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10 Things I’ve Learned

Life is short. We shouldn’t waste time following rules that kill time. Just ones that save time, make memories & provide you with more blessings to come.

• Let them be little. If its sleeping in the middle, helping or just experiencing something new that they maybe insist on; like carrying the bathroom hairbrush around the house.

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• Set the breakfast table before you go to bed. I don’t know about your house but mine is (sometimes) crazy in the mornings. This saves about 15 minutes of running around gathering everything. You just need to grab food and drink and your ready to relax to get your morning fuel.

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• Pray Always and Always with your children. In the morning, before nap or bed, at meals & in the car. They will remember something that happened a lot growing up and definitely come back to it.

• Watch cartoons with your kids. Cartoons brings out the kid in us and if you pick the right ones your child should be learning Something !! Mind you this isn’t an event that should last too long 😉

• Cut your fruits and veggies up the day you buy them (the ones you can). This saves time in dinner and snack prep, and you’re more likely to make healthy choices more regularly.

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• Spend some time alone, even if its only a little. Before you were dad/mom, husband/wife, & son/daughter,etc. you were Yourself. You need time to reflect on that, it makes you a better everything listed above.

• Let your kids eat what they want they will eventually grow to like more things. But for now (toddler years) eating peanut butter on EVERYTHING is just fine. 🙂

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• Go to church. No matter your religion you should believe in something bigger than yourself. Going to church is a good character builder and friend maker for both children and adults. You may need to live out your faith too. We all know that there are trials and tribulations in this world and having a base before they come is key to success.

• Plant a garden or at least a plant. Something about growing something from a seed that just reminds you how lucky we are to have such abundance. Plus fresh stir fry or chili with the ‘fresh’ veggies is always better.

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• Take some time. At least once a week GO UNPLUGGED. Even if its only for a few hours. The need plug-in technology in this world has gotten enormous. Getting back to the simple life is just what the doctor ordered sometimes.

~I hope my experiences has helped and blessed you further.

~What are something’s you’ve learned ??

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Organization 101

By no means am I a professional organizer or perfect mother, but I have had life experiences and have truly been trying to be a more organized in my house. This was my new years resolution for years before I had a little one running around.

Adding a child to the mix really changes the meaning of organization. I have found that when my house is clean and organized I’m happier and more relaxed. That may sound weird to some but it’s just my individual outlook.

I’ve also been inspired by a fellow friend to further evaluate my life priorities and being organized really is at the top of this, simply because it is easier to focus on what is “truly” important when you don’t have to worry about the ‘housework.’

Also very inspiring: two new blogs I’ve found. http://www.cleanmama.net/ and http://www.organizinghomelife.com/

I encourage you to visit them both, follow and allow their posts to change your life as they did mine. Or at least change the way you look at life.

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The idea that you do a few little things everyday had never really occurred to me. It was either all perfect or all a mess and it wasn’t one of those beautiful messes that good moms have either. !!!

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And taking the do a little something each day a little further, with this free printable, I changed it up a little to fit my week.

My favorite thing about this new lease on life is doing one load of laundry per day. More some day’s, but the idea of never having that heap of laundry that takes three days to accomplish and never being done… Is the best thing I got rid of yet.

On the side I’ve been trying to do bigger organization projects. Organizing pictures for storage & scrap booking. Organizing my paper mess (filing cabinet). Organizing my craft items. Organizing is my newest hobby. 🙂 thanks to Ginny & Becky

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Newest craft organization. ^

How do you organize ??

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Venturing Out

Hello: Amanda here… I went off the blogging grid there for a while. It’s been exteremly busy here in the country with gardens and family picnics and vacations. But I wanted to give an update.

As many of you know I love to craft and I have decided to take it up a notch. I wanted to share my already accumulated inventory with my followers. I hope you enjoy and if you would like to order or special order anything please contact me at  amandashomemadecommodities@gmail.com

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Baby Burp Cloths– Make a cute gift for a shower or quick visit !!

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Soft Baby Books !!

 

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Baby Bonnet’s and Hat’s !!

You can keep up with my facebook page as well !!

https://www.facebook.com/AmandasHomemadeCommodities?ref=hl

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