Life Challenges

New Season has Arrived: Time to Clean out the “Not So Fancy” Clothes Closet, and ORGANIZE

You know what I have a really hard time letting go of? CLOTHES. I know, it’s weird but for some reason I just don’t like getting rid of them. I literally still have clothes from high school (keep in mind I graduated in 2007). I just like the idea of having choices, and in my mind I think “I may need this for a certain occasion”, but then they sit…and sit…and are never worn (are you nodding your head with me? whew, thank goodness I’m not the only one). These clothes take up space, and right now we don’t have much space to work with after having a baby. (our baby’s “stuff”took over the house!)

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So,  what suddenly motivated me to finally get rid of these clothes?…Well, after having a baby I came to the conclusion that my body has formed let’s just say “a new shape” (I wouldn’t change it for the world though!) So basically some of my clothes just don’t fit the way they should, and it’s time for them to go! I thought what a perfect time to clean out the closet with the start of a new season. I didn’t go out to buy fancy & expensive organizational tools. I made it simple and catered to what works for us. I’ll share some ways I organized myself to make it a little easier. Really, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

I know we all want that “fancy” closet, but sometimes it’s just not possible, but having an organized closet IS possible.

So, my challenge for you this week is to focus on your bedroom closet and get rid of those clothes you know you will never put on again. New Season, New Closet. If you didn’t wear that tank top or those shorts this past summer, well sorry to say but you’re probably not going to wear them next Summer. Get Rid of It! (just a little support, I know I need it!) Continue reading “New Season has Arrived: Time to Clean out the “Not So Fancy” Clothes Closet, and ORGANIZE”

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Let’s Build a Community of Readers! #momsteachtoo

love reading aloud to children! I know I have said this before, but when I was a teacher this was my favorite part of teaching! The interaction between the book, child, and you! It’s such a special moment, and you never know where the conversation will lead! Watch these two videos first before I go into this weeks challenge for you! There will also be some great resources towards the end that I will share with you!

**If you are on instagram make sure to post a picture and tag momsteachtoo along with #momsteachtoo! You are one of the best teachers for your child, remember that!**

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Natural Memory Card Vs. Digital Memory Card

**WARNING** This page has NO pictures and you will have to use your imagination.

My family and I recently went out for some delicious homemade ice cream at The Soda Fountain located in College Park, Florida. I had pumpkin pie and banana foster ice cream, and YES I had them together! I’m really bad at narrowing it down to just one choice! (I swear this blog has a point, just keep with me don’t leave yet) On the way to the ice cream shop my phone died, and I didn’t have my charger with me. AHHH, THE WORST, Right!? I was NOT a happy camper! I have been addicted to taking pictures lately and of course wanted to capture these precious ice cream moments with my son.

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Life Challenges

“Hey Mom, Let’s Go to the Library!” #momsteachtoo

The library…ahhh…full of resources, books, and activities. Since my son was about 4 months old we have been going almost every week, sometimes more than once! It truly is one of his favorite places to go. He loves participating in their story time and just exploring the children’s section. With the amount of amusement parks, technology, and play gyms sometimes the library can get lost in the midst of things, so with that said…

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Here is my challenge for you this week:

I challenge you to visit your local library and see ALL that it has to offer. Try to make it your child’s favorite place to go! I’m not just talking about going to the library and looking at books, BUT also participating in an activity that they offer weekly. If you already go to the library, than I encourage you to see what the library has to offer for adults. I recently just discovered some amazing classes for myself that teach about specific hobbies. The best part is,  it’s FREE! (If you have been reading my blog you’ll notice I’m a sucker for FREE activities!)  For example, at my local library there is a class on how to grow a vegetable garden in Florida, which I have been thinking about doing for a while. This class has motivated me to get started, so I’ll be attending! Folks, this is REAL person help with REAL first hand experience, not just a youtube video. 😉 Check out the nationwide public libraries website to view all the libraries within your own area.

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Life Challenges, Motherhood

From a SAHM’s Perspective: working moms I truly applaud you, but also let’s not forget about the working dads…

The working mom…

I had the opportunity to commit to this role for about 3 months, and that was enough for me. I just couldn’t do it anymore and  I am very lucky enough to have the opportunity not to.

Let me share a quick story with you…

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Life Challenges

Turning that House Chore You Despise into a Habit

I absolutely HATE (my mom always said hate is a strong word, but I really think it’s appropriate in this situation!) LAUNDRY! I mean the whole process is just daunting and I can’t seem to get over this hatred feeling towards it. Laundry is a love/hate relationship. I love the smell of fresh laundry and the feeling of having fresh clothes put away, but COME ON! The process is outrageous…sorting, then putting it in the washer, then drying, then folding, and FINALLY putting them away.

So here is the thing that I learned, LAUNDRY is not going to go away, sigh…

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Can HAPPINESS truly be defined?

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The one thing I have always wanted was to “be happy” in whatever I do. Silly me…of course we ALL want that. I love how John Lennon says he wants to “be happy” when he grows up. Though, the struggle can be “how do we take the feeling of being happy and find the actual Happiness in our life..

Feeling happy is different from the sense of Happiness.

Happy is an adjective, which is a feeling. We can have this all throughout our day. Where as Happiness is a noun. It takes time to find Happiness, which then presents itself into a “person, place, or thing” in your life that you wouldn’t be able to live without.

Which leads me to this thought…

Can Happiness truly be defined?

There are so many different personalities within the world that we all have our own sense of Happiness. Some of us are still trying to find that Happiness…

As I was drinking my coffee this morning I thought to myself…

“I wonder what Happiness is to others.”

Johnny and I went on a mission around Lake Eola  to ask the question to others “What is your Happiness?” Below are the responses I received. It was so interesting and empowering to ask that question to others. Of course people were surprised that I stopped them to ask, but in the end I actually had a few people “thank me”.

Our first stop was Publix (which is our favorite grocery store!) We stopped there to get a few flowers so that we could give them to people after I asked them about their Happiness. It was just a token of thanking them for responding.  Johnny and I then proceeded to walk around the lake and find people that we could ask. We looped around the lake two times, and it was amazing to pass by the previous people we talked with and see them still carrying their flower.

Below are the responses I received after asking the  question “What is your Happiness?”

“Jesus”- two Publix cashiers

“family”- two women runners

“not running, sleeping” – a woman runner

“freedom to do what I want”- elderly lady

” I don’t know, but I can present thoughts: helathy foods, or just a sense of life”- elderly man

“you can’t contain happiness from others and things, I learned I have to find it within myself”- mother of two boys

“dauther & wife”- elderly man runner

This next one was the one that stood out to me the most…

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Happiness can be the most difficult thing to achieve due to what we call LIFE.  It takes a lot of determination, patience, and overcoming challenges to actually achieve it.

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So I leave you with this thought and challenge… What is “your” Happiness?

Happiness is _______________.

If you haven’t found happiness I challenge you to have that be your mission. You may be surprised by what it truly is.

Ready, Set, Go! 

P.S. My Happiness is my family: John, Johnny, and LadyBelle (our dog). (Generic I know, but it truly is!)

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