Simple Daily Clean-Up

Waking up to a messy house always stresses me out and starts me out in a grumpy mood as I rush to get ready for the day PLUS clean up the chaos from the day before. I’ve developed a simple routine that I try to do each night before bed so I can start the next day with a clean slate, er, house. It’s not rocket science – even the simple things make a huge difference!

Simple daily clean up

  1. Get and sort mail: Getting the mail daily is usually pretty easy, but it’s just as easy to toss it on the counter and leave it there. I’ve found that the 2 minutes it takes to sort out the junk is worth the effort. I toss the junk, open the time sensitive pieces for a quick read, then place the ones I need to address in my box-o-fun that holds all the bills/receipts/etc. I need to deal with later.
  2. Pick up dirty clo...
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Traveling Screen Free (or close to it)!

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I am not naturally wired to enjoy video games, quite frankly I’m terrible at them so I’m sure that doesn’t help. On the flip slide, my husband loves to play games and watch movies, but thankfully he supports my desire to keep our kid’s consumption of media minimal – especially when we travel in the car! Don’t get me wrong, we watch plenty of television at home and as my daughter has gotten older she enjoys games on daddy’s phone and playing games with Scout. However, when we are in the car I want the kids to look out the window and see the world. One of my favorite memories to date is the day we switched her car seat to be forward facing and she saw the giant building in the large city we drove through –...

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Child-led Potty Training

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I’ve never considered myself a super laid-back mom. I enjoy being in control, by nature, and running my family is no exception. However, kids can’t be controlled…they have a mind of their own and certainly mine have come with a stubborn streak (must be from their dad!). In order to cope, I try to live with the mantra ‘choose your battles’. I just can’t make everything a big deal so it always goes my way and emotionally survive the drama! Potty training, for me, is one of the things I choose to not make a battle. My husband, on the other hand, has thought our daughter should have been trained a long time ago, which has led to more than one disagreement and fit of tears...

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It’s time for a parade!

being prepared for a paradeWe have a yearly festival called Tulip Time in the town near us and as part of the festival there are several parades. I’ve participated in the parades for many years and have attended this parade (and others) over the years as well. However, I feel like since I’ve had children my ability to be prepared for large events likes parades has gone out the window. I attempted a parade with my children several years ago and while I think the children had fun, it sure was stressful for me as mom. So when the invitation came this year to watch my nephew march for the first time I wanted to handle things differently so we could all have fun! Here are some things I’ve learned the hard way that you may want to consider before you hit the next parade or large scale event near your area.

Bring som...

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Becoming an Organized Shopper

Becoming an Organized ShopperShopping is a necessary part of life, which we sometimes enjoy and sometimes dread. We all need food and clothing, as well as those random things necessary to keep our house and yard fixed up. I’m totally the kind of person that when I see something I think our family “needs”, I just want to get it now...

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This is NOT what I had in Mind for Motherhood

motherhood journeyI dove into motherhood with my eyes wide open, full of expectation and dreams for what having a family would be like. As a child my family did so many wonderful things together and as I grew the adventures I had with my friends were amazing too, so I have learned that I love making memories with people (and capturing them in pictures, but that’s another post). When I was pregnant with my first child I wanted so badly to start making memories with her right away. I wanted to jump right in to traveling together and taking her to ‘see’ all sorts of new places as soon as possible. I spent the first year of her life including her in all our activities and trying to squeeze in as many new ‘first’ experiences as possible.

Over time reality hit me like a rock in the face. I discovered ho...

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Necessary Mom Time: adult coloring

adult coloring coverIt has been a very busy month at our house: between crazy work hours, illness, out-of-town guests visiting, and I’m sure a million other things I’ve promptly forgotten, this mamma has been a little bit worn out lately. I often find myself taking the few minutes of quiet I have to finish up chores around the house. But I know for the sake of my family I need to take time for ME too. Because I’m a mom of young kids and am always totally exhausted I haven’t found as much joy in some of the things I used to do – like reading or sewing — so I’ve been exploring new ways to stay creative and not just mindlessly waste my time on social media and have re-discovered that I like to color!

Have you tried the new craze of adult coloring books? I’ve tried a couple different options and have ...

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3 Habits of Organized People YOU CAN Learn to Do

cover photo(1)Would you call yourself an organized person? Do you wish you had some skills that would make your home and life more organized? As a naturally organized person there are some habits I have that I’m learning aren’t necessarily second-nature to others (living with other people teaches you lots about yourself). I’d love to share three habits that I believe you CAN learn that will help make you a more organized person, even if it’s not naturally how you are wired. None of these develop overnight so I encourage you to start with one at time, practicing it daily for several weeks until it starts to be something you just ‘do’ before you focus on another one. It’s easy to overwhelm yourself – so give yourself grace and just try something because if it doesn’t work, tomorrow is a new da...

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Get the House Ready for Company in 15 Minutes

clean in 15 minutesI had company over this week – it’s nothing formal and they won’t judge me by the cleanliness of my house, but I always like to have my place look tidy! But between the two whirlwinds toddlers who make messes faster than I can clean them up, a husband who sleeps during the day so I can’t be loud, and having extra appointments, my time for cleaning up got very short. I’ve found that even with a short amount of time I can be productive and have a seemingly tidy house (as long as you don’t look too closely!). Here are the areas I am always sure to tackle…

  1. Clean the Bathroom.

I don’t mean CLEAN the bathroom, but I always make sure I spend 5 minutes in there. Priorities for me are washing down counters and sink. Wiping mirrors...

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The Key to Successfully Making Freezer Meals

freezer meals coverMaking meals for your freezer is all the rage right now with people posting recipe ideas all over Facebook and Pinterest. The pictures look delicious and the idea of putting meals in your freezer that you just need to pull out and cook sure makes dinner time preparation look less stressful! However, the reality of collecting the recipes, buying the groceries, and actually assembling the meals can become a majorly overwhelming task. I’m sure many of us have gotten partway through the process only to get distracted or frustrated and not finish.

I strongly believe that the benefits of making meals ahead for your freezer outweighs the time it takes to prepare them. A few of the best perks of making your own meals for the freezer, in my opinion are:

*you made them so you know what’s in them

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