Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fun Facts about Halloween

Hi Lovelies!!

Happy Halloween!!!!! I thought since today is Halloween I would share some fun facts about Halloween with you. So, sit back, relax, grab your favorite Halloween candy, and enjoy some fun little factoids about Halloween.

Fun Facts about Halloween

Halloween Fun Fact #1: Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn't know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

Halloween Fun Fact #2: The first Jack-O-Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

 Halloween Fun Fact #3: The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

Halloween Fun Fact #4: Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

Halloween Fun Fact #5: 9.The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

Halloween Fun Fact #6: Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

 Halloween Fun Fact #7: "Halloween" is short for "Hallows' Eve" or "Hallows' Evening," which was the evening before All Hallows' (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.

Halloween Fun Fact #8: Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Halloween Fun Fact #9: With their link to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a precursor to Halloween) and later to witches, cats have a permanent place in Halloween folklore. During the ancient celebration of Samhain, Druids were said to throw cats into a fire, often in wicker cages, as part of divination proceedings.

Halloween Fun Fact #10: Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday- 10/30/2107

Good evening and Happy Monday everyone!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed weekend. Ours was fun, yet very relaxing. We spent some at out local museum and then we spent some time with family. Even though we had fun during the day, night time was a bit rough. My youngest was up every two hours and my oldest was having tummy troubles. It was a rough night.

Anyway, let's get started on our Happy Homemaker post even though it is a bit late!

Breakfast time.....what was on the plate this morning?

Peanut butter toast and a glass of milk

Right now, I'm....

sitting at the dining room table typing this post. It's quite and I have Gilmore Girls on for background noise.

Looking around the house....

It's clean. All that's left for me to do is the kitchen.

On today's to do list.....


Currently reading....

Sisterhood Everlasting (I have read this book a dozen times and it keeps getting better every time I read it)

On the TV today....

Sons of Anarchy
Gilmore Girls (again)
The Crown (this is a new one for me)

On the menu this week:

Monday- Creamy ranch chicken
Tuesday- Corn dogs (Sonic) Fries, and a spooky Halloween dessert
Wednesday- Baked potatoes, salad
Thursday- Grilled cheese or Tacos
Friday- Pizza and Breadsticks
Saturday- Mississippi Chicken, mashed potatoes, peas
Sunday- Beans and cornbread, fried potaotes

If I have a few moments to myself I will...

work in my new bullet journal

Looking forward to this week.....

Taking the kids trick or treating tomorrow

Devotionals, Scripture reading, Key verses...

Favorite Horror Movies

Hi Lovelies!

With Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite horror movies. Now, I have always been a fan of horror movies and I understand that some of you might not be, but that's okay. If you are not a fan of horror movies then you might just want to skip this post altogether. For those who love horror movies get your popcorn and your big fuzzy blankets ready!!!

1. The Scream series (1996). I love this series!! It's nineties nostalgia in a slasher film. What's not to love?

2. Friday the 13th 1, 2 , and 3. That's it...just those three!! I love all three of these. The third movie I still have a hard time watching because it freaks me out that much.

3. Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis is the best! Need I say more?

4. Rosemary's baby (1968). Just the right of freaky to scare the crap out of me.

5. The Exorcist (1973). Probably the most disturbing movie on this list and probably the most offensive movie I have ever seen.

6. The Shining (1980). One of the most visually beautiful horror films in my opinion. Jack Nicholson is super creepy in this one!!

7. It. This needs to be on this list. That damn clown gave nightmares for months!! It was worth it thought because I loved the story and the movie!

8. Identity. This is another favorite of mine and John Cusack was awesome in it!  I loved that multiple personality disorder was the focus of the story.

9. A Nightmare of Elm Street. This is another favorite of mine. After seeing the moving I would not take baths for months, which brings me to the last movie on the list.

10. Psycho. I would not take showers after seeing this movie, yet it us one of my favorites!

What are your favorite horror movies?


Sunday, October 29, 2017

20 Fun Halloween Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hi Lovelies!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Now that the Little is older we can finally do some of the activities that I have been finding lately. So, this year we are going be doing lots of Halloween stuff.  It's always fun to expose her to all of this stuff and watching her wheels turn as she is trying to figure out something. So, today I have rounded up 20 fun Halloween activities for toddlers/preschoolers.

These are some of my favorites that I have found will pinning on Pinterest and some that we are going to try this year. There are so many cute ideas!! Don't forget to check all of the blogs too, they are chock full of AWESOME ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.

1. Pumpkin bowling from Jeanetics
2. Halloween handprints crafts from Coffee cups and Crayons
3. Halloween necklaces fine motor activity from Happy Hooligans
4. Carve free pumpkins ideas from Babble

5. Sticky Witch Hat craft from Twodaloo
6. Pumpkin Guts Exploration from Stir the Wonder
7. Creepy Crawly Sensory Play with water beads from Little Bins for Little Hands
8. Finger Paint Pumpkins from 3 Dinosaurs

 9.Footprint Ghost Craft from Crafty Morning
10. Candy Corn craft from Thriving Home
11. Textured play dough from One Time Through
12. Toddler Halloween Basket from House of Burke

 13. Halloween Sensory Bin from Holly’s Arts and Crafts Corner
14. Pumpkin Sun Catchers from Here Come the Girls
15. Candy Corn Counting from From ABCs to ACTs
16. Cotton Ball Ghosts from The Chirping Moms

17. Halloween Invitation to Play from Mess for Less
18. Candy Corn Pom Pom Craft from Crafty Morning
19. 31 Ideas for an Active October from Toddler Approved
20. Halloween Party for Babies & Toddlers from Adventure in a Box

I plan on trying a few of these projects with the Little. She loves Halloween just as much as I do and has been asking "is it Halloween yet?" every morning for the last month. LOL!!!!!

So, what you looking forward to this Halloween?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

12 Things You Can Do With a Pumpkin

Hi Lovelies!

I cannot believe that Halloween is next week. We are excited over here!! Angelina is excited to take her baby sister trick or treating again. We also have Angelina's Fall party and we might make Candy Corn Cupcakes again.

Today, I wanted to share just what can be done with pumpkins!! Enjoy!!

12 Things You Can Do With a Pumpkin:

1.  Pumpkin muffins

2.  Pumpkin bread

3.  Pumpkin pancakes

4.  Pumpkin pie

5.  Pumpkin milkshake

6.  Pumpkin cookies

7.  Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

8. Pumpkin cheesecake

9. Pumpkin pie oatmeal

10.  Pumpkin brownies

11.  Pumpkin spread

12.  Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

All of these look yummy! What some ways that you use pumpkins?


Friday, October 27, 2017

5 Quick Tips to Keep Your House Clean

Who else feels overwhelmed when your house is messy?

 As a mom, a messy house can be paralyzing. In fact, it can become so overwhelming that it consumes you to the point that you feel defeated and throw up your hands, surrendering to everything else. This is when the mess can get really unbearable. The house suddenly becomes a never ending pile of laundry and dirty dishes and every other room becomes some sort of storage space for unwanted things.

Need a little help getting your house in order? Here are 5 easy house cleaning tips to keep your house clean. These tips are quick to implement and will make your house feel super clean every single morning.

5 Quick House Cleaning Tips:

1. Make your bed

Keeping your house clean begins first thing in the morning. The bed is the focal point in every bedroom. That's why if the bed is unmade and messy, the whole room just feels cluttered. Since the bed takes up most of the space in the room, the simple task of making the bed instantly tidies the room which make you more organized.

Form the habit of making your bed first thing in the morning. It will soon become a mindless morning routine. Keep the bed linens to a minimum. A simple bed comforter and a couple of throw pillows is all that is needed to make the room more relaxing.

2. Shine the sinks

Do you have a pet peeve in your house?

Mine is the kitchen sink and it drives me crazy when dirty dishes are left setting in it. It's the one area in my house when it is shined and cleaned that gives my house a more organized look.

A shiny sink keeps the dirty dishes under control.

Not only do I shine my kitchen sink, but I also clean my bathroom sinks every night. A simple routine of swiping your bathroom makes the area look clean and tidy.

3. Swipe the surfaces

Just like shining your sinks, a quick daily swipe of other surfaces will instantly tidy up a space. Keep kitchen counters, tabletops, and furniture wiped clean of dust and sticky fingerprints.

This routine doesn't take a long time to do. Just simply wipe down surfaces in the breakfast area after breakfast and swiping the mirror after brushing your teeth. Doing these two things will make your morning a bit less stressful and a lot more relaxing.

4. One load of laundry a day

In order to keep the laundry under control I always toss in a load before breakfast. By doing this one simple step, my laundry pile stays under control and is more manageable.

 5. 10 minute tidy sweep

This 10 minute tidy sweep gets the entire family involved in the cleanup. I recently started designating 10 minutes to tidy up the living room and dining room before the kids bedtime.

Do you have a simple cleaning routine? Please feel free to share your tips and tricks you use to keep your house clean.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

10 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Having girls is a challenge, a real challenge. How do you help to not feel insecure about themselves? How do I make my daughters feel empowered? In order to answer these questions I decided to google "things that I want my daughters to know" and I found this blog post from the Modern Mom blog. It really spoke to me and I wanted to share it here with you.

10 Things I Want my Daughters to Know:

1. It’s OK to feel vulnerable. It happens to everyone, even if they don’t admit it. If you feel bad about something, ask, read, look for help. It doesn’t matter how big or small you think your problem is.

2. Be courageous. Always dare to say and do what you think is right. Never be afraid of speaking your mind. Learn when and how to say “No” and not feel bad about it. Be assertive, not aggressive.

3. Take care of yourself. Exercise and eat healthy – not because you have to be skinny, but because your body is where you live and you want to treat it the best way you can.

4.  Respect yourself. Never tell yourself something that you would not tell your best friend.

5. Never feel bad about something you cannot change. Learn from the experience and move on.

6.  Make your own decisions – before someone else does. Always remember that every decision you make can have a great impact in your life.

7. What you see in magazines and on the Internet is not always real.  Photoshop exists, never forget that!!

8.  Forget about what people think about you. What do YOU think about yourself? That is what really matters.

9. Be grateful, humble and compassionate with others. Be open to others’ opinions. There is always something you can learn.

10. When people tell you “life is tough”, don’t listen to them! Life gives you opportunities to learn; what you make out of it is what makes life beautiful.

What would you add to the list?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blogtober 2017 Catch Up- Days 19 and 20

Blogtober 2017- Day 19- My Skin Care Routine

Okay, so this post is about my skin care routine. The only thing is that I really don't follow a routine. Yes, I wash my face, I use toner, and sometime a moisturizer.... but that's about it.

I have oily skin, always have. I have tried several different types of cleansers, masks, toners, and moisturizers. Some have been expensive while others have been on the cheap side. Through the years, I have found that my skin responds better to the cheaper skin care products.

As of routine now, my skin care routine revolves around two of the cheaper products and one moderately expensive of product. So, I am going to share with you a breakdown of skin care routine.

1. Cleanser

I use Cetaphil. It's very light and makes my face feel clean. I use this once in the morning and once in the evening.

2. Toner. After cleansing my face I use witch hazel as a toner.  I use this because it's very gentle on my skin and it makes it feel and look amazing.

 3. Moisturize. I use a moisterizer made by Cetaphil. Again, this is very gentle on my skin and doesn't cause break outs like most other moisturizers that I have used in the past.

What is your skin care routine? Please share in the comments below!

Blogtober 2017- Day 20- Fall Book List

Today's post is all about books! Here is my list of book suggestions for this Fall season.


1. Sing, Unburied, Sing

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers.

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential

2.  Little Fires Everywhere

 In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned -- from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren -- an enigmatic artist and single mother -- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

3. On the Street Where You Live

Following a nasty divorce and the trauma of being stalked, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham leaves Albany to work in Manhattan. Craving roots, she buys her ancestral home, a Victorian house in the seaside resort town of Spring Lake, New Jersey. Her family sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapley, then a young girl, disappeared.

As the house is renovated and a pool dug, a skeleton is found and identified as Martha Lawrence, a young Spring Lake woman who vanished several years ago. Within her hand is the finger bone of another woman, with a ring -- a Shapley family heirloom -- still on it. Determined to find the connection between the two murders, Emily becomes a threat to a seductive killer...who chooses her as the next victim.

4. All Around the Town

When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills. Only when the unbearable memories of those lost years are released can the truth of the crime come out—and only then can the final sadistic plan of her abductor, whose obsession is stronger than ever, be revealed.

What's on your reading for the Fall?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blogtober 2017- Day #18- My Night Time Routine

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to Day #18 of Blogotber. Today's post is all about my night time routine. Having a great but simple night time routine can greatly improve your mornings and help set up your day for success. Now, I'm more of a night person so the more that I can get done at the better my morning will be.

With that be said, here is a glimpse into my simple night time routine:

1. Clean the kitchen and sweep/mop the floor.

2. Walk through the house and do a quick pick up.

3. Get ready for bed (shower, brush teeth, skin care routine)

4. Read a book and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (I'm not a coffee or tea drinker)

5. Check on kids.

6. Climb into bed and go to sleep.

I would love to know what your fall night time routine looks like?

Blogtober 2017- Catch Up- Days 12-17

Hello Friends! Here is another catch up day for Blogtober. The past two weeks have been full of sleepless nights. My toddler is not sleeping well at night and when you throw in night terrors then this Mama is not getting any sleep. When Mama doesn't get any sleep then this blog suffers. 

I hope that this is the last time that I have to play catch up. 

Enjoy the posts! Have a great day!!

Blogtober 2017- Day #12- Favorite Fall Scent 

Welcome to Day #12 of Blotober! Today's post is all about my favorite fall scent. This is the one that I get every singe fall. I love it!

Spiced Pumpkin Cider
What is your favorite fall scent?

Blogotber 2017- Day #13- Fun Facts about Fall

Happy Fall Lovelies!

It's finally time to pull out the sweaters and watch the leaves morph into various shades of yellow and orange. Fall can be a gorgeous time of year, but do you know the history behind it? Well, my friends, I have compiled a list some fun fall facts to celebrate this time wonderful time of year! Enjoy!

 Fun Facts about Fall:

 Fact #1:  Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.” Both terms date back to the 16th century but before that it was called “harvest.

Fact #2:  Fall was called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. Before man-made lighting, this moonlight was essential to a prosperous harvest.

Fact #3:  Weight gain around this time of year may not only be due to comforting fall foods like pumpkin pie and cider, researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage.

Fact #4:  According to The Weather Channel, pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. Although, if you’ve left the house anytime recently, this may not come as a surprise to you.  

Fact #5:  The yellow and orange colors you see actually always exist in leaves but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from chlorophyll. The amount of chlorophyll starts to decrease as the sun weakens and the days grow shorter.

Fact #6:  Red and purple leaves are only that color because of the presence of sugars and sap that are trapped within the leaves. These sugars provide plants with the energy they need to survive.

Fact #7:  Many birds will prepare for their winter migration during the fall. The distance they can travel is impressive; the Arctic Tern travels 11,000 miles each way for it’s annual migration. That’s no small feat.

Fact #8:  Evergreen trees such as pines, cedars, and spruces stay green because their leaves (needles) are covered with thick wax and they contain materials that prevent freezing when it gets cold.

Fact #9:  Men and women experience high levels of testosterone during the fall. This makes sense because more babies are conceived during the fall and winter. The cause is unknown but it could be due to lack of sunlight or even go back to ancient mating rituals.

Fact #10:  We can’t forget Halloween! Halloween takes place in the fall and comes from ancient Celtic tradition. They believed that ghosts roamed on Halloween and people would wear disguises in order to hide from these spirits.

Blogtober 2017- Day #14- 5 Common Meal Planning Mistakes

Meal planning can be overwhelming. The trick is to just get started. But before we talk about meal planning, let's first talk about some common mistakes that most people make when meal planning.

5 Common Meal Planning Mistakes:

Mistake #1-- Not making a menu at all

I'll be the first to admit that there are plenty of weeks when I don't have a meal plan in place because of not knowing exactly how our week is going to plan out. But, you know what? When 4pm rolls around, I always regret not having a meal plan to rely on.

Even a simple meal plan that you have to change it better than not having one at all.

Mistake #2-- Thinking you have to plan out every single detail.

Guess what? If you are making the meal plan, you are the boss and you get to make the decision on how much you plan out and how much you want to "wing it". I usually plan the main dish with a side. When it's time to cook, first I check the fridge to see what produce needs to be used up and then I make a decision based on that.

If you are only planning one item per meal, then meal planning goes alot quicker.

Mistake #3-- Thinking you have be extra creative when meal planning.

There is no planning rule that say you have to plan something amazing for each meal. My breakfast menu is very simple and consists of cereal, eggs and toast, poptarts, and toaster strudel.

It's perfectly fine to add simple item to your meal plan-- you will be prepared while still having the ingredients on hand.

Mistake #4-- Thinking you cannot change the menu plan.

You are in control of the meal plan, the meal plan is not in control of you. If the time comes and find out that you do not have the time to make what is planned that day, then swap for something easier.

Do not avoid menu planning because you feel it's too limiting.

Mistake #5-- Being to ambitious in your meal choices. 

The opposite of mistake #4 is to be too ambitious while you are meal planning

I try to learn from my mistakes and plan accordingly the next time.

What types of mistakes have you made while meal planning?

Blogtober 2017- Day #15- Six Ways to Relax Before Bed

Every body craves sleep. So why do most people struggle with it periodically? You've tried to do it the right way--- you skip the late night caffeine, you don't eat a heavy meal right before bed, you make sure the lights are off and you follow a consistent bedtime schedule each night. However, as you lay in bed tossing and turning, frustration begins to creep in and none of this seems to matter. When insomina hits you ultimately spend hours stressing instead of doing a few easy things to gently slip into a peaceful sleep.

Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep is a common problem, and it is a valuable commidity. Here are a few steps to follow every night that will encourage a more rapid appearance by Mr. Sandman.

1. Soak in the tub

Relax in the bathtub. This soothes both mind and body. Adding some sleep inducing scents such as lavendar oil which helps calm the mind and body, A word of warning though, don't take a shower as this can awaken your body, instead opt for a warm bath.

2. The old wives tale work

 Have a glass of warn milk. Trust me from experience, it works wonders. If you can't stand the idea of warm milk try some chamomile tea. It works the same way as the warm milk and it does make you sleepy.

3. Find an activity

Do something that relaxes you right before bed. Try reading, watching something boring on television. You could even sew, scrapbook, or even write a letter. This activity should be easy and it should be nothing that will key your nerves back up. Once your eyes get droopy, it's time to hit the sack.

4. De-stress

One of the worst things that you can do is lay in bed and think about what you didn't get done that day, and all of the work waiting for you tomorrow. Worrying about it won't get it done. What I do is make a to do list  and then I forget about it. I have found that this relieves so much of my stress at the end of the day.

5. Add some noise

What i mean by this is white noise. Adding white noise can help you sleep. Another thing you could do is add a fan because a cool bedroom can also help with sleep.

6. Listen to your body

Is your body to tense to sleep? Try a relaxation tape that guides you through loosening up and relaxing each muscle group. Work on some deep breathing exercises which mimic your respiration pattern while you sleep.

Make going to bed a routine. Around the same time every night, even on weekends, start your routine. This could mean taking a bath and some light reading. It could also mean changing into your pajamas and brushing your teeth. Do something consistently so that your body will learn the signals to settle down for th enight and to wake up refreshed the next day.

What are some that you relax before bed?

Blogtober 2107- Day #16- How to Implement a Morning Routine

Hi Lovelies! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend! We just hung out at home, played outside (when it wasn't raining), fixed some yummy meals and snacks and just had a good time.  This weekend I decided to implement a morning rountine and it seemed to help quite a bit. I noticed that my mornings were not as rushed and I was much more relaxed. 

So, today's blog post is all about how to set up a morning routine that works for you. 

Morning Routine:

 (1) Wake up

Take 15 -30 minutes to wake up, enjoy your coffee, check out the news, or read. 

(2) Review your daily tasks (to do list)

Review your to-do list for things that have to be done that day. I usually spend 1-2 minutes reviewing my list in the morning to metally prepare me for the day and to adjust my schedule if needed.  I also prepare my to-do list the night before as part of my night time routine ( I also use as sort of a "brain dump").

(3) Make your bed

Beds take up alot of space and when they aren't made they tend to look like a whole lot clutter. Here's a simple solution: take 5 minutes to make your bed and I promise that your room will look cleaner and you will feel more relaxed.

(4) Prepare for dinner

Make sure all of your food items are defrosted and that you have all the necessary ingredients for the evening’s dinner.  Also you should consider how long it will take for you to make dinner and adjust your schedule if need be.  I usually take this opportunity to refer to my meal plan for the following night to see if I need to take anything out of the freezer to defrost or if I’ll need to stop at the grocery store.  This is also a good time to prepare your crockpot meal which is another easy way to streamline your dinner prep.

(5) Empty dishwasher or dish drainer

 Put your dishes away first thing in the morning so that you and your family can fill it up after breakfast and throughout the day instead of waiting to do all of it after dinner.  This is another task that takes all of 5 minutes to complete, and when it's done, you will feel better. 

(6) Workout, shower, and dress

After you shower and get dressed be sure to put dirty clothes in the laundry, put away your toiletries and makeup, wipe down the sinks and hang up your towel.

(7) Make breakfast and clean up afterwards

Return all food items in the fridge, pantry or cupboards. Scrape leftover food in the trash and put your dishes in the sink or dishwasher.  Wipe down all of the counters, sink, stove and microwave.  Like your bed, the kitchen has a lot of counter space and when one counter is cluttered the whole kitchen looks messy.  Take just a couple of minutes everyday to wipe down those counters and appliances…you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it is to come home to a clean kitchen after a busy day at work.

(8) Get on with your day

Now that you’ve got your morning routine complete you can head off to work (on time of course), or to your home office if you work from home, spend time with your kids or take care of your priority tasks and errands.

So, my question is, do you have a morning routine? And how is it working for you?

Have a wonderful Monday Lovelies!!

Blogtober 2107- Day #17- 7 Things To Do on a Sunday to Make Your Week More Productive

Hi Lovelies!

Imagine if you will.... it's Monday morning and you can barely drag yourself out of bed. You're exhausted and you are getting ready for work barely making it out of the door on time. You forgot to pack your lunch so you will have to grab some fast food on your lunch hour. Your desk is a mess and your email box is full. It's going to be a long day. This sounds familiar, doesn't it? We have all been there, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you take advantage of your Sundays to prepare for the week, Mondays can be a lot easier! Here are seven things you can do on Sunday for a more productive week:

1. For thing's first.... think of Sunday as the first day of the week instead of the last. Most people tend to think of Sunday as a day of rest, instead think of Sunday as the first chance to prepare yourself for the week, This one simple little thought will make Monday seem less overwhelming.

2. Clean out your email inbox. If you work a typical 9 to 5 job, chances are most of the emails you receive Friday night through Sunday are personal and junk mail as opposed to work email. Clean these out on Sunday night. By doing this it will help you jump into the work week more quickly.

3. Write a to do list for the week and then begin to tackle it.

4. If you work from home clean off your desk on Sunday so you start the week off with a clean desk. Put anything you will need for Monday's projects front and center.

5. If you are a blogger, schedule your social media posts for the week. Now, I haven't started this yet mainly because I'm still finding the best free social media scheduler. I hope to start this sometime next week.

6. Clean the house. There's is nothing worse that starting the week with a messy house. I don't know about anyone else, but I am much more relaxed when my house is clean.

7. Meal plan and meal prep for the week. I tend to one big shopping trip at the beginning of the month. So, I usually have a detailed menu plan for the month. I still shop at least once a week for the essentials like milk, bread, and eggs and some fruits and veggies. It make all the difference when it comes to meal times.

What do you do on Sundays to have a more productive week?

Have a great day!!