My kids – oh how I love them – those crazy little beings. We fight, we argue, but I’ll never forget these silly little moments when they are in their element – playing outside in all of the glorious dirt and mud and having fun.
You guys know that I’m a nurse, so I know all about germs – but thankfully I don’t let them get the best of me. If I worried about germs all of the time I would go crazy! Thankfully, I too was raised playing in the outdoors and my imagination ran wild in the grassy fields and beneath old plum trees – and you know what? For the most part the saying is true, ‘dirt don’t hurt.’
It’s no secret that we have a small house. When we bought our home I was pregnant with Emma and hadn’t necessarily planned on completing our family with Noah (but I’m oh-so glad we did!)
So needless to say that meant Anika and Emma quickly became roomies, which has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s nice when they are getting along and can play together and tell each other secrets, though at times it’s getting a bit more challenging because Anika is 4 ½ years older, so some of the things she likes vs. what Emma likes are completely different (down to the style of their favorite KLEENEX® tissue boxes!) and then – they fight.
My sister and I shared a room for many years growing up and although we were only a year apart, I still recall the two of us doing silly things like dividing the room into half and hanging blankets across as a divider wall, etc., so I know sharing a room isn’t all that easy.
Anika likes her artwork, making her bed and setting her stuffed animals out in order. Emma always has a messy bed, but organized desk drawers with all of her collections – rocks, files, balls – the girl is a collector! Both girls have their weak areas too though (clothes, papers – they must take after their mama!)
Tips to make room sharing more bearable:
1.Create separate spaces for each child – in other words, let them each have their own dresser and desk. It may take up a little more room, but it’s important for them to each have their own personal space.
2.Establish rules on belongings – the girls still have a lot of the same interests such as creating art, but we’ve made it very clear that each of them needs to ask permission prior to using the other’s things, and it the answer given is no, you have to accept that.
3.Allow them each to have their own sense of style – letting them choose special décor accents, whether it’s the paint colors (we currently have half of the room pink and the other half yellow), or things like the style of Kleenex’s they want to keep in their room! When we were shopping at Fred Meyer’s last week Anika immediately fell in love with these KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.). They come in Styled Single Packs (74ct.) and KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3 Packs and are fun, colorful, and let her personalize her corner of the room just how she want’s too – plus with different designs no one will fight over whose is whose.
What tips do you have for sharing rooms? It’s not easy, but I just always try to remind the girls how lucky they are to have a nice room in our own house with a backyard – and hope that they learn to count their blessings a little more each and every day.Right now Betsey Johson Kleenex® Tissues are available in select Kroger and Kroger banner stores.
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You see, I’ve been contemplating painting our main bathroom for years now, it was painted a dark purple color by the previous owners and like most things that happen when you are raising young children – it gets put off for a while. Honestly the entire house needs an update – it’s got all of the ‘fabulous’ (I say this with a touch of sarcasm) red oak stain and brassy colored fixtures that were made famous in the 90’s. Painting though, is one of the easiest and cheapest things to do to update a room, so I finally did it!
Is it time to give your bathroom an affordable new look? Here are four easy ideas on how you can do this:
1. Update the paint – you can change the color, like I did, or just repaint the same color to brighten it up and give it a fresh new look.
2. Change out your old soap – new Softsoap Liquid Foaming hand soaps are a fun soap with an clean look that smell amazing, and freshens up your sink (goodbye old bar soaps!)
3. Find some new accessories – things like shower curtains, rugs, and candles can completely change the look and feel of your bathroom.
4. Flooring and staining – if you have a little extra time and money on your hands you can easily update the bathroom with new flooring and by re-staining the cabinets which can completely change the way your bathroom feels!
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Good morning everyone! Today is turning out great – the kids don’t have any school so we all slept in past 8, the sun has decided to shine very bright this morning, and I’m sitting here sipping on a cup of McCafé coffee. Mornings like this make me get even more excited for the summertime.
Unfortunately though, most mornings these days are not so laid back – as they consist of me dragging myself out of bed after a less-than-eight hours of sleep, getting the girls ready and walked to school, then coming back and getting Noah ready and off to preschool (3 days a week). It’s not really that bad, but little miss Emma is like me – not an early morning person, so it can be challenging to get her up and off to school on time every day.
There are a few things that I do every night to ensure that the mornings don’t have to be any more stressful than they already can be, and most of them having turned into an evening ritual on school nights.
5 Tips to Keep Your Morning Stress-Free:
1. Have your kids set out their clothes the night before. It’s so important to have them do this! If they are younger, make sure you help them set their clothes out. We normally do this between teeth brushing and story time. I always have them place their clothes on the side of the couch (it’s just a weird habit we’ve formed). Then I can easily double check and make sure there’s underwear and socks. Let me tell you, when I forget to check and there’s no socks, the next morning we somehow are all frantically looking for them!
2. Secondly, make sure homework is all finished the night before! I hate when I’m suddenly finding out about something due that day…at 7 am! Anika’s gotten better with showing me everything she needs to have done, and luckily the younger two don’t have too much homework…yet. 🙂
3. Next, make sure breakfast is a no-brainer. The kids don’t get too many options on school mornings, but I always have a few choices available. It could be cold cereal, a protein bar, or a breakfast burrito that I made up ahead of time. I’ll actually make a couple dozen at a time and place them in the freeze and take a few out the night before. We can then warm them up and they have a quick hot meal to eat on our way to school.
Not everything I do in the mornings is just for the kids though. There’s a couple of things I like to do for myself to help keep the anxiety and stress at bay, especially if I know it’s going to be a day when I have a lot of things that I need to accomplish.
4. The first thing is to make a top five list. I handwrite on a little piece of paper the 5 things that I definitely have to get done the next day.
There’s something about actually writing it down that helps it connect more in my head and I’ll find that when I do this often times I won’t even have to glance at my list, because the tasks are clear in my head when I wake up.
Of course I do look at the list though – so I can cross the to-do’s off – because it makes me feel really good to strike a big pen line through those words!
5. The last thing I’ve started doing is prepping my coffee the night before! I never used to have to worry about this because Wayne would be up and gone to work before we left and he would make a pot of coffee in the morning, but lately he hasn’t been drinking as much coffee (or maybe he’s been running late and hasn’t had the time!?) so my fresh cup of brewed coffee hasn’t been ready anymore!
I don’t normally drink more than a cup or two in the morning so I didn’t want to necessarily brew a whole pot, so I broke out my Keurig and started using McCafé pods to satisfy my morning habit – I was shopping at Walmart last week and they were demoing the McCafé blend and I liked it so much I bought a few boxes! The McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans – so it’s got a really nice flavor, and in fact I think there’s like 8 flavor options you can choose from too! The McCafé Premium bags and the coffee can be found at Walmart in the coffee aisle, as well as some other fun places peaking around aisles and corners!
So, those are my tips for keeping your mornings a little bit more stress free. Do you have some amazing tip that keeps your day running smoothly? I’m always excited to hear other people’s rituals!
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12. They sweat – a lot. (that’s probably why I prefer mine to be open to air). Each foot has something like 250,000 sweat glands, and when we wear shoes all of the time we inhibit the process of sweating.
3. Use efficient products: I know one of the main ways I save some time on house cleaning is by using products that do the job right the first time. There are certain cleaners that I will not buy any other brand for because I know that certain ones do a better job than others, thus saving me time from not having to clean it so often, or again. The Finish products like I mentioned earlier are seriously like my favorite dishwasher cleaners, because they clean the dishes the first time, and I never find myself having to ‘re-run’ the dishwasher again.