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.
As many of us prepare to return to school, (some earlier than others, our county started 3 weeks ago!) thoughts start turning to the busy school days, the hectic schedules, and all the activities that come along with the school season. As this time comes upon us, I encourage you to look at some ways you may be able to make your life just a little bit easier.
Choosing and Coordinating Activities
Our families are inundated with a multitude of opportunities, especially at the beginning of the school year. Many sports, clubs, dance, and other types of weekly (or more often!) activities usually kick off around the same time.
Holes in my brain
I am convinced that extreme stress has a swiss cheese effect on the brain. I do believe that there are holes in my brain that cause me all kinds of trouble.*
You see, I am like most other women, especially the type-A women out there. I knew “everything”. I kept up with where everyone’s shoes were, whether Sherri needed her uniform for a game tomorrow, that the dog needed to go to the vet, that we needed milk and toilet paper, that the car needed gas and the right front tire was running [...]
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 [...]
I love helping women. I love to help women in practical ways, in ways that will help them feel more peaceful and rested. To help them feel like they accomplished something. I also like to help women accept that it is okay if they DON’T get it ALL done. It is okay if they DON’T have it ALL together. And I like to let them know that they are not alone and MANY other women feel the same way.
I think that by admitting it and banding together, we can help one another be more comfortable in [...]
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 [...]
One of the challenges we face as bloggers is writer’s block. Not knowing what to write about. There are several steps to help you overcome your block and get you merrily writing away.
1. Build an editorial calendar. Using an editorial calendar will help you plan and know what you are writing when. You can use Google calendar, or a WordPress plugin that will build you an editorial calendar.
2. The next thing is to consider if you want to create or participate in a weekly meme. A meme is a blog prompt that is suggested by a large number of [...]
Ever had a day when you get to the end of it and think ” Where did the day go? I didn’t get ANYTHING done!”
If you are like me, that is at LEAST every other day!
If you would like to figure out a way to keep this from happening as often, read on below.
Determine your MITs
I came across a concept that I have seen several people use, such as Tsh Oxenrider from Simple Mom and Leo Babauta from Zen Habits. The idea of determining your 3 most important tasks that need to get done that day [...]
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 [...]