25 Days of Homemaking Tips Day 4: Being A Working Mom When You Really Want To Stay Home

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Several folks mentioned over on Facebook that while they loved the idea of taking time for their home, their busy work schedule didn’t allow it. Like I’ve shared before, I don’t think (at all!) that homemaking is limited to stay at home moms, and I know it’s hard to work as a mom outside your home.

 

I’m so thankful that I’ve stayed home with our children, and didn’t start working from home until my youngest was 2.

 

But, there were days when being a stay at home mom was just lonely. And hard. And not at all the perfect way that I envisioned it to be.

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I love this post from the Humbled Homemaker on being a working mom when you really want to stay home. The 5 blessings she shares as a working mom are precious, and I love the encouragement she shares.

 

 

So for today, head on over and to read her post if you’re a working mom who needs some encouragement today. If you have other tips that make homemaking more manageable for you I’d love to hear those too.

 

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25 Days of Homemaking Tips Day 3: 5 Ways To Grow As A (Busy) Homemaker

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You guys.

love this boost of encouragement if you really do love the idea of homemaking but don’t know where to start!

5-Ways-to-Grow-as-a-Busy-HomemakerTake a minute today to read 5 Ways To Grow As A Busy Homemaker from Young Wifes Guide. While her “to do” list suggestions may seem daunting, you could start with something smaller. Here’s what I’m adding to my list for the next few months:

  • Learn to decorate cakes (I’ve been wanting to learn and Michaels has a class ~ I’m hoping to take my daughter Caroline with daughter with me to – I’m so excited!)
  • Try one new recipe each week
  • Make something new on my Silhouette cutter (I saw a wooden sign at a shop over the weekend that I’d love for my office, but the $75 price tag is crazy. I’m determined to learn how to make it myself!)
  • Invite one family over for dinner in the month of August (this one seriously intimidates me, especially after moving last year but I’m going to add it to my list anyways) :)

 

So for today, head on over and to read her postIf you have other tips that make homemaking more manageable for you I’d love to hear those too.

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25 Days of Homemaking Tips Day 2: Keep Your Kitchen Counters Clean

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After sharing last night our new 25 day series on homemaking, I was a little overwhelmed by your response and apparently I’m not alone! Honestly I don’t expect us any of us to spend our days doing nothing other than tidying our home and picking up after our family, but I do think we often miss the boat by letting distractions (um, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, anyone?) become a priority ahead of taking care of our bunch at home.

 

Okay, maybe I’m the only one who does that?  The struggle is real for me at least . . . 

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As I was stressing already about today’s post though, I came across these great tips from Erin at $5 Dinners on how she keeps her kitchen counters clutter freeI don’t know Erin all that well, but I do know she has a bustling business, 4 busy kids (all boys, mind you!), is constantly writing new menu plans (pure craziness to me), and still finds time to de-clutter her kitchen.

 

Reading her post was so inspiring to me ~ especially tip #2. (We’re still in the process of getting together our office space, but the minute it’s done I’m so following her advice!)

 

So for today, head on over and read her tips, and determine to clear those kitchen counters with me (you can also shine your sink – it makes such a difference!) If you have other tips that make homemaking more manageable for you I’d love to hear those too.

 

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25 Days of Homemaking Hints Day 1: A 1950s Cleaning Routine?

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I’m going to try something new this month, and we’ll see how it goes! Throughout the summer I’ve loved having my kids home, but all too often I’ve become somewhat of a grouchy-stressed-out-crazy-woman without a real plan for my day in place.

 

While I love blogging here on PPP, it takes a lot of time, and is a full time job on top of my family priorities. I realized over the last few weeks that I was spending so much time working that I wasn’t enjoying my first love, being a homemaker.

 

As I’ve shared before, God’s always put this weird desire in my heart for homemakingI love baking, cooking, and sometimes even cleaning :) and more than anything my heart has always desired to care for my home and those in it.

 

I feel incredibly blessed that I’m able to do all those things, and work from home too. (I mean really, who gets that kind of opportunity?) But, just like everyone, there are days when I get overwhelmed by the housework and the cooking and the cleaning (and the kids . . .) and I lose sight of why I do all this.

 

So for fun (really, completely selfishly . . . ) I thought I’d spend the month of August sharing a homemaking tip with you each night to force myself into hunting down resources to keep me focused, and maybe encourage you too. As I’ve shared before, whether you’re a mom or not, whether you stay at home or work outside the home, if you’re a woman you are a homemaker so this series is just for you. 

 

Whew.

 

I didn’t mean for that to turn into a dissertation ~ yikes!
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Okay, so let’s get started. 

 

For tonight, take a minute to read this interesting article on a “real 1950s cleaning routine for our modern day world.” It’s from The Modern 50’s Housewife, and I so enjoyed poking around her site!

 

Initially as I read it I loved it all (I’m so much a 1950’s housewife born 50 years too late!), but I was hesitant to share because of what you might think. As I scrolled through, I realized the same issues we have today were issues moms have had forever, and I love the suggestion to focus on our home before everything else each morning. (And reading through the comments were fantastic!)

 

So, anyone with me and ready to start focusing on the favorites around us at home each day? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one and if it’s something you’re even interested in. Leave a comment to share!

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 25: $17 Rental Kitchen Makeover

 

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It’s the last day in our temporary transformation series! !I’m taking July off from updating with a new 25 day series (so I can enjoy more time with my kiddos this summer), but will be back with some new ideas in August. If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how this rental kitchen was completely transformed for SEVENTEEN DOLLARS. (WOW.) Go HERE to check it out!

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 24: Entire Apartment Makeover

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how the Oh Happy Day transformed her entire apartment prior to moving in.  These results are pretty incredible, and is such great encouragement if you’re in a rental and not sure where to start! Go HERE to check it out.

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 23: Kitchen Transformation

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how the DIY Homegirl updated her apartment kitchen cabinets and entire kitchen without using any paintThis transformation looks great (I love her clever way to hang pots and pans!) Go HERE to check it out.

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 22: Rental Bedroom Makeover

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how Alice at Thoughts from Alice completely transformed a plain rental apartment bedroom. The transformation is amazing~ go HERE to check it out!

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 21: Budget Lighting Fixture Update

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how Design Sponge transformed this standard apartment light fixture for just $7. So cute! Go HERE to check it out.

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 20: Simple Lighting Fixture Upgrade

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how Home Girl completely transformed this plain lighting fixture for $14The results are so cute, and it’s a great way to easily update a light fixture that you just don’t love without busting your budget! Go HERE to check it out.

 

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