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The Declutter, Self-Care Challenge - Week 2

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Day 1

Pool day!  My daughter got pool passes this year for her birthday and it was a great way to beat the heat!  But, that also means I didn't bother with the moisturizer, lip balm, or body mist. 

One thing I should have remembered was sunscreen!  We only stayed in the pool for about an hour.  Not long enough for anyone to get a painful burn, but long enough for me to turn a little red.  Lucky for me, we have lots of aloe vera gel on hand!

I used up the last of my Girl Scout bath salts.  I don't think my skin feels any softer and my muscles don't feel any more relaxed than they do after a regular bath.  But, for some reason, in my head I feel like I have really treated myself by adding bath salts to my bath.  I think it's because when I add the salts, mentally I know that this is going to be more than just a quick dip in the bath to wash off the day's grime.  What do you think?  You can share your thought in the comments below or on the poll in our Facebook group.

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Day 1

After taking inventory of everything I collected from my bathroom cabinets, I collected the items I'm most likely to forget on a trip (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, lip balm, and razor) and packed them in my travel bag.  Now I won't have to buy these things next time I go on a trip.

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 The Declutter, Self-Care Challenge

Our bathrooms have gotten a little out of hand.  No, my son hasn't peed on the floor.  My husband isn't leaving his stubble all over the sink.  I thinking more in the area of our medicine cabinet.  We complain that we don't have any storage space, but the honest truth is, our bathroom cabinets and drawers are filled up with stuff--and I don't even know what's in there!

So, while my husband was away and my kids were in bed, I went through every cabinet, drawer, and toiletry bag I could find.  Then, just for good measure, I went into my bedroom and did the same thing for the tops of my dresser and night-stand.  

Well, it turns out I may be the problem.  

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Become #locallegends in Your Neighborhood This Summer

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I am embarrassed to admit that I recently realized that after 5 years of living in the same house, I still don't know the names of the family living across the street.  A firetruck pulled up in front of their house while they were at work and, even though I wanted to be, I was no help.  New neighbors just moved in to our neighborhood, and even though they came over to help my husband move some things in the yard, I don't know their names either!

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In our busy world, no one has time for anything. And yet, as moms we’re required to keep our homes clean, prepare lunches for our children every day, help them with their homework and be the best employees. We also need to look beautiful no matter what. There’s just too much pressure on us, don’t you think?

Actually, we can do it all. All we need to do is manage our time. How can we manage our time better? A good idea is to establish daily cleaning routines. Those can really come in handy as they promise to save us up to 6 hours we’d otherwise spend on cleaning. Try these tricks and you’ll see how easy it can be to manage your time.

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It's the time of year where, before stuffing ourselves full of turkey and potatoes, people often go around the table and say something they're thankful for.  I talked with one mother, though, who has decided to make being thankful a year-round thing for her family.

She puts out a "Blessing Jar" and slips of paper.  Each day her children are encouraged to write down something they are thankful for and drop it in the jar.  At the end of the year, they sit down as a family and read through all the blessings that they have received.  The mom said she was amazed at how thoughtful her kids' responses were.  She assumed that they would be thankful for "things", but in reality, they were thankful for the people and experiences in their lives.

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Who Benefits From You Being Busy? | Higdons' Happy Home

We are a society of busy people.  Here I am on maternity leave and I feel just as busy as ever!  Today alone I dropped my oldest off at daycare, stopped by the church office to answer some questions, picked up some things we needed from the store, dropped off a package at the post office and old clothes to the thrift store, opened up a savings account for my son, and went to a doctor's appointment.  Please, tell me again about how I should sleep when the baby sleeps.  When do I have time?  I'm just too busy!

But, with the addition of our newest child I've come to the realization that I'm not really helping anyone by being so busy all the time.  Now that my family has started back with our fall activities, there are three days a week that I will only see my oldest child at breakfast and dinner.  And I'm ashamed to admit that a friend of mine confided in me how lonely she feels, but I've been too busy spend any time with her.  While I'm keeping busy, the people who need me the most are getting the least of me.

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Every mom experiences a life full of highs and lows.  There are days when were at the top of our game.  We're our daughter's hero after finding a lost toy, we gave a stellar performance of "Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom" before bedtime, or just gently rocked our little darling till she fell soundly asleep.

But there are days when we're just in survival mode.  Little things can ruffle your feathers, like lost keys, toddler tantrums, grumpy husbands, potty training, and your child's war against pants (the struggle is real)!  But many moms deal with depression, broken families, debt, and medical problems (just to name a few).  This playlist is for those days when you're just trying to keep you head above water (or want to celebrate the days you did)!

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My daughter and I spend a lot of time in the car together.  She's my little tag-along.  I drop her off at daycare and then pick her up again.  She goes with me to run errands and attends meetings, practices, and a lot of other events with me.  Sometimes on our drives she stares out the window hoping to catch sight of an airplane or a train.  Other times I can look back and see her little head bopping along with the radio.

Recently, on our way home from the library, I heard Hawk Nelson's song, "Live Like You're Loved".  If you haven't heard it yet, it goes a little something like this:

 

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Joanna Wilkins of Top London Cleaners Finchly shares with us some tips on involving the whole family in daily chores while keeping things fun for everyone!

 

It is an out-dated perception that the cleaning chores should be performed by the woman in the house. Everybody should participate in that process, regardless of age or gender. That's the right formula to balance between the duties and leisure time. For quite a long time, it has been a moot point if the kids should be included in the cleaning at home, but you may be surprised at the benefits of doing that. Don't be afraid at the thought that your family will hate you from asking them to be included in the cleaning. If you have the right approach of how to do it, everything will go smoothly and you will have even a lot of fun. This article will provide you with some useful tactics to make everybody participate in the cleaning chores and keep them happy.

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