Plan Your Week, Shopping List, & Meals

Planners are so expensive and usually, they lack the layout you like.  You’re never able to fit everything you want on one page… Well, I found a crafty website, Artsy Fartsy Mama, that posted an awesome printable weekly planner!  The best thing about printable planners is that you don’t have to bind them to anything, so if you’re on the run, you can just grab your page for that week and have your shopping list, menu, and to-dos with you!  Or you can post them on the fridge so your family can keep track of your plans and the menu.  So awesome!  Click on the planner image to be directed to the webpage related 🙂

 

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Thee Domesticated Journey

 

One of the greatest goals of any wife and/or mother is to become the end all be all mom.  A lot of people call this person ‘domesticated’, and as the end of school closes in, my urge to become a better the end all be all grows!  I have more time now to think about all of the little details and oil this machine we call home.

Now, being the ‘perfect’ wife/mother is not in my definition of the end all be all domesticated lady..  Nobody can be the perfect wife or mother.  Nobody can be the perfect anything for that matter.  My goal is to keep this machine {home} well oiled.  What do I mean by well oiled: clean, organized, debt free, fed, and most of all… HAPPY!

My main areas for concentration needed are being clean, organized, and fed.  I need to find ways to fit in laundry for a family of four while keeping every room clean, in the midst of 2 toddlers running around.  I need to find a way to get on a ‘dinner plan’, so we don’t buy unnecessary groceries and we don’t have things to throw away in the fridge.  I NEED to find a way for every room to be ORGANIZED, for my SANITY!

On this journey, I have been researching things that work for others and tweaking them to fit my family.  There are a plethora of resources available for those on the same journey as I.  Websites, books, shows, and the list goes on.  So I know I’m not alone!  As I find these golden nuggets of precious ideas, I will share my findings in hopes that someone out there as desperate as I am will find some golden nuggets of their own.

If you have any bits of precious secrets to keeping your machine oiled, please, let me know!

 

Turning Insanity Into Sanity

You wake up and everything gradually tumbles downhill.  No matter how positive you try to be, everything ends up negative.  Everything that can go wrong DOES go wrong.  Your house is a disaster, your kids are making messes faster than your tired hands can clean them, and objects are broken.  You try to unwind from the tornado, but nothing you attempt seems to make you happy or make things better.

Does this sound like a day you have had lately?  If you’re a mother, I’m willing to bet that it is.  And I’m willing to bet that you probably went to bed with the frustration of the day still hovering over you.  I have gone to bed like that several times, and why?  In the midst of the crazy you need to remember that YOU matter.  Even better, your SANITY MATTERS.

I’m going to share with you 4 simple things that make me feel more like a human, less like a robot, and SANE.

1- My first resort: PERFUME

My favorite scent right now!

It’s amazing what a good scent can do!  Not only do I spray some perfume when I need to calm down, but I also use it before studying/taking exams, and it makes all the difference in the world.

2- My second resort: SWEATPANTS

Nothing is better than your favorite pair of comfy sweatpants!

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do when I get home is throw on some comfy sweatpants.  It makes me feel like I can breath.

3- Thrid resort:  MAKEUP

When you feel attractive, your attitude is attractive!

Even if you are not the ‘makeup’ type {and by that, I mean the type that prefers not to wear eye makeup, blush, or things that make you look like you have make up on} you can’t deny that a little coverage on your discolored spots, blemishes (or any thing that you want to conceal ) can make you feel a little sparkly.  Especially when you’re a mother, it’s a rare occasion that you get to throw some makeup, get dressed up, and feel like yourself.  So even if you don’t have anywhere to go, DO IT!

4- Fourth resort: When all else fails.. pull out the comfy footwear! In my case, TOE SOCKS!

I’m not normally a ‘sock’ person {I prefer bare feet}, but toe socks hit the spot when I’m down in the dumps!

If none of these things are your normal ‘go tos’, I would say try them {there’s nothing to lose when you’re already having a terrible day, right?}. Or maybe you should just utilize those things that you DO love more often.  Take the time to take care of yourself!  Even if it’s something as little as smelling good, dolling your face up, or wearing comfy clothes.

What do YOU do to turn your insanity into sanity? Let me know!