Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in each month to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. I’ll share the good, the bad, and ugly, but I especially like to focus on the good!
A Glimpse Into Our Life
Around here these days, I’m…
eating a light lighter. My M.O. (unless I’m pregnant then change things a bit) is to somewhat limit my carbs and say no to desserts all together. For the past few weeks, I’ve been back to that game plan, and I feel better for it. Have you ever come off sugar cold-turkey? The results definitely go to show you how much our bodies get addicted to it…even if we’re not eating all that much of it. Oh yeah, and my jeans are fighting a bit better, too.
spending lots of time outside. We have have been hitting the park as much as we can (the fenced in toddler-friendly park that is), and then hanging out in our driveway in the evenings! Our kids love taking walks through the neighborhood and then riding their wiggle cars, and scooters, and bikes, and tricycles, and…um, does anyone else feel that they need a separate garage JUST to store their kids’ riding toys?
enjoying a little extra family time. As our school-year activities have started to wind down, we have had a little more time on our hands to just be together as a family, and we have been having so much fun. We recently had our first family movie night – complete with a big batch of popcorn, and our kids were completely in to it! We are loving that they are getting a little older and more interested in doing things like this together!
finishing up our preschool year. We have officially finished our curriculum for the year and will spend the summer reading, reading, reading, doing a few very relaxed unit studies, and enjoying a little hands-on math practice here in there. We are looking forward to September when my oldest will start kindergarten and my middle kiddo will start his 3-year old activities!
reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. I realize I’m a little late to the bandwagon, but have you read this book? Um…what did you think? Okay, hear me out, she makes some GREAT points about the ridiculous way we hold on to things we shouldn’t, and I love her practical tips for how to tackle the mess, buuuuut, there were a few things in this book that I found odd – I felt like the author gave thoughts, feelings, etc. to inanimate objects – creating an attachment with certain items (like her socks) while being able to easily discard other items that most would find sentimental or special in some way. Just my two cents…Would I recommend this book? For someone looking for some strategies to tackle their hoard, yes, she has some great advice, but beyond that, she’s gets a little out-there for me. May I take a brief moment to share my favorite part of the book with you?
When we discard everything in one go, which sometimes means disposing of forty garbage bags of stuff in one day, our bodies may respond in a way that resembles a short fast. We may get a bout of diarrhea or break out in pimples. There is nothing wrong with this. Our bodies are just getting rid of toxins that have built up over the years, and they will be back to normal, or in fact in even better shape within a day or two. One of my clients cleared out a closet and shed that she had neglected for ten years. Immediately after, she had a strong bot of diarrhea after which she felt much lighter.
When I tell you that this was my favorite part of the book what I mean by that is after reading this section, I laughed until I cried…and then I called my twelve closest friends and read it out loud to them over the phone.
spring cleaning. I recently purged my kids’ closets, cleared out a batch of well-loved maternity clothes that had little to no wear left to them, and did a total pantry overhaul in my kitchen! My kids have outgrown so many of their clothes. My maternity clothes are thankfully not fitting quite as well these days. (Yes, I realize my youngest was born at the end of last summer.) & My pantry needed reorganized in the most terrible way! So, I spent several days working on these projects – Thank you to my sweet “Mommy’s Helpers” who were hanging with my kiddos while I worked on these things! All of this cleaning out lead to some charitable donations….and our participation in the neighborhood sale. It felt great to take care of these chores before summer officially kicks-off, but after it was all over, I did notice that I got a pimple on my chin…Hey, maybe there’s something to what Marie Kondo says in her book. (See above) 😉
tackling a new project. Since beginning “This Little Home of Mine”, I have noticed in increased interested in my Homeschool Preschool posts. I have discovered that there are loads and loads of mamas out there looking for inspiration for how to effectively teach their little ones at home, and I am right now in the very beginning stages of putting all of my thoughts together in one space and making it available to my readers! I’ll keep you posted on this venture of mine! (To say I’m excited would be an understatement!)