Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Next Steps

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Hello and Happy Monday! How did you do this weekend with finishing up your clean outs and getting those areas organized? How are you feeling as you clean all of this out? I hope you are starting to feel as if a weight is being lifted, and that you are starting to feel some more clarity in your thoughts!

Today we are going to attack that pile you cleared out, and I am going to give you various suggestions on what to do with it all! If you have missed the clean out posts, you can find day one HERE to get started!

As I stated in a previous post, if you were cleaning out your child’s closet, do you have a younger sibling that could wear some of the clothes that are still in nice condition? If so, make sure they are laundered, fold them up and store them in containers like THIS one. These are my favorite because I can easily label them with what size clothing are being stored in it, and I can also see what is in there if I end up needing to find an item quickly. These bins also stack wonderfully!

Clean Out Item Options

What to do with that pile of stuff? Obviously, we want it to go. Here are a few of the things that I have done to help rid of myself of the excess.

  1. Of course there is the first, and most obvious option, find a Thrift Shop in your town, load up the car, and take one trip to drop it off. If this is the option you would like to do, I suggest finding a local Thrift Shop that helps your community directly. Some churches may have location, as well as Humane Society’s. Find one that serves your community in the way that you like the most.
  2. Secondly, as you sort through what items you have, place them into categories. Clothes, home, kitchen, etc. Can certain items be bundled together to be sold? I bundle like sized children’s clothing together and sell them through our local Facebook Sale Groups. If you aren’t sure if you town has one, just search for it! This is an excellent way to not only get some of the items to someone who can use them, but to also earn a little extra money as well.
  3. Garage Sale! This is probably another obvious option. Our neighborhood does a yearly sale in the spring where multiple houses participate. (Participation is, of course, optional!) If you think that this is the avenue you’d like to take for letting go of these excess items, while earning a little bit of extra money, it is a great idea! While garage sales can be a lot of work, if you are well prepared, it won’t be overwhelming. Start early, as Edna Mode says, “Luck favors the prepared.” Start again by sorting your items into categories and deciding how you would like to price them. Pricing always takes the longest when planning a sale, so starting now will not only give you a head start on it, but it will also give you time to go through your home again and see if there are any other items that you can add to your sale. You can price items individually, or you can do a blanket price for certain items. (Example: All Baby clothes, $1.00 per piece.) Or you can allow people to create their own bundles! (Example: DVDs, 6 for $10!) (Please note that I am completely making up numbers, and you should use your best discretion with pricing your own items.)
  4. If you would like to try to make a little bit of money off of the items, but you aren’t sure you want or have the time to sell them yourself, I have two other really good options that will help you. The first, for home and clothing items, you can find local consignment shops. These shops will go through and decide which items they want to try to sell for you. You will not get the money up front, you will get it after they have sold. The shop I use gives you a number and it acts as a sign in on their website, so I can see what items have sold, and which have not. While this may take some time, it gets the items out of your home and will eventually earn you some extra money. If you want to get rid of items, and get money immediately, find your local resale shops. These stores are mostly for clothing, especially popular for kids clothing. These stores will go through your items and decide which items they will take, they will pay you up front for them and that is all the money you will receive.
  5. For name brand/high quality clothing items, you can also try to sell them yourself through Poshmark. Now, this is not going to get these items out of your house, and it can take some time to sell them. You will get a good portion of the money and you choose what price to list the item. This option can also be time consuming as you have to take pictures of the items, create the listings and maintain your “Closet”. Many people have made some good, extra money with this option, it is important to know it is because they have had the time to do so.

Which option do you feel is the best for you? I hope you have success is removing this clutter from your home! This week I will also be focusing on how else I have organized some areas of my kitchen, some of my favorite things, how I maintain these habits, and then we’ll start getting into organizing our lives! Have a wonderful day!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Three

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We have made it to day three, organization day! Sure, some may think we could have focused on one section at a time and do it all at once, however I just think that cleaning out can be a very healthy way to start the new year. It gives us all a clean slate with which to work. Also, as much we might love shopping, I wanted you to make just one trip to the store. Not to mention, can you imagine how many posts I would have had? You would have been tired of hearing from me.

Miss day two? Find it HERE.

Today you are going to look through all of the areas you cleaned out and consider what you may need in that area to help make it more organized. I suggest grabbing a pencil, paper and tape measure, let’s get started!

I am a BIG fan of bins, totes, racks, and anything that can help me group items together and keep them in place. This will help the areas we have worked on stay tidy, presuming that items are getting placed back where they belong.

As you go through each area, measure the depth, height, and length, and write it down. For kitchens/pantries, and bathrooms, I love THESE from Target. I have used the Medium, Small, and Rectangle for my pantry and baking cupboard. They contain everything nicely and you can see which items are in which bins. While in each area of your house, check out the BINS and see that they have the dimensions in the details section. You’ll be able to measure out the sections to see what will fit and how many you will need.

Below is how I have organized the Kitchen and Bathroom in my house.

Kitchen

In my pantry, I group items together like so:

Breakfast/Cereal*
Sweet Snacks*
Salty Snacks*
Chips/Pretzels*
Candy/Treats*
Daughter’s Lunch Items*
Drink Mixes*
Backup/Extras*
Soups/Canned Chicken
Beans
Broth/Cream Soups
Oils/Vinegars

Each one has their own bin depending on the amount of items needed to go into them. Items with a * are all sorted into the MEDIUM sized bin. The others are all in the RECTANGLE sized bin which are perfect for canned items and tall bottles.

My baking cupboard is organized into the SMALL sized bins sorted this way:

Chocolate/Baking Chips
Powdered Items (Baking Powder/Soda, Corn Starch, etc)
Sprinkles
Candy Melts/Candy Baking Items
Dried/Canned Fruit
Cocoa Powder/Melting Chocolate/Vanilla Extract
Baking/Jello/Pudding Mixes

Also in my baking cupboard I have my Flour and Sugar in THESE canisters, Turbinado Sugar and Arrowroot Powder are stored in THIS size, and my Oats are tucked nicely into one of THESE canisters, all by the Target line Made By Design. My brown sugar and powder sugar are both stored in glass Pyrex containers, and are also in this same cupboard. I use the space on the top shelf to store the bags of extra flour and sugar that will be used to fill in the containers as needed.

Bathroom

I won’t be going into as much detail in my this bathroom section as I did with the kitchens, as I think you get the idea now.

I sort my makeup drawer into two trays that both have multiple compartments. They are similar to THIS one from Target, but I purchased mine, many years ago, from TJ Maxx. As with every other area, I have sorted like items together and given them each a spot. I can see everything clearly and will be able to find each item quickly without having to dig!

I used mesh organizers like THESE in a couple of different sizes. I was able to buy them in individual sizes in store, however can only find the bundle online. Target does have a lot of various options in store to fit your needs! This helps to keep my drawer from getting to messy!

I used the SMALL baskets under my sink to sort the various items I store under there. I also used a small SHELF similar to the one in the link under there as well. Using additional shelfs like that will help you maximize the space, especially in small areas! (They work wonders in kitchens!)

In the drawer where we store all the OTC medications I used THESE trays to sort out the various bottles into like sections. Even my husband went WHOA when I opened this drawer to show him the change I had made. I feel like this would have been a great “before and after” however I was too excited about my trays to take a picture before I cleared it out.

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I hope that you all take the time this weekend to work on your various areas and get it all organized! Remember, the trick to it staying that way is to make sure you are putting things back where they below. Everything has a place!

I’ll be back next week with some more ways that I organized other cabinets in my kitchen, some of my favorite organizing pieces, as well as what we’ll be doing with the stuff we cleared out!

Once we get through getting the house organized, I will move on to how I am getting myself more organized, and less stressed, this year.

Let me know how you are doing, and if you have any questions!

Happy Organizing!

 

Target has not paid my website or myself for the use of links in this post, I just love shopping at Target that much!

 

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Two

Hello and welcome to day two! How did cleaning out the kitchen go yesterday? I hope it went well and that you are feeling motivated to keep going. Like I said, we are going to organize our house to organize our lives! We WILL get it together and make 2019 an amazing year. If you missed day one, you can find it HERE.

Today’s task is to start cleaning out other areas of your house. Since I don’t live with you (bummer, right?) you’ll have to take some initiative here and really think about where you need to put in the work. Don’t worry though, I am totally here to help you!

Here are some of the main areas I work on in my house:

Here are two things in to keep in mind while doing the following areas/tasks.

  1. If anything can be recycled or thrown out, do it at this time.
  2. If anything is not being used or is no longer wanted, but still has use, choose a specific area to place these items. (Don’t worry, we’ll come back to them!)

Kitchen

Moving on from the food areas of the kitchen, go through each cupboard and sort through everything that is in there. How can you move things around and group them together to make it flow better? In our kitchen we have specific cupboards for: plates/bowls/mugs, glasses/cups/water bottles, pots/pans, tupperware/etc, baking (food) and baking utensils, party/event items, etc. (I will be doing some posts focused on a few of these areas complete with pictures this month.) As you will hear me say many times, group like items together, clean out what you don’t use or don’t need, place usable items in your specific area. Think about organization racks and bins!

The Game Cupboard/Closet

Oooh my goodness all, ours is under stair storage, which I love…until I open the door. I swear, I spend time cleaning it out and reorganizing it, and when I close the door, it’s like a magic spell goes off and all my work is undone. This area can be scary, but it actually won’t take as long as you think to get it done! As with the pantry, we’ll group like items together. Games, puzzles, crafts, etc. Within each category, stack like sized boxes together as well. Take this time to really look at the space and see if you’ll need any containers or bins. Would these help contain some of the mess? If so, take a mental note, that stage is coming soon.

Closets/Dressers

What clothes are you no longer wearing? Anything too small or too big? What clothes are your kids no longer wearing? Time for them to leave your space! Place any useable clothing with the items from the kitchen and game closet. If you have a younger sibling that can wear the older siblings clothing, place those in another area for now. While cleaning items out, take this time to hang like items together, and reorganize your dresser. Also, as always, take a mental note of any organizational items that you may need to make this area more useful.

Bathrooms

Yep, when ready move on to the bathroom, do the same things in these areas, toss or recycle anything that is no longer useful, think about how to place like items together and what organizing items you may need for this area. We can end up with a lot of clutter here, and it seems that while we spend time cleaning the bathroom, we often don’t always have the time to go through the clutter, so now is the perfect time!

Think about any other areas that you may need to clean out and get to it! (Basement? Attic?) Tomorrow we’ll start taking on organization and all that entails, my favorite!!

Let me know how you are doing in the comments below!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post One

Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2019, the year you will get your life together…come on, we have all been saying it, so now it is time to do it. This first week I am going to take you through some of the things I do to prepare my house and myself for the coming new year. I truly believe that if you organize your house, you organize your life. I’ll spread out the posts so I don’t overwhelm or stress you out. Now let’s get to our first task!

For many of us the first or second day of the new year means that we are taking down Christmas decor, which can nearly be an all day task. My husband and I decided to take it down a few days after Christmas this year, and I am so happy we did! It really freed up January 1st for me to start working on some of my projects.

The first thing I do on the first day of the new year is clean OUT my kitchen. If you are like the rest of us around the holidays; sweets, cookies, candies, etc. seem to congregate in our homes. While these things are okay in moderation, there is simply too much of them and they need to go. I package them all up in baggies, or whatever and put them into one big bag for my husband to take into his office. It not only gets them out of our house, but he has a lot of employees in his department, so they love finding treats!

Next, clean OUT your pantry! Let’s be honest, we’ve been busy and this area of the house has probably been neglected. Go through and clean out anything that you just aren’t eating; or that has been there for a while and you forgot you even purchased. If you are like me and have a school ager in the house, then inevitably you’ll probably have at least one box that is just empty. Throw out the food that has gone stale, and recycle the packaging. Use this chance to also start really looking at your pantry, put like items together. This is going to prepare you for our next projects.

Lastly, clean out the fridge. Who knows what is in there, am I right?! Toss out the old stuff, and load up that dishwasher with the containers. You can also take this time to fully take everything out and wipe down the shelves, it can get kind of icky in there. Make sure that when you put things back in, you put them back in an organized fashion. This will make it much easier for you to find and get to items. Most importantly, when you use an item, put it back where it belongs, don’t undo all of your hard work.

Alright, you did it, day one is done! Be sure to check back in tomorrow for what we are going to do next! I am excited to be helping you get organized! Please let me know if you have any questions, and let me know how you do with day one by commenting below!

Happy New Year!

 

2018 – Year In Review

It’s crazy to think that another year is just hours away from coming to a close. We made it through another 365 days, some were good, some were challenging. Today is definitely the day to look back on how we showed up for each day, and make a plan for how we are going face the next 365.

A few days ago I finally took a little bit of time for just me. I went to my local Barnes & Noble, sat in a comfy chair, and just read. It was the first time, in a very long time I have taken this kind of time for me.

It helped me to be able to reflect and think about how I wanted to approach the next year. I mostly found myself reflecting on the last few months of this year, and how they left me exhausted, stressed, irritable, and very down.

I have loved participating in The Last 90 Days by Rachel Hollis, and really think this helped me to survive the last few months of this year. It helped me to get more active, choose healthier food habits, and really up my water intake! I wasn’t perfect all 90 days, and these last couple of weeks have been a struggle, but I was doing my best.

So why was I so overwhelmed? I was finally completely honest with myself and knew that I had taken on way too much! Each year my husband and I throw two big parties, Halloween and Christmas. Which means all the planning, buying, prepping, set up, hosting, and clean up; and all very close together.

I used to love doing these parties, but something felt off this year. It was because I was trying to be a mom to two girls (which comes with a laundry list of tasks all it’s own), a wife who’s husband has a busy schedule, trying to do daily life, work on myself, had a list of “hobbies” I was trying to work on or start, and planning/hosting various other events. It was all too much, and I felt like I couldn’t say no when people asked for help.

The last 10 days before Christmas break this year, I had over 7 events, some days with multiple events; many of which I was planning, hosting, or for which I was providing items. I’m not sure I slept, or left my kitchen. Most importantly, I wasn’t enjoying it.

I have always been the type of person who, when commits to something, follows through and does her part. I also found myself thinking, “If I don’t do it, no one else will.”

And therein lies my moment. Why must it always be me? Who says I HAVE to do any of this? What does it matter if these parties don’t happen, if we don’t host every event? Why is it always up me to get people together?

So, in 2019, I’m not doing it anymore. It’s time I actually focus on ME, I’m going to cut back on what I commit to doing, focus on my health, and really think about what I really want to do with each day.

I’m currently reading High Performance Habits by Brandon Burchard and am loving the guidance I am already receiving, especially in the areas I really need it.

One thing he suggests is choosing three words to focus on for your year. Mine are: Happy, Motivated, Organized. I want to be a happier, more motivated, and highly organized person. I no longer want to feel stressed, over anxious, and worn down.

My family deserves the best version of me, but also equally important, I deserve the best version of me!

I want you to think about what you want for 2019. What are your words? Write them down, read the often, focus on them!

Thank you for reading, and for being here. I look forward to coming up with some great content for you these next twelve months! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

MIA – Week Four

Here we are, week four, the final post in my MIA series. Thank you to all of those who have been reading and reaching out to me as I have gone on this little journey through the month.

I have been reflecting a lot on why I started, what I wanted to be doing with the website, and where I am currently at in all areas of life. In some ways, I have certainly come a long way, in others, I think I maybe just tried too hard.

I believe I wanted to “do it all”. Outfit posts, business/product sharing, inspirations, recipes, etc. Which is all great, and I can do all of those things; however, I was trying to do it all at once, and at times, in a matter of a post a day. It all started off really well. I was able to reach people and grow a small following. I was even invited to be a guest on Local Lifestyles, our local morning TV show, which lead me to do an amazing and very fun photo shoot with Christy Lively Photography; the picture above is from that session.

I was able to get outfits together, find great businesses to share (which can still be found on my Shops I Love page!), and whipped up some great smoothies. I have learned that I should have taken my time in sharing though! I stated to realize that I was struggling a little to find something to share, what would people like, what would work, what wouldn’t?  I have taken so much time these last couple of months and learned how to plan out all areas of my life better, including my website.

I allowed the pressure of it all to get to me, and to make me feel like I HAD to post everyday. But, I don’t, it’s my site. I can post and share when I want to, when I have time. I can plan out posts in advance more, and create more “series” to help me organize my thoughts and help others.

I have started working on myself physically as well, and am starting to feel “better in my own skin”. I am looking forward to starting back into some Outfit Inspiration posts. I am hoping to have some fun food inspirations as well!

I want to hear from YOU though! What are some of the things I have done that you have liked? Is there anything you want to see more of, or that I haven’t done that you would like me to do?

Thank you again for being here, your support is wonderful!

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Looking for something quick and easy to take to Thanksgiving this week? These muffins are so good, easy to make, and are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

My dear friend, Natalie, told me about these a couple of months ago. I changed up a few things, and think she’ll be okay with them.

Ingredients:

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix

1 15oz Can Pumpkin

1 Tsp Vanilla

1 Tsp Cinnamon*

1/2 Tsp Ginger*

1/4 Tsp Nutmeg*

1/4 Tsp Cloves*

*All Ground

NOTE: You will NOT need the eggs, oil, or water listed on the back of the cake mix.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare mini-muffin tin pan with with mini cupcake papers, or with non-stick cooking spray. (I use cooking spray.)

In a small bowl, combine the ground spices, mix well.

In large mixing bowl, combine the spices and cake mix until well blended.

Add entire can of pumpkin, and vanilla. Mix throughly, scraping the bowl as needed.

Once mixed, transfer batter into a gallon sized Ziploc bag, snip off one of the corners of the bottom of the bag.

Squeeze batter into muffin pan filling almost to the top. You should have enough batter to make all 24 muffins.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.

If preparing for an event, place muffins in towel lined basket and wrap to keep warm.

I also spread out matching napkins in a carrying basket to create a nice presentation.

Muffins can also be stored in a Tupperware container and stay very (yes, I’m going to use *that* word), moist,

Optional additions:

1/2 Cup Mini-Chocolate Chips, add to batter during the mixing process.

Serve muffins with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting.

Enjoy, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

MIA – Week Three

 

Week Three

As time continued on, I was happy that I was able to find my way out of the Postpartum Depression. I also began to feel little more like I had a some control on myself and the “new normal” of adding second child to our family. We were finding a rhythm to our day, as well as a good nap schedule!

Coming out of this fog was a really great feeling. Our oldest daughter was doing great in school, and loved being a big sister. Mark helped out at home where he could, and I am forever thankful for his support and understanding. 

In June of this year, we had the chance to go home to Oregon to visit my family and our friends. Traveling with a 10.5 month old is about as fun as it sounds at times, however, we all did great and managed wonderfully on the flights.

We were able to do so much while there, and see so many friends. We stayed with my parents so we had a lot of family time. We also got to spend a few days on the Oregon Coast, which is my favorite place. We got to relax a little and just enjoy being a family of four. 

It was during this time that I began to think a little differently about the blog and gave myself some grace regarding it. I was a new mom, I had a family and a life that wasn’t happening in a screen. It was okay for me to take this time for ME, my daughters, and my husband.

I can be completely open and share that I was certainly struggling with my “post-baby body” and it was natural not to feel like doing outfits posts. I had to remind myself that it was okay to take a step back from everything, focus on what truly matters in my life. I had found my love of reading again, even joined my local Barnes & Noble Book Club, and was enjoying life with two beautiful daughters and wonderful husband. It is a very freeing feeling when you decide to give yourself time and understanding, rather than beat yourself up over somethings that are out of your control. It is okay to allow yourself space, to not feel like you have to try to do it all. 

It may have taken awhile, and I still have a long way to go, but at least I am starting to navigate this new area of life, of understanding and patience for myself. No one can do it all, not even me. 

MIA – Week Two

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read Week One, I appreciate the support!

Week Two

Our daughter made her arrival toward the end of July 2017, and I am pretty sure we spent those first 48 hours in the hospital just staring happily at her. The day it was time to go home, I held her in my arms and cried on my husband’s shoulder. “She’s ours, she’s really ours, and we get to take her home.” I was so happy my heart burst open; it was the best feeling could have after all we had gone through. All of that waiting, those months of hoping we’d find out we were expecting, only to find out we weren’t, lead us to this wonderful amazing day, she was here, she was ours, we were going home.

My parents had come in from Oregon to help with our oldest daughter, and for a bit after we got home. Having them here for two weeks was so wonderful. They took Riley on great adventures, cooked meals, snuggled baby Tenley, and helped however they could. My husband also took that time off from work. He popped into the office from time to time, but otherwise he was home. Riley was at the end of her summer break, so my house was full of company and happiness. I felt like I was always surrounded by love.

Then it seemed as if I had the rug pulled out from under me. The two weeks was up. My parents had to go back to Oregon, my husband had to go back to work, and two days later our oldest started school started. After having two weeks of support and love all around, suddenly, I was alone, with a newborn.

Of course I knew it was going to be an adjustment. Adding a newborn always is as such. I now had to plan out our day to be ready to get Riley from school in the afternoons, amongst other things, all around feedings and numerous baby naps. I wasn’t going to figure it out day one, I knew that. What I didn’t see (or feel) at first, was slowly creeping in.

I was bummed out my parents had to go home, of course, I missed them and had days where I felt sad; but that wasn’t all that was going on. Everything soon began to feel like the biggest task. I felt heavy, and as if I couldn’t smile. About one month in to having a newborn, the Postpartum Depression had arrived. When I say nearly everything was hard, I mean it. Caring for Tenley seemed to be the only thing I could do.

Sometimes it comes in like a flood, other times it slowly rises and you can’t even fully tell it is happening. All you know is that something is wrong, off. One day in particular I just couldn’t even feel really anything. I have dealt with depression and anxiety for most of my life, however, PPD is a different beast. I did what I could to get through my day, but all I wanted to do was to disappear with my baby.

One evening, I basically did just that. I just couldn’t do anything anymore, even sitting in the living room was too much. My husband was making dinner, our oldest was hanging out in the dining/kitchen area. I had been nursing the baby on the couch and she started to doze off a little. Without saying anything, I just got up off the couch, went upstairs to our bedroom, gently laid her in her Rock N Play Sleeper (best thing ever for newborns), and just laid on my bed feeling numb.

The picture above was taken during that moment. She held my finger for a bit and that was everything to me, that seemed to be the only thing I could feel. My husband and oldest daughter hadn’t even noticed we had left the living room. After a little time had past, my husband came in and just held me for a little bit. I was so thankful that I didn’t need to say the words, he just knew. He left the baby and I to just be for a little while, until I felt ready to go back downstairs. That’s finally when I was able to release a little of my numbness, and I cried. The kind of cry where you make no noise and your tears just fall and fall.

Postpartum Depression is different for everyone who experiences it. Thankfully with the help of my therapist, and support from my husband, I was able to get through it. It took time, patience, and giving myself some grace. There was a lot of other things I dealt with during this time, and I honestly just don’t want to get into it all. Postpartum Depression is a highly personal journey, and I just hope that by sharing a little piece of mine, it helps another woman be able to find a way through hers.

If you are struggling with Postpartum Depression, depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, I encourage you to find the help you need. Talk to your partner/spouse, a trusted family member or friend; find a good therapist. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you, and there are people to help guide you.

Stay strong, stay beautiful, stay kind.

MIA – Week One

Picture taken four days before her arrival!

I feel as if I have been mentally writing this post for over a year, yet am not fully sure exactly what I want to say. It’s not easy, and being honest is always difficult in our social media world these days. I really feel the need to share the journey of the last two years though, and shed some light on why I went MIA.

I started this blog in 2015, and have really enjoyed sharing various outfits, recipes, and fun products from small businesses. I loved watching the inspiration it gave to others and have had fun being able to connect with so many people!

I am sure if you follow me on Instagram you have seen posts and updates on my life and happenings. I just felt like I was finally ready to sit down and get back to blogging. While I am not fully sure where it will take me this time, I am looking forward to starting again.   Over the next few weeks I will be sharing various bits and pieces of my life; and hope that you enjoy reading along.

Week One

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016 I found out I was expecting with our second child, we’d find out in January we would be having another girl. My husband and I were over the moon, as we had been trying for a year and a half, and were close to thinking that God didn’t want it to happen for us again. What was even more fun was that we were leaving the next day to head to New York to spend Thanksgiving with his family. We were able to keep the secret all weekend, thank goodness!

I was trying to keep up with posts during the early stages of pregnancy. Unfortunately, I am one of the women who does not have a fun first trimester, at all. Unless I was sleeping, or trying to lay in the fetal position on the couch, I was incredibly nauseous. Like, right on the edge of losing my stomach…all day…but never did, kind of nauseous. (Trust me, it’s as bad as it sounds.) This was the first slow down of the blogging train.

As I moved into the second trimester, I was feeling better, my baby bump was growing, and I was only fitting into certain clothing. I am sure that many would say it would have been the perfect time for me to do some Maternity Fashion; sure it would have been. However, in all openness, I was not feeling that attractive, and was wearing the same few outfits. I felt a little like I had lost my touch, and the train slowed down even more.

Eventually I did find that the train pretty much stopped, and I just wasn’t posting anymore, and of course, it is easy to simply continue to NOT post, to not share. Why though? Well, preparing for a baby, with a school ager (or any age older child, our just any baby whether it be first, second, or fourth) is busy, and at times chaotic. Looking back, I should give myself some more grace for letting the website become “stale” for a bit. Family and time with our oldest daughter before adding our second, was much more important that spending time on my site.

In June of 2017, a little over one month before our second daughter was due, I took a full social media break, and I loved it. I had so much fun spending time with my husband and oldest daughter, creating so many fun memories. This was one of the healthiest things I have done and it helped to put a lot of things into perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I love many aspects of social media and connecting with others, but it simply doesn’t need to consume that much of my time.

Life isn’t happening inside of a screen, it’s happening right in front of us. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Next week I look forward to sharing a bit about life after baby girl arrived! What was life like when you were adding a baby? Have you ever taken a social media break? I would love to hear your thoughts, comment below and let’s discuss.