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November 29, 2017

Homemaker Tag!

Homemaker Tag

  1. Have you ever had anyone say anything negative to you about staying at home/ working from home? Yes! Many times. But I try to not be bothered by it. I know that this is the right choice for us. I dedicate 110% of myself to my family and there is nothing wrong with that! 
  2. What is your favorite/ least favorite part of staying home? I am a homebody, I love to be home  I also love being the one to raise my children. And as most of you know, I actually really enjoy cleaning. BUT I feel as though I never get a break, so I’d have to say the lack of “me time” is my least favorite.
  3. What is your favorite/ least favorite chore? Dishes! Thankfully the Hubs and/or our oldest son (his chore) typically take care of them. 
  4. What time do you wake up/ go to bed? Usually we’re in bed by 8:30-9, asleep by 10. Chris gets up at 4:30-5 I’m up at 6
  5. Do you put anything on in the background while you clean/ work/ cook? (tv, music, etc) I love listening to music! But a lot of the times while I clean I chat with my other SAHM friends. 
  6. Do you get dressed most days or stay in PJs? I’m almost always in something comfy, rarely do I wear jeans.. leggings are my fav! But I do try and do my hair/ makeup.. as often as I can. 
  7. How often do you do your hair and makeup? I guess I kinda of already answered that. I pretty much wear makeup every day.. but my hair is on the top of my head in a bun most of the time. I’d say I blow it out like once a week? 
  8. What is your “trouble zone” area in your home that needs the most work? Honestly, no where. I have (diagnosed) OCD, so everything has to be in its place or I can’t function. 
  9. How often do you find yourself getting distracted? Rarely. Like I said I have OCD and I have a routine I follow daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Unless one of the toddlers is being super uncooperative I tend to complete my chores without an issue. 
  10. Do you enjoy staying home or do you miss going to work every day? I haven’t worked in over a decade. I don’t miss it at all! I do miss having the extra income, but I’ve done some work at home stuff and even having the extra cash isn’t worth the time taken away from my family.. which is ultimately why I quit LuLaRoe (I’ll fill you in on that at another time). 
  11. What is your “never ending” chore? LAUNDRY! 
  12. What is your favorite way to relax or have me time? Wine! And Date Night with the Hubby! 
  13. How often does your husband or significant other chip in? My husband is amazing. He will help with absolutely anything I ask him to. I try my best to take care of the house and the kids myself as he works all day, but if I need him he’ll do it! I couldn’t be more grateful. 
  14. If you have kids, when do you find time to do chores? I do 90% of the housework during nap time when the big kids are at school. 
  15. How do you balance being a homemaker and creating vlog/blog content? Being that my blog has been very slow lately, obviously not well! But I am promising myself to make more time for blogging and possibly vlogging! Stay tuned! 
  16. What is your favorite room in your home and why? Hmm this is a tough one. Either the front porch, which isn’t really a “room” but it’s my favorite space! Or our bedroom, it’s so relaxing and peaceful. 
  17. What is your least favorite room in your home and why? Probably the playroom. It needs a fresh coat of paint and I want better toy organization. 
  18. Do you feel your home reflects your personal style? Why/ why not? Yes! Rustic and traditional. Perfect for a country bumpkin like myself! 
  19. What does your house smell like? Scentsy! 
  20. What is your strongest and weakest point when it comes to homemaking? I pride myself on being a good housewife. My home is always clean, I cook every night, kids are well taken care of, etc. My weakest point is probably how hard I am on myself. If it’s not perfect I feel like I failed.

November 15, 2017

I’ll Show You The Things I’m Thankful For

This months I’ll Show You My post is Things I’m Thankful for.. because, Thanksgiving! You can read my list from last year here

I wanted to do something different this year, instead of just listing of all the things I’m Thankful one by one. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, I’m actually still not 100% sure how I want to do this. So I’m kinda just winging it! 

I consider myself a lucky woman I have a wonderful husband who works hard for our family, is super romantic and loving and he’s really the best dad! I have six really great kids! They’re smart, funny, sweet and so well behaved. I always wanted a big family and I’m so thankful I got it. I have some of the best friends a girl could ask for! They are really more like family. And as for family, we have a few people on both sides who are always there for us (as we are for them) and we love spending time with them! I don’t think I could ask for anything more. 

But as I think about it, is it really luck? After all, nothing in life comes easy, you have to work at it and towards it. We work very hard for the things we need, have and want. We have a good marriage because we put effort into it. Our kids are such good kids because we work hard to raise them right. We have friends and family because we focus on maintaining those relationships and making our loved ones feel loved. So yes I am “thankful” for these things, but really I can just appreciate how much effort went into it all. 

Of course there are things we don’t have complete control over, for example we’ve been blessed with good health. Chris has a good job and provides for our family and we’re not struggling financially (which in this world is something that too many people have to deal with). So because of these blessings, we try to give back any chance we can. “What goes around comes around.” “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I am a firm believer in karma and I like to put out a lot of good. 

I have a really good life, and I am so thankful for everything that I have. I’m a pretty positive person and I try to really appreciate the little things. So many people are so focused on things that don’t really matter. And for me, it’s really just about love and relationships. I so love being surrounded by my family and friends making memories that will last my lifetime. Because in the end, the “things” won’t matter..

Thank you for joining me this month for I’ll Show You My! Check out the other girls who participated and/or feel free to join our link up below! Next month is the last post for the year, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s Holiday Recipes! 

October 23, 2017

I’ll Show You My Fall Activities

I got this post up a little late this month, I’m sorry! But we didn’t get to do our traditional pumpkin picking and carving until this past weekend. 

I’ll keep this one short and sweet and just share som
e pictures from our fun trip to the pumpkin patch, then back home to carve them! 

I hope you enjoy! We had a lot of fun and it’s so nice to make these memories with the kiddos! 

If you’d like to join in our monthly collab, join the link up below! And here’s the topics for the rest of this year. 

September 23, 2017

I’ll Show You How We Do Back To School!

Our kids actually start school in August, so they've been back for about a month now. This year we had 4 going to school! Jacob is in 6th grade (middle school!), Nicholas is in 4th, Emma 3rd and Jonathan started kindergarten! 

Getting 4 kids ready for school requires a plan and a budget. I've gotta get 4 back packs, 4 lunch boxes, 4 new pairs of sneakers, 4 new wardrobes, 4 school supply lists.. you get the idea! So I started shopping in June, pretty much as soon as school ended, so that I wasn't buying all at once. 

Kohl's was having an awesome sale! So I got their backpacks, lunchboxes and clothes. Chris LOVES sneakers, so he took them out shopping at this sneaker store we have in town. Their school supply lists come in the beginning of August so I shopped online at a few different places to get the best deals on what they needed. 

Every summer about 2 weeks before school starts I have the kids go to bed earlier (they're allowed to stay up later during the summer) and wake them up at the time they need to be during the school year. To help get them back on a routine, because some of them will sleep until noon if you let them! 

A couple pictures from their first day! You can see their new clothes, shoes, backpacks and haircuts! 

If you’d like to join in on this months collab, join the link up below! And here’s a list of the topics for the rest of the year! 

September 12, 2017

LuLaRoe Update

Hello y'all! 

It's been going on 6 months now that I've been an official LuLaRoe consultant.. So I figured I'd give a little update to let you all know how it's going! 

For those of you who didn't already know  I joined the Queue in January 2017 and Onboarded in April. During my wait I purchased all of the supplies I needed, there's a great list here if you're in the Queue and want to start shopping for your LuLaRoom! 

My initial inventory arrived April 17! And I was pretty impressed with how much I sold right away. Within a few weeks I had made enough to place two additional orders. Meaning I had made back a good chunk of my initial investment, but I was putting it right back into my business. 

Sales since have been slower than I would've hoped, especially over the summer. But I'm noticing it's picking back up now that school is back in session and the cooler weather is coming (not all LuLa styles are summer friendly). Even with not selling as much as I had hoped I would, I've still made enough to order more. I'm trying to keep building my inventory. The more you have, the more you sell! So while I haven't taken a profit yet, I'm also not putting out more of my own money.

I see a lot of consultants are quitting recently.. They say it was too much work, they didn't make enough money, they were taking out of their own pockets to reinvest in their business, etc. And while I can see how all of those things are frustrating, it takes time to build a successful business. Jumping in an making a full time career salary is not realistic, especially if you're not putting in full time hours! And LuLaRoe doesn't want you using personal money for business expenses they want you to use your sales. 

Have there been any negatives for me? Sure! I think with any business there are things that bother you or things you can improve on. One thing I want to work on is being more committed to not only my online Sales Schedule (because I'm pretty consistent with following that) but also a schedule as far as taking better quality pictures of inventory, booking Pop-Ups and doing Open Houses. I also want to get Live more often! Live Sales are the best for me! 

The more time I put in, the more I'll get out! 

Overall I'd say I've had a pretty positive experience so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where my business goes in the future! 

If youre thinking of starting LuLaRoe and have any questions, please leave me a comment down below! I'd love to chat with you! 

If you're a LuLaLover please join my Facebook Group ! And follow me on Instagram @lularoebymrswatkins ! 

Head on over to my groups and join in on the fun! If you mention this Blog I will give you $5 LuLaBucks towards an order with me! 

August 6, 2017

Updated Tattoos!

Last summer I posted I'll Show You My Tattoos and a few tats have been added since then so I figured I'd update you! 

As you may remember Chris had Jacob and Emma's names, last fall he added something for me, then got Nicholas, Jonathan and Aubrey's names as well.

I'm a Pisces so he got two fish and my full name Kaitlin Nora. 

He added my kids names to his arms. The girls are on one arm, boys on the other. How amazing is he?! Couldn't ask for a better bonus Daddy for my kiddos! 

Then yesterday we both got new tattoos! 

Chris got the baby's name and foot prints. 

And I got 3 more hearts added to my wrist. So now I have one heart for each of my babies! 

Next time I'm getting them all colored in (the kids "color") and the whole tattoo cleaned up a bit. Can't wait! 

Thanks for stopping by! Do you have/want any tattoos? Leave me a comment down below! 

July 25, 2017

I'll Show You My Vacation

Six kids, limited budget, Momma with anxiety... We don't travel. Not for a typical vacation that is. But we are all about the "staycaton"! Chris takes a week off of work and we take some day trips and spend lots of quality family time together! 

This summer our kids did two separate weeks of VBS (vacation bible school). We took them to our community's pool. Hiking at a local Water Fall spot. Spent a few days at the lake swimming, playing in the sand and fishing. Chris took the kids to the Splash Pad (I was home with a sicky baby). And a trip to the Fair! 

It may not sound too exciting compared to the trips to the ocean, cruises or cross country trips some of our friends have taken this summer. But it's what works for us and we enjoy it. It doesn't really matter what we're doing, as long as we're together. Some of my favorite memories as a kid are BBQing for dinner and making s'mores over a fire, sitting outside watching the fireflies with my parents.. And that's something we do every weekend! 

What did you do this summer?! 
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