Month: June,2017
My Guide to Having a Stress Free Garage Sale

My Guide to Having a Stress Free Garage Sale

Eliminate the stress and last minute hassle with a little planning!

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I LOVE having garage sales. Yes, it is a lot of work for just a little money most of the time. But I’m an organizer. I can’t get enough of decluttering, labeling, organizing, pricing, setting it out, and watching it goooo awaaayyy!

I don’t stress about the sale, either. If I make money, fantastic! If I make $3, it’s more than I had before. And then everything just goes right off to the donation center. No biggie. Nothing really lost.

Every item I take out of my house, because we no longer want or need it, is going to go to a donation center. So why not make a dollar on it instead? Or five dollars?

But again, garage sales can be a lot of work. I never expect to make big bucks at my garage sales, mostly so I’m not disappointed or stressed about having to stick to my guns on prices. I price a little on the high side because most people that shop at garage sales are hagglers. I am a-okay with that.

With the right planning and organizing, your garage sale can seem like a breeze. I don’t recommend having a garage sale if you’re in a hurry to get rid of things, though. It may take you a while to go through your home deciding what to keep and what to let go.

Get to Know Your Husband All Over Again

Get to Know Your Husband All Over Again

Sometimes we forget it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

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When my husband and I first started dating almost 10 years ago, we talked about anything and everything. Nothing was off limits. We learned a lot about each other in a short amount of time.

Now that we’ve been married for years, and have 2 small, beautiful children, we don’t get as much time to just sit and talk to each other. The times we do get to start a conversation are usually interrupted when one of us has to yell things like, “stop poking your sister with a spoon!” or “no, do not get another Popsicle for you and your brother, you’ve had enough!” and “get off that table! If you reach for that chandelier you’re going to be in major trouble!”. Then, of course, there’s “what is he playing with? Is that POOP!? Oh geez, it’s poop”.

Let’s face it, trying to have a grown-up conversation is exhausting these days. By the time we’re alone, after the kids have gone to bed, we’re so wiped out that we can’t even think of anything to talk about.

But as the day goes on, there are moments here and there that we can all squeeze in a fun conversation. Getting deep doesn’t have to take hours or happen only over a candlelit dinner. You can ask these fun questions anywhere or anytime (almost!).

Date Night!

Date Night!

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I haven’t “dated” in nearly 10 years. What is there other than dinner and a movie!? Ugh, I feel old and boring. And tired, so very tired. I’m married, do I really need to date him? I mean, hook, line, and sinker… I’m done.

Wrong! You totally need to date your spouse! With all the things going on at home, it’s easy to get a little disconnected. It’s easy to feel unnoticed. And let me tell ya, talking to a 5-year-old all day, woo! Enticing conversation right there!

Cooking, cleaning, outside-the-home job. It all wears us down. We need the adult interaction. We crave the connection. The best thing about dates with my husband is the laughter. We can tell jokes and laugh about the silliest things without having to censor ourselves because little ears are always listening and little eyes are always watching.

Alwaaayyyysss Waaatchiiiing. Anyone else a Monsters, Inc. fan? My daughter just giggles and rolls her eyes when I say that to her.

Back to business…

Nothing puts a little fire in our marriage like a good date night, though. We have such a good time when we get out of our comfort zones to spend some time together. Don’t get me wrong, we come back all fired up from a dinner date, too, but there’s something about going on a rare adventure that just really hits the spot.

How (and Why) to Date Your Husband

How (and Why) to Date Your Husband

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Ladies, we all like to be wined and dined, right? Well, according to my husband, they like to be shown a good time too! A couple years ago we got into a bit of a tiff over him planning all our date nights. “It’d be nice if you planned something for me, once in a while!”

Yikes.

When was the last time I took him out? His birthday? Oh my, once a year? Well, I’m slipping!

He was totally right. I need to step up my dating game and make him feel like I still know him. I should be planning 50% of our date nights. I know what he likes to do, I know his favorite restaurants. Enough slacking!

So, with the help of my husband, I’ve come up with a guide to dating your husband!

“We’ve been planning dates since we were in our early teens. We’ve had to work out every detail. Now, we go to work and make decisions all day long, it’d be nice to come home and just be told what to wear, how much time we have to get ready, and just have everything already decided.”

The man makes a good point.

I completely understand what it’s like to go, go, go all day long and make every single decision and just be so done by the time dinner rolls around.

Moms Like You…

Moms Like You…

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Someone once said to me, “Moms like you make moms like me feel bad about themselves.”.

Want to know what I was doing at the time? Looking at Pinterest, pinning ideas for my little girl’s next birthday party. I wasn’t bragging about anything, I wasn’t tooting my own horn. I just wanted to plan a fun day for my daughter.

I got the creative gene from my mom. We like making things, sewing, planning. Crafting is just our thing. I really, really like planning parties. It’s so much fun and so many bloggers post their projects and party decorations on Pinterest, it’s just a great place for me to start! And as my husband can verify, I also really, really like planning parties and showers for other people. I like doing it way more than our bank account likes it! I offer a lot of help whenever I hear someone is planning a party. I horn in on all the details because the details and helping are things I thrive on, and I’m pretty good at them. Toot toot.

You can imagine, now, how much that comment hurt. Maybe she thought she was being constructive, I’m not sure what she wanted to accomplish, but it stung. I’ve never used any of my craftiness to try to upstage anyone or make anyone feel bad. How could I have let myself make others feel bad about themselves?