From Toys to Clothes: 25 Ways to a Less Stressed Mess

From Toys to Clothes: 25 Ways to a Less Stressed Mess

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” 

If you haven’t heard that quote before, I’ll bet you’ve lived it!

When it comes to kids room organization, the trick is to keep it simple, sweetie.  So let’s talk about simple solutions to problems like the kids room being a constant mess. 

(And wouldn’t it be nice to get out the door without searching for last minute items for once?)

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What To Do About Your Totally Stressed Out Family

We’ve reached the point in this stay home order where even introverts are starting to feel a little stressed out.

Right?

Because at first, it was actually kind of nice to have your schedule cleared for you.

I enjoyed having a chance to just be home with the family.  Nightly suppers around the table have been easier to pull off.

But with so many things closed now, it’s become stressful for a lot of us.

Maybe you’ve lost your income and are having trouble getting through the maddening unemployment phone line.

Your teens are so stressed over trying to keep up with school work while missing their friends that they are making you crazy.

(Yes, of course you love them.  And sympathize.  And kinda want to lock them in their room for just a little while.)

The younger kids don’t really understand what’s happening, but they know that everyone seems worried.  And they show that they are worried by whining every minute of the day and clinging to you constantly.

Poor kids…and poor Mama (who is pulling out her hair).

Extroverts are ready to see people again!  And introverts are ready to have the house back to themselves, even for just a little bit, again.

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Celebrating Easter At Home: How To Keep It Special

Celebrating Easter at home this year? Here’s how to celebrate Easter when you’re stuck at home…and how to keep it special for kids and families.

Last year our 5 year old son had a fairly serious spine surgery and was admitted to the hospital for several days.

We spent Palm Sunday there.

And when they released us, it was with orders to stay home for at least a couple of weeks.

(No one wants a still healing child exposed to more germs.)

That meant that we missed Easter Sunday mass, as well.

Who would have guessed that we’d miss them again this year?

Well, spending a special day like Easter at home, without the traditions you usually keep with loved ones, is a tough thing for adults to deal with.

And no, it’s not nearly as hard as what lots of other people are struggling with right now.  But it’s ok to admit that you’re bummed about missing out on this special day.

And for kids, it’s even harder.  They don’t really get what’s going on.

So how can we keep Easter special, even when we’re stuck at home?

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4 Ways to Make Your Nature Walk With Kids More Fun

Taking a nature walk with kids isn’t always as much fun as it sounds. Get more “woohoo” and less “I’m bored!” with these memory making tips.

Let’s be honest.

Taking a nature walk with kids sounds more fun than it usually is.

It always seems like a good way to get out of the house.

But no sooner are you out there walking than you start hearing, “How much loooooonger??”

“My leeeeeeegs hurt.”

Followed by the classic…

“I’m booooooooored.”

Forget that jazz.

Here’s how you get the kids to burn off some of that energy (you know, the stuff they only have when they’re inside and bickering with their siblings?) without the hassle.

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15 More Things To Do For The Seriously Bored At Home

If you’re feeling seriously bored at home, here are some simple ways you can use your time. Believe it or not, you can have fun at home!

At some point, you just cannot spend one more minute scrolling Facebook and playing “Is this scary story true…or not??”

It’s all too much!

And you know darned well that if you let the kids play hours of video games, it turns them into monsters.

(Seriously.  Mine fight like cats and dogs if they get more than a couple of hours per day on screens.  I don’t know the science and I don’t want to look it up.  I already feel like I’m living a weird social experiment here.)

What this calls for is a tried and true list of things you can actually DO.

Even if you’re stuck at home and seriously bored.

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DIY Family Game You Can Play At Home

Here’s a fun DIY family game you can play at home tonight. Try something different (but easy!) this time.

When screen time has caused quite enough fights for one week, thankyouverymuch, it’s time for something completely different.

After being stuck at home for a week, I wanted to try something a little different with the kids.

Something to make Family Fun Night different from every other night that we’ve been stuck at home.

And I think we came up with something pretty fun.  Also totally easy.  That you can DIY at home, even if you stink at being crafty or creative.  

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