Archive for January, 2010

01/22/10
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(Home Management) The Laundry Rut


laundryI am famous for my laundry ruts. I do several loads of laundry one day and never complete the process. The clothes are cleaned, but they remain in laundry baskets for several days until I need the baskets to run new loads of laundry. The clean laundry then gets carelessly dumped on the bedroom floor. At some point that day, knowing that more loads of laundry are on the way, I might finally work on putting away the clean clothes from several days ago. Consequently, I become sick of folding laundry long before the new loads are dry. The vicious cycle repeats.

In response to my frustration over this major household management weakness, I recently imposed a new rule upon myself. Imagine my surprise when it truly worked!! But would it stand test time of time? Weeks later, there are still no piles of laundry on my bedroom floor.That, my friends, is a victory.

The rule is simple: Do not start a second load of laundry until the first load is washed and put away.

It sounds almost too simplistic to be revolutionary, but it works. I can complete one load of laundry. I might procrastinate on two loads, but one load can be completed quickly. It is manageable! We tend to work on chores and projects that we know we can successfully complete and having that small victory is both motivating and energizing. You will find that you actually accomplish more.

So the next time you find yourself in a laundry rut, try the One Load Rule and kiss those piles of wrinkled laundry goodbye.

01/21/10
Amy
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(Money Saving Tip) Grocery Sale Cycles


When it comes to food, there are sale prices and then there are sale prices. If the item you are buying is less than 10% off, then it is probably a phantom sale and not worth stocking-up on. But when an item really goes on sale, how much should you buy? You don’t want to break your pantry shelves, but you also don’t want to run out before the next good sale. It is hard to make that call when you don’t know when it will be on sale again…or do you?

img_1227As it turns out, stores generally run on 12 week sale cycles and coupons follow a similar pattern. Your best deals are going to be found when you save your coupons to match those great, rock-bottom sale prices. But even if you aren’t a coupon clipper, just watch the sales and transition to making the bulk of your purchases based on the 12 week cycle. You will save a ton of money and can make a calculated decision on quantity based on the 12-week rule-of-thumb.

Note – There are always exceptions to rule. Start observing the sales at your store and you will soon see patterns emerge.


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(Photography 365) January 21


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January 21 – Samuel chose his train set out of our toy rotation this week. It has made for hours of play!

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Photography 365 Introduction

01/20/10
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(Photography 365) January 20


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January 20 – Hands down, these are the most amazing chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. Eat your heart out, Hostess. See the recipe!!

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Photography 365 Introduction


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(Deep Cleaning) Medicine Cabinet


Taking vitamins and supplements on a routine basis is a challenge to keep up with, especially when you are orchestrating it for the entire family. The key is to keep the process as intuitive as possible. Simple decluttering and organization is the first step. Spend a few minutes this week cleaning out your medicine cabinet. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Get rid of expired medications and supplements.

2. Discard items that you no longer use.

3. Separate medications from nutritional supplements.

4. Further divide into adults’ and children’s groups.

5. Store your regularly used supplements at the front of the cabinet where they can be easily accessed.

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(Photography 365) January 19


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January 19 – Kaelynn is always so excited about going to bed so that she can have her “Me’s” (pacifiers) and blanket. Recently she has figured out, though, that she can “hide” her pacifiers between the mattress and the side of the crib where she can access them at other times!

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Photography 365 Introduction


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(Photography 365) January 18


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January 18 - There was a really good sale on Goldfish. I may have bought a couple of packages…

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Photography 365 Introduction

01/19/10
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(Photography 365) January 17


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January 17 – Scott and I have using our free evenings recently to catch up on old episodes of The Office!

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Photography 365 Introduction

01/18/10
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“Not Me” Monday


We all have those days…or weeks. “Not Me” Monday was created by MckMama to give us an outlet to laugh at our own imperfections. Will you join me? When you are done here, you can head over to her blog and read about what everyone else has “not” been doing.

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jacketsI am very practical, so it couldn’t have been me who made the decision to not purchase winter coats for my kids this year. While they have nice jackets, I did not decide that our southern winters were not long enough for me to justify buying winter coats. Therefore, it couldn’t have been me who had to layer jackets on my son in order to keep him warm at the park. Not me.

While in an office supply store this week, Samuel (4yo) did not come to us saying he thought maybe he had to go to the bathroom while curiously holding out his finger. Upon closer examination, I did not discover to my horror that there was a small amount of poo on his extended finger. After my husband and I gathered ourselves, Scott turned with Samuel to head towards the bathroom. As I followed behind them, I did not look down to see my son’s bare bottom completely exposed for the whole store to see. Nor did I know how long it had been like that. My children have a very clear understanding of what is proper, so that could never have been me. Nope.

img_1166And do you see this photoshoot? Can you guess where I took the pictures? Because I most certainly did not put Kaelynn fully dressed into an empty bathtub. That would just be odd and I would never go to such random lengths to take pictures where there is good lighting. Not me!


What did you not do this week?


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(Classic Play) Play Silks


A super hero’s cape. A play tent. A doll sling/doll carrier. A picnic blanket for a tea party. A wedding veil. A sling for a (pretend) broken arm.

What do all of these things have in common? They can be created out of a play silk: a lightweight and silky soft square of fabric dyed in vibrant colors of the rainbow. If you have not yet discovered this classic childhood toy with infinite imaginative possibilities, a quick Google search will open a new world to you.

Truly timeless, classic toys are toys that do not have a predetermined identity; the child has to create the identity. Legos, blocks and Play-doh are all great examples of classic toys that allow a child to develop a concept or vision in their mind and then watch it come to life by their own hand. This is an invaluable lesson for them to learn.

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Play silks are a classic toy that hold endless possibilities for a child’s active mind. Who will they be? What adventures will they embark on? What will they create? Possibility is a beautiful thing.

Note: I will be posting later this week about a simple way to dye your own play silks…with Kool-Aid!