Try It Tuesday

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I’m always looking for life hacks that will make my life easier. As a mom, most of the time I’m searching for ways to make cleaning easier (see: ways to get the kids involved in cleaning). I read this article one day while I was searching Pinterest and I my interest was instantly piqued!

For those of you who don’t want to click the link, I’ll give the “TL;dr” version: a woman once had a terrible landlord who actually gave her some great advice on how to clean the bathtub: Dawn dish soap and a broom.

Apparently, the bristles from the broom are great at scraping away any gunk off the tub while the Dawn gets rid of all the nasty grime and soapscum, all while saving your back from any discomfort. I decided to try it for myself!

I went to Dollar Tree and bought a new broom specifically for this and just grabbed the Dawn from the kitchen.

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All I did was squeeze the Dawn into the tub:

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Scrub, and then rinse:

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It certainly looked clean, but my mom always told me that the way to tell if a bathtub is clean is to rub your hand alongside the bathtub walls. If its smooth, then all the gunk is gone and your tub is clean! If its bumpy and rough, you need to keep scrubbing. I sat down on the edge of the tub and rubbed my hands along the tub walls.

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I was VERY impressed! This is a great way for someone with chronic pain/back issues/elderly to be able to clean without putting unneeded stress on their back or joints! Even Huff the Tot could do this because the cleaner isn’t made with harsh chemicals! My life is forever changed, y’all.

Have you ever tried this trick? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Anyone else get inexplicably stressed out or anxiety-ridden when their house is cluttered/messy? When Duplos have been scattered across the floor and the hallway looks like an LOL Surprise minefield, I can literally feel my chest start to tighten.

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When the Christmas decorations were all out, I felt like the walls of our little house were closing in. I couldn’t wait for the holiday season to be over just so I could have a sense of calm. A few days after we cleared the house of decor, my husband and I watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix. If you don’t know, Marie Kondo wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing which quickly topped the best-seller list and has made believers out of her converts–even Emily Gilmore…

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Basically, Marie says that instead of decluttering and organizing room by room, you do it category by category. For example, you bring all of your clothes out and pile them. You touch each item of clothing and, if the item does not spark joy, you tell it thank you for being in your life and get rid of it.

Personally, the whole concept of whether or not something sparks joy/thanking a hoodie for being in my life concept is a little too “crystals under the bed to promote healing powers” for me. BUT, I think the idea of organizing by category instead of location is pretty smart.

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Huff the Hubs and I decided to try it out. He started out in our room with his clothes and I piled all of Huff the Tot’s clothes in the living room and we got to work. After we finished with her stuff, I moved on to Huff the Babe’s room and then I tackled the beast that is my own closet.

Y’all.

It was incredibly cathartic and relaxing.

We got rid of SEVEN TRASH BAGS–you read that right, SEVEN–of JUST clothes. Can you believe that?!

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Huff the Hubs bought the book because he wanted to know “the real method” to getting rid of paper clutter and books, so as soon as he reads that chapter (because Momma ain’t doing it) we’re getting started on those categories. If you’re looking to get organized and feel less clutter anxiety in 2019, I highly recommend trying out this process!

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy New Year, Geeklings! One of my goals this year is to be more consistent with blogging so I am committed to bringing you more geekery in 2019! Let’s just dig right in, shall we?

Its a new year, maybe its a time to update the decor in your house with some nerdy nifties like this Starry Night-inspired wall art from Think Geek!

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I just realized that this canvas included Earth…so…what planet is this city on?! Dun, dun, dun!

 

Maybe you’ve got a resolution to host more fantastical gathering with you and your crew! Definitely time to splurge on this Harry Potter flatware!

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These Hogwarts crest-engraved utensils come in a single place setting (5 pieces) or a 4-person place setting (20 pieces)!

 

Its a new year which means its probably time to start evaluating your fitness goals. Why not start small with this finger weightlifting set from Perpetual Kid?  Finger-Weight-Lifting__96530.1540683226

While not an actual way to get ripped, it is a great way to keep the workday more fun!

 

Y’all, January in Oklahoma is turning out to be a lot colder than December. I need to reevaluate my winter gear. Perhaps I need these:

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Seriously, how a-DORK-able are these unicorn earmuffs?! I bet they’re magically cozy, too!

 

A few weeks ago, my favorite Star Wars purse fell apart after about 9 years of love and affection. *Sigh* But this means I’m in the market for a new, nerdy bag! Maybe I’ll get this one from Hot Topic!

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This cross-body bag is made to look like a book of the classic Ghibli film, My Neighbor Totoro! Surely it will hold all of my little soot sprites, right?

 

 

Happy Fangirling!

Thriving Thursday

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Welcome to the inaugural Thriving Thursday! This idea came about when I started thinking about resolutions for 2019 and how I wanted to talk about some things that have worked for me in the past, mistakes I’ve learned from, and maybe offer some help/direction for anyone else looking to make positive changes this year! Each Thursday in January, I will be discussing some of my resolutions as well as tips and tricks to help you (if you’ve made similar ones) and also check in throughout the year to keep up with progress!

Among the goals I have set for myself for the next twelve months was to consistently save money and cut down needless spending. Last year, I gave it a try and I feel like I did A LOT better than in years past, but there’s always room for improvement.

In December 2017, I found a year-long savings plan that would help me save money throughout the year without making the BIG deposits during the most expensive months of the year (November and December).

I actually did pretty well with this! That is, until the summer.

I decided not to work during the summer months at the Mother’s Day Out program where I teach during the school year because I wanted to be able to have the freedom to go and do things with my kiddos/visit with family as much as possible. It was a fun summer, but I felt the pinch of my purse strings quite a bit.

This year, however, I’m determined to complete this challenge!

Here is my savings plan:

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I know it doesn’t seem like much, considering what most households are able to save with two, full-time incomes, however for a stay-at-home-mom like myself, this is will come in very handy!

Do you have a money saving plan? What are some resources you use? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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A few weeks ago, I had a horrible ache in my shoulder. I chalked it up to stress of the holiday season and did everything I could work the tension out of my shoulder. Nothing really helped. Cut to me at Walmart, looking for an Epsom salt soak in the bath soap aisle and I stumbled across this:

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Intrigued, I decided to buy it and see if it could help my aching muscles.

That night when I took a shower, I remember this and squirted a little into my palm and instantly I felt the heat! I started massaging it into my shoulder and it felt SOOO good!

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The heat didn’t last very long, so I used it two more times and by the time I got out of the shower, my shoulder felt the best it had in DAYS! I think this would be great for anyone with arthritis or even just for an at-home pedicure!

 

Have you ever tried this? What did you think?

Mommy Monday

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Hey Mommas! How was your winter break? I’m sure it started out like most of ours: excited for the fun times ahead, filled with hope that everyone would get along/decorate those gingerbread houses with Joanna Gaines-like artistry, and everyone gathered around the table perfectly dressed and coiffed.

Then, Day Two came.

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I can relate.

You know who else can? The women over at WhatsUpMoms! Check out this hilarious video they made, describing exactly what winter break is like.

 

Solidarity, Mommas. Its almost over.

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