11 Practical, No-Frills Homemaking Tips for Today’s Busy Mom

Homemaking for the modern mom

The term homemaker is one that’s pretty polarizing, to say the least. It either gets your inner feminist in an uproar or you take pride in the term used to describe how a mother makes her home. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle of the road here.

The good news is, this post isn’t about the term itself and all the feelings that come with it. But about why homemaking is still relevant and an integral part of a smooth, well managed, and joyful home… even after a long day’s work!

Homemaking for the modern mom

Holly Schurter from Professionalizing Motherhood, describes homemaking like this, “Anyone can keep a house. Not everyone bothers to make a home.”

Whether I officially call myself a homemaker or prefer a more snazzy name like Domestic CEO… my ultimate goal is to make a home.

And I have a feeling it is yours too!

My Modern Twist on Homemaking

Most of us as moms today are super busy. Some of that busyness is self-imposed, and much of it is due to our modern super connected and fast-paced world.

Women today are working full time or running their own businesses. And some are even doing both!

And then there are the many women, including myself, who choose to stay at home with their kids but are still working from home.

Who else do you think is creating all these amazing blogs? It’s moms! 😉

With all that responsibility comes with a price that we pay in our time.

Most of us just don’t have a full day, every day to keep our homes. Even most of the stay at home moms I know who don’t work for income volunteer in some way!

So how are we able to be effective in running our homes with so little time to do it?

We simplify the process.

That simply means running your home, connecting with your family, and making your home feel inviting within the framework of a crazy, busy life!

So you can focus on what’s important in a much shorter amount of time.

Here are 11 homemaking tips to help you make your home in less time!

11 Homemaking Tips to Make Your Home Faster!


1 – Stop Doing it All!

In today’s world, women want it all. And I believe we can have it all!

We just can’t always have it all… all at the same time.

And if we want it all… we need to stop trying to do it all.

Delegation is your friend! And your starting place is the lovely little people whose very existence allows you to be called Mom in the first place.

Part of homemaking is teaching and preparing our children for adulthood. So, involving your kids in the process of housework is just good parenting, but it also removes much of the hard work from your plate. #WinWin

My mom was a stay at home mom and she did all the work around the house. She loved getting things done “her way.” This may have felt to her that she was just doing her job as a stay at home mom. I felt this way early on too.

But sadly, all three of her kids (me included) grew up domestically challenged!

Welcoming those imperfect little hands into your homemaking routine might seem counterintuitive when you have to re-do everything at first. Just keep at it and you’ll see as they get older, your workload will go down, the quality of work will go up, and you get to share quality time with your kids in the process.

I also want to add that hiring someone to clean your home (if you can afford it) is a wise choice. Especially if your children are still babies or very little. Or if their time is also very limited due to school and other requirements.

I’m working on this plan myself. This way I can spend my precious hours doing more connecting with my family than doing a bunch of cleaning.

2 – Clean As You Go

I’m not sure why this one is so hard to grasp. Cleaning as you go is the single best way to keep a handle on the organization and overall cleanliness of your home.

Yet I know many moms struggle with this one. I know I still do!

I’ll use the dishes as an example. I live in an older home currently that doesn’t have a dishwasher. Do you feel my pain right now?
When we’re done eating, the habit is to scrape the dish and put in on the counter next to the sink so the dishwasher can handle the rest. That’s me again!

What happens at the end of the day is I’m met with a mountain of dirty dishes.

The smarter thing to do is each time a dish is used. Have all age appropriate people scrape then take the extra step of washing that one measly dish and it’s done. All throughout the day!

No more dish mountain!

This concept is great for mail, toys, or any other clutter that tends to pile up throughout the day.

My philosophy is we either pay now or pay later.

And paying later is always harder and more work.

Related: 9 Smarter Ways to Clean your Home Better, Faster, and More Naturally

3 – Have a Routine

There is power in a routine. I find that routines are so much more effective than schedules! That’s because they’re more natural and less rigid, and when you finally master a new routine it’s a thing of beauty.

That’s because muscle memory begins to take over and your routine happens whether you think about it or not.

Think about the last time you drove home. Did you conscientiously think about all the turns you made along the way? No way, you probably just felt like you teleported right home some days.

Routines are also extremely effective for kids. It takes some work, in the beginning, to train their bodies to do each task, but once they get it… no more nagging! #That’sCalledWinning

As for a homemaking routine, set up a daily routine where you do certain tasks on different days of the week. Do these tasks on their designated day every week until it becomes a habit.

I believe you can effectively make and keep your home in as little as one hour a day!

To help you out, I’ve created a simple printable daily routine that you can post and practice every day. I also added in routines for the kids too!

4 – Make or Prep Meals Ahead of Time

Dinner doesn’t have to be planned, prepared, and cook all at 5:00 pm every evening. That’s madness!

And let me be transparent here, meals are my weakness. The area I struggle with the most.

Here’s my plan for sanity!

I plan my meals out. I’ve recently added my youngest daughter who loves to cook into my process for added accountability and bonding time. Her idea! We both sit down and decide what we want to eat in the coming week.

We write up a shopping list and shop on our shopping day.

We use many different methods for getting the actual meals prepared. You can read those methods more in detail here.

Then we cook, eat, and enjoy the time.

We still roll through the drive-thru on occasion. But I find there are more drive-thru nights when I didn’t make a plan!

Related: 179+ Cheat Sheet Dinner Ideas That’ll Change the Way You Make Dinner Forever!

5 – Use Essential Oils to Keep Your Home Fresh

Scents are important to the feeling and heart of a home! This is why scented candles and plug-in air fresheners are so popular. People love scents that transport them to another place… their childhood, a holiday, or even that vacation you can’t wait to get back to.

But artificial air fresheners are filled with harsh chemicals that are adding unnecessary toxins into our homes.

There are many natural alternatives you can use to freshen and add deodorize your home.

Using essential oils are a great way to add healthy aromas into your home by using a diffuser.

My current favorite blend is:

5 drops of Stress Away (YoungLiving)

5 drops of Frankincense

3 drops of Peppermint

2 drops of Lemon

This blend is perfect for getting and staying focused and keeping my mood levels nice and stable – AKA drama free!

6 – Create Easy Storage for Toys and Family Items

Toys and other family items like backpacks, shoes, and sporting equipment can get out of control in a second. But these are things you shouldn’t be touching at all.

Most everyone in your family can put their own things away easily themselves. Your only job is to provide a simple and easily accessible place to put them!

If you don’t create a place for EVERYTHING in your home that’s simple – your family will find one. And the couch is my family’s first choice! Aghhh!

Having a large open basket or even an ottoman that opens up for toys is a great way to keep your kids’ toys away but still keeping your rooms looking nice and stylish.



Having a mudroom is the perfect place to store shoes and backpacks. You don’t even need to have an actual mudroom. Just adding a nice shoe rack and some study decorative hooks can go along way to getting rid of the piles of shoes and bags laying around.

7 – Have a Nightly Fast Family Cleaning Session

Before bedtime, our family does a fast speed cleaning round. I let the kids handle this. They just go around putting away anything that got left out, put the throws back on the couch, and return the toys back to their place.

My husband actually started this routine and I’ve been so thankful ever since! And it works.

8 – Connect with your Family Every Day

Making time to stop moving and doing, and just be with your kids and your spouse is also part of making a home. Remember, homemaking is about more than keeping the house clean and organized.

Make the time to sit down and talk, discuss the day, or ask your family what you can help them with. It’s even better if you can give each person their own one-on-one session.

But that’s not always realistic.

Dinnertime is a great time to connect and talk, bathtime is fun to just have some fun, and right before bed is a perfect time to create some special routines like reading in bed.

With my oldest daughter, we have a chat before bed. She also talks a lot with her dad before bed… probably way longer than she does with me. Lol

With my youngest daughter, we do a read-aloud book. She loves this time more than anything. Her love language is physical touch, so this is a great time to get close and snuggle. I find she really needs this!

Related: 50 ways to speak your child’s love language every day

And for my baby boy, we snuggle in bed before he falls asleep. This time is really for both of us.

Click here for more FREE and fun ways to connect with your family.

9 – Do Laundry Everyday

My method for laundry is simple… do it every day. Having a designated laundry is way too overwhelming for me.

I simply drop one load of laundry in the washer in the morning when I wake up. Then I transfer it to the dryer after I drop the kids off at school. I remove the dried clothes around my lunch break.

At that time I either hang them up or fold them.

In the evening, I do a quick round of put-aways and give the older girls their piles to put away themselves. The whole process is done in 5-10 minute chunks throughout the day.

Not too bad right?

If I stick to that 5 days a week, my laundry stays well under control.

10 – Have a System for Mail and Other Clutter

Clutter is a huge problem for most families. I know this because there are decluttering books and courses all over the internet and on TV.

I’m no expert on clutter, but I use the same idea as the toys. If you have a place to put your clutter and a healthy grasp on what should actually go in the trash, you’ll be right on track.

Have a simple and easily accessible location to put the mail you want to save and shred the rest right then. This is where the beauty of storage bins comes in!

Here are some great ideas to store your usual clutter magnets.


11 – Have a Donate Bin in the Laundry Room

As you are doing laundry and you see something doesn’t fit anymore, throw it into a designated donate bin right in your laundry room.

When it gets filled, put the items in a plastic bag and drop off at your local donate location.

Tell your kids when they put on clothes that no longer fit or they have toys that don’t need to keep to put those items in the donate bin themselves.

12 – Get Rest and Have a Quiet Time

Um, yes being well rested is part of keeping a home. If you’re a crazy, tired, burnout mom you can’t effectively do any of these things.

I’m not saying go on a spa vacation every week, but having a regular quiet time routine or practicing good self-care is important.

As moms, we pour out of ourselves every day.

Are you honestly making the time to pour anything back in?

Pouring from an empty vessel is fruitless and only hurts yourself and your family in the end.

Related: Why all moms need to be intentional about their self-care routine

13 – Make Your House a Home

Adding simple touches like the soft flicker of a candle, fresh flowers, and soft throw blankets are the things that make a house feel like an inviting home.

I’m no Martha Stewart here at my house, so I’m not saying your home should look like a magazine cover or like those perfectly white-washed Instagram pics.

Just add simple things to make everything feel warm and cozy.


14 – Live with a Minimalist Mindset

One reason why families today struggle with their clutter is they simply have too much stuff! That’s why the concept of minimalism is growing in popularity.

It’s the concept of understanding what you really need and what is just access weighing down your life. I certainly don’t go “all-in” on the minimalist bandwagon but I totally see the perks.

If you have fewer clothes – there are fewer clothes to wash.
If your kids have fewer toys – there are fewer toys to clean and store.
If you have fewer shoes – there is more room in your closet! Lol

I try to live by a rule of getting rid of one older item when getting a new one. I don’t stick to this rule with everything in my home, but it works well for kids toys, new fashion accessories, and other things that easily pile up.

15 – Adjust with your Season

The last thing you MUST practice as a homemaker is to make adjustments for each new season you’re in! Motherhood is constantly changing all the time and so your routines will often need to change to flow with those seasons.

I spend too many of my days feeling guilty because I couldn’t keep up with a great routine I had when I became pregnant, or my new baby was born, or my child started a new demanding sports schedule, or whatever.

Just be free to change and adjust as many times as needed.

Related: 4 Things To Do Right Now When Motherhood is Kicking Your Butt!

Did I miss anything? If you think so, share your homemaking tips in the comments below!

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Work at Home Mom Success: Run Your Business, Home, & Family with Ease

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work at home mom success

I’ve been a work at home mom since I’ve been a mother… exactly 12 years ago to be exact. The whole reason I started working from home is to become a stay at home mom. I know I’m not alone in this story.

Many women today are making the switch to leave the workforce and stay home to raise their families full time. In my case, I had to continue bringing in income. Hence, being a work at home mom.

I learned many lessons along the way and made ten times as many mistakes. The best part about it all is I don’t have any regrets because all the failures and missteps I’ve taken can’t remove the wonderful seeds I’ve been able to sow into the lives of my children while staying home with them.

If you’re a mom who’s already working from home with your children or is thinking about making the transition, you need help. Help with understanding how to do this crazy work at home life with kids!

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is if you want to have it all… you need to understand you can’t do it all. 

That simply means, do the things that really matter and make it your business to delegate the rest. It’s not easy and there’s not an endless supply of money laying around but you’re a powerful woman and I know you can do this.

That’s what this post is all about… giving you the tips, strategies, and encouragement to live your dream of staying home with your children successfully.

Whether you need to work at home for income or you’re pursuing your passion of starting your own blog or business, these tips will help you stay focused, production, AND fully connected to your family in the process.

Ready to make work at home life easier and more fun?

The Mompreneur’s Guide to Successfully Becoming your Own Boss

In this post, you’ll learn what it really takes to become your own boss and why so many people really don’t want to become their own boss! As a work at home mom understanding the pitfalls of the entrepreneurial life is key to creating your success.

Read the full post here!


How to Realistically Run Your Blog During Your Little One’s Nap

Running your business in the pockets of quiet time throughout the day is a necessary requirement of working at home with kids. Most moms work in the early morning before the kids wake up, during those precious and mmuch-needednaps, and after the kids go to bed.

Get the tips you need to make the absolute most out of these smaller time frames to stay super productive!

Read the full post here!


The Ultimate List of Productivity Hacks for Work-at-Home Moms

In this post, you’ll get tips from 20 other full time bloggers on how they stay productive by sharing a few of their personal work at home mom hacks.

Read the full post here!


 3 Tips to Less Distraction and More Focus as a Work at Home Mom

Distraction is a work at home mom’s nemesis and learning how to combat distraction and stay more focused is key to growing your business and enjoying your stay at home life a whole lot more.

Read the full post here!


 How to Start a Blog and Make it a Thriving Business From Day One

If you’re staying at home with your kids to start and blog a successful blog… congrats on your decision. Blogging is a perfect fit for stay at home moms. It allows moms to do work easily from their laptops, do work that’s fun and enjoyable, and doesn’t have binding office hours… except for the ones you set!

Learn the steps you MUST take to start and grow your blog into a thriving business from day one.

Read the full post here!


 4 Ways I Keep My Family First While Running My Blog & Business

Running a business from home while being a stay at home mom can be very tricky for super driven women like me. Your business (if you really love it) can easily take over you life and home super fast.

Cleaning, taking care of your home, and even spending time with your kids can take a back seat to the thrill of succeeding in your business. You don’t need to make the same mistakes I did. Get the tips to help you create your own version of work/life balance.

Read the full post here!


12 Habits of Highly Successful Goal-Setters – Made for Busy Moms!

Setting goals is essential for seeing the success you want and staying focused on your vision. Get the habits of these highly successful goal setters that fit perfectly into the real mom life.

Get the list here!

Goal Slaying Toolkit


How to Successfully Balance Your Passion and Your Family

Having a passion is a beautiful thing… so is having a family. So how do you take care of your family, work or run your business, and pursue your passion? It’s not hard, there are just a few things you need to know!

Read the full post here!


27 Super Easy Ways to Pursue Your Passion as a Crazy Busy Mom

Pursuing your passion doesn’t have to be a huge, overwhelming task or goal. As a mom, you’ve got enough on your plate to get done. But I know how the desire to follow your dreams can gnaw at your soul. So how do you make it work?

Take baby steps! Here are 27 super easy ways to pursue your passion while raising your family.

Get the full list here!


9 Ways to Rid Your Mind of Self Doubt & Become a More Confident Person

Anytime you step out to accomplish big things, self-doubt and fear will do what they do to try and stop you. Understanding how to properly deal with these real thoughts and feelings will keep you from getting sidetracked and will help you grow in abundant confidence.

Read the full post here!


The Automation Tools I Use to Grow My Blog on Auto-Pilot

Running a blog at home with kids is hard enough. But doing it all manually is a setup for failure or burn out. Get the top tools I and many other successful bloggers use to run and grow their business on auto-pilot so you can keep enjoying your family.

Read the full post here!


Blogging Courses That’ll Quickly Grow Your Blog for Under $100

If you’re stating at home to blog… you want to grow as quickly as possible so you can start making money for your family. Especially, if you left a full-time job. And you’re likely on a tight budget.

My biggest mistake in my early blogging days was to hold back on investing in blogging education. It was literally why I didn’t grow for so long!

I found 9 courses that are all under $100 many of which are under $50 that single-handedly helped my blog go from stale and stagnant to growing and thriving! I go into detail how each one helped me and how they can help you.

Get the full list here!


Are you working from home now? Do you have some tips or strategies that are working well for you now? Share them in the comments below!

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19 Ingenious Ways to Save Money on Family Entertainment and Vacations

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Spending quality time with your family these days can seem like an extra bill that shows up every month. It’s expensive to take a family of five to the movies, out to eat, or even to the local events!

And planning for a family vacation can seem like a dream that may never become a reality. My family is on a tight budget right now and vacations honestly haven’t been a yearly thing for us. Some years, we just couldn’t afford it.

 

Creative ways to save money on family vacations and entertainment

In my opinion, this isn’t ideal. We need time off to rest, unwind, and reconnect as a family. Vacations and staycations are just the remedies for busy, tired, and worn-out families.

And in the meantime, sprinkled throughout the entire year, we need to have family date days. This could be anything from kicking the soccer ball around at the park to going to see the newest play in town.

To kick us off, I wanted to include my FREE checklist of 60 FREE Family Activity Ideas! These are super creative ideas you and easily use today to create more meaningful connections with your family.

Plus, they’re broken down by age group to make your date planning super simple!

Get your FREE Family Date Ideas Checklist here!

Let’s dive in with the following lists of resources to help you save money on your family’s entertainment and vacations.

Related: 7 Steps to Successfully Living on One Income & Staying Home with Your Kids

Related: How to Make Money: Side Hustle Ideas Perfect for Stay-at-Home Moms


How to Save Money on Family Entertainment

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11 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment – Nerd Wallet

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The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Entertainment – The Budget Diet

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How to Save Money on Entertainment and Still Have Fun – USAToday

Saving Money Tip #4

103 Things to Do on a Money Free Weekend – The Simple Dollar

Saving Money Tip #5

47 Ways to Save Money on Vacation – Money Crashers

 

Saving Money Tip #6

How to Stick to Your Family’s Entertainment Budget – Rattles and Heels

Saving Money Tip #7

 How to Plan and Save for a Cheap Family Vacation – The Fun Sized Life

Saving Money Tip #8

 13 Expert Tips for Family Travel on a Budget – The Barefoot Nomad

Saving Money Tip #9

 7 Ways to Save Money on a Family Vacation to Mexico – Traveling Mom

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  7 Ways to Save Money for a Family Vacation – Wholly Happy Purse

Saving Money Tip #11

 12 Cheap Things to Do With the Kids This Easter – Love Money

Saving Money Tip #12

Family Fun Night Activities that Take Bonding to a Whole New Level – She Knows

Saving Money Tip #13

Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families and Kids – Family Guide

Saving Money Tip #14

A Year of Family Dates – The Dating Divas

Saving Money Tip #15 

Tips for Traveling on a Tiny Budget – Tips for Family Trips

Saving Money Tip #16 

7 Cheap and Fun Family Vacation Ideas Your Family Will Love – Money Crashers

Saving Money Tip #17 

Best Affordable Family Vacation Destinations – US News

Saving Money Tip #18 

8 Family Budget Travel Ideas – Suburban Simplicity

Saving Money Tip # 19 

Affordable Family Vacations for Budget-Minded Bliss – Travel and Leisure


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I hope this roundup is everything you need to start planning, saving for, and creating wonderful memories as a family without the burden of finances getting in the way!

Let me know your favorite tips and how you plan to use them. Share in the comments below!

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Free Organizing Freebies to Easily Organize Every Area of Your Life and Home!

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I have a love/hate relationship with organizing. I love the idea and even the act of getting organized when I really get going on a closet or a kitchen drawer. I love even more “being” organized when it’s all done.

There’s just one problem, I need help organizing! Am I all alone here?

If you’re like me, getting my home organized is on the priority list but it requires so much brain power to figure out how to actually get it done! And so my personal philosophy is to use my strengths when I have them and when I don’t… use others’ strengths!

And there are some amazing bloggers out there who have created FREE resources to help us get and stay more organized in every single area of our life and home. And I’ve shared them here in this post! Everything from cleaning your home, tracking your finances, staying on track with your fitness goals, and planning your meals.

This post is just one post in a series – Spring Clean Your Life in a Week. And today we’re focused on Spring Cleaning our organizational routines. Out with what’s NOT working and it with some fresh new inspiration!

Ok, let’s get organized!


Printables to Organize Your Time

 

 

Time Management Spreadsheet

Fiona from Finally Fiona actually created an online version of printables, a spreadsheet for you spreadsheet lovin mamas out there! She thought of everything to organize your time and stay on track with your goals.

Download the free spreadsheet template here!


Printables to Organize Your Home

DIY Cleaning Binder Printables + Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cassity at Remodelahoic created an entire binder full of the exact steps to spring clean your entire home! She also created a DIY recipe sheet to make your own homemade cleaners.

Grab these FREE printables here!

Printable Cleaning Checklist Cards

If using a binder isn’t quite your thing, you’ll love what Stephanie at SomewhatSimple came up with! She created these colorful and super helpful cleaning cards that you can print, laminate, and put on an O-ring and check off your cleaning tasks as you go.Use then every time you clean!

Using these with the kids would also be fun for them too! At least using the cards would be. Lol

Get the printable cards here!

Kid’s Organizational Charts

Family Chore Chart

Abby with JustaGirlandherBlog created another fabulous printable to keep the kids on task with their chores or other responsibilities and she even created a goals sheet. These are fully customizable and she even made a version without any pink for the boys and non-pink loving girls!

Snag these printables here!

Children’s Chore Chart Broken Down by Age

The Balance created other version of a chore chart with their age focused charts. These are great because their younger child version comes complete with pictures instead of words. Love this!

And the older child’s sheet has more customization. Plus, she also created a Family Chore chart to put everyone’s duties on one sheet. This is perfect for the fridge or your family command center.

Get your Free Chore Charts here!


Printables to Clean and Organize Your Home

How to Clean Your Entire Kitchen

Jenn at CleanandScentsible gives some practical tips to clean all the crazy out of your entire kitchen from the pantry to under the kitchen sink! She also created these adorable printables to keep you on track!

Get the printables here!

Making Organizing the Garage Easy

Sarah at SarahTitus shows you exactly how to make cleaning out and organizing the garage a breeze. And her cute printable will make the task hopefully a little more fun!

Get the printables here!


Organizing Your Family’s Finances

Family Budget Printables

Erin at PrintableCrush created these budgeting printables to help you keep your family’s finances on track and organized! You won’t miss a thing with this FREE printable pack.

Get your Budget planner here!

How to Budget Using the Envelope System

If your family budgets using the envelope system you’re going to LOVE these printables! Elizabeth with the FrugalMomEh created these printables to work beautifully (literally) with the envelope system. Who said your envelopes had to be plain!

Snag your Free printables here!

Bill Pay Checklist

Erin at MyFrugalHome created a simple simple list that allows you to see on one page exactly what bills need to be paid, for how much, and when they need to be paid! And it’s cute, of course.

Get your sheets here!


Organize Your Health

Fitness Tracker/Planner

This one’s from IHeartPlanners so you know it’s a good one! This one includes fitness challenges, health trackers, nutrition trackers, weight loss trackers, gym class schedules, fitness plans, and fitness based self-care printables. Can you say amazing!

Yes, this one’s free too!

Get your sheets here!

Track Your Water Intake

Aimee at TheCrazyCraftLady makes keeping track of your water intake so simple! It’s easy to see and stay motivated throughout the day. Just post it up in your office and you’re good to go!

Have fun checking off those drops!

Get your Free Water Tracker here!

Track Your Mental Health

Hey! Health isn’t just about our bodies. We can’t forget about our minds and our moods. This tracker from Erin at ThePetitePlanner helps us keep track of our moods and make sure we’re still paying attention to what our bodies are saying to us!

Get the planner here!


Organize Your Meals

Meal Planner Schedule

Of course, I had to throw in another one from IHeartPlanners! This one is super simple and she even created a video right in the post to show you how to customize it online, so you can print out your beautiful meal plan for the week!

Get your Free Planner here!

Plan Your Grocery List

Don’t forget a thing at the grocery store again! So, guilty of this! This one sheet wonder from Corey at HeyThereHome helps you take that meal plan and create a seamless shopping list. It even has a space on the sheet to include your meal plan. This way you don’t have to think about a thing where you’re at the store.

Get your free grocery list here!


 Organize Family Fun

Family Vacation Tips + Planner

Becca with LoveOurCrazyLife made planning for family vacations super simple! She gives all the tips you need to plan for your vacation and tons of printables to actually use while on your amazing trip!

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I hope I included all the major organizational areas in your life! If I missed something… do me a huge favor and let me know in the comments below. I’d love to keep adding to this list!

organizational freebiesLife can be crazy and organizing your life and home can easily fall by the wayside. Get tips, tricks, and hacks from 17 organizational experts for FREE. Each of these resources will help you clean and organize your home, your family, your finances, your health, your family meals, and even plan your family vacations! #Freebies #Resources

179+ Sheet Pan Meal Ideas That Will Change How You Make Dinner Forever!

Get over 170 tasty sheet pan dinner meal prep ideas to get a healthy dinner on the table fast! #meals #mealplan #mealprep #dinnerideas #dinnerrecipes

Get over 170 tasty sheet pan dinner meal prep ideas to get a healthy dinner on the table fast! #meals #mealplan #mealprep #dinnerideas #dinnerrecipes

Cooking a real dinner, especially, on a busy weeknight is a HUGE challenge for so many moms… including me. I am running from one thing to another all day and after picking my kids up from school, I’ve grabbed one too many “hot and readys” from the drive-thru.

That’s where the magic of sheet pan dinners come in. I call them Cheat Sheet Meals because it’s so simple, it’s like cheating! Not to mention it’s hard to make these meals unhealthy or mess them up… unless you forget to take the sheet pan out of the oven!

In sticking with our Spring Clean your Life in a Week theme… we are Spring Cleaning the way you cook dinner. I’ve created the round-up of roundups by rounding up other bloggers’ roundups.

That’s a mouth full!

The other thing I adore about these meals is they are very easy to use with different dietary requirements. For instance, if a family member is on a low carb or gluten-free diet, simply add more veggies for them and add roasted potatoes or squash for everyone else.

No more boiling water for pasta or rice unless you want to add them as another side dish. But these sheet pan dinners are so hearty and delicious they’re great all on their own.

To make it super simple, I’ve just linked to each roundup list. You’re going to want to save this post for easy access to all these healthy and yummy recipes for later.

Never think about dinner again. It’s all done for you!

Sheet Pan Meals Ideas That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re Cheating!

20 Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Weeknights @ Healthy Delicious

16 Sheet Pan Dinners for the Easiest Clean Up Ever @ Delish

20 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners that are on Your Paleo Diet @ Pure Wow

Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Strategic Sheet Pan Dinners @ The Kitchn

7 Sheet Pan Dinners That’ll Make Your Life Infinitely Easier @ My Domaine

12 Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners That Will Change Your Life @ Eat Well 101

100 Creative Meatless Sheet Pan Dinners @ The Daily Meal

Do you love sheet pan dinners too? Share your tips and even recipes in the comments below so we can all become pros at our dinner game!

Get all your supplies ready for your new sheet pan dinners with these great finds below!


To get a very simple framework for meal planning and prepping check out this post: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Planning and Prepping Your Family’s Meals

 

Get over 170 tasty sheet pan dinner meal prep ideas to get a healthy dinner on the table fast! #meals #mealplan #mealprep #dinnerideas #dinnerrecipes

The Ultimate List of Productivity Hacks for Work-at-Home Moms

Work at home mom productivity hacks

Work at home mom productivity hacks

I’ve been a work at home mom for over 11 years now so I’ve learned a few things about productivity hacks!

I know because I’ve raised 3 babies and even homeschooled my two older children for 2 years; all while working from home. I’d like to say I feel like Superwoman, but sleepy from the 7 Dwarfs is probably more accurate most days. But I’ve learned a few tricks along the way and many productivity hacks to keep me working and the kiddos happy and busy.

There have always been early mornings and late nights, but it’s always been worth it. And you won’t find me complaining about it – ever. This life is one that I chose. I can choose to do anything else if I want to – but for now, I’m right where I want to be.

But one issue I struggled with early on was productivity. It’s HARD to be focused on your work or business when you’re raising a little person (or several) who basically need you for EVERYTHING – at least in the beginning. So how do you keep from being ineffective as a mom and business owner?

You learn along the way and take advice and help from others also in the trenches of work-at-home motherhood. So, I’ve decided to put together the ultimate list of all the BEST productivity hacks that I could find from other business moms like myself and share them with you!

Productivity Hack #1 Get up early

Getting up early is essential – since the kids don’t wake up until 6:30 or 7… getting up at 5 allows me to get at least 90 minutes of work completed before everyone’s feet hit the floor.  I’ll admit that I find it hard to get up at that time, but it feels so much better to know that I’m ahead of the game before the day even begins.

Couresty of Sheryl at TheCentsableshoppin.com

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Productivity Hack #2 Dress for Work

When you work from the comfort of your home, you can wear anything you want. I often have friends tell me, “I’d love to work at home in my pajamas.” Being clad in flannel may make you comfortable, but it can be detrimental to your productivity. It doesn’t provide the transition that you need to move from sleep and relaxation to getting things done. Getting dressed provides the kick in the pants your brain needs to get into the work groove.

Action step: If you’re still in your pjs, go freshen up and get dressed. You don’t have to wear office attire, but putting on a nice shirt, jeans and shoes will help you feel ready to tackle the day. It’ll also be much less embarrassing to answer the door for the UPS deliveryman. Trust me.

Courtesy of Donella Crigger at GlueSticksandGumDrops.com

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Productivity Hack #3 Work When You’re Most Productive

To do this, you need to be aware of when your high-energy times are and try to schedule time blocks during these times. Then, make sure you’re working on the most important things on your to-do list during these times.

First of all, it’s always so much easier to work on something important — or difficult — when you’re able to think clearly.

Also, if you’re working on stuff when you don’t have a whole lot of energy, you’re more likely to make mistakes. And it’s always more time consuming and costly to fix something later than to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Pro-Tip — I split my to-do list between high and low-energy tasks. This way I always know exactly what to work on during my high-energy times as well as my low-energy times, so I’m not having to go back and fix mistakes the next day.

Courtesy of Annie Mueller at SpikedParenting.com

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Productivity Hack #4 Set Your Daily Tasks with Quadrant Planning

   

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Productivity Hack #5 Turn Off Notifications

If my phone or computer is beeping at me all day, it’s hard for me not to check out what’s going on. I get distracted, I get nothing done, and then I get stressed because I got nothing done. So I eliminated the blinking and the beeping, and it changed my world.

Courtesy of Ashley Fehr at TheRecipeRebel.com

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Productivity Hack #6 Make Time for Self Care

I hesitated before using the term “self-care” because it’s such a worldly buzzword right now. But the fact is that the need to recharge is real.In fact, God, who made us, also commands us to to rest  one day each week. How can we rest? By meditating on His word.

Taking a walk in His creation. Going for a swim in His oceans. Or just sitting with the family He blessed us with and enjoying their company.

When we run ourselves into the ground without taking the time to recuperate and rejuvenate ourselves, we can not live the full lives that we should live as stay-at-home moms. So make rest a priority.

Courtesy of Amy at TheGoodOldTodays.com

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Productivity Hack #7 Create a Routine for Your Kids

Like us moms, kids need routines to feel accomplished, too. An intentional routine can also cut back on the amount of times we hear, “Mom, I’m sooo bored.” By creating a routine for our kids, we are teaching them early about productivity and setting and accomplishing goals.

I suggest creating a monthly calendar that is easily accessible for the whole family. This will hold all of the events that are going on for everyone in the family. Then, create a list of things that need to be completed on a weekly basis. You can break this down into tasks for each day and assign a particular person for each.

Courtesy of Jillian at LiveLoveJillian.com

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Productivity Hack #8 Don’t Forget Your Stop Time

It’s also at this time that I plan my stop time. The time in which I will stop work for the day. This is an extremely important habit to have. You need to have a stop time as a work at home mom. Otherwise before you know it, you’ve worked for 16 hours a day for 4 days straight because you forgot to stop working each day.

Courtesy of Crystal at MommyisaWino

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Productivity Hack #9  Set Realistic Goals

A sparkling clean house, a successful home-based business, and a five-course dinner on the table every night looks great on Pinterest, but it’s not reality. Trying to do everything yourself — and all at the same time — is a recipe for disaster.

Courtesy of Sarah Brooks at ThePennyHoarder.com

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Related: 12 Habits of Highly Successful Goal Setters for Moms Like You!

Productivity Hack #10 Using the Batching Method

I write a list of everything I still need to get done before Monday and then a separate list of things that can wait until the following week.  I also spend some time thinking about how my schedule will be laid out and which tasks I can batch to save time.  That way when Monday morning hits I know exactly what I need to be working on.  These planning times are so ingrained in my schedule that I don’t even have to think about them!  They are a daily and weekly habit that makes my life run so much smoother and really helps with my productivity.

Courtesy of Erin at SunnySideUp.com

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Productivity Hack #11 Create Systems and Processes

This is one of the single most important parts of being productive. You need to be organized and know what needs to be done when. This means starting with creating systems, processes, and workflows. Every part of your business should have a process.

Courtesy of Amber Kristine at NeonPineappleDesign.com

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Productivity Hack #12 Be Present with Your Family

Try your best not to work in front of your kids so when you’re with your kids, you’re fully present. Don’t stick around on your computer or answer emails when you can be outside playing with them. Limit the use of your phone and especially social media which is a time suck and distraction from being present (I myself need to work on this!). Close the office doors and do not go back in until they’re asleep during nap time and at the end of the day.

Courtesy of Jessie at TheMiamiRose.com

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Related: How I Keep My Family First While Running a Thriving Business

Productivity Hack #13 Be OK With Not Getting it All Done

Somehow we’ve developed this idea that having it all means having to do it all. Or that it means having it all at once. It doesn’t mean either one of those things! And believing that we have to have it all at once or do it all equally well is just setting ourselves up for epic failure. At any given moment my bathroom vanity is messy, I have a number of unfinished projects around the house, and I still need to get in my 30 minutes of daily exercise. Over time I have learned to be okay with things getting done in their own time. So many of the deadlines and ultimatums we face as working moms are self-imposed. One of the best gifts that we can give ourselves is room to breathe and space to just not get things done.

Courtesy of OneBigHappyLife.com

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Productivity Hack #14 Build Margin into your Day

 If there’s not enough time to get everything done, then there’s nothing you can do to change that other than to eliminate things from your schedule and to-do list. Which things on your to-do list feel really important but aren’t actually all that important?  It’s okay to do less, and if you really can’t eliminate anything on your to-do list, then it’s time to hire an assistant to help you!

Courtesy of Mandi Ehman at TheArtofSimple.net

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Productivity Hack #15 Talk to an Adult… Outloud

We love our children dearly, but talking to them doesn’t count here. If your kids are the only humans you speak to all day, you might start saying things like “No no” or “that’s mommy’s drink” to a potential client, which could be embarrassing, or possibly even cost you the job.

So call your mom, call your friend, or pick up the phone and call a client instead of shooting them an email. They will appreciate the personal connection, and you get to practice maintaining your social skills. It’s a win-win.

Courtesy of Susannuh at HelloGinger.com

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Productivity Hack #16 Set Up A Support Network

There will be days when you need to be at your most productive and distraction-free. Seek assistance from other stay-at-home moms. If there are a few of you who work at home, consider pooling money together to hire a babysitter to watch all of your kids for a few hours. Having that additional support will mean you can focus your attention on your work knowing your children are being cared for.

Courtesy of Catherine Malone at Knote.com

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Related: How to Successfully Balance Your Passion and Your Business

Productivity Hack #17 Get a Good 8 Hours of Sleep

There are seasons of life when it is tempting to burn the midnight oil.  I always regret those late nights the very next day It’s so much better for our bodies, minds, and spirits to hit the sack by 10:00 at the latest. That sleep before midnight is the best, so grab it whenever you can.  By 6:00 the next morning, you’ll be feeling like a million bucks, and you’ll be able to energetically and enthusiastically accomplish so much more.  (And a cup of coffee doesn’t hurt either!)

Courtesy of Natalie Klejwa at KeeperoftheHome.org

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Productivity Hack #18 Set Aside Time To Do Chores

I’m not about to tell you to avoid doing anything around the house during the workday. Heck, having your work breaks (you need to take a break anyway!) double as time to get chores done is one of the #1 benefits of working from home. The trick is to not become distracted by all that needs to be done around the house. What helps me is to set aside 5-10 minutes every 1-2 hours to take a break from work and then I use that time to take a break from my computer screen and throw in a load of laundry, chop up some veggies for dinner, or tidy up a bit.

Courtesy of Christina Tiplea at EmbracingSimpleBlog.com

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Productivity Hack #19 Create a Workspace

Without a designated workspace, I am distracted by the dishes that need to be washed or the dust I glimpse on the television screen or that one little thing that will just take five minutes. Before you know it an hour has gone by. My article still needs to be written, and I haven’t called my source to interview them. Even if it is just a corner, creating a work space signals to your brain that it is now time to work.

Courtesy of Rosanne Bowman at BrilliantBusinessMoms.com

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Productivity Hack #20 Celebrate

Finally, at the end of every day (and there should be an end), feel good about what you were able to accomplish and celebrate. There will always be more work to do so don’t fret about what you weren’t able to complete. Simply clear your desk and prepare for the next day.

Courtesy of Ashley Sisk at DailyMom.com

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Wow! This was an awesome list straight from the mouths and hearts of moms who are in the beautiful trenches of work-at-home motherhood. I hope these tips and tricks helped you in your quest to become even more productive amidst the sounds of little feet running by. 🙂

Please leave a comment below and share your productivity hacks for how you stay on track with your business goals and still rock is as an awesome mom. Let’s keep this list growing and growing in the comments below!

These work at home mom productivity hacks and tips will have you working and feeling like a Mom boss in no time! #Momboss #productivity #goals #Goals2018 #goalcrusherLooking for a work at home mom schedule and tips to stay productive even with kids at home? Get inspired with this list of 20 productivity hacks from other mom boss bloggers! #momboss #mompreneur #bloggersgetsocial #blogging #blogger #productivity

15 Resources and Freebies to Reignite the Romance in Your Marriage!

Reignite the spark in your marriage

One of the easiest areas of our lives to get stale and old is our relationship with our spouse. We can get complacent with how we normally do things and when things get busy we stop trying to keep the romance fresh.

I’ve been married for almost 18 years so I know a thing or two about letting the raging fire die down to a smoking pile of wood. But all you need is a spark to reignite that flame and get the flirting and romance going strong again.

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15 Ways to Reignite the Spark in Your Marriage

I’ve compiled a roundup of those relationship experts to give us some creative ways for us to get reconnected and Spring Clean our tired date night routine. It’s time to make room for things outside of our “usual” routine and make it exciting!


Dating Your Spouse on a Budget – 20 Ideas

This first post shares some simple yet fun ways to connect with your partner without necessarily spending any money. These are really great ideas because all of the ideas on this list allow you both to really connect.

Let’s be honest for a moment and think about how often you and your man really connect on your dates. Going dancing or to the movies are fun ideas, but they don’t often make room for you to talk and just connect.

I’d also like to add that doing free or cheap date nights doesn’t mean that you’re broke! Many couples are working on some fierce financial goals together and having cheap date ideas is a great way to stay on track with their goals.

You can check out the list from The Balance here!


Dating Your Spouse at Home

This next post is also a fun one and shares how to connect with your husband without leaving the house. Having home dates is a great idea for new parents or when having an outside date just isn’t possible.

So put the kiddos to bed and turn on your favorite playlist and have fun. But maybe not stay in your jammies, though? You’re still on a date remember?

You can read the full post from Chef Sous Chef here!


How to Make Date Night a Priority

Melissa at Simple Lionheart Life shares an interesting statistic that’s shocking and not surprising at the same time:

A Redbook survey of the magazine’s readers found that 45% of couples said they rarely have date nights. And only 18% said they go out around once a month. Another of Redbook’s surveys found that 50% of its readers say the number one reason date night gets canceled is that they are too tired to go out.”

How many times have you and your hubby opted to just stay home because you were too tired? Or dropped the kids off at Grandma’s for the evening and fell asleep on the couch so fast you could have won a trophy. I know I have!

In this post, she provides the remedy for what ails us tired moms and dads with 50+ simple date nights that don’t require too much energy. 😉

Get the full post here!


How to Plan for Your Date Night

When you have kids, preparing for your date night isn’t always easy. Marissa @ We Have Kids shares tips on how to plan your date night, find a babysitter, and even how to make a list for your sitter. This way you can concentrate on your date and not be preoccupied with the kids!

You can read the full post here!


A Viral Date Night

We’ve all seen this couple who went to Goodwill and kicked off a viral silly date night movement across the country. I just wanted to through this post in as a reminder to keep your dates fun!

In case you missed it, read the post here!


Why Dancing with your Spouse is Good for Your Marriage

This is a great post for couples who love to dance and even for those who don’t. The Spruce gives 10 reasons why you should dance with your spouse and tips for how to do it right. Not dancing tips, though.

But they do tell you how to find a dance studio to get lessons, and that can be a great date night on its own!

And for you timid couples… you can still dance without ever leaving your house!

Grab the tips here!


How to Get the Conversation Going!

This post from Marriage 365 is so fun. They give you a list of 25 questions to ask your spouse to get the conversation started. Sometimes as married people, we forget to ask new questions and stop trying to “get to know” our spouse.

All it really takes is asking some fun and interesting questions. You’ll be amazing at what you learn!

Get this fun list here!


What About When My Spouse is Away?

I get it, you or your spouse travels a lot or maybe is serving our country in the military. What do you do to stay connected when you can’t physically be together?

This post from Light Workers gives some fantastic tips to feel more connected with your bae while you’re away! That was their line! Lol

Read the full post here!


7 Ways to Connect When You’ve Got Kids

As parents, you’re home pretty much gets overtaken by the kids and their wants, needs, and don’t forget the messes! That means couple time usually flies out the window. But this post from Brit and Co gives some stupid-simple ways to stay connected with your spouse, even when it feels like you’re running a kid circus.

Get the tips here!


How to Engage Deeper with an Introverted Spouse

We’re talking about all this connecting, but what about if you’re married to a spouse that isn’t much of a talker. This can feel troubling to both the talker and non-talker in the relationship.

In this post, Focus on the Family shares some really practical tips to help manage this challenging situation and help keep the conversation flowing!

Read the full post here!


Old-fashioned Ways to Make Your Marriage Last

I just love this post from Bustle! I believe the points on this list are essential to making a marriage strong and lasting. Yes, these are old-fashioned, but that isn’t a bad thing! The first on the list mentions not going to bed angry. This is wisdom straight from scripture and will most definitely help you keep your marriage strong.

You can read the the full post here!


How to Show Your Spouse You Love Them in Small Gestures

We’ve talked a lot about date nights and conversations, but let’s not forget about how impactful the little things are. This list from one of my favorite relationship experts Jennifer @ Unveiled Wife, is a great one. She gives ideas on how to show your love through small gestures that take no time at all!

Get the list here!


How to Turn the Sexy Up!

I just love The Dating Divas and they didn’t disappoint with this post about how to tease your husband with their adorable printables and a few sexy pics of yourself. They give you all the instructions and FREE printables in the link below.

Most husbands don’t need any encouragement to eagerly jump into the bedroom, but this is totally fun to do anyway!

Get the printables here!


The Recipe for Sexy Ideas

Yes, I just had to include one more goody from The Dating Divas. They’ve created an actual recipe book for sexy ideas in the bedroom. If you need to turn up the heat… or your husband is begging you to turn up the heat, check out this post. Again, the recipe cards are totally FREE!

Get the recipe cards Here!


How Asking One Question can Save Your Marriage

This story is amazing and such a paradigm-shifting gem! This husband’s story told in this post is a must read for every married person. Asking this one question is a game changer for your relationship.

Read the full post here!


Do you have any date night ideas that work great for your marriage? Please, don’t keep it to yourself and share in the comments below!

 

Lacking the spark and intimacy in your marriage? No worries... try these tips with FREE resources to help you get reconnected in your marriage. #marriage #relationshipgoals #marriageadvice

9 Ways to Rid Your Mind of Self-Doubt & Become a More Confident Person

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how to rid your mind of self-doubt

In this Spring Cleaning Your Life in a Week Series, I wanted to explore the thought of spring cleaning your mind. Specifically, in the area of cleaning out the fear and often paralyzing self-doubt. And replacing it with confidence and a fresh boldness to pursue your dreams, goals, and passions.

As moms, we have so much to manage, plan, juggle, balance, and let’s not forget clean! But we have goals we want to reach – like losing that stubborn baby weight… or toddler weight in my case!

We have passions we want to pursue outside of our jobs and our home life. Maybe you want to start a blog like this one or start an outline store to sell your handmade creations.

There’s just one problem… one obstacle standing in our way.

Fear and its cousin who runs close behind – self-doubt.

So how do we find that confidence and fresh boldness?

That’s what this post is all about! Get wisdom from different lovely women who make it their business to inspire women and moms to push past our excuses and get it done. Read excerpts from these inspiring posts and click the link at the end of each section to read the full posts.

Before we get to this post, here are the other Spring Clean Your Life in a Week Posts:

9 Ways to Clean and Tidy Faster, Better, and With Fewer Chemicals

9 Ways to Kick Self-Doubt and Negative Thinking to Follow your Dreams this Year!

15 Resources and Freebies to Reignite the Romance in your Marriage!

21 Cheat Sheet Meals to Change How You Make Dinner Forever!

7 Blogging Courses Under $100 to Reignite Your Blogging Fire and Traffic

17 Organizational Freebies to Organize Every Area of Your Life and Home!

 

27 Ways to Pursue Your Passion as a Crazy Busy Mom

The subject’s of passion and purpose are close to my heart, so I had to kick off this roundup with one of my own posts! I put together a resource post filled with inspiration on why it’s healthy to pursue your passion, the difference between passion and purpose, and 27 super simple ways to follow your passion as a busy mom.

Read the full post here!

I also created the perfect blueprint to help you make your passion project a reality even as a mom with very limited time. Grab your FREE copy by clicking the image below:

The Busy Mom's Passion Project Blueprint

Why Your Goals Aren’t Working and What You Need to Do

“Blindly making a goal of meeting XYZ without knowing the full set of consequences may be setting you up for indirect failure. And that indirect failure may be more harmful to your happiness and those around you than you were ever aware of.
So my thoughts are, goals are only good when the outcome is win-win. If goals come at the cost of your family’s quality of life, it’s a short-term win and a long-term loss.”

Read the full post from Bridget @ThisMomLIfe here!

Being a Stay at Home Mom While Pursuing your Dreams

“I cannot even begin to tell you the amount of joy I get from raising these two little girls. I love being able to stay home with them, love on them, clean up after and with them, take care of them.

I genuinely do love fostering their gifts and holding their hands through the trying times. What I’ve realized is that along with being a mom, I have other dreams and passions I didn’t even know existed.

Figuring out how to merge all of these things together has been difficult, but one thing rings true: I am a better mom when I do something for myself. And it is not selfish, by any means.”

Read the full post from Jenny @ RaisingThemKind Here!

How to Overcome Self Doubt for Good

“It is so easy to get caught up in the vicious cycle of self-doubt and negative self-talk. I use to (and still do at times) have this irrational fear of failure. I was so scared of failing that I held myself back from trying anything new. If I did actually try something new, I wouldn’t dare tell anyone that I was, because I was scared if I did fail, they would judge me, and that left me with no support system or accountability, which often led me to failure. (vicious cycle, I know).

BUT, eventually I become so accustomed to not trying new things that it became normal for me, and then I became bored and uninspired by anything, and with that I was using the “There is no point in trying I will just give up or fail” as an excuse to stay inside my comfort zone .

Luckily, I broke out of that rut and realized that I enjoy personal growth and personal improvement and that in order to achieve either of those things, I had to leave my very cozy comfort zone, I needed to take a few risks, and I needed to stop being terrified of failure. But most importantly, I needed to stop using my fear of failing as an excuse. So I did.”

Read the full post from Adjusting to Adulthood here!

Forget Overcoming Your Fear, You Need to Understand Your Fear

“You have goals and dreams you want to achieve, but you’re stuck at “I’m afraid.” Like the opening montage to an amazing movie, it starts playing and before the movie picks up, you hit the escape button.

So instead of thinking about all the good possibilities that could happen, we freeze, hit escape, and stay where it’s safe in our comfort zones.

Nothing bad happens in the comfort zone, but nothing great happens either. You’re still “safe and sound” in a situation you’re not loving. And every time you submit your thoughts and your actions to the fear, you’re actually reinforcing it.

We may not be able to control what happens to us or change the system, BUT we can control our thoughts. In this space, you are in control.”

Read the full post from Nadalie Bardo here!

If You’re Not Sure of Your Purpose, Follow Your Passion

“When I found my sweet spot–that place where our passion, what we’re good at (our skill) and God’s timing collide, it was divine. I love how my dear friend, Ann Voskamp puts it, “You were made for the place where your real passion meets compassion because there lies your real purpose.”

Saying yes to our purpose is more about courage and faith than opportunity and success. I don’t think we always recognize our God-sized dream for what it is, especially when it’s wrapped up in our normalcy.”

Read the full post from Kristen @WeAreThatFamily here!

How Motherhood Prepares You to Run a Business

“So much of my time was focused on this sweet child I was raising, but I couldn’t completely let myself go. In those free moments, I was consumed with how to improve myself, as a wife, mother, contributor to society etc.
I began using my time to learn valuable skills. When my baby was little I would read articles during late night feedings or work on a course that taught a practical skill.
This helped me stay fulfilled and confident. Although I knew nothing was more important than that little cutie, it did give me some much needed “me time.”

Read the full post from McKinzie @MomsMakeCents here!

28 Books to Read in 2018

This post is full is great books to read this year in every area:
Your personal enjoyment AKA Fiction
Personal Growth
Relationships
Business

Get the full list from Kayse @IntentionalMoms here!

How to Boost Your Confidence and Overcome Self Doubt

“To overcome self-doubt requires affirmative action while being attentive to the inner critic — that is, you take action in spite of the doubt.

In a recent documentary highlighting the sport of accelerated free falling, the adventurer is asked by a reporter if he felt fear before jumping. He reassured him fear was present during every jump and reminded him of the inherent dangers associated with the sport. He managed his fear by turning down the volume on it so it didn’t overwhelm him.”

Read the full post from Medium here!

What’s your biggest struggle holding you back from pursuing your dreams, goals, and passions? Share in the comments below!

how to become a more confident person9 tips to ditch self-doubtWe all have passions we want to pursue outside of our jobs and our home life. Maybe you want to start a blog or an outline store to sell your handmade creations. There’s just one problem… Fear and self doubt are standing in the way. Get 9 ways to kick self doubt and fear so you can be free to chase your dreams!

9 Smarter Ways to Clean Your Home Faster, Easier, and More Naturally

Cleaning isn't something that most of us want to spend tons of time or energy doing. This post features the leading cleaning experts and their best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and tidy easier, faster, and more naturally so you can get back to enjoying your freshly cleaned home!

Cleaning isn't something that most of us want to spend tons of time or energy doing. This post features the leading cleaning experts and their best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and tidy easier, faster, and more naturally so you can get back to enjoying your freshly cleaned home!

 

9 Smarter Ways to Clean Your Home

Get all the tips, tricks, and things you didn’t even think you needed to know about keeping your home clean, fresh, and organized in one place. All from the Cleaning Experts!

# 1 – 5 Places in Your Home You’re Probably Not Cleaning… But Should

In this ingenious post from Christina @ TheEveryGirl you’ll be amazed by the 5 high-traffic areas you’re probably NOT cleaning and, better yet, probably didn’t even think about cleaning!

I know I didn’t.

No shame here… just one hook up from me to you! You can get these unthought-of areas you need to be cleaning in the full post here:

5 Areas You Need to Clean in Your Home

#2 – A Simple Breakdown of Exactly How Often You Should Clean Everything in Your Home – According to Science

Sophie @ MyDomaine breaks down in this enlightening post, exactly when we should be cleaning everything in our home from our carpets to our computer. She even adds in the yuck factor – just the motivation we need to clean 😉 – by revealing the bacteria that is likely to be growing in these areas!

Get ready to be super motivated to clean by checking out the full post here:

This is How Often You Should Clean Your Home, According to Science

#3 – Get 10 Fast Cleaning Tips When You’re Hosting a Party

Hosting a Gathering this Spring? Feeling the pressure of having a perfectly clean home before the party can legit kill your party vibe. Don’t stress and check out this list on ways to clean the most important places quickly, so you can enjoy being the host of the perfect party.

Check out the full list here:

10 Quick Cleaning Tips Before Hosting a Party

#4 – How to Clean Your House Fast!

Luci Hindmarsh @ MumsMakeLists shares her tips and tricks to cleaning your house fast when you just don’t have the time, or you’re feeling super lazy. Either way, these are great tips to get the chores done in record time.
Check out the list of tips here:

How to Clean Your House Fast

#5 – How to Clean When Your House Isn’t Clean

Did your in-laws just call to say there’s minutes away from stopping by to see their precious grandkids? Is your house a total disaster? Of course, it is because no one ever stops by when it’s freshly clean!

This from The Spruce shows you exactly how Fake Clean your house so your guests have no idea how dirty your house can really get! Check out this must-see post here:

How to Fake Clean Your House

#6 – How to Clean Your Home Naturally

Tired of the cleaning chemicals and fumes that make you consider opening the windows and airing out every time you clean? These chemicals not only smell bad and make it hard to breathe, but they’re adding toxins into your home. Not good!

Katie @ WellnessMama gives us the full rundown on how to make, use, and store your very own effective natural cleaners here:

19 Natural Cleaning Tips + Easy Recipes

#7 – How to Clean Your Home Naturally Using Essential Oils

Alicia @Your Vibrant Home shares the recipes she uses to clean her home using only essential oils. Oils are hugely popular and it seems everyone (including me) has these power-packed little gems in their home. Have you thought about cleaning with them?

If not, this post will give you everything you need to get started cleaning with oils and the post is broken down into each area of your home. Check it out here:

18 Natural Cleaning Recipes for Your Home

#8 – 10 Ways to Save Money Cleaning

Keeping your house clean isn’t cheap… unless you check out this post from The Spruce. They should you simple ways to save money on keeping your house super clean. I mean, the goal is to clean your kitchen – not your savings! Check out the post here:

10 Ways to Save Money Cleaning

#9 – 21 Simple Hacks to Clean Your House

This post is full of genius hacks for cleaning just about everything in your home!

Check it out here!

What did I miss? Do you have a hack or little-known trick that could help us out? Share it in the comments below. And be sure to check out the rest of the Spring Cleaning Posts at the top of this post!

Cleaning isn't something that most of us want to spend tons of time or energy doing. This post features the leading cleaning experts and their best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and tidy easier, faster, and more naturally so you can get back to enjoying your freshly cleaned home!Cleaning isn't something that most of us want to spend tons of time or energy doing. This post features the leading cleaning experts and their best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and tidy easier, faster, and more naturally so you can get back to enjoying your freshly cleaned home! Cleaning isn't something that most of us want to spend tons of time or energy doing. This post features the leading cleaning experts and their best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and tidy easier, faster, and more naturally so you can get back to enjoying your freshly cleaned home!

15 Must See Household Mom Hacks To Save Your Precious Time!

Get 15 ingenious household hacks for moms that'll save you time and your sanity. Get lunches ready faster, make bath time cleanup a breeze, and morning pancakes will never be the same! #HouseholdHacks #LifeHacks #MomHacks

Get 15 ingenious household hacks for moms that'll save you time and your sanity. Get lunches ready faster, make bath time cleanup a breeze, and morning pancakes will never be the same! #HouseholdHacks #LifeHacks #MomHacks

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If you’re a busy mom who could use some time and money saving ideas – you’re in the right place. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite household hacks to help make your school mornings less frantic, bath time less crazy, and turn clean-up time into a fun activity for the kiddos.

And maybe with all the time you save you can do something for yourself. Or take a nap! 😉


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Household Hack #1


This hack is a video that quickly walks you through several great ideas on how to make packing lunches a whole lot easier.

Get those adorable reusable snack and sandwich bags here!

Get stainless steel lunch box organizers here!

And we don’t want to forget the water bottles here!

 

Household Hack #2

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Have a ‘day of the week’ breakfast.
This works great for families with multiple kids. And keeps everyone from asking, “what’s for breakfast?”

Here is a sample breakfast plan: 
Monday Morning Oatmeal
Tuesday Toast
Wednesday Waffles
Thursday Tasty Eggs
Friday – Favorite Cereal day
Saturday – pancake day! 
Sunday- bacon, eggs & toast

Courtesy of YourModernFamily.com

Household Hack #3

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I don’t know about you but the stuffed animals are taking over my house! So, when I saw this idea I was very excited. Just buy a bean bag cover and store all your children’s fluffy friends in their new home and it makes the room look great. It also makes clean-up time feel like a fun activity.

Courtesy of ComeTogetherKids.com

You can find a beanbag that’s specially made for kid’s toys here!

Household Hack #4

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Here’s a great idea for storing your children’s hard toys like action figures and Legos. Just print out a picture of the toy from google, or just cut out a picture of the toy straight from the box before you throw it out. Stick in on a drawer and there you have a fool-proof clean-up guide for the kids.

Courtesy of FamilyEverAfterBlog.com

You can easily get drawers like this one here!

Household Hack #5

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This is a great no cost idea for keeping your electronic drawer from getting over-run by tangled cords.

Courtesy of OurThriftyIdeas.com

Household Hack #6

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Finding the elusive hair band in a morning rush for school is a recipe for a frantic moment. But stress no more when you slide them on a toilet paper roll. You can even wrap the roll in decorative duct tape to make it even more durable and cute.

Courtesy of RealSimple.com

Household Hack #7

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After you buy all those plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt every year, what do you do with all those eggs? Use them as snack holders! They’re great for lunches boxes or play-date snack time.

Courtesy of akailochiclife.com

You can get an order of 50 of these eggs for under $10 here!

Household Hack #8

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This one is an absolute life saver for a home office or your child’s homework desk. This also works fantastically for certain bedside tables or book shelves that store electronics.

Courtesy of FamilyHandyMan.com

Household Hack #9

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If you’re kids are like mine, they use every cup in the cupboard in one day just getting drinks of water. This is a creative way to let your little “independents” get their own water and stick their empty cup back on the fridge when they’re done.

Courtesy of AdventuresinPinteresting.com

Household Hack #10

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Store bath toys and even other shower items in plastic bins hooked by shower curtain hooks. Simply hook the bins to a low shower rod. It’s easy for the kids to get their toys out and clean them up at the end of bath time.

Courtesy of TheInspiredHome.org

Get a six-pack of colorful baskets here

And get the shower hooks here, and the rod here!

Household Hack #11

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This hack is an amazing space saver for your precious closet space. Hang all your tank tops from shower curtain hooks and hang the hooks on one hanger. Just be sure to use one of those fuzzy hangers to keep the shower hooks from sliding to one side.

Courtesy of The36thAvenue.com

Check out these amazing hooks >here< that let you easily hook 2 shirts on each hook without needing to close them!

Household Hack #12

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Are your toy shelves piled high with board games? Try using a hanging sweater organizer to hang all those games inside a closet.

Courtesy of The36thAvenue.com

Get an extra wide hanging storage with handy side pockets here!

Household Hack #13

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Small kids need food cut into small pieces, but that can be a real pain – especially if you have more than one little. I love using a pizza cutter to quickly and easily cut pancakes, sandwiches, and waffles. Oh, and pizza, too!

Courtesy of TwentyTwoWords.com

Household Hack #14

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This is the easiest way I’ve seen to check off the days of your child’s medication doses. You can never be too careful!

Courtesy of Buzzfeed.com

Household Hack #15

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Store your grocery bags in an empty pringles can in a kitchen drawer. In that same drawer, store your dish towels upright so you can fit more in!

Courtesy of HappyHooligans.com

These are just a few of my favorites. Please share in the comments some of your go-to parents or just plain-ole life hacks. Don’t keep the good stuff to yourself! These hacks are total lifesavers!

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