tales from the White House. In the meantime, be BLESSED.

Kellie

Hey there….

This has been a whirlwind if a week. I have been working hard at work, hard at home, and hard on my new business! That’s right! MY business! I am so stoked!

I have been doing a lot of research and reaching out about how to navigate through social media to expand my brand, and I must say, I am overwhelmed! I don’t know if it’s that I’m an old lady, or if things are just way too complicated these days. Me wanting to be great, and me actually being great is being challenged. Lol! I’m not giving up though. I’m going to get this figured out!

My passion runs deep in my desire to help others tackle the things that overwhelm. That is why I am working tirelessly to get Be About It Organizing out to the world. I have a few things to ask you.

  1.  Have you been trying to organize your home and life for months or years, but haven’t gained any serious traction that inspires you to keep going?
  2. Have you had some success in the past, but you’re starting to realize that your motivation has escaped you and you need some help?
  3. Have you found that you DO NOT currently have a plan in place, and you’re flying by the seat of your pants on how you manage your home?

If either of these describe what you’ve got going on, I would love to speak with you and see how I can help. Like I stated before, this is a passion of mine, and I want to help you to love yourself and the space you are in.

Let’s not just talk about it, let’s BE about it.

Blessings,

Kellie


Psalm 51:10

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Priming Lately….

Hey there! I pray you all are having a great start to your day, and thanks for stopping by. I just wanted to share with you a few things that I have Amazon “Primed”, lately. Take a gander if you will…

CUSHIONAIRE Women’s Hart Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Now, I have been wanting a pair of these sneakers for quite some time. I would see them in the stores, but sadly, due to my humongous feet, I can never find my size. I usually have to buy my shoes online, because most stores can’t keep size 11s in stock. Sad, huh? Its also sad, that a lot of times, I have to send them back because they don’t work for me. Shoes appear a whole lot cuter when they are in a little dainty size 7. TRAGIC!

Conair Double Ceramic 1 Inch Curling Iron-White & Rose Gold

Funny story on this one. I had a curling iron before that required me to reconnect the tip a few times with Gorilla glue. Damon kept telling me that it wasn’t going to stay, and to just get another one. I was determined to hang on to my beloved curling iron, but alas, the other day, in mid curl, a spring popped out….while Damon was in there with me. The fact that he was in there just got on my nerves! Yes, he made me throw it away on the spot! (Well, after it cooled off). This one is not near as good as the one I had, but it will do for now. 

Tenby Living 2-Pack Black Tie Rack/Organizer/Hanger/ Holder 

This purchase right here truly sums up why Amazon Prime is the bomb! As you all know, I am a Professional, (yeah, I said Professional with a capital P) Organizer. Deep in the throws of organizing our closet this particular evening, I discovered that Damon did not have a system to hang his ties. I pulled out my phone, found this little gadget, ordered it, and had it the very next day! Guys, this came during the second leg of my process. It did not hold me up one bit! I finished everything that I needed to do, without ever having to leave my house! #winning

Brother P-touch, PTD210- Easy-to-Use Label Maker

I shared my Geeky-ness on Facebook about this purchase. I am about to go “label cray cray”, and I don’t care who knows it!

What are some things that you guys have been Prime-ing lately? I see the trucks coming and going all over. Share a few of your favorites with us!

Blessings,
Kellie

What Has Been Making Me Happy This Week…

Good Friday Morning, Friends!

I am elated that we have made it to Friday, because this week seems like it lasted 93 days!

I do have a wonderful Praise Report to share. I believe in an earlier post, I spoke on my baby girl, Drew, having some major struggles in the behavior department. Just about everyday, she would come home with color coded conduct marks with various issues. I am going to be very transparent in this post, as I as her mother, have had some MAJOR issues with her behavior issues. Where to begin?

I am going to start out by saying that I do not claim to be perfect, as I have many a flaw, but what I will say, is that I love my children. With that being said, I have struggled with how to show her love, when I am constantly having to discipline her for bad behavior, and I feel like I am always mad at her. That is most definitely not the relationship that a mother and child should have. I am already not a cuddly, mushy type of lady, so just imagine what that is like for the two of us. Absolutely no frills!

Just in case you are wondering as to what type of behaviors, let’s just say, we should know better, and we need to tend to our own business, and not be worrying about others.

So I give you all of this background, only to bring you to this. I had a deep, outpouring & distressed conversation with my good friend Yolanda, and she really got me to thinking. We are both a little “older” mothers of younger children, so we have this EXTRA bond where children are concerned. This particular evening, she asked had I had her “tested.” Maybe there is something there that needs help? Maybe she is having some internal struggles?

So, the following week, I began to make some phone calls, and after speaking with the school counselor, I scheduled an appointment with our Pediatrician for the following week. Drew’s teachers, the counselor, & the Dr. were all involved in the process, and then she received a diagnosis of ADHD. While it wasn’t what I’d wanted to hear, I felt better knowing that we now know.

Damon & I have always said that we weren’t down for “doping” our kids, but in talking with a few people, a few people who have kids with the same issues, it was brought up that we give our kids medicine when they have a cough or stomachache. If this is something that their brain needs, then what is the difference? After the prescription was written, I vowed that I would be Mama Medicine Vigilante, and watch over her like a hawk!

Ya’ll! The 1st day I sent her to school on this medicine, I cried all the way to work. I felt like I was throwing my baby to the wolves. I wouldn’t be able to watch her like I said I would, and I felt totally helpless.

Drew is our baby of the bunch, and it shows. The girl said she is going to be a princess when she grows up…

A little Giggle…We never had a conversation with her about all of this, only what she overheard at the Dr’s. office. When I picked her up from daycare, you know, the day I cried all the way to work, she bounced over to me and our conversation went like this:

Drew: “MAMA! I think that medicine worked a little bit!”

Me: “How so, Girl?”

Drew: With her head cocked to one side “NORMALLY, I crawl under the table and get crayons that aren’t mine…..I didn’t even do that today!”

I died! That was the funniest thing that I had ever heard come out of her mouth! I was worried for nothing. That little girl is precious, and she recognized a change in herself. I don’t care if it is all a mental thing, she realized that something was different. She wanted to be different.

She doesn’t seemed to have missed a beat anywhere, and I am still able to be Mama Medicine Vigilante on weekends. Just to make sure she is not droopy or anything, but I am astounded at her progress with being more present during her school days, AND she has even received a few “Outstanding” marks in her conduct folder.

I know she is still a 6 year old kid, and we are not out of the woods on the foolishness, but I truly love where we are headed. My baby girl was struggling, and I am sure she did not know why. We were able to get her some help, and we are all the better for it. Thank the Lord for His guidance and for inserting the people into my life to have those conversations with. We are getting things on track. In Jesus’ name…

I have prayed over the writing of this post, as I am often reluctant to share my inner most thoughts.

Be Blessed,

Kellie

Good Monday Morning!

Hey there, Friends! I pray that today finds you well.

How bout them Chiefs? While I am not a fan of KC, and am down with the Steeler Nation through & through, I am, however a fan of one Mr. Patrick Mahomes, & Mr. Andy Reid. Congratulations Guys! They came through in true KC fashion.

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This past weekend wasn’t overly eventful, but it was definitely enjoyable. Got some grocery shopping done and a completed a few more projects around the house. I got a good visit in with my Mama, and got to snuggle a sweet, sweet baby. I spent some QT with my main peoples, attended worship, and enjoyed some time outdoors on the patio. #BLESSED

A Little Giggle….

As you all may know by now, I have started a home & office organization business called Be About It Organizing. There have been quit a few projects going on, and pictures of before and after being taken. Of course, my quest to be organized is not a new development, but it has been on hyper drive here recently. All of this to say, Kori has been bitten by the bug! We got home on Friday, and everyone went on with their chores. After about an hour or so, she comes down the stairs to say, “Mama, if you are looking for me, I am in my closet. Got some organizing to do.” Well, I’ll be danged! I am doing something right, I suppose. If I can achieve reaching just ONE of my kids, I am good with that. There is a running joke in our house that she is the only one whose house we will eat at when they’re grown.

Well, that is all that I have for you to day. Be Blessed, and have a great week!

Kellie

Be About It Organizing in Action…

You Guys! You Guys!

This weekend, I was in my element. A client reached out to me out of sheer and utter frustration, wanting to “take her house back”. They had undergone a remodel over a year ago, and were instructed to box up items to get them out of the way, and let the magic happen. After all was said and done, these said items never got back, and things just started to mount up. With working full time, kids being active, and what seems like not enough hours in the day, one could definitely see how this could happen, right? That’s where I come in!

Here we have the beginnings…..

Now, they can actually EAT at the table. (Used to be a catch all spot)
Did I forget to mention that she is also a Troop Mom? (See all of those cookies back there?) Just busy!
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and you should be able to love being in it.

There was quite a bit to get rid of, and her daughter was too cute. She and I tag teamed and would ask Mom what we were doing about certain items, and if she took too long to answer, it would go in the “Throw Away” pile. After awhile of this, she just started saying to us stuff like, “So rude”, and “Ya’ll are just haters!” Hilarious! She knew we were right, and didn’t fight us, as a lot of this stuff she hadn’t even laid eyes on in over a year.

The whole time I was there, her daughter was talking about working on her room, but didn’t want me to see it. By the time we were almost done, and she was ecstatic about our progress, she asked me if I could give her some tips. (Adorable) I walked in, and as I had anticipated, being a mother of teenagers, it was a whirlwind of, you guessed it, CLOTHES! I told her what I thought, and challenged her to get at it ASAP, while the adrenaline was still pumping. She said she would, and as I walked out he door, she said, “Mrs. Kellie, I am going to send you some pictures tonight when I am done!” Ya’ll, she did that! I was so proud. Let’s just hope it sticks.

Words from my client:

My house was cluttered and I was overwhelmed… Kellie completely helped to transform my kitchen, laundry room and living room. Kellie helped transform my cluttered mess into an enjoyable, peaceful living space. My daughter and I enjoyed working with Kellie. She accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. Kellie is a pro and has a keen eye for organization.

She offered tips along the way that has me excited about my next project. My pre-teen daughter was even more excited that she immediately took the tips and started on her room… thanks to Be About It we broke clutter curses this past weekend and I’m so grateful.

I love it!

Friends, if you are in need of some assistance because you are living in a world of chaos, please do not hesitate to reach out and book a FREE call to see how I can help you. We can decide from there how YOU would like to proceed. Remember, Don’t just talk about it. BE about it!

Be Blessed,

Kellie

Dollar Tree Storage Solutions

As I was going through pictures of all of my past organization projects, I got to thinking about how some people spend absurd amounts of money on products. As you all should know about me by now, I am just not that chick! I believe that you should always start first with utilizing things that you may already have, and when you don’t, just head on over to your neighborhood Dollar Tree!

I do often times find that not all Dollar Tree locations have what I am looking for, or even what their website has. You will find that one location may have all kinds of great things, then the next one is whack. My rule of thumb is that when I see something and get excited about it, I buy multiple, because the next time I go, it is liable to be gone!

Below are just a few things that I have purchased and used to keep my house in order…

View Colorful Plastic Storage Buckets with
Those buckets IN ACTION. We use these to hold lunch boxes.
View Essentials Chrome-Plated Over-the-Door Double Hooks
Didn’t snap a picture, but Donovan uses these to hang his robe on the back of his closet door. Always handy to have easy access for hanging essentials.
View Essentials 6-Hook White Over-the-Door Metal
Back Pack Central
View Large Rectangular Slotted Plastic Storage
Under Bathroom Cabinet Storage
3M Command Basics...
I KEEP these on hand. Does somebody have a hat collection that may want to display the hats that are not currently on their head??? Got any teenage boys, a sports fan husband or boyfriend?
One of my absolute favorite hacks. Thanks Pinterest!
View Smooth Glass Hurricane Candleholders, 4

View Glass Taper Candleholders, 4"
Knock! Knock! DIY project here! Ya’ll know I loves me some Do It Yourself.

So, there you have it. Some Real Life uses, for some very inexpensive organizational tools.

If organizing is something you’ve been wishing you could attain but you’ve never been able to do it, I am here to help you with your “fresh start”. Just give me a shout in Comments, reach out on Facebook, and you can follow me on Instagram @kelliedidwhat.

In the words of a great chick, and friend of mine Tijuana Johnson, “Clear the clutter, clear the mind.

Be Blessed,

Kellie

This About Sums Us Up….

We start off somewhat regular, then some foolishness ensues. Typical Daddy!

Today’s post is just a bit random, and I wanted to share.

Miss Drew is in her element right here. I swear she is going to be a Forest Ranger. She loves to be outside and hoard rocks & berries, & acorns and such. After we come home from being “out in he wilderness” I have to make sure that she empties her pockets before doing the laundry, or we end up with all kinds of stuff in the lint trap.

A little giggle…

Yesterday, Drew had a Dr. appointment first thing in the morning. Since Damon didn’t have to be at work until a little later, he volunteered to take her. Since the little girls are usually a packaged deal, Kori had to tag along so Daddy could drop them both off afterwards. Kori’s biggest nightmare at the Dr. is of course a shot, but since it is Drew’s appointment, she is safe, right? No, no, no. Good ol’ Daddy inquired about a flu shot.

DUHN… DUHN… DUUUUUHN!!!!

While I was figuring that they wouldn’t do it at an appointment that wasn’t hers, Damon had already asked, and sure enough, they hooked her right on up! I wish I could have seen the look on her face when he asked.

Drew is our Gangster Baby and is rarely phased by much, so she took her shot like a champ. Kori on the other hand, is the complete opposite of that. She kept saying, “No, Ma’am. I already got shots. I don’t need it.”

At the end of the day, she survived, but did still have quite the attitude about it when I picked her up. “Mama! That shot hurt! It still hurts! What’s the point of a flu shot if I can still get sick? OOOhhh!”

LOL! That girl.

Kids can definitely wear us out, but they also bring us so much joy. The exciting part is watching them grow, and being able to take pride in raising great humans, with our Lord and Savior guiding the way.

Psalms 127:3-5 3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Be Blessed,

Kellie

“It’s because I’m Niceable…”

Niceable. I bet you are thinking, “What in the world does that mean?” According to my daughter Kori, its a mix of Nice and Likeable.

This girl is just a big bundle of Joy & Happiness! She has one of the biggest hearts, and we can all pretty much agree that she is in fact, Niceable!

This all started one evening when she, who is our middle child, sought the opportunity to get some 2 on 1 time with Mom & Dad. That little pocket where the other two were busy doing something else, and she had us all to herself. She was on a non stop chatter rant, and was listing all of these “Associates”, as she calls them, by name. I said, “You sure have a big following at school, and her response, “It’s cuz i’m so niceable, Mama,” in a DUH sort of tone. Just like MY kid to come up with a word like that, and make it work.

Just look at her! Full of energy and spunk! Living her best life.

Psalm: 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings,

Kellie