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Diary of a cat and dog mom
Halloween isn’t all that far away, which means it’s time for fall decorations! I’m not a huge fan of most decorations (in fact, I never decorate for the holidays or birthdays and really don’t want to, but my parents make a great deal of work out of it for them and me). This year I decided to keep things low-key, and it looks so much nicer that way! Of course I have a ton of cute stuff in the closet, but it’s mostly for my kids’ birthday and my own, so it’s not as fun as the decorations we used to make ourselves.
I’m a sucker for fall, and there’s just something about cozy blankets, warm drinks and a movie on the couch that make me want to celebrate the season. Plus it’s such a cute time of year in our neck of the woods. In the summer, there’s just something about the smell of the air and the heat that makes me feel like I want to soak it all in. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. I can’t wait for the crisp days, the beautiful colors, and the leaves falling. When they do, we get a little more fun out of our yard, and that’s a pretty awesome bonus!
So what are your favorite things about fall? I’d love to know! And tell me your favorite movies of the season, too!
When my kids were little, they came home from school (I homeschool my two kids) all the time with things they had learned in class. At one point, my husband and I had 4 preschoolers and 5 babies, so there were a lot of learning centers to clean. I wasn’t always able to check every one of them before it became a mess, and one day, I came home to a very unkempt room. I said a little prayer, and I started cleaning.
It’s amazing what a difference it made to my kids’ classroom. Before we had those cute learning centers and it was really just a mess, they did learn and we were more successful. A clean space just makes a clean mind. You don’t have to spend a ton of time cleaning, and you know they have a clean space. It’s just nice.
Last year, I began to make a conscious effort to clean the spaces that we used regularly. My husband and I had been trying to get organized since we moved into our house, and we had a large amount of stuff that was in the way. Our children were too young to help. When it came time to clean, I made a vow that, whether we could clean it before or after, I was going to do a little bit of cleaning every day.
We have a very small house, so some of our cleaning can be in the bathroom. When the kids aren’t at home, I clean while we’re away and I have a helper when they’re home. Our entire living room and dining room can be cleaned in 10 minutes, and then we get in a much better frame of mind for our family life.
We’ve actually developed a process that we go through each day. We check all the rooms in the house (except our bedrooms) and make sure that there are no piles of dirty clothes. We make sure all the closets are organized. We make sure that the rooms in our house are clean and well-organized. When we’re done, we feel we’re ready to take care of the kids.
We are still trying to figure out what works best for us, but it’s definitely a process that’s been working well.
I’ve found the more I clean, the less time it takes to clean up after myself. I also know that if I spend all my time cleaning, I’ll be too stressed to enjoy life with my family. So it’s been important for me to use my time wisely to really relax and spend quality time with my family.
My kids always need me to be there and always need their time with me. We need each other. And I think that’s the key. I know that if my kids are having fun, I am too.
I’m not telling you all this because I’m trying to promote my new book or sell a cleaning system. I’m just using this to illustrate the power of positive thinking. The more we think positively about something, the more likely it is to come to fruition. It’s true in our homes, in our lives, and in our careers. So while I’m not yet where I want to be financially, I’m making every effort to be where I want to be.
It all starts with a little imagination and a lot of action.
So what are you doing to start living the life you want?
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I started blogging on a whim. My first post was about what I should do for my first day on the job. Well, that didn’t go so well. After my mom read my little post, she called to give me some good advice. When she was finished, she said, “I like that you’re telling people about something you’re good at but you have to keep it in your mind.” I think I was a little surprised to hear her say that. “Keep it in mind?” I wondered.
I didn’t really understand what she meant until I started getting more comments and emails from readers. I was amazed at the level of support I had gotten. One person had been my student teacher. I have a few relatives that know about my business because I told them a little about it. But other than that, I had received little support when I first launched into blogging. Now, my