How to start a blog
Hey sweet friend. Welcome to How to start a Blog Part 1 of 4.
Do you know that feeling? You know the one where you stumble from Pinterest onto some amazing Blog post and you suddenly realize you have found your dream career?!?
Or as many call it “the Blogging Bug“.
Well sweet friend, let me tell you, I know that feeling far to well. Somewhere in the land of Pinterest about three years ago I suddenly realized I was destined to Blog.
In a attempt to justify my semi-craziness. Yes ,CRAZINESS! I told myself I would only Blog for fun and that if I ever felt it was “good enough” then I would attempt to make some money at some point.
So that is exactly what I did. I Blogged just to Blog! And oh how I love blogging. I truly enjoyed just being able to have something that was mine, a hobby to get lost in. My own BLOG!
Let me tell you a little bit about me and maybe it’ll be easier to see what I mean.
My husband(love of my life) and I got married when I was only 18. We have four amazing children and 2 german shepards. We both have full time reputable careers and the perks that come along with them(mortgage, car payments, insurance ect.)
As wonderful as ALL of this was there was a part of me that I somehow lost along the way in the 15 years of us growing our dream life. I was so busy taking care of everyone else that I forgot all about the things that I enjoyed doing.
I was just floating through life contently on autopilot until one day my husband asked me what hobbies I liked. I know super simple question right? I had NO answer. I actually was stumped.
I thought………. I like to go to Starbucks………………hmmmm I like to shop at Target……………………… UMMMM? Do those count as hobbies? We laughed at the fact that Starbucks was my hobby , but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. How did I get from someone who had to many hobbies and DREAMS to someone who had NONE.
I really had NO IDEA what I liked to do.
I mean, an afternoon away from my hubby and kiddos meant Starbucks and an extra long Target trip. How was I supposed to have a hobby let alone hobbies when I worked full time and had four kids.
The fact that I had no idea what hobbies I liked was nagging at me. How did I not know what I liked?
A few weeks after I stumbled across a Blog on Pinterest and POOF it was like an idea light bulb was floating over my head. I needed a BLOG! It was as if I just suddenly knew that this was a real possibility. If all these blogs existed why couldn’t I have one. I know not your typical hobby, but I’ve always been a little eccentric I can’t help it.
I had actually taken graphic design courses in high school and loved it, but went with a more “safe” career of Nursing in college as graphic design career was really more of a bigger city career and I had no interest in living in a bigger city with our kids.
And so it began, the next 2-3 years I just blogged to blog. Truly as a hobby. I had no idea what I was doing but I LOVED it. I would post anything and nothing. LOL.
But a few months ago in my blogging research/play I realized that people actually lots of People were actually making a LOT of money off of blogging.
I thought really? Blogging? Could these people really be making money off of blogging?
This hobby that I love so much?
As I continued to research Blogger after Blogger, I realized that it may be quite possible to actually make MONEY off of BLOGGING.
So as I start out on this journey to see how to make MONEY blogging I thought about you Sweet Mama. I want to share my BLOGGING journey with you. I want you to be able to BLOG and enjoy life too and hopefully we will make some money along the way.
First things first you will need a BLOG!
How to start a BLOG Part 1
- First things first do you want to start a blog?
2. Next, we need to figure out what you would like to blog about?
As I started my blog as a hobby I really enjoyed it being a general lifestyle blog. But there are endless options.
You will need to find a few minutes to just sit down with a plain piece of paper and a pen or pencil and brainstorm away. Really think about what you may want to blog about. The only real REQUIREMENT for your BLOG is that it really should be something that you are truly passionate about and that you could talk about for HOURS and HOURS without even blinking an eye.
My lifestyle blog is about my crazy busy Mom life mixed with fashion, beauty, crafts and other things that I enjoy or that bring me happiness. I love my family, glitter and pretty things and have no problem talking about them constantly.
I wanted to talk about everything so I kept a very open topic “lifestyle”. Another option is to pick a very specific topic like capsule wardrobes or healthy meals for less. It really just depends on what you want to talk about. Just make sure it’s something you love.
3. Next you need to think about a blog name.
What name would compliment what you are wanting to talk about on your blog. You want your blog name to help explain what your blog is about.
Write down as may words as you can think of that are related to your blog topic and then play with the combination of the words coming up with as many options as you can. For my lifestyle Blog I took the two words BLISS and MESS. I want my MESSY(busy, chaotic,crazy) lifestyle to be Blissful(peaceful and perfect). There fore Blissful Mess was created. Come up with multiple options as we will go into securing your name in How to start a Blog Part 2 and your initial option may already be taken.
These 3 tasks can seem simple, but can be very time consuming once you start considering the options. Take your time and really consider what you want to BLOG about. This will become the beginning of your new BLOG sweet Mama. Congratulations! You are AWESOME!
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It’s happened! I tried to resist, but I couldn’t!
That’s right! I’ve become obsessed with greige. I can’t help it. Greige is so universal. That’s why I just couldn’t resist making the perfect home decor DIY with greige! Yep, greige! A DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
I’ve seen DIY Dalia paper flowers all over the internet in bright colors and fun print, but really what am I gonna do with a giant purple flower for the next decade? Am I right?!? I wanted something I could make and actually use. That’s when it hit me Greige! Of course, I needed a Greige DIY Dalia Paper Flower!
So here it is!
DIY Greige Dalia Paper Flower!
1 sturdy paper plate (I used a left over birthday cake plate from the dollar store)
Card stock paper (any paper will work, but I used greige colored card stock from Hobby Lobby about 20 sheets)
hot glue gun and glue sticks
1 (about 3 inches) piece of twine or string
Firstly, to make the cones for the Dalia paper flower you must start with a square piece of paper. To create the largest square that I needed for the first layer, I simple folded the paper on it’s self making a square and cut off the excess paper. I then unfolded the sheet and used that now square piece of paper as a template to create my outer layer of the flower. Do not use the piece of paper that you folded or your cone will have a crease in it.
Next, I took one of the large square pieces of paper and created a cone and hot glued the shape into place. See pictures below. This will create your first layer of your DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
Once the cone was glued into it’s shape I then hot glued the smaller end of the cone to the back of the paper plate in a circle around the entire plate completing the first layer. Be mindful in how you are spacing your cones. You want them to be in a nice round circle and slightly touching each other to create a nice full flower look.
For the DIY Dalia Paper Flower to be layered properly I had to create the next layer of cones slightly smaller. To do so I simply created a smaller square template. Once again I took a full sheet of paper. This time I needed a smaller square, so I folding the paper in half creating to rectangles and cut the paper in half. Next I took one of the half sheets and folding the edge up creating a square and cutting off the excess paper just like before, but a smaller version. This gave me a half sheet sized square template to cut out for the second layer on cones.
You then repeat the previous process by using the half sheet square template to cut out square. Then you hot glue the square papers into cones and then glue them onto the paper plate in a circle as the next (2nd) layer of the Dalia paper flower.
Here is a picture(see above) of the first(whole sheet squares) and second(half sheet squares) layers of glued on cones in the DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
The last layer #3 also needed to be smaller. To create the square template for the third and smallest layer I folded the paper in half and then in half again creating a quarter sheet and then cut out 4 rectangles from the one piece of paper. I then created a square by folding the paper over on it’s self once again and cutting off the excess paper just like before, but much smaller. I then used the quarter sheet sized square template to cut out the squares for the third layer.
Once the quarter sheet squares were cut out, I once again hot glued them into cones and then glued the cones in a circle on the plate and also filled in the rest of the center of the paper plate with the smaller cones creating a full and complete DIY Griege Dalia paper flower look.
To hang the flower on the wall I hot glued both ends of a piece of twine in a half circle on the back of the paper flower which was the front if the paper plate.
Then I hung the DIY Greige Dalia paper flower on the wall of our home, but I really loved it out on our sun porch too! Needless to say I will be making quite a few more for all over!
Here it is up on the sun porch!
DIY Greige Dalia Paper Flower!
What do you think? Have any questions? Let me know.
Should I do more DIY paper flowers that are actually usable in the home?
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DIY Unicorn Mason Jar
Unicorn love! I have to say I’m slightly obsessed with unicorns that’s why I couldn’t resist this DIY Unicorn Mason Jar. It’s just so adorable.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are unicorns just about everywhere anymore. Right?!?
I couldn’t find one that really fit into my home decor though, so I decided to make my own. This one specifically is going to end up holding my paint brushes for my DIY/craft projects. Which is perfect as they are rainbow colors. Some day I’ll have my magical craft room to place it in.( A girl can dream!) LOL!
DIY Unicorn Mason Jar!
mason jar or any plain jar(I picked up one from Hobby Lobby- love that simplicity of it- nice and smooth)
acrylic paint white, black and gold
high gloss modge podge
fake flowers(enough to go around the rim of the the mason jar lid)
1 piece of card stock or any piece of thicker paper
hot glue gun and glue sticks
foam sponge brush
small paint brush
2 paper plates
To start with you will need the mason jar or jar of your choosing. Here’s the one I loved from Hobby Lobby. It has a super smooth/ flat surface which is perfect for painting on.
Next I took off the lid and placed the empty jar on a paper plate. I then took white acrylic paint and placed that on my additional paper plate for my paints.
Using the foam sponge brush I added a coat of white acrylic paint to the outside of the jar. I skipped the rim where the lid screws on and the very bottom of the jar as these areas are not visible. Then allow to dry. I waited about 20 minutes and applied a second coat of white acrylic paint. Then allowed that to dry for about 20 minutes. Next, I added a coat of high gloss modge podge over the white and allowed that to dry the same.
Once all layers are dry including the modge podge it’s time to paint on your unicorns eyelashes. Practice painting them on the plate first to get comfortable with the brush width etc. Try to space them evenly and where you think the eyelashes should be. They were a little tricky, so I will be making you guys a template here soon so you can trace them on and then paint them in.(work in progress- coming soon)
While the first coat of white acrylic paint was drying I took the piece of card stock and painted a gold square about 6 inches by 6 inches and a white strip about 2 inches by 2 inches. I allowed them to dry as well for about 20 minutes. These will become your unicorn horn and ears.
Once the gold square was dry I added a layer of high gloss modge podge and coated the wet modge podge with gold glitter. I then allowed it to dry. I cut out 2 identical(by folding the strip in half and cutting both at the same time) triangle ears from the dry white 2x2 strip and set them aside.
Now ,it was time to begin the flower rim for the top of the jar. I simple cut off flowers from a stem of fake flowers. I choose to use multiple flowers(types and colors, but it’s up to you)
You will begin to glue(using a hot glue gun) the flowers on the outer rim of the jar lid. See below.
Keep them close enough when gluing that you do not see the jar lid on the side.(see below)
Continue until the entire outer side of the jar lid is covered in a complete circle.
By now your glitter 6x6 square should be about dry. Add an additional coat of just high gloss modge podge. This will seal the glitter so it’s not falling off everywhere later. Allow to dry for about an hour or more as you have quite a few layers on the paper and you want this to be nice and stiff when you make your unicorn horn out of it.
Once dry cut the glitter square out of the paper and trim it to desired size for your horn. I believe mine ended up about 4 inches by 4 inches but it’s your preference depending on how prominent you would like your unicorn horn to be.
To create the horn simply roll the glitter square into a cone shape and using your hot glue gun glue into shape. NOTE: this will not work if your gold glitter paper is not completely dry.
Once your unicorn horn has been turned into a cone fold the bottom edge out slightly to give yourself a place to be able to hot glue the horn to the flower coated mason jar lid. The ears will be folding the same edge on the bottom as well to allow them to be glued on too. See below.
Before gluing them in place on the mason jar lid, put the lid on the jar correctly and then mark where the ears and horn need to be glued. If you skip this step you will end up with your horn and ears not aligning correctly with your unicorns eyes.
Your almost done! Now, do you want the top open on closed. I choose open as I want to store paint brushes in mine but either way is perfect.
Here’s the finished project!
DIY Unicorn Mason Jar!
I love it open with my DIY/craft paint brushes inside. It makes every project seem just a tad bit more magical.
Here’s with the lid closed.
What do you think? Have questions? Let me know.
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DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
Do you remember childhood games? Like real ones that aren’t electronic? Yeah, those ones! LOL! We do in our home and I wanted to make sure our kids grew up playing them including cards, dominos, marbles, Tic-Tac-Toe and other silly classics.
There’s no doubt that the older games are pretty popular at our home, but Tic-Tac-Toe has become a family staple at our house. Our kids play it just about every everyday! No joke. In restaurants, car rides, really anywhere we may be waiting and of course at home too. There is something about it’s simplicity that just draws them in. They can’t resist it.
That’s why I couldn’t resist making our own DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game for home. It has been so much fun with the kiddos. Check it out!
DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game!
1 wood log slice(picked up at Target)
white acrylic paint (black acrylic paint optional)
1 small paint bush
10 stones or rocks preferably 2 different color of 5 each (picked up at Hobby Lobby)
rhinestones(about 10-12 small)
hot glue gun or tacky glue
Firstly, I took the wood log slice and decided the best way for the game lines to lay on the board. I then painted on two parallel lines turned the board and added two more that crossed over each other to make the Tic-Tac-Toe board.
I couldn’t resist adding an XOXO with black acrylic paint. Then I let the wood log slice dry.
Next I needed game pieces, so I found the perfect white and dark gray stones.
They still needed a little something more, so on one white stone I added an O in dark gray rhinestones and on one dark gray stone I added a X in white rhinestones. The rhinestones were hot glued on and gave them just a little bling.
Here’s the final DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game for family game nights!
What do you think? Let me know if you have any questions.
Succulents are such a beautiful addition to any home. That why I couldn’t resist making this DIY Succulent Rock Pot! I just love the simplicity of it and it was so easy to make.
My daughter and I spent an hour on Saturday making these succulent rocks and the painted pot. To my surprise my boys were just as excited to paint rocks. So we ended up painting rocks for hours just for the fun of it. Who knew rocks were so exciting?!? LOL My Boys! HA HA!
Anyways, these super cute DIY Succulent Rock Pots are really easy to make.
DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
River Rocks 7-8 (We picked up a bag of these at Lowes for about $6- tons of extras for painting and future projects)
Crushed base rock about 1/2 a cup ( we picked this up at Lowe’s for about $4- we have tons of extra for future projects)
acrylic paint (green, white, black, pink or red) paints purchased at Hobby Lobby
(note: I also used a glitter gold on the terra cotta pot as well totally optional- you could actually use any colors you like)
1 Terra-cotta pot (less then $2 at Lowes as well)
1 empty plastic shopping bag or newspaper- anything really will work to fill the bulk of empty space in the terra-cotta pot
6 paper plates ( 2 for paints, 2 for the items you are painting and 2 for drying previously painted items)
1 small paint brush(combo pack purchased from hobby lobby previously)
1 foam sponge brush(combo pack purchased from Hobby Lobby previously)
1 pack of baby wipes (optional)
Firstly, I placed the terra-cotta pot on a paper plate upside down. I then placed the acrylic paint that I wanted to use on the outside of the terra-cotta pot on the second paper plate white and gold glitter.
Then I randomly added streaks of white around the terra-cotta pot with minimal paint on the foam sponge brush. After about a minute of drying I then coated the entire outer portion of the terra-cotta pot with the gold glitter acrylic paint.
Here is the terra-cotta pot all nice and painted and wet. The terra-cotta pot needed to dry so it was placed aside on a paper plate to dry.
Now it was time for the fun part! Rock painting. It actually made me feel like a little kid. Painting rocks is a little tricky as they can be slippery so watch them closely or they can escape. LOL
I pretty much repeated the same process for the rock painting, but first I had to wash and dry the rocks. I tried to also pick rocks that would fit in the pot together nicely(different sizes and shapes). I then put the rocks on a paper plate and paints on another it earlier with the terra-cotta pot.
Most of my rocks I wanted green, but I added white and black to make different shades of green. I also made a solid white rock to add a little character.
The tricky portion is painting both sides and all around as the rocks are slippery when wet. I then placed them on a paper plate to dry and wiped my fingers off with a baby wipe. You know baby wipes are good for almost everything!?! LOL
The rocks were then set aside to dry a paper plate for about 10 minutes before adding details.
Next we added details to the rocks! Flowers, x’s, hearts, dots anything you like and in any colors you like(I used acrylic paint in pink, white and black with a small paint brush). I was going for a cute succulent look but the possibilities are endless really.
After your details are added to your rocks once again let them dry on the paper plate.
Once everything is dry it’s time to assemble and arrange your new succulent rocks in their terra-cotta pot.
Take the terra-cotta pot and add your filler of chose until about an inch and 1/2 from the top. I simple used an empty plastic bag from Hobby Lobby for this, but you could use any smaller bag or crumbled paper.
Then take your crushed base rock(I washed and dried mine before use) and cover the filler almost to the top of your terra-cotta pot. Move the crushed base rock around so that you can not see your filler. Leave a little room from the top of the pot so you can push your painted succulent rocks into the crushed base rock to hold them up.
Next take your painted rocks and push them slightly into the crushed base rock carefully! You don’t want to scratch them up. Arrange them however you like. I then let the entire project dry on top of a paper plate overnight.
Here’s my finished DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
That’s it! All that’s left to do is find the perfect home for you DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
What do you think? If you have any questions let me know.
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DIY Watermelon Terra-cotta Pot Summer Craft!
What is it about watermelons that automatically makes me think of SUMMER! Is it the bright coolers or it’s sweet treat inside. Who knows! But I love watermelons. This watermelon terra-cotta pot is the perfect summer craft.
My middle son loves watermelon. Like to the point he will beg for it in the store. You would think it was some kind of sugar high treat. It’s one of his favorite treats. What mom could complain about that right?!? My kid loves fruit……ok watermelon LOL! That’s why this pot seems so perfect for our home.
Watermelon Terra-Cotta Pot How to:
terra-cotta pot (picked up at Lowes $1.99)
acrylic paint( pink, white, green and black) (picked up at Hobby Lobby $1.12 each)
foam sponge brush (hobby lobby $1.99 for a 6 pack)
1 small pointy paint brush( multi pack $4.99 Hobby Lobby- there were cheaper option, but I’m sure I will use them in the future)
2 paper plates
Now, the first thing you need to do is open up your paints and place whatever color you’re using first on a paper plate. You can add more colors as you go, don’t add them all to start as they will dry out pretty quickly.
Next put your terra-cotta pot on you other paper plate and decide how You would like your watermelon positioned on the pot. I wanted a partial watermelon, but you could easily do a fuller option if you preferred. Completely up to you.
Now it’s time to start painting! I choose to start with my bright watermelon pink. Since I only wanted a partial watermelon look I did a diagonal line with the hot pink.
Once I had covered about half of the pot I simply feathered out the pink line so the other half of the pot is still unpainted and simple looking.
Then it was time to add some green! I added about an inch width strip following the diagonal line of the hot pink. To blend the pink and green together I added some white into the green and sponged it on which really added a more realistic rhine watermelon look. I then also added a little darker pink at the meet up line to the green to really accentuate the hot pink.
What kind of watermelon would it be without seeds? Right!!! So, time to add some black seeds. I simply added a water drop shape for each seed in black and made them all random(different sizes and directions) as a watermelon would be.
I thought about added some cute lettering like, SUMMER TIME, of Fresh Watermelon, but I preferred the simplistic look so I left it. You could easily add any wording you like though to further customize your watermelon terra-cotta pot.
Don’t forget to let the pot completely dry to avoid smudges. I let mine dry overnight on the paper plate I initially painted it on.
Here’s my finished Watermelon Terra-Cotta Pot! I love it! What a fun summer time craft. I’m looking for the perfect plant to add to it so I can place it in my kitchen window ceil.
What do you guys think? Have any questions? Let me know if you do!
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I have to confess I am obsessed with glitter! It’s like a weakness for me. That’s why I couldn’t resist making this DIY glitter mason jar.
You may or may not know that my daughter and I love crafting. We could spend hours in the craft store and still be on the first isle. Yep, were craft store junkies! LOL!
I guess my love for crafting really comes from my early childhood though. I was a girl scout from preschool til high school and my Mother was my assistant troup leader. Every week we would do some craft for the season and it was my favorite part of the week. My head troup leader was like a craft gurue and so was my Momma. They taught us the funnest DIY projects and we had the best times giggling and just crafting away. Now that I’m an adult, Mom, Nurse, I guess I just feel like age shouldn’t matter, everyone should have a weekly crafting time to unwind and just enjoy being in the moment. Right?!?
DIY Glitter Mason Jar!
1 mason jar or any clear jar
acrylic paint in color of chose
loose glitter in color of chose
high gloss Modge Podge
Here’s the jar that I picked up from Hobby Lobby. It was $1.99 and I loved how plain and simple the jar is. Easy to paint. I have the typical old school mason jars as well, but I really liked these for the project.
These are the paints and sponge brushes I used(also from Hobby Lobby). I made a gray with the black and white to use as the under coat as I thought it would look good with the silver glitter on top of it, but any color you like is perfect.
I painted the jar half way with the gray paint at an angle as I wanted a chic look in the end. However, you could paint the jar whatever way you like. The whole jar, shapes, stripes, etc. I then set it on a paper plate to dry.
Next, I was concerned that the acrylic paint could come off in the future so I added a coat of high gloss modge podge on top of the gray paint. The modge podge looks like white school glue almost, but don’t worry it dries clear. Note: there is a high gloss modge podge which I used as I wanted a blinged out effect, but there is also a matte modge podge if you are after a more subtle look.
I then immediately(before the modge podge dried) sprinkle glitter on to the wet modge podge. Note that anywhere you have the wet modge podege the glitter will stick. I then set the jar back on the paper plate to dry.
Once dry I repeated the process with another layer of modge podge and a second layer of glitter. Again, set aside to dry. When it was completely dry I added a top layer of just modge podge this seals the glitter so it’s not falling off all over the house and you.
Here’s the finished look!
Or so I thought LOL! My daughter did not agree. See, she wanted to use the glitter mason jar to hold her makeup brushes, so she added a little something extra! That’s my girl! LOL!
She took the lid and hot glued loose flowers all around the outer rim. Of course I helped, see below.
So here is the final, FINAL DIY Glitter Mason Jar! It’s so adorable. I think I may have to make a whole set here very soon.
What do you think? If you have any questions let me know.
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How do other Mom’s do it? You know?!? The whole morning thing with kids. I couldn’t seem to get it to run smoothly. It was to the point that I was desperate for tips to be able to get our kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier.
Like clock work, I was running behind everyday. Constantly trying to catch up. If this sounds like you don’t worry your not alone! I’ve been there and so has every other Mom. Guess what? There’s a fix and NO you don’t have to wake up earlier!!!!
However, there are few things that you will need to do and best part they are quick, easy and free! Don’t worry we will have your morning running smoother in no time.
Ok, sweet friend! Let’s get you moving in the morning in the right direction!
Firstly, I have to tell you all right now that I am not a morning person. That’s for sure! That will never change.
I’m that chick who somehow made it out the door on time but got up 5 minutes before, but it’s all good cause I have a cup of coffee and a messy bun. Yep that’s me!
However, with four kids at home and me having to be at work by 8am(with an hour commute and morning traffic) we really had to adapt and rethink our morning routine.
I knew it was coming. I had been having difficulty making it out the door with the kids for a while, but somehow it just seemed to smack me in the face one day. It had been a super long day of playing taxi mom and I had successfully been late to everything the entire day.
My kindergartener was having a melt down about wanting a bath not a shower and tears just started pouring out of me like a water faucet! It most definitely was not my sons melt down, but more a sense of failure from not feeling like I was able to keep up with the hectic day.
When bath time was over and our kids were tucked in(Yes, I gave into the bath). I ran to my Mr. Fix it! My hubby!
I figured he would tell me what I didn’t want to hear. “You need to get up earlier!” But to my surprise he had a completely different response.
Instead of what I thought I’d hear he instead gently pointed out a few things that needed to be happening the night before that weren’t.
See, I tend to be super Mom or at least I try to be, but it’s impossible to get 5 people ready in the morning quickly(especially when they are old enough to do it themselves).
My husband reminded me that I can’t and shouldn’t do all of it myself. He helped me plan out how to solve our morning issues by helping the kids tackle a few simple tasks the evening before.
It was one of those Ah ha! moments when things are just so obvious, but you just can’t see them cause your too close to the problem?!? Or you are the problem;)
Yep! I had to eat a big piece of humble pie, listen to where I was failing and let him work his magic, but it was totally worth it.
Here’s what he taught me(Yes! My husband taught me how to get the kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier ……lol). I’m still not sure I should put it down in writing as proof ….lol!!!
Tips to get the kids ready quickly in the morning with out waking up earlier:
1). You have to set yourself up for morning success the night before!
Prepping is key. The kids have to have their clothes and other belonging for the next day layed out and ready to go.
Ask yourself(and your kids!). What are they gonna need for the next day?
A jacket? Shorts? Socks? T- shirt? Underwear? Shoes? How’s the weather? Is it a special event? Really take a second and ponder the next days events and plans. Pull out the items that are needed.
2). Now take it a step further and really Think ahead!
What else do they need?
A signed field trip slip?
Lunch money? Home lunch?
Sports gear? Ballet? Football?
What can you have ready to go that will free up time in the morning and relieve the stress of rushing?
3). Now you need to find a home for your prepped items.
Ours is the foot of their bed. This makes everything ready and waiting for them as soon as they get up.
My younger boys love this as there is no guessing or looking around and they can get themselves ready without help!
I’m guilty of over helping so not helping dress them was hard for me to let go of. It sounds silly, but another part of my morning routine issues was me trying to get 5 people ready instead of everyone getting themselves ready. As a mom it’s hard to step back, but over all it’s better for all of us. Which leads us to the next tip.
4). Promote your kids being self sufficient.
Example: My older children help make breakfast for our younger boys. (Cereal, eggos, toast, yogurt).
Plan out morning meals that the kids can easily accomplish with little assistance from you.
Think about other things your older children could assist with or your child may be able to do on their own. Encourage them to be proactive with taking care of themselves and each other and you’ll be surprised by what they can do and how well. This may take a little extra time initially, but it will speed things up in the future and leave you free to tackle other morning tasks.
Mornings can be rough friend. Be proactive, a pre-planned morning will run so much smoother and allow you more time to enjoy your kids and your sanity in the morning without waking up earlier. Remember, set up the night before, think ahead, find a home for your prepped items and promote your kids being self sufficient. These key items will make a huge difference in your morning routine for you and your children.
Hope you enjoyed these tips to get your kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier. Happy Mornings to you Sweet Friend!
I Confess!!!! I’m a SHOPOHOLIC friends. I can’t help it! I love to shop. However, I’m running out of space. As you may or may not already know we recently moved and our new master closet is half the size of our previous closet.
That being said I have to really prioritize the pieces that I bring in to our home for my personal wardrobe. That’s why I’ve turned to Stitch Fix to change my closet for the better.
See friend last week, I started to really ponder the pieces that I have as a I went through a thorough cleanse of my closet. I donated about 8 large black trash bag of clothing to the local Goodwill. I know ridiculous right?!?
But what I realized was that the pieces that I really love are mostly from Stitch Fix and/or high quality products that are multi-functional(from Trunk Club-more to come on that soon).
That being said, I started thinking about it and I’ve never really shared my Stitch Fix love with you. It’s a pretty easy to use company that I love. You go online and create an account. Part of your account creation is a style profile that is customized by you for your fit and style preference.
Don’t worry, it’s easy! They help you along the way by asking you simple question to guide you. Then you set up the date you want your Fix(five pieces of clothing and/or accessories that are delivered straight to your home).
Straight to your door personalized fashion boxes are amazing. If you have little kids, work, a far commute or maybe you just don’t like shopping then this is for you as you don’t have to leave your home to try things on. You can try it all on at home while your toddler naps, screams, runs, pulls on your leg or plays i-pad.
You have three days to try on and think about the pieces. You then keep (buy) the ones you love and mail back the ones you don’t(with the included bag for free return shipping).
The styling fee is $20, but it is an applicable credit to anything you purchase as long as you purchase at least one item from your fix. If you purchase all 5 items that they send you you will receive a discount off the total amount due(usually about 20% off).
You set your own price range in you style profile and can receive a fix(box of goodies) as often as you like(on a schedule like monthly or on demand just when you want one).
In addition to loving trying on Stitch Fix at home(as I have 4 children and dressing rooms have become impossible for me) I love the items that they send me. I prefer casual and comfortable pieces and that is definitely what I get. The pieces usually fit rather well as they are selected for me specifically off of my size preference.
You can customize you fix even more by sending your stylist a note before your fix. Example: I have a friends wedding coming up I can let my stylist know that I need a spring appropriate dress! Or I really would love some distressed jeans. Your stylist will try to accommodate. The pieces also come with a style card giving you ideas on how to use/wear them.
I love my Stitch Fix boxes. There is just something about coming home to a surprise box of clothes personally selected just for me. It’s pretty awesome. I’ll be sharing my most recent fixes with you from now on so keep an eye out for new posts!
If you interested in trying out Stitch Fix for yourself feel free to use my referral link Here! The referral code will give you a $20 credit towards your styling fee. This will allow you to try out the service and if there is nothing you love then return the products for free with no cost to you. Please note that using my referral code will also give me a personal credit towards my own Stitch Fix at no cost to you. I truly love this service and most of my favorite pieces in my current closet are from Stitch Fix!
Hope this helps you save time and find your own closet Bliss by changing your closet for the better forever!