Friday, July 22, 2016

8 Ways to Use Baskets to Simplify Your Life

I'm a lover of baskets in our house! I use them everywhere to organize our life and home. I feel like its an eye appealing way to contain things that might be an eyesore if they we're spread all over. 

8 Useful Ways to Use Baskets

1. In the Kitchen: Use on the counter top to contain bottles, fresh herbs and salt and pepper.
2. Tins: A tall basket is a great tool in keeping cookie sheets and muffin tins in place.
3. In the bathroom: We use baskets for toilet paper, fingernail polish, the kids socks, towels and even band aids.
4. Entry Way: We use baskets to store gloves, hats and shoes as we walk in.
5. Organized work space: Baskets come in SO handy in craft areas.
6. Our Car: We use baskets to hold necessities like tools, extra blanket etc. And also use one for our trash bin in the car.
7. Books: I have lots of baskets spread all over our home for books.
8. Mail: Baskets are perfect for mail. It keeps it in one place and again cuts the mess and keeps you more organized. 
What are your favorite ways to use baskets? 

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~The photos from this post are all from Pinterest

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dance... And do it often!

This amazing husband of mine and I dance often. Not always in formal wear and in front of a crowd but in our kitchen. One of the best birthday gifts I've ever received was a radio that fits under the counter in the kitchen. Its on way more than our t.v. 

I love that our kids like to dance! 
Its such a mood booster, changes the atmosphere, makes your body feel good and is one of those things you have to smile at. 
Dance often my babies! Fill your heart with happiness as you spin in circles and giggle at the sight of fake microphones and air drums.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How a Mom of 4 Paid off $25K in Credit Card Debt

Hey Everyone! I've decided to share a bit more of my story publicly in hopes that I can inspire and equip other moms and families like ours to get out of debt and have more choices. 

It seems like yesterday we had credit card debt out of our eye balls. We used those cards to pay for necessities like milk, diapers, gas to get to work. We we're sinking fast and seriously had no clue how we we're going to ever become afloat again. 

Our minimum on credit cards each month was over $500.00s and we we're living often in the negative in our bank account. I truly didn't want the rest of our lives to be fighting off this debt and struggling to survive. 

How We Paid Off The Debt
If your in a similar position I 100% understand the feelings of despair and frustration, but know.. it doesn't have to be this way forever. Here's what I did to get out of the spiral we we're in.
  1. Know what you owe. This can be an overwhelming feat in itself. Grab every credit card bill that has come into your possession;/ in the past 30 days. Make a list of the creditor, account number, interest rate on each card and the current balance from greatest to least amount.
  2. At this point I found what cards had the least interest rate, if there we're room on those cards I transferred higher balanced cards amounts over to those of lesser. 
  3. Once I knew what we owed I cried. Then I picked myself up and am a person who knows if there is a will to get something done, there IS A WAY. Set your mind to paying it off. 
  4. I then sold as much as I could of value. Both my husband, kids and I made sacrifices in this area but looking back it was absolutely worth it. {Sell your items on ebay, craigslist, garage sale or facebook for sale pages.} Apply ALL of your debt to those credit cards. 
  5. Pick up extra work. My life before having kids consisted of working in a salon and doing hair. Once I became a mom I didn't want to put my babies in daycare. My family and friends we're so good to us and I continued to do haircuts etc from my home allowing me to help provide a small secondary income. If you don't have a trade you can babysit, clean homes, craft etc.
  6. Start a business. This ties into #5 and I never dreamed it would become what it has. When I was searching years ago for a way to pay off our debt I started looking for work at home gigs. There are a ton of scams out there so be cautious as your searching. But I found one that has blessed us beyond measure through the years and helped pay for our rent (and now mortgage) each month so we could put that money towards our debt. 
  7. Cash. I started getting cash each week from the bank and using Dave Ramsey's envelope system. It's a challenge to get the swing of it at first but it does train your mind to use your money in a different way.
  8. As we started paying off our credit cards I would cancel those that had a zero balance along the way. Our credit score changed drastically by getting rid of that debt and outstanding balances. 
If your questioning if it would be possible to Successfully Work from Home with Kids you can check out what's helped me by reading more HERE.

I encourage you to make a way for your family to get out of debt. Once your free from living under that financial burden you are able to make more choices for your family and have so much more peace.
Proverbs 22:7 says this... 
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lilians Desk

I picked up this desk a year ago at a yard sale. My Lilian has wanted it in her room since then. So we started the process of making it what she envisioned.

And this is what we ended up with!
 We're not yet sold on the knobs and might buy replacements the next time we head to Hobby Lobby. But these will do until then.

 I love the raw wood showing through!

And once Chris gets home he can help carry it to her room and make this sweet girls day! 
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Menu Planning with a simple DIY project

 Each week I go through the same age old question... "whats for dinner"? This tool has helped me to visually know how to answer that question for our family.

Several months back we made these super simple DIY dry erase menu boards with our Girl Scout Troop. I had each girl make one as part of their meal preparation badge. 

8x10 frame
Printable - I used THIS ONE I found on Pinterest
(this site has tons of cute printables).
Dry Erase Marker
 We cut the printed menu sheet to fit the frame and put it in place of a photo.
 We keep this handy tool in our kitchen and I find myself weekly updating it so I know what to buy the next time I'm at the store.
Here's to a great week of living without the rush and being prepared! 
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to SUCCESSFULLY Work From Home with Kids

For the past decade I've been working from home (You can read more about what I've been able to do with that income HERE) with little ones at my feet. At times I've felt like pulling my hair out with lots of little needs, but there are a handful of things that do help me to accomplish more. 

1. Calendar... EVERYTHING 
I use my day planner for everything, not exaggerating. I also use highlighters to highlight times for making calls, sending emails, trips to town, school events etc. This truly helps me to visually see what I'm doing each day and know what MUST be accomplished. 
I found this cute printable 2016 day planner HERE.

2. Office space for 2... or 3 or 4.
My office is where I do the majority of my work. But the beauty of working from home is you can bring your kids to work with you. I find that having a spot that my kids are welcome to come and sit and "work" with me helps them to feel a sense of ownership and they have a better grasp of why mommy is working.

3. Organized Play
I keep baskets of toys around the house. When someone is feeling like their board or don't have something to do while I'm working I pull out a basket. This helps them to focus on something different and keeps them contained to one area. 
You can read more about Organized Play HERE.

4. Take it outside
Sometimes a change of scenery is good for us all. I often find myself taking my phone and kids outside to make phone calls, return texts/emails or posting on social media.

5.Take a Break! 
If your finding your not accomplishing ANYTHING, take a break as long as you don't have an appointment scheduled. Spend some quality time with your littles. For me, my kiddos are the reason I work from home. I have to remind myself at times that I need to value that more and spend all of the moments I can loving them up. Even 15 minutes can change the way my kiddos act for a few hours. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Your growing too Fast

My sweet babies are getting so big so quickly! Seems like just yesterday I was a brand new mom unsure what to do. Now we're onto new adventures  and I feel like a pro at things that once scared me. 
 I hope my children always keep the simple memories  of making muffins in the morning or running through  the sprinkler with me. These little  memories are like the sprinkles on a donut to me. So very sweet and I can't get enough of them.
Enjoy the simple things in life my friend's!
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