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Kids and Organization

Organization Monday

I’m going to start this off by saying my oldest, my youngest and my husband are the most disorganized people ever! Myself and Empathetic Engineer are the exact opposite, since he was 2 he’s been organizing his stuffed animals on his bed at night, he keeps a mental tab of every toy he owns. It actually stresses him out for things to be out of place. Which by the way, he inherited that from his mama!

So what are two OCD members of the family to do with those members who make disorganization look like an art?

I make it as simple as possible! I label EVERYTHING; yes I am one of those people. But guess what? Once your disorganized family members get in the habit of where everything goes you can remove the labels.

How do I do this you ask? Well let’s use the problem rooms as examples.

 

Kids Rooms

If you have kids like Empathetic Engineer who are naturally organized then let them decide where they want their toys and such. My kids have those little plastic drawer carts. 1 per child for toys and each drawer is for a certain type of toy.

EXAMPLE:

Drawer 1: Cars

Drawer 2: Superhero Toys

Drawer 3: Misc. Oddball Toys.

Drawer 4: Superhero Costumes

Then they have a block box and a Lego bucket.

Each of these is labeled with what’s in the drawer and a picture that represents it. The picture helps children too young to read and those who are just learning. Now when you ask the kids to pick up their toys they can’t tell you they don’t know where they go! You explain to them a couple of times to help them understand the system and then they can follow the labels!

 

Kitchen

I can hear ya’ll groaning now. Ugh, the kitchen!! So many things to organize and clean and disinfect and reorganize!!

Now I’m not suggesting you all be like me and sort all of your cans into categories and face the labels the same way. Yes, I’m the weirdo that likes my cabinets to look like the grocery store. My peas and carrots and corn are all grouped with peas, carrots and corn and the labels all face forward. I hear ya’ll laughing now.  J

But however you organize your kitchen, the process is the same as the kids rooms.

Take mine as the example:

Spice Cabinet has a spice label.

The plates, cups and silverware all have labels on their prospective cabinets and drawers.

 

I do this in every room except my bedroom. Labels can be hidden inside doors and drawers if you don’t want them seen and have the neighbors call you the Label Nazi. J Even my living room entertainment center and bookshelf has labels. Especially helpful with homeschooling items. But we’ll go into that on another post!

 

Have fun organizing!!

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Life Happens

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Howdy!!

I want to apologize for being absent lately! Life happened, as it usually does, some things came up that made me put the blog on the back burner. But I’m back and going strong!!!

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Linen Closet Organization

 It’s Organization Monday again!! I don’t know about you but I have struggled for years for ways to keep my linen closet as neat and organized as I want it. There was always those horrible to fold fitted sheets, random sheets and pillowcases that do not belong to a matching set! It’s enough to drive anyone who has OCD crazy!!

So here are a few tips to keeping the linen closet organized!! What I wouldn’t have given for these tips YEARS ago!!

1. Want to keep out moths, mice, anything pest-like that loves linens? Put a Chai tea bag in there! You can get cheap Chai tea bags anywhere. I put 1 in each drawer or 1 on each shelf. (WARNING: If you have an allergy to cinnamon, or any other spice use Chai with caution as it has cinnamon and other spices in it.) Not only do pests not like the smell, most of us humans DO like the smell.

2. With matching sets of sheets, take 1 pillowcase, fold all the sheets and other pillowcases neatly and put inside the pillowcase. Now your entire set is in 1 place and you can grab and go. This is handy when having sleepovers for kids or guests overnight. Grab a full pillowcase, hand to your guest and they are ready to go! You can also do this with non-matching sets if you don’t mind your sheet not matching the pillowcase.

3. Fold sheets thinly, (usually in half, then fold the length in half again) and store between the mattress and box spring with pillowcases. This keeps them wrinkly free and easily accessed when changing the sheets!

Here’s how I use the system:

Obviously there is a set on the bed.

1 set under the mattress for when I change the sheets.

The rest go in the pillowcases, in the closet.

Then I rotate as I change the sheets and wash them!

 

Hope this helps tame the Linen Closet Beast! Anyone else have any ideas or tips?

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Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal

This recipe was a life saver! One of the hardest parts of my new healthier lifestyle is giving up chocolate. My husband says chocolate deprivation turns me into a monster. Not only did this recipe save his sanity it has been a lifesaver with the kiddos. I like breakfast to be easy and while I love cereal 20 minutes later the kiddos are like raging lions asking for snacks. This recipe is not only delicious and healthy it is filling!! With the ingredients going into it how could it not be??
I found this recipe here –> Chocolate Covered Katie. This blog is amazing for anyone on a vegan or gluten free diet, or even anyone who is just trying to get healthier but can’t give up dessert! It gives meaning to the phrase “Have your cake and eat it too.”

The only problem I saw with any of the recipes (and trust me it is a VERY TINY problem that a little math can solve) is that most of the recipes are in single serving format.

So I took the above recipe multiplied it by 6 and filled a 8×8 pan. I honestly probably could have filled a bigger pan with it. The good thing about recipes is you can tweak and adjust as you need as long as you keep the ingredients in proportion with each other.

I cut it into servings, wrapped them and froze them. Now all I have to do is pop it in the microwave for a bit and the kids have breakfast and I have dessert!!

ENJOY!!

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Lessons From Unexpected Places

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I simply adore the movie “How To Train Your Dragon”. It appeals to that part of me that loves fantasy, other cultures and of course cute children’s movies.

As I sit here watching it with the kids for the 100th time I realized that there is a lesson us adults can learn here. We all know most children’s movies have a moral. Friendship, Family, Courage, etc. But I feel like this one really speaks to some of the things going on today.

If you haven’t seen the movie I won’t spoil it for you. But go watch it! Really pay attention!

It’s set in a Viking Village where the meaning and goal of the lives is to fight and kill dragons and the dragons are always trying to kill them. Of course being the biggest, meanest warrior is what everyone aspires to be., but the leader of the village has a son and is son is small and awkward. Not viking like at all. When he attempts to kill a dragon to prove himself he ends up becoming friends with it and training it.

This story teaches that with a little patience, understanding and compassion we can understand each other. That sometimes conflict between religions, groups of people and even neighbors are just that we don’t understand each other.

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Braveheart and the Mutiny

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Would it be wrong to drink a glass of wine, a beer or a Jack and Coke at 6:54 AM? Would that make me a lush? Hmm… Does it still count if you haven’t been to sleep yet? I mean, technically that means it’s still part of the last 24 hours right?

Before you think I’m an alcoholic I’m drinking coffee. Regular, old coffee, cream and sugar. (Not Irish Coffee I promise)

I think Braveheart is out to see if his mutiny will succeed if he can outlast me on sleep. Being the insomniac that I am I can NEVER go to sleep before 2 am. Since the hubby has went back to work Braveheart has decided that he will wake up and fight Joker and the bad guys at 2am EVERY morning, refusing to let me sleep. Then he falls back to sleep at about 4:30a when Daddy’s alarm is going off. Now Daddy is very good about letting Mama sleep, he doesn’t expect me to make him breakfast or coffee. (If anyone knows how horrible of a morning person I am, it’s him) but by the time his alarm is going off, I’ve yet to even go to sleep. So I haul my butt to the kitchen to eat breakfast with him and see him off to work.

You would think after working for the past 3 years, work starting anywhere from 4a-9a, I’d be a morning person. But it is IMPOSSIBLE! I am just one of those people that my brain does not function before 9am and don’t even think about having a conversation with me before 10am, unless you’re okay with my answer being, “Mmhmm, yeah, alright, whatever.” I am also one of those people who after waking up, no matter the time, I HAVE to have at least 15 minutes to fully wake up. Within that 15 minutes I don’t like loud noises or important conversations. I have to have time to adjust to the morning people who are chattering away. I thrive at night, My brain is at it’s best from 2p-2a. A good example would be this:

Remember that show Animaniacs? Now do you remember Pinky and the Brain?

Between the hours of 2p-2a I am Brain. I could conquer the world and be Wonder Woman..well, err, Catwoman 😉

Between the reverse hours of  4a-10a I am Pinky. My brain is just mush.

The older kids understand this, they typically give me time to adjust from Vampire Master of the Night to Mama tolerating that the world operates during the day. Of course this may be that they learned this lesson the hard way. Or as Empathetic Engineer described in his very matter of fact child way, “Mama turns into that woman with snake hair and might turn us to stone.”  🙂 Gotta love kids right?

Braveheart on the other hand is the loudest child I have ever met. He inherited this from his father, the difference being age. That and the fact that Daddy doesn’t want Mama turning into Medusa either.

Not Braveheart, he doesn’t walk, he STOMPS. He doesn’t talk, he YELLS. He doesn’t shut doors, she SLAMS them. You get the picture.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. (Too much anyways) I ADORE his personality. He has no fear, he takes the bull by the horns and wrangles it to the ground barehanded. I love this about him, no one will ever be able to stop him from achieving his goals in life.

But at the moment his goal is for Daddy to go back to being the stay at home parent and he is determined to break me.

Little does he know Mama has the willpower of a boulder. I don’t budge and I am an expert at taming wild animals.  😉

Now I’m off to drink my coffee, pretending there is a little whiskey in there, imagining that I got some sleep and tame that wild beast that I love so dearly.  🙂

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shoes…Shoes…..SHOES!!!

If the saying, “A new pair of shoes can change your life.” is true. Than my life just changed! Image

I had been drooling over these shoes for awhile but they are by Iron Fist which mean they were anywhere from $50-$60 dollars. A few weeks ago before leaving my job, when we knew I was leaving I happened upon these glorious shoes for…get this….$20!!!! So he told me to quit drooling and get them, as a treat for the years of hard work I had put in at the job I was now leaving. I have been waiting on these to arrive for several weeks now…..

My new babies arrived today!!!

I know, I know. I’m all about prepping, and back 2 basics but that does not mean I’m not still a woman and suddenly forgot about beauty, or fashion. C’mon now I was the first teenager in my town to wear the knee high boots I saw on MTV  even though I got made fun of, and when everyone else starting wearing them 2 years later, I laughed and moved onto a new trend.

Shoes are my weakness, even though I refuse to pay full price, I still love them. I love shopping for them, I love looking at them, I love wearing them. Admit it, shoes can change your entire outfit, they can brighten your day and boost your confidence. Heels can dress up a pair of jeans, flip flops can dress down a skirt….the possibilities are endless.

My weight may change over the years, I may have a few more wrinkles than I did 10 years ago but shoes….they remain my consistent and faithful best friend 🙂 Hey I may not fit in my size 3 blue jean shorts from high school anymore but I sure in the hell can still fit in my size 8.5 Doc Martins from high school!   😉

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Springsteen – Eric Church

Because I’m feeling this right now.

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Just Because

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In my real life I search everywhere to find you, but in my dreams you are always there with me, your hands in mine, touching the stars, flying in the sky as the moon brightens our night.

-Yara

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One Lovely Blog Award

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I am so very honored and surprised to be nominated for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ by
Grapes, Gripes & Gratitude!!

So there are five guidelines for accepting this award:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you (which I did above).

2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere (which you see here and on homepage).

3. Tell them seven facts about yourself (see below).

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award (see below…I got close..)

5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated

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7 Facts About Me

1. I am a very Spiritual person, I’m just not religious.

2. I am passionate about the Arts. Acting, Music, Writing, Art.

3. Jack, Jim and Morgan are my favorite men!!   😉

4. I’ve been writing short stories and songs since I was 13.

5. My children are my life but they are also The Drama Queen, Superheroes (well, in their heads they are.) The Empathetic Engineer and The Scottish Warrior.

6. My husband waited for me for several years while I chose the wrong guys to date and the wrong friends to have until I saw that he was the one still standing there when they left. The rest is history.

7. Drum rolI please……….I am terrified of ZOMBIES and PANDEMICS!!! When I say terrified I mean heart racing, body numbing, unspeakable fear. I have awoke MANY nights after a Zombie dream asking my husband to board up the windows in my home.

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The next part of the award is nominating other bloggers: Not sure I can hit 15 as I am new to this but I’ll try!

Jenny Lina Carlsdotter This lady is VERY dear to my heart! She is a very strong and independent woman, speaks several languages, has traveled the world and has worked for the UN!! ALL in her twenties!! She has loved and lost but gets back up on her feet and knows the meaning of being a true friend!! Yes this blog is in Swedish but Google Translate will take care of that problem.

Frugally Sustainable Love, love, love this blog!! Want to know how your household can be more natural and homemade? Check her out!!

Stacy Makes Scents This lady is fun and has GREAT tips on how to manage your household while getting out of debt.

Salt N Prepper This blog teaches you how to become more self sufficient while not breaking the bank! Even if you’re not a prepper this has some handy tips!

The Prairie Homestead Another self sufficient blog with great tips for the household.

Being nominated for this award made a not so great night the highlight of my day!!! I’m a dork I know. 🙂  Thank you again Grapes, Gripes & Gratitude!!

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