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March 29, 2017

$35 Gift Card Giveaway!

 

As many of you know, I have recently become a Blog Contributor for The Vintage Honey Shop Blog 🐝 Because of this, I have the opportunity to offer you all the chance to win a $35 Gift Card Giveaway! 

To Enter: Comment down below and tag a friend who may also want a chance to win! Make sure you follow myself @mrswatkins214 and @thevintagehoneyshop on Instagram and check out their blogs! 

The winner will be chosen Friday, March 31, 2017. 

 

March 28, 2017

Play Date Must Haves

This post was originally written for Vintage Honey Shop Blog. 


 


When you're a stay at home Mom of toddlers, play dates are crucial! Your kiddos get the socialization they need and you get the adult interaction you crave! If you're anything like me then play dates are really the only time spent with other adults.. aside from your spouse and your UPS driver (when he delivers the 5th Amazon Prime package this week). 

  1. Snacks- Goldfish, yogurt/ applesauce pouches, juice boxes, granola bars. Kids are happier when their little bellies are full! And for some reason when they're with other kids, they're extra hungry! 
  2. Bubbles- But only if they can blow them themselves.. otherwise you'll be blowing bubbles for two hours rather than enjoying the company of your friend. 
  3. Crayons and coloring books- Kids love to color! And they'll do it forever as long as they have blank pages. Make sure you're keeping an eye on them though, that is if you don't want their artwork on the walls! 
  4. Play Doh- Though I highly recommend only doing this if the weather is nice enough to be outside! Because then once everyone leaves, you'll be picking play doh out of everything for days! 
  5. And most importantly, wine. Or coffee. Or both! While the kiddos eat and play, Momma's deserve to enjoy a little adult beverage while they gossip! 
 

March 22, 2017

It's Official!


I'm in the LuLaRoe Queue!

While I'm onboarding and waiting for my call from LuLaRoe I'm getting my office space and LuLaRoom ready! Stay tuned for a post about everything you need to start up your business!

And in the meantime I'm hosting a Giveaway! Join my Facebook group LuLaRoe By Mrs Watkins and follow me on Instagram @lularoebymrswatkins to enter the Giveaway and be kept up to date once I get my call and receive my shipment!

 
 


March 15, 2017

I'll Show You My Spring Cleaning Routine

 

I'll Show You My is one of my favorite blogs to do and I always get so excited each month to share with all of you and to read the other ladies posts! I plan mine weeks (okay months) ahead of time. And add to them as it gets closer to the third Wednesday of that month. So this one was no different.. I had drafted a checklist of all the areas in your home you need to "spring clean" which I try to do 4 times a year, after each season.

People always come into my house and comment on how well kept it is. And I pride myself on having a clean home. I'm constantly walking through the house and making sure everything is neat and where it belongs. Plus wiped down and disinfected, I am a hugeee germ-a-phob. You can see my daily and weekly cleaning routine here

Lately though, I've been feeling there is always something I can do better.. Clean better, organize more effienently, etc. I find myself walking from room to room feeling overwhelmed that it's just not clean enough, even when I just finished. This was causing me a lot of added anxiety and stress. Which in turn was affecting me, my husband and our children. I was constantly snapping at everyone to pick up after themselves. I wasn't spending as much time with my kids and my husband as I wanted because I was always cleaning. And when I did stop to do family things, I was either thinking about cleaning or afterwards I went into a manic cleaning frenzy. I felt so guilty. 

I had been hearing for months about "The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up" and figured it was worth a read. Anything to help at this point right? No matter how crazy it seemed. So I downloaded the ebook on my kindle and started reading. I finished the book in a matter of hours and absolutely couldn't wait to begin! 

There were a few things I did differently to make it work better for me. I went room by room, instead of doing the entire house as a whole. But I still did the categories the way she explains to do. So I figured I'd just treat each space as its own individual home. Reason being, there are 8 people in this house so to collect and go through everyone's clothes at once wouldn't work. Plus with an 8 month old baby, I needed to be able to take breaks. If I did the house  all at once I would've had mass chaos if I had to stop mid project. I also saved some sentimental stuff I probably could've gotten rid of. But there was some stuff I just really wanted to keep, even if it didn't completely "bring me joy". But we'll see where my head is at when I do it again next season. 

I purchased some new things for the house as well. Bins, baskets, cubbys, shelves, etc. Plus, a lot of new home decor items. I wanted to really have every room in the house make me feel happy when I walked into it! Completely organized and decorated to my liking! After all, the whole point of this is about finding what brings you joy. 

One of the things I realized while reading this book is it's not just about physical things. It's about mental and emotional things too. Get rid of ANYTHING that doesn't spark joy. Anything weighing you down. Whether that be stress, anxiety, a toxic relationship. Really clear out your life! It was a truly wonderful experience! 

 

Don't get me wrong it was a lot of work, but I feel such a weight lifted. I won't lie to you, this whole process took me weeks! But my house has never looked better! And it's easier to keep clean and organized now that we have less stuff! I have more time for my family since I spend less time cleaning or worrying about cleaning. It's a much more minimalistic lifestyle. Only keep things that serve a purpose or make you happy! I wish I would've done this years ago! 

On top of doing the Konmari I also did a deep clean of the house.. So without further ado, my Spring (Seasonal) Cleaning Checklist. 

Seasonal Cleaning 
  • Dust molding and baseboards.
  • Dust ceiling corners.
  • Dust/wash light fixtures and lamps.
  • Wipe down ceiling fans.
  • Wash doors (look for scuff marks).
  • Wash walls.
  • Touch up paint.
  • Wash window curtains.
  • Wash window blinds.
  • Clean windows and screens.
  • Shampoo furniture and carpets.
  • Wipe down lampshades.
  • Polish wood furniture and floors.
  • Clean air vents.
  • Dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings (I do this weekly when I dust).
  • Replace light bulbs.
  • Disinfect remotes and controllers (I do this weekly).
  • Change air/furnace filter.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. 
  • Clean in and under appliances.
  • Empty cabinets and drawers, wipe them down, put back only what you use.
  • Check expiration of all food, baking supplies and spices.
  • Clean washing machine, there's a great how-to here.
  • Vacuum out dryer vent/ tubing. 
  • File all bills, paperwork and documents and shred or burn what's not needed, you can find a what to keep list here
  • Vacuum mattresses. 
  • Organize closets, donate or toss any clothes you no longer need.
  • Organize drawers, specifically nightstands. 
  • Go through kids toys, movies, books and games. Trash anything broken, ripped or missing pieces, donate what your kids don't use, reorganize what they do.
  • Clean out garage. Dust, sweep, organize, toss, donate! 
  • Complete any big house projects (painting for example. 
  • Schedule chimney sweep.
  • Schedule exterminator/ pest control maintenance.
  • If the weather is nice, do a yard clean up. A well manicured front of house is the first impression people get/ see when they arrive. 
If you'd like to join in on today's I'll Show You My... add your blog post in the link up below. 



If you'd like to participate in the future, here's a list of the topics for the rest of the year! 

 

March 13, 2017

This Is Real Life

This post was originally written for The Vintage Honey Shop Blog

 

As a wife and stay at home momma of 6 kiddos, life gets pretty crazy! I find myself getting so stressed sometimes..

There are days I look in a mirror and I'm such a hot mess, when was the last time I even took a shower? My wardrobe that was once filled with nice, sexy, "going out" clothes has now been replaced with leggings, camis and hoodies. I try to get makeup on so I don't look like a total "mombie" but my hair is almost always in a bun on the top of my head. And I haven't slept through the night in years. So I'm exhausted. 

My days are filled with cooking, cleaning and laundry (oh the mountains of laundry). And I change more diapers and wipe more boogie noses then I can count! 

Sometimes I cry to my husband because I'm so overwhelmed with all these little ones who need me every second of every day. Because I don't have any "me time". He's so amazing and he tries to understand, he'll even hold down the fort for a bit so I can get in the shower or have some time with my girlfriends.. but he doesn't really because he gets to escape every day and go to work! I know, I know it's work it's not actually a break.. but really, it is. 

I long for adult interaction, for a break, for bedtime. And I feel like the worst mom in the world. Because everyone else seems to have it all together.. No one else seems to get this stressed out? I look on Facebook or Instagram at all these perfect homes, delicious looking dinners, mom's completely put together doing things with their kids. And I feel like a failure. But then I realize, my social media probably makes it seem like I have it all together too. Because we don't talk about the tough days! So then I work up the courage to call one of my friends and they get it, they understand, they're going through the same thing too. Because they have these days too! This is real life. 

Don't get my wrong, my children are amazing! I love them more than anything. I am so blessed to have each and every one of them and I am so thankful to be their Mommy. Their smiles, their hugs and their kisses.. Just watching them grow makes it all worth it.  And I wouldn't change it for the world. 

One day they won't be little anymore, one day we'll miss these moments, one day we'll look back on our lives and laugh! But right now, it's a lot! Some days are so hard! 

Just know, you're not alone. You're not the only one who feels this way. Talk to your friends, to your mom, heck come talk to me! And have that glass of wine! Because you deserve it!