Career Day

The sweetest thing happened lately. Aurora told her teacher this last month that what she wants to be when she grows up is a Mom. She has previously said Doctor but since they’ve been studying this at school, she decided a Mom is what she wants to be.

It really touched me and made me realize that she is indeed watching me. Maybe in all my craziness and mothering frustrations I am not so bad after all. 🙂 I am really trying but let me tell you it is not easy. Four young daughters is about killing me at times but I am giving it all I’ve got.

With career day this week, I think I got even more excited than she was which is saying a lot. I told her to bring our family picture album to school to show all the cool things we do together-i.e. some of the cool stuff Moms get to do. Also, I wrote this little talk her to share in front of the class. She told me she wasn’t allowed to bring either. Errr… Come on people. I need something to work with.

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Love Pig Will and Pig Won’t

Pig Will and Pig Won'tThis summer as my kids and I were at the library reading books we came across this book by Richard Scarry. Somehow it made an impression on my girls and stood out amongst the others we read. Some books do that. It is always a treasure to hear one of my daughters refer to a book several weeks later. I immediately thought to myself, “Score, they were listening after all!”

This book stood out in particular I guess to my little daughter Emery for when I asked her if she would help me unload the dishwasher, a few weeks after reading the book, she jumped up and said “yes, I WILL! (I was in shock.) …because I am Pig Will and NOT Pig Won’t.” Whoohoo! This is one of those golden moments as a Mother that I couldn’t help but be thrilled about. Basically, the book is about two little brothers Pig Will and Pig Won’t and how Pig Will is always willing to help out and do as he is told while Pig Won’t won’t. As a result, Pig Won’t is often miserable and no fun to be around.

It was a cute little book and has a great message for kids. In addition to that, more recently I’ve been trying to instill in Emery a desire to be a peacemaker and help her sisters as she is now the oldest at home. I noticed that it is typically her behavior to her sisters that determines whether they are crying and upset or quiet and at peace.

Since then, I have reminded her of this little book along with teaching her how it is important to try to be a peacemaker. It is something that one has to practice and it doesn’t always come naturally. Right? We naturally get annoyed or upset and want to do something about it. Am I not correct? So when she is caught in an act of teasing and tormenting her sisters, I remind her about this. “Emery are you practicing being a peacemaker?” Believe it or not this little question, along with telling her how cool peacemakers are is helping!

With these two things in mind I’ve been thinking over the concept of being a peacemaker and being a Pig Will or Pig Won’t myself.  It is a cute concept for kids to start learning what an angry unwilling little character looks like to everyone else.  As a grown-up though I think it is important to embrace both Pig Will and Pig Won’t and not associate an emotion with needing to say no or yes.  Pig Won’t is not bad, in fact, he is very very necessary sometimes.

In fact, maybe we need to apply him more in our lives!

FOR EASE OF MIND, and to be more effective in what you’re trying to do

Make a list of WON’TS and WILLS!

Yay! I love making a list of what I want to do next in my life or what I want to work on improving or what I need to accomplish this week. I love lists.  But sometimes they aren’t so helpful when I am feeling like I have too much to do.  More than a couple items on a list starts draining me instantly.  So why not, when feeling a little overwhelmed, make a list of clearly defined WON’Ts and WILL’s!? Love both of the pigs, right? Hee, hee. Life is about balance. You need the ying just as you need the yang. Allow yourself a sigh of relief as you do this list exercise.

My Pig Will and Pig Won’t List: (Example)

  • I won’t sign my kids up for any more weekly activities this school year.
  • I will however, work with them on what they are currently learning at school and doing already.
  • I won’t do more than I have planned on the schedule this weekend.
  • I will make a nice meal for my family tonight and get the kids in bed on time.
  • I won’t…

Tip 1:  Just because you won’t do something now doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Just think of the long life you have to live. Rarely if ever is it now or never. As a whole, now or never is pretty much a false statement.

Tip 2: Most often I won’ts should be things you keep mulling over in your head but haven’t felt the conviction to jump on board yet. There is probably a reason for that. Don’t doubt yourself. Maybe yes, the idea is a good idea but not something to do at this time. Give the things you are doing more strength and more of your full attention by making this defining list. Just do it. You’ll thank me later.

Make your list and watch the magic happen. If you are feeling overwhelmed at this time of year, I promise it is helpful. Try it!!! You will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders as you perhaps make some decisions about things you didn’t even realize where bothering you. You can always re-access in 3-6 months if you feel it would be helpful.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

-M

Add a Little Bling…

…to your world by painting an accent color on the backboard of a bookshelf. I just took off the boxes and shelves and after putting down a plastic drop cloth to protect the carpet, painted it right there in my living room. It was quick and simple and yet is now giving the entire room a beautiful refreshing look. 🙂
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New Curtains!

When you are tired of your place of residence and need a little new life… change the curtains along with a few throw pillows and whaa-laa! It is a new space. This is my most recent project that I finally hung up today! It has taken a little while since I had to stop mid project and buy some new sewing machine needles along with dealing with many other stops but I got it done. Yay!

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Easy Repair to Ripped Shirt!

Check out this simple and easy fix to my shirt with a rip. As some of you know, I love fixing up clothes I find for stellar prices because they are damaged or simply mixing up what I have to get a new fresh look. You can do the same!
Just sew on something frilly overtop and don’t worry about fixing the hole underneath.
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Blouse Repairs!

Some Stores sell brand new clothes for super clearance prices if there is ever a tear or button missing. This is great because if you know a few simple fix-up tips than those cute new shirts can be easily fixed up and only cost a fraction of the normal cost. I got these for $2.49 and $3.99!
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DSC_9871With the polk dot shirt I didn’t have any snaps to replace the missing ones so I sewed 4-6 inches of the front bodice closed where the snaps were missing. I just pull it on overhead when I wear it instead of needing to unsnap and snap every snap. It actually makes it better not having to worry any snaps are gapping open…. ever. Yeah!

DSC_9717 Here I added some black bias tape I had and put an insert of fabric in the front to replace the missing gap. I also added the gold button at the top to add a little pizazz.

Be create and think outside of the box to make the piece original. Give yourself a time limit, too. Truly how many times are you going to wear it? Make it work but keep it simple. DSC_9850

Prepping for BACK TO SCHOOL

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How do you get from here to there?  That is what I ask myself often… how can I get from total chaos  to order and function? Well, I guess you just start by grouping like objects, throwing out things you don’t/won’t use, and then putting them back straightened and ordered. Magically it comes together and causes you to sigh a sigh of relief. 🙂  DSC_9241 DSC_9248

A Moms Salary- Check it out!

This is awesome and so true. Although us stay-at-home Moms may not be bringing home big bucks our work and service is dramatically adding to the quality of life our family enjoys. Check out this Mom Salary Chart from Salary.com.

In addition to that, there are two ways money can be accumulated by how it comes in and what is allowed out. I may not be in the “workforce” but I have a huge impact on my family financially. My side of caring for the family financially is to monitor what money goes out as I am the one responsible for the family shopping and putting together our home.  Check out this awesome chart! Also, keep in mind some of the kindness we offer and aid we give to others one can’t really put a price on for example, caring for a baby in the wee hours of the morning.  This is just an average, so if you are really rocking it as a Mom maybe your “salary” is much more than this. 🙂

Never forget how amazing you are Moms!!! 🙂

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