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How Do I Store Children’s Clothes?

How Do I Store Children's Clothes?

Have you ever wondered how to store your children’s clothes? Or noticed how much space baby clothes can take up? For such tiny onesies, dresses, shirts, and socks, how does the total volume add up so fast? I have come to realize that if I don’t keep on top of it, my son’s dresser gets fuller than my own! The reason, of course, is that they change sizes so fast, but it still surprises me when it’s time to sort through clothes again and put them in plastic totes by size. Because sorting through the baby’s dresser is something that happens so often, it pays to keep things simple. Here is a process that works for us. Advantages of Storing Clothes The two primary advantage of storing your kid’s clothes are saving time and money. With baby number two you will have considerably less shopping to do which translates into more time and money. The icing on the cake is you also get to reuse your favorite little outfits! Storing Clothes is not for Everyone Storing clothes does take some storage space and organization. Some moms prefer to buy a simple wardrobe of each size and then sell or donate it right

How Do You Handle a Messy Eater?

How Do You Handle a Messy Eater?

What happens when you put a curious, energetic baby in front of new textures, colors, and tastes?  Along with the eating...yes, finger painting happens! Soon face painting happens, and then scientific experiments with gravity and yogurt plastered in the hair happen! Messy mealtimes are cute but also time-consuming for mom to clean up. If you have two babies or young toddlers at once, then the fun is multiplied! How do you handle a messy eater and keep yourself from going crazy at messy, toddler mealtimes? Here are some tips to help! Put Less on the Tray at a Time Once your baby is graduating from the baby food stage to finger foods, it can be too easy to just put full servings of food on the babies highchair tray all at once. While this may give mom a few more minutes to eat herself, if there are piles of food on the highchair tray, baby thinks she has plenty to spare for experiments. Putting less on the tray at a time is less overwhelming for a baby and also makes it less likely for the food to look like an invitation to an art competition. Bibs, Sippy Cups, and Splash Mats Having a

Why Should We Avoid Comparison as Moms?

Why Should We Avoid Comparison as Moms?

Have you ever compared yourself to another mom? I certainly have and, boy...it is not fun! Why should we avoid comparison as moms? And why is it so easy to fall into?  Here’s an example. I’m driving my son to his babysitter, so I can work and look back in the rear view mirror. I realize I forgot to brush my son’s hair. The hair is more or less clean, and this really won’t bother the babysitter, but still I instantly I think of another mom friend. She has seven kids and has never forgotten to brush her youngest’s hair before dropping him off at my house for a play date. The next feeling is embarrassment which I brush off quickly. Having been a teacher has taught me to power through embarrassment. Yet, a gnawing feeling of inadequacy lingered awhile. The smallest things can set off this comparison cycle. For example, realizing I forgot to make my sick husband lunch to take to work like I said I would - a mistake that my mind whispers to me another friend would never have made. Another time a tutoring student sat down at my kitchen table onto a pile of cracker

How Do You Choose Daily Priorities in Order to Accomplish Your Goals?

How Do You Choose Daily Priorities in Order to Accomplish Your Goals?

I spent this past Saturday baking cookies for several upcoming events. I didn’t think much about it but just got up and dove in. My husband was at work, so this process was uphill work with my two-year-old and nine-month-old. After nearly five hours of hard work, that included numerous interruptions and my son pulling a couple of batches on the floor while I was mid-diaper-change, I began to have that familiar questioning feeling? You know the one. Was this really the most important thing to do today? Should I have bought cookies instead? Maybe I should have made lemon bars or something that would have taken a fraction of the time? Should I have finished the laundry and garage first, squeezed in a workout? - Probably so.  Prioritizing... ahh….prioritizing. How do you choose daily priorities in order to accomplish your goals? Dreaming Big is Good One of the reasons prioritizing as a mom is difficult is because we have big dreams, and that’s good!! I made a list recently of my dreams for myself as a mom. I know what they are, but hadn’t taken the time to write them all down. I don’t believe in dreaming small. The solution to

Housework with Two Under Two: How Do I Keep my House Clean with Young Children?

Housework with Two Under Two: How Do I Keep my House Clean with Young Children?

Housework with Two Under Two: How Do I Keep my House Clean with Young Children? Doing housework has never been my strong point. I don’t naturally clean my environment as I walk through the house and seem to have missed that “mom gene” where you naturally add order to your surroundings without thinking about it. When I don’t think about it, the house gets dirty...really, really fast! Once I do look around and think it’s about time to tidy up, my next thought is how? I work from home. My little ones are both under two, and sitting with them while they crawl and run around me as I work on my computer is actually easier than trying to figure out how to sweep and mop, cook, do laundry, and clean the bathrooms with them. Full disclosure - for this blog I’m pulling heavily from the advice of some experienced moms who have been there and done that. So thank you Charity, Lindsay, and Megan for giving expert advice on today's topic, how do I keep my house clean with young children? This Phase will End This stage where housework feels so difficult is just that - a phase that is short

How Do I Get A Break as a Busy Mom?

How do I get a break as a Busy Mom? Mommy Breaks are a wonderful thing. Being a mom sometimes feels like a long distance race, and we all need time to recharge for a few minutes from time to time. Have you ever tried to take a Mommy Break and found that you honestly really felt no better afterwards? For example, one day when I was just feeling done, I watched my son empty the bookshelf because I was too exhausted to to even think of sitting down to train him on how to put the books back in anymore. So, while he emptied it, I ate my candy bar. I stood there thinking, “Sure, I’m calmer now, but I also have a huge mess to clean up and I’m just as tired as I was before!”  Then, in a moment I had a revelation: “This is not rest; this is a timeout….rest needs to be restorative.” This thought was revolutionary to me. Rest needs to be restorative or it’s not rest! Wow! Actually, there is some solid research on the necessity of rest particularly for moms. Check out this article for more on that.   Rest vs. Timeouts Me watching

How Do I Help My Child with the Transition to Kindergarten?

How Do I Help My Child with the Transition to Kindergarten?

How Do I Help My Child with the Transition to Kindergarten? Change is just plain hard. I still remember sobbing as a child when my parents sold our big, beautiful, brown 1975 Volvo Van. Then, when we moved away from our old, yellow farmhouse as a teenager, I shed a few more tender tears. Even as an adult, I still struggle with the changing seasons in my life. When something is good, you just want to hold on. Ironically, sometimes good turns to better with a life transition. Or, if not better...it is just a different version of really good. Case in point. Kids are so darn cute when they are little. So innocent and beautiful. Then, one day they turn big. Just like that. Big kids with big opinions and big mouths. Not so cute anymore. It took me several years to just START getting comfortable with having big kids. I longed and longed for them to stay little and cute. Now mine are no longer babies. No longer even toddlers. My youngest is in Kindy and my oldest is twelve. Major life transitions for us. Lots of emotional adjustment for Mom. One unexpectedly bumpy transition for us has been my

How Do I Handle My Emotions as a Mom?

How Do I Handle My Emotions as a Mom? Today was the first day of Kindergarten. I cried when I saw that my little kindergartner was the first up in our family and had her uniform on before the crack of dawn — her jumper twisted over her shoulder, with one blouse collar up and one collar down. One was sock pulled high, and one sock barely on. I cried when her teacher simply greeted me in the morning. I cried when my baby got in line to go to class, with her big brave eyes and a wave goodbye. She was fine. I was a wet mess. I did feel better when my friend, Jessica, admitted that she shed a tear when her baby ate her first bit of solid food this week. Sigh. This is what we do. As moms, we cry. We deeply sense every transition, and we feel it somewhere deep in our heart, our spirit. This is how we are made. In fact, this lovely, awful pang is what makes us so able to connect with our kids, with our friends, with our own moms. And, however emotional it is...however heart-wrenching and beautiful it is to navigate...

How Do You Workout With Kids at Home? 6 Practical Ideas

How do you workout with kids at home? As a starting disclaimer. I have modest mommy-fitness goals: jog a few miles without dying, strengthen my core, hike in the mountains. You get the idea!  Marathons are not among my life goals, at least not yet! I’ve just passed the six-week postpartum mark which means I’m getting back into the workout routine. Here are six practical mommy-workout ideas.    1. Go on a Walk If the weather is good, put the little ones in the stroller and go for a brisk walk. Once you work up to it, you can jog this way as well. It’s helpful to have a jogging stroller, but not absolutely essential. Older kids can ride their bikes beside you. This method tends to get challenging if you have more than two kids under four because the older ones can’t go fast enough on their bikes yet. You may have to invest in a double stroller or do what one of our contributors, Aimee did. She would put her baby in the stroller and have her toddler sit facing toward her, arms linked on the sturdy stroller handlebar. This was a perfect solution for those brisk walks, but certainly

A Long and Rocky Road: How do I deal with Pregnancy Loss?

How do I deal with pregnancy loss? How do I deal with a miscarriage? From a mother who walked in your shoes

How do I deal with Pregnancy Loss? First know, You are Not Alone A friend of mine just had a first-trimester miscarriage and is grieving deeply. Another friend just shared with me how several years ago she lost her third baby at 24 weeks. Many, many of my friends and women in my family have suffered pregnancy loss; at this point, I find it more unusual to meet women who haven’t. My Personal Story Several years ago I lost twins right at the end of the first trimester, just before we were about to share our excitement with the world.  Then I had another very early first trimester miscarriage after the birth of our most recent little boy. Losing the twins was the hardest, but even losing a baby I’d only known about for a few days was wrenching. Miscarriage is devastating. I plunged into a depression that lasted months. I felt like my body was a vessel of tears that just kept spilling over. I cried every day, and anything and everything set me off. I was haunted by the mental image of an ultrasound screen with no heartbeats. My body was a mess trying to reorganize itself and the changing hormones gave me

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