Category Archives: Around the House

Bucket List- De-Clutter My House

High up on my bucket list but perpetually at the bottom of my priorities, is my desire to de-clutter my house.  Clutter has been an issue in my life since I was old enough to have things.  I have always been a collector and a messy person.  (Messy, not dirty.)  As a messy collector, I have always had to walk that fine line between being a pack-rat and being a hoarder.  I am convinced there is a difference, but I am also convinced that living with less clutter means living more serenely.  And who doesn’t need some serenity!

Of course, wanting to do something and actually doing it are two different things.  I have WANTED to be a neater person for years.  In each new apartment, and later my house, I loved being able to start fresh and for a few months I would do great.  Then, just like that…so much stuff.  I have never lived completely unpacked.  I have been in my house for close to 5 years.  Five years, and I still have boxes.  This is ridiculous folks.  I am finally ready to start making things happen!

Since I have already failed 249387 times, I knew the first thing I had to do was find a new plan.  I did some research and the book by Maria Kondo, the life-changing magic of tidying up, kept resurfacing.  Then, within days of that search, two different friends posted about it on Facebook, with PROOF of their own accomplishments.  That gave credit directly to the book.  I was certain, I needed this book.  Plus, it serves a double purpose since reading more was one of my resolutions.

So, I got the book.  Now, I just have to open it up 🙂

Are you a neat or messy person?  Are you easily attached to items?

This Or That?

I had one of those days yesterday that seriously made me re-think home ownership.  The day started well and ended with my thumb slammed in my front door (who needs a thumbnail though, really?), my lawnmower shitting the bed and best of all, I noticed some unwanted friends had made a home in my grill.  Yellow jackets.  Just about 100 of them.  Awesome.  Except, not awesome.  Especially because I am so highly allergic.  Of course I did what any girl does when everything seems to be going wrong.  I called my parents to vent, created a list of everything that is wrong or not quite right with my house, decided I am a life failure because my lawn is half-mowed and I no longer have a working grill, drank a few glasses of wine and went to bed.  Then I woke up (and hour late) and started fixing all this shit.  And by that I mean, I went to work and my dad found an exterminator and met him at my house.  My parents are awesome!  I keep reminding myself that 90% of the time, owning a home is totally awesome even if it means I’ll be broke for the rest of my life.

I love my house.  I love my house.  I love my house.  

Anyway…I needed something light for today!  Saw this on a blog I started recently reading and it was exactly the type of post I needed for today!


this or that


1. This or that: 5k or a marathon?
They are both mentally tough for entirely different reasons.  I actually prefer longer distance runs…if I had to choose…the 5k, only because the training for a marathon is so taxing.  

2. This or that: flat race in the heat or hilly race in the cold?
Flat + heat!  Truthfully, I run better in the cold, but I HATE the cold and I HATE hills!

3. This or that: new running shoes or a new running outfit?
Outfit, for sure.  I love finding new running clothes!

4. This or that: run a marathon without headphones or Garmin?
Without headphones.

5. This or that: race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag?
I would say convenience, although I love to travel for races.  Although I fully intend to travel to D.C. next spring to get myself some Tiffany’s swag 🙂

6. This or that: PR but result in an injury or finish strong and missing a PR?
I have spent way too much time injured.  Miss the PR and finish strong!

7. This or that: 100 squats or 100 push ups? [Now take a break and go do them. ;)]
Pushups.  I HATE squats.

8. This or that: run without socks or without sports bra?
Wow.  Both would be incredibly uncomfortable.  I think though, without a bra.  Hopefully my tank is tight enough!

9. This or that: treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?

10. This or that: Ragnar Relay or Marathon Relay team?
Ragnar all the way!!!

11. This or that: Naked run or naked yoga?
Both of these sound like they would be terrible for me.

12. This or that: Come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in NYC marathon?
1st in NYC!!

13. This or that: give up running for a 3 years to get a BQ or never BQ but run as much as you want?
Never BQ and run as much as I want!  That IS my reality and I am solidly okay with it!


❤ Jillian

I Bought A Blender (and I have a free shipping code!)

You know you’re old when…you get way excited over the purchase of a new blender!

Seriously, I feel like I spent as much time on buying a blender as I did on buying a house!

Before I started making breakfast smoothies every day, I think I used my blender all of 10 times.  After using my Oster 5-speed blender for only one week, I realized quickly that I needed to invest in something better…and quick!  The Oster is good enough for some stuff, but every time I rev it up, I worry if it will be it’s last rodeo.  It just wasn’t built for everyday use and it doesn’t have the ability to make much more than a smoothie.  And I think it hates spinach more than I hate avocados because it is a bitch to clean!!!!

So I did it.  I splurged.  I really didn’t have the money, but I figure if I have to keep buying $30 blenders, eventually I would be spending more than I could afford anyway.  So I did it.

I went over and over and over…Nutri-Bullet, Vitamix or Blendtec.  It was not an easy choice and the internets only made it harder!!!  I researched tons of websites, blogs and review pages.

Now, you need to know one thing about me.  If I go out with the intention to have one beer, but I have two…I have buyers remorse.  Every time I go to Target…buyers remorse.  I have an incredibly hard time buying things for myself.  I work SO HARD for my money.  Until last August, I had two jobs.  For most of my life, I have had two or three jobs and at times was a full time student on top of it.  Technically, I currently have one job, but I pick up every single extra event I can at work.  I do every SAT, ACT and SSAT testing day…giving up a ton of my Saturday’s.  I proctor the Student Center once a week during the school year.  I work every camp sign-in on Sundays during the summer.  I will pick up anything at my job if it means extra money.  And I use that money for bills, gas and every now and then for a night out.  I am lucky that there are some great parents at this school whom often gift me on holidays and at the end of the year with gift cards; then I can treat myself (without guilt) to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and use VISA gift cards for new clothes.  My parents hook me up every Christmas with grocery and clothing store gift cards.  I make use of every coupon or store savings I can.  What I am trying to convey here is this…this was a HUGE purchase for me.  To have bought this for myself was a huge deal.  I am not a cheap person by any means, but I am frugal and careful with my money.  However, after weeks (and weeks!) of researching, thinking, weighing my options and reading reviews, I decided this was a worthwhile purchase and pulled the trigger.

Here is how I finally broke it down to make a decision:


  • While it was the cheapest option and there were some pros that were very key in my life (takes up very little space, powerful, good for single use, easy to clean), I also kept reading about their terrible customer service.  That pretty much ruled them out right off the bat, except that I couldn’t get over how low the price was and the fact that I could easily store it.


  • This was actually my first choice.  I was pretty sold on it because  everything can be done in one jar, it has pre-programmed buttons, it is easy to clean and comes with a great warranty.  However in every single review, good or bad, there was something said about the atrocious noise.  But even that didn’t completely rule it out for me.  I figured I would deal with the noise because the price was right and it got more good reviews than bad ones.


  • The only bad review I could find on the Vitamix is that it takes up a lot of space.  Pretty small complaint but considering my counter space is already at a premium, this was a tough one for me.  I barely have room as it is with my KitchenAid mixer, coffee maker and microwave.  On top of that, it was by far the most expensive option and I couldn’t find a way to justify it.  Everyone says is the Ferrari of blenders, but at some point I have to draw the line.


So…drumroll please…



Forget the need to draw lines.  At the end of the day, this was the best purchase.  Especially because…da da da da…they are currently having a special on refurbished 5200’s and I got it for $299.00 PLUS free shipping!  They are regularly $329 and shipping is $25, so I saved $55!  Had I gotten a Blendtec, I would have also gotten a refurbished one, and it would have been $279 (comes with free shipping), so I only paid $20 more than I would have if I went with my initial choice.  And I would have had to deal with the insanely loud noise that legit was complained about in every single review.  Lastly, when it came to reviews, I had to LOOK to find a negative one about Vitamix.  The only things I could find other than space, was that you need to purchase a separate pitcher for grinding spices or making bread.  Since I do not intend to use it for either of those reasons, it only made sense to go with the Vitamix.  (If you are thinking of buying one, the $30 discount is good until the end of June and if you want the free shipping, you can use the code:  06-007021)

I honestly do think that it is a matter of personal opinion and depends on what your needs are when it comes to which one you buy.  I am sure I would have been happy (albeit, perhaps deaf) with a Blendtec, but I am really happy I was able to treat myself to the Vitamix.  In the end, I think it will pay for itself by way of healthy eating.  I already have a whole list of things to make, and I cannot wait!

I will be sure to do a personal review when it arrives!


Do you own a Vitamix, Blendtec, Nutribullet or any other special blender?  What are your thoughts?