Helping moms create space for fun, family, and faith
Got asthma in your house?
And I recently learned something really important to know.
A 20-year independent study found that using national brand cleaners as little as once a week is as damaging to lung capacity as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years.
Why is this important to share?
1. In 2019, 44.3 percent of children ages 18 and younger suffered one or more asthma attacks, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Increasing in percentage each year, it is one of the most common and costly diseases in America, and can be deadly.
2. I'm all about teamwork being dreamwork in the home and that includes getting kids in on the cleaning.
3. I've learned of some practical changes that can protect asthmatics in your family by eliminating the toxin exposure from common cleaners like Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Soft Scrub with Bleach and Fantastik.
Mama, I do encourage...
Feeling a little frazzled and trying to get into a good schedule for fall?
Coach Mom Tribe member Elena T. has got her crew organized and clipping along with these great chore charts she created.
She said I could share them with you!
Some things I love about these:
A big thank you to Elena T. for sharing.
Could you create something similar to keep your family organized? What jobs would you list?
Moms have the best ideas.
Sharing them helps us all move from frazzled to fun as we get our homes and families organized.
What we'd love:
The ability to get our hands on the things we use regularly with ease and plenty of space
The unfortunate reality:
Often drawers and other spaces are crammed full of so much extra stuff that it makes the regularly used items cumbersome to get to
By using a system that moves the less-used items to out-of-the-way-yet-quickly-
It works like this:
Dads do so much every day. Need some ideas for Father's Day?
Gifts can be very simple and meaningful at the same time, especially for men.
How do the dads in your life show love? That's probably the best way to show them love.
Here are a few simple ideas, along with the love language in parentheses:
Remember, dads are typically low maintenance and these things -- homemade cards, notes, coupons, etc. don't need...
Last month I flew to Dallas and back for less than the cost of what it takes to fill up my car with gas!
How does the sound of a super cheap weekend trip sound to you?
Airlines like Spirit, Allegiant, and Frontier offer some unbelievable flight prices! Check it out.
But BEWARE! These airlines make most of their money on the a' la carte items, such as bags, seats, early boarding, snacks and drinks.
On my Spirit Airlines trip to Dallas, even if I had just added in a carry on bag, my travel costs would have increased by time and a half!
With some strategy and a little planning, you can hurdle right over those extra charges and maybe afford to take your whole family away for the weekend!
Because of this strategy, everyone from our family of 7 was able to fly from Phoenix to Dallas to see our college son perform when he had the leading role in his university's musicals.
After flying on two dozen...
I want to share with you a podcast that came out this week.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Courtney Lowman of Journey of Ruth podcast on the topics of:
If you want to feel encouraged, be more equipped to be intentional, and be inspired to return to the fun mom you know you really are, Courtney and I invite you to listen in (also includes a link to watch on YouTube).
How would you like to say bye-bye to those nagging laundry piles?
Laundry is one of those things that always seems to be hanging over moms' heads, and it can be terribly draining. These are just a few of the problems:
Here's an idea - LET EVERYONE CARRY THEIR LOAD (pun intended).
Can you imagine a world where everyone ages 3 and up does their own laundry?
How would that impact your life on a week-to-week basis, and how many extra hours would that buy you in a month?
I dare you to try.
To make the change, communication will be important. These are questions to ask each family member that can help set them up for success -- it simplifies, equips and tailors their experience:
1. What can you get rid of from your drawers and...
Want some fun and thrifty DIY ideas for Valentines Day?
1. Make a custom heart-shaped puzzle - This 8-piece puzzle is super cost effective at only $1.50. Directions:
2. Coffee filter heart wreath - This is simple, but has many...
Have you been New Year decluttering and have annoying piles left over?
...the stuff you want to keep
...but you don't use on the regular
...and you don't necessarily want them taking up room in your prime real estate areas?
Don't give in to the temptation to just stuff it back into an area in your house to get it out of sight out of desperation the next time you have guests over.
The Coach Mom Tribe mamas have been working this week on a great storage box system, set up so they can easily retrieve anything in storage that they need within a matter of minutes.
It has saved me so much time, frustration and money the past 25 years.
Here's the quick gist of it:
Fill storage boxes with "to save" items that you don't use frequently, and number them.
Make a list of those numbers (on your phone or another location), and beside each number record the contents of the box and the location of the box.