Friday, January 17, 2014

Mom Heart Conference, Coming to Irving, TX - February 21-22, 2014

In February 2009, I attended an amazing moms conference for the first time.  The Mom Heart Conference, then named Whole Hearted Mother Conference, was so rich and inspiring that I've attended just about every year since.  It's a day and a half at a hotel, filled with inspiration, relaxation, and fellowship with other moms.

The second year I was so excited that I wrote about it and invited many friends to attend with me.  It was truly a life-changing experience for me and greatly needed for that season of motherhood.

Since then, I have come to admire the visionary of this conference, Sally Clarkson, and I've read several of her incredibly inspirational books.  

If you're interested in attending this year's conference, visit the Mom Heart Conference Website.

And don't forget to visit Sally's Blog - for wonderful posts which will keep you inspired and focused during this season of motherhood.   

One of the features on today's broadcast of MomTalk2020 is a post from Sally's Blog, written by guest blogger, September McCarthy at One September Day.

Sally's latest book is 10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home.

Wanna win tickets to the conference for you and a friend?  Good Morning Girls is hosting a  Giveaway on their website.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Good Morning Routine for your Bedroom

I'm working on updating my morning routine, with the mindset of keeping my bedroom free of clutter!

Below is what I have come up with so far.  Some of these things I've had on the list all along, and others I've added recently.

I also plan to create this as a check list, with a pretty, decorated background, to place in a frame for my wall or dresser.

When I wake up in the morning, I'm not always in the best mood, so I'm working on creating a habit of playing encouraging music, or Bible teaching to aid in having a positive and hopeful outlook on the day.  This also helps remind me to treat the people around me with kindness and send them along their way with a healthy and bright mood as well.

Morning Routine

___ Make up bed
(--- or remove sheets to wash them.)

___ Declutter End-Table and Dresser
Take a look at the end tables and put away anything there that doesn't belong.

___ Declutter Floor
Sometimes my kids end up coming into my room (or sneaking in) after I've gone to bed, or early in the morning.  They end up leaving all kinds of things on my floor, like their stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, toys, robes, etc.

Before Leaving the House for the Day:

___ Declutter Bed
Maybe the baby's cloys or toys have been left there after I changed her pamper, or after she has been playing there.  Hair products from doing the girls hair sometimes get left on my bed.  Any number of things could happen here, but the key is to remove them all and put them back in place BEFORE I leave the house for the day.  Don't be in such a rush.  And plan extra time to fit this in!

___ Declutter Tables and Dresser
Same as above, with the bed.  This could also include the morning cup of coffee, newspaper, pens, pieces of paper, trash, you name it.  Also, take a moment to straighten the things that are there, that do belong there, such as a clock, Bible/book, etc.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Gut Check! Questions for Mommies in All Seasons of Life!

Is it time for a gut check?  Check out this video and join in the discussion with me!

(It's in 3 parts for now but I will come back and edit it at some point and add them all into ONE.)

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, July 01, 2013

Happy July!

Happy July everyone!!!! June is behind us (thank the Lord because I did not finish all of my June goals. LOL) But the good news is, we will keep on truckin' and the way the Home Management Challenges are set up, each of these areas will come back around through out the year. So let's keep pressing on! Our Challenge areas for July are the Garage and Our Vehicles! I hop you're ready!

Monthly Cleaning Challenges


I am so thankful for you.  Because you have either "liked" the Home Management Challenge Facebook Page, or you've tuned in here on my blog you are helping motivate me and so many others.

There is no way we can get every area of our homes up to par in one month, in a weekend, or any single time frame, so I've placed a schedule below which should help you tackle your home management, focusing on a couple of areas at at time.

This is not to say you will not clean or enhance the areas not listed for that month (yea, sorry to break the news to you) but these will be your challenge areas for the month.  Below, you will see that they repeat every four months.

During these months, I will post helpful blog posts and reminders, ideas, challenges etc. on the Facebook page.  I'm also recording them in the Home Management Binder I'm updating.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated so please feel free to join in and share your thoughts.

January: Kitchen, Kids Rooms, and Papers
February: Bathrooms and Closets
March: Garage and Vehicles
April: Master Bedroom and Laundry

May: Kitchen, Kids Rooms, and Papers
June: Bathrooms and Closets
July: Garage and Vehicles
August: Master Bedroom and Laundry

September: Kitchen, Kids Rooms, and Papers
October: Bathrooms and Closets
November: Garage and Vehicles
December: Master Bedroom and Laundry

Home Management Binder (Work in Progress)

I'm currently working on two different binders I plan to use to keep my life organized!  One is a standard sized binder I keep at home and the other is a portable binder I can take with me in the car, to meetings and appointments, to church, etc.  It even fits in some of my purses.    (Scroll down to the bottom of this post, for a video.)

The portable binder helps me because I can use it right away to make notes, plans, document things, jot down ideas etc. I keep the small blank note paper at the end of each section and I create new notes for whatever I'm feeling inspired about at the time!  Right away it is in the appropriate category.

The section ideas for the portable binder (8.5" x 5.5") are:
 - Routines / Priorities - Calendar - Household - Prayer Requests / Spiritual Disciplines & Growth - Health - Finance - Education - Vacation / Fun Planning - House Projects / New Home - Giving

Category Details 

 - Routines / Priorities: This includes a reminder of what your life priorities are (prayer, giving, vitamins, exercise, make the bed every day, etc.) as well as routines such as yours and kids morning routine, evening routine, hair/skin regimens, etc.)

 - Calendar: Monthly Calendar, Weekly Calendar (week at a glance) - Household: Repeatable menus, grocery list, chores, cleaning schedules, etc.

 - Prayer Requests / Spiritual Disciplines & Growth: Take sermon notes, use this as you take notes during a message/sermon to transfer directly/immediately into your prayer list, fasting focus area, memory verse list, etc.

 - Health: Goals for healthy eating, exercise, notes from doctor appointments (this is a life saver for me right now due to all of the aappointments, prescriptions, supplements, etc.)

 - Finance: List of things to buy, Bill Pay Calendar on two pages, Saving Goals, Keep envelopes here with cash for barber, nail salon, donation to homeless, or other cash envelope spending.

 - Education: School plans / records / schedules / goals

 - Vacation / Fun Planning: Ideas for activities, events, place a sheet protector or pocket here for tickets you've purchased to an event, etc.

 - House Projects / New Home: Notes on projects you're working on at home, ideas for a new home you plan/hope to move to!!

 - Giving: List of people you want to give to, along with addresses, greeting cards, gift cards, etc.  Place the envelopes and stamps in this section as well.

You can decide which of these you want to include in a small portable binder and what you want to put in a larger one that only stays at home.

Please let me know if you have other ideas!

Here's just one place to go for printables you can use.

My first updated version is below.  More to come soon!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Goals for the month of June - Closets

1. Clear the closet floor and vacuum it.
Goal: Wednesday, June 12.
2. Get rid of, or organize the things which were on the floor.
Goal: Saturday, June 15.
2. Sort clothes according to your preference (by type, by season, men/women, etc.)
Goal: Monday, June 17.
3. Purchase new hangers or organize existing hangers so each section has it's own (appropriate) type.
Goal: Monday, June 24.
4. Remove all clothes and other items you don't need (out of style, haven't worn in over a year, doesn't fit, don't need and could be a blessing to someone else, get the picture).
Goal: Saturday, June 29.

Goals for the month of June - Bathrooms

1. New bathroom trash cans if needed.
Goal: Monday, June 10.
2. Install racks or hooks where needed (for towels, robes, etc.)
Goal: Monday, June 10.
3. Completely declutter the bathroom counter and KEEP it free of clutter for at least two weeks!
Goal: Saturday, June 15.
4. Select one of the following and reorganize it with simple containers/labels (under the sink, medicine cabinet, towels, etc.)
Goal: Saturday, June 29.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My New Laundry Schedule

Sundays - All Underwear, Socks, Pajamas

Mondays - All Children's Clothes

Tuesdays - All Adult Clothes, Including Delicates

Wednesdays - All Underwear, Socks, Pajamas

Thursdays - All Towels and Sheets

Fridays - All Adult Clothes

Saturdays - All Towels and Sheets

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Cleaning Challenge

April 10, 2013

I was late getting this out but better late than never right?

I'm starting 3 cleaning challenges for April 2013.  You're invited to take them with me this month (and for as long as you need to.)

The challenges are in the following areas:

1. Laundry
2. Your Bedroom
3. Lunches

Click back often for tips and stories of success / or frustration! :-)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tips and Goals for April Challenge #1 - Laundry

How's laundry management going for you in your home?  What can you do today to tackle it?  Often, one-load-a-day is all we can manage, but this week I'm ready to hit it hard.  How about you?  At LEAST, once or twice this month, let's shoot for getting ALL the laundry in the dirty clothes hampers ALL CLEAN.

Tip #1
Hate folding clothes? Have trouble hanging up all the ones that need to go into the closet? Make it fun. Join together WITH the kids and knock it all out at once. Watch a movie while you work, or turn on some music and sing together, or even make it a game! Whatever it takes, get it done!

Tip #2 - 
Take a look at these suggestions from "The EveryGirl's Guide to Life."

Tip #3
A Workflow for your Laundry?  
I don't have this much space in my laundry room, but I can figure out a way to do something similar, even if it's not made by this company.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tips and Goals for April Challenge #3 - Lunches

What do you eat, regularly, for lunch? Is it anything goes? 

Do you plan them out and intentionally eat cost effectively? 

Do you eat healthy lunches? 

What's your commitment this month?

Tips and Goals for April Challenge #2 - Your Bedroom

Where on your priority list, is the cleaning, and decluttering of YOUR bedroom?

Is it the room you never want anyone to enter? Is it a welcoming and relaxing haven for you when you retire each evening? What can you do today, this week, and the rest of this month, to commit to making your room your palace? 

Share your ideas!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

How to clean and get urine smell out of a mattress. (yuck)

In case you've had problems with anyone (or pet) who has had an accident on your mattress!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hated this problem!! It did take a while for them all to go, but I think we got them all!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

40th Birthday!

When I was 10 I searched for significance. 

For the next 10 years, I struggled to determine exactly to whom  I was valuable. 

At the age of 20 that search was over.  My savior rather emphatically revealed to me, that it was only his attention and affection that mattered. 
For the next 10 years (or so) I sought after Him.  He showed me what joy there was to be found in him, and him alone.  Not easy but extraordinarily worth it!   

When I turned 30 the real "woman's work" (in my eyes) began.  I cried (and I cry) so many times as I press through.  Ever thankful that He is always there --- spiritual spinach to
supernaturally strengthen my spirit!! 

Over the next 10 years, it was the only thing that kept me going....that kept me sane.

Here I am at 40, now what? 

My value comes from Him alone - still.

His affection and His unspeakable joy is what makes me smile - still.   

Gotta put the hard work in - still. 

And even moreso, boy do I need that spiritual spinach!!! 

For the next 10 plus ten plus ten (and so on) years, I vow to remain thankful for this life He's given me to live.

I take nothing for granted, but remain connected to Him.  For without him, I am nothing.  We are nothing.

Thank you Lord for FORTY YEARS!!

"Such confidence we have through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant —not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.".
II Corinthians 3:4-6

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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