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Things Are Good These Days

Wanted to update you all on what’s going on in my life these days…I have to admit, things are pretty darn good. I went to the doctor and finally got some medicine to clear up my sinus issues.  As much as I hate to admit this, the natural way just wasn’t cutting it. My clear head is helping me keep up with my mission to “add life to my days, not days to my life“.  I’m trying to stay present and not stress too much about things I cannot control.  I am also doing my best to keep up with my artistic side by painting, designing and creating. Fueling that aspect of my life makes me feel the happiest.  I also started to work out a little more regularly.  My kids are finally starting to dig the “kid area” at my gym.  Yyyyesss!  In terms of being a parent, I am being positive but tough with my kids.  I can’t let these little ones walk all over me, which believe me, they are very capable of doing so. And finally, I am getting more organized! How you ask?  I started blocking out 20 minute chunks of my days to clean and organize without phone, email, or facebook interruptions.  I even set my timer on my phone to know when time’s up.

The next thing I want to get back into is Juicing!!!!  I want to juice everyday to get my family’s bodies strong for the winter months.  Eating better will also be a priority of mine.  I better get my copy of Clean out again!

Thanks again for all of your support and kind words!

May you all have peaceful and positive thoughts the next couple of days!

Welcome Matilda and Madeline!

So remember when I mentioned Megan was working on an exciting new project?  Well, here it is!  She just launched a new Chicago-based business called Matilda and Madeline, Mother’s Helpers.

What mom doesn’t wish for an assistant to help plan meals, stock the nursery,  help figure out what to wear for that cocktail party or baby shower, run errands, plan an exquisite birthday party or to help efficiently reorganize your home to fit yours and your child’s needs?  Matilda and Madeline is your one-stop shop for it all!  The services she offers are above and beyond expectations.   Check out her site and put your feet up and relax for a bit while Matilda and Madeline do the work for you!

Congrats, Meg!  I’m so proud that you are following your dreams and doing something you love.  I have no doubt this will be a huge success!

xoxo

Still Celebrating

As promised, here are some pics from yesterday.  We ran out of time and didn’t plant our flowers, so that will have to wait until the weekend.  It was a ton of fun celebrating Earth Day with the kids.  Stella got really into it, asked a lot of questions and was excited about our activities.  It’s amazing how young kids find stuff like this so interesting.  It goes to show you their brains are like sponges and they have such a desire to learn as much as possible at this fun age.

Enjoying the awesome weather

Stella took this responsibility VERY seriously

Stella’s favorite part of the day was picking up the litter outside.  She went out with her dad (while I stayed inside with sleeping Harrison) and was diligent about picking up EVERYTHING she saw.  They filled up an entire garbage bag!  Stella was very proud of herself and I was very proud of her as I watched from the window.

Our Flowers for the Deck!

It was a rather fun day.  From now on we are going to try our best to appreciate our earth everyday!  Hope you had fun too!

Happy Earth Day!

Hi Everyone!  I know it has been a while since I have last blogged – sorry! Things have been a bit hectic, but fun in our household.

So, it’s Earth Day…it’s great – there’s so much attention, celebration, and dedication to our home.  Innerpeace Project participated in One Small Change to make our Earth a better place to live, not only for us, but for many generations to come.  Today honors the celebration of it.  I’ve been thinking about this day for some time and wondered how am I going to teach my 1 and 3-year-old about the importance of sustaining our planet?  I want to teach them at an early age so the three r’s become second nature to them.  Today we are going to do a few things in honor of our earth AND they will be fun activities for them.

First I thought we would go on a walk around our neighborhood and pick up litter on the grass and sidewalk (I’ll be sure to bring hand sanitizer and plenty of wipes!).  Hopefully later we will plant some herbs and flowers on our back deck while being cognizant of our electricity and resource usage. Sounds like fun to me…I’m sure Harry and Stella will be somewhat amused by our activities.  I’ll post some pictures tomorrow!

A little update on what’s going on in my life: my sister moved in with us for a couple of months to save some mula before she moves to Brooklyn to start her own adventure!  We have been having loads of fun playing with the kids, laughing a lot, challenging one another’s creativity, and reliving old memories.  I’ve also been hanging out with the kiddos and soaking up every bit of enjoyment they bring me. I’m trying to be present when I’m around them because these treasured times are what I live for… and I do not want to forget these beautiful innocent moments (my dad reminded me of this yesterday).  Also, in an effort to do things for myself, I broke out my art supplies and started painting again!  I’ll post some pictures after I finish.  Along with doing things for myself, I’m trying to stay active in my neighborhood.  Yesterday I stopped by my alderman’s office to get involved in some type of community clean up.  I am going to really try to make a sincere effort to try to make a difference where I live –  instead of ignoring it.  But I’m back and ready to share more ways we can improve our lives.

Are you doing anything special for Earth Day?  I would love to hear some of your stories!

Be Careful What You Wish For…

Ever since I quit my job to stay home with my beloved children, I have been wrestling with the fact that part of being a mom at home is being in charge of housework. Dusting, sweeping, mopping, picking up, doing dishes – I hate it all. Yes, hate is a strong word, but I really do. I complain about it all the time. I even claim to be allergic to it – I sneeze like crazy, my eyes begin to itch and I have a stuffy nose by the end of the day. I ask my friends what’s the secret behind having a clean home and they all say, “you clean.” duh. I still could not wrap my brain around the constant work. Just a few weeks ago, I was the mom who let the kids eat cookies and crackers in the living room without even thinking about it. I thought, ah they’re kids, let them enjoy and I will clean it up later, then bitch about it.

For months, I yearned to be tidier. Well, my dream came true. How you ask? I HAVE A MOUSE.  Gross.  I have to admit though, when I thought of mice in homes, I thought of being in the country or dirtiness. I neither live on prairie land nor do I have a dirty home – a bit unorganized, yes, but definitely not dirty. Now I find myself constantly cleaning my floors, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and cleaning off all surfaces to avoid this small creäture. I have seen it and it’s quite small and, dare I say, cute. But it’s still a mouse. It actually reminds me of the little mice in the Disney movies (which my daughter’s been watching like crazy) that (ironically) help the princesses clean.  Anyway, as I was mopping the floor for the third time this morning I thought, dang, this place is clean! …thanks to our own little Mickey.

Now on to figuring out how to get rid of it. Oh, and I guess we should be careful what we wish for. I never thought mine would come true in the form of a mouse.

Green Tots In Full Effect


So far the kiddos have been pretty receptive towards this whole recycling project. Stella loves doing art projects, so she was jazzed about making a recycling bin. First, I talked to her about recycling and why we do it. Here’s Stella totally on her own, including princess transformation.
Me: “Stella, it’s important that we continue to recycle our plastic containers, paper and cans instead of throwing them in the garbage.”
Stella: “Why Mom?”
Me: “Because it’s good for the Earth.”
Stella: “Why?”
Me: “Because we can reuse those items and make them into new things. Plus we don’t want to add to our already huge landfill.”
Stella: “Why? Uh, what’s a landfill?”
Me: “A really big pile of garbage.” hmmm…”Why don’t we start our art project by going to the store and buying a bin for our recyclables?!”
Stella: “And decorate it?”
Me: “Of course.”
Yup, she’s at that age where “why” is her go-to question/response about 99% of the time. I didn’t want to get too technical and lose the “magic” of this whole process. So we went to Target and bought a bin for about 10 bucks and glued some letters on it. I got some help from parents.com in regards to what to recycle along with pics of them. As she decorated, she decided to slowly transform herself into a princess during the process.

The Bin

Getting ready to glue the pics of what to put IN the bin

Applying the letters with her new hat and gloves on

getting her glue on - gloves were a bitch to use glue with

the princess shows off her finished product

Harry making sure it works after the ladies did all the work...

Now looking forward to the Green Tween years…

Who Said Living With a 3yr Old Was Easy?

Instant tantrums, power struggles, 30 minute crying fits, whining, talking back is a typical day for me and my 3 year old.  My quest for innerpeace is definitely challenged by my spirited daughter on a daily basis.  She’s a sweet girl, very cute and when she wants to be – a good girl.  However, I don’t know what’s come over her these days.  Lately, she’s been driving me up a wall, leaving me feeling frustrated, anxious and vunerable.  Is it me?  Is it her age? Am I not listening to her?

I used to say I wasn’t going to be “that parent.” Before I had kids, I thought I was going to be a great mom who listens to my children, which would prevent any type of ill behavior.  Um, yeah, I was wrong!  I do everything in my power to keep her calm, happy and healthy, but kids will be kids.  My husband and I are trying our best to strike a balance between having the upper-hand and letting her express herself, but quite honestly, it’s not working to our benefit!

I know it’s a phase that will pass shortly, but in the meantime, let’s pray that I make it out with some sanity!

This isn’t an easy situation and after discussing it with other moms last night, I’m not the only one.  Bottom line: it’s a difficult age and I’m going to have to suck it up, not let my frustration get the best of me and BREATHE when times get rough.