FileThis Review

Going Paperless A recent goal in life has been to remove clutter and junk from the house.  One project I have been avoiding is going paperless. Well this year I have started tackling that project. Maybe in a future post I will write about my paperless system, but for today I want to talk about a new tool I found that is helping me along the journey. It is called FileThis. FileThis is web service that in my mind works very similar to Mint.com. It syncs with all the accounts you tell it to and downloads a copy of your…

We are alive!

28 1/2 weeks pregnant and almost a full house remodel later we emerge from the dust (oh so much dust…ugh, construction zones!). This will just be a quick post getting the blogging juices flowing again. We have not forgot about this blog, but we almost literally have not sat down long enough to post. And Sam and I talk about it all the time “I want to blog” “Me too!”. However, I will say it has been/will be worth it. Every single room except for the kitchen has been painted and has or will be getting new floors within the…

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016!! I love the New Year. I love the motivation and excitement and promises of a fresh start it brings (Sam laughs at my boost of productivity every year, but I feel that even if it only lasts a day it is better than nothing! So far I am going a solid 3 days strong). This year will also be an exciting year for the Blooming to Booming household as in June we will be bringing a new addition home with us! We announced to our family and friends with our Christmas card (thank you Pinterest for adorable ideas…

Laundry Room Remodel

It is funny to think that Jen and I have been in our first house for about 5 years now.  We are finally getting around to updating some of the rooms in our house. Right now we are working on converting the partially finished basement into a more functional space.  The first room to get completed in the basement remodel is the laundry room and here it is: Products used: Tile Floor – Daltile Acacia Beige SW91 Wall Paint – BEHR Dew Pointe M450-1 Ceiling Lights – Lithonia Lighting FMSATL 13-Inch Pet Cat Washroom to Conceal Cat Litter Box Finished Product:…

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Sam and I stayed home. We answered the door A LOT for all the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood (we bought over 200 pieces of candy and ran out by 7:00 PM–I think it’s a new record). We ate dinner (Spicy Orange Chicken with Cucumber Couscous Rice Pilaf), watched the end of The Nightmare Before Christmas and the beginning of Hocus Pocus, and then relaxed for the rest of the night. We did not dress up this year, although I did dress up as an angel on Friday for the kids at work. I…

Christmas is Coming!

“Christmas is coming”–a phrase my mother used (and still uses at times) while I was growing up when my siblings or I would mention we wanted or needed something. She literally would start using this phrase on December 26th if need be! Sam (and readers) may not appreciate this post in October, but Christmas is coming sooner than you think, and I, for one, have already started my planning! I’m a huge fan of the House & Holidays Plan over at OrganizedChristmas.com, which helps you to clean your house and plan for a stress free and meaningful holiday actually starting back in…

Buongiorno a Tutti!

We’re back! We’ve been MIA on BloomingtoBooming because Sam and I took a two week trip to Italy! We traveled from Rome to Florence to the Cinque Terre to Venice and finally to Milan with some quick stops to other towns in between. All while living out of our backpacks and walking or taking public transportation everywhere! In short, it was an amazing trip. Beautiful sites, delicious food, and wonderful culture and experiences. Sam and I can’t wait to share our experiences with everyone over the next few weeks (with lots of pictures)!

Jess Lively-Blog and Podcast

I recently came across a new blog (well new to me, but she has had this blog since 2006) and podcast that I’m kind of obsessed with: Jess Lively. I’ve only just started delving into her blog and what she’s all about, but already I find her a super down to Earth woman with a great message about values-based intentions and really appreciating all aspects of life using this approach. I have this weird habit/love of finding blogs that I connect with and then starting from the beginning of their blog and working my way forward. So that’s where I am with…

Geocaching

Sam and I have been trying to find ways to spend time together, be active, and not spend a whole ton of money. We came across the hobby of geocaching and decided to try it out. We had a blast! It was everything we were looking for. We wanted to share our first cache here on our blog, especially for those who are not familiar with it and might be interested in trying it out. So what is Geocaching? In my own words, geocaching is a world-wide scavenger hunt! Sign up for a free account (you can always upgrade to…

Wake-up Light

Let me start off by saying I LOVE waking up early. If I wake up early I am much more productive, I tend to be in a better mood, and I am more likely to have time and motivation to exercise and eat a good breakfast (a big part of trying to be healthier…more on that in another post). However, waking up early is definitely easier said than done. I used to be great at it. College and grad school I would get up at the first rays of sunlight. I couldn’t sleep past 9:00 AM at the latest even if…