back to school

back to school

How is the summer already almost over? I feel like my son was just celebrating his last day of first grade! Yet here we are preparing for his first day of second grade. Scary how quickly time seems to fly by. As we wind down the summer, we begin gearing up for the school year. Admittedly, since my son is still pretty young there is not too much to prepare for. However, I did want to share some of the tips and tricks I have managed to learn so far.

Preparing for going back to school:

  1. Purchase school supplies early. Often times if you wait too long the supplies you need most are sold out.
  2. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. I cherish having such a good relationship with and knowing my son’s teacher. Being able to reach out to each other makes a world of difference.
  3. Begin shopping sales for school clothes. School clothes are expensive! Finding good sales really helps lessen the financial blow (especially when you have a growing child).
  4. Start a school routine early. Help your child get back into the swing of waking up early and going to bed on time. Work on perfecting your child’s morning and bedtime routine.
  5. Plan some last minute fun. Make time for one final outing as a family. Ideas include going to the zoo or aquarium, hiking, or perhaps a fun science experiment.
  6. Make a “lice away” spray. Unfortunately lice can be pretty common during the school year. A tip to help keep lice away is by making a “lice away” spray! Add ten drops of Malelucia (tea tree) oil to a small glass spray bottle to spray down your child’s backpack. Also, adding a drop of of Malelucia to your child’s shampoo helps as well.

What are some of your favorite back to school tips?

happy friday

Is it strange that I want to start every post with: how is it already [insert month here]? Granted, I have not been blogging quite as much as I would like… However, I am hoping to improve upon that one of these days soon. Then again, I say that rather often too. If anyone has any helpful tips on how to get more time in the day, I would love to know so please share!

Things that made me happy this week:

+ Getting ice cream at work.
~ Blowing my goal of # of books to read this year out of the water.
+ Going swimming at least once a week and getting Carson signed up for swimming lessons.
~ The weekend almost being here.
+ Preparing our home to be put on the market.
~ My plants blooming and going wild.
+ Adding lemon or grapefruit essential oil to my water.
~ Watching Lost for the first time.
+ Eating grilled cheese sandwiches.
~ Discovering how amazing London Fogs are to drink.
+ Picking out the perfect floor plan for when we move.
~ Finally being able to blog.

What has made you happy this week?

practice self love

love yourself

Practicing self love is more than about burying your toes in the sand, daily yoga, and green smoothies. Although, those are all pretty darn wonderful. In a constantly changing and evolving world, remembering to take care of yourself can easily take a back seat. Self love is an emotional, mental, physical, and psychological act of learning to put yourself first.

Admittedly, I haven’t taken the best care of myself lately. Life has been a stressful whirlwind of activity and projects. Unfortunately when this happens, my health gets put on the back burner.

Easy ways you can practice self love:

  • Read an inspirational book.
  • Soak in a bubble bath.
  • Appreciate your strengths.
  • Honor and pay attention to your emotions.
  • Do what you love.
  • Write a resonating poem.
  • Surround yourself with nature.
  • Appreciate the little things.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • Add fresh blooms to your home.
  • Meditate and quiet your mind.
  • Nurture your dreams.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea.
  • Watch the sunrise, the sunset, or the stars.
  • Learn to forgive yourself.
  • Wear something that makes you feel confident.
  • Treat yourself.
  • Create a nourishing morning routine.
  • Step away from social media and technology.
  • Surround yourself with positivity.
  • Focus on the now.
  • Listening to music that calms your soul.
  • Smile.

What are some ways that YOU practice self love?

preparing for a garage sale

yard sale

Ever since I can remember, my family has held at least two huge garage sales each year. Growing up, I was surrounded by four aunts and a mom who were amazing at cleaning and minimizing. Trinkets that once held sentimental value were quickly ushered out the door with a price tag. Through the years, I learned a lot about purging and selling.

Not to mention, we have many “customers” who return year after year looking forward to our garage sales. To me, that says we are doing something right!

Preparing for a garage sale:

  1. Find out if there are any ordinances or regulations where you live concerning hosting a garage sale. Some cities and counties require that you have a posted permit on the premises and others limit the number of sales you may have per year. The town that I live in even has certain times of the day the sale must be between.
  2. Choose a date with a good weather forecast — mild weather is always preferred — and no large out of town events going on. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends.
  3. Make signs that are bold, bright, and easy to read! Additionally, make sure all of the necessary information is on the sign: address, dates, and times.
  4. Advertise, advertise, advertise. Posting online about the garage sale can really expand the number of customers who show up. Try sharing on Craigslist, Facebook, Offer Up, and in the local paper. Doing so ensures that as many people as possible are aware of your garage sale.
  5. Price items in advance. Plus, be realistic about the prices you ask and be willing to haggle. Most people who go to garage sales do so for a good deal.
  6. Keep plenty of change in your cash box. In fact, visiting your local bank or credit union to get a surplus of coins, ones, and fives is a great idea!
  7. Allow yourself plenty of time to set up. Not to mention, be prepared for people to show up as you are in the middle of setting up. Try to keep like items together and even think about having signs stating the types of items that are on the tables.
  8. Put all of those plastic bags accumulating in your home to use! Offer bags to customers to make it easier for them to carry their items to their car.
  9. Expect people to show up late. Admittedly, it is frustrating when you are trying to close down. However, if they purchase something that is one less thing to put away later!
  10. Most of all, have fun.

What are tips you would share for preparing for a garage sale? 

life lately

life lately

Mad Hatter:
Have I gone mad?

I’m afraid so.
You’re entirely bonkers.
But I’ll tell you a secret.
All the best people are.

I almost feel like I should be brushing away cobwebs from non-use. Things have been absolutely mad lately. Thankfully in a wonderful way, but still rather exhausting. From constant adventuring, planning, to do listing, schooling, and working I am exhausted. Since I can never stay away for too long, I thought I would share:

Ten things that have made me happy lately.

o n e

Spending my lunch times at home. In doing so I am able to let the pups run around to play and get a few house chores finished up. Also, I am able to catch up on homework or reading.

t w o

Piercing my nose with my coworker. Ironically, this is a piercing I have thought about having done for many years. However, I never did work up the gumption to go through with it. When my coworker mentioned that she had hers done previously, I told her I wanted mine done. We made a date and went and got our piercings done together!

t h r e e

Working towards becoming a certified financial counselor. My work requires us to become certified financial counselors which works in my favor! This is something I have thought about looking into but never quite had the funds to do so. Getting certified through my work is completely free!

f o u r

Having a market analysis done on our home. John and I met with our real estate agent to run numbers on selling our home. Now to paint both the exterior and interior, lay down new flooring, and get a new roof.

f i v e

– Adventuring with friends. The past few weekends have been spent getting together with a group of friends. Each weekend is filled with adventuring, exploring, and learning! The kids have such a wonderful time, as do the adults.

s i x

Crushing my reading goal for this year. Last year was a bit of a let down. I was unable to read as much as usual and did not fully complete my reading goal. This year I set the bar lower to something achievable!

s e v e n

Participating in the “Secret Pal” swap at work. I have always loved participating in blogger swaps, so I knew joining in on this would be perfect for me. Already I have been treated by my secret pal and have sent a sweet surprise to mine!

Speaking of, are blog swaps still a thing? 

e i g h t

– Being so close to obtaining my Bachelor’s degree. Every single day is another day closer! Only about seven or eight months to go and I am completely done. Each time I think about this I get excited all over again! Part of me would love to get my Master’s degree, but the other part of me so badly needs a break.

n i n e

– Watching Despicable Me 3 with the boys. These movies are so funny! I love the humor thrown in and of course I adore the minions.

t e n

– Having my plants absolutely flourish and grow like crazy. Call me weird, but I swear that positive vibes encourage plants to grow healthier and quicker. I have proven this by taking over plants from my family and friends. The plants that did not do well for them, go wild for me! Right now I have two orchids that have blossomed, went away, and then blossomed all over the place! Same with my rose bush!

What has made you happy lately?