As a new mom, I’m always seeking frugal ways to make my house more of a home. I focus on using items you already own to organize or spruce up a living space.
1. Look around you.
There are many items you already own that you can use in different ways to organize or decorate your home. Have an extra garden hose to make a wreath? Want something creative to do with bottle caps? Wine corks?
2. Check out thrift stores/dollar stores.
A year ago now, I posted my 30 before 30 bucket list. Little did I know that I would find out in less than a week that I was pregnant! That changed some of my priorities. So today I give you the 30 before 30 list that I did complete before my 30th birthday!
**If you want to make a similar list, I would encourage you to check out the original post, as it has some printables for making your own 30 before 30 list!
My husband and I took a trip [...]
5-day Slow Down Challenge: Focus
(original challenge here)
Focus is the key word for both Day 3 and Day 4 of the challenge. Multi-tasking. Does it really work? You can’t give your all to two or more activities at a time. Something is suffering. We end up doing one ore more of the tasks poorly.
We don’t try to multi-task during family time, do we? Or how about trying to work on a blog post while watching a movie. It doesn’t work.
Since this slow down challenge started I have been more diligent about giving [...]
Over the weekend I’ve definitely been savoring the time with family. Savor is the word for the second day of the slow down challenge.
5-day Slow Down Challenge: Savor
Something precious is lost when we get so busy and consumed with what is “urgent” and on the “to-do list”. I love how the saying above puts it, “Busyness robs us of the gift right in front of us”. Life moves much too fast for us to be making light of spending time with family. Who knows what tomorrow might bring?
It’s not easy to slow [...]
I’m turning 30 this month!! AAhhhh!!!!! Crazy, right?
Remember my 30 before 30 bucket list?
Before my son was born I was pretty ambitious in what I wanted to accomplish the last month of my pregnancy and the two months following. Since I’m a first time mom, I didn’t know if my priorities would change after giving birth (which they did) and I didn’t know how much time I would have to devote to my bucket list (very little, if any).
For the months of May and June
Today is the first day of the slow down challenge. I’m wanting to take in and fully savor these last 5 days before I get back into teaching piano from my maternity leave. Of course, I want to keep life going in as slow of a pace as I can, even once I start teaching.
5-day Slow Down Challenge: Notice
The challenge was to take time to notice the things that other people are overlooking. Find a way to interrupt your busy schedule and enjoy what’s right in front of you.
To do: Spend 15 minutes going for [...]
We can’t believe how much you have grown from 11 days old until now – 2 months!! **photo credit – Sarah Long at Joyful Photography
We have SO enjoyed watching you grow and develop. We’ve had some very exciting things happen recently – you have reached great milestones:
focusing and staring at things smiling intentionally at Daddy, then Momma, then others becoming aware of being touched carrying on “conversations” with others
Weight: You are now 11 lbs 8 oz and 23.5 inches long!! The doctor says you are [...]
You are a month old now, and you’ll be reaching some major milestones very soon! You will start looking at things longer and more often, smile intentionally for the first time, become more aware of being touched and of different smells.
Weight: At one week old, you were 8 lbs. You had gained your birth weight back – which was incredible in my mind because breastfeeding was a little difficult that first week.
At 1 month, Ain, you were 9 lbs 13 oz! Doctor says you are perfectly healthy and growing well.
So, if you’ve been following Romance on a dime you’ll know that we were expecting a Baby Girl. Weeks ago we completed her nursery – the colors were gray, yellow, and pink. I wanted it to be elegant and peaceful.
Then Baby Boy arrived – surprise!! We had so many girls’ clothes and girl stuff. My mom helped me pack it away. Thankfully, our family and friends have been very generous in giving us some boys’ clothes and other items.
I’m really glad we went with gray walls and had a lot of yellow in the room. We decided [...]
Welcome Baby Boy!
Boy, were you a surprise! Ain Levi Pool (pronounced ‘long A’ and the word ‘in’) was born on Monday, June 24th. His names mean ‘Merciful’ and “Gift of God’. He certainly is a gift. But, he was a surprise as we were expecting a girl (that’s what the 18 week sonogram showed).
He was 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long – same size as his Daddy when he was born! It was a LONG labor – 27 hours and 21 of those hours I was in active labor! [...]