By now, everyone is back in school. While many of us are sad, some breathe a deep sigh of relief. Ahhh…
One thing that we ALL dread is that morning rush. The mad frenzy to make sure they have everything they need for the day, and that the kids are fed and dressed. And sending them off on a cheerful note would be nice as well!
A peaceful morning does not just happen by accident. It takes careful preparations and the creation of routines. And it also takes preparing much of what will be needed the night before.
Whew! Life has been a whirlwind around here the past few weeks! Talk about a STRESSED mom!!!
Let’s see, where do I begin?
Hubby was laid off in April. Has been doing some contract work, but no “secure” check or health insurance. Just a little stress here!
Youngest daughter is 19 and having a baby and she lives 3 hours away. Little baby boy is not supposed to be due until June 23rd, but he has been making his presence known, and she could go into labor at anytime. Oh, and did I mention that not only does she and [...]
As a mom of grown kids, how I wish I had had blogs to read when I was a mom of 4 little ones at home! I have found quite a few that I love to read, even though my kids are now grown. I hope that they will be an encouragement to you too!
10 blogs for busy moms
Simple Mom, which includes Simple Homemade, Simple Bites, Simple Homeschooling, and Simple Kids
Life Your Way, which has over 10 channels from motherhood to finances to organization
(in) Courage A great encouraging site for Christian women
Inspired to Action Encouraging [...]
I mentioned in an earlier post about creating Standard Operating Procedures for your home (SOPs). These are very commonly used in business and the concept can transfer over to running your home as well. It helps you and everyone else know what the routine and expectations are in your home, which should in turn help your house run smoother (most of the time anyway!)
Click picture for template!
Learn to delegate
One major cause of stress for moms is the fact that we TRY to do everything ourselves. We usually would like for others to help us, but we [...]
So many women are under the pressure to get THIS MUCH work done in an itty-bitty amount of time.
Whether you work for yourself or someone else, when you work from home, especially with kids around, you have to learn to get us much done in as little time possible.
Making the most of the time you have:
Do things that don’t require a lot of thought or attention when your kids are underfoot or playing nearby. Things like weeding through email, retweeting, scrolling through Facebook liking and responding. And Pinning.
Also use time when you can’t give your work your [...]
I teach all the time about moms learning how to say NO. If you have this issue, it probably causes a great deal of stress in your life.
In this post I am singing a different song. You see, many parents, while they can’t say NO to others, they have no problem saying no to their own kids.
I am not advocating spoiling your children (see how to not raise a brat). On the contrary, children need clear boundaries.
The kind of saying Yes I’m talking about is when your child asks you if:
he can finger paint go outside [...]
I do A LOT of surfing in my quest for finding inspiration and content to share with my readers. I come across a lot of awesome posts, so I thought I would do a Weekend Links post!
A YUMMY looking recipe from Simple Mom! Baked Lasagna Casserole
From More magazine Stressbusters for entrepreneurs- some great tips!
Very Pinteresting from Huffington Post
A Crustless Bacon and Cheese Quiche from Kraft
An older post from my other blog: 13 ways to stays stressed out
I love this office in a closet! From Better Homes & Gardens 17 Ways to Make Organization [...]
To keep kids healthy and give them the energy they need to learn and play, having good healthy snacks are important. Many times we fill our cupboards with boxed snacks as a quick and easy alternative, but are your kids getting what they need from these snacks?
Below are snacks that are less processed and more natural. They may take a little more planning and a few more minutes to prepare, but your kids will be better equipped to make it through math tutoring or soccer practice.
Fruits grapes- straight from the fridge, or try them frozen apples- sliced [...]
Any of these things, or something similar may have applied to you:
You are going to the grocery store at 10 pm to get ingredients make brownies for your child’s class tomorrow. You wake up at 4 am to clean house because you are hosting a bible study at your house this morning. You snap at your husband when he asks what’s for dinner when you have spent all afternoon cooking for a friend who just had a baby. Your 4 year old asks you to read a story and you tell her that you are “too busy” right [...]