How Clutter Affects Your Life

How Clutter Affects Your Life

Decluttering and organization go hand in hand. I have talked about 7 Steps to Decluttering and this week, I want to talk about how clutter affects your life. I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a perfect homemaker… I’m more of what you would call a would-be homemaker or an uninspired homemaker. I’m also a very nostalgic and sentimental person, so sometimes letting go of things can be difficult. My desk, as of this moment, is organized chaos. I know where stuff is but to the untrained eye… it’s a mess. I say this because it’s true and I also say this because it needs to get organized in a neater fashion. I’ll have another post about organizing your workspace in the future, so for now… let’s…

5 Tips to Keep Your Sweet Tooth in Check

Though we already talked about reducing your sugar intake as a part of the Ditch the Junk challenge, today I want to talk about healthier alternatives to sugar and share 5 tips to keep your sweet tooth in check. For Lent this year, I gave up Twix minis and I’ve tried to curb my general craving for chocolate. It hasn’t always been easy and there are days that I want nothing more than to just devour a dark chocolate bar. But, I’m doing my best to maintain my self control throughout this challenge. Who knows what will happen after Lent is over, but I’m hoping that with these changes in place, I can make this a long term change. Sugar is hard to avoid because…

Simple St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin for Toddlers

We finally got everything in to make our first sensory bin and it was well worth the wait! Right after I finished putting everything together, I let Squeaker play with the contents and she sat for a good 15 minutes if not 20 exploring what was in there. I kept the contents simple but themed because it’s a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin, though we might rotate some stuff out or put some new stuff in and just change it to a “green” sensory bin when we start our unit on colors. Still, we were able to get in a few things before she lost interest. We talked about the textures, shook the bin for sound, and counted coins. Squeaker loves to explore everything so…

Becoming a Blogger

In 2013, towards the end of my second trimester during my pregnancy with Squeaker, I was confined to partial bed rest. I had to stop working and from that point on, I stayed home. Naturally, there was only so much TV I could watch, books to read, FB games to play.. you get the picture. Then it dawned on me to restart my family website that I had done so many years ago… before blogging became what it is today. But, I’ve talked about that already, so let’s get to the heart of this post: becoming a blogger. Really, this is a general recollection of how and why I made the transition. I suppose this also explains a bit behind the blog name, but if…

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Every Sunday evening, we watch the latest episode of the Walking Dead and sometimes catch up on old episodes. One of the biggest problems that we run into is finding the ideal snack for the show. We don’t do themed snacks, though that might be an option to explore for the finale. But we do tend to fall back on one snack in particular. I love a good spinach and artichoke dip and after trying several recipes, I think we finally have our favorite. One of these days, I’ll be brave enough to use fresh artichokes, but I’m still trying to get the hang of cooking those first and then using them for the dip or whatever else we need them for. This most recent…

Simple St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pack

I’m going to start something new with the printable packs that I create. First, I’ll share a simple version and then I’ll have the expanded version. The simple version will usually just feature an activity or two. This one, for example, is all about coloring pages. I hope that you enjoy my simple St. Patrick’s Day printable pack and be sure to look for the expanded version soon. You can see a few pages of the pack in action in my Simple St. Patrick’s Day Art Ideas for Toddlers. We finger painted and use Do a Dot markers but you can use whatever materials you like for this coloring pack. By downloading this pack, you are agreeing to my Terms of Use, whether you have…