With Andrew starting anew job and me spending all my time with millie and keeping the house clean I have been feeling like nothing more than a mum. And let’s be honest that’s not really a bad thing, but I have been neglecting myself.
So when I saw the stunning, mindful Brooke Styles promote a ‘Self Care Challenge’ she had created I knew I had to jump
on board straight away.
As you can see the list is some of the simplest things that I as a mother normally rush through or just don’t do at all. But the last 4 days I have taken the time for myself. Most of them take 10-15 minutes. It’s not an unreasonable amount of time to put into yourself each day. It’s made me more aware of taking enjoying the simple things like a hot shower and not rushing through it to get Millie ready for bed.
This challenge isn’t only for mums (although I highly recommend it) but for anyone who is putting their all into work, study, or even just over the same thing day in and day out. Pop over to Instagram and jump on board. Doesn’t have to be this one. There are 100’s out there that you can do. But I think it’s important that we all take a little bit of time each day for our own mental health.
Having a clean house is important to me but unfortunately, we don’t always get a chance to clean up. Here are a few things we do each day to make our household that little bit less chaotic.
MAKE THE BED – first thing I do every morning is make the beds. I don’t know why this one is so important to me. Maybe because even if I do nothing for the rest of the day (depending on Millie’s mood) I can say I did the bare minimum. Andrew gets up with Millie most mornings (when he’s not a gym) letting me sleep a little longer. Before I even leave our room I make our bed. I love getting into a made bed each night. This can only be made better by getting into a bed with fresh sheets (be still my beating hearts). Then Millie’s bed gets made on the way downstairs.
DISHES – Andrew normally does the dishes in the morning and the evening. I love a clean kitchen, but I never get a chance to clean it. Those few time I do get a chance, everything is done. Windows, benches, cupboards. I start and just can’t stop. But I am so grateful when Andrew washes the dishes and wipes the benches.
SHOES OFF – As soon as you walk in the door shoes come off in this house. Saves on vacuuming and since everything is going in Millie’s mouth at the moment this is a lifesaver. Plus the dirt up Buderim is red. I mean RED, RED. And since we have light carpets in the lounge room and bedrooms it’s a bit of a much.
WASHING – We are lucking in our house as we have a laundry shoot in our bathroom, so I make a point each day to pick up the cloths from our hampers and throw then down the ‘shoot’. Even if I don’t get to put a load on every day, all the washing is in the same place and I’m not running up and down the stairs making sure that everything is there. I also don’t like the washing hanging on the back veranda too long. When in the kitchen you look straight out the window onto it and it makes me feel a little cluttered.
CLEAN THE LIVING ROOM – Once Millie is down Andrew or I put everything back where it belongs. Toys in draws, pillows on couches, etc. I know it’s going to be a chaotic mess the next morning but I always feel a bit more accomplished when I know I am going to bed with a clean loungeroom. I also pick up and put things back where they belong when Millie has her naps during the day. When you walk in our house the lounge is the first thing you see, so I feel it needs to be at least somewhat presentable even to only create the illusion of a clean house.
Most people say don’t procrastinate when it comes to cleaning. However in my case when I procrastinate cleaning is the first thing I do. Just one of my habits I picked up when I was studying at university. Made it hard to get assignments done but at least the house was clean.
Hope this one has given you a minor glimpse into our cleaning time. The biggest thing I can say is; There will be days where your house is completely trashed, don’t judge yourself over these days cos we all have them. Just remember your house is your child/rens home, don’t make it a display house. Let the kids make a mess. It’s all about having fun and spending time with them. That what they will remember. The time spent making memories, not the mess.
It’s all booked. If you read my previous post a while back you could tell I was not enjoying planning our wedding. I just wanted it over with. But we found (well Andrew found) an amazing company that plans it all for you. Tracey from Pop Up Weddings Tasmania has been a dream to deal with. She has made the planning so simple and stress-free. Sending us links for photographers to choose from, Sorting out flowers, cakes, dinner bookings, hotels, etc.
I have my dress (just need alterations). Andrew knows what kind of suit he wants. And I just have to order Millie’s dress from the amazing Poppy Harper the label. We picked up our rings the other day. It’s all go. Needless to say, we are now excited about our big day.
I’m over it. At the moment I would be happy for a courthouse. I have since I was a little girl imagined what my wedding would be like, but never a big one. So when Andrew proposed we both knew elopement was for us.
For the last few months, I have been pricing elopements up and down the coastline with each being more expensive than the last. Last night I reached my limit. I turned to Andrew and said ‘Let’s just go to a registry office’. He turned off the TV looked at me and said, ‘Ok let’s have a look. You know if we do it that way you’ll regret it’. So off he went on his computer searching for something that would suit us.
Needless to say in under 20mins he found something that I would never have even considered but the moment he showed me a picture of the area I knew that was where we would be joined together, forever.
I will do a post a bit later when we have confirmed this location. Needless to say, we are now both excited for our Wedding. And since starting to plan, this is a first time for us.
I posted previously about my love for the Kikki-K planner, this then led to a day spent in my sunroom with two girlfriends and our planners. We spent a delightful afternoon making our own dividers and personalising them to suit our personalities. Here is a list of things we used:
Coloured/printed paper Glue Laminator Stickers Printouts Magazines Scissors Page holders
Lots of time was spent on Pinterest looking for inspiration. Pinterest is always great for an inspiration hit. Anything you need. If you don’t have an account maybe you shouldn’t start now. It’s a real addiction problem. Here are some of the other blogs we got ideas from;
Here are some photos of my newly personalized planner. I love that I now look forward to opening it each day, to find my list of chores for the day. Having it look pretty makes you want to open your planner. It leaves you with a feeling that organization doesn’t have to be simple and dull. It can be fun and full of colour.
For other ideas I have added the link below, this will take you to my Pinterest Board for loads of other fun and creative ideas for your own planners.
Hope you have enjoyed my post about brightening up your planner.