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Nest Building

Simple Pumpkin Yogurt Bark – A Perfect Fall Treat

pumpkin yogurt bark, a frozen treat for fall!

We have a favorite summertime breakfast.  It involves yogurt and assorted berries of serious awesomeness.  It is a magnet for kids and adults alike. And it is perfect for summer because it is so stinkin’ hot outside.  But we live in the desert and the summer tends to stretch into what would normally be called fall.  This seriously shortens my pumpkin-treat-eating season – which is a problem.

I was dreaming about fall the other day when the temperature outside was hitting upwards of 115 degrees.  And I started to imagine all the pumpkin goodness I would be making this fall, when the temperatures dropped somewhere in the 80s. Continue Reading

Growing Up

First Foods and First Messes

first foods and first messes - cleaned up with super soft WaterWipes
This entry is part 1 of 29 in the series Baby Days

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.  As always, all opinions are mine.

Baby skin is SO soft and so sweet.  I am not sure exactly when it loses that special baby-soft quality, but I know it disappears.  I have had friends want to smell my children, touch their whisper soft cheeks and soak in the sweet baby-ness that only lasts an instant.  Our sweet little man (AG) still has it – he is 8 months old – and I am soaking it up while I can.

Soon the snakes and snails and puppy dog tails will take over.  Our sweet little cuddle-bug  will be running around jumping in mud puddles.   Those milestone first foods will become first messes!  For now the messes are staying quite contained. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Organizing Kids Tooth Brushing Supplies

Organizing oral Hygiene supplies for kids, encouraging teeth-brushing habits

Note: I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Firefly®, REACH®, and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

I can still remember a time I lied to my Dad.  It was a flat-out bold-faced lie.  And it was (as all lies are) pointless.  I was spending the night at his new apartment and he asked me if I had brushed my teeth.  I told him I had.

I had not.

And he found out.

It wasn’t hard.  He walked into the bathroom and checked to see if my toothbrush was wet.

It wasn’t.

I can’t really remember the consequence for lying to him other than having to actually brush my teeth.  Not so bad.

But the lasting impact of that lie is obvious to me.  And it was an indication to me that tooth brushing was a habit I didn’t really care for.

I am trying to make sure our kids don’t dislike tooth-brushing as much as I did.  So we are starting early with the habit.  And so far, they are the ones who remind us to do this daily habit!

I have found that if I want to start a habit in our home (for myself or my kids), I need to get organized to make it happen.  I think of it as organizing with purpose.

And since we are trying to create the healthy habit of tooth-brushing with our kids, I came up with a super simple way to organize their oral hygiene supplies to encourage them to keep up the habit. Continue Reading

Growing Up

The EVERY Night Toddler Sleep Solution

toddler sleep solution - this trick works!

 

 

We have tried it all…all of it.  We have tried singing lullabies. We have tried the Jo Frost solution – um…sorry that one really didn’t work.  We have tried punishments (oh, that one is awful!).  We tried essential oils.  We tried massage.  We did it all.

A. L. L.

We even tried that new “magical” book  – the second night she refused to listen to it.  And nothing helped our oldest toddler get to bed easily.  She is a fighter.  She is always up and ready to go.  She’s the one who gets a full 40 minutes and is ready to go for the rest of the night.  So, I am always on the hunt for the next toddler sleep solution.  And I will try just about anything.

But, I finally came up with a sleep routine that helps my toddler wind down enough to be still and [most nights] get to sleep quickly. Continue Reading

Nest Building

Stop Chasing Balance, Start Being Present

stop chasing balance start being present - time managment progress starts with simple small changes of everyday routines
This entry is part 37 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

One of my favorite organizing blogs I Heart Organizing is challenging her readers to finally get organized in their lives, instead of putting it off…again!  Each week for four weeks, she is focusing on ONE area of organization in our lives that will make a big impact, but that we have likely been putting off.  And she wisely is starting with a more internal organizing challenge: time management.  This is the one that almost everyone struggles with.  And I am no exception!  And though I am not really planning on working through her printable Time Management worksheets – not because they are not useful, but because I have already done them in the past and know what I should be doing with my time; I am planning on getting back on track with what I have already been feeling convicted lately of concerning my time.

A few weeks ago, I went to a conference (blog/business related) and the most major takeaway for me was this statement:

STOP CHASING BALANCE, START BEING PRESENT Continue Reading

Nest Building

Media Storage Makeover

Media Storage Makeover - simple solution

I guess I am pretty old school by now.  We still have a TON of CDs.  Yes, like my dad’s collection of old records (I’ve got dibs on those by the way!), our outmoded music option is still my favorite way to listen to music.  Most of the music on them is also in our computer and my husband is more MP3-friendly than I am, but we still own a LOT of great music on CDs.  The problem is we had a really horrible way of storing our CDs.  I mean really bad!  All the CDs (or most of them) have been shoved into two cardboard boxes in our loft and stored next to the couch.  Almost like a broke-down side table for the couch.  Yeah, it was bad.  And even worse, I wasn’t using these CDs…they were literally just sitting there collecting dust.  As I have been working through our Clutter Free Journey, I knew I just had to deal with this glaring problem.  And so I set out to give our media storage a makeover.

Are you ready for me to share our CD craziness with you? (cringe) Continue Reading

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