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Showing posts with label routines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label routines. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Four Easy Things To Do At Night To Make The Next Morning Easier!

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My mornings are crazy busy, and I'm guessing that it's the same for many of you.  I love starting my day off with a hot cup of coffee, breakfast, and a clean kitchen that's always stocked with foaming soap.  It's those little details that make me happy and get my day started right.  And even though I have four boys to get ready and out the door, and our mornings usually run smoothly, and our boys have ZERO tardy days this school year!  The school year is well over halfway over, so while nothing is perfect here I do think we must be doing something right with our morning routines.  My secret?  I do these FOUR EASY THINGS AT NIGHT TO MAKE THE NEXT MORNING EASIER.  

1) I prep our coffee maker the night before. I add fresh coffee and fill the water so that it's just one simple push of a button in the morning and the coffee is made.  This takes less than 5 minutes to do at night and makes a world of difference the next morning.

2) I finish loading the dishes in the dishwasher and set it to run during the night.  Since I empty it every morning and load the dishes as we use them throughout the day, this only takes a couple of minutes.  Waking up to a clean kitchen sink is priceless for a smooth morning.  And I love to dress up my kitchen sink with Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soap. They're new, come in three amazing scents, and have the appearance of much pricier "fancy" soaps.  I love keeping this New Softsoap Kitchen Citrus Burst Liquid Foaming Hand Soap next to the kitchen sink.


3) I make my husband's lunch and put it in the refrigerator.  He used to eat out A LOT, and that was horrible for our budget and for his health.  So now I pack him a lunch to go every night and we save hundreds of dollars a month with this simple change.  This takes less than 5 minutes, and it's a great way to use up any extra food from dinner time! 

4) Once I'm done making sure the kitchen is ready for the next morning, I head to the bathroom where I do the same.  I wipe down the bathroom sink and fixtures with an antibacterial wipe.  This takes about 1 minute and helps me have a smoother morning.  And in my bathrooms, I love to keep Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soap in Jasmine and White Cotton, or Whipped Cocoa Butter. 


These soaps smell AMAZING!  They are so fragrant and make my hands so smooth.  The packaging on all three of these new soaps is pretty to look at and reminds me of much more expensive soaps at a fraction of the price.   


 Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soap is totally affordable and available at Wal-Mart.  Many locations have a special stand-alone display for these new Softsoaps, but my location had them in the hand soap section.


That's it-  my FOUR EASY THINGS AT NIGHT TO MAKE THE NEXT MORNING EASIER.  It truly does help my mornings to spend this short amount of time prepping for the next day the night before.  And I love having my Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soaps to keep my hands smooth and smelling amazing.  Do you have a nighttime routine to help make your mornings run smoother?  Let me know what you do!  

Monday, August 27, 2012

Picture frame turned Dinner Menu!

Do you plan your dinners ahead of time?
 
I have forever been horrible at meal planning.  I could handle lunches and I love to make breakfast, but for some reason I just couldn't get into the groove of planning dinners ahead.  I mean I was really, really horrible at cooking dinners... 5 PM would roll around and I'd be stuck scrambling to throw together a decent meal for my family.  I had tried and failed a few times at meal planning.  But about a month ago, I decided to plan out our dinners for the week the weekend before and do my shopping for the week's dinners on the weekend too.  Honestly I think the reason I've stuck with it this time is because I do almost all of my grocery shopping at Target these days.  And because I do my grocery shopping on the weekend, Daddy is home to watch the boys.  Hello... that's KID-FREE Target shopping!!! :)  

Also, I decided that instead of just writing our meals on a little piece of paper, I'd be inspired to keep up with meal planning if I made a cute Menu Board for our kitchen.  


I used this black picture frame and painted it my favorite color, Jamaican Sea by Folk Art.  



Then I shabbied up the edges of the frame with Martha Stewart ink. 




I also added a little pennant banner, printed up a cute little paper for the inside, and added Velcro on the bottom to attach my Dry-Erase marker so I don't misplace it.  It sits next to the stove in the kitchen and my boys {Daddy included} love it because they just look at it and know what delicious meal is headed their way that evening!


It's been a month of meal planning now {and week 2 of having the Menu Board completed and in use} and I LOVE it...  I can't imagine ever going back to the 5 PM Dinner Scramble!  If I can do it, anyone can...

Want to start meal planning, 
but need dinner ideas?  

 Check out my Crock Pot Cooking and What's for Dinner boards on Pinterest!  There are so many talented people out there serving up delicious dinners for their families.  I'm grateful for their recipes, and glad to finally be one of those people making good dinners for my sweet family!

 Thanks for visiting Gallamore West!  Hope you stay and look around awhile.  If you like what you see, I'd love to have you follow along via GFC, Facebook, Twitter {I'm new and clueless there}, Instagram, or Pinterest! xoxo





Monday, August 1, 2011

10 tips for a clean house= more time for fun!

Friends ask me all the time how I get so much done.  I am absolutely no expert on the subject, but I do have a few things that I do that I really feel are essential for a life that is full of...


order {well, kind of}
tons of family fun,
time for crafting, baking, blogging, decorating, celebrating,
and memory making
while maintaining a {mostly} clean home.


Here's what I find works for me... 
I'd love to hear what tips you have that work for you!


1) EVERYTHING has a place.  
The mail comes in from the mailbox {delivered by my adorable boys} and I immediately open, shred, file, or put in the "bill pile" to pay.  At our old house, I had a terrible time keeping up on this because I had to pick up the mail at the end of the street, come in the house with 3 little boys and arms full of groceries, diaper bags, purses, a baby, etc. so the mail would get thrown on the kitchen counter. The shredder and file cabinet were upstairs and I paid bills in my craft room downstairs.  The mail would pile up on the counter... it was a MESS!  Now my desk, shredder, file cabinet, and bill pile are all in one convenient place and it's so much easier to keep on top of.  Which leads me to #2...
{image via google}


2) Do things the smart way.  It's so easy to do something over and over again without thinking it through.  Instead of going to the garage for cleaning supplies, I keep the supplies I use most often in each of the bathroom {out of little hands reach of course!} No multiple trips to and from the garage... quick, easy and DONE.  
{image via google}


3)  Finish the job.  This is one of my biggest pet peeves... a job not finished.  If every job is finished all the way, there is way less clutter around the house and more time for fun.  
{image via pinterest}


4) Teach kids how to help using consistent routines.  My boys make a MESS, a big HUGE mess in their bedroom.  I used to freak out about it, but now I don't because we've consistently worked together and now they know how to clean their room the right way {most of the time}.  They know what goes where, and occasionally they even surprise me by cleaning it without me even asking.  For months I helped them by getting on the floor and cleaning it with them.  We always start with their dress up clothes, then big toys, then the toys that there are the most of {train tracks, animals, etc.}  Why?  Because those things clean up quickly and it's encouraging for them to see quick results.  I praise them like crazy when they clean because they go faster that way!  And then we're out the door to do something FUN!
{Afternoon picnic and fun at Crown Point}


5)  Speaking of going faster... I set a timer for myself and for my boys.  When we need to get chores done around the house and we're being lazy or taking too long to get moving, I set the microwave timer.  It gets us moving quickly so we can beat the timer, get the chores done quickly, and move on to something fun!
{image via google}


6)  Get the right equipment.  I have a front loading washing machine and high efficiency dryer.  I shopped smart, waited in line in the dark at Sears on Black Friday and got a great deal.  Not only do they save us $ on water and gas each month, they save me a ton of time because they fit so much laundry in one load.  Since our baby's clothes are so tiny, I combine the white bathroom towels with his clothes for one load {using Dreft... I love the baby fresh smell on my bathroom towels!}, one load for sheets and pool towels,  1 load of colors, and 1 load of darks.  I do laundry ONCE A WEEK!!  And we're a family of 5 with 3 very active little boys.  Less time spent doing laundry= more time for family fun.
{image via google}

7) Make a list everyday.  I'm a total list lover... I make lists for everything.  It helps me see that things are getting done, and when things are getting done, we have more time to head out the door for fun!  I always write my lists on the back side of my adorable daily calendar.  I love that I have something inspirational to look at every day while zipping through my To-Do List.
{free printable to-do list from caronedmunds.wordpress.com}


8) Run the dishwasher every night, empty it every morning, fill it as you go and you'll NEVER have a sink full of dirty dishes!  I stick to this routine religiously and I looooove it!  I clean the counters as I'm cooking and load the dishwasher as I'm cooking too so I never feel like I'm doing dishes, and if someone stops by unexpectedly, my kitchen is always pretty clean.  Plus, I have more time to spend having fun with my boys because I'm not working away in the kitchen.
{image via google}


9)  Be realistic.  Life with kids is messy.  Walking around behind them as they make their little {and big} messes is no fun for them or for you.  Our home is comfortable and lived in.  It's not a museum.  I've accepted the reality that there WILL be toys and signs that we are a family with little kids.  And honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way.  {Of course, having places to store the toys out of sight is nice too though.}
{free printable from eighteen25.blogspot.com}


10)  Take a break!  I'm all about having a clean, comfortable house.  I admit, I love it when someone comes over and compliments my clean, decorated house.  But that's not what my life is about.  I work hard getting things done during the week and guess what... I don't lift a finger on the weekends!  No laundry, no cleaning {besides the dishwasher routine and quickly picking up stuff as we go through our day}.  I spend my weekends relaxing, hanging out with my family, and making memories with our boys.
{We've been hanging out at the zoo once, sometimes twice a week this summer!}

I'd love to hear what some of your tips are for keeping up on chores and clutter!  


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