Make Your Schedule as a Mom and Grace for when Life Happens

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What you’ll find

In this post, I am going to tell you all about how to make your schedule as a mom. It will be completely tailored to your life- something for moms who work outside and inside the home. (Mine is from the perspective of a work-from-home mom) . You’ll also learn how to approach your schedule when life happens – you know the drill – your kids get sick, the dog throws up on every blanket you  own, you have unexpected company, etc. You will take stock of all of your responsibilities but also take into account time for prayer and time to do things you enjoy.

Take a look at your life

What does your daily life look like right now? Do you dread waking up in the morning because the demands of the day just seem insurmountable? Find yourself yelling at your kids most of the time and snapping at your husband? Feel like you are working SO hard but you never get anywhere? Well, my friends, it doesn’t have to stay that way!

The solution

What you need is to make your schedule as a mom. This will help you keep track of all of your responsibilities and get the important things done and at the same time keep your sanity.

A fabulous book

My life changed dramatically when I read this book , “A Mother’s Rule of Life“. It’s about a stay-at-home , homeschooling mom, who is tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed out all of the time. She went searching for peace. She was inspired by the simple schedule of religious orders, like the Missionaries of Charity, and how they led productive lives but spent great amounts of time in prayer. When the bell rang for the next block on the schedule, they didn’t hurry trying to finish everything up , they practiced obedience – “okay God, I guess that’s all you wanted me to do today.” (Man, could I use some of that kind of acceptance in my life!) Their goal wasn’t efficiency, it was to serve and to do it peacefully. Because, the old saying, you can’t give what you don’t have, right?

Let’s get started, make your schedule as a mom

  1. Buy a Mother’s Rule of Life. Seriously. You won’t regret it.
  2. Decide on a wake up time and bed time.
  3. Count how many hours you have in a day.
  4. Decide how much time to spend in prayer.
  5. Write down how much time you need for grooming and bathing.
  6. Include time needed for activities you enjoy like reading, drawing, writing.
  7. Include a few break times, 15 minutes each.
  8. Don’t forget time with your husband or social time with those you care about.
  9. Include time with your kids.
  10. Include time for chores
  11. Input meal times (cooking and cleanup) and bed time routines. Overestimate how much time you think you need. This allows margin.
  12. Include time for working. This may be before your kids wake up or you may go to work inside the home.

Now is the time you see if you have any time left over. You probably don’t! This is good though! This is validation that you have so much to take care of and you aren’t just lazy! If you have any leftover time, decide where it should go and if you don’t, decide where you have to cut. If we want to lead a peaceful life, we have to be very discerning about how we use our time.

My mother’s rule

5:30 – 7 :00 AM – Pray, get dressed, drink coffee, work on blog, put makeup on

7:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast , say grace, & cleanup & morning chores

8:30-9:00 AM – Kids dressed

9:00 – 9:10 AM- 10 minute break for me

9:10 – 9:40 AM – Put laundry in the dryer and walk the dog

9:40 -9:50 AM – Ab workout

9:50 – 11:50 AM – Outing/errand

11:50 – 12:00 PM – 10 minute break for me

12:00- 1:30 PM – Lunch, say grace, cleanup, laundry put away, story time

1:30 – 2:30 PM – Quiet time me and my son while my daughter naps. I read, blog, draw, or watch You Tube.

2:30 – 3:30 PM – I call this Admin time. It’s for meal planning, week planning, budget planning, etc. If I don’t need to do these things its more quiet time.

3:30-4:30 PM – Kids outside play while I do my afternoon tidy and cleanup routine.

4:30 – 6:00 PM – Make dinner, say grace, cleanup, night cleaning routine

6:00 – 8:00 PM – I shower,  then my kids take a bath, and we have family time, story time and then the kids go to bed.

8:00-9:00 PM – Time to chill with my husband and watch a show or talk or have some other quality time.

9:00 – 9:30 PM – I wind down for bed.

How I Occupy My Kids

My goal is to occupy my kids without screens. To have them play quietly when I need dedicated time.

But life happens. And sometimes life happens A LOT (pregnancy, illness, emergencies, sleep deprivation, newborns, mothering multiple young children, or some other hard or serious circumstance) .

What I’m trying to say is, the TV is a tool in a mom’s toolkit guys. As long as it’s not being used to excess, the content is appropriate, and isn’t there as a substitute of other important activities, I think it’s okay. With that said, my kids watch quite a bit of TV, probably more than the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they should – but AAP doesn’t know me. They don’t know about what my needs are and our family’s unique circumstances. They don’t know that my kids also help me around the house, play with toys, play with me, bake with me, play with the dog, make messes, play in the dirt, go to the park, go on play dates, read books, roughhouse with my husband, visit family, etc. Sometimes I need to have things a little quieter for my sanity.

Only you know the needs of your family, and you shouldn’t feel guilty when your kids watch more TV than you like if you have a serious reason to do so.

When you are off track

You are going to get off track. And trust me, it’s going to be most of the time.  (It is for me.) So, when it happens, just get back on track as soon as the next block starts. Sometimes this may mean there are dishes left in the sink. Remember, the goal is peace not efficiency. But if this keeps happening over and over again, for months on end, it’s time to adjust and re-evaluate your rule.

Maintenance

Plan to evaluate your schedule once every three months or as needed. Three months seems like a good plan to me, though, because by then with my two little ones, my life tends to look quite a bit different.

Conclusion

If your life is spiraling out of control, take heart! No matter what season you are in, you can take control and get the important things done. So go make your schedule as a mom! If you already have one, please let me know in the comments below!

 

How to Make a Red Bubble Store Quickly and Easily

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Wondering how to make a Red Bubble store? Keep reading to learn more!

Why I Wanted an Online Store

I heard about Cafepress.com and thought it would be really cool to have my designs printed on merchandise and have a third party ship them for me and take care of my customers. I have been drawing my whole life so I had quite a few pieces of art that I could upload immediately.

Why I Chose Red Bubble

I started a Cafepress shop and then I started to encounter a few problems. I googled what was going on and I found a blog post that made the argument that Red Bubble was a better store. So, I clicked through and it was love at first sight! I signed up and found it much easier to use and I loved all the other designs they have on there. Come on, they have these leggings from the Never ending Story. How cool is that?

Here Come the Excuses

We all have reasons not to try. They may be:

  • My work isn’t good enough
  • I don’t have time
  • I have kids
  • I’m old
  • I work full time
  • I’m a college student
  • I’m too busy

Guys, these are all excuses. Just do it anyway! You will be glad you did. Instead of spending the fringe hours on social media or watching TV, do this instead. You’ll be proud and you won’t regret it. I understand being busy, I have two toddlers under age 3 and I am a work-at-home mom with a husband grad school and very limited child care help. If I can make it work, you can too.  (And this doesn’t mean cutting back on sleep! It just means identifying time wasters and replacing them with something better.)

How to Make a Red Bubble Store

  1. Go to the Red Bubble website
  2. Click the link to sign up for free.
  3. Follow the steps.
  4. Enter your payment information so they can pay you when someone purchases a design.
  5. Start uploading art work! Just make sure it is your original design. If you love to make fan art, check out their Partner Program.
  6. Check that your design was placed properly on each product.

Et voilà! It really is that simple. And I must agree, it is simpler than Cafepress.

How do I get my non-digital artwork on the computer?

You just need to scan it and save it to a flash drive. Check out your local library, I scanned more than 20 images there for free! I felt like I discovered gold.

How much of a profit can you make?

It depends on how much you decide to markup your product. You can find out more here.

Go start your shop!

If you decide to start a shop or you already have one, please leave a link in the comment below! I’d love to see. Here is a link to my shop ! And check out  my artwork here.

 

 

Best 80s Movie Dance Scenes To Get You Dancing Around Your Living Room

Why I unapologetic-ally love the 80’s

Anyone who knows me knows I love the 80’s. There’s just something about it that speaks to my soul. And I don’t care if you think I’m a weirdo or a dork. Listen to what you like, I don’t care, but I love 80’s music and movies. I want “Don’t You Forget About Me” played at my funeral, people, and if I had it my way I would  have worn the ballroom dress from Labyrinth for my senior prom.

I haven’t always loved the 80’s though, in fact, the music kind of scared me before I became a teenager. It sounded like it was from a different planet. Ha! I love the spunkiness, funkiness and creativity of the 80’s. Once, I cut my hair to channel David Bowie in Labyrinth. I love style, but to me true style isn’t always what’s current, its what speaks to YOUR soul. The same goes for taste in movies and music. As my good ol’ drama teacher used to say, sometime’s you gotta “suspend your disbelief”.

I even designed a mug.


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With all that said, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dance scenes from 80’s movies. Getting up and dancing around your living room for even 10 minutes has the power to boost your mood and add some fun to your day.  Let’s get to it!

Favorite 80’s Dance Scenes

I love this movie and the scene makes my heart happy.

I first watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in high school. It’s just such a fun movie. Just look at Sloane’s white fringe jacket. I even bought white fringe boots just so I could feel like her.

My husband introduced me to this movie, I had never seen it until I met him. I love this song.

Why doesn’t she choose Duckie? I would have, he is super dorky but super cool and genuine. Look at those moves!

Love. her. dress. I have watched this movie so many times. It’s just epic.

My Dad and I laughed about this movie all the time. “Be excellent to each other, and party on dude!” I even re-enacted the beginning in Spanish for my high school Spanish class. Ha! See, I told you I’m a big 80’s movie fan. I love this scene, especially the part with Joan of Arc.

I have never seen this movie, and honestly I don’t think I will watch it, but this dance scene is super powerful and epic. And I love this song. My husband and I play it whenever something epic happens like graduating college or paying off a credit card. Ha ha

I know, this isn’t a dance scene but it’s so sweet I had to include it.

And yes, I know this movie was made in the 90’s but it’s such a cool scene I had to share! Random fact: I used to tap dance as a child and then I took a class in college. It was so much fun.

What are your favorite movie dance scenes? Let me know in the comments below!

5 Reasons to Start a Blog (and how I did it!)

I think anyone who is passionate about anything should start a blog and here’s why:

  1. The world needs to hear what you have to say. Even though there are a million blogs, there is only one YOU and your voice is unique.
  2. It’s a great creative outlet.
  3. Something you say could brighten someone’s day or even change their life.
  4. You can share your work, whether that is art, recipes, music, etc.
  5. You have a space to share things more in depth and meaningful than just a quick post on social media., like your experiences and your faith journey,

When i started my blog, I just used a free version of WordPress. After writing about 20 posts, I decided I wanted to have income earning potential on my website and knew I needed a domain. I compared prices of different web hosting services. All of them had some kind of promotion and according to my calculations at the time, there really wasn’t much of a price difference between them. So I decided to go with Go Daddy, because of a recommendation from a friend.

Now I want to share something with you. I had been wanting to purchase a blog domain for a few months but I felt too afraid to do it. I didn’t want to invest any amount of money in something I might completely fail at. I finally just decided to do it anyway. I shared this because I know many of you may feel the same way. Afraid to invest money in yourselves, your business, etc. You don’t have to wait until you feel 100 % about it. You can do it anyway. 

To get a domain and Web-hosting service for a few years it came out to about $250.  The blogging platform I use is WordPress. And I have discovered there are all sorts of YouTube videos that help you set up things like Google Ad Sense (to make money when someone clicks on an ad), and Google Search Console (which helps you see how searchable your blog is on Google). I have found that watching how to do something on a YouTube video is easier for me to understand than Googling it and reading about it.

For blogging ideas, you can write about anything! Recently I told someone they should start a blog, and they said that they worried they would run out of things to write about. But that’s not true! As long as you keep living your life and reading books, you’ll always have writing material.

I have so much to learn about blogging but I am glad I started one and I’m already so glad I did. Do you have a blog? Leave a link to it in the comments below and I’ll follow you!

Make Laundry Easier, Faster, and Less Overwhelming

How to make laundry easier

Laundry is a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be.

I am going to show you a way to make laundry easier, faster and more possible. Because when it starts to pile up,  I don’t know about you, but it seems impossible! But first let me explain what a volcano has to do with this blog post.

I once worked with an endearing older lady in my coffee shop days. She was frustrated with her son because he wasn’t doing chores. Because English was her second language, she didn’t know the word for volcano. So she told him “If you don’t do your laundry, I will throw all your clothes in a pile and make a fire mountain!” Needless to say, we both had a good laugh!

There are five of us. Myself, my husband, my two toddlers and our dog. So that means laundry. And lots of it.

All.the.time.

And there are accidents. Vomit, poop, mud, urine, food messes, liquid spills, you name it, it’s happened. It’s not pretty. Sometimes accidents equal four more loads of laundry that I wasn’t counting on. Ouch!

And even when there are no accidents, I still have to put it away if I want a tidy, comfortable house. So, after years of clean laundry waiting to be put away, dirty clothes waiting to be washed, folded laundry never making it into the drawer, clothes not getting properly dry because the load was too big, I’ve discovered some hacks that work for me and my family.

My best laundry hacks:

  1. A hamper for each family member and one for the house. The hampers are great for keeping everyone’s laundry sorted so I don’t have to do that step when it all comes out of the dryer. If you can’t afford Pinterest-worthy hampers right now, just  do what we did and use these from Dollar Tree:
  2. For our family 2 loads a day keeps the laundry at bay. But you probably need to add an extra load for each additional family member. 2 a day also keep me from having to do laundry on Sundays.
  3. Don’t take the laundry out of the dryer until you are ready to put it away. No procrastinating! This is so important if you don’t want a monster pile of laundry on your bed or in the corner. And when the loads are small the laundry takes less than 10 minutes to put away. I know it’s not fun. Just do it. Use the five second rule. Put on a YouTube video for fun if you have to.  I can proudly say since putting it away immediately I no longer have piles of laundry anywhere. It’s truly a miracle.
  4. I fold my laundry the Konmari way. But not perfectly, I do it quickly so the laundry can stand vertically in the drawer and the clothes are easier to find that way and I can fit more clothes in a single drawer. If you haven’t read the LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up, do so now! It truly is life changing!

  5. I give myself grace when the laundry piles up because life happens. And I just start where I am. I think, do we all have something clean to wear, clean underwear, and clean socks? Then we are okay.
  6. Get creative with where you keep dressers. Seriously. A huge reason why my kids’ clothes wouldn’t get put away is because when I finally had time to put them away, the kids were asleep in their room for a nap or down for the night. In our home, we have a built in set of drawers where I keep most of my kids’ clothing.

Although it is such a bore, there are things you can do to make laundry easier and you might even enjoy it. Just a little.

What are your best laundry hacks? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to find out!

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