Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Fall 2018 Snapshot

Note: This was supposed to automatically publish on 12/27/18, but in the crazy holiday season, I never checked. Here it is now as a January bonus!

Life Hack: "Mommy/Daddy Dates"
A couple of years ago my husband and I decided to start a tradition with our kids. Every other week (or thereabouts) we each take a child to dinner, then the following time we switch kids so that we have one-on-one time with each kid every month. It doesn't have to be expensive , often it's Lily's Tacos, Panda Express or whatever Axxess deal sound good. This tradition has been really helpful in transitioning one kid to kindergarten and the other to a new school. It works well since we have 2 kids.

New Product I Love: Trader Joe's Chunky Olive Hummus
I have been trying to do healthy afternoon snacks: peanut butter and apples and such. One of my kids doesn't like hummus which would be a great option. She loves olives however and this has been a great option! My children actually fought over who could hold it/have it closest to them the other day.

Last Book Finished: The Princess and the Goblin
This classic tale inspired the like of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. It follows Princess Irene who has been sent to live in her father's country estate to keep her safe from goblins. When she discovers a mysterious staircase, she meets an old woman who claims to be a grandmother.... or something. Her nurse keeps her out too late and the goblins discover where she is, hatching a plot to kidnap her and force her to marry their prince. We have heard the tale of Curdie whose poor family works in a mine to survive. When he overhears a goblin plot, he must figure out what it means and come to the rescue.

Life Project: Organizing
Having just moved this summer, all the things must be organized into a new space. It is incredible how the physical layout of your space changes the how things are organized. Recently I applied the Konmari method (author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) to my drawers and I am slowly finding the right places for all the stuff. Or not--I am still purging stuff. This year I have made 30 trips to the thrift store to donate more than 75 bags worth of stuff (that doesn't even count all the stuff thrown or given away!). I just finished The Hoarder in You which has some great decluttering and organization tips. This issue of Real Simple on decluttering and organization is on my nightstand to read soon. My decluttering this year started with the #DeclutterLikeaMother challenge with Allie Cassaza. Check it out!

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