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Prettify My House….

I hate it when I’m out running errands and all of a sudden become insanely hungry! M & I were out and about and we both got grumpy. She is her mother’s daughter. I was at Whole Food’s to buy some specialty ingredients I needed for a recipe. I knew I had nothing in the house for me or M, so I hit up the Whole Food’s salad bar for both of us. I really had her in mind at the salad bar. I was so hungry I just started grabbing random things I knew she would eat.

Here’s what was in the mix for M:

  • black beans
  • steamed broccoli
  • grilled mango
  • hard boiled egg

In the mix for me:

  • spicy bean salad (underneath the mango)
  • spicy tempeh
  • and a bowl of their delicious black bean soup 🙂 (not pictured)

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Here’s M’s plate. She gobbled it up 🙂 This was my idea of “healthy fast food.” I know not everyone has the option of Whole Food’s… but most grocery stores have salad bars with healthy options 🙂
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I Like Pretty Things…

I learned something about myself over the weekend. Well, I have actually known this for a while… but this is the first time I’ve ever publicly admitted it.

I consider myself good at lots of things… but when it comes to cleaning… eh… not so much. What I’ve noticed is that i like to focus on aesthetics. If I have something pretty, I’ll keep it clean. New, or “new old” pretty things motivate me to keep it looking that way.

Here’s an example… If I go buy flowers for the house, or a new candle, or new throw pillows, I start to obsessively clean the house… or at least the area of the house where I purchased that something for 😉

Are you like that?

So, I decided to start a new project called Prettify my House. I don’t know how long this project will take… but I’m taking it room by room.

Here are my rules:

  • Obviously set a budget for each room.
  • Do the work myself (this involves sewing which I’m awful at.)
  • Never pay full price for something. I will be shopping at my favorite stores, but will focus only on the sale items and stay within my budget.
  • Rearranging furniture counts as “prettifying a room.”
  • Do not impulse buy! I’m going to take time with this and only buy things I love.

I will be documenting project Prettify My House on the blog. If you have a room you’d like to Prettify, feel free to join in 🙂

The room I will be starting with is my office… it needs some major help! Before pics are coming soon!

WB Updates:

  • Check out the new Kiddie Lunch Box page 🙂 Now you can just click on the page and see pics of all of M’s lunches 🙂 I’m still adding lunches to it so stay tuned.
  • I only made it to yoga once last week, so I’m excited for class today 🙂
  • Conference call at 1:30pm
  • Work on article edits
  • Work on WB Newsletter
  • Start packing list for vacation 🙂

Have a great Monday!! 🙂 🙂

13 Responses

  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on August 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

    you know i’ll be following along! i have the same mission and those same rules…good luck girl! i’ll be stealing ideas from you!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet said on August 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I would love to prettify my house but I am so bad at stuff like that. I am excited to see yours!

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

    That is a great idea on the house. I feel like the two boys make things worse for me. They aren’t slobs, but they don’t follow through with things which can add up when there are 4 of us in the house. Ironically, the older one is a bigger mess than the younger one. Have fun at yoga today!

  4. Melissa said on August 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

    You need to check out http://www.younghouselove.com/ lots of cool DIY ideas!!!

  5. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on August 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Ooh, I can’t wait. I love home decorating, and I’d join you if it weren’t for the whole buying things part. Plus, when you live in an apartment, there are only so many ways you can rearrange your room without driving your husband bonkers. 🙂

  6. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on August 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I love decorating my house and I wish I had more funds to do it! I can’t wait tofollow along with this, good luck! 🙂

  7. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on August 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

    What a fun project ! Can’t wait to see what kinds of things you’ll be changing. Sewing sounds like FUN! I haven’t done a sweing project in years… I was never very good, but it was alwys so relaxing to me. If I could sew anything… it would be some throw pillows for my plain/ nuetral colored couches!

  8. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on August 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I SO need to do this!! Our apt is tiny, but our desk area (unfortunately part of the bedroom) is out of control!!

  9. Mo@MommyRD said on August 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you do…I need ideas! I’m so bored with our too small-for-us house. Great WF lunches.

  10. Jessica said on August 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I am like that too! Once I buy new things, it makes me want to clean like crazy. I was just thinking about this today.

    Like your blog, I will be coming back!

  11. Ameena said on August 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I am just jealous that you have an office Estela. Ali commandeers ours and I work on the dining room table. I need an office of my own!

  12. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on August 17, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I love the Whole Foods salad bar. I’m a lot like you and M…when I’m hungry, I’m HUNGRY! I usually add a few pieces of grilled/baked tofu to the top of my salad to eat on the drive home when I’m desperate!

  13. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on August 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Oh man…there is nothing better than the WF salad bar when you’re super hungry!