15 Fun Spring Bucket List Ideas

15 Fun Spring Bucket List Ideas

Spring is in full force! The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the kids need OUT of the house! Some fresh air is jus what they need, mom included! Here’s 15 fun ideas I’ve compiled for you to use with your family!

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So simple, yet so fun! I hope these inspire you to get outside this Spring Season and make memories with your children! Being a work at home mom, it’s so important to take time out with my family and just live in the moment! Comment below with some things that will be on your bucket list!

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Blessings… Shaya

 

Time Management Series: Routines!

Time Management Series: Routines!

Routines are so important! We teach our kids routine right away. We change them… feed them.. burp.. feed them… burp. As they grow we instill morning routines and bedtime routines. As moms, we need those sort of routines too! Today we will talk about different types of routines/systems that may work for you. With everything, it is trial and error!

First step in deciding routines is brainstorming which systems you need first. Examples can include: bettering your morning routine, night routine or cleaning. Then decide if you want this to be a daily, weekly, or monthly system. Let’s break down some examples.

Beginning of Week/Sunday Night Prep:

Sunday nights at my house, are what set me up for the week. I go through my planner, make sure everything is up to date then share with the family. This way everyone is on the same page about what will be happening. Since I’m a wahm, I also let them know if I’ll be needing some extra work time. Occasionally, I’ll have the husband have a supper night with the kids. I’ll cook and have it all ready, but when he gets home it’s my time to head down and get some quick work time in without kids. The kids just think this is a fun night with dad! I also go through and meal plan, set laundry days, other task days and chores. We will get into that in a minute. Here’s some other ideas of ways to get your week set on Sunday nights:

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  1. Meal Planning for the week
  2. Set a grocery day followed by setting a grocery list where you’ll see it
  3. Check weather and get an idea of what kids will wear through out the week, or if you need to look for umbrellas!
  4. Check if any library books need to go back, or papers signed back to teacher
  5. Have a quick meeting with significant other to see what they have going on
  6. Have a quick meeting with kids to see what they have going on. Tests, etc.
  7. Monday’s can be the worst. (Believe me! haha) Make a make ahead meal for breakfast such as muffins, burritos, pancakes.
  8. Set breakfast ware out on table for                                                                                           morning in case things are running behind
  9. Set little’s clothes out, as well as your own!
  10. Set a post it note on the bathroom mirror to encourage you!

 

Nightly Routine

This is probably the biggest routine that I grumbled about, yet it was the routines that once I got in the habit.. I learned real quick how crucial they were! I’ll be honest, I’m not a morning person. Actually, I’m not really a night person either. I will tell you that I can rock 1pm like no one’s business! My husband always tells me that I should get up early to get things done before the kids wake. For some people that may work great. For me, it’s torture. I decided that since I’m being whiny about mornings, I will start preparing the next day at night. Here’s some things that I do in the evening versus morning to give you some ideas:

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  1. Shiny sink system (will go over more in a minute)
  2. Journal. Unleash all those thoughts at night then you can sleep better!
  3. Brain Dump. Physically write down things that you say “I’ll remember this tomorrow”. Chances are, we won’t remember!
  4. Clean off the counters
  5. Pick up
  6. Set out breakfast supplies
  7. Make sure there’s milk!!!!
  8. Walk after supper
  9. Decide kid chores for next day
  10. Shut off your phone!!! Enjoy a few minutes in the quiet, fully relax yourself!
  11. Set out your clothes! As a sahm, this encourages me to actually get dressed each day!

 

Morning Routine:

Mornings can be pure chaos! Mornings help set the pace of the day so it’s important to find your routine quickly. Think of how your mornings are now, then how you’d like them to be. Next, what needs to happen to get things how you’d like them? Maybe you are a morning person, so you can take some of the things off the nightly list and get them done first thing in the morning. Here’s some other ideas:

Morning Routine

  1. Kids.If your kids are chaotic in the morning, look at their routine. Do they know exactly what they need to do every morning? My girls routine looks like this: wake up 6:45, breakfast, dressed, teeth, check bag, feed pets, get on the bus. Setting them up the night before with setting out clothes and make sure back is packed and ready can eliminate a lot of fuss.
  2. Take a few minutes before the kids get up to have some quiet time. A 15 minute quiet session, yoga, meditation, or devotional can really uplift your mood!
  3. Eat a great breakfast! Get a water bottle ready                                                                                too!
  4. Make your bed! It’ll look so nice having that done first thing in the am!
  5. Print a graphic or chart for the littles. Laminate and have them use a dry erase board to cross things off as they complete. This will help them learn their routine as well!

Cleaning Routine

Getting in a routine for cleaning has helped tremendously as well. This is always a huge question among moms! You can sit on Pinterest and look all day at examples. I use the power hour system that we talked about on my last blog post. Be sure to check back there. I do a weekly blessing each Monday which gets out the windexing, vacuuming, quick bathroom clean, etc. I also use Fly Lady zones. You can search her up for more information. Basically, I have one zone a week, for instance the living room. I have all week to get the living room totally clean such as dusting, vacuum under furniture, wiping down fixtures, etc. The next week I have a new zone. It works great for me. Before I was constantly trying to clean the entire house top to bottom. It was too overwhelming!

Videos

Here are some videos I’ve made that may help you decide what will work best for you as well!

Weekly Home Blessing Click Here

 

 

Time Mgmt Series: Power Hour

Time Mgmt Series: Power Hour

Multiple piles of laundry on the kitchen table, surrounded by empty cereal bowls. Library books that were due yesterday on top of the bread machine. Dishes in the dishwasher (clean or not, I’m not sure), dishes in the sink. Living room looks like dinosaurs destroyed a lego factory. 3 empty rolls of toilet paper decorating the actual dispenser. Don’t ask where my car keys are! I felt like I was running in circles!!!!

Have you felt this way? Sometimes multi-tasking can be more of a hinder than help! I always felt busy, but at the end of the day I looked around wondering.. busy doing what?!? Something had to change!

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In my business, leaders often use a “power hour”. Power hours are 1 hour of solid work time to get customer care calls done, team calls, work on training, etc. I thought… if I can apply this to my biz, why can’t I apply it to real life? Light bulb goes off! One hour to clean, one hour dedicated to tot school, 1 hour dedicated to putting clothes away. It seems simple already doesn’t it?

After applying this to life, it just worked! I can dedicate myself to something for one hour, but more importantly, it’s easy to entertain a kid for an hour versus more! If I tell my little that mom’s going to clean, when the timer is up, it’ll be our turn to play he is much more okay with it! Here’s a link to a video showing an example! Click here for Power Hour Video!

Thank you to whomever invented popsicles! 🙂 If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I encourage you to try it out! This will work for moms who stay home, or work outside the home! Let me know your results!

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Planners.. what YOU need to know!

Planners.. what YOU need to know!

Planners are so important! To me, it’s my daily item that keeps this mama sane! Everything is in there, my kids know not to touch it, my husband knows not to move it. It shines in all it’s glory on my kitchen counter! Planners are so hot right now! There’s so many ways to use them, decorate them, layouts, stickers, washi tape, buy on Etsy, make your own.. it can be overwhelming! So we will take this in strides!

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What kind of planner style do you have/want? 

  1.  Do you want just monthly calendars? Would weekly lay out benefit you? Would you like them to start on Sunday or Monday? These are questions to think about before heading further in.
  2. If you’re new, a planner from Walmart or Dollar Tree will be just fine. This way you can start small and inexpensive. If you do well with planning, you can graduate on up to bigger planners. Many people dive right in with a $50 planner then don’t use it. Start small.
  3. If you have a lot going on such as work schedules, children, sports activities you might want to consider something where the monthly lay out is big enough to write multiple things in each box.
  4. If you’re a wahm or blogger, you may want to use something that has weekly layouts or something where you can customize the options to add in printables that will benefit your business.

Next is decide how you’ll use it. This is best shown by video. I’ll link a few videos here, there are more ideas on my channel so feel free to browse! Click the link to take you to them!

  1. Monthly Planning! This video will show you my monthly planning. I typically use some pretty extreme planners, but this year I told myself I could do it with just a general planner.
  2. Happy Planner I caved! I got a nicer planner! In the past I’ve used disc bound planners and I really love the versatility.
  • Regular planner Pro’s: Easy to carry, cheaper, not fancy, not out a lot of money if it doesn’t work. Con’s: Not able to customize it
  • Disc Bound Planner: Pro- totally something you can customize. Able to add in things such as work planner, notes, cleaning schedule, meal planning. Con: cost does add up. You will need an extra punch for this.
  • There are other options as well. Some use planners from Etsy, some make their own with printables. It really boils down to what YOU will use! I will be going more in depth with my planner, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel above to see future videos!

 

At the end of the day, you need to find something that will work for you! Using a planner will cut out the “what is going on” question! You’ll be able to see visually what is lined up for the week. Knowing that makes it a lot easier to balance your time!

If you use a planner, comment below with what you use! I’d love to see!

 

 

 

Beginners Guide: Time Management (Mom Version)

Beginners Guide: Time Management (Mom Version)

Finding a balance as a mom is excruciating. I said it. I have yet to meet a mom that says she has everything completely balanced and life is perfect. I don’t think that’s possible. Every day is different, every month is different, each season, each stage of children… all different! You get things in line, another baby comes along and changes things.

So if you’re feeling like you can’t grasp things guess what… IT’S OKAY! Phew, right?!

This week I am going to go over the biggest question I get. Time management. I have so many moms that ask me how I get everything done each day. Well here’s a hidden secret.. sometimes I don’t! There are days that even I call my husband and tell him that Mom needs a time-out! So if you’re in a place where you just feel like you can’t get a grasp on things, you’re going to want to keep reading!

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So here’s how this week is going to work. I will be covering the following:

  1. Planner. What you REALLY need to know.
  2. Power Hour! I swear by this!
  3. Systems! SO important… routine, routine, routine!

 

Now there is something that I want to get out of the way…. read this TWICE!

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Now take a deep breath and take a mental note of that. One of the BIGGEST problems we have as a mom is comparison! We can really beat up ourselves over this. No one has the same amount of kids, at the same age, with the same hurdles day in and day out. Everyone has their struggles. It may take some trial and error to figure out what works best for your family, but you will find it! Put your blinders on, grab a pen and paper, get a good night’s sleep, and let’s get our lives back on track!

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Cut the clutter! Last Day!

These last 5 days have just flown past! Watching everyone in our facebook community feel so accomplished is such a reward! Today we headed into the bedroom!

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“Last challenge!!! Go through a dresser drawer!!! Get rid of things you’re not wearing or that don’t fit! Don’t have a dresser… go for your closet! You can do it!”

This is always a task that’s on our to-do list, but it also just stays there! Spring is a new season! Time to go through and get rid of the old! For this task, I tackled our sock drawers! I got rid of the ones without a match (unless your one of my daughters who claim that’s the trend!), hole in the toe socks, and anything that didn’t fit!

I hope that this organizing challenge has shown you that you don’t have to start big. Short tasks and giving your self a time limit does help! One thing we covered in addition to this challenge was meal planning. I will do a blog topic laying everything out about that topic this week! Thanks for following along!

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Cut The Clutter: Bathroom!

Cut The Clutter: Bathroom!

Day 4! This went quick! Today the challenge was us heading into the bathroom! As I’ve said before, entering into a room can be a daunting task for some! We will just focus on one area! Feeling accomplished in a small task will leave you feeling more at ease for tackling larger ones!

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“Today will be a lighter task, I know a lot of you are catching up and today will be a GREAT day to do your car! Let’s head to the bathroom! If you have a make up bag… let’s clean that out! Go thru and toss stuff that’s no good, wipe out the inside, or maybe put all your stuff in one spot! If you don’t wear make up… pick a bathroom drawer or cupboard to organize!”

Not such a hard task, right? Our make up bag can get pretty icky in there, especially if you have little hands that get in there when they shouldn’t! There’s tons of resources out there to check to see when to throw away your makeup, check them out!

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