It’s All Just a Matter of Time

Well now that Christmas season is over in the retail world it is time to get back to the normality and the simplicity of life. Trust me when I say that I am so thankful the holidays are over. There was so much stress and anxiety surrounding the season this year and it made it completely unbearable. I could not wait to take down my Christmas tree and get the house back in order. And most importantly, I couldn’t wait to get back to writing.

Obviously Beth is now back in classes and she is working full time as well (I know, she’s nuts in a good way). But my hope is that in some spare time we will get an opportunity to try out some life hacks we have been gathering from the internet over the last few months for us to really try out and be able to share with everyone. We have saved everything from baking ideas to pan cleaning tips for caked on stains and even some cleaning hacks and DIY cleaning product ideas that look to be fairly cheap and work almost as good as the name brand expensive stuff from the store.

Until then, I am sure we will fill up time with doing homework and cleaning and being us. But I am hoping to try and get a regular posting schedule back on track once again. This week will be difficult because Beth is working a few weird shifts in order to complete the cosmetics resets at Walgreens. But hey, maybe she’ll write a sleep deprived post about the experience of that. Who knows.

Until next time my friends,

sorry it’s short.

Nina ❤

Some Days Are Harder Than Others

As Beth said… we aren’t dead and I figured it was about time I wrote something to share with you guys. My title sounds a lot more ominous than it actually is but it’s a theme that seems to be recurring in mine and Beth’s lives almost every day. 

When we are kids and growing up, being an adult is such an appealing thing. No more house rules, no bedtime, no being told what to eat, what to do, or anything else. I know as a kid I always wanted to be older than I was… but now that I am going to be turning a quarter of a century old (that’s 25 for those who had to stop and think) I find myself wanting to be young again. To sit at home and not have responsibilities. To play with stuffed animals, color, listen to kids bop  (yeah I know… it’s horrible) and watch Disney movie after Disney movie. 

Those were what the older generation calls “the good old days” for me. When I was able to just be a kid and not have a care in the world. But both Beth and I were forced to somewhat grow up really fast. Beth more so than me. My dad had back surgery when I was in third grade and so I was really asked to step up around the house and help with chores and cleaning and even asked to help with random odd tasks. However, I wanted that. I wanted to help (well when I was young. Teenage me wasn’t as helpful as I should have been) and I wanted to be around to see my dad back to full health. 

Oh goodness that was so many years ago… 15 or so now. But i remember how much my dad tried to push the pain away so that he could do things to support us around the house, to be able to help with homework or sports or anything he could. 

I remember moving to the apartments in St. Cloud and my first few years playing sports at St. John’s. My dad used to lay on the couch in our tiny living room and let me hit headers at him so I could practice aiming (which was funny because I was a goalie so I never needed that skill). And he used to help me with my softball batting skills by making me take practice swings in the still tiny living room. 

But through all of that my dad taught me one very important lesson that I live by even now. Some Days are worse than others… Some Days are more painful, some days don’t make sense, and some days… Some Days will always be worse than others but it is the family and friends we surround ourselves with, the little things that happen and the moments that happen before our eyes that make every single second worth while. 

Thanks for reading, 

Nina ❤

Home Ownership Pt. 2

Well well well…. yeah it’s been FAR too long! With work and all randomness that life has brought on to Beth and I, we are just now finding time to both post in our blog. We lost some staff at work so both of us have been super busy picking up more hours there and then of course we both got sick too.

I digress:

Home ownership! I had a request for some pictures after my last post and so I figured I could post a couple pictures and oblige our readers!

 

Last post, I wrote about some of our home repairs and one of those was adding a storm/screen door to the front of our house. To the left above is the before picture and the right is the picture after the door was installed (complete with a picture of my goofball husband ❤ ).

 

 

We also fixed our fence that day (which had blown over in a storm 2 weeks after we moved into the house). Low and behold, as above, the left photo (complete with goofball again) is the before picture, and the left side is what it looked like after the repairs. Thankfully we had a coworker who knew how to fix the fence so we didn’t have to go and spend tons of money in order to have someone fix it for us. Plus, now we don’t look like trash for having a broken fence anymore.  😉

My favorite thing that we have done so far though….. is by far the beginning of upgrading our kitchen appliances. We had all white appliances before in our kitchen. They were pretty basic and yes, they all worked. But they were not what we wanted and they were something that we wanted to work on changing. With the help of family (as in the fact that we got married so this was a wedding present), we upgraded 2 out of our 4 kitchen appliances thanks to an extremely good sale. Below are the before and after photos of the kitchen!

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This is the before picture (the best one I have). Lots of white and dark brown. Clean but not my style at all (and I would like to think Kyle hated them too).

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And the after picture (please ignore the mess… I’m still sick and have been in bed the last 2 and a half days).

After a LONG debate and asking for help on facebook for suggestions on whether to go with black, white, or stainless steel…. Kyle and I agreed that stainless was going to be the best in our house for us (plus I got my glass cooktop!!! — I REALLY hate coils and drip pans).

So to finish off the post, I am going to post a random collage of multiple photos of the house, some before paint and some after. There is nothing really in the photos because it was all before we started moving stuff in but you guys can at least get an idea for the inside of our house.

Enjoy!

 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Frith House!

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Love you always!

Nina ❤

Life is a Balancing Act

So we are now a couple weeks into the school year, and let me tell you it is not easy balancing school, work, social life and fun! I am a full-time student, but I only have class two days a week because I also have two online classes for a total of five classes. I also have a full-time job where my two days off during the week are Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also volunteer at the local nursing home when I have extra time. Outside of school and work I also have homework to do (and there’s quite a bit since I have online classes). Now assuming I still have energy (which I often don’t) I have friends and family I want to talk to and video games I want to play.

Now I would say that I’m a perfect student and always get my homework done on time and do all of it before I do anything fun, but anybody who knows me would see how big of a lie that is! I eventually get my work done, it can take a while sometimes though.

I’m not going to say working your way through college is easy, nor am I going to say it is for everyone, but it IS doable. If you have the dedication and determination, you can definitely pay your own way through school. Budgeting is the key to balancing life; budgeting your time, budgeting your money, budgeting your focus. It is better to take a few extra minutes to plan out when you are going to do everything rather than just diving right in and figuring it out as you go. Your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone because life is unexpected, but following some sort of plan helps you stay focused and accomplish everything you set out to do.

Well I’ve probably ignored my homework for long enough, but I felt bad that Nina and I haven’t been updating lately! It’s Halloween time in retail meaning we are going to be busy until after Valentine’s Day (Halloween turns into Christmas turns into Valentine’s Day). We both love you guys!!!

❤ Beth

Home Ownership

As I posted three weeks ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already since I posted), I had some fixer-upper type projects that I wanted to accomplish at the house. The good part is that with the help of a friend and coworker, my husband and I have managed to get quite a few projects completed.

Two weeks ago we fixed the fence, added a screen door onto the front of our house and figured out what was wrong with the ceiling fans inside. Oooof I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have a fence that is completely standing again. And the screen door adds a nice touch of character to our house that makes it feel like ours.

This last week, we replaced the broken doorbell, and we fixed both of our ceiling fans in the house. We now have the ability to use both fans on whatever speed we would like without the fear of them falling down on us. We also decided to attempt to fix the dishwasher, however, that still remains to be a project I do believe. We fixed half of the problem which was it backing up into the sink when it would be doing it’s dishwasher thing.

Overall, the house we bought has not been a huge fixer-upper project but we have found ways to make it a fixer-upper house. There are still a lot of things that we would like to accomplish around the house and the yard. These things include:

  1. the yard (fixing the prickly and weed situation)
  2. replacing the AC (we found out it is as old as our house itself)
  3. replacing some light fixtures
  4. installing cabinet handles

So overall, many of those items are as we go and of course as our budget allows. I would also like to get the ceilings repainted by a professional at some point down the road as well.

Thankfully, we have amazing people who surround us who can help us do these projects and who teach us how to do certain things as they come to help us. It’s exciting to watch the progress from the house we bought to the home we’re creating for ourselves.

 

On a compltely random side note:  Beth is now back in school…. and that kinda stinks haha. But more on that later!

Nina ❤

Life

So I, being as young as I am, am relatively new to the world of “adulting” and I just gotta say, this is hard work! I’m currently a week away from starting school again. So this time next week I will have begun my struggle of juggling a full-time job, full-time schooling, volunteer work, exercise, social life, and sleep. 

Last year I wasn’t working full-time so it was easier to manage school and work. But since my promotion to shift lead, I now work 30-40 hours a week. I’m loving the new position (amd the pay raise is pretty nice too 😂) and seeing as how I don’t have much of a social life, my summer has been not much more than simply working. 

This time last year is when I moved to Fargo. When I moved out of my parents’ home. When I moved away from the town I grew up in to start my adult life on my own. And it is scary! I can’t believe it’s been a year, yet at the same time I can’t believe that’s it’s been ONLY a year. So much has happened to me this past year, both good and bad. I’ve met so many people who have had such a huge impact on my life. Looking back I feel like “how did I manage life before I met these weirdos?!?” 

As I sit here on my lunch break at work I’m looking back on my life. I’m trying to imagine the fact that by this point in my life, my grandma was already married and starting a family. I’m trying to realize that only 5 years ago I was getting ready to start my first year of high school. I’m starting to realize that I’ve grown up so much, yet I still have so much growing to do (not physically because obviously I’m gonna be this short for the rest of my life). I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped me in life to grow into the woman I am. If you have to ask me if you’re one of them, you probably aren’t. You guys know who you are and you already know this, but I love you ❤️❤️❤️

Alright that’s about enough of that introspective emotional crap for today! Thanks for reading guys!

❤ Beth

Random Thoughts From Nina

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Alright, so the last two weeks have been absolutely insane in both Beth’s and my life butwe have not forgotten about the blog one bit. I figured I would pop in to at least give some sort of a post and who knows, this one might be the one I have the most fun writing because I’m just going to cover many different topics and ask for “group” participation (that’s from you readers out there).

My first random thought this last week was when I was looking at my calendar and Vikings games started showing up for pre-season football…. UGH! (I don’t really like football, I just like that I get to eat junk food all season and no one judges me and then I get to get crazy for the Super Bowl). I am not dissing football in any way, I respect the sport and for the most part the players… but what about Hockey…. why do we have to wait so much longer for hockey to start? I mean really though… You know, I never really cared about ANY sport until I started dating my husband, he’s the one who did this to me. But come hockey season, there may be a post about our room in the house that is dedicated to WILD hockey! 😉

My second random thought was if I had to choose one project to do on our new house, what it would be. I’ve been keeping a list in my head of things that I want to do over the course of home ownership to our new house but they are all of course pricey and time consuming. I have narrowed it down to my top 3 fixer-upper projects… and they are as follows: 1. replace our entire yard, because it is full of weeds and prickly things that make it so that I cannot enjoy sitting, laying or walking around barefoot in my yard (that also includes fixing our fence that got blown over from the wind in a storm 2 weeks after we bought our house). 2. I would like to hire someone to either come repaint all the ceilings in our house or to remove the nasty popcorn ceilings all together (and repaint). 3. Lastly, I want to buy some supplies and trim down our trees and remove some bushes that are near the front of the house. We got most of those nasty bushes out but they are going to grow back because that’s how they are 😦 After that is done, I wanna find a way to fill in the area that was behind them and underneath them because there is exposed spotsunder the kitchen which is not damaging to our house at all but just looks weird.

The last thoughts that have been on my mind this week are those of politics. I majored in political science (which my co-blogger always makes fun of me for), but I loved it. If I had to go back and do it again, I would have probably picked a different college to do politics/criminal justice as a double major. But alas, Concordia College at Moorhead does not have a criminal justice program so I was stuck with what I could get which was political science. In my years at Concordia, and certainly my few years since, I have grown to view politics in a different light. I am not your typical American voter for my age. I defy almost all of the odds and I think there are a lot of us out there who are just too afraid to speak up. I am a middle class, white, 24 year old female CONSERVATIVE Republican. I believe in the right of free speech, the right to bear arms and in the pro-life movement. That is not to say that I do not see the side of the opposite belief system. That’s just a small other tidbit about me that probably won’t come up often but politics is a great deal of my life.

Anyway, time for the participation part of the post!

I’m going to list 3 things and I want your comments to be suggestions for what I should look into. I’ve been super bored lately and wanting to expand my horizons in terms of these three topics and well let’s face it… my husband is getting irritated with me playing the same things over and over again ;). Here goes:

  1. Music. Comment bands and/or songs that I can add to my playlist.
  2. Movies and television shows. I am an avid tv watcher so bring it on! I will even take youtube video suggestions (Beth, this one’s for you so that I finally understand your jokes).
  3. Books. I love reading and have a whole Kindle full of books but want some suggestions from the readers of our blog.

Thanks in advance for participating and please comment and share with your friends so that they can have fun participating too!

Thank you for reading.
Nina ❤