How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent

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Share this: I’m now just over two months into my bullet journaling experiment. For those of you who’ve thought about bullet journaling – either to become more efficient and organized, or to help you juggle your competing to-do’s – yes, it’s made a huge difference in those areas. But I’m also surprised to discover another upside: Bullet journaling… Continue reading How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent




Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW

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10 things to purge from your garage NOW

Share this:Spring is nearly here, as my children keep reminding me. Time for some spring cleaning. Or making good on those New Year’s resolutions to clear out the clutter. Either way, here are ten things to purge from your garage NOW. If you don’t have a “garage,” substitute “attic” or “basement” or “junk closet” – wherever you stuff… Continue reading Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW




Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)

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Share this:It’s a fact of life. As the crowded image above suggests, baby gear takes up a LOT of space. So how do you manage a baby in a SMALL space? We were facing this prospect when I was pregnant with Kimmie, and my husband and I were still living in his bachelor pad. We… Continue reading Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)




Will BuJo Bring Back My Mojo?

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Share this:The ultimate parenting hack, if I could pull it off, would be figuring out how to bring back my mojo. That sense of bigger-picture control over my life that I vaguely recall feeling before Kimmie was born. In other words, the Ability To Get Things Done that I had before becoming a parent. Memo to… Continue reading Will BuJo Bring Back My Mojo?




Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter

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Share this:It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which is where most of you live, dear readers. Are you hibernating? Or are you out hunting for some comfort food? I recently stumbled across a collection of super-simple slow cooker recipes gathered for the New Year. As I scanned the pictures and titles, I could feel myself… Continue reading Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter




On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything

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Share this:If you’re a mama who’s continued to hold down a high-powered position post-parenthood, without dropping balls on the job or at home too often, my hat is off to you. Parenthood has a way of thrusting a whole new level of being responsible onto unsuspecting grownups (holy cow, did they just let us walk… Continue reading On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything




Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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Share this:Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December




My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: Our Immersion Blender

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Share this:Do you like smoothies, shakes, etc. but don’t have the storage space for a full-sized blender? (Or, alternately, do you detest taking apart all the pieces afterward to wash them by hand?) Do you wish you could make your own baby food from scratch, but don’t have the time? (Or, do you already do… Continue reading My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: Our Immersion Blender




Give Your Kids’ Closet A Makeover This Weekend With DIY Shelving

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Share this:When I was discussing a draft of my shelving post with my friend and fellow blogger Liz Ellsworth, she asked what my favorite DIY shelving project was. That’s easy: any closet I’ve customized. There have been quite a few now, starting with the fixer-upper condo that was my first venture into homeownership. I’ve always… Continue reading Give Your Kids’ Closet A Makeover This Weekend With DIY Shelving




Thinking About Consignment? Five Tips to Help You Decide

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Share this:Anyone who’s been a parent for any length of time has probably faced the eternal dilemma of modern parenting: how to keep from drowning under all that baby stuff, toddler gear, and related parenting paraphernalia you are no longer using. At some point, containing the clutter and organizing your abode simply isn’t enough; it’s… Continue reading Thinking About Consignment? Five Tips to Help You Decide




Five Smart Ideas for Mindful Downsizing

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Share this:How’d you do on your New Year’s resolutions last year? My New Year’s goal for last year is still an ongoing effort, but remembering to use the Calm Mommy voice when I want my kids to cooperate is becoming more second-nature. My goals for this year center around being more mindful each day, saving… Continue reading Five Smart Ideas for Mindful Downsizing




Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season

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Share this:Even though the first week of December was rainy and dreary in our neck of the woods, the girls and I have had a super start to our month. Part of the credit goes to the fact that I’ve made some very conscious decisions to simplify our lives, both for the holiday season and… Continue reading Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season




My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

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Share this:There are two items in my kitchen that make my life oh-so-much easier. These kitchen gadgets take a lot of extra time and work out of food prep. In the process, they make it easier for me to cook healthy meals from scratch, AND help me save money by cutting my own produce (instead… Continue reading My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets




Supermom Doesn’t Live Here

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Share this:Recently I spent a rare kid-free day at a conference with a dear friend. Cathleen is one of those friends you wish you could share more cups of tea with.  Nowadays, our paths don’t cross nearly as much as they used to before I was married and a mom, back in the days when… Continue reading Supermom Doesn’t Live Here




The Organized Home with Kids: Why Baskets Rock

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Share this:As I mentioned in a recent post, I adore baskets. Baskets were a part of my life before I became a mom, but in retrospect, I think my pre-parenthood self was only scratching the surface of their full potential. While I love an organized home, getting mine to that state is a constant, ongoing… Continue reading The Organized Home with Kids: Why Baskets Rock




The Functional Home: Stay Organized and Clean, Even with Baby and Kid Stuff

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Share this:First, a confession: Much as I might wish otherwise, much as I might aspire to live differently, my home does NOT look like a photo spread in Better Homes and Gardens. It’s a constant work-in-progress. And while I like to think I’m always moving forward, the reality is that it feels like an endless… Continue reading The Functional Home: Stay Organized and Clean, Even with Baby and Kid Stuff




Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag

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My eating-out bag is only about 8 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, but that's big enough to hold sippy cups, a Tiny Diner placemat, a can of wipes, and several bibs.

Share this:My kiddos and I seem to have at least one meal per week away from home. Usually it’s the weekly Wednesday night church dinner, before the kids’ choir rehearsal. Sometimes it’s lunch at Daddy’s office, or a picnic after preschool lets out. Prepping for these outings used to eat up half the morning, until… Continue reading Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag




The “Mommy Potty,” and Other Thoughts on Toilet-Training On-The-Go

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Share this:Chances are, if you’ve got a kiddo who’s toilet-training, you’ve found yourself far away from a potty seat or child-sized toilet at least once on this adventure. (Unless you never set foot outside of the house, of course.) My husband devised a simple but elegant solution to this dilemma when Kimmie was on the… Continue reading The “Mommy Potty,” and Other Thoughts on Toilet-Training On-The-Go