Everyone has heard of spring cleaning. In my house, I desperately need some pre-holiday cleaning. No matter how much I try to limit the number of presents I buy my kids, Christmas morning always brings in a new mountain of...
Are you a list maker? Do you have lists of lists? Do you have sticky notes stuck all around? Half-used planners from years past? Do you ever stop conversations to write something down? Are you a visual learner? Do...
I used to be a messy person - like, can’t-ever-see-the-floor messy - but have turned a corner in the past few years thanks to one thing: dramatically reducing my belongings. My husband has thankfully been on board for the...
A week or so ago, I found myself multitasking away... Making a dish for a potluck, while helping my daughter happily put together a book collecting her most recent artwork, while on the phone listening to the details of...
Does this sound familiar? Throughout the day our son would leave a tornado of destruction by pulling all of his toys out and not ever really playing with any of them. Toys were piled in a heap, and bins...
I have a new day planner. Yes, I know we are a month into the year. I will have you know this is a replacement planner. (Sidenote: Don’t store your kids wet bathing suits in the same bag as the...
Meal Planning and prepping is probably the number one thing you can do to make meal time go smoother during the busy week. There are lots of ways to do it and with Pinterest you can have endless possibilities to...

Clean Freak

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I’m one of those moms who loves the precious moments with my kids.  I do, really. But I also like having a clean house. Since having my third precious moment maker, I’ve fallen behind on what I’d already fallen behind on....
Purple morning glories

Mornings by Mom

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Mornings are hard now. School is back in session and I am back to work full-time. The easy breezy days of summer are long gone and the busy, bustling, over-scheduled days are upon us. Running to the bus, running...
Your home office is a breeding ground for paper. It seems to multiply overnight causing the piles to close in around you. It doesn’t have to be this way.  I will share with you my learned insight about paper clutter.  I’m...
The lazy dog days of summer are winding down and if you are like me you're already thinking ahead to the next school year. Later summer bedtimes, loose routines and schedules, and running ourselves on fun everyday is what summer...
When my daughter was a newborn, my phone was by my side 24/7. It became my way to pass the time during round-the-clock feedings and was useful for everything from snapping a zillion photos, staying in touch with friends and...
A while back I discovered this blog called Un-Fancy. It’s all about having a minimalist wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe. Here’s the concept: you have a minimal amount of clothing per season-like somewhere around 30-40 pieces. Those pieces include dresses,...
When I think about the "hot zones" for clutter, in the average household, the bathroom and kitchen come to mind. Today, I share with you my bathroom.  It's located on our main floor and is utilized frequently since it's the...

In + Around Vermont

Moving to the Vermont Gayborhood of Our Dreams

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My wife and I, with our then 2-year-old, moved to Vermont in 2021 from rural Missouri.  While we had great friends and community in Missouri,...
A featured image for a blog post about hating fall.

Why I HATE Fall… Y’all