Thursday, October 01, 2015

October Goals

It's October and time to think about goals again. I've been slacking on my goals but I'm ready to get back on track.

I've done pretty well on my goals but I still have a few to tackle like my capsule wardrobe and TKGA Master Knitting 1. 

I'm hoping to buckle down in October and make some good progress on these goals!  
Thursday, September 17, 2015

First Days


*sniff* Both girls are in preschool this year and they are growing up so fast! I am loving the freedom that school is allowing all of us though.


Molly started last week at her new preschool. She's going four days a week and is really thriving. I am really enjoying the fact that I drop her off at 8:30 a.m. and she does her own thing until I pick her up around 12:30 p.m. It's a beautiful thing. Her new school is also a nice distance away to allow for a good walk. Maggie and I walked to pick her up on Tuesday and Molly was so excited. She loves walking and walked the almost 1.5 miles home without asking to sit in the stroller.

Maggie's First Day of Toddler Co-Op

Maggie started Toddler Co-Op this week and threw herself right into the mix. I had a hard time keeping her in my sights as we were supposed to stick with our children this week. Next we'll have our work stations and I'm pretty sure I won't see Maggie most of the time. It's nice for her to have an outlet for her toddler energy. She also goes to daycare one day a week so I can get some work done. This means Maggie and I have two days a week together to hang. We've been having fun but also enjoying our breaks.

Maggie's First Day of Toddler Co-Op
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chores, Mom Tricks and Fall Dates are This Week's Links from Around the Web


If I were a young woman now... It's good to be reminded that at some point I'm going to miss cradling my babies in my arms. That I'm going to miss them wiggling all over me when we read books. That I'm going miss all their crazy stories. One day.

Let Kids Mess Up the Household Chores They can't learn if they don't fail. I'm trying so hard to teach Molly how to do things around the house while also trying so hard to let go of perfection. It's hard because it is in my blood. My Grandmother taught me how to properly clean a house when I was 8 years old. She was every serious about it and that story right there explains so much.

Genius Mom Tricks I'm taking notes!

14 Fun Fall Dates I need to get a date night on the schedule for Scott and I. These all look fun!

Where the Magic Happens Children's Illustrators open up their studios and the photos are beautiful!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Today's the Day! A Day in the Life Photo Challenge

6:01 am Time to get moving with @barre3! #adayinthelifephotochallenge #barre3challenge

It's time for another Day in the Life Challenge! Today is the day! I can't wait to document my day and hopefully see your day too! I love seeing what other people do during a regular day because I'm curious and nosy. 

2:02 pm Time to tackle some weeds! #adayinthelifephotochallenge

Starting right now when you wake up, take a photo every hour (or more) to document your day until you fall asleep that night. You can join the Flickr group and/or tag your photos #adayinthelifephotochallenge on Instagram.
  1. Here are some guidelines (adjust as needed for YOU!)
  2. From the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep...
  3. Take at least one photo an house (but you can take more!).
  4. Post your photos to the "A Day in the Life" Photo Challenge Flickr group when you can. Posting your photos throughout the day as you take them is great (so we can what everyone is doing in real time), but no worries if you cannot post until later. 
  5. Your photos do NOT have to be self-portraits.
  6. Include the time of the photo either as the title of the photo or in the description. (i.e. 9:45 am Hilarious Hand Holding! My friend and I had to walk really, really close to each other.)
  7. Use your phone or camera - whatever you want to use to capture your day, however ordinary or extraordinary it may be. 
  8. Have Fun! 
12:10 pm My Little Pony Playtime #adayinthelifephotochallenge

Since this is my seventh time doing this challenge, I'm going back to the basics. I'm excited to document today since it will be a normal day. I've set up a new album on my Flickr photostream for Tuesday's challenge which you can follow here: A Day in the Life 9.15.15 (I currently have a photo of a flower so you'll know you are in the right place). Can't wait to see your photos and your day today! 
Monday, September 14, 2015

Preparing for the Week

Tomorrow, Tuesday 9/15 is another Day in the Life Photo Challenge! Come join us in documenting your day! 


Now that school is back in session, we have a lot going on everyday. It feels like each activity or place has its own set of equipment needs. In the past I've spent the morning before school or our activities, running around trying to grab everything we need and usually forgetting something. This year with the increase in school time for Molly, I decided to step up my game. On Sunday afternoon, after my one-hour meal prep, I rounded up our stuff and starting putting bags together for each activity. Molly has school four times a week while Maggie goes to co-op one day and daycare another. On top of that, we have swim one night a week and dance on another. 


I started packing our biggest bag which is swim. The swim bag can easily go sideways. Inside the bag, I packed our towels, pajamas (we go to swim at night and I put the kids right into their pjs to go home), shampoo and most importantly, snacks! I usually get the kids showered and changed before handing them snacks so I can quickly change out of my swim gear. Snacks have saved me from chaos many a time so I make sure to always pack lots of snacks. 


Our next bag was Molly's dance bag. She's taking ballet and tap this year which means two pairs of shoes along with tights and a dance costume. I think she's going to need leg warmers soon too. 


Then I packed up Molly's school bag. It's supposed to be rainy this week so I made sure to pack her rain outfit along with a change of clothing and her water bottle. Her school takes care of all food so I don't need to worry about that for school. 


Finally I packed up Maggie's co-op/daycare bag. I stuffed it full of diapers, wipes, a change of clothing and some snacks. I'll add a water bottle and some fresh fruit to her bag later. 

And now I feel ready for the week! Well, at least I have our bags packed and ready to go.  
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