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Ready to say Goodbye to Survival Mode?

This entry is part 32 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers
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“Alright, alright, alright”

Oh, how I wish I had Matthew McConaughey’s easy way and ever-so-cool outlook on life!  He actually got up after winning an award this season (probably more than once) and said that phrase that typifies his persona and gets him mocked constantly.   The cool as a cucumber way he says it just makes me smile.

But in real life, in this homemaker’s heart, things have not been so cool lately.  I haven’t been able to go with the flow and ride the waves like a surfer.  I feel like I have been drowning in certain areas, struggling in others, and barely making it in general.  I get all motivated to “start fresh” and “get things done” and then I seem to fall flat in a matter of minutes or hours.

I am stuck in survival mode over here!  Ack! Continue Reading

Growing Up, Nest Building

Clean Kids Rooms Every Day – DAY 1

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Kids Clean Room Challenge

Do you struggle to keep your little ones rooms clean on a daily and weekly basis?  Do you find it hard to fit it in amongst all the naps and playing?  Are you frustrated to find your hard work cleaning undone in a matter of seconds?

Me, too!

So this week I am pledging to do something about it!  I am setting up a cleaning schedule for my little ones’ room that won’t take too much time out of the day and is easily maintained (with some help from the kids!).  And I am calling it the Kid’s Clean Room Challenge. Continue Reading

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Bedside Organization

This entry is part 31 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Since getting evening and morning routines going is so important to me right now, it would be helpful for it to be an organized process.  I took a look at my bedside table and could tell why I was having such a hard time starting and keeping an evening routine.  I didn’t even want to turn on the light on the table to read because it was such a clutter mess!

I thought I would get my bedside table back in order and give my evening routine the organized nudge it needs to get implemented nightly. Continue Reading

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An Evening Routine for Moms

This entry is part 30 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

I am a night-owl.  I am by nature a stay-up-late-to-get-it-done kind of lady.  The idea of getting up early truly did not originate with me (and never would have naturally!).  I like to wait until everyone in the house is quiet and do dishes, bake, play video games, veg and then crawl into bed and read for a little bit before I drift off to sleep somewhere between 1 AM and 2 AM.

That’s what I like to do.  But, having my kids makes this an impossibility.  They are wake-up-early-and-ready-to-go kind of ladies.  They must get it from my husband who didn’t use the snooze button until after we had kids.  He hears the alarm (the radio alarm! set to where only the house cat next door and he can hear it), turns it off two seconds later, and rolls out of bed.  He passed it on to them and now I am doomed to a life of waking up CRAZY early, just so I can get some things done. Continue Reading

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Morning and Evening Routines

This entry is part 29 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

If you are following along in our Hope for Homemakers journey, you are likely getting up a little bit earlier than you were a couple of weeks ago.  You may be only getting up 15 to 30 minutes earlier, but you are an earlier riser (not a necessarily happy, early riser).  And you may be still struggling to make those few extra minutes count.  You may also be getting tired earlier in the evening.  If you are listening to your body and heading to bed, you are doing great!  We didn’t start rising earlier just to feel sleep deprived and exhausted, but to get a couple of extra things done while the house is quiet. Continue Reading