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Thoughtful Thursday: Stepping up My Game!

23 Feb

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday! If you read my last thursday post you know that I am trying to do things in order to make my environment, and life more organized so that I can focus on things like my business!

Here are a brief reminder of the tips I talked about:

1. Create an easy work environment

2. Get all the daily chores done in the first few hours of the day

3. Use time wisely

4. Keep motivation up

5. Put yourself first

6. Keep track of your progress more than your to-do list

7. Take care of you

Now here’s the part where I talk about what I’ve done this week to improve on these steps!

Starting with number one: Create an easy work environment -I wanted to create a better work environment for my business. Since I work part-time as a child care provider, take care of my daughter all day, and sell handmade gifts as my job – sometimes its hard to put all those things in one room without freaking out! So I cleaned out my storage area and created a good temporary working space. I can open the doors during nap time, everything is easily accessible and ready for work. The things that aren’t great to be left out around children (ironing board, packing materials, paperwork in piles) I leave in my new area so all I have to do is close the doors and I am now child friendly again! This took pretty much most of my week to get organized and I haven’t had much time to use it yet but trust me – I will!!

Number two: Get all the daily chores done in the first few hours of the day – It seemed like by the time I got my chores all done it was lunch time, then nap time/work time, then dinner time. Where was the down time for me? Now that I’ve gotten in a better routine of getting things done I am finished my chores by 9 am! That gives me almost 2 hours to relax, reorganize my day, and spend quality time with my little girl.

Number three: Use time Wisely – Thanks to number three – I have more time!! Which makes it easier to use it wisely because I have that extra time to relax.

Number four: Keep motivation up – this is an awesome trick I’ve figured out. I get up, get ready, get Emma ready, eat breakfast then immediately turn on Pandora on my cell phone and put it in my pocket. My ear buds are free so I can still talk to Emma, the music travels with me so I don’t have to turn it up just to hear it on the other side of the house, it’s lightweight and fits in my back pocket so I don’t even feel it. Good mood follows me wherever I go!

Number five: Put yourself first – something I am HORRIBLE at! I’ve been trying to say no and concentrate on things I need to get done before others but this will be a learning in progress. I’m getting a little better at it but I still am easily distracted with helping everyone else!

Number six: Keep track of your progress rather than your to-do list! This is something I’ve been really great about. After I finish for the day I list of all the things I accomplished to my husband. Then when we are lying in bed I tell him everything I want to do for the next day. I make sure not to put more than three things on my list since I only have about 2 hours to get things done – no need to overwhelm myself!

Number seven: Take care of you – another thing I fail at miserably. Although I have been going to bed earlier, which makes me wake up earlier, which makes me get all my chores done earlier – leaving me with more time during the day. It’s amazing what a little shut-eye will do 😉

Have you been using any of these methods throughout your week? How are they helping you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Crafts: One Successful Crafty Day!

2 Jul

Today I had planned on getting up early, running errands, buying everything I needed to complete the crafts I plan on doing for the craft fair, coming home, AND crafting! I quickly realized that my budget said I couldn’t buy EVERYTHING on my list so I prioritized and knocked a few things off but I think I still have plenty to go on 😉

My top choices have rearranged a little.. I initially was going to have the majority of my work be scarves, but after today.. I just can’t help but want to make a million burp cloths instead!! Check out what I did!

I also made a frame. Now here’s the warning. I know it’s not perfect. It’s flawed in many ways!! This was a trial and error for me and I have some tweaking to do so the next one comes out exactly as planned but I wanted you to see it anyways!

 

 I was considering working on another burp cloth tonight but with E in bed I really don’t want to take the chance of waking her up! Normally with B in the house the TV is on or he’s playing video games and she goes to bed with the noise but with him away it’s been super quite around here.. If I jump in and start making noise she might wake up and boy do I not want to deal with that all by myself this weekend 😉 I think I might stick to making a new frame or crocheting. I’ll have plenty of time tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday to get things done so I’m not too worried!

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: An unexpected note

17 Feb

I love Facebook and I am on it almost constantly thanks to my blackberry phone but today I got on and read this application that I downloaded. It’s a daily “note from God“. Not exactly words taken from the bible but things that are uplifting and pertain to living a healthy life. So anyways, it said this:

It’s not about how much you have, how much you know, or how much you do. It’s about how well you love. Love is what matters most.

I think I have been trying SO hard for this family to know how much experience I have, how much I love working with children, all the great ideas and crafts I can plan, and showing them that I can do this. I know that I am good at it, I know that I am knowledgable about it, I know have all the right things to do the job, but the one thing that I have known throughout this entire thing is that I LOVE taking care of children. So when I first read this I thought, well I included how much I love it so that’s good.

Now I am taking a second look at it and I am thinking it’s not about how much I have, know, or do and it’s not about how much I love. It’s about whether they love me or not.

The playdate went well and she is going to bring one of the girls over for a couple of hours to do a trial on Monday. I know that she likes me, I know that she approves of my house, my child, and all the things I have. I am pretty sure she knows how capable I am of doing it. But I also know that she doesn’t want to go back to work, she wants to stay home with her children, she doesn’t want to drop her kids off at someone elses house and feel like she is being a bad mother because she isn’t the one that’s going to be there. I had these feelings when I was working and leaving E home with my parents and B’s parents. I also know how difficult it would be for me to leave E with someone who wasn’t family.. so this decision has really nothing to do with me and my experience and knowledge. It’s about this mom’s feelings. It’s about her trusting herself to make the right decision and not regret not being there to watch her children grow.

Every mom goes through this at some point when their kids go away to school. Some choose to home school because the thought of letting someone else be there and you not is just too much for them.

So I am sitting back trying to relax and not get my hopes up and not assume that it’s not going to happen because it’s not my decision. It’s hers.

I want this job more than anything, but I want her to be happy with me, my family, my home, my knowledge, my stuff, and most importantly my love.

So I am going to stop hoping, wishing, dreaming, worrying, stressing! I am going to enjoy the rest of the weekend and know in the back of my mind that she’ll make the right decision for her.

Love Always,

J

Leap Frog – ABC Animal Orchestra

20 Nov

I signed up for this free book giveaway at www.freebies4mom.com and they sent me this book in the mail. It’s Leap Frog’s Tag Junior ABC Animal Orchestra and it’s a book to teach your child ABC’s. In this collection they have other things like Numbers, Opposites, and so on.

E already loves this book and I do too! This one and Dr. Seuss have seem to be her favorites. This book is educational and the type of book that’s going to stick around for a while.

Barnes and Nobles description:

Ratta-tat-tat on Cat’s congas and croon with Baboon’s bassoon while exploring the ABC’s!

This Tag™ Junior board book springs to life when you touch the Tag Junior book pal to any part of any page. More than 24 playful activities and 150 audio responses encourage little ones to explore while helping build confidence with books. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see their child’s progress and get printable activities to expand the learning!

Introduces:
– Alphabet
– Music
– Animals

For ages 2 to 4.

 

As you all probably know by now E is only 16 months and I would have bought this book for her months ago if I knew it existed. My second favorite thing about this book is you can buy Tag Junior Book Pal that reads to the kids. I am super excited about getting this when I think she’s a little older and understands how to use it. When I got this free copy a $5 dollar off coupon came with it that doesn’t expire until March 2011 so that is PRETTY SWEET!

Barnes and Nobles description:

• Set the stage for reading! The Tag™ Junior book pal encourages toddlers to explore while helping build confidence with books.

• Each Tag Junior board book introduces a different preschool skill—such as the alphabet, counting or social play—through 24 playful, book-based activities and more than 130 audio responses.

• Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures or activities to life.

• Download audio for your child’s books, and keep up to 5 at a time on your book pal!

• See your child’s progress through the online LeapFrog® Learning Path, and get printable activities to expand the learning!

*Included sampler book, If I Were…, has 16 activities and over 70 audio responses.

For ages 2 – 4.

 

There is a whole series of books that go with this tag reader and I plan on purchasing all of them. If you have a one year old I would consider getting these right away and buying the book pal when they are two. These are great learning books whether you have the book pal right away or not.

I give these books and book pal 5 stars! This totally rocks!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

J

Lessons Learned

28 Oct

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I was reading a blog today about time management and goals. Basically they stated that if your goals are that important to you then managing your time shouldn’t be that hard. This made me think about my daily routine and my goals and it made perfect sense. I don’t enjoy doing my daily chores because well lets see, I do them every day often multiple times a day (pick up toys, laundry, cook, clean kitchen) and then I don’t manage to have time for the things I WANT to do (read, blog, crafts, reviews, surfing the web). I try to get my list of daily chores done before I even consider my goals that I really want to do. Luckily I have an amazing husband who doesn’t care if the toys picked up or the house isn’t perfect as long as I am happy so I think I will be rearranging my daily chores and goals!

They made a valid point that the more that you get done in the morning within an hour or so makes the rest of your day that much easier to plan. As much as that really seems like an awesome idea I am not so much a morning person. By the time I get my “things” started its usually 11:00 and I am thinking about lunch. Then after lunch and cleaning that up it’s 2:00 and there goes my day! I think also having a schedule with a child is a lot more difficult than having a schedule with school or a job. Children kind of make their own schedules and you just work around it, or at least I do. Then I thought well it just makes sense to wake up before E so I can get an hour or so of things out of the way before she wakes up. Did I mention I am not a morning person? The earlier it is the slower I seem to get so waking up an hour early turns into me needing to wake up two hours earlier just to get an hours worth of stuff done. At that point I am a crabby mess who needs a nap along with baby in the afternoon 😛

So how exactly am I going to figure this schedule out? I let you know when I do! 🙂

Love Always,

J

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