Love, Fun and Football

Jan 16, 2017

Random Ramblings

Has anyone else ever been sore from a day of cleaning? No? Just me? That probably just goes to show how incredibly out of shape I am because after a weekend of mopping floors, scrubbing tile grout and deep cleaning our kitchen I am simply SORE. Like, why bother with a gym membership when you can just go to town with the Clorox and some rags?!

Needless to say, my weekend didn't consist of much else. Our house was just due for some good deep-cleaning and Jared and I tackled a lot of it together. I probably shouldn't admit it, but multiple trips were made to both Walmart and Lowes for supplies we needed. Let me repeat, multiple times. Multiple times meaning the people at Lowes were probably beginning to wonder what kind of garbage dump we were cleaning that required this many things. But since one of us was always elbows deep in bleach and/or taking care of T, the other one would run out and grab something only to realize we were out of something else by the time we got back. 

Life with a kid vs life pre-kid sure looks different. Some days I really miss being able to just hop in the car on a whim and go do whatever we want. I miss being able to blast my music as loud as I want while cleaning but hello, naptime is sacred and we do not disrupt a good nap. Speaking of good naps... there haven't been many of those lately because #teething. Are you guys tired of me talking about my kid and his teeth yet? Because I'm tired of it, but it's no joke.

Ya know what else looks different? Not working for a football team anymore. Usually every January I'm heartbroken over how many hours I put in only to have my team lose in the first round of the playoffs. At least, that's what happened 6 of the 7 season I worked there. This year, my Bengals were so terrible it was easy to not have my hopes crushed in the post-season. As of right now, I'm rooting for a Patriots v. Falcons SuperBowl though!

One last thing before I end this random, rambling of a post....Reminder to all that you can still enter our giveaway for an Erin Condren planner through tonight. Winner will be announced tomorrow :)

Jan 11, 2017

Getting Organized {PLANNER GIVEAWAY}

It seems like this time of year everyone is vowing to get more organized, and that's certainly the case for me. I love all things organization especially my paper planners- which is why my friend Amy and I started our planner sticker business a little over a year ago! We love creating stickers to be both fun/functional and to work in all types of planners. While I've been pretty partial to Erin Condren over the years, I know the price tag can often scare people away... (though I think it's totally worth it!) So I'm THRILLED to be co-hosting a giveaway with Amy today.


FEATURES INCLUDE
-12 full spreads for monthly planning
-Note pages for detailed planning
-Stay on track with functional task lists
-High level monthly goals
-Mini month calendars
-Creative quotes and dot grid pages

-And tons more!

If you're still needing a jumpstart on the new year, be sure to enter below. Only one required entry but we sure would love you to enter with the bonus entries as well ;)

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Jan 10, 2017

Things I've Learned Recently

- Weird things actually clean better than typical cleaning supplies. Toilet bowl cleaner is great for cleaning grout! So the grout in our bathroom has been overdue for a good scrubbing for quite some time.  I saw on Pinterest that someone used Clorox gel with bleach, let it sit for about 10 minutes, scrubbed it in, then rinse/mop it up and it looks SO much better. Also, apparently oven cleaner works for shower floors. #mindblown

- When using that many strong products in a very small, no-window bathroom... DO wear a mask. We found these lying around and thank goodness because that stuff is strong.

- Also? New parents take any activity and call it a "date" ... cleaning bathrooms with music playing?! TOTALLY a date.

- There will never, ever everrrr be enough hours in the day to do it all. People that claim/act like they do? They're lying ;) I'm okay admitting that I'm perpetually behind on something (usually multiples somethings) at ALL times.

- Changes are scary, no matter how good the change might be. This isn't meant to be all vague or anything, but it's just something I've been thinking of lately. I used to think I welcomed and embraced change. Until my life started really changing in the past year- haha. It's hard to have life as you know it totally shaken up even for good reasons like new jobs, babies, etc.

- Don't spend money on expensive teethers, your kid just wants anything he can shove in his mouth. T will eat/gum/lick just about any item that he can get his hands on. He FINALLY had a tooth pop through this week- PRAISE THE LORD. He's been crabby and whiney and oh my goodness, teeth are the worst. But thank goodness for random books, toy blocks and momma's hoodie drawstrings.

- If you don't meal plan before the week starts you WILL eat way too much garbage. Enough said.

- Make the time to text/email/call/contact/visit a friend or family member regularly. Another thing that I've been working on is staying in touch with the "outside world" as I call it. Being a SAHM can feel very isolating at times... especially now that it's cold and gross out, not as many fun things to go out and do during the day with T. So that little adult interaction worked into my regular routine has helped so much.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Teething (as mentioned aboved) has made for a difficult couple of weeks and I feel behind on everything (also see above) but I'm still hanging around blogworld when I can! :) 

Jan 4, 2017

Currently: January Edition

I'm excited that it's time for the super fun monthly link-up with Anne and her co-host Jessica. Be sure to check out both of their blogs and join in the fun this month (and year!)

Gathering: Anything I can get rid of and hauling it away. Clothes, junk, unused kitchen items, you name it. I'm tired of the clutter- SO tired of it, and having a baby with lots of stuff only makes it feel more cramped around here.

Making: Stickers! Our Etsy shop took a little break over the holidays, but we are back open and I'm currently designing away. I love getting my new planner out and putting the birthday stickers in it- it's what I do first every year :) Also, how cute are these?! We released these right before the holidays so you might have missed them- but they are some of my favorites in our shop right now.

Sipping: Lots of green drinks! Jared and I are always experimenting with juice recipes. We have a couple juicing books and there are endless combinations. I have a post coming soon with all our favorites.

Following: Clean Mama on her blog and Instagram. She has some great, free printables and fun challenges for cleaning and organizing. Just what I need to start the year! 

Resolving: To make every day count. I think as a SAHM it's easy to let the days blur together and let time get away from me. I want to be more productive each day, rather than letting all my to-do's pile up until the end of a week (or whenever). If I just act on the thing that needs done when I think of it, my life probably wouldn't feel quite so chaotic.