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2013 resolutions

I hope to keep 2o13 simple!  Since my 2012 resolutions and goals fizzled by March, last year was hardly a success in the resolution category.  This year I am only making two resolutions:

  1. Enjoy each moment for what it is
  2. clean and organize as I go

I am hoping that by keeping things simple and living in the moment I will get the house clean and organized.    I tend to put all these projects aside until I have time to work them, but then, I never get that big chuck on time I need.

May 2013 be the year that all your wishes and dreams come true.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Keeping Christmas Simple

The holiday season is underway!!!  It is so easy to get caught up and swept away with everything there is this holiday season.  I am so thankful that a few years ago my husband and I decided to keep it simple.  I cannot remember where we saw the idea, so my apologies to the original poster of the below.  For Christmas our kids get 4 gifts

1) something they want

2) something they need

3) something to wear

4) something to read

Once the slot is filled, that is it.  The way we have it the following:

1) something they want – this is the present that the kids ask Santa for

2) something they need – this is our misc. slot.  It may be something they actually need (shoes, clothes, etc.) or something to go with the something they want.

3) something to wear – we have decided to give our kids PJs every year

4) something to read – each year they get a new book.

It has really helped to keep our spending in check.  How do you keep Christmas simple?

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Relaxation

I love long weekends.  The entire family has enjoyed visiting family for Thanksgiving and relaxing for the weekend.  Two great weekends rolled into one.  The best part of today – doing nothing.  absolutely nothing….  Well nothing planned anyway.  There is always laundry, I baked cookies, I baked 1/2 a birthday cake for my daughters 1/2 birthday, the bills paid, the dishes done.  While that seems like a long to do, it didn’t feel busy or rushed as it was all by choice (other than the laundry or dishes) and all done in my time frame.

What is your favorite part of long weekends?

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Crazy Cleaning part 2

So in a spin off of last week’s magic eraser,  I took some lysol wipes and kept them at the top of the stairs.  When I went down – I wiped down the banister.  I also wiped down the light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.   All are heavy traffic items that often get forgotten on cleaning.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

crazy cleaning

So this week has been crazy busy, but then again what week isn’t?  I am so thankful my husband has had a few days off during the week.  While the kids are in school and I am working, he has been cleaning.  Cleaning inspires cleaning!

Mr.Clean® Magic Eraser® Original

so I got a magic eraser out and started wiping walls down.  I was amazed how many scuffs there were.  I carried the magic eraser around with me so I could wipe walls as I noticed them.

What did you clean this week?

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Morning Rush

I don’t know about you, but our mornings can be a bit hairy.  Trying to get everyone up and dressed and fed and out the door to daycare, school and work is a lot to do.  I have been looking at ways to “simplify” our mornings.

  • make lunches the night before.  I started making lunches while the kids are watching their bedtime show.  I am then able to pack the lunches and not forget to put something in.  They are then in the fridge waiting to be put in the backpacks in the morning.
  • wipe down the counters.  After I make the lunches, I wipe down all the kitchen counters.  the kitchen is a little cleaner and I don’t wake up in the morning feeling like the kitchen is a mess.

What tips do you have to save time in the morning?

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

I am back!

This is not the forgotten blog – sorry for the long pause in posts.  We were preparing for a family vacation and then gone.  I have enjoyed vacation and am ready to hit the ground running.  The coming months are filled with fun and craziness with holidays and birthdays and school and work, and well, life.  But in order to enjoy it all and not let the stress get to me I will stay organized.

Starting this week, I will be sharing small tips to help keep life under control and organized so that we all have time for the fun things!

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

My new favorite thing

My husband says I have issues.  I say I am on the lookout for the perfect planner.  Well I am no longer looking, I have found it!  I just got this planner from erincondren.com.  Isn’t it cute?

A friend posted a link to erincondren.com last year.  I had just bought a new planner, so I saved the link.  Inevitably I have fallen out of love with that one and turned to erincondren.com for help!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my life planner.   It has bright fun colors, it is well-organized, it has stickers, and a folder and a zip compartment.  It is very well thought out for everyday use.  I love my new planner (have I said that yet?).  And to match this great product is an amazing customer service team.  My planner first arrived with the wrong cover.  I called and the customer service team was fabulous.  5 minutes on the phone and 44 hours later it was corrected and in my hand!  A well made American product with an outstanding customer service team.  What a great combination!

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

p.s. I was not compensated at all for this review, I just couldn’t wait to share a great product with you!

Peanut Butter Granola

Do Not Pass Go!  Do Not Collect $200!  AND Do Not Put on Your Skinny Jeans!

I came across this recipe from my pinterest board and needed a little sweet.  It was so easy, so quick and so good!

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My daughter did help me, until she decided it was too messy for her.  The recipe calls for 20-24 balls.  I am not sure as I  ate it straight out of the bowl by the spoonful.  Shhh..  Don’t tell.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn