This month I have reached a pretty amazing milestone. I normally wouldn’t share but I just can’t help myself!!! I couldn’t be *more* excited because this month I will be bringing in more money by working from home than I did when I was working full time in North Carolina before I had kids. Now, that’s actually not saying too much considering the fact that it was a very low-paying job (not to mention it was awful). But I’m just SO thankful that I’m able to not only live out my dream of being a stay at home mom, I’m able to have the best of all the worlds too! It was a long, hard, slow processes of working for pennies and working my way up, but now that I am to the point I feel that I have somewhat, in some tiny way “arrived” I feel so, so very blessed.
1. Clear the Clutter
As you’re digging into boxes of Christmas Decorations and putting away your normal knick-knacks be intentional as you do the swap–will you be excited to be digging these things out again in a month, or are they items that you’re holding onto for who-knows-what-not-good-reason? Give yourself one less thing to do for the New Year by dropping them into your donate box now! Same goes for Christmas items–do you love it? is it bringing a smile to your face as you unpack it? If not drop it in as well–some other family will be thrilled to bring a new-to-them Christmas item into their home this year! Don’t allow yourself to keep things out of guilt–the person bought it for you as a gift to be a blessing, not a burden. Give yourself permission to separate the gift from the giver and know it will be a bigger blessing to someone else!
The Hills are alive…
Who of my generation didn’t grow up in love with the Sound of Music? (crazy people–that’s who!!!) I remember watching The Sound of Music regularly from the time I was itty bitty–and I had just been thinking recently that it was time to introduce it to Amber and Tyler–they love singing as much as I do (as yes, as enthusiastically off-key as I do too, hahaha!)
They’ve won blue ribbons and been gushed over by cute guys and moms alike. My chocolate chip cookies have always been my go-to “secret weapon”. Whether I was looking to impress a new guy as a teenager, or a new moms group now, I always turn to my perfect, fluffy, ooey-gooey bundles of joy! Throughout the years I’ve been approached and asked if I’d share the “secret recipe” to my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies — which always makes me laugh, and you’ll understand why in a minute!
However once I got to thinking about it I came up with 5 Secrets that I use to make sure my cookies turn out so awesomely delicious each time I bake them. I decided the perfect chocolate chip cookie is too great a gift to be kept from the world, so here, once and for all I give you:
5 Secrets to Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’ve been around for awhile you already know all about Mompact! and how they’re all about taking the time to #CelebrateMom from supporting Mom Inventors, Bloggers to stay at home moms! If you’re not familiar with them take a few minutes to go check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn a little more on what they’re all about!
This month a bunch of the amazing Mom Inventors that Mompact is proud to support are joining together to host this *amazing* giveaway! Here are the complete list of products that would also make amazing gifts–just in time for Christmas!
If you’re anything like me you’d just gotten into a nice work & school routine, and then the holidays/sickness hit. And it’s been thrown will-nill out the door and you find yourself frantic and crazed in the mornings–anyone relate?!
December doesn’t have to play out this way though! Just a few steps can make all the difference in the world and can mean the difference between scrambling out the door last minute screaming and stressed, or walking out the door laughing and smiling with time to spare!
This time of year meal planning can tend to get thrown to the way in all the extra fun activities and holiday crazy packed schedules! It’s hard enough to maintain a good eating plan with all the holiday goodies floating around, but it’s even worse when you compound that with frequent pizza ordering in, or drive through runs!
You should know by now, I am a total sucker for a good cause! But just in case wearing blue wigs, passing around purple purses, digging in and doing good, or sharing about Dependable Leaders wasn’t quite enough to convince you, here is further proof!
You might remember a few years ago when we cut Amber’s hair for the second time we donated it to Locks of Love. It was something that I’d always wanted to do myself but anytime my hair was long enough to donate, it was also bleached blonde, which Locks of Love can’t use.
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