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Tip Tuesday: Top five random things I did this week for sanity…..

Seriously…sometimes I go through a week and I’m like, “how did I make it through that?”

It’s God’s grace and a lot of good “tips” and “tricks”.

(Like the fact that its 11:30pm and I am writing a “Tuesday tip” blog…..)

You may read this and just have a good laugh, or you may read this and start taking notes.

No worries…no judgement here.

I live in survival mode.


  1. I buy several of these every year. They run about $1 at the local target or walmart. Miss Missy has really bad eczema especially on her hands. Anything acidic just rips at her skin, however She LOVES spagetti and pineapple….two very acidic foods that she is NOT allergic too. Sadly, within minutes of feeding herself, she is in tears from the painful itching on her hands. This week I put these gloves on her hands as she ate dinner. I didn’t have to scrub any red sauce out of her tiny nails while she cried. It was awesome!!! I mean…what little kid DOESN’T want to eat with gloves on.

2. My little toddler is on the go. She wants to walk around and eat and I don’t want to have to walk behind her cleaning up her messes. Insert this……..yep…standard measuring cup with a handle. I pour a few craisins in and she’s super happy. She holds the little handle and walks around eating out of the cup with her other hand. She thinks its the coolest “bowl” ever. The handle is perfect for her little grip.IMG_15433. Yeah…that’s a GI-NORMOUS fort in the MIDDLE of my school room. Apparently, it was the ONLY place to finish up independent reading. It was complete with fluffy floor pillows and a CD playing music. So…if you are having trouble getting your kids to read or do their homework….build a fort….”they will come….”. hahahaha…..It also doubles as a babysitter for toddlers…..fyi……

IMG_1486       4.  One of the toughest things for kids is...not getting enough sleep. My fourth tip is to let your kids sleep in, or encourage afternoon naps if you feel their personality changes. Sweet Pea has been really argumentative lately with her siblings. She’s also crying about how “she’s not sure why”… My guess is that she’s struggling with hormones and needs more independent time. I’m trying to get her to take more time to go up in her room and lay across her bed. Obviously, I feel like she could use the added sleep as well. Apparently, from this picture, she’s quite content.

IMG_15485.  Both my son and daughter are working on the 50 United states. My son is memorizing all the states and their placement on the map and my daughter is working on states and their capitals. This week I pinned up this huge wall map for the two of them. On the right is a smaller blank map with just outlines of the states. They have been spending a few minutes in front of the map daily and it’s been really beneficial. I also utilized Post-it’s little page tabs to keep track of their work. The yellow tabs are the states that DDD knows and the pink tabs are the states/capitals that Sweet Pea has memorized. It helps them to see what states or capitals they need to study and helps me to quickly “quiz” them without opening a book.IMG_1550

Well….that’s the beginning of our week so far. What fun tips are getting you through this week?

I would love to hear if any of these tips were helpful

God Bless,


Cleaning for the cleaners….

I know, I know,….the topic itself makes people roll their eyes. But for me, it’s a new problem.


You see…I didn’t know the BEAUTY of the “housecleaners” until last year. The topic of “cleaning for the cleaners” didn’t apply to me. But….as my number of children has grown, and my activities/responsibilities have grown, I felt the need to slide this one in the budget. And….I DON’T regret it. If you can make it happen, do it! Especially if you can find a service that you like.

I am definitely a “cleaner before the cleaner”. I have the philosophy that money and time shouldn’t be wasted. If I am paying by the hour for cleaners and I can do a few things to make their job easier and faster, than I’m going to do it. Since they are going to be cleaning my WHOLE house in a 2-3 hour period, ( come on, I could NEVER do that),  I have developed some “housecleaning etiquette” that we try to enforce in our humble abode. I thought I would share a few ideas with those of you who utilize a housecleaner or a service. Don’t forget, preparing for the cleaners is a “team effort” here. Some of these tasks below are done by the kids. Obviously, this is just my opinion…Here goes:

  1. Clear off all items on your kitchen counters that can be stored quickly. I have an “office area” in my kitchen. The mornings that the cleaners come, I put all my files/paperwork in the cabinet under this area.
  2. If you want to have them do something extra, make it easy for them. This morning I asked the girls to wipe down my fridge as well (not something they normally do), so I removed all the kid pictures and magnets so they could do it. I have decided that I want them to use my mop and floor cleaner, so I make sure the mop and cleaner are in their bucket in the kitchen when they arrive.
  3. Leave out a basket on a kitchen island or someplace visible for “little things” they find under the couches, or behind stuff.
  4. Put all shampoo, conditioners, and other bottles in your shower under the sink. I also shove the bag of kid’s bath toys under the sink as well. It eliminates their need to take them down and then replace them in the bathroom.
  5. Only have them clean what is important to you. The rest is not worth your money. I don’t have them regularly dust my kid’s rooms or make their beds. Their dressers are too kid-cluttered and their beds they make themselves. I simply have them vacuum out their rooms. However, I hate seeing how dusty my washer/dryer get so I make sure that room gets vacuumed out, and wiped down.
  6. Leave a notepad in a regular place every cleaning for messages. I leave messages for my cleaners about areas that need extra addition or areas that I cleaned over the weekend so they can concentrate on other areas.
  7. Think about ways to leave little “goodies” for your cleaning people. If we bake cookies or a special dessert during the week, we package some up for the cleaners. I let the kids write little thank you notes as well. Sometimes it’s just nice to be surprised.

I hope you have found this list insightful….maybe not. Maybe you just enjoy walking out the door when the cleaners arrive and you are content with leaving your house “as is”. Either way, I’m sure all of us LOVE the smell of “clean” as you re-enter the house. So…..join me in a glass of wine as we toast the smell of Lysol that fragrances my house.