When I was in elementary school, most of my friends’ New Year’s resolutions were along the lines of “I will study more, be nicer, eat more vegetables.” When I became a teenager, common resolutions were “I will save more/spend less” or “I will not argue with my parents/sister/brother.” In college, the statements of good intentions took the form of “I will stop insert-a-bad-habit-here.” Many of the resolutions were not kept but they were remembered. On December 31— instead of finding an improved version of yourself – you’d only found more guilt. [Read more…]
Archives for December 2009
When Ria (aka Practical Mommy) offered to throw me a Baby Shower, as a to be third and fourth time mom expecting twins, I realized how special this was. Most moms get one go at the whole baby shower thing. I was lucky. I was getting a second go at it… and I wanted it to be special.
More than gifts and yummy food, (which i ain’t knocking ’cause they were great!) I wanted a day surrounded by the mothers and sisters in my life to celebrate the life (x2) I carry inside me. I wanted a day to dream with these amazing women about the day our babies will make their way into this world and into my arms. This is exactly what I got.
This one minute video is full of statistics that may cause you pause the next time you consider turning on cartoons for your children and walking out of the room. Looking for a simple way to cause peace in the world? It starts in our homes and with our children. Idea of the week: get rid of (like Practical Mommy did!!! you go girl!), turn off, and/or limit the amount of television viewing that goes on in your home. [Read more…]
This week I am reminded that there is nothing like the support of other new moms when you are expecting. I have called three different new mom friends on three different topics in the past week as we near B (birth) day next month and they have been SO helpful. I have also been on I don’t know how many sites to read reviews from other moms on everything from car seats to crib pads. Not to seem materialistic, but the last couple months of pregnancy seem to be full of all the last minute “material” purchases. I keep reminding myself that all I REALLY need are my girls (my breasts, not my daughters, though they will be helpful too!) blankets, burp clothes and diapers. The rest is just icing on the cake.
Icing on the Cake
Just icing, yes, but I for one like icing. So here is some of the sweeter tips my new mom friends have shared with me [Read more…]
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I am talking about the cold and flu season (which coincides with the holidays…weird huh?)
Where do you keep all the pain relievers, cough-and-achy-so-you-and-your-family-can-rest medicine. Is it located with all the extra soap and thermometers and Band-Aids.
Take a look at them right now; are all the bottles and boxes shoved in a drawer or on a shelf? Did they actually make it in a bin but there is no rhyme or reason to the order? Now don’t start freaking out and think this lady is mad to suggest I’m going to alphabetize my meds just like I did with my spices.. Ha! You do not know me very well I would NEVER EVER ask or tell you to do either one of those things.
Frankly life is too short to alphabetize most things unless you only have a few of them and then really…What’s the point?
Okay seriously your first step is to go through and throw away anything that is empty; almost empty; or something that you will simply never use.
If you have several bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion etc that were given to you or purchased but you don’t like. Place them in a bag or box and donate to your place of worship or local family relief center. These places are always looking for personal hygiene products for those in need.
Once you have weeded out the items you no longer need or use what is left are the things you need to find a home for. The medicines and vitamins need to be divided into the things you use every day and the ones you use only as needed.
Generally the things you take everyday need to be in a place where you will remember to take them which is usually in the kitchen. Buy or find a basket or Rubbermaid type bin to keep the meds at hand and easy to access.
The other items such as cold meds; extra bottles of hygiene products should be categorized (notice there is no mention of alphabetizing) A bin with all the extra meds you need for you children should be put in a Rubbermaid type bin market KIDS MEDS. I like the bins that have a locking top and usually have a handle. When needed you can pull the whole bin out and find what you need easily. The same goes for adult medication and wound care. Wound care items are things like bandages, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone etc.
For items like extra shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant can be placed in an open basket. You will be able to see them at a glance and they are often to tall for a closed bin then you don’t have to wrestle with the larger bottles wondering what to do with them. This helps when you run out of an item it is easy to see what need to be replenished.
You see it really is not that complicated.
Before you start to categorize the things in you linen closet get rid of all the things that you no longer need, use or are outdated.
Categorize the rest and find the correct size bin that will fit in you closet and holds the items you need it to.
I know you can it!! A task that seems so over whelming sometimes can become very doable when you simplify the steps! Hint Hint that works with so many other things all of us attempt to conquer in our quest to tame our homes.
So go ahead and set aside some time to clean out all those half full bottles that expired in 2000. You have time before going out to shop for Valentines Day.