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30 Day Declutter Challenge

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Let’s face it. We all could benefit from a little more organization on our homes. I often have friends and family comment on how my house always seems so organized and clean. As cliche as it sounds…. it’s because everything has a place. I’m not going to sugar coat this. It definitely takes work to organize your home in the first place, but once you have put the effort into making a spot for everything, it doesn’t take any more work to throw your junk in a messy drawer than it does to put it in its proper place. And what more reason to spring clean than spring coming!

However, it can seem pretty overwhelming. Where do you even start?! I created this organizational chart that leaves you only one month away from a clutter free home! Why even bother decluttering your home? An organized, clean and clutter free home reduced stress and allows things to run more efficiently which in turn saves you time. Think about how good it feels cleaning out your closet of unworn and unloved items? Or how much nicer it is to sit in a clean vacuumed car as opposed to a moving trash bin? That’s because the space we live in directly effects our energy. Clutter in your physical surroundings also clutters your mentality. The Zen of organizing philosophy refers to the creation of a calm, peace filled and joyous environment.

But this is where things can change person to person. Some people love organizing (sweet words to my soul) and some people despise it. For me I find it relaxing to organize when other aspects of my life feel a little crazy. Maybe it’s human nature to want a sense of control when things seem chaotic. So when I have a stressful day, I grab the vacuum. When I’m feeling anxious about an upcoming event, bring on the toilet brush. If i’m in a cranky mood, just let me scrub my floors. But that’s just me. And if you hate it, that’s okay too, because this challenge only takes a small part of your day for 30 days. You can do that. Organization is a skill that everyone can learn.

And with so many stores that thrive on donations, you are not only doing yourself a favor but you are benefiting others. There is no reason we can’t part with some of our unneeded materialistic items to help a womens shelter, thrift store, non profit organization, consignment stores…. the list goes on. It’s a win win for everyone. Happy Cleaning!

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin


One Word for 2016

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Welcome to 2016 everyone!! Ahhhh….. the first Monday of a new year. Although it is just another day, there can be something incredibly symbolic about a new year. The chance for a fresh start, a new outlook, a clean slate…. or for some, the simple peace of mind that comes with leaving 2015 in the past. Personally I fall into the latter. I can honestly say that 2015 was one of the hardest years of my life. It was an extremely difficult year filled with Continue reading


30 Before 30!

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There…. the cat’s out of the bag. I will be turning 30 before this year is over and I’m darn excited about it! Somehow in our society, talking about our age and getting older has become an uncomfortable topic, an embarrassing confession, an area of denial or something we physically try to stop. I myself have never understood this phenomenon. Okay sure, as a teenager I never wanted to admit my age when I met older friends because I was worried they would think I wasn’t ‘cool’  because of how old I was. But as an adult, I have just never Continue reading


Lazy Afternoon Drives

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Holidays have been and always will be very busy in my life. I have a big family so Thanksgiving since I was a kid has always meant at least three different meals at several different places… not that I’m complaining about getting to eat seconds and thirds of desserts?! But with a busy toddler to tote around for the next three days hopped up on pumpkin pie and whip cream I decided to take some much needed pre-weekend mommy time and went for a drive today all alone.

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Fall in Love with Plaid

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 Fall is by far my favorite season of the year and I could not be happier for a season change. With cooler mornings and crisp autumn breezes blowing around the falling leaves, I can’t help but think of fall as the perfect time of year to turn over a new leaf. I embrace change, especially after a tough season, and with every season I tend to do a little life cleaning to make way for transformation. Whether that means purging unnecessary things around the house, organizing a daunting closet, simplifying my schedule, redecorating a space in my house, going through old paperwork, doing a social media cleanse (the end of summer for me meant the end of Facebook…. feels so good) or simply donating unworn clothing and changing over my wardrobe. I was more than happy to tuck away my sundresses and short to make room in my closet for cozy knits and leather boots. But one of my favorite looks this season is plaid…. oh how I love my purple and blue flannel shirt in the picture above. Originally I always thought of plaid as a masculine wardrobe piece but with the right accessories it can be the perfect feminine touch. Thanks Pinterest for all these amazing fall outfits below, I will be referring to them often over the next couple months!

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To Everything There is a Season

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It’s been a while since I have had to time to blog. However, it always comes down to making time for the things that are important, and lately blogging has been put on the shelf so I can focus on spending time with family and close friends. Throughout the personal challenges I have faced over the past couple months I have kept my thoughts on one of my favorite scriptures. Ecclesiastes 3 :2-8. I think I have felt each of these emotions fully and completely at one time or another over the past few months and the changing of seasons is just another reminder that there is a season and reason for everything. I could not be more excited to embrace fall with open arms and an open heart.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.” ~ Horace Friess

 


Meditation….

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Meditation has recently becoming a very significant part of my life and I could not have discovered a better spiritual, emotional, mental or physical outlet for my own well being. I tend to do, feel and think a million things at any given moment and I always just told myself that I functioned better when my life was busy. But in reality, that was simply what I convinced myself to believe so I could justify the way I was living my life…. or rather the way I was sometimes not living my life. Life is busy, and my life is no exception. Between working part time, being a stay at home mom, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, paying bills and housework, it’s a big commitment. Add in the constant juggle for balance between being a mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister etc and I began to feel like there was never any time left for me.

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Detox Your Home

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We are exposed to numerous chemicals in our everyday life, however there are steps we can take to decrease the amount of toxins we come into contact with. We already know the benefits of eating a healthy diet full of whole foods like fresh organic fruits, vegetables, farm fed meats, organic free-range eggs, healthy fats, seeds, nuts, and legumes. We also know the health benefits of being physically fit and leading an active lifestyle. We are aware of the toxins we put IN our body, however not very often do we consider what we are putting on and around our bodies. There are always areas in our life that we can clean up, our home being one of them. You’d be amazed at how many unnecessary toxins and chemicals we bring into our own homes. It can seem overwhelming at first when it comes to changing the majority of your current products for healthier alternatives, so start with one thing at a time. These are the areas that I slowly started to re-analyze in my home:

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There's Nothing Social About Social Media

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I have come to have a love/hate relationship with social media. Take this post for what it is… a rant.. a vent…. or maybe for some it’s just validation for their own thoughts. Ironically isn’t that why social media is so prevalent?! For validation or reassurance that your life measures up in the eyes of your own appointed audience. We chose our ‘follower’s’ and ‘friends’ with a sense of control, however it is them that ultimately controls us. Our status relies on other people, and we allow their judgement and comments to define us. Social media is only social in the sense that it relies on people interacting. However a point and click of a mouse is a far cry from what I consider interaction. Genuine interaction is lost in social media. There is no body language, no context, no natural flow of conversation, and no emotions. Comments, shares and likes is sadly starting to become the basis of some people’s self esteem.

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