Our Crazy Challenge

We have a move coming up and every move, we manage to purge more and more. Well, our last move, when we moved states, we got rid of at least half a garage full of stuff. Since then, we have gotten rid of another (at least) 40 bags. I began our second round and kind of hit a bump along the way–came to a complete halt.

Since then, we have begun looking for a new place–our lease is up here in about 1.5 months and we don’t want to have to move A TON of stuff again. Plus, we’re aiming to get into a smaller place–2 bedrooms, not 3. We found one, well below our price range, but in order to live comfortably in it, we definitely need to purge some more.

Mr. had a crazy idea! So, here it is. As of the stuff we have right now….

  1. 50% of our stuff will be gotten rid of
  2. 25% of our stuff will be sold
  3. 25% of our stuff will be kept

We will be aiming for the bigger categories in our house…

  • Toys
  • Crafts
  • Electronics
  • Clothes
  • Kitchen

Toys update–2 bags this week (and another two bags earlier this year) out of the boys room. As of right now, it’s pretty decent to clean. The puzzles… Those need to be addressed later.

Crafts update— I just took out 5 grocery bags and 4 scrapbooks. I have plans to do more, but at the moment they are sitting where they are. I need to fix our construction paper holders and make 2 quilts.

Electronics update–We have one garbage bag full of cords that we pulled out and I will be running to the recycling center tomorrow.

Clothing update–I pulled out all the clothes we have been hanging onto for Mr, he hasn’t gotten around to wearing. We have downsized the clothes that are too small for all of the boys (Newborn-12 months) and I will be finishing up the 18 month clothes, as Z doesn’t fit in them any more.

Kitchen update–I believe I did this before we moved to the state, but tomorrow, I will be plowing through all of our kitchen stuff and sorting through what we want to keep and what we don’t.


As I do this, I will make a list of things that need to be replaced (after we move, as we are on a strict budget right now) and we will begin replacing old items with new and throwing them out. For example, tupperware, dinnerware and Mr’s clothes are three things I can think of right now.
If you want to join in on the purging fun, by all means dive right in! Feel free to share pictures below or join me as we declutter our house, along with many others in the 40 bags in 40 days group.

Natural Weight Loss Supplement–Raspberry Ketones

Over the last 5 years, I have had a lot of trouble with my weight. Shortly before L’s pregnancy, I was so close to 200 lbs. it wasn’t even funny. During L’s pregnancy, I quickly went over and had trouble keeping the weight on because I was so sick.

Shortly after his delivery, I got an infection at the hospital and dropped 60 lbs. within a couple weeks, as I wasn’t able to keep anything down and could barely walk from one room to the other. I was lucky that my mom and sister were there to help me with L and myself. It was horrible–I remember being tested for H1N1. 

About 6 months after L turned 1, we found out that A was on his way. So, I began gaining weight with another pregnancy, right about the time that I reached about 165 lbs. I had a hard time dropping weight after A. And before we knew it—8-9 months after A came, we found out that Z was on the way. 

I didn’t gain as much weight with Z, but I reached about 190 lbs. I got stuck around 175 lbs and was really bummed. I told myself that I would get more active and everything, but nothing happened until we moved last year. 

We moved here and were in an apartment upstairs for a while. All the walking up and down and eating better helped me drop a few more pounds, but I kept getting stuck at 165 lbs. I was irritated beyond belief and kept trying to change things. But, when living in an apartment, new to the area, babysitting and breastfeeding–kind of unsure about everything, so not much changed.

A couple months ago, my exercises and finally gotten me below 165 lbs and I was thrilled! But, I couldn’t go anywhere else. I got stuck at 148-150 lbs. 

Last month, I got the opportunity to try out Pure Raspberry Ketones from Summit Nutritions. I didn’t think much off them, but I tried them out for a week. I ate when I was hungry, foods I normally ate and didn’t have much extra exercises in the week.

I climbed on the scale at the end of the week and wasn’t expecting much. But, I had actually dropped about 4 lbs! I took them when I could remember and occasionally, I would forget to take them 30 minutes before I ate. But, they worked! 


Now, two other things…

First, I (TMI) burped at one point–and it isn’t the nasty taste burps. It literally “tasted” like raspberries, it was kind of funny.

Second, I would recommend that if you are going to stop taking them, that you “ween” yourself off of them. Do not go cold turkey! I did and the first week or so, I found myself eating more again and for a while, I actually started putting the weight back on because I wasn’t monitoring how much I ate and all. 

But, I definitely recommend them! I was amazed that they actually worked, but love that they are completely natural!!!



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