Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hey there!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, i thought i would share some gift ideas for the special mom in your life…

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  1. Flowers – Flowers are pretty much the classic Mother’s Day gift right? That’s usually what i send my mom. I love the selection and affordable prices that Proflowers has to offer.
  2. Chocolates – What mom doesn’t love chocolate?! See’s Candies are absolutely delicious and they have several Mother’s Day gift boxes available.
  3. Makeup – If your mom is into makeup, but you aren’t sure what to get her, how about an Ulta or Sephora gift card.
  4. Books Books always make a great gift.
  5. JewelryNoonday has an amazing collection of jewelry.
  6. Coffee/Tea – A new coffee maker, a gift card to her favorite coffee shop, or if she likes tea, DavidsTea has the most amazing teas.
  7. ClothingOld Navy, Zulily, and Maurices are my favorite places to buy clothing.

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I hope you have enjoyed this short list of ideas.

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Morning Routine {For A Mom Of 5}

Hi Guys!

Today I thought I would share what my morning routine looks like, as a mom of 5.

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Usually my body just wakes up around 5 o’clock, but if it doesn’t then my alarm goes off at 5:30 and I get up. That’s when I will let the dogs outside, use the bathroom, and weight myself.

Then I go into the kitchen and turn on the coffee pot, and then pour myself a cup of coffee. After getting my coffee, I walk back into my bedroom, sit down at my desk, and enjoy my cup of coffee, while chatting with my husband (who is also enjoying a cup of coffee).

Once i’m done with my coffee, I grab out my bullet journal and work on that for a little while (my husband is usually leaving for work at this point). In my bullet journal, I keep track of all my health/fitness stuff so that’s usually what i’m entering into my journal in the morning.

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After that, I try to get moving. I start with picking up my bedroom. I make the bed, pick up stuff off the floor, put away any laundry laying around, etc..

Then, at this point, I am just waiting for 7 o’clock to come around (when the children wake up), so I might; read a book, watch a YouTube video, write a blog post, or check my social media accounts, to kill some time.

7 o’clock rolls around, and all the children start to wake up. That’s when I start making breakfast, after some morning snuggles with the littles. By 7:30 we are eating breakfast.

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After breakfast, I clean up the kitchen (dishes, wipe down counters, etc.), then I start a load of laundry for the day. Once my morning chores have been done, I help the 2 youngest get dressed and ready for the day.

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Then I get myself ready for the day, and then once i’m done it is usually almost 8 o’clock (which is when we start school). I call the 3 oldest to get their schoolwork and come to the table. We get started with math first (which we do for 1 hour) and while I go back and forth helping the 3 oldest with any math problems they are struggling with, I am also working with my 4 year old with his preschool work.

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Then the rest of my morning is spent helping children with schoolwork, keeping the toddler entertained, and trying to move around as much as possible (so that i get my 10,000+ steps every day).

So that’s what my mornings looks like pretty much every day, with the exception of the weekends. However, i still wake up at the same time on the weekends, and do most of the same things in the morning, with the only exception being schoolwork with the children.

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Baby Fever {Will We Have More Kids?}

I think I will be 70 years old and still have baby fever.

It’s just a part of who I am.

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When I was a little girl, most of my fellow classmates dreamed of being; doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc., while the only desire in my heart was to be a mom. I used to proclaim I was going to have 13 children.

As I grew older that number of desired children slightly changed from 13 to 6.

After having my 5th child, I told everyone that we were done. That was it, no more kids. But I really only said that because I knew that’s what everyone wanted to hear. People today don’t seem to like big families.

Truth be told, I don’t know if we are done adding to our family. I will tell you that sometimes when we are all together hanging out, I will all of a sudden get this feeling like someone is missing. I then start counting the children, only to see that all 5 of them are there, but yet this missing feeling still lingers inside me. My husband believes that feeling comes from the baby that we lost.

Who knows what God has in store for us for the future. I would absolutely love to have another baby, but if that doesn’t happen I know i’m incredibly blessed with the kids I have been given.

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A Homeschool Mom’s Schedule

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared my 8th grader’s homeschool schedule. I thought today would be a good day to share my current schedule.

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5:00 – Wake up – Drink coffee, let dogs out, bible time, blog, drink water, release chickens, chores, etc.

7:00 – Wake children up, breakfast time..

7:30 – Clean up, get dressed…

8:00 – School time

11:50 – Prepare lunch, lunch time, clean up, chores, etc.

1:00 – Put baby down for nap, finish up school with kids

2:00 – Workout, shower, laundry, office work.

4:00 – Get baby up from nap, prep dinner, dinner time, clean up

6:30 – Family time, play with kids, etc.

8:00 – Start getting kids ready for bed; bath times, pj’s, etc.

9:00 – Tuck kids in, lock chickens up for the night, spend time with hubby.

10:00/10:30 – Lights out, bedtime.

That’s my schedule for Monday-Thursday, Friday’s we don’t have school so my days look a little bit different on Friday’s.

 

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Quick Catch Up

Hi Guys!

I haven’t really done a personal blog post in awhile. You know the ones where i share lots of personal information on what’s been going on with my family and me. So i figured today would be a good day to do one of those posts.

This post is totally random, not planned out at all. I just sat down at my computer and decided to start typing, so we’ll see what i come up with…

You guys, life has been a roller coaster ride lately.

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Some things i can’t share with you guys at all (sorry), and some other things i can’t share with you yet, both of which are driving me crazy.

The things that i can’t share with you all at, are things that are happening to another person in my life, but in a way they are affecting my life completely. It’s affecting; my workouts, the way i eat, the amount of sleep i get, my mood, and even my blog.

I hope one day soon that situation will be resolved, until then i just have to survive the crazy ride.

In other news though, I’ve made it all the way through February without any coffee… I repeat, no coffee!!! I’m so proud of myself for this.  I started drinking coffee when i was 12, and it became a major addiction for me in my early twenties. Now, at the age of 32, i feel free from this addiction. I no longer crave it at all.

Lincoln (my 1 year old) has really become attached to me lately.. I thought it was maybe just a cold or teething, but it’s been like 2 weeks now and he won’t let me put him down, he always wants me to hold him or sit with him…

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I joke about him being obsessed with me, but honestly i don’t mind it. I know these days will be gone soon.

Cruz (my 3 year old) is still in the process of being potty trained.. He has been the most stubborn child I’ve had to potty train yet.. I plan on doing a whole blog post about potty training soon, with what has worked and what hasn’t worked.

Karina (my 6 year old) is no longer going to ballet. She started Ballet when she was 5, and she really loved doing it. This year though has been a struggle. She wasn’t enjoying it at all. So after giving it 5 and 1/2 months, we gave up. We plan on getting her signed up for soccer this spring.

Dasean (my 10 year old) just had his birthday last week. He most likely will also be doing soccer this spring. He really wants to go to Lego Land someday. In fact every once in awhile he asks me “Mommy, have you and Daddy talked about Lego Land yet?”. Because i told him that my husband and i needed to discus it and we would get back to him with an answer. Hopefully someday we will make it there.

Samuel (my 12 year old) is always taking something apart. Mostly Nerf guns, which he loves to modify and spray paint. He sure knows his way around a tool box. He currently has no desire to play any sports, which is kinda funny cause last year he said he wanted to become a professional soccer player… Kids sure can change their minds fast!

My husband has been truly blessed to be busy with work. The jobs keep pouring in, which we couldn’t be more thankful for. He also gave up coffee with me this month, he made it 19 days without any coffee. Which i am proud of him for that, and thankful to have a best friend who is willing to support me in such a way.

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That about sums what’s going on in our life right now, well except for the stuff i can’t share… Thanks for listening to my ramblings! Hope you are having a great week!

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Cleaning Schedule {Free Printable}

When was the last time i vacuumed? When was the last time i washed that bedding? When was the last time i cleaned that toilet? These are all questions i have asked myself.

I’m a busy mom of 5 kids.

I homeschool them.

I run my husband’s small business.

I also have this little blog over here that i try to keep up with.

My plate is full.

So with cleaning & keeping up with the when was the last time i did this or that, is really hard to remember it all.

That’s why i decided to create a cleaning schedule. Something that wasn’t too complicated. One where i focus on a particular task each day.

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Here is what my cleaning schedule looks like:

  • Mop It Monday* – Mopping, vacuuming, etc. (everything that has to do with floors)
  • Toilet Tuesday – Deep clean bathrooms (dust, toilets, mirrors, etc.)
  • Wash It Wednesday – Wash all bedding.
  • Throw It Away Thursday – Organize/declutter paperwork, etc. (toss junk mail, file paperwork, etc.)
  • Fantastic Fridge Friday – Clean out fridge & pantry.

Monday – Friday i have a new specific cleaning goal. Of course some things aren’t mentioned on the above list, like the everyday stuff (take out garbage, make beds, tidy up, do dishes).

I actually did research on how often you should clean before i came up with this list, and even Martha Stewart agrees with me when it comes to washing bedding, cleaning toilets, and vacuuming.

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*Note: Just thought i would add in a little note here, that your high traffic areas probably will need vacuuming more than once a week. Also if you have small children you might have to mop your floors more than once a week as well.*

Since starting this new cleaning schedule, i feel like my house is cleaner. I also no longer have days where i’m like shoot i forgot to clean the toilet. Plus it’s kind of a fun and easy schedule to remember.

You can download my cleaning schedule, for free, HERE!!

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