My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Saturday
Jun042011

cleared out

Here are some progress shots, from what my mom and I accomplished yesterday.  We worked pretty non-stop from 3pm – 1am.  It’s not easy to organize a very small house, that has no basement, no garage, and a shed that is less than weather proof.  We managed to make a TON of progress, and I feel so much better. 

Things are less cluttered.  Things are more organized.  I am more calm.  Thank you mom!!

I’ve tried to organize + consolidate things in the house, on numerous occasions.  It’s frustrating and never feels finished.

Before:

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After: cage moved, table things 90% organized + put away, metal shelves moved, 9 cube storage moved + cleared out

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We emptied the rest of our book boxes and organized the books in the 9 cube storage shelves.  This is not permanent, but is a good placeholder.  I’m hoping we can make large built in bookshelves at some point.  For now, this does the job!

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Kenna’s cage has moved around the house, to at least 3 locations.  It’s FINALLY out of the 2 main living rooms, and I couldn’t be happier!

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This room was FULL of boxes on Wednesday. 

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We moved the metal shelves, that were holding nothing but randomness, to the 2nd bedroom/office.  This will temporarily serve as our linen storage. 

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The cage was moved into the office.  Although not idea, it’s much better in hear, than in the living/dining rooms.  Dakota does not stay in a cage, but Kenna does.  Kenna actually LOVES her cage.  She also loves chewing on corners of fabric, which we do not love.  Hence why she stays in a cage while we’re gone.  We’re hoping to do away with the cage at some point though!

I’m hoping to get the desk area a bit more organized soon.  It would be nice to actually use it as a desk.  The shoe storage under the desk is not ideal, but working for now.

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It now holds our lines and paper towels/TP.  Much better!

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So much less cluttered!

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There were a few containers with file folders and important papers next to this bookshelf.  I cleared the area out and moved things to the porch.  This small bookshelf is totally overloaded, but like the 9 cube storage, it’s working for now!

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I’m still loving the guest bedroom!!  I’m so so so glad I decided to keep the patterned quilt.  We got a really nice polar fleece blanket [from Bed, Bath + Beyond] to go under the quilt, so our guests stay warm. 

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In lieu of closet doors, I really wanted to hang drapes instead.  We saved at least $50 going the drape route, as opposed to buying closet doors and a door track. 

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I’m so glad we decided to do this.  I think it’s a fun addition to the room, it functions well, and saved us money.  Triple score!

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My mom headed back to Ohio this morning, and I was so sad to see her go.  We had SO much fun the last 2 weeks, and I can’t even begin to say what a HUGE help she was.  Our house has taken a huuuge jump in progress this past week.  I cannot wait for my mom + dad to come back at the end of July!

Deeeeeelicious new breakfast recipe tomorrow!!  Be on the lookout!

Ashley

Friday
Jun032011

50/50

Today we worked our hinnies off!  But we also had a fun + relaxing morning. 

50% work 50% play 100% fun

Before I get to Thursday, let’s talk about Wednesday.  My mom and I finally made it to see Bridesmaids.  Pretty hilarious!  Nice 2 hours of relaxing + laughing.  We also hit up the J.Crew outlet.  All of the women’s clothes were 40% off and then an extra 15% off because my mom is a teacher.  It was like shopping at J.Crew with Target prices!!!  Dangerous!  I picked up a handful of things I love.  A few pairs of shorts [which is miraculous], a few really comfy tops [one pictured below], 2 button downs and maybe one or two more things.  It was fun to have a little clothing-retail therapy, instead of Lowes, Home Depot, and Bed Bath + Beyond.  I think I’ve only bought about 2 articles of clothing since November!

For dinner, we headed to one of our favorite spots, Tasty Harmony.  I’ve talked about this restaurant pretty frequently.  It’s veggie/vegan/GF friendly, with huge portions + delicious, creative, seasonal food!

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Super cute inside.  Casual + comfortable.  Haven’t had a bad meal yet!

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I think I told my mom about their nachos every single day since we got back to Colorado.  I was anxious for her to try them with the cashew cheeze sauce!  [The white sauce below is vegan sour cream.  The cashew cheeze was on the side]  I like these more than real cheese nachos!

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Cashew cheeze drizzled all over top.  The three of us chowed down on this plate!

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We were so busy anticipating our food, that I forgot to photograph it.  My mom got their mashed potatoes and lightly fried mock “chicken.”  The “chicken” is house made seitan.  Before going GF, I had a few bites of this and it was outstanding.  My mom said she was a little nervous about it, but she absolutely loved it.  Raved about it, in fact!  Their gravy is also amazing.  mmmmm

Chris got the tempeh reuben + mashed taters with gravy.  I got the “yogi plate”, which is a millet + quinoa mix, steamed greens [chard that night], + grilled tofu.  It also comes with vegan ceaser dressing that is out of this world delish.  The tofu is probably the best I’ve had.  Tofu texture perfection!

Clean plate club!

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This morning, we were up bright and early.  We took a lovely walk through my neighborhood and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.  Then we went for a scenic drive through the foothills.  We drove all along Horsetooth Reservoir, which I had never even done before.

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The water was a vibrant blue.

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Photo-op time!

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Cutie mom with the wind in her hair. :)

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New shorts!

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I’m so glad we waited until Thursday for our touristy day.  It was the best day of weather yet!

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We drove along the reservoir and got out a few times for photos and fresh air.

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Self timer action!  I set the camera up on a park grill. ;)

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A half eye blink, ice cream shoveling photo.  We stopped at the famous Kilwin’s for some deelicious ice cream.  I got dulche de leche.  I have a thing for caramel. 

Don’t let my pasty legs blind you.

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We walked around Old Town + Downtown, and I showed my mom my favorite shops.  She always loves seeing the places I’m always talking about.

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We got back to the house around 3pm and then it was go-time.  My mom said she wanted closure on the house, so she could feel like we accomplished a lot when she left.  Believe me, even before all we did today, we accomplished A FREAKING TON.

The porch was a disaster.  We started there are really organized and consolidated.  After we build a new shed, we’ll be able to move everything on the porch into that.  Then, maybe in the fall or next summer, we’ll be completely remodeling this porch. 

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The plastic corrugated “windows” have got to go.  We’re going to make it all open air, but keep the columns + ceiling and put in a new floor.

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Once the porch was organized, then we were able to sift through everything in the house, consolidate + move more to the porch.  When I say sift through everything in the house, I mean sift through everything in the house.  We were on a roll!!

Wait until you see the photos tomorrow!

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This room has exploded about 18 times now.  I think we finally made a LOT of progress with it today. 

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Sitting at the dining room table right now and looking around, I’m in shock.  I cannot believe what we were able to get done today.  We even made our last Lowes + Target run at 9pm tonight. 

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Nothing can stop us!!

Except some much needed sleep.  My mom leaves tomorrow mid-morning.  I got to spend one full week with my Ohio family and two full weeks with my mom.  I wish we could do this more often, but I’m so thankful that we’re able to do it at all! 

Major {love + hugs} to the most amazing mom + dad.  Ever.

Gooooooooooodnight.

Ashley