1. When I was at the thrift store the last time I saw this shirt in the kids section. I thought it was super cute but it was like a size 6 or something-which is way to big for my kids. Repurposing came to mind. I tried it on my little pumpkin and it was just as I had expected-the perfect size for her-minus the sleeve length. So I cut off part of the sleeves, made a casing, added a piece of elastic and got...
a perfect dress for this little cutie.
3. This also falls under the "make your own" department and is a fun project for kids to do. Make your own drain cleaner. Sprinkle some baking soda down your drain, pour vinegar over it, it makes a super cool fizzy foam and cleanse and deodorizes at the same time. I had the most awful smell coming from my kitchen sink, I did this to the drain and it has totally neutralized the smell. Fantastic and fun (now who ever thought you could say that about cleaning).
4. I came to a realization: I feel so much better as a mother, woman and wife when I do my hair in the morning. 3 years into this motherhood thing and I finally figured this out. I was stuck in the "I'm a busy mom and don't have time for blow drying" phase. The fact is, when I take a minute and do my hair, put on some eye liner and a little smelly lotion I feel a million times better. If you are stuck in the "busy mom" phase and have forgotten how to use your curling iron or blow dryer I suggest you give yourself a refresher course.
5. One more motherhood break through: I find that sometimes the best thing to do when everyone in the house seems to be out of control is to put MYSELF in time out. I sit in my room (in front of the door because it does not lock and Small Fry can turn door knobs) and listen to the girls scream and cry on the other side and in a few moments I realize how stupid the whole scenario must look (mom hiding from her children for a moment of peace) so I take a deep breath, say a little prayer and head back into the trenches. I apologize if it is needed and we go back to playing or screaming-usually both.