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Time Management For Mom (and Dad)!

Throughout my life, I’ve always been a very organized person.  Organization brings me peace and serenity, whereas chaos, clutter and mess give me stress.  Unfortunately, as time goes by, life gets in the way, and when we prioritize our kids or our work over housekeeping, chaos and clutter will ensue.  On my journey to regain my joy, however, I have felt the need to find a happy medium – less clutter and running crazy (aka: less stress) while making my family and my passions my priority.

That being said, here’s my list of five strategies I use to more efficiently manage my time and (hopefully) keep the stress at bay.

  1. Write it down and refer to it often.  There was a time when I could keep a calendar and never refer to it because my young brain could remember it all and keep it all straight.  Schedules didn’t stress me out!  Okay, those days are just memories now – when I can remember back that far.  So, what do I do now to manage my schedule?  I keep a detailed calendar.  Old school you say?  Well,  I keep it in my iPhone calendar with alerts set to remind me daily for one week leading up to a calendar event.  I know that may sound extreme, but having that reminder daily keeps me from planning something else over a scheduled event AND it keeps me prepared.
  2. Use your evenings to your advantage.  I have to start this one by saying that I am a product of the TV generation, and at the end of a day, all I really want to do is sit in front of the TV and turn-off my brain.  Unfortunately, wasting this time in front of a TV that rarely has anything captivating to watch, adds stress to my life.  Most of us have at least a couple of hours each evening to be productive or share quality time with our significant other.  A great resource for learning how to better use this time, is Make Over Your Evenings  by Crystal over at Money Saving Mom.  This short course has taught me how to use the evening time in a way that leaves me feeling successful.evenings, time management, serenity
  3. Plan Your Family Time.  I will be very honest with you here…I am just learning how to do this well.  Ten years ago, when our boys were little, family time was easy to plan; they had sports practices and games, we went to zoos, parks or to visit with friends/family on weekends, we planned fun vacations, or we stayed in and played – easy-peasy!  Now, they are teenagers, in high school – they pretty much want nothing to do with us.  They love their devices, playing video games online with friends, or sequestering themselves in their rooms – not easy anymore.  Planning time together, device-free, is how we are dealing with that.  I think the family dinner table is sacred, and I have ALWAYS insisted on the family sitting down together, without devices, every night.  This is the time we talk, catch-up on school, and attempt to break through the teenage-boy shell to stay close.  More than anything, take time alone to keep your marriage strong.  That example is what your children will take with them when they leave your home and go into relationships of their own.  Love each other first and foremost!
  4. Don’t stop giving time to your passions.  This is so incredibly important!  We women especially, tend to lose ourselves in the everyday life of caring for others.  But, when we stop putting time into the things we love to do or the things that give joy to our hearts, we slowly lose our identity and become resentful.  Nobody should live like that, but often we don’t realize that’s how we’re living until that’s become our life.  Schedule time for yourself and be sure to give that time priority!  Whether you are uplifted by exercise, music, crafting, or just taking a hot bubble bath – DO IT!  And don’t just do it when you happen to have a minute free.  Because , let’s face it, how often do we have a minute free.  Take time every week for you and know that when you are filled, you are much better at filling those you love.
  5. Finally, take time to pray.  It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, Jew, Hindu, or anything else.  When we give our cares and needs to our god, we share our burdens and free ourselves to use our time more effectively.  The hardest thing to do is to let go of our stresses and ask for help.  But, I can tell you from my own life, when I do not pray daily (and sometimes many times a day), I feel burdened, scattered and less capable of doing the things I need to do without a heavy heart.

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That’s it!  I am going to focus on implementing these five strategies every day.  I hope you will join me and let me know what is and isn’t working for you.

Blessings,

Lori

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Charging Station Clutter? Try My DIY Fix

 

 

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A while back I did a small, simple project that has continued to bring me nothing but pleasure ever since.  I got rid of the unsightly clutter of devices and cords that made-up the charging station in our kitchen.  Can you relate?  Okay, I couldn’t completely get rid of it or my family might kick me to the curb – they really like their devices.  But, the clutter of it that gave me hives every time I looked at it has been replaced by something that actually looks nice.  And it took me about 2 hours to complete.

I started with a simple Lipper International 8847 Bamboo Bread Box with Tempered Glass Window, Tan, purchased from Amazon, General Finishes QSW Milk Paint, 1 quart, Snow White  & General Finishes QTHS High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin (leftover from kitchen cabinet renovation),  a can of Rust-Oleum 257465 11-Ounce Specialty Spray, Sea Frosted Glass, and a bottle of DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Black.  The first step was to drill a small hole in the back of the box, using a spade bit or hole bit, depending on how big you need for your plugs.  I used a medium spade bit, borrowed from the hubby’s garage, that went through the bamboo like butter.

After a very quick, light sanding, I painted the entire outside of the box with two coats of the white paint, allowing each coat to dry for at least one hour.   I kept the button knob the box came with, painting it white to match.  But, this is an area where you can be creative; match the knob to your kitchen, if that’s where the box will live, or add something fun to match your style.

My box had a glass window on top, but the whole point of my doing this project was to hide the mess inside.  So, I chose to frost the glass by taping off the panel on the inside, then spray painting it with Rust-Oleum 257465 11-Ounce Specialty Spray, Sea Frosted Glass.  This stuff is awesome!!  My hubby already had it on-hand after using it to frost the small windows in the garage door.  Just a light spray does the job.  But, you can put on as many layers as you’d like to get the frost you like.  TIP:  Make sure you spray a light coating each time and give it some dry time in between coats.  Like most spray paints, if you over-spray, it will drip.

Because the frost was only on the inside of the glass panel, I didn’t even have to wait to move on to the next step.  I simply closed the box and started on my exterior glass paint.  Kevin typically likes to have the charging station in or near the kitchen – a request that usually makes me want to cry.  In this case, it led me to keep the integrity of the “Bread Box” in tact by painting the word “BREAD” on the glass panel.  You can choose any word that works for you, and you can paint this freehand, with a stencil, or even choose a rub-on.  I decided to copy it with a little help from my printer.  Here’s what I did:  I went into Microsoft Word, chose a font I liked, typed the word in the size I wanted, and printed it out.  Using a sharp pencil, I outlined the letters hard on the reverse side of my printout.  You want to really push hard and get plenty of graphite on that outline so that when you set it in-place on the glass panel and outline it again from the front side, the outline transfers lightly to the glass.  Once you have the outline, all you have to do is paint between the lines with the DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Black and a small brush.

I went pretty conservative with the back and white paint because the box was to be in my kitchen.  But feel free to be creative with your colors and artwork; anything goes!

Finally, I covered the outside of the box with two coats of General Finishes QTHS High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin, allowing an hour of dry-time between coats.  I placed the LUCOG Universal Multi-Port USB Charging Station, 24W /6.8A/5V Detachable 4-Port USB Charging Dock,Multiple USB Charger Station for Smartphones, Tablets & Other Gadgets (4 PORT) inside the box, ran all of the necessary plugs and cords, and it was ready.  Everything fits inside the box, keeping every cell phone, e-reader,  tablet, charger and cord organized and out of sight.  This makes me very happy!

 

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Blessings and Thanks for Reading,

Lori

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Weight-Loss Fun?

It’s the same old story for so many of us middle-aged women – we get our weight “under control” then we hit menopause and suddenly we are completely out of control of the crazy things happening to our bodies.  The hormones go nuts, we gain weight just making the grocery list, and don’t even get me started on my personal heatwaves.  Ugh!  Then, as if all of this isn’t bad enough, we are inundated by ads and posts about how easy and fun weight-loss can be. Seriously?  Who has ever enjoyed weight-loss?  Okay, perhaps if I could lose 50lbs on Nutrisystem and be assured of a multi-million dollar endorsement deal for the next ten years, I could find some enjoyment in that.  But FUN??  No way!

Confession time:  My name is Lori and I am a foodie, and a foodaholic.  I use food for enjoyment, stress-relief, to fill my loneliness, and to”give joy” to those I love.  Food hasn’t been about sustenance for me for quite sometime.  And, I know I’m not alone in this.  Show of hands how many are in the boat beside me?

 

Okay, so it won’t be fun.  That has to be okay for awhile.  Because I weigh more now then I did before giving birth both times!  Now that’s a totally embarrassing tidbit to share, but hey, did I mention this would be raw and honest?  I wear nothing but stretchy waistbands and tent-like tops.  I’m only 52 and I’m desperately ashamed and fed-up with the awful feelings that come with walking past a mirror.  And, I’m done.

My goal is not to be skinny or some sort of body builder.  My goal is to be happy and comfortable in my skin.  From this day forward, I will show love for the body God gave me.  I will feed it healthy, life-sustaining foods.  I will get some exercise every single day.  And, every time I feel lonely, stressed, sad, or any other way that makes me want to head to the kitchen (other than truly hungry), I will try to pickup a pen and write instead.  That’s my commitment for today.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  And, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Blessings,

Lori

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My Journey Back to Joy Begins

I’m not all together sure when it happened that I lost my joy and my identity.  Perhaps is was during a 3am feeding; maybe it was while cleaning a toilet or a post-meal kitchen.  Maybe I never fully developed my joy or identity.  I know I never wanted to be one of those people that life just happened to.  But, somewhere along the line, it did and I let it.  Can you relate?  Do you ever have that moment, in the middle of the chaos of every day, when you think, “is this who I wanted to be?” or “am I happy?”

Now, I have to stop here to say that I have a husband I absolutely adore and two teenage boys who I couldn’t love more.  Do they make me crazy at times?  Absolutely!  Are they the cause of my losing myself?  Absolutely not!  I only have me to blame for that.  I just stopped prioritizing me the way I prioritize everyone and everything else.  My decision; my fault.

What does my loss of self look like, you might be asking.  Over the past two-and-a- half years, I’ve put on 70 lbs – I am a stress and loneliness eater, I have become depressed and sad, I’m too often sick and have continuous body pain, and worst of all, I’ve become that person my husband and boys don’t really like being around.  They love me, but I can tell they feel the angst that tugs me down daily.  This is not who I want to be!  And, the reality is that I know I’m the only one who has the control to change it. – with God’s guidance and provision.

So, here and now it begins…my journey back to joy.  I hope you’ll follow me on this journey.

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Blessings,

Lori

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