Pinterest is always and inspiring place to look for ideas on just about everything. My favorites tend to be the organization pics…they get me every time. I dream of a more organized pantry, garage, linen closet..the ideas on the boards are endless. Had to share this one though, quite possibly the cutest, and easiest, organization project I’ve seen in a while! The best part is that you can obviously use all different sizes of boxes to create an awesome look! For a tutorial on how to do this click here and for more organization ideas make sure to check out Pinterest!
Do you meal plan? It really takes about 5 minutes to do and saves me a boatload of headache during the week. Now that I’m a mom, I no longer just run to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for tonight’s dinner. No, grocery shopping has now turned into an ordeal and I despise every second of it. If I’m going to make the trip, it better be worth my while. Meal planning definitely helps me stay organized and get everything I need for the week’s meals in one trip. I’ve seen other meal planners that have a ton of details including planning for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like most of you moms out there, I don’t have time to plan for breakfast or lunch. Heck, I’m lucky if I scarf down a piece of toast in the morning. I wanted something simple and something I would actually use, so here it is:
I’ve printed a number of these and stacked them in the pantry. Each week I pull out a fresh one and slap it on my refrigerator. No more coming home from a busy day and asking, “What’s for dinner?”
Another idea I love is to print this version and place it in a 8×10 frame. With a dry erase marker, it instantly becomes a reusable menu board. Prop it up on your counter or hang it on a wall. Voila!
One of the hardest things for me being a new mother hasn’t been the explosive diapers, the teething or even the sleepless nights. It has simply been letting my husband help with all of those things. I am the stereotypical A type woman; thinking that if you want things done right you’ve got to do them yourself. Unfortunately I have been applying that mentality to parenting as well, and well, it just doesn’t work…
I have to accept that when my husband does a bath he uses way too many squirts of soap, when he changes a poopy diaper he uses twice as many wipes as necessary and that when he serves up the breakfast oatmeal it is probably a good 50% runnier than it should be. I have to close my eyes and accept that it’s just the way that Dad does it. It’s not wrong, it’s just not the way I’d do it, and man, does it kill me to watch.
I always thought that when I became a mother I would be more flexible, more willing to take things as they come. After almost eight months into motherhood, this is certainly not the case. I feel more uptight than ever. When my husband puts the baby in an outfit and socks that don’t match I know I should just let it go, but God help me, I can’t let her out of the house like that!
I know I need to get over it, and hopefully someday I will. My controlling nature I’m sure will not deem well once my daughter has entered her “tween” years. So for now I am going to just attempt to relax and chant my new mantra, “It’s just the way Dad does it…”
I recently heard of a new way to scrapbook through one of my favorite blogs, The Mother Huddle, and I was quite impressed with what I saw. Through Project Life Becky Higgins gives busy moms a new way to scrapbook – while not having to cut-out, stick-on and rifle-through all of those scrapbook materials you may, or may not, have lying around your house. Take a look at her website as well as her promo videos on youtube. If you weren’t inspired to document your life before, one look at what Project Life has to offer is the all the inspiration you need!
…no, no, no I’m not talking about the gym. It’s time to turn those hangers around! “Huh?” you say? Yes, every January 1st (minus last year, since I was very much pregnant and not wearing any of my non-maternity clothing) I burst into my closet with a sense of urgency and flip all of my hangers to hang backwards. I’m not sure why this excites me so much, but I think it has something to do with the fact that I can prove to my husband that I really do need all of the clothes in my closet. Here’s the rundown, January 1st: turn those hangers around and when you wear an item of clothing, wash it and hang it up the correct way. Next January 1st you will be able to see which items haven’t been worn in an entire year and those can be donated. You will be shocked at how many are still backwards a year later, I promise. Now, GO!