30 Days to a Change

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In November I stumbled onto the Blogher 30-day challenge.  I had been trying to motivate to publish regularly on this blog and the challenge really got me moving.  I did 30 days of posts – but I stopped doing everything else.  I stopped updating my family blog, stalled on my youngest son’s baby book….  After November – I haven’t posted again.  I also haven’t been able to get moving with my other projects that fell by the wayside.  I don’t think my answer is posting every day.  I am going to try twice a week and go from there.

I have a long list of things I want to do on a daily-basis that I want to be part of my routine.  My brother told me that he read if you do something everyday for 30-days it becomes a habit and then easier to keep doing moving forward.  With the new year, and my kids finally back to school from school vacation – here is my list of things I am going to try to do every day for 30-days – hoping they will become a habit and then I can keep them up without as much trouble.

  1. Daily Excersie – on busy days this can be 5-10 minutes of yoga in my house
  2. Daily face lotions – last summer I went to an expensive dermatology practice and spent a ton on a face regime.
  3. Floss
  4. Update family blog
  5. Drink water
  6. 52-week declutter project – I am following this blog which has daily decluttering and organizational projects for the whole year.
  7. Food logging – I use myfitnesspal.com on my phone.  I know this is the only way to achieve my fitness goals.

Easy and low stress organizing for day camp

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By the end of the school year, the kids are worn out and tired from homework, presentations, spots, music lessons and all the running around that goes with it.  The secret is – so are the parents!  I was so tired of the homework packets, swim lessons, and packing lunches.  I had two whole days to relax until the kids are at camp.  Every year I have to remind myself that while the kids are at camp for their summer vacation – I am not really on vacation!  There is a ton of shopping, organizing, planning, laundry and lunch making that needs to be done for the kids to have their carefree days of summer!  Here is my list and tips to keep the organizing and preparation of going to day camp under control.

  1. Read all material provided by the camp.  Each camp will have their own supplies needed.  See what you have and make a list of what you need to buy.
  2. Don’t buy expensive stuff!  Camp (if it is done right) is dirty, buggy and sandy.  A lunchbox, backpack, swimsuit or towel – only needs to make it through 4-8 weeks of summer, not a whole school year.  My favorite is the 5 Below Store.  I bought each of my kids a backpack for $5 and two thin towels for $5.  I actually like the thin towels better.  They take up less space in their backpack, but still dries them just the same. Image
  3. Label everything!  I have three favorite tools in my label arsenal.  A black sharpie marker, a silver sharpie marker and personalized sticker labels from Mabel Labels.  The stickers work great on water bottles, and labels on clothes or towels.  When there are no labels I use either a black or silver sharpie depending on the color of the clothing.  Image
  4. Sort, sort, sort.  The night before camp, I have as much packed in each backpack as I can.  I have their suntan lotion labeled and pack in the front pocket.  In the main pocket I put extra change of clothes labeled in gallon ziplock bags, extra shoes (new sandals can give blisters) and socks, and their towel.  In the morning I will just have to add their lunch box and we are off to camp!                               Image