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Simple Ways to Be More Productive on Facebook

simple tips to become more productive on Facebook. Avoid the time suck!

I am in danger every day of getting sucked into a vortex which succeeds in pulling me under and releases me hours later, numb and feeling less-than accomplished.  This vortex has a couple of entry points: my laptop and my cell phone.  And if I am not careful, I can ruin what could have been a productive day in my home (and in my business, this blog) simply by turning on the portal to this vortex: Facebook.  Please, tell me I am not the only one!  I know I can’t be!

Well I have decided I am taking back my time and my productivity from this fiendish Facebook!  And I have a number of simple things I do to make myself more productive on Facebook in less time!  Since I have a strong feeling I am not alone in the Facebook trap, I thought I would share with you how to be more productive on Facebook.

My name is Leah and I write about meaningful homemaking without fussiness at Simple.Home.Blessings.  And I am NOT an expert on Facebook, but I have learned a lot about it because of my business.  These tips are for those who consider themselves experts on Facebook and for those who haven’t quite figured it out yet.  They are simple step-by-step strategies to get a hold of your time on Facebook.

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Growing Up

First Foods and First Messes

first foods and first messes - cleaned up with super soft WaterWipes
This entry is part 1 of 33 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

Sensory Play for Baby with Tissue Paper

sensory play for baby with tissue paper - discovering the world through simple sensory play. Lots of simple ideas for making it fun for baby!
This entry is part 2 of 33 in the series Baby Days

Our youngest one (AG, 7 months) is finally getting around a little bit more and spending more time awake during the day.  And it is so fun to watch him, as his sister says, “learn how to play.”  The discoveries he makes each day are so fun!  And this portion of his growing up is so fleeting – I feel the need to soak it all up!  Today we were playing with him and I just quickly decided to throw in a little sensory fun into the mix.  And it was so simple and added up to so much fun for all of us!

All we added to the mix was some colorful tissue paper!

This is such a great early sensory experience for AG because he is getting so much sensory input:

  • the wrinkling of the tissue paper provides something new to touch
  • the crinkling of the tissue paper provides something new to hear
  • the color of the tissue paper provides something new to see, and
  • the movement of the paper provides something new to wonder at

To create your own sensory play for baby, here are some ideas for introducing tissue paper play: Continue Reading

Growing Up

Organizing Kids Tooth Brushing Supplies

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

Encouraging Independent Sitting

encouraging independent sitting - help baby learn to sit independent of you without using a Bumbo seat
This entry is part 27 of 33 in the series Baby Days

We have an independent sitter!  He doesn’t always remember that he is an independent sitter, but we are to the stage where he can sit on his own for over a minute!  I love this stage for kids!  It is so much fun to see them wobble and catch their balance.  And watching them get a new perspective on the world is neat.

I think we tend to forget just how much WORK it is for a baby to start sitting independently.  The muscles and balance involved is nothing short of herculean for these little five and six month old babies!  And I think there are a LOT of “helpers” on the market that don’t necessarily help baby to work out the core and find balance any faster than they would on their own.

We had a Bumbo seat with our first two babies.  And then I did the purge of 2015, weeks before I got pregnant with our third.  In that purge I got rid of almost everything baby related, including the Bumbo seat.  And when we found out we were pregnant, I had the opportunity to select the things that we would really use to purchase or put on our registry.

The Bumbo seat didn’t make the cut.  And it is not for the reason you would think.  I didn’t add it to our registry and I didn’t purchase one myself this time around; not because I don’t think they “help.”  But because I couldn’t believe how expensive they were!  I did not remember spending as much on our first one and I just couldn’t bring myself to part with the money.

So, we tried the independent sitting “training” a different way this time around.  Unaided by any baby sitting devices, our little one still reached the milestone of independently sitting at the exact same time as his older sisters (who had the benefit of the Bumbo).  And what was wonderful about this process is that I discovered some tips and tricks for encouraging independent sitting with our baby that I wanted to share with you. Continue Reading

Growing Up

7 Simple Things For Nursing Moms to Know

This entry is part 20 of 33 in the series Baby Days

Nursing is amazing, isn’t it?  Just think of it.  You carried your little one in your tummy for around 9 months, feeding and nourishing him until he grew large enough to enter the world and thrive.  And then…and then, God has designed your body to switch gears completely to feed and nourish your little one for months (sometimes years, right?).  It is miraculous, really!

Notice I didn’t say nursing was easy.  But it is miraculous.  If you are considering nursing your little one for any period of time after he is born, you may need a little bit of encouragement along the way.  Because, honestly, as natural as nursing is, it doesn’t always come naturally.

After nursing FOUR little ones, I have learned a LOT about nursing.  I am still not an expert, but I have learned plenty.  That knowledge has helped me (and encouraged me) along the way.  So I thought I would share with you the simple things I think nursing moms need to know. Continue Reading