I've seen several different posts that detail things that are making life better/easier for moms and I was so inspired that I wanted to try it for myself!
Blessed Is She
The Blessed Is She daily devotionals and online community have been such a highlight for over the last month! If you haven't looked into or heard of BIS, it is an online Catholic women's community. You can join a regional group that communicates regularly about a variety of things including spiritual and life support and prayer requests. The community also runs a blog and sends daily devotionals written about the daily readings. They are a great start to my day and I enjoy having a community to pray with and for.
My MIL got this for me for Christmas, and to be honest, I had no idea what it was (sorry!!). But after doing some Pinterest research, I was able to discover that not only is this thing trendy, it is so useful! I have used it multiple times throughout the past month and each meal has come out great. I also discovered that you can sanitize your pump parts, baby bottles, sippy cups, etc. with it. It was life-changing to discover I could santize everything in under ten minutes. I would highly recommend if you like to make one-pot style meals.
I have been wanting to air dry laundry since the baby came, because somehow one tiny human has increased our laundry exponentially. I finally buckled and purchased one from Target and I am so glad I did. I basically run a load of laundry every other day in the early evening, put the clothes out to dry before bed, and have dry clothes by the next day. And that's without the warm, summer sun.
Pro-mama tip, get a small space heater. I use it to keep the nursery just a little more toasty, I use it to heat up the bathroom so he can still enjoy his bath time, and I point it towards his crib before I put him down for the night so that he isn't startled awake by a chilly mattress. I've had my space heater for years and it has been such a lifesaver during these cold winter months without having to overheat the entire house.
Note: I do not leave it running throughout the night, I just use it to warm up the room to help him fall asleep and then snuggle him with a fleece Halo sleep sack.
I am so picky about my planners so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and create my own. It is work, you have to set aside the time to design your spreads and take your time creating them. But it is a nice bit of creativity to spark my week or month with. I love how versatile it is and that I have plenty of space for what I want my planner to have rather than being tied to another person's design.
What's been improving your life? Brightening your day? Saving you money? Let me know if the comments below!
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My guilty pleasure is vloggers. I'll admit it. I love a good mommy-vlogger/YouTube channel. But lately, these moms who used to make me feel better about my dive into motherhood have made me feel inadequate because...I don't have any sort of schedule.
Sure, there are things that we do every day. I can count on being woken up in some sort of time range (between 6 and 7:30). He needs a nap about two to three hours after that. Bedtime is kind early, sometimes 5:30, sometimes as late as 7:30. But that's where the organization of our day stops.
And it's hard!
I love Love LOVE routines. I discovered this about myself living alone a few years ago. I would wake up at 5:30 in the morning so that I could wake up, walk the dog, pray and make breakfast, all before actually tackling my to do list. And I thrived on it. I love predictability in my day-to-day. Sure, an adventure or change in plans was also enjoyable, but consistency? Gosh, I love it.
This though? This I don't love. But I'm coping with a few small routines that help me feel in control of my crazy, schedule-less days.
1.) A Cleaning Schedule
You read that right. I have a cleaning schedule, neatly written across the top of my monthly calendar. Thursdays are for deep-cleaning the kitchen. Saturdays are for the bedrooms. Sundays are a day of rest. You get the picture. I like this approach to housework for several reasons. Firstly, it minimizes the amount of time I spend cleaning each day. I don't mind cleaning in general, but there are certain tasks I dread, such as laundry. By scheduling it, I don't put it off until the task becomes overwhelming. I should also mention that there are also things I do every day, such as sweep, wipe down counter tops, and pick up (especially the nursery).
2.) Wall Calendar
I maintain a large calendar in the kitchen that has Josh's (erratic) work schedule, any appointments, to-dos, payments, and special events for the month. I picked one out that is actually lined, so I can write multiple pieces of information on each day. I even have my content ideas written down! Next week is supposed to feature a list of things that my family loves! I also use the calendar for accountability, such as checks, stars, and other notes to help keep me on track with goals and plans.
3.) Another Calendar
This time, in planner-form. I jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon and decided to try one out for this year. I love filling out my planner, using fun little details, and crossing things off of my to do list, so I decided to increase my joy by creating my own using a bullet journal. So far, I'm enjoying that little creative spark that comes from designing my own spreads, but I will admit that mine are very simple compared to what some very talented people share on social media.
As life goes on, I'm sure I will eventually get to settle back into some sort of routine, but currently with a teething baby, a husband in hospitality, and as a student whose schedule changes practically every week, it just isn't quite feasible. But learning to relax into each day and let go my need for control hasn't been a bad thing either.
What about you? Do you crave a schedule and/or routine or do you enjoy taking each day as it comes? Let me know!
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