Homemaking, Motherhood

Entertainment for the Multitasker: podcasts I love.

Last week we shared favorite TV shows and movies for kids… but what’s a mom to do for entertainment? I’m the first one to go for a great Netflix binge (usually while folding 4,589 baskets of laundry), but that’s not always an option. I also enjoy reading a good book, but the multi-tasking possibilities are drastically reduced. Confession: today, I let my kids run wild while I read the last 100 pages of a thrilling novel. When I finished, every single toy we own was out, dishes were removed from cupboards, a fort was built, and my 2-year-old had painted her own face with watercolors. #noregrets Continue reading “Entertainment for the Multitasker: podcasts I love.”

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Life Hacks – organizing toys, labeling food, making dinner easy, and bakon.

We all need to simplify life a little bit… here are a few of the things I do to make my days a little more simple. These are helpful for anyone – mom or not – but I think they’re especially useful if you are juggling small children along with everything else going on in life. (don’t literally juggle your kids…) Continue reading “Life Hacks – organizing toys, labeling food, making dinner easy, and bakon.”

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Cleanliness is NOT Next to Godliness

Yesterday, I had two of my sisters over our house.  It was long overdue, and I was excited.  But there was another thing that was long overdue: the cleaning.  I had been ignoring my floors and bathroom for over a week (eek!), and you could definitely tell.  So, I pretended my daughter was taking a nap as she talked to herself in her crib, put on Breakfast at Tiffany’s (in hindsight, not the ideal choice), and went to it.

I grew up in a house where you clean before company comes over.  Like, intensely clean.  I have backed off a bit since owning my own place, but floors and bathrooms are a must for me.  What I did not take into account this time around was that three kids were about to come over bringing the house total to 5 kids under age 6.   You can only imagine… Continue reading “Cleanliness is NOT Next to Godliness”

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These are a few of my favorite things!

It doesn’t matter if it’s huge or tiny, we all have to have our favorite things to get by. Here are my top things (some Mom-related, some not) that are getting me through a fairly stressful period of time right now!

(NONE of these are affiliate links; they are just things I genuinely love and want to share!) Continue reading “These are a few of my favorite things!”

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Taking Pictures of Your Kids: exposure

Taking pictures of your kids – easy, right? Not always. When you have a nice camera but don’t really know how to use it, the gap between expectation and reality can be frustratingly huge. Bouncing off of last week where I talked about framing photos of your kids for maximum impact, here are some tips for how to make your camera work for you instead of turning you into a crazy person.

Exposure can be super confusing and frustrating if you don’t have a basic understanding of it. There’s nothing more annoying than getting what you think is the perfect shot, only to realize that it’s super dark or super bright or – the worst of all – blurry! Continue reading “Taking Pictures of Your Kids: exposure”

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Taking Pictures of Your Kids: framing

Pictures are so important. At least, I think they are. I’m not great at organizing them or getting them in scrapbooks or anything like that, but I do back them up to the internet regularly… at this point it’s looking like it’ll be up to my kids to download them all and do something with them one day. Sorry, kids. But the important thing to me is that we have the pictures. Continue reading “Taking Pictures of Your Kids: framing”

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Meal Planning – Everyone’s Favorite Thing They Hate To Do

Meal planning! It seems like it’s such a problem for many moms. I have friends that regularly ask “what are you cooking for dinner tonight?!” in a frantic post on Facebook. When I was on the leadership team of our local chapter of Moms of Preschoolers, it was a joke that any time we asked for suggestions of topics to cover, meal planning was mentioned… by a few people. For whatever reason, meals feel like a slippery, reptilian animal that many of us struggle to keep our grip on. Continue reading “Meal Planning – Everyone’s Favorite Thing They Hate To Do”

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Spring Cleaning with a Smile ;)

The sun came out today.  Spring has been giving us false starts this season, and it has actually been alright with me.  I thought I was ready for sunshine, sandals, and sunscreen (yes, my husband has already burned this season).  Then I remembered: Spring cleaning.  The yard needs it.  The garage needs it.  The attic.  My guest room.  The list goes on.  So, God gave me a little more time and turned down the thermostat a bit, until I was absolutely ready for the tasks ahead.  He has been the one to get me through, and I am ready to share how! Continue reading “Spring Cleaning with a Smile ;)”

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My “Crunchy” Soap, Candles and Cleaner.

If I had to describe how “crunchy” I was to you in food terms, I’d have to say I’m a pan of brownies with nuts in them. A lot of nuts. Crunchy, in case you are confused, is the new way of saying you like to live life as naturally as possible. I try, in many areas, to do this, but I definitely do not bat 1000. We eat very cleanly, but we still enjoy the occasional splurge at McDonald’s. And yes, I eat Oreos sometimes. I cloth diaper, but it is because of how much money we save… it has nothing to do with the environment (sorry). Continue reading “My “Crunchy” Soap, Candles and Cleaner.”

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A Calendar For Those Who Don’t Like Pants

“Mom, what we doin’ today?”

Does anyone else hear that question about a million times a week?

Every morning my son greets me with that question, then again with “where are we going?” when I ask him to put on pants. Why does he think putting pants on means going somewhere? I have no clue. We wear pants around our house… I promise.

Anyway, both tired of answering that question and in an attempt to help him understand our “schedule” throughout the week, I put together his own special “calendar” to help him know what to expect.

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