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Celebrating Family

The older my kids get, the more I want to pause and celebrate each moment. It’s hard to believe that someday they will be all grown up. I currently have family and friends that are moving their kids into college dorms this week. They all echo the same thing, “It happened so fast.” I have realized that I am gifted these sweet moments in time with my babies and I don’t want it to be fleeting.These are the moments that matter.

As a mom I want to be intentional to create quality moments for all of to remember. One of my favorite things to do as a family is to celebrate, even the small things. With school around the corner, I wanted to take some time to celebrate the new season with them.

My kids start school this week and my third youngest starts kindergarten. Any time one of my kids start school full time it’s a little like a gut punch to me. I love when my kids are home and I know that once the season of school rolls around for them, things seem to move in a fast forward pace. I want to slow time down just for a bit and create moments that all of us will remember. I have found that eating dinner together is one way to do this.

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So with school starting tomorrow, we will celebrate. My kids really love to garden with me so I decided to make them a real farm to table meal. We started by picking some veggies from the garden out back. I’m always amazed by how much they love doing this – it’s like they take pride in being a part of something we can all enjoy. I cooked their favorite meal, lasagna, bread, salad, and cookies. We all went around the table and reflected on our favorite summer memories. We also talked about goals and disciplines for this school year.

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It was an evening that made our hearts full and let my kids know, they matter. Their conversations are important to us and we value what they are feeling, fearing, and looking forward to. This meal required minimal effort since I was going to cook dinner already, all that was needed was some content for our conversation so we were intentional with our time together.

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Celebrate your family or loved ones. Host them for dinner. Make something simple and then connect intentionally. Give them space to share and give them moments to remember being together, because this is what matters most.

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The Art of Prioritizing

In junction with my efforts to organize and stay on top of life this year, I’d love to share my thoughts on prioritizing. It is so necessary to keeping life in order and staying on my feet. My tendency is to instinctively prioritize the urgent over the important. I like to move fast and do the next thing in front of me. Sometimes, though, I need to step back and look at the bigger picture before actually making a decision or moving something forward.

A few things help me with this. I like to keep running lists of everything that’s on my plate. I’m a visual person, so it’s much easier for me to see everything on paper than in my head. This takes a little bit of time, but writing out my tasks and then creating goals is worth it. Once I create the list, I can go through and prioritize what is home related, school related, work related, etc. I carry that list with me throughout the day and use it as a map to guide me through busy days. I have to be realistic of when things are going to get done – what’s most important now and what will be most important in a week, month, year? Then I identify my goals or target completion date. If I have 10 tasks to complete in my home, what goal can I set in 3 weeks time? 2 months?

There are tons of organizational tools out there, but I like to use the Cozi App on my phone. One of my readers suggested this app and I find it very helpful with the daily juggle of business and family. I love it so much that we contacted Cozi and they said we could do a fun giveaway! Some of the ways this app helps prioritize is that is gives you the ability to share to-do lists and calendars with family members. It will also allow you to rearrange your to-do list as new priorities come up. Having one place to keep everyone’s busy schedule and all your shopping and to-do lists means less time worrying about everyday logistics.

Although I do love how helpful these kinds of tools can be, I have to remind myself that I can’t do it alone. What’s great about some of these apps is they are shared so the whole family can see the calendar. If I live like everything depends on me then I end up exhausted and in a bad mood. Instead, I’ve got to remember that I have a team of people to do life with me. And sometimes I have to let things go. If I put my security and self-worth in how productive I am, then I’m bound to be disappointed. But if I’ve taken the time to identify my personal tasks and goals, I don’t end up feeling like the wind got kicked out of me when things don’t happen.Do the best you can at organizing and prioritizing and you will find yourself enjoying life more – rather than constantly feeling behind and playing catch up. It may take me a little time during the day to plan and prioritize but life happens so fast and I want to enjoy these sweet moments of being in the now.

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Product Spotlight: Locker Baskets

I love finding new organizational products and tools. When I create a specific space or storage spot for my family’s things, my home is so much more peaceful. One of my favorites from my shop is the Colored Wire Locker Baskets. You can fit all kinds of things in here – from paper goods to books to my kid’s toys. The baskets are $18 each and are 12 inches wide and 9 inches tall. They are available in four colors: red, yellow, green, and blue.

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It’s fun to color code with these baskets, too. For instance, maybe you use the yellow to store coloring books and then the red to store reading materials. This is an easy system for kids to learn.

The baskets are also great for home office storage. At our office we use several of the yellow baskets to house supplies. The colors are bright enough to make a statement, yet muted enough to compliment an office space. I hope you love these as much as I do! Stay tuned for more organizational tips on the blog this week!