31 Days to Less Noise: Preparing for Events

When it comes to upcoming events, I find two areas to be the noisiest: food and gifts/cards. Also known as, what should I bring?? I think reducing this kind of noise means that I need to streamline some processes and figure out a system that works for events ....more

Fourth Day of Rest

During this month of Less Noise, I’m taking Sundays off for a day of rest. I’m using Sundays to unwind, clear my head, prepare for the week, and spend uninterrupted time with family. As we’re to the last Sunday of the month, I’m have enjoyed this intentional rest and hope to make it a weekly habit! ...more

31 Days to Less Noise: When Blogging Feels Too Noisy

I missed a day yesterday. And I’m sure absolutely no one was worried I have gotten so much out of this 31 Days series this month, but I have to admit that sometimes just the pressure of “having” to blog each day has felt a little, well, noisy. So yesterday, I didn’t ....more

31 Days to Less Noise: “Preparing” my closet

Unless I’m really deliberate about consistently organization and purging, I feel like my closet is yelling at me. I used to be terrible about getting rid of clothing items, until I realized how much it reduced the noise of my closet. Between the things that don’t fit well and the items that are too worn or have holes, purging my clothes on a regular basis began to feel like a relief ....more

Keeping baby expenses down with Target up & up

As I mentioned in this post last month, we've been intentionally working on keeping our budget down since I began working at home after Connor was born, particularly with grocery and personal care items. Enter Target up & up. And though we've used so many of the up & up products, one of my favorite for the last 5 years has continued to be their baby items… especially diapers....more

Keeping baby expenses down with Target up & up

As I mentioned in this post last month, we’ve been intentionally working on keeping our budget down since I began working at home after Connor was born, particularly with grocery and personal care items. ...more

31 Days to Less Noise: Preparing Food

Providing my family with good food is becoming more and more of a priority to me, but I absolutely detest the food prep that goes along with that. (I must be in the majority with that mindset based off of the high consumption of convenience foods in this country.) Food preparation can take up a lot of space in my head, with meal planning and grocery lists and “I want a snack!” and recipes I want to try and reading labels and “what should we bring to the family reunion tomorrow?” I’ve been experimenting with the best place to have my meal planning sheet, and the best way to keep a grocery list – on my phone, on paper, hanging up, on the counter? I want to keep it simple so that it’s not stressful for me to figure out what we need from the store and what recipes I’m trying and need to buy for ....more

31 Days to Less Noise: Preparing Food

Providing my family with good food is becoming more and more of a priority to me, but I absolutely detest the food prep that goes along with that. (I must be in the majority with that mindset based off of the high consumption of convenience foods in this country.)Food preparation can take up a lot of space in my head, with meal planning and grocery lists and "I want a snack!" and recipes I want to try and reading labels and "what should we bring to the family reunion tomorrow?"I've been experimenting with the best place to have my meal planning sheet, and the best way to keep a grocery list - on my phone, on paper, hanging up, on the counter? I want to keep it simple so that it's not stressful for me to figure out what we need from the store and what recipes I'm trying and need to buy for.Freezer cooking has been a saving grace for me, and even as I explore more healthful options, I'm having to look a little harder, but it's well worth it ....more

31 Days to Less Noise: Unpreparedness

This week, I can feel life start to slow down. The darker evenings feel cozier and quieter, and the cold weather is sweeping in, pushing us in front of the fireplace. And I am so grateful for this 31 Days experiment so far ....more

Trading the "noise" in my head for the noise in the car

So, that phenomenon where, no matter how prepared you try to be or how early you get up, you all still end up frantically searching for things and running out the door 5 minutes late - well, we completely had that down the first few weeks of school.Living much farther from our school this year has been a rough adjustment. And there have been too many mornings where there is yelling, frustration, things forgotten, complaining about getting up…and then by the time we all load into the car (late), I'm stressed, the kids feel bad, and then I feel bad about making the kids feel bad.And then I would be cranky and distracted, and feel like a mess.So at the end of September, I said enough.First, I made it a goal to start waking up Brenna a little earlier, because she's such a bear to get up in the mornings, and that has made a huge difference.And secondly, I decided to start using our 22 minute drive to school more intentionally.Rather than wallowing in my distraction and grouchiness, I now push any stress or worry about the day out of my head, and I engage with my kids. We usually do one of two things:1 ....more