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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Happy St.Patrick’s Day 2016

Good morning,

Just wanted to wish all that celebrate a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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If you are looking for some fun St.Patrick’s crafts, diys, &/or activities I did turn to Pinterest like always for ideas. Click here to see what I have pinned.

If you would like to share your crafts/diys/activities for St.Patrick’s Day comment below.

 

Previous Post WHAT?!? view here.

WHAT?!?

This is a late night post, but I couldn’t help to to express some of my feelings and thoughts on what I seen . I can’t believe this news article right now, http://globalnews.ca/news/2582204/albino-father-and-his-son-escorted-off-toronto-bus-by-police-after-suspected-abduction/ 

I just finished tucking my girls into bed and come to sit and check facebook and there’s the above article on my news feed and I was stocked! I think no way of course and click to read the full story. How can someone do that? 

We live in Canada a multi cultural country! I, for one am married to someone out of my culture and is darker then I am. So now people got to worry about being out in about with kids that don’t match their skin tone! That is ridiculous! I totally understand if the child seemed to be in danger or even seen struggling to get away, but that was not the case in this matter. Some people these days seem to not have much to do with all these ridiculous things some do. This is not the kind of country we live it. We love people of all race and have the freedom to date/marry/common-inlaw etc…..  Anyone from any race. So, should I no longer take out my niece who looks nothing like me & we have different skin tones? This is not a new thing and people really need to learn how to mind their own business. 

From what I read, this child suffered some major stress over something someone wanted to pull, which could of been avoided. My heart goes out to this family & I hope they are all ok especially the child. This poor dad, not even knowing what the heck was happening & treated like he did something wrong.  I do not blame the police for what their part in matter was as they are there to protect us and insure the safety of children and adults. Lesson to all, do not judge by the outside ever!

What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear, comment below.

Happy March Break!

Hi all, hope you are all enjoying your March Break week so far.

Here not so much, all my plans that were in my previous post March Break 2016 went out the window. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you would know that the week before March Break my kids started getting sick with a virus that is going around and with 4 kids, it sure went around to all of them. My oldest Tyler (almost 13 yrs old) got over it quick, he never got the fever but did have the running nose, body ache, loss of appetite & headache. Kianna (9 yrs old) was down for about 2-3 days with fever, dizzy, body ache, headache, no appetite,  but now has the cough. The longest ones to get over it and are still with the cough is Ava (5 yrs old) & Madison (4 yrs old). Ava and Madison experienced all of the same symptoms as Kianna but for them it took much longer to pass. Apparently this virus ends with the cough which takes a long time to go away. So my plans for the week before March Break went out the window along with our March Break plans. As you can see from the above photo, the girls were very sick 😦.

I am so glad I didn’t book a trip, or paid for activities. I never got to register for the activities I found for the kids to do over the March Break as the kids started getting sick prior and within 2 days or so all the kids got it.

Today is Wednesday and the weather here where we live has been raining, blue, and cold and with kids getting over this cough it’s not weather I want them to be outside in. Also, due to the cough I don’t want to take them places with other kids around because I don’t want to spread it to anyone. Even going to the grocery store, or Walmart I have not taken them, I have gone in the afternoons or evenings once my husband was home. So, I had to re-plan and have decided since we have had out lazy pj days with movies & cuddles for more days then planned, and now that their energy levels have returned to normal to do some things that we could do at home. Today,  it’s raining and cold so I thought, I would take the morning to do some quick chores and then make it a craft day, they have been doing crafts but less messy ones and more low key ones. So I am going to check out the ideas I have pinned on Pinterest and see which ones we can start. I also plan on doing some learning plans/activities with them. Tomorrow is calling for another day of rain and clouds, so I am think we will get our Easter crafts on the go. Friday, if it’s not to cold and no rain (which according to the Weather Network App) there’s a chance for rain, I am hoping by then their cough is  better so I can take them for a treat in the afternoon to have lunch at McDonalds and let them play in the Playland. Hopefully the weekend’s weather is nice so we can go outside and play.

So, our March Break hasn’t been the greatest and haven’t done much. Even myself I have kept with my Seven Musts Do’s, but nothing more then that. Even the time for my blogging has gone out the window (which I miss very much), but my kids & family come first. Even tho the kids have been sick we have had a lot of time for cuddles, movies, book reading, and playing low key games. We have made the most of it and enjoyed lots of down time together. I don’t care we didn’t get the fun exciting March Break as I planned, as we got to enjoy it other ways and them feeling better is my #1. They are my life and when they are sick my heart breaks, especially when it’s a long lasting virus/flu that they can’t do much and aren’t themselves. Luckily and surprising (knock on wood) I have not caught it, my fear was that I was going to get it for the March Break and they would be all well and I would be out. Thankfully that’s not the case. For me, the worst week of them being sick, with me having no sleep at all as it the virus would get worse during the night for Ava & Madison was the week before March Break so this week tho it is still a lot of work (Lysol cleaning wipes has been my best friend) I have been enjoying the down time with them and doing other indoor activities with them. I am not worried about the house or anything else. It is some what clean and tidy for the most part and the little things I do to maintain the house still happen, but the major cleaning and all that can wait and I am going to take the rest of the March Break with the kids to enjoy and spend time with them. My housewife life of the house can pick back up once the kids are better. I am so happy that (expect for the cough) the girls are back to their normal selves and are able to play and do things.

How’s your March Break? What have you been up to with the kids? What do you do with the kids when the weather isn’t the greatest?

 

Seven Things I do everyday to keep the house clean

Thought I would share with you my MUST do chores that help make the house look clean & tidy even when I haven’t done my weekly cleaning. It’s simple and doesn’t take much time to do. Even on my lazy days these get done. This helps also with not letting things pile & your home is always tidy.

1. Every night dishes are done

2. Wipe down of counters & appliances

3. Quick pick up around the house (every night)

4.Every morning make beds and pick up around bedrooms

5.Quick wipe down of bathrooms

6. Vacuum main floor

7. A load of laundry every night

With a 4 kids I need to stay on top of things or the house would be completely upside down. Now I am not perfect and at times I may not make the beds or wash those dishes but most of the list will get done, especially when its been a crazy day or kids/myself are ill. With me normally keeping to these daily tasks of my musts, it helps not being so bad if a day is missed. I normally wake up before the kids to drink my coffee in peace and get any chores started.

What are your must daily to do’s? Comment below

Here are some links I thought you would enjoy from my older posts.

Kids Chores 

Cleaning Schedule