A recent study was released that revealed the most lonely stage of parenting. And the results are probably shocking to everyone besides those who are actually in that stage. Are you ready to know which one it is? Well, you might be surprised to know that moms who are raising middle schoolers are considered among the loneliest of any stage of motherhood. Yep. More than when they are babies and even more than when they leave the nest.
Happy Friday sweet friends! We are so thrilled to have our friend Morgan from Morganize with Me here with us today sharing with us some wonderful insights about how much our attitudes towards being organized impacts our homes and families. So help us now to welcome Morgan!
I am honored to be here today, sharing from my heart. Thank you ladies!
As a semi-type A, first-born, and very detail oriented person, I regularly get the sense that others think I have every single part of my home flowing along in perfect harmony. That my life is meticulously organized and free of chaos. Um, no.
Organization requires many parts working together, and I don’t know about you, but in my home we’re all usually going in too many different, and often opposing, directions.
Sure, some days we are all clicking along, but MOST days not so much.
Does anyone else feel like Valentine’s Day was created just to help break up the dreary winter? I always think of it as a mile marker along the way to Spring and today I have some fantastic Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day ideas to help make the holiday extra special for the ones you love.
If you are planning on staying in, why not make something sweet for your sweetheart. These recipes are so easy!
Note to self…next time you give one of your kids’ rooms a makeover, be sure to take photos of it immediately after you place the final little accessory on a shelf. Because, if you don’t, you will put it off and put it off and put it off because you know that in order to take the pictures you will have to clear out all of the little ‘extras’ your child decided to add to the room once the makeover was completed.
“Mommy, I need some privacy please.” I was in my daughter’s room, working my way through the laundry basket of clean clothes, folding and sorting, stacking the piles on her bed. I had just informed her that it was time to hop in the shower but noticed that she made no movement towards undressing.
It took a moment for her words to register but the look she gave me said it all. She did not want me in there.
My mom grew up on a farm in Michigan and as a little girl I absolutely loved hearing her tell us stories about her childhood. She would recount the time that she and her best friend were determined to sleep in the barn one night only to be frightened out of their wits by her older brother who couldn’t resist tormenting his little sister.
She would tell us all about what it was like attending a one-room, country schoolhouse with her aunt as the teacher and how she loved having her very own cow. But, in all of those years, somehow the story of the fire was never apart of her repertoire.
When my kids were really little, the days spent at home with them were mostly awesome. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. But they were also exhausting. Really, really exhausting.
Being home alone with young children day in and day out can be both very fulfilling and very isolating.
Last year, while on a family vacation near Astoria, Oregon, we stopped by Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter months after reaching the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take long for my kids to get hooked on Lewis & Clark–wandering the grounds with historical interpreters, getting to dress up in replica clothing, writing with quills, and the one that sealed the deal for my son: a live musket loading and firing demonstration.
Our oldest daughter celebrates her 15th birthday very close to Halloween. In fact, we brought her home from the hospital on Halloween with little pumpkin booties! Every year, we have a birthday party for her usually involving some Halloween fun. She loves to “dress up” and swears she will never stop “trick or treating”, and I think I believe her. When she was 5 painting pumpkins was the high light of the party.
I have to be completely honest with you.
Technically this is supposed to be a 5 Minute Craft. And it totally would have been.
Except I received an invitation to a tea party from a little girl who was trying to teach manners to her brother who was pretending to be a cheetah.
I don’t ask questions. I just GO! Wouldn’t you?
But, if you didn’t have to attend a tea party with a cheetah who kept being reprimanded for burping out loud and not holding up his pinkie finger/paw when sipping from his tea cup then this would TOTALLY qualify as a 5 minute craft!