GUESS WHAT?!?

Guess what’s happening again, LOL.

We are moving! This time I am a working mom of 4 and going to be getting the house ready for listing, then viewings, and of course moving.

I thought I would do posts on different stages of this process.

Being a working mom now and just starting to figure out a schedule for my blog postings, I want to share still because I love to, but I don’t have the same time for it like before. With my returning to blogging I still want to put all effort into it, for a good read, useful tips, etc… so I will be taking lots pictures and maybe even a video here and there.

We are so excited to have a backyard again (which this current house, doesn’t have) I am hoping that the excitement part will help with the stress of preparing our current house for sale & viewings. I am not sure about you, but viewings stress me out & more so now with the thought of the up keep of having everything perfect with me working & four kids.

So, I am thinking of sharing everything  I do to get the house ready for sale. Then to getting ready for the ongoing viewing part of the process and then moving. I am also thinking of sharing the move, cleaning, unpacking etc… Let me know if you are interested in that. Now I am no pro, but I have moved a few times and would like to share tips, methods, etc…. that have worked for us.

By the time you read this, we have sold our current home & I am now working on the getting ready to Move Process which I will be sharing with you all.

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TIPS FOR DE-CLUTTERING

I thought I would share my tips with you for de-cluttering, I always ask myself questions when I am stuck on an item to let go of.

  1. When is the last time I wore it?
  2. Will I ever wear it again?
  3. How many do I have of this? (Same or similar)
  4. How often do we use it?
  5. Is there a use for it?
  6. Why am I keeping this?

Of course when not in doubt no need to ask myself these questions, I use it for when I am stuck on letting go or keeping something.

For example, I use to have everything from baby/toddler years for all 4 of my kids. Boxes and boxes full stored in the basement. I am a mom of 4, so let me tell you there where way too many boxes taking up space that really didn’t need to. Yes, I still have boxes (containers), but they are now down to one container per child. In each of those boxes are things I could really not let go of, memories, special moments, & outfits of special moments. I also kept one outfit that I knew would not go out of style that maybe one day they would like to take for their own baby. There is also their favorite baby stuffy, 1 only. Why I was keeping everything I have no idea, maybe I was not ready to let go of it. So, from over 20 boxes I am down to 4 clear containers with lids, 1 for each child. I feel good about it, lots of freed up space, most importantly I know everything in each bin is important and I always have easy access to them now.

I use these questions all the time for my clothing items, as for some reason I always hold on to items/pieces I think I will use again, when truth be told I don’t. These questions actually help me let go quicker now.
The other area of my home I need these questions for in order to get the ball rolling in purging is my kitchen & party supply space. I always think “Oh what if I need this when we have a get together or large number of people for a party” truth on that is yes there are some things required and actually used, but not everything. Honestly, I have changed to white dishes and severing pieces instead of what I use to have. White goes with every theme & color and never goes out of style. Prior to getting the white dishes I let go of the items I didn’t need/want and held onto the ones I use and wanted to replace with white ones. Once I found those pieces in white, I let go of the others right away.

What are some of your De-cluttering tips/questions? I would love to hear them so comment below.

How To Be More Productive 

Hi friends,

Thought I would share my tips that help be be more productive to get things done. These especially help me on those crazy does where I don’t have a lot of time to work with. It also helps me on those “lazy days” when you really don’t want to get moving.

  1. Lists-make a list of must do’s, not everything you want to do but of the things that are top priority. 
  2. No distractions, this is a big one. We waste alot of time checking our phones and once we pick it up to check one thing it doesn’t end there. Next thing an 1 hr is wasted. No other electronics either, as something might be interesting and we will stop to watch.
  3. Have routines in place (ex: morning and evening) of chores so you don’t feel overwhelmed when you need to take care of those “must dos” 
  4. On the days you have things you must get done, focus on only those until they are done. If you have time once completing those you can then do something else you would like to do.
  5. Have everyone in your family help thru out the day with chores. (Ex. Gets the kids to take out the trash at the end of the day, get everyone to load the dishwasher of any dishes they use, etc..) if everything is on you alone you will get very overwhelmed 
  6. Get a planner- now it doesn’t have to be expensive a simple one from the dollar store, whatever planner works for you. Plan everything in it, work days, kids events, appt, bills, to do’s. Everything all in one place. Review and plan every night and in the morning take a quick glance at it. This will also help you to not over do yourself. You can see how busy a day is ahead of time and you can change a to do or a list of things around to when it works for you.
  7. Make a list of things you want to do or get to and on less busy days you can go to the list and get a few things done or even just one and even if it’s just one off the list it’s still awesome and that’s one thing off the list. 

These are a few tips that help me stay on track. Since I started working I was over doing things and feeling like I wasn’t getting a hang of things around the house or errands because time was not enough. Now I plan accordingly and a morning & evening routine also help me sooooo much. Morning and evening routines have helped me way before I was even a working mom. I also swear by my planner, a family of 6 and now a puppy, there is always something and could be so easy to lose track of.

Do you have any tips or/& advice you would like to share with us? Comment below I would love to hear them.

Getting Back On Track

Hello friends,

So if you read my Life Update post, you would know how much I miss blogging and want to get it back into my life. Well, I thought I would let you know what I am thinking about for getting back on track with my blog.

I am no longer a stay at home mom, so I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep. I was thinking I would start with 1 post a week, some weeks may get more then one, but I don’t want to make it more when just starting off and fitting it into my new life style. I want to get back into blogging as I love, miss it, and love sharing. So, once a week I think is a good start. This way I can adjust things and make it apart of my life again. Down the line with some time it may become more often.

I would like some input from you all, what would you like to see? Share by commenting on this post or email me at realhousewifeandmom@gmail.com
You as my readers, are the reason I blog to share with you real life stories, true reviews on items and products, etc… I would like to hear some of your interests that you would like to see more of here on my blog.

I have some great post ideas, and some new series ideas in mind that I would like to do.

If you would like to continuing supporting my blog journey stick around as I love having you. Also, feel free to share my blog with your family & friends. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Life Update: Where Have I Been

Hello friends!

First let me start by saying how much I have missed blogging. A lot has happened, and my family are my top priority. Has things started changing and taking more of my time I had to take a break from blogging. I thought of blogging all the time, so many times I tried to get back into it, I would start working on post and end up not be able to complete it.  I apologize for my absence and I am sure you understand that family is always first.

Wants and needs starting changing for me so I had to look at life in a different way. My husband and I needed to make some changes and things happened really fast and being a mom and wife, I had to work at it all and that didn’t leave much time for my hobbies and me time. We put our house for sale, was planning on moving to another city. The house sold fast and the closing was 2 weeks from that day it sold. So, life was crazy with house viewings, kids, dog, keeping up. Once that was done I thought maybe there’s time to get back on track with blogging, I had so many posts I wanted to share, even a series, but with closing 2 weeks away and then leaving on vacation shortly after closing there was no time. It was go go go for a few weeks.

We decided to house hunt with a clear mind after our vacation. Before going on vacation, I was offered my job back that I left 6 years ago to go on mat leave. So, that changed the whole ball game with moving to the city we were thinking about as it would be too far for me to travel and the idea of being an hour or more away from the kids was a deal breaker for me. Off to vacation we went. It was wonderful, kids loved it, we loved it. We went to Disney World in Florida. It was the most relaxing and fun time we had in a while since the craziness began.

I did take sometime to think of the job offer and decided I would give it a try. I still would get to take the kids to school everyday and I would only start once Madison started school . I always thought that once Madison started JK I would take a year for me before thinking of finding a job part or full time.   My feelings toward that idea started changing when the time of her starting school was getting closer. I have always had a baby or toddler with me at home and was never alone daily and hated the thought. I always get the winter blues and being alone it would be worse I thought, plus I hated the cold, which meant I would only go out if need be. So, with that being said I made the choice to return to work which meant that once we were back from vacation it would be a little crazy again.

We returned from vacation and started house hunting back in the same Town we were in, funny that when we are looking to return nothing was for sale, but before deciding to return to our Town there was so much for sale. We liked the area as schools are close, kids can return to their school, and we are not in a busy, crazy city, but not far either. We held on and waited and sure enough something came up, it wasn’t exactly what we wanted but it wasn’t bad so we went for the house and we got it.

Finally things fallen back into place. The problem was we still were house-less and had to wait 3 weeks for closing. At the time I stressed, but you know it was actually perfect as we made the best of it. We decide to make it a vacation without leaving the country. It was so nice to enjoy that time with the kids and also got to relax, like I can never grow my nails because of cleaning and so on and I actually grew nails, lol.
We had such a good time, experienced a lot of things and enjoyed the time before the craziness of moving and getting ready for back to school oh ya and starting my job after being a stay at home mom for so many years.

I have been at my job for 7 months now and I love it. I plan on doing another post all about adjusting and so forth. I just wanted to give a bit of an update on what I have been up to. I have lots of posts ideas I want to share. I am working on how I can change up somethings to get back into blogging which I love and miss so much. I hope you stick around and continue reading and sharing my blog.

DIY Office Decor Tray

Thought I would share a DIY I did for my office desk. This post is long over due.

It’s a simple one that did not take too much time. Below I share a picture of my Michael’s haul from last year. There you can see a wooden tray in plain wood colour. When I found it at Michael’s I knew it would be a perfect size for my desk. I also really like the little detail on the sides.

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First, I painted the inside bottom & sides of the tray in a pink color, which is from Dollarama, but I already had it at home. It’s from the company Deco Art in what I believe is called PINK Fruitti in Acrylic Paint (I am sure on the Fruitti part of the name but not the Pink before it). I can not confirm the name as I let my girls use it to paint crafts and I no longer have the bottle and the picture I have I can not clearly see the name, so I apologize for that. I do have the number of the color if that would help maybe by doing a search, it’s DCA12. Once the the first coat of pink was dry, which took about half an hour,  I painted the outside part including the bottom in a Gold Metallic Paint which I bought from Michael’s . It’s from Craft Smart, Metallic Paint in the colour Gold/Oro. Then I let it dry for about half an hour as well and I painted the first coat lightly. Then went on to do the pink again. I did the Pink color about 3 times to get the perfect bright pink I was looking for. I let that dry for an hour and came back to it to do the Gold again. For the Gold I only had to do 2 coats. I left it over night to completely dry also to be safe as I painted the bottom of the tray and wanted to insure it was completely dry before placing it on my desk. I used a sponge like brush to paint the majority of the tray to really get the paint into the groves and so the wood would take the paint better. For the side design area of the tray I used a very fine brush to get into the space to insure it was all covered in the paint color.

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Honestly this was an easy project and what took the longest was just waiting for the paint to dry. The tray already came ready to paint so I did not have to sand it down. I also did not have to prime it in order to paint the colors I decided.

Here’s another look.

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This is how I use the tray on my desk.

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I had this votive candle holder which I wanted to use as a decor piece instead of what it is for. It looks so pretty and holds pens, pencils, scissors, & some cute paper clips/holders. The plate at the bottom is a glass round dish that matches the votive candle holder which holds supplies instead for me and my needs. It’s cute and keeps all the little supplies together and neat. I love how the tray turned out and not only is it pretty and adds a touch of color to my desk it also has a use, organized and keeps most used items at close reach.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you would like to see the previous blog post check it out here.

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March Break 2016

Welcome March!

With that, soon enough March Break will be here and the kids are off for a week. I am a stay at home so I don’t have to worry about child care. This year we are not planning on going away on a trip or anything big. We have an up coming plan in the works (which I am not ready to share yet) once I can and things are confirmed I will of course be sharing. With that being said, I am starting to plan the week of March Break. I received a March Break News brochure from our Public Library with many programs/activities that the kids will enjoy. This week I will be picking some programs from that News letter and registering for those programs. I do know that the first Monday of March Break will be a fun pj day of doing nothing but hanging out and doing whatever the kids want. Also, not always do we have good weather for March Break so I am also turning to Pinterest for fun games, crafts, and learning ideas. You can check the ones I have pinned here if your interested. I am also going to plan with my sister-in-law and see about getting my niece and nephew over and doing some fun things with them. My kids love to be with my niece Emma and nephew Noah, even if we do nothing and stay home the kids always have fun.

On March Break week, St.Patrick’s Day will be on Thursday and I found some crafts for the kids to do from Pinterest. So, I will be preparing the crafts for St.Patrick’s Day on Wednesday by printing any instructions & collecting materials needed for any of it. That way after breakfast on Thursday we can get started on that.

Having fun doesn’t always have to cost lots of money, if you plan it out in advance and check your local library and recreation centres you can find a lot of things to do for a low cost or even free. Also, with Pinterest around you can gather fun ideas of crafts, indoor & outdoors games, learning fun & activities to do.

Another way I like to prepare for March Break is the week before, I plan that week to get all my errands done, any blog work done, even working ahead for blog posts for the upcoming week. All my house cleaning will be done by Thursday so that Friday can leave open to do any shopping (groceries & supplies for crafts) or unprepared things to get done. I do clean during March Break of course but it is not my main thing or focus. I will do my morning and my night routine and apart of my evening/night routine is laundry so I don’t fall behind.

How do you plan out your March Break? Do you plan things from Pinterest too? Let me know and comment below I always love to hear ideas.