5.01.2015

Weekly Pinterest SPOTLIGHT: A new blog feature!

Hi there, friends!

Since Little Mouse is becoming a better sleeper both at naptime and bedtime, I've had more free time than I've had in the last almost two years of my life. SO. MUCH. TIME! I was initially very excited to share with you all of the fun things I've been doing with this new-found freedom, but let's be honest, probably half of the projects I accomplish (or start and then set aside to start working on something else...) are not conceptually my own. Can anyone say, "PINTEREST!"?  So, instead of just sharing the fruits of my labor, I've decided to "spotlight" those AMAZING blogs from whom I get such awesome ideas!

So each week, I will share four of my favorite pins from the following categories:

>> MAKE IT:  Dazzling DIYs (spend time to save money is what I always say.)
>> BAKE IT:  Delectable Dishes (cooking, baking...anything that can be made and then consumed.)
>> FAKE IT:  Helpful Hacks (some of these are real game changers, let me tell you!)
>> TAKE IT:  Surreal Snapshots (photo inspirations I'm crushing on at the moment.)

Can you tell I like rhyming and alliteration? Well, I do. I think I may have missed my calling as an annoyingly bubbly elementary school teacher...

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new blog feature and draw fresh inspiration from each week's spotlighted pins!


May 1st - Weekly Pinterest Spotlight

 Clean Mama Planner DIY
I've always been a pretty organized person, but making a customized planner for myself using Clean Mama's suggestions for a DIY planner has been nothing short of revolutionary! My planner includes:
- Yearly, Monthly, and Weekly Calenders
- Cleaning Calenders for each month with daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks
- Meal Planning & Recipe Lists
- Miscellaneous Pages, including a prayer log, doctor's log (to track Little Mouse's well baby visits), honey-do list, holiday & party planning sheets, and an 'items on loan' log.
- Blog Planner (so I never forget an idea!)
- Business Planner (for my photography business & Etsy shop)

I've never been so simultaneously thrilled and petrified; thrilled for the new organization & the productivity that said organization yields, and petrified to have basically my entire life within the semi-protective cover of a three-ring binder. What if I drop it in a puddle? Or - GASP! - lose it? I shudder to think...

If the thought of making one yourself seems daunting (or you don't have a handy-dandy program like Photoshop), you can purchase organizational files from Clean Mama herself HERE and print them yourself or at your local printing shop.  And while you're at it, be sure to check out her blog or hop on over to her Pinterest boards for more amazing tips and tricks!


 Toddler Veggie Muffins
Not from a blog, but Toddler AND tweenage girl-approved, therefore MORE than worthy of being featured.  These muffins are not only truly delectable, but also afford a great opportunity to add a little extra fruits and veggies in a flavorful package that seems like a real "treat." I like to use honey instead of sugar (the bananas help sweeten it, too), coconut or oat flour instead of the all-purpose variety, and mix up the veggies. The latest muffins I made were 2.25 oz of pureed squash and 2.25 oz of pureed peas (sneaky Mommy). I think we'll try pumpkin and zucchini next!


This blog is fabulous! FAB.U.LOUS.  It's just the laugh I need at the end of an "up-to-my-elbows-in-poop" sort of day. And I know I can't be the only one who has that sort of day. So, if you're experiencing one of "those" days, I definitely recommend checking out Anna's blog for that much-needed breath of fresh air.

AND, while you're at it, give your HOUSE a breath of fresh air with her once-top-secret cleaning hack: Method All-Purpose Spray. You can also use Pledge. Or some citrus essential oils in a diffuser, which is what I do and get the same reaction.

SO, you've spent all day chasing after your rambunctious little one trying to keep him from ripping off his diaper and peeing all over the walls? Yeah, me too. You just barely got the dinner in the oven and now you're staring at the pile of dishes from breakfast, lunch, and dinner prep, wishing you could open the window, start singing, and a bunch of wild animals will supernaturally swoop in to help you get your house spic-and-span before your husband arrives home? (although maybe that little act of desperation will clue the neighbor into your need for something liiiiike...twelve more hands) Ugh. Only in Disney movies.

Well, here's the trick: SPRAY METHOD/PLEDGE or DIFFUSE SOME FRESH-SMELLING CITRUSY OILS NEAR YOUR FRONT DOOR.

DONE. It will smell like cleanness and beautiful sunshine all up in there, and your husband/roommate/dinner guests/FedEx man/who-the-heck-ever will think, "DANG. This lady's really got it together." And for a moment, you may actually trick yourself into thinking you've really got it together, too.



Leah Cook Photography

The inclination these days is to deck out newbie sessions with knitted caps, layettes, props, pillows, and loads of adorable additions. When we get right down to it though, all these extras often tend to clutter the photo and distract our eye from the subject. Why ignore the beauty that can be found in the extraordinarily small? The softness and beautiful simplicity of this shoot is just remarkable, and captures all the little things we cherish in those early days - things that disappear all too quickly.

1 comment:

  1. Why has it never occurred to me to have a "things on loan" log?! That is so essential and brilliant.

    I definitely need to make a life organizer. Derek and I struggle to stay on top of chores some weeks. When the essentials like laundry and dishes get done, it's easy to fall into the trap of, "Dusting can wait. The yard can hold off one more day. Can't weeding the closet and dropping off donations to Salvation Army wait until next weekend?" But having everything down in writing and planning to tackle a LITTLE at a time could make a BIG difference.

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