ORGANIZING TIP: QUIET TIME BOXES

Ever wonder what to do once your child stops NAPPING!
DUN. DUN. DUN.
Well, I decided to create some “Quiet Time Boxes” so that I can still have “ME” time throughout the day.
Who here has heard of Quiet Time boxes? Anyone?
Well you will know about them now!
Quiet time boxes are boxes of activities that you child can do ON THEIR OWN without adult supervision or help. The point is for them to be alone playing and learning without them asking you for help every five minutes.
**QUICK ORGANIZING TIP: Not only is this a GENIUS way for them to stay engaged for about an hour each day; but it also helps keep your playroom / toys MORE ORGANIZED!!
You see, the more toys you have in bins that are put away except for the hour that they are out- THE LESS TOYS YOU HAVE TO BE CONSTANTLY PICKING UP THROUGHOUT THE DAY/WEEK/MONTH/YEAR! (And I can guarantee you they will survive just fine with less toys!)

J-MAN is only allowed to play with these during quiet time- and I set them up to where he only plays with certain toys once a week so that he stays excited to play with them!!

 

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ORGANIZING TIP: CLEAN AND DIRTY SIGNS

 Do you ever have family members yell over to you asking if the clothes in the laundry bin are clean or dirty?  well this happens to me ALL.THE.TIME.

so I decided to make my own “clean and dirty” signs!

This helps so that everyone is on the same page in the laundry room. My husband can go in with ease and be able to grab a clean work shirt without having to ask me what bin he can take clothes from. It sure saves me the hassle until I can get around to putting them away! Take a look and see if it is something you might be interested in doing for YOUR household!


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ORGANIZING TIP: THE PRAYER JAR

Hey everyone!  I am going to warn you.. this is one of my more “serious” posts because it is something close to my heart.. so now that you have that warning, read on 🙂


Have you every felt like your prayer life is a little “unorganized”? I know that I have gotten into a slump with prayer before and so I wanted to do something to change that.I am a firm believer that prayer changes things. I have seen it happen in my own personal life, and others around me. (They may not think it was prayer that changed their situation- but I do, because I was the one praying for them!)  Anyways, as you all know I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my children and work when I want/need to. We are not rich by any means- we garage sale for pretty much EVERYTHING and we both work hard and do our part to allow us to pay the bills. So, as a stay at home mom, I have the job of  picking up toys, teaching children to share, clean up crumbs on the kitchen floor, scrub the toilets, clean up messy diapers, comfort sick children, and kiss boo boo’s good bye.( you get what I am sayin…) I also have the opportunity to teach my children that God is their best friend, who loves them dearly and wants to have a relationship with them. One way I can teach them this, is not only letting them see ME pray, but by teaching THEM how to pray. So, for me, my husband, and for my kids; I have created a Prayer Jar.

I have been working on praying with my son before a meal and before bed ever since the little guy was born. I want him to know that God is first in our life, and I want him to look back at his childhood and know that God was here with us every step of the way whether it felt like it or not. Continue reading

ORGANIZING TIP: DATE NIGHT JAR

Need a great way to “organize” your dating life with your spouse?? Here you go!

So my hubby and I just celebrated our five year anniversary. We don’t like to spend a whole lot of  money for things like this (It has normally been a tradition to just do take out pizza and a bottle of wine), so we usually try to be a little creative with our gifts. Since the traditional things to give on your five year anniversary are wood, silver, and the color turquoise, I decided to use those three things somehow in my gift to him. And this is what I came up with-

wood= Popsicle sticks

silver=The lid from the mason jar

turquoise= The lettering on the jar


This project was the reason why I bought the mason jars in the first place. It is called the “Date Night Jar.” In my husbands card I gave him for our anniversary, I explained that I want to continue to “date” him throughout the rest of our marriage; because I think a person is always changing throughout their life, and it is important to grow together with one another. And since we don’t have money that grows on trees, (wouldn’t that be sweet?)  We need to do thrifty dates so that we can do them often. (hopefully once a week!)

As you all know, we have a toddler and a new baby. We do not get out much.. These ideas can easily be done from home once the kiddos are in bed! So it is cheap AND you do not have to pay for a babysitter! Double Whammy! Check it out!

 

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