Monday, April 24, 2017

Five on a Monday

Hi Lovelies!

It's the last of April, which means that are only a few weeks of school left. It's hard to believe that my first grader will soon be a second grader and than my one year old will be two the week before school starts. It goes by so fast!!!

Since Monday is almost over, I thought I would post 5 questions and answer them. So, here we go!

1. What are 5 songs that you would listen to for the rest of your life?

Livin' on a Prayer- Bon Jovi
Appaulse- Lady Gaga
Sweet Child O' Mine: Guns N Roses
Never Gonna Give You Up- Rick Astely
Shout- Tears for Fears

2. What are 5 things on your  Spring bucket list?

Plant a vegetable garden
Play in the rain
Have a picnic in the park
Go for a nature walk
Play in the rain

3. Which 5 celebs would like to hang out with for a day?

Reese Witherspoon
Jennifer Garner
Julia Roberts
Leah Remini
Gene Simmons

4. What are 5 things you always carry in your purse?

Wallet
Brush
Chapstick
Phone
Baby Wipes

5. What are 5 books on your reading list?

A Wrinkle in Time
Charoletts's Web
Little House on the Praire
Angela's Ashes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory




Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Letters

Hi Lovelies!!

TGIF!!! It's the weekend!!! Yaaay!!!! We have a lot going on this weekend, especially Saturday. We our Girl Scouts Day Camp and it's going to be so much fun.

Anyway, here is my edition of Friday Letters. Enjoy!!

Friday Letters 


Dear God, thank you for giving me another day.

Dear body, I really need to pamper you more often. You deserve it. You also need more sleep and I need to get you in much better shape.

Dear weather, please bring the sun back! Please bring the warm weather back.

Dear Paul, I know I drive you absolutely crazy some days, but I love you and I would be lost without you. You are an awesome husband and an awesome daddy to our girls. We love you so so much!!

Dear Girls, you light up my life with your infectious smiles and laughter. I love being your mommy!

Dear Netflix, Thank you for putting Party of Five on the website. I love this show!

Dear House, you need some serious TLC this weekend.

Dear Laundry, I loathe you.... why does it seems like you multiply everyday?

Dear Blog Friends, thank you stopping by and reading! I appreciate it!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Angie

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Goals


Hello Lovelies!!

I know we are two weeks into April and I am just now posting my goals for April. Life has been busy with Girl Scout meetings and trying to find businesses to advertise in our newspaper. Anyway, before I get started on reviewing my goals from last month, I thought I would share that I have a Facebook page for my blog. To like my page, please click here. Thank you!

I don't think I ever got around to posting my March goals, but I do know that I did write them down. So, here they are:

March Goals--

1. Read 2 books, this did not happen. I think I need to drop to reading one book. That may help.

2. Find a new bible study, still looking. Any suggestions?

3. Take a day trip during Spring Break, I can actually mark this off of my list!!!! We went to the Great Plains Museum and then we went to the Holy City and we also went on a hike (which was scary and fun at the same time).

4. Get ahead on blog posts, I can mark this one off too!!!

Now, on to my goals for April!





1. Celebrate Easter with friends.

2. Read at least one book.

3. Find and complete a new bible study.

4. Workout 3x a week.

5. Open new Etsy shop.

6. Become a Jamberry consultant, again.

7. Eat healthier

8. Drink more water.

What are your goals for this month?





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi Lovelies!

Tonight's post is going up a bit late due to the thunderstorm that just passed through and to two little girls who needed some extra cuddles due to said thunderstorm. So, tonight's post is all about being thankful and believe me I know that I have a lot to be thankful for.  Now, these are not ranked in any order..... here we go!


1. My awesome husband and my two beautiful little girls. They bring me so much joy and love.

2. The sound of the rain on the roof of the house. It is such a pleasant and relaxing sound to fall asleep to (except when thunder accompanies the rain).

3. Friends that I can count on.

4. A college education.

5. Netflix binges (Party of Five, 13 Reasons Why, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Gilmore Girls).

6. Lazy Sundays.

7. Ice water.

8. The smell of freshly baked cookies.

9. The smell of freshly cut grass.

10. Pens that write well.

What are you thankful for?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Self Care Tips for Stay at Home Moms








I'm ashamed to admit, but I have been running on empty and my nerves are beginning to show it. Stress is rising and I need some relief. I sometimes have a short fuse with my husband and an even shorter fuse with my kids.

I am ashamed of myself for even thinking like this. I often apologize for this, but I realize that the damage is already done. Friends. I mess up too.

We are all in this together and I need grace just like you, so I am sharing my tips on how to implement some simple ways to keep yourself nourished so that you can be the mom your kids need and even the wife your husband desires.

So, here are my 5 Simple Self Care Tips for Stay at Home Moms:

GET OUTSIDE

It is important to get some fresh air. Try to make it a habit to get outside every day either alone or with your kids. Fresh air does a body good!!!!

EXERCISE

Pick your favorite! You can do yoga, stretching, or even walking. The point is to get your body moving.

TAKE A BATH

Just soaking in the tub is relaxing, especially with bubbles!! Soaking in the tub releases tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. 

TAKE A NAP

This is a great idea that I just recently implemented, Even resting your body for 15 minutes can make a difference in my perception of the day and how much energy I have until bedtime.

READ FOR PLEASURE

A good story is so refreshing. I love reading, especially suspense and mystery novels. I love when I can pick up a book and just lose myself in the story. 

So, that's my list. I try to implement these 5 self care tips throughout my day. 

What would you add to the  list?
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 Things I Do Every Night

I don't know about you, but I HATE waking up to a messy house. I just starts the day off the wrong way. When you wake up to clean mess free home it just starts your morning off the right way. No tripping over toys and books, no dishes overflowing in the sink, and no rushing to pack Angelina's lunch in the morning. I am not a morning person and I don't pretend to be, however, I do stay up pretty late because it's the only time that I can do my evening routine, which is done once the kids are in bed. This is when i find that I can get things done and I am also more productive at this time as well.

Since I am not a morning person, I like to try and make things just a bit easier on myself the following day by doing 5 simple things the night before.

FIVE THINGS I DO EVERY NIGHT

 

DO THE DISHES

There is nothing worse than waking up to sink full of dirty dishes and cluttered counter tops. No one wants to maneuver around a sink full of dishes while trying to fix breakfast. So every night before I go to bed I make sure to wash any dishes that need it and put any dishes away that are in the dish drainer. Not only does this kitchen put together but it is nice to have one less thing to worry about in the morning.

PACK ANGELINA'S LUNCH

My daughter takes her lunch to school four days out the week. Either after dinner or while I am making dinner I pack her lunch. Usually she requests a lunchable or a peanut butter sandwich and when she wants something different I make her a homemade lunchable. By packing her lunch the night before it frees up more time that I could be doing something else.

PREP TOMORROWS DINNER 

If there is anything I hate it is dinner time rolling and I realize that I never took the meat from the freezer that I need for the next day's meal. How many times have I forgotten to defrost the chicken or even put on a pot of beans the night before? Too many to count!!! One thing that I do so that this doesn't happen is prep tomorrows dinner the night before. By doing this the night before bed,  I never have to worry that the items I need for tomorrow's dinner won't be ready.

WIPE DOWN THE COUNTERS

This goes back to the first point about waking up to a messy kitchen.  Plus, depending on what I made that night, I don't want all the germs just sitting on my counter tops. Every night before I go to bed, I wipe down all the counters in the kitchen. By doing this, it ensures that I have a clean surface to cook on the following morning.

PUT THINGS BACK IN THEIR PLACE

Having a 7 year old and a one year old this is a big one for me!!! You know how I mentioned that I hate waking up to messy kitchen, well, I also hat waking up to a messy living room. Now, I don't go crazy the night before but I do like to pick up things and put them in their place. Now, I try to do this multiple times a day because my house can get pretty messy. Usually I have to wait until the kids go to bed, and when they do, I quickly clean the kitchen and living room. It only takes about 45 minutes to complete this task, but it makes a difference knowing that I will be able to sleep in a clean house.

Is there anything that I you do before bed? Do you have a night time routine? I would love to here from you in the comments below!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Load a Day: Why I Have a Laundry Routine

There are things that I've been doing every single morning, seven days a week: make myself a glass of lemon water, pour the girls their cup milk, and start a load of laundry.


A couple of months ago a read an article written by a mom a loathed laundry day (much like I do), which was the one day a week where she set aside several hours to do 4 or 5 loads of laundry that had piled up throughout the week. According to the article, she set out to semi-eliminate the cumbersome chore and decided to do one complete load every day so that she didn't have one specific day each week that she was bogged down by laundry. Her article detailed what a positive impact this simple switch made on her routines as well as her attitude. Since laundry is my least favorite chore ( I mean I would rather clean the bathroom then do the laundry) I decided to give her "one load a day" practice a whirl.

I swear by this laundry routine. By following this routine it has helped to keep Mt. Washmore under control.

Here's how the routine looks for me:

1. First thing in the morning I gather up all the laundry. The basket in our bedroom is where all of the dirty clothes go (mine, my husbands, and the girl's clothes).

2. I separate the clothes two ways: whites and colors. If the load is small I just mix them together.

3. I throw the whites in to the washer and start the load. When that load is finished, I wash the colors.

4. A load usually runs for about 40 minutes, as soon as it's done I put it in the dryer and throw the next load in the washer.

5. When the first load is dry, I immediately fold it and put it way. This keeps the clean laundry from piling up throughout the week.

As far as laundry products go, the only one I use is All Free and Clear. I swear by this laundry detergent. I wanted something that didn't have a harsh smell to it and it is gentle and pure but tough enough to handle any stains that my husband and kids my get on their clothes. 


What is your laundry routine? One load a day or once a week? Please share in the comments below!