I Need a Fix: A True Confession of an Organization Junkie

Borrowed from diyhshp.blogspot.com

I have a not-so-secret love affair with the Simple Mom blog.  I love reading everything on her blog about slowing down and really being in the moment, and, of course, everything to do with organization.  Her site is dedicated to living simply, and I love that.  My family has not actively decided that “simple living” is something we strive for, its just kind of the way we are.  Both my husband and I grew-up rurally so we tend to have a different outlook on life than some of our more sub-urban/urban counterparts.  It also helps that we have to live on a budget so its pretty impossible for us to become overly driven by consumption and the proverbial need to “keep up with the Jones’.”  However, we are not idyllic farm-folk who need nothing more than to look out over our rows of corn to know true happiness.  We need reminding of the important things once in a while, and, for me, I can get that reminder through the wonderful pieces of writing found on Simple Mom. Continue reading

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Postcard Exchange – Featured Postcard! “Australia”

Kingscliff, Australia

Kingscliff, Australia

Today, I am sharing with you the postcard that was sent to me from Kingscliff, Australia by Mummy Flying Solo.  She tells me that this is her favorite place to have lived after having lived in many different places.  I can get on board with that, as she lives on beautiful coastline.  I imagine that her coastal experience is quite different from mine in Oregon, but being near the ocean is just good for the soul. Continue reading

Postcard Exchange!

Borrowed from freeworldmaps.net

I’ve got some extra time today because I woke up SUPER early after having an incredibly strange dream about my upcoming delivery.  Anyway… Atlantamomofthree gave me a great idea!  She is doing a Postcard Exchange and I want to do it too 🙂  The idea is pretty simple, but so fun: we connect with each other via email, exchange information, and send postcards on their way!  She takes it one step further and features all the postcards she receives in a blog post that includes a link to your blog and a little bit about you/your blog.  I think this is a great way to use something other than the internet to communicate (I’m a sucker for handwritten letters) and to get to know other parts of the USA and world that we might not otherwise get to see or visit. Continue reading

How to say “I Love You” on Father’s Day

Thank you Dadgitated for your Mother’s Day post that gave me that idea to do this!  It is so true that I am at a loss for what to do to really celebrate the greatness that is my husband and son’s father.  Should I cook him a special meal?  Well, I do that every day.  I suppose I could do a load of laundry for him since I haven’t done that for many years now, but that just seems silly.  I could do one of his chores, like mowing the lawn, but since I’m going to be birthing yet another one of his children in less than two months, that seems ill-advised.  I always make sure he has thoughtful cards and we typically BBQ with his family, but how can I really make him feel special and appreciated?  Embarrass him on the internet, of course!!! Continue reading

Mommy Guilt? You Bet Your Ass.

Borrowed from glamomamas.com

For those of you who do not know that much about me, I have an extremely active 2 year-old boy and am due with number two in 59 days (August 9).  I am a stay-at-home mother and, sadly, am admitting to being a sufferer of “mommy guilt” and, as a result, may have cause my own meltdown at a birthday party for a 1 year-old.  Awesome.  I have always been a bit of an over-achiever, though I have mellowed-out over the years.  I am less of a perfectionist than I used to be and can tap into my coping “tool box” when I really need to (read: I have seen MANY therapists).  However, I do keep a TON to myself and my bitch-fests with my girlfriends seem to be few and far between.  This is a pretty good recipe for a meltdown, but I digress… Continue reading

Baybee Brudder Wheree Izee?

What's my name?!?

What’s my name?!?

Translation: Where is my baby brother?  Every once in a while, this phrase pops out of my little one’s mouth.  SUPER cute and also kind of sad because a two year-old doesn’t really understand the whole pregnancy concept so he might just think we are lying to him about this so-called Baby Brother.  Although my son is concerned with the actual location of this potentially imaginary child, I am quite clear on this point and am WAY more concerned with “Babee Brudder Who Izee?”  And…my husband and I are having a seriously difficult time coming up with a name. Continue reading

Project Simplify – Weeks 2 & 3: That Pesky Closet and Piles

I’m back and I’ve been going nuts on my house trying to downsize in preparation for baby #2.  Needless to say, my Project Simplify has taken on a life of its own.  I thought that I would stay on-track with this, but I needed almost a week to recover from my cross-country vacation to see family.  Traveling while 5 months pregnant with a toddler is A LOT more exhausting than I thought it would be.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my life.  Now, I am home and grounded for probably about the next year and a half or so.  I digress… Continue reading